Ticket prices skyrocket
The cheapest tickets in English soccer’s top four divisions have increased by an average of 11.7 percent since last season; more than five times the rate of inflation. A survey revealed on Thursday the average price of the cheapest match ticket in the Premier League has increased from ￡24.87 last year to ￡28.30 (US$40.10 to US$45.60) this year, an increase of nearly 14 percent. This was in stark contrast to the Consumer Price Index, one measure of inflation in Britain, which stood at 2.2 percent last month. The survey also looked at other costs associated with watching a football match. Newcastle United offered the best overall value in the Premier League for a day out, charging ￡23 for a ticket, a program, a pie and a cup of tea.
Love avoids surgery
The injury-hit Minnesota Timberwolves were given a welcome boost on Thursday when doctors said forward Kevin Love would not need surgery to repair a broken right hand. The two-time All-Star broke two fingers in his shooting hand while working out on Wednesday and consulted a hand specialist in New York the following day. “The evaluation revealed that surgery will not be required on his hand and confirmed that his expected return will be in six to eight weeks,” the Timberwolves said in a statement. Love, who won Olympic gold in London with the US basketball team earlier this year, said he suffered the injury while doing knuckle pushups at his home.
Lazio fined for chanting
Italian side Lazio were yesterday fined 40,000 euros (US$52,170) by UEFA after their fans’ racist abuse during a Europa League clash with Tottenham. Monkey chants were aimed at three of Tottenham’s black players Jermain Defoe, Aaron Lennon and Andros Townsend during the 0-0 draw at White Hart Lane on Sept. 20. Lazio have three days to appeal. Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas had said after the match that UEFA should take action if there was a case to answer. “UEFA is very active on this kind of situation and our overall objective is to kick racism out of football,” Villas-Boas said. The fine comes a day after both the English and Serbian federations were charged by UEFA over incidents arising from their stormy under-21 clash on Tuesday. England defender Danny Rose claimed he was subjected to monkey chants from the Serbian crowd in before the game finished in a brawl involving players and coaching staff.
Mundine accused of racism
Interim WBA light middleweight champion Anthony Mundine has been accused of racism after making disparaging remarks about the heritage of his upcoming opponent and fellow Australian Aborigine Daniel Geale. Mundine said of Tasmanian-born Geale at a pre-fight media conference that he thought “they wiped all the Aborigines from Tasmania out” — referencing a colonial-era policy that sought to resettle the indigenous inhabitants of the island state south of mainland Australia. Mundine added that Geale had “a white woman and white kids,” and “I don’t see him representing black or colored people.” Tasmanian state Aboriginal leader Michael Mansell yesterday described the comments as “ugly and racist, and an embarrassment to Aboriginal people everywhere.” “Racist comments are no less racist because they are made by an Aboriginal against other Aboriginals,” Mansell said.