Conte critical of Italian football’s hate culture

first_imgInter head coach Antonio Conte believes Italian football’s “hate” culture has worsened since he returned to Serie A.Cagliari fans subjected Inter striker Romelu Lukaku to monkey chants before he took a penalty when the sides met in Serie A on September 2.On Monday Italian television station TopCalcio24 dropped pundit Luciano Passirani and apologised after he made a racist comment about Lukaku. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Conte resumed his management career in his homeland when he joined Inter in May following two seasons in the Premier League with Chelsea.The 50-year-old was speaking at a news conference on Friday ahead of their San Siro clash with city rivals AC Milan, which has been called the ‘Derby Against Racism’.”I came back after three years and found everything worse,” Conte said.”A lot of hatred, resentment. It is only to insult and foment hatred. This is very bad. This exists in Italy and is getting worse and worse.”I had the luck to have an experience in England, where they throw them [supporters] in jail and throw away the keys, they don’t come to the stadium anymore.”We need to improve. That’s why in England you see families at the stadium. I repeat: we have to improve everyone.”Conte also took a swipe at the media and claimed they perpetuate the problem to a large degree by stoking up rivalries.He continued: “I found an Italy worsened to the nth degree and we are all guilty. Including you [the media] who are sitting there. We are not exempt.”It is easy to make articles after something has happened and to put yourself on the side of reason. “They are articles that foster lack of respect. We will all have to do an examination of conscience. I repeat: I had been absent for three years, I found something multiplied many times. “I think it is anti-educational towards the generations that are coming because they are born in front of the keyboard reading hate and violence.”The solution would be to send positive messages. Do not stir up violence and accentuate the rivalry.”I think that communication has a very important role in this because the reader can read hatred or positive things and can continue on a certain wave.”last_img read more

Skyview boys basketball team swats away Columbia River 55-52

first_img Subscribe Today While a different team from last season, just how quickly the Storm are gelling is a good sign for Schumacher, one of two starters back of last year’s state-placing team.“We’re doing a good job so far five games in,” Schumacher said, “and already starting out with a bang like that.”It was Schumacher’s alley-oop off an inbounds pass from Johnson at the third-quarter buzzer that gave the Storm a bang in terms of fireworks and momentum. A five-point lead end-of-quarter lead turned into a 52-40 cushion the first three minutes of the fourth quarter.But River wasn’t done, and point guard Nate Snook made sure of it.The 6-foot point guard had a double-double with 22 points and 13 rebounds. Twenty of his game-high in points came in the final two quarters, including all four of his 3-pointers. His final one cut Skyview’s lead to 55-52 with 1 minutes, 12 seconds to go. River called a timeout with 3 seconds remaining to set up its potential game-tying shot. 20 Photos Evan Dirksen added 14 for the Chieftains, and Armstrong had 10. River made just one substitution all game.How his team executed, especially in a late-game situation for the first time all season, is exactly what Skyview coach Matt Gruhler wants to see.“It’s never good not to be tested,” the coach said. The late-game situations are a little tighter, a little tougher. Some guys haven’t had any of that experience.“Hopefully, we can carry that momentum into league play.”SKYVIEW 55, COLUMBIA RIVER 52SKYVIEW — Alex Schumacher 17, Lowell Dunmire 12, Sean Boss 10, Squeeky Johnson 2, Kyle Gruhler 6, Jace Chatman 6, Cody McKinney 2. Totals 20 (7) 8-14 55. The Columbian is becoming a rare example of a news organization with local, family ownership. Subscribe today to support local journalism and help us to build a stronger community. Share: GO Share: Gallery: Columbia River and Skyview Basketball Photo Gallery @MegWochnick By Meg Wochnick, Columbian staff writer Published: December 14, 2018, 11:19pm [email protected] Tags COLUMBIA RIVER — Nate Snook 22, Evan Dirksen 14, Jack Armstrong 10, Matt Asplund 0, Caden Dezort 1, Alex Miller 6. Totals 18 (6) 7-9 52.Skyview 17 12 16 10—55River 12 13 13 14—52 It’s hard to believe Friday night’s boys basketball game inside J. Hoover Gymnasium was a mid-December non-league contest.It sure didn’t feel like it, given the jam-packed stands, and the frantic finish between two rivals that led to the Skyview student section storming the floor in celebration.In fact, Storm senior guard Alex Schumacher labeled Skyview’s 55-52 non-league victory over previously unbeaten Columbia River as a statement win with 4A Greater St. Helens League play starting Monday.“This was a good way to end it,” said Schumacher, who led the Storm with 17 points. (360) 735-4521 Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Meg Wochnick Columbian staff writer By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Columbia River ChieftainsSkyview StormVideo Buy this Photo Skyview’s Alex Schumacher blocks a shot by Columbia River’s Nate Snook during Friday’s non-league game at Columbia River High School. Nathan Howard/The Columbian Skyview’s once-12-point fourth-quarter lead was whittled down to three in the final seconds by the Chieftains, and River’s potential game-tying shot by Jack Armstrong on a catch-and-shoot following a timeout was off the mark.Friday was both teams’ final non-league game before their respective league games begin Monday. Skyview travels to Heritage to open 4A GSHL action while Columbia River is at Ridgefield in 2A Greater St. Helens play.Lucky to sneak away from the win, the Storm say, but luck has nothing to do with its 4-1 start. Three wins have come via double digits on a team featuring three new starters (Jace Chatman, Squeeky Johnson and Lowell Dunmire) off last year’s sixth-place team from state.Dunmire had 10 of his 12 in the second half, and Sean Boss added 10 for the Storm. Skyview boys basketball team swats away Columbia River 55-52 Storm gets solid victory heading into league playlast_img read more