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Volume 10 No. 25

International Football

Football League clubs "spent less on agents' fees last season -- with seven teams spending nothing at all," according to Hassan & Cartwright of the BBC. Agents received a total of £21.5M from clubs during '12-13, down £170,000 from the previous campaign. A Football League report revealed that Blackburn gave £3.5M to agents -- "the most among Championship clubs" -- but Blackpool "did not pay them anything." Promoted Bournemouth (£688,666) and Rotherham (£106,383) "headed the lists for Leagues One and Two." Hartlepool United, Accrington Stanley, AFC Wimbledon, Morecambe, Barnet and Crewe Alexandra "were the other six clubs to avoid any outlay on agents' fees, while 24 other clubs spent less than" £25,000 each. UEFA Financial Fair Play regulations "could see a further overall reduction this season," and Football League Chair Greg Clarke has urged teams to continue cutting their cloth accordingly (BBC, 9/6). In London, James Andrew reported two of the three teams that won promotion last season -- Crystal Palace and Cardiff -- "spent more than a million pounds on agents, as did Leeds and Nottingham Forest." Overall spending on agents by Championship clubs rose by £521,125. Interestingly, "the only club in the league to spend nothing on agents was Blackpool," which currently sits atop the table (DAILY MAIL, 9/6).

Despite Istanbul losing out on the 2020 Summer Games, the German Football Federation (DFB) "will continue with its bid to host the UEFA Euro 2020 final in Munich," according to SPOX. DFB Communications Dir Ralf Köttker said, "We will go ahead with the DFB board's decision to bid on two alternative event packages with Munich as the host city. One option consists of three group stage games and a quarterfinal, the second package consists of both semifinals and the final." The bids "have to be submitted to UEFA by Thursday." The governing body "will announce the 13 host federations and their respective host cities in Sept. '14" (SPOX, 9/8). The AFP reported prior to the IOC's decision to award the 2020 Summer Olympics to Tokyo, the DFB had said that "they would withdraw their bid against Istanbul to host the Euro 2020 final, if the Turkish city was unsuccessful in their Olympic bid" (AFP, 9/8).

A referee "called riot police on to the pitch during a Brazilian championship match to protect him from angry players following a bizarre incident involving a penalty" (REUTERS, 9/8). ... Palestinian FA Chair Jibril Rajoub said that FIFA's "initiative to resolve travel restrictions on Palestinian players is doomed to fail unless Israel abandons its 'bullying policy' and stops 'playing games'" (HAARETZ, 9/8). ... UEFA punished Hungarian side Honved with a €50,000 ($65,905) fine and has forced the club to play two games behind closed doors for "racist actions by its fans during a Europa League match in July." UEFA also said "Polish sides Lech Poznan and Piast Gliwice have to close the parts of their stadium where 'ultras' sit for their next European matches for 'fans' racist conduct and display of a racist sign.'" Both teams were fined €5,000 ($6,591) (LA AFICION, 9/6).