Six years after ZINEDINE ZIDANE's headbutt of MARCO MATERAZZI during the 2006 World Cup finals, "the gesture is still controversial," according to LE PARISIEN. The bronze statue immortalizing the gesture on display outside the Pompidou Center in Paris "has not pleased amateur football." National Association of Football Districts Chair MICHEL KEFF and about 30 district presidents wrote a letter demanding the statue by Algerian artist ADEL ABDESSEMED be removed immediately. The letter says the statue "displays the most regrettable gesture" of the "immense career" of Zidane. Furthermore it undermines "sporting ethics and the values carried by hundreds of thousands of youth workers" (LE PARISIEN, 10/22). In London, Adam Sage wrote that Abdessemed is "admired by some of France's wealthiest and most-influential figures," including billionaire industrialist FRANÇOIS PINAULT. The artist also "holds himself in high esteem." He wrote in his new biography, "It was not me who chose art, it was art who chose me. I try to enlighten the world" (LONDON TIMES, 10/23).
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Championship club Crystal Palace confirmed that Manager DOUGIE FREEDMAN has left to become the Bolton Wanderers manager. The Wanderers sacked Manager OWEN COYLE on Oct. 9. Interim Manager JIMMY PHILLIPS was in charge at Bolton's 3-2 victory against Hull City (MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS, 10/23). ... MARISOL CASADO of Spain has been re-elected as president of the Int'l Triathlon Union, earning another four-year term. LOREEN BARNETT of Canada has also won another four-year term after being re-elected as secretary general of ITU. In the VP race, ANTONIO ALVAREZ of Mexico, SARAH SPRINGMAN of Great Britain and BILL WALKER of Australia were all re-elected (ITU). ... Arsenal FC "appointed SIMON LILLEY as its new retail director." Lilley's appointment follows the departure of Retail Dir NICK PEEL (FCBUSINESS.co.uk, 10/23). ... Puma "unanimously elected JEAN-FRANÇOIS PALUS to become its new chairman of the administrative board" on Tuesday. Palus will replace JOCHEN ZEITZ "who resigns from his position at the end of November" (IDOWA.de, 10/23). ... Swiss National League A club HC Ambri-Piotta has fired head coach KEVIN CONSTANTINE who posted a record of "84 losses in 118 games at the helm of the team." The club appointed SERGE PELLETIER as its head coach (BLICK, 10/22). ... Swiss National League B club Lausanne HC released head coach JOHN VAN BOXMEER after a disappointing start to the season. The club "is looking for a successor" (BLICK, 10/22).
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German second-tier hockey club Eispiraten Crimmitschau signed NHL player CLARKE MACARTHUR for the duration of the league's lockout. The 27-year-old left winger played last season for the Toronto Maple Leafs. MacArthur has played 363 NHL games and scored 85 goals and 108 assists (BILD, 10/23). ... South Korean rhythmic gymnast SON YEON-JAE "has found herself caught in a power struggle" between her agency, IB Sport, and the Korea Gymnastic Association. Her long-time mentor KIM JI-HEE "has tendered her resignation from the KGA" (KOREA TIMES, 10/22). ... Former England football Manager SVEN-GORAN ERIKSSON and a former nanny to the Beckham family "are taking legal action" against Britain's Mirror Group Newspapers over alleged phone hacking. Media lawyer MARK LEWIS said that he had also recently issued High Court claims against newspapers in the Mirror Group: the Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror and The People, "on behalf" of actress SHOBNA GULATI and former footballer GARY FLITCROFT (AFP, 10/23). ... Team GB athletes, including double Gold-winning MO FARAH, cyclists CHRIS HOY and SARAH STOREY, the U.K.'s most-decorated female Paralympian, "are expected to be among the 225 athletes at the reception hosted" by QUEEN ELIZABETH at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday. The DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE "is among other royals set to attend" (London GUARDIAN, 10/23).
Reading striker JASON ROBERTS: "I can confirm that I have not been involved in any talks over a separate Black Players Union. I will share my views very soon!"
ManU defender RIO FERDINAND: "Don't believe all u read."
Guardian's OWEN GIBSON: "The FA will launch the inaugural "England Awards" next Feb. I can think of a few potential categories..."
CNN host PIERS MORGAN: "Just landed in NYC to hear United & Chelsea are both losing. What a splendid cure for jetlag."
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