Sport OM: Sale of the club or sale of the stadium?
AFL Pre-season games and results, practice matches, AAMI Community Series fixture
The start of the 2021 AFL Premiership season is fast approaching - but first the 19 teams have to prepare with a series of pre-season games. Because of concerns around COVID-19 and the desire to limit team travel, the traditional competitive matches - this year known as the AAMI Community Series - has been shortened one match for each team. However, each team will also play a practice match in their home state before the official pre-season games begin as coaches try to figure out their best 22 for round one. Sporting News analyses everything you need to know about the AFL's pre-season plans.
Benoît Payan, the mayor of Marseille, openly evokes a sale of the Velodrome, he who wants to discuss it with Frank McCourt.Marseille mayor Benoît Payan has spoken to OM owner Frank McCourt. Speaking at the microphone of RMC, he evokes the hot issue of the sale of the Stade Vélodrome, which he promises to cede only to OM. But for that, it will be necessary to wait for the next visit of McCourt. "We will come back to this subject, he will come back. He is there until the end of the week, he will come back fairly quickly, and we will have the opportunity to put our cards on the table at that time", confides the aedile. "Not the Panzani stadium" Payan is eager to sell the Velodrome stadium, which "costs him too much money". But not just any old way, not just anyone. "I have indicated several times that I wanted to sell the stadium but that I will only sell it to Olympique de Marseille and from the moment I am sure of the project. The stadium is not going to fly away . It is out of the question whether it will be the Qatar Airways or Panzani stadium tomorrow. Me, I was born in the stadium. Besides, one does not need to be born in Marseille to understand the attachment that one has. has with this stadium. It is part of my life, of our history, of the history of this city. The current financial arrangement means that it costs millions and millions of euros to all Marseillais. Marseille taxpayers are the only in France to pay. I want to give this club the means to achieve this ambition. There is no big club that does not own its stadium. In the long term, if I am convinced of the project, of the shareholder, that he's going to put money on the table, so yes I will sell him. "
ON THE ROAD: Darkness lifting from the Stadium of Light .
Wrapped in a red blanket and clutching a cup of hot coffee, Sunderland owner Kyril Louis-Dreyfus displayed a matchday demeanor in stark contrast to that of the old custodians. They would wear garish red trousers as loud as their pronouncements of goodwill and grand intent, and it was invariably cold lager in their palms. But Stewart Donald and Charlie Methven are no more. The Batman and Robin act who seemingly swept to the rescue in 2018 — only for their masks to slip — have been replaced by a 23-year-old heir to a multi-billion-pound fortune, whose late father was the owner of French club Marseille.