Football Notes: CONCACAF League To Expand To 22 Clubs
CONCACAF revealed that it is expanding the CONCACAF League from 16 to 22 clubs, including an additional five Central American teams and one from the new Canadian Premier League. Starting from '19, the club competition will additionally serve as the qualifying tournament for teams from Central America for the CONCACAF Champions League (SOCCEREX, 2/12).
La Liga side Alavés will increase its revenue by €3M ($3.4M) as part of its five-year deal advising Japanese side Kagoshima United. The Japanese club has been promoted from the third tier to the second tier since the partnership was signed in November (EFE, 2/13).
ManU and Paris St. Germain were charged by UEFA following their Champions League last-16 match at Old Trafford on Tuesday. ManU was charged with the "throwing of objects by fans and blocking of stairways." PSG was charged with the "setting off of fireworks, throwing of objects, acts of damages and crowd disturbance" (BBC, 2/13).
The Tottenham Hotspur Supporters' Trust called on UEFA to take action after the club submitted a report containing accounts from fans who "allege they were assaulted by Barcelona security staff in December." After Tottenham's 1-1 draw against Barcelona at Camp Nou, video footage emerged "appearing to show stewards striking out at Spurs supporters with batons, seemingly without provocation" (ESPN.com, 2/13).
The Chinese FA officially moved to a new office in Beijing. The new HQ will have space for 200 employees (YUTANG SPORTS, 2/13).