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Leicester make £3.1m settlement with Football League over FFP claim

• Long-running saga concerned £21m loss recorded in 2013-14• Club won promotion and won Premier League two years laterLeicester City have agreed to pay the Football League £3.1m to settle the league’s long-running claim that the club breached financial…

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Why won’t TV rights company pouring millions into English football reveal its owners?

Pitch International, which has bought and sold on overseas rights from the FA and EFL, has an anonymous controlling shareholderThe Football Association unveiled its plans last month for a menu of multimillion-pound investment into grassroots facilities…

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Gordon Taylor is paid four times sum of benevolent grants to former players | David Conn

PFA chief executive was paid £2.29m last year while grants to those ill, infirm, in poverty or with mental conditions totalled £530,000The annual unveiling of the salary paid to Gordon Taylor has become a ritual of public bewilderment, a surfacing of d…

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Sky and BT are paying less but the Premier League bubble has not burst

Broadcasters are saving under the latest TV rights deal but it does not look like the beginning of the end for the money feastAn assessment of the near-£4.5bn committed to Premier League clubs for live UK televising of their matches from 2019-22 can be…

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Sky and BT Sport pay £4.464bn for first tranche of Premier League TV packages

• Five of seven packages available have been announced• Sky to broadcast 128 matches starting from 2019-20 seasonThe payTV broadcasters Sky and BT Sport have retained their hold on live televised Premier League football, paying £4.464bn to the clubs fo…

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No end to sobs on the Tyne as Newcastle yearn for a saviour | David Conn

Amanda Staveley’s failed bid to take over the club from Mike Ashley’s dispiriting regime has left supporters in despairThe aching resentment many Newcastle United supporters feel for the dispiriting culture under the club’s owner, Mike Ashley, was arti…

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Dave Whelan agrees deal to sell Wigan Athletic to Hong Kong-based company

• IEC’s main business is a hotel and casino in the Philippines• Company has until 14 February to finalise details of purchaseThe Wigan Athletic owner, Dave Whelan, has reached an outline agreement to sell the League One club to a Hong Kong-based compan…

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Kick It Out alarmed by spike in abuse against ‘backdrop of rising hatred’

• Equality campaigners report 282 incidences of abuse this season• Lord Ouseley says 59% increase should act as a wake-up callFootball’s equality campaign Kick It Out has received a marked increase in reports of racist, homophobic and other discriminat…

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Karl Oyston steps down as chairman of Blackpool in apparent rift

• Owner’s son had been a director of Blackpool for 20 years• Oyston family owe Valeri Belokon more than £20mThe crisis at Blackpool football club has developed into an apparent rift within the Oyston family who own it, as the chairman Karl Oyston has s…

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Blackpool’s Oystons miss deadline for £10m payment to Belokon

• Blackpool owners ask more time to pay overdue £10m• Payment is second instalment of £31.27m owedOwen Oyston and his son Karl, the owners of Blackpool football club, are understood to have missed the 31 January deadline for the second £10m instalment …

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Agents’ runaway gravy train set to be derailed in bid to curb excessive fees

The January transfer window has been a bonanza for agents but clubs and governing bodies are preparing to put a stop to itThe January transfer window closed with a blizzard of late moves, delivering £50m as the new normal fee for players – £142m for on…

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Amanda Staveley home was not a campaign HQ for Theresa May, say Conservatives

• Claim that Staveley’s home was base for leadership bid rebuffed• May’s campaign was based in offices in WestminsterA claim which has repeatedly been reported about the businesswoman Amanda Staveley that her London home was used as the headquarters f…

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‘It matters more when there is money on it’ is a dangerous indoctrination | David Conn

Relentless marketing, advertising and sponsorship by betting companies is exposing fans to the threat of a gambling addiction on an unprecedented scale and needs curtailingJoey Barton, whose football career was in effect ended early by his suspension l…

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Premier League has 14 of the 30 highest-earning clubs in the world

• Manchester United biggest earners in world football with £581m• Leicester City’s share of TV billions help puts them at No 14The Premier League makes so much more money from its multibillion-pound sales of television rights, tickets and commercial in…

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Amanda Staveley: the unusual case of Newcastle United’s would-be-owner | David Conn

The businesswoman is said to have £28bn under management but her UK company has no assets or employeesFor supporters of Newcastle United, the great, underperforming north-east football institution, the indignities of ownership under Mike Ashley have gr…

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Doubts over Reuben family involvement in Newcastle takeover

• Uncertainty surrounds bid by Amanda Staveley• Staveley reported to have made £250m offer for club in NovemberA major British family investor, the first to be named by the businesswoman Amanda Staveley as a financial backer of her £250m bid to buy New…

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Mike Ashley says there is no Newcastle bid from Staveley: ‘It’s been a waste of time’

• Newcastle owner authorises statement on takeover latest• ‘Attempts to reach a deal have proved to be exhausting, frustrating’The Newcastle United owner, Mike Ashley, has issued an explosive statement denying that the businesswoman Amanda Staveley has…

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LTA launches review into procedural failings over jailed tennis coach

• Daniel Sanders sexually abused an underage player• Repeated warnings to governing body went unheededThe Lawn Tennis Association has announced an independent review chaired by Christopher Quinlan QC into its failures for years to heed warnings about a…

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Fifa trial leaves questions over 2022 Qatar World Cup

Allegations of bribery for 2022 World Cup include names of disgraced former Fifa grandees like Jack Warner and Nicolas LeozThe most stunning and tantalising revelations of the Fifa trial in Brooklyn, New York, had nothing much to do with the two of the…

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Hillsborough slur about fans burning police horse false, says CPS

Prosecutors find insufficient evidence for criminal case against officer over claims that horse was burned with cigarettesThe Crown Prosecution Service has found that a notorious slur against Liverpool supporters after the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, t…