Feb 2011: Gordon Taylor on why he would never back a ban on players gambling, and prefers to educate them against it instead. Taylor told the Independent that football's ties to the industry meant a ban "might be seen as a bit hypocritical".
Timing of the week
Last week's big money headlines: Uefa confirming financial fair play is "definitely working … this isn't the whim of the president, it is the wish of the football family", and Barça confirming that their Qatar Airways deal - signed with PSG's owners Qatar Sports Investments - is "football's biggest shirt deal ever".
MP of the week
"This funding boost is excellent news … at a time when health experts are raising warnings about falling levels of participation in sport among young people." - Steve Barclay, Tory MP for North East Cambridgeshire, welcoming a £5,378 Football Foundation grant to two junior sides, three years after he voted to back the government policy to "remove funding from the Youth Sport Trust, cut specialist sports schools and dismantle School Sport Partnerships". (Also cut: government contributions to the Football Foundation, by 50% since 2000.)
Football family news
Last week's focus for the wider football family: fresh starts.
1) Ex-Brazil FA head Ricardo Teixeira, who resigned last year for health reasons while denying embezzlement, eyeing a reported lifestyle change - lodging a residency application with Andorra, a tax haven with no extradition treaty.
2) Former Independiente Rivadavia owner and failed Argentinian FA presidential candidate Daniel Vila, on why leaving the game behind makes sense: "It's the corruption - it's so complete that you either have to join in or let it go."
Club of the week
Italy: Hellas Verona fans, responding to warnings not to racially abuse Mario Balotelli by ironically cheering him instead, then throwing missiles at the Milan crowd, earning a €40k fine. The club's verdict: "We will file an appeal with the relevant bodies."
Transfer window: highlights so far
• Best pledge – July: Yohan Cabaye thanks Newcastle fans for backing him and urging him to stay. "These fans are fantastic, as they always are; the feeling is good in the squad, very positive – it is so nice to work in this atmosphere." August: Denied a move to Arsenal, goes on strike.
• Best negotiator – Gigi Becali, still running Steaua Bucharest's transfer activity from prison, dispatching a hand-written note offering striker Ciprian Marica €50,000 a month. "Dear Ciprian, God and I will make you even more famous in Romania. Your friend in jail, Gigi."
• One to watch – Bilbao president Josu Urrutia, turning down Manchester United's opening bid for Ander Herrera: "We will not negotiate on this. Our club is different. We create an emotional bond: our objective is not to make money."
• And most unimpressed by it all - Montpellier owner Louis "Loulou" Nicollin, weighing up life in the window. "My chief scout keeps phoning, pissing me off. If the scouts were any good, then fine, but they're not. I'm quite pissed off. They don't listen to me. We just signed … what's his name. Jemmour? Is that his name? I do not know him. He's cheap, though."
Owner of the week
Switzerland: Sion's Christian Constantin (29 coaches in 10 years, including himself twice) assessing abuse from fans over his record: "I'm sanguine. Even Jesus wasn't always loved. In the end they nailed him to a cross."
Last week's exits:
• 25 Aug: Kaiserslautern chief executive Stefan Kuntz says crowd abuse of coach Franco Foda is unfair, with the players to blame: "It's time they put egos aside, showed spirit and put the club first. Everyone has a chance to make amends – everyone." 29 Aug: Sacks him.
• 25 Aug: Stuttgart sporting director Fredi Bobic, asked if coach Bruno Labbadia still has a future after three straight defeats. "This is a stupid, disrespectful question." 26 Aug: He doesn't.
Brazil: Goiás striker "Tubby" Walter, fifth top-scorer in Brazil, on the club's efforts to make him lose weight. "People say I drink two litres of ginger ale a day. That's a lie. But I'm content with playing large - it's an asset given the way I protect the ball. So I'll lose some of it. Just not much."
Plus: best career move
Brazil: ex-Bahia coach Joel Santana, 64, out of work since May, on why he signed a deal to rap in English for a TV shampoo advert. "People have long mocked my English, so now I just make money from that, as an actor. They mock, I make money. I'm like Tom Cruise."