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Cobblers inquiry widened

Quite what has been happening at Northampton Town is far from clear and may not be for some time as allegations of financial irregularities are not easy to investigate.

However, it appears that the scope of the inquiry has widened and investigative football journalist David Conn tries to get to the bottom of what has been going on.

Former Leeds boss loses court action

A former managing durector of Leeds United has been ordered to pay more than £121,500 in costs to a London lawyer he accused of 'human trafficking'.  

David Haigh brought a private prosecution against his former business partner Peter Gray alleging that he conspired with two colleagues to entice him to Dubai with the false promise of a job.  He was then arrested and sentenced to two years' imprisonment for embezzlement and breach of trust.

Winding up order served on Northampton Town

As football clubs start to get their finances in order, winding up orders served by Her Majesty's  Revenue & Customs (HMRC)have become rarer.  However, one has now been served on Northampton Town.

Messi to face tax charges

Lionel Messi and his father, who is his manager, are to face tax fraud charges and Spanish prosecutors are calling for a 22-month jail term.   They deny any wrongdoing and blame a former agent of the player.  Of course, even if they were found gullty, this would not necessarily be the sentence that was handed down.

Gulls could close

Torquay United could be forced to close.   One problem is that attendances have been falling.  Only 1,558 watched their home game against Guiseley, 250 less than their break even figure of 1,800.

Everything you wanted to know about the transfer window

Top sports lawyer Daniel Geey explains everything you want to know about the transfer window.

Why do clubs leave major investment decisions in personnel to the last minute?   Geey points out that they may be the culmination of weeks and months of planning.

Sisu get their day in court again

Sisu are to get a replay in February 2016 their ongoing legal battle with Coventry City Council.   Their original claim that the council's loan to Arena Coventry Limited was illegal state aid was rejected.   Two judges refused to allow an appeal, but it was a case of third time lucky.

Bristol Rovers lose court case

Bristol Rovers have lost a court case with Sainsbury's over the sale of the Memorial Ground.   Sainsbury's had agreed to pay £30m for the ground to build a supermarket, then pulled out of the deal.  However, the court ruled that the supermarket chain were within their rights.

Bristol Rovers had alleged that Sainsbury's decided long ago not to proceed with the scheme but kept 'stringing along' the club to prevent a competitor accessing the site and eating into its market share.

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.

Court stops Spanish football strike

A Madrid court issued a last-minute ruling to end a player strike that had threatened to bring the La Liga season to a premature end, as well as preventing the final of the Copa del Ray being played.   According to the interim ruling by Spain's national court, the strike would have caused 'grave organisational disorder'.

There would have been little prospect of playing the cancelled matches at a later date.  Javier Tebas, the president of Spain's professional league, had earlier warned that the stoppage could inflict financial damage of €100m.