RonaldoCyprus police wants ban on hoodies

» Police in Cyprus want fans who wear hooded sweatshirts, popular with youths and dubbed "hoodies", inside sports stadiums to be prosecuted in a bid to curb rising levels of crowd violence.

The island's police chief Michalis Papageorgiou has proposed the measures to parliament.

In a letter to parliament's legal committee, the police chief said that "everyone was obliged not to obscure their face with a hood or other means when in a public place."

"We want the wearing of hoods to be criminalised in sports stadiums and wherever (groups of) hoodies disturb public order," police spokesperson Michalis Katsounotos told Reuters.

Real tussle over   Ronaldo’s fitness

»A row has broken out between Real Madrid and the Portuguese Football Federation over whether injured forward Cristiano Ronaldo should be called up for the two-legged World Cup playoff against Bosnia.

The first leg is in Lisbon on November 14 and the second in Zenica four days later and federation chief Gilberto Madail said on Thursday that Ronaldo wanted to play and would be joining up with the squad.

Real have said their world record signing needs two more weeks of treatment on his ankle and director general Jorge Valdano said on Friday Ronaldo would not be going.
"The doctors and common sense prevent Cristiano Ronaldo being called up by Portugal," he told Spanish radio.

Real coach Manuel Pellegrini said he understood Portugal's desire to call up the forward but added that in his opinion both Ronaldo and the federation knew that he would not be able to play.

Injury-hit Cordoba decides to call it a day

»Colombia's 1994 World Cup goalkeeper Oscar Cordoba is to retire at the end of the season due to a spate of injuries since joining Millonarios last year.

The 39-year-old, who won more than 70 caps, hurt his leg in a 1-0 defeat at Pereira in the Clausura championship on Sunday.

"I've had lots of injuries this last year and my back problem is already chronic so this season is my last. I don't see any other outcome," Cordoba told reporters.   "It's incredible, two months don't go by before I'm injured again. It saddens me," said the former Boca Juniors and Besiktas goalkeeper.

"If Millonarios reach the semi-final (knockout phase) it would be an excellent way of saying goodbye," added Cordoba who said he would need two weeks to recover from his latest injury.

Capello dreams of emulating Ramsey

»England manager Fabio Capello said he dreamed of emulating Alf Ramsey by winning the World Cup for England when he unveiled a bust of his predecessor at Wembley Stadium on Friday.

"This is a very emotional moment for me and it's a great honour to be here," said Capello, who will be aiming to end England's wait to repeat Ramsey's 1966 triumph at the World Cup finals in South Africa next year.

"I hope I can bring back the World Cup to stand alongside the Jules Rimet trophy that England won in 1966."

The bronze bust will be situated in the players tunnel at Wembley, and in the words of George Cohen, vice-captain of the 1966 team and who unveiled it with Capello, "it will remind every player to give of their best out on the pitch".

Veron stays clear of Maradona-Bilardo row

»Juan Sebastian Veron has attempted to distance himself from the conflict at the heart of the Argentina team between coach Diego Maradona and technical director Carlos Bilardo.

Maradona was annoyed with Bilardo during the 2010 World Cup qualifiers over the alleged interference of the technical director in team affairs.

"For me it's not easy to be in the middle of an internal (conflict) between Diego and Bilardo because they are two people I care for," the 34-year-old Veron said.