Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: Allardyce, other England officials, targeted by undercover investigation

Yesterday's Scores
Premier League
Burnley 2-0 Watford
(Hendrick 38', Keane 50')

La Liga
Alaves 3-1 Granada
(Edgar 52', Camarasa 66', Deyverson 90+3')-(Kravets 78')

Serie A
Crotone 1-3 Atalanta
(Simy 86')-(Petagna 3', Kurtic 40', Gomez 45+1')

Cagliari 2-1 Sampdoria
(Pedro 37', Melchiorri 88')-(Bruno 86')

European League Tables

England manager Sam Allardyce has been the target of an undercover journalistic investigation from The Telegraph that is shedding light on some corruptive practices in English football. This first report indicates that Allardyce has had meetings with journalists posing as Asian businessmen looking to buy stock in players using a scheme known as "third-party ownership" where investors would get a cut of any transfer fees spent on the invested players. This practice was outlawed by the FA in 2008 and by FIFA as a whole in 2015. Allardyce, who has been in charge of one competitive match with the English national team, was filmed meeting with these undercover journalists on two separate occasions. The FA is going to look further into this report before taking action.

This is evidently only the beginning of The Telegraph's investigation into corruption throughout England. Later down the line, they say they have reports on players betting on their own team's matches, managers taking bribes for player transfers, and other managers participating in meetings similar to the Allardyce one above.

In other FA news, they association is looking into playing certain FA Cup matches in midweek in order to clear out more weekends for league play. The goal would be to decongest the schedule in the winter and create a winter break, similar to the one in Germany. The proposal will be voted on next summer.

FIFA is eliminating their anti-racism task force, claiming that their job is complete. Upon the creation of the group, they had a specific set of goals which have all been met, apparently. Meanwhile. racism in soccer, and everywhere else, is on the rise. Many critics, including the anti-racism organization "Kick it Out" have criticized the decision as short sighted.

Today's Matches
UEFA Champions League
AS Monaco v. Bayer Leverkusen- 2:45pm- ESPN2
CSKA Moscow v. Tottenham- 2:45pm- FS2
Borussia Dortmund v. Real Madrid- 2:45pm- FS1
Sporting CP v. Legia Warsaw- 2:45pm
FC Copenhagen v. Club Brugge- 2:45pm
Leicester City v. FC Porto- 2:45pm
Dinamo Zagreb v. Juventus- 2:45pm
Sevilla v. Olympique Lyonnais- 2:45pm

CONCACAF Champions League
Antigua v. New York Red Bulls- 8pm- Univision Deportes
CD Dragon v. Portland Timbers- 10pm- Univision Deportes

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