Football Federation Australia unhappy at FIFA-backed report

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. The current FFA congress is seen as one of the smallest in world football and lacking significant female representation.The CRWG report, which was completed to meet FIFA’s Tuesday deadline, has not been publicly released and its recommendations can only be revealed at FIFA’s discretion. FIFA commissioned the report to pressure the FFA to comply with statutes around the structure of national governing bodies after trying for several years to force change.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’FIFA is reported to be ready to approve the report’s recommendations and to demand they be adopted at an FFA special general meeting on Sept. 7. But that seems unlikely after FFA chairman Steven Lowy released a statement on Tuesday expressing opposition to aspects of the report.“There are many elements of the report which are positive steps and wholly supported by the FFA board,” Lowy said. “However, there are also some crucial aspects of the report which the FFA board does not believe are in the best interests of the game and are inconsistent with its guiding principles.” In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal MOST READ SYDNEY — Football Federation Australia appears on course for a confrontation with FIFA after rejecting “some crucial aspects” of a review backed by the world body into the structure of football’s governing congress in the country.The congress review working group (CRWG) has made recommendations to FIFA for the expansion of the Australia congress after seven weeks of consultation with key stakeholders in Australian football.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Director plans Tokyo 2020 ceremonies ‘rich in Japanese spirit’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins View comments Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ The FFA is thought to have enough support from state federations to vote down the changes. If the CRWG proposals are not passed, FIFA has the power to dismiss the FFA board and replace it with a committee which would run football in Australia.The FFA’s objection is reportedly to the balance of votes which would exist on an enlarged congress. The CRWG recommendations would see considerably more voting power handed to owners of teams in Australia’s professional A-League.State federations, who are supported by the FFA, fear that structure would diminish the power of grassroots or non-professional football. At the same time, the FFA’s recommendations for reform have been rejected by FIFA.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

Scelzi, Todd storm Winternationals

first_imgThere was no such drama in Pro Stock, where Greg Anderson defeated Greg Stanfield,6.651 at 207.05 to 7.001 at 163.64 for his third win in the opener in the past four years. For good measure, it was the third consecutive win by Anderson on the famed Fairplex quarter-mile. In addition to back-to-back Winternationals, Anderson also won at last fall’s Auto Club Finals. “This track is magic for me,” said Anderson, whose string of three consecutive championships was snapped last year by teammate Jason Line. “It plays into our game plan, the 60- degree weather is right up the Pro Stock alley. “When it’s like this, the horsepower shows up and we use it all.” The two-hour late start, coupled with sun dancing in and out of the clouds and the late finish, changed the dynamics of the 47th annual event. The conditions produced some early upsets, most notably Joe Hartley taking out Top Fuel No. 1 qualifier Tony Schumacher in the opening round. In Funny Car, four qualifiers in the top half of the bracket were ousted, including the father-daughter duo of John and Ashley Force. In Pro Stock, there were three opening-round upsets. “When the rain came, it just changed things significantly,” said Jack Beckman, who lost to San Dimas’ Jeff Arend in the first-round of Funny Car. “Once you saw half the lower-qualified cars winning and once there was a pattern that got established in that right lane, it wasn’t necessarily a tune-up deal, it was a lane deal. “The higher-qualified cars switched over and for the rest of the round they won.” It was not a problem for Todd, last year’s rookie of the year. He ran 4.699 to defeat defending champion Melanie Troxel, 4.479 in eliminating Doug Kalitta and 4.473 in the semifinals against David Grubnic. Those runs, however, proved to be costly for the Skull Shine dragster owned by Evan Knoll. “It cost me $400,” Todd said. “I owe (crew chief) Jimmy Walsh a $100 each time I run a 4.40. It used to be a $1 for a 4.50, but I think the bonus I get will pay for it. “All those long hours during the off-season showed up tonight,” Todd said of Walsh’s work ethic. “We feel we can contend for the title.” Scelzi went to the starting line feeling his Oakley Dodge had nothing for Hight, who had a 4.646 against Arend in a semis victory. “We couldn’t match that, but we did not want to give it away,” Scelzi said. “We were looking for a 67 or 68.” Scelzi said he saw Hight pass him at 700 feet and the win light go on the opposite lane. “My crew came on and said I won because he had crossed,” Scelzi said. “I thought at first it was a dirty trick. We might have had two lucky runs, but our performance wasn’t luck.” Scelzi defeated Jim Head, Hight teammate Eric Medlen and Arend en route to the finals. louis.brewster@sbsun.com (909) 386-3865 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! POMONA – Neither rain nor darkness failed to deter J.R. Todd or Gary Scelzi from winning performances at the NHRA Powerade Drag Racing Series-opening Winternationals on Sunday. Todd, who began the day with three career-best Top Fuel runs to reach the finals, took out Brandon Bernstein for his fourth career victory. His run of 4.482 seconds at 324.98 mph was the slowest of the day, but it didn’t matter much as Bernstein lost traction 60 feet off the starting line. In the Funny Car finale, Robert Hight crossed the finish line first against Scelzi. It was a remarkable feat considering Hight crossed the center line and hit a timing cone at 1,000 feet, an automatic disqualification. Scelzi, only the third driver in the 47 years of Winternationals to win Top Fuel and Funny Car, was credited with a run of 4.716 at 332.26. The fact he got to the line was a testament to the Don Schumacher Racing team after Scelzi drove into a sand trap after a semifinal win against Mike Ashley. “Every single guy was working on the car, trying to get the sand out,” Scelzi said. “That was a lot of hard work. We got lucky against Robert. Sometimes you might get lucky early, but we got lucky in the final.” Hight was despondent. “I feel I let the team down,” he said. “They worked hard all winter to give me a great car, and all I had to do was keep it my lane and I would have won.” center_img The 24-year-old, who became the first African-American to win an NHRA professional class in 2006, has won four times in his last 12 races. In all, Todd has competed 20 times in the dragster. “It’s pretty surprising to myself,” Todd said. “I never expected it to happen as suddenly. Last year was a Cinderella season, but it wasn’t surprising to ourselves.” last_img read more