TikTok booms in Southeast Asia as it picks path through political minefields

first_imgSoutheast Asia offers a clear view of the global strategy ByteDance is implementing to avoid crackdowns in other regions that influencers like Saputra now fear. The approach is to launch ‘non-political’ products fast, promising to governments in places like Vietnam that content will be tightly policed in accordance with local laws, according to interviews with a dozen current and former employees.The region is now key to the future of TikTok and ByteDance: The Chinese firm is already plugging TikTok as part of a suite of interconnected apps for live video streaming, messaging and music, tackling US behemoths Facebook and Google head on as both pour billions into Southeast Asia.ByteDance declined to comment for this article, and it’s unclear whether or how the prospective sale of operations in the United States and elsewhere might effect Southeast Asia. But in his base in Sukabumi, West Java province, Saputra is only too aware of risks.”Of course I do think about it … It would be so disappointing if TikTok was erased from Indonesia,” Saputra told Reuters, speaking before filming a sketch www.tiktok.com/@sandys.ss in a paddy field. Topics : At 19, Sandy Saputra is big on TikTok Indonesia. Within a year, he’s leapt from quiet, small-town life to star influencer status as more than 10.5 million followers lap up his toothy grin in dancing, pranking and lip-synching videos on the booming app.Sandy’s success, becoming his family’s main breadwinner as global brands like Coca Cola or Suntory pay to have their names on his light-hearted clips, comes as TikTok mushrooms across Southeast Asia. Data trackers show it’s been downloaded hundreds of millions of times already in a region with a collective population of 630 million – half of them under 30.But it also comes as concerns over how secure user data is in the hands of its Chinese owner ByteDance summon big storm clouds elsewhere – TikTok has been banned in India and President Donald Trump has ordered ByteDance to sell its US operations, triggering the resignation on Thursday of only recently installed CEO Kevin Mayer.center_img “It wasn’t planned out. I was an ordinary person, making videos like any other normal person, who didn’t have an idea on how this would play out,” said Saputra, now adding hundreds of thousands of TikTok followers every week.Sister appsIn the meantime, TikTok is ploughing ahead testing ‘creator’ marketplaces across the region, championing influencers like Saputra, and negotiating data deals with telecoms firms to keep a lid on consumers’ smartphone bills, according to interviews with current and former staffers.It’s chasing small to medium-sized businesses as advertisers – nearly nine out of every 10 firms in Southeast Asia are classified as small – complete with how-to-advertise seminars, millions of dollars in advertising credits, and a self-service platform for businesses to make their own ads.TikTok is piloting live-streaming commercial initiatives pioneered in China, Southeast Asia business marketing head Chew Wee Ng said in an interview with Reuters. Meanwhile ByteDance is heavily promoting sister apps like Singapore-headquartered business messaging service Lark and music streaming service Resso.“TikTok is really unique in that people expect to see advertisers and they want to co-create with brands,” said Ng, a former Google executive based in Singapore.According to data from app analytics firm Sensor Tower, TikTok has had more than 360 millions downloads in Southeast Asia, nearly half of them in Indonesia, with 151 percent growth year-on-year for 2020.An internal ByteDance 2019 presentation reviewed by Reuters showed that last year TikTok had 43.5 million monthly active users in Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, and Malaysia, with the majority female, the biggest online consumers in the region.The app grew staggeringly fast in recent months, sources said, as lockdowns enforced across the region to tackle the coronavirus pandemic forced people to stay home. In Indonesia, Saputra said he’s been acquiring 100,000 followers every three days.Local moderatorsWith growth has come increased government scrutiny, but ByteDance has already had plenty of experience dealing with that. As on other business matters, ByteDance declined to comment on its handling of scrutiny.Indonesia presented one of its first major global policy challenges in 2018, after authorities briefly banned TikTok for posts they said contained “pornography, inappropriate content and blasphemy”.Within 24 hours, the firm had dispatched senior executives to negotiate with Indonesia, promising to raise the age of its users and to hire a team of local moderators, according to sources and to the-then Indonesian communications minister.It would quickly copy this approach by installing moderators across its Southeast Asian markets in a bid to insure compliance with local laws.Reuters reported in August that from 2018 until 2020, ByteDance censored content that it perceived as critical of the Chinese government on a news aggregator app in Indonesia known as BaBe at the behest of ByteDance’s China headquarters.As of August 2020, most of the content guidelines have been localised for individual Southeast Asian countries. That has often meant strict censorship of local political content.In Thailand, where a youth protest movement is challenging the country’s monarchy, some users told Reuters their pro-protest videos had been taken down.’In Vietnam, China is political’In Vietnam, TikTok has blocked most political content for years, according to two people with direct knowledge of the matter who declined to be identified because they were not authorized to speak to the media. The company declined to comment.Hanoi has been in a long-running conflict with US tech giants over demands to restrict any content deemed against the state and create local offices in Vietnam.Reuters reported in April that Facebook agreed to increase censorship of “anti-state” posts in Vietnam after its local servers were temporarily taken off-line.ByteDance, which unlike big US tech players does have an office in the country, decided to pre-empt issues with the government by promising to make its app ‘non-political’.Due to Vietnam’s contentious relationship with China, ByteDance decided it would also ban content critical of Beijing, and anything related to tensions between the two governments.“In Vietnam, China is political,” one source said.The approach has been effective. TikTok now counts Vietnam, a multi-billion dollar market for social media firms, as among its most profitable in Asia, according to sources with knowledge of the matter, while launching regular campaigns with authorities on safety and tourism.Back in West Java, Sandy Saputra aims to keep on flashing grins and goofing around on TikTok.“To me, this isn’t a job,” he said, before breaking away into another dance routine. “It’s a hobby that makes money.”last_img read more

PREMIUM Jakarta again extends ‘PSBB transition’ as positivity rate hovers just below 10% benchmark

first_imgLinkedin Facebook LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan on Thursday announced that he would again implement another 14-day extension of the transition period for gradual easing of the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB), effective starting Friday.The extension is the fifth since the capital began its so-called transitional PSBB phase on June 4 to revive the sluggish economy.And this time, Anies is looking to reopen movie theaters, despite the continuing surge in COVID-19 cases.The city recorded 820 new cases on Thursday when Anies announced the extension, its highest daily tally. On Friday, it recorded 816 new cases to bring Jakarta’s cumulative tally to 37,278 confirmed cases, including 6,955 active cases of which 2,827 patients are currently hospitalized.The nation’s capital has recorded a total of 1,154 COVID-19 deaths…. Topics : Log in with your social account Forgot Password ? Google #Jakarta COVID-19 COVID-19-Jakarta #COVID19 PSBB PSBB-transisi #social-distancing social-restrictionlast_img read more

UN summit to discuss post-pandemic global governance

first_imgNiger, the current president of the UN Security Council, said Tuesday it will organize a September 24 videoconference between heads of state to discuss the future of global governance following the coronavirus pandemic.The summit will debate “post-COVID-19 global governance in relation to the maintenance of international peace and security,” Niger’s UN Ambassador Abdou Abarry told journalists while presenting the Council’s program for the month.The session will take place during the annual UN General Assembly gathering of world leaders, which will take place this year mainly by videoconference due to the pandemic. Topics : “This will be an opportunity for our leaders to have political discussions on the need to adapt the current international system embodied by the United Nations and the Security Council in order to effectively face traditional threats to security such as conflicts, but also new threats such as organized crime and pandemics,” Abarry said.Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou will chair the summit, with participation by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and African Union chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat, Abarry said.When asked about the attendance of US President Donald Trump, who often opposes multilateralism and cooperation with international organizations, the ambassador said “we expect the participation of all heads of state and they will all receive an invitation from the president of Niger.”last_img read more

Hopes fade for more survivors in Australian mass whale stranding

first_img‘Little we can do’ The causes of mass strandings remain unknown — even to scientists who have been studying the phenomenon for decades.Some researchers have suggested the pilot whales may have gone off track after being attracted to food close to the shoreline or by following one or two whales that strayed.Marine biologist Carlyon said it was a “natural event” with strandings of the species occurring regularly throughout history in both southern Australian and neighboring New Zealand.”We do step in and respond in these situations, but as far as being able to prevent these occurring in the future, there’s really little that we can do,” he said. Only a few dozen of the 470 whales stranded on Australia’s coast can still be saved, rescuers warned Thursday, as they weighed euthanizing those animals in most distress. At least 380 pilot whales have died since their ill-fated pod was discovered beached on Tasmania’s rugged western seaboard four days ago — Australia’s largest-ever mass stranding.Around 70 of the creatures have survived and the death toll is expected to rise as the window for rescue now begins to close. Topics : “We’re actually considering euthanasia at this very moment with a small number of animals that we’ve attempted to release and it hasn’t been successful,” said Tasmanian environment department marine biologist Kris Carlyon.”That’s based purely on animal welfare grounds,” he said. “It’s always something in the back of our minds, we go to it only when needed.”The crews are now focusing efforts on a group of 20-25 partially submerged whales, using boats fitted with special slings to guide them back to the open ocean.But increasingly attention is turning to how to dispose of the nearly 400 whale carcasses safely.”We are starting to form up a plan, our preference is for disposal at sea. We’re still taking expert advice about where exactly the drop off point may be,” said Deka.Left where they are, Deka said the whales would “bloat and float”, causing a navigation hazard, polluting the bay and potentially attracting sharks and other predators.”The decomposition of such a large number of animals could actually affect oxygen levels in parts of the harbor, which could affect the marine life in those places.” “We’ve got about 25 animals that we think have the strength to be successfully released,” said Tasmania’s Parks and Wildlife Service manager Nic Deka, adding the “hard physical yakka [work]” of rescuers would continue until nightfall.A crew of around 60 conservationists and skilled volunteers have spent days wading in the icy water of Macquarie Harbor, surrounded by the cries of anguished whales slowly dying.Pilot whales — which can grow up to six meters long and weigh a tons — are known to be highly social. Some animals have resisted rescue or tried to return to their family after being freed, becoming beached for a second time.Such is the level of distress that authorities said they are likely to carry out mercy killings of at least four whales.last_img read more

Arsenal squad baffled by Unai Emery’s tactics and faith in Shkodran Mustafi

first_imgArsenal squad baffled by Unai Emery’s tactics and faith in Shkodran Mustafi Metro Sport ReporterMonday 29 Apr 2019 10:10 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link322Shares Advertisement Comment Emery has made a number of half-time changes this season (Picture: Getty)The win in Naples was seen as a springboard for the Gunners but they lost at home to Crystal Palace just three days later in a error-ridden display.AdvertisementAdvertisementEmery made a number of changes for the game against the Eagles, selecting Carl Jenkinson at right wing-back and playing Mohamed Elneny in midfield with Mateo Guendouzi.Those decisions reportedly ‘baffled’ the Arsenal squad, who felt they squandered a golden opportunity due to results elsewhere to solidify their place in the top four, according to the Telegraph.center_img Unai Emery’s team selections have left the Arsenal squad ‘confused’ (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery is facing growing discontent within his Arsenal squad with the players said to be increasingly confused by the Spaniard’s team selections and tactics.Leicester consigned the Gunners to their third consecutive defeat with a comprehensive 3-0 win at the King Power stadium on Sunday.Those defeats have left Arsenal’s top four hopes hanging by a thread and the Gunners now need Chelsea to slip-up in their final two matches to qualify for the Champions League via their Premier League position.Arsenal take on Valencia in the Europa League semi-finals and entered their three-game losing streak with a confidence-boosting win away at Napoli earlier this month.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Mustafi was to blame for Zaha’s goal (Picture: Getty)Palace’s win was largely down to a poor defensive display from the Gunners and Shkodran Mustafi was slated for his performance.Members of the Arsenal squad lost confidence in the German a long time ago but have been baffled by Emery’s continued faith in the defender.The squad are also reportedly bemused at Emery’s tendency to focus on seemingly-inferior teams instead of looking at his own side’s strength.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalArsenal had just 18% possession in the first 20 minutes against Leicester and that was before Ainsley Maitland-Niles was sent off.The Gunners now face the possibility of missing out on the Champions League and their uncertain future has put Emery off making decisions about transfer targets this summer.One player who will not be there next term is Denis Suarez, as the midfielder confirmed today that an injury will prevent him appearing again for he club.‘I am sorry for all the effort and sacrifice made to come to Arsenal hasn’t come to fruition as hoped and you can’t even imagine how angry I am about it, but health comes first,’ said Suarez.MORE: Chelsea join Arsenal in race to sign Bournemouth star Ryan Fraserlast_img read more

Manchester United dealt blow as Aaron Wan-Bissaka commits to stay at Crystal Palace

first_imgManchester United dealt blow as Aaron Wan-Bissaka commits to stay at Crystal Palace Comment Wan-Bissaka cleaned up at Palace’s end-of-season awards after a stellar campaign (Getty)‘I have got three years left on my contract. It says I am going to be there, so that is all I can focus on now.’Wan-Bissaka has been an integral part of a Palace defence that has kept 12 clean sheets in the Premier League this season – the sixth most in the division – though the youngster is keen to become a greater attacking threat too.He added: ‘I would like to add goals and rack up more assists than I have this season. I will get that by getting forward, but obviously first I have got to think about defending.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Metro Sport ReporterThursday 2 May 2019 12:31 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link219Shares Valencia returned to training this week and is likely to get a farewell game (Picture: Getty)Wan-Bissaka has impressed enormously this season, winning Palace’s Player of the Season award, and has also been attracting interest from north London rivals Tottenham and Arsenal.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTPalace are expected to demand at least £40million for the defender, but Wan-Bissaka himself says he is happy to continue his development at Selhurst Park for at least another season.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘The situation just shows that my performances don’t go unnoticed,’ Wan-Bissaka told the Evening Standard when asked about the rumours surrounding him.‘But I am with Crystal Palace at the moment. That is where my contract is and that is where I will be next season.center_img Advertisement Advertisement The full-back is United’s top right-back target this summer (Picture: Getty)Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already been dealt a major blow in his hopes of overhauling Manchester United’s squad after Aaron Wan-Bissaka committed his immediate future to Crystal Palace.The 21-year-old is the first name on United’s list of potential right-back signings this summer as they look to replace captain Antonio Valencia, who will leave Old Trafford when his contract expires.United can also call upon Ashley Young and Diogo Dalot, but Solskjaer nevertheless wanted a new right-back to bring more aggression and intensity at the back.last_img read more

Kostas Manolas unsure over Roma future amid Arsenal transfer speculation

first_img Comment Unai Emery is keen to upgrade his defensive options next season (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are unlikely to have a free run at Manolas, though, with Manchester United also looking to bring him to the Premier League while Juventus and Napoli could offer the defender the opportunity to remain in Italy.Unai Emery has prioritised the signing of a central defender this summer in a bid to address the club’s shortcomings in that area of the pitch. Among the names linked to Arsenal are Barcelona’s World Cup winner Samuel Umtiti, Espanyol’s Mario Hermoso and Saint-Etienne teenager William Saliba.Arsenal conceded considerably more goals than the top-four Premier League clubs and also let in more than mid-table sides Wolves, Everton and Leicester City as well as bottom half Newcastle United this season.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityHow much money Emery has to spend in the transfer market will largely depend on whether or not Arsenal can beat Chelsea in the Europa League final and in doing so qualify for next season’s Champions League.Manolas made 35 appearances for Roma in all competitions this season scoring twice and he would link up with his international defensive partner Sokratis Papastathopolous if he moves to the Emirates.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 28 May 2019 1:46 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link201Shares Advertisement Kostas Manolas unsure over Roma future amid Arsenal transfer speculation Kostas Manolas could leave Roma this summer (Picture: Getty)Reported Arsenal target Kostas Manolas has hinted that his five-year spell with Roma could come to an end this summer.The 27-year-old Greece international moved to Roma from Olympiacos in 2014 and has since established himself as one of the most consistent defenders in Serie A.However, he is one of a number of players tipped to depart the Italian capital following Roma’s failure to secure Champions League football with the highly-rated teenager Nicolo Zaniolo and Turkish winger Cengiz Under, among those linked with moves elsewhere.Manolas has been frequently touted with a potential move to the Premier League in recent years and it has been reported in Italy that Arsenal are prepared to match a £32m release clause in his contract to bring him to north London.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAddressing his future after Roma’s 2-1 win over Parma on the final day of the season on Saturday, Manolas told reporters: ‘I don’t know if I’ll stay here.’ Advertisementlast_img read more

Arsenal and Manchester United in transfer battle to sign Sunderland starlet Logan Pye

Arsenal and Manchester United are both eyeing moves for Sunderland youngster Logan Pye (Picture: Getty)Arsenal appear to be winning the race to sign highly-rated Sunderland teenager Logan Pye ahead of top-six rivals Manchester United.The 15-year-old has impressed scouts from both sides and will turn 16 in October meaning interested clubs will be able to sign him before he turns professional.Pye, who can play at either left-back or centre-back, has become a regular in Sunderland’s U18 side this season and has also been capped by England at U16 level.United had weighed up a bid for him over the summer but their hesitancy has allowed Arsenal to jump to the front of the queue to sign him, according to the Sun.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Sunderland are fifth in League One (Picture: Getty)Sunderland’s failure to secure a return to the Championship last season means it is unlikely that they will be able to stand in Pye’s way should he wish to move on.AdvertisementAdvertisementArsenal have made a clear strategic shift in their transfer policy since Unai Emery was appointed with a number of their signings over the past 18-months aged 24 or under.The Gunners have signed three teenagers under Emery – Matteo Guendouzi, Gabriel Martinelli and William Saliba – and Pye could be the next youthful addition to join.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityUnited, meanwhile, are also prioritising the signings of young, homegrown players under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka joining this summer.Despite their struggles in recent years, Sunderland have an excellent academy having produced the likes of Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson and Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Arsenal and Manchester United in transfer battle to sign Sunderland starlet Logan Pye Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSunday 15 Sep 2019 12:33 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link344Shares read more

Kieran Tierney must make Premier League debut against Sheffield United, says Arsenal legend Alan Smith

first_img Comment Unai Emery previews Arsenal’s Monday night clash with Sheffield UnitedTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 14:53FullscreenUnai Emery previews Arsenal’s Monday night clash with Sheffield Unitedhttps://metro.co.uk/video/unai-emery-previews-arsenals-monday-night-clash-sheffield-united-2029340/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘To put it mildly, that’s not an ideal combination.‘For me, Holding’s calmer presence and good reading of the game make him a better partner for Luiz.‘The lad has been dreadfully unlucky with injuries so far, but if he can only stay fit, the 24-year-old has the ability, I think, to become an Arsenal regular for several years to come.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City James GrayMonday 21 Oct 2019 3:26 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.1kShares Kieran Tierney is finally fit enough to start for Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Arsenal legend Alan Smith has urged Unai Emery to hand Kieran Tierney his Premier League debut against Sheffield United on Monday evening.The Gunners let in 51 goals in each of their last two Premier League campaigns, more than they had conceded in the previous 33 seasons.They are on track to exceed that figure again having already conceded 11 goals in their first eight league games, despite spending a total of £33million on Tierney from Celtic and David Luiz from Chelsea during the summer transfer window.Tierney is yet to feature in the Premier League due to a pre-existing hip injury but, now that he is fit again, Smith reckons tonight’s clash at Bramall Lane is the perfect opportunity for Emery to show that the left-back is the future of this defence.ADVERTISEMENT Emery has a host of defensive options available to him (Picture: Getty)‘The young Scot is an exciting prospect, as shown by a brilliant display against Standard Liege in the Europa League,’ Smith wrote in his Evening Standard column.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘He’s a better defender than Sead Kolasinac and more mobile going forward, where his crossing ability can become a potent weapon.‘I can’t see any reason why Emery wouldn’t pick the left-back for tonight’s game.’The reception to Arsenal’s other defensive summer signing has been distinctly mixed with Luiz’s mad-cap style often leaving an already-shaky back line exposed.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalAnd Smith would rather see Rob Holding, who has recently returned from nine months out with a serious knee injury, deployed in the middle.‘I’m a big fan of Rob Holding, who could possibly get a run out in central defence,’ Smith added.‘Holding offers a steadier option in an area of the pitch where Sokratis can be hot-headed and David Luiz unpredictable.center_img Kieran Tierney must make Premier League debut against Sheffield United, says Arsenal legend Alan Smith Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Unai Emery hints Granit Xhaka could lose Arsenal captaincy after telling fans to ‘f**k off’

first_img Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Metro Sport ReporterSunday 27 Oct 2019 7:28 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.2kShares Read More Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Coming Next Skip SPONSORED Top articles Arsenal captain Granit Xhaka clashed with the club’s fans (Picture: Twitter)Unai Emery has hinted Granit Xhaka could lose the Arsenal captaincy after his shocking meltdown during the draw with Crystal Palace.Xhaka, who was appointed Gunners captain at the end of last month, clashed with Arsenal fans after being booed off at the Emirates on Sunday.The Switzerland international cupped his ears as he heard the frustrated supporters and then was heard saying ‘f**k off’ before leaving the pitch. Manchester United captain Harry Maguire / About Connatix V67539 Advertisement Read More Read More Unai Emery hints Granit Xhaka could lose Arsenal captaincy after telling fans to ‘f**k off’ 1 min. story Read More More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAsked whether Xhaka will remain captain, Emery responded: ‘We will speak about that.‘He’s wrong but we are going to speak inside about that situation. I want to be calm but, really, he was wrong in this action.’Arsenal took full control of Sunday’s clash through Sokratis Papastathopoulos and David Luiz but Palace responded with goals either side of half-time from Luka Milivojevic and Jordan Ayew. PLAY 1/1 Comment Read More ADVERTISEMENT Video Settings Full Screen Xhaka quickly removed his shirt after his substitution and stormed down the tunnel. In the 90 minutes, Arsenal squandered a two-goal lead as Palace fought back superbly at the Emirates to secure a 2-2 draw.AdvertisementAdvertisementOn Xhaka’s reaction, Emery said: ‘He was wrong. We are going to speak to him and decide with the club.‘We are here because we have supporters. We work for them and need to have respect for them when they are applauding us and criticising us.’ Skip Ad Emery admits Xhaka was ‘wrong’ (Picture: Getty)Palace’s first goal came after VAR overturned a penalty decision in Wilfried Zaha’s favour. VAR also ruled out an Arsenal goal late on.‘I didn’t understand the referee and VAR reaction,’ Emery said. ‘Last week they didn’t check VAR for a penalty for us but we respect that.‘Two weeks ago there is one penalty for Pepe against Bournemouth, they didn’t check, okay. I don’t understand.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘For me there is no confusion – it is not a good decision. We deserved to win, we had a good reaction after they equalised, we scored but then they didn’t count it.‘We didn’t concede many chances apart from the penalty to score. Our reaction was very good, also the supporters help us in the last minutes to score the third goal and win the match but this doesn’t happen.’Arsenal, still fifth in the Premier League, face Liverpool in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night.MORE: Jurgen Klopp provides Mohamed Salah injury update after Liverpool beat Tottenham by Metro Advertisementlast_img read more

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