SAID & DONE

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Oys­ton’s other best ef­forts to change the nar­ra­tive since 2014: call­ing a fan “a mas­sive re­tard, thick twat, spe­cial needs fuc­tard”; pledg­ing to ban protestors “un­less they sign ac­cept­able be­hav­iour or­ders”; and call­ing for more re­spect for his fam­ily’s “loy­alty and com­mit­ment … My father’s a manic Black­pool fan, and he suf­fers when the club’s not do­ing well. It re­ally af­fects him.”

Owen Oys­ton’s view on the fam­ily’s neg­a­tive me­dia im­age, as set out in May last year: “Peo­ple think we’re as­set­strip­ping, tak­ing money out – it’s ab­so­lutely ridicu­lous. It’s a pack of lies – it’s the kind of me­dia at­tacks we’ve had. The me­dia never let the truth in­ter­fere with a good story.” His mes­sage to fans: “Fi­nan­cially we’ve been a huge suc­cess.”

MEAN­WHILE

Yet to work out its line on the case – the EFL: still “re­view­ing the high court de­ci­sion”.

Among the EFL board mem­bers in charge of gov­er­nance dur­ing the pe­riod Black­pool were be­ing stripped: Karl Oys­ton – elected for a third term in 2013, serv­ing to 2015.

Lead­ing the praise af­ter Oys­ton’s re-elec­tion in 2013 – then-EFL chair­man, now FA chair­man Greg Clarke: “It’s a plea­sure to wel­come Karl back to the Foot­ball League board. Over the com­ing years his ex­pe­ri­ence will be in­valu­able in shap­ing our or­gan­i­sa­tion.”

OTHER NEWS: FRESHEST START

Fifa – rewrit­ing their 2026 World Cup bid­ding process to stop coun­tries be­ing ex­ploited. One clause that sur­vived the edit: “Gov­ern­ments must grant a gen­eral tax ex­emp­tion for Fifa … and [all] Fifa sub­sidiaries, lim­ited to the pe­riod of prepa­ra­tion, de­liv­ery and wrap-up of the com­pe­ti­tion, end­ing on 31 De­cem­ber 2028.”

PROBE OF THE WEEK

Swiss prose­cu­tors, in­ves­ti­gat­ing who left a Cartier watch worth €20k “un­der Jérôme Val­cke’s ho­tel pil­low” in Doha in 2015. Lawyers for PSG and BeIN pres­i­dent Nasser Al-Khe­laifi de­nied he was be­hind it - telling Le Parisien such gifts are a stan­dard part of “Qatar’s pro­to­col service”. Both deny wrong­do­ing.

STILL SMARTING

Lazio com­mu­ni­ca­tions head Ar­turo Di­a­conale, iden­ti­fy­ing why the me­dia “over­played” cov­er­age of their fans mock­ing the Holo­caust last month. “This team, this club has grown in ways no one imag­ined – and that has pro­voked envy.”

Also feel­ing re­sented: Not­ting­ham For­est’s EFL-en­dorsed owner Evan­ge­los Mari­nakis, stand­ing down as head of Olympiakos to fight “base­less” Greek match-fix­ing charges. Mari­nakis says the charges were mo­ti­vated by “envy ... My in­no­cence will be proven.”

WIN OF THE WEEK

Brazil: Eurico Mi­randa, 73 – re-elected as Vasco pres­i­dent on a tra­di­tional val­ues ticket, in­clud­ing: “Foot­ball is a man thing. That’s why I’m against gays and women.” Mi­randa de­nied “sad claims” he rigged the vote with a “sus­pect bal­lot box”. “This was all done with the great­est trans­parency, in­clud­ing with the adding up.”

APOLOGIES OF THE WEEK

1) Colom­bia FA of­fi­cials: re­act­ing to on­line crit­i­cism af­ter Adi­das used Bay­ern’s James Ro­dríguez to model the new Colom­bia men’s kit, and Miss Uni­verse 2014, Pauline Vega, to model the women’s. “This was an in­vol­un­tary er­ror. The women of the na­tional team are in our hearts.” 2) Colom­bia’s Ed­win Car­dona, re­spond­ing to con­dem­na­tion of his “slant eye ges­ture” at South Korea play­ers. “I meant no dis­re­spect to any­one, coun­try or race. If any­one in­ter­preted it that way, I’m sorry.” Coach José Pék­er­man: “It was a phys­i­cal game. Things hap­pen dur­ing a game like this.”

MAN­AGER NEWS: CHANG­ING TIMES

2008: Kar­ren Brady’s Sun di­ary on David Moyes’s new Ever­ton deal: “£65,000-a-week seems a lot for a man whose only hon­ours in six years are some Man­ager of the Month awards. Moyes had Bill Ken­wright on toast.” 2017: Hands him a six-month deal with a £2m bonus.

Also mak­ing changes: Ar­gentina, 7 Nov: Ar­se­nal de Sarandi coach Hum­berto Gron­dona – son of late Fifa rack­e­teer Julio – an­nounc­ing his “ir­rev­o­ca­ble res­ig­na­tion”, then re­vok­ing it four hours later. “I re­gret­ted it, so I re­turned. Ar­se­nal is my home. I just get tired, you know?”

Bo­livia: Top-flight club Jorge Wil­ster­mann, sack­ing coach Roberto Mos­quera af­ter he picked five foreign play­ers for a game by mis­take, in­val­i­dat­ing the re­sult and lead­ing to a points penalty. Mos­quera: “It’s hard on me. I made 141 changes for the Wil­ster­mann. 140 of them were good.”

RE­SPECT LAT­EST

Ro­ma­nia: CSM Poli Iasi coach Flav­ius Sto­ican, banned for throw­ing his coat at a ref­eree while his staff put on pre-pre­pared “We Want Fair Ref­er­ees” T-shirts. Sto­ican said match of­fi­cials were “feck­less and timid, tiny pup­pies, small, small pup­pies. No per­son­al­i­ties at all.”

AND BEST THE­ORY

Italy: Serie A Ben­evento pres­i­dent Oreste Vig­orito, re­flect­ing on 12 straight de­feats: “This city has his­tor­i­cally suf­fered from witches. That’s where the blame lies.” His mes­sage be­fore next Sun­day’s game against Sas­suolo, where a loss would break Manch­ester United’s 1930-31 record for de­feats at the start of a sea­son: “One thing is cer­tain: we’re stay­ing in Serie A. We will never give up.”

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