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Ian

Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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  1. Chris says:

    Here here to all that, Twohundredpercent! I know I’m biased (being a West Ham fan), but I can’t help thinking that the likes of Sheffield United and Wigan are just taking out an insurance policy should they drop out of the Premiership.

    You’re right in saying that the decision against West Ham was a little soft, but then again £5 million quid out of our coffers isn’t exactly sugar-coated either. That’s like taking away one of our future purchases.

    Well done on another great article!

  2. matsimpsk says:

    You won’t hear clubs further up the table complaining because they know that West Ham’s escape sets a very handy precident for them – they know they break the rules, lie to the Premier League and if – if! – they get caught, they get penalised much less harshly than they would if they were relegated.

    This is a whole world away from the AFC Wimbledon thing. West Ham blatantly cheated and then lied about it, and then carried on cheating. If they don’t go down, the other clubs in the relegation fight have every right to be pissed off. If that means legal action to make sure that this kind of thing doesn’t happen in the future, so be it.

  3. IANIANIAN says:

    I agree that the fault here is with the Premiership itself. This arrangement was common knowledge in August last year, so why wait until the end of April before concluding the investigation into it? I simply don’t buy the argument that the other struggling PL clubs are doing this out of the goodness of their hearts, and I would point you towards an aricle in The Guardian’s sport section on the fact that any legal action that they would take is almost certainly doomed to failure.

  4. Stouffer says:

    Dave Whelan is a twat. The circumstances surrounding his purchase of Wigan RLFC are particularly, ahem, interesting. And his calls for a salary cap in the Premiership look somewhat less noble when you consider his opposition and open contempt for the very same system in rugby league. This is obviously nothing to do with his RL team happening to be the big boys rather than the heroic minnows.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_league/super_league/5252930.stm

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