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Terry Faces $1.2 Million Legal Bill, Sun Says: Soccer Roundup

The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.

Terry’s Bill

Chelsea captain John Terry faces a bill of at least 770,000-pounds ($1.2 million) following his criminal trial and Football Association hearing into the Anton Ferdinand racial abuse case, the Sun reported.

The F.A. yesterday suspended Terry for four games and fined him 220,000 pounds for racially abusing Ferdinand in a Premier League match last season. A London court on July 13 acquitted Terry of racial abuse against Ferdinand.

Terry has run up 750,000 pounds in legal fees battling the criminal and F.A. charges and will try to recoup 400,000 pounds from the court case, the Sun said. He’s also liable to pay the costs of the F.A. hearing, said to be at least 200,000 pounds, the newspaper added.

Vidal Interest

Manchester United is interested in signing Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal, the Daily Mirror reported.

Vidal, a 25-year-old Chile international, would cost about 40 million pounds and is also attracting interest from Real Madrid and Manchester City, the Mirror added.

Three-way Fight

Newcastle United is in a three-way fight to sign CSKA Moscow forward Seydou Doumbia, who’s rated at 16 million pounds after scoring 26 goals for the Russian club last season, the Daily Mail reported.

The Magpies, who face competition from Napoli and Lazio, have watched the Ivory Coast striker on three occasions, the newspaper added.

Play Fair

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said his team may be losing out by not cheating to win free kicks and penalties, the Daily Telegraph reported.

“We like to think we are a sporting team, I have always told my players to do the right thing, not to dive, to play fair,” the Telegraph cited Rodgers as saying. “But the fairness we show, it seems the decisions pass us by because of it. There are so many decisions that have gone against us.”

Sherwood Snub

Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas ruled out technical coordinator Tim Sherwood being promoted to a director of football role at the club, the Daily Mail reported.

“In the way we want to build, I think (chairman) Daniel Levy sees Tim continuing as technical coordinator, working with the development squad,” the Mail cited Villas-Boas as saying.

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