Spurs sack boss Redknapp
Harry Redknapp has been fired by Tottenham Hotspur after almost four years as manager, paying the price for a collapse in form that saw the team fail to qualify for the lucrative UEFA Champions League last season. Redknapp had a season remaining on his contract at White Hart Lane and had been hoping to extend his deal, but he is now out of work, a month after missing out on the England job. “I have had a fantastic four years with the club, at times the football has been breathtaking,” Redknapp said on the Spurs Web site yesterday. Everton manager David Moyes is hotly tipped to replace Redknapp. Redknapp took charge at Spurs in October 2008 when they were bottom of the Premier League and he secured a top-four finish the following season, steering them into the Champions League for the first time, but Tottenham’s failure to rejoin Europe’s elite appears to have ultimately cost the 65-year-old his job, despite another fourth-place finish for a club that has not won the title since 1961.
Topless clerk in hot water
A Croatian civil servant who bared her breasts to celebrate her team’s win at Euro 2012 could be disciplined at work, her employers warned on Wednesday. Topless photos of a joyous Jelena Miksa swamped the Internet after Croatia’s 3-1 victory over the Republic of Ireland on Sunday, but the culture ministry, where Miksa works as a clerk, was not amused and said the young woman could be sanctioned for breaking the code of conduct of public employees. “We have to react as a public sector employee should behave in line with the code,” ministry spokeswoman Natasa Petrinjak said. She said an ethical committee would discuss the issue and decide what action to take. Jelena and her cousin Viktorija traveled to Poland to support Croatia in their opener against Ireland on Sunday. After the victory, the women celebrated by pulling their T-shirts up over their breasts. “I don’t regret anything ... For me the only important thing is how my squad played. Let’s go on to win,” Jelena Miksa told the Vecernji List daily. The local branch of the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights condemned the launching of a disciplinary procedure as an “attack on her privacy.”
Striker Park back in favor
Arsenal striker Park Chu-young has boosted his chances of representing South Korea in the London Olympic Games after pledging to do military service, local media said on Wednesday. Park recently obtained a 10-year residence permit from Monaco and delayed his mandatory military service in South Korea. The decision triggered a backlash, prompting the Korean Football Association to leave him out of the squad for their World Cup qualifiers this month. However, the 26-year-old seemed back in favor again after agreeing to do military service, even though he did not say when it would be.
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
’Keeper banned for season
Diego Maradona’s al-Wasl have banned the Dubai side’s controversial goalkeeper Majed Nasser for an entire season after he was sent off in the Gulf region’s Champions League final on Sunday for a head-butt. United Arab Emirates international Nasser was dismissed 10 minutes into the second leg against Bahraini side al-Muharraq, who took advantage of the extra player to overturn a 3-1 first-leg deficit and prevail on penalties. Al-Wasl directors described Nasser’s behavior as a “disgraceful act” that was “detrimental, not just to the reputation of al-Wasl, but the country as a whole.”