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July 11, 2003

Vogts asks depleted band for final push

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The News Review:

* Ferdinand facing the axe over drug-test controversy
* Defiant England wallow in the mire
* News | Telegraph
* Vogts asks depleted band for final push
* Record ban for spitting Serb
* BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Petkovic lands Serbia job
* Chelsea target rising stars
* Row threatens players’ safety
* Bellamy denies race charges
* Trio idea gains force
* Counties split on Twenty20 future
* Delaney ‘feared for career’
* SOCCER: Anxious wait for O’Shea
* SOCCER: Becks says England must aim for win

Ferdinand facing the axe over drug-test controversy
Telegraph.co.uk – Jul 10, 2003
The player may well have to miss Saturday’s key Euro 2004 qualifier in Turkey and he could even face a two-year ban from all football, but United officials are understood to be furious at the turn of events and are believed to have threatened legal action if Ferdinand faces action over what they believe is a technical infringement. The furore over Ferdinand explains why England’s manager, Sven-Goran Eriksson, yesterday again delayed announcing his squad for Saturday’s match. Eriksson will name his 23-man party at lunchtime today and all eyes will focus on whether Ferdinand is included. Being deprived of the United stopper would be a major setback for Eriksson, who also has increasing doubts… The moment this summer Eriksson was photographed walking into the house of Roman Abramovich, the billionaire who was launching a spending spree at Chelsea, club managers were always going to be wary of Eriksson. Houllier hit back yesterday. The Frenchman is not the first Premiership manager to worry that Eriksson’s friendship with Abramovich might lead to the Swede recommending talented England players to the Russian, an allegation that Eriksson has always denied. “It was unfortunate that Sven was pictured going into Abramovich’s house and two days later Stevie Gerrard was being linked with Chelsea,” said Houllier. “I rang Sven and told him that. ” Eriksson, who has been.

Defiant England wallow in the mire
Telegraph.co.uk – Jul 9, 2003
One defeat in 17 competitive outings is a more durable statistic than the seven straight victories which match Sir Alf Ramsey’s England record. Turkey, on Oct 11, is this young team’s next and possibly biggest trial by fire: a dark festival of over-statement, silly threats, dumb posturing and security migraines which the players, somehow, will have to reduce to a 90-minute sporting contest to determine who wins a Euro 2004 qualifying group. Whatever you read and hear between now and then, this is not the end of the world as we know it, but rather a play-off to see who will have to endure the ordeal of a second play-off against opposition unknown. Eriksson doesn’t strike you as a man who goes looking for a scrap, but one of his big accomplishments in his two and a half years in charge has been to restore olde English defiance. Not in Shizuoka, Japan, where they wilted in mind and body against Brazil – but certainly in the frying pans of Bratislava, where they laboured past Slovakia 2-1, and again in Skopje after Macedonian supporters had set fire to a large cross of St George on the terraces. Here was one audience that was not going to be starstruck by English millionaires.

News | Telegraph
Telegraph.co.uk – Jul 10, 2003
Rio Ferdinand allegedly refused to take a random test last month for UK Sport, the agency which tests sportsmen and women. Theoretically, the £30 million Manchester United defender could be banned for two years… It is due to be made today. Ferdinand’s associates told The Daily Telegraph that the affair was a fiasco. They said he had not refused to take a test but was moving house on the day it was requested and asked if he could take it the following day. Regulations specify that any request for a change in testing constitutes a refusal. Ferdinand was eventually tested two days later. The results emerged yesterday to show that he was in the clear. By then, however, rumours had started circulating in the media about problems with his test, adding to the pressure on the FA and leading to a meeting last night between the player and the FA.

Vogts asks depleted band for final push
Telegraph.co.uk – Jul 10, 2003
Yesterday the Scots, who meet Lithuania at Hampden in their decisive Euro 2004 qualifier at Hampden Park on Saturday, mustered a grand total of 14 players, including three goalkeepers, at their Dumbarton training base. Paul Dickov, who had already withdrawn, should have been replaced by Andy Gray of Bradford City, but he was unfit to travel because of a stomach ailment. Steven Pressley has a fever and his Hearts clubmate and fellow central defender, Andy Webster, has a hamstring problem, a condition which also afflicts Kevin Harper… The Lithuanians have hotly denied any affinity with such a ploy and their coach, Algimantas Liubinskas, responded by declaring that such allegations were a sure sign that Vogts was feeling the pressure of a fixture which must be won by the Scots – who also have to hope that Iceland do not beat Germany in Hamburg – if they are to qualify for the play-offs. Vogts, though, had a different take on the importance of the game: “It isn’t more important than the game we played against Iceland, or the Faroes, or the Germany games, because we knew if we lost any of them we would be out. We could not have qualified. So I have said to the players that this game is just the same as these other games so they should just prepare the same way. “We have a very strong team. We have good players. I feel very confident although we have injuries.

Record ban for spitting Serb
Telegraph.co.uk – Jul 11, 2003
Within the new agreement Arsenal will play a friendly against Barcelona this season and receive £220,000 while the Catalans hold television rights, except for the United Kingdom. Manchester United’s Ruud van Nistelrooy’s two goals against Rangers are not enough to win back his place in the Holland team to play Scotland in the Euro 2004 play-offs. Holland coach Dick Advocaat was at Old Trafford but said: “In principle I have said Van Nistelrooy and [Patrick] Kluivert will not play together against Scotland. My visit to Manchester did not change that… Manchester United’s Ruud van Nistelrooy’s two goals against Rangers are not enough to win back his place in the Holland team to play Scotland in the Euro 2004 play-offs. Holland coach Dick Advocaat was at Old Trafford but said: “In principle I have said Van Nistelrooy and [Patrick] Kluivert will not play together against Scotland. My visit to Manchester did not change that.

BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Petkovic lands Serbia job
BBC News – Jul 10, 2003
The country’s former manager Dejan Savicevic stepped down last month after a Euro 2004 qualifying defeat to Azerbaijan. A number of their overseas stars are nearing
retirement and there are no successors coming through a weak domestic
league. Their next game is a Euro 2004 qualifier with Wales in Belgrade on 20 August.

Chelsea target rising stars
Telegraph.co.uk – Jul 11, 2003
The club believe that they can build a youth scheme with the vast reserves of Roman Abramovich’s wealth and in Holmes, a product of Derby’s academy, have identified a player who has already impressed a host of Premiership clubs with his performances in the First Division. Although he is not 17 until April, the left-winger has already played 11 times for the club this season as manager George Burley’s lack of transfer funds have forced him to draft in the teenager and his sought-after team-mate, Tom Huddlestone, also 16. The sale of Holmes, who broke the club record when he made his first-team debut at 15, would entitle Derby, under UEFA rules, to compensation for the player’s development and ease some of the financial troubles the club have endured. As an England Under-16 international, the fee Chelsea would pay for Holmes would be dependent on his appearances for the Premiership side as well as senior international honours, but there is also the possibility that Claudio Ranieri’s club could loan him back to Derby… Coincidentally former Wimbledon striker John Fashanu has been suspended from the board of the NFA because of “conduct inconsistent with the status of a board member”. Fashanu has failed to attend board meetings and has recently been involved in fresh match- fixing allegations. UEFA have increased the prize money on offer for the 16 finalists at Euro 2004 in Portugal and if a team win all their group games on the way to lifting the trophy they will collect £12. Tottenham’s injury-plagued defender, Christian Ziege, will be out until the New Year after damaging knee ligaments in last Wednesday’s 1-0 Carling Cup victory over West Ham. That was his first game for 10 months. Third Division Cheltenham have announced John Ward as their new manager as a replacement for Bobby Gould, who left the club last month.

Row threatens players’ safety
Telegraph.co.uk – Jul 10, 2003
A simmering row between Fenerbahce, the club hosting the qualifier, and Haluk Ulusoy, the president of the Turkish football association, threatens to catch Sven-Goran Eriksson’s team in the crossfire. Such is the hatred of Ulusoy for Fenerbahce that hooligans could attempt to discredit him by provoking UEFA into throwing Turkey out of the competition… The Turkish FA ordered the ground to be shut three times last season and once this term because of disturbances involving Fenerbahce supporters. For the England match, even mobile phones will be banned from the ground – fans had taken to throwing old models, minus the SIM card, at away goalkeepers. Yildirim and Ulusoy will be in the same VIP box although they are not likely to chat – they have not spoken for a year. Ulusoy’s other concern is the Turkish FA’s presidential elections next June, when he hopes to win another four-year term. Yildirim will back Ayhan Bermek, the former general secretary of his club. There will be no protest from Yildirim if Ulusoy’s appearance on the pitch before the match on Saturday brings howls of derision from home fans although there is no suggestion that he wants to see crowd violence. In Turkey, the game has been compared to Italy’s defeat to Argentina in the 1990 World Cup semi-final when the local Napoli fans backed Diego Maradona ahead of their own nation.

Bellamy denies race charges
BBC News – Jul 10, 2003
Another charge of using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour
was withdrawn. The case was adjourned for a committal hearing to the Crown Court on 7 August, and he was given unconditional bail. Mr Bellamy was in his home city on 24 March, preparing for Wales’ Euro 2004 qualifier against Azerbaijan, when the incident is alleged to have taken place. The case centres around events outside the Jumpin’ Jaks club in the city’s Millennium Plaza complex, next door to the Millennium Stadium where he was due to play at. The footballer voluntarily attended a police station soon afterwards. Wearing a dark suit and a lilac tie in court on Thursday, he spoke to confirm his personal details and to enter his plea. His solicitors later released a statement which said: “With respect to his appearance in court this morning, Craig Bellamy will be vigorously defending the allegations and has pleaded not guilty to the charges… The footballer voluntarily attended a police station soon afterwards. Wearing a dark suit and a lilac tie in court on Thursday, he spoke to confirm his personal details and to enter his plea. His solicitors later released a statement which said: “With respect to his appearance in court this morning, Craig Bellamy will be vigorously defending the allegations and has pleaded not guilty to the charges. There will be no other comment at this
time.

Trio idea gains force
uefa.comUEFA.com – Jul 11, 2003
The meeting was chaired by UEFA President Lennart Johansson. Clear ideaSenior European football administrators and former top-level referees from throughout Europe held three hours of consultations, designed in particular to give the Executive Committee a clear idea of the work being undertaken within the European refereeing sector, as well as to allow both parties to discuss areas of concern and focus on possible innovations. Serious thoughtThe deployment of referee teams from different continents gave rise to controversy at the World Cup last summer… Referee auditThe Nyon forum also discussed various areas of the Laws of the Game, such as the controversial ‘passive offside’ issue – an area which will require plenty of additional debate and clarification before a solution can be found, judging by the variety of views raised. In addition, the Referees’ Committee presented its ongoing audit of referee structures in Europe’s 52 national associations, aimed at encouraging the European football family to introduce a greater degree of overall uniformity in referee administration and standards. High standardIt was agreed at the meeting that the standard of European refereeing is very high, but that Europe should not rest on its laurels. This continent’s referees are being given comprehensive support by UEFA to prepare thoroughly and professionally for their duties, especially through expert fitness training and regular education and instruction courses. UEFA’s ‘talents and mentors’ course, in which young referees receive constant guidance from former top European match officials, was given particular praise by Executive Committee members as a source of referee development. UEFA driveRegular assessment and stringent evaluation of every referee’s performances, and special preparation for major assignments such as EURO 2004™ in Portugal – when, by way of an example, the referees will be given special training in dealing with the media – all form part of a purposeful drive within UEFA to maintain the quality which has led to Europe’s referees being respected throughout the football world.

Counties split on Twenty20 future
BBC News – Jul 10, 2003
A decision will also be made on when to hold next year’s competition. It could clash with the European Football Championships, which are being held in Portugal between 12 June and 6 July. A decision is not likely to be made until November, when the draw for Euro 2004 is known. England and Wales Cricket Board spokesman John Read said: “One argument is to move the Twenty20 into July from June, although there would be the concern then about how the natural light would last. “Another perspective is that it could be a good thing to schedule games when the England football team are playing and show the match on a big screen within the grounds. ”

There are still tickets available for the Twenty20 Cup finals day at Nottinghamshire’s Trent Bridge ground. For more information contact the ticket office on 0115 982 3000.

Delaney ‘feared for career’
BBC News – Jul 10, 2003
“It’s been a long, tough journey, but I’ve come through it strong and I’m looking forward to a new start. ”

Delaney is excited by the prospect of playing under new Villa manager David O’Leary, who he feels can get the club challenging for Europe. His eyes are also set on more success with Wales as he is determined to help his country to the Euro 2004 finals in Portugal, starting with the Serbia and Montenegro game on 20 August. “Fortunately I only missed one Wales game with my injuries (home to Azerbaijan),” said Delaney, “Now I want to help Wales to their first major tournament since 1958… “It’s been a long, tough journey, but I’ve come through it strong and I’m looking forward to a new start. ”

Delaney is excited by the prospect of playing under new Villa manager David O’Leary, who he feels can get the club challenging for Europe. His eyes are also set on more success with Wales as he is determined to help his country to the Euro 2004 finals in Portugal, starting with the Serbia and Montenegro game on 20 August. “Fortunately I only missed one Wales game with my injuries (home to Azerbaijan),” said Delaney, “Now I want to help Wales to their first major tournament since 1958. “(Wales manager) Mark Hughes has made such a difference to the international set-up, he’s a legend and people look up to him. “Wales has always had spirit, but Mark has been through the bad times – he’s brought the right faces in and sorted out the organisation. “Now we have to get out to Serbia and Montenegro and get the result.

SOCCER: Anxious wait for O’Shea
U.TV – Jul 9, 2003
“I went over on the ball and the injured the tendon on my hamstring and the lateral ligament. “There`s not a lot I can do. I tried to play on but I was kidding myself and then the knock I took didn`t help it. “Ireland`s draw left them needing to win in Switzerland in the final Euro 2004 Group 10 qualifier next month in order to guarantee at least a play-off place, although if other results go their way they could end up winning the group and qualifying for Portugal automatically if they beat the Swiss in Basel. O`Shea added: “It was disappointing all round though we`re still in there and hopefully we`ll get a favourable result when Russia play Switzerland on Wednesday. “We know we can do a lot better but it`s out of our own hands now so we have to hope the results go our way and we do the business in Switzerland… “There`s not a lot I can do. I tried to play on but I was kidding myself and then the knock I took didn`t help it. “Ireland`s draw left them needing to win in Switzerland in the final Euro 2004 Group 10 qualifier next month in order to guarantee at least a play-off place, although if other results go their way they could end up winning the group and qualifying for Portugal automatically if they beat the Swiss in Basel. O`Shea added: “It was disappointing all round though we`re still in there and hopefully we`ll get a favourable result when Russia play Switzerland on Wednesday. “We know we can do a lot better but it`s out of our own hands now so we have to hope the results go our way and we do the business in Switzerland. “Had Ireland beaten Russia yesterday they would have gone to Switzerland knowing that a win on October 11 would have seen them qualify automatically for the European Championship finals as group winners. As it stands any one of four teams can still win the group, with only Albania out of the race, and the Republic players will believe the Alpine mountain is one they are capable of climbing.

SOCCER: Becks says England must aim for win
U.TV – Jul 10, 2003
A draw against Turkey would suffice for England and send them through to Euro 2004 at the expense of their hosts, who would enter a play-off. But Beckham, who says he will have recovered from an ankle injury in time to captain England in their final Group 7 match, will impress on his team-mates the dangers of playing for a draw… Having turned in a series of impressive performances at new club Real Madrid, Beckham has again proved his powers of recovery by quickly bouncing back from the ankle injury sustained against Valencia 10 days ago. “I`ve had a few problems with the injury but that is not going to be any problem for England,“ Beckham added. His role has altered at the Bernabeu to what it had been at Manchester United until his summer departure, with Beckham now employed in a central midfield role. “I`m feeling very comfortable playing in the middle of the pitch,“ he said. There was concern when Beckham limped off late in Sunday night`s match against Espanyol, which Madrid won 2-1. But Beckham brushed off fears that he would have to miss the trip to Turkey as a consequence.

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