League wary of Labour proposals

first_img “From personal experience and that of club directors that I speak with, there is no surer way of jeopardising a Saturday afternoon’s enjoyment than being responsible for it on a Monday morning.” Giving its reaction to Labour’s proposals, the Premier League welcomed the chance to discuss the ideas, while also emphasising its own work towards the good of the game. A Premier League statement said: “We welcome the invitation to discuss with the Labour Party their ideas on football governance. “The Premier League has a strong track record on meeting governance challenges that have the potential to damage the long-term good health of English football. “Banning third party ownership and influence of players, introducing financial sustainability measures to ensure investment in clubs is handled responsibly, and placing into Premier League rules requirements for Supporter Liaison Officers and mandatory fan consultation are amongst the numerous substantial and practical measures introduced over recent years. “Both we and our clubs work hard to keep in touch with fans, seek their views and respond, one of the many reasons why we currently enjoy the highest stadium occupancy in Europe. “The Premier League has a significant fan research programme to that effect, and continues to fund the Football Supporters’ Federation and Supporters Direct, with whom we have regular, open and constructive dialogue.” Meanwhile, former Newcastle, Liverpool and Manchester City midfielder Dietmar Hamman has questioned the concept of fans being on club boards mandatorily and feels what really needs looking at is the rising cost of match tickets. Ex-Germany international Hamman told Sky Sports News: “If you make it mandatory that two fans are on the board, I don’t see any reason to do that. “You don’t want to see fans on the board just for the sake of it – if a club decides it’s right to have one or two fans on the board then they should do it, but I don’t think you can make them do it. “I think the whole discussion has come about now because of the ticket prices situation. I think (it would be better) if the clubs had a closer relationship with the fans and talked and sorted that out. I think it is getting out of hand. “It is unreasonable and something should be done about that rather than artificially putting people on the board, where they might not have much influence.” Although the plan would not give fans the power to block takeovers or change corporate strategy, Labour insists clubs would be made more accountable. But the Football League’s chief executive Shaun Harvey has stressed care needs to be taken to ensure potential owners – who may well be fans themselves – are not put off, and also pointed out the financial risk supporters becoming shareholders through the scheme could be exposed to. He said in a statement: “As ever, we welcome dialogue with the political parties regarding football, as our clubs represent communities across England and Wales. “Many of the individuals that choose to invest in football do so without expecting any financial return on their investment, as they too are supporters of their club. “Instead, they do so for a variety of different reasons and we have to be careful not to create barriers that act as a disincentive to the next generation of owners and directors, as the game will only suffer as a consequence. “It is also important to understand any proposal for supporters to have a legal right to purchase a stake in a club within the context of the obligations that come with it. “For example, the average annual loss of a Championship club in 2012-13 was more than £13million with that shortfall having to be met by the club’s shareholders to enable it to continue playing football. “Improved communications with supporters shouldn’t come at the cost of exposing those same supporters to unacceptable levels of financial risk. The Football League has sounded a note of caution over Labour’s proposals for fans to have a new right to representation on their club’s board and the chance to buy up to 10 per cent of the shares. Under the proposed new laws, which will be in Labour’s election manifesto, football supporters’ trusts would be able to appoint and remove at least two members and up to a quarter of their club’s board in an effort to ensure their voices are heard by owners. Fans will also be given a right to purchase up to 10 per cent of the shares whenever a stake of at least 30 per cent is put up for sale, capped at a maximum of 10 per cent of the total shareholding of the club. Press Associationlast_img read more

Sydney Brackett looks to get most out of injury-shortened senior season

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Sydney Brackett planted her right leg to shoot with her left in practice, as she’d done countless times before. This time, a teammate slid and tackled her. Her right knee buckled, resulting in an MCL injury.It was in practice leading up to Syracuse’s Sept. 15 game with Fordham, and Brackett missed almost a month. She returned on Oct. 10 to play 33 minutes off the bench against Wake Forest.After coming off the bench again three days later against Miami, Brackett drew her first start since September on Saturday against Clemson and played 60 minutes. Her return gives the injury-riddled Syracuse (3-9-2, 1-5-1 Atlantic Coast) offense a much-needed boost as she looks to finish off her senior season.“We’re gonna play her as much as possible until we see she can’t help the team in her full capacity,” head coach Nicky Adams said, noting Brackett’s minutes will be varied accordingly going forward.Throughout high school and the early parts of her college career, Bracket had dealt with nothing worse than an ankle sprain, she said. This MCL injury was the most serious injury she’s ever had.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBrackett had trouble getting comfortable running, cutting and kicking again, all which affected her mentally. She tried several different therapies with varying degrees of success.“The biggest part of the recovery process was wrapping your brain around the fact that it’s not going to be able to move the same as it did two weeks prior to being injured,” Brackett said.Brackett made an instant impact her freshman season, tying the team lead in assists (three). Her sophomore season, she led Syracuse in points (11) and goals (five). In each of her three seasons, Brackett led the team in shots or shots on goal. This year, despite missing five games and being limited in three more, she leads the Orange with 12 shots on goal.Shortly after her injury, she pinpointed a game against Florida State on Sept. 29 for a potential return. But that week in practice, she was still in too much pain and her knee was unstable.Eva Suppa | Digital Design EditorBrackett was, however, able to warm up for the Orange’s next game — Oct. 4 on the road against Notre Dame. Despite Brackett wanting to play, Adams told the senior before FSU that she wasn’t going to play her. She still wasn’t ready, and Brackett agreed.While injured, Brackett watched and helped during special drills for attackers. Adams said she had to once remind Brackett to also take time to focus on herself.“It’s always beneficial to hear voices of people who can see things on the field that you can’t necessarily see when you’re on the field,” junior defender Shannon Aviza said.Brackett said she’s confident in what she can do for the Orange the rest of the season since she’s returned. She now can run a straight shot down the field without issue and is not worried about her pace going forward.In her absence, the Orange scored just one goal off a penalty kick in five games. More of her teammates got injured and the clock continued to tick down on her senior season.“I think there are a lot of reasons and motivators,” Brackett said of her return. “But I think I would have the same initiative in any situation because all you want to do is play.”On a program that’s been defensive-minded for several seasons, Brackett has been a constant motor trying to keep its offense afloat. While Brackett said she’s proud of what she’s accomplished, she said she wishes she did more.“It’s a two-sided coin,” Brackett said. “But I would say it’s a bittersweet ending. I’m so, so grateful for my experience here in every way, but I’m always going to want the most out of myself.”— Asst. digital editor Arabdho Majumder and staff writer Tim Nolan contributed reporting to this story. Comments Published on October 23, 2019 at 11:25 pm Contact Eric: estorms@syr.edulast_img read more