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Rangers get heavy fine but keep titles

Oldco Rangers have  been fined £250,000, but allowed to keep their league titles after a Scottish Premier League investigation into historic non-disclosure payments to players.   Rangers still feel aggrieved about what they see as draconian treatment but the outcome could have been a lot worse.

Scale of Asian gambling drives match fixing risk

Football economics guru Stefan Szymanski is not alone in striking a sceptical note on the Europol investigation into what appears to be large scale fixing of football matches in the interests of criminal gangs.   That is not to say that there is not a problem, although it is unfortunate that the Football Association and Uefa were not put in the picture about the investigation.

FC United get stadium go ahead

A court hearing has rejected an attempt to quash the planning permision for FC United's new stadium. The club currently plays at Bury's ground at Giggs Lane.

Adjournment of Pompey court case sought

The administrators of Portsmouth FC, PKF, have sought to adjourn this morning's High Court case on the ownership of Fratton Park.   The reasons why an adjournment was being sought are unclear: little progress appeared to have been made towards an out-of-court settlement.   The adjournment was granted.

Pompey fans would like to settle out of court

Portsmouth Supporters' Trust (PST) would like to settle their dispute with Balram Chainrai's Portpin group over the control of Fratton Park out of court.   The PST need to secure control of the ground to complete their takeover of the club.

However, with the court hearing due next week, there has been no contact between the two teams of lawyers and this does not bode well in terms of an out-of-court settlement.

What would a salary cap mean for clubs?

Premier League clubs are considering a salary cap and sports lawyer Daniel Geey offers a detailed appraisal of the proposals on his blog, including the implications for individual clubs.

Geey notes that one of the main drivers for this proposal is the desire on the part of clubs not to see increased television revenues go straight into the pockets of players.  Arsene Wenger has recently noted that high wages are now more of a problem than transfer fees.

Rangers win tax case

Rangers have won their tax case  at a tax tribunal over their payments to players through Employee Benefit Trusts which Revenue & Customs argued were illegal.   The tribunal ruled that they should be treated as loans for tax purposes, although they reached this decision by a two to one majority verdict. Revenue & Customs has said that it is disappointed by the decision and may appeal.

On The Ball

The interface between football and the law is of increasing importance, but the complex issues that are raised can often be difficult for a non-lawyer to comprehend.   The latest issue of the authoritative On The Ball magazine contains articles on such topics as the latest Premier League broadcasting deal, financial fair play and the contested football creditors' rule.

Football and the law

Like it or not football is increasingly becoming entangled with the law.   The number of lawyers specialising in sports law is growing all the time.   The implementation of Uefa's financial fair play scheme is likely to be challenged in the courts.

Hence it is very helpful to have an authoritative website run by a lawyer and dealing with some of these issues, e.g., there is an article on the recent penalties imposed by Uefa on some clubs.

State aid probe could hit West Ham bid

West Ham's bid for a tenancy at the Olympic Stadium could be held up by a state aid probe by the European Commission.   Competition commissioner Alexander Italinier has given notice of an investigation into the public financing of stadiums used by professional clubs.