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by | 28th, October 2003

‘PHEW! The Telegraph leads with the great news that England’s footballers are in the clear over the tunnel dust-up in their game in Turkey.

Bleating like a lamb

That just leaves the London hotel rape case, the Leeds sexual assault case and the drugs case to clear up.

It’s clear that football is working hard to clean things up, and tomorrow we will learn the fate of one Rio Ferdinand, perhaps the only rich young man who doesn’t spend the better part of his day with a mobile phone glued to his ear.

The Independent says that the defender is likely to learn tomorrow what charges have been levelled against him by the FA. And Fifa, football’s equivalent of Interpol, are talking about the matter today.

The impression is very much that Ferdinand will face some kind of ban. It’s a likelihood that causes the Telegraph’s Henry Winter to speculate on what will happen next.

In his Seven Step plan, Winter begins, somewhat traditionally, with “Step One: Ban Ferdinand for three months.” It’s a nice idea.

But we call on Rio to write whatever sentence he gets on the palm of his hand lest he forget and accidentally turn up for a match, or even a drugs test. Oh, the irony!

But football is not all about drugs and sexual excesses. Really, it’s not. It’s about money. And today the Guardian learns of how little of it some clubs have.

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