Here’s what’s going on in the soccer industry this morning…
- Italy’s failure to qualify for the soccer World Cup finals for the first time in 60 years may cost the country about 1 billion euros ($1.2 billion), the former chairman of the national federation said.
- A witness for U.S. prosecutors in the corruption trial of three former soccer officials testified on Tuesday that media companies including Fox Sports and Grupo Televisa paid bribes to secure media rights for soccer matches.
- Borussia Dortmund’s highly respected chief scout Sven Mislintat is in the frame to take over the same role at Arsenal, sources have told ESPN FC.
- A senior Fifa official took at least $1m in bribes to vote for Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup, a witness testified in court on Tuesday, as part of a broad investigation into corruption at Fifa.
- The sports minister, Tracey Crouch, has urged the Football Association to take up Eni Aluko’s offer to help it reform after agreeing its reputation had been “tarnished” by the way it treated the former England player.
- It began with a tweet, as FENAFUTH — the football governing body in Honduras that oversees the Honduran national soccer team — released an 18-second video of a drone in flight above where the team was training at ANZ Stadium in Sydney.
- A new Brooklyn indoor soccer facility targeting youth and recreational players combines tracking technology on the pitch and an innovative user experience in its app to replicate a professional soccer career for the weekend and weeknight warrior joining leagues after his or her day job.
- The French Football Federation (FFF) has awarded French broadcasters M6 and Canal+ the TV rights to women’s soccer and men’s youth soccer in the country for the next five years.