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Football / FIFA steps in to avert Togo boycott
« on: June 18, 2006, 10:48:06 AM »
Look bacchanal...

Friedrichshafen, Germany - FIFA intervened to talk Togo's players out of boycotting Monday's Group G World Cup match with Switzerland, officials said Sunday.

'We pointed out the seriousness of the matter,' FIFA spokesman Markus Siegler said after the players finally agreed to catch a flight for Dortmund after hours of negotiations over unpaid bonuses.

FIFA rules state than any team which fails to turn up for a match is immediately disqualified. They could also face financial penalties and be banned from other FIFA-sanctioned competitions.

The players had at first refused to leave their hotel and it was unclear if they had come to an agreement over the money with Togo football authorities.

But they finally agreed to board a bus for the airport where a team official confirmed: 'They have caught the plane.'

Togo's German coach Otto Pfister stepped down on June 9 over the row after his team had refused to train, but returned three days after being told that an agreement had been reached.

'I understand the players, they are being promised things but then nothing happens,' he told reporters at the hotel before the team left for the airport.

Pfister said the federation had yet to pay the players an agreed 50,000 euros (62,500 dollars) bonus for reaching the finals.

Each team at the World Cup is paid one million Swiss francs (642,000 euros) by FIFA who also pay the travel cost of 45 people per squad.

Giuly and Anelka angry at France World Cup coach Raymond Domenech

PARIS (AP) - Ludovic Giuly thinks Raymond Domenech lacks respect, and Nicolas Anelka says the France coach tried to humiliate him.

Both Giuly and Anelka were not selected by Domenech for the June 9-July 9 World Cup in Germany.

Giuly told sports daily L'Equipe that he would not join the squad even in an emergency.

"If there is an injury, tough luck for him (Domenech)," Giuly said.

Giuly played in FC Barcelona's 2-1 win over Arsenal on Wednesday, adding a European Cup medal to the two Spanish league titles.

"The worst thing is, that no one called me to tell me to be ready in case (of injury)," Giuly said. "Domenech's not even capable of that. So on Monday, I will go on holiday to Australia for a month.

"The essential thing is to speak to the players," Giuly added. "He (Domenech) did not do it. I'm not a piece of excrement. I deserve more respect."

When announcing his squad, Domenech said he chose the players partly for their experience in big matches.

"I matched the criteria for selection," Giuly said. "You needed experience, to accept staying on the bench, to play for a big club, play well in big matches. I did all that with Barcelona. Either I have misunderstood or Domenech should change his speech."

Anelka, who plays for Fenerbahce, told Le Journal du Dimanche that although Domenech recalled him in November against Costa Rica, he had not planned on using him at the World Cup.

"As usual, I am not judged according to my playing ability," said Anelka, who also missed out on the 1998 and 2002 World Cups. "I get the impression Domenech called me up just to tear me down after. Unfortunately for him, I scored (against Costa Rica). I think he never had the intention of taking me (to Germany). I deserved to go."

Football / Insomnia - Mex v Congo on Goltv
« on: May 13, 2006, 10:56:13 PM »
I wish Iicould say Congo have a bright start, but really all they have is bright uniforms.
Mex 1, Con 0 5 mins gone...

Football / KC (Scott Sealy) vs DC United
« on: May 13, 2006, 06:18:53 PM »
DC Leading,
Ref real calling a crap game. Sealy just had a Stern-esque throw away. The DC united commentators saying he shoulda score rom that, but I think it was a much more difficult chance than it seem. man take a shot from the angle, and the keeper parry it out to the 6 where Sealy had a split second to direct it toward goal and just couldn't get his body pointed right.

But say what, them men in a booth talking about the game, to me that wasn't a sitter, but a very dfficult rebound chance. Of course the top strikers in the world manage to score those....

Cricket Anyone / Lara appointment causes bitter divide
« on: May 09, 2006, 07:42:04 AM »
Lara appointment causes bitter divide

The reappointment of Brian Lara as West Indies captain did not go down well with everyone, and it has now emerged that Ken Gordon, the West Indies cricket Board chairman, made the announcement without the approval of the board.

According to caribbeancricket.com, Gordon was summoned to an emergency telephone conference immediately after the announcement where he was asked to explain why he had overstepped his authority.

A source close to Gordon made clear the frustration with the cumbersome committee structure.

    "Sometimes, you just have to make a decision and move forward but every asshole has an opinion. They sit around, questioning everything. Sometimes, you need someone to just take the bull by the horns and get the job done. These directors have been there for years and all they did was run the board into bankruptcy."

Football / Showtime in Barcelona
« on: May 06, 2006, 12:51:23 PM »
I guess winning the league early has benefits for us fans. Ronaldinho is putting on a show. No pressure to win the game, is a skills clinic.

No look passes?

Football / Boca vs Velez
« on: April 23, 2006, 03:20:29 PM »
I love the Argentinian Clausura. Real wildness.
But Velez and Boca tied. 88th minute, Boca get a free kick. Smash the kick into the wall and then the ref see the linesman with he flag up.
Give 2 players yellows for whatever reason and then have boca retake the kick.  good shot, mad scramble, ball cross the line and then cleared. Velez crowd gone loco. Game suspended in the 88th minute.

Boce win 3-2.

Man in the stands opening dustbin and ting to pelt bottle, real wildness. I feel it for Velez though. Boce essentially get a do-over on the free kick. And the infraction wasn't no big fight to say you had to retake the kick, but say what, that is how it does go.

Exepct to see that one on espn as an example of how them soccer fans like to riot.

Football / Where they find Max Bretos?
« on: April 20, 2006, 09:18:42 PM »
It doh have nuttin to do with T&T football. But Max is ah ass of the highest (lowest?) calibre. Anybdy see his dance tonight? WTF!!!??? and doh even start me on the haircut!!!
Whenever I see him i does think - Wanker! and then he does open he mouth and confirm it.

Shut up Max!
Shut up and go away!

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