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UEFA take 1 million pounds from English TV money pot for Champions League fixture clashes

UEFA take more than 1MILLION quid from the English TV money pot for scheduling fixtures on Champions League nights

PUBLISHED:

16:09 GMT, 26 April 2013

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UPDATED:

16:21 GMT, 26 April 2013

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UEFA have taken more than a million pounds from the English clubs' pot of Champions League television money for scheduling domestic matches against the competition.

The 1.3million euro fine was imposed after UEFA's disciplinary panel found 'clashes relating to the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 seasons.'

The cash, which relates to 10 per cent of payments that were due to The Football Association in 2010-2011, was previously withheld.

Fine: UEFA have fined English clubs more than a million pounds for scheduling domestic matches against the Champions League. UEFA President Michel Platini stands with the trophy

Fine: UEFA have fined English clubs more than a million pounds for scheduling domestic matches against the Champions League. UEFA President Michel Platini stands with the trophy

Heartbreak: The fines relate to the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 seasons. Inter Milan beat Bayern Munich in the former, and Leo Messi (centre) broke Manchester United hearts at Wembley the following year

Heartbreak: The fines relate to the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 seasons. Inter Milan beat Bayern Munich in the former, and Leo Messi (centre) broke Manchester United hearts at Wembley the following year

UEFA says the money will be spread among clubs in other countries, with the majority of it to be spent on youth training.

The FA have also been fined 50,000 euros (42,000) for their involvement.

English officials are said to have been repeatedly warned about league and cup matches clashing with the Champions League.

A UEFA statement said it will 'establish a working group, which will involve representatives of the FA, in order to avoid calendar clashes in future.'

Return of the Special One: Jose Mourinho (centre) returned to Stamford Bridge with Chelsea in 2010 - his Inter side went on to win the competition

Return of the Special One: Jose Mourinho (centre) returned to Stamford Bridge with Chelsea in 2010 – his Inter side went on to win the competition

One fixture that invoked UEFA's anger was Liverpool's 3-0 derby win in March 2012, the game Steven Gerrard scored a hat-trick.

At the time the Premier League said that clashes are sometimes unavoidable and refused to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU).

Speaking in April 2012, Dan Johnson, the Premier League's communications director, said: 'We have refused to sign the MOU because although we would never seek to go head-to-head with European games, sometimes it's inevitable.

'We don't believe Uefa have the right to say when domestic leagues can and can't schedule their fixtures, especially when Uefa have themselves increased the number of European nights by spreading out their match days and moving the Champions League final to a Saturday.'

Fixture clash: Steven Gerrard celebrates scoring a hat-trick against Everton in March 2012, a night when Champions League matches were taking place

Fixture clash: Steven Gerrard celebrates scoring a hat-trick against Everton in March 2012, a night when Champions League matches were taking place

Alex Ferguson says Rafa Benitez should stand in front of him to shake hand

Rafa wants to shake my hand Well, he should stand in front of me next time! Fergie stokes new row with Chelsea boss

By
Graeme Yorke

PUBLISHED:

13:40 GMT, 15 March 2013

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UPDATED:

09:41 GMT, 16 March 2013

Sir Alex Ferguson has re-opened his feud with Rafael Benitez over their handshake row.

The pair, who have a history of fall-outs, didn't shake hands before their FA Cup clash at Manchester United on Sunday.

Benitez later claimed that Ferguson ignored him prior to kick-off in the 2-2 draw at Old Trafford.

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Clash: Sir Alex Ferguson (right) and Rafa Benitez on the touchline on Sunday

Clash: Sir Alex Ferguson (right) and Rafa Benitez on the touchline on Sunday

Hitting back: Sir Alex Ferguson (right) at the Cheltenham Festival with Paul Nicholls this week

Hitting back: Sir Alex Ferguson (right) at the Cheltenham Festival with Paul Nicholls this week

But Ferguson has now hit back, insisting that he did not refuse – before giving them Chelsea boss some advice.

He said: 'It is nonsense. Why would I refuse to shake his hand

'I was signing autographs and I never saw him. Why he has said that I have no idea.

Pointing the way: Benitez takes charge of Chelsea's training session on Friday

Pointing the way: Benitez takes charge of Chelsea's training session on Friday

'If he wanted to shake hands he could have stood straight in front of me. It is absolute nonsense.'

Ferguson and Benitez have had several run-ins in the Barclays Premier League – dating back to their United v Liverpool clashes.

The Spaniard famously held a press conference in 2009 where he ran down a list of 'facts' attacking Ferguson's record.

VIDEO “I didn't see him.” Fergie denies Benitez handshake claim

Absolute NONSENSE. Fergie rubbishes Benitez handshake claim

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Alex Ferguson on Rio and Reading

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Loic Remy injured for two months

Blow for QPR's survival hopes as 8m Remy faces TWO MONTHS on the sidelines with groin injury

By
Andy James

PUBLISHED:

15:22 GMT, 4 February 2013

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UPDATED:

15:27 GMT, 4 February 2013

QPR fear that 8million striker Loic Remy could be out for two months with the injury he suffered in training last week which forced him to miss Saturday's 0-0 draw with Norwich.

The France international scored on his QPR debut in the 1-1 draw at West Ham after signing from Marseille during the transfer window.

Headache: Remy's injury leaves Redknapp short of options up front

Headache: Remy's injury leaves Redknapp short of options up front

Headache: Remy's injury leaves Redknapp short of options up front

Rangers boss Harry Redknapp was hoping that Remy could spearhead the club's survival bid as they look to bridge the six-point gap to safety in their remaining 13 games.

But now he faces the prospect of being without Remy for the next six games – including relegation clashes at Aston Villa and Southampton in March and possibly the visit of Wigan in April.

Redknapp initially said the injury was a tear after the Norwich game, but assistant manager Joe Jordan told the BBC it was a 'slight strain'.

Off to a flyer: Remy scored on his debut

Off to a flyer: Remy scored on his debut

'I have no idea how long he will be out. We will have to see how he is on Sunday and Monday,' Redknapp said.

'It was in the last minute of training, and he just struck a ball and felt it go.'

After failing to land Peter Crouch and Peter Odemwingie on deadline day Remy's injury leaves Bobby Zamora and Jamie Mackie as Redknapp's only fit first-team strikers.

Andy Murray v Roger Federer LIVE AUSTRALIAN OPEN

LIVE: Murray v Federer – the action from the Australian Open semi-final as it happens

By
Martin Domin

PUBLISHED:

00:01 GMT, 25 January 2013

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UPDATED:

08:16 GMT, 25 January 2013

Andy Murray is aiming to win his second Grand Slam title in Australia, but first he must navigate his way past old foe Roger Federer in the semi-final in Melbourne.

The pair have had their fair share of entertaining clashes and we look set for another today with Novak Djokovic lying in wait for the winner ahead of Sunday's final.

You can follow all the action here and get in touch by e-mailing [email protected]

8.15am: Although Murray leads Federer 10-9 on the head-to-head record, the Scot has never beaten the former world No 1 in a grand slam. Most recently, he was defeated in the Wimbledon final.

Murray did however earn revenge at the Olympics, winning the gold medal match in London.

8.10am: The temperature has dropped to around 20C in Melbourne as the opening slam of the season draws to a close. The two semi-finalists won't be on court before 8.30am UK time.

8am: Welcome to Sportsmail's coverage of Andy Murray's semi-final against Roger Federer.

One step away: Andy Murray must get past Roger Federer to make his third grand slam final in a row

One step away: Andy Murray must get past Roger Federer to make his third grand slam final in a row

Eden Hazard kicks ball boy at Swansea v Chelsea

Hazard horror: Chelsea's Eden shown a red card for kicking ball boy at Swansea

By
Riath Al-samarrai

PUBLISHED:

21:36 GMT, 23 January 2013

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UPDATED:

22:18 GMT, 23 January 2013

Chelsea's bid for Capital One Cup glory ended in shame when Eden Hazard was sent off for kicking a ball boy.

In extraordinary scenes as Swansea went through to the final, Chelsea forward Hazard wrestled the boy to the ground in attempting to get the ball back after 79 minutes.

The ball boy held on to the ball and apparently refused to give it up when Hazard could clearly be seen kicking the boy in the ribs.

After consulting with one of his assistants, referee Chris Foy showed the 22-year-old a straight red card.

Swansea will face League Two Bradford in the Wembley showpiece after a 2-0 aggregate victory.

VIDEO: Scroll down to see Hazard's kick on a ball boy

Frustration: Eden Hazard clashes with the ball boy at the Liberty Stadium

Frustration: Eden Hazard clashes with the ball boy at the Liberty Stadium

Flashpoint: Eden Hazard clashes with the Swansea ballboy

Flashpoint: Eden Hazard clashes with the Swansea ballboy

Flashpoint: Eden Hazard clashes with the ballboy

Swans defender Ashley Williams claimed he saw Hazard kick the ball boy.

Chelsea players reacted angrily when Hazard saw red, believing he had tried to get the ball loose to re-start play as the Blues failed to make any inroads on Swansea's 2-0 advantage from the first leg.

'Demba Ba told me the ball boy held on to it,' Williams told Sky Sports 1.

'I saw him kick him in the rib and you can't do that to a young boy.'

Tete a tete: Referee Chris Foy (left) consults one of his officials as the ball boy lies hurt on the floor

Tete a tete: Referee Chris Foy (left) consults one of his officials as the ball boy lies hurt on the floor

Early bath: Hazard (right) gets his marching orders from Foy

Early bath: Hazard (right) gets his marching orders from Foy

VIDEO: Watch Hazard kick the ball boy

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Tony Pulis makes Marouane Fellaini complaint

Pulis makes Fellaini complaint as Everton midfielder is only given three-match ban for headbutt

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UPDATED:

22:36 GMT, 21 December 2012

Tony Pulis has made a complaint to referees’ chief Mike Riley over the leniency of the punishment handed out to Everton’s Marouane Fellaini.

Stoke City’s boss was upset that the Belgium midfielder was given a three-match ban following a series of incidents involving Ryan Shawcross.

Fellaini was caught on camera headbutting the England centre back as the pair jostled prior to a corner.

Headbutt: Fellaini was given a three-game ban for this challenge

Headbutt: Fellaini was given a three-game ban for this challenge

The Everton man was retrospectively handed a three-match ban for violent conduct. But two other clashes between the pair were highlighted after the final whistle.

Pulis was upset at referee Mark Halsey’s report and wrote to Riley arguing that one of his players would have been given a lengthier ban had they acted in the same manner.

Fellaini, who has been fined 150,000 by Everton, will be forced to train as normal by manager David Moyes during his ban, including on Christmas Day.

Stoke midfielder Charlie Adam has pulled out of Saturday’s match at Tottenham following the death of his father.

Complaint: Pulis is not happy with the FA's decision

Complaint: Pulis is not happy with the FA's decision

Meanwhile, Everton striker Kevin Mirallas will miss the festive fixtures with a hamstring problem that has led to him being sent to see the renowned Dr Hans Muller-Wolfhart in Munich.

Mirallas has only played for 45 minutes since he pulled up lame against Sunderland on November 10.

‘I am worried, yes, especially as he is a quick, fleet-footed player,’ said Moyes, who will recall Phil Neville following knee surgery.

David Moyes calls on referees to address grappling issue

Moyes calls on referees to clamp down on penalty area grappling issue

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UPDATED:

11:49 GMT, 21 December 2012

Everton manager David Moyes has called on referees to make their mind up on grappling in the area and to remain consistent on the issue.

Moyes said: 'It's not part of the game. But the only people who can stop it are the referees. If they think that it is OK, then they have got to tell us.'

Midfielder Marouane Fellaini is facing a fine of up to 150,000 after David Moyes confirmed Everton will not be contesting his three-match ban.

Stamp it out: Moyes has called for referees to take action

Stamp it out: Moyes has called for referees to take action

The Belgian midfielder was found guilty of violent conduct by the Football Association yesterday after they took retrospective action following his head-butt on Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross.

Fellaini, however, can consider himself fortunate that he is not facing an even greater suspension as referee Mark Halsey confirmed he saw two other clashes between the 25-year-old and Shawcross during the 1-1 draw at the Britannia Stadium.

The Toffees have also thrown their support behind the Hillsborough charity single which is on course to become Christmas No 1.

The single has been released to raise funds for the families of the 96 Liverpool fans who lost their lives in the disaster in April 1989.

Heads up: Fellaini has been charged by the FA over his clash with Shawcross

Heads up: Fellaini has been charged by the FA over his clash with Shawcross

Moyes said: 'It's great news for the families. When I heard the news a couple of months ago, I was outraged that the police would do that and fabricate the evidence. I’m delighted for the families.

'But (for the song) I think some credit should go to Bill Kenwright. On the night (of the Newcastle game) he was wondering whether to play “walk on” but in the end he decided for 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother'.

He felt that was more fitting. It should not go amiss that he chose the song. Let's hope that it raises some (significant) money for the families.'

Model pro Fellaini was recently handed the player of the month award

Model pro Fellaini was recently handed the player of the month award

Marouane Fellaini could be fined 150,000 for Ryan Shawcross headbutt

Fellaini could be heading for 150k fine after furious Moyes confirms Everton won't contest three-match ban for Shawcross butt

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UPDATED:

08:16 GMT, 18 December 2012

Marouane Fellaini is facing a fine of
up to 150,000 after David Moyes confirmed Everton will not be
contesting his three-match ban.

The Belgian midfielder was found
guilty of violent conduct by the Football Association yesterday after
they took retrospective action following his head-butt on Stoke defender
Ryan Shawcross.

Fellaini, however, can consider
himself fortunate that he is not facing an even greater suspension as
referee Mark Halsey confirmed he saw two other clashes between the
25-year-old and Shawcross during the 1-1 draw at the Britannia Stadium.

Headbutt: Fellaini makes contact with Stoke skipper Shawcross

Headbutt: Fellaini makes contact with Stoke skipper Shawcross

The games he will miss…

West Ham (away), Saturday, December 22

Wigan (home), Wednesday, December 26

Chelsea (home), Sunday, December 30

Moyes is furious with Fellaini for
letting himself and the club down and he will be hit in the pocket. The
maximum fine Everton can impose is two weeks, which equates to 150,000.

Everton had until 6pm today to lodge
an appeal against the ban, which rules him out of games against West
Ham, Wigan and Chelsea, but Moyes has confirmed they will accept the
charge.

Moyes, who expressed contrition
immediately after the game on Saturday, said: 'We were always going to
accept whatever punishment we got. We know he did wrong. We apologise
for the incident.'

The FA said in a statement: 'The
referee confirmed he saw two other incidents, in the 71st and 91st
minutes, also involving Fellaini and Shawcross, neither of which he
deemed violent conduct.'

Rough and tumble: The pair dueled for much of the afternoon during the 1-1 draw

Rough and tumble: The pair dueled for much of the afternoon during the 1-1 draw

Floored: Shawcross was left in a heap after the incident

Floored: Shawcross was left in a heap after the incident

While some will feel Fellaini has got
off lightly, there is no suggestion Everton will go easy on the former
Standard Liege man during his enforced absence and Moyes remains
mystified as to why he acted with such recklessness.

Fellaini, who was last week named
Everton's player of the month for November, has been the driving force
behind his side's eye-catching form this season and his seven goals have
helped give Moyes a platform to strike for Europe in the New Year.

Though Fellaini is understood to be
distraught about what happened, he has put an unnecessary burden at the
busiest time of the campaign on a squad that is already stretched to the
limit.

Fall from grace: Fellaini was named Premier League player of the month for November

Fall from grace: Fellaini was named Premier League player of the month for November

Kevin Mirallas is out with a
hamstring problem, Tony Hibbert has undergone a operation on his calf
that could mean he is sidelined for two months while captain Phil
Neville has missed the last four weeks after knee surgery.

This is not the first time Fellaini
has angered Moyes this season. In September he said during an
international break with Belgium that he would leave Goodison Park if
Everton could not give him Champions League football.

Arsenal, Chelsea and Paris St Germain all remain interested in Fellaini.

Laudrup fumes as Dean plays on while Michu"s out cold

Laudrup fumes as Dean plays on with Michu out cold

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UPDATED:

22:22 GMT, 16 December 2012

Michael Laudrup has demanded an explanation from referee Mike Dean after the official made the decision to play on despite a possible head injury to Michu.

The Swansea manager reacted angrily when a collision with Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris left Michu motionless on the pitch.

That sparked a chain reaction from both dug-outs as Andros Townsend was able to continue running through on goal.

Angry: Swansea manager Michael Laudrup (third from left) was unhappy with Mike Dean failing to stop the game when striker Michu suffered a head injury

Angry: Swansea manager Michael Laudrup (third from left) was unhappy with Mike Dean failing to stop the game when striker Michu suffered a head injury

‘I was very angry,’ confirmed Laudrup. ‘I was not wanting a free-kick or red card for Lloris. Sometimes teams say we have a referee and linesman and we go on until they whistle.

‘But, when possible head injuries happen like this one, there is no doubt. When Michu goes down, the referee and linesman are watching and still they let the game go on.

'It would be nice to hear his explanation. And the linesman as well. They both have to be blamed for this one.’

Lloris sprinted from his goal to punch the ball clear when Swansea were pushing for a late equaliser and met Michu running in the other direction.

Laudrup knew it was serious as soon as he saw the forward go down.

Collision: Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris (yellow) clashes with Michu in the 1-0 Tottenham win (yellow) clashed with Michu in the first half of the match

Collision: Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris (yellow) clashes with Michu, who needed treatment but did finish the match

Play continued with Michu on the floor causing a scuffle to break out between Swansea's Chico Flores (left) and Tottenham's Kyle Walker

Play continued with Michu on the floor, before a scuffle brok out between Swansea's Chico Flores (left) and Tottenham's Kyle Walker

He added: ‘When I saw him go down I said, “He’s unconscious.” You can’t fake that.’

Arguments broke out and Kyle Walker appeared to strike Chico Flores in the face with his hand.

Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas agreed with Laudrup, saying: ‘I was expecting the referee to stop the game. It was a difficult decision for Mike because Townsend was running through on goal, but the health of a player is more important.

‘The ref has to stop the game. To be fair, we jumped straight away to try to get it stopped.’

England stars Thomas Ince and Steven Caulker banned in racism row… and Serbia fined 65k (15k less than Nicolas Bendtner got for showing his pants)

England stars Ince and Caulker banned by UEFA after racism row… and Serbia fined 65k (15k less than Bendtner got for showing his pants)

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UPDATED:

17:49 GMT, 13 December 2012

Steven Caulker has been banned for two matches and Thomas Ince for one for their behaviour at the end of England Under-21's European Championship qualifier against Serbia in October.

Proceedings against the Football Association have been dismissed.

Serbia's Under-21s have been ordered to play their next match behind closed doors and the Serbian Football Association fined 80,000 euros (65,000) following the 'improper conduct of their supporters' during and at the end of the European Championship qualifier against England in October.

More to follow

Abuse: Danny Rose claims to have been subjected to monkey chants

Abuse: Danny Rose claimed to have been subjected to monkey chants

Ugly: The end of England U21's win over Serbia was marred by clashes

Ugly: The end of England U21's win over Serbia was marred by clashes