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

Manchester City tell UEFA that wealthy owners should be allowed to invest heavily without breaking Financial Fair Play rules — Premier League champions have met with UEFA president Michel Platini to discuss FFP rules, insisting sustainable investment shouldn't be punished Man City and PSG were each fined £49million for breaching rules last term Debts of clubs including Man United and Real Madrid were also discussed Manchester City have told UEFA chiefs that wealthy benefactors should not be penalised under financial fair play rules for investing heavily in clubs.

Michael Garcia slams FIFA over culture of secrecy more 'appropriate for an intelligence agency' — Chief ethics investigator Michael Garcia has been reviewing the bidding process over the 2018 and 2002 World Cups Football's governing body rejected calls for his report to be published Garcia has called for greater transparency and likened the culture of secrecy at FIFA to an intelligence agency FIFA's chief ethics investigator Michael Garcia has criticised the culture of secrecy at the world governing body and called for greater transparency.

Champions League clubs will demand UEFA close FFP loophole for teams who failed to qualify for competition the previous year — Clubs who failed to qualify for Europe last season, including Liverpool and Monaco, did not need to submit their accounts to UEFA for scrutiny Champions League sides will demand this is changed next week UEFA holding a meeting in Nyon, Switzerland, where it will be discussed Meeting will decide if large debts should be included in financial fair play European clubs will next week demand UEFA close a loophole that allows some clubs to qualify for the Champions League without submitting accounts to comply with financial fair play (FFP) rules.

FIFA could face compensation issues for European clubs over Qatar 2022 World Cup — Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says clubs must not bear cost of Qatar 2022 The World Cup may have to be played in winter because of the climate But that is likely to financially affect European clubs Bayern Munich chairman says FIFA must be prepared to deal with that 2022 Winter Olympics could be moved to accommodate World Cup European clubs will demand cash compensation if the 2022 World Cup in Qatar is moved to the winter.

Former Manchester United chief David Gill reveals plan to stand for Britain's FIFA vice-presidency next year — David Gill will run for Britain's FIFA vice-presidency in 2015 The former Manchester United chief executive had originally planned not to stand for the position He is likely to face competition from Scottish FA president Campbell Ogilvie and Welsh FA president Trefor Lloyd Hughes Rio Ferdinand and Graeme Le Saux had been considered as candidates by the FA Football Association vice-chairman David Gill has declared he will stand for Britain's FIFA vice-presidency next year following a change of heart.

Sebastian Coe rules out a British men's football team at the Rio 2016 Olympics — British Olympic Association chairman Lord Coe says a men's football team in Rio is ' unlikely ' There could be a women's team but discussions are ongoing Britain fielded men's and women's football teams at London 2012 Sebastian Coe has written off the chance a British men's football team playing at the Rio 2016 Olympics but has raised the possibility of a women's team doing so again.

CSKA Moscow vs Manchester City: Match will be played behind closed doors — UEFA has also banned CSKA from selling tickets to supporters for the return fixture again City at the Etihad Stadium on November 5 and fined the club 200,000 euros. It follows the fans' conduct in the Russian side's Champions League defeat by Roma, which led to CSKA being charged with racist behaviour by UEFA for the third time in a year.

Michel Platini demands FIFA publish secret Garcia report on World Cup bidding — UEFA president Michel Platini has added his voice to the calls for the secret Garcia report to be made public The report covers the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups FIFA president Sepp Blatter has rejected calls to publish the report German judge Hans-Joachim Eckert is reviewing the document and will make a decision in November UEFA president Michel Platini has added his voice to calls for a secret report into World Cup bidding to be made public.

Pierluigi Collina says new concussion rules clear up confusion as they come into force in Champions League — New rules relating to head injuries come into force in the Champions League Referees can stop games for up to three minutes for a head injury Team doctor will have the authority to decide if a player stays on or not UEFA referees' chief Pierluigi Collina says it makes the process clearer UEFA referees' chief Pierluigi Collina says new concussion rules that came into force in the Champions League this week will clear up any doubts about when players are able to continue after suffering a head impact.

Premier League under scrutiny as Virgin Media ask Ofcom to investigate way rights are sold — Virgin claim fans are forced to pay over the odds to watch Premier League Sky Sports paid £2.28b for rights to 116 live games per season BT Sport forked out £738m for 38 live games a season from 2013 to 2016 The broadcast regulator Ofcom has been asked by cable giant Virgin Media to open a formal investigation into the way the Premier League sells its TV rights.
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Oct 17, 2014

@Ceisni think he just can't be arsed speaking to the media yet the club are super sensitive to bad publicity

Oct 17, 2014

Went to Manuel Pellgrini's press conference today - he gave the impression of a man who'd rather be anywhere else in the world.

Oct 17, 2014

@tariqpanja another excuse to delay fixing that air conditioning unit

Oct 16, 2014

RT @bbc5live: Former Sports Minister Richard Caborn says rapist Ched Evans should get "second chance" at #SUFC if he shows remorse.

Oct 16, 2014

"@andyelliott4: Desperate sad to hear about @Record_Sport and ex-@PressAssocSport reporter Chris Roberts who died this week." RIP Chris

Oct 16, 2014

@cataldo_bcn he's got UEFA eating out of his hand, that's for sure. Smart boy (I can call him that as he's three months younger than me).

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