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Volume 10 No. 24

International Football

Danish Superliga side FC Copenhagen is "refusing to sell tickets for their upcoming Champions League home games to fans with 'non-Danish' sounding names," according to John Drayton of the London DAILY MAIL. The controversial system "is designed to stop trouble caused by away fans buying tickets in the home end of the Parken Stadium." Copenhagen will face Real Madrid, Juventus and Galatasaray in Group B and club officials "are concerned that the limited away allocation will result in opposition fans attempting to sit in amongst the home support." Some home fans applying to attend the three matches "have already been told that they cannot purchase tickets because of 'security reasons.'" This has left fans "upset with the club's decision and facing the prospect of missing out on arguably their three biggest games of the season." Former Rangers player Bajram Fetai "is at the centre of the row, with the attacker accusing Copenhagen of racism." However, club secretary Daniel Rommedahl "denies that Copenhagen are discriminating against their own supporters." Rommedahl: ''Safety is always our main concern when it comes to events at Parken. Therefore we make every effort to ensure that fans of our guests only have access to the away section" (DAILY MAIL, 9/4).

EPL Tottenham Chair Daniel Levy, with his former player Gareth Bale now with Real Madrid, "wanted to make his understanding of the market and the negotiations clear," according to José Félix Díaz of EL CONFIDENCIAL. Levy "called Real Madrid to try to stop the team's sale of Mesut Özil to Tottenham's direct rival, Arsenal." Levy "felt betrayed by Real Madrid after Real Madrid's transfer of Özil to Arsenal." The "Tottenham exec had to see it to believe it after all that had happened in July and August." During "the Bale negotiations, Levy asked for Özil in exchange for Bale, but Real Madrid did not think in July that Özil's status with the team was about to change." Real Madrid President Florentino Perez said that Özil's situation "has been deteriorating as Perez repeatedly denied Özil the salary increase he was requesting." During Bale's "presentation as the newest member of Real Madrid, Perez was the only one who seemed bothered by fans asking for Özil to remain with the club, demanding them to be quiet" (EL CONFIDENCIAL, 9/3). In London, Dave Wood reported "Levy was stunned to discover the Germany midfielder [Özil] was on his way to their north London rivals after being told he was not for sale by Real Madrid." Özil admitted that he had "not expected to leave" Real Madrid but revealed that once it was clear he no longer "figured in the first-team plans of Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti following the signing of Bale, he had no hesitation in moving on to a fresh challenge at Arsenal" (DAILY MAIL, 9/4).

EPL side Crystal Palace Manager Ian Holloway "will serve a two-match touchline ban" after the FA confirmed he would not appeal the sanctions handed out following the Eagles' 1-0 defeat to Tottenham (PA, 9/4). ... Kuala Lumpur's Hafizi Rosli "has made history for the wrong reasons" -- by being the first player to be charged with unsporting behavior by the FA of Malaysia's disciplinary committee. The disciplinary committee Wednesday "banned him for six months" and fined him RM 2,000 ($600) (THE STAR, 9/4). ... Thai police said that "a high-profile Thai Premier League football referee was shot and seriously injured in Bangkok on Wednesday morning." Police Lt. Col. Komen Suphap, deputy superintendent of Hua Mak police station, said that Thanom Borikut "was ambushed" at about 5:45am in front of a dormitory at the Sports Authority of Thailand headquarters on Ramkhamhaeng Road, Bangkok (BANGKOK POST, 9/4). ... The FA of Thailand "has scheduled its presidential election for Oct 17." FAT Acting Secretary General Ong-arj Kosinkha Tuesday said that "the date was agreed by all concerned parties," including the FAT, FIFA and Virach Charnpanich, who will challenge FAT Acting President Worawi Makudi in the election (BANGKOK POST, 9/4). ... The Czechs are planning on building a new stadium in Prague, "probably at Strahov on the site of an old stadium currently used mainly for training and rock concerts." The Czech FA "has approved a plan to bid to be one of the 13 tournament hosts of the 2020 European Championships and will be submitting an application to UEFA" prior to the Sept. 12 deadline. For the Czech bid to succeed, a new stadium will be required, "and it was built into the bidding protocol that work on any new stadium" must be started by '16 (INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL, 9/4). ... The Barcelona-Real Madrid match scheduled for Oct. 27 "will not take place at 12pm." Multimedia group Mediapro President Jaume Roures insinuated on Tuesday morning that the match "would be played at noon, but in the end, it will not be." Last season, the Barcelona-Madrid match "was played at 4pm" (MUNDO DEPORTIVO, 9/4). ... The Mexican Football Federation's Discipline Committee opened an investigation into "violent events that took place between fans of Liga MX clubs Cruz Azul and Querétaro on Saturday." The fight "developed there because Mexico City authorities informed that they did not have enough police to make any available for security at the game" (LA AFICION, 9/3). ... During the summer transfer period, Real Madrid received €109.6M ($144.8M), but the club's spending reached €182.4M ($241M). Real Madrid spent €72.8M ($96.2M) "more on signings than it made in revenue from player trades" (MUNDO DEPORTIVO, 9/4). ... La Liga side Villarreal has made available to the public its tickets for the team's match against Real Madrid on Sept. 14. Ticket prices range from €50 ($66) to €110 ($145) and Villarreal "is facilitating two points of sale:" at the La Salera mall and the official ticket office at El Madrigal stadium (AS, 9/4).