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BPL board introduces P1000 sitting allowance

An untimely decision by the Botswana Premier League board of governors to introduce a sitting allowance has stirred a storm and the move is likely to attract a backlash from different quarters.

A litany of questions arises, not only about what others brand as a noble idea, but the amount of money the board chairpersons are to take. The issue of cooperate governance is already brought into the picture by those close to the league concerning the BWP 1000 sitting allowance each and every board member is to pocket.

This comes after a realisation struck that the BPL sitting allowance is more than that of their overseers at the Botswana National Sports Commission (BNSC). The situation is further exacerbated by the fact that the Botswana Football Association, the immediate overseer of the premier league has not even contemplated providing a sitting allowances for its board members. 

Some pundits have said the 1000 pula allowance is ‘ridiculous and lacks common reasoning’ as the BPL house is not even a profit making organisation.  

It is indicated by those who want to dress down those proposed the sitting allowance that even the BNSC has never seen their sitting allowance sky rocket to such level, as theirs is only BW P500.

Reached for clarity, the newly appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Botswana Football Association, Kitso Kemoeng professed ignorance of the matter. “I really do not know about that one, you might be aware that I am still familiarising myself with so many issues. I was shocked to realise that my principals do not have sitting allowances, but really for now I have no comment regarding the BPL allowances,” he added.

The office that runs the elite league is warned to be careful in controlling their affairs particularly that they have since employed a governing strategy at the end of last season.
Furthermore, there is worry that the current development could rub the sponsors the wrong way.

In the current setup, the league board is made of sixteen premier league chairpersons. There are also sub committees which the premier league teams’ chairpersons are part and parcel of.

The move is reported to be in the process of being further scrutinised by the association although the CEO could not validate that.  It is widely believed that such a decision is threatening to shatter the league‘s dream of standing alone from the BFA.

It is reported that this time around the BPL has muddled still waters in going over board to make decisions beyond their reach. Insiders revealed to this publication that this may be tantamount to suicide given the fact that the BPL is yet to make profit.

BFA Vice President in the financial wing could not be reached for comment as his phone rang unanswered for extended spells.

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6th February 2023

After falling to close the gap on Arsenal by losing to a record breaking goal by Kane at the Tottenham stadium.Manchester City now find themselves being charged by the Premier League with more than 100 breaches of its financial rules following a four-year investigation.

According to BBC , it has referred the club to an independent commission over alleged rule breaches between 2009 and 2018 , and also that Man-city has not been co-operating since the investigation which started in 2018 .

BBC further states that The commission can impose punishment including a fine , points deduction and expelling the club from the Premier league.

The alleged breaches include ,  breaching rules for requiring full details of manager remuneration,from 2009-2010, to 2012-2013 seasons when Roberto Mancini was in charge . Also player remuneration between 2010-2011 and 2015-2016.

The Premier league stated that City breached rules related to UEFA regulations , including Financial Fair Play , from 2013-2014 to 2017-2018 ,as well as Premier League rules on profitability and sustainability from 2014-2016 to 2017-2018

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Mason Greenwood attempted rape charges dropped

2nd February 2023

Charges of attempted rape and assault have been dropped against Manchester United footballer Mason Greenwood who was arrested in January 2022 after the allegations emerged.

The 21-year-old was arrested in January last year amid allegations surrounding images and videos that emerged online.

He was later charged with attempted rape, controlling and coercive behaviour and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The Crown Prosecution Service said the charges were discontinued after a key witness withdrew their involvement.

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Raphael Varane announces retirement from international football after 10 years of service.

2nd February 2023

The Manchester United defender will now focus on his club career having made 93 caps for France, appearing at three world cups and on European championship. The Les Bleus won the World cup in 2018 and Raphael Varane started all but one of France’s matches in Qatar as they finished as runners up to Argentina

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