News Digest - European Clubs Meet; FIFA Scrutinises Anti-Gay Laws; Utd Sponsorship
September 9, 2013
Blatter and Webb. FIFA's Task Force Against Racism and Discrimination held its first meeting in May (Getty)
(WFI) World Football INSIDER rounds up the latest football business news.
ECA General Assembly
The European Club Association is holding its 11th general assembly in Geneva today and Tuesday. ECA Executive Board elections are top of the agenda. FIFA's winter World Cup plan for Qatar will also reportedly be discussed. The general assembly will be followed by a media conference at 13h30 on Tuesday. The ECA represents 214 clubs from UEFA’s 53 national associations.
FIFA Scrutinises Anti-Gay Laws
FIFA’s new anti-discrimination task force, chaired by CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb, will discuss Russia and Qatar’s anti-gay laws at a meeting on Thursday. Piara Powar, executive director of European anti-discrimination group FARE, told PA Sport: “The task force is driven by issues of race, quite rightly, but we also have to make sure there is consideration of homophobia and other issues of discrimination. Qatar is one of the few countries where homosexuality is still illegal and there are also big challenges in terms of the new law in Russia in regard to the World Cup.
Man Utd Sponsorship
Manchester United has inked a three-year extension to its 15-year partnership with MBNA, which is the club's official credit card provider for the UK. The company is marking the sponsorship renewal by launching a range of new club branded credit cards. Fans can choose from four designs. United's group managing director Richard Arnold said: "We have over 8 million followers in the UK and the new MBNA Manchester United Credit Cards will give these fans a new way of showing their support, whilst taking advantage of the attractive incentives and rates MBNA has to offer."
UEFA Awards MENA Rights
Al Jazeera has secured the Middle East and North Africa rights for the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League from 2015-2018. "All UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League matches will be shown live, confirming Al Jazeera's continued commitment to the tournaments both in terms of production and also in terms of programming. Furthermore, Al Jazeera will broadcast extensive highlights and delayed programming, as well as offering services in Arabic, English and French."
Basel Proposal for Euro 2020
The Swiss FA is putting Basel forward as a candidate city for UEFA’s Euro 2020 championships. St. Jakob Park stadium was one of the Euro 2008 venues.
Blatter Pride in Women ExCo Members
Sepp Blatter today contributed to a discussion about women in sports leadership positions at the IOC Session in Buenos Aires. He said “people have criticised us for years” about the lack of women on the FIFA Executive Committee. Explaining that FIFA now had 24 men and three women at FIFA’s top table, he said: “I am very happy we have a full member and have co-opted two. We call them ladies."
By INSIDER editor Mark Bisson
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