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Mourinho demands more from Hazard

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first_img The self-proclaimed Special One has heaped praise on Hazard for his improved work ethic this season but was critical of the 23-year-old’s lax marking in the Champions League semi-final second-leg loss to Atletico Madrid. “Next season we want more from you,” said Mourinho, before adding “you win the kid (Hazard)” and handing over the trophy at the Stamford Bridge awards ceremony on Monday night. Atletico’s involvement in the Champions League final on May 24 means the deal may not be formerly concluded and announced until after the Lisbon showpiece for a player who was shackled by Chelsea’s defence in the two-legged semi-final, scoring only from the penalty spot. And, perhaps in some way to finance the deal, Brazil defender David Luiz is reportedly close to a switch to Barcelona after the Catalans appealed their transfer ban to allow them to sign players. Mourinho is determined Chelsea begin next season, his second on his return, with the Premier League title as the target. “It’s good to be back but it’s not good to finish third,” Mourinho added. “I’m happy with the evolution, but I’m not happy with third. Next season we want to do better than we did. “We have to do better, I have to do better, the players have to do better. “I have great belief in them and I think next season we can start day one and we can say without any kind of fears that we are there not to fight for the title, to win it.” Jose Mourinho demanded more from Eden Hazard in presenting the Belgium playmaker with Chelsea’s player of the year award. Press Association With tongue in cheek, Hazard, chosen ahead of Gary Cahill, Cesar Azpilicueta and John Terry for the award, had words of consolation for his overlooked team-mates. Hazard, who scored 17 goals this term, said: “Maybe next season, you have to work a bit more.” Mourinho’s rebuke of Hazard led to suggestions the forward may be allowed to depart this summer, with Paris St Germain among the interested parties – b ut Hazard insists he is at home in London. “It was a great season for me and I’m happy to play for Chelsea,” he added. ” I’m enjoying this city. I live in Cobham (near Chelsea’s Surrey training base). It’s easy.” Hazard was Chelsea’s sparkling performer this season, with much of the onus on him in attack as the Blues’ strikers lacked conviction in front of goal. Mourinho has vowed to spend the summer planning and improving his squad, which he insists does not require major surgery, although a prolific goalscorer is the number one target. The Blues boss has vowed to take time to consider changes to his squad and denied that his preference is for transfer dealings to be completed prior to the World Cup. Rumours persist of Chelsea landing Brazil-born Spain striker Diego Costa in a £32million deal – matching his release clause – from Atletico Madrid. last_img read more

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Tennis IRP demands tough love on data supplies as a fix for integrity

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first_img Submit Share TIU suspends Antonis Kalaitzakis over betting breaches July 21, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Sportradar combats social media abuse with player protection solution August 17, 2020 TIU denies two requests to lift provisional suspensions July 27, 2020 Related Articles Tennis’ Independent Review Panel (IRP) has published its much anticipated ‘Final Report’ on betting related-integrity issues, measures and protections commissioned jointly by the sport’s governing bodies of the ATP, WTA, ITF, and the Grand Slam Board.The IRP concludes a two-year study headed up by leading UK sports QC Adam Lewis, whose research is supported by US attorney Beth Wilkinson and Swiss Judge Marc Henzelin.Publishing the ‘IRP’s interim report on evidence’ last April, Lewis highlighted a number of concerns with regards to tennis’ relationship with betting, detailing that IRP’s research to date, had proven that ‘corruption had taken root at the lower levels of the game’.  In its April update, the IRP provisionally advised tennis’ governing bodies to undertake major structural reforms to their ranking systems, professional athlete accreditations, tournament frameworks, prize pools and education programmes.Moving to complete its research, the IRP would open its interim conclusions and recommendations to tennis and betting stakeholders as part of a consultation process. In its final report, the IRP credits Paul Leyland of Regulus Partners and Patrick Jay (independent advisor) as betting consultants assisting research.“The Panel’s findings are based on its comprehensive analysis of betting-related and other integrity issues facing professional tennis, including interviews of witnesses, examination of records and documents, and consultation with experts in various fields. In producing its Final Report, the Panel has fully considered all of the submissions that it received through the consultation process” the IRP details in its press release.With regards to its ‘final recommendations’, the IRP presents the frank response that there is no common panacea for tennis-betting’s integrity issues. Instead, the IRP presents a ‘package of measures’ (12 recommendations in total) aiming to strengthen tennis governing bodies’ frameworks, knowledge and systems against corruption and bad actors.In its recommendations, the IRP states that breaches of integrity can be effectively reduced by restructuring live data supplier agreements, with the panel recommending the following data-led measures for tennis stakeholders:Discontinuing the supply of official data for tennis’ development tour ‘The ITF World Tennis (“WTT”)’, which takes shape on 1 January 2019 and consists of former ITF $15,000 range tournaments.Empowering the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) to better monitor betting markets, and gain the capabilities to disrupt betting markets/events based on unofficial data of tennis sanctioned professional tournaments/matches/events.Allowing the TIU as tennis integrity supervisor to impose quotas/limits on the supply of live scoring data, in particular with regards to the lower levels of professional tennis.Imposing a mandatory ‘integrity-related contractual obligation’ on betting operators and data suppliers as a condition of the commercial use of official tennis syndicated live scoring data.“The Panel considers, following consultation, that the significant limitations described above are necessary and strike the appropriate balance at this time between all the competing considerations. The Panel recognises that these recommendations will have an adverse impact on the ITF’s revenues, a substantial part of which is reinvested in promoting tennis at what is essentially a developmental level of the game.”In its report the IRP recognises tennis governing bodies relationship with leading sports data firm Sportradar as the principal supplier of live ITF scoring feeds since 2012 – ‘a partnership which has generated tennis considerable funds’.Strengthening its data provisions and future best practices, the IRP states that tennis should move to ‘establish a newly empowered TIU’ whose responsibilities will be monitored by an independent supervisory board – ‘in particular as to the extent of any future sale of ITF data after the Sportradar contract comes to an end’.last_img read more

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