Day: June 4, 2012

Euro Moments: Ukraine

This mornings cartoon for the run-up to the European Championships from Dotmund features Ukraine, and in iconic striker in the middle distance. Don’t forget, you can see plenty more Dotmund artwork here, and you can read his trenchant opinions on just about everything here. You can download the Twohundredpercent Euro 2012 spreadsheet here (for Excel 2007), whilst a version that will be compatible with older versions of Excel is available here. You can follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter by clicking...

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Rangers: The Sheer Brassneckery Of Administration

The rural west of Ireland is quiet at its noisiest. And two weeks away from the noise of the Rangers saga was blissfully quiet. I knew I was returning to something major, however, as I was aware that the BBC’s Mark Daly had fronted another Ibrox insolvency-related documentary and that administrators Duff and Phelps had finally published their “best-and-final” CVA. But nothing prepared me for the revelation that Kevin Muscat had an Employee Benefit Trust, that somebody paid money into it and that somebody paid one million pounds into it. And nothing prepared me for the sheer brassneckery of Charles Green’s largely “to be confirmed” (TBC) proposals to pay Rangers’ creditors with borrowed money. Meet the new Rangers, same as the old Rangers. In debt. On top of that, there has been a successful appeal against severe punishment for non-payment of £13m tax – an appeal which could lead to severer punishment. There have been documentary-evidenced allegations of systematic wrongdoing over nearly a decade (Rangers’ “abuse” of Employee Benefit Trusts – EBTs). And the CVA details? TBC. The systematic, decade-long abuse of EBTs was the main focus of Daly’s documentary. But considerable efforts have been made to shift attention onto potential conflicts of interest concerning Rangers’ administrators – a side-issue of considerable proportions, but a side-issue nonetheless. Daly’s documentary was as respectful as you could be to any adult...

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Euro Moments: Croatia

This mornings cartoon for the run-up to the European Championships from Dotmund features Croatia, and a player with an ever-expanding head. Don’t forget, you can see plenty more Dotmund artwork here, and you can read his trenchant opinions on just about everything here. You can download the Twohundredpercent Euro 2012 spreadsheet here (for Excel 2007), whilst a version that will be compatible with older versions of Excel is available here. You can follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter by clicking...

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Injuries & Discord: Business As Usual For England

Early on Saturday evening, Roy Hodgsons plucky bunch of underdogs ground out their second single goal warm-up win, this time against Belgium. A win is a win, and anybody taking so much as a cursory look at Hodgsons options ahead of this summers European Championships will already fully aware that anything more than abject humiliation may well be worthy of the sort of flag waving seen on the banks of the River Thames yesterday afternoon and that, as such, grinding down Norwegians and Belgians to something approaching a cross between a reasonably well-organised scout parade and a football match should be regarded as an achievement of sorts. Such results in warm-up matches, however, only tell a tiny proportion of the current story of Englands preparations for the tournament, and for every small cheer to be emitted at the rare sight of an England manager actually managing to impose his tactical will upon a team successfully there has been plenty of news to suggest that rancour will still win the day in the England camp this summer. First of all, the injuries. Gary Cahills fractured cheekbone merely added to an ever-expanding list of walking English wounded. This is to an extent mere bad luck, but it did reopen a can of worms that has proved to be the curse of English football this season. Cahills withdrawal from the squad led...

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