Rabbatts makes commission plea

first_imgFootball Association board member Heather Rabbatts has launched a fierce attack on chairman Greg Dyke’s decision to name an all-white, all-male commission to improve the England team. Press Association Rabbatts, who was born in Jamaica and is of mixed race, has written to all fellow board members criticising the lack of diversity on the commission and saying the FA is letting down black players. In her letter, she says she has tried to raise the issue privately but there has been a “refusal to understand” her position. Her decision to go public leaves Dyke and the FA facing a crisis over the commission. center_img The letter, a copy of which has been seen by Press Association Sport, stated: “I believe that the lack of proper consultation on the make up of the commission, the fact that no approval was sought from the board, releasing the names of the ‘chosen’ individuals at Leaders in Football, the composition of the commission itself and the lack of diversity, have all meant that the opportunity to lead an informed debate on the future of English players has been singularly damaged. “I make the comments about diversity not because they are additional to this matter but because they lie at its heart.” Rabbatts’ letter goes on to say it is “ironic” there is no representative from ethnic minority communities given that Andros Townsend, the Tottenham winger who played a key role in England’s victories on Friday and Tuesday and then found himself at the centre of a race row this week through no fault of his own, is himself black. Rabbatts backs the FA’s support for England boss Roy Hodgson after his dressing room joke about a monkey in space but added: “As the commission looks to address all of the complexities of its brief, it will crucially have to come to a view on nationality, race and identity. “To have announced a list without anyone who can speak from experience and in an informed manner on those three areas has exposed the FA at a vital moment. “What is required is not tokenism but the involvement of individuals who have direct and relevant experience of what it means to represent their country while coming from diverse cultural backgrounds. “By proceeding along this current path we are not only failing to reflect our national game but we are also letting down so many black and ethnic minority people – players, ex-players, coaches and volunteers, who have so much to offer and are so often discouraged and disheartened by the attitudes they encounter. The FA should be leading by example not reinforcing entrenched attitudes.” As well as Dyke, the commission will include former England manager Glenn Hoddle, Football League chairman Greg Clarke and FA vice-chairman Roger Burden, League Managers’ Association chairman Howard Wilkinson, Professional Footballers’ Association chairman Ritchie Humphreys, Crewe director of football Dario Gradi and former England defender Danny Mills. The FA has stressed the line-up of commission members is not necessarily complete, and that many other people will also be consulted. However Dyke has said it will consist of no more than 10 members. last_img read more

Arkansas faces tough test vs No. 11 Auburn

first_imgSUPER SENIORS: Arkansas’ Mason Jones, Jimmy Whitt Jr. and Adrio Bailey have combined to account for 54 percent of the team’s scoring this season, including 62 percent of all Razorbacks points over the last five games.DOMINANT DOUGHTY: Samir Doughty has connected on 29.6 percent of the 115 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 6 of 29 over his last five games. He’s also made 76.6 percent of his free throws this season.PERFECT WHEN: The Razorbacks are 14-0 when they hold opposing teams to 72 points or fewer and 2-5 when opponents exceed 72 points. The Tigers are 19-0 when they score at least 67 points and 0-2 on the year when falling short of 67.PASSING FOR POINTS: The Tigers have recently used assists to create buckets more often than the Razorbacks. Arkansas has 29 assists on 77 field goals (37.7 percent) across its previous three outings while Auburn has assists on 33 of 69 field goals (47.8 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: Auburn has posted an outstanding offensive rebound percentage of 35 percent, ranking the Tigers 22nd nationally in that category. The offensive rebound percentage for Arkansas stands at just 21.5 percent (ranked 337th).___ Arkansas faces tough test vs No. 11 Auburn Associated Press For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comcenter_img February 3, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 11 Auburn (19-2, 6-2) vs. Arkansas (16-5, 4-4)Bud Walton Arena, Fayetteville, Arkansas; Tuesday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: No. 11 Auburn presents a tough challenge for Arkansas. Arkansas has played a ranked team only once this season and lost. Auburn is looking to extend its current four-game winning streak.last_img read more

Rohr Gives Conditions for Victor Moses’ Return to Super Eagles

first_imgGernot Rohr As fate would have it, the club coach declared the Nigerian forward surplus to requirement and urged him to seek action elsewhere in the ongoing winter window transfer.However Rohr who was on hand to watch the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) match between host MFM FC and visiting Enugu Rangers at Agege Stadium in Lagos said that the player can still be part of his team to the African Cup of Nations if he show commitment and be ready to fight for shirt.Moses was a major actor in Nigeria’s best World Cup qualification story as Super Eagles secured a berth to the Russia 2018 with a game in hand. But at the finals, the pacy winger was a bit below par in the three matches that the team played before it was edged out by Argentina.“Victor Moses is a player with lots of qualities. His pacy moves on the flanks give the team a lot of options to attack opponents but the premature retirement changed a lot of things and during the last AFCON qualifying matches, we have adjusted with the players we have.“If he wants to come back, it’s an advantage to the team only if he can attain the standard he puts up in the last installment with the team.“He must show a lots of motivation, he must show that he is fit to play for the team because we have other players playing well in his position now.“Moses has to be strong to come back to the team because we have more options on the wings now like Samuel Kalu, Samuel Chukwueze, Alex Iwobi and Ahmed Musa. All these players are very good on his wings, he remarked.Nigeria will play Seychelles in the last group match in Asaba, Delta State and few days later, it will confront Egypt in high profile international friendly match at same stadium.Rohr however did not commit himself to whether Moses will be part of any of the two matches in the buildup to the tournament in Egypt this summer.“We will invite the fittest players for the AFCON qualifiers against Seychelles and the friendly match against Egypt. The best of them will play the Match.“With the level at which some of the players are now in their different clubs, I believe they should turn that form to the national team.“Some of the players in the domestic league will be available for the two matches but it’s unfortunate that the league did not start on time for us to know the fitness level of the players for a major tournament,” he remarked.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Femi SolajaAs Nigerians continue to call for the return of Super Eagles forward, Victor Moses, to the senior national team, Head Coach, Gernot Rohr, insisted Wednesday that the former Chelsea forward must show commitment and be ready to fight for shirt.The Franco-German tactician had expressed shock when the ace winger informed him after the last World Cup final in Russia that he wanted to take a break from the team and resuscitate his dwindling career at Chelsea following the appointment of another coach in Sarri.last_img read more