‘There’s bacteria in the vaginas of all women’ – Lazio chief Lotito makes vulgar remarks in bizarre Covid-19 rant

Lazio’s outspoken president Claudio Lotito has delivered a bizarre and vulgar rant on the global coronavirus pandemic, with the 63-year-old eager to point out that “bacteria doesn’t mean infectious”.

Nations across the world continue to put protocols in place that are intended to limit the spread of Covid-19.

Football has become caught up in that process, with regular rounds of testing held since competitive action returned on the back of several months of lockdown.

Lazio are among those to have seen senior players removed from their plans as they take in periods of self-isolation.

Controversy and debate has, however, been sparked in Roma as Ciro Immobile, Lucas Leiva and Thomas Strakosha have been ruled out of two Champions League games through negative tests, but figured in Serie A outings after being cleared as negative.

Lotito has taken aim at the systems in place and the confusion being caused, with the Lazio chief telling La Repubblica : “I told you, it’s like a magic trick, what even is positive?

“Positive means contagious, right? There are bacteria in the vaginas of all women in the world, that doesn’t mean they are pathogens. Only in some cases do they become pathogens and degenerate.”

Lotito also expressed his frustration at the testing process and can’t understand why Immobile is not being allowed to face Juventus on Sunday. He added: “Our director Igli Tare is positive too, but nobody can tell us right now if someone is infectious or not.

“There is this difference in the interpretation of results. Our medical staff evaluated Immobile, his lung capacity checks were better than before. We have the swab, he is negative and so is his family, so why can’t he play against Juventus on Sunday?

“I have asked the FIGC to introduce a single structure that can perform all the tests and have the same parameters for everyone. I suggested the Federlab, which already does them for Serie C. We need a third party that can end this chaos.

“We went to Avellino for our tests because the structures in Rome were already crowded and I didn’t want players to seemingly get preferential treatment, keeping others in line.”

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Women’s Euro 2022: Bizarre own goal condemns Republic to defeat in Ukraine

Katie McCabe struck the crossbar with a first-half penalty
Katie McCabe struck the crossbar with a first-half penalty

The Republic of Ireland’s hopes of qualifying for the Women’s Euro 2022 finals have taken a blow after a 1-0 defeat by Ukraine in Kyiv.

Right back Aine O’Gorman scored a bizarre own goal on 25 minutes after overhitting a backpass beyond goalkeeper Courtney Brosnan.

Republic captain Katie McCabe hit the crossbar with a penalty and earlier struck the woodwork with a free-kick.

Ukraine close to within four points of Vera Pauw’s side with a game in hand.

The Republic take on free-scoring Germany in their final Group I match on 1 December, who have netted 37 goals without reply in six matches.

Ukraine face Greece in Athens and host basement side Montenegro, who have yet to pick up a point, in their final two matches.

The best three runners-up automatically qualify for the finals in England with the remaining second-placed teams going into a play-off.

The Republic, who required a draw to secure second position, started brightly at the Obolon Arena as defender Louise Quinn saw a header blocked and Rhianna Jarrett miscued her effort after a flurry of early corners for the visitors.

Arsenal midfielder McCabe’s excellent free-kick clipped the top of the crossbar as the visitors remained firmly on top before O’Gorman’s own goal turned the game on its head.

Being chased down by Nicole Kozlova, the right back attempted the slide the ball back to Brosnan but the 31-year-old’s pass left the keeper stranded and rolled into the empty net.

Aine O'Gorman scored a bizarre own goal in Kyiv
Aine O’Gorman scored an unfortunate own goal in Kyiv

McCabe had the perfect chance to bring the Republic level on 33 minutes after Denise O’Sullivan was brought down in the area by defender Lyubov Shmatko, who was perhaps fortunate to stay on the pitch having earlier been booked for a foul on the Brighton forward.

Republic captain McCabe elected for power and her penalty down the middle rocketed off the crossbar.

Despite the missed spot kick, the visitors almost made their dominance in possession count before half-time when Jarrett controlled Heather Payne’s excellent through ball, however the Brighton striker’s effort was scrambled off the line by the home defence.

Pauw’s team continued where they left off after the restart and Jarrett forced a strong save from Irina Sanina after more good work by the lively O’Sullivan.

Ruesha Littlejohn had an effort blocked at the back post as the visitors pressed and McCabe struck a free-kick over the top.

The Republic pushed for a late equaliser, with Quinn’s header looping onto the roof of the net, however they couldn’t find the crucial equaliser which would have secured a play-off position.

Ukraine will be favourites for their final two fixtures which means the Republic will likely need a result against Germany at Tallaght Stadium if they are to secure a play-off spot.

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Trump continues bizarre appeals to suburban women

Maeve Reston | CNN

If President Donald Trump loses his reelection bid in November, it will be in part because of his fundamental misunderstanding of the beliefs of “suburban women,” whom he has tried to win back with a series of bizarre and racist appeals that seem more targeted to a stereotype from the 1950s and 1960s than the American women who actually live in those areas today.

Many of the female voters who have abandoned Trump recoil from his divisive language and disapprove of both his handling of race relations and the pandemic. But he has tried to convince them to support him through a campaign of fear and xenophobia, with claims about the Democratic agenda that plunge deep into the realm of the ridiculous and would be believed only by the most naïve, low-information voters.

His speech Saturday night in Michigan exemplified those political miscalculations when it comes to women he has referred to as the “suburban housewives of America” as he tried to create fear about crime from immigrants and argued that Joe Biden will upend life in the suburbs by putting public housing projects in the middle of leafy neighborhoods — a reference to an Obama-era housing regulation aimed at ending segregation.

“Would you like a nice low-income housing project next to your suburban beautiful ranch style house? Generally speaking, no,” Trump said in Muskegon. “I saved your suburbs — women — suburban women, you’re supposed to love Trump,” he said.

The President went on to make the ludicrous claim that Biden and Democrats want to overwhelm Michigan neighborhoods with refugees from Syria, Somalia and Yemen, and “poorly vetted migrants from jihadist regions.”

Continuing his long-standing pattern of mocking women he perceives as opponents in sexist or misogynistic language — a tactic that does not go over well with women in either party — Trump attacked Democratic Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer during the same rally, along with his 2016 opponent Hillary Clinton, and NBC’s Savannah Guthrie, who moderated his Thursday night town hall.

Trump accused Whitmer, whom he has previously called “a dictator,” of unnecessarily locking down her state as she fought the pandemic. That led his crowd to break into a chant of “Lock her up!” a little more than a week after federal authorities revealed a plot by extremists to kidnap Whitmer and overthrow the government.

Rather than condemning the derailed plot — which led to terrorism, conspiracy and weapons charges against more than a dozen men — or discouraging that kind of divisive language, Trump essentially endorsed the cheer with his authoritarian rhetoric about jailing his political opponents by adding Clinton and the Biden family into the mix.

“Lock them all up,” Trump replied to the crowd.

He complained that Whitmer said publicly that his refusal to denounce White supremacists, extremists and hate groups has emboldened activists like those who allegedly planned the foiled attack against her.

“I guess they said she was threatened, right?” Trump said, seeming to doubt the specifics of

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Donald Trump continues bizarre appeals to suburban women as he campaigns in Covid hotspots

If President Donald Trump loses his reelection bid in November, it will be in part because of his fundamental misunderstanding of the beliefs of “suburban women,” whom he has tried to win back with a series of bizarre and racist appeals that seem more targeted to a stereotype from the 1950s and 1960s than the American women who actually live in those areas today.



a man wearing a suit and tie: President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, in Janesville, Wis. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)


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President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, in Janesville, Wis. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Many of the female voters who have abandoned Trump recoil from his divisive language and disapprove of both his handling of race relations and the pandemic. But he has tried to convince them to support him through a campaign of fear and xenophobia, with claims about the Democratic agenda that plunge deep into the realm of the ridiculous and would be believed only by the most naïve, low-information voters.

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His speech Saturday night in Michigan exemplified those political miscalculations when it comes to women he has referred to as the “suburban housewives of America” as he tried to create fear about crime from immigrants and argued that Joe Biden will upend life in the suburbs by putting public housing projects in the middle of leafy neighborhoods — a reference to an Obama-era housing regulation aimed at ending segregation.

“Would you like a nice low-income housing project next to your suburban beautiful ranch style house? Generally speaking, no,” Trump said in Muskegon. “I saved your suburbs — women — suburban women, you’re supposed to love Trump,” he said.

The President went on to make the ludicrous claim that Biden and Democrats want to overwhelm Michigan neighborhoods with refugees from Syria, Somalia and Yemen, and “poorly vetted migrants from jihadist regions.”

Continuing his long-standing pattern of mocking women he perceives as opponents in sexist or misogynistic language — a tactic that does not go over well with women in either party — Trump attacked Democratic Gov. Michigan Gretchen Whitmer during the same rally, along with his 2016 opponent Hillary Clinton, and NBC’s Savannah Guthrie, who moderated his Thursday night town hall.

Trump accused Whitmer, whom he has previously called “a dictator,” of unnecessarily locking down her state as she fought the pandemic. That led his crowd to break into a chant of “Lock her up!” a little more than a week after federal authorities revealed a plot by extremists to kidnap Whitmer and overthrow the government.

Rather than condemning the derailed plot — which led to terrorism, conspiracy and weapons charges against more than a dozen men — or discouraging that kind of divisive language, Trump essentially endorsed the cheer with his authoritarian rhetoric about jailing his political opponents by adding Clinton and the Biden family into the mix.

“Lock them all up,” Trump replied to the crowd.

He complained that Whitmer said publicly that his refusal to denounce White supremacists, extremists and hate groups has emboldened activists like those

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