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A study by accountancy group BDO reveals that nearly one-third of clubs in the League Championship and League One "will be put up for sale" this season as they "become increasingly squeezed and reliant on benefactors to continue pumping in funds to keep them afloat," according to Owen Gibson of the London GUARDIAN. According to an annual survey of club finance directors by BDO, 65% of clubs "acknowledged a dependence on their principal shareholder to finance operating losses," up from 58% last year. In the Championship, the figure is 94%. According to the research, 28% of Championship club owners and 36% of League One club owners "are considering a full or partial exit over the next 12 to 18 months." BDO professional sports group partner Trevor Birch, who is also joint administrator at Scottish side Heart of Midlothian, said that the huge leap in parachute payments to clubs relegated from the top flight "would intensify the pressures and create a 'Premier League Two by stealth.'" The effect "could be exacerbated by the financial controls" in place in the Football League, handing a natural advantage to those in receipt of parachute payments (GUARDIAN, 8/12).
The Spanish Football League's (LFP) Social Discipline Committee "has decided not to open investigations" into games between Racing Santander-Hercules and Racing Santander-Girona, but "the Racing-Girona game has been referred to the District Attorney's Anti-Corruption Office," according to EL MUNDO. In a statement on its website, the LFP said, "With respect to Racing-Girona, the Social Discipline Committee has agreed to refer the performance to the anti-corruption office for possible match-fixing. The LFP will not investigate because the accusations are not covered by article 69.1 of the LFP's Social Statutes" (EL MUNDO, 8/12).
The head of Zambia's football governing body "has experienced displeasure over the postponement of the match with Zimbabwe which was supposed to have been played on Sunday." However, the game "was rescheduled to next Sunday after match officials failed to arrive on time due to flight complications" (XINHUA, 8/12). ... Two Mexican league players "have escaped punishment, despite testing positive for the banned performance-enhancing drug clenbuterol, after they claimed to have eaten the substance accidentally in contaminated meat" (INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL, 8/12).