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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 – 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-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.