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Football Governance


What lies behind the Brazil protests

Brazil is a country whose economic growth has not been matched by the development of infrastructure or governance capacity with problems of corruption still rife.   It is also one of the most unequal countries in the world.

This blog post is an excellent in depth look at the sports economics behind the recent protest, drawing extensively on the insights of football economics guru Stefan Szymanski.

In depth critique of the Premier League

David Conn's line on the Premier League is well known: it's a bad thing and the Bundesliga is a good thing.  However, he always argue his case powerfully and this latest piece offers an in depth historical treatment in which he develops his arguments.   It should be of particular interest to Manchester City fans.

Guernsey pay the price

Guernsey are going to have to pay a high price for playing in the FA Cup and the FA Trophy. The Football Association has ruled that the club must cover the cost of flights, accommodation transport for all three match officials and 25 members of the opponent's team.

What is more, any postponed home tie must be rescheduled on the UK mainland with Guernsey covering the cost of hiring a neutral ground no more than 30 miles from Gatwick. The same provision will apply if an away tie is drawn, depriving the Green Lions of a home replay.

Scots opt for pyramid

The Scottish FA has agreed to a new pyramid system that allows for promotion and relegation to and from the Third Division. There will be play offs between the bottom club in the Scottish Premier Football League and the champions from each of the Highland League and the new Lowland League.

Among the teams in the Lowland League are phoenix club Gretna 2008, Edinburgh City, University of Stirling and the superbly named Gala Fairydean Rovers. However, the also aptly named Civil Service Strollers are not included.

Between a Rock and a hard place

Gibraltar has been granted full membership of Uefa and will take part in qualifying for the 2016 European championships. However, it will be kept apart from Spain which had opposed the Rock's membership.

Gibraltar first applied in 1999 and the rules were subsequently changed so that only sovereign states could become members. However, the Court for Arbitration in Sports subsequently ruled that the rules could not be changed retrospectively. The Gibraltar Football Association subsequently hired a public relations firm to make its case for membership.

Is football a public good?

Is football a 'public good'?  That is the rather surprising claim made by the chief executive of the Bundesliga in an interview with The Guardian's David Conn.  

Scottish clubs seek to force change

Second tier Scottish clubs are seeking to force open the impasse over the future structure of the Scottish leagues. Ten clubs are poised to resign from the Scottish Football League after becoming disillusioned with how league reconstruction talks have progressed.

After a meeting at Hamilton's ground on Thursday evening, several First Division sides are said to be ready to carry out the move in a bid to force a restructure of Scottish football.

United trio head up English football

With the appointment of Anthony Fry as the new chairman of the Barclays Premier League, English football is now headed by a trio of Manchester United supporters.   Fry is described as a 'keen spectator' at Old Trafford, whatever that  means (perhaps that is how fans were described at his alma mater of Magdalen College, Oxford).

Venky's open dialogue with Blackburn Rovers Supporters' Trust

In a surprising but welcome development, it appears that Venky's, the owners of Blackburn Rovers, are willing to engage in dialogue with the Supporters' Trust which is something they have been seeking for some time.  A personal letter was sent to Blackburn supremo Anuradha Desai and she has replied asking for more information about the Trust's intentions.

Premier League votes for new financial rules

The Barclays Premier League has voted to implement new financial rules from next season. The vote was only secured after chief executive Richard Scudamore wrote to all clubs and Swansea defected from the 'Gang of Six', allowing the supporters of the move to secure the necessary two-thirds majority.