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Volume 6 No. 215

Leagues and Governing Bodies

The Bangladesh Cricket Board on Monday "banned umpire Nadir Shah for 10 years on charges of corruption," according to the AP. A BCB statement said, "Shah will not be considered for retainership for 10 years and during this period he will not be eligible for any assignment under the jurisdiction of the BCB." The 49-year-old Shah "had stood in 40 one-day internationals before corruption charges against him were brought up by an Indian television channel during a sting operation last year" (AP, 3/18). The Int'l Cricket Council said in a statement: "This decision also reiterates cricket's zero-tolerance approach toward corruption and should serve as a reminder to all stakeholders, be they umpires, players, curators or administrators of the risks and challengers the sport faces" (ICC).

NFL San Francisco 49ers co-Owner & Chair John York said that the league will play "at least two regular-season games in London" in '14 "on top of its two planned games there this year, and even more contests could be added," according to Daniel Kaplan of SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL. York said, “Two games this year, and as far as I know two games for next year." York, when asked whether there could be more than two games in '14 said, “Sure; that is a possibility.” Kaplan noted an NFL exec "hedged on York’s comments, saying that with both London games sold out for this season, there is a 'good chance' of two games" in '14. NFL Senior VP/Int'l Chris Parsons said that the league for the '13 games is "shifting its marketing focus to London and southeastern England rather than taking a full United Kingdom approach as it has in the past." Parsons "declined to say how much the NFL is budgeted to spend marketing the games." However, he said that the figure is "increasing significantly this year." One designated home team for a '14 game, the Jacksonville Jaguars, has "already been set." The team last year "agreed to play home games in London" from '13-16. The Minnesota Vikings also "could repeat as a home club" in '14. The team after this season will play at the Univ. of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium for two seasons "while its new stadium is under construction" (SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, 3/18 issue).

The Indonesian FA (PSSI) "may have dodged FIFA reprobation following an uncharacteristically cordial and productive extraordinary congress on Sunday that saw the body address many of the ills afflicting the domestic game," according to the JAKARTA GLOBE. The PSSI said that "the changes bring the association in compliance with FIFA mandates." The Indonesia Super League and Indonesia Premier League "will be merged under the ISL’s administrator, Liga Indonesia." Both ISL and IPL organizers "presented proposals and road maps for the leagues’ merger." PSSI members on Sunday "voted for Liga Indonesia’s proposal." With the decision, there will be 22 teams in the top-tier league next season (JAKARTA GLOBE, 3/18).

UAE FA President Yousuf Al Serkal's campaign to become president of the Asian Football Confederation "is set to receive a major boost" after it emerged that FIFA President Sepp Blatter, "should be willing to endorse his candidacy," according to John McAuley of THE NATIONAL. Al Serkal, "is one of three nominees from the region" seeking to replace AFC acting President Zhang Jilong. The Emirati faces competition from Bahrain's Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa and Hafez Al Medlej, "although the Saudi Arabian is expected to rescind his application and throw his backing behind Al Serkal." Worawi Makudi, of Thailand, "is also in the running for the May 2 election" (THE NATIONAL, 3/17).

The Japanese head of the Badminton Asia Confederation "was ousted at an emergency weekend meeting," according to the BANGKOK POST. A statement by the Malaysia-based BAC said that "the organisation unanimously approved a motion of no confidence in Katsuto Momii and dismissed him with immediate effect." The statement "did not specify the reasons for the move." BAC General Secretary Surasak Songvarakulpan of Thailand said that "one reason was that Momii was not willing to voice support for an Asian candidate for presidency of the world federation" (BANGKOK POST, 3/18).