Here’s what’s going on in the soccer industry this morning…
- A judge in Mexico ordered on Thursday that bank accounts linked to businesses owned by soccer star Rafa Marquez be unfrozen, following a designation in August by the U.S. government that the sportsman was linked to a suspected drug trafficker.
- NBCUniversal/Telemundo and America Movil jointly submitted bids to the Mexican Soccer Federation for media rights to the men’s and women’s Mexico national team for two World Cup cycles, the companies said in a statement on Thursday.
- The Chinese owner of former European soccer champions AC Milan is looking for one or more investors to share the financial burden, less than six months after buying the loss-making Italian club, two sources said on Friday.
- Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero was injured in a road accident in the Netherlands Thursday, and is likely to be out of action for two months after fracturing a rib, according to the report.
- Jürgen Klopp has called on Sky to seriously consider the implications of scheduling a match on Christmas Eve which he believes supporters have no appetite for.
- Ukip’s attempt to rebrand itself for the post-Brexit era experienced an early hiccup on Friday after a new party logo bearing a lion’s head prompted reports the Premier League was investigating whether it wast too close to their emblem.
- Birmingham City have appointed Steve Cotterill as their new manager and successor to Harry Redknapp.
- Hoffenheim boss Julian Nagelsmann has refused to comment on rumours linking him with the Bayern Munich job.
- The Football Association of Wales (FAW), the governing body for soccer in the country, has announced a partnership with sports data company Genius Sports.