Manchester City chief executive officer Garry Cook has paid the ultimate price for an ill-mannered email mishap.
Cook resigned on Friday after being found culpable of sending an offensive email to defender Nedum Onuoha's mother that mocked her battle with cancer. Cook reportedly meant to send the response to City's director of football, Brian Marwood, but instead mistakenly sent it Dr. Anthonia Onuoha, who is involved in Nedum's contract negotiations and had stated that her illness would not prevent her from looking out for her son's professional interests.
Cook initially claimed that his email had been hacked and that he was not the one behind the response. After working at Nike for more than a decade, Cook had been CEO at City since 2008.
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PUYOL FIT FOR BARCELONA
As FC Barcelona continues its quest for another La Liga title, the club got word that captain Carles Puyol is medically cleared to play in Saturday's match against Real Sociedad.
Puyol had knee surgery in June and hasn't played since, missing Barcelona's UEFA SuperCup and Spanish SuperCopa victories in the build up to the regular season along with the season-opening trouncing of Villarreal.
He provides a much-needed presence in central defense, as Gerard Pique is still out with a leg injury that he suffered at the end of August.
REDKNAPP EXPRESSES BECKHAM INTEREST
Here we go again.
Tottenham coach Harry Redknapp has expressed interest in signing David Beckham and bringing him to White Hart Lane in January after his contract with Major League Soccer expires.
Redknapp, who tried to bring Beckham to Tottenham on a loan deal during the MLS offseason only to end up with him staying for just a training stint, said that no talks regarding Beckham have taken place between himself and the team's board nor have any between the club and Beckham's representatives.
COLOGNE FINED FOR FAN BEHAVIOR
FC Cologne's fans didn't take too kind to the club's 5-1 loss to Schalke about a month ago, and the club is paying the price as a result.
Cologne was fined €10,000 for fans throwing cups that were reportedly fillled with urine and feces at other fans at Veltins Arena during the lopsided match.
What do you make of the Cook scandal? Can you see Barcelona NOT winning the league again this year? Where do you think Beckham will be playing after this MLS season comes to a close? Think the punishment fits the crime for Cologne?
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