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SBD Global/October 25, 2013/International Football

Football Notes: CONCACAF Considers Forming Caribbean Football League

CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb has said that the organization "is studying the prospect of a professional league spanning the Caribbean nations, adding such a competition could become reality in three to four years" (SOCCEREX, 10/24). ... Organizers of the singing section at ManU's Champions League win over Real Sociedad "hope to get clearance to continue the experiment for the game with Shakhtar Donetsk" on Dec. 10. The experiment, "aimed at generating greater noise within Old Trafford, was well received" (MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS, 10/24). ... Scottish Premiership Kilmarnock fans and business groups "have agreed to work together in a bid to mirror recent moves by Hearts and Dunfermline supporters to take control of their clubs." Representatives from seven bodies "will form a working group to explore community ownership with the help of Supporters Direct Scotland." Killie fans "have staged protests against the stewardship of chairman Michael Johnston, which have included partial boycotts of home games and red card displays" (Scotland DAILY RECORD, 10/24). ... The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) is "considering changing the location and opponents of two friendlies that Spain has scheduled for Nov. 15 and 19." The game currently scheduled for Nov. 15 is against Russia in Dubai, with the game on the 19th scheduled to be played against Gabon in Libreville, Gabon. Gabon has not "met the payment conditions in the contract, and the games, which are connected contractually, are both in serious danger." In case the negotiations "fall through, the RFEF will seek new opponents and locations for the games, which Spain will use to prepare for the 2014 World Cup" (AS, 10/24). ... The Argentine FA has confirmed that the Argentine national team will be based in Belo Horizonte during the 2014 World Cup, where the players and coaches will use Brasileiro side Atletico Mineiro's facilities for World Cup preparation and practice (CLARIN, 10/23).
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