New York Times: Football Leaks

TwenteA few weeks back I came across an interesting story. A mysterious, Wikileaks-type website had started to anonymously release hundreds of financial documents relating to the finances of football clubs. The website seemed to focus mainly on Portuguese clubs, yet it had a Russian email address and server.

But the documents appeared to be legit, uncovering some pretty shady goings on, especially when it came to Third Party Ownership.

TPO is banned now by FIFA but old contracts still remain and some of them are still having a potentially ruinous effect. One that came to light involved the Dutch club FC Twente, who were severely punished by the Dutch FA for signing a TPO agreement with Doyen Sports Investments (who own Neymar’s image rights) that appeared to give Doyen and not the club final say on transfers under certain circumstances.

So I wrote this with the NYT’s Sam Borden.

There will no doubt be more to come.

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