Football Notes: Brazil Football Confederation Launches New Women's Football League
Brazil's football confederation (CBF) and federal sports ministry on Monday "launched the country's new national women's league." The competition "will comprise 20 clubs, to be divided evenly into four groups." Teams "will play each other on a home and away basis with the top two from each group progressing to the quarterfinals." The competition begins Wednesday "with the final due to be played" on Dec. 1 (XINHUA, 9/17). ... An FC Copenhagen fan "has made a complaint to Danish police" after the club canceled Champions League tickets ordered by supporters with non-Danish sounding names. Kashif Asmad said, "We believe it is a clear breach of racism legislation, of human rights and of the constitution." The club has said that it implemented the "security measure" to stop away fans from group rivals Juventus, Galatasaray and Real Madrid mixing with home supporters at the Parken Stadium (REUTERS, 9/17). ... Inter Milan has been ordered to play its next home match with one end of San Siro Stadium closed "as punishment for racist chanting" by its fans. A stand will now be closed for Inter's next home game against Fiorentina on Sept. 26, "the third time this season a Serie A club has been punished" (BBC, 9/17). ... FIFPro Asia Chair and Australian Athletes Alliance General Secretary Brendan Schwab said that the government and Football Federation Australia "must do more to halt criminal activity" in football's second-tier leagues. He said, "I don’t think anyone is doing enough and that’s not to be critical." Schwab "believes match fixing starts with online betting and its relationship with organised crime." Schwab: "It’s essential that throughout the world that national leaders and parliaments enact legislation which makes match-fixing a crime" (THE ADVERTISER, 9/18). ... One of football's "more bizarre episodes is still gripping the Italian public and media after a coach from Genoa was caught 'spying' on local rivals Sampdoria dressed in Rambo-style camouflage ahead of their derby clash last Sunday." Youth team coach Luca De Pra "has been suspended after he was found in bushes watching a Sampdoria training session" (INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL, 9/17). ... The six favorites among the 32 teams participating in the UEFA Champions League, in order, are Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Chelsea, ManU and Man City, according to betting houses. Bayern Munich and Barcelona have the best odds at 4.5-1, and Real Madrid is next at 6-1, followed by Chelsea at 9-1. ManU and Man City both have 12-1 odds (MARCA, 9/17).