EFC badges

Everton launches consultation for fans to decide new look badge

1 Comment

The People’s Club will soon have The People’s Crest.

Everton have launched an extensive fan consultation process to help decide the new look of their iconic crest.

After the unveiling of their current badge last May – a stripped down version of the iconic badge that failed to contain, among other things, the club motto of Nil Satis Nisi Optimum – the Merseyside club fell under heavy criticism from its supporters.

More: Everton’s new badge draws ire of supporters

The backlash sparked Evertonians to put out a petition of complaint, which was signed by more than 22,000 people. And amazingly, it worked. The club promised to take the views of the supporters on board for next season’s design, which will be the eleventh in Everton’s history.

Everton have launched an extensive consultation process inviting fans to complete an online questionnaire, upload their own version of the crest and even apply to join one of a series of focus groups by September 15th. The final design will be decided by a vote.

Director of communications, Alan Myers, explained the club’s desire to make things right: “The 2014-15 crest will be the people’s crest, make no mistake about that,” Myers said.

“All I ask is that the fans trust me, as an Evertonian, to deliver it to them. Every single supporter may not get exactly what they want but they will have the chance to give their input and shape the crest.”

After the questionnaires, focus groups and crest suggestions have been compiled, supporters will then have the power to make the final decision on which badge is chosen through a vote at evertonfc.com/crest.

The results of the vote will be revealed on October 3rd and the new Club crest will appear on all media, buildings, merchandise and kits for the 2014-15 season.

Power to the People.

Ferguson still being asked about Moyes: “We chose a good football man”

David Moyes Alex Ferguson
AP Photo/Martin Rickett/PA
Leave a comment

In some ways absence makes the heart grow fonder, but it seems Sir Alex Ferguson‘s life after Manchester United has been filled with second guessing.

Whether the sales of Paul Pogba and Gerard Pique or the appointment of David Moyes, “Fergie” apparently can’t rest on his title-winning laurels.

[ MORE: Tax evasion charges dropped against Messi, but not his father ]

One thing that seems to bug him more than anything, though, is the idea that he hand-picked David Moyes to be his successor, and should be responsible for his failings.

In a new documentary, Ferguson both defends the appointment of Moyes and explains the process behind his choice.

From the BBC:

“I don’t think we made a mistake at all. I think we chose a good football man,” Ferguson says. “Unfortunately it didn’t work for David.

“Jose Mourinho was going back to Chelsea, Carlo Ancelotti was going to Real Madrid, Jurgen Klopp had signed a contract with Dortmund, Louis Van Gaal was staying with Holland for the World Cup.”

The article also makes another key point, according to Ferguson: the manager claims he only gave United a few months notice that he’d be stepping down. That certainly didn’t provide a lot of lead time to secure a big boss.

What do you make it of it? If your answer is, “When can we stop talking about Moyes and United?” I tend to be with you, but it’s a talking point.

Tax evasion charges against Messi dropped; Case vs father continues

FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2013 file photo, Barcelona F.C. star Lionel Messi, left, arrives at a court to answer questions in a tax fraud case in Gava, near Barcelona, Spain. Barcelona prosecutors are calling for the arrest of Messi's father in a tax fraud case. Prosecutors have cleared Messi of wrongdoing but are seeking an 18-month prison sentence for his father, Jorge Horacio Messi, for allegedly defrauding Spain's tax office of 4 million euros ($4.5 million) in unpaid taxes from 2007-09. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti, File)
AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti
Leave a comment

Lionel Messi will not face charges that he and his father defrauded the government in millions of unpaid taxes, though his father is not so lucky.

Messi’s father, Jorge, could face 18 months in jail and an approximate $2.25 million fine despite a voluntary payment of $5.5 million in 2013 to “correct” the missed taxes.

[ WATCH: Hilarious spoof pegs Messi, Ronaldo as “Friends” ]

The Barcleona star had plead ignorance to the charges, something that failed to impress prosecutors. But, it apparently worked out in his favor on Tuesday.

From the BBC:

Prosecutors allege that Jorge avoiding paying tax on his son’s earnings by using offshore companies in Belize and Uruguay between 2007 and 2009.

Messi’s lawyers argued that the player had “never devoted a minute of his life to reading, studying or analysing” the contracts, El Pais newspaper reported.