Manchester City record losses of £92.6 million

By Duncan Mackay

January 6 – Manchester City have reported a loss of ¬£92.6 million up until May 31, 2009, the biggest annual loss in English football history and emphasises the vast amounts of money invested by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al-Nahyan since he bought the Eastlands outfit from Thaksin Shinawatra in September 2008.

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Donovan attacks MLS owners over contract negotiations

By Duncan Mackay

January 5 – Landon Donovan (pictured), the United States best known player and a club-mate of David Beckham’s at Los Angeles Galaxy, tonight warned that Major League Soccer is heading for a lockout when the organisation’s five-year labour contract expires at the end of this month.

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Briatore cleared to continue role with QPR

By Duncan Mackay

January 5 – Former Renault Formula One boss Flavio Briatore (pictured) will be able to continue to try to guide Queens Park Rangers attempt to get promotion to the Premier League after he overturned a lifetime ban from motor racing.

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