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Could Qatar bid for Spurs?

Qatar currently lacks a Premiership football club in its trophy cabinet.   Reports are circulating that they may be interested in acquiring Spurs, an interest being stimulated by London mayor Boris Johnson.  He sees the new stadium at White Hart Lane as key to the deprived area's regeneration, but at the moment the project is stalled.

Qatar Sports Investments, which owns Paris Saint Germain, has said that its focus is there and it is not interested in investing in Spurs or any other European club.  But that does not rule out interest from other Qatari entities.

Hereford United wound up

Hereford United have finally been wound up.   Owner Andy Lonsdale claimed to be on his way to court with proof of the required £1m in funds having been deposited in a bank, but said that he was stuck in traffic.   The judge, clearly exasperated, said that this was not good enough.

Cardiff debts shifted to Tan

Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan has paid off some of the debts relating to the building of the club's new stadium, as well as other debts relating to player acquisitions.

However, this does not change the club's underlying financial situation, just who the money is owed to.  It is estimated that the club could now own Tan over £150m.   Only converting some of this debt into equity would change the position.

Hartlepool United taken over

Relegation threatened Hartlepool United have been taken over by a newly formed company, TMH 2014. The consortium is understood to be based in South Yorkshire.

Aberdeen-based Increased Oil Recovery have been in charge since 1997 and the regime has not been a popular one with fans.

Carson Yeung refused bail

Birmingham City majority shareholder Carson Yeung has been refused bail ahead of an appeal against his conviction for money laundering to be held in March.   He does have some hopes of success in the appeal.

In another twist, a mystery individual has bought a large stake in the club and it could be Yeung's common law wife.

Three clubs get transfer embargoes

Three Championship clubs have been placed under transfer embargoes until June under the Football League's financial fair play rules: Blackburn Rovers, Leeds United and Nottingham Forest.  They will then have the opportunity to have the embargoes lifted if they can show that they have stayed within the rules.

Last chance saloon for Hereford

The winding up order against Hereford United has been adjourned once again.   This is the ninth adjournment.   They have until Friday to prove that they have £1m to pay creditors.

Owner Andy Lonsdale has said that it will be 'sorted' by Friday afternoon when the hearing resumes.  That remains to be seen.

Football League show to switch channels

The Football League Show is to switch from the BBC to Channel 5 from next season.  The deal runs for three seasons.  Channel 5 did not offer any more money than other bids on the table, but promised to screen the show at the prime time of 9 pm on Saturdays.

At present the show follows Match of the Day on the BBC.   The late night timing is inconvenient for many fans, although there is a repeat on Sundays.    This will continue.

Friday night games in Premier League auction

Up to ten Friday night games will be included in the new Premier League television rights package to run for three seasons from August 2016.   The Friday night games will form part of the Monday night package. 168 live matches will be available, 14 more than at present and accounting for 44 per cent of all Premier League matches.

No broadcaster will be able to show more than five of the seven packages.    The Qatar based beIN Sports may enter the bidding war.   ITV is expected to contest BBC for the highlights package.

Save Hitchin Town

The fight is on to save Hitchin Town, one of three clubs to play in the first FA Cup that is still taking part today.   They are threatened with losing their ground and having to use an out of town site they don't want.

One complication that this report does not make clear is that the ground is owned by a charity (which has a general obligation under charity law to make best use of its assets) while the club is run by a company.