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Celtic announce £11.2 million pre-tax profit

Celtic announced a healthy profit despite the drop in revenue. Credit: PA

Celtic made an £11.2 million pre-tax profit last season despite a significant drop in revenue.

The club's annual accounts showed group revenue decreased by 14.6 per cent to £64.7 million, with some of the fall being attributed to a £100 reward to season ticket holders.

Operating expenses also fell, by 4.5 per cent to just under £60 million, to leave Celtic with almost £4 million in the bank on June 30.

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Suarez set to make Barcelona debut in El Clasico

Suarez moved to Barcelona in a mammoth £75m deal this summer. Credit: PA

Luis Suarez's debut for Barcelona is likely to come on Saturday October 25th against fierce rivals Real Madrid at the Bernabeu.

The striker - who switched to the Nou Camp from Liverpool earlier in the summer for £75million - is currently the subject of a worldwide ban after biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini while playing for Uruguay at the World Cup.

His four-month ban, which started on June 25th, expires on Friday October 24th and today La Liga officials confirmed that Barca's trip to the Spanish capital looks set for the Saturday, with a 1700 kick-off time (British time).

Ex-ref Poll backs video replays idea

Graham Poll believes the idea will help officials combat cheats. Credit: PA

Former Premier League referee Graham Poll has voiced his support for FIFA president Sepp Blatter's plan to introduce television replays into the game.

Poll says the measures are needed as players are now 'more deceitful than they ever have been'.

Blatter announced on Monday that he would like to have the concept, allowing managers to contest decisions, trialled before the end of 2015.

The game has speeded up. Players are more crafty and deceitful than they have ever been.

Unfortunately, that is a fact of life, therefore referees do need help.

I'm in favour of some technology. I would question whether we should give that power to the coaches or managers.

– Former referee Graham Poll speaking on FiveLive
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