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Scotland's top-flight football clubs "have been given a cash boost by an increase in season ticket sales," according to Craig McDonald of the Scotland DAILY RECORD. Figures "were also up last season" -- as fans rallied to offset gate revenue lost by Rangers’ demotion to Division Three. With a week to go before the SPL kicks off, Aberdeen, Celtic, Hearts, Hibs and Partick Thistle "all report increases on last year." Ernst & Young partner Neil Patey said that the bounce "could be due to league restructuring" -- or a feel-good factor returning to the economy. He said, "Any increases are a positive message for Scottish football. Maybe it’s a sign league reconstruction is being viewed positively and the economy generally is better now" (DAILY TELEGRAPH, 7/28).
The Italian football federation (FIGC) said on Saturday that a tribunal "has rejected Torino goalkeeper Jean Francois Gillet's appeal against the Belgian international's match-fixing ban of three years and seven months" (REUTERS, 7/27). ... Kenya is the latest African country "to come under the spotlight for alleged footballing corruption over allegations that several hundred thousand dollars, part of it a donation from FIFA, have gone missing." The country's Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission "has received information about the alleged misappropriation of up to $410,000 by the Kenyan FA" (INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL, 7/26). ... Football Kenya Federation President Sam Nyamweya "has threatened to sue a leading local daily over an article it published on Thursday concerning allegations of graft in the body" (XINHUA, 7/26).