It seems that you canâ€™t watch TV or read a newspaper in the UK without being told about John Terryâ€™s latest indiscretions so hereâ€™s a link to the Daily Mirror report.
The only real football interest in the story is what Fabio Capello will do. TheÂ new story â€“Â combined withÂ other issuesÂ â€“ has dented Terryâ€™s credibility as captain (to put it mildly) but some of the names that have been suggested as replacements are hardly paragons of virtue. Unfortunately it seems that the press seem to think of the captain of the England team should be some kind of knight in shining armour; which is a lesson that any professional footballer with either aspiring to or currently occupying that position ought to remember the first thing in the morning when they wake up or last thing at night when they go to bed.
It was interesting watching â€˜The Andrew Marr Showâ€™ on BBC2 this morning as Sophie Raworth was the guest presenter, presumably meaning considerably less embarrassment for the BBC as Marr had one of these so-called â€˜super injunctionsâ€™ overturned a few weeks ago. Arguably that should have set alarm bells ringing in certain quarters, but if you are arrogant enough to think you can get away with everything up to and including trying to gag the press…
In other newsâ€¦Togo have been banned for the next two African Cup of Nations tournaments after they withdrew from the 2010 tournament (that ends today) because their bus was attacked by gunmen. Fortunately reserve keeper Kodjovi Obilale is making an excellent recovery from the gunshot wounds he received in the attack. Ghana face Egypt later in the final: the semi-final between Algeria and Egypt ended with the latter defeating the former 4-0 and the Algerians finishing the game with eight players. Not letting Algeria have any time on the ball and going for an early goal might be the way forward for our Group C game against them (Friday 18th June, 7:30pm GMT); expect a lot of impassioned gesturing, rolling around and sulking â€“ and the Algerians may also try something likeÂ that.
More good news: Paraguay striker Salvador Cabanas â€“ who was shot in a bar in Mexico City last week â€“ is also making good progress although his participation this summer is highly doubtful. It appears he was shot following an argument with a known Mexican gangster who accused Cabanas of not scoring enough goals for Club America.
And finallyâ€¦Arsenal v Manchester United this afternoon. In 3D if youâ€™re lucky enough to live near one of the bars with the equipment.