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Volume 10 No. 25

Franchises

The German Football Federation (DFB) "confirmed that 3rd League football club Hansa Rostock closed its liquidity gap and therefore successfully completed its post-licensing procedures to avoid DFB sanctions," according to the SID. The club was able to close the gap of €485,000 ($656,000) "through the help of a short-term loan by stadium naming rights sponsor DKB." Originally, Rostock's gap was around €1M ($1.35M), but due to "internal measures" the club was able to cut it in half. If Hansa had not come up with the money, the club would have had to pay a fee of €25,000 ($33,800) and suffered the deduction of two championship points (SID, 1/16).

Football Federation Australia said that it would "wait for the findings of a police investigation before deciding whether to take any action" against A-League side Western Sydney Wanderers after a "violent incident on Saturday evening allegedly involving supporters of the club," according to Dominic Bossi of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. A group of "teenage Sydney FC fans was attacked by a group of youths wielding baseball bats at Prince Alfred Park in Surry Hills on Saturday before the A-League match between Sydney FC and Central Coast Mariners." A 15-year-old boy was hospitalized after the incident, which could "test the governing body's willingness to activate a suspended three-point penalty imposed on the Wanderers after clashes between fans before a match in Melbourne" on Dec. 28. Several witnesses said that they "identified a number of the alleged perpetrators as members of a Wanderers supporter group" called "AMOK." The governing body "imposed harsh punishments in December in response to the poor behaviour of a section of Wanderers and Melbourne Victory supporters." Both clubs were charged with "bringing the game into disrepute and handed suspended three-point penalties that will be triggered by any repeat behaviour this season" (SMH, 1/20).