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Xavi Hernandez: Nani red card very harsh from Cuneyt Cakir

Barcelona star Xavi condemns Turkish referee Cakir for 'very harsh' Nani red card

By
Pete Jenson

PUBLISHED:

13:57 GMT, 8 March 2013

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UPDATED:

13:57 GMT, 8 March 2013

Barcelona captain Xavi Hernandez has added his voice to the condemnation of Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir’s sending off of Nani against Real Madrid.

The Spain international told Mundo Deportivo: 'Nani is going for the ball so I think it was very harsh. It changes the game; a red card should be for something much worse. There is so little between the big teams in Europe that a sending off makes so much difference.

'I always say with these incidents that you have to look at the intention of the player. Nani is looking at the ball and not at the defender. For me it is very harsh.'

Controversy: Cakir gives Nani his marching orders on Tuesday night

Controversy: Cakir gives Nani his marching orders on Tuesday night

Barcelona benefited from a similar sending off two years ago at the semi-final stage against Real Madrid. But Xavi said: 'I don’t think it is the same because Pepe goes to make the foul. He can see (Dani) Alves throughout the entire incident.

'Nani, on the other hand, doesn’t. Nani sees the ball and wants to control it. He is ‘playing’, not ‘defending’, he does not set out to foul the opponent so the two incidents are completely different.'

Meanwhile, Cakir defended his decision today, telling newspaper AS: 'I feel good and I do not doubt my decisions. Nani's red was correct. The world will realise the truth over time.'

The official also brandished other high-profile red cards in matches involving English teams, dismissing John Terry in Chelsea's Champions League semi-final second leg against Barcelona last season, Mario Balotelli in a Europa League game against Dynamo Kiev and, earlier this season, Steven Gerrard during England's World Cup draw with Ukraine and Gary Cahill in the Club World Cup defeat to Corinthians.

'In the previous games with the English teams there was no unfair decision,' Cakir added.

'What decision was incorrect The red to Terry or Balotelli I don't think I made a mistake in showing those cards and sending them off.'

Fury: Sir Alex Ferguson has vented his anger at the official

Fury: Sir Alex Ferguson has vented his anger at the official

Swift exit: Cakir is seen leaving Manchester on Wednesday

Swift exit: Cakir is seen leaving Manchester on Wednesday

Regarding being at the centre of controversy this week, Cakir said: 'It hasn't made me feel sad. I don't think about it.

'I've received more criticism on other occasions, but I've always got up and recovered. I can do it again.'

Backing: Xavi (centre) sympathised with Nani

Backing: Xavi (centre) sympathised with Nani

Andre Santos signs for Gremio on loan from Arsenal

I came to be a champion! Santos thinking positive as Arsenal confirm Gremio switch

By
David Kent

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06:27 GMT, 11 February 2013

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UPDATED:

16:10 GMT, 11 February 2013

Andre Santos has joined Gremio on loan until the end of the season.

Santos moved to Arsenal from Fenerbahce in August 2011, but has failed to hold down a regular place in Arsene Wenger's first team.

Close: Andre Santos is on the verge of leaving Arsenal and returning to Brazil

Close: Andre Santos is on the verge of leaving Arsenal and returning to Brazil

New boy: Arsene Wenger brought in left back Nacho Monreal in January

New boy: Arsene Wenger brought in left back Nacho Monreal in January

The form of Kieran Gibbs and the
arrival of Nacho Monreal means the Brazilian left-back has made only six
starts for the Londoners this season and he has now been given a chance
to play regular football back in his homeland.

'I came to be a champion with the club,' 29-year-old Santos told Gremio's official website.

Arsenal signed Santos from Fenerbahce for 6.8million in August 2011.

A picture of Santos arriving in his
homeland, where he last played for Corinthians in 2008-2009, greeted by
cheering fans was posted on Twitter.

Meanwhile, Arsenal forward Lukas
Podolski put a post on his official Twitter account which read:
“@Andre-santos27 We will miss you man, I wish u all the very best
Gunner God bless you”.

Santos made 26 appearances for Arsenal, scoring four goals.

Gary Cahill will not be given extra ban by FIFA for red card in Club World Cup

Cahill returns to Chelsea duty on Sunday as FIFA decide not to hand him further ban

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UPDATED:

00:09 GMT, 20 December 2012

Gary Cahill is available for Chelsea’s clash with Aston Villa on Sunday after FIFA opted against adding matches to his ban for being sent off in the Club World Cup final.

The decision means the defender, fined around 3,370 by FIFA for being dismissed against Corinthians, served his one-game suspension against Leeds on Wednesday night in the Capital One Cup.

Off you go: Gary Cahill was dismissed in the Club World Cup

Off you go: Gary Cahill was dismissed in the Club World Cup

Chelsea did not need him as they romped to a 5-1 victory over their old rivals.

Another boost for Chelsea comes with skipper John Terry close to making his return from a knee injury.

Oscar not happy at Chelsea but Rafa Benitez rejects rift talk

Oscar's not happy because he's not playing… but there's no rift, says Rafa

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09:01 GMT, 19 December 2012

No problem: Rafa Benitez has played down talk of a rift with Oscar

No problem: Rafa Benitez has played down talk of a rift with Oscar

Rafael Benitez welcomes Oscar's dismay at his exclusion from Chelsea's starting line-up in Sunday's Club World Cup final against Corinthians.

Oscar will feature in tonight's Capital One Cup quarter-final at Leeds but has been used sparingly by interim manager Benitez to date, starting just three of his seven games in charge.

The Brazilian playmaker expressed his disappointment after being selected on the bench against Corinthians, but Benitez insists there is no rift with the player.

'Oscar is fine. He's a very good professional. We don't have any issue with him,' he said.

'I try to manage players, especially in his position because we have Eden Hazard and Juan Mata, who can do more or less the same job.

'It's difficult for them but it's good for me because I have different problems. There's are no issues or problems.

'Oscar will have a lot of time on the pitch and I'm sure he'll be a great player for the club.

Backing: Benitez believes Oscar will be great for Chelsea but warned he must bide his time

Backing: Benitez believes Oscar will be great for Chelsea but warned he must bide his time

'Oscar's not happy because he's not playing and that's fantastic. There would be a problem if it was the opposite.'

Leeds will be Benitez' eighth game in charge since taking over 25 days ago, a hectic schedule that continues with Christmas fixtures against Aston Villa, Norwich, Everton and QPR.

'We have to win every competition if we can. We have rivalry with Leeds and we have one less competition to win after losing on Sunday,' Benitez said.

'We can't just call it another game, it's a very important match for us.

'Christmas time is a crucial period because you can play so many games that will change everything.'

Plenty to ponder: Benitez admitted the club are busy identifying potential recruits for January

Plenty to ponder: Benitez admitted the club are busy identifying potential recruits for January

Benitez admits he is in daily discussions with technical director Michael Emenalo over potential transfer activity for January.

'Hopefully we have two or three days after this game where we'll have plenty of time to talk about names,' he said.

'There's no formal meeting because we can chat every day. Michael is watching the training session and we talk every day – about players and how the team is doing.

'I know what Michael likes and he knows what I like and we come to an agreement.'

Chelsea have been stretched by the loss of John Obi Mikel, Gary Cahill and Ramires to suspension and while striker Daniel Sturridge may return from his hamstring injury against Leeds, John Terry is still out with a knee problem despite returning to training yesterday.

Chelsea raise concerns with microchip ball ahead of goal-line technology experiment

Is the curse of the Jabulani back Chelsea concerned with microchip ball ahead of goal-line technology trial

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07:01 GMT, 13 December 2012

Chelsea will become the first Premier League team to trial goal-line technology against Monterrey in the FIFA Club World Cup semi-final in Yokohama but the Blues have already raised concerns over the adidas ball.

Both GoalRef and Hawk-Eye goal-line systems are being used at the tournament and Chelsea will trial the GoalRef system, which requires a microchip to be placed inside the ball.

Chelsea have been training with the microchip GoalRef adidas ball since Monday and the players’ first reaction was that it was hard and difficult to caress, similar to the reaction to the controversial adidas Jabulani ball at the 2010 World Cup. There are even concerns over the ball’s flight.

Rafael Benitez during training today in Yokohama Petr Cech inspects the goal line technology

Petr Cech during training today in Yokohama Goal line technology

Cech-ing it out: Petr Cech has a look at the goal-line technology that FIFA are trialing in this tournament

‘It’s different because it has the microchip and more difficult,’ said Chelsea’s interim manager Rafa Benitez. ‘On the first day, the players thought it was too hard but on the second day they didn’t say anything. We will see. It won’t be a problem and it won’t be an excuse. It’s the same for everybody.’

Gary Cahill agreed it was unusual. 'They’ve felt harder, more solid,' said Cahill. 'It just felt heavy. But they’re alright. We’ve played with them for the last few days and everyone is fine with them now.'

Others within the Chelsea camp thought the balls had been behaving strangely, moving and wobbling more than ever, but Adidas and GoalRef insist it is no different and that extra hardness may be down to the cold weather.

Chelsea trained at the Yokohama Stadium on Wednesday ahead of their semi-final against Monterrey

Ready for battle: Chelsea trained at the Yokohama Stadium on Wednesday ahead of their semi-final against Monterrey

Corinthians await the winner of the Chelsea v Monterrey clash in the final after they beat Al Ahly in the first semi-final on Wednesday in Toyota

Corinthians await the winner of the Chelsea v Monterrey clash in the final after they beat Al Ahly in the first semi-final on Wednesday in Toyota

Chelsea v Monterrey

For consistency, the microchip ball is being used in all Club World Cup games, even those in Toyota where the Hawk-Eye technology will make any goal-line calls using cameras and video technology.

WHAT IS GOALREF

There is a microchip inside the ball
which sends an alert to the referee on a vibrating wristband when it
breaks the magnetic field across the goal-line. GoalRef claim it will
take 0.3 seconds for the referee to receive the information. This system
is being used in the Yokohama games and is thought to be the favoured
model.

Some players have said they have found the black netting in the goals, which is required to make the Hawk-Eye work accurately, are disconcerting because they have lost their “white box” shooting target.

WHAT IS HAWK-EYE

Those games in Toyota are also played
using the GoalRef balls but the system in use at the tournament’s second
venue is Hawk-Eye, familiar to cricket and tennis fans, which
determines whether the ball has crossed the line by way video graphics
on TV. It requires black netting in the goals and some players have
complained that they have lost their 'white box' target. FIFA realise
that if this is introduced, they will have to share the images with fans
in the ground, which adds expense.

'I don’t like video technology during the game,' added Benitez. 'You can change too many things and then you lose something. I remember a final in rugby where there was three minutes to make a decision with the technology. Three minutes!

'In football they say it is very quick but I remember playing for Liverpool against Charlton with Jerzy Dudek as ‘keeper and Darren Bent as the striker.

'There was a penalty against us and we can see four replays. In three it was a penalty. The fourth, he didn’t touch him. Who will analyse this How long will it take to analyse every single angle

'Goal-line technology is different. It’s a crucial decision for a game. If you have the technology and you can guarantee it is fine then you have to see it.'

Two and a half years after his World Cup goal that wasn’t in Bloemfontein, Frank Lampard will finally witness FIFA’s belated introduction of goal-line technology.

'It’s been quite a long time coming,' said Lampard. 'We’re all well aware, not just of my goal or non-goal but especially so many crucial goals over the last few seasons in club and international football.

'It’s too important an issue to let it go any more. It’s a no-brainer to bring it in and make the calls correctly.'

England’s World Cup history is entwined with disputed line calls. In 1966 it was Geoff Hurst and in 2012 it was Lampard who was stunned to find a shot which cannoned off the crossbar, bounced well over the line and spun out had not been spotted by the officials. It would have made the score 2-2 but Germany went on to win 4-1.

'It was such a high-profile game in the World Cup, England against Germany and such a blatant case,' said Lampard. 'It made everybody sit up and take notice.

'Whether it’s close or not asking the human eye to make that quick decision isn’t always possible. We need to get it. With the business we’re in, it’s too crucial.

'I can’t say we would’ve won it but it would’ve been a different game. We talk about an emphatic defeat but if it had been 2-2 at half-time we would’ve had the momentum and we could’ve played without having to chase another goal straight away.

'It was painful that summer but not anymore. Football changes and I’ve moved on. It still catches the nerves a bit when I see it but I can’t dwell on that.”

Frank Lampard of England looks on during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa

Manuel Neuer of Germany watches the ball bounce over the line from a shot that hit the crossbar from Frank Lampard

At long last: Lampard is happy that goal-line
technology has finally been introduced to the game after his 'goal'
against Germany in the 2010 World Cup was ruled out even though the ball was a
metre over the line

Decisions made here by goal-line technology will be relayed solely to the referee on a wristband within 0.3 seconds but officials retain the authority to make the final decision.

Goal-line technology was finally voted in at the International FA Board meeting in July. This is its debut and, if it goes well, FIFA will expand it to other tournaments, like next year’s Confederations Cup and the World Cup in 2014.

'I think it will add magic,' said Lampard. 'I’m a big cricket fan and it’s added magic to cricket. We all want calls to be 100 per cent right, whether it goes for or against your team. It will clarify what has happened and it will be pretty exciting.

'But it should stop with this, with goal-line decisions. You need to respect the referee with every decision. We’re asking for a clear decision on goals, the most important part of the game. With the speed of the game at this level, you can’t ask any human to make that call correctly every time.'

Benitez won the European Cup at Liverpool with the help of Luis Garcia’s 'goal' against Chelsea which did not cross the line in the second leg of their semi-final.

'For example,' he grinned, when the memory was inevitably raised. It was the start of the intense rivalry between the two clubs, which is the reason Chelsea fans have protested against his appointment to succeed Roberto Di Matteo.

Luis Garcia scored the only goal of the 2005 Champions League semi-final tie between Liverpool and Chelsea

Dubious: Luis Garcia scored the only goal of the 2005 Champions League semi-final tie between Liverpool and Chelsea but there was huge doubt whether the ball crossed the line

LUIS GARCIA WATCHES AS WILLIAM GALLAS CLEARS BALL OFF THE LINE

'The referee will have a vibrating watch,' Benitez added. 'If it is quick, it will be fine.'

Hawk-Eye is also being used for the games in Toyota, where Corinthians beat Al-Ahly 1-0 yesterday to clinch a place in Sunday’s final.

Chelsea"s Eden Hazard wants to be new No 1 after wearing Petr Cech"s hat

Hazard warning! Belgian star fancies himself as Chelsea new No 1 after trying Cech's hat out for size

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15:14 GMT, 12 December 2012

Chelsea fans may be used to their club making rapid decisions over the last few years – but don't worry, this is not the new goalkeeper at Stamford Bridge.

Belgian star Eden Hazard posted a picture on his twitter account of him sporting the rugby style head guard which has been worn by Cech since suffering a career-threatening head injury at Reading in October 2006.

On his account, @hazardeden10, Hazard showed his followers the picture and wrote: ‘New Petr Cech hahaha good night twitter. #CFCJapan’

Swapping places Eden Hazard wears goalkeeper Petr Cech's protective hat

Swapping places Eden Hazard wears goalkeeper Petr Cech's protective hat

Hazard is currently in Japan with the Chelsea squad ahead of their Club World Championship semi-final against Monterrey which kicks off at 10.30am on Thursday morning.

Chelsea will be playing for the opportunity to face Corinthians in the final after the Brazilian side secured their place in the final by defeating Al Ahly 1-0 in Toyota today.

Joker in the pack: Hazard makes his team-mates including Fernando Torres and Ashley Cole laugh during training

Joker in the pack: Hazard makes his team-mates including Fernando Torres and Ashley Cole laugh during training

The only goal of the game was scored by Paolo Guerrero on the 30 minute mark. Both Danilo and Fabio Santos had already missed good opportunities for Corinthians before Guerrero planted a header past Al Ahly goalkeeper Sherif Ekramy to give the Copa Libertadores winners a deserved lead.

Corinthians, however, struggled to press home their advantage, and a spirited response from Al Ahly saw the side create a series of good chances, with Fathi hitting the side netting before Rabia fired narrowly over late on.

Put your hands up: Chelsea keeper Petr Cech prepares for the Club World Cup semi-final

Put your hands up: Chelsea keeper Petr Cech prepares for the Club World Cup semi-final

Corinthians will now take part in the final of the Club World Cup for the first time since 2000, which takes place on Sunday morning at 10.30am.

Manchester City keep watching Sampdoria"s Pedro Obiang

City stay hot on the heels of Sampdoria's Obiang with Chelsea and Spurs also keen

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22:49 GMT, 10 December 2012

Manchester City continue to track Sampdoria’s Spanish midfielder Pedro Obiang.

The 20-year-old has been watched by the likes of Tottenham and Chelsea, while a number of other European clubs have expressed an interest.

Obiang, who has made 12 appearances this season, joined Sampdoria in 2008 from Atletico Madrid, and speculation has been mounting since the begining of the season that he could return to his homeland.

In demand: Pedro Obiang has a host of clubs, including Man City, on his trail

In demand: Pedro Obiang has a host of clubs, including Man City, on his trail

But last month his agent claimed his Italian club, who are 13th in Serie A, were under no pressure to sell.

Jose Miguel Gonzalez said in November: 'We know that several Italian, English and Spanish clubs are following him, but Pedro is a mature guy and is thinking only about Sampdoria.

'We are excited about the interest of other clubs, there are many rumours, but we have not spoken to anyone.

'It’s early to talk about the market, Pedro works with humility and wants to help the team to climb up the table. Among February and April we will see what happens.

'Samp is the team which have focused on him and we will always be grateful to them.'

Roberto Mancini is also interested in Corinthians midfielder Paulinho. The Brazil international, 24, is valued at around 16m but City's boss may have to sell first.

Rafa Benitez: Chelsea in Japan to be crowned FIFA Club World Cup champions

We're in Japan to be crowned champions of the world! Rafa issues war cry as Chelsea prepare for Monterrey test

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13:39 GMT, 10 December 2012

Rafa Benitez and Petr Cech landed in Japan and announced that Chelsea had travelled east to become world champions and were ready to cope with the pressure of favouritism.

The Blues may have prematurely crashed out of the Champions League last week but they are determined to hit back with success in their first FIFA Club World Cup competition.

'It's a pleasure to be here,' said interim manager Benitez, who won this tournament with Inter Milan two years ago.

Centre of attention: Benitez delivers instructions to his squad as they prepare for their first game on Thursday

Centre of attention: Benitez delivers instructions to his squad as they prepare for their first game on Thursday

'It's a great tournament and a massive competition. Hopefully we can do well. We will try to do our best and win.

'It's a great experience for us. I was here before and I'm really pleased to be here again. Everybody here in this club has the same ideas – we want to win every trophy we can.'

Chelsea's first test is against Monterrey of Mexico in Yokohama on Thursday and a win will clinch a place in the final against Corinthians of Brazil or Al Ahly of Egypt.

Fanatic: Chelsea have been handed a heroes' welcome upon their arrival in the Far East

Fanatic: Chelsea have been handed a heroes' welcome upon their arrival in the Far East

Fanatic: Chelsea have been handed a heroes' welcome upon their arrival in the Far East

'We came to do our best and try to win the competition,' said Cech. 'We can assume the position of favourites and will try to prove this on the pitch.

'I'm actually very happy that we can be here for this tournament. It means a lot to every player to play in great tournaments. You only get the invitation to play here if you win the Champions League, and that's not easy to win.

'It took me eight years at Chelsea to get the invitation to play in this tournament. We hope we make the most of it and win. The last two results were very good for us. We will try to carry on with this momentum and that can take us through.

To be Frank: Lampard has been a hit with Chelsea's Japanese contingent

To be Frank: Lampard has been a hit with Chelsea's Japanese contingent

'It has to be step by step. I don't want to speak about Corinthians. That's far away. If we both win our games then we can but we must focus on our first game.

'Monterrey have a slight advantage because they've been here a few days. They're acclimatised and had a good game on Sunday. We are here to prepare. We want to get ready as fast as possible as soon as possible to acclimatise to the change in hours under our skins. We are ready to get to work and are looking forward to the game.

'We were already straight into the semi-finals, like Corinthians, so we have to be seen as the favourites. I can live with that fact. It's not a problem for us.'

John Terry Chelsea doubt for Club World Cup

Terry remains doubt for Chelsea's Club World Cup campaign with knee injury

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07:04 GMT, 7 December 2012

John Terry could miss Chelsea's Club World Cup campaign as the club captain struggles to recover from injury.

The defender damaged his knee ligaments in last month's draw with Liverpool and has yet to resume full training.

Doubt: John Terry (left) has yet to return to full Chelsea training

Doubt: John Terry (left) has yet to return to full Chelsea training

Chelsea are due to have just one more training session before tomorrow's clash with Sunderland and will fly straight to Tokyo from Newcastle.

And, according to the Guardian, Terry will have little chance of facing either Monterrey or Ulsan Hyundai if he does not train.

Crocked: Terry was hurt after a collision with Liverpool's Luis Suarez

Crocked: Terry was hurt after a collision with Liverpool's Luis Suarez

Should Chelsea reach the final, they could face Brazilian side Corinthians on December 16 and manager Rafa Benitez must decide if Terry would be better served staying behind to regain full fitness.

Frank Lampard and Daniel Sturridge, who have had calf and hamstring problems respectively, are expected to fly to Japan however.

Real Madrid consider David Beckham approach

Coming back to Madrid! Real consider approach for Beckham when star leaves Galaxy

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UPDATED:

23:12 GMT, 21 November 2012

Real Madrid are plotting a shock move to bring David Beckham back to Spain.

The idea of re-signing the superstar as a club ambassador has been floated by the La Liga giants, with president Florentino Perez known to be a huge admirer of Beckham's global appeal.

What next David Beckham could be approached by one of his former clubs, Real Madrid

What next David Beckham could be approached by one of his former clubs, Real Madrid

What next David Beckham could be approached by one of his former clubs, Real Madrid

Upon confirming his imminent departure from the LA Galaxy, the former Manchester United midfielder said he wanted 'one last challenge', suggesting he wants to continue playing.

But Real hope the magic of Madrid will be enough to convince him to hang up his boots.

Even if Beckham continues playing, it is understood Perez will not give up on his attempts to take the veteran back to the Bernebeu in a non-playing role in the future.

Beckham has a host of options when he leaves the MLS after December 1, with Paris St Germain, Flamengo, Corinthians, as well as a number of Chinese, Australian and Middle Eastern clubs all vying for his signature.