| Sep 29, 2012

Terry's legacy tainted by scandals

Four Games. Chelsea’s John Terry was handed “just” a four-game ban and a fine of £220,000, while Luis Suarez of Liverpool was given eight matches and a £40,000 fine for the same offense involving a racist slur. Where’s the consistency, asked Planet Twitter? We ...

| Sep 22, 2012

Shameful elements grab spotlight

Last weekend it was handshakes, now it is chanting. The sad thing about English football at the moment is that too often football is taking a back seat. Gordon Taylor, the chief executive of the Professional Footballers’ Association, met with his Premier League counterpart, ...

| Sep 15, 2012

Hillsborough report confirms truth

It is like blaming the passengers for an aircraft crash or the audience if a theater’s ceiling collapsed. Twenty-three years after 96 Liverpool fans lost their lives during the F.A. Cup semifinal against Nottingham Forest, a report by the Hillsborough Independent Panel confirmed what ...

| Sep 7, 2012

Motivation needed for Moldova match

Roy Hodgson’s main concern as England begins its qualification program for the 2014 World Cup finals on Friday is that Moldova will be seen as a walkover. Over-confidence is understandable if unprofessional. Moldova is rated 137th in the world by FIFA and 47th out ...

| Sep 1, 2012

Writing may be on wall for Rooney

Sir Alex Ferguson can be a good friend but a very bad enemy. It is better to have the Manchester United manager on your side because the Scot has a memory that makes an elephant seem forgetful, which Wayne Rooney is discovering. As Rooney ...

| Aug 25, 2012

Moyes deserves shot with big club

David Moyes accepted the praise and plaudits in his typically unassuming manner. Privately, the Everton manager would have been punching the air with joy after his hugely impressive team defeated Manchester United 1-0, but as usual he gave credit to his players though he ...

| Aug 18, 2012

Man United takes gamble on van Persie

It was, at the same time, another superb bit of business by Arsenal and a brilliant coup by Manchester United two days before the new season begins. Arsenal will receive £24 million for Robin van Persie, who started less than 50 percent of the ...

| Jun 23, 2012

England must step it up to advance

It was Jock Stein, the former Celtic manager, who said of tournament football: “You qualify in your boiler suit and then put on your tuxedo.” England made it out of the group stage at Euro 2012 at times playing like a team of gas ...

| Jun 15, 2012

England must end jinx against Sweden

It seems to be an unwritten law in football that in competitive matches England does not beat Sweden. In seven meetings at the World Cup and European Championship there have been five draws and two Swedish victories. If England fails to record its first ...