Armenia Sports News Digest for Saturday, February 15, 2020

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This is the Daily Digest of sports news for Armenia for Saturday, February 15, 2020. The important articles are (we hope you like them):

Man City banned from European tournaments for two seasons

Man City banned from European tournaments for two seasons

February 15, 2020 – 10:43 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net – The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) declared on Friday, February 14 it has banned Manchester City from European competitions for two seasons for “serious breaches” of financial regulations, CNBC reports.

The club, the 2019 champion of the English Premier League, was also fined 30 million euros ($33 million) by UEFA. The organization declared that the club “committed serious breaches” of UEFA’s licensing rules and Financial Fair Play Regulations, including “overstating its sponsorship revenue in its accounts” for five years.

Manchester City, also known as “Man City,” has the right to appeal the ban.

“Manchester City is disappointed but not surprised by today’s announcement by the UEFA Adjudicatory Chamber,” the club said in a statement.

The club also sharply criticized UEFA’s investigative process in its statement, saying the process was “flawed and consistently leaked,” so “there was little doubt in the result.”

UEFA’s ruling would prevent Man City from playing in any European tournaments until the 2022-2023 season. The club is currently competing in UEFA’s Champions League, which is the highest profile tournament in professional football, and second overall to only the World Cup.

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Manchester City banned from Champions League for two seasons and fined €30m

Manchester City have been banned from European club competition in 2020/21 and 2021/22 after being found to have committed “serious breaches” of Uefa’s club licensing and financial fair play regulations, the BBC reports.

The reigning Premier League champions have also been fined 30m euros.

The decision is subject to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Manchester City say they are “disappointed but not surprised” by the “prejudicial” decision and will appeal.

They added in a statement: “The club has always anticipated the ultimate need to seek out an independent body and process to impartially consider the comprehensive body of irrefutable evidence in support of its position.

“In December 2018, the Uefa chief investigator publicly previewed the outcome and sanction he intended to be delivered to Manchester City, before any investigation had even begun,” the club stated.

“The subsequent flawed and consistently leaked Uefa process he oversaw has meant that there was little doubt in the result that he would deliver. The club has formally complained to the Uefa disciplinary body, a complaint which was validated by a CAS ruling,” the club said.

“Simply put, this is a case initiated by Uefa, prosecuted by Uefa and judged by Uefa. With this prejudicial process now over, the club will pursue an impartial judgment as quickly as possible and will therefore, in the first instance, commence proceedings with the Court of Arbitration for Sport at the earliest opportunity,” the statement concluded.

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan supports Armenian wrestlers in Rome

Armenia international Henrikh Mkhitaryan supported Armenian Greco-Roman wrestlers at the European Championships held in Rome Italy.

The Armenian athletes won two gold and two bronze medals at the Championship, coming second in the overall standing.

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan pledges to do more to “help the team”

Henrikh Mkhitaryan has pledged to “help the team” and said February will be an “important month” for Roma ahead of the big match in Bergamo, Football Italia reports.

The Armenia international has been limited by injuries this term and has missed a lot of big games this term.

The 31-year-old is not happy with his record this season, despite having scored four times in 10 Serie A appearances in 2019-20.

“It’s not good enough. I want to do everything to help the team,” Mkhitaryan told to Roma’s Matchday Programme. “[I want to] score more goals, get more assists and help the team win.

“I feel better now. It’s a shame I couldn’t be there against Juventus or in the Derby. However, injuries happen, and I have worked hard to return.”

After sharing the points and playing great game against arch-rivals Lazio, the Giallorossi have lost to Sassuolo and Bologna in the League and are currently on a run of four games without a win across all tournaments.

The Giallorossi were eliminated from the Coppa Italia by Juventus and their last win came on January 19, against Genoa at the Marassi.

“It’s normal for something like this to happen, anything can happen in football,” he added. “One day you feel good and do well, but in the next something else happens and you don’t get results. It’s all normal in football – but we have to get to work and start believing in ourselves.”

Atalanta have taken advantage of the difficult spell and are now three points ahead on fourth in Serie A, and Mkhitaryan encouraged everyone at Roma to “take responsibility”.

“We know the importance of this match,” he said. “We have to give our all to win, even if it won’t be easy. However, it will be a different game from the first one, when we lost 2-0.

“We have a great squad and the manager will involve everyone. All of us must be ready and take responsibility in the next few games,” Mkhitaryan said.

“We must be ready both physically and mentally, without thinking about how critical the moment is. We can’t put too much pressure on ourselves. This will be an important month for us,” the midfielder added.

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"Important month": Mkhitaryan pledges to do more to help Roma

February 14, 2020 – 13:51 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net – Midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan has pledged to “help the team” and said February will be an “important month” for Roma ahead of the big match in Bergamo, Football Italia reports.

The Armenia international has been limited by injuries this term and has missed a lot of big games this term.

The 31-year-old is not happy with his record this season, despite having scored four times in 10 Serie A appearances in 2019-20.

“It’s not good enough. I want to do everything to help the team,” Mkhitaryan told to Roma’s Matchday Programme. “[I want to] score more goals, get more assists and help the team win.

“I feel better now. It’s a shame I couldn’t be there against Juventus or in the Derby. However, injuries happen, and I have worked hard to return.”

After sharing the points and playing great game against arch-rivals Lazio, the Giallorossi have lost to Sassuolo and Bologna in the League and are currently on a run of four games without a win across all tournaments.

The Giallorossi were eliminated from the Coppa Italia by Juventus and their last win came on January 19, against Genoa at the Marassi.

“It’s normal for something like this to happen, anything can happen in football,” he added. “One day you feel good and do well, but in the next something else happens and you don’t get results. It’s all normal in football – but we have to get to work and start believing in ourselves.”

Atalanta have taken advantage of the difficult spell and are now three points ahead on fourth in Serie A, and Mkhitaryan encouraged everyone at Roma to “take responsibility”.

“We know the importance of this match,” he said. “We have to give our all to win, even if it won’t be easy. However, it will be a different game from the first one, when we lost 2-0.

“We have a great squad and the manager will involve everyone. All of us must be ready and take responsibility in the next few games.

“We must be ready both physically and mentally, without thinking about how critical the moment is. We can’t put too much pressure on ourselves. This will be an important month for us.”

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Today on Twitter

Here are several tweets about Armenia from some of the Twitter accounts we follow. Get in touch with us via Twitter if you want to be part of this Twitter list. We retweet occasionally.

No, not finished yet… Greco-Roman #wrestlers🤼‍♂️ Karen #Aslanyan (67 kg) & Karapet #Chalyan (77 kg) ensured the presence of the Armenian flag🇦🇲 on pedestal by taking the #bronze medals🥉 during #EuropeanChampionship. Congrats to our heroes! #wretslerome

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.@MFAofArmenia statement on adoption of #Syria’s People’s Council’s Resolution on recognition & condemnation of #ArmenianGenocide perpetrated by #OttomanEmpire: This Res is solid contribution to restoration of historical justice & prevention of #genocide’s https://www.mfa.am/en/interviews-articles-and-comments/2020/02/13/syria_statement_genocide/10079

PR of #Armenia🇦🇲Chair of #CSW64 addressed @UN_Women ExecutiveBoard, stressing that wider political & economic participation of #women & better social protection mechanisms that would enable women & girls to realize their full potential are among the central priorities of @armgov

🇦🇲 The #Armenian opposition voiced concerns the bill would have a negative economic impact:

Armenia passes strict anti-smoking laws in public places

Delegation led by Deputy Defense Minister of #Armenia #GabrielBalayan attends @NATO #DefMin in #RSM format. Continued contribution of Armenia🇦🇲 and other partners to peace and stability in #Afghanistan highly appreciated by #NATO Allies.

✊32 years ago, these days, the #Karabakhmovement began. With mass demonstration the people of #Artsakh demanded from the Soviet Union the withdrawal of Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast (NKAO) from the #Azerbaijan SSR and its reunion with the Soviet #Armenia.
#selfdetermination

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A productive meeting w/ #President of #Armenia, H.E. Armen Sarkissian today. We discussed our mutual cooperation as #constitutional institutions; projects of the Human Rights Defender (@OmbudsArmenia ); #humanrights issues; #reforms of the #Constitution & #judicial-#legal system.

I looked at composition of Nagorno Karabakh Republic’s first elected parliament (1991-95). Some things stood out: of 81 seats, 6 were set aside for NKR’s Azerbaijani minority (3 in Shushi, 1 in Khojali, 1 in Karadagli & 1 in Umudlu); they remained vacant. https://twitter.com/ArmenianStudies/status/1227282593516621824

On March 31 #Artsakh people votes in General Elections, testament 2 #EarnedSovereignty Democratic ideals & statehood.
Thus,@mfankr launches accreditation& invites journalists 2 aid Dem processes by following events on the ground
#Karabakh #ArtsakhVotes2020
http://www.nkr.am/en/media-accreditation

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