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The five-referee experiment involving extra linesmen behind each goal will be extended to the Champions League and Euro 2012 qualifiers next season.
 
The Europa League, where the experiment was conducted for the first time in senior competition this season, will also feature the new system, UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino said.

The system, backed by UEFA president Michel Platini, features two extra linesmen, one behind each goal, to help referees spot penalty area infringements and determine whether the ball has crossed the line.

Soccer's rule-making body, the International Football Association Board, last week voted to allow confederations and national associations to adopt the system on a voluntary basis over the next two years.

The IFAB had earlier this year rejected the use of any form of goal-line technology to help referees despite pressure from coaches, players and supporters.

Infantino refuted suggestions that the five-referee system had been given a lukewarm response.

"If the enthusiasm was not there, the IFAB would not have decided to authorise an additional two-year period," he said.

"We have made this experiment in the Europa League and it went well.

"Something else must be done to help the referees, you add eyes and you help the referee to cover their ground in a much better way.

He added: "It's difficult to find anything negative in this experiment, although it will have to evolve, for example how shall they move, where do they have to be placed?."

"But first results were positive and we want to do something for the good of football."

UEFA said the system would be used from the final qualifying round in the Champions League, the start of the group stage of the Europa League and through the Euro 2012 qualifying competition.

It's use in any competition has to be approved by FIFA which is seen as a formality

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Football / Morvant Youngster lands $1,000 boot deal
« on: May 19, 2010, 09:31:45 AM »
Talented young player, known as Drogba!!!!


Morvant youngster lands $1,000 boot deal
       
DIRECTV North East Stars Under 21 attacking midfielder, Kaydion Gabriel, has signed a boot deal with Italian sportswear giant, Lotto. The deal via retailer Sports and Games saw Gabriel presented with the first pair of Lotto Zhero Gravity Twist'ngo boots to be released in Trinidad & Tobago.

The boots, which are retailing at $999 in Sports and Games,have the first pivoting stud capable of enhancing players’ performance and reducing the risk of injury. Twist’ngo is an exclusive system based on the insertion of an aluminium pivoting stud in a brand new sole.

The 19 year old from Morvant, known to his North East team mates as Drogba after the Chelsea striker, was delighted to receive the boots.

Sports and Games Director, Omar Hadeed said "We are pleased to support Kaydion in this way. We hope our support will encourage young players from our towns to throw their energy into sport rather than become swayed by other distractions around them. Lotto is the fastest growing football brand worldwide and these particular boots are selling abroad for up to USD$200."

http://home.northeaststarsfc.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6:-morvant-youngster-lands-1000-boot-deal&catid=1:press-release&Itemid=2

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Football / Talk about unlucky....relegated 3 times in one season!!
« on: May 10, 2010, 10:18:58 PM »
A footballer completed an unwanted hat-trick after he was relegated for a third time this season.

Teenager Jamie Devitt was in action for Grimsby at the weekend as they crashed out of the football league with a 3-0 defeat to Burton Albion - the third team he has featured for this season to be relegated.

The 19-year-old midfielder's parent club is Hull City, who dropped out of the Premier League last week, while he has also played on loan at Darlington, relegated from League Two.

"I have had a bit of stick off a few of the lads back home," said the Irishman.

"They have been ribbing me about the situation.

"Some have told me I will be the answer to a quiz question in the future.

"They take the mickey out of me that my CV says I have been with three clubs getting relegated."

Devitt may or may not be an unlucky charm, but Hull still have faith in him having offered a two-year contract as the club prepares for life in the Championship next season.

"They say that the only way is up but with Jamie on their books that may not be the case," a source told the Metro newspaper.

"He's certainly been going down, down, deeper and down this season.

"If he carries on like that, Hull could be in the Conference in the blink of an eye."

A spokesman for the Association of Football Statisticians added: "This has got to be unique but having said that, it is not a record that anybody would want."

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Football / How to take the perfect penalty
« on: May 10, 2010, 10:16:15 PM »
Penalty shoot-out anguish such as that suffered by Chris Waddle at Italia '90 could be a thing of the past after scientists worked out how to take the perfect spot kick.

With the World Cup fast approaching, England players in particular will be relieved to hear that there is a definite method to ensuring their penalties hit the back of the net.

A mathematical study at Liverpool's John Moores University revealed that biomechanics and psychology are crucial to scoring from 12 yards.

The study found that the perfect penalty should be hit at around 65 miles per hour from a run-up of no more than six paces.

The shooter should move swiftly towards the ball and make connection either less than three seconds after the whistle is blown or more than 13 seconds after the referee indicates he is ready.

The taker should approach the ball at an angle of between 20 and 30 degrees before hitting it high to the left or right of the keeper. The ball should cross the line exactly 0.5m below crossbar and 0.5m inside either post.

Professor Tim Cable, director of sport and exercise sciences, declared: "Many factors make up a 'perfect penalty'. But we've finally nailed the key elements."

Researchers say the formula guarantees 100 per cent success, although only intense practice will help the player find the optimum penalty with regularity.

Well, thats ok then. Looks like England have a chance of winning this time  :rotfl:

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Football / Liverpool - Everton "siamese" stadium plan
« on: May 10, 2010, 08:31:27 AM »
Liverpool and Everton could share a revolutionary 'Siamese stadium' under new plans revealed by a business consortium.
 
The Merseyside rivals would effectively have separate grounds in Stanley Park connected by a central spine housing collective facilities, according to proposals released to the Liverpool Echo.

Mersey Stadia-Connex group, who are behind the idea, claim the design could save the clubs between £180m-£220m, while allowing them their own stadia.

The blueprint proposes a 60,000-seater ground for Liverpool and a 50,000 capacity for Everton, to be completed as soon as 2013. The 10-story spine includes a 300-bed hotel, hospitality facilities, 150 executive boxes and a huge underground car park.

A spokesman for the Mersey Stadia-Connex group said: "We need to reach the prospective new owners of Liverpool FC to inform them about this sensational investment opportunity.

"Most fans will understand the many advantages and financial implications. This scheme differs from all previous concepts during the last decade in that we believe it manages to achieve all the clubs' objectives."

However, an Everton spokesman sounded a sceptical note about the idea, telling the Liverpool Echo it was "unworkable, unaffordable and undeliverable".

Liverpool announced a £55 million annual loss last week and have identified a move to a larger stadium as a key requirement to improve the club's finances.

Their plans for a new ground in Stanley Park are on hold while co-owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks attempt to sell the club. Various proposals have put the stadium's capacity between 55,000 and 73,000. Anfield's current capacity is 45,362.

A club spokesman said: “We remain committed to building our new stadium in Stanley Park.”



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Football / Are Croatian referees the worlds toughest??
« on: May 05, 2010, 04:56:01 PM »
A Croatian footballer booked for diving had actually dropped dead of a heart attack.
Goran Tunjic, a 32-year-old defender playing for the Mladost FC, collapsed in the 35th minute of the County League match against Hrvatski Sokola, prompting the referee to approach the player with yellow card in his hand.

Tragically, however, the player had suffered a fatal heart attack.

The official quickly realised what had happened and called for medical aid, but Tunjic died despite being rushed to a nearby hospital.

"Doctors tried to help him but there was nothing they could do," a club spokesman said of the player, who had no previous medical problems.

"He just fell dead on the spot."

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Football / Beenhakker in Ballack decapitation row
« on: June 05, 2008, 12:16:31 PM »
Euro 2008 - Ballack in 'decapitation' row
Eurosport - Thu, 05 Jun 13:27:00 2008

Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack has been caught up in a row between Poland and Germany ahead of the European Championship after a newspaper depicted him with his head chopped off.

 Polish daily Super Express put together a spread showing Leo Beenhakker holding the severed heads of Germany skipper Ballack and coach Joachim Low.

Ahead of the countries' meeting in Klagenfurt on Sunday, Poland coach Beenhakker was told to "bring us their heads", which he has described as "sick".

UEFA are hoping the outrage created by the images will mark an end to the matter.

A spokesman said: "We are aware of the pictures. It's not something we should condone, people should be talking about the football.

"There is a healthy rivalry but there is a limit. We are hopeful the talking will be done on the pitch."

Beenhakker was shocked at the images and told the Bild newspaper: "That is rubbish. It shows that all over the world there are sick people. I distance myself from it totally."

Super Express have also drawn heavy criticism from the Bundestag, the German parliament.

Peter Danckert, chairman of the Bundestag's sport committee, said: "This photo-montage is a scandal. I hope that the Polish government reacts appropriately to it."


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Football / Football Agent Scam warning
« on: May 22, 2008, 12:08:24 PM »
There is a guy, possibly with an African accent who is passing himself off as a licensed football agent. A young footballer in USA was approached by this man by email. He obtained the players details, which were posted on a website, socceragent.net. The "agent" said his name was James Leach and was based in UK.

The player checked the English FA's list of licensed agents, and James Leach was listed. "Mr Leach" sent the player an e-ticket to England and said he had arranged trials with Brentford and Luton. The player had to send $600 to cover medical insurance. The player checked the e-ticket and it was authentic. However, the agent called the player a few hours before his flight departed to say the trials were cancelled due to Euro 2008.

The player has not been able to recover his $600.

I was approached to help and found that James Leach is indeed a licensed agent, but when I called the number on his website, nobody knew of Mr Leach. I immediately contacted the FA and they gave me the following press release:-

Scam warning
Monday, 21 April 2008.


Young players, clubs and parents are advised about a scam that The FA has recently been made aware of.

Persons purporting to be licensed agents are sending out spam emails promising trials with various clubs, using details from the list of licensed agents on the FIFA website, www.fifa.com. The clubs themselves have no knowledge of the potential 'trials'.

The scam appears to work around promising trials to young players with various clubs and then asking for payment in advance to cover 'insurance and travel'. Once the money is sent, no more is heard.

Anyone who is a victim of this scam should contact their local police.
 In addition, please be reminded that under FIFA Regulations, trial matches overseas are not permitted. In any event, you would be advised that if attending training or games in England, Players should ordinarily be covered by the Club's own indemnity policy and medical cover.  If you wish to check the licensed nature of an individual, always ensure that you consult the relevant lists of Authorised Agents (either on TheFA.com or FIFA.com) and contact the relevant national association if any doubt remains.
 Regards,Alison Brown


I would ask that anybody who is looking to contact an agent in the UK contact myself or if you wish to play in USA contact MLS players association. Alternatively, ask ProLeague clubs which agents they have dealt with in the past, such as Mike Berry.

However, I would advise that the first option for any aspiring footballers is to obtain a trial at a ProLeague club.

With the greatest respect, if you aren't good enough for the ProLeague, its unlikely that an agent will be interested.

And never, ever send money or book flights without confirmation from the football club theb trial is arranged with. If you have a trial booked with a club, please contact me and I will talk to the club for you.

Finally, always take advice before signing a contract with an agent to make sure you understand the contract. FPATT , or a sports lawyer could help you with this.

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Football / SocaWarriors WC2006 memorabilia
« on: April 03, 2008, 01:46:14 PM »
Can anybody let me know if you have any officially licensed SocaWarriors World Cup memorabilia, particularly promotional items  from companys such as KFC, ebay etc.

I would appreciate it if you could let me know and, if possible, provide a photo of the item.

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Football / World Cup players donations to FPATT.
« on: March 19, 2008, 03:32:13 AM »
World Cup players donations to FPATT.
 
Trinidad & Tobagos world cup players including Kenwyne Jones, Kelvin Jack, Stern John and Brent Sancho, have donated part of their World Cup qualifying bonuses to their players association, FPATT. The money originates from an agreement made by the 23 world cup final squad members that the qualifying bonus be divided into 24 equal shares, with one share being donated to "worthwhile causes".
Although players could choose the recipients of their donation, many players opted to give the money to FPATT.
 
Trinidad & Tobago Football Federation have withheld this money until recently, when the matter was raised in the ongoing arbitration brought by 16 of the players against TTFF over unpaid bonuses.
 
Mysteriously, the players were sent cashier cheques drawn an a CONCACAF account. Quite how this pre agreed bonus money ended up in the account of the regional governing body is anyones guess, but again, raises questions into the financial affairs of TTFF, CONCACAF and the link between the two - Jack Warner, special adviser to TTFF and CONCACAF president.
 
Mr Warner has recently stated in the press that he has advised TTFF not to recognise FPATT and to continue to ignore attempts by FPATT president Shaka Hislop  to negotiate on behalf of his members. This failure has led to senior international players to refuse to sign TTFF contracts prior to the T&T vs Guadaloupe match.
 
Mr Warners lack of respect for footballers seems to be reflected by his boss Sepp Blatter, who last week publicly criticised FIFPro's Gordon Taylor, who felt his members views were being ignored.
 
FPATT president, Shaka Hislop, commented that, more than ever, footballs administrators and the players needed to work together to tackle the many global football issues that effect the game.
 
Hislop said " It is time that people realised that the old days of FIFA  are over. Players views should be more respected today, and they should play an integral role in shaping football for the future. These donations to FPATT by players show that they take more responsibility in improving the game, not just for themselves, but also for young players in the community and supporters. We have to recognise the skills that can be brought to the games development,  from players, administrators, and also from coaches, referees and supporters of the game."
 
Hislop went on to say that the donations are greatly appreciated and will be used to assist in community projects in Trinidad and Tobago.

Poster Note: This press release was issued last week to journalists in the UK and USA. You will note that the piece by Matt Stott in last weeks UK Guardian newspaper wavered from this statement and, therefore, was not accurate. Matt Stott called me to apologise for the innaccuracies.

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Whether or not is is standard practice for Concacaf to advance funds to TTFF, the question people should be asking is why money belonging to footballers and was entrusted to TTFF is no longer in TTFFs accounts.  This has never been part of TTFFs funds, they merely held on to it pending a decision on which organisations the money would be paid to. Since January 2007, the 16 players involved in the arbitration case have been asking TTFF to release this money. The arbitration hearing takes place on 28th April in London.

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Football / UEFA call in police in match fixing accusations
« on: December 01, 2007, 11:42:52 AM »
Don't know much yet, but I just heard UEFA have asked police to investigate 16 matches involving Eastern European teams. The matches include Champions League, UEFA Cup, Inter Toto and possibly a Euro 2008 qualifyer. Its thought the matches were fixed by Far Eastern betting syndicates.

There are no British teams involved.

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Football / FPATT at global conference.
« on: November 20, 2007, 07:55:08 PM »
FPATT at global conference

FPATT vice president, Clayton Morris and International Development Manager, Kevin Harrison, will be representing FPATT at the FIFPro congress in Barcelona this week.

The three day conference will be attended by the 43 national players associations and will be FPATTs first introduction to the majority of members.

Aside from the traditional business of an Annual General Meeting, there will be presentations concerning football at high altitude, goal line technology, legal affairs, commercial enterprises as well as various regionalised workshops.

This will be an excellent opportunity to  form working relationships with players associations from around the globe and make important contacts to further FPATTs ambitions to provide a full suite of benefits to its members, as well as to develop joint projects to help further football in Trinidad & Tobago.

A report and photos will be provided upon our return next week.

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Football / 2nd Anniversary lime - what happened?
« on: November 20, 2007, 07:17:27 PM »
Although all of the promised players (except Dwight) made the event last friday, unfortunately the same can't be said for the supporters.

Ian Cox & Kelvin Jack were the first players to arrive. Socapro pumped out the Soca while people on the guestlist arrived. Brent contacted me to warn me that  Kenwyne & Carlos were running a bit late due to heavy traffic from the airport.  They arrived around 9.15 with Stern.

A DVD of the Bahrain match was playing on the big screen and there was a raffle for  a signed T&T shirt as well as a few giveaways and FPATT football shirts for sale.

In total, there was around 40 people on the guestlist, but only 6 paying attendees.

Although the night was enjoyed by those there, with many staying until 3am, everyone was disapointed by the lack of support from T&T supporters.  Despite confirmations from many people, the event lost money.

I was hoping that there would have been some comments from those who attended and perhaps apologies from those who didn't.

In hindsight, we probably would have had a better attendance if we had held the event in Kent and focused on Gillingham supporters. I particularly felt sorry for Carlos and Kenwyne who flew down friday eve and flew back saturday morning at their own expense, despite playing in Falkirk on thursday evening.

Photos to follow.

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Football / liming in London with Kenwyne and the guys
« on: November 02, 2007, 05:00:16 AM »
Those of you in London, particularly WN members, may be interested in an event FPATT hope to organise on friday 16th November in London.

Most of the Trini guys have agreed they will try to attend (so far we'ver heard from Kenwyne, Stern, Dwight, Brent, Kelvin, Carlos and Coxy)

We are hoping to host a "meet the players" eve at a London club and will raffle a couple of signed shirts. We are awaiting confirmation from several venues, but as its friday night, most places will be packed and therefore unwilling to allow us use. However, we were hoping to get exclusive use of a venue from 8pm until 10.30pm. Admissioin will be around £10, but you will get to meet the guys and have photos taken and get autographs. There will be DJs playing. After 10.30, you may stay at the venue, but it will be open to the public.

I will keep you updated, but this will be a great opportunity to meet the guys, and raise a few dollars for FPATT.

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Football / Tallest & Scottie enjoy their trip to London
« on: October 06, 2007, 06:05:14 PM »
Leyton Orient 0- 5 Swansea City

League One leaders Leyton Orient were treated to a display of striking dominance today. An absoloutely stunning first goal from Butler put Swansea ahead early in the match. Tallest nearly bagged the second with a good header from a corner, but Nelson tipped it over the bar. Straight from the second half kick off the Swans went 2-0 up with another spectacular goal. Swansea continued to run Orient ragged down the flanks and the game became a procession towards the Orient goal. The 3rd came from the left flank and Nelson let the fourth slip under his body s the shot came in from the right.  Goal number five had the Swansea fans singing all the way home.

Tallest didn't have much to do and marshalled the defence solidly. Scottie tied up the central defenders enough to allow space behind him and on the flanks, with Orients central pairing never quite comfortable. He damaged his wrist in a fall in the first half, and this may have taken some of the edge off his game, but he soldiered on valiently.

Unfortunately for Orient, it was one of those days where 5 speculative shots hit the target. On another day, it could have been 0-0, but, as Bill Shankly once said, "the crime is not to shoot and miss, the crime is not to shoot at all".   

Had a brief chat with Dennis after. Nice to see him and Scottie enjoying their football.  It must be a long time since a top of the table team lost 5-0 at home!

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Football / Dwight joins FPATT.
« on: September 26, 2007, 05:22:26 PM »
Yorke signs up with FPATT.

Dwight pledges his full support

Dwight Yorke, Trinidad and Tobago’s 2006 World Cup captain has joined the growing numbers of players becoming members of the Football Players Association of Trinidad & Tobago (FPATT).
This was revealed by FPATT’s General Secretary Alison Ayres, who recently returned to Trinidad from a trip to the UK on official FPATT business. Ayres stated that during his UK visit, he witnessed Sunderland’s season opener against Tottenham and met with Yorke the following day.
Ayres further stated that Yorke had no hesitation in signing up with FPATT and pledged his full support for the young fledging organization.
While in the UK, Ayres also met with representatives from both the Professional Footballers Association (PFA) as well as FIFPro, the international body representing professional footballers and professional footballers association. Trinidad and Tobago is now the 43rd country to establish a players association. FPATT recently played an instrumental role in Kenwyne Jones’ transfer from Championship Division team Southampton to Sunderland of the English Premiership.
The FPATT board comprises of Shaka Hislop (president), Clayton Morris (vice-president), Anthony Rougier, Leonson Lewis, Leslie “Tiger” Fitzpatrick and Cyd Gray (full members); Darren Millen, Phillip Nunez and George Hislop (co-opted members); while Millen, George Hislop, Ayres, Dinanath Ramnarine, Carla Herbert, Tansley Thompson and Barry Bedassie are the members of the steering committee. Lewis is the treasurer and Englishman Kelvin Harrison is the special adviser. FPATT was officially launched on May 20 with a “Football Funday” at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo. And Trinidad and Tobago is the 43rd country to form a football players association.

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Football / Watch this space!!
« on: September 14, 2007, 01:38:06 PM »
Just to prewarn everybody that there will be several items concerning FPATT and also the blacklisted players in the local (and hopefully global) press over the next week.

We are hoping that the first article of interest will be in local papers over the weekend.

You will probably see these before I do, so please post any articles here!

Oh, and by the way, they will be very, very, hot items!!

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Football / Online Football Manager game
« on: August 12, 2007, 09:48:56 PM »
Theres a football management game on yahoo. Free to join and easy to play. Might be fun to join in. There is a league stated called TrinidadB. I've just joined to see what its like.

Ant challengers out there??

http://uk.soccermanager.yahoo.net/yfbm/d/mini-league-router

Go to TrinidadB and ask to join. You may have to create your team first.

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Football / A Truly Great Footballer
« on: July 25, 2007, 05:59:02 PM »
Follow this link for the story of Britains first Black outfield player.

The story of Walter Tull has been buried for years, but now his story is being told.

There is a new book about black players in football called Crossing The White Line, and Walters story is told there.

I have spoken to "Lets Kick Racism Out Of Football" as there are hopes to produce a play about Walters life. My aim is to get it staged in London at Hackney Empire and get Tottenhams football in the community people to support it.


http://www.waltertull.originationinsite.com/

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Below is a copy of a letter that I sent to all members of FIFPro, FIFA ethics committee and CONCACAF via email yesterday (20/06/07). Thus far, no response has been received.

FIFA has always described football as a global family.

Well it appears that a member of that family is fast becoming an embarrassment. Mr Austin Jack Warner, FIFA vice president, has made some outrageous statements over the weekend which affects every professional footballer on the planet. The question is, are these statements just his biased opinions, or are they an indication of policy from FIFA?
The current impasse between some of Trinidad & Tobagos World Cup stars from Germany 06 and the Trinidad & Tobago Football Federation is well documented. The players feel they were promised a lot more than the £485 they have been offered as their share of sponsorship and TV rights. Because they decided to take legal advise, they were blacklisted by their Federation, even though they continually announced their availability and loyalty to their nation.
This led to a second string team competing in the Gold Cup and being sent home after the first round, with their most notable performance being a 1-1 draw vs Guatemala.
This blacklisting in itself raises questions as to why FIFA have not stepped in to ask why the Federation have victimised footballers because they have taken legal advice. After all, every organisation consults its lawyers before making important decisions , FIFA included. Is this FIFA's way of saying that any kind of legal advice is deemed threatening, and therefore may be punished?
Mr Warner made this amazing announcement on friday in a statement to Oliver Camps and Richard Groden of TTFF: "As President of CONCACAF.....I want to publicly commend you both, and, by extension, your entire Executive Committee and Federation, for the principled stand you guys have taken in resisting being blackmailed into doing what could never have been right for your country and/or your Federation by bending to the will of a mercenary few"
This has shocking repurcussions. Read it again. As CONCACAF president. This is a statement representing CONCACAF and their confederations opinions. Warner has by association stated that CONCACAF are accusing International footballers of blackmail, an illegal act. He is also praising the TTFF for not bending to the will of a mercenary few. This is potentially slanderous in its content. Especially when you consider that all the players have asked for is what they were promised by the TTFF special adviser, who funnily enough, is Mr Jack Warner.
If this wasn't enough, Mr Warner also made a statement to CMC Sports in New York, in which, on the subject of the dispute, he stated  "Don't of course go to lawyer and court and so on. The minute you do that, then you have put a bar on all discussion " It is not clear from this statement in which capacity he is speaking, but CMC described Warner as FIFA vice president. It is therefore reasonable to assume that he is putting forward FIFA policy. If this is Mr Warner speaking as FIFA vice president, his comments are far reaching. He is effectively denying players their human rights in consulting with their legal advisers and if they do, the football authorities will stop any negotiations and can prevent these players from International duty.
Warner continues in his statement to say "It's unfortunate, but that's what happens when players are consumed by greed." and "What Trinidad is suffering from is from a situation whereby 16 or 18 players are holding a country and a federation to ransom because of greed" and continues "It is nothing less than greed".
The greed, Mr Warner alludes to, is the players attempts to obtain what they were contractually promised. A 50% share of the World Cup revenue should amount to more than £11,000. Adidas alone, according to TTFF, paid at least £1million. TTFF sold at least 3 exclusive marketing deals at £40,000  each. Then there was TV money and deals with other sponsors such as ebay and KFC. One deal with Carib beer was worth nearly £100,000 alone.
But perhaps the most shocking aspect of Mr Warners actions is that recently he has positioned himself as the defender of the Caribbean and Africa against recent accusations of corruption in football in those areas.
Particularly when you consider that there have been investigations into Mr Warners financial affairs concerning the £1million sale of black market World Cup tickets, and that this current impasse is concerning money, and the players distrust of TTFFs accounting process, surely Mr Warner, not only as President of CONCACAF, but also as head of the Caribbean Football Union, should be insisting to TTFF that they show complete transparency in their  finances, in an effort, not only to get their best players back on the field, but also to prove to the world that corruption does not in fact exist in the Caribbean.
Currently, the only comments made on the subject of this impasse from FIFA have come from Mr Warner. Surely its time for the Worlds football governing body to launch an official enquiry? Mr Warner is clearly too closely involved to make unbiased statements, and is abusing his position to achieve his personal aims. His comments have brought the game into disrepute as well as bordering on being libelous, and are in defiance of the FIFA code of ethics.
As International Development Manager for FPATT, I am hereby calling on the FIFA Ethics Committee, the members of CONCACAF and the Caribbean Football Union, and members of FIFPro to issue statements condeming Mr Warners statements and formerly recognising FPATT as representatives of professional footballers from Trinidad & Tobago.
It is FPATTs aim to work with all football administrations and their representatives, Mr Warner included, however it is our view that we cannot stand by and let these statements go unchallenged and see the "beautiful game" tarnished in this manner.

Kevin Harrison
International Development Manager,
FPATT
Football Players Association Trindad & Tobago

Letter from Shaka to Warner sent 17th June.

Dear Mr. Warner,

I am writing to you as President of the newly formed Football Players Association of Trinidad and Tobago (FPATT). I and everyone else at FPATT have been occupying ourselves with our launch and the business of representing our general membership. FPATT would like to join you in commending the courageous showing of the young Soca Warriors in this year’s Gold Cup tournament especially in, as you commented, its final drawn match against Guatemala when it played the match with 10 men for all of 58 minutes. It is this same courage that won the hearts of millions around the world at last year’s World Cup. It truly was delightful to witness. They made us all proud.
Your last outburst though has prompted me to write in defense of the characters the most successful team in our nation’s history against your latest slanderous attack.
In response to your latest accusations, it is a person’s human right to legal counsel. Your opposition and the TTFF’s flailing attempts to deny them this right points to stratagem. In all my years as a professional player I have always retained the services of a lawyer to oversee all my negotiations, as I’m sure you have given your many legal incongruities of late. This has never prevented me from entering into talks with anyone. Furthermore these players have always been honoured to wear the red, black and white of Trinidad and Tobago and have never ruled themselves unavailable for national selection as incorrectly suggested. They have always been available to “sit down around a table and talk”, albeit with counsel. Indeed countless efforts to resolve this issue and promote transparency within the national game have seen the TTFF stand steadfast in their intrepidity.
What they are seeking is an impartial ruling as to whether their claim, which they believe they are contractually entitled to, is “remotely justified” (as you put it) or not. You have continually proven yourself heavily biased and opinionated in this matter when in truth, in your capacity as CONCACAF President, you should be the one to advise on the impasse.
The players who represented T&T in the World Cup are all professional footballers; this is their livelihood. This cannot be interpreted as “greed”, or even worse holding anyone “to ransom”. The absurdity of this statement and the blasÈ with which it has been bandied about is beyond me, as it should be to someone in your standing.
This whole episode has shown the importance of a players’ association to the modern game. President Blatter in his recent address to his delegates commented on the efforts FIFA had made “to include players in the decision-making process by signing a memorandum of understanding with FIFPro, the international players’ organization”. The TTFF must now follow FIFA’s lead in recognizing and working with FPATT in an effort to take our game, both at the national and international levels, forward. I look forward to your response.

Yours Sincerely,
Shaka Hislop
President- FPATT

Warner accused of failing to pay T&T bonuses.
By: Paul Kelso (UK Guardian).


Jack Warner, the Fifa vice-president, is again at the centre of controversy over Trinidad & Tobago's World Cup campaign, this time because of a players' revolt over unpaid bonuses. The former West Ham United goalkeeper Shaka Hislop is leading the Soca Warriors in legal action against the T&T Football Federation, for which Warner is a special adviser, alleging that promised bonuses were not paid.
Warner has effectively blacklisted 16 players, including Hislop, Stern John and Chris Birchall, and accused them of being "consumed by greed" after they demanded that a pre-tournament contract to share 50% of World Cup commercial revenues should be honoured.
The federation did deals with Adidas, Ebay, British Gas and KFC before the tournament, with some estimates putting the total value at more than $11.5m (£5.8m). The players claim they have been offered only £400 each, with items including travelling expenses and hotel fees, all of which were covered by Fifa, deducted.
In a letter to Warner, Hislop accuses him of a "slanderous attack" and makes it clear that he will be called to give evidence when proceedings begin in the next week. Last year Fifa's ethics commission ruled that Warner had abused his position by making a £500,000 profit on marked-up World Cup tickets sold through his family travel company, but he hung on to his influential Fifa post.
Trinidad & Tobago players to sue over pay claims.
By: Nick Harris (The Independent UK).


A group of 16 Trinidad & Tobago players who represented their country at last year's World Cup, including seven based in Britain, are preparing to sue their national federation in a bitter battle over bonuses with the Fifa vice-president Jack Warner.
The players include Sunderland's Stern John, Southampton's Kenwyne Jones, Coventry's Chris Birchall, Raith Rovers' Marvin Andrews, and Shaka Hislop, now with FC Dallas in America's MLS. All 16 have been blacklisted by their country's FA and effectively forbidden from representing their country again.
Their legal case is based on the fact that they did a deal over bonuses with the Trinidad & Tobago Football Federation - for which Warner is officially a "special adviser", but effectively in charge - before the World Cup. The players were to receive 50 per cent of profit on six pre-tournament friendlies, plus 30 per cent of commercial and sponsorship revenues arising directly from qualifying for the World Cup. The 30 per cent part was later raised to 50 per cent in a deal brokered by Warner.
The players have no idea how much they are owed - the crux of the case - because of what the players believe are incomplete accounts provided by TTFF. But deals were done on the back of qualification with companies such as adidas, Kentucky Fried Chicken and eBay. The players feel they may be due as much as £200,000 each, but have been offered less than £500.
Warner, who accused the players of greed, said "they will stay outside the pale of organised football" until they drop their legal threats. Their lawyer, Michael Townley, said: "The players are not pursuing a set figure, they're pursuing transparency of the accounts."
Warner accused of failing to pay T&T bonuses.
By: Paul Kelso (The Guardian).


Jack Warner, the Fifa vice-president, is again at the centre of controversy over Trinidad & Tobago's World Cup campaign, this time because of a players' revolt over unpaid bonuses. The former West Ham United goalkeeper Shaka Hislop is leading the Soca Warriors in legal action against the T&T Football Federation, for which Warner is a special adviser, alleging that promised bonuses were not paid.
Warner has effectively blacklisted 16 players, including Hislop, Stern John and Chris Birchall, and accused them of being "consumed by greed" after they demanded that a pre-tournament contract to share 50% of World Cup commercial revenues should be honoured.
The federation did deals with Adidas, Ebay, British Gas and KFC before the tournament, with some estimates putting the total value at more than $11.5m (£5.8m). The players claim they have been offered only £400 each, with items including travelling expenses and hotel fees, all of which were covered by Fifa, deducted.
In a letter to Warner, Hislop accuses him of a "slanderous attack" and makes it clear that he will be called to give evidence when proceedings begin in the next week. Last year Fifa's ethics commission ruled that Warner had abused his position by making a £500,000 profit on marked-up World Cup tickets sold through his family travel company, but he hung on to his influential Fifa post.

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Football / Letter from Shaka to Warner sent sunday 17th june
« on: June 18, 2007, 02:07:10 PM »
Dear Mr. Warner,

I am writing to you as President of the newly formed Football Players Association of Trinidad and Tobago (FPATT). I and everyone else at FPATT have been occupying ourselves with our launch and the business of representing our general membership. FPATT would like to join you in commending the courageous showing of the young Soca Warriors in this year’s Gold Cup tournament especially in, as you commented, its final drawn match against Guatemala when it played the match with 10 men for all of 58 minutes. It is this same courage that won the hearts of millions around the world at last year’s World Cup. It truly was delightful to witness. They made us all proud.
Your last outburst though has prompted me to write in defense of the characters the most successful team in our nation’s history against your latest slanderous attack.
In response to your latest accusations, it is a person’s human right to legal counsel. Your opposition and the TTFF’s flailing attempts to deny them this right points to stratagem. In all my years as a professional player I have always retained the services of a lawyer to oversee all my negotiations, as I’m sure you have given your many legal incongruities of late. This has never prevented me from entering into talks with anyone. Furthermore these players have always been honoured to wear the red, black and white of Trinidad and Tobago and have never ruled themselves unavailable for national selection as incorrectly suggested. They have always been available to “sit down around a table and talk”, albeit with counsel. Indeed countless efforts to resolve this issue and promote transparency within the national game have seen the TTFF stand steadfast in their intrepidity.
What they are seeking is an impartial ruling as to whether their claim, which they believe they are contractually entitled to, is “remotely justified” (as you put it) or not. You have continually proven yourself heavily biased and opinionated in this matter when in truth, in your capacity as CONCACAF President, you should be the one to advise on the impasse.
The players who represented T&T in the World Cup are all professional footballers; this is their livelihood. This cannot be interpreted as “greed”, or even worse holding anyone “to ransom”. The absurdity of this statement and the blasÈ with which it has been bandied about is beyond me, as it should be to someone in your standing.
This whole episode has shown the importance of a players’ association to the modern game. President Blatter in his recent address to his delegates commented on the efforts FIFA had made “to include players in the decision-making process by signing a memorandum of understanding with FIFPro, the international players’ organization”. The TTFF must now follow FIFA’s lead in recognizing and working with FPATT in an effort to take our game, both at the national and international levels, forward. I look forward to your response.

Yours Sincerely,
Shaka Hislop
President- FPATT

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Football / Excellent site to keep track of Gold Cup
« on: June 07, 2007, 03:16:52 AM »
This is a great site to keep track of results.  No gossip or news, but good result & table design.


http://www.futbolplanet.de/concacaf/gold_cup/2007_gold_cup.htm

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