SPORTING AGENDA: Christian Horner left Mercedes staff AMAZED
Pep Guardiola amazed people at the vaccination center next to the Etihad stadium when he entered recently and called for his booster shot.
The visit was unplanned and unplanned. The staff were delighted – and happy to help.
The complex’s tennis center has been operating as a vaccination center since January.
City held their breath earlier last week when Guardiola rendered an “inconclusive” test that forced him to call off a press conference, but a subsequent negative test saw him back on the training ground.
Pep Guardiola, pictured here in St James’ Park on Sunday, recently received a booster shot
UNITED FANS TO USE AWAY STANDING SAFETY SECTION
Manchester United fans will first be able to use security in the away section at Old Trafford after Burnley failed to take their full allowance for their Premier League clash on December 30.
The rail seating package has been completed in what would normally be the 3,100 seat far end.
However, despite the short distance between the two, Burnley has only requested 2,500 tickets, meaning home fans will occupy the section.
NO JOY IN HORNER’S WOLF HUNT
Amazing scenes on and off the track during last weekend’s decision in the desert. After Max Verstappen’s controversial F1 title win over Lewis Hamilton, there was more drama in the paddock.
With tensions high, victorious Red Bull boss Christian Horner traveled to the HQ of his defeated counterparts, Mercedes, in an attempt to find Toto Wolff and shake his hand.
Red Bull chief Christian Horner left Mercedes staff stunned by post-race visit to Abu Dhabi
Witnesses said the scene was similar to when a stranger walks into a western saloon.
Gawking mechanics and staff stopped what they were doing as the daring Red Bull even wandered through the upstairs sanctuary in an ultimately unsuccessful attempt to search for his senior colleague Wolff.
RELAXED SPURS ON THE CHOICE OF THE TALE WATCH
Spurs boss Antonio Conte was seen sporting a luxury watch from club sponsors IWC when he was unveiled in a move very close to the brand.
However, it was noticed that the Swiss watch was missing during the recent press conference ahead of the Leicester game, which never was.
Instead, Conte wore a rival Rolex. Some have questioned whether the move could upset IWC, but Spurs insist all parties are relaxed in the face of the situation.
IWC became an “Official Timing Partner” for the club in 2018, but it is understood that Conte is not contractually obligated to carry his merchandise.
Tottenham reportedly relaxed over Antonio Conte’s decision to wear a Rolex
UEFA HAND GERMANY DIVERSITY AWARD
Far from the idea of Sports Agenda to suggest that there could have been a connection between the German Football Association (DFB) which won a UEFA Equality of Play award for its diversity work and inclusion and the UEFA disaster when it launched disciplinary proceedings against German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer for the heinous crime of wearing an unapproved rainbow armband at the Euro.
UEFA dropped the investigation after finding out Neuer was supporting a good cause rather than making a political statement, but the damage was done.
Cynics can say that it was therefore not shocking to see the DFB honored ahead of the Nations League draw last week.
UEFA presented Germany with diversity award despite controversial decision to take disciplinary action against Manuel Neuer earlier this year
THE VILLA MAKES A CURIOUS DECISION U23
Their motto might be ‘Prepared’, but eyebrows were raised ahead of Aston Villa’s clash with Burnley when the home side sent an Under-23 team to Sunderland on Friday night.
Seeing the games canceled left, right and center, some might have expected Villa to keep their youngsters in Birmingham, in case they were needed the following afternoon.
It turned out that the academy game was postponed shortly before kick-off due to a frozen pitch. And there you have it, the shock of Villa’s first team unfolded the same way the next day.
GOLD MEDAL FACTORY SET FOR AN UPGRADE
The Gold Factory is undergoing an upgrade.
Manchester Velodrome, home of British cycling, has had little maintenance spending since its inception in 1994 and will close in the new year for several months for major infrastructure work.
Manchester Velodrome, home of British cycling, gets an upgrade this winter
Track cyclists across the country will instead head to Derby Velodrome for practice, but not until the festive Sleeping Beauty panto race is over.
It is hoped that the work, paid for by Manchester municipal taxpayers, will be completed by the summer.
THE MEDIA IS ALWAYS WAITING FOR TRAVEL PLANS IN CHINA
Frustration continues to mount for members of the media who wish to travel to China to cover the Winter Olympics in February.
A number of outlets expressed anguish to the International Olympic Committee and organizers in Beijing on a call last week as there remains a shortage of flights to the Chinese capital from Heathrow and other major hubs.
With China imposing strict entry requirements, the situation comes to a head just weeks before most media and officials travel.
RETURN TO THE OLYMPIC GAMES IN 2032 CRICKET SET
Although Australia has rarely been a happy hunting ground for English cricketers, Brisbane and its famous Gabba have always been a cause of misery.
Good news, then, it looks like a team from these coasts will be playing in the city of Queensland away from an Ashes at the 2032 Olympics.
Cricket set to feature in the Olympics for the first time since 1900 at the Brisbane Games in 2032
Insiders say cricket’s return to the Games for the first time since 1900 is expected to happen in Australia rather than Los Angeles in 2028.
Officials want to see it in California, but would have to find an owner willing to lease suitable land and then convert the facility to a temporary location, which is unlikely.
TEST PERSONNEL PREPARE FOR INTENSIVE SERVICE
Have a thought for Prenetics, the Premier League’s Covid testers, many of whose staff saw their Christmas marred by the switch to an intensive weekly testing service.
The new rule state tests are expected to be done the day before the game, which means that with matches due to take place on Boxing Day, it’s not just the players whose Christmas Day has been affected.
With four staff needed per club, insiders say the company has had to scramble to ensure the numbers are in place, although the elite have said they have been assured there is “no problem”.
BRITISH ATHLETES INVITED TO TAKE THEIR BOOSTS
The British Olympic Association is urging athletes and staff bound for Beijing to take their booster shots. Unlike the struggles of Premier League clubs to get footballers fully vaccinated, each of Team GB’s 60 winter athletes has long had their first and second jabs.