Posts made in October, 2010

Is the award of a 3-0 win a suitable punishment?

By on Oct 31, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 1 comment

On Friday, UEFA announced the punishments for the abandonment of the Italy-Serbia European Championship Qualifier. As expected, Serbia did not get off lightly. The Football Association of Serbia (FSS) were fined €120,000, ordered to play a home qualifier behind closed doors, with a second game behind closed doors suspended for two years, as well as having their...

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Match Of The Week: Derby County 4-1 Watford

By on Oct 30, 2010 in English League Football, Latest | 5 comments

What, one wonders, were the expectations of Derby County supporters upon the appointment of Nigel Clough in December 2008? Easy though it is to try and draw comparisons twixt father and son, Nigel has resolutely been his own man, seeing out a lengthy managerial apprenticeship at Burton Albion (and leaving them in a strong enough position to be go on to win the Blue...

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Just Leave Chris Hughton Alone

By on Oct 30, 2010 in English League Football, Latest | 9 comments

There wasn’t a great deal of positive gloss that could be put upon Newcastle United’s thumping at the hands of Arsenal in the League Cup on Wednesday night. Comprehensively outplayed by a team that is starting to look more than capable of ending its trophy drought by the end of this season, Newcastle supporters were offered a reminder of how difficult...

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4,000 Holes In Blackburn Takeover Bidders?

By on Oct 29, 2010 in English League Football, Latest | 0 comments

It has been a confusing week for Blackburn Rovers-watchers. All that has been certain about the club in recent times is that it would be bought by Indians, and that Mirror and People journalist Alan Nixon would be up there breaking the story to the world. Well, it looks like Nixon can take that holiday he’s been looking forward to ever since the Jack Walker Family...

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FIFA Get Set To Weed Out Corruption

By on Oct 28, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 2 comments

So today and tomorrow, in Zurich, FIFA are discussing what – if anything – to do to rescue the reputation of its World Cup bidding process, a process which has descended very publically into the pettiest of playground squabbling in the couple of weeks since The Sunday Times first called its integrity into question with its allegations of cash-for-votes....

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