The FA expects goal-line technology "to be adopted by Premier League clubs this week," according to Richard Conway of the BBC. Premier League clubs meet on Thursday with goal-line technology set to be agreed for next season, "while the FA wishes to install the technology at Wembley." FA General Secretary Alex Horne said, "I always thought it was an ideal piece of technology to allow into the game." The FA and Premier League are running a joint-tender process for the supply, installation and maintenance of 21 systems -- all 20 Premier League stadiums and Wembley -- "in an attempt to secure a better deal." British-based system Hawk-Eye, well known for providing tennis and cricket with ball-tracking technology, "is competing" with the three other FIFA-licensed firms -- Cairos, GoalControl and GoalRef -- to win the contract. Goal-line technology will also be used in next season's FA Cup, from the third round onwards in any stadium fitted with the system, "and Horne sees the technology as a way for the world's oldest knockout competition to keep pace with a football landscape that has changed beyond recognition since the foundation of the Premier League" in '92 (BBC, 4/9). REUTERS' Tom Pilcher wrote the FA "want technology to be officially introduced at the pre-season Community Shield fixture" after lobbying for its inclusion for some time. Horne: "Technology that says 'yes, the ball has crossed the line' and lets the referee know makes an awful lot of sense to me" (REUTERS, 4/9).
NO EVIDENCE, NO CRIME: REUTERS' Mike Collett wrote Club England Managing Dir Adrian Bevington said on Monday that the FA will tell FIFA that it has "found no evidence of racist chanting" by its fans at last month's World Cup qualifier against San Marino. The FA began an inquiry following the match on March 22 after Football Against Racism in Europe contacted FIFA "citing English fans for singing a racist song aimed at brothers Rio and Anton Ferdinand." Bevington: "Our security officers have gone through all the evidence which has been recorded and they cannot find or identify any individuals or groups chanting racist abuse" (REUTERS, 4/8).
Execs at Australia's wealthiest racing club "have lost their jobs as big business takes over," according to Rod Nicholson of the HERALD SUN. Melbourne Racing Club "runs Caulfield and Mornington and owns Sandown." In recent years "it has taken over 743 poker machines at 12 pubs and clubs," engaged in a A$100M ($105M) "property development around the Caulfield racetrack and built other enterprises to add to the core racing and training business." The club "is dismantling racing administration and preparing to replace it with three departments." One "will look after the pubs, clubs and poker machines, one will concentrate on the property portfolio, and the third on racing and training." The imminent changes have cost CEO Alasdair Robertson, CFO Wayne Sumner and Marketing & Racing GM Frazer Byrne their jobs. Robertson, 56, will remain until July 1. It is "not known who will replace him, and what influence he will have." However, under the new structure, the racing CEO "will be one of three to report to an overall boss." That may well be committee man and honorary treasurer Brodie Arnhold, who "has spent the past two months in a full-time role formulating a new management structure" (HERALD SUN, 4/9).
NBA Commissioner David Stern was in India this week to "announce an initiative to help such impoverished children in India via the NBA Cares programme in association with Multi Screen Media and Magic Bus," according to the MUMBAI MIRROR. Magic Bus CEO Matthew Spacie said, "Picture yourself in this very, very poor slum or this incredibly poor village in India. Now if I throw up a basketball in the air, every child in that community will come towards that basketball and pick it up to play. Kids love to play. We thought if kids love to play, what activities can we do to use it like a classroom. To have fun, turn up every week and learn. We use these activities to change their behavior for the better." Stern believes that "apart from being used as a social motivator, basketball can also provide a career opportunity" for India’s youth. Stern: "If we get our grassroot programs going bigger and kids across this country start bouncing the ball rather than kicking it or hitting it with a strange paddle, there will be an enormous influx of very good and talented athletes into our game." NBA India Dir of Basketball Operations Troy Justice is "also very optimistic about this initiative." Justice: "I’m hands on involved (with this project). When this clinic happens I’m on the ground sweating with them. We’re going to do 12 clinics with different communities this year and I’m going to be at all of them" (MUMBAI MIRROR, 4/9).
Rugby teams Georgia and Uruguay will compete in the inaugural Tbilisi Cup in June as the Int'l Rugby Board "aims to improve the competitiveness of second-tier rugby nations." The tournament will take place from June 7-16 (REUTERS, 4/9). ... England and Wales Cricket Board CEO David Collier claimed "there is a willingness" from Indian Premier League organizers "to make their schedule more compatible with the English season" (PA, 4/9). ... The rate of positive doping tests in South Korean sports "reached a four-year low" in '12. The Korea Anti-Doping Agency said that "it conducted 2,830 tests last year and 15 athletes tested positive for illegal substances" (YONHAP, 4/9).