LITESPORT London Lite Wednesday, 2 September 2009 47 ON SALE NOWINTERNATIONAL MATCH ENGLAND v SLOVENIA Saturday 5 September 2009, Kick-off 5.30pm, Wembley Stadium All tickets 30/40 Tickets also available to personal callers at the Wembley Stadium ticket office. Opening hours: 10am - 6pm, Wednesday Sept 2 to Friday Sept 4 inclusive. Please enter promotional code SLO 007 when purchasing your ticket and enter a FREE PRIZE DRAW to win an England shirt. All tickets subject to availability. INTO OVERDIVEBREAKING NEWS... Richards rap as Bloodgate goes public FORMER Harlequins rugby director Dean Richards is described as being in central control of everything that happened in the Bloodgate scandal, according to the judgement of the European Rugby Cup appeal which was made public on the ERC website this morning. Richards, who resigned as Quins boss when the storm over a fake blood injury to wing Tom Williams erupted, has already been banned from coaching for three years. Today he is described as the directing mind behind a scheme which saw the club carrying around blood capsules to fake injuries in case a sudden wound was required to bring on a key player. England and ex-Quins physio Steph Brennan, who was banned for two years, is also implicated in the 99 page document, which says Richards had long since recruited Brennan as his willing lieutenant in such activities. The judgement concludes Richards was happy to cheat Leinster out of victory in one of the highest profile games in the clubs history. FULL STORY: PAGE 43 No diving in Scotland? How about this then BY JAMES GOLDMAN On the spot: Eduardo pushes the ball past Celtics Boruc before falling to the ground in last weeks Champions League play-off Four year deal: Ashley Cole Ashley joins JT and signs new contract at Chelsea ASHLEY COLE has signed a new four- year contract with Chelsea. The 28-year-old England defender, currently preparing for Saturdays international friendly against Slovenia, becomes the second big star to commit his future to the club in a matter of days after captain John Terry penned a five-year deal on Monday. Cole has been an integral part of the Blues side since joining from Arsenal back in 2006. The club announced the news in the shortest of statements on their official website. It simply read: Chelsea FC are delighted to confirm that Ashley Cole has signed a new four- year contract. Cole has acted quickly to follow in the footsteps of Terry and striker Didier Drogba, who also signed a new deal this summer. Cole recently declared himself happy at Stamford Bridge after the arrival of new boss Carlo Ancellotti. BY NEAL COLLINS SFA chief executive Gordon Smith opened himself up to accusations of hypocrisy after he claimed Scottish football was immune from diving following a weekend where the SPL saw THREE separate simulation controversies. Smith was responsible for lobbying UEFA to act over the case of Arsenal striker Eduardo. Smith said last night: There is a lot more simulation going on outside of Scotland than there is in this country. Were trying to bring in sanctions that will change players behaviour. I am a great believer that once behaviour changes, attitudes change with it. There is not a lot of it in Scotland, though. Saturdays evidence would indicate that diving is as rife in the Scottish top- flight as anywhere else. Celtics Aiden McGeady was given his marching orders in the 1-0 win at Hibs after hurdling Paul OHanlons challenge and falling to the floor without being touched. Meanwhile, Aberdeen forward Lee Miller was accused of diving by Motherwell boss Jim Gannon. And finally, Hearts striker Christian Nade was yellow carded when he was adjudged to have dived by linesman David Watt, under a challenge from St Johnstones Alan Main. Smith, however, has denied that he is guilty of double standards. For people to say Im keeping quiet for a reason then they have no idea of the situation, he said. People automatically think theres bias if you talk about one incident and not another. But Scotland goalkeeper Craig Gordon believes Smith wouldnt be kicking up such a fuss, were Scotland to book their place at the World Cup if one of their players took a dive. He said: If a Scotland player does it and we end up getting to the play-offs then do we still feel as badly about it? Im not sure. Marching orders: Celtics Aiden McGeady is sent-off for diving on Saturday index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html