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Sir Alex Ferguson: Man United boss still affected by the Munich disaster

Liverpool put aside rivalry with poster tribute to Munich victims as Fergie reveals his 'hurt' on 55th anniversary of disaster

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Graeme Yorke

PUBLISHED:

08:22 GMT, 6 February 2013

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UPDATED:

10:08 GMT, 6 February 2013

Manchester United boss Sir Alex
Ferguson has revealed how he is still affected by the Munich air crash,
55 years on from the disaster.

It comes as rivals Liverpool posted a heart-warming poster on their Facebook page paying tribute to the victims.

Accompanied by a graphic design of the famous Munich clock and a Liverpool shirt, the poster carries the words: 'We all remember. We won't forget. May their soul rest in peace, by the grace of God. You'll never walk alone.'

Tribute: Liverpool posted this picture on their Facebook page

Tribute: Liverpool posted this picture on their Facebook page

Ferguson was 16-year-old striker at Queen's Park when eight players and 15 staff and journalists died as a result of a failed take-off on a slush-covered runway.

The 'Busby Babes', named after manager Sir Matt Busby, were returning from a
European Cup tie against Red Star Belgrade in Yugoslavia (now Serbia)
when the plane crashed on February 6, 1958.

'I've been affected since a young boy. It was a sad time,' Ferguson, 71, told BBC Sport. 'For many it's probably long forgotten but for someone like me who remembers the day, you won't forget it.'

A minute's silence will be observed at Wednesday's friendly between England and Brazil at Wembley to mark the Munich anniversary as well as victims of the recent nightclub fire in Brazil and the 20th anniversary of the death of World Cup winning captain Bobby Moore on February 26.

Gone but not forgotten: Memory of Munich victims lives on at Old Trafford

Gone but not forgotten: Memory of Munich victims lives on at Old Trafford

Tragic: The snowy-covered runway in Munich

Crash scene: The snowy-covered runway in Munich

Ferguson paid tribute to those who helped rebuild the club, which went on to win the European Cup 10 years later.

'How we rose to get over that is remarkable in terms of [manager] Sir Matt [Busby] and [assistant manager/temporary manager] Jimmy Murphy and all the staff at the time,' he said.

'It was a fantastic group of young men who were destined to be great and that was the tragedy of it in how it was taken away from them.'

Tribute: Sir Alex Ferguson lays a wreath in memory of the 23 victims of the Munich Air Disaster before the Manchester derby

Tribute: Sir Alex Ferguson lays a wreath in memory of the 23 victims of the Munich Air Disaster before the Manchester derby

The Munich clock stopped at 3.04pm is pictured at Old Trafford

Memorial: The Munich clock stopped at 3.04pm, the time of the crash

And Ferguson says the event is one that should not be forgotten.

'When you were caught up in the aftermath of it and the publicity, and when the papers detailed what had happened, you couldn't help but feel that enormous loss for anyone football-minded,' he added.

'That has carried on for a long, long time and every year you have to remember that.'

Ricky Burns fight: Jose Ocampo withdraws from ExCel clash

Burns night chaos as second opponent Ocampo pulls out of fight against lightweight king

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09:38 GMT, 11 December 2012

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UPDATED:

09:39 GMT, 11 December 2012

Ricky Burns will be fighting in London on Saturday but not against Jose Ocampo after the 23-year-old Filipino pulled out of their WBO lightweight title fight.

The Coatbridge champion was due to make the third defence of his belt against the fighter ranked 14th in the world, who was himself a late stand-in for Liam Walsh, who was injured in a car crash.

Third time lucky WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns is waiting to discover who his opponent for Saturday will be

Third time lucky WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns is waiting to discover who his opponent for Saturday will be

However, promoter Frank Warren had it confirmed that Ocampo has also dropped out of the bout at the ExCel Arena in Docklands although the reason is not yet clear.

While the search for a new opponent for Burns is under way, a spokesman for Warren said: 'Ricky's opponent pulled out this afternoon.

Last time out: Scottish hero Burns destroyed Kevin Mitchell in Glasgow earlier this year

Last time out: Scottish hero Burns destroyed Kevin Mitchell in Glasgow earlier this year

'But Ricky will still be fighting on the show as planned and we are looking for a replacement now.'

The 29-year-old Scot, whose last outing was a fourth round stoppage of Dagenham's Kevin Mitchell at Glasgow's SECC in September, is aiming for a unification fight with WBC champion Adrien Broner.

Luis Carreira dies ahead of Macau Grand Prix

Carreira dies ahead of Macau Grand Prix in latest tragedy to rock motorsport

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UPDATED:

13:09 GMT, 15 November 2012

Motorsport has been rocked by the death of another biker – Luis Carreira – ahead of the Macau Grand Prix.

The tragedy comes a year after MotoGP legend Marco Simoncelli died in a horrific crash at the race in Malaysia.

Superbikes Carreira, the 35-year-old Portuguese, crashed on Fisherman's Bend during qualifying today at the Guia circuit. No other riders were involved in the accident.

Tragedy: Luis Carreira died in qualifying at the Macau Grand Prix

Tragedy: Luis Carreira died in qualifying at the Macau Grand Prix

Race organisers said two doctors went to the rider's aid and he was then taken to a hospital but was declared dead about 20 minutes after arriving.

A statement from the Macau Grand Prix committee read: 'We regret to announce that Luis Filipe de Sousa Carreira, competitor No 33, from Portugal, in the Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix – 46th edition, has succumbed to injuries sustained in a racing accident during the qualifying session this afternoon.

'No other rider was involved in the incident, which occurred at Fisherman’s Bend at 15.58. The qualifying session was immediately red flagged.

Death: Carreira died after being rushed to hospital

Death: Carreira died after being rushed to hospital

'The medical services, a fast intervention vehicle, fully equipped, and an ambulance with two doctors in attendance, which were located at the side of the accident immediately went to the rider’s aid, and as a result of the doctors’ diagnosis, Mr Carreira was immediately evacuated by ambulance to the Hospital, where he was admitted at 16.08.

'Continuous CPR was performed, however he succumbed to his injuries at 16.28.

'The Macau Grand Prix Committee has contacted the family and the members of the team, and the Committee expresses its sincere condolences.

'The qualifying session was abandoned at 16.30.'

Carreira raced for the Bennimoto Raider-Cetelem team.

Ryan Tunnicliffe"s car to be auctioned after drink-drive crash

How much United starlet Tunnicliffe's car to be auctioned for only 10,000… after being written off in drink-drive crash

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11:22 GMT, 13 November 2012

Manchester United youngster Ryan Tunnicliffe's lavish Range Rover Sport Revere is available for a paltry 10,000. The only problem is that the car was written off in a drink-drive crash.

The car Tunnicliffe crashed while over the drink-drive limit will be put on auction site eBay this evening, complete with its dented front bumper, shattered headlights, a deflated and deployed airbag and smashed front windscreen.

An anonymous salvage expert bought the trashed vehicle and hopes to cash in by selling the car online with a 10,000 starting price.

How much Ryan Tunnicliffe's Range Rover, which he wrote off this Range last month while drink-driving, will be auctioned for 10,000

How much Ryan Tunnicliffe's Range Rover, which he wrote off this Range last month while drink-driving, will be auctioned for 10,000

The promising 19-year-old wrote off his car at a cost of 30,000 – just hours after he purchased it for a reported 60,000.

Tunnicliffe drove the 4×4 into a parked van, which was shunted into the wall of a house. One of his passengers suffered minor injuries.

He was breathalysed after immediately contacting the police and later pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.

The breathalyser reading showed he had 62mg of alcohol for 100ml of breath – the legal limit being 35mg.

The rising United star was banned for 18 months from driving after admitting in court that he had ‘drunk a lot’ before the crash on October 13.

The anonymous seller told the Manchester Evening News: ‘I am a specialist in Land Rovers and I got a call asking me if I was interested in a damaged 59-plate.

‘I recognised whose it was and when I looked at it the damage was not as bad as it looked.

‘It does need a lot of work doing to it, but someone could buy it, repair it and make some money on it. If Ryan goes on to become really famous like a Wayne Rooney or David Beckham it could be worth a fortune.

‘A few years back one of David Beckham’s old cars that was worth nothing went for a lot because it was his.’

One potential buyer could be Tunnicliffe’s dad, Mick, who cashed in on a 100 bet that his nine-year-old son would play for United’s senior team in September, when Ryan played against Newcastle.

Bidders can expect the car to appear on auction site eBay at 6pm this evening.

Sold!An anonymous salvage expert bought Tunnicliffe's wrecked car and hopes to cash in on the player's fame

Sold!An anonymous salvage expert bought Tunnicliffe's wrecked car and hopes to cash in on the player's fame

Happy Alex Ferguson was believed to be furious with the youngster after he wrote the car off last month

Happy Alex Ferguson was believed to be furious with the youngster after he wrote the car off last month

Sean Dyche offered Burnley job

Dyche offered Burnley job after watching Clarets crash to Cardiff defeat

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UPDATED:

22:30 GMT, 28 October 2012

Sean Dyche has been offered the manager’s job at Burnley.

Dyche, 41, the former Watford boss, was in the crowd as Burnley lost 4-0 to Cardiff on Saturday.

New job: Sean Dyche looks set to take over at Burnley

New job: Sean Dyche looks set to take over at Burnley

Ryan Tunnicliffe arrested on suspicion of drink-driving after crash

United starlet Tunnicliffe arrested on suspicion of drink-driving after crash

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UPDATED:

11:43 GMT, 14 October 2012

Arrested: Tunnicliffe was involbved in crash in his 60,000 Land Rover

Arrested: Tunnicliffe was involbved in crash in his 60,000 Land Rover

Manchester United star Ryan Tunnicliffe has been arrested on suspicion of drink-driving after crashing his 60,000 car.

Tunnicliffe, 19, was held on Saturday afternoon just hours after picking up the keys to the top of the range black Land Rover.

He allegedly hit a stationary van, pushing it 30ft into a wall, as he drove round an industrial estate in Heywood, Manchester.

The teenager, who made his first team debut for the Red Devils just weeks ago, was breathalysed and arrested at the scene.

Witnesses told the Sun that Tunniclife lost control of the vehicle when it skidded on the wet road. Part of the wall was demolished in the 2.15pm crash.

Onlooker Matthew Cronshaw, 27, told the paper: 'A mate told me he'd only just picked up the keys. He hit a van and pushed it into a wall, making a terrible screeching sound.

'He's hit it with real force because both vehicles looked like write-offs. Ryan looked really shaken up.'

Police confirmed to Mail Online that a driver had been arrested on suspicion of drink-driving.

Tunnicliffe made his debut for United as a 77th-minute substitute in the 2-1 Capital One Cup victory over Newcastle United – winning his father, Mick, 10,000.

When the midfielder, was nine years old his father placed the wager that his son would one day play for United, taking odds of 100-1 with a 100 bet.

Debut: Tunnicliffe earned his dad 10,000 after turning out for United

Debut: Tunnicliffe earned his dad 10,000 after turning out for United

Japanese Grand Prix 2012 live: Follow the F1 drama

LIVE: Japanese Grand Prix – follow all the Formula One drama from Suzuka

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UPDATED:

06:59 GMT, 7 October 2012

Phil Duncan F1 blog

The Formula One circus has parked up in Suzuka this weekend for the Japanese Grand Prix. It's round 15 of the world championship and with five races remaining both the drivers' and constructors' titles are still very much up for grabs.

Make sure you don't miss any of today's action by following our dedicated coverage. And you can join in on Twitter, or by sending an email to [email protected]

Click here to follow our dedicated Formula One service on TwitterJapanese Grand Prix: Lap 33 of 53
Sebastian Vettel leads from Felipe Massa
Fernando Alonso has retired after a first-lap collisionJenson Button is fourth but nursing a gearbox problem
Lewis Hamilton is sixthRomain Grosjean handed a stop-and-go penalty for crashing into Mark Webber on the first lap

Lap 31: Button's slowly been reeling Kobayashi in and the Sauber man comes in for his second stop of the day. He's joined by Hamilton and Hulkenberg. Hamilton leaves the pits alongside Raikkonen. The Lotus ace looked to have sealed the move but Hamilton came back at Raikkonen. Great driving from the pair of them to avoid a high-speed crash.

Lap 30: What a story it would be if Kobayashi earns his first podium in Japan. The home fans absolutely adore him here.

Lap 29: Vettel is absolutely cruising here. He's maintaining a ten-second gap to Massa, who looks poised to end his barren-podium run… 36 races in fact.

Lap 28: Button is told his pace is encouraging as Grosjean sets the fastest lap of the race.

Lap 27: Schumacher, a six-time winner around Suzuka, plants a move down the inside of Di Resta into Turn 1 to take tenth after starting 23rd. A very solid show from the veteran today.

Lap 26: Webber, struggling with his rear tyres, pits from P9.

Lap 25: As we approach half-distance here's a run down on the top 10: Vettel leads from Massa, Kobayashi, Button, Raikkonen, Hamilton, Hulkenberg, Maldonado, Webber and Ricciardo.

Lap 24: Vettel leads Massa by 10 seconds with the Ferrari driver three seconds ahead of Kobayashi. Hulkenberg is complaining about his rear tyres, but that aside and it's another strong performance from the German today.

Lap 23: Sportsmail's Simon Cass: 'Kobayashi and Massa, two drivers who need to get their contracts sorted out are doing the business today. Just saying…' Indeed, Massa is second and Kobayashi, without a podium in his career, is third.

Lap 22: Hamilton is moaning about his front tyres, saying they've 'gone off'. The McLaren man is in P6 and coming under pressure from Hulkenberg.

Lap 21: Button reporting yet more problems with his gearbox. Up top and Vettel is cruising here. Massa, who hasn't finished on the podium since the 2010 Korean Grand Prix, is the fastest man on track in P2, as Bruno Senna comes into the pits for his drive-through penalty after being punished by the stewards for his first-lap misdemeanour.

Lap 20: 'Debate as to whether this will be a two or three stopper,' says Sportsmail's Simon Cass. 'If any one team can make the tyres last then it is Sauber. A Kobayashi win on home soil The place would go bonkers.'

Lap 19: Hero to zero for Perez in Suzuka as the Sauber man retires from the race.. Eyeing another move on Hamilton, the Mexican lost control of his Sauber under braking before almost hitting the McLaren and then spinning out of the grand prix.

Lap 18: 'I've got a problem with the gearbox,' Button says before being reassured by the McLaren pit-wall. The British driver then posts the fastest lap of the race. We'll keep an eye on that one.

Early bath: The Spaniard gets a lift back to the paddock after crashing out

Early bath: The Spaniard gets a lift back to the paddock after crashing out

Lap 17: Vettel and Massa pit from P1 and P2, and they exit the pits in P1 and P2. Massa has gotten the jump on Kobayashi and Buton.

Lap 16: Hamilton is into the pits as Kobayashi and Button are held up by the Toro Rosso of Daniel Ricciardo. This is playing into the hands of Felipe Massa, who's yet to stop. Could the Ferrari man leapfrog the pair of them

Lap 15: Raikkonen, after his stop, leapfrogs Jean-Eric Vergne and then Heikki Kovalainen. Meanwhile, Sergio Perez pits, but he exits the pits behind the Lotus of Raikkonen. Vettel, who leads, is yet to pit. He's looking oh-so-comfortable today.

Lap 14: Kobayashi pits from P2 and the Sauber man, who is stationary for just 3.5 seconds, exits comfortably ahead of JB to maintain a net second.

Lap 13: Jenson Button comes into the pits from P3. The McLaren man is joined by Raikkonen and Hulkenberg.

Out of the race: Alonso retires after spinning out on lap one

Out of the race: Alonso retires after spinning out on lap one

Out of the race: Alonso retires after spinning out on lap one

Lap 12: The first-lap incident between Bruno Senna, who damaged his front wing, and Nico Rosberg, who has retired, is now under investigation. I'll keep you posted on that one.

Lap 11: The Saubers are looking very racy here. What a year they're having. Perez is closing in on fifth-placed Raikkonen while his team-mate Kobayashi is holding Button at bay.

Lap 10: Vettel leads comfortably from Kobayashi, with the Red Bull man lapping one second quicker than Kobayashi and Button.

Lap 9: Glum faces in the Ferrari garage. Alonso's been in control of the championship for a number of races now. But that's all set to change following today's retirement. Massa in the sister Ferrari is doing a decent job today. He's up to fourth after starting in P10.

Lap 8: Back up front and it's looking pretty tasty for Vettel who has built a five-second lead over Kobayashi. The Red Bull ace is the fastest driver on track right now. Meanwhile, Grosjean serves his penalty for wiping out Webber on the first lap.

Lap 7: Hamilton is under intense pressure from Hulkenberg, now. The Force India man just tenths behind the struggling Hamilton, Perez is now almost three seconds ahead of the man he's poised to replace in 2013.

Lap 6: There will be mixed emotions on the McLaren pit-wall there, as Sergio Perez plants a sweet move on Lewis Hamilton at the hairpin to move up into P6. Meanwhile, Grosjean has been handed a 10-second stop-and-go penalty for causing a collision on the opening lap.

Lap 5: Vettel leads by over three seconds with Button stuck behind Kobayashi – with Alonso out of the race, a victory for the German would see him move withing 14 points of the championship lead. Not a bad incentive, eh

Lap 4: We've seen a replay of the start and it looks as though Alonso squeezed Raikkonen out leaving the Lotus man no room before tagging the Spaniard. Alonso lost control of his Ferrari and was fortunate not to be collected by the rest of the field. Meanwhile, the replay also showed Romain Grosjean punting Webber at Turn 2. Another first-lap incident involving the Swiss-born Frenchman, and that incident is being looked at by the stewards. Webber is plum last.

Lap 3: The safety car is in and Vettel maintains the lead of the race. Perez takes a look around the outside of Raikkonen and drops a wheel on to the dirt before backing out of the move and loses his place to Hamilton – the McLaren man is up to sixth after starting in P9.

Lap 2: So, we're hearing that Kimi Raikkonen made contact with Alonso on the run down to turn 1. No replays as of yet. Vettel leads from Kobayashi, Button, Massa, Raikkonen, Perez and Hamilton, Safety car is in at the end of this lap. Frantic start.

Lap 1: Sebastian Vettel leads into Turn 1 but it's carnage behind the double world champion as a slow-starting Mark Webber is overtaken by Kamui Kobayashi before Fernando Alonso dips a wheel on to the dirt, loses control of his Ferrari and is out of the race. Jenson Button is up to third as Webber limps his way back to the pits. The safety car is out, I haven't seen the replay yet, but Nico Rosberg retires, too. Incredible.

7.00am: The tyre blankets are off and the cars have been lowered as all 24 drivers make their way on to the parade lap. We're just moments away from the start of the Japanese Grand Prix. Hold on to your hats….

6.55am: So, with five minutes to go until lights out in Suzuka, I'll give you a run-down on the top 10: Vettel starts on pole from Webber, Kobayashi, Grosjean, Perez, Alonso, Raikkonen, Button, Hamilton and Massa.

6.51am: Red Bull are strong favourites to dominate today's grand prix. Could it be another case of damage limitation for Alonso again He's been the master of it so far this season in a Ferrari which is arguably only the fourth-best car on the grid.

6.45am: Now, let's go down to the grid and grab a word with some of the drivers, starting with Webber, who starts in P2: 'We're normally pretty good on Sundays so we are confident we can do pretty well.' And on Kobayashi and Grosjean starting behind him: 'I've seen plenty of action before so nothing will surprise me.' And here's Button, starting in 8th after his penalty: 'It was always going to be disappointing whatever happened in qualifying. But looking at the timings on the long runs on Friday anything is possible.'

Adopted son: Button and his girlfriend Jessica Michibata ahead of today's grand prix

Adopted son: Button and his girlfriend Jessica Michibata ahead of today's grand prix

6.42am: Now over to Suzuka and a word from Sportsmail's motor racing correspondent, Simon Cass: This is what is known as a proper race. A proper track, fanatical fans and so often the place where championships are won and lost. That won't happen today but for anybody thinking Fernando Alonso has it in the bag just remember that with six races remaining in 2010 Sebastian Vettel cut a 31 point gap to then leader Lewis Hamilton. Vettel is currently 29 behind Alonso with the Red Bull looking to have found speed just at the right time. Set-up problems cost Hamilton yesterday and while this is a must win if he is to stand any chance of heading to Mercedes as world champion his chances of victory are very slim from ninth on the grid. Button starts one place further up but back-to-back wins in his beloved Japan is a real tall order.'

Waving goodbye: Schumacher, who announced his retirement on Thursday, waves to the Japanese Grand Prix fans

Waving goodbye: Schumacher, who announced his retirement on Thursday, waves to the Japanese Grand Prix fans

Farewell to the fairground: Hamilton and Rosberg will be team-mates at Mercedes next term

Farewell to the fairground: Hamilton and Rosberg will be team-mates at Mercedes next term

6.40am: Fernando Alonso, who leads Vettel by 29 points in the drivers' championship, starts in sixth, while the McLaren duo of Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton will start a disappointing 8th and 9th respectively – the former taking a five-place grid drop after changing his gearbox.

6.37am: What of Vettel's challengers The Red Bull driver will be joined by team-mate Mark Webber on the front-row with home favourite Kamui Kobayashi starting in third. Incident-prone Romain Grosjean joins the Japanese star on the second row. Could we be in for some fireworks off the start-line

6.35am: And we should be in for a decent morning of racing shouldn't we The smart money is on Sebastian Vettel to win today's Japanese Grand Prix after the double world champion recorded the 34th pole position of his incredible career on Saturday. That takes the Red Bull man to third in the all-time list behind only Michael Schumacher and Ayrton Senna.

6.30am: Good morning everyone, and welcome to Sportsmail's coverage of the Japanese Grand Prix. For those of you based in Europe, I congratulate you for getting up nice and early this morning for round 15 of the 2012 Formula One world championship.


Full house: The Japanese Grand Prix is one of the most recognisable on the Formula One calender

Full house: The Japanese Grand Prix is one of the most recognisable on the Formula One calender

QPR fans call for owner to sack Mark Hughes and bring in Harry Redknapp

QPR fans call for Redknapp as Hughes sees side crash to West Brom

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UPDATED:

22:09 GMT, 6 October 2012

Mark Hughes pleaded for more time to show what his rock-bottom QPR team can do in the face of calls for his head.

Fans bombarded Rangers owner Tony Fernandes’s Twitter account urging him to replace Hughes with Harry Redknapp.

But Hughes insisted his side would come good. ‘In a number of games we’ve played well and not got what we’ve deserved,’ he said.

Not a good start: Mark Hughes has seen QPR pick up two points from seven games

Not a good start: Mark Hughes has seen QPR pick up two points from seven games

‘We’ve got a lot of new players and a lot of injuries unfortunately and that’s not helped us.

‘Once that settles down people will see what we can produce.’

Hoffenheim midfielder Boris Vukcevic in critical but stable condition after car crash

Hoffenheim midfielder Vukcevic in critical but stable condition at hospital after car crash

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UPDATED:

13:56 GMT, 30 September 2012

Hoffenheim midfielder Boris Vukcevic remains in a critical but stable condition in hospital following a car crash on Friday.

The 22-year-old is still in a coma after two nights in a Heidelberg clinic following the accident, which occurred while the player was on his way to training on Friday.

He remains in intensive care, his club confirmed today, and his condition 'remains critical', but he is in 'the best possible hands,' according to Hoffenheim's general manager Andreas Muller.

Critical: Boris Vukcevic of Hoffenheim is in a critical but stable condition

Critical: Boris Vukcevic of Hoffenheim is in a critical but stable condition

'We have discussed how we should deal with the situation. We know that Boris is in the best possible hands and all we can do is hope that his condition stabilises itself further,' he said.

Hoffenheim fulfilled their Bundesliga fixture against Augsburg yesterday, managing a 0-0 draw, and the players have now been given two days off before returning to training on Tuesday.

'The players should remain with their families and try to clear their minds as much as possible,' said Muller.

'Of course they have the opportunity of coming into our training centre whenever they want.'

Wreck: The midfielder's car was seriously damaged during the crash

Wreck: The midfielder's car was seriously damaged during the crash

Tributes: Hoffenheim fans held up shirts and banners for their midfielder before the game against Augsburg

Tributes: Hoffenheim fans held up shirts and banners for their midfielder before the game against Augsburg

Alex Ferguson tells Rio Ferdinand to quit England

Give it up, Rio! Ferguson tells Ferdinand to quit England and concentrate on future at United

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UPDATED:

22:10 GMT, 29 September 2012

Sir Alex Ferguson has urged Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand to call time on his England career despite the vacancy left by John Terry's international retirement.

The United boss, who saw his side crash 3-2 at home against Tottenham on Saturday, wants 33-year-old Ferdinand to 'concentrate on his career here' and has raised the prospect of the defender staying on beyond the end of his contract next summer.

Ferdinand's England future has been widely discussed following Terry's decision to make himself unavailable to manager Roy Hodgson in the future.

Give it up: Alex Ferguson has told Rio Ferdinand to quit international football for England

Give it up: Alex Ferguson has told Rio Ferdinand to quit international football for England

The Chelsea captain was banned for four matches by the FA on Thursday for racially abusing Ferdinand's younger brother, Anton, in a Premier League game at QPR last season.

The relationship between Terry and the older Ferdinand, once a formidable World Cup pairing for England, broke down as a result of the case and Hodgson left the United star out of his Euro 2012 squad, citing 'footballing reasons'.

But with Terry out of the equation, the way is open for a Ferdinand recall.

Ferguson's priority is making sure Ferdinand, who has suffered back problems, is available for as many United games as possible and he does not want to see the player play for England again.

Gap: There is a space to fill since John Terry retired

Gap: There is a space to fill since John Terry retired

Ferguson said: 'He could do the job, I have no doubt about that, but I don't see why he should.

'He should concentrate on his career here. It's his decision.'

Ferguson also cast doubt on reports that the player wants to return to the international fold.

'I don't know if that is actually correct,' he said. Ferdinand, 34 next month, is celebrating his 10th year at United.

Although his contract runs out at the end of the season and talks about a new one have not opened, Ferguson appeared to offer him the carrot of a new deal if he was able to play regularly this term.

Fearsome: Before their relationship broke down, Ferdinand and Terry were a brilliant duo

Fearsome: Before their relationship broke down, Ferdinand and Terry were a brilliant duo

'Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes are still playing. If he [Ferdinand] looks after himself, and he is doing that well now, managing the situation with his back, there is no reason why he can't play on,' added the United boss.

Ferdinand joined United from Leeds for what was a club-record 30million in 2002 and won the first of his 81 caps in 1998.

Earlier this year, he admitted he thought his exclusion from the Euro 2012 squad marked the end of his England career.

Breakdown: Rio Ferdinand fell out with Terry (right) over the race case involving his brother, Anton (left)

Breakdown: Rio Ferdinand fell out with Terry (right) over the race case involving his brother, Anton (left)