Names In The News
Real Madrid announced former French int'l ZINEDINE ZIDANE is going to get his coaching diploma. Zidane will then join the group of coaches that work with the team's reserves (L'EQUIPE.fr, 7/30). ... The IOC has accepted the Brazilian Olympic Committee's request to give FELIPE KITADAI a new Bronze Medal after after he damaged his during an accident in the shower. The judo man finished third in the 60-kilogram competition on Saturday (GLOBOESPORTE, 7/30). ... Chelsea FC captain JOHN TERRY was charged by the FA for "abusing Queens Park Rangers defender ANTON FERDINAND despite his acquittal" at a criminal trial last month. Chelsea said that Terry had "denied the charge and would be requesting a personal hearing" (AFP, 7/29). ... The FA announced ManU defender RIO FERDINAND has been charged with improper conduct over comments he posted on Twitter. Ferdinand "responded to a tweet" that characterized Chelsea defender ASHLEY COLE, who was a defense witness in the trial, as a "choc-ice" (PA, 7//30). ... FA Chair DAVID BERNSTEIN and FA Board member HEATHER RABBATTS will be present at Wembley Stadium for the launch of a new partnership between the game’s world governing body FIFA and Kick It Out, which is part-funded and overseen by The FA along with the Premier League and Professional Footballers’ Association (FA). ... The heir of the Moroccan throne, 9-year-old MOULAY HASSAN, was stopped by a member of FC Barcelona when he "tried to enter the dressing room along with some friends and his bodyguard." The "golden rule" is that only the players and manager are allowed in Barça's dressing room. The son of King MOHAMMED VI, was "unable to meet" the Barça players while they were in the stadium preparing for their match against Raja Casablanca. However, he waited until the players came out of the dressing room and was able to meet LIONEL MESSI who offered him a gift to commemorate the match on behalf of the club (MARCA, 7/30). ... JACK TAYLOR OBE, "perhaps the finest English referee of all time," passed away at his home in Shropshire at the age of 82. In a career spanning more than 30 years, Taylor "officiated in more than 1,000 matches, the majority in refereeing more than 100 int'l fixtures, most notably, the 1974 World Cup Final between West Germany and Holland in Munich, where he made history by awarding the first-ever penalty in a World Cup Final." After his retirement, Taylor maintained his close connection with The Football League, initially "working for Wolverhampton Wanderers before serving on The League's Referees Committee and assisting its Commercial Department with its sponsor management" (TELEGRAPH, 7/27). ... Indian Sports Minister AJAY MAKEN congratulated GAGAN NARANG for winning a Bronze Medal in the men's 10 meter Air Rifle competition at the London Games. Maken also said that Narang "will be offered a job as a Group A employee in the Sports Authority of India" (PTI, 7/30). ... After 14 months on the tour together, German golfer MARTIN KAYMER announced that "he would part ways" with his caddy CHRISTIAN DONALD. Instead Kaymer will be reunited with Scottish caddy CRAIG CONNELLY with whom he won the PGA Championship in '10 (AUGSBURGER ALLGEMEINE, 7/29).