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David Beckham son Brooklyn joins training at Paris Saint-Germain

First Chelsea, now PSG! Brooklyn Beckham joins dad David in training as his fledgling football career receives another boost

By
Andy James

PUBLISHED:

17:06 GMT, 19 February 2013

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UPDATED:

17:52 GMT, 19 February 2013

With his famous father, Brooklyn Beckham was always going to get his foot in the door at Europe's top clubs.

But, just a month after Sportsmail revealed he had a trial at Chelsea, David Beckham's son got another chance to impress today by joining his dad in training at Paris Saint-Germain.

Brooklyn was on the Under 14 roster at the LA Galaxy academy while his dad played in California, and is approaching the age when top clubs will be able to make a call on his prospects of reaching the top.

That's my boy: David Beckham (centre) took son Brooklyn (below) into training with him on Tuesday

That's my boy: David Beckham (centre) took son Brooklyn (below) into training with him on Tuesday

That's my boy: David Beckham (centre) took son Brooklyn (below) into training with him on Tuesday

That's my boy: David Beckham (centre) took son Brooklyn (below) into training with him on Tuesday

That's my boy: David Beckham (centre) took son Brooklyn (below) into training with him on Tuesday

And Sportsmail revealed last month that Brooklyn had a trial at Chelsea's state-of-the-art training ground.

Beckham on trial at Chelsea! But it's not the superstar former England captain… it's his son Brooklyn

Read how Sportsmail broke the exclusive story of Brooklyn Beckham's trial at Cobham

Players and parents were stunned to
see Beckham on the touchline at Cobham, but he was there not for talks
with Chelsea and instead went to watch his
son in a low-key academy game aimed at giving him a taste of English
football at junior level.

If any of Beckham's sons – Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz, who are on half-term holiday from their new school in London – do make the grade, it will not be the first father-and-son combination to
play top-class football. Other father-and-son professionals include Teddy and Charlie Sheringham; Mark Chamberlain and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain; Arnor and Eidur Gudjohnsen and Johan and
Jordi Cruyff.

David Beckham

David Beckham

Building fitness: Beckham is preparing for his PSG debut after joining the French giants in January

Seeing red: PSG crashed to defeat at lowly Sochaux on Sunday and saw their lead in Ligue 1 cut

Seeing red: PSG crashed to defeat at lowly Sochaux on Sunday and saw their lead in Ligue 1 cut

Beckham Snr, meanwhile, was looking to build up his match fitness, with his PSG debut still on hold following his move to the French big-spenders on January transfer deadline day.

The former England captain, who is looking to win the league championship in a fourth different country, started full training with PSG last week and has not played a competitive match since his last appearance for the Los Angeles Galaxy in December.

He is likely to make his bow for Carlo Ancelotti's side at home against title rival Marseille on February 24. PSG hosts Marseille again three days later in the French Cup.

PSG saw their lead at the top of the Ligue 1 standings slashed in half after they suffered a surprise 3-2 defeat at lowly Sochaux on Sunday while nearest challengers Lyon thrashed Bordeaux 4-0 away from home.

England players take the train from Birmingham to London – PICTURES

Now this is what you call an England training session! Rooney and Co on track to tackle Brazil with first-class delivery to Wembley

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All aboard: Wayne Rooney chats to Everton duo Leon Osman and Leighton Baines

All aboard: Wayne Rooney chats to Everton duo Leon Osman and Leighton Baines

Mo Farah will run at the Birmingham indoor Grand Prix in February

Farah to run indoor 3,000m in Birmingham to thank British fans who flocked to see Olympics

By
Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

20:10 GMT, 17 January 2013

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UPDATED:

20:10 GMT, 17 January 2013

Mo Farah will run the 3,000 metres at the British Athletics Grand Prix in Birmingham on February 16, his only indoor race in 2013.

The Olympic 5,000m and 10,000m champion finished fourth in the 3,000m at the World Indoor Championships last March and has twice won European indoor championship gold over the distance.

‘I always love running in Birmingham and have fond memories of celebrating my Olympic success with the British fans at Alexander Stadium last August,’ Farah said.

Mo Farah is now one of Britain's all-time leading long-distance runners

Class act: Mo Farah is now one of Britain's all-time leading long-distance runners

‘I always run well at the National Indoor Arena. I won this meet in 2007, 2009 and 2011 and that’s what I’ll be aiming to do for next month.’

Looking ahead to the defence of his world outdoor 5,000m title in Moscow August, Farah believes that competing in Birmingham is an important part of his preparations.

‘The big focus this year is the world championships. I’ve had a good winter training block and the British Athletics Grand Prix will be the first time that I compete this year, so I’m looking forward to getting back on the track in front of a home crowd.’

Farah has not forgotten all his British fans

World famous: Farah has not forgotten all his British fans

Jamie Oliver to do Manchester City match food

City unveil latest recipe for success… getting Jamie Oliver to do the cooking!

By
Paul Collins

PUBLISHED:

15:53 GMT, 10 January 2013

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UPDATED:

18:16 GMT, 10 January 2013


What a turkey: TV chef Jamie Oliver

What a turkey: TV chef Jamie Oliver

Manchester City have been linked with every star player around the world but a celebrity chef has become their latest big-name signing.

TV chef Jamie Oliver has signed a five-year deal with the club to provide matchday food for supporters at the Etihad Stadium.

The 37-year-old, whose 30-minute meals are known to take about 90 minutes to prepare, will provide food for all public concession stands, as well as the hospitality areas and the City Square fan zone.

The deal will begin for the start of next season — so it’s good old pies, pasties and pints until then.

Tom Glick, chief commercial and operating officer, told the Manchester Evening News: 'It is our ambition to create a world-class customer experience for everybody who visits the Etihad Stadium. We are looking forward to working with these two leading brands as we continue to develop our stadium to achieve this aim.'

Nigel Harris, managing director of Jamie Oliver’s Fabulous Feasts added: 'Fabulous Feasts has proven over the last couple of years that we can deliver world class food on a grand scale.

'Our passion for providing tasty food to the public is second to none and so we’re enormously excited to be working with Manchester City to offer what we believe will be the best stadium catering in the Premier League.

'We’ve been in discussions with the club for many months and we now have a dedicated team in place to ensure that the hospitality at the Etihad Stadium is truly something special.'

Tucking in: City fans' options are about to soar at the Etihad Stadium

Tucking in: City fans' options are about to soar at the Etihad Stadium

Hungry for more City are defending their Premier League crown this season

Hungry for more City are defending their Premier League crown this season

Meanwhile, Gareth Barry is determined to ensure that Arsenal are shocked by more than just Mario Balotelli’s new hairstyle this weekend as Manchester City aim for a first league win at the Gunners since 1975.

'I wasn’t aware it had been so long,' the England midfielder told. 'Football is like that sometimes but 37 years is extraordinary. Records like that are rare but are there to be broken.

'We have to go to the Emirates, play as well as we know we are capable of and see if we can put an end to our poor run of league results on their ground.'

Tony Book was in charge when City secured a 3-2 triumph at Highbury in 1975. They did win a League Cup quarter-final at the Emirates last season but have not actually scored a league goal at Arsenal since DaMarcus Beasley’s effort in the 3-1 defeat in 2007.

Bogey team: City have not won at Arsenal since 1975

Bogey team: City have not won at Arsenal since 1975

Arsenal impressed at the Etihad Stadium earlier this season when they were unfortunate to find themselves held to a 1-1 draw.

'They surprised me just how good they were that day,' said Barry.
'They will be disappointed they’ve not played as well as that more often this season.

'We know there is a need for us to keep winning games because seven points (to leaders Manchester United) is not a small gap and we can’t allow that to increase.

'But sometimes the pressure can actually flip around to the team in front and the one chasing can go into games more relaxed.

'We’re not going to let it overly worry us at this point.'

Jamie Oliver

Tom Ince and Daniel Sturridge set for Liverpool

Ince and Sturridge are set for Liverpool… but Rodgers says January transfers won't solve his problems

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09:49 GMT, 18 December 2012

Brendan Rodgers has warned Liverpool's problems will not be solved by the deals he aims to complete in the January window.

Liverpool are set to be one of the most active clubs next month and they will unveil Daniel Sturridge and Tom Ince within days of the window opening.

Sturridge is heading to Merseyside from Chelsea for around 12million, while Ince is poised to return to Anfield at a cost of 6million less than 18months after he was allowed to join Blackpool.

On his way: Daniel Sturridge is set for Liverpool

Going back: Thomas Ince is set to return to Anfield

At the double: Liverpool are set to sign Daniel Sturridge and Tom Ince in January

Those players will give Liverpool a depth to their striking options that has been lacking all season but Rodgers has made it clear they will not provide the answer to other issues which must be addressed.

Though Liverpool are not too far off the top four, the 3-1 weekend defeat to Aston Villa provided a timely reminder that Rodgers' squad are short of the necessary class to be considered Champions League contenders.

'There is a bigger picture for sure and it goes back to affordability,' said Rodgers.

'We will spend money in January to try and bring fresh faces and give us that support at the top end the reality is all the names bandied about are they going to be available

'Certainly we will bring in what we can and help us and then we will revisit it again. All our problems were never going to be solved in this window because the January window is one of the least productive and the least movement goes on there.

'But we will look to solve some of our problems then and then we will look to revisit it in the summer knowing that in the summer we will be in a much better placed then we were the previous summer.'

Plenty to ponder: Liverpool manager says the January window won't solve his problems

Plenty to ponder: Liverpool manager says the January window won't solve his problems

The previous window ended in farce, as Liverpool missed out on signing Clint Dempsey from Fulham, but Rodgers is adamant the situation now in terms of recruitment is vastly different. He has no doubt Fenway Sports Group, Liverpool's owners, will back him.

'There is no doubt we will get reinforcements in and there is no doubt that we will get the backing, but it will come down to two things,' he said. 'The availability and affordability of players.

'I see lots of names bandied about and with all due respect names that are pie in the sky because there won't be too many top players moving about in January because clubs want top money.

'But there is no doubt that we want to bring in goals and we want to bring in players who can assist in scoring goals.

'If we can do that then that will set us up and then we can really reinforce again when the market opens up in the summer again.'

Phil Parkinson hopes Bradford can use victory over Arsenal as a springboard to success

'We want to put Bradford on the map again': Parkinson aims to use Arsenal victory as springboard to success

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00:36 GMT, 12 December 2012

Bradford manager Phil Parkinson hopes his club are on the way back after they stunned Arsenal in the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup.

League Two Bantams were three minutes away from a normal-time win at Valley Parade, with Thomas Vermaelen's equaliser cancelling out Garry Thompson`s early opener.

Unbridled glee: Bradford players celebrate with keeper Matt Duke after winning on penalties

Unbridled glee: Bradford players celebrate with keeper Matt Duke after winning on penalties

But City were not thrown off course and hung on for a penalty shoot-out which they duly won 3-2 – their ninth successive shoot-out win.

It is a decade since Bradford were in the Premier League but now, with a semi-final place secured, Parkinson hopes they are on their way back to the top.

Famous victory: Phil Parkinson's team gave Valley Parade an evening to cherish

Famous victory: Phil Parkinson's team gave Valley Parade an evening to cherish

'The lads were terrific, the commitment was first class and considering we were three minutes away…. People will talk about penalties but our overall performance was outstanding,' he told Sky Sports 1.

'Arsenal have got world class players and played their strongest team, but you have to give the players so much credit.

Quick out of the blocks: After Garry Thompson gave the Bantams a 16th minute lead, Bradford held the upper hand

Quick out of the blocks: After Garry Thompson gave the Bantams a 16th minute lead, Bradford held the upper hand

'I hope this can be the first of many nights like this for Bradford City. We want to put Bradford on the map again. I want them to have a team to be proud of.'

Midfielder Gary Jones, a scorer in the shoot-out, called it 'one of the best nights of my life' before adding: 'We've just knocked Arsenal out of the Capital One Cup. It was 11 v 11 and we had to keep our shape and frustrate them.'

Saving grace: Matt Duke repels Santi Cazorla's penalty

Saving grace: Matt Duke repels Santi Cazorla's penalty

Goalkeeper Matt Duke saved a penalty from Santi Cazorla and said: 'We set our stall out and the men in front of me were fantastic. We are really fit as a team and that showed.'

India v England third Test: Alastair Cook allowed one slip-up – Nasser Hussain

Captain fantastic is allowed to make one slip-up

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UPDATED:

22:00 GMT, 7 December 2012

The third day of a Test is about setting things up and England were excellent again at Eden Gardens. Since losing the toss they have barely put a foot wrong.

You know in India that, barring the completely unexpected, you will get five full days, so there really was no rush for England on Friday morning. Runs need to be made in the first innings on the subcontinent, while you wait for the pitch to deteriorate, and that’s what England have done.

If they had made a quick 400 before being bowled out, England would have let India back into the game, so it was important that they managed to bat on into day four, which again they managed to do expertly.

Rare mistake: Cook was run out on day three

Rare mistake: Cook was run out on day three

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Virtually everything has gone to plan for England but the running out of Alastair Cook wasn’t exactly in the script. He took evasive action but hadn’t put his bat down; however, I think we can excuse the boy his one mistake. After all the hours Cook has batted, he is allowed to have an aberration.

It was the first time Cook has ever been run out in a first-class match which, of course, led to a lot of comments about how lucky he was not to have played too much cricket with me. It’s certainly a surprising statistic and one that perhaps shows that Cook’s meticulous approach extends to his running too.

It was a shame Cook could not reach a double hundred but he will not be too worried about that after single-handedly turning this series around for England.

What started with his second-innings
hundred in Ahmedabad, in a losing cause, has now extended to the point
where he has been on the field for around 90 per cent of the series. No
wonder his brain was a little scrambled when he jumped out of the way of
that ball.

I am a
massive fan of Jonathan Trott and it was important for him that he too
scored runs. He is the glue at No 3 that England had been looking for
and it was ridiculous that some were saying he might be under pressure.

Back in the runs: Trott fell for 87 runs on day three

Back in the runs: Trott fell for 87 runs on day three

India continued to look sloppy in the field but their spinners, Ravi Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha, were a bit better. You could see that they were trying to vary their pace and learn from the success of Monty Panesar.

If two Indian spinners are trying to copy an English one on Indian pitches then that is some compliment to Panesar and England.

Ben Ainslie retires from Olympic sailing

Britain's greatest sailor Ainslie calls time on Olympic career after London glory

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06:52 GMT, 27 November 2012

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UPDATED:

08:38 GMT, 27 November 2012

Four-time Olympic sailing gold medallist Ben Ainslie has announced he will not compete at Rio 2016.

Ainslie, 35, has decided to call time on his glittering Olympic career to focus on his America's Cup campaign.

Ainslie won the Finn class at London 2012 – his fourth gold medal in his fifth Games – but will not defend that title in Rio.

Golden boy: Ben Ainslie won his fourth gold medal at London 2012

Golden boy: Ben Ainslie won his fourth gold medal at London 2012

Ainslie tweet

He told the Daily Telegraph: 'No more Olympic villages. No more opening or closing ceremonies. After almost
20 years entirely dedicated to the pursuit of gold, taking in five Olympic
campaigns, I have decided I will not attempt a sixth at Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

'Those of you who saw me cross the finish line in the Finn medal race in
Weymouth and Portland earlier this year may not be overly surprised to hear
that. I said a few things in the heat of the moment to the lurking BBC media
boat to the effect that the toll on my body was becoming too great. In my
defence I was flooded with emotion and exhausted from the toughest week of my
entire career.

'It was a bit of a Steve ‘if you ever see me anywhere near a boat again, you
have my permission to shoot me’ Redgrave moment.

'In my mind I certainly hadn’t ruled out another crack at the Olympics. When
you have spent your whole life focused so intently on something it is not that
easy to let it go.

Flying the flag: Ainslie won gold in the finn class

Flying the flag: Ainslie won gold in the finn class

YET ANOTHER GOLD AND HISTORY FOR BEN AINSLIE AS HE WINS GOLD IN THE FINN CLASS AT WEYMOUTH. PICTURE MURRAY SANDERS

YET ANOTHER GOLD AND HISTORY FOR BEN AINSLIE AS HE WINS GOLD IN THE FINN CLASS AT WEYMOUTH. PICTURE MURRAY SANDERS

'The reason I waited before making this decision is down to a couple of
factors. Firstly, I wanted to see what came out of the International Sailing
Federation (ISAF) conference in Dublin a few weeks ago. In particular I was
interested to know which classes would be on the Olympic programme at Rio.

'Because of the wear and tear of a lifetime spent sailing, particularly on my
back, which was a real issue this summer, it was always going to be an uphill
struggle to do the Finn again in Brazil. However, if the Star two-handed dinghy
had been reinstated I might just have considered giving that a go. It would not
have been easy dislodging Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson, should they have
decided to do another campaign, but there might have been a chance.'

Ainslie won silver at his first Olympics in Atlanta in 1996 in the Laser class and took Laser gold in Sydney four years later. He then moved to the Finn class taking gold in Athens, Beijing and London.

Ainslie did not announce his Olympic retirement immediately after winning in Weymouth. Instead he waited for the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) conference in Dublin to find out which classes would be on the Olympic programme for Rio.

Lip service: Ainslie celebrates winning gold at Athens in 2004

Lip service: Ainslie celebrates winning gold at Athens in 2004

In the swim: Ainslie celebrates in the water in Athens

Making a splash: Ainslie celebrates in the water in Athens

He admits that had the Star two-handed dinghy been reinstated he might have considered 'giving that a go' but it was not.

'Because of the wear and tear of a lifetime spent sailing, particularly on my back, which was a real issue this summer, it was always going to be an uphill struggle to do the Finn again in Brazil,' he said.

Ainslie will now concentrate on an America's Cup World Series campaign with JP Morgan BAR.

'I feel increasingly confident that we can one day challenge for the America's Cup proper. Not at next year's event in San Francisco – that will be too soon – but perhaps the one after that.'

The sailor envisages skippering his Ben Ainslie Racing AC45 catamaran to glory in the historic competition will be one of the 'biggest tests' of his career.

'It's always been a dream of mine since I was a kid to be part of a winning Americas Cup team and ultimately I want to try and bring it back to the UK where it all started in 1851.'

Wizard of Oz: Ainslie celebrates his gold medal-winning success in the Laser class sailing in Sydney in 2000

Wizard of Oz: Ainslie celebrates his gold medal-winning success in the Laser class sailing in Sydney in 2000

High point: Ainslie admits it would be hard to top winning home Games

High point: Ainslie admits it would be hard to top winning home Games

Royal Yachting Association performance director John Derbyshire paid tribute to Ainslie.

'The word “legend” is often over-used in sport, but Ben really is one – a determined yet unassuming, modest, often under-recognised legend in this nation's sporting history.

'He has been a talismanic figure in the RYA's Olympic programme for over 16 years, through his successes inspiring new waves of sailors to get involved in the sport, and passing on his tireless work ethic and campaign skills to other young talents, who will look to follow in his footsteps and take on the challenge of keeping GBR a leading light in Olympic sailing in the years to come.

'Ben has always made it clear that his two career goals have been to win Olympic gold, and to win the America's Cup. With four Olympic golds and a silver across five Games, and now the most successful Olympic sailor of all time, he has nothing left to prove in Olympic terms and there can be no question that he's more than achieved his first goal.

'It's therefore entirely understandable that he should now want to turn his attentions to the second, and hopefully lead a British team to win the oldest trophy in sport for the very first time.'

RYA Olympic manager Stephen Park said: 'From our side, the door is always open for Ben to return if he feels that gold in Rio is a viable prospect, but we wish him every success with JPMorgan Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) and his uncompromising focus on an America's Cup-winning campaign.

'I know we will continue to keep in close contact with Ben, who is keen to help and support the Olympic programme and talented youngsters coming through in whatever way he can.'

Ben Ainslie factfile

1977: Born on February 5 in Macclesfield, Lancashire. His father, Roddy, sailed in the first Whitbread Round the World Race.

1996: Having won the European Championships and finished third in the Laser World Championships, he goes on to win silver at the Olympic Games in Atlanta aged 19.

1997: Finishes third in the Laser World Championships and takes bronze at the European Championships.

1998: Wins both the Laser European and World Championships.

1999: Ainslie is named British Yachtsmen of the Year and World Sailor of the Year, having won the Europeans and World Championships yet again.

2000: Sees off competition from Brazil's Robert Scheidt to win Laser gold at the Sydney Olympics. Also wins Laser Europeans and finishes third in the Laser World Championships. Named British Yachtsmen of the Year and made MBE in New Year Honours list.

2002: After spending 14 months with the 'One World Challenge' America's Cup campaign, Ainslie moves to the Finn class. He wins the first of what prove to be many World Championships in the division and takes the Finn Europeans. Becomes British Yachtsmen of the Year and World Sailor of the Year.

2003: Takes another Finn Gold Cup and another Finn European crown.

2004: Ainslie's dominance of the Finn class continues as he wins a second Olympic gold medal in Athens, Greece. Also takes the World and European crowns as he is named British Yachtsmen of the Year for a fourth time. Inducted into the Finn Hall of Fame.

2005: Ainslie racks up a fourth successive Finn Gold Cup and receives OBE. He also wins the Finn Europeans.

2008: After re-entering the America's Cup arena with Emirates Team New Zealand, he returns to the Olympic circuit to win an unprecedented fifth world title, European title and Olympic gold in Qingdao, China. He is named British Yachtsmen of the Year for a fifth time, World Sailor of the Year yet again and made CBE.

2011: Fights off tough competition to be selected for the British sailing squad in the Finn class. Year ends in controversy at the ISAF World Championships in Perth, Australia, where he is involved in an altercation with a media boat.

2012: In January launches Ben Ainslie Racing, a new team that will initially compete in the next edition of the America's Cup World Series along with plans to join ORACLE Racing for the defence of the 34th America's Cup. Having recovered from back surgery, he wins the Finn Gold Cup for a record sixth time in Falmouth, Cornwall.

August 5 – Wins fourth Olympic gold medal, triumphing in the Finn class on home waters off Weymouth at the

London 2012 Games. With four golds and a silver, Ainslie becomes the most successful sailor in Olympic history.

November 27 – Announces that he will not compete at Rio 2016 bringing down the curtain on a glittering Olympic career and says he will now focus on his America's Cup campaign.

Martin Samuel: Premier League"s greedy owners the only winners

Greedy owners the only winners if you curb these players' wages

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23:30 GMT, 18 November 2012

Nobody has ever bought a ticket to watch a bloke in a suit balance the books. Not that it wouldn’t be interesting.

Whoever managed to juggle Chelsea’s numbers so they bought the best part of a new team and still turned a 1.4million profit over the last financial year On paper, that must have been one hell of a show.

Same with the Arsenal board meeting in which chief executive Ivan Gazidis explained why he was worth a 24 per cent pay rise for selling Arsene Wenger’s captain at the end of every season. Now there is a world-class performer at the top of his game.

They're not here for you, Arsene: Ivan Gazidis and his equivalents across the land bring in the big bucks

They're not here for you, Arsene: Ivan Gazidis and his equivalents across the land bring in the big bucks

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Sadly, the fans don’t agree. Players. That’s what they like. How quaintly retro of them. They don’t get that football’s modern world is all about leveraging the brand and maximising revenue streams, economic reality and financial fair play.

A paying fan wouldn’t have written the newspaper headline that described Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy as a genius at the weekend. Gareth Bale against Inter Milan two seasons ago. That was genius.

So when the Premier League chairmen sat down last week to consider next season’s 5billion television windfall, they wanted to prioritise the people who really deserved it.

Them.

Not players. Good lord, not sweaty old players. Having built the self-styled greatest league in the world on the talent of men such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry, the owners have decided enough is enough.

They fear players will recognise some correlation between increased TV revenue and the stars the people are tuning in to watch. How presumptuous.

It would be like David Letterman thinking that what made the David Letterman Show special was David Letterman, and asking to be paid accordingly. Get real, Dave. Do you seriously think they’re watching it for you

Chairmen aren’t brave enough to explain this leap in logic to the players’ representatives. So what they will do is hide behind new rules.

We’d like to give you the money, they will say, but we can’t, you see. It’s the law. If it was up to us, well of course. There’s nothing we’d enjoy more than sharing our bounty with your client. But our hands are tied. We can’t even invest any of our own money these days. It’s just not allowed. Damn these rules. Damn these silly, silly rules. I don’t know why we voted for them.

Worth a pay rise Player of the year candidates Robin van Persie and Juan Mata wont get a cut of TV cash

Worth a pay rise Player of the year candidates Robin van Persie and Juan Mata wont get a cut of TV cash

Worth a pay rise Player of the year candidates Robin van Persie and Juan Mata won’t get a cut of TV cash

So who reaps the dividend Not you, that’s for certain. To date, there is no record of an owner saying he will use the double whammy of proposed spending restrictions and hugely increased revenue to suppress admission charges, cut prices in the club shop or end the tyranny of the new strip released every year. You still pay. They now don’t.

There are some very clever operators behind this, and a fair few dopes, too. The shrewd cookies are the elite clubs who have worked out that, far from benefiting all grades of the game, those at the top stand to profit greatly if spending is linked to income.

An existing club in the Champions League will have at least 30m more than a rival whose ambition it is to enter the top four.

It is no surprise that Manchester United and Arsenal are driving this proposal: the biggest grounds, the most consistent Champions League performers, they are as good as enshrining their right to have the most to spend.

The dopes would include those supporting the rule change at, for instance, West Ham or Tottenham. Why are clubs that are looking to grow limiting the ability to do so

We don’t want another Portsmouth or Leeds United, the mediocre minds insist. But why are the options competitive torpor or going skint Why can’t a club expand with optimism, ambition and calculated risk, without throwing the lot on red

At last week’s Premier League meeting, 16 of 20 clubs asked chief executive Richard Scudamore to press ahead with detailed proposals for financial restrictions. They can’t be trusted to simply show restraint; it has to be placed upon them by force.

Everyone's invited: As TV money tots up, still the stadiums are filled with expensive tickets

Everyone's invited: As TV money tots up, still the stadiums are filled with expensive tickets

'We are looking at financial fair play rules and introducing them for the good of everyone in the Premier League and for the good of the game,’ said Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins, who would obviously know what was best for the Premier League having been part of it for a mighty 18 months.

The real brains trust proposal comes from Sunderland owner Ellis Short, who wishes to limit annual increases to the wage bill, as a means of depressing salaries. So each club would only be able to increase wages by, say, five per cent each season.

Fine for Manchester United as five per cent of quite a lot is quite a lot more. And fine if you’ve already been throwing money up the wall like Chelsea, as you could continue to do so incrementally.

Yet what of the well-run club that had lived within their means, suddenly experienced a degree of success, and wanted to take a leap forward

Suppose West Bromwich Albion got into Europe and wished to invest in a bigger squad. They would be pegged at growth of five per cent. All Short is proposing is a way of saying ‘no’ to agents without getting into a heated argument.

The alternative is to grow a pair and pay only what you can afford, while respecting the right of all clubs to embrace ascent to the next level.

Resisting all this nonsense, bless them, are Fulham, Everton, West Brom and Manchester City, although Randy Lerner of Aston Villa has serious reservations, too, as do Chelsea, unless they can tailor the proposal to a way that leaves them unaffected.

Reaping rewards: West Brom's break-even model is perhaps the Premier League's most sensible

Reaping rewards: West Brom's break-even model is perhaps the Premier League's most sensible

City and Fulham rely on rich benefactors, while limits on owner investment would make Everton considerably less attractive to potential buyers. West Brom have a break-even model, and a damn good one, but chairman Jeremy Peace simply believes each club should run their business as they see fit. Like grown-ups.

‘It is not trying to restrict teams competing for players,’ said Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward. No, it’s just trying to guarantee that, when they do, they’ve got less money than you.

‘We are trying to impose some parameters, so we don’t end up with a lot of clubs making annual and regular losses,’ added the man from the club who are 359.7m in debt, and based in the Cayman Islands.

So if fans aren’t due a rebate and the players don’t deserve a rise, who does

Step forward: Gazidis, Roman Abramovich, the Glazer family, Mike Ashley.

It’s Super Sunday, folks, live from the offices of PricewaterhouseCoopers. That’s entertainment.

Overcrowding in the old Globe

Louis Burton, a French sailor competing in the Vendee Globe solo round-the-world yacht race, collided with a trawler 460 miles off the coast of Lisbon.

His accident came a day after compatriot Kito de Pavant was forced to retire after a trawler damaged his boat 80 miles from the Portuguese port of Cascais.

The Vendee Globe is a uniquely challenging event that makes incredible physical and mental demands of its competitors. Even so, not exactly Piccadilly Circus out there, is it

Purple pain

Memo to Stuart Lancaster and all at the RFU: if we can’t play like England’s rugby team, at least try to look like England’s rugby team.

AND WHILE WE'RE AT ITIt's the winning just by taking part

One of the important things in life is to know when you’ve won. The day AFC Wimbledon entered the Football League, having progressed through the pyramid system from their beginnings in the Combined Counties League, they won.

They overcame the idiocy of the Football Association commission that had branded their phoenix club not in the wider interests of football.

More importantly, they exposed the great lie at the heart of Peter Winkelman’s theft of the original Wimbledon. They proved that Milton Keynes could, after all, have earned its League club the legitimate way, with promotion through the many tiers of English football.

The right way: After Peter Winkelman stole their club, AFC Wimbledon rose from the ashes

The right way: After Peter Winkelman stole their club, AFC Wimbledon rose from the ashes

The right way: After Peter Winkelman stole their club, AFC Wimbledon rose from the ashes

Peter Winkelman

Winkelman did not have to steal Wimbledon and spirit it north as Milton Keynes Dons. With investment in Milton Keynes City of the Spartan South Midlands Premier Division, he could have grown his hometown club organically. He could have tried it the proper way, as AFC Wimbledon did.

And Wimbledon are still winning. When they play Milton Keynes Dons, as equals, in the FA Cup second round on December 2, that will be a small victory, too. As is the fact that every neutral fan in the country wants them to overturn big odds and win.

A decade ago, interest was scarce but now everyone seems to know the story of English football’s greatest injustice.

Wimbledon directors are not going into the boardroom at stadiummk, supporters have discussed taking food and printing an independent match programme to avoid giving the club they call Franchise FC money. Others will boycott the tie entirely.

All fine acts of protest. Wimbledon remain unshakeably atop the moral high ground. But they should know when they’ve won. Goodwill is easily surrendered if justified grievance becomes spiteful venom. Foul chants and abuse, collateral damage.

What the FA allowed to happen to their club should never be forgotten; but there are some good people at MK Dons now, too.

Dan Micciche, who runs the academy, is one of the most imaginative youth coaches in the country, and anyone below a certain age in the crowd will simply have grown up supporting the local team, not comprehending their horrible history. They were simply too young to appreciate the controversy surrounding Winkelman’s creation.

What is it boxing referees require A good, clean fight That is what the supporters of AFC Wimbledon must provide next month. Keep it dignified, keep it civilised.

They have considerably more to lose than a Cup tie, if they forget that this was their victory long ago, regardless of the result of a single match.

Not losing may not be enough for Rio, Roy

And very quietly, as we entered the winter hiatus, Montenegro took a two-point lead at the top of World Cup qualification Group H, as expected, by beating San Marino.

England are second on eight points. If Poland win their game in hand, they will have eight points, too.

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Exposed: England are in a fight to secure a place at the World Cup in Brazil in 2014

Put like that, trailing Montenegro, having won two games in four and even then only against San Marino and Moldova, doesn’t seem so hot.

Roy Hodgson is still unbeaten in competitive matches but this was always going to be his problem. Being good at not losing only gets a team and a manager so far and cannot be mistaken for winning.

England have gone out of World Cups unbeaten previously; technically, Hodgson was unbeaten at the 2012 European Championship, too.

Nobody is allowed to utter the name Harry Redknapp, because football’s confederation of bogus clever dicks are still pretending that England and Tottenham Hotspur are better off without him (and didn’t they look it on Saturday, when Emmanuel Adebayor got sent off and Andre Villas-Boas looked at his little book of brilliant tactical plans for 20 minutes as Arsenal scored three goals).

But the fact is that Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s hat-trick was the least of England’s problems last week.

Second place could bring a play-off against the likes of Israel, Norway or Bulgaria but equally Portugal, Sweden, France or Belgium.

Meanwhile, the troublesome visit to Montenegrin capital Podgorica is two competitive games away. England improve under Hodgson in the second half of this season or their World Cup campaign ails, perhaps fatally.

Leaving out Monty Panesar is big mistake – Nasser Hussain

Daily Dossier: Missing Monty is England's achilles in Ahmedabad

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It is not being wise after the event to say that the pitch in Ahmedabad looked like a two-spinner surface and that England misread the conditions.

They should have played Monty Panesar in this first Test.

England put a lot of faith in statistics and they know seamers have fared better than spinners against Indian batsmen in India in modern times. It would not have gone unnoticed by England either that they have not won any of the seven Tests Panesar and Graeme Swann have played together.

Missing link: Monty was on the sidelines when he should have been playing

Missing link: Monty was on the sidelines when he should have been playing

Yet there are times when you have to trust your gut instinct. England should have looked down at the pitch. /11/15/article-2233589-160603EF000005DC-858_468x364.jpg” width=”468″ height=”364″ alt=”Face the music: Cook's team have made a patchy start to the first Test” class=”blkBorder” />

Face the music: Cook's team have made a patchy start to the first Test