The owners of Blackpool FC have lost a multi-million pound court battle with a Latvian investor. Owen and Karl Oyston, owner and chairman of the club, were in dispute with businessman Valeri Belokon. The League Two club owners may have to pay out almost £3m ($3.75m) after a judge at Manchester Civil Justice Centre ruled in Mr Belokon's favour. He invested £4.75m in 2008 to develop the club's South Stand and the dispute was over his share of profits from it. A forensic accountant will work out the exact figure the Oystons have to pay at a later date, the hearing was told. The final figure is believed to be between £1m and £2m plus £900,000 costs. The Oystons and Mr Belokon disagreed over the income
The numbers tell the story, where Juan Mata is concerned. It is why he suddenly finds himself a crucial component of Jose Mourinho’s plans for Sunday’s League Cup final against Southampton. The very notion of joining a line of players walking out behind Mourinho at Wembley was once unthinkable, given the way that the manager saw him off Chelsea’s premises two years ago, and facing Southampton carries particularly searing memories where he is concerned.
Jordi Alba has added more fuel to the speculation linking Isco with a shock move from Real Madrid to Barcelona after claiming that "all good players are welcome" at the Nou Camp. Isco, 24, admitted at the weekend that he could consider a summer move away from Champions League winners after having grown frustrated with his lack of playing time. Marca later added that the Spanish international has eventually decided to leave Real Madrid, with City being currently in pole position to secure his services ahead of Chelsea, Juventus and Barcelona.