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League Two: Port Vale chair left ‘shaking’ after voting to end season

League Two: Port Vale chair left ‘shaking’ after voting to end season

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Port Vale chair Carol Shanahan says she "came away shaking" after voting to end the League Two season despite the club being one point outside the play-offs.The English Football League said clubs "unanimously indicated" a wish to end the season via a "framework" including tables decided on points per game.Vale are eighth in League Two and would miss out on any potential play-offs. "It wasn't an easy thing to do. It's the hardest thing I've ever done," Shanahan told BBC Radio 5 Live."Then I had to do the awful thing of ringing the manager to tell him."Port Vale fans could look at it and ask 'why on earth did Carol vote for this that meant we missed out?'. Well, it was for the greater good. I t...
Coronavirus and football: Fifa medical chair does not want restart this season

Coronavirus and football: Fifa medical chair does not want restart this season

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Media playback is not supported on this device Fifa's chief doctor has warned against restarting the interrupted 2019-20 campaign and suggested governing bodies prepare for action next season instead.Michel d'Hooghe said "as a doctor" he would be "sceptical" about continuing leagues amid the coronavirus pandemic.The chair of Fifa's medical committee told BBC Sport: "My proposal is if it is possible, avoid playing competitive football in the coming weeks. "Try to be prepared for the start of good competition next season."European leagues have until 25 May to tell Europe...
Tokyo 2020 date ‘now has to be addressed’ – UK Athletics chair

Tokyo 2020 date ‘now has to be addressed’ – UK Athletics chair

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Nic Coward, the new chairman of UK Athletics, has suggested that the Tokyo 2020 Olympics should be postponed because of the coronavirus crisis.It comes amid the cancellation of key qualifying events and mounting athlete criticism of the organisers' stance to press ahead with plans to stage the event, which is due to run from 24 July to 9 August.Coward told BBC Sport: "To leave it where it is is creating so much pressure in the system. It now has to be addressed." GB Taekwondo performance director Gary Hall, who is in Japan, said organisers are "nervous" and rates prospects of the Games beginning in July at "50-50".Earlier on Friday, International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach ...
HS2 costs out of control, says review’s deputy chair

HS2 costs out of control, says review’s deputy chair

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There is "overwhelming evidence" that the costs of HS2 are "out of control" and its benefits overstated, the deputy chair of its review panel has said.Lord Berkeley said the high-speed rail line, linking London and northern England, is likely to cost over £108bn. A vocal critic of HS2, the Labour peer said he believed MPs had been "misled" about the price - set at £55bn in 2015.He has published a "dissenting report" on the project, but the government said it represented his personal view.Trains are due to start running on HS2 between London and Birmingham in 2029. However, Lord Berkeley says there is little prospect of that before 2031, and warns high-speed trains will not reach Manchester and Leeds until 2040.Lord Berkeley was t
Coppel to chair Top Shop tycoon Green’s retail empire

Coppel to chair Top Shop tycoon Green’s retail empire

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A former boss of the De Vere hotel and leisure group will be named this week as the new chairman of Sir Philip Green's high street empire.Sky News has learnt that Andrew Coppel is to join Sir Philip's Arcadia Group as the billionaire fights to keep it afloat after a torrid year. The appointment of Mr Coppel, whose current roles include a seat on the board of MJ Gleeson, the housebuilder, will be announced on Thursday.He will replace Jamie Drummond Smith, a corporate restructuring expert who stepped down in September after five months as interim chairman.Mr Coppel will assume the chairmanships of Arcadia, its direct holding company Taveta Investments and Top Shop Top Man Limited, which directly owns Sir Philip's two most popular retail brands. ...