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FBI Reportedly To Investigate Former Mexican Football Federation Execs

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 06 / 30 / 15

The FBI is reportedly "preparing an investigation" into current and former top Mexican Football Federation (FMF) execs for possible bribery payments, according to INFORMADOR. Former FIFA Exec Chuck Blazer "reportedly confessed that there was a payment of bribes" for Mexico's hosting of the 2003 Gold...

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Internet sites reselling tickets for Sunday's Argentine first division Superclásico between Boca Juniors and host River Plate are "asking for as much as" 15,000 Argentine pesos ($1,800). Sources indicated that the last Superclásico hosted by River "moved nearly 300,000 Argentine peso ...

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09/30/14
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Football’s transfer market "is getting an extra kick from offshore lending," even as UEFA tries to restrict record spending, according to Alex Duff of BLOOMBERG. A person with direct knowledge of the deals said that Vibrac Corp., "a closely held lender in the British Virgin Islands," financed ...

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09/30/14
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Doyen Sports, one of the biggest investors in football’s $2B player-trading market, said that "FIFA’s plan to prohibit speculators from buying stakes in transfer rights will hurt small market teams," according to Tariq Panja of BLOOMBERG. Doyen "is the most visible transfer market invest ...

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09/30/14
Football Notes

German referees have been "forbidden from using a vanishing spray designed to mark positions during free kicks after a trade watchdog deemed the product dangerous." The spray contains chemicals "that could affect hormones and its packaging doesn’t have a fire hazard warning," German newspaper ...

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09/29/14
Blatter: FIFA Will Ban Third-Party Ownership

FIFA promised to ban third-party ownership of players globally within "three or four years," in the wake of pressure from UEFA and players’ unions to outlaw the practice, according to Owen Gibson of the London GUARDIAN. Blatter first promised to ban third-party ownership in '07 but following a ...

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09/29/14
Blatter Downplays Calls For Garcia Report

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09/26/14
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09/26/14
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