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SBD Global/October 26, 2012/People and Pop Culture
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Published October 26, 2012
FOOTBALL ODDITIES: Barcelona player LIONEL MESSI "has challenged football fans to come up with the design for his latest pair of boots." Messi is "rumoured to be launching his own brand of boots next year." He will "wear the custom-made pair in December but wants them to dazzle -- just like he does on the pitch" (London DAILY MAIL, 10/25). ... An Australian broadcaster has launched a live "Heskey Cam," so fans of A-League club Newcastle Jets striker EMILE HESKEY "can study his every move" during Friday's clash with the Melbourne Victory. Previously this season, his No. 9 shirt "sold out within minutes due to unprecedented demand," and his arrival sold the club 2,000 more season tickets. Now "Emile Heskey fever Down Under just got a little more bizarre" (London DAILY MAIL, 10/25). ... Reading player JASON ROBERTS has "again refused to wear a T-shirt" in support of anti-racism campaign group Kick It Out this weekend. However, he did give his "tentative support" to the Professional Footballers' Association's six-point plan designed to eradicate the problem within the game. Roberts said, "This is not an attack on Kick It Out. I am passionate about the PFA and Kick It Out, but they have to do better, we have to do better" (London INDEPENDENT, 10/25).
CYCLING MUTINY: Three-time Tour de France winner GREG LEMOND has called for the resignation of Int'l Cycling Union (UCI) President PAT MCQUAID. In an open letter published on his Facebook page, LeMond wrote, "I have never seen such an abuse of power in cycling's history -- resign Pat if you love cycling. Resign even if you hate the sport" (PA, 10/25). LE PARISIEN reported that LeMond also wrote, "I want to tell the world of cycling to please join me in telling Pat McQuaid to resign." He added that McQuaid and former UCI President HEIN VERBRUGGEN are "the corrupt part of our sport" (LE PARISIEN, 10/25).