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Real Madrid legend Raul joins New York Cosmos

New York Cosmos have pulled off a coup by signing former Real Madrid striker Raul.

The Spaniard, who is the record goalscorer at the Santiago Bernabeu, will also take on the role of technical director, before working with the club's academy upon retirement.

Raul is still a hero at the Santiago Bernabeu. Credit: PA

The 37-year-old former Schalke forward said: "Everyone throughout the soccer world knows the Cosmos name and the legacy of the players that played for this team previously. They helped establish soccer in America and I’m honored to follow in their footsteps. I believe in this club’s vision and I’m excited to be a part of that.”

Redknapp: I don't want to know what Twitter is

QPR boss Harry Redknapp claims he does not know what Twitter is after Rio Ferdinand was banned for using the word 'sket' on the social media platform.

The R's defender has been banned for three matches and fined £25,000 for using 'sket', meaning "promiscuous girl or woman".

"We've not seen the report from the FA so we can't really comment on it, to understand what he has done," Redknapp stated in his press conference.

"I'll have to sit down with chief executive Philip Beard and chairman Tony Fernandes and talk about the possibility of an appeal when we have the report.

"Rio does know how to behave off the pitch. There are not many professionals better than Rio. But I am not in position to talk about it, because I have not seen any details."

Redknapp, 67, admits his grasp on social media is not a strong one, and explaining that it's not up to the club to manage a player's Twitter output..

"As far as I see it a personal thing rather than something that should affect a club.

"I don't know what Twitter is, I don't want to know to be honest. It doesn't interest me one little bit. If I understood it I might be able to talk about it."


Liverpool striker thinks injuries are hereditary

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge believes his injury problems could relate to his Caribbean heritage.

The former Chelsea forward is currently sidelined with a muscle problem picked up while on England duty.

Daniel Sturridge has suffered thigh and calf problems this season. Credit: PA

Sturridge told TalkSport: “I play my game as best I can, but I’ve been unfortunate this season,

“Maybe it’s my body type, maybe it’s hereditary. Both my uncles had injuries, and my dad had them as well. Maybe it’s the Caribbean vibes, maybe I have speed but maybe it makes you more vulnerable because of the fast twitch muscles and the speed in which you’re moving.

“I am vulnerable to muscle injuries. As long as I continue to work hard everything will take care of itself.”

Rio Ferdinand suspended for three matches over tweets

Footballer Rio Ferdinand has been fined £25,000 and suspended for three matches over a comment he allegedly made on his Twitter account.

A statement on the FA's website said:

Queens Park Rangers defender Rio Ferdinand has been suspended for three matches commencing with immediate effect, subject to any appeal, after an FA misconduct charge against him was found proven ...

Following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing on Wednesday 29 October, Ferdinand was also fined £25,000, severely warned as to his future conduct and ordered to attend an education programme, arranged by The FA within four months.

– fa statement

Ancelotti: It's impossible to shut Blatter up

Ancelotti says Ronaldo should win the Ballon d'Or. Credit: PA

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has hit out at Fifa president Sepp Blatter saying he is 'impossible to shut up' before backing his player Cristiano Ronaldo to win the Ballon d'Or.

Ancelotti, speaking at a press conference, launched a scathing attack on the Fifa boss after it had been reported that Blatter would like to see German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer win the Ballon d'Or ahead of Ronaldo.

"It always surprises me what he does, but what are we going to do? It's impossible to shut the mouth of the FIFA president," said Ancelotti.

"There isn't much to think about. It is Cristiano's year, he scored goals and won important titles. There should be no doubt that he is the Ballon d'Or."

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