UEFA releases 236 million euros to aid member federations

first_imgUEFA said on Monday it had allocated 236.5 million euros ($256 million) to its 55 member associations to help overcome the financial impact caused by the coronavirus pandemic.Each national federation will receive 4.3 million euros which can be used towards “its own priorities in light of the negative impact of the coronavirus on football at all levels,” the body said in a statement.The funds come from UEFA’s HatTrick assistance program, which was created in 2004 to support development projects for each member federation. The program will have distributed 2.6 billion euros by 2024, UEFA said. Global governing body FIFA announced on Friday it would release $150 million to its 211 member associations “as the first step of a relief plan”.Those funds originate from the Forward 2.0 program, which was launched in 2016 and will provide $1.746 billion in total. Topics :center_img “Our sport is facing an unprecedented challenge brought about by the COVID-19 crisis. UEFA wants to help its members to respond in ways that are appropriate to their specific circumstances,” said UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin.”As a result, we have agreed that up to 4.3 million euros per association, paid for the remainder of this season and next, as well as part of the investment funding, can be used as our members see fit to rebuild the football community.”Last week European football’s governing body released almost 70 million euros in benefit payments to clubs struggling financially during the health crisis. The money was originally put aside to be paid to clubs who had released players for international matches after the completion of the European Championship qualifying play-offs.last_img read more

Coach Kiffin’s apology tour far from sincere

first_img“Goal Line Stand” runs every Friday. If you would like to comment on this story, visit DailyTrojan.com or email Michael Katz at katzml@usc.edu. I’ve been a little under the weather lately, to be quite honest. It’s flu season, and on a college campus that kind of stuff spreads pretty quickly. Everyone’s coughing or sneezing or chugging DayQuil. The flu can kind of get to your brain, too, and mash things up a little. Sometimes it’s hard to tell what’s what.So when I read USC head coach Lane Kiffin recently admitted to ESPN’s Gene Wojciechowski that the 2012 football season debacle was his fault, I thought I was delirious. Kiffin, who never admits to having done anything wrong, would now come out and take blame. My flu must have reached a climax: It was playing tricks on me with regard to my university and its head football coach. I figured that when my sickness passed, the story wouldn’t exist and that it had been a figment of my imagination.Well, I’m feeling better now, and it’s still here on ESPN.com. Kiffin actually held himself accountable.Kiffin told Wojciechowski, “You got to blame somebody, so you’re going to blame the head coach — and you should. I blame myself for this.”Wait, what?Is this the turning of a corner? Is this Lane Kiffin 2.0, reborn as a new man as suggested yesterday by fellow columnist Nick Selbe?No.Though I do believe Kiffin probably does feel a little bad for the travesty that was USC football this past season, I struggle to actually believe that Kiffin is turning over a new leaf here. Call me a cynic, but talk is cheap.Nothing in this interview really leads me to think that he actually takes the blame for this. Kiffin tells Wojciechowski about the gaffes he made this year, including the deflated ball and the jersey-changing scandal with Cody Kessler. Wojciechowski notes that Kiffin, “[Has] no anger in his voice. He speaks about the incidents as if they were clinical studies.” That’s the Kiffin we all know.If Kiffin were really sincere, maybe he’d show some emotion. If I had gone 7-6 with the most talented team in the country, I’d be pretty upset with myself as a coach. But again, it’s a stone-faced and monotone Kiffin that we get. College football is a game of emotion; you have to show some on occasion, even when you’re the figure at the center of the controversy. And again, it’s severely lacking.People were taken aback by this article, including Wojciechowski, because Kiffin admitted to mistakes. But until there’s action, I’m calling this a bluff.To truly show that he’s truly learned from his mistakes, the first thing that has to be done is a complete makeover. Kiffin must look in the mirror and take initiative. If he really wants to turn this ship around, he’d hire an offensive coordinator and actually coach this team.After the Sun Bowl, the ESPN article reported that Kiffin “‘lost the locker room.” It’s not hard to see why. He usually has his head buried in his play-calling chart, more concerned with what play to run on second-and-7 than about motivating his team as the game takes place just a few yards away from him.Step one, Lane, is to coach. Let someone else handle the play calling. Lead these young men. Because unless you do, no one else is going to. Players take on the identity of their coach, and if they see you acting nonchalantly about everything on the field, they’re going to act the exact same way.Hiring a new defensive coordinator was a step, and these “admissions” sound really nice. But, until a change occurs in the way that Kiffin actually coaches and handles himself, I’m not buying any of it. I’m not saying that Kiffin can’t change, and that he isn’t going to make these changes (though, knowing his track record, it seems doubtful). The bottom line is that to acknowledge faults is one thing, but to actually alter the way you handle things is another.He has step one down, but I don’t see step two happening. A tiger doesn’t change its stripes. Coaches tend not to change regardless of circumstance. So if fans are looking for a completely transformed Lane Kiffin, they probably aren’t going to find one. The only way to see such a change would be to imagine it in delirium. Maybe we should all get the flu.last_img read more

Are England destined for third straight Six Nations title?

first_img StumbleUpon SBC Awards: The key to an effective submission August 28, 2020 Submit Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 FDJ’s ParionsSport launches sponsorship programme for French amateur football August 24, 2020 Share Related Articles Share It’s that time of the year when Six Nations Rugby returns to our screens, with five physically intense rounds of competition spread across February and Match.England head into the Championships as favourites, with back to back triumphs, including a Grand Slam in 2016, but could the Red Rose’s impressive form be set to crash in early 2018?Joe Lovelace, Head of PR at Marathonbet, has been discussing England and who the bookies say are their closest rivals: “Under Eddie Jones, England have been imperious, winning 22 out of a possible 23 Test matches, deservedly heading into the championship as the bookmaker’s favourites. “A third straight Six Nations would be impressive but a host of injuries to key players makes this even tougher. “But if England’s young players stand up, be counted and take their opportunity, retaining the title and claiming a Grand Slam is very possible. “England and Ireland are hot favourites, it could all come down to the last round where Twickenham plays host to these two teams in what will be a mouth-watering encounter.”All eyes could well fall onto that fixture in the final round, with England seeking revenge for their sole loss under Australian coach Jones, with Ireland triumphing 13-9 in the final game of last seasons tournament.However, could customers be backing a certain nation who showed great resurgence in an impressive 2017: “Unsurprisingly the majority of our punters at Marathonbet have been backing England to win a record third straight Six Nations, with a few backing a Grand Slam along the way, but ultimately believing they’ll come up trumps overall. “For the first time in a while though we’ve seen a number of punters backing Scotland to go all the way – testament to an impressive 2017 that saw them beat Ireland, Wales and Australia with Gregor Townsend’s expensive brand of rugby.”Would Scottish success be a surprise given recent Six Nations performances? And could we see a change of nation propping up the table? Lovelace added: “Scotland won’t be surprising anyone this season, because their Six Nations rivals will not be taking them lightly after some impressive results from this young exciting side last year. “They’re considerably better odds than France and Wales to win this season’s championship and our punters’ activity backs this up with many backing them to claim Six Nations glory at 7/1. “Wales are unusual outsiders at 15/1 to go all the way despite having the experienced British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland, this is mainly down to them missing a host of star players through injury and introducing a new brand of free-flowing rugby.“Italy are destined for the wooden spoon once again, there doesn’t look to be much hope of them not losing all five games – we’ve priced them at 500/1 to win the tournament to back this up.”Amongst all the talk of potential Six Nations winner and losers, Lovelace went on to discuss the current state of rugby union betting, and what can be done to ensure it grows and increases its appeal: “Betting on rugby union and Six Nations has improved over the past few years but there is a long way to go for it to compete and rival the likes of football, tennis, darts and other sports that have a far higher level of activity from our punters. “Educating customers around the variety of markets the betting industry has to offer will go a long way to showing punters that rugby union has as much to offer as any other sport has to offer. Rugby isn’t seen as a traditional betting sport, this perception needs to change going forward.”last_img read more