Soccer notebook: CONCACAF could play in 2016 Copa America

Associated Press

Published: Wednesday, July 4 2012 11:52 p.m. MDT

New CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb met Wednesday with South American soccer officials to discuss a joint tournament for both confederations at the Copa America in 2016.

CONCACAF, which represents North and Central America and the Caribbean, holds its Gold Cup championship in odd-numbered years. Since 1999, South America's Copa America has been held every four years in the summers following World Cups. There have been two outside invitees since 1993, mostly from CONCACAF.

A partnership with CONCACAF in 2016 would celebrate the 100th anniversary of CONMEBOL, South America's federation.

The meeting with CONMEBOL's executive committee took place in Sao Paulo, Brazil, ahead of the second leg of the Copa Libertadores final between Corinthians and Boca Juniors.

Webb said "I look forward to further talks and building a stronger relationship between our confederations."

RANGERS WILL NOT PLAY SPL: Glasgow Rangers will not be playing in the Scottish Premier League next season as a result of the club's financial meltdown, a move that likely ensures rival Celtic will win the title.

SPL clubs voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to reject a bid by a reformed Rangers to stay in the division. Rangers could wind up being relegated to the third division.

The 140-year-old club has won a record 54 domestic league titles but has tax debts of $32.7 million and entered bankruptcy protection in February.

Failure to secure agreement with tax authorities led to Rangers chairman Charles Green purchasing the club's assets in a $8.6 million deal and establishing a new company.

Green said the club was "deeply disappointed" with the result of the vote and will be applying to join the Scottish Football League, which is made up of three divisions.

Americans Carlos Bocanegra, Maurice Edu and Alejandro Bedoya could attempt to leave the club rather than play in a lower league.

VAN PERSIE LEAVING ARSENAL: Robin van Persie's Arsenal career appears to be over after the Dutch forward announced Wednesday he will not be extending his contract with the Gunners.

"I personally have had a great season, but my goal has been to win trophies with the team and to bring the club back to its glory days," Van Persie wrote on his website. "I've thought long and hard about it, but I have decided not to extend my contract."

Van Persie, who scored 37 goals in all competitions for Arsenal last season, said he held talks about his future with chief executive Ivan Gazidis and manager Arsene Wenger before the European Championship.

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