Record boost for Stoke after draw

September 20, 2020 0 Comments

first_img Burnley, whose home supporters were bidding farewell to Premier League football, made the early running but could not force a breakthrough, despite several Danny Ings attempts. Ings was desperate to get onto the scoresheet in what is expected to be his final appearance on home soil before a likely summer exit, but was denied on three separate occasions by Stoke keeper Jack Butland. It should be no surprise it ended goalless as Turf Moor has seen less goals than any other Premier League ground this season, with just 35, highlighting exactly where Burnley’s problems have been. Indeed a home campaign, which has seen a victory over Manchester City and draws with Manchester United and Tottenham, has been undermined with games Sean Dyche’s men have dominated but not been able to turn into wins. And a familiar tale was unfolding as the hosts, determined to go out with a bang in front of their home fans, started strongly and spurned several opportunities to take the lead. Ings, who had already gone close after a jinking run, forced Butland into a decent stop from Kieran Trippier’s cut back, with a superb block from Stoke skipper Ryan Shawcross denying Scott Arfield from the rebound. Butland was proving why boss Mark Hughes had kept faith with him in the Stoke goal as he produced his best save of the day as he brilliantly palmed David Jones’ volley away, with the hosts enjoying a rampant opening 25 minutes. But their failure to punish Stoke allowed the visitors into the game and they created two glaring chances which should have seen them go into the half-time break in front. Press Association Stoke posted a record Barclays Premier League points tally after a 0-0 draw with relegated Burnley at Turf Moor. The stalemate takes them to 51 points – the most they have ever registered in the seven years they have been in the Premier League – and also ensures successive top-half finishes in the top flight for the first time in 40 years. The record could have been brought up with a win, but Mame Diouf spurned two good opportunities to break the deadlock, while Jonathan Walters also missed a good chance for the Potters. First a quick counter attack saw Walters cross for Diouf who inexplicably put his header wide at the far post and then Walters also missed the target from the edge of the area soon after. The Clarets began the second half with bluster but it was Stoke that were creating the limited chances. Burnley keeper Tom Heaton made a fine save to deny Diouf from close range after Charlie Adam’s cross found its way through and then some heroic defending from Jason Shackell stopped the dangerous Diouf heading home at the near post. But neither side were able to find the quality to make a breakthrough as Turf Moor said goodbye to Premier League football with a stalemate. last_img read more

Alex Gersh returns to betting as Sportradar CFO

August 30, 2020 0 Comments

first_img StumbleUpon Submit Related Articles Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Share Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 Sportradar has this morning confirmed the appointment of Alex Gersh as new Group Chief Financial Officer (CFO) effective immediately. A sports betting figurehead, Gersh is recognised as a leading financial strategist for mass-market digital enterprises, having formerly served as Group CFO of Paddy Power Betfair Plc.Of distinction, alongside former CEO Breon Corcoran Gersh led the corporate turnaround of Betfair following its 2011 IPO decline, after which Betfair became the most valuable FTSE technology group.In 2018, Gersh departed the betting sector, having completed first-year directives of Betfair’s £5 billion merger with Paddy Power – a transformative M&A deal for the global igaming sector.A two-year stint away from betting saw Gersh serve as a CFO of digital car purchasing finance start-up Cazoo.Sportradar said that Gersh has joined the company at a critical time for its global expansion strategy, as the sports technology group seeks to lead all disciplines related to sports OTT, wagering, media and data integrity services.Carsten Koerl, Chief Executive Officer at Sportradar, said: “We are delighted Alex has joined us as our new Chief Financial Officer. His expertise is second-to-none with a proven track record in complex organisations.“He possesses a profound understanding of the sports, betting, mobile and data sectors which will be vital as we enter the next stage of global growth for the business.”Reporting directly to Koerl, Gersh will lead the financial management, planning and oversight of Sportradar, including ‘reviewing major investment decisions and new business opportunities’.Gersh added: “Sportradar is a business I have long admired and I’m thrilled to be joining at such an interesting time for the global sports and betting industries. Carsten and the management team have some very exciting plans over the coming years and I’m looking forward to helping the company achieve its goals.” Sharelast_img read more