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    Guidelines for Developing Sports in China into RMB-5-trillion-per-annum

    On the 20 October 2014, as part of its agenda for boosting employment, domestic consumption and other areas of the Chinese economy, China’s Cabinet, the State Council, issued new guidelines 《国务院关于加快发展体育产业促进体育消费的若干意见》 (国发〔2014〕46号) (the “Guidelines“) to enhance the country’s fast-growing sports industry. The Guidelines aim to grow output of China’s sports sector from 0.6% to 1% of its total GDP.

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    FFP legal challenge steps up in Belgian Courts with new bid to prevent further implementation of UEFA’s financial balance requirement

    10 October 2014 -- As is well known, the Court of First Instance in Brussels is currently considering a dispute about FFP between players 'agents and supporters, including the Manchester City FC Supporters Club (15,000 members and 168 clubs worldwide), represented by lawyers Jean-Louis Dupont and Martin Hissel, against UEFA and the Belgian Football Association

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    Stand up for seating: why all-seated football stadia should be reconsidered

    In response to the Hillsborough disaster, English Law developed a requirement for all-seated accommodation in football stadia. Nowadays, gone are the big terraces, a mass of humanity chanting and swaying together typified by the Kop, the Holte End and others. Memories of these now seem to be sepia tinged. And yet there has not been eradication in the psyche of the football fan of the primal desire to stand up to watch, particularly when the action is nearby, goalmouth located or just of the type to engage the emotions. One had only to see the reaction of the Leicester City fans to scoring in their first game back in the Premier League, standing together, jumping up and down in joy, their backs to the pitch.

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