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IOC ponders Jones medal dilemma

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Mihir Bose | 16:38 UK time, Thursday, 28 February 2008

Disgraced athlete Marion Jones may have given back the medals she won at the Sydney Games in 2000 following her admission she took performance-enhancing drugs, but the International Olympic Committee is still deciding what to do with those won by her relay team-mates.

The Americans won gold in the women’s 4x400m and also claimed a bronze in the 4x100m.

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Can Ramos build success on a League Cup win?

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Mihir Bose | 18:46 UK time, Monday, 25 February 2008


Tottenham supporters, having overcome their hangovers after Sunday's Carling Cup triumph, will want to believe the Wembley victory is not just a flash in the pan but the start of the long-hoped for comeback into the big league.

Winning a cup can often lead to hyperbole. Remember the great feats Coventry were meant to perform when they beat Tottenham in 1987?

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Inside Clairefontaine

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Mihir Bose | 15:38 UK time, Monday, 25 February 2008


It was as Gerard Houllier told me the story of how he had spotted Steven Gerrard that I began to realise the enormous differences that divide the English and French football systems.

Houllier told me the story in the bar of a Paris hotel the evening before he gave me a tour of Clairefontaine, the French football academy, which he runs as technical director of the French Football Federation.

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Crunch time for '39th game' proposal

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Mihir Bose | 17:54 UK time, Friday, 22 February 2008

It is interesting to look at how the timetable for the Premier League's plan to stage a 39th league match overseas may unfold.

The next most crucial date is next Thursday when, at 10am, FA chairman Lord Triesman will accompany Richard Scudamore, chief executive of the Premier League, to meet Fifa president Sepp Blatter in Zurich.

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Bold claims from the Bridge

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Mihir Bose | 17:22 UK time, Thursday, 21 February 2008

The Premier League table may show Chelsea third and Arsenal first, but in financial terms the message from Stamford Bridge is that it is Manchester United first, Chelsea second and Arsenal trailing further behind.

This was the most fascinating thing about Chelsea's record turnover announced today – Manchester United figured hugely as a point of comparison while Arsenal, who are due to announce their half-time results for this season on Friday morning, hardly got a mention.

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A waiting game for the FA

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Mihir Bose | 16:15 UK time, Sunday, 17 February 2008

Lord Triesman, the new independent chairman of the FA was told he could not attend the first part of the Premier League meeting on Thursday last week when plans for the 39th overseas game were discussed.

This was the first time the FA's new independent chairman was to attend the meeting of the Premier League clubs, and the FA as a shareholder is entitled to attend such meetings.

I'm told that before the meeting Premier League officials told the FA that there was an item they wanted to discuss amongst themselves and for that the FA should not be present.

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What next for the Premier League?

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Mihir Bose | 13:02 UK time, Friday, 15 February 2008

Fifa president Sepp Blatter's decision to break his silence on the Premier League’s plans for playing matches overseas may have been sudden - but it was telling.

When I spoke to him on Thursday it was in a hurriedly-arranged telephone call, but there was no mistaking the clarity and decisiveness with which he made clear that these plans would never be sanctioned by Fifa.

He added "as long as he is president" almost as an aside, but since he has no intention of retiring any time soon, that could be a very long time.

His other key comment was that the proposal would not help England's chances of staging the 2018 World Cup.

The Premier League's response to all this has been muted.

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Premier League faces wait

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Mihir Bose | 19:13 UK time, Wednesday, 13 February 2008

The Premier League will have to wait before it gets a chance to meet football's world governing body Fifa and explain its idea for a 39th League match outside this country.

A letter from the league asking for a meeting arrived at Fifa's headquarters in Zurich on Wednesday.

But a highly-placed Fifa source told me that they cannot consider such a letter unless it comes via the Football Association.

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Player ownership under the microscope

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Mihir Bose | 17:43 UK time, Wednesday, 6 February 2008


On Thursday morning, the 20 Premier League clubs will meet to debate third-party ownership of players. The freshly-drafted V20 rules have been drawn up to ensure that never again will the Premier League face the situation that emerged when West Ham signed Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano back in the summer of 2006.

The rules, while debated on Thursday, will not be formally adopted until the summer meeting at the end of the season.

But that time lapse does not really matter.

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