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FA: Arsenal Have Broken No Rules

After the airing of a controversial edition of News Night that claimed Arsenal Football Club had been engaging in some dodgy dealings, Fifa order the FA to conduct it's own investigation.

The FA today issued a statement revealing that upon completion of their investigation, there is no evidence that suggests Arsenal Football Club has broken any rules.

The statement read,

'As a result of those inquiries, we can confirm we have not identified any evidence to suggest Arsenal have breached any rules of the FA or the FA Premier League in relation to their dealings with Beveren and specifically any breaches of the FA and FAPL rules concerning dual interests or associations between clubs.'

'In order to protect the integrity of matches and competitions, these rules prohibit clubs in the same competition from being owned, influenced or controlled by the same person or entity.'

'In this case, the relevant competitions are the FA Cup and the FA Premier League. The rules also prevent a Premier League club from owning or controlling another Premier League or Football League club.'

'The FA has provided all the material obtained during its inquiry to FIFA for its consideration.'

The statement comes as no suprise as the conclusion draw by the FA was what every sane football fan could have told you as soon as the News Night 'exclusive' was screened.

I guess it is now up to Fifa & Uefa to work out that Arsenal also haven't breached any international footballing rules and get this sorry mess over and done with.

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The Journalist

Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday June 23 2006

Time: 2:48PM

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Storm in a tea cup IMO. Something that the british press like to try and do, and thats knock their own and make a big deal out of it.
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23/06/2006 15:12:00

dunno wot all the fuss was about rele. nothing was ever gonna happen.
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23/06/2006 15:36:00

UEFA said some time ago that no rules had been broken so the FA have wasted time and money on the matter.
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23/06/2006 16:09:00

How do they waste money by writing sattement simmy
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23/06/2006 16:44:00

Why am I not suprised. Newsnight have issued a new statement claiming that the FA investigation was not what FIFA asked... when will that ******* of a Spurs fan give up?
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23/06/2006 16:51:00

It wasn't just a statement Kenyan, they have to go and pay people to investigate - lawyers, accountants etc - those guys don't work for free!
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24/06/2006 08:29:00

It is a ******* disgrace that they can just sling this mud at you and get away with it. "Investigative journalism" - my ass! This was a sear campaign that failed miserably. You could say that we were guilty of helping a club that was going down the pipes (I imagine the Beveren fans are quite grateful) or promoting the careers of young Africran footballers(Look at the rise of Ivory Coast as a football power). But they were just interested in dragging us through slime, an apology is demanded!
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24/06/2006 08:41:00

Now they are ******* claiming that the FA investigation doesn't meet with their approval! What a cheek!
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24/06/2006 14:49:00

Can someone tell me when Newsnight became the world governing body for football?? I feel a stong worded email coming on...............
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24/06/2006 16:44:00

I just sent posted this in their 'feedback' area. Considering the editor is a spurs fan I think its dispicable that he should be allowed to have any involvment in such an investigation. Would you ask Tony Adams to investigate spurs?? NO. Now your programme is now claiming that the FA have not done their job and investigated it as they should. Tell me, when did newsnight replace FIFA? I think you owe Arsenal, Bevern and the FA an apology. Will any of them get one?? Of corse not.
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24/06/2006 16:54:00

Other than showing a complete lack of ethics and a willingness to put wallet ahead of what's right, Arsene comes out smelling like a rose. Him and Dein are chuckling all the way to the bank.
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25/06/2006 02:21:00

In what way did they show a lack of ethics?
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25/06/2006 09:39:00

It's great to throw around phrases like "complete lack of ethics" and "head of what's right' without actually backing up what you mean. The high moral ground cannot be claimed with snappy one liners.
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26/06/2006 07:54:00


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