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October 24, 2003

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The News Review:

* Hargreaves blow | England | International | Football | Sport |…
* Football star Ferdinand on defensive from tabloid tactics
* Alpay ‘may return to Premiership’
* Taylor demands anonymity for players
* Sports | Columns | Luis Bueno | PE.com | Southern California News |…
* Referee receives mixed reviews from Celtic
* Birthday boy Rooney given reminder
* Bellamy faces long lay-off
* Chelsea show English mentality
* Kerr to leave Newcastle
* Booth given Scotland target
* ESPNsoccernet – England – Barthez ruling next week

Hargreaves blow | England | International | Football | Sport |…
Telegraph.co.uk – Oct 23, 2003
“The problem has been affecting my back and hips and it’s preventing me from playing my best. I’ve found hitting long balls and shaping to shoot very difficult and while I’ve done my best to adapt, it’s very frustrating having to limit your game. “Hargreaves admits that he is likely to miss most of the season with Bayern as well as England’s Euro 2004 warm-up games. And he is also concerned that he may not be able to take his place in the squad for the finals. Hargreaves said: “It’s difficult to tell how long I’ll be out for at this stage, but I’ve got to take the long-term view. “I’ll keep training and keep fit by doing as much of the pain-free work as I can, but it’s important to stabilise the situation. “Hargreaves, who was raised in Canada, has been capped 15 times by England, making his debut against Holland at White Hart Lane in August 2001.

Football star Ferdinand on defensive from tabloid tactics
Guardian Unlimited – Oct 23, 2003
They may also provide ammunition for the many who believe that new privacy laws are needed. Ferdinand, 24, hit the headlines when he failed to turn up for a drug test after training on September 23. The multimillionaire player was then dropped from the England squad for the vital Euro 2004 qualifier in Turkey earlier this month, which triggered the prospect of a players’ strike. The Football Association is investigating why Ferdinand did not take the test and is expected to tell him if he will be charged within a few days. Though very few details of the case have been given, most observers have concluded that a crucial element will be whether his mobile phone was on at the time. If it was on, it is assumed that it should have been easy for his club to contact him and remind him to take the test. On Sunday, the News of the World and the Sunday Mirror printed front page stories that appeared to be based on details culled from Ferdinand’s mobile phone records… Ferdinand, 24, hit the headlines when he failed to turn up for a drug test after training on September 23. The multimillionaire player was then dropped from the England squad for the vital Euro 2004 qualifier in Turkey earlier this month, which triggered the prospect of a players’ strike. The Football Association is investigating why Ferdinand did not take the test and is expected to tell him if he will be charged within a few days. Though very few details of the case have been given, most observers have concluded that a crucial element will be whether his mobile phone was on at the time. If it was on, it is assumed that it should have been easy for his club to contact him and remind him to take the test. On Sunday, the News of the World and the Sunday Mirror printed front page stories that appeared to be based on details culled from Ferdinand’s mobile phone records. Both claimed that his mobile phone was on shortly after the time of the missed test.

Alpay ‘may return to Premiership’
CNN International – Oct 24, 2003
Mujdat Gurel claimed Alpay had several offers, including Hertha Berlin, but surprisingly kept the door open to playing again in England. Alpay was panned by the British media and Villa fans after his much publicised confrontation with England captain David Beckham during the decisive Euro 2004 qualifier in Istanbul. “In the light of recent events, it would have been difficult for Alpay to represent Aston Villa again in the future… and the player himself was aware that life in England had become increasingly difficult for him and his family. But Gurel revealed: “Alpay was not happy in Birmingham. But will there be the possibility of playing in the Premiership again? Why not?”The parting of the ways with Villa was inevitable, because Alpay had become as unpopular with the club’s fans as he is with the general footballing public after the bust-up with Beckham. Alpay enjoyed a successful first 18 months at Villa. But his career there went downhill after he suffered a serious ankle injury against Leicester in November 2001. Alpay taunted Beckham after he missed a penalty during the 0-0 draw that secured England’s place in Portugal next year and sent Turkey into a playoff with Latvia.

Taylor demands anonymity for players
Telegraph.co.uk – Oct 24, 2003
The third unnamed footballer, who was not reported to be from the same club as the second, was said by UK Sport to have failed a test which revealed ecstasy use. The report said: “The FA have written a letter to the player requesting an explanation for the finding. The case is on-going. “However, football’s governing body came under immediate attack from the Professional Footballers’ Association who are angry that Ferdinand’s name was allowed to emerge before the player was interviewed by the FA and given his punishment. Ferdinand’s name was leaked when the player was left out of the England squad for the Euro 2004 qualifier against Turkey this month although FA procedure guaranteed his anonymity – a move that infuriated his club Manchester United and the PFA… The case is on-going. “However, football’s governing body came under immediate attack from the Professional Footballers’ Association who are angry that Ferdinand’s name was allowed to emerge before the player was interviewed by the FA and given his punishment. Ferdinand’s name was leaked when the player was left out of the England squad for the Euro 2004 qualifier against Turkey this month although FA procedure guaranteed his anonymity – a move that infuriated his club Manchester United and the PFA. Last night the PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor launched a fresh attack on UK Sport for revealing that there had been two more positive tests and sparking a “witch-hunt” to name the players before they were given the chance to defend themselves. “We’ve had two positive tests for social drugs – so UK Sport put that out and now there’s a witch-hunt on to find out who they are,” he said. “It’s hysteria at the moment and people want to know if they’re big stars. But we’ve not even had chance to have the hearing.

Sports | Columns | Luis Bueno | PE.com | Southern California News |…
Press-Enterprise – Press-Enterprise (subscription) – Oct 24, 2003
in the 2002 World Cup’s round of 16, this is no longer the case. Taking Mexico back atop CONCACAF should not be the primary objective of Lavolpe or the Mexican Soccer Federation or any other coach at Mexico’s helm. Mexico’s coach needs to build the strongest, deepest team possible, qualify the team for the World Cup and have it in position to do damage in the World Cup finals. Beyond that, what more is there? Winning friendlies in Chicago or New York or Carson is not what Lavolpe should be most concerned about. If Mexican fans want to concern themselves with victories in such places, that is their prerogative. A World Cup, though, has never been won or lost in a friendly… finished a disappointing third in the Women’s World Cup, losing to eventual champion Germany, 3-0, in the semifinals. Turk stays home Turkish national team defender Alpay Ozalan is not returning to England after all. Ozalan, who quit English side Aston Villa on Thursday, drew the ire of much of England when he taunted England’s David Beckham during a Euro 2004 qualifier. His actions nearly caused a melee between the two teams at halftime. Aston Villa chairman Doug Ellis was quoted on the club’s Web site Thursday, "In light of recent events, it would have been difficult for Alpay to represent Aston Villa again in the future, and the player himself was aware that life in England had become increasingly difficult for him and his family. Therefore, both parties agreed that the best course of action was for the immediate termination of his contract, which was due to expire in June 2004. " Reach Luis Bueno at.

Referee receives mixed reviews from Celtic
Edinburgh Evening News – Oct 22, 2003
“It is one of those strange decisions. If Henrik scored from the header would he rule it out for offside? Probably not. But if the goalkeepers hands it to me then I think it should have counted. ” Celtic also felt they should have had a penalty when Larsson went down in the box under the challenge of Olivier Deschacht, but the Swede confessed that the referee had got it right. “It was not a penalty when I went down in the first half,” he admitted. “There is no point in saying otherwise – you have to be honest about these things. ” Hartson felt the referee did make the right decision in sending off the Anderlecht captain.

Birthday boy Rooney given reminder
CNN – Oct 24, 2003
Rooney has only one goal from nine English Premier League games this season and Moyes admitted: “So far this season Wayne’s form has not been too good, “Rooney turned 18 on Friday and is already an established part of Sven-Goran Eriksson’s England side. He scored consecutive goals in Euro 2004 qualifiers against Macedonia and Liechtenstein, but Moyes is more interested in his club form. “With maybe the exception of the game at Charlton, I think Wayne has been a little bit below the standards he has set — and he is very aware of that,” Moyes said. “I think that is why there has been a lot of frustration in his play. This year, players have decided to get stuck right into him. A brilliant solo effort against Charlton in August is Rooney’s only goal for his club this season, though he became the youngest player to score for England in last month’s win over Macedonia and grabbed another against Liechtenstein four days later… Rooney agreed with his manager. “I haven’t played as well this season as I can,” he told Sky Sports. “I just have not scored enough goals, but that will soon come. Moyes added: “It has been a really big climb for Wayne in a short period of time — and it is so important that you don’t lose your roots, your values or sight of the reason why you got there in the first place. “At this present time he is doing well as a footballer — but in the future we hope to see him doing even better. “Nobody has had a talent like Wayne Rooney in this country for a long, long time. Liverpool-born Rooney joined Everton’s youth academy at the age of nine and was playing for the Under-19 side aged 15.

Bellamy faces long lay-off
BBC News – Oct 22, 2003
Bellamy vowed to return as soon as possible after flying to the USA to visit specialist Richard Steadman for surgery on tendinitis in his left knee. But he is set for a long absence which will see him miss Wales’ Euro 2004 play-off against Russia in November. “Craig has had the operation, he has been to the best man in the world and now has got to get fit,” said Robson. “Craig went over there to have it investigated. Dr Steadman saw what there was to do and just got on and did it. “He will be out for three to four months… “All I want to do is to get back home and start my rehabilitation, and when I do get to return I will be stronger and fitter and with two good knees,” said Bellamy. “Dr Steadman is a fantastic surgeon and, like Alan [Shearer], I have complete faith in him and I know everything will again be fine. “I have not spoken to Dr Steadman since my operation so I don’t know just how long I will be out. “But I am a quick healer and obviously I am looking to get back into action as soon as I possibly can. ”

While Bellamy is on the sidelines, a compensation row could arise between Newcastle and the Welsh FA as the player has twice returned from international duty this season with knee injuries.

Chelsea show English mentality
Telegraph.co.uk – Oct 24, 2003
All the players were right behind each other, even those that weren’t playing. “Terry has enjoyed the success of taking England to the finals of Euro 2004 in Portugal next summer and now Chelsea are two points clear of Group G and with a trip to Rome to look forward to in a fortnight. “To produce that English spirit against a team like Lazio with quality players is even more pleasing. They are a good side with a real Italian mentality but we showed that we really do believe in ourselves. “All the lads know that if there is a tackle to be made or a ball to be won, myself and Frank [Lampard] don’t just go for it but we’ll put ourselves right through it. We don’t even think about it, even in training… That’s the English spirit. “Yes, there might be a lot of different people from different nationalities in the club but that doesn’t make any difference, whatever people say. People could easily be upset because they’re not in the starting eleven or on the bench, but that isn’t the mentality. “Lampard, another on whom Claudio Ranieri, the Chelsea head coach, showered praise after Wednesday night’s win, added: “In terms of confidence that win does so much for us. “Losing to Arsenal was a bad result for us because we didn’t play as well as we could. But we knew this was a big game and now we’re top of our group. “”That’s important for us because people had a few things to say after the Besiktas defeat.

Kerr to leave Newcastle
BBC News – Oct 23, 2003
“They keep telling me I have, but they haven’t shown it by giving me games and, every other day you pick up the paper, they are linked with somebody else. “I can start to speak to teams from January, so everything is up to Newcastle. “I think I will be moving and it doesn’t matter whether it is to a club in the English First Division or back up the road. ”

Short-term, Kerr hopes to win promotion to the senior Scotland side for their Euro 2004 play-off against the Netherlands… “I can start to speak to teams from January, so everything is up to Newcastle. “I think I will be moving and it doesn’t matter whether it is to a club in the English First Division or back up the road. ”

Short-term, Kerr hopes to win promotion to the senior Scotland side for their Euro 2004 play-off against the Netherlands. He is assured of being at the heart of Rainer Bonhof’s midfield for the Under-21s’ showdown against Croatia.

Booth given Scotland target
BBC News – Oct 23, 2003
The 31-year-old Aberdeen striker has not added to his 22 caps since Berti Vogts took over as Scotland boss. But the German has left the door open for Booth to force himself into the reckoning for the Euro 2004 play-off against the Netherlands. “Goals make me take notice as far as strikers are concerned,” said Vogts. “I’d be particularly impressed if the strikers got them in tougher games against the Old Firm… The 31-year-old Aberdeen striker has not added to his 22 caps since Berti Vogts took over as Scotland boss. But the German has left the door open for Booth to force himself into the reckoning for the Euro 2004 play-off against the Netherlands. “Goals make me take notice as far as strikers are concerned,” said Vogts. “I’d be particularly impressed if the strikers got them in tougher games against the Old Firm.

ESPNsoccernet – England – Barthez ruling next week
go.com – Oct 24, 2003
24, 2003FIFA rule on Barthez move next weekManchester United goalkeeper Fabien Barthez will learn next week whether he will be able to complete his loan move to Marseille outside the transfer window. The France international has been out of favour at Old Trafford since the arrival of Tim Howard, but is waiting for a ruling from FIFA before he return to play in his home country. Barthez is desperate to gain first-team football or face the possibililty of losing his place in Jacques Santini’s squad for Euro 2004. French Football Federation (FFF) president Claude Simonet said thatdocuments would be sent on to FIFA by Monday morning. A decision on whether the player could move outside the official transferwindow would then be made next week in Zurich by the world governing body,either on Thursday or Friday. Simonet would not say whether the FFF would support Marseille’s bid toregister Barthez, saying only: ‘It’s a very individual case because it concernsFabien Barthez. ‘The French Federation does not want to publicly express its opinion on thematter… French Football Federation (FFF) president Claude Simonet said thatdocuments would be sent on to FIFA by Monday morning. A decision on whether the player could move outside the official transferwindow would then be made next week in Zurich by the world governing body,either on Thursday or Friday. Simonet would not say whether the FFF would support Marseille’s bid toregister Barthez, saying only: ‘It’s a very individual case because it concernsFabien Barthez. ‘The French Federation does not want to publicly express its opinion on thematter. ‘Marseille, the club where Barthez came to prominence in the early 1990s, wantBarthez on a nine-month loan and believe that an injury that has sidelinedreserve goalkeeper Cedric Carasso for six months gives them a good case for aspecial dispensation. However, the matter will now be debated by FIFA next week. Simonet will bethere on unrelated business.

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