| Oct 20, 2012

UEFA's credibility hanging in balance

We shall know on Nov. 22 how seriously UEFA takes racism. That is the day disciplinary sanctions in the wake of appalling events in Serbia last Tuesday, where England’s Under-21 players were the victims of racism in Krusevac as the visitors won 1-0 in ...

| Oct 12, 2012

Time for enabling of Cole to end

Ashley Cole could become the first England player to be omitted from a game because he is so unpopular and anti-social. No, really, he could be left out not because he is injured or playing badly, but because if he is selected to play ...

| 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 ...