The start of the Spanish season looks set to be delayed after talks to avert strike action for this weekend’s opening fixtures failed to produce an agreement.
The Spanish professional footballers’ union (AFE) announced that players from the top two divisions would go on strike for the opening two weeks of the 2011-12 season unless an agreement with the Liga de Futbol Profesional (LFP) was reached over a new collective bargaining agreement.
The AFE want a guaranteed fund to protect players’ wages in the event of their clubs being declared insolvent. The AFE and LFP met in Madrid but no agreement was reached and the two parties will meet again on Friday.
LFP president Jose Luis Astiazaran was quoted as saying in AS:
”There is no agreement. The AFE maintain the strike for this weekend. We will meet again on Friday and, if it is necessary throughout the weekend.”
The Primera Division season was scheduled to start this weekend, with champions Barcelona going to Malaga and Real Madrid hosting Athletic Bilbao, while the Segunda Division was meant to begin on Friday night with a fixture between Villarreal B and Hercules.
Robin van Persie looks back at the start of his football career together with his father Bob, his son Shaqueel and Soufiane Touzani, one of the best Dutch Freestyle footballers. Robin, Soufiane and the 4-year old Shaqueel show us how they handle a ball on the pitch. Bob visits ‘the cage’ in Rotterdam where it all started.
DC and Ken Block present Gymkhana FOUR: The Hollywood Megamercial. GYM4 surpasses the high-production style of Gymkhana TWO with even more spectacular effects shot in the backlots of Universal Studios, California.
Filmed over the course of five days, director Ben Conrad (Zombieland and 30 Seconds or Less) and his team at Logan deliver a Hollywood caliber production complete with pyrotechnics, massive stunts and a series of unbelievable tricks. Featuring robotic sharks, deranged zombies, and a hilarious cameo by the Epic Meal Time guys, Ken Block and his Hybrid FunctionHoon Vehicle (H.F.H.V.) bring the magic of Hollywood and Gymkhana together.
Non-league sides Ascot United and Wembley FC will kick off this season’s FA Cup on Friday night, with the game being streamed to a potential audience of 700 million people on Facebook. The social networking site are ‘televising’ the clash, which, although it will not reach the majority of its potential viewers, is the first of its kind anywhere in the sport.
A 90-minute stream will be provided by Budweiser, the competition’s new sponsors.
”As a long-standing supporter of football globally, Budweiser is committed to brining the world`s most prestigious knockout competition closer to the fans,” said marketing director Ian Newell. What better way to demonstrate this than by broadcasting the very first kick to a global audience via Facebook. This is the first time a FA Cup tournament fixture has been broadcast live on the social network, which is great news for football fans and clubs alike.”
Budweiser said that the match, which kicks off at 1945 BST on Friday, will only be available to those of legal drinking age and users must have ‘liked’ the Budweiser page to gain access.
Arsenal’s wantaway midfielder Samir Nasri has used Twitter to deny earlier comments posted on a Facebook account suggesting he was set to leave the Gunners on less than amicable terms.
Nasri has been pursued by Manchester City throughout the current transfer window, and with contract extension talks at Arsenal long since stalling, the 24-year-old still appears set to leave the Emirates. Arsene Wenger had hoped the club could hold on to Nasri, but recently admitted the Gunners were not in a strong position to retain his services.
The quotes attributed to Nasri were in relation to what he earlier described as “disrespectful” chants aimed at him by fans during Arsenal’s Premier League opener against Newcastle – despite the France international not appearing on the pitch.
“I was very disappointed by the supporters last weekend,” the message read. “I am still an Arsenal player but I will certainly leave very soon. It’s nearly done. But I will leave with bitterness and anger in my heart.”
To which the Frenchman later replied via Twitter:
“Just to make things clear i dont have a facebook so i never said i was leaving with bitterness the guy who said that use a fake account.”
If Abercrombie and Fitch didn’t like Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino before it’s Tuesday public announcement that the Sitch’s association with the popular brand was unacceptable, then they hate him now. Not only has there been a media frenzy over the story, the company’s stock dropped 5% in less than a day, which is pretty significant. I guess the Jersey Shore cast shouldn’t be messed with, imagine what would happen if a company went after Snooki, WWIII?
Here’s what the company said Tuesday in its “Abercrombie & Fitch Proposes a Win-Win Situation” press release,
“We are deeply concerned that Mr. Sorrentino’s association with our brand could cause significant damage to our image. We understand that the show is for entertainment purposes, but believe this association is contrary to the aspirational nature of our brand, and may be distressing to many of our fans. We have therefore offered a substantial payment to Michael ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino and the producers of MTV’s The Jersey Shore to have the character wear an alternate brand. We have also extended this offer to other members of the cast, and are urgently waiting a response.”
The irony is despite its move to disassociate itself from the MTV show, Abercrombie & Fitch had, in fact, capitalized on the series’ popularity by releasing a “Fitchuation” t-shirt last year.