Beckham's plans for an MLS stadium in downtown Miami have so far been shelved.

Report: David Beckham switches site for MLS stadium in Miami

1 Comment

David Beckham, and just about everybody, knew building a new soccer-specific stadium in downtown Miami for his MLS franchise would be a difficult proposition.

Surely nobody thought it would be this tough?

Reports from the Miami Herald state Beckham’s camp have now given up on trying to build a new stadium on the PortMiami site which faced severe opposition from huge cruise ship companies and many others. The new Major League Soccer franchise in MIA was thought to be ready to arrive in 2017 but these planning issues for a new stadium may throw a spanner in the works.

MORE: Beckham announces Miami will have an MLS franchise

Now the future home for Miami’s MLS franchise could be located at another waterfront location, on a deep-water boat slip right next to the Miami Heat’s AmericanAirlines Arena.

According to the Herald a decision to move away from Beckham’s preferred location came after a meeting at Miami City Hall with Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez. John Alschuler, Beckham’s real-estate adviser, had this to say afterward: “Our goal has always been to build a great stadium along the waterfront. We view this as a meaningful step in the right direction.”

Gimenez also revealed that this option is now Plan A and the port option is the back up plan. However both stadium sites will likely face fierce opposition from locals who don’t feel a new soccer stadium should clog up the already small amount of public waterfront space in downtown Miami.

There seem to be two major stumbling blocks with this proposal. Number one: in order to use the boat slip they must fill the entire basin which would cost $20 million alone and create plenty of issues with environmental activists. Number two: the capacity of the stadium could be reduced to 20,000 and any potential stadium share with the University of Miami American football team would go out of the window.

Many believe there will be a referendum on the stadium and that will not be until August at the earliest but probably in November. Work to do for Beckham and co. in Miami.

Could this stadium deal could really scupper the future of an MLS franchise in Miami?

Ancelotti rules himself out of Liverpool job

Carlo Ancelotti, Real Madrid CF
Leave a comment

Carlo Ancelotti will not be the next manager of Liverpool, if you’re not so cynical that you don’t believe Mr. Ancelotti himself, that is.

[ FOLLOW: All of PST’s PL coverage ]

Ancelotti, who this summer was fired one season after winning the UEFA Champions League at Real Madrid, has been widely reported a top-two candidate for the Premier League club’s vacant managerial position ever since Brendan Rodgers was fired on Sunday.

While he may very well have been one of Liverpool’s top choices, to hear Ancelotti tell it, he’s not interested in taking the job, nor any other job anywhere in the world this year.

[ MORE: “Super computer” predicts final Premier League standings ]

Ancelotti, speaking at the National History Museum in London on Tuesday — quotes from the Guardian:

“I enjoy my time now but, of course, I want to come back to manage – to work – because it is my passion. I want to take my time to rest, but next season I am ready.”

“Why not [return to Paris Saint-Germain]? I have very good memories of Paris, PSG, I have good relations with everyone, with Nasser [al-Khelaifi, the PSG president].

“But I’m thinking about other things and PSG has a very good coach in Laurent Blanc. I hope he will continue and shine in the Champions League.”

Of course, with Jurgen Klopp reportedly all but officially announced as Liverpool’s new manager, Ancelotti is probably doing two things by ruling himself out until next season: 1) saving a bit of face, given that he was pretty clearly not Liverpool’s first-choice candidate; 2) letting every Ancelotti-sized club know that he’ll be available come this spring and summer, just in case they’re considering firing their current manager and need a bit of assurance an elite candidate will be available.

[ MORE: Klopp expected to be named new Liverpool manager this week ]

For instance, the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City, PSG and Juventus immediately come to mind. A manager of Ancelotti’s quality will always have options and offers, and that’s something he clearly understands. Ancelotti has earned the right to enjoy a year-long sabbatical and to be picky when choosing his next job.

Report: FIFA provisionally suspends Sepp Blatter

Sepp Blatter, FIFA president

Sepp Blatter could, finally, be frozen out by FIFA.

The 17-year leader of world soccer’s governing body has reportedly been suspended for 90 days after FIFA’s ethics committee met on Wednesday to discuss allegations against both Blatter and his close ally Michel Platini.

[ MORE: Chung to sue Blatter ]

Reports suggest that the decision to suspend the Swiss official still needs to be formally ratified by the adjudicatory chamber of the ethics committee, but it is highly likely that Blatter will be suspended until January 2016.

Blatter, 79, has been at FIFA for over 40 years but under his stewardship the organization has been riddled with allegations of corruption as current investigations from both the U.S. and Swiss authorities continue. The longtime FIFA official is suspected of “criminal mismanagement or misappropriation” by the Swiss authorities after a payment of over $1.9 million is linked to Blatter and the current president of UEFA, and FIFA presidential candidate, Platini.

[ MORE: How will USA line up vs. Mexico? ]

Klaus Stoehlker, who formerly advised Blatter, has told Sky News that the ethics committee “made the ruling pending further investigations by the Swiss attorney general” and the verdict was “pending”  but that “no negative finding had been made against the head of world football’s governing body.” It is believed that the 90-day suspension is the maximum amount of time the ethics committee can suspend any individuals while an investigation is ongoing.

It has been reported that the head of FIFA’s ethics committee, Judge Hans Joachim-Eckert, has told Blatter of his suspension.

The leader of FIFA, who will stand down following the next presidential elections on Feb. 26, 2016, has been defiant in recent weeks despite growing pressure from corporate sponsors of FIFA for him to resign.

On Wednesday he spoke out and denied he will quit, while at the Leaders’ in Sport Summit in London another presidential candidate ,Chung Mong-joon, declared that he will sue Blatter for “at least $100 million” and believes the FIFA president and his “cronies” are deliberately sabotaging his own presidential campaign.