Germany bid probed
Indian cricket crowd far from home can create. How could we not try to do our best with that kind of support?”
In his playing days, Lloyd felt the strength of the passing generations. Rohan Kanhai and Garry Sobers learned from Frank Worrell who, in turn, had taken good things from George Headley and Learie Constantine.
The roots of the West Indian cricket family tree were deeper and stronger than those of all other cricket-playing nations, Lloyd writes. “My great hope is that today’s West Indian cricketers can somehow absorb that strength too.”
Salvation will require more than that, but is anyone ready to help to save West Indies cricket? Death of a Gentleman’s revelations about the ICC’S neglect of Test cricket struck a chord, with protests at The Oval last month.
So Sam Collins asked Sports Minister Tracey Crouch if she would meet him to discuss concerns about the administration of a sport for which England must surely carry some responsibility.
The letter from her office arrived only last week. She would not be able to schedule a meeting, it said. — IOL LONDON — Several Sunday newspapers linked David Moyes with the manager’s job at Villa after Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Chelsea left them third-bottom and without a Premier League win since the opening day.
But Sherwood (pictured) struck a defiant note in the aftermath of the Stamford Bridge game and is adamant he will lead Villa through their poor run his way or no way.
“I’m trying to instil in them not to be scared to lose,” he said. “If anyone should be scared to lose then it should be me. But I’m not. I want to go out on the front foot and, if I die, I die on my sword. Why do we need to be more pragmatic? I would never be pragmatic. I’ve done it a few times but I don’t like myself for it. I can only control what I can do and I remain confident in that. The boys have responded. I need the boys to respond and I think they did and did what I asked them to.”
Next up is a home game against Swansea, and Sherwood has told his players to follow his lead and front up to get out of trouble.
“We are in it again and we’ll get through it,” he said. “If we do, then this group of players will grow. If you want to play for a big club like Villa then you’ve got to take pressure, otherwise play for a smaller club in a lesser league. I realise that comes with pressures, with the manager as well, and I hope they can see me. I won’t shirk away.”
Fixtures Oct 24: West Ham v Chelsea, Stoke v Watford, Norwich v West Brom, Leicester v Crystal Palace, Aston Villa v Swansea, Arsenal v Everton.
Oct 25: Sunderland v Newcastle, Man U v Man City, Bournemouth v Tottenham, Liverpool v Southampton. — Sportinglife.com FRANKFURT — German’s Frankfurt state prosecutor will look into bribery allegations concerning the 2006 soccer World Cup after a magazine report suggested a slush fund had been used to buy votes for the German bid in 2000, an official said on Monday.
Der Spiegel magazine reported on Friday that Germany’s bid committee had tapped into a slush fund of 6.7 million euros to buy votes at world soccer’s governing body Fifa.
“We have initiated a monitoring process,” said Nadja Niesen, spokeswoman for the Frankfurt state prosecutor’s office.
The monitoring process is not a formal investigation and will determine whether such a step will be necessary.
Der Spiegel reported the slush fund had been set up with 6.7 million euros loaned by the late Adidas CEO Robert Louis-dreyfus for Germany’s World Cup bid committee to pay bribes to Fifa officials in order to help land the tournament for Germany.
It said those aware of the slush fund had included Franz Beckenbauer, head of the 2006 organising committee, and Wolfgang Niersbach, the current president of the German Football Association (DFB), who was a vice president of the committee.
Niersbach, Beckenbauer and the DFB have vehemently rejected the allegations as ‘groundless’ and have said the magazine had provided no evidence to back up its claims.
The 2006 tournament is fondly remembered by Germans as a ‘summer fairy tale’ because of the feel-good atmosphere across the country it created, with millions of fans on the streets celebrating daily.
“The summer fairy tale is not destroyed because I am saying here again: there were no slush funds, there was no vote purchase,” Niersbach told reporters on Monday.
“We entered the competition with legal means and we won it with legal means in Zurich on July 6 2000 for us, for Germany, for German soccer,” he said speaking at an event in Dortmund for a newly-constructed German football museum. — AFP
The current West Indies team.