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SBD Global/August 15, 2013/International Football

Football Notes: Spain's Vicente Del Bosque Critical Of La Liga's Financial Disparity

Spanish national football team coach Vicente del Bosque has criticized "the financial disparities between the 'top two' in La Liga and the remaining 18 teams which boast Primera Division status." Del Bosque believes that "the economic differences no longer just affect club infrastructure, with Barcelona and Real Madrid receiving significantly more money than the rest of the league." Del Bosque: "The economic differences between the clubs are now so massive that they have moved on to the playing field" (INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL, 8/14). ... EPL Fulham Owner Shahid Khan has "ruled out rebranding the club as the Jaguars in the wake of Hull City having added Tigers to their name." Khan believes that "a club's name is sacrosanct and does not plan" to follow the lead of Hull City Owner Assem Allam, who "wants the club to be known as Hull City Tigers nationally and Hull Tigers internationally" (BELFAST TELEGRAPH, 8/14). ... The Spanish Football League (LFP) has confirmed that second division side Alcorcón "will be allowed to play in Segunda next term, just three days before the season kicks off." The club had "been threatened with relegation" to the third division following "financial irregularities" (FOOTBALL ESPANA, 8/14).
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