FA faces claim of gender bias as it only closes girls’ academies during lockdown | Football News

first_img– Advertisement – A gender inequality row has erupted in football after the FA doubled down on its decision to close girls’ academies during lockdown while boys’ academies have been allowed to remain open.The move has sparked anger and concern in the women’s game, particularly as it closely follows the decision to halt the women’s FA Cup until after lockdown is over, while the equivalent men’s competition has been given the green light to continue, despite also involving non-elite teams.- Advertisement – It is understood that the government would have allowed girls academies to remain open, as per their guidance which stipulates that an elite athlete is any person “aged 16 or above on an elite development pathway”. Alex Culvin, a former professional footballer and now a lecturer in sport business at the University of Salford, told Sky News the decision was “ridiculous and separatist and indicative of the FA’s interpretation of women’s football”.Leading football pundit and former player Alex Scott also said she would work to get answers about the FA’s decision.“We must do everything to stop inequality like this,” she wrote on social media.Sky News has contacted the FA for further comment. This issue has rightfully been flagged to me today. Will do all I can to look into this and get some answers. We must do everything to stop inequality like this in our amazing game whilst simultaneously ensuring the safety of everyone. https://t.co/ZVXLs9YMbq— Alex Scott MBE (@AlexScott) November 6, 2020 “I don’t know who makes these decisions but they clearly don’t realise how far the women’s game has come,” Helen Ward, a footballer for Watford FC Women, told Sky News.“I can’t get my head around it, it sends a really bad message and instils the belief in the next generation that boys’ football is more important than girls’.”The FA said in a statement after the controversy erupted that all academies belonging to Womens’ Super League clubs would have to remain closed until at least the end of the national lockdown on 2 December, because it deemed their resources “do not meet the necessary ‘elite’ protocols”.- Advertisement – But boys’ academies, some of them based within the same facilities, will be allowed to remain open.“I think it is hard to say it’s anything other than gender inequality,” said Ward.“It shows a total lack of regard for the women’s game and we risk losing young girls to the sport forever because four weeks is a long time off.”- Advertisement –last_img read more

Kambi leadership eyes ‘full US acceleration’ following record quarter delivery

first_img Share StumbleUpon Stockholm-listed betting platform and systems provider Kambi Group Plc, reports a ‘record-breaking performance combined with strong future prospects’, publishing its Q3 2018 trading update (period ending 30 September).Detailing growth across its core metrics and KPIs, whilst continuing to strengthen its commercial pipeline, Kambi records period group revenues of €20.5 million (Q3 2017: €15m), maintaining year-to-date revenue performance of €55 million.  Underlining the firm’s progress, Kambi governance details that Q3 2018, was the first trading quarter in which ‘sequential turnover growth’ followed a period featuring a major international football tournament (World Cup – Russia 2018).At a commercial level, Kambi welcomes three new European customers, in ATG Sweden, Latvijas Loto and Global Gaming, all secured during the trading period.Closing its record-breaking quarter, Kambi governance is confident of delivering its full-year expectations, as the company records a period operating EBIT of €4.2 million (Q3 2017: €1.1m ) – YTD €8.5 million (Q3 2017:€2.7m).Presenting the trading update, Kambi governance highlights the firm’s significant US prospects, which have been achieved within a six-month operating period.Recent New Jersey DGE revenue figures for September, show that Kambi has the majority online market share of 70% in New Jersey, with three of eight online sportsbooks powered by Kambi systems.“Last August, Kambi made its US debut and in doing so created history when becoming the first company to process a legal online bet in the country outside of Nevada, following the launch of New Jersey’s regulated market. We are already live with three brands in New Jersey – DraftKings, SugarHouse (Rush Street Interactive) and 888sport – which is not only a great achievement in itself but, according to the regulator’s recently released September figures, equates to Kambi-powered operators having a c.70% share of the online market.” Kambi leadership details in its Q3 2018 trading updateUpdating investors on Q3 2018 trading, Kambi Group Chief Executive Kristian Nylén stated;“It’s been a fantastic start in the US for Kambi, which I believe reflects an enthusiasm for the high-quality Sportsbook experiences we offer, which we hope to bring to players in additional states shortly.The interest in Kambi was at an unprecedented level. It is, for this reason, we plan to continue to invest in areas such as talent, technology and licensing so we can maximise the opportunity presented by the gradual state-by-state roll-out of regulated sports betting across the country.” Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 Submit Share Related Articles Kambi takes control of Churchill Downs BetAmerica sportsbook August 28, 2020 Kambi and DraftKings agree on final closure terms July 24, 2020last_img read more

Raiders to play in San Francisco in 2019, report says

first_img#BREAKING: #Raiders will play in San Francisco for 2019 season. Team reaches deal w/ #SFGiants to use #OraclePark (formerly #ATTPark). Announcement expected this week. (per my @NFL sources). #RaiderNation #SuperBowl53 #nfl pic.twitter.com/anr0zQOqtX— Raj Mathai (@rajmathai) February 4, 2019Levi’s Stadium, home of the 49ers, is considered a fallback option should the Oracle Park plans fall through.#Raiders and #49ers were still meeting last week. NFL has to approve too. But I do think it’s either here or Levi’s https://t.co/xG33jvryxR— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) February 4, 2019Oracle Park is a baseball facility, but it has hosted other events at times during MLB season, including the 2018 Ruby World Cup Sevens.This move likely means the Oakland Coliseum will never again host an NFL game, at least in its current iteration. The Oakland A’s, who also play at the venue, will now be able to have the facility to themselves as they attempt to reach the postseason for the second year in a row. Update: San Francisco lawmakers oppose Raiders’ desire to play at Oracle Park The Raiders plan to play their 2019 home games in San Francisco at Oracle Park, home of the San Francisco Giants, ahead of their eventual move to Las Vegas, according to a report from NBC Bay Area.  The move still requires NFL approval, NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport added, and the 49ers would have to waive their territorial rights.After playing in Oakland since 1995, the organization announced it would not renew its lease at the Oakland Coliseum due to the city filing a lawsuit against it in 2018. The suit, which alleged the league’s 32 teams have formed an illegal cartel colluding to force cities to pay for new facilities with public funds or face relocation, marked another escalation in the longstanding animosity between Oakland and the Raiders.MORE: A timeline of the Raiders’ messy divorce with Oaklandlast_img read more

Travel nightmare: U.S. Customs system goes down

first_imgHave a flight to catch tonight? Well you may be in for a longer wait time than usual.Sources are reporting that due to a failure in the U.S Customs computer system, several airports around the US are experiencing difficulties with checking people in.Airport employees are now being forced to manually check in guest which is resulting in extremely long wait times.While it is unclear what caused the system to go down, TMZ is reporting that some sources believe that it may be the result of a cyber attack. This working theory, however, has not been confirmed.JFK, LAX and Dulles are just some of the airports being affected.JFK has since released a statement informing passengers of the outage and asking them to check their flights before coming to the airport.“Officers are processing passengers manually so please check with your airline for the latest status of any flight impacts.”This is a developing story.Read more here.last_img read more

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