Franchise Notes: Women's Club Loses Appeal To Stay In Super League
The Doncaster Belles "has lost its appeal" to retain its place in the re-structured English Women's Super League. The FA has re-assigned clubs to leagues according to various license criteria, rather than performance on the sporting field. The FA said the reason the club was not offered a FA WSL1 license "was the failure to meet minimum facility requirements," alongside concerns "regarding their commercial and marketing strategies" (INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL, 7/1). ... Indonesian magnate Erick Thohir is due to buy 40% of Inter Milan. President Massimo Moratti confirmed that "talks with Thohir were progressing" (FOOTBALL ITALIA, 6/30).