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Premier League’s power shown by spending of clubs outside elite | David Conn

TV riches fund ever more overseas recruitment and make England’s inspiring World Cup campaign seem a long time agoWhen most of England was glued to the World Cup and gleefully chucking beer around in feverish fanzones, club football seemed to recede in…

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Gary Neville condemns ‘ridiculous’ FA plans to sell Wembley to Fulham owner

• ‘Don’t sell Wembley when you can place a levy on agents’ fees’• Sports minister has backed scheme to sell stadium for £600mGary Neville has criticised as “ridiculous” the Football Association’s plan to sell Wembley stadium for the funding of grassroo…

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Wembley stadium sale is backed if £600m investment goes to grassroots

• Sport England expresses conditional support• World Cup strengthens FA’s resolve to sellThe Football Association’s proposed sale of Wembley stadium has become more likely to gain the necessary approvals of public bodies after the grant-giving agency S…

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FA deserves a pat on the back for England’s progress under Southgate | David Conn

Ruling body has been trying to raise playing standards for more than 20 years and its overhaul finally bore fruit in RussiaOne of the early dates in the diary for the Football Association’s management team after their unexpectedly heartening World Cup …

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In toxic times, England’s exit must not bring an end to this sense of unity | David Conn

We can all hope for a lasting legacy of unity from England’s heartening journey to the World Cup semi-final, but there is a queue of cautionary notesWhen England make it to a World Cup in normal times there is never too much need to agonise over the si…

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Football coach George Ormond found guilty of sexually abusing 18 boys

Former coaching assistant at Newcastle United exploited victims’ dreams of becoming professional players The former boys football coach and Newcastle United coaching assistant George Ormond has been found guilty of committing 36 counts of sexual abuse …

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Hillsborough police chief to face manslaughter trial

Judge lifts bar on prosecuting David Duckenfield Former South Yorkshire commander faces 95 chargesFour other men to face criminal prosecutionThe prosecution for manslaughter of David Duckenfield, the former South Yorkshire police chief superintendent w…

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Ex-Newcastle manager did not take action on abuse claims right away

John Carver tells trial of former coach George Ormond: ‘I needed to digest’ allegationsA former Newcastle United manager did not take immediate action when he was told that sexual abuse allegations had been made against the club’s then coaching assista…

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Money talks for Fifa as Morocco pays price for Infantino’s expansion plan | David Conn

North American bid was the rational choice to host the 2026 World Cup but it is difficult to see less privileged countries ever getting the opportunity nowSafe, rational and bountifully lucrative as the Fifa decision is to have the 2026 World Cup hoste…

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Fifa’s Gianni Infantino hits rocky ground on 2018 World Cup eve | David Conn

Infantino is threatened by resistance within his own ranks and political volatility worldwide – not least in the ramifications of a vote to host the 2026 tournamentThe World Cup in Russia has sailed into view with a new Fifa captain at the helm, two an…

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Judge asked to lift prosecution ban on Hillsborough officer

David Duckenfield not in court for start of CPS application to bring manslaughter chargesAn application by the Crown Prosecution Service to prosecute David Duckenfield, the South Yorkshire police officer who was in command at the FA Cup semi-final at H…

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Russia basks in a World Cup even MI6 could not deny Vladimir Putin | David Conn

Hosts are hoping to clean up their image eight years after trouncing England in a controversial Fifa voteAs the World Cup finally dawns in the east, many of the Football Association chiefs packing their wheelie suitcases for Russia will have been refle…

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Richard Scudamore: the ‘devil you know’ quits while he’s still ahead | David Conn

Though he helped Premier League clubs generate billions, the EFL may have cause to rue the executive chairman’s departureAfter two decades carving out total dominance for the Premier League, Richard Scudamore was able to announce his surprise resignati…

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Premier League big six win battle for larger share of overseas TV rights

• Some money paid according to league position from 2019-20• Compromise voted in at Premier League meeting on ThursdayThe so-called “big six” Premier League clubs have won their persistent battle to be paid a greater share of the league’s burgeoning in…

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Championship clubs feel the strain as financial gap to Premier League grows

• Accounts reveal 19 of 24 clubs made losses in 2016-17 season• TV revenue still tiny compared with latest Premier League dealThe Championship continues to be a financially punishing league, with 19 of the 24 clubs having made losses in 2016-17, accord…

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Premier League finances: the full club-by-club breakdown and verdict

The 2016-17 accounts of all top-flight clubs and what the figures say about their health. Manchester United top the charts again with a £581m income and £57m profitFinancial figures for 2016-17, for the 20 clubs that were in the Premier League during 2…

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Premier League clubs soar into profit with record £4.5bn revenues

• 2016-17 accounts show 17 top-flight clubs making money• First year of new TV deal and new regulations fuel boomThe first year of the Premier League’s record £8.4bn television deals, combined with financial regulations aimed at preventing the bulk of …

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Review of standing ban a step forward but must be handled with great care | David Conn

A review over the reintroduction of safe standing must be sensitive, thorough and consultative given the association with the Hillsborough tragedy that brought about the original banMake no mistake, the sports minister Tracey Crouch’s decision to revie…

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Crystal Palace threatened with being dissolved over late accounts

• Premier League club’s accounts more than two months late• Registrar threatens parent company with dissolutionCrystal Palace have been threatened with being dissolved and struck off the companies register, for being more than two months late filing th…

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FA says sale of Wembley could pump £1bn into grassroots game

• Stadium sale could mean 10-year bonanza, claims FA• Martin Glenn says proposed sale is not selling ‘soul of the game’The Football Association has told its council members that selling Wembley could enable more than £1bn to be spent on community footb…