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Uefa calls clubs to account

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Gordon Farquhar | 09:17 UK time, Thursday, 27 May 2010

"Uefa's executive board is expected to rubber stamp new club licensing and monitoring regulations later today."

It is the kind of news story that catapults most football fans into stifled yawn mode, if not complete catatonia, so I will do my best to explain why you should be aware and what it is going to mean for Premier League clubs from Chelsea to Blackpool, the Toffees to the Baggies and so on.

Uefa already runs a licensing scheme, based around certain financial criteria. Clubs that want to play in its competitions - Champions League, Europa League etc - have to comply with the terms of the license or they cannot take part.

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Semenya on track for possible return?

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Gordon Farquhar | 10:39 UK time, Thursday, 13 May 2010

World 800m champion Caster Semenya has been undergoing hormone-based treatment for what is widely accepted now to be an inter-sex condition and could return to competition at some point this year, sources have told me.

Getting to the facts about what the 19-year-old South African runner has been going through has proved to be extremely difficult.

Quite rightly, patient confidentiality has been paramount in her case after the sex-test revelations surrounding the World Championships in Berlin last year.

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