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Volume 10 No. 22

International Football

Outgoing FA Chair David Bernstein has "dismissed a proposal to reschedule the 2022 World Cup to better suit the climate in Qatar," according to Ashling O'Connor of the LONDON TIMES. Bernstein said moving the tournament from summer to winter to avoid the searing desert heat would be “fundamentally flawed.” He also "hit back" at the idea of a gradual erosion of football as a winter sport amid suggestions from the int'l corridors of power that the game should be played more in the summer months. The Premier League, like the FA, is opposed to a winter World Cup -- played in either November and December or January and February -- "because of the disruption that it would cause to up to three seasons" (LONDON TIMES, 6/8).

Spanish Football League (LFP) President Javier Tebas said Saturday that starting next season, there will be "a regulation about the requirement of cooperation with media before, during and after games to follow the model of the UEFA Champions League, and it will include sanctions for those who fail to meet these regulations." Tebas also addressed possibly eliminating games on Christmas, saying that "it is a subject to analyze and discuss with the players' association, but that it is not a 'priority' because the LFP has to maintain a lot of balance" (EP, 6/8). ... Saturday's game between Argentine First Division rivals Vélez Sarsfield and All Boys at José Amalfitani Stadium in Buenos Aires was suspended after 26 minutes of play. The decision to suspend the game came after fans broke through a security fence and started antagonizing police officers, who responded by lobbing tear gas into the All Boys visitors section. As "a result of the chaos, two police officers and five visiting fans were injured and 10 people were arrested" (CLARIN, 6/8). ... In Spain's national football team's friendly against Haiti in Miami on Saturday, La Roja earned €2.5M ($3.24M), according to an agreement signed with Relevent Sports CEO Charlie Stillitano. The Spanish Football Federation also agreed to donate $1 to Haiti for every fan in attendance to help the country recover from an earthquake in '10. The game's attendance was 36,535 (AS, 6/9). ... Cairo football club Al Zamalek has "written to the Egyptian FA, encouraging them to file a complaint to FIFA" in a bid to bring pressure to overturn new regulations imposed by Sports Minister El-Amri Farouq. Zamalek maintains that "the new rules constitute unacceptable government interference in the sport" (INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL, 6/7). ... Thousands of Syrian refugees will benefit from a grassroots course organized by FIFA at Yarmouk University in Irbid, Jordan's second-largest city. The five-day program will enable 28 instructors to apply their knowledge over the coming months within the scope of football festivals and workshops for Syrian children (FIFA).