Around £3.75billion would be enough to rid Manchester United of the Glazer family, according to well-placed sources.
It remains to be seen whether such a figure would be palatable to Britain’s richest man and United supporter Jim Ratcliffe, who recently failed in a bid for Chelsea.
However, it could well fall within the reach of a sovereign wealth fund like Dubai, which has yet to follow Abu Dhabi (Manchester City) and Saudi Arabia (Newcastle United) to add a top-tier club to its portfolio. The emirate is rumored to be a contender.
The Glazer family have handed Manchester United a price tag of around £3.75billion
Dubai must follow Abu Dhabi (Manchester City) and Saudi Arabia (Newcastle) to add a top-flight club to its portfolio
PGMOL is still looking for a Chief Operating Officer
With Howard Webb confirmed as Chief Referee Officer, the PGMOL Board of Officials is still looking for a Chief Operating Officer and Performance Director.
Announcements are expected in due course. With VAR chaos this weekend, the new appointments can’t come soon enough.
Leeds are moving forward with their bid to develop Elland Road
Leeds United are moving forward with their bid to redevelop Elland Road which would increase capacity to 55,000 and hugely boost the club’s revenue.
Managing Director Angus Kinnear is leading the initiative and expects Peter Lowy – former Chief Executive of Westfield Group – to play an influential role as the project gets off the ground.
The club has 22,000 fans on a season ticket waitlist and the expansion would include a significant increase in corporate and retail facilities.
No dates have been set yet, but expansion is high on the agenda.
Leeds continue their bid to redevelop Elland Road with 22,000 fans on a waiting list
Jack Draper’s father airbrushed the story of his rise to fame
British media at the US Open in New York this week were alerted by the Lawn Tennis Association’s extensive communications operation to a potentially helpful article on their website about Jack Draper, the rising star of the domestic game.
Released ahead of his third-round match against Karen Khachanov (from which he was forced to withdraw), it details the story of his rise from promising junior to the world top 50.
The press was amused to note that one of the most interesting biographical facts had been glossed over from this official story: no mention was made of the fact that Jack’s father, Roger, was LTA’s executive director from 2006 to 2013.
The identity of Britain’s Jack Draper’s father was absent from the story of his US Open rise
Liz Truss’s press secretary joins British Horseracing
Liz Truss’ press secretary has been appointed Communications Director for the British Horseracing Authority.
Greg Swift, a former deputy editor at the Daily Express, is joining the BHA on the same day its current boss is expected to be appointed prime minister. BHA officials hope Swift’s extensive government background will be a key asset.
The Indian Olympic boss had his transport privileges revoked in Birmingham 2022
Indian Olympic Association Treasurer Anandeshwar Pandey had his transport privileges revoked during the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham after allegations of inappropriate behavior towards a female bus driver.
The volunteer felt “uncomfortable” and “in an awkward situation”. Pandey suggested to the Press Trust of India that the incident was trivial.
“If I had done anything serious, my accreditation for the Games would have been revoked, but that didn’t happen,” he said. “Only my transport privileges were revoked.
“There was a misunderstanding with a rider when I was on my way back from the wrestling venue to the Village of Games.”
Handball player Seema Sharma has also accused Pandey of sexual assault in his home country.
The situation comes as India hosts the International Olympic Committee session next year and hopes to host the Games in the future.
Brexit affects the Premier League’s carbon footprint
Brexit appears to have contributed little to the Premier League’s carbon footprint.
Until the decision to leave the European Union, clubs often used UK-based but European-registered aircraft to fly their teams to long-haul matches.
That’s no longer possible, and sites are struggling to find jets large enough to accommodate their tour groups.
Some have had to charter two smaller planes and the issue has created logistical problems. Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel lamented that he and his staff had to travel to Leeds by road because the aircraft available was only big enough for his players.
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel lamented his side’s inability to charter a plane to Leeds
Premier League sides prepare for warm weather training
Last minute deals could be the order of the day when it comes to Premier League clubs’ plans for the Winter World Cup.
A number of top teams are considering warm-weather training camps for those players not representing their country in Qatar.
However, the situation is complicated as clubs don’t know how many players will miss their call-ups. Expect a rush for travel agents when the final rosters are announced.
WSL sides continue to take the knee
Women’s Super League players will continue to kneel before games.
Each club will continue to decide what to do, but insiders have revealed most are keen to proceed with the anti-racism gesture.
In the Premier League, players have agreed to take a knee at high-profile moments throughout the season rather than before the start of each game.
Sky Sports cameraman remains undeterred in pursuit of Aubameyang
Top marks for Sky Sports News cameraman Dave Scattergood, who got none of it when a hopped-up member of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s entourage tried to block his lens as he filmed the Chelsea newcomer on a public street in London to get the job done to become a medical before moving from Barcelona.
Aubameyang was happily speaking to Sky reporter Gary Cotterill, but one member of his group repeatedly tried to cover Scattergood’s camera – only to get his arm out of the way.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joined Chelsea from Barcelona for £10m on deadline day
US Gymnastics rewrites policy to protect athletes
USA Gymnastics just launched a new look that appears to be designed to help the sport recover from the horrific sexual abuse of several young athletes by former team doctor Dr. Larry Nassar to get away.
The federation has rewritten its guidelines to protect the safety and welfare of athletes after extensive consultation with the gymnastics community.
Judging by the recent dramatic increase in allegations of athlete sex abuse against sports officials around the world, USAG policy could become a blueprint for others when it comes to protecting young and vulnerable people.
USA Gymnastics has introduced a new look to help the sport move past the sex abuse scandal
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/sportsnews/article-11179299/Glazers-set-3-75BILLION-price-tag-Man-United-tempt-Dubai.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Glazers priced Man United at £3.75B which could attract interest from Dubai