Tourney defies CSA

CAMERON MAXWELL, CALGARY SUN

, Last Updated: 9:46 AM ET

The Canadian Soccer Association doesn't have a leg to stand on when it comes to demanding sanctioning for an upcoming exhibition soccer tournament, the event's producer said. Even after getting a formal request late Thursday afternoon from the CSA to sanction the Legends of Soccer event Jan. 23, Howard Silver maintains the Canadian soccer body does not have jurisdiction over the tournament.

"Legends of Soccer is a private Canadian corporation registered in Alberta, it has no association with CSA or any provincial or territorial league or club," said Silver, adding the CSA wanted 8% of the gross revenue.

"And I guess we should only express our concern as to how (CSA chief operating officer Kevan Pipe) feels that they seem to have some heavenly authority every time a soccer ball is dropped in Canada."

The tournament features the Liverpool and Manchester United old-timers teams and two Calgary senior soccer clubs playing in the Saddledome. Part of the revenue generated will go to minor soccer in the city.

CSA rules, in the case of an exhibition game involving a foreign professional team, call for 5.5% of the gross gate receipts to go to the CSA -- 2% of which goes to CONCACAF -- and 2.5% goes to the provincial association.

The CSA has threatened Canadian participants, who are all retired, with suspensions but Silver said 90% of the players will take part and there's "no shortage of guys who want to play."

Pipe said yesterday there are provisions to deal with event organizers if they break CSA rules "but I'm not going to go into great detail over that," said Pipe.

But the show will go on, according to Silver.

"Any acts to interfere with the program will be vigorously defended," he said.


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