A top Birmingham City Council official has been rebuked for ignoring an instruction not to appoint outside consultants without first getting political approval.
One of the council's four strategic directors, who is not being named, was called in by cabinet member Alan Rudge, asked for an explanation and told not to do it again.
Leaders of the council's Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition were furious that a crackdown on the use of consultants appeared not to have been taken seriously by local authority officers.
He was previously the hero of the Holte End, playing the part of a Gallic forward who always had an eye for goal.
But former Aston Villa striker David Ginola has now set his sights on other targets as he takes the role of a German sniper in a Second World War movie.
Conservatives are set to take control of Warwickshire County Council for the first time since 1993.
Last week's local authority elections left the Tories with 27 seats - enough to put paid to 12 years of Labour control, but five short of an overall majority.
Conservative group leader Alan Farnell said he expected to become council leader and that his party would be able to take all nine cabinet positions.
Private discussions between senior councillors rejected a Liberal Democrat suggestion that the three main parties should share cabinet places for the next four years.
A British bank worker died from a rare liver infection contracted while she trained call centre staff in India, an inquest heard.
Lucy Wilson was taken ill with flu-like symptoms less than three weeks after returning from Mumbai and died from hepatitis E and liver failure three days later, Birmingham Coroner's Court was told.
The financial administrator, of Hornbeam Walk, Newport, South Wales, had travelled to the sub-continent with the insurance division of Lloyds TSB, based at the city's Tredegar Park.
She had visited her GP two days after her return to Wales on November 13 last year with concerns about a slight cut on a toe she suffered standing on a broken bottle during a night out in Mumbai.
Her family initially believed the laceration may have had something to do with her illness but were told by a medical expert at the hearing that the wound had had nothing to do with it.
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Europe's finest golfers tee off in the Daily Telegraph Dunlop Masters at Warwickshire's Forest of Arden course on Thursday morning.
Read detailed previews for the prestigious event in Thursday's Post and visit Birmingham Post online for the latest news and reaction from the course.