Yesterday was another crazy day for #Football & specifically in this case, for #Derby #dcfcfans

#EFL ruling on their accounting practices

Threat of sanctions - What will that mean?

#RichardKeough ruling - They have to pay him £2.3m (bonkers episode)🤯…
Then add in the farce of the #takeover process

A 29 year old front-man masquerading as an Instagram Billionaire (complete with macho boxing backstory & links to Indonesian investors & looted billions) #Suharto

👏 @secondtierpod ⤵️

#DCFC #FitAndProper

I'm equally fascinated & frustrated by rogue investors in #EnglishFootball

I've read widely and spoken to people with genuine knowledge of the machinations of global finance💸

What puzzles me today is, how/why did #MelMorris get himself in this hole?😏
Here's a man ( #MelMorris ) who was wildly rich!

Had picked his industries, markets, partners well & profited handsomely over the last 30 years+

But then risked a big % of his fortune on (effectively) the huge gamble of reaching the riches of the #Prem…
By all accounts, the club loses nearly £1m per week!

There are different models & investors from different cultures ploughing money into English Football today

All with the ultimate goal of reaching the #PremierLeague & the commercial riches that come with that #Soccernomics 💰
But what drives rich men to risk the real fortunes they have created on fantasy football investment?

The world of rich men & high finance is almost indecipherable from the outside

Power, ego, drive, greed, relationships & deceit has led many a rich man to part with his fortune
In #MelMorris case, I did a few basic searches on his business background, partners & successes.

I came across a commercial lineage that I found really interesting - How instructive it is on todays events at #DCFC I don't know BUT fascinating all the same...

#Rowland #Maxwell
MM start in the burgeoning world of tech in the US with #Wang in the early 80's
Around that time they sponsored #RobertMaxwell s #OxfordUnited (Maxwell would go onto buy #DCFC later that decade)! 🤔

⏩ to the profitable relationship with #TobyRowland , son of Maxwell era #Tiny
That #MayfairSet era of #TinyRowland #RobertMaxwell #AlFayed #AdnanKhashoggi etc etc is fascinating!

Their sprawling empires were often fueled by junk bonds, intra company loans, cross shareholdings & outright fraud

However, they were allowed to operate because they were assets
They were internationalists🌐

Much like some of the Asian investors in European football today are tools of the state, The Mayfair set were in part intelligence assets, globetrotting, doing deals behind the iron curtain, in the US, Africa, Middle East

They also liked #Football
#MelMorris and #TobyRowland made a fortune with their business that created the phenomena #candycrush

Ironically, Toby's dad's sparing partner from back in the day #Maxwell had the 80's version #Tetris

Interesting parallels...…
But back to why a rich dude like #MelMorris would risk so much of his hard earned cash on a money pit like a football club?

(Even with the home town link & chance of glory in the prem - Risk v Reward) 🤷‍♂️

Influence of the Billionaire Boys Club maybe?💰…
That high profile entrepreneur lineage stretching from the 1970's➡️today is strong

Ultimate unfettered boys club where lure of an Insiders clique, competition, ego & deal making is enticing!

#AdilNadir #PollyPeck #AFC #DavidAlliance #Moshiri #MikeAshley #PhilipGreen #Rowland
That private diversified wealth club is strong today too & all have connections;

#MichaelTabor #DerickSmith #JPMacmanus #JohnMagnier #TrevorHemmings #JoeLewis #DermotDesmond

#Gambling #Pubs #FootballFinancing etc etc...

Dangerous waters - They bite! 🐊…
A final bonkers parallel

Former owner of #DCFC #RobertMaxwell sold US developed #PROMIS software to nation states that had been stolen from #INSLAW & modified

#MelMorris also had contacts with US Gov tech - But as a white hat as appose to Maxwell #Prevx #Prometric

High level

Mel Morris ➡️ Toby Rowland ➡️ Tiny Rowland ➡️ Al Fayed ➡️ Sultan of Brunei ➡️ Accepted use of Front Men ➡️ Globalised Finance ➡️ Capture of Trophy Assets

#DerbyCounty #OxfordUnited #ReadingFC #RobertMaxwell #ManchesterUnited

Reminded of a time when Robert Maxwell tried to merge Oxford United FC & Reading FC to make 'Thames Valley Royals FC'!

Then tried to buy #MUFC & instead bought #DCFC


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Corporates latch onto every opportunity

Individuals the same (just read some of the stuff on LinkedIn) 🧐

Life & business is essentially a game
#Winning is always key! (Be nice tho)

The rest is Perception=Reality
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🇺🇸💪🇨🇳 💰🌏🌎🌍
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- #disruption
While lockdown has been slow for some, it's certainly not been for others who have smelt the winds of change!

#SPACs are bypassing Direct Listings & IPO's in a race to market - Sucking up all that 💰 hunting for returns 📈

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Everything seems to be changing around us
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Had a brain wave / brain fart today - Don't know which?!

Recently re-read x2 #books that seem pretty consequential to modern day news cycles 📚

- #JohnPerkins #ConfessionsOfAnEconomicHitman

- #BillBrowder #RedNotice

Both began their careers for #Boston based consulting co's
#Boston #USA is part of that #IvyLeague playground 🧐

#MIT & #Harvard are in close proximity - Like #Oxford & #Cambridge in the UK (those prestigious institutions also synonymous with producing spy's & leaders)!

Perkins worked for #ChasTMain
Browder for #BostonConsultingGroup
If you look at geo-political history from 1980's - today... These two fella's have really played their part!!

Both books are great by the way... well worth a read!

- #JohnPerkins = #SouthAmerica & #CentralAmerica
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This is the biggest story in World #Sport at the moment

The way the narrative is starting to play out is so reminiscent of the #Trump election - It's a scary template!

Regulated media V's Unregulated Media competing to tell the story 🤯#Boxing #Tribal…
For any #boxing / #sport fan with no previous knowledge of these characters, we should be sceptical of simplistic caricatures that are served up by Online Fans OR stenographers masquerading as journalists!

There's a lot of sh*t out there! 🤳💻

Research & Critical thinking! 🤔
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If that's the case, what's to stop these forces taking over #Football OR other major Sport next?

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Very stylish!📽️

Very gory!! ☠️🔫💉👃💸

Perfectly set up for Series 2!🇲🇽🇺🇸🇷🇺

Stark visualisation of the key zones for a massive, dark, dangerous/murderous industry;

#Production - #Logistics - #Distribution - #EndMarkets


@skytv @skyatlantic @NOWTV #Narcos

Has obviously drawn on some recent real-life inspiration.

- Poor deprived zones of production

- Use of big business in distribution ✈️⛴️ (Price 📈)

- Wholesale & Street dealers

- End Users 👃💉💸…
Lot's of money is made 💸🔁💸

Biggest chunk seems to go to large scale brokers & distributors

Multi national - Hard to police - Intelligence

#zerozerozero @BBCPanorama #Boxingandthemob

When product gets into end user markets (Europe for example)
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@BBCPanorama #boxingandthemob #kinahan #MTK

Here's an interesting parallel tale from 1980's boxing! 🥊


1.Dark Money (Fraud/Stole from banks)
2.Associated with big name boxer (Ali)
3.Paid Boxers/Trainers over the odds
4.Laundered stolen💸

If you control the big name (e.g. Fury) & there is a lack of scrutiny in professional boxing - Bingo!

-Big name📸📺
-Grow brand📈
-Attract more fighters🥊💰
-Appear mainstream
-More shows/opportunities 2 launder💸
-Side deals (podcasts/clothing/vodka/property)🤝💱
-Big following
In some ways - Hats off - Good business!

Entertainment product - Fans - Leverage brand✅

Key issues though;

According to Irish, Spanish, UK police the source of those funds R allegedly from criminal enterprises!

(Drugs, Logistics/Trafficking, Weapons, 💰Laundering services).
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