League Notes: Ex-AFL Employee Says Small Market Investment Not Good For League
Former Australian Football League powerbroker Ian Collins said that "the league is losing money and dividing fans with its investment in smaller markets." Collins, the former football operations manager, has questioned the expansion model, and said ''there are warning signs all is not well in the AFL'' (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 6/14). ... With all sorts of disputes in six provinces, the South African FA's Second Division League national playoffs "have been postponed indefinitely to deal with the protests that have been lodged." So far only three provinces "have determined their winners without boardroom disputes" -- Gauteng (FC Vardos), Eastern Cape (Mthatha Bucks) and Mpumalanga (Mbombela United) (SOWETAN LIVE, 6/13). ... The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has requested La Liga side Sevilla's "necessary documentation" that it asks for from clubs participating in the Europa League. Sevilla finished the year ninth in La Liga, but after sixth-place Málaga's sanction was upheld earlier in the week, could fill Málaga's vacancy (EFE, 6/13).