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Andre Gomes receive messages from clubs and players after horrific injury

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suffered a horror leg against Tottenham at Goodison Park on a day when football took a back seat.

Heung-min was left in tears after taking out the Portuguese star, who suffered an leg injury so horrific that TV couldn’t replay it in slow motion.

VAR produced a red card for the Korean, who, along with Serge Aurier appeared more concerned with Gomes’ wellbeing.

After the match, Son is said to have sat in the changing room crying while being comforted by captain Seamus C

FABIAN DELPH struggled to comment on Angel Gomes following the draw with Spurs.

He told Sky : “We feel just as you can imagine. It’s difficult time for us.

“He is one of our brothers, someone we care about. It is difficult to put into words how we feel.

“As soon as we could get in touch we will send him our best. It’s difficult to see. It’s hard to talk now.”

ANDRE GOMES’ injury will not be shown on Match of the Day tonight.

Viewers did not see the full extent of the horror leg injury during the live broadcast on Sky Sports earlier today, with only the initial foul by Son Heung-min shown.

And it appears BBC have decided to follow the lead of Sky in not broadcasting it on TV.

In a tweet, the BBC’s Ian Dennis suggested that both Son’s challenge and Aurier’s afterwards had not caused the injury.

He wrote: “Understandably you won’t see the Andre Gomes incident on MOTD tonight but having seen a replay, the injury appears to be on impact with his right foot on the ground after the trip by Son and before he collided with Aurier.”

VALENCIA have joined former clubs Benfica and Barcelona in tweeting support for Gomes.

The midfielder became an international icon on the Spanish coast, playing 78 times and scoring nine goals.

ANDRE GOMES’ first club Benfica have taken to Twitter to wish him a speedy recovery.

Gomes made 14 appearances for the club, helping them to the Portuguese title and the Europa League final before moving onto Valencia

MAURICIO POCHETTINO has revealed that Everton players consoled Son in the dressing room.

He said: “Son was devastated, now he is better. I think the players from Everton came to console him.

“In the moment it was confusing. The action was very, very, very bad luck.

“We all feel sorry for Andre, I want to send my best wishes to him and his family. In this tough moment we want to send our best wishes.

“The VAR need to check if the tackle is bad from Sonny, and judge the action, not judge what happened after.”

FORMER Everton and Spurs striker Louis Saha has spoken of what it is like to break you leg.

He said: “It was a horrific memory. It is not something you really expect to come back from quickly because you have a memory always coming back. 

“It’s a moment where you need your family around you, you need your team-mates sending you messages and making sure you feel supported because it is very tough. It is horrific and I don’t think we will see him very soon.

“You see the reaction of Son and it is nothing intentional but sometimes you get broken legs and you see the defender really trying to hurt you. 

“That is not the case here and you can say it is part of the game or life sometimes and it doesn’t go your way but it is unfortunate.”

ANDRE GOMES’ injury will not be shown on Match of the Day tonight.

Viewers did not see the full extent of the horror leg injury during the live broadcast on Sky Sports earlier today, with only the initial foul by Son Heung-min shown.

And it appears BBC have decided to follow the lead of Sky in not broadcasting it on TV.

In a tweet, the BBC’s Ian Dennis suggested that both Son’s challenge and Aurier’s afterwards had not caused the injury.

He wrote: “Understandably you won’t see the Andre Gomes incident on MOTD tonight but having seen a replay, the injury appears to be on impact with his right foot on the ground after the trip by Son and before he collided with Aurier.”

THE Portugal national team have posted a tribute to Andre Gomes following his injury.

Gomes was a key man in delivering the country’s first ever international trophy at Euro 2016.

THERE remains confusion over who decided to give Son Heung-min a red card for his challenge on Gomes.

Referee Martin Atkinson was clearly seen holding a yellow card, ready to issue to the distraught Korean, leading viewers to initially believe that VAR official Anthony Taylor had ordered a red card.

But it is not known whether Atkinson went through with booking Son or changed his mind after seeing the extent of the injury.

MARCO SILVA is adamant that Son did not mean to injure Angel Gomes.

He told beIN SPORTS: “We have to be fair to Son. All the respect to Son. Every time I look to him, and Andre, both of them we can put as high-level football players.

“High-level characters as well. Even if I don’t know Son personally, he’s a very good player, I don’t believe he did that with bad intention.

“No, it was a tackle in that moment but not with bad intention for sure. He doesn’t want that for sure.

“He’s so sad in this moment, in the dressing room, because a football player like Son does not want to do that, I am 100% sure he doesn’t want to do something with that intention.”

A Premier League statement controversially said that Son was given a red card for endangering Gomes’ safety.

The tearful Korean’s tackle looked to be an innocuous yellow card foul, and was penalised as such by referee Martin Atkinson.

But the decision appeared to have been overturned by VAR and the card changed to red.

The statement read: “The red card for Son was for endangering the safety of a player which happened as a consequence of his initial challenge.”

But many supporters were left furious by the justification.

EVERTON manager Marco Silva paid tribute to Son Heung-min, absolving him of any blame for Andre Gomes’ injury.

The Korean, who was left in tears after the challenge, was consoled in the dressing room afterwards by a number of Toffees stars including Seamus Coleman.

And Silva told beIN Sports: “We have to be fair with Son as well.

“All the respect to Son. Every time I look to him, for both.

“Andre and Son, we can put both as high level of football players, high level characters as well.

“Even if I don’t know [him] personally, he’s a very good player and I don’t believe he did that with bad intentions.

“Okay, it was a tackle at that moment, but not with bad intention for sure.

“He doesn’t want that for sure.

“He is so sad in his dressing room at the moment because I am one hundred per cent sure a footballer like Son doesn’t want to do that.”

DELE ALLI revealed Son Heung-Min was crying so much in the Spurs’ changing room after Everton star Andre Gomes’ suspected broken leg that he “can’t even pick his head up”.

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino thanked Toffees players like Sean Coleman for visiting the away room to console Son, who was shown a red card after Gomes twisted awkwardly following his challenge and a resulting collision with Serge Aurier.

And Alli, whose goal was cancelled out by Cenk Tosun in a 1-1 Premier League draw, told Sky Sports Son appeared inconsolable

England midfielder Alli said: “I’ve just been in to the changing rooms and he is devastated and he is in tears but it’s not his fault.

“Sonny know he is one of the nicest people you will meet and he would never mean to do that and you can see that with his reaction.

“He can’t even pick his head up he is crying that much in the changing rooms. It’s never nice to see.”

FABIAN DELPH struggled to comment on Angel Gomes following the draw with Spurs.

He told Sky Sports: “We feel just as you can imagine. It’s difficult time for us.

“He is one of our brothers, someone we care about. It is difficult to put into words how we feel.

“As soon as we could get in touch we will send him our best. It’s difficult to see. It’s hard to talk now.”

FORMER Everton and Spurs striker Louis Saha has spoken of what it is like to break you leg.

He said: “It was a horrific memory. It is not something you really expect to come back from quickly because you have a memory always coming back. 

“It’s a moment where you need your family around you, you need your team-mates sending you messages and making sure you feel supported because it is very tough. It is horrific and I don’t think we will see him very soon.

“You see the reaction of Son and it is nothing intentional but sometimes you get broken legs and you see the defender really trying to hurt you. 

“That is not the case here and you can say it is part of the game or life sometimes and it doesn’t go your way but it is unfortunate.”

MAURICIO POCHETTINO has revealed that Everton players consoled Son in the dressing room.

He said: “Son was devastated, now he is better. I think the players from Everton came to console him.

“In the moment it was confusing. The action was very, very, very bad luck.

“We all feel sorry for Andre, I want to send my best wishes to him and his family. In this tough moment we want to send our best wishes.

“The VAR need to check if the tackle is bad from Sonny, and judge the action, not judge what happened after.”2 HOURS AGONovember 3, 2019

Barcelona have tweeted their support for Gomes following his horror injury.

The Portugal star spent three seasons with the Catalan club before joining Everton.2 HOURS AGONovember 3, 2019

Mauricio Pochettino was forced to substitute Serge Aurier, such was the defender’s horror at the injury caused to Gomes.

Following Son’s original tackle, Aurier collided with the Everton star and it was unclear from footage that has been made available, which player had caused the injury.

Poch was pictured comforting the visibly disturbed right-back as he was replaced by Juan Foyth.

Seamus Coleman instantly called for medics to arrive to treat his team-mate, as Dominic Calvert-Lewin cradled Gomes’ head as he laid screaming on the floor.

2 HOURS AGONovember 3, 2019

Everton goal hero Cenk Tosun posted an emotional tribute to Gomes, saying he wishes he hadn’t scored if it meant that happening to a team-mate.

Tosun wrote: “You win, you draw, you lose but all that doesn’t matter when something like this happens.

“I wish I didn’t score, I wish we lost 0-5 and this didn’t happen.

“I know you will come back stronger bro and we will be there for you.”


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Governor Udom Emmanuel Loses Father

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Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel has lost his Father, the Late Elder Gabriel Emmanuel Nkanang.

The sad event occurred on Sunday, December 1st 2019. He was aged Ninety (90years.)

According to a family source, after due clearance from the Head of the Family, Pastor Edo Ekim ( the Father of the celebrity Nollywood actress, Ini Edo) , the first of the departed Patriarch, Mr. Gabriel Nkanang (Jr.) was authorized to make public the demise of the late Patriarch.

Burial arrangement according to family sources will be announced in due course.

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Border Drill: Benin Republic unrepentant — FG

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The Federal Government has accused the Republic of Benin of being recalcitrant in its importation of prohibited goods for ultimate dumping in to Nigeria’s market in spite the partial border closure order.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed made the accusation when he featured on a “TV Continental”, live Programme, monitored by the Agency of Nigeria (NAN)

“Regrettably, the signs out there are not positive in the sense that in the last few weeks, the amount of seizures that have been made do not show that our neighbours are in a hurry to comply with Nigeria.

“As we speak today, there are three ships heading toward Benin Republic laden with about 105,000 metric tons of rice.

“This is a country of about 12 million people. That rice is meant for ultimate consumption of Nigerians.

“In addition, Benin Republic just negotiated with Japan to receive rice worth 30 million dollars.

“It is clear that the ultimate destination of the rice will be Nigeria and that is why we are appealing to our neighbours.

“First preservation is the first law of survival, we are doing this to preserve our economy and the security of our country,” he said.

The minister who disclosed that the border drill will be in place as long as necessary, noted that Nigeria could no longer continue to play the big brother at the expense of its economy and national security.

“The facts at our disposal reveal that 10,000 vehicles are imported every month into the Cotonou seaport.

“For a population of about 12 million people to be importing 120,000 vehicles in a year means that the vehicles are going to Nigeria with sufficient market.

“As I have said, there is no gain without pain, there will be discomfort at the beginning ultimately we believe it is going to be to the ultimate interest of Nigeria,” he said.

The minister reiterated that both Benin Republic and Niger Republic were hurting Nigeria’s economy and security because of their non compliance with the ECOWAS Protocol on Transit Goods and State of Origin.

“We have been on this dialogue since 2015 and the truth of the matter is that there has never been any legitimate transit trade between us and the two countries

“This is hurting our economy, affecting our security and no country will fold its arms when the overall interest of its people is being jeopardise,” he said.

The minister said that government decided to prohibit sale of fuel in filling stations less than 20km away from the borders because of the high level of smuggling of the product to neighbouring countries.

He said no fewer than 160 filling stations were affected by the directive and they were in such a large number because they primarily engage in smuggling.

“These are stations that when you drive into them in the day time, they will not be dispensing fuel until late in the night when they will smuggle the product across the border,” he said.

Mohammed disclosed that a very sizable proportion of the subsidised imported petrol into the country was finding its way to Benin Republic, Niger Republic and some other West African countries.

“What we find out is that we are actually subsidising the product not just for Nigerians but for many West African countries.

“For instance, if the landing cost of pms is about N200 today, in order to cushion the effect on the people, government sells at N140 per liter.

“Meaning that for every liter of fuel bought, the government is paying N60. If you consume one million litres a day, the government is paying N60 million a day.

“You can imagine that from what the government pays, it is the neighboring countries that benefit about 50 per cent of it,” he said.

Mohammed said that it had been provenly established that 95 per cent of illicit drugs , arms and ammunition came into the country through the land borders with attendant effect on increase in terrorism, banditry, kidnapping and other crimes.

He said with the border drill directive, there had been drastic reduction smuggling of drugs and arms into the country, thereby reducing rate of crimes.

The minister said that government was aware of the effects of the border drill on the citizens, particularly the spike in the price of rice, but the people must bear the temporary pains to reap the benefits.

NAN reports that most of the viewers that called in to the programme supported the government on the partial border closure directive.

They contended that Nigeria had been reduced to a dumping ground for decades.

Some of them gave the examples of China that closed its borders for decades to achieve its vision of self reliance and becoming a nation to reckon with globally

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