FIFA blocked about 70 trades during last month’s transfer window as an online registration system became mandatory for clubs buying players from other countries, an official at soccer’s governing body said.
Juventus, AS Roma and Porto agreed to pay a combined 11.1 million euros ($14.6 million) to hire players from Club Deportivo Maldonado, a Uruguayan soccer team for which they never appeared, according to stock-market filings. England’s West Ham took a striker on loan.
Soccer’s ruling body FIFA will investigate an arrangement in which Brazilian players including the Porto striker known as “Hulk” are traded to European clubs via a Uruguayan team for which they never appear.
Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Ltd. is leading domestic bond underwriter rankings for the first time in at least 12 years as the lender’s expansion in Asia helps it tap growing investor demand for Australian assets.