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  1. Sport - Soccer - Home and Away

    Just like old times as open season falls on unpredictable Premier League race

    Posted Nov 15th 2013, 09:51pm by Peter Simpson

    ... these David-spanking-Goliath bouts down to falling standards at the affluent, talent-packed powerhouses, credit must go by the spittoon-load to the bantamweights punching above their weight. They are scoring important ...

  2. Sport - Soccer - Home and Away

    United's David Moyes diving in to stop cheating rot needs support of Fifa, Uefa

    Posted Sep 21st 2013, 12:00am by Peter Simpson

    ... is now so widespread he fears Young and his fellow tombstoners have sunk too deep in their free-fall mentality to take any notice of the odd yellow card or the few grand extracted from ... to properly punish the cheaters also receive our wrath. Palace chairman Steve Parish waded in after Young's chicanery, saying he wants players shown straight red cards. Former England centre half ...

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    England's retro route-one football belongs in the past

    Posted Sep 14th 2013, 12:00am by Peter Simpson

    ... Creative football to compete with the world? "Sorry guv, that's not my job," was the apparent dogmatic answer. Just punch the time card, Jack, and head home to the WAG, kids ...

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    'Mr Marmite' the epitome of bad taste

    Posted Aug 24th 2013, 12:00am by Peter Simpson

    ... campaign slogan. Former EPL midfield star turned-pundit Robbie Savage has adopted the spread's motto as his calling card. He has dubbed himself "Mr Marmite" because he divides ...

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    UK soccer fans need to thank Margaret Thatcher

    Posted Apr 13th 2013, 12:00am by Peter Simpson

    ... of conviction politics. Her championing of ID cards, a draconian, ill-considered measure, alienated her on the tribal terraces. The Iron Lady made it crystal clear she was no fan. Unlike subsequent ...

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    Writing on the wall for Wayne Rooney

    Posted Mar 09th 2013, 12:00am by Peter Simpson

    ... decision. This was a calculated move on the cards for several weeks. You do not discard proven match-winners on a whim for a historical Champions League decider. You carefully omit players surplus ...

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    Gareth Bale a victim of UK media hyperbole

    Posted Mar 02nd 2013, 12:00am by Peter Simpson

    ... a possible Europa League cup date and a destiny with Europe's top-tier competition next year. He is credited with claiming 15 points and without his left boot Spurs would be languishing ...

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    English Premier League pandering to namby pambyism

    Posted Jan 19th 2013, 12:00am by Peter Simpson

    ... in England? Of all the things we fans enjoy when watching soccer, now is the time to count the number of tackles and savour them. The Vincent Kompany red-card saga that has raged this week means ... they believe refs are becoming more inclined to issue a red card for putting a foot in. Germany's Bundesliga, by contrast, has recorded just shy of 47 tackles a game in the same period- up from ...

  9. Sport - Soccer - Home and Away

    Hunt down the snakes who seek to corrupt the game we worship

    Posted Feb 09th 2013, 12:00am by Peter Simpson

    ... Peter Simpson It is naive for EPL fans to believe only emerging leagues are susceptible to corruption A fitting time to remember FA's founding fathers The oldest football governing body in the world, the English Football Association, turned 150 years old this week. Better known as the FA, the organisation is credited with writing down the first universally accepted rules ...

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    EPL horror show has big box-office appeal to world

    Posted Nov 03rd 2012, 12:00am by Peter Simpson

    ... remains the subject of conjecture, though the majority concur with Clattenburg's red card. But expecting referees to make all their calls with 100 per cent certainty in the absence of video ...




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