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Bale returns to Madrid squad despite future uncertainty

first_imgGareth Bale has been included in Real Madrid’s squad for their friendly against Roma on Sunday, despite uncertainty over the forward’s future at the Santiago Bernabeu.The Wales international was on the verge of leaving the club this summer in a lucrative £1 million-a-week switch to Jiangsu Suning, but the move broke down and it remains unclear where he will play this season.Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has made no secret of his desire to see the 30-year-old move on and his pronouncements on the matter drew stinging criticism from the player’s agent. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? With a bitter stand-off ensuing, Bale was subsequently omitted from a number of Real Madrid squads this pre-season.He has featured in just two of Los Blancos’ six warm-up friendly matches thus far – against Arsenal and Atletico Madrid in July.However, his inclusion in Zidane’s 20-man squad for the club’s final pre-season fixture ahead of their La Liga opener could potentially signal a change of circumstances, with a stay in the Spanish capital still a possibility.Bale joins Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic and Karim Benzema among the forwards for the Roma game, and faces plenty of competition for a place in the team.📝 Our 20-man squad for tonight’s match against @ASRomaEN ! #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/MM1rAA2SGA — Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) August 11, 2019 Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Casemiro and Isco have been included in a strong squad, as have Marcelo and Raphael Varane.Keylor Navas and Thibaut Courtois, meanwhile, will continue to fight it out for the number one jersey.James Rodriguez, who has been linked with Napoli and Atletico Madrid is out, however, as is forward Mariano Diaz after losing his number seven shirt to Hazard.Club captain Sergio Ramos, meanwile, is also absent, while goalkeeper Andriy Lunin remains in Madrid.Real Madrid take on Roma at Stadio Olimpico in their last pre-season friendly, with kick-off scheduled for 7pm BST (2pm ET).They will then turn their attentions towards Celta Vigo, who host them on August 17 in their opening La Liga match of the 2019-20 campaign.Real Madrid squad for Roma friendlyGoalkeepers: Navas, Courtois, FuidiasDefenders: Carvajal, Militao, Varane, Nacho, Marcelo, OdriozolaMidfielders: Kroos, Modric, Casemiro, Valverde, IscoForwards: Hazard, Benzema, Bale, Vazquez, Jovic, Vinicius Jr.last_img read more

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Australian women footballers to get same base pay as men

first_img Next Australian women footballers to get same base pay as menFootball Federation Australia said the country’s W-League players will have their annual minimum remuneration hiked by 33 percent matching men’s A-Leagueadvertisement Reuters MelbourneJune 7, 2019UPDATED: June 7, 2019 15:30 IST Australia’s women footballers to get same base pay as men. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSThe move will reduce the gender pay gap in Australian footballMale players earn significantly more due to their greater time on the pitchAustralia became a leader in championing better pay and conditions for female athletes after neglecting it for decadesAustralia’s professional women soccer players will be given the same base pay as men in a one-year extension to a collective bargaining agreement.Players in Australia’s W-League will have their annual minimum remuneration hiked 33 percent to A$16,344 ($11,400), with their base hourly rate matching the men’s A-League, Football Federation Australia and the players union said on Friday.”We’re very proud that we have been able to anchor the minimum conditions for W-League players to those of A-League players,” Professional Footballers Australia CEO John Didulica said in a statement.”It’s a moment in time that the players should be proud of.”The deal will reduce the gender pay gap in Australian football but male players stand to earn significantly more due to their greater time on the pitch.The W-League’s regular season ran for 14 weeks in 2018/19, just over half the length of the A-League’s 27 rounds.The announcement comes days after the PFA launched a campaign demanding global governing body FIFA increase prize money at the upcoming women’s World Cup to reduce the glaring gap with the men’s tournament.Gender pay disparity in football was put in the spotlight in March when the U.S. women’s team sued their national federation for alleged gender discrimination three months before their World Cup title defense.Australia has become a global leader in championing better pay and conditions for female athletes in recent years, after having largely neglected women’s sport for decades.Australia’s contracted women cricketers were given the same base hourly pay rate as men in a five-year collective bargaining agreement struck in 2017, although, like women footballers, they have far fewer opportunities to earn.advertisementAlso Read | Nike ‘very concerned’ about rape accusation against NeymarAlso Read | Woman reaffirms allegations against Neymar: I was the victim of rape’Also SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Australia’s women footballFollow women’s sportsFollow Australia’s W-LeagueFollow Australia’s A-Leaguelast_img read more

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Rightmove apologises after sex for rent advert appears on site

“Rightmove will know this and so should be actively looking for warning signs, not waiting for the public to raise the alarm.” Bad move: the advert offered ‘reduced rent for special favours’ The advert She told The Telegraph: “Rightmove is a site I use myself and is well-respected by most people who would be horrified to think that it was being used like this. It is a huge breach of trust.”A spokesperson for the Rape and Sexual Violence Project said: “There’s no doubt that listings sites like Rightmove ought to be doing more to regulate their adverts. There are exploitative landlords abusing their financial control over people for sexual gain.”This is sexual exploitation, pure and simple. ‘Sex for rent’ is not new, but it does seem to be increasing. However, the company admitted that adverts were moderated after being set live on the site – not before – and that it is up to agents and businesses to ensure their listings comply with the terms.The spokesperson added: “All Rightmove advertisers must ensure their property listings are fully checked before they go live on Rightmove. All businesses are vetted in person before they can become a Rightmove advertiser.”Accommodation service Student Tenant said the advert had been reported to police and removed as soon as they became aware of it.On its website, the company says it offers “a fantastic platform for landlords to advertise their properties, and given students the tools to easily find and book them online.” The advert Rightmove has apologised after a “sex for rent” advert appeared on its website, causing an outcry among charities and MPs.The advertisement was aimed at a female student, and said “reduced rent is available for special favours to be discussed.”The two-bedroom terraced house in Birmingham was priced at £100 per month, and posted by Student Tenant on Rightmove’s site.After widespread outrage that the advertisement has been placed on a seemingly reputable lettings website, Rightmove said it will be reviewing its vetting process.Local MP Jess Phillips, who used to work for a domestic violence charity, said Rightmove needed to tighten its regulations so exploitative prospective landlords could slip through the cracks. A Rightmove spokesperson said: “As soon as we became aware of this property listing we immediately removed it from Rightmove. We’ve spoken with the agent advertising the property who have confirmed that they’re carrying out a full investigation, and we’re carrying out a full review of this agent as this is in breach of Rightmove’s terms.”We’re carrying out a full review of our vetting process. This property listing is clearly unacceptable.” The advert offered "reduced rent for special favours" Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more