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Football Governance


New call for action on Scottish football

Former Scottish first minister Henry McLeish headed a review of the Scottish game in 2010.  He has now called for a new summit on the state of the game after Scotland's failure to qualify for Euro 2016.  Much smaller countries such as Iceland and Northern Ireland succeeded in qualifying.

El Clásico under threat after vote

Nationalist parties have won the regional elections in Catalonia.   They plan to hold an independence referendum within eighteen months.  Spain has said that it would challenge any such referendum in the courts.

Hull City name change turned down

Contrary to expectations, the FA have turned down Hull City's application to change their name to Hull Tigers. FA chairman Greg Dyke is believed to have supported the application. The idea now looks dead in the water.

Fans have campaigned against the name change, although some argue that it is only a vociferous minority of fans that are opposed.

Hull hopeful of name change

Hull City are hopeful that a FA hearing on Saturday will allow them to change their name to Hull Tigers.  It is understood that the Football League will not oppose the change.   The Premier League is not thought to be opposed either.

The League is aware that the decision would set a precedent and could lead to a whole series of ice hockey style names for clubs.  However, other clubs may be rightly sceptical of the marketing advantages which Hull's owners claim the name change will bring.

Relegation penalty for Ligue 1 side?

Corscian Ligue 1 side Bastia could be relegated for financial irregularities.  The €1.2m they owe doesn't seem to be a lot by modern standards, and they hope they could cover it by selling some of their best players.   However, the French authorities seem to be taking a 'rules is rules' stance.

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.

Spanish clubs face state aid decision

A European Commission investigation into illegal state aids to Spanish football clubs will be concluded by the end of the summer.  Seven clubs are involved, including Barcelona and Real Madrid.

If the allegations are found to be justified, they could face paying back billions of euros.  However, the Spanish government has said it will defend the clubs to the last as they are part of Spain's 'brand'.

Sponsors could hold key to Fifa crisis

Commercial sponsors could hold the key to the outcome of the crisis at Fifa.   MacDonalds and adidas, two of the headline sponsors for the 2018 World Cup, expressed grave concern at the fresh wave of allegations of systematic corruption within Fifa.

However, the strongest line has taken by Visa.   Any company involved in financial services has a particular interest in not being tainted by allegations of corruption.

In a statement, Visa said: 

Could QPR face a huge fine?

To compound their misery at relegation from the Premier League, Queens Park Rangers face the prospect of a fine in excess of £50m for breach of financial fair play regulations.   They could even be expelled from professional football.

Labour's plans for football

The Labour Party manifesto issued today contains a section on football, a subject of considerable interest to shadow health minister Andy Burnham.

It states, 'Football clubs are an important part of many people’s identity and sense of belonging. They are more than just businesses. But despite their importance in the lives of their members and supporters, too often there are no effectivemeans for fans to have a say in how their clubs are run.'