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Top English club officials to be part of Soccerex

Some of the top names in English football will discuss the way forward for the Premiership and top-flight football in general at Soccerex in Dubai next month.

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Some of the top names in English football will discuss the way forward for the Premiership and top-flight football in general at Soccerex in Dubai next month.

Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon, Arsenal and FA Vice-Chairman David Dein, Football League Chairman, Lord Brian Mawhinney and newly-appointed FA Premier League director of marketing and sales, Richard Masters, will be joined by senior directors from Real Madrid, Barcelona, AC Milan and Juventus to assess the future of the game against a backdrop of falling attendances, high prices, over-exposure on television and the so-called "dull" football.

Premiership attendances are falling down three per cent on last year and one on a week to week basis and admission prices are the subject of much debate with the cheapest seats at Chelsea nearly £40 (Dh270).

TV saturation is another hot topic in 2004 there were 9,428 hours of football coverage across 16 different channels 1.

These are just a few of the burning issues that will be discussed at next month's Soccerex conference the business convention for world football.

Biggest ever meeting

Some of the biggest and most famous names in the world of football and business will be gathered at the football conference which takes place in Dubai in what promises to be the biggest ever meeting of international football minds.

More than 2,000 delegates from the football world will gather for the three-day extravaganza to discuss the burning issues in football.

The event is scheduled to take place at the spectacular Madinat Jumeirah Hotel in Dubai from November 13-15.

Future prospects

Soccerex commercial director James Worall said: "Everyone is talking about the future for top-flight football and this promises to be one of the highlights of Soccerex in Dubai with some of the biggest names in world football tackling the issues head on."

Other confirmed participants at the discussions include Fifa, AFC, UEFA, BSkyB. BBC, adidas, Nike, Coca-Cola, Umbro, Microsoft, South African FA, South African Premier League, Bahrain FA, Qatar FA, UAE FA, Al Hilal, Boca Juniors, Kaizer Chiefs, Shaktar Donetsk and Galatasaray.

The Soccerex spectacle has already toured some of the world's greatest cities in recent years including Los Angeles, London and Paris.

"Everyone is talking about the future for top-flight football and this promises to be one of the highlights of Soccerex in Dubai with some of the biggest names in world football tackling the issues head on." said James Worall, Soccerex commercial director

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