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Kevin Miralles squirts Jack Wilshere with water at half-time of Arsenal v Everton

You squirt! Mirallas sprays Wilshere with water at half-time of Arsenal v Everton

By
Sami Mokbel

PUBLISHED:

20:16 GMT, 16 April 2013

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UPDATED:

20:35 GMT, 16 April 2013

Arsenal and Everton were involved in a furious half-time tunnel brawl after Kevin Mirallas nonsensically squirted water in Jack Wilshere's face.

Both sets of players piled in after the Everton forward sprayed liquid from his water bottle straight at the Gunners talisman.

It is understood the tunnel fracas saw a livid Wilshere throw a punch at Mirallas before players from both teams were separated before making their way back to their respective dressing rooms.

1) Get the drink

1) Get the drink

2) Open the drink

2) Open the drink

3) Squirt the drink

3) Squirt the drink

Gunning for you: Jack Wilshere was understandably furious with Kevin Mirallas as they left the pitch

Gunning for you: Jack Wilshere was understandably furious with Kevin Mirallas as they left the pitch

Handbags: The spat spilled over into the tunnel with a handful of other players weighing in on both sides

Handbags: The spat spilled over into the tunnel with a handful of other players weighing in on both sides

Tunnel of shove: Wilshere and Mirallas are separated as they head into the heart of the Emirates

Tunnel of shove: Wilshere and Mirallas are separated as they head into the heart of the Emirates

Tensions were already running high after a high octane opening 45 minutes of the Champions League qualification crunch clash.

The Gunners felt David Moyes' side
should have been down to 10 men after Toffees midfielder Darron Gibson
escaped a second yellow card for a clumsy challenge on Theo Walcott.

And the animosity spilled into the tunnel area as Mirallas took the cocky step of splashing the England midfielder in the face.

The angry exchange was not the first time Arsenal have been involved in a heated tunnel altercation.

In October 2004, after Manchester
United ended Arsenal's 49 game unbeaten streak in the league at Old
Trafford, the Gunners did not react too kindly.

Angered at the manner of United's 2-0
victory, Arsene Wenger allegedly called Ruud Van Nistelrooy a cheat as
he passed him in the tunnel, provoking the fury of Sir Alex Ferguson.

As the United boss remonstrated with
Wenger, somebody from within the Arsenal dressing room threw a pizza
slice at the United boss.

And then in February 2005, infuriated
by Patrick Vieira's attempts to bully Gary Neville prior to the return
game at Highbury, Roy Keane reacted furiously, jabbing his finger at the
Frenchman before telling his midfield rival: 'I'll see you out there'.

David Beckham better than Cristiano Ronaldo – The Footballers" Football Column by Adam Eckersley

ADAM ECKERSLEY: I played with Beckham and Ronaldo – but Becks was better… and on one of the few occasions Fergie spoke to me, he warned me of dangers of gambling

PUBLISHED:

08:36 GMT, 6 February 2013

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UPDATED:

10:01 GMT, 6 February 2013

Adam Eckersley, Port Vale

Adam Eckersley played one first-team game for Manchester United, before moving to Denmark to play for Horsens and AGF Aarhus. The 27-year-old attacking full back also played for Port Vale, and had loan spells at Royal Antwerp, Brondby, and Barnsley. Here, he talks about life as a Manchester United youngster – and what it’s like being an Englishman abroad…

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BY ECK: CAREER HISTORY

2004-2008: Manchester United
2006: Royal Antwerp (loan)
2006: Brondby (loan)
2007: Barnsley (loan)
2007: Port Vale (loan)
2008: Port Vale (loan)
2008 – 2010: Horsens
2010 – AGF Aarhus

Man Utd 4-1 Barnet
League Cup third round, Oct 2005
Scorers: MU – Miller, Richardson, Rossi, Ebanks-Blake. Barnet – Sinclair

TEAM: Tim
Howard; Phil Bardsley, Gerard Pique, Wes Brown, Adam Eckersley; Lee
Martin (Darron Gibson), Ritchie Jones, Liam Miller, Kieran Richardson;
Giuseppe Rossi, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake.

My Manchester United debut (at home to Barnet in the League Cup in 2005) was one of the best nights of my life. I was so nervous though.

We met at the hotel about 1pm, I couldn’t sleep, so I spoke to some first-teamers for advice.

I said to Wes Brown, who was playing that night but had made his debut seven years earlier: 'I’m really nervous, are you'

He just looked at me and said: 'I’m not that bothered, to be honest, mate'. I was like: 'Thanks mate!'

I actually found out I was playing the week before. Wes used to have poker nights, once a week on a Monday night. It started off with just a few, but we ended up with 25 to 30 down there. You’d get first-teamers but reserves too, people like me, Chris Eagles, Mark Howard.

At one, Rooney said to me: 'I’ve seen the team, you’re playing next week.'

The manager (Sir Alex Ferguson) once had a word about my poker. I was with the first team on the way back from Birmingham City, playing cards at the back of the bus with the lads.

The next day, the manager had a word. We weren't playing for big amounts, but he told me to stop playing poker, concentrate on my football.

He actually brought up Keith Gillespie, who had gambling problems. It wasn’t the hairdryer, but it was good advice.

I didn’t often speak to the manager at United. If you walked past him at Carrington, he’d make conversation but I worked more with Brian McClair and Jim Ryan.

Debut: Adam Eckersley (No 44) joins the melee of Manchester United players as they swamp goalscorer Liam Miller during the 4-1 Carling Cup win over Barnet at Old Trafford in 2005

Debut: Adam Eckersley (No 44) joins the melee of Manchester United players as they swamp
goalscorer Liam Miller during the 4-1 Carling Cup win over Barnet at Old Trafford in 2005

Rocket man: Eckersley scores against Peterborough during a pre-season friendly at London Road

Rocket man: Eckersley scores against Peterborough during a pre-season friendly at London Road

Larking around: Wes Brown has a giggle at Ruud van Nistelrooy's expense during United training in 2005

Larking around: Wes Brown has a giggle at Ruud van Nistelrooy's expense during United training in 2005

Still, you knew that he knew everything: how you were playing, how you were training.

When I left for good, his last words to me were: 'You’re going to have a great career, you’ve been fantastic here.'

That was really good to hear.

I was in Puccini’s restaurant in Swinton, Greater Manchester, when I first heard about going to Denmark. In 2006, our reserve team manager at United, Rene Meulensteen, went to manage Brondby.

He signed Mark Howard from United. I’ve known Mark since I was five – we played for the same junior team in Salford, Barr Hill – and one day he phoned me up. He asked if I wanted to sign on loan. It was the first I’d heard of it!

Brondby wasn’t my first loan spell abroad. Earlier that year, I went to Antwerp in Belgium. It came as a shock: I came into training one morning, Jim Ryan dragged me in, and said you’re going to Antwerp this afternoon.

There were a few of us over there: Danny Simpson (now at Newcastle United), Sylvan Ebanks-Blake (Wolves), Lee Martin (Ipswich). We lived in a hotel for six months. It was a good opportunity to play first-team football.

What’s the difference between the reserves and first-team games It’s a feeling. In a first team, you’re someone important. You’re doing a job. You’re playing for points, for people’s livelihoods, for the manager’s job.

We would get six or seven thousand people at Antwerp, rather than 300 down at Altrincham for United reserves. I saw my career as a ladder, and this was another step up the ladder.

Injuries aren’t funny. I came back early from my loan spell at Brondby because I did my hamstring. I couldn’t take being injured.

I missed the buzz of the crowd, so I came back too soon. When you get older, you know when to stop. You think, 'You can either miss three games or three months'. When you’re younger, you don’t think like that. You just want to be out there.

Fitness battle: Eckersley at a Danish hospital with his legs in a special recuperation chamber

Fitness battle: Eckersley at a Danish hospital with his legs in a special recuperation chamber

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If you’re coming back from loan spells injured every week, it doesn’t look good. You look at other people who’ve had good loan spells and it really helps them: Tom Cleverley at Wigan, Jonny Evans at Sunderland, Danny Simpson at Sunderland and Blackburn, others.

Injuries held me back a little bit: I’m not saying I’d have been good enough for the first team, but they didn’t help.

In 2007, I had a loan spell at Port Vale and was sent off on my debut (at home to Brighton). I was booked in the first half for a good tackle, threw the ball into the floor, and gave the ref some stick.

In the 80th minute, the attacker was through, I caught him, it was almost a professional foul. I think the ref remembered the stick – he couldn’t get the red card out quick enough!

I still got man of the match though, so not all bad.

Looking back, I rushed my permanent move to Port Vale in 2008. No disrespect, but I think I could have signed for a team higher up the leagues. But I was at the end of my tether with reserve-team football.

I needed a new challenge. I had Evra, Heinze, Silvestre ahead of me. I thought 'you’ve got no chance'.

I signed a six-month deal at Port Vale, but I didn’t really like the football. The Horsens manager, Kent Nielsen (who played at Aston Villa from 1989 to 1991), had seen me during my loan spell at Brondby, and took me over there.

I knew the league, I knew the living conditions. In my first season, I injured my knee and we were relegated, but we won the First Division (the Danish second tier) the next season.

I then went to AGF, who’d been relegated from the Superliga. We went straight back up. Now we’re five points off second, although Copenhagen are running away with the league.

Take a look: Reading manager Brian McDermott watched Eckersley last year but a deal never materialised

Take a look: Reading manager Brian McDermott watched Eckersley last year but a deal never materialised

Living in Denmark was a lot easier after I met my Danish girlfriend, Elizabeth – she's now my wife. I’ve got to know her family; it’s like a home from home.

Do I speak Danish Elizabeth’s trying with me every day. The problem is, everyone here speaks English so well. I’m taking lessons though, and this time next year I reckon I’ll be OK. I don’t want my wife and kids, when we have them, speaking behind my back!

I’m not desperate to come back to England. If a Premier League team came in for me, of course I’d consider it.

Brian McDermott at Reading watched me last year but it didn’t work out. But there’s nowhere I wouldn’t go: Germany, Holland, anywhere. Moving abroad has made me grow up fast.

Family guy: Eckersley with his daughter in Denmark

Family guy: Eckersley with his daughter in Denmark

David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo are the best I’ve played with. If I had to choose Beckham.

I remember a first-team session at United, eight versus eight. Roy Keane was on my team; Beckham was on theirs. He kept crossing, and they kept scoring from them. I couldn’t get near him. Keane was shouting at me, going mad: 'Adam! You’ve got to get out to him, stop the crosses!'

I thought: 'The best full backs in the world can’t stop him, so what chance do I have!'

Keane just wanted the best though. I’m a bit like that with the younger players now.

Top class: Cristiano Ronaldo

Simply the best: David Beckham

Simply the best: Adam played with David Beckham (right) and Ronaldo at United but rates Becks as better

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There are some really good players in Denmark – Lars Jacobsen (Copenhagen, formerly Everton, Blackburn and West Ham), Dennis Rommedahl (Brondby, formerly Ajax and Charlton), Martin Jorgensen (AGF, formerly Udinsese and Fiorentina). It’s a tough league and I enjoy it.

If you’d told me 10 years ago how my career would go, I wouldn’t have believed it. I’ve spoken to my mum about it. It’s amazing how it’s gone.

Elizabeth says it was all mapped out so I’d meet her.

Cheltenham v Everton live FA Cup

FA CUP LIVE: Cheltenham v Everton – as it happens from the Abbey Business Stadium

By
Alex Horlock

PUBLISHED:

04:00 GMT, 7 January 2013

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UPDATED:

19:30 GMT, 7 January 2013

Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the FA Cup as Cheltenham host Everton at the Abbey Business Stadium in the final third round tie to be played from the weekend. The League Two side are huge underdogs going into their clash with the Premier League giants who have lost just once on their travels since September.

MATCH FACTS

Cheltenham Town: Brown, Jones, Elliott, Bennett, Jombati, Carter, Pack, McGlashan, Penn, Goulding, Mohamed

Subs not used: Roberts, Lowe, Hooman, Deering, Taylor, Duffy, Harrad,

Everton: Howard, Baines, Jagielka, Distin, Neville, Coleman, Oviedo, Osman, Fellaini, Jelavic, Anichebe

Subs not used: Mucha, Duffy, Hitzlsperger, Barkley, Naismith, Gueye, Vellios

Referee: Kevin Friend

19.28: Darron Gibson is out with a thigh strain for Everton as Moyes seeks to avoid what would surely be the shock of the tournament so far.

The Toffees have been in tremendous form so far this season, and are on course for a top four finish in the Premier League.

19.25: Cheltenham manager Mark Yates has called upon Darren Carter, who shook off a knock to be fit for the tie. We're around 20 minutes from KO, folks.

19.22: If you take a glance at the little green box to the left, you'll see that the teams are in.

David Moyes isn't taking the trip to Cheltenham as a given, and has opted for a full-strength line-up, including star performers this season Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines.

19.15: Welcome to Sportsmail's coverage of the final third round FA Cup tie of the weekend. A few of the teams have already slipped on a banana skin, and Cheltenham will be hoping Everton's Premier League stars will be the next to bow out.

The Toffees' cross-city rivals Liverpool held on yesterday to beat Non-League Mansfield – only after a suspect Luis Suarez goal as Luton Town rolled Wolves over to set up a tie with Norwich in the next round.

Toffees to come unstuck Everton travel to League Two side Cheltenham for their FA Cup clash

Toffees to come unstuck Everton travel to League Two side Cheltenham for their FA Cup clash

Carlton Cole and Darron Gibson have red cards overturned

The ref was wrong… TWICE! Cole and Gibson have harsh red cards from Taylor overturned on appeal by FA

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UPDATED:

15:39 GMT, 27 December 2012

Carlton Cole and Darron Gibson will be available for their clubs this weekend after both today had red cards rescinded by the FA.

Each player had been sent off by Anthony Taylor in similar circumstances during Everton’s victory at Upton Park last Saturday but David Moyes and Sam Allardyce were instantly united in the opinion that the decisions were wrong.

It is believed to be the first time in English history that a referee has had two of his red cards from the same game wiped out.

Taylor is now set to return in Sunday's live TV match between QPR and Liverpool.

Harsh: Carlton Cole was sent off for raising his boot in a challenge

Harsh: Carlton Cole was sent off for raising his boot in a challenge

Cole and Gibson faced the prospect of
each missing three matches after being dismissed for violent conduct for
high challenges against Leighton Baines and Mark Noble respectively.

But West Ham and Everton will breathe a
huge sigh of relief after the FA ruled in favour of the players and
judged Taylor, who was absent from Premier League Boxing Day fixtures,
to have acted incorrectly.

Lunge: Darron Gibson was then dismissed for a similar offence

Lunge: Darron Gibson was then dismissed for a similar offence

Cole, who has been in superb form for
West Ham in the absence of injured Andy Carroll, will now travel with
the squad to Reading on Saturday, while Gibson, who is key to Everton’s
midfield, will be free to play at home to Chelsea on Sunday.

Cole scored the opener against Everton
but was then red carded with the scores at 1-1. Allardyce felt the
dismissal changed the game as the hosts lost 2-1. Gibson was sent off in
injury time for a near identical foul.

Blame game: Referee Anthony Taylor was the centre of attention after his decisions which were criticised by both managers

Blame game: Referee Anthony Taylor was the centre of attention after his decisions which were criticised by both managers

Moyes said after the match: ‘I didn't
think either were red cards and we'll appeal. I'll have a word with Sam
about appealing as well. I thought it was a case of two players honestly
going for the ball.’

Allardyce added: ‘It had a massive
effect but we will appeal immediately. In Carlton's case you are looking
at a player who has put his foot up and you say “Has he meant to do it
Has he done it on purpose” I didn't think Gibson's was a red card
either.’

An FA Statement read: 'The FA can confirm that red cards shown to both Carlton Cole and Darron Gibson have been rescinded.

'Their three match suspensions have been withdrawn immediately and written reasons will be provided at a later date.'

Disgusted: Sam Allardyce and David Moyes were appalled by the decisions

Disgusted: Sam Allardyce and David Moyes were appalled by the decisions

Allardyce welcomed the decision and said justice had been done.
'I am delighted that we have probably got a bit of justice as it deserved to be turned around,' he said.

'There was never any doubt in my mind. While you can say the foot was high, it was a genuine attempt and Carlton kept his eye on the ball. It's a really good outcome for us.

'The way he is playing at the moment, he would have been a massive loss for us. He's been outstandnig up front for us since Andy Carroll got injured and we didn't want to miss a player of so much importance for these three very important games – Reading away, Norwich City at home and a big FA Cup third-round tie with Manchester United.

'To have him back and available is a big boost for us.'

Everton 2 Wigan 1: Match report

Everton 2 Wigan 1: Osman and Jagielka keep Toffees on track as captain Neville reaches 500 not out

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UPDATED:

17:17 GMT, 26 December 2012

Leon Osman and Phil Jagielka made sure Everton captain Phil Neville enjoyed his 500th Premier League game.

After a goalless opening 45 minutes, Osman fired home, with the help of a deflection, early in the second half and Jagielka looked to have put the result beyond doubt with a header after being set up by Neville.

Arouna Kone set up a frantic finish when he cut the deficit in half but the hosts held on to stay in fourth place in the table – for a few hours at least.

Breakthrough: Leon Osman punches the air in celebration after scoring for Everton against Wigan (below)

Breakthrough: Leon Osman punches the air in celebration after scoring for Everton against Wigan (below)

It's there: Osman's opener for the Toffees at Goodison Park
MATCH FACTS

Everton: Howard, Neville, Jagielka, Distin (Heitinga 70), Baines, Osman, Hitzlsperger, Gibson (Naismith) 46), Pienaar, Jelavic, Anichebe (Oviedo 70).

Subs not used: Mucha, Gueye, Barkley, Vellios.

Goals: Osman 52, Jagielka 77

Booked: Jelavic

Wigan: Al Habsi, Boyce, Caldwell, Figueroa, Stam (Gomez 79), McCarthy, Jones (Di Santo 72), McArthur, Beausejour, Maloney, Kone.

Subs not used: Pollitt, McManaman, Boselli, Ramis, Golobart.

Goal: Kone 82

Booked: Beausejour, Figueroa, Caldwell

Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)

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A large group of Wigan fans came in banana costume, in keeping with their town's Boxing Day tradition of fancy dress.

But the party will be limited to town centre revellers after a sixth game for the Latics passed without a win.

The visitors thought they should have had a penalty when Shaun Maloney went down in a challenge from Osman but referee Lee Mason was not convinced.

Everton, who will now hope to push on and mount a strong top-four challenge, also had some good chances, not least when Thomas Hitzlsperger hit the bar. Everton almost made the perfect start as Nikica Jelavic laid off a Darron Gibson cross and Victor Anichebe flashed a shot wide with just 13 seconds on the clock.

Wigan also wanted to attack and a good Jean Beausejour cross aimed at Kone was clutched by Tim Howard at the second attempt.

The influential James McCarthy also had a powerful effort from outside the area blocked.

Leighton Baines created a chance for Everton when he skipped over a challenge from Ronnie Stam to supply Steven Pienaar and Ali Al Habsi did well to turn his shot around the post.

Heads up: Phil Jagielka (right) is congratulated after scoring Everton's second

Heads up: Phil Jagielka (right) is congratulated after scoring Everton's second

Stretch too far: Wigan keeper Al Habsi fails to stop Jagielka's header as Steven Naismith watches the ball go in

Stretch too far: Wigan keeper Al Habsi fails to stop Jagielka's header as Steven Naismith watches the ball go in

Anichebe headed wide from a Hitzlsperger cross but Wigan began to assert themselves in the game more as McCarthy and James McArthur drove forward.

Kone and Maloney linked up well outside the area but attempted one pass too many and a promising attack broke down.

Maloney tried his luck from a free-kick after McCarthy was tripped by Gibson – who was free to play after appealing against his red card at West Ham last weekend – but Howard parried and then gathered.

Howard was in action again as Stam struck a low shot from 20 yards but saved comfortably.

500 not out: Everton captain Phil Neville (right) in action against Wigan on Boxing Day

500 not out: Everton captain Phil Neville (right) in action against Wigan on Boxing Day

Everton applied some pressure by winning a series of corners in quick succession and felt they should have had penalties at two of them.

Anichebe first claimed he was being held back by Beausejour and then there was an appeal for handball against Maloney but referee Mason gave nothing.

The first half came to a tame end but Everton returned with renewed vigour after the break and were soon rewarded.

Lifeline: Arouna Kone (right) scored late on as Wigan pressed

Lifeline: Arouna Kone (right) scored late on as Wigan pressed

Wigan were given a warning when Hitzlsperger struck a thunderous long-range effort against the bar and then Osman dribbled his way through the area only to fail to test Al Habsi.

Osman got lucky when he next aimed for goal after 52 minutes, his shot from just outside the area striking Caldwell's arm and wrong-footing the unfortunate Al Habsi.

There was controversy as Wigan tried to respond as Maloney went to ground in the area in a challenge from Osman.

Too little, too late: Kone was keen to get on with things after his goal but Wigan couldn't find a second

Too little, too late: Kone was keen to get on with things after his goal but Wigan couldn't find a second

Latics were incensed not to be awarded a penalty and Beausejour was booked for his protest but replays suggested Maloney may have already been going down before the contact.

Kone had a good opportunity from six yards after Maloney whipped in a good ball from the right but Neville made a vital block at point-blank range.

It was a miss the visitors were to rue as Everton grabbed a decisive second 13 minutes from time.

Ground force: Ronnie Stam slides in to challenge Everton full-back Leighton Baines

Ground force: Ronnie Stam slides in to challenge Everton full-back Leighton Baines

Neville was on hand to receive a short corner from substitute Bryan Oviedo and marked his landmark appearance by sending in an inch-perfect cross for Jagielka, who powered in a header off the bar.

But Wigan, as ever, fought on and gave themselves late hope when Kone bundled the ball in at close range after Jagielka and Baines failed to clear from a Maloney shot.

The visitors applied more pressure as time ran out but were unable to find a way through stubborn Everton defending.

Getting to grips: Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar tries to get away from Emmerson Boyce

Getting to grips: Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar tries to get away from Emmerson Boyce

Tussle: Everton's Victor Anichebe (left) and Wigan star Maynor Figueroa battle for the ball

Tussle: Everton's Victor Anichebe (left) and Wigan star Maynor Figueroa battle for the ball

Everton and West Ham appeal Darron Gibson and Carlton Cole red cards

Everton and West Ham appeal controversial red cards to Gibson and Cole

PUBLISHED:

12:48 GMT, 24 December 2012

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UPDATED:

16:23 GMT, 24 December 2012

Everton and West Ham have confirmed they will appeal Darron Gibson and Carlton Cole's respective red cards at Upton Park on Saturday.

Gibson was dismissed by referee Anthony Taylor for a challenge on Mark Noble in Everton's 2-1 win at Upton Park in a game that also saw Hammers striker Cole controversially sent off for a challenge on Leighton Baines.

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Appeal: Darron Gibson was controversially dismissed at Upton Park during Everton's 2-1 win over West Ham

Appeal: Darron Gibson was controversially dismissed at Upton Park during Everton's 2-1 win over West Ham

The paperwork needed to be submitted
to the Football Association by 1pm today but the appeal means Gibson
will be able to play in the Boxing Day match against Wigan Athletic,
with the case due to be heard on December 27.

The Hammers' next match is away to Reading, with the hearing for Cole's appeal scheduled for two days before then.

Seeing red: West Ham striker Carlton Cole was also controversially dismissed during the game

Seeing red: West Ham striker Carlton Cole was also controversially dismissed during the game

VIDEO. Moyes claims grounds for an appeal…

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Karl Henry blasts referees after red card decisions

They have zero understanding of the game! Henry slams red-card refs who need to be 'exposed'

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UPDATED:

11:38 GMT, 23 December 2012

Wolves midfielder Karl Henry has blasted Premier League referees and says some have 'zero understanding' of football.

Henry, known for his combative nature on the pitch, said he was appalled by some of the red cards produced this weekend.

He said that bad referees need to be 'exposed' and questioned whether the tests required to be an official were stringent enough.

Ranting: Karl Henry complained about referees' decisions this weekend

Ranting: Karl Henry complained about referees' decisions this weekend

'Some of the red cards i've seen this weekend are an absolute joke!! Some referees have zero understanding of the game of football,' he tweeted.

'Important matches are ruined when under-qualified refs make game changing WRONG decisions. What is the criteria to become a top level ref

'To make it worse, tv pundits sit on the fence saying things that like, “That was harsh' or 'It's a controversial one”.

'You're on tv to give football fans your expert views. Bad refs need to be exposed and pundits that sit on the fence should be fired!!'

Henry has been sent off once and booked five times this season, in 18 games.

It is likely Henry is referring to the two red cards shown by Anthony Taylor in the West Ham v Everton match on Saturday.

Carlton Cole and Darron Gibson were both dismissed for offences which the clubs' managers Sam Allardyce and David Moyes both agreed did not merit red cards.

The players were sent off for dangerous play after catching opponents while raising their legs in respective attempts to control and win the ball.

Allardyce and his opposite number Moyes each confronted Taylor after the final whistle, confirming they would appeal the dismissals.

The West Ham boss accused Taylor of being trigger-happy, saying: 'It is how quickly the referee got the red card out, he couldn't wait, he didn't deliberate over the decision or anything.

You're gone: Anthony Taylor sends off Carlton Cole controversially

You're gone: Anthony Taylor sends off Carlton Cole controversially

'There is nothing much we can do about the result but we can appeal the decision and hopefully we can get Carlton down to a yellow card and get him off.'

Moyes added: 'I will appeal it. I'll have a word with Sam as well, because I don't think you could put the word frivolous next to that appeal.

'Because I think you would say there was genuine reason why maybe you could appeal that.

Unhappy: Both Sam Allardyce and David Moyes will appeal the cards

Unhappy: Both Sam Allardyce and David Moyes will appeal the cards

'Now, you don't want to go and appeal and find out that maybe you get an extra game on it. That's what you don't want to do.'

Allardyce was planning more than an appeal, however.

'I spoke to the ref but that is between me and him,' he said.

'We will go through the channels of 'reporting' that the system has in place and I will take that up and pursue it quite vigorously.

'If he is not getting the right feedback or coaching and is told it was okay and 'Carry on' then we have got a big problem.'

Sam Allardyce and David Moyes both set to appeal red cards from referee Taylor

Allardyce and Moyes both set to appeal red cards from pantomime villain Taylor

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UPDATED:

19:32 GMT, 22 December 2012

Sam Allardyce and David Moyes were
united in their condemnation of referee Anthony Taylor after he
controversially sent off one player from both sides in Everton's 2-1
Barclays Premier League win at West Ham.

Taylor was the pantomime villain at
Upton Park in each club's final game before Christmas, showing needless
red cards to both Hammers striker Carlton Cole and Toffees midfielder
Darron Gibson.

Controversy: West Ham's Carlton Cole (L) was sent off for this challenge on Everton's Leighton Baines

Controversy: West Ham's Carlton Cole (L) was sent off for this challenge on Everton's Leighton Baines

Controversy: West Ham captain Kevin Nolan (C) appeals to match referee Anthony Taylor as he sends off Carlton Cole

Match facts

West Ham: Jaaskelainen, Tomkins, Collins, Reid, O'Brien (Spence 81), Noble, O'Neil (Maiga 58), Taylor, Nolan, Jarvis (Collison 88), Cole.Subs Not Used: Spiegel, Diarra, Moncur, Lletget.

Sent Off: Cole (67).

Booked: Maiga.

Goals: Cole 14.

Everton: Howard, Heitinga, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Osman, Gibson, Neville (Naismith 85), Pienaar (Oviedo 88), Jelavic, Anichebe (Duffy 90). Subs Not Used: Mucha, Hitzlsperger, Barkley, Vellios.

Sent Off: Gibson (90).

Goals: Anichebe 64, Pienaar 73.

Att: 35,005

Ref: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire).

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Both were sent off for dangerous play after catching opponents while raising their legs in respective attempts to control and win the ball.
West Ham boss Allardyce and opposite number Moyes each confronted Taylor after the final whistle, confirming they would appeal the dismissals.

Allardyce accused Taylor of being trigger-happy, saying: 'It is how quickly the referee got the red card out, he couldn't wait, he didn't deliberate over the decision or anything.

'There is nothing much we can do about the result but we can appeal the decision and hopefully we can get Carlton down to a yellow card and get him off.'

Moyes added: 'I will appeal it.

'I'll have a word with Sam as well, because I don't think you could put the word frivolous next to that appeal.

'Because I think you would say there was genuine reason why maybe you could appeal that.

'Now, you don't want to go and appeal and find out that maybe you get an extra game on it. That's what you don't want to do.'

Allardyce was planning more than an appeal, however.

'I spoke to the ref but that is between me and him,' he said.

'We will go through the channels of 'reporting' that the system has in place and I will take that up and pursue it quite vigorously.

'If he is not getting the right feedback or coaching and is told it was okay and 'Carry on' then we have got a big problem.'

Off you go: Everton's Darron Gibson was sent off for fouling West Ham's Mark Noble

Off you go: Everton's Darron Gibson was sent off for fouling West Ham's Mark Noble

Fuming: West Ham manager Sam Allardyce sees red after Carlton Cole is sent off

Fuming: West Ham manager Sam Allardyce sees red after Carlton Cole is sent off

Phil Jagielka says Darron Gibson can be key for Everton

Jagielka backs ever-improving Gibson to become key man for Everton

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00:31 GMT, 11 December 2012

Phil Jagielka has hailed the growing influence of Darron Gibson and tipped him to emerge as the driving force behind Everton’s assault on the top four.

The Republic of Ireland midfielder was outstanding in Sunday’s 2-1 victory over Tottenham, his range of passing and probing kept Everton on the front foot from the start; it was Gibson late cross that led to Nikica Jelavic pilfering the stoppage time winner.

Gibson has only just returned from three months out with a serious thigh problem but his presence in the team in the last three matches against Tottenham, Manchester City and Arsenal has been noticeable, as his repetoire of passing has given Everton's play a different dimension.

Important: Phil Jagielka says Darron Gibson (right) is key for the Toffees' Premier League hopes

Important: Phil Jagielka says Darron Gibson (right) is key for the Toffees' Premier League hopes

Jelavic and Marouane Fellaini may have received most plaudits during Everton’s encouraging start to the campaign but Jagielka believes Gibson, who was signed from Manchester United last January in a deal that could eventually cost 2million, will prove himself to be just as crucial in the long run.

‘Gibbo is massively important, said Jagielka. ‘For us to have someone who can keep the opposing defence on their toes purely knowing if he does get a bit of time, he can be like our quarterback and start putting in some fantastic passes.

‘It makes playing against us a lot harder when we have people like Darron in the team and Leon Osman by the side of him. They are two different footballers but equally as important. Ossie is good in tight spaces and finding the little passes, while Gibbo is such a good passer and has a great range.’

Gibson has been something of a lucky charm for Everton as in the 21 appearances he has made since leaving Old Trafford he has only featured on a losing side twice – in April’s FA Cup semi-final against Liverpool and at West Brom in September.

‘Maybe Gibbo hasn’t scored that many since he has been here; he’s not a dribbler and not what you’d describe as ‘Fancy Dan’ sort of player,’ said the England international.

Praise: The England defender (right) has kind words for his team-mate

Praise: The England defender (right) has kind words for his team-mate

‘But if you filmed his role in the team and watched it back there’d be some fantastic passes, great tackles and some clever football. He came from a great club in Manchester United. He proves that way with the time he finds on the ball and the confidence he has to play those long range passes.’

Keeping Gibson fit will be crucial to Everton’s ambitions but there is also a sense they have genuine momentum and, like his manager David Moyes, Jagielka feels the impetus from the late rally against Tottenham could have a huge impact on what they are aiming to achieve.

‘It was desperately important for us to pick up three points if we want to have as successful season as we are hoping for,’ said Jagielka, who has been captaining Everton in the absence of the injured Phil Neville.

Dynamic: Jagielka said Gibson makes fine passes and is a strong tackler too

Dynamic: Jagielka said Gibson makes fine passes and is a strong tackler too

‘It keeps us up there and maintains this decent start that everyone is talking about.

‘It wasn’t make or break but when we come back to looking at the points tally and the way the season has gone, this could be a game where we started turning draws into wins and gave ourselves a real boost.

‘We have a really tough game coming up against Stoke and to have lost against Spurs would have put a hell of a lot of pressure on that game to come out with three points. But now we can go there and anything positive will be a good result.’

Leighton Baines injury blow as Everton prepare for Manchester City

Baines blow for Everton as defender faces fitness fight ahead of Manchester City clash

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10:33 GMT, 29 November 2012

David Moyes is sweating over the fitness of Leighton Baines ahead of Everton's trip to face Manchester City on Saturday.

Baines has been the Toffees' stand-out player in the last two seasons and provides a real attacking thrust down the flank.

However, Moyes now faces the prospect of heading to the Etihad Stadium without his most consistent performer after the defender picked up an injury in the 1-1 draw against Arsenal.

Star man: Leighton Baines has been in superb form for Everton

Star man: Leighton Baines has been in superb form for Everton

'Leighton's got a hamstring injury. He felt it in the game and played on in the last 10 or 15 minutes,' said Moyes.

'I felt we put in a lot of energy (in the game) but it might take its toll.

'We've got Gibbo (Darron Gibson) and Hibbo (Tony Hibbert) back and that has eased it a little bit but I am worried about Nikica Jelavic (ill) who has not trained since Saturday and on Tuesday I was not playing him.'

Theo Walcott put Arsenal ahead after just 52 seconds but Marouane Fellaini's seventh Barclays Premier League goal of the season drew them level on the half-hour before former Toffees midfielder Mikel Arteta appeared to bring down Steven Pienaar, only for referee Mike Jones to award a corner.

Blow: Baines will be missed if he is ruled out with a hamstring injury

Blow: Baines will be missed if he is ruled out with a hamstring injury

'It was a penalty. We played Arsenal, who are a really good team, but we also had very few decisions go for us,' Moyes said.

'Sometimes referee's decisions change the games: in some games something might go in your favour but we were never going to get that.

'We got nothing whatsoever and anything we were going to get we had to earn on our own because we were not going to get a jot.

'There was an incident when the ball got chipped into the box later on and he gave a push on Fellaini.

Leveller: Marouane Fellaini was on target for Everton against Arsenal

Leveller: Marouane Fellaini was on target for Everton against Arsenal

'I've had a chance to see it and it was never anything like it. I found that one as mystifying as any really.

'We found it a difficult night from that point if view but the players played really well throughout.'

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was pleased to leave Goodison Park with a point despite his side dominating the last 10 league meetings, winning eight and drawing just two.

'It was a game of big physical intensity, we had a good start and after that I felt Everton came back into it and their direct game was always a threat,' he said.

Concern: David Moyes will be keeping his fingers crossed Baines is passed fit

Concern: David Moyes will be keeping his fingers crossed Baines is passed fit

'There are regrets on the goal we conceded but 1-1 is a fair result and it is a good point here.

'We needed to show great spirit to get away with a point and I am pleased with the effort they put into the game.'

Arsenal lost Laurent Koscielny to a groin strain after just four minutes and Wenger said he expected the centre-back to be out for three weeks.