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Podcast 99: Fast Food

This week, the Twohundredpercent podcast is still on its summer recess from football, and this week we turn our attention, with the assistance of Edward Dickins, to fast food, from the curiosity that there are no chains for kebabs to the ongoing peculiarity that is continued existence of Wimpy. And, of course, there’s the all-important question of what the circumstances are under which fish and chips becomes fast food. As ever, you can download the 200% podcast by right-clicking and saving here, whilst the 200% podcast’s RSS feed is here and you can subscribe through Itunes here. We also...

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The Rangers Tax Case: Then, Now & Forever

Between 2001 and 2010, Rangers FC participated in an Employee Benefit Trust (EBT) scheme, the “Murray Group Management Remuneration Trust (MGMRT). “So far as Rangers were concerned,” this scheme “enabled the Club to attract players who would not otherwise have been obtainable,” the “Murray” of the Murray Group, Rangers ex-chairman David, admitted to a “First-Tier Tax Tribunal” (FTT). On Wednesday, the Supreme Court declared that scheme unlawful. In February 2013, Lord William Nimmo-Smith reported on his Scottish Premier League (SPL)-commissioned investigation into Rangers’ alleged breaching of league rules in the operation of the now-unlawful scheme. The good Lord noted...

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FIFA’s Garcia Report: Reaction & Ridicule

So, disgraced Fifa ex-president Sepp Blatter is NOT a woman trapped in a man’s body. Prince William did NOT try to sell his place in-line to the UK throne to Qatar. And the repugnant Jack Warner is NOT one of the most repulsive human beings on the planet never to have committed murder. No, wait, that last one IS true. What Fifa call the “Report on the Inquiry into the 2018/2022 FIFA World Cup Bidding Process (the so-called “Garcia Report”),” named after its primary author, the Fifa Ethics Committee (EthCo) Investigatory Chamber’s then “independent” chair, United States ex-attorney Michael...

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Stephen Caulker, Craig King & Football’s Mental Health Issue

It required a strong constitution to read Dominic Fifield’s interview with Stephen Caulker earlier this week. For anybody that has ever struggled with depression or anxiety, the language was all too familiar. The flirtations with self-destructive behaviour patterns. The feelings of worthlessness. The belief that, for all the evidence before one’s very eyes, that one is somehow “winging it”. It wouldn’t be suprising if a large part of the outpouring of sympathy for Caulker this week came about because so much of what he said rang so true for so many people. Mental illness of any sort remains one...

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Northampton Town: The Chinese Are Coming

It was two years ago that a curious story started to emerge from the lower reaches of the Football League of a stand that never got built and an amount of money that seemed to have vanished into thin air. Northampton Town had been lent a considerable amount of money, £10.25m, by its local council between the autumn of 2013 and the autumn of 2014, ostensibly for the construction of a new stand at the club’s Sixfields home, but despite several revisions to the plans for this new building, works stalled, contractors pulled out, and before too long it started...

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