Olympic diver, 32, dies following lung infection

Matos, who competed in the men’s synchronized three-metre springboard event in his home country’s Olympics five years ago, had named Team GB Olympic champion Tom Daley as a source of inspiration.The 32-year-old passed away after a sudden deterioration in his health following a throat infection that spread to both his stomach and lungs.The diving sensation had emerged from a crowded field of hopefuls to qualify for the synchronized springboard event in 2016, where he finished eighth alongside diving partner Luiz Outerelo.View this post on InstagramA post shared by Ian Carlos Gonçalves de Matos (@ianmatos)Matos also collected three bronze medals at the 2010 South American Games. His death was noted by Brazil’s Olympic Committee, which paid tribute and acknowledged his prolonged commitment to helping the growth of Brazilian diving.”We are profoundly saddened to have received the news of the premature death of the Olympic diver Ian Matos,” they wrote.Rest in peace Ian Matos 🕊 only 32, such a sad news. May he rest in peace.” ❤️🇧🇷 pic.twitter.com/UGFqqVd9kY— best of tom and lance (@dailyblackdaley) December 22, 2021″Team Brazil acknowledges his contribution to the evolution of the discipline. Our sincere condolences to his family and friends.”
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Matos, who came out as homosexual in 2013, had noted in previous interviews that he had admired UK diver Daley inside and out of diving after the Brit announced in a YouTube video that he was bisexual in 2013. Follow RT on

Brazil’s Ian Matos, who represented his country at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, has died from a lung infection which he had battled for two months in hospital. He has since clarified his sexuality as being gay.Matos stated in his own declaration that hiding his sexuality had begun to take a heavy toll on his mental health.He revealed that he has initially been advised to keep his sexuality private for fear of it negatively affecting potential sponsorship deals. “How sad this loss of Olympic jumper Ian Matos,” wrote one fan in response to the news, via translation.”Super young, one of the first athletes to come out as a homosexual and who defended the LGBTQ movement.””One of the great graduates of my dear University of Brasilia,” said another, while a fellow mourner called Matos’s death “very sad”.”Ian Matos was known for defending the LGBTQIA+ movement.

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NHL pulls players from Beijing Olympics despite near-100% vaccination rate

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The NHL has officially pulled the plug on its players competing in next year’s Winter Olympics in Beijing after a surge in Covid-19 infections in the sports league which had previously heralded its own mass vaccination drive. That’s something I probably won’t have a chance to do now.” Read more

NHL ‘pauses’ season despite boasting of near-100% vaccination rate

“Our focus and goal have been and must remain to responsibly and safely complete the entirety of the NHL regular season and Stanley Cup Playoffs in a timely manner.”Bettman’s statement comes just months after he boasted of the league’s efforts to compel its players to receive vaccinations against Covid-19, suggesting that it was the best method with which to complete the season unimpeded.The decision also arrives after a September agreement struck by the NHL, NHLPA and the International Ice Hockey Federation that they would be within their rights to withdraw from the Olympics if participation was deemed “impractical or unsafe”.Several players have expressed their frustration at the decision. It sucks. Games are currently slated to begin again on Monday December 27. “The National Hockey League respects and admires the desire of NHL Players to represent their countries and participate in a ‘best on best’ tournament,” Bettman said Wednesday in a statement.Statement from NHLPA executive director Don Fehr on Olympics decision: https://t.co/hU0v244cyIpic.twitter.com/GtHeGLG7Is— NHLPA (@NHLPA) December 22, 2021″Accordingly, we have waited as long as possible to make this decision while exploring every available option to enable our players to participate in the 2022 Winter Olympic Games.”Unfortunately, given the profound disruption to the NHL’s regular-season schedule caused by recent COVID-related events – 50 games already have been postponed through December 23 – Olympic participation is no longer feasible.”We certainly acknowledge and appreciate the efforts made by the International Olympic Committee, the International Ice Hockey Federation and the Beijing Organizing Committee to host NHL players but current circumstances have made it impossible for us to proceed despite everyone’s best efforts. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman confirmed on Wednesday that players from its 32 teams will not be allowed to travel to China for the Games, which begin in early February, after the spike in Covid-19 cases which reports indicate has left around 15 percent of NHL players either infected with the virus or isolating because of a close contact situation. This is despite the league previously reporting a near-100 percent vaccination rate across more than 700 players – with just one player, Tyler Bertuzzi of the Detroit Red Wings, reported to have declined to be vaccinated.The reason for the opt-out, according to league chiefs, was because the spike caused the “regular-season schedule [to be] materially disrupted as a result of increasing Covid cases and a rising number of postponed games.”NHL announces that there will not be an Olympic break, NHL Players will not be able to participate in 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. “It’s disappointing,” said Tampa Bay’s Canada international Steven Stamkos, who fears time may not be on his side to star at the showpiece at the age of 31.”For whatever reason, the Olympic card just hasn’t worked out in my favor. We look forward to Olympic participation in 2026. Full release: https://t.co/GkHDkNgZSopic.twitter.com/ysBmWctzjw— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) December 22, 2021Fifty NHL games have been postponed due to issues related to Covid-19, with almost all of them coming in the past two weeks.On Monday, a collaborative statement from the NHL and its Players’ Association (NHLPA) announced that the holiday break was to be brought forward from its scheduled date to allow teams more time to recover.

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F1 legend faces trial for ‘detonating explosive device’ at relative’s office

Frenchman Alesi, who raced 202 times in Formula One for a variety of teams across 13 seasons, claims that the explosion, which cracked an armored window and caused structural damage to its frame at the architects’s office near his home in Villeneuve-les-Avignon, was little more than a “bad joke”. Read more

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However, Antoine Wolff, who is the deputy prosecutor for the city of Nimes under whose jurisdiction the incident took place, charged the 57-year-old driver with detonating an explosive which damaged property – and added that it took place “in the context of a family conflict”.”Jean Alesi was taken into custody on Monday at around 4pm for damaging the property of others by means of an explosive device,” he said.”I am quite skeptical about the notion of a ‘joke’ carried out at 10pm without the person targeted knowing who is responsible,” Wolff said of the matter.Alesi’s brother-in-law is reported to have told authorities that he has “no problem” with the 57-year-old. If found guilty to the fullest extent of the law, Alesi could be facing a term of up to ten years in prison.Giuliano Alesi, meanwhile, has been charged with being an accomplice in the explosion – but both men will have to wait a considerable period of time before learning their fates as a backlog in the French criminal justice system means their cases won’t be heard until some time in 2023. Follow RT on

Former Ferrari driver Jean Alesi is set to stand trial on charges linked to an incident in which he is alleged to have detonated a large firework at the office of his brother-in-law ,causing significant damage to the building. Alesi’s brother-in-law is currently separated from his sister.Witnesses to the explosion reported the number plate of a BMW driving away from the scene with its lights off.Subsequent inquiries linking the vehicle to Alesi’s brother, Jose, who was later arrested.View this post on InstagramA post shared by Jean Alesi (@alesi27jean)Alesi then approached police to say that he had been driving the car at the time of the explosion and that he was joined by his son, Giuliano – who is also a racing driver – along with another friend.While in police custody, Alesi told officers that he had “jammed a big firework bought in Italy” into the frame of the window, but that he had not considered the scale of the damage that it was capable of. He added that it was intended as a prank towards his brother-in-law and that he has no animosity whatsoever towards him.

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Baseball umpire axed after abusing fans, being hauled off field (VIDEO)

The umpire, named as Humberto Sainz by some of the outlets sharing the swiftly-circulating footage, caused a game to be delayed in Mexico when he repeatedly raised his middle finger to fans.Another man made his way onto the field to speak to Sainz, who appeared to sway and attempt an embrace as he spoke.Several other figures eventually helped to escort Sainz from the field of play, with footage from another angle seeming to show him raising his finger to supporters while officiating near players.If you haven’t seen the video of this umpire in Mexico that had to be removed from the game for being hammered. “What an image reaching other places,” said one critic.”And they justify it with, ‘he showed his human side like everyone else and was wrong as a human being.’ Well, I know countless people who don’t come to their jobs drunk.” It’s a must watch. at the Teodoro Mariscal Stadium in Mazatlan,” it said.“Due to this, it has been decided to indefinitely separate the umpire who starred in this unfortunate event from his position, reinforcing the measures so that situations like this do not recur on and off the field of play with our officials.Only in Mexico winter league ball – Drunk umpire arrested last night. pic.twitter.com/mSR5rlCA2E— Roberto 🇲🇽🇨🇺🇺🇸 (@rbaly79) December 20, 2021“In the [league], we regret this situation and offer an apology to the institutions that make up our organization, the media and our great fans.”Some onlookers saw the funny side. Follow RT on

A baseball umpire who was accused of being drunk when he made obscene gestures at fans and argued with officials has been fired, with league bosses issuing an apologetic statement. pic.twitter.com/IzSqw52GdK— Ben Verlander (@BenVerlander) December 22, 2021Spanish media outlet Beisbolpuro said Sainz was removed from the stadium by police, according to the New York Post.The outlet also reportedly said that Sainz was sanction for “arguing with his fellow umpires, managers and players” and offering “obscene gestures to the public”.Disgraced Sainz later appeared to have apologized for his actions on social media.He was giving fans the middle finger pic.twitter.com/O6YraSnGq9— Jomboy Media (@JomboyMedia) December 20, 2021In a statement, the Mexican Pacific League announced that Sainz had been suspended indefinitely.“In the [league], we always seek to enhance our values ​​as an institution, for which we strongly condemn the events that occurred on the night… “These photos belong in the hall of fame,” said one account which shared snaps of Sainz standing solemnly with his finger raised.Others took the matter more seriously.

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‘I’ve waited long enough’: Ex-UFC fighter posts ‘sexy’ surgery snap

“I love chocolate and flowers,” she said, emphasizing that visiting the site is an opportunity to see her derriere.View this post on InstagramA post shared by PEARL GONZALEZ (@pearlgonzalez)View this post on InstagramA post shared by PEARL GONZALEZ (@pearlgonzalez)”Can’t wait to be 100 percent again,” she said about her future in the ring, which could comprise a return to Invicta at strawweight. ‘The Chi-Town Princess’ has become as well-known for her risque photos as her fierce fighting spirit since her two UFC fights in 2017, when she lost both her scraps before spending a mixed period of almost two years with Invicta FC.The Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship added Gonzalez to a female roster which includes fellow social media sensations Paige VanZant and Rachael Ostovich, and she won her first fight for the promotion, against Charisa Sigala, by unanimous decision in June.Gonzalez then emotionally announced her retirement from bare-knuckle fighting after losing her second bout, against former VanZant conqueror Britain Hart, in November.View this post on InstagramA post shared by PEARL GONZALEZ (@pearlgonzalez)View this post on InstagramA post shared by PEARL GONZALEZ (@pearlgonzalez)At the time, Gonzalez said she was looking ahead to the future – and that has immediately included surgery to correct problems which she said had made her turn to boxing.”Surgery but make it sexy,” Gonzalez told her hundreds of thousands of followers from a hospital in San Diego.”Having surgery today: an injury I’ve waited long enough to take care of. “Recovery started a few days ago in my prep for surgery.”Ostovich was among Gonzalez’s admirers when she posted a pre-Christmas photo in another revealing outfit days earlier, saying: “Wow.”Offering fans free membership on her site for a week, Gonzalez suggested: “Let’s be naughty and save Santa the trip.” Follow RT on

MMA fighter Pearl Gonzalez did not miss the chance to post a pouting photo in her hospital gown as she showed off her tattoos during a hospital visit which she said will restore her grappling and kicking to full throttle. I haven’t been able to grapple or kick because of it, and that was my reason for focusing on boxing this year.”View this post on InstagramA post shared by PEARL GONZALEZ (@pearlgonzalez)View this post on InstagramA post shared by PEARL GONZALEZ (@pearlgonzalez)Rarely one to relinquish a promotional opportunity, Gonzalez flashed her behind from the back of her makeshift clothing, revealing a number of eye-catching tattoos.She then promoted a subscription site inviting fans to pay around $10 a month for saucy exclusive photoshoots.The platform features Gonzalez posing on all fours in a small underwear set.

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Chelsea women seal ‘massive’ deal for Russian international defender

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“We look forward to seeing how she develops in our environment over the next couple of years.”Abdullina will wear the number 27 shirt for the Women’s Super League champions, with her contract taking her up to the 2024 season as she joins a star-studded squad including the likes of Australia’s Sam Kerr, England forward Fran Kirby, South Korea star Ji So-yun and Lauren James, the sister of Chelsea men’s standout Reece James.She becomes the first Russian on Chelsea’s book since Yuri Zhirkov and, before him, Alexei Smertin – with the move described by one prominent social media account as “massive for the Russian game”.Abdullina could be in contention to make her debut on January 7, when Chelsea host London rivals Tottenham. The 20-year-old left-sided defender, who has made 30 appearances for the Russian national side, will join the London club in January after scoring six times in in 46 appearances in the Russian capital since making her debut last year, establishing herself as one of the top young defensive prospects in the women’s game in the process.Abdullina has been a key part of Lokomotiv’s recent domestic dominance, helping her team complete a domestic clean sweep of the Russian League, Russian Cup and Super Cup as well as competing in the Champions League, and was recently named in the Russian’s Women’s league team of the season.”I am so happy to join Chelsea and can’t wait to meet the team and fans in the new year,” Abdullina said after inking the two-and-a-half year deal.View this post on InstagramA post shared by Abdullina Alsu (@ab_alsu)View this post on InstagramA post shared by Chelsea FC Women (@chelseafcw)”This is a big change in my life, a new challenge. I am very proud to be part of this team, which has so many great players.”I want to continue to develop as a player and progress in London. https://t.co/87hAJENO6g— Russian Football News (@RusFootballNews) December 22, 2021″Alsu is a very good young player who has accumulated a lot of club and national appearances for her age, including winning the league a number of times with Lokomotiv,” said Hayes.”Alsu is a versatile player who can play any position on the left, adding more depth to the squad. Follow RT on

Roman Abramovich will be joined by a fellow Russian at Chelsea next month after the the Blues’ female side announced the signing of highly-rated international full-back Alsu Abdullina from Lokomotiv Moscow. Russian international left back Alsu Abdullina has signed for Chelsea!Massive for the Russian game. I want to help the team to win as many trophies as possible.”Chelsea boss Emma Hayes underlined the importance of agreeing a deal with a talent of the caliber of Abdullina, who provided five goals and five assists in 30 Lokomotiv appearances last season.View this post on InstagramA post shared by Chelsea FC Women (@chelseafcw)BIG NEWS!

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Unvaccinated players given hope by tennis boss

My guess is he is just playing with the media, but we really have no idea one way or the other. https://t.co/9wQXTChenV— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) December 21, 2021″Everyone who is coming in is vaccinated and there will be a small percentage – a very small percentage – that will have a medical exemption,” Tiley told the Australian Associated Press, adding that Djokovic has told him he wants to play at the event.”So if any player, fan [or] workforce is on site here, you’re either vaccinated or you have a medical exemption that’s approved and you’re on the Australian Immunisation Register. If he was there would be no Q of entry unless the crazy scenario of him being vaccinated and refusing to say which should be treated as not being vaccinated (whole point of a mandate). This narrative of "protecting others" is just meant to make you go take the jab— The Hog (@NeoAeon7) December 21, 2021Elaborating further on Djokovic, Tiley said he had discussed the matter with the 33-year-old over the weekend, but that confidentiality agreements prohibited him from about his vaccination status or any request he had made for a medical exemption.Djokovic has remained steadfast in not revealing his status, even after officials in Victoria – whose reach extends to Melbourne where the tournament takes place – ruled that only fully vaccinated players and their entourages need apply.”If Novak shows up at the Australian Open, he’ll either be vaccinated or he’ll have a medical exemption,” Tiley said.This obv sounds like he's not vaccinated. End of story.— AllAboutTennisBlog (@TennisBlogger1) December 21, 2021″[It’s] his choice on his medical condition; it’s his choice to keep personal and private, like all of us would do with any condition we may or may not have. That provides us with safety and an extra level of comfort on site.”Tiley also explained that an independent panel of doctors and immunology specialists would review any potential requests for medical exemptions.Such a great role model- won't get vaxxed to protect fellow players, demands special treatment. World number one Djokovic, who has so far refused to reveal his Covid vaccination status, has generally been considered among a cohort of the sport’s top stars who may be forced to miss out on the first Grand Slam event of 2022.The Serb, who would be in line to win his fourth successive title in Melbourne and break the all-time Grand Slam record with 21 wins, had been thought to be in danger of being excluded from the tournament amid harsh guidelines designed to mitigate the spread of the virus within Australia’s borders.Tennis Australia chief Craig Tiley has now raised the possibility of some unvaccinated players being allowed to participate.Yet another twist in the exhausting will-he-won't-he saga for Djokovic Down Under:In an interview on Serbian TV today, Srdjan Djokovic sure made it sound like his son Novak still isn't vaccinated, and is hoping for some sort of special decision to be allowed to play #AusOpen. [If he is here], I will know that he fulfils one of those conditions.”
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The will-he-won’t-he debate surrounding Djokovic saw another recent development when he was including in Serbia’s list of competitors for the ATP Cup which starts in Sydney on January 1 – an event which would also require him to be vaccinated.In a further hint about Djokovic’s potential eligibility, his father, Srdjan, appeared to suggest that his son had not yet been jabbed – and that the Australian Open organizers had a decision to make.”They have to decide whether they will let Novak in,” he said on Serbian television. The fact that this is still in the air is crazy.— Rebecca Winter (@SkyCatch_Her) December 21, 2021We will know if Djokovic is vaccinated or not based on whether or not he's in Australia in a couple weeks. We will wait for [the French Open in May] and his 21st Grand Slam title.”He will win a few more Grand Slam titles [before] he retires, I think four or five.”He will win at least twice at Wimbledon and some other slams, for sure. Do you doubt that? “If they decide to [not let him in], they have to stand by their decision. If he meets those conditions, then great. Novak will do what he thinks is best for him, nobody will impose an opinion on him.”What to do if he ends up not going? If not, it’s disappointing.”Medically, he doesn’t talk to anyone about it. He has won the Australian Open nine times, he now wants to play – but they have to permit him to play. I’d love to have Novak here. Follow RT on

Fans of Novak Djokovic have been handed a glimmer of hope ahead of January’s Australian Open after the boss of the tournament suggested the door may be opened to a small number of unvaccinated players. I’m not going to ask Novak that – it’s none of my business. You don’t need to be an expert but Novak will play for another two to three years and this will be enough.” We are not going to force him or ask him to disclose that.”We want to have the best players here. I don't want to hear anymore about this, it has become a focus when the focus should be on players who are doing the right thing.— Lillian *Disarm and Defund* 🩸🦷 (@JennDoubleu) December 21, 2021That's why Nadal, Carlos Moya, Raducanu, Jabeur and Bencic, fully vaccinated, all tested positive to covid and spread it around. How long before you get that the vaccine doesn't prevent transmission?

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‘Next 4 days most dangerous’ for Olympic champ left with brain injury by horrific attack

“He is an honest guy; he has never been seen at any parties.View this post on InstagramA post shared by Anna Sidorova (@curlme_anna)”Unfortunately, some kind of aggression reigns in our society which results in such episodes.”Sidorova previously said that three people became aggressive when they were asked for a cigarette lighter by a member of her group, with matters turning violent when Soloviev told the trio to show more respect for the women.He is then said to have been pushed to the ground, hitting his head on a door as he fell before being violently kicked while on the floor.View this post on InstagramA post shared by Anna Sidorova (@curlme_anna)”One of my friends asked for a lighter from a group of three young men. Sidorova said they were planning to perform a CT scan on his brain on Tuesday night.View this post on InstagramA post shared by Дмитрий Соловьев | D.Solovyev (@dmitry_solovyev)His attackers, who were said to have been involved in a skirmish purportedly captured by video footage that circulated on social media, could face between five and 12 years behind bars, depending on the extent of his injuries.One account said that the mortality rate for such an injury is around ten percent before victims even reach hospital.“I would put them in jail for 10 years,” said Yana Rudkovskaya, the influencer and producer wife of two-time Olympic figure skating champion Evgeni Plushenko, speaking to Sport Express about the prospect of culprits being formally identified.View this post on InstagramA post shared by Anna Sidorova (@curlme_anna)”And it would [send a] significant [message] to others. Мужик всегда отвечает за свои слова!»На этих кадрах видно, как начинался конфликт, в ходе которого избили фигуриста Дмитрия Соловьева. I will be extremely happy if everything is fine with Dima… Follow RT on

The girlfriend of Russian Olympic hero Dmitri Soloviev has revealed that doctors are treating the ice dancing gold medalist for a brain hematoma after he was attacked in front of her outside a karaoke club after coming to her aid. The 32-year-old is being cared for by neurologists at the Botkin Hospital in Moscow following an alleged assault outside a venue in the city when he is said to have become embroiled in a horrifying altercation.Girlfriend Anna Sidorova, the European curling champion who Soloviev is said to have been defending at the time, has now revealed that the 2014 Olympic gold medalist has a brain hematoma amid reports that three men have been detained and are facing years in prison over the alleged incident.”His condition is still difficult,” Sidorova told her thousands of worried fans on Instagram.View this post on InstagramA post shared by Anna Sidorova (@curlme_anna)”Communication with him is very limited – doctors forbid him to communicate more often than once or twice a day.”He says he wants to sleep all the time and his head continues to hurt. The most important thing is that he now gets better.”I am still in a state of shock. “We are extremely pleased that so many people care,” she said. [There have been] an insane number of calls from the media.”I ask you to understand that, so far, it has not been possible to answer everyone and express words of gratitude personally. pic.twitter.com/pUwDDYXqG7— Известия (@izvestia_ru) December 21, 2021″I am simply amazed how Dima continued to remain calm,” she reportedly added.”Even at the moment when he was repeatedly bullied and beaten, he understood that this is not how issues are resolved in the civilized world.”Experts have put Soloviev on a drip and given him injections. Спортсмен пытался разрешить спор мирно, но его противники сразу пустили в ход кулаки. He looked 18 years old,” she told the channel.”Dmitri just lay there when they kicked him. I hug everyone and thank you.”Soloviev is considered one of the finest ice dancers of his generation and has recently been competing on television show Ice Age. Nobody will allowed to cover up the case.”Olympic silver medalist ice dancer Ilya Averbukh told Match TV that the situation was “extremely unpleasant”.”I can only say the best about Dima,” he added. It wasn’t a fight; we can say that it was an attack on their part.”Sidorova offered gratitude on behalf of the couple in her update. “For us now, everyone’s support is really important and valuable.View this post on InstagramA post shared by Anna Sidorova (@curlme_anna)”Together with you, I send all my strength to Dima. The next four days are the most dangerous because even doctors cannot predict changes in hematoma in the brain.”Stunned Sidorova told the Russian Olympic Committee Telegram channel, via Metaratings, that the group “didn’t touch anyone” and “didn’t do anything” to start the scuffle.«Ты мужик? we will protect Dima to the last.

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NFL player warns people who ‘don’t get what’s happening’ as vaxxed stars ‘play on with Covid’

pic.twitter.com/tXQCRCxu4X— Jonathan Feliciano (@MongoFeliciano) December 22, 2021″I am feeling fine with mild symptoms. Hopefully it can stay like this.”Feliciano also retweeted a post by Detroit Lions player Nick Williams claiming that vaccine manufacturer Pfizer is buying a cardiovascular biopharma company, which he called an “interesting” development.Around 96 percent of NFL stars are thought to have opted to be vaccinated. U can still get Covid while vaxxed— Jonathan Feliciano (@MongoFeliciano) December 21, 2021″Just to be clear, Covid is not keeping me out of this game – the rules are,” Beasley said, appearing to voice his frustration at rules that compel unvaccinated players to be tested.”Vaxxed players are playing with Covid every week now because they don’t test.”One of my vaxxed teammates is in the hospital missing games. The vax doesn’t stop you from getting Covid u big dummy— Jonathan Feliciano (@MongoFeliciano) December 21, 2021Me after getting the monoclonal antibodies today!! Buffalo Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley will miss a potentially crunch clash with the New England Patriots on Sunday after being ruled out for ten days following a positive Covid test.Unvaccinated Beasley has been one of the NFL’s most outspoken vaccine skeptics, repeatedly speaking out to his vast media following in opposition to forced treatment against Covid.That is in spite of a jump in Covid cases in the US and a claim by Dr Anthony Fauci, the boss of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and president Joe Biden’s chief medical advisor, claiming that unvaccinated individuals account for 97 percent of Covid hospitalizations and deaths in Beasley’s homeland.View this post on InstagramA post shared by Cole Beasley (@bease11)All u dummies that keep @ me about Covid, I’m VAXXED and ended up in er Sunday morning. Thank you for the support. Follow RT on

An NFL vaccine rebel who has contracted Covid has warned that there is no hope for people who “don’t get what’s happening” and warned that jabbed players are featuring on teams every week. League bosses and the NFL Players Association are continuing to implore players to take vaccines and boosters. I look forward to being back out there with my teammates soon.”Beasley is widely reported to have likely been talking about Jon Feliciano, his colleague who revealed he had been hospitalized by the virus at the weekend despite being vaccinated.”All you dummies that keep [contacting] me about Covid – I’m vaxxed and ended up in ER on Sunday morning,” said Feliciano. I’m sure he didn’t get this same energy.”Thank you for those who support. You can still get Covid while vaxxed.”Calling one pro-vaccine correspondent a “sheep”, Feliciano added: “The vax doesn’t stop you from getting Covid, you big dummy.”earlier today i went in and got the monoclonal antibodies took about an hour and a half went back to hotel, take a nap cause I felt exhausted, woke up feeling pretty good hopefully it can stay like this!!— Jonathan Feliciano (@MongoFeliciano) December 21, 2021Pfizer is buying a Cardiovascular Biopharma Company 🧐 Interesting— Nicholas Williams (@NickWilliams_98) December 21, 2021Feliciano then updated fans by saying: “Earlier today, I went in and got the monoclonal antibodies.”It took about an hour and a half. Everyone else: if you don’t get what’s happening, then there is nothing anybody can do for you.Hey sheep I mean sal. I went back to my hotel, took a nap because I felt exhausted and woke up feeling pretty good.

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Manchester City defender Mendy charged with seventh rape

Former France international Mendy appeared at Chester Crown Court in the UK on Thursday, when the lifting of restrictions allowed the emergence of a further rape charge to be revealed against the 27-year-old.The charge comes in addition to six counts of rape and one of sexual assault which Mendy has already been charged with.Mendy stands accused of a total of eight offenses against five different women, with the rape charges concerning four women.🚨 Manchester City full-back Benjamin Mendy has been charged with a 7th count of rape on top of the six he is already facing.(Source: PA) pic.twitter.com/YlnloqIUOX— Transfer News Live (@DeadlineDayLive) December 22, 2021Three of the alleged crimes took place on October 11 2020, with one on January 2 2021, one on July 24 2021 and two on August 23 2021. Follow RT on

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Manchester City star Benjamin Mendy denied bail AGAIN as he awaits trial for rape and sexual assault

Mendy’s co-defendant Louis Saha Matturie, appeared alongside him at the hearing.Matturie, of Greater Manchester, is accused of serious sex offences against young women.Forty-year-old Matturie was said to have worn a tie in the dock, while Mendy did not.Former Monaco star Mendy, of Cheshire, has been in custody since he was arrested on August 26.The pair were remanded in custody at HMP Altcourse in Liverpool following the 40-minute hearing.Their trial had been set for January but has now been rescheduled for June 27 or August 1 2022.Judge Patrick Thompson said that a hearing on January 7 will deal with custody time and bail arrangements.A plea and trial preparation hearing is then expected to take place on January 24.

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‘Few know who I am’: Ronaldo’s girlfriend Rodriguez teases new Netflix show (VIDEO)

“She was already done with work.”View this post on InstagramA post shared by Georgina Rodríguez (@georginagio)View this post on InstagramA post shared by Georgina Rodríguez (@georginagio)The 36-year-old Portugal captain also exclaims: “Georgina is the woman of my life, obviously. Manchester United forward Ronaldo plays a star role in the real-life drama about his Buenos Aires-born girlfriend, who he purportedly met in a Gucci store in 2016.The self-aggrandizing six-part show has now been given a release date of January 27, according to Rodriguez, who posed on top of a large sculpture of her name in a dress and heels as part of a promotional post with the broadcasting platform.”Many know my name,” said the 27-year-old, who often portrays herself on multi-million dollar yachts and in exotic locations for the benefit of her legion of social media followers. Follow RT on

The expectant mother of Cristiano Ronaldo’s twins, Georgina Rodriguez, has produced a glamorous teaser for a Netflix documentary which is expected to reveal what life is like as the partner of the planet’s most famous athlete. “Few know who I am.”View this post on InstagramA post shared by Netflix España (@netflixes)View this post on InstagramA post shared by Georgina Rodríguez (@georginagio)Netflix described the episodes as showing “what is behind the covers, the stories and the red carpets.”In one clip, an assistant can be seen telling the ever-modest Rodriguez: “You’re a person with a big heart; I wish there were more people like you in the world.”Rodriguez tells the cameras: “My life was built – and today is still built – on the basis of love.”View this post on InstagramA post shared by Georgina Rodríguez (@georginagio)View this post on InstagramA post shared by Georgina Rodríguez (@georginagio)She is also seen praying to Jesus Christ in one sequence, adding: “God always accompanied me and gave me the strength to fight.”Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo appears to recall the moment when he first met Rodriguez as part of the documentary.”That’s when I went in and Geo was there,” he says. She’s the woman I’m completely in love with.”The couple are currently expecting a boy and girl, which will take Ronaldo’s brood up to six children.They returned to England at the end of August, when Ronaldo rejoined Premier League heavyweights United in a shock move from Italian giants Juventus.

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The world-beating Soviet gymnast whose triumph turned to tragedy

She matched that achievement at the European Championships in Copenhagen, where she also added a silver medal in the floor exercise. The weight was becoming intolerable, all the while Mukhina missing out on the carefree life of a regular teenage girl.Poignant footage from the documentary ‘Unfree fall’ shows an all-together lighter, more playful Mukhina when she was removed from the gaze of her master.After her world title success, Mukhina would say: “I cried on the pedestal in France not out of joy, but because I understood: no one would let me go.”
Mukhina was happy among teammates when not carrying out her demanding training regime. A memorial service was held in her honor five days later, and she was buried at the Troekourov Cemetery on the southwestern outskirts of Moscow. Flanked by two small pots of flowers, its gleaming face bears the image of girl, a perfect picture of poise and concentration.The four words engraved just to the right of the image are stark: ‘Great gymnast, world champion’. This is the final resting place of Elena Mukhina, one of the most remarkable athletes ever to grace her sport; an artist who pushed the limits of the human body in a way few have ever done. This year marks the 15th anniversary since Mukhina’s death on December 22, 2006. Comaneci herself would tip Mukhina for Olympic glory.NO PAIN, NO GAIN Rivals in the arena, Comaneci and Mukhina were united in the debilitating pressures they had faced to reach the top. Mukhina also pioneered new elements on the bars and in her floor routines.   By the time of the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, she was already making a name for herself but was not yet consistent enough to earn a place among the Soviet ranks.In the event, the Games would be remembered for the iconic performance from Nadia Comaneci, the Romanian who picked up a haul of three golds – including the all-around title – and five medals in total. Mukhina threw herself into gymnastics. Despite purported advice from Klimenko that she should only perform it into the foam pit, she was training on the platform. © YouTube / Match TV / KinoProduct AN ENDURING LEGACY Mukhina was keen on keeping up with world events, including in gymnastics, also learning to use her hands again to write. Mukhina crash-landed, snapping her spine. When she did speak, she was often philosophical about her fate.“I realized that I needed to radically change my attitude to life,” Mukhina said. “Not to envy others, but to learn to enjoy what is available to me. “Otherwise, you can go crazy. I realized that the commandments ‘do not think badly, ‘do not act badly’, ‘do not envy’ are not just words. “That there is a direct connection between them and how a person feels. I began to feel these connections. And I realized that, compared to the ability to think, the inability to move is such nonsense…”
Mukhina’s condition deteriorated and she struggled even to sit upright. © YouTube A STEP TOO FAR But the demands continued.In 1979, Mukhina claimed the uneven bars gold medal at the Soviet championships. © RIA Novosti A FATEFUL PARTNERSHIP IS FORGEDMukhina’s first serious steps were taken under the tutelage of Alexander Eglit. She was 20 years old.A girl who had just moments earlier been capable of the most graceful, powerfully seductive movements of the human body imaginable was essentially now immobile.Somewhat darkly, Mukhina’s first thoughts as she lay stricken on the ground were said to be relief that she would finally be given some respite.  
Mukhina was paralyzed by the accident. Her battle was now an entirely different one: to find some quality of life to accompany her immobility.She remained with her grandmother in a Moscow apartment, reclusive and rarely giving interviews. As Mukhina would later recall, her hand shot up without hesitation. The cast was removed from her leg even though Mukhina had concerns that she was not yet ready to resume training.Going through her routines in the gym, she was forced into an even greater workload to cut the excess weight she had gained during her incapacitation.Added to this perfect storm of pressure was the complex element Klimenko had placed in her floor routine: the Thomas salto. © RIA Novosti THE ESSENCE OF LIFE The initial response from Soviet sports officials was of hushed secrecy surrounding Mukhina’s health, but it soon became evident she would never walk again, let alone grace gymnastics competition. Some said she would be lucky to live days, let alone weeks. Mukhina did survive after surgery, and despite being wedded to a wheelchair, she is said to have found a new perspective in the wake of tragedy. © RIA Novosti With the Moscow Olympics fast approaching in 1980, the Soviet team was still formidable but success on home soil was non-negotiable. Likewise, there was desperation from Klimenko to get Mukhina back on her feet and into training to ensure she made the team. © RT Sport / Liam Tyler She had gone, but her legacy was far from forgotten. As recently as the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Mukhina’s was a name which appeared as America’s Simone Biles battled her own mental and physical demons. Klimenko was back in Moscow for a short trip, desperate to persuade sporting officials that his charge was fit enough to be included in the team, despite lingering doubts. His younger brother, Viktor, had won Olympic gold in Munich in 1972, but Mukhina was to be the first female gymnast he would endeavor to forge into a world-beater. © RIA Novosti Klimenko’s hopes, bound up in the stifling demands of the Soviet sports system, would continue to bear down on her slender shoulders. The move was named after US men’s star Kurt Thomas and involved a 1.5 backflip-1.5 twist combination before a roll-out.It was almost exclusive to male gymnastics and required perfect execution to avoid being cripplingly dangerous.It would ultimately be Mukhina’s downfall.  “Several times I saw my fall in a dream,” Mukhina would later say. “I saw how they carried me out of the hall. I understood that sooner or later this would really happen. “I felt like an animal being whipped along an endless corridor. But again and again it came to the hall. Perhaps this is fate. And they don’t take offense at fate.”
Elena Mukhina pictured in 1977. She was interested in psychology and philosophy, and graduated from the Moscow Institute of Physical Education.Mukhina was awarded the Soviet Union Order of the Badge of Honor in the aftermath of her injury, while International Olympic Committee president Juan Samaranch bestowed on her the Silver Medal of the Olympic Order.In 2021, she was posthumously inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame. The Thomas salto, the move that had proved so costly, would later be banned in women’s and then men’s gymnastics.Klimenko was deeply affected by the events and emigrated to Italy with his family, continuing his work as a gymnastics trainer. Follow RT on

In the quiet corner of a Moscow cemetery, a black slab of marble stands surrounded by the December snow. Mukhina would always remember him with fondness, and together she rose to become Moscow champion. Nadia Comaneci was queen at the 1976 Olympics. Gradually, though, Klimenko would become convinced that this was a gem who could be polished – gently or otherwise – into a champion.Crucially, Mukhina possessed a remarkable persistence and a talent for carrying out Klimenko’s instructions to the letter.Just as gymnastics was becoming more demanding following the graceful elements of the likes of the legendary Larisa Latynina and Ludmilla Tourischeva, Klimenko saw the chance to bring in more powerful and increasingly complex elements from men’s gymnastics and impose them on his new protegee.A new version of the Korbut loop – named after Soviet four-time Olympic gold medalist Olga Korbut – was devised for Mukhina to perform. Comaneci famously earned the first-ever perfect 10 score for her performance on the uneven bars. Her childhood was not a happy one. Mukhina regularly battled with injuries. She lost her mother at an early age, in a tragedy apparently caused when her alcoholic father set fire to their apartment.Mukhina was taken in by her grandmother, Anna, with her father never to play a meaningful role in her life again.In many ways, the tragedy foreshadowed the sadness which would pursue Mukhina for the rest of her days. © NTV Stick-thin, Mukhina was initially viewed as being behind her contemporaries at her new CSKA training home. Mukhina was taken under the tutelege of Klimenko. She was 46 years old. Hers was a life blessed with triumph but befallen by tragedy; a cautionary tale of a career cut brutally short by a life-changing injury.  
Mukhina was laid to rest in a Moscow cemetery. © Action Images SOVIET NATIONAL PRIDEFor the Soviet team, coached by former champion Latynina, Comaneci’s dominance was a galling experience against a supposedly lesser sporting nation in the empire’s sphere of influence.It had to be rectified, and Mukhina emerged as one of the answers.Under the ever-demanding eye of Klimenko, Mukhina became all-round silver medalist at the Soviet championships in 1977, the same year she won three titles at the European championships in Prague along with one silver and one bronze, as well two World Cup titles.The best, however, was yet to come.Mukhina’s apotheosis arrived in 1978 with a breathtaking performance at the World Championships in Strasbourg, France. © RT / Liam Tyler CHILDHOOD TRAUMA  Mukhina was born in Moscow on June 1, 1960. “I almost screamed with joy,” she said. The balance of power appeared to be shifting. Eglit, however, gradually came to understand that the gaunt-looking child in his charge possessed a talent which warranted more professional attention.That realization precipitated a meeting on December 28, 1974, with the man who would alter the course of Mukhina’s life thereafter: Mikhail Klimenko.Klimenko was a former Soviet junior gymnastics champion known for coaching male athletes. It was Comaneci who took the all-around title as part of three golds. The 1979 World Championships, to be held in Fort Worth, were looming but Mukhina broke her leg during an exhibition in England, ruling her out of the competition.Comaneci would help the Romanians to team gold at the World Championships, despite her own struggles with blood poisoning resulting from a cut. © Sputnik In a painful twist of irony, when tragedy did strike it was not under the gaze of Klimenko.With the Olympics just weeks away, the Soviet team were in Minsk, putting in intense training. He never reconciled with Mukhina and his death from cancer came on November 14, 2007 – his 65th birthday.Mukhina said she did not blame him, instead pointing to a system that drove athletes such as her relentlessly to the brink.  Mukhina herself eventually succumbed to complications from her condition on December 22, 2006. He sensed that his legacy as a trainer was bound up in Mukhina’s fate. On July 3, 1980, Mukhina was practicing the part of her routine containing the Thomas salto. Klimenko, however, had other ideas, reportedly removing her from hospital and directly back to training, taking off the orthopedic brace from around her neck.The mantra appeared clear: injury was weakness or unwillingness, Mukhina had to break through the pain to achieve greatness. Biles would pull out under the glare of the spotlight; Mukhina ultimately paid the price for not being able to do the same.Some of those wishing to remember Mukhina will pay homage this week at her resting place on the 15th anniversary of her passing.What they will find at her grave is that image of a girl looking out intently yet elegantly, set amid a darker backdrop.By Liam Tyler  It was, however, from these inauspicious beginnings that a prodigious talent was born.Already fixated with gymnastics when other girls were keen on figure skating, Mukhina would encounter the hand of fate when coach Atonina Olezhko visited her school and posed the question to the class: who among them would be keen on training? The Romanian endured her own a brutal training routine, and later revealed she had even attempted suicide prior to the 1978 World Championships.For Mukhina, a disturbing pattern had already emerged of an athlete being forced to push through injury in a clamor to the pinnacle of her sport.Back in 1975, she had suffered a spinal injury which required hospital treatment and rest. It remains one of the greatest individual showings gymnastics have ever seen.Aged 18, Mukhina was imperious as she won gold in the all-around, team and floor events, as well as picking up silver medals in the uneven bars and balance beam.Despite beating Mukhina to gold on the beam, Comaneci settled for a solitary title and two silvers at the event. Mukhina had emerged as a world-beating force but faced increasing pressure.

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‘Show some damn respect’: UFC champ accuses FIFA of ‘bullsh*t’ towards Africa

Unless the whole world is shutting down again. We can host a football competition that’s as good as you can see in Europe and the world.” I don’t see why AFCON wouldn’t take place.”CAF president Patrice Motsepe insisted he would be “with my wife and kids” to “witness this incredible competition” when the first ball is kicked on January 9.From Cairo to Cape Town, some of the world’s greatest football players come from Africa. We have to stop being the ones that lack confidence and are always expressing negative views of our people.”All over the world, there are competitions with challenges – but we have to be more optimistic because sometimes we are over-critical of ourselves.”If we’re not going to have confidence in what we do, who’s going to have confidence in us?”This is the generation where Africans must believe in Africans. If Cameroon can not host tournament in the summer, they should not. pic.twitter.com/NtYrtzTjTx— Usher Komugisha (@UsherKomugisha) December 21, 2021Other international competitions have been going on, so yes the African Cup of Nations should go on as well. The Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), which is scheduled to be held in Ngannou’s homeland from January, is reportedly under threat after FIFA president Gianni Infantino was said to have backed European clubs pushing for a postponement.With the rise of the Omicron Covid variant already causing a major rescheduling headache for leagues, there are concerns over dozens of players heading to Cameroon to take part in the month-long showpiece which has already been rescheduled from summer 2021.A ‘small but highly influential minority’ within the Confederation of African Football (CAF) backed Infantino’s purported position during a Zoom call on Sunday, according to inews, although no conclusion is said to have been reached.It's so disrespectful to see how @FIFAcom is trying to suspend the African Cup of Nations with some bullshit excuses while competitions have been taking place everywhere else.— Francis Ngannou (@francis_ngannou) December 21, 2021🇨🇲 Cameroon is hosting the #ACON this year and the whole continent is excited for it since this is the only competition that honor all African players around the world. Please show some damn respect to our people 🙄 #237 #CMR2022— Francis Ngannou (@francis_ngannou) December 21, 2021UFC champion and Cameroonian hero Ngannou is clearly not happy with what he believes is an unfair treatment of Africa.”It’s so disrespectful to see how FIFA is trying to suspend the Africa Cup of Nations with some bullsh*t excuses while competitions have been taking place everywhere else,” the fighter told his Twitter following of more than 600,000.”Cameroon is hosting the [tournament] this year and the whole continent is excited for it, since this is the only competition that honors all African players around the world. The EUROs were played across 11 countries in the middle of this global pandemic and all of a sudden playing the AFCON in one country is a problem? Please show some damn respect to our people.”Superstars including Egypt’s Mohamed Salah and Naby Keita and Arsenal’s Thomas Partey are among the list of around 40 players from the Premier League alone who are expected to be joining their national squads.The AFCON 2021 will take place in Cameroon starting January 9 to February 6, 2022. If anything there is a disrespect from CAF holding AFCON in the middle of a season. Follow RT on

MMA champ Francis Ngannou has accused FIFA of being “so disrespectful” to Africa, while football legend Samuel Eto’o has warned of a perception that “Africans aren’t worth anything”. We are ready to show the world the best of African football and African hospitality.”This tournament is important for the people of Africa and I’m so proud and so excited with the work done.There is a little matter of Covi19, if you did not hear about. Stop moaning about disrespect. Billion$ (@kmarfo_) December 16, 2021″We have to believe in our people. WC next year is the same.— Alex Yurchyk🖐👍 (@AlexYurchyk) December 15, 2021How many International tournaments are played in the middle of normal league season?Even leagues in Africa are still in session, and we expect a one month hiatus?The timing is wrong and makes me wonder how the CAF leaders think— Dr. The idea that the players are somehow endangered this time by travelling to Africa from the ECA absolute nonsense and sign of the disrespectful posture they approach every issue from Africa with.— Michael Oti Adjei (@OtiAdjei) December 15, 2021″You can see that there’s a huge commitment and a focus to make sure that there’s good progress,” he added.”We are going to host, with the people of Cameroon, an exceptional tournament.”It will be the most successful AFCON. I have the utmost faith in the success of #CAN2021. pic.twitter.com/UINjq0ljoY— Samuel Eto'o (@SamuelEtoo) December 21, 2021The biennial noise about Afcon from European clubs switched up. We will see if the Beijing games happen first.— Jerad Sutton (@JeradVSutton) December 21, 2021Former Barcelona striker and newly-elected head of the Cameroon FA Samuel Eto’o vowed that his organization would “defend hosting this competition to the end.””If [Euro 2020] took place in the middle of the pandemic, with full stadiums in several cities in Europe and there was no problem, why wouldn’t AFCON be played in Cameroon?” he told Canal+.”Or are you trying to say that like we’ve always been treated, we Africans aren’t worth anything so we have to put up with it? Mark your calendars. Say no to neocolonialism! The Africa Cup of Nations is a celebration of pride, of African brotherhood and most of all, our love for the game.

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NHL stars may skip Beijing Olympics

Sources told both AP and ESPN on Tuesday that the NHL would withdraw its stars from the Olympic Games – despite agreeing last year to participate – because their season has been heavily disrupted by Covid-19 outbreaks and restrictions. US and Canadian athletes are still set to compete in the Games, however.Liu Pengyu, a spokesman for the Chinese Embassy in the US, called the diplomatic boycott a “political manipulation and a grave distortion of the spirit of the Olympic Charter,” but added that “no one would care about whether these people come or not.”“No invitation has been extended to US politicians whatsoever, so this ‘diplomatic boycott’ simply comes out of nowhere,” he declared. Follow RT on

The National Hockey League (NHL), which comprises 32 professional ice hockey teams from the United States and Canada, will reportedly withdraw from the upcoming 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, citing Covid-19. An official announcement is expected to be made on Wednesday.“With 50 games already postponed, there was a fear the NHL would be unable to complete a full 82-game season while also taking a break of more than two weeks in February for the Olympics,” AP reported, noting that the NHL and its players are “drawing no direct money from competing at the Winter Games.”

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It was announced earlier this month that US and Canadian government officials would boycott the upcoming Winter Olympics, citing alleged human rights violations in China.

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F1 driver reveals death threats after his crash caused title carnage

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Williams driver Nicholas Latifi has revealed in a lengthy social media post that he has been subjected to a torrent of online hate and death threats following his role in the dramatic conclusion to the recent Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The 26-year-old Canadian driver proved to be an unwitting but crucial factor in deciding the destination of the 2021 Formula 1 World Championship after his late crash set in motion a series of events which would ultimately result in reigning champion Lewis Hamilton being pipped at the post by his Dutch rival Max Verstappen. Latifi’s accident with just five laps remaining prompted the introduction of a safety car which would ultimately eat into then-race leader Hamilton’s advantage, and then a ‘selective’ application of F1 guidelines from race director Michael Masi allowed Verstappen – who was on fresher tires – to take a dramatic late lead in both the race and the championship standings. And while Masi has been the subject of many F1 fans’ ire, Latifi also revealed on social media on Tuesday that he hasn’t escaped the attention of the sport’s army of trolls.A message from me after the events of Abu Dhabi https://t.co/uYj7Ct6ANQpic.twitter.com/eThFec8nAi— Nicholas Latifi (@NicholasLatifi) December 21, 2021″As soon as the checkered flag dropped, I knew how things were likely to play out on social media,” he wrote in a statement published on Twitter. “The fact that I felt it would be best if I deleted Instagram and Twitter on my phone for a few days says all we need to know about how cruel the online world can be.”The ensuing hate, abuse, and threats on social media were not really a surprise to me as it’s just the stark reality of the world we live in right now. I’m no stranger to being talked about negatively online, I think every sports person who competes on the world stage knows they’re under extreme scrutiny and this comes with the territory sometimes.”But as we’ve seen time and time again, across all different sports, it only takes one incident at the wrong time to have things completely blown out of proportion and bring out the worst in people who are so-called ‘fans’ of the sport. What shocked me was the extreme tone of the hate, abuse, and even the death threats I received.”View this post on InstagramA post shared by Nicholas Latifi (@nicholaslatifi)Latifi’s concerns about social media abuse are the latest in what is becoming an ever-increasing issue in global sport, and one which has seen leaders of prominent social media entities questioned about the ease with which trolls can use various platforms for nefarious means.Perhaps the best-known recent example of such abuse is that which was levied against the trio of young, black English footballers Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, Bukayo Saka after they missed crucial penalties in last summer’s Euro 2020 final against Italy.”Thankfully, I’m comfortable enough in my own skin, and I’ve been in this world long enough that I can do a pretty good job of just letting any negativity wash over me,” Latifi added. “But I know I’m not alone in thinking that a negative comment always seems to stick out more – and can sometimes be enough to drown out 100 positive ones.View this post on InstagramA post shared by Nicholas Latifi (@nicholaslatifi)”People will have their opinions, and that’s fine. It concerns me how somebody else might react if this same level of abuse was ever directed at them. No one should let the activities of a vocal minority dictate who they are.”Events in the last week have made me see how important it is to work together to stop this kind of thing happening and to support those on the receiving end. “I realize I’m unlikely to convince those who acted in this way towards me to change their ways – and they may even try to use this message against me – but it’s right to call out this kind of behaviour and not stay silent,” he concluded. READ MORE: Red Bull boss makes promise to F1 driver who caused title carnageThe post earned support from the likes of fellow F1 driver George Russell, who shared Latifi’s tweet and wrote: “Huge respect to you for speaking up, @NicholasLatifi. Having a thick skin is a huge part of being an athlete, especially when you are constantly in a position to be scrutinised. “But many of the comments I received last week crossed the line into something far more extreme.

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