January 6th, 2009

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Gay campaigner rails against Big Phil

Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has launched an attack on Chelsea's decision to appoint Luiz Felipe Scolari as manager after the Brazilian's previously aired views on gay players.

"The appointment of Phil Scolari to manage Chelsea should have been vetoed by FA and Chelsea bosses," said Tatchell. "He had previously said he would refuse to have a gay player in his team.

"The FA should have not allowed him to take up his post until he renounced discrimination and gave an undertaking to abide by the FA's equality policies.

"If Scolari had said that black players were banned from his team, there would have been uproar. He would have been immediately ruled out of the running for the Chelsea managership. Why the double standards?

"Sport is one the last great bastions of homophobia, and football (together with boxing) is the least gay-friendly of all sports. We need much tougher official action to root out bigotry."

The FA has agreed to fund a video featuring high-profile Premier League stars speaking out against homophobia in the game. Tatchell, of the gay rights group OutRage!, suggested the DVD as a way of challenging the abuse hurled by fans at some players.

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Cannavaro To Ibrahimovic: I've Won More Than You!

The Italian defender has boasted about winning more than Ibra since moving away from Juventus...

Real Madrid defender Fabio Cannavaro has taken a swipe at Inter hit-man Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the World Cup-winning stopper has reminded the Sweden international to look at his own achievements before talking.
Both players were part of Fabio Capello's Juventus side back in 2006 before they went separate ways after Calciopoli.
Cannavaro has revealed that Ibra always taunted him at Juve and the stopper has hit back.
"If Ibra wants to see the Ballon d'Or then he has to come to my house to do so," Cannavaro told Il Corriere Dello Sport.
"When we were at Juve, Ibra used to say: 'the only reason you have won the Scudetto is because of me, before you had nothing.'
"After, he went to Inter and I to Real Madrid. I won a World Cup, a Ballon d'Or and two championships. I have massacred him."
Ibrahimovic on the other hand has not done as well as the defender in terms of honours, winning three Scudetti on the bounce with Inter.
A reaction from the striker is expected following Cannavaro's words.


“2009 may very well be the year of [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic.

“He is an exceptional person and a dear friend. He is an extraordinary player, and I hope he has a great year ahead,” he continued.


Bayern Munich striker Lukas Podolski has told the club he wants to move ‘as quickly as possible’ as Hamburg look set to make a bid.

The Germany star appears certain to leave the Bundesliga champions during the transfer window and had looked set to join former club Cologne, who have first option on the 23-year-old.

However, the clubs have struggled to agree a fee for the player, and Bayern general manager Uli Hoeness said at the weekend that Podolski risks missing out on a move if he holds out for a return to the RheinEnergieStadion.

Hoeness added that Bayern were happy to negotiate with other clubs – opening the door to a potential switch to Manchester City or Roma. And Podolski told Bild: "One way or another, I want a decision as quickly as possible."

“Definitely by the end of the month.”

Despite the interest from foreign clubs, it appears Hamburg may now be best placed to sign Podolski.

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Beckham makes Milan debut

David Beckham made his AC Milan debut with a steady first-half run-out against Hamburg SV in a friendly on Tuesday won 4-3 on penalties by the Italians after the match finished 1-1.

"I am very happy about my first match with Milan's shirt," he said. "I am satisfied with my performance. Now I'm a bit tired, but it's normal after all this hard work we did over the past days. I was comfortable in the middle of the pitch. My team mates are extraordinary players, playing with them is very easy.

"The match against Roma? I'm available to play my first league match with Milan's shirt, it will be a great emotion for me, whether I play or not. I am happy to be in this team and these days of intense work have been very useful for me."

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Fernando Torres has revealed his delight at scoring his first ever FA Cup goal and quickly dedicated the strike to skipper Steven Gerrard.
The Spanish hot-shot was keen to pay tribute to the professionalism of the Reds number eight after he provided the assist for Torres to put the seal on the third round victory over Preston with an injury-time effort.

"I was pleased to score for the team and for the fans because it guaranteed the result and took us into the next round," said Torres.

"I might have scored the goal but it was created by Stevie and I would like to dedicate my goal to him.

"He is our captain and he is also a great guy and he has helped me ever since I came to the club and moved to this area.

"Everyone at Liverpool is behind him." (especially him and xabi *cough*)

Torres made his first appearance for the Reds since their Champions League win over Marseille in late November when he replaced Robbie Keane after 73 minutes of the clash at Deepdale.

He admits it was a frustrating to be sidelined with a hamstring injury for so long but praised the support of both his teammates and the fans for helping him through it.

"I am very pleased to be back in the team," he added. "I have been very frustrated at not being able to play but the lads have been in great form and the results they have achieved have kept my spirits up.

"The relationship I have with the fans is special. I know that.

"When I was injured to hear them still singing their song was special. I could hear it on the TV when I was at home. It's fantastic."



Milan may have to turn their attention to a different defender, as Liverpool have reportedly rejected the Rossoneri's bid for Daniel Agger.

Coach Carlo Ancelotti is looking for a new recruit to solve his club's defensive woes this season, but it appears the 24-year-old will not be the one to join the Italian club.

The Reds have rejected Milan's €8.5 million bid, according to the Daily Star, as Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez considers the Danish stopper a key memeber of his squad and does not want to let him go.

Agger arrived at Liverpool in 2006 and has been in and out of the line-up since that time, often taking the place of the injured Martin Skrtel this season.

Milan have been linked with a number of defenders, including French internationals Philippe Mexes and William Gallas, so they may now go after one of those players before the winter transfer window ends.


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Abramovich relegated from top of football's rich list

Manchester City's hugely wealthy owner Sheik Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan has toppled Roman Abramovich to head British football's rich list.

Sheik Mansour, a member of the royal family of Abu Dhabi, has a personal fortune of £15billion according to the Football Rich List, researched and published by FourFourTwo magazine.

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Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is at number 78 in the list (£22million) and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger at number 92 (£14million).

Celtic shareholder Dermot Desmond, the Irish entrepreneur, is the richest person in Scottish football - he is eighth on the list and said to be worth £1.2billion. Rangers chairman Sir David Murray is 19th on the list, worth £600million.

Top 20 players: (overall position in the main list in brackets)

20 Gary Neville £11.75m (101)

19 Emile Heskey £12m (100)

16 Fernando Torres £13m (96)

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