Barcelona have apologised following backlash to a tweet involving Junior Firpo sent after their 5-2 win over Real Betis at Camp Nou on Sunday. Playing without star duo Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, the Catalans fell behind early only for new recruit Antoine Griezmann to step up and guide Barca to a routine victory .The match saw defender Junior Firpo make his La Liga debut for Ernesto Valverde’s side after joining from Betis over the summer in a deal worth €18 million (£16.3m/$20m). 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? Barcelona would try to make the most of the occasion after the game as they tweeted a photo of Firpo waving and displaying all five fingers in a subtle nod to the scoreline on the night. The post didn’t go down too well with Betis fans still reeling from defeat and the loss of their promising defender and Barca quickly realised the error of their ways. “FC Barcelona wish to sincerely apologise for any offence caused to Real Betis and their supporters regarding a tweet sent out on Sunday evening,” the tweet read.”No disrespect was intended, but we were wrong to publish it on a night that was very special for Junior.”. @FCBarcelona wish to sincerely apologise for any offence caused to Real Betis and their supporters regarding a tweet sent out on Sunday evening. No disrespect was intended, but we were wrong to publish it on a night that was very special for Junior. https://t.co/JyvRDw7cuQ — FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) August 26, 2019 Firpo himself is no stranger to social media controversy with the 23-year-old recently forced to explain crude tweets he sent out about Messi when he was a teenager. Like Barcelona, Firpo has been quick to apologise and stressed the Argentine bears no ill will . “It’s something that doesn’t matter and that I can explain without problem,” Firpo told Mundo Deportivo . “They are things that are done at 15 when nobody knows you and when you cannot think that this will have an impact years later.”I have to apologise and I do it humbly and without problems.” Social media scandals aside, the Catalans got their La Liga campaign back on track against Betis after they had lost their league opener 1-0 to Atheltic Club. Barcelona have started their season without Messi, who remains out with a calf strain, with Valverde stressing they won’t be rushing the 32-year-old back into action. “There wasn’t a positive feeling. He hasn’t had a relapse of the injury,” Valverde said after beating Betis. “We already said that we wouldn’t rush any player. What we wanted to avoid was a relapse.”
by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 3, 2013 5:17 pm MDT Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (12,470.44 down 70.33 points):Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Transportation. Down one cent, or 0.26 per cent, at $3.84 on 7,557,896 shares.Petrobank Energy and Resources Ltd. (TSX:PBG). Oil and gas. Up two cents, or 1.71 per cent, at $1.19 on 5,693,110 shares.Golden Star Resources Ltd. (TSX:GSC). Miner. Down 18 cents, or 9.52 per cent, at $1.71 on 5,352,453 shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financial services. Up 27 cents, or 1.98 per cent, at $13.94 on 4,911,643 shares.Granite Real Estate Inc. (TSX:GRT). Up 80 cents, or 2.12 per cent, at $38.59 on 4,179,984 shares.Uranium One Inc. (TSX:UUU). Miner. Down three cents, or 1.27 per cent, at $2.33 on 4,001,946 shares.TSX Venture Exchange (1,226.17 down 13.67 points):Stetson Oil & Gas Ltd. (TSXV:SSN). Unchanged at 12.5 cents on 5,564,577 shares.Castillian Resources Corp. (TSXV:CT). Oil and Gas. Up half a cent, or 25 per cent, at 2.5 cents on 4,631,000 shares.Companies reporting major news:Research In Motion (TSX:RIM). Wireless technology. Down 22 cents, or 1.90 per cent, at $11.35 on 2,838,727 shares. The company said Thursday it will launch the BlackBerry Curve 9315, a slightly updated version of the keypad phones already on the market, in the United States. The launch is exclusively through U.S. carrier T-Mobile, and a release date is set for Jan. 23. The model has already been released in other regions, including Europe, Asia and Latin America.Brookfield Asset Management (TSX:BAM.A). Down one cent, or 0.03 per cent, at $36.59 on 847,066 shares. The company and Pershing Square have called a truce in their dispute over the future of General Growth Properties (NYSE:GGP), which owns shopping malls in the U.S. and Brazil. Pershing Square — headed by Bill Ackman — had been pushing for a sale of General Growth, a plan that had been opposed by Brookfield, the real estate firm’s largest shareholder.