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I hope this comes back and bites Perez in the ass.

Manchester City had their big spending in the transfer market curbed by Uefa.

The financial fair play rules that led to Manchester City being handed a huge fine by Uefa last season are set to be relaxed.

Uefa is expected to announce next month that the FFP rules will be eased to allow more owner investment, a move that will aim to nullify more than 10 legal challenges that the European governing body is now facing.

Some clubs including City have argued that the FFP rules favour the rich established clubs because they effectively prevent wealthy owners taking over a club and pumping in huge sums of money over a short period.

That scenario happened with City and Paris Saint-Germain and both were handed £49m fines and transfer restrictions last season and the European Clubs’ Association has been putting pressure on Uefa for a change.

The Uefa president Michel Platini has revealed that some of the rules will be “eased” and the lawyer leading one of the legal challenges against the FFP system has responded by welcoming the move.

Platini told the French radio station RTL: “The world is two-faced but we will say this openly: I think we’ll ease things, but it will be the executive committee who will decide if it is to be eased or something like that, and the outcome will be known by the end of June.

“I think the regulations have been very good and it is the clubs who voted for FFP.

“But the French press say it is not right that [Chelsea owner Roman] Abramovich can buy many players and in France they cannot buy them. But if the Qataris had bought AC Milan the French would also say we should make financial fair play even tougher. As it is, the Italians wanted it eased.”

One source close to the negotiations said: “Many clubs want change – the current system means those who have more will always have more, and those who have less will always have less.”

Jean-Louis Dupont, the lawyer leading the legal action against Uefa, said in a statement: “We welcome the announcement of a change in the rules in line with the demands expressed by our clients in their various legal actions.

“When the exact content and scope of these changes are known, we will consider with our clients how this development, which on first sight appears favourable, is likely to meet their legitimate expectations and influence the conduct of ongoing actions.”
Parents racially abuse black AC Milan kids during Under-10 match against PSG

Black players from the Rossoneri's Under-10 youth side were allegedly booed and heckled by parents on the sidelines during their Universal Cup match with PSG

Black players from AC Milan's Under-10 team were allegedly subjected to racist abuse from parents during their Universal Cup clash against Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday.

The Universal Cup is an annual youth tournament featuring 48 teams from around the world - including Chelsea, Juventus, Inter, Ajax and Benfica - and is currently taking place in Forte dei Marmi in Tuscany.

On Sunday, AC Milan's Under-10s played against their PSG equivalents for a place in the semi-finals but their black players were booed and heckled throughout the match by parents on the sidelines.

It is not known which team the racist parents were following.

The Rossoneri completed the game, which they won 4-0, but expressed their anger to organisers after the match. They also consoled their black players who had been abused.

AC Milan published a statement on their official website, saying: "It has been brought to our attention that, during yesterday’s match between Milan-PSG, there were alleged incidents of racism towards Milan’s black players from certain 'people' in the stands.

"We do not wish to magnify the issue, but truly hope that these reports aren’t true or that it was simply a sporadic incident. If they were to be confirmed, then it would be simply unacceptable."

Football agent Mino Raiola condemned the abuse on his official twitter account, labelling the hecklers as "weak, ignorant racists."

In shock about today's Milan/PSG in Universal Cup parents booing colour 10 year olds. Heads up boys we'r stronger then weak ignorant racists

— Mino Raiola (@MinoRaiola) April 5, 2015

The tournament's organisers, who have not responded to Goal's request for comment, posted an anti-racism video featuring Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi on their Facebook page on Monday morning.

It is not yet clear if action has been taken against the alleged racists and whether the police have been informed about the incident.


I hope no one is taking the title as a swipe against Chelsea because I don't mean it that way... it's more like it's ironic (? that even the right word in this context) that a maybe-PSG fan got racially abused earlier this year, and then more-likely-than-not PSG fans go and racially abuse kids.


what a year it's been. #saynotoracism indeed, UEFA >___> ugh

Cesc Fabregas allegedly took on a double-decker bus and ‘punched’ it in the windscreen after he was reportedly captured on camera in a road rage incident.

Bus driver Martin Hughes claims that the Chelsea player cut in front of the 93 bus to Putney Bridge in his £150,000 Aston Martin Vanquish on Wednesday afternoon.

Hughes told the Sun on Sunday that the maneuverer forced him to mount the kerb. He alleges he tapped the footballer’s windscreen to complain about his driving, only to be sworn at.

Apparently revealing to the footballer that the incident was filmed on his on-board camera, Hughes claims he told Fabregas: “I know you and I've got it all on camera - and by the way you are a s*** footballer.”

Hughes alleges Fabregas then sped off, stopped his car, got out, walked up to his bus and punched it in the windscreen.

Hughes added, however, that the bus was not damaged.

A spokesperson for Fabregas is yet to respond to request for comment.

The Spanish player was forced to withdraw from the match against Manchester City on Saturday with a hamstring injury.


Payments to agents acting on international transfers for clubs rose to £155m ($236m) in 2014 according to Fifa figures, with a booming English transfer market accounting for by far the largest slice.

The study of the market in 2014 showed that despite the introduction of Uefa’s financial fair play rules, the booming broadcast market and growing commercial opportunities enabled English clubs to carry on spending.

One in four dollars spent globally on international transfers was allocated to English clubs and more than one in three dollars paid to agents originated from England.

Payments to agents acting on behalf of clubs have risen on average 27% year on year since 2011, when the total stood at $131m.

Of an overall transfer market that broke the $4bn barrier for the first time, English clubs spent a record $1.17bn. The huge disparity in spending between the big European leagues and the rest is reflected in the fact the money spent by English clubs on overseas transfers was more than a quarter of the total.

The second biggest spender, Spain, bought players for a total of $700m and the third, Germany, for $327m. The amount spent in France fell from $421m to $221m as the realities of FFP hit Paris Saint-Germain and other clubs such as Monaco put the brakes on their spending.

The figures, compiled by Fifa’s transfer matching system, the electronic marketplace that underpins all international transfers, show that more than a fifth of all transfers across borders in 2014 involved at least one intermediary.

That represents a reversal of the trend between 2011 and 2013, when the number of transfers involving agents dropped year on year.

Of the total spent on paying intermediaries, English clubs shelled out $87m, a $12m increase on 2013 and more than a third (37%) of the overall total.

The TMS system, put in place seven years ago to monitor and register international transfers, requires the declaration of payments to intermediaries acting on behalf of clubs, but not to players’ agents.

Mark Goddard, the general manager of Fifa TMS, said it was impossible to say what effect the recent decision to ban third-party ownership would have on the market.

“We’ll see what impact the new regulations have but we’ll still continue to record the so-called intermediary commissions and what the effect is,” he said. “There’s a lot of speculation.”

The 2014 report also identified a so-called “World Cup effect” where the value of transfers involving players of countries who overachieved increased. Transfers featuring Costa Rica players, for example, reached $10m in 2014 compared with $1m the year before.

Of those teams that reached the quarter-finals or beyond, there was an 18% increase in the volume of players of those nationalities signed by overseas clubs compared to the previous year. Taken together, the value of players from those nations who reached the quarter finals rose by 27% after the tournament when compared to 2013.


The Santiago Bernabéu stadium will be renamed the Abu Dhabi Bernabéu, according to the Spanish sports newspaper AS.

The report has not been confirmed by Real Madrid and indeed the club has not yet explicitly announced that the stadium will change its name at all, but the president Florentino Pérez was caught on camera admitting to a member of the regional government that the stadium will be called whatever the Abu Dhabi investment group IPIC want it to be called.

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Liverpool's Brendan Rodgers, left, and Chelsea's José Mourinho, right, both had issues from a fiery Capital One Cup semi-final.

Brendan Rodgers accused Diego Costa of deliberately stamping on Emre Can and Martin Skrtel during a fiery Capital One Cup semi-final second leg that his Liverpool team lost narrowly to Branislav Ivanovic’s extra-time goal for Chelsea.

The Liverpool manager did nothing to conceal his unhappiness at Costa, who could face disciplinary proceedings from the Football Association because the referee, Michael Oliver, took no action on either occasion. A ban would potentially rule the striker out of Saturday’s Premier League match at home to Manchester City.

Skrtel could also be in trouble with the FA after a photograph emerged of him making an apparently offensive gesture.

The Chelsea manager, José Mourinho, offered a passionate defence of Costa, insisting that each of the flashpoints had been entirely accidental. He warmed to a familiar theme when he accused Sky TV of waging a campaign against his club.

Mourinho was furious that the pundit Jamie Redknapp had criticised Costa for being “bang out of order” and having “put his studs in for a certain red card”, as Sky played footage of the striker’s evening with the tag line “Diego Costa crimes”.

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26 January 2015 @ 07:20 pm
Chelsea were always the team I wanted to beat the most, admits Cesc Fabregas as he reminisces on a Jose Mourinho rivalry and compares his boss to Pep Guardiola.

Okay so, I had to include a picture of Cesc since the article is about him. But I put a picture of him with Dave so that we can admire Dave's cuteness instead.

Cesc Fabregas has admitted he never would have dreamed of playing for Jose Mourinho three years ago when the two were arch-enemies in Spain.

The Chelsea midfielder now says he’s happier than ever playing for the former Real Madrid manager, compares him to Pep Guardiola, and says he is desperate to win the European Cup with him.

Asked in an interview in El Pais in Spain if he could ever have imagined working for Mourinho he says: ‘Three years ago no. It just shows you how you can never tell in life, and even more so in football. We had a very intense rivalry with Mourinho. It never reached the level of hatred, not even close, but there were disagreements with him and [John] Terry too. Chelsea were always the team that I most wanted to beat.’

Asked how Terry received Fabregas into the dressing room when he joined last summer the Spain international said: ‘He told me that anything I needed I could count on him.

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Hmmm, personally I don't think Pep and Mou would be too happy at being compared to each other.
Sepp Blatter or no Sepp Blatter: that's the question that keeps the football world in its grip now that a new president has to be chosen. But more important still is the question: how do you make an organisation that is so endemically corrupt healthy again?

It took me close to an hour to translate all of this due to its length, but I urge everyone to click the link and take the time to read. It really is incredibly interesting. LOTS of receipts under the cut, as well! I wanted this to be as complete and informative as possibleCollapse )

SOURCE. (De Correspondent is a Dutch-language, online journalism platform that focuses on background, analysis, investigative reporting, and the kinds of stories that tend to escape the radar of mainstream media because they do not conform to what is normally understood to be 'news'.)

I took the liberty to translate this because Champagne came to the Netherlands today, and I thought it was such an interesting read. There are a few other relevant pieces on football on this site, from Financial Fair Play & how it would make the competition even more unfair to why European football almost always has the same winners. Would anyone be interested in reading about that? If so, let me know! I'll see what I can do. :-)