June 18th, 2011

[mash] hawkeye neck

no more bad acting and chinese whispers


UEFA to hit yellow card cheats with two-match ban

NYON, Switzerland (AFP) – Footballers who deliberately set out to get a second yellow card in order to give them a clean slate for later in a competition will now receive a two-match ban, UEFA secretary general Gianni Infantino said on Friday.

"Usually this type of behaviour is penalised by a fine but now there will be a match ban in addition to that given automatically for the accumulation of two yellow cards," said Infantino.

Barcelona's Andres Iniesta was accused of deliberately setting out to get a yellow card during the Spanish club's 5-1 Champions League quarter-final first leg match against Shakhtar Donetsk at the Camp Nou, meaning he missed the return leg but had a disciplinary clean slate for the April 27 semi-final match against arch-rivals Real.

UEFA match officials had proposed suspending Iniesta for an extra match for allegedly incurring the yellow card deliberately, but dismissed the call for the extra match suspension or even a fine for the midfielder.

In similar cases UEFA fined Spanish club Villarreal 60,000 euros and striker Nilmar and midfielder Santiago Cazorla 20,000 euros for yellow cards incurred at the end of the Europa League quarter-final away leg at Twente (5-1).

Suspended for the return leg they were then free to play in the semi-final away leg at Porto on April 28 without risking a new yellow card.


And ofc Real with the whole Mou - Dudek - Iker - Sergio - Xabi telephone.

Maybe the shirt-removing yellow card will finally be revoked....

Woman appointed to UEFA Executive Committee

Friday, 17 June 2011
By Andrew Warshaw

June 17 - European football's governing body broke new ground today when it appointed a woman as a member of its decision-making Executive Committee.

Within weeks of UEFA President Michael Platini announcing at the organisation's Congress in Paris that he wanted more female representation on board, Karen Espelund was made a member of the Executive Committee by invitation rather than election.

"We must a find a way to break the glass ceiling preventing women from reaching positions of responsibility within our organisations," Platini told delegates in Paris and has clearly acted fast.

The Norwegian is no stranger to positions of authority.

For 10 years she was general secretary of her country's federation and is already serving as head of UEFA Women's Football Committee.

One of the highest regarded female administrators in world football and an advocate of male/female quotas as a means of bringing about change, Espelund was not immediately available for comment but is expected to bring considerable gravitas and experience - and will not suffer fools gladly.

Nine years ago at the FIFA Congress in Seoul on the eve of the 2002 World Cup, FIFA President Sepp Blatter was under attack - not for the first time - following the collapse of ISL, FIFA's then marketing company.

Blatter ended up easily beating Issa Hayatou for the FIFA Presidency but not before Espelund famously took the stage and asked some straightforward questions to the man in charge of world football.

Source, UEFA press announcement

I'm happy this happened and this lady sounds like a total badass. Hopefully she can talk some sense into everyone else at UEFA...
woj love

This is what happens when I try very hard not to study

 I proudly present: Yossi Benayoun, age 16. 

Israeli educational TV used to have a weekly sports magazine called Sport TV. In 1996, they aired a segment about the "wonderkid" from Dimona Yossi Benayoun. Even though I am not a fan of either Yossi, Liverpool, Chelsea and/or the Israeli NT, I think it's quite awesome to see how much praise he got even back then, and how down to earth and humble he seems. (also, it's amazing how he looks nearly exactly the same!)

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film • and i choose kill

Pick me up with golden hands.

It's Father's Day tomorrow, so what better time than for a picspam of footballers being precious with their bubbas? Feel free to add to the spammage, these just be some of my favourites!

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Your turn, bbs!
Steven Gerrard
  • scruby

Morrissey to hook up with footballer Joey Barton at Glastonbury

Former Smiths man wants to meet controversial Newcastle United midfielder at Worthy Farm bash


Taken from tumblr.

The Newcastle United midfielder broke the news on his Twitter page, Twitter.com/Joey7Barton, where he expressed surprise that the former Smiths singer even knew who he was.
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