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In January, Tottenham announced that US-based technology company Fast had become their ‘Official One-Click Payment Partner’, offering a single payment button for purchases in the Spurs shop and at the stadium.

Last week Fast went bust. That really was quick. CEO and co-founder Domm Holland said in a statement: ‘Sometimes trailblazers don’t make it all the way to the mountain top.’ 

An employee told the Protocol website: ‘We ran out of money,’ leading some to wonder if Daniel Levy’s renowned negotiating skills had put the company into the ground.

However, it is understood that Tottenham did not receive any payment from the now-extinct company.

A Tottenham 'one-click payment' partner went bust three months after signing with the club

A Tottenham 'one-click payment' partner went bust three months after signing with the club

A Tottenham ‘one-click payment’ partner went bust three months after signing with the club

Blackpool chief executive Ben Mansford did the decent thing after Tangerines goalkeeper Dan Grimshaw suffered a sickening head injury at Preston on Tuesday night, leaving his place in the directors’ box and heading to the Royal Preston Hospital to check on the player.

However, staff at the hospital refused to allow him access, as protocols prevented visitors being allowed in to see Grimshaw.

Mansford had to head home to Lytham, and his side’s miserable night was compounded with a 1-0 defeat. Grimshaw, 24, has now been discharged from hospital, with no timeline set for his return.

Blackpool CEO Ben Mansford was blocked from visiting goalkeeper Dan Grimshaw in hospital

Blackpool CEO Ben Mansford was blocked from visiting goalkeeper Dan Grimshaw in hospital

Blackpool CEO Ben Mansford was blocked from visiting goalkeeper Dan Grimshaw in hospital

Florentino Perez is viewed by many observers as one of the most arrogant and demanding club presidents in world football.

And the Real Madrid supremo, who was the leading architect of the doomed European Super League proposals, did little to dispel those claims as he left Stamford Bridge last week following his side’s thumping 3-1 win over Chelsea in the Champions League.

On a blustery, wet evening, the 75-year-old was spotted walking towards his waiting transport with his entourage when he stopped and demanded that one of his staff put his overcoat on for him. 

Sports Agenda understands that an early front-runner in the race to become the next chair of the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee is Gene Sykes, a former Goldman Sachs senior executive.

Sykes played a key role in Los Angeles’ successful bid to host the 2028 Games and also has a close relationship with LA28 president Casey Wasserman. If Sykes is successful it will be a major coup for Wasserman, who already has a very strong influence on the USOPC Board.

Wasserman also runs one of the world’s most successful sports marketing agencies and will have to be nimble-footed to avoid accusations of conflicts of interests.

There is growing consternation among Leeds Rhinos fans at how Jamie Peacock still hasn’t been inducted into the club’s Hall of Fame.

The club, who have had a disastrous start to their Super League campaign, induct four ex-players every year at a dinner at Headingley. In 2021 they were Kevin Sinfield, Jim Brough, Don Robinson and Alan Smith. It started in 2017, two years after Peacock left the Rhinos as one of the most decorated stars in their history. 

He won 12 major titles, including six Grand Finals. Only Sinfield (seven) and Danny McGuire (eight) have won more Grand Finals for the Rhinos, and Peacock also won three with Bradford Bulls.

Wayne in the shop window?

Interesting to see Wayne Rooney’s surprise stint on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football last week. 

Derby County manager Wayne Rooney (above) could have put himself in the window for a Premier League job with an entertaining and engaging appearance on Monday Night Football

Derby County manager Wayne Rooney (above) could have put himself in the window for a Premier League job with an entertaining and engaging appearance on Monday Night Football

Derby County manager Wayne Rooney (above) could have put himself in the window for a Premier League job with an entertaining and engaging appearance on Monday Night Football

Sources have disclosed that the Derby manager, who dissected a number of issues with fellow Scouser Jamie Carragher, instigated his appearance on the show, leaving some to wonder if he was putting himself in the shop window for a job with a Premier League club. 

Rooney, whose side now appear destined for League One, will have done his chances little harm in what was an engaging slot. 

Everton riled by national clash

The view inside Everton at the moment is that the club cannot catch a break either on or off the field.

Officials were fuming at having been forced to play against Manchester United on the same day as the Grand National.

Police ask the league’s fixture planners to ensure that if either of the Merseyside teams are at home on National weekend they have a ‘low-key fixture’, held on Sunday. ‘We got United on Saturday,’ bemoaned one insider.

That meant that the relegation-fighting Toffees had to make enough security staff available for the game to go ahead.

Meanwhile, some at Goodison have wondered whether their stance on providing tickets for the families of match officials is going against them. 

Most top-flight sides allow relatives of refs and assistants access to a lounge, but that is impossible thanks to space restrictions at Everton’s compact home and general admission tickets are instead provided.

To add fuel to the conspiracy flames, ahead of the recent clash with Newcastle, which Everton won 1-0 but had midfielder Allan sent off, match officials were told they had to leave the ground and head to the car park as they had not picked up the relevant passes. 

Sources said the group were far from amused, and wondered if it may have had a subconscious impact on their decision-making.

Officials at UEFA and South American counterparts CONMEBOL were stunned when tickets for the ‘Finalissima’ between Euro champs Italy and Copa America equivalents Argentina at Wembley on June 1 sold out. 

Expect to see more collaborations between the pair, who recently opened a joint London office, with the winners of each continent’s youth leagues set to square off next. Insiders believe the fixture could attract 50,000 fans at a venue such as Uruguay’s historic Estadio Centenario.

Allegations over the use of artistic licence in the Netflix smash hit Drive to Survive led officials from producers Box to Box to request a meeting with the F1 teams at the Australian Grand Prix. 

But the wording of the note sent out to each team left some scratching their heads. It read: ‘Box to Box are keen to discuss the narrative potentials for Season 5.’ One official remarked: ‘Narrative potentials’ — unbelievable.’

Source: DailyMail Sports

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