Papers: FA to appeal
FA civil war
FA Bosses are ready to appeal against their own disciplinary body after Sir Alex Ferguson and Carlos Queiroz were cleared of questioning the integrity of referees. In an astonishing verdict which effectively gave all managers licence to abuse referees, a four-man disciplinary commission found the improper conduct charges brought against Fergie and Queiroz following the FA Cup defeat by Portsmouth were "not proved". It seemed a cut and dried case and both were charged within days of the game, even though United employed the services of former FA compliance officer Graham Bean and his Football Factors company to fight his former employers. But, incredibly, after a five hour hearing in which both Ferguson and Queiroz gave evidence, the FA announced: "Charges against Sir Alex Ferguson and Carlos Queiroz were found not proved." That decision, reached by a panel chaired by sports law specialist Richard Smith QC, caused consternation and disbelief at Soho Square, with a spokesman conceding: "We are both surprised and disappointed at the verdict."Martin Lipton, Daily MirrorQueiroz
also made the news after accusing Real Madrid
, the club he used to manage, of attempting to “naturalise” Cristiano Ronaldo
and suggested that the Spanish champions' pursuit of the forward was part of a wider plan to undermine Portugal's preparations for Euro 2008.
Wages in the Barclays Premier League broke through the £1billion barrier last season as clubs continued to pass their riches to the players in the quest for glory. Deloitte's Annual Review of Football Finances, published today, confirms the Premier League as the wealthiest in the world and projects it will become even wealthier.