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Luis Suarez latest Liverpool will NOT appeal ten-match ban for bite

Suarez will NOT appeal 10-match FA ban for biting Ivanovic… and it's his own decision

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12:40 GMT, 26 April 2013

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UPDATED:

13:02 GMT, 26 April 2013

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Luis Suarez will not appeal the 10-match ban handed to him by the FA for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic.

Suarez had until midday today to lodge an appeal, with the club reportedly leaving the decision to the Uruguayan himself.

The 26-year-old had already accepted the three-match suspension for violent conduct, but will not contest the additional punishment.

Scroll down for video of Brendan Rodgers Press Conference

tasty: The bizarre clash was missed by referee Kevin Friend, who had to be told the specifics by Ivanovic

Appeal: Suarez has decided to fight against the 10-match ban he was handed by the Football Association

A three-person Independent Regulatory Commission upheld The FA’s claim that a suspension of three matches was clearly insufficient and the player will now serve a further seven first-team matches in addition to the standard three.

The suspension begins with immediate effect and applies to Liverpool's next ten domestic first-team fixtures.

Closed: Suarez during a training session at Melwood Training Ground on Wednesday

Closed: Suarez during a training session at Melwood Training Ground on Wednesday

Blame game: Graham Poll is relieved referee Kevin Friend (right) was not blamed for missing the incident

Blame game: Graham Poll is relieved referee Kevin Friend (right) was not blamed for missing the incident

Prime Minister David Cameron said today that Suarez's bite on Ivanovic set an 'appalling example' to his seven-year-old son.

Cameron told BBC Radio Five Live this morning that his intervention in the matter was merely that of a concerned father.

'I made my own views clear just as a dad watching the game,' he said.

Prime criticism: Even Prime Minister David Cameron, seen here appearing on BBC Breakfast, told BBC Radio Five Live this morning that players behaving like this sets an 'appalling example'

Prime criticism: Even Prime Minister David Cameron, seen here appearing on BBC Breakfast this morning, told BBC Radio Five Live this morning that players behaving like this sets an 'appalling example'

'I've got a seven-year-old son who just loves watching football and when players behave like this it just sets the most appalling example to young people in our country.'

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers yesterday accused the FA of double standards and throwing Suarez out with the ‘garbage’.

Rodgers spoke publicly
yesterday for the first time since Suarez was banned for 10 games for
biting Ivanovic.

And he did not hold back,
insisting the punishment was ‘not right’ and ‘too severe’.

Goalkeeper
Pepe Reina went even further, saying it was ‘absurd, out of proportion
and unfair’ and that the authorities had ‘got it in for Luis’.

He needs help: Suarez has launched an impassioned defence of his under-fire striker

He needs help: Suarez has launched an impassioned defence of his under-fire striker

Brendan Rodgers 'shocked' by length of Suarez ban

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Rodgers believes the three-person Independent Regulatory Committee that imposed the ban were prejudiced by the fact the FA had already announced they considered the offence worthy of more than a three-match ban.

Further to that, he claimed the FA’s disciplinary procedures were inconsistent and said he was mystified by the Prime Minister’s decision to enter the debate.

Rodgers said: ‘Luis has not let me down one bit. He is a player who fell well below the standards of this football club but that doesn’t mean he should be thrown to the garbage, which is what has happened from a lot of people these last few days.

Luis Suarez is seen laughing and joking with his team-mates

Luis Suarez is seen laughing and joking with his team-mates

In the mix: Suarez looked in high spirits during this afternoon's training session on Merseyside

‘I certainly won’t be prepared to do
that. I don’t believe the sanction fits with what he did. There’s no
doubt if you have those high-profile figures making those sorts of
statements, there will be a bias.

‘It’s human nature. If you have people reading and listening to things,
when they sit down to talk about it supposedly for the first time,
people would argue whether they already had a decision in their minds.
That process, for me, would need to change.

‘You have an FA council member, an FA county representative and an
ex-player, so I don’t know how it is independent. That has to be looked
at and this is probably not the first time it’s been said.

All smiles: Luis Suarez trains with Liverpool the day after he was hit with a ten-game ban

All smiles: Luis Suarez trains with Liverpool the day after he was hit with a ten-game ban

‘I felt Luis would maybe get more than three games. But we had hoped
there would be something in there that would allow him a greater
opportunity to rehabilitate. The bigger thing in all of this is to try
to make sure it doesn’t happen again.’

Rodgers made a clumsy analogy yesterday in comparing Suarez’s moment of madness to a tennis player smashing his racket.

But he argued that the length of the punishment was unfair in comparison
to two similar cases in 2006; one saw Tottenham’s Jermain Defoe escape
punishment for biting West Ham’s Javier Mascherano, while the other saw
Chester’s Sean Hessey receive five matches for biting Stockport’s Liam
Dickinson.

‘I feel the punishment has been against the man rather than the
incident,’ Rodgers said. ‘That is my underlying feeling. There was
euphoria around the time that it happened. Everyone has their opinion.
That’s fine. But when you come away and assess it in the cold light of
day, it was violent conduct.’

Bite club: Suarez sunk his teeth into Branislav Ivanovic during the Premier League match at Anfield

Bite club: Suarez sunk his teeth into Branislav Ivanovic during the Premier League match at Anfield

JAMIE CARRAGHER'S VERDICT

CLICK HERE: Luis was wrong, but before we hound him out let's remember other Liverpool legends were not exactly saints

Again, of course, there is a flaw in Rodgers’ argument. The FA stated
their case that a three-game ban for Suarez was insufficient on the same
day it was revealed Suarez felt three games was ample.

Both sides
stated their positions and it was then left to the independent committee
to make a decision.

The committee can take into consideration past misdemeanours and the
fact Suarez had been banned for 10 games in his Liverpool career, not to
mention his seven-match suspension at Ajax for biting PSV Eindhoven’s
Otman Bakkal, would have counted against him.

tasty: The bizarre clash was missed by referee Kevin Friend, who had to be told the specifics by Ivanovic

tasty: The bizarre clash was missed by referee Kevin Friend, who had to be told the specifics by Ivanovic

The FA have also not always been successful in arguing for longer
suspensions. In January, an independent panel decided a three-game ban
for Chelsea’s Eden Hazard was sufficient after he tangled with a
Swansea ball boy. On that occasion the FA had called for a longer ban,
too.

Pardew baffled by FA action

Alan Pardew has branded the FA’s disciplinary system flawed and wants the organisation’s decisions to be more consistent.

The Newcastle manager hit out after Wigan’s Callum McManaman escaped a ban for his horror challenge on Toon defender Massadio Hadaira but Liverpool’s Luis Suarez was banned for 10 games after biting Branislav Ivanovic of Chelsea.

‘I don’t think that’s reasonable,’ Pardew said. ‘That is a flaw in the system. All Premier League managers are looking for that committee to give us the answers as to why. You’re always going to have grey areas when it comes to discipline and fines but at least have some consistency. It’s consistency of punishments we’re looking for.

‘The FA need to answer why it was 10 games for Suarez. It’s interesting why it was.’

Suarez serves the first game of his ban when Liverpool play at Newcastle on Saturday.

Liverpool have promised to stand by Suarez, regardless of whether he
appeals, but they are aware his ban could be increased at a new hearing.
Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann said yesterday Suarez should
‘accept it and get on with it’.

Rodgers, in a club suit at the Melwood training ground rather than his
customary tracksuit, has spoken several times with Suarez and his agent,
Pere Guardiola, in recent days. There will be more discussions and
Suarez will train as normal. But Rodgers admitted the club’s greatest
asset may consider whether he wants to continue playing in England.

‘This is a guy who I see on a daily basis trying very hard,’ said
Rodgers. ‘His passions in life are his family and Liverpool Football
Club. It is part of his make-up, you can’t change that. But he is trying
to adapt the traits he has grown up with to the culture here.

‘Each time he makes a step forward we beat him with a stick and beat him
down. I can understand if he felt like that in a moment of reflection.

‘Am I worried he will knock on my door I am not thinking about that. I
can guide him, like I’ve done this year, and will tell him when he’s
done wrong. We will plan for the future with Luis. There is no other
thought. Luis is very much a player I believe will be here.’

Bayern Munich, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain have been linked with
Suarez but Rodgers added: ‘I’ve had a lot of discussions with Pere
Guardiola that have been very strong. They are very happy with what the
club has done, not only to protect the player but to support him.

‘The objective is to make sure it doesn’t happen again and that is at the forefront of our minds.’

Follows him: Suarez's clash with Patrice Evra in 2011 resulted in an eight-game ban for the Liverpool man

Follows him: Suarez's clash with Patrice Evra in 2011 resulted in an eight-game ban for the Liverpool man

Follows him: Suarez's clash with Patrice Evra in 2011 resulted in an eight-game ban for the Liverpool man

VIDEO Liverpool's Managing Director on Suarez controversy

Liverpool to stand by Suarez

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Look, ref: Ivanovic shows his arm to referee Kevin Friend following the biting incident at Anfield yesterday

Look, ref: Ivanovic shows his arm to referee Kevin Friend following the biting incident at Anfield yesterday

Luis Suarez appears to bite Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic

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Previous: Suarez bites Otman Bakkal of PSV while playing for Ajax

Previous: Suarez bites Otman Bakkal of PSV while playing for Ajax

Repeat The PSV star was as perplexed as Ivanovic by Suarez's behaviour

Repeat The PSV star was as perplexed as Ivanovic by Suarez's behaviour

It's not the first time Suarez has used his teeth

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OTHER SUAREZ CONTROVERSIES

Liverpool forward Luis Suarez is back in the spotlight after appearing to bite Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic on the arm during the 2-2 draw with Chelsea at Anfield, going on to score a late equaliser.

Here are some of the previous controversies surrounding the Uruguayan forward.

February 2007: Suarez made his international debut for Uruguay against Colombia but was sent off in the final minutes after being shown a second yellow card for dissent.

November 2007: Joined Ajax from Uruguayan side Nacional but he was later suspended by the Dutch giants after a half-time dressing-room altercation with team-mate Albert Luque.

July 2010: During the 2010 World Cup quarter-finals, Suarez prevented Ghana's Dominic Adiyiah from scoring in the final minute with a deliberate handball on the line and was subsequently sent off. A penalty was awarded but missed by Asamoah Gyan and footage showed Suarez celebrating on the sidelines. Uruguay eventually went through to the last four on penalties.

November 2010: Suarez was handed a seven-match ban by the Dutch FA and fined by his club for biting PSV Eindhoven midfielder Otman Bakkal during an Eredivisie match.

October 2011: Following his move to Liverpool in January 2011, he was involved in a tackle with Everton's Jack Rodwell and goes down with apparent minimal contact. Rodwell was then sent off.

October 2011: Suarez was alleged to have racially abused Manchester United's Patrice Evra during a Premier League match. Suarez was later found guilty by an independent regulatory commission and banned for eight matches and fined 40,000.

December 2011: Was seen making an offensive gesture towards Fulham fans. At this time he had already been charged by the Football Association over the racism incident, although not yet punished, but was handed a further one-match ban for the gesture.

February 2012: United and Liverpool met again at Old Trafford, but more controversy blew up as Suarez refused to shake Evra's hand before kick-off.

October 2012: Celebrated a goal against Everton by diving in front of Toffees boss David Moyes who had earlier claimed that 'divers' such as Suarez were putting fans off the English game.

January 2013: Handles the ball prior to scoring Liverpool's winner in the FA Cup third round tie at Mansfield.

April 2013: Bites Branislav Ivanovic on the arm but
escapes punishment on the pitch as the referee fails to see it, and
scores Liverpool's equaliser seven minutes into stoppage time as they
draw 2-2 with Chelsea at Anfield. Fined by club the following day and
charged with violent conduct by the FA. Subsequently handed a 10-match
ban by an independent regulatory commission.

SAM TOMKINS: This is the biggest year in our sporting history and I can"t wait to give the Aussies a beating

This is the biggest year in our sport's history and I can't wait to give the arrogant Aussies a World Cup beating

.

Well
even though Leeds just came up short losing 14-18, Kevin still gets my
vote. When you see him train he’s utterly ruthless, he’s one of this
country’s finest sporting leaders and is so important to Leeds and
England.

Cameron Smith of Melbourne Storm poses with the trophy

Kevin Sinfield of Leeds Rhinos

Winners: Cameron Smith (left) may have held the World Club Challenge trophy aloft last Friday but Kevin Sinfield (right) gets Sam's vote as deserved player of the year

Away from rugby league and I was immensely proud to see my brother Joel selected for a Six Nations squad last week, although he didn’t make the match-day squad against France.

Joel and I are really close and when
he moved down to London I found it quite hard. We used to train together
every day and even though he’s only two hours away on the train it was
weird not seeing him.

I’m
delighted that he’s taken to life down south so quickly and hopefully in
the not too distant future will get a place in the full England team.
I’ll definitely be down there cheering him on should he
make it.

Pride of a Lion: Sam's brother Joel (left) was called into the England rugby union squad for the Six Nations game against France

Pride of a Lion: Sam's brother Joel (left) was called into the England rugby union squad for the Six Nations game against France

Also, I was shocked to read about the awful racist abuse Mario Balotelli got in football's Milan derby at the weekend.

There is absolutely no place for racism in any sport and the worst part is generally its a minority that spoil it and damage the reputation of a club.

Shocking: Balotelli (foreground) was racially taunted by Inter Milan fans at the wekeend

Shocking: Balotelli (foreground) was racially taunted by Inter Milan fans at the wekeend

Olympic basketball hopeful Amber Charles reacts to government cuts to funding

Olympic hopeful joins campaign against government cuts to basketball funding

bid, has joined the campaign to pressurise the Prime Minister over the slashed funding that is crippling basketball.

Britain’s basketball superstar Luol Deng delivered a hard-hitting letter to David Cameron this week after UK Sport’s funding was cut in the aftermath of the Olympics.

Now Charles, who as a 15-year-old girl from East London was an ambassdor for the Games, has spoken out too. She had a dream to play basketball for her country in Rio in 2016, but that dream is no longer possible if British basketball receives no funding.

Amber Charles was an ambassador for the Games at the age of 15, and met Lord Coe and David Beckham

Amber Charles was an ambassador for the Games at the age of 15, and met Lord Coe and David Beckham

Disappointed: Amber Charles was an ambassador for the Games at the age of 15, and met Lord Coe and David Beckham

Her letter reads as follows: ‘As many of you may remember I was an Ambassador for the London 2012 Olympic bid back in 2005. I was just 15 at the time and as you can imagine being alongside David Beckham, Lord Coe and people like Denise Lewis was an incredible experience for a young girl from East London. These are memories which are precious to me and will stay with me forever.

‘I travelled to Lausanne to present London’s bid book to the IOC and was part of your team which travelled to Singapore for the final presentation to the IOC. I also had the great honour of carrying the Olympic Torch as part of London’s Opening Ceremony.

‘My London 2012 experiences, from 2004 through to the actual Games, were amazing and the moment London was announced as the 2012 Host City will live with me for the rest of my life. That moment inspired me to pursue my dream to become a professional basketball player.

‘Almost eight years on and I am now studying in my final year of university in Tennessee on a basketball scholarship. London 2012 made me even more determined to follow my dreams and my ambition now – as it was even back then in 2005 – is to make the GB basketball team for Rio 2016. It is my focus and my aim.

Luol Deng spoke out against the cuts in a letter to David Cameron

Critical: Luol Deng spoke out against the cuts in a letter to David Cameron

‘But I am utterly dismayed and shocked by the decision by UK Sport to cut funding to the GB Basketball programme to zero. London 2012 was about inspiring the youth of the world through sport. People like me, keeping my dream alive. I just do not understand how all the great work of the 2012 Games – with so much focus on legacy – can then mean my sport being cast aside so soon after London 2012.

‘Without UK Sport funding, GB Basketball is dead and my dream to compete in Rio 2016 is over. I please urge you to do whatever you can to help reverse the short sighted decision by UK Sport and help to keep the inspiration of London 2012 alive for young people like me.

‘I have copied two of the wonderful and treasured photos which will remind me of my experiences and one day I would love to be able to send you a photo of me realising my dream, playing basketball for my country, and, who knows even winning a medal for my country. Imagine our pride and the size of our smiles on that day.’

Former Chelsea defender Paul Elliott ready to lead race fight

Former Chelsea defender Elliott ready to lead race fight

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22:47 GMT, 20 December 2012

Paul Elliott, an FA ambassador and former Chelsea and Charlton
defender, is in line to head the team that will lead English football's
attempt to stamp out racism.

The formation of the inclusion advisory board that will deliver the
anti-discrimination action plan, revealed by Sportsmail, was the number
one commitment announced by the FA yesterday.

Top man: Highly-respected Paul Elliott

Top man: Highly-respected Paul Elliott

And the highly respected Elliott, one of the few to emerge with credit from England's doomed 2018 World Cup bid, is known to be the preferred choice of Kick it Out leader Lord Ouseley to head this crucial committee which will also work with the FA board on annual progress reports.

Lord Ouseley will be stepping down from the chair of the FA's racial equality advisory group, and the seat on the FA council that goes with the position, in protest at English football's ruling body's 'mealy-mouthed' response to the John Terry and Luis Suarez racism cases. Ouseley sees Elliott, who was on the final shortlist to be one of the independent directors on the FA board, as his obvious replacement on the FA council as head of the inclusion advisory board that will replace the racial equality group.

The FA's multi-point plan, announced yesterday, was revealed by Sportsmail a week ago. The 109 commitments to fight all forms of discrimination are the result of work by all the football bodies since Prime Minister David Cameron's anti-racism football summit last February.

They include cultural lessons for players and managers new to English football, at least 10 per cent of referees and level one coaches to come from ethnic minorities and clubs to face sanctions for failing to deal with racism by players, coaches or their fans.

There are no fixed penalties for racism offences by players mentioned in the proposals but FA chairman David Bernstein said that the issue was 'under active discussion'. A five-game ban has been mooted.

And both player and manager unions have given their support to the idea of mandatory clauses in contracts for players to face action for racist language or behaviour.

Bernstein, who will have this anti-racism action plan as his legacy before his term of office ends next July, said: 'This is a commitment to ensure the game is inclusive and free of discrimination. This continues to be a top priority.'

Bernstein added: 'No player should fear coming out as gay at the risk of suffering discrimination and we continue to strengthen our support programmes to ensure the game is open to all.'

Dan Carter: It"s top secret

It's top secret: All Blacks No 10 Carter talks about his love of beds and basketball player Michael Jordan

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22:30 GMT, 30 November 2012

Who is your Sporting hero

I loved watching Michael Jordan when he was with the Chicago Bulls and winning games for them by himself.

In rugby, I grew up admiring All Blacks John Kirwan and Andrew Mehrtens, I was really lucky to get to play with Andrew.

Hero: Dan Carter has always been a fan of Michael Jordan

Hero: Dan Carter has always been a fan of Michael Jordan

What would you be if you weren't a sportsman

I was on my way to a proper fitness instructor qualification before rugby took over.

My dad is a builder and I did some work as a labourer for a time, so I might have gone into something like that.

Career highlight

My Test debut for the All Blacks, in 2003 against Wales in Hamilton.

It was always my dream to put on the jersey.

… and the worst moment

Getting injured during the last World Cup.

The timing and severity of it was a real blow that I found pretty tough to handle.

If your house was burning down, what one possession would you save

I know it would be physically impossible because it is so heavy, but it would be my bed.

Because I am away so much in hotels, I really love just being in my own bed. In fact, I love sleeping in general.

Flair player: Dan Carter will hope to leave England's hopes of salvaging the Test series in tatters

Flair player: Dan Carter will hope to leave England's hopes of salvaging the Test series in tatters

What's your top TV show

I've enjoyed the last few series of Entourage, about a young movie star surrounded by his friends from home.

Favourite song

Right now, the one that I am most into is Rudimental's Feel the Love.

Last film you saw

I am not a big film watcher and about the only time I get to see them is on aeroplanes. Even then, I don't always watch them.

The last one might have been with Cameron Diaz about lots of people being pregnant (What To Expect When You're Expecting).

We're expecting our first child so the subject is of interest.

Which three people would you invite to your dream dinner party

Michael Jordan was my sporting hero and I have never met him, so it would be good to find out what he is like and talk sport with him.

Barack Obama would be a good guest, to find out what is really going in the world.

I have always been an admirer of Elle Macpherson: she would be very easy on the eye around the table.

Admirer: Carter is also a fan of model Elle Macpherson

Admirer: Carter is also a fan of model Elle Macpherson

Can you cook Best dish

I can make a proper lasagne, although I suppose that isn't too difficult. I'm quite proud of my cheese sauce.

Your favourite holiday destination

The W Retreat in the Maldives, which was beautiful.

The clear blue waters of the sea are the thing I remember most.

In a film of your life, who would you like to play you

Brad Pitt is an awesome actor, so I would like it to be him. It's amazing what they can do with make-up these days.

Tell us a secret… I've got a real fear of snakes.

We don't have many of them in New Zealand, thankfully, but when I'm in South Africa I am wary of them.

If I'm playing golf there and hit the ball into the rough, I leave it out of fear of what I might find.

Leeds United in talks to capture Cameron Jerome on loan from Stoke

United front: Leeds in talks to capture Cameron Jerome on loan from Stoke

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14:15 GMT, 9 November 2012

Leeds United are poised to bolster their forward line with talks to sign Cameron Jerome from Stoke City on loan.

The 26-year-old was due to join Blackburn last month but the deal stalled over the payment of his wages.

Blackburn had hoped to pay a percentage of his 25,000 a week salary but Stoke anticipated Henning Berg's club paying all of the wage.

United front: Cameron Jerome runs to the Stoke benchafter celebrating his goal against Everton last season

United front: Cameron Jerome runs to the Stoke benchafter celebrating his goal against Everton last season

Leeds are hoping to negotiate a deal with Stoke today as manager Neil Warnock is eager to strengthen his attacking options and keep pace with the promotion chasers.

While the club's takeover inches closer there remain concerns over the future of players such as El Hadji Diouf who is out of contract in January and so far unable to agree terms on a new deal.

El of a signing: El Hadji Diouf (left) celebrates with Luke Varney after scoring the first goal for Leeds from the penalty spot at Brighton last week

El of a signing: El Hadji Diouf (left) celebrates with Luke Varney after scoring the first goal for Leeds from the penalty spot at Brighton last week

Jerome joined Stoke for 4m from Birmingham last year but does not have the greatest goalscoring record over recent months. However, he has spent most of the time playing as an impact sub for Stoke while his workrate is undoubted.

Stoke manager Tony Pulis has Peter Crouch, Jon Walters and Kenwyne Jones at his disposal and, although Michael Owen is struggling to shake off hamstring concerns, he believes he can afford to let Jerome go on loan until January.

Stoke"s Cameron Jerome to join Blackburn on loan

Managerless Rovers close to bringing in Stoke outcast Jerome on loan

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UPDATED:

10:09 GMT, 26 October 2012

Stoke striker Cameron Jerome is closing in on a move to npower Championship side Blackburn on a short-term loan.

The 26-year-old has only made three appearances from the bench this season and could now move to Ewood Park for a three-month loan spell.

New challenge: Stoke's Cameron Jerome is off to Blackburn on loan

New challenge: Stoke's Cameron Jerome is off to Blackburn on loan

Stoke boss Tony Pulis, who earlier this week said he would not let Kenwyne Jones or Wilson Palacios leave the club on loan, confirmed he had been in touch with Blackburn's caretaker boss Eric Black.

Pulis said: 'Eric rang up to enquire about Cameron. It would be a three-month loan with a recall available after 28 days.

'But it's a bit awkward as Rovers don't have a manager at the moment. It would be a good one for Cameron – he is the kind of player that needs game time.'

Olympic bronze medal theft: Two team GB stars have their prizes stolen

Two Team GB stars have their bronze medals stolen at Mayfair nightclub

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23:21 GMT, 24 October 2012

Two of Britain's Olympic heroes have reportedly had their medals stolen just hours after the Queen hosted a glittering Buckingham Palace event to celebrate London 2012 athletes.

Rower Alex Partridge and hockey star Hannah Macleod took to social networking site Twitter to appeal for information to find their Olympic bronze medals which they believe were taken in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Partridge, 31, who won bronze as part of the men's eight rowing team, tweeted that his Olympic blazer as well as his medal had been stolen from an event in Mayfair, central London.

Gone: Alex Partridge (back left) has had his medal taken

Gone: Alex Partridge (back left) has had his medal taken

Macleod, under the username @hannahmacleod6, also wrote on the site: 'My medal was also stolen at the same time. Totally devastated.'

Both athletes later published a photo of a man captured on CCTV who they wished to talk to about the alleged thefts.

Scotland Yard confirmed it was investigating reports of a stolen Olympic medal and blazer from an event in Mayfair. However the force had not yet been contacted about a second stolen medal, a Metropolitan police spokesman said.

A host of Olympic and Paralympic stars had earlier been invited to the palace to mark their achievements along with the Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, Duchess of Cambridge, Prime Minister David Cameron and London 2012 chief Lord Coe.

Bring back bronze: Hannah Macleod (right) also had her medal taken

Bring back bronze: Hannah Macleod (right) also had her medal taken

A Met spokesman said: 'An Olympic medal and blazer were reported stolen from a venue in Mayfair in central London.

'It was believed the items were taken between midnight and 5am on Wednesday, October 24.'

Officers are continuing to investigate the incident but no arrests have been made, the spokesman added.

Macleod, 28, achieved bronze at London 2012 after Team GB's women's hockey team beat New Zealand to secure a medal.

Rio Ferdinand accuses Prime Minister of hypocrisy

Ferdinand accuses PM of hypocrisy in reaction to racist abused suffered by England Under 21s

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13:45 GMT, 17 October 2012

Rio Ferdinand has criticised Prime Minister David Cameron's reaction to the racist abuse suffered by England Under 21's in Serbia on Tuesday night.

An 'appalled' Cameron was among those to condemn the behaviour of Serbian fans who could be heard directing monkey chants toward Danny Rose and other black England players.

But Ferdinand – whose brother Anton was at the centre of the race storm that saw John Terry banned by the FA for eight games but cleared of any wrongdoing by British courts – used Twitter to state his view that the country must get its own house in order before criticising other nations.

Shocking scenes: England's black players were subject to racist abuse in Serbia on Tuesday night

Shocking scenes: England's black players were subject to racist abuse in Serbia on Tuesday night

Shocking scenes: England's black players were subject to racist abuse in Serbia on Tuesday night

'Has our prime minister just spoken on this U21 saga Get our own house in order 1st on this issue b4 we start taking the moral high ground,' the Manchester United defender tweeted.

'Many people are now speaking up….as its not in our country or anyone from our country they feel free to speak up…. #P**Bags'

A No 10 spokesman had earlier said: 'He (Cameron) was appalled by the scenes that we have seen in Serbia.

'We are determined to stamp out racism internationally and at home and we are giving our full backing to the FA's complaint on this issue.

'Clearly it is for UEFA to investigate this issue but we would expect tough sanctions. If we are going to stamp out racism from football, then it is no good giving derisory fines, as have been handed out in the past.

Hitting out: Ferdinand (right) criticised the reaction of the Prime Minister

Hitting out: Ferdinand (right) criticised the reaction of the Prime Minister

'It is not good enough to say that people should shake hands and forget about it.'

Ferdinand, who has been frozen out of the England set-up by new manager Roy Hodgson, also criticised UEFA's stance on racism.

'Let's see if UEFA are serious or will they just treat this U21 incident as a minor….as they have before with their laughable punishments..,' Ferdinand added.

'The only way to start stopping racism + violence in stadiums is by giving BIG bans for countries/players…fines mean nothing…

'The bans to date have been tepid at best….token gestures…a marker has not been put down so the there is no real deterrent… #FixUp'.

Derby 1 Burnley 2: Charlie Austin punishes wasteful Rams

Derby 1 Burnley 2: Hot shot Austin punishes wasteful Rams

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16:38 GMT, 22 September 2012

Charlie Austin continued his hot streak with a goal in each half to give Burnley a dramatic late win at Derby.

Eddie Howe's Clarets suffered defeat
in their previous three npower Championship away games and fell behind
once more after Jamie Ward pounced on a loose ball in the 20th minute.

Right Charlie: Austin (second left) heads the winner for Burnley

Right Charlie: Austin (second left) heads the winner for Burnley

Match facts

Derby: Fielding, Brayford, Buxton, Keogh, Roberts, Coutts, Bryson, Hendrick, Hughes (Jacobs 77), Sammon (Robinson 80), Ward. Subs Not Used: Legzdins, Tyson, Doyle, O'Connor, Gjokaj.

Goals: Ward 20.

Burnley: Grant, Trippier, Edgar, Shackell, Mee, Wallace, McCann, Marney, Stanislas (Stewart 46), Paterson (Vokes 61), Austin (Bartley 90). Subs Not Used: Jensen, Mills, Stock, Long.

Booked: Mee.

Goals: Austin 32, 89.

Att: 21,347

Ref: Oliver Langford (W Midlands).

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Austin equalised shortly after the half-hour – his eighth goal in as many games and, had Rams forward Conor Sammon displayed Austin's prowess in the penalty area after half-time, victory might have gone to Nigel Clough's side.

But former Swindon striker Austin made it nine for the campaign when he stooped to head Chris McCann's 89th-minute cross past Frank Fielding and give Burnley their first points on the road this term.

Austin recovered from the hip injury that ruled him out of Wednesday night's loss at Leicester to return to the visitors' line-up along with defender Ben Mee and winger Ross Wallace as Joseph Mills, Cameron Stewart and Brian Stock all dropped to the bench.

James O'Connor did likewise for Derby as Jake Buxton came in to partner skipper Richard Keogh at centre-back.

Burnley goalkeeper Lee Grant produced a superb save to thwart his former club when Will Hughes thumped a powerful volley low to his right in the 10th minute.

Grant then kept out Craig Bryson's header from Paul Coutts' cross, but the Rams claimed a 20th-minute lead.

Vintage Clarets: Charlie Austin (left) celebrates with team-mate Ross Wallace

Vintage Clarets: Charlie Austin (left) celebrates with team-mate Ross Wallace

Coutts' corner was only half-cleared and Ward swivelled on the penalty spot to fire home through a forest of legs.

Moments later Grant tipped around the post from Sammon before opposite number Fielding was called into action, denying Martin Paterson on the counter-attack.

But there was little Fielding could do when Austin was left unmarked to smash in McCann's centre after Ross Wallace's cross was blocked.

The momentum suddenly shifted and Burnley came agonisingly close to a half-time lead when Mee thudded a header against the bar from Kieran Trippier's right-wing cross.

Despite the match developing a pleasing end-to-end feel, chances were at a premium early in the second half.

Around the hour Sammon was inches away from finding a decisive touch when Ward swept in an inviting ball from the left.

Former Wigan striker Sammon shot tamely at Grant with 15 minutes to play but the Clarets stopper was more fully extended shortly afterwards, thwarting Bryson from point-blank range.

Burnley were on the rack and Michael Jacobs, on for Hughes, found Sammon to head narrowly over in the 80th minute.

Then, a minute from time, Austin ensured Clough's men paid for their profligacy, and a determined stoppage-time rally could not stop Burnley leapfrogging them in the table.