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Liverpool top earnings list

Liverpool earned over £152m from the Premier League this season, £1.44m more than champions Manchester City, after featuring in the most live UK TV games.

The Reds, who finished runners-up last season with a record tally of 97 points, were on Sky Sports or BT Sport 29 times, three more than City. read more…

BT Sport To Show Champions League Final For Free On YouTube

U.K. broadcaster BT Sport sill stream the UEFA Europa League and UEFA Champions League finals live for free on YouTube for the fourth consecutive season – with viewers on the BT Sport application available to watch the latter in HD HDR.

All four finalists are from England – the first time that both major European finals will be contested by clubs from the same country.

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Real Madrid named most valuable club

Real Madrid has been named the most valuable football brand in the world, leapfrogging English side Manchester United, according to Brand Finance’s annual report.

Brand Finance’s methodology takes in factors such as match day revenue, broadcast revenue and commercial revenue. It then produces a Brand Strength Index (BSI) score out of 100 and uses this to extrapolate future revenue estimations using royalty rates.

Real Madrid’s brand value increased by 26.9 per cent from 2018 to 2019 and is now worth more than €1.6 billion (US$1.79 billion).

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Manchester City has been referred to UEFA’s financial disciplinary committee over potential breaches of financial fair play (FFP) regulations, amid claims that the governing body could ban the Premier League club from the Champions League if found guilty.

The decision comes after European soccer’s governing body’s Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) chief investigator, former Belgium Prime Minister Yves Leterme, launched a probe into City’s finances in March, following allegations made last year by the German magazine Der Spiegel’s Football Leaks series that the English club had systematically broke FFP rules.

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UEFA Reveal Controversial Plans For Champions League

While the Champions League may be the best club competition in the world, UEFA is hoping to spice up the current format.

Some of the biggest clubs on the continent have long called for more games against other European big boys, with some suggesting a closed competition that would guarantee places to the biggest names in the sport. Such suggestions would be a major blow to clubs from lesser nations, and would likely eliminate stories such as that of Ajax this season.

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Liverpool Football Club has announced that AXA, the club’s existing insurance partner, has expanded its relationship to become their official training kit partner from the 2019/20 season.

The Premier League club initially struck a four-year deal with AXA in 2018 which saw the insurance firm become a global partner, with the expanded contract covering three years until the end of the 2021/22 season.

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Premier League wage bill surges to £2.9bn

Premier League clubs’ wage bill rose by 15% to £2.9bn in the 2017-18 season, hitting profits – despite them making record revenue during the campaign.

Five teams each reaching at least the last 16 of the Champions League helped push revenue to £4.8bn, according to analysis from Deloitte.

But the high transfer fees paid out by clubs also helped push up wages.

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PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor to step down

Professional Footballers’ Association set for complete revamp with chairman Ben Purkiss also departing

Gordon Taylor has confirmed he will leave his role as chief executive of the Professional Footballers’ Association after 38 years.

Taylor, 74, has headed up the players’ union since 1981 after taking over from former secretary Cliff Lloyd.

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Football Rule Changes

The major rule changes that will impact English football next season from handballs and penalties to goal celebrations, there are some major changes coming into effect ahead of the 2019-20 campaign

Several rule changes will be introduced in football next season which will affect all English clubs. The International FA Board (IAFB) have introduced a number of changes for the 2019-20 season including clarifying handball regulations and changes to goal kicks, free kicks and goal celebrations. All the changes will come into force on 1 June 2019 and these are the main points.

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