‘Do we want to play behind fences again?’ Ray Wilkins on FA Cup coin-throwing

first_imgRay Wilkins has warned football supporters they will all be punished for the offenses of the minority if fans don’t help the authorities stamp out the throwing of projectiles at matches.This weekend’s FA Cup action was marred but a number of coin throwing incidents.Chelsea have vowed to ban the ‘idiotic and dangerous’ fans responsible for throwing objects at Manchester City players as they celebrated scoring at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.Meanwhile, the Football Association have launched an investigation into the events which saw West Brom winger Chris Brunt hit with a coin thrown from a section of his own supporters against Reading.The Baggies star said he was “disgusted” and “ashamed” by the incident, and former player and coach Wilkins believes fans have the responsibility to turn offenders in.“This has got to stop, it’s just ridiculous,” Wilkins told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“Do we want to start seeing football matches from behind fences or netting again? Because that’s where we’re heading.“These are extremely dangerous situations, especially the one with Chris Brunt. The coin hit him just below the eye so that could have been really serious.“I would also say that somewhere along the line, because it is a criminal offence, we’ve got to self-police our grounds as well. Even if CCTV didn’t pick it up, someone is that stadium knows who threw that coin.”last_img read more

Panel seeks decentralized L.A. Unified

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Meanwhile, United Teachers Los Angeles has scheduled informational pickets today as part of its effort to gain more resources and control at the school level. The demonstrations coincide with the start of contract negotiations. “We’re going to be doing informational leafletting and talking to parents about our contract demands and our plans for working with the community,” UTLA President A.J. Duffy said. “We’re going to be stepping up our attacks on the bureaucracy. We’re going to push very hard and these informational leaflettings are our opening statement to the district that we are serious and we need them to come to the table with all seriousness.” In April, UTLA proposed reforming the 727,000-student school district by eliminating the eight local districts and replacing them with six regional resource centers that would have no decision-making authority. Most personnel from district headquarters and local districts would be moved into school sites, Duffy said. UTLA also pushed for increasing the seven-member school board by two and making the positions full time. [email protected] (818) 713-3722160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A commission analyzing Los Angeles Unified’s governance structure voted Thursday on ways to decentralize the behemoth district, while the teachers union ratcheted up its own push for greater school-site autonomy. The Joint Commission on LAUSD Governance was created in April 2005 by the presidents of the City Council and the school board to recommend whether the structure of the nation’s second-largest school district should be altered and how. The panel decided, for instance, that budgets and lesson plans should be handled by individual schools, while the district’s central administration should oversee transportation and school charter issues. “What they’re saying is decentralization will empower the local school to better serve students,” said Bill Mabie, spokesman for Councilman Alex Padilla, who co-founded the commission. “The idea is that if there’s more empowerment at the school level it also empowers parents because there are people who are accountable right there at the school site.” last_img read more