Arsenal legend Lauren reveals he would repeat infamous Ruud Van Nistelrooy incident ‘every year’

first_img Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 1 Apr 2020 2:38 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link541Shares Comment Advertisement Keown and other Arsenal players confronted Van Nistelrooy after the miss (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal hero Lauren has revisited the time the Gunners’ players confronted Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy after his infamous penalty miss in 2003 and defended their actions, saying he would do it again.The feisty match during Arsenal’s famous Invincibles season was dubbed ‘The Battle of Old Trafford’ and despite finishing 0-0 was one of the spectacles of the season.Arsene Wenger’s side were furious as they believed Van Nistelrooy feigned contact to get Patrick Vieira sent off for a second bookable offence.In the final minute of the game, United were awarded a penalty, and after the Dutch striker smashed his strike against the bar, several Arsenal players – led by Martin Keown – surrounded the Red Devils player as a fracas ensued.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTDespite right-back Lauren being suspended for four games and fined £40,000, he admitted he would do it all again, telling the Handbrake Off podcast: ‘People have asked me many times, “Would you do that again?”. I always say 120 per cent I will do it. ‘I don’t mind about the ban, the £40,000 fine. I don’t care, as long as I protect the people I care for, the people I share the dressing room with, the people I love.Read the latest updates: Coronavirus news live Arsenal legend Lauren reveals he would repeat infamous Ruud Van Nistelrooy incident ‘every year’ Lauren was a key part of the Invincibles team (Picture: Getty Images)‘Because I always said when I came to Arsenal, I feel like they are my family. We had a very great batch of people.‘It’s not only about the quality, because we had quality in players like Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry, a lot of great, great players, Kanu, but it was something like a bond.‘We cared about each other on the pitch and outside of the pitch so I can consider Arsenal as my family, so therefore I will do whatever is necessary to protect my family.‘In this case against United away from home, I think I would do it every single year if it’s necessary.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsIn the aftermath, Arsenal were charged by the FA with ‘failing to ensure the proper behaviour of their players’ and fined £175,000.Lauren, Martin Keown, Patrick Vieira and Ray Parlour were all suspended for between one and four matches for their involvement.MORE: Arsenal target Dejan Lovren gets green light from Jurgen Klopp to make transferMORE: Arsenal defender William Saliba compared to Raphael Varane by his former coachFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisementlast_img read more

NFL opener no classic, even with exciting finish

first_img“This stings for sure,” said Falcons coach Dan Quinn, who certainly knows that feeling after the Super Bowl collapse two seasons back against New England, and then last winter’s divisional playoff loss here that ended almost exactly the same way as Thursday night’s defeat. “We knew this would be a competitive fight that would come down to the end, and it did.”Competitive? For sure.Classic? Not even close.“It wasn’t pretty, it was sloppy,” All-Pro tackle Lane Johnson said. “But at the end we got a win.”What NFL fans got ultimately might be an indictment of the preseason.ADVERTISEMENT NCAA: Late rally lifts Lyceum past JRU to stay unbeaten “It just came down to closing really,” Atlanta cornerback Desmond Trufant said.This was one opening show that artistically deserved to close after one night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In Julio Jones’ case, it’s simple to say, “Who needs it?”Jones didn’t play a down in August, but he was unstoppable against a Philadelphia defense that handled everyone else, especially the scatter-shot arm of Matt Ryan. While local native Ryan once again was struggling at the Linc, Jones still managed to make 10 receptions for 169 yards. Only when Atlanta got within the Eagles 20-yard line did Jones not dominate — in great part because Ryan kept making misguided throws.Frankly, while Jones seemed to be in all-world form, Ryan — a virtual non-participant in the exhibition games — looked rusty.The Eagles weren’t a whole lot better. Other than their opportunism and some creativity, they also were plagued by mistakes on both sides of the ball.Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles caught another pass; it didn’t score a touchdown as the quarterback did against the Patriots, but it set up one of Jay Ajayi’s two TD runs. That was fun.But the dropped passes, including some potential interceptions, and silly errors such as a blocker on the punt team letting the ball touch his foot, looked like something straight out of, well, an exhibition game.“It wasn’t a rhythmic game but we fought hard and did the job,” Foles said. “Winning isn’t easy, especially against Atlanta. It was a dogfight. Our defense did a great job.”If this is a harbinger of what the other openers might look like on Sunday and Monday, fans might want to juggle their viewing schedules. Remember, virtually every team preserved regulars for the games that count. Unfortunately, that just might mean counting the number of flags that fly and errors that occur from Miami to Minneapolis, from Detroit to Denver, more so than the touchdowns going up on the scoreboard.“We made a ton of mistakes today,” safety Malcolm Jenkins noted. “But every time we got out there, we dealt with the situation. If we made mistakes, we moved on and we tried to win the situation.”The Eagles did, displaying the kind of resilience that helped them to last season’s title. The Falcons flopped again in a tight spot, though it’s inconceivable such a talented group will continue to get in its own way like this again. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown And even with a weather delay featuring some lightning before the Eagles and their fans could celebrate the unveiling of the banner for their first championship since 1960, this wasn’t exactly a sparkling display of football.You can credit two pretty staunch defenses if you want. Yet despite neither team reaching 300 yards in total offense, neither D was dynamic because plays were there to be made. The offenses rarely could do so.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’And then there were the penalties. Altogether, 30 points were scored — and two teams expected to contend for the NFL title compiled 26 penalties. It’s never a good sign when flags nearly equal points.Hey, the Super Bowl champions gained 232 yards and gave away 101 in penalties. Atlanta, which must think there are hot coals lining the red zone at the Linc, gained 299 but had 135 yards in penalties. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlecenter_img LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Atlanta Falcons’ Julio Jones, front right, cannot catch a pass against Philadelphia Eagles’ Ronald Darby during the final second of an NFL football game early Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, in Philadelphia. Philadelphia won 18-12. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)PHILADELPHIA — Even with an exciting finish eerily similar to last January’s playoff game, this was pretty much a forgetful opener to the NFL season.Even with another Philly Special, there wasn’t a whole lot to cheer about in the Eagles’ 18-12 victory over the Falcons on Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more


first_imgLetterkenny 24/7Seventeen club members had an early start in Belfast for the Olympic and sprint race.The first competitors were in Belfast lough at nine am with Aidan Callaghan and Gavin Crawford being the best performers for the club with Aidan narrowly missing out on second place overall and Gavin finishing a credible 14th. There were some debut performances at the Olympic distance with markers being set down for 2015. Stephen Sweeney, Patrick Patton, John Mc Carron, Clara Quigley and Killian Nulty all put good performances in their first attempt at the Olympic distance.The club also had three entrants in the sprint distance with Colin Dean wrapping up his season and Tommy Hill racing well after illness in his home town race.Liam Tinney unfortunately took ill during the run and had to retireIn Boyle Christine Russell and Orlaith Fogarty performed well in the sprint event although Christine suffered a dq for drafting. Martin Robinson performed well in this event as well. In Achill Louise Ruddy continued her return from injury with another fine performance in the Achill adventure race.A special word of thanks to Bernard Mc Dyre who officiated as a technical official at the race on Sunday his seventh time this year.The club is obliged to provide a quota of technical officials for events every year and Bernard does trojan work on behalf of the club.The AGM has been fixed for the third of October at seven pm in Aura not the seventh as per previous notes.Training continues as follows but a change is in the offing which will be communicated within the next few weeks. TrainingMonday open water swim 6.30pm GartanTuesday Track session 7.40 pm AuraWednesday Pool swim 8 pm Aura Thursday TT or brick 7 pm FoxhallSaturday club cycle 9.30am AuraResultsBelfast Titanic Olympic Triathlon3 Aidan Callaghan 1.55.1214 Gavin Crawford 2.05.3656 Paul Doherty 2.16.2772 Paul Dillon 2.18.2781 Bronagh Ogara 2.19.26 (special event winner)91 John Mccarron 2.21.59117 Padraic Mitchell 2.23.53143 Martin Donnelly 2.26.25205 Cathal Roarty 2.33.50207 Stephen Sweeney 2.33.53210 Paul Ogara 2.34.22226 Clara Quigley 2.36.40227 Killian Nulty 2.36.42249 Patrick Patton 2.39.13Belfast City Sprint Triathlon35 Colin Dean 1.15.2354 Tommy Hill 1.20.04Liam Tinney dnf( retired ill)Lough Key Sprint TriathlonOrlaith Fogarty 1.26.19 8th woman and 1st in categoryMartin Robinson 1.36.57 133rdATHLETICS NEWS: LOUISE RUDDY IN EXCELLENT FORM IN ACHILL was last modified: September 9th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:athleticsletterkenny 24/7NoticesSportlast_img read more