Football

The European Commission’s investigation into state support for Spanish football clubs is not part of a jealous witch hunt against the country, according to one of the complainants.

The Japanese Football Association (JFA) has announced it will refocus on bidding for the 2023 Fifa Women’s World Cup after initially targeting the 2019 event, according to the Kyodo News agency.

The French Football League (LFP) has announced that Beijing will host the 2014 edition of the Trophée des Champions, which acts as the traditional curtain-raiser to the domestic season.

Fifa has announced that a vanishing spray currently being used at the Club World Cup to mark out distances for free kicks will also be used for Brazil’s staging of the 2014 World Cup.

The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has narrowed its list of candidate cities for its Uefa Euro 2020 bid by announcing it will put forward Bilbao and Madrid for consideration.

Leading French Ligue 1 football club AS Monaco has announced that it will grant its official Twitter handle branding space on its shirt.

Work has resumed on Manaus’ stadium for the 2014 Fifa World Cup following a fatal accident at the venue on Saturday.

The European Commission has opened a three-pronged investigation into allegations that several Spanish Liga football clubs, including Real Madrid and Barcelona, benefited unfairly from state support.

David Beckham has received a boost in his bid to bring a Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise to Miami after Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez was given the green light to begin negotiations on a new privately funded stadium.

Brazil’s 2014 Fifa World Cup organisers have denied they are cutting corners on safety standards in a rush to deliver the stadiums for next year’s tournament.

FIFPro, the worldwide union for professional footballers, has threatened to shake up the global transfer system by launching a legal challenge against the current set-up.

Former AC Milan star and Italy midfielder Gennaro Gattuso was placed under investigation today as part of the latest development in Italian football’s long-running ‘Last Bet’ match-fixing scandal.

The European Commission is to launch disciplinary proceedings against seven Spanish football clubs, including Barcelona and Real Madrid, over allegations of benefiting from favourable financial treatment from the state.

The French government has suppressed an amendment that would have forced top-tier Ligue 1 club Monaco to fall in line with the country’s so-called new ‘super tax’ on salaries exceeding €1m ($1.4m).

Monaco is set to be forced to pay a so-called ‘super tax’ on its player salaries after France’s National Assembly voted to include the Ligue 1 football club in the country’s tax regime.

Uefa, European football’s governing body, has called for consistent punishments against match-fixing across the continent and has outlined an 11-point plan to help implement this target.

Fifa, football’s world governing body, is set to support the notion that investors can acquire players’ transfer rights in some cases, according to the Bloomberg news agency.