Morning Ticker: Drogba in hot water, Maradona threatening to quit, Ruud out for season and Nery's nightmare goes on

Morning Ticker: Drogba in hot water, Maradona threatening to quit, Ruud out for season and Nery's nightmare goes on

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Morning Ticker: Drogba in hot water, Maradona threatening to quit, Ruud out for season and Nery's nightmare goes on

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Pop quiz. What’s the only thing dumber than a coin-throwing soccer fan? A coin-throwing soccer player.

Chelsea striker Didier Drogba responded to having a coin thrown at him during Chelsea’s Carling Cup loss against Burnley by firing the coin right back at the crowd. Now while it doesn’t sound as if any fans have stepped forward and claimed injury (yet), Drogba is still facing some heat for his less than intelligent decision.

The ugly scene spoiled what wound up being a better than anticipated Carling Cup upset by Burnley, which went on to beat Chelsea in penalty kicks.

Here are some other stories from this morning and Wednesday to get your day going:

Maradona set to leave already?

While many observers expect Diego Maradona’s stint as Argentina head coach to end badly, few could picture it ending before it even got started. That is apparently a possibility as Maradona is unhappy about not being able to hire former teammate and Argentine national team player Oscar Ruggeri as an assistant coach.

There seems to be a personal issue between Argentine federation president Julio Grondona and Ruggeri and Grondona is essentially blocking Maradona from hiring Ruggeri. The federation has come out and stated that Maradona won’t quit over the matter but you can’t really rule out the situation turning into a fiasco.

Van Nistelrooy out for season with knee injury

As if things weren’t already a bit shaky at Real Madrid, now comes word that star striker Ruud van Nistelrooy will miss the remainder of the La Liga season with a knee injury that will require major surgery. Van Nistelrooy is set to miss six to nine months.

The terrible news puts even more pressure on the Spanish champions to make a big splash in the winter transfer market, with Russian playmaker/striker Andrei Arshavin looking like a good possibility to join Real Madrid.

Castillo’s nightmare continues

There are few soccer players having worse years than Mexican national team striker Nery Castillo.

You may recall his big money move from Olympiakos to Shakhtar Donetsk last year. Well, it’s been all downhill since that move. Castillo struggled to get playing time at Donetsk, so he moved to Manchester City on loan. He struggled for playing time at City and this summer when it became clear he wouldn’t be in the plans of new manager Mark Hughes, Castillo prepared for a loan or transfer to Spain. The only problem was no loan or transfer was completed before the summer window, leaving Castillo in limbo.

Castillo looked to be set for some freedom, and playing time, when rumors began to surface about a loan to Chivas de Guadalajara, but now it appears that even that option has fallen through. Shakhtar Donetsk balked at the loan move, leaving Castillo to continuing ruing the day he ever signed with the Ukrainian club.

These are just some of the stories making the rounds this morning. What do you think? Do you think Drogba deserves a long suspension? Would Maradona quitting surprise you? Do you see Real Madrid salvaging the season? Does reading about Nery Castillo’s woes bring a smile to your face?

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