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The Liverpool defender today announced he will retire at the end of the season

Sport Letter: Ginola cleared

Sir, There is no doubt David Ginola is a fantastically gifted footballer, but he is also a cheat. He does not cheat the paying public - we can still enjoy his brilliance - he cheats his fellow professionals. There seems to be an acceptable level of this in professional football which we call "gamesmanship" - I was always of the opinion that Mr Ginola went beyond this. However, the decision by the members of the Professional Footballers' Association to elect him as their Footballer of the Year has condoned his behaviour. No longer will I feel a sense of injustice when he dives, and no longer will I listen to a player who complains about his diving. With this award they have legitimised his actions.

Budget 1999: Rules help value football players

NEW MEASURES to help football clubs account for the value of football players will be brought in as part of the Budget.

Which class should I aspire to belong to next year?

`The upper classes aren't interested in governing the country. They're just interested in owning it'

Letter: Cancel those debts

Sir: Serious economists, as well as pop stars (report, 11 February), have supported Jubilee 2000, and urged the cancellation of Third World debt .

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Sports letter: Hartson at fault

Sir: So Ian Wright believes it is disgraceful that John Hartson should be disciplined and face an FA misconduct charge. Surely a case for a one-to-one reality check?

The muscle man cometh, again

THERE'S NO delicate way of saying this: Matthew Barney has a bit of a genital fixation. His 1995 film, Cremaster 4 (the cremaster being, for those of you not familiar with the term, the small but crucial muscle controlling the contraction of the testicles), featured a naked faery with long strings running from clips on its scrotum to the back of an accelerating motorbike. The name of his installation, OTTOshaft, is said to be the graphic representation of the penis shaft (the two Ts) and the testicles (the two Os). Pop psychologists would of course have an answer to the 31-year-old, San Francisco-born artist's preoccupation, but Barney keeps us all guessing: despite treating his audience to graphic shots of medical speculums entering his every orifice, his athletic, football-player's frame is usually disguised in so much prosthetic make-up as to render his very gender indefinable, let alone reveal any finer details.

BOC man quits

The president of BOC Gases Americas and chairman and chief executive of BOC Process Plants and Cryostar, Seifi Ghasemi, has quit, industrial gases group, BOC said yesterday. In a statement, Mr Ghasemi said he was leaving because he wanted the chance to run a company in his own right.

Sweating it out in Athens

Michael Johnson

Brylcreem's new boy

The Brylcreem Boy is back. But this being the Nineties, he goes out with a Spice Girl and wears "wet look gel" rather than grease you could use to lubricate a bus axle.

Letter: Crucial questions only educational research can answer

Letter: Crucial questions only educational research can answer

Findings on fertility hit footballers where it hurts

Those slightly indelicate postures adopted by footballers at the tensest moments of a match may not, after all, be quite necessary.

ShareLink condemns `hybrid' market

ShareLink condemns `hybrid' market

Letter: Bosman will hurt football Defending football's union

EAMON Dunphy does not understand the true nature of the Bosman case and its possible consequences on English football ("For the good of the game", 24 September). He also reveals a lack of understanding of the progress made in English football since the time he was a player in the 1960s.

Comment: Time for Exchange to find a new role

Time for Exchange to find a new role
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