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Rafael Benitez furious comments attack onChelsea fans and the club

I'm leaving at the end of the season! Furious Rafa finally cracks and blasts fans with 'agenda' as well as Chelsea for making him 'interim manager'

By
Rik Sharma

PUBLISHED:

22:14 GMT, 27 February 2013

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UPDATED:

22:18 GMT, 27 February 2013

A furious Rafael Benitez has confirmed he will be leaving Chelsea at the end of the season.

The interim Chelsea manager blasted the fans for their negative attitude towards him and told them to support the team.

His comments came after Chelsea beat Middlesbrough 2-0 at the Riverside Stadium in the FA Cup fifth-round.

Benitez also claimed the club's decision to appoint him as an 'interim manager' was a massive mistake.

Come on: Chelsea were lethargic during the game but did enough to beat Boro

Come on: Chelsea were lethargic during the game but did enough to beat Boro

More to follow.

Harry Redknapp blasts QPR players after losing to MK Dons in FA Cup

We were a disgrace: Redknapp blasts QPR's big-name failures for abysmal display against MK Dons

By
Ian Stafford

PUBLISHED:

19:27 GMT, 26 January 2013

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UPDATED:

19:36 GMT, 26 January 2013

A furious and disbelieving Harry Redknapp surveyed the wreckage of QPR’s FA Cup humiliation at the hands of MK Dons and slammed the big stars who failed him.

Redknapp watched as his side — bottom of the Premier League — were crushed 4-2 at home by a team two divisions beneath them. In the day’s other fourth-round shock, Blue Square Premier League Luton Town beat Norwich 1-0 at Carrow Road.

‘I have big-name players who believe they’re better than they are, who bang on my door insisting that I should play them,’ said 65-year-old Redknapp.

Miserable: Harry Redknapp looks on as QPR are tonked by MK Dons

Miserable: Harry Redknapp looks on as QPR are tonked by MK Dons

‘Well, they had their chance and they
blew it. I made nine changes from the team who drew at West Ham last
week.

'This was a team that had gone five games unbeaten, that had won at
Chelsea and drawn against Spurs and West Ham, but even though I made
lots of changes I believed, absolutely, it was good enough to beat the
MK Dons.

‘I wanted to win, don’t get me wrong.
Look at the players I picked. We’re talking about signings from
Manchester United and Real Madrid in Park, Fabio and Granero.

'We’re talking about experienced pros
like Ferdinand, an England goalkeeper in Green. Surely they should have
been too good for a team two divisions below them.

'I thought we weren’t too bad up to
half time, but conceded two dreadfully sloppy goals. When we conceded
the third, which was offside, our confidence went completely.

'You can’t give away two such sloppy goals as we did. We created a mountain to climb that only got higher.

‘What it shows is that the result and
the performance answer a lot of questions. Not to me. I already knew
the answers, but to those who wanted to see certain players picked. They gave the answers.

‘I’m going to need to shift some
players out of this club this week and get a few in. If I can do that
we’ll stay in the Premier League. I’ll have the right hump now. I’ll be
no use to anybody.’

He does, however, have to find a way to lift his team before the visit of Manchester City on Tuesday night.

Good day out: MK Dons fans were delighted as their team powered through

Good day out: MK Dons fans were delighted as their team powered through

As bad as QPR were, MK Dons deserved a lot of credit for the way they frustrated their Premier League opponents.

A club-record away following of 3,155
headed to west London to witness a performance that filled manager Karl
Robinson with pride.

'We felt we could come here and get a result,' the Dons boss said. 'I understand the gulf in teams and I respect that as well.

'QPR
is a wonderful football club with one of the best English managers in a
long, long time so you always know the difficulties it that is going to
possess.

Let downs: Redknapp analysed where his squad had come from - Estenan Granero, for example, from Real Madrid

Let downs: Redknapp analysed where his squad had come from – Estenan Granero, for example, from Real Madrid

'It is nice to make it through. The players were fantastic and I thought they deserved the result.

'It was difficult for us in the first half. We had to sit off them and they have some top, top players.

'I thought the way they responded to going in front at a Premier League ground was great. They played with no fear.

'Getting into the fourth round was a little bit of history for us and now the fifth round makes it a little more special.'

Stephane Mbia blasted Jose Bosingwa over refusal to be a sub

'If the manager tells me to sit on the bench I will do it': Mbia blasts Bosingwa sub snub

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UPDATED:

23:47 GMT, 27 December 2012

QPR midfielder Stephane Mbia says he would never refuse to sit on the bench like his team-mate Jose Bosingwa did two weeks ago against Fulham.

But Mbia is hopeful that Bosingwa can resolve his dispute with manager Harry Redknapp as he believes the Portuguese right-back can aid QPR's bid to avoid relegation from the Barclays Premier League.

Bosingwa was absent from QPR's squad for the second successive game yesterday as he continues to pay the price for refusing to sit on the bench in the Londoners' derby against Fulham on December 15.

Mbia (left) said he would never refuse to be a substitute if asked to by his manager

Stephane Mbia (left) said he would never refuse to be a substitute if asked to

Redknapp fined Bosingwa two weeks' wages (130,000) before launching an angry tirade against the defender and some of his team-mates when the news of the fine emerged.

Despite some criticism from fans for his performances, Mbia thinks Bosingwa is a vital member of the R's squad, but he admits he would never have acted in the way that the Champions League winning full-back did a fortnight ago.

Jose Bosingwa (right) refused to be a substitute two weeks ago against Fulham and was fined two weeks' wages, 130,000

Jose Bosingwa (right) refused to be a substitute two weeks ago against Fulham and was fined two weeks' wages, 130,000

'If the manager tells me to sit on the bench I will do it,' Mbia said following QPR's 2-1 defeat at West Brom yesterday.

'It's up to the manager to make the decisions.

Snub: QPR boss Harry Rednknapp (right) left Bosingwa out of the squad against West Brom on Boxing Day

Snub: QPR boss Harry Rednknapp (right) left Bosingwa out of the squad against West Brom on Boxing Day

'If he wants you to sit on the bench you sit on the bench.

'It's a very difficult and complicated situation. Hopefully at the end of the day the club and player can sort it out as Jose is a very good player.'

Redknapp, a man with over 20 years' experience in management, clearly hoped that publicly berating some of the expensive imports brought in under Mark Hughes would spark them in to life.

To a certain extent the move worked. Despite losing the game yesterday – thanks largely to two very questionable decisions from referee Chris Foy – the likes of Mbia and Samba Diakite put on a much-improved display, although it is clear Redknapp needs to address his lack of firepower in the January transfer window.

Although QPR remain six points from safety, Redknapp has brought in six of the club's 10 points since he replaced Mark Hughes last month and Mbia remains convinced the former Tottenham manager will lead his new team out of the relegation zone.

'I believe in him. I believe he is the man to get us out of trouble,' Mbia said.

'It's up to the players to give 100 per cent, but the manager will give a lot to us.

'He will enable the players to give the best of themselves.

'He has helped me a lot already. He has try to make me a more intelligent player. He wants me to be more careful on the pitch so I don't pick up needless yellow and red cards.

'I definitely think we can stay up.

'The gaffer gives us so much confidence, he uses so many different words, I know we can do it.'

The right man for the job: Mbia believes that Redknapp is the right man to keep the Hoops in the division

The right man for the job: Mbia believes that Redknapp is the right man to keep the Hoops in the division

West Brom, on the other hand, could find themselves third in the table on Saturday afternoon if results go their way and they pull off a shock win at Manchester United.

Chelsea loanee Romelu Lukaku has played a big part in the Baggies' success this season, scoring six goals so far.

With Daniel Sturridge reported to be on his way to Liverpool next month, it has been claimed that Chelsea will recall the Belgian from his loan spell.

Impressive: West Brom could find themselves third in the table if results go their way on New Years Day

Impressive: West Brom could find themselves third in the table if results go their way on New Year's Day

Lukaku, who would have netted yesterday had it not been for two great saves from Robert Green, wants to stay and Albion defender Jonas Olsson hopes he remains at the Hawthorns too.

Olsson said: 'He has done very well for us. The reason I think we are where we are is because of the competition for places and with him, with Peter (Odemwingie), Marc-Antoine Fortune and Shane Long, I think there is a lot of competition there for places so I would very much like to keep him here.

'He is enjoying himself at training and in games at West Brom so when you do that you play good football.'

Form: Part of their surge up the table is thanks to the form of loanee Romelu Lukaku (right) form Chelsea, who has six goals

Form: Part of their surge up the table is thanks to the form of loanee Romelu Lukaku (right) form Chelsea, who has six goals

Roberto Mancini blasts Manchester City after Sunderland defeat

You bunch of softies! Mancini blasts City flops after Sunderland defeat

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UPDATED:

19:15 GMT, 26 December 2012

Roberto Mancini accused his Manchester City players of being too soft after seeing them slip seven points behind leaders Manchester United with defeat at 'lucky' Sunderland.

City went down by the only goal for the third successive season at the Stadium of Light, while their neighbours came from behind three times to defeat Newcastle 4-3 at Old Trafford to extend their lead at the top.

Mancini insisted his men had only themselves to blame after not making the most of the chances they created before succumbing to former team-mate Adam Johnson's 53rd-minute strike.

Fortunate: Mancini said Sunderland were 'lucky' to beat Manchester City

Fortunate: Mancini said Sunderland were 'lucky' to beat Manchester City

Familiar face: Former City player Adam Johnson scored the winner for Sunderland

Familiar face: Former City player Adam Johnson scored the winner for Sunderland

Mancini said: 'We deserved to win this game. We had a lot of chances, we played well, but we didn't score.

'This is our problem, we don't score, we don't score enough goals to win the game.

'Last year, we scored one, two, three goals every game. Now when we have chances, we are too soft and this is not good.

'We are too soft in attack, too soft when we have chances, too soft when we shoot. Sometimes we don't shoot, we want to have one touch more. This is not good.'

The Black Cats, who took four points from City last season and were the only side to leave the Etihad Stadium with something to show for their efforts, defended resolutely to ensure Johnson's contribution was decisive, but Mancini was less than gracious in his assessment of the game.

He said: 'I think they [Sunderland] are really lucky against us at home because you can't create every time 15, 20 chances like this year, last year, two years ago and in the end, you lose the game.

'They are very lucky against us. They defend well, but we need to be stronger when we have a chance to score.'

Chances: Mancini wasn't happy with how many opportunities his team spurned

Chances: Mancini wasn't happy with how many opportunities his team spurned

Opposite number Martin O'Neill, however, was not in the slightest bit interested in Mancini's view.

He said: 'Honestly, I am really not particularly bothered, I am genuinely not bothered about what Roberto Mancini would say about the team.

'I have seen it before with other managers. I'm not bothered. I thought we were terrific today.'

The game was settled by Johnson's second-half effort, but it was one which left Mancini with more than one cause for complaint.

Both he and Pablo Zabaleta were convinced City should have been awarded a free-kick for Craig Gardner's challenge on the full-back during the build-up, although referee Kevin Friend did not agree.

Sunderland played on and when Carlos Cuellar fed the ball out to Johnson, he cut inside before blasting a long-range shot past keeper Joe Hart, who was caught flat-footed and allowed the ball to squirm past him.

Winner: Joe Hart and Vincent Kompany watch on as Adam Johnson's strike finds the net

Winner: Joe Hart and Vincent Kompany watch on as Adam Johnson's strike finds the net

Johnson initially thought his former team-mate had kept his effort out, but his joy was unbridled as it dawned on him that the ball had indeed ended up in the back of the net.

Mancini, who rather surprisingly absolved Hart of blame for the goal, was scathing when asked for his view of the official's decision to allow play to continue.

He said: 'The referee ate too much for Christmas. He was not in good form. He and the linesman, I think, after Christmas, it can happen to have a bad performance like today.'

City had earlier hit the bar through skipper Vincent Kompany and Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet had to make three fine saves from Yaya Toure, David Silva and later Sergio Aguero as the visitors launched a late, but ultimately unsuccessful fightback.

Asked if the performance was Sunderland's best of the season, O'Neill said: 'Considering the opposition, I would have to say yes.

'We gained a bit of confidence form winning against Southampton and took that into the game, but we knew there would be times when we would have to play without the ball and we would have to defend strongly, and we did both of those very well.

'And yet we were able to carve out some great chances in the game.'

Joey Barton plays for Marseille behind closed doors

Barton blasts 'farmer's field' after Marseille beat Bastia behind closed doors

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UPDATED:

00:13 GMT, 13 December 2012

Joey Barton helped Marseille to a 2-1 win against Bastia last night – but there was no-one in the stands to see it.

Bastia were forced to play the match behind closed doors after their clash with Ajaccio in October descended into chaos.

The Corsican derby was stopped for five minutes after fans of both teams started fighting and threw fireworks following a mass brawl on the pitch.

Helping hand: Joey Barton's Marseille beat Bastia to continue to keep in touch with the league leaders

Helping hand: Joey Barton's Marseille beat Bastia to continue to keep in touch with the league leaders

Mathieu Valbuena deservedly put Marseille ahead with a
superb volley from just inside the box in the 15th minute.

Andre Ayew doubled the lead from the penalty spot on 70
minutes after goalkeeper Landry Bonnefoi had fouled his younger brother Jordan.

Empty: Bastia were forced to play behind closed doors after trouble in their match with Ajaccio

Empty: Bastia were forced to play behind closed doors after trouble in their match with Ajaccio

Locked out: Fans were forced to watch the match on a big screen outside the ground

Locked out: Fans were forced to watch the match on a big screen outside the ground

Anthony Modeste scored a late goal but Bastia did not go on
to worry the visitors, who clinched their sixth away league win and also
welcomed back striker Andre-Pierre Gignac six weeks after he suffered a broken
foot.

Barton later tweeted: 'Great 3 points on that farmers field. No fans in the stadium but loads outside throwing fireworks. Freezing cold showers as well.'

Marseille are third in Ligue One, level on points with Paris Saint-Germain.

Taking aim: Wahbi Khazri of Bastia (left) lines up a shot during his side's defeat

Taking aim: Wahbi Khazri of Bastia (left) lines up a shot during his side's defeat

Arsene Wenger frustrated with Theo Walcott over Arsenal negotiations

Make your mind up! Wenger blasts Walcott as Arsenal boss admits frustrations with contract rebel

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UPDATED:

13:21 GMT, 7 December 2012

Arsene Wenger has hit out at contract rebel Theo Walcott over the forward's failure to agree terms with the club.

The England international is in the final six months of current deal at Emirates Stadium, and will be able to speak with potential new suitors from January.

Arsenal believe they have offered Walcott – who is refusing to sign a new five-year deal worth 75,000-per-week as he looks for a salary closer to 100,000 – an enticing package to keep him in north London, but the 23-year-old continues to stand firm over his demands.

Eyes on the future: Arsene Wenger is frustrated by the on-going negotiations with his star man

Eyes on the future: Arsene Wenger is frustrated by the on-going negotiations with his star man

Not all bad: Jack Wilshere continues to improve his fitness as form after such a long time out

Not all bad: Jack Wilshere continues to improve his fitness as form after such a long time out

The manager has remained steadfast in his belief the player he signed as a 16-year-old will stay, but his mask slipped at Friday's press conference when he admitted his frustrations at the on-going wrangle.

The Frenchman said: 'I have no news. I am frustrated. He knows what I want and he has to make up his mind.'

Walcott, who misses the weekend match with West Brom through injury, has been one Arsenal's most effective offensive players this season despite spending large chunks of the campaign on the bench.

Meanwhile, Wenger remains another of those involved in a contract dispute, Bacary Sagna, will commit his future to the club.

Sportsmail revealed yesterday the France international is unhappy with the club's offer of a 12 month extension without a pay increase from his existing 60,000-per-week salary.

Sagna will not sign the current deal and the Gunners will look to offload the defender in the summer as he enters the final year of his contract.

But despite the stand-off, Wenger remains confident the issue can be resolved, he said: 'He has 18 months left of his contract to go, and we are in negotiations with him to extend the contract which I think is very positive. I expect him to stay.'

Arsenal are in the midst of their worst start to a season in 18 years and go into the clash with the Baggies having won just two of their last eight Premier League games.

Should I stay or go now: Theo Walcott is at loggerheads with Arsenal over his new deal

Should I stay or go now: Theo Walcott is at loggerheads with Arsenal over his new deal

Missing man: Walcott has been missed and Arsenal look one-paced without him

Missing man: Walcott has been missed and Arsenal look one-paced without him

Wenger believes the run of form has
not been down to any lack of desire on the players' part, and has backed
them to reverse the worrying trend.

He added: 'We have 24 games left, we are in all the competitions, it's up to us to make the season right.

'I am mad about the fact we did not win our last game but I do not question the desire of this team.

Confident: Wenger believes Bacary Sagna will commit his future to the club

Confident: Wenger believes Bacary Sagna will commit his future to the club

Tighten it up: Thomas Vermaelen and Per Mertesacker will continue to play in the heart of defence

Tighten it up: Thomas Vermaelen and Per Mertesacker will continue to play in the heart of defence

'I am here to make the fans happy, if I don't do it I am not happy. I ask them to support the team and get through this.

'We know December is a very important period for us. That's why our focus is on the games, not the transfer market.

'Every transfer period is an important period and we will add what we need.

Arsenal are dedicating tomorrow's clash
against West Bromwich to the Arsenal Foundation – the club's charity
aimed at transforming young people's lives. Arsene Wenger and members of
the first-team squad will donate a day's wages to the charity.

Bernie Ecclestone blasted by Ferrari chief over Sebastian Vettel title row

Bernie's too old! Ferrari chief blasts Ecclestone with latest barb in Vettel title row

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UPDATED:

11:18 GMT, 3 December 2012

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has launched an astonishing attack on Bernie Ecclestone, questioning whether the 82-year-old is too old run Formula One.

Di Montezemolo’s outspoken remarks come in the wake of Ecclestone’s description of Ferrari’s request for clarification from the FIA over an overtaking move by Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel in the season finale in Brazil as ‘a complete joke’.

Di Montezemolo hit back at Ecclestone’s broadside regarding Ferrari’s concerns over the legality Vettel’s move in the race which saw him beat Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso to the world title by just three points.

Supremo: F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone with actor Owen Wilson in Brazil

Supremo: F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone with actor Owen Wilson in Brazil

Stand by your man: Luca di Montezemolo (centre) with Fernando Alonso (right)

Stand by your man: Luca di Montezemolo (centre) with Fernando Alonso (right)

He said: ‘Ecclestone You have to show respect for your elders, especially when they get to that stage in which they are no longer in control of what they say. Old age is clearly incompatible with certain roles and responsibilities.’

Ecclestone is sure to take an extremely dim view of Di Montezemolo’s comments given, despite mounting legal concerns, the veteran Formula One supremo is adamant he has no intention of stepping aside.

West Ham anti-Semitic chants: Yossi Benayoun blasts fans as two arrested over vile songs at Tottenham

Israeli midfielder Benayoun blasts 'embarrassing' West Ham fans as two arrested over vile anti-Semitic chants at Tottenham

Football Association confirm probe into alleged chants referring to Adolf Hitler and attacks on Spurs fans in Rome last weekYossi Benayoun calls for club to punish 'minority' of fans
Society of Black Lawyers have reported incident to Metropolitan PoliceWest Ham vow to ban for life fans found guilty of sick chants

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18:28 GMT, 26 November 2012

West Ham's Israeli midfielder Yossi Benayoun has slammed the anti-Semitic chanting from a section of the club's supporters during Sunday's London derby at Tottenham, calling their behaviour 'embarrassing'.

Two West Ham United supporters have been arrested following the chanting. The two fans have accepted police cautions reportedly for making Nazi salutes, while one of them, a season ticket holder at Upton Park, has already been issued with a life-time banning order by the club.

West Ham earlier today vowed to enforce life bans on any supporters found guilty of participating in vile anti-Semitic chanting that marred the 3-1 Spurs victory. The club are working with Tottenham in their investigation after references to Adolf Hitler, the Holocaust and last week's brutal attacks on Tottenham fans in Rome were reportedly heard during West Ham's 3-1 defeat at White Hart Lane.

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Let down: West Ham fans hit a new low with their chants at White Hart Lane

Let down: West Ham fans hit a new low with their chants at White Hart Lane

Tweet from Sportsmail's Alex Kay

Lazio' chants have gone on for most of
first half. Not just a few people, hundreds. It's sad and pathetic. Ban
them all.' @Alex_Kay_DM

But Benayoun, who is on a season-long loan from Chelsea and in his second spell with the club, has spoken out publicly against the fans' behaviour and called on the club and FA to punish those guilty of the sick chants.

Benayoun, who missed the match on Sunday with a thigh problem, said on Twitter: 'I have a great relationship with the West Ham United supporters, from my first spell at the club and again now I am back on loan here.

'This why I was very disappointed to hear some of the songs yesterday and it was embarrassing.

'But we need to remember that it was made by a minority group of fans and I'm sure the FA together with West Ham United football club will do everything to find and punish them.'

Earlier on Monday, a Metropolitan Police spokesman said: ‘Two men were arrested during the football match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham on Sunday November 25 on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offence. The men accepted a police caution.’

West Ham this
morning issued a statement, which read: 'West Ham United are in contact with Tottenham Hotspur to
assist them with their investigation into the conduct of a small number
of supporters and alleged inappropriate chanting during yesterday's
match at White Hart Lane.

'West Ham United will take the
strongest possible action against any of their supporters, including
enforcing life bans from the club, that are found guilty of behaviour
which is categorically not condoned by West Ham United.

'During the 46 games in the
Championship last season, West Ham United had zero arrests for racism or
violence, so while we are surprised to see such reports today, we will
examine any available evidence of such conduct thoroughly and take the
appropriate action.'

The FA also moved quickly and released a statement on Monday afternoon.

It read: 'The FA can confirm it has begun investigating reports of abusive chanting at the Tottenham Hotspur FC versus West Ham United FC fixture on 25 November 2011.

'The FA Governance Department has this morning contacted both clubs and will continue to make enquiries into the matter in the coming days.

'We note the statement issued by West Ham United FC and encourage Clubs to identify and ban for life any individuals involved in incidents of abusive chanting.

'There is no place for anti-Semitism or any form of discrimination in football. The FA is committed to working with the Clubs, Leagues, fans groups, the police, CPS and community stakeholders to play our part in addressing this unacceptable behaviour.'

Tottenham Hotspur also confirmed that five supporters were arrested during Sunday's match at White Hart Lane outside of the stadium for unrelated incidents.

The chairman of the Society of Black Lawyers Peter Herbert also confirmed his organisation had already notified police after some Hammers supporters appeared to mock the gassing of Jews in the Holocaust during the match at White Hart Lane.

VIDEO: Anti-semitic chants at Spurs Fan's video captures shouts in stands

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Asked if he would take the issue to the police, Herbert told Sky Sports News: 'We've done so already.

'In
fact we were due to meet a borough commander of the Met Police either
later this week or early next week and it's one of the things that will
be on our agenda.

'As far
as we're concerned there has to be zero tolerance of this. If these
people can be identified on camera and prosecuted then that is something
we'd like to see.'

Meanwhile, a Tottenham club
spokesperson said: 'We are currently compiling a full report for the
Football Association and shall be submitting this with all our evidence
including relevant CCTV footage.'

Sportsmail
has learnt that FA officials are waiting to digest the referee's report
before launching a full probe – although off-the-field incidents
typically take longer to investigate
than those on the pitch.

Hundreds of West Ham supporters
chanted ‘Viva Lazio’ at numerous points during the game in a macabre
show of support for the hooligans who left at least 10 Spurs fans
injured and one needing emergency surgery.

Ashley Mills, 25, of Essex, had to be admitted to hospital for stab wounds to his head and groin after being set upon by a gang of masked thugs while in Rome for Tottenham’s Europa League match against Lazio. Two men have since been charged with attempted murder.

Italian flags were seen in the away section on Sunday and a red flare was also set off. After Tottenham had scored their second and third goals, ‘Lazio’ was chanted, bringing ironic cheers from the home crowd.

The most distasteful chants were saved for towards the end. In reply to Spurs fans chanting, ‘Can we play you every week’ West Ham fans sang: ‘Can we stab you every week’

Anti-semitic chanting, hissing and the references to Hitler then followed.

The FA said they would await reports from referee Andre Marriner and fourth official Mark Clattenburg before taking further action.

At the double: Jermain Defoe scored twice as Tottenham cruised to victory over West Ham

At the double: Jermain Defoe scored twice as Tottenham cruised to victory over West Ham

Chance: Tottenham's Gareth Bale tries to score past West Ham's Mohamed Diame (left) at White Hart Lane yesterday

Chance: Tottenham's Gareth Bale tries to score past West Ham's Mohamed Diame (left) at White Hart Lane yesterday

WEST HAM'S OFFICIAL STATEMENT

West Ham United are in contact with Tottenham Hotspur to assist them with their investigation into the conduct of a small number of supporters and alleged inappropriate chanting during yesterday's match at White Hart Lane.

West Ham United will take the strongest possible action against any of their supporters, including enforcing life bans from the club, that are found guilty of behaviour which is categorically not condoned by West Ham United.

During the 46 games in the Championship last season, West Ham United had zero arrests for racism or violence, so while we are surprised to see such reports today, we will examine any available evidence of such conduct thoroughly and take the appropriate action.

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce said he had not heard the chanting but agreed his fans ‘should not be doing that’. Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas branded the chants as ‘stupid’.

Allardyce said: ‘I don’t hear what the fans say or do when I’m concentrating on a game of football.

‘They shouldn’t be doing things like that, should they But it’s the least of my worries at the minute.’

Asked about the Hitler chanting, Allardyce said: ‘If I didn’t hear it, I can’t condemn it. I’ll wait and look at it myself and then I’ll comment after I’ve listened to what they’ve said. I don’t want to be a political animal. I’m in here to talk about football, not what fans are saying or singing.’

Villas-Boas said: ‘We know the animosity
there is between Tottenham and West Ham. As long as it doesn’t reach
stupidity, it is a great rivalry.

Aftermath: The Drunken Ship pub in Rome were Spurs fans were attacked this week

Aftermath: The Drunken Ship pub in Rome were Spurs fans were attacked this week

‘I understand the whole situation is unavoidable although we can’t decipher the complete meaning of what they were singing.’

The two clubs have a long-standing history of abuse between supporters. Former West Ham striker Jermain Defoe, who was booed throughout, scored two of the goals in the win for Tottenham, a victory that takes them one place above the Hammers.

Spurs fans have been the subject of complaints by the Society of Black Lawyers who objected to the White Hart Lane supporters singing ‘Yid Army’ about themselves. Sportsmail has highlighted that this kind of disgraceful chanting is just as despicable as racist abuse, pointing out unacceptable behaviour such as vile abuse Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is subjected to at various grounds.

Sheffield Wednesday boss Dave Jones, who has been the victim of sustained abuse, said: ‘It is like a form of racism because it is every bit as bad.’

Spurs supporters rushed to condemn their West Ham rivals on Twitter.

Three and easy: Tottenham climbed above the Hammers with this win on Sunday

Three and easy: Tottenham climbed above the Hammers with this win on Sunday

Andrew Leason wrote: 'West Ham fans & their Lazio/Hitler chants showing what utter vile scum they are.'

West Ham fan Andrew Wiseman posted: 'The minority of hammers fans with the Lazio chants should hang their heads in shame. And I'm a Hammer. Pathetic.'

Ed Aarons commented: 'Not surprised at all by reports of moronic Lazio chants by West Ham fans at WHL. Not exactly known for their intelligence.'

West Ham fans were also accused of hissing in reference to the Jews who were slaughtered by the Nazis in concentration camps.

'Hissing, Lazio chants and (letting off) a flare. You classless bunch of p***** are really enjoying your cup final, aren't you West Ham,' posted Louise Page.

And Charlie Parrish added: 'Next to West Ham away fans. Lots of Lazio chants. Football's pretty grim sometimes.'

The anti-racism group Kick It Out also said it was looking into the reports of abuse.

Kick It Out chair Lord Herman Ouseley said: 'Kick It Out is following up with both clubs after the reports circulated concerning unacceptable chanting at White Hart Lane and is awaiting reports with further detail.'

The Board of Deputies of British Jews also moved to condemn the reported chanting.

They issued a statement which read: 'The Board of Deputies of British Jews utterly condemns and is dismayed by reports of antisemitic chanting by West Ham United fans at yesterday’s match against Tottenham Hotspur.

'Antisemitism has no place in football or society in general. For football fans to use Holocaust imagery and chants glorifying Adolf Hitler is grossly offensive to the Jewish community and is a stain upon the character of British football.

'This in the same week that Tottenham fans were attacked in Rome in an apparently antisemitic attack.'

Alan Pardew hits out at Roberto Di Matteo sacking

'Unbelievable', blasts Pardew as Abramovich comes in for heavy criticism over Di Matteo sacking

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11:17 GMT, 21 November 2012

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew says he is shocked that Chelsea have sacked manager Roberto Di Matteo just months after the club's greatest night.

The news of the Italian's sacking broke minutes before Pardew spoke to the Press ahead of Newcastle's Europa League game with Maritimo at St James’ Park.

Di Matteo replaced Andre Villas Boas at Stamford Bridge in March and in his first six months won the Champions League and FA Cup, but was sacked on Wednesday morning following the 3-0 defeat to Juventus.

Not impressed: Alan Pardew cannot understand why Roberto Di Matteo has been sacked

Not impressed: Alan Pardew cannot understand why Roberto Di Matteo has been sacked

'It just goes to show you how precarious we are as Premier League managers, and you can't take anything for granted.

'The shock that should be there for the fans and the media should sound something to the owner of that football club because I don't know if that's the ninth manager or whatever it is in so many short years. It's just not fair.

'As far as I am concerned, he has done absolutely nothing wrong. His philosophy was to perhaps change the look of the team, which he has tried to do – that doesn't happen overnight – and he's won two competitions in less than a year, so it's unbelievable.

'He should walk straight into another job – probably at someone else's misfortune, unfortunately.'

Meanwhile, other people from the world of football have spoken out about the sacking of the former Blues' midfielder.

Former Chelsea manager Ruud Gullit, who signed Di Matteo for the club in 1996, said: 'OMG just found out that #robbiedimatteo has been sacked. That hurts me.'

Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) took to Twitter to say: 'Roberto Di Matteo has been fired by Chelsea. The Roman emporer puts the thumbs down yet again.'

End of the road: Chelsea sacked manager Roberto Di Matteo after the 3-0 defeat to Juventus in Turin on Tuesday night

End of the road: Chelsea sacked manager Roberto Di Matteo after the 3-0 defeat to Juventus in Turin on Tuesday night

And former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour (‏@RealRomfordPele), simply Tweeted: 'Redknapp for Chelsea'

While former England cricket captain and lifelong Chelsea fan Alec Stewart (@StewieCricket) posted: 'Joke decision to sack DiMatteo. Wins Champs Lge & FA Cup. Currently 3rd in league. Need stability for sustained success. #nothappy

England batsman and Chelsea fan, Kevin Pietersen, who is currently touring India, said: 'With today's shocking news, I am sampling this footie school in Mumbai now.. #whyRomanwhy '

Elsewhere, Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand Tweeted: 'Wow, Chelsea have sacked their manager!! I'm a bit late I know but its a madness. The stability at our club is something our manager rarely gets praise for…don't under estimate that.'

Saddened: Former Chelsea manager Ruud Gullit was disappointed to hear that Di Matteo had been sacked. The midfielder helped Gullit and Chelsea win the FA Cup in 1997

Saddened: Former Chelsea manager Ruud Gullit was disappointed to hear that Di Matteo had been sacked. The midfielder helped Gullit and Chelsea win the FA Cup in 1997

And Sunderland striker Louis Saha, said on the social networking site: 'Can't believe Roberto di Matteo has been sack after such a good record.Especially when I think he had 2cope with Terry scandals. #harsh.'

Wales assistant manager John Hartson joked: 'Mark Hughes for the Chelsea job!!!!!!! If mark Hughes got the Chelsea job I think my hair would start growing back!!!!'

While former Manchester City player Frannny Lee: 'Di Matteo sacked, very harsh decision! Shows how fragile a managers job can be.'

Successful season: Di Matteo celebrates beating Chelsea to win the FA Cup with Chelsea back in May

Successful season: Di Matteo celebrates beating Chelsea to win the FA Cup with Chelsea back in May

Former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan said: 'Ridiculous decision from Chelsea… RDM wins the trophy they have been chasing for years and now gets the Boot….'

TV presenter and Manchester United fan Eamonn Holmes said: 'The problem at Chelsea is not the Manager – it seems more like the owner !'

BBC presenter Dan Walker added: 'Binning Di Matteo seems harsh, brutal, a bit daft but sadly inevitable. What Abramovitch wants… #CFC'

Olympic sailing champion, Ben Ainslie: 'Sad to hear Di Matteo has gone. Ironically, for a stop-gap, he is the only manager to satisfy Abramovich's dream. What next #cfc'

Gianni Paladini blasts Birmingham City chief Peter Pannu after takeover snub

Don't treat me like an idiot! Paladini blasts Birmingham chief Pannu after takeover snub

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18:23 GMT, 15 November 2012

Gianni Paladini has accused Birmingham City's acting chairman Peter Pannu of treating him like 'an idiot' after the Italian's 29.7m offer to buy the Championship club collapsed.

The former chief executive of QPR had tabled a bid to purchase the Blues from Carson Yeung and had been undertaking due diligence with a view to completing the deal in the next fortnight.

Upset: Gianni Paladini

Upset: Gianni Paladini

But Pannu on Wednesday surprisingly issued a statement flatly denying that any talks had taken place between the two parties, a move that sparked a furious response from the former agent.

Paladini maintained that he had proof that the deal was some way down the line and even said agreement had been reached over Pannu's cut – understood to be in excess of 2m – as evidence that the two sides had been in negotiations.

Pannu, who in Yeung's absence is the decision-maker at St Andrew's, said: 'There are no active negotiations with the group involving Gianni Paladini or any of his associates.

'Should there be any agreement reached, there should be formal announcements made in Hong Kong and also in the UK.'

Paladini expressed his fury at the snub and was dumbfounded by Pannu's denial that there had even been any contact between potential buyer and sell.

Former agent Paladini said: 'His statement makes us look like idiots. We have agreed a price and everything.

'He (Pannu) doesn't want to talk to us. So we are pulling out of the deal. I'm very disappointed, but what can I do

'The only way the deal can be revived is for him to take our deal.

'If he doesn't see that, there's nothing I can do. And if he doesn't want to sell there's nothing I can do.

'But I can show you proof that we have talked. I even reached an agreement with his lawyer about his commission.

'So what's he talking about

'We want to be in before he sells all the players in January. I don't want to come in February when the club is in a right mess.

'I'm disappointed for the fans. We have worked hard to make this deal happen. Mr Pannu doesn't want to sell. He knows the deal – everything has been agreed. What else can I do

'I'm very disappointed. We have been working on this for three months. I was looking forward to it. I could have done a fantastic deal for the club.'