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Volume 10 No. 22

People and Pop Culture

F1 CEO BERNIE ECCLESTONE "has put a sanguine face on the prospect of being sent to a German prison," according to David Sanderson of the LONDON TIMES. Ecclestone is "waiting to hear if the German authorities will charge him in a corruption case" that has already seen a banker jailed for eight-and-a-half years. Ecclestone said he would “defend our position in court.” Ecclestone: “I am not guilty of anything except being got at. But if I get sent to jail, I will have to deal with it.” Ecclestone said that he "was under no illusions about life in a German prison cell." Ecclestone: “I don’t think I will like it very much. But you have to get on with things” (LONDON TIMES, 6/25).

Liverpool FC has named Volvo Ocean Race Commercial Partnerships Head SHARON TUFF as head of global partnership sales. Tuff has held senior positions at several sport, events, media and entertainment properties, including Channel 4 (Liverpool). ... The Ethiopian Football Federation's entire exec committee "will step down in September." The decision comes after an error led to "the fielding of an ineligible player in a qualifier which could cost the country a place at the World Cup." EFF President SAHILU GEBREMARIAM said that the entire leadership, including himself, "would not seek re-election in September" (AP, 6/25).

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Real Madrid named former Paris St. Germain Manager CARLO ANCELOTTI as manager. Ancelotti received a three-year contract to replace JOSE MOURINHO and last month led PSG "to its first French league title in 19 years." PSG said that it hired LAURENT BLANC to replace Ancelotti, "giving the former French national team coach a two-year contract" (BLOOMBERG, 6/25). ... An article in Cycling News Tuesday reported Italian rider RICCARDO RICCÒ, who is currently suspended for doping until April '24, claimed on social media that many more riders had tested positive for EPO at the 2008 Tour de France than the four who were caught (UCI). ... Former Tour of Spain champion LAURENT JALABERT's employers said on Tuesday that he "has temporarily given up his consultancy job" with French TV and radio on the Tour de France following a report that he used banned substance erythropoietin in '98. French sports daily L'Equipe said that a 1998 Tour de France sample from Jalabert, which was re-tested in '04, "showed traces of the blood-booster EPO" (REUTERS, 6/25). ... Former EPL side Everton player GIRARD KINSELLA "admitted unwittingly using banned substance Nandrolone as pain-relieving medication following a catalogue of shoulder injuries that drove the 21-year-old to depression." Although Kinsella had been assured by his cousin Neil that the injection would not contravene anti-doping rules, a three-strong independent FA regulatory commission decided that "the player had been negligent in not checking first with his club doctor" (London TELEGRAPH, 6/25). 

ManU's RIO FERDINAND: "If the players transfers are as interesting and A-list as the managers so far then this window may become the most exciting yet!"

La Liga side Malaga Owner SHEIKH ABDULLAH BIN NASSER AL-THANI: "shirts No . 22 will not be available to any other player in the Malaga cf courtesy to the player Isco"

U.K.-based AP reporter ROB HARRIS: "Female reporter starts question to captain Diego Lugano at press conference, saying Uruguay seen as the "most handsome team" at #Confeds"

London Guardian's OWEN GIBSON: "Bernard Tomic's Dad is supposed to banned from Wimbledon ( …). But do bear in mind that the gates are guarded by G4S..."

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