🧵@TheAthleticUK dive into FC Barcelona
📺 Request made to UEFA to advance several years of CL TV money as security for bank loan - only to be reminded no guarantee Barca would qualify
😒How Barca stars felt victims of smears as club tries to reduce costs theathletic.com/3468740/2022/0…
🚨With just over a week till La Liga begins, doubts as to whether Barcelona will be able to register all their new signings in time (we also reveal how Barca proposed delaying Raphinha payments to Leeds until January if he could not be registered) theathletic.com/3468740/2022/0…
May 12 • 97 tweets • 16 min read
£40,000 of student debt and ten years in sports journalism has brought me to today’s career high. It’s…. Vardy v Rooney at the High Court. 🧵of highlights and lowlights and all relevant chipolata sausages to follow.
Vardy under cross-examination, David Sherborne, barrister, is arguing that Vardy and her agent tipped off a paparazzi photographer that England WAGS were heading to a restaurant for dinner at WC 2018. She says she did not.
Feb 21 • 7 tweets • 2 min read
Interested to see how UEFA handle Champions League final being in Russia. UEFA has rarely shown any inclination to challenge politicians or consider human rights but it would now appear highly controversial to have Europe’s elite football tournament decided in Saint Petersburg
UEFA President Ceferin does get in the room with Putin…
Oct 7, 2021 • 8 tweets • 2 min read
🧵been thinking a lot about this Newcastle takeover. But maybe how I spent two nights this week, in the end, is what really matters to me... (1/8)
On Monday eve, I attended an event entitled “from allyship to action” at Stamford Bridge, where the Premier League and FA attended, as well as numerous London clubs, and heard from numerous LGBT fans how football not felt inclusive to us for too long. Lots of pledges were made.
Jun 22, 2021 • 15 tweets • 11 min read
Special report: UEFA & the love-in with Eastern European strongmen. Refusal to challenge or condemn homophobia, cosy meetings between @UEFA president Ceferin & Belarus Lukashenko & Russia Putin. Orban’s homophobic Hungarian govt has 2022 Europa final (1/9) theathletic.com/2665233/2021/0…#hun: LGBT representation & support stripped from education. No right to marry, adopt kids, legal recognition of gender reassignment. Latest bill added to child abuse motion, conflating LGBT with paedophilia. Yet UEFA rewards Orban pre-2022 election (2/9) theathletic.com/2665233/2021/0…