Morning Ticker: Keane blasts Warner, Gerrard and Torres to face Man Utd and Jamaica fires Simoes

Morning Ticker: Keane blasts Warner, Gerrard and Torres to face Man Utd and Jamaica fires Simoes

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Morning Ticker: Keane blasts Warner, Gerrard and Torres to face Man Utd and Jamaica fires Simoes

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Just when you thought the controversy surrounding Dwight Yorke’s absence from the Trinidad & Tobago national team’s match against the United States was over. Now comes word that Sunderland manager Roy Keane has blasted FIFA vice-president (and Trinidad & Tobago special advisor) Jack Warner for publicly critizing Keane’s role in Yorke missing T&T’s 3-0 World Cup qualifying loss to the USA on Wednesday.

Keane called Warner a "clown" for publicly releasing a letter he wrote to Keane regarding Yorke. The former Manchester United star also blasted Yorke for his continued desire to play for Trinidad & Tobago at age 36.

”He is probably a small man and he has got this ‘Small-Man Syndrome’," Keane said of Warner. "The world is against him.

”If he is writing a letter representing Trinidad, why is he putting it under FIFA? If he is vice-president – and remember, he is vice-president, he is not president yet – God help us."

Here are some other stories from the morning and last night:

Torres and Gerrard fit for Man Utd clash

Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard have been ruled healthy and will play in Liverpool’s clash against Manchester United on Saturday.

Torres had been sidelined with a hamstring injury but looks ready to go, while Gerrard has recovered from groin surgery.

Manchester United and Liverpool face off at Anfield on Saturday.

Jamaica fires Simoes

Three World Cup qualifying matches without a win was enough for Jamaican national team manager Rene Simoes to be sent packing. Simoes was fired after Jamaica’s 2-0 loss to Honduras on Wednesday, leaving the ‘Reggae Boyz’ in last place in CONCACAF qualifying Group B with one point.

Jamaican Federation president Horace Burrell said he expects to hire Simoes’ replacement within a week.

West ham shirt sponsor files for bankruptcy

You know that sweet revenue stream known as jersey sponsorships? It isn’t always a sure thing, which is something West Ham United is finding out.

XL Holidays, West Ham’s shirt sponsor, has filed for bankruptcy, a move that could leave West Ham short £5million.

That’s all for now. Please free to share your thoughts on these stories, and any other soccer stories from this morning, in the comments section below.

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