Serbian Fans Set Fire to Stadium
Fans ignited blazes in the stands during a rivalry match in Belgrade on Saturday.
The match between Red Star Belgrade and Partizan Belgrade was stopped at one point as fans hurled flares onto the pitch and set bonfires in the stands.
A firetruck came on to the field at one point to attempt to douse the flames, according to the Washington Post. Smoke enveloped the stadium.
The fires were eventually extinguished and the match was completed in full.
Al Ahly Bid for Venue Change Fails
Sunday’s CAF Champions League final will be played at Arab Contractors Stadium, despite Al Ahly’s best efforts.
The prominent Egyptian club attempted to have the match moved to Cairo International Stadium, which holds 70,000 fans. Arab Contractors Stadium, 12 kilometers from the larger facility, holds only 30,000.
“All our attempts to change the match venue failed, so we had to inform CAF that Arab Contractors will host the match,” said Ahly general manager Hassan Massoud, according to FilGoal.com.
Egyptian military authorities fear that large gatherings, like the one that would accompany such a match, could spark civil unrest in a city just four months removed from having its president, Mohammed Morsi, overthrown in a coup.
Microsoft Interested in Real Naming Rights
Real Madrid and Microsoft are in talks over a deal for naming rights at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.
The club said last month they were seeking a naming rights partner to fund renovations.
Maria Garana, president of Microsoft’s Spain division, has confirmed interest.
“We have an excellent relationship with Real Madrid and, in fact, we recently signed an agreement with its foundation,” said Garana to a Spanish TV station.
San Jose Project Moves Forward
The efforts to build a new stadium for the MLS’s San Jose Earthquakes took a step forward this week.
Workers began installing crossbeams at the new facility.
Several team officials signed the first crossbeam at a ceremony where it was put into place.
“The next step that fans will see in December is the erection of the stadium’s superstructure,” said Earthquakes president Dave Kaval, according to KTVU.
360 Architecture designed the facility.