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SPORTS AGENDA: A new Sky Sports show will explain VAR decisions to viewers


Today, a groundbreaking television program broadcasts audio from referees and VAR officials for a week.

Agenda understands that Howard Webb, the new chief of the refereeing body PGMOL, is eager to increase transparency and has been instrumental in shaping a planned 30-minute show expected to air Monday, with Webb himself going to air later. on Monday Night Football ahead of Liverpool’s visit to Leicester City.

It is hoped that the show, which will be shown internationally through Premier League Productions, will help clubs and fans understand how decisions are made and reduce confusion and animosity.

The pilot program includes audio from on-field officials and interactions with those operating the VAR.

While the incidents to be used have yet to be selected, it is believed Webb will also go through the chosen flashpoints ahead of Jurgen Klopp’s visit to the King Power Stadium.

PGMOL chief Howard Webb, right, is keen to increase transparency around VAR decisions

Warnock moves to the Yorkshire countryside after Huddersfield’s exploits

While champagne may have been the order of the day, Huddersfield’s Houdini Neil Warnock was spotted wandering the pretty backstreets of Last of the summer wine country after being the mastermind behind the club’s grand escape.

Warnock, who previously managed the Terriers in the early 1990s, also stopped by his old barber for a haircut – about 25 years after his last visit.

Clubs are asking how the funds from the record EFL deal will be divided

At the recent meeting of EFL clubs to approve the new broadcasting deal with Sky Sports, a number of representatives from sides in Leagues One and Two tried to raise the issue of how all the funds will be distributed.

Those who spoke were told that the gathering was not the right forum. Expect further discussions at this summer’s AGM. Sources on the call revealed the much-improved £935m five-year ‘transit’ package and praised the work of EFL head of commercial Ben Wright.

Man United remain hopeful about sealing David de Gea’s new contract

Positive talks are being held between Manchester United and keeper David de Gea about a new deal.

The Spaniard broke Alex Stepney’s goalkeeping record for the club when he hit 540 in United’s Premier League clash with West Ham at the London Stadium. While he has drawn criticism from certain quarters – and he certainly roared on Sunday – De Gea has eclipsed Peter Schmeichel’s clean sheet record and currently tops the Premier League charts for that stat this season.

De Gea’s contract expires soon, although the club has the option to extend for another 12 months. If an agreement is reached, the 32-year-old is expected to have to take a cut from his current £375,000-a-week deal.

There are positive talks going on about David de Gea's contract extension at Man United

There are positive talks going on about David de Gea’s contract extension at Man United

IPL targeting 10-over format to boost cricket’s Olympic hopes

Strong rumors in India that the IPL is looking for a 10-over IPL2.

It will be interesting to see where this fits politically, where it could fit into the scheme and how it would work with the Saudis, who are looking at creating their own Twenty20 league that could blow everyone else out of the water financially .

There are officials within India’s top ranks who think the 10-over format could well be something that could be on the radar for future Olympics.

Disney follows Australia’s progress leading up to the Women’s World Cup

Fresh from seeing star striker Sam Kerr carry the Australian flag at Saturday’s coronation, Australian women’s football continues to make its mark ahead of this summer’s World Cup (which they co-host with New Zealand).

The new Disney+ show Matildas: The World At Our Feet follows the progress of the Aussie women’s team over the past 12 months and shows the preparations that enabled them to beat the Lionesses last month – ending their unbeaten run of 30 games.

A key scene in Episode 3 involves powerful director Paddy Steinfort, who has helped NFL star Patrick Mahomes in the past. Steinfort explains that Kerr and other key players should be rested before a high-profile friendly with Spain to reduce the risk of injury and exhaustion.

The team went on to lose 7-0, but the benefit of long-term thinking is now paying off and, as a result of giving players a much-needed break last summer, will the Matildas have an advantage when the World Cup kicks off in July?

Sam Kerr carried the Australian flag during the coronation and can be seen in a new Disney+ show

Sam Kerr carried the Australian flag during the coronation and can be seen in a new Disney+ show

Big Sam settles in Leeds to increase their chances of survival

Sam Allardyce believes the task ahead of him in saving Leeds from relegation is so great that he has decided to settle in the city.

Allardyce wants to spend most of his waking hours on the training ground, and since starting his new job on Wednesday, he’s been arriving at Thorp Arch before 8am every morning – and sometimes even earlier.

The former England, Everton and Newcastle boss, whose side showed signs of promise in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Manchester City, is getting there ahead of most other staffers.

While living in Bolton, which is within an hour and 30 minutes drive of Wetherby, Allardyce refuses to commute. Instead, he largely chooses to stay in a hotel on the outskirts of Leeds until the end of the season, spending the occasional night at home.

Meanwhile, after a judge rejected Sammy Lee’s attempt to be excused from a jury trial to join his old friend in Yorkshire, an SOS was sent to Robbie Keane.

He told chief exec Angus Kinnear he wanted Keane by 9:30 am. The doorbell rang and Keane, a former white male, agreed to enter without discussing terms. At 1pm he was on a flight from Dublin before landing at Leeds-Bradford Airport at 2pm and arriving for training at 2.45pm.

Sam Allardyce has decided to settle in Leeds to save the club from relegation

Sam Allardyce has decided to settle in Leeds to save the club from relegation

Bournemouth’s physio leaves to pursue a television career

Not many physios have left football to pursue a career in television, but Agenda understands that this was the motivation behind Bournemouth medic Stuart Douglas’ decision to leave the club.

Readers may recall that last year the former Luton man flew to the Australian jungle where his sister Scarlette, the former host of A Place in the Sun, was performing. The pair have already helmed shows on Channel 4 together and the aim now is for Stuart, 45, to make time to focus solely on on-screen roles with his sister.

He will remain with the Cherries until the end of the season, who have already advertised for a replacement.

Lord Coe remains in the eyes of Qatar at the coronation of King Charles III

Qatar’s ambition to host the 2036 Olympics remains on track. The Athletics Diamond League was held in Doha on Friday with many VIPs in attendance. The award guests for Qatar are IOC members and one of them, Seb Coe, was expected to attend.

However, if Lord Coe thought he could diplomatically escape Qatar’s gaze by attending the coronation of King Charles III, then he may have been mistaken – as he is almost within lobbying distance of fellow IOC member, the Emir of Qatar, fed up!

Qatar hosted a Diamond League meeting on Friday as the country targets the 2036 Olympics

Qatar hosted a Diamond League meeting on Friday as the country targets the 2036 Olympics


Merry C. Vega is a highly respected and accomplished news author. She began her career as a journalist, covering local news for a small-town newspaper. She quickly gained a reputation for her thorough reporting and ability to uncover the truth.

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