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Volume 6 No. 214

Franchises

Second Bundesliga side MSV Duisburg, which was denied the license for the '13-14 season by the German Football League (DFL), "is planning for bankruptcy," according to Joachim Droll of BILD. The players reportedly "did not receive their salaries for May." A player's wife, who called the front office to ask about the missing paycheck, was told, "The salaries will not be paid anymore. We are preparing for bankruptcy..." Besides the players, about 50 employees "are faced with unemployment on July 1" (BILD, 6/3).

KICKERS OFFENBACH: The DPA reported the German Football Federation (DFB) "has denied in-debt 3rd club Kickers Offenbach the license" for the '13-14 season. The club, which "underwent an extensive restructuring program," has debt of €9.1M ($11.9M) (FRANKFURTER ALLGEMEINE ZEITUNG, 6/3).

There was "a surge in Chelsea season-ticket renewals and memberships on Monday following the announcement of Jose Mourinho as manager." The deadline had been extended to June 3, and "it was in the afternoon that Mourinho's appointment was announced" (London DAILY MAIL, 4/6). ... La Liga side Malaga has put forward its "appeal against UEFA’s one-year suspension from European competition, but must now wait up to a fortnight for a verdict." The Anchovies "are appealing against UEFA’s ruling last December that has provisionally banned them from the next European competition that they otherwise qualify for in the next four seasons, due to 'overdue payables'" -- debts to other parties (FOOTBALL ESPANA, 6/4).