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Volume 10 No. 25

International Football

FIFA's "planned intervention into the governance of Australian football has been delayed," with Football Federation Australia's Nov. 30 "deadline to sort out its affairs creeping closer," according to Emma Kemp of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. A joint delegation of FIFA and Asian Football Confederation representatives was set to arrive in Australia in late July to "mend the rift between divided stakeholders and end their impasse on a new, more democratic congress demanded by FIFA." If the congress is not in place by the November deadline, FIFA will "disband the FFA board" and remove Chair Steven Lowy. FFA CEO David Gallop said, "We're working to get a resolution that means we don't get to that stage. We're still looking to finalize the date but it's likely to be in early August" (SMH, 7/17).

UEFA revealed it allowed Bundesliga side RB Leipzig and Austrian Bundesliga side Red Bull Salzburg into this season's Champions League because its chief investigator could not firmly establish that Red Bull had "decisive influence" over both clubs, according to Stephan Uersfeld of Integrity rules prevent multiple teams from the same ownership from playing in the Champions League but, "despite an early warning" by UEFA's Club Financial Control Body chief investigator, both clubs were admitted in mid-June after "several changes were made." RB Leipzig, founded by Red Bull in '09, and Red Bull Salzburg, renamed from SV Austria Salzburg in '05, have received "substantial financial backing from the Austrian soft drink company in the past." In addition, Leipzig Sporting Dir Ralf Rangnick and CEO Oliver Mintzlaff "previously had responsibilities with the Austrian club, while there have been numerous transfers between the two." UEFA said that Salzburg removed "certain individuals" linked to Red Bull and simultaneously involved with Leipzig from Salzburg's general assembly, while another person linked to the soft drink company resigned from his position as chair of the board. The club also terminated "certain loan agreements" with Red Bull (, 7/17).

UEFA announced Irish side Linfield and Scottish side Celtic have been charged "after violent scenes at last week's Champions League match in Belfast." Linfield has been charged after its fans "threw objects on to the pitch and invaded the playing area at the end of the 2-0 defeat in the second-round first-leg qualifier." Celtic faces an "improper conduct charge for receiving five yellow cards." Police in full riot gear, backed up with dogs, "ended the Belfast game on the pitch keeping rival fans apart" (REUTERS, 7/17). 

The Korea FA announced the number of registered footballers in South Korea "surpassed the 100,000 mark." The KFA said that the 100,000th player -- an elementary school student -- was registered in its database last Friday. The number of registered footballers has "more than tripled from a year earlier." Such a "rapid hike" is due to last year's merger with the Korea Soccer Association of Sport for All (YONHAP, 7/17).

Senegal Premier League side Ouakam was suspended by Senegal's Football Federation (FSF) "following a stampede which resulted in the deaths of eight fans." Nearly 100 other spectators were injured as Ouakam fans "clashed" with those of rival Stade de Mbour during Saturday's League Cup final (BBC, 7/17).