SEPTEMBER 22, 1997
FLAVIO BRIATORE has told the staff of Benetton Formula that he is leaving the team in the near future.
Richards will look after the technical management and organization of the Enstone operation, while the Benetton Family - notably Alessandro and Rocco Benetton - will take over the marketing side of the business. Briatore is rumored to be going off to run a new European Football League which Bernie Ecclestone is said to be planning to televise. According to the rumors this will involve the top clubs from different European countries meeting in a series of events which will be shown on pay-per-view television, using Ecclestone's digital TV techniques, which have been pioneered in F1.