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Volume 6 No. 216

International Football

Among CONCACAF's "many priorities, one tops the list: hosting the 2026 World Cup," according to David Goldberg J. of LA NACION. CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb said, "Our primary short-term goal is to host a World Cup. It will have been 32 years since CONCACAF last hosted a World Cup (U.S. in '94)." Webb confirmed that "the region's three possibilities are Canada, Mexico and the U.S., but he explained that only one will have an official host candidacy presented to FIFA." Of the three, Canada was the "only country he referred to specifically." Webb: "They will have some advantage in terms of organization, given that they will host the U20 Women's World Cup in August." In '07, FIFA eliminated "its rotation policy, making only the last two World Cup organizing confederations ineligible to participate in the process -- in this case Europe and Africa" (LA NACION, 4/8).

The FA has proposed that starting next season, participants at Step 4 -- which includes the U.K.'s Northern Premier League, Southern League and Isthmian League -- and above (meaning anyone in England's top eight tiers) will be banned from betting, either directly or indirectly, on any football match or competition anywhere in the world. The changes to FA Rules from the start of the '14-15 season would also see a worldwide prohibition on betting on any other football-related matter, for example, the transfer of players, employment of managers or team selection. The FA Council's unanimous recommendation on Wednesday, which followed another unanimous recommendation from The Football Regulatory Authority in March, means the new betting rules would need to be agreed upon by FA shareholders at their AGM on May 21 before taking effect (FA). The PA's Matt McGeehan reported a "blanket ban was suggested" by former FA Chair David Triesman in '09 and now "is within weeks of becoming a reality." The proposal follows "consultation with the Premier League, Football League, Professional Footballers' Association, League Managers Association and Football Conference." The news "comes on the day Tranmere sacked Ronnie Moore after he became the latest high-profile figure to breach existing betting rules." FA Dir of Governance Darren Bailey said, "The proposed betting rule adjustment to encompass all aspects of world football provides a simple and straightforward message to all participants on where the line is drawn" (PA, 4/9).

Serie A side Torino’s players "are set for a windfall" totaling €2M ($2.7M) in bonuses, if they can qualify the club for European competition. Between them, the players will receive a total of €2M "through clauses triggered in their contracts, if they can reach the continent for next season" (FOOTBALL ITALIA, 4/9). ... Nigerian national football team coach Stephen Keshi will "get his four-month salary arrears following the resolve of the Nigeria Football Federation" to offset the salaries of the Eagles technical crew ahead of the Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup. The federation "blamed the delay on the late release of fund from the federal government" (SUN NEWS ONLINE, 4/9).