Rescinded Red

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

Headlines: Arsenal Interested in Stephen Ireland?

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If Arsene Wenger desires players with class, surely, this rules out a transfer for Stephen Ireland. (News of the World)

Cheryl Cole is having difficulty getting a work permit in the U.S., because of a 2003 assault conviction. (WAGS Blog)

Juventus’ equipment manager was caught stealing thousands of jerseys for black market sale. (The Beautiful Game)

David Beckham charges $730,000 for an interview. (The Spoiler)

A Spanish official gave out 19 red cards. (The Guardian)

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Levante Linked to Match-Fixing Scandal in Spain

jugador3The Spanish consider themselves more upstanding on the football pitch than the Italians, but their posturing has lost a plank following their own top-flight match-fixing scandal.

Spanish TV played a recording where former Levante captain Inaki Descarga allegedly admits to Levante president Julio Romero that he and fellow teammates received payment to lose a match against Athletic Bilbao on the final day of the 2006-7 season. 

Athletic Bilbao won the match 2-0, avoiding relegation in place of Celta Vigo.

Descarga, now with Legia Warsaw, does not reveal the amount or the source of the bribe.

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Arteta for England?

Everton star Mikel Arteta could play a decisive role during World Cup 2010, for England.

Arteta has been one of the best players in the English Premier League, over the past few seasons.  However, his remote place of work and the Spanish abundance of midfield keep him out of the Spanish national setup.

There is no evidence Arteta would consider a nationality switch, but he would become eligible for English citizenship in 2010 if he stays at Everton and he only played at U-21 level for Spain.

Arteta would slot nicely on the left-wing, where his calm maintenance of possession and play-making ability would mature a naive English attack.  But, Spain may likely prophylactically call him up to prevent it.

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Headlines: Madonna Ruining Football Pitches

Madonna ruins a second pitch, this time at Wembley (Daily Mail)

Manchester City to have £100m transfer budget in January? (The Other Football)

MLS player chooses club over country (Soccer by Ives)

England won’t play in Madrid because of racism (BBC Sport)

California Klinsy sees Arsene Wenger’s New Age and Raises Him a Crazy (The Spoiler)

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