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Volume 10 No. 22

People and Pop Culture

JASON FERGUSON "is masterminding" father ALEX FERGUSON's "hugely lucrative post-management options" nine years after the ManU board pledged never to do business again with his football agency, according to Charles Sale of the London DAILY MAIL. Jason Ferguson's disbanded Elite Sport "ceased to act on United transfers following an internal inquiry" into the 99 questions posed by ManU’s then major shareholders JOHN MAGNIER and JP MCMANUS, which put Alex Ferguson transfer dealings "under unprecedented scrutiny." However, the wheel "has turned to the extent" that Alex Ferguson’s reported £2M- ($3M)-a-year ManU ambassador deal "was negotiated by Jason." The contract is for 20 appearances per year "that value Sir Alex’s time" at £100,000 ($151,000) a day. And that day rate is what Alex Ferguson "could expect to earn on the business management speaking circuit around the world." Jason Ferguson is also "handling his father’s dealings with publisher Hodder & Stoughton for his second autobiography," to be published in October. An advance of around £2M "was agreed three years ago" (DAILY MAIL, 5/21).

Bundesliga club Hamburg SV has reportedly fired Sport Dir FRANK ARNESEN. Local radio station NRD 90.3 reported Arnesen, who came from EPL Chelsea to Hamburg in the summer of '11 and has a contract until '14, "has been sent on administrative leave" (SID, 5/22). ... South Africa National First Division side Black Leopards fired Technical Dir SUNDAY CHIDZAMBWA and coach ABEL MAKHUBELE after the club was relegated. The sackings occurred 48 hours after Leopards Chair DAVID THIDIELA said that he would be retaining the two coaches in the new season (SOWETAN LIVE, 5/22). ... Tel Aviv FC announced that Spanish coach OSCAR GARCIA is leaving the Israeli club after one season (SPORT, 5/22).

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Serie A Juventus coach ANTONIO CONTE and captain GIANLUIGI BUFFON have "led a club delegation" to meet POPE FRANCIS at the Vatican. Pope Francis "is a football lover and an avid fan of Argentine team San Lorenzo," although he is also said to like Juventus because of his "family's roots from the Piedmont region" (AP, 5/22). ... BORIS BECKER has been named a brand ambassador for online bookmaker Becker will become the face of's marketing in its efforts to expand to Germany, Canada, Turkey and the U.K. ( ... IOC Finance Commission Chair RICHARD CARRION, of Puerto Rico, entered the IOC presidential race Wednesday, "promising to use his business experience to guide the Olympics through the world's troubled financial times" (AP, 5/22). ... Malaga Manager MANUEL PELLEGRINI "has confirmed that he will leave Malaga at the end of the season and is expected to join" Man City" (EUROSPORT, 5/22). ... Dutch Eredivisie Ajax Amsterdam coach FRANK DE BOER "agreed to extend his contract" until the middle of '17. His former contract ran through '14 (XINHUA, 5/22). ... Spanish runner MARTA DOMÍNGUEZ has been notified by the Int'l Association of Athletics Federation that "anomalies were located in her biological passport." The IAAF will send Domínguez's file to the Spanish federation to decide whether she will face a suspension of two years (MUNDO DEPORTIVO, 5/22). ... World No. 2 ANDY MURRAY will not compete in the French Open due to a back injury (EL MUNDO, 5/22). ... Australian batsman DAVID WARNER has been found guilty of breaching the CA Code of Behavior. Warner, who pleaded guitly, received a A$5,750 fine, the maximum financial penalty for a first time offense under rule 6 of CA's Code of Behavior (CA).

Reuters' KAROLOS GROHMANN: "Please, no more @ChampionsLeague final predictions from animals. We already have forecasts from a monkey, tapir and two otters. Enough! #bvb"

London Times' JAMES DUCKER: "Pellegrini not even formally appointed as #mcfc manager yet and is already talking about 'the project' ..."

London Daily Mail's IAN LADYMAN: "Lead story on New York Times Monday sports pull out is...a colour piece from Wigan. Am I jet-lagged or is this real?"

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