Hamburger SV: Toni Leistner takes action against his suspension

Toni Leistner from the second division soccer team Hamburger SV does not want to accept his suspension for fighting with a fan so easily. “We do not make an objection, but request an oral hearing,” said his lawyer Christoph Schickhardt the TV broadcaster Sky Sport News. Schickhardt went on to say that one could not accept the verdict and wanted to discuss it verbally on site.

Leistner, summer access to HSV, had been banned by the judges of the German Football Association for five competitive games, two of them on probation. The 30-year-old went to the stands after the cup game in Dresden (1: 4) and wrestled a spectator to the ground after he had insulted him.

According to Schickhardt, Leistner can speak of self-defense. “If you take the overall emotional situation into account, I at least understand,” he added in “Bild am Sonntag”.

DFB judge Hans E. Lorenz pointed out that he had already considered mitigating circumstances for Leistner because of the insults and the previous cup failure of HSV. But he also said: “The assault by a player on a spectator is a serious incident. It cannot end in an acquittal.”

Last Friday, Leistner missed HSV’s 2-1 win at the season opener against Fortuna Düsseldorf. His probation period ends on September 18, 2021, the DFB announced. If the verdict remained, Leistner would still miss the games in Paderborn and against Aue.

“I have a considerable reduction in mind. I may also apply for an acquittal. That is only due to the course of the main hearing, the hearing, the witnesses, what is the legal opinion of those involved. So in the end it will be a fair, a better one Verdict, “said Schickhardt.

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They were left in tears in July, collectively depositing their resignation letters in their manager’s office. We find them at the end of September in the bubbling atmosphere of a too small apartment in Budapest, a few days before launching what is already shaping up to be the biggest revolution in the Hungarian media landscape since Viktor Orban came to power, in 2010. About sixty former journalists from the site Index, the country’s main independent news site until its editor was brutally fired on July 22, are working on a new site, dubbed Telex. And, unique in a Hungarian media landscape constantly under pressure from the nationalist prime minister and his entourage, Telex will pay off.

“It’s never beenseen for a continuous news site in Hungary, but we think the Hungarians have now understood that you have to pay for reliable information ”, says Veronika Munk, editor-in-chief of the future site. At 40, this journalist has spent her entire career at Index, before resigning from her post as deputy editor after the dismissal of her former superior, who challenged the dismantling of the editorial staff. “At Index, I learned that the advertising market is too fragile in Hungary. The main advertiser is the state, which refuses to buy advertising on independent sites like ours. “ It is also thanks to the crisis linked to Covid-19 that a close friend of Mr. Orban took control of the advertising network of what was, until then, the most respected source of information. from the country.

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By taking advantage of the unprecedented wave of solidarity triggered by their collective resignation, the “Index” managed to collect, in a few weeks, more than 32,000 donations to launch their new site. If she refuses to say yet how much it represents, she says they have “Already enough to last several months”. However, the site will only be partially paid for, in order to “That the only free source of information available is not propaganda”. In Hungary, public television and most private media provide the public with pro-power messages. The shareholding of Telex has not yet been fully decided, but it will, as a priority, be constituted “Editorial journalists” and “Only private investors, of whom we will be sure that they respect our journalistic values”, assures the editor-in-chief.

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Salvini weakened (daily newspaper Junge Welt)

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Lega leader Matteo Salvini in Milan on Monday

In the elections on Sunday and Monday in seven of Italy’s 20 regions, the candidates from the social democratic Partito Democratico (PD) and the fascist alliance made up of Lega, Forza Italia (FI) and Fratelli d’Italia (FdI) went head-to-head – Race delivered. Heads of government and parliaments were elected. In addition, mayors and city parliaments were elected in almost 1,200 out of 8,000 municipalities.

The fact that the PD, at the head of a “center-left alliance”, was able to defend Tuscany – ruled by the left without interruption since 1945 – caused a stir. There, the 39-year-old previous head of the regional parliament, Eugenio Giani, beat the 33-year-old right-wing hardliner Susanna Ceccardi from the Lega with almost 49 percent, who came to 42 percent. In addition to Tuscany, the PD was able to hold the Campania and Apulia ruled by him, while losing the brands to the FdI.

The left daily made for the setbacks of the Social Democrats Manifesto the right wing in the “Five Star Movement” (M5S) responsible, which – with the exception of Liguria – had rejected an alliance with the PD. In Veneto, Luca Zaia from the Lega won with 76.12 percent, in Liguria the FI applicants with 56.06 percent.

Although the Lega has gained votes, according to the Roman daily newspaper The Republic their leader Matteo Salvini weakened from the vote. Zaia is already being discussed as his successor.

In the referendum on parliamentary reform that was scheduled at the same time, almost 70 percent of the almost 51 million eligible voters surprisingly voted “Yes”. After the reform introduced by M5S, the mandates of the Chamber of Deputies will be reduced from 630 to 400 members and those of the Senate from 315 to 200.

The reduction in size could benefit the »Star Party«, which was the strongest force in the parliamentary elections in March 2018 with 32.68 percent. In August 2019 she ended the coalition with the Lega and changed to a coalition with the PD under the non-party Prime Minister Giuesppe Conte. Your Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio spoke loudly ANSA from a “historical result” to “nothing works without M5S”.

Whether that is the case remains to be seen, because PD Secretary Nicola Zigaretti claims that the “yes” to the referendum was due to his party, which emerged from the elections as “the strongest party”. Lukewarmt ANSA Prime Minister Conte Zingaretti offered entry to his cabinet and the post of previously nonexistent deputy prime minister.


Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores in his 22nd professional season

WITHlatan Ibrahimovic simply laughed off the question of his age. “I’m like Benjamin Button. I was born old and die young, ”said the Swedish professional footballer when he was asked about his biological clock again after his two goals at the start of the season for AC Milan in Serie A. “I’m 39”, he said immediately after the game, followed by a short pause for thought: “Oh no – 38.”

Although the clock doesn’t run backwards for Ibrahimovic either, unlike the fictional character Button, that doesn’t seem to bother the striker. In the 2-0 (1-0) against FC Bologna, he hit with a head and a penalty kick. “I could have scored more goals. If I were 20, I would have done two more, ”he said with confidence as usual. At least he would have had a great chance of a third goal when he had already rounded goalkeeper Lukasz Skorupski, but missed.

Even so, Ibrahimovic has now scored at least one goal in 22 professional seasons in seven different countries. It all started in 1999 when he was just 18 years old at Malmö FF in Sweden. “Ibrahimovic is a goal machine that stopped time,” wrote the newspaper “Corriere dello Sport”.

He had loaded a team that was lost last season on his shoulders and dragged them to success. In fact, Ibrahimovic has given Milan their old glory since his return in January. With nine wins and three draws in the last twelve games, the 18-time champions made it to sixth place, Ibrahimovic scored ten goals in this phase.

The reward was participation in the Europa League qualification, where Milan won 2-0 a week ago at Irish representative Shamrock Rovers. Goalscorer to make it 1-0: Zlatan Ibrahimovic. “Zlatan is a trump card for Milan,” wrote the “Gazzetta dello Sport”. Incidentally, Ibrahimovic leads the scorer list with his two goals. On October 3rd, he will really be 39.


Supercup: powerful alliances (

Aleksander Ceferin doesn’t want to break his promise. The Supercup on Thursday evening between Bayern Munich and Sevilla FC, according to the President of the European Football Union (Uefa), will be “safer than any game before.” This is a rather bold statement for a test balloon, supposedly to be able to better judge the partial admission of viewers. When Uefa made this decision on August 25 with the approval of its 55 member associations, no one could predict the development of the pandemic: At the Budapest venue, more than 100 people per 100,000 inhabitants are currently infected with the coronavirus over a seven-day period. This means that the incidence is almost twice as high as in Munich, where measures such as the mask requirement on streets and squares are currently being discussed.

The Uefa officials spoke to the city’s health authorities and the Hungarian government on Tuesday – because there is a “point of no return”, a point at which supporters of both clubs, for example, can no longer turn back. From Munich there are almost 700 kilometers of motorway across Austria to Hungary’s capital. A stop sign in the form of a ghost game should definitely not be set up: The Uefa announced that it would continue to hold on to the event with spectators.

Many consider this to be irresponsible: Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) fears a »football Ischgl«. The Free State quickly canceled an exception rule: According to this, sports, cultural and leisure travelers are no longer exempt from the quarantine obligation for stays of less than 48 hours in risk areas. The football fans should take a test as soon as they return. Or, in Söder’s opinion, stay at home straight away. “Everyone should think twice about whether it makes sense.”

As early as Monday, 800 of the original 2,100 Bayern fans had given back their tickets, and the trend was rising sharply on Tuesday. In any case, fewer than 500 from Seville had accessed the quota of 3000 tickets. Puskas Arena, which has 67,155 seats, may now have fewer than 10,000 visitors. Uefa knows very well what it is putting at risk with a balloon flying over a candle: If the Supercup were to become a “super spreader”, that would make European Cup and international matches with spectators almost impossible for the foreseeable future. The fact that there are no sponsors or VIP guests in the delegation shows how uncomfortable this experiment has become even for FC Bayern.

Anyone who wants to find out why everything is still being carried out must examine the Eastern European alliances in the Uefa committees. Ten months ago, the head of the association, Ceferin, traveled to Budapest as a guest of honor for the inauguration of the arena named after the Hungarian football idol Ferenc Puskas. During this flying visit, the Slovenian Ceferin also met Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban. It should have been friendly. Ceferin said the jewelry box would be “the jewel in the crown of Hungarian football for decades.” Uefa had already let the soccer players play their final in the Champions League here in May 2019. The preliminary high point should be the first pan-European EM 2020. After the postponement, Budapest will also have to wait another year. The award of the Supercup 2020 was considered a bow to the powerful Uefa Vice President Sandor Csanyi, the most successful banker, largest wine merchant and wealthiest man in the Orban Empire, who also heads the Hungarian Football Association.

Ceferin and Csanyi then thought it was a good idea to upgrade the Supercup with the spectator attempt. The idea came about very close to the final tournament of the Champions League, when high-ranking Uefa officials first had the chilling experience of the ghost games. It dawned on them that sponsors or broadcasters would soon be making substantial recoveries if their competitions continued to be held in this creepy setting. Before Corona, media rights accounted for almost 86 percent of UEFA’s revenue, at 3.3 billion euros.

The umbrella organization argues that you too should be allowed to take the step towards normality. Although it seems clear that two Champions League games in March – Atalanta Bergamo versus Valencia and Liverpool versus Atletico Madrid – helped carry the virus through Europe at a rapid pace. Therefore, special attention should now be paid to the protective measures in Budapest: minimum distance, wearing mouth and nose protection in the entire stadium area and a negative corona test before entry.


Faced with the health crisis, disarray persists in the musical spectacle

A feeling of total uncertainty and protests in series, despite a windfall of 220 million euros promised by the government. Nearly 400 entrepreneurs (venue operators, tour producers, festival organizers, etc.), gathered on Monday, September 21 at Salle Pleyel, in Paris, for the general assembly of Prodiss, the first employer organization of private musical entertainment, expressed their unease . Three artists flew to their aid: Patrick Bruel, Christophe Maé and Akhenaton, who judged state aid “Interesting”, more “Insufficient”.

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“The sector is stopped for more than six months », Olivier Darbois, President of Prodiss, noted at the outset. If he qualifies government aid as ” good news “, he adds : “You still have to be alive in six, nine, twelve months”, Insofar as “One in two companies in the sector risks bankruptcy by the end of the year”.

The ban on standing concerts remains a major handicap because they concern half of the shows

According to a Prodiss study released on Monday, “76% of concert dates planned between September and December 2020 have been canceled or postponed”. The concert world is struggling. What prevents the recovery? “The evolution of zoning”, which is the main problem. Since July 10, concert halls can not accommodate more than 5,000 spectators – necessarily seated and masked – in departments classified green. In addition, there is compulsory physical distancing (one in two wheelchairs occupied) in the red zones. Impossible to anticipate a tour since the departments can be classified red overnight. In addition, the ban on standing concerts remains another major handicap because they concern half of the shows.

Thus, making a room profitable is a challenge. “There is only one thing to do: resume concerts without leaving every other chair free”, suggests Pierre-Alexandre Vertadier, president of Décibels Productions. Especially since thousands of young people congregate without masks in musical bars along the Seine in Paris, he annoys. Olivier Darbois also criticizes this “Disparity of treatment”. Jean-Noël Tronc, director general of the Society of Authors, Composers and Music Publishers (Sacem), judge “Surrealistic these strict distancing measures imposed in concert halls, but not on planes, trains, subways or trams.”

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Trump questions Oracle-ByteDance deal on TikTok

Posted on Sep 21, 2020 at 8:27 PM

The standoff between the United States and China over control of the famous TikTok application is hardening. On Monday, Donald Trump sowed doubt on the agreement reached for this social network for sharing very short videos, accompanied by music, very popular among young people. The US president hammered home that he would not validate a transaction that would leave the Chinese parent company ByteDance controlling the new entity.

If Oracle and Walmart “don’t take full control (of the new group) then we won’t approve the deal,” he told Fox News as confusion reigns over who the Americans or the Chinese hold ultimately the majority.

“Brutal deal”

The Global Times, China’s state-owned daily, reacted immediately with an op-ed titled “Say ‘No’ to TikTok Theft”. “For us, it is difficult to believe that Beijing will approve such an agreement”, adds the newspaper, stressing that “China will not accept this kind of brutal agreement on behalf of the United States”.

TikTok, accused by Washington of spying on behalf of Beijing, has been under threat of a ban in the United States since the summer, where it nevertheless has 100 million users. In the name of national security, Donald Trump demands that it pass under the American flag, otherwise it will no longer be possible to download it in the United States.

TikTok Global

The app confirmed a plan on Saturday that it would create a new company involving Oracle as a technology partner in the United States and Walmart as a business partner. But this project has yet to be finalized by the companies and, above all, approved by the national security committee which examines foreign investments (Cfius) and depends on the Treasury.

Called TikTok Global, the new company would be based in the United States and would hire 25,000 people, Oracle and Walmart said this weekend, which could respectively buy 12.5% ​​and 7.5% of TikTok’s shares. The objective is to introduce the new group to the stock market within a year in order to ultimately dilute the Chinese shareholding.

If this project were to succeed, it would bring a significant advantage to the US tax authorities, according to Oracle and Walmart. TikTok Global is expected to pay “more than $ 5 billion in new taxes to the US Treasury,” they said.

News war

But on Monday, China came to add a new episode to the TikTok saga. ByteDance said in a statement on social media that TikTok Global plans to launch a “small round of pre-IPO funding,” after which it would become an 80% owned subsidiary of ByteDance.

Information denied by an Oracle spokesperson. “When TikTok Global is created, Oracle / Walmart will make their investment and TikTok Global shares will be distributed to their owners, Americans will have a majority and ByteDance will have no ownership in TikTok Global,” he said.

” Total control “

Oracle and Walmart “have a partnership” for TikTok. “They will buy it” and “they will have total control”, also assured Donald Trump. “They will hold the majority stake,” he continued. The American president also underlined that “everything will be transferred to the cloud created by Oracle” and “everything will be completely controlled by Oracle”.

But ByteDance is under pressure in China not to give in to American demands. He thus took care to declare Monday that the current plan “does not involve the transfer of any algorithm and technology”. While Oracle has the power to verify TikTok’s source code in the United States, ByteDance said posting the source code is a way for multinationals to dispel local data security concerns.

China had already reacted strongly to threats to ban downloads from TikTok and WeChat, denouncing on Saturday the “intimidation” of the United States and establishing a mechanism allowing it to restrict the activities of foreign companies. Against a “list of unreliable entities” – whose names have not been made public – Beijing, for example, provides for potential sanctions ranging from fines to the restriction of activities or entry of equipment and personnel into China

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Sealed off districts in Madrid: living in the exclusion zone

Christina Barredo feels “like in a film about the Berlin Wall”. She lives in one of the neighborhoods that now has to comply with strict corona rules

A number of residential areas have been declared a restricted zone in Spain Photo: Bernat Armangue / ap

THE BARRACO taz | 850,000 people in 37 residential areas in Madrid and several suburbs have had to live with significant restrictions since Monday. You are only allowed to leave your Covid exclusion zones for work and urgent visits to authorities.

Gema Andrés lives in one of the affected areas, in the Vallecas district. A border guarded by police has been running through their district since Monday. “On my side of the main street, mobility is restricted, on the other side not,” reports the 49-year-old, who can no longer go to the post office or the bank. The park where she walks her two dogs is closed. “But the pubs and restaurants are open,” she complains.

“They lock us in at home, but if you work in other parts of Madrid, you can go there in a completely overcrowded subway,” says Andrés, who luckily works from home. If she does have to go to the office, she needs a pass, issued by the employer and recognized by the Madrid regional administration.

“The measures only affect working-class districts – and especially suburbs in the south,” explains Andrés, why she took part in one of the demonstrations in the affected residential areas on Sunday – with masks and the appropriate safety distance. The people called for the resignation of the regional government under Isabel Díaz Ayuso of the conservative Partido Popular (PP). She governs in coalition with the right-wing liberals of Ciudadanos and the support of the right-wing extremist VOX.

There is a lack of staff to follow up with the infected

Words like “apartheid” could be read on the cardboard signs. The protesters blamed Díaz Ayuso for the high infection rates. Because even after the first wave, the regional government has hardly hired any further health workers – this is now missing to keep track of the contacts of the infected.

Anyone like Antonio Maestre from the magazine the sea If you take a closer look at the cordoned-off zones, you will find that the street with the most expensive shops in the center of Madrid has a higher infection rate than others in working-class neighborhoods that are now cordoned off. “It’s like being in a film about the Berlin Wall,” says Christina Barredo from the Carabanchel district. The 45-year-old chief secretary is divorced and has two sons. “They are with father for a week and with me for one week. The two of them need a pass from the school, which, like the father’s apartment, is outside the restricted zone, ”reports Barredo.

But it can be even more absurd: the park in which the children play is exactly on the border and is closed from Barredo’s side. “I have to hand them over to my father on the street. He then goes to the park with them before they come back to my zone, ”are Barredo’s plans. “Unfortunately, none of this will help,” she says with certainty. “Because we can go anywhere to work.” The pubs and even the betting offices are also open within the restricted zones. “This is completely crazy,” summarizes Barredo.

As of Wednesday, the police guarding the restricted areas will crack down on them with fines. How long this should go on is not certain. What else is being done to get the virus under control, not either. And that despite the fact that Díaz Ayuso and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez met for the first time in the Covid crisis on Monday.

The two initially only agreed on a “space of cooperation”, which consists of a “Covid-19 group”, in which representatives of both governments are to meet once a week. Díaz Ayuso requested the use of the army to control the restricted areas, if necessary.


Ball: Oier Ariztegi imposes his constancy

The 24th edition of the Bankoa-DV Tournament He got off to a good start this Saturday in Getaria, both due to the lively atmosphere at the Sahatsaga and the level of the senior game, which improved on previous premieres at the same fronton. Too bad it broke in the closing bars due to Gontzal Azkarraga’s fears regarding his right knee. He noticed something in the eleven point and his performance was no longer the same from that moment on. Even at 13-18 he retired to the rest set to try to recover. It took him eight minutes to get back. The player himself ruled out retiring and gave up the substitute, who had already started to warm up, to take his place.

Oier Ariztegi and Markel Gartzia go to the second round thanks to their 13-22 victory over David Uribe and Gontzal Azkarraga in a balanced match until 10-12 and more comfortable for the winners in the final stretch. Oier Ariztegi once again displayed the virtues demonstrated in previous participations in the promising category. Already as a senior, he imposed a high rhythm and the constancy that has characterized him weighed in the balance of the game more than Uribe’s more intermittent game.

The Alava left-hander from Ezkerekotxa, who served from the left wall, starred in a dynamic, intense start. His volleys to the txoko created difficulties for the defense of his opponents. It is your best weapon. He signed the best auctions of the afternoon. The question remained as to whether or not he knew how to dose faculties and effort, although once in the eleventh point the defender communicated his knee problems, he had to bear almost exclusively the responsibility of the couple.

Curious what happened to Azkarraga. At the beginning it was difficult for him to adapt to a fast and demanding court. When he seemed to settle down and there was the option of taking advantage of his punch, he stopped the setback in the knee.

Oñatiarra Markel Gartzia, who has taken shape, found less problems than his rival in position to adapt to a difficult ground. Sure, he lost little ball and dominated his plot. He extended well with the right and helped his forward to build a solvent couple that on October 11 will look to Ezcaray for a place in the quarterfinals against Aitor Etxebarria and Jorge Altuzarra.

The ball players applauded the long and hard both 9-12. Uribe had to run back to defend very complicated balls and Ariztegi solved with a two walls. Because the Lekaroz forward, born in 2001, always performs above what his postures and his way of doing, at odds with elegance, invite us to think. However, he has other weapons and is capable of maintaining high rhythms that wear out opponents. Last year he already reached the promising semifinals. Now, in a higher category, he wants to take another step forward.


Game time:

51 minutes, including a stoppage of eight due to Azkarraga’s knee problem at 13-18.

Balls to good:


So many serve:

Uribe, 0. Ariztegi, 2.

Service fouls:

Uribe, 0. Ariztegi, 1.

So many at stake:

Uribe, 7. Azkarraga, 1. Ariztegi, 9. García, 3.

So many lost:

Uribe, 3. Azkarraga, 5. Ariztegi, 1. Gartzia, 3.


0-1, 2-1, 2-5, 4-5, 4-7, 5-7, 5-11, 9-11, 9-12, 10-12, 10-15, 11-15, 11- 17, 13-17 and 13-22.


beautiful entrance into the Sahatsaga fronton, encouraged by the followers of Uribe and Azkarraga.


Game time:

42 minutes.

Balls to good:


So many serve:

Lara, 3. Otxotorena, 0.

Service fouls:

Lara, 0. Otxotorena, 0.

So many at stake:

Lara, 10. Egaña, 1. Otxotorena, 0. Petite II, 2.

So many lost:

Lara, 2. Egaña, 3. Otxotorena, 4. Petite II, 4.


1-0, 1-1, 2-1, 2-2, 5-2, 5-3, 10-3, 10-4, 15-4, 15-5, 19-5, 19-7 and 22- 7.


represented Bankoa, sponsor of the tournament, Elena Erostarbe, manager of the Zarautz office.