Gattuso refuses to speculate on future

first_imgAC Milan head coach Gennaro Gattuso has refused to speculate on his future following the club’s disappointing 0-0 draw with relegation-threatened Frosinone.The result leaves the Rossineri without a win since the beginning of December in all competitions, and means that they have now gone four league matches without scoring – their longest run since 1984.Speaking after the match, Gattuso was quick to quash any speculation about his job security. 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? He said: “My concern is the team, I do not think of my situation. I’m being judged for results and results right now do not come.“I put my face on it. I am the captain of the ship and it is right for me to take responsibility.“Players playing below their means, I have to work on this. Then anything can happen. I will accept every decision.”The former Italian international also accused his side of surrendering the initiative in the stalemate with a poor first-half display,Frosinone have only won once in Serie A all season but might have doubled that tally after Camillo Ciano had a goal chalked off through a VAR review and Gianluigi Donnarumma ended the match as Milan’s stand-out performer.Samu Castillejo hit the post before half-time but his boss was far from satisfied with what he saw overall.”You cannot face an important match like this as we have faced it in the first half,” Gattuso said.”We gave 45 minutes to the opponent and do not have to give these gifts.”We are in a not brilliant moment. The results do not arrive and for this I do not accept a performance like that of the first half.”Arsene Wenger has been linked to Gattuso’s post and a win over SPAL at the weekend feels like a necessity for the latter to continue in his position.Milan lie fifth in the Serie A table and were 21 points behind league leaders Juventus at the end of their draw with Frosinone.last_img read more

UN agencies unveil initiative to reduce female genital mutilation

9 August 2007Two United Nations agencies have launched a $44 million programme to reduce female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) by 40 per cent by 2015 and to end the harmful traditional practice within a generation. Launched by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the initiative will encourage communities in 16 African countries with high prevalence to abandon the practice, which has serious physical and psychological effects. Partnering with the agencies will be Governments, religious leaders, reproductive health providers, media and civil society.UNFPA says that annually, between two and three million women and girls are subjected to FGM/C, the partial or total removal of external female genital organs for cultural or other non-medical reasons. More than 100 million women and girls worldwide have undergone the practice.Purnima Mane, UNFPA’s Deputy Executive Director (Programme), urged the international community to “do a better job to protect the millions of women and girls who are at risk every year.”Ending the practice will contribute to achieving international development targets, and will enhance the human rights of women and girls, contribute to their empowerment, improve maternal health and reduce child mortality, she added.In addition to many African nations, various forms of FGM/C have also been reported in parts of some Middle Eastern and Asian countries. It is also practiced in immigrant communities around the world. read more