Football Notes: Two Russian Clubs Threaten Media Outlets With Legal Action
Russian clubs FK Krasnodar and Krylya Sovietov Samara "have threatened legal action against several media outlets after being accused of fixing a league match between the two sides" over the weekend. Several Internet sites reported that Saturday's game in Krasnodar "was fixed after Samara, fighting to avoid relegation, beat the home team 3-0" (EUROSPORT, 4/16). ... Romanian football club Rapid Bucharest's players "have gone on strike and will not play their Romanian top-flight fixture at FC Viitorul Constanta on Saturday in a protest over unpaid wages." The club's management "was not available for immediate comment on Tuesday" (EUROSPORT, 4/17). ... La Liga FC Malaga Manager Manuel Pellegrini's agent Jesus Martinez on Tuesday claimed that the club "owed his client wages," alleging that it had reneged on promises to get its finances in order. Martinez alleged that club Owner Qatari Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser Al-Thani "had not kept his word and criticised Spanish media for not holding the Andalusian club to account more" (AFP, 4/16). ... As EA Sports "prepares to unveil its plans for the launch of FIFA 14, evidence suggests Brazilian 2nd division sides will be included in the new game, speculation has renewed over when women will be included." Rumor also has it that Gary Neville "will be included as a commentator" (INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL, 4/16).