Here’s what’s going on in the soccer industry this morning…
- Swiss federal prosecutors have announced a criminal case for suspected bribery linked to World Cup broadcast rights against Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the Qatari president of Paris Saint-Germain.
- Qatar on Wednesday strongly criticized Emirati officials for questioning Doha’s hosting of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, saying that the tournament “is not up for discussion or negotiation” amid a diplomatic crisis engulfing the region.
- Fired by FIFA and banned from soccer for financial wrongdoing and excessive use of private jets, Jerome Valcke defended his record at the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Wednesday.
- The failure of the United States men’s team to qualify for next year’s World Cup will not impact on Fox Sports’s plans to televise the tournament, a right for which it paid $200 million, the network said on Wednesday.
- Pakistan has been suspended from international football because of what global soccer body FIFA described as undue third-party interference in the country’s football federation (PFF).
- Paul Scholes was interviewed for the Oldham Athletic manager’s job on Wednesday morning, with the club now deciding whether to give the former Manchester United and England midfielder the role.
- Early season viewing for Premier League soccer is up, offering a potential boost to prospects for a coming auction of some of the world’s most lucrative sports rights.
- If ratings from the 2014 World Cup in Brazil are any guide, the elimination of the U.S. men’s soccer team from the field for the 2018 World Cup in Russia spells gloom for Fox Sports and Telemundo, which hold the domestic rights to the event.
- Colombia captain Radamel Falcao has said he spoke to Peru players as the two sides played out a 1-1 World Cup qualifying draw that sent his country to Russia and ensured a playoff place for their opponents.