Football Notes: Spanish Football League Attendance Up 3% From Last Season
The Spanish Football League (LFP) has released figures showing that stadium attendance at La Liga and Spanish second division matches has "increased during the current season by 3.23%" with respect to the '12-13 season. Through 14 La Liga matchdays and 15 in the second division, "cumulative stadium attendance has reached 4.7 million." At "this point last season, total attendance was 4.5 million" (MUNDO DEPORTIVO, 11/27). ... A-League club Wellington co-Owner Gareth Morgan's offer to stump up NZ$5M ($8M) to save New Zealand Football if the government contributes another NZ$10M "has been met with a lukewarm response by Sports Minister Murray McCully." Asked whether the Government intended to pursue the offer, McCully said, "I greatly appreciate the generosity that Dr. Morgan has shown to sport. NZ Football is going through a process of transition at this stage. Dr. Morgan's comments remind us of the high level of ambition that New Zealand should have to succeed in international sport" (NEW ZEALAND HERALD, 11/26). ... The Polish FA has "decided that clubs playing in the Esktraklasa, the top tier of Poland's football league, will be allowed to include a maximum of three players from outside of the European Union per squad at any time of the match." The regulation "will come into force" in the '15-16 season (INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL, 11/27). ... Russian police "want to limit their traditionally hardline approach to football fans in favor of a more collaborative approach" at the 2018 World Cup. Clashes between fans and police "are not uncommon at Russian league games, but with the country’s first home World Cup on the horizon, closer ties with fans could usher in a new era of family-friendly viewing" (RIA NOVOSTI, 11/26).