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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.