Chief Sports Reporter, Press Association, views entirely my own, gags probably stolen.

Champions League prize money increases but UEFA hand Europa League big cash boost too — Europa League prize money to increase by 65 per cent Disparity with Champions League rewards to be slashed But Champions League prize money increases too Champions League final winner will net £10.9m next season Club could also earn £39.6m in total prize money, plus TV cash UEFA has moved to increase the financial rewards from playing in the Europa League by announcing prize money for the tournament will increase by 65 per cent.

FA express disappointment at scrapping plans to enter Rio 2016 Olympic teams following home nations opposition — FA wanted to enter a men's and women's team to the Rio 2016 Olympics The FA sent a letter to the home nations informing them of their intentions Plan was met with opposition by Welsh, Scottish and Northern Irish FA's FIFA made it clear all four nations had to be in agreement to enter teams The Football Association has expressed disappointment after being forced to scrap plans to enter British men's and women's teams for the Rio 2016 Olympics after opposition from the other home nations.

Newcastle announce record profits of £18.7m as owner Mike Ashley continues to tighten the purse strings at St James' Park — Newcastle have benefitted from the increase in television income Half of the north east outfit's income came through television rights deals Newcastle signed lucrative deals with sponsors Wonga and Puma Newcastle have announced record profits of £18.7million last season due to increases in television income and new deals with sponsors.

Italy to push anti-racism campaign during friendly match against England — Italy are hoping to change attitudes regarding race during England friendly The Italian campaign is being headed by former British athlete Fiona May Italy have an uncomfortable history of race relations in the game Italian football's new anti-racism campaign will use the friendly against England in Turin on Tuesday as the focus of its efforts to change attitudes in a country that has an uncomfortable history of race relations in the game.

Premier League pledges to share at least £1billion of TV money with lower league clubs as Richard Scudamore moves up the ladder — The sum - 20 per cent of their income from the astonishing £5.1billion domestics rights package announced last month - will go to grassroots football, solidarity payments to lower league clubs, participation and education and disadvantaged groups. The 20 top-flight clubs have also agreed they will all pay all full-time staff the 'living wage' as the bottom line rather than the minimum wage.

Premier League clubs make pre-tax profit for the first time in 15 years thanks to FFP and TV rights boom — Figures released by analysts Deloitte show that the 20 clubs' annual figures combined show a for the first time since 1998-99 - to the tune of £190m in 2013-14. Premier League revenues have risen 29 per cent from £2.5billion to £3.3billion due to the increase in the value of the TV deals, but wages have grown by just six per cent in the same period - £1.8billion to £1.9billion overall.

World Cup 2026: England bid can't be ruled out, reveals Greg Dyke — FIFA announced last week that the decision on the 2026 tournament will be made in 2017 - when Sepp Blatter is still likely to be FIFA president. The FA has decided not to bid for FIFA tournaments while Blatter is still in power following England's failed bid for 2018, but is eyeing a bid for the European Championship in 2028.

Michel Platini backs Greg Dyke's plans for more home-grown players in club squads — FA chairman proposed raising the minimum number of home-grown players from eight to 12 at Premier League clubs Greg Dyke's plans also include 'home-grown' players having to train in England for three years before the age of 18 rather than 21 UEFA president Michel Platini is in favour of the rule changes Michel Platini has backed Football Association chairman Greg Dyke's plan to increase the minimum number of home-grown players in club squads from eight to 12.

Manchester United director David Gill vows to 'play a role' at FIFA after succeeding Jim Boyce as Britain's vice-president — David Gill will replace Jim Boyce as FIFA vice-president in May The Manchester United director has said he wants to make a difference Gill: 'I'm not being elected just to get another blazer with four letters on it' Manchester United director David Gill has been elected as Britain's FIFA vice-president and insisted he would be a bullish presence on the world governing body.

'We love FIFA!' roars Michel Platini after UEFA president is re-elected unopposed — Michel Platini has been re-elected as UEFA president The Frenchman has been handed a third four-year term But he used his speech to say people are turning the world against UEFA Michel Platini insisted that UEFA 'loves FIFA' after he was re-elected unopposed as UEFA president for a third four-year term.
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Mar 31, 2015

Overall, CL winner could earn 54.5m euro prize money plus TV cash from share of market pool.

Mar 31, 2015

UEFA announce big prize money increases in CL and Europa League. CL winners to get 15m euro (up from 10.5) and EL clubs overall 65% rise

Mar 31, 2015

PL in the red, 2013/14: Aston Villa £3.9m loss, Sunderland £16.9m loss, Man City £23m loss. QPR £9.8m loss plus £60m loans written off.

Mar 31, 2015

Premier League in the black, 2013/14 profits: Soton £33m, Everton £28m, Man U £23.9m, Newcastle £18.7m, Chelsea £18.4m, Arsenal £4.7m.

Mar 31, 2015

RT @_PaulHayward: Greg Baum lacerates Australia's World Cup winning team for goading New Zealand's batsmen in the final…

Mar 30, 2015

RT @GaryCameron40: Classic from John Hartson - "Wales running amok here, running an absolute mok"

Mar 30, 2015

@SteveGrant1983 no just England be interesting to see how many Scots etc

Mar 30, 2015

Pretty shocking that nearly half of all Championship players ineligible to play for England...

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