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Uefa members rail against Gianni Infantino’s plan for new Club World Cup

• Proposal for revamped calendar meets ‘serious reservations’• ‘Global Nations League’ also mooted in $25bn schemeA proposal by the Fifa president, Gianni Infantino, to expand the Club World Cup dramatically and to start a league for national teams, fo…

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There is more to lament about fallen Swansea than relegation | David Conn

Swansea’s cooperative, supporter-led ownership ideal once admired in the game has also fallen through the trapdoor in resentful circumstancesA wider sadness surrounds Swansea’s relegation from the Premier League after an acrimonious couple of years tha…

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Gold keepers: why the Premier League clubs will only get richer

With the top flight’s £8.4bn TV deal the financial divides distort and undermine competitiveness – yet ‘big six’ want moreFor many decades in football’s development the end-of-season standings, triumphs and disappointments were pored over as sports res…

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UK and Russian police working well on World Cup trouble risks, MPs told

• Select committee told of co-operation despite Salisbury incident• Minister admits government is reliant on Russian assurancesRussian and UK police are cooperating well on plans to protect supporters travelling to the World Cup, the Foreign Office has…

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How Sheikh Mansour’s decade-long spree made Manchester City aristocrats | David Conn

As the club prepare to lift the Premier League trophy with the most expensive squad in football, the vision is coming to fruitionWhen Liverpool went to the Etihad Stadium for their smash-and-grab victory over Manchester City in the Champions League qua…

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‘It is an absolute travesty’: Chesterfield’s fall from Football League | David Conn

A saga of budget overruns on the stadium, a boardroom walkout and a run of unsuccessful managerial appointments has seen the Spireites relegatedIn the rain at Chesterfield’s Proact Stadium on Saturday, home supporters still stunned by the club’s first …

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Government to back FA Wembley sale if England matches guaranteed

• £600m from sale could be used to build new pitches• Richard Caborn tells FA they ‘don’t need to sell the family silver’The government and Sport England have supported in principle the Football Association’s proposal to sell Wembley Stadium if it rele…

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Blackburn’s Mowbray out to crack Venky’s puzzle with passage to India | David Conn

Rovers’ manager secured a return to the Championship and will ask for money this summer to make the club competitiveSo Blackburn Rovers, the scrambled remains of the Jack Walker-funded club which once won the Premier League, have been promoted to the C…

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FSG’s grand plan for Liverpool bears fruit on pitch and the streets

The US owners have transformed Anfield, healed rifts with the community and addressed blight but poverty remains starkThroughout Tuesday’s exhilarating Champions League night at Anfield, when Roma were overpowered by Jürgen Klopp’s resurgent Liverpool,…

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Is the FA getting a fair price for the sale of Wembley to Shahid Khan?| David Conn

The rebuilt stadium cost £757m in 2007, far less than the £600m on offer, but the proposed deal makes sense – especially for grassroots footballOf all the questions prompted by the Football Association’s announcement that it is considering selling Wemb…

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FA’s proposed sale of Wembley to Shahid Khan is a sign of the times

Once the idea of selling the national stadium to a foreign billionaire would have prompted a gale of patriotic indignation. Now it is seen as a workable solution to the FA’s money woesThe Football Association’s proposed sale of Wembley stadium to the U…

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FA’s proposed sale of Wembley to Shahid Khan is a sign of the times

Once the idea of selling the national stadium to a foreign billionaire would have prompted a gale of patriotic indignation. Now it is seen as a workable solution to the FA’s money woesThe Football Association’s proposed sale of Wembley stadium to the U…

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Jorge Mendes and Wolves’ relationship found to comply with EFL regulations

• Agent does not need to pass owners and directors test• EFL conclusion follows ‘comprehensive review of the detail’The EFL has announced that it is satisfied with the status of the Portuguese agent Jorge Mendes at Wolverhampton Wanderers, following co…

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Wolves’ link with agent Jorge Mendes to face Premier League scrutiny

• Portuguese’s Molineux relationship will have to pass top-flight test• FA and EFL fail to explain how arrangement complies with rulesWolves will have to satisfy the Premier League that their relationship with Jorge Mendes does not break league or FA r…

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Why sympathy for Gianluigi Buffon should be in short supply | David Conn

Juventus goalkeeper’s protest to Michael Oliver – which saw him sent off – may cause unpleasant repercussions for the embattled officials at the lowest levels of footballHeartfelt sympathy is extended to Gianluigi Buffon, of course, railing with much o…

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Paris Saint-Germain may face Uefa sanctions for over-valued Qatari deals

• PSG receive €120m a year from Qatar Tourism Authority• French club claim Neymar has made their deals more valuableUefa has informed Qatar-owned Paris Saint-Germain they may face sanctions for breaches of financial fair play rules, relating to huge de…

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Champions League is for the elite few – and Uefa will struggle to change it | David Conn

Uefa’s president wants to improve competitive balance but the top clubs’ financial dominance equates to power too, and it is unlikely his mooted measures will make a significant differenceFor football people raised on the foundational European Cup feat…

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Hillsborough relatives ‘disgusted’ by CPS decision over West Midlands police

Prosecutors say evidential threshold not met for charges over original investigation into football disasterRelatives of the 96 people killed at Hillsborough in 1989 have severely criticised a decision by the Crown Prosecution Service not to charge any …

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Premier League failed to enforce ban on Owen Oyston at Blackpool

• League took view Oyston did not pass ‘fit and proper person’ test• Oyston was told in 2010 but never complied with disqualificationThe Premier League failed to enforce an official ban on Owen Oyston being the owner and a director of Blackpool followi…

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Pep Guardiola caught out by his double standards over human rights

The Manchester City manager’s support for jailed Catalan leaders does not extend to political prisoners in Abu Dhabi, home of City’s ownersFor followers of football who believe in the sport as a force for good the muddles of the Football Association ch…