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Oh the media monkeys and their junket junkies will invite you to their plastic pantomime. Throw their invites away.

Thursday Headlines: Fergie Gets Frisky at Man U Semi-Final Celebration

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Sir Alex Ferguson acts like he’s been there before after the Carling Cup Semi-Final Win. (Off the Post)

Maurice Edu blames US Soccer for placing too much pressure on Freddy Adu. (Tribal Footall)

Arsenal will make the Emirates Stadium much more technology-savvy. (Arsenal Mania)

Emerson thinks Kaka should move to Real Madrid (The Beautiful Game)

MLS is not pleased with Sports Business Journal over wording. (LA Times)

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Rafa Benitez’ Rant Against Sir Alex Ferguson

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Real Madrid Claim To Have Signed Cristiano Ronaldo

Football’s longest running super-saga that no one cares about has resurfaced en force.  Real Madrid’s director Pedro Trapote told the newspaper El Mundo the club have an agreement to buy Cristiano Ronaldo next summer, but can’t yet announce it officially.

cristiano-ronaldo-portugal1“If you are asking me what we are going to do now then I would tell you that we are going to do now then I would tell you that we have already signed the best player for the summer,” Trapote said.  “The best of the best.  It is Cristiano, there is no other.  It is better that we do not say anything at the moment though.”

“There are some clauses that prevent us from announcing it now.”

Real Madrid president Roman Calderon had said the club would halt its pursuit of Cristiano Ronaldo, after making eyes at him all summer.

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, forced to speak to the media at the Club World Cup, denied a deal was in place.

“You don’t think we’d get into a contract with that mob, do you? Jesus Christ.” Ferguson said.  “I wouldn’t sell them a virus.  So that’s no — there is no agreement between the clubs.”

Cristiano Ronaldo refused comment.

There are two endings to this nauseating story.  First, Ronaldo says, without coercion, he wants to play for Manchester United.  Second, Manchester United sell Ronaldo to Real Madrid.  Unfortunately, neither appears imminent.

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Ferguson Banned For Improper Conduct

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Sir Alex Ferguson received a two-match touchline ban and a £10,000 fine from the FA for improper conduct during Manchester United’s match with Hull City on Nov. 1.

The Man U manager confronted referee Mike Dean after the match, irate that Hull defender Michael Turner was not red-carded for his challenge on Michael Carrick.

Sir Alex refuses contact with either the BBC or Sky TV.  He now gets a two match reprieve from being present on the touchline.  Soon, he will be sending his squad changes and team talks by way of Blackberry.  We’re on to you, old man.

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EPL Talk: The Race to Replace Sir Alex

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Here is my latest post for EPLTalk, an assessment of Sir Alex Ferguson’s possible replacements at Manchester United.

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Headlines: Michael Owen is Delusional

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Michael Owen left tending his pot of gold and lamenting leaving Liverpool to tout Newcastle as European contenders. (BBC Sport)

Ronaldo turned down Siena and Italian food. (Soccer By Ives)

Sir Alex faces a touchline ban for abusive behavior toward referees against Hull, but the FA can’t be bothered right now, so they’ll pick it up in a few weeks. (Independent)

Steve McClaren is not in “rehab,” nor is he taking Dutch accent lessons. (Soccernet)

Dennis Bergkamp could return to England, unfortunately as a coach for Portsmouth rather than suiting up for Arsenal. (Guardian)

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Sir Alex Ferguson Adds Sky to Boycott List

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Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is now boycotting Britain’s Sky TV, along with the BBC, after network pundits commented disparagingly about Wayne Rooney.  

Former Liverpool player Phil Thompson said Wayne Rooney should have gotten a red card for antagonizing the Everton crowd (his former club) by kissing the Manchester United badge.  Arsenal veteran Paul Merson claimed Rooney should have been sent off against Hull.

His noncooperation will effectively limit his television appearances to Manchester United’s subscription only television and will continue “for the forseeable future.”

Far from the irrational ravings of a stroppy Scot, this is more likely a shrewd excuse by Ferguson to not deal with the press.

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