Euro 2012: Gianluigi Buffon blames Premier League for England failure

Buffon blames Premier League for England's tournament failures

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16:34 GMT, 30 June 2012

Italy skipper Gianluigi Buffon has claimed the Premier League is 'no longer very faithful' to the England national team.

As the Azzurri prepare to face Spain
in the Euro 2012 final in Kiev, England's players have embarked on
their summer holidays, beaten once again at the quarter-final stage.

The past 48 hours have been spent
debating whether 37-year-old David Beckham should be allowed a career
swan song at the Olympics in Team GB. It does seem priorities have got slightly skewed somewhere.

In the final: Italy captain Gianluigi Buffon celebrates

In the final: Italy captain Gianluigi Buffon celebrates

And Buffon, who is looking to add another major international tournament to the World Cup in won in 2006, feels the answer lies in the Premier League's desire to attract the best players in the world.

The Italy skipper buys into the theory it is the best league.

Indeed, he looked set to join it at one point when Manchester City were offering him big money to make the move from Serie A. But Buffon does not feel that is the best way forward for the national side.

'Having a competitive league doesn't necessarily mean having competitive players,' he said.

'For a number of years now, the English league has had the best football and is the best league in terms of quality.

Out of the picture: David Beckham will not represent England at the Olympics

Out of the picture: David Beckham will not represent England at the Olympics

'The money that's in the game means they can go and buy anyone from all over Europe or the world.

'This can happen in Spain and Italy as well as England but the league in England is no longer very faithful to what the national side needs.

'With this footballing globalisation, it's very difficult. You struggle to have players from your own country playing in the top league.'

Yet Buffon does not write the Three Lions off completely.

Unlucky: Ashley Young misses his penalty against Italy

Unlucky: Ashley Young misses his penalty against Italy

Having been part of the Italy side that knocked England out of the quarter-finals on penalties last Sunday, he is acutely aware of how close Roy Hodgson's men came to going through.

It is a sadly familiar story. England have now gone out of six competitions on penalties, including three at the quarter-final stage.

'The England national side has its own strengths and they're a lot more physical than other sides,' said Buffon. 'But England aren't very lucky. They've lost on penalties in the last five or six times, so the margins between winning and losing are very thin indeed.'

Jamie Donaldson up against Anthony Wall in Irish Open

Donaldson up against the Wall in last round Irish Open shoot-out

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17:28 GMT, 30 June 2012

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17:31 GMT, 30 June 2012

Welshman Jamie Donaldson, winless in
244 European Tour starts, takes a one-stroke lead over England's Anthony
Wall, winless in his last 364, into the final round of the Irish Open
at Royal Portrush.

The pair have the same aim, but have taken a very different approach to the week.

While Donaldson is staying in a
boutique hotel which, according to the local tourist board, is 'a unique
accommodation experience' that 'sets a new standard' for the area, Wall
is in a caravan park.

Out in front: Jamie Donaldson heads the Irish Open

Out in front: Jamie Donaldson heads the Irish Open

'It's quite a posh caravan – it's got running water, it's got gas,' said the 37-year-old Londoner after battling wind and heavy rain for a brilliant 67 he described as 'probably the best round I've ever played'.

Wall is sharing with fellow player Andrew Marshall and explained: 'I didn't want to stay in town because it was going to be quite boisterous.

'I knew we would have a bit of fun and it's been nice to relax. Half the time you seem to be on your own and you're sort of killing time.'

With overnight leader Gregory Bourdy crashing to an 80 – it included a triple bogey eight on the 17th – Donaldson took over at the top with a 69.

In contention: Anthony Wall in action

In contention: Anthony Wall in action

Their records, though, still leave three-major winner Padraig Harrington as the title favourite.

The 2007 champion's 72 left him sharing third spot with Englishman Mark Foster, two behind, while Rory McIlroy is six back, Graeme McDowell eight behind and Open champion Darren Clarke nine adrift.

Donaldson has had no fewer than 32 top-10 finishes in his Tour career, but hopes his first-ever hole-in-one on the opening day was a sign of things to come.

'I've had a few chances, but at the end of the day I've not been good enough so far to stand on the last green holding the trophy,' said the 36-year-old.

'You've got to keep trying and it's one shot at a time, one hole at a time.

'The only person I am playing against, I suppose, is myself. I've got to stay out of my own way.

'Obviously Padraig is a class player, but it's me versus me really.'

While James Morrison won an 80,000 for his ace at the 14th Donaldson had to be content with a bottle of whisky and a ride-on plastic car for his baby son.

He could have the last laugh, however. First prize is over 267,000 and the title would mean the world to him.

Still favourite: Padraig Harrington is two shots back

Still favourite: Padraig Harrington is two shots back

After an opening bogey he eagled the long second from 10 feet, saved par from 20 feet at the fourth, then made birdie putts of 10 and 25 feet on the following two greens.

With conditions really tough – amazingly there was still a crowd in excess of 30,000 for the first Irish Open north of the border since 1953 – Wall caught him, but Donaldson edged back in front with another birdie at the 16th.

Wall had birdied three of the first four holes and then on the long ninth into the wind struck 'the best drive and three-wood I've ever hit'.

He found the elevated green, two-putted to turn in 32 and after running up a six on the 478-yard next added further birdies at the 11th and 17th.

There was a real danger the last might spoil his day when his drive bounced off a spectator into a bush, but after taking a penalty drop his seven-iron third shot finished just six inches from the flag and allowed him to escape with a par.

Wall's one Tour victory came in South Africa 12 years ago. He had only two full seasons on the circuit behind him at the time, but although he has earned over 5million and comfortably kept his card every year since then, 40 more top-10 finishes have not included any titles.

Euro 2012: Michel Platini won"t back goal-line technology, whatever Sepp Blatter thinks

Platini won't back goal-line technology, whatever Blatter thinks

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17:24 GMT, 30 June 2012

UEFA president Michel Platini has launched another attack against the use of technology to help referees.

After much wrangling, it is expected
FIFA will give the green light to the use of goal-line technology when
their International Board meets in Switzerland on Thursday.

For FIFA president Sepp Blatter, the
final straw came in Donetsk, when it was not spotted by the officials
that a shot from Ukraine forward Marko Devic had crossed the line before
it was hooked away by John Terry.

Goal: Michel Platini thinks Ukraine's 'ghost goal' against England is a reason not to have technology

Goal: Michel Platini thinks Ukraine's 'ghost goal' against England is a reason not to have technology

Yet Platini uses that incident to underline why he does not want technology in the game.

Replays have established Devic had been offside earlier in the move, and that had not been spotted either.

'The goal between England and Ukraine: it was a goal. It was a mistake from the referee,' said Platini.

'But there was an offside before then.

'If the officials had given offside there wouldn't have been a goal.

'So why don't we have technology for offside decisions as well Where does it stop'

Hawkeye: What the new system might look like

Hawkeye: What the new system might look like

There is some validity to Platini's argument. In virtually every other sport that uses technology to make decisions, its scope has widened far beyond what was originally intended.

'It's not goal-line technology in itself,' said Platini. 'I am against technology coming into force to actually make decisions.

'It invades every single area.

'If tomorrow someone handballs it on the line and the referee doesn't see it, what then

'We can't just have goal-line technology. We also need sensors to see if someone has handballed it.

'We need cameras to see if it should be a goal or not.'

United front: But Michel Platini and Sepp Blatter (right) disagree on goal-line technology

United front: But Michel Platini and Sepp Blatter (right) disagree on goal-line technology

In addition, whilst Blatter has been convinced by the technology that has been used, Platini is less certain of its worth.

'Are you sure that it works' he said.

'No one has seen the trials, no one has seen anything.

'I read an article from a journalist saying 'We are not 100% sure but we think it will help the referee. We don't know any more than that'.'

There is even the possibility that Platini might look to prevent technology being used in UEFA's flagship tournaments even if FIFA decide to pursue the venture.

'We are going to see if this is suggested and proposed to all federations,' he said. 'The national federations will have then have the chance to decide whether they want goal-line technology.

'Mr Blatter knows what I think of this and I know his thoughts on the issue.'

Catalan Dragons 34 Wakefield 10: Hosts within point of Warrington

Catalan Dragons 34 Wakefield 10: Hosts move to within point of Warrington

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16:37 GMT, 30 June 2012

Double trouble: Steve Menzies scored a brave of tries

Double trouble: Steve Menzies scored a brave of tries

The Catalan Dragons closed within a point of Warrington with a battling Stobart Super League win over the Wildcats.

Damien Blanch (3), Steve Menzies (2) and Clint Greenshields scored the tries for the home side in the energy-sapping heat of Perpignan on Saturday afternoon.

It enabled the Dragons to reclaim third place from St Helens and made sure they took full advantage of last night's defeats for leaders Wigan and the second-placed Wolves.

An early mistake from Richard Mathers was punished by Vincent Duport, who drew in the defence and sent Blanch racing down the line to touch down in the fourth minute.

Menzies' first try was a superb intercept on his own 10-metre line, the 38-year-old racing the remaining 90 metres to touch down unopposed.

A superb individual effort from Ali Lauitiiti followed at the other end – the New Zealander used his superb handling skills to dummy, then his strength to power over the line despite Scott Dureau's best efforts to halt him.

Paul Sykes converted to narrow the gap to six points. Dureau who laid Menzies' second try on a plate, his short ball to the former Australian second row allowing Menzies to go through a gap in the Wakefield defence to score.

Dureau added his third conversion from as many attempts to give the hosts an 18-6 half-time lead.

From the restart, a high Dureau kick again caused havoc in the Wakefield defence and Peter Fox fumbled the ball twice under pressure before Greenshields put boot to ball for the Catalans and managed to win the race to touch the ball down under the posts to score and allow Dureau an easy conversion.

Wakefield responded with a try from second rower Kyle Trout, who managed to squeeze his way over.

Sykes hit the post with a challenging attempt at a conversion. With 15 minutes remaining, the hosts killed off Wakefield as Duport once again provided a superb offload to send in Blanch in the right corner.

Dureau nailed a touchline conversion to stretch the advantage to 30-10 and take the Dragons to the brink of victory.

With just six minutes left, a short goal-line drop out gifted the hosts field position and they made Wakefield pay as Ian Henderson and Greenshields combined to send Blanch in for his hat-trick try.

Dureau missed with the touchline effort but the win was secure at 34-10.

Yohan Blake beats Usain Bolt in Jamaica Olympic trials

Blake stuns Bolt to win Jamaican Olympic trials with fastest time of 2012

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19:03 GMT, 30 June 2012

Usain Bolt may be the world's fastest man but he is no longer the best in Jamaica.

And if he does not sort out his start in the next five weeks, the Olympic gold medal may be beyond his grasp.

Bolt was beaten by his training
partner and rival, Yohan Blake, in the 100metres at the Jamaican Olympic
trials, the first time they have lined up together in competition since
Blake took Bolt's world title in Daegu last year.

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Bolt from the blue: Blake (left) crosses the finish line to win in Kingston

Bolt from the blue: Blake (left) crosses the finish line to win in Kingston

On that occasion Bolt was disqualified for a false start. But this time Blake beat him fair and square.

He was spectacularly quick off his
blocks at the National Stadium in Kingston, he was always ahead and he
won in 9.75sec, the year's fastest time. It makes him the fourth fastest
man of all time.

Bolt was so far off the pace that he
barely beat former world record holder Asafa Powell for second place,
overtaking him only in the last stride to stop the clock at 9.86sec, two
hundredths ahead.

All three men are picked
automatically for the 100m in London, a race once regarded as a Bolt
coronation but now being hyped as a potentially epic battle.

World champion: Blake heads to London having run the fastest time in the world this year

World champion: Blake heads to London having run the fastest time in the world this year

Jubilant Blake said: 'It's awesome.
No pressure at all. I'm the world champion and now I'm the national
champion of Jamaica. I go into the Olympics like this.'

Blake shares coach Glenn Mills and training sessions with Bolt but he has avoided him in races this year.

Those who have paid 725 to see the Olympic 100m final are guaranteed their money's worth.

The result means that six men – three Jamaicans, two Americans and one Trinidadian – have run 9.86sec or faster this year.

'Could be the best race ever,' four-time Olympic medallist Ato Bolden tweeted.

Well beaten: Bolt congratulates Blake after the race

Well beaten: Bolt congratulates Blake after the race

Third: Asafa Powell fell away after a blistering start

Third: Asafa Powell fell away after a blistering start

Bolt had problems with his starts in both semi-finals and final.

'I had trouble getting out but I kept feeling like I can't give up. I had to ignore it,' he said.

His long legs reduce the number of
strides he needs to cover 100 metres to 41 – three fewer than others –
but they take a lot of unwinding from the blocks and it is a problem he
has struggled with all summer.

Mills dismissed the setback even
though the clock is running with just five weeks to go until the first
round of heats in London.

'Bolt is a tough cookie and I think he will survive,' he said. 'We are right where we want to be going into London.'

National record: Fraser (centre) won the women's final

National record: Fraser (centre) won the women's final

History tells us that, when Bolt gets it right, he is utterly devastating. He won Olympic gold in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay at the 2008 Games in Beijing, had held the previous fastest time in the world this year after clocking 9.76 in Rome last month and still holds the world record, a jaw-dropping 9.58 set three years ago.

Dwain Chambers, like the other British sprinters in Helsinki for the European Championships, was astonished by the news from Kingston, where even fourth-placed Michael Frater clocked 9.94.

'You just have to forget about it. Those guys are on another planet,' said Chambers.

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While the Jamaican trio and their American rivals Justin Gatlin and Tyson Gay and Trinidadian powerhouse Keston Bledman continue to stop the clock in the high nines, Britain's best are struggling to get near 10 seconds.

British No 1 Adam Gemili has broken the tape at 10.08 this season but Chambers's 2012 best is a relatively pedestrian 10.25, set in Birmingham last week.

Wimbledon 2012 Juan Del Potro looks menacing once more, blowing Kei Nishikori away

Del Potro looks menacing once more, blowing Nishikori away with powerful display

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19:01 GMT, 30 June 2012

The lurking threat of Juan Martin Del Potro in the bottom half of the draw gained emphasis as the former US Open champion equalled his best run at Wimbledon.

The 23-year-old Argentine is the only man to have broken the domination of the ‘Big Three’, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, in the last 29 Grand Slams, storming past Nadal and Federer to win in impressive style at Flushing Meadow in 2009.

Injury problems saw Del Potro slump outside the world top 250. After recovering from surgery on his right wrist in May 2010, he has been hampered by a left knee injury, which forced him to pull out of the Aegon Championship at Queen’s and prevented any competitive grass court preparation in the build-up to this Wimbledon.

Packing a punch: Del Potro showed his power against Nishikori

Packing a punch: Del Potro showed his power against Nishikori

While none of his 11 tournament wins have come on grass, the 6ft 6in left-hander, back up to No 9 in the world, has come through the first three rounds relatively unscathed.

Although not the most agile and unsure at the net, Del Potro’s big serve and powerful groundstrokes were too much for No 19 seed Kei Nishikori, of Japan, who lost 6-3, 7-6, 6-1 on a wind-blown Court No 1.

Del Potro said: ‘This is the best I have played so far. I played really aggressively, tried to hit the ball really hard and took all my break-points.

‘That was important for me to take control of the match and relax. The conditions were horrible but I had to keep telling myself it was the same for both players. You have to play tough.’

A harsh lesson: Nishikori

A harsh lesson: Nishikori

Brought up on the clay and hard courts of Argentina, Del Potro admits adapting to grass is not easy for him. But he is learning. ‘I still prefer hard courts and grass is difficult for all players from Argentina,’ he added. But I’m practising hard and getting more used to it. The more I win on grass the better it is for me.’

His knee injury is also improving. ‘It’s almost perfect,’ he said. ‘I’m getting better every day.’

As for his chances of emulating his US Open triumph Del Potro, remains downbeat. ‘I don’t think about how many rounds I can win,’ he said. ‘I’m having a good tournament and I’ll be ready for my next round. That’s it.’

Nishikori, who lost to Del Potro for a third straight match, said: ‘I couldn’t get him off balance because his groundstrokes were so good.’

Del Potro will play David Ferrer in the fourth round after the Spaniard beat Andy Roddick.

London 12 Leeds 58: Rhinos on the rampage as Broncos capitulate

London 12 Leeds 58: Rhinos on the rampage as Broncos capitulate

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16:24 GMT, 30 June 2012

Danny McGuire stole the show with four tries as Leeds strengthened their play-off push with a 58-12 romp in London.

The Rhinos rose to sixth in the Stobart Super League table thanks to a 10-try display, six coming in the final 20 minutes of the contest.

Rampaging Rhino: Chris Bailey attempts to stop Leeds' Stevie Ward

Rampaging Rhino: Chris Bailey attempts to stop Leeds' Stevie Ward

The hosts had hoped to make it back-to-back wins at home, and were able to return the fit again Michael Witt and Olsi Krasniqi to their line-up.

For the Rhinos, Jamie Peacock and Brent Webb both missed out with knee injuries. Leeds were aiming to make it three successive wins after high-scoring triumphs over Wakefield and Castleford.

However, the Londoners made the brighter start. Witt engineered a gap for Dan Sarginson only for the full-back to be hauled down just short of the line.

Leeds were the next to go close, having a try chalked off for an obvious forward pass.

Not this time: Weller Hauraki of Leeds Rhinos thwarts Antonio Kaufusi

Not this time: Weller Hauraki of Leeds Rhinos thwarts Antonio Kaufusi

The Broncos were having the bulk of the play, Scott Wheeldon coming close to giving the hosts the lead on 18 minutes, only to spill a pass near the Rhinos line.

Julien Rinaldi was once again proving influential for the men from the capital, and after a surging run took the hosts deep into Leeds territory, Chris Bailey rounded things off by storming over at the sticks in the 22nd minute.

The Rhinos were stung into action and responded with a try of their own within moments, Shaun Lunt crashing over from close range to level things up.

Tough day: Michael Witt can't find a way past Leeds' Kallum Watkins

Tough day: Michael Witt can't find a way past Leeds' Kallum Watkins

Lunt pushed Leeds into the lead in the 31st minute, barrelling over under the posts despite the attentions of three would-be tacklers.

The visitors had gone through the gears and suddenly the Broncos were dropping off tackles and being caught out defensively.

And before the break the Rhinos had stretched well clear, McGuire strolling over for a brace of tries on 37 and 39 minutes.

The hosts were in need of a lift, and they got it five minutes after the restart thanks to some shocking play from the visitors.

Holding pattern: London's Jamie O'Callaghan feels the full force of Stevie Ward's challenge

Holding pattern: London's Jamie O'Callaghan feels the full force of Stevie Ward's challenge

Zac Hardaker's pass went to ground, allowing Kieran Dixon the simplest of tasks of picking up possession and cantering over.

Suddenly the Broncos had their tails up, although they remained two scores behind.

London came mightily close to reducing that to one score in the 54th minute, David Howell unable to hold what would have been a try-scoring pass from Witt.

Having absorbed the best the home side could throw at them, Leeds took advantage of both Will Lovell and Craig Gower laying prone with injuries to run on the last tackle, Carl Ablett stretching clear to tee up McGuire for his hat-trick on the hour mark.

That seemed to knock the fight out of the Broncos, and moments later Ablett touched down for a try of his own.

Now it was a case of how many, and McGuire was soon at it again, cantering over for his fourth after a break from Jamie Jones-Buchanan.

Further late scores were to follow from Hardaker, Rob Burrow and Kylie Leuluai in the final eight minutes.

Assen victory sees Stoner pull level with Lorenzo in MotoGP title race

Assen victory sees Stoner pull level with Lorenzo in MotoGP title race

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15:56 GMT, 30 June 2012

Casey Stoner drew level with Jorge Lorenzo in the MotoGP title race after winning the Dutch Grand Prix in Assen.

Lorenzo saw his 25-point championship lead wiped out by Stoner after he was taken out by Alvaro Bautista on the first corner of the race.

Stoner started from pole position and held off his Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa to win, with Andrea Dovizioso claiming third place after overtaking Ben Spies on the final lap.

Victory salute: Casey Stoner triumphed in Assen

Victory salute: Casey Stoner triumphed in Assen

The Australian drew level with Lorenzo on 140 points in the MotoGP title standings with Pedrosa third on 121 and Britain's Cal Crutchlow fourth with 77.

Crutchlow, racing two weeks after breaking his ankle, was hampered by the early crash and dropped back to 15th place but he recovered well to finish fifth.

Stoner told BBC Sport after his third win of the season: 'I didn't see that Lorenzo had crashed as I was focused on the fight at the front but what a difference a day makes.

'I had a big crash in practice on Friday but we managed to pull through for the race. Today has worked out perfectly for me.'

Fuming: Jorge Lorenzo walked away from his bike after this crash

Fuming: Jorge Lorenzo walked away from his bike after this crash

Lorenzo was left furious with Bautista for the collision, an incident which has been placed under investigation by race officials.

Stoner later Tweeted: 'I feel sorry for @lorenzo99 he doesn't deserve that to happen and I don't want points that way. Thanks for everyone's support today!!'

The two Honda riders dominated the race and Stoner took the lead from Pedrosa with 10 laps remaining.

Some of the most exciting action came from watching Crutchlow pick his way through the field and then battle past Hector Barbera, Valentino Rossi and then Nicky Hayden to finish a creditable fifth.

Dovizioso caught up with Spies with three laps remaining and the pair were involved a thrilling tussle for the final podium position.

Dovizioso made his move heading into turn one of the final lap and then held his advantage to claim third place.

Euro 2012: Ukraine chief blasts Sol Campbell

Ukraine football chief blasts Campbell for 'back in a box' claim

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15:54 GMT, 30 June 2012

The organisers of Euro 2012 have hit
back at the BBC's pre-tournament claims of fans being at danger of
racist thuggery in Poland and Ukraine this summer.

When shown footage of trouble that
flared up in the two countries, former England star Sol Campbell even
suggested supporters were at risk of 'coming back in a box'.

As it has turned out, there has been little trouble throughout the entire competition.

No joke: England fans make their point to Sol Campbell

No joke: England fans make their point to Sol Campbell

There were problems around Poland's group game with Russia, although that match had historical issues attached to it.

Indeed, the instances of racism were created by travelling fans, with Croatia, Spain and Russia all fined for the behaviour of their supporters.

It offered Ukraine football federation president Grygoriy Surkis the perfect platform from which to launch his counter-offensive.

'The best reply to the BBC and Sol Campbell, who declared that there was racism in Ukraine and maybe fans wouldn't go back to England was, I think, English fans who actually took the coffin out prior to the match in Donetsk,' said Surkis.

Hitting back: Ukrainian soccer chief Grygoriy Surkis hit back at racism jibes

Hitting back: Ukrainian soccer chief Grygoriy Surkis hit back at racism jibes

'What impresses me is that a person who has never been to Ukraine can give such commentary about the country.

'Yes, it is true, as an independent country Ukraine is only 20 years old.

'But it has made a huge contribution on infrastructure and made everything possible to be a reliable partner to UEFA for this tournament.'

A group of England fans paraded a mock coffin prior to the final pool match in Ukraine to show what they thought of Campbell's comments.

With no arrests amongst their travelling support, it has been one of the most peaceful tournaments for years.

Not my problem: Michel Platini won't get involved in disciplinary matters

Not my problem: Michel Platini won't get involved in disciplinary matters

Yet Michel Platini's comments about UEFA doing everything in their power to get rid of racism do not quite ring true with the fact that fines handed out for those incidents within stadiums were lower than the 80,000 fine handed out to Denmark's Nicklas Bendtner for ambush marketing when he lowered his shorts to reveal a Paddy Power logo following his goal against Portugal.

'You should ask the UEFA disciplinary committee,' said the UEFA president this lunchtime.

'Because they are an independent body and took their decision I shouldn't get involved.

'I might agree, I might not but I'm the UEFA president.

'I can do a lot at UEFA but I'm not going to interfere in the decision and that's it.'

Paul Hanagan sidelined after Newmarket fall

Broken elbow fear for champion jockey Hanagan after Newmarket fall

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15:40 GMT, 30 June 2012

Horror fall: Paul Hanagan could be sidelined for months after an arm injury

Horror fall: Paul Hanagan could be sidelined for months after an arm injury

Dual champion jockey Paul Hanagan has been taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge for an X-ray on his arm after a fall at Newmarket on Saturday.

Hanagan came down in the 150,000 Tattersalls Millions 3-Y-O Cup when riding No Dominion, who clipped heels with the Richard Hughes-ridden Viewpoint.

Newmarket's director of racing
Michael Prosser said: 'Paul is stable and has just been taken to
Addenbrooke's for precautionary X-rays.

'His wife is following him to the hospital and the family are all aware of the situation.

'We have to praise the medical staff for their quick attention.'

Angus Gold, racing manager to Sheikh
Hamdan Al Maktoum, Hanagan's employer, said: 'We've heard that he might
have cracked his elbow, either that or it's badly bruised. As well as
that, he's got a dead leg.

'If it's the elbow, it could be serious and that will be a shame for him as he's just getting going.'