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SBD Global/December 16, 2013/Franchises

Arsenal Majority Shareholder Stan Kroenke Purchases 13 Shares, Invests $324,200

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EPL Arsenal majority shareholder Stan Kroenke has "upped his stake in the Premier League leaders" by further investing £199,000 ($324,200) into the club, according to FOOTBALL TRADE DIRECTORY. Kroenke bought 13 more shares -- eight at £15,500 ($25,250) and five at £15,000 ($24,430). He now holds a stake of 41,596 shares in the club -- "or 66.85% of the total" -- through his company, Kroenke Sports Enterprises. Arsenal's two other "major shareholders" include Alisher Usmanov and "David Dein's Red and White Holdings as well as the Fanshare scheme" (FOOTBALL TRADE DIRECTORY, 12/13).

CLUB INCREASES TICKET PRICES: The PA reported the Arsenal Independent Supporters Association has "expressed disappointment over the club's announcement to increase ticket prices for next season." Arsenal confirmed in a statement on Friday the "3% increase 'in line with inflation' for next season." AISA Chair Lois Langston hopes the club will continue its "dialogue over freezing the cost of season-ticket renewals," some of which can cost £1,900 ($3,095), with a decision "yet to be confirmed either way" (PA, 12/13).
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