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Volume 6 No. 213


F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone "has retracted statements in which he proclaimed interest in acquiring the bankrupt Nürburgring," according to the SID. The 82-year-old said, "I thought about it, but it isn't practical for me. I hope that someone will buy the Nürburgring because we love to come here. Especially because we have been coming here for a long time." On Friday, Ecclstone made statements that "he might be interested in buying the whole racetrack." He said, "I've heard the Nürburgring is up for sale. It is quite possible that I will buy it. I'm at least thinking about it" (SID, 7/7).

Madrid's City Council's report in which the "Technical Building Inspection (ITE) qualified La Liga side Rayo Vallecano's Vallecas stadium as unfavorable will not be a significant obstacle as Rayo Vallecano seeks UEFA licensing," according to F.J. Garrido of AS. What could happen "is that Rayo might be forced to play its home games at an alternate location." Part of the decision regarding the club's ability to secure UEFA licensing will be decided by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (TAS), which will decide whether Rayo meets economic standards. Once it is "determined whether the club meets economic standards, the second phase will involve an evaluation of the facilities at Vallecas." If the stadium does not pass inspection, "the club will not be allowed to play European games there" (AS, 7/7).

Scottish Second Division side Rangers have joined forces with telecom firm Huawei to offer fans free WiFi at Ibrox. The phased deployment of wireless Internet at Ibrox "is due to begin in August on a stand by stand basis" (SCOTSMAN, 7/5). ... In a "major coup" for National Rugby League side Cronulla Sharks, which is in the midst of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority drug inquiry, "waste management company Remondis have signed on as the new ground sponsor." Sharks Stadium "will now be called Remondis Stadium" (HERALD SUN, 7/4).