Date: 7th September 2017 at 8:55am
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La Liga president Javier Tebas has accused clubs such as Manchester City and Paris St Germain of “laughing” at football’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules.

Referring to the French club’s £200m signing of Barca star Neymar, Tebas said: “We’ve caught (PSG) peeing in the swimming pool and Neymar is peeing off the diving board.”

The Spanish league boss was speaking at the Soccerex Global Convention on Wednesday, two days after it emerged he had written to UEFA to ask for an investigation into what he described as PSG’s “history of non-compliance” with FFP.

The Costa Rican-born administrator expanded on this at Soccerex, saying clubs backed by national gas and oil revenues were inflating costs for all clubs and destroying the industry.

Tebas said La Liga has analysed the accounts of all the top teams in Europe over the last five years and believes PSG, City and even Chelsea have used their owners’ wealth to artificially boost revenues in order to meet FFP rules, which say clubs can only spend on players what they generate through broadcast rights, commercial deals and ticket sales.

He later added that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich had “settled down” in recent years and said “enough is enough”, but contrasted his behaviour with the bottomless-pit-style spending of the Gulf-owned clubs.

The 55-year-old, who has run La Liga since 2013, explained he has no problem with Abu Dhabi, Qatar or any other state deciding it wants to buy a football club, as long as they play fair.

“The problem is when the income they report to cover their costs is not real,” he told reporters in Manchester.

“They’ve agreed sponsorships which are not based on market rates. PSG earns more from sponsorships than Manchester United does and that’s impossible. That’s financial doping and it’s destroying the industry.”

PSG are owned by Qatar Sports Investments, a Doha-based sovereign wealth fund run by Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the chairman of PSG and BeIN Sports, a broadcaster which has pumped money into French football. Last season, the Paris club had seven Qatari sponsors.

City are owned by a group controlled by a member of the Abu Dhabi ruling family, Sheikh Mansour, who also is the United Arab Emirates’ deputy prime minister.

Like PSG, City have had several UAE-based sponsors and Tebas joked about the amounts these banks and tourism authorities were paying the clubs compared to their size and status.

Both City and PSG were among the first clubs to be caught out by the FFP rules in 2014, when UEFA withheld some of their Champions League prize money and restricted the size of their squads for European games in subsequent seasons.

City are widely believed to have complied with UEFA’s spending rules since 2014, thanks largely to the huge increase in broadcast revenues for all Premier League clubs.

It should also be pointed out that while they spent £220million in the summer transfer window, they also brought in more than £90million in sales and a net spend of £130million is not remarkable for a leading Premier League outfit.

Tebas advocates a system La Liga has introduced, which effectively operates as a salary cap for each team based on their income.

The ball, Tebas said, is now in UEFA’s court but if the governing body does not act he will consider taking the case “to Brussels”.

When asked if La Liga’s position was slightly hypocritical, given the cosy property deals and soft loans some Spanish clubs have received from local governments, not to mention Barca having Qatar Airways on their shirt for several years, Tebas said all wrongdoing should be investigated and punished, regardless of nationality.

“If we have been crooks – and we haven’t – the solution is not to say everyone can be a crook,” he said, before pointing out that La Liga has relegated clubs for receiving illegal ‘state aid’ and Barca’s shirt sponsorship was at the market rate.

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

  • 💋 September 7, 2017 at 8:36 pm

    OrganicPaper
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    Never trust a man who wears a ring on his index finger.

    • Urbane Sturgeon September 7, 2017 at 8:39 pm

      Or a black sports bra outside her blouse.

  • cavey September 7, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    I’m not knocking the grass pitch because I want an argument, I’m thinking that, because football will be played 90% of the time in the new stadium that should have been the ‘base permanent’ unmovable pitch and the NFL pitch should have been the movable one. the way it’s working, we have the movable pitch and we have a 4-5 foot gap to the base pitch. e are going to play on a movable mezzanine floor with grass on it AND THIS IS THE FIRST OF IT’S TYPE IN THE WORLD. What’s not to worry about.

    • SpurAndy 🍒π September 7, 2017 at 8:22 pm

      It had to be that way Cavey. The NFL pitch requires much bigger side lines to accommodate the 1000 odd players which would have obscured the action from the lower tier spectators. By having it below the normal pitch level the NFL shizz can be seen ok.

      • SpurAndy 🍒π September 7, 2017 at 8:25 pm

        Movable pitch tech isn’t new so we’re not actually breaking new ground other than having a second pitch underground which I’m not sure is done anywhere else.

        • 61SpursNut🌰 September 7, 2017 at 8:26 pm

          It’s only the first to split into three sections.

      • cavey September 7, 2017 at 8:28 pm

        I know that Andy but I know of only one football pitch at first floor level and that is over a supermarket and car park at AS Monaco with no moving parts. I hope I’m wrong. I would love the opinion of Lahdada on the Video.

        • SpurAndy 🍒π September 7, 2017 at 8:38 pm

          Knowing Levy as we do I suspect he’s sought advice from many people as to the potential for failure. This is where his micro managing will be of benefit to avoid unpleasant surprises.
          Having said that the Dildo Bros have found that the turnaround to change from athletics to football was widely underestimated. But that was probably because they didn’t do their homework.

  • SeattleSpursGuy September 7, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    SpurAndy 🍒π
    Apparently wasn’t unanimous, would be interesting to know who didn’t want it. Levy?

    According to The Telegraph, Arsenal, Chelsea, West Ham and Tottenham all voted in favour of closing the transfer window before the beginning of the season. Manchester United, Swansea, Manchester City, Watford and Crystal Palace voted against it.

    http://www.football.london/premier-league/summer-transfer-window-vote-result-13588826

  • Horndog 😎 September 7, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    caveman
    It’s great technology but it will sound hollow when you run on it, like walking over a glass basement light on the pavement. I reckon it will take more getting used to than Wembley and much much much more teething problems are bound to occur. Pure fucking madness.

    My first reaction was “awesome” but now after thinking about it and taking your comment into context I see what you are thinking. Playing devil’s advocate, perhaps they have that engineered as well. Who knows. Two other points: when will someone trip and hurt themselves falling over a seam?, and how high will the ball bounce? and how much is that doggy in the window?

    • cavey September 7, 2017 at 7:43 pm

      how high will the ball bounce? A potential Horny. Remember the artificial pitches! I think not enough research has gone into this pitch and the authorities will have their antennas up if just one club suggest the home side have an advantage over the away side.

      • Horndog 😎 September 7, 2017 at 7:48 pm

        Back in the 70’s-80’s, when I was playing in amateur leagues in Seattle we often played on artificial surfaces. Whole new ball game. Talk about rug burns when you would tackle. We used to put vaseline on our legs to save our skin, then that shit would get on the ball. Not fun.

        • Caveman September 7, 2017 at 7:55 pm

          Don’t know how much info Spurs gave the authorities, but you can bet your sweet life there will be a shit load of complaints 5

          • 61SpursNut🌰 September 7, 2017 at 7:58 pm

            Absolutely no reason for that hypothesis.

            • SpurAndy 🍒π September 7, 2017 at 8:12 pm

              Where do they store the ‘trays’ when there not needed? Shirley not enough room under the stands is there?

            • 61SpursNut🌰 September 7, 2017 at 8:20 pm

              The excavation goes beyond the South Stand.

              • SpurAndy 🍒π September 7, 2017 at 8:31 pm

                Ok, thanks Nut.

              • cavey September 7, 2017 at 8:42 pm

                Interesting Nutty

      • 61SpursNut🌰 September 7, 2017 at 7:55 pm

        It’s not an artificial pitch that we’re constructing.

        • Horndog September 7, 2017 at 7:56 pm

          I know, I but when Cavey mentioned those words I had flashbacks.

        • Caveman September 7, 2017 at 7:58 pm

          I know but it might as well be as it no base. It’s built upon a steel frame. MarK my words Nutty there will be a shit load of problems here.

      • OrganicPaper September 7, 2017 at 7:56 pm

        I would not be too worried. Modern pitches with undersoil heating are usually around only 250mm of grass and turf before a gravel drainage layer.
        I think it will play pretty much as any other modern pitch – most of which are not 100% pure natural grass. They use a synthetic implant to help with condition over a season.

        I think the problems will be on the seams though, where the continuity can’t be maintained

        • Caveman September 7, 2017 at 8:00 pm

          I hope your right OP but I have grave doubts.

  • OrganicPaper September 7, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    • OrganicPaper September 7, 2017 at 7:30 pm

      It’s Pamela. Kicking a ball.
      I’m stunned

  • Harry Hotspur September 7, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    Lilywhite without the II

    Caspurs♿️
    A couple of people were talking recently about how our retractable pitch will work. well guys and gals, now you know.
    https://twitter.com/SpursOfficial/st…44331776167936

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZA6cbCe3vnA

    No wonder it cost so much…a lot to go wrong but impressive..

    Just watched that and it reminds me of the Amstrad vertical record player. Which was leap in technology that nobody in their right fucking mind needed. I should know, I was bought one.

    This pitch will 100% cause problems – there is no chance on earth that this will be glitch free.

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    • cavey September 7, 2017 at 7:10 pm

      Absolutely correct.

    • OrganicPaper September 7, 2017 at 7:19 pm

      I just hope we don’t have to use it that often. I’m having visions of Russian hackers retracting the pitch mid game. Or at least opening up one side, possibly swallowing Sissoko into the abyss for ever.
      Silver linings and all that

      • Still Nil Nil September 7, 2017 at 7:30 pm

        It’ll be great, if spurs wing backs are slow getting forward, retract either wing thus bringing them nearer the oppos penalty box without having to run before swinging in a beauty of a cross for llorente

        Foolproof!!!

    • KrakowJosh September 7, 2017 at 7:28 pm

      To be fair, I think it’s the “vertical” and “Amstrad” parts that were the problem here; Technics used to do a very fine parallel tracking horizontal turntable that worked well. So if we need a vertical pitch and Alan Sugar’s involved, we’re fucked basically…

  • 61SpursNut🌰 September 7, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    caveman
    It’s great technology but it will sound hollow when you run on it…

    That’s the funniest thing I’ve read in weeks.

    • cavey September 7, 2017 at 6:47 pm

      Look at the strips of grass closely. It is only about 5″ thick with nothing below it.

      • cavey September 7, 2017 at 6:49 pm

        Too much red vino before my dinner

      • 61SpursNut🌰 September 7, 2017 at 7:02 pm

        Even a busload of Adebayo Akinfenwas dropped from one of the cranes couldn’t make that sound hollow.

        • cavey September 7, 2017 at 7:09 pm

          Look at the video again Nutty, it’s not great.

  • Legoverlass September 7, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    “net spend of £130million is not remarkable for a leading Premier League outfit”…. Levy just gagged on his Pretzel when reading this ! 💶💶💶💶💶💶💶

  • ronwol196061🇨🇦 September 7, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    💋
    Ronfucius says …

    Ronisconfuscious

    • Horndog 😎 September 7, 2017 at 7:14 pm

      Hornyfucious say: “Ronwol full of shit.💩” 😂

  • Lilywhite without the II September 7, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    Caspurs♿️
    A couple of people were talking recently about how our retractable pitch will work. well guys and gals, now you know.
    https://twitter.com/SpursOfficial/st…44331776167936

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZA6cbCe3vnA

    No wonder it cost so much…a lot to go wrong but impressive..

    • Still Nil Nil September 7, 2017 at 5:35 pm

      Just seen it

      Musics shit but impressive graphics

    • OrganicPaper September 7, 2017 at 5:41 pm

      That’s a bat shit crazy as it is expensive. Lovely engineering though.
      What could possibly go wrong 😊

    • Freund or Foe September 7, 2017 at 5:47 pm

      I had something similar as a kid. It was a chessboard, and a draughts board. Genius.

      • MysteriousStranger September 7, 2017 at 5:56 pm

        No Backgammon on the inside of the box?

    • caveman September 7, 2017 at 6:19 pm

      It’s great technology but it will sound hollow when you run on it, like walking over a glass basement light on the pavement. I reckon it will take more getting used to than Wembley and much much much more teething problems are bound to occur. Pure fucking madness.

      • caveman September 7, 2017 at 6:21 pm

        but greed and lust make you do mad things.

        • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? September 7, 2017 at 6:47 pm

          Like destroy football clubs.

    • Harry Hotspur September 7, 2017 at 6:27 pm

      A heck of a lot to go wrong, and it will. I’d be fascinated to see how much the fine is from the Premier League for ‘only fielding half a field’

      • caveman September 7, 2017 at 6:30 pm

        We’ll end up at MK Dons.

      • caveman September 7, 2017 at 6:32 pm

        I reckon Levy is aiming to sell the stadium and package to an American sports outfit like Liverpool did. Hope he (Joe) does sell soon.

        • Harry Hotspur September 7, 2017 at 6:46 pm

          Joe will be dead soon. I heard it from a GP that nobody lives forever.

          The problem is Levy isn’t going anywhere. Joe could sell to the Mormons or Hugh Heffner, we’d still have baldy in charge.

          • cavey September 7, 2017 at 6:51 pm

            Harry, did we raise enough cash to surprise Hallibut with some Spurs memorability?

  • Still Nil Nil September 7, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    Wanyama is out for a few weeks

    • Freund or Foe September 7, 2017 at 5:26 pm

      Out out?

      • SpurAndy 🍒π September 7, 2017 at 5:31 pm

        Just out, he’s still got his slippers on.

        • Still Nil Nil September 7, 2017 at 5:34 pm

          Hurt In training

          • caveman September 7, 2017 at 6:28 pm

            Shame, but he looked injured last time i saw him play. Wasn’t his old self. Chance for Dier and Winks to show their skills.

  • Still Nil Nil September 7, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    The guy who runs juventus is in full agreement of the earlier closure of the window.
    I reckon all other European countries will follow suit cos it’s just as bad for them as it is here as they want settled squads too.

    They don’t just trade with us, funnily enough they trade with other too which means just cos we’re out of the equation in buying their players, they aren’t with each other.

    And if anything, we buy bigger than we sell to and from them so Sotho as it stands they can buy from us, they don’t buy big names at their peak like we do from them.

    It’ll sort itself out by next summer.

  • OrganicPaper September 7, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    This window close early business is madness unless all of Europe follow suit.
    Players will cost more as other clubs will know we have to deal quickly.
    Our teams competing in CL and ropey will be at a huge disadvantage as other teams can react to injury problems…. the list is longer but all in has a shit move

    • caveman September 7, 2017 at 5:16 pm

      Couldn’t agree more, unless UEFA were introducing it throughout Europe, we’ll be at a disadvantage in Europe.

    • Freund or Foe September 7, 2017 at 5:20 pm

      2 weeks less bedwetting? I`m in.

      • SpurAndy 🍒π September 7, 2017 at 5:23 pm

        But more intensified bed wetting before? I fear for the mattress.

        • Freund or Foe September 7, 2017 at 5:28 pm

          If I wanted the stench of urine throughout the summer, I`d have gone to Canvey Island.

      • OrganicPaper September 7, 2017 at 5:32 pm

        Thing is we will keep on soaking that mattress because European clubs could still buy our players. We just couldn’t replace them.
        And no chairman is going to turn down silly money of it’s offered for a player who downs tools.

        And it’s a world cup year next summer window. So we will effectively lose another month of negotiating while the top players are away in Russia.

        Bloody madness. I am all for it IF this is an Europe wide thing.

        Brexit kicking in a bit early for the EPL!

        • SpurAndy 🍒π September 7, 2017 at 5:33 pm

          Ooh, starting to cross me legs thinking about it.

          • OrganicPaper September 7, 2017 at 5:44 pm

            Think I’ve started already!

  • UnkleTaff September 7, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    Rather than bring the end of the transfer window forward a bit, wouldn’t it have made more sense for us to lobby that the season be dealyed until September?

    For reasons I’m sure I don’t need to state here.

    • 61SpursNut🌰 September 7, 2017 at 4:57 pm

      You’ll get Kaned for that kind of talk.

  • ronwol196061🇨🇦 September 7, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    MysteriousStranger
    There will also be the small matter of having players still with the squad that will be sold abroad after the PL season starts. I can’t see Levy not wanting to do his usual prolonged negotiations in that respect either.

    Time is Money but sometimes money takes time

    • 💋 September 7, 2017 at 4:52 pm

      Ronfucius says …

  • Tottenham central September 7, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    Avb turned down isco. Daaaaaamn.

    • MysteriousStranger September 7, 2017 at 4:28 pm

      When he was at Malaga allegedly. And Aubameyang allegedly too, which would have to have been when he was at St. Etienne. Though the idea that Levy would have been able to successfully do a deal and bring him in before the 4th July (when Aubameyang signed for Borussia Dortmund) is somewhat fanciful given how we do most of our deals.

    • MysteriousStranger September 7, 2017 at 4:28 pm

      Plenty of players AVB wanted that we didn’t sign too.

      • ronwol196061🇨🇦 September 7, 2017 at 4:37 pm

        Poch is much more realistic than AVB.
        You have to know your customer and I think now Poch is learning well how to deal with Levy.
        Probably this was all helped by the AVB/Levy relationship and its failings

  • SeattleSpursGuy September 7, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    In his presser Poch said Lamela will return to full first team training in early October.
    We’ll see

    • 61SpursNut🌰 September 7, 2017 at 3:36 pm

      He didn’t say “will” and didn’t use the term “full first team training”.

      “We expect early October to join the team and to start the possibility to join the team and train every day. We are happy.”

      • SeattleSpursGuy September 7, 2017 at 3:47 pm

        Thanks Nut. The report I read had Poch being more definitive.

        • 61SpursNut🌰 September 7, 2017 at 3:51 pm

          What are they like? Alas, I don’t expect to see him back in action before Crimbo.

      • Panama Paul September 7, 2017 at 4:06 pm

        I want some of whatever Poch is on (and I don’t mean his salary).

        • Hartley™ September 7, 2017 at 4:29 pm

          I want his salary.

          • Freund or Foe September 7, 2017 at 5:06 pm

            I`ll take both.

  • 💋 September 7, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    I thought everyone peed in the swimming pool. I always do. I wouldn’t pee from the diving boards though as I don’t like heights.

    • SpurAndy 🍒π September 7, 2017 at 3:39 pm

      It’s not the peeing that worries me it’s the stray jobbies that might be lurking, ala Caddy shack.

    • Lilywhite September 7, 2017 at 3:41 pm

      I know I do. I’ll even discretely drop the front of my trunks for a direct shot.

      • 💋 September 7, 2017 at 3:59 pm

        Nice technique.

  • 61SpursNut🌰 September 7, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    Premier League has voted to amend summer transfer window, starting 2018/19. Window to now close 1700 on Thursday before start of season.

    • Horndog September 7, 2017 at 2:37 pm

      Finally, that makes sense.

      • SpurAndy 🍒π September 7, 2017 at 2:41 pm

        Although puts more pressure on the newly promoted guys to get their ducks lined up quickly.

        • Horndog September 7, 2017 at 2:43 pm

          That won’t be us. 😀

          • SpurAndy 🍒π September 7, 2017 at 2:48 pm

            Apparently wasn’t unanimous, would be interesting to know who didn’t want it. Levy?

            • SeattleSpursGuy September 7, 2017 at 3:51 pm

              From the Guardian: “It is understood 14 voted in favour of the amendment, with five against and one abstention,”

              • 61SpursNut🌰 September 7, 2017 at 3:53 pm

                We’ll probably get another vote for the following season.

    • SeattleSpursGuy September 7, 2017 at 3:31 pm

      Overall, I think this is a good move.Have a settled squad when the season starts.The one downside I see is a foreign club unsettling a player, forcing a sale, but the English teams would be unable to buy a replacement. But that already happens when clubs make late deals.

      • MysteriousStranger September 7, 2017 at 4:10 pm

        We won’t have a settled squad though, since we’ll inevitably have incoming players around the new deadline day as per usual.

        • SeattleSpursGuy September 7, 2017 at 4:12 pm

          True, but it’s an improvement to have them coming in before the first game instead of the fourth.

          • MysteriousStranger September 7, 2017 at 4:19 pm

            There will also be the small matter of having players still with the squad that will be sold abroad after the PL season starts. I can’t see Levy not wanting to do his usual prolonged negotiations in that respect either.

  • Horndog September 7, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    Apparently Poch revealed in his presser yesterday that Wanyama will be sidelined for several more weeks with a knee cartilage issue. Ouch!

    • Caspurs♿️ September 7, 2017 at 1:56 pm

      Wanyammit!!

  • 💋 September 7, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    Harry Hotspur
    Hi tiller1979@hotmail.co.uk,
    Just to let you know that I’ve passed on your details to not just the police, but Hutchison 3G UK Limited (Three) who supply your mobile phone.

    There’s often a fair amount one can find out about someone if one has that someone’s email address. Not always, for various reasons, but often.

    • Horndog September 7, 2017 at 1:40 pm

      Hopefully, this guy will be found out.

    • McG September 7, 2017 at 4:44 pm

      That probably has to be the worst comment I’ve ever read on this site, nice work H, hope he get what he deserves. Just a thought (and not dig), shall we stop quoting his comment now? Reading that once was enough.

  • 61SpursNut🌰 September 7, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    After I posted that fab image a few days a couple of people were talking recently about how our retractable pitch will work. well guys and gals, now you know.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZA6cbCe3vnA&list=PLn7CEAkAZ3TOry4aGpd_UZ4t2Cb30mn9D

    • Spurs est_1882 September 7, 2017 at 1:10 pm

      wow – so interesting – love it.

    • Horndog September 7, 2017 at 1:17 pm

      Really, quite an impressive process. Engineering gone wild.

    • Caspurs♿️ September 7, 2017 at 1:25 pm

      Well done Nutty. 👍

      • 61SpursNut🌰 September 7, 2017 at 1:26 pm

        Oh, it was quite simple really 😂😂😂

        • Caspurs♿️ September 7, 2017 at 1:55 pm

          I’m just having a bad hair day.

    • SpurAndy 🍒π September 7, 2017 at 2:39 pm

      Thanks Nut, looks amazeballs. I love tech but just that little nagging doubt that the more you have the more to go wrong.

    • 61SpursNut🌰 September 7, 2017 at 3:23 pm

      I am left wondering, however, how the dickens do the magic rails suddenly appear from below the synthetic pitch?

      • SpurAndy 🍒π September 7, 2017 at 3:35 pm

        Yep, did wonder the same.

  • Spurs est_1882 September 7, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    Great stance – but the hypocrisy is the fact real and Barca get more in TV revenue than all the other teams in Spains top 4 leagues combined. so if that is not doping I don’t know what is. I think the top 5 spending teams in every transfer window should get a 3yr audit, and all “sponsorship” deals should be investigated too – as he said, there is no reason PSG should get a better shirt deal than United with their global appeal.

  • Sexy Beast September 7, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    Kyke
    Fuck off southern fucking Kyke. How about this for truth, it’s a shame a certain invidual didn’t exterminate ya lot, I’d say bring back the ovens. How’s that for truth?

    Chelsea?

    • The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band September 7, 2017 at 12:35 pm

      Bit late to cry for Archways return, where where you when the Consultation process was taking place ?

    • Freund or Foe September 7, 2017 at 12:56 pm

      The “southern” kinda gives it away, reckon he`s a ManC.

  • SpurAndy 🍒π September 7, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    Doubt if FFP will ever work properly. Piss the top clubs off enough and they’ll just take the ball and start their Super league. This is Uefa’s worst nightmare.

    • Caspurs♿️ September 7, 2017 at 12:47 pm

      Plus it’s only a voluntary agreement, and could be challenged legally by a club at any point.

  • Caspurs♿️ September 7, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    A couple of people were talking recently about how our retractable pitch will work. well guys and gals, now you know.
    https://twitter.com/SpursOfficial/st…44331776167936

    • MysteriousStranger September 7, 2017 at 12:17 pm

      😂 Have another go!

      • Horndog September 7, 2017 at 12:19 pm

        I just did. 😬

      • Caspurs♿️ September 7, 2017 at 12:31 pm

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?
        I can’t check on the blog, but if I put it in my URL box it works!!
        v=ZA6cbCe3vnA&list=PLn7CEAkAZ3TOry4aGpd_UZ4t2Cb30mn9D

        • Caspurs♿️ September 7, 2017 at 12:46 pm

          I give up, find it yerbloodyrselves, harumph!

          • Horndog September 7, 2017 at 12:59 pm

            I don’t care about that, I was having a go!

  • The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band September 7, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    Jeez this FedUp Stadium is going up at some rate, i reckon it will be completed early.

    • caveman September 7, 2017 at 12:21 pm

      Speaking to a project manager on site on the 26th August and he told me it’s on schedule, but certain things could hold up the crytical path like materials being made off site not on schedule which could have a knock-on effect on the overall project.

      • The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band September 7, 2017 at 12:24 pm

        I would have thought severe penalties for missing targets will ensure early completion, Baldy has his finger on the pulse.

        • caveman September 7, 2017 at 12:27 pm

          Penalties have to within the agreed structure and if it’s through no fault of the supplier/manufacturer the penalty cannot be levied. Levy having his finger on the pulse is one thing, but Mace are no fools.

      • mattspurs September 7, 2017 at 12:26 pm

        I have heard similar caution from my source – the tone is still hopeful rather than overconfident

    • The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band September 7, 2017 at 12:21 pm

      Looks great from height like the North East Corner Crane.

    • Sexy Beast September 7, 2017 at 12:29 pm

      The fit out will take a long long time, roof needs to be watertight by February I’ve read in order for it to be delivered on time…..

      • The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band September 7, 2017 at 12:33 pm

        Seems that teams are working throughout the night to ensure there is no slippage. Yes of course the finishing will take a lot of time but even then nothing should threaten the Official handover.

  • caveman September 7, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    There’s only one solution if they’re flouting the rules through above market value sponsorship and that is deduct points, not three points, but ten points. That would put the wind up them.

    • ronwol196061 September 7, 2017 at 12:13 pm

      The clubs are too strong and the people that run the leagues have been known for it not to be 100%. As weve seen the corruption

      • caveman September 7, 2017 at 12:16 pm

        and they have threatened a breakaway to form a European league, which I think will eventually happen anyway. They might even operate outside UEFA rules they’re that powerful.

  • ronwol196061 September 7, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    The key point is in the Footie world the biggest teams are powerful as moneyhas shown to be almost unlimited

    IN the NFL the league protects the League,all the teams ahave a reasonably good chance if they are generally managed ok but the league keeps the league strong.

    The idea of relegation is huge because without it the protection is there and with it there is great risk for failing

  • is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? September 7, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    Have a listen to “only football” by Atilla the stockbroker.i

  • Still Nil Nil September 7, 2017 at 11:44 am

    The advantage to larger clubs/nations has always been there and not necessarily thru obvious financial benefits although the underlying issue will always be financial and to keep the big boys on side and happy.

    You only have to see how competitions are seeded to allow the big boys not to meet each other until absolutely necessary.

    Whether CL or world cups or Euro championships, this team can’t be paired up with that team cos god forbid a minnow should win something.
    There was shock and horror when Denmark and Greece won the European championships, ‘that can and must not happen ever again’.

    The media creamed over lincolns exploits last season but deep down there was major constination that they’ll take the fa cup.

    But I suppose it kept the romance for a cup that I think should be respected more and treated better but is derided now as worth as much as the rumbelows cup.

    It won’t be long before the fa cup is seeded to prevent such dispicable events as a Wimbledon or Portsmouth winning the fucka.
    The balls used to be different temperatures so that the picker’outer of said ball could identify the type of club they were picking out to prevent such mishaps as a big club meeting a big club early on in the competition.

    I remember when the European cup was over 2 legs and knock out from the first round when nottm forest who were holders were drawn v Liverpool who’d just won the first division in the first round.

    That’d never be allowed now.

    So if anybody is surprised by a corrupt organisation trying to prevent corruption and not succeeding then maybe football isn’t for you.

    • Horndog September 7, 2017 at 11:49 am

      Yeah, but will I still be able to be a Spurs fan? 😬

      • Still Nil Nil September 7, 2017 at 11:55 am

        If you think it’s worth it!

        • ronwol196061 September 7, 2017 at 11:57 am

          Our blood runs Navy

    • MysteriousStranger September 7, 2017 at 11:59 am

      Do you not think there already is an element of seeding in the FA Cup? And the League Cup? Certain clubs don’t enter the competition til the 3rd round etc. depending on which trophy, club status?

      • ronwol196061 September 7, 2017 at 12:03 pm

        MS good point but its the opposite. In a draft the worst team would get offered the best players in the draft.
        In the cups the best teams are protected by not havent to play more games against smaller teams (of course smaller teams are protected as well)

        • MysteriousStranger September 7, 2017 at 12:04 pm

          I know how a draft works, Ron! Here we’re talking about the seeding of clubs!

          • ronwol196061 September 7, 2017 at 12:05 pm

            LOL!!!

            • Still Nil Nil September 7, 2017 at 12:12 pm

              There is to an extent MS but after those initial rounds there are still 4 rounds in which there’s a ‘free for all’ and spurs in recent years have been drawn early on against a similarly big club

  • S-P September 7, 2017 at 11:31 am

    Well spotted. Perhaps they’ll give clubs with unlimited wealth some more seventeen and a half pence fines – that’ll learn ’em! 🙄

    Maybe if they actually made it something with real force that even the wealthiest clubs were afraid of getting on the wrong side of. And here’s a suggestion: don’t give clubs like City a slap on the wrist when they are flagrantly flouting the rules, and then come down like a ton of bricks on some minor club for inadvertently being a penny over. It makes you look like colluding tossers!

  • Panama Paul September 7, 2017 at 11:11 am

    In Oz, the AFL (Aussie rules football), have a national draft system in place to prevent the more affluent clubs hoovering up the talent each year. The draftees are contracted to the drafting club for a set period but can be traded for draft picks in future drafts. The worse performing clubs each season receive the first picks and the better performing clubs enter in subsequent rounds. There is still good talent up for grabs in the later rounds so its not necessarily a disadvantage. Although could you imagine someone like Messi, for example, being drafted by Brighton for two years on a salary that the club sets?

    • ronwol196061 September 7, 2017 at 11:18 am

      A draft system is a good system. I north America it works well too. Not sure if all teams in Oz are protected from relegation but if there was relegation it would be difficult for the best player in the draft to get picked by a team that destined for relegation

      • Gus September 7, 2017 at 11:26 am

        No promotion relegation. Just same as the USA

      • Panama Paul September 7, 2017 at 11:35 am

        No relegation in AFL. Presumably the player would have a relegation clause. The issue is that the FA does have relegation. A 92 team draft would be extremely difficult.

        • ronwol196061 September 7, 2017 at 11:41 am

          Gus and Panama,I think if the PL went that route then we will see the beginning of a Super League not long after and most of the clubs wouldnt vote for such a thing.
          The draft idea is the best but it would change everything

          • ronwol196061 September 7, 2017 at 11:42 am

            Also you would have to have Euro players in and also Euro teams. How would RM and Barc like the worst players?

        • MysteriousStranger September 7, 2017 at 12:14 pm

          They can of course take draft picks away from teams who cheated. As has happened to the team I used to follow, the now very shit Essendon Bombers.

          • Panama Paul September 7, 2017 at 4:02 pm

            Bit harsh Mystra. The Essendon Supermen have made the finals this year under Woosha.

            • Aussie in Switzerland September 7, 2017 at 4:19 pm

              Cunt of a game

      • Horndog September 7, 2017 at 11:42 am

        Not only is the draft in place here, example the NFL, they have a wage structure in place that slots draft picks in order of their choice into certain income and contract dollars on their first professional contract. After the first contract is over then it is basically open season. As I understand it.

        • Freund or Foe September 7, 2017 at 11:47 am

          Problem is Dawg, all NFL players come from college, so there is a structure underneath the pro level to draft from. English players hardly finish schooling.

          • Freund or Foe September 7, 2017 at 11:49 am

            * and most are already with clubs from a very young age.

          • Horndog September 7, 2017 at 11:52 am

            Oh I understand that. I was just pointing out what the league does. And…a draftee doesn’t have to finish college, he can declare for the draft early because he is so special. Not saying I agree with it, just trying point out what they do.

            • Freund or Foe September 7, 2017 at 11:55 am

              Do players ever “slip the net”, get scouted outside of schooling?

              • Horndog September 7, 2017 at 12:01 pm

                After they have declared they can have private workouts. They also have what they call “group combines” where are bunch of potential draftees show up in front of a bunch of scouts and go thru a variety of drills. The scouts grade them.

                • MysteriousStranger September 7, 2017 at 12:03 pm

                  I thought FoF meant “do players exist that never went to college?” I could be wrong.

                  • Horndog September 7, 2017 at 12:06 pm

                    Sure, they call them free agents. If you can convince someone to give you a tryout then a team may look at you. Obvious success ratio of a “Joe Blow” walk on, is low.

                    • Freund or Foe September 7, 2017 at 12:08 pm

                      Thanks Dawg.

                    • MysteriousStranger September 7, 2017 at 12:11 pm

                      Wouldn’t most players have had to have college experience to have a relatively sound understanding of the game (irrespective of differing rules)? I’m not talking about undrafted college players getting another chance to make it on an NFL team – who would also be Free Agents. I’m specifically talking about players who never went to play the game at any college.

                    • Horndog September 7, 2017 at 12:16 pm

                      Sure MS, I am certain an unknowledgeable player would be identified quickly and be told to take a hike. There are always a few exceptions, mainly kickers.

                    • MysteriousStranger September 7, 2017 at 12:19 pm

                      Kickers are indeed about the only position I can think of where someone from say, a Rugby or AFL background could get an opportunity without having experience of the game. And we all know Harry Kane fancies the same gig when his football career is over!

            • Freund or Foe September 7, 2017 at 11:56 am

              And who decides which players are in the draft? Do the colleges put them forward, or the pro teams?

              • Horndog September 7, 2017 at 11:58 am

                The player declares himself eligible.

                • Freund or Foe September 7, 2017 at 12:02 pm

                  Ah. That makes sense. So I suppose there is a maximum amount of drafts per team, so some are left disappointed?!

                  • Horndog September 7, 2017 at 12:08 pm

                    Yes, but then can try out as a free agent. If one makes a team he would get paid the league minimum.

                    • Horndog September 7, 2017 at 12:09 pm

                      I am no expert, just explaining the process, as I understand it. Normally, I am full of shit.

                    • Freund or Foe September 7, 2017 at 12:19 pm

                      I`ll join you in the full of shit club.

                • 61SpursNut🌰 September 7, 2017 at 12:03 pm

                  If it gets too drafty do they close the window?

                  • ronwol196061 September 7, 2017 at 12:06 pm

                    No,Levy pulls a switch and the 2nd pitch comes up,the NFL one and the fans in front three rows get drafty

  • The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band September 7, 2017 at 11:01 am

    We have dealt with both PSG and Man City and come up trumps on both deals, we’re rolling with the dice, Levy is shrewd enough to keep us in the game.

    • ronwol196061 September 7, 2017 at 11:21 am

      Right on Raz as painful as it can be

  • Panama Paul September 7, 2017 at 11:00 am

    Salary cap based on earnings in La Liga. Given that RM and Barca had the best TV deals for some time, salary capping the smaller clubs did nothing to change their advantage. Status quo maintained nicely, effectively preventing overseas investment in those smaller clubs so they could challenge. Sounds like a load of bollox to me.

  • caveman September 7, 2017 at 10:57 am

    It doesn’t matter what went on in the past as long as we start with PSG and Man C and level the playing field from here on in. The way it’s going is wrong and the bubble will burst unless some authority is established.

  • Freund or Foe September 7, 2017 at 10:11 am

    “If we have been crooks – and we haven’t”- laughable.
    6 La Liga teams benefited from a tax rate reserved for non-for-profit organisations…. for 20 years.

    • Gus September 7, 2017 at 10:13 am

      Pot. Kettle. Black.

      • Freund or Foe September 7, 2017 at 10:24 am

        Let alone all the loans that were guaranteed by a government owned bank, which saw the clubs get seriously preferential rates.

      • Caspurs♿️ September 7, 2017 at 10:25 am

        Cot, rattle, blanky..

        • The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band September 7, 2017 at 10:55 am

          Toys, Pram, outy…

    • ronwol196061 September 7, 2017 at 11:19 am

      They dont think they are crooks.Look at the happy family mafia

  • royalspur September 7, 2017 at 9:41 am

    It doesn’t matter, some club has to be the wealthiest and the traditionally richest have got the knock it’s no longer them, having said that how would us Brits feel if the queen decided to buy into some other country’s sports industry , a bit bizarre from the gulf states

    • Ethan September 7, 2017 at 10:11 am

      The idea is to narrow the rich poor gap. The lee will always be the rich but the gap matters too

      • Ethan September 7, 2017 at 10:11 am

        Oops. The idea is to narrow the rich poor gap. There will always be the rich but the gap matters too.

  • 61SpursNut🌰 September 7, 2017 at 9:40 am
    • Stevo1987 September 7, 2017 at 10:15 am

      Sounds good to me.

  • Syd September 7, 2017 at 9:06 am

    its about fucking time someone in authority said something. Now lets see how the corrupt toothless tiger reacts

    • Kyke September 7, 2017 at 10:10 am

      Fuck off southern fucking Kyke. How about this for truth, it’s a shame a certain invidual didn’t exterminate ya lot, I’d say bring back the ovens. How’s that for truth?

      • Harry Hotspur September 7, 2017 at 11:01 am

        Hi tiller1979@hotmail.co.uk,

        Just to let you know that I’ve passed on your details to not just the police, but Hutchison 3G UK Limited (Three) who supply your mobile phone.

        • Freund or Foe September 7, 2017 at 11:05 am

          Your name is big brother
          You say that you got me all in your notebook
          Writing it down everyday

          • Harry Hotspur September 7, 2017 at 11:18 am

            “I don’t send out solicitors letters … I apply a bit of … pressure”

            Performance [1970]

            • Freund or Foe September 7, 2017 at 11:46 am

              * and Mick Jones, sampling for Big Audio Dynamite`s first release.

              Very good.

        • melcyid September 7, 2017 at 11:20 am

          is that one of the tiller girls

    • Caspurs♿️ September 7, 2017 at 10:27 am

      Business as usual.