The work permit proposals include a blanket ban on non-European Union players for clubs outside the top flight, bringing England in line with other European countries.There are currently 66 English players eligible to represent England playing regularly in the 20 Premier League teams and Dyke has set a target of increasing that number to 90 by 2022.A BBC study published in October found that English footballers accounted for just 32% of the minutes played in the Premier League, compared to 59% for home-grown players in Spain and 50% for home-grown players in Germany’s top league.The report was produced by a commission set up by Dyke in October to investigate why the number of English players in the Premier League is falling.“This decline is a problem in countries right across Europe, but it is a significantly bigger problem in England than anywhere else and if the trend continues, we fear for the future of the English team,” Dyke said.“If this cannot be reversed, a future England manager will have fewer and fewer top-level English players from which to choose.”Dyke wants to insert a new fifth tier into the English pyramid system — a ‘League Three’ — which would feature 10 B teams from the Premier League and 10 teams from the current fifth division, the National Conference.Several European countries, including Spain and Germany, allow B teams from top-tier clubs to play in their lower leagues.The 10-man FA commission, which included Dyke, England manager Roy Hodgson and Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand, produced an 82-page report after speaking to more than 650 people from across English and European football.One aim of the study is to improve the England national team, who have qualified for the semi-finals of only two major tournaments since winning the World Cup on home soil in 1966.Hodgson, who names his 23-man England squad for the World Cup on Monday, gave his backing to the report.“I welcome the proposals and I know that the chairman — and indeed everyone who is passionate about English football — would strongly advocate the findings and recommendations,” he said in a statement.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, May 8- The English Football Association said Thursday it wants to limit the number of non-European Union players in Premier League teams in a bid to bolster home grown talent.Football Association chairman Greg Dyke also announced an overhaul of the work permit system and the creation of a new division for Premier League ‘B teams’ in a bid to improve the health of the English game.
0Shares0000French forward Thierry Henry (R) fights for the ball with Irish defender Richard Dunne during a World Cup 2010 qualifying football match on November 18, 2009 at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, northern ParisLONDON, June 4- FIFA have confirmed they made a $5 million payment to the Football Association of Ireland after Thierry Henry’s handball stopped Ireland qualifying for the 2010 World Cup.Details of the deal first emerged in an interview FAI chief executive John Delaney gave to RTE Radio 1 on Thursday. “We felt we had a legal case against FIFA because of how the World Cup play-off hadn’t worked out for us with the Henry handball,” Delaney said.“We came to an agreement. That was a Thursday and on Monday, the agreement was all signed and all done. It was a payment to the association to not proceed with a legal case.”FIFA later issued a statement explaining: “While the referee’s decision is final, and the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) ultimately accepted it as such, in January 2010 FIFA entered into an agreement with FAI in order to put an end to any claims against FIFA.“FIFA granted FAI a loan of USD 5 million for the construction of a stadium in Ireland. At the same time, UEFA also granted the FAI funds for the same stadium.“The terms agreed between FIFA and the FAI were that the loan would be reimbursed if Ireland qualified for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.“Ireland did not so qualify. Because of this, and in view of the FAI’s financial situation, FIFA decided to write off the loan as per 31 December 2014.”France qualified for the 2010 World Cup at Ireland’s expense after Henry blatantly handled the ball as he set up William Gallas for the decisive goal in a play-off match in Paris in November 2009.Delaney’s claim comes amid a corruption scandal engulfing FIFA that has seen FIFA executives arrested, president Sepp Blatter announce his resignation and former executive committee member Chuck Blazer admit to paying bribes.Delaney said that Blatter’s behaviour at the Soccerex football conference in Johannesburg 11 days after the match had hardened his resolve over the matter of compensation.“The way Blatter behaved, if you remember on stage, having a snigger and having a laugh at us…” he said.“That day when I went in (to discuss the agreement), and I told him how I felt about him, there were some expletives used.”Henry was derided as a cheat in the aftermath of the match at the Stade de France, which ended in a 1-1 draw that saw France win 2-1 on aggregate.The FAI and the Irish government unsuccessfully petitioned world governing body FIFA for the game to be replayed or for Ireland to be admitted to the World Cup in South Africa as a ’33rd team’.Henry, then with Barcelona, backed Ireland’s calls for a replay and declared himself “extremely sorry”, but rejected the accusation that he was a cheat.France went on to endure a disastrous World Cup, crashing out in the group phase after the players went on strike in protest at striker Nicolas Anelka’s exclusion from the squad for clashing with coach Raymond Domenech.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
The first order of business is beating the New York Knicks tonight at Madison Square Garden to avoid the first three-game losing streak of the season. But there is a bigger picture at hand for a team that has gone just 8-11 on the road so far. “That’s when you really start growing a little bit is on the road,” For all the time the Lakers will spend on the road these next two weeks – their eight-game trip is the longest since December 1989 – coach Phil Jackson should have given his players two books as part of his annual rite instead of just one. There will be plenty of time for the Lakers to read as well as help chart the course of their season. By the time they return home late on Feb. 11, the Lakers will have played one-tenth of their regular-season schedule on this one trip. Kobe Bryant said. “You have a chance to bond together. It’s you against everybody else. It’ll be fun. I’m looking forward to it. I’m not looking forward to the cold weather, but I’m looking forward to the challenge that lies ahead.” The Lakers have taken their place among the Western Conference’s leading teams largely because of a 19-6 home record. Jackson has set a goal of not being satisfied with a 4-4 split on this trip but trying to break through with six victories. To do so, the Lakers first would have to find the consistency that has eluded them in playing against the NBA’s weakest teams. They will play four teams with losing records – New York, Boston, Atlanta and Toronto – on this trip. Of course, the Lakers also play games against three of the Eastern Conference’s top teams in Washington, Detroit and Cleveland. Jackson also noted Sunday that five of the eight teams have winning records on their home court. The Lakers in addition will have to weather a schedule that is far from friendly. The trip starts with four games in five nights and includes a third set of back-to-back games next week against Detroit and Toronto. “It’s just human nature, people are going to want to go home,” forward Brian Cook said. “If we as a group focus in on what we need to do as far as taking it one game at a time and one possession at a time on offense and defense, I think we’ll be fine.” The hope is that the Lakers also will welcome back forward Luke Walton and center Kwame Brown from their respective ankle sprains in the coming week. Walton was injured in Friday’s loss to Charlotte; Brown has been out all of January. These games are the counterweight to the front-loaded schedule of home games the Lakers played early in the season. It is Jackson’s belief that it only matters how well a team is playing, not whether the games are played at home or on the road. The Lakers, however, have lost four of their last five games and are still working to reintegrate Lamar Odom, who missed 21 games with a sprained knee ligament. Odom showed signs of being his former self in Sunday’s loss to San Antonio – taking rebounds end-to-end for layups, lobbing alley-oop passes to Bryant for dunks – but also missed 6 of 10 free throws. Jackson also wouldn’t mind if the Lakers’ regained their shooting touch. They made just 42.3 percent of their shots in the losses to Charlotte and San Antonio despite being one of the NBA’s best shooting teams this season. “I think that we need to see a little better team play,” added Jackson, whose team went 2-5 on this trip last season. “I’ve been concerned about the fact that guys come in and they’re desperate coming in off the bench. “They want shots, they want to score, they think they’re going to stay on the floor if they do some things that are scoring-wise instead of being playmakers, executing the offense.” The featured games on the trip will come tonight in New York – a homecoming for Odom, Smush Parker and Andrew Bynum – and Saturday, when the Lakers play Washington in a rematch of their 147-141 overtime loss on Dec. 17. Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas scored a franchise-record 60 points while Bryant had 45 and questioned whether Arenas had a “conscience” in shooting. Brown’s return is not certain but he spent four tumultuous seasons in Washington as a No. 1 overall pick. The Lakers will play Feb. 8 against the Pistons, who confounded them with a zone defense in a November loss, and finish the trip three days later against Cleveland in the first of two Bryant-LeBron James showdowns in a week. “It can work either way,” Jackson said of the trip. “It can make a team come together. It can help a team fall apart.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Zabaleta joined City from Espanyol for £6.45 million ($8.3 million, 7.6 million euros) on August 31, 2008, a day before the Abu Dhabi United Group, led by billionaire Sheikh Mansour, completed a takeover that transformed the club’s fortunes.Because of the timing of his arrival, and the service he has given to City, Zabaleta has become closely associated with the modern era at the Etihad Stadium, while the quality of his performances has made him a popular figure with the club’s supporters.He was a key member of the side that won the Premier League title in 2012, scoring the opening goal in the dramatic 3-2 final-day win over Queens Park Rangers that ensured City became champions of England for the first time since 1968.Zabaleta has won two league titles with City, as well as the FA Cup once, in 2011, and the League Cup twice.He is expected to make his final home appearance for the club when they play West Bromwich Albion at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday, five days before City complete their Premier League campaign at Watford.– ‘Amazing Impact’ –Guardiola hopes Zabaleta finishes his time at the club by helping them secure qualification for next season’s Champions League, with Guardiola’s men currently ahead of Arsenal in the race for fourth place.“I have a lot of respect for Pablo,” Guardiola told a news conference on Monday. “His impact here has been amazing. Nine years he has been here. To replace that you need someone who has been here for nine years. That is a long time, and so it is not easy.“He was the first player to come here when the owners arrived. He has helped the club to where it is right now.“He deserves all of the fans to come to the West Brom game. I hope all the fans can come to support us, as we are playing for a lot of important things, but also so they can express gratitude for one of the most important players in the history of Manchester City.”While Zabaleta will feature as City look to complete the season in fine style, midfielder Fabian Delph will be unavailable.Delph has not played since the victory over Hull City on April 8 because of a leg problem, and will miss the end of the campaign.Centre-back John Stones, however, has recovered from a muscle problem.Guardiola, meanwhile, remained guarded on the fate of the six out-of-contract players whose futures all remain unclear.The manager indicated last week he had already decided whether to keep Yaya Toure, Gael Clichy, Bacary Sagna, Willy Caballero, Jesus Navas and Tosin Adarabioyo.Offers have been made to Navas and Adarabioyo, and Toure is also likely to be given a contract if City qualify for the Champions League.However, Guardiola insisted his focus and that of his players must remain on trying to finish as high as they can in the table, with third place still a possibility.“After next Sunday, we will start talking with individuals,” the Spaniard said. “I know you are curious but now it is important to stay in the present.“If we didn’t play for anything it would be different. But we are playing for a lot of important things,” the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager added“Hopefully, the players are focussed on that.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Pablo Zabaleta joined Manchester City in August 2008 © AFP/File / ADRIAN DENNISMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, May 15 – Pablo Zabaleta deserves a victorious finale to mark the end of his nine-year Manchester City career, manager Pep Guardiola said Monday.The Argentinian full-back is leaving the Etihad Stadium when his contract expires at the end of the season, with Premier League rivals West Ham the 32-year-old’s likeliest destination.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C – The North Peace Museum is offering Kid’s Night with the focus of the evening on Marine Dinosaurs that were specific to the Peace Region in prehistoric times.If you have ever wondered what creatures lurked below the waters of the Peace Region, join the Museum January 18, 2019, from 7 pm – 8 pm, to learn about marine dinosaurs through video’s stories and more.There will be an opportunity to make a dinosaur related craft that you can take home.- Advertisement -Registration for this event is limited and mandatoryEvent tickets are $5/child or $10/family and must be purchased in advance. Children must be accompanied by an adult (free).Tickets are available at the museum located at 9323 – 100th StreetAdvertisement Museum Hours Mon. – Sat. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.FB Event Page CLICK HERE
1 Manchester City forward Samir Nasri celebrates Samir Nasri is confident Manchester City have what it takes to claim the initiative in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 clash with Spanish giants Barcelona.The sides meet at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday, with the Blues taking on the team who dumped them out at the same stage of last season’s competition.Nasri felt the Premier League winners paid too much respect to the four-time European champions on that occasion, with Barca securing a 4-1 aggregate win, but the winger believes City are a much tougher proposition this time around.The Frenchman, speaking at City’s pre-match press conference, said: “I think we respected them too much but, at the same time, last year didn’t have enough experience to compete with a club like this, with its history.“They know how to deal with this kind of game. They know how to win the Champions League.“For us it was the first time that we went through the group stage. I think it was just too much of a big game for us. We were not ready.“But I think this year is totally different. We know what we are capable of. We are going to respect them as players but we are not going to be scared. We are just going to play and try to win it.”Having been paired again in the last-16, it seems like the perfect time to exact revenge over City’s Champions League exit at the hands of the Catalans, but Nasri disagrees.The Frenchman said: “No, we want to beat Barcelona because we want to go as far as possible in the Champions League, not because we want revenge.“For us it is a different game. We are a better team, physically, than last year. Last year before the first game we had a couple of players injured.“Everything will be different. We have more experience about this competition than last year. We won two difficult games in the group stage. It is just a matter of winning the game, not about revenge.”Manager Manuel Pellegrini also believes City are in a better position to beat Barcelona than they were a year ago.The Blues boss said: “I think that last year was different to this year.“We arrived at this stage of the Champions League after playing 19 games in two months, and I don’t think it was our best moment.“But I hope this year we will do it after not playing so many games. I think that our team is in a good moment, although we also recognise we are going to be playing against a very strong team.”
1 Willian As if being knocked out of the League Cup wasn’t painful enough for Chelsea, it was made worse for Willian, courtesy of Charlie Adam.The Brazilian found out the hard way how tough the Stoke midfielder is in the tackle – literally.Watch the painful looking challenge below!
1 Bacary Sagna Roma have approached Manchester City about the possibility of signing Bacary Sagna and Pablo Zabaleta.The Italian side are on the hunt for a new right-back this summer and sporting director Walter Sabatini is drawing up a list of targets.Top of his shortlist, according to Il Messaggero, are City pair Sagna and Zabaleta.The duo’s futures are under threat at the Etihad as incoming boss Pep Guardiola threatens to revamp his squad this summer.?Zabaleta has already spoken of the uncertainty surrounding his place in the team, while Sagna is another player who could be axed.As well as interest from Roma in the pair, Inter Milan are also believed to be keen on signing one of Zabaleta or Sagna this summer.
Former Blackburn and Queens Park Rangers defender Chris Samba is training with Aston Villa following an unsuccessful trial at Crystal Palace.The Congo centre-back failed to secure a contract at Palace following a spell at Selhurst Park and remains on the hunt for a new club.And now Championship strugglers Villa are running the rule over the 32-year-old following their miserable start to life in the second tier.Steve Bruce’s side are 17th in the table and have conceded 13 goals in their last six games so Samba could convince them to snap him up.The centre-back has commanded around £25m worth of transfer fees during his career and has a wealth of experience in English football following his five-year spell at Blackburn and a short stint at QPR in 2013. 1 Former Blackburn and Queens Park Rangers defender Chris Samba