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Football Victoria reveal discipline report for 2019 season

Football Victoria have released their 2019 Discipline End of Season Report.

This report showcases disciplinary issues throughout the 2019 season, as well as highlighting trends in relation to categories such as Misconduct, Tribunals, Red and Yellow Cards.

These were some of the key findings from the report:

Misconduct

  • There was a total of 360 misconduct charges in 2019
  • There was a 70% increase in misconduct charges heard at the tribunal
  • Only 29% of those misconduct charges were against players

Tribunals

  • 54% increase in the number of tribunals held
  • A total of 63 tribunals took place in 2019
  • 37% were incidents that occurred at junior fixtures (up from 27% in 2018)

Red Cards

  • 31% increase in offensive, insulting, abusive or intimidating language or gestures
  • 21% decrease in the number of offences against match officials
  • 7% increase in the number of red cards handed out
  • 1601 red card offences
  • 73% of red cards were issued at junior fixtures

Yellow Cards

  • 11,480 yellow cards
  • 16% decrease in yellow cards on the 2018 season
  • 2017 and 2018 had over 13,000 yellow cards issued in each season respectively
  • 2019 saw yellow cards for team officials introduced in the NPL. This led to a dramatic reduction in expulsions from the technical area for team officials. (96 in 2018 – 60 in 2019)

Serious sanctions in 2019

  • There were a number of long-term suspensions in 2019, including three life bans. There weren’t any life bans issued in 2018. One 10-year ban and ten 2-year bans added to the list of serious sanctions in the 2019 season.
  • 84 points were deducted from teams across Victoria (not including suspended penalties) – a 75% increase on the 2018 season (some of these deductions affected league championships and promotion and relegation)
  • Fines for misconduct/tribunals in the amount of $103,475.

The full copy of the report can be viewed here.

 

Philip Panas is a sports journalist with Soccerscene. He reports widely on football policy and industry matters, drawing on his knowledge and passion of the game.

Acun Medya Group secures Hull City takeover

EFL Championship side Hull City AFC has been purchased by Turkish production company Acun Medya Group, headed by Acun Ilicali.

EFL Championship side Hull City AFC has been purchased by Turkish production company Acun Medya Group, for a fee in the reported region of $37 million AUD.

Acun Ilicali, a 52-year-old businessman and owner of Acun Medya Group, was introduced to fans at the MKM Stadium prior to the club’s 2-0 win at home over Blackburn Rovers.

The takeover brings the controversial ownership of the Allam family to an end, much to the delight of fans after a roller coaster 11 years in charge.

Despite overseeing two promotions to the Premier League, an FA Cup Final and Hull’s first-ever foray into a European competition through the UEFA Europa League in 2014, the Allam family became increasingly unpopular with the fans.

The unpopularity of the Allam family is due to many different reasons, however it all started when the family proposed a name change to ‘Hull Tigers’ back in 2013. The move was ultimately blocked by authorities a year later, which frustrated the Allams and they then put the club up for sale, straining the relationship with fans and seeing a decline in attendances at home fixtures.

The new ownership will look to win back supporters and turn the negative tide.

Acun Medya Group Owner, Acun Ilicali:

“I am happy that I have fulfilled one of my biggest dreams. We are starting a beautiful journey with Hull City. We have many big dreams and goals to achieve together with our fans,” he said.

Outgoing Vice-Chairman Ehab Allam:

“During our tenure, we have worked hard to create a sustainable model and successful academy set-up, giving the club the foundations it needs for the future,” he said.

“There have been lots of ups and downs over the last 11 years or so, but we will take some very fond memories with us… We have taken a very business-led approach to running the club and I truly hope Acun can rebuild the relationship with the fanbase and also bring back the success on the pitch that fans crave and deserve.”

Hertha Berlin pushing hard for stadium upgrade

Top-flight German football club Hertha Berlin has reiterated its intention to develop a new stadium nearby to the Olympiastadion.

Top-flight German football club Hertha Berlin has reiterated its intention to develop a new stadium nearby to its current home, the Olympiastadion, releasing fresh renderings of its vision for such a project.

The club has been attempting to progress plans to develop a new home for several years and in February 2020 stated that the OlympiaPark would be the preferred location.

In November 2018, Hertha confirmed it was targeting an opening date in July 2025 for a new-look Olympiastadion, with preference to be building a completely new stadium rather than renovating the current one.

The current Olympiastadion has been home to Hertha Berlin for almost 60 years, and has a capacity of around 74,000. However, the club is seeking a more intimate stadium for its fans, as well as the inclusion of an athletics track.

Hertha’s former stadium commissioner, Klaus Teichert, withdrew an application for a decision to be made on the location for a new stadium, with Brandenburg also put forward as a potential location.

Hertha Berlin Chief Financial Officer, Ingo Schiller:

“We have entered into talks with the new government and are working hard to set the course for our new stadium in 2022,” he said.

“The stadium is the club’s most important project, especially in terms of the economic situation.”

There is a lot of political support necessary for the project to get approved, as the potential worksite currently includes residential apartments, a big reason for negotiations coming to a stall at times.

A resident spoke to local radio station rbb24:

“You talk about ir, but not with us. We are still not prepared to sell our apartments in Sportforumstraße or to negotiate about them,” they said.

“It is very unfortunate that our residents in Sportforumstraße are once again unsettled by this uncoordinated approach.”

Hertha Berlin and backers of the new stadium have been in negotiation with Berlin’s sports senator, Iris Spranger, with talks to continue over the next month.

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