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Scots opt for pyramid

The Scottish FA has agreed to a new pyramid system that allows for promotion and relegation to and from the Third Division. There will be play offs between the bottom club in the Scottish Premier Football League and the champions from each of the Highland League and the new Lowland League.

Among the teams in the Lowland League are phoenix club Gretna 2008, Edinburgh City, University of Stirling and the superbly named Gala Fairydean Rovers. However, the also aptly named Civil Service Strollers are not included.

Between a Rock and a hard place

Gibraltar has been granted full membership of Uefa and will take part in qualifying for the 2016 European championships. However, it will be kept apart from Spain which had opposed the Rock's membership.

Gibraltar first applied in 1999 and the rules were subsequently changed so that only sovereign states could become members. However, the Court for Arbitration in Sports subsequently ruled that the rules could not be changed retrospectively. The Gibraltar Football Association subsequently hired a public relations firm to make its case for membership.

Is football a public good?

Is football a 'public good'?  That is the rather surprising claim made by the chief executive of the Bundesliga in an interview with The Guardian's David Conn.  

Scottish clubs seek to force change

Second tier Scottish clubs are seeking to force open the impasse over the future structure of the Scottish leagues. Ten clubs are poised to resign from the Scottish Football League after becoming disillusioned with how league reconstruction talks have progressed.

After a meeting at Hamilton's ground on Thursday evening, several First Division sides are said to be ready to carry out the move in a bid to force a restructure of Scottish football.

United trio head up English football

With the appointment of Anthony Fry as the new chairman of the Barclays Premier League, English football is now headed by a trio of Manchester United supporters.   Fry is described as a 'keen spectator' at Old Trafford, whatever that  means (perhaps that is how fans were described at his alma mater of Magdalen College, Oxford).

Venky's open dialogue with Blackburn Rovers Supporters' Trust

In a surprising but welcome development, it appears that Venky's, the owners of Blackburn Rovers, are willing to engage in dialogue with the Supporters' Trust which is something they have been seeking for some time.  A personal letter was sent to Blackburn supremo Anuradha Desai and she has replied asking for more information about the Trust's intentions.

Premier League votes for new financial rules

The Barclays Premier League has voted to implement new financial rules from next season. The vote was only secured after chief executive Richard Scudamore wrote to all clubs and Swansea defected from the 'Gang of Six', allowing the supporters of the move to secure the necessary two-thirds majority.

Legal eagles backed Pompey

Rescuing Portsmouth FC has been a highly complex process involving persistence and a wide range of skills. These skills will become even more necessary once the Pompey Supporters' Trust (PST) is in charge.

The legal experts who made up the Versiona Team were spurred on by their personal passion and dedication to Portsmouth FC. They voluntarily dedicated hundreds of hours at all times of day, night and at weekends.

Ofcom rules against Ken Bates

Ken Bates has always been a controversial figure in English football.  Although no verified figures are available, it is believed that he has shown that it is possible to make money out of football.  But then he would argue that he effectively rescued Chelsea and then Leeds United when they were on the floor.

Another victory for the regulatory state?

Sports lawyer Daniel Geey provides excellent in depth analysis of developments in football and his latest post looks at the efforts of the Premier League to move towards its own financial regulatory framework. He identifies a number of unanswered questions relating to their proposals.