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PUBLISHED : Thursday, 06 September, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 06 September, 2012, 2:37am

Pay-as-you-play deal for Owen at Stoke

Former Manchester United striker Michael Owen has joined Stoke City on a one-year contract, the Premier League club said. Owen was a free agent after being released by United at the end of last season. British media reported that the 32-year-old signed a pay-as-you-play deal at the Potters. The former England international played only four times for United last season because of injury problems. In total, he scored 17 times in 52 games for the Old Trafford club after joining them in 2009. His last appearance in the Premier League was on September 24 last year, when he came on as a substitute against Stoke in a 1-1 draw at Britannia Stadium. Reuters


One-month ban for Singaporean referees

Four Singaporean referees were handed one-month bans after being caught officiating in another tournament without permission from the country's soccer association. They were found guilty of taking part in a promotional street soccer event in Thailand by a four-person Football Association of Singapore (FAS) disciplinary committee. "FAS takes a serious view of referees moonlighting and we strongly believe that as enforcers of the law of the game, our referees must continue to set the right example by adhering to all the rules and regulations," a FAS spokesman said yesterday. "This latest verdict by the disciplinary committee sends out a clear message to all referees." Reuters


Del Piero announces move to Sydney FC

Former Italy and Juventus forward Alessandro Del Piero is joining Sydney FC in a deal that will make him the highest-profile player in the A-League. "For the next two years I suppose I can say that I'll be Australian," Del Piero said. "I'm starting a splendid and fantastic adventure. I couldn't have chosen a better situation or a better place." The two-year deal is reportedly worth US$2 million per season, which will make Del Piero the highest paid athlete in Australia's four football codes, including rugby league, rugby union and Australian Rules. The 37-year-old Del Piero reportedly turned down offers from English Premier League clubs Liverpool and Southampton. He was also linked with moves to the Middle East, China, Argentina, the United States and Switzerland. "I can't wait to go and discover a country that everyone describes to me as fantastic," he said. AP


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