CSA seeks cut again

CAMERON MAXWELL -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:44 AM ET

Call it the great soccer feud, Round 2.

With another Legends of Soccer event set for Calgary, the Canadian Soccer Association is again crying foul.

As was the case last year, the CSA wants a take of the revenue generated from Sunday's Legends of Soccer Event at the Saddledome (1:30 p.m.) and tomorrow's tournament in Vancouver.

But Legends promoter Howard Silver, as was the case in 2005, is having none of it and doesn't plan on handing any cash over to the CSA, which is looking for 8% of the gross revenue.

"In Ottawa they're still trying to classify this as a professional game with heavy sanctioning fees, which is quite interesting," said Silver.

Silver argues that because the event has a youth/amateur element, it doesn't warrant sanctioning by the CSA.

"We went back to the (CSA) constitution and there's actually a separate section for senior/amateur games which, obviously, this falls under," noted Silver.

"We brought this to their attention because constitutionally we found they shouldn't be doing it."

Calls to the CSA were not immediately returned yesterday but last year the association didn't get any cash for its coffers out of the Legends event, despite asking for it.

CSA rules call for promoters to hand over 8% of the gross gate receipts with 5.5% going to the association -- 2% of which goes to CONCACAF, which governs soccer in North and Central America and the Caribbean -- and 2.5% to the Alberta Soccer Association.

This year's event features English All Stars, Scottish All Stars, Calgary All Stars and Vancouver All Stars kicking it around in a round robin format, before playing head-to-head in a championship game.

Among the international players are Viv Anderson (Manchester United/Arsenal), Warren Barton (Newcastle) and Kevin Gallacher (Blackburn).

Each game consists of two eight-minute halves.

Last year, Liverpool beat Manchester United 4-1 in the final.

Mark Walters, who led Liverpool with three goals in the championship game, will play for the English side.

Tickets are available through TicketMaster.


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