Too Early To Judge Morata’s Impact – Conte

first_imgChelsea boss, Antonio Conte has noted that it, is too early to judge Alvaro Morata’s impact at Chelsea.The £70m signing made his debut for Chelsea in the 3-2 pre-season friendly loss to Bayern Munich on Tuesday, coming on as a second half substitute in the 63rd minute.“It’s too early to speak about the impact of Morata,”“He has only been with us for two days and he needs time to work and find his feet and to understand our way of playing.” Conte told reporters after the game. RelatedMorata Not Fit Enough, Must Improve Quickly – ConteAugust 1, 2017In “England”Chelsea Midfielder Ruled Out Of Action For ‘Another Three Weeks’October 13, 2017In “England”Antonio Conte: Diego Costa’s Chelsea Future Closed Since JanuaryJuly 21, 2017In “England” The 23-year old striker couldn’t make it a dream debut by finding the back of the net but provided the assist for Chelsea’s second goal with a flicked header for Batshuayi to tap home.Conte continued: “But he showed a will to win, to fight and adapt to our style of play. For us, he’s a good buy. We need to give him time to adapt, but we must be pleased with his performance today.”Bayern Munich went 3-0 up inside 26 minutes against Chelsea in the International Champions Cup game, as the introduction of Morata proved too little too late for the Blues, who eventually lost 3-2.last_img read more

AUDIO: Excited Nwakaeme Not In Competition With Eagles’ Forwards

first_imgSuper Eagles invitee Anthony Nwakaeme has exclusively told that he is ’really happy’ to get his first call up to the Senior National Team and added that he is not in competition with other strikers in the Nigerian side to face Cameroon in a double-header 2018 World Cup qualifier.The Hapoel Beer Sheva goal poacher is among 24 players called up to the Eagles set up for the crucial fixtures on 1 September in Uyo and three days later in Yaounde, after his impressive form with the Israeli Champions.“I am very happy right now; like I don’t even have words to described it,” he said about his invitation to the Eagles.“I just want to say thank you to God, thank you to the coach and thank you to everybody-the Journalists, the people of Nigeria that made this possible for me. I’m really happy to be here; I’m really, really happy for real.“So right now, I’m just here with the team and everybody is getting ready for the games (against Cameroon). We will see what will happen. We are just waiting for the games to come.”With the return of China-based forward Odion Ighalo and CSKA Moscow striker Aaron Samuel to the team, Nwakaeme who was voted the best player in the Israeli Premier League last season will have to contend for a starting shirt against the Indomitable Lions in an Eagles forward line that that also includes Kelechi Iheanacho, Victor Moses, and Moses Simon.However, the 28-year old says there’s really no competition in the team as his goal is to help the team get better.“From outside, the people see it as competition but for me, it is not competition because, at the end of the day, the coach will decide (who plays),” Nwakaeme said.“When the coach decides, if you have your time, you’ll do what you can do and other players will do what they can do.“So for me, I don’t really see it as a competition. Whoever is playing in my position, I wish them all the best; I support them because, at the end of the day, we are all helping the nation to be great.“So I wish everybody all the best and there’s no competition. For me, I’m just here to do my thing just as every other player.”Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.RelatedNwakaeme Delighted To Link Up With Super Eagles Teammate Onazi At TrabzonsporAugust 22, 2018In “Europe”Hapoel Beer Sheva Duo Nwakaeme & Ogu Get Super Eagles Call UpAugust 19, 2017In “National Team”Afelokhai Happy To Take Ezenwa’s Spot With Super Eagles (Audio)November 6, 2018In “Africa”last_img read more

Tammy Abraham Opens Up On His Decision To Snub Super Eagles For England

first_imgSwansea City striker, Tammy Abraham, has categorically stated that he never considered playing for Nigeria despite being approached by the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF,President Amaju Pinnick, who claimed to be the friend of the player’s father, had assured football loving Nigerians that Tammy Abraham will represent Nigeria at senior level having played for England youth teams.Born and raised in London, Abraham was eligible to play for the Super Eagles through his parents, but he opted to pledge his allegiance to England.After being called up to England’s senior squad for the friendly matches against Germany and Brazil, Abraham maintained that there was never any real prospect of him playing for Nigeria.He told Sky Sports, “I was pretty set on England really. Playing in the Premier League meant it would be nice to play for the England team as well.‎ It was flattering [that Nigeria wanted me], but for me, my main focus was here”,“They tried to, but like I said, the main focus was England. I see myself as being a long-term England player — I am 100percent focused here to try and get into that team.”The striker has scored four goals since joining Swansea on loan from Chelsea in the summer.RelatedFrank Talk! Eagles Strikers Are Better Than Abraham – Former England InternationalNovember 18, 2017In “National Team”Tammy Abraham Opens Up On Decision To Join NigeriaSeptember 16, 2019In “England”Tammy Abraham And His Father Gave Me Their Word – NFF PresidentSeptember 21, 2017In “Nigeria”last_img read more

FDJ secures Olympique Lyonnais in-stadia betting partnership

first_imgFrench state-owned gambling and lottery operator Française des Jeux (FDJ) has secured an in-stadia betting partnership with Rhone Ligue 1 football club Olympique Lyonnais.The partnership will see FDJ install ‘ParionsSport’ betting points throughout Lyonnais’ stadium Parc OL (capacity 58,000), allowing for fans to place bets during matches.Olympique Lyonnais will further support FDJ as betting partner by promoting its online sports betting subsidiary ‘Parionssport’ ( governance was pleased to have secured a betting partnership with ‘Les Gones’ (Olympique Lyonnais nickname) as one of France’s most popular football clubs.The state-owned operator is one French sports’ biggest contributors, with FDJ funding multiple grassroots and sports club initiatives for French football, rugby and cycling. FDJ’s ParionsSport launches sponsorship programme for French amateur football August 24, 2020 Vbet sponsors AS Monaco as Ligue 1 kicks off new season August 24, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Share Share Related Articles FDJ’s ParionsSport extends Olympique de Marseille sponsorship August 10, 2020last_img read more

Coral points to an October Oscars 2019 showdown

first_img GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Submit Share Share SportCaller teams up with Coral for Racing Super Series launch August 12, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Workforce wellbeing leads GVC Holdings retail reopening  June 9, 2020 Harry Aitkenhead – CoralSummer for Hollywood is over, as movie studios get serious releasing their 2019 Academy Awards movie contenders this fall.Straight off the bat, October sees the release of two well-backed Oscar 2019 ‘Best Picture’ contenders in ‘A Star is Born’ (Warner Bros) and ‘First Man’ (Universal Pictures), bookmaker Coral is paying attention to what it believes could become an early two horse market.‘A Star is Born’, priced by Coral at 3/1  marks the directorial debut of Bradley Cooper, accompanied by pop diva Lady Gaga in her first acting role. The musical-drama which had its international premiere last week has garnered critical praise alongside box office success, a combination the Academy loves in a contender.However released on Friday 12 October, ‘First Man’ (Coral 4/1) tells the personal journey of Neil Armstrong on the Apollo 11 Space Mission, becoming the first man to walk on the moon.Starring Ryan Gosling, and directed by current Hollywood ‘wonder boy’ Damien Chazelle, ‘First Man’ a movie that depicts US might and achievement through science and technology is guaranteed to be in the Best Picture contention come February 2019.Speaking to SBC, Coral PR Executive Harry Aitkenhead commented on the entertainment market;“Both October releases, are the two favourites in Coral’s betting for Best Picture 2019 at the Academy Awards- the next being 6/1 for Roma and the rest being double-figure odds.”“A Star is Born has received rave reviews and that means Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut could end in Oscar glory, whilst First Man is such an iconic story backed up with a stellar cast and has every chance of landing the Best Picture prize. The competition the pair may face doesn’t look the strongest Oscar picture we’ve ever seen, meaning we could have an early two-horse race on our hands”‘First Man – Trailer’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

No Delay – Zeal states that vote on Lotto24 takeover must be sanctioned

first_imgShare Submit Altenar powers first sportsbook platform for Lottoland January 8, 2020 StumbleUpon The governance of Deutsche Borse-listed Zeal Network has this afternoon communicated that no postponement shall be made for its planned shareholder AGM on 19 January, in which corporate investors will vote on whether to approve the firm’s planned takeover of German market competitor Lotto24 AG.The regulatory approved transaction has hit industry news headlines this January, as Zeal investor Lottoland has urged shareholders to reject the takeover bid, branding Zeal governance’s actions as ‘value destroying for all corporate stakeholders’.In its communications with Zeal investors, Lottoland has urged for shareholders to ask for a delay to the AGM, as the Gibraltar-based operator’s governance prepares to formalise a counter bid for certain Zeal Network assets.This afternoon, Zeal issued a corporate communication outlining that contrary to Lottoland’s statement no delay can be undertaken stating:-‘Contrary to Lottoland’s representation, ZEAL shareholders would therefore not be able to choose between the Lotto24 transaction and any transaction Lottoland may or may not propose in the future.’The firm details that a delay/adjournment would result in a termination of the Lotto24 takeover, with a further ‘12-month cooling off period implemented’ before any bid re-processed – under German corporate takeover laws.Dr Helmut Becker, CEO, ZEAL, commented: “There are currently no other proposals on the table for shareholders to consider and we have no evidence that any serious alternative offers will materialise. We remain open to discussing serious proposals until 18 January when our shareholder meeting will take place as planned. However, seven weeks have already passed since we first announced our proposal, and we are already holding the meeting towards the end of the regulatory timetable. Our plan to reunite ZEAL and Lotto24 has the strongest strategic rationale, offers the best opportunity for sustainable growth and creates the most value for ZEAL’s shareholders.” The end of the one-stop solution for sports betting? February 18, 2020 Share William Hill to reshuffle leadership after O’Brien and Whitlam step down January 21, 2020 Related Articleslast_img read more

Industry taken to task over use of ‘gagging orders’ in settlements

first_imgShare Related Articles Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Share UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 The Gambling Commission has warned the gambling industry that the indiscriminate use of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) in settlements with customers over problem gambling issues will not be tolerated.Last year, stories broke in the national media about some major bookmakers adding ‘gagging orders’ to deals with their customers preventing them from going to the Commission with a complaint against any breaches of social responsibility obligations.This morning the regulator issued a clear statement on such activities, especially as companies are duty bound to raise any failings they find in their processes with the Commission.It said: “We have become aware that some licensees have been including non-disclosure clauses within settlement agreements with consumers and we are continuing our investigation into these. Some of these agreements may have had the effect of preventing those consumers from reporting regulatory concerns to us, by either excluding disclosure to any third party or, in some cases, explicitly preventing customers from contacting the Gambling Commission.”The Commission wants to ensure that:non-disclosure clauses do not result in consumers feeling they are unable to notify the Commission or other regulators or law enforcement agencies of conduct which might otherwise be reportedlicensees notify the Commission of offences under the Gambling Act, including breaches of licence conditions or social responsibility codes of practiceconsumers do not refrain from reporting matters to the Commission because they anticipate a settlement whichcontains a condition that states they will not complain to the Commissionthose suffering gambling-related harm can freely discuss their gambling history with treatment providers.It also pointed out that NDAs themselves are not prohibited: “We recognise that in certain commercial contexts, use of NDAs is commonplace and such agreements, when used properly, can benefit both parties. Examples of appropriate use might include resolving supplier or intellectual property disputes. This statement should not be taken to prohibit the use of NDAs in appropriate circumstances.”The Commission said that it considers that non-disclosure clauses would be improperly used if their effect was to prevent, impede or deter, a person from:reporting misconduct, or a breach of our regulatory requirements to us, or making an equivalent report to any other body responsible for supervising or regulating the matters in questionmaking a protected disclosure under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998reporting an offence to a law enforcement agencyco-operating with a criminal investigation or prosecutionseeking treatment for problem gambling and discussing their gambling history with treatment providersThe regulator said that non-disclosure clauses or other settlement terms must not stipulate, and the person expected to agree the settlement agreement must not be given the impression, that reporting or disclosure as set out above is prohibited. It may be appropriate for the settlement agreement itself to be clear about what disclosures are not prohibited by the non-disclosure clause.It added: “If a customer in the course of negotiating a settlement agreement states that they intend to report a matter to the Commission, we expect licensees will normally be able to inform the customer that they have already self-reported the incident. In appropriate cases, the licensee may also have made a suspicious activity report and informed us of this, in accordance with paragraph 24 of Licence Condition 15.2.1.“When there is a failure to self-report to us as required by Licence Condition 15, and there has also been a settlement agreement containing an NDA concluded in relation to the underlying facts, this may be seen as an aggravating factor in any regulatory action the Commission may choose to take.”_____________________The issue of dialogue and interaction with the Gambling Commission will be covered at Betting on Football on 19-22 March at Stamford Bridge. The Science of Compliance track on Thursday 21 March concludes with a session on The best ways of dealing with regulators, which will cover best practice in keeping the Gambling Commission, and other regulators, fully informed when there is an issue.last_img read more

Better Collective makes its ‘Knowledge Play’ with launch of US Intelligence Network

first_imgShare Better Collective Spotlight: How is driving engagement through YouTube July 30, 2020 Bettingexpert crowns TheTrollmanSha World Tipster Champion  July 2, 2020 Share Submit Better Collective cautious on quick recovery as COVID drags growth momentum August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Stockholm-listed Better Collective AB has continued its US strategic drive after announcing the launch of its ‘state-specific intelligence network’, which will support the growth of US flagship property – its press notes, Better Collective said that it has launched a series of websites, detailing acute state specific gambling information, which will act as the foundation of Better Collective’s US intelligence network.During Q3 2018 trading, Better Collective launched its first dedicated US property – US-Bookies, detailing that its new asset would deliver US sports consumers the ‘most comprehensive coverage’ of legalised US betting jurisdictions.The foundation of Better Collective’s US intelligence network sees three information portals go live for the states’ of New Jersey –, Pennsylvania – and West Virginia – and the media, a Better Collective industry spokesperson noted: “A total of $909,700 was waged in New Jersey during the last quarter of 2018. We expect online betting to continue its rapid growth and are committed to providing a convenient online tool to locate New Jersey’s top-rated sportsbooks and casinos.“ also offers gambling intelligence, such as ratings and step-by-step guides, and unique promotional codes that unlock exclusive benefits for each platform to create a one-of-a-kind betting environment. Through our hub – – we will offer similar experiences for those in other states where gambling is legal.”last_img read more

RFEF monitors Segunda B with Sportradar Integrity Services deal

first_img Sportradar strikes first operator association MoU in Portugal December 16, 2019 Share Sportradar: Football’s match fixers enter the betting early June 19, 2020 Related Articles Share Sportradar combats social media abuse with player protection solution August 17, 2020 The Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has netted a new partnership with Sportradar Integrity Services which will see the duo work alongside one another to both monitor and safeguard the integrity of Segunda B.Through the new partnership, Sportradar will use its Fraud Detection System (FDS) to monitor Segunda B Games throughout the 2019/20 season, in addition to already monitoring the end of the 2018-2019 season (from April 2019).Sportradar Integrity Services Managing Director Andreas Krannich added: “We are delighted to be working with the RFEF, the sole governing body of Spanish Football, to further strengthen the integrity of football in Spain. “Our market-leading FDS solution will ensure that there is complete visibility over betting activity for over 1,500 matches, and we are honoured to be playing our part in helping to safeguard Segunda B.”Speaking about the partnership, President Luis Rubiales for RFEF added: “The Spanish FA has implemented an Integrity Plan that includes several actions related to education, prevention, and the monitoring of betting activity in all competitions and categories of Spanish football. “In this sense, signing an agreement with Sportradar becomes of paramount importance for us, as from now on, Segunda B will be continuously monitored by the FDS.”As it stands, FDS is one of the few systems to be independently assessed and verified by recognised experts in the field of sports betting and integrity. The news follows on from a crackdown on corruption in sport across Spain.In June of this year, the Ministry of the Presidency gave the green light for the formation of a new national commission which has been tasked with addressing and combatting betting-related fraud as well as the prevention of sports corruption. Submit StumbleUponlast_img read more