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Volume 7 No. 149

Franchises

The Welsh Rugby Union is "monitoring the current turmoil" at Welsh Premier Division side Neath RFC after the "famous old club" was forced to postpone Saturday's league match at Bedwas, according to Anthony Woolford of WALES ONLINE. The Welsh All Blacks "have had to rely on permit players" from other clubs to fulfill fixtures this month after "losing a number of their squad due to financial uncertainty at The Gnoll." But with the National League resuming after Wales' autumn int'l series, Neath had to postpone this weekend's visit to Bridge Field until '19. Whether the west Wales-based club will be able to fulfill all its fixtures this season "remains to be seen." Neath is facing a winding up order, which "could spell the end of the Welsh All Blacks." A WRU statement on the current crisis at The Gnoll said, "Neath have announced they will aim to reschedule the Bedwas fixture for the new year" (WALES ONLINE, 11/29).

Allsvenskan side AIK fans will be able to purchase an "infinity card" for 189,100 krona.
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Allsvenskan side AIK is selling a lifelong season-ticket worth more than £16,000 ($20,450) ahead of next season. The club released a new "infinity card," which will be valid as long as its holder lives -- so long as her or she "can drum up the not insignificant fee to purchase it in the first place." The price for a permanent seat at the Stockholm club’s Friends Arena is 189,100 krona ($20,800), "a symbolic reference" to its founding year, 1891 (London INDEPENDENT, 11/29).

ManU released its "bizarre" leopard-print kit made for FIFA 19 and fans took to social media to give their thoughts on the £65 ($83) shirt. Real Madrid, Juventus and Bayern Munich will also have fourth kits available to buy even though the teams "will not wear them in real life" (London DAILY MAIL, 11/29).

League two side Morecambe failed to pay its players on time. Players were due to be paid on Wednesday, but the situation is expected to be resolved by Friday (BBC, 11/28).