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Leicester City settles Financial Fair Play dispute with Football League

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Leicester City will owe the Football League a reduced fine after coming to an agreement with the English lower-league governing body over a dispute regarding the 2013/14 season.

The Foxes, who won the Championship that season and were promoted to the Premier League, were handed an official breach of Financial Fair Play rules after accruing a loss exceeding the allowed $11 million amount. However, Leicester City argued that the deficit was due to “allowable” amounts regarding promotion and academy costs.

After talks between the two parties, the EFL announced Leicester City will owe a reduced amount of $4.33 million. They could have owed up to $18 million, the differential between the allowed amount and their actual posted loss of $20.8 million.

In an official release, the EFL announced, “The EFL acknowledges that [Leicester City] did not make any deliberate attempt to infringe the Rules or to deceive and that the dispute arose out of genuine differences of interpretation of the Rules between the parties.”

After initially receiving word of the notice back in 2014, the Foxes had legally challenged the fine, but that had been put on hold after litigation began in 2015 between the EFL and Queens Park Rangers for a similar dispute. Bournemouth was also fined after incurring a significant loss in their 2014/15 promotion season. Teams that breach rules but are not promoted face transfer bans, such as Fulham, Bolton, and Nottingham Forest received through the 2014/15 season.

Walking Dead? Star fittingly sees Exeter’s implausible comeback (video)

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As Rick Grimes, actor Andrew Lincoln regularly battles the undead on his show “The Walking Dead”.

As a friend of Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale, Lincoln was probably pretty happy to watch a team that would not die.

Exeter went down 3-0 when Yeovil Town broke a scoreless drought with a trio of tallies between the 62nd and 78th minutes.

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But Exeter’s David Wheeler scored in the 88th minute, and Troy Brown and Reuben Reid scored a minute apart at the beginning of stoppage time to earn a point for the League Two playoff hopeful.

Couple things on this video, too:

— Check out the shove on the goalkeeper when trying to collect the ball after the first goal of the fight back.

— Watch the man with his baby behind the net after the third goal. Did Mom know how safe her little one was?

FA Cup wrap: Three Premier League sides upset

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There are plenty of replays on tap after deadlocks dotted the landscape of the FA Cup’s third round.

Six Premier League sides are out, with four more headed for replays. Advancing to the next round are Manchester United, Leicester City, Watford, and Hull City.

West Ham fell to Man City 5-0 on Friday, a result which gives the PL five sides in the next round.

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Darren Bent and Tom Ince found the back of the net for Derby County when the Rams upended West Brom at the Hawthorns. Matty Phillips scored for the hosts.

— Bournemouth went out, too, at the hands of Shaun Cummings, Steve Morison, Shane Ferguson, and Millwall. USMNT mid Emerson Hyndman got a rare start for the Cherries in the loss.

STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - JANUARY 07: Morgan Gibbs-White of Wolverhampton Wanderers and Charlie Adam of Stoke City compete for the ball during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Stoke City and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Bet365 Stadium on January 7, 2017 in Stoke on Trent, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Wolves beat Stoke (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

— Stoke City was bounced at home by Wolverhampton, as Helder Costa and Matt Doherty scored for Wolves.

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Wayne Rooney tied Bobby Charlton’s record for most goals as a Manchester United player in a 4-0 beatdown of Reading.

Ahmed Musa is having a day, scoring twice in five minutes when Leicester City erased a 1-0 deficit at the hands of Everton.

— Hull City topped fellow relegation strugglers Swansea City 2-0. Watford handled Burton Albion by the same score.

— Lincoln City also got a brace, this one from Theo Robinson, as the National League side built a lead at Ipswich Town. Ex-Man Utd man Tom Lawrence twice scored equalizers.

— Burnley and Sunderland finished 0-0, giving the clubs a replay they likely prefer a bit less than a loss. Crystal Palace and Southampton also needs replays after drawing second tier sides.

— Arsenal advanced with a win in the late game behind more Olivier Giroud heroics, and three more sides play Sunday: Liverpool, Chelsea, and Spurs.

FA Cup third round results
West Ham United 0-5 Man CityRECAP
Manchester United
 4-0 Reading
Everton 1-2 Leicester City
Ipswich Town 2-2 Lincoln City
Sunderland 0-0 Burnley
Bolton 0-0 Crystal Palace
Norwich City 2-2 Southampton
Queens Park Rangers 1-2 Blackburn
Watford 2-0 Burton Albion
West Brom 1-2 Derby County
Millwall 3-0 Bournemouth
Birmingham City 1-1 Newcastle United
Wigan Athletic 2-0 Nottingham Forest
Bristol City 0-0 Fleetwood Town
Hull City 2-0 Swansea City
Blackpool 0-0 Barnsley
Stoke City 0-2 Wolves
Huddersfield Town 4-0 Port Vale
Brighton 2-0 MK Dons.
Brentford 5-1 Eastleigh
Accrington Stanley 2-1 Luton Town
Wycombe 2-1 Stourbridge
Rotherham 2-3 Oxford United
Barrow 0-2 Rochdale
Sutton United 0-0 AFC Wimbledon
Preston North End 1-2 Arsenal

Sunday fixtures
Cardiff City vs. Fulham — 6:30 a.m. EDT
Liverpool vs. Plymouth Argyle — 8:30 a.m. EDT
Chelsea vs. Peterborough United — 10 a.m. EDT
Middlesbrough vs. Sheffield Weds. — 10 a.m. EDT
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Aston Villa — 11 a.m. EDT

Monday
Cambridge United vs. Leeds United — 2:45 p.m. EDT

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Clubs narrow scope for revamped English Football League structure

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LONDON (AP) Premier League B teams and clubs outside of England will not form part of the country’s reorganized league structure starting from the 2019-20 season.

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Clubs in the Football League, which runs the three leagues below the Premier League, met on Thursday to consider issues surrounding the revamp of the English game.

Currently, there are four divisions comprising 92 clubs. The idea is to have 100 clubs across five 20-team divisions, including a new “League Three.”

The Football League said in a statement that “the inclusion of Premier League B teams, clubs from non-English leagues or those outside the English football pyramid will not form part of any ongoing discussions for the `Whole Game Solution.'”

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There was also consensus among clubs that they will play through a winter break, if one was introduced in English football.

Any final decisions on the reorganized structure will not be made until June 2017.

England’s Football League set to adopt version of NFL’s Rooney Rule

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Only six of 72 managerial positions in the Football League belong to black coaches, and England is looking toward the National Football League in an attempt to make sure that’s because of merit, not racism.

With the backing of Pittsburgh Steelers executive Dan Rooney, who came up with the NFL’s so-called Rooney Rule that mandates a minority candidate is interviewed for any vacant head coaching position, the Football League is moving forward with a plan of its own.

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And it goes a bit further, ensuring that black coaches will get to interview for youth team positions within said clubs, jobs that generally prove both as a springboard to bigger hires and resume builders.

From the BBC:

The proposals, which have received the backing of Dan Rooney, the chairman of the Pittsburgh Steelers and the architect of the NFL’s ‘Rooney Rule’, include:

  • Five to 10 clubs will pilot a “voluntary recruitment code” to interview a BME candidate for any first-team managerial or coaching position.
  • Clubs must interview at least one BME candidate for all youth development roles requiring a minimum of a Uefa B coaching licence.
  • A ‘ready-list’ will be created of identified current BME coaches and players “with the potential and aspiration to coach in professional football” and networking opportunities improved.

This would not apply to the Premier League, which implemented its own advances this winter. And it also doesn’t apply to players getting mandatory follicle work, or smashing volleys into the goal. Those are different Rooney rules.