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Villa appeal after Delph red card

first_imgAston Villa have appealed Fabian Delph’s red card after the midfielder was dismissed against Sunderland. Villa hope to get another card overturned after launching a protest for Delph. Lambert said: “I thought it was a harsh red card and we think three games is excessive. “Fabian hasn’t gone in maliciously at all. I can kind of understand why the referee’s done it, but I still think it’s excessive.” Delph is facing a three-game ban starting with the New Year’s Day visit of Crystal Palace if Villa fail in their appeal. It was their fourth red card of the season, including Agbonlahor’s, after Christian Benteke was dismissed against Tottenham in November and Lambert feels they are being harshly treated by officials. “I think it’s been unfair at times,” he said. “I think because we are a youngish kind of side, we can be a target for that. “Even when you ask the lads about it sometimes they can’t believe it either. It’s just something you have to try and get through. “You just have to try and keep 11 guys on the pitch, but I saw some challenges over the weekend on TV and they weren’t punished with anything. You think to yourself ‘how is that different from ours?’ The 25-year-old became the third Villa player to be sent off in four games when he saw red for a challenge on Jordi Gomez in Sunday’s 0-0 Barclays Premier League draw with Sunderland. It forced manager Paul Lambert to deny they are a dirty team after Kieran Richardson and Gabby Agbonlahor – who had his red card agianst Manchester United rescinded – also walked early this month. “I think if you go back to Gabby’s red card, everyone knew that shouldn’t have been sent off. “So we were down to 10 men against Manchester United then they told us that Gabby shouldn’t have been sent off – well thanks very much. “Christian’s red card I would also debate, too.” Press Associationlast_img read more


Student Affairs to cover student event security costs

first_imgEffective this fall, Student Affairs will begin covering security costs for all student events on the grounds that alleviating these costs will help campus organizations improve the quality of the experiences that they provide.Every year, a portion of what students pay in tuition goes to student programming fees, which are used by Undergraduate Student Government special committees to host concerts, shows and other events on campus. When a student organization puts on an event, the organization is also responsible for the security fees, which include paying for DPS, LAPD and CSC, among other entities.According to USG President Rini Sampath, this means that a large percentage of the money that organizations have in their annual budget is going directly to security costs, instead of being allocated to pay for creating better quality events and enhancing students’ experience.Former USG president Andrew Menard and current USG president Rini Sampath met last semester with President C. L. Max Nikias to bring this concern to his attention. This past spring, Menard and Sampath discussed this issue with Vice Provost Michael Quick, who along with Ainsley Carry, vice provost for Student Affairs, approved the petition and accepted security costs into the Student Affairs budget.“Students have complained about the quality of artists that we bring to a concert,” Sampath said. “But that’s one aspect of it … Security costs impact the quality of artists that we bring in, so the more we can take care of costs like these, the more chances we have of signing bigger artists.”Judah Joseph, executive director of Concerts Committee, said that the security costs for Springfest this year totaled more than $16,000 dollars. Concerts Committee is also responsible for the Welcome Back Concert in August and Conquest during the fall semester. Joseph said he felt it was unnecessary for Concerts Committee to have to pay for security costs when they were already dealing with tight budgets.“If our one event cost that much money just for security, then you can imagine what our annual security costs are,” Joseph said. “And now that those costs are alleviated from our own responsibility… that money can be much better used.”Student Affairs officials said since their primary concern is the security of students, they will work hard to build these fees into their next year budget.“Student safety continues to be one of our top priorities,” Monique Allard, assistant provost for Student Affairs said in an email to the Daily Trojan. “Student Affairs will invest in supporting the cost of security costs this year and build those costs into a budget request for next year.”Sampath said she was happy that the administration was so receptive to this idea.  She said that when the administration is informed of student concerns in a diplomatic way, they usually respond positively, and USG is looking forward to another year working together with Student Affairs in the hopes of improving the students’ experience at USC.“I am especially impressed by Provost Quick’s leadership,” Sampath said. “I think that he is really ushering in a new era with how responding and how in touch he is with the students.”last_img read more