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SBD Global/July 31, 2013/International Football

Football Notes: Eqtisadia Newspaper Reports Saudi Prince To Buy Leeds United

Saudi Arabia newspaper al-Eqtisadia reported Saudi Prince Abdullah bin Musaad "is targeting a stake in" League Championship Leeds United and another football team in the English Premier League he didn’t identify. Bin Musaad said that he is "very close to buying a club and he will make an announcement on a deal in coming few days" (BLOOMBERG, 7/30). ... Thai FA (FAT) President Worawi Makudi's bid to retain control of Thai football "received a boost on Tuesday, with the country's sports authority (SAT) blocking attempts by upset members to force presidential elections." Worawi's term as FAT president ended on June 16, but he "cancelled the vote scheduled for that day after failing to implement controversial FIFA-backed reforms" (REUTERS, 7/30). ... Serie A "has pointed out Roma’s crowd ban due to racist chanting will not be in the derby against Lazio." Serie A released a statement to clarify the terms of the ban, "so the Curva Sud will be closed for the opening home game against Hellas Verona in Week 2" (FOOTBALL ITALIA, 7/29). ... The Argentine FA has changed its schedule for first division games this weekend, moving the Gimnasia-River Plate game, which was scheduled to start at 9:30pm local time on Sunday, to an earlier start time of 6:10pm. Rosario Central will now play Quilmes at 9:30pm. The FA also changed the time of Sunday's game between Olimpo and San Lorenzo, which will now start at 4pm instead of 6:10pm (CLARIN, 7/29).
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