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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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4 Responses

  1. sp3ktor says:

    The obvious conclusion to the casual observer is that Turner is protesting too much. I wonder if HMRC will be paying closer attention to their future reported gate receipts.

    The best way for fans to react is to stop going. Stop putting their money into Turner’s pocket.

    I certainly hope he puts the board back up – as he’s already banned there’s not a lot else Turner can do.

  2. Duffman says:

    Yep. HUFC fans should boycott all home games until this guy is allowed back in.

    That should change Mr Turner’s tune pretty quickly lest he attract the wrong kind of attention.

  3. Ijon says:

    Without knowing any of the history to this, it seems quite bizarre that a comment about gate receipts could upset a club owner so much.

    Nothing wrong with defending your club and it’s interests, but fingers crossed he sees a bit of sense soon and allows Watson back.

  4. 200percent says:

    Steve,

    It’s an old trick that non-league clubs used to use – under-report gate takings (ie, by only clicking on the turnstiles for every other person that pays to get in) and you only have to pay half of the tax that you would have had to pay. It’s illegal, obviously, and Turner (presuming that the allegations weren’t true) is right to be unhappy about it. If there was an investigation into it and they were found to have been doing it, they’d be in very hot water indeed. However, to ban someone for somebody else expressing such an opinion (and it’s more or less impossible to prove) is a gross over-reaction to events. Normal protocol in such a situation would be for the club to approach the administrator of the site and request that they take it down, but this has been overlooked in favour of a knee-jerk reaction.

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