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Ridsdale is barred as director

Peter Ridsdale has been a controversial figure in English football.  Indeed, the Financial Times describes him this morning as a 'serial football club chairman'.  He is in the news again because he has been barred by the Insolvency Service from serving for seven-and-a-half years as a company director.

Conflict of interest at Truro City?

The Conference and the Football Association are looking into a possible conflict of interest between Salisbury City and Truro City arising from the deal that saved the Cornish club.

The overdue wages of Truro players were paid by CGA Holdings, the company of the chairman of Salisbury City, William Harrison-Allen.  He insisted that he was not investing in Truro City and it was a property deal that had nothing to do with football.

Truro's ground was bought for ¬£2.28m by Jojo Investments, a company formed in June.  It has one shareholder, a London solicitor.

Football bosses jailed in Chinese match fixing case

China has put two dozen former football officials, players, coaches and referees behind bars in an attempt to clean up the game which has been rife with corruption.  Two former national soccer chiefs and the disgraced national football team captain each got ten and half a years to enjoy the amenities of the country's prisons.

Blow in battle against match fixing

The fight against match fixing in European football has suffered a further blow with the resignation of Uefa's anti-corruption supremo only a year after he was appointed.   Pierre Cornu will leave his post after the Euro 2012 tournament finishes.   His departure follows the resignation earlier this year of the head of security for Fifa.

Merv the Swerve backs Uefa

Uefa has found an unlikely backer for its financial fair play regulations in the form of Bank of England Governor Sir Mervyn King.   Aston Villa supporter King said on Radio 4 that Uefa's financial fair play regulations would limit the role money has in deciding performance on the pitch.

Payday lending and football

From time to time we are pleased to welcome guest writers.  We do not necessarily agree (or disagree) with what they say, but think they have an interesting point to make.   This contribution is by Laura Susstance:

The German model: the Bundesliga

The debate about the respective merits of the Premier League and the Bundesliga is more than one about football.   It is also part of a large clash between rival models of capitalism: the free market or 'Anglo-Saxon' model and the coordinated capitalism or 'Rhineland' model.   Britain is seen as a classic case of the former model, Germany as an exemplar of the latter.

Points deductions

Rangers and Portsmouth will be the 25th and 26th clubs to have entered administration since the points deduction penalty was introduced, Portsmouth for the second time.   There were fewer points deductions in 2011 than in any since 2007, the peak number being in 2009.


Here is a complete list, 10 points being deducted unless otherwise stated:


England and Wales


2004: Wrexham


2005: Cambridge United


2006: Rotherham United, Crawley Town (6 points)

Uefa warning after top clubs losses soar

Losses at Europe's top clubs have worsened by 36 per cent, leading Uefa to issue a 'last wake up call' to their owners if they are to comply with the new financial fair play rules.   If they were to be applied now, more than a dozen clubs could be in breach of them.

B team scheme gets a pasting

The suggestion put forward by Andr√© Villas-Boas that top clubs should be allowed to field reserve teams in the Football League has got a pasting from all quarters.   Hardly anyone had a good word to say for it on 606 on Saturday evening.   But some of the arguments against it seem spurious and the suggestion deserves a bit more consideration.