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Mar 24, 2014

Football League blocks Italian takeover of Leeds

LONDON (Reuters) – The Football League blocked Massimo Cellino from taking control of Leeds United on Monday after the Italian was fined for tax evasion, throwing the English second tier club into turmoil.

Cellino, president of Italian Serie A club Cagliari, agreed last month to buy a 75 percent stake in former English champions Leeds but the deal was conditional on clearance by the Football League.

Mar 24, 2014

Soccer-Football League blocks Italian takeover of Leeds

LONDON, March 24 (Reuters) – The Football League blocked Massimo Cellino from taking control of Leeds United on Monday after the Italian was fined for tax evasion, throwing the English second tier club into turmoil.

Cellino, president of Italian Serie A club Cagliari, agreed last month to buy a 75 percent stake in former English champions Leeds but the deal was conditional on clearance by the Football League.

Mar 24, 2014
Mar 24, 2014
Mar 21, 2014

Arsenal’s “professeur” proved a pioneer among managers

LONDON (Reuters) – One of Arsene Wenger’s first acts on becoming Arsenal manager in 1996 was to ban his tired players from refuelling with chocolate bars on long trips home after away matches.

It was an early sign that the earnest Frenchman swiftly nicknamed “Le Professeur” had plenty to teach seasoned professionals about how they approached the game.

Mar 21, 2014

Soccer-Arsenal’s “professeur” proved a pioneer among managers

LONDON, March 21 (Reuters) – One of Arsene Wenger’s first acts on becoming Arsenal manager in 1996 was to ban his tired players from refuelling with chocolate bars on long trips home after away matches.

It was an early sign that the earnest Frenchman swiftly nicknamed “Le Professeur” had plenty to teach seasoned professionals about how they approached the game.

Mar 20, 2014
Mar 20, 2014

Ladbrokes urges UK government to rethink betting machines tax hike

LONDON, March 20 (Reuters) – Ladbrokes urged the
British government on Thursday to rethink plans to increase the
rate of tax levied on its profits from high stakes gambling
machines that will cost UK bookmakers around 75 million pounds
($125 million) a year.

The rate will rise to 25 percent from 20 percent in a year’s
time, Finance Minister George Osborne said in his budget
statement on Wednesday, responding to the spread of fixed-odds
betting terminals in betting shops that critics say are highly
addictive.

Mar 19, 2014

Government raises tax on gambling machines

LONDON (Reuters) – The government raised taxes on high-stakes gambling machines on Wednesday, hitting the shares of bookmakers that rely on them for a growing share of their betting shop income.

The duty will rise to 25 percent from 20 percent, Chancellor George Osborne said in his annual budget statement, responding to the spread of fixed-odds betting terminals that critics say are highly addictive.

Mar 19, 2014

UK raises tax on gambling machines, bookmakers suffer

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain raised taxes on high-stakes gambling machines on Wednesday, hitting the shares of bookmakers that rely on them for a growing share of their betting shop income.

The duty will rise to 25 percent from 20 percent, Finance Minister George Osborne said in his annual budget statement, responding to the spread of fixed-odds betting terminals that critics say are highly addictive.

    • About Keith

      "Sports Business Correspondent, a new role at Reuters. I was previously UK Chief Correspondent and have also worked in Italy, Ireland and the Netherlands during more than 20 years with Reuters. I have also worked as an editor in a number of senior roles."
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