LONDON (Reuters) – Sony became the first World Cup sponsor to call for a thorough investigation into accusations bribes were paid to secure the 2022 tournament for Qatar, raising pressure on soccer chiefs who have threatened to move the event if the allegations are proved to be true.
Soccer’s governing body FIFA is conducting an internal investigation into the decisions to hold the 2018 World Cup in Russia and the 2022 Cup in Qatar.
LONDON, June 5 (Reuters) – The English Premier League’s already well-heeled soccer stars were the biggest winners as growing competition for television rights helped to lift revenue at its clubs to a record 3.2 billion pounds ($5.4 billion) last season.
Income for the 20 Premier League clubs rose almost 30 percent in 2013-14, business services group Deloitte estimates, after telecoms company BT bought a share of the TV rights to step up its challenge to long-dominant broadcaster BSkyB .
LONDON, June 4 (Reuters) – McLaren Automotive, which makes limited-edition sports cars that sell for more than $1 million, plans to expand production after moving into profit for the first time, the company said on Wednesday.
Based in southern England, the niche carmaker was launched in 2010 as a sister company to the Formula One motor racing team with which it shares a brand and overlapping technologies.
LONDON/DUBLIN, May 23 (Reuters) – Tech-savvy gamblers using smartphones and tablets to bet on live match action will help to make next month’s soccer World Cup the most lucrative sports event ever for British bookmakers and bring welcome relief from tough market conditions.
Betting companies in Britain are grappling with tighter regulation and an additional tax burden of 400 million pounds ($675 million) over the coming year – moves that have weighed heavily on their share prices.