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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Italians lose their nerve (again)

Well, looks like the Italian courts don't have quite enough bottle to stick it to the big clubs. Sure, Juve still have to go down, but even that decision could still be vacated after another appeal.


Norman Hubbard provides a very TDH-like analysis of the Toon's transfer needs on Soccernet. Meanwhile, supplies us with no end of tantalizing rumors, of which TDH's favorites are Del Piero (at least he knows how to wear a barcode on his back, but come on - no chance), Dean Ashton (if he could be prised from Pardew's claws) and Giuseppe Rossi (the great American-Italian hope, quite a sparkplug for Man United at the end of last season).


Bit of a celebrity run-in today for TDH, though not of the level of past incidents. At about 4:30 pm in Buenos Aires, hail the size of golf balls - and this is no exaggeration - began to fall downtown. TDH's taxi joined others in fleeing to a local garage. As TDH got out to wait for a change in the weather, there was Mauricio Macri, political heavyweight and president of Boca Juniors. Not surprisingly, he was on his mobile phone until the hail gave way to rain and everyone got on with their journeys.


Blogger the Maradona of Malawi said...

yeah, but those sentences were always going to be cut. I think they're at about the right level now - Juve were demonstrably more guilty than the others and have been punished accordingly. Don't forget that there has been no evidence of full-on match fixing - just influencing referee appointments and some intimidation. That's terrible and it needs to be punished, but lets not lose all perspective.

Milan should probably not be in the Champs League, even though we did almost nothing, and Lazio and Fiorentina have got just about the right punishments.

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