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February 23, 2002

Ghanaian FA start probe

Filed under: World Cup 2006 — Ivan @ 1:18 pm

The News Review:

* Hoey in World Cup swipe
* Q&A: Kirch in trouble
* Vortex Jazzes Up World Cup, March for Gay Pride: London Outings
* Ghanaian FA start probe
* Aku Sacks Amodu, Keshi, Appoints Onigbinde
* Ready for kick-off
* Vogts must make his mark
* Moral Kiwis blow Oz Super 12 expansion

Hoey in World Cup swipe
BBC News – Feb 18, 2002
In an interview with Tim Sebastian for BBC HARDtalk, Hoey, who was one of the first so-called “Blair Babes”, suggested that Britain had no chance of winning. “We didn’t get 2006 because we didn’t even have the backing of our own European Football Association,” she said. England’s bid was eliminated in an earlier ballot, along with that of outsiders Morocco.

Q&A: Kirch in trouble
BBC News – Feb 20, 2002
Kirch has secured huge short-term loans totalling around ?4bn. Half of those are due to be repaid this year which has resulted in a major financial crisis. Q: For which sporting events do the Kirch group own the television rights ?

A: They own TV rights for the next two football World Cups, the German Bundesliga and also own 58% of Slec, the trust company who control the marketing and TV rights for Formula One. Rupert Murdoch’s BSkyB owns 22% of Kirch’s pay-tv company but could exercise a clause in their contract which will force Kirch to buy back the stake for around ?1bn. As a result, Kirch are trying to offload their assets and the F1 rights could be the start… Several teams are in severe financial trouble and would want the sport to stay on free-to-air TV to maximise their exposure. FIFA might be concerned though – Kirch have yet to pay them for the right to sell 2006 even though many countries have already signed up to show it. Q:What would happen if the Kirch group went bankrupt?

A: Many of the world’s media moguls will be circling around picking off bits of the empire at vastly reduced prices. As far as sport is concerned it would leave the World Cup without a host broadcaster – the current team HBS are owned by Kirch. There’s a possibility that BBC and ITV – who joined together successfully to televise Euro 96 – could be asked to step in.

Vortex Jazzes Up World Cup, March for Gay Pride: London Outings
Bloomberg – Feb 18, 2002
World Cup Jazz Balls:June 30 and July 1 at 4 p. for the quarter finals; July 4 and July5 at 8 p. for the semi finals; July 9 at 7 p… Europride 2006, formerly Gay Pride, sees an 80-strong parade offloats head off at 1 p. on July 1 along Oxford Street, Piccadillyand Whitehall, culminating with a rally in Trafalgar Square, cabaretin Leicester Square and a music festival and stalls in Soho Square. For the first time, representatives of the Royal Navy have beenallowed to join the parade in full uniform. On Sunday there's afundraising concert at the Royal Albert Hall, featuring Elton John,Ian McKellen, Stephen Fry and many others.

Ghanaian FA start probe
BBC News – Feb 22, 2002
But the GFA spokesman insists that the three man panel is not meant to look for “scapegoats”. “Ghanaian football is not in crisis. The five year plan for a maiden World Cup place in 2006 is still on course”. Ghana lost 0-1 to Nigeria’s Super Eagles in the quarter-finals

Since Ghana won the Nations Cup in 1982, the four time African champions have been unable to ascend the summit of the African game.

Aku Sacks Amodu, Keshi, Appoints Onigbinde
This Day – This Day (subscription) – Feb 19, 2002
Aku who announced the sack in a press statement, cited Nigeria’s failure to reach the final of Mali 2002 Nations Cup among other reasons for his action. Aku who revealed this to a bewildered Nigeria Football Association (NFA) board members in his office, also announced the disbandment of the entire national team that went to Mali. The Minister pounced on the opportunity to lambast NFA board members who he said have continued to dissipate energy on in-house bickering, inconsistent policies, poor progamme executions and unnecessary antagonisms from even government nominees. He charged them to fashion out a credible blueprint for future international competitions which include 2003 All Africa Games in Nigeria, Tunisia 2004 Nations Cup and World Cup 2006 in Germany. At the end of NFA’s meeting yesterday after the Minister had addressed the few board members present, NFA Chairman Dominic Oneya stormed out of the gathering, furious. When he was asked to react to the development, Oneya retorted: “You have the press release in your hands there… Aku who revealed this to a bewildered Nigeria Football Association (NFA) board members in his office, also announced the disbandment of the entire national team that went to Mali. The Minister pounced on the opportunity to lambast NFA board members who he said have continued to dissipate energy on in-house bickering, inconsistent policies, poor progamme executions and unnecessary antagonisms from even government nominees. He charged them to fashion out a credible blueprint for future international competitions which include 2003 All Africa Games in Nigeria, Tunisia 2004 Nations Cup and World Cup 2006 in Germany. At the end of NFA’s meeting yesterday after the Minister had addressed the few board members present, NFA Chairman Dominic Oneya stormed out of the gathering, furious. When he was asked to react to the development, Oneya retorted: “You have the press release in your hands there. I did not issue the statement. You know my stance on this issue,” apparently referring to his earlier resolve to stick to Amodu for the World Cup.

Ready for kick-off
ComputerWeekly.com – Feb 21, 2002
“So we won’t have people running around thinking, ‘Where’s the IP address list?’. The firewalls are also already in and are tested – it is one less thing to worry about. “Avaya’s contract with Fifa runs for six years, incorporating the Women’s World Cup in China in 2003 and the 2006 World Cup in Germany. After this summer’s competition Gardner’s team will turn their attention to the women’s competition in China. Meanwhile the company has already started discussions with the German committee to work out what kind of technology will be needed in four years time. “The Germans are planning to build between 8 and 12 new stadia. We are involved from the start with the design specs so we are able to incorporate the technology,” says Gardner.

Vogts must make his mark
BBC News – Feb 17, 2002
He must recognise what McFadden of Motherwell, McNaughton of Aberdeen, Di Giacomo of Kilmarnock, Simmons of Hearts, Murray of Hibs, Rae of Dundee and all the rest of the younger players have to offer and give them a chance. Oh yes, and a word in the ear of Paul Lambert wouldn’t go astray. Meanwhile let’s ditch the towel jokes, although if he takes us to Euro 2004 in Portugal and the 2006 World Cup in his old country then the bratwursts are on me.

Moral Kiwis blow Oz Super 12 expansion
Dispatch Online – Feb 19, 2002
They’ve stuffed us. “They have effectively blocked the development of Australian rugby and they probably feel very, very happy with themselves. ”

New Zealand Rugby Football Union (NZRFU) chief executive Rutherford didn’t duck for cover from O’Neill’s stinging tongue, but neither did he find it necessary to lob back some grenades of his own. Rutherford simply said New Zealand had nothing to apologise for. “We make no excuses for the NZRFU protecting the strength of New Zealand rugby. It appears we are being attacked for not developing Australian rugby… “But the scheduling issue became academic once there was no agreement on the revenue side. ”

Despite Australian anger yesterday, Rutherford is convinced they and South Africa strongly agree with New Zealand on the player welfare issue. Rutherford is also certain Australia and New Zealand will successfully co-host the 2003 World Cup despite the obvious acrimony emanating from across the Tasman over their failed Super 14 plans. “We have both successfully compartmentalised things like that,” he said. Many will find O’Neill’s assertion that New Zealand has blocked the development of Australian rugby as a bit rich. It was largely due to regular contact with New Zealand provincial and national teams that Australia emerged as a powerful rugby-playing nation in the past two decades after they suffered a series of embarrassing results in the early to mid 1970s. Even now, Australians are allowed to play for NPC teams.

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