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Volume 7 No. 149


Stuart Armstrong's £7M ($9.2M) transfer to Premier League side Southampton from Scottish Premiership side Celtic led to a "six-figure windfall" that Dyce Boys Club said will "sustain the club for years," according to the BBC. Dyce Boys' share of this summer's fee, the result of FIFA's rules about developing players, left the club "in a state of shock." Inverness-born Armstrong moved from Dyce Boys to Scottish Championship side Inverness Caledonian Thistle before signing professional terms with Scottish Championship rival Dundee United, "then switching to Celtic." Armstrong: "I'm really proud that the move to Southampton has triggered a payment to the club as it was a great place for me to learn and enjoy my football while I was growing up." Dyce Boys Club Treasurer Len Nicol added, "We are in a state of shock. We never dreamt how much it would be. We heard news of the transfer just before it was announced and we knew that there would be a payment, but I nearly dropped the phone when I heard how much it was" (BBC, 9/13).

Maurizio Zamparini: "We'll ask for the league to be stopped and Palermo readmitted. It's justice."

Serie B side Palermo Owner Maurizio Zamparini "has not given up hope of getting his club admitted to Serie A this season" and warned the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) that he will seek "at least €50 million ($58.4M) in damages" if he is denied. Frosinone beat Palermo 3-2 on aggregate in last season's Serie B playoff final but the second leg was "overshadowed by controversy," with Frosinone emerging a 2-0 winner "but subsequently given a two-match stadium ban for disrupting the game by throwing balls onto the pitch" (London INDEPENDENT, 9/13).

Serie A side Chievo was deducted three points and club President Luca Campedelli was banned for three months after the FIGC found the club "guilty of accounting irregularities." The FIGC said in a statement that its disciplinary tribunal found that Chievo "inflated the value of some transfer dealings with Cesena," a club which played in Serie B last season (REUTERS, 9/13).

National Rugby League side South Sydney Rabbitohs is investigating a woman's claims that a Facebook video chat with several high-profile players "turned lewd without her consent -- with two stars exposing­ their private parts." A club spokesperson on Wednesday confirmed the 23-year-old sent an email the day after the May 26 incident (Sydney DAILY TELEGRAPH, 9/13).