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September 17, 2002

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The News Review:

* Scots and Irish to persist with assault on Euro 2008
* Croke Park ruled out for Euro 2008
* Crisis talks on Euro 2008 bid
* RTE – Sport
* Keep faith with Irish on 2008
* CNNSI.com – Soccer – World: Waseige sacked by Standard Liege – Monday…
* Noel Smyth interested in National Stadium
* Groundshare deal dependent on SPL
* Vogts gets my vote, says McConnell
* Tycoon in stadium pledge on UEFA day

Scots and Irish to persist with assault on Euro 2008
Telegraph.co.uk – Sep 14, 2002
However, campaign director Simon Lyons insisted: “Stadium Ireland is still viable without public money,” he said. “Other countries, including the joint Austrian-Swiss bid, are relying in part on private funding. Besides, bidding is not about having the finished article, it’s about having a plan that is deliverable. “Ireland is being earmarked to stage eight matches but in the absence of public funding for a new stadium, campaign officials from both countries now believe their chances of success could depend as much on passion for the game as on infrastructure. “I have never taken a view that you win large sporting events on the basis of written bid documents alone,” said bid director John Henderson. “We are well prepared for the UEFA tour but beyond that, we have an unrivalled passion for football… But a spokesman for the GAA, Danny Lynch, said: “We were not even asked until five days ago to accommodate the UEFA delegation. We are rather bemused that a bid can be made for a major soccer tournament without the necessary facilities. “The Scots are doing their best to dispel any link between recent results and the chances of staging Euro 2008. Celtic’s elimination from the Champions League by Basel was followed by the national team’s humiliating 2-2 draw against the Faroe Islands. Then, on Friday, a report into Scottish Premier League finances showed record losses of £48 million for 2000-2001. “I don’t believe any of this will have the slightest effect on our chances,” said Lyons. “UEFA have set out to be scrupulously fair.

Croke Park ruled out for Euro 2008
BBC News – Sep 15, 2002
Uefa officials will visit Dublin on Monday to inspect prospective Euro 2008 venues – including Croke Park. These latest comments are unlikely to boost the chances of the joint Scottish-Irish bid. The bid was thrown into turmoil last week when the Irish government announced that it would be unable to fund the proposed Stadium Ireland project. Following that surprise news, Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern said he was hopeful that private sector investment would enable the project to go ahead. He also indicated that he would ask the GAA to make Croke Park available as a Euro 2008 venue… GAA president Sean McCague is also on record as describing the decision to include Croke Park as part of the bid as “flawed”. A GAA special congress will be held at the end of October to debate possible changes to gaelic football. However that gathering is not scheduled to discuss the Croke Park issue. A motion calling for the 80,000 capacity stadium to be opened to soccer and rugby was comfortably defeated at the GAA’s annual congress in April. A similar proposal had been lost by one vote at the 2001 annual congress. “No-strings-attached”
Immediately prior to the 2001 congress vote, the Irish government promised to give the GAA almost ?50m to complete the Croke Park redevelopment. There have been suggestions that the Irish government may now not be able to give the remaining ?25m of the grant because of current economic difficulties.

Crisis talks on Euro 2008 bid
BBC News – Sep 13, 2002
A joint Scottish-Irish bid to host the 2008 European football championships have already been left hanging in the balance by increasing doubts about the ability of the Irish to deliver. The Football Association of Ireland (FAI) said the Government decision not to use taxpayers’ money for the ground was a major blow for Irish soccer. In its first public response to the decision, the FAI said it was seeking an urgent meeting with Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern to discuss the stadium issue… A spokesman for the Taoiseach said that the Government would be meeting all the major sporting organisations over the next couple of weeks. The crisis comes as a delegation from European football’s governing body, Uefa, is due to visit Dublin on Monday to see the prospective venues and plans for the tournament. It had been announced on Wednesday by the Irish Government that “in the current circumstances, it is not in a position to provide any Exchequer funding” for the two stadiums it was to contribute to the joint bid for Euro 2008. Instead, ministers are to seek private sector funding to secure an estimated ?315m for the stadium. David Taylor, Scottish Football Association chief executive, on Friday insisted that he still has faith in the Irish being able to deliver the two stadiums required for the joint bid for Euro 2008. Stringent rules

Lansdowne Road is set to be used as one Irish venue and a new arena was seen as vital because Ireland’s biggest stadium – Croke Park in Dublin – only hosts Gaelic Games such as Gaelic Football and other sports are banned. The Government is to ask the owners of Croke Park, the Gaelic Athletic Association, for special permission to use the ground on a “once-off” basis for the tournament.

RTE – Sport
rte.ie – Sep 16, 2002
However, UEFA’s Communications Director Mike Lee explained that there was a long way to go if the joint bid from Ireland and Scotland is to be successful. “Question marks have to be answered before we make our final decision in mid-December,” he explained. This evening, the GAA released a statement regarding UEFA’s visit to Croke Park today, reiterating that they allowed the visit to go ahead as a courtesy but that under the association’s current rules, it would not be available for Euro 2008. They added that the delegation are fully aware of this. Tomorrow, the UEFA delegation team will travel to Scotland for the second part of their inspection. Meanwhile, one of the country’s leading builders has confirmed that he is interested in being involved in building the proposed National Stadium. Noel Smyth of property developers Dunloe Ewart, said he would be “amazed” if there’s not a “huge” response to the Government’s adverts.

Keep faith with Irish on 2008
BBC News – Sep 15, 2002
In fact, I seem to recall that I triggered the lighting up of the BBC switchboard like a Christmas tree by suggesting that rugby was only for fat kids who couldn’t play football. Incidentally, I have not changed that opinion. I only bring all of this up because sometime this week they are lining Murrayfield like a football pitch in a publicity stunt aimed at showing the world, all right – the rest of Europe – that this country has indeed the number of stadia to equip itself for the hosting of Euro 2008. Uefa, the Scottish Executive and anyone else who fancies facing a battery of cameras will smile at the spin doctoring that has come up with the wacky idea of marrying the national game and the sport of the plump lads at private schools. Murrayfield is, of course, the palatial home of the Scottish Rugby Union and I have indeed paid a considerable sum on one occasion to watch entertainment in that arena. Take it easy, it was the Eagles. So that will be Hampden, Ibrox, Celtic Park, Murrayfield, one of the fantasy sights of Aberdeen or Dundee or Easter Road plus whatever our friends across the Irish Sea can conjure out of the Guinness and confusion that seems to surround every decision made within a hundred miles of Dublin… Take it easy, it was the Eagles. So that will be Hampden, Ibrox, Celtic Park, Murrayfield, one of the fantasy sights of Aberdeen or Dundee or Easter Road plus whatever our friends across the Irish Sea can conjure out of the Guinness and confusion that seems to surround every decision made within a hundred miles of Dublin. My point is: if we’re not sure what’s going on, what on earth are Uefa going to make of it?

Well, quite a lot actually. Because, despite everything, my spies in Geneva tell me that the Scots-Irish bid is now in a two horse race with the Swiss-Austrian offer. I know what plenty are thinking. In the nationwide depression of the Faroes shambles, we should simply bin the bid because, given its current condition, in six years our international game might have deteriorated to such an extent that we might not even be able to put together a side worthy of automatic qualification. There is no doubt in my mind that the Scottish Football Association have been used as political pawns in all of this, but that’s showbiz.

CNNSI.com – Soccer – World: Waseige sacked by Standard Liege – Monday…
SI.com – Sep 16, 2002
It hurts — but I’m not knocked out,” the coach added. Liege lost 2-1 at home to Club Bruges on Friday — theirfourth defeat in five league games this season, leaving them atthe bottom of the standings with one point. Standard Liege director Alphonse Costantin said the decisionhad not been taken lightly. “We didn’t want to take a quick decision blaming one singleman,” he said. “For several weeks, the board has been worriedabout the negative results of the team,” he added. However, a string of defeats appear to have sealed Waseige’sfate. Costantin said the board gave the experienced Waseige anultimatum on Friday: win against Club Bruges or lose your job… The government instead placed ads in Irish newspapers appealing for investors to build the stadium, a prospect dismissed by economists as unrealistic. That left Monday’s visiting UEFA officials to inspect an empty Abbotstown field; Lansdowne Road, the antiquated 35,000-seat home for Ireland’s national soccer and rugby teams; and Croke Park, a modern 80,000-seat facility whose Gaelic Athletic Association owners are unrelentingly hostile to soccer. Ahern, who planned to meet the UEFA officials Monday, insists that the GAA must drop its ban on soccer for Euro 2008. His preferred policy is for Croke Park and the unbuilt Stadium Ireland to host the games, because Lansdowne Road is considered far too small and spartan. The joint Scots-Irish bid requires Scotland to provide six stadiums, Ireland two. The UEFA delegation plans to visit Scotland on Tuesday to inspect the four stadiums already in place there. Europe’s soccer authority expects to name a winner Dec.

Noel Smyth interested in National Stadium
rte.ie – Sep 16, 2002
Noel Smyth, executive chairman of property developers Dunloe Ewart, said he would be responding to the Government’s request for ‘expressions of interest’ in the stadium. Noel Smyth says he will be ‘amazed’ if there is not a ‘huge’ response to the ads. But ultimately, he says, if the stadium is to be built by private interests, it will probably have to be a project for a consortium of developers, rather than one alone. Advertisement If the public and private interests line up, he says, agreement could be reached by March, planning permission could be gotten in 12 months and it would take 18 months to build – meaning the stadium might be ready by 2006, two years before the Euro 2008 soccer tournament. The Government placed ads in last week’s papers, looking for what they call ‘expressions of interest’ in the National Stadium. The Taoiseach says the Government is hoping to develop the stadium in conjunction with private interests, as other countries have done successfully in the past… Noel Smyth says he will be ‘amazed’ if there is not a ‘huge’ response to the ads. But ultimately, he says, if the stadium is to be built by private interests, it will probably have to be a project for a consortium of developers, rather than one alone. Advertisement If the public and private interests line up, he says, agreement could be reached by March, planning permission could be gotten in 12 months and it would take 18 months to build – meaning the stadium might be ready by 2006, two years before the Euro 2008 soccer tournament. The Government placed ads in last week’s papers, looking for what they call ‘expressions of interest’ in the National Stadium. The Taoiseach says the Government is hoping to develop the stadium in conjunction with private interests, as other countries have done successfully in the past. Noel Smith’s vision involves the stadium being run by a management company, who would operate the stadium on a day to day basis, providing everything from maintenance to security, toilet paper to light bulbs. They would then give long leases to anchor tenants, like the FAI or the IRFU.

Groundshare deal dependent on SPL
Telegraph.co.uk – Sep 17, 2002
“We have received correspondence from both Dundee clubs regarding a ground sharing proposal related to the Euro 2008 bid,” said Mitchell. “I advised the clubs of their need to bring this matter before the other clubs and they have now done this. “This is a decision for all 12 clubs at a general meeting. The rules on ground sharing are very clear and it would require an 11-1 vote in favour of any such proposal for it to succeed. “Despite this, the Dundee clubs insist the proposal is not designed as a ‘back-door’ method of entry to the SP if one of the clubs are relegated… “This is a decision for all 12 clubs at a general meeting. The rules on ground sharing are very clear and it would require an 11-1 vote in favour of any such proposal for it to succeed. “Despite this, the Dundee clubs insist the proposal is not designed as a ‘back-door’ method of entry to the SP if one of the clubs are relegated. “We believe that a distinction can and should be made to allow the football teams of Dundee and Dundee United to share the same stadium,” said the two chairmen in a letter. “Both clubs have already spent considerable sums of money upgrading their existing stadia to meet SPL guidelines. Accordingly, this would not represent a ‘back-door’ means of a football club obtaining entry to the SPL. “Meanwhile, former Dundee manager Ivano Bonetti has been warned by the Scottish Football Association that he will face investigation over comments made about referee Willie Young if he ever returns to work in Scotland.

Vogts gets my vote, says McConnell
BBC News – Sep 13, 2002
Jack McConnell said the German coach, without a win in six competitive games, should be left alone to turn things around. Mr McConnell was speaking after accepting a sponsorship cheque from Lloyds TSB, for Scotland’s joint bid with Ireland to host Euro 2008. Bewildered Tartan Army fans were shocked after Scotland scraped a 2-2 draw with the Faroe Islands side earlier this month. However, speaking at a Scottish Football Association (SFA) media conference at Hampden Park, Mr McConnell defended the coach… “I hope he has more success in the months to come than he has had so far but I wish him well,” Mr McConnell said. “I think the approach being taken by the SFA to look at youth football in particular and give support for the team in 10 to 15 years’ time is absolutely right. ”

Mr Vogts said the Faroes game left him “feeling numb” but he vowed to carry on and pointed out that he did not intend to be a management failure in Scotland. He accused some observers in Scotland of a lack of support and of suffering from “collective amnesia”. The SFA used the media conference to announce an independent review of youth football in an effort to produce a better crop of young players.

Tycoon in stadium pledge on UEFA day
Irish Independent – Sep 17, 2002
Mr Smyth said he would be responding to the Government’s advertisement seeking private parties to build the national stadium. Given the scale of the development, he said it would probably be a project for a consortium rather than for one developer. Yesterday the Taoiseach backed Sports Minister John O’Donoghue, who said he believed the co-hosting bid by Ireland and Scotland was still “very much on the cards” despite the Government decision last week not to provide Exchequer funding for the Abbotstown stadium. The ministers met the UEFA delegation and a three-member FAI team for 30 minutes at Government Buildings, with the Taoiseach confirming the Government’s support for the joint bid. Mr O’Donoghue pointed out that the main competing bid that of Austria-Switzerland was predicated upon private finance being made available for the building of four stadiums in Switzerland. “If the Swiss can seek, with some confidence, to build four stadiums through the private sector, surely we can seek to build one through the private sector with even greater confidence,” said the minister. “We are aggressively seeking that private funding,” said Mr O’Donoghue, adding that the Government hoped to have an indication of the level of interest in about a fortnight.

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