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Italian football leading the fight against diving. Would you credit it? Well, Inter Milan striker Adriano has been given a retrospective two-match ban for conning the referee into giving a penalty in a game against Roma on Wednesday night. As if that wasn’t justice enough Roma also won the game 1-3!

Everton manager David Moyes is suing Wayne Rooney over comments made in the Manchester United star’s autobiography. Moyes issued a writ at the High Court claiming Rooney’s book – My Story So Far -had “injured his professional and personal reputation” and caused him distress. The action relates to Rooney’s account of his transfer from Goodison […]

As our buddies at 101GreatGoals point out, football talent-spotting is getting a bit ridiculous now. It’s all very well enjoying the skills of a 12-year-old Enzo Zidane, but Charlie Edwards is three years old.

SpecialOne.jpgThe most lovable man in football, Chelsea chief exec Peter Kenyon, has revealed the club will NOT sack boss Jose Mourinho this summer. Kenyon told Chelsea TV: ‘Jose’s got a contract until 2010 and we’re not going to sack him. He’s got the full support of the board, that’s really important… We’ve been linked with something like 14 managers now I think, but we’ve not got a list and we’re not looking.’

whu_1164106448_chairman1.jpgThe H List may not be as updated as regularly as some blogs, but in this case it’s about quality not quantity. West Ham fan ‘HeadHammer Shark’ is a lifelong season ticket-holder at the Boleyn and it shows in his posts, which bear all the hallmarks of a man who has supported an underperforming team for a long time. Anyway, The H List is very well-written indeed and a must-read for any genuine West Ham fan.

man_on_moon.gif1 ‘There have been cup shocks before but this would be up there with man landing on the moon.’
Aidy Boothroyd knows how to instil confidence in his Watford team. Man U beat the Hornets 4-1 in the FA Cup. And wasn’t the moon landing meticulously planned, rather than a shock?

3295_1.jpgNot sure yet what prize is up for grabs if you win this week’s Pies vs Lawro fest, but we’ll sort something out for you…
Tottenham v Arsenal
Lawro: 2-2
Pies: 2-1


The Fiendish Friday Quiz

April 20th, 2007

1 Barnet, Southampton, Fulham, Birmingham City. Whose career path?
2 What nationality is Blackburn club captain Ryan Nelsen?
3 Picture round. Who’s this?

JohnTerry_203132.jpgWell Pies readers, you’re slowly building an invincible Premership team of the season. So far you’ve chosen Petr Cech in goal, Steve Finnan at right-back and yesterday you selected crazy Frenchman Patrice Evra at left-back, with 36% of the vote (at time of posting). Three solid choices.

_42519941_adebayor203.jpgTOTTENHAM v ARSENAL TO HAVE OVER 2.5 GOALS (21-20)
A bet that has now collected in a staggering 17 of Tottenham’s last 19 matches is worth following again at a highly generous looking odds-against. All three of this season’s clashes have featured at least three goals and with Spurs still scoring and conceding for fun that is unlikely to change here.

Did somebody order a fit Michael Owen? [Rob Parker]

Like the best Photoshoppers, the most successful Fantasy Football managers often have good attention to detail and too much time on their hands. This serves only to prove that the likes of Tommy and Matt M have a good eye for a player who might pick up a few extra points on a given weekend. […]

Lionel Messi has already proved that impossible is nothing, and here he is doing it for cold hard corporate cash…

img_david_dein.jpgI suppose this is, like, big news to some people – like Arsenal fans and other Premiership vice-chairmen. To me, it has about as much to do with football as… erm… something that has not very much to do with football. Cricket, for example. In other words, I could hardly care less that Dein has stormed off in a huff.

Noel.JPGIf you thought Fat Frank and co had it tough as their luxury coach was hit by a brick last night, spare a thought for Linfield captain Noel Bailie.

jacqui_oatley.jpgAs reported in The Sun, this Saturday commentator Jacqui Oatley will take the mic for Fulham v Blackburn in the Premiership. In doing so, Oatley will become the first woman to commentate on a Saturday fixture for MotD. About time too.

Frank_Lampard_186833g.jpgFrank Lampard has admitted it would be ‘a great experience’ to play for Barcelona, again prompting speculation that he could be set for a move to the Nou Camp in the summer. Lamps is yet to sign a new Chelsea contract and is known to be an admirer of the Spanish giants

evra_patrice_mufc_profile_2006.jpgSo the first two positions on your team of the season have been filled. After a day’s solid voting, you selected Liverpool’s Steve Finnan in the right-back position, to add to Chelsea goalie Petr Cech. Another fine decision, Pies’ readers. Finnan is still underrated and he’s had a terrific season for the ‘Pool. He scored (at time of posting) 34% of the vote.

I was about to write the headline ‘West Ham yob chucks brick at Chelsea team bus’ until I realised that there’s no proof at all that it was a Hammers fan – everyone hates Chelsea, so who knows?

Michael Owen has a 50/50 chance of appearing against Chelsea on Sunday, according to Newcastle manager Glenn Roeder. Owen has been out of action since picking up a knee ligament injury in England’s World Cup match against Sweden last June. Roeder said: “He is 50-50, but he will not return until in my opinion he […]

The other day we told you about Enzo Zidane, the 12-year-old son of Zinedine. Well here’s a clip of Zizou Jr in action. It’s clear his dad has been teaching him a few tricks.

Barca hammered Getafe 5-2 last night, but the game will always remembered for this brilliant goal by Lionel Messi…

McClown.JPGYou know that a backlash is truly under way when even the TShirts365 designs are against you. Although you have to wonder whether it is possible to have a backlash when you never really had a ‘lash’ in the first place!

110299.jpgIt looked like boys against men at Upton Park last night. West Ham’s defeat means they are virtual certs to be relegated, while Chelsea just won’t let Man U relax at the top. This was a very impressive, very powerful performance by the champions, who remind me of the German team in Escape to Victory – loads of power and athleticism, but not much in the way of charisma or personality.

This eye-watering video shows Oldham Athletic chairman Simon Blitz having his chest waxed to convince Addicks fans to buy more Coca Cola. It is all in the name of the fizzy drink manufactuer’s grassroots-supporting / die-hard-fan-exploiting Buy A Player competition. Several chairmen have provided video appeals for the Buy A Player website encouraging supporters to shell out.