Belokon aiming to have EFL ban overturned to take over Blackpool
Former Blackpool director Valeri Belokon said he is 'working with' the English Football League to overturn his owners' and directors' test ban so he can take control of the League One side.
The Latvian banker failed the EFL test last year following his conviction for money-laundering in Kyrgyzstan - a clear breach of the rules preventing anyone with an unspent conviction for an act of dishonesty from involvement in the game.
That verdict brought with it a 20-year prison sentence but Belokon maintains it was 'politically-motivated' revenge for his earlier win at a Paris tribunal in this long-running dispute over the Kyrgyzstan government's nationalisation of a bank he owned in 2010.
Valeri Belokon has told Blackpool fans he is working with the EFL to get his ban overturned
In a statement, Belokon acknowledged the need for a strong 'fit-and-proper-person test' but said 'regulations cannot always deal adequately with every scenario in life - I believe that this has happened in my case'.
He said he accepts why the EFL had to ban him 'at the first instance' but added the verdict on which the ban is based 'ignored the most basic principles of natural justice'.
Belokon said he believes he has demonstrated he is a 'good football citizen', with the best interests of the club at heart, and there are 'obvious and compelling reasons' why he should be cleared by the league.
Thanking Blackpool fans for their support, Belokon said: 'I do not wish for a politically-motivated Kyrgyz court verdict, made in my absence, to prevent me from being a director of Blackpool FC.
'I am in the process of working with the EFL to provide them with the necessary information and to investigate together a potential solution. I am hopeful that in due course we will do so.'
While Belokon's row with Kyrgyzstan may seem to be an arcane dispute in a faraway place, it is of huge significance to Blackpool as it is the only obstacle now blocking him from removing the deeply unpopular Oyston family from the Bloomfield Road boardroom.
Belokon won a court case over a debt owed to him by the Oyston family, who own Blackpool
Belokon bought a 20 per cent stake in the club in 2006 but started legal action against the Oystons in 2015 over large sums of money they took out of the club after Blackpool's season in the Premier League in 2010-11.
Belokon won that case last November, with a judge ordering the Oystons to pay him £31million in damages, plus interest, in four instalments. The Oystons put the club up for sale and made the first £10million payment to Belokon. But they then missed the second payment, due on January 31.
Last month, the High Court gave Belokon 'discretion' on how to settle this debt from the Oystons' assets, effectively giving him the right to seize the club.
The Oyston family are under pressure amid ongoing fan protests against their ownership
The dispute has caused a major rift in the Oyston camp, with 84-year-old Owen Oyston sacking his son Karl Oyston as chief executive, and Karl hitting back by telling the EFL and Football Association that Owen is not longer 'fit' to run a club.
Owen Oyston has tried to cling on to power by installing several junior members of his family but Belokon's legal wins and an ongoing fans' boycott has left him in a desperate position.
Oyston's isolation in the game was underlined by a Guardian report on Tuesday that revealed the Premier League wanted to ban him in 2010 for his 1996 conviction for rape. He stalled for time and Blackpool's relegation prevented the Premier League from enforcing its ruling.
Owen Oyston sacked his son Karl Oyston (left) amid the ongoing Belokon dispute
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rts in Australia this weekend, as the favourite to retain his world championship after beating Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel last year.</p><p>Hamilton can become only the third driver to win five F1 titles if he triumphs this year, equalling the haul of Juan Manuel Fangio - considered by many as the best racer ever.</p><p>Yet he insists drawing level with such an iconic figure in the sport is not extra motivation on the eve of what many expect to be a far more competitive campaign.</p><p>Asked whether he had thought about equalling Fangio, he told reporters at a press conference in Melbourne: “I’ve not, honestly.</p><p>“It’s a long, long season so you don’t really think about those kind of things, you don’t think about what could be in the sense of matching others. </p><p>“In my mind I’m trying to break down new barriers, I’m trying to push the envelope and see how far I can take firstly the opportunity I have and obviously the ability I have and live to my full potential. </p><p>“I don’t know what that is and that’s what I’m discovering.”</p><p>The F1 2018 season has arrived – but who will win the title? Odds provided by Skybet</p><p>Hamilton turned 33 at the start of the year but still believes he is at the height of his career trajectory.</p><p>He added: "I’m definitely in a good range right now and that’s where I need to continue to try to be to extract the most I can from it."</p><p> See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, order back issues and use the historic Daily Express newspaper archive. </p>
ross the Tasman, England slumped to 27 for nine before Craig Overton's unbeaten 33 at least carried them above their previous lowest total of 45.</p><p>Nonetheless, England were still dismissed in 20.4 overs and just 95 minutes at Eden Park in Auckland as captain Joe Root, the returning Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali and Stuart Broad were all out for ducks.</p><p>Alastair Cook was the first of England's wickets to fall, dismissed by Trent Boult for just five</p><p>Boult celebrates with Kane Williamson (right) and other team-mates after dismissing Cook</p><p>Joe Root was then bowled by Trent Boult as England were reduced to 6 for 2 early in the match</p><p>The England captain can't believe it after he is bowled by Boult without troubling the scorers</p><p>Trent Boult was celebrating again when he removed Dawid Malan, who'd scored just two runs</p><p>Malan was caught behind by wicketkeeper BJ Watling after edging Boult's delivery</p><p>The five batsmen out for no score equalled an unwanted record</p><p>New Zealand bowler Trent Boult was magnificent, taking six wickets for 32, while Tim Southee recorded figures of four wickets for 25 as they capitalised on swing-friendly conditions.</p><p>However, England's batsmen revealed alarming technical deficiencies and shattered confidence following their 4-0 Ashes drubbing by Australia, with Mark Stoneman (11) and Overton the only players to get into double figures.</p><p>The tourists became only the fifth side to be bowled out inside the first session of a Test, which is being played in a day-night format with a pink ball.</p><p>Mark Stoneman was the fourth wicket to fall, caught by Watling off the bowling of Tim Southee</p><p>Ben Stokes, back in the England Test side, was the next to fall - also for a duck</p><p>The dismissal of Stokes left England floundering on 18 for five following a disastrous start</p><p>Tim Southee caught Jonny Bairstow off his own bowling as another player went for a duck</p><p>Bairstow was the third player out without scoring, with England now on 18 for six</p><p>Chris Woakes was then bowled by Trent Boult having added just five runs to the total</p><p>With Woakes gone, England had slumped to 27 for seven, short of their worst Test score</p><p>This was England's sixth-worst Test score. Here are the other five... </p><p>Australia won the toss and opted to field in the first Ashes Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground, with Charlie Turner (15 for six) and JJ Ferris (27 for four) working their way through the tourists in 35.3 four-ball overs. England went on to win the Test by 13 runs.</p><p>England needed 193 in their second innings to beat the Windies in the third Test, but Curtly Ambrose had other ideas. A 10-over spell yielded six England wickets for 24 runs, with Alec Stewart the only tourist to record double figures.</p><p>The Windies had a 74-run lead after the first innings in the First Test but skittled England to avoid having to bat again. Jerome Taylor took a five-for, costing only 11 runs. England found themselves on 26 for seven after 20 overs as Andrew Flintoff top scored with 24.</p><p>The worst England innings score on home turf came in 1948 against Australia in a Test where Donald Bradman went for a duck which reduced his Test average to 99.94. Australia were 3-0 up in the Ashes going into the Oval Test but Leonard Hutton stood strong while his team-mates fell one by one.</p><p>The first Ashes Test in 1888 has three entries in the lowest 50 Test innings scores of all time, led by a first innings flop by the home side. Chasing a 116 set by Australia, England fell to 22 for six and 26 for seven before recovering as Johnny Briggs was the last man to fall on 17. </p><p>Alastair Cook was the first to fall, for just five, and Root quickly followed. Dawid Malan was dismissed for a mere two runs, followed by Stoneman to leave England floundering on 18 for four.</p><p>Things only got worse, with Stokes, back in the Test side with much fanfare following his altercation outside a Bristol nightclub in September, and Bairstow gone soon after with the score still on 18.</p><p>The quick-fire dismissals of Chris Woakes and Moeen left England on 23 for eight, and they looked destined to slump short of their lowest-ever Test score when Broad fell at 27 for nine.</p><p>Moeen Ali was the next to fall, clean bowled by Tim Southee, also for no score</p><p>Kane Williamson took a stunning one-handed catch at gully to remove Stuart Broad </p><p>The New Zealand captain's catch was certainly a cause for celebration with England 27 for nine</p><p>James Anderson was the last wicket to fall after Craig Overton had top scored with 33</p><p>Thankfuly, Overton's 33 spared them that indignity before James Anderson was the final wicket to fall.</p><p>The official England Cricket Twitter feed summed it up nicely when it simply posted 'We've had a shocker' and a link to the scorecard as cricket fans in the UK woke up on Thursday morning.</p><p>New Zealand soon passed England's total in response thanks to a half-century by Kane Williamson, but Stuart Broad did gain his 400th Test wicket when he removed Tom Latham for 26.</p><p>4.2 overs - Alastair Cook pushes forward but is defeated by Trent Boult's away swing and edges to second slip. Six for one.</p><p>6.2 - Joe Root tries to break the shackles after five balls without scoring. Looking to drive, he is bowled through the gate by Boult. Six for two.</p><p>8.1 - Action replay of Cook's departure, but caught-behind this time, as Dawid Malan gets another beauty from Boult. 16 for three.</p><p>9.4 - Mark Stoneman joins the collapse, and Tim Southee is in the mix with a very good delivery as another left-hander goes caught-behind. 18 for four.</p><p>10.3 - Ben Stokes' Test return ends in a duck at the first attempt, another bowled through the gate by Boult. 18 for five.</p><p>11.2 - Jonny Bairstow's hopes of a counter-attack fall at the first as he drives a return catch back to Southee. 18 for six.</p><p>12.6 - Boult bowls another one, Chris Woakes on his way this time. 23 for seven.</p><p>13.4 - Moeen Ali is yorked by Southee. 23 for eight.</p><p>15.4 - Stuart Broad tries to return fire, but departs scoreless - the fifth duck of the innings - to an outstanding catch in the gully by Kane Williamson off Southee. 27 for nine.</p><p>20.4 - Craig Overton and James Anderson avoid England's all-time low at least, but it's all over when the number 11 lobs a simple catch to point to complete Boult's devastation. 58 all out.</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p>Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual.</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p> We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline. 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March 31, looking to claim the third of four recognised belts to add to his current WBA (Super) and IBF titles.</p><p>Victory at Cardiff's Principality Stadium would pave the way for a huge transatlantic clash with American Wilder.</p><p>Joshua - who is 20 undefeated in his professional career so far - has long been linked with a blockbuster showdown with the WBC champion to establish an undisputed king of the heavyweight division.</p><p>But before facing Wilder, 28-year-old Joshua must first overcome Parker in a highly-anticipated unification match.</p><p> I think Parker is a better all rounder. There are more stats and facts than he just has a big right hand. </p><p>The New Zealander is also unbeaten with 18 knock-outs in 24 wins and has declared he will expose Joshua's weaknesses.</p><p>And Joshua insists Parker - who promoter Eddie Hearn believes will be the former Olympic champion's toughest ever fight - represents a greater threat than knock-out specialist Wilder.</p><p>“When you talk about Parker you talk about his speed, his stamina and he's got a good chin,” Joshua said.</p><p>“Parker doesn't throw many combination punches, but he throws more [than Wilder]. </p><p>“There has never been one champion in the heavyweight division that relied solely on power and one punch.</p><p>Who is on the undercard for Anthony Joshua vs Joseph Parker?</p><p>“Parker has a bit more all-round game. Left hook, right hand, swings one right to the body, he likes a left hook to the body. </p><p>“I haven't seen Wilder throw that many body shots. Wilder relies on the right hand, so I think Parker is a better all rounder.</p><p>“There are more stats and facts than he just has a big right hand. Parker has an all-round game, that is what makes it a dangerous fight."</p><p> See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, order back issues and use the historic Daily Express newspaper archive. </p>
summer following a disappointing league campaign and Bale is one of the players expected to depart.</p><p>Bale reportedly held a meeting with president Florentino Perez last week who agreed to let him move to the Premier League.</p><p>Gareth Bale continues to be linked with a move away – but who could sign him?</p><p>It is thought Real will still try to demand a heavy fee for his services, thought to be in the region of €120million (£104m).</p><p>United manager Jose Mourinho is planning to bolster his ranks in the summer and could be reunited with the attacker, who he managed while in charge of the Bernabeu outfit.</p><p>Anthony Martial has been heavily linked with a move to Juventus in recent weeks and Bale could be seen as the ideal replacement.</p><p>Meanwhile, Chelsea will face a fight to keep Eden Hazard but if they lose him then Bale is considered an alternative.</p><p>Finally, Spurs will be looking to invest in their squad ahead of the new season as they look to make the best possible start when moving into their new stadium.</p><p> See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, order back issues and use the historic Daily Express newspaper archive. </p>
College football player with 'huge heart' dies in Mexico while on spring break, months before graduation
or redistributed. ©2018 FOX News Network, LLC. All rights reserved. All market data delayed 20 minutes.</p><p>A football player expected to graduate from Amherst College in Massachusetts this coming May died while on spring break in Mexico City last week.</p><p>Family and friends said the news of Dorogi’s death left them “beyond belief.”</p><p>“They taught kids in a village about geography and English and delivered water sanitation to the village,” Johnston told the station. “He would be trusting, caring and kind. That’s just the way he was.”</p><p>The Amherst Student reported that the college held a gathering on Monday where students, coaches and faculty remembered the football player as someone who “wanted to make people happy.”</p><p>“To me, Dorogi was just a guy with a huge heart,” teammate Kevin Sheehan told the paper. “He was the kind of guy that would always put a smile on your face, no matter what.”</p><p>"He was the kind of guy that would always put a smile on your face, no matter what."</p><p>The running back was due to start a job at Wells Fargo as an investment banking analyst after graduating.</p><p>“We will forever treasure the blessing of our time with Andrew, and the precious memories of how he enriched our lives and fortified our spirits,” his family wrote.</p><p>This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. ©2018 FOX News Network, LLC. All rights reserved. All market data delayed 20 minutes.</p>
e teams around the globe, with over 200,000 ditching Tottenham's main man this week so far.</p><p>The Spurs star has been sidelined through injury for several weeks and his absence will cause a huge shift in approaches to GW32.</p><p>Kane – the most expensive player in the game – completely frees up the options for Fantasy managers, but who are the most popular replacements?</p><p>Four strikers are among the most sought-after players in FPL, while Son Heung-Min completes the top five after his terrific run of form.</p><p>Several bargain stars join Kane on the 'out' list including Xherdan Shaqiri as Stoke fall into deeper relegation trouble.</p><p> See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, order back issues and use the historic Daily Express newspaper archive. </p>
in trying his hand at mixed martial arts in a series of Instagram posts, which quickly became the talk of the combat sports world</p><p>However, a few weeks after hinting he was willing to swap codes, the Michigan native poured cold water on talk of him rematching the Irishman, saying: "I already beat Conor."</p><p>Despite Mayweather performing a public U-turn, talk of the pair fighting one another inside the Octagon still rages on.</p><p>Rogan, like many in the MMA world, reckons it'd be a bad idea for Mayweather to fight McGregor inside the cage and believes the legendary boxer would get 'smashed'.</p><p>“That’s what everybody wants to see, for sure.”</p><p> He’d literally get killed </p><p>Joe Rogan on Floyd Mayweather fighting Conor McGregor in the UFC</p><p>“I don’t think he’s going to do it,” he added. “I don’t think he’s ever going to fight McGregor in MMA.</p><p>“But I think he might fight CM Punk. I believe that. I believe that could happen. That’s not even like official talk. But I really believe that could happen.</p><p>“It sounds crazy, I know. But the whole thing sounds crazy. It sounds crazy to think that he could fight anybody in MMA. That he’d be willing to do it.</p><p>“He must know something because he could - just go into boxing. He must know his time as a boxer is just done.”</p><p>McGregor, 29, hasn't set foot inside the Octagon since his UFC 205 victory over Eddie Alvarez, a triumph which saw him become the first fighter in the promotion's history to hold two titles simultaneously.</p><p>UFC president Dana White is hopeful of having 'The Notorious' return to the Octagon by the end of the summer, recently telling the BBC: </p><p>“Hopefully we’ll see him back in either August or September.</p><p>“Well, we’ve got to see how things play out in that [lightweight] division.”</p><p> See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, order back issues and use the historic Daily Express newspaper archive. </p>
g clinched the Mexican Open in Acapulco prior to Indian Wells.</p><p>The 29-year-old faces a tough task to make it three wins in a row at the Miami Open this week with Kei Nishikori and Novak Djokovic potential opponents.</p><p>But fatigue is likely to be Del Potro’s biggest obstacle ahead of his first clash with Robin Haase on Friday.</p><p> We just have dinner with all my team. We had some drinks, and that was enough for me, because I was exhausted and we traveled almost five hours to get here </p><p>Speaking in his pre-tournament press conference, Del Potro was reluctant to give away details but said the celebrations were low-key.</p><p>Del Potro told reporters: “No, I cannot tell you details of that.</p><p>“We just have dinner with all my team. We had some drinks, and that was enough for me, because I was exhausted and we traveled almost five hours to get here.</p><p>“My body feels all the matches and having the final, so I need to recover myself to be ready for this tournament, and then I will have time to take a break and celebrate with family and friends.”</p><p>Del Potro also opened up on how he intends to spend his time in Miami, which has a large Argentinean community.</p><p>He added: “I spend a lot of time with the fans during my practice sessions, and then off court I meet them every time.</p><p>“And I also walk around the streets every day. I like to go to the supermarket and I meet fans there too.</p><p>“You know, Miami has a big Argentinean society so I meet them everywhere.”</p><p> See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, order back issues and use the historic Daily Express newspaper archive. </p>
player in recent days after a four-goal salvo lifted the Reds to a 5-0 top-flight defeat of Watford last weekend.</p><p>That took the Egypt international’s overall tally to 36 in all competitions, 28 in the Premier League, with 12 assists to boot since last summer’s £39million switch from AS Roma.</p><p>And Diario Gol say that Real Madrid have identified Salah as the player to rejuvenate their front-line with Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema both expected to leave the Bernabeu.</p><p>The La Liga club face huge difficulty persuading Liverpool into selling their talisman and the Spanish outlet suggest that Jurgen Klopp is demanding a fee that would make Salah the most expensive footballer ever, surpassing the £198m Paris Saint-Germain spent on Neymar last August.</p><p>Yet with Salah having scored more goals than any player in Europe’s top five leagues, Florentino Perez is set on making the 25-year-old their next star signing - prioritising him over Harry Kane and Neymar.</p><p>But they are only willing to go as high as €190m (£165m) in a straight cash deal, say Diario Gol - some way short of Liverpool’s estimations.</p><p>And in an attempt to coax the Merseyside outfit into doing business, Perez will include Vazquez in Real Madrid’s offer. </p><p>The winger is settled in the Spanish capital but is keen for a more important first-team role than the one currently on offer under Zinedine Zidane.</p><p>With Real Madrid’s intended summer spending spree in mind, Diario Gol indicate that Vazquez will be forced to move elsewhere in order to play regularly.</p><p>Importantly, they add that Liverpool manager Klopp is a fan of the 26-year-old - who plays on the same wing as Salah.</p><p>Real are willing to offer Vazquez plus €150m (£130m). That would be just shy of the club-record £142m fee brought in from Philippe Coutinho’s January sale to Barcelona.</p><p>Mohamed Salah has been linked with a host of top clubs – but who could he sign for?</p><p>Diario Gol also say that reigning European champions Real Madrid’s pursuit of Salah has Cristiano Ronaldo’s approval.</p><p>The Portuguese forward would reportedly prefer the Egyptian’s arrival to avoid any extra competition for his centre forward role as he wishes for the team to remain structured around him.</p><p>Ronaldo is said to believe that Salah - an unselfish attacker despite his incredible return this term - would still allow him to be the side’s fulcrum because he operates on the right side rather than down the middle.</p><p> See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, order back issues and use the historic Daily Express newspaper archive. </p>
are unlikely to change their rigid wage structure.</p><p>As things stand, the Belgian has a £25million buyout clause in his contract which could see him leave in the summer unless there is a major breakthrough in negotiations over a new deal.</p><p>Jose Mourinho is eager to embark on another spending spree as he seeks to build a squad capable of challenging Manchester City for the Premier League title next term.</p><p>A centre-half has been identified as a priority, with Alderweireld being monitored.</p><p>Chelsea, recent reports have suggested, are prepared to offer the 29-year-old deal a whopping £150,000-a-week deal to bring him to Stamford Bridge.</p><p>It is said the Argentine boss only wants players at the club who are fully committed to the cause and he won’t block a move.</p><p>The Mail also claim that Daniel Levy will have the final say on Alderweireld’s future.</p><p>Spurs may also have to fend off United for Danny Rose, who Mourinho wants to sign in exchange for Luke Shaw.</p><p> See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, order back issues and use the historic Daily Express newspaper archive. </p>