Football Notes: Shanghai Shenhua Takes Case Over Drogba Transfer To FIFA
Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua "will take its battle against star striker Didier Drogba's move to Turkish side Galatasaray to football's governing body FIFA this week." A club lawyer said, "We now have evidence, which we believe will give Shenhua a 99% chance of winning a lawsuit at FIFA" (AFP, 2/18). ... Indonesian Youth and Sport Minister Roy Suryo said that FIFA "has requested the Indonesian government to facilitate the settlement of conflict at its football association." Under the letter, FIFA "asked the government to have a meeting" with both the official national football organization and its newly-established opponent organization (XINHUA, 2/18). ... Uganda Commissioner for Refugees Apollo David Kazungu said that "the Eritrean national football team, which disappeared in Uganda, has finally got refugee status in the East African country." The Refugee Eligibility Committee "had found the group’s claims valid and granted them refugee status" (XINHUA, 2/18).