LA Galaxy coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto says that Zlatan Ibrahimovic needs more protection from the video assistant referee (VAR) following a series of incidents.The Swedish star saw two penalty claims denied in the Galaxy’s last match, a 2-1 defeat to D.C. United.Despite featuring in 19 MLS matches this season, Ibrahimovic has been fouled just 17 times, good for third-most on his own team. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Meanwhile, MLS leading goalscorer Carlos Vela has been fouled 71 times this season, second-most in the league behind the 81 suffered by Nicholas Lodeiro. Overall, 111 players have been fouled more often than Ibrahimovic, who has scored 16 goals while providing three assists this season.In May, Ibrahimovic was fined for simulation/embellishment by the MLS Disciplinary Committee but the former Paris Saint-Germain, Milan and Barcelona star also escaped punishment for an elbow on Mohamed El-Munir that required surgery for the Los Angeles FC defender.Schelotto says that referees need assistance when it comes to officiating the hulking striker, who he believes is treated differently than some of the league’s other top stars.”To be honest I think sometimes, in some plays, I don’t know why some referees do not use the VAR with Ibra because I could see the penalty for Columbus and I could see twice in the D.C. United game,” Schelotto told media on Tuesday.”Everything that happens around Ibra is a matter for discussion. Maybe it happens with other teams but those teams or those players don’t attract the same attention. Because he is Ibra, situations are exaggerated a lot and also [for the referee] to claim [a foul] they have to be very clear.”For Ibra it was a penalty. But if we have VAR, we need to use it because Ibra went to the floor and felt something and I don’t know why he [the referee] didn’t check it.”Ibrahimovic joined the Galaxy for the 2018 MLS season as he scored 22 goals and provided 10 assists in 27 appearances during his debut campaign.However, it wasn’t enough to lead the Galaxy to the playoffs, a system which Ibrahimovic recently criticized while calling the way MLS crowns its champion “s***”.The Galaxy currently sit fifth in the Western Conference, three points above the red line but also just two points away from second place.Next up for Ibrahimovic and co. is a match against FC Dallas on Wednesday night.
The President further said that during the last two years the present Government was able to build friendship with all the countries in the world, eliminating many hindrances which halted the forward drive of the country. Expressing his views regarding the false propaganda carried out by some sections of the society regarding the Hambantota Port and the industrial zone, the President said that he is not ready to give the land rights of this country to any country in the world.The President further stated though new industries and investments are needed for the country and the lands for them will be given according to the laws and regulations of the constitution of Sri Lanka.“Our agreements with the countries, businessmen, investors and international organizations are very open. The current Government is honestly committed to the development of the country,” the President said. “Though some groups issue statements saying that the Government will change, nobody can’t put down the current Government. Nobody has any space to change the Government before the election which will be held in 2020,” he emphasized. He also said that while talking about development work with a great pride, one must also pay attention to the severe debt burden in the country. He said that his Government is not ready in any way to launch mega-scale development projects by obtaining loans and ruining the future of the country.“We should take into consideration the tragedies faced by various countries in the world due to their severe debt burden,” the President added. The Asgiri Maha Nayaka Most Ven. Varakagoda Sri Gnanarathne Thero, Ministers Lakshman Kiriella and Abdul Haleem, Chief Minister of the Central Province Sarath Ekanayake and the British High Commissioner participated at this occasion. (Colombo Gazette) President Maithripala Sirisena says he has received information that Sri Lanka will receive the GSP + trade concession next week, marking a significant turning point in the industry and export fields of the country.He made these remarks while participating in a ceremony to open the newly built bridge in Halloluwa, Dodanwala, Kandy, today.