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Brighton report homophobic abuse from rival fans to FA – list of alleged chants including from Colin Kazim-Richards

REVEALED: The shocking list of alleged homophobic abuse suffered by Brighton supporters… including from one of their former players

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Date
Fixture
Examples of alleged chants reported
GFSN comments
August 14, 2012
Swindon Town (A)
'Town full of f*gg*ts.'
Other abuse heard too.
Letter sent from BHASC to Swindon Town FC.
Response received from club who said that they would be vigilante and apologised.
August 18, 2012
Hull City (A)
'We can see you holding hands' and others.

Player rubs his hands up and down several times over his backside whilst standing in front of, but with his back to, Brighton fans.
Spoke to senior steward after match.
Letter sent to club.
Club’s stewards take action during game.
Hull City FC defended its player saying he had done nothing wrong.
August 21, 2012
Cardiff City (H)
Nothing audible
n/a
August 25, 2012
Barnsley (H)
Nothing audible
n/a
September 1, 2012
Burnley (A)

Home fans used many derogatory words. So bad that BBC Sussex radio had to turn off a microphone and apologise several times on air for the language being used around them.

No action was taken.
September 14, 2012
Sheffield Wednesday (H)
Nothing audible
n/a
September 18, 2012
Watford (A)
Nothing audible
n/a
September 22, 2012
Millwall (A)
Multiple, persistent chants heard.
No action was taken this season.
BHASC corresponded with Millwall in 2011 & 2012 season and have trusted them to work away at the problem.
September 29, 2012
Birmingham (H)
Nothing audible
n/a
October 2, 2012
Ipswich Town (H)
Nothing audible
n/a
October 6, 2012
Derby County (A)
Nothing audible
n/a
October 20, 2012
Middlesbrough (H)
Nothing audible
n/a
October 23, 2012
Leicester City (A)
A variety of chants including 'We can see you holding hands'.
BHASC has reported to Leicester City FC in the past who didn’t accept that it was anything but 'banter'. With this mind set BHASC didn’t see that we could achieve anything else at this time.
October 27, 2012
Blackpool (A)
Nothing audible
n/a
November 2, 2012
Leeds United (H)
Several different chants
BHASC is comfortable that Brighton & Hove Albion FC has adequate procedures to take action if deemed appropriate. Fans have historically been ejected and on sometimes even prevented from going in if they make such comments.
November 6, 2012
Peterborough (H)
Nothing audible
n/a
November 17, 2012
Huddersfield Town (A)
'We can see you holding hands'
'You're just a town full of f*gg*ts'
Spoke to police at game and letter sent to club.
Club responded apologising and explaining actions of stewards in preventing abuse spreading
November 24, 2012
Bolton Wanderers (H)
'We can see you holding hands'
'You’re just a town full of b*****s'
'We always sh*g girls'

Email sent to Bolton who responded.
November 27, 2012
Bristol City (H)
Nothing audible
n/a
December 1, 2012
Crystal Palace (A)
'Palace 5, Brighton 0, Brighton take it up the b*m'

'We can see you holding hands.'
Complaint to stewards and letter sent to club.

No action taken at the time by the stewards, but Senior Steward reprimanded by CPFC for failing to take action.
December 8, 2012
Charlton Athletic (A)
'We can see you holding hands.'
Chants were sporadic and did not spread possibly due to actions of stewards.
16 December 2012
Nottingham Forest (H)
Nothing audible
n/a
December 18, 2012
Millwall (H)
Several individual incidents reported after the game. A father and son pair of Brighton fans were walking away from the ground and the father was asked 'Do you pass him round'
BHASC is comfortable that Brighton & Hove Albion FC has adequate procedures to take action if deemed appropriate. Fans have historically been ejected and on sometimes even prevented from going in if they make such comments.
December 29, 2012
Watford (H)
Sporadic chanting reported
BHASC is comfortable that Brighton & Hove Albion FC has adequate procedures to take action if deemed appropriate. Fans have historically been ejected and on sometimes even prevented from going in if they make such comments.
January 1, 2013
Ipswich Town (A)
Nothing audible
n/a
January 5, 2013
Newcastle United (H)
Sporadic homophobic chanting reported
Stewards took action to prevent chants being spread.
January 12, 2013
Derby County (H)
Nothing audible
n/a
January 19, 2013
Birmingham City (A)
'Does your boyfriend know you're here'
'Go home you qayers'
'Up your a*** m’lord, up your a***'

Incidents were reported to Birmingham City FC.
January 22, 2013
Blackburn Rovers (A)
'Soft Southern poofters'
Two fans attacked outside the ground.
n/a
January 26, 2013
Arsenal (H)
'Does your boyfriend know you're here'
'We can see you holding hands'
BHASC is comfortable that Brighton & Hove Albion FC has adequate procedures to take action if deemed appropriate. Fans have historically been ejected and on sometimes even prevented from going in if they make such comments
February 2, 2013
Sheffield Wednesday (A)
'We can see you holding hands'
'Does your boyfriend know you're here'
'Town full of f*gg*ts'
'Up your a***, up your a***, if you’re not a f****** w***** you’re a gayer'
Complaint made to stewards. BHASC understands that stewards may have taken action to prevent the chants spreading.
February 9, 2013
Hull City (H)
Local paper reported that three Hull fans were arrested for homophobic comments made after the match.

Two of those arrested were cautioned.
February 12, 2013
Blackburn Rovers (H)
Homophobic gestures from Blackburn player, alleged to be Colin Kazim-Richards
Investigations by the Sussex County Police and The FA.February 19, 2013
Cardiff City (A)
Nothing audible
n/a
February 23, 2013
Burnley (H)
Nothing audible
n/a
March 2, 2013
Huddersfield Town (H)
Nothing audible
n/a
March 5, 2013
Bristol City (A)
'We can see you holding hands'
'You’re just a town full of f*gg*ts'
'What’s it like to suck a c***'
'We drink cider, you suck c***'
'The referee’s a gay boy'
'Gay and you know you are'
Incidents not reported.
March 9, 2013
Bolton Wanderers (A)
'We can see you holding hands'
'Do you take it up the a***'
'Gay and you know you are'
This was reported to previous contact at Bolton by email. A response has not been forthcoming to date.
March 12, 2013
Barnsley (A)
Nothing audible
Barnsley demonstrated to BHASC procedures of stewards and how they deal with any instances of reported abuse.
March 17, 2013
Crystal Palace (H)
'You’re queer and you know you are'
'We can see you holding hands'
BHASC is comfortable that Brighton & Hove Albion FC has adequate procedures to take action if deemed appropriate. Fans have historically been ejected and on sometimes even prevented from going in if they make such comments.
March 30, 2013
Nottingham Forest (A)
'Does your boyfriend know you’re here'
'You only sing when you’re b***ing'
'Have you ever sh*gg*d a girl'
'We can see you holding hands'
And shouts of ‘f*gg*ts’, ‘gay’ and ‘n*nce’ with limp-wristed gestures
Brighton supporters reported incidents to the police and stewards. The stadium safety officer assured GFSN before the game that a zero-tolerance policy was in place and the stewards would take any appropriate action necessary.

Luis Suarez to Manchester United? No just dodgy lookalike of Champions League heartbreaker Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid

Suarez to United No – just a dodgy lookalike of Champions League heartbreaker Ronaldo

By
Charlie Skillen

PUBLISHED:

12:46 GMT, 6 March 2013

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UPDATED:

14:04 GMT, 6 March 2013

Cristiano Ronaldo received a rapturous ovation on his return to Old Trafford as Real Madrid toppled Manchester United in the Champions League last night.

But he might be less pleased with the merchandise on sale outside the Theatre of Dreams – because it makes him look like Liverpool striker Luis Suarez.

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Doppelganger: This United fans' scarf (left), on sale before last night's Champions League exit to Real Madrid, looks more like Luis Suarez - the hitman for arch-rivals Liverpool - than the former Old Trafford hero

Doppelganger: This United fans' scarf (left), on sale before last night's Champions League exit to Real Madrid, looks more like Luis Suarez – the hitman for arch-rivals Liverpool – than the former Old Trafford hero

A scarf meant to depict the former United favourite is a dead ringer for United’s arch rivals’ talisman Suarez, complete with No 7, which Ronaldo shares with the Uruguayan.

Ronaldo scored the winner in Madrid’s 2-1 win, and displayed his love for his previous employers by not celebrating his goal.

He was even looking glum at the airport this morning and apologised for knocking his former club out of the competition.

Suarez

Ronaldo

Dead ringer Uruguayan striker Suarez (left), and Ronaldo (right), looking glum after scoring last night

Welcome home: A young United fan greets the Ronaldo, who left Old Trafford for Madrid in 2009

Welcome home: A young United fan greets the Ronaldo, who left Old Trafford for Madrid in 2009

The fans responded by celebrating their former hero’s return last night, holding up banners calling for him to move back to Old Trafford.

Whether anyone bought this scarf, though, for fear of being outed as a closet Kopite, is unknown.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Phelan deals with Fergie fall-out

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Phil Jagielka surgery blow for Everton

Everton defender Jagielka out for 'a couple of weeks' with badly gashed ankle

By
Andy Hampson, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

18:12 GMT, 2 March 2013

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UPDATED:

23:38 GMT, 2 March 2013

Everton defender Phil Jagielka faces two weeks out witha badly gashed ankle, manager David Moyes confirmed.

The England international was injured in a challenge from Adam Le Fondre in the opening minutes of Everton's 3-1 win over Reading on Saturday at Goodison Park.

Agony: Everton's Phil Jagielka lies injured after challenge from Reading's Adam Le Fondre.

Agony: Everton's Phil Jagielka lies injured after challenge from Reading's Adam Le Fondre.

Jagielka will certainly hope to be
fit to take his place in England's squad for their next World Cup
qualifiers, against San Marino on March 22 and Montenegro four days
later.

When pressed, Moyes later said Jagielka could be out for 'a couple of weeks, maybe'.

Le Fondre apologised after the game,
saying via Twitter: 'Fans were brilliant today! Shame about result!
Everton were class! Thoughts with jags never meant to catch him,caught
him late an apologised.'

Guilty: Nikica Jelavic is furious with Adam Le Fondre

Guilty: Nikica Jelavic is furious with Adam Le Fondre

Jagielka had to be immediately replaced,
and Moyes said: 'I genuinely haven't seen it again but I thought on the
pitch it didn't look good.

'Jagielka knew about it and it is a bad one. He will have surgery tonight to stitch up his ankle.

'It is a bad one because he is a key player for us.'

Moyes said he did not know how long Jagielka would be out but the 30-year-old must now be doubtful for next week's FA Cup quarter-final against Wigan.

The incident also reminded Moyes of some of the treatment goalkeeper Tim Howard received in the two previous cup matches against Oldham.

Howard was unable to face Reading after suffering a knock in the fifth-round replay win over over the League One side on Tuesday and was replaced by back-up Jan Mucha.

'I'm not happy with the challenges on the goalkeeper in the last two games that have put him out and I am not happy with the challenge today that puts Phil Jagielka out,' said the manager.

'I'm not one who minds challenges. I like a bit of that, if that's what it is.

'I don't mind robust challenges but not one that puts out arguably one of my best players.'

Howard's absence ended the American's run of 210 consecutive Premier League appearances.

Moyes said: 'I thought Jan did very well but it came about because the goalkeeper wasn't protected in the first game against Oldham and they felt it was right they could do that again in the second game.

'In the end the goalkeeper has been injured because of decisions which should have been deemed free-kicks long before.'

Reading manager Brian McDermott also said he did not get a clear view of Le Fondre's challenge on Jagielka but defended his player.

McDermott said: 'Adam Le Fondre is not that type of player, no way. He is a very honest type of player.

'I don't know what they are saying but there is no way Adam Le Fondre is a player that would `do` anybody.'

Branislav Ivanovic says sorry to Chelsea team for errors that cost Chelsea

I'm sorry! Ivanovic apologises to team-mates after his mistakes leave Chelsea's Wembley dream hanging in the balance

By
Neil Ashton

PUBLISHED:

07:53 GMT, 10 January 2013

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UPDATED:

09:03 GMT, 10 January 2013

Branislav Ivanovic apologised to the Chelsea team after his disastrous performance in last night's Capital One Cup semi-final defeat by Swansea.

The Chelsea defender was at fault for both goals as Michael Laudrup's side secured an incredible 2-0 victory at Stamford Bridge.

Ivanovic was furious with his performance and had to be calmed down when he made his way down the tunnel and into the home dressing room.

Feeling down: Branislav Ivanovic shows his disappointment after making two costly errors

Feeling down: Branislav Ivanovic shows his disappointment after making two costly errors

Uphill task: Chelsea go into the second leg 2-0 down

Uphill task: Chelsea go into the second leg 2-0 down

He then said sorry to his team-mates for mistakes which led to Michu opened the scoring and substitute Danny Graham adding Swansea's second in injury time.

Chelsea interim manager Rafa Benitez defended the centre half but Ivanovic has taken full responsibility for the defeat. It was easily the worst performance of the Serb's career at Stamford Bridge and it is unusual for him to be so careless.

Chelsea
need to win by two goals to take the tie in to extra-time but they face
a massive battle to face Aston Villa or Bradford in next month's final
at Wembley.

Error one: Michu makes the most of Ivanovic's mistake to score the first

Error one: Michu makes the most of Ivanovic's mistake to score the first

Error two: Danny Graham scores a late second after another Ivanovic clanger

Error two: Danny Graham scores a late second after another Ivanovic clanger

Phil Taylor apologises after ugly confrontation with Raymond van Barneveld

I reacted disgracefully! Taylor apologises after ugly confrontation with Barney

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UPDATED:

11:42 GMT, 31 December 2012

Phil Taylor apologised for his ‘disgraceful’ behaviour after beating Raymond van Barneveld in the World Championship semi-final on Sunday.

‘The Power’, who will play Michael van Gerwen in the final, clashed with Barney after his 6-4 win at Alexandra Palace and the pair had to be separated by security guards.

‘I reacted disgracefully and I feel terrible,’ Taylor told Sky Sports.

‘I’m ashamed because I really like Raymond but he hurt me a little bit, that was all it was.

‘It was spur of the moment.’

Scroll down for a video of the incident

Head to head: Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld clash at the end of their titanic battle

Head to head: Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld clash at the end of their titanic battle

Head to head: Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld clash at the end of their titanic battle

Head to head: Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld clash at the end of their titanic battle

Head to head: Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld clash at the end of their titanic battle

Head to head: Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld clash at the end of their titanic battle

Clash: Taylor and Van Barneveld go head to head as they leave the stage

Clash: Taylor and Van Barneveld go head to head as they leave the stage

Taylor and Van Barneveld clash

Former MP Sir Irvine Patnick, who was accused of smearing Liverpool fans after Hillsborough passes away

MP who blamed Liverpool fans for the death of 96 people at Hillsborough passes away

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UPDATED:

09:18 GMT, 31 December 2012

The former Conservative MP who helped smear Liverpool fans after the Hillsborough disaster has died.

Sir Irvine Patnick, who was a source for a Sun story criticising the supporters' behaviour in the tragedy, died yesterday aged 83.

He was the MP for Sheffield Hallam from 1987 to 1997.

Sorry: Sir Irvine Patnick was knighted in 1994 but has since apologised for his involvement in the Hillsborough cover up

Sorry: Sir Irvine Patnick was knighted in 1994 but has since apologised for his involvement in the Hillsborough cover up

A successful businessman before becoming an MP, he was knighted in 1994.

There had been calls for him to be stripped of his knighthood since his role in The Sun's coverage of the disaster was made clear by the Hillsborough Independent Panel in September.

Amid widespread revulsion at the police cover-up which sought to shift the blame for the tragedy to the fans, Sir Irvine said in September he was 'deeply and sincerely sorry' about his role.

Justice: The families of the 96 who died at Hillsborough have fought tirelessly for the truth to come out

Justice: The families of the 96 who died at Hillsborough have fought tirelessly for the truth to come out

Tragedy: 96 Liverpool fans were killed during the 1989 FA Cup semi-final at Hillsborough

Tragedy: 96 Liverpool fans were killed during the 1989 FA Cup semi-final at Hillsborough

He said he had passed on police information that was 'inaccurate, misleading and plain wrong'.

Ninety-six Liverpool fans died in the crush at Sheffield Wednesday's stadium during the 1989 FA Cup semi-final with Nottingham Forest.

A statement issued by his family to the BBC said: 'Sir Irvine Patnick OBE, died peacefully on 30 December 2012, aged 83, in Sheffield.

Smear: Irvine was a key source in the Sun's story that blamed the behavior of Liverpool fans for the tragedy

Smear: Irvine was a key source in the Sun's story that blamed the behavior of Liverpool fans for the tragedy

'He was a much loved husband of Lynda and father of Suzanne and Matthew.

'He'll be sadly missed by his brothers and by all his family and friends.'

Liverpool youngster Suso fined 10,000 by FA for homophobic Twitter outburst

It was just banter! Enrique unhappy with FA after they fined Liverpool teammate Suso 10,000 for a homophobic Tweet

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UPDATED:

19:49 GMT, 18 December 2012

Liverpool defender Jose Enrique jumped to the defence of teammate Suso after the FA fined the youngster 10,000 for a homophobic Tweet.

The 19-year-old Spaniard sparked
controversy with his reply to team-mate Jose Enrique, who had posted a
bizarre picture of himself getting his teeth whitened.

Suso tweeted: ‘What f*** is he doing This guy is gay… he does everything except play football.’

The Reds midfielder quickly realised he had made a poor error of judgement, deleted the tweet and made an apology.

But, after hearing of Suso's punishment, Enrique tweeted: 'Is amazing how fa can fine my friend @suso30fernandez for a banter thing. Was just a joke!!!'

jose enrique tweet

An FA statement read: ‘Following an
Independent Regulatory Commission hearing on Monday, Liverpool’s Jesus
Fernandez Saez (Suso) has been fined 10,000 and warned as to his future
conduct for a comment posted on Twitter.

‘The charge, which the player admitted
and requested a paper hearing, was that he acted in a way which was
improper and/or brought the game into disrepute in that the comment was
posted on his Twitter account and included a reference to a person/s
sexual orientation and/or disability.’

The teenager apologised on his Twitter page tonight, saying the 'unfortunate' comments were intended as a joke.

Liverpool's Suso tweet

Gaffe: Liverpool's Suso reply to Jose Enrique

'I'm very sorry if anyone has been offended by my comments about the photo of my team-mate Jose Enrique,' he wrote.

'It was only a joke between the two of us. I realise that my words were unfortunate and it was not my intention to offend anyone.

'I apologise again if anyone was offended.'

Suso’s gaffe follows Jen Chang leaving his post as media chief following the Twitter storm with spoof blogger ‘Duncan Jenkins’.

Liverpool were forced to apologise to
Jenkins, real name Sean Cummins, for the ‘inappropriate actions’ of
Chang, after they met in a Manchester restaurant.

Chang wrongly believed inside information used by Cummins on Twitter had been fed to him by an Anfield mole.

The fan then alleged in a blog that Chang made a series of threats to him, which included revoking his shared season ticket.

Team mates: Suso (left) and Jose Enrique (right)

Team mates: Suso (left) and Jose Enrique (right)

Suso has become an increasingly important member of the Reds' first-team and has made 13 appearances so far this season.

The attacking midfielder moved to Anfield from hometown club Cadiz in 2010 and signed a new long-term contract in October.

Twitter storm with spoof blogger 'Duncan Jenkins'.

The
club were forced to apologise to Jenkins, real name Sean Cummins, for
the 'inappropriate actions' of Chang, after they met in a Manchester
restaurant.

Chang wrongly believed inside information used by Cummins on Twitter had been fed to him by an Anfield mole.

The fan then alleged in a blog that Chang made a series of threats to him, which included revoking his shared season ticket

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Marouane Fellaini at Everton Christmas party after headbutting Ryan Shawcross

Bad boy Fellaini heads out on the town as Everton stars enjoy Christmas party

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UPDATED:

11:37 GMT, 17 December 2012

Marouane Fellaini's impending three-match ban for headbutting Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross did not stop him partying with his Everton team-mates on Saturday night.

The Belgium midfielder is in trouble with the FA for his penalty box assault on Shawcross – an incident which referee Mark Halsey missed during Saturday's 1-1 draw at the Britannia Stadium.

Hitting the town: Marouane Fellaini

Night out: Nikica Jelavic

Christmas cheer: Marouane Fellaini (left) and Nikica Jelavic were out and about in Liverpool

Party time: Everton defender Phil Jagielka

Toffees sticking together: Tom Howard

Toffees sticking together: Phil Jagielka (left) and Tim Howard arrive at Playground for the party

The 25-year-old apologised to Shawcross and Everton fans after the game before setting off on the Toffees' Christmas party at a Liverpool nightclub.

Fellaini, along with team-mates including Phil Jagielka and Nikica Jelavic, were all snapped in the streets of Liverpool as they made their way out for a night on the tiles.

Fellaini is likely to miss games against West Ham, Wigan and Chelsea over the Christmas period should he be banned for three games by the FA this week as expected.

No butts: Fellaini is facing a suspension after clashing with Ryan Shawcross on Saturday

No butts: Fellaini is facing a suspension after clashing with Ryan Shawcross on Saturday

Liverpool apologise to Fulham over Clint Dempsey tapping-up affair

EXCLUSIVE: Liverpool issue grovelling apology to Fulham over Dempsey tapping-up affair

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UPDATED:

00:10 GMT, 12 December 2012

Liverpool have made a grovelling apology to Fulham over the tapping-up of Clint Dempsey in the summer.

A statement from Fulham, expected today, will confirm that in return the club have dropped their complaint to the Premier League over the affair.

The peace deal came only after a personal visit by Liverpool co-owner Tom Werner to Craven Cottage chairman Mohamed Al Fayed was followed up by a letter from Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre admitting that the club’s behaviour ‘was wrong’ and ‘simply never should have occurred’.

Centre of attention: Dempsey was courted by Liverpool in summer

Centre of attention: Dempsey was courted by Liverpool in summer

The letter, sent last Friday, confirms that a meeting took place between Werner and Fayed, during which the former apologised for Liverpool’s actions regarding Dempsey last summer.

Fulham blame Liverpool for unsettling the player and creating the circumstances that led to his move to Tottenham on transfer-deadline day.

Ayre wrote: 'Please also consider this letter from me to be an additional expression of sincere regret and apology from our club to your club for our actions last summer. Our club can do better and we pledge that it will.'

Fulham’s official complaint followed a series of clumsy bulletins from Liverpool and their owners, the Fenway Sports Group. The first was an announcement on the FSG website that Liverpool had signed Dempsey from Fulham.

This was followed by an interview on the
Liverpool website with manager Brendan Rogers, in which he talked of
the USA forward in glowing terms.

Full apology: Ayre has expressed regret on Liverpool's behalf to Al Fayed

Full apology: Ayre has expressed regret on Liverpool's behalf to Al Fayed

Full apology: Ayre has expressed regret on Liverpool's behalf to Al Fayed

Finally, pictures of Liverpool's new strip with Dempsey's name on the back were published.

The 29-year-old had been on a summer break in America when the FSG announcement was made, and Fulham’s complaint to the Premier League intimated that their relationship with the player who was last season’s top scorer had not recovered from that point.

Dempsey did not officially go on strike, but told Fulham he wanted to leave.

The club considered he was becoming a bad influence in the dressing room and he did not play a game for Fulham before signing for Tottenham.

On target: Dempsey scored in the recent defeat to Everton

On target: Dempsey scored in the recent defeat to Everton

Ricky Hatton fans receive apology from Primetime over blackout

Hatton shines on as Primetime apologises to hundreds of boxing fans after TV blackout

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UPDATED:

16:51 GMT, 28 November 2012

Eye eye: Ricky Hatton still looks a bit bruised

Eye eye: Ricky Hatton still looks a bit bruised

Ricky Haton was still showing the war wounds from his comeback at the weekend as Primetime apologised to hundreds of fight fans who missed the action due to 'technical issues.'

Hatton had his retrun to the ring cut short in the penultimate round by Ukrainian Vyacheslav Senchenko in one of the most eagerly awaited fights of the year.

Thousands turned up at the Manchester Arena to cheer on their local hero but many opting to watch the bout on the box were left disappointed.

People were unable to order the fight from the TV channel between the peak times of 7.10pm and 9.50pm and were cut off after trying to get though to the automated system.

Others were faced with a blank screen despite paying 14.95 to watch the fight.

Primetime has denied being understaffed on the night has promised to deal with every individual complaint.

Adam Taylor, Head of Sales and Customer Services for Portland TV, which owns Primetime, told the BBC: 'This fight was retailed on the largest number of outlets we've ever used so it was only Sky customers who may have had problems.

No more: Haton is hanging up his gloves for good this time

No more: Haton is hanging up his gloves for good this time

'At the moment we've experienced 700 complaints which we are working to resolve. Customers who we didn't send a signal to would not have been charged.

'We had our largest ever customer operations service on for this event and we will be hoping to get all complaints resolved by the end of this week.'

The channel also had problems during a 2009 broadcast of Carl Froch v Andre Dirrell.

The Hitman, back at his gym in Hyde on Wednesday afternoon, announced his retirement shortly after the fight and will now focus on his responsibilities as trainer and promoter as he guides the careers of the likes of Martin Murray and Scott Quigg.

Saturday was 34-year-old Hatton's first fight since he was brutally knocked out by Manny Pacquiao in 2009.