Leagues speak out over World Cup

first_img A proposed December 23 date for the World Cup final, backed initially by UEFA, would have come as an even greater blow to the English leagues had it been confirmed by FIFA. The approved tournament dates should at least allow the Premier League to open again for business for a Boxing Day round of games, with the top flight and Football League both knowing the value of the lucrative festive fixture programme. And, as FIFA’s director of communications Walter De Gregorio said in Zurich: “You have enough time to do your Christmas shopping.” It was already known that neither league body would welcome a World Cup in the middle of the English season, but also that the climate in host country Qatar meant a summer tournament was not considered feasible by world governing body FIFA. An inconvenient tournament had appeared an inevitability long before FIFA confirmed in Zurich on Thursday that its 2022 showpiece will run from November 21 to December 18. Press Association The Premier League and Football League put their shared disappointment on record on Saturday following FIFA’s announcement that the 2022 World Cup will be played in November and December. The emphasis will now fall on ensuring disruption is kept to a minimum in the 2022/23 season, and in the campaigns either side. The Premier League said in a statement: “While we remain very disappointed with the process and the outcome for deciding the timing of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, at least we now have fixed dates to work with. “The Premier League’s sole focus now is ensuring that the impact on our season is as limited as possible. This means there is still some discussion and accommodation required over call-up periods, international dates and other competition organisers’ schedules.” While it seems certain the Premier League will have to shut down for close to two months, to allow players to head away to training camps, participate in the tournament, and return from Qatar, the same may not apply to the Football League. Football League chief executive Shaun Harvey said: “While we remain disappointed that the 2022 World Cup will be staged during the playing season, having certainty over the dates will at least now give us the opportunity to consider the implications for the domestic league and cup fixture calendar both during the World Cup itself and elsewhere in the 2022/23 season.” Harvey added: “We will now seek prompt clarification as to whether domestic competitions will be permitted to continue during the period of the tournament, if that ultimately proves to be the choice of our clubs, and whether any such matches could be broadcast on television. “There will also be any number of other practical issues to address with our clubs and other stakeholders.” Football League clubs may yet object to their season running through the World Cup, given the increasing number of international footballers at teams in the Championship, League One and League Two, who could be left weakened by call-ups. last_img read more

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Safer Gambling Forum: ‘The buzz word is understanding’

first_img Football Index selects beBettor to lead customer affordability demands July 30, 2020 Share Share Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon SBC announces digital future for Europe, America, CIS & Africa July 30, 2020 Related Articles At the inaugural SBC Safer Gambling Forum, which took place at the CasinoBeats Summit in September, industry leaders came together to discuss some of the most pressing responsible gambling topics at the minute.During Responsible Gambling Week (RGWeek 2019), which runs until 13 November, SBC will look at some of the topics addressed during the forum, and what measures the industry can take to promote responsible gaming.Moderating a panel focused on ‘understanding player finances’, David Clifton, Director of Clifton Davies, addressed how operators could improve their understanding of player finances, accounting patterns and activities. Speaking on the panel was the Director of AMLGS Ray Wilson, CEO & Co-founder of beBettor Harry Cott and Director of Solverde Américo Loureiro. Clifton set the scene and provided background on the present issues within the UK before Loureiro discussed the processes in place in Portugal regarding the tackling and understanding of player finances: “In Portugal the regulator consider that online and land-based are in fact different activities. So they split the online way of self excluding, daily deposit limits, daily wagering limits and all of them that comes from UK law. “On land-based its tricky just self excluding, I’ll give you an example as to why it’s so tricky. We have a self excluding customer at one of our land-based casinos but that customer is able to play online. “As we are operating as an omni-channel company, we need to remove any promotional activities so the customers complain they are not getting promotions because they are self-excluding on land-based. With affordability, we don’t have any means and that is not an obligation of the regulator itself.”As alluded to by Clifton, Portugal’s system resembles that of the UK from five to seven years ago. Now, however, affordability checks have developed significantly within the UK as was explained by Cott: “The average customer has four accounts in the UK, so what we do is report back as a percentage of the customer’s monthly net discretionary income on a daily basis.“So you’re getting a daily affordability update on a customer as opposed to a static check which could have gone out of date yesterday.“What we do is we look to try and estimate someone’s gross annual salary, deduce that back to monthly, deduct taxes, make reasonable assumptions for outgoings and the net discretionary is what the UKGC is talking about – essentially we map 100% of net discretionary into these affordability bands. “We don’t know how people are spending their income but we map that into these bands. This is purely a guideline from the moment of registration and then if someone is depositing a lot more than that estimate then you would put them in a box. With this being said, Wilson added that the responsibility should lie with the operators who have shown a failure to understand the information which they posses. He concluded: “I think the buzz word is understanding. I think one of the consistent failings is that many of the operators that we work with need to actually understand what information they have and how they are assessing it. “For example, we’ve been working with a number of operators in the recent past talking about affordability, so when you’re actually analysing information the customer is giving you, the commission is not only wanting you to evidence somebody’s spend and deposits, they also want you to evidence how you know they are able to play. So, if somebody was to put a deposit of £500, you have a bank statement for the source of wealth/source of funds, how do you know that the person is able to spend that? “If you’re looking at bank statements can you see potentially a credit from cash converters or a payday loan which will then give you a better understanding of potential risks around the source of funds. A lot of operators are missing those nuggets of information so that is one of the key things we are seeing, the missing of key information which is right in front of the operators. “The operators are generally very savvy and very creative when it comes to product design and marketing, but they just need to get a bit more savvy when they are analysing and trying to obtain information around source of funds to understand affordability. It’s a new word in the industry but its not a new notion.”last_img read more

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Baskteball players of ‘Spars’ defeated national team of Montenegro

first_imgBasketball players of Spars in the last training match before the final tournament of U-21 Euroleague defeated the national team of Montenegro with 84:55, reports sportsport.baWith this victory young basketball players have shown that they are fit for the tournament in London, where they’ll compete for the title of the champion of Europe from 9 to 12 May.The most efficient player of Spars was Đoko Šalić with 29, Nedim Buza with 19 and Aleksej Nikolić with 18 pints.Spars will compete in London in group B with Barcelona, INSEP and English U-21 team.Two best ranked teams from two groups will go to finals, and the first match will be played on 9 may against INSEP from Paris, on 10 May against Barcelona and on 11 May against England.last_img read more

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