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The UEFA EURO 2020 final tournament will be staged across the continent after today’s UEFA Executive Committee decision to hold the event in various major cities throughout Europe.

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The UEFA EURO 2020 final tournament will be staged in various major cities throughout Europe, following a decision taken by the UEFA Executive Committee at its meeting in Lausanne on Thursday.

The decision to stage a “EURO for Europe”, rather than a tournament in one or two host countries, follows an initial idea revealed by the UEFA President Michel Platini in June. UEFA has consulted its member national associations about the proposal in the intervening period, and has received an extremely positive response, which has prompted Thursday’s innovative move. The decision, which was not supported by Şenes Erzik, means that the UEFA National Team Competitions Committee will now take responsibility to review the matter further in order to report to a future UEFA Executive Committee meeting.

Among the other decisions taken, the committee decided that the ownership of football players by third parties should be prohibited as a matter of principle. Consequently, world football’s governing body FIFA will be requested to issue relevant worldwide regulations prohibiting third-party ownership of players. UEFA, through its Professional Football Strategy Council (PFSC), would also be ready to implement a regulatory framework to ban third-party ownership arrangements in UEFA competitions, should FIFA not take the appropriate steps. In that case, a transitional period of three to four seasons would apply.

UEFA is continuing to be actively involved in the fight against match-fixing and corruption in football. Accordingly, the Executive Committee expressed its support for the introduction of sporting fraud as a criminal offence in national legislations throughout Europe.

The committee approved the use of additional assistant referees at next summer’s UEFA European Under-21 Championship final round in Israel. Two additional assistant referees – who stand on each goal line and watch in particular for penalty-area incidents – are already being deployed in this season’s UEFA club competitions, following a decision in July by the International Football Association Board (IFAB) to incorporate additional assistants into the Laws of the Game.

Tbilisi will play host to the 2013 UEFA Futsal Cup finals in April 2013. In addition, the committee approved the name of UEFA’s new youth competition for clubs, which will begin from the 2013/14 season – the UEFA Youth League. The trophy will be named after UEFA’s honorary president Lennart Johansson.

The committee decided that the 2013/14 UEFA European Women’s Under-17 Championship final tournament will be staged in England from 26 November to 8 December 2013, with the qualifying rounds to be played in the summer and autumn of 2013. The final tournament counts as the European qualifying competition for the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, which will take place in Costa Rica in March/April 2014, and not in autumn after the UEFA women’s U17 finals, which are normally held in June and/or July.

UEFA has prolonged its arrangement with long-term partner TEAM for the marketing of commercial rights including the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and UEFA Super Cup initially for three additional seasons and, subject to performance, for an additional three-year term thereafter. As part of the new agreement, TEAM has appointed Michael van Praag, a UEFA Executive Committee member, and David Taylor, the CEO of UEFA Events SA, to its board.

Astana, Kazakhstan, and Vienna, Austria, were chosen by the Executive Committee as the respective venues for the 2014 and 2015 UEFA Ordinary Congresses. The XXXVII Ordinary UEFA Congress will take place in London on 24 May 2013.

The first Executive Committee meeting of 2013 is scheduled for 25 January at the House of European Football in Nyon, Switzerland.


F1 Race Suits Sold for Charity | Button | Vettel | Hamilton

Formula One teams at Mercedes, McLaren, Ferrari and Lotus have joined together with Red Bull Racing to collect donations of worn and signed racing kit from the six Formula One World Champions competing in the 2012 season: Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton, Michael Schumacher, Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen.

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The auction, which was carried out by Bonhams, saw suits worn by Vettel, Fernando Alonso, Michael Schumacher, Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button and Kimi Raikkonen go under the hammer to raise funds for the charity, which will go towards cutting-edge research projects and clinical trials across the globe aimed at accelerating progress towards a cure for spinal cord injury.Each of the six race suits was complimented by other donations from the drivers including pairs of signed race gloves and signed photographic prints.

“It’s been one of the most competitive seasons for Formula One drivers,” Vettel said following the sale. “I’m really proud to have won the Championship with the team and it’s great that these suits have raised so much money for such a fantastic charity.”

Wings for Life is the charity partner of Red Bull Racing and their logo features on both of the Red Bull Racing cars.

Red Bull Racing drivers Mark Webber and Vettel, along with ex-F1 racer David Coulthard, are ambassadors for the Wings for Life charity. AU996963 (1)

Wings for Life Charity sale:Michael Schumacher Print £180
Kimi Raikkonen Print £240
Fernando Alonso Print £260
Jenson Button Print £320
Kimi Raikkonen Gloves £350
Jenson Button Gloves £400
David Coulthard RB4 Nose Cone £400
Sebastian Vettel Print £480
Lewis Hamilton Print £500
Fernando Alonso Gloves £850
Lewis Hamilton Gloves £1,800
Kimi Raikkonen Race suit £1,800
Sebastian Vettel Gloves £2,200
Jenson Button Race suit £3,500
Lewis Hamilton Race suit £4,100
Michael Schumacher Race suit £4,500
Fernando Alonso Race suit £6,000
Sebastian Vettel Race suit £11,000


Dutch Official dies after youth game attack | Football

Associated Press

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands — A Dutch man who was beaten and kicked by several football players after working as a linesman during a youth match died Monday.

Richard Nieuwenhuizen collapsed and was rushed to the hospital hours after players from Amsterdam club Nieuw Sloten punched and kicked him. Nieuwenhuizen’s club, Buitenboys, said the 41-year-old linesman died Monday evening but did not announce the exact cause of death.

Three players, whose ages range from 15 to 16, were arrested earlier Monday for alleged involvement in the beating on Sunday in the town of Almere.

Dutch Sports Minister Edith Schippers told national broadcaster NOS even before the news of Nieuwenhuizen’s death that “it is absolutely terrible that something like this can happen on a Dutch sports field.”

Police spokeswoman Leonie Bosselaar said shortly before the linesman’s death was announced that the players were still in custody and investigations were continuing. She added that police would not rule out arresting more suspects.

Nieuw Sloten said in a statement on its website it has banned the players involved and pulled their team out of the league.

The statement said such incidents “do not belong on a football field.”

Both clubs cancelled all training scheduled for Monday.


The FA Cup THIRD ROUND DRAW Fixtures

So there you have it. Which ties tickle your fancy? West Ham v Manchester United stands out. As does Swansea v Arsenal, especially after the result at the Emirates yesterday. The other all Premier League ties see Southampton host Chelsea and QPR take on West Brom. Lincoln and Mansfield have a big reward when they face off for the right to host Liverpool in round three, while Tottenham and Coventry clash in a repeat of the 1987 final. Ties are played on the 5th and 6th of January.

Ties to be played over the weekend of 5 & 6 January 2013

Crystal Palace v Stoke

Brighton v Newcastle

Tottenham v Coventry City

Wigan v Bournemouth

Fulham v Blackpool

Aston Villa v Ipswich

Charlton v Huddersfield

Barrow or Macclesfield v Cardiff

Barnsley v Burnley

Manchester City v Watford

Swansea v Arsenal

Leicester v Burton

Millwall v Preston

Cheltenham or Hereford v Everton

Derby v Tranmere

Crawley v Reading

Aldershot v Rotherham or Notts County

Middlesbrough v Harrogate or Hastings

Accrington Stanley or Oxford v Sheffield United

Southampton v Chelsea

QPR v West Brom

Peterborough v Norwich

Lincoln or Mansfield v Liverpool

Bolton v Sunderland

Nottingham Forest v Oldham

West Ham v Manchester United

Hull v Alfreton or Leyton Orient

Blackburn v Bristol City

Leeds v Birmingham

Bury or Southend v Bradford or Brentford

Luton v Wolves

Sheffield Wednesday v MK Dons


Southend, Stevenage and Oxford player Mitchell Cole has died, aged 27

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Former Southend, Stevenage and Oxford player Mitchell Cole has died, aged 27, the Football League has confirmed.

The former West Ham trainee retired as a professional player in February on medical advice after being diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a condition which causes an irregular thickness of the heart in certain areas.

He gave an interview to The Sun at the time in which he said: “A few players around the world die of this every year. The specialists told me that every day I have a one percent chance of dropping dead and sport quadruples that risk.

“When the doctor gave me the numbers and showed me images of my heart, it hit me hard.”

Cole did return to football to make a handful of non-league appearances, some of which came for Arlesey Town.

However, according to their director of football, Gary King, watching Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba suffer a cardiac arrest in an FA Cup tie with Tottenham in March convinced Cole to give up the game for good.


Leicestershire FA charges football club in racism storm | Under 15’s

Leicester MercuryLeics&Rutland FA (1)Leicestershire FA has brought charges against a football club after alleged racist jibes were made during an under-15s match Reports

There was claims of abuse hurled at players and also a pitch invasion at the match between Blaby & Whetstone Boys Club and Leicester Nirvana.

Reports were made to the police and the Leicestershire and Rutland County Football Association (FA) after the match on October 21, in which Nirvana, which is based in Rushey Mead, Leicester, beat the home team 3-4.

Statements made alleged that spectators made monkey noises and offensive gestures towards black and Asian youngsters during the under-15s game at the ground in Warwick Road, Whetstone.

In a statement released last night the county FA said it would charge Blaby & Whetstone Boys Club FC with “failing to ensure supporters conducted themselves in an orderly fashion” and failing to keep them off the pitch.

An unnamed player from Blaby & Whetstone is charged with racially or religiously aggravated abuse and making similar threatening comments on Twitter.

Two other players will be charged with improper conduct for comments made on Facebook.

The match referee is charged with failing to report the improper conduct at the October 21 match, and a second identical charge relating to another, unspecified, match.

Blaby & Whetstone now has until December 13 to respond.

Tony Galway, chairman of Blaby & Whetstone BC Football Club, declined to comment on the news. He said: “We’re not going to comment until I’ve taken the new information to my committee.

“We will issue a press release later.”

If the club disagrees with the charges it can appeal.

If it accepts the charges, the FA will then decide what penalty is appropriate. It has the power to hand out fines or suspend the entire club and individual players.

Leicester Nirvana chairman Kirk Master said: “These sorts of allegations need to be dealt with.”

Police are continuing their separate investigation into the matter.

A spokeswoman said: “Our inquiries are ongoing into the report of a racial incident at a football match on October 21.”


Robbie Fowler to “loan” famous FA Cup white suit | Liverpool | ‘Spice Boys’

 

Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler has revealed that he will loan out his famous white suit to a museum in Manchester.

The 37-year-old and his teammates hit the headlines in 1996 when they turned up to Wembley for the FA Cup final against Manchester United wearing bright white suits.

“I’ve still got [the suit] and I’m going to loan it to the National Football Museum in Manchester for an exhibition they’re doing on fashion in football,” Fowler said in a Q&A session with BBC Sport.

The unlovely suits, inexplicably paired with sky blue shirts and a diagonally striped red and white tie that would shame the worst dressed, heaviest-smoking turf accountant, became the iconic and lasting image of a generation of tabloid-courting underachievers at Anfield.

Jamie Redknapp was one of the Liverpool players to object to the Spice Boys tag, but perhaps not in the way you’d expect: “Let’s face it,” he said, “the Spice Girls are at the top of their profession and we are still trying to get to the top of ours, so I hardly think it is a good nickname.”

The group would remain nearly men under Roy Evans, but that reputation is disputed by Steve McManaman, who said: “The Spice Boys at one time consisted of eight or nine players and the press just used to change the personnel as they fancied.

“It was unfortunate because when we finished third in the league we got a lot of stick for it. At the time I felt very sorry for some of the lads involved. But it didn’t bother me personally as I was playing very good football at the time.

“When we finished third and people saw us having a laugh and a joke, they thought we didn’t care. Nowadays, when you finish third, everyone is thrilled to bits, everyone’s excited about qualifying for the Champions League.

“Under Roy Evans we did that a lot, and did it by playing fantastic football, but because there were a few young lads who liked to enjoy themselves at times, people had misconceptions.”

 

 


THIRD ROUND DRAW NUMBERS | FA Cup | Chelsea Draw Lucky 13

Premier League and Championship teams enter the hat on Sunday afternoon

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Third Round Proper draw
2.40pm, Sunday 2 December 2012
Wembley Stadium
Live on TheFA.com and ITV1
Ties to be played over the weekend of 5 & 6 January 2013
Winning clubs will receive £67,500 from The FA prize fund

The draw for the Third Round of The FA Cup remains a special event in the football calendar.

Lower league and non-League teams dream of being paired with a Premier League giant, while the bigger clubs will all be looking to avoid a potential Cup upset.

The most notable Third Round tie from last season was the Manchester derby, which United won 3-2 at the home of their local rivals, while Swindon Town, then of League Two, came from behind to knock out Premier League Wigan.

The draw will be conducted by former Tottenham captain Ledley King and former Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba and the draw numbers are listed below:

 

1

 

 

Arsenal

 

 

2

 

 

Aston Villa

 

 

3

 

 

Barnsley

 

 

4

 

 

Birmingham City

 

 

5

 

 

Blackburn Rovers

 

 

6

 

 

Blackpool

 

 

7

 

 

Bolton Wanderers

 

 

8

 

 

Brighton & Hove Albion

 

 

9

 

 

Bristol City

 

 

10

 

 

Burnley

 

 

11

 

 

Cardiff City

 

 

12

 

 

Charlton Athletic

 

 

13

 

 

Chelsea

 

 

14

 

 

Crystal Palace

 

 

15

 

 

Derby County

 

 

16

 

 

Everton

 

 

17

 

 

Fulham

 

 

18

 

 

Huddersfield Town

 

 

19

 

 

Hull City

 

 

20

 

 

Ipswich Town

 

 

21

 

 

Leeds United

 

 

22

 

 

Leicester City

 

 

23

 

 

Liverpool

 

 

24

 

 

Manchester City

 

 

25

 

 

Manchester United

 

 

26

 

 

Middlesbrough

 

 

27

 

 

Millwall

 

 

28

 

 

Newcastle United

 

 

29

 

 

Norwich City

 

 

30

 

 

Nottingham Forest

 

 

31

 

 

Peterborough United

 

 

32

 

 

Queens Park Rangers

 

 

33

 

 

Reading

 

 

34

 

 

Sheffield Wednesday

 

 

35

 

 

Southampton

 

 

36

 

 

Stoke City

 

 

37

 

 

Sunderland

 

 

38

 

 

Swansea City

 

 

39

 

 

Tottenham Hotspur

 

 

40

 

 

Watford

 

 

41

 

 

West Bromwich Albion

 

 

42

 

 

West Ham United

 

 

43

 

 

Wigan Athletic

 

 

44

 

 

Wolverhampton Wanderers

 

 

45

 

 

Preston North End or Gillingham

 

 

46

 

 

Bury or Southend United

 

 

47

 

 

Sheffield United or Port Vale

 

 

48

 

 

Carlisle United or AFC Bournemouth

 

 

49

 

 

Crewe Alexandra or Burton Albion

 

 

50

 

 

Bradford City or Brentford

 

 

51

 

 

Luton Town or Dorchester Town

 

 

52

 

 

Alfreton Town or Leyton Orient

 

 

53

 

 

Oldham Athletic or Doncaster Rovers

 

 

54

 

 

Tranmere Rovers or Chesterfield

 

 

55

 

 

Rotherham United or Notts County

 

 

56

 

 

Cheltenham Town or Hereford United

 

 

57

 

 

Barrow or Macclesfield Town

 

 

58

 

 

Accrington Stanley or Oxford United

 

 

59

 

 

Lincoln City or Mansfield Town

 

 

60

 

 

Harrogate Town or Hastings United

 

 

61

 

 

Coventry City v Morecambe

 

 

62

 

 

Milton Keynes Dons or AFC Wimbledon

 

 

63

 

 

Crawley Town or Chelmsford City

 

 

64

 

 

Fleetwood Town or Aldershot Town


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GENERATION TERRORISTS 20TH ANNIVERSARY RELEASE | Ritchie James Edwards | Manic Street Preachers

Four years on since Ritchie was declared dead and his memory lives on. The Manic Street Preachers have just announced : GENERATION TERRORISTS 20TH ANNIVERSARY RELEASE – OUT NOW

GENERATION TERRORISTS 2OTH ANNIVERSARY RELEASE
 
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To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of its release, the MANIC STREET PREACHERS have re-issued their legendary 18 track debut album ‘Generation Terrorists’ on 5th November 2012.
The double album is available as:
1. Anniversary Edition – 1CD
2. Legacy Edition – 2CD/DVD
3. Limited Edition Collector’s Edition – 3CD/DVD/Book/10” Vinyl – SOLD OUT!
4. 12” 180g double vinyl gatefold LP
5. Download
Featuring the entire original album re-mastered; unheard exclusive songs and demos; unseen film footage and home movies; unique artwork from the MSP archive; rare and unseen photos; legendary tv performances and a new essay from band biographer Simon Price, each format is a beautifully packaged piece of memorabilia for Manics fans old and new.
“They have more energy, anger and intelligence than any band I have ever seen.   By the end of the year they will be the most important rock band in the world”
Steven Wells, NME
 
“All my life I’ve been waiting for a band like the Manic Street Preachers to come along” 
 Everett True, Melody Maker
 
“’Generation Terrorists’ will be the most awesome and scandalous rock record of 1992” 
 Amy Raphael, NME
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Here is what some of the press media have had to say about Generation Terrorists:
Artrocker – 5/5 stars
“Even after 20 years, their debut, ‘Generation Terrorists’ has lost none of its power.  Like Guns N’ Roses on big fat smart drugs, this is an album of riffs, melody and ideas.”
Daniel Cadwallader
Independent 4/5 stars
“The music once derided as sub-clash, now has an astringent edge that we could use nowadays.  At its best – notably the rebellious desolation of “Motorcycle Emptiness” – there is an undeniable majesty about the Manics’ project.”
Andy Gill
Kerrang! – 5k
“Twenty years later and it’s difficult to comprehend how anyone could have resisted it; these songs still seethe with more ideas and ambition than every other British rock album of the era put together.”
Mark Sutherland
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Here are some of the ratings from other press releases:
Clash – 8/10 stars
i – 4/5 stars
Mojo – 4/5 stars
Morning Star – 4/5 stars
Q – 4/5 stars
Record Collector – 3/5 stars
Uncut – 8/10
Vive Le Rock – 9/10

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Richard James Edwards (born 22 December 1967, disappeared c. 1 February 1995, officially presumed dead 23 November 2008]) was a Welsh musician who was rhythm guitarist and lyricist of the alternative rock band Manic Street Preachers. He was known for his politicized and intellectual songwriting which, combined with an enigmatic and eloquent character, has assured him cult status. Edwards vanished on 1 February 1995. He was declared presumed deceased in November 2008.The ninth album by the Manic Street Preachers, Journal for Plague Lovers, which was released on 18 May 2009, is composed entirely of lyrics left behind by Edwards.

“In terms of the ‘S’ word, that does not enter my mind. And it never has done, in terms of an attempt. Because I am stronger than that. I might be a weak person, but I can take pain.” – Richey (October 1994)

“…I’d wished he’d left us some note saying, ‘Boys, it’s for the best. But I still love you.'” – Nicky Wire

“…we thought whatever he’s done, he wants to do. If he’s happy, good luck to him.” – Nicky Wire

“Personally, I still think he’s alive, although I’ve got no physical evidence or reason to think that he is. But I do…how can you accept that he’s dead, when there’s no body, no evidence whatsoever? It’s irrational.” – Nicky Wire

Check out my ongoing tribute to the Legend that is Ritchie James Edwards.

Always at Peace with you Ritchie.

 


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