Former Owls chief Richards makes a splash

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PREMIER League chairman Sir Dave Richards suffered an unfortunate day at a conference in Qatar yesterday starting when some controversial remarks caused consternation - and ending when he fell face first into a pool.

Ex-Sheffield Wednesday chairman Richards claimed FIFA and UEFA had “stolen” football from England - comments which the Premier League moved quickly to distance themselves from.

The plain-speaking Richards then told the International Sport Security Conference that Qatar must make the sale of beer freely available at the 2022 World Cup or face a boycott by fans.

Walkley-born Richards then fell face first into a fountain pool at a hotel in Doha after tripping on a low ledge while on the way to dinner.

Richards had earlier raised eyebrows when he told the conference that England had given the world the game of football only to have it “stolen” from them.

He said: “For 50 years, we owned the game, we were the governance of the game. We wrote the rules and designed the pitches. Then, 50 years later, some guy came along and said you’re liars and they actually stole it. It was called FIFA.”