De Gea grateful for team support

first_imgGoalkeeper David De Gea admits his learning process at Manchester United is ongoing but says the support he receives from his team-mates makes things much easier. The Spain international had a shaky start to his career at Old Trafford having arrived from Atletico Madrid for £17.8million in the summer of 2011. The 22-year-old has since established himself as first choice for the Red Devils but he is still not taking anything for granted. Press Associationcenter_img “It’s more about all the things you learn rather than one individual thing,” he told manutd.com. “It’s an ongoing process as well, especially when you come to a club from another country. The whole thing is a great experience. “At first, everything is new. The football, the culture and how people live…it’s about learning how things work at the club and getting to know your team-mates. “The whole package has been a lesson for me. The support I have had from everyone at the club has been fantastic. “First of all you have to have the belief in yourself and self-confidence, but that is enhanced once your team-mates and people within the club show their confidence in you and their support. “It’s a top dressing room and a great one to join. “Everyone in the squad helps you a lot and the settling-in process is made a lot easier by the fact that there is such a warm atmosphere here.” last_img read more

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Monk knows bust-up source

first_img “I will tell you the truth. It was an incident that was blown out of proportion, it was handbags,” Monk told reporters on Thursday. “It was all over and done with, no problems whatsoever, and then it gets blown out of proportion. We have got a good idea of the source that it has come from to try and unsettle us at this time. “But I think you could see on Sunday (against Chelsea) just how unified the group is with the performance. “I have my ideas of who it may be and stuff trying to unsettle us, but that definitely won’t be happening with this group. “Everyone is fine. There are no problems whatsoever. It was really just nothing. When you are in a training environment and you have got 20 or 30 men with intensity and working hard, these things happen. “It could be a bad tackle, it could be anything. It was dealt with at that moment in time, everyone was fine and we moved on. Then the media get hold of it and blow it out of proportion. “The source, where they mention the stuff they mention, clearly comes from the outside because some of it was just bizarre, what they were saying. But that’s what people try to do, they try to unsettle you.” Monk, who confirmed that no player has been disciplined, says that training has changed since he took over the Swans hot-seat from Michael Laudrup in early February. “I’ve asked people to step up, and training is more intense and the tempo is higher, and they are all doing it,” he added. “They are a good group of lads. You get these things now and then, whether from five-a-side or shooting practice, because they want to win, but it’s dealt with. “Things happen on the pitch and behind closed doors, every single day in football and other sports. The players don’t make a deal of it, but others do and you deal with that. “Whatever happens on the training ground will stay there, but everyone’s fine, there are no problems. The players have laughed about it because it’s nothing. “It could be anything, a mistimed tackle and it’s handbags, it’s dealt with there and then and we moved on. “But people will try and unsettle you, try to find an edge, but the group’s reaction shows how together they are and how morale should be. “It’s not a biggy for us. Outside it’s a big deal because it’s the Premier League. “It happens, it’s football. Millions of times you see things written and reported what happens at clubs. “The Premier League, it’s 24/7 compared to other leagues, always under the eye of the media. You accept it, stories come out time to time and you get on with it.” Monk, meanwhile, confirmed that striker Michu faces a fitness test on his swollen ankle ahead of Saturday’s trip to Newcastle. Swansea are just three points above the relegation zone with four games left – Newcastle away, Aston Villa and Southampton at home, followed by Sunderland away. Manager Garry Monk believes an outside source is trying to unsettle Swansea after newspaper reports of a training ground bust-up surfaced this week. And the Swansea head coach says he has “a good idea” of where the information emanated from. Swansea confirmed on Tuesday there were “a couple of incidents between certain players” during training in preparations for last Sunday’s home game against Barclays Premier League title chasers Chelsea. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Sportradar – Tennis needs to be data & technology sharp in its integrity battles

first_img Share Sportradar has published its official response to last April’s ‘Independent Review of Integrity in Tennis’ commissioned by the ‘Tennis Integrity Unit’ (TIU) representing pro tennis’ governing bodies the WTA, ATP and the ITF.In its response Sportradar supports the majority of the independent panel’s recommendations, however, the leading sports data firm outlines its concerns ‘in relation to the recommendation regarding the discontinuance of data sales’.Published last April, the independent integrity review garnered high media coverage for recommending drastic changes to tennis’ operating structures and partnerships.Seeking to eliminate match-fixing at the lower levels of professional tennis, the panel recommended that tennis governing bodies drastically reduce live data information supplied to the betting sector.At present, ITF syndicated live match data is supplied by Sportradar AG, under the terms of a $70 million five-year agreement. Sportradar monitors all-levels of professional tennis including ‘Challenger’ and ‘Futures’ tournaments.Sportradar believes that the proposal would fail in practice, and would lead to irreversible negative consequences for the sport, placing its athletes at further risk of integrity harms.Seeking to help tennis’ ruling bodies and stakeholders, Sportradar proposes the following recommendationsImplement a proactive tennis-wide approach to restricting data distribution, targeting specific matches with an elevated risk of corrupt activity based on a consistent and analysis-led evaluation. This is something that Sportradaris doing as part of their integrity partnership with the ITFCreate a new body made up of representatives from tennis, betting operators and sports data companies to ensure a more concerted and collective approach to fighting corruption in tennis across related operational areas that should include the application of the above-targeted data restrictionsIncrease AV streaming coverage, where possible, to help provide reliable evidenceCreate new regulations to enable quicker sanctioning based on betting data and expert player analysisBring in targeted measures to deal with online abuse of players, especially at lower levels, enabling players to escalate concernsUse technology to target risks, streamline processes, maximise impact and enhance intelligence-led enforcement actionDavid Lampitt – SportradarDavid Lampitt, Sportradar Managing Director Group Operations, explained the factors outlined within the company’s response.“Attempting a total data black-out on a sport has never been done, or even trialled or tested before,” he said. “Counter evidence and expert analysis indicate that such an approach is likely to have a harmful effect on integrity, which would be hard to reverse if unsuccessful.“So, the Panel is staking its reputation, and that of the sport, on an uncertain ‘guess’, when there is good evidence that a different approach and an incremental process of implementing enhanced and targeted measures would be more likely to deliver successful outcomes and integrity benefits.“If the recommendations remain unchanged, they would push the betting market underground where the integrity issues would be out of sight. This may give the veneer of improving the situation but would not deal with the underlying issues. These must not be brushed under the carpet.“It’s important to point out that the relative risk that the Review attributes to the different levels of tennis is also misleading. In 2017, and consistently over the last four years, ITF tennis has, in fact, had the lowest risk of corruption across all the levels of the professional game, including the Grand Slams.“Of course, integrity risks exist across all levels. But they are most prevalent at the mid-level of the Men’s game, so the rationale for applying the most draconian measures to the ITF Men’s and Women’s competitions and recommending relatively modest changes at the other levels doesn’t tally with the evidence.“Ultimately our interests, like the Panel’s and other stakeholders involved, including the tennis governing bodies as well as the betting companies, are focused on safeguarding a clean sport. We want to be transparent about our submissions as we believe the evidence is important to ensure decisions are not taken that may have unintended and harmful consequences for the sport.” Submit StumbleUpon Sharelast_img read more

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