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Financial fair play ban for Cardiff City

A transfer embargo has been imposed on Cardiff City for breaching financial fair play rules.   The club is considering an appeal.  They join Bolton Wanderers, Fulham and Nottingham Forest who have been similarly penalised.

The Bluebirds' finances have not been helped this season by many fans voting with their feet and choosing not to watch the team. Last weekend they crashed out of the FA Cup at the hands of lower league Shrewsbury.

Free to air international matches cut back

It looks as is free to air broadcasting of international matches may be undermined with Sky poised to secure the rights for the new Uefa Nations League.   The new competition is set to launch in 2018.

It will divide national teams into leagues and will replace most friendly matches.   It is intended to tackle declining interest in international football outside of the major competitions.

Bolton face administration

Bolton Wanderers face the threat of administration despite a fire sale that has included putting their entire playing staff on the market and raising £4m by selling the offices at the Macron stadium.   The club's situation remains finely balanced despite the sale of the offices and the prospect of future income from transfers.   The offices are rented to several businesses and generated £800,000 annually.

United to launch Chinese tv channel

Manchester United will become the first football club to launch a dedicated 24 hour television channel in China next week, as it seeks to keep up with growing Chinese interest in the game.  Sina Sports, an online sports platform, will begin broadcasting the club's MUTV on its website, mobile site and app next Sunday.

Recent turbulence on the Chinese stock exchange and a fall in the country's interest has not dampened interest in the potential of the Chinese market for football.

Relegation would hit Dundee United hard

Relegation from the Scottish Premier League would hit Dundee United hard, chairman Stephen Thompson has warned.   His family would not go on ploughing in money into the club in the long term.

The club has the 3rd biggest wage bill in the Premier League and has spent £650,000 on transfer fees in the last 18 months which is, of course, a small sum by the standards of the English Premier League. Thompson blames their present plight on poor player recruitment last summer.

Staying up is crucial for Swansea

The author of the Swiss Ramble blog takes his customary in depth and meticulous look at Swansea City's finances in his latest post.  In many ways, the Swans have been seen as a model of the way in which a 'smaller' club can succeed.

Sponsors tell United to be less boring

In a rather unusual intervention the chief executive officer of major Manchester United sponsors adidas has said that he wants to see the team playing more attractive football.   The kit sponsor signed a record £750m ten year deal with the club last year.

Pope's team is coming home

The football team supported by Pope Francis, CA San Lorenzo de Almagro, is to have a new stadium built on the one it was evicted from 36 years ago.   The picture above shows him displaying their traditional red and blue colours.

Foreign rights bonanza for Premiership

Almost all the major deals for Premier League television deals are now done and the total looks like being around £3.2bn over three years.  This represents a 50 per cent increase on the corresponding figure for 2013-16.   When the Premier League started in 1992-3 the rights were worth £8m a year.

American investors steam in to English Football

Hard nosed American investors are replacing the oligarchs and egoists who have invested in English football over the last twenty years.   If the deal at Everton goes ahead, eight of the twenty Premier League clubs will have investors from the US.