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"I couldn"t pretend to be Welsh": Birmingham-born Turner rejects Coleman"s advances

'I couldn't pretend to be Welsh': Birmingham-born Turner rejects Coleman's advances



14:03 GMT, 27 October 2012

Cardiff City's Ben Turner has turned his back on the chance to play international football for Wales, admitting he did not want to 'kid' anyone.

The 24-year-old defender qualifies to play for Chris Coleman's side through his Welsh grandmother – and the Wales boss had been scouting his progress.

Yet Turner, who has represented England at Under 19 level, was quick to reject the offer of changing allegiance, saying he did not want to 'pretend to be a Welshman'.

'Clear conscience': Ben Turner (right) will not be playing for Wales

'Clear conscience': Ben Turner (right) will not be playing for Wales

'I’m English and that’s how it is,' the Birmingham-born player told the BBC.

'I wouldn’t want to stop anyone for wanting to play international football if they felt it was right for them and they can justify it in their own head.

Familiar face: Chris Coleman worked with Turner at Coventry

Familiar face: Chris Coleman worked with Turner at Coventry

'But I couldn’t justify it for me and clear my own conscience.

'It would be like I was pretending to be a Welshman when I’m not.

'I wouldn’t want to kid anyone but at the same time I don’t want to annoy anyone either because that’s not my style.

'It was very flattering to be asked and I know Chris Coleman well from when we were both at Coventry.

'It went through my head that “who am I to turn down playing for Wales”

'But I’m not doing it because of that, I’m doing it for my own reasons which are the right reasons.

'Would a Welsh guy asked to play for England, would he do that

'I probably won’t have the chance to play for England but, in my head, that’s not the point.'

London 2012 Paralympics: Heather Frederiksen wins S8 100metres backstroke

Frederiksen in tears after backstroke gold completes comeback from years of pain



21:01 GMT, 4 September 2012

Heather Frederiksen has taken everything life has thrown at her and stared straight back so she was not going to allow her opponents get the better of her as she successfully defended her title in the S8 100 metres backstroke.

The 26-year-old was involved in a life-changing accident, was handed a drug ban after testing positive in 2009 and then over the last 12 months was hospitalised following the diagnosis of neuralgic migraines.

Her poor health severely curtailed Frederiksen's training but she is full of heart and no little skill and a gutsy victory saw her bow her head and burst into quiet tears.

Struck gold: Heather Frederiksen on the podium with her medal for the women's 100m backstroke - S8

Struck gold: Heather Frederiksen on the podium with her medal for the women's 100m backstroke – S8

Frederiksen's win was the pinnacle for Britain at the Aquatics Centre with Stephanie Millward taking silver in the S9 400m freestyle and bronzes for Ellie Simmonds in the S6 50m freestyle, Oliver Hynd in the S8 100m backstroke and Matt Walker in the S7 50m freestyle taking their total to 25 so far.

Frederiksen can fully appreciate the magnitude of her achievement with Beijing's title paling in comparison.

She said: 'This is absolutely unreal. Beijing was fantastic but this means so much more.

'Winning there was fantastic and in my first Paralympic Games and I did absolutely unbelievably well there but to be able to come here and do it in front of my home crowd and for them to be willing me along was fantastic.'

Between Beijing and now, the City of Salford swimmer was given a backdated six-month drug ban after the concentration of salbutamol, which she had permission to take for an asthma condition, was ruled too high to be medically justified.

However, she said: 'I can come into these Games with an absolute clear conscience.

'At the end of the day that doping ban was for my salbutamol inhaler and it was something I had to do.

'I am sorry but I ask the question – if your life was at risk from an asthma attack what would you do'

was she willing to talk about her accident, saying: 'To me that
accident was very, very raw and I would appreciate if I didn't have to
talk about that.'

Let it all out: Frederiksen was overcome with emotion after winning gold in the Aquatics Centre

Let it all out: Frederiksen was overcome with emotion after winning gold in the Aquatics Centre

Instead, this was all positive especially after the ill health which threatened to scupper her.

Jessica Long of the United States looked as though she might be eating into her lead but Frederiksen was not to be beaten, touching in one minute 17.00 seconds.

She said: 'I had a funny feeling the
girls were catching me down the last 25m because the crowd was getting
louder and louder so I just had to keep pushing and pushing and to get
to that wall.

'When I was in hospital the main thing I was concentrating on was getting right, getting better.

last six weeks I have really homed in on it, I've done what I can do in
training and that is the best I can do up to now and I am really
pleased with that.'

tears replicated those she wept after taking silver in the 400m
freestyle and she said: 'I don't think I have cried as much in my life
as I've done this week.'

Millward too has faced adversity.
Once a non-disabled swimmer the now 30-year-old was diagnosed with
multiple sclerosis. But she set a new European record of 4:40.01 in the
S9 400m freestyle for her third medal in London.

She was almost 10 seconds adrift of
Natalie du Toit, who claimed her third successive title in this event,
and said: 'Natalie du Toit came up to me and said 'well done Stephanie'
and she never does that so that was fantastic

'I used her as my pacing, I knew she was going to go very fast. I used her as a positive rather than a negative.

'She's a lovely, lovely person. You
want to hate her because she wins so many medals but you can't because
she's just so very nice.'

Catch me if you can: Frederiksen successfully defended the title she won in Beijing

Catch me if you can: Frederiksen successfully defended the title she won in Beijing

Walker claimed his first medal of the Games when he won bronze in the S7 50m freestyle and on the rostrum held aloft a photograph of his recently-deceased father.

It is the fourth successive Games in which Walker has claimed a medal in that event although up to now he has always finished with silver.

The 34-year-old led for much of the race before being overhauled in the final 15m to finish in 28.47secs.

Jonathan Fox and Josef Craig were sixth and seventh respectively.

Hynd claimed his second medal of the Games when he added the S8 100m backstroke bronze in 1:08.35 to his 400m silver.

Thomas Young was fourth and Sean Fraser fifth.

James Crisp was eighth in the S9 400m freestyle with James Clegg the same in the S12 100m freestyle.

Hannah Russell finished sixth in the S12 100m freestyle while Susie Rodgers was fourth for the second time in London, this time in the S7 50m freestyle.

Dirk Kuyt says clubs across Europe want to sign him

Kuyt claims clubs across Europe are clamouring for his signature



13:10 GMT, 30 May 2012

Liverpool forward Dirk Kuyt admits a number of clubs from Europe's major leagues are interested in signing him.

The Holland international, 32 this summer, has a year to run on his Anfield contract, but seems destined to leave after a season in which he found first-team starts limited.

'There are many clubs who are interested,' he told NUsport in Holland.

Wanted man: Dirk Kuyt says several clubs are after him

Wanted man: Dirk Kuyt says several clubs are after him

'Not only from England, also from Germany, Spain and Italy.'

One club he has ruled out, however, are former side Feyenoord who would not be able to afford his wages.

'I have had several conversations with Feyenoord but we were unable to agree,' he added.

'I did not want on my conscience that Feyenoord would have financial problems because of my salary.

'There were too many doubts on both sides. I've thought about it, but it is not the time to return.'

Luis Suarez conscience clear over Patrice Evra

My conscience is clear! Liverpool star Suarez unrepentant over Evra ban



11:40 GMT, 25 May 2012

Luis Suarez insists his conscience is clear over his ban for racially abusing Patrica Evra.

The Liverpool striker was suspended for eight games in December for repeatedly calling the Manchester United defender a 'negro' during a Premier League clash at Old Trafford in October.

But Suarez claims 'someone' was out to get Liverpool and that the ban was 'wierd'.

Speaking out: Luis Suarez was talking to the Russian media about Patrice Evra

Speaking out: Luis Suarez was talking to the Russian media about Patrice Evra

'My conscience is clear [on Evra], he told Russia Today. 'They convicted me without any proof. [The ban] was weird, unbelievable.'

'They wanted to get rid of a Liverpool player. I'm not interested in the English press.

'They told me the fans would whistle me and jeer me, but they've always done that, so it doesn't affect me.'

Having served his ban, Suarez refused to shake Evra's hand when the two sides met in February.

The Uruguayan eventually apologised but Evra recently admitted the pressure he was under prior to his non-handshake with Suarez was the greatest he had ever felt in his life.

Flashpoint: Suarez (left) was found guilty of racially abusing Patrice Evra

Flashpoint: Suarez (left) was found guilty of racially abusing Patrice Evra

After months of ill-feeling following the racism claims Evra made after the Premier League meeting between Liverpool and Manchester United in October, the France full-back was ready to end the feud ahead of the return encounter at Old Trafford.

Yet Suarez snubbed the United captain, earning himself widespread condemnation and forcing the Liverpool hierarchy to intervene.

'That game was the most pressure I've ever felt in my life – and all to do with shaking his hand,' said Evra.

'It was very difficult to decide what to do before the game.

'Many people would never try to shake his hand. But I tried and he refused.

Ignored: Suarez refused to shake Evra's hand at Old Trafford

Ignored: Suarez refused to shake Evra's hand at Old Trafford

'For me, it was like, “What's going on” You see the first tackle, a tackle on Rio Ferdinand

'If it was Suarez then I could have had a red card straight away and I'd have been off the pitch.'

It would be fair to stay that the period around those initial racism allegations was hugely traumatic for Evra.

For only a week later came a telephone call that stopped him completely in his tracks, the death of his 42-year-old brother.

'What's happened to me this year, personal things, have been really tough,' said Evra.

Rangers crisis: Campbell Ogilvie received 95k EBT cash

SFA president Ogilvie admits to receiving 95k EBT cash from Rangers



14:06 GMT, 18 March 2012

Scottish Football Association president Campbell Ogilvie has admitted receiving 95,000 from Rangers' controversial Employee Benefit Trust scheme and admitted he might have asked more questions of the way the club was run under Sir David Murray.

The Scottish Premier League are investigating alleged undisclosed payments to Rangers players from 1998, which centre on the EBT scheme, now the subject of a potential 49million tax tribunal.

Former Rangers director and company secretary Ogilvie had already denied any role in drafting player contracts after the mid-1990s.

Revelation: Ogilivie received EBT payments from Rangers

Revelation: Ogilivie received EBT payments from Rangers

Ogilvie, who became general secretary in 2002 and left Ibrox in 2005 after 27 years, told Sunday newspapers: “I knew the EBT scheme was in place, but I didn't know the extent of it and which players had them.

'I didn't believe they were risky as the Murray Group took a lot of legal and tax advice when the scheme started.

'I don't know how Rangers used them with players but I was in the scheme.

'In my case it was an offer of a discretionary bonus or a contribution into the trust. I chose to pay in and then apply for a loan. That's how it works.

'I got three payments between 2001 and 2003. It was 5,000 each time and as part of my settlement when I left the club I got a figure of 80,000.

'It was a discretionary contribution into the trust and then I applied for a loan. I don't want to get into intricacies but you have to repay the loans over a period of time.

Plenty to explain: Rangers' crisis continues to rumble on

Plenty to explain: Rangers' crisis continues to rumble on

'There was nothing illegal about it. I have to stress that. I've a clear conscience.

Former director Hugh Adam has claimed players were given supplementary paperwork in addition to registered contracts, but Murray has denied the existence of dual contracts.

'I have no knowledge of any side contracts and I would be very surprised if that was the case,' Ogilvie said. 'If anything comes up that I'm not aware of then I'll put my hands up.

'You know the way the club was run. I was a director and we had a controlling shareholder who ran the club.

'I don't know what I could have done. Maybe I should have questioned things more.'

Lance Armstrong doping probe dropped

Armstrong in the clear after Feds drop doping probe into seven-time Tour winner

Federal prosecutors dropped their investigation of Lance Armstrong on Friday, ending a two-year probe aimed at determining whether the seven-time Tour de France winner and his team-mates participated in a doping program.

Armstrong has steadfastly denied he doped during his glittering career, but the possibility of criminal charges threatened to stain his legacy as the world's greatest cyclist.

Legend: Lance Armstrong won the Tour seven times

Legend: Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong

'This is great news,' Armstrong
attorney Mark Fabiani said in a statement.

'Lance is pleased that the
United States Attorney made the right decision, and he is more
determined than ever to devote his time and energy to Livestrong and to
the causes that have defined his career.'

The probe, anchored in Los Angeles where a grand jury was presented
evidence by federal prosecutors and heard testimony from Armstrong's
former teammates and associates, began with a separate investigation of
Rock Racing, a cycling team owned by fashion entrepreneur Michael Ball.

Clear conscience: Armstrong always denied the allegations

Clear conscience: Armstrong always denied the allegations

United States Attorney Andre Birotte Jr. said his office 'is closing an investigation into allegations of federal
criminal conduct by members and associates of a professional bicycle
racing team owned in part by Lance Armstrong.'

He didn't disclose the reason for the decision.

Investigators looked at whether a doping program was established for
Armstrong's team while, at least part of the time, they received
government sponsorship from the US Postal Service. They also examined
whether Armstrong encouraged or facilitated doping on the team.

In the clear: Armstrong was delighted by the decision

In the clear: Armstrong was delighted by the decision

Armstrong won the Tour de France every year from 1999-2005.

Betsy Andreu, who with her husband and former Armstrong teammate, Frank,
accused the cycling champion of doping, said she was shocked by
Birotte's decision.

'Our legal system failed us,' she said.