Thursday Kickoff: Rooney's dad arrested, Chimbonda on trial with Impact & more

Thursday Kickoff: Rooney's dad arrested, Chimbonda on trial with Impact & more

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Thursday Kickoff: Rooney's dad arrested, Chimbonda on trial with Impact & more

Jennings (Reuters Pictures)

Wayne Rooney's father is one of nine people who have been arrested in connection with a match-betting scandal, according to numerous reports from the United Kingdom.

The controversy surrounds the irregularities among bookmakers in bets that a player would be sent off in a 2010 Scottish Premier League match between Motherwell and Heart of Midlothian.

Motherwell player Steve Jennings, who was also arrested, received a red card late in that game for a foul and berating the official. He was sitting on a yellow card at the time of the foul, and his sending off is at the center of the suspicion.  

Here are a few more stories to kick off your Thursday:


Pascal Chimbonda, a long-time Premier League defender and France/Guadeloupe international, is reportedly on trial with the Montreal Impact.

Chimbonda, 32, was released by Queens Park Rangers in the spring following stints with Tottenham, Blackburn, Sunderland and Wigan Athletic.

Should Chimbonda land a deal with the Impact, he would join former Inter Milan defender Nelson Rivas as the foundation of Montreal's MLS defense.


Fabio Capello's time as England national team coach will end after next summer's European championships, and as the search for a new manager begins Liverpool and England defender Jamie Carragher has let it be known that he'd prefer an Englishman for the job.

"The next manager of England should be English," Carragher said to Sky Sports. "I've got nothing against Capello, I went to the World Cup and got to know him, but that's not what international football is. It's like saying if our keeper's not good enough we'll go and get (Gianluigi) Buffon from Italy. It's a form of cheating in international football, and it's a bit embarrassing."


Barcelona captain and centerback Carles Puyol admitted to contemplating retirement after dealing with a serious knee injury this summer.

Puyol, 33, underwent surgery in June and considered hanging up his boots while being held out of action, according to the Associated Press. 

Puyol is fit and is part of Spain's squad for upcoming Euro 2012 qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Scotland.


What do you make of the betting scandal? Hope to see Chimbonda in MLS? What do you make of Carragher's remarks? Do you think it's "cheating" to have a foreign coach head up the national team? How many more good years do you think Puyol has left in his tank?

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