Author Archives: Martin Lipton

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VAR has already changed football for better or worse – and you all asked for it

By | 18th August 2019

ONLY two weeks in and the blame game has started. VAR, it seems, has been judged:  Guilty, as charged. How dare one referee, sitting in a booth near Heathrow, determine the outcome of a match? Why is he allowed to rule out goals that would have stood last season? CORRECT DECISIONS And who decided the joy […]

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Chelsea ticket tout sentenced to six months in jail as club clamp down on illegal sales outside Stamford Bridge

By | 15th August 2019

CHELSEA have launched a major clampdown on touts at Stamford Bridge. The Blues have taken legal action against 11 touts operating around the stadium. Chelsea have obtained High Court injunctions preventing them congregating near the ground on match days, with one tout jailed for six months for persistently breaching the legal orders. Stamford Bridge chiefs […]

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Man City escaped Chelsea-like transfer ban due to new Fifa regulations and plea-bargaining clause

By | 14th August 2019

A FULL confession and a change in Fifa rules helped Manchester City escape a transfer ban. City faced the same punishments that have seen Chelsea, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid blocked from signing players under-18 from abroad. As recently as March, Fifa insiders were briefing that the Etihad outfit were next in line for […]

Manchester City avoid transfer ban… despite admitting they broke rules on signing foreign kids

By | 13th August 2019

MANCHESTER City have escaped a Fifa transfer ban – despite admitting breaking rules on signing foreign kids. City faced the same fate that has seen bans placed on Chelsea and Spanish trio Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid in recent years. Chelsea were given a two-window ban in February and while they have appealed to […]

Gareth Southgate delight with third of Top Six clubs starters English and young talent streaming through at Man Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea

By | 13th August 2019

IT WASN’T quite a “full English” – but maybe enough to put a smile on Gareth Southgate’s face. Three Lions gaffer Southgate was at Old Trafford on Sunday to see Marcus Rashford begin his campaign with a two-goal blast which gunned down Chelsea. But of bigger value to Southgate was the number of English players […]

Arsenal fans are right to be buzzing after club’s brilliant business, but Man Utd and Chelsea must be fearing the worst

By | 9th August 2019

YOU can hear them. Arsenal fans. Excited, confident, Arsenal fans. Not so much because they think Unai Emery can get the Gunners back in the title equation. At least, not yet. But because they have looked at what Emery has been able to do this summer, peered across at Chelsea and Manchester United in particular […]

Klopp’s seen no need to change a winning Liverpool team.. but he might regret it if big names get injured

By | 9th August 2019

SO that’s it. Transfer deadline day over and done with. No more changes until January. It’s time for the managers to show what they can do. And it all kicks off this evening at Anfield. SunSport is analysing the summer business at the Big Six. Today we loom at the club that is, arguably, the […]

Bury a fortnight from going out of business as EFL give crisis club final deadline to meet demands

By | 8th August 2019

BURY are a fortnight away from going out of business after EFL chiefs gave owner Steve Dale a final deadline. League chiefs are now ready to pull the plug on the Shakers’ 134-year history unless Dale is able to meet their demands. A series of meetings over the last few days have not reached an […]

Liverpool dominate Uefa awards nominations after Champions League victory

By | 8th August 2019

LIVERPOOL’S Champions League triumph has seen the Merseysiders dominate nominations for Uefa’s positional awards. Jurgen Klopp’s side have had five players nominated, including at least one in each of the four positional categories. The awards will be announced at the draw for next season’s competition group stage in Monaco later this month. Brazilian Alisson is […]

Cash-strapped Bury have Carabao Cup clash with Sheffield Wednesday postponed amid financial chaos

By | 8th August 2019

BURY are a fortnight away from liquidation after EFL chiefs gave owner Steve Dale a final deadline. League chiefs are now ready to pull the plug on the Shakers’ 134-year history unless Dale is able to meet their demands. A series of meetings over the last few days have not reached an acceptable conclusion, with […]