On The Line: Will Derby’s fans be left in the dark?

Last updated at 20:01 02 February 2008


Derby fans are urging the club to reveal

the identity of the secret investors behind

their £60 million takeover.

The Premier League

will this week make their

statutory request for

details of the new

ownership structure and

for anyone who meets

their definition of a

director or shadow

director to certify that

they pass the 'fit and

proper person test'.

GSE chairman Andy Appleby and

executive Tom Glick, both Americans, will

join the board but they and chairman Adam

Pearson will not reveal the backers amid

reports they have links in America, China

and Korea.

There is no suggestion that they

would fall foul of the FAPPT but the fact that

football's authorities will know who is

bankrolling Derby and the fans will not goes

against calls for greater transparency.

RamsTrust chairman Jim Wheeler said:

"Most fans are cautiously optimistic, but

there is doubt because we don't know who

owns our club."


Rugby protecting big clubs

Rugby really is the new football, at least

in terms of trying to protect the self-interest

of the bigger clubs.

Discussions have

resumed about how best to avoid teams

like Leicester and Wasps not making the

quarter-finals of the Heineken Cup because

they were drawn in 'groups of death'.

Champions League-style seedings are

inevitable, but Premier Rugby continue to

argue rankings should be based on

European results over three years.

Other

countries favour five — purely for the good

of the game, of course.

Sharron Davies


Davies: We'll make real splash in 2012

The resignation of head

coach Ian Turner looks like

another torpedo to the bow

of British Swimming.

But

BBC commentator Sharron

Davies believes that

Turner's defection to New

Zealand will have little

effect on what was always

going to be a difficult

Olympics in Beijing.

Davies said: "I don't

think anyone is expecting

an amazing Games. Ian

will keep in touch with his

swimmers and the other

coaches will help out. But

I'm impressed with (new

performance director)

Michael Scott. Prospects are good for 2012."

For many, the more exciting news is that

Davies would consider reprising her role

as Amazon in the TV revival of Gladiators.

"I've got three kids, I'm 10 years older and

probably don't look as good in my skimpy

bikini as I did, but if I could specialise in

the wall climb, that might be fun," she said.


A writ, right on cue

BBC snooker commentator Clive Everton

doesn't believe in coincidences.

Snooker Scene, the magazine he edits, was

instrumental in 2006 world champion

Graeme Dott being acquitted of a

misconduct charge last month.

Two weeks

later Everton, a long-time critic of the World

Professional Billiards and Snooker

Association, again found himself the subject

of court action by the governing body.

Despite already losing once, the WPBSA is

going to the High Court to try to force him to

pay £38,000 of the costs they ran up in a

three-year-old disciplinary case against him.

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