FIFA and Qatar have until June to come up with a joint proposal to present to the congress of soccer nations, but the concept is mired in complexities stemming from the blockade of Doha by neighbors, tension highlighted in a report considered by the council Friday.During this next phase of the consultation process, FIFA will face Doha-based World Cup organizers highlighting potentially insurmountable issues involved in adding more venues outside of Qatar and hope the concept collapses, people with knowledge of the talks told the AP. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because public statements on this topic were not authorized.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsWhile the Doha officials involved in the World Cup want to keep it as a purely Qatari event, FIFA is also negotiating on a political level — making direct contact with the country’s emir, who hasn’t publicly discussed the sharing concept.Qatar is working to complete eight stadiums for a 64-match schedule. The tournament was moved from its usual June/July dates to Nov. 21 through Dec. 18 because of the fierce summer ahead and shortened to 28 days because of the interruption it causes to the European club season. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history “UEFA shares the ECA’s view that the international match calendar in 2021 does not provide any realistic option to stage a 24-team Club World Cup and that it should furthermore not be played at a time when players should have a well-deserved rest period,” European soccer’s governing body said in a statement. “UEFA supports the views of its stakeholders and has the duty to protect the health of players.”In 2021, FIFA envisages the window for international matches — likely to include 2022 World Cup qualifiers — from May 31 to June 8. The Club World Cup would be held from June 17 to July 4, while the African Cup of Nations and CONCACAF Gold Cup could be played from July 5-31. European club seasons typically start around mid-August.According to a FIFA document seen by the AP, South America would have six slots in the first edition. Three each would go to teams from Africa, Asia and CONCACAF, which represents North and Central America and the Caribbean. Oceania would get one. The confederations would decide their own qualification process. Winners of the eight three-team groups would advance to the quarterfinals. Teams would play two to five matches over a maximum of 18 days.MISSINGInfantino said five members of the Council did not attend the meeting, the first for FIFA’s leadership in the U.S. since American law enforcement arrested many of the sport’s top officials in 2015 on corruption charges. There were two absent FIFA vice presidents: Sheikh Salman, representing Asia, and Ahmad Ahmad, who leads soccer in Africa.WOMEN’S WORLD CUPVideo review has been approved for the Women’s World Cup, which runs from June 7 to July 7.VAR made its World Cup debut at the men’s tournament in Russia last year. Video assistant referees likely will include men helping advise all-female teams of referees and assistants. No domestic women’s competition uses video review. FIFA President Gianni Infantino talks during a press conference after the FIFA Council Meeting, Friday, March 15, 2019, in Miami. The council approved working with Qatar to explore expanding the 2022 World Cup to 48 teams by adding at least one more country in the Persian Gulf to host matches. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)MIAMI — Concerned by political and logistical impediments, FIFA will face resistance in Qatar to attempts to expand the 2022 World Cup to 48 teams and spread games across the Persian Gulf, people with knowledge of the talks told The Associated Press.FIFA President Gianni Infantino was given the backing of the governing body’s ruling council on Friday to pursue his mission to enlarge the 2022 tournament from 32 to 48 teams, requiring at least two more stadiums in at least one additional country.ADVERTISEMENT After coming under pressure from human rights groups since winning FIFA’s hosting rights vote in 2010, Qatar was forced to improve worker rights and improve labor conditions. FIFA has told potential new co-hosts they have to provide human rights guarantees, which have yet to be specified publicly. FIFA Vice President Greg Clarke of England raised the issue in Friday’s council meeting.Qatar World Cup organizers said in a statement they remain “open to the process of discussing a potential expansion” but stressed they are pressing ahead with planning for only a 32-team tournament.“It has always been our mission to ensure that this World Cup belongs to the entire Arab World and the Middle East,” the organizers said. “We will work with FIFA to determine whether or not a viable operating model does exist and, importantly, whether it is in the best interests for football and for the tournament, and for Qatar as the host nation. After these consultations, the final decision will be made by Qatar and FIFA.”FIFA decided in January 2017 that the World Cup will be 48 teams, but only starting in 2026 before the hosts were chosen. The United States, Canada and Mexico won a vote last year.CLUB WORLD CUPThe FIFA Council agreed to introduce a pilot tournament of an enlarged 24-team Club World Cup in 2021 despite European opposition. A quadrennial version would launch in the summer of 2021 to replace the current Club World Cup, a seven-team event played each December.The European Club Association and European governing body UEFA does not want FIFA adding competitions prior to agreement on a new international match calendar from 2024.“Our clubs won’t participate in the 2021 edition of the Club World Cup,” the ECA told the AP, “and we will assess participation in editions after 2024.”The Club World Cup fills the slot previously reserved for the Confederations Cup, which had served as a test event in a host nation a year before the World Cup.The seven European members attending the council meeting voted against FIFA’s plans, which they see as threatening the status of the Champions League. 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The United Arab Emirates has two stadiums with capacities over 40,000, but FIFA accepts the UAE along with Bahrain and Saudi Arabia cannot be considered unless they restore the diplomatic, economic and travel ties with Qatar that were severed two years ago.Kuwait and Oman have remained neutral in the dispute and would be options politically, but their stadium infrastructure is lacking. Kuwait City’s Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium has 60,000 seats but Sabah Al-Salem Stadium only 26,000. The venue in Oman identified in a FIFA study seen by the AP is the 34,000-capacity Boshar-Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex.“We are in the lucky situation that I can speak to anyone in the Gulf region and talk just about football,” Infantino said. “I don’t even want to say that football might help to build some bridges or to bring people together or these kind of things. I just think that it’s important for the whole region in the Gulf that the World Cup 2022 in Qatar will be a success. It is important for a region which today unfortunately is the headlines more for negative than for positive reasons.”The Gulf crisis stems from Qatar’s support for extremist groups in the region, charges denied by Doha. The boycotting nations also have pointed to Qatar’s close relationship with Iran.“I think if football can contribute to open up some doors and to make people meet and discuss with each other,” Infantino said, “we will not solve all the problems of the world but maybe we’ll get a little step closer in at least starting to understand each other a bit.”ADVERTISEMENT Rory McIlroy blames PGA Tour for slow play ‘epidemic’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
AFP Sport takes a look at five new faces to watch in Ligue 1 for the 2019-20 campaign:Idrissa GueyeThe Senegalese international returned to France last week after PSG stumped up a reported 32 million euros ($35.5 million) to bolster their midfield, the area most in need of reinforcement.Gueye, 29, spent seven years with Lille before moving to England in 2015, first with Aston Villa and then Everton.The Toffees rejected a January bid for the midfielder last season but his belated arrival in the French capital represents a shrewd signing for Tuchel.Gueye shone as Senegal reached the Africa Cup of Nations final, serving as the crucial link between defence and attack, and PSG will hope his acclaimed ball-winning ability will complement a team overflowing with attacking options.The club also snapped up the combative Ander Herrera on a free transfer from Manchester United and Spanish midfielder Pablo Sarabia, who scored 23 goals in 52 games last season for Sevilla.Abdou DialloAbdou Diallo gets an early taste of playing alongside Neymar following his move from Dortmund © AFP/File / FRANCK FIFEThe signing of France under-21 international defender Abdou Diallo from Borussia Dortmund suggests Thiago Silva’s time at the club is nearing an end.Diallo, 23, will be reunited with Kylian Mbappe at PSG, having made a handful of appearances during Monaco’s title-winning season in 2016-17.Two successful years in Germany followed, with Mainz and Borussia Dortmund, where he continued his progression and displayed his versatility out on the left flank.Mats Hummels’ return to Dortmund made Diallo expendable and although he faces competition from Silva, Presnel Kimpembe, Marquinhos and Thilo Kehrer, he represents a long-term investment at Parc des Princes having signed a five-year deal.SylvinhoSylvinho (L) poses with Lyon sporting director Juninho after being appointed as the club’s new manager © AFP/File / JEFF PACHOUDThe former Barcelona and Arsenal full-back was hand-picked as Lyon boss by compatriot Juninho, a former club star who is the new sporting director of the seven-time French champions.Sylvinho, 45, was working as right-hand man to Brazil coach Tite and had been preparing a team for the 2020 Olympics in Japan.He will take over a Lyon side that finished third and earned a spot in the Champions League, but one subject to considerable transformation after the big-money sales of Mendy and Ndombele, as well as Fekir’s surprising move to Real Betis.Lyon splashed out on Danish centre-back Joachim Andersen, whose fee could rise to a club record 30 million euros, after luring Brazilian midfielder Thiago Mendes from Lille for 26.5 million euros.Sylvinho has been set the target of another top-three finish by club president Jean-Michel Aulas.Andre Villas-BoasAndre Villas-Boas (C) will return to the dugout as Marseille boss almost two years since his last competitive match © AFP/File / ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDSThe former protege of Jose Mourinho has been tasked with reviving fallen French giants Marseille.The 1993 European champions turned to former Chelsea, Tottenham, Porto and Zenit St Petersburg coach Villas-Boas after the club missed out on continental football having finished fifth under Rudi Garcia.The Portuguese had been out of the game for 18 months and took part in last year’s Dakar Rally.He rose to prominence at Porto, initially serving as Mourinho’s assistant before becoming the youngest coach to win a UEFA competition, lifting the Europa League trophy as his team completed a treble in 2010-11.“I will lay down my life to get Marseille back to their best level. I will let the results do the talking but I’m confident because this team is capable of it,” Villas-Boas, 41, said at his Marseille unveiling.Hwang Ui-JoHwang Ui-Jo will look to help Bordeaux improve on a disappointing 2018-19 season © AFP/File / MEHDI FEDOUACHThe forward will become the first South Korean to play for Bordeaux after penning a four-year contract with the Girondins.Hwang started out with Seongnam, his country’s most successful club, before two years with Japan’s Gamba Osaka.The 26-year-old was voted the best South Korean player last season by the national football federation.Hwang joins countryman and Reims striker Suk Hyun-Jun in Ligue 1, and Bordeaux coach Paulo Sousa hopes his new signing will bring added quality to a team “in a rebuilding year” following a 14th-place finish last season.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Idrissa Gueye was at the heart of Senegal’s run to the Africa Cup of Nations final in Egypt this summer © AFP/File / Khaled DESOUKIPARIS, France, Aug 6 – Champions Paris Saint-Germain are clear favourites to lift the French title for a seventh time in eight seasons after their nearest rivals Lille and Lyon sold key players over the summer.While Thomas Tuchel’s men have strengthened in midfield and kept hold of Neymar, Lille saw leading scorer Nicolas Pepe depart for Arsenal with Nabil Fekir, Ferland Mendy and Tanguy Ndombele leaving Lyon for fresh challenges abroad.
Listen to this Newcastle fan give his comical solution on how Steve McClaren can turn around the Magpies’ season.Steve called Drivetime on Monday to ridicule McClaren’s ‘island’ hairstyle, saying the players are far too distracted with what is going on with that than what is happening during the game.Listen to the whole hilarious exchange now!
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A new city manager with a track record of bringing economic development to his cities has taken the helm in Rosemead. Andy Lazzaretto, 63, comes to the $150,000-a-year job after serving as city manager in Walnut, Montebello, Alhambra, Stanton and Burbank and doing stints as interim city manager in Pomona and La Habra. Lazzaretto, who started Wednesday after unanimous City Council approval, has run the Burbank-based municipal consulting firm A.C. Lazzaretto and Associates since 1985. “I would like to help revitalize the community,” Lazzaretto said. “I hear that from the council.” Lazzaretto started his career in Walnut, where he made about $12,000 a year as city manager in the 1970s. He is largely credited with starting downtown redevelopment in Alhambra during his tenure as city manager there from 1980 to 1983. At that time, Lazzaretto helped cobble together a $40 million redevelopment project on Alhambra’s Main Street and spearheaded a major project in the city’s business district. The forced relocation of several businesses to make way for the projects led to his resignation under fire from Alhambra City Hall. But when it came time to break ground on the projects in 1983, Lazzaretto was invited to come back and was praised by city officials. Lazzaretto faces several challenges in Rosemead. One is a bitterly divided council. The frequent 3-2 split on the five-member council stems from disagreement over a Wal-Mart Supercenter under construction in the city. By the time Lazzaretto’s predecessor, Bill Crowe, left the job he was no longer on speaking terms with councilmen John Tran and John Nu ez, who opposed the Wal-Mart project. Lazzaretto said he would avoid such situations. “No matter how badly divided it is, I still work for five people,” he said. Nu ez said Lazzaretto can help foster a better working relationship between council members, and the unanimous vote for Lazzaretto is a start. “We can all agree on this one person,” Nu ez said. In particular, Nu ez said he likes Lazzaretto’s proven track record in economic development. Mayor Jay Imperial could not be reached for comment. Lazzaretto will become re-acquainted with a colleague from days past as residents continue to battle the city over the Wal-Mart Supercenter under construction on 24 acres at Walnut Grove Avenue and Rush Street. Larry Bevington, a former city manger for El Monte and Sierra Madre during the 1980s, is now a Rosemead resident and leader of Wal-Mart opposition group Save Our Community. “From what I remember of \, he was quite knowledgable and easy to work with,” Bevington said. “I feel he’s a good guy.” Bevington added the city could expect to see its economic growth jump-started by Lazzaretto. firstname.lastname@example.org (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2717
Gardai have said that other matters may come before the court in relation to a serving member of the Defence Forces already charged with having explosives.Irish Soldier Mark Cassidy leaving Letterkenny courthouse. (NWNewspix)Private Mark Cassidy, 29, appeared at Letterkenny District Court this morning. No bail was sought by Cassidy’s solicitor, Eugene Burns, and the case has been put back until next Monday.Garda Inspector David Kelly said directions had been received from the Director of Public Prosecutions but said that “there may be other matters brought before the court.He also asked for Cassidy’s legal team to give Gardai time to carry out the relevant checks on people being put forward as independent sureties.Cassidy had been brought to a special sitting of Letterkenny District Court last Thursday amidst tight security.Cassidy, of Grianan Vale, Ballyederowen, Burnfoot, faces two charges of possessing explosives at the same address on Monday February 19th.He is charged with having an explosive substance and also possessing 87 twelve gauge shotgun cartiridges.Detective Garda Michael Carroll told that sitting of the court that he arrested him on Tuesday, February 18th and put the two charges to Cassidy but the accused made no reply.Garda Inspector Michael Harrison had said he was objecting to bail because of the seriousness of the offences and because Cassidy had no permanent address in the Republic.SOLDIER BOMB CASE – GARDAI SAY OTHER MATTERS MAY COME BEFORE COURT was last modified: February 24th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:bombbulletsBurnfootcourtdonegalexplosivesMARK CASSIDYsoldier
AC Milan are confident they will wrap up a deal for Arsenal and Tottenham target Hakan Calhanoglu – despite talks stalling over a transfer fee.The midfielder has set his heart on leaving Bayer Leverkusen this summer and he is likely to have plenty of offers on the table.Arsenal and Tottenham are both fans of the Turkey international, however it is AC Milan who are leading the race for him at the moment.The Italian club have even reportedly agreed personal terms with Calhanoglu after holding talks with him recently.However, so far Milan have been unable to agree a fee with Leverkusen for the 23-year-old and it was thought the deal could be on the rocks.But, according to Calciomercato, Milan are still confident the transfer will go through despite the two parties’ differences.Leverkusen want £26m for Calhanoglu, but so far they have only received an offer of £19m plus bonuses from the Italian club.Milan, though, are ready to return with a new bid of £22m plus bonuses and they believe this will get the deal over the line. 1 Hakan Calhanoglu could be on the move
BY PATSY MCGONAGLE: So many locations – California, Ardara, Maghery, London, Birmingham, Dublin not to mention Stranorlar make up the story from the Finn Valley club this past weekend.Tori Pena was in action in Mount Sac relays a world class meet in US and cleared 4.15 for 6th with just over 90 days to the Big one London in August.In London 4 representatives in the famous inspiring London marathon all of them crossing the line achieving the medal namely Mary Hippsley, Kate McGuigan, Gloria Devenney and Sean O’Leary. Well done all – a great personal achievement which everyone can take inspiration from.In Dublin it was National road relays in Raheny and we had 5 teams on duty.As is the norm the Masters section kicked off the programme. Good return here Over 50 men namely Mark Connoly, Pat Hegarty and Dominic Bonner on duty and their reward silver medals. Interesting to note Dominic’s week last Sunday he won the national over 50 10k road title in 34 minutes odd a most notable run. He was in Derry for a 5k on Wednesday 17.12 his time and he was beating it out again on this team. The Gweedore man, who trains alone, is a real stand out story.The over 40 lads of Ciaran Carlin joined by Martin Irwin and Michael Gallagher took the bronze first national medals ever for the latter two. It was the turn of the women next, their ranking finish 7th winners DSD but so important to be on the start line and finally the men’s relay two teams the A team of James Speight 10.06 ( 2 miles )Mark Hoye 4.33 ( 1 mile ) Paul Leck taking over in 6th ( 3 miles ) and final leg Gerard Gallagher ( 2 mile ) to finish 9th the event winners Rathfarnham.The B team was Ryan Porter, Dean Toland, Mark Bonner and Patrick Hynes Foy for 16th place. Well done all good to be back in the competition and being competitive.That mile leg by Mark represents the fastest of the day and he now can look forward to competing for his University in the British Univ.champs at the Olympic stadium, London on weekend May4/5/6th, a unique opportunity about which he is pretty excited.Janine Boyle and James Kelly were our representatives on Donegal Sportshall teams in Birmingham, Janine picking up two individual medals in long jump and 2 lap race a very exciting contribution and it was special as her Mum Marie was there as a team manager.James also is a special talent eligible again next year and his putt of 11.83 did of course gain him a podium spot. Again his coach/Dad John had flown over so another nice memory to recall in the years ahead.The outstanding Donegal performance came from the Rosses girl Sarah Doherty a double gold medalist the best points return ever by a Donegal athlete at this exciting event.It’s interesting to note the absolute explosion of numbers in road events in the county and the weekends story began in Gortahork the Tir Na Nog Series being promoted by Senator Brian O Domhnaill a Valley club member.Saturday was Ardara 10k day in memory of Martina Maguire and what a response just over the 1000 mark a tremendous event amongst the finishers Michael McGonagle aged 7 not a bother to him. Sunday was Maghery 5k in aid of Habitat promoted by Niamh Walsh and Rosaleen Mc Gonagle and Bridgeen Doherty flew the flag for us there.Finally the Parents Council of St Columba’s, Stranorlar had 300 turn out – won by Oisin Gallen in a sub 20 time with parent Noreen Bonner women’s winner 22 minutes and as School principal Maeve Scully observed “runners and walkers aged 7 to 70 babies in buggys and even 2 dogs.” Sure, where would you get it?It’s busy busy in the coming weeks a large crowd expected Wednesday evening for open track meet registration from 6pm.So many tasks to do so offers of help from club people welcome see the programme on the www.finnvalleyac web.Strabane stage a meet on May 6th and we are encouraging participation there followed by Schools athletics and county athletics plenty of opportunity.PatsyPATSY MCGONAGLE’S ATHLETICS REPORT – WHAT A WEEKEND FOR DONEGAL ATHLETES was last modified: April 23rd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:PATSY MCGONAGLE’S ATHLETICS REPORT – WHAT A WEEKEND FOR DONEGAL ATHLETES
Paddy Hudi Beag Gallagher and Micheal Coll at the Golden Gate Bridge…THE pix and videos are pouring in as the excitement continues to Sunday week’s All-Ireland final.Last week we had pictures from the White House in Washington.Today it’s the turn of San Franscisco, with Paddy Hudi Beag Gallagher and Micheal Coll at the Golden Gate Bridge…looking good guys! Back home, there’s a simple message on the green at Falcarragh Cottages below.falcarragh cottagesMichelle McCauley is so attached to her dog, he gets the full title – he’s Benji McCauley.Here he is giving Jim’s boys paws for thought – kitted out ready for SAM!BENJI’S A BIG FANAnd here’s one mixed up family in Kildare: Ava Munnelly is pictured with her dog Max Her mum hails from Donegal and her Dad is from Mayo. Ava and Max (sorry Ava, but Max is on a winner!) There must be a paint sale on! The Chasin Bull Bar in Bundoran’s gone mad!COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – PICTURES OF THE DAY was last modified: September 12th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – PICTURES OF THE DAY
Mayor of Donegal Cllr Frank McBrearty has officially congratulated Sean Dunnion, the new chair of the GAA in the county and a member of staff at the county council.“I am delighted to see Sean elected to the post of Chairman of the County Board,” said the Mayor.“As an employee of Donegal County Council and as chair of his hometown Four Masters Club Sean has a lot of leadership qualities that will stand him in good stead in this new role. “I had the honour of working with Sean during the homecoming for the All Ireland Donegal Senior team champions in September this year and I am very confident that Sean will continue to do his county proud as the new chairman of the county board,” said the Mayor.Cllr McBrearty added: “I would also like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to sterling work done by PJ McGowan the outgoing chairman of the County Board and to thank him for his commitment and dedication over the last number of years.“This is an exciting time for the Donegal GAA and I am confident that PJ and the other outgoing members of the board are leaving their posts in the very capable hands of the new County Board members.” MAYOR McBREARTY PAYS TRIBUTE TO NEW GAA COUNTY CHAIR was last modified: December 18th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:MAYOR McBREARTY PAYS TRIBUTE TO NEW GAA COUNTY CHAIR
A judge at the Crown Court in Derry has told a former Irish army soldier that it is inevitable he will go to jail after biting the nose off an Algerian man in the city centre last year.Barry Fitzgerald, 23, from Doire House in Carrigans pleaded guilty to a charge of causing grievous bodily harm with intent on his 35-year-old victim in an unprovoked attack outside a fast food takeaway in Waterloo Street on 14 April, 2013.UTV reports that after biting his victim’s nose off, Fitzgerald then spat it onto the floor of the man’s car. Following his guilty plea to the charge, Fitzgerald resigned from his position in the Irish army last May. He was based at Finner Camp at the time of the offence.Fitzgerald was released on bail last September pending sentencing this September coming. As part of his bail conditions, he was banned from entering Derry.However, his solicitor applied to Judge Philip Babington to have the ban lifted.The barrister said Fitzgerald had been shortlisted for a job interview as a kitchen porter in a local restaurant because he wanted to earn money before he’s sentenced.Granting the unopposed application, Judge Babington said it was inevitable Fitzgerald would be going to jail.He said no doubt Fitzgerald would give “full disclosure to his potential employer with regards to his present position.”DONEGAL SOLDIER FACES JAIL AFTER BITING NOSE OFF MAN IN SAVAGE ATTACK was last modified: July 8th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Barry FitzgeraldCarrigansdonegaljailnosesoldier