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  • Chelsea in the clear over Kakuta after deal with Lens

    By Nick Harris 4 February 2010 Chelsea have today been cleared of wrongdoing by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) over the 2007 signing of Gaël Kakuta from Lens in France after the clubs reached an unspecified “agreement” over the player’s move. To reach this conclusion and avoid the case dragging on, Chelsea paid an undisclosed […]

  • Liverpool fans claim MD said: ‘LFC is for sale . . . the owners are out of money’

    By Nick Harris 2 February 2010 Liverpool’s Spirit of Shankly supporters’ union, which has been campaigning to oust the club’s American owners, Tom Hicks and George Gillett, has today released minutes of a meeting with the club’s managing director, Christian Purslow, that are likely to have an incendiary effect at Anfield, that expose the club’s […]

  • Anti-corruption experts: UK needs sports integrity unit

    By Nick Harris 1 February 2010 Britain needs a multi-sport anti-corruption unit with wide-ranging powers to tackle the threat of betting-related malpractice, according to a substantial government-commissioned report, published today. The Sports Betting Intelligence Unit, which will be based at the Gambling Commission if it comes to fruition, has been proposed by Rick Parry, the […]

  • ‘Epochal’ moment in TV sport as Champions League final beats Super Bowl ratings

    By Nick Harris 31 January 2010 In a development that will have huge positive financial consequences for the elite of European football, including the biggest clubs in the Premier League,  the Champions’ League final has overtaken the Super Bowl as the most popular televised event in global club sport. (NB: club sport). An influential report, […]

  • ‘Europe only’ bids for 2018 ‘may disadvantage England’

    By Nick Harris 26 January 2010 The revelation last night by Fifa’s president, Sepp Blatter, that bidding to host the 2018 World Cup could be restricted to candidates from Europe won’t necessarily increase England’s chances of staging the tournament. In those circumstances, eight key Fifa voters within Europe would get a “free hand” where to […]

  • Arsenal ‘the only big EPL club fit for Champions League’

    By Nick Harris 16 January 2010 Arsenal are the only major English club that would meet Michel Platini’s own “Financial Fair Play” criteria for European club competitions if the Uefa president were able to introduce them now, according to senior sources within the organisation, although any such rules are at least three years away and […]

  • Revealed: massive hike puts City’s wages on course to top

    By Nick Harris 15 January 2010 Manchester City’s wage bill has surged by more than 52 per cent in a year from £54.2m to £82.6m, sportingintelligence can reveal. The figures, included in the club’s full annual report – just filed at Companies House – were excluded from the data presented to the public when the […]

  • Rival bidders eye control of West Ham “within weeks”

    By Nick Harris 10 January 2010 West Ham’s Icelandic owners look likely to sell the club before the end of January, with at least two rival bidders “at an advanced stage of the due diligence process”, according to a source familiar with the situation. The source added that “negotiations are ongoing with more than one […]

  • Premier League stars not insured for Angola dangers

    By Nick Harris 9 January 2010 The majority of the footballers at the African Nations’ Cup are uninsured by their national associations for “catastrophic” events including terrorist attacks and kidnapping. The responsibility for such insurance thus falls onto individual clubs, and several Premier League players currently in Angola for the tournament are not covered because […]

  • Togo players shot en route to the African Nations Cup

    8 January 2010 Terrorist gunmen in Angola – host nation for the 2010 Africa Nations Cup, which starts on Sunday – today shot and wounded members of Togo’s team and their support staff, two of them “seriously”, as they travelled by coach through the host country. The central defender Serge Akakpo, 22, who plays in […]

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