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Winners in the air miles league

International pre-season tours are not really about preparing the side for the season ahead. Indeed, all the travelling may fatigue the team and being in different climates may not help that much either.

It's really about marketing, increasing the global profile of the team and creating new opportunities to sell merchandise.

Which team is going to rack up the most air miles this summer? The magazine Four Four Two has provided the answers. Manchester City are way ahead by 39,223 miles on a trip that takes them to Toronto, Houston and Melbourne.

Chelsea unveil plans for the Bridge

Chelsea have unveiled their plans for the redevelopment of Stamford Bridge and they are inspired by Westminster Abbey.   The new stands will be wrapped in flying buttresses which come together in a ring in the middle to hold up the roof.

Premier League boosts economy

There's a certain amount of boosterism going on in this report from Ernst & Young on the economic contribution of the Premier League and it would be interesting to check some of the methodology.  For example, do the figures on tax treat VAT in gross or net terms?

Win-win on Cech deal

Petr Cech's move to Arsenal has been portrayed as something of a psychological blow for Chelsea, a shift in the centre of gravity of London football across the capital from west to north.   However, this article reckons that the deal makes good financial sense - for Arsenal as well as for Chelsea.

Cellino in trouble again

Leeds owner Massimo Cellino could be in trouble with the Football League again, a month after his four month ban barring him from having any executive influence at the club expired. He is appealing against the disqualification through the FA's arbitration process.

Cellinio has been fined £28,000 by an Italian court and had his Range Rover confiscated after it was found that he had failed to pay VAT on the imported car. He was acquitted of customs offences.

Northampton Town set for foreign takeover

Northampton Town is a quintessentially Middle England club, but it looks set for a takeover by an Indian consortium as foreign investors reach into the lower levels of the Football League.

Standard Liege sold

Roland Duchatelet has sold Standard Liege to the club's vice-president Bruno Venanzi.   He co-founded an energy company which specialises in green tariffs in 2003.   So far 83 per cent of Standard fans voting in an online poll have welcomed the news.

Court hits financial fair play rules

The Euroean Union's Court of First Instance has struck a blow at Uefa's financial fair play (FFP) rules, reinforcing the widely held belief that the rules lack a strong legal foundation.

What has happened about QPR fine?

Everything has gone quiet for some time now on the prospect of QPR receiving a massive fine for breaching financial fair play (FFP) regulations.   This suggests that negotiations are going on behind the scenes in the search for an acceptable compromise.

QPR have made it clear for some time that they would be willing to mount a legal challenge to a substantial fine.  We have argued for some time that the FFP regulations would probably not stand up to scrutiny in the courts, particularly in terms of competition law.

The downfall of Reading

This writer provides an interesting in depth look at how Reading lost their status as fianancial paragons. Under John Madejski they had a distinct identity and character which differentiated them from other clubs. What happened is an object lesson in how one rogue owner can unsettle a club.