Ferdinand Travels to Qatar After Injury, Mail Says: Roundup

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

Rio’s Journey

Rio Ferdinand, who withdrew from England’s World Cup qualifier at San Marino tomorrow because of a back injury, will travel to Qatar to work as a television analyst for the game, the Daily Mail reported.

Ferdinand is “sure to enrage England fans” and English soccer’s Football Association with the 15-hour round trip to work for the Al Jazeera TV station, the Mail said.

Blackburn Payout

Blackburn may have to pay 2 million pounds ($3 million) in compensation to Henning Berg, one of three coaches it has fired this season, the Independent reported.

Berg, who lasted 56 days in the job, asked for a one-day hearing into his claim against Rovers at London’s High Court next week, the Independent said.

Poyet Offer

Gus Poyet is “agonizing” over whether to quit as Brighton coach to join Reading, the Daily Express reported.

Reading owner Anton Zingarevich yesterday held talks with Poyet and former Southampton manager Nigel Adkins, who is also a candidate, according to the Express.

Torres Advert

London’s Hammersmith and Fulham Council ordered the removal of a billboard mocking a goal-scoring drought by Chelsea striker Fernando Torres, the Evening Standard reported.

Bookmaker Paddy Power’s hoarding next to Stamford Bridge stadium was erected illegally, the Standard said.

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