Football Briefs: Stadiums and Subversion
The city of Pärnu is in the final stages of green-lighting a new football and athletics stadium, which could be completed by 2015.
Mayor Toomas Kivimägi told ETV on Monday that the only problem is funding, as the city has yet to organize a tender for the construction. He said that the city has four million euros to spend on the project, but officials won't know if that is enough until the results of the procurement are in.
The state-of-the-art stadium would seat 1,500 and meet requirements necessary to hold international tournaments.
Top-flight football team Tartu Tammeka, having narrowly escaped relegation in the 2013 season, again finds itself in a tight spot, with footballers and staff revolting against club president Jane Afshar.
Led by the team's captain Kristjan Tiirik, employees of the club have all said they will not work with Afshar, citing financial problems including five months' back wages still owed to staff, unrealistic expectations and breaching contracts, Tartu Postimees reported on Friday.
Football Association President Aivar Pohlak has stepped in, asking the club to change its management structure.
Narva Trans, a top-flight football team, said it is pessimistic about increasing spectator numbers, despite recently opening a new football arena.
The club's president Nikolai Burdakov told ERR radio today that the 1,000-seat arena will be used for spring and autumn games, as its artificial turf can handle the weather conditions better than can its grass stadium. He said however, that football viewer numbers have declined in the city as there are fewer older spectators and the younger generations are less interested.
Narva Trans, the best team in the city of 60,000, already has the lowest attendance of any club in the nation's top league.