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Cantona's kick led to a football ban and a seagull quote

Chess to get sport status

THERE was rejoicing in the cerebral world of chess yesterday, following the news that the game of wit and guile is about to make it to full sporting status.

Football: Ferguson's laughing cavaliers

Yorke and Cole enter the San Siro as possibly the best strike force in United's history. By Phil Shaw

Partners: Dick Powell and Richard Seymour

The two founders of the industrial design firm Seymour Powell met after completing art college. Their company now employs nearly 30 people and its clients include BMW and Casio. The pair are also broadcasters, having made the Channel 4 series `Designs on Your...'

Football: Howard Wilkinson: Words from a previous incarnation

1995 If I am ever reincarnated, I'd like to return as a personality

To bloop or not to bloop?

A new CD of radio cock-ups isn't as funny as it might be.

Football: FA sends out right message

IN PUNISHMENT, as in refereeing, nothing undermines acceptance more than inconsistency and the Football Association's disciplinary committee have been as guilty of unfathomable decisions as any of the men in the middle, notably in the exoneration of Alan Shearer for kicking Neil Lennon last year.

Football: Eric the Red part two

The film star is a footballer for one night. By John Lichfield

Literature: The existential game

Next time someone asks you to sum up England's chances, you could always hit them with a haiku - "High expectations/ And low quality defence / Bad combination". Don't thank me, thank Pele's World Cup Poetry Workshop website, which has a neat 17-syllable line on each of the teams taking part this year. Concision in football writing is greatly to be valued these days - the body of work being sprung on us by publishers this summer has the bloated appearance of a gone-to-seed striker.

Review: Living in a bottle

Arab Strap / Electric Sound Of Joy

An Eye On... social affairs

Birth and death: A 32-year-old woman has been arrested in Paligunj, India, for killing a neighbour's daughter after a village sorcerer told her she could become pregnant if she sacrificed someone else's child. Police were searching for the sorcerer who advised the woman to sacrifice a child on the evening of a lunar eclipse.

Move to trademark Diana

The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund has moved to register a Diana logo and the name Diana, Princess of Wales, as trademarks in the United States and Europe to stop the sale of merchandise that uses her image a memory. Yet ironically similar trademark protection may not be possible in the United Kingdom. Under British law it is not possible to claim possession of a face or a name. In the US it is possible for celebrities to regulate the use of their image.

Football: United seek Cantona deal

Eric Cantona and Manchester United are in talks over a final pay- off demand, reported to be as high as pounds 750,000, to reward him for money made on replica shirts bearing his name.

Une maison please

After months of disappointment in the London property market, I have decided to try my luck elsewhere. I am off to France to see what our Continental partners have to offer.

Letter: Ooh aah ...

Sir: The reports about Eric Cantona and his desire to register as a trademark the "Ooh Aah..." chant have shown up a great deal of ignorance of the origin of this chant. In the mid 1980s Irish football fans coined the chant "Ooh aah, Paul McGrath" and it was frequently heard at Lansdowne Road during Irish home games. If anyone has the right to this chant it is Paul McGrath. Incidentally, it's a handy way of learning to pronounce his surname properly.

Ooh aah, what a cruel hoax

A telephone caller who made a hoax bid to a radio auction for Eric Cantona's last Manchester United shirt almost cost a young footballer who was forced out of the game more than pounds 15,000. The caller joined in a radio auction for the signed number seven shirt as thousands of bids flooded in for the souvenir.
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