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‘Indian ruling should trigger change in WI’

first_imgST.JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC:A ruling by the Supreme Court in India aimed at shaking-up the administration of cricket, there should give fresh momentum to moves for radical changes to the operations of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), Charles Wilkins, former chairman of the governance committee for West Indies Cricket has said.The Supreme Court has suspended two franchises in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for two years over a corruption scandal and had recommended changes to make the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) more transparent.In an article circulated across the Caribbean, Wilkins has accused WICB administrators of deliberately refusing to introduce the changes needed in the region for personal reasons.”The same changes are badly needed in this region. The WICB has itself recognised that, but does not like the consequences for its clique of administrators hence has backed away,” said Wilkins in his article.”The verdict of the supreme Court of India should give fresh impetus to the move for change here.”In April, the WICB and Caricom prime ministers said they had agreed to set up a panel comprising eminent Caribbean persons to examine the problem-plagued governance structure of the WICB with the view of “reversing the current negative trends in the sport”.The move represented the latest attempt to arrest a worrying trend of crises in the regional administration of the game.”The Caricom governments should take note of the verdict. In their usual manner they have been slow to react and have done little of real impact,” writes Wilkins.”They should get serious and revive their efforts to force the badly needed changes. Public agitation to that end should continue”.The Indian Supreme Court has forbidden anyone who has commercial interests in individual IPL teams to also contest BCCI elections, because that could create an obvious conflict of interest.The court has also appointed a committee that will punish certain team officials who violated IPL rules.Meantime, Wilkins has accused the top three cricket-playing nations – India, Australia and England – of attempting to “isolate” West Indies and reduce their revenue from cricket.Wilkins referenced the movie Death of a Gentleman which highlights the hijacking of the game by India, England and Australia as posing a threat to West Indies cricket.”The West Indies is being isolated despite lip service paid by the big three to our importance to the game,” he argued.”For cooperating with the hijack, WICB were awarded the hosting in this year of the ICC annual meeting. What a grand prize. But India, Australia, and England grabbed for themselves all six international tournaments between 2015 and 2023.”last_img read more

With Argentina out, Pacquiao and Matthysse bet on different World Cup teams

first_imgManny Pacquiao (left) and Lucas Matthysse during the media day Thursday in Kuala Lumpur. (AP Photo/Yam G-Jun)KUALA LUMPUR — In opposite corners inside the boxing ring, Manny Pacquiao and Lucas Matthysse are on the same side when it comes to football.Chiming in on the 2018 World Cup, Pacquiao said his team has always been Argentina, where his July 15 opponent Matthysse is from.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West “My team is already out. My team is Argentina. That’s my team since before,” said Pacquiao.Argentina didn’t last long in the tournament after it got booted out by France, 4-3, in the Round of 16.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’And with Lionel Messi and company out of the picture, the two now have different bets.“I think France will win,” Matthysse said through an interpreter. MOST READ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding “I think, I go with Croatia. I think France and Croatia will fight for the championship,” said Pacquiao.France is just a victory away from winning it all after nipping Belgium, 1-0, in the semifinal on Tuesday while Croatia and England dispute the other ticket to the final early Thursday morning.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Pacquiao donating boxing ring, equipment to Malaysian boxers Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

8 Counties Donate 225 Acres for Football Academies

first_imgThe chairman of the LFA sub-committees and associations, Mr. Wallace G Weiah, has said that eight counties have donated 225 acres to the LFA to build football academies in the country.Weiah said each of the eight counties, except Bong provided 25 acres, while the rest offered 50 acres.The counties include Grand Gedeh, Grand Cape Mount, Bomi, Gbarpolu, Sinoe, Maryland and River Gee, he told journalists yesterday in Monrovia.Weiah, who is also chairman of Beach Football, said the academies will improve health and combat diseases and promote gender equality in football.He said sometime this week a technical committee would be in central and southeastern Liberia to conclude plans with authorities in Bassa, Rivercess and Grand Kru.He indicated that authorities in Nimba and Lofa are on the brink to make their disclosure, but clarified that Montserrado and Margibi will not benefit because of the Careysburg technical center and FIFA’s goal project in Kakata.Communication Director Henry Flomo confirmed the donation, but added that the LFA awaits the deeds to legitimate their offer.He revealed that amongst the eight counties, Grand Gedeh is at the verge to complete its deed and disclosed that the technical center will be named in memory of President Samuel K. Doe in accordance to their wish.He indicated that the blueprint for the academy has already been made and each football academy, except for Bong County, is estimated at about US$350,000.Flomo said the LFA intends to solicit funds through fundraising, FIFA, and the Liberian government.Meanwhile, the ground breaking of LFA’s headquarters, to be named after George M. Weah, along with a bronze statue is set to be done sometime this month.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘Justice Will Not Threaten Liberia’s Peace’

first_imgHassan Bility is a Liberian journalist who fled to the United States as a result of the Liberian civil war, but has since been engaged in research work about atrocities committed in the country, and pursuing justice to hold perpetrators accountable for their acts.-GJRP Director AssuresAmid fear among the Liberian populace that bringing war and economic crimes court to the country to hold war crimes perpetrators and corrupt officials accountable for their actions may undermine the peace, the Executive Director for Global Justice and Research Project (GJRP), Hassan Bility, has assured that such an establishment will not threaten peace here but consolidate it.Hassan Bility is a Liberian journalist who fled to the United States as a result of the Liberian civil war, but has since been engaged in research work about atrocities committed in the country, and pursuing justice to hold perpetrators accountable for their acts.Bility gave the assurance on September 25, at a press conference held at the local training facility in Monrovia, where a letter bearing signatures of 80 civil society organizations urging President George Weah to commit to justice was read to journalists.As this advocacy climbs to a peak with about 80 civil society groups, both national and international, calling on President Weah to commit himself to justice to end impunity, while he addresses the United Nations General Assembly in New York, there is a growing fear that bringing a war crimes court will undermine peace and stability in Liberia and the country may revert to war.This perception is especially backed by reactions from former warlord and Nimba County Senator, Prince Johnson whenever the issue of establishing a war crimes court is raised in the public.As one of those identified in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) final recommendations for prosecution, Sen, Johnson always makes threatening remarks that any attempt to bring war crimes court will lead to instability here.This, many believe, is predicated upon the fact that Nimbaians see him as their political god father, who liberated them by fighting to assassinate Samuel Doe, then President of Liberia.Nimbaians in reciprocation to this “Liberation” have always voted overwhelmingly Sen. Johnson, thereby giving him the political edge to decide in any presidential runoff election whom Nimba people should vote for the presidency.With this, some in the public fear that when Sen. Prince Y. Johnson is dragged to the war crimes court, Nimbaians, mainly the Gio and Mano tribes, are likely to rise and revolt against the arrest of their Senator and political god-father whom they reverence so much.However, Mr. Bility said as far as international instruments Liberia has signed are concerned, and the fact that the international community is aware of the country’s commitment to respecting these instruments, no one will threaten the peace Liberians enjoy when a war crimes court is established.“We are all aware that carrying an unauthorized weapon is a crime, and therefore no one will sit to see people carrying arms, and don’t raise an alarm that criminals are in our midst,” Mr. Bility said.On the concern about whether or not it is expedient for alleged war criminals to be tried in Liberia, Mr. Bility said it is quite necessary for the court to be established here, because the Liberian Constitution calls for that, unlike in other countries where the legal instruments are different, and may not conform to the idea.Moreover, he said establishing a war crimes court here will imbue in the minds of Liberians the significance of justice, and everyone will learn and take precaution not to do those things that may plunge them into conflict with the law.In pursuit of his ambition to see justice taking its course in Liberia, Mr. Bility said his group has traced and documented about five persons connected to the Liberian civil war, and submitted them for prosecution in foreign countries.  Some of those people, Mr. Bility said have been prosecuted, convicted and sentenced, while others are awaiting for prosecution.Danieletta Sleyon, Executive Director for Human Rights and Democracy also added that as President George Weah addresses the United Nations, he must take into account the essence of freedom, justice and peace in line with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to support justice in accordance with our Liberian Constitution, which calls for an establishment of an extra court for an act that may not be covered under the jurisdictional power of the Supreme Court.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘You can’t buy class’: Mourinho slams City over documentary

first_img0Shares0000Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is unhappy with his role in a documentary about Manchester City © AFP / Oli SCARFFMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Aug 19 – Jose Mourinho accused Manchester City of lacking class in a scathing response to his own appearances in a documentary series about the Premier League champions.The eight-part series, ‘All or Nothing’ was released by streaming service Amazon last week amid much fanfare. The fly-on-the-wall episodes focus on Pep Guardiola’s magnificent efforts in winning last season’s English title, with the producers boasting of their unprecedented access to the champions over the season.But the Manchester United manager was surprised, and clearly angered, by the number of times he appears, or is the subject of comments, in the series.“I haven’t seen it but I know a few things about the movie,” Mourinho told reporters ahead of Sunday’s clash at Brighton.“You don’t need to be disrespectful to have a fantastic movie.“My reaction is if you are a rich club you can buy top players, you cannot buy class. That is my first reaction.“The second reaction is because I am in the movie I could ask for some royalties.“But if they send me one of the shirts they had in the tunnel when we played there, the shirts that were saying ‘We did it on derby day.’ If they send me one of these shirts, I give up about the royalties.”The last comment referred to the Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium in April when City had printed souvenirs in expectation of clinching the title against Mourinho’s men, only for United to come from behind to win 3-2, delaying the title celebrations by two weeks.The champions have claimed this week that they had no editorial control over Amazon, but a number of reviews have commented on how heavily Mourinho and United figure.– Park the bus jibes –The footage features the Old Trafford derby, won impressively by City in December, and has the narrator, Oscar-winning actor Ben Kingsley commenting: “It is Guardiola versus Mourinho once more. Possession versus defence; attacking football versus park-the-bus.”There are also scenes of City supporters chanting “Park the bus” during the derby, as well as Mourinho’s post-match press briefing at Old Trafford in which he claims, unconvincingly, that his team had not just been outplayed by Guardiola’s.City’s player-of-the-year Kevin De Bruyne, allowed to leave Chelsea by Mourinho when he was in charge at Stamford Bridge, is also central to the documentary.Mourinho is shown at a Champions League press conference in the autumn of 2013 being grilled about De Bruyne’s absence and storming out after explaining that the Belgian had trained poorly and played badly in a League Cup tie with Swindon.Asked whether that clip, in particular, had annoyed him, Mourinho joked: “You know, a movie without me doesn’t sell much. I needed to be there.”Coincidentally, the documentary was premiered on the day that De Bruyne was injured in training, a knee ligament problem that will sideline him for three months.Mourinho, however, does not expect the defending champions to suffer much due to the Belgian’s absence.“I think they have a fantastic squad,” he said.“De Bruyne is a fantastic player, but for him to be out a few weeks, I don’t think it’s a drama for them.“They won the Community shield and at the Emirates without De Bruyne. They are a fantastic team and it’s not a drama for them to lose a player for a few weeks.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Jury deadlocked in Spector trial
first_imgWhen the nine-man, three-woman jury returns today, Fidler is expected to reread the jury instruction on “reasonable doubt,” since at least two jurors said such a move might help break the impasse. If Fidler allows the manslaughter option, attorneys will be allowed to make more arguments to the jury Thursday. On Tuesday, the jury foreman said the panel was split 7-5, but didn’t say in which direction. “At this time I don’t believe that anything else will change the position of the jurors based on the facts that are in evidence,” the foreman said. Spector’s lawyers have portrayed the 40-year-old Clarkson as a troubled Hollywood hanger-on who took her own life just hours after Spector picked her up at the House of Blues club where she was a hostess. After seven days of deliberating, jurors in the murder trial of music producer Phil Spector declared Tuesday that they could not agree on a verdict, and the judge said he might let them weigh a lesser charge. Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler said he will announce his decision today on whether to declare a deadlocked jury or give the panel more instructions that include a manslaughter option. The tension-filled development marked the latest twist in the trial of Spector, accused of shooting actress Lana Clarkson in February 2003 at his Alhambra hilltop mansion. The trial has included more than four months of often-gritty testimony, and a declaration of a deadlocked jury could prompt prosecutors to refile charges against the 67-year-old eccentric producer. Hollywood author John Gilmore, whose work includes books on the Black Dahlia and Charles Manson, has followed the trial closely and said he believes the case hinges on the issue of reasonable doubt. “It’s almost like the Bobby Blake thing all over again, in a sense,” Gilmore said, citing the 2005 trial of actor Robert Blake. After months of testimony, the jury in that case acquitted Blake of murder in the death of his wife in 2001. “The jury was stuck with mountains of information, but if (Spector is) convicted, it would be on circumstantial evidence because there seemed to be reasonable doubt as to whether he did it or she did it. “There was no witness, and there was a lot of reasonable doubt.” Haunted by the acquittals in the trials of Blake and other celebrities, including O.J. Simpson and Michael Jackson, prosecutors have portrayed Spector as an egomaniac with a long history of gun threats against women. They argued that he stuck a loaded snub-nosed .38-caliber revolver in Clarkson’s face when she tried to leave his home, and pulled the trigger. Clarkson, whose biggest role as a B-movie actress was the Roger Corman cult film “Barbarian Queen,” was found by police slumped in a chair in the foyer of Spector’s mansion. The trial began April 26 and included 77 witnesses and more than 500 pieces of evidence. The prosecutor’s case was bolstered by an account from Spector’s chauffeur, Adriano DeSouza, who testified about hearing a “pow” sound from the mansion and seeing Spector walking out holding the gun in his blood-splattered hand. DeSouza testified that Spector told him, “I think I killed somebody.” Defense attorneys worked to impugn DeSouza’s account during the trial, which has been the first televised murder trial of a celebrity since Simpson’s 1995 acquittal in the killing of his ex-wife and her friend. Simpson’s and Blake’s acquittals, however, have led to criticism that L.A. prosecutors are unable to win convictions of celebrities amid a jury pool unwilling to send them to jail. Fidler has said one of the reasons he permitted the trial to be televised was to dispell the perception that justice in L.A. is dispensed unfairly. The trial also has been marked by intense courtroom battles between legal teams. Spector hired some of the most expensive legal minds in the country, including Robert Shapiro of Simpson’s trial and Leslie Abramson, who defended the Menendez brothers. But prosecutors have called it a “checkbook defense,” and Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson gave a stirring plea to jurors to become witnesses for Clarkson on the night of her death. “If you could say but one thing to Lana Clarkson in that parking lot, what would you say?” Jackson asked the jurors in closing arguments. “You’d lean over and you’d whisper, `Don’t go. Don’t go.’ You’d simply say, `Lana, don’t go.’ “The reason that you would say that is because you know something she didn’t know. You know the real Phil Spector. … You know in your heart of hearts he is responsible for her death. He killed her.” Spector, known in music circles for the “Wall of Sound” recording technique he invented in the 1960s and used in his work with the Beatles and other groups, has been free on $1 million bail. City News Service contributed to this report. tony.castro@dailynews.com (818) 713-3761160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
Borussia Monchengladbach 1-2 Manchester City: Late Aguero penalty secures crucial Champions League win

first_img Sergio Aguero Sergio Aguero’s late penalty kick-started Manchester City’s Champions League campaign as they came from behind to beat Borussia Monchengladbach 2-1 in a thrilling encounter in Germany.Nicolas Otamendi’s volley looked to have rescued a point for City following Lars Stindl’s opener eight minutes into the second half, but Aguero converted from 12 yards with two minutes remaining after he was fouled by Alvaro Dominguez.City had goalkeeper Joe Hart to thank for a string of superb stops in the first half, including a penalty save from Raffael. But, after deservedly going behind, Manuel Pellegrini’s team finished strongly and sealed their first win in Group D courtesy of their talisman Aguero.Despite shipping four at White Hart Lane at the weekend, there was no sign of cautiousness in City’s approach from the first whistle. The visitors should have taken the lead after just four minutes when Raheem Sterling raced to the byline and squared for Aguero but the forward was denied from point-blank range by Yann Sommer.The Borussians had their first sight at goal five minutes later when Raffael launched a swift counter-attack and fed Patrick Herrmann but he shot wide.Andre Schubert’s side were given a glorious chance to opportunity to take the lead after Otamendi tripped Raffael in the box. The Brazilian took it upon himself to take the spot-kick but was brilliantly denied by Hart.Aguero was then guilty of more wasteful finished when he was played clean through from a long kick by Hart but he drilled wide.City had to rely on more heroics from Hart in the 34th minute after their defenders failed to pick up the menacing Raffael, but the England stopper stuck out a left hand to push away his effort.Moments later, the home side carved City open again as Raffael slipped in Herrmann and looked destined to score but Hart was quick off his line to make a brave block.City were at sixes and sevens at the back and were fortunate not to concede a second spot-kick when Fernandinho recklessly dived in on Lars Stindl. This time however, referee Clement Turpin decided to book the Monchengladbach man for simulation.The waves of home attacks continued at the start of the second half. Raffael broke the offside trap down the left channel and tried to bend a shot into the far corner, but Hart was there again to beat away.Hart’s rearguard was finally broken on 53 minutes as the home side once again breezed through City’s defence with ease. Julian Korb made a dash down the right and picked out Stindl with a low cut-back and the midfielder’s first-time drive found the bottom corner.Going behind was perhaps the perfect tonic for City, though. Pellegrini’s men hauled themselves level when Otamendi smashed a volley into the corner via a big deflection off on-loan Chelsea defender Marcus Christensen after Demichelis’s header had been cleared off the line despite replays showing it was clearly over.City had the momentum and went close through two Fernandinho efforts from long range, while Jesus Navas had a shot blocked off the line and Sterling failed to hit the target with a header.But, as the game entered its closing minutes, Aguero’s first touch was too sharp for Dominguez and the Argentine sent Sommer the wrong way to claim a vital victory for City.In the other game in Group D, Juventus maintained beat Sevilla 2-0 thanks to goals from Alvaro Morata and Simone Zaza. 1last_img read more

Ex-Manchester United midfielder tells talkSPORT of the task Van Gaal is facing

first_imgFormer midfielder Ray Wilkins believes the enormity of the task in hand at Manchester United is still dawning on Louis van Gaal.The Dutch boss has come under-fire this season after poor displays which has seen the Red Devils drop from the top to sixth in the Premier League, nine points behind leaders Arsenal.United fans have voiced their opinion towards the Old Trafford boss and his style of play, following dull performances which has seen produced few goals, at home in particular.They know they must step up their game when they travel to Anfield to face local rivals Liverpool on Sunday, which is live on talkSPORT.Speaking on Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, former United midfielder Wilkins said of Van Gaal: “No matter where he’s been, he’s been a superstar.“But this is a different task, it’s Manchester United, probably one of the biggest clubs on the planet, certainly in the top three.“He’s spent a lot of money, somewhere along the line the pressure will tell.“They are probably playing his brand of football which he enjoys. Now in Spain and Holland, that’s fine. But it’s not fine at Manchester United.“They need a bit of gung-ho, a bit of pace, a bit of power.”Van Gaal’s side finally put in an impressive, exciting performance in midweek against Newcastle, when they drew 3-3 at St James’ Park.Despite being 2-0 up and then conceding the late goal to make it 3-3, Wilkins said the attacking performance looked more like the United of old, with Wayne Rooney netting a double.“As you saw the other night [against Newcastle], they defended OK, but certainly when they broke on Newcastle that was [more like] Manchester United,” he added.“Playing with pace, power, one or two touches and they looked a really good side. And that is what is required from Manchester United supporters.“They’d sooner win 7-6, they would not give a monkeys about the six because they scored seven.”last_img read more

HURLING NEWS: MINOR BOARD NOTES

first_imgThe Poc Fada Competition (U16’s, Senior Hurlers and Over 40’s) will be held in O’Donnell Pk., Letterkenny on Friday at 7.00 pm.The Ulster Poc Fada will take place on Divis Mountain on Thursday 21st June, commencing at 7.00pm and all challengers are welcome to come along and do battle with Ulster’s Provincial and All Ireland Champions. The competition caters for U16, Senior and Over 40’s Hurling, Senior and Over 35’s Camogie and Senior Football. Winners of this competition qualify for the National Poc Fada Championships. For more information contact Jimmy Darragh at jimmy.darragh.ulster@gaa.ie.Derry’s second Go Games Hurling Blitz will be held on Saturday 2nd June in Owenbeg starting at 10:30. Clubs can register as many teams as they like. Teams are U8s at 5 a side, U10s at 7 a side and U12s at 9 a side. For further details contact Kevin Hinphney. On Thursday the 17th of May the Letterkenny Primary school Hurling/Camogie Cup was held in the O’Donnell Park, Lettekenny organised by Colm Breathnach. Seven schools in all took part in the hurling: Gaelscoil Adhamhnain, Illistrin NS, Drumkeen NS, Scoil Cholmcille, Glenswilly NS, Roshine NS Dungloe and Woodlands NS. While 3 Schools took part in the camogie: Illistrin NS, Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal and Woodlands NS. This provided many young players a first chance to experience hurling and camogie.The U14 League A-Final was held on a very balmy Thursday night in Burt where a determined St. Eunans took on the raging hot favourites Buncrana. The game was an extremely tight affair where space was at a premium with both defences on top. Playing with the wind Buncrana were up 0.4 to 0.1 at half time . St. Eunans started brightly in the second half but Buncrana were able to reply to each score. In a tense closing quarter and after both sides missed goal opportunities Buncrana got the decisive and only goal of the game. The final score was Buncrana 1.08 to 0.04 for St Eunans.U13 and U14 County Hurling Training is in Drumboe on Sunday at 12:00.The U10 Hurling & Camogie teams had a wonderful day out at the Blitz held in Setanta’s home pitch on Sunday 27. This was a very well organised blitz during wonderful weather.  HURLING NEWS: MINOR BOARD NOTES was last modified: May 28th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal MInor Hurling Board noteslast_img read more

KEVIN CASSIDY EXPLORES THE DEVIOUS WORLD OF CLUB POLITICS AND ASKS WHAT TYPE OF MEMBER ARE YOU?

first_imgControversial former Donegal player Kevin Cassidy has explored the murky world of club politics in his latest opinion piece with the Gaelic Life, and has provoked his readers into choosing which type of club member they think they are. Kevin Cassidy has revealed in his column that what goes on behind the scenes in club football is a nasty and vindictive business.Cassidy was player/manager of Gaoth Dobhair last season, and he revealed in his weekly column that it was the first time he’d experienced what it was like behind the scenes at his club.Before then Cassidy said he simply focused on his role as a player, and never become involved in the selection processes carried out in selecting positions within the club. However, Cassidy was exposed to it this season in his role as Gaoth Dobhair Senior manager and said he was shocked at how nasty and vindictive the whole business is.Cassidy wrote, “During my playing days to be honest I just played football and that was all that bothered me I paid no real attention to what goes on behind the scenes.“In the last number of years and especially last year when I took on the role of player/ manager I realised how nasty and vindictive this business can be.Cassidy said that he was well aware of the haters and begrudger’s that exist at the club, but said it never bothered him because he only listened to the opinions of those he respected. “I know only too well that the haters and begrudger’s are out there but they have never annoyed or gotten to me as my approach has always been and always will be that the only people’s opinions that matter to me are the people who I respect and value.“Unfortunately these people exist in every club and in most cases they may be the people holding the club back.Cassidy then broke club members into four categories under the following headings – The Diehards, The Dinosaurs, The Critics, The Begrudger’s.Cassidy gives examples of what defines each category and asks his readers to select which one they think they truly are.The Diehards: Rain, hail or snow they follow they club at all levels and regardless of the result they support the players and always have something positive to say. They would do anything for the club from fundraising to stewarding on match days and do not look for any recognition in return. The club is all that matters to them and they will support it in every sense of the word.The Begrudgers:Nothing is ever good enough and they snipe and plot behind the backs of those actually trying to improve the club.They are the kind of people who travel to club games hoping for a defeat so that they can ridicule those actually trying to better the club. These are the kind of people who are nice to your face but at the same time will stick the knife in your back. The only problem is they do not realise that their intentions and bitterness sticks out like a sore thumb and are clear for all to see. The Critics:They go to all the games but constantly give out about individuals or team performances even though they may have never played before themselves. These people mean well but they do not understand that a bit of praise would help the club better than complaining all the time. They do not realise that young players benefit more from a pat on the back than from a kick in the arse but then again it passes their Sunday!The Dinosaurs:Club members stuck in the dark ages unwilling to move with the times for the good of the club. They have served the club well in the past but do not like the idea of change and do not understand that training methods and approaches have changed and in order to keep the club moving forward clubs must move with the times.Cassidy concluded by saying, “I would like to think that when I’m done I will be a Die-hard and support my club through thick and thin.Which one are you??KEVIN CASSIDY EXPLORES THE DEVIOUS WORLD OF CLUB POLITICS AND ASKS WHAT TYPE OF MEMBER ARE YOU? was last modified: January 11th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Club politicsDeviousGAAgaelic lifeKevin CassidymembersMurkynewsSportlast_img read more