sport news SPORTS AGENDA: Police foil Manchester City firework plot

CITY FIREWORK PLOT RUMBLED

An attempt to set off fireworks outside Manchester City’s hotel in the early hours before their Champions League semi-final with Paris Saint-Germain last week was foiled.

As this newspaper revealed, Pep Guardiola’s men were targeted by a group of German youths who managed to explode dozens of industrial- strength pyrotechnics ahead of their quarter-final clash at on two occasions.

Two men attempted to repeat the trick in the French capital but were intercepted by police close to the hotel in the city centre which, like the rest of the country, is currently under nightly curfew.

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Police foiled a plot to set off fireworks outside Manchester City's hotel before the PSG match

NETTING ANOTHER UK ATHLETICS POST 

The Netball takeover of UK Athletics continued last week with the appointment of non-executive director Jennifer Thomas. 

Thomas, who is also on the board of England Netball, joins performance director Sara Symington (ex-England Netball) and Katie Brazier (Netball Superleague consultant), under the guidance of CEO Joanna Coates (ex-England Netball).

The latest hire has done little to address grave concerns held within the sport that positions of influence are being taken by those without relevant experience and expertise.

PREMIER LEAGUE'S AWAY FAN FIGHT FRUSTRATES 

The Premier League’s reluctance to accept defeat on away fans attending the final two matches of the season has left some officials aghast.

Many have already voiced concerns over what they see as an impossible ask from HQ. They believe the logistics, finances and substantial risk involved for minimal reward mean the prospect makes little sense.

However, on Friday Premier League CEO Richard Masters wrote to each club side suggesting that five per cent of the numbers permitted to attend, which would be around 500, should go to the away club. He has asked for their feedback which, sources have disclosed, is unlikely to be positive.

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Judd Trump told Sportsmail that the World Snooker Championship needs younger pundits

Judd told Sportsmail that the World Snooker Championship needs younger pundits

In an interview with Sportsmail before the World Snooker Championship, Judd complained about the age of television commentators.

‘Most of the stories in the commentary box are from the 1970s or 1980s,’ he said. ‘It’s something I can’t really get my head round. It’s so out of date and it’s hard for the younger generation to resonate with their stories. There’s not enough excitement and passion.’

’s words seemingly resonated with the BBC as they invited the world No 1 to co-commentate on Friday night’s semi-final between Mark Selby and Stuart Bingham and Sunday’s final. ’s close mate Jack Lisowski, 29, also debuted last week, which was well received.

SKY MISS A TRICK ON PROTESTS 

Sky Sports missed a trick during the Newcastle-Arsenal match

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