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England Players Face Bans Under New Conduct Code: Soccer Roundup

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

Code of Conduct

England players have been told they could be suspended without appeal for breaching a new code of conduct that may come into effect as early as next month, the Daily Express reported.

Roy Hodgson’s squad will have to agree to a document which gives the Football Association wide-ranging powers to act if their behavior is not up to standard, the newspaper added.

“If someone transgresses in a way that brings the integrity of the team or themselves or the organization into question, we have the ability to warn them,” Club England managing director Adrian Bevington was cited as saying by the newspaper. “Or, if we deem it appropriate, under significant circumstances, to suspend them from England.”

Bolton Vacancy

Alan Curbishley and Phil Brown have emerged as a potential partnership for the managerial vacancy at Bolton Wanderers after the club fired Owen Coyle, the Independent reported.

Curbishley is ready to get back into management after a four-year absence and may do so alongside Brown, who spent five years as a player at Bolton and worked as assistant there under Sam Allardyce and Colin Todd, the newspaper added.

Former Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Mick McCarthy, and ex-Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer are the two leading contenders to replace Coyle, the Daily Mail reported.

Blackburn Shortlist

Blackburn Rovers will draw up a shortlist of potential managers tomorrow having received dozens of applications for the job vacated by Steve Kean last month, the Guardian reported.

Alan Shearer, who helped Blackburn win the Premier League title in 1995, has had no contact with club owner Venky’s even though he’s expressed an interest in the job, the paper added.

Remy Return

Chelsea is ready to make a second move to sign Marseille striker Loic Remy in January, the Express reported.

The Blues, who failed with a bid of 15 million pounds ($24 million) for the French national team forward on Aug. 31, had scouts watch him in Marseille’s 2-2 draw against Paris Saint-Germain three days go, the Express added.

One-Year Offer

Midfielder Frank Lampard and defender Ashley Cole will not be given new long-term contracts by Chelsea, the Sun reported.

Chelsea is only prepared to offer the players one-year deals even if it means losing them as free agents at the end of this season, the Sun said. Lampard, 34, and Cole, 31, can open talks with new clubs from Jan. 1, the newspaper added.

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