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    Why Manchester Dhabi are ruining football

    The author makes a good point. These scum that are pouring their stolen money into their toys to buy trophies are going to ruin the game. They should be kicked out of all competitions so they can play each other for their silly European Super League Cup/Plate/Bowl/Shield/Trophy.

    Manchester City decision leaves Financial Fair Play dead in the water


    The news that Manchester City have escaped punishment for the most serious charge against them comes at a huge cost to UEFA. They cannot be taken seriously and Financial Fair Play is in tatters, writes Michael da Silva.

    This should prove to be a watershed moment for the runaway train that is European football's finances. It should be the moment that an alternative to UEFA is founded and a hard salary cap introduced, bringing it closer to the model of most professional US sports. In reality though, it's just another win for those with the deepest pockets in a game that has been permanently disfigured by greed and corruption.


    The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) claimed they couldn't investigate City's alleged impropriety as it dates back more than five years. UEFA were only prompted to investigate after German newspaper Der Spiegel published leaked emails and documents in November 2018, but it was already up to five years after the alleged infringements between 2012 and 2016. What took UEFA so long to investigate a breach of their own rules and why did it only happen after a media investigation?


    CAS have promised a full report of their judgment "in a few days" which could shed more light on a landmark decision that will only embolden the owners of Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea and the prospective Saudi owners of Newcastle United, among others. Emboldened to behave as they please at the expense of the greater good of the game, this decision is a dark day for football.


    The claim against City was that they embellished sponsorship receipts from Abu Dhabi-based companies to disguise what was actually equity funding - a clear contravention of Article 56 of UEFA's Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations. Of course, in theory, this is a big 'no no' in UEFA's handbook. But that handbook has proved to be more of a pamphlet, as UEFA's rules have been found to be achingly inadequate.


    City were banned from the Champions League for two seasons and fined 30 million by UEFA, but there was always a feeling that City would get away with it. With Pep Guardiola yet to sign an extension to his contract which ends in 2021 and top players like Kevin de Bruyne open that they might be forced to leave if City weren't in the Champions League, the stakes couldn't have been higher for the Manchester City project.


    When FFP was introduced back in 2011, it promised to herald a new era that would protect clubs from debt and force them to live within their means, preventing reckless investment from dubious external backers - Russian oligarchs, American venture-capitalists and oil-rich states with questionable track records on corruption and human rights.


    Instead, it's proved to be a protectionist racket that has created an environment that has encouraged just that. UEFA has overreached and is now unable to implement its own rules.


    It's a hugely embarrassing episode, and one that seems likely to result in further or even complete deregulation of the sport, which would in turn clear the path for a European Super League.


    UEFA has lost appeals against AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain before, but the City case has pushed them further than ever. While it's impossible to make a judgement on the full extent of the decision until CAS publishes its full ruling in the coming days, it's clear that this is a big win for individuals and states who want to instrumentalize football to launder their geopolitical reputations.


    Yet more clubs will be stripped of their souls and used as pawns in bigger political games in the truest sign yet that FFP is a completely inadequate system implemented by a failed organization.


    Football deserves better and its fans do too but UEFA has lost control.
    Opinion: Manchester City decision leaves Financial Fair Play dead in the water | Sports| German football and major international sports news | DW | 13.07.2020

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    Good. Now just get those business titles signed over to the Sauds and let's get some investment in to Newcastle Arabia....

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    Quote Originally Posted by English Noodles View Post
    Good. Now just get those business titles signed over to the Sauds and let's get some investment in to Newcastle Arabia....
    They should start by demolishing that eyesore of a stadium.

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    Treble this season and quad again next season.


    Artical was probably written by a gooner

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    They are not Football Clubs.

    They are football businesses. No local players; maybe a handfull of english players with a scot or irishman thrown in for keeping the bench warm...

    Leaves me cold to watch a chinese penis enlarger meet an arab ditto.

    Go Wimbledon

    Rant over

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    Quote Originally Posted by helge View Post
    Leaves me cold to watch a chinese penis enlarger meet an arab ditto.


    helge is back!

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    Why just pick on the Abdabs? The game is awash with filthy lucre from Russian oligarchs and the odd Thai corruptomogul too. You even had some American Jewish sporting tycoon sniffing around a Premier League franchise, dunno if they bought. About the only ones that can't afford an EPL franchise these days are the Poms.

    Strange though that horse racing doesn't get under the microscope much- it's pretty much owned by Abdabs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    horse racing
    One suspects Lizze's legal adviser has suggested "Some would not be amused".

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    Why just pick on the Abdabs? The game is awash with filthy lucre from Russian oligarchs and the odd Thai corruptomogul too. You even had some American Jewish sporting tycoon sniffing around a Premier League franchise, dunno if they bought. About the only ones that can't afford an EPL franchise these days are the Poms.

    Strange though that horse racing doesn't get under the microscope much- it's pretty much owned by Abdabs.
    Since FFP has been applied, none of the oligarchs or anyone else has been ringing their brother to pour disproportionate amounts of money into their club under the guise of "sponsorship".

    How the fuck you think this has anything to do with horse racing is anyone's guess.

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