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Derby hit out at EFL and claim financial fair play charges are unlawful

• Club says Football League agreed to stadium sale arrangements• Derby say EFL feels it made a mistake but should not take actionDerby County have strongly rejected the charges brought against the club by the English Football League relating to the £81…

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Premier League leads Europe’s profit boom but football wealth gap grows

• Premier League clubs bring in €5.4bn as inequality widens• Uefa praises impact of financial fair play rules on stabilityThe clubs in the top divisions of European football were financially profitable overall for the second year running in 2017?18 and…

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PFA to be scrutinised amid ‘serious concerns’ over union’s governance

• Charity Commission has opened a formal statutory inquiry• ‘Serious concerns have been raised over way PFA is run’The Charity Commission has opened a formal statutory inquiry into the governance and operation of the Professional Footballers’ Associati…

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Extra FA Cup games offered to BBC and BT Sport after betting outcry

• FA talks to broadcasters after gambling companies step aside • Games could also be streamed on governing body’s websiteBroadcasters look likely to televise more FA Cup matches live, after the Football Association confirmed it was discussing how to en…

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Politicians must take their share of blame for growth in football betting | David Conn

The FA has questions to answer but so too do governments past and present over the rapid rise of football betting since deregulation in 2005It was, on the face of it, classic haplessness of the Football Association to have used the FA Cup third round a…

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Consortium in talks to salvage Bury while fans wait in wings with plan B

• Buyers of expelled club would have to take on £3.75m debts• Forever Bury reveal fallback plan should talks failA consortium is negotiating with the Bury owner, Steve Dale, to buy the remains of the club expelled from the EFL in August, as the difficu…

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Three Sheffield Wednesday sponsors linked to owner are not commercially active

• EFL understood not to be concerned regarding FFP rules• Dejphon Chansiri putting in more than £1m a year this waySheffield Wednesday’s owner, Dejphon Chansiri, is putting more than £1m a year into the club through sponsorships by entities connected t…

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Fifa prepares to sue Michel Platini and Sepp Blatter to get £1.5m back

Money has not been repaid to world governing bodyPlatini and Blatter were banned over payment in 2015Fifa is preparing to sue its former president Sepp Blatter and the former Uefa president Michel Platini for a return of the 2m Swiss francs (£1.5m) pai…

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Majority of AFC Wimbledon fans oppose private investors in new stadium

60% at Dons’ Trust meeting against external investmentEx-chairman Kris Stewart: ‘We lose control, day one’A majority of AFC Wimbledon supporters have expressed opposition to diluting the club’s landmark supporter-owned structure in return for significa…

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Liverpool back calls for investigations into migrant worker deaths in Qatar

• ‘Bereaved families should receive the justice they deserve’• Liverpool make statement before flying to Club World CupLiverpool have supported calls by human rights groups for thorough investigations into the deaths of migrant workers in Qatar, before…

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Burnley supporter, 13, ejected from Spurs stadium for alleged racist gesture

• Boy alleged to have directed gesture at Son Heung-min• Incident adds to depressing weekend in Premier LeagueBurnley have confirmed that a 13-year-old supporter was ejected from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium following an alleged racist gesture towards…

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AFC Wimbledon ethos faces challenge over stadium money shortfall

• Meeting will discuss change in supporter-owned structure• Club need extra £11m for construction of new stadiumWimbledon supporters will attend a crucial meeting on Monday evening to discuss a highly emotive proposal to end the club’s supporter-owned …

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Mayors of Liverpool and Manchester call for ‘Hillsborough law’

Letter to party leaders comes in wake of acquittal of match commander David DuckenfieldThe mayors of Liverpool and Greater Manchester have written to the three main party leaders strongly criticising the legal system following the acquittal of the Hill…

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Hillsborough victims’ families criticise CPS over handling of case

Families call for case review after David Duckenfield was acquitted of manslaughterBereaved Hillsborough families have criticised the Crown Prosecution Service and called for a review of how it conducted the case against David Duckenfield, the former S…

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Hillsborough victims’ families criticise CPS over handling of case

Families call for case review after David Duckenfield was acquitted of manslaughterBereaved Hillsborough families have criticised the Crown Prosecution Service and called for a review of how it conducted the case against David Duckenfield, the former S…

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Hillsborough families voice outrage at not-guilty verdict

Families’ fury as former police chief David Duckenfield cleared of manslaughterHow David Duckenfield’s trial left Hillsborough families distraught againBereaved Hillsborough families have reacted with outrage to the not guilty verdict delivered in the …

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How Duckenfield trial left Hillsborough families distraught again

Victims’ relatives again left to face claims that Liverpool fans contributed to tragedy at 1989 FA Cup semi-finalFor the Hillsborough families whose 96 loved ones were killed so horrifically at a football match on a sunny spring day in 1989, a 30-year …

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Hillsborough: David Duckenfield found not guilty of manslaughter

Former South Yorkshire police chief was on trial after new investigation and inquestsThe former South Yorkshire police chief superintendent David Duckenfield has been found not guilty of gross negligence manslaughter more than 30 years after he command…

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Jury considers verdict in Hillsborough police chief manslaughter case

Judge reminds jury of ‘lie’ told by David Duckenfield that Liverpool fans forced open gateThe jury at Preston crown court has been sent to consider its verdict on the charge of manslaughter against David Duckenfield, who as a South Yorkshire police chi…

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Jury considers verdict in Hillsborough police chief manslaughter case

Judge reminds jury of ‘lie’ told by David Duckenfield that Liverpool fans forced open gateThe jury at Preston crown court has been sent to consider its verdict on the charge of manslaughter against David Duckenfield, who as a South Yorkshire police chi…