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Why Millwall Matters

Millwall football club is facing the prospect of leaving their long term home in London’s docklands. Another victim of London’s land war. The deal stinks, and as usual the stench emanates from opaque offshore finance. The fight for the Den should be a warning to all fans of all clubs, as to why tax haven…

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SFA may have misled Rangers tax case commission

The Scottish Football Association, in seeking to defend itself from allegations that it unfairly awarded Rangers a licence to play in Europe in 2011/2012, appears to have admitted that it withheld evidence from the Lord Nimmo Smith inquiry into rule breaking by the club in its use of tax avoidance schemes.  In 2013, a commission…

Westminster at Night
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The Offshore Game goes to Parliament – and so can you

This week Parliament held a session to question the new chairman of the FA, Greg Clarke. The session came after revelations were published in the Telegraph concerning the conduct of senior members of the game, including the England manager Sam Allardyce. We were pleased that the Offshore Game’s study on the offshore ownership of football…

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Football is rotten to the core – it is now time for the government to act

There has long been overwhelming evidence of corruption in football: from the many hidden conflicts of interest in club and player ownership, to the prevalence of match fixing and the stark lack of accountability of football associations, both national and global. In each case, people in the game make money. In each case, the growing costs…

More financial transparency for fans – no thanks to football authorities

British football clubs will soon see a new level of financial transparency, as UK companies are now required to identify ‘persons of significant control’. Football clubs have had to disclose similar information to football authorities for a while, but it is a shame that the football authorities, despite their rhetoric on transparency and accountability to fans,…

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Enter UEFA?

This seems like a good time for a quick round-up. It’s been a few weeks since we published a report into misgovernance at the Scottish Football Association, calling for an independent inquiry to ensure a level playing field and greater accountability to fans. Now things are moving… To recap briefly, we identified two main issues around the SFA’s…

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Who is fit to clean football’s Augean stables?

As the search goes on to find a leadership candidate for world football who isn’t completely compromised before they start, our good friends at Transparency International have produced a report that begs the question: is there a single football association fit to lead international reform? TI have assessed each of the world’s national football associations and regional bodies against the…

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Rangers lose the Big Tax Case – what now?

Today, the Court of Session in Scotland ruled in favour of Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs in the Big Tax Case. The Big Tax Case was a challenge to Rangers’ use of an offshore tax avoidance scheme to pay its players. This is the first victory for HMRC in what has become a very long…

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