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Steven Naismith won"t back down in Rangers row

Standing firm: Naismith won't back down in Rangers row as striker battles former club

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UPDATED:

23:15 GMT, 12 December 2012

Steven Naismith has maintained he will not back down from his legal dispute with Rangers and instead insisted he owes the Ibrox club nothing.

The Everton star is one of a posse of former players defending themselves against legal action brought by Ibrox chief executive Charles Green after they quit the club on free transfers in the summer.

Green wants the new clubs of Naismith, Steven Whittaker, Jamie Ness, Sone Aluko and Kyle Lafferty to pay compensation for signing players who walked out after objecting to their contracts being switched from the Rangers oldco to the newco.

Won't back down: Steven Naismith is involved in a dispute with Rangers

Won't back down: Steven Naismith is involved in a dispute with Rangers

The Ibrox club will learn in January if they have the right to pursue compensation via the SFA. If that is unsuccessful, Green has threatened to pursue the cash via the courts.

Unable to have their international clearance certificates transferred to their new clubs in the meantime, Aluko, Lafferty and Ness are counter-suing the Ibrox club for ‘constructive dismissal’.

Naismith says he wants no part in suing Rangers but is determined to defend himself from legal threats.

And, despite accepting a 75-per-cent wage cut when the club entered administration, he insists he is not after a penny.

‘I think 90 per cent of people that talk about this don’t know half of what happened,’ said Naismith in Glasgow.

New start: Naismith left Rangers to join Everton in the summer

New start: Naismith left Rangers to join Everton in the summer

‘I took legal advice and made the decisions I made.

‘I’m not looking to go after the club for money for 90 days’ pay or anything like that — it’s not something I’ve thought about or been interested in.
‘There’s so much going on, so many different cases.

‘People think it’s one big thing and everyone’s name gets thrown in the pot.

‘People want to say things as they think they know everything. But the people closest to me know what happened — and what’s gone on, on my part anyway.

‘You’re never going to make everyone happy.’

No brainer: Naismith left Ibrox after Rangers were relegated

No brainer: Naismith left Ibrox after Rangers were relegated

Taking advice from lawyers, Naismith admitted the prospect of counter-suing Rangers was raised.

Already unable to walk through the door at Ibrox amid the bitterness, he opted instead to concentrate on his new career at Everton.

And, frustrated that fans rarely mention the financial sacrifices players made when they took substantial wage cuts to keep others in their jobs, Naismith insists he never intended to leave Rangers and would still have been there but for financial meltdown in February.

‘In a couple of years, people will look back and say they did that (wage cuts) for the good of the club,’ he said. ‘People might think there were other agendas or we were only doing it for certain reasons, but the players know what we were trying to do at the outset. That was to try to stop the club from getting liquidated.’

London Welsh 15 London Irish 9: Gordon Ross seals points for Welsh as red card mars dire game

London Welsh 15 London Irish 9: Ross seals points for Welsh as red card mars dire game

PUBLISHED:

17:59 GMT, 1 December 2012

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UPDATED:

17:59 GMT, 1 December 2012

London Welsh claimed victory over basement rivals London Irish at the Kassam Stadium.

However the game was ruined as a contest by the early dismissal of number eight Chris Hala'ufia which resulted in the visitors having to play 70 minutes with 14 men.

The match was a dreadful spectacle with neither side having any attacking invention to break down the opposition's defence and it was left to Gordon Ross to secure victory for his side with five penalty goals.

No way through: London Irish's Sailosi Taicakibau is tackled

No way through: London Irish's Sailosi Taicakibau is tackled

London Welsh took a fifth minute lead when Ross kicked his first penalty after Irish were penalised for dragging down a lineout drive.

Almost immediately, Welsh suffered a big blow when influential centre Hudson Tonga'uiha left the field with what appeared to be a serious shoulder injury.

Irish had their first opportunity for points but Ian Humphreys was narrowly short with his 45-metre penalty attempt.

On the march: London Welsh's Tyson Keates drives forward

On the march: London Welsh's Tyson Keates drives forward

The visitors then suffered a huge set back when Hala'ufia was sent off for a dangerous tip tackle on Welsh replacement Seb Jewell.

The referee JP Doyle sought the advice of his touch judge before issuing a red card.

Hala'ufia expressed his regret by immediately walking over to the uninjured Jewell to shake his hand but the damage was already done.

Flying high: London Welsh's Jonathan Mills rises to take the ball

Flying high: London Welsh's Jonathan Mills rises to take the ball

The resulting penalty was kicked by Ross.

With 15 minutes gone, Irish were again penalised to enable Ross to kick his third penalty to give his side a handy 9-0 advantage.

Tom Homer put Irish on the scoreboard with a penalty before the visitors were given further hope when Humphreys kicked another.

When Matt Garvey carelessly lost possession, Irish again offended for Ross to be on target.

With two minutes of the half remaining, Homer had the opportunity to reduce the arrears but his kick from just inside his own half sailed narrowly wide to leave Welsh deservedly ahead 12-6 at the interval.

Irish introduced Halani Aulika at prop for the second half and were unlucky not to get the first points of the half when Humphrey's penalty rebounded back off a post.

The visitors' woes continued when flanker Garvey was sent to the sin bin for a deliberate offside before Humphreys again missed with another penalty attempt.

Playing against 13 men, Welsh blew their best chance.

Tom Arscott neatly chipped through for Nick Scott to run on to. The wing was first to the ball and booted it over the try line but somehow Tyson Keates failed to secure the easy touchdown.

Full stretch: Matt Garvey of London Irish bursts through

Full stretch: Matt Garvey of London Irish bursts through

Garvey returned with no damage to the score line but once again Irish offended at the line out to allow a kick from Ross to scrape over via the crossbar.

Homer missed with a long range penalty but fifteen minutes from time succeeded with another as the spirited Irish raised their game.

When Sonny Parker was yellow carded for a deliberate offside with 10 minutes to go, Irish scented an unlikely win but Welsh hung on.

Jordi Gomez wins red card appeal for Danny Rose tackle

Red card rescinded as Gomez wins appeal over lunge on Rose at Sunderland

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UPDATED:

19:23 GMT, 2 October 2012

Wigan midfielder Jordi Gomez has won his appeal against a three-match suspension imposed for his sending off in his side's 1-0 defeat at Sunderland over the weekend.

Gomez was shown a straight red card for serious foul play just two minutes into the second half on Saturday after a lunge at defender Danny Rose.

Off you go: Gomez is handed his marching orders by Howard Webb

Off you go: Gomez is handed his marching orders by Howard Webb

The Spaniard was set to miss out in the
Latics' three fixtures this month as a result but a regulatory
commission upheld Gomez's claim for wrongful dismissal, the Football
Association have confirmed.

He will therefore be available for Wigan's home clash against Everton at the weekend – news which was welcomed by Roberto Martinez.

'It does not bring back the time lost when Jordi had to leave the field but I am delighted that we can draw a line under this incident and that Jordi is available for us on Saturday,' said the Wigan boss on the club's official website.

The Latics had enjoyed the better of the opening 45 minutes at the Stadium of Light but Gomez's sending off changed the game and Steven Fletcher fired Sunderland to their first Barclays Premier League victory of the season.

Cruncher: Gomez was shown a straight red for this challenge

Cruncher: Gomez was shown a straight red for this challenge

ECB could be ready to offer Pietersen new contract

ECB could be ready to offer axed Pietersen new contract… but peace will be fragile at best

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UPDATED:

21:30 GMT, 29 September 2012

England may be ready to offer Kevin Pietersen a new 12-month contract, but any arrangement to bring the player out of exile is likely to be no more than a marriage of convenience.

Reports have suggested that the parties are close to agreement and a deal to resolve the issues surrounding Pietersen's exile from international duty is imminent.

The England Cricket Board insist they
are under no time pressure even though Pietersen becomes a free agent
from midnight on Sunday when his existing contract expires.

Hope: Kevin Pietersen could be offered a new deal by the ECB

Hope: Kevin Pietersen could be offered a new deal by the ECB

Any offer of a new contract would first need to be ratified by the ECB executive committee and they are keen to let coach Andy Flower and his team finish the World T20 before any announcement.

But any peace is likely to be fragile, at best.

Suggestions that the ECB may feel they have no choice but to offer him a contract or risk legal action against them for unfair dismissal have increased the hope inside Pietersen's camp that negotiations may let him be selected for the one-day games on the India tour – or at least the Test tour to New Zealand.

But Flower and England seem some way from being convinced the batsman's new commitment to the cause is not mere pragmatism.

Wigan 18 St Helens 26 – match report

Wigan 18 St Helens 26: Saints secure play-off place and spoil Warriors' party

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UPDATED:

22:23 GMT, 7 September 2012

St Helens put a dampener on Wigan's end-of-season celebrations as they gained their first win in four attempts against their rivals to secure a third-place finish in Super League and a trip to Warrington in next weekend's play-offs.

The Warriors, already guaranteed top spot and a home tie next Friday against Catalan Dragons or Leeds, never fully recovered from the early dismissal of hooker Michael McIlorum which meant they played 65 minutes of the match with 12 men.

McIlorum was shown a red card by referee James Child for a late and high tackle on St Helens prop Anthony Laffranchi and could miss the start of the Warriors' play-off campaign through suspension.
Wigan, who were presented with the league leaders' shield after the match, fought valiantly against the odds in front of a crowd of 21,522 at the DW Stadium but St Helens thoroughly deserved their victory, with Tony Puletua playing a huge role in it.

Silverware: Wigan's Sean O'Loughan (centre) celebrates with team-mates as he lifts the League Leaders' Shield

Silverware: Sean O'Loughan (centre) lifts the League Leaders' Shield as his Wigan team-mates celebrate

Saints enjoyed the early pressure and Wigan survived a scare when full-back Sam Tomkins slipped on the greasy turf chasing a grubber kick and winger Josh Charnley came to his rescue by kicking the ball dead.

But Wigan fan Bradley Wiggins, the Olympic and Tour de France hero, was on his feet 11 minutes into the game when the Saints defenders held off Thomas Leuluai as he probed away and found a gap in the line.

Pat Richards' goal made it 6-0 but the game took a crucial turn four minutes later when McIlorum was dismissed.

It took the visitors some time to make their man advantage count but they seized control with two tries in six minutes.

Hooker James Roby was on hand to take a superb offload from Puletua to score the first and winger Tommy Makinson produced a clinical finish at the corner after centre Michael Shenton had cleverly sucked in two defenders.

Makinson added both conversions, the second from the touchline, to make it 12-6 and that is how it stayed until Wigan drew level three minutes into the second half.

Skipper Sean O'Loughlin took over the dummy-half duties in the absence of McIlorum and his cut-out pass got Richards over at the corner.

St Helens lost scrum-half Jonny Lomax six minutes into the second half and they endured a few moments of anxiety when Roby damaged a shoulder but the England hooker battled on.

The visitors' kicking – so telling in the first half – deteriorated noticeably, with Jon Wilkin twice kicking out on the full, and the game appeared to be heading Wigan's way until Tomkins came up with a handling error 30 metres out from his own line.

Puleuta found himself in space and he powered into it before getting the supporting Andrew Dixon over for Saints' third try on 57 minutes which restored their lead.

With Finch and Leuluai excelling, Saints were forced to defend desperately to keep their lead intact and they were mightily relieved to see Lomax return to the fray.

St Helens' defence held firm and they struck the telling blow on 69 minutes when Lomax took a return pass from the ever-dangerous Puletua and combined with Lance Hohaia to get centre Josh Jones over for a fourth try.

Makinson failed with a second conversion but Saints made sure of the win nine minutes from the end when Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook offloaded from the tackle to get Lomax over.

Tomkins grabbed a last-minute consolation try and Richards kicked his third goal but the Saints fans were already in celebratory mood by then.

Tom Huddlestone red card against Norwich rescinded

Huddlestone in red card let-off as Tottenham midfielder escapes ban

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UPDATED:

15:30 GMT, 4 September 2012

Tom Huddlestone has won his fight to get his red card in Tottenham's Barclays Premier League game against Norwich rescinded.

The Football Association announced midfielder Huddlestone's claim for wrongful dismissal in Saturday's 1-1 draw had been upheld and withdrew his three-match ban.

Spurs contested the straight red card shown to the 25-year-old by referee Mark Halsey for a tackle on Jonny Howson late in the game.

Seeing red: Tom Huddlestone has had his dismissal against Norwich reversed by the FA

Seeing red: Huddlestone has had his dismissal against Norwich reversed. The Spurs star was sent off by Mark Halsey for a challenge on Jonny Howson (below)

Huddlestone was shown a straight red card by referee Mark Halsey

A statement from the FA read: 'Tottenham Hotspur’s Tom Huddlestone has had his claim for wrongful dismissal upheld.

'As a result, the three-match suspension handed to the midfielder has been withdrawn with immediate effect.

'Huddlestone had originally received a
red card for serious foul play in his side’s 1-1 draw at home to
Norwich City on Saturday 1 September 2012.'

Mark McCammon begins racism case against Gillingham

Former Gillingham striker McCammon begins racism case against League Two club

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UPDATED:

09:54 GMT, 26 June 2012

Trial: McCammon has taken his case to the employment tribunal

Trial: McCammon has taken his case to the employment tribunal

Mark McCammon, who claims he was released from Gillingham after being racially discriminated against, will take his case to an employment tribunal on Tuesday.

The 33-year-old alleges that he and other black players at the League Two club were treated differently from white players.

The case comes at a time of concern about racism in football, particularly at the Euro 2012 championship where host nations Poland and Ukraine faced scrutiny over their 'ultra' fans' behaviour.

It also comes ahead of the trial of England star John Terry on charges of racially abusing QPR's Anton Ferdinand. Terry denies the charges.

McCammon, a Barbados international striker, signed a three-year contract with Gillingham in 2008, and was released three seasons later.

The former Charlton, Swindon, Millwall and Brighton player signed with Lincoln City on loan in March until the end of the season.

He is suing Gillingham and their chairman Paul Scally for race discrimination, breach of contract, unfair dismissal and failure of his ex-employer to pay him.

It is understood he will claim that he and other black players were treated less favourably than white players in terms of punishments handed out for missing training, medical treatments and pay cuts following the club's relegation.

The case will be heard over four days at an employment tribunal in Ashford, Kent.

A spokesman for Gillingham said in February: 'The allegations made by Mark McCammon are wholly rejected by the club. It would not be appropriate for the club to comment further until the employment tribunal hearing has taken place.'

Roberto Di Matteo calm over Chelsea defensive crisis

Di Matteo remains calm in the face of Chelsea defensive crisis for grudge match with rivals QPR

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UPDATED:

14:33 GMT, 27 April 2012

Chelsea are suffering a defensive crisis as they head into the west London derby against Queens Park Rangers with only one recognised centre-back in their squad.

Roberto Di Matteo confirmed that David Luiz and Gary Cahill will miss Sunday's clash with hamstring injuries, while Branislav Ivanovic sees out the third match from a three-game ban.

John Terry is the only central defender available – but he should be fresh after his early dismissal against Barcelona in Chelsea's midweek Champions League semi-final victory.

Tribulations: John Terry will be ready to face QPR

Tribulations: John Terry will be ready to face QPR

Di Matteo said the Blues captain is in the right frame of mind to play, despite his indiscretion on Wednesday.

'I don't think that's going to influence him,' he said. 'John Terry is fine and ready for Sunday's game like the rest of the team, he has dealt with setbacks in the past. He'll be very good.'

The Italian added: 'It's a shame players will miss the CL final, once you qualify for a final you know you will face strong opposition.'

The two sides are local rivals anyway but there is added animosity between Terry and QPR's players, who were considering snubbing his handshake due to the race row between the Chelsea defender and Anton Ferdinand.

Terry allegedly racially abused the Rangers player, when they met on October 23 at Loftus Road, and the court date for the incident has been adjourned until July 9. Terry denies the charges.

Carefree: Di Matteo will take Chelsea's defensive crisis in his stride

Carefree: Di Matteo will take Chelsea's defensive crisis in his stride

Both Michael Essien and Paulo Ferreira have played in a blue shirt at the heart of the Chelsea defence before during other tough periods, but neither were convincing there.

Against the Catalan side Jose Bosingwa replaced Cahill and performed admirably as Chelsea progressed to the final, but Di Matteo will not enjoy having to select the full-back there from the outset against QPR.

Di Matteo tipped his hat to his Barcelona counterpart, who announced on Friday he was leaving his post at the end of the season.

'Guardiola is a fantastic person, he has had tremendous success, but has decided what's best for him and his career,' Di Matteo said.

Beyond the defensive crisis the Italian has a full squad to choose from, although he is likely to rest some of the players who featured in midweek.

Grudge match: Terry will come face to face with Anton Ferdinand

Grudge match: Terry will come face to face with Anton Ferdinand

Di Matteo said: 'We take it game by game, will try to win Sunday to keep our hopes alive of finishing in the top four, it will be tough.'

There has been a clamour for him to be offered a full-time managerial post, but Chelsea's interim boss would not be pressed on his future.

'My future is irrelevant at this stage, the spirit of the players is what's important – we need to finish the season successfully.'

With the chance of a top four finish, an FA Cup final and the Champions League final to come, Di Matteo has a great chance of doing so.

Top finish: Chelsea could end the season with two trophies and a Champions League spot next year

Top finish: Chelsea could end the season with two trophies and a Champions League spot next year

QPR"s Shaun Derry banned for one game after red card upheld

Derry banned for one game after FA uphold red card for foul on Young

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UPDATED:

15:30 GMT, 10 April 2012

Shaun Derry has lost his appeal against his controversial sending-off in QPR's Barclays Premier League defeat at Manchester United and will miss Wednesday's clash with Swansea.

Midfielder Derry was red-carded for tripping Ashley Young in the penalty area 14 minutes into Rangers' 2-0 loss at Old Trafford on Sunday after officials failed to spot Young was offside.

QPR lodged an appeal for wrongful dismissal in the hope a Football Association regulatory commission would take into account the refereeing error.

Off: Shaun Derry received a red card for his foul on Ashley Young

Off: Shaun Derry received a red card for his foul on Ashley Young

There were also suggestions Young may have dived to win the spot-kick, with Rangers chief executive Philip Beard claiming the winger 'could partner diver Tom Daley at the Olympic Games'.

But the FA announced on Tuesday afternoon the decision to punish Derry for denying a goalscoring opportunity stood, as did his one-match ban.

The news comes as a blow for QPR who will kick off the game on Wednesday in the bottom three and Clint Hill has warned his team-mates they cannot continue to rely on others slipping up if they are to avoid Barclays Premier League relegation.

Early bath: Derry makes his way from the pitch after being sent off

Early bath: Derry makes his way from the pitch after being sent off

Results went Rangers' way over the Easter weekend as all their rivals lost on Saturday ahead of their own controversial 2-0 defeat at Manchester United the following afternoon.

QPR even stretched their goal-difference advantage over third-bottom Blackburn by one, but defender Hill has insisted it is time for them to take charge of their own destiny.

He said: 'We're in a better position heading into tomorrow night than we were before the weekend, with the way the results and the goal difference went.

'The results at the weekend went in our favour, but the next two games are the biggest of our season so far.

Rallying call: Clint Hill has told team-mates they cannot rely on other teams slipping up

Rallying call: Clint Hill has told team-mates they cannot rely on other teams slipping up

'Hopefully, we can take the form of our last two home games into the next two fixtures.'

With Premier League new boys Swansea assured of Premier League football next season, Hill hopes that can work in QPR's favour.

Hill added: 'They're safe now, so hopefully we can take advantage of that.

'We're at home, so we'll always fancy ourselves.

'It's a small pitch, which suits us perhaps more than it will suit them.

'We know they'll have a lot of possession, but hopefully we can take our chances when they come.”

South Africa beat New Zealand in second test

South Africa crush New Zealand by nine wickets after Philander masterclass

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UPDATED:

10:21 GMT, 17 March 2012

Vernon Philander took 10 wickets in the match as South Africa eased to a nine-wicket win over New Zealand in the second Test.

Philander took six for 44, to add to his four first-innings scalps, as the hosts were dismissed for 168 in their second effort in Hamilton.

That left the Proteas with a victory target of 101, which they achieved with a minimum of fuss after Alviro Petersen's early dismissal thanks to a half-century from captain Graeme Smith.

Matchwinner: Vernon Philander celebrates as South Africa cruise to victory

Matchwinner: Vernon Philander celebrates as South Africa cruise to victory

It put South Africa, who wrapped up victory before tea on day three, 1-0 up in the three-match series after the first Test was drawn.

That New Zealand had any sort of total to defend was down to Kane Williamson, who scored 77 as the Black Caps attempted to dig in.

Daniel Vettori clipped Philander to the boundary in the first over of the morning.

But they had to wait an hour for their next four as Vettori cut a wide ball from Jacques Kallis, by which timed Williamson had nudged his way to 50.

Dejected: Mark Gillespie of New Zealand leaves the field after being dismissed

Dejected: Mark Gillespie of New Zealand leaves the field after being dismissed

In the all-rounder's next over, though, Vettori gloved one through to Mark Boucher and departed for 21.

Kruger van Wyk stuck around for nearly an hour for an at-times streaky 20, but he left a straight one from Philander and was bowled just before lunch and New Zealand's resistance was swept away inside five overs after the interval.

Philander got Williamson to edge behind from the third ball after the resumption without adding a run, and Doug Bracewell was bowled for a duck by Morne Morkel in the next over, three balls after he had successfully challenged an lbw decision.

Triumph: Graeme Smith (right) celebrates with team-mate AB de Villiers

Triumph: Graeme Smith (right) celebrates with team-mate AB de Villiers

Mark Gillespie swung the bat for 14 runs which came in three blows, but Philander had him caught behind, then wrapped up the innings by bowling Chris Martin, giving him match figures of 10 for 114.

Peterson edged Bracewell's first ball behind to give the Black Caps hope the wickets might continue to tumble, but that was as good as it got.

Smith (55 not out) and Hashim Amla (46no) put on an unbroken 98 for the third wicket, lit up by a huge six off Williamson for the skipper, who then drove Rob Nicol for four to clinch the win.