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Venkat Reddy, dean, UCCS College of Business

A World Cup champion coach, the CEO of an English Premier League club and a FOX Sports analyst are among the soccer dignitaries who will discuss ethics in professional soccer during an Oct. 8 panel discussion and luncheon at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.

The event is presented by the UCCS College of Business Sport Management Program and co-sponsored by the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative at UCCS.

Panelists include Jill Ellis, head coach, U.S. Women’s World Cup championship team; Robert Elstone, CEO, Everton FC; Eric Wynalda, Fox Sports soccer analyst; and Padraig Smith, Colorado Rapids sporting director, formerly with Union of European Football Associations Financial Fair Play. They will discuss ethical issues associated with the management and playing of soccer at the league level, club executive level and coaching or playing level.

The event begins at 11:30 a.m. in the Upper Lodge on the UCCS campus with a workshop providing students with close access to the panelists and opportunities for questions and discussion. Tickets are free to UCCS students, faculty and staff. Registration required. For more information and to register, visit uccs.edu/business/smp.

“I’m delighted that we have brought together such an impressive panel of leaders in soccer and the business of soccer,” Venkat Reddy, dean, UCCS College of Business, said. “The opportunity for our students, as well as the soccer and business community to engage with these dignitaries on such a timely and important topic truly speaks to the strong collaboration between the college, the community and the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative at UCCS.”

 The sport has been plagued by several high-profile scandals over the years. Just this summer, soccer’s international governing body, FIFA announced it would suspend the selection process for the 2026 World Cup as a result of corruption investigations. The organization’s president, Sepp Blatter would go on to resign.

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