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Volume 6 No. 214

Leagues and Governing Bodies

The German Football Federation (DFB) and the German Football League (DFL) have extended their basic treaty for another four years until June 30, 2017, according to the SID. The basic treaty, which has been in effect since '01, "regulates the relationship between the DFB and the league as well as their individual rights and duties." An important content matter of the treaty "is the 3% share the federation receives from the pro team's TV contracts as well as up to 2% from their ticket sales to regional and state federations." The federation, on the other hand, "shares marketing revenue it generates with the German national team with the league as well as up to 50% of profits from Euro and World Cup participations." DFB President Wolfgang Niersbach said, "The basic treaty continues to be the sustainable proof for the unity and solidarity in German football. This clear acknowledgement for collaboration between professionals and amateurs is a worldwide unique success model" (SID, 5/3).

EURO 2020 IN GERMANY: SPIEGEL ONLINE reported the DFB "has decided to bid on hosting both semifinals and the final of Euro 2020, which will be played across the continent." Germany "will bid on two different game packages with a yet to be determined host city." The first package "would include three group stage games and one quarterfinal match." The second one "includes both semifinals and the final." DFB General Secretary Helmut Sandrock said, "For now we want to keep both options available to us" (SPIEGEL ONLINE, 5/3).

FIFA President Sepp Blatter called for "more berths for Asian teams at future stagings of the World Cup," and said that the issue "would be addressed at a meeting later this month,'' according to the AFP. Blatter said that more Asian teams "should enter the tournament, at the expense of European and South American teams," stressing that Asia provides 50% of the body’s revenues with Europe contributing less than 20%. Blatter: "We have the right and we have the obligation and the responsibility to bring this matter to discussion. We have to do that." FIFA is expected to discuss the matter at its May 30-31 congress in Mauritius. A reduction in the number of European places "would be seen as a slight" to UEFA President Michel Platini, who "is expected to bid for" the FIFA presidency in '15. The newly elected president of the Asian Football Confederation, Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim of Bahrain, also said "Asia deserves more" (AFP, 5/3). The AFP also reported Asia's new football boss backed Blatter "for a controversial fifth term" on Friday, as the veteran Swiss "dropped a strong hint that he may break promises to step down" in '15. Sheikh Salman: "Of course he's (Blatter) always been a supporter of Asia and if he can fulfill and continue as a president, of course I will support him" (AFP, 5/3).

BRITAIN FIRES BACK: The PA's Martyn Ziegler reported Britain FIFA VP Jim Boyce "will oppose a threatened move" by Blatter to "cut the number of European places at future World Cups." Boyce insists Europe's 13 spots out of 32 "is a fair proportion given the continent's influence on football." Boyce said, "Europe plays a very significant part in world football, and I believe 13 places in the World Cup is a very fair reflection of that. I would say the same about South America and their power in world football" (PA, 5/3).

Racing New South Wales CEO Peter V'landys "has warned that any person directed by stewards to attend Monday's More Joyous inquiry who doesn't could be warned off," according to Chris Roots of THE AGE. V'landys said, ''The integrity of racing is much more important than any individual. There is a reason why people have been asked to attend and we would expect to be there.'' A "stoush between John Singleton and Gai Waterhouse following More Joyous' failure in the All Aged Stakes has widened to include racing identities and a rugby league immortal." There is little doubt Waterhouse "could face a charge for not informing stewards More Joyous was given an antibiotic two days before the race, which was part of evidence given at the initial inquiry." Singleton "could face a charge of bringing racing into dispute given the public nature of his outburst on the Channel Seven and TVN broadcasts" (THE AGE, 5/6).

: In Melbourne, Adam Shand reported the inquiry "will go ahead despite the likely absence of ex-jockey Allan Robinson, rugby league great Andrew Johns and mega punter Eddie Hayson." Robinson confirmed that "he would not be attending the inquiry" while Johns and Hayson said that "they will be no-shows." Lawyer Chris Murphy said that "Racing NSW was not able to compel the attendance of non-licensed people at inquiries and could face its own legal action if it tried to punish the trio" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 5/6). Also in Melbourne, Brendan Cormick wrote Racing Victoria's Integrity Services Department "has commenced a robust investigation into peptides being obtained by a licensed thoroughbred trainer." Integrity Services Exec GM Dayle Brown "was limited in what he could disclose, but did confirm RV was given information that sparked a current investigation." Brown said, "We have acted upon intelligence received, but I cannot say where that came from at this time" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 5/6).

An appellate tribunal is set to hear the Board of Control for Cricket in India's appeal against a Rs 52.24 crore ($10M) fine "levied in February by the Competition Commission of India for irregularities in the grant" of Indian Premier League franchise rights, media rights and sponsorship rights, according to Jasvinder Sidhu of ESPN. That fine "was part of a series of financial penalties imposed by the federal government as part of a multi-department focus on the BCCI and its allied businesses;" it included a Rs 2300 crore ($433M) income tax bill covering a three-year period and a Rs 100 crore ($18.77M) penalty demanded of Rajasthan Royals. However, investigations revealed that "here is more bad news in store for the BCCI: it has been issued 14 notices similar to that received by Rajasthan Royals," carrying a total penalty of Rs 1,546 crore (approx. $291M) for violations of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA). All the notices "have been issued by the Indian Enforcement Directorate (ED)." The matter is currently the subject of "quasi-judicial adjudication proceedings", which are in progress before the Special Director of Enforcement, Mumbai. Because of those proceedings the BCCI -- unlike Rajasthan Royals -- "is yet to be issued an ED order demanding payment." In '11, after two years of investigations, the ED "issued 20 notices relating to various transgressions by the IPL" -- 14 to the BCCI (ESPN, 5/5).

UEFA President Michel Platini said that France "is making good progress in its preparations for the Euro 2016 finals," according to the AFP. Platini said, "For UEFA, things are progressing well. Today there were plenty of green lights, and some that were more amber. I was making a reference to four years ago and where we were with Poland and Ukraine when all the lights were at red." Euro 2016 Organizing Committee President Jacques Lambert said, "There is no situation that is currently out of our control" (AFP, 5/3).

ON TAPE: The BBC reported Platini "wants officials' conversations in European matches recorded after a controversial goal" in the Champions League semifinal between Bayern Munich and FC Barcelona. Bayern striker Thomas Müller "appeared to foul Jordi Alba before the German side's third goal" in its 4-0 first-leg win. Platini said, "I don't believe nobody saw the foul. Why was nothing said? I have asked the general secretary to record conversations between officials in matches involving five officials" (BBC, 5/3).

Australia's Federal Minister for Sport Kate Lundy admitted on Saturday that she thought the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority investigations "would have proceeded further than they have, as she announced a financial boost for the anti-doping body and the National Integrity of Sport Unit," according to the AAP. Senator Lundy told the Australian Olympic Committee's annual general meeting on Saturday that ASADA and the National Integrity of Sport Unit "would between them receive an additional" A$3.5M ($3.6M) in the upcoming budget. Lundy said, "This funding will ensure ASADA can maintain its current investigative capability and will also fund this expanded role for the National Integrity of Sport Unit." Lundy said that "she was not in a position to estimate when ASADA's investigations" into Australian Football League club Essendon and National Rugby League side Cronulla would finish. Lundy said, "I would have thought that it would have proceeded further than it already has. But I think everyone can read the public reports about the delays that keep occurring and why, and these are not issues within the government's control" (AAP, 5/4).

WHITE COMES CLEAN: The SYDNEY MORNING HERALD reported former pro cyclist Matt White has revealed that "he took performance-enhancing drugs for most of his professional career, saying he became desensitised to the idea of injecting himself after initially feeling rattled." White, who last week announced that "he had completed a backdated six-month suspension from the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority, admits he only stopped doping in the last year of his racing career because he'd 'had enough.'" The admission last year "cost him his job as director at Australian-owned pro team Orica-GreenEDGE and also his part-time role with the national road team for Cycling Australia" (SMH, 5/6).

Indian Hockey Federation Patron & Chief Advisor K.P.S. Gill on Saturday applauded Indian Olympic Association acting Chief V.K. Malhotra's decision "not to include Hockey India Secretary General Narinder Batra in the four-member delegation" for a meeting with the IOC in Lausanne, Switzerland on May 15, according to the PTI. A four-member delegation will accompany Sports Ministry officials for the May 15 meeting with the IOC "to find a way for India's return to the Olympic movement." Besides Malhotra, the list includes Squash Rackets Federation of India Patron N. Ramachandran, Archery Association of India VP Tarlochan Singh and Indian Kayaking Canoeing Association President S. Raghunathan. Criticizing Batra, Gill said, "It is a well known fact that the conniving Narinder Batra has been playing games for his own selfish interest and ensured that the IOA does not show any favorable inclination towards the IHF" (PTI, 5/4).