Anorak News | Chambers Faces The Music

Chambers Faces The Music

by | 7th, November 2003

‘IN this sanitised sporting environment, when every blade of grass is checked by a hundred cameras and combed upright, the Sun brings news that things in some parts are just as they used to be.

Running out of excuses

In “Mudness”, the paper reports on Liverpool’s Uefa Cup match in Romania against local boys Steaua Bucharest.

The picture shows the Reds’ Emile Heskey covered in mud as he tries to stay on his feet, which, incidentally, appear to be immersed in about a foot of water.

The match ended in a 1-1 draw, but that hasn’t stopped the spiky Liverpool boss, Gerard Houllier, expressing his doubts about whether the game should have gone ahead.

He has a point, but there is nonetheless something heartening about watching football played as it once was before under-soil drainage put an end to the seasonal quagmire.

Of course, dirt is not synonymous with just football, and in the Mail readers get to hear about the increasing trials of Dwain Chambers.

Today is the day when the European 100 metres champion will be suspended from athletics following his positive test for the banned drug THG.

Sources have told the paper that the second test performed on Chambers’ sample matched the first. That’s sobering news for Chambers, and great news for sport as a whole.

Cheats must not prosper. The rule of the children’s playground must be the rule of the professional sporting world.

Indeed, if guilty of cheating, Chambers should made to pay back every penny he has even earned form the sport that has enriched him.

But back to football, and to the Express, which is helping non-flying Dutchman Dennis Bergkamp get his kit bag ready for the long drive to Milan.

The round tip of around 1,500 miles is being undertaken by the Arsenal player in a bid to help his team beat Inter in a couple of weeks time.

We wish Dennis well, and hope that the car taking him to Italy makes it unscathed – and no planes fall from the sky on top of it…’

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