La Liga open investigation against Real Valladolid pitch after Barcelona match

first_imgLa Liga have begun an investigation into the pitch at Real Valladolid’s Jose Zorrilla stadium after the horrendous state of the pitch came to light in their 1-0 defeat to Barcelona on Saturday.Valladolid are the newly-promoted side of La Liga and their debut in Spain’s top division was against title holders Barcelona. However, instead of the focus being on the team and their performance, it all boiled down to the condition of the pitch.The horrid state of the pitch affected the spectacle of the match severely and players from both sides struggled to control the ball. Barcelona especially struggled to play their passing style football.Such was the state, that players were having to replace entire clumps of turf that had been dislodged.”Following the conclusion of the game between Valladolid and Barcelona, a disciplinary case will be opened in order to clarify who is responsible for the state of the pitch at the Jose Zorrilla stadium not meeting the minimum conditions demanded by the competition,” La Liga said in a statement.La Liga president Javier Tebas said on Twitter during the match that the pitch “did not meet the minimum criteria demanded for a competition like La Liga.”Valladolid coach Sergio Gonzalez said the club had done everything possible to get the pitch ready.”We were the last team to get promoted and we’ve had issues getting the pitch ready on time,” he told a news conference.On a newly-laid pitch that began cutting up in the warm-up, a number of Barca players were left visibly frustrated as they struggled to impose their usual passing style.advertisement”It was deplorable,” said defender Gerard Pique of the surface.”It’s not even a question of being able to play football, rather the risk of injury to professionals. I hope those in charge do their jobs and sort this out because it’s a disgrace.”(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

Nokia 1 Plus Android Go smartphone launched with 18:9 display, Android Pie

first_imgHMD Global launched the Nokia 1 Plus at MWC in Barcelona on Sunday. This is the company’s newest Android Go device and a bigger, updated version of last year’s Nokia 1. The Nokia 1 Plus touts a larger 18:9 display and a polycarbonate unibody textured design along with the latest Android Pie (Go edition). The Nokia 1 has been the best-selling Android Go smartphone last year, and the company will hope to maintain the pace with the Nokia 1 Plus this year.Nokia 1 Plus price and availabilityThe Nokia 1 Plus has a Global Average Price of USD 99 (approx Rs 7,000). This is for the base model that comes with 8GB of internal storage. The Nokia 1 Plus will be available in early March.Nokia 1 Plus specificationsThe design of the Nokia 1 Plus has been updated compared to the Nokia 1. It gets a taller display with an 18:9 aspect ratio compared to the pebble-shaped Nokia 1. The Nokia 1 Plus sports a 5.45-inch FWVGA+ IPS screen on the front, and a polycarbonate rear panel that offers a unique new 3D nano coated texture.As an Android Go device, the Nokia 1 Plus offers 1GB of RAM, but HMD is now offering two storage options – 8GB and 16GB. The Nokia 1 Plus ships with the latest Android Pie (Go edition) software, which offers faster load time and better optimisation. It comes pre-loaded with Google’s suite of Go apps designed for Android Go. This means Google Go, Gmail Go, YouTube Go, Maps Go and so come pre-installed and are optimised to take up little memory and storage.The Nokia 1 Plus is powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core MT6739WW chipset, an 8MP rear camera with flash, 5MP front-facing camera and a 2,500mAh battery. The Android Go device will be offered in red, blue and black colours.advertisement<br />last_img read more