Football Notes: Dutch FA To Wait To Make Decision On 2018 World Cup Participation
The Dutch FA (KNVB) said on Wednesday that "during these black days" it was "too early to discuss the country's participation at the 2018 World Cup in Russia in the wake of the Malaysian Airlines flight crash." The KNVB said in a statement, "Different people have asked the KNVB questions about (taking part in) the 2018 World Cup in Russia. ... The KNVB thinks that it is more appropriate for discussion about the future World Cup in Russia to be held at a later date, when the investigation of the disaster is completed" (AFP, 7/24). ... The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has approved the use of vanishing spray for La Liga and the second division from the '14-15 season onward. Spain is the second country in Europe to "adopt the spray" after the Italian federation approved it last week (AS, 7/23). ... The Court of Arbitration for Sport has agreed to hold an "express hearing during the second week of August" on the case of Uruguayan Barcelona striker Luis Suárez, who is "serving a four-month ban" from all football-related activities for "biting an opposing player during the World Cup" (EFE, 7/24). ... ManU announced the launch of United for Heroes -- a U.S. initiative that will honor military and government personnel. The campaign will provide complimentary and discounted tickets for ManU's Int'l Champions Cup matches in Denver and Washington, D.C. in association with tournament organizer Relevent Sports (ManU).