Friday, September 4, 2009

This Weekend's News and Notes

Not much to report from the club front, but there should be tons of international news by the close of the weekend. FutbolNation will be covering that action, but scraping the barrel of club news there are some stories of interest:

Axel Witsel, the Standard Liege midfielder responsible for a horror tackle in a game against Anderlecht last weekend has seen his 11 game suspension reduced to only eight games.

Taking a hint from ARF's post on the Armenia-Turkey game, Barcelona president Joan Laporta will further politicize the club by leading a march in favor of Catalan independence on September 11th.

Dutch and Inter midfielder Wesley Sneijder continues his public tantrum against the treatment he received at Real Madrid. He accuses the club of treating him like a child, assures Inter is a better team than the merengues, and says the coach has little control over the team at Real Madrid. While anyone can understand where Sneijder's coming from after the extended transfer saga he experienced, it must be said that when an oft-injured player admits that his level of play has been affected by too much partying, being treated like a child is to be expected.

Manchester United could experience the ripple effect of the Chelsea transfer ban as Le Havre may request FIFA investigate Manchester United for their signing of 16 year old Paul Pogba this summer.

Berlusconi wants to sell AC Milan ... wait for it ... to Muammar Qaddafi.

Ex-Manchester United man Dwight Yorke has retired from football.

Earlier this week Luciano Spalletti resigned as Roma coach, and was promptly replaced by coaching journeyman Claudio Ranieri.

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