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China cracks down on foreign players

China has cut the number of foreign players allowed to play in each football match from four to three per team, although five will be allowed in the match day squad (one has to be Asian).   There will also have to be one Chinese player under 23 on the pitch.

Football stadium to be demolished

Nene Park, formerly the home of Rushden & Diamonds is to be demolished.  The stadium is derelict and judged to be dangerous and a fire risk. The club was formed from a merger of Irthlingborough Diamonds and Rushden Town. in 1992.  They were promoted to the Football League in 2001.  At their height they played in the equivalent of League One.

Forest sack manager after takeover talks fail

Nottingham Forest have sacked their manager Philippe Montanier after takeover talks failed.  Judging from his remarks after the 0-0 away draw with Birmingham City, he was not anticipating his downfall.

What will mayor decide about Chelsea stadium plans?

Chelsea have received planning permission from Hammersmith and Fulham council to build a new 60,000 seater stadium on the site of Stamford Bridge.  However, the plans for the £500m project must be signed off by London mayor Sadiq Khan.

He has 14 days to respond once the plan is sent on to him by Hammersmith Council.  He can accept the application, reject it or hold a short public inquiry which he would chair himself.   There are indications that his advisers think that the proposal is insufficiently 'green''.

Super club status a mixed blessing for City

Manchester City have been named as one of nine European super clubs by Uefa.  While the recognition is welcome, it could store up problems for the future.   Uefa may decide to target these clubs with new financial fair play (FFP) measures.  

Spending caps hit new Messi deal

La Liga spending caps are constraining Barcelona's ability to offer Lionel Messi a new contract.   Not unreasonably, La Liga requires clubs to spend no more than 70 per cent of their income on wages.

Barcelona have the highest wages in Spain and the second highest in the world after Manchester United. One way forward would be to try and boost revenues.

A typical Fifa power and money grab?

A typical Fifa money and power grab which would diminish the quality of the compeition was how critics of the organisation characterised its proposals for changes to the World Cup from 2026.   More moderate critics were concerned that Fifa was diluting its brand,  The tournament would be expanded from 32 to 48 countries, meaning that it will involve about a quarter of all Fifa nations.

Jezza targets footballers' pay

As part of his campaign to cap high pay in the UK, Jeremy Corbyn has specifically targeted footballers' pay.  This is, of course, good populist politics.

A reprieve for Millwall?

Lewisham Council has postponed a meeting scheduled for tonight which would have approved a compulsory purchase order for land around Millwall's New Den ground.    The meeting will be rescheduled, but no date has been given.

Millwall are concerned that the purchase would make the ground no longer viable for football and have said they might have to relocate to North Kent.   Some locals think that a move to the vicinity of the O2 and North Greenwich tube would be more likely.

FA Cup cash payments to change

The basis on which payments are made to clubs for FA cup success may change.  The sums received can be a financial lifeline for lower league and non-league clubs.   There was resentment that the £144,000 fees for live broadcasts in the third round all went to larger clubs.