November 22nd, 2010


Eto'o emulating Zidane

Eto'o uses, and loses, his head

Inter star faces lengthy ban after doing a Zidane

MILAN - Inter Milan's crisis intensified with a 2-1 defeat at Chievo where Samuel Eto'o committed a Zinedine Zidane-like headbutt that could result in a lengthy suspension.

In a moment of madness similar to France midfielder Zinedine Zidane's assault on Italian Marco Materazzi in the 2006 World Cup final, Eto'o headbutted Cesar in the chest after having been hit by the defender. Eto'o was not cautioned by the referee, who missed the incident, but Serie A is sure to look at video evidence and will almost certainly hand the Cameroonian a lengthy ban.

"What Eto'o did is not something good but he took a punch first and it was provocation. He lost a bit of control, that's clear, said under-fire Inter coach Rafa Benitez.

Eto'o scored Inter's consolation goal late on after Sergio Pellissier and Davide Moscardelli put Chievo two up. The loss left the champions nine points off top spot.


"Great things coming soon" -Chicharito

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Ancelotti to quit?

Carlo Ancelotti has busted rumours that he is to quit as manager of Chelsea FC.

Chelsea had lost 1-0 to Birmingham FC on Saturday and there have been rumours of Ancelotti's exit ever since. "These rumours are untrue. I've no idea where they've come from."

Reports have suggested that Carlo contacted the League Managers' Association (LMA) to discuss his future with CFC but Ancelotti has said otherwise.

"I didn't call the LMA. They called me last night [Sunday] when I was relaxing at home, just to find out what was going on.

"There was, last night, an LMA dinner with the coaches and they wanted to know about these rumours. I said to them that this is totally untrue. I read in the papers that I called them. That's untrue. I didn't call nobody. There's no reason to think about my position. It's very clear. I am the coach. I have my contract until 2012, here, in this club. I've said a lot of times that I'd like to stay here. I love not just this club, but these players. I have a lot of confidence in these players, in this squad, so there's no reason to change my ideas.

"When the team don't reach the right results, obviously the coach is under pressure. Obviously I am under pressure because I'd like Chelsea to win every game, but I am focused on my job to make us play better than we are at this moment."

Ancelotti has also dispersed rumours that the departure of CFC's assistant coach, Ray Wilkins, was the reason for the club's recent defeats.

Source- BBC