Last updated : 10 August 2004 By editor
WBA's Hughes jailed for six years for causing a fatal accident following a post-match drinking session.

Hughes' six-day trial at Coventry Crown Court heard how the disgraced star's £100,000 super-charged Mercedes sports car ploughed into an oncoming Renault near his home, killing passenger Douglas Graham almost instantly.
Jailing the player, the judge told Hughes he had shown a 'callous disregard' for his victims, including father-of-four Mr Graham's wife, Maureen, and driver Albert Frisby, who is currently wheelchair-bound due to his injuries.
Hughes was banned from driving for 10 years and it emerged that he had previously received a 12-month ban for drink-driving when he was 18.

Pires denies 'Vieira will go' quotes

Patrick Vieira's Arsenal future became shrouded in more uncertainty today when Robert Pires denied revealing that his team-mate had decided to join Real Madrid.

Pires insisted he had no knowledge of Vieira's future plans and, in a statement issued through Arsenal, refuted earlier quotes attributed to him and reported by the author of his autobiography, Xavier Rivoire.
Pires said: 'I have never said a word about Patrick's situation - I have too much respect for him to give an opinion. How could I wish Patrick good luck in Madrid when I saw him at the training ground this morning? As far as I know Patrick hasn't signed for Real Madrid. I really hope, as do all my team-mates, that he stays at Arsenal.'
Pires was yesterday quoted claiming that Vieira 'has made a choice and we respect that. We can all understand why he's decided to go to La Liga'.

Saint Michael plays it cagey.

If he plays against Graz in the CL qualifier he will be cup tied and potential buyers like Madrid and Barca will be put off.

Michael Owen's whole Liverpool future will depend on whether he plays in the club's Champions League crunch qualifier in Graz. Barcelona and Madrid are believed to be interested in Owen but are very much aware that if he plays against the Austrian double winners Graz AK his transfer valuation will slump because he will be cup-tied in all UEFA tournaments this season.
Owen has been cagey in recent days about his new contract after 15 months of negotiation.

But those talks appear to have hit a snag with the clear implication that Owen is being pressured into signing before the Champions League starts, and that is something his advisors will not allow to happen, with initially Barcelona and possibly also Real Madrid showing interest.

Throughout the day there had been rumours of a problem over the contract negotiations and it had even been suggested that Owen was unwilling to make himself available because of the delicate position he found himself in.

The other argument is that Liverpool may also not want to have their young striker cup-tied if his contract negotiations break down completely, and they will be left looking for a deal before the transfer deadline arrives on August 31.
If he plays and then rejects the contract, Liverpool could lose him for nothing next summer with under one year of his contract still to run.