Manchester United’s latest crop of talented youngsters have been taking the opportunities given to them so far, and Scott McTominay is using the example of the Class of 92 as inspiration.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to inject some of the exuberance of youth into his side following a disappointing end to last season, and youth academy graduates have been getting game time in pre-season.McTominay is closing in on 50 senior appearances for the club while the likes of Axel Tuanzebe, Tahith Chong, James Garner, Angel Gomes and Mason Greenwood are all knocking on the door of the first team. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “The Class of 92 were absolutely exceptional and it’s going to be very, very difficult to replicate something like that,” said McTominay.“We’ve got a good group of young boys who are ready to learn and ready to go the extra mile and do everything to get into the team and push some senior pros to get their places.“That is going to be my aim, Axel’s aim, Mason’s as well.“So it’s important all the boys come together and have that real solid team spirit that young players always have going through the age groups.“From the Under-9s to the Under-23s, that’s the most important thing for us.”Greenwood has been on the scoresheet in United’s last two pre-season games, against Leeds United and Inter.With 15 goals in 13 appearances in the league for United’s Under-18s, he is one of the most talked-about prospects to come out of the youth academy in recent years.He will, of course, be looking at the example set by Marcus Rashford as well as United’s greats of yesteryear.For the likes of Tuanzebe, meanwhile, United’s growing frustration in the summer transfer window could bring about opportunity in a moment of adversity.Leicester City are refusing to budge on their valuation of Harry Maguire, while the clause making Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld available for just £25 million ($31.2m) expires at midnight on July 25.Tuanzebe was hugely impressive in Aston Villa’s promotion-winning side in the Championship last year, and will be confident of making the step up if he is handed an opportunity.The youngsters have three more games to earn themselves a spot on the opening day of the Premier League season against Chelsea, with pre-season friendlies against Tottenham, Kristiansund and AC Milan. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Speaking on the legal action that can be taken against perpetrators spreading hate speech on social media, Indatissa said that the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) states that no person shall propagate war or advocate national racial or religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence. “Whether it’s community A, B, C or D, it is wrong. The same rules must apply to everyone. As a multi-ethnic country we must learn to respect each other and live peacefully,” he said. The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) has warned the public against using social media platforms such as Facebook to spread hatred targeting communities.President of the BASL Kalinga Indatissa was quoted in a press statement today as saying that there are certain groups operating with vested interests to instigate racial tensions. He noted that there is a misconception in the local Police division that a publication on social media cannot be dealt with, but that is wrong.“Because similarly, if a person is found guilty for publishing or making oral defamation against a party or community, a Facebook post is equal to a publication and therefore, we can bring people to justice under the ICCPR. The only difference is the method of proof, and as a practice the relevant authorities should start filing test cases,” he said. The General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the ICCPR on 15th December 1966 and the Act came into effect on 23rd March 1976. Sri Lanka acceded to the Covenant on 11th June 1980.Indatissa explained that when a country becomes a signatory to the Covenant under the United Nations, there is a requirement for the country to draft its domestic law to suit the Covenant and Sri Lanka passed the ICCPR act in 2007, recognising fundamental rights of all Sri Lankans.“I firmly believe that Sri Lanka is a multi-ethnic country, at least for the last 700 years, and it is a fact that no one can deny. We are all one and if we are all one, we must learn to live either through the operation of law or through our own human conduct,” concluded Indatissa, citing that the media has a huge role to play in any nation and the role of the media is to bring people together in the context of a multi-ethnic society.