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Peyton Manning agrees deal with Denver Broncos

Big bucks Denver deal takes hot property Manning to Broncos

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UPDATED:

18:51 GMT, 20 March 2012

The Denver Broncos and Peyton Manning have agreed to a five-year contract that will pay the 11-time Pro Bowl quarterback $96million (60.5m)

The Broncos have not confirmed the deal but scheduled a news conference where they are expected to introduce the four-time NFL Most Valuable Player as their new franchise quarterback.

Manning was cut by the Indianapolis Colts two weeks ago and his former team was already congratulating the most prolific passer in their franchise's history.

Transfer: A cut-out replica of quarterback Peyton Manning in his new Denver Broncos uniform

Transfer: A cut-out replica of quarterback Peyton Manning in his new Denver Broncos uniform

'I congratulate Peyton as he heads to a tremendous organization in the Denver Broncos,' Colts owner Jim Irsay said in a statement.

'We wish him nothing but the best as he continues his Hall of Fame career.'

There has been widespread speculation about Manning's future plans since he missed the 2011 NFL season and his former team decided to rebuild rather than pay him a $28 million (17.7m) bonus.

Several teams, including the Miami Dolphins, Washington Redskins and Seattle Seahawks, expressed interest in Manning before he narrowed his choices to the Broncos, Tennessee Titans and San Francisco 49ers.

Lucrative: Manning's deal is worth over 60million

Lucrative: Manning's deal is worth over 60million

In choosing Denver, Manning remains in the American Football Conference (AFC), the same as the Colts, and join a team that won the AFC West division last season with an 8-8 record.

Indianapolis, who went 2-14 in Manning's absence, own the top pick in next month's draft where highly touted quarterback Andrew Luck is pegged as the top choice.

Signing Manning, who turns 36 this month, would also raise the prospects of Denver trading popular quarterback Tim Tebow, whose unorthodox style led the team to several comeback wins last season and a first-round playoff victory over Pittsburgh, despite struggling with his throwing accuracy.

Dave Richards speaks out after FIFA rant and hotel pool fall

I'm a Yorkshireman! Richards admits he was 'a little broad' after rant at FIFA was followed by splash into hotel pool

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UPDATED:

11:20 GMT, 15 March 2012

Premier League chairman Sir Dave Richards has apologised again for claiming that FIFA and UEFA had 'stolen' football from England – and admitted sometimes he is a 'little bit broad'.

Richards embarrassed the Football
Association and Premier League on Wednesday by accusing FIFA and UEFA of
stealing the game from the English — and then falling face first into a
fountain pool in his suit.

The incident at a sports conference
in Doha leaves the Premier League chairman and FA vice-chairman
completely isolated, with both governing bodies quickly distancing
themselves from his astonishing Little Englander rant.

Richards issued a statement apologising, and followed that up on Thursday morning with more contrition, although he also tried to blame his background for his outspoken tendencies.

He told Sky Sports News: 'I'd like to clarify something – I am a Yorkshireman and I am quite broad and if I say something it can be taken out of a little bit of context.

VIDEO: Click here to see Premier League chairman Richards' embarrassing fall into the pool

Making a splash: Sir Dave Richards was filmed falling into the pool

Making a splash: Sir Dave Richards was filmed falling into the pool

Rant: Premier League Chairman Sir Dave Richards (third from left) claimed FIFA and UEFA had stolen football from England

Rant: Premier League Chairman Sir Dave Richards (third from left) claimed FIFA and UEFA had stolen football from England

'I was asked about the heritage of
the game, I would never want to offend FIFA or UEFA. I used a word which
was, looking back, probably inappropriate but it is the way I am.

'I put out a statement last night and
I have sent a private email to the president of FIFA and the president
of UEFA saying I apologise because I never intended to cause any stir at
all.

'I have also phoned (FIFA general
secretary) Jerome Valcke this morning and apologised to the president
because it wasn't the kind of comment to cause any problem at all.

'What I was talking about is the
heritage of the game, that England has given the legacy to the world. We
were talking about heritage and legacy and England has given a
wonderful legacy to the total world.

'It gave them the game and I am
tremendously proud of that but I also recognise that UEFA and FIFA have
done a magnificent job over the years in changing things and it has got
to be changed and I recognise that.

Blatter

Platini

Theft: Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini are the heads of FIFA and UEFA, the organisations Richards has accused of stealing football from England

'I just want to say I apologise, it
was a comment that probably another person would not have made but I am a
little bit broad and I accept that.'

Richards' embarrassment heightened
following the fall in which he hurt a leg. He had it looked at before
being released from hospital.

Bolton chairman Phil Gartside, who
was with Richards at the time, told BBC Sport: 'I was on the way to
dinner with Sir Dave at the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha. We were
walking across to our table in a dark courtyard area. There were three
fountain areas nearby, no pool.

'They had switched off the lights. He
thought he was stepping on to flat marble, but his foot went down into
the water, he fell over and hurt his leg quite badly. Any suggestions he
had a drink is nonsense. It's a dry place.'

Officials said it was unlikely there
would be calls for Richards, 68, to resign, as he is due to stand down
from his hugely influential roles at the end of next season anyway.

Not our view: The Premier League has distanced itself from Richards' comments

Not our view: The Premier League has distanced itself from Richards' comments

Speaking at a sports and security
conference, with FIFA vice-president Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan
and International Cricket Council chief executive Haroon Lorgat looking
on, Richards repeatedly reminded his audience the world had England to
thank for football. He said: ‘England gave the world football. It gave
the best legacy anyone could give. We gave them the game. For 50 years
we owned the game. We were the governance of the game.

‘We
wrote the rules, designed the pitches and everything else. Then, 50
years later, some guy came along and said you’re liars and they actually
stole it. It was called FIFA. Fifty years later, another gang came
along called UEFA and stole a bit more.’

Hussein
then reminded Richards there remains a debate over whether the Chinese
or the English invented the game, but Richards replied with another
rant. With his voice rising, the former Sheffield Wednesday chairman
said: ‘It started in Sheffield 150 years ago. We started the game and
wrote the rules and took it to the world. The Chinese may say they own
it but the British own it and we gave it to the rest of the world.’

Waste of money Richards believes the FA could have saved 19m by not bidding for 2022 World Cup

Waste of money Richards believes the FA could have saved 19m by not bidding for 2022 World Cup

Waste of money Richards believes the FA could have saved 19m by not bidding for 2022 World Cup

Privately embarrassed, the Premier
League issued a statement. ‘Sir Dave is attending the conference in a
private and personal capacity and his comments in no way reflect the
views of the Premier League,’ it said, even though Richards was
presented to the conference as ‘chairman of the Premier League’.

The
FA were also wincing at the news. They said in a statement: ‘Sir Dave
Richards is not representing the FA at this conference and his personal
views are in no way shared or endorsed by the FA.’

Prior
to his fall, Richards warned the Qataris that fans may boycott their
World Cup in 2022 if beer is not made freely available. The sale of
alcohol is severely restricted in the Middle Eastern country. Richards
said: ‘In our country and in Germany, we have a culture. We call it, “We
would like to go for a pint”, and that pint is a pint of beer.’

Premier League chairman blasts FIFA and falls in pool

FA chief Richards blasts FIFA and then takes plunge in swimming pool

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UPDATED:

21:45 GMT, 14 March 2012

Sir Dave Richards embarrassed the Football Association and Premier League on Wednesday by accusing FIFA and UEFA of stealing the game from the English — and then falling face first into a hotel pool in his suit.

The incident at a sports conference in Doha leaves the Premier League chairman and FA vice-chairman completely isolated, with both governing bodies quickly distancing themselves from his astonishing Little Englander rant.

Officials said it was unlikely there would be calls for Richards, 68, to resign, as he is due to stand down from his hugely influential roles at the end of next season anyway.

Rant: Premier League Chairman Sir Dave Richards (third from left) claimed FIFA and UEFA had stolen football from England

Rant: Premier League Chairman Sir Dave Richards (third from left) claimed FIFA and UEFA had stolen football from England

But his comments, and the fact he followed calls for there to be beer served at the 2022 Qatar World Cup by tumbling into the pool, reduced the English game to a laughing stock at a time when the FA have been trying to rebuild bridges with FIFA and UEFA in the wake of the 2018 voting debacle.

Richards stumbled into the water of the fountain pool before being fished out by Bolton chairman Phil Gartside, his fellow Premier League representative on the FA board. A witness said: ‘It was quite a shallow pool but he fell into it face first, so his suit was completely soaked.’

Blatter

Platini

Theft: Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini are the heads of FIFA and UEFA, the organisations Richards has accused of stealing football from England

Speaking at a sports and security conference, with FIFA vice-president Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan and International Cricket Council chief executive Haroon Lorgat looking on, Richards repeatedly reminded his audience the world had England to thank for football. He said: ‘England gave the world football. It gave the best legacy anyone could give. We gave them the game. For 50 years we owned the game. We were the governance of the game.

‘We wrote the rules, designed the pitches and everything else. Then, 50 years later, some guy came along and said you’re liars and they actually stole it. It was called FIFA. Fifty years later, another gang came along called UEFA and stole a bit more.’

Hussein then reminded Richards there remains a debate over whether the Chinese or the English invented the game, but Richards replied with another rant. With his voice rising, the former Sheffield Wednesday chairman said: ‘It started in Sheffield 150 years ago. We started the game and wrote the rules and took it to the world. The Chinese may say they own it but the British own it and we gave it to the rest of the world.’

Not our view: The Premier League has distanced itself from Richards' comments

Not our view: The Premier League has distanced itself from Richards' comments

Privately embarrassed, the Premier League issued a statement. ‘Sir Dave is attending the conference in a private and personal capacity and his comments in no way reflect the views of the Premier League,’ it said, even though Richards was presented to the conference as ‘chairman of the Premier League’.

The FA were also wincing at the news. They said in a statement: ‘Sir Dave Richards is not representing the FA at this conference and his personal views are in no way shared or endorsed by the FA.’

Prior to his fall, Richards warned the Qataris that fans may boycott their World Cup in 2022 if beer is not made freely available. The sale of alcohol is severely restricted in the Middle Eastern country. Richards said: ‘In our country and in Germany, we have a culture. We call it, “We would like to go for a pint”, and that pint is a pint of beer.’

Waste of money Richards believes the FA could have saved 19m by not bidding for 2022 World Cup

Waste of money Richards believes the FA could have saved 19m by not bidding for 2022 World Cup

Waste of money Richards believes the FA could have saved 19m by not bidding for 2022 World Cup

Richards later said in a statement: ‘I’d like to apologise for any offence caused. It is important to clarify I was expressing my personal views and not those of any organisation I represent. My comments on the heritage of the game were intended to be light-hearted.’

Gartside added: ‘We were walking across a dark courtyard area. There were three fountain areas nearby, no pool. He thought he was stepping on to flat marble, but his foot went down into the water, he fell over and hurt his leg quite badly. Any suggestions he had a drink is nonsense. It’s a dry place.

Phil Taylor hits nine-darter in Premier League Darts

Taylor's nine-darter thrills the crowd as The Power pulls back from behind again

Phil Taylor's nine-darter was the highlight of his comeback to defeat Kevin Painter from 4-1 down in Premier League darts' second week.

The Power hit a treble 20, treble 17 then a double 18 with his last three arrows to check out 147 in the 10th leg, to level the score at five apiece at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre.

Even Painter had to applaud Taylor's work, although he would have been less happy at the end, succumbing 8-5.

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Boom: Phil Taylor made a spectacular comeback

Boom: Phil Taylor made a spectacular comeback

After the nine-darter equaliser, Taylor stormed to victory. He told Sky Sports 'In my mind I was thinking “hit a nine-darter, put him under pressure”.

'I couldn’t put him off, whatever I did he just kept countering.

'I’m going to keep trying, keep practising and dedicate myself (to the game). And, hopefully, keep entertaining.'

No cigar: World champion Adrian Lewis let the lead slip again

No cigar: World champion Adrian Lewis let the lead slip again

Taylor made a similar comeback against reigning world champion Adrian Lewis on opening night, returning from 5-0 down.

Lewis let the lead slip again against Raymond van Barnveld – he was 5-2 up but ended up drawing 7-7.

He said: 'I didn’t just have to beat Raymond van Barneveld – one of the best players who ever lived – I’ve also got to beat the crowd as well.'

Familiar ground: Scottish arrowsman Gary Anderson enjoyed victory in Aberdeen

Familiar ground: Scottish arrowsman Gary Anderson enjoyed victory in Aberdeen

Simon Whitlock finished the night at the top of the table, with an 8-4 crushing of off-form James Wade.

Meanwhile, reigning Premier League champion Gary Anderson pleased the home crowd by beating Andy Hamilton 8-2.

Rangers in administration: Fan power a huge factor in ensuring Ibrox revival

Rangers fan power a huge factor in ensuring Ibrox revival

Rangers supporters' representatives held a conference call with the club's administrators on Wednesday and hope
fan power can play a part in reviving the stricken club.

Andy Kerr, president of the Rangers
Supporters Assembly, was among three representatives who spoke to Paul
Clark and David Whitehouse of Duff & Phelps on their first full day
in charge of affairs at Ibrox.

Warning: Rangers fans attach a banner to a gate at Ibrox

Warning: Rangers fans attach a banner to a gate at Ibrox

Kerr now wants them to come forward with answers about the numerous financial questions surrounding Craig Whyte's reign. The club was plunged into administration after it was revealed 9million of PAYE and VAT had not been forwarded to HMRC since Whyte's takeover last May.

Former director Paul Murray aims to form a rival consortium to bid for control, with Kerr believing fans will back whoever can provide the stability needed to rescue Rangers. He also insisted any new model must have the voice of the support at its heart.

'The administrators were very upbeat and saying all the things we'd hope they'd say at this stage,' said Kerr.

'It was really just a courtesy call and we hope to sit with them again to get more detailed answers – hopefully within days rather than weeks.

'After the events of recent days, confidence in the current chairman and his reign has obviously ebbed. I'm sure he recognises that it is difficult to instil that confidence again.

Rangers

Backing: Rangers fans hope to play a part

'What we don't know, however, is what someone else might put on the table.

'I think I can say that the fans will align themselves with what they believe to be the right thing, the right people and the best outcome for the club. But until we see the make-up of what might be on offer, it is difficult to judge.

'The fans definitely want to play a role here. We have gone with regimes we have had in the past because we have believed they were good for us overall. But I think that concept is changing. We would have a healthier and more confident football club by getting the fans involved.

'You often hear the phrase “life and soul of the club”. Well, let's get us into the soul of the club. I'm trying to avoid looking to the past, but you do wonder if someone had been in that role for the fans, then might the smoke signals have gone up quicker.' Kerr was stunned to see the club finally tipped into administration by a new 9m tax bill. Around 5m of that is believed to be PAYE collected from employees and then not passed on.

Whyte has also failed to explain what has happened to the 24.4million raised by selling future season-ticket revenues to Ticketus.

'The 9m of tax was an unknown factor and was fairly shocking,' he said. 'Fans love the club and we're passionate, but we are ordinary moral human beings as well.

'That kind of thing is below the standard we expect from Rangers.

'There are a lot of questions about a lot of issues. If everyone was making judgments with the same information, then that would be far more constructive.

'I just hope the administrators can get to and provide this information, because that is going to have a huge bearing on how people judge the way forward.

'That evidence and information should all be in the financial transactions of the club. If it's not, then that's another big question.'

Fears over Rangers being pushed into liquidation have steadily risen after the events of recent days, but Kerr said the administrators provided assurances on that front.

'They said they were confident we will emerge from administration,' he added. 'That's their aim and expectation.

'The fear of liquidation horrifies us all but they said that was an extremely remote outcome.'

Bayern Munich say sorry to fans" over PR backfired stunt

Bayern forced to say sorry after fans' backlash to PR stunt promising new signing

Bayern Munich have apologised after a publicity stunt backfired leaving many fans angry and disappointed.

Bayern announced a 'spectacular transfer' on social medium Facebook but the message turned out to be a club promotion.

'Based on the many comments we received, there are many Facebook fans of Bayern Munich who were not happy with our action,' the German club said in a statement on Friday.

Blunder: Bayern Munich lost to Borussia Moenchengladbach last weekend

Blunder: Bayern Munich lost to Borussia Moenchengladbach last weekend

'We are sorry. It was not our intention to disappoint with the new FC Bayern app.'

Sports director Christian Nerlinger had announced on Thursday that a spectacular transfer would be unveiled at a news conference later that day.

The news conference, streamed exclusively for its Facebook page an hour later, turned out to be a promotion in which Nerlinger said every Bayern fan was the 'spectacular transfer. Our 12th man'.

Gaffe: Bayern sports director Christian Nerlinger made the announcement

Gaffe: Bayern sports director Christian Nerlinger made the announcement

Supporters reacted angrily, with hundreds messaging the club and saying that Bayern, whose three-point Bundesliga lead was cut last week by a 3-1 defeat to Borussia Moenchengladbach, would do better to focus on football.

'It could not be more ridiculous,' wrote one angry fan. 'There was nothing funny about last week's performance so start playing better instead of wasting your time on jokes.'

Stobart to sponsor Super League in three-year deal

Super League to be sponsored by haulage firm Stobart after agreeing three-year deal

The Rugby Football League are today celebrating a three-year sponsorship deal with the Stobart Group they believe could be worth up to 2.5million a year.

The nationwide logistics company, which already sponsor Widnes, have not paid any cash to secure the naming rights of the Stobart Super League but will instead freely advertise the game on their famous trucks and the RFL insist the sport will not lose out financially.

Engage Mutual Assurance, who ended their seven-year sponsorship at the end of last season, paid 1m-plus a year for exclusivity and the RFL say the agreement with Stobart enables them to bring on board additional commercial partners as part of a multi-layered package.

New deal: The Stobart Super League trophy and promotional trailers

New deal: The Stobart Super League trophy and promotional trailers

RFL chief executive Nigel Wood told a news conference at Stobart's training centre in Widnes that the 14 clubs rejected cash offers in favour of Stobart, who will display the Super League artwork on 100 of their 2,250 40ft-trucks as they travel across the country.

He said nine of the clubs voted for the Stobart deal, which he claimed was 'too good to turn down'.

'The title sponsorship in previous years was all-encompassing, in effect a lock-out of other brands,' Wood said.

'This is the exact opposite. This has freed up inventory that is available which has a commercial value for other blue-chip brands to come in and support the Super League.

'You will see over the course of the next couple of months partnership packages supporting the Stobart sponsorship so that you will find that the sport as a whole is financially in the same position.

'We set ourselves the challenge of getting all the benefits of this enhanced visibility of profile without hurting the profit/loss account.

'We had lots of interest and there was more than one offer on the table but, without a shadow of doubt, the offer from Stobart was one the RFL and the clubs themselves thought was too good to turn down.

New era: RFL chief executive Nigel Wood and Stobart CEO Andrew Tinkler announce the new deal

New era: RFL chief executive Nigel Wood and Stobart CEO Andrew Tinkler announce the new deal

'It's a positive, progressive partnership which will move the sport forward. This is a fantastic deal for the sport.

'We think, and more importantly, the clubs believe we have an obligation to promote the Super League competition as aggressively as possible and at the same time retain the commercial value.

'It's always difficult to nail it down to a notional figure but we've had estimates ranging from 1m to 2.5m a year in terms of the marketing value of this association.'

Stobart chief executive Andrew Tinkler insisted his company were ready to become fully involved in rugby league, even going as far as to suggest players could be offered jobs as truck drivers at the end of their careers.

'This partnership is a great opportunity for us to help promote Super League and enhance our own status as a superbrand which is defined by quality, reliability and distinction,' he said.

'There is a cash investment because there is always costs involved in dealing with something like this. There might be cash involved further down the line.'

The Stobart Super League kicks off on Friday week when Widnes host Wakefield and champions Leeds meet Hull KR at Headingley.

Salisbury City captain Chris Giles is up for the FA Cup

He packed in football for six months to travel but now Salisbury's Giles is up for the Cup

Chris Giles’ footballing career has been unremarkable. An FA Trophy final, a Conference play-off final and a 12-minute substitute Football League cameo appearance for Yeovil eight years ago.

Yet how many players take a six-month break in the middle of a season to go backpacking around Asia How many are so struck by the poverty they encounter in Cambodia that they spend an evening buying food and distributing it among street families And how many set up a charity to send unwanted football shirts to communities ravaged by HIV in the Third World

Well-travelled: Salisbury City captain Chris Giles

Well-travelled: Salisbury City captain Chris Giles

Should Giles, 29, lead Blue Square South club Salisbury City to FA Cup glory at Bramall Lane against Sheffield United – a club with a rich recent history in the competition – he may just redress the balance a tad. If not, his tale is still a triumph.

Having joined Salisbury in January 2010, the central defender was caught up in the club’s financial meltdown that summer when they were relegated two divisions as punishment.

He stayed and was made club captain but negotiated himself a leave of absence to go travelling with his fiance Catherine and satisfy a wanderlust.

In it to win it: Salisbury pose with the FA Cup

In it to win it: Salisbury pose with the FA Cup

‘I had had this burning ambition to travel for a few years,’ said Giles. ‘I realise how lucky I am to be in football even at a lower standard. It’s still a great job, a great life but it was something I felt I had to do. The lads say I’m a weirdo anyway.

‘The first eight weeks were spent mainly in hospitals because my fiance got very ill, mostly with Delhi belly. Then when we were in Tibet she snapped her ankle.’

Thereafter, their adventure was mostly about fun and interacting with the locals yet the omnipresent poverty in Asia also led them to rich experiences.

All aboard: Giles gets on the coach to Sheffield

All aboard: Giles gets on the coach to Sheffield

‘We couldn’t handle it at times, so we just tried to do our little bit. Maybe that was us trying to clear our own consciences but we would turn up at orphanages and offer our services for the day.

‘We taught lessons, English, and I would play football and strange playground games with the kids. There was one orphanage in Nepal for children of women who had been kidnapped and caught up in human trafficking for the sex trade.’

Throughout the trip, Giles maintained his fitness in preparation for his return to Salisbury last July, although he soon gave away his club kit to a street urchin – ‘there’s some little Indian somewhere running around in a Salisbury City No 6 training kit.’

Dedicated: Giles kept himself fit on his travels

Dedicated: Giles kept himself fit on his travels

‘Coming back definitely sparked my love for football again. I’ve not played in the third round of the Cup before. The best thing about this tie is there might even be an opportunity of the fourth round if we can keep it 0-0 for 60 minutes.’

Whatever the outcome on Saturday, Giles already has his next venture planned. As well as his new ‘Kits For Causes’ charity, he is planning another foreign excursion in the summer – this time driving a camper van around Europe.

A footballing life less ordinary.

Cristiano Ronaldo: La Liga is better than the Premier League

Ronaldo: La Liga relies on skill and technique and is better than the Premier League

Cristiano Ronaldo prefers Spain’s La Liga over the Premier League because he claims it allows individual players to shine.

Ronaldo played for Manchester United for six years before joining Spanish giants Real Madrid, and told the Dubai International Sports Conference that he ‘learned the elementary and basic rules of football, especially discipline’ while in England.

But he added La Liga was the best league in the world because it ‘relies on players’ skills and techniques.’

Kneesy does it: Ronaldo hit another hat-trick against Sevilla to send Real Madrid top

Kneesy does it: Ronaldo hit another hat-trick against Sevilla to send Real Madrid top

After netting 20 goals so far this season, Ronaldo is the top scorer in Spain and says he has no intention of moving on.

While insisting he could adapt to any league, Ronald said he wants to remain at Real Madrid, adding “frankly I”m just enjoying the moment.”

Barcelona"s David Villa successful surgery

Villa out for up to five months after striker undergoes successful surgery

Barcelona striker David Villa has had successful surgery on his broken left leg but faces up to five months on the sidelines.

Spain”s all-time leading scorer is targeting a return for a possible Champions League final in May before helping his national team defend their European Championship title in Poland and Ukraine in June.

“The surgery went fantastically well,” Barcelona doctor Ricard Pruna told a news conference.

Thumbs up: David Villa rests before having surgery on his broken leg

Thumbs up: David Villa rests before having surgery on his broken leg

“He has been sending messages to his colleagues and laughing with his wife. I have never seen someone in such good spirits after an operation.”

Villa broke his left tibia while playing in the Club World Cup semi-finals in Japan last Thursday, and specialist Ramon Cugat said the 30-year-old had been suffering beforehand from a stress fracture.

“Some players can finish their professional careers with a stress fracture,” Cugat said.

Crocked: Villa is stretchered from the field after breaking his leg

Crocked: Villa is stretchered from the field after breaking his leg

“Players prefer not to have the operation so as not to lose four or five months. Normally no one wants to have preventative surgery.

“Everyone hopes he will be able to play Euro 2012. It”s a little tight for the Champions League final in Munich. If I gave a date for his return I would probably be wrong. It will be his leg that decides.”