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Volume 6 No. 212


The division racking the Australian Football League Brisbane Lions board "remains at a stalemate, with plans for an extraordinary general meeting to resolve the deadlock forestalled," according to Andrew Stafford of the BRISBANE TIMES. Lions Chair Angus Johnson "has been challenged by a rival ticket" led by Dirs Paul Williams and Mick Power, who "also have the backing of Leigh Matthews, who led the Lions to a hat-trick of premierships as coach." The stalemate "comes at a critical time for the Lions, with the board instability affecting its search for a new coach and its positions during the trade and draft periods" (BRISBANE TIMES, 9/12).

The "idea of a club wanting a 40,000-seat ground even though attendances only push past 20,000 when they are in the Premier League does not add up," according to Andy Hodgson of the London EVENING STANDARD. But Crystal Palace Co-Chair Steve Parish believes that the club "can make it work, which is why they are pressing ahead with plans to transform Selhurst Park." Palace’s three previous appearances in the Premier League "have only been one-year stays but the rewards for staying up are now bigger than ever." The EPL’s bottom club will receive £63M ($84M) in TV money with that "increasing in relation to finishing position." Although there was once talk of a move to Crystal Palace Park, "the focus is now on substantially increasing Selhurst Park’s 26,309 capacity." Palace’s owners will "invite four or five architects to pitch for the business this autumn." One option "is to knock every stand down and start again and have a purpose-built stadium all the way round." Another option "could see two new stands replace the main and Arthur Waite stands before knocking down the Holmesdale to join on to them" (EVENING STANDARD, 9/12).

Super League side Salford Red Devils Owner Marwan Koukash has revealed that he not only remains interested in taking over League One side Oldham Athletic -- "but that he has also set his sights on adding Championship One Roughyeds to his portfolio and wants to build a new stadium in Oldham for the pair," according to Mike Keegan of the MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS. Koukash said, "I am interested in both clubs. I am in discussions with people who are connected." Currently Latics play at three-sided Boundary Park, "although work is expected to start shortly on a new stand." Koukash: "I want to create a destination in Oldham. I want to buy the football club and the rugby club and build not only a stadium for both but leisure facilities for the community" (MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS, 9/12).

The Australian Football League "has moved to abandon its case against Essendon club doctor Bruce Reid to avoid answering allegations of bias about its handing of the supplement scandal that engulfed this season," according to Chip Le Grand of THE AUSTRALIAN. AFL Chair Mike Fitzpatrick put a settlement offer to Essendon President Paul Little in which Reid "would be cleared of all charges and face no penalty for his role in failing to prevent Essendon players being exposed to health risks and, potentially, anti-doping violations through the injection of exotic supplements" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 9/13). NEWS LIMITED NETWORK reported Essendon has launched legal action and demanded an apology from Carlton CEO Greg Swann after he labeled the Bombers "cheats." Swann said that the Blues deserved to be in the finals because Essendon had "cheated," in reference to the club's supplement's saga (NEWS LIMITED NETWORK, 9/12).