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Carlos Hernandez fair play recognised

FIA Sports Management and Wellington Phoenix star Carlos Hernandez has been nominated for the ME Bank Green Card for Fairer Play award for the month of October.

Hernandez has been recognised for his actions during the team’s 1-1 draw with Western Sydney Wanderers in Parammatta.

Wanderers’ Aaron Mooy was accidentally knocked out during the game and Hernandez moved quickly to Mooy’s assistance, showing obvious concern for his opponent’s welfare.

Sky Sports shares hit by UEFA Champions League rights loss

Shares in British Sky Sports Broadcasting PLC have taken a battering after rival BT PLC snatched the UK television rights to European Champions League football, Europe’s top club competition.

The loss of the rights, which it had shared with terrestrial broadcaster ITV PLC, represents a big blow for the satellite broadcaster as it has built its business over the past two decades largely on the back of its acquisition of sports rights.

Many argue soccer rights are the main reason why the broadcaster has around 10 million subscribers.

A-League must stop ignoring ‘old soccer’

For nearly ten years, the clubs of the former National Soccer League have been rendered to the backwaters of Australia’s footballing landscape. Now, it is time for the sport’s national governing body to take a leap of faith and consider accepting some of these clubs back into the mainstream.

Long deemed too ‘ethnic’ and too ‘troublesome’ for the A-League competition, historic and successful clubs – like South Melbourne and Sydney United – have been forced to live out their existence over the past decade battling it out in their respective state leagues.

4 FIA players named in Costa Rica squad to play Socceroos

4 FIA Sports Management players have been included in the latest Costa Rican squad who are due to face the Soceroos in Sydney on Tuesday 19 November 2013. Carlos Hernandez, Patrick Pemberton, Ariel Rodríguez and Michael Umaña have all been named in the squad as both countries continue prepare for next year’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Currently ranked 31st in the world, the Costa Ricans secured their passage to Brazil on the back of their strong home form in the final round of CONCACAF qualifying. They finished second behind the USA, following victories on home soil against every other nation in the group. These wins against Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama and the US meant the Ticos were practising their samba with two games in hand.

A-League coaches on trial by social media?

Four games into the season and Sydney FC coach Frank Farina is well and truly feeling the heat. Is the pressure warranted, or are A-League coaches on the wrong end of a trial by social media?

It was hard not to feel some sympathy for Farina last Saturday. His Sydney FC largely outplayed Perth Glory in the heat of a blazing Western Australian afternoon, only to come unstuck at the hands of some poor officiating and a toothless attack.

It wasn’t the first time Sydney FC have been unlucky, but it didn’t stop the #FarinaOut hashtag doing the rounds on Twitter.

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