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Liverpool say Luis Suarez can call black staff a negrito but Yids and poofs are banned

NO need to worry any longer what words and phrases are acceptable at Anfield. Liverpool Football Club have provided its staff with a list of “unacceptable” utterances off the pitch.

Below the headings race/religion, sexual orientation, gender and disability, we see the list below:

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Posted: 31st, July 2013 | In: Sports | Comments (11) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Farrah v Bolt: The 600 metre Superstars race every sports day needs

PA 4394266 Farrah v Bolt: The 600 metre Superstars race every sports day needs

IS Mo Farrah going to race Usain Bolt over 600 meters, a distance at which neither of them are champions? Will Joe Hart, the England goalkeeper go head to head with British Lions’s Leigh Halfpenny in a cricket ball catching contest? Is Andy Murray or Olympic squash champion Dan Lin better at table-tennis? Would sports fan tune in to see it?

Yes. Sports fans will watch pretty much anything. Create a school sports day Mums and Dads race channel and many would watch.

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Posted: 31st, July 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Spurs legends Pleat, Redknapp and Hoddle portray Gareth Bale as an idiot

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THE Daily Bale: a look at the Spurs star in the news. Today, former Spurs manager David Pleat says Bale, 24, is too young to work abroad:

 “I think he’s a little bit young to go abroad. I doubt he’d find it easy. Many have failed when they have moved overseas. One or two have succeeded, but not many. Most have had a difficult time.”

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Posted: 30th, July 2013 | In: Sports | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls news round-up: Spurs sell not-for-sale Gareth Bale for less than Real Madrid offer

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TRANSFER Balls: Gareth Bale’s move to Real Madrid is occupying the back pages. And not a single source has a clue what is going on. Having read that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is and isn’t talking to Bale, the experts in the media bring us more news:

The Irish Times:

Bale has been targeted by the Spanish giants for a world-record transfer worth potentially £85m and has moved to force the issue by informing Spurs that he is ready to leave, despite Levy’s insistence that he will not be sold at any price.

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Posted: 30th, July 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Spurs chairman Daniel Levy cuts short holiday to shun Gareth Bale

THE Daily Bale, in association with Transfer Balls – a look at what experts in the media are saying about the Spurs star:

The Times:

Daniel Levy has refused to have talks with Gareth Bale about a supposed gentleman’s agreement that could allow the Welshman to fulfil his desire to move to Real Madrid…Levy is adamant that Bale, who has three years left on his deal, will not be sold 

The Mirror:

Daniel Levy is giving Gareth Bale the silent treatment over Real Madrid’s world-record bid to sign him. The Spurs chairman is refusing “point-blank” to hold any further talks with Bale on the issue after ruling the Welshman will not be sold this summer regardless of whatever Real may offer…

Levy – set to announce the record-breaking, £26million signing of Roberto Soldado from Valencia this week – is now giving Bale the cold shoulder.

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Posted: 29th, July 2013 | In: Sports | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Liverpool: Pepe Reina shows Luis Suarez how loyalty works in an open letter to the fans

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LIVERPOOL’S Pepe Reina is now playing for Napoli. He is on loan in southern Italy. In an open letter to Liverpool fans he bemoans the club’s lack of loyalty to a proud servant of the club of eight years standing:

I am disappointed that I will not be part of that and although it was not my decision to leave I will accept it just like I have always accepted any decision that Liverpool have taken for me…

But if I have one regret, it is the way that I am leaving. It is only natural that I would be disappointed that the Liverpool management agreed to loan me to Napoli without telling me first, I thought that I deserved better than that…

I was surprised that Liverpool decided it was in the club´s interests to send me to Napoli instead.

On the way out he gives Brendan Rodgers a kick:

None of this will change my feelings for the club or the people in any way and now I have to look forward to a new challenge with Rafa Benitez, who I consider to be the best manager I have worked with…

Mindful of that, let’s see what Brendan Rodgers said about Luis Suarez wanting to leave the club:

“The support he has received from the supporters and the people of the city of Liverpool has been unrivalled. In this period of time he’s missed a lot of games for the club through various reasons. The people have stood by him, like a son and really looked after him.

“Whatever happens in the coming weeks that will be in his mind because it’s something you can never forget.”

Player are not bought for their loyalty. When the club has finished with them, they are sold or let go. If Suarez stops scoring he will see how a “son” can be disowned.

And, once more, here’s what Rodgers said of Reina:

On June 22, Rodger told one and all what the signing of Simon Mignolet meant for Pepe:

“Pepe Reina and I went out for a meal a couple of months before the end of the season and I told him exactly what we were going to do, which was to provide real competition in that area.”

With Reina now at Napoli, Rodgers now adds:

“It was obviously a difficult decision. From last season I was led to believe that we were going to get an offer for Pepe that would probably see him leave the club…

It wouldn’t have served any purpose, both for the club and him personally, if he’d been the one missing out.”

What about the competition and loyalty, Brendan?

Posted: 29th, July 2013 | In: Sports | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Fabregas agrees his ‘absurd’ move to Manchester United

TRANSFER Balls: a look at the Daily Express‘ stella reporting on Manchester United’s moves for Barcelona’s Cesc Fabregas. These are the headlines:

July 28

Cesc Fabregas says yes to Manchester United move

July 27

BARCELONA have put an end to Manchester United’s chances of signing Cesc Fabregas, with the new boss Gerardo Martino saying there is no chance he will be sold.

And:

Barcelona: Cesc Fabregas won’t be moving to Manchester United

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Posted: 28th, July 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: Spurs sell Gareth Bale for less than Real Madrid’s failed bid

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THE Daily Bale: how much are Real Madrid offering for Spurs stars Gareth Bale? These numbers below are from the past 24 hours:

The People: “Spurs have slapped a mind-boggling £100million price tag on Gareth Bale”

(Or as the Metro reported on July 4: “Florentino Perez: Real Madrid happy to pay £100million for Gareth Bale.”)

The Sun: “Real plan £95m Bale offer”

The Guardian: “Gareth Bale in battle to force through £86m move to Real Madrid”

The Guardian says Real’s bid £86m bid was rejected. The Mail says Real hope to be successful with a, erm, lower bid.

Daily Mirror: “Real Madrid plot world-record £85m Gareth Bale transfer after Tottenham reportedly reject £81m

Daily Mail: “Bale in turmoil after Spurs reject world record £82m bid from Real Madrid”

The Sun: “Wing wizard wants out after £81m bid rejected”

Marca says: “Madrid increased its offer to 80 million pounds

Such are the facts when you have no idea what’s going on.

Posted: 28th, July 2013 | In: Sports | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: Gareth Bale will leave Spurs for Real Madrid after a few friendlies, maybe

THE Daily Bale: a look at the transfer news surrounding Spurs’ star man Gareth Bale in the past 24 hours. The Mail on Sunday leads with the news that Spurs have rejected an £82m bid for their man.

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Posted: 27th, July 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Former Newcastle United player Nile Ranger gets own name tattooed on his face

FORMER Newcastle United striker Nile Ranger has had his own named tattooed on his face. Of course, ‘Ranger’ could be a sign that he is a diehard QPR fans, loves the new Ford Ranger or has gone completely Tonto…

PS- does it say Ranger or Ranges?

 Former Newcastle United player Nile Ranger gets own name tattooed on his face

 

Posted: 27th, July 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Luis Suarez Transfer balls: Arsenal have history – Liverpool have death threats and deadlines

TRANSFER balls: By now you’ll be wondering what Luis Suarez has been up to. Today’s news round-up follows:

Metro: “Arsene Wenger admits Arsenal are not close to signing Liverpool striker Luis Suarez”

Admits?

We recall Wenger saying on Suarez discussions:

“As you know the transfer period demands secrets and confidentiality, so I can’t answer the question.”

And:

“You want me to announce a spectacular signing, but I can’t. We are working behind the scenes to strengthen the squad – but I can’t give you names.”

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Posted: 27th, July 2013 | In: Sports | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Adverts tells NASCAR fans to buy hangover-free, lo-cal marijuana not beer

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MARIJUANA has gone mainstream. We’ve yet to see weed adverts on the side of F1 vehicles, as we have for cigarettes and booze, but NASCAR fans heading to the 2013 Brickyard 400 races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will get to see a TV advert hailing cannabis.

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Posted: 26th, July 2013 | In: marijuana, News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: Manchester United and Plymouth offer Fabregas first-team football away from Barcelona

TRANSFER Balls: Why would Cesc Fabregas leaves Barcelona?

Gerardo Martino, Barcelona’s coach, says:

“Considering the club has already rejected two offers [for the player], I would guess it will reject a third. In other words, Fabregas will remain here.”

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Posted: 26th, July 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: Wayne Rooney heads to the Chelsea that forgot Didier Drogba

TRANSFER balls: Is Wayne Rooney headed to Chelsea?

Jose Mourinho says Fernando Torres should be worried about the impending arrive of Wayne Rooney:

“I think he’ll be pleased because during his time here he was basically the only striker.”

Two words Jose: Didier Drogba…

Posted: 26th, July 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: Brendan Rodgers says Liverpool don’t need competition

TRANSFER Balls: When not consulting the Neville Chamberlain Bumper Book of Deal Making to negotiate with Luis Suarez, Brendan Rodgers is talking about Pepe Reina:

On June 22, Rodger told one and all what the signing of Simon Mignolet meant for Pepe:

“Pepe Reina and I went out for a meal a couple of months before the end of the season and I told him exactly what we were going to do, which was to provide real competition in that area.”

With Reina now at Napoli, Rodgers now adds:

“It was obviously a difficult decision. From last season I was led to believe that we were going to get an offer for Pepe that would probably see him leave the club…

It wouldn’t have served any purpose, both for the club and him personally, if he’d been the one missing out.”

What about the competition, Brendan?

Posted: 26th, July 2013 | In: Sports | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


An absurd story on Formula One tax dodges

THIS absurd tax story is brought to you by The Independent:

The standard rate of corporation tax in the UK is 24 per cent of a company’s profit. The F1 teams tend to avoid this because they spend all of the money they receive in a bid to boost their chances on track. Breaking even or making a loss means that they don’t need to pay tax as there is no profit for it to be charged on.

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Posted: 26th, July 2013 | In: Money, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Lance Armstrong says ‘virtually all of us broke the rules, and lied about it’

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AND so it came to pass that Lance Armstrong became a victim. The man stripped of his seven Tour de France titles – who denied others glory as he grew rich and allegedly attempted to destroy a woman’s life – is now the victim:

He shares with Cyclingnews.com his thoughts on the French Senate releasing a list of riders who tested positive for banned EPO during the 1998 race, in which Armstong took no part:

“If we don’t come together, have the conversation and draw a line in the sand and then move on, we’re all screwed…My initial reaction is that I am not surprised. As I have said, it was an unfortunate era for all of us and virtually all of us broke the rules, and lied about it.”

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Posted: 26th, July 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: Manchester United target Fabregas teams up with Higuain at Arsenal

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TRANSFER Balls: Is Barcelona’s Cesc Fabregas heading back to the Premier League with Manchester United or Arsenal? Lets’ see what the media experts are saying:

The Sun leads with “CESC BOOST FOR UNITED”. This “EXCLUSIVE” tells reader that Fabregas “is reportedly becoming worried as he is still waiting for assurances about his Nou Camp future”.

How can it be an exclusive if it’s been reported already? The Sun, of course, is the paper that told readers Gonzalo Higuain had signed for Arsenal. He didn’t. He now plays for Napoli.

Maybe Fabregas will team up with Higuain at Arsenal? Look out for that in the trusty Sun.

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Posted: 26th, July 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: Everton sell Fellaini to Arsenal or Manchester United (after that moving deadline)

TRANSFER Balls: A look at a Everton’s Marouane Fellaini’s move to Manchester united or Arsenal:

The Sun:

DAVID MOYES has a week to decide whether to sign Marouane Fellaini. The Everton star has a buyout clause of £22million — but that only stands until July 31. Then Moyes’ old club will be able to name their price and it will undoubtedly go up.

So. He doesn’t have a week. And why will any fee go up? If the player wants to leave and buyers are prepared to take it to transfer deadline day, the price could well drop.

Overlooking how the Press know the contents of Fellaini’s contract, we hark back to old news:

The Mirror added on July 13:

The Belgian’s £23.5million buy-out clause expires on August 14 with the Toffees set to demand more than £30million for him after

Not ask. Demand. To which the answer will be, ‘No thanks. and you can’t make me. Keep your unhappy player.’

On July 15, the Daily Express had more:

 Fellaini’s future has been the subject of much conjecture, and he has been linked with a move to Arsenal, even though they are reportedly unwilling to meet his £23m buyout clause

Reports in France suggest that Arsenal and United have been told that if they don’t complete a deal for Fellaini by August 14, then his buyout clause will rise.

On July 22, the Liverpool Post told us:

Arsenal to launch £24m bid for Everton FC star Marouane Fellaini

Liverpool Daily Post Arsenal to launch £24m bid for Everton FC star Marouane Fellaini 

On the same days, on MyEvertonNews we read:

Arsenal to finally launch Fellaini bid within the next 24 hour

On July 6, this site said:

Arsenal Make Stunning £22m Bid to Activate Marouane Fellaini Relause Clause: Everton Midfielder Subject Of Club Record BidSo. The buyout clause exists whatever and whenever. Can we all agree on that?

More transfer balls every day…

 

Posted: 25th, July 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: Liverpool slash Luis Suarez asking price to entice Arsenal

TRANSFER Balls: Is Liverpool’s Luis Suarez for sale or not?

The Times: “Ball back in Luis Suárez’s court after Liverpool call bluff over contract”

“There’s nothing new to report,” Rodgers said after Suárez featured in the last 20 minutes of Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Melbourne Victory in front of 95,000 fans at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. “[Suárez] is very much a Liverpool player and over the course of the next couple of weeks we’ve got to get him up to speed. The support he has received from the supporters and the people of the city of Liverpool has been unrivalled. In this period of time he’s missed a lot of games for various reasons. The people have stood by him like a son and really looked after him.”

To judge by Suárez’s demeanour during his cameo, though, that support is not at the forefront of his mind. If the 26-year-old appearing sullen as he warmed up is not exactly damning proof, his failure to celebrate with his team-mates after he teed up Iago Aspas’s goal to seal the win was moderately instructive.

Here’s Suarez being not exactly elated at setting up a goal in a friendly match in Australia. Yep, no lap of honour and tossing his shirt to the crowd. The Mirror calls him “gloomy“.

The Guardian has lots to say:

What would a body language expert have made of Luis Suárez at the MCG on Wednesday?

That he fancies Coutinho?

To the untrained eye he looked as lugubrious as Graham Gooch on a long, bat-dragging walk back to the pavilion after a golden duck. Our first sight of him was getting off the bus and his countenance was indeed mournful, like he’d been sat next to Steven Gerrard and forced to listen to his captain’s iPod (to be fair, Sussudio will do that to you). He then appeared on the big screen, sitting on the bench, and he still looked downcast. Seeing that we wondered how anyone could be so miserable sitting alongside the Brazilian Botticelli, Philippe Coutinho, who, even with his Renaissance curls shorn off, looks like someone you just want to throw an arm around and protect from the world’s ills.

Who needs a body language expert with a tribute like that from Paul Connolly (GSOH, nice teeth, call me)?

And as the crowd roared when Suárez’s mug came up on the big screen the Uruguayan couldn’t even fashion a wan smile. It made you think of a parent trying to cheer up a grumpy child with buffoonery and exaggerated bonhomie, but Suárez seemed determined that nobody among the 95,000 crowd was going to spoil his bad mood. Finally he made the field, and he grouched into the match not acknowledging the warm reception. Not even a cursory golf wave. He still competed for the ball, mind, but that’s in his DNA. Overall, however, Suárez just looked like someone who didn’t want to be there. Not just Melbourne. Liverpool too. Then again, who knows, maybe it was just Sussudio.

Warm reception? The Cyprus Mail says:

Yet his appearance in the 72nd minute among a raft of substitutions sparked a deafening roar from the terraces, and fans left the hulking coliseum happy after watching the 26-year-old set up the second goal with typical trickery.

Having heard Brendan Rodger says that Suarez is worth £55m and not for sale, the Mirror reports:

Liverpool admit Luis Suarez is for sale but Arsenal hopes hit by £50million price tag

Rodgers puts £50m price tag on wantaway striker’s head after clause means Uruguayan can talk to Arsenal following Gunners’ rejected £40m offer

Suarez is getting cheaper. How’s that for negotiating tactics. The more Rodgers talks the more Arsenal must believe they are going to get their man.

And the Indy has other news to buoy the Gunners:

Striker wants to play in Champions League and believes £40m plus £1 offer obliges Merseysiders to sell

He wants out, then. And Rodgers, having put a price on the player’s head who was not, er, for sale, continues to talk and talk:

“I think the support that he’s received from the supporters and the people of the city of Liverpool has been unrivalled.

“In the period of time, he’s missed a lot of games for the club through various reasons. And the people have stood by him like a son and really looked after him.

“So I’m sure whatever happens in the coming weeks, that will be in his mind because it’s certainly something you can never forget.”

If you had a 26-year-old son who had grown up in poverty, spent years working and living overseas and now wants to leave home to improve himself, the best advice would be to make him stay by using emotional blackmail, Brendan. That way can only lead to success. Or his murdering you in the shower. But that’s kids for you.

And let’s not forget, Brendan, Suarez was hired for his loyalty not his goals…

 

Posted: 25th, July 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: Liverpool allow Luis Suarez to talk to Arsenal (and his tribunal lawyer)

TRANSFER Balls: Is Luis Suarez leaving Liverpool for Arsenal? Today we learnt:

Arsenal tabled a £40,000,001 offer for Luis Suarez last night with the extraneous penny thought to be designed to trigger a clause in the Uruguayan’s Liverpool contract that meant the club had to inform the striker of the bid.

However, the clause didn’t/doesn’t state that Liverpool have to accept the offer, and they jolly well didn’t either – with owner John W Henry tweeing “what do you think they’re smoking over there at Emirates?” after announcing he’d rejected the bid on Twitter.

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Posted: 24th, July 2013 | In: Sports | Comments (6) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The decline of man: the steady emasculation of our role models

THE decline of Man: modern man is in a state of crisis, reared on a diet of creams, depilated, patent skin and self-tanning unguents. Here, Anorak looks at the fall of manhood.

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“I never fixed my eyes, but I spent more money to stretch the skin of my testicles. I did not like the wrinkles. It’s a new technique, many people in Hollywood have done it. It’s called ‘ball ironing’.”

It is generally assumed that George Clooney was joking when he delivered the above quote. One thing is true, though: ‘ball ironing’ (or ‘male laser lift’) is available at the Beauty Park in Santa Monica for just under $600, and it is proving very popular.

Clooney may not have had the treatment himself, but his familiarity with it is cause for concern. It’s just the latest in a series of milestones in the steady emasculation of our role models. And the rot set in, as it so often did, in the 1950s.

 

Dennis Compton

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Compton (second left, with Burt Lancaster and Frankie Vaughan) was a brilliant batsman with a Test average of 50 (including over 200 runs in one match against South Africa using an antique bat borrowed from the cricket museum). He also found time to play football for Arsenal, with whom he won both the league championship and the FA Cup. Unfortunately, he also became the face of Brylcreem, and set the tone for future generations of sportsmen to dabble in the darker corners of male grooming.

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Elvis Presley

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Presley offended people in numerous ways –not least with his habit of wearing eye makeup. None of which stopped him from being drafted into the US Army. Here the prospective GI sits his written military exam, in slightly more discreet slap.

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Henry Cooper

As deodorant manufacturers attempted to broaden their appeal to the male half of the population, they recruited macho sporty types like Our ’Enery (’ere wiv’ ’Arvey Smiff) who here advertises Brut with the immortal slogan ‘Splash it all over’.

 

Ron Atkinson

Big Ron: The Sunbed Years.

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Graham Gooch

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In his playing days as opening bat for England, ‘Goochy’ sported an imperial moustache and resembled an officer at Rourk’s Drift. His subsequent hair transplant came as something of a shock – and led to a series of rather defensive gestures. Defensive, not about the fact of the transplant, but the quality of the weave itself.

Here Gooch, as the official caption puts it, ‘test[s] his hair replacement treatment in a Central London health Gym, to disprove claims that the treatment does not work. The former England captain is at the centre of an disgreement, after a client of AHS (Advanced Hair Studio) along with the Advertising Standards Authority claimed that adverts claiming that Gooch could swim, shower, and play sport with his hair treatment were wrong and misleading.’

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David Beckham

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The signs were there as a young boy, when he enjoyed wearing knickerbockers and ballet shoes. Later we had his own take on Brylcreem advertising (above) and experiments with sarongs. His nomination here, however, is for his championing of the ‘back. sack and crack’ – the logical conclusion of the waxing mania that overtook British manhood in the twenty-first century.

Luis Figo

Deserves his place here for his role in the general poncification of older men, with his truly terrible Just For Men advertisement – a product for disguising grey hair and beards and allowing old men to kid themselves that they are attractive to women half their age.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Rio Ferdinand

AKA: Ronaldo and Rio in hotpants hell. What were they thinking? Seriously?

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Shane Warne

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He held his hands up to the hair transplant, and fair play to him for that, but Shane’s explanation for his subsequent transformation into a taught-faced waxwork is altogether less convincing: he attributed it to ‘good moisturiser’. Others spoke of botox, facelifts and teeth whitening. Wherefore art thou, Warney-o?

Leinster Rugby

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The citadel falls. Once upon a time the best you could hope for in a rugby union changing room was a bar of coal tar soap and a turd in your kit bag. Now you are more likely to find a range of hair and skin care products. Leinster Rugby are now sponsored by Nivea for Men. Or should that be ‘Men’?

O tempora, o mores!

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ENDS

Posted: 24th, July 2013 | In: Celebrities, Fashion, Key Posts, Sports | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: Arsenal beat Spurs and Liverpool to Brazil winger and defender Bernard

TRANSFER Balls: Are Arsenal signing Bernard from Atlético Mineiro, pipping Spurs and Liverpool in the chase? After his national teammate Fred, meet Bernard. No news of Norman, Harry and Stan. But what do we know about this Bernard bloke?

July 24:

The Times:

The Brazilian club admitted last night that the winger will leave for up to £21.5 million after he tries to help them to overturn a 2-0 deficit against Olimpia in the second leg of the Copa Libertadores final.

Or as the Mirror reports:

Bernard, the 20 year old defender subject to interest from Arsenal this summer, seems keen to focus on winning silverware with his current club before discussing his potential move to the Emerates.

“I do not want to be rude or ignorant to anyone. I want to talk about the game. What will happen after Wednesday, I do not know,” he said.

How tall is he?

Daily Mail:

Arsenal are closing on a deal for Atletico Mineiro midfielder Bernard. … just under 5ft 6ins tall, is left-footed but can play across the midfield.

Winner Sports:

Standing just 5 feet 4 inches, Bernard is a very quick and skillful player on the ball. Bernard had faced setbacks in his career due his small stature as he was released twice by Atlético Mineiro’s youth system due to his short height.

Any other facts?

Arseblog:

L’Equipe are reporting that Brazilian winger, Bernard, will travel to London on Friday to complete a move to Arsenal.

Metro:

The midfielder was reported to heading to London on Friday to undergo a Gunners’ medical, but Wenger insists ‘the report isn’t true’.

Such are the facts…

Posted: 24th, July 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: Higuain wants ‘dream’ move to Arsenal as he signs for Napoli

TRANSFER Balls: How are Arsenal getting along in their pursuit of Gonzalo Higuain, the player the Sun says they bought for £23m? (That transfer is still up on the Sun’s site as a fact.)

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Transfer balls: Real Madrid sign Spurs star Gareth Bale on six-year contract for no money

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TalkSport thunders: “Reports – Gareth Bale agrees personal terms with Real Madrid”

Reports?

Tottenham star Gareth Bale has agreed personal terms with Real Madrid, according to reports from Spain.

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Posted: 24th, July 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0