Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has managed to register his image rights on the off-shore tax-efficient territory of Guernsey. Income received there for use of his rights everywhere else will not attract the kind of tax mere mortals pay in their daily lives.
Pellegrini, 60, developed a genial personality to combat profound ugliness, an affliction which has affected him for decades, so news that his image has commercial value is a wonderful boon for the multi-millionaire. Manchester City will also benefit as any monies they pay for use of their manager’s image will not attract tax or National Insurance contributions.
Uefa president, Michele Platini, who has never had to worry about ugliness, now has a different challenge. Whether or not to abandon his well-meaning Financial Fair Play aspirations, or get ugly on those who try to usurp his best intentions.
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