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Lewis Hamilton given five-place grid penalty for Bahrain Grand Prix after gearbox change

Hamilton blow as Mercedes star is hit with five-place grid penalty after gearbox change

By
Ian Parkes, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

10:06 GMT, 20 April 2013

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UPDATED:

11:12 GMT, 20 April 2013

Lewis Hamilton has been slapped with a five-place grid penalty for tomorrow's Bahrain Grand Prix.

The Mercedes driver was forced to change his gearbox after this morning's final practice session following a suspension failure on his in-lap.

As a consequence of changing the left-rear corner of the car, the team have also had to replace the gearbox, resulting in the grid penalty.

Blow: Lewis Hamilton hit with five-place grid penalty after gearbox change

Blow: Lewis Hamilton hit with five-place grid penalty after gearbox change

Blow: Lewis Hamilton has been hit with a five-place grid penalty

Although on pole position a week ago
in China, from where the 28-year-old finished third, balance issues have
affected Hamilton so far this weekend at the Bahrain International
Circuit.

Hamilton finished fifth quickest in final practice, just over two tenths of a second behind Ferrari's Fernando Alonso.

Hamilton is the third driver to face a
penalty for tomorrow's race as Mark Webber was handed a three-place
drop after colliding with Toro Rosso's Jean-Eric Vergne in Shanghai.

Sauber's Esteban Gutierrez will also
drop five places following qualifying after he ran into the back of
Force India's Adrian Sutil in the same race.

Drama: The British driver suffered a suspension failure in this morning's practice session

Drama: The British driver suffered a suspension failure in this morning's practice session

Lewis Hamilton

Alonso, on the back of his
31st-career victory in China last Sunday, has been highly impressive
around the desert-based Bahrain International Circuit and was fastest this morning.

With a high police presence around
the track as local authorities are determined to keep anti-government
protesters at bay, Formula One is virtually oblivious to what goes on
away from it.

On the circuit, Alonso led a
tightly-bunched field, with the top six separated by just two tenths of a
second, and the front nine by half a second.

Alonso, last on pole in Germany last
year, set a lap of one minute 33.247secs which was almost a second
quicker than the leading time of yesterday posted by Lotus' Kimi
Raikkonen.

As in second practice, the Red Bull
drivers had to settle for second and third on the timesheet, on this
occasion with reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel ahead of Mark
Webber.

Vettel, who finished 0.101secs behind
Alonso and 0.032secs ahead of team-mate Webber, had looked poised to
snatch top spot from Alonso as he posted personal best times in the
first two sectors, only to be blocked by a Caterham.

Leading the way: Fernando Alonso was fastest in this morning's practice

Leading the way: Fernando Alonso was fastest in this morning's practice

Raikkonen was down in fourth,
0.199secs adrift, with Hamilton an improved fifth and 0.208secs down
after complaining of balance issues yesterday.

Behind the 28-year-old were Lotus'
Romain Grosjean, appearing more comfortable with the new chassis given
to him this weekend, followed by Force India pair Adrian Sutil and Paul
Di Resta.

Mercedes' Nico Hulkenberg was ninth quickest, 0.517secs off Alonso's pace, with Sauber's Nico Hulkenberg completing the top 10.

Out of sorts: Jenson Button was off the pace in 12th

Out of sorts: Jenson Button was off the pace in 12th

Felipe Massa inexplicably now finds
himself struggling for pace as the Brazilian, quickest in first
practice, was languishing in 11th at the end of FP3 and 0.702secs behind
team-mate Alonso.

As for McLaren, their struggles
continue with Jenson Button and Sergio Perez 12th and 13th, the latter a
full second behind Alonso.

Towards the rear, Marussia also face
issues as Max Chilton managed just seven laps due to the team having to
replace the KERS water pump.

Chilton, however, was not last as
that position belonged to Sauber's Esteban Gutierrez who concentrated on
a long run, completing 28 laps overall, but finishing 6.345secs down.

Tottenham players targeted by laser pen at Leeds, FA launch investigation

FA launch probe after Tottenham players and referee are targeted by laser pen at Leeds

By
Neil Moxley

PUBLISHED:

02:04 GMT, 29 January 2013

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UPDATED:

02:04 GMT, 29 January 2013

The Football Association has contacted Leeds United after Spurs' players were targeted by lasers during their FA Cup defeat at Elland Road.

Right-back Kyle Walker was one of the victims along with referee Kevin Friend as Neil Warnock's side booked themselves a fifth round trip to the Etihad to face Manchester City following their 2-1 victory.

Friend mentioned the incident to the fourth official and also in his match report and now the authorities want Leeds' view before deciding what action to take.

Laser guided: Walker was targeted while taking a corner kick

Laser guided: Walker was targeted while taking a corner kick

There is no suggestion of any sanctions at this stage. The FA want to establish the facts of the situation before deciding whether to take the matter any further.

A spokesman said: 'We are aware of what took place and have contacted Leeds to request their observations in relation to this.'

Cupset: Championship side Leeds beat high-flying Tottenham

Cupset: Championship side Leeds beat high-flying Tottenham

London Tube strike: Arsenal v West Ham Boxing Day game could be off

Arsenal in talks with Premier League to postpone West Ham game until 2013 as Tube drivers announce Boxing Day strike

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UPDATED:

15:38 GMT, 18 December 2012

Arsenal are locked in talks with the Premier League over postponing their Christmas clash with West Ham after Tube workers announced they would strike on Boxing Day.

A club statement issued today read: 'Arsenal Football Club is currently in discussions with the Premier League, West Ham United, police and relevant authorities over the possible postponement of the Boxing Day fixture at Emirates Stadium, following the announcement that London Underground drivers plan industrial action on that day.

'The match is in doubt due to the difficulties of getting 60,000 supporters, plus matchday staff and employees to the stadium safely in the advent of disruption to public transport on a public holiday.

Calling it off Arsenal may have to wait until the New Year to take on West Ham

Calling it off Arsenal may have to wait until the New Year to take on West Ham

Under threat: The Gunners clash with West Ham might be rescheduled

Under threat: The Gunners clash with West Ham might be rescheduled

'The Club will make a further announcement as soon as a final decision is made.'

Although Arsenal have not made a
final decision on whether to call off proceedings, it seems likely that
Sam Allardyce will have to wait until the New Year to take his side to the Emirates.

Arsenal's 60,000-seater ground is
five minutes' walk from Holloway Road station in north London, with
Highbury and Islington and Finsbury Park also close by.

Many fans use the service to get to games so a suspension would cause chaos if the match went ahead.

A strike by Tube drivers last year
forced Arsenal to delay their Boxing Day match with Wolves by 24 hours
but they cannot do the same this year as they have a game against
Newcastle on December 29.

Twelve months ago the club cited the 'duty of
care' they had to both sets of supporters and staff.

A midweek evening in January seems the likeliest date for re-staging but neighbours Tottenham Hotspur and the FA Cup are also factors to be considered.

QPR's match with West Brom will kick off at 3pm as planned after the club held a meeting this afternoon to discuss the matter.

Loftus Road is close to three Tube stations and fans are often reliant on the service but a statement on Ranger's website read: 'Supporters are advised to allow extra time for their journeys to and from Loftus Road.

'Buses will be running on the usual Sunday/Bank Holiday service on the day of the fixture, whilst parking in the borough will be free.

Christmas cheer Arsenal are facing a tricky festive period

Christmas cheer Arsenal are facing a tricky festive period

'Supporters who are unable to attend the fixture owing to the Tube strikes will be entitled to a full refund.'

Fulham will wait for official confirmation of the Tube strike before deciding if any action needs to be taken over their Boxing Day match with Southampton at Craven Cottage.

A club spokesman said: 'We are monitoring situation and putting contingency in place but remain fully committed to the game going ahead as scheduled.'

Fulham play Swansea three days later.

Charlton are the only Championship side hosting a Boxing Day fixture in the capital but it is understood their match with Ipswich should not be too badly disrupted and will go ahead. Most home fans travel in from Kent rather than central London.

Derailed: Fans will have find it difficult to get across the capital

Derailed: Fans will have find it difficult to get across the capital

The announcement by Aslef means
London Underground drivers are on course to walk out on Boxing Day, as
well as January 18 and 25 in a row over bank holiday pay. It will be the
third successive Christmas walkout by Tube drivers.

The
move was announced after Aslef members voted by 9-1 in favour of
strikes. A spokesman said: 'The ballot result shows the strength of
feeling that remains on this issue.'

Zlatan Ibrahimovic accused of stamping on opponent: Video

VIDEO: Ibrahimovic accused of stamping on opponent as PSG beat title rivals Lyon

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UPDATED:

16:59 GMT, 17 December 2012

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been accused of deliberately stamping on an opponent during Paris Saint-Germain's win over Ligue 1 rivals Lyon at the weekend.

Ibrahomovic appeared to be trying to jump over Dejan Lovren when his boot came down and caught the Lyon defender on the head and hand.

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Zlat's got to hurt: Ibrahimovic has been accused of stamping on Lyon defender Dejan Lovren

Zlat's got to hurt: Ibrahimovic has been accused of stamping on Lyon defender Dejan Lovren

Lovren has said he will leave it up to the authorities to decide as Ibrahimovic was not punished by referee Antony Gautier.

'Everyone told me that he did it on purpose,' said Lovren. 'In any case I have a very bad headache. I think it is serious but it is for the commission to do its work.'

But Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas was in no doubt and he told L'Equipe: 'He did it voluntarily, I'm sure. I do not like to see this kind of act.'

Sweden international Ibrahimovic set up Blaise Matuidi for the winner as PSG hit the top of the table, above Lyon and Marseille on goal difference.

Watch video of Zlatan's 'stamp'

Premier League fans shouldn"t be treated like animals, says Vincent Kompany

Fans aren't animals! Kompany dismisses calls for netting at Premier League stadiums

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UPDATED:

11:00 GMT, 14 December 2012

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has urged the football authorities not to treat supporters like animals by erecting netting in front of them at stadia in the Barclays Premier League.

Kompany was at City’s Etihad Stadium as Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand was struck with a coin at the end of last weekend’s derby game.

That incident prompted calls for nets to be erected in certain areas at grounds across the country to protect players from missiles.

Missiles: Manchester United players, including Rio Ferdinand, were pelted with missiles as they celebrated their late win in the derby at the Etihad Stadium

Missiles: Manchester United players, including Rio Ferdinand, were pelted with missiles as they celebrated their late win in the derby at the Etihad Stadium

No net gains: Vincent Kompany doesn't want to see fans fenced in at stadiums

No net gains: Vincent Kompany doesn't want to see fans fenced in at stadiums

But Belgian defender Kompany said: 'I hope actions will be taken but let’s not forget where football has come from and how far it has come.

'It is never a good thing to happen, not just for Manchester City or Manchester United, but for football.

'I would definitely say we need action on prevention but keep treating fans as human beings and not animals that have to be behind cages.

'I do think we should take action against these incidents and I have heard a lot of suggestions about putting up nets and everything.

'But the fact we are able to put people outside of cages is something that makes the English game so much more special.'

Kompany – who is fighting to recover from injury in time for Saturday's visit to Newcastle – was speaking to BBC’s Football Focus during City’s annual visit to Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

Police arrest 100 after Dinamo Zagreb yobs brawl in centre of Paris

Police arrest 100 after Dinamo yobs defy travel ban to brawl in centre of Paris

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UPDATED:

12:46 GMT, 6 November 2012

Dinamo Zagreb fans brawled with Paris
Saint-German supporters in the centre of Paris despite a
government ban on Croatian fans attending Tuesday's Champions League clash.

At least 28 people were arrested and one was seriously injured after rival supporters fought a running battle near the Bastille on Monday night.

Fear: Dinamo Zagreb fans have a history of trouble

Fear: Dinamo Zagreb fans have a history of trouble

Police later arrested another 80 people in a hotel in the French capital on Tuesday.

It came despite a travel ban on Dinamo Zagreb fans and no tickets being sold to visiting supporters amid fears of hooliganism.

'Clashes erupted between PSG and Dinamo Zagreb fans in the Bastille area. Police were sent to end the brawl,' a police spokesman said.

'Some, mostly Croatians, were arrested and others were detained for questioning. One Croatian was severely injured,' he added.

On Sunday, a French ministerial order decreed that Dinamo supporters would not be allowed to attend their team's Champions League Group A game at PSG.

Interior Minister Manuel Valls explained that Dinamo fans were banned from travelling to the Ile de France region between midnight on November 6 at midnight and noon on November 7.

The ministerial order revealed Croatian authorities had warned that some 150 to 200 Dinamo Zagreb hooligans, known as 'Blue Bad Boys', were planning to travel to Paris.

Both teams have had a history of violence.

About 100 PSG supporters were turned back from the Croatian border ahead of their October 24 match.

The big-spending French side are second in the group with six points
behind leaders Porto, with Dinamo bottom and yet to win a point
or even score a goal so far.

West Brom midfielder Scott Allan allegedly runs over pedestrian

West Brom midfielder allegedly runs over pedestrian then gets sent off in FA Cup

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UPDATED:

20:44 GMT, 3 November 2012

West Bromwich Albion midfielder Scott Allan has been questioned by police after allegedly reversing over a man on Friday.

The 20-year-old, currently on a month's loan at Portsmouth, is supposed to have been reversing his Audi Q7 in the road when it hit the pedestrian and left him with critical head injuries.

Allan then played against Notts County on Saturday in the first round of the FA Cup – and was sent off for kicking Jamal Campbell-Rice.

Investigation: Portsmouth confirmed Scott Allan had been involved in an incident

Investigation: Portsmouth confirmed Scott Allan had been involved in an incident

Portsmouth confirmed the Scottish U21 international had been involved in a road accident but made no further comment.

The incident occurred in Southsea,
Portsmouth, and Waverly Road was closed for two hours while paramedics
battled to save the pedestrian's life.

A police spokesman said: 'The
pedestrian is a man from the Southsea area, and was seriously injured
and treated by paramedics at the scene and taken to Queen Alexandra
Hospital in Cosham.

'He was later transferred to the neurological unit at Southampton General and remains in a critical condition.'

The authorities confirmed the Audi driver was uninjured in the collision.

Hospital: The pedestrian is in a critical condition

Hospital: The pedestrian is in a critical condition

Kyle Walker returns to twitter after closing it following abuse

Time to be social: Walker to reopen Twitter account following abuse from fans

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UPDATED:

14:21 GMT, 2 November 2012

Kyle Walker has vowed to reopen the Twitter account he closed after receiving criticism for his performances on the social networking site last month.

The Tottenham defender shut his @kyle28walker account, which had over a quarter of a million followers, after becoming angry at those who had hit out at his poor showing in Tottenham's 4-2 home defeat to Chelsea 13 days ago.

The England right-back explained that he had come off Twitter because he wanted to concentrate on football after what has been a mixed start to the season for the ambitious 22-year-old from Sheffield.

Being social: Kyle Walker is back on Twitter

Being social: Kyle Walker is back on Twitter

He revealed he would reactivate the account shortly, however, admitting he misses interacting with the club's fans, who have taken to him after he enjoyed an outstanding breakthrough season last term.

'I will be back on it shortly,' Walker said at an event to publicise the Topps Match Attax Tour.

'I just thought with my form it was time to concentrate on my football rather then tweeting.

'But I will definitely be back on it because I like to have a bit of banter with the fans and it's good to give the fans something back because they are coming to support us every game.'

Walker is not the first player to have shut his account. Darron Gibson and Danny Simpson both came off Twitter after receiving abuse while others have removed their profiles after getting in to trouble with their clubs and the authorities.

Disappointing: Walker could not help Tottenham past Norwich in the Capital One Cup

Disappointing: Walker could not help Tottenham past Norwich in the Capital One Cup

The former Sheffield United defender was clearly angered by some of the tweets he received following his display against Chelsea, and he admits he will have to learn to take any more abuse that comes his way when he returns to the site.

'When people say silly things you have to be a bit thick skinned and try and not make it bother you, but sometimes some comments do hurt because you go out there every week to try your best and you don't want to disappoint anyone,” Walker said.

'You just have to overcome it and get on with it. People are entitled to their opinions.'

Last year Walker enjoyed a hugely successful season in which he was compared to Roberto Carlos, scored a magnificent derby winner against Arsenal, and won the Professional Footballers' Association Young Player of the Year award.

Inconsistent: Kyle Walker says his form has been up and down

Inconsistent: Kyle Walker says his form has been up and down

The pacy full-back admits his form has been patchy at times this season, however.

'My form has been a bit up and down to be truthful. I couldn't tell you why,' Walker said.

'I had a good season last season so to keep that standard is very high.

'I will try and keep doing what I did last season and hopefully everything will fall in to place.

'I am prepared to work after training…that will make me a better player.'

One player whose form has not been questioned this season is Walker's team-mate Jermain Defoe.

Defoe struggled to make Harry Redknapp's first team last season, but he has looked sharp since Andre Villas-Boas' arrival, scoring eight goals for club and country so far this year.

The 30-year-old will no doubt be looking to add to that tally tomorrow when Tottenham welcome Wigan to White Hart Lane in the Barclays Premier League.

Walker thinks Defoe is in just as good form now as he was three years ago when he put five past Wigan in Tottenham's stunning 9-1 win at White Hart Lane.

'I don't think he has ever dropped that form (since the 9-1 win),” Walker added.

'He is one of the first in the gym and he does his finishing after training as well so he is getting the rewards he didn't get last season.

'He is someone young strikers look up to and will learn a lot off, not just in terms of his goalscoring, but his attitude as well.

'He is a pleasure to play with.'

BBC stand firm over threat to TMS coverage of England tour of India

BBC stand firm over threat to TMS coverage of England's tour to India

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UPDATED:

22:48 GMT, 29 October 2012

The BBC are locked in talks over the cost of sending their iconic Test Match Special team to cover England’s tour of India.

An agreement has still not been reached with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), with Corporation representatives reiterating that the 'unreasonable demands' being made of them by the Indian board would not be stomached.

The BCCI is reportedly charging the BBC an extra 50,000 to cover radio production costs at the four Tests in Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Nagpur and Kolkata, while Sky have been asked for an additional 500,000 to install television studios at each ground.

Voice of TMS: BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew (right)

Voice of TMS: BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew (right)

If the row is not resolved, Sky intend to use the voices of Sir Ian Botham, David Gower, Mike Atherton and Nasser Hussain, commentating in a west London studio, over pictures fed by Indian host broadcaster Star Sports.

But TMS, which has earned a devoted following since it began in 1957, is reluctant to follow suit due to the existence of the Test Match Sofa website, whose commentators are based in south London and provide a similar service.

With the first Test in Ahmedabad less than three weeks away, a solution needs to be found quickly if hundreds of thousands of fans are not to be deprived of commentary from Jonathan Agnew, Geoffrey Boycott, Michael Vaughan and Phil Tufnell.

A BBC spokesman said: ‘We are continuing talks with the relevant authorities in India about what we regard as unreasonable demands for facility fees.

‘We remain hopeful that the talks will be resolved successfully and we can broadcast Test Match Special from India for England’s Test series.’

Mark Clattenburg career is over if he made racist remarks – Graham Poll

Clattenburg knows if he made racist remarks in heat of Stamford Bridge battle his career is already over

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UPDATED:

13:41 GMT, 29 October 2012

Mark Clattenburg will be feeling mixed emotions. He'll feel incredibly low and after such a high-adrenaline match full of incidents it is impossible not to come down… hard.

Especially when the game finished as unsatisfactorily from the officials' perspective as this one did. And faced with the very serious allegations he will also feel angry and worried.

Angry that he is subject to such allegations given all the abuse that he, along with so many other officials, allow themselves to be subjected to week in week out; and worried in case, in the heat of the moment he forgot himself and made inappropriate comments.

Worrying times: Clattenburg's career hangs in the balance after allegations made by Chelsea

Worrying times: Clattenburg's career hangs in the balance after allegations made by Chelsea

Not racist ones, he'll know if he made those and will know his career is over if he did; but comments including foul or inappropriate words that he cannot recall making. When the pressure is at its greatest things are said and done which do not bear scrutiny.

In November 2006 I was accused of making inappropriate remarks to three Chelsea players during their defeat at White Hart Lane.

Nothing as serious as the allegations that Clattenburg faces but serious enough to worry me as to what would happen to me. I was livid at even being asked if I had made the comments attributed to me by three players.

I was 99 per cent certain I had said nothing wrong and yet I was still worried until my colleagues confirmed that I had not said anything untoward. The point is the job means so much to a referee, if there is any possibility of it being taken away it brings out irrational thoughts. You know you are innocent but what if…

Centre of attention: All eyes are on Clattenburg as authorities attempt to piece together events at Stamford Bridge

Centre of attention: All eyes are on Clattenburg as authorities attempt to piece together events at Stamford Bridge

Centre of attention: All eyes are on Clattenburg as authorities attempt to piece together events at Stamford Bridge

I don't know if Clattenburg feels that
way, whether he knows he is completely innocent. He has said that he
will co-operate fully, of course he has to.

He will have got on the phone to Mick McDonagh and Simon Long, his two assistants and his select group referee colleague, Mike Jones, who was acting as fourth official.

All three will have been on the referee communication system and heard every word that Clattenburg said during play. He will have wanted to speak to them, not to 'get their stories straight' but to re-confirm that he said nothing inappropriate.

In such a high pressure environment Clattenburg may well have used an expletive or two. It's hard not to if you are in that atmosphere where foul language prevails.

Clattenburg will be contacted by the FA compliance department and asked for a written statement in response to the complaint made by Chelsea Football Club. So will the other three match officials.

Red alert: Clattenburg will have to make a full report on events in west London

Red alert: Clattenburg will have to make a full report on events in west London

Red alert: Clattenburg will have to make a full report on events in west London

Then the FA disciplinary department will look at the statements and any evidence that they have gathered from video footage and decide if Clattenburg has a case to answer.

If he does then he will probably be suspended until such a hearing, which should not take the months and months to prepare that other cases have done.

The question everyone is asking is, if all comments made by and to the referee were recorded this case could be settled very quickly.

Red alert: Clattenburg dismissed two Blues players

Red alert: Clattenburg dismissed two Blues players