Here’s what’s going on in the soccer industry this morning…
- The German Football League (DFL), the organising body for top two tiers of soccer in Germany, has launched a new business arm to invest in technology startups and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
- Portuguese newspaper Correio da Manha is standing by the information it published this week claiming that Real Madrid put pressure on Cristiano Ronaldo to reach an out-of-court financial settlement with Kathryn Mayorga after an alleged sexual assault in Las Vegas in 2009.
- German soccer club Red Bull Leipzig have extended their partnership with the Leipziger Gruppe, a public services body based in the city.
- English soccer giants Manchester City have made another move into competitive gaming through a partnership with esports organisation Epsilon.
- Many premier league managers and officials are concerned that after Brexit it may be much more difficult to sign the European players that are the lifeblood of many top English squads.
- Allegations of malpractice made against Fulham by their former assistant director of football, Craig Kline, were raised as a potential barrier to the Football Association selling Wembley to the club’s owner, Shahid Khan, at an FA council meeting on Thursday.
- Mexico’s Liga MX is determined to grow and compete with Europe – and it is ready to integrate with MLS to achieve its goal.
- Italian soccer club Napoli has announced a deal with betting brand KTO, with the company becoming a regional betting partner in Latin America and Africa.