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Volume 6 No. 212


Bundesliga club Bayern Munich "reportedly wants to increase its stadium capacity" for int'l matches, according to the SID. The club "wants to increase the capacity of its Allianz Arena for int'l matches by 3,000 seats from 68,000 to 71,000." The proposed upgrade "would correlate with the stadium's Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal (German Cup) capacity." In order to increase the stadium's capacity, the club "wants to max out the space at the south end north stands." The Allianz Arena hosted last year's Champions League Final and "wants to host it again in the near future." Club Chair Karl Hopfner said, "It's not realistic in the next two years. Now it's London's turn, then Lisbon. But at some point another final in Munich is in the realm of possibilities." The club "last increased the stadium's capacity during the summer." The summer upgrade increased its capacity from 69,000 to 71,000 for domestic games and from 66,000 to 68,000 for int'l games (SID, 4/3).

Three private investigators have denied posing as senior West Ham United execs "to spy on private documents for Tottenham Hotspur," according to Tristan Kirk of the London DAILY MAIL. Richard Michael Forrest, 30, Lee Stewart, 39, and Howard Hill, 58, "are accused of fraud by false representation while the two Premier League clubs were battling for control of the Olympic Stadium." It is alleged that accountancy firm PFK Senior Investigator Hill "was hired by Spurs to spy on West Ham" execs in '11. Judge Anthony Leonard "sent the case for trial, which will not take place until next year." The trio is accused of pretending to be West Ham execs as the two clubs "fought a protracted battle for control of the Stratford stadium" following last summer’s Games. Spurs "have since pulled out of the bid and West Ham are set to take residence at the 54,000 seat stadium" in '16 (DAILY MAIL, 4/2).

The Russian federal government "has refused to provide any future funding for the construction of Zenit St. Petersburg's delayed and over-budget new stadium," according to R-SPORT. The arena, which will host a 2018 World Cup semifinal, was originally supposed to open in '08, "but the completion date has been repeatedly pushed back" as costs have swollen to $1.1B. Citing a written answer from federal construction Chief Alexei Uvarov, St. Petersburg city parliament Deputy Boris Vishnevsky said, "According to the results of the study of this question, a consolidated position has been put forward by the relevant federal executive authorities on the lack of opportunities to finance the facility in question from federal budget." Vishnevsky also said that he had asked the government whether state gas company Gazprom, which owns Zenit, could provide funding, "but did not mention what, if any, answer Uvarov had provided" (R-SPORT, 4/2).