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Australia stars Kurtley Beale and Cooper Vuna suspended after Melbourne Rebels team bus brawl

Two Wallaby stars suspended for punch-up on team bus after embarrassing club loss

By
Gerard Brand

PUBLISHED:

12:48 GMT, 24 March 2013

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UPDATED:

13:23 GMT, 24 March 2013

Australia utility back Kurtley Beale and fellow Wallaby Cooper Vuna have been suspended by the Melbourne Rebels after an incident on their team bus.

It followed the side's embarrassing 64-7 loss to the Durban-based Sharks in South Africa on Saturday.

The Rebels said in a statement Sunday that an internal investigation resulted in Beale, who did not play in the match due to a broken left hand, and winger Vuna being ordered to return to Australia.

Punching above their weight: Rebels were torn apart by Sharks in Durban

Punching above their weight: The Rebels were torn apart by Sharks in Durban

Kurtley Beale

Cooper Vuna of the Rebels

Suspended: Kurtley Beale (left) and Cooper Vuna (right, white shirt) will not play until the matter is resolved

Rebels coach Damien Hill said both Beale and Vuna had broken team protocols and as a result cannot be part of the team 'until the disciplinary process is complete.'

He added: 'The club will not tolerate this type of behavior and I am embarrassed for everyone associated.'

The Rebels launched a probe after it emerged that Beale may have punched Vuna in an altercation on the team bus.

Officials initially refused to name the individuals involved but tweets subsequently deleted by Vuna suggested Beale had assaulted him.

'I need to leave right now, this ain't for me! I tried to help someone but got punched so instead of putting him in hospital il [sic] leave!' Vuna posted in the early hours of the morning.

Catch up: Rebels are currently third bottom of the Super 15 league

Catch up: Rebels are currently third from bottom of the Super 15 league

But Hill added: 'The Club will not tolerate this type of behaviour and I am embarrassed for everyone associated with building this Club.'

Reports of the confrontation came after Hill had questioned whether his players had pride in the jersey.

'Our guys just didn't show up and it's quite embarrassing to be honest,' he said after his side's mauling at the ABSA Stadium.

'It's probably the worst defeat I've ever been associated with through the club, and I'm really questioning the pride these guys have in the jersey.

'Even though it's a new team, you've got to be prepared to leave blood on the field when you're playing a team like the Sharks. And our guys didn't.'

Michael Owen facing FA rap for throwing punch at Mikel Arteta

Saint Michael's halo slips with Owen facing FA rap for throwing punch at Arteta

By
Ian Ridley

PUBLISHED:

22:09 GMT, 2 February 2013

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UPDATED:

09:36 GMT, 3 February 2013

Michael Owen could face a retrospective disciplinary charge from the FA after attempting to throw a punch at Arsenal's Mikel Arteta in Stoke City's 1-0 defeat at the Emirates.

The former England striker, who had been brought on as a late substitute, reacted fiercely to a strong tackle from the Spaniard and aimed a right-hander – missed by referee Chris Foy – that connected only weakly with Arteta's shoulder.

Flashpoint: Michael Owen loses his cool as he clashes with Arsenal's Jack Wilshere after a heavy tackle by Gunners' Mikel Arteta

Flashpoint: Michael Owen loses his cool
as he clashes with Arsenal's Jack Wilshere after a heavy tackle by Gunners' Mikel Arteta

Flashpoint: Michael Owen loses his cool as he clashes with Arsenal's Jack Wilshere after a heavy tackle by Gunners' Mikel Arteta

Flashpoint: Michael Owen loses his cool
as he clashes with Arsenal's Jack Wilshere after a heavy tackle by Gunners' Mikel Arteta

Owen then squared up to Jack Wilshere, who had rushed to the scene and the two players became embroiled in a pushing match.

The incident came amid a bad-tempered end to a match, in which Stoke contested Lukas Podolski's winner, between two clubs with a history of confrontation dating back to an incident when Aaron Ramsey broke a leg in a challenge from Ryan Shawcross three years ago.

Shawcross was again in trouble, receiving a yellow card that some will argue should have been red, as he slid into a challenge against Laurent Koscielny with studs up.

'I thought the Arteta challenge was a poor one but Michael shouldn't do that,' said Stoke manager Tony Pulis.

'That should be left to the referee.' Asked whether he expected Owen to be charged retrospectively, Pulis added: 'Let's see what they say. But I think it should have been a free-kick for us.

'If Michael has done what he has done and they look at it, they will deal with it.'

Pain game: This was the rash challenge that sparked the flashpoint

Stoking the flames: This was the rash challenge that sparked the flashpoint

Michael Owen and Arteta

Pulis was also aggrieved when Glenn Whelan was booked for a tackle that Stoke felt was not a free-kick and that Shawcross had needed four stitches in a leg wound after the challenge with Koscielny.

Jon Walters also required six stitches in a head wound after a clash of heads with Arsenal's 8million debutant Nacho Monreal. 'Glenn's was never a booking and when that went against us like that, it irritates you,' said Pulis. Arsene Wenger, meanwhile, felt that Shawcross should have been sent off.

'It looked it to me [to be a sending off] but I will have to look at it again,' said the Arsenal manager. 'I am maybe not completely objective with Ryan Shawcross, that is why I am cautious with my statement.'

Wenger had, however, not seen the Owen punch and so could not comment.

Sir Alex Ferguson blames Manchester City for Mario Balotelli and Roberto Mancini getting caught fighting

It's your own fault we know about Balotelli and Mancini! Fergie blames Man City for letting snappers catch scrappers

By
David Kent

PUBLISHED:

11:28 GMT, 4 January 2013

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UPDATED:

11:45 GMT, 4 January 2013

Manchester City are to blame for allowing Mario Balotelli’s extraordinary confrontation with Roberto Mancini to be captured by photographers, according to Sir Alex Ferguson.

The finger of blame has been pointed towards the Italian striker for a 'horrific' challenge on team-mate Scott Sinclair, to which Mancini responded furiously.

Get a grip: Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini and striker Mario Balotelli had to be pulled apart

Get a grip: Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini and striker Mario Balotelli had to be pulled apart

Get a grip: Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini and striker Mario Balotelli had to be pulled apart

Fiery Italians: Mancini and Balotelli were snapped by photographers during their bust-up at training

Fiery Italians: Mancini and Balotelli were snapped by photographers during their bust-up at training

The whole episode was caught by snappers waiting next to the training ground, but Manchester United manager Fergie is at a loss as to why the club allow such free access.

Sir Alex said: 'You’re protecting the possibility of your success. Do the major companies tell their opponents what they’re doing I’m sure they don’t.

'Football has got the profile. Cameramen want to do training sessions which is ridiculous.

Stay away: The Manchester City coaches had to get between Mancini and Balotelli

Stay away: The Manchester City coaches had to get between Mancini and Balotelli

'It is very difficult to coach and do work related to a game because you don’t know where the information can go. Clubs like Real Madrid, the press were there every day, that’s stopped under Jose.

'A lot of clubs I know don't (allow it). How you can do your work and if you want to do tactical work, how do you do it with press around you

'Fortunately at our place we can protect against it to a certain degree. Sometimes a photographer tries to wander across the woods but now we've put those wolves in there they don’t come!'

Pointing the finger: Sir Alex Ferguson insists the blame lies with Man City after the Balotelli controversy

Pointing the finger: Sir Alex Ferguson insists the blame lies with Man City after the Balotelli controversy

Access all areas at Man City's training ground

Despite the criticism coming the way of the Manchester City manager, there is little he can do to combat the issue.

The footpaths on either side of the
Carrington training ground are public, meaning that anyone wanting to
watch a training session is free to.

The club has experimented with a
six-foot tarpaulin curtain around the edge of the ground, but that
hasn’t stopped photographers or members of the public who climb ladders
or trees in order to watch their heroes train.

Planning permission to extend the height
of the curtain has been sought but six foot is the limit without the
agreement of Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council.

In 18 months’ time the squad are set to
move their training to the new Etihad Campus training ground, but until
then it looks as though Mancini and his players will have to keep their
tempers under control.

Phil Taylor apologises after ugly confrontation with Raymond van Barneveld

I reacted disgracefully! Taylor apologises after ugly confrontation with Barney

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UPDATED:

11:42 GMT, 31 December 2012

Phil Taylor apologised for his ‘disgraceful’ behaviour after beating Raymond van Barneveld in the World Championship semi-final on Sunday.

‘The Power’, who will play Michael van Gerwen in the final, clashed with Barney after his 6-4 win at Alexandra Palace and the pair had to be separated by security guards.

‘I reacted disgracefully and I feel terrible,’ Taylor told Sky Sports.

‘I’m ashamed because I really like Raymond but he hurt me a little bit, that was all it was.

‘It was spur of the moment.’

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Head to head: Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld clash at the end of their titanic battle

Head to head: Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld clash at the end of their titanic battle

Head to head: Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld clash at the end of their titanic battle

Head to head: Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld clash at the end of their titanic battle

Head to head: Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld clash at the end of their titanic battle

Head to head: Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld clash at the end of their titanic battle

Clash: Taylor and Van Barneveld go head to head as they leave the stage

Clash: Taylor and Van Barneveld go head to head as they leave the stage

Taylor and Van Barneveld clash

Mark Devlin denies reports Brentford fans attacked Karl Robinson with pint glass

Brentford chief Devlin denies reports fans attacked MK Dons boss Robinson with pint glass

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UPDATED:

12:57 GMT, 12 December 2012

Police are looking into an incident between Brentford fans and MK Dons manager Karl Robinson following Saturday's match at Griffin Park.

Stewards had to step in to prevent a confrontation between Robinson and a group of Bees supporters following the home side's 3-2 win.

Brentford chief executive Mark Devlin confirmed there had been an incident as Robinson was walking to the team bus, but categorically denied reports that a pint glass was thrown.

Shaken: MK Dons boss Karl Robinson was set upon by a group of Brentford fans

Shaken: MK Dons boss Karl Robinson was set upon by a group of Brentford fans

'I was distressed to read reports about a glass being thrown, I witnessed the events myself,' Devlin said.

'Karl Robinson was being escorted to the team coach, some of our fans were goading him and Karl Robinson reacted. There was almost an incident but our stewards stepped in.

'Some beer was thrown, most of which hit our operations manager and a couple of stewards.

'I can categorically say no glass was thrown at Karl Robinson.

'We have the police here at the moment and they are currently reviewing the footage from Saturday.'

A Dons spokesman added: 'We are aware of an incident at Griffin Park involving our manager Karl Robinson and a group of Brentford supporters.

'MK Dons will assist Brentford with their investigation into the incident, while this is ongoing it would be inappropriate to comment further.'

Rio Ferdinand coin: Idiot could have blinded me – ESPN pundit Peter Reid

One mindless idiot could have blinded me! Peter Reid relives moment he was struck by coin during Cup tie whilst working for ESPN

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UPDATED:

13:15 GMT, 10 December 2012

It was the shock really that I felt first. I knew I'd been hit by something but I was just stunned. There was a sharp pain then under my eye and I realised it was a 2p coin.

There had been no chanting or name calling just friendly banter with the crowd.

It was half-time in the FA Cup tie between Dorchester and Plymouth and we were stood in the corner, Martin Keown and I commentating for ESPN.

Hit: Ferdinand was struck by a coin in the dying moments of the derby while celebrating Robin van Persie's winner

Hit: Ferdinand was struck by a coin in the dying moments of the derby while celebrating Robin van Persie's goal

Confrontation: A City fan makes his way on to the pitch but is held back by Man City stopper Joe Hart

Confrontation: A City fan makes his way on to the pitch but is held back by Man City stopper Joe Hart

I was actually leaning over getting
make-up on, as I need lots of it, when it hit me. It didn't cut me, I'm
made of Teflon me, but I was very lucky. One mindless idiot could have
blinded me.

The security ran after whoever it was
but I don't know what happened to them. The club were great and
everyone was asking if I wanted to carry on but I soldier on me, always
have done.

Struck: Peter Reid was hit by a coin whist working for ESPN during an FA Cup tie

Struck: Peter Reid was hit by a coin whist working for ESPN during an FA Cup tie

The shock though stayed with me. I
was so surprised by it happening to me there as I was working for TV.
The trouble is there is no legislating for this kind of cowardice.
That's what it is plain and simple. What happened to Rio was millimetres
from the game going into shutdown. What if it had cut his eye

I've heard the calls for netting and
the like but I'm a big believer in collective responsibility. We have to
police it ourselves on the terraces. Clubs can't stop people from doing
this and I'm not having the argument that if we stop players
celebrating then it stops the crowd being incited. If you're a fan and
you see someone do that, tell a steward, report them to the police.

Ferdinand

Ferdinand

Under siege: The United defender holds his head after being struck by a coin thrown from the crowd

There's no shame or stigma in being
the one who tells on someone like that. Good on you. I'm aware of peer
pressure and bravado but getting rid of this mentality will do us all a
favour. There's nothing brave in their actions only cowardice and
stupidity.

The sooner society wakes up to it the better.

Target: Rooney holds aloft a coin after being pelted with objects whilst taking a corner for Manchester United during the derby

Target: Rooney holds aloft a coin after being pelted with objects whilst taking a corner for Manchester United

O"Neill faces "tough fight" to save Sunderland with crucial Reading match up next

O'Neill faces 'tough fight' to save Sunderland with crucial Reading match up next

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UPDATED:

21:19 GMT, 8 December 2012

Sunderland face a make or break
confrontation with fellow strugglers Reading on Tuesday that could
define their season … and Martin O'Neill's future.

But, as his team dropped into the
bottom three for the first time since he took over at Stadium Of Light
12 months ago, almost to the day, the 60-year-old manager insisted:
'We'll fight our way out of it. I think we've got enough talent and more
important I think we've got enough self-belief.

'We've dropped into the bottom three. It's a tough fight on, a really tough fight.'

Nail-biting: Martin O'Neill knows his Sunderland side will have to fight to stay up

Nail-biting: Martin O'Neill knows his Sunderland side will have to fight to stay up

Harking back to last season's struggles, he recalled: 'We got some fantastic results and it seemed by mid- February that we had calmly taken ourselves out relegation problems, but I never saw it like that; I thought every game was a fight.

'It is exactly this now; every game is a fight for us. And when we have a foothold in games, we need to try and make it count. I think that's the major point.'

Sunderland have won only two of their past 23 games.

Against Chelsea they never recovered from conceding goals either side of half-time to trail 3-0; the goal which made it 2-0 a penalty conceded by a needless Seb Larsson challenge on Ramires.

'It's heavy punishment when we make mistakes,' added O'Neill. 'I said to Seb that if you go to ground like that, you run the risk. It was a ball into the corner and the best they were going to get out of that was a corner kick. Suddenly they're going in 2-0 at halftime, so it is frustrating.'

No argument: Sunderland's Seb Larsson concedes a penalty with a challenge on Chelsea's Ramires

No argument: Sunderland's Seb Larsson concedes a penalty with a challenge on Chelsea's Ramires

O'Neill still has the backing of the fans, observing: 'Because we were playing Chelsea and we were the underdogs in the game, the supporters were terrific. The players were talking about it in the dressing room at the end; just talking about the boost they still get from that; that they kept with us.

'There will be anxious moments during the game on Tuesday night and we've got to be really strong. There will be frustrating moments but I think we can cope with that.

'Even though we've been defeated we can certainly feel we've taken something out of the game and something to take with us for Tuesday.'

Jovan Belcher shoots his girlfriend dead before killing himself at Kansas City Chiefs" stadium

Kansas City Chiefs' Belcher shoots girlfriend dead before killing himself at Arrowhead StadiumUnconfirmed reports that Jovan Belcher, 25, is the Kansas City Chief who shot and killed his girlfriend at their home
He then traveled to the team's Arrowhead stadium, where he shot himself in a practice areaBelcher and his girlfriend had a baby less than three months ago

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UPDATED:

18:01 GMT, 1 December 2012

A 25-year-old Kansas City Chiefs player shot his girlfriend early on Saturday morning, then drove to the team's Arrowhead Stadium and turned the gun on himself as two team officials were confronting him, police have said.

There are several unconfirmed media reports that the dead player is linebacker Jovan Belcher, 25, originally from Long Island, New York. Belcher and his girlfriend had a baby less than three months ago on September 11.

Police spokesman Darin Snapp said authorities received a call from a woman who said her daughter had been shot multiple times at a residence about five miles away from the Arrowhead complex.

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There are unconfirmed reports that linebacker Jovan Belcher, 25, is the footballer who shot and killed his girlfriend and then himself on Saturday morning

There are unconfirmed reports that linebacker Jovan Belcher, 25, is the footballer who shot and killed his girlfriend and then himself on Saturday morning

Crime scene: Authorities received a call Saturday morning from a woman who said her daughter had been shot multiple times at a residence five miles away from the Arrowhead complex

Crime scene: Authorities received a call Saturday morning from a woman who said her daughter had been shot multiple times at a residence five miles away from the Arrowhead complex

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

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

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

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

After a confrontation with team personnel, in which they attempted to stop the player from committing additional acts of violence, he shot himself near the front doors of the practice area. Police heard the single gunshot as they arrived at the scene.

According to CBSSports.com, Chiefs Coach Romeo Crennel and General Manager Scott Pioli were outside the facility when Belcher took his own life. The player apparently 'thanked both men before taking his life, and that Pioli and Crennel did not feel threatened.'

Belcher had no history of violence according to those who knew him, had a strong relationship with Crennel and the incident has come as a surprise to the organization and many who knew Belcher well.

'We can confirm that there was an
incident at Arrowhead earlier this morning,' the Chiefs said in a
statement. 'We are cooperating with authorities in their investigation.'

Belcher grew up on Long Island, New York and played for the Maine Black Bears in college. There, he was named first team All American in the Football Championship Subdivision.

Video: Kansas City football player shoots his girlfriend dead and then kills himself

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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

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

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

After going undrafted in 2009, Belcher
agreed to a free agent contract with the Chiefs. In 2011, he
became a starting linebacker for the team. He had started 10 of 11
games at inside linebacker for the Chiefs this season.

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 are scheduled to host the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

Luis Adriano suspended for Champions League game v Juventus after unsporting goal

Chelsea's Champions League hopes hit by suspension for Shakhtar striker Adriano after unsporting goal

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UPDATED:

19:13 GMT, 27 November 2012

Chelsea's slim chance of qualifying from their Champions League group has been reduced further still as Shakhtar Donetsk striker Luis Adriano has been banned for the final match against Juventus.

The striker scored a goal against Nordsjaelland when an opponent was injured, racing on to the end of a ball which Willian intended to kick off the pitch.

Confrontation: Luiz Adriano argues with a Nordjaelland player after scoring his unsporting goal

Confrontation: Luiz Adriano argues with a Nordjaelland player after scoring his unsporting goal

Rafael Benitez's side need Shakhtar to
beat Juventus in the final match of the group and overcome Nordsjaelland at Stamford Bridge
themselves if they are to qualify.

His ban is only for one game and has been prescribed for 'violation of the principles of conduct'.

UEFA also ordered the striker to do 'one full day of community football service'.

The goal came as part of a hat-trick as Shakhtar earned a 5-2 victory to book their place in the knockout stage.

Adriano's side must still avoid defeat against the Italian giants at home if they want to top the group.

If Chelsea are to get their season back on track after sacking Roberto Di Matteo following the 3-0 defeat to Juventus in Italy, they will need to find a solution up front.

With Daniel Sturridge injured it is
down to 50million man Fernando Torres to lead the line and he has been
in poor form all season.

Benitez was brought in as interim head coach with the aim of reinvigorating the 28-year-old striker.

Hope: Benitez is trying to revive Fernando Torres' (second left) goalscoring form

Hope: Benitez is trying to revive Fernando Torres' (second left) goalscoring form

The Spanish manager was in charge of his compatriot at Liverpool and got the best out of him.

Benitez said: 'He’s not exactly the same player now, because he was at maximum level at this time [at Liverpool].

'But I think he can come back. How
close I don’t know. It depends on the rest of the team. I’m sure he can
improve, but the team has to help him.'

Torres also has to help himself, as does Benitez, following a run of just 19 goals in 88 games for the European champions.

A slim possibility: Chelsea need Shakhtar to topple Juventus in the final match

A slim possibility: Chelsea need Shakhtar to topple Juventus in the final match

He continued: 'The first thing is to give him some confidence, instructions as to how he can do things in a different way, improve him a little bit physically.'

'You need to be stronger in defence, regain the ball easier and then you can create your own chances. That will benefit Torres. Players with mobility, quality… we can improve all these things.'

Paul Lambert won"t avoid confrontation with Roberto Mancini

Villa boss Lambert promises he won't duck another confrontation with Mancini

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UPDATED:

01:19 GMT, 17 November 2012

Paul Lambert goes up against Roberto Mancini at the Etihad Stadium this afternoon and will not avoid another confrontation.

Manchester City’s boss upset Lambert with his card-waving antics at Aston Villa players when the clubs met in the Capital One Cup two months ago.

Flashpoint: Lambert and Mancini squared up during League Cup clash

Flashpoint: Lambert and Mancini squared up during League Cup clash

While Lambert says the September fracas has been forgotten, he added: ‘I’m there to defend my team. I’m sure Roberto will be the same. I’ll shake his hand before and after.

‘I’m pretty sure he’ll shake my hand. Emotions overspill in a game — I don’t have any problems with it — he’s a manager, ex-footballer, it’s going to happen.’