Woman in Serie A'
Rome: Serie A could soon have its first female player if Perugia president Luciano Gaucci finds one with the right attributes, according to Italian media reports on Tuesday.
“I don’t see why a woman can’t play,” Gaucci was quoted as saying in Corriere dello Sport. “There’s no law against it,” added the controversial president, who made headlines in June when he signed Al-Saadi Gaddafi, son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.
Two women have already been identified by Perugia’s scouts as having the necessary qualities to join the Italian outfit. Swedish striker Hanna Ljunberg and Norwegian midfielder Solveig Gulbrandsen are both internationals for their respective countries. “While it’s forbidden for men to play in the women’s championship, there’s no rule to prevent a female playing in the male one,” said Gaucci.
Website jumps the gun
London: Ferrari’s Michael Schumacher may be still two races away from a record sixth Formula One championship, but according to his team’s official website he has already won it.
Under the German’s biographical details, the website www.ferrari.com lists Schumacher’s achievements in the ‘Titles won’ section as six drivers’ world championships, with the 2003 crown the last of them.
Schumacher won Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix for his 50th win with Ferrari, leaving him three points clear of Williams’ Colombian Juan Pablo Montoya with 20 points still available from the US and Japanese Grands Prix.
McLaren’s Kimi Raikkonen also remains in championship contention, seven points behind Schumacher in the closest title battle in years.
TV ploy to stop fans
London: British sports minister Richard Caborn is to ask Sky TV to share live television coverage of England’s potentially explosive Euro 2004 against Turkey with a terrestrial broadcaster in a last-ditch attempt to dissuade fans from travelling to Istanbul.
“As a result of representations from colleagues, we will approach broadcasters to share the match for this unique one-off occasion,” Caborn told The Daily Telegraph.
The Football Association has declined their ticket allocation for the October 11 match in Istanbul and advised England fans not to travel in a bid to avoid a repeat of the trouble which marred the meeting between the two sides in Sunderland in April.
Rich haul by Indian eves
New Delhi: The Indian women returned home on Tuesday after reaping a rich medal haul in the Asian weightlifting meet in China, where they finished second in the team championship. The lifters bagged eight silver and four bronze medals to emerge runners up with 355 points behind China (532).
Nandini Devi was the most impressive, claiming three silvers in the 53kg category. Pratima Kumari (63 kg) bagged two silvers and a bronze while Prasmita Mangaraj settled for a silver and a bronze. Gita Rani (75 kg) won three silvers.
Newcastle fine Robert
London: Controversial Newcastle winger Laurent Robert will be fined £ 40,000 after questioning his manager’s selection policy and being sent off, the club said on Monday.
The Frenchman incurred the wrath of his club last week by questioning manager Bobby Robson’s selection policy, and was then sent off for two bookings during the 2-2 Premiership draw at Everton.
London: Bolton Wanderers defender Florent Laville will be out for at least six months after rupturing a knee ligament, the club said on Monday.
Laville, who used to play for Lyon in France, was injured during the club’s 2-0 victory over Middlesbrough on Saturday. Scans showed he had ruptured the cruciate ligament in his left knee.
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