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Kieran Farrell forced to retire due brain damage following defeat to brain damage

Heartbroken Farrell forced to retire from boxing after suffering brain damage in title bout

By
Martin Domin

PUBLISHED:

23:53 GMT, 8 January 2013

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UPDATED:

02:04 GMT, 9 January 2013

Kieran Farrell has been forced to retire from boxing after suffering brain damage during his English title defeat to Anthony Crolla in December.

The 22-year-old lightweight was rushed to hospital having collapsed after the final bell and was later found to have bleeding on the brain.

Farrell, who had won his previous 14 fights, was told by his doctor on Tuesday that returning to the ring could be fatal.

Fears: Farrell receives medical attention on a stretcher as he collapsed after the fight, he was later taken to hospital

Fears: Farrell receives medical attention on a stretcher as he collapsed after the fight, he was later taken to hospital

'I will never box again,' he confirmed on Twitter. 'The next punch to my head could be fatal & the BBBofC wouldn't licence me.

'I asked if I had a 4-year-long break would I be able to box He [his doctor] told me I have long term brain damage, once it's damaged it won't mend.

'I was expecting the worst but it's worse when it's told to you, I'm heartbroken. I need a few days to get my head round it.'

End of the road: Kieran Farrell takes a punch from Anthony Crolla in a fight that was his first professional defeat

End of the road: Kieran Farrell takes a punch from Anthony Crolla in a fight that was his first professional defeat

Toe to toe: Farrell and Crolla exchange blows

Toe to toe: Farrell and Crolla exchange blows

Farrell's promoter Dave Coldwell tweeted 'Can't really express how upset i feel right now. Boxing has been his life & we'll be there for him to help keep him involved.

'He put a brave face on things when we spoke earlier but there's going to be so much down times for him, he knows that but he also knows he's not on his own.'

Coldwell also revealed he plans to host a benefit dinner in April for the former Central Area champion.

Celtic"s Anthony Stokes sent death threats on Twitter

Celtic's Stokes sent death threats on Twitter after allegedly attending benefit for Irish gangster

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UPDATED:

15:43 GMT, 3 December 2012

Celtic’s Anthony Stokes has been sent a death threat on twitter after it was claimed the striker attended a tribute in memory of a notorious Irish gangster.

Stokes, who is also an Irish international, was targeted by a user named @gonzo1690, who said he hoped that the Ulster Volunteer Force, a paramilitary group, would ‘put a bullet’ in his head.

The user tweeted: ‘Hope the UVF put a bullet in your head you f****** p****’.
In the same tweet, the user added: ‘If I ever see you you’re getting smashed ya ****.’

Threat: Anthony Stokes has been targeted on Twitter

Threat: Anthony Stokes has been targeted on Twitter

The 23-year-old is considering reporting the abuse and the death threat to police, tweeting in response to his followers: ‘Do I need to send this to the police or do they just pick up on it’

The attack on twitter came after claims that Stokes, a former Hibs and Arsenal forward, had attended a benefit event for murdered Irish gangster Alan Ryan, a senior figure within the Real IRA, in Dublin.

Ryan was killed last September, executed at close range outside his home.

Celtic fans were quick to unite in condemnation at the abuse. Tam Selleck CSC, wrote: ‘This coward @gonzo1690 just told Stokes he hopes the UVF put a bullet in his head. Won’t be smiling in court.’

Another tweeted: ‘Anybody placing bets on when @gonzo1690 will get a chap on his door from police’

Rio Ferdinand considers China move

Ferdinand considers China move as United defender's contract nears end

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UPDATED:

08:36 GMT, 19 November 2012

Rio Ferdinand's 10-year career at Manchester United could end this summer when his contract expires after revealing to friends there is a 'big chance' he will be leaving.

The defender is weighing up his future, but has told friends he has no intention of retiring – with a move abroad the most likely option for the 34-year-old.

One option open to Ferdinand is to play in China where he could secure a deal which would improve on the 130,000-a-week he receives at Old Trafford, according to reports in the Guardian.

On the move Ferdinand's 10-year spell at Old Trafford could be ending

On the move Ferdinand's 10-year spell at Old Trafford could be ending

Sir Alex Ferguson is hopeful he will stay and intimated he believes Rio has plenty of football left in his before he retires.

'I think Rio can play for two or three more years,' the manager said. 'He is not as quick as he was but that is not a big issue for me. His experience is important and there is no reason he can't stay on. I didn’t even realise his contract was up.'

But Ferdinand has since told Inside United: 'The best thing I can do is to look at it at Christmas, and then again in the summer, to see how I'm feeling and go from there.

'But hearing the manager say things like that definitely puts the spring back in your step.

'I'll have a better idea of that in December or January time, when the games start coming thick and fast. That is when it really hits you and you know the hard work really has to start.

Still got t: Sir Alex says Ferdinand can compete at the top level

Still got t: Sir Alex says Ferdinand can compete at the top level

'I’ll probably get a better gauge of where I’m at fitness-wise and the benefit of having the summer off then.'

Ferdinand managed 38 appearances in all competitions last term and has been a regular again this season, despite the back condition which has hampered him in recent seasons.

Nicolas Anelka left Chelsea for Shanghai Shenhua in January for around 175,000-a-week, and Didier Drogba joined him in the summer on a two-and-a-half year deal worth a reported 195,000-a-week.

United regular: Ferdinand has battled back from injury

United regular: Ferdinand has battled back from injury

Rio Ferdinand undecided over new Manchester United deal

Rio ready to drop United bombshell as defender remains undecided over new deal

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UPDATED:

22:40 GMT, 12 November 2012

Rio Ferdinand has told Manchester United there is no guarantee he will sign a new contract to continue playing next season.

Ferdinand's current deal runs out in the summer but Sir Alex Ferguson believes the former England defender can perform at the highest level for another 'two or three years' and has indicated that he will be offered a 12-month contract to extend his Old Trafford career into an 11th season.

However Ferdinand, who turned 34 last week, has battled against a back complaint in recent years and will take his time over the next few months before deciding whether to play on.

No guarantees: Ferdinand is out of contract at the end of the season

No guarantees: Ferdinand is out of contract at the end of the season

'It's always good to hear the manager say things like that but you have to take every week and month as it comes,' Ferdinand told Inside United magazine.

'The best thing I can do is to look at it at Christmas, and then again in the summer to see how I'm feeling and go from there.

'But hearing the manager say things like that definitely puts the spring back in your step.

'I'll have a better idea of that in December or January time when the games start coming thick and fast. That is when it really hits you and you know the hard work really has to start.

'I'll probably get a better gauge of where I'm at fitness wise and the benefit of having the summer off then.'

It would be a surprise if Ferdinand decided to hang up his boots, and club sources believe he will be persuaded to carry on.

Rio Ferdinand

Future: Rio has interests outside of the game

The former West Ham and Leeds defender has been an pivotal figure at the back for United this season in the absence of Nemanja Vidic, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones, playing in 11 of the club's 15 Premier League and Champions League games.

But it has been a difficult year for Ferdinand whose omission from England's squad for Euro 2012 and recent fallout with Ferguson over his refusal to wear a T-shirt supporting the Kick It Out campaign came in the wake of his brother Anton's race row with John Terry.

He is a wealthy man with a growing number of interests outside the game and Sportsmail revealed last month that he is also involved in plans for a breakaway union to protect the interests of black players.

Meanwhile, Wayne Rooney should be fit for United's trip to Norwich on Saturday despite pulling out of England's friendly with Sweden tomorrow with a cut on his ankle.

Rooney suffered the injury in a challenge with Aston Villa's Matthew Lowton on Saturday but the wound is expected to have healed in time. United will carry out further tests on teammate Robin van Persie who has withdrawn from Holland's squad with a thigh strain.

Nikica Jelavic can help Everton reach Champions League – Steven Naismith

Naismith backs former Rangers pal Jelavic to help Everton hit Champions League

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UPDATED:

14:53 GMT, 11 November 2012

Everton forward Steven Naismith believes Nikica Jelavic can help fire the Toffees to a top-four finish this season.

The Croatian found the net for the first time in a month in a late 2-1 win over Sunderland at Goodison Park, scoring soon after Marouane Fellaini had equalised Adam Johnson's first strike for the Black Cats.

It was far from the 27-year-old's best game but by scoring his first for a month, having entered October on the back of four goals in five matches, he may have rediscovered his touch.

In the hunt: Nikica Jelavic and Co are fighting to finish in the top four

In the hunt: Nikica Jelavic and Co are fighting to finish in the top four

Naismith, who played alongside Jelavic at Rangers, knows the benefit an in-form striker can have.

'It makes a huge difference. He has not scored in his last few games and he'll have be disappointed with that,' said the Scot.

'He's not had many great chances in the game but the one that came his way he was composed and he put it away in the corner and that is why he has such a big reputation.

'Going forward Fellaini has probably been our most prolific and even Kevin Mirallas, in the last few games, has been very direct and arguably our most influential player.

'It is down to the quality we have in the squad. We are happy with the boys we've got and that is why we are pushing for the top spots.'

Jelavic pounced in the 79th minute, swooping on Fellaini's backheel through the legs of John O'Shea to dispatch the winner past Simon Mignolet.

Just three minutes earlier Fellaini had drilled home to cancel out Johnson, who volleyed home his maiden goal for the club he joined in the summer and Sunderland's first in eight hours 54 minutes of football.

The win kept Everton in fourth place and manager David Moyes was pleased to see his main striker back among the goals.

History: Steven Naismith knows Jelavic well after partnering him at Rangers

History: Steven Naismith knows Jelavic well after partnering him at Rangers

'He looked delighted (when he scored) because he didn't have a good game,' said the Scot.

'But I can tell you of a lot of centre-forwards who don't have good games and score – we can live with that.

'I didn't want to take our goalscorer off, especially when you are a goal down, because you want to try to find a way and we hoped something might drop to him.

'I am sure that will help him and hopefully we will start to see a run of goals from him again.

'I don't think we found him in the box or he didn't find enough space for us to get him the ball.

'But people who are centre-forwards will tell you they lose confidence when they don't score goals and regain it when they do.

'So it was good to see him and Felli scoring again. They are the people who we rely on a lot for goals and they came up trumps.

'Fellaini has proved this season he is a really important player for us.

'He has great chest control, he has lovely soft feet and he can play.

'When we needed him to drop back with 15 minutes to go he can play deeper as well.'

First: Adam Johnson is the only Sunderland player to net in the PL apart from Steven Fletcher

First: Adam Johnson is the only Sunderland player to net in the PL apart from Steven Fletcher

The only downside to the day was when Mirallas limped off on the half-hour with a hamstring problem. He will have a scan to assess the damage.

'Every time he has been on the pitch for us he's looked a threat,' said Moyes of his 6million summer signing.

'I don't think it's too bad but he'll have to have it scanned.'

Sunderland, having ended their goalscoring drought, looked as though they would bring to an end an 11-year stretch without a victory against Everton.

Johnson paid back some of his 10million transfer fee with a smart volley but Sunderland needed to take more of their chances and manager Martin O'Neill left Merseyside frustrated.

'That will help Adam's confidence. He put in a very strong performance, particularly in the first half,' he said.

'It was a good performance by Johnson, Stephane Sessegnon was outstanding for long periods and I am disappointed we didn't see it through for any of the points.

'With 14 minutes left we could have got three and we didn't get any.

'There was great spirit among the players and that was epitomised by the performance.'

Steven Gerrard officials who ruled out Luis Suarez winner v Everton

Official told me 'I think so' when I asked if he got Suarez disallowed goal right… that's not good enough, blasts Gerrard (who was left red-faced after 80-yard celebration)

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UPDATED:

11:01 GMT, 29 October 2012

Steven Gerrard has slammed the official who controversially denied Liverpool a late winner at Everton.

Luis Suarez fired home from close range deep into injury time only to see his effort chalked off for offside, even though replays showed he was clearly on.

Ruled out: This goal was chalked off as the official believed Suarez had strayed offside

Ruled out: This goal was chalked off as the official believed Suarez had strayed offside

What's going on Gerrard shouts the odds with referee Marriner

What's going on Gerrard shouts the odds with referee Marriner

When pressed by the Liverpool captain at
the end of the match on the contentious decision, the assistant
referee's reply surprised and shocked Gerrard.

'I've seen it again and we can feel sorry ourselves because it was a clear goal,' said Gerrard.

'We should be taking away the three points rather than just one.

'There is no offside and it’s difficult for me to explain it. The only person who can explain it is the linesman.

'I asked him after the game if it was offside and he said 'I think so'. That's not good enough. If every decision in this league is based on 'we think so' then we’re in trouble.

'The linesman got it badly wrong. The benefit of the doubt is supposed to go to the attacking player anyway.

'And for their second goal, it's a clear throw-in to us. The linesman gives us the throw but the referee (Andre Marriner) saw something different.

'He gave Everton the throw and their second goal came from that.

'I feel sorry for our lads because I thought we were fantastic today and deserved to win.

'We had a young, small team out there but they were all men today and stuck together. There was one team here who came to play football and win the game and that was us.'

All smiles: Gerrard wheels away to celebrate in front of the Liverpool fans, some 80 yards away

All smiles: Gerrard wheels away to celebrate in front of the Liverpool fans, some 80 yards away

Kneesy does it: The Reds captain slides across the Goodison Park turf, ecstatic after his team's 'winner'

Kneesy does it: The Reds captain slides across the Goodison Park turf, ecstatic after his team's 'winner'

Grim reality: The realisation hits Gerrard that Liverpool haven't, in fact, won the match

Grim reality: The realisation hits Gerrard that Liverpool haven't, in fact, won the match

Everton boss David Moyes has sympathy for Gerrard and admitted Everton were lucky to escape with a draw, but was adamant Liverpool should have been down to 10 men before that.

Moyes said: 'It was a goal in injury-time but I don't think it was a foul on Gerrard in the middle of the pitch. That was the wrong decision but it was also the wrong decision not to give the goal.

'They have shown me the tackle from behind down Sylvain's leg. It's over the top, down the back of the leg. He's topped him.'

But on the Suarez's theatrical dive after the first goal, Moyes said: 'I thought it was great. I actually quite liked that and it's the sort of thing I'd have done if I'd have scored. But I've got to say he was a very lucky man to stay on the pitch for his tackle.'

The enthralling encounter was punctuated with controversy, including a dive by Phil Neville which earned him a yellow card.

Swan dive: Moyes wasn't offended by Suarez's celebration for his first goal, but believed he should have been sent off

Swan
dive: Moyes wasn't offended by Suarez's celebration for his first goal,
but believed he should have been sent off for the foul on Distin
(below)

Swan dive: Moyes wasn't offended by Suarez's celebration for his first goal, but believed he should have been sent off

Neville apologised afterwards but the incident left a bitter taste for Gerrard in light of pre-match comments from the Everton camp about Suarez.

Gerrard added: 'His manager did every paper, every radio station and every TV channel talking about Luis Suarez and then his captain, who is meant to be setting an example, blatantly dives.

'With what he said about Luis Suarez before, David Moyes was trying to get in the referee’s head, which is fine, that’s all part of the game, stuff like that, but you don’t expect your captain to dive like that.

'Luis Suarez was fantastic for us again today. I can’t control what he does when he scores a goal, I was just happy to see it hit the back of the net. He doesn’t need David Moyes to fire him up. But if people want to try to get in Luis’s head and wind him up then it’s the wrong thing to do.'

Newcastle"s Muslim players could boycott Wonga sponsor on shirt

Cisse and Ba could lead Muslim players' boycott of wearing new Wonga sponsor on Newcastle shirt

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UPDATED:

09:08 GMT, 10 October 2012

Newcastle's Muslim stars could refuse to wear the club's new sponsor on their shirt.

In the latest controversy surrounding the club's deal with loan company Wonga, Newcastle now face a tricky situation with several of their senior players.

Under Sharia law, Muslims must not benefit from either lending money or receiving money from another person – meaning that interest is prohibited. Interest is not paid on Islamic bank accounts or added to mortgages.

Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse, Cheick Tiote and Hatem Ben Arfa are all practising Muslims.

Deal: Newcastle manager Alan Pardew, managing director Derek Llambias, Wonga CEO Errol Damelin and chief narketing officer Darryl Bowman

Deal: Newcastle manager Alan Pardew, managing director Derek Llambias, Wonga CEO Errol Damelin and chief narketing officer Darryl Bowman

They may follow the stance of former Tottenham and West Ham striker Freddie Kanoute, who refused to wear the logo of gambling website 888.com on his Seville shirt over his religious beliefs.

Kanoute instead wore an an unbranded top in Spain, although he agreed to wear the logo during training.

Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra, assistant secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, told The Independent: 'There are two aspects to this. We have the rulings of the religious law and we have the individual’s choice and decision on how they want to follow or not follow that rule.

'The idea is to protect the vulnerable and the needy from exploitation by the rich and powerful.

'When they are lending and are
charging large amounts of interest, it means the poor will have
short-term benefit from the loan but long-term difficulty in paying it
back because the rate of interest is not something they can keep up
with. The Islamic system is based on a non-interest-based system of
transaction.'

'Freddie
was allowed to wear a top without the 888.com and that is a reasonable
request to be made by the player. Assuming all four are on the pitch at
the same time, if you have seven out of 11 (with advertising on their
shirts) you have sufficient coverage. It is not asking too much, I
believe.'

Cisse

Tiote

Star men: (clockwise from top left) Papiss Cisse, Cheik Tiote, Demba Ba and Hatem Ben Arfa are Muslims

Ben Arfa

Ba

Wonga, whose four-year deal takes over from Virgin Money at the start of next season, has already drawn fierce criticism from other quarters for the huge interest charged on 30-day loans

Should a Newcastle fan accept a loan to buy a 50 club shirt, they would have to repay 71.92 after a month with a rate equivalent to 4,212 per cent per year.

FA general secretary Alex Horne said: 'The Football Supporters’ Federation of Britain told us in no uncertain terms it’s not appropriate, (Sunderland non-executive vice-president) David Miliband has told us he does not think it is appropriate.

'We are talking to the leagues on Friday about it. If you consider it as in the category of things that are inappropriate for children like gambling and alcohol, it feels like it is in that category to me.'

Newcastle and Wonga have attempted to take the sting out of criticism by announcing that the club's ground will revert to its former name St James' Park.

Ba

But they still face a tough task convincing fans and football chiefs that the deal is appropriate for such a high-profile side.

Nick Forbes, the leader of Newcastle City Council, said: 'I’m appalled and sickened that they would sign a deal with a legal loan shark. It’s a sad indictment of the profit-at-any-price culture at Newcastle United.

'We are fighting hard to tackle legal and illegal loan sharking and having a company like this right across the city on every football shirt that’s sold undermines all our work.'

Debt is acute in the Newcastle area, with official figures from R3, the trade body for insolvency professionals, showing that the north-east has the highest personal insolvency rate in the country at 35.2 per 10,000 adults.

Newcastle managing director Derek Llambias said: 'As everyone knows, a strong commercial programme is vital to this goal and I am delighted to welcome Wonga into the fold as our lead commercial partner, alongside Puma and Sports Direct.

'Throughout our discussions, Wonga’s desire to help us invest in our young playing talent, the local community and new fan initiatives really impressed us and stood them apart from other candidates.'

Gabriel Rasch signs for Team Sky

Team Sky swoop to sign Norwegian Classic specialist Rasch from FDJ-BigMat

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UPDATED:

10:23 GMT, 21 September 2012

Team Sky have announced Gabriel Rasch as their first signing for the 2013 season.

The 36-year-old Norwegian, a Classics specialist who also has five Grand Tour appearances to his name, joins after one season at FDJ-BigMat.

New deal: Gabriel Rasch has signed for Team Sky

New deal: Gabriel Rasch has signed for Team Sky

Rasch said: 'Team Sky were the number one team I wanted to join and I'm really happy to have signed. Next season I hope I can get into the Classics team because I have a lot of experience with that type of riding, and I'll be happy to work as a domestique during the stage races as well.'

Team Sky race coach Rod Ellingworth said: 'It's great to have Gabriel on board. Not only will he be a huge asset to us in the Classics, his attitude and experience will be of massive benefit to the team.'

Sam Allaryce begs Roy Hodgson to go easy on Andy Carroll

Be careful with our Andy, Roy! Allardyce begs Hodgson to go easy on Carroll

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UPDATED:

21:30 GMT, 20 September 2012

Andy Carroll is expected to be fit for England next month — but club manager Sam Allardyce has pleaded with Roy Hodgson to be careful with him.

The striker has only played 68 minutes for West Ham since joining on loan from Liverpool at the end of the transfer window.

But Allardyce expects the 23-year-old to recover from his hamstring injury to play against Arsenal on October 6, their last match before the international break.

Prize asset: Carroll has only played 68 minutes for West Ham

Prize asset: Carroll has only played 68 minutes for West Ham

He would then be available to face San Marino at Wembley on October 12 before flying to Poland for another World Cup qualifier.

Allardyce said: ‘The last thing we’d want is to spend all that time to get him fit again, play for us, go to England and get injured.

'I’m not saying don’t play him, just be careful of the situation. There’d have to be a conversation between me and Roy and the medical staff to put them in the picture.’

Carroll has joined the team for light training and Allardyce is keen to get him playing again on his season-long loan.

He added: ‘I can’t tell Roy what to do if he’s fit to play for England. All I can express is my situation and Andy’s situation for the benefit of me, for Andy and for England.’

Emile Heskey joins Newcastle Jets in Australia

Heskey joins Newcastle! That's the Newcastle Jets in Australia

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UPDATED:

23:37 GMT, 20 September 2012

Former England striker Emile Heskey has signed for the Newcastle Jets in Australia's A-League.

The former Aston Villa and Liverpool striker's signing was confirmed by Newcastle after the 34-year-old signed a deal for the 2012-2013 season which begins next month.

Capped 62 times by England, Heskey scored 110 goals in 516 games in the Premier League during a 17-year career in England.

Heading to a land Down Under: Heskey is joining A League side Newcastle

Heading to a land Down Under: Heskey is joining A League side Newcastle

Newcastle chief executive Robbie Middleby said: 'Emile has played our game at the highest level in England, both internationally and domestically, and he finished last season playing with Aston Villa in the English Premier League.

'We are aware that Emile had other offers but he is genuinely excited to be a part of what we want to achieve at the Jets.

'Emile's relationship with former English Premier League players Michael Bridges and Robbie Fowler assisted him in understanding what the A-League has to offer.'

Newcastle coach Gary van Egmond added: 'His effectiveness in being able to hold the ball up and invite other players to play off him is going to be a big benefit to us.

Glory days: Heskey was a regular with the England squad

Glory days: Heskey was a regular with the England squad

'He's someone who can really lead the line and is exactly what we've been missing.'

Heskey said: 'This is an exciting new period in my life and I am looking forward to making a special contribution to the A-League and most importantly to the Jets.

'I hope I can help grow football at the grassroots level and also provide advice to young players at the Jets.'

Heskey was part of the Liverpool team which won the FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup in the 2000-2001 season and appeared in two World Cups for England.