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It could well be a case of Scouse humour flying way over my head, but Carragher saying he'll see Stevie at Liverpool 'next year'...even as a joke, isn't that a tad disrespectful to Klopp, especially given his personal circumstances? 

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12 minutes ago, A_S said:

It could well be a case of Scouse humour flying way over my head, but Carragher saying he'll see Stevie at Liverpool 'next year'...even as a joke, isn't that a tad disrespectful to Klopp, especially given his personal circumstances? 

Probably more his way of congratulating him for winning the title. Nothing to see here I don't think. 

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Barcelona have lost a bid before the EU's top court to overturn a claim it received unfair state aid through tax breaks, in a decision that also has implication for rivals Real Madrid.

It means both clubs are liable to repay tens of millions of pounds they received from the Spanish government from the 1990s. 

The verdict is the latest in a growing list of problems besetting the Nou Camp outfit, who are currently battling debts of more than €1bn.

On top of that, the club's headquarters were raided by police last week, and former president Josep Bartomeu arrested over allegations he used club finances to carry out a smear campaign against his adversaries, including striker Lionel Messi.  

The European Court of Justice dismissed an appeal lodged by the Catalan side over a February 2019 ruling that found its status as a non-profit organisation gave it an unfair lower tax rate than that applied to most other Spanish clubs.

Under a Spanish law dating back three decades, only Barcelona, Pamplona, Athletic Bilbao and Real Madrid were granted the non-profit status, and all other professional clubs had to register as limited sports companies subject to higher taxes.

 

Hopefully PSG next. Looks like city have escaped with it.

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4 hours ago, an tha said:

Not good, most of our loaned players actually decrease their value when people find out how shit or average they are.

 

Next time we have a fringe player who has built up a mythical great ability we should flog them asap like Brewster. 

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Jammy bastards.   You can tell it's a season were things are going these bitter bastards way I know it was offside bit it's just typical . 

Have they even had a bad decision to against them 

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2 minutes ago, Stickman said:

Jammy bastards.   You can tell it's a season were things are going these bitter bastards way I know it was offside bit it's just typical . 

Have they even had a bad decision to against them 

 

Put that poser to them and watch them kick off.

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Some absolute shenanigans with that late offside.  Sky or VAR show it as and offside without actually showing the last defender on the screen.  It was a proper ridiculous camera view selection.  If you look on Twitter there’s a view with the defender and you can see the angle has been drawn in line with the Everton defenders foot.  Going back to the original angle they showed on the goal replay you can see the Everton player is facing the sideline of the pitch and his shoulder is clearly the nearest part of his body to goal.  It’s just another example of them interpreting it a different way again.  I reckon the chances are he was still off but they spent about 5 secs checking it so we will never actually know.

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25 minutes ago, Halcyon Days said:

State of that top 4 at minute, fuck me what an embarrassment if that’s what we end up sending to represent the English top flight.

They won the league 4 games in so this is just them playing out the fixtures, imagine when they want to step it up.

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3 minutes ago, Bobby Hundreds said:

They won the league 4 games in so this is just them playing out the fixtures, imagine when they want to step it up.

We may as well pack in now, and they’ll be dominating the i-tunes download chart again no doubt, we’re all fucked.

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6 minutes ago, an tha said:

Watch the useless bastards who officiate in PL totally fuck this up with how they interprete 'accidental' and make it so inconsistent.

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/56291850

 

These changes will come into force on July 1st. In my view, rule changes should only be enforced in pre-season anyway. They shouldn't be making any changes mid-season because the rules and their previous application will already have had a material impact on games played. We've already seen that with how they treat handballs, and also the stupidity that led to a goal for City against Villa. Of course ideally, there shouldn't even be a complete clusterfuck of rules and application in the first place.

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Arsenal have revealed their losses have risen to £47.8million after tax in their latest financial results for the 2019-20 season.

The Premier League side confirmed their finances had taken a severe blow due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, which brought last season to a halt in March 2020 and did not restart until the financial year had concluded. 

The north London outfit's accounts also showed £10.4m had been spent in exceptional costs due to 'changes to the first team management, coaching and support staff', including the sacking of Unai Emery in December 2019 and the appointment of Mikel Arteta later that month.

The pre-tax losses of £35million owing to Covid-19 consisted of a £14m hit on matchday revenue, deferring £34m of broadcasting revenues into the current financial year, and £6m worth of other broadcasting and commercial losses.

The overall wage cost finished at £234.5m, but the 12.5 per cent pay cuts that were taken by Arsenal's playing staff as well as their executives helped to save the club £19m. 

The Gunners also recorded an increase on fees raised from selling players, up from £12.2m to £60.1m, largely due to the £35m sale of Alex Iwobi to Everton and Krystian Bielik's departure for Championship outfit Derby County. 

However, spend on players came in at £182.2m, which included the £72m paid to Lille for Nicolas Pepe, the £27m paid to Saint-Etienne for William Saliba and the £25m acquisition of Kieran Tierney from Celtic. 

The club also reported a rise in commercial revenue from £110.9m to £142.3m.

 

The 55 members of staff who were made redundant, as well as the money made from Project Restart and the FA Cup win, were not included as they took place in the ongoing financial year.

'Pre-tax losses of £35 million were directly attributable to COVID-19. The impacts of the pandemic have extended into season 2020/21 and are ongoing,' a club statement read.

'Matches continue to be played without fan attendance and consequently the club is operating without one of its key revenue streams.

Throughout the pandemic, the Group has moved rapidly in making the decisions required to proactively manage and mitigate risk across all areas of its operations and, where possible, to provide appropriate support to its community and stakeholders.

'Since the year end the Group has refinanced its stadium finance bonds and undertaken a range of cost cutting measures.

'These steps will ensure the club is well placed to respond once the situation starts to improve.

'The financial challenge remains significant, but the club continues to have options available to it alongside the unwavering support and commitment of its ownership, Kroenke Sports & Entertainment.'

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