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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.

EU investigates top Spanish football clubs

The European Commission has opened three distinct in-depth investigations to verify whether various public support measures in favour of certain Spanish professional football clubs are in line with EU state aid rules. None of the measures was notified to the Commission, who was alerted by concerned citizens.

The Commission has concerns that these measures provided significant advantages to the beneficiary clubs to the detriment of the clubs which have to operate without such support.

Sisu wins judicial review over Ricoh

Coventry City owners Sisu have won their application for a full judicial review into Coventry City Council's 14m 'bailout' of the Ricoh Arena, reversing a decision made in August.

A High Court judge this morning delivered her decision which could have great significance for the prospects of the Sky Blues returning to the council-owned stadium soon . Mrs Justice Thirlwall said she was satisfied there were grounds to grant Sisu companies leave to apply for a full judicial review. She said she was satisfied the case merited a full hearing with all the relevant evidence.

Setback for Coventry City owners

Coventry City's owners, Sisu, have suffered a setback in court in their battle with Coventry City Council over the bailout of the Ricoh Arena.   The judge ruled that they could not have the full disclosure of documents they had requested, stating that they could make a 'respectable case' without them.  It was unprecedented to provide disclosure before a judicial review had been granted.

Blues owner in court

Birmingham City fans had the disappointment of being knocked out of the Capital One cup by Stoke City on penalties last night in a thrilling match at St. Andrews.   Meanwhile, their owner Carson Yeung, seen by many Blues fans as the architect of their current misfortunes, has been standing trial in Hong Kong on money laundering charges.

Sky Blues owners go back to High Court

Coventry City's owners, hedge fund Sisu, have returned to the High Court to pursue their claim that Coventry City Council's £14m bailout of the Ricoh Arena was illegal.   Their latest move is designed to secure the release of documents they consider to be relevant to the case.