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Saturday Marks 50 Years Since Lamar Tragedy

first_imgLamar’s current coach is doing his best to shape his program in the image of those squads Terrell built in the 1960s, and Clark makes sure to tell the story of the men whose lives were cut short in the 1968 crash and make sure their legacy lives on. He displays a hand-painted picture of the deceased athletes in his office – it used to hang in McDonald Gym – and the trophy from Lamar’s mile relay win in the 1968 Border Olympics. Both items are a key part of the story Clark tells to prospective Cardinals. Considering the emotional impact of the tragedy and the amount of talent and leadership that Lamar lost that day, the team rebounded rather quickly. The next season the Cardinals took home second place at the conference championships under Carl Babcock, and two seasons later Big Red had its first conference crown since the tragedy with the 1971 title. “It all started two weeks after the accident. Our conference track meet was scheduled, and we thought we were going to win that year,” said Smith. “We’d finished second to Abilene Christian every year before, but we thought we had it that time. We lost all our best athletes, but the guys that did perform managed to score 47 points and finish fourth of five teams. That showed a lot of character. When we won in 1971 that was our first Southland Conference championship. Some of the members of the 1971 team were freshmen in 1968, and they did their best to dedicate their performance to the 1968 team.” Adding to their success in Iowa, Richardson joined the trio of Favazza, Thomas and Clewis to run the anchor leg of the sprint-medley relay. With Richardson setting a blistering pace in the final half mile, the Cardinals recorded a fourth-place finish in the event. Despite the weight of the tragedy on the athletics department and the university, the remaining members of the track and field team elected to compete in the Southland Conference Championships the following week. Vern Crowder, an associate professor in the physical education department, was charged with the responsibility of getting the team prepared for the championship meet. The shorthanded squad rallied to finish fourth that season led by two first-place finishes from Doug Boone. The Cardinals eyed the 1968 season as a benchmark for the successful program that Terrell had built during his time in Beaumont. Terrell, who took over the program in 1955, methodically built it into national respectability. The gem of that program was the mile-relay squad of sophomores Delaune, Favazza, Clewis and junior Thomas. “This program has done many different things to keep the memory of Coach Terrell and the Cardinals alive,” said Clark. “When letter jackets were a part of college athletics, Coach Babcock handed out letter jackets with blue wings on them that commemorated the 1968 team. The football team (also coached by Ty Terrell) once had blue helmets as well.” “It has to tell the story of those men who were representative of Lamar and Southeast Texas,” said Clark. “They were good athletes and respectful young men who you just want to have remembered. To me it should have a way of telling a story that shows what they represent. They are the foundation for this program. I’m really mindful of not just their achievements but how they carried themselves as well. In the time that has passed since that tragic day, many things have changed. The campus has gone through several changes and upgrades, new buildings have been built, records have fallen and championships have been won, but the memory of that tragic day has never been lost on the people of the Golden Triangle. There is a daily reminder for anyone who happens to pass by the university’s track and field venue. The home of LU track and field bears the name of the coach they lost on that dark day – Ty Terrell Track. “It was really devastating to them,” said Lamar head coach Trey Clark. “They were some special guys and a special coach that did a great job of representing this university and Texas as a whole, not just athletically but how they acted and carried themselves. And there was an impact not just here but in Des Moines as well. When we returned to Drake in 1999 an elderly gentleman at the airport found me and said, ‘I’ve looked every year since 1968 for a team to come back. That tragedy had a profound impact on me.'” “Coach Ty Terrell built our track program from the ground up and crafted it into a nationally-renowned powerhouse,” said Director of Athletics Marco Born. “His legacy resounds today in the track facility that our student-athletes get to practice on every day, the caliber of student-athlete we’re able to recruit to Beaumont, and the championships we’ve won before and since that tragic day on April 28, 1968. But the true legacy of Terrell and the six Cardinals who passed in that plane crash 50 years ago is their love of the sport that is evident even now.” As for a permanent memorial at Lamar, no definitive plans yet exist. But when the time does finally come, Clark knows just how to tell the story. In addition to the pilot and Coach Terrell, the members of the LU track and field team who perished that day included Randy Clewis, Mike Favazza, Don Delaune, John Richardson, and Waverly Thomas. Almost lost in the darkness of the tragedy was a silver lining that the tragedy could have been worse for the university. Another athlete – Johnny Fuller – also made the trip to Des Moines, Iowa, with the rest of the team. A multi-sport athlete for the Cardinals, Fuller was selected to compete in Mexico City’s Olympic Stadium prior to the Drake Relays in an effort to build excitement for the upcoming Summer Olympics. After spending two weeks in Mexico City, Fuller came home for a day before heading to the Drake Relays. Since he had spent significant time away from his family, Fuller elected to catch an earlier flight home and he left Des Moines separate from his teammates. “That weekend we didn’t have an event at home so I was out at the beach. I found out about the accident when I heard about it on a radio station in Houston early in the morning on Sunday,” said Joe Lee Smith, Lamar’s sports information director from 1963-79 and 1993-96. “At first I was totally shocked, and it still affects me every year. This date never passes without me pausing to remember. I was 29 at the time, and I traveled with them several times. They came to my office all the time, so I was particularly close with several members of the track team. Coach Terrell was a mentor of mine when I first came to Lamar in 1963 and a hell of a coach. They were all good athletes, good students, and great people.” The team was returning from a late season meet in Iowa – the Drake Relays – a nationally competitive meet that continues to attract the top programs from around the nation. Tragically, the flight was on its initial approach into the Beaumont Municipal Airport and crashed just a mile short of the runway. It is the common-accepted belief that McCall suffered from coronary arteriosclerosis and suffered heart attack upon approach. Story by Cooper Welch, Lamar AthleticsBEAUMONT, Texas — In the early morning hours of Sunday, April 28th, 1968, what was then known as Lamar State College of Technology suffered through the darkest period in its history. Many awoke that morning to the news that seven of its brightest stars were extinguished when five members of the track and field team, head coach Ty Terrell, and pilot E.W. McCall were killed in a plane crash on their way back from the Drake Relays. Saturday marks 50 years since that tragic day overwhelmed not only the university but the entire Golden Triangle. Just days before leaving for Des Moines, the Cards’ mile-relay team made the nation take notice when they posted one of the country’s top times at the Border Olympics. Big Red posted a similar result at the Drake Relays as one of the two schools to beat the meet record in the event, and finishing second to only Texas. The Cardinals’ time of 3:07.3 was the third fastest in the world at the time. At the end of the day when my career is over I hope to have left a legacy that comes close to theirs.” “The team was still sleeping,” Fuller told the Beaumont Enterprise. “I told one of the guys, ‘tell coach Terrell I flew home’ and that was the last time I saw them.” “I was 18 and that was pretty traumatic for me,” said Barry Collins to the Beaumont Enterprise. Collins was on the ’68 team but was not part of the group which qualified for the Drake Relays. “It was denial at first. It took a while for me to regain my focus. It was tough for some of us and for others it was a motivating tool.”last_img read more


Guam footballers thrashed 6-0 in Iran

first_imgAshkan Dejagah put the home side ahead from the penalty spot after ten minutes, as Asia’s top ranked team took a commanding 4-0 lead into half-time at the Azadi Stadium in Tehran.Mehdi Taremi and Sardar Azmoun bagged two goals each, with substitute Mehdi Torabi capping a clinical display with a final goal minutes from the end.Defeat means the Mateo relinquish top spot in Group D to their next opponents, Oman, who beat Turkmenistan 3-1.last_img


T20 exodus hampering Windies – Lloyd

first_imgSYDNEY, Australia (CMC):Selection chief Clive Lloyd believes the exodus of players like Chris Gayle, Andre Russell and Lendl Simmons to the lucrative Twenty20 circuit has definitely had a negative impact on the development of the West Indies Test side.The legendary former West Indies captain said the absence of such players had left the Caribbean side with a vacuum and forced authorities in the region to undertake a rebuilding process.”You can’t fault them (players who have turned to T20s),” Lloyd told a media conference at the Sydney Cricket Ground yesterday.”The money that is being paid in these shorter games, it’s obvious that players are looking towards their future. And, unfortunately, we’re missing out, all those guys who we groomed have now left, so we’re left with a vacuum and we now have to fill that.”He continued: “People might say that we’re not a top-class side, but some of these guys [in the current squad] have only played four Test matches and we can’t bring anybody from home because they’ll be just as raw, or young.”Big Bash playersWhile West Indies have been locked in the current three-Test series against Australia, Gayle, Simmons and Russell have all been campaigning in theBig Bash League here for variousfranchises.Former Test and one-day captain Darren Sammy and all-rounder Dwayne Bravo are also involved in the Big Bash after having retired from the longer format of the game.Lloyd, who oversaw one of the most successful periods of West Indies cricket in the late 1970s and early 80s, said some of these players would have played key roles in the touring Test side.”That’s the situation we have; we have guys like Andre Russell, Lendl Simmons, Chris Gayle, Bravo and these fellas, (but) they’ve retired from the longer form of the game,” he explained.”I think somebody like Russell – surely we would have had a chat with him – but he has a problem with his knee and he’s just playing one-day cricket. Lendl Simmons, too, would have been a nice guy to have in the middle there because he’s an opener, (and) he plays spin very well; he would have fitted in fine with our batting.”But he’s not involved, so we’ve got to look somewhere else. It’s a bit of a sad situation, but I’m sure that our cricket will get better.”West Indies have struggled on tour so far, losing both Tests by significant margins. They went down by an innings and 212 runs in the Hobart opener before crashing to a 177-run loss in Melbourne last week.They face Australia in the final Test here starting today.last_img read more


Statement by EU High Representative Catherine Ashton on the Occasion of International Women’s Day…

first_imgCatherine Ashton, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission, made today the following statement:Today, on International Women’s Day, we celebrate the real transformation the world has witnessed in women’s rights, thanks both to individual achievements and our common participation in political life. Women have made great advances, but there is still a long way to go to achieve a world free from gender-based discrimination. Equal access to education and health services and the chance to become a full participant in political life is everyone’s right and an essential ingredient of democracy. Long-term stability and development can only be achieved if violence and discrimination against women are addressed.  The European Union remains committed to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. About 200 projects and initiatives are currently funded by theEU around the world, which aim to help women benefit from education and healthcare, to work and live free from violence and discrimination and to assume their rightful place in society. The rights of all women and girls are a universal priority for the EU and this is reflected in the current discussions on the post-2015 framework for poverty eradication and sustainable development.Where women prosper, societies prosper; where women suffer, so do the societies they live in. I have had the privilege of meeting many inspiring women who through their hard work and sacrifices have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries. Today I pay tribute to these women, whose courage and determination pave the way for future generations. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more



first_imgThe people of Liberia and the West African region face an existential threat. The threat has implications beyond the sub-region and the African continent. The Ebola crisis constitutes a threat to international peace and security. It is far past time for the world community to step up its engagement from a “public health emergency of international concern” to a Chapter Seven Mandate to “Deliver as One.”The evidence of the threat is abundant since the Ebola outbreak began making headlines worldwide a few months ago – the unfolding  drama in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea with the decimation of large population segments, destruction of cherished human values, human insecurity on an unprecedented scale, including the absence of medical attention to non-Ebola ailments.  Add to this the potential that if unchecked in time the virus could mutate, become transmissible and present a clearer and more present danger. Already some have begun to speak of a shift from linear growth to exponential, citing possibilities of 20,000 to 100,000 casualties in the months immediately ahead.Led by the international scientific community, notably Medecins Sans Frontier, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health, among others, the nature of the disease has been focused and treatment requirements made clear. Even more, a host of private and governmental personnel is in the fields battling the disease and its devastating consequences for the affected populations now bearing the brunt.If one can speak of a measure of progress registered in the fight by national, regional and global actors, it is equally clear that the opportunities of this challenge loom large.  The small battles won (cases of recovery and the continuing efforts being deployed) have yet to add up, to make a significant dent in this devastating war. There are encouraging headlines such as “Obama Commits ‘Military Assets’ for Ebola Health Care Surge,” “Italy Aids Ebola Fight – Sends Mobile Lab Team, Food, Drugs,” “EU announces 140 million Euros Ebola Response Package.” All of this in addition to reported plane loads of supplies arriving from China, the U.S. and elsewhere.A few weeks ago the UN Secretary General named Dr. David Navarro, a British Physician, as his Special Envoy to West Africa with a mandate to stop the spread of the disease. No doubt serious work is underway to which we are not privy. What seems clear, however, is that the impact of that work has yet to be felt on the ground if one judges from the alarming reports pouring in daily from the fields, including a warning from the WHO that thousands of new cases will come to light in the coming weeks.While Liberians and West Africans appreciate the “international public health emergency” measures that Dr. Navarro’s mandate addresses, developments in the fields, among the populations in the affected West African countries require a ratcheting up of effort to Chapter 7 Mandate   with a UN Security Council Resolution declaring the Ebola situation a threat to international peace and security and calling forth the requisite measures to containing the threat.Here is what this would mean:That the national and regional efforts would benefit from a more robust global effort underpinned by political commitment at the highest level, including the possible re-activation of the civil war-era International Contact Group on Liberia (ICGL) to lead and monitor implementation of the Security Council Resolution;Robust command and control infrastructure replete with an epidemic response force comparable to UNMIL at the height of its operations in the country, as opposed to its current drawdown posture;The “Deliver as One” doctrine would enable decision-making and implementation mechanism that would gather all of the pieces of the international effort and direct them to the goal of reversing the current rapid spread of the disease;Envisage a division of labor where appropriate assets could be brought to bear in particular circumstance. For example, given the historic role of the US in Liberia, it would play certain central roles, as would Britain in the case of Sierra Leone.Such highly coordinated actions by governments and governmental organizations could lead to change in behavior of the international private sector such as the airlines and shipping industries, even expert workers engaged in foreign direct investment activities in the affected countries.The thrust of what I am suggesting is that the global community would—in a more supportive role, backstopping governments and regional organizations – be delivering as one.We appeal to African leaders of conscience, African leaders of earned credibility to step forward and make this happen. I have in mind non-government leaders taking the lead in exciting action on part of global leaders through the instrumentality of the United Nations. These include, but are not limited to, former Nigerian Presidents Abdulsalam Alhaji Abubakar and Olusegun Obasanjo, former South African President Thabo Mbeki, former Mozambique President Jacquim Chissano, former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, Philanthropist Mo Ibrahim, Nelson Mandela’s widow, Graca Machel, Bishop Desmond Tutu, and our own Nobel Laureate Leymah Gbowee.What this means is nothing short of a coordinated effort at national, regional and global levels driven by the need to “deliver as one.”  This is not “outsourcing” of national responsibility. This is the nation and the region availing themselves of critical international collaborative crisis leadership. For after all, when the crisis subsides, it will be national governments and their peoples who will remain to pick up the pieces as they learn lessons from this horrific experience. And the world community would have contributed to saving the lives of many West Africans while averting the prospect of the Ebola virus mutating, becoming transmissible, and therefore posing even greater threats to international peace and security.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


LBDI Prexy to Re-brand Liberia’s Educational Sector

first_imgJohn B. S. Davies, III, president of the Liberian Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI), has expressed his commitment to help rebrand the country’s education sector. Mr. Davies made the commitment recently in Monrovia at the Dialogue and National General Knowledge Pop Quizzing final held between St. Augustine High School in Margibi and the Christian Missionary International Fellowership (CMFI) High School in Montserrado County.The year-long tournament was organized by John Kollie’s Liberia Media for Democratic Initiatives (LMDI), and the grand final was won by St. Augustine Episcopal School with an 80-point margin.“We believe that exposing students to extra-curricular activities will greatly increase their potentials,” Mr. Davies said.He then congratulated the St’ Augustine High school for the victory and urged CMFI and other participating schools not to be deterred, but to remain courageous in the process.“From this splendid performance, I believe that more need to done to support our education system, because Liberians are smart people,” he said.Mr. Davies, who presented the trophy to the first and second winners of the tournament, also called on government and other well-meaning citizens to invest in competitions like the quizzing to boost the students’ academic prowess.For his part, LMDI executive director John Kollie expressed gratitude to LBDI for its latest offer to the tone of US$25,000 as well as joining partnership with the LMDI.He named other contributors as the Liberia Ghana Missions (L-GM), who provided 30 financial aid packages for high-performing students in the competition; Dr. Evelyn Kandakai, US$500 for three best performing girls; and Tiberosa Tarponweh, US$400 that was used as transportation for the quizzing teams.One hundred and fifty schools from the 15 counties participated in the quizzing competition, which was held with the intent to address some difficulties Liberian students are faced with in their academic pursuits.Mr. Kollie then announced that his entity would shortly embark on a National Spelling Bee competition for Elementary and primary students across the country.He has meanwhile appealed for financial and material supports to enable the LMDI continue the national quizzing competition to ignite the lost competitive academic spirit among Liberian students. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


Prolonged ‘cuss out’ of ExxonMobil unwarranted – Greenidge

first_imgDays after Government denied utilising ‘special funds’ from ExxonMobil to fund its legal fees in its international battle to end its border controversy with Venezuela, Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge has termed the prolonged ‘cuss out’ of the oil company as unwarranted.Carl GreenidgeThe Minister’s admonition was made in his address to New Amsterdam community Leaders over the weekend.According to the Department of Public Information (DPI), the Minister highlighted that it was Government’s responsibility to ensure that the money obtained from companies, including oil companies, was spent to develop its people.“It is our job to ensure that our Inland Revenue Department is competently manned so as to analyse their books and impose the taxes they are supposed to pay. You can’t start up by beating up the company when, in fact, the company hasn’t been due to pay taxes and refused to pay taxes,” the DPI quoted Minister Greenidge as saying.Accusations of Exxon providing the Guyana Government with funds for its case in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) have surfaced in light of the oil giant’s reported release of some US$20 million in a bonus.Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman, however, maintained that while it would be wrong for Guyana to use the oil company for that purpose, it would be appropriate for Guyana to use its earnings to defend its sovereignty. He pointed that he was not aware that Guyana was using the oil giant in that regard.Sections of the local press have long highlighted and criticised ExxonMobil for how it has conducted business in other countries, but, according to the DPI, Minister Greenidge said “what that should do is to put you on caution, on alert not to cause you to cuss them up.”He also cautioned the New Amsterdam residents not to “believe these jokers who will have you cuss out a company that has found oil and develop that oil”.It was after months of repeated calls and relentless bombardment from the Opposition, that Government finally conceded to releasing the oil contract with Exxon. This was announced by Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, who, while not mentioning a specific date when the document would be made available for public scrutiny, noted that this decision was made after Cabinet’s “fulsome discussion” on the matter and after taking into consideration the many public calls.Both Government and ExxonMobil had noted various concerns for keeping the document confidential. One of the reasons Government had given for the non-disclosure of the contract was the ongoing border controversy with neighbouring Venezuela which is now going to the ICJ. After Government’s announcement, ExxonMobil Guyana’s Public and Government Affairs Senior Director, Kimberly Brasington told Guyana Times: “ExxonMobil supports transparency initiatives, wherever we operate around the world. We look forward to discussions with our partners and the Government with regard to Guyana.”Currently, the company is developing the Liza Field located in the Stabroek Block offshore Guyana for oil production in 2020. The Stabroek block is now estimated to contain between 2.25 and 2.75 billion oil-equivalent barrels. Other oil companies have expressed interest in oil exploration offshore Guyana since Exxon’s de-risking of the Guyana offshore basin.ExxonMobil, in partnership with CNOOC Nexen and Hess Corporation, put Guyana on ‘the map’ with its discovery of oil in 2015.last_img read more


SOCU leaks worry Central Bank

first_img… brings sector in disrepute, undermines public trust – GovernorThe Bank of Guyana (BoG) is extremely concerned over revelations this past weekend that confidential banking information had been leaked to the press and was widely published.BoG Governor,Dr Gobin GangaBank of Guyana Governor, Dr Gobin Ganga, made this disclosure on Tuesday during an exclusive interview with Guyana Times.Over the weekend sections of the media had published the bank account numbers of embattled Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of the Presidency, Omar Shariff.Included in that publication of Shariff’s banking information, are the bank account numbers for 14 accounts, along with a summary of its balances and withdrawals. The published information also pointed to several asset holdings for Shariff, including shares in a number of local organisations, including shares owned in two local banks and Banks DIH Limited.Speaking to Guyana Times, Dr Ganga said that while the Bankers Association is likely to make a formal pronouncement on the matter shortly, as Central Bank Governor he is “very worried” since the divulged information can only serve to bring the entire banking sector into disrepute.Dr Ganga reiterated earlier concerns articulated by sections of the banking community with respect to the sharing of its information with State agencies such as the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU).The matter was raised during recent consultations held on the draft State Asset Recovery Bill when representatives of the banking industry had questioned the security of the confidential information being passed onto agencies such as SOCU and State Assets Recovery Unit (SARU).SOCU head, Dr Clive ThomasThis past week, Shariff, in breaking his silence in relation to the allegations that he had somehow laundered, embezzled or stole public monies for personal gain, accused SOCU of leaking confidential information to the media.He lamented that the information which had been passed on to SOCU was obtained through a judicial warrant.Public trustAccording to the BoG Governor, the leakage of such confidential information can only serve to undermine the public trust in the local banking sector.He told Guyana Times too that the sharing of such information will hurt Guyana’s credibility on the international scene since such developments point to its weakened integrity.Dr Ganga pointed to the recent pull out from Guyana by correspondent Bank of America. He recalled that among the reasons that the institution pulled out of Guyana was as a result of its de-risking measures.According to the Central Bank Governor, when it is that sensitive, banking information, which is supposed to be kept confidential, leaked into the public domain and more so published in widely circulated news outlets can only serve to hurt the integrity of the local system.The international banking community is paying attention to what obtains locally, according to Dr Ganga, who stressed that the BoG is deeply concerned over the revelations.He said that the BoG is currently monitoring the developments very closely and is in fact looking to see what recourse is available to it.The matter of leaked confidential information has generated heated public debate in the past and again came to the fore with the publication of the scores of accounts owned by Shariff.Shariff was recently sent on leave by Minister of State Joseph Harmon, pending an investigation by SOCU into his financial affairs.last_img read more


Arrest Warrants Issued For Men Involved In BC Drug Trafficking Ring

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Two men are wanted after allegedly being involved in a drug trafficking ring that spans across B.C.In a release from the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit,  21-year old Le Hoang-Duy Vo and 27-year old Andrew Vithna Va each face a charge of possession for the purpose of trafficking.Investigators have said the two men were identified after police searched a vehicle near Fort St. John in 2015. Police seized more than 3 kilograms of powdered and crack cocaine, along with $138,000.- Advertisement -The findings came after a search of 5 Chilliwack homes in February of 2015 that led to drug seizures in the value of more than $2-million. They also found guns and cash.In February 2016 it was announced that more than 50 charges were laid against 5 men from Chilliwack. They are  accused of operating a Fraser Valley-based crime cell that trafficked drugs primarily in Northern B.C.last_img read more


Mourinho challenges Klopp to explain Sh10.4bn signing of van Dijk

first_imgBut Mourinho reminded Klopp about his comments when United bought Pogba for a then world record fee of Sh12.4bn (£89m) from Juventus in the summer of 2016.The German said then: ‘Other clubs can go out and spend more money and collect top players, yes. But if you bring one player in for Sh13.9bn (£100m) or whatever, and he gets injured, then it all goes through the chimney.READ: Mourinho challenges Klopp to explain Sh10.4bn signing of Virgil van Dijk after Liverpool boss criticised £89m outlay for Paul Pogba“Do I have to do it differently to that? Actually, I want to do it differently. I would even do it differently if I could spend that money. I want a special team spirit – I don’t feel it is necessary, I want it,” he said.“The day that this is football, I’m not in a job anymore. Because the game is about playing together.”Virgil van Dijk became the most expensive player in history, costing Liverpool Sh10.4bn (£75m). Photo/COURTESYMourinho seized the opportunity to take issue with Klopp when asked about the Van Dijk deal at his weekly press conference on Friday, with a thinly veiled accusation of hypocrisy.“I think the one to speak about it in a specific way has to be Jurgen, and if I was one of you I would ask him about his comments about one year ago,” he added.“Virgil van Dijk is the most expensive defender in history of football. Is he better than (Paolo) Maldini, (Giuseppe) Bergomi or (Rio) Ferdinand? You cannot say that, is just the way the market is and you pay or you don’t pay.”“If you pay obviously you pay a crazy amount of money but if you don’t you don’t have the player. Is as simple as that, so no critics at all about what Liverpool did, is just the way it is. But not speaking specifically about that case because in Liverpool they do what they want to do and I am nobody to comment on what they do.”“The reality is that if they think that the player is the right player for them and they really want the player, they pay his amount or they don’t have the player because that is the way the market is at that time.”“So when we compare now the amount of money certain managers and clubs spend, you cannot compare the realities.”–By Daily Mail-0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mourinho seized the opportunity to take issue with Klopp when asked about the Van Dijk deal at his weekly press conference on Friday, with a thinly veiled accusation of hypocrisy.LONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 29 – Jose Mourinho has challenged Jurgen Klopp to explain Liverpool spending Sh10.4 bn (£75m) on Virgil van Dijk after the Anfield boss criticised Manchester United’s world record signing of Paul Pogba last year.Van Dijk will become the most expensive defender in history when he completes his move to Liverpool from Southampton next week.last_img read more