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  • The 60th issue of the Big-5 Weekly Post analyses the differences in the transfer fees paid by teams to make up their current squad. The data include money spent so far in the winter transfer window. While the expenditure of Premier League teams to sign their current players is 2.7 billion euro, this figure is “only” 849 million in the German Bundesliga.

    At club level, Real Madrid has invested the most to make up its current squad (536 million euro), followed by Manchester City (435) and Manchester United (395). In the remaining leagues, at the top of the tables are Paris St-Germain (366), Bayern Munich (233) and Juventus (214). Ten clubs spent less than 10 million euro to sign their current squad members. The lowest transfer expenditure in England was recorded for Crystal Palace (24 million euro).

    For more information on the #CIES #Football_Observatory, please contact us at football.observatory(at) We also kindly remind you that a free excerpt of the freshly published Demographic Study 2014 is available on our website.

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  • Premier League not happy with Rainbow Laces from Stonewall | Queer Landia

    Premier League not happy with Rainbow Laces from Stonewall
    Posted on September 23, 2013 by Nathan Simpson

    Robbie Rogers, via his instagram

    Last week with the help of Paddy Power, LGBT rights group Stonewall sent rainbow laces to all 92 Premier League clubs, Football League clubs, and the professional clubs in Scotland. Several Premier League clubs including Manchester United, Tottenham and Norwich, aren’t too happy with how Stonewall and Paddy Power rolled out the initiative and have refused to participate.

    Manchester United released a statement that read: ”The club supports the League’s central anti-discrimination efforts through Kick It Out. It is a positive move that Stonewall are now speaking to the League directly, rather than working with a commercial provider on a campaign without involving clubs or players at any stage.”

    Tottenham echoed MU’s feelings in their own statement: “Whilst the campaign message is positive and one we support, there was unfortunately no prior consultation with ourselves, the Premier League or other clubs. Such consultation would have enabled us to avoid issues in respect of associated third-party commercial entities.

    “We have contacted Stonewall directly and let them know that we are supportive and keen to discuss ways in which we can work together going forward. We are committed to working with organisations such as Stonewall and other agencies to eradicate homophobia in football and society.”

    The Premier League organisation itself said all teams are welcome to participate if they so choose. A spokesperson from Paddy Power said the launch of the initiative was not mishandled, and the leagues had ample time discuss whether or not to support the campaign. ”The rainbow laces and information were distributed to all clubs last Friday, three days before the launch, to give them a few days to discuss with players about supporting the campaign.”

    And while there has been some push back from Premier League clubs, the Daily Mail notes a number of high-profile players have worn the rainbow laces including Match of the Day host Gary Lineker, Newcastle chief Alan Pardew, players Leroy Fer, Phil Jagielka, Aron Gunnarsson and Russell Martin, BT Sport pundit David James.

  • Newcastle United To Show They Are ’Right Behind Gay Footballers’ - Sky Tyne and Wear

    Newcastle United To Show They Are ’Right Behind Gay Footballers’
    By Hugh Macknight Location: Newcastle

    Newcastle United players have been given the option to wear rainbow coloured boot laces on pitch in support of gay rights.
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    The rainbow laces campaign was launched by the gay rights charity Stonewall, which with betting firm Paddy Power sent laces to all 92 professional clubs in England, plus the 42 in Scotland.

    Their hope is that the players will wear the laces as part of the ’Right Behind Gay Footballers’ campaign, but the Premier League was not consulted about the initiative.

    The lack of communication has irritated clubs, with reports some feel a serious message is being lost in guerilla marketing.

    Another club said security officials had to step in after campaigners broken into their training ground and attempted to unfurl a flag.

    It is understood Newcastle United will allow the players to wear the laces should they so choose.

    Former Newcastle United midfielder Joey Barton, one of the campaign’s figureheads, wore the laces in QPR’s 0-0 draw with Brighton on Wednesday, while Fulham goalkeeper David Stockdale confirmed on Twitter he planned to wear them.

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will also allow his players to wear the laces in this weekend’s clash with Stoke.

    “I am personally against [homophobia], for me that is linked with racism, every single week you could find a reason to fight against it,” he said.

    “It’s a kind of racism and that should all be included in the fight against racism. In our club everybody is free to have his own opinion of these kind of things.”

    Champions Manchester United and Tottenham have confirmed they will not be partaking in the rainbow laces initiative, as have Sunderland, Norwich and Southampton.

  • Nationality maps for football leagues 2013-14

    Following Sportingintelligence’s ‘mapping’ of the nationalities of the players in the squads in the Premier League on Saturday (see related article here), the idea has quickly spread and there are maps popping up all over the internet for different leagues, quite a few of them on Reddit.

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