Argentina striker Sergio Aguero has hit out at the refereeing decisions during his side’s Copa America semi-final defeat to Brazil, claiming VAR was at fault for the Selecao’s second goal.With the hosts 1-0 up through a goal from Aguero’s Manchester City team-mate Gabriel Jesus, the Argentine looked to be tripped by Dani Alves inside the Brazil box in the 70th minute.Referee Roddy Zambrano waved away the Albiceleste’s appeals for a penalty, with Brazil able to launch an attack of their own which ended in Roberto Firmino making it 2-0 and all but ending the tie. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Despite the presence of VAR the decision not to award the penalty for Argentina was not officially reviewed – a call Argentina captain Lionel Messi blasted as “bullsh*t” in an angry post-match interview.And Aguero concurred with his team-mate, believing that the blatancy of the foul on him meant some of his team-mates switched off in the build-up to Firmino’s goal.”The feeling is not good. The second goal was controversial,” he told reporters. “Juan [Foyth] stops thinking that the referee was going to stop. VAR worked very well until today – incredible!”We do not pay attention to those things on the pitch, except for the blow that Dani Alves gives me from behind.”I do not know why he did not check it. At the time, he [Zambrano] may not see it, and they told us that the VAR would become like a fifth referee.”Defeat means Argentina’s wait for a senior trophy at international level goes on, with the South American superpower having failed to win anything other than the Olympics (which is contested predominantly by Under-23 players) since lifting the Copa America trophy in 1993.Performances have improved throughout the tournament in Brazil, however, and Aguero – a veteran of 94 international caps – believes the future is bright under rookie coach Lionel Scaloni.He added: “It was all very new. We’re leaving with a good feeling. There are team-mates who have not previously had the chance to play in competitions like this, and they did very well.”They are the future of the national team. Rest assured that this is going to change, and we need to give them confidence.”Brazil’s win means they will meet either Peru or defending champions Chile in Sunday’s final as they look to secure a first Copa America title since 2007.
New Delhi: The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has filed the case with the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Delhi Police against the director of the Maharashtra based private firm-Siddheshwar Sahakari Sakhar Karkhana Ltd-for obtaining a sanction and release of advance payment of Central Financial Assistance (CFA) of Rs three crores by wrongfully suppressing the fact about the Environmental Impact Assesment (EIA) clearance.Additional Commissioner of Police, Economic Offences Wing, Suvashis Choudhary while confirming the move claimed to investigate the matter. According to police, the Ministry has been implementing a scheme for promotion of Grid Interactive Biomass Power and Bagasse cogeneration projects under which Central Financial Assitance is provided to Biomass power projects and bagasse-based cogeneration projects installed in sugar mills. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsAs per provisions of the scheme proposals for grant of CFA for establishment of bagassse-based cogneration projects by co-operative sector sugar mills will be placed before the Project Advisory Committee (PAC). “Based on its recommendations, 50 percent of eligible upfront Central Financial Assistance will be provided and the balance 50 percent will be released after successful commissioning and performance testing of the project,” police said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe investigating agency further added that the proposal for Central Financial Assistance for installation of 38 MW (25 MW surplus) by one Santosh J Kumbhar, managing director, under the scheme for promotion of Grid Interactive Biomass Power and Bagasse cogeneration projects during the 12th plan period was forwarded by National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC) in the prescribed format. “As per provisions of the scheme, the matter was placed before PAC and the 11th PAC in its meeting had recommended the proposal for grant of CFA as per provisions and subject to their obtaining EIA clearance and also fulfilling all the terms and conditions of the scheme to support Biomass Power/Bagasse cogeneration in sugar mills,” the police further said. Police added that on receipt of the letter from National Cooperative Development Corporation requesting to issue performance inspection letter, the file was again examined and it was noticed that in this case the sanction of CFA of Rs 6 crore upfront release of 50 percent amount of CFA amounting to Rs 3 crore was processed by the then director, Biomass and an amount of Rs 3 crore was released vide Ministry’s sanction without obtaining the requisite EIA certificate from the firm. The fact came to notice when the firm was requested to provide the necessary EIA clearance from Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC). “The firm then disclosed that their application for EIA clearance was not agreed to by MoEF&CC. Despite repeated reminders, till now the sugar factory has not refunded the advance of CFA amounting to Rs 3 crores along with accrued interest,” the police said.