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ON the official Chelsea website:
David Luiz only recently committed himself to Chelsea for another five years, signing a new contract after our win against Stoke at Stamford Bridge last month. It was a sign that club and player are in tandem.
‘I’m so happy because it gives me more confidence to look to the future, to try and help Chelsea all the time,’ he said. ‘I love this club and playing for Chelsea, so five more years here is a dream for me.’
YOU have to admire the lad’s ambitions. The Lancashire Telegraph delivers the sports scoop of the day:
“The Lancashire Telegraph understands former Rovers skipper (Garry) Flitcroft, currently manager at Evo-Stik Premier Division outfit Chorley, would be keen to discuss the role at Ewood Park.”
Other who might be keen to discuss the move: every manager in the Evoo-Stick Premier Division.
UNLOVELY Liverpool striker Luis Suarez is talking to Liverpool’s official website about the club’s investment in youth:
The forward explained that the first-team players in the dressing room will make themselves available to advise their younger teammates, although they have yet to approach him. “Not really, maybe it’s because I don’t speak English or something.”
THE London Olympics Legacy in action: sign of the day:
WHAT happened when American NFL star Jim Marshall agreed to trial a beta version of Apple Maps during a game:
JOHN Terry, football’s oil slick, has been fined £220,000 and handed a four-match ban for not being a racist, rather for saying racist-themed words. His was a “racially-aggravated public order offence”. He said “fucking black c*nt” to QPR’s Anton Ferdinand, and that’s enough for the FA.
The whole thing has been a gigantic mess. How it ended up in court is a worry.
Terry broke FA Rule E3, which states that footballers should refrain from using “abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour”. This includes any “reference to a person’s ethnic origin, colour or race”.
WHAT do you do about racists? Tell them they’re wrong? Well, that doesn’t work because there’s no reasoning with racists. Punch them in the mouth then? Violence and racism pretty much equate in terms of lousy actions.
Well, if you’re the FA and you’ve just found John Terry guilty of being racist, you hand them a four match ban.
That’s right! Four whole days off work for being a thoroughly awful human. And that’s what John Terry is. That’s not to say he’s an actual racist, rather, he seems to be the kind of person who might say the most damaging thing in his head just to wound someone, whether he means it or not.
FLASHBACK to December 7, 1970. Muhammad Ali was fighting Oscar Natalio Bonavena from Argentina, at New York’s Madison Square Garden. The fans wer there. The fans’ fashion was memorably:
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AT Liverpool Airport, some vandal (surely, witty sod – Ed) has added his views on Liverpool FC to a sign:
KELVIN MacKenzie is a victim of Hillsborough. The stammering apologiser who as Sun editor created the infamous “THE TRUTH” headline that stated as fact Liverpool fans had been complicit in their own deaths, writes in the Spectator:
“Now I know – you know, we all know – that the fans were right. But it took 23 years, two inquiries, one inquest and research into 400,000 documents, many of which were kept secret under the 30-year no-publication rule, to discover there was a vast cover-up by South Yorkshire Police about the disaster. Where does that leave me?”
Because Kelvin likes to weigh up all the evidence before declaring what the truth is.
WHEN Manchester City went on tour to Real Madrid, the local police managed to behave badly. David Dubas-Fisher filmed the argy-bargy. He called it: The Ghost of Franco Returns to Haunt Manchester City.
Hey. It’s not like Abu Dhabi, is it. Franco would have like it over there.
Langauge is NSFW.
STOKE City manager Tony Pulis is not only the force that binds an entire city and helps sickly children, he is the paragon of English football. Following his die’s defeat to Chelsea, Pulis opined:
“Ivanovic’s one in the first half is laughable and the lad Oscar, who’s a fabulous player. This is England. We’re playing in England, we’re not playing in Europe. And we can’t watch people just fall over and not talk about it. That’s the disappointing thing. We should highlight it and keep highlighting it and keep highlighting it. There are certain players in the Premier League who have got a reputation and referees know that if you touch them then they’ll fall down or go down as quickly as they can.
“The people that do it, just keep highlighting it, keep showing it, because it’s a part of the game that I don’t think we should stomach and we don’t talk about enough.”
THE new Scouse-friendly Sun’s report on the Liverpool v Manchester United match is illuminating. The game was the first Liverpool home match since the official report proved the police had lied over Hillsborough, forcing the Sun to apologise for its willing and compliant broadcast of those lies.
Whereas the Daily Mail led with “Halsey suffers sick abuse”, news that the match’s referee has been targeted by footy fans hoping he and his wife die of cancer (he is surived one brush with the dread disease; she has been diagnosed with it), the Sun leads with a “VICTORY FOR FOOTBALL”.
Whereas other papers looked at the few numbskulls who stirred up old hatreds -
“Much to warm the heart, but idiots ensured this was not a unifying event” – The Times.
“No escape: Anfield day of reconciliation marred by fans’ taunts” – The Daily Telegraph.
“Defeat and chants tarnish a celebration of justice”- The Guardian.
WHO is the best champagne podium squirter in Formula One? No contest. It’s Mark Webber:
McLaren driver Jenson Button of Britain left, and Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany spray champaign after during the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, March 18, 2012.
Desperate is redefined…
TO the Argos vs.Roughriders matchup at Rogers Centre on August 10/07. Ashley never did sue…
“I am today announcing my retirement from international football. I am making this statement today in advance of the hearing of the FA disciplinary charge because I feel the FA, in pursuing charges against me where I have already been cleared in a court of law, have made my position with the national team untenable.
“I now look forward to playing for Chelsea FC and challenging for domestic and European honours.”
HOW did the match between Liverpool and Manchester United go? Did the fans reacts well to Alex Ferguson’s call for peace and harmony? Well, United were fortunate to win 2-1. No-one called anyone a “negrito”. But on twitter @RobbyWallis had much to say. One idiot from millions of sane people who think death is not to be celebrated and mocked symbolises nothing. Unless you want it to:
Says Stan Collymore as he forwards the tweet to his followers: “Should never be allowed anywhere near Anfield.Pure filth.”
LIVERPOOL host Manchester United in the first match between the pair since the State admitted that its had fitted up the 96 who died. Will the fans chant about the death at Hillsborough and the Munich air disaster, when 23 people were killed – including half the United team – using them as the ultimate weapon to hurt? We football fans like our humour to have edge and bite. But chants about these two mass loses of human life are not funny
The game ended with a 2-1 win for United.
SS LAZIO have always been branded as racist or fascist. Not too long ago, Paulo Di Canio gave a straight-arm salute from the Lazio pitch and publicly defended himself by saying “I am a fascist, not a racist”. Of course, very little was done to remedy this.
Lazio were also the club of Benito Mussolini. “Il Duce” even built the ground the currently play in. And when Di Canio gave his shameful salute during the Rome derby of 2005, Mussolini’s daughter was in the crowd and chirruped; ”What a delightful Roman salute!” after the game, adding: ”I was deeply moved. I will write him a thank you note.”
SO, an armadillo it is.
Not the most obvious choice for Brazil’s World Cup mascot, but then the nut had already been by Crystal Palace’s legendary P. Nut, and the connotations of the word “Brazilian” are hardly suitable for a family-friendly cuddly toy.
Anyway, it’s all for a good cause – raising awareness of an endangered species – and it’s not as if other country’s efforts haven’t had their own idiosyncrasies.
England 1966: World Cup Willie
Mike Pyle reports:
Mr Cooke and his family feared the worst after they reported the Bengal cat – whose uncle is owned by former Arsenal footballer Thierry Henry – missing on January 17, 2007.
“For the second time in a week, justice is done on Merseyside.”
96 Liverpool fans cleared of any blame in their own deaths… A Premier League goal…
THE relationship between Manchester United and Liverpool has always been a tricky one. Like sparring, feuding brothers, a deep rooted respect is often translated to burst noses and enough bickering to make even the pettiest human cry.
Over the years, both sides of this near-derby has seen some pretty unsavoury words shared. Of course, it makes for a fascinating spectacle, but Sir Alex Ferguson has just about had enough of it and wants the tasteless chanting that has marred matches between the two, to stop.
SIR Norman Bettison. He’s the chief constable who likes to protest his image, accused of manipulating his Wikipedia page to say nice things in a nice way. He was the chief inspector in South Yorkshire police at the time of the Hillsborough disaster (surely State-encouraged mass manslaughter? – Ed). He’s on the cover of the Sun, his face appears amid the headline:
Families of the 96: top cop must go
This is the:
Hillsborough Report Row
Fury at defiant chief’s comments
What is is to be on the side of the angels for the trusty Sun, the paper that for 23 years sided with the State and libelled the dead. Its editor at the time, Kelvin MacKenzie, never resigned amid considerable fury. Indeed, no-one at the Sun did. No-one resigned from the Sun’s its parent group, News International. Indeed, the Sun’s sister title, the News of the World (now dead – and I for one miss it), went on to spy on people, including Milly Dowler, the murdered child. No-one at the top resigned for any of that.