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Jon Walters own goals against Chelsea – relive some of the best ever

Walters at the double… for Chelsea! After Stoke midfielder's two own goals, relive some of the best (or worst) ever

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Rik Sharma

PUBLISHED:

16:31 GMT, 12 January 2013

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UPDATED:

17:17 GMT, 12 January 2013

With a surging run ahead of two Chelsea players, Jon Walters flung himself through the air and powered a bullet header in to the back of the net. Sadly for him, it was his own net.

To the dismay of his manager Tony Pulis, he was at it again in the second half, becoming only the fourth player in the Premier League to bag a brace of own goals (following Jamie Carragher, Gary Breen and Michael Proctor).

The cherry on the cake was a late penalty miss for the Irishman, which turned a disastrous afternoon into one that beggars belief.

In honour of Walters' spectacular day, Sportsmail took a look back at some of the classic own goals which have been scored in the past.

Oh no: Jon Walters afternoon got worse the longer it went on

Oh no: Jon Walters afternoon got worse the longer it went on

Lethal: Walters made no mistake as he headed his side behind

Lethal: Walters made no mistake as he headed his side behind

John Arne Riise

Chelsea were the beneficiaries yet again as the flame-haired Norwegian made his mark. With Liverpool on the brink of taking a 1-0 Champions League semi-final lead back to Stamford Bridge, up popped Riise to even the score, beating his own keeper Pepe Reina with a classy header in the 94th minute. It finished 1-1 and Chelsea won the second leg 3-1.

Peter Enckelman

In the first Birmingham derby since the Blues won promotion to the Premier League in 2002, Aston Villa goalkeeper Peter Enckelman carved his name into Brummie folklore with a howler of epic proportions.

With City winning 1-0, captain Olof Mellberg harmlessly chucked Enckelman the ball from a throw-in. The young stopper misjudged the slowly-rolling ball, which ran under his foot and into the net. Birmingham won 3-0.

Lee Dixon

Full-back Lee Dixon made a mockery of Arsenal's famously tight defence in the early 1990s when he lobbed team-mate David Seaman from distance to send opponents Coventry on their way to victory against George Graham's side.

Iain Dowie

Iain Dowie ended a worrying goal drought during his time at West Ham with a perfectly-executed header past Ludek Miklosko which even his own fans must have been tempted to applaud. Dowie's equaliser for Stockport helped them on their way to a 2-1 win in 1996.

Djimi Traore

Rafael Benitez's first FA Cup tie as Liverpool boss ended in humiliating defeat at Burnley in 2005 after French defender Traore performed a perfect pirouette in the six-yard box, comically dragging the ball into his own net with his heel as he twirled to hand victory to the Coca-Cola Championship club.

Jamie Pollock

An own goal that would have been one of the goals of the season had it been scored at the other end. Playing against QPR in 1998, Manchester City defender Pollock flicked the ball over an opponent's head before trying to head the ball back to his goalkeeper, who was in no man's land and could only watch as the ball sailed into the net.

Chris Brass

Probably the funniest own goal ever scored came from Bury's Chris Brass, whose attempted clearance against Darlington in 2006 hit his own face and careered into the net. To add injury to insult, Brass suffered a broken nose in the process. However, Bury did come back to win late on.

P.S.

OFI Kreta's Mirnes Sisic launched the ball miles into the night sky – directly above his head, only for it to fall back down into the net past the flapping keeper. The opponents Panionios scored an own goal to level it out later on, before ANOTHER own goal was scored by Kreta to throw the game away.

Oscar not happy at Chelsea but Rafa Benitez rejects rift talk

Oscar's not happy because he's not playing… but there's no rift, says Rafa

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09:01 GMT, 19 December 2012

No problem: Rafa Benitez has played down talk of a rift with Oscar

No problem: Rafa Benitez has played down talk of a rift with Oscar

Rafael Benitez welcomes Oscar's dismay at his exclusion from Chelsea's starting line-up in Sunday's Club World Cup final against Corinthians.

Oscar will feature in tonight's Capital One Cup quarter-final at Leeds but has been used sparingly by interim manager Benitez to date, starting just three of his seven games in charge.

The Brazilian playmaker expressed his disappointment after being selected on the bench against Corinthians, but Benitez insists there is no rift with the player.

'Oscar is fine. He's a very good professional. We don't have any issue with him,' he said.

'I try to manage players, especially in his position because we have Eden Hazard and Juan Mata, who can do more or less the same job.

'It's difficult for them but it's good for me because I have different problems. There's are no issues or problems.

'Oscar will have a lot of time on the pitch and I'm sure he'll be a great player for the club.

Backing: Benitez believes Oscar will be great for Chelsea but warned he must bide his time

Backing: Benitez believes Oscar will be great for Chelsea but warned he must bide his time

'Oscar's not happy because he's not playing and that's fantastic. There would be a problem if it was the opposite.'

Leeds will be Benitez' eighth game in charge since taking over 25 days ago, a hectic schedule that continues with Christmas fixtures against Aston Villa, Norwich, Everton and QPR.

'We have to win every competition if we can. We have rivalry with Leeds and we have one less competition to win after losing on Sunday,' Benitez said.

'We can't just call it another game, it's a very important match for us.

'Christmas time is a crucial period because you can play so many games that will change everything.'

Plenty to ponder: Benitez admitted the club are busy identifying potential recruits for January

Plenty to ponder: Benitez admitted the club are busy identifying potential recruits for January

Benitez admits he is in daily discussions with technical director Michael Emenalo over potential transfer activity for January.

'Hopefully we have two or three days after this game where we'll have plenty of time to talk about names,' he said.

'There's no formal meeting because we can chat every day. Michael is watching the training session and we talk every day – about players and how the team is doing.

'I know what Michael likes and he knows what I like and we come to an agreement.'

Chelsea have been stretched by the loss of John Obi Mikel, Gary Cahill and Ramires to suspension and while striker Daniel Sturridge may return from his hamstring injury against Leeds, John Terry is still out with a knee problem despite returning to training yesterday.

West Ham 2 Liverpool 3: match report – James Collins own goal seals win

West Ham 2 Liverpool 3: Old boy Cole and Collins' own goal help Rodgers strike Hammer blows

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UPDATED:

18:25 GMT, 9 December 2012

Liverpool proved they could win without talismanic striker Luis Suarez as they fought from behind to take three points from Upton Park.

Uruguay international Suarez was serving a one-match ban but the Reds struck twice late in the game to seal a win that sees them leapfrog West Ham in the table.

Former Hammers' defender Glen Johnson opened the scoring for the visitors with a tremendous effort before a Mark Noble penalty and Steven Gerrard own goal turned the game in West Ham's favour before the break.

Dismay: James Collins and Jussi Jaaskelainen are stunned while Jonjo Shelvey and Raheem Sterling celebrate the winner

Dismay: James Collins and Jussi Jaaskelainen are stunned while Jonjo Shelvey and Raheem Sterling celebrate the winner

Turnaround: Joe Cole scored the equaliser for Liverpool before Shelvey (right) helped force the Collins own goal to win the game

Turnaround: Joe Cole scored the equaliser for Liverpool before Shelvey (right) helped force the Collins own goal to win the game

Match facts

West Ham: Jaaskelainen, Demel (McCartney 46), Collins, Reid, O'Brien, Taylor (Maiga 86), Diame (Tomkins 73), Nolan, Noble, Jarvis, Cole.

Subs not used: Spiegel, Spence, O'Neil, Moncur.

Booked: Taylor.

Goal: Noble 36 (pen), Gerrard og 43.

Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Jose Enrique (Cole 27), Allen (Coates 86), Lucas (Henderson 71), Gerrard, Sterling, Shelvey, Downing.

Subs not used: Jones, Carragher, Fernandez Saez, Morgan.

Booked: Gerrard, Shelvey.

Goals: Johnson 11, Cole 76, Collins og 79.

Att: 35,005.

Ref: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)

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It was another West Ham academy
graduate in substitute Joe Cole who pulled the visitors level in the
second half with a James Collins own goal completing the comeback for
Liverpool.

Gerrard, returning to captain the
visitors after recovering from illness, saw an early effort deflected
behind for a corner following some good work by Jonjo Shelvey.

West Ham then had a few minutes of
dominance and Mohamed Diame, a one-time Liverpool target, saw his shot
deflect off the back of team-mate Carlton Cole and drift just wide of
Jose Reina's goal.

West Ham's Matt Jarvis was getting a
lot of the ball down the left flank but was soon found wanting when he
was tested defensively.

Gerrard played the ball out to Johnson
on the touchline and the England full-back cut inside Jarvis with ease
before arrowing a strike past the out-stretched hand of Jussi
Jaaskelainen.

Johnson did not celebrate out of
respect for his former club but the Liverpool bench was up in unison as
the visitors grabbed an early lead.

Raheem Sterling had two chances to
double Liverpool's advantage, firstly firing wide of Jaaskelainen's near
post as Gerrard's shot was cleared straight to his feet.

Moments later Johnson again got the
beating of former Wolves winger Jarvis and rolled the ball into
Sterling's path, but the 18-year-old's low drive was just off target.

West Ham started to get more into the
game after 25 minutes and again began testing the Liverpool defence with
a number of high balls into the area, with their equaliser duly coming
nine minutes before the interval.

Screamer: Glen Johnson (right) opened the scoring with a magnificent strike which nestled in the top corner

Screamer: Glen Johnson (right) opened the scoring with a magnificent strike which nestled in the top corner

Cool as you like: Mark Noble slots home his penalty to put the Hammers level

Cool as you like: Mark Noble slots home his penalty to put the Hammers level

A West Ham set-piece was cleared as
far as Guy Demel whose shot hit the arm of Joe Allen as the former
Swansea man closed him down.

Referee Lee Probert deemed the block
to be intentional and pointed to the spot, with Noble stepping up to
coolly convert the penalty.

Matthew Taylor, recalled to the
starting line-up by Sam Allardyce after making an impact as a substitute
against Chelsea last weekend, then headed high and wide from close
range as West Ham started to take control.

The spell of pressure yielded a second goal for Allardyce's side, albeit it in fortunate circumstances.

Liverpool switched off after conceding a free-kick which Noble took quickly and found Jarvis in space on the left.

Sam Allardyce

Mark Noble and Carlton Cole

Topsy turvy: Sam Allardyce (left) saw his side fall behind, go ahead and then fall behind again

Powerhouse: Mohamed Diame was running play in the centre of the park before his injury

Powerhouse: Mohamed Diame was running play in the centre of the park before his injury

The 26-year-old produced yet another
fantastic delivery into the box and the ball was sent flying past Reina
off the head of Gerrard.

Shelvey then had a good opportunity to
level on the stroke of half-time when he was picked out by Stewart
Downing but his shot was well wide.

The second half started with both
sides looking to be more creative in possession although neither Reina
nor Jaaskelainen was tested before the hour-mark.

Sterling came close to levelling as
his left-foot effort from the edge of the penalty area forced
Jaaskelainen to flick the ball over his bar for a corner.

Rising high: Steven Gerrard heads the ball into his own net

Rising high: Steven Gerrard heads the ball into his own net

Oops: Collins celebrates Gerrard's own goal... but later scored one himself

Oops: Collins celebrates Gerrard's own goal… but later scored one himself

Sympathy: Carlton Cole pats the England captain on the shoulder after his mishap

Sympathy: Carlton Cole pats the England captain on the shoulder after his mishap

Shelvey had worked hard in an
unfamiliar attacking role all afternoon and saw a header flash wide with
20 minutes remaining before Rodgers introduced Jordan Henderson in
place of the ineffectual Lucas.

A serious looking leg injury suffered
by Diame made Allardyce's afternoon even worse, with the in-form
midfielder replaced by James Tomkins after pulling up hurt.

Joe Cole had been introduced by Liverpool before the game was 30 minutes old and was warmly received by the home fans.

Access denied: Matt Taylor's free-kick was kept out

Access denied: Matt Taylor's free-kick was kept out

The former Chelsea playmaker has
struggled during his time with Liverpool and had little impact on the
game until he struck a venomous equaliser after being played in by
Sterling and, like Johnson, he refused to celebrate the goal.

The turnaround was completed just 12
minutes from time as Henderson swung in a low cross that Shelvey and
Collins competed for with the balling looping up off the boot of the
West Ham defender and over a helpless Jaaskelainen.

Sterling almost burst through to wrap
up the game for the visitors, who saw out the five minutes of stoppage
time to creep into the top half of the table.

Face down: Shelvey, who played in a relatively unfamiliar striker's position, lies in the turf

Face down: Shelvey, who played in a relatively unfamiliar striker's position, lies in the turf

Back on his feet: Shelvey forces Collins into an own goal

Back on his feet: Shelvey forces Collins into an own goal

Over the moon: Pepe Reina jumps for joy after seeing the third Liverpool goal fly in

Over the moon: Pepe Reina jumps for joy after seeing the third Liverpool goal fly in

Birmingham 1 Leicester 1 – match report

Birmingham 1 Leicester 1: Marshall's late strike saves point for Foxes as winning streak ends

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UPDATED:

16:37 GMT, 20 October 2012

Leicester's five-match winning sequence in the npower Championship was brought to a halt but substitute Ben Marshall's late strike salvaged a deserved point from an entertaining encounter at Birmingham.

The Foxes, who have now moved to the top of the table on goal difference, were aiming to record a sixth successive league win for the first time since a club-record equalling seven in 1993.

And the visitors' first-half display certainly deserved just that but they found England prodigy Jack Butland in superb form while Martyn Waghorn also blazed over a golden opportunity from close range, much to the dismay of 4,000 travelling supporters.

Pulsating: Birmingham and Leicester battle it our for a 1-1 draw

Pulsating: Birmingham and Leicester battle it our for a 1-1 draw

MATCH FACTS

Birmingham: Butland, Hurst (Fahey 76), Caldwell, Davies, Murphy, Burke (Elliott 56), Spector, Morrison, Redmond, King,
Lovenkrands (Lita 63).

Subs Not Used: Doyle, Mullins, Packwood, Robinson.

Sent Off: Spector (90).

Booked: Spector, Hurst, Morrison.

Goals: Lovenkrands 45

Leicester: Schmeichel,De Laet, Morgan, Whitbread, Konchesky,
Knockaert (Futacs 82), King, Drinkwater, Dyer (Marshall 72),
Waghorn (Vardy 72), Nugent.

Subs Not Used: Logan, James, Moore, Schlupp.

Booked: Whitbread, Waghorn.

Goals: Marshall 86.

Attendance: 18,271

Ref: Tony Bates (Staffordshire).

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Birmingham, second best, duly
capitalised against the run of the play in first-half injury time as
Lovenkrands converted a great cross from Marlon King for his third goal
of the season.

Lowly Blues subsequently found a
new-found confidence amid a quieter second half, but Leicester – who
looked set to draw a blank for the first time this season – drew level
in the 86th minute when Marshall's 30-yard effort crossed the line off
the inside of a post.

To make matters worse for Birmingham, Jonathan Spector was given his marching orders in injury time.

Ravel Morrison, whose attitude had
again been brought into question since his season-long loan arrival from
West Ham, was handed his first Birmingham start since August amid four
changes and duly impressed, the Foxes also included three new faces from
last time out before the international break.

Birmingham boss Lee Clark spoke
pre-match about the need for his side to start positively but he would
have been furious at the way in which they gave possession away straight
from kick-off, conceding a free-kick on the edge of their area which
was comfortably saved by Butland.

Blues, having got a better foothold
on proceedings, saw on-loan full-back James Hurst escape punishment
following a challenge on Lloyd Dyer in the penalty area before Waghorn
forced a solid save from Butland.

Dyer did find the net only to be
flagged offside as the Foxes posed a more dangerous threat in the final
third, Butland producing a routine stop to deny Anthony Knockaert from
distance before Andy King lashed narrowly wide.

Off: Jonathan Spector (left) was red-carded late in the game, but Birmingham still managed to clinch a point

Off: Jonathan Spector (left) was red-carded late in the game, but Birmingham still managed to clinch a point

Leicester's best opening of the first
half arrived in the 33rd minute yet Waghorn somehow fired over Andy
King's cross from six yards.

Birmingham were providing very little
threat in attack, with Kasper Schmeichel finally forced into action to
save from Nathan Redmond in the 38th minute.

Butland then twice kept out talented Frenchman Knockaert, the second a superb stop just before half-time.

But there was still time for the home
side to take the lead. Marlon King latched on to Hurst's pass and fired
a great cross into the area which was expertly converted by
Lovenkrands.

Schmeichel denied King when clean through early in the second half before Redmond blazed a free-kick off target for Blues.

Butland continued his heroics with
another super stop to keep out Waghorn, but chances were coming at a
premium compared to the opening 45 minutes.

Substitute Wade Elliott tested
Schmeichel as the game entered the closing stages before Marshall drew
Leicester level out of nowhere, his shot from distance going in off the
inside of a post.

Spector then saw red for what
appeared to be a second yellow card offence, and there was still time
for Butland to produce another great stop to keep out Marshall's
goalbound free-kick.

Tussle: James Hurst (left) and David Nugent battle for the ball in a hotly contested affair in Birmingham

Tussle: James Hurst (left) and David Nugent battle for the ball in a hotly contested affair in Birmingham

Lewis Hamilton determined to push self-destruct button

Hamilton appears determined to push the self-destruct button after Twitter gaffe

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21:00 GMT, 8 October 2012

Lewis Hamilton's latest Twitter gaffe exposed the full extent of his breakdown in relations with his McLaren team-mate Jenson Button.

Hamilton was forced into yet another public climb-down on the social networking site after expressing his dismay that Button was no longer following him on Twitter.

‘After 3 years as teammates, I thought we respected one another but clearly he doesn’t,’ posted Hamilton in response to the perceived snub by Button. ‘Funny thing is, we are STILL teammates!’ he then added.

Gaffe: The relationship between Hamilton (right) and Button (left) has become increasingly strained

Gaffe: The relationship between Hamilton (right) and Button (left) has become increasingly strained

Farewell: Hamilton will join Mercedes next year

Farewell: Hamilton will join Mercedes next year

Informed that Button had never actually followed him, Hamilton was soon reversing faster than his Formula One car accelerates. ‘My bad, just found out Jenson never followed me,’ he tweeted. ‘Don’t blame him! Need to be on Twitter more!’

Hamilton’s eagerness to castigate Button in public speaks volumes about his deteriorating relationship with his teammate. Button is known to have been furious at Hamilton’s previous Twitter blunder during the Belgian Grand Prix.

Upset at being unable to match Button’s pace in qualifying after opting to run an older spec rear wing, Hamilton posted sensitive team telemetry information comparing his performance around Spa with that of his team-mate before being ordered to take it down.

However, the tension between the pair stretches further back than that, with Button having been angered by Hamilton’s earlier assertion that set-up information was not shared between the two sides of the McLaren garage.

Questioned about Hamilton’s declaration that he does not expect to win a single race in his first season with Mercedes next year, let alone challenge for the championship, Button wore a look of quiet satisfaction when stating he fully expects to be a contender next year. ‘I do sleep soundly in my bed at night,’ he said.

Sergio Aguero: Biased referees give privileges to English players

It's not right! Biased referees give privileges to the English players, says Aguero

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UPDATED:

06:51 GMT, 1 October 2012

Sergio Aguero has accused Barclays Premier League referees of anti-foreigner bias when it comes to spotting divers.

The Manchester City striker is convinced that imports are more likely to get a raw deal over penalty appeals.

Ref justice: Sergio Aguero has raged at English referees

Ref justice: Sergio Aguero has raged at English referees

‘We just play our game and the referee’s job is to know who is tricking him and who is not,’ said Aguero. ‘There is a little bit of privilege with players who come from this country. Here in England, there are almost as many foreign players as English players and it’s not right that some have a privilege that others don’t.

‘If they do, it’s not good for anyone.’

Anger: Sergio Aguero, who hit Manchester City's first at Fulham, has expressed his dismay at British officials

Anger: Aguero, who hit Manchester City's first at Fulham, has expressed his dismay at British officials

Aguero spoke out after City team-mates Carlos Tevez and Pablo Zabaleta were denied penalties by referee Mark Halsey in Saturday’s 2-1 win at Fulham.However, Halsey did point to the spot after judging John Arne Riise was fouled by Zabaleta — a decision which also angered the City camp, who felt that he went down far too easily.

Aguero added: ‘I try not to get involved with problems involving referees. There will always be mistakes for any team and here he got the decision (on the Fulham penalty) wrong.’

Fury: Manchester City were livid after referee Mark Halsey awarded a penalty to Fulham for Pablo Zabaleta's challenge on John Arne-Riise

Fury: Manchester City were livid after referee Mark Halsey awarded a penalty to Fulham for Pablo Zabaleta's challenge on John Arne-Riise

There was also another diving row on Saturday involving Chelsea — 10 days after Stoke manager Tony Pulis reacted angrily when Branislav Ivanovic escaped punishment for going to ground.

This time Chelsea’s Roberto Di Matteo was forced to defend David Luiz, who was booked for a dive at Arsenal.

Home manager Arsene Wenger insisted: ‘It is the job of referees to stop them. It’s not my job. The referees have to punish them.

‘They did it, but it took some time for them to do it.’

In the book: Martin Atkinson punished David Luiz for diving

In the book: Martin Atkinson cautioned David Luiz for diving

Di Matteo insisted he did not approve of diving or encourage it.

‘I am against diving, absolutely,’ said the Chelsea manager. ‘It’s something we should eradicate from the game. It’s probably not easy but if there’s anything that can be done we are for it. It’s probably complicated.

‘We’ve been trying to get goal-line video technology introduced and it has taken years.’

He also suspects Chelsea are already suffering a backlash from this reputation for diving, having been denied penalties against Juventus and Queens Park Rangers.

Seen them given: Fernando Torres falls in the area after a collision with Laurent Koscielny

Seen them given: Fernando Torres falls in the area after a collision with Laurent Koscielny

Fernando Torres had a strong claim for a penalty ignored at the Emirates, where the most blatant dive of the day was committed by Carl Jenkinson.

The young Arsenal full back threw himself down as he ran past Ashley Cole in the second half, trying to thrust a foot towards the Chelsea defender as he did so.

‘To be prejudiced on players is wrong,’ said Di Matteo. ‘We haven’t been given penalties at QPR and probably one against Juventus.

‘David Luiz went down but he didn’t appeal for anything. Sometimes they happen, sometimes they don’t, but he wasn’t appealing for anything.’

It"s not right! Biased referees give privileges to the English players, says Aguero

It's not right! Biased referees give privileges to the English players, says Aguero

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UPDATED:

21:44 GMT, 30 September 2012

Sergio Aguero has accused Barclays Premier League referees of anti-foreigner bias when it comes to spotting divers.

The Manchester City striker is convinced that imports are more likely to get a raw deal over penalty appeals.

Ref justice: Sergio Aguero has raged at English referees

Ref justice: Sergio Aguero has raged at English referees

‘We just play our game and the referee’s job is to know who is tricking him and who is not,’ said Aguero. ‘There is a little bit of privilege with players who come from this country. Here in England, there are almost as many foreign players as English players and it’s not right that some have a privilege that others don’t.

‘If they do, it’s not good for anyone.’

Anger: Sergio Aguero, who hit Manchester City's first at Fulham, has expressed his dismay at British officials

Anger: Aguero, who hit Manchester City's first at Fulham, has expressed his dismay at British officials

Aguero spoke out after City team-mates Carlos Tevez and Pablo Zabaleta were denied penalties by referee Mark Halsey in Saturday’s 2-1 win at Fulham.However, Halsey did point to the spot after judging John Arne Riise was fouled by Zabaleta — a decision which also angered the City camp, who felt that he went down far too easily.

Aguero added: ‘I try not to get involved with problems involving referees. There will always be mistakes for any team and here he got the decision (on the Fulham penalty) wrong.’

Fury: Manchester City were livid after referee Mark Halsey awarded a penalty to Fulham for Pablo Zabaleta's challenge on John Arne-Riise

Fury: Manchester City were livid after referee Mark Halsey awarded a penalty to Fulham for Pablo Zabaleta's challenge on John Arne-Riise

There was also another diving row on Saturday involving Chelsea — 10 days after Stoke manager Tony Pulis reacted angrily when Branislav Ivanovic escaped punishment for going to ground.

This time Chelsea’s Roberto Di Matteo was forced to defend David Luiz, who was booked for a dive at Arsenal.

Home manager Arsene Wenger insisted: ‘It is the job of referees to stop them. It’s not my job. The referees have to punish them.

‘They did it, but it took some time for them to do it.’

In the book: Martin Atkinson punished David Luiz for diving

In the book: Martin Atkinson cautioned David Luiz for diving

Di Matteo insisted he did not approve of diving or encourage it.

‘I am against diving, absolutely,’ said the Chelsea manager. ‘It’s something we should eradicate from the game. It’s probably not easy but if there’s anything that can be done we are for it. It’s probably complicated.

‘We’ve been trying to get goal-line video technology introduced and it has taken years.’

He also suspects Chelsea are already suffering a backlash from this reputation for diving, having been denied penalties against Juventus and Queens Park Rangers.

Seen them given: Fernando Torres falls in the area after a collision with Laurent Koscielny

Seen them given: Fernando Torres falls in the area after a collision with Laurent Koscielny

Fernando Torres had a strong claim for a penalty ignored at the Emirates, where the most blatant dive of the day was committed by Carl Jenkinson.

The young Arsenal full back threw himself down as he ran past Ashley Cole in the second half, trying to thrust a foot towards the Chelsea defender as he did so.

‘To be prejudiced on players is wrong,’ said Di Matteo. ‘We haven’t been given penalties at QPR and probably one against Juventus.

‘David Luiz went down but he didn’t appeal for anything. Sometimes they happen, sometimes they don’t, but he wasn’t appealing for anything.’

Jenson Button surprised and disappointed by Lewis Hamilton tweets

Button surprised and disappointed by Hamilton's foolish tweets

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UPDATED:

22:25 GMT, 3 September 2012

Jenson Button has expressed his ‘surprise and disappointment’ at McLaren team-mate Lewis Hamilton’s tweets which showed sensitive telemetry information.

Hamilton posted a picture showing where he lost time in qualifying compared to pole-sitter Button as he tried to further demonstrate how the decision to run an old-spec rear wing had cost him on Saturday.

Not happy: Jenson Button (right) was unimpressed with Lewis Hamilton's actions

Not happy: Jenson Button (right) was unimpressed with Lewis Hamilton's actions

The printout also contained secret car set-up information which a source at a rival team referred to as ‘gold dust’.

McLaren chiefs ordered Hamilton to remove the post and he also deleted tweets expressing his dismay at being eclipsed by Button in qualifying.

Bad week: Hamilton was involved in this pile-up

Bad week: Hamilton was involved in this pile-up

And although Hamilton escaped sanction by his team, Button, who went on to win the Belgian Grand Prix in style, said he was ‘disappointed’ and added: ‘We work so hard to improve the car and to keep things like that private.’

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner hinted he would not have been so lenient in a similar situation.

‘One of our drivers would not be able to do that,’ said Horner. ‘It would breach confidentiality.’

John W Henry disappointed over Liverpool failure to buy striker

Liverpool owner Henry disappointed over club's failure to land new striker

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UPDATED:

08:51 GMT, 3 September 2012

Liverpool owner John Henry has released a statement expressing his 'disappointment' at the failure to add to their strike force in the summer transfer window, but defended the club's transfer policy.

He said: 'We will never place this club in the precarious position that we found it in when we took over at Anfield.'

More to follow…

Disappointing: The Liverpool owner has expressed dismay over the failure to land a new striker

Disappointing: The Liverpool owner has expressed dismay over the failure to land a new striker

Rio Ferdinand Twitter anger at new injury

I'm p***** off! Rio anger as injury rules United defender out of season opener

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08:31 GMT, 20 August 2012

Rio Ferdinand has revealed his anguish suffering yet another injury which looks set to rule him out of Manchester United's opening game of the season.

United face Everton at Goodison Park on Monday evening, but Sir Alex Ferguson will have to field a patched-up defence without Ferdinand who has taken to Twitter to express his dismay.

Ferdinand said: 'P***** off doesn't get close to how I feel at the moment. Sake.'

Crocked Ferdinand could miss a month of the news season

Crocked Ferdinand could miss a month of the news season

Jonny Evans, Chris Smalling and Phil
Jones are all absent and now faces a troubling wait to discover the full
extent of the damage to Ferdinand's leg and he could miss as much as four weeks of the new season.

Sportsmail understands he suffered the injury during a session at the club's Carrington training base and Ferguson could now play midfielder Michael Carrick at centre-half alongside fit again Nemanja Vidic against the Toffees.

The news comes just days after Ferdinand was fined 45,000 for his response on Twitter to someone calling Ashley Cole a 'choc ice'.

Sir Alex suggested Ferdinand's standing in the game and the fact that he plays for United contributed to the FA finding him guilty of making improper comments about Cole the social networking site.

Case for the defence: Carrick could step in at centre back

Case for the defence: Carrick could step in at centre back

The United defender chose not to appeal against the verdict but his manager said: 'I think it was almost certain. The only thing that surprises me is players have tweeted for years and it's not been challenged by the FA.

'Rio's status in the game has caused this and who he plays for could be another issue.'