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Joey Barton arrested

joeybarton.jpgManchester City star Joey Barton has been arrested on suspicion of assault and criminal damage following an alleged argument with a taxi driver in Liverpool earlier this month.

“I can confirm a 24-year-old man from Widnes was arrested on suspicion of causing criminal damage and assault,” said a spokeswoman for Merseyside police. “He has been bailed until May pending further inquiries.”

Barton is no stranger to controversy. He was fined by the Football Association after baring his bottom at Everton supporters in October and  fined six weeks’ wages by Manchester City for stubbing a cigar out in the eye of young City team-mate Jamie Tandy at a  Christmas party.

He was also sent home from a pre-season tour of Thailand after becoming involved in a brawl with a teenage Everton fan.

England chef ‘shocked’to know pork and milk ban

england_crest.pngThe chef of the England international football team was “shocked” to learn that he would be banned from cooking the players food containing pork, bacon and ham when they stay at a kosher Israeli hotel this month, it has been reported.

The Football Association has booked 80 rooms at the five-star Dan Accadia Hotel in the resort of Herzilya, near Tel Aviv, when England play Israel in the forthcoming Euro 2008 match.

However in advance of their stay, the hotel has warned the England team, its officials and management, that they will have to abide by the laws of kashrut or laws of kosherness.

England’s chef usually cooks pork sausages for the players, and mixes meat with milk by serving cheese at the same time.

Captain John Terry particularly likes Parmesan cheese with every meal, the chef was reported to have revealed, and the rules of mixing meat with milk will prohibit that, the hotel has said.

“The England chef was shocked when he found out he wouldn’t be able to cook pork, sausage and cheese together,” Arik Porat, the hotel’s chef, told the Jewish Chronicle newspaper. “He said: ’What will I do with captain John Terry, who likes to have Parmesan with every meal – including meat?’”

In an official statement, the FA, however, said the restrictions would not cause any problems. “We are satisfied that we will have an enjoyable time in Israel, and we are looking forward to our visit,” a spokesman said.

For its part, the FA has handed a 13-page list of demands to the hotel with strict requirements for management to abide by in order to ensure that the team functions optimally on the playing field.

It includes removing mini-bars and restricting room service for all 80 rooms reserved for the team, it has been reported.

“We are very thorough in our preparation for matches and this is standard practice,” an FA spokesman said.

“We are doing nothing different in Israel than we do anywhere else.”

Source :http://www.ejpress.org/article/14952

Hammers in racism row

west-ham-united-crest.jpgWest Ham United find themselves entangled in a racist row. Hammers fans have been reportedly filmed singing anti-Semitic songs during their Premiership defeat to Tottenham Hotspur at Upton Park on Sunday, and as a result the club face a police and FA investigation.

A video showed a group of Hammers fans singing a song referring to Spurs’ large Jewish fanbase.

“We take this very seriously and we expect anybody identified on the video to be dealt with harshly by the club,” an FA spokesman said on Tuesday.

“We will be contacting West Ham to hear their version of events. We will make it very clear that we want no repeat of this kind of thing.”

The have also opened investigations into the alleged racism charge.

“Officers from the public order football unit are investigating a complaint of an anti-Semitic video being shown on an internet site,” a police spokeswoman said.

“The film appeared to have been made at the West Ham versus Spurs match on Sunday. We contacted the website and requested the removal of the film.”

Although West Ham chairman Eggert Magnusson had praised the support from their fans during Sunday’s match,now the club say that they are aware of the allegation and reiterated their stand against racism in football.

“Following video evidence of spectators chanting racist abuse during our Premiership match against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, West Ham United would like to make it clear that we are taking the matter very seriously,” a club statement read.

“We are a leading campaigner in the Kick Racism Out of Football campaign and will not tolerate racist behaviour of any kind at Upton Park.

“We will investigate this matter fully, attempt to identify the perpetrators and take the appropriate action.”

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Lawmakers agree to test goal line technology.

The advent of goal-line technology moved a step forward yesterday when football’s law-making body agreed to experiment with the Hawk-Eye system favoured by the Premier League that is now used globally in cricket and tennis.

Almost immediately, the system will be tested in at least one, as yet unidentified, Premiership academy – Fulham already has the relevant technology – with a view to its eventual introduction throughout professional football, ending decades of debate about whether the ball has crossed the line.

“This is a critical moment; there is a general consensus that this is the time to move forward,” Brian Barwick, chief executive of the Football Association, said after the annual meeting of the International FA Board agreed four specific principles for goal-line technology. The main principle is for an instant signal to the referee to prevent the game being held up unnecessarily. “It has to be 100 per cent accurate; we are dealing with potential result-changing situations,” he said.

However, Barwick said there was no chance of extending goal-line technology to other contentious issues, despite a number of leading managers calling for video evidence to be used to rule on matters such as offside decisions and diving.

Yesterday’s move to allow the Premier League to lead the way came after a presentation to the IFAB by Keith Hackett, the referees’ chief. “We had to convince them we had a solid base for our system coming to fruition,” Hackett said. “Hawk-Eye has a great reputation. I would hope we could start trialling within weeks.”

Although the French and Italians have been pressing ahead with their own separate methods, the Premier League’s system has now jumped ahead as far as final implementation is concerned.

Frederic Thiriez, president of the French professional football league, was at yesterday’s meeting and endorsed the Hawk-Eye system under which an image would be captured on computer and transmitted immediately to the referee.

Sepp Blatter, president of Fifa, wants to see goal-line technology in place by the end of the year, but his timetable will almost certainly prove too early.

Paul Hawkins, managing director of Hawk-Eye, said: “We will first test it in a non-live controlled environment; there are different challenges for football, where a lot more players are around the ball than in cricket and tennis. But the core fundamentals are the same. We will only have one chance at this, and have to get it right.”

The IFAB also agreed to punish over-zealous goal celebrations; from July 1, any player displaying “political, religious or personal slogans” on T-shirts worn underneath official team kit should be cautioned, likewise any player who covers his face with a celebratory mask”.

Controversially, the IFAB also backed a recent decision in Canada to ban an 11-year Muslim girl from playing in the hijab, the Islamic veil or headscarf.

 

 

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