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Football clubs could face high price for stars’ tax affairs – experts

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London (AFP) – Premier League clubs risk the possibility of demotion and being prosecuted under the new Criminal Finance Act, a leading city firm told AFP.

Under the new law, which came into force on September 30, any company, which includes football clubs, can be held responsible for their employees or agents with whom they do business if tax evasion becomes an issue.

Football clubs could face high price for stars’ tax affairs – experts

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London (AFP) – Premier League clubs risk the possibility of demotion and being prosecuted under the new Criminal Finance Act, a leading city firm told AFP.

Under the new law, which came into force on September 30, any company, which includes football clubs, can be held responsible for their employees or agents with whom they do business if tax evasion becomes an issue.

Neymar talk to one side as football clubs PSG, Monaco clash

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Tangiers (Morocco) (AFP) – Neymar will not be there but Kylian Mbappe will be as Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain meet in the Champions Trophy, the traditional curtain-raiser to the French season, in Morocco on Saturday evening.

They have been the two biggest transfer sagas of the summer in Europe, with PSG ready to break the bank for Barcelona and Brazil star Neymar while Monaco try to resist interest in their teen sensation Mbappe.

Neymar talk to one side as football clubs PSG, Monaco clash

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Tangiers (Morocco) (AFP) – Neymar will not be there but Kylian Mbappe will be as Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain meet in the Champions Trophy, the traditional curtain-raiser to the French season, in Morocco on Saturday evening.

They have been the two biggest transfer sagas of the summer in Europe, with PSG ready to break the bank for Barcelona and Brazil star Neymar while Monaco try to resist interest in their teen sensation Mbappe.

Italy football probe over false visas for young Africans

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Rome (AFP) – Italian police are investigating football clubs for allegedly getting young African players false papers in a probe that could involve Serie A teams, national media reported Thursday.

The inquiry centres on AC Prato, which plays in the Lega Pro league, amid suspicions managers “favoured the illegal entry into Italy of African minors, some of whom were then sold to superior clubs,” the Gazzetta dello Sport said.

Italy football probe over false visas for young Africans

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Rome (AFP) – Italian police are investigating football clubs for allegedly getting young African players false papers in a probe that could involve Serie A teams, national media reported Thursday.

The inquiry centres on AC Prato, which plays in the Lega Pro league, amid suspicions managers “favoured the illegal entry into Italy of African minors, some of whom were then sold to superior clubs,” the Gazzetta dello Sport said.

Cowed Chinese football clubs desist in face of 100% levy

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Shanghai (AFP) – Wayne Rooney led the big names linked with a move to China but in the end the only arrivals were striker Anthony Modeste and a cast mostly of freebies, loanees and has-beens.

Experts and insiders say a 100 percent tax on foreign imports and befuddling last-minute changes to Chinese transfer rules ensured the transfer window in the country fizzled to a close on Friday.

Cowed Chinese football clubs desist in face of 100% levy

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Shanghai (AFP) – Wayne Rooney led the big names linked with a move to China but in the end the only arrivals were striker Anthony Modeste and a cast mostly of freebies, loanees and has-beens.

Experts and insiders say a 100 percent tax on foreign imports and befuddling last-minute changes to Chinese transfer rules ensured the transfer window in the country fizzled to a close on Friday.

Israel lobbies FIFA as settlement showdown looms

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Jerusalem (AFP) – Israel is launching a diplomatic offensive against Palestinian calls for FIFA to impose sanctions over football clubs based in Jewish settlements in the occupied territories, an official said on Thursday.

The world football governing body meets for its congress in Bahrain from May 10 to 11 and could decide what action to take over the six clubs based in settlements that play in the Israeli league.

UEFA boss says he will fight Champions League ‘blackmail’

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Helsinki (AFP) – UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin vowed on Wednesday to fight any “blackmail” by Europe’s most powerful football clubs over the Champions League.

Ceferin took a tough line against Europe’s top leagues, angry at having been excluded, in their opinion, from talks on the future of the world’s biggest club tournament.

UEFA boss says he will fight Champions League ‘blackmail’

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Helsinki (AFP) – UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin vowed on Wednesday to fight any “blackmail” by Europe’s most powerful football clubs over the Champions League.

Ceferin took a tough line against Europe’s top leagues, angry at having been excluded, in their opinion, from talks on the future of the world’s biggest club tournament.

Top European football clubs drop Super League proposal

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Athens (AFP) – Europe’s top clubs have dropped a proposal for a Super League made up of the continent’s strongest teams amid opposition by UEFA, their association said Tuesday.

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, chairman of the European Club Association (ECA), said the teams had approved a Champions League reform format after talks in Athens with UEFA director of competitions Giorgio Marchetti.

Top European football clubs drop Super League proposal

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Athens (AFP) – Europe’s top clubs have dropped a proposal for a Super League made up of the continent’s strongest teams amid opposition by UEFA, their association said Tuesday.

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, chairman of the European Club Association (ECA), said the teams had approved a Champions League reform format after talks in Athens with UEFA director of competitions Giorgio Marchetti.

Over 200 football clubs ‘impacted’ in sex abuse scandal

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London (AFP) The number of football clubs who have been brought up in the historic sex abuse inquiry which has rocked the sport has risen by 100 in the past month to 248 in figures released on Wednesday.

The clubs range from Premier League to amateur level and the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) are at pains to point out that does not mean they are under investigation but have been 'referenced when information is submitted'.

‘Slavery’ practice that threatens England boss

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London (AFP) The issue of third-party ownership (TPO) of top footballers hit the headlines on Tuesday after England manager Sam Allardyce was apparently caught explaining how to dodge the rules imposed by his employer, the Football Association (FA).

The practice is shrouded by complicated contracts and secrecy, but has been blamed for some of the ills afflicting the modern game, leading top officials to brand it "slavery" and FIFA to outlaw it completely last year.

‘Slavery’ practice that threatens England boss

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London (AFP) The issue of third-party ownership (TPO) of top footballers hit the headlines on Tuesday after England manager Sam Allardyce was apparently caught explaining how to dodge the rules imposed by his employer, the Football Association (FA).

The practice is shrouded by complicated contracts and secrecy, but has been blamed for some of the ills afflicting the modern game, leading top officials to brand it "slavery" and FIFA to outlaw it completely last year.

Israel risks FIFA offside with small-time settlement clubs

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Ariel (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) At an average match, Ariel City attract fewer than 100 spectators at home in a West Bank settlement yet they have been called one of Israel's "most important" football clubs.

That's because they, along with five other Israeli clubs, play their matches in Jewish settlements in the West Bank, considered occupied land by the international community.

Israel risks FIFA offside with small-time settlement clubs

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Ariel (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) At an average match, Ariel City attract fewer than 100 spectators at home in a West Bank settlement yet they have been called one of Israel's "most important" football clubs.

That's because they, along with five other Israeli clubs, play their matches in Jewish settlements in the West Bank, considered occupied land by the international community.

Manchester United

Chelsea - Back in the Champions League and right up there with the biggest clubs in the world.

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Chelsea's sponsorship deals tally up to one of the biggest in football history, according to the latest infographic from Betfair.
Yokohama Rubber Company are sponsoring us roughly £60 million per season as both the main shirt sponsor and on the sleeves.
This ranks fifth on Betfair's chart, with Manchester United's £75 million deal with Chevrolet and Adidas topping us among Premier League sides.

Mourinho: We Will Compete With Europe’s Best In Two Years

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Jose Mourinho says the weight of expectation on Manchester United is hampering their bid to reclaim a place at the top of European football but insists he will get them there soon.

United, who were beaten in the UEFA Super Cup by Real Madrid on Tuesday, are playing with "a giant on the chest," according to Mourinho, who says they are lagging behind the continent's biggest clubs after four seasons of upheaval following Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement.

La Liga

Spanish soccer clubs’ tax debt to fall below £158 million euros – league president

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Madrid (AFP) Spain's professional football clubs will bring their total debt with the country's tax authorities to below 200 million euros ($290 million) by the end of the season, league president Javier Tebas said Wednesday.

Spain's first and second division football clubs owed 317 million euros in September at the start of the season, down from a high of 650 million euros in 2013.

Spanish soccer clubs’ tax debt to fall below £158 million euros – league president

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Madrid (AFP) Spain's professional football clubs will bring their total debt with the country's tax authorities to below 200 million euros ($290 million) by the end of the season, league president Javier Tebas said Wednesday.

Spain's first and second division football clubs owed 317 million euros in September at the start of the season, down from a high of 650 million euros in 2013.

Chinese Super League: Rise, Growth and Success

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Chinese Super League: Rise, Growth and Success - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Football clubs have always been referred to as the ‘billionaire's playground', and this is proving to be more than the truth in China, where the second division of clubs have so far outspent La Liga having spent £33 million in the January transfer window.

Gary Hartley

Dilemmas of Football Ownership: Marching on, Direction Unknown

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[A]s we move into Day Three of our Football Ownership series, Gary Hartley tries in vain to make some sense of what, exactly, Massimo Cellino is up to at his beloved Leeds United. ... It's not particularly new, this football clubs subsumed by rich men's egos thing. It's just that in the presumed halcyon days, the egos were more the Rotary Club, cigar on Sunday type of affair - vaguely but not entirely unapproachable, with no offspring on Twitter.

Dilemmas of Football Ownership: Marching on, Direction Unknown

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[A]s we move into Day Three of our Football Ownership series, Gary Hartley tries in vain to make some sense of what, exactly, Massimo Cellino is up to at his beloved Leeds United. ... It's not particularly new, this football clubs subsumed by rich men's egos thing. It's just that in the presumed halcyon days, the egos were more the Rotary Club, cigar on Sunday type of affair - vaguely but not entirely unapproachable, with no offspring on Twitter.

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Indonesian Football Limps Into The 1990s

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Football clubs need money. All those players need paying and in Indonesia plane tickets need to be reserved and hotels booked. The money needs to come from somewhere but for too long too many clubs have lived in denial. Brought up on a culture of handouts from local government clubs have muddled along, often under the tutelage of local government appointees who may or may not be big football fans.

Is Ousmane Dembélé Barcelona's King in Waiting?

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Before he moved to one of the world's largest football clubs, French prodigy Ousmane Dembélé was already being hailed as a future Ballon d'Or winner by pundits. Commenting on the young star's early career at Borussia Dortmund, Bleacher Report's Dean Jones not only suggested he'd win the coveted trophy but that he's better than Cristiano Ronaldo was when he was 20.

The Supporters Cup: Where a rivalry meets the rec field

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Cascadia supporters take the pitch in the name of their city, their professional club, and their fellow supporters.

Since 2010, the respective competitive football clubs of the Emerald City Supporters and Timbers Army have met on the day before a match between the Seattle Sounders and the Portland Timbers to challenge each other in a series of competitive football matches.

Why are Tottenham so Spursy?

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There are no too many football clubs that have managed to become an adjective, but Tottenham Hotspur are an example of one that has. Say to any...

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A Glimmer Of Hope For Indonesian Football

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Slowly but surely Indonesian football is getting things together. Finally the president has over ruled those interfering busy bodies BOPI and the transition team and decreed the Indonesia Soccer Championship can go ahead and if all goes to plan Persipura will host Persija in the opening game at the end of April.

Geylang Crash Pennant's Stag Do

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Can there have been stronger benches in recent years in the SLeague? The East Coast Derby may have been played on the west coast, a minor accident of geographical oversight by the FA who haven't quite grasped the community potential of football clubs, but just take a gander at the Tampines bench last night:

Joey Sim, Afiq Yunos, Mustafic Fahrudin, Christopher van Huizen, Jermaine Pennant, Fabian Kwok.

Christmas Football Tat: Montpellier Flog Bottle Opener In Shape Of Lunatic Owner Louis Nicollin (Photo)

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It's that time of year again, when football clubs all around the world attempt to empty out their warehouses byattempting to sell you all the branded tat under the sun in the build-up to Christmas.

Montpellier are no different, with the Ligue 1 side proudly announcing the arrival of a brand new Christmas bottle opener in their club store a magnetic bottle opener that just so happens to be shaped like theclub's lunatic owner Louis Nicollin.

12 Shades Of Blue: Everton Stars Launch ‘Sexy’ Naked Charity Calendar

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It's that time of year again (mid-November) when football clubs the length and breadth of the land begin to foist their Christmas merchandise on us, and Everton are right at the festive vanguard with the release of their "sexy" new club calendar for 2016.

Indeed, the "12 Shades Of Blue II" calendar it would appear that the first edition completely passed us by features a dozenEverton stars in varying states of undress.

Away Double For Kuwaiti AFC Cup Challengers

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Al Wehdat v Al Qadsia 0-1 (Fahed Al Ebrahim) 10,000
Persib v Kitchee 0-2 12,352
Johor Darul Tazom v Ayeyawady United 5-0 (Safiq Rahim, Jorge Diaz 2, Luciano Figuero 2) 16,850
Al Shorta v Al Kuwait 0-2 (Abdullah Al Buraiki, Rogerio Coutinho) 165
Persipura v Pahang Cancelled

Disappointing for Persib to go out but perhaps their result against Kitchee and the fact that JDT thrashed a Myanmar side while the Maung Bandung struggled for a 3-3 draw tells us where the best Indonesian club sides are on the international stage.

FAM League Expands

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I hope to get to a few FAM League games this year. For those who don't know, the FAM League is the third tier in Malaysian football and includes some wonderfully named football clubs as well as the odd corporate oddity.

2015 sees the league expanded to 19 teams which have been divided into two groups.

THE STARTING 11: Things that TFC supporters are most looking forward to

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The final match of a losing season is often used by football clubs as a chance to try a few different things and give a few youngsters a run-out as a prelude to brighter days. Supporters can often find crumbs of solace in these displays to warm them through the off-season. TFC finished their losing season (8 in a Series of 30) with another thrilling night of VanneyBall (TM) and left the supporters with these great morsels of optimism as we head towards 2015.

State Of The (Football) Nation

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Matchfixing corrupts.
Absolute matchfixing corrupts absolutely.

From the mid-nineties onwards, the Asian underground markets exercised total control over English football.
In the last four years, that control has been grasped by a cartel of inappropriates from the UK and its offshore territories.

Noor Hadi Leaves Persijap

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Indonesian football clubs are nothing if not brutal. It is the transfer window and clubs around the country have been ruthlessly breaking players' contracts to make way for new signings.

As mentioned previously, Osas Marvelous has signed for Semen Padang from Persiram.

No surprise that it is the clubs at the bottom of the table who have been busiest.

Evaluating Arsene Wenger

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Even medium-sized businesses which turn over tens of millions of pounds invest enormous amounts in marketing their grad schemes, so keen are they to recruit the 'brightest and the best' (I was just sick a little too) to their organisations. Yet football clubs which turn over far larger sums continue to hire from a very small talent pool.