World Cup Gossip - England ref given list of swear words and more

10 June 2010 09:39

Today - England ref given list of swear words, eight teams wearing plastic bottles in South Africa and more.

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After Wayne Rooney's foul-mouthed outburst during England's game with Platinum Stars on Monday, it looks like FIFA are cracking down on dissent in preparation for the tournament.

Apparently Brazilian referee Carlos Eugenio Simon and his assistants, who will take charge of England's game with the USA, have been given a list of 20 English swear words in an attempt to battle foul and abusive language.

The news will come as a blow to Wazza, who will now have to be a little more creative with his insults on Saturday evening.

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Sticking with referees, and the World Cup injury curse which has hit many star players seems to have spread to the officials as well.

Chile's Pablo Pozo Quinteros has been forced to withdraw from the Group C game between Algeria and Slovenia, meaning Guatemalan ref Carlos Alberto Batres will take over along with his assistants Leonel Leal of Costa Rica and Honduran Carlos Pastrana.

Quinteros joins a high-profile list of World Cup casualties which includes the likes of David Beckham, Rio Ferdinand, Michael Essien and Michael Ballack.

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Whether it's the design, material or simply the colour, most of us love a nice football shirt.

But did you know that nine teams at this summer's World Cup will be wearing environmentally friendly jerseys made from recycled plastic bottles?

Each shirt will be made from eight recycled plastic bottles which are melted and processed into polyester which is 13% lighter and can absorb and disperse sweat more quickly than traditional fabric.

Brazil, the Netherlands and Portugal are among the sides sporting the new kits which have been specially created in Taiwan.


Source: DSG