Daily Archives: February 5, 2016

NFL establishes Rooney Rule for women executives

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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell had announced that the National Football League had introduced a Rooney Rule that require teams to interview female candidates for executive positions.

The rule, established to groom diversity in the game was first introduced in 2003, making it compulsory for teams to interview at least one minority candidate for head coaching or senior football operation jobs.

Speaking at the league’s Women’s Summit on road to Super Bowl 50, Goodell said that the league believes in diversity and that the game is better with “good people on the table”.

“You can see that progress is being made and our commitment is, we have something called the Rooney Rule, which requires us to make sure when we have an opening that on the team or the league level that we are going to interview a diverse slate of candidates.”

“Well, we’re going to make that commitment and we’re going to formalize that we, as a league, are going to do that for women as well in all of our executive positions.”

“Again, we’re going to keep making progress here and make a difference.”

Among the prominent women in the NFL is the sole game official, Sarah Thomas (pic).

Also, Jen Welter coached the Arizona Cardinals during pre-season while Kathryn Smith recently became the first full-time female NFL coach, hired by the Buffalo Bills.

Meanwhile in the boardrooms of the NFL, Katie Blackburn holds the position of vice-president of the Cincinnati Bengals, while Amy Trask was the Oakland Raiders’ CEO from 1997 until 2013.

Lazio banned and fined for fans’ racist chant

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Lazio will be serving a two-match partial stadium ban as fans of the Italian club shouted racist chants at a Napoli player during the clubs’ encounter at the Stadio Olimpico.

The match ban will close the club’s North End, Tevere North End and Monte Mario North End for two matches, which include a one-match sanction suspended for a year after a similar incident with Genoa.

A statement published on legaseriea.it added that the club will also be fined for a sum of 50,000 Euros.

The match’s officials reported that Senegaleses defender Kalibou Koulibaly was the target of the abuse. He later thanked Tuscan referee Irrati for his support and courage for taking action against the distraction.

Play was suspended for three minutes in the second half as fans screamed racist chants, but Napoli went on to defeat Lazio by 2-0.

This was not the first time that Lazio had face such charges; other clubs such as Juventus and Genoa had players on the receiving end of such abuses.

After the match, Lazio manager Stefano Pioli condemned the abuse, saying “Abusive chants should not happen. People need to show respect and be polite.”

But he had doubts about the steps taken by the match officials.

“I am not sure I would have stopped play – I don’t think that’s helpful.”

“The chanting is unjustified but by stopping play you give a sense of importance to a tiny minority of troublemakers. It certainly wasn’t from the whole stadium.”