No room at the inn for the Irish FA, and transfer news…
Plus, some back-patting for this little chap… presumably
Like a spotty teenage asthmatic wearing his dad’s suit, standing outside a nightclub in the rain, literally begging the bouncers to let him in even though he has no proof of identification, the Irish FA have apparently been pleading with Sepp Blatter to please let them be in the World Cup. Please. Like most bouncers, Blatter’s answer appears to be a rather firm “no, sod off”.
“Naturally they were unhappy with what happened and asked very humbly whether they could be team number 33.”
Tomorrow should see Lionel Messi snagging the Ballon d’Or, beating off stiff competition from the shortlist of ten, which includes: Didier Drogba, Samuel Eto’o, Steven Gerrard, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Andres Iniesta, Kaka, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney and Xavi. The last two Englishmen to win the thing were Michael Owen and Kevin Keegs.
In the zany world of transfers, Ancelotti has left everyone gagging for breath, after declaring something about how he won’t be signing anyone in January, even with the window soon to slam down on quivvering Chelsea fingers.
And club rebels Nani and Babel have been blessed/cursed with rather mixed fortunes, with Sir Alex Ferguson insistent that he won’t be letting Nani leave – despite some suggestive coughing from Milan and Benfica. Whilst Ryan Babel – currently the recipient of the Benitez silent treatment – isn’t wanted by the men in shorts at Bayern Munich.
Does a spell in lonely exile await the gobby Dutchman?