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Luis Suarez"s behaviour unfortunate, says Sir Alex Ferguson

Suarez's behaviour last year was 'unfortunate', says Fergie as United and Liverpool prepare for grudge match

By
Paul Collins

PUBLISHED:

16:00 GMT, 9 January 2013

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UPDATED:

16:00 GMT, 9 January 2013

Sir Alex Ferguson says the behaviour of Luis Suarez during last season’s clash with Liverpool was ‘unfortunate’ and hopes both clubs can put recent hostilities behind them for the clash at Old Trafford on Sunday.

This fixture marked marked the low point in the row that followed Luis Suarez’s racist slur of Patrice Evra at Anfield the previous October.

Having informed manager Kenny Dalglish he would shake Evra’s hand, the Uruguayan then refused, triggering a furious reaction from the Frenchman and subsequent apology from Suarez.

Saga: Suarez and Evra's infamous spat overshadowed last seaason

Saga: Suarez and Evra's infamous spat overshadowed last seaason

Saga: Suarez and Evra's infamous spat overshadowed last seaason

Saga: Suarez and Evra's infamous spat overshadowed last seaason

Evra then shook hands with Suarez at Anfield this season, leading Ferguson to conclude the action will be confined to the actual match this weekend.

‘There will always be a certain build-up to a Manchester United-Liverpool game, simply because of the history between the two clubs, the two most successful in the country,’ he told Inside United.

‘It brings its own agenda in terms of profile and pre-match discussion.

‘Last year it was unfortunate with the Suarez behaviour. I think hopefully it is behind both clubs now and we can just look forward to the game.’

Ferguson was also full of praise for Cristiano Ronaldo, who he believes has turned into ‘the complete player’ since his departure from Manchester United in 2009.

Ronaldo has once again been overlooked for the Ballon D’Or in favour of Lionel Messi, who has now collected the prestigious award on four consecutive occasions.

Missing out: Ronaldo was pipped to the Ballon d'Or by Lionel Messi once more

Missing out: Ronaldo was pipped to the Ballon d'Or by Lionel Messi once more

However, the Portugal superstar, who won it in 2008 in recognition of his phenomenal 42-goal contribution to United’s Champions League and Premier League double, remains Messi’s closest challenger.

And, for the first time since he brought Ronaldo to Old Trafford, Ferguson will have to find a way of stopping the 27-year-old next month given Real Madrid lie in wait in the Champions League.

It will not be an easy task.

Ferguson spoke to his protege in Manchester ahead of City’s encounter with Real in November, then went to the Etihad Stadium to see the winger take the Blues apart in the opening stages of what ended up being a 1-1 draw.

And the Scot has no doubt the improvement he oversaw during Ronaldo’s six-year stint at United has continued since his arrival in Spain.

‘Maturity brings many things,’ Ferguson told Inside United.

Protege: The Portuguese made his name under Ferguson

Protege: The Portuguese made his name under Ferguson

‘When I went to see them play against City, some of his decision-making in terms of passing was brilliant. One-touch passing, good crosses.

‘In the six years we had him, you just saw his game grow all the time, and he was a fantastic player.

‘Now you see the complete player.

‘His decision-making, his maturity, his experience, plus all the great skills he has got, they all make him the complete player.’

Ferguson is trying not to think about the best way to combat Ronaldo, preferring instead to concentrate on the players in his own squad and exactly who will be fit for the first leg at the Bernabeu on February 13.

‘Obviously you hope that when you draw Real Madrid it’s in the final,’ he said.

‘It will be a big, big event – we’re the two most high-profile clubs in the world and I think they will be great games.’

LIVE Ballon d"Or: Follow events as Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Andres Iniesta find out who is world"s best

LIVE Ballon d'Or: Follow events in Zurich as Messi, Ronaldo and Iniesta find out who is crowned world's best player

Puskas Award for the most significant or beautiful goal and Coach of the Year Award.

18.03: Messi faces familiar foes for the most prestigious award in football. Barcelona team-mate Andres Iniesta and past winner and Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo.

18.00: Well here we are ladies and gents. The big question on everyone's lips is: Can Lionel Messi really win this for the fourth year running

Despite donning a suspect, spotted jacket with matching bow tie, the Barcelona man has had a near perfect few years.

In 2012, the diminutive Argentinean scored an incredible 91 goals.

Favourite: Lionel Messi is expected to pick up the Ballon d'Or for the fourth time

Favourite: Lionel Messi is expected to pick up the Ballon d'Or for the fourth time

Lionel Messi comes third in Argentina"s best athlete poll

Third rate! Messi loses out to boxer and taekwondo fighter for Argentina's best athlete award

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20:28 GMT, 19 December 2012

Ask a group of people who you think the best athlete or sportsman in the world is, and Lionel Messi will be a name you'll hear a lot.

Unless this group of people is comprised of Argentine journalists, who don't even rate Messi as the best in their country. Or second best for that matter.

Pretty good year: Sergio Martinez with his trophy after beating Sebastian Chrismanich and Lionel Messi to the award

Pretty good year: Sergio Martinez with his trophy after beating Sebastian Chrismanich and Lionel Messi to the award

Ready for it: Martinez will fight British boxer Martin Murray in April 2013

Ready for it: Martinez will fight British boxer Martin Murray in April 2013

No, it was third place for the Barcelona superstar who finished behind boxer Sergio Martinez and taekwondo fighter Sebastian Crismanich.

Messi's incredible record breaking goal haul – he has 90 so far this year – wasn't enough to put him ahead of the competition.

Martinez won the Olimpia de Oro after beating Mexican Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in their WBC title fight earlier this year. He will fight British boxer Martin Murray in April 2013.

What, not me Lionel Messi finished third in the poll of Argentine journalists

What, not me Lionel Messi finished third in the poll of Argentine journalists

Crismanich, meanwhile, was Argentina's only gold medallist in the London 2012 Olympics.

'It is an honor having won this prize contending with athletes like Sebastian Crismanich and Leo Messi,' Martinez said at the award ceremony on Tuesday night.

But having picked up the award in 2011 and being the hot favourite for the Ballon d'Or, Messi won't be too upset.

Saturday debate: Owen Farrell surprise candidate for Player of the Year

Saturday debate: Farrell was a surprise inclusion on shortlist for Player of the Year… who would you have picked

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22:52 GMT, 30 November 2012

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UPDATED:

00:04 GMT, 1 December 2012

After Owen Farrell's shock candidacy for the IRB Player of the Year award, we ask a panel of rugby experts who they would choose as their winner for the prestigious award.

ROB WILDMAN Daily Mail rugby reporter
Australia captain Nathan Sharpe: He's postponed retirement to lead the Wallabies in an adverse year hit by injuries to key men like Will Genia and David Pocock.

Sharpe has thrived on the responsibility and guided the Wallabies to a draw against the All Blacks and their satisfying recent win over England at Twickenham.

Surprised Owen Farrell is a shock candidate for Player of the Year

Surprised Owen Farrell is a shock candidate for Player of the Year

STEVE HANSEN All Blacks coach
New Zealand centre Conrad Smith: He is Mr Consistent and not only does a lot of work but it's always tidy work, always in the right place at the right time. Sometimes players like that are overlooked.

JERRY GUSCOTT Ex-England centre, now BBC pundit All Blacks No 8
Kieran Read: the best NZ forward, does everything you want of a back row. Well worth watching today.

LUKE BENEDICT Daily Mail rugby reporter
Wales full back Leigh Halfpenny: Has the same commitment to training as his boyhood idol Jonny Wilkinson and is as metronomic with the boot.

Ever present for Wales during the highs and lows of 2012 – his peerless kicking was essential to their Grand Slam.

His favourite expression is to 'own the skies' and he can jump far higher than his 5ft 10in frame should allow. A truly natural footballer.

Could be: Sportsmail's Luke Benedict believes Wales fullback Leigh Halfpenny should have taken the prize

Could be: Sportsmail's Luke Benedict believes Wales fullback Leigh Halfpenny should have taken the prize

CONOR O'SHEA Harlequins director of rugby
Ireland flanker Sean O'Brien (right): How about the Leinster star He has been a consistent force for his club in their European Cup success and has also become one of Ireland's best.

He's a terrifically competitive customer, though injury has ruled him out of recent autumn games.

JEFF PROBYN Ex-England prop, talkSPORT pundit
Argentina powerhouse Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe: Fly halves and captains are always getting this award.

Let's go for a forward. Nobody has helped Argentina get into the Rugby Championship more than this back row. His workrate and non-stop style have been brilliant to watch and he has kept a losing team buoyant.

Les Davies named on UEFA list for Best Player in Europe

Are you sure! 'Honoured' Welsh semi-pro joins Messi on list for Europe's best player

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18:11 GMT, 16 July 2012


Inaugural winner: Messi

Inaugural winner: Messi

Les Davies, a 27-year-old winger who is a cult hero for his club Bangor City, has made it on to the 32-man list of players nominated for UEFA's best player in Europe award.

Davies is rubbing shoulders with the likes of Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Cristiano Ronaldo on the list with the award ceremony to take place on August 30 in Monaco.

The long-list was drawn up by one selected journalist from each UEFA member country voting for their five best players, and even a single nomination – believed to be from the Welsh journalist who voted – was enough to earn Davies a place on the long-list.

Davies admitted he was stunned to be included among such illustrious company.

'I'm flattered and honoured to be on such a list. I can't get my head round what's happened in the last few days,' he told Sky Sports News.

'I don't think it is going to sink in for a long time…to be on the list with those people is unbelievable. Just to be nominated in the 32 is fantastic. I'll take that – I don't think I've got much of a chance to make the top three!'

Barcelona star Messi won the inaugural award last year, but he'll no doubt be sweating now he's seen Davies' name alongside his.

THE 32-PLAYER LONG LIST:

Aguero (Man City), Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid), Balotelli (Man City), Blaszczykowski (Borussia Dortmund), Buffon (Juventus), Casillas (Real Madrid), Cech (Chelsea), Coentrao (Real Madrid), Davies (Bangor), Drogba (Shanghai Shenhua), Fabregas (Barcelona), Falcao (Atletico Madrid), Hart (Man City), Ibrahimovic (AC Milan), Iniesta (Barcelona), Kagawa (Man Utd), Kompany (Man City), Lampard (Chelsea), Messi (Barcelona), Modric (Tottenham), Ozil (Real Madrid), Pepe (Real Madrid), Pirlo (Juventus), Ramos (Real Madrid), Raul (Al-Sadd Sports Club), Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Rooney (Man Utd), Silva (Man City), Torres (Chelsea), Y Toure (Man City). van Persie (Arsenal), Xavi (Barcelona).

Sportsmail photographer nominated for prestigious award

Sportsmail snapper Quigley nominated for prestigious award

The dramatic photo by Kevin Quigley of John Terry and Anton Ferdinand clashing at Loftus Road has been shortlisted by the Sports Journalists' Association for Sports News Picture of the Year.

Flashpoint: Ferdinand and Terry clashed at Loftus Road

Flashpoint: Ferdinand and Terry clashed at Loftus Road

Eli Manning wins MVP Super Bowl

Manning revels in Super Bowl triumph as Giants quarterback wins MVP award

Eli Manning won his second Super Bowl Most Valuable Player award as he led the New York Giants to a thrilling 21-17 victory over the New England Patriots.

‘It was a wild game,’ said the quarterback after a rare finish in Indianapolis when the Patriots allowed the Giants to score a last-minute touchdown in a bid to have time to score one themselves.

Main man: Eli Manning was named MVP as the Giants won the Super Bowl

Main man: Eli Manning was named MVP as the Giants won the Super Bowl

The desperate throw by Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in the final five seconds was tipped away.

‘You come down to one play at the end,’ Brady said. ‘If we make it, we’re world champs. If we don’t, we’re wishing we were.’

Laureus Awards: Novak Djokovic sportsman of the year

World No 1 Djokovic honoured at Laureus Awards as London celebrates sporting year

Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic added to his ever-growing trophy cabinet this evening by winning the Laureus world sportsman of the year award at a glittering ceremony in London.

Djokovic enjoyed a stellar 2011, clinching the Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open grand slam titles.

The Serbian world No 1 collected his latest gong at a ceremony in London which was attended by luminaries from the sporting world such as Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, former Ajax and Barcelona star Johan Cruyff, and five-time Olympic champion Sir Steve Redgrave.

Another one for the collection: Novak Djokovic poses with his Laureus Sportsman of the Year Award trophy

Another one for the collection: Novak Djokovic poses with his Laureus Sportsman of the Year Award trophy

Centre of attention: Prime Minister David Cameron poses with sporting celebrities before the awards

Centre of attention: Prime Minister David Cameron poses with sporting celebrities before the awards

Northern Irish golfer Darren Clarke was awarded the comeback of the year award for winning the Open Championship at the age of 42, and compatriot Rory McIlroy won the breakthrough of the year gong after lifting the US Open.

Manchester United legend Sir Bobby Charlton was given the lifetime achievement award and 'Blade Runner' athlete Oscar Pistorius won the Laureus disability award after becoming the first amputee to win a track medal in a non-disabled World Championships – a silver in the 4x400metre relay.

Champions League winners Barcelona were named Laureus team of the year while Kenyan long-distance runner Vivian Cheruiyot took home the sportswoman of the year award.

World of golf: Darren Clarke (above) and Rory McIlroy (below) were also handed gongs at the awards ceremony

World of golf: Darren Clarke (above) and Rory McIlroy (below) were also handed gongs at the awards ceremony

Rory McIlroy posing with his Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year award

Djokovic said: 'I have to say it's an extreme pleasure being part of such a great event.

'It's a spectacular feeling. It's difficult to describe how good it feels in words for me, for my family.

Academy Ambassador Ruud Gullit and wife Estelle Cruyff

Dee Pinsent and Sir Matthew Pinsent

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'What stands out most for me in these two days I spent in London is getting to know the legends of sport and practically absorbing every word they said.'

Djokovic won the award a week after retaining his Australian Open crown in a record-breaking final that lasted almost six hours.

Sharing a joke: Sir Alex Ferguson accepts the Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of Bobby Charlton

Sharing a joke: Sir Alex Ferguson accepts the Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of Bobby Charlton

Hosts: Model Bar Refaeli and former boxer Lennox Lewis on stage at the 2012 Laureus World Sports Awards

Hosts: Model Bar Refaeli and former boxer Lennox Lewis on stage at the 2012 Laureus World Sports Awards

'It's been a week and I think physically I'm recovering,' he said. 'At this age, there are no excuses. I have to recover.'

He added of the final: 'My impressions are the same. It's been the most exciting match of my life. We went the distance of six hours, made history.'

Blade runner: Steve Rider hands the Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability trophy to Oscar Pistorius

Blade runner: Steve Rider hands the Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability trophy to Oscar Pistorius

Asked if he could win the Grand Slam this season, he added: 'I think everything is possible. I have to stay optimistic. I have to believe in what I do and believe in my abilities and that I can win on all surfaces.

'Obviously, Roland Garros is the one to win this year. All the grand slams and Olympic Games, they are my priorities this year.'

Sir Bobby Charlton undergoes gallstone operation

Sir Bobby given Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award – but unable to attend ceremony due to gallstone operation

Honoured: Sir Bobby Charlton was unable to collect his lifetime achievement award as he was having a operation to remove a gallstone

Honoured: Sir Bobby Charlton was unable to collect his lifetime achievement award as he was having a operation to remove a gallstone

Manchester United legend Sir Bobby Charlton today underwent minor surgery after being taken ill before the Laureus World Sports Awards.

The 74-year-old World Cup-winner had been due to receive an award but left London after starting to feel unwell on Sunday and needed a minor operation, understood to be to remove a gallstone.

A statement from Laureus read: 'Sir Bobby Charlton was unable to receive the Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award in person at the Laureus World Sports Awards in London on Monday evening.

'Sir Bobby felt unwell on Sunday and returned to Manchester earlier today for minor surgery.'

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson added: 'Sir Bobby is fine, but it was felt he should go back to Manchester. He is very annoyed not to be here to receive this Award.

Doing his bit: Sir Alex Ferguson collected the award on behalf of the Manchester United legend

Doing his bit: Sir Alex Ferguson collected the award on behalf of the Manchester United legend

'I'll be taking the statuette back to Old Trafford for him.

'He loves the work he does for Laureus and I know how delighted he is to have received this tribute.'