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World Cup diary - Le Sulk ready to quit France

Published: 21 Jun 2010 - 07:29:39

Nicolas Anelka has allegedly retired from international football.

Anelka was sent home on Saturday, after he was widely reported to have made a withering verbal attack on France coach Raymond Domenech at half-time during the side's 2-0 defeat to Mexico on Thursday.

GRAHAM TAYLOR PLAYS PSYCHIC

It was Graham Taylor's turn on Sunday to go all psychic on us, as the ex-England manager claimed there were subliminal messages in David James' recent comments about current England coach Fabio Capello's selection policy.

"I know David very well because we signed him as a young player at Watford many years ago. He is very articulate and he was giving us a message there, make no mistake. That was a message that all is not right."

STUDENTS CLASH OVER WORLD CUP

Rioting has broken out at a university in Bangladesh, after students disagreed over whether to watch World Cup games or not.

One group demanded an early end to the summer semester and locked the gates of the institution to aid their cause, while a rival faction of older pupils disagreed, as they wanted to continue learning. Five people were injured during the clashes.

DIRTY HARRY?

Hard-done-by Australia forward Harry Kewell has been voicing his frustration at the straight red card which has ended his participation in the group stage of the tournament.

Kewell was sent off after a handball on his goal line during his team's 1-1 draw with Ghana.

"Everyone that's seen it is saying: 'Fair enough, it's a penalty'. But was it deliberate? Of course not", said the ex-Liverpool wide man.

Socceroos coach Pim Verbeek agreed: "What is he supposed to do, cut his arm off?" We very much doubt Harry Kewell would even shed sweat, let alone blood, for a football team.

SOCCEROOS LOSE THEIR BOTTLE

FIFA are investigating allegations that plastic bottles were thrown onto the pitch by Australia fans during their match with Ghana at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg.

Australian federation spokesman Rod Allen said: "We don't condone that sort of behaviour, no matter how frustrating a match has become"

SOCCER GAINING GROUND IN USA

According to United States television viewing figures, double the number of people have tuned in to the first five matches of South Africa 2010, compared to the last World Cup.

These figures may coincide with the cancellation of Tiger Woods' Secret Diary, due to be broadcast simultaneously.

WAGS DEFY FABIO

England's WAGS have slowly begun to appear at this summer's tournament, against the wishes of draconian coach Fabio Capello.

The gorgeous Chantelle Tagoe has been spotted with partner Emile Heskey, while Glen Johnson's wife Laura took their baby daughter to watch Daddy play against Algeria, a performance well above a Parental Guidance rating.

DSG


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FOOTBALL.CO.UK BLOGGER:Tom Littlefield
Seen as the heir apparent to Jan Molby until an underactive thyroid gland curtailed this youngster’s development, Tom Littlefield will now concentrate on making a “big pitch” (pun) during South Africa 2010. As Barnet’s staunchest Gooner, he is well placed to judge good football. So, while the England team provides your compulsory tournament displeasure, Tom will look to rouse your enthusiasm for the beautiful game (and WAGS) in the oasis of oratory that is his World Cup Diary.

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