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The great windfall of China: a football revolution that may lead to World Cup

theguardian.com — A mildly bemused Jackson Martínez being paraded before the cameras at Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao following his £31m move from Atlético Madrid, part-owned by the Chinese billionaire Wang Jianlin. A gurning Sergio Agüero squeezing between David Cameron and the Chinese president, Xi Jingping, for a selfie on a tour of Manchester City's training ground that presaged a £265m investment in the club.
Feb 06, 2016

The great windfall of China: a football revolution that may lead to World Cup | Owen Gibson bit.ly/1SUNzBk

Arsenal scrap surcharge on Barcelona Champions League ticket prices

theguardian.com — Arsenal have backtracked on their policy of charging season ticket holders up to £30 extra to attend their home Champions League tie against Barcelona, following an outcry from fans. Supporters who already pay some of the highest prices in the country were aghast when the club asked them to pay up to £30 each extra for the tie, believing that they had already paid for up to seven cup matches.
Feb 06, 2016

Arsenal scrap surcharge on Barcelona Champions League ticket prices bit.ly/1VW9E1D

Fans dismay as Premier League snubs cap on away ticket prices

theguardian.com — The Football Supporters' Federation has expressed bitter disappointment that Premier League clubs failed to back a measure to cap away ticket prices at their most recent meeting, while Liverpool have expressed dismay at the news that some of their supporters are to stage a walkout from Saturday's game against Sunderland in protest at the new Anfield pricing structure.

From Garry Cook to Pep Guardiola: Manchester City have come a long way

theguardian.com — Almost exactly seven years ago, post-takeover Manchester City were portrayed as a club who knew the price of everything and the value of nothing. They had reached peak Garry. During a slapstick 24 hours, their much-derided chief executive, Garry Cook, returned home from Italy emptyhanded having had a £108m bid for Kaká turned down, accusing Milan of "bottling it" for good measure.
Feb 02, 2016

From Garry Cook to Pep Guardiola: Manchester City have come a long way bit.ly/1SChhLg

Olympics coverage to remain on BBC after Discovery deal

theguardian.com — The Olympics will remain on the BBC until at least 2024 after the corporation agreed a deal with the US broadcasting giant Discovery to sub-license the rights. Last year, the BBC lost control of the future destiny of Games coverage after Discovery won the pan-European rights from 2018 onwards, and 2022 in the UK, in a £920m deal.

Fifa presidential candidate Gianni Infantino reveals 90-day reform plan

theguardian.com — The Fifa presidential candidate Gianni Infantino has admitted that it is "now or never" to restore credibility to world football's scandal-hit governing body but refused to criticise disgraced former leader Sepp Blatter. Infantino, the Uefa secretary general who entered the race when Michel Platini was forced to withdraw after being banned for eight years, appeared at Wembley to unveil a "90-day plan" to reform Fifa.
Feb 01, 2016

Fifa presidential candidate Gianni Infantino reveals 90-day reform plan bit.ly/1Q7Op94

Greg Dyke, outgoing FA chairman, is determined to drive through reform

theguardian.com — The outgoing FA chairman, Greg Dyke, is determined to make the long derided FA Council younger, more representative and more diverse before he leaves Wembley for the final time in July. Dyke announced this week that he would leave the FA without seeking re-election at the end of his four-year term but is believed to be determined to drive through long overdue reform before he does so.
Jan 29, 2016

Greg Dyke, outgoing FA chairman, is determined to drive through reform bit.ly/1KKU9Uv

London 2017 under threat after finance row between IAAF and UK Athletics

theguardian.com — There are fears that next summer's world athletics championships could face a financial black hole amid an escalating behind-the-scenes row between the International Association of Athletics Federations and UK Athletics. London 2017 has in recent weeks approached Sebastian Coe, the president of the crisis-hit governing body, for financial help amid fears that the negative headlines surrounding the sport have affected its ability to generate sponsorship income.
Jan 29, 2016

RT @guardian_sport: London 2017 under threat after finance row between IAAF and UK Athletics gu.com/p/4g9h2/stw By @owen_g

Sebastian Coe denies he warned UKA of 2017 world championship bribes

theguardian.com — Sebastian Coe, the under-fire president of the IAAF, has denied knowing that "bribes were being offered or received" in relation to the award of the 2017 World Athletics Championships after it was claimed that he passed on rumours of "brown envelopes".
Jan 28, 2016

Sebastian Coe denies he warned UKA of 2017 world championship bribes bit.ly/1KIgF0b

Jan 28, 2016

RT @DamianCollins: My comments here on: Sebastian Coe denies he warned UKA of 2017 world championship bribes gu.com/p/4g8tt/stw

Jan 28, 2016

RT @DamianCollins: My comments here on: Sebastian Coe denies he warned UKA of 2017 world championship bribes gu.com/p/4g8tt/stw

Human Rights Watch criticises Qatar on changes to its labour law

theguardian.com — Human Rights Watch has criticised Qatar's promised changes to its labour laws before the 2022 World Cup, claiming they still leave migrant workers "acutely vulnerable". Since Qatar controversially won the right to host the World Cup in December 2010, criticism has been mounting over the treatment of the growing army of labourers building the infrastructure required.
Jan 27, 2016

RT @guardian: Human Rights Watch criticises Qatar on changes to its labour law trib.al/rstbzcu

Jan 27, 2016

Human Rights Watch criticises Qatar on changes to its labour law bit.ly/1lT8MOT

Jan 27, 2016

RT @owen_g: Human Rights Watch criticises Qatar on changes to its labour law bit.ly/1lT8MOT

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Feb 07, 2016

Waiting for the great leap forwards - a piece on football in China (with thanks to @Prof_Chadwick)... twitter.com/guardian_sport…

Feb 07, 2016

@steve0george V good point. Ideally they want both I suppose. Building a culture of playing much harder than growing one of consuming.

Feb 06, 2016

The great windfall of China: a football revolution that may lead to World Cup | Owen Gibson bit.ly/1SUNzBk

Feb 06, 2016

A double for Huth to send Leicester six points clear at the top of the league with 13 left to play. Sentences you never expected to write...

Feb 06, 2016

A message that could/should apply to club owners everywhere... twitter.com/ParodyCharlton…


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