Paul Aldridge, the former chief executive of West Ham United, is likely to take legal action over allegations against his professional reputation after the Premier League fined his former employers £5.5m for breaching transfer regulations.
Aldridge says his reputation has been "besmirched" by the inquiry into the transfers of Argentine players Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano which led to the FAPL handing out the large fine last week.
Former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra is the latest name to be linked
with a takeover bid for Manchester City.
Thaksin, who made an unsuccessful bid to buy Liverpool three years ago, has
been granted access to the club's accounts and his advisers will carry out due
diligence before reporting their findings to him.
Thaksin is believed to be preparing a £100m bid for the club which will
outstrip that tabled by rival and former City player Ray Ranson last week.
After 128 years of football heritage, Scarborough lost its football
club this week following a High Court winding up order. This latest example of
the negative impact of football's obsession with commercial gain had a
particular resonance in the Sport Industry Group office as Drew Barrand, head of
It’s like being kicked in the balls…only the pain doesn’t subside after a
couple of minutes.
Fans are suspicious of the influx of foreign investors targeting
British football clubs in recent months. Drew Barrand, head of media at Sport
Industry Group, explains why these fears are unfounded...
If we didn’t know it before then we certainly do now. British sports
fans have an ever so slightly unattractive xenophobic streak running through
Finding yourself pulled into the negative opinions forming around the
preparations for London 2012? Nick Keller, chairman of the Sport Industry Group,
explains why now is not the time to lose faith in the benefits the Olympics will
'I, for one, am sick to death of Olympic bashing. The seemingly intrinsic
British media trait of looking for the worst in everything has once again raised
its ugly head this week as Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell announced to the House
of Commons that the construction budget for the 2012 site had increased by
The knives are out following England's loss but Drew Barrand, head of
media at Sport Industry Group, argues that the RFU's annual financial report
will be a more accurate pointer as to the governing body's
'If you believed everything you read from this weekend’s post-mortem you
could be forgiven for thinking that English rugby was staring into an abyss the
like of which the sport’s hierarchy in this country has never seen before.
The organisers of Wimbledon have announced that total prize money for this
year’s tournament will increase by nearly 9% with the record pot to be shared
equally between male and female players for the first time.
The overall fund for the 2007 tournament will be £11,282,710 - 8.7% up on
last year's figure – with the champions each winning £700,000.
Manchester City looks like the latest FA Premier League club to receive a
takeover offer after speculation arose that a former player for the club tabled
a £90m bid.
Former full-back Ray Ranson is believed to have tabled a bid covering the
club's shares, loans of about £24m to major shareholders John Wardle and David
Makin and debts to other creditors.
Ranson, who is thought to have the backing of other businessmen, is said to
be prepared to provide a transfer kitty of around £20m for new players.
As Arsenal prepare to fight off a takeover bid from US tycoon Stan Kroenke, a
host of other Premiership clubs are set to fall in to the hands of American
The burgeoning value of domestic and overseas media
rights for English football has caught the eyes of international investors, with
clubs such as Newcastle, Fulham, Reading and Manchester City set to join
Liverpool, Aston Villa and Manchester United as coming under pressure from
American based investors.
Football agent David Abou is to be questioned by the Premier League’s
investigation unit in relation to his involvement in transfers involving Bolton
According to the Daily Mail, Quest, the company headed by former
Metropolitan Police chief Lord Stevens, will interview unlicensed agent David
Abou next week about the deals which took two international players to the club
Specifically they want to know about his role in the transfer to
Bolton from Israeli clubs of Tal Ben Haim and Blessing Kaku.
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