FIFA chief Arsene Wenger suggests major reworking of offside law

first_imgVAR has made a number of controversial offside calls during the current Premier League season (NBC)Wenger will recommend the change during the world soccer’s lawmaking body IFAB’s annual general meeting in Belfast on Feb. 29.‘You will be not offside if any part of the body that can score a goal is in line with the last defender, even if other parts of the attacker’s body are in front,’ Wenger said.‘That will sort it out and you will no longer have decisions about millimetres and a fraction of the attacker being in front of the defensive line.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalEach of the four Home Nations – England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – has one of the eight votes, with FIFA holding the other four. Any law change needs six votes in favour to go through.If Wenger gets his three-quarter majority, the new law could come into effect on June 1 – 12 days before the start of the European Championship.MORE: Arsene Wenger hits back at Unai Emery and denies Arsenal were in declineMORE: Arsenal trying to convince Arsene Wenger to return to club Advertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 19 Feb 2020 10:41 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.7kShares FIFA chief Arsene Wenger suggests major reworking of offside law Comment Arsene Wenger has suggested a law change following a number of VAR controversies (Picture: Getty)FIFA’s head of global development Arsene Wenger will attempt to make a major change to the offside law which could end a run of contentious decisions in the game since the introduction of the VAR.Wenger, who was manager of Arsenal for 22 years, wants a player to be deemed onside if any part of their body which can legitimately score a goal is level or behind the last defender.It will flip the current rule which states the player is in an offside position if any part of their body they can score with is beyond the line of the last defender.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe use of video review has been a source of constant criticism since its recent introduction, including concern about the time to take decisions and the precision with which offsides are judged.ADVERTISEMENTThe system sparked another controversy last week in the Premier League when Wolverhampton Wanderers had a goal ruled out against Leicester City after Pedro Neto’s heel was adjudged to be fractionally offside in the build-up.last_img read more

People moves: Essex scheme seeks investment adviser

first_imgATP — Christine Schmitz has been appointed as the leader of the new administrative body set to manage the Denmark’s senior pension – the new early-retirement disability pension introduced in January this year. Seniorpension, as the new organisation is to be called, will be a subsidiary of statutory pensions giant ATP, and will begin operating in January 2021, when ATP takes over responsibility for running the state benefit scheme nationally.Since its initiation at the beginning of this year, the scheme has so far been managed by local authorities around the country. The senior pension reform stems from a cross-party agreement in May 2019 and in its current form, the benefit allows those with 20-25 years of full-time employment, who cannot work more than 15 hours a week, to receive a pension up to six years before normal retirement age.Schmitz, who has been appointed as a deputy director of ATP, joins from Deloitte, where she was a partner responsible for tasks for the state and municipalities, especially in the area of employment. ATP said she would start work in the new role on 15 August.The Pension SuperFund (PSF) – The PSF, one of the two commercial defined benefit consolidation vehicles actively operating in the UK, has announced the composition of its asset and liability management (ALM) committee, which provides strategic and operational recommendations to the PSF’s joint investment committee.Joining managing partners Edmund Truell and Luke Webster on the ALM committee are some high-profile names:Chris Hitchen – chair of the PSF and of the Border to Coast local authority pension pool, non-executive director of NEST and former CEO of Railpen;Kari Stadigh – former president and CEO of Nordic insurance group Sampo and vice chair at Nokia. The PSF has reportedly received equity backing from Sampo;Wolf Becke – former CEO of Hannover Life Re and board member of Hannover Re Group. Current board mandates include chair Aegon Blue Square Re N.V, vice chair of FWU AG and senior independent director of Vitality Life. He is also a member of the PSF’s ‘committments’ committee;William Maltby – former vice chair of investment banking at Deutsche Bank and currently chair of NB Private Equity and Ekins Guinness;Martin Gilbert – chair of Aberdeen Standard Investments, co-founder and formerly CEO of Aberdeen Asset Management. Former chair of the Practitioner Panel at the Prudential Regulatory Authority; andIan Edward – former investment banker and serial entrepreneur and private equity investor across a variety of sectors including financial services, food & leisure. Currently non-executive director of Pizza Pilgrims and co-founder of Hippo Inns. Essex Pension Fund, ATP, The Pensions SuperFund, Lothian Pension Fund, Falkirk Council Pension Fund, Fife Council Pension FundEssex Pension Fund – The scheme is seeking to appoint an independent investment adviser to advise its investment steering committee (ISC). It is intended that the appointment should be effective from November 2020. The appointment will be for an initial period of three years – with an option for the fund to extend it for a further period on the same terms and conditions.The fund is growing towards a value of £7.5bn (€8.2bn). Details of the strategic asset allocation and investment structure, including details of all current mandates, are set out in the scheme’s investment strategy statement (ISS). The draft ISS is currently out for stakeholder consultation and can be found here.Candidates wishing to express interest in this position should contact Samantha Andrews, the scheme’s investment manager by Friday 18 September 2020 at 5pm UK time via email. Lothian, Falkirk and Fife pension funds – The three Scottish local government pension scheme (LGPS) funds’ joint investment strategy panel (JISP) has appointed three independent advisers. Scott Jamieson has been reappointed and Kirstie MacGillivray and Stan Pearson will take up the position for the first time. The panel used to have two independent advisers – Jamieson and Gordon Bagott.The JISP comprises senior officers as well as the independent external investment advisers, who rotate after an initial term of three years. It advises the three pension fund administering authorities on implementation of their respective investment strategies, although these are agreed by the pensions committee of each pension fund and the assets of Lothian Pension Fund, Falkirk Council Pension Fund and Fife Council Pension Fund remain separate. Between them they have some £14bn (€15.3bn) in assets under management.Elaine Muir, head of finance for Fife Council and chair of the JISP, said: “We were impressed by the caliber of candidates we met during the selection process and in Kirstie, Stan and Scott we have an ideal blend of skills and experience to cover our needs for macro, equities and governance fields.”last_img read more

“Postponed Tokyo Olympics a blessing”- Ben Nunoo Mensah

first_imgThe President of the Ghana Olympics Committee (GOC), Ben Nunoo Mensah has stated that the Coronavirus pandemic may have a positive effect on Ghanaian athletes after the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games were postponed.The International Olympic Committee (IOC) postponed the Olympic Games due to the outbreak of COVID-19 globally as countries battle with the effects of the virus.Ghana will have athletes representing in the postponed 2020 Games to be hosted by Tokyo in Japan.According to the President of the GOC, the forwarding of the Olympic Games could be blessing in disguise as athletes will have enough time to prepare for the Tokyo 2020 Games.He, however, cautioned that the current situation could have a negative impact as late preparations for the athletes will not help the course when Ghana takes centre stage in the Olympic Games in Tokyo.He was speaking on a Zoom discussion on the Impact of Covid-19 on Ghana Sports on Happy FM and GTV Sports Plus on Wednesday.“Postponement of the Olympics games is a form of blessings for us because we will have ample time to prepare for it”.“If care is not taken, this blessing can be a curse because we are used to late preparations”“Athletes can re-adjust their training programmes”.Ghana has four athletes qualifying for the Tokyo Games which has been rescheduled for 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic: Nadia Eke – Triple Jump, Joseph Paul Amoah – Sprinter, Samuel Takyie – Boxer, Sulemana Tetteh – Boxer.The new dates for the Olympic Games are from Friday, 23 July 2021 to Sunday, 8 August 2021.last_img read more