Yorkshire really do not help themselves. On Friday, Sportsmail reported that a second ex-White Rose player had come forward with fresh claims of racial misconduct at the county.
The club’s response? ‘This behaviour would be completely unacceptable to the club. It goes without saying we will investigate thoroughly.’
Later that day, the Jewish News broke the story that head coach Andrew Gale had called Leeds United’s former head of media Paul Dews a ‘Yid’ in a subsequently-deleted 2010 tweet.
Yorkshire’s response? ‘This kind of behaviour would be completely unacceptable to the club. Now we are aware of it, it goes without saying that we will investigate the allegation thoroughly.’ Come on.
A second ex-White Rose player had come forward with fresh claims of racial misconduct
Much has been made of the reunion between Ryan Fraser and old Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe at Newcastle.
Fraser was memorably labelled ‘wretched’ and ‘a turd’ by talkSPORT pundit and former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan when he abandoned the Cherries with some of the season to play last year after declining to sign a short-term contract. The club went on to be relegated.
It is understood that while the relationship was strained, Fraser and Howe were close. Indeed, they have since met and cleared the air.
And if anything, insiders say, Fraser is looking forward to working with a manager he feels can get the best out of him.
Ryan Fraser (right) abandoned Bournemouth with some of the season to play last year
Bird keeping distance
He has rarely been short of offering his two penn’orth, but Dickie Bird has distanced himself from the racism storm that has brought shame on his beloved county.
Bird, from Barnsley, served as Yorkshire president in 2014 and is regarded as one of the county’s favourite sons having played for them before making his name as one of the game’s most charismatic umpires.
But the 88-year-old rejected the chance to comment on the crisis. ‘I’d rather not get involved,’ he said. ‘It had nothing to do with me, so I don’t want to comment.’
Edwards in demand
Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards has been linked with a host of clubs following speculation he will leave Anfield when his contract expires at the end of the season.
Last week, SportBILD reported he was being lined up by RB Leipzig, and while the Germans subsequently refuted the claims, Edwards is a man in demand.
Do not, however, be surprised if he remains at Liverpool. A contract extension, which may have been deemed unlikely just a few months ago, may no longer be such an outlandish prospect.
Michael Edwards holds a stellar reputation but is reportedly set to quit Liverpool in the summer
City are big in… India
Eyebrows were raised among workers at Manchester City last week.
Chief executive Ferran Soriano told a staff meeting that only 10 per cent of supporters lived in the UK and that the core fan base was in India.
The World Boxing Championships in Belgrade last week nearly came to a halt when the host nation, Serbia, protested a semi-final split decision against their boxer, Vladimir Mironchikov, in favour of American, Rahim Gonzales in the -80kg category.
The hosts threatened (and even started) to dismantle the whole arena overnight so the final would have to be cancelled.
But the international boxing federation upheld the decision — a brave move given that their new president comes from Russia which is a staunch ally of Serbia.
The decision will not do boxing any harm in its attempt to keep its place on the 2024 Olympic Games programme in Paris — which is under severe threat following a string of corruption and judging scandals.
Gonzales went on to win gold following another controversial decision over Aliaksei Alfiorau of Belarus, and was jeered by a partisan crowd on the podium.
Spurs cashing in
Given the footage that showed dozens of NFL fans lobbing beer cups at each other, it should come as little surprise that Tottenham have again cashed in during this season’s gridiron games.
Insiders have disclosed that the club made around £2million from food and beverage sales at the two matches, although the images of flying plastic containers may have done little for the campaign to allow football fans to drink booze at their seats.
Tottenham have cashed in after they hosted to two NFL season games in October
More United woes
A bizzare situation at Old Trafford that has nothing to do with Manchester United sticking by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The club had a kiosk close to the ground that served as a name-printing station on match days for those who had bought shirts. They removed it during behind-closed-doors games but have been told by the local council they now need to lodge a planning application to put it back.
On the subject of United shirts, their popularity can occasionally be used as a force for good. The latest example being an auction of the jersey Cristiano Ronaldo wore in their 3-0 victory over Tottenham to raise funds for the Royal British Legion.
Bidding currently stands at close to £36,000 — while even the shirt he wore in the 2-0 derby defeat on Saturday is fetching more than £13,000.
Leeds striker Patrick Bamford has been on an environmental drive. The 28-year-old has sold his McLaren and has ordered an electric car as a replacement.
It is also understood that Bamford has been lobbying club chiefs to install electric charge points at their Thorp Arch training ground and reduce plastic usage.
He has also been involved in a campaign to raise environmental awareness at West Yorkshire schools.
Leeds striker Patrick Bamford is lobbying club chiefs to install electric charge points
Bees buzzing around Old Trafford
Ambitious Brentford are continuing to expand their off-the-field operations and have raided Manchester United as they seek to grow the club.
The Bees have recruited United corporate communications manager Greig Mailer to oversee their new business comms team. The Scot starts his new role in January.
Interesting to see Gary Lineker this weekend blasting Qatar in the wake of David Beckham’s deal with the emirate.
The Match of the Day host ‘vehemently disagreed’ with the authoritarian regime and when asked about Beckham becoming a cultural ambassador said: ‘It’s not something I would have done but it’s his business.’
Lineker, 60, added in an interview with the Sun: ‘Will I do stuff for Qatar in the World Cup? Absolutely not. Whatever they wanted to pay me, the answer would be no.’
This would be the same Gary Lineker who presented for Qatar-based Al Jazeera Sports (which became BeIN Sports) in a deal Agenda understands was worth around £1.5m over four years and who, in 2013, drove a London cab for a Qatar Airways advert along with Leo Messi and Neymar.