Terry, Kaka, Shevchenko make football news
WE SEE FOOTBALLERS, HE SEES KOREAN BBQ
Gabon's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang challenges Switzerland's Michel Morganella during their men's Group B football match at the London 2012 Olympic Games at St James' Park in Newcastle, northern England. Morganella was expelled from the Olympics for tweeting a message that the Swiss team said "gravely insulted and violated" the dignity of South Korea after his team's 2–1 defeat by the Koreans. In the tweet, with some syllables jumbled, Morganella said: "I punch you, South Koreans, go burn..." The rest of the message was considered sufficiently offensive by the Swiss team for him to be sent home.
DID JOHN TERRY CURSE A QUEEN?
Chelsea captain and England centreback John Terry was charged by the FA following a verbal exchange with Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand during a Premier League match. Terry, who was found not guilty of racially abusing Ferdinand in a criminal case earlier this month, has denied the charge and requested a personal hearing. A statement on the FA website said: "It is alleged that Terry used abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour towards Queens Park Rangers' Anton Ferdinand, contrary to FA rules. It is further alleged that this included a reference to the ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race of Anton Ferdinand."
KAKA: STAY IN MADRID OR BACK TO MILAN?
AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi, under pressure from fans after selling two top players, has not ruled out bringing Real Madrid's Brazilian playmaker Kaka back to the club after three largely disappointing seasons in Spain. "Kaka has remained in our hearts because of the player and the man that he is," Berlusconi was quoted as saying on Milan's website.
SPANISH CHAMPIONS IN OLYMPIC FAILURE
El Pais daily said the Olympic team's performance in London, and the players' behaviour towards the match officials, had damaged the image of Spanish football. "Football has never gone well with the Olympics, but with the football brand that currently sets the country apart, it was the right time to return the sport to the summit it scaled in 1992," the paper wrote, a reference to the gold medal triumph at the Barcelona Games. "But it not only fell off a cliff, it did so verging on the ridiculous against opponents of little pedigree like Japan and Honduras. A total failure."
ANDRIY SHEVCHENKO SUBSTITUTES PITCH FOR POLITICS
Ukrainian striker Andriy Shevchenko has quit football to begin a career in politics, he said in a statement from his club Dynamo Kiev. "Perhaps I will shock everyone: my future has nothing to do with football," Shevchenko was quoted as saying in the statement. "It is related to politics."
Published: 1st August 2012