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Liverpool mayor confident council won"t have to repay European grant

Liverpool mayor confident council won't have to repay European grant after Anfield U-turn

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UPDATED:

10:22 GMT, 18 October 2012

Mayor Joe Anderson is confident the city council will not have to repay an 8.2million European grant in the wake of Liverpool's decision to abandon plans for a new stadium.

On Monday the club confirmed they were to push ahead with a redevelopment of Anfield on the back of a regeneration plan for the wider area.

Plans in place: Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson (right), sitting next to the club's managing director Ian Ayre, does not think the council will have to repay a European grant

Plans in place: Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson (right), sitting next to the club's managing director Ian Ayre, does not think the council will have to repay a European grant

Now proposals for a new ground in nearby Stanley Park have been shelved, providing Liverpool can secure the necessary planning permissions and agreements to expand their current home, it raises a question over what happens to the money from the European Regional Development Fund earmarked for improving and preparing the park in advance of any construction work being done.

'We are looking at the option of using the money in the wider regeneration sense, and I don't believe we will have to pay it back,' Anderson told the Liverpool Echo.

Staying out: Liverpool and Everton, divided by Stanley Park, once considered sharing

Staying out: Liverpool and Everton, divided by Stanley Park, once considered sharing

'If we don't use it for regeneration or development and leave things as they are, then it would have to be paid, but we don't think that's how we are going to approach this.'

According to the Echo, in 2010 the Audit Commission reported the risk of having to pay back the money if such an outcome occurred was a 'serious concern'.

The report stated: 'The grant offer was made on the condition that the new Liverpool Football Club stadium will be built in Stanley Park.

'In the event that this does not occur, then the European Regional Development Fund grant of 8.2m will be repayable.'

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Euro 2012 sweepstake

Euro 2012 sweepstake: Your cut-out kit for the tournament

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14:40 GMT, 31 May 2012

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UPDATED:

14:44 GMT, 31 May 2012

Fancy getting involved in a sweepstake with your mates ahead of Euro 2012 Well, look no further…

Simply print off the kit from this page – or click here for a pdf version – and drop them into a hat ready to be selected.

Set a fixed price for each team (anything from 1 to as much as you can afford to lose…) and ask each person to pick one without looking. Then write down the person's name next to their team to avoid any arguments later on!

You can split the prize fund however you want – perhaps 75 per cent for the winning team and 25 per cent for the runner-up. Or you could also factor in a small prize for the team that is eliminated with the worst record.

Euro 2012 sweepstake

Euro 2012 sweepstake

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Charles Green: Failed SFA appeal will not deter Ibrox takeover

Green for go: Failed SFA appeal will not halt Ibrox takeover

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UPDATED:

22:50 GMT, 17 May 2012

Charles Green has told supporters he has no intention of walking away from Rangers despite the handicap of an SFA transfer embargo.

On a whirlwind day of meetings on Thursday, the prospective Ibrox owner discussed his plans with SFA chief executive Stewart Regan and SPL counterpart Neil Doncaster at Hampden before meeting fans' representatives.

Amid widespread anger at the refusal of a three-man Appellate Tribunal, headed by Lord Carloway, to overturn a 12-month transfer ban and a 160,000 fine, Green refused to rule out a legal challenge.

I won't walk away: Green at Hampden on Thursday after talks with SFA and SPL chiefs

I won't walk away: Green at Hampden
on Thursday after talks with SFA and SPL chiefs

Critically, however, he confirmed that he will press on with his 8.5million takeover regardless.

After meeting the Rangers Supporters Assembly on Sunday and the Rangers Fans Fighting Fund on Wednesday, Green held another gathering of supporters chiefs last night and told them he expects the club to be debt free and challenging Celtic for titles within five years.

He also said there was a 20m investment pot.

And, in spite of having only six of the 20 potential investors confirmed, he told fans he is still fielding investment queries and has written to Ticketus, giving formal notice of an intention to terminate the 27m deal established by Craig Whyte.

Earlier, Green emerged from a two-and-a-half hour meeting with the governing body at Hampden to say of the transfer embargo: 'When we offered to buy the club, we realised what the potential was.

'Last night's announcement was an option we considered when we bought the club.'

Citing legal advice that the verdict was 'not competent', Green said all possibilities – including legal redress – remain on the table as the stricken club seek to overturn a decision which would prohibit the signing of players over 18 during the next two transfer windows.

Rumours abound: Glasgow alive of talk about Kenny Dalglish arriving

Rumours abound: Glasgow alive of talk about Kenny Dalglish arriving

'We are discussing all the options available,' added Green, a former Sheffield United chief executive and figurehead of an investment group also said to feature ex-Newcastle chairman Freddy Shepherd.

Former Sheffield United owner Mike McDonald is a key backer, while reports swept Glasgow last night of a possible bid to bring sacked Liverpool manager – and Celtic legend – Kenny Dalglish to the fray.

Concerned by the lack of clarity over the identity of the investors, the SFA sought assurances on Thursday after Green's reluctance to name them publicly.

Describing his talks with Regan, Doncaster and SFA board members as 'productive', the 59-year-old said: 'The questions they were asking were the obvious questions. About where I think we are and where we are trying to go.

'We've achieved quite a lot. We spoke to members of the board of the SFA and to executives of the SPL. And I think it has been a very, very productive meeting.

'We are happy everyone is positive in terms of looking at what is best for Rangers and for the SPL. We are encouraged by the meeting.'

Rangers fans were angered by the refusal to overturn the transfer ban and could push ahead with plans to boycott away matches.

Thousands protested outside Hampden last month when the punishment was initially handed down.

Andy Kerr, president of the Rangers Supporters Assembly, said: 'We were hopeful the appeals process would help. Now we know it hasn't been a help, we will revisit our previous discussion.

'There will definitely be a call not to support away matches because that is directly impacting on the other clubs and they are member clubs of the SFA.

'Potentially, there will be a call not to enter the Scottish Cup because that is the only competition we compete in that's directly under the auspices of the SFA.

'The other one is non-cooperation with national squads.'

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Stiliyan Petrov: Aston Villa and Celtic agree pre-season friendlies

Villa and Celtic agree pre-season friendlies in aid of Petrov charities

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UPDATED:

21:50 GMT, 24 April 2012

Aston Villa have organised two matches against Celtic in aid of Stiliyan Petrov.

The Bulgarian international's two British clubs will face one another as part of their pre-season preparations ahead of their next two campaigns.

The games will be played at Villa Park and Celtic Park, preceded by matches involving former players from both clubs.

'True captain': Petrov

'True captain': Petrov

It is expected that the money raised after administrative expenses will go towards Leukaemia research.

Petrov also organised for Villa's first-team to contribute to a benevolent fund for the club's former players – despite just having heard the diagnosis about his illness.

A source said: 'It was the action of a true captain.'

Popular: Players and fans from many clubs - including Bolton - have shown their support for the cause

Popular: Players and fans from many clubs – including Bolton – have shown their support for the cause