SPORTS AGENDA: Yorkshire accuse three vice-presidents of spreading 'mischievous false information'

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Yorkshire have accused three vice-presidents of spreading ‘mischievous false information’ ahead of next week’s EGM at the county cricket club.

A letter sent to members — and seen by Sports Agenda — makes a series of allegations about the regime brought in at Headingley in the wake of the Azeem Rafiq racism scandal.

It claims Lord Patel, who arrived following the exit of chairman Roger Hutton, is picking up £200,000 a year. They say this represents ‘the first time in our club’s 159-year history that a chairman has received a salary’ and adds that such a payment breaches the county’s rules.

Yorkshire have accused three vice-presidents of spreading 'mischievous false information'

Yorkshire have accused three vice-presidents of spreading ‘mischievous false information’

A letter sent to members made allegations about Yorkshire chairman Lord Patel's salary

A letter sent to members made allegations about Yorkshire chairman Lord Patel’s salary 

Yorkshire have rubbished the claims, saying: ‘The club is aware of mischievous false information being promulgated to members that, “Lord Patel receives a salary — estimated to be £200,000 — for his work as chairman of YCCC”. 

‘Those spreading this information are untrammelled by actual knowledge. Those giving currency to such scuttlebutt are doing so for their own sectional interests.’

The letter, sent by David Hall, Robin Smith and Tony Vann, claims Lord Patel agreed a one-off payment with Rafiq of £200,000 without advice from the club’s solicitors — a sum way beyond what they say would have been due in litigation.

The trio also allege Patel’s salary, combined with pay-offs to the 15 staff sacked following his arrival, ‘is likely to be in the region of £3million’, with a raft of wrongful dismissal cases expected.

Marsch makes good first impression 

New Leeds boss Jesse Marsch was given an ovation by his players after his first speech at the club’s Thorp Arch training ground.

The American, whose side lost 1-0 to Leicester on Saturday, is understood to have immediately lifted the pressure on his squad, making the point they are more than good enough to stay in the Premier League.

Marsch was also warmly received when he nipped into a fundraising night at Elland Road for former captain Brendon Ormsby, who is suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy after years of heading the ball.

Jesse Marsch made a good impression as he got a standing ovation after his first speech

Jesse Marsch made a good impression as he got a standing ovation after his first speech

The new man was working late and, when he heard about the event, headed upstairs and took the mic to say a few words to those gathered, which included a host of Leeds legends.

Campaign after coin throwing 

West Yorkshire Police and Leeds United are set to launch a campaign aimed at catching those who threw coins at Manchester United players during the visitors’ 4-2 win.

CCTV images of suspects are expected to be released in the hope the morons can be identified. 

Three fans have been arrested, including one picked up at Leeds’ match against Tottenham. One is due in court later this month. There are believed to be 14 suspects in total.

Anthony Elanga was hit by a coin during Manchester United's 4-2 win against Leeds

Anthony Elanga was hit by a coin during Manchester United’s 4-2 win against Leeds

Return to dressing rooms 

Premier League sides returned to their usual dressing rooms as Covid regulations were relaxed this weekend, but it was not seen as good news by everyone.

Some sniped that the temporary facilities at places such as Wolves, Burnley and Everton were an improvement on the ones they used before the pandemic.

Everton’s £30m black hole 

Everton will need to ramp up their commercial operation after suspending three of their sponsorship deals with Russian firms and breaking their agreement with shirt sponsors Cazoo.

Interesting, then, that the club — who it is believed will miss out on about £30million — are operating without a commercial director.

In October, the highly regarded Alan McTavish moved from the role to managing director of women’s football. Rather than replace him, marketing chief Richard Kenyon saw his role widened to director of communications, revenue and international growth.

Some have wondered if McTavish was shifted because so many deals were being done with firms associated with Russian businessman Alisher Usmanov, whose assets were frozen by the EU on Tuesday and the UK on Thursday. Everton dispute that is the case, and say Kenyon has developed a well-resourced partnership team with staff based in Liverpool, London and the US.

Everton will need to ramp up their commercial operations after suspending three of their sponsorships with Russian firms

Everton will need to ramp up their commercial operations after suspending three of their sponsorships with Russian firms

Attention focusing on federations who’ve not issued bans

Attention is turning to the few international sport federations left that have not yet banned all Russian and Belarusian athletes from competition. 

One is the International Judo Federation. Hardly surprising when you consider it is run by Marius Vizer, a close friend of judo-loving Vladimir Putin.

The world body for swimming (FINA) have also resisted an outright ban, which is more surprising because FINA’s president is Husain Al Musallam. As a Kuwaiti, he should know all about the horrors of an unprovoked invasion of a sovereign state.

Marius Vizer (left) is a close friend of judo-loving Russian president Vladimir Putin

Marius Vizer (left) is a close friend of judo-loving Russian president Vladimir Putin

Azpilicueta gets planning permission

His Chelsea future may be unclear, but club captain Cesar Azpilicueta will remain a fixture in the area after receiving planning permission to bulldoze a £3.6million house and build a new one in its place.

The 32-year-old Spaniard, whose contract expires at the end of the season, wants to replace the existing property, close to the club’s Cobham training base, with a five-bedroom pad complete with indoor swimming pool, gym and cinema.

Cesar Azpilicueta has had planning permission accepted for a new house to be built

Cesar Azpilicueta has had planning permission accepted for a new house to be built

Champagne at Accrington 

No disrespect, but Accrington Stanley would probably not be first on anyone’s list for best locations for a champagne bar.

However, one such facility is part of a new hospitality and bar area at the club’s Wham Stadium.

Owner Andy Holt joked that — at £2.5million — it is the most expensive pint he had ever bought.

The champagne bar joins the 1968 Lounge, recognising the year the club reformed after resigning from the league, and Coley’s, a match-day bar named after former boss John Coleman, who took Stanley from the Unibond First Division to League One.

Red Star fans show support for Russia 

The display of unity shown by Premier League clubs against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was welcome. 

However, the same cannot be said for Serbia, where fans of Red Star Belgrade — whose club have refused to terminate their sponsorship deal with majority Russian state-owned Gazprom — took a very different stance.

In their 3-0 victory over Vozdovac, ultras sang, ‘Russians and Serbs, brother for ever’, in support of Russia’s actions. No doubt the Glasgow constabulary is looking forward to Red Star’s trip to face Rangers on Thursday.

Red Star Belgrade fans sang: ‘Russians and Serbs, brother for ever’, in support of Russia

Red Star Belgrade fans sang: ‘Russians and Serbs, brother for ever’, in support of Russia

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