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Cellino would be banned under new government rules

Exasperation with the ineffectiveness of the Football League's test for directors of football clubs is one factor has led Business Secretary Vince Cable to formulate new rules to ban 'dodgy directors'.   Those who have committed purely commercial offences would be banned under the new rules.

City to be found guilty under FFP rules

Manchester City are to be found guilty under financial fair play rules this week and face either a heavy fine or a transfer embargo.   Much depends on how sponsorship of the club by Etihad is treated and whether it is regarded as a related party transaction.

Leeds decision deferred

Massimo Cellino''s appeal against his disqualification as a prospective owner of Leeds United was heard in London yesterday, but the independent QC in charge of the appeal has reserved judgment while he considers the arguments put forward.   This at least implies that he thought Cellino had a case worthy of further consideration.

Leeds press for takeover decision

Leeds United are pushing for a decision in the next 24 hours on whether Massimo Cellino's takeover of the club will be approved.   They wrote  to the Football League's in-house lawyer, Nick Craig, on Thursday morning.

Bayern Munich tainted by association

We are always being told by David Conn and other advocates of transplanting the 'German model' into English football (and other aspects of UK life) that the Bundesliga and its clubs are in effect morally superior to those in the Premiership. They charge fans less, have more fan involvement and have managed to be both ethical and profitable.

Blues in limbo following Yeung sentence

Despite the 'business as usual' signs hanging outside Birmingham City, the club faces a period of uncertainty following the six year sentence imposed on owner Carson Yeung for money laundering.

The club must wait until next month to see if prosecutors seize all his assets, including his shares in the Blues. He is understood to have attempted to sell his shares.

Uncertainty over Liverpool and FFP rules

There is some uncertainty about whether or not Liverpool will satisfy Uefa's financial fair play (FFP) rules after the publication of broadly encouraging financial results earlier this week which the club claims will usher in a new era of financial stability.

Of course, there is uncertainty about how the rules will apply to any club, given that the devil is in the detail. The decisions will be as much political as legal ones and it is likely that Uefa, with a French president, will want to make an example of at least one Premier League club.

Carson Yeung convicted

Birmingham City Football Club majority shareholder Carson Yeung was found guilty by a Hong Kong court today of five counts of money-laundering in a high-profile trial. Yeung, who had denied the charges of laundering $93 million between January 2001 and December 2007, will be sentenced on Friday. He faces up to seven years in jail, although a five year sentence is being forecast.

Uefa investigating 76 clubs under financial fair play

UEFA is investigating 76 unidentified Champions League and Europa League clubs for potentially breaking the Financial Fair Play rules designed to curb excessive spending. Chelsea are thought not to be under investigation, but Manchester City are.

The first sanctions against clubs will be announced in April, UEFA announced today. Clubs involved in more serious cases will also be identified then, with UEFA setting a June deadline to publish verdicts ahead of the qualifying round draws for next season's competitions.

Threat to financial fair play

We have argued for some time that the financial fair play schemes at both Uefa and domestic competition levels are based on shaky legal foundations and were open to challenge in the courts. Sports lawyers like Daniel Geey have drawn attention to how complex the rules are and open to different interpretations which of themselves give grounds for a challenge.