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Author Archive for Martha Kelner

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West Ham’s David Gold says agents are ‘sucking tons of money’ out of football

• Gold: ‘Other than agents, everyone else is against them’• Premier League club executives call for ban on paymentsThe West Ham co-chairman David Gold has launched a stinging attack on football agents, declaring they are “sucking tons of money” out of …

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Mike Lee, sports communication specialist, dies aged 61

• Lee was part of London’s 2012 Olympics-winning bid• Also played role in Qatar landing 2022 World CupOne of Britain’s leading sports communications executives, Mike Lee OBE, has died aged 61 after suffering a heart attack.Widely renowned as an expert …

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England must embrace great expectations, says Gareth Southgate

• Manager demands more from young Lions after World Cup• England prepare to take on Spain at Wembley in Nations LeagueGareth Southgate has said England have to convince themselves as much as any outside party that their rousing run to the World Cup sem…

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Confusion greets Nations League as Uefa hopes to revive internationals

The 55-nation, four-league tournament has a format to make the brain ache but Europe’s governing body maintains it will be an improvement on the drudge of friendliesType Uefa Nations League into an internet search engine and you will be greeted by a pl…

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Nike’s controversial Colin Kaepernick ad campaign its most divisive yet

Company’s share price has fallen, protesters have burnt trainers but LeBron James and Serena Williams have offered supportNike is no stranger to controversy. The sportswear firm has run advertising featuring Lance Armstrong after a doping scandal, Mari…

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Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas gears up for home race

Welsh cyclist will be part of 120-strong peloton cycling 109-mile course through WalesThe farming village of Bancyfelin in the heart of Wales, with one pub, a post office and a tiny primary school, will be almost emptied tomorrow as cycling’s Tour of B…

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Manchester United deny talk of rift between Ed Woodward and José Mourinho

• Woodward has made several visits to United’s training ground• Vice-chairman also in telephone contact with the Glazer familyEd Woodward has been making an increasing number of visits to Manchester United’s training ground over the past two weeks with…

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Brighton to offer free sanitary products to female fans in Premier League first

• Liverpool and Everton understood to be considering initiative• Thirteen clubs across UK have already signed upBrighton have become the first Premier League club to commit to providing female fans with free sanitary products after a campaign was launc…

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Fans forced to pay more as Eleven Sports and Amazon add to TV rights jumble | Martha Kelner

Cost to supporters wanting to follow all the major football leagues rises as Sky and BT face growing competitionIf you had the time or indeed the inclination to watch every screened football match from the top tier of all the major European leagues thi…

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Fans forced to pay more as Eleven Sports and Amazon add to TV rights jumble | Martha Kelner

Cost to supporters wanting to follow all the major football leagues rises as Sky and BT face growing competitionIf you had the time or indeed the inclination to watch every screened football match from the top tier of all the major European leagues thi…

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Ben Stokes may find door to Australia’s Big Bash closed to him this off-season

• It’s definitely not a good look, says Sixers’ Jodie Hawkins• Stokes played Big Bash for Melbourne Renegades in 2015Ben Stokes could see his return to the Big Bash League blocked, with the Australian team who were leading the chase to sign him ruling …

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Ben Stokes should have faced assault charge, says man he felled

Ryan Hale was punched in the face by the cricketer, who was acquitted of affrayA former soldier knocked unconscious by England cricketer Ben Stokes during a street brawl in Bristol has said he cannot understand why the sportsman was not charged with as…

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Not guilty, but Ben Stokes faces a battle to restore his reputation

Despite being cleared of affray, the cricketer’s night out may haunt him for years to comeIt was supposed to have been a fun evening out for members of the England cricket team following victory over the West Indies in an international match. But for B…

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Ben Stokes tells jury he had at least nine drinks on night of brawl

England cricketer says he only engaged in the fight to protect teammate and gay coupleThe England cricketer Ben Stokes has told a jury he had drunk at least seven vodka and mixer drinks and “two or three pints” of beer during a night that ended in a st…

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Ben Stokes was ‘main aggressor’ in Bristol brawl, court hears

Off-duty police officer tells court England cricketer was ‘trying to get at’ another manBen Stokes was the “main aggressor” in a late-night street fight in Bristol that left one man with serious facial injuries including a broken eye socket and a deep …

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Ben Stokes acted like ‘football hooligan’ in Bristol brawl, court told

Video played at cricketer’s trial for affray shows him delivering knockout blow to head of former servicemanEngland cricketer Ben Stokes was behaving like a “football hooligan” as he punched an Afghanistan war veteran to the floor while the man “had hi…

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Cricketer Ben Stokes mocked gay couple before fight, jury hears

Stokes denies charge of affray relating to nightclub fight described as ‘sustained episode of violence’The cricketer Ben Stokes mocked two gay men, “mimicking their voices and mannerisms in a derogatory manner”, in an exchange captured on CCTV, Bristol…

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India fans may be staying away from first Test over ticket prices

• Asian cricket official says ‘element of cashing in’ at Edgbaston• Second-day attendance was 16,754 in 25,000-capacity groundCommunities of Indian cricket fans may have stayed away from the Edgbaston Test because organisers were trying to “cash in” on…

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FA keen to extend Gareth Southgate’s England contract until 2022

• Improved deal a reward for World Cup performance • There’s unfinished business, says the FA’s Martin GlennThe Football Association is confident of persuading Gareth Southgate to extend his contract as England manager beyond 2020 after he unexpectedly…

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FA to conduct feasibility study ahead of potential 2030 World Cup bid

• Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland could be co-hosts• FA rules out stepping in to host 2022 instead of QatarAn England or home nations bid for the 2030 World Cup is edging ever closer with confirmation from the Football Association that they are un…