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Wembley sta fronteggiando la concorrenza di Istambul per ospitare semifinali e finali di Euro 2020. Il torneo si disputerà, con uan formula inedita, con gare in ben tredici città di tutto il “vecchio continente”. Il Sunderland ha licenziato l’ allenatore Paolo Di Canio. Sebbene la società non avesse ceduto alle pressioni politiche per non ingaggiare il controverso manager, i risultati sportivi deludenti hanno determinato questa svolta. In Scozia problemi giudiziari per alcuni tifosi, quelli del Motherwell per l’abitudine di accendere torce mentre altri sono stati identificati per una rissa che ha coinvolto le tifoserie di St Mirren e Hibs.
FA says Istanbul is ‘front runner’ for Euro 2020 semi-finals and final
The Football Association believes Istanbul is the “front-runner” to host the semi-finals and final of Euro 2020.
The FA wants to stage those games at Wembley but general secretary Alex Horne says Istanbul is the favourite after missing out on the 2020 Olympics.
“We’ve taken some soundings,” he said. “There’s a sympathy for Turkey and it feels like they are the front-runners.”
Uefa will stage the 2020 event across 13 cities and says 32 countries have expressed an interest in hosting games.
Final bid dossiers have to be submitted to European football’s governing body by 25 April next year, with a decision due on 25 September.
History of the Euros
- First event in 1960 had four teams in the finals – 17 entered – and was won by the Soviet Union
- Format of a four-team finals continued until 1976
- Competition was expanded to eight teams in 1980
- In 1996, when the tournament was held in England, 16 teams took part
- The 2000 finals were the first to be hosted by two countries – Netherlands and Belgium
- The 2016 finals will be hosted by France with 24 teams taking part
- Winners are presented with the Henri Delaunay Trophy, named in honour of the first general secretary of Uefa, who had the idea of a European Championship
- Spain are the current holders
Uefa president Michel Platini has previously said he would back Turkey for Euro 2020 if Istanbul’s Olympic bid was unsuccessful.
Istanbul eventually lost out to Tokyo in the race to host the 2020 Games.
“We get the politics around Istanbul, having not got the Olympics,” added Horne.
Uefa is offering member countries the chance to bid for two packages of matches encompassing either group stage games and a knockout round match or the semi-finals and final.
The FA will now bid for both packages as will Belgium, Spain, Germany and Wales.
Turkey and Ukraine are believed to have bid only for the semi-finals and final, leaving 25 other nations, including Scotland, bidding solely for group stage and knockout fixtures.
Horne, speaking as the FA announced its financial results for 2012, believes Wembley and London would benefit from the award of either option.
“The impact on the stadium and London of hosting either group stages and semi-final and final will be significant,” he said.
“It’s something we want to be part of, so we’ve bid for both.”
With FA chairman Greg Dyke targeting a semi-final place for England in 2020, Horne says a successful bid would boost home hopes.
“The prize of group games and a quarter-final, or certainly a knockout game, here at Wembley, is significant,” he said. “You get two games with England at home which has got to be an advantage.”
The FA’s financial results reveal that turnover for the not-for-profit organisation in 2012 stood at £318m, down from £329m in 2011.
More than 50% of total expenditure went towards investments in the game, with £101m given in total.
Fabio Capello’s departure as England manager in February 2012 is also accounted for in the financial statement.
After the Italian and his backroom staff left the England set-up, the team remained without a manager until current boss Roy Hodgson was appointed shortly before Euro 2012.
“We didn’t pay Fabio any more than we would have done in the period that we didn’t have a manager,” said Horne.
“We paid him a small amount of money as severance, but it was less than we’d have paid him if he stayed working until the Euros, significantly.”
The £11m decrease in turnover is largely due to a fall in event income for Wembley Stadium, which is wholly owned by the FA.
The FA say this was due to a reduction in events at the venue, which had hosted the Champions League final between Manchester United and Barcelona in 2011.
The 2012 Olympics in London also meant the Community Shield between Manchester City and Chelsea had to be played at Villa Park.
(BBC football )
Paolo Di Canio: Sunderland sack head coach after 13 games
Sunderland have sacked head coach Paolo Di Canio with the Black Cats bottom of the Premier League table.
The 45-year-old Italian has won three of his 13 matches since being appointed in March and taken only one point from five league games this campaign.
Sunderland said they will decide on Di Canio’s successor in “due course”.
Coach Kevin Ball will take temporary charge of the team, with ex-Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo an early favourite for the job.
Di Canio’s journey
- Born in Rome, 9 July 1968
- Played in Italy for Lazio, Juventus, Napoli, AC Milan, Cisco Roma
- Played in Britain for Celtic, Sheffield Wednesday, West Ham and Charlton
- Fined £10,000 in 1998 by the FA for pushing referee Paul Alcock to the ground after being sent off against Arsenal
- Wins Fifa Fair Play award for sportsmanship in 2001 for catching ball and stopping play v Everton to allow injured keeper Paul Gerrard to receive treatment
- Criticised in 2005 for making fascist-style salute in Lazio game
- Appointed Swindon boss in May 2011; guides them into League One a year later
- Resigns as Swindon boss in February 2013 citing issues with the club’s hierarchy after sale of star player Matt Ritchie
- Replaces Martin O’Neill as Sunderland boss in March 2013; club avoid relegation
- Sacked after four defeats in five league games of 2013-14
Former Brighton manager Gus Poyet is also believed to be a contender but he has refused to comment on reports linking him to the post.
Di Canio’s dismissal leaves Sunderland looking for their sixth permanent manager in less than five years.
The Italian’s backroom team of first-team coach Fabrizio Piccareta, goalkeeping coach Domenico Doardo, fitness coach Claudio Donatelli and physio Giulio Viscardi will also leave the Stadium of Light outfit.
Sunderland’s statement added: “The club would like to place on record its thanks to Paolo and his staff and wishes them well for the future.”
Senior professional development coach Ball’s opening duty as caretaker boss is to prepare the side for Tuesday’s home Capital One Cup third-round match against Peterborough United at the Stadium of Light.
Sunderland then host Liverpool on Sunday and Manchester United on 5 October, with the Wear-Tyne derby against Newcastle on 27 October.
Di Canio started out as a player in Italy and was a forward for Lazio, Juventus, Napoli and AC Milan before a move to Scottish giants Celtic.
He had spells in the Premier League with Sheffield Wednesday, West Ham United and Charlton Athletic before returning to Lazio and finishing his playing career at Cisco Roma.
The Italian began his managerial career when he took over as Swindon boss in May 2011 and guided the club to promotion from League Two in 2012 before resigning in February 2013.
Di Canio then succeeded Martin O’Neill at the Stadium of Light on 31 March and signed a two-and-half-year deal, although he later admitted he feared the sack in the immediate controversy over his arrival.
Embarking upon his first Premier League job, Di Canio had to fend off questions about whether he held fascist beliefs.
He was backed by Sunderland chairman Ellis Short and endeared himself to the fans with a 3-0 victory at Newcastle in his second game as boss.
But Di Canio’s men were thrashed 6-1 by Aston Villa and failed to win their final three fixtures, finishing only one place above the relegation zone.
This season started with a home loss to Fulham before the Black Cats drew at Southampton and conceded nine goals in defeats against Crystal Palace, Arsenal and, most recently, West Brom.
After the 3-0 loss at The Hawthorns on Saturday, Di Canio walked over to face the travelling supporters, who made their feelings clear.
“I absorb the insults as it’s part of the game – if I was in their position I’d be furious,” he said. “But I’m professional: 24 hours a day I work for this cause. One day their reaction will be a different reaction.
“I knew that they were furious. I went to them because I wanted to see their faces. It’s easy to go over when they’re clapping or singing your name. I’m responsible but my head is up. I won’t give up.
“It’s obvious we’re still not together. We don’t have many leaders in terms of desire to play with a premier style.
“I’m never going to change my regime. I am what I am. My way to manage the team is for the top, top level. I have to be clear to everyone – the board, the chairman, the fans – I’m never going to change.
“One day, if I receive the full support from the players, we will turn the corner.”
Di Canio publicly criticised some of his squad at the end of last season and worked with director of football Roberto De Fanti and chief scout Valentino Angeloni to sign 14 new players in the summer.
His buys cost £19m in total and included AZ Alkmaar striker Jozy Altidore, Italy international Emanuele Giaccherini and Arsenal goalkeeper Vito Mannone.
But left-back Danny Rose returned to Tottenham following a loan spell, while Sunderland sold goalkeeper Simon Mignolet to Liverpool and, on transfer deadline day, attacking midfielder Stephane Sessegnon to West Brom.
(bbc football )
Three football fans who were involved in an unprovoked confrontation with rival supporters in the Paisley High Street area on 16 February, ahead of Hibs fixture with St Mirren at St Mirren Park have been banned from attending games for a total of six years.
At the time of the incident the thoroughfare was busy with pedestrians including young children who were caught up in the disturbance, and the men were sentenced today at Paisley Sheriff Court today.
POLICE are warning football fans over the dangers of letting off flares or smoke bombs at matches after four people were arrested at the weekend.
The arrests were made during the Scottish Premiership match between St Mirren and Motherwell at St Mirren Park, watched by more than 4000 supporters.
Police Scotland’s Chief Superintendent, Alan Spiers, said: “We responded to a report of flares and smoke bombs being let off at St Mirren Park, which subsequently resulted in the arrest of two people.
“A further two arrests were made in respect of disorder within the stadium.
“Police Scotland continues to appeal to all football fans across Scotland not to take smoke bombs or flares into football matches because of the real dangers they pose.”
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