ANDREW FLINTOFF has spilt the beans on that famous pedalo incident. After captaining England for the disastrous 2006/07 Ashes tour which Flintoff admits turned into a booze cruise the next port of call was a World Cup campaign in the West Indies, and it was there, after defeat in a group match, that he chose to drown his sorrows. In his updated autobiography Ashes to Ashes, serialised in the Daily Mail, he retraces his steps that night and takes issue with reports he was rescued from the sea insisting he never got that far. Not long after I arrived at [a] club, I realised Id had enough to drink and slipped out, intending to walk back to the hotel, he explains. Instead of walking down the road, I decided it would be nicer down the beach and come into the hotel from the back. A row of kayaks caught my eye, but none of them had any oars. Next to them were some pedalos, and I remember dragging one to the edge of the water presumably because I fancied a ride. But for the life of me, I couldnt work out how to get on it or my legs into it so I let go of it, and it quickly drifted away from the shore. I think I slipped and fell over in a few inches of water, but nothing more. Flintoff also talks about his run-ins with coach Duncan Fletcher and turning up for a nets much the worse for wear after the Ashes had been lost: Im not going to try to make excuses because I know I shouldnt have arrived for training smelling of booze. It was unprofessional but it was indicative of my state of mind at the time. I wasnt the only one, I hasten to add, and it wasnt just the players most of the support staff were at it more than we were. It was like being on a booze cruise. 44 Monday, 21 September 2009 London Lite LITESPORT WECANCOPEWITHOUTDROG, SAYSANCELOTTI:PAGES42-43 Freddie reveals how he took his foot off the pedalo Lids off: Flintoff blows whistle BREAKING NEWS... Briatore gets lifetime ban for Crashgate FLAVIO BRIATORE has been handed a lifetime ban from motor sport over his role in Renaults Crashgate scandal. The Italian (below), who also owns QPR FC, has also been told the FIA will not accept any driver who is associated with him. Pat Symonds, Renaults executive director of engineering, has been handed a five-year ban. Renault have been given a suspended permanent disqualification after motor sports governing body ruled on Nelson Piquet Jrs deliberate crash which helped team- mate Fernando Alonso to win last years Singapore Grand Prix. The World Motorsport Council suspended Renaults punishment for two years because they took steps to to identify and address the failings within its team. Notts County facing probe THE Football League has confirmed it is investigating the takeover of League Two club Notts County. The Magpies have been causing a stir since Middle East consortium Munto Finance bought the club this summer, appointing former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson as director of football and signing Sol Campbell. Mystery surrounds who is actually behind Switzerland-based Munto Finance with executive chairman Peter Trembling, former commercial director at Everton, fronting the consortium. The League has not yet rubber- stamped the takeover and wants to know the identity of the owners. A spokesman said: Discussions are ongoing with regard to the clubs ownership structure. ENGLAND SWANN OFF: PAGE 41 BY GEOFF TEATHER HELLS BELLSFAandpoliceprobeafterCraighitsthefan THE Football Association have joined thepoliceinlaunchinganinvestigation into the punch which Manchester City striker Craigh Bellamy appeared to throwatafan followingyesterdays 4-3 derby defeat at Old Trafford. An FA spokesman said: We are investigating the incident and we will be looking at the referees match report. A Greater Manchester Police spokes- man added: At the end of the derby between Manchester United and Man- chesterCityatOldTrafford,amember of the public ran on to the pitch, and was detained by security staff. Duringthistime,therewasanalter- cation between the man and a player from Manchester City FC. Noformalcomplainthasbeenmade by either party but police are continu- ing to make inquiries. As Carlo Ancelottis table-toppers go about their business in an understated manner,Cityareedgingclosertoinher- iting Chelseas mantle as the most despised club in the land. Mark Hughes reputation took a bat- tering as a result of his aggressive pursuit of Joleon Lescott, while EmmanuelAdebayorsactof thuggery againstArsenalsRobinvanPersielast week ruled him out yesterday. Hughes backed his star striker, who will appeal against a charge of improper conduct following his brain- less goal celebration, and the former Blackburnbosswontgainmuchpublic support for his defence of Bellamys (right) actions. Hesaid:BrianCloughclippedsome- ones ear. He was lauded a national hero.MaybeitllbethesamewithCraig but I doubt it. The build-up to the game had been dominatedbythewarof wordsbetween Sir Alex Ferguson and Hughes. Andthesorcererwasclearlydelighted to have taken the apprentice down a peg or two. Hesaid:Sometimesyouhaveanoisy neighbour. The players showed their form -- that is the best answer of all. BY JAMES GOLDMAN DROG,WITHOUTCOPECANWE 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