Welsh international Gareth Bale is poised to join Real Madrid in a deal eclipsing the £80 million Madrid paid for Ronaldo (Getty)

(WFI) World Football INSIDER rounds up the latest football business news.

UEFA Bans Officials

UEFA has handed life bans to two football officials for trying to fix the result of a Europa League match last month. Armenia referee Andranik Arsenyan and assistant Hovhannes Avagyan, who officiated at the game between FC Inter Turku and Víkingur, were suspended for life by the UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body (CDB) In a hearing at the Football Federation of Armenia (FFA), they admitted having tried to manipulate the outcome of the second-leg fixture, which ended 1-0 in favour of Víkingur.

Record Transfer

Tottenham Hotspur’s Gareth Bale is set to move to Real Madrid in a record-breaking £93 million deal. Reports from Spain say Real Madrid are preparing to unveil the Welshman as their new star signing at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday.

City Enhances Content for Fans

Manchester City has announced a new project with camera manufacturer GoPro. The initiative will see the US-based company work with City to create “innovative content”. GoPro’s trademark action point-of-view filming will give fans an insight into what it’s like to train and play like a professional footballer. The initiative follows GoPro’s work at on City’s pre-season tour of New York where it was granted exclusive access to players in order to film the brand’s first ever football feature, shot 100% on GoPro’s new HERO3 cameras. High-resolution cameras were mounted to some of the players during practice sessions, including City and England goalkeeper Joe Hart and French international Samir Nasri.

Beyond Soccer Heads to Philadelphia

Streetfootballworld and Beyond Sport, two of the leading global organisations in the field of sport for social change, are bringing their global event Beyond Soccer to Philadelphia in September. It will be part of the Beyond Sport Summit & Awards 2013. The full-day event, focusing on the role football can play in driving social change, will be held at PPL Park, home of Major League Soccer’s Philadelphia Union on 8 September.

By INSIDER editor Mark Bisson

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