“The yacht, flying a Turkish flag, was apparently en route to Italy when stopped on Thursday,’’ a coastguard officer told dpa in Athens.
Thousands of people attempt to cross the Mediterranean every month with the help of smugglers in search of refuge and a better life in Europe.
While the goal is often wealthier countries further north, many end up languishing in migrant camps in Greece and Italy.https://nnn.ng/greece-intercepts-yacht-with-77-migrants-on-board-arrests-2/
Liverpool sign Portugal winger Jota from Wolves
Liverpool have completed the signing of Portugal forward Diogo Jota from Wolverhampton Wanderers on a long term contract, the English Premier League (EPL) champions said on Saturday.
Liverpool’s versatile 18-year-old defender Ki-Jana Hoever moved in the other direction on a five-year contract.
He played four senior games for the Anfield club following his arrival from Ajax Amsterdam in 2018.
British media reported that Liverpool agreed a five-year deal worth about 41 million pounds for Jota.
It is expected that his versatility and work rate should fit in well with manager Juergen Klopp’s hard-pressing style of play.
“It’s just a really exciting moment for me and my family,” Jota told Liverpool’s website.
“All of my path since I was a kid and now, to join a club like Liverpool —— the world champions —— is just unbelievable. I just want to get started.”
The 23-year-old Jota was left out of Wolves’ League Cup defeat by Stoke City on Thursday and was an unused substitute in their 2-0 league win over Sheffield United last weekend.
Initially arriving on loan from Atletico Madrid in 2017, Jota has scored 16 goals and provided six assists for Wolves in the Premier League over the last three seasons.
“I think I’m a team player,” Jota said. “I play upfront and my job is to find a way to score goals and to provide assists and that’s what they can expect from me…I’ll always try to help the team in the best way possible.”
Jota is Liverpool’s third signing of the close season following the arrival of Spain midfielder Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich and Greece left-back Kostas Tsimikas.
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Solskjaer criticises England over handling of youngster Greenwood
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Friday criticised England’s handling of Mason Greenwood for breaking COVID-19 rules.
Greenwood’s first England call-up ended with him being disciplined for breaking COVID-19 rules.
A video footage had showed Greenwood and Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden allegedly inviting women to their hotel rooms after England’s 1-0 UEFA Nations League win over Iceland.
The match was played in Reykjavik and both players were sent home.
England manager Gareth Southgate said the duo would have to regain his trust before they can be considered for selection again.
Solskjaer stressed that Greenwood should have been rested after his breakthrough season with the club.
“I’ve spoken to Mason. What we speak about and discuss will be between the two of us,” Solskjaer told reporters ahead of Saturday’s English Premier League (EPL) clash against Crystal Palace.
“The kid had a fantastic season, just come through. I’ve worked and the club worked hard. We gave Mason enough time on the pitch, exposure in the media.
“Then you come to the end of the season, we’ve had less than two weeks off and he’s called up.
“And first thing that happens he’s called up and right there in the press… We’ve done what we can to protect him. I’ve done what I can to help him,’’ he added.
Manchester United’s off-season was also disrupted by club captain Harry Maguire’s suspended prison sentence of 21 months and 10 days.
Maguire was accused of various charges following an alleged brawl during a family holiday on the island of Mykonos in Greece.
The 27-year-old England defender has maintained his innocence and was granted a full retrial after appealing against the verdict.
Solskjaer, however, said that the incident could be on Maguire’s mind as he returns to the pitch.
“Knowing Harry, he’s a very strong character and can put that apart. But as a human being it’ll be in the back of his mind,” he said.
Edited By: Joseph Edeh and Olawale Alabi)
Greek police start to clear remaining migrants from ruined Moria camp
Greek police on Thursday began clearing the remaining migrants from the partially destroyed Moria camp on the island of Lesbos, which was hit by fire last week.
The migrants are being taken to new makeshift accommodation on the island, where 2,000 have already arrived.
Everything has been peaceful up until now,“ German doctor Gerhard Trabert, who is working with aid agencies there, told dpa.
Trabert estimates that several thousand people are still in and around the camp, which police believe was deliberately set on fire.
Six alleged arsonists, all of them young Afghan migrants, have been arrested after 12,000 migrants were initially made homeless.
Around 170 officials are involved in trying to move migrants to the new facility, which has already recorded dozens of positive coronavirus tests, the state broadcaster ERT reported, citing the Greek Migration Ministry.
“We have to make sure we take the people to the new camp”.
“If they are out on the streets then that is a big hygiene problem,” Panagiotis Arkoumaneas, the head of the Greek public health authority, told Skai radio.
Many of the migrants, who have come from Asia to seek a better life in Europe, are wary of moving and want to be taken to the mainland.
Greece, on the European Union’s eastern and southern border, is a major arrival point for migrants.
Several European countries including Germany have pledged to take in migrants from Greece in reaction to the fire in the Moria camp.
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UN agencies demand European solidarity to help migrants in Greece
European countries need to take in more migrants from Lesbos and other overcrowded Greek islands, UN agencies say.
“We need more relocation commitments in these trying times while the EU establishes a more predictable and effective system based on responsibility sharing,” International Organisation for Migration Chief Antonio Vitorino said in a statement.
The UN Refugee Agency’s (UNHCR) representative in Greece, Philippe Leclerc, said that the number of people in migrant reception centres on Greek islands must be reduced and living conditions must be improved.
A proposal for an EU pact on migration and asylum set to be presented by the European Commission next week should be based on efficient procedures and solidarity among EU countries, he said.
“It is hoped that this opportunity will be seized,” he added.
Edited By: Fatima Sule/Emmanuel Yashim