Sam Allardyce sacked by English Football Association after newspaper sting

first_imgSam Allardyce has been sacked as England manager after one match and 67 days in charge having behaved “inappropriately” when caught up in a newspaper sting, the Football Association said on Tuesday.The 61-year-old’s departure follows a Daily Telegraph investigation claiming he offered advice to a bogus group of Far East businessmen on how to get around rules on player transfers.Allardyce was reported to have used his role to negotiate a deal worth 400,000 pounds ($520,840.00) to represent a Far East firm seeking advice on the transfer market.The money would be paid for a series of visits and speeches, and though Allardyce made it clear to the meeting that any arrangement would have to be cleared with the FA and later apologised for what he described as an error of judgement, he was forced out of his dream job.The FA said in a statement: “Allardyce’s conduct, as reported today, was inappropriate of the England manager. He accepts he made a significant error of judgement and has apologised. However, due to the serious nature of his actions, The FA and Allardyce have mutually agreed to terminate his contract with immediate effect.””This is not a decision that was taken lightly but The FA’s priority is to protect the wider interests of the game and maintain the highest standards of conduct in football.”The manager of the England men’s senior team is a position which must demonstrate strong leadership and show respect for the integrity of the game at all times.”SACKED AFTER ONE GAMEadvertisementAllardyce was appointed in July following the departure of Roy Hodgson after this year’s European Championship and has overseen only the 1-0 World Cup qualifying win over Slovakia.One of the highest-paid managers in the game with a salary of about 3 million pounds ($3.9 million) a year, Allardyce was secretly filmed by the Telegraph discussing England’s failings with a group he had been told were businessmen with interests in Singapore and Hong Kong.During his meetings with the newspaper’s undercover reporters, Allardyce also criticised his predecessor Hodgson, referring to him as “Woy” and saying he “hasnt got the personality” for public speaking.He leaves having become the shortest-serving England manager – albeit with a 100percent winning record.Gareth Southgate will take charge of the England team for the next four matches against Malta, Slovenia, Scotland and Spain while the FA searches for a new manager, with Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe the early bookmaker’s favourite.last_img read more

NFL owners to mull anthem rules as Donald Trump ups protest criticism

first_imgNFL team owners will consider requiring football players to stand for the U.S. national anthem after President Donald Trump on Tuesday suggested using tax laws to penalise the league for players who kneel in protest of racial injustice.Trump, a Republican, escalated his feud with the National Football League in a Twitter post asking if the league should get tax breaks while some athletes kneel in protest when the “Star-Spangled Banner” is played at the start of each game.”Why is the NFL getting massive tax breaks while at the same time disrespecting our Anthem, Flag and Country? Change tax law!” Trump wrote on Twitter.The world’s top-grossing sports league gave up its tax-free status two years ago. Its owners are preparing to address the anthem issue at their fall meeting in New York Oct. 17-18, NFL chief spokesman Joe Lockhart told reporters on a conference call on Tuesday.”Everyone at this point is frustrated by the situation,” Lockhart said. “The commissioner and the owners do want the players to stand. We think it is an important part of the game.”The protests, in a league where African-Americans make up the majority of players, have continued through the season, with some players taking a knee when the anthem is played and others standing arm-in-arm in solidarity.Current policy calls for players to stand for the anthem and face the flag, but no player has been disciplined for a protest, Lockhart said.”We need to move past this controversy, and we want to do that together with our players,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote in a memo to team owners.advertisementThe White House supported the idea of asking players to stand, said spokeswoman Sarah Sanders.”We are glad to see the NFL taking positive steps in that direction,” she said at a news briefing.Asked to explain Trump’s comment on the NFL and taxes, Sanders said, “The federal tax law doesn’t apply here, but certainly we know that they receive tax subsidies on a variety of different levels.”The NFL Players Association, when asked for a reaction to possible changes to anthem rules, said in an email “we do not have a response at this time.”Trump last month called on NFL team owners to fire players who kneel during the anthem to protest police violence against black Americans.Critics contend Trump is fanning the controversy to distract from issues including devastation in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, tensions with North Korea and difficulties in pushing healthcare and tax overhauls through the U.S. Congress.Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, speaking on KRLD-FM in Dallas on Tuesday, reiterated his stance that if any of his players chose to demonstrate during the anthem, they would not play.”If you do not honour and stand for the flag in the way that a lot of our fans feel that you should … if that’s not the case, then you won’t play,” said Jones.”That’s nothing new as far as that being my wish or the way I want the Cowboys. As far as whether or not I will basically institute or do what I said I would just say. … I would ask anybody to look at my record relative to what I say I’m going to do.”last_img read more