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  • Judge Finds That Coventry City's Hedge Fund Owner Sisu 'Seriously Mismanaged' The Club

    League One side Coventry City's hedge fund owner Sisu, which "moved the proud club to Northampton," has suffered "total defeat in a high court judgment damning their 'mismanagement' and a 'rent-strike' they conducted to imperil the owners of the Ricoh Arena," according to David Conn of the London GUARDIAN. In the action, Sisu "made allegations that Coventry City Council and its officers behaved improperly when the council refinanced a loan to the arena operating company, ACL," in Jan. '13. Justice Hickinbottom found that the council "behaved properly throughout, but was prompted to buy out the loan partly" because, in April 2012, Sisu had "withheld rent due at the Ricoh" in order to financially "distress" ACL and buy a half share of it "at a knockdown price." The judge found that Sisu had by then "seriously mismanaged" the club, having lost around £40M since '08 -- when the hedge fund bought City, "then in the Championship and playing at the Ricoh, as a 'commercial investment'" (GUARDIAN, 7/3).

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  • Franchise Notes: Trio Of La Liga Side Valencia Board Members Turn In Resignations

    Three La Liga side Valencia board members, Eva Turanzo, Isabel Farinós and Juan Mercé, on Thursday "turned in their resignations" to Valencia majority shareholder VCF Foundation, "further straining the conclusion to club's sale process." All three "cited a lack of information about the process in their resignations." The board now consists of 19 members (SUPERDEPORTE, 7/3). ... Barcelona and construction firm MCM have not reached an agreement over MCM's lawsuit seeking damages of up to €100M ($136M) from the club for "breach of contract." Both parties attended a preliminary hearing and "agreed to meet in court in March" (MARCA, 7/3).

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