World Football Gossip Roundup: John Terry, Daniel Agger, Ashley Cole
Transfer news is scarce in this Monday edition of the B/R World Football Gossip Roundup, but take heart.
Craziness still abounds.
In Spain, a match was postponed this weekend with the stadium in a state of semi-darkness. The latest word is sabotage.
In Russia, the reigning league champions are sending senior players to the reserves. The latest word is money.
All that and more appear inside. Keep reading for the details.
John Terry Retires from International Football
England defender John Terry has retired from international football, citing what he calls his "untenable" position with the team (BBC Sport).
The past year has been rocky for Terry, 31. In July, he was cleared by a British court of racially abusing Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand.
The FA, however, has charged him in the incident. Terry was scheduled to appear in a hearing on the matter on Monday.
The incident also cost him the England captaincy in March (BBC Sport). It was the second time Terry had been stripped of the armband. He also lost it in 2010 following allegations of an affair with an England teammate's ex-girlfriend (The Guardian).
Daniel Agger Done for the Season?
Liverpool defender Daniel Agger could miss much of the season after injuring his knee in Sunday's loss to Manchester United (via Metro).
Metro speculates that Agger could have injured the medial ligament in his knee. Such an injury would keep Agger out for the rest of the season.
"Agger's [injury] doesn't look good," Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said after the match. "The medics were saying it might be a medial ligament. We'll see."
Agger, 27, is a Danish international with 51 caps. He joined Liverpool in 2006 from Brøndby.
Roberto Di Matteo 'Optimistic' Ashley Cole Will Sign New Contract
Chelsea manager Robert Di Matteo is "optimistic" defender Ashley Cole will sign a new contract with the club (via Goal.com).
Cole, 31, joined Chelsea in 2006 from Arsenal. His current contract expires at the end of the season.
Di Matteo said he hopes Cole's situation will be resolved before the January transfer window.
I'm very optimistic that it will be dealt with before that. He has become a legend—he is now Chelsea through and through. But I wouldn't say it's just happened recently. He's been here many years and has contributed a lot to this club.
Cole scored the winner in Chelsea's 1-0 victory over Stoke on Saturday.
Lights Sabotaged at Rayo Vallecano?
Rayo Vallecano's match against Real Madrid was abandoned on Sunday after a suspected incident of sabotage to the lighting at Rayo's Estadio de Vallecas (Reuters via The Independent).
The game was due to kick off at 930pm local time (1930 GMT) on Sunday but the stadium was in semi-darkness and fans were still waiting outside the locked arena as workmen toiled to fix the lights.
Rayo president Raul Martin Presa said unidentified persons had cut the cables on some of the lights and when it became clear they could not be repaired in time the game was abandoned.
The match has been rescheduled for Monday.
Igor Denisov, Alexander Kerzhakov Sent to Zenit St. Petersburg Reserves
Zenit St. Petersburg have sent captain Igor Denisov (pictured) and forward Alexander Kerzhakov to the club's youth team after "internal problems" (Reuters via FourFourTwo.com).
At the club's official website, FC-Zenit.ru, the club announced 29-year-old Kerzhakov had joined the youth team for "improper behavior."
In a separate announcement, the club said Denisov had been sent to the youth team "indefinitely."
This measure is related to the fact that Denisov made an ultimatum to the club and refused to take the pitch against Krylya Sovetov, demanding that his personal contract be reviewed.
Denisov first made his contractual demands, which the club considers to be unfounded, in May, 2012. Denisov`s contract is valid until 2015, and his salary is one of the highest not only in FC Zenit, but in the whole Russian Premier League.
The Reuters article speculates that "several senior Zenit players" are unhappy over the club's big-money signings of Brazilian attacker Hulk and Belgian midfielder Axel Witsel.
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