Spurs’ terrifying walk through Red Star’s tunnel where armed cops stand guard

first_imgmost read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’NICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsLiverpool, European champions, headed there last season and crashed to a 2-0 defeat.Napoli were also held to a 0-0 draw in the same season.Mauricio Pochettino will be hoping his fragile side will not lose the mental battle before the physical one.5 Spurs players must walk down a larger tunnel before turning left at the gates ahead5 They then go down some stairs and through this narrow walkway with graffiti covering the walls as they walk onto the pitch5 When the players arrive they are greeted to a massively hostile atmosphereRed Star Belgrade fans make it into the Tottenham Hotspur stadium despite being banned by UEFA for racist chanting TOTTENHAM will enter one of the most intimidating player tunnels in football when they line up to face Red Star Belgrade tomorrow.Struggling Spurs are desperate for three crucial points as they currently sit just one point above their Serbian opponents in Group B.5 Riot cops line the walls to intimidate opponents as they emerge from the dressing rooms5 It takes over a minute to walk through Red Star Belgrade’s tunnelBut they will need to contend with Red Star’s incredible intimidation tactics before heading for war on the field.The walk from the dressing room to the field takes over a minute and they will be greeted by a concrete tunnel that looks more like a WWII bomb shelter.Harry Kane and Co will then need to walk past lines of riot cops dressed in full gear.Chants from the unnerving home support echoes through the tunnels at the Rajko Mitic Stadium – nicknamed the Marakana.Graffiti is scribbled all over the walls – a far cry from the brand new £1bn luxurious stadium Spurs moved into at the end of last season.There’s no heated seats, microbrewery’s or USB ports under seats in sight as Spurs’ journey to the pitch takes them to a locked gated entrance that gives them a glimpse of the cauldron they are about to enter.The players then take a left turn and head down some steps where words are scribbled on the walls and a star painted on the wall – that symbolised Serbian nationalism within old Yugoslavia.More riot cops line the steps before the players eventually emerge onto the pitch greeted by flares and fireworks set off by the home crowd.Rajko Mitic Stadium holds 55,000 fans and remains one of the most hostile stadiums in football.last_img read more

Torus Housing awards 31 pay rise for 700 staff

first_imgHousing group organisation Torus Housing has awarded a 3.1% pay increase to 700 employees.The pay rise, which has been agreed with trade union Unison, will be effective from July 2018 and will be backdated to April 2018.The pay increase follows a previous pay offer of a 2% pay rise, which was rejected by Unison members who work as administrators, customer service advisers, housing officers and in maintenance at the Warrington and St Helens-based organisation. Unison members voted to take industrial action over the 2% pay increase offer.Dan Smith, north west regional organiser at Unison, said: “This is a good outcome for all concerned and shows the value of staff standing together. After years of falling living standards, this pay rise should come close to matching price rises. Staff only got 1.5% last year, and at long last the tide has now turned on pay.“Torus is a cash-rich organisation and we will be putting a strong case for a significant real wage rise next year. Torus has set a new benchmark for the sector, which we expect others to follow. Housing associations are important organisations in our communities and they have a responsibility to be good employers.“[The organisation] should be paying all [its] staff, not just their top executives, decent pay rises each year.”Caroline King, group head, brand and communications at Torus, said: “Following extensive negotiations and a recent consultative ballot, Unison and Unite members working at north-west housing group Torus have accepted a final pay award of 3.1%. This is 1.1% in addition to a 2% pay award that had already been agreed for 2018/19. Torus is pleased that this matter has now been resolved and that industrial action which would have impacted on key customer services has been avoided.“last_img read more