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FA Investigating Suspicious Championship Match

The English FA is investigating a Championship match between Derby County and Norwich City on Oct. 4 for match-fixing.

An abnormal flood of Asian bets at half-time aroused suspicion, predicting Norwich, then trailing 1-0, to win the match.  Derby goalkeeper Roy Carroll saw a red card five minutes into the second-half, with Norwich converting the penalty.  Derby eventually won the match 2-1 after a Norwich defensive lapse.

The FA has not yet contacted either club, despite, apparently, alerting the media.  They will enforce the Gambling Act, requiring British bookmakers to cooperate with the investigation.

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Fabregas Comments Not Yet a Disaster, But a Concern

Cesc Fabregas caused a stir, with statements from his website, recently removed.  Fabregas’ website said the following.

Our squad is a bit short on numbers and we are very young. Behind me there is Denilson, who is 20, or Alex Song who is 21. Theo Walcott is 19 and Samir Nasri 21. It’s hard to imagine a midfield where I am the oldest member. We find it very hard to win matches, as we do not possess enough experience. I scored 13 goals last season but then I had plenty of allies. Rosicky was around, Flamini covered every blade of grass and Hleb was like a brother to me out there. Now none of those players are in the side and I feel like a rare being. We are more defensive-minded and sturdy as a team but we don’t play so much skillful stuff.

How do we interpret this?  Guillem Balague has two interesting points in his blog.  

First, this isn’t a “stunning attack” on Wenger and Arsenal, but, given their poor form, a “perfectly rational belief” about the squad’s youth and inexperience.

Second, Fabregas, not surprisingly, does not write the website himself, but a family member does.

It’s imprudent to overanalyze something Fabregas, himself, did not articulate.  Therefore bolstering claims of a Barcelona trade demand with it would be foolish.

However, Arsenal should not ignore this sentiment.  Fabregas is clearly the club’s talisman.  With Aston Villa and Manchester City getting stronger, losing Cesc could easily be a game changer.  

Is Fabregas going to pull a Ronaldo in the summer?  He probably won’t, as long as Arsene stays.  But, even the hint that he doesn’t foresee himself assuming the Arsenal captaincy for the next six to seven years should be worrisome.

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Onion Baggin’: Soca Warriors and Steel Drums

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Headlines: Zimbabwe Led By a Cougar

Zimbabwe’s FA CEO is a hardcore cougar (Unprofessional Foul)

Michael Owen Injured? No way. (4thegame)

Mourinho may want Elano from Manchester City (BBC Sport)

Barcelona may be a front-runner for MLS bid (Goal)

Manchester City remove last traces of Thaksin Shinawatra (Sky Sports)

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