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August 18, 2002

Mjallby wants to stay on at Celtic

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The News Review:

* Uefa in Euro 2008 shortlist move
* Subscribers to Sky face €7 rise in monthly bill
* Bonhof keeps Scotland waiting
* Mjallby wants to stay on at Celtic
* Sponsor deal to help net Euro soccer finals in 2008
* Croker set to open its doors within two years
* Football in brief
* UEFA voting change will assist Irish-Scots joint bid

Uefa in Euro 2008 shortlist move
BBC News – Jul 11, 2002
The move by Uefa would allow delegates from losing countries to take part in the final vote. Scotland and the Republic of Ireland are competing against six other bidders to host the European football championships in 2008. The final decision will be made in December by Uefa’s executive committee… ”

Scotland’s David Will, a Fifa vice-president who attends Uefa’s executive
committee meetings as an observer, predicted a scenario where some bidders will
drop out even before the shortlist is decided. Hampden will host the final if Scotland and Ireland’s eight-stadia bid is chosen, with Uefa inspectors due to visit Scotland in mid-September. A combined Swiss-Austrian bid is considered to be the front runner. The eight Uefa executive committee members not involved with bids are: Geoff
Thompson (England), Angel Villar Llona (Spain), Mathieu Sprengers (Holland),
Gerhard Mayer-Vorfelder (Germany), Joseph Mifsud (Malta), Michel Platini
(France), Henri Roemer (Luxembourg) and Mario Lefkaritis (Cyprus).

Subscribers to Sky face €7 rise in monthly bill
Irish Independent – Jul 25, 2002
The company has justified the increases saying they are to cover rising costs, the introduction of RTE1, Network 2, TV3, TG4, BBC1 and BBC2 as well as new Sky active services that are due to come on line in the last quarter of the year. It is estimated around 250,000 Irish people are subscribers to Sky, paying between €19 and €53 for various packages. The two basic packages at €19 and €27 will not be affected, but there will be an average €4. Others will increase as much as €7 per month including the top package which will rise from €53 to €60. The price rise news came as a Sky spokesman confirmed it would broadcast the Republic of Ireland’s home qualifier in the European Cup against Switzerland in October 16 on Sky One. He said it would be officially announced in its programme schedule at the end of August… It is believed Sky is not surprised by the Taoiseach’s reaction and feels its decision was a commercial one and not one made to appease the Government. Sky is trying to make Sky One more attractive to cable company ntl with whom it has a contract that is in the process of being renewed. Meanwhile the Celtic “party” image looks set to help Ireland and Scotland’s bid to host the Euro 2008 soccer championships. Scottish Football Association chairman David Taylor believes the two nations have a fighting chance of hosting Euro 2008 and our ability to have fun could swing it. Speaking in Dublin yesterday, he said the two countries had put together a “commercial” bid, providing 1. 7 million seats, and had proved themselves in the past of being capable of running major events. “Also our people know how to have fun.

Bonhof keeps Scotland waiting
Telegraph.co.uk – Jun 26, 2002
I am optimistic this will happen, although obviously we have other options. “The under-21s have not played since last October and are not in action again until September, when they are visit Iceland for a European Championships qualifier. Taylor was speaking at an Edinburgh press conference to mark BT Scotland’s financial backing of Scotland and Ireland’s joint bid to host the Euro 2008 championships. The telecommunications company have invested a five-figure sum to help pay for the bid, which will cost more than £1 million by the time UEFA make a decision in December. Taylor said: “The search goes on for other corporate supporters and there are quite a few we hope to announce in the near future. Bid costs are very significant… I am optimistic this will happen, although obviously we have other options. “The under-21s have not played since last October and are not in action again until September, when they are visit Iceland for a European Championships qualifier. Taylor was speaking at an Edinburgh press conference to mark BT Scotland’s financial backing of Scotland and Ireland’s joint bid to host the Euro 2008 championships. The telecommunications company have invested a five-figure sum to help pay for the bid, which will cost more than £1 million by the time UEFA make a decision in December. Taylor said: “The search goes on for other corporate supporters and there are quite a few we hope to announce in the near future. Bid costs are very significant. You cannot mount a professional campaign on the cheap.

Mjallby wants to stay on at Celtic
Telegraph.co.uk – Jun 21, 2002
Manager John Lambie has recruited utility man Jamie Buchan, winger Ricky Waddell and striker Billy Brawley. Buchan, 25, left Dundee United last season, Waddell, 21, was formerly at Falkirk and 18-year-old Brawley was one of the 19 players sacked by Motherwell in April. Livingston chairman Dominic Keane believes his side have a good chance of progressing to the first round of the UEFA Cup after being drawn against FC Vaduz – but he insists he will not be taking anything for granted. Livi take part in European competition for the first time in the club’s short history when they travel to Liechtenstein on Aug 15. The West Lothian side will be favourites to progress against a team who come from one of the smallest countries in Europe. Keane said: “I think quite a lot of people will be expecting us to progress past this round but we are not experienced enough to be thinking that. “Aberdeen have been paired with Moldovan unknowns Nistru Otaci in the UEFA Cup qualifying round… The first leg, on Aug 15, represents Aberdeen’s longest journey yet on European duty. Moldova, a poor country even by former Soviet Republic standards, is located between Romania and Ukraine. Scotland have confirmed that they will play a friendly with Euro 2008 co-bidders Ireland next season. Mick McCarthy’s team will visit Scotland on April 30 with Hampden Park the likely venue, although this is still to be confirmed. The Scots are next in action on Aug 21 against Denmark and have Euro 2004 qualifiers with the Faroe Islands, Iceland (twice) and Lithuania between those two fixtures.

Sponsor deal to help net Euro soccer finals in 2008
Irish Independent – Jul 19, 2002
It is thought the offer will make the Ireland-Scotland bid favourite to be chosen by UEFA, European football’s governing body. Ireland declared for the Euro soccer bid in May when Taoiseach Bertie Ahern signed the bid document. Under the bid arrangements, Ireland has to provide two stadia while Scotland has to provide six. It is understood that Stadium Ireland, now expected to accommodate around 60,000 spectators, and a revamped Lansdowne Road will be the two stadia used… The Irish Rugby Football Union expressed concern that the Government was listing Ireland’s matches in the Six Nations Championship, thus severely diminishing the union’s negotiating powers for its most valuable asset. Communications Minister Dermot Ahern yesterday accused the FAI of being disingenuous in its claims that a broken deal with Sky could scupper the chances of new Irish soccer stars emerging. He added that the Government’s list of sports fixtures that must stay free to air was “not cast in stone” and was subject to change. However, he ruled out compensation for sporting bodies for the loss of potential revenue in TV deals. Meanwhile, a new soccer supporters club has been formed to press for representation on the FAI. The new organisation, Irish Soccer Fans United, aims to overturn the Sky deal. – Kathy Donaghy and Fergus Black.

Croker set to open its doors within two years
Irish Independent – Aug 14, 2002
The recent decision to cut back drastically on public spending has forced the Government to have a dramatic rethink about Ireland’s Euro 2008 bid, while the massive running costs of the new-look Croke Park have forced the GAA to do some serious soul searching. The GAA have already acknowledged the necessity of developing other income streams from their magnificent new stadium while top officials have highlighted the pressing need to generate income from October to March each year, a period in which maintenance costs for the stadium will be an estimated {ðE}1m. The GAA have continually stressed that the timing would have to be right before they would consider opening Croke Park but the feeling now is that moment is not too far away. However, there are still several obstacles to be overcome. The Croke Park Residents’ Alliance will have to be brought onside as both rugby and soccer would want to play on Saturdays. Also, permission would have to be obtained for the provision of floodlights at the Jones’ Road venue to allow midweek games take place. Finally, delegates at the GAA’s annual congress, who have voted against opening up Croke Park in each of the past two years, will have to be persuaded to accept the reality that they cannot afford to have the new stadium sitting idle for five months of the year… If Croke Park were to open its doors by 2004 then the FAI would have to seriously consider switching their games from Lansdowne Road, although it would be with some reluctance given their excellent working relationship with the IRFU over the past 30 years. While the IRFU stand to gain from an open-door policy at Croke Park and the construction of the National Stadium, their plans to redevelop Lansdowne Road could be well and truly scuppered without Government support. Croke Park was added to the Euro 2008 list at the 11th hour last February after the PDs had demanded its inclusion and it has now jumped ahead of Lansdowne Road as a venue for some of the eight games guaranteed to be played in Ireland if the bid is successful. Members of the UEFA competitions’ committee will be given a guided tour of all three venues when they arrive in Dublin for a two-day site inspection on September 16. Ironically, that’s the day the cabinet is expected to make a final decision on the National Stadium. FAI officials had asked the UEFA committee to stay on for the All-Ireland football final but they were unable to change their schedule.

Football in brief
Telegraph.co.uk – Jul 12, 2002
Spokesman Mike Lee was happy enough to be succinct when asked of UEFA’s main priority: “Delivering the best ever European Championship. Ahead of Wednesday’s meeting with Deportivo La Coruna, former Old Trafford captain Bryan Robson has heaped praise on Manchester United’s Paul Scholes, insisting the England midfielder can inspire Sir Alex Ferguson’s rejuvenated team to Champions League glory… Philip Don, the Premier League’s chief officer for referees, has dismissed Sven-Goran Eriksson’s suggestions to improve the game. Eriksson last week advocated the use of video replays and employing two referees on the pitch, but Don has insisted that such initiatives would only weaken an official’s grip on the game. “If people have got four hours to spend at the football on a Saturday afternoon then fine – but really video replays are not the way forward,” he said. “I have been to rugby where the refs have used screens and it becomes too easy for them to abrogate their responsibility as officials.

UEFA voting change will assist Irish-Scots joint bid
Irish Independent – Jun 21, 2002
The decision will be made in December by UEFA’s executive committee, which currently comprises of 14 members. Five of the members are from nations who are also bidding and it had been assumed that each delegate would be able to vote for their own nation’s bid. However, Simon Lyons, spokesman for the Scots and Irish bid, revealed that they believe this is now not the case. “Gerhard Aigner has promised the voting would be objective. He said any person on the executive committee whose country is a bidder will stand down,” said Lyons. “Up to last night we believed the Scandinavian bid would automatically get three votes from Sweden, Norway and Iceland. “It is very good news… It is expected Iceland will side with their Scandinavian neighbours, but Geoff Thompson of the English FA has already promised to side with the Scots and Irish. The other bidders are joint efforts from Bosnia and Croatia, Greece and Turkey while Hungary and Russia have made one-nation bids. Meanwhile, Ireland will play a friendly against Euro 2008 co-bidders Scotland next season. It was announced yesterday that Mick McCarthy’s team will visit Scotland on April 30 with Hampden Park the likely venue, although this is still to be confirmed.

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