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SBD Global/August 7, 2014/International Football

Serbian Government Examines Pathway To Privatization Of Club Football

Serbian Minister of Youth Affairs & Sport Vanja Udovicic said that "the government is working on a strategy to privatise the country's football clubs," according to Jaroslaw Adamowski of INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL. Under the plan, the clubs "are to model their operations on those of Greek football sides Olympiakos and Panathinaikos." Udovicic said, "We are the closest to using the Greek model of Panathinaikos and Olympiakos." Udovicic said that the ministry will take into account the needs of the Serbian sport and prepare several models for privatization, but "the final word will belong to the government." Asked about the potential privatization of two of the top Serbian football sides, Partizan Belgrade and Red Star Belgrade, the minister said that "before the clubs could be purchased by private investors, the legal status of their stadiums needed to be put in order" (INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL, 8/6).
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