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Jul 17, 2015

Quota rules not to blame for inflated U.K. fees – Scudamore

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Despite Raheem Sterling’s record transfer to Manchester City, Premier League boss Richard Scudamore said it was a “hard stretch” to suggest home grown quota rules were to blame for the increasing price of English talent.

Midfielder Sterling joined City from Liverpool on Tuesday for a reported fee of 49 million pounds ($76.73 million), British media said, a record price for an English player, overtaking the 35 million pounds Liverpool paid Newcastle United for striker Andy Carroll in 2011.

Jul 17, 2015

Quota rules not to blame for inflated U.K. fees – EPL chief

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Despite Raheem Sterling’s record transfer to Manchester City, Premier League boss Richard Scudamore said it was a “hard stretch” to suggest home grown quota rules were to blame for the increasing price of English talent.

Midfielder Sterling joined City from Liverpool on Tuesday for a reported fee of 49 million pounds ($76.73 million), British media said, a record price for an English player, overtaking the 35 million pounds Liverpool paid Newcastle United for striker Andy Carroll in 2011.

Jul 17, 2015

Soccer-Quota rules not to blame for inflated U.K. fees – Scudamore

SINGAPORE, July 17 (Reuters) – Despite Raheem Sterling’s record transfer to Manchester City, Premier League boss Richard Scudamore said it was a “hard stretch” to suggest home grown quota rules were to blame for the increasing price of English talent.

Midfielder Sterling joined City from Liverpool on Tuesday for a reported fee of 49 million pounds ($76.73 million), British media said, a record price for an English player, overtaking the 35 million pounds Liverpool paid Newcastle United for striker Andy Carroll in 2011.

Jul 17, 2015

Premier League boss envious of U.S. sports’ foreign fixtures

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Despite running the sporting behemoth that is the English Premier League, Richard Scudamore still casts his eyes enviously at the foreign expansion success of the NFL and NBA.

The two U.S. sports leagues have successfully hosted regular season games in the United Kingdom, and it has been a long-held wish of Scudamore’s that Premier League matches also be played around the world.

Jul 17, 2015

Soccer-Premier League boss envious of US sports’ foreign fixtures

SINGAPORE, July 17 (Reuters) – Despite running the sporting behemoth that is the English Premier League, Richard Scudamore still casts his eyes enviously at the foreign expansion success of the NFL and NBA.

The two U.S. sports leagues have successfully hosted regular season games in the United Kingdom, and it has been a long-held wish of Scudamore’s that Premier League matches also be played around the world.

Jul 16, 2015

Iranian soccer sees cash boon from lifting of sanctions

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – A deal to lift international sanctions on Iran will transform soccer in the Islamic Republic, opening the door to foreign investment, international transfers and the release of World Cup prize money, according to the boss of one of the country’s leading clubs.

Iran and six major world powers reached an agreement this week imposing limits on Tehran’s nuclear programme in return for the unblocking of more than $100 billion of Iranian assets frozen abroad.

Jul 16, 2015

Manchester City overpaid for Sterling, says Berger

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Former Liverpool midfielder Patrik Berger believes Manchester City overpaid for England winger Raheem Stirling but the Czech is worried his old employers are gaining a reputation as a selling club.

Sterling, 20, who rejected contract offers of around 100,000 pounds ($156,150) a week from Liverpool, joined City on Tuesday with local media putting the price tag at 49 million pounds, a record for a British player.

Jul 16, 2015

City overpaid for Sterling, says Berger

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Former Liverpool midfielder Patrik Berger believes Manchester City overpaid for England winger Raheem Stirling but the Czech is worried his old employers are gaining a reputation as a selling club.

Sterling, 20, who rejected contract offers of around 100,000 pounds ($156,150) a week from Liverpool, joined City on Tuesday with local media putting the price tag at 49 million pounds, a record for a British player.

Jul 16, 2015

Soccer-City overpaid for Sterling, says Berger

SINGAPORE, July 16 (Reuters) – Former Liverpool midfielder Patrik Berger believes Manchester City overpaid for England winger Raheem Stirling but the Czech is worried his old employers are gaining a reputation as a selling club.

Sterling, 20, who rejected contract offers of around 100,000 pounds ($156,150) a week from Liverpool, joined City on Tuesday with local media putting the price tag at 49 million pounds, a record for a British player.

Jul 15, 2015

Akpom states Arsenal case with hat-trick in Singapore

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Rookie striker Chuba Akpom put forward his case for more playing time at Arsenal next season by scoring a hat-trick in a lopsided 4-0 win over a Singapore Select XI in the Premier League Asian Trophy on Wednesday.

The 19-year-old academy striker, who signed a long-term contract in February, has made only four substitute appearances in the Premier League for Arsenal and has been farmed out on loan to lower tier sides Brentford, Coventry City and Nottingham Forest in recent years for experience.