Here’s what’s going on in the soccer industry this morning…
- When authorities in Russia’s Nizhny Novgorod region realized their soccer World Cup stadium wasn’t quite ready, they tried to entice local municipal workers to help them finish it — in exchange for free food and lodging.
- FIFA fined Russian soccer’s governing body for racist chants by local fans in a game against France, just five weeks before the World Cup is set to begin amid concerns that the country’s sports officials have failed to address racism among fans.
- The Scottish FA has been awarded €50,000 from UEFA to benefit its already-successful work with ethnic minorities.
- English soccer giants Chelsea have secured a UK£50 million, five-year sleeve sponsorship deal with Hyundai, according to The Times.
- Eleven Sports has picked up Portuguese broadcast rights to European soccer’s premier club competition, the Uefa Champions League, as well as Spanish club soccer’s top tier, La Liga, according to UK media reports.
- Jose Mourinho will promote coaches from Manchester United’s academy set-up to help fill the void left by the departure of longtime assistant, Rui Faria, sources have told ESPN FC.
- Scott Arfield has joined Rangers from Burnley on a four-year deal, becoming the first signing of the Steven Gerrard era.
- UEFA’s decision to stage next week’s Champions League final in Kiev “needs explaining” according to Liverpool’s head of club and supporter liaison.