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Labour Party Floats Levy On EPL TV Rights To Support Grassroots Football

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 07 / 24 / 14

Britain's Labour Party has accused Premier League clubs of "not contributing enough to grassroots football and suggested that they may be compelled to pay a levy on revenue from television rights," according to Pickard & Blitz of the FINANCIAL TIMES. Shadow Culture Secretary Harriet Harman "is a...

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The new governing and exec body of Bulgarian club CSKA Sofia "has kept its promise and revealed the monthly salaries of the team's players and coaching staff." CSKA "is the first club in Bulgaria to disclose the salaries." The highest salary is for head coach Stoycho Mladenov, who will receive &eur ...

Tags: International Football

Top Clubs Could Spend $1.5B On Transfers

When UEFA came up with its Financial Fair Play rule, it "was expected that huge transfers would be rare and spending reduced," so there is no surprise Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger has described Gareth Bale's impending £100M ($153M) move as "a joke," according to Thom Drake of the London DAILY ...

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Scottish Greens Wants First Refusal For Fans

Football supporters "could be first in line to buy their clubs if they are put up for sale under a proposal" by the Scottish Greens political party, according to the HERALD SCOTLAND. The party wants "fan groups to be given first refusal on any sales to make clubs more representative of communities a ...

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FIFA's Mayne-Nicholls Warned Against Qatar Heat

Harold Mayne-Nicholls of Chile, the FIFA-appointed expert who "first cautioned about the dangers of taking the 2022 World Cup to Qatar" said that he "made it abundantly clear that playing in the tiny Gulf state would be too hazardous -- but was ignored by the majority of voting members," according t ...

Tags: International Football, Middle East

AEK FC Mirrors Greece's Economic Struggles

The "bad economy is hurting" football clubs around Europe, according to Nektaria Stamouli of the WALL STREET JOURNAL. But for "Greece's storied but troubled AEK FC, the fall has been especially steep." Ousted from the country's Super League in April, the "beloved club slid into bankruptcy -- the res ...

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China Misses Out On EPL Jamboree

The Premier League's top sides went on tours of Asia this month in six countries or territories, but there was "one glaring omission: mainland China," according to the AFP. EPL CEO Richard Scudamore said many businesses see the fast-developing country as "the holy grail," but he didn't "quite see i ...

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Argentine FA Bans Visiting Fans

The Argentine FA has decided that only "local season ticket holders and fans with memberships in their favorite clubs" will be able to attend football games on the first two gamedays of the upcoming season, according to OLE. This "is being added to the measures preventing the attendance of opposing ...

Tags: International Football, South America

KFA: Japan Provoked S. Korean Fans

The Korean FA has defended the country's ManU supporters group "for unfurling a politically-charged banner at Sunday's East Asian Cup game against Japan" and said that Japanese fans had incited trouble by raising the "rising sun" flag, according to Narae Kim of REUTERS. Korean fans "unfurl ...

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Football Notes

La Liga side Rayo Vallecano had its appeal for a UEFA license with the Spanish Court of Arbitration for Sport (TAS) on Tuesday. The club will not, however, receive a decision because the CAS said that "the case is considered outside their jurisdiction." Rayo Vallecano has been appealing the Spanish ...

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Kick It Out: Clubs Need Diversity

Anti-discrimination body Kick It Out Dir Roisin Wood said that football "clubs should consider employing a minority candidate when it comes to choosing between two with similar qualifications," according to Saj Chowdhury of the BBC. Wood said that football in Britain would benefit from "diversificat ...

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