Tue, April 11th 2006

The average Premiership footballer earns a basic salary of £676,000.

Strikers earn the highest wages at an average of £806,000 in the Premiership. Top flight midfielders can expect to earn an average of £754,000, with defenders on £653,000 and goalkeepers being paid £533,000.




Mon, April 10th 2006

Disappointing Saturday fixture list

Just three Premiership games kicked off at 3pm this Saturday (and only 2 finished).

The increase in the number of televised games is causing increasing problems with the scheduling of games at the weekend. With Sky showing matches at Saturday lunchtime and evening, and 2 games on Sunday it leaves the Saturday 3pm slot bare at the best of times.

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Fri, April 7th 2006

Brighton’s bid to build a new stadium is in doubt after it was revealed Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott made a mistake in his approval letter.

On Thursday, Prescott’s office quashed last October’s ‘Yes’ verdict on a stadium at Falmer after realising an error was made describing the site.


Tue, April 4th 2006

Fifa today refused to heed lobbying from the Football Association after ruling out the use of video evidence to retrospectively punish players who dive.

From: The Guardian


Related: FA’s war on divers to fail


Fri, March 31st 2006

The Football Association’s campaign to have diving punished retrospectively seems doomed.

The main problem in punishing simulation - attempting to deceive the referee - is that it comes under unsporting behaviour and is therefore punishable by a yellow card.

Fifa sources indicated yesterday they would change regulations only if the majority of the 203 national associations report similar problems [as the English FA].

From: The Telegraph



Tue, March 28th 2006

The winners of the LDV Vans Trophy final will lose out on £50,000 in prize money because the competition has lost its sponsor.

From: BBC


On top of the £50,000 prize money for winning the trophy, it seems like the clubs will also lose the money they would have expected for progressing through the previous rounds. Swansea have estimated this at around another £25,000.

The sponsor-less competition will be known as the Football League Trophy.



Wed, March 22nd 2006

League 2 club Wrexham could find themselves thrown out of the League after a sudden surge of potential buyers might mean they are unable to come out of administration by the League’s June 3rd deadline.

Administrators say they have had nine expressions of interest in buying Wrexham so far.

Related: Wrexham fans celebrate ground victory


Mon, March 20th 2006

G14’s Vision Europe marks change of tactics

Rich clubs protectionist behaviour threatens the Champions League

The powerful G14 group, representing the 18 of Europe’s biggest clubs, fuelled rumours of a breakaway European Super League with their publication last week of their internal policy document ‘Vision Europe’ - a blueprint which demonstrates their intention to more actively influence world football.


Who are the G14?

The G14 are a group of successful and rich European clubs that formed in September 2004 “to find a constructive way of reforming a system in which their voice was not heard and to establish for the clubs a meaningful executive role in the management of the international game.” (The G14 website)


Thu, March 16th 2006

Fifa reject bid to extend World Cup squad deadline

Eriksson fails to get May 15th deadline pushed back

Despite having the backing of other top European coaches, Sven Goran-Eriksson’s attempt to delay the date that World Cup coaches have to choose their squads, has failed.

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