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Rafael Benitez furious comments attack onChelsea fans and the club

I'm leaving at the end of the season! Furious Rafa finally cracks and blasts fans with 'agenda' as well as Chelsea for making him 'interim manager'

By
Rik Sharma

PUBLISHED:

22:14 GMT, 27 February 2013

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UPDATED:

22:18 GMT, 27 February 2013

A furious Rafael Benitez has confirmed he will be leaving Chelsea at the end of the season.

The interim Chelsea manager blasted the fans for their negative attitude towards him and told them to support the team.

His comments came after Chelsea beat Middlesbrough 2-0 at the Riverside Stadium in the FA Cup fifth-round.

Benitez also claimed the club's decision to appoint him as an 'interim manager' was a massive mistake.

Come on: Chelsea were lethargic during the game but did enough to beat Boro

Come on: Chelsea were lethargic during the game but did enough to beat Boro

More to follow.

Lewis Hamilton hits out at Jenson Button for Twitter snub

No respect! Lewis blast at Button after 'snub'… only to backtrack after an hour

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UPDATED:

23:47 GMT, 7 October 2012

Snub: Button

Snub: Button

Lewis Hamilton was forced into a grovelling climbdown after accusing McLaren team-mate Jenson Button of lacking respect.

Hamilton, who is leaving for Mercedes at the end of the season, claimed Button had stopped following him on Twitterr.

The 27-year-old took to Twitter and said: ‘Just noticed @jensonbutton unfollowed, thats a shame. After 3 years as teammates, I thought we respected one another but clearly he doesn’t.’

However, less than an hour later, Hamilton added: 'My bad, just found out Jenson never followed me. Don't blame him! Need to be on Twitter more!'

Publicly, the pair have always put on a united front as the faces of McLaren. However, behind the scenes Button is known to have taken a dim view of Hamilton’s behaviour in recent times.

Storm: Hamilton tweets his disappointment at Button's actions

Storm: Hamilton tweets his disappointment at Button's actions

New era: Hamilton (left) chats to his future team-mate Nico Rosberg at Suzuka on Sunday

New era: Hamilton (left) chats to his future team-mate Nico Rosberg at Suzuka on Sunday

He was angered by Hamilton tweeting
confidential telemetry information at the Belgian Grand Prix last month –
an unprecedented breach of team ethics. Button said at the time he was
‘disappointed’ by the incident, but privately he was fuming.

Hamilton’s latest tweet has clearly
revealed the cracks in the pair’s relationship, and is likely to create
an awkward mood in the McLaren camp, with another five races to go until
the season ends in Brazil on November 25.

Tony Hanks sacked by Sale Sharks

Hanks sacked by Sale after embarrassing Saracens defeat

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UPDATED:

12:01 GMT, 24 March 2012

Sale have announced that first-team coach Tony Hanks has left the Aviva Premiership club with immediate effect.

The decision comes in the wake of Sale's 45-9 Premiership defeat by reigning champions Saracens on Friday night.

Sale chief executive Steve Diamond said in a statement: 'It has been a season of great change at Sale Sharks and I would like to thank Tony for his help in implementing that change.

End of the road: Hanks has left the club with immediate effect

End of the road: Hanks has left the club with immediate effect

'The owners, directors, players and supporters all wish Tony well in the future. In the meantime our work continues.'

Hanks was formerly director of rugby at London Wasps and joined Sale in July 2011 with responsibility for the side's attack, game plan and defence.

He leaves with the club lying seventh in the Premiership standings and still with a chance of qualifying for next season's Heineken Cup.

Defeat: Sale were soundly beaten by Saracens on Friday night

Defeat: Sale were soundly beaten by Saracens on Friday night

However, the cracks have been showing in recent weeks, with last night's mauling at the hands of Saracens the third game in a row in which the Sharks conceded more than 30 points.

Diamond was scathing in his assessment of his side's capitulation at Edgeley Park, and hinted post-match that changes were likely to be made.

'Defensively we were a shambles,' he said. 'We've got to look at ourselves really, look at what we're doing behind the scenes as a coaching team and make sure what we are doing transpires.

'There will be changes afoot all over the show.'

Sale are next in action at Newcastle on Friday night.

Jacques Kallis hits century against Sri Lanka to complete set

Kallis cracks quick-fire century to complete set of tons against all Test-playing nations

Jacques Kallis made his first Test century against Sri Lanka – meaning he has now scored a hundred against every Test-playing nation – as South Africa took control of the decisive third Test on day one in Cape Town.

The all-rounder joined Alviro Petersen at the wicket with the score on 56 for two in the morning session, and the pair added an unbroken 180 to take their side to a commanding 236 for two by tea.

Petersen, who replaced Ashwell Prince in the starting line-up with Jacques Rudolph dropping down the order, was one run short of a century of his own as the tourists toiled having won the toss and put the Proteas in.

Raise your bat: Jacques Kallis celebrates after bringing up his hundred

Raise your bat: Jacques Kallis celebrates after bringing up his hundred

Captain Graeme Smith set the tone early on with three boundaries before he was bowled by Dhammika Prasad for a quickfire 16.

Prasad then made another breakthrough to trap Hashim Amla lbw for 16 to leave South Africa in slight trouble on 56 for two, but Petersen struck six fours and a six in reaching his fourth Test half-century before lunch.

Kallis was 47 not out at that stage and reached his 56th Test fifty from 42 balls early in the afternoon session. He was on 59 by the time the century partnership came up – from just 113 balls – and survived an lbw referral shortly afterwards.

Eyes wide shut: But Kallis was in imperious form in his 150th Test

Eyes wide shut: But Kallis was in imperious form in his 150th Test

The pair's stand passed their country's third-wicket record against Sri Lanka of 140 – previously held by Kallis and Herschelle Gibbs – and they pressed on to 150 shortly afterwards.

Anything on leg stump was punished particularly severely as both men closed on three figures and Kallis, who had gone beyond 70 at quicker than a run a ball, reached a 114-ball century by clipping Prasad through mid-wicket for two. He had hit 17 boundaries.

Petersen had been fortunate not to be run out in the previous over, when he was sent back after rashly setting off for a single which would have taken his partner to his hundred, and also narrowly missed a loose slash at Angelo Mathews off the last ball before tea as he remained 99 not out.

Ton up: Opener Alviro Petersen also compiled a century against Sri Lanka

Ton up: Opener Alviro Petersen also compiled a century against Sri Lanka

Eye on the ball: Petersen (left) drives back past the bowler at Newlands

Eye on the ball: Petersen (left) drives back past the bowler at Newlands