SPORTS AGENDA: Secret Manchester United fan saved Eric Cantona from life ban for kung fu kick

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Twenty-five years have passed and thousands of words have been written since Eric Cantona’s kung fu kick on a Crystal Palace fan, resulting in the Frenchman being banned for nine months.

What has not been reported before is that things could have been much worse for Cantona if it had not been for the presence of a sympathetic supporter of Manchester United within the disciplinary panel which treated.

It turns out that Ian Stott, the former president of Oldham Athletic whose funeral takes place this week, had a subscription to Old Trafford before overseeing the greatest era of the Latics alongside manager Joe Royle.

Twenty-five years have passed since Eric Cantona's kung fu kick on a Crystal Palace fan

Twenty-five years have passed since Eric Cantona’s kung fu kick on a Crystal Palace fan

Stott’s son Robert told Sports Agenda, “Sir Alex Ferguson told about the disciplinary hearing and made fun of my father in his book to ask him if Cantona practiced karate.

“The nuance of the question and the implications completely crossed Fergie’s head, because the answer was” no “and he could prove that karate was not a lethal weapon.

“There had been calls for a lifetime ban, but Cantona came up with what was, in fact, seven months given the summer vacation. It would have been longer without the father!

Stott, who chaired a number of committees and was a popular and influential figure in the game in the 1980s and 1990s, died earlier this month at the age of 86.

Former Oldham Athletic President Ian Stott held an Old Trafford membership

Former Oldham Athletic President Ian Stott held an Old Trafford membership

Muzzled Sky gives Lampard an easy ride

Those who read Sportsmail’s story last Monday revealing that the Premier League was blocking Sky Sports and BT Sport’s questions about the resumption of the season or the impact of the suspension on players did not have to wait long for see evidence.

Sky spoke to Frank Lampard on their new “Live: The Football Show” that morning, but did not ask Chelsea manager any questions on these matters. There was also no mention of history when the same show ran through that day’s newspaper. This is funny.

Sky Sports met with Chelsea boss Frank Lampard during their new

Sky Sports met with Chelsea boss Frank Lampard during their new “Live: The Football Show”

Burnley error after Hunter’s tragic death

The death of Norman Hunter last week was tragic news. While many have rightly mentioned that the infamous nickname of the Leeds man biting his legs has done a disservice to his skills as a fine midfielder and ball player, it would be folly to pretend that he does did not know how to manage.

While football was paying homage, Burnley tweeted a photo of Hunter in action against the Clarets. A number of Lancashire fans quickly asked if the club could not find a more suitable image – given that the one also included Burnley forward Frank Casper, who claims his career was ended with the boot lost from Hunter in a clash. at Elland Road.

Burnley posted this photo on Twitter of Norman Hunter in action against Frank Casper

Burnley posted this photo on Twitter of Norman Hunter in action against Frank Casper

PFA under microscope as the pay line rumbles

The independent review by the Association of Professional Footballers is intensifying despite the crucial role of the union in negotiations between players and clubs over the proposed pay cuts and postponements.

Sport Resolutions, the adjudicative service of the investigation, held a conference call this week with representatives from the Rugby Players ‘Association and the Professional Cricketers’ Association to better understand how their governance and practices compare to those of the PFA.

Sport Resolutions was appointed to review all aspects of the PFA’s governance, management and decision-making in February, but only released its mandate last month. It is not known when the process will be completed.

Professional Footballers Association Independent Review Being Intensified

Tierney is still a fan of Hoops

Arsenal defender Kieran Tierney has yet to convince the faithful, as his first club season has been ravaged by injuries.

He has no such problems with supporters of the former Celtic club and his hero status with the green half of Glasgow was cemented last week when he dragged the Old Firm Rangers to social media.

The Rangers tweeted followers asking for their best photos of themselves, family and friends at Ibrox. Tierney responded quickly with a snapshot of himself and his Celtic teammates celebrating a victory over enemy turf.

Kieran Tierney cheekily posted this Celtic photo in response to the Rangers asking fans for their best photos at Ibrox

Kieran Tierney cheekily posted this Celtic photo in response to the Rangers asking fans for their best photos at Ibrox

Kyle walker seek advice

It hasn’t been the best lock for Kyle Walker.

The Manchester City defender was investigated by the club after hosting a party at his home with two escorts.

This story led to another which claimed that the unimpressed English manager Gareth Southgate had no intention of choosing Walker for the Three Lions again.

Sources said the 29-year-old has now turned to former journalist Neil Ashton to improve his image. Public relations consultant Ashton, formerly of the parish, counts Manchester United as his biggest client and has now expanded his portfolio across the city.

Kyle Walker Investigated After Organizing Evening Party With Escorts

Kyle Walker Investigated After Organizing Evening Party With Escorts

Premier League at war with clubs

The Premier League has ensured that it is not accused of seeking preferential treatment during the pandemic. They have often said that football will only come back when the government deems it safe.

Some clubs, however, believe that for there to be any hope of ending the season, football must be part of the first group of companies allowed to return to work – and that the PL should lobby to ensure that it’s the case.

World Cup bid steps back

The joint bid by the United Kingdom and Ireland for the 2030 World Cup appears to be pending due to the coronavirus crisis.

Rob Sullivan, director of international affairs and business for the FA, who was a key figure in the government-supported proposal, joined the Football Foundation as acting chief executive.

UK-Ireland joint bid for 2030 World Cup looks overdue

UK-Ireland joint bid for 2030 World Cup looks overdue

Sullivan joins former FA chief executive Martin Glenn at the charity, which advocates for access to quality football facilities across the country.

China and Spain are among the other countries to have expressed interest in hosting the 2030 World Cup.

Contributors: Matt Hughes and Kieran Gill

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