Which players could move in January in Premier League?

The start of January means diets, resolutions and, most importantly, the beginning of the winter transfer window.

Every Premier League side will have their own ideas of what they will do over the first month of 2018, whether that means incomings or outgoings as they tackle the second half of the season.

Sportsmail’s Simon Jones has put together a guide to what each top flight club might do in January. 

ARSENAL

Need: Winger, midfielder, defender

Targets: Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City), Thomas Lemar (Monaco), Nabil Fekir (Lyon), Leon Goretzka (Schalke)

Who could go? Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott (loan), Olivier Giroud, Mohamed Elneny (loan)

Budget: £70m

Arsenal could turn to Leicester's Riyad Mahrez as they look to bring in a winger in January

Arsenal could turn to Leicester's Riyad Mahrez as they look to bring in a winger in January

Arsenal could turn to Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez as they look to bring in a winger in January

BOURNEMOUTH

Need: Full back, forward

Targets: Omar Richards (Reading), Dujon Sterling (Chelsea), Theo Walcott (Arsenal, loan)

Who could go? Lewis Grabban, Benik Afobe, Harry Arter

Budget: £30m

BRIGHTON

Need: Striker, midfielder

Targets: Moussa Dembele (Celtic), Oumar Niasse (Everton), Ze Luis (Spartak Moscow), Josh Vela (Bolton)

Who could go? Jamie Murphy

Budget: £30m

Brighton - who want to sign a striker in January - could target Moussa Dembele of Celtic

Brighton - who want to sign a striker in January - could target Moussa Dembele of Celtic

Brighton – who want to sign a striker in January – could target Moussa Dembele of Celtic

BURNLEY

Need: Left wing, centre back

Targets: Aaron Lennon (Everton), Joe Worrall (Nottingham Forest), Jordan Jones (Kilmarnock), James McClean (WBA), Jozo Simunovic (Celtic)

Who could go? Nahki Wells

Budget: £20m

CHELSEA

Need: Left back, winger, striker

Targets: Alex Sandro (Juventus), Philipp Max (Augsburg), Ross Barkley (Everton), Thomas Lemar (Monaco), Yannick Carrasco (Atletico Madrid)

Who could go? Kenedy, Baba Rahman, David Luiz, Michy Batshuayi

Budget: £100m

Chelsea are still interested in signing Juventus's left back Alex Sandro in the winter window

Chelsea are still interested in signing Juventus's left back Alex Sandro in the winter window

Chelsea are still interested in signing Juventus’s left back Alex Sandro in the winter window

CRYSTAL PALACE

Need: Goalkeeper, left back, centre back, striker

Targets: Sam Johnstone (Man Utd), Thomas Holy (Gillingham), Bartosz Bialkowski (Ipswich), James McCarthy (Everton), Mohamed Elyounoussi (Basle), Khouma Babacar (Fiorentina)

Who could go? Jason Puncheon, Patrick van Aanholt, Scott Dann, Jordon Mutch

Budget: £40m

EVERTON

Need: left back, defensive midfield, striker

Targets: Cenk Tosun (Besiktas), Steven Nzonzi (Sevilla), Patrick van Aanholt (Crystal Palace), Adama Soumaoro (Lille), Aaron Cresswell (West Ham), Josh Earl (Preston)

Who could go? Oumar Niasse, Mo Besic, Ross Barkley, Kevin Mirallas

Budget: £70m

Everton are on the cusp of signing up Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun as they make January moves

Everton are on the cusp of signing up Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun as they make January moves

Everton are on the cusp of signing up Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun as they make January moves

HUDDERSFIELD TOWN

Need: Goalkeeper, full backs

Targets: Danny Ward (Liverpool, loan), Terence Kongolo (Monaco, loan), Joe Bryan (Bristol City)

Who could go? None

Budget: £20m

LEICESTER CITY

Need: Full back, attacking midfield

Targets: Andre Almeida (Benfica), Hatem Ben Arfa (PSG)

Who could go? Islam Slimani, Ahmed Musa, Leonardo Ulloa, Riyad Mahrez

Budget: £30m

Liverpool could make another move for Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar in January

Liverpool could make another move for Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar in January

Liverpool could make another move for Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar in January

LIVERPOOL

Need: Midfielder

Targets: Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (Lazio), Leon Goretzka (Schalke), Thomas Lemar (Monaco), Jean Seri (Nice)

Who could go? Divock Origi, Philippe Coutinho, Marko Grujic (loan), Harry Wilson (loan), Danny Ings (loan), Ben Woodburn (loan), Ovie Ejaria (loan), Lazar Markovic

Budget: £80m

MANCHESTER CITY

Need: Defender, defensive midfielder, striker

Targets: Inigo Martinez (Real Sociedad), Jonny Evans (West Brom), Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Julian Weigl (B Dortmund), Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)

Who could go? None

Budget: £90m

Jonny Evans is a target for Manchester City as they aim to buy another central defender

Jonny Evans is a target for Manchester City as they aim to buy another central defender

Jonny Evans is a target for Manchester City as they aim to buy another central defender

MANCHESTER UNITED

Need: Full backs, midfielder, winger

Targets: Danny Rose (Tottenham), Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham), Leon Goretzka (Schalke), Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (Lazio), Malcom (Bordeaux), Justin Kluivert (Ajax), Thomas Lemar (Monaco), Christian Pulisic (B Dortmund)

Who could go? Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Matteo Darmian

Budget: £80m plus sales

NEWCASTLE UNITED

Need: Left back, midfielder, striker

Targets: Kiko Casilla (Real Madrid), Kenedy (Chelsea), Danny Ings (Liverpool), Islam Slimani (Leicester), Theo Walcott (Arsenal)

Who could go? Aleksandar Mitrovic, Jonjo Shelvey, Jack Colback

Budget: £15m plus sales

Manchester United want full backs and one of the signings could be Tottenham's Danny Rose

Manchester United want full backs and one of the signings could be Tottenham's Danny Rose

Manchester United want full backs and one of the signings could be Tottenham’s Danny Rose

SOUTHAMPTON

Need: Centre back, striker

Targets: Jack Hendry (Dundee), Alfie Mawson (Swansea), Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham), Theo Walcott (Arsenal, loan), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Moussa Dembele (Celtic)

Who could go? Manolo Gabbiadini, Shane Long

Budget: £80m

STOKE CITY

Need: Right back, defensive midfield, striker, winger

Targets: Daniel Opare (Augsburg), Daniel Sturridge, Danny Ings (Liverpool), Etienne Capoue (Watford), Amin Younes (Ajax)

Who could go? Charlie Adam, Glen Johnson, Jese Rodriguez

Budget: £30m plus sales

Both Southampton and Stoke City could be interested in signing Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool

Both Southampton and Stoke City could be interested in signing Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool

Both Southampton and Stoke City could be interested in signing Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool

SWANSEA CITY

Need: Right-back, centre-back, striker

Targets: Kyle Walker-Peters (Tottenham), Andy Yiadom (Barnsley), Daniel Opare (Augsburg), Andre Ayew, Diafra Sakho (West Ham), Theo Walcott (Arsenal, loan)

Who could go? Alfie Mawson, Ki Sung Yueng

Budget: £25m

TOTTENHAM

Need: Left back, striker

Target: Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham), Luke Shaw (Man Utd), Malcom (Bordeaux), Jann-Fiete Arp (Hamburg), Gorka Guruzeta (Athletic Bilbao)

Who could go? Michel Vorm, Danny Rose, Georges-Kevin N’Koudou

Budget: £35m plus sales

Fulham wonderkid Ryan Sessegnon is being eyed up by Tottenham, who want a left back

Fulham wonderkid Ryan Sessegnon is being eyed up by Tottenham, who want a left back

Fulham wonderkid Ryan Sessegnon is being eyed up by Tottenham, who want a left back

WATFORD

Need: Goalkeeper, centre-back, midfielder, forward

Target: Pontus Dahlberg (IFK Gothenburg), Islam Slimani (Leicester City), Amin Younes (Ajax)

Who could go? Etienne Capoue, Troy Deeney

Budget: £40m plus sales

WEST BROM 

Need: Centre-back, full-back, midfielder, striker

Target: Ben Mee (Burnley), Glen Johnson (Stoke), Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle), Danny Ings (Lpool), Richmond Boakye (Red Star Belgrade)

Who could go? Jonny Evans, Jake Livermore

Budget: £30m plus sales

West Ham are expected to take an interest in Swansea defender Alfie Mawson (centre)

West Ham are expected to take an interest in Swansea defender Alfie Mawson (centre)

West Ham are expected to take an interest in Swansea defender Alfie Mawson (centre)

WEST HAM

Need: Defender, midfielder, striker

Target: Alfie Mawson (Swansea), Joe Allen (Stoke), Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal), Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle), Steven Nzonzi (Sevilla), Danny Ings (Liverpool), Andre Schurrle (B Dortmund), Fyodor Smolov (Krasnodar), Moussa Dembele (Celtic)

Who could go? Diafra Sakho, Andre Ayew, Andy Carroll

Budget: £30m plus sales 

Lucy Mecklenburgh joins Ryan Thomas’ family on New Year’s

She found love with Neighbours star Ryan Thomas on Bear Grylls’ Celebrity Island earlier this year. 

And Lucy Mecklenburgh proved her relationship was going from strength to strength as she joined his family in Manchester on Sunday.

The 26-year-old fitness fanatic looked effortlessly stylish in an embellished trench coat as she headed to a swanky restaurant for the New Year’s Eve celebrations.

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Loved up: Lucy Mecklenburgh proved her relationship was going from strength to strength as she joined his family in Manchester on Sunday

Loved up: Lucy Mecklenburgh proved her relationship was going from strength to strength as she joined his family in Manchester on Sunday

Loved up: Lucy Mecklenburgh proved her relationship was going from strength to strength as she joined his family in Manchester on Sunday

The former TOWIE star oozed confidence as she showed off her slender physique in skin-tight leather trousers, black knee high boots and an off-the-shoulder beaded jumper. 

Lucy appeared in high spirits, despite her 33-year-old boyfriend being absent from the evening’s festivities due to him starring in Peter Pan in Wales.

The Results With Lucy entrepreneur added a touch of glamour to her ensemble with a designer £2k Gucci bag. 

Happy family: Ryan's brother Adam, 29, beamed with happiness as he posed with his pregnant wife, Caroline and his three-year-old son Teddy

Happy family: Ryan's brother Adam, 29, beamed with happiness as he posed with his pregnant wife, Caroline and his three-year-old son Teddy

Happy family: Ryan’s brother Adam, 29, beamed with happiness as he posed with his pregnant wife, Caroline and his three-year-old son Teddy

Looking good: The 26-year-old fitness fanatic looked effortlessly glamorous in an embellished trench coat as she headed to a swanky restaurant for the New Year's Eve celebrations

Looking good: The 26-year-old fitness fanatic looked effortlessly glamorous in an embellished trench coat as she headed to a swanky restaurant for the New Year's Eve celebrations

Looking good: The 26-year-old fitness fanatic looked effortlessly glamorous in an embellished trench coat as she headed to a swanky restaurant for the New Year’s Eve celebrations

She accessorised the look with big pearl earrings and a gold watch.

The reality starlet styled her short brunette locks in loose waves and accentuated her model looks with dramatic eyelashes, glossy lips and bronzed cheeks. 

Lucy was joined by Ryan’s two brothers, Adam and Scott. 

Adam, 29, beamed with happiness as he posed with his pregnant wife, Caroline and his three-year-old son Teddy.

Stunner: The reality starlet styled her short brunette locks in loose waves and accentuated her model looks with dramatic eyelashes, glossy lips and bronzed cheeks

Stunner: The reality starlet styled her short brunette locks in loose waves and accentuated her model looks with dramatic eyelashes, glossy lips and bronzed cheeks

Stunner: The reality starlet styled her short brunette locks in loose waves and accentuated her model looks with dramatic eyelashes, glossy lips and bronzed cheeks

Baby number two: The Emmerdale star has plenty to celebrate, as he revealed he was expecting a girl in a cute Instagram video earlier this month

Baby number two: The Emmerdale star has plenty to celebrate, as he revealed he was expecting a girl in a cute Instagram video earlier this month

Baby number two: The Emmerdale star has plenty to celebrate, as he revealed he was expecting a girl in a cute Instagram video earlier this month

The Emmerdale star has plenty to celebrate, as he revealed he was expecting a girl in a cute Instagram video on Christmas Day.

The couple unveiled the news to their family by holding a black balloon, with Caroline popping it to reveal a mass of pink confetti. 

Meanwhile Adam’s twin Scott, who starred in Love Island in 2016, cut a dapper figure in a grey tartan scarf and tailored black coat. 

It's a GIRL! It comes after Adam and his wife Caroline took to Instagram on Christmas Day to reveal the gender of their baby

It's a GIRL! It comes after Adam and his wife Caroline took to Instagram on Christmas Day to reveal the gender of their baby

It’s a GIRL! It comes after Adam and his wife Caroline took to Instagram on Christmas Day to reveal the gender of their baby

Handsome: Meanwhile Adam's twin Scott, who starred in Love Island in 2016, cut a dapper figure in a grey tartan scarf and tailored black coat

Handsome: Meanwhile Adam's twin Scott, who starred in Love Island in 2016, cut a dapper figure in a grey tartan scarf and tailored black coat

Handsome: Meanwhile Adam’s twin Scott, who starred in Love Island in 2016, cut a dapper figure in a grey tartan scarf and tailored black coat

Celebrations: Inside the Smokehouse bar and restaurant, Lucy looked jubilant as she cosied up to Caroline

Celebrations: Inside the Smokehouse bar and restaurant, Lucy looked jubilant as she cosied up to Caroline

Celebrations: Inside the Smokehouse bar and restaurant, Lucy looked jubilant as she cosied up to Caroline

Inside the Smokehouse bar and restaurant, Lucy looked jubilant as she cosied up to Caroline. 

Her romance with Ryan began when they met on Bear Grylls’ Celebrity Island where they were in the midst of water shortages, extreme hunger and tropical storms.

After developing a strong bond on the survival show, the pair continued their romance on home turf.  

The pair got tongues wagging after they were seen posting holiday photographs from the same location on Instagram at the beginning of the summer, despite denying claims they were dating.

They were then pictured kissing at London City Airport and marked their first public outing as a couple at the Wimbledon men’s semi-finals earlier in July. 

Successful: Lucy Mecklenburgh has created a fitness empire from her incredibly toned physique

Successful: Lucy Mecklenburgh has created a fitness empire from her incredibly toned physique

Successful: Lucy Mecklenburgh has created a fitness empire from her incredibly toned physique

Lucy was introduced to Ryan’s eight-year-old daughter Scarlet whom he shares with former flame Tina O’Brien earlier this year.

Ryan found success with Coronation Street’s Jason Grimshaw for 16 years before leaving the show to seek other opportunities.

Ryan said: ‘I grew up watching Neighbours so to get the chance to join the cast is amazing. I was on holiday with my daughter when I got the phone call.’ 

Throes of love: The reality star visited her beau in Australia back in November after Ryan landed a role on Neighbours

Throes of love: The reality star visited her beau in Australia back in November after Ryan landed a role on Neighbours

Throes of love: The reality star visited her beau in Australia back in November after Ryan landed a role on Neighbours

Sweet: The couple appeared loved-up when Lucy flew over to see how Ryan had settled into his new role 

Sweet: The couple appeared loved-up when Lucy flew over to see how Ryan had settled into his new role 

Sweet: The couple appeared loved-up when Lucy flew over to see how Ryan had settled into his new role 

Iran protesters rally again, defying warning of crackdown

By Bozorgmehr Sharafedin

LONDON, Dec 31 (Reuters) – Anti-government protesters demonstrated in Iran on Sunday in defiance of a warning by authorities of a tough crackdown, extending for a fourth day one of the most audacious challenges to the clerical leadership since pro-reform unrest in 2009.

Giving his first public reaction to the protests, President Hassan Rouhani appealed for calm, saying Iranians had the right to protest and criticise the authorities.

But he warned, according to official media: “The government will show no tolerance for those who damage public properties, violate public order and create unrest in the society.”

Tens of thousands of people have protested across the country since Thursday against the Islamic Republic’s government and clerical elite.

Police in the centre of Tehran fired water cannon to try to disperse demonstrators, according to pictures on social media.

Demonstrations turned violent in Shahin Shahr in central Iran. Videos showed protesters attacking the police, turning over a car and setting it on fire. Reuters could not immediately verify the authenticity of the footage.

There were also reports of demonstrations in the western cities of Sanandaj and Kermanshah as well as Chabahar in the southeast and Ilam and Izeh in the southwest.

Demonstrators initially vented their anger over economic hardships and alleged corruption, but the protests took on a rare political dimension, with a growing number of people calling on Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to step down.

Iranian security forces appear to have shown restraint to avoid an escalation of the crisis. Two people have been killed and hundreds arrested.

The protests were the biggest since unrest in 2009 that followed the disputed re-election of then-President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Videos showed people in central Tehran chanting: “Down with the dictator!” in an apparent reference to Khamenei.

Protesters in Khorramabad in western Iran shouted: “Khamenei, shame on you, leave the country alone!”

The government said it would temporarily restrict access to the Telegram messaging app and Instagram, owned by Facebook Inc , state television said. There were also reports that mobile access to the internet was being blocked in some areas.

“Iran, the Number One State of Sponsored Terror with numerous violations of Human Rights occurring on an hourly basis, has now closed down the Internet so that peaceful demonstrators cannot communicate. Not good!” U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted on Sunday.

An Iranian reached by telephone, who asked not to be named, said there was a heavy presence of police and security forces in the heart of the capital.

“I saw a few young men being arrested and put into police van. They don’t let anyone assemble,” he said.

A video showed a protester being arrested by police while a crowd shouted: “Police, go and arrest the thieves!” in the northwestern city of Khoy.

In the western town of Takestan, demonstrators set ablaze a Shi’ite Muslim seminary and the offices of the local Friday prayers leader, state broadcaster IRIB’s website said. Police dispersed protesters, arresting some, ILNA news agency said.

BREAKING TABOO

Demonstrators also shouted: “Reza Shah, bless your soul.” Such calls are evidence of a deep level of anger and break a taboo. The king ruled Iran from 1925 to 1941 and his Pahlavi dynasty was overthrown in a revolution in 1979 by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the Islamic Republic’s first leader.

High prices, alleged corruption and mismanagement are fuelling the anger. Youth unemployment reached 28.8 percent this year.

Economic indexes have improved under Rouhani’s government and the economy is no longer in dire straits. But growth has been too slow for an overwhelmingly youthful population, far more interested in jobs and change than in the Islamist idealism and anti-Shah republicanism of the 1979 revolution.

The demonstrations are particularly troublesome for Rouhani’s government because he was elected on a promise to guarantee rights to freedom of expression and assembly.

His main achievement is a deal in 2015 with world powers that curbed Iran’s nuclear program in return for a lifting of most international sanctions. But it has yet to bring the economic benefits the government promised.

Ali Asghar Naserbakht, deputy governor of Tehran province, was quoted as saying by ILNA that 200 protesters had been arrested on Saturday.

‘CARRIED AWAY BY EMOTIONS’

Tehran prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi said some of those arrested had confessed “they were carried away by emotions and set fire to mosques and public buildings”, adding they would face severe punishment.

“After giving thousands of martyrs for the Revolution, the nation will not return to dark era of Pahlavi rule,” he said.

Police and Revolutionary Guards have in the past crushed unrest violently. The new protests could worry authorities more because they seem spontaneous and lack a clear leader.

Yet analysts say Iran’s leaders believe they can count on support from many of the generation that took part as youths in the 1979 revolution because of their ideological commitment and the economic gains they have made under the government.

In apparent response to the protests, the government backed down on plans to raise fuel prices, promised to increase cash handouts to the poor and create more jobs in coming years.

“We predict that at least 830,000 jobs will be created in the new year,” government spokesman Mohammad Baqer Nobakht said on state television on Saturday night. He gave no details. About 3.2 million Iranians are jobless.

Protesters also expressed anger over costly interventions in Syria and Iraq, where Iran is engaged in a proxy war for influence against regional rival Saudi Arabia.

Trump and Republican U.S. lawmakers offered implicit support on Sunday to the protesters.

“Big protests in Iran,” Trump said in a tweet. “The people are finally getting wise as to how their money and wealth is being stolen and squandered on terrorism.”

Rouhani said Trump had no right to sympathise with Iranians since he “called the Iranian nation terrorists a few months ago”.

Trump refused in October to certify that Tehran was complying with its 2015 nuclear deal and said he might terminate the accord. British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson tweeted it was vital that citizens have the right to demonstrate peacefully.

(Writing by Michael Georgy; Editing by Kevin Liffey and Peter Cooney)

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Trump again wishes his ‘enemies’ and ‘haters’ a happy 2018

At 5:18 p.m. EST, President Donald Trump dashed off what has become a holiday tradition – a tweet wishing his enemies a happy new year.

‘As our Country rapidly grows stronger and smarter, I want to wish all of my friends, supporters, enemies, haters, and even the very dishonest Fake News Media, a Happy and Healthy New Year,’ the president wrote. ‘2018 will be a great year for America!’ 

Trump-watchers have become accustomed to his holiday tweets, which in the past have targeted both ‘haters’ and ‘losers’ with greetings. 

President Trump gives a thumbs up from his motorcade as he travels between his Trump International Golf Club and Mar-a-Lago on New Year's Eve. On Sunday he wished his 'enemies' and 'haters' a good holiday 

President Trump gives a thumbs up from his motorcade as he travels between his Trump International Golf Club and Mar-a-Lago on New Year's Eve. On Sunday he wished his 'enemies' and 'haters' a good holiday 

President Trump gives a thumbs up from his motorcade as he travels between his Trump International Golf Club and Mar-a-Lago on New Year’s Eve. On Sunday he wished his ‘enemies’ and ‘haters’ a good holiday 

Like last year's greeting, President Trump again wished a 'Happy and Healthy New Year' to his 'enemies,' this year including the 'very dishonest Fake News Media' 

Like last year's greeting, President Trump again wished a 'Happy and Healthy New Year' to his 'enemies,' this year including the 'very dishonest Fake News Media' 

Like last year’s greeting, President Trump again wished a ‘Happy and Healthy New Year’ to his ‘enemies,’ this year including the ‘very dishonest Fake News Media’ 

Last year, President Trump only mentioned his enemies in his new year's tweet, which he sent out amid his presidential transition 

Last year, President Trump only mentioned his enemies in his new year's tweet, which he sent out amid his presidential transition 

Last year, President Trump only mentioned his enemies in his new year’s tweet, which he sent out amid his presidential transition 

He used similar language in 2013, wishing the 'haters' and the 'losers' a Happy Thanksgiving to all 

He used similar language in 2013, wishing the 'haters' and the 'losers' a Happy Thanksgiving to all 

He used similar language in 2013, wishing the ‘haters’ and the ‘losers’ a Happy Thanksgiving to all 

The most controversial tweet Trump sent out was one where he wished the 'haters and losers' best wishes on the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, in 2013 

The most controversial tweet Trump sent out was one where he wished the 'haters and losers' best wishes on the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, in 2013 

The most controversial tweet Trump sent out was one where he wished the ‘haters and losers’ best wishes on the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, in 2013 

Last year, he stuck with simply wishing his enemies a happy 2017, sending out the tweet amid a presidential transition.  

‘Happy New Year to all, including to my many enemies and those who have fought me and lost so badly they just don’t know what to do,’ Trump wrote. 

He finished the message by simply writing, ‘Love!’ 

In 2013, he sang a similar tune in a Thanksgiving tweet. 

‘Happy Thanksgiving to all–even the haters and losers!’ Trump wrote. 

His most controversial tweet with this theme, however, came earlier that year, when the then- businessman and reality TV star marked 9/11. 

‘I would like to extend my best wishes to all, even the haters and losers, on this special date, September 11th,’ he wrote. 

Before sending out his new year’s greeting, the president had spent his  last day of 2017 lunching with Florida Gov. Rick Scott at his Trump International Golf Club in nearby West Palm Beach. 

He took to Twitter several times heralding the ongoing protests in Iran, differentiating himself from his predecessor, President Obama, who had a low-key response to similar protest for fear that the Iranian government would react more extremely if demonstrators looked too U.S.-aligned.

Tonight the president will attend a glitzy New Year’s Eve party at his Palm Beach, Florida, property Mar-a-Lago. 

In the past the party has attracted celebrities like Sylvester Stallone, who attended the fete last year. 

Politico reported that the ticket prices have increased for the party this year, costing $600 for a dues-paying member and $750 for their guests. 

Last year they cost $525 for members and $575 for guests.   

Australia welcomes the first baby to be born in 2018

  • Australia has welcomed the first baby of the new year – a healthy baby boy
  • The new bub, who has yet to be named, weighs 4.15kgs and is 51.5cm long
  • The youngster was born at 1.20am at Sydney’s Westmead Hospital 

Nkayla Afshariyan For Daily Mail Australia

With a new year comes new life, as Australia welcomed the first baby of 2018 on Monday morning.

The healthy baby boy was born at Sydney’s Westmead Hospital at 1.20am on the first day of the new year.

While the bub has yet to be named, mother Sainzaya Enkhtaivan will no doubt be enjoying her first few hours with her precious bundle.

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Australia has welcomed the first baby of 2018 with a baby boy born at 1.20am on January 1 (pictured)

Australia has welcomed the first baby of 2018 with a baby boy born at 1.20am on January 1 (pictured)

Australia has welcomed the first baby of 2018 with a baby boy born at 1.20am on January 1 (pictured)

The healthy baby boy was born at Sydney's Westmead Hospital and has yet to be named

The healthy baby boy was born at Sydney's Westmead Hospital and has yet to be named

The healthy baby boy was born at Sydney’s Westmead Hospital and has yet to be named

The newborn was ‘a little bit big’, according to Sainzaya, weighing in at 4.15 kilograms.

At just 51.5cm long, the sleeping tot looked healthy as he nestled into his mother’s arms.

While her labor was ‘so long’, Sainzaya looked to be in good health and spirits after welcoming her second son into the world.  

Midwife Dr Hugh Porter said it was an ‘exciting time for everyone involved’ in welcoming the first baby into the new year.

The youngster was born just over an hour after Sydney rang in the new year with its spectacular firework display. 

The newborn was 'a little bit big', according to mum Sainzaya, weighing in at 4.15 kilograms

The newborn was 'a little bit big', according to mum Sainzaya, weighing in at 4.15 kilograms

The newborn was ‘a little bit big’, according to mum Sainzaya, weighing in at 4.15 kilograms

5 Colorado deputies shot, 1 fatally, in ‘ambush’ attack

DENVER (AP) – A man fired more than 100 rounds at sheriff’s deputies in Colorado early Sunday, killing one and injuring four others, before being fatally shot himself in what authorities called an ambush. Two civilians were also injured.

Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock said deputies came under fire almost immediately after entering a suburban Denver apartment and trying to talk with the suspect, who was holed up inside a bedroom.

“I do know that all of them were shot very, very quickly. They all went down almost within seconds of each other, so it was more of an ambush-type of attack on our officers,” Spurlock said. “He knew we were coming and we obviously let him know that we were there.”

An investigator heads to the scene of shooting Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Highlands Ranch, Colo. Authorities in Colorado say one deputy has died and multiple others were wounded, along with two civilians, in a shooting that followed a domestic disturbance in suburban Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

An investigator heads to the scene of shooting Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Highlands Ranch, Colo. Authorities in Colorado say one deputy has died and multiple others were wounded, along with two civilians, in a shooting that followed a domestic disturbance in suburban Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

An investigator heads to the scene of shooting Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Highlands Ranch, Colo. Authorities in Colorado say one deputy has died and multiple others were wounded, along with two civilians, in a shooting that followed a domestic disturbance in suburban Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

The wounded deputies tried to pull the fallen officer, identified as Zackari Parrish, out of the line of further gunfire but were unable to because of their own injuries and only managed to “crawl to safety,” Spurlock said.

The incident occurred around 5:15 a.m. at Copper Canyon Apartments, a landscaped apartment complex in Highland Ranch, 16 miles (28 kilometers) south of Denver. Authorities had left the home about four hours earlier to address a noise complaint but returned in response to reports of a disturbance at the home.

There were two men inside the home when deputies arrived and someone let them inside, Spurlock said. The disturbance was initially reported to be domestic but turned out to be noise-related, he said.

“The suspect was just making a ton of noise and annoying everyone around him,” Spurlock said.

Vira Cover, who lives in a building about 50 yards away from the shooting, was woken up by a phone call from her fiance, Steve Silknitter, who warned her about what was happening and urged her to stay inside. Soon afterward she said she heard about 15 to 20 very loud shots fired over about 30 seconds or a minute. She sat on the couch with her cats and called Silknitter back before turning on the television to try to find out more about what was happening.

“I couldn’t believe this was happening in our backyard,” she said.

Silknitter heard the shots fired too but from about a half mile away, stopped at a police roadblock as he tried to get back home from work. Then he said he saw police in tactical gear speed past him in a pickup truck.

Silknitter said he lived 2 miles away from the movie theater in Aurora, Colorado where 12 people were killed in a shooting in 2012. He said he never would have expected anything like this in his apartment complex, where the only noise you might normally hear is children running around upstairs.

“Where do I move to where I don’t have to worry about someone shooting us?” asked Silknitter, who is now considering getting a concealed weapons permit.

The suspect was well-known to authorities in the Denver area but had no criminal record, said Spurlock, who declined to name him until his identity was confirmed.

The sheriff did not release any details about the weapons and ammunition used except to say the suspect had a rifle. He also did not know if law enforcement had any prior knowledge of firearms being in the home but the possibility always weighs on deputies’ minds.

“We respond to every call anticipating that everyone has a gun. This is Colorado. Everybody has a gun,” Spurlock said.

Parrish, the slain officer, was 29 and a married father of two young children. He came to the department seven months ago after working as an officer for the nearby Castle Rock Police Department. Spurlock called him a “good kid” who was eager to work.

“His wife told me today that he loved this job more than he had loved any job he ever had,” the sheriff said.

Gov. John Hickenlooper ordered flags on all public buildings immediately lowered to half-staff until Tuesday evening in Parrish’s honor.

The three deputies and one police officer injured were listed in stable condition. Authorities identified them as deputies Michael Doyle, 28; Taylor Davis, 30; Jeffrey Pelle, 32; and Castle Rock police officer Tom O’Donnell, 41.

The two civilian injuries were not life-threatening.

Pelle is the son of Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle. The sheriff shared a picture of him and two other family members by his son’s hospital bed on his office Twitter account. All four, including Jeffrey Pelle, who underwent surgery, are smiling and giving a thumbs-up gesture.

President Donald Trump expressed sorrow, writing on Twitter, “My deepest condolences to the victims of the terrible shooting in Douglas County @dcsheriff, and their families. We love our police and law enforcement – God Bless them all!”

The shooting occurred on the final day of a year that saw the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history in Las Vegas.

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Spagat reported from San Diego.

A hearse, second in the procession, carries the body a sheriff's deputy shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Highlands Ranch, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

A hearse, second in the procession, carries the body a sheriff's deputy shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Highlands Ranch, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

A hearse, second in the procession, carries the body a sheriff’s deputy shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Highlands Ranch, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

An investigator heads to the scene of shooting Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Highlands Ranch, Colo. Authorities in Colorado say one deputy has died and multiple others were wounded, along with two civilians, in a shooting that followed a domestic disturbance in suburban Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

An investigator heads to the scene of shooting Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Highlands Ranch, Colo. Authorities in Colorado say one deputy has died and multiple others were wounded, along with two civilians, in a shooting that followed a domestic disturbance in suburban Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

An investigator heads to the scene of shooting Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Highlands Ranch, Colo. Authorities in Colorado say one deputy has died and multiple others were wounded, along with two civilians, in a shooting that followed a domestic disturbance in suburban Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

A long line of police vehicles stand on County Line Road near the scene of shooting Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Highlands Ranch, Colo. Authorities in Colorado say one deputy has died and multiple others were wounded, along with civilians, in a shooting that followed a domestic disturbance in suburban Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

A long line of police vehicles stand on County Line Road near the scene of shooting Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Highlands Ranch, Colo. Authorities in Colorado say one deputy has died and multiple others were wounded, along with civilians, in a shooting that followed a domestic disturbance in suburban Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

A long line of police vehicles stand on County Line Road near the scene of shooting Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Highlands Ranch, Colo. Authorities in Colorado say one deputy has died and multiple others were wounded, along with civilians, in a shooting that followed a domestic disturbance in suburban Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

An investigator heads to the scene of shooting Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Highlands Ranch, Colo. Authorities in Colorado say one deputy has died and multiple others were wounded, along with two civilians, in a shooting that followed a domestic disturbance in suburban Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

An investigator heads to the scene of shooting Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Highlands Ranch, Colo. Authorities in Colorado say one deputy has died and multiple others were wounded, along with two civilians, in a shooting that followed a domestic disturbance in suburban Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

An investigator heads to the scene of shooting Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Highlands Ranch, Colo. Authorities in Colorado say one deputy has died and multiple others were wounded, along with two civilians, in a shooting that followed a domestic disturbance in suburban Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

A sign expresses condolences for police officers Zack Parrish, who was killed in the line of duty Sunday morning, before an NFL football game between the Denver Broncos and the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney )

A sign expresses condolences for police officers Zack Parrish, who was killed in the line of duty Sunday morning, before an NFL football game between the Denver Broncos and the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney )

A sign expresses condolences for police officers Zack Parrish, who was killed in the line of duty Sunday morning, before an NFL football game between the Denver Broncos and the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney )

Police officers line up their patrol cars outside of Littleton Adventist Hospital for a procession honoring an officer who was fatally wounded in a domestic incident in a Highlands Ranch apartment complex on Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017. Multiple other police officers and civilians were also wounded. (John Leyba/The Denver Post via AP)

Police officers line up their patrol cars outside of Littleton Adventist Hospital for a procession honoring an officer who was fatally wounded in a domestic incident in a Highlands Ranch apartment complex on Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017. Multiple other police officers and civilians were also wounded. (John Leyba/The Denver Post via AP)

Police officers line up their patrol cars outside of Littleton Adventist Hospital for a procession honoring an officer who was fatally wounded in a domestic incident in a Highlands Ranch apartment complex on Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017. Multiple other police officers and civilians were also wounded. (John Leyba/The Denver Post via AP)

An unidentified couple carry an American flag to hang on the overpass of Colorado Boulevard over Highway C470 before a procession passes with the body of a sheriff's deputy shot and killed while responding to a call Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Highlands Ranch, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

An unidentified couple carry an American flag to hang on the overpass of Colorado Boulevard over Highway C470 before a procession passes with the body of a sheriff's deputy shot and killed while responding to a call Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Highlands Ranch, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

An unidentified couple carry an American flag to hang on the overpass of Colorado Boulevard over Highway C470 before a procession passes with the body of a sheriff’s deputy shot and killed while responding to a call Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Highlands Ranch, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

David Morgan of Highlands Ranch, Colo., holds an American flag as a procession of law enforcement vehicles accompany a hearse carrying the body of a sheriff's deputy shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Highlands Ranch, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

David Morgan of Highlands Ranch, Colo., holds an American flag as a procession of law enforcement vehicles accompany a hearse carrying the body of a sheriff's deputy shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Highlands Ranch, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

David Morgan of Highlands Ranch, Colo., holds an American flag as a procession of law enforcement vehicles accompany a hearse carrying the body of a sheriff’s deputy shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Highlands Ranch, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

David Morgan of Highlands Ranch, Colo., holds an American flag as a procession of law enforcement vehicles accompany a hearse carrying the body of a sheriff's deputy shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Highlands Ranch, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

David Morgan of Highlands Ranch, Colo., holds an American flag as a procession of law enforcement vehicles accompany a hearse carrying the body of a sheriff's deputy shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Highlands Ranch, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

David Morgan of Highlands Ranch, Colo., holds an American flag as a procession of law enforcement vehicles accompany a hearse carrying the body of a sheriff’s deputy shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Highlands Ranch, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

A hearse arrives at Littleton Hospital as officers from various police agencies line up for a procession for an officer who was fatally wounded in a domestic incident in a Highlands Ranch apartment complex in Denver, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017. Multiple other police officers and civilians were also wounded. (John Leyba/The Denver Post via AP)

A hearse arrives at Littleton Hospital as officers from various police agencies line up for a procession for an officer who was fatally wounded in a domestic incident in a Highlands Ranch apartment complex in Denver, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017. Multiple other police officers and civilians were also wounded. (John Leyba/The Denver Post via AP)

A hearse arrives at Littleton Hospital as officers from various police agencies line up for a procession for an officer who was fatally wounded in a domestic incident in a Highlands Ranch apartment complex in Denver, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017. Multiple other police officers and civilians were also wounded. (John Leyba/The Denver Post via AP)

Officers from various police agencies line up on W. Jamison ave in front of Littleton hospital as they wait for a procession honoring an officer who was fatally wounded in a domestic incident in a Highlands Ranch apartment complex on Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017. Multiple other police officers and civilians were also wounded. (John Leyba/The Denver Post via AP)

Officers from various police agencies line up on W. Jamison ave in front of Littleton hospital as they wait for a procession honoring an officer who was fatally wounded in a domestic incident in a Highlands Ranch apartment complex on Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017. Multiple other police officers and civilians were also wounded. (John Leyba/The Denver Post via AP)

Officers from various police agencies line up on W. Jamison ave in front of Littleton hospital as they wait for a procession honoring an officer who was fatally wounded in a domestic incident in a Highlands Ranch apartment complex on Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017. Multiple other police officers and civilians were also wounded. (John Leyba/The Denver Post via AP)

Police officers line up their patrol cars outside of Littleton Adventist Hospital for a procession honoring an officer who was fatally wounded in a domestic incident in a Highlands Ranch apartment complex on Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017. Multiple other police officers and civilians were also wounded. (John Leyba/The Denver Post via AP)

Police officers line up their patrol cars outside of Littleton Adventist Hospital for a procession honoring an officer who was fatally wounded in a domestic incident in a Highlands Ranch apartment complex on Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017. Multiple other police officers and civilians were also wounded. (John Leyba/The Denver Post via AP)

Police officers line up their patrol cars outside of Littleton Adventist Hospital for a procession honoring an officer who was fatally wounded in a domestic incident in a Highlands Ranch apartment complex on Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017. Multiple other police officers and civilians were also wounded. (John Leyba/The Denver Post via AP)

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Pagano fired by Colts after six seasons in Indianapolis

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Dec 31 (Reuters) – Chuck Pagano became the first National Football League head coach to be fired at the conclusion of the regular season on Sunday when the Indianapolis Colts announced they had parted company.

The 57-year-old, who had been in charge for six seasons, was widely expected to be sacked after the Colts posted a 4-12 record that ended with a 22-13 win over the Houston Texans.

“Chuck Pagano provided Colts fans with many exciting wins and memories as head coach of the Colts,” Colts Owner & CEO Jim Irsay said in a statement.

“Chuck’s first season was one of the more inspirational stories in NFL history as he courageously battled and overcame leukemia.

“We are thankful for Chuck’s contributions to our franchise and community.”

Pagano guided the Colts to a 56-46 overall record (including the postseason) after joining the team in 2012.

He led them to three consecutive 11-5 seasons and playoff appearances from 2012-14, which included the 2014 AFC Championship game.

But the team failed to compile a winning record the past three seasons as they were hampered by multiple injuries to quarterback Andrew Luck.

(Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; Editing by Greg Stutchbury)

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Stuart Armstrong hails performance of keeper Craig Gordon

No one expected Celtic’s best player in a home game against Rangers to be the goalkeeper.

Craig Gordon’s Parkhead highlights are rarely top of the bill. Praise, when it comes, is grudging and uttered through gritted teeth.

Some Celtic fans think his ball distribution isn’t good enough against opponents pressing harder than a PPI call.

Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon produced a fantastic display against Rangers

Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon produced a fantastic display against Rangers

Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon produced a fantastic display against Rangers

The loss of 12 goals in two games against PSG left others feeling a Champions League keeper should do a bit more to keep the score down. Yet there could be no quibbling over his contribution against Rangers.

But for two outstanding saves, one from James Tavernier, the other from Alfredo Morelos, Graeme Murty’s team would have won their first league game at Parkhead since 2010.

Failing to score for only the second time in 78 domestic games under Brendan Rodgers, the home team lost their way badly in a second half when Gordon came into his own.

Gordon got a left hand to the strike of James Tavernier to prevent Rangers from scoring

Gordon got a left hand to the strike of James Tavernier to prevent Rangers from scoring

Gordon got a left hand to the strike of James Tavernier to prevent Rangers from scoring

‘Both of Craig’s saves were terrific,’ acknowledged midfielder Stuart Armstrong afterwards. ‘At the time, I don’t know how he saved them.

‘He’s got that in him and he’s done fantastic to keep us in the game. If Rangers had scored, it would have been a big uphill climb, so he deserves praise.

‘Craig gets a lot of criticism, but when you are a goalkeeper or a defender and you make a mistake, it gets amplified.

‘There’s much more pressure than if you are an attacker and you make a mistake. In big times, he has come up with the goods for us. Craig has been fantastic.’

Wheeled out to speak to the Press on Friday, Gordon offered an observation. If Celtic played to their potential, he claimed, Rangers would be powerless to stop them.

That they did says two things. The Ibrox side not only played the high press with a tempo, concentration and intensity no one knew they had. Celtic were also as under the weather as Keith Richards on New Year’s Day.

Gordon also managed to save at point blank range from Rangers' Alfredo Morelos

Gordon also managed to save at point blank range from Rangers' Alfredo Morelos

Gordon also managed to save at point blank range from Rangers’ Alfredo Morelos

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Scott Brown bossed the midfield and Kristoffer Ajer came through his Old Firm debut unscathed.

In other areas of the pitch, Celtic’s big players performed like strangers cobbled together for a public park kickabout. No one more than Mikael Lustig.

Imprecise and slack in their passing, Rangers hounded them from the off. As in the 4-0 defeat to Hearts, the Parkhead side were dragged into a war of attrition.

Yet, in contrast with Tynecastle, they kept the back door closed and still crafted enough chances to have won the game by half-time.Armstrong teed up the best, on the stroke of half-time, for a confidence-shorn Scott Sinclair, a player now unrecognisable from last season’s model.

‘I thought first half we did quite well and created a number of chances,’ added Armstrong. ‘If we score, it changes the game completely and opens them up.

‘As the game went on, it turned more physical and more into an end-to-end basketball game.

‘We were a bit slow to get started in the second half and they had a number of chances, too.

‘So maybe a draw was a fair result. It was more frantic than usual in the second half.

‘Usually under pressure, we cope well and we play it out. But, with the type of game it was, it wasn’t as fluid as we would have liked and it did get more scrappy.’

Celtic expected to win the game. A 0-0 draw against a Rangers team beaten by Hamilton, Dundee, St Johnstone and Kilmarnock was never in the script.

It prompted rumblings of frustration amongst a Celtic support used to knocking down domestic opponents like skittles.

The draw felt like defeat. In reality it did Celtic no real harm. Eight points clear of second place Aberdeen, Saturday marked a fourth straight clean sheet since the 4-0 hammering from Hearts.

The 38th game of the season in all competitions, it was the 61st of 2017 and ended with an 11-point lead over their Glasgow neighbours intact. The Rangers players and support celebrated a point which offered some welcome respite from their off-field woes. But not a great deal else.

‘We wanted to win,’ said Armstrong. ‘We wanted to go into the break on the back of a good win and performance, but it’s been a long year for us with a lot of football.

‘It’s been one of the busiest seasons we have had. There was not much break in the summer and now we’re sitting here at new year looking back on all our achievements, so we should be happy and proud.

‘But the break is important, especially when you have been playing, playing and playing over back-to-back seasons with jaded legs and jaded minds.’

Armstrong hasn’t played in all 61 of Celtic’s games of 2017. Yet between club and country he has played in 54; over a game a week.

Tiredness alone can’t explain an awful second half from the home team. But with money to spend on new players and the benefit of a winter break, Rodgers believes his team will get better when the games ease up.

‘You could lose count of the competitions, the games, the travel,’ Armstrong admitted. ‘Sometimes it’s important not to forget the intensity of our schedule. So the rest will stand us in good stead going forward into the new year.

‘The break has come at a nice time, we have all played a lot of football. It will be good to let the mind and the legs recover.

‘I will take some rest, keep myself ticking over. When we head to Dubai, all the boys will be fresh there and look to get the fitness back.

‘Most of us only had a week and a half off last summer. That’s a lot of football when you are playing for a club like Celtic. So this gives us a chance to take a breath and re-energise.’ 

Guardiola demands referees give players more protection

Pep Guardiola pleaded with referees to get tough on dangerous tackling after Kevin De Bruyne was the victim of a dreadful lunge as Manchester City were held 0-0 at Crystal Palace.

De Bruyne was hurt following a challenge from Jason Puncheon while City also lost Gabriel Jesus and saw their 18 match-winning run end. Tearful Jesus limped off with a knee injury during the first half and could face several weeks on the sidelines. 

Referee Jonathan Moss only booked the Palace man, with both players carried off on stretchers. De Bruyne was later seen walking around the pitch as City medical experts waited to see if he could apply pressure to his leg.

Jason Puncheon brought Kevin De Bruyne's game to an end with a horror tackle late on

Jason Puncheon brought Kevin De Bruyne's game to an end with a horror tackle late on

Jason Puncheon brought Kevin De Bruyne’s game to an end with a horror tackle late on

Puncheon was booked for the tackle, but it could well have been a red - and injured both men

Puncheon was booked for the tackle, but it could well have been a red - and injured both men

Puncheon was booked for the tackle, but it could well have been a red – and injured both men

De Bruyne screams in pain on the Selhurst pitch, and was then taken off on a stretcher

De Bruyne screams in pain on the Selhurst pitch, and was then taken off on a stretcher

De Bruyne screams in pain on the Selhurst pitch, and was then taken off on a stretcher

City manager Pep Guardiola has demanded referees give players greater protection

City manager Pep Guardiola has demanded referees give players greater protection

City manager Pep Guardiola has demanded referees give players greater protection

He will probably miss the home match against Watford on Tuesday, although the injury is thought only to be a heavy blow.

Guardiola has pleaded with officials to take a harder line. During the 4-1 win over Tottenham, Dele Alli made a dreadful challenge on De Bruyne and in the 1-0 win at Newcastle, Jacob Murphy committed a poor foul on Ilkay Gundogan.

‘I admire the physicality of the league, but the referees have to protect the players,’ said Guardiola.

‘It is all I am asking. They know what they have to do. People focus on diving, this kind of thing. I know contact is more allowed here than any other country, which is OK.

‘But there are limits. We were lucky against Tottenham, with Kevin, we were lucky against Newcastle, Gundogan, today we will see what happens. Protect all the players, please, from situations that are dangerous.

Pep Guardiola said afterwards that City had been 'lucky', and he may not be out for months

Pep Guardiola said afterwards that City had been 'lucky', and he may not be out for months

Pep Guardiola said afterwards that City had been ‘lucky’, and he may not be out for months

De Bruyne did not look too pleased as medical staff helped him onto a stretcher on Sunday

De Bruyne did not look too pleased as medical staff helped him onto a stretcher on Sunday

De Bruyne did not look too pleased as medical staff helped him onto a stretcher on Sunday

After the match, De Bruyne was seen hobbling along the touchline with the help of staff

After the match, De Bruyne was seen hobbling along the touchline with the help of staff

After the match, De Bruyne was seen hobbling along the touchline with the help of staff

‘There is one line but where you go beyond it, that is dangerous. The referee has to follow the rules and protect the players. 

‘Football is faster and the players don’t want to hurt the opponent. But players could be out for a long time and they don’t deserve that.’

Palace manager Roy Hodgson said: ‘I’m here to talk about the 95 minutes of football, not the incidents you’ve probably seen 15 or 16 times. I was following the ball so didn’t pay the incident with Puncheon any heed.’

Guardiola also lost Gabriel Jesus to a knee injury and he left the pitch in tears. The manager confirmed he will be out for over a month. 

Puncheon also needed a stretcher afterwards, and the Palace captain could be out for a while

Puncheon also needed a stretcher afterwards, and the Palace captain could be out for a while

Puncheon also needed a stretcher afterwards, and the Palace captain could be out for a while

The pair were taken off simultaneously after the tackle - the third and fourth injuries of the tie

The pair were taken off simultaneously after the tackle - the third and fourth injuries of the tie

The pair were taken off simultaneously after the tackle – the third and fourth injuries of the tie

Hodgson, meanwhile, saw Scott Dann and Puncheon carried off — with both ironically unable to continue after fouling De Bruyne.

Jesus’s injury may persuade City to make the £25million bid in January that could prise Alexis Sanchez away from Arsenal.

But Guardiola said: ‘He is a player from Arsenal and I think he is going to stay at Arsenal. I have a lot of things in my mind. 

‘In two days, we have another game. In terms of what happens, we will have meetings and see what is best. But my feeling now is Alexis is an Arsenal player.’

Gabriel Jesus sustained an injury after slipping under pressure from Andros Townsend

Gabriel Jesus sustained an injury after slipping under pressure from Andros Townsend

Gabriel Jesus sustained an injury after slipping under pressure from Andros Townsend

Jesus was in discomfort but appeared to be refused physio treatment at first by Jon Moss

Jesus was in discomfort but appeared to be refused physio treatment at first by Jon Moss

Jesus was in discomfort but appeared to be refused physio treatment at first by Jon Moss

 

Falls Festival Tasmania: Second woman sexually assaulted

A second young woman has been sexually assaulted at the Falls Festival in Tasmania.

Police said the victim was given support after the assault in the camping area on Saturday evening, but she did not want authorities to formally investigate.

It comes after a 19-year-old woman was assaulted by a man during a set by The Jungle Giants at the Marion Bay musical festival on Friday night.

Detective Constable Damien McVilly said Tasmania police want to hear from two women who helped the victim leave the mosh pit after the assault.

A second young woman has been sexually assaulted at the Falls Festival in Tasmania. Pictured is the festival in Byron Bay

A second young woman has been sexually assaulted at the Falls Festival in Tasmania. Pictured is the festival in Byron Bay

A second young woman has been sexually assaulted at the Falls Festival in Tasmania. Pictured is the festival in Byron Bay

A teenager has reported being sexually assaulted in a music festival mosh pit, after the same event was marred by similar attacks last year (pictured is the Falls Festival)

A teenager has reported being sexually assaulted in a music festival mosh pit, after the same event was marred by similar attacks last year (pictured is the Falls Festival)

A teenager has reported being sexually assaulted in a music festival mosh pit, after the same event was marred by similar attacks last year (pictured is the Falls Festival)

The 19-year-old woman was allegedly assaulted by an unknown man during a set by The Jungle Giants (pictured) at the Marion Bay musical festival at 9:30pm on Friday

The 19-year-old woman was allegedly assaulted by an unknown man during a set by The Jungle Giants (pictured) at the Marion Bay musical festival at 9:30pm on Friday

The 19-year-old woman was allegedly assaulted by an unknown man during a set by The Jungle Giants (pictured) at the Marion Bay musical festival at 9:30pm on Friday

‘We want patrons to feel safe and enjoy the event so we urge anyone witnessing this kind of behaviour to report it immediately,’ he said, ABC News reported. 

‘Although the mosh pit itself is designed for close contact, any form of touching without the other person’s consent is not okay.’

He said police and event organisers condemned the behaviour, which came despite police warnings about a repeat of last year’s incidents.

At the 2016 Falls Festival three women reported being attacked – two said they were sexually assaulted in mosh pits, and one at the Marion Bay camping site.

Detective Constable Damien McVilly said Tasmania police want to hear from two women who helped the victim leave the mosh pit after the alleged assault (pictured is the Falls Festival)

Detective Constable Damien McVilly said Tasmania police want to hear from two women who helped the victim leave the mosh pit after the alleged assault (pictured is the Falls Festival)

Detective Constable Damien McVilly said Tasmania police want to hear from two women who helped the victim leave the mosh pit after the alleged assault (pictured is the Falls Festival)

At the 2016 Falls Festival three women reported being attacked - two said they were sexually assaulted in mosh pits, and one at the Marion Bay camping site (pictured is the Falls Festival)

At the 2016 Falls Festival three women reported being attacked - two said they were sexually assaulted in mosh pits, and one at the Marion Bay camping site (pictured is the Falls Festival)

At the 2016 Falls Festival three women reported being attacked – two said they were sexually assaulted in mosh pits, and one at the Marion Bay camping site (pictured is the Falls Festival)

Tasmania Police last week promised to have plain-clothed officers joining cops in uniform patrolling mosh pits to prevent attacks on women.

Stickers saying ‘Enjoy the festival, don’t assault anyone’ were seen at the festival, some stuck on the backs of toilet doors. 

Police urged anyone feeling isolated or unsafe to seek help from police or festival security staff.

Daily Mail Australia contacted Falls Festival for comment.

Tasmania Police last week promised to have plain-clothed officers joining cops in uniform patrolling mosh pits to prevent attacks on women (pictured is the Falls Festival)

Tasmania Police last week promised to have plain-clothed officers joining cops in uniform patrolling mosh pits to prevent attacks on women (pictured is the Falls Festival)

Tasmania Police last week promised to have plain-clothed officers joining cops in uniform patrolling mosh pits to prevent attacks on women (pictured is the Falls Festival)