The walls of Ray Ranson’s Manchester office celebrate the high points of his 17-year run as a defender in English soccer. In one of his most memorable moments, Ranson’s Manchester City was battling Tottenham Hotspur in the final game of the F.A. Cup in May 1981. The 92,000 chanting fans at London’s Wembley Stadium were making such a din that he couldn’t even hear the referee’s whistle.
Manchester City scored two goals in the last 12 minutes to beat Chelsea 2-1 in English soccer’s Premier League and cut Manchester United’s lead to a point, while Arsenal climbed above Tottenham into third place.
Premier League head Richard Scudamore wants the world soccer to follow his lead by banning investment funds from buying shares in players, a $3 billion-a- year market. His opponents say the plan won’t work.