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  • Barcelona Announces Kids To Have Free Access To Matches, With Certain Exceptions

    Barcelona on Wednesday announced its project to "continue allowing children into the Camp Nou for free, thereby ending the controversy surrounding the board’s decision that put an end to the tradition of allowing the children and grandchildren of members into the ground without a ticket," according to MARCA. Children will be allowed to "do so in every game of the season except league matches against Real Madrid and Atlético," the Champions League quarterfinals and semifinals, or the Spanish Cup and Spanish Super Cup semifinals (MARCA, 10/24). MARCA reported in a separate piece that for earlier games, at noon, 4pm or 6m, Barcelona will offer youth tickets, but set a limit of 3,000. If "there are more than 3,000 requests for youth tickets, the club will hold a draw among those requesting tickets" (MARCA, 10/23).

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  • Alain Prost, Jean-Paul Driot Join Forces To Form New Formula E Team E.dams

    Four-time F1 world champion Alain Prost "has joined forces" with Jean-Paul Driot, founder of leading GP2 and Formula Renault 3.5 team Dams, to enter the FIA Formula E Championship -- "competing as new team e.dams," according to Tim Biesbrouck of ELECTRIC AUTOSPORT. E.dams becomes the fifth team to "sign an agreement with Formula E Holdings to compete in the new fully-electric race series" which begins in September. The new Formula E team "will be supported with logistical and technical assistance by top European squad Dams" (ELECTRIC AUTOSPORT, 10/24).

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  • NRL Parramatta Eels Consider Appointing Full-Time Chief Medical Officer

    The "combined threats of the peptides scandal and growing concerns over the impact of concussion" have led National Rugby League club Parramatta Eels "to contemplate appointing the code's first full-time chief medical officer," according to Margie McDonald of THE AUSTRALIAN. In what would be a first in the NRL and the Australian Football League, the CMO "would be a doctor who would be responsible for all medical services delivered to all grades at the club." He or she "would oversee all player treatment and supplement use and would be charged with ensuring players' health was not put at risk." Eels CEO Scott Seward said, "They would have their separate team doctors but it would all funnel up to a CMO" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 10/25).

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  • Former Scottish League 1 Rangers Dir Paul Murray Steps Up His Bid To Control Club

    Former Scottish League 1 Rangers Dir Paul Murray on Thursday called for Rangers fans to "throw their weight behind him and tycoon Jim McColl as they step up their bid to seize control of the Ibrox club," according to David Gunn of the SCOTSMAN. Murray insisted that he and McColl are the "right men to stabilise the club and has called on what remains of the board to swiftly name the date for what is sure to be a pivotal annual general meeting." The meeting "had been scheduled" for Thursday, but Scottish lawyer Colin Tyre "ruled there was no 'valid reason'" for then-CEO Craig Mather and the Rangers board not to "present the Murrays' motion to the rest of the club's shareholders and granted the interim interdict" (SCOTSMAN, 10/24). In Glasgow, Keith Jackson reported Murray on Wednesday "reacted with dismay to leaks" that the Rangers Annual General Meeting might be "postponed until Christmas." Murray: "Earlier this week three fans’ groups called for clarification on key points. The fans were quite correct to call for an agm to be held as soon as reasonably possible because this uncertainty cannot be allowed to continue. With that in mind, the latest leak about an eight-week delay is hugely disappointing and does nothing to provide the club with the stability it urgently needs" (DAILY RECORD, 10/24). Also in Glasgow, David Love reported former Rangers Owner Craig Whyte on Wednesday claimed he had "become untouchable after his part in the club’s downfall." Whyte told a court that insurance firms "refused to deal with him and would not insure his palatial Highland home, Castle Grant" (DAILY RECORD, 10/24).

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  • Franchise Notes: Barcelona Website Briefly Collapses As 12,000 Request 'Clásico' Tickets

    In five minutes, Barcelona's website on Thursday received more than 12,000 applications from non-season-ticket holders for tickets for Saturday's "El Clásico" against Real Madrid. The team's sales system was overwhelmed, as the flood of applications caused it to collapse, but the system was back online at 12pm. The level of demand exceeds the previous record from '11, when 5,000 applications were received for tickets to a Champions League semifinal matchup (Barcelona). ... Premiership rugby Worcester Warriors "hope a one-off price cut for next week's home game against Bath will bring back missing Warriors fans to inspire their misfiring team." Their 12-match run without a win since March 1 "has led to this season's three home league games so far being played in a near half-empty stadium" (BBC, 10/24).

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