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Football League Tightens Up Administration Rules

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The Football League has announced various measures dealing with insolvency agreements following their Owners’ and Executives’ Conference and AGM that seeks to change ownership within football for the better.

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Football League Statement

The Football League have issued a statement with respect to Birmingham International Holdings going into receivership, having now met with Ernst and Young.

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Contrasting Pre Seasons

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It’s less than a fortnight until the new season and Blackpool FC are still to add to the lowly eight contracted players that constitute their first team squad. With management and board in a stand-off and the manager having banned anyone from talking to the press no one who supports the Seasiders know when this nightmare is going to end.

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Tightening restrictions

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The takeover of Doncaster Rovers by John Ryan and Louis Tomlinson of One Direction collapsed earlier this week in acrimony as their attempt at crowdfunding collapsed £1.25mil short of the £2mil target. Ryan has now angrily threatened to walk away from football completely, bitterly complaining that he has been “used and abused”.

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Football Club Owners Discussed in the Commons

Conservative MP for Folkestone and Hythe Damian Collins told the House of Commons yesterday that laws must be changed to ensure no football club can ever again be “run into the ground” by secret owners in a debate about football club ownership.

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Set of Balls Number Four and Lancelot – QPR Reflections

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Birmingham City’s miserable home form continued with a 2-0 defeat to QPR yesterday thanks to two goals from former Blues loanee Ravel Morrison. The result leaves Blues in eighteenth place, seven points ahead of Yeovil Town and the relegation places.

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FFP, the Football League and Sustainability

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Yesterday it was reported by the BBC that a third of owners of football clubs in the Championship and League One are considering selling their clubs as the new regulations surrounding financial fair play take effect.

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Talks With The League

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It emerged yesterday that Blues are to meet with officials from the Football League over the transfer embargo that has been imposed against Birmingham City. The Birmingham Mail has today confirmed that the meeting won’t be today (as first thought), but I thought it would be interesting to talk about it anyway.

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Financial Fair Play and Blues

The Football League yesterday announced that they were going to implement Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations to the Championship as they look to make the division a fairer playing field and to clamp down on irresponsible ownership of football clubs.

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Ownership in Football – an OP editorial

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If there is one thing I have noticed this season, it’s the preponderance of clubs who have problematic owners. Our opponents today, Coventry City, are also under a transfer embargo as they haven’t agreed funding for next year with their owners. Portsmouth are in administration; Leeds United fans are protesting against Ken Bates. It got me to thinking about the fit and proper persons test, and what’s wrong with it.

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