Kompany: Title race not over even if City lose

first_imgVincent Kompany does not believe that Manchester City will be out of the running for a Premier League title no matter what happens in Thursday’s clash with Liverpool. Liverpool enter the game holding a seven-point lead in the standings as City struggled through the month of December, losing three times and allowing Jurgen Klopp’s unbeaten side to open up a gap at the top.  City famously ran down Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United for the league title in 2012​, and while a loss would see Guardiola’s side fall 10 points back, the Belgian says all hope will not be lost.  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? “We overcame eight points in six games in the past,” he told reporters. “I don’t live with that scenario in my head, of what happens if we lose.  “The moment I have to face the situation, at that moment I’ll see what the options are.  “I promise you now – when you are 10 points behind, all of a sudden, if there are not many teams between you and first, it only takes one team to start having a bad month and you will be back in.” And while the 32-year-old admits that winning against Liverpool will make defending their title much easier, he doesn’t see it as a match that must be won for City to claim another crown.  “It’s easy for everybody to assume that everything rests on this game,” he said. “I’m probably one of the only ones that disagrees, for the simple fact that we only had three games that we were below standard. That’s how far we are now.  Kompany quote“It only takes the other teams three games below standard and if we play to our ability, we will be back in.  “I want us to win because it gives us a better chance. Any other result, as long as we get back to the team we are, I think we will compete still.” City ended their poor December with a 3-1 win over Southampton, and Kompany implored his team to “come out fighting” in 2019 as he hopes they will be able to challenge on multiple fronts in the second half of the season.  “From the experience the players have been through before, sometimes you can turn it around, sometimes it doesn’t happen. “Just now, when you are caught in the corner, you come out fighting. If we come out fighting, even if results don’t go the way we want, because you can be lucky or unlucky in football sometimes and in life in general… if you come out fighting, eventually with the talent we have, we will get back on top of it.  “Hopefully, with enough time to catch up with Liverpool and to win other trophies as well.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Police tried to ban former parking association boss from sitting opposite women

first_img“The witness challenged him at platform eight and followed him onto the train where he was seen with his hand in his right pocket fidgeting with something. It is thought he was trying to get his phone out to delete the image. Patrick Troy  He must also pay £85 costs and a £115 victim surcharge. Credit:Tony Palmer  Police attempted to ban the former boss of the British Parking Association from sitting opposite women he didn’t know on public transport, a court heard after he was caught filming up a commuter’s skirt. Patrick Troy, 56, was caught desperately fiddling with his phone in a bid to delete the recording after a witness confronted him about it at Vauxhall station on June 8 last year. He pleaded guilty to committing an act outraging public decency at Westminster Magistrates Court and was sentenced to 18 weeks imprisonment, suspended for two years, on Monday. The court heard Troy, who resigned from his position at the association in February for “personal reasons”, was also made subject to an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO), which prohibits him from taking pictures on public transport.  British Transport Police had applied for the order to include a ban on sitting opposite unknown females, but this condition was dropped. Malachy Pakenham, prosecuting, told the court that Troy – who described being caught as a “watershed” moment – had been caught filming the woman as she walked towards platform eight of the busy London station “The defendant was seen holding his phone at an angle below her skirt and the witness saw the red recording light on and a clear image of the skirt and back of the woman’s legs,” he said.  “The police were called and when the train stopped at Clapham Junction he was arrested. A number of other images were found on the phone. He was interviewed on two occasions and was quite frank and apologetic for his actions, saying he regretted his actions, which disgusted him.”He said every time he did it, film up skirts, he hated it and saw his arrest as a watershed moment. He said it was not a hobby, but when the opportunity presented itself he was tempted as he travelled to and from work. and there were other images.”Troy tried to explain himself to police: “Sometimes I wonder, I suppose it’s for sexual gratification, I don’t know, that must be the conclusion.”Troy’s lawyer Michael Sprack, referring to the probation report, told the court he had no previous convictions. “He made frank admissions in interview and was concerned that the police had as much information as they could,” he added. Magistrate John Newgas said the offence had gone on for a period of 10 months, with a range of victims affected. The sentence was reduced from 24 weeks to 18 weeks due to the guilty plea. Troy must also comply with a thirty-five day designated activity requirement and up to 100 days on a programme chosen by the probation service.”This offence is so serious custody is the only option, due to harm and risk,” added Mr Newgas. “A suspended sentence is serious. If you commit an offence within twenty-four months the sentence could be reactivated. You are on a warning and quite lucky to not be in prison.” He said every time he did it, film up skirts, he hated it and saw his arrest as a watershed momentMalachy Pakenham, prosecuting Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more