Browsing Archive: November, 2012

Time to draw a line under state sponsorship of football clubs

Posted by Ed Thompson on Wednesday, November 28, 2012,

Two of the Premier League's top clubs are sponsored by airlines based in the UAE.  Arsenal are sponsored by 'Emirates air line', based in Dubai, whilst Manchester City are sponsored by 'Etihad airways' based in Abu Dhabi.


By way of background, the UAE is roughly the size of Ireland and is a federation of seven emirates (equivalent to principalities), each governed by a hereditary emir with a single national president. The constituent emirates are Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ajman, Fujairah, Ras al Khaim...


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No Premier League consensus on FFP

Posted by Ed Thompson on Saturday, November 17, 2012,

Premier League Chairmen met on Thursday to discuss implementing spending constraints into the Premier League.  Clubs have become noticeably more positive about the prospect of spending restrictions over the last two years and the Premier League executives (notably Peter Scudamore) have had to change their stance on the issue.

Although most club owners now believe some kind of restriction is going to benefit them, finding a single approach that will be acceptable to 14 of the 20 Premier League ...


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