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Blackpool refusing to pay 200,000 for Michael Appleton

You're not getting a penny! Blackpool refuse Pompey's 200,000 demand for Appelton

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UPDATED:

17:57 GMT, 6 November 2012

Blackpool are playing a game of brinkmanship over plans to install Michael Appleton as their new manager after arguing he should be allowed to leave Fratton Park for nothing.

The Championship club have agreed personal terms with Appleton after making him their preferred choice to take over from Ian Holloway, as exclusively revealed in Sportsmail Online.

On the move: Michael Appleton is set to leave Portsmouth for Blackpool

On the move: Michael Appleton is set to leave Portsmouth for Blackpool

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But talks are continuing between the
two clubs after Portsmouth’s demand for 200,000 in compensation was
rejected by Blackpool, who are adamant they should not have to pay
anything.

Portsmouth believe 200,000 is the
figure due to them, under the terms of Appleton’s contract, but
Blackpool are just as insistent their right to any payment has been
scuppered by their ongoing financial difficulties.

Cash-strapped Pompey have struggled
to pay staff wages in recent times, and Appleton is thought to be among
those who have not always received their full entitlement.

Blackpool feel they have therefore forfeited any right to compensation and that Appleton is free to walk away on his own terms.

Marouane Chamakh could return to Bordeaux

Chamakh will get second shot at Bordeaux escape from Arsenal

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UPDATED:

09:52 GMT, 13 October 2012

Marouane Chamakh will be given a second chance to play for former side Bordeaux.

He had the option last year for a move away from Arsenal but rejected the opportunity.

Escape route: Marouane Chamakh could return to Bordeaux

Escape route: Marouane Chamakh could return to Bordeaux

Bordeaux chairman Jean-Louis Triaud has insisted the door is still open for the Morocco striker but he must take a pay cut.

He said: 'Money is the key question because salaries in the Premier League are enormous but it’s also necessary for him to play.

'In December 2011 I sent a message to say the door was open for a return but he wanted to stay.

'Now the message is there again with the same objective.'

The 28-year-old began well in England but soon faltered and has never hit his stride again.

There was bad news for Arsenal as Chamakh's team-mate Theo Walcott was sent to hospital following an incident in England's match with San Marino.

Ouch: Theo Walcott was smashed into by the goalkeeper

Ouch: Theo Walcott was smashed into by the goalkeeper

San Marino goalkeeper Aldo Simoncini charged into the Walcott in the fifth minute as the Arsenal ace tried to get on the end of a through ball.

He needed five minutes of treatment on the field before going off to be replaced by Tottenham Hotspur's Aaron Lennon.

Walcott was admitted for tests on his chest as he suffered breathing difficulties amid fears he may have broken ribs. He was also said to have been coughing blood is unlikely to be fit for Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier in Poland.

'If I described it as reckless I'd be kind,' said England boss Hodgson. 'It was a fierce challenge. I don't believe there was any malice but it's put Theo Walcott in hospital. It was a very poor challenge.

Theo Walcott broken rib fear after England winger thumped by keeper

England manager fumes as horror challenge puts Walcott in hospital

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22:29 GMT, 12 October 2012

England fired five goals past the minnows of San Marino but manager Roy Hodgson was furious with a 'fierce' challenge which left Arsenal winger Theo Walcott in hospital.

Walcott was admitted for tests on his chest as he suffered breathing difficulties amid fears he may have broken ribs. He was also said to have been coughing blood is unlikely to be fit for Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier in Poland.

Theo Walcott collides with Aldo Junior Simoncini of San Marino

Collision: San Marino goalkeeper Aldo Simoncini charges into the Theo Walcott

Theo Walcott

Theo Walcott collides with Aldo Junior Simoncini of San Marino

San Marino goalkeeper Aldo Simoncini charged into the Walcott in the fifth minute as the Arsenal ace tried to get on the end of a through ball. He needed five minutes of treatment on the field before going off to be replaced by Tottenham Hotspur's Aaron Lennon.

'If I described it as reckless I'd be kind,' said
Hodgson. 'It was a fierce challenge. I don't believe
there was any malice but it's put Theo Walcott in
hospital. It was a very poor challenge.

'We have to wait to find out the extent of his injury. It doesn't look good. If your goalkeeper does that, you're lucky to have your goalkeeper on the field and not concede a penalty.

'He'll be in hospital overnight for a scan. It's a chest injury. Until they've X-rayed it and scanned it, we won't know. It put a dampener on the evening, but there were positives, too.'

Theo Walcott

Concern: Walcott suffered breathing difficulties amid fears he may have broken rib

San Marino manager Giampaolo Mazza said:
'It was just an accident. The goalkeeper didn't do it on purpose. We're
sorry for Walcott and we hope he's going to recover quickly.'

Among Hodgson's positives was a surprise draw for Ukraine in Moldova as
England moved top of the group with seven points from three games following the 5-0 victory at Wembley.

The England boss was also able to rest three players on yellow cards as
well as Ashley Cole. Steven Gerrard and Glen Johnson will be back from
bans in Warsaw and Frank Lampard may return after injury.

Theo Walcott of England receives treatment

Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck scored twice each but it took England 35
minutes to break down the part-timers through a penalty won by Welbeck
and scored by Rooney.

Welbeck added the second two minutes later and the Manchester United
pair doubled the lead after the break before Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
chipped in his first goal for his country.

Hodgson said: 'It was attack v defence but the way we approached it was
the right way to do it. We probed and created chances and were good
value for our five goals.

'I was happy when we went in 2-0 up at half-time and I knew we would win. I enjoyed the second half.'

Rooney's goals took him past Alan Shearer, Tom Finney and Nat Lofthouse
to 31 goals, fifth in England's all-time list of goalscorers.

Gary
Lineker, second in the list with 48, one behind Sir Bobby Charlton,
tweeted: 'Welcome @WayneRooney to the leading 5 England goalscorers.
I'm convinced that one day you'll be top of the charts.'

Rooney said: 'It's a great honour. To be in the top five is something I'm proud of. Hopefully there will be many more.'

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West Ham play like Real Madrid and Barcelona – Neil Ashton

Allardyce's Hammers play just like Real Madrid and Barcelona… but not how you think

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22:44 GMT, 2 October 2012

Take a look at these statistics and see whether you can spot a trend: Real Madrid 67. West Ham 65. Barcelona 59.

At first glance it is difficult to think of a single reason why Sam Allardyce's team could possibly be mentioned in the same sentence as two of the biggest clubs in world football.

Some would even say it is deeply offensive for Sam Allardyce's long-ball merchants to even be mentioned in the same breath as Jose Mourinho or Tito Vilanova's eye-catching teams.

Just like watching Barca: Allardyce's side were comfortable victors at Loftus Road

Just like watching Barca: Allardyce's side were comfortable victors at Loftus Road

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After watching West Ham's impressive and stylish victory over QPR at Loftus Road from the halfway line on Monday night, it is easier to make sense of the numbers.

The figures above for the three teams represent the average number of long balls that the teams have played in their respective leagues this season.

For the purposes of this analysis, produced by Opta and freely available on the excellent website whoscored.com, any attempted pass which is 25 yards or more constitutes a long ball.

They are surprising figures, particular for two Spanish teams who pride themselves on short, incisive passing to slice through the opposition.

The purists will claim that Gerard Pique can change gear at will, picking out Lionel Messi and sending a ball from one half to the other with his superior skills.

The reality is that even Barcelona and Real Madrid, in times of trouble, will resort to the outlets up front and send something long for Cristiano Ronaldo or Messi to chase down.

Perhaps this is the reason that Allardyce, in an interview in September 2010 that brought much mirth and derision in football, claimed he could manage Real Madrid.

At the time he claimed he would walk
away with league titles year in, year out if he was given the chance to
manage one of the world’s biggest football clubs.

Even last weekend, Allardyce’s protests
continued in an extensive interview with the Observer, when he argued
for ‘winning football’ as opposed to ‘pretty passing’.

Aerial route: With strikers as big as Carroll and Cole it's understandable why they favour the lofted route towards goal

Aerial route: With strikers as big as Carroll and Cole it's understandable why they favour the lofted route towards goal

Aerial route: With strikers as big as Carroll and Cole it's understandable why they could favour the direct towards goal

His case is helped by the number of long balls his rivals in the Barclays Premier League are playing.

Liverpool, who are supposed to be taking the short passing game to another level under Brendan Rodgers, average 66 long balls every match.

These are the average number of long balls played, on average, this season by the teams who finished in the top four:

Champions Manchester City (54), Manchester United (56), Arsenal (49), Tottenham (61).

As for the rest of the Premier League, there are some eye-catching statistics among the other sides.

Newcastle (78), Everton (69), Reading (67), Wigan (67), Chelsea (65) Fulham (64), West Bromwich (64), Aston Villa (62), Sunderland (62), Norwich (60), QPR (59), Stoke (59), Swansea (55) and Southampton (51).

Pity Rodgers, Alan Pardew, David Moyes,
Brian McDermott, Roberto Martinez and Roberto Di Matteo when people
become aware of the statistics.

With the exception of Arsenal,
Southampton and Swansea, it would be easy to argue that the rest of the
Premier League is made up of hit and hope teams.

Facing facts: Real and Barca play The beautiful Game - but aren't afraid of finding a long route out of trouble

Facing facts: Real and Barca play The Beautiful Game – but aren't afraid of finding a long route out of trouble

Facing facts: Real and Barca play The beautiful Game - but aren't afraid of finding a long route out of trouble

Clearly that is not the case, with teams refining their systems to suit the demands of skilful players and a demanding public.

No manager likes negative Press, particularly Allardyce. Although he has strengthened the team for the Premier League, he has refined the pattern and style for the Hammers’ return to the top flight.

At Loftus Road they looked like an established Premier League team, pouncing on the defensive deficiencies of a team who are afraid to play at home.

Rangers are seizing up at Loftus Road, a legacy of their 5-0 opening day defeat against Swansea and their failure to win in the Premier League this season.

Allardyce has a specific system in place designed to hunt down the opposition and take advantage of teams who want to play The Beautiful Game, but play it badly. At this moment, QPR fall into that category.

The idea that Allardyce takes training at Chadwell Heath each day with full-backs launching endless long balls towards Andy Carroll or Carlton Cole is a myth.

Culture club: West Ham's pressing style of play paid dividends at Loftus Road

Culture club: West Ham's pressing style of play paid dividends at Loftus Road

At the beginning of the week, his coaches Neil McDonald and Wally Downes take training and Allardyce has input from the sidelines.

They are not trying to reinvent the wheel, but they play small-sided, passing and pressing games to take time away from the players and put them under pressure.

As they build up towards matchday, Allardyce’s role becomes more prominent and he is heavily involved on the training pitches.

On Thursday and Friday, like most teams across the country, they practise set-pieces ahead of a Saturday fixture.

Even then, for a team tagged ‘long ball’, they have won only 50 per cent of their aerial duels this season.

Allardyce has always been prickly about the accusations that his teams know only one way to play, but he has adjusted to the demands of modern football.

At times they might kick it long, but on Monday night they joined the culture club.

Charles Sale: Jake Humphrey given Vision of a new job with BT

Humphrey given Vision of a new job with BT

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21:45 GMT, 12 September 2012

BBC sports presenter Jake Humphrey is in talks to become the host of BT Vision's live Premier League match coverage that starts next season.

BT, whose building of a sports channel around Premier League content includes Wednesday's 152million deal for Premiership rugby, want a big-name anchor for their football coverage.

Humphrey, best known for his presenting of Formula One on the BBC, has been negotiating with the corporation over his contract for exclusive work which expires at the end of the year.

Ready for a new job Jake Humphrey (right) could join BT for their Premier League coverage

Ready for a new job Jake Humphrey (right) could join BT for their Premier League coverage

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But it's known the 33-year-old, who changed his representative agents this year, wants to work on other sports and earn a lot more money.

His 250,000 salary lags far behind BBC colleague Gary Lineker's 2m-a-year wages.

Humphrey also displayed his frustration at his low profile at Euro 2012 as part of the BBC team by suddenly leaving to present the Valencia Grand Prix he had been scheduled to miss.

And fronting BT Vision's 38 games a season, which cost 738m over three years and includes the prime package of first-pick games, would give Humphrey the football prominence he wants.

Bernstein backed by Gill

David Bernstein's chances of extending his FA chairmanship past his 70th birthday in May, which would require a change of statutes, have been boosted by the backing of Manchester United chief executive David Gill.

The support has helped persuade the rest of the FA board to allow the proposal to be taken to the shareholders for approval.

But there will be resistance from those on the FA council who believe the age-limit rules should not be changed to suit one person.

Certainly Bernstein will have helped his cause by putting forward Gill last month as the FA's candidate for a place on the UEFA executive committee, as successor to Geoff Thompson.

Refurb for the FA

There will need to be plenty of refurbishing done at the FA's St George's Park National Football Centre ahead of the official opening on October 9, with parent company Nike taking over discarded subsidiary Umbro's sponsorship of the venue.

More than 100 Umbro shirts are on display in the reception of the sports facility while two pitches have been named after Umbro boots – Aztec and Speciali.

But at least the main gates do not need rebranding as the ordered 'tailored by Umbro' signs were never mounted; the FA were aware for months it was only a matter of time before Nike came in.

Back in the game: Ricky Hatton will fight on November 24

Back in the game: Ricky Hatton will fight on November 24

Hatton back on Primetime…

Ricky Hatton's boxing comeback three years after being knocked out by Manny Pacquiao is understood to be screened by pay-per-view operators Primetime.

They are controlled by media tycoon Richard Desmond, whose Channel 5 TV station would heavily cross-promote Hatton's return.

The 33-year-old fighter would have a share of the PPV income from a fight in Manchester against a journeyman opponent.

Sky Sports pulled the plug last year on their contract for Hatton-promoted shows, much to his upset.

BOA to begin cutbacks

THE first casualty of the cash-strapped British Olympic Association in the post-Games bloodletting is expected to be commercial director Hugh Chambers, who has not brought in the revenue needed.

Meanwhile, Albert Woods, the British Canoe Union president and GB Hockey's Richard Leman are considering standing against Lord Coe for the BOA chairmanship.

Boris Johnson (right) is taking over as the chairman of the London Legacy Development Company

Boris Johnson (right) is taking over as the chairman of the London Legacy Development Company

Chairman Boris

Boris Johnson taking over as chairman of the London Legacy Development Company from hand-picked ally Daniel Moylan, who had just three months in charge, follows tensions in the hopelessly run LLDC.

Boris and the board had lost confidence in the combative Moylan, whose leadership style caused friction after he allegedly made changes without the necessary board approval.

They included Andrew Altman's ousting as chief executive and the appointment of interim replacement Dennis Hone.

Complaints were made to the FA's protocol committee that the Ukrainian party were not wearing ties at their Wembley reception before the World Cup qualifier. The blazer protester was told guests could dress as they saw fit.

London 2012 Paralympics: Jessica-Jane Applegate and Sophie Christiansen pick up gold

Golden girls back in fashion as two more Brits pick up top accolades

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21:57 GMT, 2 September 2012

The golden girls are back as the Paralympics provided us with two more on Sunday.

Jessica-Jane Applegate and Sophie Christiansen claimed their gold medals in different sports and in different ways but the beaming smiles were the same.

Applegate triumphed in the pool, Christiansen in the more serene equestrian arena after an anxious wait. Her victory, riding Janeiro 6, ensured Britain won the team event too, meaning a 10th gold for Lee Pearson.

That's the one: Sophie Christiansen with her dressage gold

That's the one: Sophie Christiansen with her dressage gold

Applegate continued where Ellie Simmonds left off, coming from behind on the last leg to send a partisan home crowd delirious.

Applegate is just 16 yet raced like a veteran, turning into the final leg of her S14 200m freestyle in third but notching a Paralympic record time of 2min 12.63sec. She reeled in Holland’s Marlou van der Kulk, then Australia’s Taylor Corry to win by 0.55sec. ‘I’m ecstatic. I really didn’t think I’d be able to do something like that,’ said Applegate, who has learning difficulties which limit the amount of coaching she can absorb. ‘The last turn I just knew I had to give everything.

‘I just had to break through that pain barrier. To knock two seconds off my PB is amazing.’

Great race: Jessica-Jane Applegate (left) swam superbly

Great race: Jessica-Jane Applegate (left) swam superbly

Christiansen was drawn first in her event and posted an imposing 82.750 per cent. She waited as 13 riders tried and failed to top it.

The 24-year-old’s triumph came after double gold in Beijing, a feat she has emulated following the team success alongside Pearson, Deb Criddle and Sophie Wells.

‘As long as I stayed relaxed and focused on what I had done in training, I knew I could pull out an 80 per cent-plus test,’ said Christiansen, who suffers from cerebral palsy.

Blind swimmers James Clegg and Hannah Russell won bronze in their 100m butterfly races. Clegg’s sister Libby won silver in the T12 100m at the Olympic Stadium less than 40 minutes later.

In the dressage, Wells and Criddle had earlier claimed silver in their classes.

Roy Hodgson warns of logistical issues at Brazil World Cup

Hodgson warns World Cup in Brazil faces plenty of logistical issues

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12:48 GMT, 24 August 2012

Roy Hodgson warned of the 'enormous logistical problems' England and their fans could face if they qualify for the 2014 World Cup.

Hodgson welcomed the added 'spice' of the tournament being held in Brazil but painted an otherwise bleak picture of what might await teams and fans in the country.

Speaking at the Vauxhall Road to Brazil 2014 media conference, along with the other Home Nations managers, Hodgson said: 'They've got a major logistical problem on their hands. It's a vast country. I don't think we realise quite how vast.

Looking ahead: Roy Hodgson and the other home nations managers, Michael O'Neill, Craig Levein and Chris Coleman look ahead to the World Cup qualifying

Looking ahead: Roy Hodgson and the other home nations managers, Michael O'Neill, Craig Levein and Chris Coleman look ahead to the World Cup qualifying

Issues: Hodgson says there are logistical issues involved with the World Cup in Brazil

Issues: Hodgson says there are logistical issues involved with the World Cup in Brazil

'There's going to be enormous difficulties for the teams that qualify, according to where they're drawn.

'You've got to remember, it's the Brazilian winter, so it's not going to be a particularly sunbathing time unless you happen to find yourself in Rio.

'If you're down in Porto Alegre, you'll going to need a fur coat because it snows and temperatures reach single figures, certainly, and maybe even sometimes lower.

'And if you find yourself in Manaus then you won't be sunbathing but you will find 45, 50 degrees of heat and plenty of mosquitos as well being near the Amazon jungle.'

Hodgson revealed he had scouted potential bases in Rio, Sao Paulo and Belo Horizonte but was worried about the kind of facilities that would await teams.

'There are going to be enormous logistical problems,' he added.

'The major problem at the moment is that the local organising committee and the management of FIFA haven't yet come to a definite decision which training ground will be paired with which hotel.

'You don't really want to be necessarily choosing a hotel with a training venue you don't like and vice-versa.

Talking a good game: Hodgson chats with the other home nations managers

Talking a good game: Hodgson chats with the other home nations managers

'The type of hotels that you're likely to stay in won't be the sort of hotels that national teams like to stay in, where you can essentially commandeer a hotel and fashion it to your requirements.

'It'll be very difficult to get the type of privacy that national teams prefer, if they can get it, when they go to major tournaments.'

But Hodgson also said: “The fact that it's Brazil, we can't deny adds some spice to this tournament because it is such a major footballing power, has been for so many years.
'It's a country which is totally dominated by football.

'They're also known, of course, for their carnivals and party atmosphere.

'They're [the fans] going to be a lot keener to go to Brazil than perhaps some other countries that are occasionally chosen to be a World Cup venue.'

Bradford Bulls offered ticket money by Leeds Rhinos

Rhinos offer beleaguered Bulls ticket money from Headingley clash

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15:02 GMT, 15 July 2012

Leeds are to put their bitter rivalry with Bradford to one side by donating money generated from away ticket sales from next Friday's Super League derby at Headingley to their ailing neighbours.

The beleaguered Bulls are in administration and have until Friday, July 27 to find a buyer or face liquidation.

Bradford would normally be entitled to a small percentage from the sale of tickets sold by them for away games but the Rhinos are to donate all the proceeds in the hope of raising at least 50,000 for their rivals.

Running out of time: Bradford have just 12 days to find a buyer

Running out of time: Bradford have just 12 days to find a buyer

Leeds chief executive Gary Hetherington said: 'The game has a collective responsibility towards those who have been hit by the Bulls' current financial difficulties and we at Leeds Rhinos are keen to assist at this difficult time.

'We also want to attract a 20,000 crowd, create a good news story for rugby league and make this Friday a memorable occasion. Together we can achieve all that.'

Widnes made a similar gesture earlier this year during Bradford's attempts to raise 500,000 in a bid to avoid going into administration.

Leeds, who on Saturday beat Wigan to reach the Challenge Cup final, are aiming to sell out the Western Terrace which houses away fans.

Bradford interim chief executive Gary Tasker, who says the offer applies only to tickets sold by his club beforehand, said: 'This is a fantastic gesture from our neighbours and we appreciate it at this difficult time.

'In adversity you learn a lot about people and since my return I have been surprised by some of the calls I have received.

Running out of time: Bradford have just 12 days to find a buyer

'However, I am not surprised that Leeds Rhinos have made this offer. The Rhinos have always seen the bigger picture for the game of rugby league and now we can look forward to a bumper crowd for the derby clash.

'Hopefully, we will have a Western Terrace full of Bulls fans on Friday night and tickets will be available all week from the Odsal ticket office.'

Bradford's joint administrator, Brendan Guilfoyle, recently made 16 full-time staff redundant in an effort to slash the club's wage bill and reduce running costs.

Head coach Mick Potter and his assistants Francis Cummins and Lee St Hilaire have all returned in a voluntary capacity while the players only received their July wages on Friday after the Rugby Football League advanced the club their share of television income.

That was a condition of Guilfoyle's willingness to extend his deadline to conclude a deal with a group of local Asian businessmen known as the ABC consortium, who have emerged as the only potential saviours.

Wimbledon 2012: Andy Murray on painkilling injection plan

Murray backs needle plan as he hopes to make it through until after Olympics

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22:00 GMT, 24 June 2012

Andy Murray will go into Wimbledon hoping the eight painkilling injections he has had in his back will last him until the end of the Olympics.

The British No 1 is angry that aspersions have been cast on the extent of his back problems, and had the succession of needles pumped into him in one session at the Italian Open in Rome.

According to sources close to Murray – who says the injections have enabled him to get on top of the unspecified problem – the idea is that this will tide him over until after the Olympics end in early August, when matters will be reassessed.

Back issue: Andy Murray will take painkilling injections

Back issue: Andy Murray will take painkilling injections

MURRAY'S SW19 RECORD

2005: Third round
2006: Fourth round
2007: Injured, did not play
2008: Quarter-final
2009: Semi-final
2010: Semi-final
2011: Semi-final

How’s he done this year

Australian Open: Lost in semi-final to Novak Djokovic

French Open: Lost in quarter-final to David Ferrer

Murray revealed the exact number of injections into his lower back in response to the likes of ex-Wimbledon champion Virginia Wade and top German player Tommy Haas saying he had a tendency to exaggerate any physical difficulties.

The matter has come into focus after Murray revealed he has been struggling with a back issue since December, and his remarkable comeback to beat Jarkko Nieminen in the second round of the French Open, having lost the first set 6-1 and required on-court treatment during the second.

Sportsmail understands that upon his arrival at Wimbledon Haas sought Murray out to explain the quotes attributed to him in a German TV interview and maintained they had been taken out of context.

Murray is said to have accepted his apology and gave the German credit for fronting up to him and making his position clear. Murray plays Nikolay Davydenko on Monday.

Bernie Ecclestone casts doubt over New York F1 race

Ecclestone casts doubt over next season's inaugural New York Grand Prix

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16:31 GMT, 30 May 2012

Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has thrown the prospect of next year's proposed Grand Prix of America into serious doubt.

The race, on a street circuit in New Jersey with the Manhattan skyline serving as a backdrop, is scheduled to make its debut next year.

In doubt: Bernie has thrown the future of the Grand Prix of America into doubt

In doubt: Bernie has thrown the future of the Grand Prix of America into doubt

Phil Duncan F1 blog

Although the event was announced in October, it is understood to have run into financial, and in turn, contractual difficulties with Ecclestone.

Ecclestone said: 'I don't know if it is going to happen.

'I hope everything will be okay. They are sorting things out internally with some of their funds. If they are ready for 2013 we will have them.'

Ecclestone's dream has long been to hold a race in New York, but he has confirmed the organisers 'are late' with initial payments.

The 81-year-old, speaking to ESPN, added: 'We are waiting for different parts of the contract to be agreed.'

A race spokesman, however, has refused to confirm Ecclestone's remarks as he said: 'We don't comment on our contractual relationship with Formula One or its details.

'We are on track for a June 2013 race, with all course engineering and construction progressing precisely on schedule, a strong management team in place, and strong ongoing support from New Jersey, New York City and the local communities involved.

'We are very confident the 2013 F1 Grand Prix of America will be a great event.'