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'Half of Premier League clubs could play in empty stadiums and still make money'

'Half of Premier League clubs could play in empty stadiums and still make money'

Sports
Half of Premier League clubs could have played in empty stadiums and still made a pre-tax profit in the first season of the current broadcast deal, BBC research has found.In 2016-17, during which clubs benefited from a record £8.3bn in global TV revenue, matchday income contributed less than 20p in every £1 earned by 18 top-flight outfits.The number of clubs that would have recorded pre-tax profits even if matchday income was taken away rose from two in 2015-16 to 10 in 2016-17. Dr Rob Wilson, a sport finance specialist at Sheffield Hallam University, said the previous £3.018bn broadcast deal struck in 2012 signalled a permanent change to top-flight football as a business i...
Calais migration crisis is 'half UK's problem'

Calais migration crisis is 'half UK's problem'

World
The French interior minister has told Sky News the migration crisis in northern France is the UK's problem as much as it is France's.Gerard Collomb was speaking as he visited Calais - the focal point for migrants - with French President Emmanuel Macron, and ahead of a key Anglo-French summit in London on Thursday."It's a problem between France and Great Britain," Mr Collomb said."It's not just our problem or your problem but we have the same problem with immigration and, as the President said, we must welcome refugees but not welcome all the world."We work together and when we will go (to) London after tomorrow we will talk about that."Speaking to police and security forces in the town, Mr Macron said: "I am here in front of you, two days before a Franco-British summit.Image:France's inter...