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Author Archive for David Conn

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Der Spiegel’s email leaks more evidence that elite will never be satisfied

Leaked internal messages about formation of European super league show again the insatiable desire to consolidate power and resources among Europe’s richest teamsThe principal revelation about top clubs’ recent moves to form some kind of European super…

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In the shadow of Spurs’ new stadium local residents fear for future | David Conn

Club and council have different visions for regeneration and delay to redevelopment has left people and businesses in limboTottenham Hotspur’s booming new stadium, although snagged by delays and escalating costs, has taken formidable shape across the o…

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World Cup expansion to 48 teams could happen at Qatar 2022, says Fifa

• Gianni Infantino says expansion could be brought forward• Qatar looking into feasibility of sharing hosting dutiesThe Fifa president Gianni Infantino has said that he hopes the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be expanded to 48 teams, saying such an expa…

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Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was an unusual owner – he understood fans | David Conn

His sustained financial investment in Leicester City, awareness of the club’s emotional significance and his human touch set Vichai apart from some other overseas ownersAs the awful news broke over Saturday night of the crashed helicopter in which the …

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Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was an unusual owner – he understood fans | David Conn

His sustained financial investment in Leicester City, awareness of the club’s emotional significance and his human touch set Vichai apart from some other overseas ownersAs the awful news broke over Saturday night of the crashed helicopter in which the …

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Fifa puts Club World Cup revamp on hold after European resistance

• Gianni Infantino wants annual expanded tournament in June• Task force to be appointed to examine potential implicationsThe plans of Fifa’s president, Gianni Infantino, to launch a lucrative new Club World Cup and Nations League have been delayed by i…

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Coventry City face homeless future after Sisu’s litigious aggression | David Conn

The hedge fund owner Sisu has alienated city council and Wasps with failed court challenges and there is no agreement in place for the League One club to play anywhere next seasonPerhaps there are two ways to view the plight of proud, 135-year-old Cove…

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Wembley decision unrelated to allegations against Fulham, says Khan

• Craig Kline’s allegations being reviewed by the FA• Former Fulham employee lodges employment tribunal claimThe Fulham and Jacksonville Jaguars owner, Shahid Khan, has said that the withdrawal of his £600m offer to buy Wembley stadium had nothing to d…

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Blackpool FC, a Kyrgyzstan money-laundering conviction and a non-takeover

Valeri Belokon thought he had the go-ahead to take over Blackpool from Owen Oyston but a court hearing in Kyrgyzstan – which he says ignored natural justice – has the club in limboWhen the Latvian bank mogul Valeri Belokon won his landmark high court c…

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Premier League should contribute more after collapse of Wembley sale | David Conn

Shahid Khan has withdrawn his £600m offer for the stadium so top-flight clubs need to do more to help fund grassroots gameSo Shahid Khan, the Fulham and Jacksonville Jaguars owner, has withdrawn his proposed £600m purchase of Wembley Stadium, which gre…

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Premier League should contribute more after collapse of Wembley sale | David Conn

Shahid Khan has withdrawn his £600m offer for the stadium so top-flight clubs need to do more to help fund grassroots gameSo Shahid Khan, the Fulham and Jacksonville Jaguars owner, has withdrawn his proposed £600m purchase of Wembley Stadium, which gre…

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FA investigation into allegations about Fulham will not delay Wembley vote

• Former club employee rails against would-be Wembley owner• FA to vote on sale to Shahid Khan on 24 October regardlessAllegations of malpractice made against Fulham by their former assistant director of football, Craig Kline, were raised as a potentia…

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Leeds owner calls for a Premier League Two to replace Championship

• Andrea Radrizzani says Championship is unsustainable• Radrizzani claims lack of cash leads to crisis and takeoversThe Leeds owner, Andrea Radrizzani, has called for a Premier League Two, saying the Championship does not make enough TV money for the d…

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FA looks into former Fulham assistant director’s allegations

• Craig Kline left club in acrimonious circumstances last year• Fulham say claims are ‘nonsense and bogus’The Football Association has said it is reviewing allegations about Fulham made by the club’s former assistant director of football, Craig Kline, …

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Manchester United have been owned by the Glazers for 13 years. No wonder they’re struggling | David Conn

The Glazers’ takeover has drained more than £1bn out of United since 2005, not too far off the amount Sheikh Mansour has invested into CityAt Manchester United, the football club’s multilayered travails, the misery of the manager and the palpable sense…

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Qatar World Cup workers still exploited, says Amnesty report

Charity says promised government reforms to ‘kafala’ system have not taken place Migrant workers building infrastructure for the 2022 World Cup and other big projects in Qatar are still suffering exploitation and severe human rights violations despite …

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Fifa to discuss plans to curb agents’ fees and re-introduce licensing system

• New regulations will mean only players pay agents• Loan system may be overhauled to end player stockpilingFifa has taken initial steps towards trying to control the vast amounts of money being paid out of football to agents, agreeing in principle to …

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Manchester City accounts show Sheikh Mansour has put £1.3bn into club

• Total in addition to £150m Mansour paid to buy the club• Club recorded £500.5m turnover and profit of £10m last yearSheikh Mansour bin Zayed al-Nahyan of the Abu Dhabi ruling family has spent more than £1.3bn directly investing into Manchester City s…

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Everton’s major shareholder Farhad Moshiri increases stake in club to 68.6%

• Monaco-based investor purchases further 18.7% of shares• Expected to increase stake to 77.2% ‘no later than July 2019’Everton’s major shareholder and investor, Monaco-based Farhad Moshiri, has taken his ownership of the club above 50% with the purcha…

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Hillsborough officer pleads not guilty to manslaughter charges

David Duckenfield formally enters plea over 95 charges relating to 1989 disasterDavid Duckenfield, who was in command of the 1989 FA Cup semi-final at Hillsborough stadium when 96 people were killed, has formally pleaded not guilty to manslaughter char…