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February 22, 2001

Papers applaud sailor Ellen

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The News Review:

* Japan dilemma for S Africa
* Blatter must match words with actions
* Chances to host 2011 Asian Cup fading
* Papers applaud sailor Ellen
* Chesterfield ruling due
* Palace resigned to losing Bruce

Japan dilemma for S Africa
BBC News – Feb 13, 2001
Opportunities to play in Japan ahead of the World Cup finals next year are
rare and the invitation from the World Cup hosts a golden opportunity indeed. But the Bafana Bafana doubts stem back to last year’s World Cup 2006 bid where Asian members
of the Fifa executive committee broke their long-standing alliance with the
Confederation of African Football (Caf) and voted instead for Germany. It led to an official break in relations between Caf and the Asian Football
Confederation and a suspension of the traditional Afro-Asian competitions. “We will seek a meeting with CAF for guidance,” said South African Football Association chief executive Danny Jordaan.

Blatter must match words with actions
BBC News – Feb 15, 2001
He also apologised to South Africa for the debacle surrounding the decision
on the 2006 World Cup finals, made in Zurich last year, where Germany won a controversial vote. Blatter criticised colleagues on the Fifa executive committee for breaking with traditional alliances and said the committee needed serious reform to make it less Eurocentric… Blatter likes to project an image of himself as an ally of African football yet it is beginning to wear a little thin on the continent. Economic uncertainty

For all the talk there seems top be little real effort to bring out this reform and give Africa a better shot at winning the right to host the 2010 World Cup. Blatter talks a good game but is probably not too keen to change the status quo and take Fifa’s revenue-generating properties to the economic uncertainty of Africa. If he is really intent on giving Africa a fair shake, then he has to be the one to initiate the reform of Fifa structures where Europe has overloaded
representation and still holds the balance of power.

Chances to host 2011 Asian Cup fading
Ninemsn – Feb 16, 2001
“(But) If the allocation process for 2011 is rigid and we can’t bid then we’d certainly be interested in 2015. “Australia wants to host the Asian Cup as soon as possible to strengthen their case to stage the World Cup in either 2018 or 2022 but are wary about trying to jump the queue in Asia. Australia only joined the AFC in 2006 after ditching Oceania in search of tougher competition and an easier qualifying route to the World Cup but their move has drawn a mixed response. While FIFA boss Sepp Blatter said Australia’s shift into Asia would benefit the whole region, not everyone agrees, with the head of Kuwait’s Olympic Committee, Sheikh Talah al Fahd al Sabah, calling for Australia to be kicked out of Asia. Australia qualified ahead of Kuwait for this year’s Asian Cup, to be co-hosted by Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam in July, and are among the early favourites to win the tournament.

Papers applaud sailor Ellen
BBC News – Feb 12, 2001
The Financial Times also previews Mr Brown’s meeting – but with a different slant. It reports that he will press for a review of research and development in the European Union, in a move to safeguard a planned Budget tax credit for UK businesses. World cup TV rights ‘sold’

British football fans may have to pay to watch teams such as Brazil, Argentina and France on television during next year’s World Cup, according to The Guardian. The paper reports that a German company, which holds the European TV rights to the 2002 and 2006 World Cup finals, claims it does not have to honour British legislation that all matches in the tournament must be televised live for free. The Guardian says the Culture Secretary, Chris Smith, has written to the company, insisting the entire World Cup must be shown either on ITV or the BBC, or the government will consider legal action. Aussies upset French wine

The Mail considers new research which it says spells the end of France’s dominance of the British wine market. For the first time, sales of Australian wine are about to overtake those of the French… It reports that he will press for a review of research and development in the European Union, in a move to safeguard a planned Budget tax credit for UK businesses. World cup TV rights ‘sold’

British football fans may have to pay to watch teams such as Brazil, Argentina and France on television during next year’s World Cup, according to The Guardian. The paper reports that a German company, which holds the European TV rights to the 2002 and 2006 World Cup finals, claims it does not have to honour British legislation that all matches in the tournament must be televised live for free. The Guardian says the Culture Secretary, Chris Smith, has written to the company, insisting the entire World Cup must be shown either on ITV or the BBC, or the government will consider legal action. Aussies upset French wine

The Mail considers new research which it says spells the end of France’s dominance of the British wine market. For the first time, sales of Australian wine are about to overtake those of the French. The paper says this is partly because French names are more difficult to pronounce.

Chesterfield ruling due
Telegraph.co.uk – Feb 21, 2001
But the club has had no opportunity yet to put the other side of the story. “Lilian Thuram could be a transfer target for Manchester United after the French defender admitted that he may leave the Italian club, Parma, at the end of the season. Sir Alex Ferguson has not disguised his admiration for the World Cup winner, who has been with Parma since 1996. Thuram has said that his ambition to win a League title could prompt a move, even though he is under contract until 2006. Silvinho, Arsenal’s Brazilian defender, has been named in Emerson Leao’s international squad for friendlies in America next month, against the United States and Mexico, on March 3 and 7. The call-up means he could miss the Premiership game against West Ham on March 3 and the Champions League tie against Spartak Moscow three days later. Leao, however, has omitted Real Madrid’s Roberto Carlos and Barcelona’s Rivaldo because both have Primera Liga commitments on March 3… “Lilian Thuram could be a transfer target for Manchester United after the French defender admitted that he may leave the Italian club, Parma, at the end of the season. Sir Alex Ferguson has not disguised his admiration for the World Cup winner, who has been with Parma since 1996. Thuram has said that his ambition to win a League title could prompt a move, even though he is under contract until 2006. Silvinho, Arsenal’s Brazilian defender, has been named in Emerson Leao’s international squad for friendlies in America next month, against the United States and Mexico, on March 3 and 7. The call-up means he could miss the Premiership game against West Ham on March 3 and the Champions League tie against Spartak Moscow three days later. Leao, however, has omitted Real Madrid’s Roberto Carlos and Barcelona’s Rivaldo because both have Primera Liga commitments on March 3.

Palace resigned to losing Bruce
Telegraph.co.uk – Feb 11, 2001
He will take over on March 31 when Sir Roland Smith retires after 11 years in the job. Gardner, 56, who joined the United plc board last year, has supported the club since he was eight and he was thrilled to become the new plc chairman. Wayne Bridge, Southampton’s England Under-21 international left back, has signed a two-year extension to his contract which ties him to the club until the summer of 2006. He had been linked with Leeds and Tottenham. Bob Taylor, the 34-year-old West Bromwich Albion striker, has been banned for three games after being sent off for violent conduct against Barnsley last weekend. Taylor was dismissed for allegedly aiming a butt at the Barnsley goalkeeper, Kevin Miller. He will miss the games against Rotherham, on Nov 17, Bradford City (Nov 24) and the local derby at Wolves on Dec 2… Taylor was dismissed for allegedly aiming a butt at the Barnsley goalkeeper, Kevin Miller. He will miss the games against Rotherham, on Nov 17, Bradford City (Nov 24) and the local derby at Wolves on Dec 2. Japan’s upper house of parliament passed a bill yesterday enabling immigration authorities to bar football hooligans from entering the country for the 2002 World Cup.

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