AHEAD OF THE GAME: Southgate's scouting missions go into lockdown

AHEAD OF THE GAME: Gareth Southgate’s England scouting missions go into lockdown while Sky Sports’ directives over Black Lives Matter leave senior staff irritated

  • England boss Gareth Southgate’s long spell away from grounds is set to continue
  • The Football League has spoken to Premiership Rugby about salary caps 
  • The FA to wait until after FA Cup semi-finals before Community Shield decision
  • Sky Sports’ directives over Black Lives Matter subject have irritated senior staff

Gareth Southgate’s long spell without attending matches in person is set to continue, with the Premier League telling the FA that top-flight managers and scouts will only be permitted to watch future opposition they are due to play within three games’ time. 

The same principle is being applied to Southgate and the FA’s team of coaches and analysts as their attendance would be to fulfil a scouting function. 

Given England are not due to play until their UEFA Nations League matches against Iceland and Denmark in September, Southgate will have to continue assessing players from home. 

England manager Gareth Southgate is currently only permitted to watch players from home

Football League seek advice from rugby over salary cap

Football League executives have had several meetings with their counterparts at Premiership Rugby in an attempt to gain a greater understanding of how their salary cap operates — a questionable move given its disastrous impact on club rugby’s top flight. 

Multiple European and domestic champions Saracens were relegated and fined a record £5.3million earlier this season following numerous breaches of the cap which, until an investigation by Sportsmail, had not been rigorously policed. 

The Football League are seeking to bring in a salary cap for the first time this summer across all three divisions, with proposed squad wage limits of £18m, £2.5m and £1.5m in the Championship, League One and League Two respectively. 

Football League executives are seeking advice from Premiership Rugby over salary caps

Man City give FA headache over Community Shield

The FA will make a final decision on whether the Community Shield will take place later this summer following the FA Cup semi-finals on July 18 and 19, which will give more clarity as to the identity of Liverpool’s opponents.

As Sportsmail revealed last week, the fate of the Community Shield, which has been held every year since 1947, is tied up with Manchester City’s continued progress in the FA Cup and Champions League.

If Pep Guardiola’s side qualify for the last eight of the European competition, the FA would struggle to find a suitable date to accommodate them. City have drawn Arsenal in the FA Cup semi-final, which given they have won their last seven meetings is unlikely to make life any easier for the FA.

The FA will wait before deciding whether the Community Shield will take place this summer

Sky Sports irritated several senior staff over Black Lives Matter 

Sky Sports’ directives over the controversial subject of Black Lives Matter have irritated several senior staff. 

Executives sent an email a fortnight ago which told presenters it was up to them whether or not they wore BLM badges on air, but asked them how it would look if they opted not to, leaving many feeling they had no choice. 

Pundits Patrice Evra and Jamie Redknapp ditched the badges during Tuesday’s coverage of Manchester United’s win at Brighton amid concern at the hard-left agenda being pushed by Black Lives Matter UK.

Sky Sports pundit Patrice Evra ditched the Black Lives Matter badge for Tuesday’s coverage

Silence is golden for Barnsley boss Gerhard Struber 

Barnsley manager Gerhard Struber embarrassed his employers last weekend by vetoing their decision to use crowd noise during their game against Millwall after the club announced the plan on their website. 

The Austrian is understood to have been concerned that the artificially enhanced atmosphere, which was to be pumped into Oakwell from fans watching the club’s online stream, would drown out his instructions to the players and pulled the plug just before kick-off. 

Barnsley had a deal to use the My Applause app in their remaining home matches. 

Barnsley manager Gerhard Struber embarrassed his employers by vetoing their decision to use crowd noise

FA suffer setback over postponed England games 

The FA have been hit by a further loss of broadcast income, with Sky Sports demanding a rebate for England’s postponed friendly internationals against Italy and Denmark in March.

Sky hold the rights for all England’s in-season friendlies and Nations League games, so could pay in full if Gareth Southgate’s side play extra matches in the autumn, as has been proposed by UEFA. 

Sky Sports are demanding a rebate from the FA for the England games that were postponed




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