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The Sam Allardyce Saga: What Really Is Third Party Ownership.


The Three Lions Manager Sam Allardyce affectionately called “Big Sam” on a mutual consent was relieved of his post as the Manager of the English senior team after a newspaper sting caught him agreeing a £400,000 deal to advise foreign investors on how to avoid FA rules on Third Party Ownership. He was on a salary of £3 million per annum and was in charge of the National team for 67 days. He has since be replaced temporarily by Gareth Southgate who is also the Manager for the U21 side of the Three Lions.
Questions will further be asked how grievous an offense like this could cause Big Sam his role. Here is what you need to know about the Third Party Ownership.
This, in association football is the ownership of a part or full of a player’s economic or financially rights by third party sources such as football agents, sports management agencies, hedge- funds or other investors. It worth noting that this differs from Co-ownership where the player’s transfer rights are shared with another club.
Third Party Ownership practice us common in Brazil and Argentina where many clubs are insolvent and financially limited. Here businessmen and other investors buys shares in the economic rights of young players and often cover the cost of their training and accommodation. In return they are entitled to a percentage of a player’s future transfer fee.
In April, 2015 the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) announced the banning of third party ownership and specifically prohibited either clubs or players from entering into economic rights agreements with third party investors. The ban took effect May, 2015.
         ” Third Party Ownership raises concerns over the integrity of the competition and introduces risks of criminal activities into sports “. European Parliament ; November 2015
At an Annual General Meeting in June 2008, the English Premier League drafted need rules L34 and L35 to outlaw any third party ownership of players from the beginning of the 2008/2009 season stating that third party owners are not permitted to avoid they put it ” materially influence” a club’s policies or the performance of its team. In July, 2015 a Belgian court rejected an appeal against the  banning of third party ownership.
Several criticisms have emerged on TPO’s and thus became more vibrant in English football after the arrival at West Ham United of Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano from Brazilian club Corinthians in August 2006. One high ranking English official called it ” an edifying trade in young people that rips the heart out of clubs which try to develop players. Gordon Taylor further described it as if it’s like trading in Human beings and it’s destabilizing for outsiders to have a financial interest in a player.
Many defenders of the practice describes it’s a way of sharing the burden of investment in the player. The super agent Pini Zahavi himself associated with TPO’s and the companies that invested in players said ” In England they don’t understand it at all. It’s easier to buy a player who you are unsure about for £10million if you are sharing the risk with a partner. Now if the player becomes top top drawer and is sold for £30 million, then of course then you may feel stupid only to own half. But if the player turns out to be merely average or a failure, if he cannot even be sold, you will say fantastic the disaster was not only mine.
Businessman Kia Joorabchian says it is a way of bringing outstanding players to clubs that would not be able to afford them ordinarily so they increase the competition. It’s a little bit of a loan deal between two clubs except it’s a loan deal between a club and a third party. However, lawyer Jean-Loius Dupont claimed it was illegal after the Premier League introduced rules against third-party ownership. The current FIFA president Giani  Infantino has liked it to modern day slavery.
Examples of Third Party Ownership that has transpired previously known the game of football include the  following
 In 2004 Media Sports Investments Fund (MSIF) bought 51% of Corinthians in a 10year deal. By 2006 MSI was listing as its investments not just Corinthians itself but also the players – Carlos Tevez, Marcelo Mattos, Gustavo  Need, Javier Mascherano, Carlos Alberto, Marinho, Raphael  Maura and Nilmer. Typically the transfer of Tevez and Mascherano to West Ham United.
In 2007, Anderson transferred from Porto to Manchester United and as part of that deal Porto paid the agent Jorge Mendes a reported £4 million for his share of Anderson’s registration. Mendes was reported to have contributed 20% of £3.75 million Porto paid for Anderson’s from his previous club, Gremio to sign the midfielder in 2006.
 In June, 2010; it was reported that Kia Joorabchian had secured a 50% share in the Brazilian midfielder Ramirez then at Benfica, but subjected to transfer from across Europe including the London club Chelsea. The deal was part of an agreement reached with Benfica President Luis Filipe Vieira the previous year at the time of Ramirezes transfer to Benfica from Cruzeiro in Brazil. A further 30% of the player’s right was reportedly owned by Joorabchian’s associate Pini Zahavi. Ramirez moved to Chelsea at a reported fee of £17million with Kia Joorabchian to receive £6million of it.
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Juventus Fans Arrested After Clash with Police



Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League quarter-final clash between Juventus and Ajax has already been marred by violence and controversy, before the teams even took to the pitch.

According to Ansa, citing a report from De Telegraaf, dozens of fans were reportedly arrested in Amsterdam in the hours leading up to the game.

Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini (h/t Football Italia) took to Facebook live video to state that “around 120” fans had been arrested.

Per the report from De Telegraaf, fans near the Johan Cruyff Arena were “in possession of knives, clubs, pepper spray and flares.” Also, dozens of Ajax supporters were reported to have clashed with riot police in separate incidents outside the stadium and were eventually dispersed with the use of tear gas and water cannons.

The Mirror posted the following images on their Twitter page:

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Man City forward Raheem Sterling Looking to Combat Racism on the Pitch



Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling, who spoke out last month after being subjected to taunts during England’s game in Montenegro, is looking to take his fight against racism to the pitch, saying he would rather stay on the field than let racism force him to walk off of the pitch during a match.

Sterling’s manager Pep Guardiola, stated that he would support players walking off in protest if it happened again, in a strong statement that racism is simply not acceptable.

“I think everyone are entitled to their own opinions. My mum has taught me to be comfortable in my own skin and I am,” Sterling said, according to the Manchester Evening News.

“I wouldn’t personally agree with [walking off], to win the game would hurt them even more they’re only trying to get you down. If you walk off they win, to score or win would be better.

“Everyone’s different. Everyone has their own opinion, how they deal with things emotionally and you have to support everyone.”

Sterling opened up about the racism he has faced in his life, discussing when he first expereinced racism when he moved from North London up to the north-west back in 2010.

“I don’t think trying to make a difference or making a difference, it’s about speaking what you experience. Some people might shy away from it, if more players speak up that might be better.

“It’s offensive but growing up my mum always told me I’m a wonderful black child and I know this. When I hear it, it’s nothing new. I’m happy with it. I’m confident, I’m black and I’m proud. Some people can’t take it but my mum has always told me to love who I am.

“The first time I experienced racism is when I went up north to Liverpool – in London in schools and on a day-to-day basis you’re surrounded by a diverse community. Only a few occasions growing up in the academy in Liverpool, and then mainly in the last couple of years of being a professional.”



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Birmingham City Fan Jailed for 14 Days for Punching Aston Villa Player



27-year old Paul Mitchel, a Birmingham City fan has been jailed for 14 days after he plead guilt to assaulting Aston Villa midfielder Jack Graelish during the derby on Sunday.

Mitchell rushed the pitch and took a swing at Graelish when the player’s back was turned at Birmingham City’s St. Andrew’s stadium during the Championship match on Sunday.

Mitchell admitted to invading the pitch and has been officially banned from attending any football match in the U.K. for up to 10 years, and was also ordered to pay £350 in total fines.

Graelish made a statement in which he described how he was “shocked and scared” by the attack.

“I cannot help but feel how lucky I was in this incident,” he said (h/t ESPN). “It could have been so much worse had the supporter had some sort of weapon.”

“He cannot explain what came over himself yesterday morning,” Mitchell’s lawyer, Vaughn Whistance, said on Monday.

“His initial foolish intention was to go onto the pitch to whip up the crowd. He is certainly remorseful today. He is a man with a partner, they have a 2-year-old together and they’re expecting their second child.”

“This weekend a line has been crossed in terms of fan behaviour,” said a spokesperson for the FA.

“On Sunday we saw two separate incidents, at Birmingham City and Arsenal, of individuals entering the field of play and assaulting players.

“Not only is it an offence to enter the pitch, which could result in a club ban and criminal charges for the individual, but it also puts the safety of the players at risk.

“This is entirely unacceptable and we strongly condemn both incidents.

“We will be working with the clubs, the leagues and the police to discuss what collectively needs to be done to protect players and officials on the pitch.

“In addition, we have written to both Birmingham City and Arsenal to seek their observations to examine the security measures they had in place.”

Birmingham City apologized to Grealish and Aston Villa and banned Mitchell for life.

“Birmingham City Football Club would like to apologise to Jack Grealish and Aston Villa Football Club for an incident in Sunday afternoon’s derby match,” a club statement said.

“We deplore the behaviour of the individual who committed this act and rest assured he will be banned from St. Andrew’s for life. The club will also support any further punishment this individual may face in the eyes of the law.

“The club will be working with the relevant authorities to investigate all the circumstances and we will be reviewing our stadium safety procedures.

“What happened has no place in football or society. Jack is a Birmingham lad and regardless of club allegiance should not have been subjected to this — there are no excuses.

“Again, we apologise to Jack and all at Aston Villa Football Club.”


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