Here’s what’s going on in the soccer industry this morning…
- Saudi Arabia will back a joint bid by the U.S., Canada and Mexico to host soccer’s 2026 World Cup, underlining its eagerness to strengthen ties with the Trump White House.
- Argentines are so crazy about soccer that a lender is betting they’ll pay 50 percent interest to finance their trips to the World Cup in Russia this month.
- Chelsea Football Club said on Thursday that work on its new stadium in London would be suspended indefinitely, citing the unfavourable investment climate.
- The FA has today unveiled the branding for Tiers 1 to 4 of the restructured women’s pyramid of football that will be in effect from the 2018-19 season onwards.
- As part of its efforts to protect the fans and prevent unauthorised ticket resales for the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ in Russia, FIFA filed a criminal complaint on 4 June 2018 based on a breach of the law on unfair competition against viagogo AG with the public prosecutor’s office in Geneva.
- Manchester City, are expanding their global esports presence by becoming the first Premier League club to launch a FIFA Online team in China. The team will play in the competitive Online Star League (FSL) which kicks off a new season on 15 June 2018.
- European soccer’s governing body Uefa has announced major increases in prize money for its club competitions.
- Second-tier English soccer side Aston Villa have suspended their chief executive Keith Wyness amid reports that the club is facing a potential winding-up order over a missed tax payment worth roughly UK£4 million (US$5.3 million).