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Mark Clattenburg race row: Did referee use the word "monkey" at John Obi Mikel? Truth

Is the referee a racist Who is telling the truth Did Clattenburg really use the word 'monkey' at Chelsea's Mikel The answers the FA and the police must uncover as they begin probe

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08:20 GMT, 1 November 2012

The events that unfolded at Stamford Bridge on Sunday evening have created an unprecedented fissure in the English game, with a football club and match officials at loggerheads over alleged racist language.

The claim that Mark Clattenburg called John Mikel Obi a 'monkey' has shocked a sport that has been scarred by racist disputes for over a year.

NEIL ASHTON looks behind the allegations and conjecture to establish if there is any concrete evidence for Chelsea’s claim against the referee.

Mark Clattenburg race row

THE OTHERS IN THE LOOP

ALL four officials are able to hear each other speak thanks to a Swiss earpiece system. The sound is of digital quality and background noise is cut out.
Earpieces for the four of them cost 2,900.

SIMON LONG - Assistant referee

SIMON LONG – Assistant referee

MICHAEL McDONOUGH - Assistant referee

MICHAEL McDONOUGH – Assistant referee

MIKE JONES - Fourth official

MIKE JONES – Fourth official

WERE CLATTENBURG’S WORDS CAUGHT ON CAMERA

Up to 20 cameras are used for a live broadcast, but not all of them are ‘on record’. Sky’s match director chooses the best shot, as witnessed by the razor-sharp cut to Mikel being booked in the 76th minute.

However, the footage of the incident broadcast on Sky shows the back of the referee as he raises a yellow card. Mikel is obviously unhappy, but his reaction appears to be that of a man who has been booked rather than that of the victim of a racial slur. Other camera angles may help with the dialogue but may not be conclusive.

Earlier in the match, with the score 2-2, tempers were running high when Clattenburg dismissed Branislav Ivanovic in the 62nd minute for, in referee’s parlance, ‘DOGSO’ (denial of goalscoring opportunity).

As United players prepared to take the free-kick, Clattenburg was in a dialogue with Chelsea winger Juan Mata. It has been suggested that, at some point in the game, the referee called Mata a Spanish t***.

Sportsmail asked a lip-reading expert to analyse this clip. The expert’s conclusion is that Clattenburg appears to tell Mata: ‘I know it’s b******s… but that’s not my fault’.

Mata appears to accept this, but Torres is listening more intently and looks on open-mouthed. Chelsea have accepted there was not enough evidence to take the Mata complaint further.

Row: Chelsea have lodged an official complaint with the FA over the way in which Mark Clattenburg spoke to John Obi Mikel

Row: Chelsea have lodged an official complaint with the FA over the way in which Mark Clattenburg (right) spoke to John Obi Mikel (left)

WHAT KIND OF REFEREE IS CLATTENBURG

As a Newcastle fan, he is not allowed to officiate their matches because of his allegiance and cannot referee Sunderland matches because of the rivalry.

Sunday was Chelsea’s Kick It Out day — and both teams, plus the officials, wore ‘One Game One Community’ shirts to promote the initiative. Clattenburg wore the campaign T-shirt throughout his 30-minute pre-match routine.

He enjoys the celebrity that comes with officiating a high-profile sport. He adopts a matey attitude with players during matches, but some would prefer an official to act with more detachment.

Clattenburg is regarded by the PGMO as one of their top referees and is being considered by FIFA as the English representative at the 2014 World Cup.

Back in action: John Obi Mikel at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night

Back in action: John Obi Mikel at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night

WHAT HAPPENED IN THE HOURS AFTER THE GAME

Feelings intensified in the Chelsea dressing room. When Brazilian Ramires told Mikel he thought he’d been called ‘a monkey’, at least three members of the playing and coaching staff asked: ‘Are you certain’ Ramires was asked if, with Clattenburg having such a strong North East accent, the official had said: ‘shut up Mikel’, rather than ‘shut up monkey’, which has been alleged.

There is a popular assumption that Terry, serving the second game of a four-match FA ban for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand, encouraged Chelsea to make a complaint. But according to dressing-room sources, Terry has given the dispute a wide berth.

Chelsea officials then joined in an increasingly heated conversation that travelled the short distance from the team changing area to the referee’s room.

Clattenburg and his officials prepared for the match in a room the size of a rabbit-hutch. It is the first door on the left when the officials walk down the tunnel from the pitch and is separated from the home dressing room by a mascot’s changing area.

In the normal course of events, a people-carrier would be available to take the referee to the Crowne Plaza on King’s Road, half an hour after the game. On this occasion, the vehicle would have to wait.

Clattenburg was required, under FA rules, to remain 30 minutes after the final whistle to give managers a ‘cooling off’ period before they can approach the match officials. But there were few cool heads around during what happened next.

On entering the referee’s room, it is alleged Mikel had to be restrained from physically attacking Clattenburg. He accused the official of racially insulting him and demanded an apology. But a shocked Clattenburg flatly denied it, saying: ‘You must be f***ing joking’. The officials all witnessed the dramatic scenes. Nigerian-born Mikel speaks perfect English.

HOW DID THE POLICE GET INVOLVED

A complaint by Peter Herbert, the chairman of the Society of Black Lawyers, triggered their investigation, even though he had no evidence.

He made his complaint based on press coverage and defended his actions by telling The Times: ‘We don’t need to be there to report an incident. This needs to be addressed as a matter of urgency.’

He added: ‘Hate crimes cannot be tolerated and should be pursued through the official channels with vigour.’

TOO QUICK TO JUDGE

Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay blustered his way through a talkSPORT interview two weeks ago over John Terry and his hot-headed approach in the corridor on Sunday is surprising.

Chelsea released a statement two hours after the final whistle. No one had a chance to cool down and rationalise the alleged events. Instead, a club that has been involved in a protracted racist row steamed in to another one.

Clattenburg filed an ‘extraordinary incident’ report on Sunday evening, which was picked up by the FA’s governance department on Monday morning. There was very little detail, a tactic referees use to avoid charging players for post-match incidents.

Distraction: Ramires scored for Chelsea against Manchester United on Wednesday night but appears key to the whole case against Clattenburg

Distraction: Ramires scored for Chelsea against Manchester United on Wednesday night but appears key to the whole case against Clattenburg

However, Chelsea’s complaint to the match delegate Nick Cusack means the referee and his assistants now have to provide a thorough report on the incidents on the field and the heated post-match row with Mikel.

Clattenburg has told friends he wishes he hadn’t sent Torres off. Despite FA and police enquiries, he is also willing to speak with the media about his experience. He says he has nothing to hide, is comfortable with his conduct and will co-operate fully with the authorities.

After the fevered atmosphere had calmed down on Monday morning, Chelsea brought in lawyers to interview players and advise the club whether to advance a complaint to the FA. They have interviewed players, managers and executives. They will instruct Chelsea on the chance of meeting the FA’s civil standard of proof — ‘balance of probabilities’ — in an independent commission hearing. After Chelsea’s experience with John Terry, this is a massive call.

This is a case that will turn on a player’s grasp of English, interpretation of a referee’s regional accent and the technology used by match officials.
Chelsea will have to provide sufficient evidence that Clattenburg used the word ‘monkey’, and must be confident the club can present a case that does not backfire on them spectacularly.

Boorish fan behaviour won"t be a problem for either sides at Medinah, says Donald

Boorish fan behaviour won't be a problem for either sides at Medinah, says Donald

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21:30 GMT, 26 September 2012

Europe's man with inside local knowledge, neither his team nor their relatively small number of supporters here have much to fear when the Ryder Cup begins on Friday.

'The thing that appeals to me about Chicago,' said 15-year resident Donald, 'is that the people are very friendly. They are very much into their sport and they get raucous and loud but I think they will do it in a good spirit.'

The crowd's behaviour at Medinah is the subject of much conjecture, but one certainty is that the European support may not even amount to the 3,000 figure out of 40,000 that has been regularly cited.

No worries: Luke Donald says the fans from both Europe and the USA will not be boorish

No worries: Luke Donald says the fans from both Europe and the USA will not be boorish

There have been only two ways for those living outside America to get tickets, either through an official travel package or a ballot for those with addresses in the rest of the world.

Just over 800 tours have been sold – and there were only 1,500 precious tickets in the overseas ballot, some of which will have been taken by ex-pat Americans.

The figures also illustrate that the fanbase is very much loaded towards the British Isles, and there are virtually no European media here other than the British.

'The vast majority of those on the packages are from the UK or Ireland,' said John Parker of Ryder Cup Travel.

'The numbers are reasonably healthy given that it has been the year of a London Olympics.'

Lads on tour: Fans are lining up in Medinah to see Europe in the 2012 competition

Lads on tour: Fans are lining up in Medinah to see Europe in the 2012 competition

Local boy: Donald lives near Medinah in nearby Chicago

Local boy: Donald lives near Medinah in nearby Chicago

Ticket prices are high enough to put off some of the more passionate blue-collar support of, say, the Chicago Bears NFL team, who might attend and contribute to the atmosphere.

The cheapest day ticket for locals to buy was $150 (around 100) while a ticket for the week was starting at $695 (around 450).

Not that being affluent is any bar to boorish behaviour, with the most irritating shout in all sport being 'Get in the hole!' – rivalled only by 'C'mon Tim!' at Wimbledon.

The notorious 1999 Brookline war in Massachusetts was held at a more exclusive enclave than Medinah.

So the genial enthusiasm seen on the practice rounds, attended by pensioners with twee Stars and Stripes flags on sticks tucked into their sun visors, might not be representative come tomorrow. Europe's small minority of supporters will still need to make themselves heard.

Lining up: The fans were already out in force to support Tiger Woods (centre) on Wednesday

Lining up: The fans were already out in force to support Tiger Woods (centre) on Wednesday

Brendan Rodgers says Raheem Sterling won"t get a big contract at Liverpool straight away

Too much, too young: Rodgers refuses to spoil Sterling with big payday

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UPDATED:

21:56 GMT, 14 September 2012

Brendan Rodgers has told Raheem Sterling to banish thoughts of becoming an overnight millionaire and vowed to steer the exciting winger away from the pitfalls of fame.

The Liverpool manager is determined to manage expectations around the 17-year-old, who was called up for England’s World Cup qualifier against Ukraine this week after making just two starts in the Barclays Premier League.

Sterling’s rapid progress has led to conjecture about how he will be rewarded. But Rodgers, while admitting that contract discussions have taken place, has made it clear he will not be getting too much, too soon.

Bright prospect: Raheem Sterling (third left) has been a stand out star for Liverpool this term

Bright prospect: Raheem Sterling (third left) has been a stand out star for Liverpool this term

Many young players in British football have been lavishly rewarded having achieved very little, and Rodgers is determined to ensure Sterling does not succumb to any distractions that will stunt his potential.

‘There has been dialogue between me and him — and that has been it,’ said Rodgers, whose side face Sunderland this evening. ‘There has been dialogue between me and the agent to let them know where we are at — nothing official.’

Liverpool will likely announce Sterling’s contract when he celebrates his 18th birthday on December 8 and Rodgers added: ‘There is no doubt it is something we will look at in the next few months. But I have seen it so much with young players. You see them play one or two games and they get handed these super-duper contracts.

Dreams of Sterling: A new deal wont taint the winger

Dreams of Sterling: A new deal wont taint the winger

England calling: Sterling was called into Roy Hodgson's squad for the Ukraine game

England calling: Sterling was called into Roy Hodgson's squad for the Ukraine game

‘A few years later you hear people ask, “What has happened to so and so” The biggest thing that distorts the reality of people and footballers is money. If we are to protect and help young players, you can’t give them inflated contracts.

‘I worked with players at Swansea who had spent their lives in football and not earned more than two grand a week. They had played 400-odd games and were at the end of their careers. Now you see young players who are multi-millionaires. No matter what you say, it takes the edge off them. The point I have made to Raheem — and he has been brilliant, to be fair to him — is that he will earn it.’

Former Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish had brusque words for Sterling’s entourage earlier this year when he was linked with a move to Tottenham and Rodgers has urged them to be circumspect in their dealings.

‘I want to manage the expectation of the kid. The last thing we need is Sky Sports coming up with the yellow bar saying he has signed a five-year contract after playing two games.’

Liverpool still seek their first Premier League win but Rodgers believes they are ready to move on with the new scouting team of Dave Fallows and Barry Hunter after the fiasco of deadline day.

‘They understand what we’re trying to do here,’ said Rodgers.

Stuart broad untroubled by Kevin Pietersen saga

Broad looking to concentrate on cricket as Pietersen saga follows England to Sri Lanka

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UPDATED:

12:23 GMT, 14 September 2012

Stuart Broad has travelled almost 6,000 miles in under 24 hours – but still cannot get away from questions about Kevin Pietersen.

The latter is absent, of course, from England's defence of their ICC World Twenty20 crown after his summer of contract wrangles with his employers.

But the prodigal batsman, player-of-the-tournament when England won their first International Cricket Council trophy in this shortest format in the Caribbean two years ago, still looms large.

Looking dapper: Stuart Broad says the England team want to concentrate on their game

Looking dapper: Stuart Broad says the England team want to concentrate on their game

Here they come: Graeme Swann arrives in Colombo

Here they come: Steven Finn arrives in Colombo

Here they come: Steven Finn (right) and Graeme Swann (left) arrive in Colombo

Conjecture over Pietersen's presence or otherwise will become feverish again if, as expected, England press on with plans to name their Test squad next Tuesday to tour India.

It is a line of questioning, of course, captain Broad could do without as he tries to fine-tune England's preparations for a campaign they will begin in earnest next week.

Within hours of touching down in Colombo, and less than two days after leading his country to Twenty20 victory over South Africa at Edgbaston, he found himself answering familiar questions – in familiar vein.

'It's not something we need to focus on as players,' he said.

'It doesn't affect what we do on the field; whether you hit the ball for six, or nail your yorker or slower ball. That's what we're here to do.'

Big hitter: Jos Buttler (left) will be hoping to put in another stellar performance as he did against South Africa

Big hitter: Jos Buttler (left) will be hoping to put in another stellar performance as he did against South Africa

Focus: Broad wants to concentrate on cricket, not the Kevin Pietersen saga

Focus: Broad wants to concentrate on cricket, not the Kevin Pietersen saga

Pietersen, dropped from last month's Lord's Test over his disagreements with the England and Wales Cricket Board and the infamously 'provocative' texts he sent to South Africa players at Headingley, is still planning to fly to Sri Lanka himself as a broadcast pundit.

Broad, however, expects his side to take little notice.

'We need to stay very much within our 'bubble' as a team. We have a very big one-game mentality.

'We're going to focus on our warm-up game against Australia, play that, review it and move on; if we focus on those things and don't let outside influences disrupt us, we may have a really good opportunity.'

Liverpool lost much when they lost a No 9: MERSEY BEAT

Legends like Rush, Fowler, Hunt, Liddell… but now there's no Liverpool No 9

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12:22 GMT, 7 September 2012

Amid the conjecture about failed bids, missed opportunities, broken promises and letters from America, a startling fact has, perhaps, gone unnoticed this week.

After a summer when 'false nines' were a regular topic of conversation, Liverpool find themselves contemplating a campaign that, unless decisive action is taken in January, could play out without their No 9 scoring a single goal.

Andy Carroll's controversial departure to West Ham before the transfer window closed, coupled with Clint Dempsey’s failure to arrive from Fulham, has not only left Liverpool a striker short, it means one of the club’s most iconic jerseys remains vacant.

Missing something Brendan Rodgers has endured a tricky start to life as manager of Liverpool

Missing something Brendan Rodgers has endured a tricky start to life as manager of Liverpool

It is an unprecedented situation. Yet, effectively, the shirt that has been worn by Liverpool’s greatest goalscorers, men like Billy Liddell and 'Sir' Roger Hunt, Ian Rush, Robbie Fowler, and more recently Fernando Torres has, been temporarily retired.

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At a time when critics are claiming
Liverpool are losing their identity, they could have done without losing
such a huge symbol.

That Brendan Rodgers admitted Carroll would not have been allowed to leave, had he known he could not get a replacement in made all the more unpalatable.

In the grand scheme of things, the absence of one number on the pitch might not appear such a big issue but it could easily become one; Liverpool have hardly been prolific in recent seasons and there are understandable fears on The Kop that they will be made to pay for a lack of goals.

So it begs the question: why have Liverpool been left so short Reading between the lines of the missive principal owner John W Henry published on the club’s official website earlier this week, it boils down to Fenway Sports Group not wanting to meet Fulham’s valuation of a 29-year-old.

As the dust settles, the decision looks more and more bewildering for three key reasons. First had Dempsey arrived for 5million, there is every reason to believe Liverpool could have recouped what they paid if they wanted to move him on two years down the line.

Secondly, from a commercial view, Dempsey is one of the United States' star men. Photographing him in the new Warrior kit and putting his image on billboards would undoubtedly have led to an increase in Liverpool shirt sales in America, thus providing another return on their investment.

Last, and by no means least, Dempsey knows how to flourish in the Barclays Premier League. He was outstanding for Fulham last season, scoring 17 times. The less goals Liverpool score, the further they will drop down the table and, at 750,000 a place, it could ultimately cost them significant a sum.

Legendary: Likes of Ian Rush, Robbie Fowler, Billy Liddell and Roger Hunt have all donned the No 9

Legendary: Likes of Ian Rush, Robbie Fowler, Billy Liddell and Roger Hunt have all donned the No 9

Robbie Fowler

Billy Liddell

Roger Hunt

Some of the points Henry made in his note were valid and it is admirable he has a philosophy he wants to make work but FSG will cause themselves unnecessary problems if they don’t possess flexibility. Surely the mystery men who are advising them have said that

Not backing Rodgers last Friday has increased the suspicions of some supporters and no amount of platitudes or promises that FSG are 'in it for the long haul' will placate the discontented. They want to see their manager receive backing, not get undermined.

'If there is a player out there who can make a difference, we will do all that we possibly can to bring him to the football club,' Rodgers said back on July 9.

'What I won’t be prepared to do is waste time, money and effort to bring in a player who won’t add value to the club. I will push the boat to get the players that I want to get in. Hopefully the board will support me on that.'

Hammered: Liverpool allowed Andy Carroll to join West Ham without a replacement being sorted

Hammered: Liverpool allowed Andy Carroll to join West Ham without a replacement being sorted

Events on deadline have put a completely different hue on those words. When Rodgers need support to sign the forward he believed would have made a difference, he didn’t get it and now, farcically, Liverpool are left without a No 9.

Now it would be wrong to say Liverpool are in crisis. This current predicament, after all, is small fry compared to what was happening two years ago, when the Hicks-Gillett reign was crumbling. But what it undoubtedly means is a difficult period is on the horizon.

Only in January, when Rodgers will aim to bolster his options, will it be discovered if salutary lessons have been learned.

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez focused on survival fight despite question marks over his future

Wigan boss Martinez focused on survival fight despite doubts over his future

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18:42 GMT, 26 April 2012

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez would be
flattered by speculation linking himself and some of his players to
other clubs – if he was taking any notice.

Earlier this month the Spaniard
rubbished claims he was set to quit the club this summer while fresh
reports this week have linked him with Greek giants Olympiacos.

Focused: Wigan manager Roberto Martinez

Focused: Wigan manager Roberto Martinez

The futures of players such as Hugo Rodallega, James McCarthy and Victor Moses have also been the subject of conjecture throughout the season.

But Martinez, who last summer resisted overtures from Aston Villa to stay at the DW Stadium, is paying no attention and focusing only on his side's battle against relegation.

The 38-year-old said: 'I have got no time to think about that.

'Those stories are there – so be it – but I don't think we have to talk about them.

'With all these stories – as I always said with players – if you get attention from other clubs it must be because we are doing something right.

'We should all be pleased, but we will never lose concentration on the job in hand.

'What we have got on our hands is one of the biggest moments in the club's history.

'Any story that is away from that – it is not the time and it is not important.'

Wigan, having spent most of the season in the Barclays Premier League
bottom three, were being widely written off in the relegation scrap just
over a month ago.

Since
then a series of remarkable results, including wins over Liverpool,
Manchester United and Arsenal, has lifted them out of the drop zone and
within reach of safety.

But
defeat at Fulham last weekend still leaves little room for error and
Martinez wants no distractions ahead of Saturday's visit from Champions
League-chasing Newcastle.

Remarkable: Wigan beat Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool

Remarkable: Wigan beat Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool

He said: 'I am extremely proud of the team and the results we have been getting.

'But we have done nothing, we need to concentrate on the next three games.

'That is not just for myself but for everyone – the staff, players and everyone connected to the football club.

'All we are talking about is Newcastle and making sure we are as good as we can be in the next three games, and nothing else.'

Wigan, who beat the drop on the final day of last season, are just a point above 18th-placed neighbours Bolton, who have a game in hand.

After the Newcastle test, Wigan wrap up their campaign with games against fellow battlers Blackburn and doomed Wolves and Martinez envisages more twists and turns ahead.

Martinez said: 'I am not looking at the table at all.

'We are fighting to get points we lost really early in the season but since February we have found a very good level of performance and that is all I am concentrating on.

'Carrying on that level until the final moment of the final game is all we want to do.

'If we do that then we can look at the points tally and see where it takes us.

'It would be a big mistake now to think we are safe just because we are outside the relegation places.'

Martinez is hopeful Rodallega will have a role to play in the season's closing fixtures as he nears full fitness.

The Colombian striker, scorer of the vital late winner on the final day against Stoke last season, has been out for seven weeks with a knee problem but is now back in training.

Martinez said: 'We will assess him over the next two days but he is slowly getting ready to make the squad, which is great news.

'Hugo has got something quite special – he has been able to grab the big moments and score goals.

'We all saw what happened last season and that is something natural. I don't think you can coach that to anyone.

'To have that in the squad is of real value and all we want is everyone in the squad to be fit and available to help the team in the last three games.

'There are going to be big moments, big emotions and we need every player ready to perform. Hugo is no exception.'

Fellow forward Franco di Santo is doubtful with a calf problem while defender Ronnie Stam is unlikely to feature after suffering a hamstring injury in training.

Rory Lamont suspected broken leg

Suspected broken leg for Scotland wing Lamont sustained during France defeat

Scotland wing Rory Lamont suffered a suspected broken leg in the 23-17 RBS 6 Nations loss to France at Murrayfield on Sunday.

Lamont was winning his 29th cap and was replaced after 30 minutes after landing awkwardly while contesting a restart.

The Glasgow Warriors back was taken from the field on a stretcher, with Scotland leading 10-7.

Help: Rory Lamont receives treatment

Help: Rory Lamont receives treatment

Lamont required lengthy treatment before going off, with Mike Blair (dead leg) and Greig Laidlaw (head knock) also leaving the field prematurely.

Head coach Andy Robinson said: 'We lacked a little bit of composure when Rory Lamont went off just before half-time, which allowed France back into the game.'

Rugby World Cup finalists France clawed back an early 10-0 deficit and responded swiftly to going 17-13 down midway through the second half to triumph, although there were numerous positives for Scotland.

Stuart Hogg and Lee Jones scored their first Test tries, Greig Laidlaw kicked five points and Duncan Weir two, but France responded with tries from Wesley Fofana and Maxime Medard, 10 points from Morgan Parra and a Lionel Beauxis drop goal.

Blow: Lamont's ankle appears to twist under pressure from a tackle

Blow: Lamont's ankle appears to twist under pressure from a tackle

Scotland, who lost to England and Wales earlier this month, have beaten France once in 13 attempts in Six Nations competition – in 2006 – and have now lost five successive Test matches for the first time since 2004, when they finished with the Wooden Spoon.

It is a record which will lead to further conjecture over the future of Robinson – now with two wins from 13 Six Nations fixtures in charge – but there were further illustrations of why the former England boss retains belief in his charges.

Robinson, who has a contract with the Scottish Rugby Union until after the 2015 World Cup, was asked whether he intends to remain in post or if he might resign at the end of the tournament.

'I can't hide away from what you're saying and you're right to bring it up,' said Robinson of the damning statistics.

Sad: Scotland head coach Andy Robinson confirmed the injury

Sad: Scotland head coach Andy Robinson confirmed the injury

'I have total belief that we have the ability to win and that belief was strengthened even more today, as it was against Wales and the England game.'

Robinson lamented the decision of referee Wayne Barnes to award France a second-half penalty, when the head coach believed it should have been given to the hosts for two indiscretions by visiting centre Aurelien Rougerie, who went through a ruck and to ground before kicking the ball while on the floor.

Robinson added: 'I think the turning point of the game was at 17-13 and a penalty which I believe – and I have watched it – should go Scotland's way in front of the referee. It doesn't and France go and score seven points.

'There were two offences which we felt could have been picked up – and pretty clear as well.

'That was a key moment of the game. It changed the balance of it.'

France head coach Philippe Saint-Andre had no complaints about Barnes' performance, but when questioned about Robinson's reaction to Medard's try, wondered about the validity of Jones' score, which came after John Barclay won the ball cleanly.

Delight: Maxime Medard runs in his try

Delight: Maxime Medard runs in his try

He said: 'Maybe I can complain about the (Jones) try in the second half. It was so quick, for me it was a ruck and after I saw the ball it was a try. I need to watch the game again to say exactly.

'I found the referee very consistent. It was a very quick game with a lot of turnovers by both sides.'

Saint-Andre praised the character of his side and paid tribute to Scotland's display.

He added: 'I'm proud of my team because it was physical, it was hard, but we didn't panic.

'Scotland were fantastic in the first 20 minutes. They played very well.

'They play a quick game and it was tough for us, but after the 20 minutes and after we were 10 points down we controlled the game.

'Second half our scrum was good, in the ruck we did very well.

'It's a good win, but I'm sure if Scotland carry on like this they can beat any team in the world.'

France now play Ireland – in a postponed game due to a frozen pitch – England and Wales in successive weeks.

'It's a huge game for us next Sunday in the Stade de France, if it's not freezing,' Saint-Andre said.

Medard went off midway through the second half with a knee injury and is set to undergo a scan on Monday.

Gary Cahill to Chelsea within 48 hours, says Owen Coyle

Cahill to Chelsea within 48 hours! Bolton boss Coyle confirms deal almost done

Gary Cahill could be a Chelsea player by Sunday, according to Bolton boss Owen Coyle.

The two clubs agreed a fee for the defender last week but personal were harder to sort out with Cahill reported to be asking for 120,000 a week.

Cahill stayed in the north west and played in crucial games against Wolves and Everton.

He will be rested for Saturday's FA Cup third-round trip to Macclesfield and, although Coyle was keen to stress that was not linked to the potential transfer, it appears almost certain Cahill's last act as a Bolton player will be the winning goal he scored at Goodison Park on Wednesday.

London calling: Gary Cahill (right) is set to leave Bolton for Chelsea

London calling: Gary Cahill (right) is set to leave Bolton for Chelsea

Signed off in style: Cahill grabbed the winner against Everton on Wednesday

Signed off in style: Cahill grabbed the winner against Everton on Wednesday

Coyle said: 'Gary Cahill will be one of those to miss out on the game, and it's nothing to do with the continuing speculation regarding Chelsea. He's one of a number of players that probably needs to rest given the amount of games they've played.

'And moving on to that, my own opinion is I think there's a chance the deal can be concluded by the end of the week. That's where we're at but I'm not a party to any continued dialogue between Chelsea and Gary's representative.

'They were respectful of the other night, the fact we had a big game against Everton and that kept Gary focused and he showed his quality by doing that in the game.'

And he's off: Bolton boss Owen Coyle (right) is facing up to life without Cahill

And he's off: Bolton boss Owen Coyle (right) is facing up to life without Cahill

Coyle, meanwhile, again denied any other club have come in for Cahill after speculation Manchester United were interested.

The Scot said: 'When there's continued conjecture and everything that goes with it people are always going to throw up names. There hasn't been any dialogue between ourselves and Manchester United or anything like that.

'We as a football club agreed a deal with Chelsea Football Club and for me that's binding. The only way that will fall down is if the relevant parties don't agree. But my own feeling is I'm pretty sure they can get to a place that they're all happy.'