BEFORE THE GAME: Brentford set to reopen academy six years after controversial closure

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BEFORE THE GAME: Brentford are set to reopen their academy six years after it was controversially closed following an improvement in their financial situation… while Middlesbrough look to cash in on £20million-rated Djed Spence

  • Brentford set to reopen academy six years after controversial closure
  • Middlesbrough have already won a financial windfall from 21-year-old Djed Spence
  • The Football Association loses its experienced integrity chief to tennis
  • Turnstile operators at London Stadium have been asked to inspect all tickets

Brentford plan to reopen their academy six years after its controversial closure.

The club closed its Tier 2 academy and withdrew from the game’s elite player performance plan in 2016, opting instead to focus its youth development on players aged 17-21, as they felt that this approach was a better use of their limited resources at the time. .

Brentford’s change of heart is a result of their improving financial situation after promotion and the Premier League considering changing its rules to make academies compulsory.

Additionally, the impact of Brexit has made Brentford’s existing model of recruiting talented teenagers, primarily from Scandinavia, less effective.

Following the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union, English clubs are no longer able to sign European players under the age of 18 and are limited to bringing in three players aged between 18 and 21 from the continent in each window. of transfer.

Brentford plans to reopen its academy six years after its controversial closure

IT’S AN EXTRA PENCE OF SPENCE

Middlesbrough have already earned a financial windfall from Djed Spence following Forest’s promotion to the Premier League as they prepare to cash in by selling the 21-year-old for over £20m this summer.

Boro shrewdly added bonus and promotion clauses worth hundreds of thousands of pounds when Spence’s loan deal with Forest was renegotiated in January – despite Forest being well out of play-off places at the time, as well as extending the right-back’s contract by a further 12 months to protect his transfer value.

Forest are keen to sign Spence on a permanent basis, having been an integral part of Steve Cooper’s winning promotion, but they face competition from Tottenham, Newcastle and Borussia Dortmund.

Middlesbrough have already won a financial windfall from Djed Spence following Forest's promotion to the Premier League as they prepare to sell him or more for £20million this summer

Middlesbrough have already won a financial windfall from Djed Spence following Forest’s promotion to the Premier League as they prepare to sell him or more for £20million this summer

TIERNEY GUARD VAR OFF RADAR EFL

The operation of VAR by referee Paul Tierney in last weekend’s Championship play-off final is expected to quickly end talk of the introduction of the review system in the EFL.

VAR has been used in all three play-off finals for the first time this season, but its application by Tierney in particular has sparked controversy at Wembley as it did not intervene on any occasion when Jon Moss twice missed two calls from clear penalty by Huddersfield Town, which helped condemn them to a 1-0 loss to Nottingham Forest.

Championship clubs already had concerns over the permanent introduction of VAR due to the cost of running the system, and the controversy in the biggest game of the season – worth £180million for the winners – will not have influenced the skeptics.

The operation of VAR by referee Paul Tierney in last weekend's Championship play-off final is likely to put a swift end to talk of the introduction of the review system in the EFL.

The operation of VAR by referee Paul Tierney in last weekend’s Championship play-off final is likely to put a swift end to talk of the introduction of the review system in the EFL.

FA SUFFER A LOSS OF INTEGRITY

The Football Association loses its experienced integrity chief to tennis.

Jenni Kennedy, who has worked at the FA for 19 years, is moving to London from Wembley to Roehampton to become director of investigations at the International Tennis Integrity Association, the organization responsible for investigating corruption, doping and match-fixing in the sport.

Kennedy spent five years as a police officer after leaving the University of Exeter with a law degree in 1995 and rose through the ranks at the FA after joining as a compliance officer in 2003.

Jenni Kennedy, who has worked at the FA for 19 years, moves to Roehampton to become Director of Investigations at the International Tennis Integrity Association

Jenni Kennedy, who has worked at the FA for 19 years, moves to Roehampton to become Director of Investigations at the International Tennis Integrity Association

SCAM TICKET ALERT AT LONDON STADIUM FOR PLAY-OFF CLASH

London Stadium turnstile operators have been told to carefully inspect all tickets during Saturday’s National League final between Grimsby Town and Solihull Moors after all concession prices sold out in some areas of the ground at the following a dispute over ticket prices.

It is feared that many adult fans have bought under-16 tickets for the crucial match that will determine promotion to the EFL, as full-price tickets cost nearly £50.

Ticket inspectors have been ordered to refuse entry to anyone with the wrong type of ticket.

Turnstile operators at London Stadium have been asked to thoroughly inspect all tickets during Saturday's National League final between Grimsby Town and Solihull Moors.

Turnstile operators at London Stadium have been asked to thoroughly inspect all tickets during Saturday’s National League final between Grimsby Town and Solihull Moors.

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