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Neville Neville arrested on suspicion of indecent assault

Gary Neville's dad arrested on suspicion of indecent assault hours before England coach takes on Montenegro in World Cup crunch tie

By
Ian Ladyman

PUBLISHED:

15:54 GMT, 26 March 2013

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UPDATED:

16:17 GMT, 26 March 2013

The father of former Manchester United and England stars Gary and Phil Neville has been arrested on suspicion of indecent assault.

It is understood that Neville Neville was arrested by Greater Manchester Police following an alleged incident in his home town of Bury in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The arrest comes only hours before Neville's son Gary – No 2 to England coach Roy Hodgson – will play a key role in helping England prepare to face Montenegro in their crunch World Cup qualifying tie against the group leaders at Podgorica.

Bailed: Neville Neville (L) has been bailed by Greater Manchester Police until May pending further enquiries

Bailed: Neville Neville (L) has been bailed by Greater Manchester Police until May pending further enquiries

Party time: Neville Neville, father of Gary and Phil, leads the songs at party for England players' families at the 2006 World Cup in Baden-Baden, Germany

Party time: Neville Neville, father of Gary and Phil, leads the songs at party for England players' families at the 2006 World Cup in Baden-Baden, Germany

A brief statement released by GMP today
said: 'Police are investigating a sexual assault which happened in early
hours of March 23 in the North Manor area of Bury.

'A 63-year-old man from Bury was
arrested on suspicion of indecent assault and has been bailed until May
pending further enquiries. Enquiries are on going.'

Neville Snr is a well-known figure on
the football scene in the north west, having served as a director at
Bury FC in the past and having also represented the professional
interests of both sons.

Phil is still playing at Everton
while Gary has gone on to make a name for himself as a respected Sky
pundit and newspaper columnist for the Mail on Sunday since retiring from the game two years ago.

More to follow…

Arrested: Neville Neville, the father of Gary and Phil, has been arrested on suspicion of indecent assault

Arrested: Neville Neville, the father of Gary and Phil, has been arrested on suspicion of indecent assault

Son: Gary Neville

Son: Phil Neville

Family: Neville Neville is the father of England coach Gary and Everton midfielder Phil (R)

Distraction: Son Gary is away on international duty as part of England's coaching staff for their World Cup qualifier against Montenegro

Distraction: Son Gary is away on international duty as part of England's coaching staff for their World Cup qualifier against Montenegro

Oscar Pistorius may have beaten Reeva Steenkamp with a cricket bat before shooting her

Was Steenkamp's skull crushed with bloodied cricket bat 'found' at Pistorius's house Horrific new claims about model's shocking death on Valentine's Day
South African police reportedly found a bloodied cricket bat at his homeAthlete's best friend claims Pistorius called him moments after shooting
Reeva Steenkamp, 29, had been dating Oscar Pistorious since November
She was shot dead on Valentine’s Day at his gated mansion in South Africa
'There is no hatred in our hearts' says model's father Barry SteenkampRumours about Springbok Francois Hougaard's friendship with Miss Steenkamp have been rubbished by the rugby player's agent

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Blade Runner: Pistorius ran in both the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics last year

Some in South Africa have speculated
about the nature of Miss Steenkamp’s friendship with Springbok rugby
player Francois Hougaard, and whether this played a part in the tragedy.

The 24-year-old was keen to distance
himself from such reports at the weekend. His agent said: ‘This whole
sad ordeal has got nothing to do with him.’

Last night Pistorius’s agent said he had withdrawn him from all planned races but insisted his sponsors were sticking by him.

The tragedy has also cast fresh light on Pistorius’s apparent attraction to danger and weaponry.

Tragic: Mr Steenkamp, a horse trainer, wept as he said he and his wife June were at 'a complete loss'

Miss Steenkamp's father Barry wept as he said he and his wife June were at 'a complete loss'

As well as owning a pistol and
machine gun, at the time of Miss Steenkamp’s death he reportedly had
seven outstanding firearm licence applications.

One was for same type of assault rifle used in the recent Sandy Hook school massacre in the US.

Pistorius, who was charged with
premeditated murder at a court appearance on Friday, spent the weekend
in a police cell ahead of a second hearing planned for tomorrow at which
his lawyers are expected to ask for bail.

Police say they will oppose the request.

VIDEO Pistorius' sister Aimee and agent visit him in the cells

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Eden Hazard ball boy row: police launch probe but video supports claim Chelsea ace kicked the ball

VIDEO: Police launch probe into alleged assault on ball boy… but is this the new camera angle that clears Chelsea's Hazard
Belgian FA hit out at Eden Hazard after incident during Capital One Cup tieHazard clashed with ball boy Charlie Morgan, 17, while trying to reclaim ballFormer Chelsea star Pat Nevin backs Hazard and calls Morgan 'disgraceful'
17-year-old ball boy is heir to 42m Swansea director's fortune Claims ball boys were under orders to help Swansea rubbished by club
FA investigating the incident, but PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor does not believe Hazard should face additional punishment

qualifier for Belgium and was filmed tucking into a burger from a van outside.

Steven Martens, the chief executive of the Belgian FA (KBVB) said: 'It's unfortunate and of course it's not something we are proud of. No football authority or person interested in football likes to see acts of violence or lack of respect and this is what happened.

'It might have happened in the heat of the fire but professionals are expected to be able to control themselves.

'They have to be able to control their emotions and when they don't that's unpleasant in general.

Anger: Swansea's Ashley Williams (centre) is held back as he tries to confront Eden Hazard (off camera)

Anger: Swansea's Ashley Williams (centre) is held back as he tries to confront Eden Hazard (off camera)

Sending off: Chelsea's Eden Hazard (#17) receives a red card from referee Chris Foy for violent conduct

Sending off: Chelsea's Eden Hazard (#17) receives a red card from referee Chris Foy for violent conduct

'Of course as we are the Belgium FA we don't like it to be a Belgium national squad player but I am very much convinced that Eden himself will realise that.

'Eden is more than intelligent enough to understand that this is going to be a lesson learned for him. All of us make mistakes in life.'

Martens, speaking at a meeting of UEFA's 53 member associations in Nyon, said Hazard's frustration was perhaps a reflection of the intense pressure on his shoulders.

Helping hand: Chelsea's Demba Ba (right) checks on the ball boy after he had clashed with Eden Hazard

Helping hand: Chelsea's Demba Ba (right) checks on the ball boy after he had clashed with Eden Hazard

Boast: The 17-year-old earlier wrote on Twitter that he was 'needed for timewasting'

Boast: The 17-year-old earlier wrote on Twitter that he was 'needed for timewasting'

He added: 'It is easy to judge from outside but you also have to see it from the player's side too.

'I have been a professional sports coach for many years and the demands on athletes and players are there day-in, day-out.

'Yes we think these guys are well-paid and have a luxury life but on the other hand there is an expectation on them all the time. 'It's not an excuse but it is something that could help us try to understand.'

While the boss of Belgium's football association was damning of Hazard, the Chelsea forward found a supporter in Pat Nevin.

Injured: The ballboy was named as 17-year-old Charlie Morgan, the son of Swansea director David Morgan

Martin Morgan

Wealthy: Charlie Morgan (left), the ball boy who
was kicked by Eden Hazard during a League Cup game last night, is the
son of multi-millionaire businessman Martin Morgan (right)

Property: The self-made tycoon is the owner of the luxury Morgans hotel in Swansea, pictured

Property: The self-made tycoon is the owner of the luxury Morgans hotel in Swansea, pictured

Boasting: Charlie posted this picture of a broken bottle of Veuve Clicquot champagne on his Twitter page

betting slips

Boasting: Charlie posted a picture of a broken
bottle of Veuve Clicquot champagne on his Twitter page, as well as one
of torn-up betting slips

The former Chelsea winger claimed he would have done the same as Hazard if he had been involved in the controversial ball-boy incident at Swansea.

When asked how he would have reacted to the situation, Nevin told BBC Radio 5: 'I would have kicked the ball out from underneath the ball boy if he had been lying like that, 100 per cent.'

And Nevin also criticised the behaviour of 17-year-old Morgan, branding it 'disgraceful'. He added: 'I was very, very disappointed by the way the ball boy acted, and I say “acted”.

'He must have been watching footballers, the way he rolled around and pretended to be more injured.

Travelling in style: Charlie put up this picture of himself in Virgin Atlantic's upper class

Travelling in style: Charlie put up this picture of himself in Virgin Atlantic's upper class

Destination: The teenager on holiday in Las Vegas, in another picture he posted to Twitter

Destination: The teenager on holiday in Las Vegas, in another picture he posted to Twitter

'He only has one job and his job is to go and give the ball back, and what did he do He keeps the ball.

'I have to say I was absolutely amazed this morning to find he is 17, not 12, not 13. 'He should know what his action should be in that situation. His behaviour was disgraceful.'

The ball boy at the centre of the storm Charlie Morgan is the son of hotel and property tycoon Martin Morgan, said to be the 32nd richest person in Wales.

Morgan is on the the Swansea board of directors – which is how Charlie ended up as a ballboy for the League Cup semi-final against the Londoners.

Pricey: A photo of the Louis Vuitton store in Las Vegas which Charlie put on Twitter

Pricey: A photo of the Louis Vuitton store in Las Vegas which Charlie put on Twitter

Charlie Morgan receipt

Charlie Morgan weather

Shared: The teenager retweeted someone else's
120,000 receipt with the caption, 'This is huge time', and also let his
friends know about the good weather at his holiday destination

Posting on Twitter before the game, the teenager wrote: ‘The king of all ballboys is back making his final appearance #needed #for #timewasting.'

Charlie's father is the director of 11 hotel and property companies and has featured in recent editions of the Sunday Times Rich List.

Morgan comes in at No 32 in the top 100 list for Wales – ahead of Premier League footballers Michael Owen and Ryan Giggs and 80s rock chick Bonnie Tyler.

Ben Watkins, 18, a former school friend of Charlie's, said: 'He must be the richest ball boy in football.

In pain: Morgan (second right) is ushered away from the sidelines following the incident with Hazard

In pain: Morgan (second right) is ushered away from the sidelines following the incident with Hazard

'He's mad about Swansea City – what he did was a bit foolish especially after be boasted he was going to time waste. I guess he's been a bit spoiled because his dad's got pots of money.'

In posts on Twitter Charlie brags about drinking Veuve Clicquot champagne and going on holiday to Las Vegas and Dubai.

Swansea are highly unlikely to take any action against Morgan for his part in the ugly clash – and the club has rubbished claims that their ball boys were ordered to give them an unfair advantage in the Capital One Cup clash.

Morgan has been widely accused of
deliberately withholding the ball, a stance seemingly supported by his
posts on Twitter earlier in the day.

Chelsea star: Eden Hazard (right) is pictured earlier in the League Cup match with Swansea City's Ben Davies

Eden Hazard award in May 22, 2011 in Paris

Striker: Eden Hazard is pictured earlier in the match (left) and winning an award in Paris in May 2011 (right)

The club refused to comment when asked to explain the decision, but Swansea vice-chairman Leigh Dineen reiterated Michael Laudrup’s assertion that their ball boys were not briefed to favour the home side.

Dineen told the Guardian: ‘There was no agenda, absolutely not. Stoke, a few years ago, would get the ballboy to wipe the ball down for a long throw and that was something the ballboys were obviously told to do. But certainly we don't line up the ballboys and ask them to waste time. Definitely not.’

A club spokesman added that Morgan,
who started his role aged 12 in 2008, ‘has been a ballboy for about six
seasons and there’s never been a complaint before’.

The
FA have also confirmed they will be taking no action against Swansea
over the incident, while South Wales Police are not pursuing the case as
Morgan declined to press charges.

The FA are reviewing footage of the
action, but Professional Footballers' Association chief executive Gordon
Taylor does not believe Hazard should face additional punishment.

Hurt: The ballboy (centre) is ushered away from the sidelines following the incident with Eden Hazard

Hurt: The ballboy (centre) is ushered away from the sidelines following the incident with Eden Hazard

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He said: 'There is obviously a process which the FA have to go through and it is up to them what they decide. 'But I don't think the young lad involved would want to see Hazard punished further.

'The referee made the correct decision on the night and you do not want people to be hung, drawn and quartered for things that happen in the heat of the moment.

'It is disappointing and Hazard has shown remorse and the two clubs handled the matter very well.

'It will be seen as another stick to beat the game with, but the game has always been about passion and emotions running high and it is a shame for this to overshadow the wonderful achievements of Swansea and Bradford – two clubs who have faced extinction – in reaching the final.'

Coach Alan Curtis also insisted the ball boys were not told to waste time.

He said: 'We never gave them any
instructions whatsoever to slow the game down. It’s never ever been the
case at all. It was a really unfortunate situation.

'I’ve got to be honest though, if I had been the player, I would have tried to get the ball back as quickly as possible.

'Unfortunately it’s been blown up to
be a major incident. It was quickly defused straight after the game.
They met up after the game and shook hands, both apologised and, as far
as we’re concerned, that is the end of it.

'It’s a shame that it’s overshadowed everything.'

Meanwhile, Fulham boss Martin Jol has accused Morgan of 'playing rugby' against Chelsea and said he could understand Hazard kicking out at the teenager.

Jol said: 'Our ball boys are between 10 and 12 years of age. I saw he (Morgan) was probably over-age, probably 21. A big boy, you know Six foot, maybe

'I felt for Hazard, but you can't kick people. He (the ball boy) was playing rugby with him, so I can understand he wanted to get the ball.

'We always tell coaches to tell the ball boys to give the ball back as soon as possible. To do it quick; and not to irritate people.

'Of course you could say Eden should have controlled himself, but it was bizarre. The ball boy shouldn't lie on the ball and play rugby with it.

'He (Hazard) should have controlled himself, but I can see why he did it. I'm not allowed to say I would have done the same so, of course, I would not have done that.'

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Kurtley Beale in the dock – Woeful Wallabies

It's looking woeful for Wallabies with Beale in the dock in latest episode of Aussie soap opera

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UPDATED:

22:37 GMT, 16 November 2012

In the dock: Beale trains at HQ on Friday

In the dock: Beale trains at HQ on Friday

A calamitous week for Australian rugby continued on Friday when playmaker Kurtley Beale was summoned to face an assault charge next February.

The embarrassment over Beale’s pending case follows David Campese denouncing head coach Robbie Deans and a poll of 12,000 Australians voting 75 per cent in favour of sacking the New Zealander.

Beale shrugged off the latest development about court proceedings after training at Twickenham.

‘I will need to speak to my lawyer, but all I’m doing is concentrating on this game,’ he said after insisting he had not heard about the court date.

The assault charge relates to an incident involving a hotel bouncer after the fly-half and colleague Quade Cooper were refused entry in the early hours of June 8 — a day before the Wallabies played Wales in Brisbane.

For the moment, the Australian Rugby Union has put on hold its own disciplinary inquiry into the late-night incident, pending the end of criminal proceedings.

Beale was far keener to talk about how he was going to give a revamped Wallaby back line ‘direction’ in a match the Australians are desperate to win after last weekend’s embarrassing 33-6 defeat by France.

The Wallabies claim they were caught out by the damp conditions in Paris after playing their previous games, in a stamina-sapping schedule, in the dry and warm of Brisbane, Rosario and Pretoria.

Beale is confident the return of wing Digby Ioane plus the decision to start the experienced Berrick Barnes at full back will give the Wallabies a winning edge.

Under pressure: Coach Robbie Deans (left)

Under pressure: Coach Robbie Deans (left) needs a result

‘We just need to get him (Digby) the ball so he can do his thing. He’s one of those who loves getting his hands on the ball.’

The Wallabies have also been comforted by the assured leadership of captain Nathan Sharpe, the veteran lock who thought he had played his last international match in last year’s World Cup.

However, the 34-year-old, who will be playing in his 113th international on Saturday, answered an SOS from Deans after injuries to James Horwill and Dan Vickerman.

‘Never say never,’ has become Sharpe’s mantra this year after agreeing to prolong a career. He might yet face the Lions next year.

SOS: Veteran lock Nathan Sharpe (second right) returns for Australia

SOS: Veteran lock Nathan Sharpe (second right) returns for Australia

‘It’s not under consideration at the moment,’ was how he rebuffed talk that he might play on in 2013.

‘We have a very big fish to fry first this weekend,’ he added.

Sharpe talked about a ‘siege mentality’ gripping the Wallabies camp this week after the defeat in Paris.

Such a thrashing, culminating in a penalty try when the scrum caved in, has re-ignited the fierce debate over the suitability of Deans, a New Zealander, being coach of a national team whose erratic form has prompted them to be nicknamed either ‘Woeful’ or the ‘Wobblies’.

Sharpe has also had to spend his time talking about the absent Cooper, who has a knee injury, claiming in Australia that the atmosphere in the camp was ‘toxic’.

All smiles: Beale will start at fly-half at Twickenham on Saturday

All smiles: Beale will start at fly-half at Twickenham on Saturday

‘This group gets on well and everyone is pulling for each other,’ Sharpe insisted this week and contends Cooper’s outburst is no longer an issue.

Sharpe believes the dips in form of the Wallabies have not been ‘across the park’ but in specific areas like the scrum last week when France dominated.

It will be Sharpe’s 12th match against England and he needs victory to make the score six wins and six defeats.

‘When you are playing Test match rugby for your country you are always under pressure. It’s nothing new for us,’ he said about an international schedule which will see the Wallabies play 15 games in 2012.

Ready to go: The Wallabies pose for their team photo at Twickenham on Saturday

Ready to go: The Wallabies pose for their team photo at Twickenham on Saturday

This latest match against England will be a test of character for his unpredictable team who drew 18-18 against New Zealand before the loss to France.

Sharpe wants to see Australia ‘outwill’ England, though he added they also needed a better method than last week against France.

‘It’s going to take more than character to win. Turning up and having a go won’t be good enough.

‘This English team is a good one and there is going to have to be a fair amount of exceptional play and some pretty tough rugby in between.’

Scott Harrison sentenced to four years in prison

Harrison sentenced to four years in Spanish prison after brothel brawl

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08:51 GMT, 6 November 2012

Shamed former world champion Scott Harrison has been sentenced to four years in a Spanish jail after being convicted of assault.

The Scotsman, 35, returned to the ring in June after almost seven years in the wilderness and had hoped to fight for another world title.

But Harrison, who intends to appeal the verdict, was found guilty of assaulting three men at a brothel after a trial in Malaga.

Return: Scott Harrison (right) in action against Joe Elfidh in September

Return: Scott Harrison (right) in action against Joe Elfidh in September

He received two years each for the two most serious assaults and a fine for the attack on the third victim.

Harrison's dad Peter told the Daily Record: 'Scott will be appealing this, 100 per cent.

'He has already said he is innocent and that remains the case. He’s down but determined to clear his name.

'Scott is a victim here – and I’m not just saying that because I’m his dad.'

Harrison was only released from a Spanish prison in September last year after spending 30 months behind bars for an assault in 2005.

But despite the sentence, Harrison hopes that by appealing, he can continue his comeback in the ring by fighting John Simpson in Glasgow on December 1.

Guilty: Harrison in a Spanish court

Guilty: Harrison in a Spanish court

He has also set his sights on a Scottish showdown with WBO world champion Ricky Burns.

Lead judge Julian Cruz said: 'Harrison is not a first-time offender and his criminal record reflects a prior assault conviction.

'We’re also taking into account the dangerous nature of this attack, the serious injuries inflicted and the fact one of the accused was a professional boxer with extensive experience in fighting.'

Harrison, from Cambuslang near Glasgow, was warned it could take up to a year before his appeal is settled.

But a Spanish legal source said: 'For the appeal to be successful, Harrison will have to show the other witnesses, or victims, lied. Because there is an appeal, everything will be frozen until the appeal is heard.'

Harrison looked sluggish when fighting on the undercard of Burns' stunning victory over Kevin Mitchell in September when he struggled to a points win over Joe Elfidh.

That followed a knockout win over Gyorgy Mizsei Jnr earlier on his return, a far cry from his glory days as a featherweight world champion.

We owe it to Danny Rose to take a stand against vile Serbian bigots: Patrick Collins

We owe it to young Danny Rose to take a stand against these vile bigots

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UPDATED:

21:40 GMT, 20 October 2012

Nigel Rose is uneasy in the spotlight.
He speaks slowly, in the flat vowels of South Yorkshire, but his words
are well chosen and his concern is evident. ‘I felt powerless, watching
our Dan suffer that abuse,’ he says. ‘I think he coped very well. But it
were like a bad dream…’ He pauses, shaking his head. A big man, his
distress is genuinely affecting.

The repercussions of that shameful
night in Krusevac have been rumbling through the week. Given Serbia’s
record on both football and race, no England side could be optimistic
about visiting this squalid little corner of the Balkans. But the
reality exceeded the worst forebodings. The physical assault on the
England Under 21 team was one thing; appalling, certainly, yet scarcely
without precedent. But the abuse was of a quite different order.

Danny Rose has been involved in
professional football for six years and is currently playing for
Sunderland, on a season-long loan from Tottenham. He is well respected
and, presumably, well paid. But he is just 22 years old, and nothing in
his career had prepared him for the concerted blast of shrill, demented,
insults which assailed him in Krusevac because of the colour of his
skin. He told of how he had twice been struck on the head by stones as
he went to take a throw-in, how his face was slapped, how monkey chants
had begun in the pre-match warm-up and had grown worse throughout the
match, how he was angered by his treatment yet afraid his anger would
affect his performance. ‘I could have cost the lads the game because I
made a few mistakes through not concentrating,’ he said, and it was the
decent reaction of an honest pro.

Incessant abuse: Danny Rose (right) was vociferously targeted by Serbian fans in Krusevac

Incessant abuse: Danny Rose (right) was vociferously targeted by Serbian fans in Krusevac

The so-called offence for which he
received the red card was also the action of a pro. Lashing a stray football off the field after the final whistle had sounded was a
fittingly contemptuous response to incessant abuse, a signal that
victory had been delivered despite the unspeakable provocation. Only the
most insensitive referees would have punished him for such a
response.But he is much more than a pro, he is somebody’s son. Nigel
Rose’s son. ‘Our Dan,’ as his Dad calls him. And as we recognise a
father’s concern, we also recognise our own responsibility to the young
man. For in that disgusting place, Danny Rose was representing us.

He pulled on the white shirt and ran
out to play for England. In doing so, his human dignity was cruelly
demeaned by detestable people. And not just Danny’s dignity but, by
association, that of his family, his friends, his community. Then, when
it was over, in a crass attempt to minimise the anticipated punishment,
some malevolent flunkey from the Serbian FA accused him of behaving in
an ‘inappropriate’ and ‘vulgar’ manner. As if the crude racial chants of
his countrymen were somehow appropriate and seemly.

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The consequences of the occasion are
now occupying UEFA and that unpredictable organisation have the chance
to do something right. It goes without saying that insult must not be
added to scandalous injury and young Rose must not be punished. We have
no right to expose our players to the kind of treatment they suffered on
Tuesday evening. Which is why the reaction of Alex Horne, the FA
general secretary, was wholly in tune with public opinion. ‘No football
team should be asked to play in any environment where racial abuse,
violence and threatening behaviour is prevalent,’ he said. ‘We must
question the validity of sending a team to Serbia in the future.’

And not only question it but flatly
refuse to go anywhere near the place until it can demonstrate that its
neanderthals have been expelled or contained. That must go for England
Under-21, full international or any other level you care to mention. And
if UEFA cannot accept that stand, then we must accept the international
consequences.

In truth, there should be no
consequences so far as England are concerned. They should be reserved
for Serbia, whose followers have fallen so far below accepted standards.
There must be no fatuous gestures such as heavier fines or matches
behind closed doors. No, a ban from the next European tournament would
serve as a salutary warning to other Eastern European states, along with
the likes of Spain and Italy, whose records are almost equally dubious.

Shameful: England were subject to disgraceful abuse from a partisan crowd

Shameful: England were subject to disgraceful abuse from a partisan crowd

English football has many faults but on this matter its hands are clean. Nigel Rose understands that reality. ‘This country’s really done a lot to control racism in grounds,’ he says. ‘As a nation, we’re coming along really fine.’ Then he remembers his son’s experience. He tries to be generous: ‘Fair play to one Serbian player. He did keep on coming across to our Dan, putting his arm round him to make sure he was all right. So I don’t know that they’re all at it.’ He thinks again, shakes his head: ‘But it’s not acceptable behaviour, is this. It’s terrible’.

Indeed it is, and the longer we do nothing, the more terrible it will become. The vested interests are formidable and the status quo is a comfortable option but we have to see this one through.

We owe it to young Danny Rose and all the others who have suffered the same bigotry. The European game is not serving them well. They deserve much better.

Tweeting Tyson takes tacky to a new level

Nine months have passed since a couple of scufflers named David Haye and Dereck Chisora staged a squabble on the cobbles in Munich. The consequence of this cynical farce was a Saturday night sell-out at Upton Park, in which nobody got hurt and everybody earned.

Opportunist: Tyson Fury

Opportunist: Tyson Fury

It was the oldest of tricks — the phoney grudge, the lurid insults, the promise of vengeful mayhem — but it worked. So we waited for the next heavyweight opportunist to come stumbling along. Enter Tyson Fury, doing his hapless best to live up to his name.

Tyson seeks a fight with the British champion, a large Liverpudlian named David Price. As a strategist of exquisite subtlety, Tyson commissioned a tacky little video in which he described, in forensic detail, the damage he intended to inflict on poor Price. When that failed to win the necessary attention, he delivered a tweet so gloriously artless that he could well have written it himself. ‘I look into your eyes and c fear!’, he prattled. ‘I’ll take your sole [sic] and give it the devil’.

This gem provoked a somewhat irreverent response from the British public. ‘Is he going to batter the sole’ asked one. ‘Cod it be that he wants to take his plaice as British champion’ enquired another. ‘He just comes across as a right pollock,’ announced a third. Clearly, only the gormless and the terminally gullible could fall for such a cheap stunt.
Which is why an unnamed promoter is rubbing his hands, anticipating his profits and attempting to book Upton Park for an evening in spring.

Warnock lives down to all expectations

Dave Jones, the manager of Sheffield Wednesday, launched into the visiting fans on Friday. ‘Vile, animals, an absolute disgrace,’ he called them. And when you consider that one thug had invaded the pitch and assaulted his goalkeeper, while others chanted filth and ripped out seats, you can see his point. Yet he seemed particularly amazed by the conduct of the Leeds manager. ‘After all that, he sent his players to clap their fans!’, said Jones. The manager in question was Neil Warnock. Why the surprise

Disgraceful: Leeds fans at Sheffield Wednesday

Disgraceful: Leeds fans at Sheffield Wednesday

PS

Asked about John Terry, the Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo said: ‘People make mistakes.’ He added that Terry had ‘put a little bit of a cloud over the image of the club’. And he remarked that Terry’s racist language was ‘not appropriate’. He shoots from the hip, does Robbie. Meanwhile, Chelsea have fined Terry an undisclosed sum but have allowed him to retain the club captaincy. They insist that they are committed to ‘eradicating all forms of discriminatory behaviour’. Truly, they have a funny way of showing it.

Captain material: John Terry

Captain material: John Terry

Hristo Stoichkov investigated over alleged assault of journalist

Barcelona legend Stoichkov investigated over alleged assault of journalist

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UPDATED:

13:56 GMT, 10 October 2012

Hristo Stoichkov is under investigation by police in Chicago for allegedly assaulting a journalist.

Buglarian newspaper Trud Daily said a Chicago police officer confirmed they had received a complaint from Svetlozar Momchilov, owner of the US-based newspaper Bulgaria Now, adding that the charge was listed as battery.

Momchilov was quoted as saying he was punched by Stoichkov during Chicago Fire soccer club's 15th anniversary party at the Chicago History Museum on Monday, after asking him for an interview.

Under investigation: Stoichkove has been accused of assaulting a journalist

Under investigation: Stoichkove has been accused of assaulting a journalist

Barcelona legend Stoichkov, who is now a coach at Litex Lovech, played for Chicago Fire between 2000 and 2002.

The flamboyant Stoichkov is considered the best Bulgarian footballer of all time but is also known for his aggressive manner on the field and frequent arguments with referees and other players.

In 2006, The Dagger, as Stoichkov is known in Bulgaria, was sued by a former student in Washington DC, whose leg he broke in a violent tackle during a match against DC United in 2003.

In 2008, Stoichkov, who led Bulgaria to the semi-finals at the 1994 World Cup in the United States, allegedly attacked a Bulgarian photographer in a Barcelona restaurant.

Former glories: Stoichkov won the Champions League under Johan Cruyff

Former glories: Stoichkov won the Champions League under Johan Cruyff

Adam Hammill arrested for "attacking female paramedic"

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

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UPDATED:

08:19 GMT, 9 October 2012


Adam Hammill pictured in action for Huddersfield

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Revolution Bar, in Temple Court, Liverpool

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ken Moss seals Wasps takeover

EXCLUSIVE: Former Wasp Moss finally seals his deal to buy out fallen giants

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UPDATED:

21:55 GMT, 23 August 2012


Ready for the new season: Hugo Southwell of London Wasps

Ready for the new season: Hugo Southwell of Wasps

The state of turmoil at Wasps stemming from the drawn-out process of selling the club is due to end on Friday with an announcement confirming the takeover by a consortium led by former player Ken Moss.

The High Wycombe-based former Premiership and European champions – a bastion of the English game – found themselves facing the threat of administration in April after chairman Steve Hayes had tried and failed to attract suitable buyers.

With the existence of the club in jeopardy as they toiled against relegation on the field and financial disaster off it, Moss and his backers emerged as prospective saviours.

However, since Wasps announced at the end of June that contracts had been exchanged as a major step towards the much-needed takeover, progress had stalled again.

The deal was meant to be finalised by the end of last month but repeated assurances from the boardroom that the end was in sight proved to be unfounded.

As recently as the middle of this week, there were fears the funds had not been acquired by the consortium to complete the deal and that it was in danger of collapse.

Line up: The Aviva Premiership season is almost ready to kick off

Line up: The Aviva Premiership season is almost ready to kick off

Now though, Sportsmail has learned that the buy-out has been concluded and it is understood the official news could be made public as early as Friday.

It will be a major relief to director of rugby Dai Young and his new-look squad as they aim to instigate a revival at Adams Park and reclaim the club’s lost place as a force in the domestic and European game.

Wales and Ospreys centre Andrew Bishop will appear at Cardiff Magistrates Court on September 27 charged with common assault.

Bishop, 27, was arrested and bailed following an incident in Cardiff city centre in the early hours of Monday morning.

Danny Care relieved after police drop sexual assault investigation

England bad boy Care 'relieved' after police drop sexual assault investigation

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UPDATED:

18:42 GMT, 12 July 2012

England international Danny Care spoke of his relief after being told he will not face prosecution over an alleged sexual assault.

The 25-year-old Harlequins scrum-half was arrested by West Yorkshire Police following an incident in Leeds in the early hours of Sunday, March 4.

Care was bailed pending further inquiries and Harlequins have announced police have dropped plans to prosecute.

Second chance: Danny Care (centre) back in England colours against South Africa

Second chance: Danny Care back in England colours against South Africa

A statement from the club said: 'The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and West Yorkshire Police have advised Danny Care's legal representatives that he will not be charged in relation to an alleged incident of sexual assault in Leeds on 3 March 2012.'

Care had earlier accepted a police caution for being drunk and disorderly on that night after he was arrested for urinating outside the city's Queens Hotel, but he denied the allegation of sexual assault.

He said: 'I am relieved and happy that the investigation by the police and the CPS has come to this conclusion and that the process is now finished.

'I would like to thank all those who have supported me through this difficult time, in particular, my family and friends and all at Harlequins.'

Trust: The scrum-half has been brought back into the fold by England boss Stuart Lancaster

Trust: The scrum-half has been brought back into the fold by England boss Stuart Lancaster

The news comes just a month after Care was recalled to the England team by coach Stuart Lancaster, completing a return to favour after a series of alcohol-related incidents threatened his future at international level.

The first incident came in the early hours of December 10 after Harlequins' Heineken Cup defeat by Toulouse, when he was arrested and fined by police for being drunk and disorderly in Weybridge.

Care was then banned from driving for 16 months and fined 3,100 after being arrested for drink driving in the early hours of New Year's Day.
That incident led to Care being excluded from England's Six Nations championship campaign by Lancaster.

Care was also fined 10,000 by Harlequins, on top of the undisclosed fine he received following his first arrest in December.

The former Leeds player announced in May he had given up drinking to get his international career back on track, and Lancaster picked him for England's recent tour of South Africa, scoring a try in the drawn third Test when he won his 33rd cap.

Care, who guided Harlequins to a first Aviva Premiership title in May, missed last year's World Cup with a toe injury, ending a run of 32 appearances in 34 Tests for England.