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Dear The FBI, Can We Can Have Our Ball Back, Please?

Looking for an in-depth investigation into the dark heart of FIFA? You’re in the wrong place, for now, at least. This is an excellent primer into the whys and wherefores of the culture that has led to today’s extraordinary events. Looking for a summary of the background to the specific charges brought today? Have a look here. Looking for the full fat, 160-page plus indictment of world football’s governing body? Well, have a look at this. In the meantime, here’s a brief primer for what now – and quite suddenly – looks like being one of world football’s stories...

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Toot Toot! All Aboard The Managerial Merry-go-Round! (2015 Edition)

On a weekend otherwise only notable for the players of Newcastle United demonstrating a degree of what they may be capable of when required and a truly wince-inducing last game of the season for Liverpool, it was West Ham United who gave this summer’s managerial merry-go-round its firmest push yet in deciding to give Sam Alllardyce his cards within nanoseconds of the full-time whistle at St James Park on Sunday afternoon. Whilst Alllardyce was one of the longer serving managers in the skittish world of Premier League football management, it had always felt as if this particular manager had...

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The 200% Podcast 13: FOUL!

This week’s Twohundredpercent podcast is a day later than usual, and focuses on the dark art of the foul. You can download the Twohundredpercent podcast by right-clicking and saving here, you can stream it through the link below or you can subscribe to this series on Itunes by clicking...

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The Power Of Discretion And Why Guidelines Are… King

The Scottish Football Association (SFA) decision to deem Dave King “fit and proper” to become a Rangers director has proved widely popular. It is popular with Rangers fans because they believe the South African-based businessman will help fund the club back to what they call its “rightful place.” And it is popular with other fans because they believe he can’t and/or won’t. At face value, the decision is disgraceful. SFA regulations identify specific criteria by which a putative director’s fitness and propriety can be gauged. One is whether “he has been convicted within the last 10 years of…an offence liable to imprisonment of two years or over.” In August 2013, King received the world’s most famous 41 convictions for breaches of South African tax law, all of which were “liable to imprisonment of two years…” Another is whether “he has been a director of a club in membership of any National Association within the five-year period of such club having undergone an insolvency event.” Again, King fits this criteria like a glove, having been a Rangers non-executive director throughout the “five-year period” before it entered administration in February 2012. However, the SFA has “discretion as to whether or not such a person is fit and proper…after due consideration of all the relevant facts…in its possession and knowledge, including the undernoted list which is…illustrative and not exhaustive.” This gives the...

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Steven Gerrard, The Media & Liverpool’s Structural Issues

As things turned out, at least Brendan Rodgers had more cause to be grateful than most that last Saturday saw Steven Gerrard play his last match for Liverpool at Anfield for now, at least. The media hullabaloo that greeted the team captain at the weekend detracted in no small way from another poor Liverpool performance. This is, after all, a team that has won just two of its last eight Premier League matches, and those wins came against the currently far from mighty Newcastle United and Queens Park Rangers. It would be unsurprising to find out that Rodgers had...

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