Here’s what’s going on in the soccer industry this morning…
- With 16 months to go before the next staging of soccer’s flagship event, corporate sponsors aren’t in a rush to have their names attached to the 2018 soccer World Cup in Russia.
- Wayne Shaw, the Sutton United goalkeeper who ate a pie on the bench during the club’s FA Cup tie against Arsenal, has resigned after the Football Association and Gambling Commission launched an investigation into a potential breach of betting rules.
- Sebastian Giovinco’s agent has told Sky Sport Italia the Toronto FC forward has turned down the opportunity to move to China “for now.”
- Discovery Communications-owned DSport has acquired the Indian broadcast rights to the Chinese Super League (CSL), the country’s top-tier soccer league.
- The Asian Football Confederation (AFC), Asian soccer’s governing body, has confirmed that international financial services provider Allianz will be the official sponsor of several of its club tournaments.
- Brazilian soccer club Fluminense have agreed a three-year sponsorship deal with sportswear brand Under Armour, starting this summer.
- Brazilian soccer club Santos have renewed their shirt sponsorship deal with electrical wires and cables provider SIL for the 2017 season.