Franchise Notes: La Liga Side Rayo Vallecano's UEFA Appeal Rejected By Madrid Courts
La Liga side Rayo Vallecano has had its latest attempt to be granted a UEFA license rejected by courts in Madrid. The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) refused to grant the club a license for UEFA competition for '13-14 on the grounds of the club's financial situation, seeing it "with debt and in administration." Rayo Vallecano took its case against the RFEF to the courts, but "the judge overseeing the appeal has ruled in favour of the RFEF" (FOOTBALL ESPANA, 7/11). ... Liga MX side Atlas President Eugenio Ruiz Orozco has "made clear the reasons his club is in crisis" following fan protests. Ruiz Orozco: "The fans are preoccupied and have the right to know. We have a problem because our spending is exceeding our income and we have an operational deficit that we have to solve in the short and medium term" (LA AFICION, 7/10). ... F1 Champion Red Bull has changed its split-second pitstop procedures after a rear wheel flew off Mark Webber's car in the pitlane in Germany last weekend and injured a TV cameraman (REUTERS, 7/11).