Aribo’s Rangers want SPFL chief axed over controversial vote

first_img Loading… Joe Aribo’s Rangers have demanded SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster be suspended over the controversial vote about how to end the season amid the coronavirus crisis.Advertisement A decision on the Scottish Premiership would be taken at a later date if the first proposal was passed.The Premiership and clubs in League One and Two have backed the plan with the required 75 per cent of the vote but it now rests on one Championship club, with seven having voted for it and two against.However, Rangers, second in the Premiership behind leaders Celtic, say a whistleblower has provided them with allegations that the vote on how to end the Scottish Championship, League One and League Two was not carried out fairly.“We have been presented with evidence via a whistleblower that raises serious concerns surrounding the SPFL’s processes relating to its stewardship of the voting on the resolution presented to member clubs,” a Rangers statement said on Saturday.https://www.instagram.com/p/BzS3B5ng_wk/“Rangers’ Interim Chairman, Douglas Park, attempted to discuss this evidence with SPFL chief executive, Neil Doncaster, who initially refused to do so. The SPFL followed up that call with an e-mail, which we believe was a thinly disguised attempt to silence legitimate concerns.“Rangers will not be bullied into silence. We believe it is in the interests of all Scottish clubs and supporters that the evidence, which is alarming, be addressed as quickly as possible.”Rangers’ protest comes after the SPFL rejected their proposal to pay prize money early to help ease the damaging financial effects of the virus lockdown.“The lack of leadership and responsibility from the SPFL as a members’ organisation has shocked me,” Park said.“If ever there was a time for complete openness and transparency, it is now. Crucial decisions are being made on the issues of promotion and relegation behind closed doors and without proper time for consideration or debate.“The farcical conduct of this affair seems to me to bring the corporate governance and business operations of the SPFL into sharp focus. It is an example of an undemocratic culture, which has existed within the SPFL for far too long.“We call for the suspension of the SPFL’s chief executive Neil Doncaster and its legal adviser, Rod McKenzie, while an independent investigation is conducted.”SPFL chairman Murdoch MacLennan responded by insisting he was concerned about Rangers’ allegations and has called on them to show him the evidence.Rangers are embroiled in a row with Scottish football chiefsRead Also: Nigerian among football stars stranded in world’s most militarised regions“It is extremely concerning that Rangers have chosen to make a number of very serious allegations against the SPFL, its corporate governance, its culture, its office-bearers and its business operations,” MacLennan said in a statement.“In the often-heated atmosphere of Scottish football, rumour and misinformation can very quickly reach fever-point.“However, allegations of a lack of even-handedness and fair play go to the very integrity of the league and I would expect Rangers interim chairman Douglas Park to present compelling evidence to back up his claims, or to withdraw them.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The Scottish Professional Football League on Wednesday submitted a resolution that said the three lower leagues would finish in the positions they stood at when play was halted because of the pandemic in March. Promoted ContentEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Top Tastiest Foods From All Over The WorldCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical7 Actors Who Had Ridiculous Reasons For Quitting A Role5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?last_img read more

Argentina go second as Belgium, Uruguay rise

first_imgThe 185 matches played in the past month have certainly left their mark on the current edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking.In the top ten, only Spain’s ranking remains unchanged, and the world and European champions have managed to further extend their lead at the summit, where they have reigned since September 2011.However, there has been a big shake-up just below pole position, where Argentina have ousted Germany out of second place after successfully qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™. Uruguay (7th, up 5) are also among this month’s climbers, making it back into the top ten at the expense of Portugal (11th, down 4). There are currently four South American teams in the top ten.Belgium continue to rise up the global ladder. The Red Devils are unbeaten in their Brazil 2014 qualifying campaign and, with their current ranking of sixth, have once more reached their best-ever position.There have been many changes, not just in the upper echelons of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, which have mainly been caused by the 86 FIFA World Cup qualifiers played in all of the confederations except the OFC over the past month. Of the 820 total preliminary matches leading to Brazil 2014, 747 have unfolded, and nine teams – Japan, Australia, Iran, Korea Republic, Italy, the Netherlands, Costa Rica, USA and Argentina – have secured places at the tournament alongside the host nation.All matches played up to and including 10 September have been taken into account for the current edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking. The current edition of has taken the FIFA Disciplinary Committee’s decision of 12 September 2013 on the Tunisia-Cape Verde Islands match into account. The next instalment will be published on 17 October 2013.last_img read more

Timberwolves fire Tom Thibodeau in surprise move after win

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS – Tom Thibodeau walked out of Target Center with a win on Sunday afternoon.There was little indication that the 108-86 victory would be his last in Minnesota.The Timberwolves unceremoniously cut ties with the 60-year-old coach and team president a little over an hour after he had led them past the Lakers, according to multiple media reports. He finished with a 96-107 record in two-and-a-half season, marked by a playoff appearance last year, but great turbulence at the beginning of this season with his biggest star.Scott Layden remained as general manager in the shakeup for the Timberwolves (19-21), who tapped assistant Ryan Saunders to be interim coach as the team continues to push for the postseason.Related Articles Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThibodeau’s fate appeared to be sealed after Jimmy Butler, a star he helped bring to Minnesota in a trade during the 2017 offseason, blew up into a public feud with management and demanded to be traded. While Butler was an All-Star for his one full season with the Wolves, his drama throughout his first 10 games this season leading to his exodus to Philadelphia threatened to consume the team’s ambitions.Thibodeau appeared to have little awareness that he was on his way out in his postgame press conference, answering questions about the performances of Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins and Jeff Teague as he normally would. The team has won five of its last eight games.Kuzma misses second straight startThe Lakers had hopes that they would have their second-leading scorer against Minnesota, and he even warmed up, but Kyle Kuzma couldn’t play for his second straight absence as he continues to deal with lower back pain.Kuzma went through a pre-game routine, and could be seen in the locker room pregame receiving treatment and joking around with teammates. But between continued stiffness that he’s suffered since Wednesday’s game against Oklahoma City and a back-to-back travel schedule for the Lakers, the team felt it would be best to sit him at least once more. Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed “He was close,” Walton said. “They said his workout was really good. It looked like he was moving better. He just kind of stiffened up sitting around pregame so with someone’s back and on a back-to-back, it just didn’t seem like it was the right call to throw him out there.”Walton said Kuzma would receive treatment Sunday night and Monday morning in Dallas. He’s considered questionable against the Mavericks in what could come down to another game-time decision. Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more