November 2010

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The BBC Will Be Right To Show The World Jack Warner On Panorama

A couple of years ago, it felt as if. in some ways, there was something inevitable about England winning the race to host the 2018 World Cup finals. Since then, however, the wheels have come off the wagon in every conceivable way. The Triesman sting, the Sunday Times exposé on the subject of FIFA corruption…

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November 24, 2010
Ian

A Culture Of Abuse: Striking For Respect

In the second in the series of issues relating to abuse within the sport, Rob Freeman looks at the causes of this weekends proposed strike amongst Scottish referees. Yesterday, the Scottish Senior Football Referees’ Association (SSFRA) notified the Scottish Football Association (SFA) of the intention of the nation’s referees to strike over the forthcoming weekend….

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November 23, 2010
Ian

A Culture Of Abuse: The World Of The Fanatic

Over the next few days, we will be taking a look at some issues relating to abuse within the context of football. With referees in Scotland threatening to go on strike, teams being booed from the pitch left, right and centre and internet forums and messageboards increasingly resembling bear-pits, it certainly feels as if football…

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November 23, 2010
Ian

The Football Conference’s Financial Reporting Initiative: Cause For Cautious Optimism

While the financial news elsewhere in football continues to be no better than mixed, one league at least seems to be moving in the right direction with regard to how it deals with its financial affairs. The Football Conference, comprising the Blue Square Premier, North and South introduced new, tougher financial rules for clubs last…

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November 22, 2010
Ian

Ian Holloway Should Put Olly Out To Pasture

Pretty much everyone in football must have an admiration for what Ian Holloway has achieved at Blackpool, even if it is only a sneaking admiration. I’ve advocated awarding Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe two “manager-of-the-year” awards for they way he has turned AFC Bournemouth’s fortunes around from minus seventeen points at the bottom of League Two to…

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November 22, 2010
Mark

Wednesday Weakness

Now that Sheffield Wednesday’s takeover is imminent, it is instructive to look in detail at some aspects of the tale. There is no doubt that the vast majority of the cast have been playing games of some sort while the club has sunk further into the financial mire. Chief Executive Nick Parker may have been…

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November 22, 2010
Mark

Videos Of The Week: Non-League Special

This evening’s Videos Of The Week come again from the non-league game. This weekend saw the Third Qualifying Round of the FA Trophy. It’s the final round of the competition before the clubs of the Blue Square Premier enter the competition, so there is a potential reward for the competing teams. With a final at…

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November 21, 2010
Ian
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