National Rugby League side Manly majority Owner Scott Penn "called on the NRL to settle an inquiry into allegations of salary cap impropriety at the club as soon as possible," saying that he would "open the club's books to League Central investigators this week," according to Chris Barrett of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. The NRL's integrity unit is this week "set to begin a probe into claims of secret payments that have emerged" during an NSW Organised Crime Squad investigation into match-fixing in the game. Penn has "staunchly defended Manly amid allegations of secret payments" to at least one Sea Eagles player in previous seasons. He said on Sunday that he told NRL CEO Todd Greenberg he "wants to avoid further damage to the brand by having an investigation completed swiftly." Penn said, "I will go in (to the NRL), sure. We have nothing to hide. I rang Todd 10 days ago and said, 'Come down next week. What do we have to do to wrap this up as quickly as possible?' He said, 'We have to work through a process.' We just want to get this over and done with. We are very comfortable with our compliance. Let's wrap this up" (SMH, 7/16). In Sydney, Brent Read reported Penn has spoken to Greenberg about the "need for the game to be more supportive." Penn: "I said to him we've got to work together on this because we really feel like we've been hung out to dry and unfairly treated when nothing has been proven. We didn't get the support we felt we needed from the game. We've just said that in future if these things happen ... if it's related to individuals, not to the club, then support the club" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 7/17).
Scottish Premiership side Hibernian "smashed" through its record season ticket sales as supporters gear up for the "first top flight campaign in four years." The club passed the 12,000 mark "for the first time ever and with three weeks still to go before the opening Premiership game of the season against Partick Thistle" (Scotland DAILY RECORD, 7/16).
League One side Blackpool Manager Gary Bowyer said that "high wage demands are making it more difficult to sign players in the summer transfer window." The club has "brought in seven new faces so far this summer" (BBC, 7/14).
Fourth tier German side 1860 Munich is "charging more for an adult standing season ticket" than Bayern Munich. 1860 was relegated from the second tier in May and "immediately dropped down another level after failing to transfer" about €5M ($5.7M) to the German FA (DFB) for a third division license. The club announced on Friday that fans will have to pay €199 ($228) for a full-price adult standing terrace season ticket, an increase of €7 ($8) on last season's 2nd Bundesliga ticket (ESPN.com, 7/14).
EPL side Leicester City owners "emphatically denied allegations of corruption in Thailand." According to reports, King Power is "facing a multi-million pound lawsuit for allegedly failing to pay the Thai government money due from the operation of the company's duty free franchise at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi airport" (PA, 7/14).