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Kick It Out expects a surge in number of complaints after Mackay case

Thu, 21/08/2014 - 22:30
Terry and Suárez cases led to spikes in complaints
Anelkas quenelle also led to increased vigilance

Reports of alleged racism, sexism, antisemitism, homophobia and other forms of discrimination to footballs anti-discrimination campaign Kick It Out more than trebled last season, the organisation has revealed. Publishing its figures as part of a drive to encourage people to report incidents with confidence that they will be taken seriously, Kick It Out disclosed that 284 incidents were reported from football at all levels in 2013-14, a 269% increase from the previous season, when 77 were reported.

The Football Association also received a marked increase in reports of racist abuse and other alleged discrimination in amateur football; the governing body told the Guardian. In 2013-14, 587 cases were reported to county football associations nationwide, a 163% increase from the 224 incidents reported the previous season.

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Coventry City set for Ricoh Arena return after Northampton groundshare

Thu, 21/08/2014 - 19:36
First match back at Ricoh against Gillingham on 5 September
Sixfields stay saw fourth lowest attendances in Football League

Coventry City will return to the Ricoh Arena after the clubs owners agreed a two-year rent deal with the stadiums operators to end their calamitous groundshare at Northampton. Details have been kept confidential by owners Sisu and Arena Coventry Limited (ACL), but the club will have no offices or shop at the Ricoh, nor any presence apart from the matches played there, under the temporary arrangement. They will receive a share of food and drink income on matchdays.

Citys first match back in the stadium built for them by Coventry City Council and opened in 2005 will be against Gillingham on Friday 5 September. The return was welcomed by all parties, particularly supporters, including the Sky Blue Trust, who have campaigned relentlessly for the club to play in Coventry and overwhelmingly declined to watch matches at Northampton.

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The Glazers continue to thrive while Manchester United flounder | David Conn

Wed, 20/08/2014 - 15:07
This summer the owners have boasted about how much they have increased ticket prices since their takeover at the same time as Ed Woodward struggles to attract top names
Glazers rule out selling United for at least five years
Marcos Rojo set to complete £16m move to Old Trafford

Amid the reams of corporate boasting in the Glazer familys pitch to make $200m from selling a small slice of Manchester United plc shares, a section trumpets to likely investors Uniteds concerted raising of Old Trafford ticket prices since the Americans bought the club in 2005 and loaded it with their own £525m debt.

The timing, following the £75m the family made selling shares when they floated United on the New York stock exchange in 2012, is painful. The thinness of the clubs squad was exposed by Swansea Citys 2-1 opening-day win at Old Trafford last Saturday and there is an unconvincing late transfer market scramble to shore it up.

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