Eto’o in retirement U-turn
Chelsea striker Samuel Eto’o has reversed his decision to retire from internationals, pledging on Tuesday to join up with Cameroon for next week’s World Cup playoff in Tunisia. Last month, the record four-time winner of African Footballer of the Year told his Cameroon teammates he was quitting the national team. His U-turn will be welcome news to the Indomitable Lions, who face Tunisia in Rades on Sunday, followed by the return leg in Yaounde on Nov. 17. “You can have all the problems in the world, but you have to see out your mission, and this time it’s to join my teammates in Tunisia and return with a good result,” the 32-year-old told Cameroon state radio. He was due to link up with the national squad in the French Cote d’Azur resort of Nice yesterday to prepare for the match. Eto’o has regularly disagreed with Cameroon coaches and his initial retirement may have been linked to the selections of present incumbent, Volker Finke.
Fellaini to play with splint
Belgium midfielder Marouane Fellaini will wear a wrist splint in his country’s final two World Cup qualifiers against Croatia and Wales, his club, Manchester United, revealed on Tuesday. The 25-year-old missed United’s 2-1 win at Sunderland last weekend due to a wrist injury and the Premier League champions subsequently revealed that he would sidelined for “at least a few weeks.” However, despite British media reports that he could be out of action until December, United said he would be able to play in Belgium’s game in Croatia tomorrow and next Tuesday’s home fixture against Wales. “Marouane Fellaini has trained with Belgium wearing a protective cast on his injured wrist,” a statement published on the United Web site said. Belgium have a five-point lead over second-placed Croatia at the top of European qualifying Group A and require only a draw from tomorrow’s game to secure qualification.
‘Pacman’ found not guilty
Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones was found not guilty on Tuesday of an assault charge accusing him of punching a woman in the head at a nightclub. A judge at the Hamilton County Municipal Court heard the case after Jones, who has had a spate of legal troubles, waived a jury trial. Jones could have been sentenced to up to six months in jail if convicted. Jones was accused of hitting Shannon Wesley outside a downtown Cincinnati nightclub and was arrested in June. He had pleaded not guilty. Wesley said that Jones punched her in the head with a closed fist, knocking her to the ground, but she also said that the punch came after she poured beer on Jones’ arm in an attempt to get him to leave her and her friends alone. “The initial aggressor in this case was Shannon Wesley with the beer bottle,” Judge Robert Taylor said, adding that there was cursing and profanity from both sides involved in the altercation.
London to get third game
The roaring success of the two NFL games played in London will see the city host a third one next season, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced on Tuesday. Jacksonville, Atlanta and Oakland will all play home matches at Wembley Stadium, which sees the NFL assign three fixtures abroad for the first time in its history. Both the opponents and the dates will be announced at a later date. The first of the two games in London this season took place on Sept. 29, with the Minnesota Vikings beating the Pittsburg Steelers in front of 83,000 spectators.