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25 March 2008
I arrived at the Stadio Olimpico two hours before last Wednesday’s Roman derby to pick up a pre-arranged press pass. Nobody knew from where I should collect it.
SHARES
25 March 2008
Just as well that Italy closed down for two days giving Roberto Mancini a bit of time to lick his festering wounds.
SHARES
25 March 2008
After a weekend of horrendous violence, leaving two dead, the Easter weekend games were peaceful and mostly sober affairs.
SHARES
25 March 2008
Good DayAngel Javier Arizmendi
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20 March 2008
So, Real Betis Balompié will not play the final 19 minutes of their match against Athletic Bilbao after a bottle thrown from the stands hit visitors’ goalkeeper Armando and led to the game being abandoned with the score at 2-1 to Athletic. It has been decided that instead the game will be awarded to Athletic, the 2-1 scoreline being allowed to stand. Betis will also get a record fine and have their ground closed for two matches, forcing them to play in exile as they fight to stave off relegation.
SHARES
20 March 2008
“There’s an exhibition of football photos on in town, shall we go on Sunday?”
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20 March 2008
I was going to write about the magic of the FA Cup – specifically about how the magic of the FA Cup will, if it keeps producing semi-finals containing the likes of Barnsley, Cardiff, Portsmouth and West Brom, destroy the magic of the FA Cup – but this seemed a bit churlish.Then I was going to suggest that Gary Megson should be locked in a bedsit, forced to sit on the floor, with a single dingy lightbulb swinging above his head and told he will not be released until he has read the whole of Hunter Davies’ The Glory Game, can recite the Danny Blanchflower remark that football is about doing something with style and has admitted that, even as Bolton manager, he should aspire to higher things than 17th in the Premiership.
SHARES
19 March 2008
In the wake of two deaths related to football violence, a new fight amongt the highly orgaanised Boca Juniors barra brava 'El Doce' has broken out, resulting in the non-fatal stabbing of a 44 year old barra member.

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