Football Notes: Valencia Leaves Champions League With $21M From UEFA
La Liga club Valencia was eliminated in the Champions League round of 16 by Paris St. Germain on Wednesday, but the club will still receive $16.6M ($21.6M) from UEFA. If the team had been able to make it into the quarterfinals it would have been guaranteed another €3.9M ($5M) (MARCA, 3/7). ... Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua "has raised its bonus rates to motivate its players" during the new season. Under the revised scheme, the team, as a whole, will be rewarded with 1.5M yuan ($24,000) for each CSL victory, up from 1M yuan last season (CHINA DAILY, 3/7). ... League One side Tranmere Rover FC "will be wearing special shirts featuring the Prostate Cancer UK logo at Saturday’s home game against Oldham Athletic," which will then go to an online auction to raise money for the charity. Tranmere’s kit supplier, Fila, "has donated the extra set of shirts" (LIVERPOOL ECHO, 3/7). ... West Yorkshire Police "has lost its appeal case over the costs of policing matches" at League Championship Leeds United's Elland Road stadium. The decision means that "the force will have to repay" about £1M ($1.6M) to Leeds United for three years worth of policing fees (BBC, 3/7). ... UEFA said that ManU defender Rio Ferdinand "will not face disciplinary action after sarcastically clapping Cüneyt Çakir, the referee, at the end of the Champions League last-16 defeat by Real Madrid." Ferdinand "approached the official immediately after the full-time whistle and clapped his hands in his face to indicate his anger at the sending-off of Nani" (LONDON TIMES, 3/7).