The lifetime of Shimon Peres, who died Tuesday at age 93 after suffering a stroke on Sept. 13, spans the lifetime of the state of Israel. Born in Belarus, his family moved to Tel Aviv when he was 11, more than a decade before the country was founded. He lived on a kibbutz, when those communal settlements and a utopian, leftist ideology defined the nascent state. He also served in the pre-independence militia that became the Israeli Defense Forces, the institution that would ultimately define Israeli society. A hawk in the early decades of the country’s existence, Peres was a close aide and protege of David Ben-Gurion, the founding father and first prime minister of Israel, and confidant of Moshe Dayan, the commander of the Six-Day War that placed the mountainous West Bank of the Jordan River, and hundreds of thousands of Palestinians, under Israeli military occupation.
Wednesday, 28 September 2016
Hillary Clinton called Donald Trump a racist and a sexist - to his face - in brutal exchanges during the year's first presidential debate Monday night. Her charges of racism stemmed from an age-old complaint that he had supported 'birther' conspiracies questioning Barack Obama's U.S. birth and therefore his eligibility to be president. And she leveled charge after charge at the Republican in an attempt to frame him as an unrepentant chauvinist, aided by a question from moderator Lester Holt about a one-time comment that Clinton lacked 'the look' to be president.
'This is a man who has called women pigs, slobs and dogs,' Clinton said - a similar challenge to one Trump faced more than a year ago from Fox News Channel anchor Megyn Kelly at the first GOP primary debate. Monday he answered it a second time with a jab at an old entertainment nemesis. 'Somebody who's been very vicious to me, Rosie O'Donnell - I said very tough things to her,' Trump protested, 'and I think everybody would agree that she deserves it, and nobody feels sorry for her.'
Tuesday, 27 September 2016
A witness at the ongoing trial of Waripamo-Owei Dudafa, an aide of former President Goodluck Jonathan, on Monday told a federal court in Lagos that he received $4 million in cash from the defendant.
Murtala Abubakar, a bureau de change operator, said he received a total of N1.6 billion from Mr. Dudafa through five companies – Pluto Properties and Investment Limited, Avalon Global Property, Rotato Interlink Services, Seagate Property and Ebiwise Services Limited – between 2013 and 2015.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had arraigned Mr. Dudafa, a former Senior Special Assistant to Mr. Jonathan, and Joseph Iwejuo on a 23-count charge of concealment, retention of proceeds of crime, and failure to furnish information, before Justice Mohammed Idris of the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court.
Trumps v Clintons: Rival families take their places at historic debate to support Hillary and The Donald as the two candidates go to war
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton were joined by their family and political allies as they battled at their first debate at Hofstra University in New York. Trump's adult children were in the hall to support him along with his wife Melania, who was seen for the first time since the Republican National Convention. Ivanka Trump, (left with Melania) Eric Trump, Donald Trump Jr and Tiffany Trump (top right with Bill Clinton) all followed Melania into the auditorium before the start of the debate.
Melania then crossed the room and shook the hand of Bill Clinton, bridging the divide between the candidates for the first time. Dressed in a black form-fitting dress Melania and Clinton graciously greeted one another, smiled and appeared to exchange pleasantries.
Former Miss Universe Who Says Trump Called Her Miss Piggy & Miss Housekeeping Slams The Donald's 'Deep Racism'
Former Miss Universe Who Says Trump Called Her Miss Piggy & Miss Housekeeping Slams The Donald's 'Deep Racism' and vows to vote HILLARY
Former Miss Universe Alicia Machado has pledged to vote for Hillary Clinton - after calling Donald Trump a racist who has no idea how much damage he causes.
Machado, now 39, came up during Monday night's presidential debate. Clinton used her story as an example of Trump's demeaning treatment of women.
Monday, 26 September 2016
West Ham’s early season has moved quickly from uncertainty through disappointment and now into the dangerous realms of farce. Manager Slaven Bilic must shiver when he wonders where his team are heading. Do not be fooled by what could generously be described as a late rally from West Ham. Yes, they should have been awarded a penalty and there were was a toe poke from centre forward — if we can call him that — Simone Zaza that was cleared off the line. But West Ham’s late forward movement was an afterthought, the type of ‘everybody out of the trenches’ stuff that teams resort to when all seems lost.
ONE funny aspect of this “blame game” thing, is that you only see what has gone wrong in terms of “the other person” – the person you are pointing accusing fingers at. You hardly realise that as you point one finger at the other person, three of your other fingers are also accusing you, but they are usually hidden from your sight. In the Bible, Our Lord Jesus Christ warned us not to judge others, but to first of all remove the log in our eyes before complaining about the speck in the eyes of our neighbours (or opponents).
We are in an economic recession. Two questions are pertinent: (a) how did we get there? And (b) how do we get out of it?
The All Progressives Congress, APC, Federal Government, in tackling question number one, blames “others”, but it does not see the roles it played in bringing the nation into this pass. This is what I am here to address; that we do not allow them to confuse us with their unrelenting propaganda, the vessel that brought them to power and which they are depending upon to run the affairs of a nation in a deep economic distress. Fortunately, the propaganda has lost its allure in the face of massive suffering, poverty, hunger, mass joblessness and soaring crime rates. Nobody wants to hear any more excuses, and this applies even to the apologists of the regime.
The Nigerian Naira is expected to improve against the dollar when Travelex commences operation on Monday.
Travelex, an international money transfer agent was first mentioned as an alternative dealer to the Bureau de Change operators in January when the central bank announced its decision to discontinue the sales of forex to the BDCs early this year.
It is believed that the introduction of Travelex to Bureau de Change segment will help close the gap between the parallel market and bank’s rate, and facilitates even distribution of forex to the Bureau de Change operators in Nigeria.
According to the president of the Association of Bureau De Change Operators of Nigeria, Alhaji Aminu Gwadabe, Travelex has the technology to sell forex to over 1,000 Bureau de Change operators within a few hours, which he said is a major advantage and he assured that the distribution would be efficient and uniform across ABCON members, unlike what was obtained in the past.
Friday, 23 September 2016
'Lured to her death by her mother and sister': Relatives of British honour killing victim 'told her her father was dying to convince her to go to Pakistan where she was raped and murdered'
Samia Shahid, 28, from Bradford, was allegedly the victim of a 'devious plan' by her family who wanted her dead because she left the cousin she was forced to marry.
Police in Pakistan have accused her father Mohammad Shahid and first husband Mohammad Shakeel (together right outside court today) of murder and prosecutors want the death penalty if they are convicted. But a final report on her death shows that Samia's mother Imtiaz and sister Madiha are accused of 'abetting the murder'.
University of Ibadan has secured a spot in the top 978 ranked universities in the world.
In the ranking ranking released by the Times Higher Education, Nigeria’s premier university was ranked 801 on the list.
UI was the only Nigerian university to make the list.
Earlier in 2016, the Academic Ranking of World Universities (AWRU) and the Center for World Universities Ranking (CWUR) released a list of the top 500 and 1000 world universities respectively and no Nigerian university was on the list.
CWUR said that Nigerian universities were not considered for the ranking because of lack of quality research.
A Banker, the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) and 11 others are to testify on how four slush accounts were opened for former First Lady Patience Jonathan, The Nation learnt yesterday.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has tightened security around the 13 witnesses ahead of the trial’s resumption on September 27.
The accounts were opened by the ex-First Lady’s former Senior Special Assistant (Domestic / Household and Social Events to the former President), Dr. Dudafa Waripamo-Owei Emmanuel.
Thursday, 22 September 2016
One person was shot Wednesday during a second night of protests over a deadly police shooting in Charlotte, city officials said.
The person, who was not identified, is in critical condition and on life support, the city tweeted. Earlier, the city had tweeted that the person had died. The person was shot by another civilian, the city said.
One police officer was injured, according to a city tweet. The officer was transported to a hospital with undisclosed injuries.
The riot and protests came on a day in which the city's police chief gave more details on the shooting that took the life of Keith Lamont Scott.
Chief Kerr Putney addressed the Scott family's claim that he was reading a book in his vehicle when police officers approached and shot him.
Public defender in middle of protest
Wednesday, 21 September 2016
Angelina Jolie and her team have set up a war room in a private Los Angeles home as they prepare to take on Brad Pitt (pictured together left and centre) in the divorce of the century. At the same time, a source close to the couple tells DailyMail.com that Pitt just wants to resolve the divorce amicably for the sake of the children (family pictured top right), whose safety is his main concern at this time. 'Brad still cares for Angelina very much and respects her as the mother of his children,' says the source. 'But after the rhetoric that has been put out over the past 24 hours about his drinking and doing drugs, along with the completely untrue rumors about him having an affair with his co-star Marion Cotillard (bottom right), he is hoping to be able to turn the volume down.' The source then added that while people close to Jolie have been going after Pitt in the press, he is making sure that his friends and colleagues say nothing negative about his estranged wife. 'People close to him specifically avoided criticizing her while trying to stay positive in defending him at Brad's request,' explains the source.
He first acknowledged the staff and management of Transcorp Power, the biggest producer of thermal energy in Nigeria, providing about 18 per cent of national output: “In accepting this award, I want to dedicate it to Transcorp Power staff who remain committed to realizing our dream of improving access to electricity in Nigeria and making our vision of a well-lit, fully powered Nigeria come true,” he said.
Transcorp Power has supported U.S. President Obama’s Power Africa initiative with a $2.5billion commitment. He thanked the broader coalition of investors in the African power sector, as he urged other institutional investors to consider long-term opportunities on the continent. “I also dedicate this to all stakeholders working hard to improve access to power in Africa. I call on others to please join us in this journey to powering Africa out of poverty,” he added.
As the economies of African regional powerhouses like Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique, Uganda, Nigeria and Angola struggle due to excessive exposure to commodities’ prices caused by limited diversification, Elumelu proffered a sustainable solution to reduce Africa’s historical external vulnerability.
The Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission on Tuesday said that Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas and other federation assets should not be sold to meet the country’s financial obligations.
The commission’s Acting Chairman, Alhaji Shettima Abba-Gana, was reacting to Alhaji Aliko Dangote’s suggestion that the country`s assets be sold off to augment the current revenue shortfall being experienced by the nation following the economic recession.
Abba-Gana, in a statement, said it would be unwise for the Federal Government to dispose of its crown jewels which were generating revenues and keeping the Federation Account healthy over a long term.
He cited the NEITI 2013 Audit and Financial Report of Nigeria’s oil and gas industry, adding that 12.9 billion dollars was received by the NNPC from NLNG over an eight-year period.
Five members of Cuba's national volleyball team have been convicted of raping a Finnish woman during a World League tournament in Tampere.
Four of the men, including the captain, were given five-year jail sentences while a fifth is facing a prison term of three and a half years.
They were detained in the southern Finnish city on 2 July after a woman said she had been raped at a hotel.
Eight men were originally held. Two were released soon afterwards.
Another of the players was released from detention at the end of August and acquitted by the court in Tampere.
The men given the longer sentences included 27-year-old captain Rolando Cepeda Abreu, Alfonso Gavilan, 21, Ricardo Calvo Manzano, 19, and Osmany Uriarte Mestre, who is also 21. Luis Sosa Sierra, 21, was given a shorter sentence.
The Council of American-Islamic Relations hopes a meeting with local Muslims will change the business owner's view of Minnesota's Islamic community
A restaurant owner in the United States (US), who had put up a "Muslims get out" sign outside his eatery as he was upset over the recent stabbing in Minnesota, has been invited to a mosque to learn more about Islam and the Muslim community.
Dan Ruedinger, the owner of the Treats Family Restaurant, has said that he had put up the controversial sign because he was upset over the stabbings at a St Cloud mall in Minnesota. A man making "some references to Allah" stabbed and injured eight people in the shopping mall, before being shot dead by an off-duty officer.
"We are not targeting the Muslims in general, just the extremists," Dan Reudinger has said. "That's all I can say. It's my right and I'm going to stand up, and I wish more people would do it," CBS Minnesota reported on Wednesday.
Hillary Clinton accused Donald Trump of giving "aid and comfort" to Islamic terrorists, declaring his anti-Muslim rhetoric helps the Islamic State group and other militants such as ISIS recruit new fighters.
But Trump hit back, saying his Democratic rival and the Obama administration hadn't done enough to quell the group's rise. "Her attacks on me are all meant to deflect from her record of unleashing this monster of evil on us and on the world," said Trump at a packed Florida rally, referring to Clinton's tenure as secretary of state.
He also insisted the US should "use whatever lawful methods are available" to get information from the Afghan immigrant arrested in September 17-18 bombings. As several Trump supporters shouted "Hang him!" the Republican presidential candidate bemoaned the fact that Ahmad Khan Rahami, a 28-year-old US citizen originally from Afghanistan, would receive quality medical care and legal representation.
Tuesday, 20 September 2016
The Lagos cable car project is on course. It is privately driven and the private sector need to get all the permits.
After three years of postponement, work has begun on the $275million cable car project.
In an interview with The Guardian, Lagos state Commissioner for Transportation, Dayo Mobereola, revealed intricate details of the car project.
“The Lagos cable car project is on course. It is privately driven and the private sector need to get all the permits, on the side of Lagos, we have given them all the necessary permit, they are talking to the federal government to get some level of guarantees and we have assisted them to write to the federal government. They have taken the advantage by starting to build from the Iddo side of Lagos."
Upon completion, the project will have eight stations in three routes, in order to handle the estimated 240,000 trips daily.
The car project will begin at Ijora, then move to Apapa and Victoria Island, with a central hub around Adeniji Adele.
President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Nigeria’s team for an outstanding performance at the Paralympic games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
A statement in Abuja on Monday by Garba Shehu, the president’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, said Mr. Buhari joined all sports-loving Nigerians in commending the athletes for doing the country proud.
The Nigerian Hunters Association has said its members would overrun Sambisa forest and capture Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, alive, if given the permission.
Garba Tarfa, who is in charge of the association’s security, in Adamawa, said several hunters were “eager and waiting” for the go-ahead.
“We are ever physically ready at any given time if permitted to besiege Sambisa forest to capture the coward, Shekau, like fowl and his dreaded commanders,” Mr. Tarfa, a retired police officer, said in Yola on Monday.
“We know the nooks and crannies of Sambisa forest. In fact we know exactly where Shekau is hiding in the forest.
“They fear us more than conventional army, because they know we knew their secrets,” Mr. Tarfa said.
Sunday, 18 September 2016
One of the more interesting battles that emerged from the Manchester derby, however, and one that possibly was swept under the rug amidst the excitement of the Rocky-Drago-esque clash that was Jose-Pep, was the battle of youth. More specifically, the battle of two young strikers, United’s 18-year old prodigy Marcus Rashford vs. City’s star in the making Kelechi Iheanacho.
How two young strikers – products of the respective youth systems – became pivotal in the weekend’s tie was fascinating, especially considering the respective worth of each side’s starting XI.
And although it seems logical to say Iheanacho came out on top having got on the scoresheet during the win, young Rashford was equally as impressive during his short spell in the game, prompting Jose Mourinho to promise him a starting place against Feyenoord this Thursday night.
A blast in New York City's Chelsea neighborhood on Saturday night caused 29 injuries with none of them life threatening, the city's Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said at a news conference.
NEW YORK, Sept 17 (Reuters) - An explosion rocked the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan and injured at least 25 people on Saturday, the New York City Fire Department said, prompting emergency personnel to swarm one of the most bustling areas of the city on a cool evening.
A law enforcement source said an initial investigation suggested the explosion occurred in a dumpster but the cause was still undetermined. The head of the New York Police Department's special operations division said on Twitter that a "possible secondary device has been located" in the same general area.
Thursday, 15 September 2016
At Heirs Holdings, we believe in, and demonstrably practice, Africapitalism as our investment strategy. Our investments across key sectors of the economy including financial services, hospitality & real estate, power, oil and gas, amongst others, reflect our commitment to engage in businesses that generate economic profits while contributing to widespread social prosperity on the African continent.
For example, our inclusive approach to banking, first through Standard Trust and now United Bank for Africa (UBA), has allowed millions of people formerly excluded from the formal financial services sector, to now own bank accounts, access capital and execute fund transfers to friends, relatives and business partners all across Africa and around the world. Just as we have done in banking, I look forward to Tenoil – our oil and gas investment arm – to impact the Nigerian energy sector through building a truly indigenous company that is fully integrated across the energy value chain.
Nigeria has spent N264 billion on maintenance of its four refineries since 1999 when the country returned to democracy, Daily Trust investigation has shown.
But this massive spending has not been able to put the refineries back on production line, analysts say. As a result Nigeria, Africa’s largest oil producer imports most of its petrol for domestic use.
The four refineries located in Port Harcourt (two), Warri and Kaduna have a combined capacity to refine 445,000 barrels of crude per day.
They have over the years suffered what one analyst described as “total disrepair and comprehensive paralysis in the past three decades.
Wednesday, 14 September 2016
For more than a year, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has claimed that he would "love" to release his tax returns and prove to the public that he is indeed a very wealthy and charitable businessman.
But, he's said, there's a hiccup that prevents him from doing so: The tax returns he filed between 2002 and 2008 continue to be audited by the Internal Revenue Service.
Last February, however, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said that it is "rare" for an individual taxpayer to be audited every year, as Trump insisted he has been. Koskinen noted there is nothing legally stopping any taxpayer from releasing his or her returns publicly.
The wife of imprisoned Mexican drug baron Hector Beltrán Leyva was arrested on Tuesday, cutting short her efforts to revive the Beltrán Leyva cartel, the infamous trafficking group her husband once led.
Mexico's federal police released a statement that said Clara Elena Laborín Archuleta was captured the northern city of Hermosillo. Laborín Archuleta — a.k.a. La Señora — was reportedly organizing an incursion into Acapulco, an area that was once the unquestioned turf of the Beltrán Leyva cartel. Her name has appeared in dozens of "narco banners" and messages left around the southern resort cityover the past year. The city's homicide rate has spiraled, turning Acapulco into Mexico's most dangerous municipality in 2016.
– The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is boosting rice production in Nigeria by funding agriculture
– This is expected to make Nigeria self-sufficient in food production
– It denied the claim that Nigeria was distributing genetically-modified rice as claimed by Radio Biafra
With the price of rice hitting the roof in recent times, Nigeria can expect relief as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation revealed that it was funding six agricultural commodities value chains with emphasis on rice production.
The Punch reports that in a bid to ensure food sufficient in Nigeria. Yam production was also included in the project.
Now it's raining INSIDE: Supermarkets are flooded and cars swept away as hottest day of year is followed by torrential downpours, lightning and TORNADOES (but it's still scorching in the south)
Temperatures soared to 34.4C (94F) in Gravesend in Kent yesterday, the hottest September day in more than 100 years. Many people took to Twitter to complain about being unable to sleep because of the heat. It wasn't the same for everyone in the UK, however, as Manchester (centre and inset) and Lancashire was hit by violent thunderstorms, flash flooding and power cuts and a tornado touched down on Sheffield. Roads and even supermarkets in the North West were swallowed in deluges, with trains, flights and football games also disrupted - but the Met Office has said it will be a drier day for most of the country today.
Monday, 12 September 2016
Chris Brown was full of piss and vinegar at a charity basketball game Sunday, getting in a heated, prolonged argument with someone in the stands ... intense enough for cops to get involved.
Chris was at the Power 106 Celebrity Basketball Game at USC, when he became visibly upset. It's hard to hear what the beef was about because of loud music, but you hear one of the USC cops say, "I don't care who's here, get it straight."
Chris also refused to stand during Tank's rendition of the National Anthem. He didn't kneel ... he sat. And he was anything but solemn ... yukking it up.
US based Cameroonian artiste; Vreezy Ville just released his new single titled 'Shakiti-Dab' featuring Camer's rap diva; Askia. The song shows off Vreezy Ville's versatility. It exposes how dynamic he is as an artiste. He raps and sings, hitting high notes we didn't know his vocals could stretch to.
The song is meant to bridge the western and African culture. It integrating the Nigerian original dance move; 'Shakiti' with the American original dance move 'dab.'The beat is a smooth blend of afro-beats/jazz/hip hop and reggae.
Askia adds a unique feminine flare to the song spicing it up even more. It is one of those songs that you would want to vibe to, anytime and anywhere. You should hear it, you would definitely thank me later! Click here to listen:
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Ayahnash, a Belgium based Cameroonian artiste releases her latest song titled “Sumanguru” in August 2016.
At 23, This is her debut single as a worldly/circular music singer as she started out as a gospel singer back in 2014 and is proud to be the author of her lyrics.
The song “Sumanguru” summarizes the life of a girl who craves for sexual satisfaction alongside targeting large pockets. This song was produced by P.E Mekoyo Entertainment, Abuja, Nigeria.
Ayahnash already has a Gospel album in the market comprising of six audio songs still produced by P.E Mekoyo Entertainment alongside “Sputnik”, a record label based in Belgium. Enjoy, like and share.
SoundCloud Link: https://soundcloud.com/user-297187934/sumanguru
Youtube Link: https://youtu.be/jM_28Usfvgw
Residents of Sambang Dagi in Jaba Local Government of Kaduna State witnessed another earth tremor in the early hours of Monday.
The incident occurred barely 24-hours after the first tremor was reported at Nok village about 20km away from Sambang.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the second vibration occurred around 4a.m Monday, leaving shocked residents scampering for safety.
It was not immediately clear whether there were casualties.
Earlier, the Kaduna State government had in a press statement, urged residents of the affected communities to remain calm.earthquake
The government on Sunday appealed for calm, and sympathised with the residents of kwoi in Jaba Local Government Area, following the first tremor.
The government said in a statement signed by Samuel Aruwan, Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to Governor Nasir El-Rufai, that it had made a formal report to the appropriate authorities to investigate the development.
Sunday, 11 September 2016
Friday, 9 September 2016
In Abuja, the nation’s capital, prostitution is a thriving business. It is a trade predominantly plied by some single ladies. There are male prostitutes, but they are in the extreme minority. Male prostitutes, unlike their female counterparts, do not adorn highways to solicit for female customers.
Abuja has major districts, cities and places where open prostitution takes place. Wuse II is notorious for that. Garki, Maitama, Jabi and a few other places also harbour a handful of daughters of Eve. In these districts, prostitutes and their clients either “relief tensions” inside their vehicles or get a cheap hotel to exchange body fluids.
But there are places in Abuja where another brand of prostitution holds sway, the slums. Abuja slums are scattered everywhere in the city. They lack basic amenities and are often times, temporal places of abode, occupied by homeless people.
The Federal Government has approved plans for external loans from the World Bank, China and Japan.
It specifically said Nigeria would take loans from institutions such as the World Bank, African Development Bank, Japan International Cooperation Agency, and Export-Import Bank of China, Bloomberg reported on Thursday.
This will include low-cost and long-term loans with interest rates of 1.25 per cent and maturity of 20 years, according to comments posted on its Twitter.
The Federal Government said that details of a proposed Eurobond due later this year would be announced “in due course.”
Thursday, 8 September 2016
Manchester United play host to City in the first derby of the new era... who will come out on top - Jose Mourinho or Pep Guardiola?
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The moment has almost arrived. Forget Batman versus Superman - this is the highly anticipated blockbuster of the year: Pep Guardiola versus Jose Mourinho. Manchester City versus Manchester United. Saturday's tie could be one of the most hyped-up Premier League games of all time.
Guardiola and Mourinho were relatively close when they were both at the Nou Camp, but being matched up later in opposing dugouts for games between Barcelona and Real Madrid shattered any semblance of that. Add the Champions League semi-final during Mourinho's time at Inter Milan, toss in an eye-poke and the Manchester derby reads more like a guide to creating fireworks than a football match.
Ahead of the big game,Sportsmail has assembled the best quotes from the two friends turned foes.
Mourinho on Guardiola
Mourinho's analysis of the infamous semi-final between Barcelona and Chelsea at Stamford Bridge...
‘A year ago Chelsea were crying and Barca were laughing with the referee. They laughed because he denied my Chelsea boys their rightful place.’
After Guardiola complained about Pedro’s goal being ruled out for offside in a Copa del Rey tie...
‘Up until now there was a very small group of coaches who didn't talk about referees and a larger group who did. Now, with Pep's comments, we have started a new era with a third group, featuring only one person, a man who criticises [the referee] when he makes good decisions. This is completely new to me.’