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Britain's House of Lords has voted through a government bill that will stop soccer hooligans from travelling abroad.

Betting operations will have to pay a percentage of their revenues to the UK?s Football Data Company, the commercial and licensing division of England?s Premier League and Football Leagues, for the privilege of offering soccer bets, sportbusiness.com has learned.
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Belgium's zero-tolerance policing of Euro 2000 stamped out violence by thugs and hooligans bent only on destruction, according to the country's Interior Minister..

A high-profile and comprehensive marketing campaign, including a free Celtic League ticket offer, will launch the new face of professional rugby union in Scotland at Murrayfield today.

Euro 2000 organisers say they are concerned at the scale of demand for tickets on the black market but insist it will not undermine their strict security plans.

Debt-laden Future Networks, the publisher of a string of magazines including one for English Premiership club Manchester United, confirmed that it was no longer in talks with a rival company about selling its business.

Ajax Amsterdam has taken a majority stake in Belgian first division side Germinal Beerschot of Antwerp.

Former international rugby union player Nigel Walker has been appointed the head of sport for UK terrestrial broadcaster, BBC Wales.

The Dutch parliament has rejected a private member's bill to prohibit black market sales of soccer tickets, a decision that threatens to undermine security at this summer's Euro 2000 soccer championship.

Thirty percent of the shares of Prague's soccer team of Sparta is up for sale, owner Alexander Rezes has said.

Nasdaq-listed US racecourse and wagering operation Churchill Downs Inc has recorded revenues of $163.3million (?185m) for the second quarter, an increase of 24.0 percent, compared with $132.2m (?150m) for the same period last year.

The RFU Management Board has unanimously approved an eight year agreement between the RFU, Premier Rugby, the Premiership Clubs and Premier Rugby Partnership to create a long term partnership for the professional game.

English Premier League football club, Everton has appointed its first direct marketing agency, Huet & Company, with the aim of boosting the club?s fan database by over 140,000 names.

Revaz Arveladze, who was coach of Dynamo Tbilisi until a month ago, has been appointed president, he said on Thursday.

The UK?s Rugby Football Union (RFU) has told sportbusiness.com a decision on whether the BBC or BSkyB would be awarded the broadcasting rights to England?s domestic and international rugby matches would not be made until next week.

Global foreign exchange company Travelex is to sponsor the Australian cricket team's shirt during the Ashes tour in the UK.

World record-breaking pole vaulter Sergei Bubka is set to clear another new height this week in his rapid rise up the ranks of world sport's administration.

Sportal, the UK-based sports internet company, will know if it is still in business after a board meeting in London on Wednesday.

Lokomotiv Moscow's new 30,000 capacity stadium, Russia's first dedicated exclusively to soccer, will be opened in July 2001.

Scottish soccer fans will be able to see live Champions League games on free-to-air terrestrial television if the country?s two teams both qualify for the group stages of the tournament.

In an attempt to stamp out hooliganism among Rugby League fans in Australia, the New South Wales Police and the National Rugby League (NRL) have drawn up a plan to impose life bans on unruly fans.

Sport risks losing the number of sponsors to other forms of entertainment unless it can cut down the clutter ? Sally Hancock, CEO of sponsorship consultants redmandarin has warned.

Chelsea's outspoken chairman Ken Bates called on UEFA and FIFA to end "meaningless matches" at both national and club level by segregating teams from smaller countries into pre-qualifying competitions.

England cricket chiefs have announced grand new plans with the Government's blessing to turn both the Test and international one-day sides into the best in the world.