SPORTS AGENDA: Wayne Rooney in the showcase with an impressive appearance on Monday Night Football

In January, Tottenham announced that American technology company Fast had become its “official one-click payment partner”, offering a one-stop payment button for purchases in the Spurs shop and at the stadium.

Last week, Fast went bankrupt. It was really fast. CEO and co-founder Domm Holland said in a statement: “Sometimes trailblazers don’t make it to the top of the mountain.”

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

However, it is understood that Tottenham have not received any payment from the now defunct company.

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

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

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

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

Blackpool CEO Ben Mansford has been prevented from visiting goalkeeper Dan Grimshaw in hospital

Blackpool CEO Ben Mansford has been prevented from visiting goalkeeper Dan Grimshaw in hospital

Florentino Perez is considered by many observers to be one of the most arrogant and demanding club presidents in world football.

And the Real Madrid supremo, who was the main architect of the doomed proposals for the European Super League, did little to dispel those claims as he left Stamford Bridge last week following the 3-1 victory of his team on Chelsea in the Champions League.

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

Sports diary understands that an early frontrunner in the race to become the next chairman of the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee is Gene Sykes, a former senior Goldman Sachs 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 succeeds, it will be a major blow to Wasserman, who already has a very strong influence on the USOPC board.

Wasserman also runs one of the most successful sports marketing agencies in the world and will need to be nimble to avoid conflict of interest accusations.

Leeds Rhinos fans are increasingly appalled that Jamie Peacock has still not been inducted into the club’s Hall of Fame.

The club, which got off to a disastrous start to their Super League campaign, induct four former players each year at a dinner at Headingley. In 2021 they were Kevin Sinfield, Jim Brough, Don Robinson and Alan Smith. It all 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 has also won three with the Bradford Bulls.

Wayne in the window?

Interesting to see Wayne Rooney’s surprise appearance 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

Sources have revealed that the Derby manager, who has dissected a number of issues with fellow Scouser Jamie Carragher, prompted his appearance on the show, leaving some to wonder if he was putting himself on display for a job at a Premier League clubs.

Rooney, whose side now look destined for Ligue 1, will have done little harm to his chances in what was an engaging slot.

Everton annoyed by national clash

The view inside Everton at the moment is that the club cannot take a break on or off the pitch.

Officials were furious at being forced to play against Manchester United on the same day as the Grand National.

Police are asking league match planners to ensure that if any of the Merseyside teams are at home on the domestic weekend they have a ‘low key match’, to be held on Sunday. “We had United on Saturday,” an insider lamented.

This meant the relegation-fighting Toffees had to make enough security personnel available to keep the game going.

Meanwhile, some at Goodison have questioned whether their stance on providing tickets to families of match officials runs counter to them.

Most top-flight teams allow relatives of referees and assistants access to a lounge, but this is impossible thanks to space restrictions in Everton’s compact house and general admission tickets are provided instead .

To add fuel to the flames of the plot, 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 towards the car park because they had not chosen the corresponding passes.

Sources said the band were far from amused and wondered if this might have had a subconscious impact on their decision-making.

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

Expect to see more collaborations between the two, who recently opened a joint office in London, with the winners of the youth leagues from each continent set to compete next. Insiders believe the match could draw 50,000 fans to a venue such as Uruguay’s historic Estadio Centenario.

Allegations of the use of artistic license in the Netflix hit Drive to Survive have led producers Box to Box to request a meeting with F1 teams at the Australian Grand Prix.

But the wording of the memo sent to each team left some scratching their heads. It read, “Box to Box is keen to discuss the narrative potentials of Season 5.” One manager remarked, “Narrative potentials” — incredible.

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