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Kevin Miralles squirts Jack Wilshere with water at half-time of Arsenal v Everton

You squirt! Mirallas sprays Wilshere with water at half-time of Arsenal v Everton

By
Sami Mokbel

PUBLISHED:

20:16 GMT, 16 April 2013

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UPDATED:

20:35 GMT, 16 April 2013

Arsenal and Everton were involved in a furious half-time tunnel brawl after Kevin Mirallas nonsensically squirted water in Jack Wilshere's face.

Both sets of players piled in after the Everton forward sprayed liquid from his water bottle straight at the Gunners talisman.

It is understood the tunnel fracas saw a livid Wilshere throw a punch at Mirallas before players from both teams were separated before making their way back to their respective dressing rooms.

1) Get the drink

1) Get the drink

2) Open the drink

2) Open the drink

3) Squirt the drink

3) Squirt the drink

Gunning for you: Jack Wilshere was understandably furious with Kevin Mirallas as they left the pitch

Gunning for you: Jack Wilshere was understandably furious with Kevin Mirallas as they left the pitch

Handbags: The spat spilled over into the tunnel with a handful of other players weighing in on both sides

Handbags: The spat spilled over into the tunnel with a handful of other players weighing in on both sides

Tunnel of shove: Wilshere and Mirallas are separated as they head into the heart of the Emirates

Tunnel of shove: Wilshere and Mirallas are separated as they head into the heart of the Emirates

Tensions were already running high after a high octane opening 45 minutes of the Champions League qualification crunch clash.

The Gunners felt David Moyes' side
should have been down to 10 men after Toffees midfielder Darron Gibson
escaped a second yellow card for a clumsy challenge on Theo Walcott.

And the animosity spilled into the tunnel area as Mirallas took the cocky step of splashing the England midfielder in the face.

The angry exchange was not the first time Arsenal have been involved in a heated tunnel altercation.

In October 2004, after Manchester
United ended Arsenal's 49 game unbeaten streak in the league at Old
Trafford, the Gunners did not react too kindly.

Angered at the manner of United's 2-0
victory, Arsene Wenger allegedly called Ruud Van Nistelrooy a cheat as
he passed him in the tunnel, provoking the fury of Sir Alex Ferguson.

As the United boss remonstrated with
Wenger, somebody from within the Arsenal dressing room threw a pizza
slice at the United boss.

And then in February 2005, infuriated
by Patrick Vieira's attempts to bully Gary Neville prior to the return
game at Highbury, Roy Keane reacted furiously, jabbing his finger at the
Frenchman before telling his midfield rival: 'I'll see you out there'.

Australia stars Kurtley Beale and Cooper Vuna suspended after Melbourne Rebels team bus brawl

Two Wallaby stars suspended for punch-up on team bus after embarrassing club loss

By
Gerard Brand

PUBLISHED:

12:48 GMT, 24 March 2013

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UPDATED:

13:23 GMT, 24 March 2013

Australia utility back Kurtley Beale and fellow Wallaby Cooper Vuna have been suspended by the Melbourne Rebels after an incident on their team bus.

It followed the side's embarrassing 64-7 loss to the Durban-based Sharks in South Africa on Saturday.

The Rebels said in a statement Sunday that an internal investigation resulted in Beale, who did not play in the match due to a broken left hand, and winger Vuna being ordered to return to Australia.

Punching above their weight: Rebels were torn apart by Sharks in Durban

Punching above their weight: The Rebels were torn apart by Sharks in Durban

Kurtley Beale

Cooper Vuna of the Rebels

Suspended: Kurtley Beale (left) and Cooper Vuna (right, white shirt) will not play until the matter is resolved

Rebels coach Damien Hill said both Beale and Vuna had broken team protocols and as a result cannot be part of the team 'until the disciplinary process is complete.'

He added: 'The club will not tolerate this type of behavior and I am embarrassed for everyone associated.'

The Rebels launched a probe after it emerged that Beale may have punched Vuna in an altercation on the team bus.

Officials initially refused to name the individuals involved but tweets subsequently deleted by Vuna suggested Beale had assaulted him.

'I need to leave right now, this ain't for me! I tried to help someone but got punched so instead of putting him in hospital il [sic] leave!' Vuna posted in the early hours of the morning.

Catch up: Rebels are currently third bottom of the Super 15 league

Catch up: Rebels are currently third from bottom of the Super 15 league

But Hill added: 'The Club will not tolerate this type of behaviour and I am embarrassed for everyone associated with building this Club.'

Reports of the confrontation came after Hill had questioned whether his players had pride in the jersey.

'Our guys just didn't show up and it's quite embarrassing to be honest,' he said after his side's mauling at the ABSA Stadium.

'It's probably the worst defeat I've ever been associated with through the club, and I'm really questioning the pride these guys have in the jersey.

'Even though it's a new team, you've got to be prepared to leave blood on the field when you're playing a team like the Sharks. And our guys didn't.'

Samir Nasri abused and accosted by Arsenal fans, and Marouane Chamkh acts as bodyguard: VIDEO

VIDEO: Arsenal hate figure Nasri abused by angry Gunners fans on walk to Emirates… and flop striker Chamakh is left to act as his bodyguard!

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

11:27 GMT, 14 January 2013

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UPDATED:

19:32 GMT, 14 January 2013

It seems Arsenal fans still haven't forgiven Samir Nasri's acrimonious split with the club 18 months ago.

After just three years in north London, the Frenchman forced a move to Manchester City where he has since won the Premier League title.

His name still rings around Emirates Stadium on matchday, though it's sung in far more derogatory terms than it once was.

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Arsenal fans abuse Marouane Chamakh and Samir Nasri on Sunday at Emirates Stadium

Arsenal fans abuse Marouane Chamakh and Samir Nasri on Sunday at Emirates Stadium

Gunner get nasty: Arsenal fans turned on Marouane Chamakh and Samir Nasri as the pair walked to Emirates Stadium on Sunday before the Manchester City match

And on Sunday, with Nasri's new club in town, the midfielder was back on his old stomping ground. He was there as a fan, though, due to the suspension he received for a red card a Norwich last month.

Rather than arrive under the cover of his car or team coach, the 25-year-old opted to walk to the stadium, a decision which backfired as he was heckled and at one point even accosted by angry home support.

But springing to his defence was, of all people, former team-mate Marouane Chamakh, himself far from popular at the Emirates, and currently on loan at West Ham.

In a video posted on Twitter and YouTube, Nasri can be seen, and heard, coming under a barrage of abuse along Hornsey Road.

As the stadium comes into focus on the amateur footage, one man made for the France forward only to be yanked away by the tall Moroccan.

The pair then swiftly disappeared into the belly of the stadium.

VIDEO Nasri abused by angry Gunners fans

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Northampton 6 Ulster 25: Saints and Dylan Hartley face early exit

Northampton 6 Ulster 25: Future bleak for Saints and Hartley as early exit looms again

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23:36 GMT, 7 December 2012

Northampton's hopes of avoiding a
second successive Heineken Cup pool-stage exit were all but extinguished as they were smashed aside by unstoppable Ulster.

Six days after England managed to end
the All Blacks’ 20-match unbeaten run, one of the Aviva Premiership’s
leading sides emphatically failed to end another double-digit streak.

Catch me if you can: Ulster wing Andrew Trimble scored a try in a brilliant performance at Franklins Gardens

Catch me if you can: Ulster wing Andrew Trimble scored a try in a brilliant performance at Franklins Gardens

Their Irish opponents came to Franklin’s Gardens on the back of a dozen consecutive victories this season, and having already beaten Glasgow away from home, this bonus-point triumph in a traditionally inhospitable arena leaves Ulster firmly on track to top Pool Four.

The runaway leaders of the RaboDirect Pro12 league gave a vivid display of the power and cohesion which has swept all before them. Up front, they had the likes of Iain Henderson and Chris Henry providing the strong-arm graft, while Ruan Pienaar and Paddy Jackson pulled the strings cleverly and Jared Payne ran amok from full back.

For Northampton, this was a damaging indignity, inflicted on their first-choice line-up. Visiting teams don’t tend to come to these parts and dominate so emphatically. In theory, Jim Mallinder’s chastened side go to Belfast for the reverse fixture next Saturday with the their qualification prospects still alive.

In reality, they are surely sunk, as it was at Ravenhill where their local rivals Leicester suffered a record defeat last season.

Just to add to the bleak outlook, Saints captain Dylan Hartley appeared to use his forearm in an altercation with Ulster hooker Rory Best which is bound to attract scrutiny from the citing officer. Northampton could do without losing him to a ban so soon after his return from injury.

Hartley dismissed suggestions of anything untoward, saying: ‘I don’t think it was an incident.’

Try time: Jared Payne of Ulster races clear to score in the heavy defeat of Northampton

Try time: Jared Payne of Ulster races clear to score in the heavy defeat of Northampton

But the Saints skipper was brutally
honest in assessing his team’s performance, adding: ‘They are unbeaten
but we made them look very good. It’s all about intensity — we can’t
just go out there and expect things to happen. We need to sort our form
out for next week but we are capable of going there and winning.’

In the 10th minute, the visitors gave
an illustration of their form and confidence. When Ben Foden sliced a
clearance kick, Ulster’s pack rumbled forward from the lineout. Their
dynamic maul was stopped just short of the home line but the reprieve
was fleeting. The ball was shipped left, Paddy Jackson sent a delicate
chip to the corner and Andrew Trimble nipped in to touch down.

Jackson missed the conversion and the kicking difficulties continued on
both sides, with Ryan Lamb landing only two of his five first-half
shots.

His Irish counterpart slotted one penalty of his own and six minutes
before the break, Ulster struck again. Pouncing on loose ball from a
Northampton lineout, they battered the ramparts and forced a breach.
After Henderson and Trimble were kept at bay on the left, good hands
took the ball to the far flank where Tommy Bowe stormed over.

Ulster turned around 13-6 ahead and within four minutes they were out of
sight. Lamb’s high kick was taken by Payne, who ran back strongly.
Darren Cave burst clear down the right and after Henry drove on,
Trimble’s superb flat pass released Payne again. The Kiwi’s dummy
wrong-footed Foden and he ran clear to touch down. Jackson’s conversion
went over to make it 20-6.

Following sustained Northampton pressure at the other end, Payne sent
Dan Tuohy over in the right corner to clinch the visitors’ bonus point
and complete a miserable night for the Saints.

Putting the boot in: Paddy Jackson kicks a penalty for Ulster as they put the English side to the sword

Putting the boot in: Paddy Jackson kicks a penalty for Ulster as they put the English side to the sword

Salt in the wounds: Dan Tuohy of Ulster dives over for a last minute try on Friday night

Salt in the wounds: Dan Tuohy of Ulster dives over for a last minute try on Friday night

Neil Lennon on brink at Celtic… 17 days after beating Barcelona

If you want me to go, I'll go! Lennon on brink at Celtic, 17 days after beating Barcelona

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UPDATED:

00:07 GMT, 25 November 2012

Neil Lennon sensationally threatened to quit Celtic after an angry altercation with fans during the 1-0 Clydesdale Bank Premier League defeat by Inverness at Parkhead.

With the home side trying to claw back Billy McKay's 65th-minute strike late in the game, the former Celtic skipper remonstrated with angry supporters behind his technical area and the match ended with a crescendo of boos from many of the frustrated Hoops support.

Flash point: Celtic manager Neil Lennon argues with a Celtic fan

Flash point: Celtic manager Neil Lennon argues with a Celtic fan

Flash point: Celtic manager Neil Lennon argues with a Celtic fan

The Parkhead side have taken only one point from the last nine at home but remain top of the league by a point and are within one game of reaching the last-16 of the Champions League due, in part, to an incredible 2-1 home win over Barcelona earlier in the month.

However, in the post-match press conference the former Celtic skipper was clearly enraged by some of the criticism.

Lennon said: 'They are frustrated. I disagreed with them, I didn't like what they said about the team.

'Look, if they are not happy with what I am doing and they want me to go, I will.

'If the fans make it clear that they are not happy and they want me out then that's okay, I will do the honourable thing.

Not happy: Lennon received a verbal volley during shock defeat by Inverness

Not happy: Lennon received a verbal volley during shock defeat by Inverness

Happy days: Lennon celebrates with players after victory over Barcelona

Happy days: Lennon celebrates with players after victory over Barcelona

'I can't repeat it (what fans said) because it is public arena but there were a lot of expletives and heavy criticism, which I didn't think was justified and (there was) a lack of patience with the team as well.

'If there was a lack of application and commitment I would be the first to criticise the team.

'I didn't see that today but I did see a lack of composure and quality in the final third and that's what cost us.

'If I think it is justified then I don't have a problem with it but I don't think it was justified today.

'But they pay their money, they are allowed to say what they like. I've got my opinions on it and sometimes I give them as well.

'I am not happy with the league form, it is my team at the end of the day so I take the responsibility for it.

'It's not for the lack of trying to find the answers.'

If you want me to go, I"ll go! Lennon on brink at Celtic… 17 days after beating Barcelona

If you want me to go, I'll go! Lennon on brink at Celtic, 17 days after beating Barcelona

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UPDATED:

18:55 GMT, 24 November 2012

Neil Lennon sensationally threatened to quit Celtic after an angry altercation with fans during the 1-0 Clydesdale Bank Premier League defeat by Inverness at Parkhead.

With the home side trying to claw back Billy McKay's 65th-minute strike late in the game, the former Celtic skipper remonstrated with angry supporters behind his technical area and the match ended with a crescendo of boos from many of the frustrated Hoops support.

Flash point: Celtic manager Neil Lennon argues with a Celtic fan

Flash point: Celtic manager Neil Lennon argues with a Celtic fan

Flash point: Celtic manager Neil Lennon argues with a Celtic fan

The Parkhead side have taken only one point from the last nine at home but remain top of the league by a point and are within one game of reaching the last-16 of the Champions League due, in part, to an incredible 2-1 home win over Barcelona earlier in the month.

However, in the post-match press conference the former Celtic skipper was clearly enraged by some of the criticism.

Lennon said: “They are frustrated. I disagreed with them, I didn't like what they said about the team.

“Look, if they are not happy with what I am doing and they want me to go, I will.

“If the fans make it clear that they are not happy and they want me out then that's okay, I will do the honourable thing.

Not happy: Lennon received a verbal volley during shock defeat by Inverness

Not happy: Lennon received a verbal volley during shock defeat by Inverness

Happy days: Lennon celebrates with players after victory over Barcelona

Happy days: Lennon celebrates with players after victory over Barcelona

“I can't repeat it (what fans said) because it is public arena but there were a lot of expletives and heavy criticism, which I didn't think was justified and (there was) a lack of patience with the team as well.

“If there was a lack of application and commitment I would be the first to criticise the team.

“I didn't see that today but I did see a lack of composure and quality in the final third and that's what cost us.

“If I think it is justified then I don't have a problem with it but I don't think it was justified today.

“But they pay their money, they are allowed to say what they like. I've got my opinions on it and sometimes I give them as well.

“I am not happy with the league form, it is my team at the end of the day so I take the responsibility for it.

“It's not for the lack of trying to find the answers.”

PFA chief Clarke Carlisle backs FA handling of ref Mark Clattenburg racism probe

PFA chief Carlisle backs FA handling of Clattenburg racism probe

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23:55 GMT, 4 November 2012

The chairman of the Professional Footballers' Association, Clarke
Carlisle, believes the speed with which the Mark Clattenburg case is
being dealt with shows that English football is doing its best to deal
with accusations of racism quickly.

The Football Association is investigating a complaint from Chelsea
that referee Clattenburg used 'inappropriate language' towards John Obi
Mikel in last weekend's game with Manchester United, with the European
champions understood to have interpreted the alleged comments to have
been of a racist nature.

Clattenburg is understood to strenuously deny any wrongdoing.

Accused: Chelsea have claimed that referee Mark Clattenburg used 'inappropriate language' towards Chelsea's Nigerian midfielder John Obi Mikel (centre)

Accused: Chelsea have claimed that referee Mark Clattenburg used 'inappropriate language' towards Chelsea's Nigerian midfielder John Obi Mikel (centre)

One complaint about the way the FA handled the recent racist abuse
cases involving Liverpool`s Luis Suarez and Chelsea's John Terry was
that both issues could have been dealt with a lot quicker.

Terry is currently serving a four-match ban over a year after his
altercation with QPR's Anton Ferdinand, while Suarez started an
eight-match suspension in January, three months after his incident with
Patrice Evra.

The fallout of both cases prompted a number of figures within the
game to claim not enough was being done to tackle racism in football,
but Carlisle says the speed with which the FA has brought the current
issue to the table is a good sign.

He told ESPN: 'I think because of the fact that cases have come
forward, the awareness of the issue has been highlighted and it shows
that there are the mechanisms to report, investigate and sanction
offences of racial abuse.

'As awareness is raised, more people are going to report issues as
they come across them. People will hopefully be encouraged to report it
more.

Seeing red: The incident occurred during Chelsea's match with Manchester United, where Clattenburg sent off Branislav Ivanovic and Fernando Torres

Seeing red: The incident occurred during Chelsea's match with Manchester United, where Clattenburg sent off Branislav Ivanovic and Fernando Torres

'Whether he (Clattenburg) is found guilty or not, an allegation has
been made and it`s being taken seriously. It`s being investigated and
hopefully the correct decision will be come to. The more we see like
that, with incidents being reported and dealt with efficiently, people
will be more content with the system.'

Carlisle, who is still playing for York alongside his role with the
PFA, believes that efficient handling of cases ensures there are no grey
areas when verdicts are meted out.

Terry was cleared at Westminster Magistrates' Court after the
conclusion of Euro 2012 – some nine months after Chelsea`s game at QPR –
and an FA hearing subsequently following.

'The way the two recent cases have been handled, there was a real
dissatisfaction with the way the FA acted with both, the way they were
protracted for such a long period of time,” Carlisle added.

'There was a feeling that proceedings were influenced by factors
that shouldn`t come into the reckoning, the way the case was postponed
until the end of the Euros and how it impacted on squad selections and
other people`s careers within that. It was such an emotive issue and it
did polarise opinion in football.

'The governing body of our sport has the ability to step outside the
legal system and calm the discontent surrounding these issues.'

Seeing red: The incident occurred during Chelsea's match with Manchester United, where Clattenburg sent off Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic and Fernando Torres

Carlisle's comments came at the end of a day which saw former
official Graham Poll claim the only way Clattenburg could have an 'untarnished' reputation would be if Chelsea admitted to making a
mistake.

'The only way that anything positive could come of this for Mark
would be if Chelsea Football Club accepted that they were mistaken and
then he could come out untarnished,' Poll told BBC Radio Five Live's
Sportsweek programme.

'Even if the FA said 'case not proven', it's got to have a
detrimental effect on his career.'

Clattenburg was linked up to his
assistants throughout the game and in theory they should have heard any
conversations to have taken place.

However the feed is not recorded.

'Something should be done so referees are not left isolated,' Poll said.

'The minimum that should happen is that (conversations are) taped.
If an allegation comes up, we replay the transcript in private so the FA
can go “it's wrong, it's sorted, be quiet”.'

FA chairman David Bernstein also suggested that recording
conversations could be a way forward, but cautioned that all the
relevant bodies would need to approve it.

Also speaking on Sportsweek, he said: 'In order for that to happen,
the referees' organisation – the Professional Game Match Officials Board
– which is controlled by the FA, Premier League and Football League,
would have to recommend that way forward.

'Then it would need to go before (world governing body) FIFA or IFAB (the rule-making body of FIFA) to be approved.

'(But) given what's happened recently, we should have an open mind about it and it should definitely be looked at.'

Keith Hackett, the former general manager of Premier League
referees, would go as far as allowing supporters to tune in to the
conversations.

He told the Observer: “I would have no problem with fans having the
ability to purchase a `Ref!Link` to listen in to what the match
officials are saying.”

John Terry"s defence is attacked by FA and Ashley Cole hits out on Twitter

Bridge of lies: FA say Terry's defence was 'contrived and implausible' as Cole is forced to apologise for Twitter attack… but Chelsea stand by shamed pair

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22:47 GMT, 5 October 2012

Chelsea stand accused of lying after an FA commission released the written reasons behind John Terry’s four-match ban for racially insulting Anton Ferdinand.

In a 63-page judgement that shames the Champions League and FA Cup winners, the FA’s independent regulatory commission claims Chelsea players and staff concocted a pack of lies to save their captain.

Ashley Cole, who finished training at 12.15pm on Friday, responded to the commission’s report 36 minutes later by tweeting: ‘hahahahaa, well done #fa I lied did I, #BUNCHOFT****’.

Kicking out: John Terry trains with Ashley Cole at Chelsea's HQ on Friday

Kicking out: John Terry trains with Ashley Cole at Chelsea's HQ on Friday

In the spotlight: John Terry's reputation has been hit hard by the 63 pages of the independent commission's report

In the spotlight: John Terry's reputation has been hit hard by the 63 pages of the independent commission's report

FA reveal Terry hearing details

Click HERE for the full 63-page FA report on the John Terry racism case

He later apologised for ‘reacting in the heat of the moment’.

Terry’s explanation of his altercation with Ferdinand during the fiery clash with QPR at Loftus Road on October 23, 2011 was ruled ‘improbable, implausible and contrived’.

The FA’s reputation was also damaged after it emerged that a high-ranking member of the organisation emailed chairman David Bernstein and general secretary Alex Horne on January 18, 2012, to say ‘it would be expected/anticipated the FA decision (sic) will reach the same conclusion as the courts’.

However, the commission, comprising barrister Craig Moore, Stuart Ripley and Maurice Armstrong, ruled that Terry used the words ‘f****** black c***’ as an insult. They did rule that Terry is not a racist.

Chelsea’s long-standing club secretary Dave Barnard, who is on the FA’s international committee, has also been dragged into the dispute after the commission ‘doubted the accuracy’ of his recollection of events.

Controversy: Terry was banned and fine for racial abuse at Anton Ferdinand at Loftus Road last season

Controversy: Terry was banned and fine for racial abuse at Anton Ferdinand at Loftus Road last season

On Friday, the club continued to stand by Terry, Cole and Barnard, and pledged their full support to the trio.Terry has until October 18 to decide whether to appeal but it is understood his lawyers have urged him to accept the findings and pay the 220,000 fine plus the commission’s costs.

Chelsea, who have a zero- tolerance policy towards racism, maintain that they will make a statement on Terry’s future at the club once the October 18 deadline has passed.

Despite Cole’s tweet, which was deleted within an hour by the left back, Chelsea made it clear his evidence was supported by the club.

In an interview with FA compliance officers Jenni Kennedy and Adam Sahaie on October 28, 2011, Cole claimed he heard the ‘b’ word, but thought it could have been ‘Bridge’.

Six days later, Barnard emailed the FA to amend the statement, at Cole’s request, to add the words ‘black or Bridge’. Barnard, who was called back to the Chelsea training ground yesterday afternoon to serve Cole with an internal misconduct charge for his tweet, refused to comment on his own position.

Racist abuse: Suarez was banned for eight matches for attacking Evra

Racist abuse: Suarez was banned for eight matches for attacking Evra

Chelsea’s secretary was condemned for his statement, signed on September 13, 2012, in which he claimed that Cole told the FA during the initial interview that ‘there is no doubt in my mind he used the words “black” or “Bridge”.’

The commission ‘doubted the accuracy’ of Barnard’s statement, which was signed and dated 10-and-a-half months after the initial FA interview with Cole.

Incredibly, it has emerged that while Kennedy and Sahaie taped their interview with Terry at the Chelsea training ground, they only made hand-written notes of their meeting with Cole.

The Chelsea full back’s career with England is not in doubt following yesterday’s incendiary tweet and he spoke with head coach Roy Hodgson on Friday to confirm his ongoing commitment to his country.

Anger: Ashley Cole in training on Friday before he sent out his angry tweet

Anger: Ashley Cole in training on Friday before he sent out his angry tweet

Cole, who apologised for the tweet in a statement through his lawyer for reacting ‘in the heat of the moment’, will be fined by Chelsea for breaking the club’s social networking code of conduct.

Although the FA were refusing to comment on Cole’s specific tweet, he will be charged with misconduct and faces a fine and a ban.

Cole, who has earned 98 caps, joins up with the England squad on Monday and is due to meet the FA’s president, the Duke of Cambridge and his wife, during their tour of St George’s Park the following day.

In a conversation with Hodgson on Friday, he drew the distinction between the FA and England duty and vowed to meet up for the World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Poland.

Terry, who announced his international retirement before the start of the commission hearing, stands by his original statement that he was ‘disappointed’ following the initial verdict.

Snub: Ferdinand refused to shake Cole's hand last month

Snub: Ferdinand refused to shake Cole's hand last month

The FA were also under fire from the Terry camp after it emerged that they changed Regulation 7.3 in the summer to lower the burden of proof in misconduct cases.

According to the rules for the 2011-12 season — the period when Terry made the racial insult — the more serious the accusation, the higher the standard of proof required to secure a result.

The FA amended the rule and simplified it to ‘civil balance of probabilities’, but the commission accepted Terry’s argument that the case should be heard on the rules in place at the time of the insult.

The commission has also been condemned by the Terry camp for introducing new evidence to the case, namely ‘The Barcelona Principle’ to help secure, in the words of the commission, ‘a result’.

Criticised: Cole arrives at Westminster Magistrates court in July

Criticised: Cole arrives at Westminster Magistrates court in July

On April 24, 2012, Terry was sent off in the Nou Camp in the Champions League semi-final against Barcelona for an assault on Alexis Sanchez.

As he left the field, the Chelsea defender claimed to TV reporter Geoff Shreeves that he ‘did not deliberately strike Sanchez’.

After watching a TV replay, Terry released a statement to say: ‘I’ve raised my knee, which maybe I shouldn’t have done in hindsight. I’m not that type of player.’

Trouble: Ashley Cole apologised over the tweet

Trouble: Ashley Cole apologised over the tweet

The commission then used wide-ranging discretionary powers from Regulation 6.8 of the FA’s rules to admit Terry’s dramatic — and humiliating — U-turn in the Nou Camp as evidence.

Chelsea would not comment on the report, a spokesman saying: ‘As we said last week, we recognise that John has the right to appeal. It would be inappropriate for us to comment further at this time.’

Terry timeline – how the controversy unfolded

2011…
October 23 – John Terry releases a statement denying he made a racist slur against Anton Ferdinand during Chelsea's defeat at QPR after videos had circulated on the internet.
October 25 – Scotland Yard announce they are assessing allegations of racist abuse of Ferdinand by Terry after a complaint from the member of the public.
November 1 – The Metropolitan Police confirm they have launched a formal investigation.
November 5 – England manager Fabio Capello confirms Terry will be selected for the friendlies against Spain and Sweden.
November 28 – Terry is interviewed under caution.
December 1 – Scotland Yard announce they have passed a file towards to prosecutors.
December 21 – The Crown Prosecution Service announce Terry will be charged with racially abusing Ferdinand and is due to appear before West London Magistrates' Court on February 1, 2012.

2012…
January 28 – The FA cancels the pre-match handshakes before the FA Cup fourth-round tie between QPR and Chelsea “to defuse further tensions” relating to the Terry-Ferdinand situation.
February 1 – District Judge Howard Riddle orders that Terry should stand trial in the week beginning July 9 – following Euro 2012 – after hearing a number of other Chelsea players would not be able to appear as witnesses until the end of the football season.
February 3 – Terry is stripped of the England captaincy for a second time. The decision was taken by members of the 14-strong FA board, without consulting Capello.
February 8 – Capello resigns as England manager two days after criticising the decision to strip Terry of the captaincy.
July 13 – Cleared at Westminster Magistrates' Court of making a racist insult to Ferdinand.
June 24 – Plays the full 90 minutes and extra time as England suffer more penalty heartache, losing their Euro 2012 quarter-final to Italy on penalties.
July 27 – Charged by the FA with using abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour towards QPR defender Ferdinand. It is further alleged that this included a reference to the ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race of Ferdinand. Terry denies the charge and requests a personal hearing.
August 30 – Recalled to England squad, after missing friendly against Sweden, for September's World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine.
September 9 – Withdraws from England squad for Ukraine game after picking up ankle injury in 5-0 win in Moldova.
September 23 – Announces his retirement from international football, shortly before the start of his personal hearing to answer the FA charge.
September 27 – Banned for four matches and fined 220,000 by an FA independent regulatory commission.
October 5 – FA reveal written reasons behind independent commission's ruling, insisting Terry's racist language towards Ferdinand was used as an insult and finding “no credible basis” for his defence that he was only repeating words he believed the QPR defender said to him.

Anton Ferdinand comments for first time on John Terry case

'Footage don't lie'… Anton speaks out for first time after Terry is handed four-game ban

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12:32 GMT, 28 September 2012

Long time coming: The Terry verdict came 11 months after the incident involving Anton Ferdinand

Long time coming: The Terry verdict came 11 months after the incident involving Anton Ferdinand

Anton Ferdinand has broken his silence after John Terry was found guilty of using racist language towards him, declaring: 'Footage don't lie.'

Ferdinand took to Twitter to respond to abuse he claimed to have received on the social media site since Terry was handed a four-match ban and a 220,000 fine by an independent Football Association panel over the pair's altercation in a match at Loftus Road almost a year ago.

The QPR defender tweeted: 'On a serious note people need 2 read the facts before they send stupid tweets 2 me with liar and grass in it footage don't lie.'

Chelsea refused to answer questions on the Terry verdict at their Friday press conference to preview tomorrow's Barclays Premier League game at Arsenal.

Manager Roberto Di Matteo confirmed the defender was fit and available but refused to say whether he would definitely start. But he had no fears about Terry's mental state following his four-day long FA hearing.

'He's a professional player,' Di Matteo said, confirming he had spoken to the 31-year-old. 'He's a senior player as well. He's got all the experience in the world.'

Di Matteo did admit he felt the Terry case had dragged on for too long.

'It's taken a long time and the only thing we can do is just wait and see what happens,' he said. 'Everybody would've like it to be a bit quicker.'

Meanwhile, players' chief Gordon Taylor has claimed that the length of time taken for the FA to deal with the case has caused divisions which may never be healed.

Back: John Terry drives into Chelsea's training ground on Friday morning

Back: John Terry drives into Chelsea's training ground on Friday morning

Taylor, chief executive of the
Professional Footballers' Association, said the delay had caused the
issue to 'fester' within football and he has called for the game to move on and to continue to eradicate racism.

Taylor
said: 'Almost 12 months on and the John Terry case was still not heard
by the FA until the day after Luis Suarez shook hands with Patrice Evra
at Anfield.

'Such a delay has allowed the matter to
fester and cause divisions in the football family which will take a long
time to heal – if they ever do.

'We have to move on now and move on together and continue our focus to eradicate racism from the game and society.

'There should be new educational processes for all players – young and old, and for managers and directors.

'There should be equitable recruitment processes, and a fast-track disciplinary process that does not allow for delays or holding off at the request of the Crown Prosecution Service.'

The FA had delayed their own disciplinary hearing until after the magistrates court case – where Terry was acquitted – at the request of the CPS.

Shake on it: Patrice Evra (right) and Luis Suarez

Shake on it: Patrice Evra (right) and Luis Suarez

Premier League chief executive
Richard Scudamore also felt the length of time taken to reach a verdict
in the FA case had made the situation worse.

Scudamore
told the Daily Telegraph: 'The fact is, the criminal justice system has
had a look at it and decided and the football system, which is a
different test and I respect the fact the FA has to look at it, has also
decided.

'It is very difficult, but my concern is the length of time that this takes because we have been sitting here, unable to move on and unable to get clarity. We have to work out a way of doing these things earlier.

'If the argument is that these (charges) are completely separate, irrespective of what the courts decide, if football's test is different, why can't we decide (the outcome) if it is a completely different test

'I don't quite know why one has to wait for the other if the tests are completely different. It would have been much better for everybody, whether the outcome is positive or negative, if it was done quickly.'

Mario Balotelli has another bust-up with Roberto Mancini after Manchester City 1-1 Arsenal

Balotelli has bust-up with Mancini as boss shoves striker down the tunnel

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21:55 GMT, 23 September 2012

Roberto Mancini was involved in another confrontation with Mario Balotelli after seeing Manchester City pegged back by a late Arsenal equaliser at the Etihad Stadium.

As he came off at the end, 85th-minute substitute Balotelli had words with Mancini, who responded by placing his hand on the temperamental City striker’s back and shoving him down the tunnel.

Mancini was reluctant to discuss the incident, but admitted he will demand an explanation.

Him again: Mario Balotelli appeared to have an altercation with Roberto Mancini

Him again: Mario Balotelli appeared to have an altercation with Roberto Mancini

‘I don’t remember anything with Mario,’ said the City manager. ‘It’s possible I did (push him).

‘I don’t remember if he asked me something but it’s not important. Mario may think it was important.Was it because he wasn’t playing and came on late Probably, probably, I don’t know. Tomorrow I will ask him.

‘I’m very sorry today for the players, because it was difficult after Real Madrid. I’m worried because we continue to concede goals. I don’t know why it is happening.

Mamma mia: Roberto Mancini gestures during the 1-1 draw with Arsenal

Mamma mia: Roberto Mancini gestures during the 1-1 draw with Arsenal

‘In the first half, we had one less player in the middle, and Arsenal played it easy. I replaced Scott Sinclair with Jack Rodwell, and in the second half we played better. ’

Arsene Wenger, who was without flu victim Thomas Vermaelen, saluted his side’s fluent passing.

‘A point was the minimum we deserved,’ said the Arsenal manager. ‘There was frustration, though, at conceding from a set-piece and seeing Gervinho miss late on.’