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Volume 10 No. 25

Franchises

Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeneß said that "a €100 million player is unacceptable" for his club as it prepares to face "big-spending" Paris St. Germain in the Champions League on Wednesday, according to Mark Lovell of ESPN.com. Hoeneß's comments "follow recent criticism" of the club's transfer policy from Robert Lewandowski, who said that Bayern needed to "spend big in order to compete with the top clubs." Hoeneß said, "The market is way too hot at the moment. Clubs are now goading each other. I've clearly said that a €100 million ($118.5M) player is unacceptable for Bayern." Hoeneß "backed his club's way of doing business and issued a warning to rival clubs." He said, "The time will come when all those clubs that have spent large amounts of money will have to cut their spending because they didn't have the success the investor had in mind. Because of our decision not to sign any very expensive players, we have been accused of taking the wrong path in the market which could lead to the downfall of the club -- but instead people should be singing our praises because we have been successful down to our own work and resources" (ESPN.com, 9/25).

Former National Rugby League side Gold Coast Titans coach Neil Henry is "embroiled in legal action with the NRL over his termination payout" of more than A$400,000 ($317,500), according to Phil Rothfield of the Sydney DAILY TELEGRAPH. In an "almost identical position to Des Hasler at the Canterbury Bulldogs," Henry hired lawyers to "negotiate his leaving entitlements" after being originally told he would get nothing. His dispute is with the NRL, which owns the Titans. An NRL spokesperson said that "negotiations were ongoing." The spokesperson added, "We hope it will be resolved as soon as possible." Henry has now been offered A$100,000 ($79,400) -- "about a quarter of his contract." Henry was on vacation in Bali when contacted on Monday. He said, "As it is still in the negotiation stage, I would prefer not to comment" (DAILY TELEGRAPH, 9/25).

Paris St. Germain said a report that Edinson Cavani was offered €1M ($1.18M) by club Chair Nasser Al-Khelaifi to allow Neymar to take penalties is "untrue." Cavani and Neymar recently disagreed over a second-half free kick and a penalty during PSG's 2-0 home win over Olympique Lyonnais, and their public spat "led to reports of a rift between the pair." El País reported Cavani currently has a €1M bonus clause in his contract if he finishes as the top scorer in Ligue 1 but that Al-Khelaifi had made an offer -- via an intermediary -- that would "allow him to claim the bonus regardless on the proviso he gave up his status as designated penalty taker." The Spanish newspaper said that Cavani rejected the offer (ESPN.com, 9/25).

The Lisbon Lions will be inducted into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame next month. The "legendary" Celtic side became the first British team to lift the European Cup when it defeated Inter Milan 50 years ago. The club has "celebrated the triumph in various ways throughout the year," and now the team will be honored at Hampden Park on Oct. 15 (SCOTSMAN, 9/25).