Industry Shorts: 2030 UK World Cup, FA Cup

30 Nov 2019

By: Sport Industry Group

A prospective UK and Ireland bid for the 2030 Men's FIFA World Cup has moved a step closer after Football Association of Ireland President John Mooney declared the feasibility study as 'positive'. 

Speaking to The Times, Mooney said: “The feasibility study is positive and there's a sense that the right thing to do is go forward. This bid is out on the front foot and very well led by the guys from the English FA who gave a very strong presentation.

“It's a chance to get a really credible bid and hopefully win it. I'd be very surprised if there's not a very credible bid from Great Britain and Ireland.”

Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and Chile have already confirmed a joint bid - in what will be 100 years since the first tournament took place in Uruguay - while Bulgaria, Greece, Romania and Serbia will partner for a candidancy. Spain, Portugal and Morocco have also been rumoured to be looking at a cross-confederation bid. 

All Emirates FA Cup Third Round fixtures are to be delayed by one minute as part of a new initiative between the FA and mental health charity Heads Up, encouraging fans to ‘Take A Minute’ to think about the importance of mental well-being. 

All 32 ties, excluding replays, will kick-off one minute later than their traditional scheduled timeslots, and it is hoped that the initiative will raise awareness of taking time out to consider mental health. 

During the minute delay, fans will be encouraged to consider the positive impact 60 seconds can have on both their personal well-being or in support of a friend, colleague or family member. 

Promotional material and messaging will be visible across all fixtures, both in-stadia and across linear and digital broadcasts. 

UEFA has announced a string of spectator experience initiatives, ahead of it's landmark multi-city EURO 2020 tournament, which will culminate in the final at Wembley. 

UEFA will implement a digital match ticket for all fans that offers free public transport in all 12 host cities, as well as real-time digital updates on travel, accomodation and attractions. 

An open letter signed by all 20 Serie A clubs has been addressed to all fans across the Italian top tier football league calling on a united front in the fight against racism. 

Acknowledging that Italian football has a problem with racism, and that not enough has been done in the past, the letter pledges that all clubs will be united in 'delivering a comprehensive and robust Serie A anti-racism policy, stricter new laws, and a plan for educating those within the game about the scourge of racism."

The announcement comes after a string of racist incidents in Italian football, most recently including Mario Balotelli who was the subject of abuse by his own team's fans. The instigator, the head of Brescia's ultras group, has since been banned from the club for 11 years. 

South African Rugby World Cup winning captain, Siya Kolisi, has agreed to be represented by Roc Nation Sports, according to multiple reports. 

The flanker, who grew up in poverty and became South Africa's first black captain, will become Roc Nations' first rugby client. The agency, owned by American rapper and businessman Jay-Z, boasts Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving, Manchester City star Kevin de Bruyne and Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku as retained talent.