The Daily Football Diary: FIFA confirms licence for Drogba’s Galatasaray move
The ex-Chelsea hitman has been granted a provisional licence to allow him to represent the Turkish giants. The Ivorian sealed his move to the Turkish champions in January, only for his old club Shanghai Shenhua claim that the striker was still contracted to them.
Fifa Media’s Twitter page sent out the following statement, ‘The single judge of Fifa’s players’ status committee has authorised Turkish FF to provisionally register Didier Drogba, the Drogba decision is without prejudice and pending outcome of decision as to the substance of the contractual dispute with the former club.’
This will come as great news to loyal Cimbom fans who greeted the Champions League winner with a huge reception following his arrival into Istanbul last week.
Jurgen Klopp: I will not leave Dortmund for Madrid or Chelsea
The 45-year-old Borussia Dortmund manager has become the latest in a line of managerial candidates for the Real Madrid and Chelsea job. The Schwarzgelben boss appears to be determined to respect his contract with Dortmund, whilst talking to the London Evening Standard. ‘I have a contract until 2016. I have said 20 times I’ll definitely stay until 2016. Everybody thinks I say it but that if a club like Chelsea or Real Madrid come in for me, I will go. This is something I can’t change but they will see.’
Klopp who has already won the Bundesliga with BVB twice, once in 2010-11 and again in 2011-12 is gaining in managerial standing. ‘It is a really big honour for me, coming from a small village called Bretten in the Black Forest where 1,500 people live, that somebody thinks I can train Chelsea.’
Frank Lampard to write children’s books
The 34-year-old England midfielder has signed up with Little Brown publisher to write a series of children’s books called Frankie’s Magic Football. It is thought these books will be aimed at children aged five and older.
The first book will be published in June this year, entitled Frankie Versus The Pirate Pillagers. In a statement released to the BBC, Lampard states that he ‘first had the idea of Frankie and his Magic Football when reading stories to my own children.’
Surprisingly the Chelsea midfielder is not the first footballer to write fiction, ex-England manager Terry Venables co-wrote a series of crime novels and Arsenal striker Theo Walcott has written a series of children’s book.
World Anti-Doping Agency calls on Premier League to follow Baseball
John Fahey, the president of ‘Wada’ has called on football to do more to combat drug abuse. ‘Football is not testing frequently enough for EPO; they can do more and we are encouraging them to do more.’
Following the investigation that led to Lance Armstrong being stripped of his Tour de France titles and banned for life, eyes are starting to fall on other sports, including football.
‘We had a meeting last week with Major League Baseball. They now do more testing and are doing more analysis of more substances than many international sports federations. Each baseball player on the roster of a major league team will be tested four times a year,’ said Howman.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is all for the plan, calling for more blood testing in football as early as last weekend, ‘I would support it. Uefa [is] ready to do it, but it poses some ethical problems because everyone has to accept that [it] will check the blood and not everybody is ready to do that’ he said.
Sky Sports apologise over ‘Holocaust’ comment
Sky Sports were forced to apologise today after Dermot Gallagher an ex-referee used the word ‘Holocaust’ whilst analysing Celtic’s Champions League clash against Juventus.
Gallagher was extremely critical of the fifth official during the match who failed to see Juventus striker Alessandro Matri’s shot had crossed the line. The ex-Premier league official said: ‘The problem for me is I don’t think there is any tangible evidence that they (fifth officials) do anything. But for a Juventus player following up a shot very, very quickly we could have had another Holocaust last night.’
His comment was quickly picked up on Twitter and Sky Sports News presenters Rob Wooton and Hayley McQueen were forced to apologise live on air just minutes later.
Real Madrid 1 – 1 Manchester United
Shakthar Donetsk 2 – 2 Borussia Dortmund