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Championship – teamtalk.com 21 Feb 17:01

Leicester pay 3.1million to settle financial dispute

Leicester have paid the English Football League £3.1million to settle a Financial Fair Play dispute.

The Foxes were deemed to have breached the EFL’s Championship FFP Rules during the 2013-14 season.

But the EFL said, in a statement released on Wednesday, that Leicester “did not make any deliberate attempt to infringe the rules or to deceive”, with the dispute arising from the rules being interpreted differently.

Leicester won the Championship title in the 2013-14 season as Nigel Pearson’s side totalled 102 points from 46 games.

Proceedings in the FFP case were stayed pending the outcome of a legal challenge by Queens Park Rangers against those rules.

The challenge from QPR – who finished fourth that season before earning promotion through the play-offs – is still ongoing.

An EFL statement said: “In reaching a settlement, the EFL acknowledges that the club 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.

“All relevant matters were taken into account when determining the quantum of the settlement.

“The agreed settlement of £3,100,000 is in full and final settlement of all and any claims by the EFL against the club and its officers, in respect of the FFP Regulations for season 2013/14.

“No further details with regards to the settlement will be released.”

 

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Championship – teamtalk.com 21 Feb 13:49

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Championship – teamtalk.com 20 Feb 19:27

Aguero to avoid FA action but Man City and Wigan both charged

Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero will face no disciplinary action from the Football Association for clashing with a Wigan supporter after Monday’s FA Cup tie, Press Association Sport understands.

Both Wigan, who won the game 1-0, and City have been charged by the FA for failing to control their players following Fabian Delph’s dismissal in the first half at the DW Stadium.

However, it is understood the FA will not charge Aguero for an incident that occurred on the pitch after the final whistle, when TV footage appeared to show the City striker raising his arm to push away a fan who had confronted him.

It is believed the governing body has reminded Aguero of his responsibilities, but it is also mindful of the situation City’s all-time leading scorer found himself in after thousands of fans spilled onto the pitch following Wigan’s win.

The FA is also understood to be taking no disciplinary action against players and staff from either side for the heated half-time row involving City boss Pep Guardiola and his Wigan counterpart Paul Cook.

The pair had argued on the touchline following Delph’s dismissal and television pictures showed Guardiola having to be restrained by colleagues in the tunnel, yet the FA is thought to be satisfied that no misconduct took place.

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Championship – teamtalk.com 20 Feb 16:12

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Championship – teamtalk.com 20 Feb 15:46

John Stones provides insight into City dressing room after Wigan loss

John Stones has admitted nobody at Manchester City saw their shattering FA Cup exit at Wigan coming.

City’s hopes of completing a clean sweep of four trophies this season were ended in dramatic fashion by the League One Latics on a controversial night at the DW Stadium on Monday.

While the post-match headlines were dominated by crowd disorder and a confrontation between the two managers, back in Manchester the Premier League leaders need to pick themselves up quickly for Sunday’s Carabao Cup final.

Having opened up a 16-point lead at the top of the table and all but qualified for the Champions League quarter-finals, that is not a situation City are used to or even anticipated.

Asked if he agreed City were always destined to lose a key game at some point, defender Stones said: “No. I think we’ve had that mindset that we can win every game and that’s probably why we have gone on such a good winning streak and not lost.

“I think it hurts even more that we’ve lost because we’re not used to doing it.

“We have only lost twice before this this season. It hurts. The feeling of losing is never nice for anyone but I think we take it to heart a bit more.”

City completely dominated possession throughout the game, even after being reduced to 10 men just before half-time, but spurned numerous chances to take the lead.

There were angry exchanges between City boss Pep Guardiola and Wigan manager Paul Cook after Fabian Delph was dismissed for a sliding challenge on Max Power.

The numerical disadvantage also caught up with City eventually and Wigan snatched victory with a brilliant breakaway goal from Will Grigg in the 79th minute.

It was the third time in six years Wigan had dumped City out of the FA Cup including, most famously, the 2013 final at Wembley.

Stones was at a loss to explain how it happened but wanted to turn his attention to the Wembley clash with Arsenal this weekend.

The 23-year-old said: “We felt we should have got something out of the game, at least taken the game back to the Etihad.

“It’s been cut short now, the run in all four competitions, which we wanted to be in, right until the end, fighting for everything. The overall feeling is massively disappointed.

 

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“It is a difficult one to take. They hardly had any chances on goal.

“But we have got to look at the game and make sure we take everything from it, good and bad.

“I think that is how we move forward and bounce back quickly because we’ve got the chance to win some silverware at the weekend.”

 

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