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Swiss prosecutors demand prison for beIN & PSG president and ex-Fifa No 2.

By Tony Attwood

The Swiss prosecution service has called for prison sentences against the president of beIN and the ex-number 2 of Fifa, Jérôme Valcke. You might recall that Untold, alone among UK publishers has been following these various stories, while the UK media utterly refuses to acknowledge that these cases are even happening.

The […]

Amadou Diawara: Agent confirms Arsenal FC interest

 

Mikel Arteta wants to create new opportunities in his midfield. In the course of this, Arsenal FC is interested in Amadou Diawara. Its advisor confirms the London efforts.Recently, Arsenal’s alleged interest in Amadou Diawara popped up for the first time. There was talk of a possible swap deal with AS Roma, which could receive […]

If all lives matter, if slavery is unacceptable, what is the FA doing about Qatar?

By Tony Attwood

Qatar was awarded the World cup in 2010. Evidence that has emerged since then suggests very strongly indeed that the award was rigged. One suggestion among many is that al-Jazeera (since then renamed beIN Sports) had signed a TV contract that included a $100m fee to be paid to Fifa if […]

Why the clamour to restart football is fuelled by gambling firms

 

By Tony Attwood

The football industry, which consists of the clubs, the players, the non-playing staff, and the businesses and industry that get an economic boost from it, want football back, because it’s their living, their way of life, and in many cases, it makes a profit. By and large the fans want it […]

The Fifa / PSG / Swiss corruption cases are major news in Europe. But not in the UK. Why?

By Tony Attwood

You won’t read about it in the British press, but there is a court case going on involving a villa in Sardinia valued at 5 million euros which was offered by Nasser al-Khelaïfi, the president of PSG to Jérôme Valcke the former secretary of Fifa who was fired on 13 January 2016 […]

At all levels of football, the crisis is here, and it won’t go away

by Tony Attwood

“The most important week in the history of the Football League – act now, or risk carnage”. So said Mark Palios, the former FA Chief Executive.

It doesn’t really matter when he said it, because it is always the most important week. But this week is a special […]

Football’s big problem: cash flow, transfers, collapse of sponsors, piracy, everything…

by Tony Attwood

I just got a post on my phone titled Big Topic Discussion: “What an ideal transfer windows for Arsenal will look like?” It’s not too hard to translate it into grammatical English however, so we can get the rough idea of what they wanted to talk about.

This statement came from AFC […]

£4.5bn is in outstanding transfer fees, and few have got the money to pay.

By Tony Attwood

Slowly it has been realised: the clubs across Europe owe around £4.5bn in transfer fees.

Of course in one way it can be said that that is not a crisis since everyone owes everyone else, so if A pays B then B pays C etc and […]

Football is now in deep crisis, and it is hard to find a solution

By Tony Attwood

So this is where we’ve got to.

1: By and large the players in the Premier League, following the lead of their union, are refusing to take pay cuts. Some very public players in Europe are taking pay cuts.

2: Clubs are laying off lesser paid staff, and telling them they will […]

The day Arsenal broke the Premier League: the view from overseas

By Christophe Jost

I must be transparent. I do not live in the UK, I am of German and Swiss descent, work in France and Switzerland, and have lived in quite a few countries so far in my life.

Some of the countries are rich, some are poor. So my vision may be a galaxy […]

Premier League: The best bromances of the league

Premier League: The best bromances of the league

For centuries, football has always gathered millions of fans around the world regardless of race or religion. However, apart from this solidarity around football fans, it also happens that links are formed between players of the same team.

We tend to forget it but football is above […]

Arteta warns that players are starting to crack under the pressure. But will anything change?

By Tony Attwood

There are two ways to imagine football as and when the current crisis is all over.

One is that everything picks up from where it left off, with the same competitions, the same number of games, the same financial situation, the same funding etc. The other is that this crisis will cause […]

Will footballers actually want to come to England in future?

By Christophe Jost and Tony Attwood

As you may have heard, the UK in general and England in particular has gone its own way in dealing with the coronavirus crisis.

And inevitably that has meant a certain amount of uncertainty and worry about what Britain is doing, and what effect it will have.

Now that […]

Premier League: No one seems to have planned for anything to go wrong.

By Tony Attwood

In the last set of figures presented via annual accounts, the 20 clubs in the Premier League were shown to have a turnover of £4.827 bn. Which is quite a lot of money.

Their wages bill was just over half that. 58% to be (more or less) exact.

Now obviously the virus […]

When will this season end, and when will next season start? It’s not that easy to work out.

By Tony Attwood

Next season is due to start on Saturday 8 August.

And according to the standard contracts operated by the Premier League and by the English Football League, players are entitled to “five weeks paid holiday to be taken at a time or times determined by the club – subject to the club’s […]

Arsenal in lockdown, football not in lockdown – horse racing says “tally ho!”

By Tony Attwood

Arsenal locked down, Arsenal fans locked out, government and horse racing says “carry on, carry on!”

See also…

What do the terms and conditions of my season ticket say about coronavirus?

Everywhere shuts down, except England. No one knows what to do except President Trump who knows everything because […]

Few journalists ever criticise the state of football… so why is it starting now?

By Tony Attwood

I am shocked, amazed, stunned, bemused.

For 12 years we have been plodding away, writing up the notion that the reporting of football is warped by the media to suit their own needs and ends, and those of their powerful allies.

Among the many examples found are those suggesting that key stories […]

The 8 key questions that football journalists simply won’t ever ask

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By Tony Attwood

One of the many odd consequences of the way in […]

How “The Athletic” touches on issues without realising what they are

by Tony Attwood

It is interesting to see The Athletic in a current article taking an interest in AFTV, and recognising (perhaps a little late in the day) that not everyone who claims to be an Arsenal supporter actually likes AFTV. But I do find it a little frustrating that articles like this are presented […]

The 14 men tipped to be Arsenal’s next manager (although hopefully not all at once).

By Adam Up

 

Untold Gooner News video: A lesson in how to silence the critics

 

The Daily Mirror has done an update of the list of men said to be “in the running” for the job of Arsenal coach, and what do you know. Although the list is remarkably similar to the […]

West Ham v Arsenal; result prediction, a minus one all draw.

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By Bulldog Drummond

Once upon a time we played league games on Saturdays at 3pm. Funny old idea that was. It meant you could have lunch with […]

Man U and Tottenham fans follow Gooners on the path of self-destruction

By Tony Attwood

I wouldn’t normally focus enormously on one particular blog and its commentary, but the headline today of “This is why we want you gone: these Arsenal fans can’t quite believe Unai Emery’s latest comments ” really made me wonder if there is any end to the madness, or whether it just goes […]

Why are supercomputers getting their predictions wrong and how to outsmart them

By Bulldog Drumond

There have been 30 Premier League games so far this season. But only 10 of them have been home wins. That is, rather obviously, 33% of matches that have ended in home wins. Last season it was 48%.

And what makes this quite interesting is that this is a sudden change after […]

Why does everyone in football seem to have something to hide?

By Tony Attwood

Are there cover ups in football? Cover ups of corruption, incompetence, match fixing, the old boys network looking after each other, abuse of money, abuse of power, that sort of thing….

Certainly in the case of the child sex abuse scandals that have swept across English football in recent years it looks […]

What the Africa Cup of Nations means for Premier League players and their clubs

By Sir Hardly Anyone

As you may have noticed, the Africa Cup of Nations has begun. A little later than planned, but it has begun.

What it means is that those players involved will not be available at the start of the season since they won’t have had a proper summer rest. In this case […]