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Blackburn, Bolton and Birmingham: Seven charts showing how Championship clubs reached this point

Financial issues and Championship football clubs beginning with ‘B’ appear to go hand-in-hand. Take Bolton Wanderers and Blackburn Rovers – two of English football’s historical giants. Famous old north-west clubs and founding members of the Football League with 10 FA Cups between them. Yet in recent days, one faced a winding up order and the other posted record losses just a few years after both lost their places among the Premier League elite. And then there is Birmingham City, who on Friday were deducted nine points for a breach of…

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Blackpool: Owner Owen Oyston removed from League One club’s board by receiver

Owen Oyston has been associated with Blackpool since buying shares in the Lancashire club in 1987 Blackpool owner Owen Oyston and his daughter Natalie Christopher have been removed from the board of the troubled League One club. Receiver Paul Cooper, of David Rubin & Partners, has appointed ex-Manchester United chief operating officer Michael Bolingbroke as boardroom consultant. Ben Hatton has been appointed executive director/managing director and Ian Currie a non-executive director. Blackpool were put into receivership by the High Court on 13 February. That forced 85-year-old Oyston to pay former…

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Osaka clubs her way into Australian Open second round

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Japan’s Naomi Osaka clubbed her way into the Australian Open second round by beating Poland’s Magda Linette 6-4 6-2 late on Tuesday. Tennis – Australian Open – First Round – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, January 15, 2019. Japan’s Naomi Osaka in action during the match against Poland’s Magda Linette. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson It was Osaka’s first Grand Slam match since her breakthrough U.S. Open triumph last year, which was partly overshadowed by a row between her final opponent Serena Williams and umpire Carlos Ramos. Osaka’s heavy ball striking…

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Marcelo Bielsa ‘spy’ revelation: Leeds United boss ‘reminded of club’s integrity and honesty’

Marcelo Bielsa (left) and Frank Lampard shook hands both before and after Friday’s game at Elland Road Head coach Marcelo Bielsa will be “reminded of the integrity and honesty” of Leeds United after he admitted sending a staff member to ‘spy’ on a Derby County training session. Before Leeds’ 2-0 win over the Rams on Friday, Bielsa said he was responsible after a man was seen outside the Rams’ training ground the previous day. Leeds have also “formally apologised” for Bielsa’s pre-match conduct. The Football Association has said it is…

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Saudi Arabia may need extra time to privatize soccer clubs

DUBAI (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s plan to privatize its soccer clubs could be delayed beyond the targeted 2020, the head of the country’s soccer federation told Reuters, in what would be the latest setback to economic reforms. FILE PHOTO: Saudi women watch the soccer match between Al- Hilal club against Al Ittihad club at the King Fahd stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia January 13, 2018. REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser Sport is one of the pillars of the government’s Vision 2030 goal to raise living standards and diversify the economy beyond oil…

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2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ – News – FIFA shares the benefits of Russia 2018 with 416 clubs around the globe

After staging an unforgettable 2018 FIFA World Cup™ in Russia, FIFA can today confirm the payments that will be made under the Club Benefits Programme, which will see a share of the revenues from the competition allocated to the clubs whose players contributed to the success of the World Cup. In total, USD 209 million will be paid out to 416 clubs from 63 member associations, which represents a significant increase of almost 200 per cent compared to the previous edition. “The FIFA World Cup is the pinnacle of football,…

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EFL TV deal: several Championship clubs unhappy with new Sky Sports contract

The new deal will see Sky broadcast every play-off game live as well as the Carabao Cup and Checkatrade Trophy finals The Football League has agreed a record £595m five-year TV deal with Sky Sports. It represents a 35% increase on the previous contract, which expires at the end of this season. The EFL is certain it represents the best possible deal for its 72 member clubs, not just financially but in “maximising reach and exposure”. But the majority of Championship clubs are not happy. They didn’t want the deal…

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EFL TV deal: Several Championship clubs ‘gravely concerned’ after announcement

The new deal will see Sky broadcast every play-off game live as well as the Carabao Cup and Checkatrade Trophy finals Several Championship clubs are “gravely concerned” by the EFL board’s announcement it has approved a new domestic broadcasting rights deal. Club officials met on Tuesday to discuss the £595m five-year agreement that has been signed with Sky Sports. They say the deal has been done without them being fully consulted. “Nineteen clubs from the league wrote to the EFL asking them not to sign the deal and to engage…

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European Super League is a ‘fiction’, say Uefa boss & clubs chief

European Super League a ‘fiction’ – Uefa president Proposed plans for a breakaway European Super League are “fiction” – according to the two most powerful officials in European football. Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin and Andrea Agnelli, the chairman of the influential European Club Association (ECA) which represents over 200 leading teams, say they are “united” – despite recently leaked documents claiming secret talks had been held over the creation of a new elite league. “The Super League will not happen. It is in a way a fiction now or a…

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Richard Scudamore: Premier League clubs asked for £250,000 towards £5m bonus

Richard Scudamore was appointed in November 1999 and has overseen a period of sustained growth All 20 Premier League clubs have been asked for a £250,000 contribution so that the league’s outgoing executive chairman Richard Scudamore can be given a £5m farewell gift. The clubs were asked for the money before a meeting on Tuesday. It is expected they will agree to Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck’s request. Scudamore, 59, who is reportedly paid £2.5m per season, is stepping down next month after 19 years at the organisation. The league’s UK…

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