Date: 29th September 2018 at 4:45pm
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A tepid first half that two merciless goals from Kane prevented from being a complete waste of time and resources.

Spurs looked very much like a horse that the handicapper had got to.

There are key players missing and more than an air of fatigue about us.

If anyone can explain why Erik Lamela can’t buy a first team start these days, I’d be immensely appreciative.

Danny Rose¬†diving¬†being fouled provided Kane’s second opportunity of the half.

Killer assist and header 
A dubious penalty

  • Aside from cerebrospinal fluid, what's on your mind?

  • Aussie in Switzerland September 29, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    The way this season looks, I would take our current table position now at the end if the season…. Then, maybe then, buy some fucking players

  • Dan September 29, 2018 at 6:57 pm

    Also would have liked to have seen lamella and wam start in the centre mid today .

  • Dan September 29, 2018 at 6:45 pm

    Positives today were the back 5 , especially rose who I think has had a great few weeks almost hitting his pre injury/pre interview form .plus obviously Kane cracking the top 5 of all time .

  • Harry Hotspur September 29, 2018 at 5:30 pm

    A must read

    Abramovich and the corruption of football

    Published on September 12, 2018

    Arjun Medhi

    Anti-Fraud, Bribery & Corruption Specialist

    There have been recent reports about Roman Abramovich, billionaire owner of Chelsea FC, being unable to gain a Visa to stay in the UK. It may be to do with having to explain the source of his source of wealth. 6 years ago, I researched in the area of money laundering in football. I don’t at all make any allegations about Roman Abramovich involvement in money laundering, I instead highlight the potential facilitators of money laundering in the world of football and why people need to ask questions (and this is now beginning to happen e.g. Beneficial Ownership Register is a start).

    Foreign investment has become a prominent feature in English football. 10 years ago, eight out of the twenty English Premiership football clubs were owned by foreigners. These were wealthy foreign investors who could afford the investment. At the time, there was no profit being made in English football. But with no profit being made, what is the motivation of such individuals to buy a football club? Logically, they must be motivated by non-financial considerations. For example, the owners are fans and want success for the club they support. Was Roman Abramovich a fan of Chelsea?

    Association with a Premiership club is also good public relations for the owners’ other businesses they have in their portfolio. Wealthy domestic and foreign investors also want to own a club for vanity reasons. They would like a trophy asset. This seems to be the only motive to own a football club in Italy, where their football business is too a loss making venture. Silvio Berlusconi owned the loss making A.C. Milan but this was his trophy asset. Roman Abramovich owns the Siberian Oil business and Chelsea Football Club. Perhaps he wanted a glossy image for the public to see. There is, however, one other motivation to buy a loss making club and that is to launder the proceeds of crime.

    Money laundering in football involves multifaceted processes. It is achieved through manipulating the football club accounts by inflating gate receipts, buying empty spectator seats, inventing a fake revenue stream and engaging in developing property near football stadiums (how many flats do you see at football stadiums now?!!).

    A former director at Bordeaux football club in France was involved in embezzling money and illegally acquiring real estate. In Italy, football club owners were alleged to be involved in false accounting. This involved laundering money by ‚Äúartificially‚ÄĚ inflating player costs and tax evasion. Some clubs in Serie B, the Italian second division, were involved in evading tax when paying their players. The Financial Action Task Force considered that by having an international market for transferring players creates opportunities for money laundering. They described the overvaluation of a player as similar to the money laundering procedure of over-invoicing of goods and services. Money laundering could be also facilitated through tax havens and by front companies who appear as owners of the football club.

    Media Sport Investment (MSI) was the owner of the Brazilian football team, Corinthians. MSI, founded by Kia Joorabchian, were alleged to be a front organisation of Boris Berezovsky. Berezovsky, once a business partner of Roman Abramovich and was based in Britain (and before his death), was wanted for fraud and murder. Joorabchian acted as a front for Boris Berezovsky when buying a Russian influential commercial newspaper in 1999. MSI was formed three months before the takeover of Corinthians. The company had no capital but drew funds from companies registered in the Virgin Islands. An enquiry into MSI‚Äôs involvement with Corinthians was set up by the ‚ÄúPartido Popular Socialista‚ÄĚ, the operator of Sao Paulo City Council. They concluded that there was sufficient evidence of money laundering in Corinthians and MSI. In 2005, Joorabchian was banned from carrying out any business in Brazil. This is an example of the new direction in Russian involvement in world football by taking over debt-ridden clubs.

    The Spanish football clubs, FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, Athletico Bilbao and Osasuna are owned by their members and are democratically governed. At FC Barcelona, a president is elected every 4 years. Only Spanish companies or Spanish people can be owners or shareholders at Spanish football clubs. In Germany, football clubs are constituted as registered associations, which form a not for profit organisation, ‚Äúeingetragener verein‚ÄĚ. The ‚ÄúVerein‚ÄĚ must hold 50% plus 1 vote of the football club. This is to protect the integrity of the football game and to avoid circumstances where one could own more than one football club. Although the football clubs are listed on the stock market, this system does not allow a rich tycoon like Roman Abramovich to have more control than the ‚ÄúVerein‚ÄĚ and prevents ownership by undesirable individuals or entities. Germany‚Äôs football structure has restricted investment from foreigners. The ‚Äė50% plus 1 vote‚Äô model has made their football clubs more accountable to supporters. Furthermore, since the inception of the German Football League, Bundesliga, in 1963, not one football club has been declared insolvent. With no financial difficulties in German football clubs, this may provide a good deterrent against organised criminals wishing to launder their money. This begs the question as to whether this model could be replicated in England to help counter corruption. On the contrary, there is evidence that German football clubs systematically rely on creative accounting to inflate assets and hide liabilities. Although the intentions of Germany‚Äôs model are to protect football clubs, the football clubs themselves are still engaging in a dishonest act.

    The recent scandals in Italian football are related to the conflict of interests with the football clubs and the stakeholders they engage with. For example, the risks of transfer market manipulation, inflating transfer values and bungs were cited in relation to a football club and a transfer management company, GEA World. The Director of the football club, who managed the trading of players, negotiated with GEA World to establish player costs. However, GEA World was led by the Football club Director’s son. The transfer dealings involving GEA World often led to the farcical exchanges of players or ludicrous prices being paid or numerous movements for no apparent reason. Clearly, conflicts of interest may occur with ownership and sponsorship. For example, Roman Abramovich’s company was the sponsor of TSSKA Moscow, a first division Russian club and, at the same time, owner of Chelsea F.C., a first division English club. There could be a risk of conflicting interests if both teams were to play against each other, quite possibly in the Champions League. Moreover, Alexei Fedorychev, who was one of the former owners of Dinamo Moscow, attempted to buy Monaco football club. However, due to money laundering allegations and his alleged criminal activities, he was unable to do so. His company was still able to sponsor Monaco, however, while he was still owner of Dinamo Moscow. Once fraudulent and corrupt owners are in place at their football clubs, there is the potential for them to bring influence to the game, conflicts of interests and the perpetration of further crimes.

    So what shall we do? The current strategies to counter football corruption and fraud are not effective. The problem lies with the lack of transparency. Although the Fit and Proper Persons Test is supposed to enhance transparency of the ownership of English football clubs, the decision-making and operations of the Test are not transparent. Neither is the Fit and Proper Persons Test meeting its objective of protecting football clubs in all English professional leagues as there is evidence of fraudsters and corrupt individuals owning clubs. And the football regulators who operate the Fit and Proper Persons Test are not transparent either. There are conflicts of interest, which may pose ethical problems. Furthermore, football regulators may be not sufficiently resourced to properly investigate allegations of money laundering at football clubs and other forms of fraud and corruption. The UEFA Financial Fair Play Rule is supposed to be forcing clubs to operate their business to break even. This is supposed restrict spending and thus deter criminals from laundering their money through football clubs. Well, you probably know how that is going?

    • Ronan September 29, 2018 at 6:05 pm

      Interesting, H. More or less suggests people are being paid to turn a blind eye. Can’t see the authorities ever wanting to open up the can of worms of money laundering in football though, due to the importance of money laundering to the City and the UK economy in general.

      • Harry Hotspur September 29, 2018 at 6:43 pm

        An unusual read, which of course is buried in LinkedIn opposed to being published where it be read by fans.

        • Ronan September 30, 2018 at 7:24 am

          Of course. Can’t be sullying consumer belief in the integrity of the product.

          • Harry Hotspur September 30, 2018 at 8:57 am

            Instead we get fed a mainstream stodge of grassroots initiatives and videos of finger tricks.

    • Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? September 29, 2018 at 7:21 pm

      Money laundering is also a massive part of match fixing and gambling markets.

    • Tappaspur September 29, 2018 at 11:07 pm

      Good read that was.

  • baz September 29, 2018 at 4:51 pm

    Cheers, seeing the goals cheered me up for a few seconds.

    • Lord Croker September 29, 2018 at 4:55 pm

      That’s the spirit.