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SBD Global/September 24, 2013/International Football

Football Notes: German Cup Runner-Up Not Automatically Qualified For Europa League

The UEFA exec committee decided at its meeting in Dubrovnik, Croatia that "the loser of the DFB-Pokal (German Cup) final will not automatically participate in the Europa League anymore, starting with '15-16 season" (SPORT1, 9/20). ... UEFA has chosen SecuTix 360º for "the management and electronic sale of tickets for Euro 2016 and for the Champions League, Europa League and Super Cup." The application was created by SecuTix. SecuTix 360º was "selected after a six-month process that included 30 bidders" (EL CONFIDENCIAL, 9/23). ... Argentine football's AFA Plus ticketing enrollment system debuted on Monday in Santa Fe at Argentine first division side Colón's stadium, "the initial building block of a measure that is drawing both praise and doubts from execs." Asking whether "AFA Plus is good or bad depends on the angle of observation." However, as the idea "is applied in an unorganized environment, the cracks will appear" (CLARIN, 9/23). ... Turkey's "hopes of being granted the Euro 2020 semifinal and finals suffered a public relations blow at the weekend when the Istanbul derby between Galatasaray and Besiktas was abandoned after supporters invaded the pitch at the Ataturk Stadium" (INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL, 9/23). ... Ukraine "could be docked points or forced to play a potentially decisive World Cup qualifier behind closed doors after FIFA launched an investigation into racism" (INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL, 9/23). ... The Perak FA (PAFA) has "suspended all the players and officials of the state team with immediate effect in the wake of the 6-1 Malaysia Cup loss to Sarawak last Saturday." PAFA is "also going to lodge reports with the police and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, and will be requesting both bodies to conduct investigations on the Perak squad" (THE STAR, 9/23).
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