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Volume 6 No. 213

International Football

The Spanish Football League (LFP) has sanctioned Spanish second division club Guadalajara with relegation to the third division -- second division B -- for irregularities in the process of issuing shares over the past year, according to the EFE. The LFP opened an investigation into Guadalajara for possible irregularities while also charging Guadalajara President Germán Retuerta with "fraud, misappropriation and unfair administration" (EFE, 6/4). The EFE also reported Retuerta has announced that the club will appeal the administrative relegation. Retuerta said, "If the LFP wants war, it will have it, via administrative, judicial and, above all, social channels." Retuerta: "We suffer an attack every time they talk" (EFE, 6/4). FOOTBALL ESPAÑA reported Guadalajara, which apparently raised €2.9M ($3.8M) in its actions last summer, "can appeal the decision, but as things stand, Racing Santander, Real Murcia and Huesca are all given a second opportunity to avoid relegation from the Segunda Division" (FOOTBALL ESPAÑA, 6/4).

Asian champions Japan "became the first side to qualify for the World Cup finals in Brazil when playmaker Keisuke Honda scored an injury-time penalty to claim a 1-1 draw with Australia in Saitama on Tuesday" (REUTERS, 6/4). ... EPL Tottenham Hotspur player Andros Townsend "has been given a four-month ban from all football after breaching betting regulations." The winger has been fined £18,000 ($27,600) as a result while three months of his four-month ban have been suspended (ESPN, 6/4). ... One year after becoming CONCACAF president amid the most turbulent period in its history, Jeffery Webb said that "the confederation has already started to clean up its act and regain confidence after being brought to its knees by scandal and in-fighting" (INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL, 6/4).