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Eye-Catcher: 31 October 2009

Sat 31 October 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Sports stories and quotes that catch the eye, and other fun stuff off the internet.

9 goals in 9 minutes in a Brazilian state second division match:

So let’s say you are a Brazilian club looking for a promotion to your state’s first division. It’s the 80th minute and you’re up by only two. Promotion will require more. So what do you do?

If you’re the Maranhão State club Viana — who were battling with Moto Clube for the last promotion spot into the Maranhão State Championship — you score nine goals in nine minutes against your opponent, Chapadinha, a team who had nothing on the line in the match.

A fuller account can be read here.

“Premier League footballer Marlon King has been jailed for 18 months for sexually assaulting a woman – and will be sacked by Wigan Athletic.”

The striker was repeatedly “cold-shouldered” by the student in a bar in London, Southwark Crown Court heard.

King was convicted of sexually assaulting the woman and causing actual bodily harm at the bar last December.

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The father-of-three, from Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire, had insisted it was a case of mistaken identity. But he was convicted by a majority of 10-2.

The assault happened at the Soho Revue Bar at a time when he was on loan with Hull City.

King was celebrating two occasions – his wife’s latest pregnancy and the scoring of a winning goal – with a night out in the West End.

Prosecution lawyer Roger Daniells-Smith said King had struck up a conversation with his victim by saying: “Don’t you know who I am? I’m a millionaire.”

The sentence should have been increased for that line alone.

King has previous convictions for attacks on women.

However, King’s agent Tony Finnegan, the former Crystal Palace pro, said the player was certain to find employment with another club after serving his sentence.

Finnegan told BBC Radio 5 live: “He has rights as a professional athlete. When you are a footballer you want to play football.

“Let’s say he does his time and comes out afterwards. Do you expect him to work for McDonald’s? Someone – you trust me on this – will sign him to score goals, because that’s what he does best.”

With an agent like that ….

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