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Two title matches announced for next week's AEW Dynamite

The March 9 episode of AEW Dynamite was lost at Hertz Arena in Fort Myers, Florida. Today's Wednesday Night Dynamite was Jeff's debut (Author: Gardener)

AEW DynamiteThe March 9 episode of AEW Dynamite was lost at Hertz Arena in Fort Myers, Florida. Tonight's Wednesday Night Dynamite was the debut of Jeff Hardy, who reunited with his brother Matt Hardy during the A. Watch our full coverage of AEW Dynamite Championship Game. Thunder Rosa faced "Legit" Leyla Hirsch in the AEW Women's World Championship Eliminator while Sammy Guevara defended his title against Scorpio Sky. AEW announced two major title fights for the next installment of Dynamite. In one of the matches, Thunder Rosa will have her title fight against AEW Women's Champion Dr. Got Britt Baker in a steel cage. Rosa has home field advantage ahead of the game as Dynamite takes place in San Antonio next Wednesday. Newly crowned AEW TNT Champion Scorpio Sky will defend his title against Face of the Revolution Ranked Match Champion Wardlow. Sky defeated Guevara after a hard fought bout, but will he retain his title in his first defense against Mr Mayhem himself? AEW World Champion “Hangman” Adam Page will be back in action next week. Page will join reigning AEW tag champions The Jurassic Express (Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus) in a six-man tag team match.

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Former longtime WWE employee visits AEW Dynamite for his first fan autograph session

Former WWE Ring Announcer Tony Chimel was in attendance Wednesday at the AEW Dynamite from Hertz Arena in Estero, Fla. (Author: Gardener)

AEW DynamiteFormer WWE Ring Announcer Tony Chimel was in attendance Wednesday at the AEW Dynamite from Hertz Arena in Estero, Fla. As seen in the tweet below, Dr. Michael Sampson, who worked with Chimel in WWE for years, took to Twitter and revealed that Chimel had traveled to Dynamite. “You never know who will show up with #AEWDyanmite. So good to catch up with @TheTonyChimel. He's a good friend, terrific announcer, driving partner in a past life, and most of all... the patient. @AEW @AEWonTV #aewDOctor," Sampson wrote with a photo of him and Chimel. Chimel responded to the tweet, writing, "Nice to see you all too!!!! Chimel has had his Twitter account for several years, but he only started posting more in December and now thanks one person every day, everyone from wrestlers to WWE officials to crew members behind the scenes and some non-wrestler people. Chimel also signed his first ever autograph event last Saturday at The Big Event in Queens, NY. In a later tweet, he explained that he signed the photos "83/38," representing the year he joined WWE in 1983 and the number of years he spent in WWE, 38. He wrote: "For those who got my autograph yesterday, thank you. WWE released Chimel on November 9, 2020 along with other budget cuts. He had been with the company since 1983, most notably starting in 1999 as a ring announcer for the SmackDown brand. Chimel transitioned into a behind-the-scenes role in recent years, working as a production manager and overseeing the WWE ring crew. Chimel can be booked through [email protected]. It is not known if Chimel is speaking to AEW, but we will keep you informed. You can see the related tweets below: Had a great time in NY today. Thanks to all fans who got an autograph photo or picture or were announced as a super star. Nice to see @RealJeffJarrett and many others at Bigeventny yesterday. Great time https://t.co/OU2eRgpLpN For those who got my autograph yesterday, thanks. These numbers are significant because 83 was the year I started in WWE and 38 is the number of years I have been in WWE! These numbers are significant because 83 was the year I started in WWE and 38 is the number of years I have been in WWE! @DocSampson13 @AEW @AEWonTV Nice to see you all too!!!! You never know who's gonna show up #AEWDyanmite So good to get in touch with @TheTonyChimel He's a fan of the "ish" by the way. He's a fan of the "ish" by the way. @AEW @AEWonTV #aewDOctor https://t.co/CcKFk2ITRP Send it to [email protected]Previous ** SPOILERS ** AEW Rampage Tapings For This Week

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FTR fires Tully Blanchard as their manager at tonight's AEW Dynamite

At AEW Dynamite tonight, a backstage segment interviewed FTR and Tully Blanchard after losing two straight tag team battle royales to become AEW Tag Team Champions again. Dax Harwood says they always want to be the tag team champions, but in this case he feels like he […] (Author: Gardener)

Tully BlanchardAt AEW Dynamite tonight, a backstage segment interviewed FTR and Tully Blanchard after losing two straight tag team battle royales to become AEW Tag Team Champions again. Dax Harwood says they always want to be the tag team champion, but in this case he feels he has to prove himself as a man for his family. That being said, for now he wants to focus on taking down reDRagon and The Young Bucks. That seemed to displease Tully Blanchard, as he pointed out that the only reason he's managing them is to chase down the AEW Tag Team Championships. He said he understands the family but the titles are what they need to keep in mind. The argument got so heated it almost seemed like Dax and Tully were going to have a fight. That's when Cash Wheeler interjected and said to Tully, "You know what, this is about family and you don't belong. You're fired." Tully has managed FTR in All Elite Wrestling since the summer of 2020. In the months that followed, they would win the AEW Tag Team Titles and become the first team in history to combine both the WWE and AEW Championship held. You can follow our full AEW Dynamite coverage at this link! You can see the full segment below:[email protected] doesn't appear to be part of the #FTR plan going forward!

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Jeff Hardy makes AEW Dynamite debut

After months of speculation, Jeff Hardy has finally arrived at Wednesday Night Dynamite. The Charismatic Enigma made its much-anticipated debut on (Author: Gardener)

Jeff HardyAfter months of speculation, Jeff Hardy has finally arrived at Wednesday Night Dynamite. Click here for our full coverage of AEW Dynamite. Jeff appeared during the segment of the A.H.F.O (Andrade and Hardy Family Office) board meeting to help his brother who was being crushed by Andrade and the private party. Sting and Darby Allin also ran downstairs to save, but Jeff was the icing on the cake to outperform the Babyfaces. Jeff's debut was teased by his brother and AEW star Matt Hardy this week. AEW star Brian Pillman Jr. accidentally spilled the tea at Jeff Hardy's debut earlier in the day. It was reported earlier in the day that AEW was in talks to license the Hardy Boyz theme song to be used in WWE. Fans remember "Loaded" as the song that would take Hardy Boyz to the ring, and in a pretty great way too. "Fightful has learned that there have been requests to license the Hardy Boyz theme most closely associated with the duo. The song "Loaded" does not actually belong to WWE, although it has been used for Matt and Jeff Hardy for over two decades. Produced by Zack Tempest, it actually appeared in Spike TV, commercials and other things. Additionally, Tempest produced the Holly Cousins ​​theme, which was used in a similar fashion. The return of the theme was part of Jeff Hardy's negotiations to renew his contract there, and the song returned in 2021. "Modest" was used by Hardy during his TNA wrestling streak and belongs to him, as does the song "Obsolete". . Jeff debuted at Dynamite after his non-competition ban expired. We'll have to wait and see what's in store for Jeff now that he's finally with AEW.

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Winners, grades, reactions and highlights from March 9th

On the heels of an explosive pay-per-view revolution that includes a successful world title defense by "Hangman" Adam Page, a brutal dog collar match between CM Punk and MJF, an outbreak... (Author: Gardener)

March 9thOn the heels of an explosive Revolution pay-per-view that included a successful world title defense by "Hangman" Adam Page, a brutal dog collar fight between CM Punk and MJF, a breakout night for Wardlow and the debuts of Sean "Swerve" and Strickland William Regal, AEW Dynamite, hit the TBS airwaves with another packed show. What happened in the aftermath of the extravaganza and was Sammy Guevara able to successfully defend his TNT Championship in the night's main event? Find out now with this recap of the March 9 broadcast. Jon Moxley and Bryan Danielson vs. The Workhorsemen (Anthony Henry and JD Drake) Chris Jericho opened Wednesday's show by finishing his match with Eddie Kingston at Revolution. He said it awakened something in him that he thought had gone but admitted his frustration when he refused to shake Kingston's hand as per his pre-game promise. He then asked Jericho what haunted him and prevented him from shaking hands with Revolution. Jericho admitted he was wrong and shook Kingston's hand in time for 2 points and Daniel Garcia to attack. Santana and Ortiz stormed into the ring, making the save, only for Jericho to attack his Inner Circle teammates with a baseball bat. Jake Hager arrived, questioning Jericho's actions before showing his true colors and joining the attack. Jericho added a punch to Kingston's head and Hager drove him through the ringside timekeeper's table. The selfish demo god introduced fans to the Jericho Appreciation Society to wrap up the segment. Kingston's rawness and genuineness will always endear him to audiences and is a big reason he's been as successful as he is here on AEW. The emotion he showed when he spoke about the fans that made him show up on Revolution is something that can't be fabricated or scripted and gives his promos a certain seriousness. The biggest realization, of course, is the founding of the Jericho Appreciation Society and what appears to be the conclusion of the Inner Circle. At least for now. Jericho turning heel could be seen from a mile away but the partnership between 2point0 and Daniel Garcia was a nice twist. Hager probably didn't need to be involved, but it keeps him involved and presents a numerical disadvantage for Kingston, Santana and Ortiz to overcome. Don't be surprised if they do so with the help of Sammy Guevara, who was conspicuous by his absence here. Fresh from a successful defense of his AEW Championship against Adam Cole at Revolution, "Hangman" Adam Cole again risked the company's top prize, defending against Top Flight's Dante Martin. Page overcame a valiant effort from Martin, shrugging off a series of reversals and counterattacks late before upending the 2021 breakout star with the buckshot lariat for the win and successful title defense. Tony Schiavone stepped into the ring for a promo after the win. Page called Martin back into the match, showing him respect for his rise as a singles wrestler and the fight he just gave the world champion. Adam Cole interrupted proceedings, calling Page's victory at Revolution a stroke of luck. Cole challenged a six-man tag team match and teased partners who know Page better than he knows himself. The heel said he won't stop until he wins the world title. The match between Page and Martin looked damn good on paper and while it was a bit too short to show its full potential, it was a fun championship fight that showed how far the challenger has come and gave the champion another quality win in a bunch of bestowed on you. The six-man tag match on next week's show is interesting because Cole could be referring to The Young Bucks, Red Dragon, or even a potential move from Dark Order, who dimmed their stars after Page's win. The mystery surrounding Cole's partner is a nice hook for the next few days, although the most likely scenario is Matt and Nick Jackson joining their former Bullet Club teammate for the match. Jon Moxley and Bryan Danielson vs. JD Drake and Anthony Henry Revolution, Jon Moxley and Bryan Danielson, led by William Regal, reunited to battle JD Drake and Anthony Henry of The Workhorsemen Rake and Henry with their signature physicality and intensity. Moxley paradigm shifted Henry to the arena floor while The American Dragon stomped Drake in the face and knocked him to the LeBell Lock. Tony Schiavone stepped into the ring for a promo on the winners and Regal. Regal admitted that he knows he's not long in this world. Through tears, he thanked Schiavone for helping him when he first arrived in the United States. He credited Danielson for joining AEW and making him the perfect wrestler Quality ass kicks from Moxley and Danielson looking absolutely unbeatable. The Regal promo ran a bit long but expressed the same emotions as Kingston earlier in the night and immediately grabbed the audience's attention. His gratitude to Schiavone made for a sweet moment, while his ominous threat to the tag division made for a big exclamation point for the segment. Moxley and Danielson are an amazing team with a lot of potential to be successful in the tag team division, but also self-destruct. Regal's role with the tandem and his ability to keep her focused will ultimately determine her success. In a standby match announced after Page vs. Martin did not play the full 60 minutes, Death Triangles Pac took on Best Friends' Wheeler Yuta. The Bastard dominated the action, but Yuta seemed poised to make a comeback after a commercial break. A superplex knocked the fight out of Wheeler and The Brutalizer gave Pac the submission win. Pac is on a different level than Yuta and was presented as such. As one of the main competitors on the AEW list for much of his time with the company, it made perfect sense that Pac would roll to victory here. This was mostly plot-devoid and sold the idea that it was a late addition to the map after the Worlds match didn't use up its allotted time. That there was such a match is a testament to the real sports feel the company tries to convey at shows. Matt Hardy and Andrade met in the center of the ring, flanked by Private Party, The Butcher and The Blade, for a special emergency board meeting of HFO. Hardy apologized for mistreating Isiah Kassidy and Marq Quen and admitted that he turns into an asshole every time he puts on a suit. The face-painted babyfaces took the fight to their heels, only to find themselves at the bottom of a decline. Set to the legendary Hardy Boyz theme song, Jeff Hardy made his AEW debut by storming the ring and saving for his brother, childhood hero and fellow North Carolina native. Jeff Hardy arriving on stage complete with Hardy Boyz music was a great moment. Their reunion should lead to some truly epic encounters in AEW and some dreamy matches. That being said, this felt beyond rushed narratively. The timing of Jeff's arrival required it, of course, but it was known he was coming and when. Instead of rushing things and wrapping them up in a way that feels rushed and unprepared, why not write the feud out for a more logical and timely conclusion? Still, it was a cool moment that brought Jeff into the herd, and an above-average mark based on his much-anticipated debut with The Salt of the Earth would allow him to get a foot in the door and some money to help his family support. His sole focus is the TNT Championship, and now AEW is Wardlow's world. Raise your hand if you thought Wardlow was as articulate and as powerful an advertiser as he is. The big man was absolutely impressive here and exceeded all expectations. He clipped a promo that kept fans engaged and, more importantly, invested. They hung on his words and banged when he mentioned winning the TNT Championship. For a man who has spent his entire career up to this point as a silent assassin for MJF and The Pinnacle, this was a great breakthrough moment and one that will be looked back to if and when he finally peaks the AEW as World Champion. mountain reached.

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Kylian Mbappe, Mohamed Salah, Erling Haaland are vying to usurp Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the world's best

Who is the world's best player? I think the toss-up for me would be between Mohamed Salah and Kylian Mbappe, says Jamie Carragher; There's no doubt Salah is world class but Mbappe has something different, says Gary Neville (Author: Gardener)

Mohamed SalahLionel Messi returns to Spain on Wednesday when Paris Saint-Germain take on Real Madrid at the Bernabeu, the scene of some of the most iconic performances of his incredible career before trading Barcelona for Paris. But at 34, a player who has dominated the sport alongside Cristiano Ronaldo for well over a decade is returning to the Spanish capital after scoring just seven goals in 24 games for PSG this season. It was Kylian Mbappe, Messi's PSG team-mate, whose stunning goal gave the French giants their first-leg advantage at the Parc des Princes, and the 23-year-old isn't the only player now trying to usurp Messi and Ronaldo at the pinnacle of the world game. With Mohamed Salah, Erling Haaland, Robert Lewandowski and Neymar also in contention for the title of World's Best, are we entering a new era in the battle for football's biggest individual prizes? "I think we're already in that era now," says Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher. "Messi won the last Ballon d'Or but I think this will be the last time Messi or Ronaldo accept this trophy. Players in the world would sign it if they could only choose one, no one would say Messi or Ronaldo, they would probably say Mbappe, Haaland, Salah, Lewandowski. "They would name players other than Ronaldo and Messi and that's the clearest sign that these two are still at the highest level but are falling from their previous level. They're not the best players anymore." of the world." Anyone who saw one of Lionel Messi's assists in Paris Saint-Germain's 3-1 win over St Etienne at the Parc des Princes will know that the old magic is still there. Those moments of Inspiration led him to 10 assists in Ligue 1 this season, the second-best in the league, but in terms of goals his performance has fallen dramatically for the first time in his career.The Champions League has made five out of six games but only two of 17 Ligue 1. For a player who has averaged more than 30 league games per season at Barcelona alone, that's uncharted territory: "It was always much more difficult," says Carragher.We saw the scenes when he left the club and I think we were all sad to see that.” He had a brilliant s in his last season at Barcelona, ​​with the numbers you would always expect from him, but at Paris Saint-Germain it has it for him not quite clicked, maybe from a re ie of reasons. "There are so many star players there who really want to be the captain and possibly one who will take that mantle in Mbappe." Mbappe is enjoying a spectacular season at PSG, providing Messi's 10 assists in Ligue 1 in total and scoring 14 goals himself, including two in the recent win against St Etienne. It was in the Champions League, however, that he shone brightest, contributing four goals and four assists in the group stage before scoring a sensational solo winner in the first leg of the Round of 16 against Real Madrid, the club keen to sign him this summer. Carragher described Salah as the best player in the world in October after his superb performance in Liverpool's 2-2 draw with Manchester City at Anfield, but he sees Mbappe as the Egyptian's main rival for the crown. "I think the choice for me would be between Mohamed Salah and Kylian Mbappe," he says. "They would be the two who would divide people now the way Messi and Ronaldo have divided people for so many years which is currently the best league in the world just goes to show how far he is ahead of everyone else in the Premier League. "With Mbappe we see the French league is a step down but what he did in the Champions League, his performance against Real Madrid in the first leg just tells you how special this guy is." be interesting to see where he plays his football next season.” One advantage Mbappe has over Salah is his age. The Frenchman is six years younger at 23 but is dominating the game in the same way Messi and Ronaldo could be, according to Carragher: "I think it's going to be very difficult for anyone to dominate like Messi and Ronaldo have done for so long. It's not that those players don't have the ability, it's just that in four or five years someone else can come and take their mantle. "There's always great players coming and that Ronaldo and Delaying Messi in this competition for so long just shows how far ahead they were." While Carragher is torn between Salah and Mbappe, Neville believes the Frenchman has the edge. "Early on in the season, Salah was intermittent at a level that was the best in the world and he still could be," he says. "But if you told me I could sign a player for Manchester United tomorrow, I probably would I still decide Mbappe or Haaland over Salah.” the ability to be something special that is out of this world. "Salah is world class, no doubt, but Mbappe has something else, that edge, something that's so good it could make him one of the real greats." He adds: "In terms of excitement, thrill, speed, Mbappe is absolutely sensational. "He reminds me of Henry but he has a bit of Ronaldo in him too. He needs to win the Champions League with PSG this season, that would be the biggest thing for him." The Champions League and another World Cup would be the crowning glory for Mbappe as the successor to Ronaldo and Messi.” Even then, Neville says it may be impossible to emulate Messi and Ronaldo's longevity. "That's the big challenge for Mbappe," he says. "What we can't underestimate about Ronaldo and Messi is their resilience, their consistency, the set-pieces from season to season, the number of games they've played, their mental and physical toughness to withstand whatever the kicks they take and the criticism they have received, the pressure and the scrutiny that weighs on them. “To reach that level, Mbappe has to win three or four Champions Leagues, he has to score 30-40 goals a season for a decade and he probably has to do it in a country other than France. "I don't think Haaland and Mbappe can even come close to reaching the level of Ronaldo and Messi. You can become the best in the world and achieve great things. "But we shouldn't think that every new, young superstar will automatically replace Ronaldo and Messi, who are the kind of players that you're fortunate to see once every 80 years. "What Ronaldo and Messi have achieved is the world that Numbers were relentless, obscene I think he did well," says Carragher. "Playing at this level for Manchester United at 37 is incredible but we're judging him against the player he was before. "I wasn't convinced it was a great signing for Manchester United or that it would bring them closer to the title or big trophies and I'd be surprised if he's there next season, I really would." But that he was still playing for one of the biggest clubs in the world at 37 is an achievement for him as an individual or anyone.” Neville, meanwhile, believes Ronaldo has redefined expectations with Messi when it comes to scoring goals. "They weren't traditional center forwards, which makes the numbers they put in even more incredible," he says. “It was through their goals alone that Ronaldo and Messi redefined football. “Usually the top scorers on a team were centre-forwards. Wingers were there to support and cross.” The winger can now be a 30-40 goal-a-season machine. Salah and [Sadio] Mane are doing that now at Liverpool, [Raheem] Sterling at Manchester City – they score a lot of goals from the winger position and it's all because Ronaldo and Messi set that expectation at that level. The Norwegian has scored 56 goals in 57 Bundesliga appearances since joining Borussia Dortmund from Red Bull Salzburg in January 2020 and this season has been his most successful yet, with a total of 16 goals and five assists in 14 league games, meaning he's average 1.65 goal contributions per 90 minutes. For Neville, however, Haaland's character is just as important as his ability when it comes to his hopes for greatness. "I like Haaland's personality," he says. "I like that he doesn't care what other people think. Football needs people like him, it needs personality. We want a Haaland for every angel, a young personality who doesn't quite do it perfectly. For Carragher, however, it's his numbers that matter most. "I think there's always competition with him and Mbappe, Lewandowski and Salah in terms of number of goals and that's how we seem to judge the best players in the world, goals scored and assists made. "When I was a lot younger , It wasn't so much about the numbers, it was more about the game. Normally, the best player in the world was never a goalscorer, but a playmaker. "It wasn't always the guy who scored the most goals, but I think Messi and Ronaldo changed that." Lewandowski missed Messi in last year's Ballon d'Or election. But the Bayern Munich forward won the FIFA version of the award both times and few could argue he didn't deserve it. In the last three seasons he has scored 103 goals in Bundesliga games alone. Throw in Champions League games and it's 132. In terms of goals and goal contributions per 90 minutes, the four most productive seasons of his career have all come in the last five years. Carragher says: "He does and it's just unfortunate for him to be at the peak of his powers when Messi and Ronaldo have been around in recent years. It's been a problem for a lot of players, not just him." However, Neville feels he is not at the level required to be considered the best in the world. He says: "Lewandowski is a great centre-forward, he was a great player for Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich, but I don't think we should put him anywhere near Messi and Ronaldo. He was a great player, he continues to do so. "Performing at a high level and he probably would have won the Ballon d'Or in 2020 had it not been postponed for Covid." But ultimately Lewandowski has the Messi era and Ronaldo hit and now seems to be catching the start of the Haaland and Mbappe era. "PSG's trip to the Bernabeu on Wednesday is not just a chance for Messi and Mbappe to cement their claim to the world's best crown. The Brazilian's time in Paris may not have lived up to expectations following his £200m move Fulfilled He arrived from FC Barcelona in 2017, with his availability hampered by ongoing injury woes, meaning he has never made more than 20 league appearances for PSG in a single season's stint as head coach of the La Liga team. "Neymar will be remembered as one of the greats," says Neville. "He won the Champions League with Barcelona and it would be a great achievement if he did the same with PSG." Luis Suarez, Neymar and Messi got us with 7: 0 when I was at Valencia. I was at pitch level and I watched very closely as they destroyed a team I coached and I've never seen anything like it in my life." e seen Tevez, Ronaldo and Rooney, I thought that was as good as I would see but those three at Barcelona were off the scale." Carragher says: "I think he's been one of the best in the world for a long time. I think he's a top player.” He gets a bit of criticism at different times, maybe because he hasn't become the best player in the world. "He went to Paris Saint-Germain and I didn't like that." He was in a brilliant team then with Suarez and Messi at the helm and Barcelona the best team in the world. "He may have left that for selfish reasons to become a Ballon d'Or winner and try to take Paris Saint-Germain to the Champions League. There's no doubt he's a great player but I think he missed this chance to become the best player in the world." in the world, certainly with Mbappe and Haaland coming now.

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BBC Question Time viewers are divided as unvaccinated viewers get caught up in heated debate over Covid vaccines

BBC Question Time viewers were shocked when the episode saw a heated debate about Covid vaccines with unvaccinated viewers. (Author: Gardener)

CovidBBC Question Time viewers have shared their thoughts after the show had an audience of some unvaccinated giving their opinions on vaccinations. In January, BBC Question Time called out viewers who chose not to get the vaccine to attend the show. Host Fiona Bruce told viewers: "There are many different reasons why people have chosen not to get vaccinated - we would be interested in investigating some of those issues." During Thursday's show, an unvaccinated man claimed the vaccination have terrible side effects. and the country "operated with incomplete data". The man, who studied philosophy at university, was referring to Professor Robert Malone, a former vaccine scientist turned skeptic who has appeared on the likes of Joe Rogan's podcast to decode the Covid-19 surge. Sitting at Question Time was Professor Robin Shattock, Head of the Department of Mucosal Infections and Immunity at Imperial College London Medical School, who allowed the viewer to make his contribution but insisted he was talking "nonsense". "We have far more safety data on the current vaccines since they've been in the arms of billions of people," he said, encouraging him to review data on risks and "serious adverse events" because they're "extremely rare." . The philosophy graduate insisted he had looked at the data himself, but was interrupted by presenter Fiona, who pointed out that Professor Shattock was a "world-renowned expert" while the man reviewed his own notes to chide him. Viewers watching from home agreed with Fiona, with one person writing, "Put down your fake notes and listen to the world renowned vaccine expert." "A philosophy student argues with a damn scientist," said another. "The guy who 'studied philosophy at university' has his biased reasoning ripped apart by an expert, but he's still struggling with his reasoning," said one viewer. One said he "guess" the man "did some research, but studying philosophy at university doesn't give you the same level of medical expertise as Prof. Robin Shattock (sic)". Another woman who appeared on the show shared her belief that she knows her body best, and as a young healthy person did not feel she needed the vaccine, she had however encouraged her vulnerable family members to get the vaccine pick up. The woman admitted her friends had advised her not to reveal that she hadn't been vaccinated because "if you go back to work, people will look at you for the way you smell." Prof Shattock said it could not only about their own health, but "that of everyone else". Health" and said vaccinations "only work if everyone contributes to reducing community transmission". While the debate proved controversial online, with some questioning why people were being given airtime to spread "misinformation," others said the debate was fairly balanced and the right thing to do. Former Good Morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan said it is strong public television to watch Prof Shattock as he "calmly and respectfully debunks the anti-vaxx #bbcqt audience members as painfully ill-informed and explains, why health workers have a moral obligation to get vaccinated”. Another viewer said the pundit put on a "very impressive performance". The show was guaranteed to be controversial after drawing criticism when Question Time first announced they were looking for unvaccinated people to share their views. Fans gave mixed reactions at the time, with many calling the move "irresponsible" on social media site Twitter. The BBC said in a statement at the time: "There are still significant numbers of the British public who are unvaccinated, particularly in certain areas and communities. “Question Time always strives to discuss every side of every argument. “This is about listening and understanding our viewers. The BBC has always made the scientific consensus on vaccination very clear.” Viewers were also required to keep masks on unless asking the panel a question. Question Time is broadcast on BBC One and BBC iPlayer

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A Covid vaccine debate is held with unvaccinated viewers on BBC Question Time

BBC Question Time viewers were shocked when the episode saw a heated debate about Covid vaccines with unvaccinated viewers. (Author: Gardener)

BBCBBC Question Time viewers have shared their thoughts after the show had an audience of some unvaccinated giving their opinions on vaccinations. In January, BBC Question Time called out viewers who chose not to get the vaccine to attend the show. Host Fiona Bruce told viewers: "There are many different reasons why people have chosen not to get vaccinated - we would be interested in investigating some of those issues." During Thursday's show, an unvaccinated man claimed the vaccination have terrible side effects. and the country "operated with incomplete data". The man, who studied philosophy at university, was referring to Professor Robert Malone, a former vaccine scientist turned skeptic who has appeared on the likes of Joe Rogan's podcast to decode the Covid-19 surge. Sitting at Question Time was Professor Robin Shattock, Head of the Department of Mucosal Infections and Immunity at Imperial College London Medical School, who allowed the viewer to make his contribution but insisted he was talking "nonsense". "We have far more safety data on the current vaccines since they've been in the arms of billions of people," he said, encouraging him to review data on risks and "serious adverse events" because they're "extremely rare." . The philosophy graduate insisted he had looked at the data himself, but was interrupted by presenter Fiona, who pointed out that Professor Shattock was a "world-renowned expert" while the man reviewed his own notes to chide him. Viewers watching from home agreed with Fiona, with one person writing, "Put down your fake notes and listen to the world renowned vaccine expert." "A philosophy student argues with a damn scientist," said another. "The guy who 'studied philosophy at university' has his biased reasoning ripped apart by an expert, but he's still struggling with his reasoning," said one viewer. One said he "guess" the man "did some research, but studying philosophy at university doesn't give you the same level of medical expertise as Prof. Robin Shattock (sic)". Another woman who appeared on the show shared her belief that she knows her body best, and as a young healthy person did not feel she needed the vaccine, she had however encouraged her vulnerable family members to get the vaccine pick up. The woman admitted her friends had advised her not to reveal that she hadn't been vaccinated because "if you go back to work, people will look at you for the way you smell." Prof Shattock said it could not only about their own health, but "that of everyone else". Health" and said vaccinations "only work if everyone contributes to reducing community transmission". While the debate proved controversial online, with some questioning why people were being given airtime to spread "misinformation," others said the debate was fairly balanced and the right thing to do. Former Good Morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan said it is strong public television to watch Prof Shattock as he "calmly and respectfully debunks the anti-vaxx #bbcqt audience members as painfully ill-informed and explains, why health workers have a moral obligation to get vaccinated”. Another viewer said the pundit put on a "very impressive performance". The show was guaranteed to be controversial after drawing criticism when Question Time first announced they were looking for unvaccinated people to share their views. Fans gave mixed reactions at the time, with many calling the move "irresponsible" on social media site Twitter. The BBC said in a statement at the time: "There are still significant numbers of the British public who are unvaccinated, particularly in certain areas and communities. “Question Time always strives to discuss every side of every argument. “This is about listening and understanding our viewers. The BBC has always made the scientific consensus on vaccination very clear.” Viewers were also required to keep masks on unless asking the panel a question. Question Time is broadcast on BBC One and BBC iPlayer

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Kylian Mbappe, Mohamed Salah, Erling Haaland are vying to usurp Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the world's best

Who is the world's best player? I think the toss-up for me would be between Mohamed Salah and Kylian Mbappe, says Jamie Carragher; There's no doubt Salah is world class but Mbappe has something different, says Gary Neville (Author: Gardener)

Mohamed SalahLionel Messi returns to Spain on Wednesday when Paris Saint-Germain take on Real Madrid at the Bernabeu, the scene of some of the most iconic performances of his incredible career before trading Barcelona for Paris. But at 34, a player who has dominated the sport alongside Cristiano Ronaldo for well over a decade is returning to the Spanish capital after scoring just seven goals in 24 games for PSG this season. It was Kylian Mbappe, Messi's PSG team-mate, whose stunning goal gave the French giants their first-leg advantage at the Parc des Princes, and the 23-year-old isn't the only player now trying to usurp Messi and Ronaldo at the pinnacle of the world game. With Mohamed Salah, Erling Haaland, Robert Lewandowski and Neymar also in contention for the title of World's Best, are we entering a new era in the battle for football's biggest individual prizes? "I think we're already in that era now," says Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher. "Messi won the last Ballon d'Or but I think this will be the last time Messi or Ronaldo accept this trophy. Players in the world would sign it if they could only choose one, no one would say Messi or Ronaldo, they would probably say Mbappe, Haaland, Salah, Lewandowski. "They would name players other than Ronaldo and Messi and that's the clearest sign that these two are still at the highest level but are falling from their previous level. They're not the best players anymore." of the world." Anyone who saw one of Lionel Messi's assists in Paris Saint-Germain's 3-1 win over St Etienne at the Parc des Princes will know that the old magic is still there. Those moments of Inspiration led him to 10 assists in Ligue 1 this season, the second-best in the league, but in terms of goals his performance has fallen dramatically for the first time in his career.The Champions League has made five out of six games but only two of 17 Ligue 1. For a player who has averaged more than 30 league games per season at Barcelona alone, that's uncharted territory: "It was always much more difficult," says Carragher.We saw the scenes when he left the club and I think we were all sad to see that.” He had a brilliant s in his last season at Barcelona, ​​with the numbers you would always expect from him, but at Paris Saint-Germain it has it for him not quite clicked, maybe from a re ie of reasons. "There are so many star players there who really want to be the captain and possibly one who will take that mantle in Mbappe." Mbappe is enjoying a spectacular season at PSG, providing Messi's 10 assists in Ligue 1 in total and scoring 14 goals himself, including two in the recent win against St Etienne. It was in the Champions League, however, that he shone brightest, contributing four goals and four assists in the group stage before scoring a sensational solo winner in the first leg of the Round of 16 against Real Madrid, the club keen to sign him this summer. Carragher described Salah as the best player in the world in October after his superb performance in Liverpool's 2-2 draw with Manchester City at Anfield, but he sees Mbappe as the Egyptian's main rival for the crown. "I think the choice for me would be between Mohamed Salah and Kylian Mbappe," he says. "They would be the two who would divide people now the way Messi and Ronaldo have divided people for so many years which is currently the best league in the world just goes to show how far he is ahead of everyone else in the Premier League. "With Mbappe we see the French league is a step down but what he did in the Champions League, his performance against Real Madrid in the first leg just tells you how special this guy is." be interesting to see where he plays his football next season.” One advantage Mbappe has over Salah is his age. The Frenchman is six years younger at 23 but is dominating the game in the same way Messi and Ronaldo could be, according to Carragher: "I think it's going to be very difficult for anyone to dominate like Messi and Ronaldo have done for so long. It's not that those players don't have the ability, it's just that in four or five years someone else can come and take their mantle. "There's always great players coming and that Ronaldo and Delaying Messi in this competition for so long just shows how far ahead they were." While Carragher is torn between Salah and Mbappe, Neville believes the Frenchman has the edge. "Early on in the season, Salah was intermittent at a level that was the best in the world and he still could be," he says. "But if you told me I could sign a player for Manchester United tomorrow, I probably would I still decide Mbappe or Haaland over Salah.” the ability to be something special that is out of this world. "Salah is world class, no doubt, but Mbappe has something else, that edge, something that's so good it could make him one of the real greats." He adds: "In terms of excitement, thrill, speed, Mbappe is absolutely sensational. "He reminds me of Henry but he has a bit of Ronaldo in him too. He needs to win the Champions League with PSG this season, that would be the biggest thing for him." The Champions League and another World Cup would be the crowning glory for Mbappe as the successor to Ronaldo and Messi.” Even then, Neville says it may be impossible to emulate Messi and Ronaldo's longevity. "That's the big challenge for Mbappe," he says. "What we can't underestimate about Ronaldo and Messi is their resilience, their consistency, the set-pieces from season to season, the number of games they've played, their mental and physical toughness to withstand whatever the kicks they take and the criticism they have received, the pressure and the scrutiny that weighs on them. “To reach that level, Mbappe has to win three or four Champions Leagues, he has to score 30-40 goals a season for a decade and he probably has to do it in a country other than France. "I don't think Haaland and Mbappe can even come close to reaching the level of Ronaldo and Messi. You can become the best in the world and achieve great things. "But we shouldn't think that every new, young superstar will automatically replace Ronaldo and Messi, who are the kind of players that you're fortunate to see once every 80 years. "What Ronaldo and Messi have achieved is the world that Numbers were relentless, obscene I think he did well," says Carragher. "Playing at this level for Manchester United at 37 is incredible but we're judging him against the player he was before. "I wasn't convinced it was a great signing for Manchester United or that it would bring them closer to the title or big trophies and I'd be surprised if he's there next season, I really would." But that he was still playing for one of the biggest clubs in the world at 37 is an achievement for him as an individual or anyone.” Neville, meanwhile, believes Ronaldo has redefined expectations with Messi when it comes to scoring goals. "They weren't traditional center forwards, which makes the numbers they put in even more incredible," he says. “It was through their goals alone that Ronaldo and Messi redefined football. “Usually the top scorers on a team were centre-forwards. Wingers were there to support and cross.” The winger can now be a 30-40 goal-a-season machine. Salah and [Sadio] Mane are doing that now at Liverpool, [Raheem] Sterling at Manchester City – they score a lot of goals from the winger position and it's all because Ronaldo and Messi set that expectation at that level. The Norwegian has scored 56 goals in 57 Bundesliga appearances since joining Borussia Dortmund from Red Bull Salzburg in January 2020 and this season has been his most successful yet, with a total of 16 goals and five assists in 14 league games, meaning he's average 1.65 goal contributions per 90 minutes. For Neville, however, Haaland's character is just as important as his ability when it comes to his hopes for greatness. "I like Haaland's personality," he says. "I like that he doesn't care what other people think. Football needs people like him, it needs personality. We want a Haaland for every angel, a young personality who doesn't quite do it perfectly. For Carragher, however, it's his numbers that matter most. "I think there's always competition with him and Mbappe, Lewandowski and Salah in terms of number of goals and that's how we seem to judge the best players in the world, goals scored and assists made. "When I was a lot younger , It wasn't so much about the numbers, it was more about the game. Normally, the best player in the world was never a goalscorer, but a playmaker. "It wasn't always the guy who scored the most goals, but I think Messi and Ronaldo changed that." Lewandowski missed Messi in last year's Ballon d'Or election. But the Bayern Munich forward won the FIFA version of the award both times and few could argue he didn't deserve it. In the last three seasons he has scored 103 goals in Bundesliga games alone. Throw in Champions League games and it's 132. In terms of goals and goal contributions per 90 minutes, the four most productive seasons of his career have all come in the last five years. Carragher says: "He does and it's just unfortunate for him to be at the peak of his powers when Messi and Ronaldo have been around in recent years. It's been a problem for a lot of players, not just him." However, Neville feels he is not at the level required to be considered the best in the world. He says: "Lewandowski is a great centre-forward, he was a great player for Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich, but I don't think we should put him anywhere near Messi and Ronaldo. He was a great player, he continues to do so. "Performing at a high level and he probably would have won the Ballon d'Or in 2020 had it not been postponed for Covid." But ultimately Lewandowski has the Messi era and Ronaldo hit and now seems to be catching the start of the Haaland and Mbappe era. "PSG's trip to the Bernabeu on Wednesday is not just a chance for Messi and Mbappe to cement their claim to the world's best crown. The Brazilian's time in Paris may not have lived up to expectations following his £200m move Fulfilled He arrived from FC Barcelona in 2017, with his availability hampered by ongoing injury woes, meaning he has never made more than 20 league appearances for PSG in a single season's stint as head coach of the La Liga team. "Neymar will be remembered as one of the greats," says Neville. "He won the Champions League with Barcelona and it would be a great achievement if he did the same with PSG." Luis Suarez, Neymar and Messi got us with 7: 0 when I was at Valencia. I was at pitch level and I watched very closely as they destroyed a team I coached and I've never seen anything like it in my life." e seen Tevez, Ronaldo and Rooney, I thought that was as good as I would see but those three at Barcelona were off the scale." Carragher says: "I think he's been one of the best in the world for a long time. I think he's a top player.” He gets a bit of criticism at different times, maybe because he hasn't become the best player in the world. "He went to Paris Saint-Germain and I didn't like that." He was in a brilliant team then with Suarez and Messi at the helm and Barcelona the best team in the world. "He may have left that for selfish reasons to become a Ballon d'Or winner and try to take Paris Saint-Germain to the Champions League. There's no doubt he's a great player but I think he missed this chance to become the best player in the world." in the world, certainly with Mbappe and Haaland coming now.

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Radio 4's Today program faces backlash over Syria comparisons in Ukrainian reporting

"Why don't you just call it Mindless of the Day?" (Author: Gardener)

Radio 4'sRadio 4's Today program was the latest show to be in hot water for its comment on Monday's Ukrainian invasion. Tim Stanley, historian and writer for the Daily Telegraph, said in the Thoughts for the Day section: "Ukraine has touched the West in ways neither Syria nor Yemen have. “And one of the reasons is that it feels so familiar to us as a European country. Claiming that this war is somehow more damaging than previous conflicts just because it took place in a European country has left some people on Twitter deeply frustrated. Other shows have faced the same criticism in recent days for taking a similar stance. The BBC was in hot water over another show when a guest speaker spoke about the race of the Ukrainian people over the weekend. Ukraine's Deputy Prosecutor General David Sakvarelideze said during his BBC interview that he was emotional "because I see Europeans with blue eyes and blond hair being killed" - a detail not mentioned on the air by interviewer Ros Atkins. Atkins tweeted about the interview two days later, acknowledging that the attorney gave a "long and emotional response" that he wanted to "respectfully" address. He added: "While I was doing that, he made a comment about the race that I couldn't take up at the moment. I wholeheartedly agree with those of you who have told me that such comments should not go unchallenged." US broadcaster CBS News faced a similar backlash after foreign correspondent Charlie D'Agata pointed out: " This is not a place, with all due respect, like Iraq or Afghanistan, where there has been conflict for decades. "This is a relatively civilized, relatively European – I have to choose those words carefully too – a city where you wouldn't expect or hope that's going to happen." D'Agata later apologized during a Saturday report, admitting: "I spoke in a way that I regret and I'm sorry for that." He said he was trying to point out that compared to other regions of the world, Ukraine has not experienced conflict in years. An Al Jazeera presenter also faced criticism when he said: “What is captivating is [the refugees] how they are dressed. These are wealthy middle-class people. These are obviously not refugees trying to flee the Middle East or North Africa. "You look like any European family you would live next to." Al Jazeera later tweeted to apologize, noting that these are "unfair comparisons between Ukrainians fleeing the war and refugees from the MENA region". It added: "The moderator's comments were insensitive and irresponsible. BFM TV, a French channel, then aired comments from a presenter who said the Ukrainian attacks were "as if we were in Iraq or Afghanistan," adding, "Can you imagine that?" The channel still has itself not excused. Another reporter from Poland told ITV: "The unthinkable happened to them [the refugees]. The US broadcaster NBS repeated the same message over the weekend. Reporter Kelly Cobiella tried to explain why Poland was willing to take in refugees from Ukraine despite being reluctant to do so during the 2015 refugee crisis. She said: “To be clear, these are not refugees from Syria, these are refugees from neighboring Ukraine. They're Christians, they're white, they're very similar to a lot of people living in Poland.” Aside from broadcasting, the world of print media was also scrutinized for the connotations of their Ukrainian reporting. Writer and journalist Daniel Hannan wrote in The Telegraph: “You seem so much like us. Ukraine is a European country.

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