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SBD Global/December 20, 2013/People and Pop Culture
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Published December 20, 2013
JUST MAKING A JOKE: FA Chair GREG DYKE "has defended the cut-throat gesture he made" at the World Cup draw earlier this month as merely "a piece of humor." Dyke "caused a stir" at the draw in Brazil on Dec. 6 when he "slid his index finger across his throat after England were placed in Group D alongside Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica." Asked if he regretted his actions, Dyke said, “No. It was a piece of humor. That’s me. If you want a straight-laced suit, you can have a straight-laced suit. Or you can have someone like me. It was an instant reaction. Interestingly, there have been a number of football fans who’ve come up to me and said ‘you’re a proper football fan because you felt like we did'" (LONDON TIMES, 12/19). ... Dutchman CONNY VAN RIETSCHOTEN, the only skipper to have won the Volvo Ocean Race twice in its 40-year history, died at age 87. Van Rietschoten "claimed the second and third editions of offshore sailing's leading round-the-world professional race" in '77-78 and '81-82 on board Flyer I and Flyer II (GLOBAL TIMES, 12/19). ... Singer PAUL MCCARTNEY's wife, HEATHER MILLS, is "facing a fine" of up to €1,000 ($1,300) and referral to the Int'l Paralympic Committee's Legal and Ethics Commission after "a furious row which ended her hopes of representing Great Britain" at the 2014 Sochi Paralympics. IPC Communications Dir CRAIG SPENCE revealed details of the incident at an Austrain hotel in which it is alleged Mills "'broke into a rage,' lunged at a leading IPC official and screamed insults before being restrained" (London INDEPENDENT, 12/19).