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Aug 14 7 tweets 2 min read
Not defending the Glazers, leeched off the club through LBO. But these executives that are in senior roles are getting an immense amount of cover for decision making. He said they haven’t dealt with recruitment, but then who are these people? skysports.com/football/news/… Perfectly correct to say money being spent in last few years — highest spending in football or thereabouts — is from club’s own balance sheet. But it’s still money that’s been spent and wasted. Included by a succession of coaches who wanted own players in. Total mess.
Aug 12 6 tweets 2 min read
Barcelona sent new financial documentation to La Liga this morning and it’s currently being analyzed. Once reviewed they’ll let Barça know what the updates squad limit is. They will be able to register players soon after based on those new financial limits. For those interested this is where the players registered will be listed.

Aug 12 4 tweets 1 min read
Amid all the tumult left wondering if FFP still exists? Fine if it doesn't, but wish someone would have told us. Very little clarity from UEFA about what the current rules are. Given spending profile of some of the usual suspects, very hard to thing the old FFP regulations are in place or even that the new announced ones have kicked in.
Aug 12 7 tweets 2 min read
Barcelona has sold 24.5 percent of Barca Studios for €100m to Jaume Roures, the television empresario who helped Laporta finance his presidential guarantee and whose rights deal for the French league spectacularly collapsed last year.

fcbarcelona.com/en/news/2736062 Here’s our interview with Jaume Roures from last year. Good luck everyone 🤞🏽

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Aug 11 10 tweets 4 min read
Gianni Infantino unveiled a countdown clock to the Qatar World Cup last year, saying he had “never witnessed anything like what is happening here.” He couldn’t have been more right. Welcome to the World Cup where nothing is certain, even the start date.

nytimes.com/2022/08/11/spo… All around London there are now taxi cabs and Routemaster buses potentially emblazoned with the wrong start date for the 2022 World Cup. ImageImage
Jun 15 13 tweets 3 min read
La Liga has filed a fresh complaint with UEFA alleging PSG and Man City are continually breaching financial fair play regulations. Like howling at the moon at this stage. UEFA has failed to tackle these allegations for best part of a decade. La Liga says it has also hired lawyers in Switzerland and Paris to take legal action against PSG in French courts and through European Union bodies. (ECJ already busy with Super League v UEFA.)
Jun 14 4 tweets 1 min read
MLS has signed away it’s next 10 years for 2.5x what it got for the last 10 years. Great platform, but that figure for 10 years leaves it trailing behind the biggest football leagues for a decade. Considerably less than say the Premier League makes in a single year. If someone, not the MLS, made a big bet on bringing football to the United States, say someone very deep pocketed, I wonder what it would look like? Amid all this excitement about 🍏, the numbers don’t really move the needle in terms of attracting world class talent to the US.
Mar 10 28 tweets 5 min read
The UK government has just sanctioned Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich. Bear with the small type — the detail about the relationship between Abramovich and Usmanov is fascinating. Had no idea they were that close.
Mar 7 4 tweets 1 min read
Manchester City Football Group is offering about $200m for a 51 percent stake in Brazilian team Atletico Mineiro, according to Globo. Why? Because it is rich and can afford to.

ge.globo.com/negocios-do-es… Brazil's football market has opened up to investor ownership in recent months. So money piling in. Takes foreign owners closer to the source: Brazilian football talent.
Mar 7 5 tweets 2 min read
⚽️ Foreign footballers in Russia will be told they can break their contracts ... for now and sign for other teams.

Unions wanted right for players be allowed to permanently quit Russian clubs. FIFA, UEFA (and it seems ECA) not keen on that for now

nytimes.com/2022/03/07/spo… Players that could now be available:
🇨🇴 Wilmar Barrios
🇧🇷 Malcom
🇸🇪 Jordan Larsson
🇳🇬 Chidera Ejuke
🇺🇾 Diego Laxalt
🇨🇲 Clinton N'Jie
🇭🇷 Tin Jedvaj
🇰🇷 Hwang In-beom
Oct 20, 2021 8 tweets 2 min read
With 3 confederation presidents now opposed to FIFA’s current plans for a biennial World Cup, hard to see how Gianni will get agreement to stage an extraordinary Congress to vote on the issue on Dec 20 as he wants. But, he is is determined so … Despite Gianni's rush to get biennial World Cup done, there will now not be a vote of FAs on December 20, but instead there will be special summit held online for further consultation and discussion. A vote under current conditions risked a major fracture.
Oct 18, 2021 8 tweets 2 min read
At emergency meeting of Premier League today there was an 18-2 vote to ban related party transactions (sponsors related to team owners) for a month while permanent rule changed discussed. Newcastle and Man City (who’ve always claimed Abu Dhabi deals are market value) opposed. Not sure how Premier League can be tasked with figuring out what a related party is given they believe PIF is separate from the the Saudi state.
Oct 18, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
England ordered to play next UEFA sanctioned game behind closed doors because of crowd trouble at Wembely for Euro 2020 final. Another game ban suspended for two years A lucky escape in many ways. Scenes in and around the ground were awful, and FA lucky it didn't end in some kind of tragedy.
Oct 7, 2021 16 tweets 3 min read
I’m being thick here, but don’t understand what the following means: the Premier League has been given assurances that only the PIF will be involved in Newcastle operations and not the Saudi state.

(Spoiler: PIF is a unit of the Saudi state, chaired by its crown prince) The fact that PIF owned the planes that transported the killers of Jamal Khashoggi to Istanbul and back provides a great indication of the separation.
Oct 6, 2021 7 tweets 2 min read
Major Obstacle in Saudi Arabia's Bid to Buy Newcastle Removed -- (N.B. doesn't mean there aren't other obstacles) nytimes.com/2021/10/06/spo… Still don’t understand why Saudi is retaining this structure to buy the club, and not coming back with something else. Also, not sure why KSA retaining same partners that structured deal this way. Also, PL team being owned by KSA would in many quarters massively damage brand.
Sep 8, 2021 24 tweets 5 min read
Why is it still being reported that FIFA is conducting a feasibility study over proposal for biennial World Cup? Surely, if there was a genuine study, its head of football and associations it controls would have waited before rushing to support it. Should be treated as theatre. All the fish have been sold 🐟
Sep 8, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
FIFA has written to clubs in Premier League and beyond that they risk losing players blocked from traveling on international duty for five days, plus further disciplinary measures. Comes after bunch of South American teams, including Brazil and Paraguay, asked fifa to intervene. From Premier League clubs’ point of view, risk of five day player suspension probably better than the 10 days they’d be out if they had to quarantine under UK laws. Messy situation.
Aug 20, 2021 8 tweets 2 min read
Keep an eye out for comments supporting Gianni Infantino’s move for the World Cup to be held every two years by ex-players signed up to FIFA’s « legends » program. We’ve had Yaya Toure and Mascherano. This isn’t organic. This is part of a PR push. There will be plenty more of these stories planted in news media in coming months, particularly English language press, a focus for FIFA which has moved to hire staff to get better coverage and promote Gianni’s flights of fancy.
Aug 18, 2021 5 tweets 1 min read
Locatelli - two years loan, and then obligation to buy. How does this work? Another strange setup in order for Juve to sign a player? Nothing ever normal when it comes to Juve and the transfer market. Yes the market is bad, but how the idea that Sassuolo could not find a buyer with a better offer for Locatelli than the one it made with Juve is very surprising. No fee for two years for a player of his profile 🤯
Aug 10, 2021 10 tweets 2 min read
PSG have managed to sign Neymar, Mbappe and now Messi without breaching UEFA’s financial regulations. They must have the best commercial department in the world to make the maths work 😘 If that salary feels low, watch how much he’ll get in sponsorship from Qatar ahead of the World Cup. Matter of time.
Aug 8, 2021 14 tweets 2 min read
World's best player leaving Barcelona for financial reasons feels dreadful. Also raises questions about UEFA and its financial controls. La Liga has regulations and enforced them and Barca loses Messi. Meanwhile, UEFA... This is such an ordeal for Messi. He’s sobbing uncontrollably at the moment. So painful to watch. Image