Monday, April 30, 2007
Gretna promoted to the SPL
Eriksson still loved by the English public ?
Speaking for the first time since his sacking last July, Eriksson said:
“I’ve never heard a bad word during six years of travelling around the country.
“Everyone has always been polite to me. Even after the defeat to Portugal. If I land at Heathrow today, people still want my autograph, which is nice, and a lot of them say ‘Sven, you did a good job’.”
Fat Pat fined
Now at PSV Eindhoven, his annoyance stems from Koeman preferring to bring a 17 year-old rookie off the bench last weekend against Utrecht, rather than fellow substitute Kluivert.
Kluivert said: "That substitution was ridiculous. It was sad. You should bring on a youngster like that when you're 2-0 or 3-0 up, but not when the championship is at stake. It's as if I can't play any more or have never performed ... It's beginning to get embarrassing."
While Koeman countered, "Kluivert's words were a knife in the back for a trainer - especially a trainer who stuck his neck out to bring Patrick Kluivert to PSV."
Kluivert ended up with a Eredivisie championship medal after PSV beat Vitesse Arnhem 5-1 on Sunday to win the title by one goal from Ajax.
Sunderland's rise under Keane
Sven Goran Eriksson reveals his pain at being sacked by England.
"I was in a depression but it was a recurring thought — 's**t, s**t, s**t, s**t'. I had never been sacked in my life before.
"Then, at some point, you have to move on with your life. We should have done better at the World Cup.
"I was convinced we'd do well before the tournament and, even though we didn't play in the early games, we were improving and were going to get better."
Sunday, April 29, 2007
Leeds face historic drop
It sparked chaotic scenes among furious fans for whom the reality of third-tier football next season proved too much to bear.
Referee Michael Jones had led the players from the field with several minutes of time added on still to play.
Intertoto Cup threat
Saturday, April 28, 2007
The good doctor
The 26-year-old is a qualified doctor, a fact made more public than Deuchar could have ever imagined thanks to Sky Sports presenter Jeff Stelling.
Becks gets the mickey taken
"I have had the mickey taken out of me."
Friday, April 27, 2007
The most superstitious manager in the Premiership
Ten years on, Brighton are still homeless
A previous board of directors had sold the ground in order to pay off debts, and the team endured a two-year ground-share with Gillingham, 70 miles away, before returning to temporary accommodation at Withdean Stadium, a small council-owned athletics facility. However, despite city council approval of plans for a 22,500-capacity stadium at Falmer, on the eastern borders of Brighton, in 2002, after a city-wide referendum, the club is still in limbo.
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Minute's applause for legend Ball
Ball died on Tuesday at the age of 61 after suffering a heart attack.
"This will give supporters the chance to pay their own tribute," said Football League boss Andy Williamson.
Ball, a former Blackpool, Everton, Arsenal and Southampton player, was regarded by many as England's man of the match in the 1966 World Cup final.
Jose gets to grips with WWE
He later took his kids backstage where they met some of the WWE superstars and chairman Vince McMahon.
BBC apologises for Alan Ball joke
Ball, the World Cup-winning former England footballer, died of a heart attack after collapsing outside his home tackling a fire in his garden on Tuesday evening. He was 61.
BBC Radio Manchester lunchtime presenter Allan Beswick said:
"At least we know he's no good at putting out fires."
The BBC said the comments, made on Beswick's show yesterday, were "ill-judged and wholly inappropriate".
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Team of the year ?
Eusebio in intensive care
What wasn't explained was what the mysterious hand in the picture is doing to the fan's pants.
A self-confessed Royal Gooner
When he does so, Brazil will erupt with celebrations and tributes to the man considered by many to be the greatest penalty box striker the game has ever seen. A greying and creaking Romario now prowls the penalty boxes for Vasco Da Gama.
However, Romario counted his goals using the same quintessentially Carioca mix of stealth and cunning that made him such a danger to defenders the world over. Perhaps no one except the little man himself really believes he has scored anything like as many.
An enquiry by top football magazine Placar cast considerable doubt on Romario's claims. According to Placar, Romario has not yet reached 900 official first class goals, with the magazine accusing him of including 71 goals scored as an amateur and another 18 in unofficial friendly matches played against teams of amateurs and retired pros.
The magazine also said they could not find any record of nine first-class goals he alleges scoring for PSV Eindhoven and said another eight supposedly scored for Vasco actually took place in exhibition matches or league games whose results were later declared void.
Monday, April 23, 2007
Stronger and better than ever
Owen's nightmare will end when he steps out for Newcastle at Reading's Madejski Stadium on Monday week.
And he promises to show Toon fans and all of England what they have been missing since his World Cup ended in agony last summer.
Owen, 27, said: "I have had 10 months out and had to grit my teeth and work long hours to get back.
"Lots of people can come back from a cruciate injury, but not many people come back BETTER from a cruciate injury. I don't THINK it has been a blessing in disguise ... I KNOW it has.
"I am positive this break has happened for a reason and it will prolong my career and allow me to play into my mid-30s rather than my early 30s."
Owen had set his heart on returning to face Chelsea this afternoon, but a minor groin injury meant Newcastle boss Glenn Roeder was not prepared to risk him.
So the comeback has been delayed and Reading will be his first competitive appearance since being carried off only four minutes into England's match against Sweden in Cologne last June.
After a season working one-to-one with consultant physiotherapist John Green, Owen is more like the Bionic Man.
He said: "I had two operations on my knee, so I spent a few-months in a brace. I'd broken my foot prior to that, so I had four major operations in a year.
"Add all that together and I'd been sitting on my backside for too long, so it wasn't just my leg which needed rehabilitation, it was my whole body."
Mourinho's four strict rules
PFA Premier League Team of the Year
Personally, my only argument would be the inclusion of Scholes and Berbatov, as I would pick Barton and Martins ahead of them, but the performance of Man Utd this year probably merits their players filling most of the team.
Sunday, April 22, 2007
League set to cut big four's TV cash
The clubs have agreed to modify the way the 25 per cent of their broadcasting income allocated to clubs shown on live TV is shared out. They have acted in response to fears that the big clubs, certain to be involved in even more live transmissions from next season, would make unhealthily large sums compared to their less well-off rivals.
The Premiership’s top scorer will release the tracks under the alias Drogbacite.
Didier, 29, said: “Drogbacite is about me and my success. There’s even a Drogbacite compilation CD.
“I need my music, especially before a game. I use it in the dressing room.”
The Ivory Coast star sang the team’s World Cup song last year.
Saturday, April 21, 2007
Who ate all the pies ?
Nearby, a pie baking competition was being held. A man called Douglas Saulters had taken first place beating his rival, Bernie Botmann. He was angered at the judges decision and stormed out of the contest. He drove to the football ground to calm down. However, still fuming, he began to throw his pies onto the pitch.
McCreadie, the Ballycastle forward, who was a bit chubby, halted an attack to bend over and sample one of the pies. Suddenly the crowd began to chant :
'Who ate all the pies? Who ate all the pies? You fat b**tard. You fat b**tard. Who ate all the pies?'
And that's how the famous song originated.
Friday, April 20, 2007
Money back on Beckham
Beckham has already earned the Major League Soccer side nearly £7million before he joins Galaxy in July at the end of his contract with Real Madrid.
Galaxy are expecting revenue to double this coming season to around £5million, having sold an additional 7,000 season tickets on the back of Beckham's arrival, worth around £2.5million, and increased the price of premium seats by 48%. The club have also signed a lucrative five year shirt sponsorship deal with Herbalife Ltd, who sell nutritional and weight-loss products, worth another £10million.
In all, Beckham's arrival should bring in an additional £7million in his first season, around £4.5million more than his annual playing contract with the club.
Arsenal’s second-largest shareholder
Yet owning 15.8 per cent of the club’s shares, she has a massive influence at the Emirates Stadium.
With an estimated fortune of £70million, Lady Bracewell-Smith and her family were ranked 817th in the Sunday Times Rich List 2006. She is also 44th on The Sunday Times UK Asian rich list.
She is the only female director of a Premiership club and one of three in the top two divisions with Karren Brady at Birmingham and Delia Smith at Norwich.
Arsenal chairman Hill-Wood, an Old Etonian, will fight tooth and nail to prevent any takeover of the Gunners by Kroenke.
Hill-Wood, whose father and grandfather were also Arsenal chiefs, raged: “Why don’t we want the American at our club?
“Call me old-fashioned but we don’t need his money and we don’t want his sort.
“Americans are buying up chunks of Premiership clubs and not because of their love of football but because they see an opportunity to make money.
“They know absolutely sweet FA about our football and we don’t want these type of people involved.
Chow, 64, was found guilty by a Singapore court last week of offering a bribe to the former Paya Lebar Punggol keeper to let the opposition score two or three goals in a 2005 match.
Chow, who received a life ban from football in Singapore and Malaysia, was fined S$50,000 ($33,050) by the court on Tuesday.
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Milan Cricket and Football Club
It had been a boozing session with a difference. Conversation had turned to football and cricket. The six men pined most for the summer sound of bat smacking ball. Why not, one suggested, form a club in Milan? Pencil and paper were fetched. A document was drawn up - and into the world crept the Milan Cricket and Football Club.
Two days later, the Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper recorded the event with a single paragraph. The 20th century was two weeks away and Italy had other things on its mind than a club with a modest ambition: "To spread the game of football and to play cricket as widely as possible."
The England striker moved from Goodison Park to Old Trafford in the summer of 2004 for an initial fee of £20m but the terms of the deal include bonus payments of up to £7m. Some £23m has now been paid to the Merseyside club even though none of the clauses relating to the securing of honours has as yet been activated.
The Sunderland boss watched Mourinho’s Chelsea struggle to beat Blackburn 2-1 in extra time in their FA Cup semi on Sunday.
And Keane said: “I went to have a look at them, to see their manager and try and pick up different things.
"I left before extra-time but overall I was disappointed. It was a poor game.
“I think we would have taken either of them. On that display we would have. I said the same thing when I went to see Middlesbrough play West Brom earlier in the season. We would have taken any of them.”
Sunderland can gain promotion to the Premiership this weekend if they win at Colchester on Saturday and Derby lose to Luton tomorrow.
"My girlfriend and my mother are frightened about not seeing the sun in England. They miss being in Madrid."
"The teams from the north of England are terrible," Baptista said. "When we play them I have counted their centre-backs booting up to 30 long balls upfield per game."
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
The singer will play a concert at the club's Caledonian Stadium on July 15, which clashes with the second round of the Intertoto Cup.
It's the second year in a row Caley have missed out on the tournament after failing to win a place last summer.
Director of football Graeme Bennett said: "We're withdrawing our interest in the Intertoto Cup.
"The cup dates clash with an Elton John concert at the stadium and that would have been a big issue."
Quote of the week
Even when he is sitting on a bike, Cristiano is doing tricks. He eats with the ball, he watches TV with the ball. He probably even sleeps with the ball."
Manchester United full-back Patrice Evra talking about team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo.
Chant of the week
Ipswich fans to Barnsley when they led 2-0.
"Staying up, staying up, staying up!"
Barnsley fans when they pulled a goal back with 10 minutes to go.
"Cheerio, cheerio cheerio!"
Ipswich fans to Barnsley after going 5-1 up.
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Barbados needed to win the game by two clear goals to progress to the next round. Now the trouble was caused by a strange rule which stated that in the event of a game going into penalty kicks, the winner would be awarded a two goal victory.
With five minutes to go, Barbados were leading 2-1 and going out of the tournament. When they realized they had no chance of scoring past Grenada 's mass defence they turned around and deliberately scored an own goal to tie the game and send the teams into a penalty shoot out.
Grenada, themselves not being stupid, realized what was going on attempted to score an own goal too, putting Barbados back on top and sending them out of the competition. However, the Barbados players started defending their opposition's goal to prevent them doing this.
During the games last five minutes the fans were treated to the sight of a team defending their opponent's goal preventing them from scoring in the back of their own net.
Eventually the game did go to penalties which Barbados won
Alan Brazil, on Radio 5 Live : "The tackles are coming in thick and thin."
John Motson, BBC1 Commentator, During Euro '96 : "I was about to say, before something far more interesting interrupted ..."
Brian Moore : "Rosenborg have won 66 games, and they've scored in all of them."
Monday, April 16, 2007
Player of the year ?
Hargreaves and Torres
Lay off the booze
"Other leagues do envy what we are doing,'' said Scudamore, who has negotiated a raft of astonishingly lucrative television deals on the back of the attractive nature of Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and other leading clubs such as Arsenal, last season's losing Champions League finalists.
"The Premiership is the best it has ever been in terms of success [in Europe] and the quality of football played. I am wowed often now by what I see in games. Look at last weekend: Portsmouth beat Man United, West Ham beat Arsenal, and then Watford beat Portsmouth and then we have this in the Champions League. It is hard to think it gets much better than this."
Sunday, April 15, 2007
Argentinian Heinze was injured and missed the 2005 final, when United lost to arch-rivals Arsenal, and is on a one-man mission to win the famous trophy in the first final at the new Wembley.
The next three weeks will define United's season as they pursue a Treble of Champions League, Premiership and FA Cup, and Heinze maintains it is within their grasp.
"It is very tough and we will have to be at our best," he said.
"But this team is very united, together - and that is key to our success."
Street style and terrible
Collins, a powerful, dominant centre-back, has found his chances limited at West Ham since signing from Cardiff in the summer of 2005. But after putting a run of injuries behind him he is developing into a key figure in the Hammers' late charge for survival.
Former West Ham manager Alan Pardew once described Collins' dress sense as "street style and terrible".
But Collins stands his ground. "What it is about my gear is that the boys are too scared to admit they like it. They haven't got the guts to wear what I do."
Saturday, April 14, 2007
Jose for England
Stamford Bridge sources say Mourinho has indicated he would be eager to take control at Soho Square if Steve McClaren is sacked. And the Blues manager has already discussed the challenges of the England post with trusted confidants at the club.
Mourinho's relationship with Roman Abramovich has broken down so completely that the owner avoids being under the same roof as his manager - never mind in the same room.
Chelsea sources have confirmed recent reports that Mourinho, whose team take on Blackburn tomorrow in the FA Cup semi-final, will be fired at the end of the season even if he wins the unique Quadruple.
Abramovich has abandoned his post-match custom of going into the dressing room and even missed Chelsea's Champions League victory in Valencia in midweek.
But while Abramovich still goes to the club's training ground in Cobham, Surrey, on a regular basis, he makes a point of avoiding Mourinho.
Owen at war with Shepherd
Owen, returning from a knee injury, is desperate to play in England’s friendly with Brazil on June 1.
But a Toon insider said: “Freddy is fuming about this.
"He doesn’t see why Michael should be able to go off and play for England when he has hardly figured for Newcastle.”
Shepherd has been at loggerheads with the FA over compensation for Owen’s injury as Soho Square chiefs are only paying half of his £110,000-a-week wages.
Shepherd is in no mood to let Owen line up for England after spending so long on the sidelines.
He also reckons the striker is not showing enough loyalty to the club.
Zidane to join Beckham ?
“We have been in contact with his folks,” Lalas said. “Everything is very preliminary. If it happens, that would be wonderful — not just for the Galaxy, but also for our league. And I think he would really enjoy the opportunity, because he is competitive and he wants to win. He’s a great player and he doesn’t want to sit in the French countryside drinking wine.
Friday, April 13, 2007
Quinn's "big" gesture
I was on the plane with my severely disabled wife and three-year-old daughter. Mr Quinn certainly didn't offer us any help.
As my wife is completely dependent on a wheelchair, we had already pre-boarded by the time the Sunderland party arrived. To my mind, it was clear that they had had more than "a few drinks"; in my opinion, most of the group stank of booze. Some seemed to stagger as they boarded and by the time they were all on, the cabin smelt like a brewery.
Contrary to what has been written in some newspapers, there was aggressive behaviour from members of the party."
Watford are reported to have 1,500 tickets left unsold for Saturday's semi-final against Manchester United at Villa Park.
Blackburn and Chelsea, who meet at Old Trafford on Sunday, have both failed to sell 8,000 seats of their allocations.
An FA spokesman said: "Old Trafford and Villa Park are established venues, used to dealing with the logistics."
Thursday, April 12, 2007
"I was not a perfect player, I have to say, being a striker," said Blatter. "I tried ... to get some advantages by joking with a player and then falling down by saying 'but he touched me'. And in fact it was not that. I did it."
"In Argentina, there are people who are against Bush being there," he said. "I am the first. He did us a lot of harm. As far as I'm concerned, he is a murderer; he looks down on us and tramples over us. I am going to lead that march along with my daughter."
The car was impounded by the Macedonian police after being shipped from Greece.
Beckham's car disappeared last year in Madrid. Macedonian press reports linked it to the minister, although Beckham's had a different colour.
She told B92 radio in Belgrade that she was a fan of Beckham and would like to meet him if it turned out that the car belonged to him.
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
The referee's a b*****d
He refereed the 1878 FA Cup final between Wanderers and Royal Engineers at the Kennington Oval, before refereeing the first ever England v. Wales match, at the Oval on January 18, 1879.
An epochal beating
"Last night was an epochal beating that Italian football has never previously suffered at the hands of the English," says Roma fan and columnist Candido Cannavò.
The oldest club in the world
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Low rent Wayne and Coleen
The pair have been dubbed the “low rent Wayne and Coleen”, and they obviously like to keep it in the family ... she is Coleen’s cousin.
Graham does share some family sporting talent – he’s one of Britain’s best young boxers, with an ambition to be a world champ. He also used to be in Everton’s youth team.
There was an alleged sighting of Avram, one of Joel’s brothers and fellow directors, at the home victory over Bolton Wanderers last month and there was a big family outing to the showdown with Chelsea in November, but otherwise United’s most compelling season in years has unfolded with barely an appearance from their American owners, the ones who said they bought the club to “get goose bumps” and have “tears roll from their eyes”.
Monday, April 09, 2007
"Desperately. And they're in need of a tailor," said Wendell Brown, senior fashion editor at Esquire magazine.
"I hope Beckham has a major impact."
Former Los Angeles Lakers basketball player Jim Jackson said that while he believed Beckham would likely have an impact on U.S. sports stars fashion, most National Basketball Association (NBA) players were already "dressing the part."
"They made it mandatory for NBA players to dress up," Jackson said. "I think guys really accepted that and really took it as a challenge to step up their game."
In October 2005 the NBA implemented a dress code for its players, requiring them to wear "business casual" when off the court and taking part in team or league activities. Sleeveless shirts, short, t-shirts, sunglasses indoors, headphones and chains and pendants over clothing were all banned.
In defense of U.S. football and basketball stars, Esquire's Brown said that for many of them size impeded their style.
"One of the things that nobody really mentions about David Beckham is that the clothing is so geared to his shape," Brown said. "He is the perfect size to wear Dolce and Gabbana and Versace and Prada and Gucci."
Sunday, April 08, 2007
The Portugal winger has been linked with both Real Madrid - Beckham's club until the end of the season when he will move to Major League Soccer with the Los Angeles Galaxy - and Barcelona in recent months.
"He is at the right club. He is being looked after by a manager who knows how to look after someone who has been through what he has," he said.
"I may not have got through the things I did without the United manager, the players and the fans."I owe them everything."
The group of top bosses are so alarmed by the decline of the national team since McClaren succeeded Sven Goran Eriksson seven months ago that they have been plotting to pressurise the Football Association into taking urgent action.
The dissidents intend to lobby FA chief executive Brian Barwick and members of the international committee with the sole purpose of removing McClaren and persuading his assistant, Terry Venables, to take temporary charge of the England team for the duration of the European campaign.
After the horror clashes in Rome last week that marred United's game against Roma, United may implement their own temporary ban on supporters travelling abroad if they return to Italy.
A United insider said: "In no way do we blame our fans for the problems they encountered in Italy, but for their own safety we would have to consider the possibility of refusing an allocation of tickets should we face Milan."
Bullard has sent ripples through the angling community with his competitive spirit and has won two £800 prizes.
He acknowledges that he is making waves. “Maybe a few people get the hump, this footballer taking the money,” he told this month’s edition of FourFourTwo magazine. However, he is not apologetic. “Sod ’em. I’m here to win,” he said.
Some of the more established anglers were not, therefore, too upset when the Fulham player fell in the water on several occasions but they were astonished to see Bullard drop his mobile phone in the lake. “It stayed there for five hours because I carried on fishing, then I scooped it out with the landing net and it still worked. Good phone, that one.”
Saturday, April 07, 2007
But the manager has admitted the supporters aren't blameless and continued his crusade against the "yob culture" he's found in Scotland.
Lennon fell foul of a fan after Celtic lost the last Old Firm game. The Pole remonstrated with a fan after Dundee United's injury-time equaliser at Tannadice last Saturday.
Strachan said: "Players now need to show the crowd how to behave. In general players are well behaved and fans think they can shout anything they like."
European sports police
The European governing body's solution is to host a 'round table' of police chiefs before the start of next season, with the aim of creating a cross-border force that applies a clearer form of zero tolerance on football violence.
"We have been seriously concerned about the law and order situation around European games for the last six months," a senior Uefa source said.
"We are looking to create a type of European sports police, a way of dealing systematically with the problem. We need cool heads. First of all, we cannot tolerate violence in any form off the pitch, but we also have to understand the mechanics of it."
While Premiership leaders Manchester United have remained in Italy to recuperate after their similarly exhausting European Cup quarter-final against Roma, Martin Jol's side will face second-placed Chelsea in today's televised 12.45pm kick-off after having flown straight back from Spain. Given that Spurs have not managed to win in this corner of west London since 1990, Ferguson's annoyance is understandable.
"It helps Chelsea but it doesn't help Tottenham," he said yesterday. "I am amazed Tottenham have allowed it to happen. If the game had been played on a Sunday lunchtime, Chelsea would still have had over two days to prepare. As it is, Tottenham get 36 hours. What is the right decision? It seems the Premier League are quite happy to give Chelsea the extra time but not Tottenham.
Friday, April 06, 2007
Prostitution and public drinking
Jackie Selebi, South Africa’s National Police Commissioner, thinks that might be just the ticket to make the 2010 World Cup a success too. Speaking to the Parliamentary Safety and Security Committee he said:
“I want you to apply your minds to my dilemma of what to do with the thousands of soccer hooligans expected to imbibe in public spaces and those who would feel the urge to try out other more exotic pastimes both currently illegal in South Africa”
“You as a committee must be sitting and thinking of how we are going to get around this. If a visiting fan is out on the street having a bottle of beer, must I arrest him, because it is illegal?
The Manchester United great spoke of an experience in Kenya where he saw children playing football with such improvised footballs.
He said: "I was delighted when they gave me their odd balls made out of condoms, bags and bits of string."
Signed by the Hammers for £7m in January from Birmingham, injury-hit Upson has so far only managed 41 minutes of football. It is widely believed his contract has a relegation escape clause in it.
Thursday, April 05, 2007
Makana Football Association
The commission is consulting on various issues affecting sports and the betting industry, and governing bodies intend to use a seminar today to call for compulsory information sharing. They want to see accounts held by participants in sports automatically flagged up if bets are placed in contravention of their rules and regulations.
The governing bodies are also campaigning to extract a share of bookmakers' revenue in exchange for the right to make markets on sporting events, some of which will be used to police the sports.
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
The 46-year-old was rushed to Guemes hospital in Buenos Aires seven days ago after falling ill with what was later described as an over-indulgence in smoking, drinking and eating.
But doctor in chief Hector Pezzella insisted in a statement that the 1986 World Cup winner had not tried to take his own life.
'What happened was a disorder in compulsive form, in this case due to alcohol,' he said.
'This was not a suicide attempt. There has been good clinical progress.'
But the first Big Game was a flop. ITV put their cameras high up behind the goal at Bloomfield Road rather than on the halfway line in the main stand. The critics complained that the commentators overpraised what everyone could see was a poor game, and talked about a packed house when the crowd was only 17,000 in a ground that held twice as many.
By the time Newcastle travelled to Arsenal for ITV's next feature, the Gunners' board refused entry to the cameras.
When asked once why he had managed in so many different countries, the German replied: "One cannot conserve excitement."
As Ferguson and his players trained last night on the Stadio Olimpico pitch, United found themselves facing demands for an apology from, among others, the mayor of Rome. He was among those to have been upset by the club's decision to write to their fans, warning them of the "real danger" of being attacked by Roma's "Ultras", and advising them of several areas in the city centre they should keep away from.
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
With the Man. Utd match starting at 5.30pm and Chelsea's game at 4pm, should the games go to extra time, Virgin predict serious problems in getting fans home.
"We feel it is our duty to be honest with supporters now," said Charles Belcher, Virgin West Coast's managing director.
The FA said that Uefa banned it from staging televised matches between 2.45 and 5.15 pm on Saturdays to protect attendances at other games.
Chants of the week
"Niall Quinn's disco pants are the best, they go up from his a*** to his chest, they're better than Adam and the Ants, Niall Quinn's disco pants!"
The cult chant that got Sunderland fans kicked off their flight.
"Deep fry your pizza, we're gonna deep fry your pizza."
Scottish fans to Italians on O'Connell Street in Dublin.
Monday, April 02, 2007
A complaint by the pilot led to police removing fans from the plane as it waited at Bristol airport, several hours after second division Sunderland's 1-0 win at Cardiff City.
The flight was eventually cancelled.
Quinn paid for a fleet of 14 taxis to take the supporters back to Sunderland, some 300 miles away.
The airline, easyJet, said the flight was cancelled because of 'disruptive behaviour' and added that passengers not involved in the incident were offered an alternative flight or overnight accommodation.
Police said: 'The pilot of a flight asked for the supporters to be removed from the flight because he believed they were drunk, which is an offence.' No arrests were made.
A difficult call
He admitted outraging public decency along with Debbie Matthews, 40, who was fined £250.
Anthrobus admitted the charge after making what his solicitor Stephen Thomas described as "a difficult call to his wife" before the hearing.
United have written to their travelling fans to advise them about the hazards that await them in Italy.
The letter says: “There is a real danger you will be attacked by the ‘Ultra’ fans of AS Roma. We ask you to consider your own safety and the welfare of being of paramount importance.
“You must definitely not take the metro trains to the Piazza Flaminio.”
The United letter added: “Whilst this game is taking place in the Olympic Stadium, fans will find some of the facilities provided fairly primitive.
“Toilets, particularly female toilets, do not contain the usual toilet pan facility.”
Sunday, April 01, 2007
Some fans reacted furiously after the goalless first half so the watching players did not return to the stands in the second half as England won 3-0.
"There were sections of the crowd not watching the game, just throwing abuse at the players who weren't playing.
"The guys who weren't subs didn't come out for the second half," said Young.
Cristiano Ronaldo : "For me it is a penalty. Why when Cristiano is involved is it always polemic?"
And no, I didn't know what polemic meant either.