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Grasshoppers threaten to leave Zurich

  • AP, Tuesday, February 15, 2011 3:19 PM

Officials from Grasshoppers, 27-time Swiss champion, say the club must leave Zurich after 125 years because talks with authorities over stadium rent and operating costs have broken down.

The club is exploring stadium-sharing options next season with clubs in Aarau and Emmen.

Club officials say the city has refused to reduce annual rent at Letzigrund stadium of $900,000 and a $515,000 bill for game-day policing.

Grasshoppers, which last won the league in 2003, has shared Letzigrund with rival FC Zurich since the venue was renovated to host games during the 2008 European Championship.

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