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They were one of the highlights of the World Cup so far with their gorgeous looks and orange mini-dresses.

But while armchair viewers admired the 36 gorgeous Dutch girls supporting their team against Denmark, the World Cup organisers were rather more suspicious.

And when the half-time whistle blew they moved in and gave all 36 the red card after it was revealed they were part of an elaborate piece of ‘ambush marketing’ by the Dutch beer company Bavaria who are not official sponsors at the tournament.

Sea of orange: The Dutch 'football fans' pose for photographs clutching flags before the Holland vs. Denmark game. They were thrown out at half-time after it was revealed they were part of a beer marketing campaign

Too good to be true: The gorgeous crowd of girls all appeared to be transfixed by the match

It was every male football fan’s dream as the stunning army of Dutch supporters cheered from the stands at Johannesburg’s Soccer City stadium as Holland played in their first game of the tournament.

But now a full investigation has been launched with World Cup pundit Robbie Earle axed by ITV today after tickets for matches in South Africa were found to have been used for ‘unauthorised purposes’.

The broadcaster said a ‘substantial number’ of tickets, which were for Earle’s friends and family, had been passed to a ‘third party’. The incident relates to the Bavaria beer stunt.

Meanwhile there were plenty of genuine Holland fans dressed up in orange, some as air crews, to provide the colour for the second half. But it wasn’t quite the same…

Red card: The Dutch 'fan club' are ejected from the match at half-time by a Fifa official

Air we go: Some of the genuine Dutch fans dressed up as stewardesses and pilots for the game

Legal expert says Perez could face federal charges…could be career “suicide”.

We know: when it comes to celebrity gossip, there have to be limits. Perez Hilton could face super-serious charges for ignoring one of those limits by tweeting a photo of Miley Cyrus climbing out of a car without
underwear this week. You won’t believe how insane this is.

Earlier this week Perez Hilton reportedly tweeted a photo of 17-year-old Miley Cyrus climbing out of a vehicle and wearing a dress but no underwear. Perez warned: “If you are easily offended, do NOT click here … Oh, Miley! Warning: truly not for the easily offended!”

But the warning was not enough. The fact that Perez published the photo could bring a super-damper on his career. Perez Hilton has said that he gets over 8 million pageviews in a normal day, and there are many media companies who have sought to buy him out — but this latest Miley move could very realistically be the end of Perez Hilton’s celebrity blogging days.

Says L.A.-based attorney Jeffrey Douglas, a child pornography case specialist: “We’re not talking about a misdemeanor. You don’t have to know what the definition of the law is, all you have to do is knowingly distribute the photograph.” Douglas also called Perez’s move “suicidal” to his career.

Salon also reported that Perez Hilton “could be prosecuted on the state or federal level — or both — with a conviction potentially resulting in a 15 year sentence and lifetime registration as a sex offender.”

PopEater has more, including the fact that neither Miley Cyrus nor Perez Hilton has commented on the shot (Perez has taken down his incriminating tweet, but apparently other sites picked up the photo of Miley). Monday a clearly red-faced Perez tweeted a link to a video in which he insisted that he and Miley are “cool” and that he just likes to “lovingly taunt” her.

A six-story-tall statue of Jesus Christ with his arms raised along a highway was struck by lightning in a thunderstorm Monday night and burned to the ground, police said.

The “King of Kings” statue, one of southwest Ohio’s most familiar landmarks, had stood since 2004 at the evangelical Solid Rock Church along Interstate 75 in Monroe, just north of Cincinnati.

The lightning strike set the statue ablaze around 11:15 p.m., Monroe police dispatchers said.

The sculpture, 62 feet tall and 40 feet wide at the base, showed Jesus from the torso up and was nicknamed Touchdown Jesus because of the way the arms were raised, similar to a referee signaling a touchdown. It was made of plastic foam and fiberglass over a steel frame, which is all that remained early Tuesday.

The fire spread from the statue to an adjacent amphitheater but was confined to the attic area, and no one was injured, police Chief Mark Neu said. The fire department would release a monetary damage estimate Tuesday, he said.

Travelers on Interstate 75 often were startled to come upon the huge statue by the roadside, but many said America needs more symbols like it. So many people stopped at the church campus that church officials had to build a walkway to accommodate them.

The 4,000-member, nondenominational church was founded by former horse trader Lawrence Bishop and his wife. Bishop said in 2004 he was trying to help people, not impress them, with the statue. He said his wife proposed the Jesus figure as a beacon of hope and salvation and they spent about $250,000 to finance it.

Watch the spectacular video here.

Dubai on Monday officially inaugurated the centerpiece of its decade-long construction boom, with the surprise revelation that the world-beating 168-story skyscraper — seen by some as a symbol of the city’s economic excess — was even bigger than previously thought.

In a glitzy firework-lit ceremony, the city-state’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum unveiled a plaque commemorating the event and also announced that the $1.5 billion structure has a new name: the Burj Khalifa.

Named after Khalifa Bin Zayed, the president of the United Arab Emirates — and ruler of Abu Dhabi, which recently bailed out debt-ridden Dubai to the tune of $10 billion — the tower was officially recorded as 828 meters tall, adding 10 meters on to previous height claims.

Six years in the making, and now 319 meters higher than previous skyscraping record-holder Taipei 101, Dubai’s newest edifice commands dizzying views of the ambitious building program that has transformed the emirate.

The structure’s architects, Chicago-based Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, have called the Burj Khalifa “a bold global icon that will serve as a model for future urban centers.”

Declaring that “tall buildings are back,” the company predicts that the groundbreaking techniques it used to push the Burj Khalifa to new heights should enable the construction of even taller towers in the future.

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“As with any project, SOM’s architects and engineers learned a great deal and are ready to apply this to the next world’s tallest building as it is certainly possible to go taller,” it said.

CNN – Despite such lofty claims, the Burj Khalifa — and other construction projects including the Palm Jumeirah and World archipelagos of man-made islands built for the super-rich — have cast a financial shadow over Dubai.

Last year the emirate shocked investors by asking for a freeze on payments owed on its $26 billion in debts.

The announcement by Dubai World — an umbrella group which includes the Burj Khalifa’s developers –delivered a cold dose of reality to speculators worldwide who believed the oil-rich region was impervious to the global financial crisis.

Facts and figures: Why Dubai is looking up

While predicted economic recovery are likely to help Dubai to shake off some of its debt woes, if not fully regain its boom-time ebullience, some say the city’s path of prestige over practicality will leave projects like the Burj Khalifa struggling to justify their place in the Gulf state’s skyline.

“Dubai doesn’t really need to have to build tall asides from prestige purposes,” Jim Krane, author of “City of Gold: Dubai and the Dream of Capitalism” told CNN in a recent interview.

“If you look at it, it’s a really bad idea. It uses as much electricity as an entire city. And every time the toilet is flushed they’ve got to pump water half a mile into the sky,” he said.

The telescopic shape also presents problems of a more practical nature Krane says.

“The upper 30 or 40 floors are so tiny that they’re useless, so they can’t use them for anything else apart from storage. They’ve built a small, not so useful storage warehouse half a mile in the sky,” he said.

Hollywood stunner Brittany Murphy, who found big screen success after her breakout role in “Clueless,” died Sunday after collapsing in the shower.

Los Angeles cops are investigating the 32-year-old’s sudden death, but a coroner official said it “appears to be natural.”

An autopsy is pending – over the objections of her British screenwriter husband, Simon Monjack, who told hospital staffers he didn’t want one, according to the gossip Web site TMZ.

The screen siren and singer was in full cardiac arrest and could not be revived after her beloved mother – who told paramedics the actress was diabetic – found her unconscious in the shower, TMZ reported.

Five paramedics who arrived after the 8 a.m. 911 call feverishly administered CPR as Monjack wandered around in his pajama bottoms, a witness told RadarOnline. Murphy was pronounced dead at 10:04 a.m. at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

The troubled starlet rose to fame in 1995 as the sidekick Tai in “Clueless,” who went from awkward wallflower to snotty hottie. She has appeared in more than 25 movies since then, including 1997’s “Bongwater,” “Girl, Interrupted” in 1998, “8 Mile” and “Sin City.”

Murphy, whose gravelly voice rocked the animated film “Happy Feet,” even broke into the dance club world with the hit single “Faster Kill Pussycat.”

Murphy lived in Edison, N.J., before moving to California when she was 13 and landing her first television role in “Blossom.”

She underwent a transformation from a too-pudgy-for-Hollywood brunette to a bone-thin blond – with cleavage ample enough to land her in Maxim’s 100 hottest women in 2006.

Speculation over her weight loss haunted her for years, and in 2005, she was dropped by her agent and publicist, fanning the gossip flames. At the time, she dismissed reports that her weight was connected to drug use or an eating disorder.

“I have never tried [cocaine] in my entire life. I’ve never even seen it,” she told Jane magazine. “I am also way too high-strung . . . Can you imagine? My God. I think my heart would explode.”

Friends openly worried that she’d become addicted to the prescription painkiller Vicodin after undergoing plastic surgery.

“Brittany has been living life on the edge,” one source told Britain’s Daily Mail.

She was set to play a small role in Sylvester Stallone’s upcoming film “The Expendables,” due out in August. But she had been mainly reduced to low-budget indie flicks, including “Across the Hall,” which opened two weeks ago in only two theaters.

Earlier this month, she abruptly left the Puerto Rico set of “The Caller” amid reports she’d been fired. Her publicist called it “creative differences.”

Sunday, Twitter was abuzz with tributes from stars, including an old squeeze, Ashton Kutcher, her co-star in 2003’s “Just Married.” “See you on the other side kid,” Kutcher tweeted.

Screenwriter and director Kevin Smith referred to her oft-quoted line in “Clueless”: “Sad to hear about Brittany Murphy. G’night, Ms. Murphy; hope you’re rollin’ with the homies someplace nice.”