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  • Ex-ManU CEO Gill Handed Power By UEFA To Ban Club From European Competition

    Former ManU CEO David Gill "has been handed power by UEFA to recommend bans on clubs" such as rivals Man City and Chelsea, which may find themselves in breach of new European Financial Fair Play rules, according to Ian Ladyman of the London DAILY MAIL. Having stepped down from his post at Old Trafford at the end of last season to become a UEFA exec member, Gill "has now been appointed chairman of the governing body’s extremely influential Club Licensing Committee." The committee "essentially decides which clubs are entitled to licences to play Champions League and Europa League football." This "will become increasingly important as UEFA’s FFP rules shape the landscape of European football in the coming years." Gill "is a known advocate of FFP." His appointment "will certainly raise eyebrows at clubs" such as Man City and Chelsea, which are currently "striving to ensure their losses are no greater than" the €45M ($60M) limit allowed by FFP across last and next season (DAILY MAIL, 6/18).

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  • Executive Transactions

    Bundesliga VfB Stuttgart announced Monday evening that Board Chair DIETER HUNDT "resigned from his position with immediate effect." The club "has until July 22, the day of its annual general meeting, to present a candidate for Hundt's position" (STUTTGARTER ZEITUNG, 6/17).

    COACHES: Spanish second division side UD Las Palmas has renewed coach SERGIO LOBERA's contract for one year (MARCA, 6/18). ... La Liga side Real Valladolid hired former Levante boss JUAN IGNACIO MARTINEZ as coach (FOOTBALL ESPANA, 6/18). ... England U21 coach STUART PEARCE was told "he will not be offered a new contract when his current deal expires at the end of the month" (LONDON TIMES, 6/18). ... ASEAN Basketball League Indonesia Warriors will not renew the conract of head coach TODD PURVES (JAKARTA GLOBE, 6/18). ... BJ-League side Bambitious Nara have named KOTO TOYAMA its coach for the '13-14 season (JAPAN TIMES, 6/18).

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  • Names In The News

    British rower SOPHIE HOSKING is "retiring from international rowing at the relatively young age of 27." Hosking will "begin a training contract with Freshfields to become a lawyer." Hosking: "I don't feel I have the levels of motivation to want to do it all again. I feel very complete, this is very much on my terms, there's no pang of regret" (TELEGRAPH, 6/18). ... Outgoing UAE Rugby Performance Manager DUNCAN HALL said that "he is sad to be walking out on a job half done having ended his association with UAE rugby after 18 months" (THE NATIONAL, 6/18). ... Former F1 commentator MURRAY WALKER "has been diagnosed with a form of lymphatic system cancer." The 89-year-old told the BBC that "the condition was treatable" (INDEPENDENT, 6/18). ... Former India int'l and current coach of the national cycling team RUMA CHATTERJEE "was killed in a road accident in New Delhi on Tuesday" (IANS, 6/18).

    IN AUSTRALIA: National Rugby League Canberra player BLAKE FERGUSON is "expected to avoid being sacked at Canberra over an indecent assault charge," but only if he agrees to strict alcohol conditions. A senior source at the Raiders said that Ferguson "would not be given his marching orders but a proposal would be put forward by the board regarding his future that would have to be agreed to first by senior players, coaches and the NRL" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 6/19). ... NRL South Sydney player GEORGE BURGESS "has been stood down" by his ladder-leading club after being "charged with two counts of willful damage following an incident in Cairns early on Monday." South Sydney said in a statement that Burgess "had admitted guilt and was cooperating with police over the incident" (AAP, 6/17). ... Australia Football League Hawthorn captain LUKE HODGE "has succeeded in having a rough conduct charge overturned at the AFL Tribunal, freeing him to play in Friday night's clash with West Coast" (AAP, 6/18). ... Horse trainer ROBERT SMERDON has lost his Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal appeal against a A$10,000 ($9,500) penalty incurred for his part in the betting scandal with jockey DAMIEN OLIVER. Smerdon "passed on a sum of money to Oliver" not knowing that the money "was the proceeds of an illegal bet" (THE AGE, 6/18).

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    Sky News' PAUL KELSO: "Right time for Pearce to go. Among things he did not learn in his time at FA was how to hold a press conference without detonating a grenade"

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