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October 30, 2003

Hughes rules out Spurs interest

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The News Review:

* Repercussions of Riogate
* England face Uefa fine
* Your verdict: Rio, Arsenal
* Hughes rules out Spurs interest
* SOCCER: Hughes on Spurs speculation
* Pavel Nedved – a truly world-class footballer comes into his own
* Not so sweet for Cadbury’s
* Fener shifts practice schedule during the Islamic holy month IAAF…
* FIFA keeping a lid on Barthez decision
* Fans clamour for tickets to Holland play-off game
* Scholes to miss Denmark date
* BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Rep of Ireland | Republic to…
* Tartan Army ticket rush
* Van Der Vaart accepts 3-match ban
* UEFA Cup – News & Features – News Specific

Repercussions of Riogate
BBC News – Oct 29, 2003
Until now, he has enjoyed a steady rise through the football world, culminating last summer in a series of supremely-assured performances at the World Cup and a record-breaking transfer to Manchester United. But suggestions his charging by the FA could mean the end of his career are wide of the mark. Ferdinand faces a ban, the length of which is unknown, but at 24, Ferdinand probably has around a decade left in the game, not to mention nearly three years remaining on his Old Trafford contract… Ferdinand faces a ban, the length of which is unknown, but at 24, Ferdinand probably has around a decade left in the game, not to mention nearly three years remaining on his Old Trafford contract. Manchester United

Ferdinand’s form has been uncertain this season, but his loss for any number of games would still be a blow to United, who face a personnel shortage in defence. Wes Brown is not expected to return from his cruciate ligament injury until January at the earliest, which means that Mikael Silvestre and John O’Shea may form the first-choice central defensive partnership in Ferdinand’s absence. Right-back Gary Neville can also fill in in the middle, while captain Roy Keane can reprise his occasional sweeper’s role should manager Sir Alex Ferguson so choose. Of equal importance is the club’s position off the field. United are determined to make public their anger at the Football Association’s punishment. A very public spat with the FA – and possibly a legal challenge to the ban through the courts – would compound the PR problems the club is already having.

England face Uefa fine
BBC News – Oct 30, 2003
The Italian referee was also seen ordering other players to their own dressing-rooms during the flare-up. However, Collina is believed not to have highlighted any individual player as being guilty of violent behaviour in his match report. It is expected that both FAs will be fined following Thursday’s hearing – but that their participation in the Euro 2004 finals is not in doubt. “On the basis of the evidence we have seen and the important official reports, as well as the limited number of other cases, we are looking at some sort of fine,” a Uefa spokesman confirmed.

Your verdict: Rio, Arsenal
go.com – Oct 30, 2003
He has been hit with a charge of ‘failure or refusal to take a drugs test’. Should he fail to successfully defend himself, then the Manchester United defender could face a ban that, according to some sources, would see him miss Euro 2004. Meanwhile, Graeme Souness’ season goes from bad to worse after a sorry exit from the Carling Cup. Blackburn’s 4-3 defeat couldn’t hide a poor display from his team and the vultures are beginning to circle. Could he be off to Spurs soon?… Jose Reyes The bans handed out to the Arsenal players do seem a bit excessive. I wish the FA would show some consistency. For example, why are the FA not charging Southampton and Blackburn over their brawl at the weekend? It was a lot worse than what went on at Old Trafford. It seems there is one (bad) rule for Arsenal and another for everyone else. If the FA wants to keep some semblance of respect, then surely it should punish those involved in the brawl at the weekend. After all, what is worse: Lauren’s push on Van Nistelrooy or Andrew Cole’s punch?Nicolas Jankowski I think this action by the English FA should warn Arsenal of starting any future incidents such as this. Their all too obvious disicplinary record and the tempers of their players should also be kept in check after this punishment.

Hughes rules out Spurs interest
BBC News – Oct 30, 2003
The former Manchester United striker is contracted to the Football Association of Wales until 2006 and has set his sights on qualifying for Euro 2004. “I have had no contact from Tottenham, nor do I expect there to be any,” said the 41-year-old. “I am committed to helping Wales to the Euro 2004 finals and nothing else. I still have a job to do with Wales. ”

He added: “We are still improving as a football nation and I’m not going to walk away

“It is flattering to be linked with a big club like Tottenham but I see it as recognition for the work I’ve done as Wales manager. ”

Meanwhile, Tottenham caretaker manager David Pleat has quashed speculation that he wants to sell misfiring striker Helder Postiga. The Portugese player has yet to score since his ?6.

SOCCER: Hughes on Spurs speculation
U.TV – Oct 29, 2003
Hughes said: “It is disappointing to lose Craig, but I think he had got to the point where he needed to get his knee problems sorted out and he has done that. He will come back fitter and stronger in the new year. “And Bellamy hopes to return to a side bound for Euro 2004, dashing claims he is considering his international future. He said: “I will be back for Wales, I am too young to be thinking about retirement, I expect to be fit enough for the demands of Premiership and international football. “This problem is as a result of the cruciate knee operation four years ago, it left a bit of scar tissue, what with the wear and tear. “The last few months have been murder, but I am much more positive, much happier having had it done. “Hughes has named Simon Davies, Robbie Savage, Mark Pembridge and Robert Page in his squad despite all having injury worries… Hughes said: “There are other players in the squad with injury concerns, Simon Davies, Robert Page and Robbie Savage, so this next week or so will be very important for them to see how they progress. “There are no surprises in the squad, I think that one of the strength`s of the set-up has been that the players know my system in every respect, from playing to our training regime. “Rhys Weston was not considered as he is not likely to be fit in time for the games after his cartilage problem. Jason Koumas returns after suspension and certainly gives me extra options.

Pavel Nedved – a truly world-class footballer comes into his own
radio.cz – Oct 29, 2003
Since then, it’s obvious the Bruckner-Nedved combination has beenoverwhelmingly positive. The Nedved we know now is a far more seriousplayer: as he’s said himself, after turning thirty he began to think aboutthe example he was setting for younger players. The Czech Republic has notlost a single match in an incredible 18 games and Czechs will be keepingtheir fingers crossed at the Euro championships next year. For their team- and for its captain – who carries a silver medal from second place in1996. That alone is an interesting note: Nedved’s international career beganwith the Euro championships in ’96 – that was when that he was reallyfirst noticed abroad. He had already won three league titles with SpartaPrague – arguably it was time to move on. Jan Palicka again: "The Czech Republic took part in Euro ’96 as an outsider and Nedvedas midfielder was one of the key men, who scored one goal, an importantgoal against Italy… Many say this year could be the one that fanshave all been waiting for. Many observers say he has a good chance ofwinning Best European Player of the Year. Nedved has led the Czechs toEuro 2004 where he is further expected to shine. Finally, many will bewatching the charismatic team captain many years to come: to see if hetries for one more shot at the next World Cup. By then he’ll bethirty-five, but journalists say barring injury he will still be teamcaptain, putting the squad’s achievements even above his own. Somethingwhich has become increasingly characteristic of Pavel Nedved’s style as hehas grown throughout his career.

Not so sweet for Cadbury’s
ic Birmingham.co.uk – Oct 28, 2003
The recent Institute of Practitioners third-quarter Bellwether Report, closely watched by the industry, showed the decline in marketing spend is slowing, indicating a possible turnaround and renewed optimism by advertisers and agencies alike. The Far East has come back strongly after a Sars slowdown, and Latin America also appears stronger with key territories Brazil and Mexico picking up, it adds. For next year WPP is expected to report organic growth of around four -five per cent as advertisers spend heavily ahead of the US presidential elections, the Athens Olympics and Euro 2004 football tournament to be held in Portugal.

Fener shifts practice schedule during the Islamic holy month IAAF…
Turkish Daily News – Turkish Daily News (subscription) – Oct 29, 2003
While his Villa contract has been widely reported as running until June, Alpay has previously referred to its expiry date as January. Apparently, although he was under contract until the later date, there was a clause allowing for mutual cancelation in January which has now been exercised. Alpay insisted that he was not "fired" by Villa as was claimed in a number of headlines in Turkey but left of his own accord. "Nothing could have parted me from Villa if I hadn’t wanted to go," he said. The question, of course, is just where he will be going to. There has been considerable speculation about a return to Turkey but this appears extremely unlikely for reasons we will examine below. The one club which has been publicly named as having made an approach to him is Hertha Berlin of the Bundesliga… Every time he appeared before them after he left they treated him to obscene speculation about his sex life. Even if coach Mircea Lucescu wants him, and there is no indication that he does, Alpay himself is unlikely to be interested in a return. He says that he wants to agree terms with a club and recommence training (even though he will be unable to play until January) in order to help the national team in its Euro 2004 playoffs against Latvia next month and its preparations for the European Championship if it is successful. This means he will swiftly accept whatever he regards as the best offer on the table — but barring a sudden change of heart in one of several quarters, that will not be an offer from Turkey. com
Turkish Daily News
Fener shifts practice schedule during the Islamic holy month

Observant Muslims refrain from eating, drinking, smoking and having sex during daylight hours during Ramadan, which began in Turkey on Monday

ISTANBUL – Fenerbahce’s German coach Christoph Daum shifted the team’s training schedule to accommodate players who fast from sunrise to sunset during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Observant Muslims refrain from eating, drinking, smoking and having sex during daylight hours during Ramadan, which began in Turkey on Monday.

FIFA keeping a lid on Barthez decision
rte.ie – Oct 30, 2003
Marseille, whose reserve goalkeeper Cedric Carasso is a long-term injury absentee, hope they will be given a special dispensation to sign Barthez outside of the normal transfer window. Barthez has fallen out of favour with United boss Sir Alex Ferguson and has been told France coach Jacques Santini he must play regular first-team football if he is to be sure of his place in the Euro 2004 squad. A spokesman for FIFA told PA International that a decision had been reached today but added that the player and clubs had first to be informed. The spokesman added that the decision would probably not be announced in public until tomorrow. Filed by Brendan Cole… Barthez has fallen out of favour with United boss Sir Alex Ferguson and has been told France coach Jacques Santini he must play regular first-team football if he is to be sure of his place in the Euro 2004 squad. A spokesman for FIFA told PA International that a decision had been reached today but added that the player and clubs had first to be informed. The spokesman added that the decision would probably not be announced in public until tomorrow. Filed by Brendan Cole.

Fans clamour for tickets to Holland play-off game
Telegraph.co.uk – Oct 30, 2003
Andy Mitchell, the Scottish FA’s Head of Communications, said: “Support for the team at the moment is fantastic, and everyone is looking forward to another packed stadium, only the third time in four years it has sold out for a Scotland match. “There are simply not enough tickets to go round so we made it our first priority to ensure that genuine Scotland supporters in the Scotland Travel Club can buy tickets, and they will occupy about half the stadium. “Once other essential ticket demands have been met – including the substantial Dutch support, debenture holders and the football family – every other ticket will go on public sale on Saturday morning at outlets across Scotland. “Ticket prices are £20 and £30, with a limited number of family section tickets at £15 for adults and £5 for accompanied children under 16. Fabrizio Ravanelli is proof that the spirit of football is alive and kicking. Even more impressive than the Italian’s hat-trick for Dundee against Clyde – the quickest of his career – was his thoughtful gesture to the First Division side after the 5-2 CIS Cup win at Broadwood.

Scholes to miss Denmark date
BBC News – Oct 30, 2003
The Manchester United midfielder had surgery on a groin problem on 28 October and will be out of action for at least three weeks. Eriksson names his squad on 10 November – six days before the match – meaning Scholes will almost certainly miss out. The friendly is England’s first game since reaching the Euro 2004 finals. Fellow qualifiers Denmark triumphed in Group Two, pipping Romania, Norway and Bosnia-Herzegovina to top spot… The Manchester United midfielder had surgery on a groin problem on 28 October and will be out of action for at least three weeks. Eriksson names his squad on 10 November – six days before the match – meaning Scholes will almost certainly miss out. The friendly is England’s first game since reaching the Euro 2004 finals. Fellow qualifiers Denmark triumphed in Group Two, pipping Romania, Norway and Bosnia-Herzegovina to top spot. The match is the first between the two sides since England won 3-0 in the second round of last year’s World Cup.

BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Rep of Ireland | Republic to…
BBC News – Oct 29, 2003
The sides will meet for the first time ever at Lansdowne Road on Tuesday 18 November with a 1930 kick-off. The Canadians, who are currently ranked 83rd in the world, are on a European tour and will play the Czech Republic in another friendly three days before the Ireland game. The match will give manager Brian Kerr a chance to bring in some new players ahead of the next World Cup qualifying campaign. Nottingham Forest’s Andy Reid, Sean Thornton of Sunderland and Celtic’s Liam Miller could all get the nod.

Tartan Army ticket rush
BBC News – Oct 30, 2003
Hampden Park was sold out for the recent qualification matches with Germany and Lithuania and another bumper crowd will roar Scotland on against the Dutch. “Support for the team at the moment is fantastic, and everyone is looking forward to another packed stadium,” said Andy Mitchell, the Scottish FA’s Head of Communications. “There are simply not enough tickets to go round so we made it our first priority to ensure that genuine Scotland supporters in the Scotland Travel Club can buy tickets, and they will occupy about half the stadium. “Once other essential ticket demands have been met – including the substantial Dutch support, debenture holders and the football family – every other ticket will go on public sale on Saturday morning at outlets across Scotland. “This will give every Scotland supporter an equal opportunity to come to the match, and ensure that the tickets go to genuine fans. ”

Purchases will be limited to two per person, with the sole exception of the family section where family groups can buy three tickets together – two adults and a child, or an adult and two children. The 5,800 tickets available for the second leg in Amsterdam will go to Travel Club members.

Van Der Vaart accepts 3-match ban
go.com – Oct 29, 2003
The Dutch international was sent off during last Sunday’s2-2 draw at PSV Eindhoven for kicking John de Jong in the backduring a melee at the end of the first half. Under the KNVB rules on dismissals, the punishment isdecided by the disciplinary officer but the player does not haveto accept it. If he does not accept it, the case goes before adisciplinary panel where the punishment may be increased, as PSVstriker Mateja Kuzmen found to his cost earlier this year. Van der Vaart’s punishment included a further one-match ban,which was suspended so that if he is sent off again within a setperiod — usually two years — he will have that added to hispunishment. The Ajax midfielder will now miss the league matches againstAZ Alkmaar, ADO Den Haag and Heerenveen and will make hiscomeback when his side host Feyenoord on November 30. The disciplinary officer also cited Mark van Bommel forelbowing Van der Vaart and the PSV captain has until November 3to make a written response. If Van Bommel is suspended, he is likely to take advantageof the time off to undergo surgery immediately and will missboth of the Netherland’s Euro 2004 play off matches againstScotland… The Ajax midfielder will now miss the league matches againstAZ Alkmaar, ADO Den Haag and Heerenveen and will make hiscomeback when his side host Feyenoord on November 30. The disciplinary officer also cited Mark van Bommel forelbowing Van der Vaart and the PSV captain has until November 3to make a written response. If Van Bommel is suspended, he is likely to take advantageof the time off to undergo surgery immediately and will missboth of the Netherland’s Euro 2004 play off matches againstScotland. Your views on this story?.

UEFA Cup – News & Features – News Specific
uefa.comUEFA.com – Oct 29, 2003
The club have an excellent, compact stadium, a fine squad, good financial backing, and as Hertha learned to their cost, one of the most dangerous striking partnerships in the region in Grzegorz Rasiak and Andrzej Niedzielan. Super strikersRasiak scored the 84th-minute goal which eliminated Hertha in the second leg of their tie, with Niedzielan providing the assist. But it was Rasiak who laid on Niedzielan for both his goals when Poland beat Hungary 2-1 in a recent UEFA EURO 2004™ qualifier. Inauspicious beginningsFormed in 1922 by a group of local football enthusiasts, this season has certainly seen a massive rise in Groclin’s profile. From a town with a population of just 13,000, the club only reached the top flight for the first time in 1997 and were immediately relegated. However, since winning promotion again in 1999, they have not looked back. Quality playersThere is now quality throughout a squad led by former ŠK Slovan Bratislava coach Dusan Radolsky… Inauspicious beginningsFormed in 1922 by a group of local football enthusiasts, this season has certainly seen a massive rise in Groclin’s profile. From a town with a population of just 13,000, the club only reached the top flight for the first time in 1997 and were immediately relegated. However, since winning promotion again in 1999, they have not looked back. Quality playersThere is now quality throughout a squad led by former ŠK Slovan Bratislava coach Dusan Radolsky. With a €5m annual budget that dwarfs that of any of their domestic rivals, the Slovakian coach can call on Polish international midfield players Marcin Zajac, Radoslaw Sobolewski and Sebastian Mila as well as his two strikers. Wealthy benefactorThe key to that strength is club owner, Zbigniew Drzymala, who has a car-seat upholstery business and won the president’s award for the best Polish exporter of 2002. With some of his profits being lavished upon his beloved club, the small town of Grodzisk Wielkopolski, which lies 50 kilometres from Poznan, has a team and a 4,200-seater stadium to be proud of.

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