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ROKER ROUNDUP: Sunderland co-owner Juan Sartori plans to run for president in his native Uruguay

Yup, you read that correctly - reports in Uruguay suggest that Sunderland co-owner Juan Sartori has serious plans to run for office and become president of his home nation.

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Sartori to run for office

Uruguayan businessman Juan Sartori officially joined the Sunderland board of directors back in August after he bought a 20% stake in the club.

Since joining the club, he has talked about putting Sunderland are the forefront of Uruguayan football and giving youngsters from his country opportunities at the Academy of Light.

In a surprise development, Sartori appears to be on the verge of putting himself at the forefront of Uruguayan politics as he is expected to be presented as the Presidential candidate for the National Party in the next election.

The right-wing National Party is the major opposition party in Uruguay to current president Tabaré Vázquez’s Broad Front party.

Sartori’s campaign is expected to be launched on November 20 under the slogan ‘Uruguay for change’.

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Maddison thanks Sunderland

Peterborough United winger Marcus Maddison came off the bench last week during their League One tie at the Stadium of Light.

The 25-year-old was instrumental in Posh’s much improved second half display, as Oviedo got himself sent off for needlessly kicking the winger and then Maddison set up Ivan Toney to make it 2-2 late on.

Maddison took to Instagram to pay tribute to the part Sunderland have played in his career, as he featured in the club’s academy early in his career.

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Jones on ‘horrible’ Sunderland experience

Billy Jones left Sunderland on a free transfer in the summer after his contract expired, and the right-back has been speaking to the Yorkshire Post where he details how good it is to be in a positive environment at Rotherham United after he was part of a team that got relegated twice with Sunderland:

It has been really good. Obviously from where I have come from last season, there was not much positivity at all around the club with what happened.

It was obviously horrible being part of that, personally.

When I spoke to the gaffer in the summer, he obviously spoke about the close-knit group he has here and the way the lads work hard for each other and thoroughly enjoy each other’s company in training in terms of working hard and off the pitch as well.

It is a close-knit group and he spoke about how him and his staff do their utmost to improve you as an individual and as a team and it has been exactly that.

It has been really great to be part of and hopefully we are going to have a special season here and that is what we are working hard to achieve.

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