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'I'll see you in court'

Football disputes are increasingly referred to the courts rather than being settled by the game's governing bodies or directly between those involved.

Crystal Palace now face the prospect of being taken to court by Cardiff City over the so-called 'spygate' affair.   Cardiff City take the view that the fine imposed by the Football Association for the leaking of their team's details was insufficient.   

Premier League opens up new technology war

The Premier League is concerned that fans are threatening its earning power by recording content from matches on smart phone and other devices and sharing them on various sites.  Vine, which is a short-form video sharing service is often used (it is owner by Twitter).  The Times and The Sun pay a lot of money for exclusive rights to this sort of content.

#bringCityhome a step closer?

Coventry City's owners Sisu have complied with the instructions of the Football League and paid £471,192 in outstanding rent and other costs for the Ricoh Arena to its operators Arena Coventry Limited (ACL).  ACL had said that they would not engage in negotiations with Sisu until the money was paid.

2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Under Pressure Over Artificial Pitches

A group of international female football stars has retained two top law firms, Boies Schiller & Flexner LLP in the USA and Osler Hoskin & Harcourt in Canada, and are threatening legal action over the decision to play the next Women’s World Cup on what they call a "second-class surface" that they say causes more injuries and "degrades the women’s game."

Salisbury City 'stitched up' by FA and Conference

Salisbury City fans understandably feel aggrieved after their appeal against expulsion from the Conference South was dismissed by the Football Association a few days before the start of the season. They consider that they were 'stitched up' by the FA and the Football Conference.

Betting ban could hit volunteers

Following scandals involving a very small minority of players, from the start of this season no player, manager or club official in the professional game or from Step 4 or above in the non-league system is allowed to bet directly or indirectly on any football match or competition.

This is not just in their own league but any market including results, transfers, team selection, employment of managers, bet in play etc.   The rules that were in force before August 1st excluded any player or official of a club from betting in any competition in which the club participated.

Sisu lose state aid case

Coventry City's owners, Sisu, have lost their judicial review case which claimed that the City Council's loan to the Ricoh Arena constituted illegal state aid under European Union rules.   Sisu have stated that they will seek leave to appeal.

The City Council's case was that once Sisu ceased to make its rent payments it had to make a loan to Arena Coventry Limited (ACL), the operators of the Ricoh, to protect its investment.   It argued that the judicial review formed part of a campaign to 'distress' ACL and acquire control of the Ricoh for Sisu.

Salisbury City demoted

Salisbury City have been demoted to the Conference South after they only cleared £75,000 of their £150,00 debts and failed to provide a required bond of £50,000.

However, the club claims that the real issue is the ownership of the club by mystery businessman Otail Touzar.   They are appealing against the Conference decision and seeking legal advice on taking out an injunction against the league.

Sky Blues court case starts today

A three day judicial review case between Sisu, the owners of Coventry City, and Coventry City Council starts in Birmingham today.   Sisu claim that the Council has breached state aid rules in relation to the Ricoh Arena.   For fans much of the interest will be in the evidence that comes out in open court.

Reprieve for Hereford United

It looks like another eleventh hour reprieve for a football club with the winding up petition against the club brought by a former manager suspended by the High Court for 28 days yesterday.   This is to give the club time to sort out its options.

The club has been taken over by a London businessman Terry Agombar.   However, the Football Conference is insisting that all debts to football creditors have to be dealt with by their annual general meeting on Friday.