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Guardian chief sports correspondent

Premier League alone cannot solve problems in grassroots football

theguardian.com — The argument over whether enough of the Premier League's riches cascade down to the rest of the game is as old as the top flight itself. Twenty-three years on, however, the contrast between the game as it is played at the very top and the grassroots that nourish it below is more stark than ever.
Jul 28, 2015

Premier League alone cannot solve problems in grassroots football bit.ly/1h2gLrb

Will Arsenal finally win the league? 2015-16 season preview - video

theguardian.com — Arsenal finished last season in third, with an FA Cup and the Community Shield under their belts. The theme of the summer is the same as the theme of the last five summers - there is a hunger to push on and to still be challenging for a title into April and May.

Michael Essien: ‘José Mourinho has a big ego but in a good way’

theguardian.com — Among a select group of players to be signed by José Mourinho not once but twice Michael Essien has a unique insight into what makes the Chelsea manager tick and he has backed him to succeed where Louis van Gaal failed in coaxing Radamel Falcao back to his best.
Jul 23, 2015

Michael Essien: ‘José Mourinho has a big ego but in a good way’ bit.ly/1In4I3N

Jul 23, 2015

Ghanian footballer Michael Essien: "José Mourinho has a big ego but in a good way." From The Guardian in the UK: gu.com/p/4aqkh/stw

Jul 23, 2015

Michael Essien: ‘José Mourinho has a big ego but in a good way’ gu.com/p/4aqkh

Fifa announce presidential election will be held in February 2016

theguardian.com — Fifa has fired the starting gun on the race to succeed Sepp Blatter as president of the scandal hit organisation, setting the election for 26 February next year. Related: Michel Platini receives further backing to stand as Fifa presidential candidate The announcement came as it emerged that it was increasingly likely that Uefa's president Michel Platini would stand for the role.
Jul 20, 2015

Here's @owen_g on confirmation of Feb 26 for Fifa presidential elections and increasing likelihood Platini will run theguardian.com/football/2015/…

Jul 20, 2015

Fifa announce presidential election will be held in February 2016 bit.ly/1I6gclP

Fifa to discuss governance reforms amid pressure from sponsors and campaigns

theguardian.com — Fifa will discuss a series of wide-ranging governance reforms on Monday in the face of growing pressure from sponsors and campaigners for external intervention. It is understood that plans drawn up by Domenico Scala, placed in charge of the Fifa reform process by the embattled president, Sepp Blatter, include the introduction of term limits, transparency on pay and expenses, and integrity checks.
Jul 19, 2015

Fifa to discuss governance reforms amid pressure from sponsors and campaigns bit.ly/1IcNuGl

Jul 19, 2015

Reforms on the agenda amid yet more internal politicking at Fifa. Too little too late? theguardian.com/football/2015/…

Jul 19, 2015

Fifa to discuss reforms amid pressure from sponsors gu.com/p/4anya?CMP=Sh… the amazing thing about this is that it's still up to Fifa

Jul 20, 2015

Back to Zurich for Fifa exco - they'll set presidential election date, discuss reforms, fiddle while Rome burns etc theguardian.com/football/2015/…

Exclusive pictures inside West Ham's new home

Inside West Ham’s new home: how football came to 2012’s Olympic Stadium

theguardian.com — London's £701m Olympic Stadium. So good they built it twice. Or so those responsible hope visitors will be saying once they start streaming back into the arena following a substantial and controversial rebuilding exercise to make it suitable not only for athletics but also for motor racing, cricket, concerts and - most contentiously of all - Premier League football club West Ham United.
Jul 18, 2015

Inside the completely rebuilt Olympic Stadium ahead of the Anniversary Games and West Ham moving in next season: gu.com/p/4an2n/stw

Jul 19, 2015

Amid rows over Tokyo's Olympic Stadium plans, a good piece from @owen_g on the twice-built London stadium's issues theguardian.com/sport/2015/jul…

Jul 19, 2015

RT @owen_g: Inside the completely rebuilt Olympic Stadium ahead of the Anniversary Games and West Ham moving in next season: gu.com/p/4an2n/stw

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Fifa urged by Coca-Cola to undergo immediate independent reform

theguardian.com — Coca-Cola has called on Fifa to immediately undergo an independent reform process led by an external figure in what amounts to the most significant challenge to date by one of the embattled governing body's corporate backers.

Fifa to amend World Cup bidding rules to cut risk of development bribes

theguardian.com — Fifa is set to amend its World Cup bidding rules in an attempt to stop countries touting for votes by investing in football development projects around the world. It is also understood that it will introduce a requirement forcing bidding nations to comply with United Nations standards on labour laws and human rights.
Jul 16, 2015

RT @guardian: Fifa to amend World Cup bidding rules to cut risk of development bribes trib.al/kfJcv3S

Jul 16, 2015

Fifa to amend World Cup bidding rules to cut risk of development bribes bit.ly/1V7BdXi

Fifa’s ethics committee calls for more transparency during investigations

theguardian.com — Fifa's independent ethics committee has called on world football's governing body to allow it to be more transparent, making its investigations public and publishing the reasons for its decisions.
Jul 16, 2015

Fifa’s ethics committee calls for more transparency during investigations bit.ly/1LlXTyx

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Jul 29, 2015

@mihirbose @FA Meanwhile, Prince Ali is attacking his one time backer Platini. Wheels within wheels...

Jul 29, 2015

RT @JohnBlance1: When I was six I wrote to Sir Peter O'Sullevan and asked about being a commentator. I still have the reply. pic.twitter.com/ojek01Pdgx

Jul 29, 2015

RT @Cricket_Ali: Six for 47 from James Anderson as Australia are skittled for 136 in 36.4 overs ... two balls fewer than England's second innings at Lord's

Jul 29, 2015

RT @ianprior: Anyone know a CEO who takes home a higher proportion - 15% - of their organisation's income as salary + benefits? theguardian.com/football/2015/…

Jul 29, 2015

This by @PhilippeAuclair is the best articulation I've read of why some (by no means all) have doubts about Platini mirror.co.uk/sport/football…

Jul 29, 2015

Also worth recalling Platini key in getting Blatter elected in 1998 but became disillusioned when Sepp failed to step down as promised.

Jul 29, 2015

Platini was key in securing 2022 World Cup for Qatar but has never hidden the fact and insists he never bowed to pressure from Sarkozy.

Jul 29, 2015

Platini confirms he will stand for Fifa presidency, promises to restore "dignity" to the organisation: uefa.org/about-uefa/pre…

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