Odd balls  

news: Odd balls  

• England’s midfield motor Steven Gerrard faces a 12-week lay-off, forcing him to miss the World Cup qualifiers against Wales and Azerbaijan later this month, after fracturing a bone in his left foot on the same night that Rio Ferdinand celebrated his successful comeback for Manchester United.

• UEFA have awarded Dynamo Kiev a 3-0 win over AS Roma in the lighter-throwing incident which injured referee Anders Frisk and caused the Champions League tie to be abandoned at half-time. Roma will also have to play their next two European games behind closed doors.

• Manchester United skipper Roy Keane has been charged with assault and criminal damage following a dog-walking row involving a teenager. Police confirmed Keane, 33, will appear at Trafford Magistrates Court after being released on bail. If convicted, he faces a maximum six months jail term as well as a 7,500 euro fine.

• At auction, Paul Gascoigne’s famous tear-stained 1990 World Cup semi-final shirt sold for almost 40,000 euros. Another anonymous buyer paid close to 100,000 euros for Pele’s shirt, worn by the then 17-year old while scoring twice against Sweden in the 1958 World Cup Final.

• Legendary manager Brian Clough, who is best known for taking unfashionable Nottingham Forest to two European Cup wins, has died after a long illness aged 69.

• New AS Roma coach Rudi Voeller has offered to resign after only three games following a 3-1 defeat against Bologna who had to make do with nine men for the entire second half.