MADISON, WI – NOVEMBER 12: Head coach Lovie Smith of the Illinois Fighting Illini watches his team prior to a game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium on November 12, 2016 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)Illinois’ football program suffered some terrible injury news over the weekend. Star defensive end Bobby Roundtree’s season, and possibly his entire career, is now in jeopardy.According to Jeremy Werner of 247Sports, Roundtree was forced to undergo surgery on Sunday due to a spinal injury. The injury reportedly occurred during a “swimming incident” in Tampa over the weekend.Roundtree led the team with 13.5 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks last year – both career highs. He was the only player on the team to boast multiple sacks in 2018.Per the report, the injury is considered “severe,” which could mean any number of things. Roundtree was only a three-star prospect coming out of high school in 2017, but quickly established himself as a starter for Lovie Smith. He played in all 12 games as a freshman and had a team-best 4.0 sacks that year.Tough news to report: #illini star DE Bobby Roundtree had surgery on Sunday for a severe spinal injury suffered during a swimming incident in Tampa on SaturdayInjury is considered “severe” per Illinoishttps://t.co/IZ1zoCI5Rh— Jeremy Werner (@JWerner247) May 20, 2019Illinois head coach Lovie Smith visited Roundtree and released a statement asking that he be in everyone’s thoughts and prayers.#illini Lovie: “This is devastating to his teammates, the entire Fighting Illini family and his family and friends. We will give Bobby all the support possible as he battles through his recovery. Please keep Bobby and his family in your thoughts and prayers.”— Jeremy Werner (@JWerner247) May 20, 2019The Illini have not been bowl eligible since 2014 but are bringing in a solid recruiting class this year that includes a handful of talented transfer athletes.
“Illegal working fuels illegal immigration to the UK and that is why we are carrying out operations like these. If you are a business you must carry out the correct checks on your staff or you could end up with a heavy fine. We are happy to work with businesses to let them know what checks need to be made on staff, but those who break the law should know that they will face heavy fines,” Colin Berrington, from the Home Office Immigration Enforcement team, said. Meanwhile, measures to toughen civil penalties against rogue businesses employing illegal migrants, while cutting red tape for legitimate employers, were unveiled by the Government earlier last week. These proposals are part of the government’s plans to make it more difficult for illegal migrants to live and work in the UK, and to take tougher action against the rogue employers who exploit them. It is also intended to ensure that the country’s immigration policy is built into the benefits system, health system, housing system and the provision of services across government. Earlier this month, three male illegal workers from Sri Lanka were arrested following a raid on a garage in Sittingbourne, Kent. The men were transferred to immigration detention pending their removal from the UK. Proposals being considered to toughen civil penalties for businesses employing illegal migrants include an increase in the maximum penalty to £20,000 (approx. 3.9 million Sri Lankan rupees) per illegal worker, targeted at those employers who repeatedly break the rules.The plans will form part of the Immigration Bill, being introduced later this year, which will tighten immigration law, strengthen the UK’s enforcement powers and clamp down on those from overseas who try to abuse the UK’s public services. Five male illegal workers were detained by the UK Home Office Immigration Enforcement officers in Blackpool, England, following an operation at two restaurants in the area. Among the five were two Sri Lankan men aged 21 and 22 who had both overstayed their visas and were working illegally, the British High Commission in Colombo said today.All the men are currently detained pending their removal from the UK. Both businesses will be served with a civil penalty notice for employing the illegal workers. If the employer is unable to provide evidence that legally-required pre-employment checks were carried out, a fine of up to £10,000 per worker will be imposed.