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Questions abound but resolutions unclear for football’s shutdown | David Conn | Football

After the unprecedented decision on Friday to postpone professional football for three weeks, a senior Premier League club executive spoke for the country, as it contemplated the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, which seemed suddenly to have become overwhelming: “I feel that we were paying attention to this for weeks, …

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Where will the Champions League’s place lie in football’s new order? | David Conn | Football

A Uefa sign seen through a window at its headquarters in Nyon.

All of Europe’s 55 national football associations will gather in Amsterdam on Tuesday for an annual Uefa congress whose schedule promises routine administrative business but where the corridors will be dense with political dealing. European football’s governing body has come a long way in the 65 years since its first …

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Liverpool’s rejuvenation shows clubs should be thankful for FFP | David Conn | Football

John W Henry bought LIverpool partly because of the financial fair play rules.

In the days after Manchester City were found to have seriously breached Uefa’s financial fair play rules by overstating their sponsorships from Abu Dhabi companies, some of the ensuing discussion rapidly diverted from that guilty finding to questioning the merits of FFP itself. Approved by Uefa in the 2009 season …

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Manchester City offer an olive branch now Uefa holds all the power | David Conn | Football

Ferran Soriano’s choice of words this week was interesting

Manchester City’s chief executive, Ferran Soriano, mostly repeated the club’s previous forthright statements when he gave his interview to the club’s TV platform on Wednesday, but the content was different in one particular area. As expected, he denied as “simply not true” the finding that the club seriously breached financial …

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Manchester City show disrespect to Uefa with misinformation and sweeping claims | David Conn | Football

Manchester City’s Nicolas Otamendi tangles with Shakhtar Donetsk’s Tete in this season’s Champions League group stages

Manchester City’s hierarchy surpassed themselves with the aggression and ferocity of their response to the Valentine’s Day blow from Uefa, the two-year ban from the Champions League and €30m fine for deceit in their financial submissions. City have been hostile and adversarial in their public statements, and conduct of their …

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Everton show the way by promoting community rather gambling | David Conn | Football

In a climate of serious concern finally rising about football’s drenching with gambling adverts, Everton showed a glimpse of a better future at their home match with Crystal Palace on Saturday. Rather than promoting to the watching world Everton’s sponsor, the Kenyan betting giant SportPesa, the players wore a name …

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Disputes, unpaid rent and an empty stand: Oldham lurch towards crisis | David Conn | Football

Disputes, unpaid rent and an empty stand: Oldham lurch towards crisis | David Conn | Football

It is not one of football’s easiest or most gladdening tasks to sift for solid facts in the current pile of unhappiness at Oldham Athletic, which is shaping into becoming one of the EFL’s crisis clubs. The owner since January 2018, the Dubai-based former players’ agent Abdallah Lemsagam, suffered a …

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