Bottles were flying on the pitch side, and Guangzhou Evergrande & Taobao FC were losing their grip on the Asian Champions League Trophy bit by bit. The quarter final of ACL between the trophy holders and the Australian club, West Sydney Wanderers, played August 27, was a spirit sapping match.
By Alexander Krassimirov September 1 - Bulgarian champions Ludogorets Razgrad will play its home games in the Champions League at the National Stadium Vasil Levski in Sofia, according to a club announcement.
By Mark Baber September 1 - Following the farcical events of last week, FIFA have rejected the controversial 'election' of Chris Giwa (pictured) as the new president of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) and warned that Nigeria could be banned by Tuesday if he does not vacate the post by midnight tonight.
September 1 - Despite frenetic transfer activity in the final few hours of the summer window, the fact that many of the major deals are loans reflects UEFA's financial fair play rules which Michel Platini says are having the desired effect.
By Andrew Warshaw September 1 - UEFA look set to change the format for seeding clubs in the Champions League to avoid the totally unsatisfactory situation of domestic champions being ranked lower than other clubs from the same country.
By Andrew Warshaw September 1 - The complications of a criminal case back home plus a thorny example of the pitfalls that come with third-party ownership (TPO) appear to have combined to hold up Manchester United's £16 million purchase of Argentine World Cup star Marcos Rojo.
September 1 - Northern Ireland Premiership club Linfield have been fined €15,000 for breaching UEFA rules over standing areas. The punishment relates to the Belfast side's home game against Swedes AIK Solna in the Europa League on July 17.
So FIFA President Sepp Blatter is a step nearer securing a fifth term as boss of world football, following this week's announcement by his UEFA counterpart Michel Platini, probably his most credible potential challenger, that he would not stand against him in next year's election. That means that world football's governing body may be a step nearer possibly losing its direct, active representation in world sport's most powerful club – the International Olympic Committee (IOC).