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Mark Clattenburg racial abuse of John Obi Mikel: Chelsea and FA accused of "cover up"

Chelsea and FA accused of 'cover up' after police drop Clattenburg race probe

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UPDATED:

07:43 GMT, 14 November 2012

Chelsea and the Football Association
have been accused of a 'cover-up' for not making a complaint to police about alleged comments by
referee Mark Clattenburg.

The Metropolitan Police revealed on Tuesday they have shelved their investigation into claims that Clattenburg used 'inappropriate
language' towards two Chelsea players.

Flashpoint: Mikel and Ramires made allegations about referee Clattenburg

Flashpoint: John Obi Mikel (right) and Ramires made allegations about referee Mark Clattenburg (centre)

Flashpoint: Mikel and Ramires made allegations about referee Clattenburg

The complaint was made to the police by the Society of Black Lawyers.

'It sounds remarkably like a football cover-up,' the society's chairman Peter Herbert told BBC Radio 5 live.

'It sounds remarkably like the football industry wanted to have this issue swept under the carpet.'

Chelsea made a formal complaint against Clattenburg on October 29 following their 3-2 home defeat by Manchester United. A day later the FA opened an investigation into the allegation, part of which was that Clattenburg used racial language.

Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Police began its own probe based on a written complaint by Herbert.

In the spotilight: Mark Clattenburg, leaves his home near Newcastle on Monday

In the spotlight: Clattenburg, pictured leaving his home near Newcastle, has not taken charge of a match since the incident

It is understood Chelsea did not give evidence to the police because
they felt the FA was the appropriate body to deal with the matter.

On Tuesday, the police investigation was discontinued because 'no
victims have come forward' and 'without a victim and/or any evidence
that any offence has been committed, the matter cannot currently be
investigated'.

The FA confirmed its investigation would proceed, but Herbert is furious
that neither the governing body nor Chelsea have taken the matter to
the police.

'We strongly suspect that the FA and/or Chelsea have failed to provide
this information to the Metropolitan Police in order for them to conduct
a proper investigation,' he said.

'The information we had is that there are “no victims”. Well, if there
are no victims, what on earth has been referred to the FA in the first
place

Dispute: Mikel complains to Clattenburg as his side slump to defeat at Stamford Bridge

Dispute: Mikel complains to Clattenburg as his side slumped to defeat against Manchester United

Marching orders: Referee Mark Clattenburg showed two red cards to Chelsea players on Sunday

Marching orders: Clattenburg showed two red cards to Chelsea players in the match, which included a highly controversial decision to show Fernando Torres a second yellow card for diving

Marching orders: Branislav Ivanovic was sent off (above) while Clattenburg struggled to contain both sides

Marching orders: Branislav Ivanovic was sent off (above) as Clattenburg struggled to the control the game

'What on earth are the FA and Chelsea playing then Are they having some
cosy exchange of statements between themselves and not giving it to the
police

'We're going to ask the borough commander for an explanation. Was there
any co-operation Was any evidence given If none was given by the FA or
Chelsea we want to raise that issue with the Minister of Sport.'

Herbert is particularly critical of the FA's decision not to involve the police once Chelsea made their complaint.

'If the Metropolitan Police are not provided with statements what are they supposed to do' he added.

'If a football club has registered a complaint with the FA, we would
expect the FA to refer this matter to the Metropolitan Police.

'The FA does not have the tools to investigate race-hate crime. We think
that until the FA gets its house in order complaints like this should
be investigated by the police.

'It really does beggar belief that the primary football authorities in
the country do not understand the seriousness of hate crime.'

Clattenburg timeline: How football has reacted to the claims of racist abuse

Oct 28: Mark Clattenburg sends off Branislav Ivanovic and Fernando Torres, the latter for a disputed dive, as Chelsea go down 3-2 against Manchester United.

Chelsea later confirm they had lodged a formal complaint with the Premier League match delegate regarding 'inappropriate language' made by Clattenburg to two of their players. The complaint is understood to relate to alleged racial comments in incidents involving John Obi Mikel and Juan Mata.

Oct 29: Clattenburg is offered the full support of Prospect, the referees' union.

The Football Association starts an investigation relating to Chelsea's allegations. PFA chief Gordon

Taylor urges the FA to deal with the matter quickly.

The Professional Game Match Officials confirms Clattenburg will not be involved in the next round of matches, stating 'the focus should not be on the officials but on the players and the game itself'.

The Society of Black Lawyers sends a letter to the Metropolitan Police calling for a legal investigation. The Met confirm they have received a complaint and will 'consider any allegation that is made'.

Oct 30: The Metropolitan Police launch an investigation into the incidents at Stamford Bridge.

Oct 31: Chelsea lodge a formal complaint with the Football Association regarding 'inappropriate language' directed at Mikel by Clattenburg during Sunday's match.

Nov 2: Sir Alex Ferguson enters the debate, saying: 'I refuse to believe' Clattenburg would make racially abusive comments.

Nov 5: The referees group PGMOL says Clattenburg will not referee at the weekend, but that they had been willing to appoint him to a match if he had wanted.

Nov 8: The Football Association carried out a series of interviews with match officials as they continued their investigations.

Nov 12: Clattenburg was absent from the PGMOL list for a third successive week, although he did return to training.

Nov 13: The police investigation into alleged comments made by Clattenburg was dropped due to a lack of evidence, Scotland Yard said.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich was right to "terminate" Andre Villas-Boas, says Bruce Buck

AVB was terminated, we then won two trophies… you should congratulate Mr Abramovich for that, says Chelsea chief Buck (who also claims they would have been crucified if they didn't report Clattenburg)
Buck: 'We're the club most in the public eye anywhere in the world'Club stands by claim that Clattenburg used term 'monkey''There have been a lot of incidents involving Terry and Chelsea'Terry does NOT run the club, Abramovich does, claims BuckClub officials admit Chelsea’s image has been damaged

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13:11 GMT, 13 November 2012

Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck has launched an impassioned defence of the club's players in the aftermath of the race-row storm which has engulfed Stamford Bridge following allegations referee Mark Clattenburg racially abused John Obi Mikel.

Buck says Chelsea agonised over the decision but, ultimately, were legally obliged to report Clattenburg in defence of Mikel and fellow midfielder Ramires, who made the initial allegation.

The Blues chief has also backed club owner Roman Abramovich's decision to 'terminate' the tenure of former boss Andre Villas-Boas in a bid to halt the club's side down the Barclays Premier League and save their Champions League aspirations.

Wise move: Chelsea fans should cheer Abramovich for his decision to sack AVB

Wise move: Chelsea fans should cheer Abramovich for his decision to sack AVB

Wise move: Chelsea fans should cheer Abramovich for his decision to sack Villas-Boas

Chelsea last week submitted a dossier
of evidence to the FA, including signed witness statements from players,
alleging Clattenburg used a term understood to have been interpreted as
racist during the 3-2 defeat by Manchester United. Clattenburg denies
the claims.

Buck, however,
cannot understand why Chelsea have come under fire for reporting the
Durham official and believes the club have rightly taken the moral high ground.

Buck, in a sensational interview with the Evening Standard said: 'The reaction has been very unfair,'
he says. 'We weren't interested in any confrontation with the referee or
anybody else, had no thoughts of revenge on the referee. He made two
obvious mistakes (sending Fernando Torres off and allowing Javier
Hernandez's offside winner) which changed the tide.

'I felt we had the moral high ground,
so I didn’t really feel that bad about the defeat or have that feeling
in my stomach. I thought we'd be treated very kindly in the newspapers
next day.

'It was made after a great deal of anguish and after talking long and hard that evening about what should we do.'

Buck believes the club were forced into a corner and once the two players involved came forward, they had no option but to make the report.

And the American-trained lawyer stands by the claim that Clattenburg used the term 'monkey'.

'We were guided by obligations that are imposed by the Football Association and also as an employer. FA rule E14 basically says a participant shall immediately report to the association any incident or matter which may be considered to be a misconduct.

'Misconduct is a defined term under the FA regulations and includes such racial behaviour. We also had to consider the Equality Act 2010, which imposes an obligation on an employer to take certain actions if an employee is subject to discrimination by third parties.

Suppose we had tried to sweep this under the rug and said to the various players, “Look, it's not a big deal and the press are going to be all over us, maybe you want to reconsider”. If that had leaked out, we would've really been crucified.'

Flashpoint: Mikel and Ramires made allegations about referee Clattenburg

Flashpoint: Mikel and Ramires made allegations about referee Clattenburg

Flashpoint: Mikel and Ramires made allegations about referee Clattenburg
GOURLAY: 'RACE ROWS HAVE BEEN BULLET PRINTS IN OUR ARMOUR'

Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay

Chelsea’s chief executive Ron Gourlay (right) has described the race rows that have blighted the club over the last 12 months as ‘bullet prints in our armour’ and charged the younger players at Stamford Bridge to repair Chelsea’s damaged image.

The Champions League winners have struggled to win friends during public disputes fueled by racism allegations, while talismanic captain John Terry and big-spending owner Roman Abramovich have long been polarizing personalities in English football.

‘There are things that have happened that damaged the image,’ Gourlay said, acknowledging that Chelsea has been under fire since Terry’s court case and, more recently, reporting referee Mark Clattenburg for alleged racist abuse. ‘There are bullet prints in our armor. We have learned from the mistakes we have made. Hopefully the football club is in a good position to push forward now.’

He believes the widely admired talent of Juan Mata, Eden Hazard and Oscar is shifting people’s perception.

‘That’s where we want to be,’ Gourlay added. ‘I think people like the way they are seeing Chelsea play football now, and that’s very important because it portrays itself as the image of the club.

‘We are in a very, very strong place,’ the chief executive said on the sidelines of the Chelsea-backed International Football Arena conference in Zurich.

Buck spoke with Chelsea chief
executive Ron Gourlay and headed into the team's dressing room after the
match with united at 6.15pm.

And he says he was careful to rule out any
misunderstanding from the players involved – as neither uses English as
their first language. Buck was reassured both players spoke good
English.

He said: 'I spoke to the players involved, either because they were allegedly the recipient of that abuse or had heard it, three separate times.

'I asked them if they could be mistaken. I asked them, if they might have heard Mikel instead of monkey. I thought I had covered that base.'

The revolving-door policy operated by Blues' owner Roman Abramovich saw Andre Villas-Boas ditched two-thirds of the way through last season.

The decision came just nine months after they had paid Porto 13million for his services.

AVB failed to convince senior members
of the squad, like John Terry and Frank Lampard that he was the man to
lead the club forward.

But Buck denies that Terry runs the club, or that player power is too strong at Stamford Bridge.

In
fact it was Abramovich's 'termination' of the Portuguese which led
Chelsea directly to their ultimate goal; Champions League glory.

'It didn’t take the players to tell
us we were not going in the right direction. I knew that, Mr Abramovich
knew that.

'When Andre left, we were in a very difficult situation about
to be bounced out of the Champions League, doing very poorly in the
Premier League.

'The proof is in the pudding: Andre
was terminated and we wound up winning two trophies. I want to hear you
congratulate Mr Abramovich and Chelsea for making that change.'

Dogged by controversy: Terry race row with Ferdinand came nine years after an allegation of assault resulted in a court case (below)

Dogged
by controversy: Terry race row with Ferdinand came nine years after he
was cleared he was cleared of attacking a nightclub doorman (below)

Dogged by controversy: Terry race row with Ferdinand came nine years after he was cleared he was cleared of attacking a nightclub doorman (below)

Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck

Read the full Evening Standard interview here

One thing Buck didn't deny was the
negative impact of the Terry race-row which has dogged the club over the
last 12 months – just the latest in the line of discretions from the
club's captain down the years.

'I can't argue with the fact that,
over the last 10 years, there have been a lot of public incidents in
which Terry and Chelsea were involved. But I don’t accept that we have
something in our hearts that says we’re going to chase the referees.

'It’s just not like that at all,
honest. Chelsea are not run by John Terry. I don’t know how I can prove
it to you but it’s not true. My club are run by Roman Abramovich.'Life
in west london changed dramatically the moment the Russian billionaire
arrived.

In stark contrast to ken Bates' loud
and brash style, Abramovih remains in the margins, allowing his staff to
speak on behalf of the club.

Bright future: Chelsea's young players can help repair the club's damaged image

Bright future: Chelsea's young players can help repair the club's damaged image

Bright future: Chelsea's young players can help repair the club's damaged image

But Buck denies the claim this proves
Abramovich is aloof and hopes the club are moving down the right track
to preserve their position in Europe's elite.

He said: 'It's not true that Mr Abramovich
does not care what people think about Chelsea. Rightly or wrongly, Mr
Abramovich changed English football forever. I feel very strongly that
he hasn't had enough credit for what he's done. Chelsea's heart is
definitely not black.

'We have to continue to try to be a
good citizen and to do things for our community, country and players and
play good football.'

Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay (left) and chairman Bruce Buck at a Chelsea game

In the line of fire: Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay (left) and chairman Bruce Buck at a Chelsea game

Quade Cooper fined for toxic comments aimed at ARU

Wallabies fly half Cooper hit with 26k fine for 'toxic' comments aimed at ARU

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08:34 GMT, 31 October 2012

Wallabies fly half Quade Cooper has been fined $40,000 (25,800) by the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) for bringing the game into disrepute after criticising the national team set-up.

The 24-year-old, currently sidelined by a knee injury, was also handed a further $20,000 (12,900) fine and three-match ban suspended for two years by a disciplinary tribunal in Sydney.

Cooper said in a TV interview last month he would not play for Australia unless changes were made to the 'toxic environment' surrounding the team, which he felt was 'destroying' him.

Fined: Cooper's comments have landed him in hot water

Fined: Cooper's comments have landed him in hot water

After first making the 'toxic' allegation on Twitter, Cooper then used the TV interview to attack the defensive tactics of coach Robbie Deans and criticise the lack of a dedicated training facility for the Wallabies.

A quarter of the fine handed down on Wednesday was for criticising an ARU-licensed computer game on Twitter.

'I had a fair hearing and I am very happy with the outcome,' he told reporters at ARU headquarters.

Playmaker: Cooper is currently out with a knee injury

Playmaker: Cooper is currently out with a knee injury

'I understand I have fallen way below par for what it means to be a Wallaby and just want to apologise to the supporters.

'I am looking forward to the future and to hopefully a big year for not only my state but for the Wallabies.'

At his best an inspired player whose unpredictability can unlock the game's increasingly tight defences, Cooper helped Queensland to the Super Rugby title and Australia to a first Tri-Nations crown in a decade last year.

The New Zealand-born playmaker's contract with the ARU expires at the end of the year and he has not signed a new deal despite agreeing to stay an extra three years in Super Rugby with the Reds.

'ARU placed contract negotiations with Quade Cooper on hold until the tribunal process had been finalised,' ARU deputy chief executive Matt Carroll said in a statement.

'Given the Tribunal has handed down its decision, this matter as far as we are concerned has been finalised.

'ARU will now look at how we address the contract situation involving Quade Cooper.'

Cooper has repeatedly expressed his desire to play alongside All Black Sonny Bill Williams, who is expected to return to rugby league with the Sydney Roosters next year.

Cooper was fined $10,000 (6,450) by the ARU for bringing the game into disrepute after breaking the window of a taxi in 2009.

Police clear Oldham"s Lee Croft of racially abusing ball boy

Police clear Oldham's Croft of racially abusing ball boy after lack of evidence

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11:01 GMT, 25 October 2012


Bust up: Lee Croft (left) lost his temper with a ball boy at Sheffield United earlier this month

Bust up: Lee Croft (left) lost his temper with a ball boy at Sheffield United earlier this month

Oldham midfielder Lee Croft will not face police action after he was accused of racially abusing a ball boy.

The allegation was made following the Latics' 1-1 draw away to Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on October 13.

Croft vehemently denied any wrongdoing and was backed by his manager Paul Dickov.

A statement released on Oldham's official website read: 'South Yorkshire Police have found no evidence to support such allegations and they do not intend to take any further action in relation to this matter.'

The statement continued: 'It has been an extremely difficult time for Lee who has received the full support of the club and all his team-mates while these totally unfounded allegations have been investigated.

'The club would like to place on record its thanks to South Yorkshire Police for the thorough and expeditious manner in which it has completed its enquiry.'

Speaking at the pre-match press conference for Latics npower League One trip to Crawley this weekend shortly before the news was announced, Croft thanked his team-mates and Dickov for their support over the past two weeks.

'It's been hard, obviously, but I've just tried to get on with it,' he said. 'Coming in and getting on with my football, the lads have been brilliant.

'The gaffer has been good with me and the club as well, so it's been okay.'

Police probed an incident late in the game at Bramall Lane where Croft, now with Oldham, went to retrieve the ball for a throw-in as his side pressed for their late equaliser in a 1-1 draw.

He became angry when the ball was kicked back on to the field beyond him by the ball boy, who is 14 but has not been named.

Croft appeared to say something, although the ball boy did not react at that point. At the end of the game Croft went to shake his hand. At first the ball boy took it but then yanked his hand away, apparently on realising it was Croft.

Sheffield United are said to have received up to nine complaints following the game, including some from stewards who were in the vicinity. It was reported to the police who launched an investigation.

Croft, 27, admitted at the time to losing his temper, saying he apologised to the boy.

Lee Croft accused of racist attack on ball boy

Croft accused of racist outburst against ball boy with police probing incident

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UPDATED:

21:06 GMT, 14 October 2012


Attempt: Lee Croft tries to shake hands with the ballboy

Attempt: Lee Croft tries to shake hands with the ballboy

Former Manchester City and Norwich midfielder Lee Croft is under investigation for an alleged racist attack on a black ball boy.

Police are probing an incident late in Saturday’s game at Sheffield United where Croft, now with Oldham, went to retrieve the ball for a throw-in as his side pressed for their late equaliser in a 1-1 draw.

He became angry when the ball was kicked back on to the field beyond him by the ball boy, who is 14 but has not been named.

Croft appeared to say something,
although the ball boy did not react at that point. At the end of the
game Croft went to shake his hand. At first the ball boy took it but
then yanked his hand away, apparently on realising it was Croft.

Sheffield United are said to have
received up to nine complaints following the game, including some from
stewards who were in the vicinity. It was reported to the police who
launched an investigation.

Confrontation: A Sheffield United fan runs on to the pitch to talk to Lee Croft (right)

Confrontation: A Sheffield United fan runs on to the pitch to talk to Lee Croft (right)

Croft, 27, admitted losing his temper,
saying he apologised to the boy and an Oldham statement said: ‘The
player has categorically denied the allegation.

‘The club and his team-mates are fully supportive.’

What happened Police have launched an investigation into events at Bramall Lane

What happened Police have launched an investigation into events at Bramall Lane

Police launch investigation after Oldham player accused racially abusing ball boy

Police launch race-probe after accusation Oldham player abused ball boy

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10:01 GMT, 14 October 2012

Police are investigating an allegation that an Oldham player racially abused a ball boy during a game.

South Yorkshire Police confirmed it was looking into the claim that an unnamed player abused the ball boy during the npower League One club's 1-1 draw against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on Saturday.

The Greater Manchester side said the player denied the allegation and that they and his team-mates were fully supportive of him.

Investigation: Police have launched an investigation into events at Bramall Lane

Investigation: Police have launched an investigation into events at Bramall Lane

In a statement, the club said: 'Oldham Athletic Football Club was made aware by South Yorkshire Police after today's npower League One match at Sheffield United of an allegation of racist abuse by one of its players.

'The player has categorically denied the allegation and the club and his team-mates are fully supportive of him.

'The club understands that the police are making enquiries into the allegation and, as a result, will not be making any further statements in relation to this matter.'

Adam Hammill arrested for "attacking female paramedic"

Former England youngster Hammill arrested over alleged attack on female paramedic
Adam Hammill, 24, bailed following alleged assault outside Liverpool vodka bar

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08:19 GMT, 9 October 2012


Adam Hammill pictured in action for Huddersfield

Adam Hammill has been bailed following allegation of assault. Above, in action for Huddersfield

Former England prospect Adam Hammill has been arrested over claims he attacked a female paramedic called out to an emergency outside a vodka bar.

Hammill was detained after allegations one of the ambulance crew was manhandled after being called out to treat another man in the street at 3.30am.

The 24-year-old former Liverpool Academy star was kept in custody for over 15 hours and was questioned on suspicion of common assault before being freed on police bail.

If charged and convicted he could face up to six months in prison.

The incident occurred after pub closing time in the early hours of Sunday when Hammill, on loan at Huddersfield from Championship rivals Wolves, was out at the Revolution Bar in Liverpool city centre.

Paramedics had been called out after another man had required treatment after falling ill outside the bar which had closed 90 minutes earlier.

But as the female paramedic tried to help him it was claimed she was 'assaulted'.

Dave Kitchin, from the North West Ambulance Service, said: 'The Trust can confirm that an ambulance crew attended an incident on Temple Court in Liverpool city centre in the early hours of Sunday morning and one of our staff was the victim of an assault.

Revolution Bar, in Temple Court, Liverpool

Revolution Bar, in Temple Court, Liverpool, where Adam Hammill was arrested following reports of an assault on Sunday

Winger Hammill formed part of Liverpool's 2006 FA Youth Cup winning side but failed to make a league appearance for the club at senior level

Winger Hammill formed part of Liverpool's 2006 FA Youth Cup winning side but failed to make a league appearance for the club at senior level

'Our ambulance crews work tirelessly
in all weathers, day and night, to come to the aid of people who need
our help and should be able to do so without fear of assault either
physical or verbal.

'We understand that the man has been released on police bail and we will do all we can to support their enquiry.

'Despite my many years working for
the ambulance service, I still find it difficult to comprehend why an
individual would set out to injure someone who is there to help and
treat them.'

A Merseyside Police spokeswoman said: 'A 24-year-old man from Bootle was arrested on suspicion of common assault in the early hours of Sunday, October 7.

'The man was released on police bail on Sunday night pending further enquiries.'

Winger Hammill formed part of Liverpool’s 2006 FA Youth Cup winning side but failed to make a league appearance at senior level.

He had loan spells at Dunfermline, Southampton and Blackpool before being sold to Barnsley in 2009.

He joined Wolves in 2011 and Huddersfield Town last August on a loan deal until 13 January 2013.

He has played for England Under 21s and was capped at Under-19 level. He now qualifies to play for the Republic of Ireland through his late grandfather.

Huddersfield chief executive Nigel Clibbens said: 'We have been made aware of an incident which has taken place in Merseyside involving Adam Hammill.'

Marvin Sordell race claims still not been reported to police

Bolton's Sordell yet to make formal complaint to police over Millwall race claim

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UPDATED:

21:55 GMT, 8 October 2012

Police are still waiting for Marvin Sordell to make a formal complaint after the striker claimed Bolton players were racially abused by Millwall fans on Saturday.

The forward claimed on Twitter that he was taunted by fans at the London club's ground as he warmed up as a substitute.

He also alleged that three other Bolton players were abused during the npower Championship fixture.

Claim: Marvin Sordell says some Bolton players received racist abuse at Millwall

Claim: Marvin Sordell says some Bolton players received racist abuse at Millwall

Scotland Yard have said no official complaint had been made, but that any allegations would be investigated.

A spokesman said: 'There has been no complaint made to us, but if any allegation of racist behaviour or chanting is made it will be investigated thoroughly.'

Sordell, who also plays for England Under 21s, said on the social networking site: 'It's 2012 in England and people are still shouting racial abuse at a football game! #shocking.'

In another entry, he claimed Lee Chung-yong, Darren Pratley and Benik Afobe also suffered abuse.

He said: 'Chungy, Pratts, Benik and I had all sorts of things said to us. The police were standing yards away and did nothing.'

Both Millwall and Bolton are investigating the claims.

Millwall's
statement said: 'The two clubs remain determined to do everything in
their power to ensure that racist behaviour will not be tolerated.

Him too: Sordell also said team-mate Benik Afobe had been targeted too

Him too: Sordell also said team-mate Benik Afobe had been targeted too

'We will be speaking to the police and
the match officials on this matter but no further comment will be made
until this process has been completed and the investigations have been
concluded.'

Bolton said it was working with
Millwall in the inquiry, and added: 'Both clubs remain determined that
racist behaviour or language will not be tolerated.'

Millwall defender Danny Shittu says
he did not hear any racial abuse towards Bolton's players during
Saturday's match at The Den.

Shittu told Sky Sports News on
Monday: 'On the day we didn't really hear anything. I think there was so
much going on that day, but me personally I didn't really hear
anything.

'It's something that I didn't really find out about until I got home and saw it on the news.

'It something that is very, very sad to see. I know that Millwall have been doing a lot to combat these kind of things.

'And not just Millwall, I know a lot of clubs work on that. We're very disappointed to hear something like that going on.'

Sordell also said Lee Chung-Yong (left) was subjected to abuse at The Den

Sordell also said Lee Chung-Yong (left) was subjected to abuse at The Den

Shittu, currently in his second spell with Millwall, has also played against the Lions at The Den.

And the 32-year-old insists he has never been on the receiving end of racist taunts as an opposition player.

'When I did play against them, anybody will tell you that anybody who comes back to Millwall, it's a hard ground to play at,' added Shittu.

'The fans really do get on your back, but personally I didn't really experience any racism from them.

'It is a hard place to come and play and you do get a lot of abuse, like you do at any club you go to.

'I didn't personally get any racist taunts or anything like that.'

James Graham facing ban for biting in NRL Grand Final

England star Graham in hot water after 'biting rival's ear' in NRL Grand Final

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UPDATED:

09:32 GMT, 1 October 2012

England forward James Graham is to face a hearing into an allegation that he bit the ear of Billy Slater during Sunday’s NRL Grand Final.

The former St Helens captain, now with Canterbury Bulldogs, could be banned for up to three months if he is found guilty of one of the most 'heinous crimes' in rugby league.

Graham was put on report after Melbourne full-back Slater made the allegation during his side’s 14-4 win over the Bulldogs and, as expected, the case was referred directly to the judiciary after the match review committee met on Monday morning.

Hot water: James Graham has been accused of biting an opponent during the NRL Grand Final

Hot water: James Graham has been accused of biting an opponent during the NRL Grand Final

The case would normally be heard on Wednesday but the Bulldogs have asked for it to be put back to later in the week to avoid a clash with their club presentation.

The general consensus is Graham is staring at a suspension of between eight and 12 weeks.

Canterbury’s Brad Morrin was banned for eight games in 2007 for biting Timana Tahu, while Titans utility back William Zillman copped a month for the same offence in 2009.

Ear we go: The incident is alleged to have happened during a touchline brawl

Ear we go: The incident is alleged to have happened during a touchline brawl

Both those players were biting into arms whereas Graham’s is considered more serious due to the fact he is alleged to have attacked Slater’s ear.

Graham is due to link up with England next week for their high-altitude training camp in South Africa and, if suspended, will miss their autumn international matches against France and Wales.

The skilful prop, who captained England in the 2010 Four Nations Series, had created a big impression on his first season in the NRL but his reputation is now in danger of being tarnished.

John Terry will be selected for England by Roy Hodgson

Hodgson insists he will select Terry despite looming hearing over Ferdinand row

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UPDATED:

14:17 GMT, 24 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

John Terry will be selected for England's World Cup qualifying double-header against Moldova and Ukraine.

The Football Association have yet to announce a date for Terry's independent disciplinary hearing over charges he used a racist slur against Anton Ferdinand, an allegation he denies and was cleared of by a magistrates' court in July.

Terry was rested, along with several other senior players, for last week's friendly win over Italy.

First choice: Roy Hodgson said he will select John Terry

First choice: Roy Hodgson said he will select John Terry

But Roy Hodgson revealed he would recall the Chelsea captain – if fit – when he names his squad for the September 7 away game in Moldova on Thursday and home clash against Ukraine four days later.

'As far as I know, I can select him at the moment, and I will be selecting him,' Hodgson said.

'I don't really have any comment about the rest of it. Time will take its toll. I just know I can select him.'

Recall: Hodgson rested Terry for the Italy game

Recall: Hodgson rested Terry for the Italy game

That may change if the FA announce Terry has been found guilty in the next week, as there is a possibility his disciplinary hearing has already taken place in secret.

The FA did not make public the date for Rio Ferdinand's hearing into the 'choc ice' insult that appeared on his Twitter feed, simply revealing that he had been fined 45,000.

The Chelsea captain will miss Saturday's match against Newcastle with a neck injury sustained in the 4-2 win over Reading on Wednesday.

'John is struggling for tomorrow. He's a great leader and it's a big loss for us,' Di Matteo said.

If
as expected he fails to recover, Terry is likely to be replaced in the
starting line-up by David Luiz, who sat out the season opener at
Stamford Bridge with a knee problem.

Injury: John Terry will miss the game against Newcastle

Injury: John Terry will miss the game against Newcastle

Luiz was warned by Chelsea for revealing his injury on Twitter, but the Brazilian later Tweeted a photo of himself on a private jet heading for Barcelona to watch their match against Real Madrid.

The 25-year-old is the subject of interest from Barcelona, but Di Matteo insists he was at the Nou Camp on behalf of a sponsor.

'David went to a sponsor's event. In modern day football players have sponsorship deals,' he said.

'As long as it doesn't affect their performance, players try to obligate those duties.

'We generally don't fine our players for tweeting, although we remind them of the responsibilities they have.

'He remains a very important player at Chelsea.'

New boy: Cesar Azpilicueta is ready to go

New boy: Cesar Azpilicueta is ready to go

With Moses' arrival imminent, Chelsea have taken their summer spending to around the 80million mark thanks to today's recruitment of Spanish defender Cesar Azpilicueta from Marseille.

Azpilicueta, who has represented Spain at several youth levels and played at the Olympics this summer, is believed to have cost 7m.

'Azpilicueta will give us cover at right-back. It gives us more options for the future,' Di Matteo said.

'His signing gives us competition for positions. We'll see who will be first choice.'

Di Matteo insists Chelsea's business in the transfer window is complete.

'I'm very happy with the squad. We've got Fernando Torres and Daniel Sturridge, two good goalscorers,' he said.

'Hopefully there will be more goals from midfield too. We have a competitive squad now and we're happy. I don't envisage anyone leaving.'