Day: October 4, 2012

Cafe Calcio On 200% – Cocaine & The Big Name Signing

The excellent weekly radio football show Cafe Calcio returns to the air this evening (a little later than scheduled) on Londons Resonance FM, and for this series one of its regular features will be the Street Pharmacists Guide To Football. Here’s co-host Chris Roberts on the more-ish effects of the Premier League for the supporter of a newly-promoted club. Formerly an aristocrat of the drug world (enjoyed by Sigmund Freud and Queen Victoria) cocaine has very definitely come downhill since a chief method of ingestion was to be blown up Stevie Nick’s arse. The drug delivers a rapid and extreme high. A true moment of glory with soaring confidence and body pumping for the brief period it lasts which explains why the drug, though comparatively cheaper than it was, still can be financially draining. Other negative effects include coming across like the biggest horror on the planet who has just had their volume turned up when on a high, and nasty sniveling carping beast on the comedown with incessant gibbering and insincere waffling. It is also pretty bad for your appetite and skin or other tissues, especially the nose hence Ms Nick’s resorting to another passage. All of these symptoms may be “heightened” by using crack cocaine (a mixture of cocaine, baking soda and water), where prolonged consumption can lead (after time) to complete psychological dependence on the drug....

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What Constitutes a ‘Director’? Part 2: The Pompey Angle

The Football League’s Owners’ and Directors’ Test Rule Book must be looking a bit battered by now, what with the role of those called Chairman and those not called Directors being called into question. Yesterday Peter Ridsdale, despite being chairman in name, is claimed not to be one with any influence. The niceties of this position, keenly highlighted by news of his disqualification from directorship in court, have been discussed in detail by Ian King. The reverse is more often the truth, with clubs being somewhat more covert about who is and is not the powerhouse in their affairs. Undeclared owners (a la Leeds until recently) and faceless corporations (Coventry), BVI registered companies (many and legion) and layers of holding companies obfuscate and confuse the League’s rules in their complexity. When Southampton went into administration in 2009 long and febrile were the debates as to whether it was really the club or their parent company, Southampton Leisure Holdings plc, that was actually insolvent. There are those who still feel the 10 point deduction in this case was against the rules as they stood. After the first Premier League case of insolvency with Portsmouth’s 2010 period of Administration there was some revision of the Premier League ‘Fit and Proper Persons’ Test. Such was the complexity of the intertwining ownership connections at Pompey that in February 2010 it was taken over...

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