HERO SET FOR PERUGIA
England rugby world cup hero Johnny Wilkinson may be set for a shock
move to Italy's Serie A.
Flamboyant Perugia president Luciano Gaucci has been in crunch talks
with Wilko's agent to persuade the England number ten to change the
oval ball for a round one. A spokesman for Perugia said, "This
boy knows how to take a penalty - it would only be a matter of teaching
him how to take them a bit lower."
Perugia already have Saadi Gaddafi, the son of Libyan supremo Colonel
Gaddafi, on their books and Gaucci is set to bring female footballers
into the macho world of Italian soccer by signing Sweden's Hanna Ljungberg.
The maverick Italian boss is no stranger to controversy, having sacked
his South Korean star Jung-Hwan Ahn after Ahn scored the goal which
put Italy out of the 2002 soccer World Cup.
Wilkinson remains tight-lipped over the move, but Kevin Smart of Rugby
United fanzine blasted the Perugia move. "This is about marketing,
nothing more. Same as Beckham with Real Madrid. It is all about selling
replica shirts with Johnny's number on the back."
In another twist to the tale, Wilkinson's agent confirmed that there
have been enquiries from the USA from a number of NFL teams looking
for a kicker of Wilko's quality.
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Football and the world of satanism were rocked yesterday by allegations
that Premiership stars have sold their souls to the devil in return
for soccer stardom. Officials have called for calm while police
investigate recent scandals involving footballers named in gang
rapes, drunken assaults, drug use and death by dangerous driving.
The allegations of devil worship were made by a photographer who
claims to have used infra-red lenses to capture this remarkable
image of satanic minions defending a one goal lead against humans.
Allegations of black magic are not new in world football. Some
African clubs have been known to employ witch doctors to cast spells
on opposition playmakers and, in one instance, a goalkeeper for
Zimbabwean Premier League team the Incorrigible Zebras was found
to have draped entrails and other items from his goal net.
Such extremes are rare in the UK, but it is known that during season
1930/31 notorious satanist Aleister Crowley played at centre half
for Middlesborough and that in 1966 England's World Cup winning
team employed the services of a trackside hypnotist to mess with
the mind of a linesman.
FOOTBALL DEBT CRISIS
With Dundee FC the latest casualty in the debt crisis in Scottish
football, auditors warn that it is only a matter of time before
Scotland's national game is driven to extinction.
Sam Briggs of auditing specialists Sportswatch UK claims that within
five years the Scottish Premier League will consist of only one
full-time team and three others made up of amalgamated clubs using
part- time players and ex-pros. Says Briggs, "Far from seeing
the Old Firm head south to play in the English Premiership, we are
more likely to see Scots football clubs en masse heading south to
hang about outside London tube stations asking for money and growling
at anyone in a suit."
The financial crisis is at odds with the perception among pundits
and football writers that recent slight improvements in the national
team's performances bode well for the Scottish game as a whole.
With Motherwell and Dundee in administration and with Hearts, Hibs
Livingston and Rangers (to name but four) struggling with millions
of pounds of debt, one wonders where exactly it is that Scottish
football is getting better. Quipped Oban man David Hamilton, "It's
certainly not in the last third."
STAR NICKNAME WINNER
Wreckered sports is pleased to announce that we've had another entrant
in our competition to provide a nickname for Glasgow Rangers defender
Michael Ball. Granted, the competition was in issue 1 of the magazine
some nine months ago, but nevertheless, one of our slower readers
has submitted this suggestion. "Pea Head".
Congratulations to Robin Richardson, who will receive a free gif at
some point. Probably in about nine months.