"I feel mugged and brutalized, it is scandalous, and this sends a message to smaller clubs. Why bother to bring players through if tribunals cannot reflect the work that has gone in? ... It's beyond me and it makes me question why I bother with football. I have an academy that has produced a world-class footballer for someone else and got paid two-and-sixpence for it."
-- Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan on John Bostock's transfer to Tottenham. After the clubs could not agree to a transfer fee for the 16-year-old midfielder - Jordan wanted some $10 million -- a Football League tribunal ruled on an initial fee of $1.3 million. (Guardian)