Browsing Archive: July, 2012

Sunderland's sponsor - a charity or an Oil Company?

Posted by Ed Thompson on Thursday, July 26, 2012,

Sunderland recently made a surprising announcement when they unveiled their new £20m-per-season sponsorship deal with a ‘charity’ called ‘Invest In Africa’.  However all is not as it first appeared; it transpires that 'Invest in Africa' is actually a ‘not for profit’ organisation with only one employee, accused of being a ‘PR front’ for a contentious oil extraction company.

Football clubs don’t usually have paid deals with charities or 'not for profit organisations'. Blackbu...


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Scudamore proposes FFP rules for the Premier League

Posted by Ed Thompson on Wednesday, July 11, 2012,

Premier League Chief Executive Richard Scudamore has announced the that Premier League is looking into the prospect of introducing its own Financial Fair Play rules. Appearing before the Commons Select Committee on Tuesday 10 July, Scudamore advised that they are setting up a Working Group and aiming to have proposals before clubs during February/March 2013.


With the Football League having introduced their own FFP rules, the Premier League has been criticised for growing levels of debt and for...


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FFP Challenges heard by CAS

Posted by Ed Thompson on Tuesday, July 10, 2012,

Any club or individual that feels aggrieved by a punishment applied by a League or footballing body is able to apply to take their case to the Court of Arbitration in Sport. Subject to certain criteria, CAS may to able to arbitrate on the case.  Recently two Turkish teams have been punished by UEFA for breaches of  FFP rules and have taken their case to CAS. The results have interesting implications for the implementation of FFP.  They also show how challenges to FFP punishments may be applie...


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