Football Notes: UEFA President Calls On Politicians To Help With Salary Caps
UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin "challenged European governments to help bring about greater competitive balance within the game, not least allowing salary caps which has long been close to the Slovenian’s heart." Čeferin used his address to UEFA’s extraordinary Congress to "highlight a list of changes he would like to see in European football," acknowledging that many of them can not be done "without government legislation" (INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL, 9/20).
Belgian football officials are "waiting to find out whether Brussels will be able to stage matches at the pan-European Euro 2020." The building of a new Brussels stadium has "run into delays involving the applications for construction and environmental permits" and the Belgian FA said that it is up to UEFA to decide how long it wants to "wait for more progress" (REUTERS, 9/19).
The All India Football Federation launched limited edition lifestyle merchandise of the Indian national team for fans, for the first time. AIFF aims to provide a "unique opportunity to the Indian football fans to express their fandom." The merchandise collection has a "wide range" including T-shirts, Polo T- shirts, wristbands, badges, phone covers and posters (PTI, 9/20).
Second Bundesliga side St. Pauli had a player attacked when the squad tried to stop Holstein Kiel hooligans from attacking fans at a match on Tuesday. The Hamburg side was warming up "before black-clad Ultra hooligans from the home side attacked the visitors with flares." Players interrupted their preparations to "chase away the thugs and grab back the banners they proudly display" (THE SUN, 9/20).