SPORTS AGENDA: Premier League bosses ignoring new rules over briefings with referees… while BBC make about 20 production staff take four-day train journey to and from Budapest for World Athletics Championships

new balance

free keto book

One part of the vaunted ‘reset’ of Premier League rules for this season is that all managers should be present at pre-match briefings with referees.

However, sources at multiple clubs have disclosed that this is simply not happening. Instead, sides continue to send their assistants, with the authorities seemingly turning a blind eye.

However, one group who cannot escape a pre-match chat with the ref are the ball boys and girls. 

Before each match, the ball attendants’ co-ordinator is dragged in for a summit in which they are told that shenanigans such as throwing the ball away when the opposition have a throw-in will not be tolerated.

BBC staff take four-day journey to and from Budapest 

BBC bosses, in their infinite wisdom, decided to make about 20 production staff take a four-day train journey to and from Budapest for the World Athletics Championships. 

While what the broadcaster patronisingly refers to as ‘talent’ — on-screen presenters such as Steve Cram — took a two-hour flight to Hungary, those in less glamorous roles endured the slog across Europe. 

Premier League managers are ignoring new rules over pre-match briefings with referees

Premier League managers are ignoring new rules over pre-match briefings with referees

Steve Cram (centre) took a two-hour flight to Hungary, while those in less glamorous roles endured the slog across Europe on train

Steve Cram (centre) took a two-hour flight to Hungary, while those in less glamorous roles endured the slog across Europe on train

As a result, the taxpayer was forced to shell out for four days’ worth of salaries for those forced to take the train and sit on their backsides. BBC bosses have insisted that while they are mindful of sustainability nobody was forced to travel by rail.

See also  Steven Caulker: ‘I had to hit rock bottom to be where I am today’ | Soccer

Agenda, however, understands it was made clear that taking the train was the preferred route by those upstairs.

Bournemouth giveaway 

Every Premier League club has been approached by Bournemouth to see if they will engage in a shirt giveaway for away supporters. The Cherries want to send two of their away jerseys to each opponent. 

They will then be offered as prizes to travelling fans who will be given a raffle ticket if they buy food or drink at an away match. The idea is for all clubs who visit the Vitality Stadium to do the same. 

The club say a similar scheme in 2015-16 went down well. Meanwhile, Bournemouth have been slated by their own supporters after selling half-and-half scarves, which bear the names and colours of both sides, in the club shop before their home defeat by Tottenham on Saturday.

Pietersen and Broad ease tensions on Hundred commentary 

Interesting to see Kevin Pietersen and Stuart Broad commentating on Hundred matches. 

Broad was one of a group of England players KP fell out with the most during the latter stages of his international career and in the wake of ‘textgate’. 

Indeed, Pietersen slated recently retired Broad in his autobiography after previously blaming the Notts man for the infamous, mickey-taking ‘KP Genius’ Twitter account that ridiculed the South Africa-born big-hitter. 

See also  Erik ten Hag FUMES at Anthony Martial for failing to track back during Man United's clash with Newcastle, before French striker is hauled off in the second half at St James' Park

Broad subsequently was moved to release a statement insisting he had ‘no involvement whatsoever’ with it.

Stuart Broad (pictured) and Kevin Pietersen have been doing commentary on Hundred matches

Stuart Broad (pictured) and Kevin Pietersen have been doing commentary on Hundred matches

Former United chief takes up new role 

Tom Hill, Manchester United’s former global head of partnerships & operations and most recently chief commercial officer at World Rugby, has a new venture designed to save cash-strapped sports bodies significant cash.

Hill is joining forces with GVS, a company fronted by former Jockey Club CEO Simon Bazalgette, to offer ‘shared services’ to the sports industry with the concept being that, by grouping together, clubs or leagues can achieve major savings on areas such as ticketing, stewarding, temporary facilities, traffic management and accountancy.

Rifkind denied entry 

Charles Rifkind, the owner of the disused railway tunnels under the Nursery ground at Lord’s, claims he was barred entry from his land on the day when a rent review went to arbitration. 

The arbitrator, who also say he was barred, is believed to have then awarded Rifkind a 41 per cent rent increase, taking it to £267,000 a year. MCC had offered Rifkind a £1 increase. Robert Ebdon, MCC’s estates manager, has told members that Rifkind was not barred.

Agent without player on the books 

See also  City’s new £51.5m Matheus Nunes bid as Mohammed Kudus joins West Ham | Transfer window

Long-time agent Andrew Chubby Chandler is more likely to be spotted at a Super League stadium than at the Ryder Cup. 

Chandler, who represented the likes of Rory McIlroy and Darren Clarke, remains CEO of agency ISM, but he recently told pals he did not have a single player on his books and had no intention of travelling to Rome next month.

Rory McIlroy's (left) former agent Andrew Chubby Chandler (right) recently told pals that he did not have a single player on his books and won't go to the Ryder Cup next month

Rory McIlroy’s (left) former agent Andrew Chubby Chandler (right) recently told pals that he did not have a single player on his books and won’t go to the Ryder Cup next month

Coe will need extension 

There has been a lot of talk about Seb Coe’s becoming president of the International Olympic Committee, but he will need a favour from incumbent Thomas Bach just to get on the ballot. 

Coe will be 68 by the time of the election and the IOC have an age limit of 70 for members, meaning he will need his term extending to be eligible. 

That decision rests with a commission chaired by Princess Anne, but then needs approval from the executive board and IOC session, both of which are controlled by Bach.

Sources close to Coe believe he will be able to run without an extension. 

Seb Coe will need his term extending to be eligible to become president of the International Olympic Committee

Seb Coe will need his term extending to be eligible to become president of the International Olympic Committee

anti radiation

new balance


Source link

crypto quantum