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Chelsea Faces Investigation Over Potential Breach Of FIFA Regulations

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 09 / 21 / 17

Chelsea is "under investigation for the third time in eight years over a potential breach" of FIFA regulations on youth players, according to Ben Rumsby of the London TELEGRAPH. The governing body confirmed on Tuesday that it "launched an inqu...

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Takeover Of Palermo Falls Through

A takeover bid for Serie B club Palermo was rejected by its owner, Maurizio Zamparini, on Saturday, more than four months after " it was announced that terms had been agreed for the deal," according to Brian Homewood of REUTERS. Zamparini said in a statement that the terms offered by U.S.-born ...

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Court Rules In Favor Of Barcelona

A Barcelona court on Monday confirmed a ruling that dismissed a claim filed by construction firm MCM against Barcelona, according to Juan Jiménez of AS. MCM's claim "was that Barcelona breached a contract for a project involving the facade of La Masia." MCM, which filed the suit in '13 ...

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Abu Dhabi Harlequins Sponsors Dry Up

Emirates Rugby League side Abu Dhabi Harlequins is "confident" it can "continue to thrive despite losing sponsorship deals" worth an annual Dh 500,000 ($136,130) since the end of last season, according to Paul Radley of THE NATIONAL. The club "enjoyed unprecedented success on the field" in '16-17, b ...

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Blackpool Owner Denies Seeking Payout

League One side Blackpool majority Owner Owen Oyston denied seeking "his own multimillion-pound payout" after the club "struck the jackpot" to reach the Premier League, according to the BBC. Oyston is accused by club President Valeri Belokon of "improperly extracting millions of pounds from the foot ...

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Sunderland Ends Takeover Talks

Simon Grayson is the new manager of League Championship side Sunderland after Owner Ellis Short "ended his attempts to sell the club following the collapse of takeover talks with a German consortium," according to Luke Edwards of the London TELEGRA ...

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Franchise Notes

French police raided Paris St. Germain’s academy on Thursday, “acting on a commission by the body responsible for collecting taxes” ( URSSAF ). The police “carried out identity checks.” The raid is “linked to ...

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West Brom To Build Six 'Soccer Towns'

EPL side West Bromwich Albion's owners are set to construct up to six "soccer towns" across China as the club looks to grow its presence in Asia, according to Harry Slavin of the London DAILY MAIL. West Brom Owner Guochuan Lai and landscaping compa ...

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Force India Moves To Change Name

Formula 1 team Force India co-Owner Vijay Mallya "has taken steps that could see India disappear" from the name of his team, according to Alan Baldwin of REUTERS. Listings at Companies House showed six businesses were registered to a London address on May 31 and June 6 using the Force One ...

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Man City Teams With Battlefy

Man City "teamed up" with esports platform Battlefy for the launch of a new digital tournament, according to Richard Bell of BDAILY. The inaugural Man City FIFA 17 Cup will be the first football esports tournament hosted by a European club in the U ...

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Celtic Supporters Call For Ticket Rethink

Two Scottish Premiership side Celtic fan groups "urged the club to reverse" its decision to decline tickets from Northern Ireland Football League Premiership side Linfield -- and asked the Belfast club to "consider selling directly to visiting fans," according to the PA. Celtic last week revealed ...

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