Bruce declared his club would “vigorously defend” the charge, adding: “The frustration was that he (Mahrez) was blatantly trying to get somebody sent off. “We surrounded the referee because it was a perfectly fair challenge”. The appeal will be heard by an independent regulatory commission. The charge arises from a 68th minute incident in which Tigers players surrounded referee Jonathan Moss after Alex Bruce was booked for his challenge on Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez. The club’s announcement comes as no surprise in the wake of strong comments made by boss Steve Bruce about the incident on Friday. Press Association Hull have announced their intention to appeal against an Football Association charge of failing to control their players during the goalless draw at Leicester on March 14.
Ghana’s path to the 2022 FIFA World Cup will be made clearer when the draw for the qualifiers are held on Monday, 29 July, 2019.The Confederation of African Football will conduct the draw for the eliminators in Cairo.The Black Stars and 25 other top-ranked teams on the continent will not take part in a preliminary qualifying stage but they will know their opponents for the second round of the qualifiers which is the group stage.The Format:The first round will see 28 of the continent’s lowest-ranked sides being drawn against each other for a two-leg home and away tie.The 28 teams for the first round will be made up of:Somalia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Seychelles, Sao Tome, Chad, South Sudan, Gambia, Mauritius, Liberia, Ethiopia, Comoros, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Equatorial Guinea, Rwanda, Burundi, Sudan, Togo, Malawi, Angola, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Namibia, Central African Republic and Tanzania.The winners will then progress to the next stage to join the top ranked teams on the continent, 26 of them, including Ghana’s Black Stars currently ranked and complete the list of 40 teams, and who have been drawn into 10 groups of four each.Some of the top-ranked teams are runners up at the recently held Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), Senegal who maintained their first place in Africa and ranked 20th in the world, Tunisia who finished fourth at the AFCON and ranked 29th in the world.Nigeria (33rd), newly-crowned African champions, Algeria (40th), Morocco (41st), Egypt (49th), Cameroun (53rd), DR Congo (56th) and Cote d’Ivoire (57th), Mali (59th) in that order, complete the top 10.The winners of the second round will advance to the third and final round where they will again be drawn to face each other in a home and away tie with the winners eventually picking the five slots alloted to Africa for the 2022 Games set be hosted in the Arab world for the first time. Source: Ghana Soccernet
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error If you want to treat him like your coach, pay him like your coach.But more on that in a bit.For weeks now, the general sentiment was the Lakers were more than aware and comfortable with the available candidates, but they wanted to wait until after the draft and first phase of free agency before circling back to naming a coach.It was sort of a nice way of saying, “We don’t really have a team in place, as in actual players, so before we walk down the aisle with someone it’s probably in all of our interests that we get a roster in order so we all know what we’re getting into.” It was a fair and prudent approach, and it also meant a key card the Lakers could play in pursuit of an impact free agent. It’s not like the Lakers told LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony they could actually handpick the next coach, but they were all ears in case either had someone in particular they wanted — or didn’t want — as the coach. Not that it did much good.James returned to Cleveland and Anthony is staying in New York.Oh well, it was worth a try, right?A week later, though, still no coach.Meanwhile, the draft is long gone and the Lakers have added Carlos Boozer and Julius Randle and Jeremy Lin and Jordan Clarkson and Ed Davis while retaining Nick Young and Jordan Hill.Yet we still don’t know who will coach them.In fact, the only development is Scott, the perceived front-runner, met Wednesday with Lakers officials for the third time.The interview came and went — and by all accounts it was less an interview and more Lakers brass and Scott scouring over the remade roster.In other words, the Lakers were picking Scott’s brain as a company would a high-priced consultant.Only without the hefty fee.And no official offer.Like I said, this is starting to get weird.And a little disappointing considering the Lakers have a well-respected, well-connected, well-vetted candidate in Scott ready and willing to step in on the ground floor of a major rebuilding project.In fact at this point, I’m not really sure who is doing whom the bigger favor.On one hand, the Lakers are Scott’s dream job. He grew up just a few blocks from the Fabulous Forum, played high school ball at nearby Morningside and was a longtime star during the Showtime Era.Returning to coach the Lakers would complete a lifelong goal.On the other hand, it’s not like he’d be taking over a team even remotely close to competing for championships.This is not a great job if your aspiration is to win right now. In fact, there is a greater chance of a formidable amount of losing than winning.Scott might be taking an even bigger risk accepting the job than the Lakers are giving it to him.He understands the roster concerns, knows there will be rough times and is aware of the danger of taking a job others don’t want.But he wants this job badly.Yet the Lakers still hesitate to pull the trigger.And that is a bit disconcerting since all signs point to Scott as the strongest candidate.Why they don’t see that and make it official is troublesome. Scott has the family ties, having played 11 years with the Lakers. He has the respect of Kobe Bryant, whom he mentored early in Bryant’s career, stays in contact with to this day and received a strong endorsement from last week when Bryant said he would welcome a chance to play for his former teammate.And he’s got the all-important backing of the fans, a key missing element for predecessors Mike Brown and Mike D’Antoni, neither of whom had any real support from Lakers faithful and both of whom were abandoned by fans when things turned bad.Scott would get the necessary time to see this through, an important factor Lakers officials overlooked with the hirings of Brown and D’Antoni.Scott isn’t just Lakers family, he’s also a strong candidate after taking the New Jersey Nets to back-to-back NBA Finals and guiding the New Orleans Hornets to the best record in the Western Conference in 2008.Even his failures are explainable.The downfall in New Orleans was due to ownership issues that eroded the roster. And nobody was winning anything with the roster Scott had with the Cleveland Cavaliers after James left for Miami.His triumphs far outweigh the defeats, and the good grace he has with fans will buy him time others might not be afforded during the difficult days ahead.The Lakers have to understand this, and between their longtime familiarity with Scott and the three interviews, you have to believe he’s been thoroughly vetted.Yet they still haven’t made it official.What, then, is the hold up?It could be the Lakers simply wanted to catch their breaths after the draft and free agency before deciding on a coach.They probably have a few more roster moves they are contemplating, and that might be diverting their attention.Maybe they are simply saving some money by waiting to officially bring Scott on. And meanwhile, doing just enough to show the fans they are doing their due diligence.Like bringing him in for an interview that seemed a heck of a lot more like a meeting you’d have with your actual coach — except for the whole paycheck thing.That would be very un-Lakers-like, of course. But then, these are very un-Lakers-like times.You know what would be very Lakers-like?Do the right thing and hire the coach with the impressive resume, the respect of your best player and the goodwill of a frustrated fan base.Make it official with Byron Scott. At this point, the Lakers’ coaching search is getting a little weird.And if I’m Byron Scott, the next time the Lakers call to ask me to come in and talk about the roster, I’m only agreeing if they offer me the job.No more freebies, as Scott gave them Wednesday.His time is too valuable to be an unpaid consultant.
0Shares0000Iraqi supporters watch their team at a training session ahead of a home friendly against Saudi Arabia in Basra on February 28, 2018 © AFP/File / HAIDAR MOHAMMED ALIBAGHDAD, Iraq, Mar 6 – Saudi Arabia has offered to fund a new football stadium in Iraq, as FIFA prepares to decide whether to lift its ban on Iraq hosting competitive international matches.The offer came in a telephone call between King Salman and Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Monday evening, the prime minister’s office said. It provided no further details about the cost of the stadium or where it might be located.It follows an international friendly between the two countries in Iraq’s third city Basra on February 28, their first on Iraqi soil in 40 years.The king described the game, which Iraq won 4-1 in front of a capacity 60,000 crowd, as a “success”, Abadi’s office said.It was watched by Asian Football Confederation head Salman bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa who said “the time has come” to end the three-decade ban on Iraq hosting competitive international matches.FIFA is due to decide on March 16.The country has not played full internationals on home turf since its 1990 invasion of Kuwait.The ban, covering all but domestic matches, stayed in place after the US-led invasion of 2003 toppled dictator Saddam Hussein.It was briefly lifted in 2012, but a power outage during an Iraq-Jordan match in the Iraqi Kurdish capital Arbil led FIFA to promptly reinstate it.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)