Friday 23 March 2018

Defiant Collins to appeal FAI charge


RODDY COLLINS has decided to appeal his charge by the FAI for comments he made about the state of the game in Ireland and the running of the Airtricity League.

The Monaghan United manager was fined €1,000 or given the option of a six-match touchline ban for his contribution to the panel discussion on RTE which also resulted in presenter Des Cahill being blacklisted by the FAI.

Collins has taken legal advice on the matter and has been boosted by the support of a businessman who has offered to finance his battle against the charge. The next step for the Dubliner is to formally appeal through the FAI's disciplinary channels.

Collins was critical of facilities at League of Ireland grounds -- which he described as "shabby" -- and also spoke out against the general administration of the domestic game.

He was charged under Rule 94 of the FAI's rulebook which refers to someone within the game making "disparaging" remarks.


Novak Djokovic faces the daunting prospect of having to beat Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal to win the US Open for the first time and end the year as the world number one.

The Serbian has already won this season's Australian Open and Wimbledon titles and is the overwhelming favourite to win the last Grand Slam of 2011, starting at Flushing Meadows on Monday, to wrap up the top spot for the end-of-year rankings.

But a niggling shoulder injury that forced him to quit last weekend's Masters final in Cincinnati has raised questions about his fitness, especially with his foes lurking ominously at the business end of the tournament after the official draw was conducted in New York yesterday.

Djokovic, who is top seed, was drawn to launch his tournament against an as yet unknown qualifier and his projected semi-final opponent is five-time US Open champion and third seed Federer, who faces Colombia's Santiago Giraldo in his opener.


Former France captain Philippe Saint-Andre will take over from Marc Lievremont as national coach after the Rugby World Cup.

The 44-year-old Saint-Andre is one of the finest wingers to have played for his country, scoring 32 tries in 69 internationals from 1990-97. The French Rugby Federation said yesterday that Saint-Andre will officially take charge on December 1, after leaving his current position as Toulon's director of rugby.

Lievremont, who replaced Bernard Laporte after the 2007 World Cup, guided France to the Six Nations title and a Grand Slam in 2010. France aim to win the World Cup for the first time and are in Group A along with hosts New Zealand, Japan, Canada and Tonga.

Irish Independent

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