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‘A shambles’: David Bernstein swipes at football’s governance and urges action

Former FA chairman calls for urgent fan-led reviewBernstein troubled by game’s ‘obscene’ wealth gapThe former Football Association chairman David Bernstein has described the governance of the sport as “a shambles”, and called on the government to urgen…

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Ed Woodward distances Manchester United from European super league idea

Club’s vice-chairman says existing competitions are the focusWoodward denies that Project Big Picture was a ‘power grab’The Manchester United executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward, has signalled the club would not take part in any mooted European breaka…

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Ed Woodward distances Manchester United from European super league idea

Club’s vice-chairman says existing competitions are the focusWoodward denies that Project Big Picture was a ‘power grab’The Manchester United executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward, has signalled the club would not take part in any mooted European breaka…

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Greg Clarke manoeuvred for modern leadership but got an ignominious exit | David Conn

In his live-streamed series of howlers, the departing chairman went with both feet into the FA’s recent progressGreg Clarke began 2020 as a Football Association chairman manoeuvring for modern leadership of the sport, but is ending it having ejected hi…

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Greg Clarke has surrendered the FA’s moral authority to lead football | David Conn

FA chairman posed as the good English football man standing up to billionaires but that was not Project Big Picture’s realityWhen the Football Association chairman, Greg Clarke, manoeuvred into the space left by Richard Scudamore’s departure from the P…

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Fans want independent regulator, survey for David Bernstein group finds

79% back regulator, 86% worried about financial viabilityGary Neville: ‘I don’t believe football can reform itself’A representative survey of English football supporters has found that an overwhelming majority would support the creation of an independe…

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Fans want independent regulator, survey for David Bernstein group finds

79% back regulator, 86% worried about financial viabilityGary Neville: ‘I don’t believe football can reform itself’A representative survey of English football supporters has found that an overwhelming majority would support the creation of an independe…

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Project Big Picture power grab is shot down but plan’s ugliest parts will be back | David Conn

The reshaping of English football is on hold but Liverpool’s owner is said to regard it as a win that clubs will hold a reviewJohn Henry and Joel Glazer were not on the Premier League video meeting to promote the Project Big Picture they worked up in t…

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Project Big Picture power grab is shot down but plan’s ugliest parts will be back | David Conn

The reshaping of English football is on hold but Liverpool’s owner is said to regard it as a win that clubs will hold a reviewJohn Henry and Joel Glazer were not on the Premier League video meeting to promote the Project Big Picture they worked up in t…

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David Bernstein to call for independent regulation in fight over football’s future

Former FA chairman and other grandees to enter frayProposal to come amid controversy over Project Big PictureThe former Football Association chairman David Bernstein and other grandees are expected to make an intervention on Thursday in the escalating …

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FA chairman condemns Project Big Picture as grab for power and wealth

Greg Clarke insists ‘benefits need to be shared’Game needs ‘a more consensus?based approach’The Football Association chairman, Greg Clarke, has emphatically criticised the Project Big Picture proposals developed by Liverpool, Manchester United and the …

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How Project Big Picture changed the politics of football in one swoop | David Conn

Liverpool’s and Manchester United’s plan has been roundly condemned by the Premier League, but leaves the English game in uncharted territory The Premier League’s 20 clubs will assemble for a scheduled meeting this week with an agenda spectacularly dis…

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Plan to mend the great crack in football pyramid should not be swept off the table | David Conn

Liverpool and Manchester United have infuriated the Premier League clubs who were in the dark but the premise of their proposal is soundThere are so many extraordinary elements in the Liverpool and Manchester United proposals to reshape English footbal…

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Plan to mend the great crack in football pyramid should not be swept off the table | David Conn

Liverpool and Manchester United have infuriated the Premier League clubs who were in the dark but the premise of their proposal is soundThere are so many extraordinary elements in the Liverpool and Manchester United proposals to reshape English footbal…

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Premier League’s spending spree ignores financial crunch on horizon | David Conn

Clubs want fans back to make up for lost revenue but the top flight still spent over £1bn in the transfer windowTo contemplate Premier League clubs’ transfer window mega-spending, even in the best of times, is a time-honoured exercise in being flabberg…

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Spanish investor agrees to buy Wigan Athletic out of administration

‘A substantial deposit’ already paid for League One clubLatics set to avoid 15-point penalty this seasonA Spanish investor has agreed to buy Wigan Athletic out of administration and paid “a substantial deposit”, the League One club’s administrators hav…

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Abramovich’s buy-up of rival players sheds a little light on murky world

Thanks to the FinCEN files, we know the Chelsea owner had ‘economic rights’ in other clubs’ players, but the transfer business remains mostly opaque and out of reachIt is only due to the “FinCEN Files,” a huge leak of confidential information, that the…

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Premier League cancels £564m Chinese TV contract in blow to clubs’ finances

Deal with digital broadcaster PPTV had two years to runAction taken over unpaid money owed under the contractThe Premier League has terminated its lucrative TV rights contract in China two years early, creating an immediate, major financial hole as foo…

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Why north-east is up in arms at collapse of Saudi Arabia bid to buy Newcastle | David Conn

With such a united front of support for the takeover, however surprising, it is more useful to understand than condemnThe eruption of protest in the north-east at the collapse of the Saudi Arabian bid to buy Newcastle United has come as a shock to thos…

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Fifa comes out fighting in defence of accused president Gianni Infantino

No factual basis for claims of criminality, says Alasdair Bell Investigation relates to meetings with then attorney generalFifa has forcefully rejected any suggestion of wrongdoing against its president, Gianni Infantino, after the Swiss special federa…