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Football Stadium News Recap – August 2019

Monthly Football News Update

US Women’s Soccer Coach to Step Down

Jill Ellis, the incumbent coach of the US women’s national football, is all set up to step down from her current position in the coming days. She is considered a legendary coach as she had led her team to win subsequent FIFA Women’s World Cup championships. It is reported that she will remain with the team for its five games tour against Ireland which will be held in Pasadena, California.

Jill Ellis is the only one who had coached this team to win two subsequent World Cups in a row the latest being the one which was played against Netherland in France. Before joining as the head coach, she held the post of development director in US Soccer. During that period of time she worked with multiple youth national teams and she also had the honour of being assistant coach for the national team.

During the latest press conference, she also mentioned the pressure under which she had worked to attain this level of achievement. She called her job as one of the most challenging due to the expectations associated with her. She also warned that whoever succeed her will have big shoes to fill and must be prepared to be under constant observations.

Lionel Messi Suspended for Three Months

In an unexpected move, Lionel Messi got suspended from international football matches for a period of three months. This happened when he accused that organizers of the Copa America of being biased and corrupt. Apart from the suspension, Lionel Messi was also fined with $50,000. All this took place because he made some comments after Argentina won a match against Chile in the third playoff of the Copa America.

According to the sources, Messi made a statement that organizers of this tournament are corrupt and even called the tournament to be fixed in favour of Brazil. Messi also avoided taking part in medal ceremony and commented that his team don’t need to be part of this corruption and that organizers have shown a lack of respect for his team throughout the tournament.

Apart from the organizers, Lionel Messi even moved on to criticize the match referees and made a statement that due to their corruption, people are not allowed to enjoy football and they have ruined it (football). Lionel Messi and his team management can appeal against the decision of his suspension as it will not allow him to play upcoming matches against Germany, Chile and Mexico.

Soccer Riot in Honduras Results in 3 Dead

Three people succumbed to their injuries due to violence during a soccer match played between Motagua and Olimpia which was held on September 17th in Honduras. It all started with two gangs of the opposing sides started attacking each other and were intercepted by the local police. This led to total breakdown resulting in three deaths and more than ten people being grievously injured.

The match between Motagua and Olimpia was called off because of this violence. As per the eyewitness’ account, this riot started when a group of Olimpia fans started attacking the bus ferrying player of team Motagua to the match ground. During this incident of stone pelting, three of the team members sustained minor injuries. This incident led to violent altercation between the fans of both teams in the stadium and riot police was called to control the situation.

Liverpool Demands Clarification From UEFA

After getting their goal keeper, Adrian, injured by a reckless fan during a match in Istanbul, Liverpool have now asked for clarifications from UEFA. This incident took place at the final of Super Cup when Liverpool defeated Chelsea. While the team was celebrating their win, a fan broke the security cordon and crashed into Adrian and Joe Gomez. The impact was so sudden and forceful that Adrian suffered a knee injury for which he was required to take extensive treatment and is forced to take leave of the upcoming matches.

The most worrying part of this incident is the fact that the supporter was not only able to break the security cordon but was also able to came in physical contact with the team members. This is the third incident of such kind and all of them had happened when the UEFA was responsible for the match security.

Apart from this invasion, the two other ones were made in Kiev and Madrid. Taking this fact into consideration, now Liverpool has demanded an explanation from UEFA and hoped that better security arrangements will be provided in the future.

Property Prices Hits High Near London Football Stadiums

In an in-depth research done by the Pure Commercial Finance it came to light that investing in properties near the football stadium can be quite worthwhile for the investors. Pure Commercial Finance is one of the top-ranking finance brokers in UK and they carried out this research in order to confirm whether buying properties next to football stadiums can be a worthy investment.

The research substantiated this fact and according to it investors are expecting a return of more than 450% on their investments in the coming days. These returns are expected from the properties that are in the vicinity of the Premier League stadium, out of the 10 top-rated properties, 9 are in London. This research used a combination of Land Registry data and mortgage lenders’ reports to highlight the fact that even in the past properties near sports stadiums have surge in their price. Based on this data and findings, this research predicts that areas near the upcoming new Premier League football stadiums can also see an increase in their value.

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Football Stadium News Recap – July 2019

Football News Update for July

Utilization of Used Car Lights for Football Stadiums

In a big boost to conserve natural resources and control pollution, a United States firm has proposed to update power systems of six European football stadiums. This company known as Eaton specializes in reusing the old batteries from Nissan Leaf vehicles to upgrade the lighting system used in the sports stadiums.

Norway and Netherland are the first two countries which have already opted for this change. This project can be seen as a new push to find alternative use for the batteries which are not in use or are of outdated models. According to the vice-president of the Eaton, there are multiple countries in Europe which are interested in upgrading their electricity systems. Even though he didn’t specify the names of these stadiums but quoted them as “very significant ones”.

The first one of the stadiums which incorporated this system was Johan Cruyff stadium which is the home ground of the Ajax F.C. This system utilizes the solar energy to be stored in the used car batteries and then it can be used for the night time events.

Many governments all over the world are opting for the re-use of such batteries and major vehicle manufacturers like BMW, Toyota, Mercedes-Benz and Renault are also in loop to provide material for such projects.

U.S. Soccer opts for a New Employee Complaints Redressal

After the serious concerns expressed by the employees related to their complaints and regarding the “toxic” workplace ethics, U.S. Soccer has now opted for a new system. According to the internal sources, the new employee complaint redressal system will comprise of a third-party system which will deal with the concerns and complaints raised by the employees.

This change happened after hundreds of former and active staff members complained about the workplace environment at the headquarter situated in Chicago. The president of U.S. Soccer responded by taking this action when New York Times published interviews of various disgruntled members substantiating various of such complaints.

In response to this news article, U.S. Soccer took this decision of third-party complaint redressal system. According to the president of the association, they are open to listen to the voice of their employees. As far as the working of the new system is concerned, it is conveyed that though it is confirmed that it will be administered by a third-party, but details of its working will be shared only in the coming days ahead.

FA Plans Women’s Football at Premier League Stadiums

After observing the extraordinary surge in the viewership and popularity of the Women’s World Cup during this year, FA plans to run women’s football at all of the major stadiums. The association is also planning to provide accessibility of this sport to every interested girl in the country. This transformation in the stance of the major football associations took effect when more than 12 million viewers tuned into BBC to watch the final of the Women’s World Cup between England and U.S.

According to the chief executive of FA, Martin Glenn, the huge popularity of that event clearly indicates that women’s football has now become a mainstream sport, but it can be only categorized as transformative if further growth is observed in the coming years. The Premier League along with FA are in serious discussions related to running of this sport. No large-scale changes seem to be imminent except the transfer of the administration from latter to the former. The more immediate impact can be in the form of allowing women’s football teams to play more matches in the famous stadiums which are traditionally famous for hosting men’s football.

Jack Warner Penalized with $79 Million Court Order

The infamous Caribbean soccer executive, Jack Warner, received another jolt when a U.S. District judge from Brooklyn fined him with $79 million. This default judgement was made in a civil action suit initiated against him for embezzling millions of dollars while being a member of Caribbean Football Union.

This ruling was passed by the judge when Jack Warner failed to contest the charges made against him. Warner is currently out on the bail and fighting against the extradition requested by Trinidad and Tobago. It is quite interesting that even though he denies any hanky-panky done by him while heading the Caribbean Football Union, while his two sons had already pleaded guilty in the same case in 2013.

The latest ruling is the result of the civil case dealing with embezzlement of millions of dollars from Concacaf by receiving kickbacks from sports deals along with trying to influence the voting for hosting the World Cup.

After the declaration of the aforementioned decree, Concacaf has further reiterated its stand to pursue all available options available to enforce this judgement by attaching the assets of Jack Warner situated in any part of the world.

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Football Stadium News Recap – June 2019

Monthly Football Stadium News Update

Brazil to Face Argentina for Copa America Semi Final

The semifinal match for Copa America has now become more interesting as two arch rivals, Argentina and Brazil, will be playing against each other. Even with Lionel Messi being shackled by the Venezuelan defense, two goals first by Lautaro Martinz and the second one by Giovani Lo Celso moved the game in favour of their team.

Now if all goes by the schedule, then Argentina will be playing against Brazil on coming Tuesday. It is expected that a crowd of more than 50,000 spectators will be attending that match.

The social media has already started showing the type of intensity which can be expected from this match as fans of Brazil are making fun of Messi, while the other side is comparing Maradona with Pele. According to the Argentinian coach, they will take this match as a normal routine one without making much fuss about their archrival’s presence on the ground.

Punters are of the opinion that even though Argentina is in good form, but the book will be in favour of Brazil as they will be playing on their home ground.

Labourers’ Death in Qatar for World Cup Stadiums

In an intensive documentary released by WDR, there is an estimation of more than 1400 workers being killed till now while working at stadium sites under construction for the 2022 World Cup. Most of these workers were from Nepal and as per the government of Nepal, it is estimated that more than 100 people get killed each year while working in Qatar on such construction sites.

The main reason for these deaths can be attributed to the squalid and unsanitary living conditions as well as lack of proper security equipment. The other sad reality associated with this tragedy is the fact that no aid has been granted by Qatar to the bereaved families. Even though government of Nepal is discouraging its citizens to work in Qatar but lack of employment is forcing more and more people to move there in search of good job opportunities.

Neymar Expected To Join Barcelona

As per the latest player transfer news, it is expected that Neymar may move back to Barcelona after leaving it in 2017 for the largest fee ever received throughout the world. The exchange for the return of the prodigal son will be in the form of a swap with Philippe Coutinho plus £100 million to PSG. There are certain news inputs which are clearly indicating that Coutinho’s lacklustre performance for the previous year is the main reason for this exchange.

Even with the previous controversy associated with Neymar’s move to join PSG, it is expected that he will be welcomed back into the team with open arms. His second term in the PSG faced several bans along with a deafening defeat against Man United in the Champions League. Even though the member of the club who are responsible for presidential elections are not so keen on Neymar’s return, but the senior players are of the opinion that his induction back can certainly boost up their fire power.

Al Wakrah Stadium Hosts Its First Match

Al Wakrah Stadium a.k.a. Vagina Stadium had its first match when local football clubs Al-Duhail played against Al Sadd for the final of the Amir Cup. This stadium was designed by Zaha Hadid for the World Cup 2022. The design of this stadium raised some eyebrows when there were certain comments made regarding its similarity with female genitalia.

This stadium is designed with a movable roof which can be opened or closed as per the requirements. Al Wakrah Stadium is centrally air conditioned and has the capacity of more than 40,000 spectators.

The Southeastern Conference Removes Alcohol Ban

As per expectations, the Southeastern Conference removed ban on alcohol in the sports events which are played under its aegis. Even though they have removed the ban, but allowed the individual education institutions to make decisions how to proceed under the new guidelines.

Many of the top ranking universities like that of Kentucky and Louisville have already permitted sale of alcohol in particular areas of the stadiums. It was SEC only which was adamant about such bans while the other four conferences were ready to remove such laws.

As mentioned earlier, University of Louisville had allowed sale of alcohol during sports events a long way back. As per the UK President Eli Capilouto this is a right decision taken on a right time and the approach is quite appropriate. The decision taken by SEC has allowed the members to make their own decision about what is important for their own interest.

This new change in the law is expected to increase the revenue as well as to make such sports events more appealing to the local community. Enhanced revenue for such institutions can help in retaining more coaches and to provide improved facilities for the players.

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Football Stadium News Recap – May 2019

Monthly Football Stadium News Update

Spain Faces La Liga Match Fixing Scandal

As per the latest news update there is a full blown scandal being investigated by investigative agencies in Spain in relation to match fixing during the Liga matches for year 2018 and 2019. As per the reports a number of football players have been picked up by the local authorities to investigate their role in match fixing. Even the higher authorities of La Liga have confirmed that a number of players have been arrested for suspected match fixing. Without naming they also confirmed that two top players from Spanish top divisions are also under arrest.

All of this started when La Liga filed multiple cases with Spanish investigative authorities to investigate illegal manipulation of football matches. Out of these cases, eight are related to match fixing while eighteen other cases relates to players who have been involved in betting on football matches. Match fixing is not new in Spanish football, even in the month of February this year more than twenty people were arrested for fixing matches in junior divisions.

Notre Dame Stadium Ready to Host Liverpool

After a long wait, Notre Dame Stadium is now ready to host its first match of the century. As per the latest updates, a professional football match of this summer will take place in this stadium in the month of July. Two giants of the football world, Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund, will play against each other on 19th of July, 2019. Liverpool will be visiting U.S. for three games out of which the first one will be played at Notre Dame Stadium while the other two are scheduled to take place in New York and Boston.

During their stay, Liverpool is expected to play against three other teams and will also participate in the social events of the cities they are going to visit. The match between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund will be a historical event as it is for the first time in the history of last 100 years that Notre Dame Stadium will host a competitive football match between two top ranking teams.

Qatar Reveals Its Vagina-Shaped Stadium

Call it a comedy of error or an irony, but it is a reality that Qatar had revealed its vagina-shaped football stadium for the World Cup 2022. Though this stadium is named as Al Wakrah, but most of the people from football fraternity have christened it as Vagina Stadium. This stadium is a brainchild of British-Iraqi designer Zaha Hadid and it is all set up to host the quarter finals of the upcoming World Cup. This project was started from a scratch and it is expected that it will be ready just ahead of the tournament.

Al Wakrah stadium will be fitted with innovative and advance technology to control the blistering heat of Saudi deserts. Even though Dame Zaha was inspired by the Arabian boats known as “dhow” for the design of this stadium, but when the drawings of this stadium were finalized in 2013 it resembled more to a vagina rather than a boat. Some critics are of the opinion that this negative publicity of this stadium can be a boon for the sport as more and more people will like to visit this stadium. Some of them even compared the likeness of the two as a positive for gender parity as sports and vaginas rarely mix together to stand against gender discrimination in games like football.

YouGov Polls Show Majority of MPs Supports Safe Standing

As per the survey conducted by YouGov, it is reported that out of hundred MPs, more than 60% supported safe-standing. Majority of these MPs are of view that all-seater rule should be amended in order to allow safe standing during the football matches. The two main events of British football which include English Premier League and English Football League Championship face a ban on standing up during the matches. Even with persistent crackdowns, there is a no visible effect and now people are demanding that all-seater rule should be repealed.

The main reason provided for all-seater rule is that standing during a game can be dangerous and result in a tragedy. On the other hand this theory is being criticized on the basis of an argument, that why this rule is not implemented in League One and Two football matches; in Scotland; rugby matches or even at Premier League grounds. This “never safe” line is further undermined by the fact that football loving European nations such as Scotland, Germany or France does not have this type of regulations for their spectators.

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Football Stadium News Recap – April 2019

Monthly Football Stadium News

Manchester City Back on Top

With their latest win against Burnley in the last match, Manchester City is back on the top of chart leaving Liverpool on second place. In contrast to the pathetic performances of the top four ranking teams, these top two teams are fighting tooth and nail for ceding their positions on the top chart.

Manchester City had been acting as punter’s delight for the last twelve matches which they have won and they just need two more to stretch the waiting of Liverpool to have shot at the top title. Now all the eyes are upon the two matches to be played against Leicester and Brighton.

In their last match against Burnley, City showed a frustrated approach with lacklustre performance during the first half of the match. However, in the second half there was a persistent approach to attack Burnley which allowed Sergio Aguero to sneak in a match-winning goal.

Barcelona Reasserts Its Hegemony in Spanish Football

Once again Barcelona was able to reassert their hegemony in the Spanish football when they defeated their close rival Levante in final of the La Liga. The winning single goal was shot by none other than the Messi himself in front of more than 90 thousand spectators at Nou Camp.

When the captain and the top scoring player of the team, Lionel Mess, received the trophy it signalled and spelled the vice like grip of Barcelona on the Spanish football. It was their 26th overall win and a second one for the subsequent season.

The impact of Barcelona on Spanish football is so strong that one of the local newspapers had declared it as a “dictatorship” while adding that the domestic football acts as a comfort zone for the team.

John Barnes Accused England for Racism

The former team member of Liverpool, John Barnes, had accused England for not being able to tackle racism in their society. This legendary football player was talking about the racist chants faced by Danny Rose and Raheem Sterling during the Euro 2020 qualifier match. While commenting upon this news, John Barnes conceded that there seems to be a hypocrisy in the way the country is reacting to the aforementioned abuse of their players.

Even though UEFA had taken account of this racism and proceeded with disciplinary action, but there is still a growing demand of the public for severe penalties on the rival team.

According to Barnes, the stand taken by public is quite hypocritical as no care has been taken of such actions in the England itself. He also referred to the abuse which was hurled at Sterling during a match between City and Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. In his interview, he also tried to draw attention to the racial abuse faced by black football players throughout the country on daily basis.

UK Police to Investigate Mohamed Salah’s Racial Abuse

A new video which surfaced on the social media clearly indicates that Chelsea fans racially abused Mohamed Salah, the Egyptian player of Liverpool.

Taking cognizance of this video, British police had started an investigation into this case. This video shows how Chelsea fans were calling him “Bomber” in Europa League’s match. As per the latest reports, three of these abusers had been identified by the club and were not allowed to enter Slavia’s stadium for the next match.

As per the spokesperson of Merseyside Police, they are also investigating into the publication and sharing of offensive tweets which are made against a player from the Liverpool team. In a related investigation it was also reported that the people who sourced these tweets had been identified by the detectives and their tickets had been rescinded for the Slavia Prague versus Chelsea match.

The statement from Chelsea even though made no comment on this specific incident, but went on describe that a strongest possible action will be taken against such type of discriminatory and racial behaviour.

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Football Stadium News Recap – March 2019

Monthly Football Stadium News

Wembley Stadium Sell Out for BTS Show

With the current updates it seems to be a very good news for the fans of BTS band. As per the latest confirmations, the scheduled BTS show is completely sold out and it happened just in 90 minutes. Yet again the people who were underestimating the power of the fans of this boy band have now been proven wrong again. So, for the first round, this K-pop band seems to be on the winning side but only time can tell how much crowd they might be able to pull on the show night.

Wembley stadium can accommodate more than ninety thousand people for any sport event and it is expected that it will be overcrowded for this event. Apart from this sell out, Stade de France also completed all the sales for the upcoming event scheduled for June 7, 2019. There had been other instances when many of such celebrities chose Wembley stadium to perform, these artists included personalities ranging from Michael Jackson to Ed Sheeran.

Safety Concerns Raised for Scottish Stadiums

As per the latest news shared over the social media as well as local newspapers, top ranking authorities have raised serious concerns related to the security provided in the Scottish football stadiums. The review done by security experts clearly indicates inconsistencies related to security checks provided by the security personals as well as the local police.

It is also reported that this review committee has called for urgent review of this situation by multiple security agencies. One of the most senior ranking office from UK police, who is part of this committee, pointed out these anomalies. It was also stated in the report that even though the policing seems to be fit for the present circumstances, but a better coordination between police and general public is still required.

This damning report is commissioned by none other than the Police Scotland and involved senior officers from National Police Chief’s Council.

It is also recommended in this report that multi security agencies should be consulted to formulated required governance and inspection regimes for these stadiums.

Sydney Football Stadium Demolition Restarts Again

The dismantling and demolition of the Sydney Football Stadium resumed again as NSW’ Land and Environment Court does not allow the application which proposed extension of the injunction related to heavy demolition of the stadium. It was prayed in the application that injunction must be extended for few more days as the local community group wanted their appeal to be heard for this case in coming days. This community group LDM had raised some serious concerns in relation to more than $700 million demolition plan proposed and implemented by the government.

The court in this case observed that the government had not acted out of the regulations so the existing injunction needs to be lifted. The decision taken by NSW to demolish the existing football stadium and construct a new one has enraged lots of local people. They are concerned with the fact that even though this stadium was not a security concern, even then money is being spent on its demolition and a construction of a new stadium at the same site. It is expected that a new application may be moved in the coming days.

Rising Concerns Related to Culture in Football Stadiums

In the series of rising concerns related to the game culture and attitude shown by the fans in football stadium, there has been another concern raised by none other than Raheem Sterling himself. This attacking midfielder and winger of Manchester United made a statement related to the treatment given to him by fans of Chelsea FC in his last match.

According to him these people were looking at him with strange sort of anger in their eyes and he was quite concerned about this manifestation of such a hatred towards him. Even the fans under question did not denied the fact that they abused and swore at Raheem Sterling in that match, but they totally deny that it had to do anything with racism.

According to their statements, it was a passionate game and they only wanted to see their side win. Most of the people from both sides seems to agree that it was a pathetic excuse and matters like this needs to be condoned unconditionally.

Birmingham City Fan Jailed for Attack

In the previous week, a Birmingham City fan named Paul Mitchell had been incarcerated in a case related to an attack made by him on Jack Grealish, the incumbent captain of Aston Villa. It was reported that this man attacked in the first ten minutes of the game and his target was none other than the captain of the opposing team.

Paul Mitchell admitted to his crime in front of the court and was sentenced to be jailed for fourteen weeks. Apart from the incarceration, he was also fined £350 and was further banned to attend any of the football matches for the next ten years. It is also confirmed from Birmingham City that they had apologized to Aston Villa team and had assured that Mitchell will not be allowed to attend any match at St. Andrews till the end of his life.

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Football Stadium News Recap – February 2019


Monthly Football Stadium News-February 2019

Millwall Win Marred by Fan Violence

It is now quite usual to find violence; taking over the EPL opposing teams and pitch invasion during a match played by Millwall.  With these permanent features, opposing teams are finding nothing pretty whenever they are scheduled to play at The Den.  The one thing which they can be sure of is that there will be a lot of action as Millwall has now established their role as a giantkiller.  In their fifth successive win against Everton on their home ground they have again kept this tradition. 

Their latest win witnessed a lot of ups and downs when they hit back while legging behind and won the match with a third goal in the last few minutes remaining for the final whistle.  The only blemish on this game was a statement released by Metropolitan Police which stated that they are investigating a skirmish between the fans of both clubs which resulted in one man getting slashed over the face with a sharp weapon.    

Molineux Stadium Fitted With Safe Standing Rails

Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. has become the first team of EPL which has installed safe standing rails at its home ground.  As per the latest updates, the Molineux Stadium got installed with three types of safe standing rails and seats.  This mix of rails and seats is currently installed in the Billy Wright Stand and comes with separate barriers.  This is done to educate the fans and show Safety Advisory Group how these rails will ensure safety when the law banning standing during a game will be repealed. 

Apart from these special seats, Wolves are also planning to construct barriers in front of the prevailing seats.  These improvements in the sitting arrangement will help the Wolves to conduct Bundesliga style matches on their home ground.

Egypt Selects Six Venues for 2019 Africa Cup

As per the latest news, Egypt will opt for Cairo International Stadium on the outskirts of its capital along with Port Said Stadium as a part of the six avenues selected for 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.  This decision was taken by Egypt Football Association.  Apart from these venues, EFA has also selected other cities like Alexandria, Suez and Ismailia for conducting a tournament which will foresee a participation of more than twenty teams.  Before this decision, EFA was in favour of selecting eight avenues but after the inspection done by Confederation of African Football, it was decided that only six avenues will be selected for this tournament.

  It should be noted that The Cairo International Stadium was not in use since the Arab Spring and due to the restrictions imposed on the attendance during a football match.

Romania Starts Projects for 2020 UEFA

In the light of the upcoming UEFA Champions League, Romania has started upgrading its sporting infrastructure.  Under this preparation, they have decided to unveils several projects.  The latest one being unveiling of the four football stadiums for the matches to be held in Bucharest.  Out of these four stadiums, Steaua Stadium will have the lions share of the funds as it requires extensive refurbishment.  There is plan in place to increase the size of the stadium along with its facilities with extra twelve thousand square metres. 

After this increase, the total area under usage will be of more than eighty thousand square metres.   The other infrastructural projects related with these stadiums also include creating new facilities such as better view and visitors’ access.  Though the training bases for these stadiums will remain inside the complex, the parking spaces outside of these stadiums will be increased to significant levels.  The other stadiums under reconstruction include the National Rugby Stadium, Giuleşti Stadium and the Dinamo Stadium. 

Brighton To Tackle Abuse in Football      

With rising instances of racial abuse along with threats and violence becoming part of the high-profile football tournaments, Brighton has now decided to take the bull by its horns.  In their latest efforts, this club has now started planning to tackle its fans’ behaviour during the sports events.  After their match with West Brom during the FA Cup, this club had decided to ban three of the fans for a life term. 

These people were indulging in different types of abuses during the match that include assault and threatening club’s officials.  According to the Brighton, it is not a crusade but their responsibility as a team. They are of the opinion that the club will not hide the behaviour of their fans nor they will bury these instances for the sake of their reputation. 

This is totally wrong and not acceptable to the team.  The other thing which forced Brighton to take such a tough stand is the presence of largest LGBT population in their city.  For many years, these people were getting subjugated and were forced to listen to the homophobic calls made during the football matches.  Being uneasy with such a situation, Brighton has now taken a strong view on this subject matter.  They will not allow any type of anti-social behaviour from their fans from now on.

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Football Stadium News-January 2019

Monthly Football Stadium News-January 2019

Libereum Acquires Elche CF

One of the top ranking crypto firms of Spain Libereum has now finally decided to take over the Spanish football club Elche CF. This step by the company is seen as its first bid to use football in order to increase the user base for crypto currency. This combination can be seen as boon for the online sports betting enthusiasts in Spain. As per the latest news, this company had made a bid of €4.3 million to acquire Elche CF.

This is only the first tranche of cash given by the company and it is expected that more money will be part of the deal. Because of this deal, now Libereum will only allow use of ERC20 Liber as the only method of payment for accessing services at its football avenues. According to the founder of Libereum, Cem Kumlar, the main purpose of this acquisition is to take Elche CF back to the Primera Division. As it requires a lot of money, that is where the crypto currency provided by this company can help. Secondly, the company also wants to make its token (coin) to be part of the financial process and now Liber can be used for all types of transactions in and around the club.

Buenos Aires Police Bans Club President

In a totally unexpected move, Buenos Aires police has now barred the president of Almirante Brown to enter any of the football stadium to watch his team in action. The sources from police department have also acknowledged this ban. The sole reason for the ban seems to be the fact that Maximiliano Levy has links with the fan groups of Bocca Juniors FC which were responsible for hooliganism during the football matches. Mr. Levy was selected as the president of club in the previous week and he was immediately banned by  APreViDe. This agency is responsible for preventing violence during the sports events.

APreViDe had also stated the same reason that Maximiliano Levy has relations with Barra Brava of Boca Juniors. Barra Brava is an organized hooligan group allegedly responsible for all the clashes that had happened during matches between local football clubs. According to the secretary general of APreViDe, their agency cannot be complicit with either the mafias, hooligans or ex-members of Barra Brava who want to get legitimacy through boards of the clubs. It is on the records, that Maximiliano Levy was incarcerated for eighty eight days because of his role in protecting the leader of Barra Brava in 2013.

Tottenham Delaying Match With Arsenal

According to the fans of Arsenal, Spurs are scared stiff of facing Arsenal for the first match at their new stadium. The reason for this delay is attributed to the fact that the host team does not want to lose the first ever match played at their home turf. On the other hand, further setbacks had already postponed the chances of opening of the Spurs’ stadium for at least another few weeks. It was expected that Spurs will face their arch rivals in the first week of the March, 2019 but it seems the first match will be played against Crystal Palace rather than with Arsenal.

There are reports suggesting that Tottenham Spurs may have considered the warning given by the local police department with concerns for security during such a match. Meanwhile, the club itself haven’t ruled out that they might invite Arsenal for a match in the coming days. As per the fans of Arsenal, the Spurs are too concerned about their defeat in the first ever match they will play on their new home ground.

FIFA Declares Anthony Modeste’s Transfer Unjustified

Anthony Modeste’s move to join Cologne faced a fresh turmoil, when FIFA declared that his decision to leave the previous club is unjustified. With this new statement, FIFA has now created a doubt over his statement justifying his decision to move back to his old club because Tianjin Quanjian was not able to pay his salary. It was in the news that Anthony Modeste had left the Chinese club in 2018 citing unpaid salary. He then moved on to sign a new contract with Cologne which will be in force till 2023.

Tianjin Quanjian on the other hand is suffering from serious fund crunch and is forced to sell the top most players on its team. After spending two seasons with the Chinese Club, Modeste was required to leave the club due to unpaid dues during the middle of 2018. Then he started training with its ex-club and was expected to appear in the second Bundesliga. However, FIFA has now ruled that his transfer was invalid and even though Tianjin Quanjian FC is required to pay his dues but the way in which Modeste terminated their contract is without any solid reason. In the light of these events, FIFA has now suspended the registration of Modeste with Cologne.

2022 World Cup Host Qatar Doubles Tax on Alcohol

It might be a bad news for the football enthusiasts who are planning to visit Qatar to watch football World Cup in 2022. In the latest turn of events, Qatar has now imposed a tax of hundred percent on sale of alcohol in its territory. This tax which is part of “Six Tax” regimen came into force on January 22, 2019. This new tax is a part of government’s plan to curb the usage of goods that have ill effect on health. In order to do so they have now introduced this new levy. This policy got revealed when the sole alcohol distribution company of Qatar updated its previous list with latest prices.

Now for a six pack of a beer, you will be forced to pay more than £20. In the view of the upcoming World Cup, this price rise can be a very sensitive subject as more than two million international visitors are expected to attend this event.

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Football Stadium News Recap – December 2018

Monthly Football Stadiums News Recap for December 2018

Football Fans Attack Police in Argentina

On November 22nd, a pitched battle took place between the fans of the local football team and the police in Buenos Aires. This incident happened at All Boys stadium when some hooligans attacked the policemen with guns and other weapons resulting in eighteen people being reported injured. Police have made three arrests till now. The trouble started on the Wednesday night when the home team lost a match against Atlanta. While the police was trying to control the situation, a radically organized group called All Boys Barra Brava started assaulting the fans of Atlanta while singing anti-Semitic songs. This group was also seen advancing towards their own team but thankfully they left the stadium.

The police was taken aback as the Barras were armed with highly sophisticated armoury. Later on motorized units of the police were mobilized to control the crowd and three arrests were made. According to the football officials apart from closing the football ground for further events, they will also appeal to the authorities to ban All Boys fans from participating in other football events at least for an year.

Nationwide Launch of Vegan Menus In UK

Going by the latest updates, soon people will have more choice of choosing a vegan menu while visiting football stadiums of UK. According to the concerned officials, Environment Secretary has given full support to this plan and has advised Premier League clubs to consider this request. According to the local news agencies, the football clubs were advised to go green with this initiative and to take their commitment to another level by pledging to such efforts to safeguard the environment. Apart from providing vegan menus, stadiums are also advised to opt for sustainable resources of energy along with a ban on plastic products.

The other requests include creating more charging points of electrical vehicles; reduce the number of away matches and use their influence to encourage fans to have a better carbon footprint. Before laying down such plans, a thorough investigation was done by a national news agency which involved twenty of the top notch football clubs.

It was discovered that no pressure was maintained by the Premier League on these clubs for introducing such environment friendly measures. Even with this lopsided attitude some of the clubs such as Tottenham and Arsenal have introduced plans to ban single used plastics. Other clubs such as Tottenham, Brighton and Huddersfield are already catering vegan and vegetables based meals to their visitors.

Betting Advertisement Cut From Sports Broadcast in UK

Giving a big jolt to the bookmakers, government has decided to ban all types of advertisement from broadcasting live sports events. Though this ban seems to be of big constraint, but It has allowed some air space for the betting agencies.

This restriction has been accepted by the bookmakers without any fuss because it does not bar them from either sponsoring the teams or to flash betting odds during the televised sport events. According to the chairman of the sports betting organization, it is believed that other issues pertaining to advertisement, sponsorship of sport kits and online advertisements will not be interfered and a recognition would be given for all that has been done by the betting industry.

Starting from the summer of 2019, there will be a whistle to whistle ban on advertisements related to betting during all forms of live sports events. This voluntary move by the betting industry will not be forced on horse and greyhound racing. All sorts of betting advertisements will stop five minutes before the commencement of the live event and will start five minutes after the match concludes.

MP Stephen Hepburn Backs Safe Standing

In an unexpected turn of events, Stephen Hepburn, MP from Jarrow, has come out in the support of those people who had signed a petition demanding for safe standing during the premier football matches. Member of Parliament has called upon the treasury benches to allow introduction of a law pertaining to this demand. He has even asked a question from the Sports Minister regarding the subject of safe standing.

He also revealed that out of the 700 petitioners from South Tyneside, 400 are of his own constituency. It was reported that more than hundred thousands of people had signed a petition across the country which led to a discussion in the parliament. The representative of the Westminster assured and confirmed that the incumbent govt is working on a “small analysis” and further announcements will be made in the upcoming year.

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Football Stadium News Recap – September 2018

FA Endorses Safe Standing Concept for Football Stadiums

As per the press release by Football Association, they are officially endorsing the concept of safe standing areas for viewers at the stadiums during the football matches.

A review regarding this subject is already being commissioned by the incumbent government and most probably it will be tabled in the first week of the next month. Premiere League and EFL also support safe-standing and recommend that the football clubs should also be a part of decision making as far as this concept is concerned.

This approval by Football Association can be construed as the approval by all the three governing bodies of English football. All three of these bodies support the merits associated with this case. The research done by Premier League clearly indicates that more than seventy percent of the viewers want the choice of standing while supporting their favourite clubs. The campaigners for the safe standing give out the example of Germany where it is widely allowed and no untoward incident has happened till now.

Napoli Getting Ready to Play in McDonald’s Arena

If we go by the views expressed by Napoli football club’s president, Aurelio De Laurentiis, it seems there is wind of change blowing in Italy. In order to find a new stadium and required funds, Napoli FC is considering the proposal made by the fast food giant McDonald. Napoli is currently using Stadio San Paolo with a seating capacity of more than fifty thousand.

According to the president of the club, this seventy year old stadium is nothing but a “cesspit”. The sources from local media have confirmed that McDonald has approached Napoli in order to provide them with a new stadium. If all goes well then fans of this club can see their favourite players playing at the McDonald’s Arena in the coming days.

Scotland to Remain in Hampden Park

After months of bickering and rumor mongering, it is now clear that Scotland Football Association has taken a decision to reject the possibility of moving to Murrayfield Stadium. After this decision, Scotland will continue to play matches at Hampden Park even after 2020. The series of events related to this news was based on the expiration of the existing contract between Hampden Park and Scottish FA.

This agreement is going to run out in 2020. In the case of non renewal of the agreement, Football Association was left with either of the two choices. The first one was to renew the contract and the second one was to lease the Murrayfield.

After long negotiations and trepidation, the association has taken a decision to purchase the Hampden Park from its owner at a cost of five million pounds. The one half of this amount will be paid by Willie Haughey, the famous Scottish businessman. According to Scottish FA President Alan McRae “Today’s announcement has been the conclusion of a four-year process to review our national stadium beyond 2020. It was a hugely difficult decision and I would like to place on record our thanks to Scottish Rugby for their professionalism throughout the process. This decision is about what was best for Scottish football and our members. It’s about the future of football in Scotland.”

Opening of Tottenham Hotspur’s New Stadium Stands Delayed

There was an expectation that Tottenham Hotspur will play its match against Liverpool scheduled for September 15 at their new stadium. As per to the different sports updates, opening of the new stadium has been delayed for indefinite period of time.

The reasons for this postponement include delay in construction and “problems with the critical safety systems”. In their statement made in August of this year, the management had stated that, “Delays are common, certainly for builds of this size and complexity, however we are hugely frustrated that this has occurred at such a late stage. Whilst we would have been able to mitigate other areas, we simply cannot compromise safety. This decision was unavoidable,”

Due to this delay the upcoming EPL matches against Cardiff and Manchester City along with other Champion’s League games have also been transferred to the national stadium. The most nearest date for the opening of the new White Hart Lane stadium is now slated for the match against Chelsea which is scheduled for November 24, 2018.

Madagascar Football Stadium Stampede

Another tragedy struck when there was a stampede in a qualifier match between Madagascar and Senegal. This match was a African Nations Cup qualifier and resulted in one person being dead and more than forty injured. This incident is another case of the rising stadium deaths in the past few years. This stampede was a result of the failure of the local administration in controlling the crowds that tried to enter all ready full Stade Municipal De Mahamasina stadium.

Thousands of fans were outside the venue waiting for several hours to buy tickets, when gates were suddenly closed stating that stadium is completely full up to its capacity of twenty two thousand. This led to a rush to enter the stadium resulting in a stampede. Even after this tragic incident, the scheduled match proceeded without any hindrance resulting in a draw between the two teams with score of 2-2. Deaths due to stampede is quite common in African continent because of inadequate arrangement by the management as well as the local administration. The worst case was witnessed in Egypt at Port Said Stadium during 2012 as seventy four people died when fans of Al Masry club attacked the supporters of Al Ahly football club.

Safe Standing: A Review of Behaviour for All-Seater Game Event

Currently the government agencies are reviewing idea of safe standing during the football matches. This review is aimed for behavioural analysis of the crowds when they are allowed to stand during such events. These agencies will also try to examine the levels of the risk of injury faced by fans who persistently stand in the seated venues. This ongoing research is due to the fact that two top division football tournaments require all-seater stadiums.

As per the Football Spectator’s Act of 1989, standing is not allowed during “top flight and Championship”. On the other hand, fans of football clubs have demanded for a long time that they should be allowed to stand during these matches as there is better and efficient safe standing technology in place at the stadiums. After an EFL survey and an online petition has prompted the government to have a debate on this issue at the parliament. On the same note, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has issued conditions and terms of reference for such review.

FA Submits Bid for Women’s Euro 2021 Championship

After hosting Euro 2005, England has decided to bid to host another major women’s football championship. Going forward on this agenda, the Football Association has submitted a proposal to host Women’s European Championship for 2021. The head of women’s football, Baroness Campbell, feels that this would be an enormous opportunity for the women’s football to participate in a major championship at their own home ground. This bid was made while keeping in mind that UEFA will want a “bigger and better” tournament and the Wembley Stadium is the key for the final match of this tournament.

The Football Association bid is being supported by the current dispensation following the successful campaign of Euro 2017 that witnessed English Women team reaching the semi-finals. This event was televised live and watched by more than four million viewers in England itself. The final decision by UEFA for granting permission to host this prestigious event will be most probably submitted by the first week of December, 2018. Two other nations, Hungary and Austria are also contending along with England to host Women’s European Championship for 2021.