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Roma to have €1bn 'Colosseum'

AS Roma, the first foreign-owned Italian club, are planning a new glass and steel stadium inspired by Rome's Colosseum, the world's largest ampitheatre.   The club does not currently own its ground, playing in the former national Olympic stadium which it shares with local rivals Lazio.

St.James's Park expansion could be blocked

The following statement has been issued by Newcastle United Supporters' Trust: 'Recent statements from Newcastle United accompanying the release of the latest accounts, have called upon supporters to demonstrate patience with the stated intention of growing the club in a sensible and sustainable manner.

Where will new Sky Blues stadium be?

The Coventry Evening Telegraph has been trying to find out where the fabled new stadium for Coventry City might be built.   The paper has been using Freedom of Information requests, but despite a good track record in investigative journalism, hasn't got very far.

Uncertainty over Liverpool and FFP rules

There is some uncertainty about whether or not Liverpool will satisfy Uefa's financial fair play (FFP) rules after the publication of broadly encouraging financial results earlier this week which the club claims will usher in a new era of financial stability.

Of course, there is uncertainty about how the rules will apply to any club, given that the devil is in the detail. The decisions will be as much political as legal ones and it is likely that Uefa, with a French president, will want to make an example of at least one Premier League club.

Stadiums and housing fit together

Many years ago when Charlton were in exile in Crystal Palace and The Valley was a forlorn tip which fans were starting to clear up, I was talking to someone who lived near the ground. They said that they hoped the Addicks would not come back as it would depress the value of their house and make it more difficult to sell.

Decision reached on future of Boleyn Ground

West Ham United have announced on their website that a decision has been reached on the future of the Boleyn Ground, or Upton Park, as it is more prosaically known, after they move to the Olympic Stadium in 2016. Local London developer Gaillard Group has reached an agreement to purchase the stadium after the move is completed.

Quakers going home

Plans to bring football back to Darlington are pressing ahead, according to officials at the club. A planning application is expected to go into the council in a few weeks for permission to make some changes at the Blackwell Meadows site owned by Darlington Rugby Football Club.

Crawley think about new stadium

Crawley Town have been in preliminary talks about building a brand new stadium for the club. However, the club has emphasised that no contact had been made with Crawley Borough Council and no site had yet been identified.

The talks are still at a very early and informal stage and multi-million pound investment would need to be found to bankroll the exciting venture. Reds currently play their home matches at the council-owned Stadium after moving from Town Mead, their home for 48 years, in 1997. Crawley is a former new town and home to Gatwick Airport.

Things look up for Raith

They'll be dancing in the streets of Raith after the annual general meeting of Raith Rovers reported an improved financial picture. The Kirkcaldy club is supported by former prime minister Gordon Brown who is the local MP.

The club presented its annual accounts for the year to June 2013, which showed a profit of £81,350 – the first time the club has returned a profit since the formation of New Raith Rovers in 2005.

Challenge to QPR development plan

Queens Park Rangers’ plans to build a new Training and Academy centre could be under threat after a campaign group lodged papers in the High Court claiming the decision to allow the development was unlawful.

‘Save Warren Farm’ campaigners lodged papers in the High Court of Justice to Judicially Review Ealing Council’s decision to sign over 61 acres of London’s Green Belt, rent free for 200 years, to QPR for their new Training and Academy HQ.