SPORTS AGENDA: Premier League clubs are being warned by the FA over hackers’ transfer scam… and why some Man United fans want an apology over a half-time penalty shootout
SPORTS AGENDA: Premier League clubs warned by FA over transfer scams by hackers…
English clubs have been targeted by hackers, who send fraudulent invoices related to the transfers of foreign players.
The problem is so serious that the FA has issued an alert to clubs urging them to review their email security and raise the alarm with their finance departments. The FA also urges parties to report to themselves and the relevant authorities any requests they believe to be bogus.
The FA say they have ‘seen an increase in reports of cloned or hacked emails … particularly in relation to payments to foreign clubs’.
Clubs have been told to confirm account details before instructing the FA to make payments and to check the FIFA system to ensure the information is legitimate.
Payments to foreign clubs are made through an FA clearing system, hence their involvement. Clubs have also been told to be wary if a bank account is in a different area than where the club is located and to watch email addresses for discrepancies.
English clubs have been targeted by hackers, who send fraudulent invoices related to the transfers of foreign players
Padel tournament for Premier League managers considered
TV managers are considering organizing a padel tournament for Premier League managers.
Some of them are big fans of the tennis squash hybrid, which is becoming increasingly popular.
Brentford now have a pitch on their training ground and boss Thomas Frank is said to be one of the club’s best players.
Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp and Newcastle’s Eddie Howe are also keen players and among those under consideration. Watch this space.
Thomas Frank is rumored to be one of padel tennis’s most notable players in Brentford
Jurgen Klopp from Liverpool and Eddie Howe from Newcastle are also known as avid padel players
Leeds were in the dark over Wilfried Gnonto’s exit bid
Leeds United were informed that Everton target Wilfried Gnonto had submitted a written transfer request before landing.
The Yorkshire club initially learned of the development through media reports on Friday, Agenda understands.
Finally, an hour and a half before they took West Brom, the request came through.
Leeds are confident the 19-year-old is not for sale, after talks with the Toffees fell through after a trial in which Everton reportedly made four offers.
Man United fans demand an apology for ‘A League of Their Own’ segment
A group of Manchester United fans have demanded an apology from the club for allowing a half-time penalty shootout between two ex-players of fierce rivals during Wolves’ win at Old Trafford.
Jamie Redknapp and Micah Richards took part in the shootout for the Sky show A League of Their Own.
Micah Richards and Jamie Redknapp took part in a segment for a TV show at Old Trafford
The pair took part in a penalty shootout and were met with boos and screams
Redknapp wore a Liverpool kit and Richards a City shirt, fans responded with boos and chants.
Redknapp won and the forfeit was for the loser to wear a United shirt.
The duo took it well and were later spotted taking selfies with United fans. They also spent a lot of time with supporters in the disability section.
Those United fans are unlikely to receive an apology – a club source confirmed they had allowed Sky’s commitment to go ahead, given the broadcaster’s status as a valued stakeholder.
Lord Coe launches unofficial campaign for International Olympic Committee president in 2025
Lord Coe’s unopposed re-election as president of World Athletics in Budapest last week is believed to have marked the start of his unofficial campaign to become IOC president in 2025.
His old rival, Ukrainian pole vaulter Sergey Bubka, hasn’t fared as well.
Bubka was an IOC candidate against Thomas Bach 10 years ago, but his chances of holding out are all but lost after allegations he is taking a pro-Russian stance in the war in Ukraine, he claims to vehemently deny.
The timing of the reports raised eyebrows, but the damage has been done.
UEFA president absent from Women’s World Cup final
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin was notably absent from the Women’s World Cup final, where the organization was represented by Nadine Kessler, their technical director of the women’s game.
The distance from Australia and the length of the journey were cited as the main reasons for his absence.
This is the same man who last year had no problem flying to Paraguay to attend a CONMEBOL council meeting.
Contributor: Liam Morgan