Jose Mourinho Stadium Ban: Chelsea boss could challenge FA decision

first_img1 Jose Mourinho could yet challenge the Football Asscoiation ban that will see him miss Chelsea’s game against Stoke City on Saturday.The Blues boss’ fractious relationship with the FA deteriorated further on Thursday as he failed in his appeal against a suspended one-match stadium ban and £50,000 fine.The self-proclaimed Special One was sanctioned for implying match officials were biased against the Premier League champions in comments made following the October 3 loss to Southampton.It was a charge he rejected, but his appeal was thrown out, the FA announced on Thursday.Chelsea are understood to be disappointed with the appeal failing and are still mulling over whether to challenge the punishment which forbids Mourinho from entering the Britannia Stadium this weekend.The Blues are still to pore over the written reasons before making the decision.The ban was imposed following his half-time dismissal at West Ham last month.The Blues boss “admitted an FA charge of misconduct regarding his language and/or behaviour towards the match officials in or around the dressing room area” at Upton Park and was fined £40,000 alongside the stadium ban.Only if Chelsea appeal against that penalty will Mourinho, who is slated to speak to the media on Friday lunchtime, be permitted to enter the Britannia Stadium or surrounding area on matchday.YOU CAN LISTEN TO LIVE AND EXCLUSIVE NATIONAL RADIO COMMENTARY OF STOKE v CHELSEA ONLY ON talkSPORT FROM 5.3Opm ON SATURDAY Jose Mourinho last_img read more

Chelsea flop set to depart just THREE MONTHS after arriving

first_img Papy Djilobodji [right] 1 Marseille want to loan Chelsea flop Papy Djilobodji in January – before signing him permanently in the summer.The defender only moved to Stamford Bridge in September after the Blues played Nantes £2.7m for his signature.However, the 27-year-old has failed to make an impact under Jose Mourinho, making just one appearance for his new club.Now, according to Foot Mercato, Marseille are ready to offer Djilobodji a way out by taking him on loan in January.The French side are in need of a centre-back and believe they could lure the Senegal international back to Ligue 1.Djilobodji is reportedly keen on a move too, having accepted he has little chance of forcing his way into Mourinho’s side.last_img

Ajax plotting shock raid on Fulham for midfielder

first_img Tom Cairney Ajax are considering a shock swoop for Fulham midfielder Tom Cairney.The 25-year-old has impressed in the Championship this season, making 23 appearances and scoring three goals.Now, according to reports in Holland, Ajax are weighing up making a move for the former Hull City man.The Dutch champions have scouted Cairney a couple of times this season and are monitoring his progress.Fulham, however, are reluctant to sell and have no plans to discuss a deal with Ajax. 1last_img

Wenger believes it is easier to prepare Arsenal for Barcelona than for Hull

first_img Arsenal training ahead of Tuesday’s game Arsene Wenger admits Barcelona are almost perfect – but insists it is easier to prepare his Arsenal side for the Catalan giants than it was for Saturday’s FA Cup meeting with Hull.The Gunners face a tough examination when they come up against Champions League holders Barcelona on Tuesday night as they look to progress past the round of 16 stage for the first time in five successive seasons.With Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez forming a formidable front three for the visitors to the Emirates Stadium many – including Wenger – make the Primera Division side favourites for the tie.Wenger believes Barcelona currently have “top, top class” attacking talent but says they have a chink in their armour and his players will take no preparing for the task at hand.“Honestly, of course the difficulty of the task is completely different but it is more difficult to prepare against Hull than Barcelona,” he said.“Against Barcelona everyone is naturally focused. It is more to create belief and confidence, because Barcelona are super-favourites in this game.“Against Hull it is more to raise the urgency level and convince everybody that it is a very difficult game.“Tomorrow everyone is convinced that we absolutely need to have, as a squad, total focus to have a chance and that is what I try to raise. Belief, confidence and let’s go for it.“Of course, there is no team – our world is not perfect and no team is perfect. But they are not far from it, Barca, I must say.“We have to use every moment in the game where we have the chance to score, and as I said after the Hull game, we had 70 per cent of the time the ball but we didn’t make a lot of it. Against Barcelona we will have the ball far less and we will have to make more of it.”Arsenal have suffered from poor results in the opening leg of knockout Champions League ties in recent years, last season losing 3-1 at home to Monaco before being eliminated on away goals following a 2-0 victory in the principality.And Wenger wants his squad to show they have learned from previous mistakes as he looks for the right balance to pull off a result on Tuesday.“It is a good opportunity to show we have learned because it is true we have given ourselves a difficult task after the first home leg and maybe after we have been a bit too keen to make the difference in the first game,” he added.“We need to find the right balance between being audacious because that is what you will need to be against Barcelona.“We need to be strong defensively as a unit and not put ourselves in front of a very difficult task in the second leg.” 1last_img read more

‘We’ve signed you to win the UCL’ – inside Real Madrid’s European obsession

first_img3 3 Bale dreamed of playing for Madrid. At his 2013 unveiling, a photograph of Bale as a boy grinning in a Real shirt loomed large on club TV screens. We suggest that his father, seeing his son’s prodigious talent, bought a job-lot of replica kits for Europe’s top clubs and got him to pose in each – just in case such a photo was ever needed. The 26-year-old laughs in response.“No, I just loved watching Real Madrid when I was a young kid,” he says. “I loved the white kit, the players playing for them, the special football they played, the goals they scored… I remember when Steve McManaman came over, then David Beckham, then Michael Owen. I started watching more and more. Just seeing top British players playing alongside the likes of Brazilian Ronaldo, Luis Figo, Zinedine Zidane, Roberto Carlos was amazing.”Zidane, assistant coach to Carlo Ancelotti when Bale joined the club, is now Real manager. Does he ever get involved in training? “He did in my first season!” says Bale. “He dropped the shoulder on me a few times as well. I grew up watching him. Such a good player, he was.”MEET BART SIMPSONWatching a Champions League match at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium is a unique experience. There are plenty of excited ‘day trippers’ at big Premier League clubs, but this is a different level. Excited visitors from France, Japan and China clamour outside the gargantuan 85,000-capacity stadium, posing for pictures with a man in a giant Bart Simpson costume plus Real Madrid kit (though we doubt he was endorsed by either club or cartoon). It feels more like Times Square on a Saturday night than the preamble to a football match. The stadium fills up late (well, this is Spain), but it is packed full when the match begins.Before Real score, however, the atmosphere is slightly unusual. Alert, but also pensive. A friendly voice sat beside us offers an explanation: “The fans are quiet; they have such high expectations. Whatever is normal at a football club, they expect three times as much. If the team score three, they want four. That’s why it takes a special player to play here.”Sport’s new amigo isn’t referring to talent – that’s a given. He taps the side of his head: “It’s the mental strength needed to play for these fans. Not everyone can do it. You need to have a mental resilience not to fall before these expectations.”Bale concurs. “Being here is like being under a microscope,” he says. “It’s a lot easier to go out in England. Here, the sole focus is football. They have whole newspapers dedicated to Real Madrid. But that’s just part of being a Real Madrid player – you get used to it.”Bale seems settled into life in the Spanish capital. Scoring match-winning goals in the finals of the Copa del Rey and Champions League (against rivals Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, no less) in your first season probably helps. Yet he felt the fierce gaze of media scrutiny last year.“I feel like I’ve grown up [since I arrived], especially since you’re not in your comfort zone any more,” he tells us. “You’re really thrown into the deep end – and I think maybe last year, I didn’t play so well in the second half of the season. In a way, I’m quite glad it happened, because it has made me a stronger person, a stronger player. You learn more from when things are not going well than if you were just a winner. I’ve really benefited from it.”Fitness niggles have disrupted Bale’s third season in Spain, but he has also looked in excellent form in the middle (scoring 11 goals in his past eight games, although he hasn’t played since January 17). Madrid will want him back fit for the Champions League crunch matches, not least because it represents perhaps their ultimate challenge of the modern era.GALACTICO TO CLASICOWhen the European Cup first came into existence 60 years ago this season, Real Madrid’s name was the first on the cup. Four years later, it was still the only name on the trophy. The galactico policy of signing the world’s best players that caught the eye of a young Bale didn’t begin in the late 1990s – it stretches back to the 1950s.Real Madrid built a team around their greatest player, Alfredo Di Stefano, but improved it each year. Raymond Kopa played superbly for French club Stade Reims against Real Madrid in the 1956 final. He was quickly convinced to switch sides. In 1958, after two years out of the game and at least two stone overweight, Hungary’s glorious galloping major Ferenc Puskas signed. He slimmed down (well, a bit) and shone. So it goes. Take the tour around the Bernabeu and, alongside the rich history of mementos, boots worn by great players and Ballon d’Or awards, two things stand out. One is a FIFA Club of the Century award, underlining Real’s status as the most successful club side of the 20th century. Then, at the end, 10 European Cup/ Champions League trophies stand proudly in a row inside a glass case filled with a constant whirl of gold and silver paper. A bit like the end of The Crystal Maze, but admittedly more impressive.Whisper it quietly around these parts, but the newest version of this trophy resides not in Madrid. It’s in Barcelona. With one win each from the past two Champions League finals, the rivalry between the two clubs stands tall above European football. It’s never been more fierce. But there must be figures at both clubs who realise it is terrific for business.In his book Fear and Loathing in La Liga: Barcelona vs Real Madrid, Sid Lowe covers why the labels attached to both clubs (Real as the establishment club, Barca the rebels) isn’t just a simplification but often plain wrong. However there’s one quote in the book, from former Real Madrid player and manager Jorge Valdano, that sums it all up: “If Barcelona didn’t exist, we’d have to invent them.”They are two clubs constantly trying to one-up one another, pushing each other to greater heights. It’s Barcelona who currently top the pile in La Liga. Now, however, they’re stepping on Real’s patch of Europe, with three Champions League titles in the past seven years. In 2016, they’re aiming to be the first club to retain the trophy since AC Milan in 1990.“My plan when I first started playing football was to try and reach the pinnacle – and Real Madrid is the pinnacle of football teams,” Bale tells us, as if it was the most obvious thing in the world. And yet it’s now Barcelona looking to carve out a fresh piece of European history.The good news for Real is that stopping Barcelona is in their own hands. The two Spanish clubs – along with Bayern Munich – are favourites for this season’s Champions League. Wouldn’t it be just like Real to gatecrash Barca’s party? ‘La Undecima’ is Spanish for ‘The Eleventh’ – just in case you need to know.Gareth Bale is an ambassador for BT Sport: the new home of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League exclusively live – btsport.com This feature appears in the current edition of sport magazine. Download the free iPad app here, and follow on Twitter @sportmagukEurope has several big football clubs, but only one that judges itself on the highest altar of all. Don’t believe us? Consider England’s two most successful sides. Manchester United endured an agonising, 26-year wait without a domestic league title from 1966/67 to 1992/93. Liverpool fans look back to their previous league win in 1989/90 and wince. Their wait is growing.It’s natural that England’s big clubs gauge their success by this marker. Real Madrid judge themselves on a similar criteria. Yet their domain is all of Europe. This is a club that marks its success in relation to the continent’s biggest prize; that considers the European Cup (or Champions League) its benchmark. When the club won that trophy for the 10th time in 2014, it had been just 12 years since the their previous triumph. Most clubs would gladly settle for a Champions League win every 12 years. To those at Real Madrid, the wait felt like a lifetime.Gareth Bale offers a shy smile when Sport asks him how much pressure there was to win the fabled La Decima when he signed in 2013. “Massive,” is the word he settles on. “It literally felt like the reason they signed me. Whenever I spoke to the president here [Florentino Perez], he was always telling me: ‘We’ve signed you to win the 10th Champions League.’” Sport magazine spoke to Gareth Bale about his club’s Champions League obsession 3last_img read more

Pettitte declines option

first_imgThe 35-year-old left-hander went 15-9 with a 4.05 ERA for the Yankees this year, including 11-3 after the All-Star break. He was their most effective starter in the postseason, pitching 61/3 scoreless innings in Game 2 of New York’s first-round loss to Cleveland. Pettitte had until Wednesday to decide on his option, part of the contract he agreed to last December when he returned to the Yankees after three seasons with his hometown Houston Astros. That deal paid him a $16 million salary this year. “Obviously, we want Andy to stay with the Yanks and pitch for us in ’08. In fact, I’d say I need him to,” said Cashman, the team’s general manager. “He’s an important piece for us. … We’re hopeful that at some point that the marriage of the Pettittes and the Yankees can continue.” Padres secure Maddux Greg Maddux plans to pad his Hall of Fame credentials with the San Diego Padres next season, agreeing to a $10 million, one-year deal. Mad Dog has 347 wins, four Cy Young Awards and a World Series championship won in 1995 with the Atlanta Braves. He’ll turn 42 on April 14. “From my talks with Greg this year, he had as much fun this year as any other time in his career,” Padres manager Bud Black said. “It’s no surprise to us that he wants to continue. He loves to compete.” Maddux’s return as San Diego’s No. 3 starter appeared inevitable after he went 14-11 with a 4.14 ERA this year in his first season with the Padres, who fell one win short of their third straight playoff appearance. All that remained to be done was some dickering between the team and agent Scott Boras. Maddux had a player option for $8.75 million. Had he pitched 200 innings – he finished with 198 – the option price would have increased to $10 million. In addition, San Diego had a club option for $11 million. The pitcher made $10 million last season. Curt Schilling and the Boston Red Sox are making progress toward a contract that would allow him to remain with the World Series champions. While the sides have not yet reached an agreement, talks have gained momentum and it is possible an agreement could be reached within a few days, a person familiar with the talks said, speaking on condition of anonymity because a deal had not yet been struck. Schilling, Boston talking Around the leagues Indians: General Manager Mark Shapiro was selected major league executive of the year by The Sporting News. He received 13 of 47 votes from major league executives and was followed by Colorado GM Dan O’Dowd with 11. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! From news services Andy Pettitte declined his $16 million option with the New York Yankees, still uncertain whether he wants to pitch next season. “I have spoken with Brian Cashman, who has reiterated what Hank Steinbrenner said about the Yankees wanting to give Andy all the time he needs to decide about next season,” Pettitte’s agent, Randy Hendricks, said Monday in an e-mail to The Associated Press. “Accordingly, we are declining to exercise the option for 2008 and Andy will declare free agency in order to free up a roster spot for the Yankees. “If Andy decides to play, I am confident we can reach an agreement with the Yankees within 24 hours. The only options, as Andy has stated, are the Yankees or retirement. He appreciates the Yankees’ willingness to give him the time he feels he needs. I do not expect him to make a decision for quite some time.” last_img read more

More families seeking help handling debt

first_imgNEW YORK – Consumers struggling to keep up with higher gas prices and other rising household expenses have been pulling out their credit cards more often – sometimes too often. Credit counselors report a sharp rise in the number of families seeking help, many of whom end up on belt-tightening budgets and debt management programs to pay down their balances. “People are using their credit cards because they don’t have enough money to make it day-to-day,” said Howard Dvorkin, president of the nonprofit Consolidated Credit Counseling Service in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. “It’s driving the American consumer deeper and deeper into debt.” What happens, he says, is that “eventually they hit a wall – and then they call me.” Ciampi, who is 38 and single, said he had had a disagreement with an auto mechanic over what he believed was unauthorized work. The card company initially removed the disputed charge, but later added it back – pushing Ciampi’s balance over the limit. “If you’re 10 cents over the limit, they start adding penalties,” he complained. “There’s big business in those penalties, and it got me fed up.” So a couple of months ago, Ciampi cut up his credit cards, except for one he uses in emergencies, and agreed to a debt management program, or DMP. Through a DMP, a counseling agency often can get card companies to forgo or reduce penalty fees and cut interest rates. At the same time, the consumer agrees to monthly payments that the counseling agency collects and passes on to creditors. The fees for these programs average about $30 a month. Ciampi said he’s happy to be on a “cash only” budget and to be paying a single bill to eliminate his debt. David Jones, president of the Association of Independent Consumer Credit Counseling Agencies, said the nonprofit counseling agencies in his group have seen a rise in the number of people seeking help, including the elderly. “We have retirees coming in with no income other than Social Security and $50,000 to $60,000 of unsecured debt that they can’t handle,” Jones said. Some consumers need just a bit of help creating a spending plan, and then can get a handle on their debts themselves, he said. Others may be able to borrow against their homes and reduce their card debt that way. Still others may need to speak to attorneys about filing for bankruptcy. Those who qualify for DMPs have a steady source of income – and are willing to cut up their cards and work over the next three to five years to become debt free. “It’s not just credit card debt,” he added. “Often people have debts to doctors, lawyers, dentists hospitals that need to be paid off, too.” Gail Cunningham, a spokeswoman for the NFCC, said some consumers weren’t sure when to seek counseling. Her suggestion is, the earlier the better. “If you’re afraid to answer the phone because it might be a bill collector, afraid to open the mail, getting into arguments over money at home, hiding your purchases … not sleeping well, you may need help,” she said. “It won’t hurt to see a credit counselor and get an independent, third-party take on where you are.” Cunningham estimated that about a third of the consumers that credit counselors see can, after a bit of counseling about budgeting and spending, better manage their credit cards. Another third, say people with a gambling problem or an abusive relationship, may be referred to another agency for help. The remaining third go into a debt management program. “The most important thing is a willingness to change, to stop charging and make a fresh start,” she said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre And they’re calling in increasing numbers. Susan C. Keating, president and chief executive of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, said the nonprofit counseling agencies in her organization dealt with a million consumers in 2005, 2.2 million in 2006 and are on their way toward seeing a record 2.8 million this year. Mortgage foreclosure problems as well as pre-bankruptcy counseling have swelled their ranks, Keating said. But credit card debt also continues to trip up consumers. The Federal Reserve reported Wednesday that outstanding credit card debt grew at an annual rate of 4.4 percent to $920.1 billion in September from $917 billion the month before. Frank Ciampi, a musician and stagehand who lives in Chicago, said he sought help from Consolidated Credit after credit card companies began imposing penalties on his accounts. last_img read more

Four held in Target thefts

first_imgNORWALK – A group of thieves pilfered merchandise from Target stores in four communities in a two-week period, authorities said Wednesday. Four suspects were in custody while others were still on the loose. The Targets hit were in Norwalk, Burbank, Pacoima and Woodland Hills. Saul Gonzalez, 42, Jesus Flores, 24, Carlos Beltran Lopez, 26, and Carlos Flores, 47, will have a preliminary hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court on Dec. 10. Gonzalez lives in Los Angeles while the others are Bellflower residents. Deputies arrested the four men on Nov. 1. Prosecutors have charged the men with five counts each of second-degree commercial burglary. They pleaded not guilty to the charges, said Sandi Gibbons, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Carlos Flores was being held at Men’s Central Jail in Los Angeles, Lopez was at the Pitchess Detention Center North Facility in Castaic, and Jesus Flores and Gonzalez were at the North County Correctional Facility in Saugus. Their bail is $500,000 each. ruby.gonzales@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsThe men allegedly stole from the stores during the day, according to Detective Mark Christiansen of the sheriff’s Norwalk station. He said the men are believed-to have hit other stores as well. Authorities remained tight-lipped about the case and wouldn’t disclose details including the alleged thieves’ modus operandi, what items were taken and what happened to the stolen loot. Christiansen said the case is ongoing and that authorities are still looking for other associates and the person who fenced the stolen goods. He said they haven’t been able to confirm if the suspects were part of a theft ring. The alleged thieves hit two Target stores in Norwalk on Oct. 19. The other stores were hit Oct. 30 and Nov. 1. last_img read more

Driver heads for court date

first_img“We had no warning. No skid marks, no anything,” Beckham said. “The next thing I know, I was flying in the air like a fly getting hit by a fly swatter.”Atkins was driving erratically down Sheldon Street, under construction at the time with just one lane open, police said.Beckham’s and Diaz’s trucks were parked in a center lane, said Los Angeles police Officer Douglas Larkin, the investigating officer in the case.Ultimately, Atkins hit four vehicles before finally getting out of the stolen Lincoln, Larkin said.“According to witnesses, he looked over at the two bodies lying on the ground and fled the location,” said Larkin, recently honored for outstanding service for his work on the case.A preliminary hearing is set for Friday in San Fernando Superior Court to determine if there is enough evidence to send Atkins to trial.Meanwhile, those affected by the crash struggle to understand why it had to happen.Beckham, 59, lives on the same North Hollywood street as the Diaz family. He said he was at a storage facility in Sun Valley the morning of the crash when he got a call from Diaz inviting him to come over and work on a 1965 Plymouth Barracuda that Beckham was helping restore.Split-second decisions – such as deciding not to drive through the yellow light at Sheldon and Roscoe, then stalling after hitting the brakes – continue to haunt Beckham.“I think about it all the time,” Beckham said. “I’m standing here looking at his house right now. I see his kids all the time waiting for the ice cream truck. … Everybody says I’m so lucky I’m alive. I don’t feel lucky, I’ll tell you that.”A hardworking and devoted family man, Diaz earned enough money from his glass-installing job to buy a comfortable three-bedroom home for his wife and children.Monica Diaz, 37, said that since the day her husband was hit, life has gone from “day to night” for her and her six children.“It’s very difficult for me right now,” said Diaz, whose two youngest children, 22-month-old twins Aracely and Arely, will never know their father.The other children have displayed signs of emotional upheaval as they continue to deal with the loss of their dad, a man who took his role as father seriously.To this day, the children often grow fearful when their mom leaves the house, thinking that she, too, might not come home.Her oldest, 14-year-old Itzal, wants to have a traditional quincea?era ceremony, a coming-of-age celebration for a Latina girl’s 15th birthday. But Diaz, who has taken work with a security company, said it would cost a lot of money.Even if she could afford it, the coming-of-age ceremony for her daughter would be bittersweet, Diaz said.“Her father can’t dance with her,” Diaz said through her tears. “It’s the custom that she dances with her father.”Despite the heartache of losing their father, the children are doing their best to move forward, earning honors in school, motivated in part by their father’s wish that they excel academically, Diaz said.Itzal has been especially motivated to someday make sense of her family’s tragedy, Diaz said.“She wants to become a lawyer and help accident victims.”rick.coca@dailynews.com 818-713-3329See Related Story: Hit, run and get away – 50% do160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NORTH HOLLYWOOD -On the morning of Nov. 11, 2005, Monica Diaz, a mother of four and six months’ pregnant with twins, watched as her husband grabbed a gas can out of the family’s garage on his way to help a friend whose truck had stalled a few blocks away.She wanted him to close the garage door before she left for a doctor’s appointment, but Rogaciano Diaz, 38, told her it wasn’t necessary.“Don’t worry about it,” he told his wife as he jumped into his pickup truck for the half-mile trip. “I’ll be back in five minutes.”Rogaciano never returned. About 11:25 a.m., while he poured gas into the tank of Stephen Beckham’s 1984 Chevrolet pickup truck on Sheldon Street just north of Roscoe Boulevard, the two men were struck by a hit-and-run driver in a stolen car and catapulted about 45 feet, police say.Beckham survived, but Diaz slipped into a coma and died a month later.Nearly two years after the tragedy, DNA evidence found at the scene of the crash led to the September arrest of Johnny Atkins, 31, of Panorama City, who has been charged with felony manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident.Atkins was driving a 2006 Lincoln LS sedan that had been stolen from a local dealership nine days earlier, police said.On that Veterans Day morning, Atkins hit Diaz’s truck, which slammed into Beckham’s, which quickly swung around and sent the two men flying, police said.last_img read more

AT LAST! SLIEVE LEAGUE FINALLY PUT ON THE TOURISM MAP

first_imgEUROPE’S highest sea cliffs at Slieve League are to be finally put on the tourist map – giving a boost to south west Donegal.For years the incredible 600-metre high cliffs were ignored by tourism bosses (and some would say the entire county.)Now Slieve League is to be included in an “end-of-the-world” road trip drive route taking in the Atlantic coastline and stretching to Co Cork. Tourism bosses are hoping the route will appeal to Americans and Europeans on a trip to rival California’s Pacific Coast Highway.It’s already being called the “Wild Atlantic Drive” – so let’s hope tourists are encouraged to drive the entire route or Donegal will miss out again!“We’ll be pitching this at people who want to come over and have an authentic experience and enjoy not only Irish landscapes, but also the company of Irish people,” said Alex Connolly from Tourism Ireland.“It will be for people who are looking for that rugged, authentic Irish experience, the Ireland that at one stage – before the discovery of America – was considered the end of the world, but still has that remoteness and beauty about it.” The proposed route hasn’t been finalised – and it’s not known if it tourists will be encouraged to start the trip in Donegal or Cork. (Our best bet says it will be Cork).The route could be ready and designated in time for the 2013 tourism season.© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldaily Follow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comAT LAST! SLIEVE LEAGUE FINALLY PUT ON THE TOURISM MAP was last modified: January 12th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:bord faultydonegalsliabh liagSlieve Leaguetouristslast_img read more