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06 May 2011 @ 01:33 pm
I was wondering, what were all your favourite footballing anecdotes/lol-stories of lulzy things that have happened to them? here are a smattering off the top of my head, some famous, some lesser-known.
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A couple of Bung's:---

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With the emergence of footballers on twitter, footballers bantering with each other over twitter is quite a prominent one too. Obvs there's tonnes more, so do share!
 
 
 
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Gary Neville has signed for Sky Sports, the former England and Manchester United defender will join the Sky Sports team from the start of the 2011-12 season.

Neville, 36, is well-placed to co-commentate and give his expert opinion on UEFA Champions League, Barclays Premier League, Carling Cup and future international fixtures and he is looking forward to the fresh challenge.

"I am thrilled to be joining Sky Sports," said Neville, who won 15 major trophies over a career spanning almost two decades.

"It has always been leading the way in football coverage. Now I have retired this feels like the perfect way for me to stay involved in football and I am looking forward to bringing my 19 years of match experience into television."

Neville spent his entire playing career with Manchester United and in 602 appearances for the club, won the UEFA Champions League, eight Premier League titles, three FA Cups, two League Cups and the UEFA Cup Winners Cup. He is also the most-capped right-back for England with 85 international caps to his name.

Sky Sports Managing Director Barney Francis said: "Gary will bring vast experience at the top level of domestic and European football from nearly two decades with Manchester United.

"He will give our viewers great insight when he joins our team next season working on Barclays Premier League, UEFA Champions League and Carling Cup football next season."

Described by Sir Alex Ferguson as "the best right-back of his generation", Neville was part of the United squad which won the FA Youth Cup in 1992 alongside David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes.

Neville's most recent appearance in the Sky Sports studio was at Millennium Stadium for the UEFA Euro 2012 Qualifier between Wales and England on 26 March 2011.

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So, I can't wait for him and Jamie "did you know my best mate's Frank Lampard" Redknapp to be co-pundits :D
 
 
 
22 March 2011 @ 10:11 am
Sepp Blatter will make way for a successor as FIFA president in four years' time if he is re-elected in June, he has announced.

Blatter is seeking a fourth term as FIFA president and is being challenged by Asian confederation chief Mohamed Bin Hammam.

The 75-year-old told UEFA's Congress in Paris on Tuesday that if he wins he will definitely stand down in 2015, saying: "You know very well that I am a candidate for the next four years as FIFA president but these will be the last four years for which I stand as a candidate."
He added: "Together we have the task of bringing together the adventure we have started.
"We want to ensure a better future for our youth."

The new president will be elected at a Fifa Congress which starts on 31 May.

With Bin Hammam vowing to increase Fifa's decision-making power and spread its considerable wealth, Blatter is facing his first challenge since Issa Hayatou took him on - and lost - in 2002.

Bin Hammam is also currently attending the Congress for European football's governing body, Uefa, as they lobby federation presidents for their vote on 1 June in Zurich.
Uefa members make up more than one quarter of the maximum 208 Fifa voters that Blatter and Bin Hammam will attempt to woo.
The winner needs a two-thirds majority of valid votes cast in the first ballot, or a majority in the second.

Fifa has set an 1 April deadline for other candidates to be nominated by a single member federation.
"We are in extra time," said Blatter, referring to the time left before the election. "Let's wait and see what the outcome will be."


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i could have sworn there was a "blatter infection" tag, maybe i just made that up

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Broadcasters cannot stop customers using cheaper foreign satellite TV equipment to watch Premier League football, an EU legal adviser has said.

A non-binding opinion from advocate Juliane Kokott of the European Court of Justice said a block breached EU laws.


Portsmouth pub landlady Karen Murphy, fined for using Greek decoders, had argued the EU single market should let her use any European provider.

Sky and ESPN have the broadcast rights to Premier League football in the UK.

The satellite broadcaster has pumped billions into top flight English football since the league was founded in 1992, with the money given to clubs allowing them to buy some of the top names in the world.

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) will make a ruling on the matter later this year.

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not a definitive ruling but perhaps it indicates how the court may see it. what do you think?
 
 
 
26 January 2011 @ 07:26 pm



Breaking news: Richard Keys resigns from Sky according to TalkSport. More to follow shortly

Sauce: The Guardian... shortly

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www.guardian.co.uk/football/2011/jan/26/richard-keys-resigns-sky-sports



 
 
 
 
 
25 January 2011 @ 04:24 pm
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I think this is to do with something else though. Kay Burley just reported breaking news that Andy Gray has been sacked, but Sky News's website has crashed so there's no source... Sky News' website is working now. And the reason for his sacking on The Guardian's website.

For now, make do with Sky News's Twitter as the source: http://twitter.com/skynewsbreak
 
 
 
 

The Sky Sports touchline reporter who was caught on camera making sexist comments about a female assistant referee ahead of Saturday's match between Wolves and Liverpool has also been hauled off air by the broadcaster.

Burton said "apparently, a female lino today, bit of a looker", with Gray responding: "A female linesman?"

"He [a Sky Sports crew member] says she [Massey] is all right," Burton continued, "now I don't know if I should trust his judgement on that?"

Gray then said: "No, I wouldn't. I definitely wouldn't ... I can see her from here," before swearing and adding: "What do women know about the offside rule?"


The reporter had previously been at the centre of unwelcome headlines for Sky Sports in 2007, when he was given a two-year conditional discharge and ordered to pay £250 compensation following a pub fight with the DJ Richard Bacon.

Betfair, the online betting exchange endorsed by Gray, said today it condemned the former player's behaviour but would not be dropping him from its advertising for now.

"Betfair doesn't tolerate sexism, and we expect others who represent our brand to share similar values," said a spokesman. "We've expressed our disappointment to Andy Gray's representatives about the comments that have been reported in the media over the last 48 hours. At present we have no plans to change the way we work with Andy." (LOL OKIE DOKIE THEN)

Source: www.guardian.co.uk/football/2011/jan/25/sky-andy-burton-suspended-sian-massey

 
 
 
24 January 2011 @ 01:43 pm

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Andy Gray and Richard Keys have been suspended from tonight's Bolton v Chelsea clash as the furore surrounding their sexist comments escalates.


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23 January 2011 @ 06:45 pm
As you have probably heard, Sky Sports presenters Andy Gray and Richard Keys were recorded making disparaging and completely sexist remarks about linesman Sian Massey and her ability to perform her job during yesterday's game between Liverpool and Wolves.

Full quotes here: 
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Although they believed that their microphones were switched off, this is absolutely no excuse. 

Sky Sports is viewed by millions. Those remarks were made by two people who, for better or for worse, are watched and listened to by millions. 

Sexism is already a huge problem in this sport, without Keys' and Gray's pearls of wisdom serving to reinforce tiresome stereotypes about women and football.

This, sadly, hasn't received all that much attention in the media as of yet. I think it's incredibly important that we let Sky know that this is unacceptable.

There are two ways to do that. You can do one of them, or you can do both. Just do something.

Firstly, you can fill in this form: 
www.skysports.com/contactus

Secondly, you can complain to Ofcom: 
stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/tell-us/specific-programme-epg