Football Notes: Madrid Politicians Cancel Watch Party For May 24 Champions League Final
Community of Madrid President Ignacio González announced on Thursday that "given the position of the Madrid Government Delegation regarding installing a giant TV screen in Madrid's Puerta del Sol for the Champions League final," no TV screen will be installed. The final will feature Real Madrid and Atlético and take place in Lisbon on May 24. González said, "We will not install the screen that we were planning, as is logical." He called comparisons of fans of the Madrid teams to "very violent" fans of other football teams "unfortunate" and said that the government "only wanted to take advantage of the historic moment" (EP, 5/15). ... With the All India Football Federation "deciding on Wednesday to make an AFC 'A' license degree mandatory for any coach or technical director associated with an I-League team, the spotlight is back on the likes of Subhas Bhowmick, Subrata Bhattacharya and Sukhwinder Singh." None of the trio "holds an 'A' license degree." Unless they get an exemption certificate from the Asian Football Confederation, "their days of coaching Indian clubs may be over" (TIMES OF INDIA, 5/15).