FIFA say loan restrictions set to come into force in July

first_imgZURICH (Reuters) – Restrictions on the international loan of players are set to come into force in July as part of a wide-ranging reform of the transfer system, FIFA said yesterday. The global soccer body said it would also establish a new system of so-called “training compensation” for ensuring that clubs receive a fair slice of the cake when players they develop leave at a young age and are involved in expensive transfers later in their careers.FIFA said that a meeting of its stakeholders committee — featuring representatives of players, clubs, leagues and national associations — endorsed a move to limit international loans of players aged 22 and over.It said that loans would be limited to eight out and eight in per season per club for the 2020/21 campaign, going down to six by the 2022/23 season. The new rules were designed to ensure that loans “have a valid sporting purpose for youth development.” FIFA said that it expected member associations to implement similar rules on domestic loans “in line with the principles established at international level” although it did not set a limit. The move is subject to approval by the FIFA Council.FIFA said a fund, financed by a levy of one per cent on all transfer fees, would be created to partly finance training compensation.Under FIFA rules, the club where a player began their career is supposed to receive a percentage of the fee every time they are subsequently involved in an international transfer. Many of the world’s top players began their careers at small clubs where even a few thousand dollars could be useful.However, FIFA has said that the system has until now not worked as it should and many small clubs in Latin America and Africa have missed out on valuable payments.“This modernised system will encourage and reward the training efforts of clubs and, as payments will be automated via the new FIFA Clearing House, it will ensure that training compensation is actually paid, which is often currently not the case,” said FIFA.last_img read more

Betway signs deal with Ninjas in Pyjamas

first_img Share StumbleUpon Share Real Betis selects Betway as its official shirt sponsor August 10, 2020 It was announced last night that Betway has become the main sponsor of one of esports’ most established organisations Ninjas in Pyjamas, better known as NiP. This is the second partnership between a classic sportsbook operator and an esports team; Fnatic and Dafabet have had a partnership in place since October 2015. The ‘high six figure’ deal will see the Betway logo brandished on NiP player shirts and the deal significantly also includes “content usage rights, onsite branding at the NiP gaming house and full player access”. There will also be interviews with Bjorn ‘THREAt’ Pers, coach of NiP, and gear giveaways. Betway’s Anthony Werkman said: “Betway were very proud to be the first bookmaker to launch a bespoke eSports microsite last year. Since then, we have invested heavily in our team which is full of die-hard fans of the sport.“As a company we seek to provide a first-class, premium service and look to partner with those who share the same ideals and values to be able to bring fans closer to the action. As sponsors of West Ham United of the Premier League in England, we constantly engage with supporters to give them insight into the club they wouldn’t get anywhere else.”He concluded: “It’s with these ideals, values and mission in mind that we partnered with NiP.”NiP has some history in esports. It first formed back in 2000 in Sweden, and after a hiatus in 2007, it came back in 2012. NiP currently has teams in CS:GO and Overwatch, and has previously had rosters in Dota 2 and League of Legends.If you’ve heard about esports but want to know a little more about its origins, then check out this handy infographic below:Hicham Chahine, CEO of Ninjas in Pyjamas, said of the new partnership: “We are thrilled with the opportunity to work closely with the leading eSports betting company and are certain the partnership will allow us to continue to grow our legacy to give our millions of fans around the world unforgettable experiences they will remember for a lifetime. #GONINJAS!” ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual  August 20, 2020 Submit Betway and Dafabet grow La Liga sponsorship portfolios August 14, 2020 Related Articleslast_img read more

Ravens sign running back Forsett to one-year contract

first_imgOWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Ravens signed veteran running back Justin Forsett to a one-year contract on Friday.The 28-year-old is a six-year NFL veteran who has appeared in 87 career games during his spent time with Seattle, Indianapolis, Houston, and Jacksonville. Forsett has carried 347 times for 1,692 yards and eight touchdowns.“He’s got great hands. He does a great job in pass protection,” head coach John Harbaugh said. “Obviously, he can run the ball as a running back [and] also contributes on special teams. He’s a very versatile football player and has had a lot of success since he came into the league.”Originally drafted by the Seahawks in the seventh round of the 2008 draft, the 5-foot-8, 194-pound running back has also proven to be a capable receiver out of the backfield, collecting 115 catches for 850 yards and a touchdown. His best season came with Seattle in 2009 when he carried 114 times for 619 yards and four touchdowns and caught 41 passes for 350 yards and a touchdown reception.Spending last season with the Jaguars, Forsett was limited to just nine games before being placed on injured reserve with turf toe and a stress fracture in his foot. He was released last month at the start of free agency but deemed himself fully healthy and ready to go.“I have a chip on my shoulder the size of Texas,” said Forsett, who pointed to his familiarity with new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak as a major selling point to come to Baltimore. “I had a lot of adversity last year being in Jacksonville. It made me stronger.“I know this team is a championship team. I’m at a point in my career where I want to win and I want to win now.”With starting running back Ray Rice dealing with legal issues and coming off the worst season of his career and third-year back Bernard Pierce recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, Forsett figures to compete for more of a complementary role as a third-down back and special-teams contributor.The Ravens are still expected to look to the draft to add an impact running back with Rice’s status remaining unclear for the start of the 2014 season.last_img read more

‘Humble’ Liberian President-Elect Weah Serves Less Privileged Kids (Photos)

first_imgRelated Liberian president-elect George Weah showed his humanitarian side on Wednesday after he was pictured serving food to less privileged kids.Weah was serving the children at the birthday party of his vice president-elect Jewel Howard Taylor in Monrovia.George Weah and Jewel Howard Taylor will be sworn in as the next president and vice president of Liberia at the inauguration ceremony scheduled for Monrovia on the 22nd of January.The pair won last month’s Liberian General Elections (Both Round 1 and Round 2).last_img read more

French Open Recap (Women): Serena Williams Targets Better Form After Securing 3rd Round Berth

first_imgFormer world number one Serena Williams has revealed that she is nowhere near the level she wants to be with the American tennis star adding that she wants to be better than when she took a break from tennis to give birth.The 36-year-old was speaking after booking a third round spot at the ongoing French Open tournament with a 3-6 6-3 6-4 victory over Australia’s 17th seed Ashleigh Barty in what is her first Grand Slam since winning the 2017 Australian Open.In her words, the 23-time major winner said: “I’m probably not where I was before I left.”“I’m definitely going to get there, but I also want to get beyond there.” she added.Williams will now face 11th seed Julia Goerges of Germany for a place in the last 16 after she defeated former French Open quarter-finalist Alison van Uytvanck of Belgium 7-5 7-6 (7-5).The three-time French Open champion is on course to face familiar friend Maria Sharapova in the last 16.Sharapova saw off Donna Vekic of Croatia 7-5 6-4 to book a last 32 meeting with Czech sixth seed Karolina Pliskova.Top seed Simona Halep is also through to the next round following a 6-3 6-1 win over American Taylor Townsend.The Romanian will face Andrea Petkovic of Germany for a place in the last 16.RelatedUS Open: Williams Sisters Cruise To Second Round As French Open Champion Ashleigh Barty Survives Big ScareAugust 27, 2019In “Tennis”French Open Recap (Women): Serena Williams Pulls Out Of Tournament As Top Two Seeds Halep, Wozniacki Suffer Contrasting FortunesJune 5, 2018In “Sports”French Open (Recap): Serena Williams Renew Sharapova Rivalry After 3rd Round WinJune 3, 2018In “Sports”last_img read more

Tottenham Start Premier League Campaign With Victory

first_imgNorth London giants Tottenham Hotspur opened their season with a win following a 2-1 win over Newcastle United at St. James’ Park in the second match of the new Premier League season.All the three goals came within the first eighteen minutes as Tottenham emerged on the positive side of the divide.Tottenham took the lead through a header from Belgian centre back Jan Vertonghen on eight minutesCentre referee Martin Atkinson awarded the goal with the help of Goal-line Technology (GLT).Newcastle United bounced back almost immediately after Joselu converted Matt Ritchie’s devilish cross in the 11th minute only for Tottenham to regain the lead seven minutes later from the third header of the game off Nigerian-born England international Dele Alli.Tottenham were good value for their first half lead but their hosts improved after the break and were unlucky not to get at least a point as Mohamed Diame and substitute Salomon Rondon struck the post in the second half.With the win, Tottenham Hotspur join Manchester United as early leaders at the top of the table after the Red Devils defeated Leicester City 2-1 in the 2018/19 Premier League opener on Friday night.Relatedlast_img read more

German Goalkeeper Kevin Trapp Leaves PSG For Frankfurt On Loan

first_imgGerman international goalkeeper Kevin Trapp has returned to Bundesliga outfit Eintracht Frankfurt on loan from Paris Saint Germain (PSG).The 28-year-old joins the German Cup holders on a season-long loan deal from the French champions.He left the German side to join PSG in the summer of 2016 and has returned on loan just after two years.He lost his place in the starting XI to French shot stopper and World Cup champion Alphonse Areola last season and moved further down the pecking order with the signing of veteran Italian World Cup winner Gianlugi Buffon.On his loan transfer, Trapp told the club’s website that: “When I was in Paris, I always liked to recall the great time I had in Frankfurt.”“The Europa League season in 2013-2014 was special and of course I would like to experience it again.“I was very happy for Eintracht in May, when they won the DFB-Pokal. For me, it was important to get into an environment in which I feel good and where I can play, I’m looking forward to another year at Eintracht.”Eintracht Frankfurt sporting director Bruno Hubner added: “Frederik Ronnow’s current knee problems have made us think, unfortunately our goalkeeper has suffered a knee injury in pre-season that has not quite healed and is still bothering him.“We believe in his qualities but he has now given us the chance to sign Kevin – a goalkeeper who is not only ready to play, but also a figure with great leadership potential, and who demonstrates the value of our club. A current national player decides against other top clubs and comes to us.” He concluded.Relatedlast_img read more

UEFA Stage Protest Against FIFA, Rejects Club World Cup and Nations League Proposal

first_imgThe president of UEFA, Aleksander Ceferin, and his colleagues will stage a walkout at the FIFA Council Meeting set to take place in Kigali on Friday if the world governing body decides to push for a vote on a new Club World Cup and Nations League.UEFA delegates are said to be angry and frustrated over what they perceive as “emotional blackmail” by FIFA president Gianni Infantino to agree to the proposals.Complaints center on the implications it will have on confederations, lack of detail on football’s calendar and an overall lack of consultation from parties involved.A new and expanded Club World Cup – held every year featuring some of the Premier League and Europe’s top clubs – has been proposed by FIFA.The ruling council is to decide whether it should be adopted and how to proceed at its meeting in Rwanda on Friday.The Club World Cup is held every December currently and features seven teams from six confederations.Earlier this year, Infantino proposed an expansion of 24 teams, which will include 12 teams from Europe, with the competition to be staged every four years.An opposition to the plans from FIFA Council members resulted in talks being suspended shortly before the start of the World Cup in Russia.The options being put forward would see the current Club World Cup and Confederations Cup abolished, with a new and expanded Club World Cup set up:Proposal 1: Stage it in place of the Confederations Cup, an eight-nation tournament held in June the year before each World Cup.Proposal 2: Same plan – but also includes options for a yearly competition held either as a pre-season tournament in July to August or in another time slot.In either case, the competition format, number of teams and division of places between each confederation are yet to be determined, but it will not exceed 18 days.The world governing body also wants to introduce a new global Nations League based on the format of the UEFA Nations League, which began in September.The new Club World Cup and global Nations League is projected to generate $25bn in revenue, with the investment coming from a consortium led by Japan’s SoftBank.However, with FIFA facing scrutiny over potential financial links with Saudi Arabia, the official documents outline how the organization “would not enter into a joint venture for this purpose, whether directly or indirectly, with sovereign wealth funds of individual states”.The FIFA Council will vote on whether to introduce a Nations League that will include countries from across the world from 2022.However, it will also decide whether organizing and commercializing that competition is also FIFA’s responsibility.Relatedlast_img read more

Raheem Sterling Faults Media for Fueling Racism

first_imgRaheem Sterling has accused British newspapers of helping to “fuel racism” with the way they portray young black footballers after he suffered alleged abuse during Manchester City’s defeat at Chelsea.Chelsea and the police are investigating the incident at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, which was highlighted on social media.Sterling, 24, posted on Instagram on Sunday, referencing a story from January about City teammate Tosin Adarabioyo reportedly buying an expensive house despite never having started a Premier League match.“The young black kid is looked at in a bad light. Which helps fuel racism an(d) aggressive behaviour,” Sterling wrote.“So for all the newspapers that don’t understand why people are racist in this day and age all I have to say is have a second thought about fair publicity an(d) give all players an equal chance.”Sterling received a barrage of abuse from home supporters as he retrieved the ball from behind the goal during the first half of the Premier League match at Stamford Bridge, which City lost 2-0.The England international said he was not surprised by the behaviour of the fans but did not elaborate on what was said.“I just want to say, I am not normally the person to talk a lot but when I think I need my point heard I will speak up,” he posted.“Regarding what was said at the Chelsea game, as you can see by my reaction I just had to laugh because I don’t expect no better.”In his social media post, Sterling refers to headlines about Adarabioyo, 21, and fellow City youngster Phil Foden buying houses.While the article about Adarabioyo focuses on how he spent £2.25 million (₦1,042,661,250 billion) on a property without making a top-flight appearance, midfielder Foden, 18, is described as having “set up a future”.“You have two young players starting out their careers — both play for the same team, both have done the right thing, which is buy a new house for their mothers who have put in a lot of time and love into helping them get where they are,” said Sterling.“But look at how the newspapers get their message across for the young black player and then for the young white player.“I think this is unacceptable, both innocent, have not done a thing wrong but just by the way it has been worded.”Sterling, who recently signed a contract extension with Manchester City, has previously faced negative publicity, often for non-football issues.Treated as a scapegoat during England’s disastrous Euro 2016 campaign, he dubbed himself “The Hated One” on Instagram.Sterling was widely criticised again ahead of this year’s World Cup in Russia for having a tattoo of a gun on his leg.He explained it was a tribute to his father, who was shot dead in his birthplace of Jamaica when Sterling was just two years old.Relatedlast_img read more

FIFA To Review Global Football Calender To Ease Fixture Congestion

first_imgFIFA will hold a “once and for all” review of the international match calendar, which governs the dates of major competitions and tournaments.World football governing body also expressed concern at the gap between the top national teams and the rest, which it noted was getting bigger, and said that it wants to make more use of technology.Leading managers including Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp and Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola have long complained about fixture congestion, with Guardiola describing the present system as a “disaster for players”.Many in the game fear players risk burnout with the increasing demands modern football places on them.For instance, many of the Premier League’s top players after the conclusion of the domestic season will be involved in Euro 2020, Copa America or the Olympics, with the Africa Cup of Nations taking place in January and February 2021.“The international match calendar plays a central role in the sustainable growth of football in all regions of the world and at all levels,” FIFA said in a new document ‘The Vision 2020-2023: Making Football Truly Global’.“For this reason, the current system should, once and for all, be discussed thoroughly with all stakeholders and reviewed according to their needs in a collective effort to guarantee a truly global approach,” FIFA added.The review is part of a list of ‘11 goals’ which FIFA president Gianni Infantino has outlined for the next three years.Those goals include their ongoing attempt to reform the transfer system and expanding the use of technology, including the video assistant referee (VAR) system.“The successful implementation of VAR in FIFA’s competitions provides a foundation for the continuous enhancement of VAR technology, which should focus particularly on improving communication around VAR incidents and making the technology accessible for all member associations, regardless of their size and/or financial resources,” said FIFA.FIFA was also concerned that very few teams from outside Europe and South America had reached the quarter-finals in any of the last three World Cups.“This is directly linked to comparatively high levels of investment in Europe and low levels of investment everywhere else (with the limited exception of South America),” it said.It said that FIFA, which will increase the number of teams at the World Cup to 48 from 2026, should “take steps to bridge this gap” with the long term aim of bringing at least 50 sides to a “top competitive level.”FIFA also proposed further changes to the laws of the game and that “the promotion of offensive tactics should guide this process.”Despite controversy over the implementation of the VAR system over the last two years, it also proposed the use of new technologies.“FIFA should explore emerging technologies that can positively impact the game, such as artificial intelligence and sensor technology, and assess their capabilities,” it said.It also wants to make VAR technology accessible for all member associations “regardless of their size and/or financial resources.”RelatedFIFPro: There Must Be Compulsory Mid-Season And Off-Season BreaksMarch 14, 2019In “FIFA”FIFA Rule Change Allows Five Substitutions Per Team And Provides For Scrapping Of VARMay 8, 2020In “Featured”European Clubs Vow To Boycott New FIFA Club World Cup FormatMarch 16, 2019In “FIFA”last_img read more