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Dermot Gallagher holocaust Sky Sports

Sky Sports presenters forced to apologise as ex-referee Gallagher makes 'Holocaust' blunder live on TV

Ex-referee Dermot Gallagher says official could have caused 'another Holocaust' during Celtic's 3-0 defeat by Juventus

Gallagher was referring to fifth official missing Alessandro's Matri's shot crossing the line in third minute of the Champions League encounter

Presenters Rob Wotton and Hayley McQueen say sorry minutes later

By
Andy James

PUBLISHED:

11:46 GMT, 13 February 2013

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UPDATED:

12:12 GMT, 13 February 2013

Sky Sports News presenters were forced into an apology this morning after Dermot Gallagher used the word ‘Holocaust’ live on television in reference to the incompetence of the fifth official during Juventus’s first goal last night.

Former referee Gallagher, a regular pundit on the channel, was asked why UEFA’s fifth official was unable to see Alessandro Matri's shot cross the line first time.

Claudio Marchisio followed up but he assistant referee – almost looking through the fifth official – gave the goal to Matri.

Blunder: Gallagher was referring to this incident where the additional assistant referee appeared to miss Alessandro Matri's shot crossing the line as Kelvin Wilson slid in to clear

Blunder: Gallagher was referring to this incident where the additional assistant referee appeared to miss Alessandro Matri's shot crossing the line as Kelvin Wilson slid in to clear

Gallagher said: ‘The problem for me is I don’t think there is any tangible evidence that they do anything.

‘But for a Juventus player following up a shot very, very quickly we could have had another Holocaust last night.

‘I am convinced that the assistant and the guy on the goal line don’t know the ball is in.’

His comments instantly created a storm on Twitter and presenters Rob Wooton and Hayley McQueen apologised live on air minutes later.

Hot water: Gallagher was speaking on Sky Sports News this morning

Hot water: Gallagher was speaking on Sky Sports News this morning

Daniel Dowle posted: ‘And that kids could be the end of Dermot Gallagher on sky sports, don’t think anybody will miss him.’

Peter Mackinnon wrote: ‘Don’t think dermot gallagher will be on sky sports again.’

Mark Halsey calls in police after Twitter abuse

Referee Halsey calls in police after Twitter abuse following Anfield clash

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UPDATED:

21:00 GMT, 24 September 2012

Mark Halsey has made a complaint to Greater Manchester Police after he was the subject of malicious tweets.

The 51-year-old Premier League referee, who has battled cancer, was abused on Twitter following his handling of Liverpool’s game against Manchester United on Sunday. He sent off Liverpool’s Jonjo Shelvey and gave United a controversial late penalty that settled the game.

Off: Shelvey is given his marching orders by Halsey

Off: Shelvey is given his marching orders by Halsey

Two tweets were sent by supporters who claimed to be Liverpool fans, both of which were met with outrage from other users.

One, from an account named @johnwareing1, read: ‘I hope Mark Halsey gets cancer again and dies’ while one from @lfcjohn259 read: ‘Mark Halsey should’ve died of cancer.’

The post from @lfcjohn259 was deleted and the @johnwareing1 account was removed completely. But Halsey, who is expected to referee Tuesday night’s Capital One Cup tie between Southampton and Sheffield Wednesday, was so upset that he has asked GMP to investigate.

Complaint: Halsey has contacted Greater Manchester Police

Complaint: Halsey has contacted Greater Manchester Police

What action the force can take, though, remains to be seen. Last week Daniel Thomas, who plays for Port Talbot in the Welsh Premier League, was not charged for an abusive tweet about diver Tom Daley because the message was deemed ‘not so grossly offensive that criminal charges need to be brought’. However, the abuse of Halsey has been widely condemned.

A Professional Game Match Officials statement read: ‘Our main concern is towards Mark and his family, and as with all officials, there is a backroom team who are there for them. None of the Select Group match officials are on social media.’

Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher said: ‘I know Mark, and he certainly will be shaken. Some things cross the boundaries, and this has.’

Michael Ngoo booked for Hillsborough tribute as Liverpool U21 thrash Chelsea

Liverpool youngster Ngoo booked for Hillsborough tribute as Chelsea U21s thrashed

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UPDATED:

23:16 GMT, 14 September 2012

Liverpool U21 striker Michael Ngoo was booked in his side's demolition of Chelsea's youth team for removing his shirt to reveal a Hillsborough tribute.

After Ngoo scored the fourth goal in Liverpool's rout he displayed a message on his undershirt which read '96 reasons 4 justice'.

Tribute: Michael Ngoo showed this message after he scored

Tribute: Michael Ngoo showed this message after he scored

Official guidelines indicate that
referees should produce the yellow card when football shirts are taken
off but most would have preferred it not to happen on this occasion.

The crowd, at Brentford's Griffin Park, booed the referee and cheered Ngoo for his tribute, which came in the week the Hillsborough Independent Panel released their report into what had really happened in the disaster.

It showed shocking evidence of a police cover-up as to the real reasons 96 fans died on April 15, 1989.

Another notable feature of the match was Marko Marin's return to action for Chelsea.

Marin, a 7million acquisition from Werder Bremen, was the club's first signing of the summer but a hamstring injury has kept him from Roberto Di Matteo's first-team plans.

On the move: Marko Marin made his first appearance since pre-season

On the move: Marko Marin made his first appearance since pre-season

While Oscar and, more dramatically, Eden Hazard have begun to make their mark in English football, Marin has been left frustrated.

But more frustration was the order of the day for the 23-year-old German left winger as Dermot Drummy's youth team were comfortably seen off by Liverpool's.

Marin was withdrawn at half-time for Adam Phillip with the game goalless, but the Reds ran amok in the second half.

No way through: Chelsea youngster George Saville on the ball

No way through: Chelsea youngster George Saville on the ball

Goals from Jack Robinson, Conor Coady, Krisztian Adorjan and Ngoo were only answered with one from Patrick Bamford.

Liverpool played a young, promising German of their own in Samed Yesil. The 18-year-old couldn't find the net but he caused concern in the Chelsea defence, with one shot cleared off the line.

MATCH FACTS

Chelsea (4-3-3): Jamal Blackman; Todd Kane, Alex Davey, Nathan Ake, Aziz Deen-Conteh; Billy Clifford, George Saville, Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Jeremie Boga 43); Islam Feruz, Patrick Bamford, Marko Marin (Adam Phillip 45).

Unused subs: Mitchell Beeney, Andreas Christensen, John Swift.

Liverpool (4-2-3-1): Peter Gulacsi; Brad Smith, Stephen Sama, Andre Wisdom, Jack Robinson; Conor Coady, Craig Roddan; Adam Morgan, Krisztian Adorjan, Dani Pacheco; Samed Yesil (Michael Ngoo 56).

Unused subs: Joao Teixeira, Jamie Stephens, Marc Pelosi, Jordan Ibe.

Richard Lee praying for more rain at Sandown

Trainer Lee praying for more rain but Hannon is downcast

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UPDATED:

16:31 GMT, 26 April 2012

Drenched Britain is on course for the
wettest April on record but trainer Richard Lee is praying for even more
rain at Sandown for his Bet365 Chase favourite Le Beau Bai.

Lee fears that it the ground will
not be testing enough for his Welsh National winning mudlark who is the
6-1 favourite for Saturday's chase.

Soft option: Trainer Richard Lee

Soft option: Trainer Richard Lee

The two-day mixed fixture opens on Friday with a Flat programme on heavy ground but the chase course is only good to soft, soft in places.

Lee added: 'It is not as soft as some people think at Sandown so we are hoping for more rain. He is not well handicapped but the going is what really matters for this horse.'

Le Beau Bai, who was pulled out of the Grand National when the ground dried up, will be ridden for the first time by Jamie Moore because normal jockey Charlie Poste is suspended.

Meanwhile, connections of Richard Hannon-trained Dubawi Gold have warned they will pull out of their clash with Dermot Weld's Famous Name in the Bet365 Mile if conditions are too extreme.

Hannon has won six of the last eight running of the group two contest and his colt makes his British comeback after an abortive trip to Dubai where he had to be pulled out of the Dubai Duty Free won by Cityscape after kicking out in the starting stalls and skinning his leg.

Tim Jones, racing manager to owner Andrew Tinkler, said: 'We are just hoping the ground will be bearable. None of the horses in the race will have experienced ground like it. If it looks absolutely atrocious by race time there is a chance we won't run. There is no point ripping the heart out of him at this stage of the season.'

Unaccompanied wins Istabraq Hurdle

Unaccompanied triumph sees mare”s odds shorted for Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham

Unaccompanied provided another boost to the reputation of last season’s crop of juvenile hurdlers with victory over Thousand Stars in Thursday’s Grade One Istabraq Hurdle at Leopardstown.

The Dermot Weld-trained mare, second to Zarkandar in last season’s Triumph, was cut from 25-1 to 12s for the Champion Hurdle by sponsors Stan James.

In front: Unaccompanied jumps the last to win The Istabraq Festival Hurdle

In front: Unaccompanied jumps the last to win The Istabraq Festival Hurdle

Her victory under Paul Townend also led apoint to be shaved off the Champion Hurdle odds of Nicky Henderson’s Grandouet (5-1), the Triumph third and winner of Cheltenham’s International Hurdle.

Zarkandar, yet to race this season, remains a 10-1 chance with trainer Paul Nicholls planning one prep race for him in February.

Weld said: ‘The Irish Champion Hurdle in a month’s time is the next logical step. If everything went well we’ll look at the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham.’

Bitter blow: Sparky May (right) has been retired due to injury

Bitter blow: Sparky May (right) has been retired due to injury

Meanwhile, Sparky May, the gutsy mare who was second to Quevega at last season’s Cheltenham Festival, has been retired due to a tendon injury.

Trainer Keiran Burke said: ‘It’s a massive blow to the yard.’

Haydock inspect at 8am to see if Friday’s meeting can go ahead.

The going is described as heavy and with more rain forecast overnight, clerk of the course Kirkland Tellwright said: ‘It is raceable at present so we would be hopeful but 10mm or more of rain would make it a close call.’