Football Notes: FA To Launch Its First Foreign-Language Website
The FA "will launch its first foreign-language website later this week in Mandarin." Most of the Mandarin website's content "will be translated by FIFA.com." Local content provided by FA partners in the region "will also play a part" (WORLD FOOTBALL INSIDER, 4/9). ... Moscow's top construction official said that "renovations to Luzhniki Stadium could cost" almost $800M ahead of the 2018 World Cup. Moscow Deputy Mayor for City Planning & Constrution Marat Khusnullin said, "If FIFA keeps all of its tough demands, then it could cost as much as $635M to $793M." Among the areas that must be brought up to FIFA regulations in the 78,360-seater "are spectator comfort, VIP facilities and media resources" (WORLD FOOTBALL INSIDER, 4/9). ... Football Federation Australia "will undertake a review of the A-League refereeing structure at the end of the season as the fallout from last week's opening finals matches claimed prominent whistleblowers Jarred Gillett and Chris Beath." Gillett, who handled the Melbourne Victory vs. Perth Glory game last Friday, and Beath, who controlled the Adelaide United vs. Brisbane Roar match two days later, "were not considered for this week's grand final qualifiers after they were found to have made errors that sparked controversy" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 4/10).