Here’s what’s going on in the soccer industry this morning…
- The video assistant referee (VAR) technology being tested at the Confederations Cup in Russia should be refined, the head of refereeing at world soccer’s governing body FIFA said on Monday.
- The owners of Italian top-flight ACF Fiorentina are ready to sell the soccer club, a statement posted on the club’s official website said on Monday.
- Spain’s La Liga is in a battle with England’s Premier League to be the second-most watched soccer league in China, behind the domestic Chinese Super League.
- The report looking into alleged corruption in the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding contests has been leaked to Bild, the German tabloid claims.
- A San Diego-area expansion team will start play in the North American Soccer League next year, with Eden Hazard, Demba Ba, Yohan Cabaye, and Moussa Sow all part of the ownership group.
- On the back of announcing Frank de Boer as its new Manager, Crystal Palace F.C have today announced a multi-year deal with ManBetX as the club’s new shirt sponsor.
- The 2016-17 season has finally drawn to a close. The last match of the season, the LaLiga 1|2|3 playoff final between Getafe CF and CD Tenerife, rounded off a historic season inSpanish football. Historic because a record number of fans attended LaLiga matches in 2016-17 – 14,052,134 to be precise, almost 40,000 more than the 2015-16 season.
- La Liga, the organising body for the top two tiers of Spanish professional soccer, has signed a collaboration agreement with its Japanese counterpart, the J. League.