Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 19th 2015 Contents A52
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, May 19, 2015
RIO DE JANEIRO---The Brazilian
Football Confederation says a mar-
keting company that pays $1.05
million for the commercial rights
to each international friendly match
does not have the power to select
The CBF responded yesterday to
a report in the Estado de S Paulo
newspaper that gave details of a
contract with a Cayman Islands-
based marketing company. The con-
tract stipulates a 50 percent financial
penalty unless top players like
Barcelona striker Neymar are on the
field---or others of the same "mar-
The Brazilian soccer body coun-
tered and said "the criteria for select-
ing the squad for the matches of the
Brazilian team are, and always will
be, with the coach.
"The CBF has not auctioned off
the Brazilian national team. At no
time did it (the contract) influence
the team call up, nor did it cloud
the coach's judgement."
The CBF did not dispute the con-
tract details with the marketing
company International Sports Events
published in the newspaper. The
paper suggested many young players
do not get a chance to develop
because the marketing company
demands only stars.
Details of the contract showed
the CBF is obliged to present a
"medical certificate" to the market-
ing company for players who are
absent from matches.
"Any change to the player list will
be provided in a written form to
ISE," the contract stipulates. "If this
case, the CBF can substitute with
different players of the same level,
in regard to their marketing value
and technical ability."
The contract says ISE has exclu-
sive rights to organize the match,
provide lodging and "market and
produce the games in any country
in the world including Brazil."
The agreement illustrates the
financial power of Brazil's famous
national team---which seldom plays
in Brazil---and the links that reach
worldwide to commercial agents,
marketers and FIFA, the governing
body of world football.
The original contract with the
Cayman-based ISE was negotiated
by Ricardo Teixeira. He resigned in
2012 as CBF president amid a multi-
million dollar kickback scandal. He
handpicked Jose Maria Marin as his
successor, and he was followed in
the presidency by current president
Marco Polo del Nero.
Teixeira also resigned in 2012 from
FIFA's powerful executive commit-
tee.The marketing company ISE is a
subsidiary of the Saudi Arabia-based
Dallah Albaraka Group, which was
named in a 2012 financial scandal
that saw former FIFA presidential
candidate Mohamed bin Hammam
of Qatar expelled from football.
In an audit of financial accounts
for the Bin Hammam-led Asian
Football Confederation, Dallah
Albaraka was identified as transfer-
ring $12 million in 2008 to an
account used by the Qatari to chan-
nel payments to soccer officials.
Also in 2008, ISE transferred to
$2 million to the account, the audit
GENEVA---UEFA is preparing to ease rules which
limit how much Europe's top clubs spend on player
transfers and wages.
President Michel Platini told French broadcaster
RTL in comments aired yesterday that the UEFA
executive committee could relax some Financial Fair
Barely a year after UEFA fined big-spending Man-
chester City and Paris Saint-Germain 20 million
euros ($22.8 million) each for FFP violations, changes
could be agreed at a June 29-30 meeting in Prague.
Launched by Platini in 2009, Financial Fair Play
was once seen as a threat to expel high-profile clubs
from the Champions League.
Instead, the project---which monitors accounts of
all clubs that qualify for the Champions League and
Europa League---has appeared to protect established
clubs with worldwide commercial appeal from chal-
lenges by ambitious opponents with wealthy new
The review was explained yesterday as needed to
"keep pace with the ever-changing football envi-
ronment and the new challenges that this often
"Any potential changes to the existing regulations
will look to encourage more growth, more competition
and market stimulation," UEFA general secretary
Gianni Infantino said in a statement.
UEFA has had regular talks with European clubs
since October about modifying rules which first
sanctioned clubs last season for spending above their
income from football business.
UEFA and the European Club Association declined
to comment Monday on details of any proposals.
One option could be allowing owners to invest
more of their own money to chase or sustain suc-
In 2009, Platini claimed support from some of
Europe's wealthiest club owners---including at Chelsea,
AC Milan and Inter Milan---saying they wanted to
control spiraling spending.
The Milan clubs, which share the city-owned San
Siro stadium, have since fallen behind rivals' com-
mercial income and now fail to qualify for the Cham-
MIAMI---Cuban national team
coach Raul Valentin has been sus-
pended five games and fined by
CONCACAF for racist behavior
during and after a match against
Venezuela on November 23 at the
Central American and Caribbean
The Confederation of North,
Central America and Caribbean
Association Football said yesterday
that Valentin directed offensive and
racist language at the referee in the
83rd minute and again after the
game, which ended in a 0-0 tie.
The match report lists the referee
as Valdin Legister of Jamaica.
CONCACAF said the day after
the game that Valentin had been
suspended but did not specify a
length. The regional governing body
said Monday he has served two
games of the penalty, and the
remainder will be served during
upcoming exhibition games. (AP)
Cuban coach given
5-game ban for
Squads chosen by coach
UEFA looking to
ease rules on club
Brazilian football confederation:
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