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Football Notes: Athletic Bilbao To Sell Fans San Mamés Stadium Grass
Published June 20, 2013
OPEN PRACTICE: Newly hired Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola's first two practices on June 26 and 27 with his new team will be open to the public. Bayern Munich will charge fans wishing to attend €5 ($6.70) for admission, with the club hoping to fill its Allianz Arena capacity of 71,000. Proceeds will go toward repairing recent flood damages done in the state of Bavaria (MUNDO DEPORTIVO, 6/19).
WORLD CUP BOOST: The South African national football team "could get a further boost" in its "seemingly doomed bid to qualify for the World Cup in Brazil next year with Ethiopia potentially set to lose the points from their win over Bafana Bafana." FIFA "is already investigating the eligibility of midfielder Minyahile Beyene for the 2-1 victory in Botswana on June 8." The player "should have been suspended for the fixture, having picked up two yellow cards in the qualification campaign." With plenty of precedence in this regard, it "would seem highly likely that Ethiopia's error in fielding him will cost them the points from the match against The Zebras" (SOWETAN LIVE, 6/19).