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Staying Put

by | 16th, December 2003

‘THE votes were counted and the results of the contest to find the FIFA World Player of the Year revealed that Zinedine Zidane is No.1.

A Real possibility?

The Mail ignores a picture of that Real Madrid star to lead with a shot of another, Ronaldo, the world’s third best player, sharing a few words with Arsenal’s Thierry Henry, the second best.

The papers suggest that the gist of the conflab was that the Brazilian wants the French striker to join the happy band of galaticos at Madrid.

But, as the Sun finds, Thierry is not for moving. “I’m here in front of so many people only because of Arsenal,” says the likeable Frenchman.

That’s great news for Gunners’ fans – they know how important Henry is in their pursuit of the game’s top honours.

And staying with talk of strikers, the Express hears that Hernan Crespo, Chelsea’s man in an Alice band, says that he can get better.

Which is more than can be said of Michael Owen, for whom things seem to be going from bad to worse.

The Express says that the Liverpool striker is, through injury, out until the New Year.

And if that’s not bad enough, the club will have to make do with Emile Heskey and Sinama Pongolle in his absence.

But while Liverpool fans clutch their heads in their hands, the Sun ensures that they do not despair alone.

The back page leads with the news that Rio Ferdinand might not be found guilty of skipping a drugs test because – get this – Sven Goran Eriksson says the defender is “an honest man”.

So that’s it. Rio Ferdinand escapes a lengthy ban because he’s a nice bloke.

If this defence works, all drugs takers will have to do in future is leg it, deny any deliberate wrongdoing and then get someone bigger to fight their corner.

Ferdinand may well not be guilty of taking a banned substance but, if unpunished, his actions will leave the door wide open for flagrant cheating.

The course of action for the FA is clear-cut: it’s time to throw the book at him.’

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