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Gianfranco Zola interested in Chelsea role but remains committed to Watford

Zola coy on Chelsea job as Blues legend admits club are still 'special' to him

having sold the Hornets to the Pozzo family.

The Hertfordshire outfit have this season sustained a serious bid for promotion to the Barclays Premier League and are currently third in the npower Championship table, just two points off the automatic promotion places, safe in the knowledge they have not received a points deduction.

They have, however, been hit with a transfer embargo of sorts, which still allows them to buy and sell players but only with prior authorisation of football authorities.

Irregular payments: Danny Graham was sold to Swansea in 2011

Irregular payments: Danny Graham was sold to Swansea in 2011

A statement on the Football League
website read: 'A Football Disciplinary Commission, in the case of The
Football League vs Watford Football Club and Mr Laurence Bassini, has
determined that both defendants breached Football League regulations
regarding the securitisation of future transfer fees and central
distributions.'

A further club statement on Watford's official website read: 'Following the publication today of the independent Football Disciplinary Commission's judgement, Watford FC is pleased to confirm that it has not received a points deduction or a fine.

'Former owner and director Mr Laurence Bassini has been banned from any participation in football for three years.'

Punished: Former Watford owner Laurence Bassini (left)

Punished: Former Watford owner Laurence Bassini (left)

The statement continued: 'The club has been made the subject of a transfer embargo, but wishes to emphasise that the embargo referred to falls under Regulation 19 of the Football League Regulations.

'This is not an absolute bar on transfers, but rather a mechanism by which transfer business can be conducted by the club provided that the prior authorisation of the relevant football authorities has been obtained.

'It is clear from the decision of the Football Disciplinary Commission that the offences which the club has been found guilty of were committed by one or two individuals who are no longer associated with the club – and without the knowledge of the full board of the club.'

Arsene Wenger will decide if Theo Walcott stays at Arsenal

What are you waiting for Arsene weighing up Theo contract decision

By
Rob Draper

PUBLISHED:

22:33 GMT, 5 January 2013

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UPDATED:

22:33 GMT, 5 January 2013

Arsene Wenger has confirmed that he will decide if Theo Walcott wants to stay at Arsenal.

The manager is weighing up whether to recommend an 85,000-a-week deal to his board that would break the impasse in contract talks and see the England attacker sign for another four years.

Wenger, whose team take on Swansea in the FA Cup on Sunday, has almost unprecedented power as a manager at a club.

I'm in charge: Arsene Wenger (pictured) has said he will make the final decision over Theo Walcott's future at Arsenal

I'm in charge: Arsene Wenger (pictured) has said he will make the final decision over Theo Walcott's future at Arsenal

And he admits the current wage structure at Arsenal, which many fans feel undervalues their top stars even though the 143million the salary bill is the fourth highest in the Premier League, is directed by him.

Though Arsenal executive Dick Law would conduct negotiations with Walcott’s representatives, he acts on Wenger’s recommendations on salaries.

The manager is given a wages budget by the board, but then it is up to him how high or low the salaries are for individual players.

Wenger added: ‘I don’t know how it works at other clubs. But it’s not only me: it’s in cooperation with the board.

On fire: Theo Walcott (left) has scored 10 goals in his last 11 games

On fire: Theo Walcott (left) has scored 10 goals in his last 11 games

'When I want to go far [in setting a higher salary for a player], I ask the authorisation of the board.’

No substantial talks on Walcott’s contract were held last week other than the usual courtesy conversation between Law and Walcott’s representatives, so the issue is no closer to resolution.

But both parties hope this coming week will be more productive with detailed discussions.

Not losing Walcott is Wenger’s priority now, since the player has scored 14 goals after starting the season isolated and on the bench, when Arsenal attempted to pressure him into signing a 75,000-a-week contract.

Walcott held firm and might have paid for it by starting the season outside the starting XI.

But he has proved his worth since then and the club now realise it would be a public relations disaster to lose him in the wake of the recent departures of Robin van Persie, Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri, Gael Clichy and Alex Song.

Stand-off: Walcott (right) started the season on the bench but has become a key play for Arsenal in recent weeks

Stand-off: Walcott (right) started the season on the bench but has become a key play for Arsenal in recent weeks

FIFA tell goal-line technology companies to take insurance for wrong decisions

Don't blame us if it doesn't work properly! FIFA demand goal-line technology firms take out insurance if it goes wrong

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UPDATED:

10:23 GMT, 23 October 2012

FIFA have ordered goal-line
technology companies to take out insurance cover so they won't face costly lawsuits if they fail to spot a goal or players and officials are injured by their equipment.

Hawk-Eye and GoalRef have received
official authorisation to install their systems worldwide after being
granted licences by FIFA.

The technology is likely be introduced to the Barclays Premier League for the start of next season.

But the companies have had to provide
insurance so that if the systems fail – either failing to spot the ball
has crossed the line or registering wrongly that the ball was over the
line – they are covered if legal action is launched against them.

Over the line: Two technology companies have signed agreements with FIFA

Over the line: Two technology companies have signed agreements with FIFA

Over the line: Two technology companies have signed agreements with FIFA

It also covers any claims if a player or official says they have been injured by the equipment.

The
FIFA rules on insurance for goal-line technology state: 'This policy
should provide sufficient insurance coverage for claims being raised by
third parties due to the licensee's activities or omissions (failure to
act) as well as claims being raised due to potentially faulty
(manufactured) products.

'A
claim is deemed as a demand for compensation of bodily injury, property
damage and pure financial loss. The policy shall be concluded with a
well-respected and reputable national or international insurance
company.'

The granting of
the licences means the systems can now be installed in stadiums, after
which they will undergo a final inspection by an independent test
institute before being allowed to function.

The first competitive tournament using the systems is expected to be FIFA's Club World Cup in Japan in December.

Goal-line technology has moved another
small step closer after the two providers, GoalRef and Hawk-Eye, signed
licence agreements with FIFA.

The move means both companies, who
have been competing for more than a year for the right to be considered,
now have authorisation to install and use their systems across the
globe.

GOALREF

A joint Danish-German system, GoalRef uses magnetic fields to detect
whether the ball has crossed the line. Three magnetic strips are placed
inside the outer lining of the ball, between the bladder and the outer
casing, and when the ball crosses the line these are detected by sensors
inside the goalposts and crossbar.

The sensors send out electronic waves which are disrupted when the ball
crosses the line, and a computer then sends a message to the match
officials' watch receivers in less than a second.

Installation costs should be lower than Hawk-Eye but still significant.
There remains possible issues over deals with manufacturers to allow the
magnetic strips inside their balls, but GoalRef have already been in
contact with the manufacturers.

HAWK-EYE

Camera-based system developed by a British company which
was bought last year by Sony. Used by tennis and cricket.

Six or seven high-speed cameras at both ends of the stadium, mounted
on the roof, track the ball in flight and a computer system calculates
exactly where the ball is on the pitch, sending an electronic message to
a watch-like receiver worn by the match officials when it crosses the
line.

The only issue is whether the Hawk-Eye cameras would work in the very
rare instance of the ball being completely covered by the keeper's
body.

FIFA have insisted that the pictures will not be shown on TV or
stadium screens after any controversial incident, with only the
officials being alerted whether the ball crossed the line.

The systems are
set to be trialled at the Club World Cup in December before being
introduced in the Barclays Premier League next season.

Both GoalRef and Hawk-Eye have been put
through rigorous laboratory and field tests since being selected as the
final two by football's governing body.

Each
system is required to send an immediate message to a watch worn by the
match officials within a second of the ball crossing the line.

The
tests included exposing the equipment and watches to extreme heat and
cold, as well as humidity and heavy rain. Experiments also took place
during live matches including England's match against Belgium on June 2.

The
Hawk-Eye system – developed by a British company now owned by Sony – is
based on cameras and GoalRef, a Danish-German development, uses
magnetic fields.

In a statement on FIFA's website, they
said: 'In order to become a FIFA licensee, both companies also had to
meet a range of application requirements such as compliance with the
code of conduct of the WFSGI (World Federation of the Sporting Goods
Industry), as well as fulfilling the ISO 9001 standard to demonstrate
fitness for business.'

FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke
said earler this year that they intended to also bring goal-line
technology in for next year's Confederations Cup and the 2014 World Cup
in Brazil.

Controversy: The issue was once again highlighted at Euro 2012 during England's match with hosts Ukraine when John Terry spectacularly hooked a ball clear from just behind the line.

Controversy: The issue was once again highlighted at Euro 2012 during England's match with hosts Ukraine when John Terry spectacularly hooked a ball clear from just behind the line.

The
statement added: 'Once a system has been installed in a stadium, the
system undergoes a final inspection to check its functionality. This is
carried out by an independent test institute, and the results of this
so-called 'final installation test' must be successful.

'Only a positive final installation
test qualifies a system to be used in official matches. When this
occurs, the system is awarded the FIFA QUALITY PRO mark.

Valcke has said FIFA would pay for the systems – around $250,000 per stadium – and leave them in place in the stadiums.

FA
general secretary Alex Horne also said at the time: 'We believe that it
is a great day for football. From an English perspective today is a
hugely important day, it is a cause we have had on our agenda for a
number of years.

'This is about having the right technology helping the referee in a relatively rare occurrence – the scoring of a goal.'

Meanwhile, German company Cairos developing a third system are applying to be approved by the International FA Board at their meeting in Scotland in March.

HOW OTHER SPORTS HAVE LED THE WAY

CRICKET
The third umpire was first introduced in international cricket 20 years
ago, primarily for on-field umpires to call for assistance for run-out
and stumping decisions and whether catches had carried to fielders. Over
the years the remit has been expanded as technologies have advanced
with third umpires now having access to super-slow motion, infrared
imaging, stump microphones and the predictive ball-tracking 'Hawk-Eye',
which can rule on lbws. Players can now challenge umpires' decisions by
calling for a TV review.

TENNIS
Wimbledon watchers will remember the bleeps of 'Cyclops', the infrared
system which was used to detect whether serves were in or out and was
introduced at the championships in 1980. These days the showpiece
matches utilise Hawk-Eye, which tracks the ball all over the court. If a
player disagrees with a line judge's call, they can call for a Hawk-Eye
review and are allowed two incorrect challenges per set.

Leading the way: The Hawk-Eye system is already in use in tennis

Leading the way: The Hawk-Eye system is already in use in tennis

RUGBY LEAGUE
The video referee came into rugby league with the launch of Super League
in 1996 and has become part of the competition's fabric, although it is
still only used in live TV matches for cost reasons.

The system has been refined over the years but the video referee can
rule on a wide range of decisions when called upon by the referee, with
the exception of the forward pass, for which camera angles can be
deceptive. The system is also used in televised Challenge Cup ties,
Australia's NRL and selected international fixtures.

RUGBY UNION
The 15-man code paved the way for the introduction of the Television
Match Official in 2001. They are now regularly used at the top level but
their scope remains limited with referees only able to call for
assistance in acts of scoring. That could change later this year with
the International Rugby Board having approved trials for reviews on
other matters within the field of play.

Since last season the TMO has been used in all English Premiership games, not just those being televised.

AMERICAN FOOTBALL
The NFL introduced a replay system in 1986 with an extra official used
to review certain plays. It was dropped in 1992 amid general feeling it
had done little to improve the game but a new method of coaches'
challenges was brought in seven years later.

When a challenge is made in the NFL, it is the on-field referee
himself who will watch replays, under a hood, on the sidelines. He must
see clear evidence of an error and has 60 seconds to make a decision.
Coaches are allowed to challenge two decisions per game but if both are
successful are allowed a third. If a challenge is unsuccessful, the team
is charged with a timeout. Challenges cannot be made in the final two
minutes of each half, or overtime, but all plays are observed by an
additional TV official.

Hearts claim to have paid players overdue wages

Paid at last Hearts claim to have stumped up players” overdue wages

Hearts announced on Thursday their players had received their November salaries as PFA Scotland prepared tosubmit an official complaint over the matter to the Scottish Premier League.

Representatives from the players” union met with the first-team squad on the same day, and urged them to sign a letter of permission allowing PFA Scotland to represent them in their battle to recover their owed salaries.

Hearts players” wages are due on the 16th of each month, but their October salary was received on November 4.

With December”s pay due tomorrow, Hearts today declared the November salary has now been paid – 29 days overdue.

Controversial: Hearts

Controversial: Hearts” owner Vladimir Romanov

A statement on the club website read:”Hearts today finalised all remaining November salary payments to players and the club board also issued a statement to supporters to remain resolute and not to be swayed by the more sensationalist parties using the club”s current challenges to promote themselves.”

The letter of complaint signed by the Hearts squad was expected to be presented by PFA Scotland to the SPL on Friday.

The subject of player wages at Hearts would therefore be likely to be on the agenda at Monday”s SPL board meeting.

Hearts” announcement today does little to rectify the situation if the players go without their December payment tomorrow and PFA Scotland may yet register the players” unhappiness with the situation.

Prior to Hearts” declaration, PFA Scotland chief executive Fraser Wishart told awaiting television reporters: “I think the players have shown a lot of patience in recent weeks, but it can”t go on.

Disgruntled: Hearts

Disgruntled: Hearts” squad agreed to let the PFA stand up for them

“They have now given PFA Scotland full authorisation to represent them.”

Wishart added that the move has the “full backing of the dressing room”.

PFA Scotland and the players hoped their move will force Romanov to act and pay their overdue salaries, with the financial crisis engulfing the club lessened by selling players when the winter transfer window opens.

Wishart added: “The players want Hearts to survive and flourish, to get to January so they have the opportunity to sell players.”

Director Sergejus Fedotovas wrote a 700-word statement on the site, which attacked critics of the current regime under owner Vladimir Romanov.

Fedotovas was adamant in his defence of the club, saying: “I can assure the fans that we have the plan to normalise the business at the club and we also know the rules and regulations – no player walkout will happen. This is pure sensationaliststories to grab your attention.

Unknown: will this be the end of the issue

Unknown: will this be the end of the issue

“No senior players that have value to this club will leave the club for free.”

Fedotovas also defended Romanov”s record, with the Russian-born Lithuanian businessman ready to sell the club, which is mired in more than 30million of debt, after becoming disillusioned with football.

Fedotovas, Romanov”s right-hand man, said: “Mr Romanov has been at Hearts for quite a while and apart from help to sell Scottish papers, he has invested around 70m in the club, kept the club at Tynecastle and prolonged its history for at least seven years.

“Now he is leaving and without his help it will be much more difficult to make ends meet, or target the top of the league.”

Talking point: many fans at Tynecastle are dismayed with Romanov

Talking point: many fans at Tynecastle are dismayed with Romanov”s reign

The financial difficulty, according to Fedotovas, was a result of the stark global economic situation as Romanov seeks to stabilise Hearts before selling the club.

He added: “A very big part of Europe is in trouble now. Very many clubs do not pay their players” salaries for months.

“It is not an excuse; it is a consequence of economic reality.

“We are living in countries that cut employment, pensions, increase retirement age and taxes. Businesses are abandoned, businessmen reconsider their strategies.

“If we want to survive we need to adapt to a new environment and unfortunately with an element of shock.

“The transition to a safer situation is painful, but is inevitable.”

Fedotovas insisted measures had been taken to “minimise the risk of delays in the future”, while acknowledging the players” patience.

Sales: will players need to leave in January

Sales: will players need to leave in January

He added: “We are appreciative of the players who made the overall well-being of the club a priority ahead of their own personal situations in what has been a pressurised period for everyone involved.

“In fact this is the cleverest strategy to achieve a positive change of their careers – they are true professionals – it will not pass unnoticed.”

Hearts” troubles have spilled onto the field of late, with five defeats in seven games since the first-team squad first suffered delayed payment of their wages in mid-October.

A complaint to the SPL was averted in early November by the intervention of manager Paulo Sergio, with the players” October salaries received 24 hours later.

Last week the players received a 1,000 part-payment from funds generated from the loss to St Johnstone at Tynecastle, while midfielder Ian Black has been working as a painter and decorator.