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TI – World Cup 2014: ‘El Niño’ weather phenomenon could put paid to England’s chances of World Cup glory this summer

While football fans across the country might fear the right foot of Andrea Pirlo or the goalscoring talents of Luis Suarez could put paid to England’s chances of World Cup glory this summer, according to climate researchers at The University of Reading it is a more unforeseen and unpredictable foe that could scupper their World Cup campaign.

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The Guardian

GUARDIAN – Premier League finances: turnover, wages, debt and performance

The Premier League clubs collectively made a loss of £291m in 2012-13 despite a £2.7bn income and spent a record £1.8bn on wages. What earns them the most and which club is in most debt? Get the data Get the 2011/12 dataIt’s that time of year again – the Guardian’s review of the annual Premier League accounts is here. It shows that in 2012-13, the 20 top-flight clubs generated a record-beating combined income of 2.7bn, however collectively the Premier League clubs made a loss of 291m.Despite this, players and other staff have done well – the wage bill for Premier League clubs totalled a record 1.8bn in 2012-13, up 11% on the previous year. David Conn writes today:Players earning multi-million pound salaries were again football’s clear financial winners, in a year when the clubs made a record 2.7bn combined income, yet nevertheless made a loss overall, of 291m. Continue reading…

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The Guardian

GUARDIAN – Reading Chronicle editor departs after Hillsborough front page controversy

The editor of the Reading Chronicle, Maurice O’Brien, has left the paper following the controversy over a front-page article linking the Hillsborough disaster with football hooliganism, reports Press Gazette and also HoldTheFrontPage. As I reported a couple of weeks ago, the paper’s publisher issued an apology after the Chronicle published a front page headlined “The other face of football”. The page was greeted with outraged protests from the Hillsborough Family Support Group, which represents the relatives of the 96 Liverpool fans who died in the 1989 disaster. Continue reading…

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