Foxes snatch late winner from resolute Canaries

– By Ben Clarke

A late winner from substitute Leonardo Ulloa kept the Foxes top of the pile with Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester City hot on their tails.

Norwich City had been tough to break down and even had chances of their own until the 88th minute when Marc Albrighton put in a low cross, which left last seasons top scorer with a simple tap in.

The league leaders Leicester City made one change from the side that lost to Arsenal two weeks ago with Daniel Amartey replacing the suspended Danny Simpson, to make his debut.


City’s first attack came with Jamie Vardy who broke to the byline inside the box before finding Shinji Okazaki whose effort was blocked and cleared by Russell Martin.

The early pressure didn’t let up when Marc Albrighton’s cut back was turned agonisingly wide by Ryan Bennett.

26 minutes in and the first bit of magic from Mahrez who turned two defenders before his shot was blocked and teed up to Albirghton, from the ever impressive N’Golo Kante, who fired over.

Albrighton went close again when his in-swinging free kick found no one but went inches wide of the far hand post.

Norwich’s best chance of the half fell to Jerome who headed Robbie Brady’s corner just wide.

Half time 0-0

Mahrez provided a great bit of trickery early in the second half, drawing a foul from Bennett 25-yards-out and Danny Drinkwater’s lay off to Vardy was saved low by John Ruddy.

Two changes for the home side came with 20 minutes to go, with Okazaki and Kante being replaced by Andy King and Jeff Schlupp, who scored in the reverse fixture earlier this season.

77 minutes in came the Foxes last change with Leonardo Ulloa coming on for Amartey with the blues trying to press for the winner that would keep them top.

Redmond came close to nicking a lead for the Canaries in the 83rd minute when his long range effort flew narrowly past the right hand post.

On the 88th minute Leicester finally had their break through as a cutting low cross from Albrighton who put it on a plate for Leonardo Ulloa who tapped in from close range.

There was one late scare for the league leaders when substitute Patrick Bamford, on for Jerome, fired wide after Leicester failed to clear their lines.



Leicester City Vs Norwich City 27/02/16 3 pm k.o. 

Referee: Neil Swarbrick

Assistants: Scott Ledger and Harry Lennard

Fourth official: Stuart Atwell

Attendance: 32,114 (3,332 away)

Punishing racist Chelsea fans is not a black and white matter

Corum Franklin

Corum Franklin

By Andrew Clark

Racist Chelsea Football Club fans are not a product of the club, but an issue that should be dealt with by society, according to members of De Montfort University.
Supporters of the club were criticised for xenophobic chanting in Paris on Tuesday ahead of a Champions League game, when they prevented a black commuter from entering a train.
However, football fans and non-fans at DMU suggest that the club shouldn’t have to take as much responsibility as UEFA and society in general.
Kush Samaria

Kush Samaria

Corum Franklin, a 22-year-old drama studies student, said: “I don’t think it should be on the football club at all, it’s an issue of education; this isn’t a football problem, this is a culture problem.
“The fans don’t represent the team, they can’t help the type of fans they get.”
Zoe Van-de-Velde, an Art and Design teacher, said she believed Chelsea should not take as much responsibility as European law enforcement agencies.
She said: “I think they should be prosecuted. Obviously it’s illegal, because it’s discrimination.”
She also believes the punishment should not be restricted to the one fan stopping the black commuter from getting on the train.
Sam Tingley

Sam Tingley

“It goes beyond one person pushing another off a train, it’s a group mentality.”
Kush Sumaria, a 21-year old Manchester United fan believes the issue is a matter of disrespect beyond football hooligan culture.
He said: “Chelsea fans went there as guests and you can’t do that to the host country.”
He suggests that UEFA should be under more pressure than Chelsea FC, despite restrictions that prevent them from punishing fans’ misbehaviour outside of football stadiums.
“There’s the ‘Say No to Racism campaign’, so if they do stand by what they say, they should be kicked out by UEFA.”
Chelsea FC fan has also highlighted the hypocrisy of racist Chelsea fans.
Sam Tingley, a 22-year-old Business and Management student, said: “I saw the video and I was a bit disgusted to be honest.”

Leicester businesses fear demolished council buildings could implode trade


Nanabi Russell of A & B Cabs

By Andrew Clark

Businesses close to the demolished Leicester Council offices are concerned about how the landmark site will be developed in future.

In the aftermath of the two buildings’ destruction on Sunday, traders are worried the previous short-term loss of council workers could lead to a long-term business crash.

Alyson Mee, a shop assistant at The Bakery, said: “If you put student flats here, the businesses will go down here, as they’ve not got the money to keep local businesses going.

“We need something that is good for the economy and creates more jobs.”

She believes that replacing the council buildings with other types of offices will replace recently lost trade due to the council’s move away from the site.

Alyson said: “Putting offices in would attract more businesses – you’re going to get more workers who need feeding.”

Nanabi Russell, a book-keeper for A & B Cabs, shares Alyson’s philosophy.

Nanabi said: “Personally we don’t want to see another supermarket, not another high rise building such as flats.”

However, he disagrees that a lack of offices would be a problem, believing that food and drink outlets could attract more people from the city centre.

Nanabi said: “It would be nice to have an attraction to bring in people from outside, some coffee or wine bars, something different, as this side has no business at all. Something to benefit the whole of Leicester.”

Rita Vadoliya, a manager at an Independent corner store on Welford Road, agrees more could be done to bring in those from the Highcross area.

Rita said: “Something that entertains would bring the customers this side from the Highcross side, because the town centre is always busy on a weekend, but usually there aren’t many people on this side.”

Drawing in young people to the area should also be a priority according to the store manager.

Rita said: “It should be something to do with youngsters, although we’ve already got a gym on Welford Road.”

A Fairtrade event is set to appeal to young people

fair-trade-300x300By Nathan Rodrigues

A city eco-movement is targeting children through an activity day to raise awareness, at the end of the month.

Leicester Fairtrade group will have a variety of stalls and cupcake decorating for children at the event in St. Martin’s Square on Saturday February 28.

The founder of Just Fairtrade, Sarah Shepherd, explained that they are continuously organising events and activities to inform people about the work of Fairtrade.

She said: “Many young people get into it because they tend to understand the concept of justice, and things not being fair, and like the idea of Fairtrade in principle.” In addition to this cupcake stall, there will be short clips and videos shown which will focus on the stories of farmers and producers who are supported by the Fairtrade movement.

Ms Shepherd explained that such events and activities will inform people about the work and values of the movement, with the recent launch of an event to increase awareness.

She said: “At the moment, there is an organised trail, where people have to identify Fairtrade alphabet letters in different shops, that have been produced by children from different schools, and they have to fill in a form to enter a prize draw.”

Ms Shepherd has visited many schools to inform of them of the movement, and found that they appreciated the work that Fairtrade do.

The organisation is concerned with supporting famers and producers in developing parts of the world, to ensure that they are treated with respect and dignity, in the aspects of their wages and working conditions.

The Leicester Fairtrade group is keen to organise more events and set up stalls, and is targeting young people as well to get involved and back the cause.

For more information about the events or the work of Fairtrade, people can log onto or visit the Just Fairtrade shop on Silver Street, Leicester.

Students take up the call to vote in the DMU elections

By Connor Watson

DMU students have been described as extremely positive and active during the student union elections that end today.

From the polling staff to the actual candidates the participation by the entire university has been described as positive and a great experience to be around.

Jason Foreman, a candidate for the Deputy President, said: “The reaction has been almost totally positive.”

He said voters have been very keen to get involved and the fight between candidates has been constructive.

“The camaraderie from all the candidates has been great as well, we have all formed friendships and groups from the entire thing,” he added.

“You would expect a bit of tension but the support from everyone including the union staff has been nothing but great.”

The candidates have been canvasing the campus for over a week now with posters, stalls and even themselves going around and trying to drum up support.

The voting for elections ends tonight February 19 and the results will be announced tomorrow, February 20 at 3pm.

Sam Hilton, a Student Engagement Coordinator for the Student Union, said: “These students involved have been some of the nicest out of all the elections I’ve done.

“Even when they say no to wanting to vote they are incredibly polite about it.

“I’ve also seen lots of support in each other and all of the candidates seem to be willing to help each other out.”

Sam has been running a polling booth on campus for students to vote at and to listen to any queries and complaints about it.