Platini claims World Cup 98 draw was rigged

first_imgWorld Cup Platini claims World Cup 1998 draw was rigged, with ‘a little trickery’ delivering France-Brazil final Ben Spratt 20:09 5/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) France World Cup 1998 Getty Images World Cup France Brazil A “dream” final between the reigning champions and hosts was manufactured, according to a man who was joint-head of the organising committee Michel Platini has suggested the draw for the 1998 FIFA World Cup was manufactured to enable hosts France to play defending champions Brazil in the final.Three-time Ballon d’Or winner Platini was joint-head of the organising committee for the tournament, held in France for the second time as they chased their first title.Zinedine Zidane ultimately inspired Les Bleus to victory in the final, defeating Brazil 3-0 in a showdown that Platini now suggests was planned from the outset. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now The group stage draw ensured the sides could not meet before the Stade de France showpiece as long as they topped their groups, setting up a “dream” clash.”When we organised the schedule, we used a little trickery,” he told France Bleu. “If we finished first in the group [Group C] and Brazil finished first [in Group A], we could not meet before the final.”We did not spend six boring years organising the World Cup to not have some little shenanigans. Do you think that others have not done it for their World Cup?”France versus Brazil in the final, that was the dream for everyone.”Platini went on to become UEFA president but, in 2015, was banned from football for six years, later reduced to four, following an investigation by Swiss authorities.This investigation focused on a “disloyal payment” of £1.3million ($1.8m) made to Platini in 2011 that had “no legal basis”.FIFA is yet to respond to requests to pass comment on Platini’s claims regarding the 1998 World Cup draw.last_img read more

PROCESS WELL UNDERWAY FOR UNITARY MODEL OF MANAGMENT

first_imgAs you are aware the Australian Touch Association is in the process of progressing the national unitary management model in accordance with the recommendations contained within the Shilbury report. It is the view of the ATA that the time frames set down by the working committee (State and National CEO’s and the General committee) will be met and these time frames are broadly indicated in the attachments which are inclusive of the Schedule for sub Committees and a Power Point presentation for use by Members Please find here an Adobe picture file and also a Power Point presentation on the progress of the Unitary Model. ADOBE PICTURE OF THE UNITARY MODEL PROGRESS POWERPOINT PRESENTATION OF THE UNITARY MODEL PROGRESS Please find below the first newsletter on the progress of the unitary model: UNITARY MODEL NEWSLETTER Positive effects: * The positive effects of this management model are many, to highlight the obvious: * Strength drawn from economies of scale; * Consistent delivery of services; * Better informed Touch Community; * Better adaptation of resources; * Improved delivery of services to affiliates; * Elimination and or reduction of duplication. The set up: As this advancement program is critical to the sport the ATA has taken a “we must get it right” view and in support of this five sub committees have been formed, they are: * Governance * Finance * Human resources * Business Principles Strategic planning The committee memberships have been designed to obtain a valuable cross section of thoughts ideas and processes from a wide range of the sports volunteers and paid personnel from every area in Australia. Tasks at hand for each committee and the members of each are detailed below GOVERNANCE: Ken Willett (Qld) Chairperson (04) 1204-5455 ken.willett@racq.com.au John Howard (NSW) Bruce Ainslie (SA) Graeme Murphy (ACT) Marion Murphy (SA) The tasks facing this committee are: * Draft Constitution consultation and recommendations * Draft Standing Orders for Advisory Committees * Investigate changes needed at local level to ensure direct affiliation. * Review and Define ATA Board Responsibilities and roles * Define delegations and limitations of ATA Board and CEO FINANCE: Jeremy Sorenson Chair person (WA) Chairperson (08) 9387-8279 jeremy@touchwest.com Lyn Dunn (ATA) Darren Ball (SA) Tony Doyle (NSW) Karen Groves (ACT) Paul Eggers (Queensland) The tasks facing this committee are: * Cash Collection procedures * Expenditure Procedures * Chart of accounts * Risk Management Guidelines * Financial Reporting system identified HUMAN RESOURCES: Peter Topp Chairperson(ATA) 0262852703 ptopp@austouch.com.au Jasmin Reik (SA) Sandra Gad (External consultant) ATA Board Member The tasks facing this committee are Define managerial Hierarchy: * Who reports to Whom * Determine responsibilities * Develop Organisational Chart Staff Management: * Document induction process * Define Salary Structure * Develop Employment Process inclusive of EBA’s and or contracts * Plan for retention of current and recruitment of Staff (CB’s Regions and ATA) * Plan any other policies and standards required BUSINESS PRINCIPLES: Col Maguire Chairperson (SA) 0883733222 cmaguire@internode.on.net Andrew Bar (Qld) Miles Davine (Vic) Isobel Appo (NT) Bill Ker (ATA) Jon Pratt (ATA) Dean Russell (NSW) Consultant (to be identified) The tasks facing this committee are: * Communication – vertical and lateral methods and protocols * IT Infrastructure, Management and Policy * Operating Rules and Procedures * Customer Service Principals STRATEGIC PLANNING: ATA Board Peter Topp Bill Ker The tasks facing this committee are: Integrate “National Development Plan (June 2004) the Strategic Plan and the Shilbury Report change management process into a new Strategic Plan Where Are We Now? All committees have commenced their contact and discussions will commence within the week. The strategic plan for the next 18 months will be put to the Australian Sports Commission on February 17 and this will be inclusive of the current outstanding strategic directional matters combined with the Game Development Plan for the development area and the actions required to introduce and implement the management audit unitary model. A new schedule for sub committees has been completed, this document is a basic macro overview of the expected timelines required to successfully implement change by July 1 2005. Communication with State Government funding agencies has commenced especially aimed at the funding of activities within State Boundaries by a National Organisation as distinct to an Incorporated State Body. The ATA Legal Advisor has supplied a detailed information sheet on the winding up procedures needed for each State and Territory, ACT sample given at the end of this document. The ATA is in the process of appointing a new CEO (due to the retirement from the position of the current CEO) and once that is in place the employment of a senior member to the ATA (either a Member Services Manger of a Chief Financial Officer) will be undertaken. This is supporting the new ATA Office Structure as recommended in the Shilbury Report WHAT CAN YOU DO? As this is a critical time for the committees it is imperative that the chair of each committee is contactable. With that in mind I encourage any Touch participant to make contact and pass on their thoughts and ideas to these committees. One major change to the relationships between States, Regions and local associations is that of membership. Under the new constitution the ATA members (Legal Owners) will be the Local Touch Associations which is a major organisational change. The local player now has a critical role in the direction of the sport. This will give local associations a direct communication pathway to the national organisation. In saying this it has been recognised that local associations should contribute to these formative steps, after all the new members should be involved at this level as the outcomes will be inclusive of their ideas .We need your assistance especially with the sub committees work over the next 6 weeks. The Human Resource Committee needs a wider consultation base therefore we are looking for a couple more committee members preferably with experience in this area. For contact to the chairperson of each committee please refer to the contact numbers next to their names or alternatively contact the ATA on 1800 654 951 (free call) Australian Touch Association PO Box 9078 w Deakin, AC 2600 Email: billker@austouch.com.au Web site: http://www.austouch.com.aulast_img read more

Referee Affiliate of the Month

first_imgTouch Football Australia’s (TFA) ‘Referee Affiliate of the Month’ sees TFA highlight an affiliate that has demonstrated success in referee development, but most importantly provide information and ideas from that affiliate as a profile for other affiliates and competitions to utilise. TFA congratulates the third Referee Affiliate of the Month, Northern Districts Touch Association in Western Australia and thanks the affiliate for providing the included information. To view the Northern Districts Touch Association case study, please click on the attachment below or click on the following link:http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=14-3591-0-0-0&sID=282883Related Filesnorthern_districts_touch_referee_affiliate_case_study-pdfRelated LinksRef Affiliate of the Monthlast_img read more

KooGa would like to introduce BLK

first_imgBLK is the internationally acclaimed high performance sports apparel brand owned and operated by WRS Group.  The group is also owner of popular brand KooGa Australia. However, due to the group’s international expansion strategy these brands will be consolidated from November 2013 to present a distinct brand identity internationally.  Consolidating the KooGa and BLK brand will ensure the delivery of innovative sportswear solutions to all sporting codes, consistently around the globe. WRS Group has a proven record of delivering quality equipment and apparel for teams and individual athletes across various sporting disciplines, including AFL, from the elite to grassroots levels.  In 2014, BLK will be the Official Apparel Partner to Touch Football Australia and elite teams including the Melbourne Storm. For more information regarding this change, please see below some frequently asked questions and answers.Who is BLK?BLK is the WRS Group’s international sportswear brand – supplying and distributing product globally.  The BLK product range has been developed to fulfil the needs of the modern athlete and supporter, from technical training and match day equipment to a superior lifestyle and supporter’s apparel range.  BLK is supplier to over 4,000 teams internationally.Why retire a strong brand such as KooGa Australia?KooGa Australia has been a WRS Group brand since 1999, and has become well-known for innovation within the Australian sportswear industry.  The WRS Group has made the decision to consolidate the BLK and KooGa brands under one banner as part of an international expansion strategy.  We want to present an internationally-minded business which offers innovative sportswear solutions to all sporting codes. To do this, we need to have a distinct brand identity that will drive us into the next stage of growth – BLK.Why move to one brand?Consolidating to one brand will strengthen the Group as a whole and increase our brand equity. Instead of separately branded sportswear solutions for our operations in Australia and internationally, we will now see a single brand rolled out across the globe.Has the business been sold to an international company?No. KooGa Australia has always been part of the WRS Group and will remain so with the BLK brand that has 100 per cent ownership of the WRS Group and its founders.What does this mean?This rebrand means, as a team, we will be able to provide our customers superior service, a better end product as well as timely and cost-effective delivery of product. It will enable us to achieve our goal of increasing our market share by reinventing sportswear across all sporting codes around the globe.Will there be changes to the team?No. Despite a few title changes for some team members, the team will remain as it is now and into the foreseeable future.Will there be changes to the quality of the gear?No. Quality and price points will also remain the same. In fact, we will have the ability to further improve the quality and pricing of our products as a result of streamlined processes and increased purchasing power of the combined brands.Is the delivery or service going to change?Yes, delivery and service will both improve as a result of combing the two separate teams into one united operation. This will enable us to provide improved customer service through a strengthened, well-supported and highly-skilled team.When does the change come into play?The rebrand from KooGa Australia to BLK will become effective as of Monday, 11 November, 2013.What is happening to the KooGa website?As of Monday, 11 November, the KooGa website, www.kooga.com.au will be redirected to www.blksport.comRelated LinksKooGa introduces BLKlast_img read more

Recommended Touch Football Junior Ball Usage

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) is pleased to announce the introduction of a new size of Touch Football to the suite of equipment available for affiliated members.  In line with the TFA 2016-2020 Strategic Plan strategies to grow School and Junior participation, we now introduce a Size 3 ball catering to our smaller players.  With the introduction of this ball size, the table in the attachment below outlines the recommended ball size, appropriate for certain age groups. These changes will be updated in due course to the TFA Junior Framework.  For more information, please click on the attachment below. All of these balls are available now and can be purchased by contacting Grace Bryant via grace.bryant@touchfootball.com.au or 02 6212 2831.Related Files160511_tfa_-_recommended_junior_ball_usage_v0_1-pdfRelated LinksJunior Ball Usagelast_img read more

9 months agoPochettino maintains full trust in Tottenham contract rebel Eriksen

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Pochettino maintains full trust in Tottenham contract rebel Eriksenby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has trust in Christian Eriksen amid his continuing negotiations over a contract extension.The Dane stated this week that he was waiting for the club to appease his demands.Eriksen’s current contract expires in 2020 and Pochettino believes he can count on him to perform until then.He said: “We hope that he can be here for a long time.”I think Christian is a fantastic player. I was in Copenhagen in the summer and spent a good time with my wife, and Christian, in a very nice restaurant!”We hope that Christian can commit to the club with a long-term contract – but in football business it is about timings and negotiations.”He is ready to wait. Maybe sign this week, maybe sign in six months.”For me, it is not a point to discuss. He is very committed with us and he is playing so well. He is a great player and I am so happy with him.”He is a special person and you need to give him some freedom on the pitch.”You cannot put him in a box to play, you need to give freedom and trust in him.”It’s like my dog in the park – I say, ‘go, I trust in you!’. Christian, you need to trust in him.”There is going to be a decision, and I hope he will commit to the club for the long term.” last_img read more

What is Yaya Toure’s net worth & salary?

first_imgYaya Toure has enjoyed an illustrious career on both club and international levels, most notably during his spell at Manchester City where he scored 79 career goals over the course of eight seasons.He was an important player for the Ivory Coast national team as well, winning the Africa Cup of Nations in 2015 and netting 19 times in 101 appearances.He is a known philanthropist and is involved in giving back to the community as well, is outspoken about race issues in football and is a keen advocate for the preservation of animals (elephants especially) as well as a supporter of UNICEF. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? With the forward now having been released from Olympiakos as he searches for a new challenge, Goal has tallied up his estimated net worth and taken a look at his past charity pursuits and endorsements.What is Yaya Toure’s net worth? Toure has enjoyed an illustrious career that has seen him play for some of the biggest names in European football including Barcelona, Man City and Monaco, but it is with Man City that he hit his career best in form, scoring 79 career goals and winning three Premier League titles, one FA Cup, two EFL Cups and one Community Shield.He is an Africa Cup of Nations champion with the Ivory Coast in 2015 and was named African Footballer of the Year on four occasions for four consecutive years (2011-2015) as well as Manchester City Player of the Year in 2013-14.Toure’s net worth has been estimated at £54m ($70m) by the website Celebrity Net Worth.How much does Yaya Toure earn? Yaya Toure - OlympiacosToure is currently a free agent after he re-joined the Greek club in September, though is now eager for a new challenge as he believes that modern-day footballers can play well into their 40s.He is believed to have taken a significant pay cut after joining the Greek side following the reported £220,000 ($285k) he was earning a week at Manchester City, with his assets during his Etihad days thought to be worth around £54 million ($70m).What sponsorships does Yaya Toure have? Toure’s primary sponsorship deal with Puma calls for part of his income to be used towards supplying shoes to underprivileged West Africans.In 2015, he was the face of Nissan’s advertising in Africa and became the brand’s global ambassador.How many social media followers does Yaya Toure have? Unlike the majority of his colleagues and compatriots, he is not on Instagram, though tweets semi-frequently on his Twitter account where, at the time of writing, he has amassed 731,000 followers.Looking forward to some Monday Night Football !!!! 💙💙💙Let’s do this 🙌🏾 https://t.co/gFAJBaY1cL— Yaya Touré (@YayaToure) January 14, 2019He boasts 1.3m followers on his official Facebook account, though his preferred social media platform of choice is likely his official website, with which he posts updates about his club activity, his sponsorship endorsements as well as his activities in charity work and giving back to the community.As per the introduction to the website: “In the Ivory Coast they call him ‘L’Ordinateur’ (‘the computer’) because he is a master of the game, a tactician of subtle brilliance. Roberto Mancini, his former manager at Manchester City, famously called him ‘coach’ because of his appetite for analysing video footage of games and writing down his observations in a notebook.”What charity work does Yaya Toure do? Yaya Toure Soccer Aid 2018In October 2013, Toure joined a campaign against elephant poaching, becoming a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme.Let’s do all we can to protect the environment and the incredible animals on our planet.Great work @UNEnvironment 👍🏾 https://t.co/9i8x88pO37— Yaya Touré (@YayaToure) November 10, 2018In the summer of 2018, Toure gave his support to UNICEF by taking part in the Soccer Aid charity match alongside the likes of Usain Bolt, Gordon Ramsey and Kevin Pietersen. The match raised over £5.5m.He also leads the Yaya Toure Young Leaders Programme, an educational vehicle that seeks to expand the horizons of young people in Africa aged 15-25. The course covers HIV prevention, gender equality issues and the dangers of substance abuse, and is geared to developing the future leaders of Africa.Toure also joined forced with Idris Elba, former footballer Patrick Vieira and others in a groundbreaking campaign titled ‘Ebola Deeply – Africa United’ that broadcast to millions across Africa and the world, in an effort to de-stigmatise the healthcare workers fighting the Ebola epidemic.It was my pleasure to visit @farenet’s #DiversityHouse today!All my career I have stood against racism and discrimination. I wanted to thank the campaigners fighting this issue every day.We should all support them as much as possible. https://t.co/noCc9dtDw8— Yaya Touré (@YayaToure) June 24, 2018After signing a boot deal with Puma in 2011, Toure insisted on waiving his fee in exchange for large amounts of football equipment to be distributed among West African children living in poverty. Toure’s aim was to give more children in the region the chance to play football, therefore encouraging football development in Africa at grassroots level, as well as supporting child welfare.“In under-privileged areas of Africa, football is a way for children to enjoy themselves and be healthy, for some it is also a way to a better life as it was for me. I am very happy to be working with PUMA on this,” he said at the time.The Ivory Coast international has also been an active participant in the discourse surrounding racism and the bigotry received by black footballers, and is an ambassador for anti-racism group FARE and also advised FIFA on how to fight the issue.last_img read more

Midtjylland vs Rangers: TV, stream & preview

first_imgRangers’ Europa League qualification run continues on Thursday with a trip to Denmark, where they will face Midtjylland.Steven Gerrard’s men have been in fine form this season, despite a scoreless draw at Progres Niederkorn a week ago. Indeed, they won their Scottish Premiership opener 2-1 against Kilmarnock on Sunday, with Connor Goldson’s late winner sparking raucous scenes.Midtjylland are their toughest opponents to date, though. Although this is their first European game of the season, they are four matches into their league campaign and have won each one by a single goal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Game Midtjylland vs Rangers Date Thursday, August 8 Time 7pm BST / 2pm ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game will be available for streaming on Rangers TV. US TV channel Online stream N/A Rangers TV In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will not be broadcast on television but can be streamed via Rangers TV. UK TV channel Online stream N/A Rangers TV Squads & Team News Position Midtjylland squad Goalkeepers Hansen, Ottesen, Andersen Defenders Dal Hende, Andersson, Reese, Scholz, Nicolaisen, Manjrekar, Sviatchenko, Da Silva Midfielders Sparv, Poulsen, Okosun, Evander, Mabil, Anderson, Ogochukwu, Cajuste, Madsen, Dyhr Forwards Kaba, Thychosen, Isaksen, Dovbyk, Junior Brumado, Wikheim Summer signing Paulinho is only ready now to begin training and is not currently in the club’s European squad.Crucially, Nigeria international striker Paul Onuachu, who was part of the side that finished third at the Africa Cup of Nations, has not featured after that competition. Midtjylland have not fielded the 6′ 7″ forward this season as he is liable to be sold.Former Celtic centre-back Erik Sviatchenko can play, despite being dismissed at the weekend.Possibile Midtjylland starting XI: Hansen; Scholz, Sviatchenko, Nicolaisen; Cajuste, Frank, Sparv, Evander, Andersson; Junior Brumado, Wikheim Position Rangers squad Goalkeepers McGregor, Foderingham, Firth Defenders Tavernier, Edmundson, Goldson, Katic, Polster, Barisic, Halliday, Helander, Flanagan Midfielders Jack, Davis, Ojo, Kamara, Docherty, Aribo, Arfield Forwards Stewart, Morelos, Defoe, Jones, Hastie Graham Dorrans and Jamie Murphy continue to miss out injured for Steven Gerrard’s men, who will be able to welcome back goalkeeper Allan McGregor, who was suspended for the weekend win at Kilmarnock.Jon Flanagan and Filip Helander are both doubts.Possible Rangers starting XI: McGregor; Tavernier, Goldson, Katic, Barisic; Davis, Jack, Aribo; Ojo, Morelos, Arfield.Betting & Match Odds Rangers are 13/8 outsiders to win this match at bet365. Steven Gerrard’s men can be backed at 11/5 to get a draw, while a Midtjylland victory is on offer at 31/20.Click here to see all of bet365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more .Match Preview Steven Davis Rangers 2019-20Rangers have made an almost flawless start to the season but on Thursday face their biggest test yet as they tackle Midtjylland at the MCH Arena.Steven Gerrard’s side are unbeaten both in friendly and competitive play this term and on Sunday received a major boost as they overcame Kilmarnock 2-1 thanks to a late Connor Goldson effort. Having only taken two points from a possible 12 against the Rugby Park side in the league last season, this was a very welcome success.Now thoughts turn back towards Europe, where the Gers are seeking to reach the group stage of the Europa League for the second season in succession. Two qualifying rounds have already been negotiated with ease, but there is little doubt that the challenge becomes harder this time around.Speaking after the draw against Progres last week, Gerrard admitted that his side would “have to play better” to overcome their seeded rivals.Midtjylland are seeking to reach the group stage for just the second time in their history, though when they did before they recorded a stunning two-legged victory over Southampton and even beat Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United 2-1 at home before succumbing 5-1 in the return leg.Since then, they have fallen in the play-off round three times, against Osmanlispor, Apollon Limassol and Malmo.“I think our chance of going through is 50-50, but it will be insanely difficult,” former Celtic man Erik Sviatchenko admitted. “It’s going to be two exciting ties – Rangers will come to Denmark with a lot of fans and they have a really strong team.“I had the pleasure of playing against them five times while at Celtic. Rangers are physical and fast.“But we are at home in the first leg and I think we have a chance if we can keep another clean sheet – something we have being doing a lot of recently.“We have one aim and that is to get into the Europa League group stage.”The two clubs share the same goal but only one can progress, with the winner set for a showdown against Legia Warsaw or Atromitos.last_img read more

There’s A New Heisman House Commercial Starring Baker Mayfield

first_imgBaker Mayfield stars in a new Heisman House commercial.Former Oklahoma signal-caller Baker Mayfield is the quarterback of the Cleveland Browns now, but he’s still representing the Sooners on television from time to time. His latest work is another hilarious Heisman House commercial.In the new spot, Mayfield is flying around on drone shoes, talking to former Miami quarterback Gino Torretta. Mayfield reveals that he’s both gotten his car painted and hired a band to follow him around – hoping to write off all these expenses on his taxes.After Torretta informs Mayfield that none of it is tax-deductible, the former Sooners quarterback unveils a cape and flies off for some sad alone time.It’s a weird commercial, for sure. But Oklahoma fans will still like it.Big league @bakermayfield thinks his new drone shoes are tax deductible. @GinoTorretta has some news for him. @NissanUSA #HeismanHouse pic.twitter.com/LtDZqXuxJ3— Nissan (@NissanUSA) November 1, 2018Mayfield, after being selected No. 1 overall this past April, has had a decent start to his NFL career. He’s thrown for 1,471 yards and eight touchdowns against six interceptions in six games.Mayfield’s NFL career took a bit of a turn earlier this week when the Browns decided to fire head coach Hue Jackson. It’ll be interesting to see how Mayfield performs moving forward.last_img read more

Another Video Of Dirty Play In Alabama-LSU Has Surfaced

first_imgFans watch during the game between the Louisiana State University Tigers and the University of Louisiana-Lafatette Ragin' Cajuns at Tiger Stadium.BATON ROUGE, LA – SEPTEMBER 19: Fans watch during the game between the Louisiana State University Tigers and the University of Louisiana-Lafatette Ragin’ Cajuns at Tiger Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)Alabama-LSU is one of college football’s most-intense rivalries, so it wasn’t surprising to see it get a little too physical at times.Saturday night, video of an Alabama player’s apparent dirty move on LSU quarterback Joe Burrow went viral.It looked pretty bad:Williams driving his forearm into the throat of Burrow and then a Machado-esque leg drag across his helmet. pic.twitter.com/0AZosV0CDY— Zach Heilprin (@ZachHeilprin) November 4, 2018That’s not the only apparent dirty play from the game, either.This play has been getting some attention on social media, too:You really have to like all these 5-stars playing with class pic.twitter.com/Z1sCmwN5V1— Busted Coverage (@bustedcoverage) November 4, 2018If you really tried, you could probably find moments like these from basically every college football game. It’s a physical sport and, at times, emotions will boil over.Still, it’s not something you want to see, especially in a game of this magnitude.last_img read more

Michigan State Fans Aren’t Happy With This Mark Dantonio Comment

first_imgA closeup of Mark Dantonio wearing a green Michigan State polo.ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 07: Michigan State Spartans head football coach Mark Dantonio prior to the start of the game against the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Michigan State fans don’t appear to be happy with what head football coach Mark Dantonio said today.Dantonio, speaking about the Spartans’ 2018 season, said he “firmly believes” this year will be a success.Michigan State, meanwhile, is 6-5 and coming off of a loss to Nebraska. The Spartans should improve to 7-5 with a win against Rutgers.Dantonio: “I firmly believe this year will be a success.”— Chris Solari (@chrissolari) November 20, 2018Michigan State fans have reacted like this:I’m interested in learning how he defines “success.”— Johnny Bridges (@MattBuckelew) November 20, 2018 pic.twitter.com/TpbgVSwKCu— Sean (@SeanFbeezy) November 20, 2018They must have a very broad definition of success…— the real ian scott (@IanScott1982) November 20, 2018 pic.twitter.com/aDFjrhy0br— Savage?Beast (@Skeets24) November 20, 2018 pic.twitter.com/wRsGHyYKWL— Trevor Upchurch (@SidewaysMosque) November 20, 2018Welp.Michigan State and Rutgers are set to play on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. E.T.last_img read more

FOX Analyst Trashes College Football’s “Most Overrated” Program

first_imgA general view of Michigan's football stadium.ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 10: General view of the fans filling the University of Michigan Stadium prior to the start of the game between the Michigan Wolverines and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on September 10, 2011 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)The pitchforks are out for Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan football program this week, following the Wolverines’ brutal loss to Ohio State.Michigan entered Saturday’s game against the Buckeyes at 10-1, ranked No. 4 in the country with eyes set on the College Football Playoff, but Harbaugh’s team left Columbus with a blowout loss.Now, everyone and their brother is seizing the opportunity to criticize the Ann Arbor program.FOX analyst Rob Parker took a major shot at the Wolverines this afternoon.“Michigan is the most overrated program in the history of college football. They’ve won one national championship since the Louisiana Purchase,” he said.”Michigan is the most overrated program in the history of college football. They’ve won one national championship since the Louisiana Purchase,” @RobParkerFS1 just made me spit out my coffee with that one ??— Aaron Torres (@Aaron_Torres) November 27, 2018That’s probably a bit excessive – Michigan has won the most games in college football history – but the Wolverines certainly haven’t been national championship-good in quite a while.Can Jim Harbaugh ever get the Wolverines to that level?last_img read more

Kliff Kingsbury Has Reportedly Declined A “Lucrative” Coaching Offer

first_imgkliff kingsbury yells at an official during a texas tech gameTEMPE, AZ – SEPTEMBER 10: Head coach Kliff Kingsbury of the Texas Tech Red Raiders reacts on the sidelines during the first half of the college football game against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Sun Devil Stadium on September 10, 2015 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Former Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury has reportedly turned down an opportunity to become a head coach again.Kingsbury, who became USC’s offensive coordinator earlier this month, was reportedly pursued by the Houston Cougars, who fired Major Applewhite on Sunday.Brett McMurphy reports that Houston offered Kingsbury a “lucrative” head coaching offer.He declined it.“USC OC/former Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury has declined “a lucrative offer” to become coach at Houston, source told @WatchStadium,” he tweeted.USC OC/former Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury has declined “a lucrative offer” to become coach at Houston, source told @WatchStadium. WVU’s Dana Holgorsen is UH’s next target, source said— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) December 31, 2018Houston is now expected to target West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen, who could have interested in the Cougars’ position.Holgorsen is believed by some to be ready to move on from the Mountaineers’ program.“He loves the city and it’s a better cultural fit for him. There’s been tension at WVU for a while. He just had one of his best teams and only went 8-4. Just feels like right time for a change of scenery,” ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg said of Holgorsen and the Houston job.He loves the city and it’s a better cultural fit for him. There’s been tension at WVU for a while. He just had one of his best teams and only went 8-4. Just feels like right time for a change of scenery. https://t.co/H3Hf2NWItI— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) December 30, 2018Houston is reportedly prepared to offer Holgorsen a contract that West Virginia might not be able to match.Stay tuned.last_img read more

Kirk Herbstreit Names ‘Good Fit’ For The West Virginia Job

first_imgKirk Herbstreit on the set of ESPN's College GameDayNEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: GameDay host Kirk Herbstreit is seen during ESPN’s College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)Earlier this week, reports of Dana Holgorsen-to-Houston began. Although the reports seemed like all smoke and no fire at first, they quickly morphed into a real story.Holgorsen’s ties to Houston and friendship with super-booster Tilman Fertitta was enough for the Cougars to lure him away from his position at West Virginian. Holgorsen is the new head coach at Houston, which leaves a vacancy for the Mountaineers.On Tuesday afternoon, ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit thinks Butch Jones could be a good fit for the West Virginia opening, according to Michael Bratton.Kirk Herbstreit believes Butch Jones could be ‘good fit’ for West Virginia head coaching position https://t.co/sZrUbNaoP4— SEC Mike (@MichaelWBratton) January 1, 2019Jones most recently worked as an analyst for Alabama, but has significant head coaching experience. He had successful stints at Central Michigan and Cincinnati before taking over at Tennessee.In five years as the Volunteers head coach, Jones led the team to a 34-27 record and three bowl wins.Will Jones land a head coaching job after one year with the Tide?last_img read more

Exclusive: Samsung to launch Galaxy M10 at Rs 8,990, M20 at Rs 12,990

first_imgExclusive: Samsung to launch Galaxy M10 at Rs 8,990, M20 at Rs 12,990Sources close to India Today Tech have revealed the prices of the Galaxy M10 and M20 phones ahead of their launch on January 28.advertisement Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiJanuary 18, 2019UPDATED: January 19, 2019 11:06 IST HIGHLIGHTSThe Galaxy M10 and M20 price in India will be Rs 8,990 and Rs 12,990, respectivelyThe Galaxy M phones will come with waterdrop displaysSamsung will announce the Galaxy M10 and M20 on January 28Samsung is gearing up to launch the Galaxy M10 and M20 phones in India on January 28 as part of the newly minted Galaxy M series. These phones will fall in the affordable segment to take on the likes of Xiaomi and Realme and India Today Tech has just learnt the prices of both the devices. According to our sources, the Galaxy M10 will be priced at Rs 8,990 while the Galaxy M20 will cost Rs 12,990 in India.This falls in line with past reports that the Galaxy M10 will fall under Rs 10,000. Our source did not reveal the storage and memory configuration of the Galaxy M10 and M20 phones. What past rumours have suggested is that the Galaxy M20 will come with 3GB of RAM with either 32GB or 64GB of internal storage. There may be more than one variant for each of these devices, and the prices confirmed to us by our sources are likely of the base models.Samsung has already confirmed that the Galaxy M phones will launch as Amazon exclusive devices. The e-commerce platform has also revealed a few key design details as well.Based on what we know so far, the Galaxy M10 and M20 will come with a waterdrop Infinity-V displays. These are the first Samsung phones to employ this new display, allowing the M series to offer something unique in the affordable segment. Both the Galaxy M phones are also said to come with dual rear cameras. However, it seems only the Galaxy M20 will offer a fingerprint sensor, while the Galaxy M10 will rely on face unlock as the only biometric option.advertisementPast benchmark listing has told us that the Galaxy M20 will sport a 6.3-inch FHD+ (1080×2340) LCD display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and 409 ppi. This is also rumoured to be the first Samsung phone to house a large 5,000mAh battery. The handset is said to measure 156.4 x 74.5 x 8.8 mm and weighs 183 grams.The dual cameras on the Galaxy M20 may include a 13MP primary sensor with f/1.9 aperture and a 5MP depth sensor. The Galaxy M20 will reportedly get an Exynos 7885 chipset paired with 3GB of RAM and 32GB or 64GB of internal storage. Both the Galaxy M10 and M20 will most likely ship with Android Oreo rather than Android Pie with One UI.ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy M10 may come with 6.2-inch Infinity-V display, Exynos chipALSO READ | Samsung confirms Galaxy M series India launch on January 28, Galaxy M10, M20 expected firstGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow SamsungFollow Galaxy M20last_img read more

Both Vijay Shankar and Hardik Pandya for World Cup? Sunil Gavaskar has this to say

first_img Rasesh Mandani MumbaiFebruary 7, 2019UPDATED: February 7, 2019 21:28 IST Vijay Shankar has been making handy contributions with the bat in India’s ongoing tour of New Zealand (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSunil Gavaskar has said Vijay Shankar still has a chance to make the World Cup squadGavaskar said the Tamil Nadu all-rounder reads the game situation wellVijay Shankar has been consistent in the ongoing limited-overs series vs New ZealandNearly a year after almost losing India the final of the Nidahas Trophy against Bangladesh, the scars have faded away for Vijay Shankar. He had struggled with the bat in a tense chase before Dinesh Karthik’s blitzkrieg sealed a last-ball victory.Vijay Shankar is yet to come up with an international innings to overshadow his last over struggle against Bangladesh in the Nidahas Trophy final but his 18-ball 27 in the Wellington T20I showed he was batting with confidence again. Vijay benefitted with an India comeback thanks to Hardik Pandya’s suspension but now stands with an outside chance to book the last available ticket to England for the World Cup.India legend Sunil Gavaskar advocates the need to have an additional seaming all-rounder for English conditions and believes Shankar has a chance of making the cut.”Vijay Shankar has a chance for the World Cup. You need an extra seamer in England. He is a good all round fielder too. He showed in the ODI (5th ODI in Wellington) where he got the team out of trouble with the bat. He read the game situation well with his experience of having led in domestic cricket. You build hopes on a player who reads match situations well. He should also be under consideration,” he told India Today.But Vijay Shankar still needs to do some work as a bowler. He bowls a few yards slower than Hardik Pandya and doesn’t have the sharp bouncer to boot. By the evidence of Shankar’s short international stint, his bowling hasn’t inspired confidence of India captains he has played under yet. He didn’t come close to completing his 10-over quota in any of the odis he played under Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma and didn’t get to bowl in the T20 against New Zealand.advertisementWATCH: Hitman @ImRo45’s guest appearance on Chahal TVWhy does Rohit want to give @yuzi_chahal a batting promotion? – by @RajalAroraFind out here https://t.co/3T5E4KDGEx pic.twitter.com/iI9IZmkoV1BCCI (@BCCI) February 3, 2019But Gavaskar wants Shankar to be given a long rope before the selectors sit in judgment. “I think he should be playing all the three T20 games. Give him games after games and you would know if he has what it takes. Because if there is a situation that even after the five odis vs Australia, we don’t find a fourth fast bowler we can rely on, than we should be open to having Hardik Pandya as the fourth seamer in the squad and Vijay Shankar as an additional option,” he said.While Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuveneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami are certainties for the World Cup squad, the likes of Mohammed Khalil, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj remain in contention for the reserve fast bowlers berth.Also Read | Virat Kohli can bat at No.4 depending on conditions in England: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | You are my batting inspiration, Smriti Mandhana jokes with Yuzvendra ChahalAlso Read | Sunil Gavaskar on Rishabh Pant’s failure in Wellington: Anybody can fail in one matchAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Sunil GavaskarFollow Hardik PandyaFollow Vijay ShankarFollow 2019 Cricket World CupFollow India national cricket team Both Vijay Shankar and Hardik Pandya for World Cup? Sunil Gavaskar has this to sayVijay Shankar flew out to Australia as the replacement for Hardik Pandya, who had been suspended over his Koffee with Karan remarks. A few weeks later, Vijay has the chance to book a World Cup berth as India’s back-up seam-bowling all-rounder.advertisementlast_img read more

Manchester United face UEFA punishment after fans throw bottle at PSG star Angel Di Maria

first_img Reuters ManchesterFebruary 13, 2019UPDATED: February 13, 2019 22:36 IST Angel Di Maria was booed from the outset by Manchester United supporters (Reuters Photo)UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Manchester United after a bottle was thrown at Paris St Germain winger Angel Di Maria during Tuesday’s Champions League last-16 tie at Old Trafford.Di Maria was booed from the outset by the United supporters before a beer bottle was thrown from the crowd towards him in the second half, which he picked up and pretended to take a swig from.The Argentina forward joined United in 2014 for a then club record 59.7 million pounds ($76.88 million) but an underwhelming debut season under then-manager Louis Van Gaal led to his departure to PSG a year later.United were also charged for the blocking of stairways, while PSG have been hit with four different counts with the travelling fans alleged to have set off fireworks, thrown objects and committed acts of damage along with other crowd disturbances.The French club was fined already this season by UEFA for fan disturbances at a home game against Red Star Belgrade in October.The case will be heard by UEFA’s control, ethics and disciplinary body on Feb. 28.French champions PSG won the first leg 2-0 with second half goals from Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Manchester United vs PSGFollow Angel DI MariaFollow UEFAFollow Champions League Manchester United face UEFA punishment after fans throw bottle at PSG star Angel Di MariaFrench champions Paris St Germain won the Champions League last-16 first leg 2-0 against Manchester United with second half goals from Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Rajasthan Royals coach on Ashwin Mankad row: His actions represent him

first_imgadvertisement view more view less scorecard graphs commentarycenter_img India Today Web Desk JaipurMarch 26, 2019UPDATED: March 26, 2019 10:00 IST Kings XI Punjab skipper R Ashwin defended his actions, saying he played by the rules when he ran Jos Buttler out (IPL Photo)HIGHLIGHTSJos Buttler became the first batsman in IPL cricket history to be mankadedR Ashwin is being criticised on social media for mankading Jos Buttler without giving the Royals opener a prior warningWhen I looked into the eyes of his teammates, I’m not sure it represented his teammates: Paddy UptonRajasthan Royals head coach Paddy Upton on Monday said he would leave it to the cricket world to judge R Ashwin after the Kings XI Punjab’s captain’s controversial mankading of Jos Buttler in their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 match.Ashwin kicked up a storm during KXIP’s opener in Jaipur as he mankaded Buttler in his final over during the Royals’ chase of 185. Before Buttler was adjudged out, the Royals were cruising towards the target as the England big-hitter was batting on 69 off 43 balls, having taken the KXIP bowlers to the cleaners.In the 13th over of the chase, Ashwin clipped the bails off at the non-striker’s end and appealed for mankad while claiming that Buttler had left the crease before he could load into the delivery. Ashwin and Buttler had an intense on-field conversation but eventually, the Royals opener was given out by the third umpire.Following Buttler’s dismissal, the Royals suffered a collapse. The home team, led by Ajinkya Rahane, lost their last eight wickets for just 62 runs and fell short of the target by 14 runs.Notably, Buttler became the first batsman in the history of IPL to be mankaded. However, it was the second time Buttler was dismissed in this fashion as Sri Lanka spinner Sachithra Senanayake had run him out at the non-striker’s end in 2014.”Ashwin’s actions represent him. When I looked into the eyes of his teammates, I’m not sure it represented his teammates. I think we will leave it up to the IPL fans to decide if that’s the kind of thing they want to see. We’ll leave it up to the cricket world to judge R Ashwin’s actions tonight. For us, we are here to play cricket and entertain fans, be good role models for people who love the game,” Upton told the media in Jaipur after KXIP’s opening win.advertisementUpton also added that Rajasthan did not lose focus after the controversial run out that has sparked a huge social media debate. While Ashwin was playing by the rules when mankading Buttler, the fact that the off-spinner didn’t warn the Royals opener has led to criticism.”I thought the players were able to stay focussed and reset themeselves after that run out. I was very happy with the players themselves, the way they acted and responded to that situation. And our concious decision was to hold our heads up high and maintain our dignity as a team,” Upton added.Meanwhile, Ashwin defended his actions, saying he doesn’t understand where the question of sporting spirit comes when mankading is well within the rules of the game.”It was instinctive. It wasn’t planned. I don’t know where the spirit of the game things comes because if it’s within the rules, it is. I don’t understand the point of sporting spirit because it is within the rules.”Also Read | Remember Ashwin doing the same in an international game: Kaif on Mankad controversyAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow R AshwinFollow Jos ButtlerFollow Mankad cricketFollow Mankad controversyFollow Rajasthan RoyalsFollow IPL 2019Follow Kings XI Punjab No data available! Rajasthan Royals coach on Ashwin Mankad row: His actions represent himRajasthan Royals suffered a collapse after their opener Jos Buttler was mankaded by Kings XI Punjab captain R Ashwin in the 13th over of their 185-run chase. The Royals eventually lost their IPL 2019 opener by 14 runslast_img read more

Rohit Sharma on no-ball controversy in RCB vs MI: These things not good for cricket

first_img view more view less Rohit Sharma on no-ball controversy in RCB vs MI: These things not good for cricketRoyal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli also blasted the umpiring error, saying such goof-ups should not be happening at the Indian Premier League level. Lasith Malinga overstepped in the last ball of the match when RCB needed 7 runs but the umpires failed to spot the no-ball. commentary Akshay Ramesh BengaluruMarch 29, 2019UPDATED: March 29, 2019 00:44 IST IPL 2019: AB de Villiers 41-ball 70 not-out went in vain as RCB suffered a six-run defeat to MI on Thursday (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSOn-field umpires failed to call a no-ball when Malinga overstepped in the final ball of RCB’s tense chase vs MIRohit Sharma blasted the umpiring errors, saying such incidents are disappointingJasprit Bumrah was named the Man of the Match for his figures of 3/20 in four oversRohit Sharma’s Mumbai Indians ended up on the winning side in their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 thriller against Royal Challengers Bangalore but the skipper wasn’t happy with the umpiring errors that were made in Bengaluru on Thursday. RCB vs MI Match report | Highlights |Royal Challengers Bangalore needed seven runs off the last ball when Lasith Malinga overstepped by a considerable margin. However, the umpires failed to spot the no-ball even as RCB’s Shivam Dube failed to find the big one that could have forced a Super Over.Royal Challengers and their fans suffered a heartbreak despite AB de Villiers’ special — 70 not-out of just 41 balls. However, the disappointment turned into displeasure as the replays on the big screen showed Malinga’s no-ball. The decision wasn’t overturned as both sets of players had already walked off the field.RCB captain Virat Kohli was miffed even as he walked out to do the post-match duties.Expressing his displeasure at the umpiring decisions, Rohit said: “I just got to know when we crossed the rope. These kind of things are not good for cricket, one of the Bumrah’s deliveries wasn’t a wide. Players can’t do much. Very disappointed to see that.”As Rohit pointed out, the on-field umpire also came up with a harsh call when he ruled a wide yorker from Jasprit Bumrah in the 19th over as wide.We don’t see it any other way, either. #playBold #VIVOIPL2019 #RCBvMI https://t.co/uYDz7LKxKgRoyal Challengers (@RCBTweets) March 28, 2019Even though Virat and AB had a partnership going, we didn’t panic: RohitadvertisementEarlier in the day, Mumbai Indians, who were sent in to bat, got off to a strong start with Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock stitching a 50-run stand. However, Mumbai Indians finished with just an above-par score of 187 after they suffered a collapse. Yuvraj Singh and Hardik Pandya played a cameo each to provide the much-needed impetus the MI innings needed towards the end.”Anything over 180 is a good score, you can fight with it. That’s exactly what we did. It was not a safe score, knowing the history of matches in Bengaluru. But we did the job with our bowlers. Even though Virat and AB had a partnership going, we didn’t panic. I thought we stuck to our plans, it was a great effort by the bowlers,” Rohit added.Heaping praise on MI’s death over experts Lasith Malinga and Jasprit Bumrah, Rohit said: “Malinga has been the part of MI for a long time, you can always trust those guys in the back end. They bought experience into play. We were quite brave to bowl the deliveries we bowled. Bumrah executed well and we just missed a trick in the middle.”Bumrah was named the Man of the Match for his superlative performance both in the middle overs and at the death. While he picked up the big wicket of Virat Kohli, Bumrah conceded just 5 runs in the penultimate over of the tense chase.Also Read | Virat Kohli fumes after umpire fails to see no-ball: We are playing IPL, not club cricketAlso Read | Virat Kohli 2nd batsman after Suresh Raina to score 5000 IPL runsAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Rohit SharmaFollow IPL 2019Follow Virat KohliFollow Royal Challengers BangaloreFollow Mumbai IndiansFollow RCB vs MIFollow Bengaluru no-ball No data available!center_img advertisement scorecard graphslast_img read more

BAI should ban players who indulge in age-fudging: Pullela Gopichand

first_imgBAI should ban players who indulge in age-fudging: Pullela GopichandIndia’s national coach Pullela Gopichand believes the Badminton Association of India need to have firm decisions to ensure that age fudging should stop and should ban players who indulge in the same.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiApril 2, 2019UPDATED: April 2, 2019 17:42 IST India’s national coach Pullela Gopichand believes the Badminton Association of India should ban players who indulge in age-fudging.(IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPullela Gopichand feels that BAI need to have firm decisions to ensure that age fudging should stopFormer India coach Vimal Kumar though feels that banning the players will be unfairBAI secretary general Ajay Singhania said the issue of age-fudging will come up during the selection committee meetingIndia’s chief national coach Pullela Gopichand believes the Badminton Association of India (BAI) should ban players who indulge in age-fudging as ‘examples’ need to be made of wrongdoers for any tangible change.”I think you need to have firm decisions and strong examples to ensure that age fudging which is a big menace should stop, so there should be a ban on the players,” Gopichand told PTI.Age-fudging has been a big problem in Indian sports with some associations such as the Indian cricket board (BCCI) and Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) handing out bans on players found guilty.Former India coach Vimal Kumar, who guided Saina Nehwal to the world No.1 position and the All England Championship final in 2015, however, feels banning the players will be unfair.”Banning a player for 2-3 years is not right because suspending them will kill a talent,” he said.”If a player is found over-aged in U-15, U-17 or U-19 and you find ample evidence that they have done the manipulation, then the punishment could be that you make it clear that you can’t play in any age category tournaments and only play in seniors.”In 2016, some badminton players had come under the scanner with the Sports Integrity Unit of the Central Bureau of Investigation submitting a report to the BAI saying that four junior players had altered their age records.In December last year, a group of 37 parents of budding shuttlers moved the Karnataka High Court, asking for a directive to BAI to implement a policy for detecting and eliminating age fraud from the sport.advertisementThe BAI, on its part, deactivated the IDs of players who were found carrying two different birth certificates and asked them to undergo medical examination and submit the reports.”We have scrutinised the current list of players and those who were found to have two certificates have been issued fresh IDs after considering the higher age document,” BAI Secretary General Ajay Singhania said.”Also, we have directed the players, who have not registered their birth certificate within a year of birth, to get tested in a govt hospital and submit documents. They can’t participate in any tournament till they furnish the documents.”Singhania said the issue of age-fudging and the quantum of punishment will come up during the selection committee meeting after the General Elections.BAI President Himanta Biswa Sarma is an active politician and will be busy with commitments for his party, the ruling BJP.”We will be taking up this issue and decide the punishment during the selection meeting for junior and senior. It is likely to be held after election,” he said.Also Read | Badminton’s Olympic qualification system putting strain on players: GopichandAlso Read | India Open 2019: Srikanth finishes runners-up after straight-game defeat to AxelsenAlso Watch | Pullela Gopichand should get the credit for my success: Kidambi Srikanth to India TodayFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bykarishma Tags :Follow Badminton Association of IndiaFollow age fudgingFollow Pullela GopichandFollow Badmintonlast_img read more