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  • Football League Agent Fees Fall By 18% During '13-14 Season

    The latest publication of Football League clubs' spending on agents' fees has revealed that clubs committed a total of £17.7M to agents during the '13-14 season, a reduction of 18% on the previous year (£21.5M). Championship clubs accounted for £14.7M of the total, with League One and League Two clubs spending £2.3M and £0.6M, respectively. Clubs committed to pay agents in 860 of the 3,355 player transactions that took place. Four clubs did not spend any money on agents' fees at all (Shrewsbury Town, Accrington Stanley, AFC Wimbledon and Hartlepool United) with more than a third of clubs (26) spending less than £25,000 each (Football League).

    Source: FOOTBALL LEAGUE

    Source: FOOTBALL LEAGUE

    Source: FOOTBALL LEAGUE

    Source: FOOTBALL LEAGUE

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  • Group Of Youth Players, Parents Suing FIFA, U.S. Soccer Federation For Alleged Negligence

    A group of young U.S. footballers and their parents are suing FIFA and the U.S. Soccer Federation for "their alleged negligence in not protecting players, particularly children, from the risks of concussion," according to John Aglionby of the FINANCIAL TIMES. The 132-page, class-action lawsuit, filed in California, is "not seeking financial damages but the introduction of a monitoring programme and rule changes, including restricting the number of times young players can head the ball in a game." The plaintiffs, two former players and several parents, claim that FIFA "has failed at the most basic duty of a governing body -- to protect the health and safety of those that are governed." Other defendants include U.S. Youth Soccer Associations and "other football groups." The suit also calls for "temporary substitutions in professional leagues if a player has received a head injury." Calls to FIFA "went unanswered." FIFA spokesperson Delia Fischer said that FIFA had "clear recommendations" for team doctors, but "declined to comment on the lawsuit, saying the organisation had not yet studied it" (FT, 8/28).

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  • Football Notes: Real's Gareth Bale To Play For Wales On Andorra's Artificial Pitch

    Wales Manager Chris Coleman said that Real Madrid's Gareth Bale will play for his national team on Andorra's artificial pitch "despite concerns about the surface from his club." Real Madrid Manager Carlo Ancelotti told Coleman "some of his players had struggled on a 3G surface." But Coleman said he will "pick winger Bale, 25, if he is fit for their first Euro 2016 qualifier" on Sept. 9 (BBC, 8/28). ... UEFA has invited the heads of the Russian and Ukrainian federations to its Swiss headquarters next month in an "attempt to resolve the ongoing crisis over Crimean clubs and secure some kind of breakthrough" (INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL, 8/28).

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