Here’s what’s going on in the soccer industry this morning…
- Introduced to provide help for under pressure referees, the role of Video Assistant Referees (VAR) still remains unclear after more questions over consistency arose at Wembley on Sunday.
- The multi-year shirt sponsorship agreement between Italy’s AS Roma soccer club and Qatar Airways is worth 40 million euros ($48.92 million) for three seasons, a source close to the matter said on Monday.
- German sportswear maker Puma (PUMG.DE) is working on contingency plans to move some production from China to other Asian markets if U.S. tariffs are imposed on footwear, its chief executive said on Tuesday.
- Arsenal Football Club, which has gone more than 100 years without being relegated from top-flight English football, may see its short-term financial performance become more volatile than its results on the pitch while it searches for Wenger’s successor…
- Top-tier German soccer side Bayern Munich have gone against the grain by announcing the formation of an NBA 2K esports team.
- Minnesota United of Major League Soccer (MLS) have announced a multi-year partnership with Atomic Data.
- The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has announced a two-year partnership with Nigerian conglomerate, the Simba Group.
- Neymar’s record €222 million signing from Barcelona last summer cost Paris Saint-Germain the equivalent of the annual budget of Ligue 1 rivals Bordeaux, according to France Football.
- The German Football Association (DFB) has submitted its bid to host the 2024 European Championship finals.