To the Portuguese coach, the prospect of risking his family’s well-being for a bet on a random event seemed preposterous.
But this is English football and Mourinho admitted it is impossible to stop rich footballers spending time at the roulette wheel or at the races.
Liverpool are confident they can improve their current £20million-a-year shirt deal with Standard Chartered, despite a lack of Champions League football.
The Championship club were named as the preferred bidders for the Olympic Stadium in February. But the claret and blue shirts for 2011-12, priced from £29.99, now say ‘Forever United’ and show a logo of the Olympic Stadium.
The FA have used their 150 years of history condensed into 150 seconds showreel, complete with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s excellent commentary, at successive anniversary functions.
Bizarrely, 1966 World Cup-winning manager Sir Alf Ramsey receives no mention although Sven Goran Eriksson is deemed worthy of a namecheck even in the brief timeframe.
But given Birmingham’s sparkling form for much of this season — form which coincided with the decision by Sullivan and Gold to sell to Carson Yeung for £81.5m last October — West Ham’s players should be rewarded for consigning Alex McLeish’s side to only their second defeat in 16. It may have taken a spectacular piece of individual skill to help engineer West Ham’s first win in six league games.
Townsend went to great lengths to keep his habit a secret.
QPR chief executive Phil Beard told Sportsmail he was ‘stunned’ to learn that the player, who spent five months on loan at Loftus Road, had been charged by the FA yesterday.
Matthew Upson could only partially clear the danger, allowing Carr to take on Diamanti before driving a ball across the face of goal which Green acrobatically palmed away. Cole announced his arrival by sending a shot wide after a neat turn and followed that up with a powerful strike from 12 yards that needed a last ditch block from Scott Dann.
Diamanti then crashed a powerful shot goalwards which Hart tipped over while, with the game opening up, Jerome should have done better than fire wide after being released by Lee Bowyer.
It didn’t quite pan out.
Most of the top clubs were already tied into long-running deals, while others opted for the traditional starting point of local businesses like Newcastle Brown Ale, Norwich and Peterborough building society and Ipswich’s Fisons pharmaceuticals.
Alpari FX Trading will replace on-line bookmakers SBOBET on the front of the Hammers shirt and the deal takes West Ham through to the start of the 2016-17 season when they are expected to finally relocate to the Olympic Stadium.
Wei Seng Phua, 50, a suspected organized crime member, and the others were named in a criminal complaint detailing the scheme to take bets over WiFi and DSL lines they had casino employees install in their suites at Caesars Palace.
During their arraignment, a federal judge granted a request that Phua and his son, a co-defendant, stay with a Las Vegas doctor and poker enthusiast while awaiting an Aug.
4 preliminary hearing.
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