LITESPORT THE real reason Sol Campbell walked out of Notts County is revealed today by his good friend and former England team-mate Andy Cole. Cole says the split came because of what Campbell saw as unkept promises. He has now left County because he had been led to believe there would be major resources invested at Meadow Lane rapidly and, obvi- ously, not just in new players but in facilities and infrastructure. That has not happened and Sol is not sure that it will, Cole says in his column in The Independent. One possible explanation is that NottsCountysnewowners,Munto Finance,havedevelopedaninterest in Formula 1. Litesport can reveal that German carmanufacturerBMWhasagreed to sell its Formula 1 team to Swiss- based Qadbak Investments. Qadbak bought Notts County in July through its Munto Finance company. BMW has not revealed financial details of the deal it has agreed with Qadbak, a company which it described as representing the interests of certain Middle East- e r n a n d E u r o p e a n - b a s e d families. The statement adds: Qadbaks interest in the team will be repre- sented by Lionel Fischer, a Swiss national. When the Qadbak-owned Munto Finanace bought the League Two side in the summer, they wiped out debts of 1m when taking over from a supporters trust and made Championship football their five- year target. They made a statement of intent by installing former England man- ager Sven-Goran Eriksson as their director of football and with the later signing of Campbell. Cole says: I think there is also a feeling, rightly or wrongly, that some of the money Countys new owners were planning to put into football is now going into Formula One instead. CountyexecutivechairmanPeter Trembling said yesterday that Campbell could not adjust to the long-term nature of the project under way at Notts County. ButColesays:Soldidntseewhat heassumedwouldbequick,signifi- cant changes during his early weeks at the club. That raised doubts in his mind to get out, and quickly. The truth is that Sol had already gone through a period of dashed hopes and expectations at Port- smouth, and why should he go through that all over again? Cole also reveals that he too was a target of Eriksson to join the Countyrevolution:IranintoSven at the England game against Croatia a couple of weeks ago and he said Andy, do you fancy coming to Notts County? ColesaidNothanks,andhaving spoken to Campbell, is glad he did. 46 Thursday, 24 September 2009 London Lite WHY MY PALInbrief Crist almighty, he scores again CRISTIANO RONALDO scored the opening goal for Real Madrid last in the 2-0 win at Villarreal which saw Los Merengues move joint top of La Liga. Like Barcelona, Madrid have won four out of four in their domestic league and also got their Champions League campaign off to a winning start in Zurich last week. Ronaldo, meanwhile, now has an astonishing seven goals in his first five games. Inter win minus the special one INTER MILAN brushed aside the absence of Jose Mourinho to climb to the top of Serie A following a 3-1 win over Napoli last night. The former Chelsea boss was serving a one-match touchline ban after his verbal assault on the referee in last weekends win at Udinese. Inter will be replaced at the top this evening should Juventus maintain their 100 percent start with a win at Genoa. Hull of a day at the office, Phil HULL manager Phil Brown remained defiant after his side slumped to another demoralising defeat. The Tigers, who are 19th in the Premier League after one win in six, were crushed 4-0 by Everton in the Carling Cup. Brown said: It is about rolling the sleeves up now and fighting even harder. Hopefully, whatever team I pick on Saturday will respond in the right manner. Hamburg and Wolfsburg crash WOLFSBURG and Hamburg headlined the casualties on a night of shocks in the second round of the DFB-Pokal. Reigning Bundesliga champions Wolfsburg, who are in the same Champions League group as Manchester United, crashed out after 3-2 loss at fellow top-flight outfit Cologne while Hamburg, currently top of the German league, lost on penalties to third division outfit Osnabruck. Fans urged to shame racists ANTI-RACISM group Kick It Out has urged football supporters to report fellow fans who shout racist abuse at players. This comes after a man was detained following the Carling Cup match between Blackpool and Stoke, for allegedly abusing Seasiders striker Jason Euell. Two days earlier Blackburns El-Hadji Diouf was questioned by police for allegedly using racist language against an Everton ball boy. Andy Cole tells of unkept promises and Notts F1 links Sol survivor: Campbell in Chelsea last night, right, after walking out on Notts County and training with his friend Andy Cole for England back in 1997, above. BY GEOFF TEATHER England and United have Rio concerns Blunder: Rios slip let in Bellamy on Sunday SIR ALEX FERGUSON and Fabio Capello are becoming increasingly agitated by Rio Ferdinands persistent injury problems, according to reports in The Times. The centre back has missed 30 of the past 52 matches involving United and England as nagging injuries take their toll on his body. Since April, he has started back- to-back competitive games on only two occasions. Ferdinand, who turns 31 in November, has been hindered by a succession of calf, thigh and groin injuries over the past nine months, although they appear to be an offshoot of a back complaint that requires something close to Ledley King-style management. Ferguson hinted at his mounting concerns last week when he said that Ferdinand has one game back and picks up another injury when he really needs games. The club are increasingly worried that the problems appear to be more frequent as the player gets older. England boss Capello, meanwhile, has been able to partner Ferdinand and John Terry in only two of Englands past nine games. BY JAMES GOLDMAN 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.html48.html49.html50.html51.html