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  1. Sugar Ape

    General Election 2019

    The bird in the video makes me wince every time I see her on something but this is the worst. Christ.
  2. Sugar Ape

    Man City - the new bitters?

    Manchester City will not be banned from European competition when the decision on the club’s highly contentious Financial Fair Play case is announced next month. Many in the game have been expecting City to be barred from Europe next season after a series of revelations about their finances were published by German magazine Der Spiegel last year but The Athletic understands the club will only receive a fine. The decision by the adjudicatory chamber of UEFA’s Club Financial Control Board will almost certainly lead to calls for UEFA to admit the FFP system, which was first agreed in 2009, is finished in its current guise. It has simply become impossible to police, but some clubs may try to appeal against the expected decision for being too lenient. City’s case was referred to the adjudicatory chamber by the CFCB’s investigatory arm in May and it is widely believed that the latter’s boss, former Belgium prime minister Yves Leterme, recommended a season-long ban for the Premier League champions. The rationale was that the allegations, which were based on hacked emails between senior figures within City’s ownership group, implied the club had made a cynical and concerted attempt to deceive European football’s financial watchdog. According to Der Spiegel, City had lied about the true source of millions of pounds’ worth of sponsorship income and hidden various costs that should have been factored into their FFP calculation. Under UEFA rules, clubs are meant to spend only as much on players and wages as they earn, and there are limits on the amount of additional revenue a club’s owner can put in from their own pocket. In City’s case, it is alleged that £51.5 million of the sponsorship money they were meant to receive from United Arab Emirates-based airline Etihad came from Abu Dhabi United Group, the holding company controlled by City’s stated owner, the deputy prime minister of the UAE and member of the Abu Dhabi ruling family, Sheikh Mansour. Furthermore, the emails suggest the club got more than £30 million in costs off the books by paying former manager Roberto Mancini large consultancy fees via Al Jazira, Sheikh Mansour’s team in Abu Dhabi, and setting up an elaborate scheme to shift the players’ image-rights payments to a third party, which was then secretly reimbursed. Given the fact that City have already been sanctioned for FFP breaches in 2014, when they were fined £49 million, it seemed UEFA had little choice but to throw the book at them this time. But, as the leaked emails explain, City have never really accepted the premise of FFP, which they believe was an attempt by Europe’s more established elite clubs to ringfence their positions by capping the amount rich owners, such as theirs, could spend on bridging the gap. City have never denied the authenticity of these emails, which were handed to Der Spiegel by the “Football Leaks” whistle-blower platform, but the English champions have claimed they have been taken out of context to paint the most negative picture possible. In a statement released in May, City said the decision to refer their case contained “mistakes, misinterpretations and confusions fundamentally borne out of a basic lack of due process” and accused the independent panel of running a “wholly unsatisfactory, curtailed and hostile process”. The club added it was “disappointed but regrettably not surprised” by Leterme’s move, attacked him for leaks to the media, and said he had ignored “irrefutable evidence” they had given to the investigatory chamber. A month later, City signalled just how aggressive their defence would be by trying to circumvent the adjudicatory chamber by going straight to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, the Lausanne-based body that usually only hears appeals in sporting cases. CAS has not made a ruling on that pre-emptive appeal and neither City nor UEFA has chosen to comment on what the investigatory chamber is doing. But The Athletic understands that senior figures within European football’s governing body are worried that going after City will lead to years of expensive arguments, which will be hard to justify when it is clear City are not the only side looking for FFP loopholes. Since the landmark rulings against City and fellow “nouveau-riche” club Paris Saint-Germain in 2014, UEFA has found it increasingly difficult to prosecute clubs for breaking the spending rules. The governing body has also admitted the regulations have achieved their original stated objective of reducing the levels of debt within the game. Those excuses, however, are unlikely to placate the likes of La Liga boss Javier Tebas, who has repeatedly urged UEFA to come down hard on FFP breaches, or the fans of City’s rivals. UEFA may also end up in a legal row with City anyway, as the club is understood to believe it has done nothing wrong and should not even be fined.
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    Anyone been to Amsterdam, best place to stay?

    Off there on Saturday. Think my mate has booked us in a hotel miles away though, Hotel King’s Court, in Amsterdam new west apparently so looks like we’ll have to be getting the tram everywhere. Best places to go in the centre that won’t charge like €10 a pint?
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    Winners Medal Draft

    Yeah at the Echo mate. Get back from Amsterdam Monday night then a few days to recover then staying out for the gig. Should be good.
  5. Sugar Ape

    Winners Medal Draft

    Sounds good but I’ll have to sit this one out. Going to Amsterdam this weekend then got Liam Gallagher soon after so won’t have the time. LFD seems to be back occasionally now, he might have a go. @LF:D @Red House @Babb'sBurstNad @TheHowieLama
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    The Mandalorian

    Yeah I was really surprised at the running time. I was expecting 50 minutes plus. It’d help if you liked Star Wars but you don’t need any knowledge of it to watch this. It looks like it’s just going to stand on its own. Definitely worth trying the first episode.
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    The Mandalorian

    It’s here and it’s boss. Get on it. Available in 1080p and 4K to download from the usual places.
  8. Sugar Ape

    The Twitter

    Every time I see this Tweet it cracks me up. Lee Hurst is such a cunt as well.
  9. Sugar Ape

    Rivalries Draft - The Final

    Elite for me. Few quibbles with his team but think it’s got the least weaknesses.
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