Do you have a complaint about your bank? Are you being ripped off by a loan shark, or threatened by a debt-recovery agent? Protect yourself from unfair practices, get to know your rights, find out if your lender is registered, or check your credit rating.Consumers have legislative protections against misleading credit practices. (Image: Brand South Africa/Graeme Williams)Brand South Africa reporterNational Credit RegulatorThe National Credit Regulator (NCR) is responsible for the regulation of the South African credit industry. It is tasked with carrying out education, research, policy development, registration of industry participants, investigation of complaints, and ensuring the enforcement of the National Credit Act.The Act requires the regulator to promote the development of an accessible credit market, particularly to address the needs of the historically disadvantaged, low-income earners, and remote, isolated or low-density communities.The NCR is also tasked with registering credit providers, credit agencies’ and debt counsellors and handling disputes between consumers and agencies. You can lodge complaints against any institution offering credit, against a debt counsellor and a credit bureau provided the NCR has jurisdiction.Debt counselling: you may apply to a debt counsellor to be declared over-indebted. See the NCR’s Consumer Assistance section.Call centre: 086 062 7627Ombudsman for Banking ServicesClients with complaints against their banks can approach the Ombudsman for Banking Services (OBS) for assistance.Got an unresolved dispute with your bank? A complaint about a banking service or product?The Ombudsman for Banking Services provides an independent, free, informal and confidential dispute resolution service.You must, however, first complain to your bank – the ombudsman will need your complaint reference number, as well as copies of correspondence between you and your bank.Micro Finance Regulatory CouncilThe Micro Finance Regulatory Council is a private, non-profit body originally set up to regulate the micro-lending industry and protect the interests of consumers. Many of its functions and responsibilities now fall under the National Credit Regulator (see above).The council’s website offers information on what your rights are and ways to protect yourself from unfair practices. If you would like to lodge a complaint against a micro lender, you will need to contact the NCR.Credit problemsYou can check your credit rating or get advice on credit problems from either of two major credit agencies’. The National Credit Act entitles you to one free credit report a year. Additional reports will set you back a small fee.ExperianTransUnionThe recently opened Maponya mall. The R650 million ( approximately $100 million ) is the third, and now largest, shopping center to be opened in Soweto. Johannesburg South Africa.Credit Information OmbudIf a credit bureau (see above) is unable to resolve your credit problem, your next line of recourse is the office of the Credit Information Ombud. A voluntary, independent association reporting to an industry council, the Credit Information Ombud seeks to resolve complaints from consumers and businesses that are negatively affected by credit information.Call centre: 0861 OMBUDS (0861 662837)Association of Debt Recovery AgentsA non-profit industry regulated body, ADRA will investigate complaints against its members.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
U17 World Cup FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: Mexico announce 21-member squad Nisanth V Easwar Last updated 2 years ago 18:54 15/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) RODRIGO ARANGUA/AFP U17 World Cup Mexico U17 The two-time champions at the U-17 level will now embark on a preparatory tour to Malaga in Spain before making their journey to India… Mexico have announced the 21-member squad for the upcoming FIFA U-17 World Cup to be held in India from October 6 to 28. The two-time champions at the U-17 level will now embark on a preparatory tour to Malaga in Spain before making their journey to India for the mega-event.Twenty-five players were first called in for a camp which began in June at the Centro de Alto Rendimiento (CAR) High-Performance Centre of the Mexican Football Federation (FMF) in Mexico City. After hosting a conditioning camp for a fortnight in the Torreon Municipality, Coahuila, the squad broke for a short vacation in the last week of August to return on 10 September at the CAR. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing #Sub17 | ¡Estamos listos para la Copa del Mundo #India2017!🔜🇮🇳🏆Conoce a los convocados:#PasiónyOrgullo pic.twitter.com/BcdQ11oVgY— Selección Nacional (@miseleccionmx) September 14, 2017The announced 21-member squad comprises of three goalkeepers, seven defenders, seven midfielders and four forwards. It is worth noting that Diego Lainez, Roberto De La Rosa and Ian Torres, the three key players for Mexico U-17 team as identified by Goal, has made it into the final 21-member squad. Here’s the squad in full: Goalkeepers: Víctor André Alcaráz Díaz, César Iván López De Alba and César Rafael Ramos Becerra.Defenders: Alan Maeda Luevanos, Luis Alejandro Olivas Salcedo, Oscar Haret Ortega Gatica, Carlos Alejandro Robles Jiménez, Adrián Vázquez Hernández, Sergio Villarreal Lozano and Raúl Martín Sandoval Zavala.Midfielders: Luis Javier Gamíz Ávila, Carlos Eduardo Guerrero Zavala, Alexis Hazael Gutiérrez Torres, Diego Laínez Leyva, Deivoon Alexander Magaña Rico, Jesús Andrés Pérez Álvarez and Marco Antonio Ruíz Zarco.Forwards: Ían Jairo Misael Torres Ramírez, Roberto Carlos De la Rosa González, César Saúl Huerta Valera and Daniel Guadalupe López Valdez.C.D Guadalajara are the most represented club at Mexico U-17 National Team, with six players on their way to India.
ALS patients taking antipsychotic drug in Calgarybased trialALS patients taking antipsychotic drug in Calgarybased trial
CALGARY – Cliff Barr has no illusions about how his life is going to end but he still has hope.The 70-year-old from Okotoks, Alta., is one of 100 patients taking part in new Canada-wide clinical trial to treat ALS — a debilitating and ultimately deadly neural disease that has few treatments and no cure.“It is a difficult and an awkward disease,” Barr said Thursday at the University of Calgary, which is running the trial.“I found the idea of the clinical trial promising. It gives you a little more hope.”Barr was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, in October. It causes paralysis because the brain is no longer able to communicate with the body’s muscles.Over time, as the muscles break down, an ALS patient loses the ability to walk, talk, eat, swallow and, eventually, breathe. Experts say one in 400 Canadians will die of ALS.Even on good days, Barr said, the disease is always there.“The disease kind of reared its head and I’m a little weaker than normal,” said Barr, who retired 10 years ago. “This morning, I couldn’t do my pants up. I couldn’t brush my hair. I needed help doing the zipper up on this sweater.”Dr. Lawrence Korngut from the University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine is running the clinical trial over the next 1 1/2 years at nine different Canadian universities.He said an anti-psychotic drug called pimozide slowed down the disease in zebra fish, worms and mice, as well as in humans with ALS in a limited six-week trial a couple of years ago.Korngut said the drug doesn’t address the primary cause of the disease, which destroys nerves. But he adds that it’s now believed that there’s an electrical failure that accompanies the breakdown.“This treats that electrical failure. We’re hoping by preserving that electrical function, even if the cable keeps breaking down, that will buy people time.“It will prolong life.”Korngut said people shouldn’t jump to any conclusions about how well the trial will turn out and he’s only “cautiously optimistic.”“We’ve been through this before. We know that sometimes animals behave very differently from humans and we just have to do things properly and find out these answers.”Barr said he has been told he is likely to have between three and five years to live. The research is a double-blind study so only half the participants will receive the drug. The rest get a placebo.“I am a fighter. You pay your money. You take your chances,” Barr said.“It can’t make it better. It can’t repair the muscle damage … but it can slow down the progression which would in effect help me maintain the quality of life for longer than I would have.”Korngut said it could be years before all the results are known and he grateful for those willing to volunteer.“ALS is a disease of weakness but these are the strongest people I know. These people fight this disease so courageously.”— Follow @BillGraveland on Twitter
Too soon Why stores are already rolling out holiday decorToo soon Why stores are already rolling out holiday decor
It seems to happen earlier and earlier every year.It’s still technically summer, but places like Costco and Dollarama have already rolled out holiday decor.While many on social media are expressing their horror, the stores have a strategy.Lynne Ricker, Instructor at the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business, said stores wouldn’t be doing it if there wasn’t a market for garland and Christmas trees in September.“People do start thinking about it and many people do start their Christmas shopping long before the last minute, last week before Christmas, sort of December rush,” she said.“Retailers have to create an in store experience. They have to have something in there that’s going to look different and exciting and that’s one of the things that they try to do.”Ricker said stores want to get your attention before the competition does.“One of the things that retailers have to think about is having that in store experience and think about pre-empting online buying,” she said.And, she added even tweets complaining about all the red and green could be considered good publicity.
Contractor vows Saskatchewan hospital will rise despite bigpicture money woesContractor vows Saskatchewan hospital will rise despite bigpicture money woes
NORTH BATTLEFORD, Sask. – The Canadian wing of Carillion PLC says the financial collapse of the British construction giant will not affect the work or any jobs at a new mental health facility being built in Saskatchewan.Carillion went into compulsory liquidation on Monday after weekend talks with creditors failed to get the short-term financing it needed to continue operating.Cody Johnstone, a spokesman for Carillion Canada, says the subsidiary is not in liquidation and its 6,000 employees across Canada continue to be paid, along with its subcontractors and suppliers.Carillion Canada is part of a public-private partnership under contract to construct Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford, after which the subsidiary will maintain it for 30 years.The provincial government committed $407 million to the project.SaskBuilds, the Crown corporation managing the project for the Saskatchewan government, says all risks and costs fall on the partners, and any failure to complete the work on time and on budget would mean significant financial penalties.A statement from SaskBuilds said if Carillion is not able to fulfil its commitment, the private consortium, known as Access Prairie Partners, would have to find a replacement without increasing the government’s cost.The project is contracted through PP and SaskBuilds said the consortium has committed to keeping the government informed as it works through “Carillion’s situation.”The Opposition NDP has criticized the province’s decision to involve the private sector and a foreign company in building and maintaining the hospital.“The government’s priority seems to be defending their PST and covering up for their mismanagement, scandal and waste,” said NDP health critic Danielle Char tier in a statement.The new facility will include a 188-bed mental health hospital and a 96-cell correctional centre designed for inmates with mental health issues. It will replace the century-old Saskatchewan Hospital. (CTV Saskatoon, The Canadian Press)
Delhi to vote for full statehood this election: AtishiDelhi to vote for full statehood this election: Atishi
New Delhi: People this time will vote for Delhi’s full statehood as not having the status is directly linked with concrete issues such as unemployment, women’s safety and lack of opportunities in higher education, AAP leader Atishi has said. Atishi is one of the seven candidates fielded by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for the Lok Sabha elections in Delhi. The AAP is contesting the elections with the slogan ‘Poorna Rajya Banao Jhadu ka Button Dabao’, telling people that Delhi will get full statehood if they vote for the party. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder In an interview to PTI, the Aam Aadmi Party’s Lok Sabha candidate for the East Delhi constituency said the party is “talking of concrete issues of lack of safety and security, cleanliness and employment that is linked to Delhi not having full statehood”. “People in Delhi this election are going to vote on these factors,” Atishi said. Noting that there is “no narrative” this election and people would vote based on local issues affecting them, she said, “Like in 2014, there was ‘Abki Baar Modi Sarkar’, in 2015, there was narrative to make Kejriwal as the chief minister but if you see in this election there is no narrative across the nation either in favour of anyone or against anyone”. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings She added that a lot of people who voted for the BJP in 2014 were “not natural BJP voters” but the ones hoping for change in favour of development. “When they voted for the BJP (in 2014), they thought it is on the agenda of development. They were also the elections that had mega narratives,” she said. “I think people would say we have seen consequences of voting for Modi, nothing changed in our lives. Our children still don’t have education, they don’t have jobs, women are still not safe. Now they will vote based on seeing the work that we (AAP) have done after coming to power,” the 37-year-old Oxford graduate said. On reforms in government school education in Delhi, Atishi said when the AAP came to power, there were multiple gaps that had to be dealt with. “One was that of the basic infrastructure, whatever infrastructure was there was poorly maintained. There were some schools in east Delhi having over 150 students in one class and with such infrastructure deficiency there is no way you can provide high quality education,” she said. “I think all this shortage of infrastructure gave this message to the children that you are second class citizens and you don’t matter in this world and you are not going to make it anywhere,” Atishi said. The second major challenge was “lack of accountability” which, she claimed, is a “hallmark of a government system”. “I think changing that mindset was the biggest challenge. Everyone in this system used to believe that this system couldn’t work,” she said. “Teachers are same, schools are same, children are same but the fact that you have a government in power that is willing to improve, an intent to improve and that changed things,” she said. But she noted that Delhi’s higher education is still facing a crisis. “You have 2.5 lakh students passing out of class 12 every year in Delhi and that number is increasing. There are only one lakh seats in higher educational institutes for which children from across the country are seeking admission. So there is definitely a crisis,” she said. “Most of the children passing out of Delhi government schools do their undergraduation through correspondence and there are 28 colleges that are funded by the city government so at least 85 per cent seats should be reserved for children in Delhi as it is being run by their tax payers’ money,” she said. She lamented that the Centre opposes such a reservation in the universities in Delhi for local students but at the same time prohibits opening of new universities according to the Delhi University Act. “So where will the children of Delhi go,” she asked. “Once Delhi gets full statehood, this is a very big issue that would be solved. We would be able to give 85 per cent reservation to Delhiites in these colleges,” she said. She exuded confidence that the status, once granted to Delhi, will help expand higher education under the AAP dispensation. Atishi said women’s safety in the national capital is also one of the biggest agenda for this election. “We have shown that we can make government systems work. With full statehood, a transformation can also happen in the police system where there is a lack of accountability and complete statehood would bring that accountability,” she said.
Redshirt-sophomore wide receiver Michael Thomas (3), redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) and senior wide receiver Evan Spencer (6) celebarte during a game against Maryland on Oct. 4 in College Park, Md. OSU won, 52-24, before heading into a week off.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorWhen an athlete or a team is on a roll, they typically want to do anything they can to keep the momentum.One of the best ways to do that can be simply playing again as soon as possible, but the Ohio State football team didn’t have that opportunity coming off a 52-24 win against Maryland on Oct. 4. Now, the Buckeyes have to find some way to keep the gears spinning coming off a second bye week just five games into the season.After players spent their weekend off either with friends, family, coaches or even out of the country, coach Urban Meyer said it will be important to find a way to keep the team rolling.“We have to restake that momentum,” Meyer said Monday. “This is a little bit uncharted waters for myself to have this many bye weeks early in the season. We got to get ready to go.”OSU’s first week off came after a 66-0 trampling of Kent State at home on Sept. 13. The Buckeyes followed that break with another win against Cincinnati before topping the Terrapins.Meyer said the team has a “standard operating procedure” for how game weeks are run, but he added he’ll meet with the team to discuss how to keep the momentum coming out of a week off.“I’m going to talk to them like grown men, say this is where we’re at, this is what we have to do,” he said. “You’ve had three days off, let’s pick up and go.”Even before the weekend off, the Buckeyes had a lighter week of practice than normal, senior linebacker Curtis Grant said, but that doesn’t mean the team slacked off.“We had a great practice for those last three days, it was very intense,” Grant said Monday. “But coach Meyer gave us a little bit of leeway. He didn’t really kill us last week. So we’ll be ready for this week.”While the offense continued a successful run of games against Maryland, the Buckeyes entered the bye week coming off one of their best defensive performances of the season. Grant and the rest of the OSU defense held the Terrapins to just 66 yards rushing and 310 yards total, coming out to an average of 4.8 yards per play.Redshirt-sophomore safety Tyvis Powell said having an extra week off after a strong performance can have one of two outcomes — one good and one bad.“They way I see it could be good is if we basically pick up where we left off, we get that momentum going, it’s good to keep it going and keep playing and progressing,” he said Monday. “But if we come back this week and be lackadaisical because we had a week off, then I could see where it could be bad.”Powell went on to say he expects the good possibility to be the outcome for the Buckeyes as they set their sights on another Big Ten game this weekend.Even though it could stunt momentum, there could still be positives of having an extra week off during the season.Junior offensive lineman Taylor Decker said the bye week was a chance to work on getting healthy, but added he could’ve done with a little bit less time off.“It’s nice to get some rest on the bye week and get your body back, start feeling a little better than you have,” he said Monday. “But then you see the other teams playing and it’s fun being out there. Definitely better than sitting at home.”While the Buckeyes did practice a few times during the week, a weekend off gave the players a chance to do things along the lines of sitting at home and watching football for a change, instead of playing it.Powell said he spent most of his Saturday watching football, and did it away from anyone else from the program.“Everybody went they own separate ways,” he said.But some players still made sure to stay close to teammates — at least partially — over the weekend. Senior wide receiver Evan Spencer said he and others from his position group spent Saturday watching football at wide receivers coach Zach Smith’s house.“It’s always good to just watch some football, because that’s what I’ve done my whole life,” Spencer said.He still found some time for personal life, though, as he said his “girlfriend kind of took over my weekend.”“I met with her, met her brother, and brother’s wife and son, then we went out to one of her friend’s house, so it was an eventful weekend,” he said.But not every player on the team even felt the need to go back home or spend time at a coach’s residence.Take senior tight end Jeff Heuerman for example: “How’d I spend my bye week? Went to Mexico.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to return to the field on Saturday to face Rutgers at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m.
Mens basketball Ohio State wins final nonconference game against Miami 7259Mens basketball Ohio State wins final nonconference game against Miami 7259
Ohio State senior forward Jae’Sean Tate attacks the basket in the first half of the Buckeyes’ win against Miami on Dec. 30, 2017. Credit: Jacob Myers | Managing Editor for ContentEnding the nonconference schedule without a signature loss has proved as difficult as winning one of college basketball’s premier conferences the past two seasons for Ohio State.With a win against in-state opponent Miami (Ohio) Saturday, Chris Holtmann would finish his first nonconference schedule as the Buckeyes head coach without taking on substantial damage to its NCAA Tournament resume.Veterans Keita-Bates Diop, Kam Williams and Jae’Sean Tate didn’t allow the RedHawks (7-6) to ruin that narrative.Miami cut Ohio State’s 17-point, second-half lead to just five points in a little more than four minutes, but a 10-0 run with less than three minutes gave the Buckeyes (11-4) enough separation to finish upset-minded Miami, 72-59 in their final tuneup before 16 straight Big Ten games. Bates-Diop recorded 19 points and nine rebounds, guard C.J. Jackson, Williams and Tate finished with 16, 15 and 11 points, respectively.Ohio State accomplished its goal by ending the nonconference slate with a victory, but it wasn’t anywhere near the performance Holtmann envisioned.“We didn’t play with enough assertiveness,” Holtmann said. “I thought at times — more than at times — they were more physical than we were … I think we got to answer the bell better than we did today in terms of just playing with more physicality.”Leading by seven at the half, it seemed like just a matter of time before Ohio State began to run away with the game. It was quite the opposite.When Ohio State took its biggest lead of the game, Miami sophomore forward Bam Bowman, who entered the game averaging 4.8 points per game, hit three of his five triples to boost the RedHawks back into the game.Freshman Dalonte Brown made a layup with 6:03 remaining to cut the Miami deficit to just three. The next two possessions, Jackson and Williams hit back-to-back triples. Tate followed that up with a second-chance layup to give the Buckeyes a double-digit lead they would finally hold on to.There were certainly moments in the game Holtmann was recalling after the game when bringing up a lack of physicality, but the 10-0 stretch was identified as the moment Ohio State made winning plays.With five minutes remaining and Ohio State leading by six, Jackson rolled his ankle on a missed layup, creating a man-up transition opportunity for the RedHawks. Jackson hobbled back down to the weak-side of the floor and took a charge. Next possession, Jackson found Williams for a 3 that gave the Buckeyes a nine-point lead.“It was a really important play,” Holtmann said. “I’ve been on him, I’m on him a lot on those kind of things, but he’s really playing with a lot of confidence. He’s playing aggressively. He’s playing free and he’s making an impact on both ends.”Jackson had six assists to three turnovers Saturday as he continues to improve and gain confidence in the offense. But what Ohio State’s offense failed to do against Miami was put them away at the first chance.Even in the first half when Ohio State had a quick 5-0 run to lead by seven, Miami continued to trade buckets and keep the Buckeyes within arm’s reach.That’s a narrative that will have to change moving forward.“We just needed to get consistent stops,” Williams said. “We can’t trade baskets with anybody. Especially going into Big Ten play, you trade baskets, the next thing you know you’re down 20. We needed to nip that in the bud as soon as possible.”Notes:It was announced before the game that Tate had suffered a left shoulder sprain during practice Thursday and was questionable to play. Wearing a patch on his left shoulder, Tate remained in the starting lineup and played 28 minutes.The injury was unrelated to Tate’s past shoulder injuries, per a team spokesperson. Tate missed the remainder of his sophomore season after undergoing surgery on a torn labrum on the same shoulder in late February 2016.Holtmann said Tate was very limited in Friday’s practice and with the team having three days off for the holidays, Tate’s endurance has taken a hit.“I didn’t think he was in a very good rhythm. I didn’t think his conditioning was very good,” Holtmann said. “I just don’t know right now if he’s in a good-enough shape for him to play the way we want him to play, to be quite honest. It happens to anybody who’s been off, but he’s had more days off and he’s got to get in better shape.”Now, this isn’t a coach taking a shot at his senior leader. Holtmann has said before that Tate’s body is just prone to becoming out of shape quickly if he doesn’t have the constant stimulus of practice and games. The injury didn’t limit his range or the way he played the game, so it shouldn’t be a cause for concern. C.J. Jackson becoming reliable scorerBates-Diop has been the star on Ohio State’s team this year, which has diverted much of the attention away from Jackson who just scored double-digit points for the sixth time in the last seven games. With his 4-for-6 performance from 3 against Miami, Jackson is now shooting 43.8 percent from behind the arc.Bates-Diop shot just 6-of-18 overall and 0-for-6 from 3 Saturday. It’s likely he will have a few games like that moving forward in conference play, which is when Jackson’s contributions could be most important.Where does Ohio State stand?At 11-4, with two Big Ten wins and no signature losses, Ohio State is in a good spot for the only thing that matters in college basketball — the NCAA Tournament.“I look back at our nonconference as we complete it and I feel good about it,” Holtmann said. “Certainly there’s maybe one of two that we would’ve liked to win that particular game.”He will never discuss his team’s prospectus of making the tournament in late December, but he seems aware of areas the Buckeyes must improve on for the second half of the season.“Now the challenge is can we learn from some of these things where we have to get better,” he said. “Because if not, we’ll be in for a really, really challenging stretch.”
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Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel has lashed out against the “exceptionally harsh” treatment towards former teammate Joe HartThe duo were previously teammates at Manchester City before Schmeichel opted to leave for League Two side Notts County in 2009 after falling down the pecking order at Eastlands.Now it is Hart who has left City nine years later after being deemed surplus to requirements by Pep Guardiola and had been forced to spend the last two seasons on loan at Torino and West Ham United respectively before finally completing a permanent move on Tuesday to Burnley.Although Schmeichel feels that Guardiola never gave Hart a fair chance at the Etihad Stadium, he has tipped the England international to bounce back.“I’ve known Joe for a long time and I think he’s been exceptionally harshly treated in many respects,” the Dane told Sky Sports.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“Not just what happened at Man City, where I don’t think he was given a chance to prove what he could do, and then the whole England debacle I found that quite staggering at the time.“But for Joe, the important thing is to get home, stay living at home and get a bit of normality back into his life.“Two years of uncertainty is tough for anyone and having everyone call your ability into question is bound to be tough. But if there’s one thing I know about Joe then it’s his mentality, his strength of mind and if anyone can bounce back from that or come through that, it’s definitely him.”Hart made nearly 350 appearances for City and won the Premier League twice along with an FA Cup in his time at the club.
Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann has explained why he snubbed a move away from the club to join Barcelona this summer.The Frenchman was the subject of a transfer interest from the Catalan club this summer with many expecting him to make the move to the Camp Nou but the former Real Sociedad star announced he would be staying with the Los Colchoneros on the eve of this summer’s World Cup in Russia.Griezmann who was also linked with a move to Manchester United back in the summer of 2017 revealed to L’Equipe (h/t Sport’s Patricia Martinez), as quoted by Bleacher Report that is it “difficult to say no to teams like Barca” before giving his reasons for staying with Diego Simeone’s side:“When you’re shown love at home, you don’t go elsewhere. They did everything possible to make me feel good, including bringing in important players and building a great team. I feel like the base…or the most important piece of the puzzle, that is what made me stay.”Barcelona were keen to pay Griezmann’s €100 million release clause and bring him to the Camp Nou. The club had even reserved their No. 7 shirt for the 27-year-old, according to multiple reports in the Spanish press.Griezmann says stopping matches for anti-gay chanting is a “good thing” Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 France forward Antoine Griezmann supports the Ligue 1 compromise to stop matches if there are anti-gay chants coming out from the supporters’ groups.The World Cup winner has gone on to commit his future to Atletico by signing a new five-year deal which will keep him at the club until 2023.Barcelona still enjoyed a summer of spending and brought in Arthur, Clement Lenglet, Arturo Vidal and Malcom during the transfer window.Griezmann was voted the third best player at the just concluded FIFA World Cup after scoring three goals in France’s run to glory.