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What Bernard tells you about Bosman

Since the European Court of Justice delivered its landmark Bosman ruling in 1995 there has been an increase in the number of sports cases brought before the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJ)  and also of the policy and political initiatives of the EU in relation to sport.   This trend culminated in the introduction of an EU sport competence in Article 165 of the Lisbon Treaty.

New owners and star manager at Stockport County

Stockport County were relegated to the Conference at the end of last season after 105 years in the Football League, but now they have new owners and a new manager in the shape of former Premiership and Germany midfielder Dietmar Hamann in his first managerial post.

Argyle deal nears completion

Despite last minute hitches, a deal to take Plymouth Argyle out of administration is nearing completion.   Under the arrangement the property assets and the club itself will be run by separate companies.

Could pubcasting cases benefit Sky?

The so-called 'pubcasting' cases refer to pub landlords showing live football matches by subscribing to services from outside the UK rather than obtaining a license from Sky.   They were discussed by Daniel Geey, a solicitor from Field Fisher Waterhouse at last week's Sport and the European Union conference.

Guernsey gets ready for mainland challenge

Organising competitive football on an island can be a big challenge.   The ultimate example of this is the Isles of Scilly where just two teams play each other week after week whether it is the league or the cup.   Even on Guernsey in the Channel Islands where there is a population of 60,000 there are only seven teams in the league.

The Arsenal stadium mystery

I was talking to a neighbour who has a season ticket at the Emirates the other day and he said that the volume of complaining was on the increase.   My first thought was that if my team was secure in the Premier League and regularly in the Champions League, I would be very happy.  But expectations are understandably higher at the Emirates.  

Hammers to sue over corruption allegations

West Ham United are taking legal action against Tottenham Hotspur and the Sunday Times over allegations surrounding the validity of the Olympic Stadium bidding process. 

Carson Yeung's assurances leave Blues fans worried

Carson Yeung has assured Birmingham City fans that he will continue to bankroll the club despite his arrest in Hong Kong.  He also says that he wants to continue attending games, although whether his bail conditons will allow that remains to be seen.

Carson Yeung arrested

Carson Yeung, Birmingham City's president and largest single shareholder, has been arrested in Hong Kong on money laundering charges.   He will appear in court later today.   A statement issued by Birmingham City has emphasised that the charges have nothing to do with the club's holding company.   Nevertheless, they clearly have implications for the orderly running of the club if the matter is not cleared up soon.

Evo-Stik moves south

After two years as the Zamaretto League, the Southern League has recruited Evo-Stik as its new sponsors.  They already sponsor the Northern Premier League where their deal is reportedly worth £150,000 a year.  The Southern League will receive an estimated £100,000, a great improvement on the £35,000 a year provided by Zamaretto.