first_imgGorse fires have broken out in West Donegal for the FOURTH night in succession tonight.The massive gorse fire near Crolly last night. Pic by Kei Patterson, Donegaldaily.comHigh winds are fanning fires in the Gaoth Dobhair and Gortahork area while there are also fires in the Falcarragh area in an area known as Derryreel and in Fahan.In Falcarragh the fire, which are coming under control, are burning beside the Coillte-owned forestry and Coillte officers are out with locals fighting the blaze. Fire crews from Dungloe and Gaoth Dobhair are battling the blazes in the West while Buncrana crews are out yet again in Inishowen.It comes after Acting Chief Fire officer Joe McTaggart revealed that there have been almost 60 fires since last Friday alone.There have been a total of 97 fires since April 1st last.And Mr McTaggart said he did NOT believe that all of the fires were started accidentally. He appealed for anyone who may be starting fires deliberately to stop and to think of people suffering genuine emergencies such as house fires.He also paid tribute to his officers who have been working around the clock for almost ten days.  GORSE FIRES BREAK OUT IN WEST DONEGAL FOR FOURTH NIGHT IN SUCCESSION was last modified: April 9th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:fire officerFIRESJoe McTaggartWest Donegallast_img read more

FA to approve proposal for retrospective bans for diving and feigning injury

first_img1 Marcus Rashford won a penalty against Swansea despite not being touched by Lukasz Fabianski The Football Association is expected to approve a proposal for retrospective bans for players who dive or feign injury in English football from next season.The idea, which is already being used in Scotland, is on the agenda at the FA’s annual general meeting at Wembley on Thursday.It is understood that the English Football League, League Managers Association, Premier League and Professional Footballers’ Association support the plan.If approved by three-quarters of the 1,100 FA shareholders, three-man panels will review footage from the weekend each Monday and any player unanimously found to have cheated can expect a ban.Introduced in 2011, the Scottish Football Association’s (SFA) rule 201 gives a disciplinary panel the power to impose two-game bans for acts of simulation missed by the officials or rescind yellow cards for players who were incorrectly adjudged to have dived.Hearts winger Jamie Walker has experienced both verdicts this season, having served a two-game ban for a dive to gain a penalty against Celtic in August and then been retrospectively cleared of simulation during a game against Rangers in December.Simulation has been an issue in the game for years and there have been a number of notable cases this season, including Robert Snodgrass’s dive to earn a penalty for Hull against Crystal Palace and more recent incidents involving Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford.In the past, FIFA has been reluctant to take decision-making away from the officials on the day but there are influential voices at world football’s governing body more receptive to the idea of technology that helps officials and retrospective penalties to stamp out cheating.With England and Scotland having permanent seats on FIFA’s law-making body the International Football Association Board, bans for divers could soon become a worldwide policy.last_img read more