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    #16
    Wacko Jacko put on a few pounds [img]smileys/shock.gif[/img]
    My computer thinks I'm gay
    What's the difference anyway
    When all the people do all day
    Is stare into a phone

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      #17


      <S&#079;NG>World Cup 2010 - FIFA ponder scrapping offsides</S&#079;NG>


      FIFA are considering scrapping the offside rule, according to a report in The Times.


      The newspaper reports that FIFA president Sepp Blatter has discussed what would be the most radical rule change in the sport for decades.


      Blatter has apparently spoken to the president of the International Hockey Federation, Leandro Nagre, about how hockey abolished the rule in the 1990s.


      "He asked me a lot of questions about it and how successful it was, although he never offered an opinion, so it was difficult to judge what football might do," said Negre.


      "But he did seem very interested in how we had implemented it."


      The offside rule in hockey was abolished in 1998 after a trial period two years earlier, a move which has been credited with making the game more free-flowing and exciting as a spectacle.


      Veteran BBC sports commentator Barry Davies firmly believed that it would be a great move for football.


      "I would love to see it given a trial in the lower leagues," he said.


      "It would probably take a long time for players to adjust. It's also very demanding physically, but I was amazed at how quickly hockey adapted and there's no doubt the game is better for it."


      Davies believes that the abolition of offside is not the only rule that football could borrow from hockey, suggesting that the green card - which leads to a two minutes in the sin bin for players - would also work well.


      Toby Keel / Eurosport


      http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/020320...d-cup-2010-fif a-ponder-scrapping-offsides.html

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        #18
        It would be interesting to see it for a few matches but it won't go ahead.

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          #19
          Ian Rush could come out of retirement if it happened.

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            #20
            Well done and congrats to College Corinthians U11 squad that has reached the last 8 in the national Cup, they are the only remaining team from Munster.
            If a man tried to take his time on earth and prove before he died what one man's life could be worth, I wonder what would happen to this world

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              #21
              Fulham 5-4 Juventus

              [img]smileys/shock.gif[/img]

              How the hell did they come back and win that one??

              Must have been a cracker to be at. Miracle match stuff.
              <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vayePfSge4" target="_blank">
              The Goals from the Second Leg</a>

              Clint Dempsey's goal to win it was savage.

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                #22
                Some comeback was in the car and the reporter said the game is now over in london withJuve taking the lead, laughed when i seen the result then on the news. Dempseys was a great one . Good to see Duff playing well after a few days
                Always

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                  #23
                  College Corinthians were beaten 2-1 by Corduff (dublin) yesterday, robbed by a local ref, and 2 local linesmen, an utter disgrace, Ref was chatting to the local team after the game on first name terms with the young lads, contentafterscrewing another "out of town" team.
                  If a man tried to take his time on earth and prove before he died what one man's life could be worth, I wonder what would happen to this world

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                    #24


                    This article was taken from rte.ie/sport/soccer/2010
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                    <H1>Fulham boss seeks fair play from UEFA </H1>Monday, 19 April 2010 08:50 </DIV>
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                    Fulham manager Roy Hodgson believes it would be unfair if UEFA forced his side to travel to Hamburg for Thursday's Europa League semi-final by land.


                    The Cottagers' first leg in Germany is in jeopardy thanks to the volcanic ash cloud which has engulfed Europe's skies, causing airports to remain closed all weekend.


                    Should British airspace remain closed until Wednesday, Fulham would have to catch a train or ferry to mainland Europe before making their way to northern Germany by road or rail.
                    <DIV id=story_island></DIV>


                    Hodgson believes that would put his side's chances of making their first European final in history under threat.


                    'It will be a disadvantage if we can't fly and were obliged to find other means of travel,' said Hodgson after Saturday's goalless draw with Wolves.


                    'One of the major difficulties will be finding that means of travel. 'We wouldn't be able to contemplate booking anything until probably sometime during Monday, which would make it very late.'


                    UEFA are expected to confirm today whether or not the Europa League semi-finals scheduled for this week will go ahead.


                    Hodgson said his side will abide by any decision that UEFA make, and is confident that Europe's governing body will make the right call.


                    'We'll deal with whatever situation occurs,' said the 62-year-old.


                    'If it turns out that we are told that you have to travel anyway and you have to make the best of it and you have to travel there as best you can then we'll travel there the best we can and we'll still do our best on the night.


                    'I'm convinced UEFA want to make it as level a playing field as possible.'


                    Approximately 2,500 Fulham fans have bought tickets for the game against the German side, who include former Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy among their ranks.


                    Hodgson believes those fans will be the losers if they have to make the journey should airspace remain closed.


                    'It would be a disaster for them,' said the former Inter Milan boss.


                    'It would be a real shame. For 30 or 40 people you might find train seats but for the 2,500 who have been really looking forward to this game then it's different.'</rte:></DIV>

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                      #25
                      Fulham game goes ahead this week. Tough on the Fulham fans, it's probably the biggest game in their history.
                      To err is human - but to really screw up you need a computer.

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                        #26
                        irishtimes.com - Last Updated: Wednesday, April 21, 2010, 15:56
                        <H1>Portsmouth reveal full extent of debt</H1>
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                        <S&#079;NG>Soccer:</S&#079;NG>Cash-strapped Portsmouth revealed the entirety of the club’s debt to be £119million with £1million owing to Tottenham for the sale of Asmir Begovic even though the goalkeeper has never played for the club.


                        At the end of the January transfer window it was understood when Portsmouth sold Younes Kaboul to Tottenham, the club negotiated a double deal which included Begovic.


                        Begovic snubbed a move to White Hart Lane, preferring a transfer to Stoke, but the £1million sell-on clause included in the deal remained despite the Serbian having no connection with the north London outfit.


                        A 70-page document sent to the club's known creditors details how the club owe £38.2million in unsecured loans to former owners and have a tax bill of £17.1million.


                        They owe £17.3million in outstanding transfer fees. Rennes were receiving over £630,000 a month for John Utaka, while Glenn Johnson's transfer fee from Chelsea was still being paid.


                        The club owe £10.35million to finance companies, who assisted with the signings of Johnson, Jermain Defoe and Sulley Muntari.


                        Portsmouth owe £9.76million to 26 agents, including just over £2million to the so-called super-agent Pini Zahavi.


                        Nine players, including Sol Campbell, Sulley Muntari and Niko Kranjcar, who are no longer at the club, are owed a combined total of £3.04million in image rights.


                        Portsmouth also owe bonus payments to 28 players, including Peter Crouch and David James, totalling £1.86million.


                        The club are still owed money from the sale of Johnson to Liverpool, Defoe to Tottenham and Muntari to Inter Milan.


                        Portsmouth became the first Premier League club to be placed in administration earlier this year.

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                          #27


                          Guardian.co.uk


                          Portsmouth owe Spurs £1m for Asmir Begovic move that never happened


                          Wednesday 21 April 2010 21.04 BST


                          Owen Gibson
                          Portsmouth will pay Tottenham Hotspur £1m over the aborted transfer of a player who has never been near the home dressing room at White Hart Lane, while hundreds of small creditors will have to settle for a fraction of what they are owed.


                          This is just one of the shocking findings revealed in a report prepared by the club's administrator for their creditors. The dossier lays bare the financial mismanagement and chaotic decision-making that left Portsmouth £108.6m in debt and will leave hundreds out of pocket. An additional £14.2m in transfer fees are due to the club but have already been taken up front, making overall debts of £122.8m.


                          Andrew Andronikou, the administrator, said tonight: "If you're saying the club owes £122m, yes it does. But it depends on the context. Around £90m of the £122m will be going into the CVA [the Company Voluntary Arrangement, which settles what percentage of the unsecured debts the club will have to pay]."


                          In what could well become a pub quiz question in years to come, Portsmouth agreed with Daniel Levy, the Tottenham Hotspur chairman, to pay the seven-figure fee for Asmir Begovic, the goalkeeper sold to Stoke City for £3.25m in January.
                          The transfer was concluded during a frenzied period when the club were teetering on the brink of insolvency, fending off a winding-up petition from Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs and trying to sell players during a brief window during which a Premier League transfer embargo had been lifted.


                          Described by insiders as a "Keystone Kops" period of wheeler-dealing, the negotiations were being led by Daniel Azougy, the convicted Israeli fraudster employed to run the club's finances by the Falcondrone consortium that took control in October, and Mark Jacob, the solicitor then employed as executive director.


                          Shortly afterwards Balram Chainrai was repaid £4m of the £18.5m he had lent the club and subsequently took full control.


                          It is understood the club initially agreed a combined fee with Spurs for Younes Kaboul and the promising Bosnian goalkeeper, but agreed to a clause promising that if Begovic went elsewhere they would pay Spurs a £1m fee in compensation. When the club subsequently agreed to sell Begovic to Stoke City following a protracted negotiation, the £1m fee kicked in and was due to be paid by the end of last month. It makes up part of the £17.3m owed in current and future instalments on players including Sulley Muntari, Mike Willliamson and Nadir Belhadj.


                          Portsmouth are obliged to pay the fee because of Premier League and Football League rules that protect football creditors, while unsecured creditors will be offered a settlement. Current and former players including David James, Peter Crouch and Glen Johnson are owed a total of £1.87m in unpaid wages and bonuses.


                          A list of more than 400 trade creditors, including St John Ambulance, schools, community sports clubs, kit suppliers and local businesses including florists and builders, are collectively owed £4.37m.


                          Agents and scouts are owed £9.76m, including £2.045m to the agent who negotiated the sale of Lassana Diarra to Real Madrid and £2.07m to Pini Zahavi.


                          Andronikou will ask the club's unsecured creditors, including HMRC, to vote on

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                            #28
                            irishtimes.com - Last Updated: Thursday, April 22, 2010, 07:34
                            <H1>Bayern hope for leniency on Ribery</H1>
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                            <S&#079;NG>Soccer:</S&#079;NG>Bayern Munich are hoping Uefa will show leniency when a decision is made on Franck Ribery's red card during last night's 1-0 Champions League semi-final, first leg win over Lyon.


                            The Frenchman was sent off in the 37th minute for a clumsy challenge on Lisandro and will face at least a one-game ban - with Bayern desperately hoping it will be no more than that.


                            "He didn't lunge at him with his leg," said Bayern coach Louis van Gaal. "It is a harsh red card, but you can give it.


                            "Franck gave the referee the chance to send him off by standing on his foot for longer than necessary.


                            "I hope he only gets banned for one match."


                            Ribery's team-mate Arjen Robben, who scored the winning goal in the victory, said: "It has been a tough week for him but we have got to help him because we need him.


                            "On Saturday we have a very important game against Borussia Monchengladbach and it could decide the title so we need him."


                            Ribery will be available for that game since any ban Uefa sanction will only apply to the Champions League and defender Philipp Lahm hopes he is only ruled out of the second leg at the Stade Gerland.


                            "If we do make it to the final, then he would deserve to be part of it," said the Germany international.


                            Despite Ribery's suspension for the return leg Thomas Muller is still confident that Bayern can complete the job in France.


                            "We have 25 men in our squad and can replace anybody," he said. "We have already seen this."


                            "Even when we had 10 men, it was a case of all for one and one for all. We worked and fought really hard together.


                            "We have shown that we can beat Lyon. If we can beat them at home, then we can also beat them away."


                            Lyon have had their Ligue 1 game against Monaco at the weekend postponed upon request by the French Football Federation, enabling them to focus their efforts on next Tuesday's second leg.


                            That, according to Rummenigge, will make up for the fact they had to endure an eight-hour coach journey to reach Munich this week.


                            "I don't think they were particularly tired because of the trip, but let's not forget that they now don't have a game on Saturday," added Rummenigge.


                            "That is certainly an advantage for them."


                            Rummenigge's opposite number Jean-Michel Aulas hopes his side can take full advantage of their weekend break.


                            "We need to prepare the whole city of Lyons for this match, which could send us into the final of the Champions League," he said.


                            "That is what is at stake and I think that the whole of Lyons and the whole of France will be behind us.


                            "I think we are capable of doing what must be done and we need to have the physical strength that we lacked today.


                            "We are still hopeful."

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                              #29
                              irishtimes.com - Last Updated: Thursday, April 22, 2010, 13:46
                              <H1>Portsmouth's Europe appeal rejected</H1>
                              <DIV style="CLEAR: left"></DIV>


                              <S&#079;NG>Soccer:</S&#079;NG>Portsmouth will not be allowed to play in the Europa League next season, the English FA and Premier League told the club.


                              Portsmouth would have qualified to play in Europe next season after reaching the FA Cup final against Chelsea - who will be in the Champions League - but the club's administrators have been told that any late application for a Uefa club licence will not be considered due to the financial problems.


                              "The FA and Premier League have confirmed to the administrators of Portsmouth Football Club that they shall not consider any late application for granting of a Uefa Club Licence for the 2010-11 season," today’s statement from the FA and Premier League read.


                              The decision means that the team who finish seventh in the Premier League - currently Liverpool - would play in the Europa League instead.


                              Uefa had said Portsmouth could submit a late application before May 31st but the Premier League and the FA believe Portsmouth's financial situation - debts total £119million - is so bad that they would not meet any of the criteria.


                              The administrators do not expect the club to go in to a company voluntary agreement until June 6th, while the fact that so much money is owed to clubs, other football creditors and Her Majesty's Customs and Revenues.


                              Portsmouth's administrator Andrew Andronikou had been confident that he could make a case for the club to be given the licence and said the ruling was unfair on Pompey fans.


                              Andronikou said: "We have spent a long time going through all the necessary steps and we had hoped to make an application next week.


                              "We felt that we would do our bit and that it would be up to the FA and the Premier League to do theirs.


                              "It's wrong for the fans that they should not be allowed to support their club in Europe next season."

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                                #30
                                Originally posted by ormond lad
                                irishtimes.com - Last Updated: Thursday, April 22, 2010, 07:34
                                <H1>Bayern hope for leniency on Ribery</H1>
                                <DIV style="CLEAR: left"></DIV>


                                <S&#079;NG>Soccer:</S&#079;NG>Bayern Munich are hoping Uefa will show leniency when a decision is made on Franck Ribery's red card during last night's 1-0 Champions League semi-final, first leg win over Lyon.


                                The Frenchman was sent off in the 37th minute for a clumsy challenge on Lisandro and will face at least a one-game ban - with Bayern desperately hoping it will be no more than that.


                                "He didn't lunge at him with his leg," said Bayern coach Louis van Gaal. "It is a harsh red card, but you can give it.


                                "Franck gave the referee the chance to send him off by standing on his foot for longer than necessary.


                                "I hope he only gets banned for one match."


                                Ribery's team-mate Arjen Robben, who scored the winning goal in the victory, said: "It has been a tough week for him but we have got to help him because we need him.


                                "On Saturday we have a very important game against Borussia Monchengladbach and it could decide the title so we need him."


                                Ribery will be available for that game since any ban Uefa sanction will only apply to the Champions League and defender Philipp Lahm hopes he is only ruled out of the second leg at the Stade Gerland.


                                "If we do make it to the final, then he would deserve to be part of it," said the Germany international.


                                Despite Ribery's suspension for the return leg Thomas Muller is still confident that Bayern can complete the job in France.


                                "We have 25 men in our squad and can replace anybody," he said. "We have already seen this."


                                "Even when we had 10 men, it was a case of all for one and one for all. We worked and fought really hard together.


                                "We have shown that we can beat Lyon. If we can beat them at home, then we can also beat them away."


                                Lyon have had their Ligue 1 game against Monaco at the weekend postponed upon request by the French Football Federation, enabling them to focus their efforts on next Tuesday's second leg.


                                That, according to Rummenigge, will make up for the fact they had to endure an eight-hour coach journey to reach Munich this week.


                                "I don't think they were particularly tired because of the trip, but let's not forget that they now don't have a game on Saturday," added Rummenigge.


                                "That is certainly an advantage for them."


                                Rummenigge's opposite number Jean-Michel Aulas hopes his side can take full advantage of their weekend break.


                                "We need to prepare the whole city of Lyons for this match, which could send us into the final of the Champions League," he said.


                                "That is what is at stake and I think that the whole of Lyons and the whole of France will be behind us.


                                "I think we are capable of doing what must be done and we need to have the physical strength that we lacked today.


                                "We are still hopeful."


                                irishtimes.com - Last Updated: Thursday, April 22, 2010, 11:46
                                <H1>Uefa to make Ribery decision next week</H1>
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                                <S&#079;NG>Soccer:</S&#079;NG>Uefa will decide next Wednesday whether Bayern Munich midfielder Franck Ribery will face any more than the automatic one-game ban for his red card against Lyon during last night’s Champions League semi-final, first leg.


                                The France winger will definitely miss the return encounter at the Stade Gerland after being sent off in the 37th minute of the 1-0 win over Lyon at the Allianz Arena for a clumsy challenge on Lisandro.


                                European football’s governing body today confirmed to Bayern that the 27-year-old will miss Tuesday’s second leg and said their disciplinary committee will sit down to discuss the matter the following day.


                                Bayern felt the decision by Italian referee Roberto Rosetti to dismiss Ribery was harsh and have called

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