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Leeds anxious as buyers Gulf Finance House Capital fail to pay: Charles Sale

Leeds anxious as GFH Capital fail to pay on time

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UPDATED:

01:33 GMT, 12 December 2012

Doubts about the proposed takeover of
Leeds United by Bahrain-based bank Gulf Finance House Capital — due to
be completed four days before Christmas — will grow after a scheduled payment date was missed.

The Middle East investors, whose
fit-and-proper-persons test by the Football League for club owners and
directors is ‘ongoing’, failed to transfer a tranche of money to Leeds
last week.

Up for grabs: But who will own Elland Road later this month

Up for grabs: But who will own Elland Road later this month

This will only add to supporters’
concern about the lack of transparency concerning the purchase of the 49
per cent shareholding of 81-year-old owner Ken Bates, who is due to
stay on as chairman until the end of the season before becoming club
president.

However, Leeds are still confident
that the reported 52million sale will be finalised on December 21
without any more hiccups. It is understood they have been reassured by
GFH Capital that the money is in their lawyer’s client account and
Bahrain banking regulations meant the payment schedule had to be
altered.

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Tough start for C4

A festive atmosphere might be lacking
today at Corrigan’s restaurant in London’s Mayfair where Channel 4,
whose monopoly coverage of racing on terrestrial TV begins on January 1,
will outline their broadcasting vision to a sceptical racing Press.

C4’s plans to ensure they always get the first interviews after races in
front of their branded backdrop includes ending racing’s traditional
media huddle around winning connections.

Lewis branches out

Tottenham’s billionaire owner Joe Lewis has become an influential figure in the racing world after taking control of Timeweave, who own 50 per cent of betting shop broadcasters Turf TV. Bahamas-based Lewis has yet to attend a Spurs game this season and his investment in Timeweave is for business reasons rather than any great love of racing.

The start of the transfer window is not
the best time to take over as a football club chief executive. But at
least Sam Rush, who joins Derby on January 1, has the advantage of being
an agent in his previous job, running Wasserman Media Group’s football
division. Derby have one of the Championship’s hottest properties in
central midfielder Will Hughes, 17, but Rush says he will not be leaving
Pride Park.

Yet to attend a game this season: Joe Lewis (left) chats with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy

Yet to attend a game this season: Joe Lewis (left) chats with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy

It’s gong for a Burton

The last thing the sports industry needs is another awards ceremony, with the big stars increasingly reluctant to turn up to such functions. But at least the FA have ensured that the national team will attend their inaugural FA England awards.

The bash, with its overblown 11 honours for 2012, is being held on February 3 at St George’s Park — the day the players gather in Burton to prepare for the Wembley friendly against Brazil three days later.

The sports honours committee, due to decide their recommendations for 2012 gongs at one sitting, ended up having two separate summits, with one dedicated to discussing Olympic and Paralympic achievements. This points to every gold medal winner — at least — being recognised in the New Year Honours list.

Destiny is in Boris' hands

The buck over the Olympic Stadium renovation debacle now stops with Boris Johnson, chairman of the London Legacy Development Corporation, after the Government ceded full control to the London Mayor.

The construction delay until autumn 2013 could be highly embarrassing for the LLDC since preferred bidders West Ham may now not move in until the 2016-17 season, whereas Tottenham, who had wanted to knock down the Stratford venue and start again, could move into their redeveloped ground a year earlier.

There could be fireworks: What does the future hold for the uninhabited Olympic Stadium

There could be fireworks: What does the immediate future hold for the uninhabited Olympic Stadium

Meanwhile, since taking over as Culture Secretary in September, Maria Miller has had so much in her in-tray that she is happy to allow Minister for Sport Hugh Robertson to take the lead in his field of expertise.

This is in contrast to the toxic relationship that existed between Robertson and Miller’s predecessor, Jeremy Hunt. Miller is not known for her sporting knowledge but did work on England’s one-day cricket sponsorship when a marketing manager at Texaco four years ago.

Real Madrid match abandoned at Rayo

Lights out! Sabotage claim after Madrid's match at Rayo is abandoned in the dark

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UPDATED:

22:02 GMT, 23 September 2012

Real Madrid's La Liga match at city rivals Rayo Vallecano was abandoned in bizarre circumstances on Sunday after Rayo officials said the lighting at their Estadio de Vallecas stadium had been sabotaged.

The game was due to kick off at 9.30pm local time but the stadium was in semi-darkness and fans were still waiting outside the locked arena as workmen toiled to fix the affected lights.

Rayo president Raul Martin Presa said unidentified persons had cut the cables on some of the lights and when it became clear they could not be repaired in time the game was abandoned.

Waiting game: Real Madrid's match with Rayo was abandoned due to alleged sabotage

Waiting game: Real Madrid's match with Rayo was abandoned due to alleged sabotage

Waiting game: Real Madrid's match with Rayo was abandoned due to alleged sabotage

Discussions were then held to try to rearrange the match for Monday, Presa confirmed at an impromptu news conference on the side of the pitch as some of the Real players took the chance to have a light training session.

'There were a huge number of fans waiting and we ask their forgiveness but we hope they understand that these are circumstances beyond the club's control,' he said.

'They came here with all the excitement in the world hoping to see their team play one of the best sides in the world.

'Unfortunately due to an act of vandalism we are not going to be able to enjoy this match tonight.'

Fruitless: Electricians try to repair the floodlighting of the Vallecas stadium

Fruitless: Electricians try to repair the floodlighting of the Vallecas stadium

Real director of football Miguel Pardeza said the club did not want to risk another lighting failure and wanted to play the match at 5pm on Monday.

'We have a very packed calendar and Rayo obviously does not,' Pardeza said.

'We have absolutely no responsibility for what has happened here and we have to defend our rights.

In darkness: Fans were locked out of the stadium after the floodlight failure

In darkness: Fans were locked out of the stadium after the floodlight failure

'As we have no guarantee that we can play tomorrow at 8 pm, 5pm tomorrow is when we want to play.'

However, Presa told Spanish TV that was 'almost impossible' as many Rayo fans would not be able to attend.

The initial message he had received from the professional league (LFP) was that the game would be played at 8pm and Rayo would do everything to ensure the lights were back to normal, he added.

Decision time: Officials debate whether the match can go ahead before deciding it can't

Decision time: Officials debate whether the match can go ahead before deciding it can't

Kevin Pietersen will work for ESPN during Twenty20 World Championships

Shamed Pietersen heads to World Twenty20 after all… but only as a TV pundit

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UPDATED:

10:04 GMT, 24 August 2012

After being left out of the England squad batsman Kevin Pietersen will take up a punditry role for ESPN-STAR Sports for the upcoming Twenty20 World Championships.

Pietersen will take up a 'presentation and analysis' job after being overlooked thanks to the infamous text message debacle in whuch he sent messages to South African players criticising England captain Andrew Strauss and coach Andy Flower.

New job: Kevin Pietersen will provide analysis on the championship

New job: Kevin Pietersen will provide analysis on the championship

In addition to his new duties, he will also 'play an important role in the publicity and promotion of ESS’s broadcast of ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka,' according to a statement from the channel.

It continued: 'This places him as one of the most suitable persons to give insightful perspective on this iconic T20 tournament, a format in which he has excelled as a player, thus further enhancing coverage of the ICC World Twenty20 for passionate cricket fans.'

Excited: Pietersen says he is looking forward to the role

Excited: Pietersen says he is looking forward to the role

Pietersen said, 'I am very excited about working with ESPN STAR Sports covering the ICC World Twenty20 watching England defend their title.'

He was player of the tournament at the last incarnation of the event, held in West Indies in 2010.