Butt Sports, UT Lines, Hyderabad Sharks clinch JCA Summer League openers

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Butt Sports before their match against Saudi Oil. (AN photos)
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UT Lines cricket team in a group photo.
Updated 05 October 2017
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Butt Sports, UT Lines, Hyderabad Sharks clinch JCA Summer League openers

JEDDAH: Butt Sports, UT Lines, Hyderabad Sharks and Banswada Ball Burner won their opening week matches of the JCA Summer League against respective opponents.
The total number of participating clubs are 18 divided into four groups – two each in the morning and afternoon, playing on a round robin league basis with the top four teams qualifying for the knockout stage to decide the winner and runner-up team separately for morning and afternoon leagues.
In the morning league, Butt Sports sent Saudi Oil on a leather hunt with a massive 109-run s win over Saudi Oil mainly due to Mohsin’s brilliant 121 off 39 balls and later, Mohsin (3 for 22) and Hussain (3 for 24) bowled a tight spell to bundle out Saudi Oil for a paltry 101 run. Fahad’s flamboyant knock of 72 runs of 20 balls studded with 6 fours and 4 sixes led UT Lines to a superb six-wicket win over Malik Stars despite swashbuckling knock of 82 from 27 balls with 7 sixes and 8 fours by Jahangir going in vain.
In the Afternoon League, Hyderabad Sharks, winners of Ace Travel Saudi Cup, carried their previous league form to score a precision nine-wicket win over Saudi German Hospital with Shahzad consistently dominating bowlers with a whirlwind knock of 58 of 31 balls with 7 fours and 2 sixes, while his partner Yasir was more aggressive scoring an unbeaten 56 of 22 balls studded with 7 fours and 4 sixes. Banswada Ball Burner raced to a 56 runs over ICAD with Ather carving out an unbeaten 77 with 8 fours and 2 sixes.
Brief scores:
Morning League

Butt Sports (210 for 5 wickets) Mohsin 121, Saeed 2 for 41; Saudi Oil (101 all out) Ayaz 28, Mohsin 3 for22, Hussain 3 for 24
Malik Stars (165 for 6 wickets) Jahangir 82, Umar 24; UT Lines (169 for 4 in 9.1 overs) Fahad 72, Ata ur Rehman 42 runs, Shad 26
Afternoon League
Saudi German Hospital (129 all out) Irshad 28, Huzaifa 33, Mubashir 3 for 28, Shahid 2 for 35, Shahroz 2 for 25, Yasir 2 for 17; Hyderabad Sharks (130 for 1 wicket in 9.3 overs) Shahzad 58NO. Yasir 56 NO
Banswada Ball Burner (226 for 4 wickets) Aman 32, Zameer 49, Ather 77NO, Wasi 30 NO, Mohsin 2 for 46; ICAD (170 all out) Mansoor 43, Mohsin 42, Umar 3 for 26, Raheel 2 for 23


Wolverhampton Wanderers deny wrongdoing over Ruben Neves transfer

Updated 19 April 2018
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Wolverhampton Wanderers deny wrongdoing over Ruben Neves transfer

  • Neves has been a star man and key to Wolves' promotion to the Premier League.
  • Portugal international moved to Molineux lsat summer from Porto.

The English Football League has sought documentation from FC Porto as part of an informal investigation into Wolverhampton Wanderers’ summer signing of Portugal international Ruben Neves.
The EFL has received complaints from a number of Championship clubs over the influence of Neves’ representatives Gestifute on a recruitment policy which has helped Wolves secure promotion to the Premier League.
According to a Porto source, the EFL has asked for details of the midfielder’s earnings at the Portuguese club amid reports that the 21-year-old has been on an annual salary of more than £2.3million ($3.2 million) since moving to England last July. Wolves signed Neves for a transfer fee of €16 million ($22.7 million), a record for the club.
Arab News has seen Neves’ contract at Porto and can report that his basic wage there was a modest €12,500 per month after-tax on a four-year deal that ran until 30 June 2019. In sterling terms, the contract — which included a release clause of €40 million — netted Neves just over £2,500 per week, a minimal figure for a full international.
According to a source familiar with the player’s move to Wolves, Neves has been paid “three or four times” his Porto salary by the Midlands club, yet still remains below its £25,000 per week wages ceiling. Neves, who was named this week in the PFA Championship Team of the Year, is on a fraction of the salary paid to the division’s highest earners, including former England captain John Terry at Aston Villa.
Fourth-placed Villa — owned by self-described “dollar billionaire” Tony Xia — are one of the clubs to complain to the EFL. Andrea Radrizzani, owner of 14th-placed Leeds United, is another. The Italian businessman complained on social media complain about Wolves owner Fosun International’s use of Gestifute as advisers on club business, shortly after his team’s 3-0 home loss in March.
“We have our own problems, but we should play in a fair competition,” wrote Radrizzani. “Not legal and fair (to) let one team owned by a fund whom has shares in the biggest players agency with evident benefits top European clubs giving players with options to buy...why the other 23 teams can’t have same treatment? We should play all 24 with the same rules and opportunities (it’s enough to google it). Congratulations to the best team but hope the league can be fair and equal to all 24 teams.”
Gestifute principal Jorge Mendes sold a minority shareholding in the agency to Fosun in 2015. The Chinese conglomerate took over Wolves in July 2016. Mendes recommended the appointment of manager Nuno Espirito Santo last summer, and has worked on deals to bring players such as Neves, Willy Boly, Diogo Jota, Roderick Miranda, Ruben Vinagre, Helder Cost and  Ivan Cavaleiro to the club.
According to a source familiar with the Neves transfer, Porto instructed Gestifute to find a buyer for the midfielder as the Portuguese club needed to raise funds in the transfer market. While Neves was offered to various Premier League and Championship clubs none were prepared to meet Porto’s asking price, regardless of the relatively low wages involved.
“If Wolves have brought in players such as Neves for £15m, he must be being paid as a player worth £15m should be,” complained an official at a rival club last month “It’s the same with others they have brought in from Monaco, Atletico Madrid and Valencia. None of these players would come on the cheap. Something doesn’t add up.”
The EFL told Arab News that it had recently met Wolves at the request of complainant members and was awaiting further correspondence from the club on the matter.
“We are very clear on FA and EFL regulations and always comply with them explicitly,” said Wolves following the recent complaints.
“We welcome any form of communication with the EFL to reiterate our position. We fully anticipate the release of a further EFL statement in support of Wolves and the club’s operations to bring a prompt resolution to this matter.”