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Ashley Cole thanks Drogba for Golden gift | Premier League

Ashley Cole used his twitter account to send his thanks to Didier Drogba for hosting an £800,000 celebratory dinner to commemorate Chelsea’s Champions League win this year, presenting his former team-mates with rings to symbolise their victory over Bayern Munich.

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Drogba said at the dinner: “I wanted to give something to the team so we can all look back and remember that achievement.” He then singled out club captain John Terry, who was in attendance. “You’re my hero and everyone at Chelsea loves you.”

 

 


Wigan Confirm Roger “El Chino” Espinoza Deal | Premier League

The 26-year-old Honduras international has long been linked with a move and is set to swap Major League Soccer for the Barclays Premier League when his contract expires at the end of the year. Espinoza is a versatile player who can play in either defence or midfield and he impressed at this summer’s Olympics with his performance against Brazil.

“We’re working really hard to try to make it happen and we’re looking forward to seeing if we can get that one done successfully,” Martinez said.

“There are a few steps: there is the work permit, there are certain aspects we need to fulfil in the paperwork but Roger is a player that we’ve been following for a long, long time.

“We’ve seen him enjoying his football in the Olympic Games recently with Honduras, and in the World Cup as well he’s been an important part of that group of players with (Wigan defender) Maynor Figueroa. He would be a real asset for us.

“But until January 1 we can’t do anymore than wait and make sure we prepare ourselves for the steps we’ve got ahead to make him a Wigan Athletic player.”


Wolves Jamie O’Hara To Quit Twitter

Wolves midfielder Jamie O’Hara will close his Twitter account after sparking a social media fury on Wednesday following claims about his hard life as a professional footballer.

The former Spurs player – who is thought to be paid about £35,000 a week – posted a tweet where he appeared to bemoan his life situation, longing for ‘easier’ days on £100 a week.

O’Hara, 26, who is married to former Miss England Danielle Lloyd, 28, wrote: ‘Things were so much easier when I earned 100pound a week on wts #stress’.

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Queens Park Rangers Joey Barton’s Rant With the Daily Mail

Queens Park Rangers footballer Joey Barton, who is currently on loan to a French side, says he may sue the Daily Mail newspaper after it published an article that suggested he should become football’s “gay hero”.

The piece was written by the paper’s sport columnist Martin Samuel.

Barton, 30, who is heterosexual and married with a child, has blasted the paper for “shoddy journalism” and on Wednesday afternoon tweeted from his personal account @joey7barton

“I see Jim Royles giving it beans about my sexuality in the Daily Mail. Like thats anything to do with him. Can he say what he’s said?

“Sounds slightly bigoted and Martin Samuel.to me. Any legal-eagles out there know if he can get away with this?

“My sexuality is of no concern to anyone except me and my family. Can’t see the missus being happy about this piece.

“Nor, would I like my child (when old enough) to read this tripe. Shoddy journalism.

“I will probably have to sue. I don’t really need the money or the hassle. So I offer this as a olive branch.

“Actually, no. Theres no olive branch. Enough’s enough”.

“In light of the Leveson enquiry, it seems a strange thing to print. I mean I have never even met the guy. He doesn’t know me. Shocking.”


Ridgewell Appoligise’s For Wiping His Ass With money | Premier League

Westbrom defender, Liam Ridgewell, has apologized to football fans after a photo of him wiping his backside with a wad of £20 (Sh 2600)) notes in the toilet was published by a British newspaper.

‘The photo was taken in the privacy of my home around eight months ago as a joke to wind up a mate, who I had just won a personal bet with,’ he said.

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I only intended him to see the photo but now it’s public, I can understand how it will be viewed. I am sorry for any offence it causes.’

His agent Rob Segal told Mail Online today: ‘All I can say is, it was a joke that actually wasn’t funny at all, it was intended as a private joke with his friends and he sincerely regrets it.’

The Premier League footballer  was photographed squatting over the toilet in the bathroom of his £1.5million(Sh I95 million) home in Barnt Green, Birmingham, with his trousers down.

Ridgewell, 28, earns around £20,000 (Sh 2.6million) a week – the average annual salary.

According to the Daily Mail, angry West Brom fans labelled the picture ‘arrogant’ and ‘idiotic’.

The offensive picture was sent to a newspaper  by a supporter who asked not to be named.

He said: ‘The people of West Bromwich earn a fraction of what this idiot earns yet he makes a mockery of his good fortune like this. It makes me sick.

Ridgewell’s teammates yesterday cemented his embarrassment by plastering his locker with toilet roll and posting a photo of it on Twitter.

West Brom player Steven Reid posted the picture along with the comment, ‘Guess the locker…….’

The star is no stranger to controversy.

Last year, he cancelled his £170,000 (Sh 22.1 million)wedding to 23-year-old Kirsty Maclaren, mother of his two children, eight days before the big day.

He informed the 200 guests by text that the nuptials were cancelled.


Chelsea continue Brazilian revolution | Premier League | Transfers

LONDON (Reuters) – Chelsea have agreed terms with Brazil’s Fluminense for the transfer of 18-year-old defender Wallace, the Premier League club said on Tuesday.

Wallace, a Brazil under-20 international, was part of the under-17 team that won the South American championship last year and were fourth at the World Cup at the same level.

He made his senior debut at 17 and helped Fluminense win the Brazilian league championship, the Rio State League and the Guanabara Cup.

He will officially join Chelsea in the January transfer window but will remain with Fluminense until the end of the season.

Brazil – Denmark, FIFA U-17 World Cup Mexico 2011: Though their opener had some luck about it, Brazil’s second and third, scored by Ademilson and Wallace, were delightful.


32-year-old Striker dies of viral infection in Indonesia

SOURCE: REUTERS

The 32-year-old striker, married with two children, died late on Monday in a hospital in Solo, Central Java, the Jakarta Globe reported.

The paper said Mendieta, who had also played in China and Malaysia, had wanted to return home but was unable to do so as the club owed him four months’ wages worth 120 million rupiahs ($12,500).

“He always complained of being lonely,” Guntur Hernawan, the head of the internal medicine division at Moewardi Hospital in Solo, told reporters on Tuesday. “He said he wanted to go home because all of his relatives were in Paraguay.”

Former Persis manager Totok Supriyanto was quoted by the paper as saying the outstanding debt would be paid to Mendieta’s family.

Solo mayor Hadi Rudyatmo said would he personally pay the player’s hospital bills and other expenses but called on others to help.

FIFPro described the case as a disgrace.

“FIFPro demands that the Indonesian football association make an end to the structural mismanagement of countless football clubs,” it said in a statement.

“It is a disgrace for the whole of professional football in Indonesia,” added Frederique Winia, secretary general of FIFPro’s Asia division.

“I know countless stories of players who are intentionally not paid by their club and have to wait for months for their salary. But I have never before heard a story where a seriously ill player has been left completely to his fate by a club.

“I assume that both the club and the national football association of Indonesia realise that they have seriously failed and that they have much to explain, particularly to the family and relatives of Diego Mendieta.

“The least the club can do is to pay the arrears in salary to his family.”

Mendieta’s wife Valeria said she had been promised that she would receive the outstanding wages.

“He was practically abandoned, the only help he received was from three Paraguayan companions, nothing other than that,” she told Radio Cardinal in Asuncion.


Cesc Fabregas, Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero Launch Puma ‘This is the nature of performance.’ Range

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Why do we have to kick it?
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And the better we perform, the more we enjoy it.

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The Story Of The New Hillsborough Charity Single

Kenny Dalglish, Paul McCartney and Alan Hansen are among the cast of stars of Justice Collective singing on the Hillsborough charity single: He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother.

They are joined by Robbie Williams, Gerry Marsden, Melanie C, Paloma Faith and Shane MacGowan in the bid to raise vital cash for the families continuing to fight for justice for the 96 Liverpool fans who lost their lives in the 1989.

Liverpudlian Guy Chambers, who is producing the charity single, hopes the single can raise £1million – if it reaches the No 1 spot after official release on December 17. Reports the Dailymail

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He ain’t heavy: Former manager Kenny Dalglish and Peter Reid

The Story Of The New Hillsborough Single

Sir Paul McCartney, Robbie Williams, former Spice Girl Mel C and Gerry Marsden are among the star line-up on a charity single supporting the Hillsborough campaign.

The cover of The Hollies’ 1969 hit He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother is favourite to be Christmas number one.

The song had its first play in Liverpool in front of families of victims of the 1989 disaster. Colin Paterson reports.

 

 


Fourteen Eritrean football club Players disappear in Uganda

(Reuters) – At least 14 members of the Eritrea football squad have disappeared in Uganda while playing in a regional tournament and may eventually claim asylum, Ugandan officials said on Monday.

Eritrea is one of the world’s most secretive states ruled by a reclusive president. This year United Nations human rights chief Navi Pillay accused the Asmara government of meting out summary executions, torture and detaining thousands of political prisoners.

In July last year 13 members of an Eritrean football club sought asylum in Tanzania while 12 members of the national squad disappeared in Kenya in 2009 after competing in a regional tournament.

Rodgers Mulindwa, a spokesman for the Federation of Ugandan Football Associations (FUFA), told Reuters the players had not been seen since early Sunday.

“It’s true, some of the Eritrean players have disappeared. They’ve not been seen at their hotel since early yesterday and it’s very unfortunate,” Mulindwa said.

Police spokesman Ibn Sekundi put the number of missing squad members at 18 but said the team’s management had informed them the players were simply “checking on relatives”.

Eritrea were taking part in the Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) competition. Eritrea last played on Friday, losing 2-0 to Rwanda.

Moses Watasa, from Uganda’s Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) which is responsible for processing asylum applications, said the Eritrean players had not made contact.

“As of now we haven’t had any contact with them so we don’t know their whereabouts, but it’s possible they might want to seek asylum later,” he said.


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