Levante issue ironic riposte
Levante UD have published a heavily ironic response to a Real Madrid statement earlier on Monday addressing reports of clashes between players and officials from the two clubs after Sunday’s La Liga match. Spanish media reported that Real defender Pepe and Levante captain Sergio Ballesteros had been involved in a confrontation near the dressing rooms and the referee referred in his match report to a clash between an official from each club that had to be broken up by security staff. Real won the game 2-1, which was played in atrocious conditions on a heavily waterlogged pitch. Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo was struck in the face by David Navarro’s elbow early in the match and the blow opened a gash below his left eye and caused problems with his vision. Real published their statement at about 5pm and Levante responded with a heavy dose of irony about four hours later. The statement used almost exactly the same wording as Real’s, also referring to the “exemplary behavior” of their players and officials, and only the final part was altered.
John Terry back in weeks
John Terry has suffered “no significant damage” following a scan on his right knee and he will be out for weeks rather than months, Chelsea announced on Monday. Injury cut short Terry’s return to action during the Blues’ 1-1 draw at home to Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday. Suspended for four domestic matches after being found guilty of racially abusing Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand in a match last season, Terry got on the scoresheet at Stamford Bridge with a 20th-minute header. It was the former England defender’s 50th goal in all competitions for the reigning European champions, but he was forced to leave the fray fewer than 20 minutes later. Terry went down clutching his right leg after an accidental collision with Liverpool striker Luis Suarez and was carried from the field on a stretcher.
Clattenburg missing again
Mark Clattenburg will miss another weekend of Premier League matches, but the outcome of the investigation into Chelsea’s complaint against the referee could be known by the end of this week. The Premier League announced on Monday its list of match officials for the next round of fixtures and for the third successive weekend Clattenburg has been omitted. The Football Association are investigating allegations from Chelsea that the 37-year-old official used a term understood to have been interpreted as racist toward John Obi Mikel during the Premier League match against Manchester United on Oct. 28. Both the FA and police, as a result of a complaint by the Society of Black Lawyers, are making inquiries.
Shevchenko offered top job
Ukraine’s soccer federation chief has offered the national team coaching job to Andriy Shevchenko, who retired from playing this summer after a stellar career. The offer by Anatoliy Konkov was announced on the federation’s Web site on Monday. Shevchenko could not be reached for comment. Shevchenko played for Dynamo Kiev, AC Milan and Chelsea. He was integral in winning the 2002-2003 Champions League trophy for Milan and also captured domestic titles in Ukraine, Italy and England. He also captained Ukraine to the World Cup quarter-finals in 2006. He retired from playing after Euro 2012. He announced he was entering politics, but failed to win a seat in elections last month.