Press Association Manchester City and Paris St Germain both face heavy sanctions from European football’s governing body after being found to have exceeded financial fair play (FFP) limitations. They are among nine clubs being dealt with by UEFA’s club financial control board for FFP breaches. Barclays Premier League leaders City are contesting UEFA’s settlement offer of sanctions which would entail a £49million (60million euro) fine, a cut in the size of their Champions League A squad next season to 21 and a freeze on that squad’s wage bill. UEFA has stopped short of imposing a suspension on any of the nine teams. However Arsenal manager Wenger said: “You would think that you accept the rules and you’re in the competition or you don’t accept the rules and you’re not in the competition. Then, everybody would understand it.” Wenger has long advocated a need for clubs to live within their own resources, having been powerless to see first Chelsea and then City challenge for top honours bankrolled by the deep pockets of billionaire owners. The Gunners manager feels UEFA should simply get tough. “There are rules. You respect them or you don’t respect them. If you don’t respect them you have to be punished,” Wenger said. “When UEFA doesn’t want to kick the clubs out of the Champions League, they have to find a more subtle punishment. “From all of us on the outside, it looks a complicated punishment, which nobody really understands. “We live in a society where everyone is informed. The rules have to be clear that you can inform people well. “If I go out in the street now and I ask 100 people what you think of the (UEFA financial) fair play punishment, how many do you think can explain it to you? I am in the job and I cannot do it. “They have to clarify the punishment. We all agree that if we don’t respect the rules you have to be punished, but to explain to people how that works is very difficult.” Wenger believes the current set-up shows “there is something wrong”, but accepts unless there is a collective drive for change, it will be very difficult to secure a lasting positive impact. “There are two ways of thinking about the whole process. You can say, ‘we don’t care, we want the billionaires to buy the big players and they can spend what they want’ or you say ‘look, we want to keep things fair’,” Wenger added. “If you say to me ‘tomorrow we give everybody £100million in the 20 Premier League clubs’, I say ‘okay, I will take the gamble’, and then you can say at the start that is a fair competition. “It is a bit like it works in the United States (with the draft system and salary cap in sports), which is the most capitalistic country, they have the more even field of competition. “So it is a basic question you have to answer in England – do we let it go and everyone spends what he wants? “Inflation can be too big and it can put too much pressure on the clubs who have not these resources to overpay their players. “Anyway, since I am in the job, if you put 100 per cent more money in, where does the 100 per cent more money go? To the wages, not 99 per cent, but 100 per cent. That means the only effect it has is that the wages go up.” Arsene Wenger has urged UEFA to get tough by excluding clubs that breach its spending rules from European competition.
A QUANTITY of cricket shirts and pants were donated by overseas-based Guyanese Alistair Saigo to Cotton Field Secondary School.The simple ceremony was held in the school’s auditorium in the presence of several students and teachers. The donation was presented by Roy Gonsalves on behalf of his brother-in-law and it was done in recognition of the late Courtney Gonsalves, former senior national fast bowler who hailed from Essequibo.In an invited comment Roy Gonsalves stated “Alistair wanted to make this little contribution to the school since he is of the belief that sports play a vital role in the development of youths and in particular cricket’.He further added that “the school has a rich pool of talented cricketers and the outfit will serve them well in competitions”.Senior Master Marvin Pearson who received the clothing on behalf of the school thanked the donor while assuring him that the beneficiaries will make optimum use of the gifts by wearing them with honour and pride.Courtney Gonsalves died in 2009 and was a former coach who touched the lives of many including those players from the Cotton Field Secondary School.
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 12, 2017 at 7:48 pm Contact Paul: firstname.lastname@example.org | @pschweds Syracuse (18-14, 10-8 Atlantic Coast) missed out on the NCAA Tournament for the first time when eligible in nine seasons and the ninth time overall in Jim Boeheim’s 41 years as the Orange’s head coach. He said SU will prep to play in the National Invitation Tournament, which announces its bracket at 8:30 p.m. on Sunday.Boeheim addressed the media after Syracuse missed the cut and here are three things he said.Boeheim knows why his team wasn’t included in the 68-team fieldSyracuse opened the season with an 8-6 record, a start that Boeheim described as “terrible” on Sunday evening and one that he said put his team in a “tremendous hole.” From that point on, the Orange went 10-8, including wins over Duke (RPI rank of 6), Florida State (RPI rank of 13) and Virginia (RPI rank of 18).But SU also went 2-11 away from the Carrier Dome, which ultimately helped sink Boeheim’s team. While he said he doesn’t “know what they do exactly,” Boeheim detailed why he thought Syracuse missed.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I think it comes down to we won two road games and obviously lost three games to teams outside the Top 100 (in RPI),” Boeheim said. “I think that overbalanced the fact that we beat three teams in the top 15 and six teams in the Top 50. We finished at 10-8 in a great conference but it is what it is.”Scheduling isn’t the reason Syracuse missed outThe Orange’s nonconference strength of schedule ranked 215th in the country entering Sunday. That number is lower than three of the last four teams that made the field: Providence (185), Wake Forest (15), Southern California (140) and Kansas State (237).While playing tougher teams may have bolstered SU’s resume, Syracuse went 8-5 in nonconference games. Losses to Connecticut, Georgetown and St. John’s dragged the Orange down due to the opponents’ weak seasons.“It’s not our schedule,” Boeheim said. “It’s all the games we didn’t win. It’s the games we lost. It’s not that we didn’t play people.”Without John Gillon and Andrew White, SU wouldn’t make NITSyracuse’s early-season struggles resulted in a pile of bad losses that hurt the Orange on Selection Sunday. Part of that happened because SU brought in fifth-year graduate transfers Andrew White and John Gillon and it took time for them to learn Boeheim’s schemes.But Boeheim said without those two players, the Orange wouldn’t have even been good enough to qualify for the NIT. White led Syracuse with 18 points per game and was named to the All-ACC third team. Boeheim said Gillon’s “been a good point guard” ranking fourth in the conference with 5.34 assists per game and averaging 10.9 points per game.White and Gillon were the first two grad transfers that Boeheim has taken since a recent rule change allowed them to switch schools without having to sit out a year. Despite Syracuse’s early struggles, Boeheim said he will continue entertaining the option if needed.“When you lose guys late, like we lost Malachi (Richardson) late (to the NBA), there is no freshman you’re going to get,” Boeheim said. “… I think those two guys helped us get to 18 wins. It’s a different world today when you lose guys late, you see if you need somebody to fill a hole, I think you’re going to try to do that in those situations with those circumstances.” Comments