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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.