Football Notes: New FIFA VP Skeptical Uruguay, Argentina Could Jointly Host 2030 World Cup
Uruguayan Eugenio Figueredo, who is leaving his role as president of CONMEBOL to succeed Julio Grondona as FIFA VP, "admitted it would be 'difficult' for Argentina and Uruguay to jointly host the World Cup" in '30. Figueredo: "I have no doubts, and I can assure it today, that Uruguay could organize a 'mundialito' or something special, but not a World Cup" (LOS ANDES, 8/12). ... FIFA has received a complaint from Dutch footballer Michel Vorm's former club, Dutch side FC Utrecht, in relation to his transfer to Tottenham from Swansea. Vorn moved to White Hart Lane for an "undisclosed fee," with Utrecht claiming "they have not received" 30% of Vorm's transfer fee, which Utrecht alleges was "part of a sell-on agreement between them and the Swans when he moved to Wales" for £1.5M in '11 (London TELEGRAPH, 8/12). ... Poland's Legia Warsaw has decided to "appeal against their elimination from the Champions League over the use of a suspended player, saying on Tuesday they deserved to be in the next stage of the competition." Legia was stripped of its place "despite beating Scottish champions Celtic 6-1 on aggregate because they brought on a suspended player, Bartosz Bereszynski, for the last few minutes of the second leg they won 2-0 at Murrayfield" (REUTERS, 8/12). ... Colombian footballers Andres Gonzalez and Jairo Suarez are the first two int'l players "confirmed for the inaugural season" of the Indian Super League. These two, "apart from 47 other international players, will comprise the required quota of 49" in the central int'l player pool. The draft will be held on Aug. 21 (THE HINDU, 8/12).