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B league plan unpopular

Among the proposals from Greg Dyke's FA Commission, that for a new league for B teams has attracted most controversy.   A not uncommon response is why the lower leagues should be expected to sort out problems caused by the Premiership's 'greed'.

Under the plan there would be a new League 3 from 2016-17 with ten 'B' teams from top sides and ten Conference sides.   There would be promotion and relegation, but 'B' teams could not be promoted beyond League 1.  

Why is City fine so large?

It appears that Manchester City are to be fined €60m or around £50m for breaches of Uefa's financial fair play rules.   It is not clear whether the fine would take a phased reduction of Champions League prize money as some reports are suggesting.  In addition they are likely to face a cap on the size of their squad and possibly a wages cap as well.

B teams on the agenda again

Plans to allow top clubs to run 'B' teams lower down the league system have been on the agenda for some time, but they have been revived again.   The latest idea involves either a new league sandwiched between League 2 and the Conference or a merger between League 2 and the Conference which would then be divided into two regional leagues.

City and Uefa far apart

It was expected that an agreement between Uefa and Manchester City FC on the sanctions to be applied for breaches of financial fair play rules would be announced last Friday, but negotiations are continuing with the two sides far apart.

Uefa has proposed that City, along with Paris Saint-Germain and a handful of other clubs, agree to a heavy fine and a reduction in the number of players they can register for next season's Champions League.

Lawyers brought into relegation fight

Sunderland looked as if they had pulled off 'the great escape' with their victory over Manchester United yesterday, but now they face a legal challenge that could put them back in the relegation zone. 

Sanctions on City

Manchester City are expected to have their squad numbers cut for next season's Champions League after breaching Uefa's financial fair play rules.   Expenditure restrictions are also set to be put in place, setting a limit on the salary bill of their European 'A' squad.  Normally 25 players are allowed in the 'A' squad, but this number is expected to be cut and the club also faces a large fine.

The sanctions form part of a settlement offer to City and other clubs such as Paris Saint Germain which they can accept, reject or try to negoriate.

Uefa tone down financial fair play threats

It looks as if Uefa is backing down from a confrontation with leading clubs over its financial fair play rules. Michel Platini has announced that no club will be banned from the Champions League or Europa Leage next season.   Of course, they could still receive transfer bans and big fines.

Cellino would be banned under new government rules

Exasperation with the ineffectiveness of the Football League's test for directors of football clubs is one factor has led Business Secretary Vince Cable to formulate new rules to ban 'dodgy directors'.   Those who have committed purely commercial offences would be banned under the new rules.

Chelsea face probe into relationship with Dutch club

The Dutch Football Federation is to investigate Chelsea's links with Vitesse Arnhem.  This follows a claim by their former owner that executives at Stamford Bridge had told the Dutch club not to qualify for the Champions League.

Big blow for Barcelona

Fifa has slapped a 14-month transfer ban on Barcelona for breaking rules relating to the transfer of under-18 players that are designed to protect them from exploitation.   The Catalan club has also been fined, along with the Spanish football federation.

The club's squeaky clean image had already been damaged earlier in the year by allegations of tax evasion surrounding the transfer of Neymar.   The then president resigned, but his successor may now face demands for new presidential elections.