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March 22, 2004

Sport stars get armed guards over terror fears

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The News Review:

* Ferdinand ban is upheld
* Smertin warms to task
* Ferdinand slams FA over ban
* Sport stars get armed guards over terror fears
* UEFA Champions League – News & Features – News specific
* RTÉ Sport: Cisse backs Houllier again
* BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Gunes leaves Turkey post
* Portugal countdown on agenda
* Newcastle United 3, Charlton Athletic 1
* Beckham rap for FA over Sven deal
* UEFA reject Wales appeal over Russian dope case
* FIFA World Cup – News & Features
* Security top of UEFA agenda

Ferdinand ban is upheld
Ananova – Mar 22, 2004
Ferdinand was hoping the ban imposed on him in December would be reduced when he appeared before the panel at a Heathrow hotel. The decision means he will not be able to resume playing until September 20, ruling him out of Euro 2004 and the start of next season. The hearing lasted for three hours with two-and-a-half hours devoted to Manchester United evidence on Ferdinand’s behalf and half and hour devoted to Football Association submissions. The panel retired to consider its verdict at 3. 15pm and Ferdinand’s fate was announced at just before 6pm on Thursday. The defender decided to begin his suspension on January 20 when he lodged his appeal, even though he could technically have carried on playing.

Smertin warms to task – Mar 21, 2004
A run of seven Premiership games without a win has dragged Pompey into the relegation zone and Smertin admits: “We desperately need the points and have got to try to intimidate them from the start. “He spent his first match as a Portsmouth player watching from the stands as his new team-mates brushed aside Bolton 4-0 in August, when the Premiership was as foreign to the rest of the team as it was to him. Not that anyone would have thought it, that win making it two victories from their first three games. Since then, they have won only four games, all at home. “As you can imagine, my first impressions were very good,” Smertin says. “But the biggest problem is that we cannot win away, which puts more pressure on us to win here. But I really believe 100 per cent that we will stay up… But I really believe 100 per cent that we will stay up. “Even if they come up smelling of roses, Smertin does not expect to be smelling the sea air next season as Ranieri, assuming he is still Chelsea manager, has promised to keep him at the Bridge, although vacancies for an attacking midfield player will then be thinner than ever. Before then, he will lead his country in Euro 2004, after UEFA threw out Wales’s appeal to replace them because Yegor Titov, an unused substitute in the first leg of the play-off against the Welsh, failed a drugs test. Smertin says: “I am more worried that we are in the toughest group. We have Portugal, the hosts, Spain, who are next door and will have good support, plus Greece, who are a very good side. “As confident as he is of Pompey claiming the home points to stay up, Arsenal still have to visit them again. The translator is not necessary when you suggest it could be a different result next time.

Ferdinand slams FA over ban – Mar 20, 2004
Ferdinand, who will miss the rest of this season and the Euro 2004 championships after losing an appeal against the ban, has made it clear that he felt personally betrayed by some FA officials. Were he to play for England again, it would even be “very hard” to have to shake their hands during the traditional pleasantries exchanged between players and senior FA staff before international games, the 25-year-old said. “I’ve had huge support from my family, fans, players and mates from all over the country,” Ferdinand told the Sun newspaper. “But there are people who work for or represent the FA around the England scene who I thought were friends. “And they just didn’t want to know me once this whole drug test problem started… But when it went wrong for me they hid themselves away. “I just don’t understand that. I am not going to name names but I think they know who they are. “And if – or when – I’m picked for England again, I’m going to find it very hard to shake the hands of certain people when they walk along the players before the national anthems. ”

Ferdinand said he felt he had served his country and national association well as a player. “So for them to be so determined to hammer me into the ground makes me question my faith in human nature,” he said, adding that some FA officials had not even spoken to him by telephone during the affair. In contrast, Ferdinand noted, England coach Sven Goran Eriksson had been very helpful.

Sport stars get armed guards over terror fears
The Observer – Mar 21, 2004
‘If the security situation demanded a change to the position of the BOA, with the ultimate sanction of not sending the team to the games, then obviously that is something we would have to consider,’ he said. Last night Britain’s athletes were trying to put the worries behind them as they trained for the highlight of their careers. ‘Whether the Olympics is ready or not, if there is a track laid down, we are going to race,’ said Daniel Caines, who runs in the 4x400m relay. ‘There is a risk in most things, all we can do is continue as normal and hope for the best. ‘Caines’s view was shared by Max Jones, performance director of UK Athletics. ‘It is always there as a shadow,’ he said. ‘We just have to trust the security and the British Olympic Association.

UEFA Champions League – News & Features – News specific – Mar 22, 2004
Disregard defeatsThe Spanish champions may have lost 4-2 to Athletic Club Bilbao on Saturday and been beaten in the Spanish Cup final by Real Zaragoza last week but it is hard to see Monaco escaping from the Santiago Bernabéu unscathed, even with Roberto Carlos suspended. Smart moneyThe smart money may be with Madrid, but for those who fancy a punt on a Monaco success, Fernando Morientes could be the man to pick. On loan from Madrid and keen to win a place in the Spain squad for UEFA EURO 2004™, the striker has more to gain than most from a win in Madrid. Milan safeSafe bets are the best ones, though, and there look to be few safer than AC Milan at the moment. Ten points clear at the top of Serie A, even RC Deportivo La Coruña’s successes at home and away against Juventus FC look unlikely to dampen the European champions ardour on home territory. Shevchenko optionAndriy Shevchenko looks like being the chief tormentor for Carlo Ancelotti’s side. Having struggled to score in the early stages of the Champions League, the Ukrainian struck twice against AC Sparta Praha on Matchday 8 and looks as hungry and predatory as ever… At the moment that means steering clear of Milan goalkeeper Dida, who has a back injury, and his team-mate Alessandro Nesta, out with a thigh strain. Injury listsPorto, meanwhile, will probably be without Jorge Costa, Pedro Mendes, Marco Ferreira, Derlei and Ricardo Costa. Lyon will not field Claudio Caçapa and Monaco’s Lucas Bernardi and Sébastien Squillaci are also struggling. Chelsea have doubts over striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and midfielder Claude Makelele, while third-choice goalkeeper Marco Ambrosio could start as No1 Carlo Cudicini and his understudy Neil Sullivan are injured. The following players are suspended for Matchday 9:Víctor Sánchez (RC Deportivo La Coruña) Roberto Carlos (Real Madrid CF).

RTÉ Sport: Cisse backs Houllier again – Mar 21, 2004
Auxerre striker Cisse has made it clear he expects to join the Reds later this year and also claimed to have twice turned down Spanish giants Real Madrid in favour of a move to the Barclaycard Premiership. Despite moving into fourth place in the table after a 1-0 win over Wolves yesterday and six trophy wins in the last three years, Houllier’s position has been undermined recently by critics. But France international Cisse, banned from this summer’s Euro 2004 competition, hopes his compatriot will stay at Anfield. Cisse is quoted on Liverpool’s official website,… tv, saying: “I hope with all my heart that he keeps his job because if I arrive at the club and he’s not the manager it would be a serious blow to my future. He’s the one I spoke to, the one I negotiated with and the one I agreed the deal with. ”
“If he isn’t going to be there then the challenge for me is going to be even tougher. I could have gone to Real Madrid. I had two offers from them.

BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Gunes leaves Turkey post
BBC News – Mar 22, 2004
He had been strongly criticised since Turkey failed to qualify for Euro 2004 in Portugal after a play-off defeat by minnows Latvia. Gunes, who took Turkey to the World Cup semi-finals in 2002, said: “I wanted to continue, but I respect the decision. ”

Turkish federation spokesman Can Cobanoglu said: “We need new excitement and a new coach. ”

Cobanoglu said a new coach could be named as early as this week to help prepare the team ahead of qualifiers for the 2006 World Cup. He refused to name any candidates for the job.

Portugal countdown on agenda – Mar 22, 2004
IFAB decisionsThe recent International Football Association Board meeting is another matter on the agenda. The IFAB took a series of important decisions last month: national-team coaches will only be allowed to use six substitutes in friendly matches from next season; the golden goal and silver goal will be abandoned and instead knockout matches will be decided by 30 minutes of extra time and, if necessary, penalties. The rulings will not come into force until 5 July, the day after the EURO 2004™ final when the silver-goal rule will apply. Charity and Under-19 hostsOther agenda items include the allocation of UEFA’s charity cheque at its gala events in Monaco in August, as well as the host country for the UEFA European Women’s Under-19 Championship final round in 2005. All rights reserved.

Newcastle United 3, Charlton Athletic 1
ic – Mar 22, 2004
However, for those reflecting on a job well done, it is the contribution of Woodgate which will be discussed long after the dust has settled on Shearer’s fine brace or Given’s remarkable second-half heroics. Speaking before the visit of Alan Curbishley’s Premiership dark horses, the former Leeds United favourite admitted Newcastle must `buck up (their) ideas in a big way’ if the black and whites were to avoid missing out on European football next season. Woodgate insisted United could not afford to lose against the team which began the weekend above their top-four rivals. And the fit-again centre-half pledged to play through the pain of a stomach problem to satisfy his appetite for Champions League football. From the start Woodgate proved he does not deal in idle talk and for 90 minutes the Middlesbrough-born man-mountain delivered a masterclass in world class defending. A season interrupted by injury and illness had prompted some to question Newcastle’s decision to spend the bulk of 2003’s transfer kitty on a player yet to prove his class consistently on Tyneside. Yet try telling Charlton’s impressive Matt Holland that Woodgate is a waste of money… The anticipation, determination and cool execution was Woodgate at his brilliant best. After a week when Sven Göran- Eriksson’s worst fears over England’s most forgetful centre-half were realised, the player tipped to take Rio Ferdinand’s place in Portugal this summer looked every inch the international enforcer. It would seem that the unforgiving pain barrier is the only obstacle standing between Newcastle’s £9m man and a successful Euro 2004. If only Alan Shearer would consider joining Woodgate this summer, Eriksson might have a chance of making history before moving on. United’s number nine made it five goals in six games, and 22 for the season, with the two against Dean Kiely which meant the Magpies would cling to Liverpool’s coat-tails in the race for fourth. Shearer’s first was a fine, stooping header 57 seconds from kick-off after Laurent Robert had capitalised on a poor clearance from Luke Young and delivered a cross into the Addicks’ area. Jermaine Jenas, gradually getting back to his industrious best, and Claus Jensen added their names to the scoresheet before the Premiership’s all-time leading scorer doubled his tally.

Beckham rap for FA over Sven deal
Ananova – Mar 20, 2004
“I’m sure he’s getting fed-up with being asked about his future almost every day when he already has a contract with England. “I’m sure it’s something that will keep coming up until he’s signed a 10-year contract, but he’s got to be left alone to lead us into this competition. It is not known if Beckham made that point at his meeting on Monday night with FA chief executive Mark Palios to discuss progress being made towards establishing international selection criteria. But Beckham is determined to do all he can to ensure Eriksson stays in his job, with success at Euro 2004 his main goal.

UEFA reject Wales appeal over Russian dope case – Mar 20, 2004

UEFA reject Wales appeal over Russian dope case

UEFA have turned down an appeal by Wales, who wanted to be awarded a place at Euro 2004 after Russian midfielder Yegor Titov failed a drugs test. UEFA banned the player after he tested positive for a banned stimulant after Russia’s play-off match against Wales in November in Moscow. Wales drew the first leg 0-0 in Moscow, a match Titov did not play in. However, he played in the second leg which Russia won 1-0. “The Appeals Body based its decision in particular on the failure by the Welsh FA to present evidence of any implication of the Football Union of Russia in the alleged doping infringement,” a UEFA statement said.

FIFA World Cup – News & Features – Mar 22, 2004
Joint statementGünes and Haluk Ulusoy, the Turkish Football Association (TFF) president, announced at a joint press conference that the coach would be relieved of his responsibilities with immediate effect even though his contract did not expire until July. Early departure”Senol Günes served Turkish football and the national team for four years,” said Ulusoy. “His contract was due to expire on 13 July but after an executive committee meeting, we decided that it would be more useful to part company before that date, considering the matches we will play in June. “Turkish gratitudeUlusoy expressed his gratitude to the former Turkish international goalkeeper who led the national side to third place at the 2002 FIFA World Cup… Joint statementGünes and Haluk Ulusoy, the Turkish Football Association (TFF) president, announced at a joint press conference that the coach would be relieved of his responsibilities with immediate effect even though his contract did not expire until July. Early departure”Senol Günes served Turkish football and the national team for four years,” said Ulusoy. “His contract was due to expire on 13 July but after an executive committee meeting, we decided that it would be more useful to part company before that date, considering the matches we will play in June. “Turkish gratitudeUlusoy expressed his gratitude to the former Turkish international goalkeeper who led the national side to third place at the 2002 FIFA World Cup. He insisted that there was no dispute between the coach and the TFF, saying: “Maybe our paths will cross again in the future.

Security top of UEFA agenda – Mar 22, 2004
Close co-operationUEFA Chief Executive Lars-Christer Olsson, speaking in Dublin after a meeting of the UEFA Executive Committee, said that European football’s governing body is working in close co-operation with security authorities to ensure safety at the final tournament, especially in the wake of the recent bombings in Madrid. Security concept”From the start, we have been planning for the worst,” Mr Olsson said. “Over the years, we have developed a security concept within UEFA which is applicable to all our competitions, especially the final rounds. “‘Security guarantees’”The Portuguese authorities know the domestic situation, and we have had a very close relationship with them,” he added… “Israel inspectionMr Olsson also said that a trip would shortly be made to Israel to assess the security situation there. The inspection is to take place with a view to a decision by the UEFA Emergency Panel, in co-ordination with world football’s governing body FIFA, to determine whether UEFA matches can be staged on Israeli territory again. Secure circumstancesUEFA ruled last year that matches could not be played in Israel as a result of the security situation, and has been closely monitoring developments ever since. “When it comes to the competitions, teams should be able to play [on their own territory], but this has to be under secure circumstances,” Mr Olsson said. “Our hope is that the situation [in Israel] is stabilising, but we have to wait until the inspection visit for a final answer.

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