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Rapping With Keith Furlong

In the absence of a worldwide consumer protection policy for Internet gambling, somebody’s got to step in between players and online gambling services in the event of a dispute. Keith Furlong, deputy executive director of the Interactive Gaming Council (IGC) is often that person.

The IGC, a trade association for the Internet gambling industry, has established guidelines for running online gambling businesses fairly. One of Furlong’s chief tasks has been making sure the guidelines are being followed. If you file a complaint with the IGC regarding unfair practices, it will more than likely land in his hands.

Q: Can you provide a synopsis of the IGC’s Seal of Approval?

A: As the IGC has evolved, the association has recognized the need to provide industry 789betting members with an accreditation that the public will recognize and trust. The Seal of Approval (SOA) program allows operators to display a seal that indicates to consumers the site’s willingness to adhere to a new, higher level of compliance as a supplement to existing government regulatory regimes.

The Seal is an actual logo that is placed on interactive gambling sites to symbolize a willingness of the operator to adhere to a higher level of integrity and responsibility. The logo is currently served from a dedicated third-party server in order to protect, to the best of our technical abilities, its authenticity and to allow for instantaneous removal of the seal should the IGC revoke its approval.

The program allows players to have some reassurance that Internet gaming sites that display the IGC’s SOA logo have agreed to higher standards, a strong code of conduct and random monitoring by a third-party industry association.

The program also provides an important mechanism for dissatisfied players in the form of dispute resolution. The SOA establishes a system where a designated compliance officer can intervene and mediate a resolution when there is evidence that any attempted resolution, between a Seal of Approval member site and the consumer, has not been effective.

Q: How many sites currently display the seal?

A: The first sites to participate in the program and display the seal are VIPsports.com, VIPsoccer.com, Casinofortune.com, Mapau.com, Miamibeachcasino.com, BetandChat.com and BetandChat.net.

Q: Can you briefly explain the IGC’s procedure for fielding consumer complaints?

A:Players with complaints about online gaming operators should bring their complaints directly to the IGC. They can submit them directly at the IGC web site.

Our goal is to work with both players and site operators to come to a diplomatic resolution as expediently as possible. With limited resources, however, there are occasions where the response time may not be as rapid as one would ideally like.

Unfortunately, there is no simple way to summarize the SOA compliant review process. The important point, in our opinion, is that there is a process that exists for mediating complaints with regard to SOA members.

Q: How do you deal with disputes in which players are accusing casinos of cheating while casinos say it’s the players who are cheating?

A: The IGC ultimately has little authority over the manner that member companies respond to consumer complaints. That being said, IGC member companies work with the IGC on player complaints as a means toward increasing credibility within the Internet gambling industry. In addition, under the Seal of Approval program, applicants agree to adhere to a dispute resolution process for player complaints.

In our opinion, the Seal of Approval program provides an important mechanism for dissatisfied players in the form of dispute resolution, establishing a system where a designated compliance officer, initially the IGC Executive Director, can intervene and mediate a resolution when there is evidence that any attempted resolution, between a Seal of Approval member site and the consumer, has not been effective.

Q: What can be done to resolve the bonus abuse situation (in which players register numerous accounts at online gambling sites so they can cash in on multiple signup bonuses)? Has the IGC developed a policy for keeping this from happening again?

A: While the IGC is confident that our members provide, and will continue to provide, responsible and fair promotions, it is important to point out that there will always be players anxious for the opportunity to corrupt a promotional system, especially since there is the potential to profit.

For example, last summer Casino Fortune and Casino Mapau ran an automated promotional program that was victim to player abuse. According to a Casino Fortune representative, one or more people generated a series of inappropriate claim numbers and posted the link and claim numbers of the unpublicized ones on various Internet message boards. As soon as this activity was discovered, the promotion was shut down. The individual who posted the claim numbers can claim responsibility for ruining this promotion opportunity for honest players.

While the difficulty often arises because of the scrupulous activities of a few players, the process of dealing with these problems, jointly, is akin to growing pains associated with our expanding industry.

Q: What’s the most ridiculous complaint you’ve heard?

A: Good question. The player who submitted a complaint directly against the IGC has to rank as one of the most ridiculous complaints that I have witnessed. The player claimed to have deposited monies and placed real wagers with the IGC, at our web site. I had to gently explain that he/she was incorrect because the IGC is not an Internet gaming site, and there is technically no way to place wagers or play games with us.

Q: Do you have any advice for avoiding sites that could be trouble?

A: I would advise players to avoid sites that do not have information about licensing or readily accessible customer service contact numbers. The smart play is to do some due diligence before placing real wagers with an online gaming site.

Ask questions such as, Where is the casino site licensed? Are there responsible player protections required in the licensing jurisdiction? Can you easily contact customer service? Are rules and regulations of the site clearly stated? Is the site registered with the IGC or other reputable organization?…

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Spider-Man Strikes

I was minding my own business one day a few weeks back when Creative Artists Agency (CAA) agent Nick Styne, who represents Cameron Diaz, Luke Wilson, and many other top stars, e-mailed me to ask about a hand that Tobey Maguire played against me. The e-mail read, “Was it a jackpot hand?”

 

I wondered, “How is it possible that Nick knows the details of this hand?”

 

It turns out that I have finally arrived … yeah, right! You see, I made Page 6 of the New York Post — which I had never heard of, but is supposed to be a big deal — where it was written: “A spy told me that Tobey crippled cantankerous poker pro Phil Hellmuth Jr. when his four of a kind beat Hellmuth’s full house at the WPT’s (World Poker Tour) Mirage championship no-limit hold’em tournament. Hellmuth responded by throwing a tirade.”

 

Well … not exactly. I mean, Tobey did beat my full house with four of a kind — and yes, Nick, it was a jackpot hand. (And my wife and I agree that cantankerous is a good word to describe me!) However, as far as throwing a tirade goes, even though I have thrown far too many in my poker life, I didn’t throw one in this case. Instead, I said, “Nice hand, Tobey.” You see, I didn’t feel that Tobey did anything wrong, and I happen to like him, as well. By all accounts, he is a good guy.

 

With the blinds at $100-$200 and a $25 ante, Tobey opened for $600 with the Aspades Qhearts. A few players passed, and then I made it $1,500 to go with the Kspades Khearts. Tobey called. The flop came down Adiamonds Aclubs 4diamonds, and he bet out $3,000. These days, it seems like no one ever actually plays a hand straight up, especially by making a big pot-sized bet when hitting a monster hand. Thus, I didn’t think Tobey would bet $3,000 into a $3,000 pot with an ace in his hand. So, I called the bet, with plans of who knows what on fourth street.

 

The 8clubs came off on the turn, and Tobey bet out $4,000. I called one more time, but began to strongly suspect that he had an ace. I was thinking I would dump my hand on the river for a big bet, or, less likely, call him down, depending on my read. The last card sealed my fate when the case ace hit the board (A-A-4-8-A). Now, I had an unbeatable hand, unless of course Tobey had the last ace. He bet out $5,000, and I studied briefly and decided that I couldn’t fold my hand at this point. In fact, I probably would have called a bigger bet.

 

Afterward, Tobey berated himself, saying, “I should have bet poker online more on the end, because there’s no way you could have folded, and you had only $5,000 left. I really should have busted you.” True, he should have busted me, but it is possible (but not likely) that I would have folded on the end for a $10,000 bet? For $5,000, I didn’t even study him, which was a mistake, even though I don’t think I could have folded anyhow.…

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The First Isle of Man Licensee Goes Online for Situs Judi Slot Online Terpercaya

The first Isle of Man-licensed online casino has gone live. SunOnline on Thursday launched Casino Atlantis, ushering in a new era of regulated online gaming.

Critics of online wagering have argued that Internet casinos do not do enough to block ineligible players and that money laundering is rampant in unlicensed offshore operations.

Licensing schemes in other first world nations haven’t been successful to date, but Isle of Man licenses may be the first step in minimizing or even eliminating most of these problems. And these licenses may open the door for other reputable jurisdictions to offer their own licenses.

The new casino is part of the Bahamas-based Sun International Hotels conglomerate that was responsible for the Sun City and Atlantis developments in South Africa and the Bahamas, respectively.

The site is modeled after Sun’s Atlantis property, and promises customers “all the style and flair of Atlantis.” Software was developed by Boss Media; there are 15 games to choose from with both download/no download options. In addition to the English-language casino, there are also Spanish, French, Italian, and Portuguese versions of the site.

More importantly – from an industry perspective at least – there are several provisions to block prohibited players in accordance with the Isle of Man’s strict licensing regulations.

Players from Austria, the Bahamas, China, Germany, Sweden, and the U.S., among others, are banned from playing at the site, as are players under the age of 18.

Other stipulations of the licensing agreement include reviewed payouts and Togel Hongkong games that are independently tested for fairness. PriceWaterhouse Coopers and Technical Systems Testing handle these jobs.

There are also provisions to protect players. The most important of these is a £2 million (~US$2.9 million) bond set aside by each licensee to guarantee payouts to the winners.

SunOnline CEO Tobin Prior told Net Imperative, “It is the only online casino that boasts similar standards of regulation to those required for the operation of a traditional casino. We spent more than a year developing the technology behind the innovative processes designed to limit underage gaming, credit card fraud and play from illegal jurisdictions.”

Sun is one of three gaming companies that were issued these precedent-setting casino licenses last September, but it holds the distinction of being the first to gets its casino up and running.

Littlewoods Leisure and MGM Mirage, the other two license recipients, are expected to launch their own casinos before the end of this year. The Isle of Man government plans to issue another nine licenses in the near future.

All three companies are hoping that their long-standing reputations in the land-based gaming world will transfer over to the Net and enable them to take a large chunk of this multi-billion dollar pie. They aren’t likely to be disappointed.…

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iCrystal Slot Online Casino Software Receives High Marks

SURREY, British Columbia — iCrystal Inc. (OTCBB:ICRS), a Surrey, Canada-based designer, developer and worldwide licensor of Internet-based lottery and casino gaming software is please to announced the successful release of the newest version of its virtual casino gaming software, “iCrystal Virtual Casino 4.01.”

iCrystal’s virtual casino licensees have reported an approximate 20% increase in revenues since upgrading to Version 4.01.

“The Company’s launch of this new version of its software to the existing licensees earlier this year has resulted in more attractive and entertaining gaming sites, which has increased the bottom line for our customers, which in turn, has increased iCrystal’s bottom line,” stated Derek Bodnarchuk, president.

“We are proud to be providing our new Version 4.01 software and are excited about the positive responses received from our licenses. The new version makes our licenses’ Web sites more entertaining and our licensees are reporting a substantial increase in revenues,” stated Larry Hrabi, CEO.

Management anticipates these encouraging results will facilitate negotiations with other potential licensees and substantially increase revenues.

iCrystal Inc. is a designer, developer and licensor of Internet-based lottery, roulette and casino gaming software. iCrystal provides its licensees with complete turn-key solutions to the Internet gaming industry. Its casino software features include integrated secure credit card processing and user friendly reporting tools. Through iCrystal’s Master Licensee, the Company can assist in providing its licensees with hosting and effective marketing strategies. The Company’s reliable and timely solutions tailored to ease of use and customized gaming variety has contributed to the ability of iCrystal’s software packages to generate immediate revenue.

To date, the Company has invested over $5,000,000.00 (US) in the research, development and acquisition of state-of-the-art gaming software and technologies geared towards the Internet. Our primary focus is to supply the demand for superior products targeted towards specific niche markets and ultimately provide the customer with a unique and memorable gaming experience.

Chartwell Reports Increased Revenue

CALGARY,Canada — Chartwell Technology Inc. (TSX-VEN: CWH) a leading provider of gaming and information systems for companies engaged in the Internet gaming industry, announces financial results for the three and six months ended April 30, 2002.

Total revenues for the second quarter of 2002 increased 44% to $865,810 compared to $601,817 in the same period of 2001. For the six months ended April 30, 2002, the Company’s total revenues increased 22% to $1,273,153 compared to $1,044,355 for the prior year period. The Company’s focus on attracting established gaming clients, particularly in Europe, has had a very positive effect on the recurring license fee component of total revenue. License fee revenue for the second quarter rose 243% to $538,403 compared to $157,185 in the same quarter of 2001. For the six months ended April 30, 2002, the Company’s license fee revenue was $876,305 representing a 123% increase over the prior year period. Recurring revenue increased 59% on a quarter on quarter basis.

Expenses for the second quarter were up 65% to $1,434,034 compared to $867,348 in the same period of 2001. For the six months ended April 30 2002, expenses increased 37% to $2,618,223. The increases in expenses are attributed to continued development of the Company’s casino gaming systems including the release of our newest Flash Slot Online games. Higher expenses also reflect software development costs related to our new multiplayer games; bingo and poker for expansion into new gaming verticals, regulatory compliance related software development projects and R&D; in the field of new games, systems and platforms to maintain the Company’s lead in providing the most flexible software solutions available.

The loss for the period was $568,224 a decrease of 27% compared with our loss in the previous quarter. Chartwell ended the quarter with a strong working capital position of $ 6,130,496.

“We are beginning to see the results of our focused campaign to attract the larger, established gaming companies,” states Darold H. Parken, President and CEO of Chartwell. “As these clients continue to establish their brands online and as we continue add more established gaming clients, we anticipate strong growth in the recurring revenue component of our total revenue stream. The outlook for the remainder of 2002 remains very positive and our new development initiatives in the wireless and interactive TV areas represent tremendous potential for Chartwell’s future.”

 

 

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Law School Holds Forum on Togel Poker and the Law

Lawyers, a pro gambler, and a lobbyist discuss online gambling

 

Poker players and lawyers gathered around a table last night—sans cards—to discuss everything from legal issues to card strategy in a forum on poker held at Harvard Law School (HLS).

The event, “Going All In: Poker and The Law”, drew together two lawyers, a lobbyist, and a professional gambler together to discuss poker and the law.

 

Panelists focused their discussion on an issue that has caused a bout of controversy in the legal world recently: the legality of online gambling.

 

Dan Walsh, a lobbyist for internet poker and casino gambling in Washington who sat on the panel, called the online poker issue a “legally gray area” that will require time before a legal consensus can be reached.

 

“The vast majority of people think that internet gambling should be legal,” he said. “Sooner or later, I think the U.S. government will need to come around on it.”

 

Shaun Clark, counsel to the World Poker Tour (WPT)—a high stakes poker tournament aired on television—said the difficulty in locating online gambling criminals has made current laws hard to enforce.

 

”The guys that are running these internet Togel hari ini sites are running them off-shore, which makes it extremely difficult to track,” he said.

 

Panelists also criticized rules that organizations and casinos are imposing on poker enthusiasts.

 

At one point, panelist Andy Bloch, a professional poker player and 1999 HLS graduate, presented a copy of a contract that he signed in order to participate in the WPT. He said he had crossed out areas on the document that he deemed illegal to protest the organization’s constraints on participants’ rights to gamble outside of the WPT.

 

“The contract basically says ‘If you want to play in our tournaments…then you also have to give up all of these other rights,’” Bloch said, adding that professional poker players are making efforts to organize into a union of sorts.

 

But legal talk didn’t dominate the night—the collection of expert poker players present offered their guidance to enthusiasts in the audience seeking tips.

 

Bloch said “aggression” was what pushed him to the finals of major poker tournaments. “Being the first one to take the step out is a very good strategy,” he said.

 

The event was moderated by Weld Professor of Law Charles R. Nesson ’60. In his closing remarks, Nesson offered his own viewpoint on the poker debate.

 

“It’s so much an American thing,” Nesson said. “The idea that it’s illegal is offensive to me.”

 

Nesson also said that as a student at HLS in the 1960s, one former professor recommended that playing bridge was the best way to prepare for law school.

 

“A lot of good learning is about strategy, especially in deal-making,” said Regan A. Smith, a second-year law student. “Getting good at poker is a way to sharpen those tools.”

 

Adam M. Burrows, a second-year HLS student who organized the event, said the forum confirmed his hypothesis that there is a connection between the law profession and poker.

 

“I think it’s interesting how a lot of the players you hear about recently are lawyers,” he said. “Somehow I think there’s a tie between poker and legal professionals.”

 

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One down and we haven’t kicked Domino QQ Online off!

Three of my favourite books Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, The Trial by Franz Kafka and Rates of Exchange by Malcolm Bradbury. Imagine if you merged these three and moved the setting to Central Africa. I wonder what would happen? Of course they are all works of fiction but This is Africa.

My journey took a familiar path starting with playing Domino QQ Online the evening before, calling into the pub afterwards and walking into town to catch the 23.30 bus to Heathrow.

The weather forecast is currently grim and snow is expected. News reached me earlier in the day that 80 flights from Heathrow had already been cancelled.

As the coach was leaving Milton Keynes a passenger shouted to the driver. “The luggage side door is still open.” He quickly stopped and closed the door.

Spent the journey waiting for us to hit the bad weather. On the M1 after Milton Keynes the gritters were out, but I could see by the signs saying 18 miles in 18 minutes that traffic was flowing.

We made it to Heathrow on schedule with no sign of any bad weather whatsoever.

I was the only passenger getting off at Terminal 4. The bus driver had a perplexed looked as he searched for my luggage. “You don’t think I’d put anything in there do you?” I said.

At Heathrow as we were about to board I was asked for my visa, which I duly provided and was allowed to proceed.

I mentioned the visa process earlier and had advised a friend what to do. He chose to ignore me after he had booked his flight and received an accreditation to act as a photographer at the tournament. He wasn’t allowed to board his plane and won’t be coming.

Changed planes in Paris, no one asked to see my visa. This is France.

We waited over an hour on the runway as the plane was de-iced.

Upon arrival in Libreville the plane seemed to take a swerve that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would have been proud of. But we emerged unscathed ready for the next challenge to collect the visa.

We were ushered from one queue to another and eventually a hand took my passport along with my paper confirmation of my evisa.

I could see a pile of passports on a desk the other side of the glass and photocopies being taken. We all waited, impatiently as time passed. It was 90 minutes after we landed before we were reunited.

The next day I met a German friend who had arrived that morning after missing his connection in Paris, by seconds – I didn’t make it worse and tell him about the de-icing. He had been rerouted via Morocco and arrived at 4am. He applied for his visa at the airport!

 

 

 

 

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Corinthians Togel Hongkong president Andrés Sanchez has a lust for glory

 

 

Three years ago Brazilian club Corinthians embarked on an ambitious project to fill an embarrassing hole in their trophy cabinet. Andrés Sanchez came into office as the president of Corinthians with a clear mandate to deliver the Copa Libertadores.

 

The situation back then was grim for the Corinthians with the club having suffered relegation to the second tier of the Brazilian league for the first time in their history. The signings of Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano a few years earlier had turned out to be yet another false dawn as irregular finances brought the São Paulo outfit to their knees.

 

Sanchez’s claims that the club would win the Togel Hongkong Copa Libertadores for the first time in their history in the coming years was met with bemusement in Brazil. Despite having a rich history and over 30 million fans in Brazil the team calling itself the Campeão dos Campeões has never tasted success in South America’s premier club competition.

 

The new president’s first move was to install Mano Menezes as head coach at Corinthians. The youthful coach had already proved himself fit for the task ahead by guiding Grêmio back to the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A after they themselves had suffered the misfortune of relegation.

 

Another achievement on Menezes’ CV which made him so appealing for Sanchez was Grêmio’s appearance in 2007 Copa Libertadores final, just two years after being promoted back to the top flight.

 

Lightening seems to be striking twice for Menezes at Corinthians as once again he won promotion to the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A at the first attempt. Menezes also brought home the regional Campeonato Paulista to Corinthians the following year just as he had won the Campeonato Gaúcho while at Grêmio.

 

The head coach of Corinthians then went on to plant an even bigger smile on the face of Sanchez as the club won the Copa do Brasil in July last year to book an early berth in this year’s Copa Libertadores.

 

This week Corinthians took their bow in the 2010 Copa Libertadores just three short years after suffering relegation. The fairytale dreamt up by Sanchez is one step closer to coming true with the added magic of this year marking Corinthians’ centenary of existence.

 

As well as drafting in Menezes the president of Corinthians has surpassed himself in the transfer market by pouring a generous helping of stardust on his team. Sanchez has proven very creative in securing his marquee signings with private companies queuing up to help out with the wage bill in return for endorsements.

 

The signing of Ronaldo was undoubtedly a gamble but it has already paid dividends for Corinthians. The three time World Footballer of the Year scored the goals to claim both the Campeonato Paulista and the Copa do Brasil and therefore a place in the Copa Libertadores.

 

Now Ronaldo’s fellow geriat-tico Roberto Carlos has signed up for the project. With the whole project geared around one successful Copa Libertadores campaign the age of these players is not the issue, one more season is all that is required.

 

While the former Real Madrid stars are household names across the world Sanchez has also been able to bring other players with a wealth of Copa Libertadores experience.

 

Creative midfielder Tcheco is a player Menezes knows well from his time at Grêmio and at 33-years-old he still has the game to unlock a well drilled defence.

 

Also in for this season is 35-year-old forward Iarley who won the Copa Libertadores and the FIFA Club World Cup with Internacional. Despite reaching the autumn of his career Iarley remains one of the most exciting players to watch in Brazil.

 

Another player who has been on the books at Corinthians for less than a year is the attacking Argentine Matías Defederico. At a mere 20-years-old Defederico is from a different generation than most of his team-mates but has proven he has the skills to keep up with the very best.

 

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South Korean Data Hk Old Boys Gunning For 2010

 

 

There must be something in the water in South Korea. Anybody who spends time on the coaching staff of the national team seems to spend the rest of their career doing pretty well for themselves.

 

A Korean Football Association (KFA) official told me recently that the organization should start charging commission or finding fees. He has a point as it is not impossible that four teams at the 2010 World Cup could have former member of the South Korean coaching staff as their head coaches.

 

Just take a look at the recent history. Guus Hiddink isn’t doing too badly for himself and is now preparing Chelsea for a UEFA Champions League semi-final and is also trying to guide the Russian national team to the 2010 World Cup.

 

His successor in Korea was Humberto Coelho. The Portuguese tactician is now in charge of Tunisia and aiming for 2010. Dick Advocaat was the boss at the 2006 global tournament and has since led Russian club Zenit St Petersburg to the national title and the UEFA Cup.

 

These guys all had national team experience before taking charge of the Taeguk Warriors but the same can’t be said (except for the Netherlands Antilles) of the head coach and assistant that led South Korea to the 2007 Asian Cup.

 

Pim Verbeek was the number two at the 2002 and 2006 World Cups and then stepped up to the plate in 2007. The last in a series of four Dutchman from December 2000, Verbeek took the team to third place at the Asian Cup. As soon as that regional competition was over, he resigned.

 

He turned up in Australia in December of the same year, charged with leading the Socceroos to only their third World Cup ever. Reception down under was lukewarm but Verbeek has won them over with a series of good results. Now, with three World Cup qualification games remaining, Australia is as good as in South Africa. Even if rival teams win all of their games, the Aussies need just a single point.

 

KFA officials are publicly happy at Verbeek’s success but were privately relieved that, with his in-depth knowledge of the game in the Land of the Morning Calm, Korea and the Socceroos were not drawn together in the qualification campaign.

 

What the KFA still has to deal with however is the former Data Hk assistant of the national team – Afshin Ghotbi. The Iranian – American was on the Korean bench at the 2002 and 2006 World Cups and the 2007 Asian Cup. Last week he took over Iran’s national team.

 

Unlike Australia, Iran is in Korea’s World Cup qualification group and Ghotbi will be back in Seoul on June 17 –it remains to be seen if ends up at his old home of the capital’s Grand Hilton Hotel – for the final match of the round and one that could be dramatic as well as decisive.

 

The reason why Ghotbi got the job is because Iran, nicknamed Team Melli, is struggling. A traditional powerhouse of Asian soccer, Iran has collected just six points from five games.

 

Only the top two teams from the group automatically qualify for the competition so authorities in Tehran are naturally worried at missing out, South Korea leads the group and will hope to have guaranteed qualification before the Persians arrive in Seoul.

 

As Iran is four points behind Saudi Arabia in third and North Korea in second -, though the pair has played one game more – Iran needs to start picking up points. Most of the dozen-plus sports papers in Tehran reckon that the team needs seven points from its last three games –two of which come on the Korean peninsula.

 

South Africa should prepare itself to host the Iranian soccer squad,” Ghotbi said upon getting the job. “I will do my best to fulfill my ambition to take Iran to the 2010 World Cup. I hope I can be a soldier for Iran.”

 

 

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64 Seconds in Aplikasi Judi Online24Jam Terpercaya 2021 Paris

 

 

I’m not one of those parents who wrap their children up in cotton wool; I refuse to even pay for pyjamas. I do try my best to keep little Goliath away from television that he may find disturbing though, which normally involves avoiding programmes with Noel Edmonds.

 

Manchester United’s title winning celebrations at Eastlands caught me completely off-guard. The sight of a topless Rio Ferdinand should have set alarm bells ringing, but as he was next to a bare-chested Ronaldo; all I could think of was grabbing a can of Tango from the fridge.

 

Before I could reach the kitchen, the camera Aplikasi Judi Online24Jam Terpercaya 2021 switched to widescreen to show Wayne Rooney with his hands gently caressing the bottom of his shirt. As Rooney’s intentions became clear, i lurched for the remote control in a desperate yet futile attempt to save Goliath from the grisly spectacle.

 

The wee man was left traumatised by the ensuing pictures, and he’s visited the sea-life centre on many occasions. Manchester United were in a similar state in ’95 when the Hammers cost United the title; the Red Devils will finally take revenge at 3/5.

 

Jose Mourinho has rightly apologised for his over-the-top personal attack on Ronaldo. Judging a man as a result of his background is completely out of order; that’s the kind of thing a Frenchman would do. I’m surrendering to the 8/13 for a Chelsea win over Everton.

 

Reporting a crime to the filth has a certain stigma attached to it, like being seen in public with a Sweaty, but few would argue with Dabo’s decision to tuck up Joey Barton. Michael Ball’s stamp on Ronaldo would suggest that Barton has been a real influence on his team-mates; I’m putting my foot down, get on Spurs at 1/2 to see off Man City.

 

Charlton may have suffered the ignominy of relegation, but like Arnold Schwarzenegger, they’ll be back, probably harassing women. I’m getting my hands on the 2/5 for a Liverpool win over the Addicks.

 

I’m not one to point fingers, unless I see an overweight ginger-haired kid with glasses, but Freddie Shepherd should shoulder the blame for Newcastle’s awful season. A draw between the disappointing Watford and Newcastle will come as no surprise at 12/5.

 

Paris Hilton has found herself looking at a prison sentence, or to use the correct term; she’s gone for a Barton. (It’s heartbreaking when your favourite movie stars let themselves down.) That young lady needs to be scared straight; it would take me just over a minute. I’m currently getting stuck into the 11/10 for a Blackburn win over Reading.

 

Cesc Fabregas is a quality footballer, but I suspect that he may also lead a secret life as a superhero. Fabman’s noble quest is to mildly annoy tubby midfielders. An Arsenal win over Pompey is the call at an absolutely fabulous 6/4.

 

I have to take my hat off to Neil Warnock. The Sheffield United manager has only found himself in one touchline ruck this season; that’s a remarkable show of restraint from the combustible northerner. Sheffield United can put the nail in Wigan’s Premiership coffin at a placid 13/10.

 

Sammy Lee has always been a winner. The Bolton manager once played a starring role in Liverpool’s FA youth cup winning team; but he was 37 at the time. The wife is also a little person, but it doesn’t hold her back; I just put a chair by the sink. There’s nothing small about the 3/1 for an Aston Villa win over Bolton.

 

I’ll try anything once, except enter a pie-eating contest with Mark Viduka. I must have a go on Middlesbrough at 10/11 against Fulham.

 

Paris Hilton and I have a lot in common, we’re both reluctant to do a little bird. Aston Villa, Chelsea, Man Utd and Middlesbrough form a weekend accer that I am genuinely excited about; the payout is a salacious 18/1.

 

 

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AFRICAN CUP OF NATIONS – Libya, ”go Pkv home”.

 

 

Libya became the first team to be eliminated from the competition after giving a good account of themselves against a strong Ivory Coast team. Libya fell behind to a Pkv Drogba tap in. With the ground virtually full the Egyptian supporters realised that if the result stayed as it was their team could be in trouble, as they have not beaten Morocco in the last 20 years. Chants of Lib-ya, Lib-ya, came from all parts of the ground,and the players responded managing to equalise and even go looking for a winner. Ivory Coast, upped the tempo and forced a winner.

 

During the warm up to the main event Egypt v Morocco, the noise sounded out once again but this time the home supporters were chanting for their own team. When the game kicked off the fans roar reached its peak after 13 seconds when the first chance of the game went begging. After this Morocco took control and dominated the first half. The Egyptians vented their anger and chants against Libya started during half time. Exchanging of pepsi bottles took place from Libyans below and their Egyptian counterparts above. Then the police moved into action using formations dating back to roman times. Firstly they lined up 3 to 4 deep at the bottom of the stand and then advanced en masse towards the retreating Libyan supporters who were quickly making an exit for themselves by removing seats and throwing them towards the police.

 

The police campaign came to a halt half way up the stand as they stood their ground the Libyans were becoming more adventurous but were being showered from above.Then the right flank charged up to the Libyans and quickly retreated. Two minutes later the section was empty and then the rest of Libyans quickly followed suite leaving the police to protect an area of empty seating.

 

This left the Libyan’s as the first team and supporters to make their exit from the competition.

 

AFRICAN CUP OF NATIONS – Around Egypt in 3 days.

 

The first round of matches have now been completed and I have followed the tournament as it has unfolded around the country.

 

Everything has fallen into place, sometimes more by luck than judgement, with a great deal of persistence thrown in. I opted to take the train out of Cairo to Alexandria, on Sunday and spent 10 minutes finding the correct place to buy my ticket. I approached what I understood to be the correct counter at Ramses station. After taking some time to get myself understood the clerk called a colleague over who instructed me to try the other side of the building. I left somewhat bemused and searched for this place. A member of the public came to my rescue and pointed me back to where I had come from! I made a beeline back to the same clerk who straight away produced the ticket I had asked for and even confirmed what I had asked for in English.

 

Taking the football out of Cairo has opened up the competition to other football hot beds in Egypt. In both Alexandria and Port Said the locals were out in force and provided competition for the visiting fans from other countries with their chants of Masr(Egypt).

 

The best support so far has come from the Guineans who entered the Alexandria Border Guard Stadium whilst the earlier game was still taking place. The terraces were already crowded but they poured in to the end behind one goal occupied by Tunisians. The Tunisians showed their disapproval by booing and waving the Guinea supporters away but led by a witch doctor and what looked like Babar the elephant, they continued to flood in packed this part of the stadium still further. They held their own and joined in the chaos that ensued with lots of chanting going on, once again, irrelevant to what was happening in the game. The local Egyptians being led by cheerleaders. Rent a crowd (from now on to be known as Guantanamo supporters due to their uniforms) cheering when ordered to. Finally the Tunisians who were delighted with what they saw after a shaky start and had some clinical finishing by Dos Santos to thank for the margin of their victory. The Zambians had by now disappeared back into the crowd and were not heard after they took an early lead.

 

Before the next match the Guinea supporters made their way to the other end of the stadium where their drums provided a lively background to a dull game. Whilst at the front of the stand a line up that any team would have been scared of danced away. After initially thinking that the South Africans should win this game I found myself hoping that the Guinea team would hold on, as their support had won me over. Even to the extent that I would rather we had the tournaments first goalless draw than South Africa score. This wasn’t to be as the Guineans scored two late on for a memorable victory. On the way out a Minister from Guinea was seen being driven out and the crowd went wild, three of the supporters were on the front of the car as it tried to leave the stadium.

 

In Port Said, a town with a much more relaxed feel, the locals once again came out in force, although the majority of one end was left for the Guantanamo fans. The town used to enjoy a tax free status, but I was informed this was abolished in 2002. This act has affected the popularity of the President and during the second game whilst Senegal were struggling to break down Zimbabwe a poster of Hosni Mubarak himself was pointed out whilst a fan shouted ‘we let Hosni in the stadium and the football is bad’.

 

Opted to take the coach back from Port Said to Cairo as the train would take four hours. The bus should take three. They didn’t tell us that the time may vary according to the driver. As I watched from the front of the coach we went past all traffic, in either lane on the straight dual carriageway. Our drivers skills were such that on this same road he managed to negotiate a tricky chicane (which I couldn’t see) whilst weaving in and out of two cars. The journey from Port Said to the Military stadium, which lies on the outskirts of Cairo had been done in two hours.

 

Now I have two days rest in Cairo before doing it all over again.

 

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