League Notes: LFP's Anti-Match-Fixing Video Features Player Threatened At Gunpoint
The Spanish Football League (LFP)'s 10-minute video that is "being shown in locker rooms to warn players against match-fixing features Belgian footballer Cliff Mardulier." The video begins with Mardulier, a goalkeeper who "was threatened at gunpoint" in '06 by a Chinese investor. Mardulier says in the video, "We were owed payments and he paid us. We were in sixth (place) and for him to buy us, we had to lose some games to drop a little and be more affordable" (AS, 5/1). ... Some of the “stupidest’’ and “most ridiculous’’ V8 Supercars rules and penalties "have gone under the microscope with the sport expected to announce a major overhaul to pit-lane procedures on Friday." A host of race-crushing drive-through penalties for breaking the controversial 40km/h “school zone’’ limit prompted the pit-lane discussion, "with leniency expected to be given to those who infringe" (Sydney DAILY TELEGRAPH, 5/1). ... The launch of a Southeast Asian football Super League is likely to be delayed until '16 because of "administrative issues," a senior official said on Thursday. The relegation-free league "was to run from February until September." But Association of South East Asian Nations Football Federation General Secretary Azzuddin Ahmad said that problems "were likely to force back the start date of the league" (REUTERS, 5/1).