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boom, UEFA eyes
GENEVA---In another European summer of lavish
transfer deals, it can seem that UEFA has given up
trying to curb clubs' excessive spending.
Skeptics question AC Milan's 200 million euro
($240 million) spree and how Paris Saint-Germain
could squeeze a 220 million euro ($258 million)
pursuit of Barcelona's Neymar by the UEFA rules.
Don't believe it, says the "Financial Fair Play" proj-
ect leader monitoring hundreds of clubs' accounts
"Certainly FFP is not dead and we will, for sure,
reinforce the rules going forward," Andrea Traverso
told The Associated Press at UEFA headquarters.
Luxury taxes and salary caps once dismissed
as unworkable in Europe are again talked about.
UEFA could start evaluating club debts and make
competitive balance a formal goal.
"We have continuous dialogue with the clubs.
They are all aware of the rules," Traverso said, noting
Champions League regular Porto was sanctioned
After Porto overspent on first-team budget tar-
gets, UEFA deducted 700,000 euros ($820,000)
prize money and limited the squad to 22 instead
of 25 senior players in this season's competition.
UEFA's independent club finance panel praised the
27-time Portuguese champion's "realistic financial
and business plan," and expects compliance by 2020.
It continues Milan's interesting history with the
UEFA project. In 2009, then-UEFA President Michel
Platini cited lobbying by owners, including Milan's
Silvio Berlusconi, to limit clubs spending only what
Critics said it protected elite clubs with global
income, and blocked ambitious clubs with wealthy
When UEFA rules took full effect in 2014, Qa-
tar-owned PSG and Abu Dhabi-owned Manchester
City were hardest hit. Both had 20 million euros
($23.4 million) deducted.
By 2015, Milan was slumping when UEFA offered
to be sympathetic with clubs which had an afford-
able business plan. This helped clubs to woo buyers,
including Chinese investors who now own Milan
and city rival Inter.
As the $800 million Milan sale was
sealed in April, PSG and
Man City completed
periods of stricter
Both clubs are
high in UEFA's rev-
with more than
460 million euros
out that losses
totaled 1.7 billion
euros ($2 billion)
in 2011 and are
now about 300
'Hey' don't miss out in the 'Batl'
Enable has won both the English/
Irish Oaks in resounding fashion,
her time-handicap marks have im-
proved considerably and the fact John
Gosden's charge receives not only
weight-for-age but a 3lbs fillies' al-
lowance has persuaded the great Brit-
ish public to go in with heads down.
Frankie Dettori rides, he's the abso-
lute master when it comes to this fa-
mous Berkshire course, where he rode
all SEVEN winners twenty-three years
ago; it seems like yesterday.
One-time Aidan O'Brien-trained fa-
vourite, Highland Reel, has been on the
drift since 'Big John' announced that
Enable would definitely be declared but
there was a reason for much doubt earlier
this week; this Nathaniel filly is reckoned
best on a fast surface.
Ground conditions are, of course,
dependent on weather forecasts which
predict rains but they could miss this
racetrack; Benbatl wont be hindered by
Benbatl won a group three race over ten
furlongs during Royal Ascot, his gener-
al form bears close inspection and this
Dubawi colt was a narrowly beaten second
to Permian in the group two 'Dante' over
an extended mile and a quarter of 'good
to soft' York in May.
Permian has confirmed the value of the
effort, several times.
This promises to be fascinating with
the second season generation well rep-
resented and, each-way, Benbatl justifies
Rest of a tremendous card looks dif-
ficult but Hey Jonesy was the result of
much scrutinising of EIGHT metings in a
Median Auction Stakes over six furlongs
of 'good' ground York.
Hey Jonesy was denied by a short-head
over a similar distance on debut at Carlisle
fifteen days ago, one of the first Kevin
Ryan runners following a dreadful virus
which closed his yard.
Often a 'spell' works wonders!
Hey Jonesy justifies our nap!
McBride accepts blame
for Yarmouth fiasco
Trainer Charlie McBride insists there
was "no collusion and no ulterior motive"
behind the embarrassing chain of events
that led to the wrong horse winning the
opening race at Yarmouth on Thursday.
The Newmarket handler thought he had
saddled 50/1 shot Mandarin Princess to
win the opening two-year-old race at
the Norfolk circuit, but it was stable-
mate Millie's Kiss who passed the post
in first place.
Millie's Kiss is a year older than Man-
darin Princess and was due to run later
on the same card in a race from which she
was withdrawn by the Yarmouth stewards.
McBride told Press Association Sport:
"It was a complete accident. There was no
collusion and no ulterior motive. It was
The mistake was discovered after the
huge outsider, ridden by John Egan, had
overturned the 4/6 favourite Fyre Cay in
the six-furlong novice auction stakes for
As the weigh-in had been announced,
the result was allowed to stand - though
but most bookmakers paid out on the first
and second horses to have crossed the line.
The British Horseracing Authority will
launch an investigation and said it will
"determine what steps need to be put in
place to prevent it from happening again"
McBride accepted he was on "auto-pi-
lot" and in a "mad rush" to saddle what
he thought was Mandarin Princess before
the first race of the day at 1.40pm.
# 7 Glorify on the
rails, ridden by
Horse # 12 Al
Kahina on the
finishing a head
of Al Kahina to
win the handicap
35-0 , going 1200
metres on the
22nd day of Local
Racing at Santa
Rosa Park ,
Under: (Last Saturday)
1 pm ...................................23-7
4 pm .................. .............30-29
6.30 pm............ .................10-5
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
2-6-12-13-15 Mx: 3
31 (Parson Wife) 10.30 am
33 (Spider) 4 pm
36 (Donkey) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
29 (Opium Man)
LAST DRAW: FRIDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS SATURDAY, JULY 29, 2017
24 (Queen) 1 pm
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN
05PARSONMAN 4 8 9 4 25
15SICKWOMAN3 6 3 2 13
18WATERBOAT 7 7 5 4 23
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 4 7 1 6 18
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 5 6 3 6 20
30HOUSECAT 5 4 5 0 14
31PARSONWIFE5 64 6 21
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
28 (Red Fish)
GOING ALL OUT!
Ascot, 12.35 Benbatl (e.w)
York, 12.50 Hey Jonesy (nap)
Newmarket, 1.30 Roussel
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