DELE ALLI’S furious response to Tottenham’s disappointing night against RB Leipzig has been revealed from a brilliant new camera angle.With Spurs left clinging on to their place in the Champions League having just conceded to the Germans, the midfielder was taken off by Jose Mourinho.Dele Alli didn’t react well after being substituted last night.😳 Mourinho claims that the midfielder was angry at his own performance and not at him being substituted. Alli has struggled recently after starting off very well under Mourinho.#Spurs #UCL #Football pic.twitter.com/wcs1upAvR8— Playa Bets (@Playabets) February 20, 2020 MAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at LadbrokesDele Alli slams ‘arrogant’ Spurs as Marcus Rashford ruins Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United return Cameras picked up Alli slamming a water bottle into the bench after leaving the pitch and slumping into his chair, where he took off his boots and threw them to the ground, too.With his head in his hands, the England international was clearly inconsolable as Tottenham’s week went from bad to worse.Timo Werner’s second-half penalty served as the winner on Leipzig’s trip to North London in their Champions League last-16 first leg meeting.Speaking after the 1-0 loss, Mourinho insisted Alli was unhappy with his own display rather than the nature of his exit.SPURS NEWS LIVE: Follow all the latest news on TottenhamMourinho told beIN Sports: “I think he was upset with his performance.”Not with the substitution, with his performance.”I tried to play the last part of the game with [Erik] Lamela on one side, Giovani [Lo Celso] on the other side and then with the two fast players through the middle.”The only problem was the two fast players were not fast any more because of fatigue.”2 Alli showed his anger after coming off the pitchCredit: Getty Images – Getty2 Mourinho defended the star’s reactionCredit: AFP or licensorslatest football newsGossipCROWD RETURNFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticBAYERN 5 DUSSELDORF 0Lewa bags two as Bayern thump rivals to close on 8th straight titleTHEIR CALLReferees in Northern Ireland will be given choice on coming back says union bossFans online were divided over whether Alli showed passion or petulance as Spurs struggled without injured stars Son Heung-min and Harry Kane.One Tottenham Twitter account wrote: “That’s great to see. We want players who care about coming off the pitch and want to do better. Well done Dele, keep going and the goals will come.”Another, Shivani, added: “Sick of your tantrums you little b****! Play better and you won’t be subbed. Get over yourself.”Paul pointed out: “I showed my frustration in Dele tonight for probably the first time ever, but I’d still rather he walked off the pitch like this, than with a big smug smile. That would wind me up to be honest lol.”
Both teams had started the season far from their best level, and reached the 16th day distanced from their goals, third place in the case of the mattresses and European positions in the case of their rival. Despite the fact that the locals shot 23 times and the visitors 18, only three shots from each team went to goal. Simeone’s team, with a shot to the post by Joao Félix in the 85th minute, was the closest to taking the game.An assistant under sticksMarc-André Ter Stegen is, if not the best, one of the best goalkeepers in the world. His great footwork is undoubtedly one of his most distinctive features. The German goalkeeper is the first FC Barcelona goalkeeper to manage an assist in the League so far this century, data that shows why he is the most suitable goalkeeper for the culé team. Ter Stegen has made two assists so far in the championship. The first was against Getafe at the Coliseum, with a pass to Luis Suárez that allowed the Catalan team to open the can, in a match that would end 0-2. The second was two months later, this time in a 5-2 victory at Camp Nou against Mallorca, with a pass that also marked his team’s first goal. The German already has more assists in the League than Eden Hazard, Joao Félix or his teammate Jordi Alba.Way of being a legendJoaquín Sánchez is, without a doubt, one of the active legends of Spanish football. The Andalusian, one of the most respected players in the League, is on his way to becoming the field player with the most matches played in the Spanish First Division. This season he has already surpassed Manolo Sanchís (523), Paco Buyo (542) and Eusebio Sacristán (543). Osasuna, who returned to the First Division this season, added a total of 29 shots to turn the game around, being the team that has done the most in a game this season. 14 of those shots were on goal and three of them, those of Oier, Rubén García and Estupiñán, became a goal, showing that in Pamplona it is very difficult to get a good result. Those 29 shots are, in fact, the highest record for the Navarrese team in the highest category of Spanish football since the 2003/2004 campaign. With 544 matches behind him, if the competition can finally resume, this season he could beat Raúl González, who reached 550 with the Real Madrid shirt. Thus, he would become the field player with the most matches played. He would only have Andoni Zubizarreta ahead, who between 1981 and 1998 accumulated 622 matches. A figure that seems difficult to reach for the Betis player.The Bordalás sealGetafe is one of the revelation teams of the season. If last season he fought until the end for fourth place, which gives access to the Champions League, this year he seems to want to fight again. At the moment, on day 27, the Madrid team is fifth, tied on points with Real Sociedad, which occupies that dream fourth place. In this meeting, in addition, the blaugrana overcome the barrier of 1000 passes, specifically reaching 1002, which is also the highest pass record for Barça in a league game played at the Camp Nou since at least the 2005/2006 season. With Setién, overwhelming possession has once again become a hallmark of the Catalan painting.The King of DodgeIn the last game of FC Barcelona before the suspension of the League, where he faced Real Sociedad, Leo Messi became the player who has tried the most dribbles in a game this season. The Argentine tried to dribble an opponent up to 15 times. The azulgrana captain, in addition, would end up giving the three points to the culé team with a penalty goal in the 81st minute. A victory that allowed Barcelona to regain leadership, which it had lost on the previous day with the defeat at the Santiago Bernabéu. But that is not all. Messi is not only the player who has dribbled the most in a game this season, but also is the protagonist of two of the three matches in which a player has completed more dribbles. Ten were the ones that he successfully carried out precisely against the txuriurdin team, but he also got many others against Sevilla, in the Catalan team’s 4-0 victory at Camp Nou. Not in vain, He is the league’s most dribbling player, at 118, a far cry from Nabil Fekir’s 73, which occupies the second position.Wet gunpowderVillarreal and Atlético de Madrid starred on December 6 in the zero draw with the most finishes in the five major European leagues this season, along with Milan-Sassuolo. After 41 attempts, neither the ‘Submarino’ nor the rojiblanco team were able to beat Jan Oblak and Sergio Asenjo, respectively. In the 82nd minute, Benzema went down to the midfield to receive the ball, but his pass went directly to the feet of Andrés Guardado, who left Cristian Tello with three touches, who had entered to replace Joaquín. The former FC Barcelona would beat Courtois to establish the definitive 2-1 and leave the leadership in the hands of the Catalan team.The return of possessionOn January 19, FC Barcelona defeated Granada at home 1-0 thanks to a goal from their captain, Leo Messi, in the debut of Quique Setién as coach of the Barça team. In this match, the Catalan team had 82.44% possession, being the best record in a LaLiga game in the last eight seasons. In the 89th minute, Óscar Plano gave the first victory of the season to the Valladolid team after completing a play preceded, no more and no less, than 23 passes from his team, in which all the field players of the team trained by Sergio González participated. Before, Loren had tied a game in which Sergi Guardiola had advanced to Valladolid, who played practically the whole game with one more man due to the expulsion of Joel Robles in the 8th minute.Navarre bombardmentWith Rodrigo’s early goal, which overtook Valencia at El Sadar before the quarter hour of the game, the Celades team seemed to have the game on. But fifteen minutes later, everything turned against him. With the expulsion of Rodrigo himself, the match became an ordeal for the whole team.. A ruling that can cost a titleFrenchman Karim Benzema made the first mistake on the last day of the league that cost a goal for the first time in his entire league career with Real Madrid.. It was at Benito Villamarín, in a game in which Betis had advanced thanks to a goal from Sidnei and that Real Madrid striker himself had been responsible for tying when transforming a penalty. The great architect of all this is his coach, José Bordalás. The Alicante coach rescued the Azulones from the Second Division and took them to Europe thanks to an aggressive football philosophy that keeps its footballers with a high degree of concentration, allowing them to compete in the vast majority of matches. Getafe is, in fact, the team that has fouled the most (514) and received the most yellow cards (92) from the five major European leagues this season.The most elaborate goalThe most elaborate goal of the season came as soon as late, paradoxically. Soon because it was on the first day, specifically in the ninth game of the League, the one that faced Real Betis and Real Valladolid at Benito Villamarín. Late because he arrived at the end of the meeting. It was, in fact, the last goal of the day.
The attention of the Daily Observer is drawn to statements made by Deputy Presidential Press Secretary, Smith Toby, warning planners of the June 7 protest demonstration that they would be held liable for any outbreak of violence during the protest of June 7, 2019.Further, Mr. Toby has disclosed that the Government of Liberia is aware that an amount of US$350,000 has been set aside to pay US$5.00 (five U.S. dollars) to each demonstrator for his/her participation. This is indeed a serious accusation which, if true, warrants a criminal investigation with charges brought against the accused.This newspaper recalls that in last February, at the United Methodist Church convention held in Gbarnga, President Weah requested the body to pray for him and, he disclosed to a startled audience that plans were being hatched to assassinate him.Although the President stopped short of disclosing who were those involved in the assassination plans, however previous utterances by CDC Chairman Mulbah Morlu had left no doubt in the mind of the public just who the President was referring to when he finally broke his silence.Mulbah Morlu in one of his usual rants had specifically named opposition figures including Charles Brumskine, Alexander Cummings, former Vice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai and others as those plotting the assassination of President Weah.In the wake of Morlu’s wild allegations, Representative Yekeh Kolubah on February 7, 2019 wrote House Speaker Bhofal Chambers a letter drawing the attention of plenary to what Representative Kolubah described as a very disturbing statement coming from Morlu.He wrote, “I am taking this allegation very serious, because it has the propensity to destabilize the country’s peace. Mr. Morlu’s remarks are a complete instigation of attack on the lives of opposition political party leaders, and politicians in the country, which contravenes the tenet of democracy.“This is the same Mr. Morlu who said he saw pickups (vehicles) loaded with tons of Liberian dollars departing from the National Housing Bank; (and) today, we have a serious situation of missing L$16 billion untold story faced by the government.“Notwithstanding, Mr. Morlu is again insinuating that opposition politicians want to assassinate the President. I therefore crave for my colleagues to invite him to justify his assertion to this august body”. There is no evidence, however that Speaker Chambers never invited Morlu.But the Daily Observer, finding the President’s remarks very troubling, questioned in its February 8, 2019 editorial headlined, “Where Does President Weah Stand on Morlu’s Assassination Allegations”. There was no official reaction to the question although reaction from the public suggested that Morlu’s claims were unfounded.The Daily Observer in yet another editorial on February 14, 2019 headlined, “Dissecting President Weah’s Troubling Assassination Claims”, argued that the accusation was troubling and warranted a criminal investigation to lay bare the facts, although it noted that Morlu had not offered a single shred of evidence to substantiate his claim.Up to present, Mr. Morlu has not presented an iota of evidence to support his allegations. Now, another government official is spinning new allegations claiming that President Weah is aware that organizers of the planned June 7 protest have amassed a sum of US$350,000 to pay each participant in the protest an amount of US$5.00.Once again, the Presidential Deputy Press Secretary has not provided a single iota of evidence to convince a doubting public that his claims are indeed true. This raises the question whether the Justice Minister, who is chief legal advisor to the President and who chairs the Joint Security, passed such information on to the President and advised him accordingly?If indeed he did do so, then why has he (Justice Minister Musa Dean) not pressed charges to have the accused arraigned before a court of competent jurisdiction? The Daily Observer notes with dismay that such provocative statements would come from a highly placed official in the President’s office when there is no evidence to substantiate such outrageous claims.The Daily Observer also notes that it appears the statement by Press Secretary Toby, coming as it did in the wake of what should have been a reconciliatory meeting between President Weah and Representative Yekeh Kolubah, was carefully timed to put paid any notion of sustained and genuine reconciliatory initiatives by both individuals.Once again, this newspaper must warn of the dangers inherent to the pursuit of Janus-faced peace initiatives designed to lull rising public concerns about insecurity and instability. Presidential Deputy Press Secretary Toby’s warning of dire consequences, should the June 7 protest turn violent, suggests that, given information available to this newspaper, government sponsored agent provocateurs will indeed be on the standby to run riot on June 7 and then blame the protesters for the violence.Reports suggest that the recent ultimatum issued to Representative Yekeh Kolubah by a crop of ex-rebel generals to turn himself over to their custody is all part and parcel of a grand scheme to instigate violence and then blame it on the protesters.The Daily Observer’s April 19, 2019, editorial headlined “Is Another April 6,1996 Unfolding Before Our Eyes” was meant to warn President Weah of the danger inherent to the pursuits individuals around him appears to be goaded into. Recalling April 14, 1979, it appears from all indications that the June 7 protesters will not back-pedal on their plans to stage a peaceful protest akin to the “Bring Back Our Money” demonstration last year.It also appears, judging from Presidential Deputy Press Secretary Toby’s statement, that government intends to crush the demonstration at all costs even if it means the use of force or violence.The omen has already appeared, reminding us of the wizard’s warning to Sir Donald Cameron of Lochiel:“Lochiel, Lochiel! beware of the day;For, dark and despairing, my sight I may seal,But man cannot cover what God will reveal.‘Tis the sunset of life gives my mystical lore,And coming events cast their shadows before.I tell thee Culloden’s dread echoes shall ringFor the bloodhounds that bark for thy fugitive king”.Beware King George!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara family whose home was ravaged by flames on Thursday afternoon, which also saw the death of a child who was trapped in the building, is seeking assistance from the public to help them recuperate from the disaster.Mala Rampersaud, who lost her child during the tragedy, told Guyana Times that the nine persons who resided in the home were rendered homeless. For now, they are staying with neighbours and are receiving assistance from persons within the community.“We’re currently staying at our neighbour right next door. Whatever the neighbours bring and give us, we’re accepting. We’re asking the public that whatever they give, we will accept,” Rampersaud noted.She noted that the Guyana Fire Service is yet to determine the cause of the fire, and they were told that another investigative visit will be made on Monday.“They did not say what cause it. They say they will come on Monday again,” she said.According to the woman, her four-year-old daughter who survived the fire is not aware of the situation that her brother died, and has been constantly asking for him.Nine persons were left homeless after the fire started at about 02:00h at the Lot 83 Agriculture Road house.Mahin Rampersaud, who is almost two years old, was sleeping in the upper flat of the two-storied house when neighbours were alerted by thick, dark smoke emanating from the house and immediately raised an alarm.However, by the time public-spirited persons rushed to the scene to rescue the children, the little boy was already consumed in the flames. They managed to save his sister, who escaped unhurt, along with other family members.While the upper flat of the concrete and wooden structure was completely destroyed, a section of the lower flat was saved but has water damage.The children were at home with their grandmother who was unsuccessful in her attempts to render assistance to the toddler when she realised that the building was on fire.
– says Guyana has infrastructural needs to meetNotwithstanding Guyana’s public debt statistics, Finance Minister Winston Jordan has affirmed that more remains to be done for Guyana’s infrastructural development and thus, borrowing is a necessity.The Minister addressed the issue of Government’s indebtedness while signing a concessionary loan agreement on Friday. This loan, US$36 million, comes from China and Jordan was adamant that loans must be taken in the absence of Guyana own financial resources.“It has been mentioned in the press, often, about the state of borrowing or the state of debt,” Jordan said. “But in reality, Guyana has many infrastructural and other needs. These are greater than the resources that we can garner.”“So we must borrow. The intent is we must borrow prudently and for productiveFinance Minister Winston Jordanpurposes. This is one of the projects needed in Guyana. I have had the pleasure since becoming Minister of Finance, of signing a few loans that were given from China. And these include the East Coast Demerara widening project and now the National Broadband project.”The Finance Ministry’s Public Debt Annual Report for 2016 had showed that since 2015, there has been a 4.1 per cent rise in Guyana’s indebtedness to International lenders. A breakdown of the figures showed that total external debt amounted to $240 billion, a 72.6 per cent bite out of the total public debt. On the other hand, domestic debt stood at $90.6 billion, or 27.4 per cent of the total.The report notes that Guyana’s four main external creditors are the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the State-owned Export-Import Bank of China (China EXIM Bank) and lastly, the Venezuela State-owned oil company (PDVSA).Debt to GDP ratioLast year’s end of year outcome report had also revealed that for that year, the stock of public debt and the public debt to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) ratio had increased. According to the report, total public debt was recorded at US$1.6 billion, exceeding the projected amount by US$8.4 million. The public debt to GDP ratio actually increased by 0.9 per cent to be recorded at 46.1 per cent.According to the report, higher disbursements of money from the Export-Import Bank of China (China Exim Bank); the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Caricom Development Fund (CDF), as well as delayed debt service payments, were to be blamed.When it comes to servicing these debts, the report stated that total public debt service amounted to US$71.7 million for 2017. This was, in fact, lower by 2.5 per cent than the projected 2017 sum of US$73.5 million.More recently, the Bank of Guyana Quarterly Report and Statistical Bulletin had pegged an increase in public debt at US$19 million over a matter of months. The report divided this debt into external and domestic. External debt increased by 1.5 per cent hike from a December position of US$1.241 billion. The report therefore pegged external debt at US$1.265 billion.At least one of the reasons behind the increase in debt is the East Coast Road expansion project. In January of last year, Guyana had received a US$45.3 million concessional loan from the China Eximbank to complete the expansion project.Government was recently approved to get US$20 million from the sum allotted to them by the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) in a resource envelope. This money is expected to go towards the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) Utility Upgrade Programme, in a bid to bring an end to the blackout woes.Earlier this year, NICIL acquired a $30 billion syndicated bond at a rate of 4.75 per cent interest to spend on capitalising the Guyana Sugar Corporation’s (GuySuCo) remaining estates. The terms of the bond are five years, since it is expected that the proceeds of the land sale for GuySuCo would be used to repay the facility.
Fourth EBFA/Ralph Green U-11 League: Day 6…The semifinal lineup in the 4th edition of the East Bank Football Association’s (EBFA’s) Under-11 League, sponsored by USA-based Guyanese Ralph Green, will be confirmed today following determination of the final set of group matches being held at the Guyana Football Federation’s National Training Centre at Providence, East Bank Demerara.Action between Fruta Conquerors and Samatta PointKaneville during battle on Saturday lastTwelve teams are in contention in this league, but only four — the top two teams from groups ‘A’ and ‘B’ — will continue the quest to be crowned 2019 champions. They must first be victorious at next Saturday’s semis.Defending champions Timehri Panthers and newcomers Vurlon Mills Academy are through from Group ‘A’, with Mills Academy still to play their final match today. They are leading the group with a perfect four wins from four encounters, and can make it a ‘perfect five’ today.Riddim Squad are at the helm of Group ‘B’ and are assured of a place in the final four, having completed their five matches by winning three and drawing two, thus they are still undefeated.Agricola Red Triangle are at the moment in second place on nine points, but can be overtaken for second place in Group ‘B’.Kuru Kururu Warriors, with seven points and a final match today against Swan Football Club, their immediate neighbours on the Linden Soesdyke Highway, still have a chance to sneak in.Swan secured their first win of the league on Saturday last, and would be keen to end the competition on a high. They, however, will find the Warriors — with two wins, a loss and a draw — going all out for a third win that would see them clinching a final-four spot ahead of Agricola.Following are today’s fixtures:Eagles FC vs Vurlon Mills Academy at 09:00hrsDiamond United vs Fruta Conquerors at 09:00hrsSwan vs Kuru Kururu Warriors at 09:30hrsGrove Hi Tech vs Friendship All Stars at 09:30hrs
Weah has made eight senior international appearances for the USA, scoring one goal.“He has a long career ahead of him but he has those natural attributes in terms of his pace and technique. He’s hungry too,” Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers told the club’s website.“He’s been in the PSG squad and featured for them in pre-season. With the quality of players they have, it’s difficult for him to get in and get any game-time. They wanted him to go out on loan and saw Celtic as a great possibility.“He has really good qualities technically, and tactically is always improving his game. Physically he’s very good, very fast and is a strong player. He’ll add competition to the squad.”Rodgers was keen to add more firepower to his squad with Leigh Griffiths sidelined for a prolonged period due to personal problems leaving Odsonne Edouard as the club’s only natural senior striker before Weah’s arrival.Weah is Celtic’s second signing of the January window after also completing a loan deal until the end of the season for West Brom winger Oliver Burke.Celtic lead Glasgow rivals Rangers only on goal difference at the top of the Scottish Premiership after losing the Old Firm derby 1-0 on December 29, but have a game in hand over Steven Gerrard’s men.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000USA international Timothy Weah has joined Celtic on loan from Paris Saint-Germain until the end of the season © AFP / Anne-Christine POUJOULATLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 7 – Scottish champions Celtic reinforced their striking options on Monday with the signing of USA international Timothy Weah on loan from Paris Saint-Germain for the rest of the season.Son of 1995 Ballon d’Or winner and Liberian president George Weah, the 18-year-old has scored two goals in three appearances for PSG this season but saw his opportunities limited by a star front three of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani.
“It is a tough decision when you have to leave in environment where you thought you were doing the best and had a project you were pushing . Sometimes you have to make hard decisions; in life some decisions are difficult to make and this was one of them. But at the end of the day, it’s important that I keep on progressing,” Kimanzi told Capital Sport.The tactician rejoined Mathare United in December 2015 and has led a revivavl of the club from one that nearly suffered relegation to a mid-table side with ambition of climbing to the top five.In his first season in charge, he led Mathare to a seventh place finish, but dropped to 13th in 2017 after a torrid second leg. In 2018, the Slum Boys rose to finish eighth before rising again to sixth in the just concluded 2018/2019 season.Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne shares a point with one of his assistants Francis Kimanzi at the training complex in Marcoussis, Paris on June 6, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“I think I cannot regret because I had one mission and that I wanted to take the team back on and make them another force. By the time I left there were some good indicators that we were getting somewhere,” Kimanzi said“We work with smaller budget with some untested talent but still manage to compete and that was something that excited me more,” Kimanzi further stated.Even as he takes his concentration to national duty, Kimanzi says he will still be open to offer consultancy services to any club in the country, noting that he does not want to stay away from the local game.“You have to be close to the game. You can always consult and help anywhere you are called upon and always be engaged with youth players. I will try to have a balance in between. I can’t be too far from the game because that’s what we want to do on a daily basis,” further stated the Dutch-trained coach.Salim Ali who was his assistant, will now take charge on a permanent as the head coach.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mathare United head coach Francis Kimanzi reacts during their Kenyan Premier League clash against Posta Rangers at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on December 19, 2018. PHOTO/Mathare UnitedNAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 25 – Francis Kimanzi says his decision to walk away as the Mathare United head coach was the hardest in his career, but notes he had to do it to progress his own ambitions as a tactician.Mathare announced on Thursday that Kimanzi was stepping aside from his role as the club’s head coach to focus on his job at the national team where he is Sebastien Migne’s assistant as well as the coach for the Under-23 team.
Stoke fans will be delighted, as star man Bojan Krkic released a video of some rigorous beach exercises on his long journey back from knee ligament damage.The Spanish forward – sidelined since January after an innocuous incident in the Potters’ FA Cup victory over Rochdale – can be seen engaged in ladder work in his bid to be fit for the start of next season.The former Barcelona man had impressed in his debut Premier League campaign, scoring five goals – including two in two games prior to the horrific injury.The Stoke attacker took to Twitter to publicise his progress, which will no doubt please football purists after such an unfortunate incident. 1 Bojan Krkic Month 4 | Starting to feel that I’m really #ComingBackStronger !! #Day113 pic.twitter.com/HnujNxv61k— Bojan Krkic (@BoKrkic) June 4, 2015
Hollywood heiress Paris Hilton might have gotten a Coke and a smile from Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies during her stint in jail last summer, but the department went even further for errant actor Mel Gibson. In a review released Thursday into whether movie stars who run afoul of the law get preferential treatment, an investigator found three deputies involved in the drunk-driving arrest of Gibson violated policy – including driving Gibson to a tow yard to pick up his car. Deputies violated policy by hustling him through the release process and not obtaining his palm print and the required signatures before release, said Office of Independent Review Chief Attorney Michael Gennaco.And after his release, a sergeant gave him a lift to get his car. Gennaco, whose office oversees the Sheriff’s Department, said that during his review, evidence did not support allegations that Hilton was allowed to use a cell phone in jail or received other perks.Still, he said, an investigation is continuing into whether a sheriff’s employee inappropriately gave her a Coke and food and took a picture of her in her cell.In the Gibson case, however, Gennaco said his review found policy violations by three deputies who have since been disciplined by the department.Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said Thursday that the department is drafting protocols on how to handle celebrity arrests and the type of information that will be released to the public – especially from the Malibu/Lost Hills sheriff’s station.“I don’t believe we do treat them specially,” Whitmore said. “I think we treat them differently, as we treat any inmate with special needs.“But our deputies are aware now that the whole world is watching, so let’s make sure we address the special needs of inmates based on the content of those needs and not based on friendships, not based on influence and not based on any other item other than those special needs.”The shift comes as Baca has long been described as starstruck and accused of giving preferential treatment to celebrities.Bob Stern, president of the Center for Governmental Studies, said he was surprised the review found the department went softer on Gibson.“It seems like it took awhile, but it’s good that they did find some problems and the Sheriff’s Department didn’t just sweep it under the rug,” Stern said.“When you step back and think about it, an ordinary citizen would not have gotten a ride to a tow yard. It’s pretty obvious he got preferential treatment, but for them to say so is laudable, and they actually disciplined people.”Gibson’s arrest in summer 2006 and Hilton’s incarceration this summer sparked renewed complaints about perceived unequal treatment and celebrity justice by the Sheriff’s Department.In Gibson’s case, the furor erupted after allegations were made that the department sought to suppress the allegedly inflammatory statements Gibson made, Gennaco wrote in his report.A sheriff’s spokesman had originally told the media the arrest was made “without incident.”Afterward, the department launched a criminal investigation to determine who leaked the police report to the media. That investigation is still ongoing.An internal investigation by the department found that when the report was first prepared it contained a description of inflammatory statements Gibson allegedly made during the arrest.The initial response by lower-level supervisors was to order that those comments be stricken from the report, Gennaco wrote. The captain agreed, but directed his subordinates to instead prepare a supplemental report.The captain’s intent was to preserve all the relevant information about the remarks, but to present the case to the District Attorney’s Office “in a way that would limit the media’s initial access,” Gennaco wrote.“In spite of speculation that the sheriff or other top department executives directed this action on behalf of Mr. Gibson, the unit commander indicated that the decision to segregate the remarks was solely his,” Gennaco wrote.“The subsequent investigation revealed no evidence that this decision, or any other decision about the treatment of Mr. Gibson, was suggested or influenced by anyone higher in the department hierarchy.”While the decision on how to “package the information and describe the arrest” did not violate department policies, Gennaco said it points out the need to create a thoughtful and systemic approach on handling similar scenarios in the future.In the Hilton case, allegations of preferential treatment arose after Baca released her to home detention shortly after her incarceration.There also were other allegations that while in jail she received new uniforms, special mail deliveries, improper phone access, a freshly prepared and steam-cleaned cell and undue consideration from supervisors.“The outrage over ‘celebrity justice’ that attended her initial release was understandable and even predictable,” Gennaco wrote. “However, it also largely overlooked the fact that Ms. Hilton had already served far more time than other individuals convicted of the same offense in Los Angeles County.”As for her treatment in jail, Gennaco wrote it was determined that when Hilton walked past other inmates, they were ordered to face the wall.“A critic could certainly portray this as an extreme over-indulgence of one person’s sensibilities at the expense of the many,” Gennaco wrote.“However, it is a sound security procedure to require inmates to turn away whenever someone classified as being at a heightened risk of attack by inmates is moving through the jail, as it gives escorting deputies more time to react if another inmate attempts to initiate an assault.“Prior to Ms. Hilton’s arrival in jail, there were several stories of inmates bragging that they would try to attack her. Therefore, this precaution appears to have been justified and prudent.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ“It’s very rare to have an arrestee being driven to a tow yard so they can pick up their car,” Gennaco wrote in the report. “And in Malibu, the tow yard was 112 miles away.”The report culminates more than a year of controversy initially ignited in June when the Sheriff’s Department released Hilton from jail after just three days.She originally was ordered to spend 45 days behind bars for violating probation in an alcohol-related reckless-driving case. Under state sentencing guidelines for awarding “good time” for days served, she was expected to serve 23 days.Less than two months later, the department and Sheriff Lee Baca came under widespread criticism when reports surfaced that Gibson went on an anti-Semitic tirade during a weekend arrest on suspicion of drunk driving and that Baca ordered details of the outburst eliminated from a deputy’s report.Baca denied the report was sanitized or that Gibson was treated differently than other suspects. And he defended the early release of Hilton, citing overcrowded jails and an undisclosed health condition.