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Richard Kingson claims he was offered bribe for Ghana defeat

Ex-Wigan keeper Kingson claims he was offered bribe to throw World Cup match

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UPDATED:

12:09 GMT, 10 September 2012

Ghana goalkeeper Richard Kingson has claimed he rejected a $300,000 (187,000) offer to throw a World Cup match in 2006.

Kingson, 34, explained that the bribe was to ensure his country lost 2-0 to the Czech Republic in the group stage.

He admitted to weighing up the options before deciding against accepting the offer.

Bribe: Richard Kingson claims he was asked to throw this match in Germany

Bribe: Richard Kingson claims he was asked to throw this match in Germany

Kingston said he 'got confused by weighing the options of getting richer by $300,000 after that match, whereas all that I would get in the event of a Ghana victory would be much less – just $3,000'

'In the 2006 World Cup in Germany, we were about to play Czech Republic. /09/10/article-0-0B7701D400000578-886_468x286.jpg” width=”468″ height=”286″ alt=”Former glories: Kingson played for several clubs in England” class=”blkBorder” />

Former glories: Kingson played for several clubs in England

'My wife said: “Richard, I love you not because of your money, so don’t get tempted by this offer to lose your dignity and credibility”.'

Goals from Asamoah Gyan and Sulley Muntari saw Ghana beat the Czechs 2-0. They went on to qualify for the knockout phase, in which they were beaten 3-0 by Brazil.

Dimitar Berbatov accuses Sir Alex Ferguson of forcing his Manchester United exit

Berbatov accuses Fergie of forcing him out of Old Trafford with broken promises

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07:32 GMT, 21 May 2012

Striker Dimitar Berbatov is resigned to leaving Manchester United.

The 31-year-old has had limited first-team opportunities over the last couple of seasons, and claims manager Sir Alex Ferguson did not make good on promises to give him more chances.

He told The Sun: 'We talked 10 times, he told me there would be a place for me but I stayed on the bench.

Time's up: Dimitar Berbatov (centre) will leave Manchester United this summer

Time's up: Dimitar Berbatov (centre) will leave Manchester United this summer

'My time at Manchester United is running out. I no longer feel like a valuable part of this team.

'I think I did well in the few opportunities that I received.

'I am a little frustrated by the way this happened, I do not think I deserved it.

Out on the fringes: Berbatov had limited chances to impress last season

Out on the fringes: Berbatov had limited chances to impress last season

'But I have dignity and I stopped going to such meetings, it is clear that I'm leaving United. It's obvious that I have to leave.

'I'm looking for a new place now. I know I can still play at the highest level.'

Kenny Dalglish sacked: Liverpool admire Newcastle boss Alan Pardew

Moneyball fans at Liverpool admire Newcastle boss Pardew's midas touch

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21:44 GMT, 16 May 2012

The removal of Kenny Dalglish from his Anfield office was always going to be an emotional, contentious affair but as the news that many had been dreading started to break, the mood that swept around Liverpool was melancholic.

When a Liverpool manager leaves, the atmosphere in the city is tangible. Rafa Benitez's departure two years ago sparked anger and led to protests outside Anfield; delight followed the announcement that Roy Hodgson had been removed, and Bill Shankly's resignation in 1974 spread shockwaves.

This time, however, it was different. There was simply sadness and frustration as the realisation slowly dawned that an icon who had provided so many people with so many tales of joy since arriving in the area in 1977 was surplus to requirements.

Game over: Dalglish's love affair with Liverpool has come to a premature end

Game over: Dalglish's love affair with Liverpool has come to a premature end

To supporters at Anfield, he is more than just a well decorated old boy. He will always be the greatest player to pull on a Liverpool shirt and a man who led the club with integrity and dignity through its darkest hours when he became manager.

May 16, 2012 will be remembered as the day a clean break was made between Dalglish and Liverpool. When he quit from his first spell as manager, on February 22, 1991, to preserve his health and sanity, there was always a feeling that maybe one day he would return.

While the dreamers kept dreaming, Dalglish never stopped believing.

When he was called back from a holiday in the Persian Gulf to replace Hodgson 16 months ago, answering an SOS from John W Henry and Tom Werner, he steadied a ship that was in grave danger of sinking and gave Liverpool back their belief.

But was he ever really the man the Fenway Sports Group wanted No. When they asked him to take temporary charge of the side after axeing Hodgson, they envisaged him keeping things ticking over before bringing in a younger man to work with Damien Comolli, the director of football.

Man of the moment: Pardew's success on the pitch and in transfer market has made him one of the stand-out managers of the season

Man of the moment: Pardew's success on the pitch and in transfer market has made him one of the stand-out managers of the season

Man of the moment: Pardew's success on the pitch and in transfer market has made him one of the stand-out managers of the season

What they didn't expect was for him to do so well. Liverpool took 33 points in 17 league games from the day he returned and finished with such a rattle that they almost sneaked a place in Europe. FSG had no option but to make his appointment permanent.

A year on, he is gone because Liverpool flopped in the Barclays Premier League after spending 113million in the transfer market. The latest ruthless decision from FSG followed the sackings of Comolli, Peter Brukner, the head of sports science, and long-serving director of communications Ian Cotton.

Now FSG will really get the opportunity to implement their vision for the club. They will look to appoint a young manager, who can work with a director of football and make their 'Moneyball' approach to football work in the way it has been successful for their baseball club, the Boston Red Sox.

Many possible successors have already been circulated. Roberto Martinez, whose star is in the ascendance, along with Brendan Rodgers and Alan Pardew head the domestic contingent.

The King is dead, long live the King: Liverpool's next move is crucial

The King is dead, long live the King: Liverpool's next move is crucial

David Moyes would be a candidate had he not been Everton manager. Pardew, in particular, fits the 'Moneyball' template. He's a young manager who has bought well, picking up players for relatively little money and increasing their value as they have gelled into a formidable Newcastle side.

Abroad, names such as Jurgen Klopp from Borussia Dortmund, Marseille's Didier Deschamps, Andre Villas-Boas and Lille's Rudi Garcia are likely to be discussed, while some will hanker for the return of Benitez.

But what FSG cannot afford to do is get this decision wrong.

Coventry manager Andy Thorn warns Southampton

Thorn warns Southampton of Coventry threat ahead of final day drama

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21:30 GMT, 27 April 2012

Coventry manager Andy Thorn insists his side will not roll over against promotion chasers Southampton.

Thorn’s side were relegated from the Championship last weekend but their manager is tired of people thinking the Saints are guaranteed a victory.

‘I’m absolutely sick of people saying, “It’s only Coventry,” and dismissing us,' Thorn said. 'It’s really starting to get on my nerves.

No pushovers: Andy Thorn is confident his Coventry side can shock Southampton

No pushovers: Andy Thorn is confident his Coventry side can shock Southampton

‘If they think we are going to go down there and lie down, that’s just not going to be the case.

‘We’re going to give everything we can. I promise you that. We aren’t on holiday and we aren’t going there to lay down.

‘I hate things like that. We’re going to go down there and stand up for ourselves to put some pride back into this shirt – for our own fans.

‘We might be going out of this league but we can do it with a bit of dignity.’

Thorn’s stirring rhetoric will give hope to fans of Southampton’s promotion rivals West Ham as they play Hull at Upton Park.

However, the reality is Coventry have won only once away from home all season and are rapidly running out of players.

Regular centre half Richard Keogh is suspended and Thorn is considering handing a debut to teenager Jordan Willis. He is also recalling fellow academy graduate Joe Henderson back from a spell with non-League Nuneaton.

Down and out: Coventry have already been relegated from the Championship

Down and out: Coventry have already been relegated from the Championship

Thorn even joked about naming training-ground chef Dean Kirk among his substitutes

‘There’s no-one else but Jordan,’ added Thorn. ‘That’s no disrespect to him but there are no other defenders here.

‘I’ve pulled Joe back from Nuneaton. In fact, I was lacking fit players so I brought another teenager, Aaron Phillips, into the squad this week. He did his knee in a freak accident.

‘However, there is some good news. Deano the chef is coming in on the bench.’

Meanwhile, Cardiff manager Malky Mackay hopes a pep talk with Sir Alex Ferguson can inspire Cardiff City to play-off glory.

Cardiff play Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday knowing that a point will secure a top-six spot. United have been staying next to the Bluebirds’ training ground and Mackay said: ‘Sir Alex did say he would come in for a cup of tea. He gave me a call before the Carling Cup final and offered some advice, which he didn’t need to do.

‘He has always had time for other managers.’

Gary Caldwell says Robin van Persie lacked dignity

RVP lacked dignity, claims Caldwell after Wigan upset Gunners

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UPDATED:

22:00 GMT, 17 April 2012

Wigan skipper Gary Caldwell has accused Robin van Persie of showing a lack of dignity after the Arsenal striker refused to shake his hand on Monday night.

The pair were involved in a heated confrontation in the closing stages of the Latics' shock 2-1 win at the Emirates Stadium.

And Van Persie appeared to snub Caldwell's offer of a handshake after the final whistle, much to the Scotland defender's annoyance.

Head to head: Robin van Persie and Gary Caldwell get feisty

Head to head: Robin van Persie and Gary Caldwell get feisty

'I felt the it was unnecessary, to be at a great club like Arsenal you have to be a bad loser,' said Caldwell.

'But I think you also have to have a bit of dignity at the end. When we got beat 4-0 at the DW Stadium, I shook everybody's hand and I expect the same back.

'I went to shake his hand and he threw me away which is disappointing.

'It was all much about nothing. You lose games and you're bitterly disappointed and you show than in a manner of different ways.

'But he is a fantastic player – I actually voted him for player of the year and I'm sure he will win that.'

Kenny Dalglish: Fitting that Liverpool and Everton commemorate Hillsborough

Dalglish ready for emotional afternoon as Mersey rivals mark Hillsborough anniversary at Wembley

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09:41 GMT, 13 April 2012

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish believes it is fitting fans from both Merseyside clubs will come together in their FA Cup semi-final on Saturday to mark the 23rd anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.

The two sides have not faced each other at Wembley since the 1989 final, which took place less than two months after the tragedy which claimed the lives of 96 people on April 15.

Players of both teams will wear black armbands, floral tributes will be laid by Steven Gerrard and Phil Neville and there will be a period of silence prior to kick-off to commemorate the occasion.

In memory: Liverpool players remembered Hillsborough last weekend

In memory: Liverpool players remembered Hillsborough last weekend

Dalglish believes it is almost symbolic the two clubs should meet again so respects can be paid.

'It’s coincidental that it’s Liverpool and Everton at Wembley again because that was the final that year (1989),' said the Reds boss.

'It’s going to be very emotive for everybody. The Evertonians were affected by Hillsborough as well as the Liverpool fans, with family members who never came home.

'It will be poignant and I’m sure both sets of fans will grace the minute’s silence with the dignity they’ve shown since 1989.

Emotional: Kenny Dalglish believes the semi-final is a fitting event for a tribute

Emotional: Kenny Dalglish believes the semi-final is a fitting event for a tribute

'The support the Liverpool people have had from Evertonians and vice-versa has been magnificent, and they’re a credit to the city with the way they’ve handled themselves in a dignified manner, and I’m sure that’ll continue.

'Every time both clubs have met in London both sets of fans have been an absolute credit to the city and I am sure Saturday will be another occasion when they represent the city of Liverpool and their respective clubs very proudly.'

While remembering the Hillsborough victims will be paramount prior to kick-off, once the whistle goes the two near-neighbours will go into fierce battle for a place in the final next month.

Winning ways: Andy Carroll scored Liverpool's winner against Blackburn Rovers

Winning ways: Andy Carroll scored Liverpool's winner against Blackburn Rovers

'The fact it is a semi-final is big enough in itself,' said Dalglish.

'The reward is big enough, although the opponents could have been made easier for us if we had got someone other than our city rivals.

'It is a huge game. It will be what happens on the day, the run-up to any game is irrelevant.

'We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves, we know how difficult it is going to be and know they will be as equally determined as we are to win.'

Andrew Strauss feels the heat

Edgy Strauss feels the heat: Under-pressure skipper running out of time

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UPDATED:

22:55 GMT, 2 April 2012

Andrew Strauss vowed to stand up as a true captain as he headed into the Test that could define his immediate future and the biggest test of his batting since his career-saving century in New Zealand four years ago.

The first signs of pressure building on the England captain were evident at the historic P Sara Oval when Strauss’s press conference before the second Test was cut short because of questions over his future.

Strauss was handling what was hardly a Spanish inquisition with his usual dignity just before he was cut off by the ECB press officer.

Under pressure: But Strauss is confident despite his poor form

Under pressure: But Strauss is confident despite his poor form

‘This is one of the real challenges of
leadership or captaincy,’ said Strauss after being asked how difficult
it is to stay calm in front of his team as they attempt this week to
stave off their fifth successive Test defeat. ‘It’s easy when it’s going
well. Everyone is buoyant and patting each other on the back.

‘When times are tough, that’s when it’s
important you stand up and lead and show people the right direction. I
like that sort of challenge. It hasn’t gone our way so far this winter
but I retain absolute faith that it will turn around.

‘Sometimes you’ll go through patches where things don’t work out your way and if you retain faith it will turn around, especially if you have players of real quality, which I know we do have.’

Then, sadly, after a conference lasting fewer than six minutes, Strauss was gone, suggesting the scrutiny on his position may be getting to him after all.

Testing times: England must win to preserve their No 1 status

Testing times: England must win to preserve their No 1 status

If a siege mentality is building up
within the England camp ahead of a Test that they need to win to
preserve their status as the best team in the world then it is a shame,
even if it might provide them with a bit of extra motivation, Alex
Ferguson-style.

With the possible exception of
Michael Vaughan, who said Strauss should consider his future if England
lose here, nobody of any note has been calling for the captain’s head,
such is the high esteem in which he is held.

Yet it is perfectly understandable that there should be scrutiny on Strauss when he has scored one century in his last 48 Test innings and his team have plummeted with alarming rapidity. This winter was meant to be one of conquering the final frontier but instead it has become England’s worst losing run since the Ashes of 2006-07.

It is worth recording Strauss’s response to other relevant questions which were swept aside with less Churchillian answers than his final emphatic response.

Out of nick: Strauss has gone 48 test innings without a ton

Out of nick: Strauss has gone 48 test innings without a ton

HOW THEY LINE UP

Sri Lanka (probable): Thirimanne, Dilshan, Sangakkara, M Jayawardene (capt), Samaraweera, Mathews, P Jayawardene (wkt), Randiv, Herath, Prasad, Lakmal.

England (probable): Strauss (capt), Cook, Trott, Pietersen, Bell, Prior (wkt), Patel, Bresnan, Swann, Anderson, Finn.

Umpires: A Rauf (Pak), B Oxenford (A). 3rd umpire: R Tucker (A).

TV: LIVE on Sky Sports 1 from 5.25am.

Is this a bigger Test than usual for you and your team ‘Not really. Every
Test is important. When you need to win the last Test of a series to get
something out of it in that sense there’s a bit more on it. We
desperately want to win this Test and make amends for what happened in
Galle.’

What about Vaughan’s suggestion that
you might resign as captain but carry on as a player if things go badly
here ‘That’s not something I’ve considered. People are entitled to
their opinions but I don’t necessarily share them.’

But aren’t you under extra pressure
here ‘No more so than usual. I want to score runs, but I’m very
confident and I feel we have the materials to do well in this Test.’

Does talk about your future frustrate you ‘When you play cricket you realise there will always be some story running in the background. The most important thing is that you don’t let it distract you.’

Sizing things up: Strauss looks at the Colombo wicket with batting coach Graham Gooch

Sizing things up: Strauss looks at the Colombo wicket with batting coach Graham Gooch

There is nothing that anyone connected with England would like more than a Strauss century in a winning cause and at least the P Sara wicket, which was cracked on Monday, should live up to its reputation as a result wicket.

But that is probably the only decent reason for this game being staged here because of local politics and the desire to hold this game at the same venue where the inaugural Test against England was played 30 years ago.

The ground holds no more than 4,000 and around 6,000 visiting supporters are said to be in town. It is another example of shambolic leadership from the new Sri Lankan board.

It can only be hoped that those who have managed to gain admission see another absorbing contest – ideally, from an England point of view, with Strauss batting for an awful lot longer than he entertained his audience on Monday.

Stiliyan Petrov takes inspiration from Fabrice Muamba as he visits Villa Park after leukaemia diagnosis

Petrov takes inspiration from Muamba as he battles leukaemia

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21:14 GMT, 31 March 2012

With dignity and courage, Stiliyan Petrov took his first steps into a challenging future. Just a day after being diagnosed with acute leukaemia, the Aston Villa captain arrived at Villa Park with his wife and two children to support his colleagues in the match with Chelsea.

Before the game, he went into the home dressing room to meet players who had been traumatised by news of his affliction. As Villa’s manager, Alex McLeish, admitted, it was a difficult encounter. ‘Stan shook everyone’s hand and everyone embraced him. They weren’t sure whether to applaud or cry. But he has inspired a lot of people. He’s some man,’ said McLeish.

Brave: Stiliyan Petrov watches as Aston Villa take on Chelsea

Brave: Stiliyan Petrov watches as Aston Villa take on Chelsea

In the event, even Petrov could not
inspire a Villa victory. Two down and apparently beyond hope, they
scored twice late in the game. But as they pressed on for improbable
victory, Chelsea countered and Villa were left to contemplate a 2-4
defeat.

And yet, as with Bolton’s Fabrice
Muamba, football was rendered trivial when compared with the scale of
outside problems. Petrov cited Muamba as an inspiration in his own
struggle. In a statement released minutes before the match, he said:
‘With the help and love of my family, my team-mates, all of my friends
in football, I am sure I will beat this illness and I am determined to
do this.

Support: Aston Villa fans made their feelings clear at their game against Chelsea

Support: Aston Villa fans made their feelings clear at their game against Chelsea

‘I saw the picture released by Fabrice
Muamba, my fellow player, and it has inspired me, as has all of the
support in the past 24 hours. For me, football will have to take a back
seat for a while, but I’m here to support my team-mates and I will
continue to support them as I know they will support me.’

His statement was read to the crowd
five minutes before kick-off, as he and his family took their seats in
the stand. The entire ground applauded and a chant of ‘One Stiliyan
Petrov’ rang through the ranks.

United: Chelsea players wore t-shirts in support of Petrov

United: Chelsea players wore t-shirts in support of Petrov.

The match programme carried the
captain’s notes, written before the diagnosis. Much of it was the usual,
workaday stuff of such articles. But, poignantly, he mentioned Villa’s
postponed match against Bolton, saying it was ‘perfectly understandable
in the wake of the cardiac arrest suffered by Fabrice’ and adding: ‘It
was a worrying time for everyone. So we are delighted to hear that
Fabrice is on the mend.’

Football continues to reel from sickening blows from unlikely sources. And yet the dignity has never wavered.

In our thoughts: Petrov's Aston Villa's team-mates showed their support before their game with Chelsea

In our thoughts: Petrov's Aston Villa's team-mates showed their support before their game with Chelsea

Chelsea’s acting manager,
Roberto Di Matteo, obeyed the tone of the times. ‘It was an emotional
day,’ he said. ‘But we had to do our job. Once the game starts, you have
to focus on the task. But I felt that the football family came together
again. We just wish him well.’

Petrov, 32, will begin his treatment
in a London hospital tomorrow. The severity of his illness will require
protracted attention and nobody at Villa Park was pretending otherwise.

Inspiration: Fabrice Muamba's partner posted this picture on Twitter on Friday

Inspiration: Fabrice Muamba's partner posted this picture on Twitter on Friday

Yet already he has been made aware of
the depth of football’s regard and concern. ‘The response has been
overwhelming, and I appreciate it very much,’ he said. As McCleish had
put it: ‘He’s some man’.

Sir Alex Ferguson stands up for Steve Kean

You're not so Kean to criticise now! Fergie salutes Blackburn revival

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UPDATED:

15:01 GMT, 29 March 2012

Sir Alex Ferguson believes Blackburn's fans must be regretting their vitriolic attacks on manager Steve Kean.

The Rovers manager has come in for some fearful stick at times this season.

David Moyes walked out of a pre-Christmas encounter with Bolton so disgusted was he at the treatment being meted out to his fellow Scot.

At that point, Kean's departure seemed inevitable.

Amazingly though, he not only stayed but prospered.

Protest: Blackburn fans were calling for Steve Kean's head earlier in the seasonProtest: Blackburn fans were calling for Steve Kean's head earlier in the season

Protest: Blackburn fans were calling for Steve Kean's head earlier in the season

Not even the loss of skipper Christopher Samba has halted recent progress and of the five teams who have been sucked into the relegation scrap, Blackburn look most likely to survive.

'I am sure a lot of them are saying to themselves “I wish I hadn't done that”,' said Ferguson of the Blackburn fans.

'Things can change. You have to dig in and not let it get to you.

'Now no-one is talking about fans having protest marches.

'He has held his dignity very well and deserves 100 per cent praise from everyone, including his own supporters.

'He has shown his mettle in times when it was difficult for him.'

Improvement came immediately after that Bolton debacle, when Rovers followed up a draw at Liverpool by beating United at Old Trafford.

Transformation: Kean celebrates the Old Trafford win with his players

Transformation: Kean celebrates the Old Trafford win with his players

It was one of the most remarkable results in a season littered with staggering scorelines and is part of an impressive overall Blackburn record against United.

Indeed, United make the short journey up the M61 on Monday looking to improve a woeful return of just two wins on their last 11 visits, even if the latest failure was a triumphant one as Wayne Rooney's penalty in May earned the point that clinched a record 19th title.

Nevertheless, it is a strange statistic and one that contrasts sharply with their return against other derby foes, Wigan and Bolton.

'I couldn't answer why,' said Ferguson.

'When Blackburn score first they make it difficult for you, so maybe the answer is to make sure we keep our noses in front.'

In theory, United's chances of victory are assisted by having a clear week to prepare.

Time to prepare: United will have had a week without a fixture

Time to prepare: United will have had a week without a fixture

Other than the Easter programme it will be that way for the remainder of the campaign now all interest in cup competitions has come to an end.

But Ferguson does not feel comfortable with that.

Having watched Chelsea, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich claim Champions League wins in midweek and a fascinating duel between Barcelona and AC Milan, he knows what he would prefer.

'We have been used to playing midweek games for so long that you do miss it,' said the United boss.

'The players miss it too. Yes, we do get freshness but you can't have it all ways. We would rather be in the Champions League.'

Ferguson has confirmed he will be selecting from the same squad that contested the nervy win over Fulham as Rio Ferdinand has recovered from the back problem that triggered his early exit and Nani is still to return to training after missing four games with an ankle injury.

The aftermath of that 1-0 win has centred around the failure of referee Michael Oliver to award a penalty for Michael Carrick's clumsy last-minute challenge on Danny Murphy.

Penalty shout: Murphy is tripped by Carrick

Penalty shout: Murphy is tripped by Carrick

Patrick Vieira has tried to limit the fall-out from his controversial accusation on Wednesday that United benefited from major decisions.

Ferguson seemed to take that into account with his measured response, which contrasted sharply to the blistering volley of last week after Vieira's initial claim that Paul Scholes' abandoned retirement smacked of desperation.

'From the referee's position, I can see why he didn't give a penalty when Danny Murphy was brought down,' said the Scot.

'The ball moved to the angle as Michael Carrick challenged him. From that position, it wasn't clear.

'It was a good claim but you could go through millions of things like that. City could have had a penalty against them at Stoke for a foul by Gareth Barry.

'Every club gets breaks here and there, you get good ones and bad ones.

'It evens itself out over the season, that will never change.'

Dereck Chisora handed indefinite ban and serious fine by WBC after David Haye brawl

Chisora handed indefinite ban and serious fine by WBC after shameful Haye brawl

Dereck Chisora has been banned indefinitely from boxing by the World Boxing Council for his shameful brawl with David Haye.

British boxer Chisora was involved in a violent confrontation with Haye in the press conference after his WBC world heavyweight title defeat by Vitali Klitschko in Munich on February 18.

Head to head: Haye (left) and Chisora clash in Munich

Head to head: Haye (left) and Chisora clash in Munich

The WBC said it was ‘one of the worst
behaviours ever by a professional’ and demanded Chisora, 28, seeks anger
management treatment before considering whether to lift the suspension.

Jose Sulaiman, president of the WBC, said the authority would also look
to impose a ‘serious’ fine on the Zimbabwe-born fighter.

‘The WBC absolutely condemns
behaviour that is not to be accepted in boxing under any circumstances
and will act as soon as it can to impose the fines and sanctions a we
consider necessary,' said a statement issued by the organisation.

Shocking: Haye hits Chisora as trainer Adam Booth - who later suffered cuts to the head - looks on aghast

Shocking: Haye hits Chisora as trainer Adam Booth – who later suffered cuts to the head – looks on aghast

‘Dereck Chisora is not going to
tarnish the sport for those born in the humblest beds, who become sports
heroes of the world to live a life of dignity and pride.’

'The WBC will also take off from the
WBC rankings the name of Dereck Chisora and declare an indefinite
suspension against fighting again for a WBC title, while demanding
Chisora to take an anger management medical treatment after which his suspension will be reconsidered.'

Aftermath: Chisora is detained by German police following the embarrassing brawl

Aftermath: Chisora is detained by German police following the embarrassing brawl

In reality the WBC's ban is unlikely to impact on Chisora's existing options. He was unlikely to fight for their title again anyway, and faces a British Boxing Board of Control hearing on March 14 at which he can expect a lengthy ban.

Chisora was arrested then released without charge following the incident with Haye, which started after Chisora confronted his fellow Londoner at the post-fight press conference.

Solidly beaten: Chisora lost to Vitali Klitschko on points

Solidly beaten: Chisora lost to Vitali Klitschko on points

Following the resulting brawl, Chisora
shouted threats at his rival, who subsequently left Germany and is
wanted for questioning. The WBC statement made no mention of Haye, who
is currently unlicensed.

Chisora issued a statement in which he
admitted his behaviour was 'inexcusable', but added: 'There were many
things that went on behind the scenes that ultimately caused my
frustrations to boil over – however, this is of course no excuse.'

Provocative: Chisora slaps Vitali Klitschko prior to their WBC heavyweight title bout

Provocative: Chisora slaps Vitali Klitschko prior to their WBC heavyweight title bout

The German Boxing Federation have
already indicated that neither Chisora nor Haye will be welcome to fight
again on German soil – another obstacle to Haye's hopes of getting back
in the ring with one of the Klitschkos.