This video apparently shows Messi puking, vomiting, blowing chunks, throwing up, yacking, hurling, at the Bernabeu. Clearly this proves that he is an arrogant, disrespectful and vulgar little puke. Or maybe it was the few extra lbs (or kg as i am in Europe now) he seemed to be carrying. To me (and people on twitter) he seemed to have packed on some weight, others thought maybe it was just a new hair cut. Either way, still went the full 90 and scored a goal, showing that real footballers have curves.
Newcastle United and Arsenal have been charged by The FA with failing to control their players following Saturday’s (13 August) fixture at St James’ Park.
Both clubs have been charged following a mass confrontation of players after an incident in which Arsenal’s Gervinho was also shown a red card in the 75th minute. Following Gervinho’s dismissal Arsenal have today lodged a claim that the standard punishment of a three match suspension is clearly excessive. A regulatory Commission will hear that claim on 16 August.
Meanwhile Arsenal’s Alex Song has been charged separately by The FA with violent conduct following an incident earlier in the same fixture.
Both clubs have until 4pm on 18 August to respond to the charge, whilst Song must reply by 6pm on 16 August. The FA
Arsenal’s Gervinho has had his three match suspension for violent conduct confirmed today.
The player was sent off during Arsenal’s fixture against Newcastle United at St James’ Park on Saturday. Arsenal subsequently lodged a claim that the standard punishment of three matches was clearly excessive.
A commission heard the claim today and dismissed it, meaning the player must serve a three match suspension with immediate effect.
Seems like the Spanish Striker is no longer happy being a royal blue miner and is set to move to Blackburn Rovers.
Rovers have made an official enquiry and Raul was given 24 hours to make up his mind, according to the daily mail. They also claim Raul refused to celebrate his amazing goal in Schalke 5-1 win against Koln this Saturday "in a pointed gesture that was widely seen as a hint he could be on his way." ( Collapse ) Update: Apparently, according to Schalke_UK it's confirmed. Wow, faster transfer drama ever pretty much...
And another update: Now he's staying... lol, this is basically transfer-gate on acid or something.
Aspiring professional footballers usually miss out on the globe-trotting gap years enjoyed by many of their 'civilian' peers but compensation has finally arrived in the form of a glamorous European Under-19 competition. Very much a junior Champions League, the NextGen Series, which kicks off across the continent on Wednesday, features 16 clubs including Barcelona, Aston Villa, Liverpool, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Celtic.
Between now and November they will compete in four groups, hoping to progress to the knockout stages in the new year. At this juncture, things deviate from the senior Champions League format as NextGen morphs into a mini, sudden-death tournament likely to be staged in the Middle East – Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Doha are possibilities – in January.
Liverpool begin against Sporting Lisbon at Anfield on Wednesday night when it is hoped ticket prices of £5 for adults and £2 for children will attract a sizeable crowd. Frank McParland, the head of Liverpool's academy and reserves, trusts such occasions will enhance the chances of more of his proteges following in the footsteps of Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher. "There's no doubt the boys are going to be stretched, which maybe can't always be said when it comes to more regular reserve football," McParland says. He hopes NextGen will capture the imagination of Liverpool fans facing up to a rare season bereft of first-team European competition.
With not only Barcelona but Internazionale, Ajax, PSV Eindhoven, Fenerbahce and Marseille among those involved, the technical bar is bound to be raised as Mark Warburton sees his brainchild finally spring into life. Warburton dreamed up NextGen during a previous incarnation as Watford's academy director. "I realised 18- and 19-year-olds needed a different challenge to help them make the transition to the first team," he says.