Ger­many bid probed

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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.

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