Watford & # 39; s FA Cup replay threatened by Storm Brendan with up to 80 MPH wind and heavy rainfall Great Britain
- Watford & # 39; s FA Cup replay Tranmere is threatened by Storm Brendan
- Heavy rainfall and 80 mph winds hit Britain on Monday and could stop the procedure
- The meeting in Prenton Park is still on the program. Tuesday evening
- Both clubs will follow the situation before the kick-off at 7.45 pm
Heavy rainfall and 80 km / h affected large parts of the country, with more rain forecast later on Tuesday.
Although the meeting in Prenton Park is still planned, the Hornets in a statement revealed that both clubs are in & # 39; regular contact & # 39; have been with the FA and the referee about the possible downpour.
With much more rain expected, Tranmere prepares for the field until 6:00 pm GMT, about an hour and 45 minutes before the kickoff in an attempt to raise the playing surface preserve.
Super League Liverpool Women's League with Manchester United at Prenton Park was postponed on Sunday due to a soaked field after heavy rain the night before.
Hornets boss Nigel Pearson has decided to give priority to the survival of the Premier League over the FA Cup and is expected to make many changes for the repeat of Tuesday
& # 39; I am paid to make decisions based on what is good for our club, & # 39; he said. & # 39; I can't be sentimental. I have always been someone who likes to play in cupruns, but I am a manager, so my role is different.
& # 39; My role is to make decisions based on the schedule for our week. We played Sunday, we play Tuesday and we got away with managing our way through the Christmas period, which was very hectic.
& # 39; The demands of the game are now incredibly high and the working speed of the players in Bournemouth was incredible, so we need to get the recovery right and make sure we are ready for the game on Saturday.
& # 39; This is where other players get opportunities. I do not apologize for it and I do not apologize for it.
& # 39; Did I say that, do I respect cup competitions? Of course I do, but it has nothing to do with still being able to make decisions based on what I believe and what we believe if a club is right for us. It is clear that Premier League security is of the utmost importance. & # 39;
First team stars Ben Foster, Etienne Capoue, Abdoulaye Doucoure, Gerard Deulofeu and Troy Deeney are expected to miss the repetition.
Occupied by illness, reduced by injuries and one test against resurrecting opponents, the cricketers of England had the right to be a little bit attacked feel wandering here last week through the corridors of the Cullinan Hotel. If it feels like they are being besieged at their base in the city center, Nasser Hussain can put their current situation into perspective.
The former skipper of England still suppresses a shudder when he talks about The Cullinan. & # 39; That damn Cullinan hotel & # 39 ;, he called it in his autobiography & # 39; Playing With Fire & # 39; because he was in the middle of one of the biggest crises on the eve of the 2003 World Cup English cricket in modern times.
England would play against Zimbabwe in Harare in their opening match of the tournament in February, but Hussain and others had become increasingly concerned about reports of widespread human rights violations by dictator regime Robert Mugabe. Against a background of widespread food and water shortages, England was called upon to boycott the competition.
At that time, comparisons were made with the game the English football team played in Berlin in 1938 when all the players greeted the match in a line-up with Stanley Matthews de Nazi. It is an image that still has the power to shock. Hussein and others did not want to be on the wrong side of history this time.
Hussein and his team spent several days in the gilt cage of The Cullinan, because the matter quickly turned into a political and diplomatic swamp. South Africa wanted the game to be fulfilled because they wanted the support of Zimbabwe for their bid to organize the 2010 Football World Cup. The ICC was desperate for England to travel to Harare because of the tournament.
Hussain and his team were left with a dilemma. They spent most of their time in The Cullinan and discussed the issue among themselves, listening to pleas from the then ICC CEO Malcolm Speed and from the ECB, who also wanted the players to travel so that they could get penalties from could avoid the ICC and they told Hussain that the moral argument was irrelevant.
& # 39; The guy who really brought me to an end was Speed, & # 39; said Hussain. I told him he should sit in some of our meetings. Jimmy Anderson, however old, who had just come from Burnley, trying to make a decision about politics in Zimbabwe and Mugabe. & # 39;
At one point, Hussain was led to a side room to meet the Zimbabwean players, Andy Flower and Henry Olonga, who had been smuggled into the hotel after their black bracelet protests in their opening game against Namibia. "Those are two very brave men," the then coach of England, Duncan Fletcher, told Hussain after the meeting.
Other teams also stayed at The Cullinan. Hussain remembers a conversation with Muttiah Muralitharan in the breakfast room where the Sri Lankans were surprised at England's reluctance to play in Harare. "I didn't want to explain our position on my toast and Vegemite," Hussain said.
At the height of the deliberations, England received a letter from a group called the Sons and Daughters of Zimbabwe. & # 39; Come to Harare and you'll die & # 39 ;, it was said. "How safe are your families back in the UK? Even if you survive, there are foreign groups that are willing to hunt you and your families for as long as necessary, and they will do so in your own country. & # 39;
The letter was a decisive factor for some members of the team and ultimately England said they were boycotting the game for security reasons. They forfeited the game and, after defeats against India and Australia, were knocked out of the tournament in the group stage.
Last week, England went through their last net session here for the second test, Hussain was in the empty North Stand in Newlands and recalled those fraught discussions and the conflict that raged between ideological objections to playing in Zimbabwe and his responsibility for players who saw the World Cup as the pinnacle of their career.
& # 39; Even then I was already thinking how history would rate us and rate me & # 39 ;, he said. "Looking back at what Mugabe did with the country and how that country went and recently, when it was all discussed again after his death, I felt happy with the decision we made.
" Although we I ran into it and got a little hidden behind security, my motive was always about: "I don't want to lead a cricket team in England in Zimbabwe". It was because of what the regime was for and what I had seen and because of speaking with Olonga and Flower. It was not comfortable for me to fulfill that schedule.
also as a captain I also had a responsibility towards other people in that room such as Nick Knight. We then had a pretty good white ball side. It wasn't like this side, but it was okay and that was their chance, that was their World Cup and that was their only chance. I also owed them that they did not look back with regret that they had missed that opportunity. Some still do that. I'm not going to mention names, but some look back and think, "That was our chance of a really good World Cup and we ruined it."
& # 39; It's not about me, but I never looked back with regret. Some people doubt the decision we made, but I think we did the right thing. Sometimes I wonder if we should have moved on and come up more. Perhaps that could have worn me a black bracelet as support for them if they wore it. I finally hidden behind security. Once you receive such a & # 39; n letter, you are very worried and think of your family.
& # 39; The whole time we were in The Cullinan, it felt like we were under siege … locked in hour after hour because we were swinging one way than the other. And I felt that I was personally besieged. I would go from one meeting to another and all try to pull you in different directions.
"It is part of your job as a captain that you have these responsibilities. It's not just throwing a coin and placing a pair of slips. You are an ambassador for your country and when you take on that task, you must realize that things like this happen. If they do that, you have to show some form of leadership. & # 39;
Aston Villa threatened by FFP rules with Dean Smith possibly forced a fire sale of players to balance books
- Aston Villa may become the first Premier League club to hold FFP rules violate
- Sportsmail has learned to generate millions of sales or savings
- They have until the summer to balance the books or they can be punished
- Villa narrowly avoided violating EFL's profit and sustainability rules last season
Sportsmail has been told that Villa must generate millions of player sales or wage savings before the summer to ensure that they fit within the spending limits of the Premier League.
Villa narrowly avoided violating the EFL & profit rules during their promotion season by controversial sale of Villa Park to a company owned by owners Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens, leaving £ 56, 7 million was raised.
Without selling Villa Park and land near their Bodymoor Heath training ground it was understood that the club was well above the permitted loss limits.
Villa spent heavily in the summer. Manager Dean Smith was able to spend more than £ 90 million on new players with no significant revenue, which even taking into account the spread of payments indicates that most of Villa & # 39; s expected £ 100 million Premier League television revenue have already been accounted for.
The spending limits of the Premier League are less strict than the EFL & # 39; s – causing clubs to lose on average £ 35 million instead of £ 13 million over a three-year period – only Villa can have a maximum loss of Withdraw £ 61 million over the last three seasons.
The club lost £ 36.1 million in 2017-18 and still has to publish their accounts for 2018-19 and this season, although their results are expected to have led to the need to raise money for the rest of this campaign.
Jack Grealish is Villa & # 39; s most obvious asset, with midfield player with a £ 45 million buyout clause in the new contract he signed last year, but the club would not want to sell him.
Villa will not be forced to sell players next month as Smith & # 39; s side fight to stay in the Premier League, theirs ending the annual accounting period on May 31, leaving them about two weeks after the balance the books at the end of the season.
The EFL has previously imposed a fine on Queens Park Rangers, Bournemouth and Leicester City for failing to comply with profit and sustainability rules, but no club has yet been charged for exceeding spending limits in the Premier League. Aston Villa declined to comment.
Jockeys threaten a general ban on the use of the whip under radical new proposals to be presented in February
- Horse Welfare Board has been established to hold urgent consultations on whip use recommendable
- Racing chiefs have become more concerned about whip issues in recent years
- British Horseracing Authority (BHA) accepts the need for a broad evaluation
Jockeys faces the threat of a complete ban with the help of the whip among radical new proposals to be presented next year.
Sportsmail has learned that the Horse Welfare Board has been established to recommend urgent advice on how to use the whip when it publishes its publication Horse Welfare Strategy in February, a document that range of options, including a general ban.
The placing of further restrictions on the number and method of firing allowed by jockeys will also be considered.
Racing chiefs have become increasingly concerned about the whip issue in recent years, both in terms of horse welfare and its wider impact on the image of the sport.
There are particular concerns that animal abuse perceptions hamper attempts to broaden the appeal of racing to a younger audience, making the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) accept the need for a comprehensive evaluation.
The most recent whip guidelines were introduced in 2011, which included a clamp on the figure r times, the whip can be used during a race to seven on the Flat and eight over Jumps.
Since then, the number of annual rule violations by jockeys has almost halved from more than 1,000 to just over 500, but there is widespread acceptance of the need to look at a controversial issue again and consider a ban.
The BHA is deemed to have carried out its own assessment calling for changes, currently being considered by the Horse Welfare Board before publishing their strategy.
An alternative option that will also appear in welfare planning limits the use of the whip for when jockeys are concerned about the safety of their horse, rather than using it to encourage them, although this is pressure on the stewards.
This year the BHA established a new Horse Welfare Board in the aftermath of a disastrous Cheltenham Festival – where three horses died, including Invitation only in the Gold Cup – with a mandate to investigate the use of the whip in particular. Former sports minister Tracey Crouch MP was added to the board in April as an independent member.
The pressure in the racing world has increased for stricter whip limits, with legendary Australian owner and six-time Melbourne Cup winner Lloyd Williams calling for a total ban in October.
As an indication of the direction of travel, the Irish Horse Racing Council first imposed restrictions on the use of the whip last year, and the BHA warned that it may take temporary measures & # 39; for the Grand National in April, but stopped.
Every call for a blanket would be strongly resisted by many in sports, especially the Professional Jockeys Association. The conservative party's victory in last week's general election can also help reduce the political pressure for a complete ban.
Saracens reassured players with emergency planning for doemsday threat of Premiership relegation
Saracens will try to keep their European hope alive by Beat Munster on Saturday. But in the back of their minds the champions' priority will lie – avoiding the doemsday threat of Premiership relegation.
Their 35-point penalty for breaching the salary limit left them drifting at the foot of the rankings and hasty disaster planning
Staring into the abyss was an uncomfortable process. "There is little concern about the future and what are the implications of relegation," said rugby director Mark McCall, whose side faces a Heineken European Champions Cup tie-break at Allianz Park.
& # 39 ; So we have a lot of conversations with individual players about & # 39; what happens if … & # 39;
& # 39; Those are not normal conversations. Now that we have a bit of clarity about what would happen in all situations, people can just settle down.
"Players just want security. We have tried to provide players with as much certainty as possible about the implications of the two scenarios – survival and relegation. I think certainty has enabled us to continue with things. & # 39;
Asked about the effects of relegation on Saracens and their multitude of international players, McCall added: & # 39; Of course it would mean that some people with a contract want to go around look.
& # 39; Especially if you are a young player and want to play for England, you probably don't want a year in the championship at that time. Those are the things we normally shouldn't think about.
"We have played five and won four. If we reach 16, 17, 18 victories at the end of the season, we will be fine. We cannot emphasize ourselves every week by looking at who is playing who and what the results are. We just have to continue and win as much as possible. & # 39;
Barcelona and Real Madrid face new threat of disruption during the classic of the first season after pro-Catalan independence activists attacked Camp Nou for protests.
- & # 39; The Democratic Tsunami & # 39; are a protest group that intends to set up Nou Camp
- They have called on supporters to come close to the stadium before El Clasico
- Group has more than 18,000 supporters and can cause massive disruption
A group called & # 39; Tsunami Democratic & # 39; has more than 18,000 supporters and has called to meet at four different locations near the Nou Camp in front of El Clasico.
They are planning to gather four hours before the start at 4:00 PM and have published a screaming exclamation on social media.
Many of the supporters also have tickets for the match, which means that the tension in the stadium can increase.
The first Classic of the season was originally supposed to have been played on October 26, but it was postponed due to security issues in Catalonia.
In the fall, nine Catalan separatist leaders were imprisoned and Tsunami Democratic flooded the city of El Prat airport with demonstrators and cost millions when it was brought to a halt.
El Clasico is watched by millions of fans around the world and those protesting inside and outside the stadium can make their pro-Catalan message of independence shine on the masses.
Democratic Tsunami said: & # 39; In an exceptional situation, it is necessary to act exceptionally. & # 39;
& # 39; At present, an important part of the Catalan population suffers from exclusion for ideological reasons.
& # 39; It cannot exercise fundamental rights without repression, nor can it exercise its right to self-determination. . In addition, dozens of people have been or have been arrested solely for exercising and promoting these rights.
& # 39; After checking the impossibility of showing with FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF the possibility of showing the call for dialogue that Spain is ignoring in the stands and on the field, Tsunami Democratic undertakes to do so.
& # 39; For this, Tsunami Democratic conventions a massive concentration on December 18 at 4:00 PM outside Camp Nou. To date, more than 18,000 people have signed up for the call.
& # 39; Many of these people, with tickets or membership [of FC Barcelona] have already received the relevant slogans and have organized to plan the actions for a day followed by 650 million people around the world . & # 39;
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Sportsmail understands that the rain is getting heavier, and that while the main event will not be affected, there may be an interruption of the undercard.
The long-awaited rematch takes place in a stadium with 15,000 seats, but the rain falls in Diriyah and while there is a small roof above the ring itself, none of the spectators will be under cover.
That is made clear by early images prior to the fight of spectators seeking cover under umbrellas and wearing ponchos while the rain keeps falling.
It is assumed that there is a 78 percent chance of precipitation at 9 p.m. – when the ring walk will take place – but the main fears of civil servants lie not only in the wind but
However, there must be a 72mph clock, there is every chance that the undercard will be canceled, while a single lightning flash will be sufficient to complete the long-awaited rematch to cancel.
] A reservation date has been colored for early 2020, but that is the uld represents a huge anticlimax after an unprecedented build-up of the fight.
Construction on the 15,000-seat arena began just under two months ago with 175 dedicated employees and workers making sure that it all was eady in time
Diriyah is located on the northwestern outskirts of the Saudi capital Riyadh and is located in a location that experiences about 17 days of rain a year.
& # 39; People now consider us a threat & # 39 ;: Gareth Southgate proud of England's progress as he is ready for the Euro 2020 draw … where they could get world cup holders France
- Gareth Southgate believes England's World Cup experience is a huge help
- Southgate will monitor the Euro 2020 draw in Bucharest on Saturday
- England allowed world cup holders France and title defender Portugal 7:59 GMT, November 30, 2019 |
The Southgate side will discover who will join them in Group D when the draw is made on Saturday in Bucharest.
England could meet both Portugal and world champions France but will have a home advantage with all three of their group games taking place in Wembley.Gareth Southgate believes that England will be feared at Euro 2020 next summerEngland were in 2018 World Cup semi- finallists in Russia, loss against Croatia
And Southgate is feeling their run to the World Cup semi-final in 2018, and the Nations League final last summer means there are other teams to worry about England.
& # 39; I think we have some respect and I think people would consider us a threat, which was certainly not the case for Russia, & # 39; he said to BBC Sport.
& # 39; We also know that we have to improve ourselves to another level. It is difficult to determine exactly where we are after this qualifying campaign, but if we have looked at the World Cup semi and the Nations League semi, we have done everything we could to qualify with the most goals in Europe, so we are doing a good song.
& # 39; The difference in one day between one of the top 10 teams is marginal in football.
& # 39; It is different in rugby where only four or five contenders are with us. in the euro & # 39; s it has always been more random than the World Cup – you could look at each of the 10 teams and think they could win. & # 39;
England would face Scotland opposite Wembley if Steve Clarke were to come to the side -off semi and final in March next year
The Scots face Israel in Hampden Park and then travel to Norway or Serbia for a one-off competition to secure their place. They would play their other two group D matches in Glasgow.Harry Kane & # 39; s England plays rivals Scotland as they can get through the playoffs
Wales, who booked their place in the final earlier this month with victory over Hungary, know they will go to group A or B.
Group A plays Italy, all three of their group matches in Rome. Wales is in pot four, so France and Portugal can also participate in that group.
Group B has only one section to complete, with Belgium, Russia and Denmark in it. Wales would play a game at that time in Copenhagen and two in St. Petersburg.
Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland are fighting for a place in the final when play-off pad B takes place in March.
If one of the two wins in that four-team mini-tournament, they go to group and next to Spain, with matches in this group that are organized in Bilbao and Dublin.
New British athletics chief Zara Hyde Peters is in danger of being fired after controversial protection
- An emergency meeting of the British athletics council was called Sunday afternoon
- CEO Zara Hyde Peters could be fired after controversy involving her husband
- He was banned to teach life after he had sent photos to an underage student
- Hyde Peters is confronted with claims that she allowed him to coach junior athletes
Tenure as CEO of UK Athletics is seriously threatened before it even started after an emergency council meeting was convened on Sunday in response to her handling of a controversial past involving her husband.
The former British international runner will start this Sunday, but is under great pressure to resign. Senior figures in the sport believe that their position is untenable.
UKA Chairman Chris Clark confirmed on Friday that the situation was being revised.Zara's tenure Hyde Peters as CEO of UK Athletics may already be over has even begun
It remains to be seen whether the organization affected by the crisis continues with the start date of Hyde Peters.
Mike Peters – who was banned in 2012 after exchanging inappropriate pictures with a 15-year-old student at Bilton High School in Warwickshire – had coached a senior team at Coventry Godiva Harriers with girls from 16 years, although they did not have the correct control.
Hyde Peters was coordinator at the club between 2012 and 2015, then served as vice president until 2017, and is reported to have not informed the club of her husband's learning prohibition.
If Hyde Peters survives the role, Sportsmail understands that the decision could come under strict supervision of elements of the UKA Members' Council when they meet next month.