AFTERMATH OF USA ELECTIONDonald Trump’s victory in the United States presidential election has given an “added layer” to today’s World Cup qualifier against Mexico, accourding to USA captain Michael Bradley.Trump has described Mexicans as “criminals” and said he wants to build a wall along the US-Mexico border.The match will be played in Ohio, a key ‘swing’ state won by Trump.Bradley said fans at the game must be respected, be they “American, Mexican, neutral, men, women, children”.Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has previously accused Trump of damaging US-Mexico relations, after the president-elect called undocumented Mexican migrants to the US “criminals” and “rapists”.He also said Mexico would foot the bill for his planned wall along the southern border of the US – a claim denied by the Mexican government.“Given the way everything has gone the last few months, I think there is an added layer to this game,” said Bradley.“I would hope that our fans do what they always do, which is support our team in the best, most passionate way possible.”US goalkeeper Tim Howard said he hoped the game in Ohio’s capital, Columbus, did not become overshadowed.“That’s politics, and this is football,” said the former Manchester United and Everton player.“Mexico is going to try to kick our asses and we’re going to try to kick theirs. It’s got nothing to do with politics.”Friday marks the start of the final stage of the Concacaf World Cup qualifiers, with six teams – the US, Mexico, Costa Rica, Trinidad & Tobago, Honduras and Panama – vying for three automatic spots at Russia 2018.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Washington: In a first, a high school football coach in the US has been suspended after his team thrashed another high school by a whopping margin.A report in BBC said that Plainedge High School’s head coach, Rob Shaver in Long Island, was suspended for one game after violating the local county “lopsided scores policy” as his team defeated South Shore 61-13 in a match which took place on October 25. According to the policy which has been there for three years to prevent poor sportsmanship, coaches have to explain their winning margin to a committee if it exceeds more than 42 points.The victory led to Shaver being called before Nassau County’s “lopsided score committee” who were not satisfied with his failure to substitute his first-team players despite holding a comfortable lead.Shaver is reportedly the first to be punished under the unusual rule. “The spirit of the rule is to prevent better teams from running up on lesser programs and sportsmanship and dignity and all that stuff. I get it. That didn’t happen,” Shaver said in an interview with the Newsday newspaper.However, the head coach of the team which lost by 48 points said he had “no issue with how the game went”. coachfootballhigh schoolschool First Published: November 4, 2019, 12:40 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.