YOU’VE DONE THE DAM­AGE!

Scu ad­mits im­age prob­lem thanks to fall guy Sir Dave

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By TREVOR WIL­LIAMS

SIR DAVE RICHARDS has dam­aged the im­age of the Premier League, ac­cord­ing to chief ex­ec­u­tive Richard Scu­d­amore.

But Scu­d­amore is sidestep­ping ques­tions over whether his col­league should re­sign.

Premier League chair­man Richards caused a storm with com­ments he made in Doha last week.

He claimed FIFA and UEFA “stole” foot­ball from the English and urged Qatar to re­lax their al­co­hol laws for the 2018 World Cup, say­ing: “We would like to go for a pint”.

That came at the start of a for­get­table day for the York­shire­man, who later fell into a water fea­ture at an evening func­tion.

But Scu­d­amore still in­sisted Richards had been “great for the Premier League”.

Scu­d­amore said: “At the end of the day he’s apol­o­gised, he apol­o­gised sin­cerely, he’s rung the peo­ple who – if he has of­fended – he OOPS! Richard Scu­d­amore says Sir Dave Richards has been

great for the Premier League de­spite mak­ing cock-up com­ments

and fall­ing into a water fea­ture knows he may have of­fended and he’s dealt with it.

“Clearly, that’s a re­flec­tion that he knows what he said was wrong and mis­guided.

“It doesn’t re­flect the Premier League’s views. He’s away on for­eign shores.

Char­ity

“It de­tracts from him, it de­tracts from the Premier League’s im­age, I sup­pose.

“But the re­al­ity is he’s done his stint at the Premier League, he’s done a fan­tas­tic job and he’s done more for good causes – char­ity stuff, the stuff that never gets men­tioned.

“I’ve had 15 years of work­ing with him, know­ing him, ad­mir­ing him, for who he is and for the blunt­ness and the di­rect­ness.

“You know what you get with Dave.

“He said what he said, he knows it wasn’t right to say it, he’s apol­o­gised to the peo­ple he’s apol­o­gised to and I’m mov­ing on.”

Scu­d­amore in­sisted that it was down to the 20 Premier League clubs to ul­ti­mately de­cide Richards’ fate.

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