Posts Tagged "UEFA"

FIFA in Checkmate (thanks to mate’s cheques)

Posted on June 2nd, 2014 in Sport (2 comments)

I wrote some months back that the forthcoming World Cup in Brazil will be the last in its current form. The revelations in the Sunday Times this weekend do nothing to change it. Essentially, FIFA are already in checkmate. The leak can really only have come from within FIFA, underscoring that they really, really want and need to take the World Cup away from Qatar for all the obvious reasons. But they’re stymied. There’s some contractual issues which mean Qatar can sue back. There’s the political fallout from the Gulf states...

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On David Lampitt

Posted on June 2nd, 2012 in Football (19 comments)

David Lampitt’s appointment as the new Chief Executive of Supporters Direct has attracted some adverse comment, well summarised in a piece over at When Saturday Comes. David has responded to the criticism in a piece on Supporters Direct’s site. I just want to add my own thoughts, for what they’re worth, on two aspects of the criticism, and one really important reason why people who support the goals of the supporters trust movement should welcome his appointment.   People need to consider the position of CEO in a...

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Man City’s Losses and Financial Fair Play

Posted on January 13th, 2012 in Football, Published Writing

My latest piece in football’s business-to-business magazine, FC Business looks at manchester City’s record losses, UEFA’s Financial Fair Play initiative and why the system they’ve brought in must be the start of a process, not the end of it. What wasn’t said about Manchester City running up English football’s largest ever annual loss was perhaps as instructive as a window into the modern game than what was. It wasn’t said that the £197m would cover the equivalent...

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The Case for Salary Caps

Posted on August 20th, 2006 in Football, Published Writing

Written for Supporters Direct’s quarterly magazine in 2006, making the case for cost-control in football to bring an end to seemingly continual inflationary pressures; the policy ideas behind this were part of a wider debate which influenced UEFA’s Financial Fair Play initiative. In a recent article in the magazine, I mentioned the idea of wage constraints on clubs. It’s an issue that’s increased in profile recently, a sure sign that the debate is shifting. The issue is particularly...

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Independent European Sports Review

Posted on July 12th, 2005 in Football, Published Writing

Written for Supporters Direct’s quarterly magazine in 2006, on the publication of the Independent European Sports’ Review, a report examining the issues affecting European football (sport was added to the title at the last moment as it recognised that most of the recommendations affecting football would need to be applied sport-wide). The reaction of the majority of the British press to the Independent European Football Review published in late May might not have surprised anyone for its...

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