LaLiga: Spanish FA Backs Fans over Monday, Friday Matches

first_imgThe Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has ruled that LaLiga games cannot be played on Fridays and Mondays without its approval.The first three round of matches for the 2019/20 season had already been scheduled by LaLiga, with Athletic Bilbao hosting champions Barcelona in the season opener on Friday, 16 August.But the RFEF’s competition judge has now rescheduled those fixtures. “Spanish football fans do not want games on these days,” the RFEF said.“Especially on Mondays, it is very difficult for fans to enjoy games.”In February, Alaves supporters held a mock funeral during their La Liga win over Levante in protest at the match being switched to Monday night for live TV coverage.La Liga said the ruling threatens their 2bn euro broadcast deals and a court hearing has been set for 7 August.Changes made by the RFEF mean the season will now open with Athletic-Barcelona a day later than originally planned, on Saturday, 17 August, with all other fixtures scheduled for Saturdays or Sundays.“With this illegal conduct RFEF officials are generating confusion in the national and international broadcast space, which accounts for 2bn euros in annual rights income for La Liga,” said La Liga president Javier Tebas.“These officials have no idea of the consequences of their irresponsible acts. This has no purpose, nothing will change, this only creates confusion, which is the only thing they know how to do.”This is the latest in a long-running row between the two organisations.They clashed over La Liga’s failed bid to play Girona’s home league game against Barcelona in Miami in January, after the RFEF did not give approval for the game.La Liga called the RFEF’s move “an attack” and said it is “the only competent organisation to set schedules and dates in the national professional football competition”.It claims the judge’s ruling changes nothing and “the schedules already indicated by La Liga for the first days of the competition will be those in which the matches will be played”.The RFEF said the judge made the ruling “due to the incompatibilities detected between the approved calendar and the days and established schedules”.In a statement after Friday’s ruling, the RFEF claimed responsibility for setting the days of the fixtures.“Setting the schedules is a competency of the League, while the days are of the RFEF,” it said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Mayor Faulconer announces San Diego River cleanup milestone

first_img KUSI Newsroom April 10, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced today that all city-owned property along the San Diego River has been cleaned at least once.The city owns roughly one-third of riverfront property, and employees have removed nearly 99 tons of debris from 32 locations since last September, he said.Faulconer said the cleanup will continue, particularly in regard to outreach and coordination with owners of the remaining two-thirds of land along the river.“The San Diego River is one of our most precious natural resources and we must continue to give it the care and attention it deserves,” Faulconer said. “While we’ve cleared all of the city’s property once, we still have a lot more work to do, so we’re encouraging every property owner next to the river to join our cleanup efforts and help preserve the San Diego River for future generations.”City employees have sent letters to 33 private property owners, including several businesses, that collectively own another third of riverfront property. Eight owners have allowed city employees to clean their property.Those who reject city services must clean their property or face fines ranging from $100 to $1,000, according to the mayor’s office.The remaining third of riverfront property is owned by a nonprofit and various government agencies, including the Metropolitan Transit System, Caltrans, San Diego River Park Foundation, California Department of Fish & Wildlife, U.S. Postal Service and County of San Diego.Rob Hutsel, president and CEO of the San Diego River Park Foundation, lauded city efforts to clean riverfront property.“Since this effort began, we have seen a dramatic difference along the river in the city,” Hutsel said. “There is less trash, fewer encampments and a new hope that a lasting improvement is being achieved.”Cleanup efforts are part of the “Clean SD” initiative, which launched May 2017. So far, crews have removed more than 1,000 tons of litter from illegal dumping hot spots in Ocean Beach, City Heights, San Ysidro, Logan Heights, Paradise Hills, Webster, Mission Beach, Point Loma and Pacific Beach. Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Kevin Faulconer, San Diego River FacebookTwitter Posted: April 10, 2018center_img Mayor Faulconer announces San Diego River cleanup milestone KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 5:21 PMlast_img read more