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HMRC Raids Football Clubs, Arrests Several For Suspected Tax Fraud

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 04 / 27 / 17

League Championship side Newcastle United Managing Dir Lee Charnley has been arrested and EPL club West Ham United's "offices raided as 180 officers from Great Britain's tax authorities swooped on targets" in the U.K. and France, according to Ziegler, Caulkin & Jacob of the LONDON TIMES. Several...

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UEFA To Consider Squad Limits

UEFA "will consider introducing squad limits and changes to the transfer system to prevent European teams hoarding players and stem the growing gap between rich and poor clubs," UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin said on Wednesday, according to Brian Homewood of REUTERS. The Slovenian lawyer said tha ...

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03/23/17
Football Notes

Amid "rising tensions between China and South Korea ," there will be " unprecedented " security for Thursday night’s World Cup qualifier between the two countries in Changsha, China. Reports in Chinese media said that security preparations for the match "were unlike anything experienced ...

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03/22/17
Aussie Clubs Push For Second Division

Australia's second-tier football clubs will "continue their push for a national second division, but are prepared to work with Football Federation Australia on its creation," according to Michael Lynch of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. The newly-formed Association of Australian Football Clubs " met ...

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03/22/17
ICC Releases U.S. Schedule

ManU will face Man City, Real Madrid and Barcelona in the U.S. this summer as part of the Int'l Champions Cup, according to ESPN.com. Paris St. Germain, Juventus, Roma and Tottenham will also take part in the tournament, which will air on ESPN networks in the U.S. The ICC previously unveiled a ...

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03/22/17
Football Notes

UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin said that " only a few European countries would be able to host a 48-team World Cup ." In January, FIFA decided to "expand the tournament from 32 to 48 teams" for the '26 tournament. Čeferin said, "I think maybe two countries, three countries in E ...

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03/21/17
DFL CEO Wants More Competition

German Football League (DFL) CEO Christian Seifert "urged Bundesliga clubs to increase the level of competition" for "runaway" leader Bayern Munich, according to Mark Lovell of ESPN.com. Bayern "moved a step closer" to its fifth consecutive title o ...

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03/21/17
Turkey Will Soon Be Rid Of Hooligans, Says President

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said that "hooliganism" will "soon be a thing of the past" in Turkish football and politics, suggesting that "violence" and "coups" would no longer get people anywhere, according to the HURRIYET DAILY NEWS. Erdoğan said, "As the quality of politics improved, ou ...

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03/21/17
Man City Close To Deal With Uruguayan Team

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03/21/17
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03/20/17
Mali Reforms Football Body Despite FIFA Ban

Mali "will reform its national football authority and not be swayed by its suspension by FIFA," Minister of Sport Housseïni Amion Guindo said, according to Adama Diarra of REUTERS. FIFA blocked Mali from int'l football on Friday after Guindo sacked the exec committee, following "allegations of ...

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