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Lennon and Conte come to blows Celtic Juventus

And tonight's main event…Wrestlemania II! After first leg farce, Celtic and Juve get set for another royal rumble in Turin

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Mick McManus (right)

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WHo's the Daddy Wrestler Big Daddy (Shirley Crabtree) poses up with some fans in the 1970s

'Before the ball’s kicked, he’s not doing anything. He’s entitled to stand where he likes. So he’s talking nonsense.

'We were getting hauled back and the referee is looking straight at it.

'Are the rules different in Spain and Italy to what they are in Britain On that showing they must be.'

Striker Georgios Samaras echoed Lennon's words, saying he hopes the referee in the second leg can deal with the antics better.

'It wasn't fair, I think everybody saw that,' said Samaras, who missed the first leg. 'It is how they defend set-pieces, like most Italian teams.

'Hopefully, the referee will have his eyes more open tomorrow and see clearly what's going on and it can be a fair game.'

With his side being three goals ahead in the tie, Juventus boss Conte is likely to leave out defender Giorgio Chiellini who made his return from injury in the 1-1 draw with Napoli on Friday night after for nearly three months.

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Ring star: Hulk Hogan would have felt right at home in the Parkhead penalty box during the first leg visit of Juve

Celtic manager Neil Lennon gestures during the UEFA Champions League, Round of Sixteen match at Celtic Park, Glasgow.

Juventus coach Antonio Conte argues during the match against Genoa in their Serie A match in Turin

Verbals: Both Lennon and Conte have locked horns in the last few weeks, with different perceptions on events in the first leg at Celtic Park, which Juventus won 3-0

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Martin Caceres and Nicolas Anelka (both back) are also a doubt, while Paolo De Ceglie, Nicklas Bendtner and Simone Pepe (all thigh) are all long-term injuries.

Celtic need a miracle, and were boosted by Georgios Samaras returning during the 2-1 defeat away to Motherwell in the SPL last Wednesday.

However, Scott Brown's ongoing abductor problems will force him to miss the trip. Swedish fullback Mikael Lustig (thigh) also looks set to sit the game out. Lennon hopes Charlie Mulgrew can feature at some stage after injury.

‘Charlie’s all right,’ said Lennon. ‘He trained yesterday but that was his first proper training session, so it might be a bit much to stick him in straight away. We’ll see how he is.’

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Nicklas Bendtner drink driving incident: Striker booked by police after being on "wrong side of the road"

Bendtner in trouble after 'drunken driving on wrong side of the road'

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John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

14:09 GMT, 3 March 2013

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UPDATED:

14:12 GMT, 3 March 2013

Nicklas Bendtner has been booked by police for what he described as 'a mild case of drink driving'.

The Arsenal striker, currently on loan at Juventus, was allegedly driving on the wrong side of the road in Copenhagen.

He apologised for his actions on his Twitter account, saying: 'Dear friends, I was booked for a mild case of drink driving last night.

Whoops: Nicklas Bendtner apologised on Twitter for drink-driving

Whoops: Nicklas Bendtner apologised on Twitter for drink-driving

'It was a quiet night but I am very very sorry to all my friends and fans.

'It is not OK to drink and drive. I take full responsibility.'

Bendtner, 25, who has not scored for the Italian side in nine appearances is set to return to the Emirates at the end of the season.

Nicklas Bendtner Arsenal and Juventus striker undergoes successful surgery on thigh injury

On the comeback trail: Bendtner undergoes successful surgery on thigh injury but still out for two months

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UPDATED:

12:28 GMT, 18 December 2012

Bendtner leaving hospital after the surgery

Bendtner leaving hospital after the surgery

Juventus striker Nicklas Bendtner has undergone successful surgery on a thigh injury, the Serie A club have confirmed.

The on-loan Arsenal forward was treated in London by Arsenal consultant Ernest Schilders after suffering the injury in last week’s Coppa Italia meeting with Cagliari.

A statement on Juve’s official website confirmed that the 24-year-old has had the adductor longus tendon in his left thigh reinserted, with his prognosis and rehabilitation schedule to be verified with English doctors over the next few days.

Bendtner, who is likely to miss at least two months, has been a peripheral figure since joining the Italian champions on a season-long loan this summer.

Bendtner underwent successful surgery in London

Bendtner underwent successful surgery in London

Arsenal open the exit door to Theo Walcott, Marouane Chamakh, Andrey Arshavin, Johan Djourou and Sebastien Squillaci

Arsenal open the exit door to Walcott, Chamakh, Arshavin, Djourou and Squillaci

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UPDATED:

22:00 GMT, 26 October 2012

Arsenal are planning a clear-out in an attempt to boost their coffers even further during the January sales.

The news comes just 24 hours after
the club's board were heavily criticised by supporters for failing to
replicate their financial success on the pitch.

On his way: Theo Walcott could lead the January clearance

On his way: Theo Walcott (left) could lead the January clearance

Theo Walcott could lead the clearance, with Marouane Chamakh, Andrey Arshavin, Johan Djourou and Sebastien Squillaci also to be made available.

Arsenal are still trying to resolve their long-running contract dispute with Walcott, but if it is not sorted by January they will listen to offers for the England international. Liverpool, Juventus and Chelsea are monitoring the situation.

Chamakh is wanted by former club Bordeaux, while Brazilian club Internacional are also interested in the Morocco striker.

However, 28-year-old Chamakh's possible return to France is being scuppered by his 50,000-a-week wages. He is keen on a return, but Bordeaux are only willing to offer him a deal worth half that and Chamakh is unwilling to take such a drop.

Cheers: Fulham could offer an escape for Andrey Arshavin

Cheers: Fulham could offer an escape for Andrey Arshavin

Meanwhile, Fulham are interested in Arshavin, while the Russian would also have options in his homeland. Napoli are interested in signing Switzerland defender Djourou.

January's planned auction is a continuation of Arsenal's semi-successful summer clear-out which saw unwanted players such as Manuel Almunia, Carlos Vela and Henri Lansbury leave on a permanent basis, while Nicklas Bendtner, Denilson and Park Chu-young all left on loan.

Supporters will hope funds raised from the planned January cull will be made available to Arsene Wenger to strengthen his squad, particularly after the summer losses of Robin van Persie and Alex Song.

And the Frenchman, whose side have lost three out of their last five matches, admits: 'Maybe we have lost something (without Van Persie) but we need to look at that in the longer term.

'Van Persie could make a goal with half a chance that is for sure, I do know that. And when you lose 40 goals somewhere (it is harder).

'I'm not saying the players are fragile but you could see in the defeat against Schalke on Wednesday night that we played all right in the first half but slowly we dropped. Is it physical or confidence It is difficult to know.

'We are in a sticky patch but have to put it into perspective. We are still in a strong position in the Champions League and Premier League – but it is important to bounce back.

'This team cares. Sometimes you are surprised that they care so much. But I know they do. When you don't get the results the confidence goes quickly.'

Nicklas Bendtner has dig at Arsenal training

Arsenal training is nothing compared to Juventus! Bendtner takes dig at Gunners

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UPDATED:

09:57 GMT, 15 October 2012

Nicklas Bendtner has taken a swipe at Arsenal by claiming the training programme at Juventus is the best he has been involved in.

Bendtner joined the Italians on loan for the season just before the summer transfer window closed.

The Denmark striker had arrived at Arsenal in 2004 but failed to establish himself in the team and had loan spells at Birmingham and Sunderland before moving to Serie A.

Fighting fit: Nicklas Bendtner (No 11) is loving life at Juventus

Fighting fit: Nicklas Bendtner (No 11) is loving life at Juventus

'At Juventus, the training has been
different to – and much harder than – anything I've done before,' he
said in Ekstra Bladet. 'Because of that, my form is at a peak. I'm
much sharper.

'Without playing, I'm down to fighting weight and that's never happened before.'

Bendtner, 24, has made just one league appearance for Juve but added: 'I think Juventus are aware of what I can do.

'When you come to a new club, you have to learn about things. In seven games, they have won six and drawn one, so it's fine.'

After scoring for his country in a
draw against Bulgaria on Friday, Bendtner is set to meet a few familiar
faces when the Danes face Italy on Tuesday night.

He said: 'Of course, it will be
enjoyable to play against Italy, who have eight Juventus players in
their squad. They know me and I know them, so I don't know if anyone
has an advantage.

'For me, it's a battle that Denmark
must win rather than a battle that Nicklas must win. I think we need to
win as a team – it's not something I have to win as an individual.'

Nicklas Bendtner: AC Milan and Galatasaray in hunt for 7.5m-rated striker

AC Milan and Galatasaray in hunt for 7.5m-rated Arsenal outcast Bendtner

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UPDATED:

08:27 GMT, 22 July 2012

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Nicklas Bendtner's career at Arsenal looks set to end this week as the AC Milan and Galatasaray eye the 7.5m-rated Denmark international.

Bendtner has fallen out of favour with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger and was shipped out to Sunderland on loan last term, but now a permanent exit is expected.

The Dane impressed at the European Championships, scoring two goals in the clash against Ukraine and now looks set to end his seven-year spell at the Emirates.

That's pants: Bendtner landed himself in hot water for this brief stunt at Euros

That's pants: Bendtner landed himself in hot water for this brief stunt at Euros

His departure would free-up money for manager Wenger to add to his squad with Robin van Persie's exit looking set to rumble on in the coming weeks.

Manchester United’s move to sign Van Persie is hanging in the balance because Arsenal are refusing to budge on their 30million valuation of the Dutch striker.

Wenger's determination to extract the maximum fee for the player could re-open the door for champions Manchester City to push their interest in the player.

Wenger said: 'Van Persie is one of the best strikers in the world, if not the best, and my desire is to keep him at the club. I will do what is in the best interests of Arsenal Football Club.'

Lon star: Bendtner spent last season on loan at Sunderland

Lon star: Bendtner spent last season on loan at Sunderland

Nicklas Bendtner wanted by Galatasaray and Malaga

Malaga and Galatasaray in race to sign Arsenal striker Bendtner

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UPDATED:

21:31 GMT, 3 July 2012

Malaga want Arsenal's Nicklas Bendtner as the Denmark international closes in on a move away from the Emirates Stadium.

Bendtner's agent Jesper Lynghus told Denmark newspaper bold.dk last month: 'The interest is overwhelming, just as it should be after the way Nicklas performed at Euro 2012.'

Galatasaray fancy the 24-year-old too and are also keen on Manchester United's Dimitar Berbatov, 31.

Wanted: Bendtner spent last season on loan at Sunderland

Wanted: Bendtner spent last season on loan at Sunderland

Euro 2012: Fernando Torres wins golden boot

Torres pips Balotelli to Golden Boot after Spanish super sub strikes late in final

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UPDATED:

20:52 GMT, 1 July 2012

Fernando Torres has won the Euro 2012 Golden Boot award after scoring his third goal against Italy in the final.

Spain, who ran out 4-0 winners, chose to start without a striker in the showpiece event in Kiev, with Cesc Fabregas playing in the 'false nine' position.

But Torres scored the champion's third goal to win the award despite finishing level with a host of players, courtesy of having one assist to his name.

Main man: Fernando Torres has won the Golden Boot at Euro 2012

Main man: Fernando Torres has won the Golden Boot at Euro 2012

EURO 2012 TOP SCORERS

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Fernando Torres (Spain)
Mario Gomez (Germany)
Alan Dzagoyev (Russia)
Mario Mandzukic (Croatia)
Mario Balotelli (Italy)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)

TWO

Petr Jiracek (Czech Republic)
Vaclav Pilar (Czech Republic)
Nicklas Bendtner (Denmark)
Michael Krohn-Dehli (Denmark)
Dimitris Salpingidis (Greece)
Xabi Alonso (Spain)
Cesc Fabregas (Spain)
David Silva (Spain)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden)
Andriy Shevchenko (Ukraine)

Arsene Wenger says Arsenal deal for Olivier Giroud is almost done

Wenger: Arsenal's 13m deal for Montpellier marksman Giroud 90 per cent complete

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UPDATED:

20:53 GMT, 21 June 2012

Arsene Wenger is convinced Olivier Giroud can be a big hit at Arsenal next season, with a deal for the French striker '90 per cent' done.

Giroud, who is part of Laurent Blanc's Euro 2012 squad, is thought to command a transfer fee in the region of 13million.

Almost there: Olivier Giroud is on his way to Arsenal from Montpellier

Almost there: Olivier Giroud is on his way to Arsenal from Montpellier

The 25-year-old scored 25 goals for his club last season to help Montpellier win the Ligue 1 title, igniting the interest of several top clubs.

However, it appears Arsenal are set to add the promising Frenchman to their squad, which has already been bolstered by the arrival of Germany marksman Lukas Podolski.

Wenger said on French TV station TF1: 'Giroud didn't play much (at the Euros so far), but he's going to be an Arsenal player 90 per cent next season.

Left out: Giroud (right) has not had much game time under Laurent Blanc (left) for France

Left out: Giroud (right) has not had much game time under Laurent Blanc (left) for France

'I think he has exceptional potential and will integrate very well in our collective and our way of playing.

'He is a real team player and knows how to combine with other players and I'm sure he will do well with us.'

Wenger is working at the European Championship as a media pundit, and has been impressed by Podolski's displays so far.

'Podolski did a great job for the German team, he has superb team work,' said the Arsenal boss.

Already a Gunner: Lukas Podolski has already signed for Arsene Wenger's side

Already a Gunner: Lukas Podolski has already signed for Arsene Wenger's side

'He plays in a cautious way sometimes, but he's still scored a very important goal against Denmark for his 100th cap.

'I am very happy with what I've seen from him.'

Once the deal for Giroud is complete, Arsenal could then look to offload some of their fringe players, including Denmark striker Nicklas Bendtner and Morocco international Marouane Chamakh as well as Mexico forward Carlos Vela and Brazilian midfielder Denilson.

Arsenal could also now resurrect interest in Yann M'Vila after Champions League finalists Bayern Munich cooled their interest in the Rennes midfielder.

Euro 2012: FA fined after attempted pitch invasion in England"s win over Sweden

FA slapped with 4k fine after attempted pitch invasion in England's win over Sweden

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UPDATED:

17:41 GMT, 20 June 2012

The Football Association have been fined 5,000 euros (4,035) by UEFA for the 'inappropriate conduct' of England's fans during their win over Sweden in Kiev last Friday.

The fine was for the attempted pitch invasion by England supporters during the Group D match, European football's governing body confirmed in a statement.

The FA have decided not to contest the fine believing the relative small amount reflects UEFA's belief the incident was not serious.

On target: England were 3-2 winners over Sweden on Friday night

On target: England were 3-2 winners over Sweden on Friday night

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'The FA accepts UEFA's sanction in
relation to the incident versus Sweden and we consider the matter
closed,' said an FA statement.

The FA presented video evidence and
strong mitigating circumstances in their defence at a UEFA hearing,
including that the potential 'invasion' during the 3-2 win was nothing
more than exuberance rather than a deliberate plan by some supporters to
get onto the pitch.

After England's second and third
goals by Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck between 20 and 30 fans surged
forward towards the barriers but no one got further than the outside of
the Olympic Stadium's running track.

The incident was so minor the UEFA match delegate is not thought to have even mentioned it in his report of the game.

After so many years when the
behaviour of their supporters has been called into question, the FA have
been able to confirm there has not been a single arrest in either
Poland or Ukraine.

UEFA have been criticised for their
system of fining countries at Euro 2012. The Croatian FA were fined
65,000 after their fans were found guilty of racially abusing Italy
striker Mario Balotelli, but Denmark's Nicklas Bendtner was hit by an
80,000 penalty for revealing underwear sponsored by a bookmaker.