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Bury takeover went through without full Football League approval

• EFL says Steve Dale has not provided full information • Bury understood to be under transfer embargoThe December takeover of Bury, who are in extreme financial distress under the owner Steve Dale, was completed without being approved by the EFL under…

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Bahrain-Merida cycling team being used to ‘sportswash’, campaigners say

Protests at Bahrain’s human rights abuses in letter to UCIBahrain-Merida say team are separate from governmentCampaign groups have written to the UCI, cycling’s governing body, protesting at its licensing of the Bahrain-Merida team, and the team’s part…

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New Blackpool owner Simon Sadler: ‘I’m doing it for the greater good’

The childhood Blackpool fan takes over after Owen Oyston’s toxic reign saying: ‘Somebody had to step up and become the custodian’If Blackpool supporters who fought the arduous campaign against Owen Oyston’s toxic ownership ever fantasised about the ide…

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Bury owner Steve Dale offers to settle some – but not all – of club’s debts

• Proposal to pay football creditors in full and 25% of other money• Deal would avoid winding-up petition but not points penaltySteve Dale, the owner of financially stricken Bury football club, has offered to settle some of the club’s debts and avoid a…

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Hillsborough police chief will face retrial, judge rules

David Duckenfield was South Yorkshire police chief at 1989 cup tie that left 96 people deadThe former South Yorkshire police chief superintendent who was in command of the 1989 FA Cup semi-final at Hillsborough, where 96 people were killed, will face a…

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A Sarkozy lunch, PSG and beIN sports: questions for Platini over Qatar 2022

Why was Michel Platini detained by French investigators? What are they looking for? And could Qatar lose the 2022 World Cup?France’s Parquet National Financier, which investigates serious financial crime, has since 2017 been looking into possible Frenc…

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‘We never got that money’: the inside story of Bury’s road to financial ruin

As the club face a winding-up petition, we show how loans, a car park and a collapsed business helped drive them to the brinkBury’s historic 6-0 win in the 1903 FA Cup final was remembered last month when Manchester City eviscerated Watford by the same…

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‘We never got that money’: the inside story of Bury’s road to financial ruin

As the club face a winding-up petition, we show how loans, a car park and a collapsed business helped drive them to the brinkBury’s historic 6-0 win in the 1903 FA Cup final was remembered last month when Manchester City eviscerated Watford by the same…

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Michel Platini detained over award of 2022 World Cup to Qatar

Former Uefa president detained in ParisPlatini taken into custody as part of investigationThe banned former Uefa president and France football legend Michel Platini has been detained in connection with a criminal investigation into alleged corruption r…

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Police continue to hunt missing £10m loaned to Northampton Town

• Borough council made the loan for improvements at Sixfields• ‘A complex financial and corruption investigation,’ police sayPolice investigating what happened to £10.25m of public money loaned to Northampton Town for a new east stand which was never c…

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South Yorkshire police to change approach to football after heavy criticism

• Force accused of violent, dangerous policing at Sheffield derby• Launch of new policy seen by experts as nationally significantSouth Yorkshire police is to change its approach to policing football after an internal review following its operation at t…

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Oyston out: Blackpool sold to fan and financier Simon Sadler for around £10m

• League One club finally draw a line under Owen Oyston years• Supporters’ trust representative to act as adviser to the boardBlackpool have been sold by their receivers to Simon Sadler, a financier based in Hong Kong, a deal which brings to a conclusi…

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Manchester City’s Cas appeal against Uefa FFP referral likely to fail

• Uefa’s rules do not allow for an appeal against FFP referral• Clubs are permitted to appeal against only a final decisionManchester City’s appeal to the court of arbitration for sport against the referral of the club to Uefa’s financial fair play dis…

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Manchester City lodge appeal with Cas over Uefa’s FFP referral

• Uefa sent case to adjudication after two-month inquiry• City have denied allegations and said emails were stolenManchester City have appealed to the court of arbitration for sport (Cas) against the decision at Uefa to refer the club to a disciplinary…

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African football president under questioning over corruption allegations

• Ahmad Ahmad being questioned by French authorities• Official escorted from Paris hotel on Thursday morningFifa has confirmed that the Confederation of African Football president, Ahmad Ahmad, is being questioned by French authorities investigating co…

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Liverpool to play December ‘test’ match in Qatar for 2022 World Cup

• Liverpool head for Gulf in Club World Cup • Qatar’s facilities to be given World Cup dry runFifa has awarded Qatar the next two Club World Cups, for this December when Liverpool will represent Europe as champions, and 2020. Both will be “tests” for t…

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Top clubs accused over ‘dangerous’ plans to reshape Champions League

• European Leagues head says clubs trying to form super league• Lars-Christer Olsson urges Uefa to reject plans and take actionThe plans drawn up by top clubs to reshape the Champions League after 2024 would create a “super league” motivated by greed t…

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Bury financial crisis deepens amid pressure over £4.2m loan

• Loan is from former owner Stewart Day’s property company• Club face winding-up petition and owner says debt is £8mBury football club, already in the grip of a financial crisis, are facing further pressure for the repayment of £4.2m in loans from thei…

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Arsenal’s ongoing Champions League absence has not been so costly | David Conn

Even if the Gunners miss out in the Europa League for the third year running, Uefa’s ‘market pool’ will soften the blow for nowFor Arsenal, victory in the Europa League final in Baku – Uefa’s widely condemned choice of venue – carries the greater signi…

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Bury players urge owner to leave, saying they have gone 12 weeks without pay

• ‘Stop negatively impacting everyone’s livelihoods,’ say players• Owner Steve Dale took over club last DecemberThe financial crisis at Bury has been laid bare by a statement on behalf of the players, who won promotion to League One this season, that t…