Unpaid footballers still a burning issue in Russia

The interesting RFN Top 50 footballers of 2017 merited a discussion before we went on air on last night. It was close to midnight when we reached the TV studio and while Quincy Promes wouldn't have made any of our top 5, I pointed out that Yann M'Vila was in at 40. I joked we could do a top 50 unpaid footballers list. If not for RFN, the plight of the Frenchman would have been totally ignored by foreign media. Currently, from being cheated by former club Dinamo Moscow he's now getting done over … [Read more...]

‘Strip Russia’ campaign aiming for World Cup 2018

So there it was. Russia just awarded the World Cup in 2018, and the prime time sports show on Ireland’s top radio station, RTE Radio 1 and I got the call to give our reaction in Moscow. It was fair enough; I’d helped on the bid and worked in Russian sport. Logical as they couldn’t get anyone from the Russian Football Union (RFU) or a Russian sports journalist to come on. Plus my colleague was contracted with RTE and the producer knew me personally. I was there as a favor to give local reaction, … [Read more...]