Beckham gets a pat for his MLS stint

David Beckham's five years in Major League Soccer (MLS) have "delivered on all aspects", commissioner Don Garber has said, adding that he hopes the England international will stay on in the league.

Beckham's original five-year deal with the LA Galaxy concludes after the Nov 20 MLS Cup final between his club and the Houston Dynamo and the 36-year-old midfielder has yet to decide whether to return.

"I certainly hope to see him back," said Garber, who added he could not however predict if Beckham would return.

"David, (his personal manager) Simon Fuller and Tim Leiweke of (Galaxy owners) AEG will go through a process after the Cup to try to determine what David's future is but I certainly hope to have him back," Garber said on a teleconference call.

Former Manchester United midfielder Beckham joined the Galaxy from Real Madrid in 2007 amid a wave of publicity, signing a league record $6 million a year contract with MLS hoping his high-profile would attract bigger crowds, more sponsors and more mainstream media attention.

Architect against plan to aircondition venues

Qatar should rethink its plans to build air-conditioned stadiums for the 2022 World Cup and use naturally cooled venues instead, according to the architect commissioned to design one of its arenas.

John Barrow, senior principal with Populous architects who planned and designed the 2012 Olympic Stadium in London and Johannesburg's Soccer City World Cup venue, said it would be viable to reach acceptable temperatures without using air conditioning.

"The organisers want to have the big showcase stadium with air conditioning but we are fighting hard to persuade them that you don't need to have it," he told the International Football Arena conference. "It's not good from a long term sustainability point of view," said Barrow, whose company are designing the Sports City arena.

Didn’t use the ‘slave’ word, says Kuszczak

Polish goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak has denied using the word "slave" to describe his relationship with Manchester United after claiming that manager Alex Ferguson refused to sanction a loan move to Championship side Leeds United until January.

Kuszczak, 29, was widely quoted to have used the term when talking about the move but said he was mis-quoted by the British media and highlighted his interview with a Polish newspaper, where he said he had "become Manchester's prisoner".

Kuszczak has not played, or even been on the substitutes bench for United all season. In a statement on Thursday he said: "I did not use the word 'slave' in an interview I gave to the Polish newspaper SuperExpress, about my current position at Manchester United. "At no point during the interview did I use the word 'slave', or imply that the club was treating me like a 'slave'.  What I did say has either been misinterpreted or misreported.”

Recovering Cassano thanks fans for support

AC Milan and Italy forward Antonio Cassano issued an open letter to his well-wishers last Monday, saying their support had cheered him up suffering an illness which will sideline him for several months.

The 29-year-old underwent minor heart surgery last Friday after falling ill on the plane back from a match at AS Roma, putting him out of action during one of the best spells of his career.

"I wanted to express my personal gratitude and that of my family for the extraordinary affection which has been shown towards me in the last few days," Cassano wrote in the letter published on the club's website.

Chile boot out drunken players

Chile kicked five players out of their 2014 World Cup qualifying squad after they returned late and drunk from an evening off, coach Claudio Borghi has said. The players had been given time off from midday to 10 pm on Tuesday last, after morning training, Borghi said.  "Five players arrived 45 minutes late and not in a state adequate to a professional player. So I took the decision to withdraw them (from the squad)," the coach said.