Football Notes: Nike Unveils France's New Away Uniform
French national team kit supplier Nike has unveiled the new away jerseys all the national teams. The uniforms are light blue (LE PARISIEN, 2/26). ... Brasileiro club Vasco was ordered to pay its former striker player Romario R$18M (R$9M) by a Rio de Janeiro court. The amount was related to image right fees owed to the player (ESPN BRASIL, 2/26). ... A fan of League Championship side Millwall who directed racist abuse at a Leeds United striker "has been banned from football matches for five years and ordered to pay" more than £500 ($758). Gerrard Scanlon, a delivery driver, "admitted his foul-mouthed tirade when he was brought before magistrates on Wednesday and fined" £425 ($645) (PA, 2/27). ... FIFA confirmed the extension of disciplinary sanctions to 58 individuals relating to domestic match-fixing and bribery investigations in China that date back to '10. The sanctions by the Chinese Football Association’s disciplinary committee involve players and officials, with 25 receiving a five-year ban from all football activities while the remaining 33 individuals were banned from all football activities for life. The chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee has extended the sanctions to have worldwide effect (FIFA). ... FIFA ordered Barcelona to "stop fielding six foreign players under the age of 18" because its signings don’t comply with its regulations. South Korea’s Lee Seung Woo, 15, and Cameroon’s Patrice Sousia, who plays in an under-13 category, are among youth-team players "who have stopped competing while Barcelona appeals the decision" (BLOOMBERG, 2/26).