Fati enjoys stunning Camp Nou debut to outstrip Messi’s start

first_imgAnsu Fati’s extraordinary rise continued on Saturday as he got a goal and an assist within seven minutes of his first La Liga start for Barcelona.The 16-year-old became Barca’s youngest ever goalscorer in the top flight when he came off the bench to score in the 2-2 draw with Osasuna prior to the international break.With Luis Suarez fit enough only for the bench and Lionel Messi still not risked due to a calf problem, head coach Ernesto Valverde handed Fati his first start at Camp Nou for the visit of Valencia. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream The winger responded by opening the scoring after only two minutes, drilling home from Frenkie de Jong’s low cross from the right.The teenager thus needed just three games to reach two goals for the Catalans, a tally even Lionel Messi failed to reach until his 13th Liga appearance. Barely five minutes later, Fati returned the favour to De Jong, cutting in from the left and squaring the ball for the Netherlands midfielder to score his first goal for the club.Fati, who does not turn 17 until October 31, watched Barca’s Juvenil A side face Girona on Saturday just hours before he started against Valencia.Born in Bissau before moving to Spain with his family as a child, Fati joined Sevilla’s youth academy before signing for Barca at the age of 10.His father admitted on Partidazo de Cope last month that “Real Madrid offered me better conditions than Barcelona for my son” but that Barca convinced him to accept their offer after they visited his house.1 – Ansu Fati (16 years and 318 days) has become the youngest player to both score and assist in a LaLiga game in the 21st century. Diamond. pic.twitter.com/jk2zA8ddbZ — OptaJose (@OptaJose) September 14, 2019 “This is the happiest day of my life,” he said after Fati’s debut in the 5-2 victory over Real Betis. “When he told us he was being called up by Valverde I started to cry and my wife too. When he came on, we were on cloud nine.”At six or seven, he came to Spain. I had come here before and I didn’t know he played football. They told me I was not aware of how good my son was and that he was dribbling by everybody.”last_img read more

Hospital turns down donation from men who wore demeaning nurse costumes

first_imgIn a letter to the Ludlow Hospital League of Friends, Ms Ditheridge and chair of the trust Mike Ridley, said: “The presentation of men dressed as female nurse sin a highly-sexualised and demeaning way is wrong, very outdated and insulting to the profession.” Peter Corfield, chairman of the League of Friends of Ludlow Hospital, described the refusal of the cash as “absolutely ridiculous.”  Nurses  A hospital has turned down a donation from a group of men who raised money by dressing up as nurses, claiming their behaviour was “highly-sexualised” and “demeaning”.The men raised £2,500 in the event in Ludlow, Shropshire, which sees them dress up as female nurses and take to the streets with collection buckets.The fundraising drive for Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust has been taking place without complaint for 30 years, raising around £90,000 in total.Jan Ditheridge, chief executive of the trust, said she is not comfortable with how the event portrays medical staff and refused the donation.  Ms Ditheridge, chief executive of the trust said: “It isn’t okay to portray healthcare professionals in this way.”We have previously asked that this doesn’t happen and therefore don’t think it’s right to accept any money associated with this activity.”I’m sure the event was organised with the best intentions and we are sorry if it’s made people feel uncomfortable or embarrassed.”Many people kindly and selflessly raise money for our organisation, and especially for our hospitals. We are eternally grateful for that.” Men dressed up as nurses The event has been running for 30 yearsCredit:Caters He added: “The event has always run with the full knowledge and support of the hospital and primary care trust management with participation by NHS staff.”The whole thing is a light-hearted fundraiser which has raised between £2,500 and £6,500 each year and so over that period of time it’s a very tidy sum. The health chiefs turned down the donationCredit:Caters  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