Thursday, June 01, 2006

Could Arsenal get thrown out of the Champions League?

A BBC Newsnight investigation raises a rather gloomy prospect for all Arsenal fans.

According to the BBC...

"Fifa has launched a probe into whether Arsenal have broken regulations which may leave the club exposed to possible expulsion from the Champions League.

BC Newsnight has learnt that a police probe in Belgium has concluded Arsenal made secret payments of £1m to Beveren.

"If Arsenal secretly controlled another club, especially one such as Beveren who they bought Emmanuel Eboue from, they could be in breach of FIFA rules and could be heavily fined or even thrown out of the Champions League."

More on FC Beveren from Wikipedia.


At Friday, June 02, 2006 10:01:00 am, Blogger Heavy Green Ink said...

Haven't the FA used relegation as a punishment for irregular payments in the past? Arsenal could end up with the best stadium in the Championship. And then there's the tax implications. The Gunners may be heading for a heap of grief

At Friday, June 02, 2006 10:11:00 am, Blogger David Brewer said...

I think it's a FIFA issue not an FA issue, from what I can gather. So I guess the only penalty, if wrong doing is proven, is a European penalty rather than domestic.


At Friday, June 02, 2006 10:35:00 am, Blogger Heavy Green Ink said...

You stamp on my dreams oh so casuly.

At Friday, June 02, 2006 10:38:00 am, Blogger David Brewer said...

I guess the dreams of a Spurs fan?

At Friday, June 02, 2006 11:26:00 am, Blogger Heavy Green Ink said...

You don't have to be a Spurs fan to dislike Arsenal, but it helps.

At Friday, June 02, 2006 12:33:00 pm, Blogger ADM said...

The only reason Arsenal are in cahoots with this team is because the Belgians are curiously lax about allowing non-Europeans into their country to take jobs that Europeans may wish to do. Apparently this Belgian team is almost totally African. Once the African footballers have work permits (however dubiously gained) then obviously they are free to move to any other job within Europe (like up the Arse).

Arsenal are already famous for being the only English team which regularly fields no British players. Clearly this is a strategy they are committed to.

As to whether they have done something wrong - yes I believe they have contravened EUFA regulations. Whether or not D Dean can wriggle them out of this remains to be seen. If there's any justice they'll be thrown out of Europe.

Would this let Spurs into the Champions' League?

At Friday, June 02, 2006 12:45:00 pm, Blogger David Brewer said...

That would be a massive financial blow. This from the BBC on May 10.

Arsenal top TV & prize money list

Arsenal's run to the Champions League final has seen them eclipse Chelsea's earnings for television income and prize money in the 2005-06 season.

The Gunners have made £52.7m so far while champions Chelsea took £47.5m.

Liverpool made £43.2m from television and prize money while their great rivals Manchester United got £39.9m.

Almost half Arsenal's income has come from the Champions League - victory over Barcelona in the final would bring in a further £2m.

At Friday, June 02, 2006 12:46:00 pm, Blogger Heavy Green Ink said...

Reading the reports, Beveren only became "African" after the Arsenal "loan". This seems indicate that Arsenal did have a strong influence over Beveren at the very least.

At Wednesday, June 07, 2006 11:48:00 am, Blogger ADM said...

I think I'd visit this site more if you removed the Arsenal logo. It's offending me. Surely it contravenes the site guidelines. If it doesn't, it should.

Please remove forthwith.

At Wednesday, June 07, 2006 12:48:00 pm, Blogger David Brewer said...

Dear ADM,

I was thinking of replacing the image with one of the Champions League trophy, but then I thought that would be misleading because Arsenal's only connection with the competition is having tried to win it, rather than having won it, or even (in the case of those who've won it five times) owning it.


At Monday, June 19, 2006 11:10:00 am, Blogger spurs_fan said...

As a Spurs fan, I would, of course, like to see Arsenal lose their Champions League place, particularly if it was given to Spurs ;-)

I am concerned though that Arsenal seem to have a lot of influence in the game, bordering on preferential treatment.Apart from this incident, there are more examples of Arsenal's influences. How bizarre was it,for example, for Sven to decide to include Walcott on the day the squad was announced? He had been persuaded by Wenger that he should take him to the World Cup, and now, it appears from reports, he has seen that Walcott is hopelessly out of his depth.
On the last day of the season, when Spurs had food poisoning, the announcement that the game would go ahead was made by The FA official, (whose name escapes me at the moment, sorry),who was at Highbury, and before the England doctor had reached the Spurs hotel.
Also before FIFA had confirmed that the game could be postponed.

Sorry, I have deviated from the original post, but more food for thought from the readers?


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