Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Links 1/9/13

  • Manchester City send almost a third of ticket allocation back to Arsenal
    • 'Kevin Parker, the general secretary of the Manchester City Supporters Club, said: "It's the most expensive amount I can ever remember paying for a ticket in my life, for a Sunday afternoon game which is live on satellite television."And it's not as if finding a television to watch the game on is difficult nowadays. Even if the game wasn't live, to charge £62 to watch it is ridiculous, but to charge that amount when people can see it live on TV is crazy."'
  •  Paul Wilson" The Premier League must introduce Financial Fair Play for away fans
    • 'The top London clubs are notoriously expensive and Arsenal are the dearest of the lot now the wage bill is so high, as a result of having to pay players exorbitant amounts to prevent them leaving for, er, Manchester City. It would be wrong to pin the blame for high ticket prices elsewhere on City supporters – the club did not stop to check with its fanbase before doing its bit to contribute to the inflationary rise by throwing stupid money at players such as Robinho and Emmanuel Adebayor – but what City have to come to terms with is that since winning the title they are Category A, top drawer, and will be priced accordingly.'
  • Michael Cox: The Decline of Dani Alves
    • 'Statistics from Barcelona's La Liga campaign sum up Alves' minimal impact. Alba has contributed two goals and four assists from 15 starts, Adriano has scored five times from nine starts and even Montoya has provided two assists from four starts. Alves has begun 10 matches, yet hasn't directly contributed to a single Barcelona goal. '
  • Paul Wilson" The Premier League must introduce Financial Fair Play for away fans
    • 'The top London clubs are notoriously expensive and Arsenal are the dearest of the lot now the wage bill is so high, as a result of having to pay players exorbitant amounts to prevent them leaving for, er, Manchester City. It would be wrong to pin the blame for high ticket prices elsewhere on City supporters – the club did not stop to check with its fanbase before doing its bit to contribute to the inflationary rise by throwing stupid money at players such as Robinho and Emmanuel Adebayor – but what City have to come to terms with is that since winning the title they are Category A, top drawer, and
    • 'Since moving to England 10 years ago, Proffitt has focused on portraying working man's life. 'Football is central to who we are and where we come from,' he said. Proffitt's paintings are inspired in part by surrealism and cubism, and are created using layers of acrylic on canvas. The colour and texture is steadily built up over a period of several days before the details, collage elements and lettering are added. Proffitt was commissioned last season to produce the cover artwork for West Bromwich Albion's programmes and is this season working with Port Vale and Aberdeen.'
    • 'There is a new mood of militancy about west African football. The buildup to previous Cups of Nations has often been dominated by will-he-won't-he sagas as big-name players decide whether they really want to take a month out of the league season to go to play for their countries. This year, the coaches have hit back. The Ghana coach, Kwesi Appiah, on Monday omitted Marseille's AndrĂ© Ayew from his squad after the Marseille winger reportedly turned up late for a squad get-together; he follows Nigeria's Steve Keshi, who had already refused to select Peter Odemwingie and Shola Ameobi on the grounds they didn't seem bothered enough about representing their country.'
       

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