Young has been at the centre of more unwanted attention after apparently going to ground too easily to win his side a penalty against Real Sociedad in midweek. Moyes defended his player at the time. And the Scot is still doing so now. “No,” said Moyes, when he was asked whether he had spoken to Young. “The referee was two yards away from it and gave a penalty. If you need to talk to anybody, you should ask the referee. “I didn’t see an issue at all.” Moyes’ attitude may disappoint some, given he has spoken out against diving in the past and censured Young earlier this year, when the England winger was booked for simulation against Crystal Palace. However, in this instance, there was clearly contact, albeit minimal, and Italian referee Nicola Rizzoli was right on top of the incident. It leads Moyes to conclude Young is being judged on reputation rather than the actual event. “I do think a little bit of that,” he said. “I also think the referee made the decision. If he had been a long way away, you could have maybe said ‘what was it?’ “But he was two yards away. “He refereed the Champions League final so you are expecting him to be as qualified as anybody. “If anything you should be more talking about the referee than the player.” It had been claimed there was no need for Young to hit the deck in quite such a theatrical manner. However, Moyes was unrepentant, pointing out his long-held stance on diving as proof Rizzoli was the best placed person to judge. “The question is loaded towards the player,” said Moyes, when quizzed about Young’s conduct. “That is wrong. The question should be ‘did the referee get the decision right or not’. “He was two yards away from it. For me, where I was, I definitely thought it was a penalty. “Everybody can now stand back and watch it from TV. “I was one of many who said I would definitely have retrospective action for diving because it would make the referees’ job much better. “But on the night, if you had said, could you get the referee any closer, I don’t think you could.” Manchester United manager David Moyes has confirmed he has not spoken to Ashley Young in the wake of this week’s diving furore. Press Association
The 28-year-old was with the Pistons from 2015-18. He’s knocked down 38.9 percent of his career shots from behind the arc.The Pistons enter play Tuesday in sixth place of the Eastern Conference with a 36-34 record. Related News The Pistons may want to bring back a familiar face.Detroit could look to re-sign wing Reggie Bullock this summer, according to a report from the Detroit Free Press. Bullock “seemed interested” in returning to the team, the report says. LeBron James discusses pitch to upcoming free agents: Lakers ‘cater to the players’ And from what I’m hearing, #Pistons are also interested in bringing him back. Depends on what Bullock can get elsewhere. Played poorly for Lakers so price may go down. #Pistons just have MLE and part of it likely goes to PG. https://t.co/KPA5zbObT5— Vince_Ells56 (@Vincent_Ellis56) March 19, 2019The Pistons sent Bullock, who was having a career season, to the Lakers in exchange for Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk and a second-round draft pick before the trade deadline.But, Bullock has struggled to find a role in Los Angeles and is shooting just 29.9 percent from 3-point range with the team.
Barcelona’s 100 percent winning start to the season came to a halt on Sunday when they were held to a 2-2 La Liga draw by Girona, having been reduced to 10 men for the final 55 minutes.The result meant Barca lost their two-point advantage over Real Madrid at the top of the table, with both teams on 13 points after five games.Sevilla compensated for last week’s surprise home defeat to Getafe by resoundingly thrashing Levante 6-2 away, Real Betis battled back to draw 2-2 at home to Athletic Bilbao and Valencia are still without a win after being held to a goalless draw at Villarreal.Lionel Messi gave the champions the lead in the 19th minute with a first-time shot after a layoff from Chile international Arturo Vidal and came close to doubling the lead after dancing through a maze of defenders but saw his shot saved.Barca’s strong start was derailed when defender Clement Lenglet was sent off 35 minutes into his first league start for the club after elbowing Pere Pons, a decision made after referee Jesus Gil Manzano consulted the video assistant referee (VAR) and which enraged Barca’s players and supporters.Girona took advantage of the situation right before the interval when Cristhian Stuani freed himself from Gerard Pique and Sergio Busquets with an impressive piece of control and fired past Marc-Andre ter Stegen.Uruguayan striker Stuani scored again on the rebound in the 51st to give Girona, playing only their second season in Spain’s top flight, an unlikely lead.advertisementThe Catalans continued to dominate proceedings despite their numerical disadvantage and they almost equalised when Messi sent a free kick crashing against the crossbar.Pique headed in the leveller in the 63rd minute by climbing above two defenders to meet a scrappy, deflected cross from Luis Suarez after coach Ernesto Valverde had put on Ivan Rakitic and Philippe Coutinho for the underperforming Vidal and Arthur.Girona coped admirably with Barca’s onslaught for the remainder of the game, keeping their heads under the pressure and forcing the champions to resort to long-range shots which failed to trouble impressive visiting goalkeeper Bono.”The sending-off conditioned the game a lot and we had the bad luck to concede right at the end of the first half, it affected us a lot and we couldn’t turn it around,” said Barca coach Ernesto Valverde, questioning the decision to dismiss Lenglet.”It’s the first sending-off where I’ve seen the player who received the foul apologised. I suppose VAR will do it justice but I have the sensation it wasn’t a sending-off; there may have been an impact but I don’t think it was aggressive at all. It’s a foul by the opponent.”Sevilla’s French forward Wissam Ben Yedder scored a hat-trick in the drubbing of Levante to make it five goals in his last two appearances, following his double in a 5-1 thrashing of Standard Liege in the Europa League on Thursday.Valencia’s hapless start to the campaign continued as captain Dani Parejo and coach Marcelino were both sent off in an ill-tempered stalemate at neighbours Villarreal, coming on the back of a 2-0 Champions League defeat at home to Juventus.Valencia assistant coach Ruben Uria, however, praised his side for holding on for the draw with 10 men.”We deserved more during the game, we went for the victory and deserved to get it even with 10 men,” he said.”We may not have won a game yet but the group is strong and mentally we are fine. There’s no problem.”(With Reuters inputs)
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