January 2011

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Gray, Keys & The Chance Of A Clean Sweep In British Football Broadcasting

That Andy Gray and Richard Keys have been suspended from duty by Sky Sports for this evening’s Premier League match should come as no great surprise. The issue of their off-the-microphone comments regarding several different issues relating to the role of women in football has spiralled out of the control of the broadcaster and hasn’t…

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January 24, 2011
Ian

The Asian Cup 2011, Part Three: The Business End

The 2011 Asian Cup is Japan’s for the taking. Simply play with ten men for the last half-an-hour. And if they meet Uzbekistan, score three – as the Uzbeks appear contractually obliged to score twice in every game, regardless of the context or opposition. Apart from Group D, the deadly dull, death warmed-up, death of…

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January 24, 2011
Mark

UEFA Financial Fair Play On Radio 5: An Idiots Guidance

There are times when it dawns on you just how dirt cheap the BBC licence is. It dawned on me most recently when I tried to calculate how much of a refund I would be due for 26 minutes, the length of the Radio 5 Live ‘Monday Night Club’ debate on Uefa’s ‘Financial Fair Play’…

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January 22, 2011
Mark

The Olympic Stadium’s Legacy Must Be As It Was Intended

The final submissions, then, are complete and now comes the waiting game. The tug of war over the Olympic Stadium has become one of the more unseemly events of the football season so far, a desperate battle for a piece of land that very few people involved in football had a great deal of interest…

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January 22, 2011
Ian

Terry Butcher: Man of the Moment

It’s taken a long time for Terry Butcher to make himself anything like as popular as a manager as he once was as a player, but this week the growing respect he has been earning for his achievements at Inverness has been further enhanced in the eyes of many by his plain-speaking on the subject…

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January 22, 2011
Ian
Friday picture: Footballing tennis dads

Friday picture: Footballing tennis dads

This week’s Picture That Dotmund Did is a double whammy of art and LEARNING. As we are now in the middle of the Australian Open Tennis, your correspondent (who likes tennis so much that he has yellow fuzzy balls) turned his attention to the Ladies’ Singles draw, where three notable players were the products of…

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January 21, 2011
Ted

Was Free-To-Air TV To Be Sold Down The River To Win The 2018 World Cup Bid?

Imagine the scene. It’s June 2018 and the World Cup finals are getting under way. England, the hosts, have played their opening match – an unconvincing 1-1 draw with Norway which has led the press to question the tactics of their manager, Lord Beckham of Leytonstone – but optimism is still high. The nation settles…

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January 21, 2011
Ian
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