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Ally McCoist assured Craig Whyte will not return to Ibrox

McCoist receives assurances that Whyte will not return to Ibrox

PUBLISHED:

23:15 GMT, 6 April 2013

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UPDATED:

23:15 GMT, 6 April 2013

Rangers chief executive Charles Green has held talks with Ally McCoist to assure the manager there was “never any possibility” of Craig Whyte returning to the club.

The move comes after the former owner apparently claimed he was behind the original Ibrox newco.

Whyte has threatened legal action against Green and former Rangers director Imran Ahmad, demanding 1million a year for life or 25 per cent of Green's shares.

Talks: Rangers Chairman Charles Green (left) gave Ally McCoist (right) assurance

Talks: Rangers Chairman Charles Green (left) gave Ally McCoist (right) assurance

Talks: Rangers Chairman Charles Green (left) gave Ally McCoist (right) assurance

Whyte, whose own Rangers takeover remains the subject of a police inquiry, claims he was the main driver behind the Sevco 5088 company which purchased the assets and business of the oldco Rangers company he had put into administration.

Days later Green transferred the assets, which were bought for 5.5million in June last year, to a different company called Sevco Scotland which then became The Rangers Football Club.

Whyte's main argument appears to be that such a transfer was illegal and he remains the rightful owner of the club's assets.

Green released a statement last night in a bid to clarify the situation and has moved to explain things further this evening following talks with McCoist, who had asked the new owner for answers.

'I spoke with Ally McCoist today and we are agreed that, despite the wild and outlandish allegations tossed around by Craig Whyte, the one thing that matters most is the rebuilding of this club,' Green said.

'I am totally committed to that and Ally is exactly the same. Neither of us will be deflected from our task. We share the same goal and we will be successful no matter who or what attempts to get in our way.

Takeover talk: Craig Whyte

Takeover talk: Craig Whyte

'I made it absolutely clear to Ally that there was never any possibility of Whyte returning to Ibrox and I also stressed that this man has no claim on any of the club's shares or assets.

'I wanted to make sure he understood what Whyte is trying to do because, like every other fan, our manager has a right to know if the disgraced former owner still has any involvement in this club.

'I told Ally that is not the case and that there was never any possibility of Whyte being involved with my group.

'Ally knows and accepts that I cannot be held responsible for Whyte's ramblings or his ridiculous claims. But Ally is a fan and he would have been alarmed at the re-emergence of Whyte and his claims.

'Along with all the good and loyal Rangers fans Ally has lived through the brief but calamitous Whyte era and the very mention of this man's name is enough to have even the strongest of them concerned. But there is no need for any anxiety.

'Rangers FC, no part of it and none of the assets will ever fall into Whyte's hands. If I have to I will stand at the front door and deny him entry.

'I can guarantee every single fan that I will not let them down and that Whyte has no claim on any part of this great club.'

McCoist added: 'Yes we spoke and I'm glad we did. I never believed that Charles had entered into any kind of agreement but it was important to have a chat after what the former owner had been putting about in the papers.

'I am a fan and it would be devastating to have this man back anywhere near the club he almost destroyed.'

Herbie Hide allegedly offers to throw fight and deliver cocaine

Former world champion Hide 'offered to throw a title fight' and 'arranged cocaine to be delivered'

By
Steven Donaldson

PUBLISHED:

07:08 GMT, 24 February 2013

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UPDATED:

07:08 GMT, 24 February 2013

Allegations: Hide is a two-time world champion

Allegations: Hide is a two-time world champion

Former heavyweight world champion Herbie Hide has allegedly offered to help throw a world title fight for 1million.

The Sun on Sunday have published video footage of the Brit apparently boasting about being able to fix boxing bouts while they also allege that Hide offered to peddle cocaine.

Hide reportedly said: 'Whoever, which round you want, whatever you want as long as you put the money.

'I can guarantee one thing, you can get whoever is the favourite, you can get them to step down for a million pounds.

'You need a big name on good record — yeah, like myself!'

Investigation: Police are looking into the allegations of drug peddling

Investigation: Police are looking into the allegations of drug peddling

Hide, 41, was twice a WBO world champion in the 1990s.

Police have confirm that they are investigating the drug allegations made by The Sun on Sunday.

Man arrested for alleged racist abuse during Millwall"s v Leeds

53-year-old man arrested for alleged racist abuse during Millwall's match against Leeds
Sky Sports News report identified 56 examples of racist abuse at MillwallSustained abuse heard from Block 28 at The DenMillwall 'appalled' by footage and captain Danny Shittu 'deeply saddened'

By
David Wilcock

PUBLISHED:

21:57 GMT, 12 February 2013

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UPDATED:

22:00 GMT, 12 February 2013

A man has been arrested in connection with allegations of racist abuse aimed at Leeds striker El-Hadji Diouf by Millwall fans, Scotland Yard said on Tuesday night.

The 53-year-old man was arrested after Sky Sports News last night broadcast footage which appeared to show some of the London club's fans hurling insults at the Senegalese forward during a game at the Den in November.

Millwall said they were 'appalled' by the footage and vowed to reopen an investigation into allegations of racial abuse, which initially emerged online.

Caught on camera: A fan is filmed making racist remarks during a Millwall game by Sky Sports News

Caught on camera: A fan is filmed making racist remarks during a Millwall game by Sky Sports News

Club captain Danny Shittu said he was 'deeply saddened' by what he had seen in the documentary.

The man, from Enfield, north London, remained in custody tonight on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offence, a Metropolitan Police spokesman said.

Millwall have promised to ban any individuals for life if they are found guilty.

The footage appears to show fans hurling insults at Diouf during an npower Championship clash between the two clubs at the south-east London ground on November 18.

The Lions' chief executive, Andy Ambler, said that an initial investigation was closed after Diouf said he heard no racist abuse aimed at him.

Abuse: Sky Sports News picked up another fan making racist remarks

Abuse: Sky Sports News picked up another fan making racist remarks

'Like all Millwall fans and football fans generally, we're appalled by the footage we've seen,' he said.

'Sadly racism exists in our society and certain individuals want to bring it into football grounds. It's down to us in football do to more.

Shittu later released a statement on the club website which read: 'I am deeply saddened by the documentary on Sky Sports showing racism by the minority at matches including at Millwall FC.

Anger: Leeds forward El-Hadji Diouf was believed to be the target of racist abuse

Anger: Leeds forward El-Hadji Diouf was believed to be the target of racist abuse

'As the current Millwall captain, racism is something I do not stand for or condone.

'I am currently in talks with the club about any further measures we can take in dealing with and eradicating racism at matches.

'I do not want the events shown yesterday to tarnish the hard work done by the club thus far and their efforts in tackling this issue.

'Every player at all levels has the right to represent their club without being subjected to homophobic or racial taunts. I will do all I can to help eradicate racism at my club and in football.'

Bolton forward Marvin Sordell has previously made allegations of racial abuse towards Millwall's fans.

A banner stating “Sordell is a c***” was unfurled at a later game which came in the wake of his claims, while a 13-year-old boy was banned from the ground.

Millwall to investigate allegations of racism after TV cameras pick up abusive fans

Millwall to investigate allegations of racism after TV cameras pick up abusive fans

Olympics, has faced racial abuse on social media websites.

He said: 'We're a developed, multi-cultural society. It's surprising it can still go on – but it doesn't exactly shock me.

'We can't be silent about it. We need to make people aware that there is a problem going on and only when people are aware of the problem can it be sorted out.

'As long as people are brave enough I'd say to come out and say exactly what's happened to them then I think we'll be going in the right direction because the first thing that needs to happen is that we can't be silent about it.'

The 21-year-old admitted abuse can inspire him, adding: 'Sometimes it gives me that bit more fire to prove people wrong and that I can rise above it.'

We weren"t involved in doping, says former Liverpool star Sander Westerveld

EXCLUSIVE: We weren't involved in doping, says former Liverpool star Westerveld

By
Martha Kelner

PUBLISHED:

00:56 GMT, 10 February 2013

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UPDATED:

00:56 GMT, 10 February 2013

Former Liverpool star Sander Westerveld, who played for the top Spanish team now at the centre of doping allegations, has denied using any banned substances during his four years at Real Sociedad.

But the 38-year-old former Holland goalkeeper claimed that 'spaghetti and steak was not enough' to cope with the rigours of European football and he admitted taking permitted supplements.

Denial: Sander Westerveld has denied using any banned substances

Denial: Sander Westerveld has denied using any banned substances

Real Sociedad were plunged into controversy last week when a former president, Inaki Badiola, made allegations of a relationship between the club and 'doping doctor' Eufemiano Fuentes, currently on trial in Spain for breaking public health laws.

Fuentes is alleged to have overseen the doping of hundreds of sportsmen, most notably cyclists. He has also admitted working with unnamed footballers, boxers, tennis players and athletes.

Westerveld, who was at Anfield from 1999-2001 before joining Real Sociedad, where he played until 2005, claimed that permitted intravenous injections were given to aid players' recovery times after matches as a matter of course.

'It all depended on the fixtures and the amount of games you were playing,' said Westerveld.

'There is a lot of legal help you can get. It was routine but not every week. With Champions League football you sometimes had four games in 10 days and needed some extra help.

'You can't do that with only spaghetti and steaks – you need some vitamin injections and then, when the winter kicks in, you need a flu injection and maybe you have a blood test which shows you are lacking iron and you will have an iron injection.'

Westerveld said he is shocked by Badiola's claims that illegal drugs might have been used at the club.

'I will not put my hands into the fire and say doping didn't happen at Real Sociedad but I did not take anything illegal and I would be absolutely shocked if there was any truth to it,' he said.

'I was never given pills without being asked or knowing what they were. Every time you could see what it is. The only pills I took were caffeine, it was just like drinking cups of coffee and Red Bull. I had injections but only for vitamins to assist in recuperation.'

Liverpool settle out of court with Tom Hicks and George Gillett

Liverpool settle out of court with ex-chiefs Hicks and Gillett over club sale claims

Hicks and
Gillett took their case against Broughton, Purslow and Ayre – and RBS –
to court, alleging that they conspired to sell the club at a reduced
price.

They claimed RBS and the Liverpool directors had deliberately blocked their attempts to refinance, allegations denied by RBS.

But after a lengthy and involved process led by Liverpool’s general counsel Natalie Wignall, a deal has been struck to bring an end to the legal action against Broughton, Purslow and Ayre.

The status of Hicks and Gillett’s case against RBS – whom the Americans claim were too actively involved in the sale process – remains unclear and no one at the bank was immediately available for comment.

Back to business: Now Liverpool can concentrate on the football

Back to business: Now Liverpool can concentrate on the football

At a High Court hearing in October Mr Justice Peter Smith said it was a matter which ought to go to trial.

'There is in my mind a question as to whether or not RBS truly distanced itself from the sale process,' he said.

'In reality, what actually happened between April 2010 and October 2010 can only be discerned by a trial when the relevant players give evidence and their evidence is tested by cross-examination in the light of the contemporaneous documents.

'In my view, it would be wrong and a denial of justice potentially at this preliminary stage to deny the former owners an opportunity to have a trial on this issue.

'This matter should be brought to a speedy conclusion. I would wish directions to be agreed if possible with a view to this action… being heard early in 2013.'

Sam Allardyce accepts damages from Steve Kean and Blackburn Rovers

Allardyce accepts damages from Blackburn and Kean over foul-mouthed rant

By
Paul Collins

PUBLISHED:

11:21 GMT, 6 January 2013

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UPDATED:

11:32 GMT, 6 January 2013

Steve Kean pulled out of a scheduled appearance on Goals on Sunday today, the day after Sam Allardyce accepted an out-of-court settlement believed to be in the region of 200,000 from him and Blackburn Rovers.

Former Blackburn manager Kean had to fork out after derogatory claims were made about Allardyce by him in the summer of 2011.

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Steve Kean

Sam Allardyce

No love lost: Sam Allardyce (right) and his former No 2 Steve Kean

Goals on Sunday co-host Chris Kamara revealed the short-notice change on Twitter this morning.

He said: 'Morning all. Last minute lineup change Didi Hamann and Phil Brown with me and the adorable @benshephard tweet him any questions 11till 12.'

Kean was filmed making the remarks by supporters during a pre-season trip Blackburn made to Hong Kong.

Kean’s allegations about the
operating methods, integrity and managerial ability of Allardyce — his
predecessor at Ewood Park — were made public when the fans published a
video of the conversation on YouTube.

Allardyce took legal action against
Kean personally and against Rovers. The action has been settled with a
payment to Allardyce, who is now manager of West Ham. On Saturday all
parties involved in the case declined to comment.

VIDEO: Kean's foul-mouthed tirade

Macclesfield allege Ryan Jackson was racially abused by Barrow player

Macclesfield allege defender Jackson was racially abused by Barrow player

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UPDATED:

20:24 GMT, 30 December 2012

Police are to launch an investigation into allegations of racial abuse at the FA Cup second-round replay between Macclesfield and Barrow.

Officers were also called in to stop a post-match punch-up between both sets of players in the tunnel following an afternoon of bitter insult-swapping.

Macclesfield of the Blue Square Bet Premier claim that defender Ryan Jackson was racially abused by an opponent during Saturday’s 4-1 win.

Striker Amari Morgan-Smith tweeted: ‘So, according to the Barrow players it’s alright to call one of the lads a Jaffa cake on the pitch!! #headsgone’.

Stormy: Mathew Barnes-Homer celebrates his goal against Barrow

Stormy: Mathew Barnes-Homer celebrates his goal against Barrow

The Cheshire club confirmed that they had reported their rivals to the referee Phil Gibbs and to the police and want action taken.

Chief executive John Harris said, via the Macclesfield website: ‘The club are aware that the matter has been reported to both the police and the FA and will offer both its fullest support in dealing with the matter.

‘We are very disappointed that this has overshadowed an excellent performance on the pitch, but we remain staunchly opposed to all forms of racism, which we believe has no place in football, or indeed anywhere.’

Feelings have been running high between the two clubs since the original tie on December 19 when Macclesfield manager Steve King alleged that skipper Nat Brown had been called a ‘monkey’ by some Barrow fans.

Claim: Ryan Jackson was allegedly racially abused by a Barrow player

Claim: Ryan Jackson was allegedly racially abused by a Barrow player

The FA are investigating that incident too with Barrow promising to take action if any of their fans were shown to be guilty. At the time chairman Brian Keen said: ‘This is a decent, family community club and there is no place for racism.

‘We will investigate and, if we can identify any culprits, they will be facing as stern a punishment as we can dish out.’

Supporters from Cumbria yesterday flooded their forums with accusations that an English Defence League banner was on display at Moss Rose on Saturday and say that Brown went over to that section of the ground to acknowledge home supporters.

They also complained that the public announcer was being deliberately provocative by hailing former Barrow trialist John Paul Kissock as the ‘non-League Messi’ after he scored.

Macclesfield earned themselves a third-round tie against Championship leaders Cardiff in a match which survived three pitch inspections.

William Gallas in police probe: Wife taken to hospital after she "falls into bushes"

Gallas in police probe after row with wife who 'fell into bushes' and was taken to hospitalNadege Gallas, 31, was taken to local hospital by ambulance after incident outside their homePolice confirm inquiries continue but no arrests have been made

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18:05 GMT, 7 December 2012

Police are investigating allegations that Tottenham defender William Gallas was involved in a public spat with his wife, who ended up in a hedge.

A witness has told the Metropolitan Police that the couple were having a bust-up outside their Hampstead home.

Nadege Gallas, 31, then fell in a bush and was treated by paramedics before being taken to hospital.

Row: William Gallas and wife Nadege had a row outside their home before she fell in a bush, witnesses said

Row: William Gallas and wife Nadege (pictured) had a row outside their home before she fell in a bush, witnesses said

The French international, who earns a reported 3.2million a year, followed behind in his Jeep.

Witnesses told The Sun that she had arrived at the mansion in her car and then shouted at her husband.

Gallas then emerged and yelled back several people watched on.

Peter Lenczuk, 38, said: 'They were arguing but I couldn't understand because it was in French. Then I saw her fall into the bushes.'

Star: William Gallas is one of Tottenham's top stars and is paid a reputed 3.5m a year

Star: William Gallas is one of Tottenham's top stars and is paid a reputed 3.5m a year

London Ambulance confirmed they had attended an incident in Gallas's street.

'We sent an ambulance and a responder in a car to the scene,' a spokesman said.

'Our staff treated the person at the scene before taking them to hospital.'

The couple later returned home from hospital together before the footballer drove off again.

Builders working on the house next door say they watched the row and
shouted to Gallas to make him stop, but he carried on. 'It was
horrible,' one said.

'Officers spoke to the alleged victim and no allegations were made to police,' a Met spokesman told MailOnline, adding they 'will be speaking the third party in due course to substantiate the allegation'.

Sunderland monkey gesture fan: I was doing a chicken dance not being racist towards West Brom"s Romelu Lukaku

'I was doing a chicken dance!' Sunderland fan accused of monkey gesture protests his innocence

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13:02 GMT, 30 November 2012

The Sunderland fan accused of making a racist monkey gesture at West Brom's on-loan striker Romelu Lukaku has claimed he was ‘doing a chicken dance.’

Liam Jones, 21, was arrested after pictures appeared to show him directing the gesture at the Belgium striker after he scored at the Stadium of Light last Saturday.

Mr Jones, of Hendon, Sunderland, insists that – although he can understand concerns about photo – he was actually doing an impression of a chicken, not a monkey.

I'm innocent: Liam Jones, 21, from Sunderland, pictured here (grey sweater, flat cap, centre of frame) claims he was doing a chicken dance and was not directing racist monkey gesture at Romelu Lukaku (right)

I'm innocent: Liam Jones, 21, from Sunderland, pictured here (grey sweater, flat cap, centre of frame) claims he was doing a chicken dance and was not directing racist monkey gesture at Romelu Lukaku (right)

Controversial moment: Mr Jones (grey sweater, flat cap, centre of frame) makes a gesture at Lukaku after the Belgium striker scored last Saturday

Controversial moment: Mr Jones (grey sweater, flat cap, centre of frame) makes a gesture at Lukaku after the Belgium striker scored last Saturday

Northumbria Police received a complaint after a supporter in the North Stand was spotted carrying out the alleged abuse when Lukaku scored his team’s third goal in a 4-2 win for West Brom.

Unemployed Mr Jones said: 'People have got it all wrong. I wasn’t doing a monkey chant. I was doing a chicken dance.

'I’m devastated people think I’m racist. I have black friends and black cousins.

'If I was racist, I wouldn’t pay to watch Sunderland because they have black players.'

Mr Jones confirmed that he has been released on police bail until January after being arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated intentional harassment.

Liam Jones, 21, from Sunderland, who allegedly made a racist monkey gesture to West Brom's young Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku after his goal against Sunderland AFC on Saturday

Liam Jones, 21, from Sunderland, who allegedly made a racist monkey gesture to West Brom's young Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku after his goal against Sunderland AFC on Saturday

Allegations: Liam Jones, who has been banned from the Stadium of Light, pictured in Sunderland this week

Sunderland AFC have banned him from matches until the outcome of any court case.

Mr Jones added: 'I’m absolutely gutted I can’t go to matches. I’ve been going for years. I can see where the club is coming from and I can see how the photo looks, but I want everyone to know that I am not racist.'

A spokesman for SAFC said: 'Sunderland AFC cannot comment whilst a police investigation is being conducted, the person involved, in line with our club policy, is banned from the Stadium of Light until the result of the investigation is known.'

Jones, an amateur martial arts fighter, acts as a corner man for his brother.

Police have confirmed that a 21-year-old man has been released on police bail until January after being arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated intentional harassment.