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Mr. Mitchel Lee “Mitch” Barnes

first_imgMr. Mitchel Lee “Mitch” Barnes, age 56, of Vevay, Indiana, entered this life on July 15, 1960, in Indianapolis, Indiana, the son of, Jerry Lee and Linda Lee (Profitt) Barnes. He was raised in Indianapolis, Indiana where he was a 1979 graduate of John Marshall High School. Mitch was united in marriage to Terri Stout and to this union arrived three sons, Jeff, Jonathan and Justin to bless their home. Mitch was later united in marriage on February 14, 2003 in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, to Cynthia Lynn “Cyndi” Seymour and he inherited two more sons, Jamin and Aaron. Mitch and Cyndi shared 13 years of marriage together until his death. Mitch owned and operated Mitch’s Garage in Florence, Indiana from 1996 to 2000. Mitch was later employed for Belterra Casino & Resort in Florence, Indiana from 2000 to 2005. In 2005, Mitch was employed as a Correctional Officer for the Switzerland County Sheriff’s Department in Vevay, Indiana. He was later employed in maintenance for the Switzerland County Courthouse from 2010 to October 2015 when he became disabled. Mitch resided in the Vevay community since 1993. He enjoyed coaching soccer for the Switzerland County High School. He also coached the Vevay Switzerland County Little League where he was famous for saying, “A little poke brings in one.” Mitch enjoyed the Ohio River and spending time with his grandkids. You could always bet Mitch would be sitting on the front porch at his house or if you passed him on the road in his truck where you would always expect a nice gester….well most of the time. Mitch will be dearly missed by his loving family and friends. Mitch was welcomed home with open arms from his son, Jon. Mitch passed away at 6:55 pm, Wednesday, August 17, 2016, at his residence in Vevay, Indiana.Mitch will be dearly missed by his loving wife of 13 years: Cynthia Lynn “Cyndi” (Seymour) Barnes of Vevay, IN; his sons: Jeff Barnes and his wife: Chasity of Vevay, IN, Justin Barnes and his wife: Amanda of Vevay, IN, Jamin Moore of Killeen, TX and Aaron Moore and his wife: Audi of Indianapolis, IN; his grandchildren: Brayden, Braylon, Kaydence, Brooklyn, Adalynn and Josie; his parents: Jerry Lee and Linda Lee (Profitt) Barnes of Vevay, IN; his father-in-law: Charles H. “Charlie” Seymour of Vevay, IN; his sister: Cynthia Barnes-Phillips and her husband: Jerry of Indianapolis, IN; his brothers: Steven Barnes and his wife: Sandra of San Antonio, TX and Ed Barnes and his wife: June of Noblesville, IN and his several nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his son: Jonathan Ryan “Jon” Barnes, died August 19, 2009; his mother-in-law: Carol June (Hill) Seymour, died July 23, 2014; his maternal grandparents: Denver and Annis (Webb) Profitt and his paternal grandparents: Glenn and Lucille (Ruark) Barnes.Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, August 24, 2016, at 11:00 am, by Rev. Ron Lee at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Friends may call 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Tuesday, August 23, 2016, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Memorial contributions may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Cards are available at the funeral home.last_img read more

Investigation Results in the Arrest of a Brookville Resident

first_imgBrookville, IN—In the early morning hours of August 23, officers with the Brookville Police Department responded to 52 Pick-Up Gas Station regarding a report of a suspicious substance found by a customer in the parking lot. Upon arrival to the scene, officers retrieved a clear zip-lock bag containing a white crystalline substance believed to be methamphetamine.Officers began an investigation by reviewing security footage and collecting witness statements. During the security video review, officers were able to identify Bill Conn of Brookville, Indiana as the individual who dropped the substance.On November 10,  officers responded to Conn’s residence on US Highway 52 and arrested him. As a result of this investigation, Bill Conn of Brookville, Indiana is charged with and allegation of Possession of a Methamphetamine.last_img read more

I’m receiving more offers now that 10 years ago — Ibrahimovic

first_imgRelatedPosts Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend Juve’s Pirlo gamble makes new Serie A season the most open for years Pirlo bags UEFA coaching badge Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he is more in demand at the age of 38 than he was 10 years ago and is adapting his game as he gets older. The Swedish forward said this as he was officially presented by AC Milan on Friday. Ibrahimovic has rejoined the club he left seven years ago for a six-month stint, with an option to extend his stay. But there are questions over how much impact he can have on the fallen giants who are languishing in 11th in Serie A. In their last match, AC Milan produced a pitiful display as they were thumped 5-0 at Atalanta, their joint-heaviest Serie A defeat. Ibrahimovic helped AC Milan win their last major trophy, the Serie A title in 2010/2011. He left to join Paris St-Germain the following year in a move that he said on Friday was against his will. The Swede has been a free agent since leaving Los Angeles Galaxy in November. “At 38, I have received more offers than at 28,” he told reporters. “The last time I left AC Milan, it was without my approval. But the situation was what it was… The important thing is that I am here now”. Ibrahimovic said he still had passion for football but had learned to adapt with age. “Each year is different. Physically you change with every year that goes by,” he added. “But experience teaches you to do things differently. If you’re an intelligent player, you know what you can and cannot do… Instead of running, I can shoot from long distance”. The forward however promised he would not go easy on his younger team mates. “I’m meaner than before,” he said. “They know what I am like, how I train and play each match. “You have to work hard. You have to know how to suffer, otherwise you don’t reach your maximum potential. “Not everyone likes to suffer but I do… and I expect a lot from my team mates.” AC Milan’s next match is at home to Sampdoria in Serie A on Monday. There was however no mention of whether Ibrahimovic, who has not played since October, would make his debut that quickly.Tags: AC MilanSerie AZlatan Ibrahimoviclast_img read more

Monk confirms Williams talks

first_img ” We are in negotiations with his (Williams’) representatives and trying to put a deal across so that Ash will be here for the future of the club,” Monk told the South Wales Evening Post. ” I know Ash wants that, I want that, the club wants that, and that’s what we are working towards as we speak.” As for Ivory Coast forward Bony, Monk added: ” I spoke to him at the end of the season and he knows how I feel, he knows how the club feels, he knows what I expect from him. “I just want him to concentrate on the World Cup, have a good World Cup and he will be coming back as a Swansea City player.” Press Association Swansea manager Garry Monk has confirmed the club are in talks with captain Ashley Williams about a new contract. center_img Wales international defender Williams has been a reported target for Swansea’s Barclays Premier League rivals Arsenal and QPR. But Monk says he is hopeful that both Williams and World Cup-bound striker Wilfried Bony will remain with the Swans. last_img read more

Fly JetBlue, Wear a Mask

first_imgNEW YORK — JetBlue Airways is saying that they will require all passengers to wear facemasks before and during their flight beginning next month.JetBlue instituted the new rule amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the policy goes into effect May 4, making JetBlue the first major U.S. airline to enforce such a rule.The announcement comes as the airline required all crewmembers to wear one while working.“Wearing a face covering isn’t about protecting yourself it’s about protecting those around you,” Joanna Geraghty, JetBlue’s president and CEO said in a press release. “This is the new flying etiquette. Onboard, cabin air is well circulated and cleaned through filters every few minutes but this is a shared space where we have to be considerate of others. We are also asking our customers to follow these CDC guidelines in the airport as well.”Passengers must wear face-coverings during check-in, boarding, during the flight and deplaning, JetBlue said. Small children who are not able to keep the face-covering on are exempt from the rule, according to the airline.last_img read more

Cricket News Virat Kohli continues to rule the cricketing world – latest ICC rankings are proof

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Virat Kohli is synonymous with two things in moder-day cricket- breaking records frequently and accumulating huge number of runs with amazing consistency. The Indian cricket team skipper is one of the best in the business when it comes to the art of batting and this has been recognised in the latest rankings released by the International Cricket Council (ICC). In the rankings for Test batsmen, Kohli continues to dominate among the batsmen, sitting pretty on top with a whopping 934 points, establishing a clear 19-point lead against New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson. Kohli and Williamson are the only two players who have breached the 900-point mark in the rankings.Kohli had a magnificent Test match in Perth against Australia. He smashed 123, which was his sixth century in Tests in Australia, putting him level with Sachin Tendulkar. His century was his seventh against Australia but it proved to be in vain as India lost the second Test by 146 runs as Australia leveled the four-match series 1-1. Kohli’s form in the last couple of seasons, across all formats, has been sensational. Ever since he was appointed captain, Kohli’s batting has reached brilliant peaks.Read More | Cricket needs Virat Kohli’s passion and aggression: Allan BorderThe year 2018 has been phenomenal for Kohli when it comes to Tests. In 12 games, he has smashed 1240 runs at an average of 56 with five centuries. His tally of runs for the current year is his best-ever, going past 1215 runs which he scored in 2016 at an average of 75. Out of his five centuries this year, Kohli has hit tons in South Africa, two in England and one recently in Australia. One of his centuries came in the Rajkot Test against West Indies.Read More | Sourav Ganguly reveals angry message to Virat Kohli after Perth lossKohli is the first Asian player to score centuries in South Africa, England and Australia in the calendar year and he is the first Asian skipper to lead the side to Test victories in all the three countries in the same year. Cheteshwar Pujara, who blasted a century and a fifty in Adelaide, remains in the fourth spot while Steve Smith, who has been handed a one-year-ban for the ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town, remains in third spot.Williamson recently became the first New Zealand player to go past 900 points in the ICC rankings when he hit a century in the crucial Abu Dhabi Test to help New Zealand achieve victory in a ‘home’ series against Pakistan for the first time in 49 years.The four-match series between India and Australia is currently tied 1-1 and the third Test will be played on Boxing Day in Melbourne. Kohli will be aiming to become the first Indian skipper to achieve a Test series win in Australia. last_img read more

Guyana beat rivals Suriname, French Guiana to capture Cup of the Guianas tennis

first_imgHISTORY was made over the past weekend as a strong Guyana Junior tennis team was able to finally turn the tables on rivals Suriname and French Guiana in their annual meet.It was a decisive win for the Guyanese tennis team who played with passion and a high degree of discipline, as they overcame all odds and were finally able to win the Inter- Country competition for the first time in over 10 years of competition.Now rebranded as the Cup of the Guianas (formerly Inter-Guiana Games), the tournament attracted top junior players from Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana, who competed in the Under- 12, Under 14 and Under -18 categories.A total of 56 matches were played over three days that included singles and doubles matches, at the GBTI Recreational Centre and the Harry Panday court. It was an event which was thoroughly entertaining as it was competitive.Guyana was dominant this year as they copped an unprecedented five (5) gold medals and one (1) silver in the six categories, with Suriname coming in second (5 silver and 1 bronze) while French Guiana took third (1 gold and 5 bronze). In the final tally Guyana placed first with 29 matches, Suriname 16 matches and 9 matches to French Guiana.Outstanding performances at the tournament came from Jeremiah Kalekyezi and Vadeanand Resaul winning all 6 matches in the Under 14 category. Afruica Gentle and Kalyca Fraser also secured all wins in the Girls 18.The outstanding players for French Guiana were Sael Geer and Julien Gaillot in the under 18 boys, who won gold for their country. For Suriname, the Under 14 boys, Yannick Issa and Shane Hermelijin secured the most win for their country.The Guyana team which benefited immensely from being able to train at the GBTI Tennis Courts over the last two months, was a well-oiled unit and was finally able to turn the tables in 2017.Special credit also has to go to coaches Shelly Ramdyhan and Leyland Leacock, and all the other tennis coaches who assisted in their preparation.The Guyana Tennis Association, sponsors, parents and friends of tennis were also instrumental in making the achievement possible through their hard work and dedication.Home court advantage brought additional excitement to the Guyanese team as vocal supporters were able to `egg on’ the players to higher levels and win some very competitive matches.Sponsors for the event included, Demerara Distillers Limited, Desinco, Star Party Rental, Massay, De Sinco, Guyana Olympic Association, National Sports Commission, Assuria, Banks DIH, Mae’s School, GBTI, RKV Persaud Land Surveying Services, Sheltez Tennis Club, Harry Panday, Rorima Tennis Club, Non-Pariel Tennis Club and Le Ressouvenir Tennis Club.The next Cup of the Guianas tournament will be held in Suriname in 2018.last_img

Update on the latest sports

first_imgSpeedway loses partnerships after ‘Bubba rope’ postPINE HALL, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina racetrack has lost some partnerships after its owner advertised “Bubba Rope” for sale. The online ad was posted days after a noose was found in the garage stall of Bubba Wallace, the only Black driver in NASCAR’s top series.The racetrack owner’s post on Facebook Marketplace sparked a backlash on social media and condemnation from the North Carolina governor’s office. The Winston-Salem Journal reports that a concrete company and a driver series have ended their partnerships with the half-mile, dirt track 311 Speedway in Stokes County.F1-HAMILTON-ECCLESTONEHamilton saddened and hurt by Ecclestone’s racism comments Harvick held off a hard-charging Denny Hamlin for his 52nd career Cup victory. He had 12 top-five finishes in his other 38 starts at Pocono.He held off on the celebratory burnout — Harvick needs the same car for Sunday’s race. The race was scheduled as the second Saturday, but rain washed out the Truck Series race. .”NASCAR-TRIPLEHEADERNASCAR set for Truck, Xfinity, Cup tripleheader SundayLONG POND, Pa. (AP) — NASCAR is set for a tripleheader of racing at Pocono Raceway from three national series on Sunday. Associated Press Phil Mickelson, who celebrated his 50th birthday last week, began the day with a one-stroke lead, but struggled to a 71, finishing tied for seventh in a group six shots back. SPORTS-VIRUS OUTBREAKTexas Rangers: Several positive testsUNDATED (AP) — The Texas Rangers say several of their employees have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last few days. The team said anyone who had direct contact with those affected was sent home from Globe Life Field. The Rangers said no one will be allowed back inside without receiving a negative test for the coronavirus. The club is set to begin another round of training at the ballpark next week.The team said pandemic protocols are in place for front office employees at the new ballpark that’s set to open when the season begins. pandemic.Tiz the Law won the Belmont Stakes at the track a week ago. WOMEN’S SOCCER-THORNS COURAGEWilliams’ stoppage time goal lifts Courage over Thorns 2-1HERRIMAN, Utah (AP) — Lynn Williams scored in stoppage time and the North Carolina Courage defeated the Portland Thorns 2-1 in the opening game of the National Women’s Soccer League Challenge Cup tournament. The NWSL is the first professional team sport in the United States to return amid the coronavirus pandemic. The teams had opened preseason training camps when the league shut down on March 12.Players from both teams collectively took a knee during the national anthem and wore Black Lives Matter T-shirts in pre-game warmups to protest racial inequity Players for both teams took a knee during the national anthem to protest racial inequality. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-YANKEES-NATIONALS OPENERAP source: Yankees vs champ Nationals in DC on opening dayNEW YORK (AP) — Gerrit Cole could make his New York Yankees debut in a tasty opening-day treat for fans, facing Juan Soto and World Series champion Washington at Nationals Park. Todd matches Johnson’s 61 to take the lead; Mickelson drops to 7thCROMWELL, Conn. (AP) — Brendon Todd and Dustin Johnson each shot career-low 61s at the Travelers Championship on Saturday, leaving Todd with a two-stroke lead over the 2016 U.S. Open champion. The 34-year-old Georgian, playing a couple holes behind Johnson, had a chance at the tournament’s second 60 of the week but missed a 10-foot putt to the left on the 18th hole. He finished with a 54-hole score of 192 after shooting 66-65 the first two rounds. Johnson, who is looking for his 21st win on tour, also has improved each day, opening with a 69-64. Both golfers shot bogey-free rounds, with Todd making five birdies on the front nine and Johnson five on the back. Kevin Streelman fired a 63 after two straight rounds of 66 and was just three shots back. Mackenzie Hughes, who led after a 60 on Thursday, shot his second straight 68 for sole possession of fourth place. Update on the latest sports As part of the NHL’s 24-team playoff format if it resumes, 16 teams will play each other in best-of-five series to move on — and the losers of those matchups now have a major consolation prize looming: equal 12.5% odds of landing Lafreniere.NASCAR-POCONOLate scratch: Harvick knocks off Pocono from winless listLONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Kevin Harvick snapped an 0-for-38 drought at Pocono Raceway, taking the checkered flag Saturday at one of two tracks where victory had eluded him.Harvick won the first of two NASCAR Cup races in front of no fans this weekend at Pocono and will start 20th on Sunday with the field set by inverting the lead-lap finishers.The 44-year-old California driver has won at every active track except Kentucky Speedway (nine tries) and the 2014 series champion has three wins overall for Stewart-Haas Racing this season. NEW YORK (AP) — A barn at Belmont Park has been placed under a precautionary quarantine because of a suspected case of equine herpesvirus Type 1.New York Racing Association officials say a 4-year-old colt trained by Chris Englehart exhibited fever and neurological symptoms associated with EHV-1 on Saturday and is being treated by a private veterinarian. The colt named Freudnme last raced at Finger Lakes in upstate New York in June 2019.EHV-1 can cause upper respiratory infection in young horses. If a number of horses are housed together, they can become sick and then recover uneventfully. However, equine herpesvirus-1 can also cause a severe neurological disease that affects a horse’s brain and spinal cord, and may result in paralysis and death.NYRA says all 37 horses stabled in Barn 37 will be monitored daily for fever and other signs of illness. They won’t be allowed to enter races or train among the general horse population. The length of the quarantine will depend on the results of tests.Belmont’s current meet ends July 12. It is racing without spectators because of the coronavirus center_img In the second game, Rose Lavelle and Ashley Hatch each scored to give the Washington Spirit a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Red Stars. Morgan Gautrat scored for the Red Stars. NHL-DRAFT LOTTERYPlay-in round team wins draft lottery, shot at LafreniereUNDATED (AP) — Presumptive top selection Alexis Lafreniere will have to wait a little bit longer to find out his NHL destination. Chaos reigned at the NHL draft lottery, with the No. 1 pick still up for grabs in a second lottery drawing. The eight teams that lose in the qualifying round of the playoffs have an equal chance of drafting first. The Kings got the second pick, the Senators the third thanks to 2018 trade with San Jose and the league-worst Red Wings dropped to fourth. Ottawa has the third and fifth picks and is the first team since 2000 with two selections in the top five. PARIS (AP) — Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton has criticized what he called “ignorant and uneducated” comments by former F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone.Hamilton, a six-time world champion and the only Black driver in F1, was dismayed by Ecclestone’s claim during an interview with broadcaster CNN on Friday that “in lots of cases, Black people are more racist” than white people.On Instagram, Hamilton called the comments “sad and disappointing” and said they “show us how far we as a society need to go before real equality can happen.”Ecclestone made his assertion when he was asked his opinion on Hamilton setting up a commission to increase diversity in motorsport.OLYMPIC PROTESTS-CARLOS LETTER MLB-TOLES ARRESTEDDodgers’ Andrew Toles jailed in Florida on trespass chargeKEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Andrew Toles was in jail Saturday, charged with trespassing.The 28-year-old player was detained this week at the airport in Key West, Florida, by a Monroe County sheriff deputy. The Miami Herald reported he was found sleeping behind a Federal Express building at the airport and refused to move.Jail records show Toles appeared to be homeless when arrested Monday on the misdemeanor charge. His bond was set at $500 but he remained jailed and is scheduled for arraignment Thursday. June 28, 2020 NFL-OBIT-KRUEGERFormer NFL, college coach Krueger dies at 90; Bucs’ 1st GMPEMBROKE PINES, Fla. (AP) — Former NFL and college coach Phil Krueger has died. Krueger helped build a dominant defense as an assistant for 1967 national champion Southern California and later became part of the first coaching staff in Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ history. Krueger coached offense, defense and special teams during more than three decades in the NFL and college. He was the head coach at Fresno State and Utah State and an assistant at Illinois. Krueger was an assistant coach with the expansion Buccaneers in 1976 and later became their general manager.His family says Krueger died Monday at his home in Pembroke Pines, Florida. He was 90. The Yankees and Nationals are set meet when the virus-delayed season begins next month, a person familiar with the game told The Associated Press on Saturday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because there hasn’t been an official announcement.The New York Post first reported the matchup.MLB will start a 60-game season on July 23 or 24. The schedule is still being worked out — there could be a game or two on the first day of play, or a full slate.Cole started the previous game played at Nationals Park. He pitched the Houston Astros past the Nationals 7-1 last October for a 3-2 edge in the World Series. Cole signed a $324 million, nine-year contract with the Yankees as a free agent. Rendon got a $245 million, seven-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels.PGA-TRAVELERS CHAMPIONSHIP Toles rose from the low minors to the majors in just months and became a postseason star for the Dodgers in 2016. He was the starting left fielder in the second half of 2016 and early in 2017. In May of that year, he tore a knee ligament and spent most of 2018 at Triple-A Oklahoma City. The team said Toles never reported to spring training camp in 2019 because of a personal matter. He did not play that year.Toles struggled with anxiety issues even before the Dodgers signed him to a minor league contract. He was Tampa Bay’s minor league player of the year in 2013 but was released in 2015. He was working the early-morning shift in the frozen-food section of a grocery store before the Dodgers recruited him. HORSE RACING-BELMONT-BARN QUARANTINEBelmont Park barn under precautionary quarantine Carlos, US athletes take stand to end Olympic protest ruleDENVER (AP) — John Carlos wants to abolish the rule that bans protests at the Olympics. The renowned Olympic protester has written a letter with an influential group of American athletes, calling on the IOC to put in place a new policy done in collaboration with athletes from across the globe. Carlos and Tommie Smith raised their fists on the medals stand at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics to protest racial inequality in the United States. They were sent home for violating rules that ban such protests. Those rules remain in place today, though in the wake of global demonstrations against racial injustice, the IOC has recently expressed willingness to rethink them. Referring to the actions of Carlos and Smith, the letter says “It is time for the Olympic and Paralympic movement to honor their bravery rather than denounce their actions.”Carlos joined the leadership of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee’s athlete advisory council in sending the open letter to the International Olympic and Paralympic committees on Saturday. The letter said the AAC had discussed the issue with the IOC’s athlete commission. Rain washed out the Truck Series race on Saturday in what was already a packed schedule. Pocono is the site of a Cup Series twin bill, with one race on Saturday and one on Sunday. The Truck Series was scheduled for Saturday and the second-tier Xfinity Series was scheduled for Sunday. The rainout forced the Truck Series to run at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, followed by 225 miles of Xfinity racing and a 350-mile Cup race.NASCAR says it’s the first time three NASCAR National Series races will be raced on the same day at the same track. It will be the fifth time three NASCAR National Series races will be run on the same day but those were at different tracks. Sunday’s Cup race comes with a twist. The field will be set by inverting the lead-lap finishers from race No. 1.SPEEDWAY OWNER-ROPE ADlast_img read more

European Leagues tired of breakaway threats from big clubs

first_imgZURICH (Reuters) – The umbrella organisation representing Europe’s domestic leagues is tired of breakaway threats, it said on Tuesday in response to a proposal to create a two-division world soccer league.The Financial Times and New York Times have reported that discussions led by Real Madrid president Florentino Perez have taken place over the possibility of setting up the league featuring the world’s richest clubs split into two divisions.The FT has reported that CVC Capital Partners and Gianni Infantino, president of soccer’s world governing body FIFA, are among those approached by Perez about a new league. FIFA has said that it always talks to stakeholders about finding the best solutions for the game and that it recently met with Real Madrid and other clubs to discuss the revamped Club World Cup. Real Madrid and CVC have not commented on the reports.“We are getting very tired of all the threats coming from a few rich clubs in football,” said European Leagues chairman Lars-Christer Olsson in a statement which did not mention Real Madrid by name. “Threats that they are going to break away from the football ecosystem as we know it and create their own private environment.”Olsson pointed out that 2019 had been “a year full of discussions around the future of professional club competitions.”Earlier this year, UEFA and the European Club Association (ECA) put forward a plan to turn the Champions League into a semi-closed competition from 2024 onwards. It was eventually dropped amid strong opposition. In 2016, there were multiple media reports that some big clubs had been discussing a breakaway Super League. Shortly afterwards, the format of the Champions League was changed to give more places to clubs from the biggest five leagues.Olsson said that the current pyramid system, which gives the smallest of teams a chance to climb their way up through the divisions, should remain intact. “The dream is alive, for clubs and players, girls and boys, that one day they may reach a professional level and they can even make it all the way to the top,” he said.“Professional club football is not a private business for a few where only the size of the pockets determines who is welcome.”“The solution is not a closed league at the top of the pyramid in Europe and certainly not a closed shop on top of the world where only a few of the richest clubs are invited.”last_img read more