A Football Association of Ireland statement said: “Martin O’Neill has reduced the Republic of Ireland squad to 30 players ahead of meeting Bosnia-Herzegovina in the UEFA 2016 European Championship qualifying play-off. “Rob Elliot, John O’Shea, Paul McShane, Alan Judge, and Shane Long will all be assessed by their respective clubs before reporting for international duty.” Sunderland defender O’Shea, who is suspended for the first leg in Zenica on Friday evening following his sending-off in Poland last month, has not played since damaging his hamstring in the derby triumph over the Magpies on October 25. Southampton striker Long, who scored the only goal in the qualifying win over Germany on October 8, suffered a foot injury in Warsaw three days later and has not seen action since. Goalkeeper Shay Given and forward David McGoldrick have already been ruled out by injury, while fellow frontman Jonathan Walters will also sit out the away game after collecting his third booking of the campaign against the Poles. O’Neill’s squad will begin preparations for the double-header in Abbotstown on Monday afternoon. Squad: David Forde (Millwall), Keiren Westwood (Sheffield Wednesday), Darren Randolph (West Ham), Rob Elliot (Newcastle), Richard Keogh (Derby), Marc Wilson (Stoke), Seamus Coleman (Everton), Cyrus Christie (Derby), John O’Shea (Sunderland), Alex Pearce (Derby), Shane Duffy (Blackburn ), Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa), Paul McShane (Reading), Stephen Ward (Burnley), Robbie Brady (Norwich), James McCarthy (Everton), Jeff Hendrick (Derby), Darron Gibson (Everton), Harry Arter (Bournemouth), Glenn Whelan (Stoke), Aiden McGeady (Everton), James McClean (West Brom), Alan Judge (Brentford), David Meyler (Hull), Jonathan Walters (Stoke), Wes Hoolahan (Norwich), Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy), Shane Long (Southampton), Daryl Murphy (Ipswich), Kevin Doyle (Colorado Rapids). The pair were among a group of five named in a reduced 30-man squad on Sunday evening who are to be assessed by their respective clubs before reporting for duty in Dublin. Newcastle goalkeeper Rob Elliot, who starred in Saturday’s 1-0 Barclays Premier League victory at Bournemouth despite nursing a thigh problem, Reading defender Paul McShane and Brentford midfielder Alan Judge are the others. Martin O’Neill has left the door ajar for injury doubts John O’Shea and Shane Long to prove their fitness ahead of the Republic of Ireland’s Euro 2016 play-off against Bosnia-Herzegovina. Press Association
Related Articles Kindred Group subsidiary 32Red has responded to allegations of ‘breached data’ from the ‘Learning Records Service’ educational index, dismissing the Sunday Times report as ‘untrue and unfounded’.The Sunday Times reported that the alleged data breaches related to third-party access to the Learning Records Service by GB Group, which had previously secured an agreement with employment screening firm Trust Systems Software, commonly known as ‘Trustopia’.Listed as a customer of GB Group data, 32Red was quick to respond to the reports: “The report in the Sunday Times stating that 32Red, among other betting companies, has access to the Learning Records Service database is untrue and unfounded. As a responsible betting operator we have zero tolerance on under-age gambling. “We are legally required to verify a number of criteria, including the age of people who wish to enjoy our services to ensure that they are over the age of 18. The only information 32Red has access to is confirmation or rejection that the person requesting to open an account with us is over the age of 18, and not specific details about that person.“83% of all 32Red’s new players in 2019 were over 25 years old and we actively shape our advertising to an older demographic. And since 2018, we have reduced the volume of new 18-24 customers by 15%. For the second consecutive year, we have also reduced promotional activity towards young adults. Promotional spend on players 18-24 years old is now 36% lower than in 2017 and fell 27% vs. 2018.”The database in question contained the names, ages and addresses of a reported 28 million children aged 14 and above, designed for the purposes of verifying academic records and monitoring pupils’ educational needs.GB Group is said to have utilised the data as a cross-referencing service for online gambling operators seeking to verify and age check customers.The spokesperson continued: “While we understand there is heightened scrutiny on the gambling sector at present, it is vital that reporting remains accurate and based on evidence and facts. “We welcome an evolving debate on how to ensure gambling remains safe and fun for players and only ever takes place in a regulated environment. 32Red is part of Kindred Group, who set the highest standard for safe, secure and sustainable gambling across all our brands and markets.”Earlier today, the Betting and Gaming Council also stated that the reports in question are ‘untrue’. The BGC emphasised: “Media reports that betting companies have access to the Learning Records Service database are untrue. GB Group provides age-verification services to a range of organisations from banks to government agencies and betting companies.“All betting companies are legally required to verify the age of people who wish to join to ensure that they are over the age of 18, the only information GB Group provides is confirmation or rejection that the applicant is over the age of 18.” BGC: Government must ‘act fast’ and extend furlough scheme August 11, 2020 Share Share UK gambling adopts toughest online advertising code to protect underage audiences August 27, 2020 StumbleUpon Mace launches EQ Connect to solve the industry’s ‘single view’ conundrum on identifying risk August 10, 2020 Submit
Source: BBC Mikel Arteta earned his first win as Arsenal boss as the Gunners produced a powerful first-half performance to beat a lacklustre Manchester United.The visitors, who were without the injured Paul Pogba, actually began brightly, but the game took a different turn on eight minutes when Nicolas Pepe steered in his fifth goal of the season after Sead Kolasinac’s cross was deflected to him.That led to a first half in which the hosts were in control and Pepe hit the post before they doubled their lead when his corner was smashed in from close range by Sokratis Papastathopoulos.Ole Gunnar Solskajer’s side came into the game with one loss in their previous nine games, and although they improved after the break, they rarely tested Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno.It was characteristic of a stop-start season in which they are yet to win three Premier League games in a row.The defeat leaves them fifth in the table, five points behind Chelsea, who drew with Brighton earlier in the day.Victory for Arsenal ended a run of seven home games without a win in all competitions and lifted them to 10th place, four points behind United.But they remain closer to the relegation zone than the top four.Arsenal finally beat top half team – the best statsThis was Arsenal’s first Premier League win this season against a team currently in the top half of the Premier League (P10 W1 D4 L5).Nicolas Pepe has scored all his five goals for Arsenal in all competitions in London – four at the Emirates and one at London Stadium.Arsenal have scored eight goals via corners in the Premier League this season, two more than any other team.Manchester United have now lost four of their past five away Premier League visits to Arsenal (W1).What next?Arsenal host Leeds on Monday, 6 January in the FA Cup third round (kick-off 19:56 GMT), while Manchester United travel to Wolves on Saturday, 4 January (kick-off 17:31) in a repeat of their quarter-final defeat last season.