GECOM Chair way too advanced in age to effectively serve

first_imgDear Editor,The GECOM Chairman, Mr James Patterson initially made headlines when President Granger triggered widespread criticism by trampling standard democratic practices to appoint him to such a sensitive and demanding position.The public not only complained about the immorality surrounding such an appointment, but they also griped over the fact that Mr Patterson is way too advanced in age to effectively serve. Mr Patterson is almost 90 years old and realistically, it would be difficult for him to be up to speed to serve in such a capacity. The public has rightly viewed his appointment as a bad one with serious consequences for Guyana. But President Granger does not care a hoot. President Granger’s interest lies solely in deriving political benefits from such an unfair transaction. What else?Unsurprisingly, Mr Patterson is back again in the headlines. This time, he is stalling election preparations and creating uncertainty at GECOM because he is on a prolonged sick leave. Many even feared that Mr Patterson is faking his illness to help APNU/PNC/AFC because Government has a slim chance of winning the elections if it were to be held in two months’ time. Guyanese must remember that President Granger has tremendous influence at GECOM because he appointed Mr Patterson. GECOM can’t be independent. Amid such unreliable and frustrating circumstances, President Granger informed the nation that elections can only be held when GECOM is ready. President Granger’s position is vague and unfair, only adding uncertainty and ignoring the problems at GECOM. GECOM may never be ready because its Chairman isn’t reporting for work. A date for the elections needs to be fixed because GECOM has to accommodate elections no later than is required by the Constitution.Mr Patterson must drop his excuses and live up to his commitment to serve. And this means that at the very least, he must immediately show up for work or immediately resign. His actions are unreasonable and unfair. The clock is ticking.In sum, this narrative exposes the undemocratic and dubious operating procedures routinely used by President Granger to trample his people for political gains. Obviously, President Granger fails to connect the hefty price tag that comes with his leadership and how it effectively brought his Government down. With this situation on hand, Guyanese now have a chance to free themselves from such a leader at the polls. President Granger needs to play it fair. The world is watching. And GECOM needs to be ready in a timely manner.Sincerely,Annie Baliramlast_img read more

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NO. 6 BLUES TAME LIONS ON SCHOOL DAY

first_imgThe physical play of both teams continued in the following frame. Off of an offensive zone face-off, Nathan Hudgin forced a York turnover, which popped up in front of the goal for Hunter Atchison, who made no mistake to extend the Blues lead to three. Toronto and York exchanged some physicality as the horn closed out the second period. Matchup History For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics.Print Friendly Version The No. 6 University of Toronto Varsity Blues men’s hockey team extended their winning streak to eight games by defeating the York Lions 3-2 on Thursday afternoon (Nov 14) in their annual School day game at Varsity Arena. Watch Live Full Schedule Roster York would get on the board five minutes into the final period. Peter De Coppi picked up a rebound and beat second-year goalie Alex Bishop. The Lions continued to apply pressure and forced the Blues to play strong defence. The Lions pulled their goalie with two minutes left and Jack Goranson would cut the lead to one. York’s late surge wouldn’t be enough as the Varsity Blues would hold them off in the final minute to solidify the win for the electrifying school day crowd. Next Game: Western University 11/16/2019 | 7:00 p.m. Bishop made 31 saves in the win to improve the Blues record to 10-2, which places them in first in the OUA west division.  UP NEXT: The Blues are back at Varsity Arena on Saturday night (Nov 16) at 7:00pm, when they battle the Western Mustangs. Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats HOW IT HAPPENED: A fast paced first period saw the Blues and Lions both get quality scoring chances. Toronto opened up the scoring on the powerplay when Joey Manchurek’s shot took a defection off a Lion and beat York goalie Mack Shields. Manchurek didn’t stop there, tipping in a Riley Bruce shot to put the Blues up by two after 20 minutes.last_img read more

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Herstelling fatal accident victim identified

first_imgThe woman who was struck down and killed on the Herstelling Public Road, East Bank Demerara (EBD) on Saturday night has now been identified.She was identified as Ingrid Mayfield James, 64, of Lot 1294 Section C, Block Y,Deceased: Ingrid JamesGolden Grove, EBD.According to reports, the identification was made around 13:00h on Monday by the victim’s daughter.James was killed when she was struck down by a motorist who was said to be speeding at the time of the accident.The driver of motor car PKK 3251, the vehicle that hit the woman, was identified as a 45-year-old resident of Burnham Boulevard, Mocha, EBD.Guyana Times understands that the man was proceeding south along the eastern carriageway of the Herstelling Public Road.Police investigations revealed that James who was a pedestrian allegedly crossed the road from west to east into the path of the vehicle.As a result of the impact, the left leg of the woman was severed and she also sustained serious injuries to her head and body.She was picked up and rushed to the Diamond hospital where she was pronounced dead on arrival.A breathalyser test was administered to the driver and no alcohol was detected in his breath.Investigations are continuing.last_img read more

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Hazard fires Blues top, Everton 4th

first_imgVictory moved Jose Mourinho’s side into first place above former leaders Arsenal, who visit Aston Villa on Monday, and set them up nicely for next weekend’s home game with Manchester United.Hull had beaten Fulham 6-0 in their previous home game and they had the best of the early skirmishes, with Jake Livermore testing Petr Cech from long range and Yannick Sagbo shooting wide after John Terry lost the ball.Chelsea began to assert control, however, and Hull goalkeeper Allan McGregor had to produce a razor-sharp reflex save to deny Oscar before tipping a plunging David Luiz free-kick over the crossbar.McGregor had to repel another free-kick from Luiz early in the second period before Hazard made the breakthrough in the 56th minute with a characteristic individual goal.The Belgian forward collected a flick from Ashley Cole just outside the Hull area and shifted the ball away from a couple of defenders before drilling a low shot into the bottom-right corner with his right foot.Torres applied the finishing touch in the 87th minute, gathering a pass just inside the Hull half and wriggling past Alex Bruce before slamming a low shot inside the left-hand post.Chelsea manager Mourinho dismissed French media reports linking Hazard with a move to Paris Saint-Germain, saying: “The club doesn’t want to sell him. Obviously the manager has that decision. Every manager wants players like him.“Last year you saw a talented Hazard; this year he is a much more mature player. He deserves more than man of the match, probably player of the month. Not many are doing what he is doing.”Later on Saturday, Manchester United will bid to avoid slumping to a fourth consecutive defeat for the first time since 1961 when they host Swansea City, who knocked them out of the FA Cup at Old Trafford last weekend.Everton climbed back into the Champions League places with a 2-0 victory at home to Norwich City.Gareth Barry put Everton ahead in the 23rd minute with a fine 20-yard shot that fizzed into the top-right corner, with Kevin Mirallas adding a free-kick shortly before the hour.Tottenham Hotspur are a point behind Roberto Martinez’s side in fifth place after beating Crystal Palace by the same score at White Hart Lane.After Palace winger Jason Puncheon horribly miscued an early penalty, Christian Eriksen broke the deadlock in the 50th minute from Emmanuel Adebayor’s flick-on.A day after his imminent move to Toronto FC was announced, Spurs striker Jermain Defoe was granted a warm reception after coming on a second-half substitute and he claimed a well-taken goal with 18 minutes remaining.“It was a typical Jermain Defoe finish,” said Spurs manager Tim Sherwood.“He’s pounced on it and struck. I’ll be sorry to lose Jermain. Toronto are getting a fine goalscorer.”Adam Johnson scored the first hat-trick of his professional career as Sunderland won 4-1 at Fulham to climb off the foot of the table and close to within a point of safety.Johnson teed up Sunderland’s other goal, for Ki Sung-yueng, with Steve Sidwell replying for the hosts.West Ham United spoilt Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first home game as Cardiff City manager as goals from Carlton Cole and Mark Noble gave Sam Allardyce’s side a 2-0 win that took them out of the bottom three at their hosts’ expense.In the day’s other game, a 66th-minute strike from captain Adam Lallana gave Southampton a 1-0 win at home to West Bromwich Albion.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, January 11- Eden Hazard and Fernando Torres scored two excellent goals as Chelsea won 2-0 at Hull City on Saturday to climb to the top of the Premier League table.Hazard, who turned 23 on Tuesday, broke the deadlock early in the second period at the KC Stadium before Torres marked his 200th Premier League appearance with a late goal.last_img read more

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Tottenham 1-0 Southampton: Eriksen earns Pochettino victory against former club

first_img Christian Eriksen celebrates scoring the winner for Tottenham against Southampton Mauricio Pochettino came out on top in his first meeting with former club Southampton.The Tottenham manager, who quit the Saints for Spurs in the summer, saw his new side win 1-0 at White Hart Lane thanks to Christian Eriksen’s first-half strike.The Danish midfielder latched on to Nacer Chadli’s lay-off and drove a low shot past Fraser Forster five minutes before the break.Hugo Lloris denied Victor Wanyama in the second half as Southampton pushed for an equaliser and Sadio Mane missed a glorious late chance but the hosts held out to secure a first Premier League victory in five games.Despite having led Southampton to their best-ever finish in the Premier League last term, Pochettino was showered with abuse from visiting fans, upset by his defection in the summer which sparked a major exodus from St Mary’s.A difficult start to his Tottenham reign also ensured he was under pressure from his own supporters, so this win will have come as a huge relief to the Argentine ahead of the international break.Southampton had come into this clash as very much the form side, with Ronald Koeman having overseen a remarkable rebuilding job that had seen the south coast club lose just one of their opening six games.Their last defeat came in the middle of August, but Eriksen’s strike meant their excellent run was finally brought to an end.After Ryan Bertrand had cleared a Jan Vertonghen header off the line, the home side made the breakthrough in the 40th minute.It was a well-worked goal too – Emmanuel Adebayor feeding Chadli and the Belgian laying the ball off to Eriksen to lash past Forster.It could have been 2-0 soon after as Chadli raced through on goal and beat Forster but saw his left-footed strike hit the far post before being hacked clear.Spurs continued on top when the play resumed for the second half, but Southampton got stronger as the game went on and the home side had Lloris to thank for keeping them in front.A sliced clearance from Younes Kaboul fell to Wanyama whose well struck shot was brilliantly kept out by the French goalkeeper.Southampton continued to press and should have been level five minutes from time when Ryan Bertrand’s cross found its way to an unmarked Mane, who somehow failed to make the right contact with the ball from six yards and directed wide.It was a huge let-off for Tottenham, as they held out for their first three points since the end of August to move up to sixth in the table. 1last_img read more

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TRAGIC DONEGAL WOMAN LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN TO HAVE LEGAL HIGHS BANNED IN BRITAIN

first_imgTragic Jimmy just hours before his death.A Donegal woman whose son died in England is fronting a campaign to have new legislation introduced in the British Parliament to have legal highs banned there.Jimmy Guichard from Letterkenny died last October after taking a legal high.The 20 year old GAA player had moved to England to look after his dad who is suffering from cancer. However Jimmy died after suffering a massive heart attack and brain damage from the unknown substance.Tragic Jimmy Guichard looking fit and healthy.Now his mum Karen has written to the 416 MPs in the House of Lords asking to help her introduce Jimmy’s Law in England.So far 80 of them have responded to her campaign.Karen told Donegal Daily she is delighted by the response to Jimmy’s Law which aims to introduce a total ban on all legal highs across Britain. “Considering I never wrote an email before I am delighted by the response.“I sat down and asked my daughter to set me up with an account and I emailed every one of the 416 MPs.“I have so far received 80 responses and they have promised to help. It’s a great start and I would love to see Jimmy’s Law become a real law,” she said.Karen said life without her eldest son is difficult but the campaign is keeping her busy.“If I can get Jimmy’s Law passed then he will not have died in vain. “We went through hell as a family and I would not like any other family to go through what we went through and are going through.“Nobody knows what is in these legal highs and that is the most dangerous thing,” she said.Jimmy, who was a talented hurler with St Eunans in Letterkenny, was found in his bedroom in Kent by his dad Martin.He was rushed to hospital but died the following day after his family were told there was no hope for him. His mum Karen decided to give permission to release a touching picture of Jimmy on a life-support machine.The picture was later used in an anti-drugs billboard campaign in Latvia.“I wanted people to see what damage taking these so-called legal highs can do,” she said.Karen will be travelling to England in a few weeks to speak about Jimmy’s death in schools across Britain.TRAGIC DONEGAL WOMAN LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN TO HAVE LEGAL HIGHS BANNED IN BRITAIN was last modified: January 18th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalJIMMY GUICHARDLEGAL HIGHSletterkennylast_img read more

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Transfer ALERT! Man United readying big-money summer bid for Real Madrid ace

first_img1 Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata is wanted by Man United Manchester United are putting the wheels in motion ahead of a summer swoop for Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata.Jose Mourinho has prioritised signing a new frontman at the end of the season with Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s future at the club now in doubt over his serious knee injury.United have been linked with Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann and Andrea Belotti of Torino but, according to reports in Spain, they will move for Morata instead.The Spain international has been unable to displace Karim Benzema from the first-team at the Bernabeu and he is ready to leave.Chelsea have been linked with the 24-year-old in recent months, while he has also been on Arsenal’s radar in the past.However, Morata looks as though he could be on his way to Old Trafford with Mourinho ready to sanction a hefty bid for him this summer.last_img read more

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Dodgers complete sweep over Rockies, 19-11

first_imgColorado manager Clint Hurdle was tired of watching the bullpen gates swing open. “The first five innings, the game seemed like it was never going to end,” Hurdle said. “It was like a trip to the dentist and you sit in the chair and he just keeps drilling and drilling and drilling.” In which case, Loney, who entered the game with one career home run and eight RBIs, was the one holding the drill. Getting the start at first base with Garciaparra dealing with sore side and thigh muscles, Loney hit a grand slam in the first, a two-run double in the third, a run-scoring single in the fifth and a two-run homer in the seventh before striking out in the eighth. That tied the club record for RBIs set by Hodges for Brooklyn on Oct. 31, 1950, against the Boston Braves. It’s the first nine-RBI game in the National League since Sammy Sosa did it for the Cubs at Coors Field on Aug. 10, 2002, and the most in the majors since Alex Rodriguez of the Yankees drove in 10 against the Angels on April 26, 2005. The wild win was the Dodgers’ 15th in 19 games against the Rockies this season. They blew a five-run lead when Colorado scored seven times in the fourth to take a 10-8 lead, but the Dodgers tied it in the fifth and then put together a seven-run rally in the sixth. Kenny Lofton (third) and Marlon Anderson (12th) hit back-to-back homers off Ray King (1-4), and Wilson Betemit added a two-run double off Jose Mesa, who also served up Loney’s two-run shot. Lofton came around on an error to make it 17-10. Left-hander Mark Hendrickson (2-7), the Dodgers’ fourth pitcher, picked up the win. He gave up an unearned run and one hit in two innings. Dodgers starter Brad Penny left the game after one inning when he was unable to loosen up his stiff lower back. Little said he might start Monday should the Dodgers find themselves in a one-game playoff. “It is an issue when someone’s not 100 percent, but we’ll keep working and try to make him better,” Little said. “We need the guy to pitch.” Penny, who has struggled since the All-Star break, allowed four hits, including a three-run home run to Matt Holliday. Afterward, he said he first experienced pain in his last start at Arizona on Saturday and felt a cramp when he warmed up Thursday. Penny was lifted for a pinch hitter in the top of the second, right after Loney’s grand slam off Byung-Hyun Kim gave Los Angeles a 4-3 lead. The Dodgers scored four times in the third to make it 8-3. But the Rockies bounced back to take a 10-8 lead by scoring seven runs on eight singles in the fourth, including one by Vinny Castilla in his last at-bat at Coors Field. The Dodgers got the runs back in the fifth on RBI-singles by Betemit and Loney off Mike Venafro, tying it at 10 and setting up LA’s big sixth-inning outburst that included Loney’s two-run shot. “We ran into a hot hitter,” Mesa said. “Loney was a hot hitter, someone we couldn’t get out.” Notes:@ The Dodgers’ 19 runs were a season high. … The 30 runs were the most in the majors since the Yankees beat Tampa Bay 20-11 on June 21, 2005, and the most at Coors Field since June 19, 2002, when the Yankees beat the Rockies 20-10.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “He had a great day, what can you say?” Los Angeles manager Grady Little said. “He’ll be ready the next time we need him, I’m sure.” Subbing for the ailing Nomar Garciaparra, Loney hit two homers, including a grand slam, to lead Los Angeles past Colorado 19-11 in a slugfest at Coors Field that kept the pressure on San Diego and Philadelphia. The Dodgers started the day one game ahead of Philadelphia in the NL wild-card race and one game behind San Diego in the NL West. Both the Phillies and Padres played Thursday night. Since being brought up from Triple-A Las Vegas, Loney is batting .286 and the Dodgers are 14-5 when he starts at first base. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips“They brought me up and told me to be ready at all times,” Loney said. “We’ve had a lot of magic over the last two weeks. Sitting on the bench watching that, I wanted to be a part of that.” Yet, he swears he won’t be bummed by going back to backing up Garciaparra. “Whenever they need me,” he said. He’ll be there, bat at the ready. They needed him big-time Thursday in a game that featured 30 runs, 33 hits and 16 pitchers, prompting Little to wonder what was all this fuss this summer about the humidor making Coors Field a pitcher’s park. last_img read more

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Celtic move collapses, Liverpool seal first summer signing, Wan-Bissaka latest

first_imgtalkSPORT.com rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Thursday’s papers and online… Despite contrary reports, Man United remain the only club to have submitted an offer for Ajax wonderkid Matthijs de Ligt. – (FULL STORY)Arsenal have been told to up their £15million offer for Kieran Tierney by Celtic boss Neil Lennon.- (FULL STORY)Motherwell midfielder David Turnbull’s move to Celtic has fallen through after the clubs failed to re-negotiate fresh terms. – FULL STORYLiverpool have made Sepp van den Berg, the teenage centre-back, their first signing of the summer. – FULL STORYChelsea will sign Mateo Kovacic on a permanent basis before the end of the month in a deal worth £45million. The Blues are able to sign Kovacic despite their transfer ban as he is already registered with them. – FULL STORYAnder Herrera will be presented as a Paris Saint-Germain player next week, having agreed to join the Ligue 1 champions when his Manchester United contract expires. (L’Equipe) REVEALED 3 Getty Images – Getty 3 Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? TOP WORK LIVING THE DREAM LATEST TRANSFER GOSSIP Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing three-way race Rangers have held talks with former Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel over a free transfer to Ibrox. (Daily Record)Manchester City could scupper Watford’s deal to sign Fluminense forward Joao Pedro in January 2020, by taking advantage of a £17.9m clause in the contract and hijacking the move for the 17-year-old Brazilian. (Daily Star)Bayern Munich have held talks with the agent of Barcelona’s French forward Ousmane Dembele over a move for the 22-year-old. (Daily Mirror)PSG have opened talks with AC Milan over a potential £46m deal for 20-year-old Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma. (Daily Mail) Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ targets center_img The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Torreira has denied the rumours surrounding his future at Arsenal LATEST Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti 3 Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Everton are making a shock move to sign Juventus wonderkid Moise Kean with a £27million bid reportedly submitted by the Toffees. (Corriere dello Sport)Manchester United are expected to target Newcastle’s Sean Longstaff and Leicester’s James Maddison once their deal for Aaron Wan-Bissaka is completed. (Times)Wan-Bissaka has been pictured at United’s Carrington training ground to finalise his £50million transfer from Crystal Palace. (The Sun)Juventus have asked Adidas for financial help in their pursuit of Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba. (Corriere dello Sport)Inter Milan will offer to sign United striker Romelu Lukaku on loan for two years for £9million, with an obligation to buy him for £53.8m when it ends. (The Guardian)Ajax centre-back Matthijs de Ligt has accepted a contract offer from Juventus, who will now hold talks with his club to try to agree a deal worth £70m for the 19-year-old. (The Guardian)However, Paris Saint-Germain have not given up on bringing the Dutch international to the French capital. (The Guardian)Manchester United have pulled out of the running to sign Leicester City defender Harry Maguire, after being told the 26-year-old will cost £100m. (Daily Mirror)United have met with the agent of Portugal midfielder Bruno Fernandes to try to secure a £70m move for the 24-year-old from Sporting Lisbon – FULL STORY LIVE TRANSFER BLOG: Keep up to date with the latest news and gossip on talkSPORT.comArsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira says AC Milan have not made contact with him over a possible return to Serie A – FULL STORYRangers manager Steven Gerrard, Nice boss Patrick Vieira and Manchester City coach Mikel Arteta are all on Newcastle United’s shortlist to replace Rafa Benitez. (Daily Telegraph)Burnley boss Sean Dyche is also on Newcastle’s radar but the Magpies would have to pay the Clarets £10m in compensation to bring him to St James’ Park. (Daily Mail) Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer getty images – getty moving on Longstaff caught the eye after breaking into Newcastle’s first-team last season targets last_img read more

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World Cup finals to be expanded to 48 teams from 2026

first_imgFIFA have voted to increase the size of the World Cup finals to involve 48 teams from 2026.Members of the FIFA Council met on Tuesday to consider a range of different formats for the competition and opted to expand it from the current 32-team competition, adding 16 more nations.The plan to grow the competition was a key part of Gianni Infantino’s manifesto when he ran to replace Sepp Blatter as president and has now been delivered, though the changes do not have unanimous support.While many supporters of expansion saw the changes as bringing a more open competition and increased revenue, some critics believe the level of competition will be diluted and the finals will suffer as a result. “We believe this is a positive step, particularly for the smaller nations, and will allow more fans across the globe to revel in their country’s participation at a FIFA World Cup Finals. “This will also allow these nations to invest further in their footballing infrastructure and youth development, which in turn can yield significant social benefits. “The exploits of Wales, Iceland, and Northern Ireland at EURO 2016 showed what an impact the smaller teams can have, and how beneficial to a tournament their participation can be. “A greater eclectic mix of footballing cultures at the FIFA World Cup will create a bigger and better atmosphere than ever before.” Under the new format, the 48 teams will be split into 16 groups of three.The top two from each group would progress to the knock-out stages. This could create the possibility of sides playing for draws and mutual benefit in the group stage so penalty shoot-outs in the group stage may be introduced.These are the first changes to the competition since 1998.Stewart Regan: Chief executive backs World Cup expansion. SNSGroupStewart Regan welcomed the move, saying: “We are pleased with the news that the FIFA World Cup will expand to 48 teams from 2026.last_img read more

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