The English Football League has issued the following statement: ‘The ongoing issue of the conduct of club owners, directors and executives is one that has been repeatedly raised by the media, government and other key stakeholders, and has on many occasions led to public perception issues for the League, its clubs and competitions. It was therefore agreed at the Summer Conference that there was a requirement to conduct a review.
Sports minister Tracey Crouch has called the situation surrounding the terminaton of Mark Sampson’s contract as women’s head coach by the FA a ‘mess’. Crouch is a qualified football coach, manages a girls’ football team and is a keen Spurs supporter. She was the first Conservative minister to take maternity leave.
Reading FC’s chief executive Ron Gourlay is confident that the club’s majority Chinese owners will be approved by the Premier League as fit and proper persons should the Royals be promoted.
Football has always been resistant to new technology. The first, admittedly crude, experiments with flood lighting were carried out in the 19th century. When more reliable methods became available, it was first seen as something of a novelty before being widely adopted with ever improving technology (although still vulnerable to a supply interruption at non-league level).
One of the rituals of transfer window day when Harry Redknapp was at Premier League clubs was him rolling down the car window as he left the training ground and giving it large on what he thought was happening.
Now supremo at Birmingham City, Redknapp was ready with his views for Radio 5 on the decision by the Premier League to close the transfer window before the start of next season. Redknapp was all in favour, reckoning that it would stop players feigning injury while they waited for a move. Who could he mean?
Spanish league president Javier Tebas is keeping up the heat on Manchester City. He has threatened to complain to the European Commission if Uefa do not take action against Manchester City as well as Paris Saint-Germain for an alleged breach of state aid rules. If that complaint does not succeed, they will resort to the courts.
However, he has also opened a new front over five players loaned to Girona, which is part-owned by City. For their part, City have described some of Tebas’s comments as ‘pure fiction’ and they are taking legal advice.
Uefa has launched a formal investigation into whether Paris Saint-Germain has breached financial fair play rules following ‘recent transfer activity’. There has been concern that the effectively state-owned super club has taken financial competition in European football on to a new level.
There are indications that Uefra president Aleksander Ceferin is inclined to take a harder line on such matters than his predecessor Michel Platini.
Uefa is becoming increasingly concerned about competitive imbalance in European football with the emergence of super clubs, state surrogates in the case of Paris Saint-Germain. They think that a situation in which only a small number of clubs could win the Champions League could reduce the appeal of the game and hence broadcast income.
Bolton Wanderers should escape a points deduction after Sports Shield, the company that owned 37.5 per cent of the club, entered voluntary liquidation.
The EFL have announced that they will ‘review’ the situation with an announcement expected in September. However, it would be a great shock if they took any action against Bolton. If a club appoints receivers, a ten point deduction is automatic. If the parent company (in this case not even a majority one) appoints receivers, it becomes a matter for discretion.
Watford have received a record fine of over £4m from the Football League for forgery. The actual fine was £3.95m, but they also had to pay £350,000 in costs. The fine would have been £5.75m if the club had not pleaded guilty and cooperated fully with the investigation.