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John Terry and Frank Lampard pelted with coins and hot dogs during Chelsea versus West Ham match at Stamford Bridge

Coins and hot dog thrown at Terry and Lampard by West Ham fans during London derby at Stamford Bridge

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Sami Mokbel

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20:18 GMT, 17 March 2013

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22:03 GMT, 17 March 2013

Chelsea were embroiled in yet another police probe last night after John Terry was hit by a missile in the win over West Ham.

Hammers fans launched coins and bottles at Blues players as they celebrated Frank Lampard's 200th goal for the Blues.

Metropolitan Police chiefs confirmed they have opened an investigation after receiving an official complaint regarding the incident.

Incident: Police have launched an investigation after coins were thrown at Chelsea's Frank Lampard as he celebrated in front of West Ham fans in Sunday's derby at Stamford Bridge

Incident: Police have launched an investigation after coins were thrown at Chelsea's Frank Lampard as he celebrated in front of West Ham fans in Sunday's derby at Stamford Bridge

Unsavoury: A hot dog (right of shot) was hurled from the West Ham fans at Chelsea captain John Terry as he warmed up near the corner flag

Unsavoury: A hot dog (right of shot) was hurled from the West Ham fans at Chelsea captain John Terry as he warmed up near the corner flag

The FA are will consider this morning whether to begin their own investigation into the ugly scenes.

Tensions between Terry and visiting
supporters were already boiling point as Hammers fans directed torrid
abuse towards the Blues skipper as he warmed up early in the first-half.

In response, Terry mimicked lifting a number of trophies – a reference to the three Premier League titles, five FA Cups, two League Cups and European Cup he has won at Chelsea.

Silverware: John Terry lifts an imaginary trophy in response to West Ham taunts

Silverware: John Terry lifts an imaginary trophy in response to West Ham taunts

John Terry pretends to lift a trophy in front of the West Ham fans

Take that: Terry responds to the West Ham fans while his Chelsea teammates celebrate Frank Lampard's opening goal

Take that: Terry responds to the West Ham fans while his Chelsea teammates celebrate Frank Lampard's opening goal

There were no arrests or ejections
yesterday, but Chelsea security staff will this morning study CCTV
footage to identify the culprits.

A statement from West Ham read: 'West Ham will be working with Chelsea to investigate reports of missile throwing.

'Any individual found to have acted in
an inappropriate way will have to face the consequences of their
actions, including the possibility of a ban from attending future
matches.'

Confrontation: The hot dog appears to land some way from Terry as he limbered up in front of the away end

Confrontation: The hot dog appears to land some way from Terry as he limbered up in front of the away end

Missiles: The West Ham fans also aimed coins at Terry

Missiles: The West Ham fans also aimed coins at Terry

The incident is the fourth police investigation Chelsea have been involved in this season.

Police opened an investigation into
allegations referee Mark Clattenburg racially abused Jon Obi Mikel
during the now infamous clash against Manchester United on October 28.

The same match spawned another police
probe as a steward sustained a knee injury after he was crushed in the
aftermath of Javier Hernandez's winner.

Likewise, South Wales Police
investigated Eden Hazard kick on a ball boy during the Capital One Cup
semi-final second leg clash against Swansea on January 23.

Angry words: Terry was the subject of taunts from the away fans

Angry words: Terry was the subject of taunts from the away fans

Hammers fans were clearly outraged by Lampard's decision to celebrate his milestone moment in front of them yesterday.

But Lampard said: 'I wasn't hit by anything. I went quite close to the West Ham fans but that was the natural curve of my run.'

On the incident, Blues manager Rafa Benitez said: 'When you score 200 goals, you don't think about where you go. You celebrate.

'Afterwards, he realised it would be better to be in another part (of the ground). I don't think he was hit (by a missile).'

Liverpool settle out of court with Tom Hicks and George Gillett

Liverpool settle out of court with ex-chiefs Hicks and Gillett over club sale claims

Hicks and
Gillett took their case against Broughton, Purslow and Ayre – and RBS –
to court, alleging that they conspired to sell the club at a reduced
price.

They claimed RBS and the Liverpool directors had deliberately blocked their attempts to refinance, allegations denied by RBS.

But after a lengthy and involved process led by Liverpool’s general counsel Natalie Wignall, a deal has been struck to bring an end to the legal action against Broughton, Purslow and Ayre.

The status of Hicks and Gillett’s case against RBS – whom the Americans claim were too actively involved in the sale process – remains unclear and no one at the bank was immediately available for comment.

Back to business: Now Liverpool can concentrate on the football

Back to business: Now Liverpool can concentrate on the football

At a High Court hearing in October Mr Justice Peter Smith said it was a matter which ought to go to trial.

'There is in my mind a question as to whether or not RBS truly distanced itself from the sale process,' he said.

'In reality, what actually happened between April 2010 and October 2010 can only be discerned by a trial when the relevant players give evidence and their evidence is tested by cross-examination in the light of the contemporaneous documents.

'In my view, it would be wrong and a denial of justice potentially at this preliminary stage to deny the former owners an opportunity to have a trial on this issue.

'This matter should be brought to a speedy conclusion. I would wish directions to be agreed if possible with a view to this action… being heard early in 2013.'

Manchester United in fresh 15m move for Everton defender Leighton Baines

Manchester United make fresh 15m move for Everton defender Baines

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22:49 GMT, 28 December 2012

Manchester United are increasingly confident of signing Leighton Baines next month.

Sportsmail understands talks between
United and Everton over the protracted transfer have reopened and Old
Trafford chiefs feel the Merseysiders will now sell the England star for
15million.

Wanted: Everton's Leighton Baines

Wanted: Everton's Leighton Baines

Sir Alex Ferguson has made a replacement for first-choice left back Patrice Evra a top priority, with Chelsea’s Ashley Cole, who is out of contract at the end of the season, another option for Ferguson.

But he prefers Baines, even though he will face stiff competition for the 28-year-old in the transfer window.

Cover story: Ferguson wants Baines as long-term replacement for Patrice Evra, top,

Cover story: Ferguson wants Baines as long-term replacement for Patrice Evra (top)

A senior Arsenal scout watched Baines play in Everton’s win over West Ham.

Chelsea have eyes on the defender as
they search for a new left back, given Cole’s expected departure in the
summer. Paris Saint- Germain are also keen.

David Beckham"s move to Monaco has collapses due to his excessive wage demands

Beckham's wage demands poison proposed move to Monaco

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13:35 GMT, 27 December 2012

David Beckham has talked his way out of a move to Monaco by asking for too much money.

The former LA Galaxy and England midfielder made ‘excessive’ demands when negotiating with AS Monaco chiefs, despite the significant funds available through Russian owner Dimitri Rybolovlev, reports L’Equipe.

Monaco’s chief executive Tor-Kristian Karlsen recently travelled to the United States to meet with the 37-year-old and his representatives, but the club has since ended talks.

Beckham won the MLS with LA Galaxy for the second time running earlier this month

Beckham won the MLS with LA Galaxy for the second time running earlier this month

Currently just one point off Ligue 2 leaders Nantes, Monaco are confident they can earn promotion to Ligue 1 and have hinted the summer window would be more suitable to shop in.

Beckham could be out of lucrative contract options after Carlo Ancelotti confirmed cash-heavy PSG would not be making an offer for the former England international in November.

Arsenal rift over Theo Walcott as Arsene Wenger blocks January sale of contract rebel

EXCLUSIVE: Arsenal rift over Walcott as Wenger blocks January sale of contract rebel

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22:42 GMT, 7 December 2012

Arsene Wenger will plead with Arsenal
not to sell Theo Walcott in January as it emerged discussions over a
new contract have come to a halt.

Publicly, the Frenchman insists talks with Walcott and his advisers over fresh terms are ongoing.

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

But Sportsmail understands no formal discussions between the two parties have taken place since August 28, when Walcott turned down a five-year 75,000-per-week deal.

And with just three weeks to go until the transfer window reopens, there are currently no plans in place for further discussions.

Therefore, it is looking increasingly likely that Walcott will go into January with just six months left on his contract.

The 23-year-old could sign a pre-contract agreement with a foreign club from January 1 or join a Premier League side on a free transfer at the end of the season.

The Gunners will look to sell Walcott, whose preference is to stay at the club, in January if a deal is not agreed to avoid him leaving for nothing. But Wenger would prefer Walcott to stay until at least the summer and will make his point to the Arsenal hierarchy.

However, club chiefs are highly likely to press ahead with plans to recoup as much money as possible for Walcott next month.

Wenger made similar overtures to the Gunners board during the Samir Nasri and Robin van Persie sagas — yet both were sold as they entered the final 12 months of their contracts.

Speaking yesterday, Wenger said: ‘I am frustrated, honestly. If you ask me will we sell Theo in January, no. I have always been hopeful he will sign.’

Liverpool want to sign Walcott in January, while Manchester City and Chelsea will offer the former Southampton forward lucrative free transfers in the summer.

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

Kansas City Chief Jovan Belcher may have struggled with head injuries, alcohol, and painkillers before killing his girlfriend

Kansas City Chief Belcher may have struggled with head injuries, alcohol, and painkillers before killing his girlfriend, friends say Tipster claims Belcher drank heavily every day and was experiencing short-term memory lossHead injuries and painkillers may have contributed to Belcher's mental stateKansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, 25, shot and killed his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins, 22, at their home Saturday morningFirst he thanked his coach and general manager for everything they had done for him and then he shot himself in the head in front of them

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10:21 GMT, 3 December 2012

Friends of Kansas City Chief Jovan Belcher say his mental state may have been deteriorated due to a history of head injuries, pain killers, and alcohol abuse.

Belcher shot and killed his girlfriend in front of his mother at their Kansas City home on Saturday, then drove to the team's practice facility, where he committed suicide in the parking lot as head coach Romeo Crennel and General Manager Scott Pioli watched.

The tragedy dampened the atmosphere at the Arrowhead Stadium and tempered the joy of the victory, which snapped an eight-game losing streak and improved Kansas City's record to 2-10.

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Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, 25, shot and killed his girlfriend and then himself on Saturday morning

Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, 25, shot and killed his girlfriend and then himself on Saturday morning

Happy family: Jovan Belcher killed his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins before shooting himself at the Kansas City Chiefs' stadium on Saturday morning

Happy family: Jovan Belcher killed his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins before shooting himself at the Kansas City Chiefs' stadium on Saturday morning

Row: The couple apparently argued on Friday night after Perkins attended a concert by Trey Songz

Row: The couple apparently argued on Friday night after Perkins attended a concert by Trey Songz

And now person claiming to be close to Belcher
has revealed in a series of e-mails that these issues as well as
long-term domestic problems between himself and his girlfriend may have
led Belcher to the murder-suicide he committed Saturday morning.

In a series of e-mails to Deadspin, the friend describes

'They have been arguing for quite sometime and had separated 2 weeks ago,' the anonymous friend wrote. 'He had brought her and the baby back home however, they were both
arguing on a regular basis. Both of them are/were very young and
immature and that combined with other factors led to this tragedy.'

The friend adds that many of their recent arguments focused on Perkins failing college classes Belcher paid for and quitting
her retail job, as well as telling Belcher that she was leaving him and would find a lawyer to 'get as much money as possible' from the football player.

And Belcher may have reacted to all this differently if he wasn't messed up from booze, meds, and taking shots to the head on the field.

Belcher

Family man: Belcher with his girlfriend at the birth of his son just months before he left the child orphaned

'When it comes to prescription medication it is unclear
from my perspective whether it was diagnosed and authorized by the team
or not,' the friend wrote. 'However I know he was under the influence of narcotics for pain
and I'm sure the toxicology report will reflect this. However, Jovan
drank ALOT. On a nightly basis. This is not a mystery as he did so in
public and private.

'When it comes to his concussions; if you
review the footage of the Cincinnati game he took a few hits to the head
directly […] he was dazed and was suffering from short term memory
loss. He could not remember the events that had taken place prior to
that game or what he had said to get Kasi to return home.'

MailOnline recently revealed that
the NFL star was a member of a group which campaigns against violence
towards women.

Belcher was part of Male Athletes
Against Violence and had pledged to develop deep-held beliefs against
attacking females.

Among
the promises he would have made is one to ‘look honestly at my actions
in regard to violence and make changes if necessary’.

Belcher would also have taken part in
the White Ribbon campaign – those taking part vow to ‘never to commit,
condone nor remain silent about violence against women’.

Respect: Kansas City Chiefs and Carolina Panthers players form a prayer circle after the game

Respect: Kansas City Chiefs and Carolina Panthers players form a prayer circle after the game

Chiefs

Mourning: Belcher's teammates observe a moment of silence before the start of their NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in Kansas City

Romeo

Hurt: Kansas City Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel wipes tears away on the sidelines of Sunday's game

The 25-year-old linebacker was a
member of MAAV whilst studying at the University of Maine where he
played football for three years until he signed with the Kansas City
Chiefs in 2009.

On Saturday his past as an
anti-violence campaigner apparently meant little when he shot Perkins dead in a row when she came home from
an R&B concert the night before.

His mother discovered the body as she was living in the house too and called 911.

Belcher then drove to his team’s stadium and shot himself dead in front of his coach and general manager.

He and Perkins lived together and three months ago had a baby girl but are said to have rowed frequently.

The horrific murder suicide came one
day before a Kansas home game against the Carolina Panthers which went ahead as scheduled, which the Chiefs won 27-21.

As friends and family try to work out
what drove Belcher over the edge, it now seems that in recent years he
was a champion of women’s rights.

Chiefs

City rocked: A fan expresses his sorrow following at Sunday's game

Chiefs

Respects: Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Brady Quinn gestures to heaven after a touchdown pass during the first half the teams game against the Carolina Panthers

Chiefs

Memorial: Kansas City Chiefs fans build a makeshift memorial for Belcher outside Arrowhead Stadium

Whilst at UMaine he was part of MAAV
which describes itself as an ‘effort to involve men so that we can begin
to understand that violence is very much a ‘man’s issue.’'

It supports the White Ribbon campaign
in which male athletes wear a white ribbon as a public display of their
stand against violent men.

Among the promotional posters are
some with football players which have slogans like: ‘Join the huddle.
Work together to end violence’ and ‘Stand tough against violence’.

Belcher himself has even spoken about his respect for women which he developed because his father was never around.

In a 2008 interview he said: ‘My mother is a hardworking woman. To see her overcome some things and succeed, it makes me look at things and say, ‘this isn’t even hard.’

‘I didn’t really have a father figure, so they provided nice guidance for me.’

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Gone: Belcher's baby will never know its mother

Crime scene: Investigators stand outside an Independence, Mo., house where police say Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher fatally shot his girlfriend on Saturday morning

Crime scene: Investigators stand outside an Independence, Mo., house where police say Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher fatally shot his girlfriend on Saturday morning

On Facebook, a profile for Perkins includes pictures of her with Belcher, whom she refers to as her boyfriend

On Facebook, a profile for Kasandra Perkins includes pictures of her and Belcher with their three month old baby

Judging from pictures posted on
Kasandra's Facebook page, Belcher and his girlfriend had appeared to be
happy and in love following the birth of their first child.

Belcher had argued with his girlfriend after she came home
late from an R&B concert the night before he shot her dead then
drove to his team's stadium and committed suicide in front of his coach
and general manager, it has emerged.

The 25-year-old Kansas City Chiefs
linebacker fatally shot 22-year-old Kasandra Perkins early on Saturday
morning, then killed himself in the presence of Chiefs staff after first
thanking them for everything they had done for him, police said.

The
couple lived together and three months ago had a baby together on
September
11 – but a friend said they quarrelled frequently, and added that they
fought when Perkins arrived home at 1am after attending a performance by
Trey Songz.

Authorities did not confirm a
possible motive for the murder-suicide, which stunned the team and came
one day before a home game against the Carolina Panthers. The NFL said
the game would go on as scheduled.

Judging from pictures posted on
Kasandra's Facebook page, the young couple had appeared to be happy and
in love following the birth of their first child.

'Jovan
and Kasandra always seemed to be in love. In fact, when Kasandra got
pregnant, she and Jovan were ecstatic. Ever since the baby was born in
September, the two couldn’t have seemed happier together,' a member of the Perkin's family told TMZ.

However, a friend told the Kansas City Star
she had frequently seen them argue over the course of their
relationship – though she had no reason to believe their fights had ever
become violent.

Grieving: Belcher's friends and relatives gathered outside his family home in West Babylon, New York

Grieving: Belcher's friends and relatives gathered outside his family home in West Babylon, New York

Comfort: Two people embrace outside Belcher's home, hung with jerseys from the teams he played for

Comfort: Two people embrace outside Belcher's home, hung with jerseys from the teams he played for

Toast: Mourners drink to Belcher's memory after receiving news of his death on Saturday

Toast: Mourners drink to Belcher's memory after receiving news of his death on Saturday

On Friday
night, she added, Belcher had confronted Perkins when she came home
after watching

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Happier days: Belcher and his girlfriend goof off in a photo booth

R&B star Trey Songz perform in Kansas City.

Belcher’s
agent Joe Linta told ESPN’s Adam Schefter: 'I'm in shock. So out of
character. He was the last person in the world you would expect to do
this.'

'Jovan was a happy, proud father, with pictures of his baby on his Facebook page,' Linta told SI.com's
Peter King in a phone call on Saturday afternoon. 'This is shocking.
Something went crazy wrong, and we'll probably never know what it is.'

'Never until four hours ago did I
think Jovan was anything but a model citizen,' Linta told King.

'He came to my youth clinics in the offseason and
worked with kids. He was a gracious, unselfish, hard-working, dedicated
kid — very, very caring of some of the underprivileged kids who came to
the clinics. I saw him in a real positive way.

'I never take on anyone as a client I wouldn't be proud to take
home and spend time with my wife and kids. Jovan was one of those type
of people.

'There's no word for this other than shocking. That's all I can think of.'

Belcher was a 25-year-old native of
West Babylon, New York, on Long Island, played college ball at Maine. He
had played all four of his NFL seasons for the Chiefs and played in
every game each year, including the 11 so far this season. His 2012
salary was $1,927,000, four times what he had earned for the previous
year.

Before turning the gun on himself, Belcher thanked Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli and Romeo Crennel for all they had done for him, police spokesman Darin Snapp said.

Belcher's mother had recently moved in with the couple, possibly to help with the baby, at their residence in Independence, Missouri about five miles away from the Arrowhead complex.

She called police just before 8 a.m. to
report Perkins had been shot multiple times. Perkins was transported to
The University of Kansas hospital, where she died a short time later.

'When we arrived, a lady informed us
that her daughter had been shot multiple times by her boyfriend, by the
daughter's boyfriend,' Snapp said. 'She identified him as a Chiefs
player.'

Snapp told KCTV5 that a call was then received from the Chiefs' practice facility.

Jovan Belcher #59 stretches before a game against the Oakland Raiders at Arrowhead Stadium in 2009
Jovan Belcher #59 stretches before a game against the Oakland Raiders at Arrowhead Stadium in 2009

'The description matched the suspect
description from that other address. We kind of knew what we were
dealing with,' he said. The player was 'holding a gun to his head' as he
stood in front of the front doors of the practice facility.

'And there were Pioli and Crennel and
another coach or employee was standing outside and appeared to be
talking to him. It appeared they were talking to the suspect,' Snapp
said.

'The suspect began to walk in the
opposite direction of the coaches and the officers and that's when they
heard the gunshot. It appears he took his own life.'

The coaches told police they never felt in any danger, Snapp said.

'They said the player was actually
thanking them for everything they'd done for him,' he said. 'They were
just talking to him and he was thanking them and everything.

Kasandra Perkins' Facebook profile includes pictures of her with Belcher and their young baby

Kasandra Perkins' Facebook profile includes pictures of her with Belcher and their young baby

Jovan Belcher pictured changing his young child's diaper

Jovan Belcher pictured changing his young child's diaper

Originally from Texas, Kasandra Perkins had moved to Missouri to be with Belcher

Originally from Texas, Kasandra Perkins had moved to Missouri to be with Belcher

'They said he was not a danger to anyone else,” Snapp said. 'Belcher
thanked them for being a Chief, and that's when he walked away.'

Outside Belcher's family home in West Babylon, Long Island, family and friends gathered on Saturday afternoon to toast their deceased friends life.

They have created a shrine to the football player on Matthews Avenue complete with Chiefs jerseys and flags from the University of Maine.

Ruben Marshall, a family friend who said he was Belcher's Police Athletic League coach growing up, told Newsday Belcher was a 'loving father and family man.'

'I couldn't believe it,' he said upon hearing the news Saturday morning. 'I didn't want to believe it,' Marshall, 42, said as he stood outside the home.

'He was a good person,” Marshall said. 'Somebody you'd want to be around as a role model.'

Upon arriving at the Arrowhead Stadium complex, police witnessed a black male in a car with a handgun to his head talking to two Chiefs officials

Upon arriving at the Arrowhead Stadium complex, police witnessed a black male in a car with a handgun to his head talking to two Chiefs officials

Kansas City Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel: This season has been a massive disappointment for the Chiefs

Before killing himself, Belcher thanked Kansas City Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel for everything he had done for him

'The entire Chiefs family is deeply
saddened by today's events, and our collective hearts are heavy with
sympathy, thoughts and prayers for the families and friends affected by
this unthinkable tragedy,' Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt said in a
statement.

'We sincerely
appreciate the expressions of sympathy and support we have received from
so many in the Kansas City and NFL communities, and ask for continued
prayers for the loved ones of those impacted,' Hunt said. 'We will
continue to fully cooperate with the authorities and work to ensure that
the appropriate counseling resources are available to all members of
the organization.'

The NFL
released a statement that also expressed sympathy and said, 'we have
connected the Chiefs with our national team of professional counselors
to support both the team and the families of those affected. We will
continue to provide assistance in any way that we can.'

Kansas City Mayor Sly James went to Arrowhead and met with Pioli afterward, according to the Kansas City Star.

Shooting: Arrowhead Stadium is home of the Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas City

Shooting: Arrowhead Stadium is home of the Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas City

Belcher has been the Chiefs starting inside linebacker for the last two seasons after going undrafted in 2009

Belcher had been the Chiefs starting inside linebacker for the last two seasons after going undrafted in 2009

'Think about your worst nightmare and multiply it by five,' James was quoted as saying.

'This is part of the tragedy of urban living in this country,' Mayor James told reporters outside the practice facility.

'Handguns
all over the place, people blowing themselves away, and others. At some
point we have to get a handle on this kind of stuff. We are not doing a
good job of it.'

Belcher is the second Kansas City Chiefs employee to be involved in a murder-suicide in the last four months. On Labor Day Luis Angel Roberson Rodriquez, who worked in the Chiefs stadium operations department, killed himself after shooting his girlfriend Jamie Kristine Kimble near the Tampa International Airport.

The Kansas City Chiefs have confirmed that a shooting took at Arrowhead stadium this morning

The Kansas City Chiefs home game against the Carolina Panthers is scheduled to go ahead on Sunday

The body of Belcher's girlfriend was taken to The University of Kansas Hospital

The body of Belcher's girlfriend was taken to The University of Kansas Hospital

The season has been a massive
disappointment for the Chiefs, who were expected to contend for the AFC
West title.

But they're just 1-10
and mired in an eight-game losing streak that has been marked by
devastating injuries and fan upheaval, with constant calls the past few
weeks for general manager Scott Pioli and coach Romeo Crennel to be
fired.

The
Chiefs have been ravaged by injuries, led the league in turnovers,
can't settle on a quarterback and are dealing with a full-fledged fan
rebellion. The Twitter account for a fan group known as “Save Our
Chiefs” recently surpassed 80,000 followers, about 17,000 more than the
announced crowd at a recent game.

Things have been so bad this season that Crennel fired himself as defensive coordinator.

THE NFL'S DEADLY HISTORY OF CONCUSSIONS AND SUICIDES

The motive for Belcher's murder-suicide is unknown at this point, but authorities will undoubtedly consider the impact of head injuries he may have sustained playing in the NFL.

In the past two years, the suicides of six NFL players have been linked to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), which is caused by repeated blows to the head.

Sufferers can show symptoms such as memory loss, aggression, confusion and depression which may appear within months or many decades later. Later in life it can eventually cause dementia.

Experts believe CTE may be caused by the loss of neurons and scarring of brain tissue among other injuries caused by repeated concussion.

It changes brain cells' cytoskeletons, which is thought to be due to damage to cerebral blood vessels. The condition is virtually indistinguishable from Alzheimer’s.

Players who have committed suicide in recent years, with possible links to the condition, include:

Dave Duerson: This two-time Super Bowl winner shot himself in February 2011 after texting family members asking for his brain to be examined for CTE.

Wade Belak: The former Nashville Predator was found dead in September 2011, having hanged himself in a Toronto hotel room.

Junior Seau: In May 2012 the former San Diego Charger died of a gunshot wound to the chest. He was found by his girlfriend at his home in California.

Kurt Crain: The South Alabama associate head football coach, who once played in the NFL, shot himself in April 2012. He had had reportedly been suffering from a severe prostate infection.

Ray Easterling: Also in April, this one-time Atlanta Falcons star shot himself at home after struggling to cope with dementia.

O.J. Murdock: In July, the 25-year-old Tennessee Titans wide receiver fatally shot himself while sitting in his car after texting his coach to apologise.

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Kansas City Chiefs play first game after Jovan Belcher incident

Kansas City Chiefs put on brave face in wake of Belcher shooting tragedy

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00:22 GMT, 3 December 2012

Despite the turmoil surround the murder and suicide case involving linebacker Jovan Belcher the Kansas City Chiefs managed to beat the Carolina Panthers 27-21.

Belcher shot and killed his girlfriend in front of his mother at their Kansas City home on Saturday, then drove to the team's practice facility, where he committed suicide in the parking lot as head coach Romeo Crennel and General Manager Scott Pioli watched.

The tragedy dampened the atmosphere at the Arrowhead Stadium and tempered the joy of the victory, which snapped an eight-game losing streak and improved Kansas City's record to 2-10.

Respect: Kansas City Chiefs and Carolina Panthers players form a prayer circle after the game

Respect: Kansas City Chiefs and Carolina Panthers players form a prayer circle after the game

Arm in arm: The players stand for a moment of silence

Arm in arm: The players stand for a moment of silence

'You relied on your faith to help get you through this, and we got through it,' Crennel told the team in the locker room after the game.

'Everybody made a contribution, everybody helped, and that's what a team is about.'

Quarterback Brady Quinn said the tragedy weighed heavily on the players and the victory was meaningful because it showed 'how guys clung together.'

'This will stick with us the rest of the year,' Quinn told FM 101.1 radio.

Tight end Tony Moeaki credited Crennel and Pioli for demonstrating leadership after witnessing the suicide and supporting the team.

Subdued: Fans showed their sadness after the incidents

Subdued: Fans showed their sadness after the incidents

'You can't put it into words what we
went through as a team,' Moeaki told the radio. 'They really stayed
strong for us and that was key.'

Kansas
City fans are known for their elaborate pre-game tailgating parties,
but many said the mood was subdued on Sunday. A moment of silence for
all victims of domestic violence was held before the game.

Embrace: Clark Hunt, the owner of the Kansas City Chiefs with head coach Romeo Crennel after the Chiefs' win

Embrace: Clark Hunt, the owner of the Kansas City Chiefs with head coach Romeo Crennel after the Chiefs' win

'It is a sad situation, but to me, ultimately, the man committed murder,' Chiefs' fan Tony Alonzo said. 'The big picture is that it was a murder.'

Fans lamented the death of Kasandra Perkins, 22, and turned their thoughts to the couple's 3-month-old daughter.

'That is who you feel for, this 3-month-old child,' fan Ira Thomas said before the game. 'She has to grow up without her parents and, as she gets older, someone in the family will tell her what happened and that might set her back a few years.'

Game over: Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles leaves the field

Game over: Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles leaves the field

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Crunch: Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe is tackled by Carolina Panthers defensive back Josh Thomas

After discussions with the league, Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt left the decision about whether to play with Crennel and the team. They decided the game should go on.

'Romeo called the team captains yesterday afternoon… and they all wanted to play the game,' Hunt told ESPN on the field before the game. 'And I asked coach Crennel, “Do you think the right thing is to go forward” and he said, “I do. Under the circumstances, it's going to be tough.”'

Hunt visited the team on Saturday night.

'I wanted to tell them that I love them and I understand what they are going through,' Hunt said.

Kansas City Mayor Sylvester James likened the tragedy to 'your worst nightmare.'

'It's unfathomable,' James told reporters. 'It's something that you would love to wash away from your mind, but you can't do it. There is nothing like it. Think about your worst nightmare and multiply by five.'

Close: Kansas City Chiefs coach Crennel, right, talks with quarterback Brady Quinn after the game

Close: Kansas City Chiefs coach Crennel, right, talks with quarterback Brady Quinn after the game

Sunderland fan accused of racist monkey gesture against Romelu Lukaku is arrested

Police arrest Sunderland fan who allegedly aimed racist 'monkey' gesture at Lukaku

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UPDATED:

13:17 GMT, 28 November 2012

Police have made an arrest 24 hours after launching an investigation into an alleged racist gesture towards West Brom striker Romelu Lukaku at the Stadium of Light.

Northumbria Police confirmed a 21-year old man was in custody after being arrested on suspicion of racially or religiously aggravated intentional harassment.

He is being interviewed, pending possible charges, following an incident that cast a further shadow over football’s image in a season that has lurched from one controversy to another.

Gesture: The fan can be clearly seen making what appears to be a monkey gesture at West Brom's Romelu Lukaku as he celebrates scoring his side's third goal on Saturday

Gesture: The fan can be clearly seen making what appears to be a monkey gesture at West Brom's Romelu Lukaku as he celebrates scoring his side's third goal on Saturday

After scoring his side’s third goal,
in a 4-2 win over Sunderland on Saturday, on-loan Chelsea marksman
Lukaku was photographed celebrating against a backdrop of a fan
appearing to make a monkey gesture at him.

It caused an immediate outcry, with
Northumbria Police swiftly beginning the task of identifying the fan and
Sunderland making it clear they were ready to co-operate fully with the
authorities’ investigation.
Sunderland are understood to have been informed of the arrest and are
waiting to hear whether charges will follow before commenting.

They stressed after the incident,
however, that they employ a policy of zero tolerance towards any
instance of racist or anti-social behaviour and are ready to implement a
ban, if anyone is found guilty of abusing Lukaku.

Investigation: Police in the north-east have launched an inquiry into incident, following a complaint from another supporter

Investigation: Police in the north-east have launched an inquiry into incident, following a complaint from another supporter

It is the latest unsavoury episode to
blight English football and came on the same weekend as West Ham
followers were accused of taunting Tottenham fans with anti-Semitic
chants at White Hart Lane.

As Sunderland chiefs consider their
next step, they were urged to take stringent action by Ged Grebby, of
Show Racism the Red Card, who said: ‘This sort of gesture at football
matches was something we never thought we would see again.

'When people do these sort of things,
you have to take action against them. If anyone is found guilty, we will
be asking the club to ban them. It could be a three-year ban.’

Shamed: This Chelsea fan caught on camera making a monkey gesture (bottom left) was later identified as Gavin Kirkham

Shamed: This Chelsea fan caught on camera making a monkey gesture (bottom left) was later identified as Gavin Kirkham

Theo Walcott contract: Arsene Wenger tells Arsenal to improve offer as Liverpool and Chelsea lurk

Wenger issues plea to keep Walcott as Liverpool and Chelsea plot January swoop

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UPDATED:

22:30 GMT, 19 November 2012

Arsene Wenger will make a personal recommendation to the Arsenal board to improve Theo Walcott's contract offer in an attempt to end the uncertainty over his future.

Arsenal chiefs previously told the England international they were unwilling to increase their original 75,000-per-week offer, which was rejected by Walcott in August.

On target: Walcott scored in the 5-2 drubbing of Tottenham on Saturday

On target: Walcott scored in the 5-2 drubbing of Tottenham on Saturday

But Sportsmail understands the Gunners' stance on the issue has softened in recent weeks, with the club now willing to reach a compromise with the forward.

It is believed both parties feel an offer of between 80,000 – 85,000-per-week will be enough to secure Walcott's long-term future.

The former Southampton forward has told Wenger he wants to stay at the Emirates but made it clear he wants a contract closer to 100,000-per-week.

And Wenger, who has been highly-impressed by Walcott's displays in recent weeks, will tell the club's hierarchy to up their existing offer and hopes his personal intervention will help resolve the issue when the player's representatives meet with Gunners officials for a second round of formal talks.

Theo Walcott

Wanted: Chelsea and Liverpool are both considering moves in January

The club want his future resolved by the end of December.

Liverpool and Chelsea are plotting January moves for Walcott, while Manchester City want to sign him on a free transfer next summer.

Meanwhile, the Gunners are close to agreeing a new five-year contract with left-back Kieran Gibbs.

Norwich want Marouane Chamakh and Carlton Cole

Chamakh and Cole top Norwich hitlist as Hughton searches for more firepower

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UPDATED:

22:27 GMT, 14 November 2012

Norwich manager Chris Hughton has put a new striker at the top of his January shopping list.

The Canaries boss is set for talks with chief executive David McNally over his budget ahead of the forthcoming transfer window.

Unsettled: Marouane Chamakh has struggled for form at Arsenal

Unsettled: Marouane Chamakh has struggled for form at Arsenal

And Hughton will plead with Norwich chiefs for enough January cash to purchase a proven Premier League striker.

The Norfolk club have scored just eight league goals so far this season, the second lowest tally above Sunderland.

Wanted: West Ham's Carlton Cole is also a target for Norwich

Wanted: West Ham's Carlton Cole is also a target for Norwich

Arsenal misfit Marouane Chamakh and West Ham’s Carlton Cole are early targets for Hughton.