Rangers drop down to Scottish third division | Scottish Football News | Tribal Football

Rangers will compete in Scotland’s Division Three next season following today’s Scottish Football League meeting.

Rangers will compete in Scotland’s Division Three next season following today’s Scottish Football League meeting.

The Glasgow club were dumped out of the Scottish Premier League when top flight clubs voted against them following their fall into liquidation and will now drop down to the country’s bottom tier.

25 of the 30 SFL clubs voted for Charles Green’s newco Rangers to go down to the third division with Dundee set to replace them in the top flight.

“The member clubs of the Scottish Football League have today voted to willingly accept The Rangers Football Club as an associate member of the Scottish Football League,” SFL chief executive David Longmuir said.

“Furthermore, the Scottish Football League’s only acceptable position will be to place Rangers FC into the Third Division of the Irn-Bru Scottish Football League from the start of this season.”

He added: “I’m comfortable today that the Scottish Football League made a very, very decisive decision that was based on sporting fairness and I think the Scottish Football League were in the right place to make that decision.

“This decision followed a tried-and-tested process and was taken in cognisance with the other options which were available for consideration.

“Today’s decision has been one of the most difficult for all concerned but it has been taken in the best interest of sporting fairness which is the fundamental principle of the Scottish Football League.

“The Scottish Football League has been entirely consistent with our willingness to work with other bodies to ensure that we focus on rebuilding our game, restoring pride in our game and exploring revenue streams and our willingness to achieve these aims does not alter.”

 
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Mexican Cup enjoys broadcasting bonanza | MLS News | Tribal Football

Five pay television broadcasters have signed agreements with the Mexican Football Federation to show the country’s top club cup competition, reports SportsPro.

Five pay television broadcasters have signed agreements with the Mexican Football Federation to show the country’s top club cup competition, reports SportsPro.

TVC, Fox, TDN, ESPN and Sky will each broadcast games from the MX Cup starting later this month, with packages initially split group by group.

TVC and TDN will show games from two groups each in the first stage of the 28-team tournament, with Fox, ESPN and Sky taking the rights to one group each.

While no financial details were disclosed, it is the first time a Mexican domestic soccer package has been sold to five separate broadcasters.

There will also be no free to air coverage of the tournament as a result, with TV Azteca and Televisa missing out on the rights.

 
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Cardiff in the frame for South Korean winger Kim | Australia/Asia News | Tribal Football

Championship Cardiff are leading the race to sign South Korea international Kim Bo-Kyung, according to the Cerezo Osaka winger’s agent.

Championship Cardiff are leading the race to sign South Korea international Kim Bo-Kyung, according to the Cerezo Osaka winger’s agent.

Lee Yeung Joong, chief executive of the player’s agency Ivan Sports, has confirmed the Bluebirds are in pole position for the 22 year olds signature, claiming negotiations are making “satisfactory progress”.

Lee told Wales Online: “I am currently negotiating with some clubs in the UK, Germany and other countries.

“Those clubs include Cardiff City who have shown assertive attitudes for the transfer of Kim Bo-Kyung. Their manager Malky Mackay really likes Bo-Kyung and negotiations are progressing satisfactorily.

“The transfer fee being discussed is at a level of 3m.

“I also have contacted Celtic through my sub-contracted agent who is working in Scotland. But I have not received any official bid from Celtic.

“I will leave door open for his transfer and consider every possibility with clubs who have interests about Kim Bo-Kyung.

“I aim to complete his transfer matter before the Olympic tournament starts to avoid disruptive influences for Korea Under 23 national team.”

 
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Stoke keeper Nash signs-on for 12 month deal | Transfers | Tribal Football

Stoke third choice keeper Carlo Nash has agreed a new one-year deal.

Stoke third choice keeper Carlo Nash has agreed a new one-year deal.

The 38 year old joined the Potters from Everton on a two-year contract in 2010 after previously spending time at the club on loan from Wigan.

Boss Tony Pulis told the club’s official website: “It is important for us to have three top goalkeepers in the squad at this level and we are as strong in that department as any Premier League club.

“At this stage of his career, it was only natural that Carlo wanted to explore the possibility of playing first-team football elsewhere when his contract expired at the end of last season, but we are delighted that he has now decided to stay here.

“He has done a fantastic job in the time he has been back with us and I have every confidence he will do a great job if he is called upon this season.

“The excellent competition which we have in the goalkeeping department can only be a good thing for all three of them in terms of pushing them to perform at the highest level, as we have seen from our keepers since Carlo rejoined us.”

 

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Newcastle poised to swoop for Lille defender Debuchy | Transfers | Tribal Football

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is poised to finalising a deal for Lille fullback Mathieu Debuchy.

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is poised to finalising a deal for Lille fullback Mathieu Debuchy.

It is understood the two clubs are close to a transfer for the 26-year-old defender, who was part of France’s Euro 2012 finals squad.

The Magpies have been on Debuchy’s trail for some time, but have so far been unable to persuade Lille to part with the player, and reports earlier this week suggested they were ready to offer him a new deal.

 

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Warnock: I almost walked out on Leeds | Premiership News | Tribal Football

Leeds United boss Neil Warnock has revealed that he nearly walked out on the Championship club this summer after a failure to sign Joel Ward from Portsmouth.

Leeds United boss Neil Warnock has revealed that he nearly walked out on the Championship club this summer after a failure to sign Joel Ward from Portsmouth.

But any thoughts of leaving Elland Road were banished when Warnock’s son reminded the 63-year-old just how much he wanted to win promotion with Leeds.

Warnock told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “I was disappointed to lose Ward to Palace earlier on in the summer; in fact at that stage I’m not sure I was going to be here.

“There were temptations and I think it might have been easier to take an offer elsewhere than stay here.

“My son James lives here and he’s the one that over this summer – when it would have been easier to leave – who has pleaded with me to give it a go.

“Because he knows how desperate I am to get another promotion.”
Warnock also identified the Leeds fans as a factor in his decision to continue because of their committed support – even during a 7-3 home defeat to Nottingham Forest in March.

He added: “I’ll never forget the fans’ support here last season. The one thing about the fans since I’ve been here is that they have been magnificent.

“I’ll never forget the Forest game at home in the last ten minutes of that game when I was talking to Ronnie Jepson (reserve team coach) and saying: ‘Let’s put something on this pitch next season for this lot to get excited about’.

“And that’s what I’m trying to do.”

 
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Man Utd pay price for Champions League exit | Premiership News | Tribal Football

Manchester United’s early exit from the Champions League last season cost them almost 17m euros (£13.3m) in payments from UEFA compared with the previous year, figures released on Friday showed.

Manchester United‘s early exit from the Champions League last season cost them almost 17m euros (£13.3m) in payments from UEFA compared with the previous year, figures released on Friday showed.

United received 35.18m euros in 2011-12 from European competition, UEFA said.

United received a further 1.25 million euros from playing two rounds of the Europa League, the less lucrative European club competition which they joined after elimination from the Champions League.

United had been paid 53.2 million euros the previous year when they were runners-up to Barcelona in the Champions League.

The Red Devils club failed to qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League last season, the first time they had missed out on the knockout stages since 2006.

Premier League rivals Chelsea were rewarded for their Champions’ League victory in May with payments of 59.94 million euros.

 

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