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Liverpool sell Suarez? You must be kidding

LUIS Suarez will get severely dealt with for his latest and most outrageous act of ill-discipline, biting an opposing player. The FA charged him this week and by the time his club Liverpool, the world’s media and maybe the Coalition Government and the United Nations have all done their worst, Suarez’s reputation will be in … Continue reading

Violent flashback to football’s dark days

WHAT an irony that, in the week of Margaret Thatcher’s funeral, hooligans should also remind us all of a time when violence and confrontation were commonplace in English football. Sickening scenes of violence at Wembley and Newcastle provided a grim flashback to the disease that so badly afflicted our national sport in the days when … Continue reading

British tennis showing signs of life

WHISPER it . . . but it is looking increasingly as if Britain’s long spell in the doldrums of world tennis may be coming to an end. After years when we could see no further than a solitary man among the game’s elite ­– Tim Henman and now Andy Murray as the overburdened carriers of … Continue reading

L’Aquila’s nightmare four years on

FOUR years on from the earthquake that shattered the medieval city of L’Aquila, a pall of sadness still hangs over the historic centre. Most of the narrow cobbled streets in the heart of Abruzzo’s capital are still out of bounds, a ‘zona rossa’ cordoned off behind metal fences while the gigantic task of restoration inches … Continue reading

Short joins the ruthless brigade

THE race for the title is really beginning to hot up: it’s anybody’s guess now who will emerge as the most ruthless and trigger-happy foreign owner of a top English football club. Chelsea’s Roman Abramovich, who dismissed Roberto Di Matteo only months after the manager had delivered both the European Champions League and FA Cup, … Continue reading