Here’s what’s going on in the soccer industry this morning…
- Newly appointed independent Head of Integrity Mohammad Ali Al Kamali has asked the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) to probe circumstances surrounding the prosecution of suspended official Richard Lai, the governing body said on Wednesday.
- Germany’s federal prosecutors’ office said on Tuesday that they had not found any indications that there was a “terrorist background” to the attack on the Borussia Dortmund soccer team bus on April 11.
- English soccer club Manchester United raised its full-year revenue and profit guidance after strong broadcast revenue helped to lift the club’s third quarter revenue figures.
- After Manchester United and Ajax Amsterdam booked their spots for the final in soccer’s UEFA Europa League, one winner is already certain: Adidas AG.
- Officials carrying out background checks on FIFA’s new chief investigator had such little time to complete their work that they wrote to the soccer body’s top administrative officer to say the decision could be reversed should new facts emerge about Colombia’s Maria Claudia Rojas, according to two people familiar with the situation.
- Miguel Maduro, the corporate governance expert removed by FIFA just eight months after being hired to lead an oversight group, said he resisted internal pressure at the beleaguered soccer body before his ouster.
- Atletico Madrid are set to make a visit to Mexican “sister club” San Luis this summer, with stars including coach Diego Simeone and reported Manchester United target Antoine Griezmann having reportedly promised to attend.
- The unveiling of teams for the fifth edition of the 2017 Audi Cup, a two-day pre-season football tournament, had an interesting wrinkle — the press conference was conducted with hologram technology integration.
- EFL approval granted as Chinese investors Dai Yongge and Dai Xiu Li take majority shareholding of Reading Football Club.