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August 24, 2006

Italians face bans if Juve appeal

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The News Review:

* BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Wales leave out Koumas and…
* Hargreaves silent on United
* Rooney threatens FA boycott over ban
* Italians face bans if Juve appeal
* Huggel earns recall to Swiss squad
* BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Win tickets!
* Scolari recalls FC Porto star

BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Wales leave out Koumas and…
BBC News – Aug 23, 2006
Neither are felt to have had enough game time, Coyne after injury and Koumas having not played this season and boycotted West Brom’s pre-season. John Hartson is not named for Teplice, though he is available in emergencies. Andrew Crofts is up from the Under-21 squad, David Cotterill dropping to the U21s for the Uefa Championship match with Turkey in Cardiff (2 September). Wolves’ Craig Davies and Wrexham’s Marc Williams are both suspended from U21 duty after picking up red cards against Israel last week… Cotterill claimed that Coyne was not yet ready for a full return, and Toshack seems to have agreed by leaving his former first choice keeper out of the mix and drafting in Leyton Orient’s Glyn Garner. After facing the Czechs, Wales have a friendly with Brazil at White Hart Lane on 5 September. Their next Euro 2008 games are the double-headed Millennium Stadium fixtures against Slovakia (7 October) and Cyprus (11 October). The other teams in Group D are the Republic of Ireland, Germany and San Marino. Wales’ hopes in Teplice have been boosted by the news that Czech and Chelsea keeper Petr Cech is a doubt for the game. “We’ll see how the first training sessions go,” said Cech, 24, who has just returned following a shoulder operation after the World Cup. “I don’t want to make a promise that I can’t keep.

Hargreaves silent on United
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 24, 2006
“For the time being, I will not comment on this issue any more,” he said when asked about the United situation. “I am still not 100 per cent and I am going home to get some rest. ” Hargreaves, 25, is under contract for the next four years with Bayern, who have said he is not for sale under any circumstances. The Bild newspaper has reported that he has been fined by Bayern general manager Uli Hoeness. United manager Sir Alex Ferguson said last week: “It is in (chief executive) David Gill’s capable hands… Berson signed for Villa from Nantes in the summer of 2004, but had to wait until December that year to make his league debut against Liverpool. He spent the whole of last season on loan with French side Auxerre. West Brom’s John Hartson and Jason Koumas have been omitted from the Wales squad to play the Czech Republic in a Euro 2008 qualifier in Teplice on Sept 2. Striker Hartson has only recently made himself available for international selection again, while Koumas was a late withdrawal from the squad which drew with Bulgaria last week and was not expected to regain his place. The 26-year-old midfielder has not trained all summer and has been told by Cardiff – where he was on loan last season – a potential transfer will not go ahead for financial reasons. Squad: Jones (QPR), Brown (Blackburn), Garner (Orient), J Collins (West Ham), Gabbidon (West Ham), Delaney (Aston Villa), Duffy (Portsmouth), Edwards (Wolves), Nyatanga (Derby), Partridge (Bristol City), Ricketts (Hull), Crofts (Gillingham), Davies (Everton), Fletcher (Palace), Robinson (Norwich), Ledley (Cardiff), Vaughan (Crewe), Bellamy (Liverpool), Giggs (Man Utd), Earnshaw (Norwich), Parry (Cardiff). Fifa have warned Juventus that they risk bringing about an international ban on Italy and all Italian clubs if they attempt to contest their match-fixing punishments in court.

Rooney threatens FA boycott over ban
Irish Times – Aug 20, 2006
“While he will continue if selected to play for his country with pride and commitment, he is considering withdrawing his support for the FA’s commercial programme: in other words, he will not allow his image to be used or exploited, or participate in personal appearances for and on behalf of the FA’s commercial partners unless he is satisfied with how the FA conducts its affairs in regard to player matters. “Rooney is now awaiting a reply to the letter before deciding on his next course of action. Although it would appear there is no imminent problem given the striker is suspended for next month’s Euro 2008 qualifiers against Andorra and Macedonia, the FA’s marketing arm will be making plans to promote the Old Trafford encounter with Macedonia on October 7th. With former skipper David Beckham not part of McClaren’s plans, Rooney is now by far the most recognisable member of the England fold. It would be safe to assume the FA planned to use Rooney’s picture in their plans to sell tickets for the Macedonia clash. However, until the present dispute is resolved, they will be unable to do so and neither will the FA be able to plan any commercial campaigns around him. © 2006 ireland… “Rooney is now awaiting a reply to the letter before deciding on his next course of action. Although it would appear there is no imminent problem given the striker is suspended for next month’s Euro 2008 qualifiers against Andorra and Macedonia, the FA’s marketing arm will be making plans to promote the Old Trafford encounter with Macedonia on October 7th. With former skipper David Beckham not part of McClaren’s plans, Rooney is now by far the most recognisable member of the England fold. It would be safe to assume the FA planned to use Rooney’s picture in their plans to sell tickets for the Macedonia clash. However, until the present dispute is resolved, they will be unable to do so and neither will the FA be able to plan any commercial campaigns around him. © 2006 ireland.

Italians face bans if Juve appeal
BBC News – Aug 23, 2006
That would be against Fifa’s rules and could lead to the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) being suspended. The FIGC told Juventus it would impose sanctions if they go to a civil court. In a letter the FIGC said it would not “hesitate to launch the sanction process” if Juve press ahead with their plan to lodge an appeal with the Regional Administrative Court of Lazio (TAR). FIGC also said Juve had not yet formally lodged their appeal. Juve were relegated for their role in the match-fixing scandal that rocked Italy and were initially docked 30 points, which was reduced to 17 on appeal. Lazio, Fiorentina, AC Milan, and recently Reggina, have been implicated and all will start next season with point deductions. But Juve are the only Serie A team to have been relegated.

Huggel earns recall to Swiss squad
CNN – Aug 24, 2006
The Eintracht Frankfurt player is in a 20-man squad to face Venezuela and Costa Rica in two friendlies to be played in Switzerland on September 2 and 6. Huggel, 29, was originally handed a six-match ban for kicking out at Turkey assistant coach Mehmet Ozdilek during the violent post-match scenes in Istanbul. Since Switzerland are co-hosting Euro 2008 with neighboring Austria, and do not play any competitive matches until then, the six-match ban would have effectively prevented Huggel from playing until the end of that tournament. FIFA’s subsequent decision to reduce the ban to four matches, along with Switzerland’s progression to the second round of this year’s World Cup, means that Huggel is once again eligible. Swiss coach Koebi Kuhn has included Zurich defender Steve Von Bergen and Sion striker Alberto Regazzoni for the first time. Regazzoni presented a strong case for an international try-out at the weekend when he scored twice and set up two further goals in Sion’s shock 4-2 win over Basel. There i no place for striker Johan Vonlanthen, however, who controversially tried to challenge his expulsion on medical grounds from the Swiss World Cup squad.

BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Win tickets!
BBC News – Aug 24, 2006
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Scolari recalls FC Porto star
Independent Online – Aug 22, 2006
Quaresma, 22, was one of four players who will return to the national team for the Group A match in Helsinki on September 6 as well as a friendly against Denmark at Brondby five days earlier. The player, who helped FC Porto to a league-Cup double in Portugal last season, last played for the national team during a 3-0 friendly win over Saudi Arabia on March 1. Scolari also recalled Benfica defender Ricardo Rocha, German-side Werder Bremen’s striker Hugo Almeida and Sporting Lisbon’s midfielder Joao Moutinho… “Is this a renewal of the squad? It’s one of the objectives. We also have some difficulties with players who are not in the right physical condition,” the Brazilian coach told a news conference. “We’re going to give these athletes an opportunity so that we can observe them during training sessions and at the matches so that we can have a bigger pool to draw upon in the future,” he added. Scolari no longer has veterans Luis Figo and Pauleta at his disposal as both players retired from international football in July after Portugal’s semi-final loss to France at the World Cup in Germany. He also left out four other players who were part of his World Cup squad which finished in fourth place: Valencia’s injured Miguel Monteiro and Hugo Viana; Dynamo Moscow midfielder Maniche who is set to join Atletico Madrid and Braga keeper Paulo Santos.

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