Occupied territories | For Palestinian women, a field is a dream

The booing of Lithuanian players at home two weeks ago resulted in “misunderstanding, confusion and poor communication at a club where faceless Lithuanian players and coaches come and go like starlings on a telegraph wire,” writes Thomas Rowan in the Financial Times (2 Dec 06). Unlike the situation under foreign ownership at English Premiership sides Chelsea, Manchester United and Aston Villa, Romanov’s millions have not been able to attract top-flight talent to the relative anonymity that Scottish football offers, at least in comparison to Old Firm clubs Celtic and Rangers.

The notes show Best in both Manchester United and Northern Ireland strips.

Northern Ireland | Fans pay respect with £5 sell-out

Ulster Bank printed one million £5 notes bearing the image of George Best, commemorating the first anniversary of his death (see 25 Nov 05). Whether sold via post or at bank branches, the notes are gone: the money has sold out. Postal applications became available on Nov 13. The supply of notes expired on Dec 1. Best’s sister received the first note in the series and his father, Dickie, the last. (Belfast Telegraph, 2 Dec 06)

Iraq | Body of Sunni soccer official found

The body of Hadib Majhoul, chairman of the Talaba soccer club and a Sunni Arab, was found riddled with bullets two days after his kidnapping in Baghdad. Sports figures have become frequent targets of sectarian violence, and Ahmed al-Hijiya, the chairman of Iraq’s National Olympic Committee, kidnapped in July along with some 30 colleagues, remains at large. (AP, 3 Dec 06)

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