MANCHESTER, England (AP):Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic had a penalty saved and was fortunate to avoid a red card in an incident-filled 1-1 draw against 10-man Bournemouth yesterday, the latest English Premier League setback at Old Trafford for JosÈ Mourinho’s team.A week after winning the League Cup for United with a double against Southampton at Wembley Stadium, Ibrahimovic endured a frustrating return to league action by seeing his 72nd-minute penalty clawed away by Artur Boruc.Ibrahimovic was involved in many of the flashpoints in a thrilling game, notably when he elbowed Tyrone Mings in the head moments after the defender appeared to tread on the face of Ibrahimovic late in the first half. The referee missed both incidents and the players could face retrospective action by the English Football Association.”I jump up and jump high and he jumps into my elbow,” Ibrahimovic said of the incident with Mings, who denied he intended to hurt Ibrahimovic with his apparent stamp.As part of the same incident, Andrew Surman was sent off for collecting a second yellow card for pushing Ibrahimovic in an angry reaction to the striker’s challenge on Mings.ROJO’S FIRST GOALEarlier, Marcos Rojo’s first league goal was cancelled out by former United player Josh King’s penalty after Phil Jones fouled Marc Pugh. That was Bournemouth’s only shot on target.It was a 10th league draw of the season for United, who were seeking a victory to climb from sixth place – the position where Mourinho’s team has been for the past few months as it recovers from a poor start to the campaign.”What happened was that we played phenomenal in the first half and should have been winning 3-0 or 4-0, then it ended up 1-1,” Mourinho said.Other results: Liverpool 3 Arsenal 1; Leicester 3 Hull City 1; Stoke City 2 Middlesbrough 0; Swansea 3 Burnley 2; Watford 3 Southampton 4; West Brom 0 Crystal Palace 2.
International banking organisation BNP Paribas was awarded the coveted Grand Prix title at the Employee Benefits Awards 2019.The organisation was lauded for its innovative use of technology and its future-thinking approach to benefits communications, which culminated in impressive engagement and take-up statistics.The Grand Prix is awarded to the winner of one of the other categories recognised at the awards, marking the best of the best of the year’s successes. BNP Paribas also took home the Best use of benefits technology award.Ian Hodson, head of reward at the University of Lincoln, received the prestigious Employee benefits professional of the year award, while Benefits team of the year went to construction organisation Kier Group.The Employee Benefits Awards and Summer Party 2019, in association with Aon, took place at The Pavilion at The Tower of London on Friday 7 June 2019.Tom Hiles, group benefits manager at BNP Paribas, said: “It’s something [that] hasn’t been done before, at least not in this field. But actually, it works really well, so hopefully [we won] for that reason; it was a bit of new technology. I’m really happy because it’s a good category.”Congratulations to all of this year’s winners, highly commended entries and shortlisted finalists, all of which represented excellence in the field of reward and benefits.Employee Benefits would like to thank our event sponsors, esteemed judging panel, and all of the organisations that entered the awards.Keep an eye on the Employee Benefits Awards website to read more about the winning entries and to see photo highlights from the event.Find out more.