30 clubs propose a 2nd B of two groups in 20-21 and of one and without Third in 2022

first_imgMore changes in 22-23: only one group in the Second B Pro and without the Third DivisionThe proposal sent to the Higher Sports Council and the Spanish Football Federation also includes initiative to further reform competition in 2022 to make it more competitive and professional. “We understand that within 2 years, it must be agreed to go one step further, and transform the two groups of the Second B-Pro into a single group“the document says. But the news would not only stay there:” Second B could also be reduced in one group, going from 4 to 3. Another option could be to increase second division B in several more groups and eliminate the Third Division. The Third is a national category, but it is played at the regional level. We understand that it is somewhat incongruous. With a greater number of groups in Segunda B, covering 2-3 communities, it could be more competitive and make a more attractive league. Any modification made in a pyramidal way would be easy “:Economic reasons for the reform of non-professional footballThe reform of the competition had been hovering around modest football for many years and the Rubiales Federation has always left the door ajar to carry out that change. The coronacrisis is one of the reasons why this proposal has been accelerated, since the economic effect that the pandemic will have on the Second B and the Third will be very notable. The project includes an estimate of what could be lost due to different concepts in both categories: subscriptions, box office, merchandising, sponsorships, public subsidies and capital contributions. “It is estimated that between 4 and 6 teams cannot finish the competition due to unpaid workers and creditors.. It will not be just a matter of covering the budget, but of liquidity during the season to tackle comprosis “, the report warns.In addition, with the creation of this category, the participating clubs would reject the Federation’s aid for the ‘Impulso 23’ program so that the amount would be higher to distribute among the teams that continued in Second B and Third. The clubs of the new Second B Pro consider that the appeal of the competition would help attract investors and sponsors and get a good bank for television rights, as well as a global sponsor for the category.Fight against paying wages in BIncreased income, should also increase economic control over clubs. As AS has said in previous days, the intention that the clubs would have is to adopt a system similar to the financial fair play that exists in the First and Second Divisions, but organized from the Federation. Economic controls and salary limits would be implemented to avoid large debts in the teams. Some measures that would end the Payments in B in several clubs: “The Second B is a category where unfortunately there are too many clubs paying their workers an undeclared share of their wages. The famous ‘Pagos en B’ is unfair competition between clubs, but little reported and persecuted, because the clubs say they use it to survive. “The model in other countriesCompared to the equivalent of the Second B of the rest of the big leagues, Spain is by far the one with the most teams. Compared to Spain’s 80, Italy has 60; England, 24; Germany, 20 and France, 18. “As can be seen, the most footballingly advanced countries, in their competitions equivalent to the Second Division B, have a significantly lower number of teams. But not only that, but these countries have a population significantly larger than Spain, also its GDP per capita is much higher, confirming that the current competition model is neither viable nor sustainable, even more in a period of deep crisis such as the one estimated for the next season and successive “ The future of Second B is still in the air. While to the Federation Spanish Soccer time is running out to decide how to solve the current season and see if there is time to finish the competition (as most teams would like) following the announcement of phased deconfusion, if they should carry out their plan B (play promotion playoff, but suppress relegation) or, in the worst case, nullify the competition, a path that has gained strength in recent days and that many clubs threaten to report if only the first climb. While all this is happening and the RFEF is in contact with the territorial and the clubs, Rubiales and the CSD have received formally a groundbreaking proposal that makes more and more noise to reform the category towards professionalization.This is a draft to implement a Second B PRO for 2020-2021, a bet that many see as too hasty for the little time left. That document, to which the Diario AS has had access, would consist of reducing the bronze category of four groups of 20 to only two of the same number., but this measure would only be for the next two seasons (20-21 and 21-22), since in the draft they also propose Another radical change for the 22-23: leave the Second B Pro in a single group and remove the Third Division for the benefit of a Second C.Click here to consult the Second B reform project sent by the clubs to the CSD, RFEF and LaLigaThis would be the Second B ProThe new elite Second B would have half the teams of the current one. It would go from 80 clubs to 40, divided into groups of 20, according to a criterion of geographical proximity. It would be made up of the four teams that descend from LaLiga SmartBank, 12 of the 16 teams that are in the playoff (the remaining four would be those that ascended to Second) and the rest of the teams that are between the 5th and 10th place in the current category classification. . Regarding its development, the remaining champions of each group would advance to the Second Division and the other two places to climb they would decide in a tie between the second in Group A against the third in Group B and between the second in Group B and the third in Group A. As for declines, there would be four per group that would fall.Participating teams-The four descendants of LaLiga SmartBank-The first ten of each group of the current Second B (except four of the 16 teams that play the promotion playoff)Group I: Atlético Baleares, Ibiza, Atlético B, Peña Deportiva, Coruxo, Rayo Majadahonda, Castilla, Inter, Pontevedra and LangreoGroup II: UD Logroñés, Cultural Leonesa, Bilbao Athletic, Real Valladolid, Real Sociedad B, Amorebieta, Osasuna B, Burgos CF, Guijuelo and Haro DeportivoGroup III: Castellón, Barcelona B, Sabadell, Cornellá, Lleida, Villarreal B, Olot, Espanyol B, Andorra and La NucíaGroup IV: Cartagena, Marbella, Badajoz, Yeclano Deportivo, Córdoba, San Fernando, Linense, Real Murcia, Sevilla Atlético and UCAM Murcia.The importance of the Viana Pact between Rubiales and ThebesAs already told earlier in the week AS, Thebes managed to reach a principle in agreement with Rubiales to remodel the Second B in the famous Pact of Viana. Both want to carry out this transformation, but it would not be possible for two seasons, while the clubs involved in this proposal do not want to wait. There is also another key point in said pact and it is about the sale of television rights. The Federation has managed to seize the centralized sale of the category, which will allow the income of the teams in this concept to be expanded and thus not depend so much on the ticket offices and season tickets (of which there will be no income until 2021 due to the closure of the stadiums. ) for implant an iron economic control like the one existing in First and Second.last_img read more

Cuadrado Latest: Man United on alert after Fiorentina ditch winger for glamour friendly

first_imgFiorentina have left Manchester United target Juan Cuadrado out of their friendly against Real Madrid on Friday – adding to speculation he could be set to leave Italy.The Colombian winger has been one of the hottest properties during the summer transfer window, attracting interest from Barcelona and United.Fiorentina are said to want around £35m for Cuadrado, who was joint top of the assist charts at this summer’s World Cup with four.Speculation surrounding Cuadrado’s future is now likely to increase following the news the 26-year-old has been omitted from Fiorentina’s latest warm-up match.The Serie A side will face Real Madrid in Poland, but Cuadrado has not travelled with the team. Juan Cuadrado 1last_img read more

Spurs demand £45m for Man City target, Newcastle lose out on Abraham? GOSSIP

first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Wednesday’s newspapers…Manchester City have been told to pay £45m for Kyle Walker with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy once again playing hardball. City boss Pep Guardiola is desperate to land the England star as he looks to rebuild his defence. (Daily Star)Chelsea have begun talks with Atletico Madrid over £50million Diego Costa — even though a transfer ban means the striker cannot play for them until 2018. (Daily Mirror)Chelsea could still face competition for Romelu Lukaku from Manchester United AND Bayern Munich. It was believed Everton striker Lukaku was close to a move back to Stamford Bridge, but sources close to the player are adamant no deal has been struck. (Daily Mirror)Liverpool will pay a club-record fee of £39million to complete Mohamed Salah’s on-off capture by the end of the week. Egypt international Salah was to fly into England on Tuesday night after weeks of tense negotiations finally delivered a breakthrough, with the Anfield giants agreeing to pay Roma around £33.5m down, with up to £5.5m more in add-ons. (Daily Mirror)Juventus have earmarked Hector Bellerin and Matteo Darmian as potential replacements for Dani Alves. Right-back Alves could be on the move, with Manchester City and Chelsea chasing him, and is in talks with Juventus about terminating his contract. (Daily Mirror)But Arsenal insist Hector Bellerin is not for sale and they expect the Spanish defender to remain in north London. (Independent)Arsenal are opening contract talks with Aaron Ramsey as part of an effort to avoid a repeat next summer of the uncertainty that is currently hanging over so many key players. (Daily Telegraph)Tammy Abraham will play for Swansea City next season. The Swans have won the loan race for the England Under-21 international, beating off stiff competition from Newcastle United. (Daily Mirror)West Brom are making a fresh attempt to sign Jay Rodriguez from Southampton. The striker is a long-term target for Baggies boss Tony Pulis and he can leave Saints this summer. (Daily Mirror)West Brom are ready to offer Jonny Evans a bumper £20m deal to kill off rumours of a move to Leicester. (Daily Star)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…?Cristiano Ronaldo: Real Madrid superstar set for talks with president Florentino Perez over his futureEverton FC news: Toffees tipped to smash transfer record again with £30m-plus deal for Celtic striker Moussa DembeleHuddersfield Town FC transfer news: Premier League new boys eyeing deal for French starlet Brahim KonateTransfer ALERT! Swansea considering move for former Liverpool defender Martin SkrtelDEAL AGREED? Manchester United set to sign Benfica star Anderson Talisca – reportsTransfer report: Stoke City playing hardball over Giannelli Imbula wages as Nice seek loan deal for Potters floplast_img read more


first_imgRAPHOE’S Chloe Magee has sealed a place at the London Olympics making it through to the quarter-finals of the Irish Championships in Lisburn last night.The 23-year-old badminton star won her two matches to seal the last eight place she needed to confirm a place at the Games.Magee, who competed at the Beijing Games three years ago, will be officially confirmed in the New Year but yesterday’s results she is a cert for the team. “I’m just delighted,” said Chloe.“That’s it sealed and delivered now.“I have had 10 good tournaments now so it’ll only be an injury now that will stop me.”Magee began her Irish championships with a comfortable 21-12, 21-13 win over Barbara Matias of France. before defeating fancied Dutch competitor Judith Meulenjijks 13-21, 21-11, 20-11.  CHLOE MAGEE SEALS PLACE AT LONDON OLYMPICS was last modified: December 10th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:chloe mageeRaphoelast_img read more


first_imgSHAY GIVEN says he is delighted to be back in training after fearing an injury scare would hit his chances of playing in the Euro 2012 Championship.The 36-year-old goalkeeper Lifford man says he flew to London last week to see a knee specialist who confirmed that he would be able to take part in the tournament if he rested until the middle of this week.Shay also welcomed the news that former Norwich City manager Paul Lambert is about to take over at his club Aston Villa. The goalie trained today in Tuscany – showing no signs of his injury.He told Sport on One on RTE Radio One tonight: “You are always concerned, of course, because it’s an injury the second day into the training camp and it’s frustrating as much as anything.“But today, I was really happy with how I trained and how the knee felt, and that’s the most important thing. That’s the biggest test.“It’s not about talking about it, it’s about going out and putting it under the pressure you need to, and today it was fine. “It was just nice to be training, to be honest. It’s been a long ten days, or whatever it is.“It’s tough in the hotel sometimes when your only break is to get out for a couple of hours to train and then that’s taken away from you a little bit. I am delighted to be back training and back among the lads and back giving out to them, all that kind of stuff. It’s nice.”Shay also welcomed a return to fitness by Sunderland’s John O’Shea.“He looks good,” said Given. “We have been in the gym quite a bit in the last few days just working on our core and stability; all the different work you have to do coming back from an injury.“We have both been working together, so it is nice that we are both back on the same day to be honest. John is looking pretty sharp as well, so that’s good news.” With the injury behind him, Given is keen to get some game time before Ireland begin their tournament against Croatia on Sunday 10 June.However, he is unsure if he will win his 122nd cap when Ireland take on Hungary in their final pre-tournament friendly in Budapest on Monday night.“I don’t know, you will have to ask him,” he said, when asked if Trapattoni would select him for that game.“I would like to think I can play, hopefully, in Hungary and get 90 minutes under my belt before the Croatia game. “I am sure whatever team he plays against Hungary, personally, will maybe start against Croatia.“But the manager might have a totally different idea to that, I don’t know.”He went on: “The whole season at the back of your mind, you are thinking about the European Championships in the summer. Every training session, every game, it’s at the back of your mind.“It’s getting closer and closer now and the excitement is building and building, and we can’t wait for next week.”“I think there’s a real belief as well that we are a good team,” he said when questioned about the confidence in the squad.“People outside the country might not think that, but as a group of players and the management and even the supporters, we are a tight-knit group.“We have got to keep that going throughout the Championships. We would like to go a long way.”Kevin Foley’s omission being dropped by Giovanni Trapattoni has made most of the headlines.Given told RTE: “We didn’t actually see him (Foley). He chugged off to the airport and we didn’t actually see him.“But Kevin is gutted, as we are gutted for him as well. But as the manager said, it’s not about one player, it’s about the team and the nation.“He felt it was the right decision and we have got to respect his decision.“We are gutted for him, but I am sure he is back at home and he is going to support the team in the summer.”Meanwhile Shay welcomed news that Paul Lambert is on his way to his club Aston  Villa.“I have no idea … about what’s going on at Aston Villa – but if Paul was to come in, he would be a great appointment because he is a fantastic manager,” Given said.“Since he took the hotseat at any club he has been at, he has just gone all the way up all the time, so hopefully if they can get that done, that would be great news for the club.“The sooner the manager is in place for next season – because he will have targets and players he will want to get in himself – the sooner that’s done, the better.”RELIEF FOR SHAY GIVEN AS HE RETURNS TO TRAINING was last modified: May 31st, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:RELIEF FOR SHAY GIVEN AS HE RETURNS TO TRAININGlast_img read more

Liverpool made attempt to sign Real Madrid player during summer transfer window

first_imgAs far as the report is concerned, the deal was all but agreed between Zorya, Liverpool and Las Palmas, but Real swooped in at the 11th hour to steal Lunin away from Jurgen Klopp’s clutches. Real Madrid won the race to sign Lunin earlier this summer Playing for Zorya Luhansk in his homeland, Lunin established himself as their No1 and broke into the senior Ukraine squad, and Real Madrid won the race to sign him in June, bringing him to the Bernabeu for a reported £7.6million.Towards the end of the European transfer window, Real’s La Liga rivals Leganes agreed a deal to sign Lunin on loan for the 2018/19 season, but things could have been so different for the teenager if Liverpool had got their way.According to a report in Marca, as quoted by Sport Witness, the Reds were leading the race to sign Lunin earlier this year, with a plan that would have seen the glovesman pen a permanent deal at Anfield and then go out on loan.However, he would not have secured a La Liga loan deal, with Liverpool opting to send Lunin to Las Palmas in Spain’s second division. 2 Liverpool made an attempt to sign Real Madrid goalkeeper Andriy Lunin during the summer transfer window, according to reports.Lunin, the 19-year-old Ukraine international, is one of the most highly-rated young glovesman in the game, and he was linked with some of Europe’s biggest clubs during the 2017/18 season. Despite his youth, Lunin has already been capped twice by Ukraine 2last_img read more


first_imgA Donegal man has won another medal at the European Transplant & Dialysis Sports Championships in Poland today.Kieran Murray from Ramelton, won his second gold medal at the 8th European Transplant & Dialysis Games in Krakow.Kieran, a kidney transplant recipient, won a Gold medal in the Golf singles event. Earlier in the week he also secured a Gold in the 5km mini marathon.Kieran said after his win today, “It was absolutely brilliant, I am delighted with the result and proud of my two Gold medals at my first ever Transplant Games. I thank my donor for giving me the chance to compete here in Krakow.” DELIGHT AS DONEGAL MAN WINS SECOND GOLD MEDAL AT TRANSPLANT GAMES was last modified: August 20th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalKieran MUrrayPOLANDRameltonTransplant Gameslast_img read more


first_imgDOZENS of prosecutions for drink driving in Donegal are set to be thrown out of court because print-outs of alcohol readings were not given out in Irish AND English.A High Court judge had ruled defendants should have been given the breath test print outs in both languages.It means high profile cases like the one against Senator Brian O Domhnaill are likely to be dismissed. The issue arose earlier during a prosecution of Romanian man Mihai Avadenei, 29, from Lioscianan, Swords for a drink-driving offence last July.His lawyers argued that he should have been given a read-out of his breath test from the intoxilyser machine in both Irish and English. He had failed the breath test.They argued that the print-out submitted to the court was not a duly completed statement within the meaning of the 2010 Road Traffic Act as it was only in English.It was submitted that the rules required it to be in both English and Irish and that the document was therefore not a duly completed statement and not admissible in evidence.In a submission to the High Court, Judge Conal Gibbons said he sided with the accused on the case, but asked for a ruling from the higher court.In his judgment today Mr Justice Seamus Noonan said a breath alcohol test statement is not a valid piece of evidence if it is in English only.Judge Noonan said that in April last year, a first breath test had been performed on Mr Avadenei after he had been stopped by Garda Francis McMahon for driving at 80km/h in a 50km/h zone.The judge said that Garda McMahon had got a strong smell of alcohol from Mr Avadenei’s breath and had performed an Alcotest which result had been “fail.”Garda McMahon arrested Mr Avadenei and brought him to Store Street Garda Station where a further test, Evidenzer Irl, performed by another garda, revealed a concentration of 54mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath.Judge Noonan said there was no ambiguity in the Act that when performing the Evidenzer test, the garda must supply statements in Irish and in English.“Once the breath specimen has been given which indicates a possible contravention, the person providing the specimen shall be supplied immediately by a member of the Garda Síochána with two identical statements in the prescribed form,” the judge said.“In my view, what arises in this case, being a failure to reproduce an entire half of the prescribed form, could not be regarded as ‘mere deviation’ from the form prescribed.“It is not evidence at all and cannot be admitted,” Judge Noonan said.A spokesperson for  the Department of Justice said tonight the terms of the judgment were now being considered by An Garda Síochána in consultation with all relevant agencies.Dozens of Donegal cases have been hold pending the High Court ruling, the latest involving a Lithuanian national.BREAKING NEWS: DONEGAL DRINK-DRIVE CASES TO BE THROWN OUT AFTER COURT RULING was last modified: September 22nd, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Casedrink driveenglishirishTestlast_img read more

Pushing for open African governance

first_img30 May 2013 Representatives of 16 countries gathered in Mombasa, Kenya on Wednesday for the first Africa outreach meeting of the Open Government Partnership (OGP). Launched in New York in September 2011, the OGP is international coalition of leading governments and civil society organisations aimed at advancing transparency and accountability in government, increasing civic participation and fighting corruption. The partnership has grown since then to 59 countries, including the eight founding countries: the US, Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Norway, Philippines, South Africa and the UK. Africa is represented in the OGP by founding member South Africa, Kenya and Tanzania, who committed to joining in 2012, and Liberia and Ghana, who are in the process of joining.Service delivery, development benefits Speaking at the opening of the OGP Africa meeting on Wednesday, South African Deputy Public Service and Administration Minister Ayando Dlodlo said it was important to “recognise the benefits of enhancing governance in order to improve service delivery and foster development”. Dlodlo told the gathering of politicians, administrators, civil society workers, academics and others that South Africa sought to help build strong international partnerships to promote good governance, which was “fundamental in improving the delivery of services to our citizens and enhancing public trust in government”. While stressing the value of a civil society with the “independence, capacity and will to hold governments accountable”, Dlodlo challenged challenge African governments and civil society to move away from a “cold war of us against them” and to work together for the betterment of people’s lives. She also highlighted the use of information communication technology (ICT) by governments, not only to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery, but also to promote information sharing and public participation.Importance of ‘open data’ Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Information Communication and Technology Fred Matiangi relayed a welcome message from President Uhuru Kenyatta calling for constructive engagement between governments and civil society to improve the living conditions of Africa’s people. Kenya’s Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Communications, Bitange Ndemo, speaking at a separate session on open data, spoke about the challenge of making technical information available to the public in clearly understandable language. Open data had to be relevant to people, Ndemo said, in order for them to understand it and use it to improve their living standards. He lauded those Kenyans who used technology to access data and rework it in language that people could understand through smartphones and apps “Our Open Data portal has information about the various counties we have in Kenya, and this is important for making development decisions about a county. The data compares counties to each other on which is lagging behind,” Ndemo said.Platforms for citizen feedback Unathi Bongco, South Africa’s OGP programme manager, told a session on improving the public service that citizen feedback was crucial in monitoring quality and improving accountability in service delivery, and noted the South African government’s use of outreach forums and special telephone hotlines to gather this feedback. The two-day conference continued on Thursday, with panelists drawn from government and civil society set to share their experiences on open governance in the day’s main event, “Conversations with African Leaders”. The panelists scheduled to take part included Qinisile Delwa from South Africa’s Department of Public Service and Administration, Thomas Karyah from Liberia’s Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism, Prince Kreplah of Citizens United to Promote Peace and Democracy in Liberia, Gladwell Otieno of the Africa Centre for Open Governance, and Emmanuel Kuyole of Ghana’s Revenue Watch Institute. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more


first_img19 May 2014South African President Jacob Zuma has expressed concern over the activities of armed rebels on the continent, and has called on the African Union (AU) to take steps to bring about stability.Zuma’s call, made in a statement on Sunday, come in the wake of the abduction of 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria and the bomb attacks that left 10 people dead in Kenya last week.He said the AU’s Standby Force needed capacity, adding that South Africa aimed to discuss the security situation on the continent at the next African Union Peace and Security Council gathering.“It is crucial to build a stronger and a well-resourced African Union to take forward the promotion of peace, security and the socio-economic advancement of the continent,” Zuma said.“Part of the capacity needed by the AU is the establishment of the African Standby Force for rapid deployment in crisis areas without delays.”Zuma also spoke out on the abduction of Nigerian schoolgirls by militant Islamist group Boko-Haram, calling on the kidnappers to release the children without further delay.Regarding the bombing and killing of civilians in Kenya, Zuma said the targeting of unarmed and innocent civilians was deplorable. On Friday, a bomb attack at a Nairobi market left 10 people dead and scores wounded.“The South African government reiterates its condemnation of all forms and manner of terrorism. South Africa believes that terrorism, in any form and from whichever quarter cannot be condoned.”Zuma also called on the people of the Central African Republic to work towards peace in their country. “The people of the CAR have endured enough strife and conflict. We urge all leaders in the CAR to unite the people behind a common vision of peaceful co-existence and national unity.”He reiterated his full support for the African Union international support mission to the Central African Republic, while calling on all parties in the CAR to cooperate fully with the mission.Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more