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Author Archive for David Conn

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Europe’s top-tier football clubs reap benefit of FFP with first overall profit

• 700 top division clubs across 55 leagues record profit of £545m• Uefa report confirms commercial dominance of Premier LeagueClubs across the top divisions of European leagues have recorded an overall profit for the first time, reversing years of loss…

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Europe’s top-tier football clubs reap benefit of FFP with first overall profit

• 700 top division clubs across 55 leagues record profit of £545m• Uefa report confirms commercial dominance of Premier LeagueClubs across the top divisions of European leagues have recorded an overall profit for the first time, reversing years of loss…

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Hillsborough trial: police chief unfairly singled out, court told

David Duckenfield’s defence lawyer tells jury other factors contributed to disasterThe manslaughter prosecution against David Duckenfield, the former South Yorkshire police officer in command at Hillsborough when 96 people were killed in a crush, is “u…

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Manchester City refuse to give Uefa any comment on FFP allegations

• Club argues claims are based on ‘hacked or stolen’ emails• Uefa wrote to City inviting comment before ChristmasManchester City have refused to give Uefa any comment on allegations that they breached financial fair play regulations and misled the gove…

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Hillsborough police chief guilty of ‘extraordinarily bad’ failures, court told

Prosecution says David Duckenfield breached duty of care to spectatorsThe South Yorkshire police officer in charge of the FA Cup semi-final at Hillsborough in 1989 was responsible for “extraordinarily bad” failures that were “a substantial cause” of 96…

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Hillsborough police chief goes on trial for manslaughter

David Duckenfield faces criminal charge 30 years after 96 died at FA Cup semi-finalAlmost 30 years since 96 men, women and children were killed at the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough footb…

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‘People are dying’: Campaigners want gambling classed a public health issue

• Charles and Liz Ritchie’s son Jack killed himself after gambling• ‘The industry targets vulnerable and those already addicted’Campaigners for stronger government regulation of gambling have called for it to be classed as a public health concern and f…

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Bolton’s ‘rogue chairman’ Ken Anderson puts EFL ownership rules under scrutiny

Anderson dismisses criticism from Forest Green counterpart but faces protests from his own supporters amid growing debtsThroughout the episodes of misfortune and grim ownership that have beset so many football clubs in recent times, it is difficult to …

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Toughness and corporate nous saw Glenn carry out a tough job well | David Conn

FA’s departing chief executive will leave through the revolving door in May but with the ruling body in a stronger positionOn top of the congratulatory statistics with which the Football Association showered Martin Glenn when announcing he will stand d…

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Bury bank on new owner to end financial misery at historic club

Little is known about ‘very successful businessman’ Steve Dale, who has taken over League Two club paddling to stay afloatBury football club announced a takeover on Tuesday, saying the owner, the Lancashire?based property developer Stewart Day, had han…

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Lord Herman Ouseley to stand down as chairman of football’s Kick It Out

• Respected leader of anti-racism campaign to go after 25 years• Decision made some time ago, not related to current incidentsLord Herman Ouseley is to stand down as the chairman of football’s anti-racism campaign Kick It Out, after 25 continuous years…

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Hillsborough officer in charge fails to put a stop to his prosecution

Manslaughter trial of ex-South Yorkshire police officer David Duckenfield is set for JanuaryDavid Duckenfield, the former South Yorkshire police chief superintendent who was in command of the FA Cup semi-final at Hillsborough in 1989, which cost 96 peo…

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Paul Elliott resigns as PFA trustee after breaching Charity Commission rules

• Former Chelsea player is subject of an IVA• Charity Commission opens regulatory compliance casePaul Elliott, the former Chelsea defender and long term anti-discrimination campaigner, has resigned as a trustee of the Professional Footballers Associati…

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Manchester City FFP allegations examined by Uefa officials

• Uefa looks into whether the club acted dishonestly• Allegations made by German magazine Der SpiegelUefa officials are examining the allegations made against Manchester City based on the “Football Leaks” of the club’s internal emails, to see whether t…

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PFA independent review: a guide to the key questions | David Conn

Gordon Taylor’s promise of ‘a full and open’ review should give disgruntled parties a clearer picture of how the Professional Footballers’ Association operatesThe union and its long-serving chief executive, Gordon Taylor, conceded to “a full and open r…

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More than 200 footballers endorse call for Gordon Taylor to step down at PFA

• Open letter calls for election of new PFA chief executive• Robbie Savage, Ian Wright and Chris Sutton among supportersAn open letter calling on the chief executive of the Professional Footballers Association, Gordon Taylor, to step down has been endo…

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Gordon Taylor faces challenge after call for independent review of PFA

• New chairman Ben Purkiss is seeking to modernise union• Former UK Athletics head Ed Warner in frame to lead reviewGordon Taylor is potentially facing his most serious challenge in his 37 years as the chief executive of the Professional Footballers As…

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Scudamore’s £5m gift reflects Premier League’s greed and ruthlessness | David Conn

The executive chairman’s departure now sits awkwardly next to fudged pledges to help football’s grassrootsIt was strangely appropriate that London was in political chaos over the UK’s impending exit from the European Union when the Premier League clubs…

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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…