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No fire at the Ricoh, but Sky Blues fans on fire

Pictures spread through social media yesterday evening suggesting that Coventry's Ricoh Arena, but in fact it was an over enthusiastic rehearsal of a pyrotechnic display for a concert on Wednesday. Even BBC Midlands News had to deny the story, but perhaps it is not surprising that it spread given understandable nervousness about the fate of Coventry City.

Legal challenge launched against financial fair play

The long anticipated legal challenge against Uefa's financial fair play rules has been launched, not by a club, but by an agent who is being represented by Jean-Louis Dupont, the lawyer who secured the Bosman ruling that revolutionised European football.

Belgian player agent Mr Daniel Striani is complaining that the Uefa rules infringe fundamental principles of EU law. In particular, the complaint challenges the restrictions imposed by the 'break even' rule which is central to the financial fair play rules.

Rovers lose Berg case

Blackburn Rovers have lost the High Court case over former manager Henning Berg.   They have been ordered to pay out his £2.25m two-and-a-half year contract in full which means a further payment of £843,000 net.

Judge lambasts Rovers

Judges are usually very restrained in what they say in court.  But Judge Mark Pilling was outspoken in his criticism of the conduct of a court case relating to the sacking of former Blackburn Rovers manager Henning Berg.   Sitting at Manchester High Court, he described the way in which Blackburn Rovers had behaved as 'utterly unforgiveable'.

Orient judicial review bid rejected

Leyton Orient's written application for a judicial review of West Ham's tenancy of the Olympic Stadium has been rejected. The club could ask for a hearing before a court, but that would involve additional cost and would be unlikely to succeed.

There is an increasing resort to judicial reviews by those who perceive that they have been adversely affected by a decision, but the issue is whether the procedures by which that decision was reached have been flawed.

Legal eagles backed Pompey

Rescuing Portsmouth FC has been a highly complex process involving persistence and a wide range of skills. These skills will become even more necessary once the Pompey Supporters' Trust (PST) is in charge.

The legal experts who made up the Versiona Team were spurred on by their personal passion and dedication to Portsmouth FC. They voluntarily dedicated hundreds of hours at all times of day, night and at weekends.

Would Uefa's FFP rules stand up in court?

We have consistently taken the view that Uefa's financial fair play (FFP) rules are open to challenge in court.    It is therefore interesting to see Belgian lawyer Jean-Louis Dupont, who was part of the team who won the Bosman case in 1995, arguing a similar case in the Wall Street Journal.

No blue skies over the Ricoh

There is some blue sky above Leamington this morning, but reports of snow in Nuneaton.  But whatever the actual weather at the Ricoh Arena, the future of Coventry City remains cloudy follow yesterday's High Court hearing.

New twist in Portsmouth saga

Most people in football, including the football authorities, would like to see the Pompey Supporters' Trust (PST) take charge at Portsmouth.   The club has a particularly dedicated set of fans who have suffered a lot.   More generally, it would be a natural experiment that would allow us to see whether a supporters' trust can work at a 'big' club.   Lessons can be learned from any problems that arise and how they are dealt with.

Leeds wins policing court case

Leeds United have won an important test case over policing costs in the Appeal Court that has implications for all other clubs. The club is expected to receive £1m from West Yorkshire Police. Other clubs are expected to seek refunds for being overcharged by their police forces.

West Yorkshire Police were seeking to overturn a ruling that the club was not responsible for paying for policing in streets and car parks near the ground. The club said that it would pay for policing within the ground and on land it owned, leased or controlled.