Arsenal consider stripping Granit Xhaka of captaincy after he told fans to ‘f*** off’

first_imgXhaka reacted angrily to the booing (Picture: Rex Features)Arsenal chiefs will meet on Monday to discuss whether to fine and strip Granit Xhaka for his meltdown at the Emirates during the 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace.Xhaka was hauled off after 61 minutes and reacted furiously to the home fans booing his departure, appearing to tell the home supporters to ‘f*** off’.The show of dissent was met with a wave of criticism after the game and the Evening Standard claim meetings are planned today to decide what the official club response to Xhaka’s dissent should be.Xhaka was named as Arsenal’s captain by Unai Emery this month, but was slammed by his manager for his behaviour towards the home fans.ADVERTISEMENT Emery: Granit Xhaka was wrong to swear at fansTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 12:45FullscreenEmery: Granit Xhaka was wrong to swear at fans is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.There is sympathy for Xhaka among the Arsenal squad, with several players visiting the midfielder at his home after the game.AdvertisementAdvertisementLucas Torreria was pictured on the brink of tears while Xhaka was being booed off, while Hector Bellerin has issued his public backing to his skipper.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityHe said on Twitter: ‘We are all humans, we all have emotions, and sometimes it’s not easy dealing with them.‘It’s time to lift each other up, not to push each other away. We only win when we are together.’Emery named four vice-captains to Xhaka, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Bellerin, Alexandre Lacazette and Mesut Ozil in line to replace the Swiss as skipper if he is stripped. Xhaka has been roundly criticised for his reaction (Picture: Reuters)The Arsenal boss criticised Xhaka after the draw, admitting 27-year-old was ‘wrong’ in his reaction.‘He was wrong. We are going to speak to him and decide with the club.‘We are here because we have supporters. We work for them and need to have respect for them when they are applauding us and criticising us.’MORE: Hector Bellerin sends message to Arsenal fans after abusing Granit XhakaMORE: Sokratis disagrees with Granit Xhaka over his reaction to Arsenal fans Coral BarryMonday 28 Oct 2019 11:34 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.2kShares Advertisement Comment Advertisement Arsenal consider stripping Granit Xhaka of captaincy after he told fans to ‘f*** off’last_img read more

Shkudun and Knutson dominate doubles but let down in singles as SU falls to Brown, 6-1

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Gabriela Knutson and Anna Shkudun’s smiles turned to scowls. High-fives turned to frustrated leg slaps and artful winners turned to errant shots.The day had started so well. Knutson battled a cold while playing doubles with Shkudun for the first time and the pairing dominated Mariska Chamdani and Maddie Stearns, Brown’s No. 2 doubles team, for a 6-1 win.“We’re very intimidating to the other players,” Knutson said. “They were just scared of us.”But the smiles quickly faded as both Knutson and Shkudun laid eggs in their respective singles matches. The lackluster performance from Syracuse’s No. 1 and No. 2 singles players cost the Orange (2-5, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) as it fell to Brown (4-1) on Sunday, 6-1.“It didn’t go our way this time,” SU head coach Younes Limam said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe afternoon began with promise even as Knutson coughed, sneezed and blew her nose throughout her singles match against Alyza Benotto, Brown’s No. 2. She quickly mounted a 1-0 lead that didn’t last.As Benotto began a long run with three straight game wins, Knutson pushed shots long and struggled on her first serves. Benotto capitalized. SU’s No. 2 player attributed the unforced errors to nervousness and lack of confidence. Every time Knutson sent a shot wide or too deep, or misplaced a drop shot into the net, the Czech native slapped her left thigh with the palm of her hand or the side of her racket.After losing a close game to go to break in the first set, Knutson sat on the bench as her legs bobbed up and down with a half-eaten banana clutched in her left hand. Associate head coach Shelley George leaned in to speak to the sophomore. Knutson’s eyes remained coldly straight ahead.“It’s frustrating,” Knutson said. “I just couldn’t get out of that rut.”Knutson lost the first set, 6-3, battled to win the second, 6-2, and the match went to tiebreak. By that point, Shkudun had lost her own match.In her first singles match of the year, Shkudun almost handled Dayna Lord’s rocket returns, but not quite. The Brown senior pounded missile after missile from the back line and she beat Shkudun so thoroughly that SU’s No. 1 player acknowledged each of her opponent’s winners with a polite clap.Shkudun captured only a few points and failed to win a game in the second set. The match ended mercifully: 7-5, 6-0. As Shkudun scowled off the court, Knutson battled on in her tiebreak.She took an early 5-3 lead, halfway to the 10 points needed to win. But then Benotto rattled off four straight points. 7-5. When Knutson left a drop shot short in the net, Benotto celebrated her win (6-3, 2-6, 10-5).Knutson looked at the ground and cocked her racket back, ready to smash it to pieces. She thought better of it, and released her frustration by thwacking her shoe.“I wanna win for the fans,” Knutson said, “for my team, and mostly for myself.“No one likes to lose.” Comments Published on February 19, 2017 at 5:24 pm Contact Andrew: [email protected] | @A_E_Grahamlast_img read more