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Volume 7 No. 149

International Football

Would-be A-League bidders "remain in the dark" over the future of expansion, with Football Federation Australia's board "certain to put off a decision next week," according to Smithies & Kemp of the Sydney DAILY TELEGRAPH. With several members of the FFA board expected to stand down next month after "major changes to the governance of the sport were finally passed," it is being seen as "inconceivable that they could make a decision on which teams will join the competition, and when." With a new A-League working group in place to design a new model for the competition by the end of March, it is "increasingly seen as being likely that the choice of new teams will be delayed until the new year" -- almost "certainly putting back their introduction" until the '20-21 season. Though FFA’s management is expected to make a presentation on the eight short-listed bidders at Tuesday’s board meeting, anointing two for approval, a number of bids said that "they expect the decision to be delayed" (DAILY TELEGRAPH, 10/11).

Dave Reddin enrolled in a personal development program after concerns about his behavior were raised last year.
Photo: GETTY IMAGES

Head of Team Strategy & Performance Dave Reddin continued to preside over a "culture of fear and bullying" at the FA after undergoing training to change his leadership style, it was claimed on Wednesday. After details of "serious allegations" made against Reddin by an anonymous whistleblower last October were revealed on Tuesday, it emerged that concerns about his behavior were raised "more than a year beforehand." Reddin is said to have been enrolled in a personal development program as a result but two of his alleged victims said that "the bullying or intimidation they endured occurred months later" (London TELEGRAPH, 10/10).

Belgian investigators questioned the country's "most influential" football agent, Mogi Bayat, on Thursday, a day after he and senior figures in Belgian football were detained on "suspicion of financial fraud and possible match-fixing." At the same time, a Belgian judge was deciding whether or not to charge roughly 25 people, including the coach of Club Brugge, the former GM of Anderlecht, referees and other officials. Some "could be kept in custody" (REUTERS, 10/11).