David Conn

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Name: David Conn
Date registered: September 27, 2014
URL: http://www.theguardian.com/football/chelsea

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  1. How Bahrain uses sport to whitewash a legacy of torture and human rights abuses | David Conn — July 17, 2017
  2. Premier League remains world’s richest courtesy of huge TV revenue growth — July 11, 2017
  3. Football must learn from sorry rush to play Borussia Dortmund game — April 13, 2017

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Jul 17

How Bahrain uses sport to whitewash a legacy of torture and human rights abuses | David Conn

Campaign groups argue that Bahrain’s association with glamour sport is used to ‘launder’ a more wholesome image for the country

The cyclist Sonny Colbrelli secured prominent exposure for the name of his Bahrain Merida team early in the Tour de France, heading the group sprint at the end of the second stage in Liège before finishing a creditable sixth. The team’s leader, Ion Izagirre, crashed out on the first day, but Bahrain Merida has already established itself on the world tour, after star signing Vincenzo Nibali competed through three spectacular weeks in May to claim a third place finish in the Giro d’Italia.

The cycling team, launched in January with an estimated £13.7m budget by Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad al-Khalifa, a son of the ruling King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa, is the latest venture which will help promote the autocratically ruled, troubled country through an association with globally televised sporting events.

According to experts appointed by the UN, Bahrain forces used “excessive, lethal force to disperse peaceful protestors”

Bahrain’s harnessing of sport has helped deflect attention from reports of tortured detainees and death sentences

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jul/17/bahrain-accused-sport-whitewash-history-torture-human-rights-abuses

Jul 11

Premier League remains world’s richest courtesy of huge TV revenue growth

• Total earnings of 20 top-flight clubs in 2016-17 expected to exceed £4.5bn
• Premier League earned almost €2bn more than any other European league

The Premier League is set to remain by far the world’s richest football league, its clubs earning approximately €2bn (£1.7bn) more collectively than those in Europe’s second richest, the German Bundesliga, according to the annual review of football finances by the consultants Deloitte.

The total £3.6bn earnings of Premier League clubs in 2015-16, as reported by the Guardian’s own review of the clubs’ most recently published accounts are projected to have increased to £4.5bn last season, the first of the league’s vastly more lucrative 2016-19 TV deals.

Related: Alexis Sánchez has not told me he wants to leave Arsenal, insists Arsène Wenger

Related: Wayne Rooney rekindles his Everton love affair and wants to play up front

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jul/11/premier-league-worlds-richest-tv-revenue-growth

Apr 13

Football must learn from sorry rush to play Borussia Dortmund game

Thomas Tuchel was wrong to blame Uefa alone for the Monaco match going ahead a day after the bomb attacks but decision-makers must start to put people ahead of schedules, TV, sponsors, money and the like

Perhaps the most sensible conclusion to draw from the sorry row about who decided to reschedule a Champions League quarter-final for the day after a triple bomb attack on one of the teams, is to step back, and say that football should deal more maturely with trauma. It is a lesson that has been far too long in the learning.

The Borussia Dortmund manager, Thomas Tuchel, looked ashen after the 3-2 defeat against a predictably professional Monaco, complaining that Uefa had high-handedly insisted the match must be played. His players, Tuchel said, needed at least “a few more days” to try to come to terms with the assault on their lives, before having to perform again. Uefa insists it did not impose the decision to kick-off the match less than 24 hours after it was called off on Tuesday following the terrorist pipe bomb blasts aimed at the Dortmund team bus. Uefa said the decision was taken after thorough discussions and agreement with both clubs, and that nobody in the Dortmund hierarchy requested at any stage that the match should not go ahead.

Related: Uefa hasty in rescheduling Dortmund v Monaco less than a day later, says Jürgen Klopp

Related: Dortmund bombs highlight challenge of combating modern terrorism acts

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/apr/13/borussia-dortmund-thomas-tuchel-monaco-uefa-bomb-attacks