Here’s what’s going on in the soccer industry this morning…
- Spain’s Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected an appeal by Barcelona soccer star Lionel Messi and stood by a Catalan regional court’s 21-month prison sentence for tax fraud, court documents showed.
- Brazilian police on Tuesday arrested a presidential aide and two ex-governors as part of an investigation into the 2014 World Cup’s most expensive stadium.
- Two of France’s best-paid soccer players, Argentine attackers Javier Pastore and Angel di Maria, are being investigated on suspicion of money laundering.
- Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has said the club will not be bullied by the financial muscle of English clubs into paying a €100 million transfer fee, amid speculation they are interested in signing Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez.
- Real Madrid have spent a reported €45 million on 16-year-old Vinicius Junior in order to avoid a repeat of losing out on Neymar to Barcelona, according to former Brazil international Edmundo, who believes the teenager could one day be worth €200m.
- Andrea Radrizzani has completed his takeover of Leeds United after purchasing Massimo Cellino’s 50% stake in the club.
- Sportswear giant Nike has announced a new long-term partnership with United States women’s national soccer team (USWNT) player Mallory Pugh.
- English soccer club West Bromwich Albion have announced landscape and design company Palm Eco-Town Development as their new principal sponsor.