Manchester United have been charged by the Football Association (FA) over the misconduct of their players in the 2-0 defeat by runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool.
United’s players surrounded referee Craig Pawson midway through the first half on Sunday after Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk challenged goalkeeper David De Gea.
Roberto Firmino subsequently scored, but his goal was ruled out following a VAR review of van Dijk’s clash with the Spanish goalkeeper.
De Gea dropped the ball which the defence failed to clear allowing Firmino to take advantage and score.
“Manchester United FC has been charged with a breach of FA Rule E20(a),” read the FA statement.
“It is alleged that the club failed to ensure its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion during the 26th minute of the Premier League fixture against Liverpool FC on Sunday (19/01/20).”
A furious De Gea led United protests, rushing over to Pawson to vent his frustration. The Spaniard, who was booked for his actions, was joined by a number of his team-mates in surrounding Pawson.
Van Dijk had already opened the scoring for Liverpool prior to the incident and Mohamed Salah added a second in time added on to extend Liverpool’s lead over Manchester City to 16 points — United trail by 30 points.
United have until Thursday to respond to the charge.
Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Los Angeles auxiliary bishop Alexander Salazar over his “misconduct” with a minor, the Vatican said on Wednesday.
The case is the latest in a litany of child sexual abuse scandals to have rocked the Roman Catholic Church of 1.3 billion followers around the world.
The Vatican said an investigation by the Archbishop of Los Angeles had found suspicions about Salazar’s behaviour to be “credible”.
A letter from the archbishop, Jose H. Gomez, said that in 2005 he had been “made aware of an allegation against Bishop Salazar of misconduct with a minor” during the 1990s when he was serving as a parish priest.
The allegations were investigated by the police but not prosecuted, Gomez said.
He said that since Salazar was a bishop when the allegations were made, he had passed the issue to the Vatican “which conducted an investigation and imposed certain precautionary measures”.
Salazar “consistently denied any wrongdoing,” Gomez said, and after obtaining permission from Rome, he had put the matter in the hands of the archdiocese’s “independent Clergy Misconduct Oversight Board.”
“The Board found the allegation to be credible and I submitted its findings and recommendations along with my own votum to the Holy See to make its final determination as to Bishop Salazar’s status,” he said.
“These decisions have been made out of deep concern for the healing and reconciliation of abuse victims and for the good of the Church’s mission.
“Let us continue to stay close to the victim-survivors of abuse, through our prayer and our actions.”
The University of Lagos has ordered the immediate expulsion of 125 students of the institution for forgery and academic misconduct.
Authorities of the school also rusticated 198 students over various offences including examination malpractice, academic and social misconduct.
A list of the over 300 affected students was published on the school’s website on Sunday afternoon.
UNILAG’s Deputy Registrar in charge of information, Toyin Adebule, says beyond the list posted on the institution’s website, the names and photographs of the affected students will soon be published in the media and pasted in different areas of the school.
He added that UNILAG’s action aligns with its commitment to rid the school of all forms malpractices and vices.
According to him, the penalties meted out to the students were based on the severity of the offences. Some of those rusticated were caught smoking Marijuana on campus, while others were engaged in various forms of misdemeanor.
The offences of those expelled were mainly for forged results while the rest were for academic misconduct.
Mr. Adebule said some of the affected students were caught impersonating, writing examinations for others, while others were caught with ‘micro-chips’ during examinations.
He urged the remaining students of the institution currently writing exams to abide by the rules and regulations of UNILAG. He said such rules and regulations were usually accompanied by various sanctions for defaulters.
Mr. Adebule, however, insists that this rustication and expulsion of these 323 students of the institution had anything to do with the recent students’ riot.
In September, some students who were earlier rusticated from the school carried out a peaceful demonstration, over what they termed an alleged violation of their rights by the school’s authority.
The protest resulted from the suspension of members of the students’ union and the rustication of a student from the environmental sciences department, identified as Adeyeye Olorunfemi, who criticized the management of the institution.
In his open letter to the management which he shared on Facebook, Olorunfemi called out members of the school’s management board, bluntly accusing them of being irresponsible, insensitive and irresponsive to the welfare of the students.
The students claim they are being punished for merely protesting against poor living conditions on campus. They described the punishment meted on members of the Students Union as unjust, meanwhile the acting Dean has dismissed the issue.
He said beyond the issue of the protest, the rusticated students had other charges levied against them which they had refused to acknowledge.
This has made the students agitated about the plight of their fellow students, as it appears that only the school’s highest decision making body, can change the fortunes of the affected students.
Those fortunes, according to Mr. Adebule, have already been sealed.
See full list of rusticated and expelled students here