Manchester United Targeted by Cybercriminals

Sophisticated hacking has been sustained against the Manchester United Football Club in Great Britain. It’s an unexpected attack that proved a failure for cybercriminals. However, experts working with Manchester United Tech Support suggested that these attacks were knowledgeable of critical infrastructures & bypass codes that couldn’t be sustained without advanced AI Programs. This means that influential cybercriminals or government hackers implemented these attacks, with speculation suggestions that Russia could’ve attacked Manchester United’s servers to acquire consumer data from British civilians.

An official statement was issued by Manchester United on November 20th, which suggested that cybernetic defences have been increased exponentially since the attack occurred. Governing forces in the United Kingdom have been provided detailed information regarding the attack, with temporary results suggesting that cybercriminals are implementing a sophisticated operation against Premier League clubs. Damages are being contained, with consumer data having been protected by backup protocols. Manchester United guarantees that credit card information wasn’t stolen.

Containing the Attack

Details in the statement noted that club personnel have taken immediate action to contain the attack & guarantee it doesn’t repeat, with lost information regarding our advisers being relocated. Data that cybercriminals received hadn’t provided critical information that would leave Manchester United, or the Premier League at risk on any level. It should be clarified that critical systems used by Manchester United at the Old Trafford Stadium have been updated with new cybernetic measures, meaning 125k-SSL Encryption. This guarantees that personal data cannot get breached on any level.

Manchester United is recommending that consumers change their passwords & potentially emails, under the impression that backdoors were created by the cybercriminals. Backdoors would likely enable these individuals to re-enter the Manchester United servers after hours of coding. When media personnel with Manchester United were questioned on the attack, it was confirmed that Premier League organizations are becoming more aware of continued aggression from cybercriminal forces & are beginning to locate new avenues of protection.

Premier League PPVs Cancelled

Pay-Per-Views announced by the Premier League saw nationwide backlash in Great Britain. Civilians were disgusted that executives were willing to charge €20.00 for half of all live matches. The backlash was extreme, even prompting Prime Minister Boris Johnson to clarify that he’d not permit PPVs with the English Football League & Premier League. Executives recognized their mistake in announcing PPVs, showing again that whichever scam their concocting against followers won’t work over a prolonged period. It was revealed by PL Executive Richard Masters that PPVs won’t be included into scheduling for 2021.

The Premier League has worked diligently towards locating new profits during the Covid-19 pandemic. Yields have dropped by large percentages without fan attendance, with an initial strategy including the removal of multiple clubs & ten core institutions with more substantial power over league operations. The UK Parliament denied that strategy. Weeks later the Pay-Per-View method was announced by Premier League Executives. It’s been less than fourteen days, but criticism hasn’t lowered. The continued backlash couldn’t be avoided, with thousands of supporters informing the Premier League via Twitter & Facebook that they’d never payout €20.00 to watch football.

Executives with the EFL & Premier League wanted consumers to payout broadcast packages with SkySports to watch their regular matches. There’s an additional cost to acquiring prominent sports by the Premier League. Asking that supporters pay an additional €20.00 on their monthly broadcast bills wouldn’t have been forgivable. Premier League Executives have forgotten that a large percentage of civilian personnel are struggling financially.

Financial Solutions for Monetary Losses

It’s known that Premier League Executives will now commercial developer solutions that don’t involve consumers, football clubs, or the reduction of salaries. Considering that these three methods prompted nationwide backlash, it’s not surprising that Executives are learning from their mistakes. Executives hope to have located another commercial revenue stream before January 1st, 2021.

Barcelona Legend Stable After Car Accident

An unexpected incident occurred for a legendary footballer named Samuel Eto’o. The Ex-Striker for Inter Milan & Barcelona FC was confirmed in stable condition. Medical personnel were called on-scene after a car accident on the morning of November 8th at Douala Road in Cameroon. Details regarding how this incident occurred & who’s at fault haven’t been revealed. However, photographic evidence shows that Samuel Eto’o avoided a fatal accident.

The car is damaged beyond repair, which is significant when assessing that Samuel avoided any serious injuries. Reporting agencies in Europe have suggested that Eto’o could’ve been intoxicated. Samuel was returning from a Wedding Celebration early into the morning of November 8th, meaning that celebrations on the 7th didn’t end till late that evening. Speculation grew after Cameroon Medical Personnel clarified that additional examinations on Samuel Eto’o are being sustained until November 9th.

Details regarding his condition were released by the France Football Association, where Samuel Eto’o was previously contracted before retiring in 2019. The FFA explained that their former footballer experienced a minor head injury & that nobody in this car accident was severely damaged. This is beneficial news for everyone involved with the matter, knowing that Samuel Eto’o will sustain normal conditions shortly & not have to engage with a criminal investigation. It should be noted that this marks the first headline regarding Samuel Eto’o since his retirement in September 2019. His career sustained twenty-two years in the Premier Leagues of Great Britain & Africa. Notable accomplishments from Samuel Eto’o include:

  • 4x La Liga Crowns. (Europe)
  • 3x UEFA Championship League Titles. (Europe)
  • 2x Coppa Italia Championships. (Europe)
  • 1x FIFA World Cup. (Europe)
  • 2x African Cup of Nations (International)
  • Olympic Gold Medal for Football (Central Africa, International)

It should be mentioned that Samuel Eto’o is one of the highest-scoring footballers on the international stage. Aged 39 before retiring, this football made more than 500+ appearances with various teams like Inter Milan & Barcelona FC. It’s expected that after a vacation in his retirement, Samuel Eto’o will return to professional football in a coaching position. Supporters & the international community alike have wished Samuel a fast recovery.

Charlotte FC Stadium Costs Revealed

Major League Soccer expanded into Charlotte, North Carolina, in 2020. It was a surprising announcement that MLS analysts hadn’t expected & after the revelation, most believed it’d be a smooth transition for Charlotte FC to begin competing by 2020. It’s been learned that transitioning into a new stadium won’t be easily accomplished, with taxpayers having to sustain a large percentage of the cost. The City of Charlotte has guaranteed reimbursement incentives valued at $110 Million.

It’s the most considerable cost that taxpayers have sustained since developing the Bank of America Stadium. However, the $110 Million being spent is also accounting for dire renovations needed at Bank of America Stadium. It’ll be a small percentage, with the overwhelming majority of finances being used towards a new stadium at the “Eastland Mall Site – Charlotte, North Carolina”. This is an abandoned complex that provided the necessary square footage needed for a new sports stadium.

Bank of America Stadium has been home for the Charlotte Panthers for years & is owned by Dave Tepper, owner of the upcoming MLS team. The City of Charlotte Council suggested the Eastland Mall Site for Tepper, which sustains square footage of 20,000. During the October 26th presentation held by the Council, their offering to Dave Tepper wasn’t listed. Incentives previously listen at $110 Million have now been eliminated by 68%. It’s led to an immediate delay in Charlotte FC being housed at the “Eastland Mall Stadium” by 2020. This could mean that similar to other expansion teams; Charlotte FC could have to compete at another local facility, such as Bank of America Stadium.

Postponed Development

It’s also disappointing for MLS Team Headquarters & Charlotte FC Player Development Academy, with both institutions slated to be housed inside the metropolis’s borders. The City of Charlotte was expected to award $75 Million for the development of these two institutions. Decreasing incentives by 68% to create more significant funds to other necessities needed for Charlotte Residents, means that these two institutions won’t likely get developed for years. The City of Charlotte Council now expected local County’s to sustain some of the required cost, including Mecklenburg County at $15 Million.

Everton Lose First Match of 2020-21 Premier League Season

As the Premier League continues its shorten season, first place Everton suffered their first loss of the season to Southampton. The 2-0 loss also saw Everton’s Lucas Digne getting red carded during the second half at the St. Mary’s Stadium on Sunday.

Danny Ings, who is the top scored for Southampton was instrumental is setting up the tams first game. That saw James Ward-Prowse scoring the opening goal at the 27th minute mark after he picked up the pass from Ings.

This was the worse performance from Everton all season and, while the remained scoreless, it got worse in the 71st minute after Lucas Digne, who plays left-back, was sent packing for racking his studs over the leg of Southampton’s Kyle Walker-Peters.  

Carlo Ancelotti, Everton’s manager, was not at all pleased with the officials decision to send off Digne and referred to it as a joke. Ancelotti suggested that officials bowed to pressure over the publicity surrounding the tackle made by Jordan Pickford against Liverpool Richarlison in their match from the previous week.

While addressing the controversy to the media, Ancelotti stated: “Maybe all this talk all week against Pickford, against Richarlison, affected the decision, and if so it’s not right, it’s not fair. We will appeal, for sure.”

Everton were successful in their first four Premier League games of the season, and its fifth win over Liverpool last week kept the club at the top of the standings. However, while Everton sits atop Liverpool, the difference between the two is only one goal after the loss to Southampton on Sunday.

Southampton Responds to previous weeks loss

Ralph Hasenhuttl, who is Southampton’s manager was quizzed on there previous 9-0 loss. While addressing the issue to the media, Hasenhuttl stated that as a club, they didn’t talk about it this week. All that was important to the team was what they did going forward.

Addressing the media, Hasenhuttl stated: “Now we don’t even think about it any more, I don’t care. My team did a fantastic job today,” he added, “from the first moment you could feel that the plan was working and the guys were sticking to it. It was one of the best first halves so far for us.”

MLS Supporter’s Shield Cancelled for 2020

Major League Soccer made a shocking revelation for the 2020 campaign, announcing that the “Supporters Shield” won’t be awarded to any club this year. The reasoning for this decision is because, by definition, football supporters haven’t been permitted into stadiums to witness their favourite clubs in 2020. Respecting the lack of fanfare for 2020, MLS Corporate has determined that removing the acolyte from their seasonal awards is needed.

The COVID-19 Pandemic forced worldwide changes onto international & domestic sports. Governments worldwide implemented restrictions that limited sporting institutions from competing in their respective leagues. Between March to June 2020, most professional sports were unable.
Recently that’s changed with each league finding ample social distancing measures & health protocols to resume seasonal matches. The MLS is Back Tournament saw North American football return, with Major League Soccer now competing in their 2020 season. Removing the Supporters Shield shows respect to dedicated fans that’ve passed from the coronavirus.

MLSSSF (Major League Soccer – Supporters Shield Foundation) released a formal statement on their decision. The foundation discussed & considered their options for 2020, debating on a possible online election for the supporter’s favourite club. It was determined that the inability of attending supporters should be respected, that their passion hasn’t been lost & that the bias of MLSSSF shouldn’t account for the millions of Major League Soccer fans.

Statements continue by stating MLSSSF stands with their players & supporters, that foundation leaders understand the numerous challenges associated with COVID-19. Commending thanks was given to Major League Soccer Corporate for creating some iteration of seasonal events. Promises were then made that the Supporter’s Shield will be revamped & rewarded to another team by 2021.

TFC for 3rd Victory

The Toronto Football Club is MLS’s highest-winning organization in-reference to the Supporter’s Shield. TFC have acquired this notable rewarded twice in recent years. 2020s Campaign was looking like Toronto would sustain their 3rd Supporter’s Shield. However, with this announcement that won’t be possible any longer. That doesn’t mean TFC won’t have ample opportunity to reclaim the Supporter’s Shield crown by 2021. It’ll require the talents of Alejandro Pozuelo, Jozy Altidore, and Michael Bradley for that crown to become regained.

Project Big Picture Announced by the Premier League

The Premier League’s Chairman has caused drastic outrage from supporters & football clubs over a 24-hour-period. This follows after Rick Parry, Manchester United, and Liverpool FC announced, “Project Big Picture”. Their strategized concept would permit eighteen teams for contention in the Premier League, meaning two outfits would lose the right to compete in England’s top division.

Anger grew when learning that “Project Big Picture” had been proposed by Manchester United & Liverpool FC, two teams that are owned by American-established companies. It shows a lack of care for England’s historic football league and would impose new challenges onto the EFL. EFL Organizers would have to reschedule two additional clubs, create updated marketing campaigns, and locate supporting stadiums.

Rick Parry founded & fathered the Premier League in 1992, enabling the highest-rated teams in England to compete in an exclusive tournament separate from EFL matches. This created riveting games of football & prompted an immediate boost of popularity in British football. The Premier League is now watched by millions worldwide. However, changes in Premier League operation is required after the COVID-19 pandemic. Financial losses have been extensive.

Focusing on a revised version of the Premier League, Rick Parry clarified that eighteen clubs, as opposed to twenty, will lower operational costs. This in-return would enable the Premier League to adhere to government orders, which request that Founder Rick Parry & his executives assist with financially supporting the English Football League. Rick Parry revealed that 8.5% of the 2022-23 Premier League Campaign revenue from broadcasts would be donated to EFL clubs. Considering that the Premier League earns billions per year in broadcasting revenue, 8.5% will generate hundreds of millions for 72 EFL clubs.

For All the Good, There’s Some Bad.

There are negative implications to approving “Project Big Picture”. It’d mean that changes required in the Premier League would require the approval of six football clubs, with the current number being fourteen. It’d enable various monopolies to become established by top clubs like Manchester United & Liverpool FC. There’s the possibility that “Project Big Picture” could become cancelled by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who sees this concept as an unneeded powerplay.

Manchester United Humiliated by Tottenham Hotspurs

The Head Coach of Tottenham Hotspurs witnessed the destruction of his former club, Manchester United. Jose Mourinho met against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for the 1st time since losing his position as Head Coach in 2018. Millions watched as Tottenham Hotspur & Manchester United competed against each other, with the skillsets of Jose Mourinho’s coaching capabilities coming to light within two minutes.

Victory over Manchester United at 6-1 is unbelievable for Jose Mourinho. The former Head Coach hadn’t experienced a positive stint when training Manchester United, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer finding more success at the club. Similar results were seen for Jose Mourinho when he took over the Tottenham Hotspurs, who he’s retrofitted in two seasons. This became evident when Manchester United experienced this crushing defeat of 6 to 1, which hasn’t happened since the 1930s. It’s almost been a century since a loss of such stature was experienced for the Premier Leagues most famous team.

Jose Mourinho expressed sympathy for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, telling that his replacement at Manchester United isn’t likely sleeping after that loss. Solskjaer was upset by the loss, noting to Sky Sports after the match that what had happened was embarrassing & hurt all footballers on his squad. Ole Gunnar expressed that October 4th marked his careers worst day yet and won’t permit it to happen a second time. Solskjaer took full responsibility for the 6-1 loss.

The Tables Have Turned

Manchester United was outpaced against Tottenham Hotspur, a football club that’s maintained eight games throughout twenty-two days. This means that their access to training, practice, and competition was limited in-comparison to Manchester United. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should’ve had prepared his club better with enhanced strategies. Instead, the Manchester United Head Coach kept to standard protocols that could easily be predicted by Jose Mourinho. It’s this core element that prompted the Tottenham Hotspurs to overcome MUFC and gain their first goal within thirty-seconds of the match starting.

It’ll be hard for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to overcome this loss. Team morale will likely be low & players will be hard to reach for motivation. Similar problems were seen with Jose Mourinho, which indicates that footballers contracted by Manchester United stop listening to coaching advice at some point.

Colorado Rapids Game Postponed Amid COVID Outbreak

Major League Soccer confirmed that a match-up between the Colorado Rapids & Sporting Kansas City had been postponed. The postponement comes after three members with the Colorado Rapids were confirmed positive with COVID-19.

Colorado Rapids took their confirmed infections seriously by suspending all training sessions before the Sporting Kansas City match-up, with coaching staff knowing the game would likely be postponed. All staff members that tested positive for COVID-19 have committed to self-isolation & quarantine for two weeks. Employed personnel with the Colorado Rapids complied to immediate PCR COVID Tests & provided detailed information of their weekly events through contact tracing methods. The Colorado Rapids hope that no additional infections will be revealed from their prompt reaction.

September 27th would’ve marked the date when Sporting Kansas City & the Colorado Rapids competed against each other. The game would’ve been held at the Commerce City Football Stadium and will likely still host this match when rescheduled. It should be noted that this is Major League Soccer’s first postponed match because of COVID-19 during the 2020-21 MLS Regular Season. Multiple games were postponed or terminated during the “MLS is Back Tournament”, which concluded weeks ago.

FC Cincinnati Sees COVID Infection

One footballer also became infected with the coronavirus, with Nick Hagglund (Defenceman for FC Cincinnati & formally TFC) confirming he’s in self-isolation & quarantine for fourteen days. Nick Hagglund provided details over his positive infection & subsequent symptoms. He’d reveal that after maintaining his routine PCR COVID Test on September 24th, he began feeling minor symptoms associated with the coronavirus. On the 25th, FC Cincinnati Medical Examiners informed Nick Hagglund that his test came back positive. Nick Hagglund told his wife & daughter of the positive infection and began self-isolating at a designated hotel.

Nick Hagglund signing with FC Cincinnati has proven unfavourable for the defender. Nick had spent five seasons with the Toronto Football Club, where he’d be traded in January 2019 to Cincinnati, Hagglund’s hometown. Nick is the 1st player with FC Cincinnati to contract the coronavirus & will now spend fourteen days isolating from society.

Ismaila Sarri in talks with Liverpool

After a slow start and a shortened season, Liverpool is focusing its energies on shoring up its squad in hopes it will strengthen its attracter. That has seen the club working out personal details with agent representing Ismaila Sarri after they signed the attacker to a multi-year deal with a reported £32m.

During the shutdown, and over the course of the summer, Liverpool’s manager, Jurgen Klopp, had been searching for attacking reinforcements. The goal was to provide support for Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, for what Liverpool is expecting will be a long and challenging season.

Sarr has received substantial attention in the media as a potential acquisition for Liverpool and Premier League champions. However, after the club signed Diogo Jota last week, it was rumoured that a deal for Sarr was no longer in the cards. Clearly, that wasn’t the case and did not put an end to their interest and their pursuit to work out a deal with Watford.

Liverpool in talks with Sarr’s agent

While Liverpool has signed an agreement in principle, it is being reported by the media in France that the 22 year old wingers agent is now in talks with the organization about personal terms for Sarr. The publication stated that Sarr and his agent are requesting a £6m annual salary.

The problem is, even if the two sides agree, Liverpool may face challenges completing the deal due to his hesitation on joining the team based o the amount of football he will be required to play following the arrival of Diogo Jota.

The report is quoted as stating the Aston Villa is attempting to hijack the deal and sign Sarr and willing to go as far as to offer him a key position in their starting line up if he agrees to make the move to Aston instead of Liverpool.

After joining Watford last season, Sarr had a solid debut scoring six goals and racking up an equal number of assists in thirty appearances. How this will play out is anyone’s guess, but it seems clear Sarr has concerns and that in itself will set the stage for upcoming negotiations and whether Liverpool succeeds.