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Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Levy to sue.........

 What's football got to do with it?
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The Greg Meyer Column.
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July 28 2013 ... He's Still Here.

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 Levy To Sue..

 Should Daniel Levy sue, who should it be and for how much. All topical questions on the heaving quicksand that is the ever changing Gareth Bale saga.
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 Potential litigious fodder that spring easily to mind include Monsieur Zenedine Zidane and the entire journalistic staff of the Real Madrid Flagship, Marca. More legal cannon fodder would be Bale's agent one Jonathan Barnett and the erstwhile Presidente of Real, Florentino "call me Slippery" Perez.


The above questions were prompted at our pub not by over ingestion of our famous local product but the arrival of a regular newsletter. As usual it appeared through the pub's keyhole letter box, no sign of the internet, twitter and all that, must be ridgy didge. Translation, australian for fair dinkum or back to the internet, reliable itk. And so behold a local bible here in these parts ...
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 The Kent Football Legal Weekly.
The said lively missive purports to be a roundup of legal issues heavily flavoured with football. Reports flagging likely litigation amongst the football fraternity feature prominently. Sponsors of the paper include the well known firm of Gobblestop,Bullduste and Ole practicing out of Spain.
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  A local flavour is however particularly noticeable. Blanchflower, Greaves and Nicholson, a very well established firm, Rush, Rush and Delay ( obvious Liverpool connections), Low ,Ball and Lynch , as well as Mine ,Yours and Just Kidding ( very well known in family law circles). In the same field, Ditcher, Quick and Hyde.
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Before we get to the feature article this week a glimpse of whats coming up in the legal seminar ( code for junket) world. Conferences galore and below just some of the rich invitations/pickings available. 
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Ten Glorious Tax Free Days in Monaco.
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Headlining the bill here although yet to be confirmed is one John Kelsey - Fry of Clothfair Chambers. Remember Kelsey, of course he's the legal maestro who fought the might of HMRevenue and Customs and won. Team Redknapp 4 - HMRC 0.
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  You'll also recall the name Rosie kept cropping up. Unfortunately the said Rosie was unable to give evidence for the defence. Harry had named his controversial tax deposit Monaco bank account in honour of the family dog.
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The title of Kelsey's rumoured paper ...
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                                                        Tax evasion  ... How To Succeed Without Really Trying.
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If Monaco is not your proverbial glass of champagne then there's always Spain. There its a double header being advertised with accountants and tax lawyers plus the odd splash of football.
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  A decidedly Argentinian flavour with papers variously pontificating on the tax definition of mess, balls up ( told you footy got a look in) and more seriously how do I play next season . Will I be allowed out on Saturdays to play football . Community Service Orders of course. Not sure of the precise Spanish term.
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Yes Team Messi will be presenting a paper with the working title...
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                                                       Even The World's Number One Is A Tax Target.
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Elsewhere a variety of eligible tax haven destinations beckon. Luxemburg, Cyprus but our favourite Bermuda. En route from London on the way to Florida. Comes in handy if the Daniel Levy travel plans just announced are true. 
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 There, serious and not so serious papers are being presented at the world famous Princess Hotel , St George, Bermuda. Replete with a compact little golf course just the sort of venue to cater for your budding tax high flier. More to the point the main fare on show is largely football related. 

Right on topic it would seem is a paper authored by a Croatian legal firm. Conversations held around a Croatian taverna late at night ( yes I know they are not tavernas , whats Croatian for pub anyone) is a key note address.
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 Given the latest Bale rumours following a similar line to the Luka Modric scenario then it is no surprise that a thesis aptly named is to be delivered ...
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                                              How To Enforce A Gentleman's Agreement.
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Our pub lawyer stuck here and not in Bermuda ( mind he claims to have played golf there) has some thoughts. Firstly  they are not written down, secondly there is not a lot of gentlemen in business, then surely they are worth less than the paper they are not written down on. As well who was at the Bale gentleman's agreement anyway. Did not work for Modric. Odds anyone for Gareth.
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So what else is featuring here at downtown Bermuda. A paper expected to attract some real contra temps from the English and Spanish guests here is available in Spanish and English ...
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                                                    Tapping Up In Spain. As Extinct As The Dodo?
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And so harking back to our headline what are the laws, the options and the remedies available when a ruthless, no morals present, no holds barred, money seemingly no object, football club comes in for your best and arguably the world's third best player.
 Could be any club of course but just for arguments sake why don't we visit Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid, just to pick two names out of Brendan Rogers envelope. More on that later and so to ...
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Tapping Up.
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Premier League Rule Section K outlines the whys and wherefores, the goes and no goes as to approaching another clubs contracted player.
 Simply put. A football club must not form contact with either a player or his agent without first acquiring permission from the football club he is currently under contract with.
 Back to our "hypothetical" exercise and just some of the quotes emanating from ...
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   Jonathon Barnett  Agent( some might say provocateur ) for Gareth Bale..
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                                              " If Florentino is interested in Gareth Bale, it would be an honour and we'd listen". Surely not an open arms invitation.
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 Zenidine Zidane , Director Football Madrid , leading football journalist , Marca tabloid ...

                                               ' I think Real Madrid have made their admiration of Gareth Bale very clear ... we will not be put off by the cost of the player."
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 And so it goes...
 Short of landing a helicopter in Monaco and shuffling the Welsh Wonder aboard Florentino's presidential helicopter then the judge, jury and entire North London population are in unanimous agreement. Tapping Up. Guilty by a Spanish kilometre.
 Spurs have been there before with this one. Luka Modric. No until the next season and no lesser price. Daniel Levy has previous.
 Carrick and Berbatov spring to mind. Yes big pounds but gone to a rival. Modric was the start of a learning curve. No to Chelsea and later to Madrid albeit largely on Spurs terms. Now its Bale. Hmm.
 As to the tapping up. Whilst the Lilywhites are not tappers everyone else is. Joking. Yes all clubs do it and apart from some flagrant examples it is mainly the Nelson defence. A blind eye. Shame Mourinho and Ashley Cole chose such a prominent eatery to conduct their illegal business. 
 Our eatery and drinking hole of choice was and still is abuzz this week. Of course we meet ..
 At A Kent Pub.
 Why not get down and join us. Summer in the beer garden is famous. Risky as you'll rub shoulders with seasoned holders from Arsenal, Fulham and Tranmere Rovers.
 We watched the China game the other night. Not easy viewing with the fate of our prize jewel in the balance. Our main worry is whether the 105 million we get will be translated into players.
 Sell the world's third best and where do you find a replacement.
 Look certainly not all doom and Bale. Soldado close, a striker at last. Paulinho and Chadli there plus Hugo ( our man) Verts, the littlest winger and lots more.
 Spurs ... wouldn't have it any other way apart from Gareth staying for one more year.
 Oh and that envelope.. surely not Luis Suarez.
 Cheers .. sorry to get a little sentimental .. hey Benito Mussolini has a birthday today ... don't think he played football.. Greg Meyer.         coys..

Jimmy's Video Spot:
 Just in case you've forgotten what it's all about here is the video 'The club that Bill created (2013 edition) This is what football has got to do with it.
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11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Bale's agent Barnett has previous on tapping up. Banned in 2007 for his part in the Ashley Cole tapping up saga. Wouldn't be surprised if he was to blame for some of this latest saga.

Anonymous said...

madrid have expensive suits but wear cheap shoes!! no class

lieutenant lamb said...

lol c'mon u spurs! harassment real madrid delinquents still owe millions for modric transfer plus £100.million bale ker-ching! Tottenham Hotspur 1882 outlaws - casuals yid army!

Anonymous said...

Excuse my language but fuck you real madrid you greasy spik cunts and fuck you Zidane you monk cunt mug.

Anonymous said...

French pussy cunt son of a bitch

BornAsTheKing said...

Sign & Share if you Care. http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/uefa-stop-real-madrid-illegally-tapping-up-players?utm_campaign=friend_inviter_chat&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=share_petition&utm_term=permissions_dialog_false

Anonymous said...

Great Video. Made me all Jewy (sic) eyed!

COYS

Anonymous said...

Same old same old. Levy plays hard ball until the money's on the table and then sells our star on the last day of the window.
Just make sure you've completed all of our transfer dealings first please Levy

Anonymous said...

Getting £85m+ for Bale is better than any pay out that litigation would bring. It would be far less time consuming, less risk and involve no cost (except that of losing Bale. The only thing would be the principle, but I'm sure most people already know RM have none anyway. Let's take the money and move on.

Anonymous said...

deals already done, but to appease the fans they have to go through this charade. never known levy to spend so much on a 28 yeah old before, must have extra cash. remember the 'partnership' where real get what they want and will pretend that you put up a good fight.

Anonymous said...

Not going to Monaco then? OK let's move on take the most black money we can get from the pikey gypo greaseballs and let the Welsh preener go try his pretentious heart shaped goal celebration in the arsehole of Espana (as the catalans call it) Good luck with that one fy ffrind. Can you imagine the look on Ronaldo's face when Bale doesn't pass him the ball! Priceless.

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