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Villa sale rumours persist

A statement by Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner has done little to quell rumours of a possible takeover. Lerner has said that he will address the sale issue in the summer as he does not want to distract the club as it ensures that it is safe from relegation.

Lerner has been seen at matches rarely over the past two years.   Following a change in his personal life, he spends more time in the United States.  He seems to have lost his affection for English football.

Cellino would be banned under new government rules

Exasperation with the ineffectiveness of the Football League's test for directors of football clubs is one factor has led Business Secretary Vince Cable to formulate new rules to ban 'dodgy directors'.   Those who have committed purely commercial offences would be banned under the new rules.

Possible tv sports rights shake up

Ofcom is to review whether BSkyB should have to offer its key sports channels to its rivals.  Sky currently has to offer Sky Sports 1 and 2 at a set price to rivals including Virgin Media and BT Vision because it is deemed to hold a dominant position in the market for premium sports rights.  A new review has now begun into whether such remedies are still appropriate, given changes in the market, such as BT's investment in sports coverage.

Manchester City has best paid players in sport

Manchester City has the best paid players in sport according to a new report.   Their average pay packet is just over £100k a week.   The next two top spots are occupied by Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Football clubs take six of the ten top slots.  Four other Premier League clubs are in the top twenty: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United.

Liquidation threat lifted at Hearts

The threat of liquidation has lifted from Hearts after failed Lithuanian bank Ukio Bankas agreed to sell its shares in the club for a reported £2.5m.   The bank was the club's biggest creditor and held 29 per cent of the shares as well as security over the stadium.   Hearts should now be able to come out of administration before too long.

New shirt sponsorship deal for Rangers

Rangers have concluded a three year shirt sponsorship deal with online casino group 32Red.  The company has previously sponsored Aston Villa and Swansea City.

32Red chief executive Ed Ware said 'This is not a punt.  It is an educated investment.'   Rangers were 'on the comeback trail.'

City to be found guilty under FFP rules

Manchester City are to be found guilty under financial fair play rules this week and face either a heavy fine or a transfer embargo.   Much depends on how sponsorship of the club by Etihad is treated and whether it is regarded as a related party transaction.

Has Arsenal got talent?

Last night's edition of Britain's Got Talent was delayed while Arsenal completed their penalty kicks victory over Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup semi-final.   However, a question that may have been going through the minds of some could have been has Arsenal got enough talented players?   And has Arsene Wenger lost his magic touch?

David Haigh quits at Leeds

In the latest twist in the saga at Leeds, managing director David Haigh has resigned from the board.  he was supposed to become chief executive until the end of the season, but disagreements between him and new owner Massimo Cellino led to a threat to sack him last weekend.

Sporting Intelligence provides an alternative interpretation of his resignation statement.

£18m losses at Rangers

The Rangers Football Club Ltd. has announced losses of £18.1m in the 13 months to June 2013.  It should be noted that there is a complex corporate structure at Rangers and more information can be found here.