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Category: Football politics

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How Covid returned English football’s resources debate to centre stage

Coronavirus has shone an unforgiving spotlight on the game’s structure and inequalities that can be traced back over 30 yearsThe coronavirus crisis has presented English football with an opportunity to reset its structure and values. But it has been he…

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Deadly Dychonomics: Premier League clubs won’t care if EFL teams go under | Jonathan Liew

Why would English football’s elite worry about propping up a system they have spent years actively seeking to obliterate?One by one, they lined up to condemn the madness. “It’s certainly destroying my enjoyment of the game of football,” said Roy Hodgso…

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Oliver Dowden calls for Premier League to ‘step up’ and support EFL clubs

Culture secretary says he has spoken to Premier LeagueEFL has said its clubs stand to lose £200m this seasonThe culture secretary Oliver Dowden has called for the Premier League to “step up to the plate” and provide financial support for EFL clubs thro…

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Football League rings alarm for Premier League to help save clubs from ruin

EFL says time running out to prevent clubs going bankruptProposals being discussed with Premier League for financial aidThe Football League believes it is running out of time to secure a bailout that would prevent some of its 72 clubs from going bankru…

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EFL strikes deal to stream non-televised matches for clubs’ season-ticket holders

Sky Sports and Football League agree to show home gamesDeal is ‘a temporary option’ during Covid-19 pandemicAn agreement has been reached between the English Football League and Sky Sports to enable fans to stream non-televised matches while attendance…

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PSG face their moment knowing they have already won the cynical long game | Barney Ronay

Whatever happens in the Champions League final, the 10-year plan of the French club’s super-rich Qatari owners has paid off“Football is not for sale,” Aleksander Ceferin pronounced, famously, at a Uefa conference two years ago, in the process exploring…

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EFL in discussions over September test events for fans at stadiums

Oliver Dowden hopes fans can return in OctoberCharlton and Cambridge working on test eventsThe English Football League is in discussions with the government and the sports grounds safety authority (SGSA) about staging test events next month as the pros…

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Wigan’s former owner Kay asked about administration before his takeover

Au Yeung Wai Kay contacted insolvency firm on eve of dealAnother panel critical of EFL’s check into Sheffield WednesdayThe former owner of Wigan Athletic, Au Yeung Wai Kay, sought to put the club into administration before he had even completed his con…

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Tax affairs of 246 footballers being investigated by HMRC in 2019-20

Tax authorities increasingly concerned by tax loopholePlayers pay 19% tax on image rights compared with 45% on wagesThe number of footballers investigated by HMRC rose dramatically in the tax year 2019-20, going up from 87 to 246 individuals, according…

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Tax affairs of 246 footballers being investigated by HMRC in 2019-20

Tax authorities increasingly concerned by tax loopholePlayers pay 19% tax on image rights compared with 45% on wagesThe number of footballers investigated by HMRC rose dramatically in the tax year 2019-20, going up from 87 to 246 individuals, according…

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Harry Kane, Tyrone Mings and Nikita Parris to help raise diversity in football

Eight players to form panel to draw up plansMorgan, Henderson and Bronze also on panelA group of leading footballers, including Harry Kane, Tyrone Mings and Nikita Parris, are to help draw up plans to increase the number of black, Asian and minority et…

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Fifa president Gianni Infantino faces Swiss criminal proceedings

Federal public prosecutor finds ‘indications of criminal conduct’ Infantino has described investigation into meetings as ‘absurd’The Swiss special federal public prosecutor has opened criminal proceedings against Fifa’s president Gianni Infantino.The p…

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Majority of Women’s Super League clubs against Premier League takeover

Most teams would prefer league to be run independentlyPremier League has looked into taking over from FAThe majority of Women’s Super League clubs favour the division being run independently rather than taken over by the Premier League, the Guardian un…

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Former Afghan football chief Keramuudin Karim has life ban upheld

Karim banned by Fifa after female players reported abuseCourt of arbitration for sport confirms punishmentThe court of arbitration for sport (Cas) has dismissed the appeal of Keramuudin Karim, a former president of the Afghanistan Football Federation, …

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Manchester City’s Champions League ban lifted by Cas but club fined €10m

Cas also reduces City’s fine from €30m to €10mClub have denied wrongdoing throughoutManchester City’s two-year ban from the Champions League for a serious breach of Uefa’s financial fair play rules has been overturned by the court of arbitration for sp…

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Wigan debacle exposes need for reset of English football’s finances

Whatever the ins and outs of its dramatic collapse, the club’s fate is symptomatic of EFL’s ongoing financial plightIn the week since Wigan Athletic were dumped into administration like litter thrown from a speeding car, the tale of some underlying bet…

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David Squires on … Wigan Athletic going into administration

This week’s cartoon looks at the sad story of the famous club, featuring Dave Whelan, the new owners and Rick Parry’s feetWigan Warriors aim to buy troubled neighbours Wigan Athletic Continue reading…

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Law should force UK football clubs to hire more black coaches, says ex-player

Jason Lee, of the Professional Footballers’ Association, says legal move is the only way to tackle systemic racismFootball clubs should be forced by new legislation to hire more black managers if the structural racism gripping the national game is to b…

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Pep Guardiola says wearing yellow ribbon has parallels with taking a knee

Manchester City manager fined £20,000 by FA in 2018‘My yellow ribbon was defending a humanitarian cause’Pep Guardiola believes he has to rebuild Manchester City in the next transfer window to compensate for the loss of Vincent Kompany, David Silva and …

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Australia and New Zealand’s winning Women’s World Cup bid is a moment of optimism for football

Hosting the Fifa tournament will also open the door to the greatest untapped commercial market in world football: AsiaIn 2015, when France was announced as the host for the 2019 Women’s World Cup, the dramatic reveal of the envelope was met with little…