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City’s Chairman Defends FFP Violations; Calls Premier League in Peril

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Manchester City, a club owned by the Abu Dhabi Royal Sheikh Mansur, is being investigated by UEFA for violating the Financial Fair Play Guidelines (FFP). The Premier League club was taken over by Sheikh Mansur in 2008; pouring in 100 million Euros as the initial purchase.

However, the club’s Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak has said that his club “will unquestionably prevail” in the investigation opened by UEFA. Besides, conveying that he is not uncomfortable with the regulatory body doing their job.

In March, German publication Der Spiegel in a series of articles revealed how Manchester City have formed a network, which allows them to spend beyond the upper limit. At that time, they also released files, including hacked emails, from ‘Football Leaks’, which appeared to show City inflating sponsorship contracts.

According to the email leaks by “Football Leaks”, Simon Pierce, an Australian PR Executive was named as the prime actor, who suggested backdropping the sponsorship contract; including a fee for winning an FA Cup. The club, however, continues to deny any wrong doing.

Following the claims, UEFA accumulated a panel to investigate the claims. As per Sky Sports News, the club is expected to receive a one-year ban from the Champions League.

“I believe, quite comfortably, if the process is going to be judged on facts then unquestionably we will prevail. If it’s not about facts and it’s about other things, then it is a different conversation,” Al- Mubarak said on the investigation.

On the other hand, La Liga (Spanish Football League) President, Javier Tebas on Tuesday accused City Chairman Al-Mubarak and City of ‘damaging the football with state-sponsored cash’.

In response to which, the chairman portrayed that there is a strong criticism not because of the investigation into Manchester City FFP violations, but because of the growing success of the Premier League. Currently, there are four teams in two European finals and a lot of people cannot withstand that, he claimed condemning the critics.

“And I hope people start seeing that and start – I know people don’t want to defend Manchester City – but for God’s sake start defending this league.”

He also said that “there is hypocrisy in this statement that is ironic” because it is Spain’s clubs that have been responsible for “these huge jumps in transfer” fees.

“I will not accept for this club to be used as a diversionary tactic on poor investment decisions from other clubs, We’ve managed ourselves well and we will be judged by facts and facts alone. This is a well-run club. That’s a fact.” As proof, he also stated that the club does not possess the most expensive striker, midfielder, or goalkeeper, to stand such vague arguments.


England Retaliates Racial Abuse at 2020 Euro Cup Qualifier with 6-0 Win

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During England’s 2020 Euro Cup qualifier against Bulgaria on Monday at Stadion Vasil Levski in Sofia, everything seemed to be going well for Gareth Southgate and his team until the racist slurs marred the splendid win against Bulgaria.

There were many other notable instances throughout the match like the combined team effort leading to the 6-0 win against Bulgaria and the efforts of Bulgarian Captain Ivelin Popov to stop the racist abuse.

However, it was the monkey noises and chants aimed at the coloured players of England and the statements from the Bulgarian coach and a Bulgarian journalist after the game that ruined the experience for football fans.

As the 2020 Euro Cup Qualifier against Bulgaria started, the Bulgarian fans directed racist slurs towards Tyrone Mings, who was playing his first international match. Yet, Gareth Southgate’s players continued to focus on the game maintaining the integrity of the game and acquiring the lead of 2-0.

Soon, the game had to be stopped at the 28th minute when England’s forward Raheem Sterling became the target of the abuse. When the game stopped, an announcement was made as per the three-step UEFA protocol for tackling abuse, asking fans to stop the abuse and warning that the game could be suspended if the abuse continued.  

Gareth Southgate and his boys remained undeterred from the fateful incident in the 2020 Euro Cup Qualifier and continued to improve their lead to 3-0 before the game was stopped at the 43rdminute.

The second timeout led to the referee asking England manager Gareth Southgate if England wanted to leave. Southgate in response denied and decided to play until half time, by when the team had already acquired a 4-0 lead.

The extent of the racial abuse during the 2020 Euro Cup Qualifier between England and Bulgaria was so severe that Bulgarian Captain Popov had to ask the fans to maintain calm.

As England’s team tried to reel back from the racial abuse during the match, the ignorant attitude of Bulgarian coach Krasimir Balakov marred the event further for the visiting team.

Additionally, a Bulgarian reporter also claimed that the visiting was exaggerating and the game was so friendly, even though it did not appear so at any point of time during the match.

This is not the first time, a football game or a player became a target of racial abuse. However, continuous instances like this do indicate the need for stricter policies to ensure racial abuse does not mar any event like it did for England at the 2020 Euro Cup Qualifier against Bulgaria.

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Pep Guardiola: Quitting Manchester City On Cards, if Plans Go Otherwise

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Pep Guardiola: Quitting Manchester City On Cards, if Plans Go Otherwise

He was manager invincible pretty much the last season, but the game is changing rapidly even for Manchester City Boss Pep Guardiola, who has vowed to quit if everything goes wrong. Interestingly, as revealed, the fact is also well known to Man City Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak.

Manchester City’s start to Premier League season has already been dented with 2 defeats in 8 matches contested thus far, and the Champions are 8 points adrift of the leaders Liverpool. The situation has, therefore, left Guardiola both wondering and pondering about what to do about the increasing gap.

Discussing his close relationship with Khaldoon Al Mubarak in his new book ‘Pep’s City: The Making of a Superteam’, Guardiola stated: “He knows I’d step aside if things weren’t going to plan.” Adding, “I’ll give everything to avoid that and make every effort to move things forward. No coasting.”

The book, written with the Spaniard’s full co-operation, also points out that he will put Christmas ban on his players. As noted, Manchester City’s Manager was livid with some of his players who stayed out until dawn at last year’s club bash. As a fact, celebrations were allegedly subjected to even more criticism because they came after a 3-2 defeat to Crystal Palace, only a couple of days ago.

Following the decision to stay out until late, Guardiola met with his coaching staff and decided there will be an upper limit on time until which the players can stay out.

Guardiola’s ‘Pep’s City: ‘The Making of a Superteam’ also claims that Man City players came and joined the staff for the party at the Great Northern Warehouse. However, some players decided to enjoy the occasion at the nightclub Chinawhite.

The next day, while most players reported on time to the training ground, some were late because of the previous night’s decision, leaving Guardiola fuming.

Meanwhile, Manchester City will face Crystal Palace in their next Premier League match. Palace, who sit only two points behind City will look to extend their good run against the defending champions. However, Guardiola’s men would like to seal three big points, especially after having already dropped eight points in 8 game weeks.

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Usain Bolt Celebrates with Bayern Munich at Oktoberfest; You Can Too

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Last updated on October 9th, 2019

When it comes to having gallons of beer and enjoying the night to the fullest, there is no other team that does it better than Bayern Munich. Once again enjoying the best breweries at the Oktoberfest, the team was joined with the super athlete from Jamaica, Usain Bolt.

The 33-year-old who loves to party, posed for photographs holding a stein alongside club doctor Hans-Wilhelm Mueller-Wohlfahrt, at the famous German festival.

The world’s fastest man was obviously keen to get into the spirit of the occasion, and was dressed in a traditional Bavarian outfit, as he enjoyed the local culture.

The occasion was even more perfectly setup because Bayern Munich paid visit to Oktoberfest after smashing Tottenham 7-2, the previous evening. It was an eventful night for Serge Gnabry who scored 4 second-half goals, while Robert Lewandoski scored a brace and Joshua Kimmich also registered a goal to his name.

Summer signings Philippe Coutinho and Lucas Hernandez also looked really happy to be a part of the traditional team outing organized annually by the Bundesliga champions.

As reported, Bayern Munich reportedly celebrated their win over Tottenham with another team meal. At the event, Gnabry was also given a standing ovation by his team mates for his excellent performance on the night.

Bayern’s chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge who was keen to press on the fact that his club is capable of taking the best teams in the Europe said: “We often have the comparisons between Bundesliga and Premier League,” he said. “And today, at least we at Bayern Munich have proven on a lasting basis that we are perfectly capable of defeating a top class Premier League team,” he added.

Your Chance to See Bayern Munich

Don’t worry if you are not Usain Bolt, you can still party with Munich players. Well, that’s possible because the team walks through the same doors every year. Interestingly, it doesn’t depend on the result of the previous match, and players, coaches and staff make appearance at the ‘Wisen’ without any excuse. Dressed traditionally each time, the players are even allowed to chug a litre or two of the best brewskis in the city.

What is Oktoberfest?

Held in memory of the wedding between Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria and Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen in October 1810, the fest goes back at least 9 decades before Munich were associated with the event. At that time, locals usually graced the occasion, which involved drinking, dancing, shooting displays and a horse race around the fields. The span of events lasted 5 days.

However, the festivities last at least two weeks now, usually commencing in mid-September. Also, instead of horses, beer has become the sole attraction of the decade-old-fiesta. As a fact, at least six million litres of beer is consumed at ‘Wisen’, while around seven million people from around the globe attend the event.

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Jeremy Corbyn’s Policies on Football Clubs’ Ownership to Affect Gulf Owners

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Jeremy Corbyn

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, in an attempt to gain the support of people, has offered series of proposals to the football fans in a rally at Newcastle, to safeguard himself in case of general elections in the country. Amongst the many proposals, he also made the promise of providing fans the authority to recruit or dismiss at least two of the football club’s directors.

The Labour leader also criticised the billionaire Premier League football club owners at the rally including, Mike Ashley, while addressing 2,000 Labour supporters at the rally. Corbyn, who himself is an avid Arsenal fan, met the Newcastle fans campaigning against Mike Ashley this weekend.

The Newcastle fans have raised voice against the club’s owner Ashley due to high ticket prices and underinvestment in its stadium and squad.

While speaking at the rally, Jeremy Corbyn said, “I will be meeting some of the supporters later on about the way to bring democracy into football and the way a Labour government will make the Premier League pay money for grassroots football, and the way fans will be empowered.”

“Football shouldn’t be a business, football is our lives, our community and it is the place people go to socialise and enjoy each other’s company. Let’s take the beautiful game away from the billionaires and hand it to the fans instead.”

Amongst all the promises, the Labour Party has assured the football fans of enabling supporters’ trusts to purchase shares when clubs change hands, examining Review all aspects of football governance, including fan participation and ensuring that Premier League invests 5 percent of income from television rights into grassroots football.

Jeremy Corbyn has always voiced his concerns regarding the Middle Eastern countries. Now, the only question that remains is, how would the implementation of such policies change the fate of the Gulf countries, which own or are considering to own the football clubs in the UK.

Prior to the annual party meet in Brighton, Jeremy Corbyn gave birth to a new controversy when he said he would remain neutral on the fate of Brexit that the Britons will decide, once they choose second referendum.

Following the disclosure of proposals at Newcastle rally, a Premier League spokesperson said in response, “We will take our time to study the detail of the proposals and will respond in due course and through the appropriate channels.”

Newcastle has not yet responded to the statements made by the Labour leader. However, Jeremy Corbyn’s promises depict that the party is willing to go to any extent to ensure its popularity amongst Britons and safeguard itself, in case the UK undergoes general elections.

It remains only a matter of time when it would be known if these policies can help Corbyn gain the support of football fans or they would cause them to lose any further supporters.

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Absence of Mesut Ozil from League Matches Points to Feud with Unai Emery

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Mesut Ozil

Arsenals fans as well as the fans of famed German footballer Mesut Ozil were left wondering over his whereabouts after he disappeared during the match against Standard Liege and Manchester United in the Europa League and Premier League respectively.

Furthermore, the justification by Gunners’ Boss Unai Emery claiming the other players deserved the spot in team lineup more than Ozil has led to people asking if everything is alright between manager Emery and Ozil. The speculation arose after Emery said that Ozil won’t be a part of the team gainst A.F.C. Bournemouth in Europa League.

While speaking to the media, Emery said, “I am thinking every time to decide with the best players for each match and the best players in the squad to play and help us.”

When asked about the absence of Mesut Ozil from the team’s lineup, Arsenal’s boss said, “When I decided he isn’t in the squad, it is because I think another player deserves it more. Sunday we have another match. And we are going to decide the same.”

“The best first 11 possible to achieve our target to win on Sunday and also adapt to that difficulty of playing Bournemouth. And carry on our way, that is the same in each match.”

The reason for Gunners’ midfielder not being part of the team might be a result of the strained relationship between Emery and Ozil, especially after Ozil told Emery that “you are not a coach” in the Europa League final. Prior to this incident, reports of a rift between Mesut Ozil and Unai Emery in the latter’s first year as manager have been around since June.

At that time as well, Ozil was left out of the match squad and was not even considered to be the part of his team. However, the entire plausibility might be wrong as it was Emery who came forward to support Ozil after he decided to quit Germany’s national team due to racist attacks.

While backing Ozil, Emery in lieu of the incident had said, “We are every player’s family and for him to work every day, to work well with his team-mates, is good for us… I’m very happy with him. I’m looking at every player and I think Mesut, he has here the respect of every player.”

Even though every football fan is rooting for the speculation to be false and Mesut Ozil to play in the ongoing league at the earliest, the statement of Arsenal’s boss Unai Emery points in different directions. Unless and until, both the manager and the famed footballer comment on the statement, all we can hope is to see Ozil in action and Emery being the supportive manager that he is.

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