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SOCCER

Rapid fans demolish arena

Austria’s Rapid Vienna have invited fans to help demolish the soccer club’s stadium, offering the chance to unscrew seats, chisel walls and cut out bits of the goalnets to take home. Prices at Saturday’s “Demolition Party” include 19.77 euros (US$24.94) — the year the Gerhard Hanappi Stadium was built — per seat, 18.99 euros for some net and 5 euros for a slice of turf. Thirty-two-time Austrian champions Rapid Vienna are constructing a new, 22,000-seat stadium which is due to be completed in 2016.

CRICKET

Ashes pig charges dropped

Prosecutors have dropped animal cruelty charges against a man who smuggled a pig into the opening day of the Ashes cricket series between Australia and England in November last year. David Gunn was charged after security guards spotted the live pig wrapped in a towel and being carried in a baby harness. The Australian Associated Press reported that a prosecutor told the Brisbane Magistrates Court yesterday that no evidence would be offered against Gunn. Lawyer Kate Clark said her client maintained his innocence and had faced “significant public vilification.”

SOCCER

Alves to join English club

Brazil international Dani Alves is planning to leave Barcelona at the end of this season and join an English club, the fullback said on Wednesday. “I am moving to England next year,” he told Rio de Janeiro’s O Globo newspaper. “I am going to play in the cradle of football. This will be my last year at Barcelona.” He did not say which club he might join or why he wanted to leave the Spanish giants. The 31-year-old joined Barcelona in 2008 and has won four La Liga crowns and two Champions League titles.

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