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  • Serie A Bologna President 'Regrets' Buying Club After Fans Staged Protests During Game

    Serie A Bologna President Albano Guaraldi "has put the club up for sale" and said he "regrets" buying the side in the first place, according to FOOTBALL ITALIA. The patron "was deeply hurt after fans staged protests during the 2-2 draw with Sampdoria and expressed his intention to walk away." Guaraldi: "If I went back, I probably wouldn’t make the same decision to buy a majority stake in the club." Guaraldi first took over Bologna in April '11 and has just more than 50% of the shares. There "have been reports of investors from China willing to take over at Bologna" (FOOTBALL ITALIA, 9/10).

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  • DEL Club Eisbären Berlin Sets New Season Ticket Sales Record With 4,424

    German Hockey League (DEL) club Eisbären Berlin "has set a new club record for season ticket sales," according to the SID. The defending champion "has sold 4,424 season tickets ahead of Friday's season start." The "previous best of 4,126 was set during the previous year." After a "dispute regarding price hikes and a short-term boycott during the '12-13 season, the Eisbären are hoping again to receive complete support from their fans." Club GM Peter John Lee said, "We have, in close collaboration with our fans, implemented necessary price increases. After this very emotional process in April, we are now looking forward that our fans, which are a very important part of the Eisbären family, support us more than before" (SID, 9/11).

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  • Scottish League 1 Rangers Could Announce Extraordinary General Meeting By Fiday

    Scottish League 1 Rangers "could announce an extraordinary general meeting by Friday, with the board yet to reach agreement with a group of shareholders seeking change," according to the Scotland DAILY RECORD. The investors want former Ibrox Dir Paul Murray, Sandy Easdale -- brother of current non-exec director James -- and accounting expert Frank Blin "appointed as directors." Rangers are keen to avoid an EGM "but have so far failed to reach agreement that could see proposed boardroom changes folded into the business of the club's annual general meeting which is set to take place in October" (DAILY RECORD, 9/10). The SCOTSMAN reported the BBC and the National Union of Journalists have backed BBC Scotland presenter Jim Spence "after he was the victim of online abuse by Rangers fans for making a reference to the 'Oldco' club." Spence "found himself on the receiving end of abusive tweets and emails after he spoke of the current board changes at Ibrox." He said, "John McLelland, who was chairman of the old club ... some people will tell you the club ... well the club that died, possibly coming back in terms of the new chairman." The BBC is said to have received more than 400 complaints, and it has been rumored that the veteran reporter "had even considered voluntary redundancy over the issue" (SCOTSMAN, 9/11).

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