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Tue 16 Feb by Mark Gleeson

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MOTSEPE HAS ONLY SLIM

CHANCE IN CAF ELECTION

The Institute for Strategic Studies at the University of Pretoria rates Patrice Motsepe’s chances of being elected as Confederation of African Football president in next month’s elections as “slim”. A report said Motsepe could count on “very great connections”, but that he is engaged in a field requiring “certain qualities which are foreign to him”. A Motsepe-led CAF “would undoubtedly be enterprising and could improve the image of the continental football body which in its history has never been run by a national of Southern Africa,” the report added.

 

LARS SLAMS NEW FORMAT

FOR CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

UEFA’s plan for a “safety net” to ensure top clubs can play in the Champions League, even if they fail to qualify via domestic competitions, would create a “de facto closed league”, the president of the European Leagues organisation has claimed. Lars Christer-Olsson said the proposals for the Champions League after 2024 would damage domestic competitions. UEFA plan to allow four more teams into Champions League after 2024 with 36 instead of 32 clubs, using what has been termed the “Swiss model”, which involves all the clubs in a single league and each assigned to play matches against 10 of the teams. The top eight on points would go through to the knockout rounds with eight clubs finishing from ninth to 24th progressing via a play-off round.

 

BAN ON BIG CROWDS

MAY LAST FOR YEARS

Tim Spector, a professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London, has warned that restrictions on large gatherings could be in place for “the next few years”. He said that it might be a several years until things feel more normal, dampening enthusiasm about a return of crowds to football. “I think for the next few years those days are gone,” he said. Clubs are hoping for the return of spectators sooner rather than later as they feel the financial pinch.

 

BEITAR TAKEOVER BID

HITS ROCKS IN ISRAEL

One of the most controversial takeovers in Middle East football has been dashed, at least temporarily, after the Israeli FA revealed that the sale of Beitar Jerusalem to Hamad bin Khalifa al-Nahyan, a distant member of Abu Dhabi’s ruling family, had been called off following a probe into his finances. Al-Nahyan was poised to purchase a 50% stake in Beitar, the only club in Israel’s top league never to have fielded an Arab player. Beitar insists the sale has just been postponed, not cancelled.

 

RAYMOND FAILS AGAIN

AFTER A LONG ABSENCE

Former French national coach Raymond Domenech has been sacked by Nantes after just six weeks in charge following a string of poor results with the club hovering just above the relegation places. Ex-Nantes player Antoine Kombouare is set to take over as Nantes look to break a run of 15 matches without a win, including seven games under Domenech who was appointed in late in December. Before being hired by Nantes, Domenech had not managed a team since his sacking as national coach in September 2010 following a roller-coaster reign that ended with a players’ strike and early elimination at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.