Shaun Through The Looking Glass – why the EFL’s ‘full strength’ rules are among the strangest in all of football

The Checkatrade Trophy rules oblige league teams to play a ‘full strength’ side. And yet the EFL has revised these rules so as to make them impossible to breach… Continue reading


That smothering embrace – gambling, football, piegate and sporting integrity

A betting firm enticing a player into a bit of light-hearted spot-fixing to help sell papers is being given the pantomime treatment. But it’s a genuine scandal – and a signal to the FA that gambling firms are already far too deeply embedded in the game.

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