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Issue 345
23 October 2011
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OLD BAG: This is an archive story from Issue 170 - 14 Nov 2006
Graham Poll

Poll: latest chapter

Ashley Cole & Graham Poll

West London book club in heated debate

Graham Poll

"I also do kid's parties"

It's a book, it's a TV show

The controversy surrounding top football referee Graham Poll continues as he faces accusations that he is using his notoriety to line his own pockets with cheap merchandising.

Reffing off

The last week has seen Poll become the target of abuse from footballers and managers. He was accused of being deaf by an Everton player, and Chelsea's Ashley Cole reckons Poll told him he and his team mates needed to be taught a lesson. Only Sir Alex Ferguson has come out in his defence. Unlike his bosses who have said very little.

On the back of his new found infamy, Poll has sought to cash in by launching a hastily written book called My Offence.

Sledge hammer

The book, penned by Poll with the help of a renowned Telegraph comlumnist, is mostly auto-biographical but Chapter's Four and Five focus on the official's more controversial moments, such as, his drinking binge in Aldershot, the Three Yellow Cards Affair during the World Cup and the afore-mentioned bust up with Chelsea. The rest of the book is about his views on less interesting topics like organised religion, female circumcision and the death penalty.

Nut

With plans underway to serialise Poll's book on Sky One, Ashley Cole was less than impressed that the book got published in the first place. "I think its really cynical to gain publicity from bad stuff that happens in your career" he said. "If you ask me he's just trying to make money. I won't have any part in it."

I hearby declare..

Poll has denied he's out to make money. "All I'm interested in is getting my side of the story across by whatever means I can" he told The Onion Bag at the official openning of a new out-of-town supermarket near Tring. "Of course if people want to pay me for doing that then who am I to stop them?"

Graham Poll's new interactive DVD game is on sale now. It makes a perfect stocking filler

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