so far elections are still on for Friday UEFA is really pushing hard for them to be postponed until the air is cleared. However Asian groups are giving the go ahead so we'll see (given interpol's investigation into Asian gambling rings... well, who knows)
telegraph.co.uk's s play-by-play as it happened the swiss are supposedly going to question blatter within days however seeing as how he is a slimy slimy snake he will likely slither off to somewhere safe
(and even if he was indicted... he could always be replaced by... platini who is justifying Blatter's run because "he's afraid of life after football" boo hoo)
but even if these folks are arrested it's a really deep rabbit hole
the story on Chuck Blazer that someone else in the comm found. The way I am reading it the IRS were able to come after him for income tax evasion. That led to finding out about the other people that were arrested today who and the FBI could indict because they had American bank accounts (on American servers) where they were hiding their own money. Meaning it's technically punishable in USA.
Manchester City had their big spending in the transfer market curbed by Uefa.
The financial fair play rules that led to Manchester City being handed a huge fine by Uefa last season are set to be relaxed.
Uefa is expected to announce next month that the FFP rules will be eased to allow more owner investment, a move that will aim to nullify more than 10 legal challenges that the European governing body is now facing.
Some clubs including City have argued that the FFP rules favour the rich established clubs because they effectively prevent wealthy owners taking over a club and pumping in huge sums of money over a short period.
That scenario happened with City and Paris Saint-Germain and both were handed £49m fines and transfer restrictions last season and the European Clubs’ Association has been putting pressure on Uefa for a change.
The Uefa president Michel Platini has revealed that some of the rules will be “eased” and the lawyer leading one of the legal challenges against the FFP system has responded by welcoming the move.
Platini told the French radio station RTL: “The world is two-faced but we will say this openly: I think we’ll ease things, but it will be the executive committee who will decide if it is to be eased or something like that, and the outcome will be known by the end of June.
“I think the regulations have been very good and it is the clubs who voted for FFP.
“But the French press say it is not right that [Chelsea owner Roman] Abramovich can buy many players and in France they cannot buy them. But if the Qataris had bought AC Milan the French would also say we should make financial fair play even tougher. As it is, the Italians wanted it eased.”
One source close to the negotiations said: “Many clubs want change – the current system means those who have more will always have more, and those who have less will always have less.”
Jean-Louis Dupont, the lawyer leading the legal action against Uefa, said in a statement: “We welcome the announcement of a change in the rules in line with the demands expressed by our clients in their various legal actions.
“When the exact content and scope of these changes are known, we will consider with our clients how this development, which on first sight appears favourable, is likely to meet their legitimate expectations and influence the conduct of ongoing actions.”
Today the Fifa taskforce has recommended that the 2022 World Cup be shifted from June to November, still in Qatar. November is of course cooler than June, when temperatures are 40C in the shade. It has taken Fifa, still besozzled with Qatari billions, five years to discover this fact. While dozens have continued to die in appalling conditions each year to build palaces in the sand, even more were expected to die in the heat of June. The World Cup is about death and money, not sport.
The survival of Fifa and its eternal ruler, Sepp Blatter, continues to defy belief. It is a monstrosity among global bureaucracies. The 2010 decision to choose Qatar was riddled with corruption, though it has taken the much-abused British press, year in year out, to prove it.
Fuelled by soccer hysteria enhanced by national chauvinism, Fifa feels it can do what it likes. This includes ridiculing its own “ethics” committee and censoring last year’s Garcia report on the 2010 Qatar farrago.
No less outrageous is the English Football Association’s appeasement of Fifa. This was despite the FA’s 2022 bid – backed by the royal family and David Cameron – being the humiliated victim of the 2010 corruption. When the FA wrote to Blatter last November demanding full publication of the Garcia report, he laughed in its face.
Six European federations demanded Fifa clean up its act. Three top commercial backers, Coca-Cola, Adidas and McDonald’s, did so too.
Such is Fifa’s arrogance that it called all their bluff.
The November decision is bad news for British football, removing top goal-scorers and audiences for a month at the height of the league season. A proposal to move the cup to January was vetoed since it would clash with the winter Olympics. The sports money mafia agree not to tread on each other’s revenues.
There is a simple solution to all this. The European associations could reassert the supremacy of sporting principles. They should resign from Fifa and set up a rival competition. The truth is they lack the guts. Or the FA could ban its players from taking part in so dishonest, and potentially dangerous, a tournament.
No such luck. When honesty clashes with money in sport, money wins. Fifa football is about money. Just money.
Arsène Wenger has taken a swipe at Jose Mourinho over the Chelsea manager’s claims that clubs should be deducted points for failing to meet financial fair play rules.
Mourinho has fixed his sights on Chelsea’s Premier League title rivals Manchester City for spending £28 million on the striker Wilfried Bony in January, despite being hit with FFP sanctions last summer.
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But anyway, what are your thoughts about this window? Has your club signed someone useful (or useless)? Have they missed out on any special player that you had your eye on? Any news/hopes/dreams about summer transfers? And while we're on the subject, what were the best transfers made by your club? Any shocking ones? Ones that made you weep or cheer or laugh?
There are tissues for tears and champagne for celebration available (silly, I know.)
Something worth reading (and I agree):
How much does the January transfer deadline day matter?
To keep track of things:
The Telegraph's live thread for deadline day.
The Independent's live thread.
The Guardian's live thread.
The BBC's live thread.
Also, if you're bored, let's make this a regular FFA.
Payments to agents acting on international transfers for clubs rose to £155m ($236m) in 2014 according to Fifa figures, with a booming English transfer market accounting for by far the largest slice.
The study of the market in 2014 showed that despite the introduction of Uefa’s financial fair play rules, the booming broadcast market and growing commercial opportunities enabled English clubs to carry on spending.
One in four dollars spent globally on international transfers was allocated to English clubs and more than one in three dollars paid to agents originated from England.
Payments to agents acting on behalf of clubs have risen on average 27% year on year since 2011, when the total stood at $131m.
Of an overall transfer market that broke the $4bn barrier for the first time, English clubs spent a record $1.17bn. The huge disparity in spending between the big European leagues and the rest is reflected in the fact the money spent by English clubs on overseas transfers was more than a quarter of the total.
The second biggest spender, Spain, bought players for a total of $700m and the third, Germany, for $327m. The amount spent in France fell from $421m to $221m as the realities of FFP hit Paris Saint-Germain and other clubs such as Monaco put the brakes on their spending.
The figures, compiled by Fifa’s transfer matching system, the electronic marketplace that underpins all international transfers, show that more than a fifth of all transfers across borders in 2014 involved at least one intermediary.
That represents a reversal of the trend between 2011 and 2013, when the number of transfers involving agents dropped year on year.
Of the total spent on paying intermediaries, English clubs shelled out $87m, a $12m increase on 2013 and more than a third (37%) of the overall total.
The TMS system, put in place seven years ago to monitor and register international transfers, requires the declaration of payments to intermediaries acting on behalf of clubs, but not to players’ agents.
Mark Goddard, the general manager of Fifa TMS, said it was impossible to say what effect the recent decision to ban third-party ownership would have on the market.
“We’ll see what impact the new regulations have but we’ll still continue to record the so-called intermediary commissions and what the effect is,” he said. “There’s a lot of speculation.”
The 2014 report also identified a so-called “World Cup effect” where the value of transfers involving players of countries who overachieved increased. Transfers featuring Costa Rica players, for example, reached $10m in 2014 compared with $1m the year before.
Of those teams that reached the quarter-finals or beyond, there was an 18% increase in the volume of players of those nationalities signed by overseas clubs compared to the previous year. Taken together, the value of players from those nations who reached the quarter finals rose by 27% after the tournament when compared to 2013.
( What does Financial Fair Play mean exactly? In what ways will it change the football competitions? And in what ways will it not?... )
[SOURCE. Note! I translated the article and added a few things here and there. More articles such as this one will follow, as I've noticed there's an interest in the community!]
source : bild article sadly behind paywall but posted in a tumblr post
e: apparently he also received five speeding tickets during that time, but no-one ever noticed he didn't have a license o_O
e2: someone from reddit translated a quote from the man himself:
He took driving lessons when he was 18 but never took a driving test. He just decided to drive without a licence. "Sadly I decided to take this route. I can't even comprehend the reasons myself. Now I know: I was too naive and it was stupid. I have learnt my lesson. It will never happen again."e3: can't believe it took me so long to remember his nickname is Rolls Reus.
yeah. i am disappoint :/
Peter Lawwell believes Celtic would flourish in the English Premier League
The Hoops will bank just £1.8million from television revenue for winning the Premiership – compared to the parachute payment of £65m to a club relegated from England’s top flight.
And Lawwell claims Celtic would dwarf Manchester United, Barcelona and Real Madrid if those riches were open to them.
Lawwell said: “I believe that. If you go back 25 years and compare us to Manchester United before the media and revenue boom there probably wasn’t much in it 25 to 30 years ago.
“Our story is unique. I think it is rich and it’s the best.
“We have a potential fanbase with Scots and Irish diaspora around the world that would support that.
“And we have fantastic, strong fundamentals here in Scotland from our fanbase.
“I don’t see any barrier if you compare Celtic to Manchester United or Arsenal, the top clubs down there.
“I don’t see any barriers if we were getting the same media values as they are getting regularly.
“The media values will outweigh those in Spain or Germany.
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OP Note: Thought I'd start a bit of Sunday night discussion, even though this is an article from a couple of days ago. Do you think he has a point? Could Celtic and/or Rangers benefit from entering the EPL like Swansea?
The Real Madrid president, Florentino Pérez, has been caught on camera apparently revealing the future name of the club’s revamped stadium as either “IPIC Bernabéu” or “CEPSA Bernabéu”.
Real last month agreed a strategic partnership with the Abu Dhabi fund International Petroleum Investment Co (IPIC) that will help finance a planned stadium overhaul costing around €400m (£320m) and due to be completed by 2017.
IPIC’s holdings include the Spanish energy firm Compañía Española de Petróleos (CEPSA) and Pérez was captured on the sidelines of an event on Tuesday saying: “We are going to put IPIC Bernabéu or whatever they want ... or CEPSA Bernabéu.”
Real chose a design led by the German architects GMP for the remodelling of the stadium, which was opened in the 1950s and holds just over 80,000 spectators.
The project, to add a striking new roof and exterior to the current structure and include a hotel and a shopping centre, is meant to help the world’s richest club boost revenue.
However, a Madrid court has thrown the plans into doubt by ruling that a deal between Real and the Madrid council, which would allow land adjacent to the stadium to be incorporated into the work, should be suspended because the European Commission is examining it for possible illegal state aid.
Pérez did not reveal what the revamped stadium would be called when the IPIC deal was announced but said the agreement marked “the start of a long journey and the beginning of a strong partnership”.
[also, in case you missed it: Xabi Alonso: Neuer is by far the best keeper I've played withpost on ONTD]