By Dialogo August 05, 2009 Brazil is expecting a visit this year by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and will question him over Tehran’s nuclear program, an aide to President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. “We are expecting the visit here of the Iranian president to firm up, which will be an excellent opportunity for Brazil to communicate a number of points of view, especially concerning the Iranian nuclear program,” Lula’s advisor on foreign affairs, Marco Aurelio Garcia, told reporters. US President Barack Obama “has asked Brazil to play a moderating role, (and) the Israeli foreign minister has also said Brazil could exercise its influence” on the issue, he said. Brazil has said it supports a peaceful, nuclear energy program in Iran. But many Western nations, and Israel, suspect Tehran is trying to develop an atomic arsenal under cover of those efforts. Iran insists its program is peaceful and aims to meet the country’s growing energy needs. Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said during a visit to Brazil last month that he wanted to see Brazil use its clout with Iran to make it stop its nuclear program. Brazilian officials declined, on the grounds that Iran has the right to civilian nuclear operations. Garcia said the date of Ahmadinehad’s visit was not yet set, but it should happen this year. The Iranian president had been scheduled to visit Brazil in May, but canceled at the last minute to focus on what turned out to be controversial June 12 elections at home.
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RelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Fulham keen on Lookman loan deal Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ The Premier League, which will resume on June 17, says its aim is for the remaining games to be played on the usual home and away basis.But it insisted that the federation had a contingency plan for neutral venues. The initial suggestion from the UK Government had been for the closed-door matches to be played at neutral venues.But some clubs have expressed opposition to that idea, views which have been put to the government by the league.Some media reports have suggested that select games, which may have a risk of fans gathering outside grounds, would still be held at a neutral venue.One of such is the Merseyside derby between Everton and Liverpool.And this will be even if most matches are held on a home/away basis. “The Premier League’s ambition is to complete all of our remaining fixtures this season home and away, where possible,” the league said in a statement on Friday.It added: “We are working with our clubs to ensure risks are assessed and minimised, while co-operating with the police at a local and national level.“Discussions with the National Police Chiefs’ Council and UK Football Policing Unit have been positive and are continuing.“We are prepared for all outcomes and have a neutral venue contingency.”Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters told Sky Sports News: “We’ll have a clearer picture in the next seven to 10 days. But we hope the amount of games (at neutral grounds) will be low. “…(the police) have legitimate concerns but we think we can mitigate some of the issues they’re trying to deal with.”Reuters/NAN.Tags: EvertonLiverpoolNational Police Chiefs’ CouncilPremier LeagueRichard MasterUK Football Policing
Real Madrid’s disjointed start to the season continued as David Zurutuza’s double earned Real Sociedad a stunning 4-2 win in La Liga.The European champions seemed set for a comfortable night on Sunday when early goals from Sergio Ramos and Gareth Bale left the home side shell-shocked. But Sociedad regrouped outstandingly, with goals from Inigo Martinez and Carlos Vela complementing Zurutuza’s brace to seal a famous triumph. Questions have surrounded Carlo Ancelotti’s Real side in 2014-15 so far after an uninspiring 2-0 win over Cordoba last Monday followed their Supercopa de Espana defeat to Atletico Madrid. Those results supported claims that Real have lost their balance following the departures of Angel di Maria and Xabi Alonso, and a dreadful defensive showing on Sunday will only strengthen the arguments. Initially, it did not seem those frailties would matter as Real, despite being without the rested Cristiano Ronaldo, attacked with menace and created chances at will. But having found themselves 2-0 ahead after just 11 minutes, Ancelotti’s men let Sociedad back into the game and were made to pay the heaviest of prices. Real flew out of the blocks and took an early lead when Ramos rose to meet Toni Kroos’ corner with a glancing header at the front post. That set the tone for the rampant European champions, Ramos almost grabbing a second with a stunning free-kick that rattled the crossbar. And Real did double their advantage in the 11th minute as Bale brilliantly nutmegged Gorka Elustondo and slotted a cool finish into the corner. Not content with being 2-0 up, Real continued to press forward – only to see Marcelo twice spurn good chances before Ramos headed just over from a James Rodriguez set-piece. The defender was pressed into action in his own box soon after, bravely flinging himself in front of Esteban Granero’s powerful, goal-bound effort. Normal service was resumed moments later as Enaut Zubikarai produced a fine stop with his leg to deny Toni Kroos. The catalogue of missed chances looked costly in the 35th minute, Martinez sneaking in at the back post to convert after Xabi Prieto had flicked on a perfectly-placed corner. And the scores were level six minutes later as Zurutuza arrived late into the box to powerfully head home Alberto de la Bella’s centre. Goals did not bring a defensive improvement for Sociedad, Ramos getting on the end of another free-kick and heading agonisingly wide. Real’s defending was not much better, illustrated at the start of the second half when an unmarked Imanol Agirretxe saw a header turned wide by the toe of Iker Casillas. But the turnaround was complete in the 65th minute as Prieto and Sergio Canales played a one-two that ended when the former slid a lovely ball across for Zurutuza to slot home. The verve with which Real attacked early on seemed a distant memory as they struggled for cutting edge. Yet it was the issues at the other end that were most troubling, their inability to clear a set-piece proving costly when Vela followed a fine piece of chest control with a volley that arrowed into the top corner. Sami Khedira, Rodriguez and Karim Benzema all missed golden opportunities thereafter as Real failed to find a route back into the game.