Chelsea Submit Planning Permission To Expand Stamford Bridge

Chelsea have submitted planning permission to expand their Stamford Bridge stadium capacity to 60-thousand seats. The venue currently has a limit of 41-thousand. The club says the stadium would be improved in “every area”, with direct access being created to the nearby underground station. The planning process will last beyond the end of the current season. Manchester City’s owners have sold a 13-percent stake in their parent company to a group of Chinese investors. 265-million-pounds has been put into the club. The City Football Group, which owns teams Manchester City, New York City and Melbourne City, is now valued at almost two-billion-pounds. Meanwhile, the FAI says that the crowds are returning to League of Ireland football. The Association says that crowds increased by nearly 10 per cent at Premier Division matches last season, with a rise of nearly 7 per cent in the First Division. Champions Dundalk and runners-up Cork City both attracted an average attendance of over 3,000 fans to their home fixtures.