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Ally McCoist says he is unaware of any interest in Nikica Jelavic

The Rangers manager, Ally McCoist, said he was unaware of any formal interest in the striker Nikica Jelavic. Liverpool, Leicester City, Queens Park Rangers, Sunderland, Everton and West Bromwich Albion are among the clubs who have been linked with the Croat. A report immediately before Wednesday's Old Firm game claimed QPR had already submitted an offer for the 26-year-old.



Full Guardian report here
Ally McCoist says he is unaware of any interest in Nikica Jelavic

Marc Roseblade is a Contributor for Bleacher Report, Football Speak, Allvoices, OurGameMagazine as well as PR for Ayr United Football Academy & Galveston Pirate Soccer Club. All quotes are obtained first-hand unless otherwise stated.


Tottenham's Luka Modric admits a move to Chelsea 'is possible'



Luka Modric has alerted Chelsea and Manchester United that he may be open to a move away from Tottenham Hotspur when the January transfer window opens on Sunday after admitting that "everything is possible".




Read the full Guardian report here.
Tottenham's Luka Modric admits a move to Chelsea 'is possible'

Marc Roseblade is a Contributor for Bleacher Report, Football Speak, Allvoices, OurGameMagazine as well as PR for Ayr United Football Academy & Galveston Pirate Soccer Club. All quotes are obtained first-hand unless otherwise stated.


England Premier League:Liverpool 3 - 1 Newcastle United Highlights & Goals



Liverpool Newcastle highlights
England Premier League 
Liverpool 3 - 1 Newcastle United
Video of the highlights & goals from Liverpool v Newcastle United on 30/12/2011
Liverpool's Steven Gerrard came off the bench to produce a man of the match performance in a 3-1 win against Newcastle.
Liverpool's goals were scored by Bellamy (29', 67') and Gerrard (78') and Newcastle United's goalscorer was Agger (og 25').
Liverpool's starting line-up was Reina, Agger, Skrtel, Enrique, Johnson, Adam, Spearing, Henderson, Bellamy, Downing and Carroll while Newcastle United lined up with Krul, Coloccini, Williamson, Taylor, Simpson, Cheik Tioté, Cabaye, Vuckic, Gutiérrez, Obertan and Ba.


Marc Roseblade is a Contributor for Bleacher Report, Football Speak, Allvoices, OurGameMagazine as well as PR for Ayr United Football Academy & Galveston Pirate Soccer Club. All quotes are obtained first-hand unless otherwise stated.


Scots Abroad as 2012 Rolls in

Australia A-League
Steve McGarry - Perth Glory - ex Motherwell
Grant Brebner - Melbourne Victory - ex Hibs
Chris Broadfoot - Gold Coast United  - ex Broadbeach United

English Premier League
Darren Fletcher - Manchester United
Danny Wilson - Liverpool - ex Rangers
Charlie Adam - Liverpool - ex Rangers
James Morrison - West Brom - ex Middlesbrough
Graeme Dorrans - West Brom - ex Livingston
James McFadden - Everton - ex Birmingham
Russell Martin - Norwich City - ex Peterborough
Simon Lappin - Norwich City - ex St Mirren
Alan Hutton - Aston Villa - ex Tottenham
Barry Bannan - Aston Villa
Stephen Dobbie - Swansea City - ex Queen of the South
Craig Gordon - Sunderland - ex Hearts
Phil Bardsley - Sunderland - ex Manchester United
Jamie Mackie - QPR - ex Plymouth Argyle
Christophe Berra - Wolves - ex Hearts
Steven Fletcher - Wolves - ex Hibs
Gary Caldwell - Wigan - ex Celtic
James McArthur - Wigan - ex Hamilton
Shaun Maloney - Wigan - ex Celtic
Michael O'Halloran - Bolton
Grant Hanley - Blackburn
David Goodwillie - Blackburn - ex Dundee United

Northern Ireland
Gary McCutcheon -Ballymena - ex Portadown
Allan Jenkins - Ballymena - ex Greenock Morton
Kevin Kelbie - Glenavon - ex Greenock Morton
Alan Davidson - Glenavon - ex Newry City

Sweden
Lee Baxter - AIK

There will be many more that aren't listed, feel free to comment below with missing players.

Marc Roseblade is a Contributor for Bleacher Report, Football Speak, Allvoices, OurGameMagazine as well as PR for Ayr United Football Academy & Galveston Pirate Soccer Club. All quotes are obtained first-hand unless otherwise stated.


Australia A-League:Gold Coast United 1-0 Brisbane Roar Highlights & Goals

Gold Coast United Brisbane Roar highlights
 Australia A-League 
Gold Coast United 1-0 Brisbane Roar
Video of the highlights from Gold Coast United v Brisbane Roar on 29/12/2011


Marc Roseblade is a Contributor for Bleacher Report, Football Speak, Allvoices, OurGameMagazine as well as PR for Ayr United Football Academy & Galveston Pirate Soccer Club. All quotes are obtained first-hand unless otherwise stated.


Scotland Premier League:Celtic 1 - 0 Rangers Highlights & Goals


Celtic Rangers highlights
Scotland Premier League 
Celtic 1 - 0 Rangers
 Video of the highlights & goals from Celtic v Rangers on 28/12/2011
Joe Ledley headed the only goal of the game as Celtic claimed a 1-0 victory over bitter Old Firm rivals Rangers at Parkhead to go top of the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League. Welsh midfielder Ledley rose to head home Charlie Mulgrew's 52nd-minute corner as the home side moved two points clear of Rangers.
Celtic's goal was scored by Ledley (52').
Celtic's starting line-up was Forster, Mulgrew, Rogne, Brown, Ledley, Kayal, Matthews, Wanyama, Samaras, Hooper and Forrest while Rangers lined up with McGregor, Broadfoot, Papac, Bocanegra, Wallace, Bartley, McCulloch, Davis, Aluko, Jelavic and Lafferty.

Marc Roseblade is a Contributor for Bleacher Report, Football Speak, Allvoices, OurGameMagazine as well as PR for Ayr United Football Academy & Galveston Pirate Soccer Club. All quotes are obtained first-hand unless otherwise stated.


England Premier League: Norwich City 0 - 2 Tottenham Highlights & Goals



Norwich Spurs highlights
England Premier League 
Norwich City 0 - 2 Tottenham
Video of the highlights & goals from Norwich City v Tottenham on 27/12/2011
Gareth Bale scored twice as Tottenham Hotspur FC tightened their grip on third place in the Premier League by beating Norwich City FC 2-0, after rivals Arsenal FC dropped points at home.
Tottenham's goalscorers were Bale (55', 67').
Norwich City's starting line-up was Ruddy, Whitbread, Martin, Drury, De Laet, Hoolahan, Fox, Surman, Crofts, Holt and Morison while Tottenham lined up with Friedel, Kaboul, Gallas, Assou-Ekotto, Walker, Modric, Parker, Sandro, Bale, Van der Vaart and Adebayor.

Marc Roseblade is a Contributor for Bleacher Report, Football Speak, Allvoices, OurGameMagazine as well as PR for Ayr United Football Academy & Galveston Pirate Soccer Club. All quotes are obtained first-hand unless otherwise stated.


England Premier League: Man Utd 5 - 0 Wigan Highlights & Goals


Man U Wigan highlights
England Premier League 
Man Utd 5 - 0 Wigan
Video of the highlights & goals from Man Utd v Wigan on 26/12/2011
Dimitar Berbatov scored a hat-trick as Manchester United muscled their way level with Manchester City at the top of the Premier League.
Man Utd's goals were scored by Park (8'), Berbatov (41', 58'), Valencia (75') and Berbatov (penalty) (78').
Man Utd's starting line-up was Lindegaard, Evans, Carrick, Evra, Valencia, Giggs, Gibson, Ji-Sung, Nani, Berbatov and Hernández while Wigan lined up with Al Habsi, Caldwell, Figueroa, Alcaraz, Jones, Stam, Diame, McCarthy, Gómez, Moses and Sammon.


Marc Roseblade is a Contributor for Bleacher Report, Football Speak, Allvoices, OurGameMagazine as well as PR for Ayr United Football Academy & Galveston Pirate Soccer Club. All quotes are obtained first-hand unless otherwise stated.


England Premier League Catch Up: Chelsea 1 - 1 Fulham Highlights & Goals


Chelsea Fulham highlights
England Premier League 
Chelsea 1 - 1 Fulham
Video of the highlights & goals from Chelsea v Fulham on 26/12/2011
Clint Dempsey cancelled out Juan Mata's opener to deliver another blow to Chelsea's chances of sneaking back into the title race.
Chelsea's goal was scored by Mata (47') and Fulham's goalscorer was Dempsey (56').
Chelsea's starting line-up was Cech, Terry, Luiz, Cole, Bosingwa, Romeu, Lampard, Meireles, Mata, Torres and Sturridge while Fulham lined up with Stockdale, Hangeland, Senderos, Arne Riise, Kelly, Dempsey, Dembele, Murphy, Frei, Ruiz and Sá.


Marc Roseblade is a Contributor for Bleacher Report, Football Speak, Allvoices, OurGameMagazine as well as PR for Ayr United Football Academy & Galveston Pirate Soccer Club. All quotes are obtained first-hand unless otherwise stated.


Australia A-League: Melbourne Heart 3-2 Melbourne Victory Highlights & Goals


Melbourne Heart Melbourne Victory highlights
Australia  A-League 
Melbourne Heart 3-2 Melbourne Victory
Video of the highlights from Melbourne Heart v Melbourne Victory on 26/12/2011

Marc Roseblade is a Contributor for Bleacher Report, Football Speak, Allvoices, OurGameMagazine as well as PR for Ayr United Football Academy & Galveston Pirate Soccer Club. All quotes are obtained first-hand unless otherwise stated.


Scotland Premier League Catch Up: Hearts 2 - 0 Motherwell Highlights & Goals


Hearts Motherwell highlights
Scotland Premier League 
Hearts 2 - 0 Motherwell
Video of the highlights & goals from Hearts v Motherwell on 25/12/2011
Hearts again defied their off-field troubles by moving within six points of third-placed Motherwell in the SPL with a victory at Tynecastle.
Hearts's goals were scored by Black (18') and Elliott (28').
Hearts's starting line-up was Kello, Webster, Zaliukas, McGowan, Black, Hamill, Taouil, Templeton, Mrowiec, Elliott and Robinson while Motherwell lined up with Randolph, Hammell, Craigan, Hutchinson, Lasley, Hughes, Daley, Hateley, Law, Higdon and Murphy.

Marc Roseblade is a Contributor for Bleacher Report, Football Speak, Allvoices, OurGameMagazine as well as PR for Ayr United Football Academy & Galveston Pirate Soccer Club. All quotes are obtained first-hand unless otherwise stated.


Scotland Premier League Catch Up: Celtic 2 - 1 Kilmarnock Highlights & Goals



Celtic Killie highlights
Scotland Premier League 
Celtic 2 - 1 Kilmarnock
Video of the highlights & goals from Celtic v Kilmarnock on 24/12/2011
A Georgios Samaras double against Kilmarnock gave Celtic a 2-1 win and took them to within a point of SPL leaders Rangers prior to Wednesday night's Old Firm game at Parkhead.
Celtic's goals were scored by Samaras (45+2', 53') and Kilmarnock's goalscorer was Racchi (87').
Celtic's starting line-up was Forster, Cha, Mulgrew, Brown, Ledley, Kayal, Sung-Yueng, Wanyama, Samaras, Hooper and Forrest while Kilmarnock lined up with Bell, Hay, Fowler, Sissoko, McKeown, Buijs, Harkins, Shiels, Kelly, Pascali and Heffernan.

Marc Roseblade is a Contributor for Bleacher Report, Football Speak, Allvoices, OurGameMagazine as well as PR for Ayr United Football Academy & Galveston Pirate Soccer Club. All quotes are obtained first-hand unless otherwise stated.


Scotland Premier League Catch Up:St Mirren 2 - 1 Rangers Highlights & Goals


St. Mirren Rangers highlights
Scotland Premier League 
St Mirren 2 - 1 Rangers
Video of the highlights & goals from St Mirren v Rangers on 24/12/2011
Nine-man Rangers suffered a major blow prior to next week's crunch Old Firm derby after crashing to a 2-1 defeat at St Mirren in the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League.
St Mirren's goals were scored by Mooy (44') and McGowan (45+1') and Rangers's goalscorer was Wallace (11').
St Mirren's starting line-up was Samson, Mair, van Zanten, McAusland, Barron, Tesselaar, Carey, Mooy, Mclean, Thompson and McGowan while Rangers lined up with McGregor, Whittaker, Papac, Goian, Bocanegra, Wallace, McCulloch, Davis, Wylde, Jelavic and Lafferty.

Marc Roseblade is a Contributor for Bleacher Report, Football Speak, Allvoices, OurGameMagazine as well as PR for Ayr United Football Academy & Galveston Pirate Soccer Club. All quotes are obtained first-hand unless otherwise stated.


Netherlands Knvb Beker: FC Twente 1 - 2 PSV Eindhoven Highlights & Goals


Twente PSV highlights
Netherlands Knvb Beker 
FC Twente 1 - 2 PSV Eindhoven
Video of the highlights & goals from FC Twente v PSV Eindhoven on 22/12/2011
Tim Matavz's extra-time double earned PSV Eindhoven a berth in the quarter-finals of the KNVB Beker Cup as they claimed a 2-1 victory over FC Twente.
FC Twente's goal was scored by Janko (pen 110') and PSV Eindhoven's goalscorers were Matavz (102', 114').
FC Twente's starting line-up was Mihailov, Wisgerhof, Tiendalli, Rosales, Franco, Brama, Janssen, Fer, Chadli, de Jong and John while PSV Eindhoven lined up with Isaksson, Derijck, Marcelo, Willems, Manolev, Mertens, Wijnaldum, Strootman, Labyad, Matavz and Toivonen.

Marc Roseblade is a Contributor for Bleacher Report, Football Speak, Allvoices, OurGameMagazine as well as PR for Ayr United Football Academy & Galveston Pirate Soccer Club. All quotes are obtained first-hand unless otherwise stated.


Spain Copa del Rey: Barcelona 9 - 0 Hospitalet Highlights & Goals


Barcelona
Spain Copa del Rey 
Barcelona 9 - 0 Hospitalet
Video of the highlights & goals from Barcelona v Hospitalet on 22/12/2011
Barcelona romped into the last 16 of the Copa del Rey with a 9-0 victory over minnows Hospitalet at the Nou Camp, using a team with 10 home-grown players.
Barcelona's goals were scored by Pedro (pen 12'), Thiago (23', pen 55'), Xavi (36'), Tello (43', 64'), Cuenca (49', 81') and Iniesta (19').
Barcelona's starting line-up was Manuel Pinto, Puyol, Piqué, Xavi, Iniesta, Fábregas, Busquets, Thiago, Fontas, Cuenca and Pedro while Hospitalet lined up with Craviotto, Moussa, Viale, Castano, Ivan Hammouch, Angel Sanchez, Pitu, Aday, Ruben Garcia, David Prats and Corominas.


Marc Roseblade is a Contributor for Bleacher Report, Football Speak, Allvoices, OurGameMagazine as well as PR for Ayr United Football Academy & Galveston Pirate Soccer Club. All quotes are obtained first-hand unless otherwise stated.


England Premier League: Tottenham 1 - 1 Chelsea Highlights & Goals


Spurs Chelsea highlights
England Premier League 
Tottenham 1 - 1 Chelsea
Video of the highlights & goals from Tottenham v Chelsea on 22/12/2011
Chelsea survived an early Tottenham onslaught to earn a point at White Hart Lane.
Tottenham's goal was scored by Adebayor (8') and Chelsea's goalscorer was Sturridge (23').
Tottenham's starting line-up was Friedel, King, Gallas, Assou-Ekotto, Walker, Parker, Sandro, Bale, Van der Vaart, Adebayor and Modric while Chelsea lined up with Cech, Terry, Ivanovic, Cole, Bosingwa, Mikel Obi, Meireles, Ramires, Mata, Drogba and Sturridge.


szólj hozzá: HoC
Marc Roseblade is a Contributor for Bleacher Report, Football Speak, Allvoices, OurGameMagazine as well as PR for Ayr United Football Academy & Galveston Pirate Soccer Club. All quotes are obtained first-hand unless otherwise stated.


Australia A-League: Sydney FC 2 - 2 Adelaide United Highlights & Goals


Sydney FC Adelaide United highlights
Australia A-League 
Sydney FC 2 - 2 Adelaide United
Video of the highlights & goals from Sydney FC v Adelaide United on 22/12/2011
Sydney FC and Adelaide United drew 2-2 in their A-League match at the Sydney Football Stadium in Sydney.
Sydney FC's starting line-up was Reddy, Bosschaart, Coyne, Beauchamp, Cole, McFlynn, Grant, Kisel, Emerton, Cazarine and Petratos while Adelaide United lined up with Galekovic, Boogaard, Susak, Mullen, Caravella, Ramsay, Vidosic, Usucar, Barbiero, Watson and Djite.

Marc Roseblade is a Contributor for Bleacher Report, Football Speak, Allvoices, OurGameMagazine as well as PR for Ayr United Football Academy & Galveston Pirate Soccer Club. All quotes are obtained first-hand unless otherwise stated.


Italy Serie A: Napoli 6 - 1 Genoa Highlights & Goals



Napoli Genoa highlights
 Italy Serie A 
Napoli 6 - 1 Genoa
Video of the highlights & goals from Napoli v Genoa on 21/12/2011
Napoli claimed only their second win in their past eight Serie A outings courtesy of a 6-1 demolition of Genoa at Stadio San Paolo.
Napoli's goals were scored by Cavani (12', 24'), Hamsik (17'), Pandev (45'), Gargano (49') and Zuñiga (80') and Genoa's goalscorer was Jorquera (27').
Napoli's starting line-up was De Sanctis, Cannavaro, Aronica, Armando Campagnaro, Gargano, Inler, Zuñiga, Maggio, Cavani, Hamsik and Pandev while Genoa lined up with Frey, Dainelli, Kaladze, Granqvist, Rossi, Mesto, Veloso, Jorquera, Seymour, Pratto and Caracciolo.

Marc Roseblade is a Contributor for Bleacher Report, Football Speak, Allvoices, OurGameMagazine as well as PR for Ayr United Football Academy & Galveston Pirate Soccer Club. All quotes are obtained first-hand unless otherwise stated.




England Premier League: Aston Villa 1 - 2 Arsenal Highlights & Goals


Villa Arsenal highlights
England Premier League 
 Aston Villa 1 - 2 Arsenal
Video of the highlights & goals from Aston Villa v Arsenal on 21/12/2011
Arsenal have made it eight wins out of the last ten matches in the Premier League, with a 2-1 victory over Aston Villa at Villa Park.
Aston Villa's goal was scored by Albrighton (54') and Arsenal's goalscorers were van Persie (penalty) (17') and Benayoun (87').
Aston Villa's starting line-up was Guzan, Dunne, Jimenez Cuellar, Warnock, Hutton, Clark, Petrov, N'Zogbia, Albrighton, Agbonlahor and Ireland while Arsenal lined up with Szczęsny, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Coquelin, Arteta, Frimpong, Gervinho, Walcott, Van Persie and Ramsey.

Marc Roseblade is a Contributor for Bleacher Report, Football Speak, Allvoices, OurGameMagazine as well as PR for Ayr United Football Academy & Galveston Pirate Soccer Club. All quotes are obtained first-hand unless otherwise stated.


England Premier League: Man City 3 - 0 Stoke City Highlights & Goals


Man City Stoke highlights
England Premier League 
Man City 3 - 0 Stoke City
Video of the highlights & goals from Man City v Stoke City on 21/12/2011
Sergio Aguero scored twice as Manchester City beat Stoke 3-0 to claim top place in the league on Christmas Day for the first time since 1929.
Man City's goals were scored by Agüero (29', 54') and Johnson (36').
Man City's starting line-up was Hart, Lescott, Kompany, Clichy, Richards, Barry, Touré, Nasri, Johnson, Agüero and Silva while Stoke City lined up with Sorensen, Upson, Huth, Wilson, Woodgate, Palacios, Whitehead, Jerome, Shotton, Jones and Walters.

Marc Roseblade is a Contributor for Bleacher Report, Football Speak, Allvoices, OurGameMagazine as well as PR for Ayr United Football Academy & Galveston Pirate Soccer Club. All quotes are obtained first-hand unless otherwise stated.


Italy Serie A :Inter Milan 4 - 1 Lecce Highlights & Goals


Inter Lecce highlights
Italy Serie A 
Inter Milan 4 - 1 Lecce
Video of the highlights & goals from Inter Milan v Lecce on 21/12/2011
Inter Milan stormed back from a goal down to defeat bottom-of-the-table Lecce and end 2011 on a high with a resounding Serie A victory at the San Siro.
Inter Milan's goals were scored by Pazzini (34'), Milito (49'), Cambiasso (73') and Alvarez (81') and Lecce's goalscorer was Murial (19').
Inter Milan's starting line-up was César, Samuel, Lúcio, Nagatomo, Maicon, Motta, Zanetti, Alvarez, Davide Faraoni, Forlán and Pazzini while Lecce lined up with Gabrieli, Tomovic, Ferrario, Oddo, Olivera, Giacomazzi, Obodo, Brivio, G. Cuadrado, Di Michele and Murial.

Marc Roseblade is a Contributor for Bleacher Report, Football Speak, Allvoices, OurGameMagazine as well as PR for Ayr United Football Academy & Galveston Pirate Soccer Club. All quotes are obtained first-hand unless otherwise stated.


England Premier League: Fulham 0 - 5 Man Utd Highlights & Goals


Fulham Man U highlights
 England Premier League 
 Fulham 0 - 5 Man Utd
Video of the highlights & goals from Fulham v Man Utd on 21/12/2011
Manchester United stretched their Premier League winning streak to four matches as the Red Devils thumped Fulham at Craven Cottage, 5-0.
Man Utd's goalscorers were Welbeck (5'), Nani (28'), Giggs (43'), Rooney (88') and Berbatov (90').
Fulham's starting line-up was Stockdale, Hangeland, Senderos, Arne Riise, Baird, Etuhu, Murphy, Dempsey, Ruiz, Johnson and Dembele while Man Utd lined up with Lindegaard, Evans, Jones, Evra, Smalling, Giggs, Carrick, Nani, Valencia, Welbeck and Rooney.


Marc Roseblade is a Contributor for Bleacher Report, Football Speak, Allvoices, OurGameMagazine as well as PR for Ayr United Football Academy & Galveston Pirate Soccer Club. All quotes are obtained first-hand unless otherwise stated.


France Ligue 1: Lille 4 - 4 Nice Highlights & Goals


Lille Nice highlights
France Ligue 1 
Lille 4 - 4 Nice
Video of the highlights & goals from Lille v Nice on 21/12/2011
Lille spurned the opportunity to top the Ligue 1 standings during the winter break as Francois Clerc's injury-time leveller rescued a point for 10-man Nice in a thrilling 4-4 draw at Stade Metropole.
Lille's goals were scored by Chedjou (9'), Cole (27'), Hazard (76') and Balmont (88') and Nice's goalscorers were Civelli (16'), Djadjede (35', 45') and Clerc (90').
Lille's starting line-up was Landreau, Chedjou, Basa, Beria, Debuchy, Mavuba, Balmont, Payet, Hazard, Sow and Cole while Nice lined up with Ospina, Pejcinovic, Civelli, Clerc, Mabiala, Digard, Coulibaly, Hellebuyck, Abriel, Mouloungui and Djadjede.



Marc Roseblade is a Contributor for Bleacher Report, Football Speak, Allvoices, OurGameMagazine as well as PR for Ayr United Football Academy & Galveston Pirate Soccer Club. All quotes are obtained first-hand unless otherwise stated.


Queretaro Gallos Blancos Announce Transfer Listed Players

Club Queretaro has just released the list of players who are on the transfer market.


by John Linden


Unfortunately Adolfo ‘Bofo’ Bautista has finished his loan spell in Queretaro and has returned to Club Chivas Guadalajara after an impressive end to the season. Fellow Chivas player Michel Vasquez is also making his way to his old team.


Gallos have also placed their foreign contingent on the transfer list with Argentinian striker Franco Niell and Colombian defender Efrain Cortez on their way out. 


Uruguayan Carlos Bueno who is currently the team captain and the leading league goal scorer with 12 goals in the Apertura 2011 stated that he had designs on playing for a ‘big’ team such as Club America. As no firm offers are on the table, Gallos have reacted by immediately placing him on the transfer list.


Manager Jose Cardozo is looking to bring four new players to bolster his side going into the Clausura 2012 and aims to achieve even more this coming season by getting his team to the final.


More news to come in the next few days on who’s in and who’s out at Club Queretaro.



Racism, Illicit Chants & Offensive Remarks;All in a Days Work in World Football

Few things in the modern football game today remains consistent, few things except one;How the footballing authorities deal with offensive remarks made within the footballing fraternity!


by Marc Roseblade


Six recent incidents have made the headlines in recent times, with three in particular in the past week making all the major footballing headlines throughout the world but we ask if the authorities have dealt with them in a fair and consistent manner.


First of all we have to say that there is 'NO' place in society as a whole, let alone football, for any form of offensive remark to go unpunished but if instances such as the ones we are about to highlight, there has to be consistency from the people in authority when handing out fines and punishments.


John Terry


December 21st 2012- The Crown Prosecution Service has announced that there is sufficient evidence to prosecute the Chelsea Captain for alleged comments made to Anton Ferdinand during a match played at Loftus Road on October 23rd yet the English FA have yet to finalise an inquiry into the incident and have even retained Terry as England national team captain.


Although his court case isn't until February, it would have seemed for the greater good in this instance that Terry be relinquished of his captaincy until the whole situation was resolved but with the FA dragging their heels over this issue, lack of consistency seems apparent.


Luis Suarez


Image text hereOn October 15th, Manchester Uniteds Patrice Evra accused the Uruguayan of racially abusing him during their sides clash at Anfield.


An FA independent regulatory commission ruled this week that the Liverpool player was guilty of the claims made against him by Evra and he was fined £40'000 and banned from playing for 8 matches.


Although many claim the punishment steep, the fine may be in the region of only 1/3 of the players weekly wage which doesn't seem like much of a fine for racially motivated comments-a parking ticket perhaps but definitely not a racially offensive comment. 


3 months wages and a potential prison term would have been the likely scenario should it have been decided upon Joe Public in the local courtroom!


His 8 match ban also seems to be contentious as he can appeal the length of it which surely negates the commission that served it. Would Joe Public be able to appeal the length of a driving ban for example? Unlikely!


There is also the strangely deafening silence coming from the local constabulary. Why is there no police investigation into the incident like the Terry fracas has caused?


Glasgow Celtic


For the time being, it appears that the Hoops have lost their mantel as having the best support in the world.


After a recent Europa cup match at home to Rennes in November, the club was brought to dock by UEFA for a section of their supporters singing 'illicit and offensive' chants. Namely Pro IRA ditties.


Despite costing their club nearly £13k in fines and being asked by manager Neil Lennon to cut out the offensive behaviour, the fans went to Udinese in Italy for their final group section match where a small section unfurled an offensive banner aimed directly at the European governing body itself with the words 'F*** UEFA' printed upon it.


The club have also been reported for a number of flares being lit by the band of supporters that also unfurled the banner.


UEFA appear to have reacted quickly on this instance and begs the question why they can't react as quickly with the incidents revolving around racism as noted above!


The SPL have also acted quickly to dissolve this situation, changing the definition of 'Unacceptable Conduct' which has been extended to include 'using words, conduct or displaying any writing or other thing that indicates support, or affiliation to, or celebration of, or opposition to an organisation proscribed in terms of the Terrorism Act 2000'.


Sepp Blatter


It's ironic that in the midst of the recent racist incidents that FIFA boss Sepp Blatter made his own gaffe by downplaying that racism exists within football.


When being interviewed by a CNN reporter the Sweden denied that racism exists on the pitch and such incidents should simply be settled by a mere handshake at the end of the match.


'There is no racism' he said, 'there is maybe one of the players towards another, he has a word or a gesture which is not a correct one, but also the one who is affected by that, he should say that this is a game and at the end of the game, we shake hands.' 


Weird words from the man in charge, claiming that racism doesn't exist and worse still, stating that the players involved should just shake hands at the end because it's only a game is ridiculous!


But he wouldn't apologise or step down despite the clamouring world FA associations shouting for his demise. 


If the man at the very top doesn't get it right, there may not be much hope for the rest of the footballing world to follow in a correct manner.


Andy Grey & Richard Keys


As football looks towards new technology and bringing the game into the 21st century, Grey and Keys dragged their knuckles along the street and into the press box when being caught whilst off air with their sexist comments about a female assistant referee.


In a match between Wolves and Liverpool in January 2011, the pair claimed that Sian Massey, probably didn't know the offside rule and someone had f***ed up big by appointing a female assistant.


Grey went on to verbally attack Wendy Toms who became the first female official in the Premier League saying:"She was f***ing hopeless as well."


Both men were sacked by sports provider SKY sports following their comments but no police action was taken.


Ron Atkinson


Ron Atkinson was a buffoon in his comments about Marcel Desailly in 2004 when he said "He's what is known in some schools as a f***ing lazy thick n*****."

These comments were of the stupidest nature and were caught by nearby microphones that were thought to be switched off with the comments heard by several places in the Middle East including Dubai and Egypt when Atkinson was commentating on a Chelsea Champions League match.

They were incredibly stupid remarks to be made by the man who managed Manchester United and was also one of the first managers to offer black players the chance to play in the Premier Division.

Atkinson resigned almost immediately from ITV with many anti racism groups being disappointed by the comments from a man of such stature but claimed it was the only outcome that would be accepted.

6 days that have shown that racism, sexism and downright stupidity is alive and well in our game but with varying degrees of authoritative punishments. One thing is for sure, it consistency doesn't prevail throughout the games most recent unwanted and unneeded incidents, integrity of the sport may well go right out the window but with a figurehead of Sepp Blatter at the helm, there may be no hope for the game of football.

Marc Roseblade is a Contributor for Bleacher Report, Football Speak, Allvoices, OurGameMagazine as well as PR for Ayr United Football Academy & Galveston Pirate Soccer Club. All quotes are obtained first-hand unless otherwise stated.