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Barcelona to stay at the Nou Camp

Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has dismissed the idea of building a new stadium elsewhere in the city and instead proposed that the Spanish club redevelop on the site of the Camp Nou.

"The Board has unanimously decided to put the plan to build a new stadium on the structure of the Camp Nou to the shareholders," Rosell told a press conference. "The option of building a new stadium in a new location has been ruled out ... the final cost of the operation could jeopardize the club," said Rosell.

The multi-club model

New Charlton Athletic owner Roland Duchatelet owns or has interests in five other football clubs: Standard Liege, FC Brussels and AFC Tubize in Belgium; (through his son) Upjest FC in Hungary; and Carl Zeiss Jena in Germany. He is also said to be eyeing Ad Alcorin in the Spanish second division.

What is the motivation for such a multi-club model? Charlton blogger New York Addick has considered its possible commercial merits:

Tan takes over Bosnian club

Vincent Tan, has sealed an agreement to take over the control and management of Bosnia's Premier League football club Sarajevo. Under the deal, Cardiff will co-operate with Sarajevo, exchanging players and taking part in a football academy, yet to be established, which Tan has said would lure new talents.

According to local media the Malaysian billionaire has pledged to invest three million Bosnian marka (£1.2m). Sarajevo, established in 1946, have faced bankruptcy over millions of marka in accumulated debt.

What will happen with financial fair play?

Sports lawyer Daniel Geey looks at recent financial fair play cases, with particular reference to the case of Malaga, to try and establish what sanctions clubs might face for breaking the guidelines.  As is often the case with legal matters, it seems that more case law is needed to come to any definite conclusions.

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.

Sold for an undisclosed fee

How often has a player from your club been sold (or one bought) for an 'undisclosed fee'.  It's frustrating for fans not to have this information, but it is becoming an increasingly common practice.  It goes against trends towards greater transparency in football, e.g., in relation to agents' fees.

The financial fair play website suggests that this is an area where we might have something to learn from practice in Italy.

Inter link up with DC United

Inter Milan is forming a 'strategic partnership' with Major League Soccer side D.C. United, with the clubs now having the same owner.

The deal, which was signed on Monday by Inter Vice-President Angelomario Moratti and D.C. United’s managing general partner Jason Levien, 'will include the sharing of team, organizational and competitive best practices.'

D.C. United is part owned by new Inter President Erick Thohir, who took charge of the Serie A club last month after buying a majority stake.

Referendum result pleases Swiss clubs

Swiss voters have rejected in a referendum by a majority of nearly two to one the so-called 1:12 proposal that would limit the salaries of top earners in a company to no more than 12 times the wages of the lowest-paid employee. The decision has come as a relief to leading Swiss football clubs.

Grasshoppers of Zurich and FC Basel criticised the proposal, worried that even more players would transfer abroad. Up to 50 sports stars and clubs officials in Switzerland in football and ice hockey earn more than 12 times their club's lowest-paid employees.

Big battle over Italian TV rights

When Italy's cash-strapped soccer clubs meet today to prepare for a new deal on broadcast rights, their deliberations will be influenced by the knowledge that Italian football is in a dismal state and viewers are switching off.

A farcical match in the third division this month, which saw a local derby near Naples abandoned after players were threatened by fans and faked injury to avoid playing, underlined the grim climate in the Italian game, beset for years by match-fixing scandals and stadium violence.

Implications of BT deal sinking in

The implications of BT winning Champions League football are still sinking in. Whether it is a good deal for BT shareholders is a matter for discussion. Most Champions League matches are only a big attraction to the fans of the club involved. Sky say that they account for only 3 per cent of their viewership compared with 18 per cent for the Premier League.