Kompany misses testimonial but gets statute as consolation

first_imgFormer Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany was ruled out of his own testimonial with a hamstring injury on Wednesday but received some consolation after the club said it would commission a statue in his honour.The match will kick off at City’s Etihad Stadium later on Wednesday and the irony of being unable to play was not lost on the 33-year-old Belgium international, who spent a large chunk of his time in England in the treatment room.Kompany, who was at City for 11 years, left before the start of the current season to join Anderlecht as player-coach.“Unfortunately I won’t be starting tonight or playing. It’s typical of me, right?” he told reporters before the game. “I’m usually just there for the end of the season. I’ve got a slight hamstring injury. I couldn’t risk it tonight.“There are still plenty of awesome players to be watching and it’s about the celebration and to say goodbye – I don’t need to be on the pitch as such.”Kompany was set to play for a City legends team against a team of Premier League legends, with proceeds from the match going towards a charity he set up to help combat homelessness in Manchester.There was some consolation, however, with City announcing they would name a road at their academy after Kompany and unveil a statue at The Etihad of their most successful captain.Kompany made 360 appearances for City, helping the club emerge as one of the dominant forces in English football and genuine title rivals to neighbours Manchester United.He was part of the team that won the FA Cup in 2011, ending the club’s 35-year trophy drought, and led City to four Premier League titles, four League Cups and two Community Shields.“It is an incredible honour to be recognised by this special club in this way,” Kompany said.“The journey that we went on together throughout my 11 years in Manchester changed my life and I am delighted to have played my small part in altering the course of this club’s history during that time.”last_img read more

Outrage as Gardai confirm vital life-saving equipment missing from stolen fire truck

first_imgGardai have confirmed that vital equipment is missing from the fire tender which was stolen from Stranorlar fire station overnight.It has now been confirmed that the €400,000 Scania fire tender was recovered after 8am at Monellan Road in Killygordan.There are reports that the thieves even turned on the sirens and lights after stealing the fire tender. Gardai are now carrying out door-to-door inquiries in the Twin Towns while people with CCTV are also being asked to check their coverage.Garda Inspector Goretti Sheridan confirmed that vital equipment is missing from the fire engine.She appealed to anybody in the area with CCTV footage to get in contact with Gardai.Inspector Sheridan said the theft of the fire engine was a real concern. “The fact that the station was without a fire engine for several hours is a real worry. These people might have thought this was funny but it could have been a much more serious incident had there have been a fire overnight.“There is also vital equipment missing from the fire tender which is a real concern.“We are appealing to anybody who may know anything about this incident to contact Letterkenny Garda station on 074 91 67100.“We are also asking people in the Finn Valley area to check their CCTV footage in case the stolen fire truck may have featured on their CCTV,” she said.The PSNI are also investigating the possibility that the fire engine was driven across the border before being abandoned in Killygordan. Outrage as Gardai confirm vital life-saving equipment missing from stolen fire truck was last modified: April 4th, 2017 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:donegalfire enginestationStranorlarlast_img read more