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Int'l Cricket Players' Association CEO TIM MAY "has resigned citing frustration at the global governing body amid allegations of corruption in the game and backroom politicking," according to Greg Stutchbury of REUTERS. The former Australian cricketer had headed the Federation of Int'l Cricketers' Associations since '05 but said on Wednesday that "he had grown disillusioned" with the Int'l Cricket Council and its member boards. May, who had led the Australian Cricket Players Association for eight years before he moved to FICA, added that "he felt cricket's administrators were focused on removing dissenting voices, to the sport's detriment." May "was removed from the ICC's cricket committee last month amid allegations of pressure from the powerful Indian board" (REUTERS, 6/5). The AP reported May said that "the current issues facing cricket, including corruption, means the ICC has to take more of a leading role." May: "More and more we see allegations of corruption and malpractice on and off the field dominating headlines ... Yet cricket increasingly seems to be pushing aside the principles of transparency, accountability, independence, and upholding the best interests of the global game, in favor of a system that appears to operate through threats, intimidation and backroom deals" (AP, 6/5).
GROWING TIRED: In Sydney, Jesse Hogan wrote while May has served players for 16 years, he said that "his decision was triggered not by weariness but by exasperation at the ICC." May said, "There are many reasons I've become tired. I'm tired of traveling and I'm tired of being away from my family, but another part of being tired is it's just very, very frustrating to bang your head against a brick wall in terms of the governance of the ICC and the governance of a number of boards" (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 6/5).
PLENTY OF PRAISE: NEWS LIMITED's Malcolm Conn wrote Australian captain MICHAEL CLARKE "described May's resignation as a sad day for the game and the world's players." Clarke: "Throughout my time in cricket Tim has been a constant presence, taking on the tough issues on behalf of all players and doing so with amazing passion, strength and leadership." Former Australian captain RICKY PONTING "described May as a pioneer." Ponting: "Thanks to him, players are now receiving a fair share of the game's revenues and have a great peace of mind knowing that the various player associations around the world have the expertise, support and leadership that Tim has created" (NEWS LIMITED, 6/5). The BBC reported England captain ALASTAIR COOK, speaking on behalf of the England team, said that "May has been a great servant of the game." Cook: "Current players have reason to be very grateful for his hard work and advocacy on our behalf." Professional Cricketers' Association CEO ANGUS PORTER added, "Tim has fought tirelessly and fearlessly, not only for cricketers' rights, but also for what is right for cricket" (BBC, 6/5).
La Liga side Valencia Athletic VP AMADEO SALVO was on Monday named the 30th president of Valencia, replacing former club President MANUEL LLORENTE. Salvo: "I ask for union, excitement and to open the doors to Valencianism" (EL PAIS, 6/4) ... Former businesswoman of the year finalist and Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa Group CFO SINDI MABASO-KOYANA and former South African FA CEO RAYMOND HACK have both won prestigious places on FIFA's oversight structures "as part of the reform process that the scandal-ridden organisation has been forced to implement" (SOWETAN LIVE, 6/5). ... A-League side Melbourne Victory is searching for a new CEO after RICHARD WILSON "stepped aside from the position." Club Chair ANTHONY DI PIETRO said that "Wilson remained one of the club's major shareholders" and would continue on the board as a non-exec director once a new CEO was appointed (NEWS LIMITED NETWORK, 6/5). ... FERNANDO MOLINOS has left his post as exec president of Spanish Second Division side Real Zaragoza (AS, 6/5).
COACHES: Former EPL side Wigan Athletic Manager ROBERTO MARTINEZ "has been named Everton manager after leaving Wigan Athletic where the Spaniard forged a reputation for making the best of limited resources and playing attractive football." Everton said on its website Wednesday that "Martinez has signed a four-year contract at Goodison Park" (REUTERS, 6/5). Martinez "was the leading candidate to take charge at Goodison Park" since it was announced on May 9 that DAVID MOYES would be leaving to replace ALEX FERGUSON at ManU. Martinez met Everton Chair BILL KENWRIGHT twice for talks last week, before a £1.5M ($2.3M) compensation deal "was agreed on Monday to buy out the remaining 12 months of his Wigan contract" (ESPN, 6/5). ... La Liga side Espanyol coach JAVIER AGUIRRE signed a new one-year contract to stay with the club on Tuesday (MUNDO DEPORTIVO, 6/5)
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Women's golf world No. 5 YANI TSENG has signed with IMG worldwide. IMG will oversee management and marketing for Tseng with a focus on North America and Europe, while working in partnership with her current management companies in Asia, Nihao and Tseng Yani Int'l (IMG). ... South African golfer BRANDON STONE has turned pro and will be represented by IMG. Stone will be managed by DUNCAN REID in London with assistance from KATIE GORDINE and JACQUES RETIEF from IMG South Africa (IMG). ... Chinese music website top100.cn, co-founded by retired NBA player YAO MING, "has reportedly been shut down." Top100 co-Founder and CEO GARY CHEN said on his microblog that the site had "faced difficult choices and necessary shifts, since Google had suspended music search services in China in October" (WANT CHINA TIMES, 6/5). ... Chinese swimmer SUN YANG is preparing for the upcoming FINA World Championships in Barcelona by himself, "leaving his future murky following a public row" with coach ZHU ZHIGEN (CHINA DAILY (6/5).
FOOTBALL NAMES: Real Madrid President FLORENTINO PEREZ believes that former French footballer ZINEDINE ZIDANE "could become first-team coach at the club." Perez said that Zidane "had all the attributes a Madrid boss would need." Perez: "He has the qualifications and he is a madridista. We have not yet thought about it because we have been very scrupulous with the steps. But he fulfils all the requirements, for sure" (ESPN, 6/5). ... La Liga Real Valladolid has reportedly offered its vacant manager position to DIEGO MARADONA. Neither the club nor the former World Cup winner "have publicly responded to the report," but Maradona "has been known to frequent Valladolid during times of festivals, so the notion may very well have some momentum" (INSIDE SPANISH FOOTBALL, 6/5). ... Romania coach VICTOR PITURCA "has been handed a suspended one-year prison sentence for aiding and abetting controversial" Romania side Steaua Bucharest Owner GEORGE BECALI in a "high-profile corruption case in the Balkan country" (REUTERS, 6/5).
Reuters' KAROLOS GROHMANN: "#Ballack farewell match tonight in Leipzig. New @chelseafc coach #Mourinho, #PhilippLahm expected among other football guests."
BBC's LEE MCKENZIE: "Looking forward to heading to Canada tomorrow for the Grand Prix. We've got some great features for you this weekend live on BBC F1"
Pitch PR Associate Dir DREW BARRAND: "Nice of Bill Kenwright to put Martinez right in the brown stuff by telling everyone about his promise of @ChampionsLeague football. #EFC"
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