Wigan became the first team to win the FA Cup yet be relegated from English football’s top-flight in the same season after a 4-1 Premier League loss away to Arsenal on Tuesday.
Just 72 hours after they stunningly defeated Manchester City 1-0 in one of the great FA Cup final shocks across London at Wembley, Wigan were well-beaten at the Emirates Stadium to join already relegated Reading and Queens Park Rangers in the second-tier Championship next season. Arsenal’s victory meant their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League would be in their own hands when they face Newcastle on Sunday.
London: England centre-back Rio Ferdinand has decided to retire from international football and concentrate on his club career with Manchester United. “At 34, I feel it is right for me to stand aside and let the younger players come through,” Ferdinand, who last played for England in 2011, said in a statement on Wednesday.
AIFF receives 3 bids
New Delhi: JSW, a consortium from Kerala and Mumbai Tigers submitted its bid documents to register themselves as prospective I-League clubs for the 2013-14 edition. JSW will play their home matches in Bangalore while the consortium from Kerala, whose leading company is Eagles FC, will have its base in Kochi.