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By Saikat Chatterjee
11:02 AM UTC 08 Feb 2013
Following the growing concerns over an alarming rise in ticket prices, especially in England, UEFA has decided to reduce the ticket prices for this year’s Champions league final, to be held at Wembley.
The cheapest ticket for this year’s Champions League final at Wembley has been put up for sale at £68, following the accusations from supporters, who claimed of being exploited by the governing body of European football, after having paid £176 for the cheapest ticket when Wembley staged the last Champions league final two years ago.
“It is correct we should give the opportunity to everyone to go to the match irrespective of their financial conditions,” a spokesman said.
Sir Alex Ferguson charged by the FA for his comments at White Hart lane
Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson has been charged by the Football Association following his comments with regards to the linesman during a pulsating 1-1 draw against Tottenham at the White Hart lane last month.
“Following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today, Sir Alex Ferguson has been fined £12,000 in relation to media comments made after Manchester United’s game at Tottenham Hotspur on 20 January 2013,” said an FA statement.
“It was alleged that the Manchester United manager’s post-match media comments implied that the match official was motivated by bias.
“Ferguson had denied the misconduct charge and requested a paper hearing at which the Independent Regulatory Commission found proven the breach of FA Rule E3.”
The Football Association has fined Sir Alex Ferguson £12,000 for accusing the linesman of denying a penalty to Wayne Rooney during the match.
Odemwingie fined by West Brom for his deadline day madness
Following the deadline day debacle involving the failed transfer of Peter Odemwingie from West Brom to QPR, West Brom have decided to fine the player of his wages, for the next couple of weeks, because of his unprofessional behaviour towards the club and its fans.
Odemwingie claimed to have apologised ”to the club and our supporters for any distress I have caused”.
He also claimed that : “I understand how my actions have been viewed. I want to reassure everyone at the club and our fans that I will continue to give my all whenever I am selected.
“We have enjoyed a good season so far and I aim to play my part in keeping the club as high up the table as possible.”
Albion chairman Jeremy Peace confirmed that the player has accepted his punishment and has promised to comply with all club regulations.
Peace added: “This has been an extremely difficult time for the club and it was imperative that we dealt with such a serious matter both fully and correctly.
“Peter has apologised for his conduct to me personally and the club and our supporters as a whole.”
Pompey Supporters trust confident of takeover following decision by the Football league
Meanwhile, the Pompey Supporters’ trust expressed their relief at the Football league’s decision to reject any new bids from Keith Harris for the club. This leaves the PST in pole position to take over the administration-hit club.
“The Football League has come to a sensible decision,” said PST chairman Ashley Brown.
“Our bid is ready to go and we will be meeting with the administrator PKF shortly to prepare the timetable to complete our takeover.”
However the takeover can only go through if the PST manage to gain control of the club’s Fratton Park stadium which has been held as security by former owner Balram Chainrai, who is owed £12m by the club.
The PST have submitted an offer of £3m for Fratton Park.
“We have always been clear we are the best solution for the creditors and the best solution for the club and this has now been recognised across the board,” added Brown.
“Our bid will put capital into Portsmouth FC and will make a clean break from the past.”
Brown added: “Mr Chainrai has always made it clear he does not want to see Pompey liquidated.
“We are sure he is genuine in his sentiment and I would urge him to work with us to ensure the club will stand the best chance of success in the future.”