Ian Rush: I want to see Reds lift Prem title

first_img Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A VeganBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World40 Child Actors Who Turned Into Gorgeous Adults7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better7 Worst Things To Do To Your PhoneTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes9 Most Epic Movie Robots We’ve Ever SeenWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All? Loading… Liverpool legend, Ian Rush wants to see his old team win the Premier League live in the stadium. Liverpool were on the verge of winning the Premier League before coronavirus forced the suspension of the season He accepts that the Premier League is caught between a rock and a hard place with the coronavirus pandemic and the need to honour TV and sponsorship ­contracts. But Rush told the Mirror: “If Liverpool are at home and they can win the league I want to be there even if we all have to be two metres apart. “But seriously, if it doesn’t happen and the Premier League is declared null and void then you have to move on and not let it affect you. This Liverpool team is the best I’ve ever seen and I’m certain they will come again.Advertisementcenter_img “There’s no way Liverpool can be awarded the title without the season being finished. Although it’s understandable it will still be a shame to see games without the fans who are the lifeblood of the game. “I wouldn’t be looking forward to the prospect of the matches being staged behind closed doors. Celebrating goals will be strange for a start without there being any crowd ­interaction. read also:Mourinho agreed to manage Liverpool before Chelsea hijacked move “But I’m certain the ­government will be keen to have Premier League football back in action to give people an interest even if at first they have to watch the matches on TV.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Greensburg woman arrested after fight

first_imgA Greensburg woman was arrested after several 911 calls regarding a fight on North Carver Street in Greensburg.Tana R. Adams, 29, was arrested on Wednesday and charged on Thursday.Police say after the first 911 call, officers observed some drywall damage, but no physical injuries to anyone other than a few scrapes to Adams’ hands.Officers remained on scene for around an hour to let each party calm down.Around 90 minutes after the first call, another came into dispatch from the same location regarding a fight in the front yard.When officers arrived, they observed Adams attempting to hit another individual.Police say the victims had injuries, and police saw signs of an altercation in the kitchen.Police say Adams remained worked up, and was immediately transported to the Decatur County Jail, where she was administered a portable breathalyzer test and has a positive reading at .219.Adams was arrested on charges of Domestic Battery, Battery, and Disorderly Conduct.last_img read more

Oshane Thomas escapes serious injury in a car accident

first_imgKingston: West Indies pacer Oshane Thomas has been left injured after being involved in a car accident in Jamaica late Sunday. According to a statement from the West Indies Players’ Association (WIPA), Thomas was reportedly involved in a two-vehicle collision on Highway 2000 near Old Harbour in St. Catherine and was taken to hospital. Thomas’ agent said that the Jamaican pacer was “at home resting” after he was discharged following treatment and scans. “WIPA’s executive and staff would like to extend our sympathies to Oshane. We wish for him a speedy and full recovery,” read the WIPA statement. (IANS) Also Read: Fabian Allen,Nicholas Pooran, Oshane Thomas Handed 1st West Indies ContractsAlso Watch: ‘Dehal Kasirodam Utsav’ by Karbi Community observed in Guwahatilast_img read more

Cricket News Pakistan Cricket Board revamps domestic structure after Mohammad Amir Test retirement

first_imgMohammad Amir retired from Test cricket at the age of 27.Departments and Banks will not be reportedly part of the Quaid-e-Azam.Players must now play domestic cricket in order to be selected for the national side. New Delhi: Pakistan cricket is in the midst of massive changes following the end of a disappointing World Cup and the shock retirement of Mohammad Amir from Tests at the age of 27. On the directives of former Pakistan skipper and current Prime Minister Imran Khan, the PCB has decided to revamp its domestic structure with first-class competition now being limited to just six provincial teams while 16 regional teams will compete in division two (three-day) tournament besides the national one-day cup and T20 competitions. It has also made it mandatory for players to appear in domestic matches to qualify for the Pakistan team.Amir retired from Test cricket at the age of 27 and will focus only on ODIs and Twenty20 Internationals and is apparently planning to settle down in the UK on a spouse visa. This move has prompted the PCB to usher in these changes. “Amir, who has now retired from Test cricket, has to play in the domestic One-Day Cup and National T20 competitions to be considered for national selection (under new changes).”The move to limit the number of teams in the Quaid-e-Azam trophy, considered to be the oldest tournament in Pakistan could have far-reaching consequences. The PCB will initially offer domestic contracts to 34 players selected for a provincial side as they have decided to end the participation of institutional sides in the first-class competition.Also Read | Mohammad Amir reportedly planning to settle in the UKDepartments and banks have been part of Pakistan’s premier domestic tournament (Quaid-e-Azam Trophy) since the 70s and there is a fear that once their teams are not allowed to play in domestic matches their employed players will be rendered jobless. The PCB official said that the revised domestic structure was still being finalized as to implement it the board had to first make amendments in its constitution. But he said the condition for players to play in domestic cricket was mandatory and wouldn’t be changed.Also Read | Disappointed to see Amir quit Test at 27: Shoaib AkhtarThe PCB is still sticking to its policy of allowing its centrally contracted players to appear in only two T20 foreign leagues but they are also giving permission on a case to case basis. highlightscenter_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

The Cricket Administration Act prohibits any GCB president from being a WICB director

first_imgWE recently viewed a most derogatory and disrespectful letter penned by Mr Claude Raphael and published by the KN and Guyana Chronicle on May 10, 2017 in the sports pages of those dailies, headlined ‘Drubahadur must publicly account for his GCB Stewardship”.The Board has also noticed other letters popping up ever so often in the media spreading blatant lies and hate propaganda against our officials. The Board views this situation as very troubling, especially when the media displays such poor journalistic skills in publishing these very caustic letters verbatim without any attempt to authenticate the veracity of its contents.The Board had issued an advisory last month regarding the resignation of its president, Mr Drubahadur and had duly provided the reason for Mr Drubahadur’s resignation in that release. Mr Drubahadur had also provided his public comments to the media on this issue and has since moved on.The Board wishes to state quite categorically that it is very proud of the tenure of Mr Drubahadur and the great strides that were made in our development during this period.If Mr Raphael is so much interested in learning about the stewardship of Mr Drubahadur and the GCB, perhaps he can stop by the GCB’s office anytime to uplift the most recent copy of ‘The Guyana Cricketer’ magazine which outlines the achievements and successes of the Board and its various representative teams. Previous copies of the magazine are also available online for his perusal.As a former executive of the GCB, it is rather disappointing that Mr Raphael continues to spew such hate, bile, disrespect and rancour against its officials in public without any justification whatsoever.The Board is of the firm opinion that Mr Raphael is certainly entitled to his own opinion and is free to have his own views on different circumstances, but surely he is not entitled to his own facts. The facts cannot change to suit the whims and fancies of anyone.It is public knowledge that Mr Raphael and his team desperately pleaded with the Judge prior to the Board holding of the GCB’s AGM in July 2011, which was statutorily due since January 2011.The reason for this delay was the intervention/investigation by the Ministry of Labour, Mansoor Nadir, into the operations of the GCB under the Friendly Societies Act.The Rupert Foster report is there to prove the witch-hunting that took place for six months in 2011. The court eventually removed the GCB from the control of this Act since the rules of the Friendly Societies Act, dictate that all entities should have a minimum of seven members and GCB only had three members. This AGM went ahead as planned on the Sunday following clearance from that court hearing by the Honourable James Bovell-Drakes.It is again public knowledge that this AGM was video-recorded, for obvious reasons, where all three members of the GCB were present.The then president, Mr Chetram Singh, ruled that the Demerara Cricket Board should not participate in the meeting since there was a cloud of uncertainty over its status. The Essequibo Cricket Board was present with its full complement of nine delegates and the Berbice Cricket Board was present with five delegates inclusive of its president, vice president and secretary, which formed the quorum of 14 delegates at that meeting.The BCB even moved motions at this AGM. It really boggles the mind that Mr Raphael, a supposedly respected person, would continue to spread such blatant falsehoods in the public domain with his constant reference to this AGM being illegal.The GCB would, once again, wish to recognise that the Cricket Administration Act of 2014 (CAA) is the law of the land and continues to operate within its confines even though we hold the view that the Act is deeply flawed so much so that we have challenged same in our legal system.The WICB had adopted some of the recommendations contained in the “Wilkins Report” that it had commissioned which called for the distinct separation of the Directors and the Shareholders of the Board. The CAA, obviously, did not recognise that change in the governance structure of the WICB and thus only dealt with the historical structure of that Board in the revised constitution foisted upon the administrators in Guyana.The Select Parliamentary Committee and a special PPP Government Panel headed by Mr Jagdeo/Mr Anil Nandlall, met with the stakeholders prior to the drafting of the Cricket Bill and totally disregarded the submissions of the GCB and the DCB, but chose to follow verbatim the dictates of Mr Raphael and his misguided team; hence, the lopsided and contradictory clauses contained in the CAA.The current constitution of the GCB enshrined in the CAA clearly states that GCB shall be represented by the President and one other (namely the Chairman of the Senior Selection Panel or the Chairman of the Cricket Development Committee) at General Meetings of the WICB. For those who are not familiar with the GCB, Mr Raphael held both positions when he was an Executive, quite conveniently.The CAA makes no provision for the Directors of the WICB but it is clear that the GCB president cannot serve as a director since the Cricket Administration Act stipulates that this individual must be a shareholder representative. Mr Drubahadur had always represented the GCB at the AGMs of the WICB until his resignation.Perhaps, Mr Raphael with his supposedly vast legal knowledge would care to comment on whether any amendments can be made to the GCB’s constitution contained within the said Act.The GCB continues to ensure that the next generation of cricketers will be prepared to continue in a successful pathway. We are also well aware that a lot of armchair administrators are envious of our success.(Official Release of the Guyana Cricket Board).last_img read more

Craig Johnson makes noise on ice

first_imgWhile he has not made a huge impact on the stat sheet, Wisconsin\’s Craig Johnson has been a crucial substitute on UW\’s defense.[/media-credit]Craig Johnson likes to talk. A lot. But the sophomore defenseman has used his affinity for chatter on the ice to make both himself and his Badger men’s hockey team better.Even if his teammates can’t understand him.“Sometimes you never know what he’s saying. He kind of just yells,” University of Wisconsin goaltender Shane Connelly said. “But he’s really good at communication.”“I just try to talk as much as possible,” said Johnson, a Waupaca native, “even if they can’t understand me sometimes.”Johnson’s openness on the ice is a sign of his newfound confidence. As a freshman a season ago, Johnson took on the role of a reserve defenseman, playing in just 17 games and recording only one point — a goal against Michigan Tech. Now in his sophomore campaign, he’s made 13 appearances, including 10 in the Badgers’ last 13 contests.“I’ve gotten more playing time in games, and I feel a lot more confident every day in practice,” Johnson said.The situation Johnson was put in this season was very similar to the one he faced a year ago. When fellow defenseman and roommate Brendan Smith missed time with a back injury last season, it was Johnson who benefited from an increase in playing time.This year, Smith was again sidelined with an injury — this time with a broken wrist — and it was Johnson again who saw his minutes increase.His teammates have noticed a different player the second time around, however, as Johnson has learned from his freshman season.“His whole game has just taken off,” Connelly said. “Last year with [Smith] got hurt, he got in the lineup. The same time this year, he’s making a name for himself back there.”Johnson hasn’t necessarily made his presence known on the stat sheet — he is yet to record a point this season. But it’s his defense-first mentality that has caught the eyes of his coaches and teammates.“He knows how to keep it simple and stay unnoticed, which is good for a defenseman,” Connelly said. “But now you’re seeing him making more plays now too. He’s adapted his game where he can be that stay-at-home defenseman, but he’s also getting a little bit more offensively skilled and making some plays.”Johnson is part of a defensive corps that boasts five players selected in the first or second round of the NHL draft — including Hobey Baker candidate Jamie McBain, who leads the Badgers in scoring with 34 points. So with McBain, Smith and Ryan McDonagh providing the offense, Johnson can focus solely on the defensive side of the puck.“You’ve got to have a mixture of that for a team to be successful,” said McDonagh, the 12th overall selection of the Montreal Canadiens in 2007. “He doesn’t really make a lot of mistakes. He’s always back there holding his ground. … It’s good to have those kinds of guys.”Defensively, Johnson had perhaps his best weekend in Wisconsin’s last series — a sweep of the Minnesota Golden Gophers on the road. Johnson only recorded two shots on the weekend — including one on the doorstep that was stopped by Minnesota goalie Alex Kangas — but was solid in front of Connelly.“He was a rock back there,” Connelly said. “He was blocking shots, making plays. Against a skilled team like that, he didn’t back down.”“He was one of the big-time players,” McDonagh said. “He was going quite a bit, and he did really well. I was pretty happy to see him do well.”While Johnson didn’t score on a good chance against the Gophers, his lone collegiate goal a year ago is still something he and his teammates talk about.“I still say in that Michigan Tech game, he closed his eyes when he shot,” Connelly said.“Every day we joke about that. If I’m going to score, I might as well close my eyes,” Johnson said. “It was probably my biggest highlight.”Perhaps his biggest contribution this year, however, continues to be his energy. Whether he’s on the bench or on the ice, Johnson’s motor — and mouth — are always running.“I’m a talkative guy,” Johnson said. “It brings energy to the ice for everyone. When guys talk, everyone else is going to pick up and jump on the talking. If everyone’s talking out here, it makes practice go by smoother and games 10 times easier. If everyone’s talking, it makes the guy next to you that much better.”“He’s very talkative on the ice,” Eaves said. “So he makes his job and his partner’s job a lot easier by talking, being verbal, and I wish a lot more of our guys would listen to that.”With Smith coming back from his wrist injury this weekend against Denver, minutes for Johnson and freshmen defensemen Eric Springer and Ryan Little will be divided even more. But with the improvements he’s made in his game — as well as the energy he brings to the ice — Johnson has found himself possibly solidifying a lineup spot.“I think with [Smith] coming back in the mix, we’re going to start this weekend with Craig Johnson in the mix of the six defensemen,” Eaves said.“As long as you practice well, you’ll get to play,” Johnson said. “I believe in the coaching staff.”And Johnson’s teammates believe in him — especially if he keeps talking.“We need a lot of talk. Some of these guys are a little quiet,” Connelly said. “Craig’s kind of a little bit of a loudmouth back there– in a good way.”last_img read more

MBB : BLUE IN THE FACE: SU embarasses DePaul in record Big East victory

first_imgScoop Jardine smiled as he put an eventual 48-point dismantling — the largest margin of victory in the 32-year history of the Big East conference — into painful perspective.With SU up by 31 points against a DePaul team with only 30 of its own, Jardine chuckled as he backpedaled to the free-throw line for an and-one opportunity. Following a made fast-break layup during which Jardine was fouled by Blue Demon junior guard Jeremiah Kelly, a three-word dig provided all the perspective Kelly and the Blue Demons needed.‘Come on,’ Jardine said to a dejected Kelly. ‘Please.’Jardine’s smile never seemed to dissipate on a night when his longtime teammate and friend, Rick Jackson, departed the Carrier Dome for good on Senior Day. Jackson tied Jardine for the team-high in points on the night with 14.There was no reason for the smile to fade. Plain and simple: Syracuse embarrassed DePaul 107-59 in a laugher that only amplified in ridiculousness as the game went on. Each of the 10 players who entered in the first half for Syracuse dominated his counterpart in a complete team annihilation. And if the smiles on Jardine and the usually stoic Jim Boeheim didn’t speak to the obliteration, the gravity of the stats did.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNo. 12 SU (25-6, 12-6 Big East) ended the game shooting a ludicrous 71 percent from the field and 78 percent from 3-point range. In the regular-season finale win in front of 28,086 in the Dome, Syracuse scored 57 first-half points — the most the team has scored in the first half since Dec. 5, 2009, against Maine. In the first half, all 10 of SU’s players scored. DePaul tallied only seven defensive rebounds in the game.No contest. TKO. The game was over right as it started, as SU rolled from the tip. Postgame, DePaul first-year head coach Oliver Purnell couldn’t muster much.‘Once they got on a roll,’ Purnell said, ‘that was it.’The win secured Syracuse a No. 4 seed and a double-bye in next week’s Big East tournament at Madison Square Garden, which starts Tuesday. The Orange will open up play at 2 p.m. on Thursday against the winner of a second-round game between fifth-seeded St. John’s and the winner of Seton Hall vs. Rutgers.But Saturday afternoon, the Orange romped in the moment. With reckless abandon, SU starting guards Jardine and Brandon Triche torched an aloof DePaul defense with easy dribble-drives. The scouting report assembled by Gerry McNamara, SU’s graduate assistant, worked as the defensive Achilles heel of DePaul ruptured. Through a week of watching film, it became apparent to McNamara that the Blue Demons couldn’t defend if not planted in front of SU’s guards, applying Purnell’s brand of ball pressure out of a solid foundation.All game, the Orange screened DePaul until it was completely lost. Attacks from the likes of Jardine, Triche and Kris Joseph to the basket weren’t challenged. The undersized Blue Demons seemed as if they weren’t even there.The result of that scouting report was a scoring exhibition and the most lopsided win in conference history.‘We knew that they wouldn’t hedge as good (defensively on screens),’ Triche said. ‘They were going to put pressure. We knew they weren’t as good helping. We were going to put pressure by penetrating.’Offensively, the guards did whatever they wanted to whoever they wanted. So did everyone else, as maligned freshman center Fab Melo even lit up the tiny Blue Demons for a season-high 10 points on 100 percent shooting. Reserve wings Mookie Jones and James Southerland added nine and seven points, respectively.Former walk-on Brandon Reese scored four of his own. All 17 players on SU’s roster saw time, and against DePaul’s regulars in the final five minutes of the game, SU’s walk-ons even played DePaul close. DePaul only outscored an SU lineup sprinkled with SU’s 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th players, 7-4.When SU walk-ons Matt Lyde-Cajuste, Nick Resavy, Griffin Hoffmann, Nolan Hart and Russ DeRemer entered the game periodically over the course of the final three minutes, the game was a game for only that final stretch. The other 37 minutes, the embarrassment for DePaul — in what may have been Syracuse’s best game of the year — was ultimate.And the one thing Purnell longed for postgame wasn’t there all day. Any element of stopping SU was a pipe dream in the worst statistical nightmare in Big East history.Said Purnell: ‘We could’ve given them some more resistance.’aolivero@syr.edu Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on March 4, 2011 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more

WLAX : Costantino, Richardson forces in goal in Syracuse’s win over Boston College

first_img Published on February 21, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2 Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img A year ago, Liz Hogan made goaltending one of Syracuse’s strengths. With Hogan gone, the burden of trying to replace such a standout goalie fell upon Kelsey Richardson and Alyssa Costantino.Neither one holds the responsibility on her own. And in the Orange’s season opener against Boston College, both made it clear SU won’t be experiencing too much of a fall off.‘We’re a tandem,’ Syracuse head coach Gary Gait said. ‘Maybe some days one goalie plays the whole game or a split. We don’t know. The good thing is they’re backing each other up. There’s no backup. They’re both starters.’In Tuesday’s 23-12 win over the No. 8 Eagles in the Carrier Dome, the inexperienced goaltending duo didn’t seem to take much of a step back from what Hogan provided last year. Each goaltender allowed just six goals in their respective half of play while showcasing unique skill sets.Costantino was impressive from the start for the Orange, making her first save of the season just 32 seconds into the opening half.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut just minutes later, Boston College scored its first free-position shot. It appeared to be more of the same for SU after allowing 45 free-position goals a year ago. Then, Costantino became more of a force in the cage.The sophomore stopped the next three free-position shots she faced, including two within a three-minute span with less than 13 minutes remaining in the first half.‘It definitely keeps you up and wanting to keep saving and just keep it going,’ Costantino said.Those stops helped give Syracuse momentum at both ends of the field for the rest of the game.A major part of the sudden success on the free-position shots is the presence of Brett Queener. The goaltender for the Hamilton Nationals of Major League Lacrosse and the Philadelphia Wings of the National Lacrosse League joined the Syracuse coaching staff as a volunteer assistant this spring tasked primarily with training the two goaltenders.‘You can’t expect that every time,’ Queener said. ‘The biggest thing is on the free-positions they anticipate and read the shot before the girl actually releases it.’Costantino also continuously forced Boston College into taking bad shots.In addition to her six saves on 12 shots, Costantino made the Eagles shoot four more wide of the net by not sitting back and waiting for the attack to make the first move.Instead, the goaltender would take a few steps out of the net to cut off the shooters’ angle, pressuring them to make the next move.‘Communication with the defense (helped), and I’ve been watching a lot of their shots all week,’ Costantino said, ‘so knowing where they’re shooting and baiting them to one side or the other helped a lot.’As impressive as Costantino was in the first half, Richardson may have been even better in the second. Both goaltenders allowed six goals, but Richardson made nine saves and saved four of five free-position shots.And she did that in her first game of her career.Richardson knew she was going to be nervous before her first game. Fortunately, it didn’t take long to quell those nerves.Less than three minutes into the second half, the goaltender had her first career save.From there it was smooth sailing.‘Coming into this game, I was a little nervous,’ Richardson said, ‘but once I got that first save it just builds your confidence, and every one after that just builds your confidence.’Richardson was also vital for SU’s offense with her clearing passes. The freshman completed all five of her clears, including one in the final minutes when she directed the offense up the field to set up a goal for SU attack Kailah Kempney that extended SU’s lead to 21-12.Though it was just a garbage-time goal, it shows Richardson’s confidence after less than 30 minutes of play.‘The goalie, just as a player, has to be a leader out there,’ Richardson said. ‘I’m a very vocal person, and I just feel like I came out and I played my game and forgot about what happened on the last play and just did what I could to help our team.’dbwilson@syr.edulast_img read more

Syracuse places 5 players on All-ACC team

first_img Published on April 22, 2015 at 4:08 pm Contact Connor: cgrossma@syr.edu | @connorgrossman Senior attack Kevin Rice, junior attack Dylan Donahue, senior midfielder Nicky Galasso, junior defender Brandon Mullins and sophomore faceoff specialist Ben Williams were selected to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference first team, the league announced on Wednesday.Rice leads SU in assists with 30 this season, and his 2.73 helpers per game is fourth-most in the country. The senior attack is tied with Donahue for the team lead with 52 points.Donahue is leading the Orange in scoring for the second consecutive year, and his 38 goals in 11 games has surpassed his clip of 37 last season. The junior attack’s 3.45 goals per game are the most in the Atlantic Coast Conference and he’s netted at least three goals in four of SU’s last five games.An emergence from Galasso on the first-line midfield this year has provided the Orange a lot of offensive depth. The fifth-year senior leads SU midfielders with 23 goals on the season.Mullins has captained SU’s counterattack and leads the team with 13 caused turnovers. The junior has also scooped up 11 ground balls on the season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse has consistency at the faceoff X for the first time in several seasons, and Williams’ 69.3-percent winning percentage is second-highest in the country. He went 8-for-9 at the X in SU’s last game against Hobart on April 14.Syracuse and North Carolina both have five representatives on the team, the most of any school in the conference.No. 4 Syracuse (9-2, 2-2 ACC) opens up play in the ACC tournament with a semifinal matchup against No. 2 UNC (12-2, 3-1) on Friday at 8 p.m. in Chester, Pennsylvania. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

French football clubs to pay 75 percent tax: PM

first_imgFrance’s football clubs, including mega rich Paris St-Germain, will not be spared the burden of the proposed 75 percent tax, the French government confirmed on Tuesday.France’s Prime Minister’s office at Matignon insisted on Tueday that football clubs will be affected by the proposed 75 percent supertax, which President François Hollande announced last week would be paid by companies and not individuals.The statement will be a surprise to the head of France’s Football Federation (FFF) Noël le Graët who had ealier claimed that the country’s football clubs would would be spared the planned 75 percent tax rate.However the Prime Minister’s office at Matignon moved quickly to dismiss Le Graët’s words.“All businesses which pay salaries over €1 million” will be affected by the tax, read a statement from Matignon.In his televised address to the nation last week President François Hollande announced that his flagship 75 supertax that had been rejected by France’s highest court last year, would be paid by businesses and not by individuals as first proposed. Hollande did not however reveal details of how it would be paid or which companies it would affect.France’s Football Federation was clearly under the wrong impression that their clubs would be spared the levy.“The Prime Minister made it very clear to me that only the big enterprises will be affected. Clubs will be considered as small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) so will not be touched by the tax,” Le Graët told French daily Le Parisien.The PM’s office denied having had any contact with Le Graët.The news comes as mega rich Paris Saint-Germain take on Barcelona in the quarter finals of the Champions League on Tuesday night. The progress made by PSG in Europe has given French football a much-needed boost after spending years in the doldrums.The club, backed by billionaire Qatari owners, have spent millions to attract players of the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Thiago Silva and most recently David Beckham, offering them eye-watering salaries to entice them to Paris. Although money seems no object for PSG a 75 percent tax rate could however affect France’s ability to hold on to the most talented players.Fréderic Thiriez, president of France’s Football League said the proposal represented a ‘lose-lose’ situation for the clubs.“France would lose its best players and the ability of the clubs to compete in Europe would decrease. The state would also lose some of its biggest contributors in terms of tax,” said. “This will strangle the clubs.”last_img read more