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Tiger Woods should disqualify himself from Masters, says Sir Nick Faldo

You should disqualify yourself! Faldo says Woods will damage legacy if he plays on at Augusta

By
Nick Metcalfe

PUBLISHED:

14:31 GMT, 13 April 2013

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UPDATED:

16:58 GMT, 13 April 2013

Sir Nick Faldo has hit out at Tiger Woods after the American superstar was given a two-shot penalty for a controversial drop at the Masters, saying he should disqualify himself from the tournament.

Woods hit his third shot against the flag stick on the 15th hole at Augusta, with the ball bouncing into the water. He then took a drop from what appeared to be the wrong place, two yards away from its original lie.

It was thought at one time that the world No 1 could have been disqualified, but he was given a reprieve on Saturday morning by rules officials.

However, three-time Masters winner Faldo told the Golf Channel that he should elect not to play the final two rounds, saying he 'should think about mark this will leave on his legacy'.

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods

Drama: Woods reacts after his ball flies into the water (left) and then takes his drop (right)

Key moment: Woods seen here dropping the ball on the 15th after his third shot found the water

Key moment: Woods seen here dropping the ball on the 15th after his third shot found the water

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Faldo added: 'For me, this is dreadful. Absolutely, no intention to drop this as close as possible. Simply, a breach of rules.

'The rules of golf are black and white and Tiger broke them. He’s admitted he broke them. He should stand up and earn himself some brownie points and say to all his fellow professionals: ”I’ve broken the rules, I’m going home and I will see you next week.” He should consider the mark this will leave on his legacy.’

Woods will start the third round on one-under par, five off the lead held by Jason Day.

Golf's rules were changed a year ago, with players now not being disqualified for signing the wrong card.

New rules state that 'if the Committee is satisfied that the competitor could not reasonably have known or discovered the facts resulting in his breach of the Rules, it would be justified under Rule 33-7 in waiving the disqualification penalty prescribed by Rule 6-6d.'

Way back when: Woods receives the green jacket from Sir Nick Faldo in 1997

Way back when: Woods receives the green jacket from Sir Nick Faldo in 1997

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Former US Open champion Graeme
McDowell said on Twitter: '2 shot penalty for TW for wrong drop. New
rule applied for trial by tv. Instead of retrospective DQ, player
receives a penalty. Decent rule.'

The
leader after two rounds was Australia's Jason Day, on six-under. But
all the talk as the weekend began was once again about Woods.

Watch Tiger Woods' shot fly off the stick and into the water…

FIFA fine Roy Hodgson"s agent after breaching regulations when bringing Heurelho Gomes to Spurs

Hodgson's agent fined by FIFA after breach of rules to bring Gomes to Spurs

By
Martin Ziegler, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

15:33 GMT, 8 February 2013

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UPDATED:

16:10 GMT, 8 February 2013

Roy Hodgson's agent has been fined and warned by FIFA for breaking regulations over the transfer of goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes to Tottenham.

Leon Angel, who is based in London, was found guilty of two breaches of the regulations and fined 4,800.

Hodgson negotiated his England contract with the Football Association but Angel has carried out accountancy work with him previously.

The deal to take Heurelho Gomes from PSV was under scrutiny

Wrongdoing: The deal to take Heurelho Gomes from PSV was under scrutiny

The violations related to Gomes' move from PSV Eindhoven in July 2008 and was referred by the FA to FIFA in June 2011.

FIFA said in a statement: 'FIFA also informed Mr Angel that a further breach of the players' agents regulations will result in more severe sanctions to be determined by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee, which can lead to a suspension or even a withdrawal of the players' agent licence.'

The first regulation breached refers to having a 'relevant written representation contract with that player or club', and the second requires that 'every players' agent shall ensure that his name, signature and the name of his client appear in any contracts resulting from transactions in which he is involved'.

Angel insists however that it was an administrative oversight by a Brazilian agent, and that he was not responsible for the paperwork.

He told Press Association Sport: 'It is a technical breach on an administrative matter and we are appealing against it to CAS.

'It's actually nothing to do with us – the transfer was performed by a Brazilian agent who did not fill in a form.'

Gomes has faced many highs and lows in his time at Tottenham

Happy Gomes has faced many highs and lows in his time at Tottenham

Financial Fair Play: Premier League agree financial cap and clubs will face points deduction

Premier League agree financial cap and clubs will face points deduction if they breach new rules

By
Martyn Ziegler, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

12:21 GMT, 7 February 2013

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UPDATED:

19:08 GMT, 7 February 2013

How Martin Samuel broke the story…

Martin Samuel revealed last month that Arsenal, Manchester United, Tottenham and Liverpool were looking to shackle the spending of Chelsea and Manchester City

Top-flight clubs will face a points deduction if they breach new spending controls agreed today, Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore has confirmed.

The 20 club chairmen agreed to two significant controls – to limit players' wage bills from next season, and longer-term measures that will restrict the amount of losses clubs can make to 105million over three years.

Clubs whose total wage bill is more than 52million will only be allowed to increase their wages by 4million per season for the next three years, though that cap does not cover extra money coming in from increases in commercial or matchday income.

The effect of the financial controls
should prevent hugely wealthy owners achieving the almost-overnight
success of Chelsea and Manchester City.

Moneybags: Man City have splashed the cash in their bid for Premier League domination

Moneybags: Man City have splashed the cash in their bid for Premier League domination

Rolling in it: Chelsea have spent hundreds of millions under Roman Abramovich

Rolling in it: Chelsea have spent hundreds of millions under Roman Abramovich

Any club breaching the rules will face tough sanctions – and Scudamore said they would be pushing for points deductions.

Scudamore told reporters: 'As all things in our rulebook you will subject to a disciplinary commission.
'The clubs understand that if people break the 105m we will look for the top-end ultimate sanction range – a points deduction.

'Normally we stay silent on sanctions
as the commission has a free range but clearly if there is a material
breach of that rule we will be asking the commission to consider top-end
sanctions.'

Scudamore said there would be an
'absolute prohibition' on clubs reporting losses of more than
105million over the next three years with the first sanctions possible
in 2016.

Of the 20 clubs in the top flight,
only Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool have reported losses of more
than 105million over the last three years, according to the most
up-to-date published accounts.

Scudamore said that the measures
would mean it will take longer for benefactor owners to achieve success –
but that it would still be possible.

He said: 'The balance we have tried
to strike is that a new owner can still invest a decent amount of money
to improve their club but they are not going to be throwing hundreds and
hundreds of millions in a very short period of time.

'While it has worked for a couple of
clubs in the last 10 years, and I am not critical of that, if that's
going to be done in the future it's going to have to be over a slightly
longer term without the huge losses being made.

FFP plans: The letter, revealed exclusively by Sportsmail's Martin Samuel, with the Arsenal header which says the proposed regulations do not go far enough

FFP plans: The letter, revealed exclusively by Sportsmail's Martin Samuel, with the Arsenal header which says the proposed regulations do not go far enough

Part two of the letter

'I think at 105million you can still
build a very decent club with substantial owner funding but you have to
do it over time, you can't do it in a season.'

'Chelsea won the Premier League two
years after Roman Abramovich's takeover, and Manchester City's title
success came three years after Sheik Mansour's takeover.'

Any club making any loss of over 5million a year will have guarantee those losses against the owner's assets.

'In some ways that's the most
significant part, this is a three-year rolling system of secure funding –
it's one year at the moment,' added Scudamore.

The ceiling when the wage increase
restrictions kick in will be 52million next season, 56million the
following year and 60million in 2015-16. Only seven of the current
top-flight clubs would be under that ceiling at the moment.

West Ham's co-owner David Gold said that the proposals for controls had received backing of the majority of chairmen.

He said: 'We have all voted and it
was overwhelmingly supported, not by all the clubs – some are a little
concerned – but the vast majority of the clubs voted in favour.

'It's not a salary cap, it's a
restraint on over-spending. If clubs increase their revenues then they
can increase their spending.

'We have got restraint, that's the important thing. What's driving the whole thing is we've got to avoid another Portsmouth.'

Leeds boss Neil Warnock admits FA improper conduct charge but fights touchline ban

Leeds boss Warnock admits FA improper conduct charge but fights touchline ban

PUBLISHED:

12:57 GMT, 27 November 2012

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UPDATED:

12:57 GMT, 27 November 2012

Leeds manager Neil Warnock has
accepted an FA charge for improper conduct for his 'on-field behaviour'
following his side's 1-0 defeat at Millwall earlier this month.

Warnock was furious that referee Mark
Halsey dismissed Luke Varney three minutes into the second half for an
apparent elbow on Adam Smith.

Seeing red: Leeds United's manager Neil Warnock (left) and Luke Varney (centre)

Seeing red: Leeds United's manager Neil Warnock (left) and Luke Varney (centre)

Warnock has not accepted the standard penalty of a touchline ban and fine for the offence and has requested a paper hearing, which means he will not be required to attend.

A statement on the FA's website read: 'Neil Warnock has accepted an FA charge for a breach of FA Rule E3 in relation to improper conduct following his side's game at Millwall on 18 November 2012.

'The Leeds United manager has, however, not accepted the standard penalty 1 for the breach and requested a paper hearing.'

World snooker drop betting case surrounding Steve Davis match

Snooker chiefs drop betting scam surrounding Davis match with Un-Nooh

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UPDATED:

16:50 GMT, 9 November 2012

Nugget: Davis was not under suspicion

Nugget: Davis was not under suspicion

The World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association will take no disciplinary action after completing an investigation into betting patterns in a Players Tour Championship match between Steve Davis and Thepchaiya Un-Nooh.

Six-time former world champion Davis won the match under scrutiny, a third-round contest in Gloucester on September 8, by a 4-0 margin.

The WPBSA, which is snooker's regulatory body, was made aware of odds on Asian betting exchanges moving considerably in the hours before the match, with Thai player Thepchaiya initially an odds-on favourite.

, where Steve Davis won the match 4-0.

'The WPBSA process of making enquiries is very thorough and has included liaising with the Gambling Commission and a number of other partners in the betting industry. The WPBSA have found that there is insufficient evidence to show that there has been any breach of the WPBSA members rules and will take no further action regarding this matter.'

Aston Villa v Norwich: Paul Lambert admits grudge with City chairman runs deep

Lambert admits grudge against Norwich chief runs deep ahead of clash with former club

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UPDATED:

12:03 GMT, 26 October 2012

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert admits he had not spoken to Norwich chairman Alan Bowkett for two years as he prepares to face his former club at Villa Park.

Lambert will do battle with the Canaries on Saturday for the first time since he quit Carrow Road at the end of last season to take charge at Villa.

Lambert and Norwich are suing each other for breach of contract and the matter will be decided by a Premier League manager's tribunal.

Feud: Paul Lambert (left) and Norwich chairman Alan Bowkett are in a legal battle

Feud: Paul Lambert (left) and Norwich chairman Alan Bowkett are in a legal battle

But Lambert was upset last month when Bowkett made the matter public at a fans' forum and claimed he had left all of his previous clubs in a similar manner.

Lambert insists his action is only a counter-claim to Norwich's charge that he breached his contract when resigning five months ago.

When asked about Bowkett's claims, Lambert said: 'I don't know because I've never spoken to the chairman for about three years.

'Perhaps that is a bit of an exaggeration, maybe two. It's a good chunk of time. Why That's football. Let him talk. We will see what happens.'

Lambert has the backing of the League Manager's Association and is confident he will win his case.

He said: 'Could I have handled leaving Norwich any differently

'Me, not at all. I took advice from the LMA and I know what is going on.

'It
will be in the hands of a Premier League manager's tribunal and
hopefully it will be sorted. But I've got nothing to be ashamed of. I've
got nothing to hide.'

Point to prove: Norwich travel to Villa Park on Saturday to face their old boss

Point to prove: Norwich travel to Villa Park on Saturday to face their old boss

Lambert looks back with pride on steering Norwich to successive promotions but is unsure what reception he will receive from their fans.

He said: 'When you leave a club, especially after what we'd done, you'd think we'd be made to feel welcome.

'But it doesn't always transpire that way. I look back at the three years with pride.

'It was an incredible part of my life which I'll never forget and the crowd were magic with me.

'Football moves on but I'll never forget the time there. I loved my time there but I don't think I'll be made welcome to go back, that's for sure.'

Lewis Hamilton hits out at Jenson Button for Twitter snub

No respect! Lewis blast at Button after 'snub'… only to backtrack after an hour

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UPDATED:

23:47 GMT, 7 October 2012

Snub: Button

Snub: Button

Lewis Hamilton was forced into a grovelling climbdown after accusing McLaren team-mate Jenson Button of lacking respect.

Hamilton, who is leaving for Mercedes at the end of the season, claimed Button had stopped following him on Twitterr.

The 27-year-old took to Twitter and said: ‘Just noticed @jensonbutton unfollowed, thats a shame. After 3 years as teammates, I thought we respected one another but clearly he doesn’t.’

However, less than an hour later, Hamilton added: 'My bad, just found out Jenson never followed me. Don't blame him! Need to be on Twitter more!'

Publicly, the pair have always put on a united front as the faces of McLaren. However, behind the scenes Button is known to have taken a dim view of Hamilton’s behaviour in recent times.

Storm: Hamilton tweets his disappointment at Button's actions

Storm: Hamilton tweets his disappointment at Button's actions

New era: Hamilton (left) chats to his future team-mate Nico Rosberg at Suzuka on Sunday

New era: Hamilton (left) chats to his future team-mate Nico Rosberg at Suzuka on Sunday

He was angered by Hamilton tweeting
confidential telemetry information at the Belgian Grand Prix last month –
an unprecedented breach of team ethics. Button said at the time he was
‘disappointed’ by the incident, but privately he was fuming.

Hamilton’s latest tweet has clearly
revealed the cracks in the pair’s relationship, and is likely to create
an awkward mood in the McLaren camp, with another five races to go until
the season ends in Brazil on November 25.

Scott Wootton rejected Liverpool to join Manchester United

Wootton: I could have joined Liverpool but now I'm ready to start for United

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UPDATED:

16:00 GMT, 4 October 2012

Scott Wootton would have no problem stepping into the breach if Jonny Evans is ruled out of Manchester United's Premier League trip to Newcastle on Sunday – and revealed he could have signed for Liverpool.

Wootton has been catapulted into United's first-team squad thanks to the injury crisis that has already robbed Sir Alex Ferguson of three central defenders, and leaves him at risk of being without a fourth if Evans cannot shake off the effects of a dead leg.

The 21-year-old made his first senior start against Newcastle in the Capital One Cup and came off the substitutes' bench in Tuesday's Champions League win over Cluj in Romania.

Let me play: Youngster Scott Wootton is ready to fill in for Jonny Evans

Let me play: Youngster Scott Wootton is ready to fill in for Jonny Evans

And while Ferguson cannot wait for his fitness worries to ease, Wootton could be forgiven for wanting it to carry on a little bit longer.

'The last week or so has been amazing,' said the 21-year-old.

'To make my competitive debut in the League Cup and then to come on and play in the Champions League is a great feeling. It's something I'm made up with.

'It is always the way. As a young player, obviously you don't wish injuries on someone, but that's how you might get your chance.

'I got my chance against Newcastle through injuries. It's just the way it is.'

Wootton had a rather unconventional route to the United first team in that he hails from Birkenhead and was initially on Tranmere's books.

However, it was not long before Liverpool were showing an interest and he moved to their academy.
United always kept in touch though, and when Wootton hesitated over signing scholarship forms with the Anfield outfit, the Red Devils made their move.

'I wasn't too sure whether I was going to sign (for Liverpool),' said Wootton.

'United invited me down for a week's trial and said they wanted to sign straight after that. It was really good.'

Wootton is showing welcome signs of being completed unaffected by the transformation in his status.
He still changed with the reserve players last week at the Carrington training ground, and when United took on Liverpool at Anfield last month he was able to sneak into the visitors' end without anyone taking too much notice.

'I was never a Liverpool fan or anything like that, so I just went mad like everyone else when Robin van Persie scored,' he said.

United stand: Wottoon (L) could have joined Liverpool

United stand: Wottoon (L) could have joined Liverpool

How quickly Wootton has gone from cheering Manchester United's latest glamour boy to sharing a dressing room with him.

Yet Wootton insists he is trying to do everything just the same.

'You want to progress as a footballer and these are the next steps,' he said.

'For young players at a lot of top clubs the League Cup is where the managers embed them into the team, so obviously I was delighted with that.

'But in all these situations, it would be wrong to do anything different than you would normally.

'Obviously there are some extra special things like the team talks, coming away with the first team and the fans, which are different from what you're are used to.

'But you just try and concentrate on your football just the same.'

It is not quite the same though, not when you are having to mark Papiss Cisse, as he did in the League Cup and may have to do again on Sunday.

'Everything is that extra step quicker,' said Wootton.

'You've always got to concentrate; you can't switch off for one minute.'

Chelsea players have watches and wallets stolen at Cobham training ground

EXCLUSIVE: Chelsea players have wallets and watches stolen in training ground raid

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UPDATED:

06:28 GMT, 26 September 2012

Chelsea have called in police after six wallets, nine mobile phones and several watches were stolen from staff and players at the training ground in yet another amazing security breach at the club.

The thefts, which took place earlier this month, were discovered when the players returned to the changing room after training at their Cobham base in Surrey.

It is the latest serious incident at the training ground this year and has caused disruption and anger amongst the players affected.

Raid: Chelsea's training ground was the site of a theft

Raid: Chelsea's training ground was the site of a theft

Earlier this year a knife was discovered in the dressing room at the club’s academy. The club claimed it had been mislaid by a workman.

Chelsea fired academy starlet Jacob Mellis after he caused a full-scale evacuation of the training complex by letting off a smoke bomb.

On top of that, three of Chelsea’s staff damaged the European Cup while posing for unauthorised pictures with the trophy won in a thrilling final against Bayern Munich last May.

Absent: The theft took place while Chelsea were training

Absent: The theft took place while Chelsea were training

Players are now demanding to know how their possessions could have been taken during an hour-and-a-half training session.

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Knife is found in Chelsea dressing room

After a gun and a knife there's a new weapon of choice at Chelsea… smoke bombs!

Crackpots! Chelsea embarrassed after staff damage Champions League trophy

A club spokesman said: ‘A number of personal items were recently stolen from the academy dressing room area. The matter is currently being investigated by the police. CCTV footage is being handed to them and confirms the thefts were carried out by a lone intruder not connected with the training ground site.

‘Other local premises near to the training ground were targeted that day and may be connected. Nobody at Chelsea FC is under suspicion.’

Although Chelsea insist the thefts are not an inside job, police have yet to make an arrest after they were called in last week.

This is the first time police have been called to the training ground about alleged thefts, but there have been various disturbing reports involving players’ personal effects this year.

Joy of six: Chelsea cruised to victory over Wolves on Tuesday night

Joy of six: Chelsea cruised to victory over Wolves on Tuesday night

Players have frequently complained about cash going missing from their changing room but there has never been any proof of theft.

Chelsea are convinced the crimes have been committed by an opportunist thief walking into the training ground. Police are studying CCTV footage of the facility.

On Tuesday night, Chelsea said the thefts did not involve the first-team dressing room, but the identities of the victims have not been revealed.

Charles Green served with notice of complaint by Scottish FA

Rangers chief Green faces charges for comments about SPL Benefit Trust panel

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UPDATED:

16:03 GMT, 18 September 2012

Rangers chief executive Charles Green has been issued with a notice of complaint by the Scottish Football Association.

Green was charged for alleged comments made regarding the integrity of the commission, chaired by Lord Nimmo Smith, which will investigate the Ibrox club's use of Employee Benefit Trusts (EBTs).

The three-man panel was set up by the Scottish Premier League to discover if Rangers had broken any rules in using the EBTs during the tenure of former owner Sir David Murray from 2000 to 2011.

Outspoken: Rangers chief executive Charles Green (right) faces censure from the SFA

Outspoken: Rangers chief executive Charles Green (right) faces censure from the SFA

Green refused to recognise or co-operate with the commission, set to meet on November 13, and was reported as saying: 'That's what we're going to spend our time doing, not turning up at supposedly independent hearings where the SPL appoint the jury, set the outcome, and set the punishment before we have the trial.'

Green has been charged with breaching Disciplinary Rule 66 by allegedly 'Bringing the game into disrepute by calling into question the integrity of the Commission… by suggesting in a media interview that the outcome and sanction of said Commission had been pre-determined by the SPL.'

He has also been charged with 'Not acting in the best interests of football by calling into question the integrity of the Commission… by suggesting in a media interview that the outcome and sanction of said Commission had been pre-determined by the SPL', a breach of Disciplinary Rule 71.

More trouble: Green faces charges that he broke two SFA rules

More trouble: Green faces charges that he broke two SFA rules

Green has until Monday, September 24 to respond to the notice of complaint, with a hearing scheduled in principle for Thursday, October 4.

Rule 66 states that 'No recognised football body, club, official, team official or other member of team staff, player, referee, or other person under the jurisdiction of the Scottish FA shall bring the game into disrepute.'

Rule 71 states that 'A recognised football body, club, official, team official, other member of team staff, player or other person under the jurisdiction of the Scottish FA shall, at all times, act in the best interests of association football. Furthermore, such person or body shall not act in any manner which is improper or use any one, or a combination, of violent conduct, serious foul play, threatening, abusive, indecent or insulting words or behaviour.'