The big story in the papers today is that United States Anti-Doping Agency says “serial cheat” Lance Armstrong and the US Postal team “the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme that sport has ever seen”.
The story is running off the back of the USADA’s release of its over 1000 page report on Armstrong and US Postal’s doping.
READ: Lance Armstrong team ‘ran most sophisticated doping scheme in sport’ The Guardian
READ: USADA condemn ‘serial cheat’ Armstrong Irish Examiner
Michael Owen has his say on the most useful story for editors on international week: diving, Lil Mickey says he could have stayed on his feet when he won penalties against Argentina in the ’98 and ’02 World Cups.
Alex Ferguson’s repsone to Sergio Aguero’s claim that foreign players are less likely to be awarded fouls due to having a reputation for diving was that that foreign players are in fact just more likely to dive – Sir Alex is holding back on the statistical report he based his claims on.
Owen’s revelation will of course shock British football to its core as it is the first recorded instance of a British player diving – except for Gareth Bale last weekend and Carl Jenkinson the weekend before and Ashley Young last season and Steven Gerrard always.
Former chairman of the English Football Association Lord Triesman says that John Terry should have received the same ban as Luis Suarez.
“He is within his rights to appeal. My own view is that it would be more sensible to apologise and accept it’s not a good standard.
“I just don’t believe in this day and age that anybody can think that it’s OK, and that you don’t owe an apology, not least to the other player.”
In Spain Chairman of the Spanish FA Villa Llona says racism ‘does not exist’ in the Spanish game – tell that to Dani Alvez, Mario Balotelli, Samuel Eto’o and former national team coach Luis Aragones’s friend Thierry Henry.
READ: Spanish FA chief denies racism problem The Irish Times
And Newcastle’s Muslim players such as Demba Ba, Papiss Cissé, Cheick Tioté and Hatem Ben Arfa have been told that wearing shirts with new short-term money-lending sponsor Wonga, or ‘legal loan-shark’ if you like, would contravene Sharia Law.