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AUSTRALIA

David Beckham to visit

David Beckham and the Los Angeles Galaxy are expected to bring a tourism boost to New South Wales after agreeing to a friendly against Australian side the Newcastle Jets next month. Former England captain Beckham and US international Landon Donovan will headline the one-off friendly match at the Newcastle International Sports Centre on Nov. 27, the third time the Galaxy have traveled to Australia in four years. “This is fantastic news for football fans and for tourism in the Hunter,” Jodi McKay, minister for the Hunter region in New South Wales, said on the team’s Web site. “The phenomenal global interest in David Beckham ... Landon Donovan and the LA Galaxy team means Newcastle and the Jets will be in the spotlight for sports enthusiasts from around the world.”

JAPAN

Omiya Ardija head to quit

Omiya Ardija president Seigo Watanabe has said he will quit the Japanese club following an embarrassing scandal over fabricated attendance figures. The 55-year-old fell on his sword after the “Squirrels” were discovered to have inflated their J-League attendances by more than 110,000 over four years, Japanese media reported yesterday. “I’m angry,” J-League chairman Kazumi Ohigashi told the Nikkan Sports newspaper. “It damages the credibility of the whole J-League. I can’t believe they would do this.” Watanabe said the pressure of trying to meet the club’s target of 300,000 fans in a season by last year had led him to fabricate the numbers. “No one else was involved,” he said in a tearful news conference. “It was poor management, but I wasn’t aware of the J-League’s standards for defining attendance.” The J-League could further punish the club following a special disciplinary hearing and is expected to examine the records of all clubs.

SPAIN

Iker’s love reveals secret

The girlfriend of Real Madrid keeper Iker Casillas, Sara Carbonero, revealed on Tuesday that she is a lifelong supporter of the Spanish giants’ cross-town rivals, Atletico Madrid. “I have been an Atletico supporter all my life. It is the team we watched at home since I was little although I also like the Spanish national team,” Carbonero, a sports journalist, told popular daytime chat show Ana Rosa on Telecinco, the private television station she works for. Carabonero, 25, shot to international fame during the World Cup when her reports on the Spain squad for Telecinco on live television from behind the net sparked accusations that she was distracting Casillas. The controversy abated with Spain’s first ever World Cup triumph. Casillas, 29, kissed Carbonero on the mouth when she interviewed him for Telecinco just minutes after the victory in a broadcast watched by millions in Spain.

FRANCE

Tigana mulls retirement

Bordeaux coach Jean Tigana revealed on Tuesday that his current employers would probably be his final club. “I think this could be my last club because I might take my footballing retirement early,” Tigana, 55, said in an interview with regional daily Sud-Ouest. “As things stand, I’ll go until the end of my contract [which runs until June 2012]. We’ll talk about it with [Bordeaux president] Jean-Louis [Triaud] at the end of the contract.” Tigana, a member of the heralded “Magic Square” midfield that was the heartbeat of France’s 1984 European Championship-winning side, has previously coached Lyon, Monaco, English side Fulham and Turkish outfit Besiktas.

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