Nyon

21 May 19
A Yard of Grass

Peasant is a loaded term, particularly in a country like Ireland, defined by its legacy of rural poverty. It’s a term which should not be used lightly and I don’t do so here. Irish football, however, has undoubtedly been overseen and managed by an underqualified, arrogant, out-of-touch and aggressively incompetent peasant class. The central aspect […]

19 May 19
High Fives & Stage Dives

Vulture Culture is set for release 5 July via Vertiga Records. So much of the best art, the best music, is exorcism, primal scream, raw and brutal honesty. The act of gathering up all of your fear, paranoia, addiction, love and despair and hurling it into a microphone, ripping it out of a guitar. Just […]

18 May 19
Bev and Larry's travels

It seems as though we have only just left but here we are back in Europe again. Time does begin to fly with retirement. This year we decided to stick pretty close to home i.e.. France with possibly a little foray into northern Spain. The plan is to keep things pretty open ended and let […]

17 May 19
VOICE OF THE HWY

NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA says Inter Milan no longer faces extra financial scrutiny after it fully complied with rules that monitor income and spending. Inter had to forfeit 6 million euros ($6.7 million) in UEFA competition prize money for breaking financial fair play rules and undergo four years of additional monitoring. The three-time European […]

17 May 19
VOICE OF THE HWY

NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA has fined Barcelona 20,000 euros ($23,000) because stadium security staff used excessive force against Tottenham fans at a Champions League game. UEFA says its disciplinary panel found Barcelona guilty of “insufficient organization” at Camp Nou on Dec. 11. Tottenham fans filmed the incident, where stadium workers used batons to hit […]

17 May 19
Kurayami Monogatari

Track Listing I Musou Strong! Akai Earphone Tade Kuu Mushi mo Like it! Yumemita 15nen Flag wo Bukkowase! Koi wa Accha Accha Kaeritakunai na. Itoshi Itoshi to Say My Heart Mou Ippou Jinsei, Sunawachi Panta Rhei Kagami no Kuni no Hinekure Queen Konya mo Suteki ni Ochitsukenai Natsu Shogun Watashi no Yumemita 15nen 46-okunen LOVE […]

17 May 19
AnaStpaul

St Adrione of Alexandria Bl Antonia Messina Bl Bernard of Verdun St Cathan of Bute St Fionnchan of Druim-Eanaigh St Giulia Salzano (1846-1929) St Heraclius of Noviodunum Bl Ivan Ziatyk St Madron of Cornwall St Maildulf of Malmesbury St Maw St Paschal Baylon OFM (1540-1592) The Saint of the Blessed Sacrament About this beautiful Saint:  […]

16 May 19
AFROINSIDER

The UEFA Champions League trophy is taken away after the draw for the round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League football tournament at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon on December 12, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Fabrice COFFRINI Liverpool and Tottenham fans are calling on sponsors to return a portion of their Champions League […]

16 May 19
AFROINSIDER

Manchester City may be charged with breaking Uefa’s financial fair play rules on Thursday and face a ban from the Champions League if found guilty by European football’s governing body. Advertise With Us Uefa’s investigatory chamber, the committee that look into financial transgressions, will meet on Thursday in Nyon and their chairman, Yves Leterme, is […]

15 May 19
The Irish Sun
UEFA are prepared to front the FAI cash to see them through their current self-made crisis. The drama in Abbotstown continues to unfold at pace, with yesterday’s Council meeting the first chance members had to grill the board since the crisis began on March 17. Uefa are prepared to front the FAI the cash to see them through their current crisis FAI President Donal Conway But even as that meeting was under way, a statement was issued by trade union Siptu fearing for staff and claimed to have information that the Association could be on the verge of insolvency. It blindsided the Association and their communications department. As the meeting was winding down, press were told that the only news due was confirmation that the FAI’s likely next treasurer Paul Cooke was joining a board sub-committee. But a statement was later released calling Siptu’s claim “unfounded”, though it then confirmed what delegates had been told at the Council meeting — Uefa are effectively guarantors for the FAI. GUARANTORS FAI President Donal Conway said: “We recently met with Uefa President Aleksander Ceferin and Director of National Associations Zoran Lakovic. “At that meeting in Nyon, they assured us of the full support of Uefa for the FAI as we go through our current processes. “Uefa’s support will ensure the continued viability of the Football Association of Ireland and there is no threat to FAI operations or to FAI staff.” That support is believed to be significant given the FAI’s day-to-day running costs and loan repayments on the Aviva Stadium debt. Sport Ireland have said the FAI’s finances have been a concern in the past. And this current crisis began with news of ex-CEO John Delaney fronting his employer €100,000 in April 2017 because of a cash-flow worry. The ongoing issues have also added more costs with legal bills and two FAI-commissioned reviews at a time when state funding of around €1.3million has been frozen. MONEY AVAILABLE The Council were informed that Uefa were backing them though no figures were divulged. St Patrick’s Athletic delegate Anthony Delaney said: “The only thing that they did say was that if there are financial issues, then Uefa or Fifa are willing to fund them up to get them out of it. “It was referenced that it is available. I don’t know if they are going to avail of it or not.” Leinster Senior League delegate Dave Moran also stopped to tell the media that the meeting was positive with a new “openness and transparency” in dealings. Other delegates also felt change was in the air. They stressed that the board — which is stepping down — recognised the governance failings of the past, which meant that none of the current members knew of Delaney’s €100,000 loan until this year. New sub-committee member Cooke said he felt there was a new broom, having fallen out of favour when he was Waterford United’s delegate for having the audacity to ask questions on finance. He said: “There was a different atmosphere there and in fairness that’s coming from Donal Conway. Everybody was allowed to ask questions. They were all answered.” But he acknowledged that some questions remain difficult to answer given the FAI’s intention to move on is still constrained by the past. [article-rail-section title=”MOST READ IN SPORT ” posts_category=”18″ posts_number=”6″ query_type=”popular” /] While a Governance Review Group aim to have a plan in place by June 14 for voting on at the July 27 AGM, the enquiries into what has gone on before continue. The FAI have commissioned two, while Sport Ireland, the Office of Director of Corporate Enforcement and the Company Registrations Office also conduct investigations. Uefa were in Dublin last week for talks, separate to Conway’s meeting in Nyon, while Fifa paid a visit to Abbotstown yesterday.
15 May 19
Kyle Wine & Book List

Types of white wine grapes Riesling  Old Vine of riesling (Rees-ling) Food-wine pairing: dry versions go well with fish, chicken and pork dishes. Districts: the classic German grape of the Rhine and Mosel, riesling grows in all wine districts. Germany’s great Rieslings are usually made slightly sweet, with steely acidity for balance. Riesling from Alsace and the […]