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Volume 6 No. 216

Leagues and Governing Bodies

The 18 German Bundesliga clubs "have already sold 480,595 season tickets for the 50th anniversary season of the league," according to the DPA. This means the league is on the same pace as last years record-breaking season ticket sales number of 480,835. Each club has sold an average of 26,700 season tickets. On top of the list sits current champion Borussia Dortmund with 54,000 sold season tickets, followed by rival Schalke 04 (43,195) and Bayern Munich (38,000). The top three, as well as many other clubs, "have already stopped their season ticket sales." The fans of newly promoted Fortuna Dusseldorf, which returned to Germany's top flight after a 15-year hiatus, have helped the team to sell a record-breaking 31,000 season tickets. Fortuna board member Sven Mühlenbeck said, "The fact that we've sold that many season tickets is simply sensational. We honestly didn't expect that" (DPA, 8/7).

FIFA have denied claims by one of their former corruption experts that "they are investigating match-fixing allegations" at the 2010 World Cup, according to the PA. FIFA's former Head of Security Chris Eaton told Channel 4 that the organization "were looking into a specific incident in the clash between Nigeria and Greece." However, in a statement to the PA, a FIFA spokeperson said, "We are not conducting any match-fixing investigation for 2010 FIFA World Cup matches." Eaton alleged that his former employers were "still investigating suspicious activity at the game." Eaton: "It's certainly an interesting circumstance and we know a lot about it" (PA, 8/7).

Asian Football Confederation interim President Zhang Jilong has warned the continent's 46 football associations not to "interfere" in its probe into alleged wrongdoing by its "scandal-tainted chief" Mohamed bin Hammam, according to AFP. The warning by Zhang comes as the AFC is probing "fresh allegations of financial and other misconduct" by bin Hammam. Zhang said, "In this context, we would like to remind each member association once again of their obligation to comply with AFC regulations as well as of their duty of loyalty towards AFC..." An AFC spokesperson told AFP the call for cooperation was aimed at "making sure the process is as smooth as possible" and did not indicate the confederation was concerned it may run into resistance from its member associations (AFP, 8/7).