Wimbledon set to avoid any MK Dons exposure in FA Cup clash
23:22 GMT, 23 November 2012
AFC Wimbledon fans plan to demonstrate their utter contempt for franchise club MK Dons by wearing contamination suits at the FA Cup second-round tie next weekend.
Some Wimbledon supporters making the trip to Milton Keynes intend to don the head-to-toe white protective clothing as the best way of showing that they want nothing to do with the relocated club, formed eight years ago after leaving south-west London in such acrimony.
And with the first match between the two teams being shown live on ITV, this highly original initiative is going to receive plenty of publicity – even if the fans behind the visors do not want to be exposed to any of the stadiummk atmosphere.
Not welcome: AFC Wimbledon are ready to show MK Dons (above) their disapproval next weekend
Wimbledon directors have already decided to sit with their travelling fans rather than in the home side's directors' box and visiting supporters also intend to bring their own food to ensure they don't spend any more money than necessary at the ground.
Recruitment firms on the hunt for top dogs
Rival sports business headhunters Nolan Partners and Odgers have been appointed to find the next chairman of the FA and Premier League respectively.
And both companies will be conducting their search at the same time among roughly the same limited talent pool, causing unnecessary confusion that could so easily have been avoided.
Dial up the Archbishop
England's cricketers might need more than prayers to win in India.
But at least there's now a direct line to the new Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby through his 79-year-old stepfather Charles Williams, a Labour peer and former Essex cricketer who was also Don Bradman's biographer.
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Rafa's self promotion
Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez's sickly self-promotion on his website includes an opinion section with quotes from players and coaches singing the Spaniard's praises.
Among them is Fernando Torres, who says: 'He is a coach who is very meticulous and who can identify small but very important details that no-one else sees to enable you to score.
'I worked with him a lot individually and I think we saw the benefit of this on the pitch.'
Testimonials: Rafa Benitez (right) quotes Fernando Torres (left) on his website
Shirt rivalry hots up
The commercial rivalry between Manchester United and Arsenal is going to intensify after Arsenal's signing of a 150million five-year shirt sponsorship extension with Emirates – revealed by Sports Agenda on Friday – which Arsenal are calling football's second biggest ever shirt sponsorship deal after United's Chevrolet agreement
Both Premier League giants are now in negotiations with Nike for long-term renewals of their kit-supply deals.
There's the possibility of a multi-year 1billion Nike deal at Old Trafford. And Arsenal, confident of reaching United's 100m-a-year commercial turnover, will want their next shirt manufacturers agreement to be in the same ballpark as United's.
Our strategy: Ivan Gazidis (centre right) says Arsenal's sponsorship deals won't clutter their shirts
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But Arsenal might have to look further afield than Nike – such as a mooted tie-up with adidas – to achieve it.
Arsenal are copying United's blueprint of having an army of sales personnel chasing deals around the globe but Gunners CEO Ivan Gazidis pointedly calls it 'our strategy' and said Arsenal wouldn't 'clutter' their shirt and training kit with different branding, as United have done by having a separate practicewear sponsorship with DHL.
Meanwhile, it doesn't say much for the value of stadium naming rights that Arsenal's 30m-a-year shirt deal with Emirates includes less than 3m of it funding the airline's name on the ground.
Emirates could stop FIFA sponsorship
Emirates' extended partnership with Arsenal might lead to the Arab airline not renewing their top-tier FIFA sponsorship after the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Emirates communications chief Boutros Boutros, who has been one of the more outspoken voices from sponsors about FIFA corruption issues, said the airline would closely consider their options after Brazil.
Boutros is also looking forthe world governing body to back up their talk of change with action.