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Wenger wants players pay lowered to tackle football’s virus fallout

first_imgArsene Wenger said on Friday football needs to tackle inflated player pay if it is to bounce back from the ravages of the coronavirus pandemic, saying “thousands” of clubs across Europe risk extinction. Arsene Wenger won three Premier League title as Arsenal boss Former Arsenal coach Wenger warned a reduction in wages was needed in the wake of the billions set to be lost due to the COVID-19 crisis, which forced the game into a months-long hiatus. “We calculate it here that overall football will lose 20 percent of its income. Football makes, say, 45 billion turnover in the world –- the loss will be 10 to 14 billion,” Wenger told beIN Sports. “If you look at the wages structure in most of the clubs it’s between 60 and 80 percent of the turnover. That means only the players wages can sort that problem out.” Wenger added the outbreak has made “the weak clubs weaker and the strong clubs stronger” and exposed how football “focussed on grouping the elite”. He said the sport would lose “thousands” of clubs “because there’s too many clubs in trouble, and there’s not enough money there to help them enough to survive”. Speaking about England, where he managed the Gunners for over two decades, Wenger said: “The Premier League will survive. I don’t worry for the Premier League. “Of 92 (professional league) clubs, you have 65 clubs who lose money and behind closed doors they open the stadium –- they lose money to play the game. Read Also: Ronaldo misses penalty as Juve take on AC Milan in Coppa Italia “If it is like that it’s a shame. In France we created the concept of positive discrimination but that means you give positions to people because they’re not given enough chances –- but this is also discrimination because people who are better may not get the job,” said Wenger. “So you want people to give the same chances to everybody, no matter where you’re from or how you look, but as well, not to create another discrimination because of artificial solutions you want to find.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 “So it is where football has to re-think how we help these clubs to survive… Because we need an elite but we need as well a basis where young players have a chance to play and where we have to get these people to survive.” – ‘Anti-racist’ – Wenger also insisted football was “by essence anti-racist”, and the game was an “example of how the whole of society should work, because it’s only based on merit and quality”. On Tuesday ,England forward Raheem Stirling blasted the lack of black managers in football, and criticised the disparity between the number of high-profile Black, Asian and minority ethnic players and those who go on to hold coaching or administrative jobs.center_img Loading…last_img read more

Lonzo Ball reacts to being traded from Lakers to Pelicans

first_imgBall was originally selected by the Lakers out of UCLA with the No. 2 pick in the 2017 draft.Hart also addressed the deal in a social media post one day earlier.”I want to thank the Laker organization, Jeanie Buss & Magic Johnson for taking a chance on me & believing in me,” Hart wrote. “To my teammates thank you for teaching me how to play & grow in this league. To the fans….THANK YOU! Thank you for embracing me and for supporting me through all the ups and downs! One of the best fan bases in the league. It was a dream come true to wear the purple and gold! It’s always love on this side but now N.O ‘Let’s dance.'” …through all the ups and downs! One of the best fan bases in the league. It was a dream come true to wear the purple and gold! It’s always love on this side 💜💛 but now N.O. “Let’s dance”— Josh Hart (@joshhart) June 22, 2019The Pelicans underwent a major roster overhaul this month. In addition to the Davis deal, they selected Zion Williamson with the top pick in the 2019 draft.They also added Jaxson Hayes, Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Marcos Louzada Silva in the draft, as well. Lakers rumors: Los Angeles didn’t make having cap space for third star a priority in Anthony Davis trade Three things the Lakers need to be successful in 2019-20 Lonzo Ball has weighed in on being traded.The 21-year-old guard ⁠— along with Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and three first-round picks — was sent from the Lakers to the Pelicans earlier this month in exchange for Anthony Davis. Ball discussed the deal in a video shared on social media. “You probably heard the news, it’s good news in my opinion,” Ball said in the video. “(Younger brother) ’Melo had a game today, he did good. … I got traded, that was good. And yeah, now we’re going to be taking the show to New Orleans and turning up out there. So, until next time, ciao.”Lonzo Ball is happy he was traded. pic.twitter.com/uNX5YelRJJ— The Render (@TheRenderNBA) June 24, 2019Ball struggled with an ankle injury and was limited to just 47 games last season. He averaged 9.9 points and 5.4 assists while shooting 32.9% from 3-point range. Related News D’Angelo Russell free agency rumors: Guard ‘may be open to’ returning to Lakerslast_img read more

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