FA official flies into first class scandal
23:10 GMT, 23 April 2012
A senior FA official compromised her position by offering tickets to the Liverpool v Everton FA Cup semi-final to a British Airways employee in return for an upgrade on flights back from a football tournament in America.
Janie Frampton, the FA national referee manager for education and training, used her two seats for the Wembley showcase to barter for an improved class of travel for her and three female referees on their return from the Dallas Cup.
Big match: Liverpool met Everton in the FA Cup semi-finals earlier this month
FA boss Frampton made no secret of what seems a highly inappropriate use of a company perk in an email exchange that was forwarded to Sports Agenda.
Frampton wrote to BA’s Brian Yip: 'Hi Brian, We spoke on our trip from Heathrow to Dallas. We discussed the possibility of an upgrade for myself and the three girls for our flight home. It would be great if this is possible. I have secured two tickets for the Liverpool v Everton semi-final.'
On the day of departure, Frampton contacted Yip again on her official FA.com email, writing: 'We are all checked in for our flight later this afternoon. If the upgrade is possible, would we find out when we arrive at the desk If all is successful please email me your postal address so I can send the tickets.'
An FA spokesman said they were looking into the matter.
England squad to visit Auschwitz
The FA, who are determined that the England team will be 'good tourists' during Euro 2012 after hiding themselves away at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, are planning for players and staff to make the harrowing trip to Auschwitz within 48 hours of arriving at their Krakow training base.
Clarke not a sponsor for coach Flower
England cricket director Andy Flower, who completed the London Marathon in 4 hour 45 minutes despite his longest training run being only 15 miles, raised more than 6,000 for charity.
He received donations from his international players, ECB officials and even MCC staff.
Yet donors have noticed that one notable name was conspicuous by its absence from Flower’s Justgiving page… the ECB’s multi-millionaire chairman Giles Clarke.
An ECB spokesman said: 'Giles would not have received the email circular about Andy’s run but the chairman is always very supportive of charities.'
Presentation at RFU meeting a 'shambles'
Miles Templeman, one of the RFU’s two independent directors, is leading the governance review after the Union’s year from hell.
Yet his presentation of proposed reforms at the RFU’s council meeting last Friday was described as a 'shambles'.
Unimpressed councillors claim Templeman, a former chief of the Institute of Directors, has no empathy with grass-roots rugby.
Sporty spices up draw
Adding the glamour: Mel C
David Beckham, the elephant in the room during any debate about Britain’s Olympic squad, might not be at Tuesday's tournament draw at Wembley.
But inevitably there has to be a Becks connection, especially with 1.5million tickets to sell.
His wife Victoria Beckham’s fellow former Spice Girl Mel C is one of the draw assistants along with Ronaldo and Robbie Savage.
No doubt Sporty Spice will be on message when asked if Becks should be in the team.
Meanwhile, it sums up the priorities of Olympic fat cats that it needed the intervention of IOC president Jacques Rogge to halt a long debate at the Association of National Olympic Committees’ Congress in Moscow as to who should pay for their partners’ breakfast during the Games.
The London organisers pick up the tab for a room plus one breakfast for each competing country’s Olympic chief. But the delegates were exercising about their spouses’ breakfast bills until Rogge came up with the compromise of ANOC and the IOC sharing the cost.
Warren targeted by phone hackers
Top boxing promoter Frank Warren has been informed by the Operation Weeting police investigation into phone hacking at the News of the World that he was targeted — even though Warren was a columnist for the newspaper.
Pleat receives a degree
David Pleat, who remains one of the best pundits in English football despite losing his co-commentary role with ITV, has been awarded an honorary degree by the University of Bedfordshire for services to football and broadcasting.