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The Championship


QPR likely to settle for around £8m

Queens Park Rangers are likely to settle their dispute with the Football League over their breach of financial fair play regulations for around £8m.   At one time it was feared they might be liable for £58m.

Such a compromise was always likely because the rules have a dubious legal basis and the last thing the Football League wants is for them to be tested in court.

Bristol City fans complain about Owls ticket prices

It looks as if most Bristol City fans will stay away from their first game back in the Championship after it was revealed that getting into Hillsborough would cost them £39.   The cost of travel from Bristol will not be small and when you add in food the total cost could start to approach £100.

Reading's finances in better shape

Reading's finances are now in better shape according to majority shareholder Narin Niruttinanon.   However, he admits that he initially underestimated the magnitude of the task facing him.

Like most Championship owners, he sees the enhanced riches of the promised land of the Premier League beckoning him.  Whether Reading will have the financial muscle, and whether they spend wisely, remains to be seen.

Hull City name change turned down

Contrary to expectations, the FA have turned down Hull City's application to change their name to Hull Tigers. FA chairman Greg Dyke is believed to have supported the application. The idea now looks dead in the water.

Fans have campaigned against the name change, although some argue that it is only a vociferous minority of fans that are opposed.

Hull hopeful of name change

Hull City are hopeful that a FA hearing on Saturday will allow them to change their name to Hull Tigers.  It is understood that the Football League will not oppose the change.   The Premier League is not thought to be opposed either.

The League is aware that the decision would set a precedent and could lead to a whole series of ice hockey style names for clubs.  However, other clubs may be rightly sceptical of the marketing advantages which Hull's owners claim the name change will bring.

Cellino in trouble again

Leeds owner Massimo Cellino could be in trouble with the Football League again, a month after his four month ban barring him from having any executive influence at the club expired. He is appealing against the disqualification through the FA's arbitration process.

Cellinio has been fined £28,000 by an Italian court and had his Range Rover confiscated after it was found that he had failed to pay VAT on the imported car. He was acquitted of customs offences.

Standard Liege sold

Roland Duchatelet has sold Standard Liege to the club's vice-president Bruno Venanzi.   He co-founded an energy company which specialises in green tariffs in 2003.   So far 83 per cent of Standard fans voting in an online poll have welcomed the news.

What has happened about QPR fine?

Everything has gone quiet for some time now on the prospect of QPR receiving a massive fine for breaching financial fair play (FFP) regulations.   This suggests that negotiations are going on behind the scenes in the search for an acceptable compromise.

QPR have made it clear for some time that they would be willing to mount a legal challenge to a substantial fine.  We have argued for some time that the FFP regulations would probably not stand up to scrutiny in the courts, particularly in terms of competition law.

The downfall of Reading

This writer provides an interesting in depth look at how Reading lost their status as fianancial paragons. Under John Madejski they had a distinct identity and character which differentiated them from other clubs. What happened is an object lesson in how one rogue owner can unsettle a club.

QPR's finances

The impressive Swiss Ramble blog has taken an in depth and detailed look at the finances of Queens Park Rangers.

As one might expect, it doesn't make for happy reading.   The club has lost £156m in the last six years, £218m if one adds in exceptional debt write offs.   There is a £185m mountain of debt and very little of that has been spent on infrastructure.