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Neymar: I don’t approve of Pele’s criticism

first_imgBrazil striker Neymar has said he ‘does not approve’ of Pele’s recent criticism of him.The former World Cup winner was vocal following Neymar’s repeated diving in Russia last year and said that the 26-year-old should focus on playing football.”Pelé’s criticisms? I’ve found them interesting,” Neymar told Canal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “As soon as you don’t win, criticisms come. I’ve never been acting during the World Cup, I’ve just been subject to fouls. “Today people talk a lot about that because it’s Neymar and everything is amplified. I respect Pelé’s criticisms but I don’t approve them.”Pele had previously said: “It’s difficult to defend Neymar for all the things he does besides playing football. I spoke with him and reminded him of his ability.””He was unlucky because Brazil did not win the World Cup and he was singled out.”I’ve been with him in Europe twice. We talked and I explained: ‘The God of football gave you the gift. What you do complicates it’,” he added.While life for the national team may be tough for Neymar at the moment, club football certainly is not, and the former Barcelona man bagged a hat-trick in a remarkable 9-0 win against Guingamp on Saturday.Despite appearing comfortable with Parisian life, Neymar has be consistently linked with a move away from the Ligue 1 club, something he did not rule out in same interview with Canal, though he denied anything imminent on the horizon.”Rumours of me leaving? There have been rumours like that since I’ve become a pro. But there’s nothing concrete. As soon as there is something certain, I’ll talk about it and I’ll assume it, be sure of that.”Next up for Neymar and PSG is a French Cup last 32 fixture against Strasbourg, before league fixtures against Rennes, Lyon and Bordeaux. The Ligue 1 leaders then face a mouth-watering Champions League tie with Manchester United, something Neymar is looking forward to.“I want to win everything, especially the Champions League, since it’s every player’s dream,” he said.“United will be a good game for us and for people who like football. What do we lack in order to win the Champions League? You have to grow in this competition, everyone must attack and defend well. We were good defensively in the first games, we’re getting better and better.”last_img read more

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WHO satisfied China has excellent SARS response measures in place

“We’ve seen that there has been a massive effort to mobilize the population both in urban and rural areas across the country, encouraging people to monitor themselves for fever and to ensure that SARS cases are quickly identified, isolated and treated,” David Heymann, WHO’s Executive Director for Communicable Diseases, said at a press briefing on the situation of SARS control in China.The briefing – where he was joined by China’s Executive Vice Minister of Health, Gao Qiang – marked the first joint news conference between high-ranking Chinese and WHO officials since the SARS outbreak began late last year.Initial WHO assessments, issued in late April following a visit to Guangdong Province, expressed serious concern over the lack of urgency in reporting SARS cases, and criticized the Chinese Government for not immediately treating the outbreak as a public health emergency.Dr. Heymann noted the vast difference in approach now, praising the openness with which the Ministry of Health welcomed the WHO team. He cited the high level of commitment and determination at all levels of the health system as largely responsible for the recent dramatic decline in the number of cases seen throughout mainland China.Indications of the effectiveness of control measures cited by Dr. Heymann include the very short time now occurring between the onset of symptoms and the detection and isolation of cases, and the speed and efficiency of contact tracing.The WHO team, however, said it was still concerned by the lack of a reliable, sustainable surveillance system to detect the first hints of a resurgence of cases, some delays in meeting WHO requests for further information, and wide variations in application of the national case definitions, which can lead to under-reporting of cases.The briefing followed a day of intensive meetings during which WHO officials reviewed data and statistics from selected provinces, voiced their concerns, and received frank and detailed answers. The team has been in China since Tuesday. Listen to UN Radio report read more