(WFI) World Football INSIDER looks ahead to the key events in the global football business.
Shanghai Dispute Drogba Move
Shanghai Shenhua are taking legal action against Didier Drogba and Galatasaray, claiming his move to the Turkish footballing giants violated his contract and FIFA rules.
The Chinese club say the former Chelsea striker has breached his contract and believes it can win a lawsuit at FIFA, reports AFP.
Legal documents are said to be on their way to FIFA’s Zurich headquarters this week.
Drogba, who scored in his first game for Galatasaray on Friday, has inked an 18-month deal with the club.
UEFA Champions League Last 16
This week’s first leg games in the Champions League last 16 feature Galatasaray v Schalke, Porto v Malaga, Arsenal v Bayern Munich and Milan v Barcelona.
The eight 2nd leg matches take place March 5-6 and 12-13
Asian Football Match-fixing Conference
Representatives from Asian Football Confederation’s 47 member associations are meeting with Interpol chiefs and law enforcement agencies for a match-fixing summit in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday and Thursday.
In partnership with FIFA, the AFC and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), the event is called ‘Match fixing: The Ugly Side of the Beautiful Game’.
It will include keynote speeches from representatives of FIFA, the AFC and Interpol.
Interpol secretary general Ronald K. Noble is expected to make a major announcement about the agency’s match-fixing investigations at a press conference on Thursday.
Gold Cup on Agenda for CONCACAF
CONCACAF holds a press conference about the 2013 Gold Cup on Wednesday. President Jeffrey Webb and special guests are due to attend.
Last month CONCACAF announced the host cities and venues staging the region’s national team tournament. In a bid to grow the competition, six new Gold Cup cities are featured: Atlanta, Baltimore, Denver, Hartford, Portland and Salt Lake City.
In 2011, the tournament drew more than 600,000 fans throughout 13 match-days, including nine sell-outs.
By INSIDER’s Mark Bisson
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