Fits of West Ham fans will protest Monday night in Anfield against the club’s owners – although they will have fewer in number than hoped for.
The Hammers allocation has fallen to 1,800 of the usual 3,000. It is the first game this season for which the club has not asked for their full allocation.
That has left supporters to suspect an additional intention by those in power.
West Ham fans will protest against the club’s owners during the Liverpool match
Sports Diary can also reveal that, following a complaint, co-owner David Sullivan wrote to independent fans’ group Hammers United and told them if they could offer a deposit for the additional 1200 tickets (the small issue of £ 36,000 that would be returned if the tickets were sold), West Ham – in the top 20 of the world’s richest clubs – would ask for it. How generous.
Fans in the end will release black balloons and organizers have asked those who bring them to make sure they are biodegradable.
Club insiders insist that the reduced allocation is purely due to demand, deny that it has anything to do with the protest and say that returns have been made available. The West Ham players will wear T-shirts in the warm-up as a tribute to Bobby Moore, 27 years after his death.
DERBY RACISM SHOWS THE RED CARD
Derby’s Pride Park was at the center of another racism discussion last week – but this time for the right reasons.
Last Saturday, former Rams midfielder Craig Ramage caused indignation when he made negative comments about the ‘young black boys’ of the club on Radio Derby after the 1-1 draw with Huddersfield. The 49-year-old was fired by the BBC after his outburst, which was considered “completely unacceptable” by campaign group Kick It Out. Ramage has since apologized.
Days later an event took place in the club’s stadium in combination with Show Racism The Red Card. As workshops were held on ‘critical thinking’ and ‘unconscious bias’, it was perhaps worth attending Ramage.
Last Saturday, former Rams midfielder Craig Ramage caused indignation when he made negative comments about the ‘young black boys’ of the club. He was later fired by the BBC
LONDON 2012 AGAIN IN SPOTLIGHT
While the BBC is preparing to give Alberto Salazar, the former coach of Sir Mo Farah, more panorama treatment on Monday evening, there is new evidence of widespread athletic doping around the London 2012 time. Leading anti-doping experts have thousands analyzed examples of the 2011 and 2013 World Championships.
Sources have told the Sports Agenda that up to 18 percent of athletes at those events were guilty of blood doping, the trick of choice for cheats in longer races on the track.
The findings, which will be fully published shortly, are consistent with what the IOC has discovered by retesting the London 2012 samples.
There is new evidence of widespread doping in athletics around the London 2012 time
LANCASHIRE OPEN GATES TO TYSON FURY AND ANTHONY JOSHUA
Thrifty Lancashire – no strangers to open Old Trafford for lucrative non-cricket events – have already thrown their hat in to organize a potential Battle of Britain between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua.
Within hours of the demolition of Deontay Wilder by Manchester-born Gypsy King in Las Vegas, Red Rose CEO Daniel Gidney tweeted Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn to provide the venue for a possible fall party.
However, the county may have competition on its way, with United fan Fury talking about his desire to fight with the other Old Trafford.
CLUBS MUST CLEAN HANDS ABOUT JAMES McCLEAN
The FA’s crackdown on the sectarian abuse of James McClean, now in Stoke, has left champion clubs tight.
Barnsley was fined £ 20,000 last week, while supporters of Sheffield Wednesday and Huddersfield Town also focused on the offside player.
Derby is one of the clubs that has encouraged fans not to submit to the same abuse, but with it risked attracting more attention to Irishman McClean, who refused to wear a poppy on his shirt. Sources have revealed that there is fear that the winger will be selected for abuse when fans find their clubs struggling against Stoke.
The FA’s action against sectarian abuse by James McClean has caused clubs to get stuck
MANCHESTER UNITED STAFF LINKS IN THE DARK
These are dark times for Manchester United, despite Sunday’s win, but perhaps there is already some light on the way to the training field. That’s because officials have submitted a planning request for six new windows in the complex, which should clarify things for long-term staff.
United says the additions “provide natural light and views for space users” that are located in one of the pitchside buildings in the Carrington complex.
Whether the staff wants to look at it is another matter.
THE SON OF DANNY MILLS ASKS THE NATIONAL TITLE
The apple is not far from the tree in the household of Danny Mills.
The former Leeds, Manchester City and England fully back, 42, was known for his endurance and ability to get on and off the field, and now 20-year-old son George is showing similar skills.
Danny’s boy claimed his first senior national title at the British Indoor Championships in Glasgow on Sunday and won the 1500m in 3min 50.70sec.
George Mills is a member of the Brighton Phoenix club founded by Steve Ovett, someone who in his time was known for a decent 1500 meters.