Sat, Aug 19, 2006 - Page 18 News List

Sports Briefs


■ Spain
Ronaldo going nowhere

Real Madrid coach Fabio Capello warned Milan and Inter Milan on Thursday that Brazilian World Cup star Ronaldo would be staying in Spain. "I don't think there is any possibility that Ronaldo is going to Milan or Inter," Capello told a press conference. The two Italian clubs have been linked with a move for Ronaldo with Inter tipped as favorites having once employed the player before his switch to Spain. "I have a great respect for Ronaldo," said Inter president Massimo Moratti. "But we have enough players in his position already." Ronaldo, 29, has a contract at Real until June 2008.

■ Italy

Baggio converted me: Frey

Fiorentina goalkeeper Sebastien Frey revealed on Thursday that former Italian superstar Roberto Baggio helped him convert to Buddhism. Frenchman Frey said that his conversion helped him to cope when he was frustratingly sidelined with a serious left knee injury suffered in January. "During my period of convalescence, I had moments of doubt," Frey said. "I was looking for something to cling to. I spoke with Baggio many times and I became a Buddhist. It fascinates me. I asked his advice and he told me of this life philosophy. As I was initiated, I felt I became more serene and much stronger. I'm very happy with the choice that I've made." Baggio, who once played at Fiorentina, converted to Buddhism at the end of the 1980s.

■ England

Pompey sign Kanu

Veteran Nigerian striker Kanu became Portsmouth's fifth summer signing on Thursday when he agreed a one-year-deal at Fratton Park. The 31-year-old was part of Arsenal's double-winning side of 2001-02 and gained another Premiership title medal in 2004. He scored 37 goals during his stay at Highbury. Kanu left West Brom in the summer following the Midlanders' relegation from the Premiership.

■ England

Chelsea accuse former owner

English champions Chelsea have filed a complaint with the Football Association (FA) against former owner Ken Bates, accusing him of bringing the game into disrepute. The club said Bates, now chairman of Leeds United, had made "rude, insulting and inappropriate comments" when he accused Chelsea two weeks ago of making illegal approaches to players. Bates, who sold Chelsea to Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich in 2003, said he was reporting the London club to the FA for making illegal approaches to sign Tom Taiwo and Michael Wood and when attempting to sign Daniel Rose from second division Leeds. "There are football procedures in place to deal with that specific dispute," Chelsea said in a statement on Thursday. "Chelsea will comply with those, will not discuss the case publicly other than our previously stated position and will contest it vigorously. However there are also existing football rules that prohibit rude, insulting and inappropriate comments being made about other club owners, chairmen and personnel." Chelsea said Bates had made a reference to Chelsea's directors that was "discriminatory ... in terms of race, nationality and religion." The statement added, "Such comments have no place in football, a sport which is rightly committed to fighting racial intolerance and bigotry."

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