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The Football League "is to present an alternative proposal" to FA Chair Greg Dyke’s "controversial League Three plan that would incorporate Premier League B teams in an expanded Johnstone’s Paint Trophy to include a group stage," according to Henry Winter of the London TELEGRAPH. Dyke "attends the Football League’s summer meeting in Faro next week when he will discuss his own commission’s plan" to create a League Three with Premier League B teams and Conference clubs. The idea is for 16 B teams from clubs with Category One academies "to join the 48 League Two and League One clubs in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy on a trial basis for the next two seasons." The League’s proposal includes the stipulation that B teams "would have to play at their club’s home stadium with gate receipts going into a central pot to be divided by the 48 lower-league clubs" (TELEGRAPH, 5/27).
FIFA President Sepp Blatter on Tuesday "ruled out punitive action" against Israel’s FA "after meeting Israeli and Palestinian leaders to try and end a bitter dispute," according to the AFP. Blatter: "I separate politics and sport. I don’t know on what items the FIFA Congress should take action against the IFA, if they are (acting) according to the statutes and regulations of FIFA." Blatter said that a memorandum of understanding "had been presented to Israel and the Palestinians, and urged them to sign it when the FIFA Congress meets, but gave no details of the document" (AFP, 5/28).
The Spanish Football Federation's (RFEF) Competition Committee has fined Osasuna, which will compete in the Spanish second division next season, €6,000 ($8,160) for an incident during the club's La Liga game against Real Betis on May 18, according to EFE. That match was halted for 35 minutes after a railing "collapsed in the stadium, injuring several fans when they tumbled on to the pitch." The club was also "warned that its stadium will be closed in the case of another incident" (EFE, 5/29).