Here’s what’s going on in the soccer industry this morning…
- With witnesses threatened, documents destroyed and jurors cloaked in anonymity, the trial beginning Monday in a New York courtroom has the trappings of a grisly organized-crime prosecution. It won’t be. It’s a corruption case against three former members of international soccer’s governing body.
- Italian soccer team AC Milan is in exclusive talks with a single party for the refinancing of 308 million euros ($359 million) of the club’s debt, two shareholders quoted the group’s chief executive, Marco Fassone, as saying on Monday.
- The company which owns Leicester City and funded the club’s rise to become 2016 Premier League champions is to face multimillion-pound corruption charges in Thailand.
- West Ham manager David Moyes has filled out his backroom staff by appointing Alan Irvine and Stuart Pearce as assistants, with Sunderland coach Billy McKinlay set to follow in the coming days.
- Acting United States manager Dave Sarachan says he doesn’t think the U.S. Soccer Federation “needs to blow up the template and start from scratch” in the wake of the team’s failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.
Manchester City is giving fans behind-the-scenes access like never before. Through a partnership with Amazon, the soccer team will be featured in a new Amazon Prime Video multi-part exclusive series that will follow the team through the current 2017-18 season.
- England’s Premier League has announced a three-year collaboration with Stonewall to promote lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equality in soccer.
- Uruguayan soccer star Luis Suárez has signed a one-year personal endorsement agreement with Tourism Malaysia.