Hello folks. Hope your enjoying your holiday. For those of you looking for a soccer fix, here are a few stories to tide you over:
Italian players accused of match-fixing
From the "Not again" department comes word out of Rome that five players from Atalanta and Livorno have been charged with match-fixing. Just two years after the scandal that saw several of Italy’s biggest clubs charged, a new scandal looks set to Tarnish Serie A.
Not many details are available yet, but Atalanta’s Gianpaolo Bellini and former Livorno captain David Balleri are accused of trying to fix the results of both matches between the teams last Serie A season (Livorno was relegated after the season).
Newcastle denies sale reports
Newcastle United has denied rumors that an American private equity fund was preparing to buy the club.
InterMedia Partners, a New York-based businsess, is reportedly lining up a bid for the club, but a Newcastle spokesman called the reports "complete nonsense."
Who exactly is InterMedia Partners? You’ve got me on that one but one of their recent acquisitions was the rights to Soul Train. Could there be two more different acquisitions than Soul Train and Newcastle United? I don’t even have a joke for that, but I’m sure someone can come up with one.
Liverpool signs Dossena
Still having nightmares about John Arne Riise’s own goal in the Champions League? You can rest assured that the Riise era is officially over after Liverpool signed Italian left back Andrea Dossena from Udinese. Dossena’s signing comes on the heels of Liverpool adding Swiss right back Philipp Degan.
Call it a small consolation as the tug-of-war with Aston Villa over Gareth Barry continues.
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