World Cup 2010 - Paper Round: Terry to lose £20m

Eurosport - Sat, 06 Feb 11:15:00 2010

Oh how Tiger Woods must wish that John Terry was quarterback of a top NFL team or the leading pitcher of the New York Yankees.

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That's because the papers are tackling the Terry scandal with the same carnivorous glee that media outlets on both sides of the pond inflicted (and are still inflicting) on Woods.

"England captain sex scandal: Day 8" screams a banner on the front of the Mirror and they also win the headline of the day as they go with "Terrivederci" to report the news that Fabio Capello has sacked the England captain.

The Sun back page leads with the news that Terry could lose £20m in sponsorship endorsements as a result of his indiscretions, but they also have a "pro-Terry" article from Sven Goran Eriksson's squeeze Nancy Dell'Olio who says that Terry's wife Toni should forgive the England star.

The Mirror is more biting as they claim that Terry paid £800,000 to lover Vanessa Perroncel as "hush-money" so she won't sell her story to the tabloids.

The Mirror also claims that Terry "had a sexual liaison with a pretty blonde in a kitchen just six months before he married". No real need for Paper Round to expand on that "Ronseal-esque" opening paragraph.

As for the Mail, well their back page just says "Good Riddance".

This story is going to run and run you feel.

Away from Terry, and with football fans having always been known to relish in a bit of schadenfreude, Liverpool supporters might just start cruelly cheering for Portsmouth to go out of business.

That's because Pompey face a winding up order next week over unpaid taxes and if they fold, the Reds will then steal a march on the likes of Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham in the race for a Champions League spot.

The Sun cites Premier League rules that state that if a club goes out of business, all their results that season have to be scrapped, with the league then carrying on with 19 teams.

In such a scenario, Arsenal and City would lose the six points they have earned against Pompey this season while Spurs' win against Avram Grant's side would also be chalked off.

That would see Liverpool, who lost 2-0 at Fratton Park, leapfrog Spurs and move to within just two points of Arsenal, while City would drop down to seventh with their lost points.

At the other end of the table, it is West Ham who lose out big time. The Hammers start the weekend sixth from bottom but would drop down to the bottom of the pile if Portsmouth go as they would lose the four points they have picked up against Pompey this term.

They would be joined in the bottom two by Bolton with only two teams dropping down to the Championship.

With the transfer window now closed transfer gossip is thin on the ground, but Liverpool remain confident of signing Standard Liege's Milan Jovanovic on a free in the summer despite AC Milan now showing an interest in their namesake (Mail).

Manchester United are considering offering a deal to young Norwegian defender Even Hovland but Everton are also interested (Mail).

Cesc Fabregas has told Spanish radio he will live in Barcelona someday but maybe only after he retires. The Arsenal star said that he and his family consider London to be "home." (Mirror)

Blackburn are urging Morten Gamst Pedersen to make a decision on his future. The Norwegian is out of contract in the summer and Celtic, Fenerbahce and a "clutch" of Premier League clubs are interested (Mail).

Wigan's Erik Edman will sign for Helsingborg in his native Sweden on a free transfer and sign a five-year-deal (Mail).

Aston Villa will offer James Milner a new deal in the summer (Mail) and will also send midfielder Isaiah Osbourne to QPR when the loan window re-opens (Mirror).

Finally, Spurs star Wilson Palacios has revealed that he owes his career in England to Arsene Wenger. The Honduran had a trial with Arsenal, and while Wenger didn't think he was good enough for the Gunners, he recommended him to then Birmingham boss Steve Bruce who eventually signed him for Wigan.

Seán Fay / Eurosport

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