Exclusive – Ashley would be good for Rangers and for Scottish football, claims Brazil

first_imgAlan Brazil is backing Mike Ashley’s plan to buy Rangers.The Newcastle United chief is reportedly ready to sell the St James’ Park club in order to be allowed to take charge of the Ibrox club, something he is currently banned from doing by the Scottish Football Association as he can’t own two clubs.And talkSPORT’s Breakfast show host insists it would be a good move for Rangers, and for Scottish football as a whole.Brazil said: “It’s none of my business because I’m from the other side of Glasgow – Celtic – but with the shenanigans that have gone on at Rangers over the last few years, if Mike was to come in and sort all the debt out and get a Rangers man in to run the club than they would be so much better off, that I am sure of.“He could buy the club, get rid of all the people Rangers fans are sick of now, clear it out and put a Rangers man in there to run it. And with his business brain as well, do you know what, it would give Celtic a kick up the backside.“They would suddenly start thinking, ‘OK, we can’t be selling any more [players] now, we have to think about buying for next year’. It would be healthy for Scottish football.”last_img read more


first_imgA DRINK and drugs addict took to selling illegal cigarettes for crime bosses in a bid to fund his habits, a court has heard.Karl Ryan (44) of 20 Burwood, Buncrana admitted selling untaxed cigarettes and rolling tobacco at 4 Cathedral Court, Church Lane, Letterkenny on February 17th 2012.There was a loss to the State of almost €1,600 in excise duty. Customs officers bought cigarettes from Ryan and found they did not have the excise duty stamp on them.In a follow-up operation officers seized 2,460 cigarettes and several pouches of rolling tobacco.Solicitor Ciaran MacLochlainn said at the time Ryan was “addicted to all sorts” and was “not the main player by any means in this.”He added: “He was paid in cigarettes for what he did.”The father of six had mixed “with the wrong people” when he decided to move to Letterkenny from Buncrana.His client had since moved back to Buncrana and was receiving help.“Mr Ryan spent eight years homeless on the streets of Dublin and there is little doubt he would have been dead had he stayed there,” said the solicitor.Mr MacLochlainn added that Ryan had no money to pay fines or the excise duty and “does not want to return to prison.”Judge Paul Kelly accepted that Ryan was being used by others and he adjourned the case for the preparation of a community service report.ADDICTION DROVE MAN TO SELL ILLEGAL CIGARETTES, COURT HEARS was last modified: September 9th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:buncranaKarl RyanLetterkenny Courtlast_img read more

Missaga: I didn’t ask Star Times to cancel SC Villa deal

first_img Tags: Ben MisaggaSC VillaStarTimestop Ben Misagga resigned as SC Villa president on Sunday (File Photo)KAMPALA – Barely a day after Pay-TV company StarTimes issued a statement letting SC Villa know that they (StarTimes) had terminated their sponsorship agreement with the 16 time record league champions, outgoing club president Ben Misagga has come out and accepted that he notified the sponsors about his resignation but did not ask them to break ties with club.Also read: StarTimes terminates sponsorship deal with SC VillaThis comes after several rumors have been doing rounds claiming that Misagga asked StarTimes to terminate the sponsorship agreement.“Yes i wrote to StarTimes after resigning from Villa, said Misagga in an interview with PML Daily.“I had to let them know that i was no longer SC Villa president like an elite person is supposed to do.“I also had to let them know that going forward, i was not in position to grantee the image of their brand, continued Misagga.“If you look at what i wrote, i don’t think it is asking or telling them to terminate their agreement with Villa despite the fact that i got the deal using my own efforts and strength.“The other thing people don’t get is that i never got that deal here in Uganda like many keep on saying.Misagga went ahead to dare anyone who can produce evidence that he asked StarTimes to terminate their agreement with SC Villa.“Whoever says that i asked for a termination of the agreement should produce the document that i sent to StarTimes and prove i did likewise.“I am not jealous about Villa but what i didn’t want was StarTimes staying with Villa thinking am still around to protect their interests.On Wednesday evening, StarTimes wrote to the SC Villa Chief Executive Officer notifying him that they had terminated the club’s sponsorship agreement.This all comes just days after the outgoing Villa President Ben announced his resignation from the role on Sunday at Villa Park, the club’s training ground.Also read: Misagga resigns as SC Villa presidentMisagga sighted that he had been forced to step aside after FUFA had refused Villa to conduct elections which he claims, is an act against the club’s constitution.With just over a month to the start of the 2018/19 Uganda Premier League season, it remains to be seen where all this fiasco in VIlla is headed as the managerless club looks to be in shambles with players and officials departing yet there is no clear signals that new faces are coming in.Villa finished third in the league last season and lost 1-0 over two legs against Vipers SC in the semi finals of the FUFA Uganda Cup.Comments last_img read more