Football Notes: Dynamo Kiev-Valencia Match Moved To Cyprus Due To Violence
Ukrainian side Dynamo Kiev's Europa League last-32, first leg at home to La Liga club Valencia on Thursday "has been moved to the Cypriot capital Nicosia due to civil unrest in the Ukrainian capital." Valencia President Amadeo Salvo told reporters at the city's airport on Wednesday that "common sense" had prevailed and the game had been moved to Nicosia and would kick off at the original local time of 6pm. Salvo: "They guaranteed our security but the situation is very unpredictable and cannot be controlled and the best thing is to play at a neutral venue" (REUTERS, 2/19). ... FIFA's Disciplinary Committee has sanctioned the FA of Zambia as well as Zambian clubs Zanaco FC, Power Dynamos FC and National Assembly FC for breaches relating to int'l player transfers. The FAZ has been fined CHF 50,000($56,000) for transferring eight players without an Int'l Transfer Certificate and outside registration periods. Zanaco FC has been fined CHF 20,000 ($22,500). Power Dynamos FC and National Assembly FC have both been fined CHF 25,000 ($28,000) (FIFA). ... French TV broadcaster M6 "is open to finding a partner" to help it develop the Girondins de Bordeaux football team "because the burden of a new super-tax on high earners has boosted costs." M6 CEO Nicolas de Tavernost had earlier said that M6 "could sell the team altogether" if France moved ahead with the 75% tax on high earners. M6 got hit with a €2.4M ($3.3M) tax bill after roughly a dozen of its players were affected by the tax (REUTERS, 2/19).