Fri, February 24th 2006

More ‘fans’ crossing the line between passion and lunacy…

Chelsea have promised to punish any fans found to have made death threats to referee Terje Hauge in the wake of the Champions League loss to Barcelona.

Source: BBC


Related: Smith ambulance attack condemned


Thu, February 23rd 2006

MANCHESTER UNITED and Liverpool have issued a joint statement condemning the fans who attacked the ambulance taking Alan Smith to hospital at the weekend.

“These people aren’t real fans of football,” United and Liverpool said in a joint statement. “Both clubs feel the mindless actions of a few idiots should not overshadow the efforts of all involved to make sure Alan received the best possible treatment as soon as possible.

From: icLiverpool


Reports in several newspapers on Thursday claimed the ambulance was surrounded by people who threw stones and bottles at it and even tried to rock it from side to side.

Related: Liverpool fans shame at Smith chants


Wed, February 22nd 2006

Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard has tried to reduce the dispute caused by the quality of Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge pitch by saying, “Chelsea will be affected by the pitch just a much as ourselves ...We are not complaining.”

Barcelona captain Puyol also added: “There are no excuses. We are experienced enough to play on all kinds of surfaces,” but suggested that his team would be affected more.

Unfortunately, former president Joan Gaspart was less content to join his club’s line: “I don’t find it normal and I don’t think it is correct. I am sure it was done with bad intentions.”


Mon, February 20th 2006

Mourinho: “Sometimes you see beautiful people with no brains. Sometimes you have ugly people who are intelligent, like scientists”

“Our pitch is a bit like that. From the top it’s a disgrace but the ball rolls at normal speed.”


Liverpool fans shame at Smith chants

Section of the fans spoil efforts of the majority

It was a great shame to read reports of ‘Liverpool fans singing gleefully about Smith’s injury (Guardian)’ at Anfield yesterday.


Mon, February 13th 2006

The FA must decide next manager soon

Would you take the Newcastle job if you were O'Neill?

There is no doubt that the English FA were correct to state that Eriksson would be leaving after the World Cup. It ended potentially months of newspaper speculation.

However, you have to feel some sympathy with Premiership clubs caught up in the middle of the decision…

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Fri, February 10th 2006

Everton’s Duncan Ferguson will serve a seven match ban for his sending off at Wigan.

He has received an additional 4 match suspension for striking Chimbonda, on top of his original 3 matches for punching Scharner.

The sending off was Ferguson’s 8th in the Premiership, equalling Patrick Viera’s record.


Fri, January 27th 2006

England land ‘soft’ group in Euro 2008 draw

ENGLAND, Croatia, Russia, Israel, Estonia, Macedonia, Andorra

via BBC


Mon, January 23rd 2006

Eriksson to quit after World Cup

The BBC is reporting that Sven-Goran Eriksson will quit as England coach following this summer’s World Cup finals.

The England manager has 2 years left to run on his contract, but the recent ‘News of the World’ story where he alledges 3 Premiership managers were known to take bungs seems to have left the FA in an impossible position.

via BBC

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Thu, January 12th 2006

German watchdog highlights World Cup stadium faults

German consumer watchdog group, has reported that four of the country’s World Cup stadiums have “considerable deficiencies”.

Stiftung Warentest criticised fire-protection measures and emergency evacuation plans at several stadiums including the Olympic Stadium in Berlin where the World Cup final is to be held.

From: hereand

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