Here’s what’s going on in the soccer industry this morning…
- London soccer club Arsenal got entangled in a suspected fraud involving a Chinese carmaker, which says it was duped by a person posing as an employee who signed unauthorized contracts with advertising partners.
- Only five out of around 1,700 workers expected for Monday’s shift at a Fiat Chrysler plant in Italy participated in a strike to protest Juventus’ signing of Cristiano Ronaldo, a spokesman for the carmaker said.
- The name for David Beckham’s MLS franchise in Miami will be revealed “very soon,” as well as the team’s shield and colors, the former England star’s business partner told the Miami Herald on Monday.
- Spanish soccer champions FC Barcelona have announced changes to their ticket resale policy in an attempt to encourage larger attendances at their Camp Nou stadium.
- Fifa president Gianni Infantino has told Alibaba owner Jack Ma that China has a “big chance” of hosting the 2019 and 2020 editions of the new format of the Fifa Club World Cup, according to Chinese media reports.
- Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich have extended their exclusive partnership with Apple Music, the streaming service operated by the creator of the iPhone and iPad.
- Sports marketing agency Synergy have created and delivered Paddy Power’s latest World Cup campaign, From Russia with Equal Love which saw bookmaker Paddy Power pledge £10,000 for every Russian goal at the World Cup to LGBT+ causes.
- After Russia’s wildly successful World Cup, the eyes of the sporting world have turned to the next host, Qatar – and a recent event in London gave an indication of the scrutiny that lies ahead for the controversial organisers, and of the Middle Eastern diplomatic battle that will shadow the tournament.
- Top-tier Italian soccer team AS Roma have become the first Serie A club to broadcast an entire match live on Twitter.