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The Premiership


Big payday for Cambridge United

Cambridge United could look forward to a big boost to their revenues even if they had lost last night's FA Cup game against Manchester United.   Fans who wanted a ticket in the just under 8,000 capacity stadium were obliged to buy a half year season ticket if they were not already season ticket holders.

Players face big tax demands

More than 100 football players are facing big tax demands from HM Revenue and Customs to pay back tax reliefs which the tax authorities claim constituted a form of tax avoidance.   Not all the players were big earners and some face bankruptcy or losing their homes.

Real Madrid top money league again

This year's findings from the Deloitte football money league show total combined revenue for top 20 Money League clubs up 8% to €5.4bn.

Real Madrid retain the top spot for a ninth consecutive year with a revenue of €518.9m. Bayern Munich leapfrog Manchester United to secure third place. Paris Saint-Germain are up to fifth place with revenue of almost €400m.   Liverpool are pleased to be back in the top ten.

Spurs plan biggest London club stadium

Spurs have drawn up plans to build the biggest club stadium in London, but the whole project depends on the outcome of an ongoing legal dispute.

The club is thinking of applying for planning permission for a 61,000 seater stadium which would be bigger than Arsenal's Emirates.   It could also be used for pop concerts and American football.

The club currently has planning permission for a 56,000 seater stadium.   However, a fierce legal battle over land next to the Paxton Road end of White Hart Lane has not been resolved with the next hearing set for next month.

West Ham sponsors go bust

West Ham's sponsors Alpari have gone bust after turmoil in the foreign exchange markets following a change of policy on the Swiss franc.   They sponsored both the shirts and one of the main stands in a deal worth £3m a year.

Will fall in oil price hit top clubs?

Will the fall in oil price lead to tightened budgets at top clubs whose owners derive much of their wealth and income from oil?   Among the clubs that could potentially be affected are Chelsea, Manchester City, Paris Saint Germain and Malaga.

The Southampton model

Southampton have a realistic chance of qualifying for the Champions League, a privilege that was supposed to be reserved for a small élite of top clubs.   They do not have a rich benefactor.   So how have they done it?

A lot of it is down to the right structure so that the departure of key personnel can be coped with.   The emphasis is on long-term planning and a refusal to be knocked off course.

Manchester City parent company investigated

The complex structure of Manchester City's parent company in Abu Dhabi, the City Football Group (CFG), is being investigated by Uefa.   In the context of financial fair play (FFP) rules, Uefa is interested in how losses are divided up between the parent company and its subsidiaries.

Debt up at Blackburn Rovers

Net debt at Blackburn Rovers is up to £79.8m from £54.5m as the club struggles to comply with financial fair play rules.   £56.8m of the debt takes the form of an interest free loan from owners Venky's.

The club lost £42.1m, although all sorts of adjustments appear to have been made to the accounts. Turnover was up from £26.9m to £30.4m with media income up by £4.2m.

Stellar future for United

The impressive Swiss Ramble blog takes an in depth look at the finances of Manchester United.   The conclusion reached is that provided United can qualify for the Champions League next season (which they look doing) next year should be a stellar one for them financially as the Chevrolet and adidas deals kick in.