Premier League: Transfer window changes ‘a long way off’ – BBC Sport

Gylfi Sigurdsson and Philippe Coutinho (right)

The futures of Gylfi Sigurdsson and Philippe Coutinho are still unresolved even though the season has started

Proposals to close the Premier League and English Football League summer transfer windows before the start of the season next year are “a long way off”, says a leading sports lawyer.

The current window, in line with many other European leagues, closes on 31 August – almost three weeks after the start of the Premier League campaign.

Both the Premier League and EFL will discuss potential changes next month.

“There are problems down the line,” lawyer Chris Farnell told BBC Sport.

“I don’t think the way they are looking at it would be smooth. It would be fraught with problems and potentially legal challenges.”

Farnell, the lead lawyer on the sale of Swansea City last year, said he was unsure whether football’s governing body Fifa would even allow the changes to be made.

“I think it is something that has been raised off the cuff by one or two managers.

“It needs to be better thought out, better planned and prepared and I think it is a long way off happening yet.”

A vote is set to take place at the next Premier League shareholders meeting on 7 September, while the EFL will also table the matter for discussion next month.

The EFL said clubs had already expressed the opinion that closing the summer window at the start of the season “would be an improvement on the current position”.

A spokesman added: “It will be important that all the consequences of such a decision are fully considered, as the requirements of our clubs are different to those in Europe’s top flight leagues.”

What do Fifa regulations say?

Players may only be registered during one of two annual registration periods. In Europe these are the summer and January transfer windows and are fixed by each individual national association.

The first window begins once the season has finished and must not exceed 12 weeks. The second, which usually occurs mid-season, must not exceed four weeks.

For the Premier League and EFL, Fifa regulations state the transfer window should close no later than 1 September, or as near as practical if it clashes with a weekend.

However, players whose contracts have expired prior to the end of the transfer window may sign for another club outside the registration period.

As leagues in confederations around the world start and finish at different times, so do their transfer windows – for example, the USA’s first window began on 14 February this year and ended on 8 May, while China’s opening registration period ran from 1 January to 28 February.

Analysis

BBC Sport’s Simon Stone

As with all issues affecting the Premier League, it will need 14 clubs to vote in favour before any change can be made.

It is a complicated scenario, not least because it has the potential to put England’s top-flight teams at a disadvantage because rivals across Europe will be active in the market for up to three weeks after the Premier League window has closed.

The plan would have no power to prevent a club such as Barcelona targeting Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho – as they have done this summer – for instance.

As Europe’s major leagues all start at different points – France was a week before England, with Spain, Italy and Germany a week after – a Europe-wide change is not going to happen.

There is also the potential for clubs who do not agree – Watford are said to be against it – or agents to mount a legal challenge.

However, the disruption caused by the continuation of the transfer window beyond the start of the season has become so great, and started to affect so many teams, the feeling that something has to be done has begun to take hold.

What do Premier League managers say?

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and Swansea boss Paul Clement are among those to have called for a change.

Klopp was without playmaker Coutinho for Liverpool’s Premier League opener against Watford, and midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson was absent for Swansea’s game at Southampton.

“An earlier transfer deadline day would have helped us this year. In general, it makes sense that when the season starts that the planning is over,” Klopp said.

Clement added: “A better situation would be if the transfer window closed before the start of the season.

“I don’t really understand why it goes to the end of August. I know there’s talks about that changing in future. That’s my opinion that it should do.”

According to research from betting company Bwin, seven of the 10 biggest transfers in the past five seasons which have been completed after the league campaign started involved Premier League clubs.

They were Gareth Bale to Real Madrid, Angel di Maria and Anthony Martial to Manchester United, Kevin de Bruyne and Nicolas Otamendi to Manchester City, and Mesut Ozil and Shkodran Mustafi to Arsenal.

The Premier League makes 24% of its signings after 15 August, while 12% of its signings are on transfer deadline day.

Last season’s runners-up Tottenham typically make their signings late in the transfer window, and Bwin says 47% take place after the season starts.

Couple filmed attacking party bus driver in San Antonio, Ibiza | Metro … – Metro

Couple filmed attacking party bus driver in Ibiza
British Tourists filmed and watched in horror during the fight (Picture: Solar Pix)

A couple were wrestled to the ground in Ibiza after being caught on camera fighting with a bus driver.

In a clip, which was filmed by a British holidaymaker, a man and a woman are seen scuffling with the older man.

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The tourist said: ‘So we’re just casually watching a fight, two Spaniards, one is a bus driver’.

At the start of the video, the woman gets up after being knocked to the ground by her boyfriend as he fights the driver at the bus station in San Antonio.

She proceeds to pull at bus driver’s underwear down while he wrestles her partner to the floor to avoid being elbowed in the face.

Couple filmed attacking party bus driver in Ibiza
At the start of the video, the woman gets up after being knocked to the ground by her boyfriend (Picture: Solar Pix)

The brawl – which continues with the couple whacking their victim from all sides on the pavement by his vehicle – appears to confuse the tourist filming it.

Halfway through he says: ‘Really not sure what’s going on now.’

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Locals and some bystanders eventually rush over to try to break up the fight.

The woman can be overheard shouting out ‘Que haces, que haces?’ – ‘What are you doing, what are you doing?’ – as she goes on the attack again.

At one point the confused bus driver appears to lash out at the woman, prompting her to threaten to call police.

Several bystanders later pinned the young Spaniard at the centre of the drama to the ground.

Couple filmed attacking party bus driver in Ibiza
She proceeds to pull at bus driver’s underwear down while he wrestles her partner (Picture: Solar Pix)

It was not clear why the fighting started or if police had been called and made any arrests, although one of the men who helped to eventually control the situation could be seen making a call on his mobile as fists flew.

The bus is believed to have been travelling the San Antonio to Ibiza route.

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One social media user said: ‘Why film instead of helping to break it up!’

Another added: ‘That guy who is trying to beat the bus driver up is such a weak pussy.

‘I mean, he is probably 20 or more years younger than him and he is still trying to kick him while he is laying on the ground and attack him from the back. Sad.’

Metro.co.uk has contacted ALSA bus company for comment.

Couple filmed attacking party bus driver in Ibiza – Metro

Couple filmed attacking party bus driver in Ibiza
British Tourists filmed and watched in horror during the fight (Picture: Solar Pix)

A couple were wrestled to the ground in Ibiza after being caught on camera fighting with a bus driver.

In a clip, which was filmed by a British holidaymaker, a man and a woman are seen scuffling with the older man.

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The tourist said: ‘So we’re just casually watching a fight, two Spaniards, one is a bus driver’.

At the start of the video, the woman gets up after being knocked to the ground by her boyfriend as he fights the driver at the bus station in San Antonio.

She proceeds to pull at bus driver’s underwear down while he wrestles her partner to the floor to avoid being elbowed in the face.

Couple filmed attacking party bus driver in Ibiza
At the start of the video, the woman gets up after being knocked to the ground by her boyfriend (Picture: Solar Pix)

The brawl – which continues with the couple whacking their victim from all sides on the pavement by his vehicle – appears to confuse the tourist filming it.

Halfway through he says: ‘Really not sure what’s going on now.’

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Locals and some bystanders eventually rush over to try to break up the fight.

The woman can be overheard shouting out ‘Que haces, que haces?’ – ‘What are you doing, what are you doing?’ – as she goes on the attack again.

At one point the confused bus driver appears to lash out at the woman, prompting her to threaten to call police.

Several bystanders later pinned the young Spaniard at the centre of the drama to the ground.

Couple filmed attacking party bus driver in Ibiza
She proceeds to pull at bus driver’s underwear down while he wrestles her partner (Picture: Solar Pix)

It was not clear why the fighting started or if police had been called and made any arrests, although one of the men who helped to eventually control the situation could be seen making a call on his mobile as fists flew.

The bus is believed to have been travelling the San Antonio to Ibiza route.

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One social media user said: ‘Why film instead of helping to break it up!’

Another added: ‘That guy who is trying to beat the bus driver up is such a weak pussy.

‘I mean, he is probably 20 or more years younger than him and he is still trying to kick him while he is laying on the ground and attack him from the back. Sad.’

Metro.co.uk has contacted ALSA bus company for comment.

Fresh Spanish chaos as bus driver brawls with couple in Ibiza – Express.co.uk

With his buttocks exposed he is unable to fend off wave after wave of attack from the infuriated pair. 

How and why the fight started is unknown. It is unclear if the police were called or if any arrests were made. 

Certainly the man who filmed the attack, a Briton with a West Country accent, appears none the wiser. 

“So we’re just casually watching a fight, two Spaniards, one is a bus driver,” he says, while making no attempt to step in.

“I really don’t why, I really don’t know what caused all this.”

Fresh Spanish chaos as bus driver brawls with couple in Ibiza … – Express.co.uk

With his buttocks exposed he is unable to fend off wave after wave of attack from the infuriated pair. 

How and why the fight started is unknown. It is unclear if the police were called or if any arrests were made. 

Certainly the man who filmed the attack, a Briton with a West Country accent, appears none the wiser. 

“So we’re just casually watching a fight, two Spaniards, one is a bus driver,” he says, while making no attempt to step in.

“I really don’t why, I really don’t know what caused all this.”

British tourist ‘fell asleep’ before plummeting to his death from hotel balcony in Ibiza – Express.co.uk

She tweeted yesterday afternoon from a hotel room where she showed off her curves as she took a selfie: “Jet Sundays n all x’

Coronation Street beauty Brooke Vincent has also stayed at the apartments, which are famed for their parties and lie just a stone’s thrown from popular clubs like Ushuaia.

They attract a mainly British crowd.

On Sunday last week Callum Marriott, 26, from Clipstone, Nottinghamshire, died after plunging onto the floor of an inside patio from the fourth-floor of a building called the Tanit building in nearby San Antonio.

Investigators said afterwards they believed he may have been trying to get into his fourth-floor apartment when he fell around 4.15am on August 6 after leaving his friends and returning early only to find he didn’t have keys to get in.

Today it emerged the dead man plunged three floors after falling asleep on a small ledge between the terrace of the apartment he was in and a neighbouring apartment.

Well-placed sources also revealed police had confiscated several laughing gas capsules they found in the apartment he was sharing with friends and found several bottles of alcohol lying on the floor of the flat.

British tourist ‘fell asleep’ before plummeting to his death from hotel balcony in Ibiza – Express.co.uk

She tweeted yesterday afternoon from a hotel room where she showed off her curves as she took a selfie: “Jet Sundays n all x’

Coronation Street beauty Brooke Vincent has also stayed at the apartments, which are famed for their parties and lie just a stone’s thrown from popular clubs like Ushuaia.

They attract a mainly British crowd.

On Sunday last week Callum Marriott, 26, from Clipstone, Nottinghamshire, died after plunging onto the floor of an inside patio from the fourth-floor of a building called the Tanit building in nearby San Antonio.

Investigators said afterwards they believed he may have been trying to get into his fourth-floor apartment when he fell around 4.15am on August 6 after leaving his friends and returning early only to find he didn’t have keys to get in.

Today it emerged the dead man plunged three floors after falling asleep on a small ledge between the terrace of the apartment he was in and a neighbouring apartment.

Well-placed sources also revealed police had confiscated several laughing gas capsules they found in the apartment he was sharing with friends and found several bottles of alcohol lying on the floor of the flat.

British tourist ‘fell asleep’ before plummeting to his death from hotel balcony in Ibiza – Express.co.uk

She tweeted yesterday afternoon from a hotel room where she showed off her curves as she took a selfie: “Jet Sundays n all x’

Coronation Street beauty Brooke Vincent has also stayed at the apartments, which are famed for their parties and lie just a stone’s thrown from popular clubs like Ushuaia.

They attract a mainly British crowd.

On Sunday last week Callum Marriott, 26, from Clipstone, Nottinghamshire, died after plunging onto the floor of an inside patio from the fourth-floor of a building called the Tanit building in nearby San Antonio.

Investigators said afterwards they believed he may have been trying to get into his fourth-floor apartment when he fell around 4.15am on August 6 after leaving his friends and returning early only to find he didn’t have keys to get in.

Today it emerged the dead man plunged three floors after falling asleep on a small ledge between the terrace of the apartment he was in and a neighbouring apartment.

Well-placed sources also revealed police had confiscated several laughing gas capsules they found in the apartment he was sharing with friends and found several bottles of alcohol lying on the floor of the flat.

British tourist ‘fell asleep’ before plummeting to his death from hotel balcony in Ibiza – Express.co.uk

She tweeted yesterday afternoon from a hotel room where she showed off her curves as she took a selfie: “Jet Sundays n all x’

Coronation Street beauty Brooke Vincent has also stayed at the apartments, which are famed for their parties and lie just a stone’s thrown from popular clubs like Ushuaia.

They attract a mainly British crowd.

On Sunday last week Callum Marriott, 26, from Clipstone, Nottinghamshire, died after plunging onto the floor of an inside patio from the fourth-floor of a building called the Tanit building in nearby San Antonio.

Investigators said afterwards they believed he may have been trying to get into his fourth-floor apartment when he fell around 4.15am on August 6 after leaving his friends and returning early only to find he didn’t have keys to get in.

Today it emerged the dead man plunged three floors after falling asleep on a small ledge between the terrace of the apartment he was in and a neighbouring apartment.

Well-placed sources also revealed police had confiscated several laughing gas capsules they found in the apartment he was sharing with friends and found several bottles of alcohol lying on the floor of the flat.

Brit holidaymaker plunges to his death from third-floor Ibiza apartment after ‘falling asleep on ledge while his … – The Sun

A BRIT holidaymaker has plunged to his death from a third-floor Ibiza apartment after falling asleep on a small ledge, according to reports.

The 28-year-old is understood to have gone to sleep on the ledge between his apartment terrace and a neighbouring room while his friends partied inside.

The tourist is believed to have fallen from a third-floor flat in Ibiza Jet Apartments

The tourist is believed to have fallen from a third-floor flat in Ibiza Jet Apartments

He fell from the Jet Apartments in the popular resort of Playa d’en Bossa, at around 5.35am today.

Paramedics battled to revive him for nearly an hour but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sources revealed police had confiscated several ‘laughing gas’ capsules from the apartment he was staying in.

Cops also found several bottles of alcohol lying on the floor of the flat.

The insider said: “The floor of the inside of the apartment was strewn with empty alcohol bottles and there were also several laughing gas capsules inside.”

The holidaymaker’s friends are thought to have been partying inside the apartment when he went outside to lay down on the ledge.



Laughing gas – the street name for nitrous oxide and also known by the name hippy crack – has been linked to a number of deaths.

Police have warned young people using the gas they are at “exceptional risk”, especially when they combine it with alcohol.

The 28-year-old died at around 5.35am today

The 28-year-old died at around 5.35am today

The tragedy happened eight days after another Brit died in a fall at an apartment block in the nearby resort of San Antonio.

He had just enjoyed his last night out on the holiday island with friends and was due to catch a plane home later the same day.

Investigators said afterwards they believed he may have been trying to get into his fourth-floor apartment when he fell around 4.15am on August 6.

He had left his friends and returned early only to find he didn’t have keys to get in.