My First Vaccine Tomorrow

Tomorrow at 10am I go for my first vaccine. To be honest it was easier to find FA Cup Final tickets than get myself a vaccine appointment. I was tipped off last week that the PAC in Palma Nova were allowing you to book an appointment without them calling you or booking an appointment online. A couple of my friends had done it and so off I went to see if I could. On entering I asked the lady behind the counter if I could book an appointment for a vaccine. Yes she said, depending on how old you are and the year that you were born. After answering that (54 years old and 1966 by the way) she said please show me your PAC card. At that point, it all halted as I wasn’t registered there she said I needed to go to Santa Ponsa where I was registered. So I hot footed it to Santa Ponsa only to be told that they don’t book appointments off the street, either I wait for a phone call or I book one online. It begs the question why one medical centre was prepared to do it but another wasn’t? Not to be defeated I waited until last Monday when the appointments online were made to people within my age group. Now you would think that as they’ve had at least a year to think about this, then it would be an all singing and all dancing website. One for ease of course, but two to encourage people to go online and book it. Well it might not surprise you to know that it wasn’t quite like that. I can’t tell you how many times it crashed but I must have sat there for at least a couple hours without managing to get the end. There were four stages I seem to remember and it crashed on pretty much all of them. In the end I gave up but thought that as I was up early in the morning for my radio show I would try then. That morning it was a breeze to get through. The only problem I incurred was that Son Dureta didn’t have any appointments so I tried another centre at German Escalas and up popped appointments all day. 

I posted it on my Facebook and it was good to see lots of other people managing in the end to get appointments. 

So the moral of the story is keep trying and it will work eventually. I see there now up to anybody born from 1971 and before. Keep an eye on the site as it keeps adding dates. 

Since all this started and it became apparent that the vaccine was the way forward, I was happy to have it. Now this is about choice and you can choose if you want it or not. I have no problem in taking it as long as it allows me the freedom to go back to what I was used to before. It’s no coincidence that the UK’s numbers have declined ever since they have rolled out their very successful vaccination programme. 

Here in Spain we are still behind other countries which could effect us particularly if the UK decide we have not got enough of the population vaccinated to pass into the Green zone. I said last week we need to be considered separately than the mainland. Listen they’ve looked after themselves all through this so let us get on with it too. 

The situation right now is that in the whole of Spain, 30% of the population have had one jab and 14% have two jabs. 

In Mallorca, 25% have had one dose and 11% have had two doses. When I did these numbers a couple of weeks ago we ranked 17th and last in all of the autonomous regions of Spain, with only the autonomous cities of Ceuta and Melilla below us. We still do. It’s rubbish I know but it’s important that we keep the pressure on so if you can keep trying different ways to get your vaccine. I still believe that by the end of June we will be in the green zone from the UK. It’s great to see the island with a bit more life and it’s quite a novelty to be able to go out nearly all the time now. 

Temperatures are going to hit the highest they’ve been all year this weekend, so….

Take care everyone and enjoy your Weekend! 

Richie presents the Radio One Mallorca Breakfast show Monday to Friday 07.30-11.00am on 93.8fm in Mallorca and 102fm in Calvià, online at www.radioonemallorca.com on mobile through their free App for IPhone & Android, The Tunein Radio App, iTunes, the Spanish TDT TV service and all smart speakers. If you can’t hear him on the radio then you’ll find him working at Pirates Adventure the islands number one night out and every now and again he may make an understudy appearance! 

Follow him on Twitter @DadTaxi1 & Instagram @dad.taxi or feel free to email him at rprior@globobalear.com 

Fans Are Back For The Promotion Push

Abdon Prats will always be a fan favourite at Real Mallorca. The centre forward who was born in Arta here on the island, will go down in history as the player that scored the winning goal in the play-off game against Deportivo La Coruña. This week he renewed his contract at the club until 2024. He’s the second top scorer this season with eight, just one behind the top scorer Amath. He’s a good player in La Liga Smartbank but I’m not sure he’ll be a starter next season if Mallorca make it into La Liga. Two years ago when in La Liga, he didn’t start one game under Vincente Moreno, he came on in 20 games but failed to score one goal. 

Real Mallorca got a valuable point away at Malaga last Sunday. It meant they are six points clear of Almeria with four games left to go. Espanyol are now promoted and Mallorca will join them if they win two out of those four games. Starting this weekend at home to Alcorcon, kicking off Sunday at 20.45. A kick-off brought forward as Mallorca have been allowed to let fans in this weekend. 4,086 is the number and this applies to season ticket holders who have to apply via the website. The lucky ones will know via email after the club do a draw Saturday morning. I hope I am one!

After an iffy start which continued into mid season and meant replacing their coach, Atlético Baleares have turned their season around.  Xavi Calm  who took over from Jordi Roger completely changed the team and they have now assured themselves into Primera RFEF. Now is the time for them to build a squad to try and get themselves into La Liga Smartbank. Xavi has signed a new contract but I would be interested to know if te fans think he is the right man going forward? Having fired Jordi Roger as coach the club have re-employed him as their Sporting Director. I’m not sure if that’s a good decision either? If he was the guy that helped put the squad together which didn’t work why would you put him in charge again next season? Once again I would be interested to know the fans thoughts.  One player who was a success this season was centre forward Vinicius Tanque and it’s a shame to hear that he has returned to his parent club Cartagena. In 23 games he scored 11 goals and 3 assists and was the leagues top scorer. I wouldn’t be surprised if they tried to get him back next season. 

UD Ibiza play Real Madrid Castilla in of the play-off semi-finals to win a place in the Final play-offs that will lead ultimately to La Liga Smartbank. It will be an interesting game against Real Madrid’s youngsters who are managed by former club legend Raul. Interestingly they’ll be 3 players from the islands playing for Madrid against Ibiza. Defender Pablo Ramon who played in Mallorca for Son Caliu and Real Mallorca. Midfielder Marvin Park who also played in Mallorca for Ciutat de Palma, La Salle and Penya Arrabal. Finally midfielder Xavi Sintes who played in Menorca for Sant Lluis, UD Mahon, Villacarlos and in Mallorca for Real Mallorca. It won’t be easy for Ibiza who have pretty much dominated the majority of the teams they have played this season, but I expect them to get through. 

Congratulations to Peña Deportiva who after struggling at the beginning of the season have managed to turn it around with a brilliant run in and got themselves into Segunda RFEF. Coach Raul Casany has done a tremendous job and Peña will hope they can hang onto him. 

UD Poblense have two games to stay in Segunda RFEF or be relegated to Tercera RFEF. Even if they win those two games they’re not assured of staying up but it’s the only option they have.

In Tercera, congratulations to CD Ibiza Islas Pitiusas who have got themselves promoted to Segunda RFEF. The other place is still up for grabs and the two protagonists, Andratx and Platges de Calvia play each other this weekend in a winner takes all game. Neither team are on form so it will be a nail biting game that kicks-off at 19.30 Saturday evening in Andratx. 

In Division Honor, Real Mallorca and CD San Francisco are currently in position to stay in the league. Penya Arrabal are staring at relegation and Atlético Villacarlos from Menorca are relegated. This weekend Mallorca play seventh placed Stadium Casablanca, San Fran play third placed Huesca, Penya play fifth placed Lleida Esportiu and Villacarlos play eighth placed Jabac Terrassa. 

Take care everyone. 

Richie presents the Radio One Mallorca Breakfast show Monday to Friday 07.30-11.00am on 93.8fm in Mallorca and 102fm in Calvià, online at www.radioonemallorca.com on mobile through their free App for IPhone & Android, The Tunein Radio App, iTunes, the Spanish TDT TV service and all smart speakers. If you can’t hear him on the radio then you’ll find him working at Pirates Adventure the islands number one night out and every now and again he may make an understudy appearance! 

Follow him on Twitter @DadTaxi1 & Instagram @dad.taxi or feel free to email him at rprior@globobalear.com 

It’s A Test

Are you surprised that Spain and more importantly to us the Balearic Islands didn’t make it onto the Uk Green list? Well I wasn’t. I’m saying this as I’ve written it before the list was announced so I don’t know. But if the leaks are to believed, there will be eight countries on the list and they are, Jamaica, Israel, Malta, Gibraltar, Barbados, Portugal, Morocco and Grenada. 

So let’s try and look at this logically. I see it as a test and if they’re going to do a test the risks must be minimal. Airports have been working on minimum passenger numbers since the pandemic hit and staff have been furloughed, Airlines haven’t flown the majority of their fleets in over a year and pilots and crew are not up to speed. So it will take time and I think that’s what the Government wants. None of those destinations are seen as the most popular with the exception possibly of Portugal so I’m sure holiday makers may hold off until the next round of country announcements are made, which is the end of June. Also if countries such as Spain, Turkey and Greece were put on green it would put an enormous strain on everything and they may well not be able to cope. 

Let’s remember though that if we are in amber people can still come here, albeit from the beginning of June as the Spanish have stopped all non EU members and non Schengen countries from flying here. The problem also with being in amber is they will have to quarantine on their return for 10 days. You can also pay for a PCR test after five days and a negative result means you are free. So it shouldn’t be all doom and gloom. Now you know I’ve been critical of Balearic Government during this pandemic but in a way I think they are going about things the right way this time. It might not be right for everybody particularly for the hospitality industry but we can’t go all guns blazing and end up like we did last year closing down again. 

If we are to go green by the end of June it gives us more time to get the infection rate down and improve our vaccination rates, as that is obviously what has let us down this time. What they must do is get the PR machine rolling out positive news. Right now all we’re hearing is that the state of alarm here is being extended and there will still be a curfew and a limit on opening times. 

Shout it from the rooftops that by the time the UK is allowed to fly here we will be fully open for business! 

After my blog last week about the cost of PCR tests it’s good to see Tui has secured a deal with a testing company to offer PCR Covid tests for its customers travelling to destinations on the government’s ‘green list’ from as little as £20.

Maria Antonia Font the Balearic General for Public Health said interestingly said this week that the Government is not ruling out having the much cheaper antigen tests instead of the more expensive PCR tests for port and airport controls. 

Everybody I’m sure will remember that just before lockdown happened in the UK last year, there were two huge sporting events that probably should never have taken place. They were the Cheltenham Horse Racing Festival and the Champions League game between Liverpool and Atlético Madrid. This without doubt led to a huge surge in infections with people being so close to each other and travelling from different parts of the country and Europe. 

Fast forward a year and you would have thought that we would have learnt our lesson wouldn’t you? Well after both Chelsea and Manchester City qualified for the Champions League final, all eyes were on the finals venue, Istanbul, Turkey. And here’s the hypocrisy of football & especially UEFA. In the last month they’ve told countries that can’t guarantee fans safety from COVID that they couldn’t host games at the Euros. Also after the debacle of the European Super League they came out and said football should be all about the fans. Sorry, where did you say the final was again? Istanbul, Turkey, a country that is currently in lockdown because of a serious rise in infection rates. In fact twelve times higher than the UK, with 370 new cases per million people announced the other day, compared to just 30 in the UK. Likewise, there were 31,200 more positive tests confirmed on Tuesday, alongside just 2,000 in the UK.  

In Istanbul they’re allowing 25,000 fans they say but actually only 8,000 will be from Chelsea and Manchester City and the rest corporate and all the hangers on. Remember them saying it’s all about the fans? 

Now sense would say swap it to the UK and avoid fans travelling to and from a country rife with COVID. But no say UEFA, so just two weeks after deriding the European Super League they’ve shown us what they really are, complete and utter clowns! 

Take care everyone and enjoy your Weekend! 

Richie presents the Radio One Mallorca Breakfast show Monday to Friday 07.30-11.00am on 93.8fm in Mallorca and 102fm in Calvià, online at www.radioonemallorca.com on mobile through their free App for IPhone & Android, The Tunein Radio App, iTunes, the Spanish TDT TV service and all smart speakers. If you can’t hear him on the radio then you’ll find him working at Pirates Adventure the islands number one night out and every now and again he may make an understudy appearance! 

Follow him on Twitter @DadTaxi1 & Instagram @dad.taxi or feel free to email him at rprior@globobalear.com 

Seven Points Needed


A good weekend finally for Real Mallorca. They beat Mirandes 2-1 and saw both their promotion rivals slip up. Third placed Almeria threw away a 2-0 half-time lead to draw 2-2 with Real Oviedo and fourth placed Leganés could only draw 0-0 at home with Sporting Gijón. Top of the league Espanyol now only need a point to secure promotion back to La Liga after a beating Malaga 3-0. They are the form team who haven’t lost since the end of January and will probably end up Champions. That leaves Mallorca in second needing 7 points to go back up with the following 5 games to go. 

Malaga v Mallorca (won 3-1)

Mallorca v Alcorcon (won 0-2) 

Tenerife v Mallorca (won 2-0)

Mallorca v Zaragoza (drew 0-0)

Ponferradina v Mallorca ( won 3-0)

The results in brackets are the results from earlier on in the season, so Mallorca should seal promotion. Interestingly Huesca who were promoted as Champions last season, did so with 70 points. Mallorca now have 71 points and Espanyol 77 points. 

Below La Liga Smartbank there will be a new pyramid system ran by the RFEF and all the groups are detailed here. 

Atlético Baleares have cemented their position in Primera RFEF. After a disappointing season where they didn’t make the play-offs for promotion, the new Coach Xavi Calm has steadied the ship. A last minute winner from “The Tank” Vinicius Tanque gave them a 1-0 victory over Villanovense. It was good to see 1200 fans inside the stadium enjoying the game. Now they can look forward to the 2021/22 season and build a squad capable of getting back to Segunda or La Liga Smartbank as it’s known. Will they stick with the Coach? Well you would hope so, let’s see. 

UD Poblense have three games left to stay in Segunda RFEF and not get relegated to Tercera RFEF. They play the top two, UD Melilla and Yugo plus the bottom side Villarrobledo in what has been described as three cup finals. 

As we know UD Ibiza have already qualified for the play-offs to get into La Liga Smartbank. They went away to Barcelona B on Sunday and we’re beaten 2-1. Maybe they relaxed a little after becoming Champions but they must get back to winning ways this weekend against Nastic of Tarragona. The twelve teams that have qualified for the promotion play-offs so far are, UD Ibiza, Burgos, CD Calahorra, Athletico Bilbao B, Real Sociedad B, Celta B, SD Amorebieta, Sanse, UCAM Murcia, Linares Deportivo and CD Badajoz. There are four more left to qualify. 

Peña Deportiva have had to cancel their last two games against Espanyol B and AE Prat due to two players testing positive for Covid. They are more or less certain to retain their place in Segunda RFEF.

In Tercera, the two teams currently in position for promotion to Segunda RFEF are Ibiza Pitiusas and Andratx. Ibiza beat Platges de Calvia 2-0 and are nearly there. Platges though having dominated their side of the league, have yet to win in the play-offs. Andratx are creaking a little too, losing 1-2 at home to Formentera. They are benefitting from Platges poor form. This one will go down to the final games. 

No games in Division Honor until May 16th. With two rounds to go the four teams that are currently going to maintain their status are, Huesca, Mallorca, San Francisco and Cornelia. Penya Arrabal from Mallorca and At. Villacarlos from Menorca look like they will be relegated to Juvenil Nacional. 

Take care everyone. 

Richie presents the Radio One Mallorca Breakfast show Monday to Friday 07.30-11.00am on 93.8fm in Mallorca and 102fm in Calvià, online at www.radioonemallorca.com on mobile through their free App for IPhone & Android, The Tunein Radio App, iTunes, the Spanish TDT TV service and all smart speakers. If you can’t hear him on the radio then you’ll find him working at Pirates Adventure the islands number one night out and every now and again he may make an understudy appearance! 

Follow him on Twitter @DadTaxi1 & Instagram @dad.taxi or feel free to email him at rprior@globobalear.com 

We Need A Solution To The Cost Of A PCR Test

Today is May the 1st, which in the world of Tourism is normally the start of the summer season. But having endured just over a year with the pandemic and for most businesses here, 18 months of inactivity, we are still none the wiser on when the island will get back to business. 

We are in the hands of our Government here and in the UK. Once they give the green light which is key here then it’s up to our two main source markets to decide whether we’ll have a summer season of any significance. 

The passenger numbers for Mallorca in 2019 were, 11,869,977. 

4,182,626 were from Germany, 2,425,356 were from the UK and 1,597915 from Spain. 

Germany are going back into another lockdown until June after their rates have risen. Around 21% of their population have received their first dose of the vaccine with around 6% having received the second. Compare that to the Uk whose rates are tumbling and their vaccination rate is around 50% who’ve received their first dose and around 19% who’ve received their second dose. Without doubt the vaccine is having an enormous effect on the infection rates. So with Germany struggling we look to the UK who still say international travel will be allowed from May 17th but at what extra cost? 

We know that their will be a traffic light system of Red, Amber and Green countries but we are yet to find out exactly what that entails. The good news is that the Government we hear is planning to rate the Balearic Islands separately from the mainland which didn’t happen last year. They will look at vaccination numbers and infection rates. Variants and the ability of the country to identify variants will also be considered. Our infection rates are low and the so called “Easter spike” hasn’t materialised but our vaccination rates are low too which is a worry. 19% of the Balearic population have received one dose, while nearly 7% have received two. We rank 17th and last in all of the autonomous regions of Spain, with only the autonomous cities of Ceuta and Melilla below us. As an island group whose main industry is Tourism, 44% of our GDP and 89% if you take in all third party suppliers, It’s an absolute disgrace in my opinion. We’ve been left out to dry by the mainland Government and where’s the push from our island Government? The British Ambassador Hugh Elliott who was on a visit to the islands this week said “although the quality of the data in the Balearics are an important factor to be taken into account, there are many parameters”. “No decisions have been made yet about who will be in which category.”

If PCR tests are obligatory then prices will have to come down. I organised a test for a Spanish friend of mine whose daughter is in the Uk studying. One particular chemist who I contacted were charging, Monday to Thursday £120 and results in 48 hours and Friday or Sunday £150 and results in 48 hours. Also Monday to Thursday and next day results £225! That’s for one test by the way, I’ve known people to have a week in Mallorca on that price. Who in their right mind is going to pay those prices and how are these people allowed to get away with charging them? They’re making huge profits on the back of a pandemic, that’s wrong in my opinion. They are overseen by the Care Quality Commission, who are the Independent regulator of health and social care in England. Whilst they may not be looking at pricing surely the lack of care for ripping people off should come into it? 

Now having looked around I’ve discovered a couple of companies that are charging far less for International travellers. 

Randox, the UK’s largest Covid-19 PCR testing provider, announced their support for UK holidaymakers seeking trips overseas by reducing the cost of PCR tests to support travel to £60 per test. 

Customers who book through The Travel Network Group(TTNG) travel agents will be able to secure a test with Eurofins Covid Testing Services Ltd (ECTS) for £44.90.

In both circumstances that will add another £180-£240.00 each way for a family of four. Added to the cost of a family holiday I still think that is too expensive. 

The other worry is being able to cope with the sheer number of tests based on arrivals and departures here on the island. We’re already hearing of the UK struggling to get results to people on time. Do we have enough testing centres and laboratories to be able to cope? I’m not so sure and the last thing we want is negative headlines. 

I’m surprised that no airline,Tour Operator, Hotel Chain or Hotelier has decided to include them in the cost of a flight or holiday yet. 

Maybe a destination like the Balearics should consider paying it maybe out of the Tourist Tax, which has been mentioned before. Surely the cost of offering that would also be offset by the employment it creates and the money it will bring to the islands. I can’t believe that offering free PCR tests is anywhere near the cost of the ERTE scheme currently running. 

The ideal would be of course that they’re not needed all together but I’m not sure that will be the case at the beginning, maybe later on. 

More importantly let’s remember Mallorca is one of the best holiday destinations in the World. We’re an island with turquoise blue waters, secret coves, soft golden sands, lush green foliage, rugged mountains, picturesque villages, amazing cuisine, emerging wines, the best excursions, bustling nightlife and a vibrant capital city. We’re also an island in the Med only a couple of hours flight from most European cities.

It should be number one on your list to visit after May 17th! 

Take care everyone and enjoy your Weekend! 

Richie presents the Radio One Mallorca Breakfast show Monday to Friday 07.30-11.00am on 93.8fm in Mallorca and 102fm in Calvià, online at www.radioonemallorca.com on mobile through their free App for IPhone & Android, The Tunein Radio App, iTunes, the Spanish TDT TV service and all smart speakers. If you can’t hear him on the radio then you’ll find him working at Pirates Adventure the islands number one night out and every now and again he may make an understudy appearance! 

Follow him on Twitter @DadTaxi1 & Instagram @dad.taxi or feel free to email him at rprior@globobalear.com 

Mallorca Born Coach gets Watford Promoted Back To The Premier League

Real Mallorca are really putting their fans through the mill right now. Despite dominating the match last weekend against lowly Castellón they managed to lose 1-0. The saving grace was that Almeria drew with Espanyol 1-1. With seven games to go Espanyol are top with 74 points, having won last night, Mallorca second with 68 points and Almeria third with 61 points. It looks like Espanyol with Mallorca’s former boss Vincente Moreno in charge have secured their return to the top flight. They have been the most consistent team lately having not lost since the end of January, a run of 13 games. All the other teams including Mallorca cannot put together a winning run which is why Mallorca are still 7 points clear in second. A win on Monday night against relegation threatened Sabadell would ease those promotion nerves. The coach Luis Garcia Plaza said this week that they have seven finals to go and he sees the team plugged in and ready for the fight. Alluding to the criticism of the team he said the players are putting everything on the line and nobody should doubt their determination to get promoted. He also mentioned the big difference in spending budgets between Mallorca, Espanyol and Almeria. Mallorca’s squad budget is just over 19 million euros, compared to Almeria with 27.5 million euros and Espanyol with 45 million euros. 

La Liga economic control is implemented by a group of analysts who review the finances of every club before establishing a squad cost limit. With this number, clubs go into the new transfer window knowing the total amount they can spend on first team players and top coaching staff. Funds can be divided between transfer fees or wages according to the club’s preferences, as LaLiga does not impose a wage cap.

UD Ibiza have secured their play-off place and are group winners with a 0-1 victory against Nastic of Tarragona last weekend. Coach Juan Carlos Carcedo said “we did a great job of responding to their strengths especially from a defensive point of view. He has done a great job since taking over and now needs to get them over that play-off hoodoo. 

They play Andorra at home today and season ticket holders are allowed in to watch the game. 

Atlético Baleares beat AD Merida last week to continue their good run of form. Their new coach Xavi Calm has lived up to his name and steadied the ship and now they’re sailing in the right direction. Today they play away at CD Don Benito of Extremadura. Congratulations to their Juvenil team who have secured promotion to the highest level of youth football Division Honor. 

A thumping 4-0 victory for UD Poblense last week meaning at the moment they are holding onto their position in the league. A difficult game away at UD Yugo just south of Madrid today. 

No game for Penya Deportiva last week but they are still top of their group. Today they play Olot at home. 

Some surprising results in Tercera last weekend. Platges de Calvia losing to Constancia 2-1 was probably the biggest. Ibiza Pitiusas could only draw 1-1 with Formentera and Andratx ran out 2-1 winners over PE Sant Jordi. This weekend Pitiusas thumped Sant Jordi 0-5 yesterday and Formentera drew with Constancia 1-1. The biggest game of the weekend though is today with Platges de Calvia hosting Andratx. Currently Andratx and Ibiza Pitiusas hold the promotion places. 

In Division Honor it’s about who finishes in the top four to maintain their place in the league next season. Currently Mallorca and San Francisco are first and second respectively and Penya Arrabal lie in sixth place. 

Finally congratulations to Xisco Muñoz the Manager of Watford who has got them promoted back to the Premier League. Born in Manacor here on the island he started his playing career at Real Mallorca before moving on to have a successful career with a variety of clubs. Good to see great managers as well as players being produced here on the islands. 

Take care everyone. 

Richie presents the Radio One Mallorca Breakfast show Monday to Friday 07.30-11.00am on 93.8fm in Mallorca and 102fm in Calvià, online at www.radioonemallorca.com on mobile through their free App for IPhone & Android, The Tunein Radio App, iTunes, the Spanish TDT TV service and all smart speakers. If you can’t hear him on the radio then you’ll find him working at Pirates Adventure the islands number one night out and every now and again he may make an understudy appearance! 

Follow him on Twitter @DadTaxi1 & Instagram @dad.taxi or feel free to email him at rprior@globobalear.com 

The Dirty Dozen

If you want a lesson on how not to launch a new venture then look no further than the European Super League. In the space of just three days they have launched and disbanded. To quote Chris Kamara on Gillette Soccer Saturday “Unbelievable Jeff!”

Never, have a group of, it has to be said very rich owners got something so wrong. How could they think that there wouldn’t be any push back? 

So what were the problems?

Well let’s start with the name, The European Super League but it only contained teams from three European nations, England, Spain and Italy? Where were Germany, France, Holland etc and what was the qualifying criteria? 

Why were there six teams from England and only three from Spain and Italy? 

Why were Arsenal(my team by the way) and Tottenham in it? 

Who did the logo? It looked like something you could get from Vistaprint. 

Why didn’t they tell their managers and playing staff before going public?

Why didn’t they consult with the fans?

Of the six English owners involved, I would say three out of the six were already unpopular with their own fans. I’m talking Arsenal, Manchester Utd and Tottenham. 

Two months ago I wrote this,

“The subject of ownership has come up this week too with the Buccaneers owned by the Glazer family. Does that name ring any bells for you? Yes they are the owners of the English Premier League team Manchester United. A family that is not liked too much by the Red Devils fans and that has been shown in the past by the Buccaneers fans too. It made me think of how many Premier League teams now have American influence. It might surprise you to know that it’s Ten! 

Arsenal: Kroenke Sports & Entertainment 

Aston Villa: Wesley Edens, Fortress Investment Group

Burnley: ALK Capital 

Chelsea: Chairman is Bruce Buck, an American lawyer. 

Crystal Palace: Joshua Harris & David Blitzer Tag Worldwide Investment 

Fulham: Shahid Khan, Flex-N-Gate Corp

Leeds Utd: York Family, 49ers Enterprises 

Liverpool: Fenway Sports Group

Manchester Utd: The Glazer Family

West Ham: Albert Smith, GSO Capital Partners

Worth noting that Tottenham have done a deal with the National Football League(NFL) to host two American Football games a year at their brand new stadium when restrictions allow. It has also been said that if a franchise was to be set up in the UK then the Spurs ground would be the natural choice. Which pushes the American influence to Eleven. 

Now I’m not sure if you’re aware that promotion and relegation doesn’t exist in American sport. I’m sure this would be something that would appeal to the American owners and influencers in the Premier League. So could that actually happen in the future? Well at the moment no, in order for anything to change the Premier League currently requires the consent of 14 of its 20 clubs to approve decisions large and small but don’t be surprised if this rears its ugly head in the future.” 

And so it did but not in the Premier League but in the form of the European Super League. But they made a right old pigs ear of it. 

So what happens now? 

Well the FA, UEFA and FIFA have come out smelling of roses but let’s not forget these guys aren’t exactly the saviours of football. Remember FIFA and UEFA’s years of corruption and the FA have been slow to react on things such as dementia and racism. All three have lost their leaders for various reasons, Sepp Blatter, Michel Platini and Greg Clarke have gone in recent times. 

Also let’s remember it was the FA who started the Premier league back in 1992, which led to the 20 teams basically abandoning the other 72. Sound familiar? 

It has grown and grown and the TV deals are eye watering. Of the current deal, 91% of the revenue goes to the Premier League and the other 9% to the rest of the pyramid. Fair? I don’t think so. 

The one word that ties all this together is MONEY. Football was awash with it until the pandemic. Which is probably why these clubs decided to do this now and all the so called big teams in Europe wanted a piece of it. But with no fans in the last year these clubs have struggled. Look at the net debt of some of the clubs.

Tottenham: £604 million

Barcelona, £488 million

Man United: £455 million

Juventus, £357 million

Real Madrid £ 354 million

Arsenal: £108 million 

AC Milan: £103 million

What can change? 

Well this hasn’t gone away and something needs to change to stop these clubs being able to do this again. 

Fans are saying they want ownership of their clubs like the German model, where fans own 51%. That’s ok but if Manchester United are say worth £4 Billion how are the fans going to afford the £2billion they need? Fans representation on clubs boards might be the way forward. 

Players wages are going to have to come down or a wage cap introduced. It’s one of the only things that keeps going up particularly at the top end and the clubs are putting themselves at risk.

The top five earning players in wages according to Forbes are.

  1. Lionel Messi, Barcelona: $92 million
  2. Neymar, PSG: $78 million
  3. Cristiano Ronaldo, Juventus: $70 million 
  4. Mbappe, PSG: 28 million
  5. Salah Liverpool: $24 million

These figures do not take into account endorsements. Which in Ronaldo’s case is another $47 million! 

It was a monumental but strange few days and as I said earlier we need to be wary as this hasn’t gone away. 

It’s a funny old game!

Take care everyone and enjoy your Weekend! 

Richie presents the Radio One Mallorca Breakfast show Monday to Friday 07.30-11.00am on 93.8fm in Mallorca and 102fm in Calvià, online at www.radioonemallorca.com on mobile through their free App for IPhone & Android, The Tunein Radio App, iTunes, the Spanish TDT TV service and all smart speakers. If you can’t hear him on the radio then you’ll find him working at Pirates Adventure the islands number one night out and every now and again he may make an understudy appearance! 

Follow him on Twitter @DadTaxi1 & Instagram @dad.taxi or feel free to email him at rprior@globobalear.com 

The Return Of Kids Football

I know I’ve been banging on about kids football from U-11’s and below returning and I’m pleased to say that after 13 months the authorities have finally decided it’s ok for them to come back. Why now? What’s changed? Well to be honest, nothing that I can see that couldn’t have been done earlier in a controlled environment like they did with the older ones. 

So next week the games start. All of the clubs have been divided into groups of 10 and they will play 9 games between now and June 19th. It will be great to see the kids play a competitive game and my youngest Son cannot wait. 

Real Mallorca once again have failed to put their promotion to bed. After beating Lugo at home comfortably 2-0 last weekend, they went to Castellón yesterday and despite dominating the possession and chances they managed to lose 1-0. They were missing two of their top scorers in Amath and Abdon but they should have had enough to beat a team in 16th place. The only saving grace is that first placed Espanyol are playing third placed Almeria Monday night at 21.00. Mallorca currently lie two points behind Espanyol and eight points clear of Almeria. Looking at it you would want a draw or a win for Espanyol. If and it’s a big IF, Almeria win tomorrow and then again next weekend, they would be just two points behind Mallorca. That’s because Mallorca don’t play Sabadell away until next Monday. Seven games to go for Mallorca and they’re not making easy for themselves or us as fans!

Good win for UD Ibiza against Barcelona B last weekend as they continue their quest for promotion to La Liga Smartbank. Another difficult game away at Gimnastic Tarragona today in one of the best stadiums outside of the top two leagues. 

A good away win for Atlético Baleares 0-2 against Villanovense last week and they seem to be in a much better place now than in the main season. Their quest is to stay where they are currently playing in the new pyramid system. Today they play AD Merida.

Peña Deportiva won again beating L’Hospitalet 2-0 and hopefully maintain their position in the new system. They should have been playing Espanyol B this weekend but the game has been called off due to outbreak of Covid in the team from Barcelona. 

UD Poblense are still struggling, last week they were 3-0 down at UD Melilla but with two late goals they made a fight of it but eventually went down 3-2. They could do with a home win today against Villarrobledo. 

In Tercera it’s got very Interesting as the top three teams merge from each sub group to play each other. Platges de Calvia, Andratx and Constancia from Mallorca, Ibiza Pitiusas and PE Sant Jordi from Ibiza and Formentera make up an exciting play-off push. 

In Division Honor, Real Mallorca, CD San Francisco and Penya Arrabal from Mallorca have been placed in Group 3D with another seven teams. The top four will keep their Division Honor status and the rest will be relegated to Juvenil Nacional. 

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that two Baleares born football players were playing in the Champions League quarter finals. That was increased to three this past week with Mallorca born Marvin Park being part of the Real Madrid squad against Liverpool. Once again showing our islands are producing some top players. 

Take care everyone. 

Richie presents the Radio One Mallorca Breakfast show Monday to Friday 07.30-11.00am on 93.8fm in Mallorca and 102fm in Calvià, online at www.radioonemallorca.com on mobile through their free App for IPhone & Android, The Tunein Radio App, iTunes, the Spanish TDT TV service and all smart speakers. If you can’t hear him on the radio then you’ll find him working at Pirates Adventure the islands number one night out and every now and again he may make an understudy appearance! 

Follow him on Twitter @DadTaxi1 & Instagram @dad.taxi or feel free to email him at rprior@globobalear.com 

Radiothon 2021

The Radiothon was set up in 2015 when Jo from the radio office asked the Breakfast Show if they would consider broadcasting for 24 hours. This challenge was duly accepted and the Radiothon was born. For the first 2 years we raised money to help the Pirates Charity Premiere and their charities. When the Premiere stopped in 2016 we decided to keep the fundraising going by setting up The Jacques Sasson Foundation. Jacques will best be remembered for his invention of the Pirates Adventure show in Mallorca and employed Richie in 1994 and he has worked there ever since. In 2019 we decided to extend the hours of broadcasting from 24 to 36 hours starting at 07.00 on Friday morning and going all the way to 19.00 on Saturday evening.

The following charities have benefitted from our previous Radiothons;

2015:  Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, The Paediatric Ward of Son Espases Hospital, Salvation Army, Shambhala Foundation.

That year we raised, 18,100.20€.

2016:  Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, The Paediatric Ward of Son Espases Hospital, Calvia Lions, Help 4 Heroes.

That year we raised, 24,474.18€.

2017:  Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, Son Espases Intensive Care Unit, SOS Animal Mallorca, Fundacion Nazareth, Club Vidalba.

That year we raised, 23,384.60€.

2018:  Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, Son Espases Intensive Care Unit, Asociacion Ondine, Feliz Animal Andratx.

That year we raised 14,878.50€.

2019:  Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, Son Espases Intensive Care Unit, ASPANOB, ASDICA.

That year we raised 25,363.11€.

2020: Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, Son Espases Intensive Care Unit, Yachting Gives Back, Cancer Support Group Mallorca.

Last year even in lockdown we managed to raise our record amount an amazing 30,948.82€!

The total raised in our Radiothons so far is 137,149.41€.

This year we have two targets, one is to pass through the 150,000€ barrier and two if possible is to beat last year’s record total. We can only do this with your fantastic support. 

Our 2021 Radiothon Charities are Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, Son Espases Intensive Care & Pediatric Unit, Yachting Gives Back, Santa Ponsa Food Bank, SOS Calvia.

GOSH: Our relationship with GOSH goes back to 2004 from my work with Pirates. With the donation from last years Radiothon, we are proud to say we have now passed the three quarters of a million euros mark. The total raised for them is 756,541.70.€ and in that time the money has been put to many different projects including a Pirates treatment room. More recently the money has been spent in four main areas: rebuilding and redevelopment of the Hospital; research (GOSH are currently embarking on a 5-year research strategy to target rare diseases in childhood); latest and replacement medical equipment; parent accommodation and support services for families and patients.

Your donations can:

  • Provide family accommodation so parents and carers can stay close by while their children undergo treatment
  • Fund vital services including the hospital Play team which helps patients understand their treatment and cope with separation from peers and siblings
  • Support social work and multi-faith chaplaincy teams who provide much needed family advice and support now and in the months ahead 

Son Espases: We have been working with Son Espases for 6 years now and in that time we have raised 33,118.10€. This year we are helping the only Child Intensive Care Unit in the Balearics and the Pediatric Ward. Our first donation to the Paediatric Ward of Son Espases Hospital was used the money to redecorate the doors of each room with cartoon characters making them look less like hospital bedrooms. Something we learned very early on our many visits to Great Ormond Street was the biggest challenge was to make the hospitals look less like hospitals so the children could relax. The second year we helped redecorate a new pirate ship-themed CAT scan in the Paediatric Department. Some 350m² of decorative vinyl wrapping gave Son Espases entry into a very select group of hospitals to implement such an idea, alongside the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York, the Hospital Municipal Jesus in Rio de Janeiro and Hospital San Juan de Dios in Barcelona. In each case they’ve proven that this fantasy décor creates a warm, inviting, relaxing atmosphere and reduces levels of anxiety – making life easier for patients and professionals alike. Over the last three years we have been helping the intensive care unit firstly with murals above the beds of the children. And for the last 2 years we have helped build a rest room for the parents of the children being treated by the intensive care unit.

The two hospitals we work with every year and then we pick two or three other charities. With the onset of the pandemic and the subsequent lockdown things have gone from bad to worse on the island. Many people are struggling and not the people you expect either. All the charities tell me most of the people they are looking after are people who have lost their jobs particularly in the tourist industry. There is also a lot of people out there that need help but aren’t asking for it as their own pride says they shouldn’t. If you are one of those people please don’t be afraid to reach out, there’s no shame in this. With all this in mind we felt that we had to help the food banks as part of the Radiothon this year. Here are the three that we are helping. 

Yachting Gives Back is a registered charity helping to alleviate poverty and hunger in Mallorca. They collect non-perishable food, personal hygiene and cleaning products as well as clothing, bedding, toys and household items in good condition from yachts, marine service companies and the wider community. These are all distributed to local homeless shelters, soup kitchens, food banks and children’s charities. One of the associations they work with Associacio Tardor in Palma are feeding meals to 600 plus daily and providing daily provisions to another 600 people too. 

SOS Calvia are a citizen’s initiative that thanks to their collaborators, such as our food collection points, people who donate food and unconditional support from the citizens of Calvia. They distribute food every week to families who, due to the crisis generated by covid, need help to be able to feed themselves in this sad situation. 

Calvià united in one direction that is that no family in the municipality should go hungry. They started in June last year and from nothing they are looking after around 125 families which equates to around 325 people. 

Santa Ponsa Food Bank, Set up by volunteers from Santa Ponsa Community Church, Santa Ponsa Food Bank was created to meet an urgent need in the community caused by the COVID-19 crisis. They happily serve and support those facing food insecurity – often for the first time. Like SOS Calvia, from a standing start they are now looking after 55 families in Santa Ponsa and 25 families in Paguera. Which equates to around 200 people. 

How can you help us to achieve our goals and help our charities?

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Challenge us to do something for a donation.

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Offer an auction or raffle prize.

Buy a raffle ticket.

Request a song for a minimum of 5€.

Food donations.

Just Donate!

I’ll keep you updated as we get closer to the event. 

Take care everyone and enjoy your Weekend! 

Richie presents the Radio One Mallorca Breakfast show Monday to Friday 07.30-11.00am on 93.8fm in Mallorca and 102fm in Calvià, online at www.radioonemallorca.com on mobile through their free App for IPhone & Android, The Tunein Radio App, iTunes, the Spanish TDT TV service and all smart speakers. If you can’t hear him on the radio then you’ll find him working at Pirates Adventure the islands number one night out and every now and again he may make an understudy appearance! 

Follow him on Twitter @DadTaxi1 & Instagram @dad.taxi or feel free to email him at rprior@globobalear.com 

We’re Failing Our Kids!

So the big announcement from Boris Johnson, turned out to be a total waste of time for everyone in the travel industry. Why say you’re going to announce something on the 12th of April, change it and say it will be on April the 5th, say nothing nothing on the April 5th and say it will now be on April 12th? And then leak it to the press before you get to the date you said you would announce it. With the announcement by Jet2 of pushing back their restart date until June 24th, I think it means UK arrivals from May 17th isn’t going to happen. We need to ramp up our vaccination programme here as it looks like it will need to be at least 50% of the total population to be in the green zone. I don’t understand the push back on the Astra Zeneca vaccine and the links to blood clots. 

If you’re not sure you are perfectly within your rights not to take it. But remember there’s a risk in everything and think about these facts about blood clots.

Flying: 1 in 1000

The Pill: 1 in 2000

Astra Zeneca: 1 in 250,000 

I’m pleased to say that my 91yr old Mother has had her second dose of the vaccine without any ill effects. She said she can’t wait to go down the pub and have a pub lunch. I only wish we could get there and buy it for her. That brings me to ask a question, Is there any distinction between people going on holiday or visiting family? We haven’t been able to visit my family or my Wife’s family in over 16 months now, so shouldn’t there be some sort of opportunity for people who want to visit family before people who go on holiday? Not looked at the practicalities but thought it was a question worth asking. 

My two boys play football at CD San Francisco based in Palma. I have moaned(probably wrongly) about the club and their Covid policy before but to be fair they have always put the kids first and are governed by what they are told by Sanidad the medical people here in Mallorca. 

Last Thursday I was alerted to a situation that occurred at the club. A game between one of their Infantil teams was stopped by the National Police because of a reported outbreak of Covid. Infantil is 11 & 12 year olds and it seemed a bit heavy handed for 10 Policeman to converge on the club like it was a raid and immediately called a halt to the game. Apparently four children had tested positive and the police were told by Sanidad to go down to the ground and stop the game. Firstly the police were surprised at how young the children were and secondly they didn’t realise that San Francisco have four different Infantil teams. The team whose game they had stopped didn’t contain the children they were looking for and when the club asked who the children were to try and help, the police said they couldn’t name them due to data protection. So they had the wrong team and the club couldn’t help them as they couldn’t name who they were looking for. You couldn’t make it up. After half an hour, they apologised and left. After the event it turns out that they were looking for one player from another infantil San Francisco team who had tested positive after playing against another team from Palma the previous week. The outbreak had actually come from that team and not San Francisco meaning all the teams that had played each other needed to isolate. 

San Francisco have the strictest COVID policies I have seen. All the boys are temperature checked on arrival and neither team use the changing rooms. We as parents have only just been allowed inside to watch games and we have to sign in all our details as do the opposition and we are temperature checked too. I have been to three other grounds since the restart of football and no other club has all these systems in place. 

The authorities have failed the kids in their dealings with football and all other sports from the get go. My youngest hasn’t played a competitive game in over a year which is mad. 

There are 32,000 licensed football players across the Balearics which represents 3% of the population. If you include the families then you are talking probably 10% of the islands population. I’m not including all the other sports which will run into thousands too. Yet the authorities choose to totally ignore the clubs who are asking the question to why the younger ones cannot return to playing competitive games. 

Unfortunately it doesn’t look like it’s going to change soon. Yet they’ve been in school since last September without any major problems. This is not the rant of a father wanting to see his son play football, this is for all the kids under 12 in any sport who are being denied their right to develop their physicality, their mentality, their discipline, their social skills, their self esteem, their confidence, their emotions and channel negative feelings in a positive way. It’s all being stopped by some pen pusher who has absolutely no idea, it’s a disgrace. 

Take care everyone and enjoy your Weekend! 

Richie presents the Radio One Mallorca Breakfast show Monday to Friday 07.30-11.00am on 93.8fm in Mallorca and 102fm in Calvià, online at www.radioonemallorca.com on mobile through their free App for IPhone & Android, The Tunein Radio App, iTunes, the Spanish TDT TV service and all smart speakers. If you can’t hear him on the radio then you’ll find him working at Pirates Adventure the islands number one night out and every now and again he may make an understudy appearance! 

Follow him on Twitter @DadTaxi1 & Instagram @dad.taxi or feel free to email him at rprior@globobalear.com