Thursday, April 3, 2008

recent stories

French President Nicolas Sarkozy suggested Tuesday that a boycott of the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics was a possibility -- the first world leader to raise the prospect of punishing China over its ongoing crackdown in Tibet. If the French want to make a statement then they should boycott the Olympics in general not just show up late.

Sir Alex Ferguson and Carlos Queiroz have been charged with improper conduct by the Football Association. The charges arise from media comments made by Manchester United's management team in the aftermath of the FA Cup defeat to Portsmouth last month. Ferguson complained about the performance of match referee Martin Atkinson and was also critical of PGMO general manager Keith Hackett. Queiroz was also unhappy with Atkinson's display in the 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford, where United were not awarded an early penalty for a challenge on Cristiano Ronaldo by Sylvain Distin. Both Ferguson and Queiroz have until 17th April to respond to the charge.

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