Nigerian team suspended for two years

MORRIS DALLA COSTA, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:02 AM ET

JOHANNESBURG -- Imagine if Prime Mininter Stephen Harper suspended the Toronto Maple Leaf program every time they played poorly.

The fans would never see a game.

The president of Nigeria didn't like how the Nigeria Super Eagles played at the World Cup and suspended the national team program for two years. There were also allegations of corruption that involved the team before the World Cup.

No specific allegations have surfaced but presidential spokesman said all funds directed to the Nigerian team will be examined. The suspension came following the submission of a report by the soccer task force.

"All those found wanting will be sanctioned," said spokesperson Ima Niboro.

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What did Wayne Rooney's wife know that no one else did? The England striker's wife Coleen booked a holiday that includes includes yachts in Barbados and nightlife in Vegas. The holiday was booked more than two days before England was humbled by Germany in the World Cup knockout round.

Could Rooney have been thinking of sun, fun and gambling instead of scoring goals? Not surprisingly, a great many England players are preferring holidays away from England after their awful World Cup performance.

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Cell phone security is not something Ashley Cole appears to be familiar with or care about. The England defender has put himself into trouble yet again over the use of his cell phone. He posted a text for his friends to see.

"I hate England and all the f*cking people. I always try my hardest for England and Chelsea but the intrusion and pressure I feel is making my life hell," he said.

If it's so awful, maybe he should try getting out of the business that pays him millions. Perhaps a factory position where there might be no pressure except trying to make ends meet.

Cole was previously caught sending explicit photographs of himself, along with suggestive message, to an unnamed blonde secretary in February.

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The biggest hog at the trough is investigating the smaller hogs in case they are getting greedy. FIFA is going to investigate allegations that Australia's bid to play host to the 2022 World Cup offered illegal inducements and gifts that broke FIFA's gift guidelines.

Someone leaked documents that broke down the bid budget for the games. It is also alleged that gifts of pearl necklaces and cufflinks were presented to FIFA officials at a 2008 dinner at the home of the Football Federation Australia chair.

FIFA rules indicate World Cup bidders can give gifts of "symbolic or incidental value." The bigger question is if these are FIFA officials, what are they doing accepting gifts that are not symbolic or incidental.

morris.dallacosta@sunmedia.ca


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