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Ngele forms panel of football rule makers

Mogakolodi Tsotso Ngele’s name has been submitted among others, to the International Football Association Board (IFAB) to form a part of panel of players who will be regularly consulted on the rules of the game. This comes at a time when board is giving players a say in the management of the game, albeit at pitch level only.

The new rules are currently under review and players have been roped in the rules making so as to give guidance on how best to run the game. The players, among others will be consulted on issues like te possible introduction of the goal-line technology, triple punishment and the use of artificial turf, according to Federation Internationale Des Footballeurs Professionels –FIFPro, which is the world players union that boasts of 52 subsidiary unions across the world.

 Information sourced from Footballers Union Botswana (FUB) revealed that "FIFPro has already asked its member unions to select and submit names of active players who can constantly be consulted on football related matters." FUB, a FIFPro candidate member recently compiled a list of active football players in Botswana and sent to their mother body, FIFPro.

It is through consultation with selected active players that FIFPro aims to ensure that its decisions reflect the wishes of the majority – of players. Former Manchester City player, Richard Johnson, who is also a member of FIFPro’s Technical Committee, has been selected to represent the organisation at the football panel, according FUB secretary general, Kgosana Masaseng.

The decision to start embracing the players’ voices in running the game of football was announced at a signing ceremony marking the beginning of a new era for the 127 year old IFAB. The ceremony was held in Zurich, Switzeland in January 2014. IFAB is the guardian of the laws governing the football game.

 It was no surprise that the ceremony marking the beginning of IFAB’s new era as an autonomous body was held in Zurich; the organisation’s new status was registered under the Swiss Civil Code. The attainment of the new status means that it is no longer functioning under FIFA statutes but its own. IFAB statutes define its purpose; structure; responsibilities as well as that of its subsequent bodies.

Information on the changes of IFAB’s newly attained status may be trickling in just now into Botswana but the ceremony marking the organisation’s milestone development took place as far back as over year ago.

In fact, FIFA President, Sepp Blatter even addressed a redefined IFAB meeting as early as two months after it attained its autonomous status. At that meeting, Blatter underscored the importance of IFAB’s new structure. The new structure is in part defined by two new advisory panels. They are the Technical and Football Panels.

The advisory panels have been established to ensure that there is always a more proactive approach and broader consultation by the different stakeholders from across the world of football, according to Masaseng.

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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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