Olivier Cheatrou! Gunners star admits to affair with Twitter apology

imageImage: Sunday Sun (via 101GG)

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has publicly apologized on social media for  cheating on his wife, admitting to week-long rumors he had an early-morning affair with glamour model Celia Kay. This is Celia.

The affair is supposed to have occurred the night before Arsenal’s match against Crystal Palace on Feb. 2 in the team’s hotel room, breaking club rules. The picture above from the Sunday Sun, said to be taken by Kay, shows Giroud in his briefs in the room.

The married Frenchman had denied reports earlier, but now confessed on the indiscretions via Twitter, in both English and French:

Giroud’s apology came just 90 minutes before Arsenal’s FA Cup 2-1 victory against Liverpool, for which he was notably absent from the first XI. Club manager Wenger answered why he left Giroud on the bench after the match:

"I kept Giroud on the bench because he looked a little tired. I know where you want to lead me, slowly but surely, but he has made a statement, and there’s not much more to add to that. I want to respect his privacy as well."

The scandal really couldn’t have come at a worse time. The Gunners play in the match of their season against Bayern Munich in the Champions League Round of 16 first leg on Wednesday.

As if getting outed for cheating on your wife by a newspaper picture of you in your briefs isn’t bad enough of a look, the last tweet before Sunday’s apology posts was this one:

The one thing Giroud can feel good about? He’ll never top Kolo Toure’s ridiculous affair story. You remember the story, when Toure pretended to his mistress he was a French car salesman? Yeah, that one:


Genoa coach channels inner Rambo, spies on city rivals

Before Sunday’s derby match against Sampdoria, a Genoa youth coach was caught spying on their city rivals’ training session in “full military attire,”  leading to what might be the greatest press release in the history of professional sports.

Gazzetta dello Sport reported that Sampdoria fans saw or overheard some rustling in the trees bordering the training pitch. A member of the club’s staff then decided to look into the matter, and after a quick chase discovered the spy hiding behind a tree. The man turned out to be none other than Luca De Pra, a Genoa youth coach and “popular figure in the city.”

Luca De Pra captured spying on Sampdoria training

Sampdoria later posted this image of De Pra on their official web site, along with the following statement:

That the derby is a question of nerve, tactics and strategy we already knew, but frankly we could never expect that it could turn into a scene of espionage.

Like Rambo hidden among the branches on the hill, Luca De Pra, Genoa goalkeeping coach and man of noble footballing ancestry, failed to overcome Sampdoria’s intelligence and counter intelligence operations.

However, no prisoners were taken, and no blood was shed. Once tracked down and caught red-handed, the opposing side’s soldier was let free to return to base. You should always forgive your enemies, as nothing annoys them more.

Just brilliant stuff.

As for Genoa, the club has come out and said that this battleground tactic was all De Pra’s idea and suspended the coach indefinitely. The best part? Genoa didn’t seem to need any help whatsoever, cruising to a 3-0 win on Sunday.


Nigeria suspends teams involved in “scandalous” 79-0 and 67-0 scorelines


There is match-fixing, and then there is this.

The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) pledged on Tuesday that it will come down hard on four clubs that were involved in a rather outrageous case of alleged fraud.

Two of the clubs in question were both chasing promotion, knowing that goal differential would determine their fate. Playing their matches at the same time, both teams entered the halftime break with moderate leads, but nothing out of the ordinary.

Then, in the second half, the clubs not-so-mysteriously managed to rack up a massive number of goals. When all was said and done, the two teams secured mind-boggling 79-0 and 67-0 victories.

From TheGuardian.com:

In the matches, played at the same time, Plateau United Feeders reportedly scored 72 of their goals in the second half to beat Akurba FC 79-0. Police Machine swept 61 goals past Babayaro FC in the second 45 minutes of their 67-0 game.

The NFF called it “a mind-boggling show of shame” and said players, match officials and the tournament coordinator would be investigated for match-fixing.

The federation’s director of competitions said “anyone found to have played some role in this despicable matter” would be “severely dealt with”.

Not surprisingly, all four clubs involved have since been suspended while the NFF investigates. Just makes you wonder, did the players and coaches really think that everyone was just going to turn a blind eye on these obscene scorelines? That there would be no questions at all? C’mon man!

Posted by: Thomas Hautmann


David Beckham cheats against little kids in China

David Beckham is “beck” in China to resume his role as Global Football Ambassador, and as was the case last time, another great video has hit the web from his visits. Beckham’s age got exposed in a little pick-up scrimmage, so Becks had to resort to a little gamesmanship.

That video’s cute, but who can forget this classic from Beckham’s last trip to the Far East?


Racing fans order players to lose so rival team can suffer relegation


What’s the biggest soccer rivalry in the world? The Manchester Derby? Liverpool and Everton? Inter vs. Milan? Roma and Lazio? Hands up those who said Racing Club and Independiente over in Argentina.

Fans of Racing Club issued this flyer ahead of their match against relegation-threatened Quilmes, which reads: “Players! Lose or rot in hell!”

This obviously begs the question, why would they so vehemently ask that of their players? Well, Racing’s main rival, Independiente, are also battling relegation, and there is just a tad bit of history between the three clubs:

Back in 1983, Independiente played Quilmes with the roles reversed and Racing Club facing the drop. Independiente are still widely believed to have accepted defeat top Quilmes to help send their bitter rivals down.

Well, now the boots on the other foot. Will Racing’s players satisfy their fans’ thirst for revenge?