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Volume 6 No. 211


Bayern Munich announced that it "will launch its own secondary ticket exchange starting with the upcoming season," according to the TZ. The partnership with the club's current secondary ticket provider viagogo "will end by mutual agreement on June 30." Bayern Munich Exec Chair Karl-Heinz Rummenigge announced the introduction of a secondary ticket market back in October. He said, "The foundation of every club is its fans. Therefore we have to try to satisfy them." It is not yet clear "how the ticket exchange will work, but it is expected to combat black market activities" (TZ, 5/14).

It appears the board of Scottish League 1 side Rangers has had its "hand forced by disgruntled fans over the future of Ibrox Stadium and Murray Park," according to Ross Thomson of the SCOTSMAN. The "Ibrox 1972 Fund" was set up by The Union of Fans, Dave King and Richard Gough "to collect season ticket money and used as collateral to ensure the club does not sell or borrow money against Ibrox stadium or Murray Park." The group was "demanding a legally-binding document to safeguard the club’s main assets and it appears that their demands are being met." Initially, the Rangers board "has refused to accept any such demands, but it seems that the clubs hand has now been forced as they u-turn their stance." The lack of season-ticket renewals ahead of Friday’s deadline "was clearly of real concern for the board." The Union of Fans met with CEO Graham Wallace, Non-Exec Dir Norman Crighton and Sandy Easdale "to discuss the issue." A statement by the supporters coalition said, "A proposal was made by Mr. Wallace that whilst the board would not grant a security, they could consider giving a legally binding undertaking which would protect Ibrox from sale, sale and leaseback, or as any form of security for a loan or other finance." Similar measures "were also demanded for the Murray Park training complex" (SCOTSMAN, 5/15).

League Championship side Leeds United has "appointed former Sheffield Wednesday, Aston Villa and Bradford City forward Benito Carbone as a consultant," according to the BBC. The 42-year-old Italian "will be involved in football and technical operations" with both the first team and the academy side. Carbone "has previously managed in the Italian fourth tier" (BBC, 5/15). The PA reported Carbone "has a remit to advise the new board of directors at Elland Road on first-team matters." Leeds Owner Massimo Cellino cast doubt on the future of Manager Brian McDermott "in an interview with ITV's Calendar on Wednesday when he questioned the manager's decision to take a holiday" (PA, 5/15)

La Liga side Valencia President Amadeo Salvo said that the club's administrative council will hold a meeting with season-ticket holders and club shareholders on May 23 at 8:30pm to "explain Valencia's sale process," which is currently ongoing, according to Carlos Bosch of SUPERDEPORTE. The process is "following the scheduled phases and on Saturday, the preferred bidder is expected to be selected" (SUPERDEPORTE, 5/15). SUPERDEPORTE reported former Valencia footballer Amedeo Carboni has joined Valencia bidder Zolotaya Zvezda and will become a Valencia adviser, spokesperson and employee in the team's social and institutional departments if the Russian bid is successful. Former Valencia footballer Javier Subirats recently signed on with the Russian bid to become Valencia's sporting director (SUPERDEPORTE, 5/15).