Mon 14 Sep by Mark Gleeson
EPL SPENDS THE MOST ON YOUNG PLAYERS
European top-flight clubs have invested 870-million Euros for youth development in 2020, according to a study by UEFA. With an average of 6.1 million Euros per club, English Premier League teams top the list. The European governing body presented its findings after an overview of 950 training facilities used by 673 clubs across the continent. The study listed the top 10 countries by average club budget, with the EPL leading the table and Belgium, renowned for producing top talent, squeezing in at number 10 with a spend of 1.7 million Euros per club on average.
BIG SHOTS ON TRIAL ON CORRUPTION CHARGES
A much-anticipated trial over charges relating to World Cup TV rights begins in Switzerland this week with the potential to cause intense embarrassment to Qatar, Paris Saint-Germain, FIFA and UEFA. In court will be Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the president of Paris St Germain and a member of UEFA’s executive committee. He is charged with inciting Jérôme Valcke, the former FIFA secretary general, to commit aggravated criminal mismanagement. Al-Khelaifi has been implicated in providing a luxury villa in Sardinia to Valcke, which is linked to a World Cup broadcasting deal. Valcke, 59, is also going on trial next week at Switzerland’s federal criminal court with the hearing expected to last eight days. Both deny the charges.
SOUTH AMERICA HAS MOST CARDS A GAME
A study has compared the number of yellow and red cards given by referees from 2015 to 2020 in 87 top divisions worldwide. The study highlights great differences by country and reveals significant correlations between the amount of cards per match and some socio-economic indicators for nations. The number of cards also varies considerably by continent. In South America referees handed out on average 5.83 cards per match. This figure is 45% higher than the four per match in the 15 Asian leagues included in the study. South Africa had an average of 3.65.
PSL KICK-OFF DATE TO BE POSTPONED
The kick-off date for the 2020-21 Premier Soccer League season was set down by chairman Irvin Khoza for 9 October, but this will have to be postponed by one week because it seems he was not aware there is a FIFA international window from 5-14 October, when all league football is prohibited to allow for national team activity. Bafana Bafana are planning two friendly games during the window, but are yet to announce the opponents.
LIVERPOOL STAR MAY HEAD OFF TO SPAIN
EPL champions Liverpool may soon have to do without the services of Mo Salah. According to newspaper reports the famous winger may move to Barcelona, whose striker Luis Suarez is apparently learning Italian ahead of a move to Juventus.