SPORTS AGENDA: Premier League clubs are being warned by the FA over hackers’ transfer scam… and why some Man United fans want an apology over a half-time penalty shootout

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SPORTS AGENDA: Premier League clubs are being warned by the FA over hackers’ transfer scam… and why some Man United fans want an apology over a half-time penalty shootout

English clubs are being targeted by hackers, who are sending fraudulent invoices around the transfers of overseas players.

The issue is so serious, the FA have sent out a warning to clubs urging them to review their email security and to raise the alarm with their financial departments. The FA are also urging sides to report any requests they believe to be fake to themselves and relevant authorities.

The FA say they have ‘seen an increase in reports of cloned or hacked emails…in particular related to payments to overseas clubs’. 

Clubs have been told to confirm account details before instructing the FA to make payments and to check FIFA’s system to ensure information is legitimate.

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Payments to overseas clubs are made via an FA clearing system, hence their involvement. Clubs have also been told to be wary if a bank account is in a different territory to where the club is based and to pay attention to email addresses for differences.

English clubs are being targeted by hackers, who are sending fraudulent invoices around the transfers of overseas players

English clubs are being targeted by hackers, who are sending fraudulent invoices around the transfers of overseas players

Padel tournament for Premier League managers considered

TV executives are considering staging a Padel tournament for Premier League managers. 

A number of them are big fans of the tennis-squash hybrid, which is surging in popularity. 

Brentford now have a court at their training ground and boss Thomas Frank is said to be one of the club’s best players. 

Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp and Newcastle’s Eddie Howe are also keen players and among those being considered. Watch this space. 

Thomas Frank is rumoured to be one of the standout players of Padel tennis at Brentford

Thomas Frank is rumoured to be one of the standout players of Padel tennis at Brentford

Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp and Newcastle’s Eddie Howe, are also known to be keen Padel players

Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp and Newcastle’s Eddie Howe, are also known to be keen Padel players

Leeds were in the dark over Wilfried Gnonto’s exit bid

Leeds United were made aware that Everton target Wilfried Gnonto had handed in a written transfer request before it landed. 

The Yorkshire club initially learned of the development via media reports on Friday, Agenda understands. 

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Eventually, one-and-a-half hours before they took on West Brom, the request arrived. 

Leeds are adamant the 19-year-old is not for sale, after talks with the Toffees collapsed following a process in which Everton were said to have made four offers. 

Man United fans demand apology over ‘A League of Their Own’ segment

A group of Manchester United fans have demanded an apology from the club for allowing a half-time penalty shootout involving two ex-players from fierce rivals during the win over Wolves at Old Trafford.

Jamie Redknapp and Micah Richards took part in the shootout for the Sky show A League of Their Own. 

Micah Richards and Jamie Redknapp took part in a segment for a TV show at Old Trafford

Micah Richards and Jamie Redknapp took part in a segment for a TV show at Old Trafford

The pair took part in a penalty shootout and were on the receiving end of boos and shouts

The pair took part in a penalty shootout and were on the receiving end of boos and shouts 

Redknapp wore a Liverpool kit and Richards a City shirt, fans responding with boos and chants.

Redknapp won and the forfeit was for the loser to wear a United shirt. 

The duo took it well and were later seen taking selfies with United fans. They also spent a significant amount of time with supporters in the disabled section.

Those United fans are unlikely to receive their apology — a club source confirmed they had allowed the Sky commitment to go ahead given the broadcaster’s status as a valued stakeholder.

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Lord Coe starts unofficial campaign for President of International Olympic Committee in 2025 

It is assumed that the unopposed re-election of Lord Coe as president of World Athletics in Budapest last week marked the start of his unofficial campaign to become IOC president in 2025.

His long-time rival, Ukrainian pole vaulter Sergey Bubka, has not fared so well. 

Bubka was an IOC candidate 10 years ago against Thomas Bach but his chances of standing again are all but gone after allegations that he takes a pro-Russian stance in the Ukraine war, claims he strongly denies. 

The timing of the reports raised eyebrows, but the damage is done.

UEFA president absent from Women’s World Cup final

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin was notably absent at the Women’s World Cup final, where the organisation were represented by Nadine Kessler, their technical director of the women’s game. 

The distance to Australia and length of journey was given as the main reason for his absence. 

This is the same man who last year had no issues with jetting to Paraguay to attend a meeting of the CONMEBOL Council. 

Contributor: Liam Morgan 

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