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Hamilton boss ‘self-reports’ gambling activity to Scottish FA

first_img StumbleUpon Submit Share Campaigners call on Boris to ban gambling sponsorship in football February 26, 2020 Share Hamilton Academical Football Club head coach Brian Rice has received a notice of complaint from the Scottish FA after he was prompted to ‘voluntarily acknowledge’ a breach in SFA gambling rules.In a statement on the club’s website, Rice said that he had written a letter to the SFA alerting them of his betting activity.The statement said: “Firstly, I would like to express my regret to the players, coaching staff and my friends and colleagues at Hamilton Academical for the lapse that has prompted me to voluntarily acknowledge breaches of the Scottish Football Association’s gambling rules.“This decision was one of the hardest I have had to take but in a way also the easiest. I have made no secret of the fact that I have struggled with the disease that is gambling addiction in the past. The reality is I am an addict and while I have been proud of the fact I have been in recovery from this disease, a key part of the recovery programme is honesty: honesty to myself, and honesty to those who have and who continue to support me, including my family and my football family at Hamilton.“I wrote a letter to the Scottish FA self-reporting my gambling and did so as an admission that my disease has returned, in order that I commit to recovery. I have apologised to those at the club in whom I have sought counsel and I apologise today to the players, fans and colleagues I have let down through my gambling addiction.“I accept that a breach of the rules will come with punishment and I accept that. The reason I am speaking out is to remove the stigma attached to this horrible, isolating disease, in the hope that those involved in Scottish football who are similarly in its grasp feel they can seek help and draw strength from my admission.”The Accies coach has been accused of breaching the Scottish FA’s betting rules in each season from 14 July 2015 to 15 October 2019.He was reported to be in breach of disciplinary rule 31, which states that “no club, official, team official or other member of team staff, player, match official or other person under the jurisdiction of the Scottish FA shall gamble in any way on a football match.”Rice could face a suspension of at least three matches and a maximum of 16, in addition to a £100,000 fine.Rice continued: “After committing to recovery I cannot believe that I have found myself back in the grip of gambling addiction but this disease is not cured with a finite course of treatment. You are an addict for life and through my commitment to the 12-step recovery programme, I am confident I can stay on top of this disease one day at a time.“I am eternally grateful to the club for its unwavering support, both seen and unseen. I have spoken to my management team and players and they have been great and they understand the reason for me speaking out today. It is my intention to atone through openness, honesty and togetherness.“I look forward to a future founded on truth and commitment to recovery and it is my wish that anyone who feels vulnerable, helpless or hopeless in the grip of this silent yet destructive disease can come forward and seek help.”Responding to Rice, Colin McGowan issued a statement on behalf of the Board of Hamilton Academical Football Club: “On behalf of my fellow directors at Hamilton Academical, we are proud that our Head Coach, Brian Rice, has today spoken publicly of his struggles with gambling addiction.“I would like to thank the Scottish FA for the empathy shown throughout this process, whilst respectful of the need to safeguard the integrity of the game and the rules upon which football is founded.“As a Head Coach in the Scottish Premiership, news of his breach of gambling rules will come with profile, media attention and scrutiny. But this is a far more serious issue than a breach of a football rule, a breach that both Brian and the club accepts.“As a club, we are proud of the work undertaken to support the local community. Today, we support our Head Coach and we feel certain that the Community will get fully behind him. We also believe Brian’s public admission today can be hugely significant in helping the lives of other coaches and players who can relate to his addiction and other addictions.“It is my intention to write to my colleagues at the SPFL to table a proposal to the Scottish FA’s Professional Game Board for the introduction of a gambling amnesty in our game: one that will enable people to confront their addiction in a safe and non-judgmental environment, with help and support readily available. Brian’s courage today can be a seminal moment for Scottish football.” Related Articles Scottish FA sponsorship deal with William Hill to end February 21, 2020 SPFL concludes Ladbrokes Championship with COVID crisis plan April 16, 2020last_img read more

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Asamoah and duo’s arrival gives Black Stars full-house

first_imgGhana’s camp in Nairobi, the Kenyan capital is now complete after three more players joined the group on Tuesday.Coach Kwesi Appiah will have a full house for the second day of training on Wednesday afternoon after Kwadwo Asamoah and the Evian duo of Jonathan Mensah and Rabiu Mohammed reported to camp Tuesday night.The Black Stars have opened their camp in Nairobi ahead of Saturday’s final round qualifier of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations against Malawi in Lilongwe.Appiah trained with 18 players on Tuesday evening, which was the team’s first session.Ghana lead Malawi 2-0 going into the second leg clash as the aggregate winner will qualify for next year’s finals in South Africa.last_img read more

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The inexplicable resurrection of Manny Pacquiao’s boxing career

first_imgFor the first time in a long time, boxing fans from all over believe in Pacquiao again. He’s no longer being viewed as a politician who moonlights as a boxer in his spare time. All signs point toward Pacquiao being fully committed to the sport that granted him access to riches and a career outside of boxing. Now it’s time for him to pay it back.    “Beating an undefeated champion at 40 years old means that I can still fight,” he said. “This is an opportunity to add to my legacy.“I’m not finished yet.” LAS VEGAS — Almost a year ago to the day, this writer penned a column titled “Manny Pacquiao is fighting again and nobody cares.” It was published the day before Pacquiao was set to fight Lucas Matthysse in Malaysia on the relatively new ESPN+ streaming platform. He was a year removed from losing a controversial decision to a fighter he would have run laps around in his heyday when he lost to Jeff Horn in Australia. The prevailing thought was that boxing’s only eight-division champion was preparing to take a farewell tour around the globe and beat up on lesser opponents with his diminishing skill set. After all, he had looked like a shell of his former self and the man that ransacked multiple divisions needed to focus on his senatorial duties while leveraging high-reward, low-risk fights to pad his bank account on the way out.  Watch Manny Pacquiao vs. Keith Thurman on FITE.TVThe idea that a 40-year-old Pacquiao would be facing the undefeated 30-year-old Keith “One Time” Thurman would have been a joke a year or two ago. But the roles have reversed. One year since that column ran, the one who was supposed to be washed up has been reborn; while the hungry young lion has seemingly become full while nursing an injury on the sidelines. It’s the perfect time for these trains collide as Pacquiao will challenge Thurman for the WBA (Super) welterweight title on July 20 in a fascinating showdown where we will find out how much of their respective narratives is true, and how much happens to be smoke and mirrors.   It all started when Pacquiao scored his first knockout in just shy of a decade by flattening Matthysse in the seventh round. It was a far cry from the Filipino fighter who was uninterested in inflicting damage upon his opponents as he took his foot off the gas in fights against the likes of Timothy Bradley, Jessie Vargas, Chris Algieri and Brandon Rios. Something changed. Freddie Roach told Sporting News that his dwindling return on pay-per-view sales was a catalyst for Pacquiao finding his killer instinct. But he also pointed at two fights that began shifting his mindset. “I’m happy that he lost to Floyd Mayweather and Jeff Horn,” Roach revealed about his star pupil. “Those performances were disappointing, but they made a difference in him. He wants to be better.” After blitzing Matthysse, Pacquiao was paired with the brash Adrien Broner for a January showdown. It didn’t take long for Pacquiao to impose his will on “The Problem” and spark an idea that maybe the old Manny Pacquiao was truly back. A huge left hand in the 9th round sent Broner into the ropes. Unlike his previous fights, Pacquiao stormed in for the kill and hurt Broner badly before the sound of the bell rescued him from unconsciousness. Was Pacquiao really back or did he look good against fading opponents? We’ll get to find out when he faces Thurman at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. “I could say this fight is the most important fight in my career,” Pacquaio said earlier in the week. “At the age of 40 I have to prove something and my opponent is very good at talking.”The latter part is interesting. Although he’s been all smiles, a particular line from Thurman’s bag of barbs has clearly rubbed Pacquaio the wrong way. “I know he likes to quote Bible verses so I’ll let you know – he’s getting crucified,” Thurman said at a press conference in Beverly Hills when the fight was announced.  Fast forward to fight week where Pacquiao has gleefully relished the opportunity to be back in the spotlight. It’s his second pay-per-view fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in less than a year and the boxer-slash-politician is fielding questions in a room full of select media.Pacquiao has never been one to show a lot of emotion outside of the boxing ring but when that quote is brought back up, he pauses. “I think the thing he said to motivate me more than anything else is that he’s going to crucify me,” Pacquiao said before pausing again as he pondered his next verbal offering. “I want to teach him a lesson.”Although he would reinforce the idea that it was all business, Roach suggested that there is certainly some underlying anger that his pupil plans to unleash in Las Vegas. “Keith has talked it up to make Manny angry and now he’s going to get a more aggressive Manny,” Roach said. “Whenever Manny is upset or dislikes an opponent, he fights much better. And when he’s more aggressive he’s a much better fighter.”While Roach wouldn’t go as far to guarantee a knockout, he does believe that Pacquiao’s aggression could force Thurman into a shell — much like Broner — where the goal is survival. “I do think he’ll go into a shell after he feels Manny’s power,” Roach said. “I’m kind of counting on that because I know his trainer very well and I think he’s going to send his guy out there to show us that he’s the bigger and stronger guy. I would do the same. But the thing is, once he feels Manny’s power and speed and that will change everything, the fight will change.”Pacquiao told Sporting News that he hopes that Thurman comes to fight, but wouldn’t be surprised if he turtles up either. “I want to make a good fight for the fans with good action,” Pacquiao said. “I think I can handle him because he’s not fast like Broner. But if I hurt him, I don’t know what his reaction will be. We’ll see.”Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearThe fact remains in that there hasn’t been this much excitement surrounding a Manny Pacquiao fight since he faced Floyd Mayweather just over four years ago. Few, if any, fighters find a second wind in their boxing career as they enter 40. Most fighters are chewed up and spat out by the sport when the exit their prime years. But Pacquiao isn’t like most fighters. According to Roach, the issue with Pacquiao was never physical ability.; it was all mental. And it’s a hurdle that he’s seemingly overcome in the past 12 months. “He hasn’t lost his killer punch but because of his religion he didn’t want to hurt anybody,” Roach explains. “I told him that if he doesn’t want to hurt anybody these decisions will keep happening to him. When you knock them out there are no questions asked.”last_img read more

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‘Wood’ you believe it? Goalpost is man of the match

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | West Ham fans were so relieved by their team’s 1-0 win over Hull last Saturday that they named a goalpost as man of the match after the woodwork saved the Hammers three times.A Mark Noble penalty gave Slaven Bilic’s side the three points in the Premier League clash at the London Stadium but Hull hit the woodwork on no less than three occasions from Andrew Robertson (twice) and Dieumerci Mbokani.“With 57 per cent of the vote congratulations to The Post on securing today’s Man of the Match award!,” tweeted West Ham after the results of their supporters’ poll.The goalpost beat Cheikhou Kouyate (17 percent), Andy Carroll (14) and Winston Reid (12) in the vote.last_img read more

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