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Barcelona deny tax irregularities

Barcelona have denied any tax irregularities in relation to the signing of Neymar. However, in order to safeguard their reputation, they have made a tax declaration of just over €13.5m (£11.1m). However, they insist that the original tax payment was in line with their obligations.

Maidstone hot up 3G War

The Football Conference could face a big legal bill as Maidstone United step up their battle to be allowed to play on a 3G pitch next year. They are currently top of the Ryman Premier, with financially challenged Dulwich Hamlet on the same number of points.

There is something of a chicken game in the threats of legal action as Maidstone would prefer to settle out of court. Conference chairman Brian Lee has used the pejorative term 'blackmail'. Anyone is entitled to take legal action if they think they have a case, although I am not convinced that the Maidstone case is that strong.

West Ham's legal threat fails to pay off

West Ham's attempt to get Andy Carroll's red card rescinded by threatening to take the football authorities to court ended in failure. Faced with the legal challenge, the matter was referred to independent arbitration, but it was ruled that the red card should stand. West Ham must pay the fees and expenses of the tribunal and the Football Association's costs of £13,092.

Premier League win case against pub

A statement issued by the Premier League says, 'We welcome confirmation from the High Court that The Rhyddings Hotel in Swansea was infringing our copyright with its broadcasts of Premier League football. We are pleased that the Court awarded an injunction against the infringing premises, together with an order for damages and payment of our costs.' These costs could amount to £125,000 with the case reaching the High Court.

Extraordinary events at Leeds

The sacking and reinstatement of Brian McDermott, a decent man who is popular with supporters, is unparalleled in recent football history. However, Leeds fans may not get the protection from the Football League's fit and proper person test that they could reasonably hope for.

Maidstone United threaten legal action over 3G pitches

One time Football League club and Ryman Premier league leaders Maidstone United are contemplating legal action after the Football Conference voted not to permit 3G pitches in the top two tiers of the non-league system. The proposal to allow the synthetic surface was defeated by 21 votes to 11.

Could other clubs kick Manchester City out of Europe?

It would give a whole new meaning to competition between clubs, but could rival clubs act to have Manchester City kicked out of European competition using Uefa's financial fair play rules? This is the argument made a report in The Independent.

What it shows once again is how complex the financial fair play rules are and how open they are to rival interpretations Manchester City's place in next season's Champions' League could be challenged by rival clubs this summer because of detailed new Uefa rules over Financial Fair Play (FFP).

Challenge to QPR development plan

Queens Park Rangers’ plans to build a new Training and Academy centre could be under threat after a campaign group lodged papers in the High Court claiming the decision to allow the development was unlawful.

‘Save Warren Farm’ campaigners lodged papers in the High Court of Justice to Judicially Review Ealing Council’s decision to sign over 61 acres of London’s Green Belt, rent free for 200 years, to QPR for their new Training and Academy HQ.

The managerial sacking epidemic

23 managers have been fired in England since the beginning of the season. As many of half of England's 92 league clubs have had a manager who has been in position for less than a year.

Despite some prominent exceptions, it is not a managerial merry go round in which managers leave one club and quickly find a berth at another one. 55 per cent of first-time managers never manage again (although some of these may not have been suited to the job). Only 36 per cent of those sacked last season are back in work. It takes an average of 1.63 years for a manager to find another job.

EU probe into Swansea City

The EU has been stepping up its interest in illegal state aid in football, having recently launched an investigation into a number of leading Spanish clubs. A deal allowing Swansea City FC and the Ospreys rugby region to play at the Liberty Stadium is being investigated by the European Commission.

Swansea council has been asked to give details over funding arrangements at the council-owned stadium. State aid rules, policed by the commission, limit how much public money can be given to private companies.