Ballon d’Or organizer explains why Neymar was left off list

first_imgBallon d’Or organizer explains why Neymar was left off listNeymar was suspended for PSG’s first two Champions League group-stage games this season for insulting the match officials who gave Man United a decisive stoppage-time penalty.advertisement Associated Press ParisOctober 23, 2019UPDATED: October 23, 2019 07:42 IST Brazil’s Neymar in action during the Brazil Global Tour 2019 international friendly. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPSG forward Neymar was left out of the Ballon d’Or shortlistThe organizers said the black years justified Neymar’s failure to be nominatedNeymar has never won the Ballon d’OrToo many injuries. A Champions League ban for insulting match officials. Hitting a fan after losing the French Cup final. Agitating for a transfer from Paris Saint-Germain.Neymar’s absence from the list of 30 Ballon d’Or candidates was explained Tuesday by France Football magazine which organizes the prestigious award.The magazine said events in what it called Neymar’s “année noire” (black year) justified his failure to be nominated for the first time since 2010.On the field, Neymar was injured and missed many key games, including Brazil’s Copa America title run and PSG’s Champions League Round of 16 exit against Manchester United.Neymar was suspended for PSG’s first two Champions League group-stage games this season for insulting the match officials who gave Man United a decisive stoppage-time penalty.The Paris-based magazine also criticized the “summer soap opera” of Neymar’s failed attempts to force a move from PSG back to his former club Barcelona.Neymar has never won the Ballon d’Or. He was third in 2015 and 2017.Also Read | Ballon d’Or 2019: Ronaldo, Messi and Van Dijk on longlistAlso Read | Jurgen Klopp criticises VAR after Liverpool draw at Manchester United: This is an issue we have to discussFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Nextlast_img read more

UN team sent to Central African Republic to investigate new allegations of

Delegation members included UN personnel from the conduct and discipline team, the human rights unit, as well as representatives of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF). “On Friday, the UN Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) said it received new information of allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse both by UN and non-UN forces and civilians in the Kemo prefecture,” said UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric, at a press briefing in New York today. “These allegations reportedly refer to incidents that occurred in 2014 and 2015,” he noted. “The Mission said that its primary concern was to ensure that victims have been assisted and all reports immediately investigated to ensure that any perpetrator is appropriately sanctioned. The integrated team will gather all available information and preserve evidence to the extent possible.” While more information from the Mission in expected in the next days, the Under-Secretary-General for the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, Hervé Ladsous, will be travelling to the country today to represent the Secretary-General at the inauguration ceremony of the newly elected President, Faustin-Archange Touadera. The ceremony is expected to take place on Wednesday. “During his visit, Mr. Ladsous will meet with the national authorities and discuss the political process as well as their views on the country’s relationship with the peacekeeping mission there,” Mr. Dujarric informed reporters. “He will also meet with the mission’s leadership as well as senior UN police and military commanders to address the issues of security, performance and conduct, including sexual exploitation and abuse.” read more