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Romelu Lukaku fights to release father from prison

Lukaku fights for father's release after he's given 15 months in prison for assaulting lover and keeping her in his car boot

By
Declan Warrington

PUBLISHED:

10:37 GMT, 5 April 2013

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UPDATED:

12:49 GMT, 5 April 2013

Romelu Lukaku is fighting to release his father Roger from a Belgian prison after he was sentenced to 15 months in jail for assaulting a female and keeping her in the boot of his car.

The father of the Chelsea striker, currently on loan at West Bromwich Albion, was stunned by the verdict after failing to attend the trail and claimed that the woman, a former lover, had invented the story.

Lukaku Snr missed his trial after he moved to another part of Brussels and claimed that he missed his summons because he wasn’t registered at his new address.

Battler: Lukaku has made a big impact at West Brom this season

Battler: Lukaku has made a big impact at West Brom this season

‘My client was sentenced because he didn’t appear in court,' his lawyer said. ‘He doesn’t belong in jail. His wife is suffering, but his sons, Romelu and Jordan, are doing everything to get their dad free as soon as possible.

‘Mr Lukaku has lodged an objection to the judgement and the case will be tried again in the coming days. To this day, we still do not know the date of the trial.’

Promising: But the striker may not be able to help his father

Promising: But the striker may not be able to help his father

Madness at Chelsea! Suggs visits Blues

It really is Madness at Chelsea! Superfan Suggs drops in to visit Blues

PUBLISHED:

13:35 GMT, 1 March 2013

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UPDATED:

13:35 GMT, 1 March 2013

There was more Madness at Chelsea on Friday morning as superfan Suggs turned up at their Cobham training ground.

The players are preparing to face West Bromwich Albion at the end of an eventful week which saw interim boss Rafa Benitez launch an extraordinary attack on the club's fans and owner Roman Abramovich.

Benitez slammed the supporters after Wednesday's win at Middlesbrough, claiming they were not doing the team any favours by continuing to boo him.

Our house: Suggs paid a visit to Chelsea's Cobham training ground

Our house: Suggs paid a visit to Chelsea's Cobham training ground

But Suggs' commitment to the Stamford
Bridge outfit can never be doubted. The 52-year-old, who has a string
of hits under his belt with Madness and as a solo artist, reached No 22
in the charts in 1997 with Blue Day, the song he recorded with the
players for the FA Cup final.

The west Londoners beat Middlesbrough
2-0 in the Wembley showpiece with former manager Roberto Di Matteo
scoring after 42 seconds.

Thew club's official Twitter page
said this morning: 'We've been fortunate enough to welcome legendary
Chelsea fan Suggs to Cobham this morning! #CFC #BlueDay.'

Peter Odemwingie in training ground bust-up with Albion teammate

Wantaway striker Odemwingie in explosive bust-up with Albion teammate over failed move

By
Neil Moxley

PUBLISHED:

23:09 GMT, 8 February 2013

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UPDATED:

23:58 GMT, 8 February 2013

Peter Odemwingie and West Brom team-mate Steven Reid had a fierce bust-up after the Nigeria forward’s aborted move to QPR.

Odemwingie was yesterday fined 75,000 by West Brom after his appearance at Loftus Road on deadline day.

And the striker, 31, confronted Reid in the treatment room at the club’s training ground on Thursday.

Outcast: Peter Odemwingie (right) was summoned back to training during the international break

Outcast: Peter Odemwingie (right) was summoned back to training during the international break

Odemwingie was angered by comments attributed to Reid after last Sunday’s defeat by Spurs in which it was suggested that he would not be made welcome.

But Reid stood his ground, insisting the striker would have to work hard to win over the rest of the team.

Close eye: Steve Clarke watches Odemwingie in training

Close eye: Steve Clarke watches Odemwingie in training

Manager Steve Clarke said: ‘I don’t know what went on. If there has been a row between Steven and Peter, then I’m sure it was an honest row.

‘If you are telling me someone in this building is letting out stories, that fact is more upsetting for me than the fact that Steven and Peter had an exchange of words.’

Anger: West Brom fans are furious with Odemwingie

Anger: West Brom fans are furious with Odemwingie

Ian Harte calls Giovanni Trapattoni a clown

You clown! Harte slams Trapattoni after claiming Republic boss 'didn't know he was Irish'

and World Cup 2014 campaigns.

The former Leeds, Levante and Carlisle United left back, 35, who earned the last of his 63 Ireland caps in 2007, has not been considered for selection since Trapattoni took over from Steve Staunton five years ago.

In a question and answer session on Twitter, Harte tweeted: ‘To all the people asking if I have retired from international football.no I haven’t trap didn’t even know I was Irish #whataclown’.

'Clown': Trapattoni has come in for heavy criticism since Euro 2012

'Clown': Trapattoni has come in for heavy criticism since Euro 2012

Back to his best: Harte has impressed for Reading in the Premier League this season

Back to his best: Harte has impressed for Reading in the Premier League this season

Two years ago Harte claimed that
Ireland’s predominantly Italian back-room staff had admitted to one
Irish player that they were unaware Harte was an experienced
international who had played in the 2002 World Cup Finals under Mick
McCarthy.

Trapattoni later dismissed Harte’s criticism during the pre-match press conference on Tuesday night, saying: 'I know him and saw many games and two years ago he was old enough.

'We have Stephen Ward and we welcome back Greg Cunningham now just as we knew about Kevin Kilbane. We know this.

'I don’t answer him. Which manager thinks about Sammon, Hendrick Ask manager of Harte who these players are.'

Meanwhile, Derby striker Connor Sammon will make his debut against Poland tomorrow night.

The former Wigan forward, sold by Roberto Martinez in the summer, has been handed his first game for the Republic ahead of Wolves striker Kevin Doyle.

Sammon, called up by manager Trapattoni last week, has impressed in training in Dublin over the last two days.

He will partner West Bromwich Albion
striker Shane Long from the start in the Aviva Stadium. Captain Robbie
Keane has been left out of the World Cup warm-up game – Ireland face
Austria and Sweden next month – as he prepares for the new MLS season.

Trapattoni said: 'He is robust and
quick. The big man they are not generally so agile and sensible with the
ball. He can defend the ball very well up front and attack their
defence quickly.

Veteran: Harte has earned 63 caps for the Republic, scoring 12 goals

Veteran: Harte has earned 63 caps for the Republic, scoring 12 goals

Veteran: Harte has earned 63 caps for the Republic, scoring 12 goals

'He can also play. He is big and bold
and strong but usually such players are not so quick. I hope he can
continue because we have been impressed over the two days with us and
with his club.'

The Ireland manager has left out Sunderland keeper Keiren Westwood after he failed to get a move out of Wearside during the January transfer window.

Millwall keeper David Forde, who has been a regular this season, takes his place and could now play his first competitive games next month. Veteran Shay Given will be available next month but Trapattoni looks set to ignore his availability for international matches.

West Brom will not sell Peter Odemwingie to QPR

QPR dealt blow as West Brom refuse to sell Odemwingie in January transfer window

By
John Curtis, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

07:56 GMT, 24 January 2013

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UPDATED:

07:56 GMT, 24 January 2013

Peter Odemwingie has been told that he will not be allowed to leave West Brom during the current transfer window, the club's new sporting and technical director, Richard Garlick, has confirmed.

The Baggies striker is a target for QPR who have already had one offer rejected – believed to be 2million.

But Garlick insists the Baggies will only allow players to leave on their terms.

Staying put: Peter Odemwingie (centre) will not be leaving West Brom

Staying put: Peter Odemwingie (centre) will not be leaving West Brom

He said: 'Last summer there were supposedly players leaving but we kept hold of most of them.

'We don't have to sell any of our players. It's only on our terms.

'It's well documented about Peter. We had an offer and we don't intend to sell any of our players.

'When an offer comes in, we speak to the player out of courtesy. We've had that chat with Peter and he knows the situation.'

Albion also rejected a 5m bid from Rangers for defender Jonas Olsson who only signed a new four year contract in October.

In the market: Harry Redknapp was keen to sign Odemwingie for QPR

In the market: Harry Redknapp was keen to sign Odemwingie for QPR

Garlick does not expect West Brom to sign any players before the transfer window closes a week today.

He said: 'We're happy with the squad we've got and there are no immediate plans to bring anyone in.

'If an opportunity presents itself, then we will look at that, but we're looking more towards the summer.'

Brendan Rodgers arrives at court to support son Anton charged with sexual assault and voyeurism

Liverpool boss Rodgers arrives in court to support son charged with sexual assault and voyeurism

By
Paul Collins

PUBLISHED:

13:31 GMT, 21 January 2013

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UPDATED:

13:50 GMT, 21 January 2013

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers was at the Old Bailey today as his son Anton arrived to face trial accused of sexual assault and voyeurism.

The offences are alleged to have taken place at the Jury’s Inn hotel in Brighton, East Sussex, in July 2011.

Brighton and Hove Albion players Rodgers, 19, Lewis Dunk, 21, George Barker, 21, and former team-mate Steve Cook, 21, who now plays for Bournemouth, deny the charges.

Trial: Anton Rodgers has arrived at the Old Bailey on charges of sexual assault and voyeurism

Trial: Anton Rodgers has arrived at the Old Bailey on charges of sexual assault and voyeurism

Trial: Anton Rodgers has arrived at the Old Bailey on charges of sexual assault and voyeurism

Trial: Anton Rodgers has arrived at the Old Bailey on charges of sexual assault and voyeurism

The players are alleged to have assaulted a woman at the hotel. Rodgers, Barker and Cook are on bail.

The trial is not due to open in front of a jury until tomorrow.

Strolling: Rodgers walks to the court

Anton Rodgers, 19

Brighton defender Ben Sampayo, 19, has been told no further action will be taken against him over the alleged incident after he was arrested.

A sixth player, Seagulls midfielder Tommy Elphick, 24, was released without charge following the original arrests in January.

The charges come after a four-month investigation by Sussex Police.

West Brom reject QPR"s bid for Jonas Olsson

Blow for Redknapp as Baggies reject QPR's 5m bid for Olsson

By
Lee Bryan

PUBLISHED:

08:15 GMT, 10 January 2013

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UPDATED:

10:59 GMT, 10 January 2013

West Brom have rejected a bid from QPR – believed to be around 5million – for defender Jonas Olsson.

Olsson only signed a new four-year contract with the Baggies in October.
The Swedish international is reported to be keen on a move to London for family reasons, but Albion have turned down the offer from Rangers.

Top target: Jonas Olsson is the man Harry Redkapp wants to sign

Top target: Jonas Olsson is the man Harry Redkapp wants to sign

Olsson is also understood to have reservations about any potential move to Loftus Road given their precarious position in the Barclays Premier League.

In any case, Baggies manager Steve Clarke made it clear last week he has no desire to let Olsson go during the January transfer window – and that stance has not altered.

Clarke said: 'Why would I expect to lose Jonas in January January is the silly season.

Looking to strengthen: Harry Redknapp wants to add to his defence

Looking to strengthen: Harry Redknapp wants to add to his defence

'We can hang on to every single player. We don't have to sell anybody.'
Olsson has also been linked with Arsenal, amidst speculation he has a get-out clause in the contract he signed three months ago.

The 29-year-old has been one of Albion's key performers since joining them four and a half years ago.

His form for the Baggies has also led to him becoming a regular for his country.

QPR keen on West Brom defender Jonas Olsson

Redknapp want 5m Olsson to help save QPR from the drop

By
Lee Bryan

PUBLISHED:

08:15 GMT, 10 January 2013

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UPDATED:

08:32 GMT, 10 January 2013

QPR boss Harry Redknapp has made a 5million bid for West Brom defender Jonas Olsson, according to reports.

Redknapp priority in this transfer window is to strengthen his defence to try and help his side in their battle against relegation and is keen on Olsson, whose outstanding form this season has also seen him watched by Arsenal.

The 29-year-old has a 4m buy-out clause in his contract in the summer and QPR believe they can get him this month.

Top target: Jonas Olsson is the man Harry Redkapp wants to sign

Top target: Jonas Olsson is the man Harry Redkapp wants to sign

According to The Daily Mirror Olsson is keen on a move to London and Redknapp is keen for him to replace Ryan Nelsen, who is off to the MLS to manage Toronto.

Redknapp is also considering a move for Tottenham defender William Gallas.

Looking to strengthen: Harry Redknapp wants to add to his defence

Looking to strengthen: Harry Redknapp wants to add to his defence

The QPR boss is an admirer of the French defender after managing him at White Hart Lane.

But persuading Olsson to join relegation-threatened Rangers from Europe-chasing Albion is his main priority.

Jake Livermore transfer news: Tottenham reject Everton bid

Spurs reject Everton's Livermore bid to avoid boosting Toffees' Champions League challenge

By
Matt Barlow

PUBLISHED:

11:31 GMT, 9 January 2013

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UPDATED:

11:32 GMT, 9 January 2013

Everton's bid to sign Jake Livermore on loan has been rejected because Spurs will not strengthen one of their direct rivals for the Champions League places.

West Bromwich Albion, Reading, QPR and Norwich are also interested in the 23-year-old England midfielder who has been told he can only leave on loan this month because Andre Villas-Boas believes he has a long-term future at White Hart Lane.

Sticky situation: The Toffees have made a move for Livermore

Sticky situation: The Toffees have made a move for Livermore

Livermore started the season strongly, making his England debut against Italy in August and forcing his way into the first team before he underwent a hernia operation, which ruled him out for six weeks.

Sandro and Mousa Dembele have since established an excellent partnership and the return of Scott Park after six months out with an achilles injury will limit his chances but Spurs are keen for Livermore to acquire more Premier League experience.

Challenge: AVB is hoping to lead Spurs into the Champions League

Challenge: AVB is hoping to lead Spurs into the Champions League

Sir Alex Ferguson is as hungry as ever at 71

'Grumpy Scot' Ferguson won't go quietly from United… and he's proving to be as hungry as ever at the age of 71

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UPDATED:

22:31 GMT, 30 December 2012

Steve Clarke called him 'a typical grumpy Scot'. One half of Ant and Dec accused him of losing the plot. Others will be less kind. As he turns 71 on Monday, Sir Alex Ferguson couldn't care less.

Manchester United are top of the Barclays Premier League and halfway towards reclaiming the title. They head for Wigan on Monday seven points clear of Manchester City and with their manager in the rudest of health.

Referee Mike Dean and his assistants discovered that to their cost on Boxing Day. Newcastle manager Alan Pardew complained and Ferguson responded by not only belittling Pardew but the whole of Tyneside just for the hell of it.

Rant: Sir Alex Ferguson labelled Newcastle a 'wee club' after blasting officials at Old Trafford

Rant: Sir Alex Ferguson labelled Newcastle a 'wee club' after blasting officials at Old Trafford

Fergie is at that age when you no longer have to care. Anyone who thought he would let the furore over his 'wee club in the North East' comment get in the way of securing another win for his team was fooling themselves.

Granted, the United boss was conspicuous by his absence on the touchline for 70 minutes of Saturday's 2-0 win over West Bromwich Albion.

Rarely had he played such a minor role at his Theatre of Dreams, preferring to let assistant Mike Phelan venture occasionally into the technical area. But when United needed him, when the flow of the game changed and West Brom began to press for an equaliser, Ferguson couldn't help himself.

He stepped forth into the wind and rain to rally his players and turn up the heat on referee Jon Moss and his assistants.

At one point, as he berated Andy Garratt for awarding a throw-in against his team, the linesman skipped sideways down the touchline towards him and patted Ferguson playfully on the back without taking his eyes off the game.

The manager's scowl immediately dissolved into a smile. It was a wonderful moment. For all that Ferguson undoubtedly got wrong with his behaviour on Boxing Day, it was a reminder that good man-management can defuse the most heated situation.

Others are less prepared to tolerate Fergie's outbursts. TV celebrity and Newcastle fan Declan Donnelly took to Twitter to condemn what happened last week.

Gentle side: Ferguson was laughing before his team's victory over West Brom

Stern: Ferguson stands in front of fourth official Phil Dowd

Stern: Ferguson stands in front of fourth official Phil Dowd (right) and shows his gentler side (left)

Passion: Ferguson, who turns 71 on Monday, is as hungry for success as he ever has been

Passion: Ferguson, who turns 71 on Monday, is as hungry for success as he ever has been

Escaped: Ferguson wasn't punished by the FA for ranting at the linesman and referee

Escaped: Ferguson wasn't punished by the FA for ranting at the linesman and referee

Escaped: Ferguson wasn't punished by the FA for ranting at the linesman and referee

'Has anyone seen his plot' asked Dec. 'He seems to have lost it. Majorly. Lost huge respect for him, both for his actions during and words after the #nufc game…the beginning of the end methinks.'

West Brom boss Clarke has been there from the start. Three months after Ferguson came down from Scotland to take over at Old Trafford in November 1986, Clarke left St Mirren for Chelsea.

The 49-year-old has faced his fellow Scot as a player and coach at Chelsea, Newcastle, West Ham and Liverpool on countless occasions since.

'He's a typical grumpy Scot,' said Clarke. 'He likes to go chasing. He hasn't lost his hunger or his desire. I worked with Sir Bobby Robson at a similar age. He was maybe not quite as aggressive but he was the same. He had that determination and will to win. It's great to see.

'I don't know if I'd last until 71. I think it would be great to think there could be someone like that in the future, someone who has that longevity, but the way the game has gone, it's more short-term. 'It will be really difficult, if not impossible, to match his achievements,' Clarke added.

Typical: West Brom manager Steve Clarke described his counterpart as a 'grumpy Scot'

Typical: West Brom manager Steve Clarke described his counterpart as a 'grumpy Scot'

Ferguson will not dwell on Saturday's win or his 71st birthday any more than he did the events of last week. It's just not in his nature.

The next game is all that matters and Ferguson and his players do not need reminding that, on New Year's Eve last year, United lost at home to bottom-of-the-table Blackburn Rovers, or that another shock defeat at Tuesday's opponents Wigan in April triggered their collapse in the title race.

'We have to use the bad experiences we had last year,' said defender Patrice Evra ahead of their return to the DW Stadium.

'We lost at this time against Blackburn and I remember when we lost 1-0 at Wigan, we showed nothing. It was a really bad performance.

'This year, there will be no excuse. We will just go there, play like Manchester United and make sure we get the three points because it's really important we do that.'

Cruising: United eased past West Brom to stay seven points ahead of Manchester City

Cruising: United eased past West Brom to stay seven points ahead of Manchester City

Cruising: United eased past West Brom to stay seven points ahead of Manchester City