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Demba Ba escapes fine for radio interview

No fine for Ba despite Newcastle striker critising club in radio interview

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UPDATED:

16:19 GMT, 20 December 2012

Newcastle United striker Demba Ba has escaped a club fine for his controversial interview with a French television station this week.

The Senegal international, who appeared to indicate he was looking to join Arsenal and was critical of the team’s style of football, has avoided punishment for the interview with L'Equipe du Dimanche, a show on Canal+.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew, and club executives, have studied the interview this week and decided he has not breached any club rules.

Blunder: Ba criticised Newcastle on a French radio station

Blunder: Ba criticised Newcastle on a French radio station

Ba, who is refusing to sign a new deal with Newcastle to replace the 7.5million release clause in his current deal, claimed the team's 'long ball football' had damaged their league campaign this season.

Last season Newcastle midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa was fined after he criticised the team's style of play following a 3-0 win over Manchester United.

But Pardew said then: 'I didn’t see anything wrong with his interview.

'I don’t think any player at any football club is going to say their philosophy is the same as the manager.

No fine: Pardew was understanding of his star striker

No fine: Pardew was understanding of his star striker

'I didn’t when I was working with Steve Coppell (at Crystal Palace) I was the same but I still admired him and understood what he is about and learned a great deal off him.'

As doubts remain over Ba’s future at St James’s Park, Newcastle have again be linked with a reunion with England striker Andy Carroll.

According to newspaper reports, the Geordie striker is keen on a return to Tyneside after an unhappy move to Liverpool and his current loan spell with West Ham.

But he would need special dispensation to return to Newcastle in the next transfer window because he has played for two Premier League teams.

Arsenal player Emmanuel Frimpong gets FIFA green light to join Ghana"s World Cup qualifying campaign

Frimpong gets FIFA green light to join Ghana's World Cup qualifying campaign

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UPDATED:

19:48 GMT, 28 November 2012

Arsenal's Emmanuel Frimpong can join Ghana's bid to qualify for the 2014 World Cup finals after FIFA switched his national eligibility from England.

FIFA said its players' status committee approved the change on Tuesday and Frimpong can now represent the African nation.

The 20-year-old midfielder, who is currently on loan to Charlton Athletic, was born in Ghana but moved to England at a young age.

Green light: Emmanuel Frimpong, who is currently on loan at Charlton from Arsenal, has been given FIFA dispensation to play for Ghana

Green light: Emmanuel Frimpong, who is currently on loan at Charlton from Arsenal, has been given FIFA dispensation to play for Ghana

He was discovered by Arsenal at the age of nine and joined their Hale End academy alongside Jack Wilshere.

Frimpong has since represented England under 16s and under 17s on six occasions each.

The player has also been committed to play for Ghana, however, and has been quoted a number of times confirming this.

In 2009, Frimpong said: 'No matter what, I will always play for Ghana because at the end of the day, from what I believe, I am a Ghanaian.'

In February 2011, he went on record as saying: 'I have always told my family that if Ghana calls me, I will personally ride by own bicycle from England to Ghana [to play for them].'

Committed: Frimpong has always said he will choose Ghana, despite turning out for England's under 16 and under 17 teams

Committed: Frimpong has always said he will choose Ghana, despite turning out for England's under 16 and under 17 teams

His debut was expected to be in August of the same year, but the friendly between the Black Stars and Nigeria at Vicarage Road in Watford was postponed because of the London riots.

Now that the necessary documentation has been completed, Frimpong could make his first start when Ghana resume their qualification campaign in March at home to Sudan.

At present, Ghana trail group leaders Zambia by three points after two matches but there is still doubt over one result.

Zambia were awarded a default victory after Sudan fielded an ineligible player, but the verdict is currently under appeal.

Sunderland and Reading to play re-arranged fixture in December

Sunderland and Reading forced to wait until December to play rained off game

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UPDATED:

21:42 GMT, 27 September 2012

Sunderland and Reading are being forced to play their re-arranged Premier League game in December due to UEFA regulations which forbid top flight matches being played in the same week as scheduled Champions League and Europa League clashes.

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill has called for the Premier League to support both clubs' push for their postponed August league game to be switched to October to avoid a major fixture backlog in December.

At present all Premier League club will play six league games, including three in a week between December 22 and 29, which in Sunderland's case is followed by the visit to Liverpool on New Year's Day while Reading travel to Tottenham.

Rainy day: Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill and Reading manager Brian McDermott during a pitch inspection at the Stadium of Light

Rainy day: Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill and Reading manager Brian McDermott during a pitch inspection at the Stadium of Light

Sunderland and Reading have been in talks to reschedule this season's first home game at the Stadium of Light which was postponed just hours before kick-off due to a waterlogged pitch.

But their plans to move the game to next month have been blocked by UEFA regulations and they are limited with alternative dates because the UEFA calendar now takes up 21 days in the season. When the Premier League started the figure was 13.

They are now hoping the Premier League will back plans to play the game in a UEFA week, just as the Merseyside derby was given special dispensation last season.

Off you go: Lee Cattermole is sent off against MK Dons

Off you go: Lee Cattermole is sent off against MK Dons

Sunderland are also keen to play the game before the Tyne-Wear derby on October 21 which would allow captain Lee Cattermole to play against Newcastle United.

O'Neill said: 'There have been discussions between the two clubs and the Premier League but we can't play games in a European week which means the only time then would be December where there is only 58 games in 31 days.

'It is absolutely extraordinarily and it would be really crazy and ludicrous to move it to December and the worst possible outcome when we are already overloaded. It would not be fair on the players in particular, particularly when they are always talking about injuries due to the amount of games.'

Not happy: Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill wants to talk to Cattermole about his disciplinary record

Not happy: Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill wants to talk to Cattermole about his disciplinary record

Cattermole starts a three-match ban this week following his sending off against MK Dons in midweek and although O'Neill is still unhappy with his skipper's fifth red card in a Sunderland shirt he says he will keep the captain's armband once John O'Shea has worn it in his absence.

O'Neill still intends to discuss Cattermole's appalling disciplinary record with his captain and says he must now start to improve to make life more difficult for referees who are perhaps quick to single him out.

He said: 'On the positive side he is really sorry about it but so am I. Whether you are captain or not you need some sort of discipline about you and it becomes an issue because of the number of times he has been sent off.

'He has to think about it and stop lunging in and there are different ways in this game to tackle and he is capable of doing it but I have said that before and obviously I have been wrong.' O'Neill added: `If I have decision to make on the captaincy, I do have time to think about it. Ok. I have thought about it. He is still the captain.'

Jamie Redknapp: No more pre-match handshakes

It's time to end the embarrassing pre-match handshakes

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UPDATED:

21:31 GMT, 13 July 2012

In 2004, when the pre-match handshake ritual was introduced in England, Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore said: ‘It’s not a handshake that says everybody loves everybody else.

'It’s a handshake that says, “Whatever c**p’s gone on before now and whatever c**p will go on after this game is over, for the next 90 minutes, let’s just play a game of football”.’

I’ve never understood it. What does it achieve

Spat: Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra almost came to blows before a Premier League match at Old Trafford after the latter accused the former of racism

Spat: Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra almost came to blows before a Premier League match at Old Trafford after the latter accused the former of racism

Recently, we’ve had clubs given permission not to shake hands because of bad feeling and players refusing to do it. TV advertising breaks are scheduled around the handshake, in case there is a story not to be missed.

How did it get to this

Handshakes should be reserved for the captains and officials before the toss and as a spontaneous gesture when the contest is over. The rest of it is nonsense.

I agree with the theatre of two teams entering the field together — like gladiators entering the arena, ready for the battle ahead. Side by side, it adds to the sense of occasion.

Infamous: Wayne Bridge snubbed John Terry after allegations about an affair between the Chelsea skipper and Bridge's former girlfriend

Infamous: Wayne Bridge snubbed John Terry after allegations about an affair between the Chelsea skipper and Bridge's former girlfriend

But the incendiary incidents that we have seen in the last two seasons mean the handshake is more of a story than the match. Liverpool versus Manchester United, Chelsea versus QPR, Chelsea versus Manchester United . . . will they or won’t they shake hands this season

It has to be the same rule for everyone. We can’t have QPR and Chelsea being given special dispensation because of bad feeling, but everyone else has to get on with it. It causes embarrassment to players and to the game. Let’s stop it now before it causes any further embarrassment.

Kenny Dalglish hopes for Merseyside derby in FA Cup semi-final

Dalglish: We won't play semi on Hillsborough anniversary – as Merseyside derby looms

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UPDATED:

09:23 GMT, 19 March 2012

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish is confident the Football Association will make the right decision and ensure their semi-final does not clash with the 23rd anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster, where 96 fans died, on April 15.

Liverpool have always had special dispensation to avoid matches on that date and it is understood the club have already contacted the FA to remind them of the significance of that date.

'We won't play on the 15th. The FA and UEFA have always been exemplary and very supportive, and that's great credit to them,' said Dalglish.

Mersey beat: Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish would love to face Everton in the semi-final

Mersey beat: Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish would love to face Everton in the semi-final

FA CUP SEMI-FINAL DRAW:

Tottenham/Bolton v Chelsea

Liverpool v Sunderland/Everton

Ties will be played the weekend of April 14/15 at Wembley.

'I don't think it's even worth a line in a paper that we might play on the 15th because we won't.

'We've never played on the 15th before, have we So there you are. Why would they change now'

And Dalglish admits an
all-Merseyside FA Cup semi-final would be a special occasion but knows
the chances of it happening will be no foregone conclusion.

The
Reds booked their last-four spot at Wembley with a 2-1 win over Stoke
at Anfield and minutes later were given a draw against the winners of
Everton and Sunderland, who must replay at the Stadium of Light.

'We know we play Everton or Sunderland but whoever we get is going to be a difficult game,' said the Scot.

Getting through: Steven Gerrard celebrates Liverpool's FA Cup Sixth round win over Stoke on Sunday

Getting through: Steven Gerrard celebrates Liverpool's FA Cup Sixth round win over Stoke on Sunday

'Merseyside will be hoping Everton get
through and they can all have a day out again but it is a really
difficult place to go and get a result at Sunderland.

'But that is not our problem – that is theirs to sort out.'

Luis
Suarez opened the scoring for Liverpool with an impressive long-range
strike in the 23rd minute only for former Reds striker Peter Crouch to
head in an equaliser three minutes later.

Stewart Downing's second goal of the season in the 57th minute clinched victory.

Still with it all to do: Everton will have to beat Sunderland at the Stadium of Light before thinking about a Liverpool game

Still with it all to do: Everton will have to beat Sunderland at the Stadium of Light before thinking about a Liverpool game

'It was as difficult as I expected.
They started really competitively at a high tempo for first 20 to 30
minutes and we had to match them,' said Dalglish of the performance.

'I
think it was a fantastic performance in many ways for us: it was not
the best in terms of how we passed the ball but the way we competed and
put our bodies on the line set an example for everyone.

'It shows what it meant to them to get through this tie.

'We scored two really good goals from Luis and Stewart which just got us over the line.'

Tough battle: Stephen Pienaar and Jay Spearing in action during last week's Merseyside derby

Tough battle: Stephen Pienaar and Jay Spearing in action during last week's Merseyside derby

Stoke boss Tony Pulis, whose side were FA Cup runners-up last year, was disappointed not to have given Liverpool more of a test.

'In the first half we started a bit sloppy and then got into the game but we are disappointed Suarez comes up with a bit of magic to give them the lead,' he said.

'Luckily we got our goal and I thought we were lucky to not come in (at half-time) winning the game.

'Second half we gave them a leg up with the goal, which was a poor one to concede, but when you are playing against one of the top four or five teams in the country they punish you and that is what they did.

'But you can't fault their effort and honesty.

'Good luck to Liverpool, I hope they do well in the next round.'

Saeed Ajmal claims ICC let him bend rules

ICC let me push the boundaries! Ajmal responds to chucking claims

Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal has again dismissed question marks over his action and claimed he is given special dispensation by the ICC bend the rules.

Ajmal was the star performer as Pakistan completed a 3-0 Test series whitewash over England on Monday with a 71-run victory in Dubai.

Man of the series: Saeed Ajmal

Man of the series: Saeed Ajmal

Man of the series: Pakistani spinner Saeed Ajmal

He had his action reviewed by the ICC in 2009 and claims the game's governing body allow him to bend his elbow beyond the permitted 15 degrees.

He told the BBC Sport website: 'Someone is telling me my action is bad but the ICC allow me to bowl 23.5 degrees because my arm is not good but that's my problem.

'Apart from that there is no problem with my action, it has been cleared by the ICC.'

Accused: Many think Ajmal is a 'chucker'

Accused: Many think Ajmal is a 'chucker'

The 34-year-old claimed 24 wickets in the three Tests with England failing spectacularly to deal with him and spin partner Abdur Rehman.

The doosra – the off-spinner's version of the googly – has caused particular alarm with some pundits – including former England fast bowler Bob Willis – questioning its legitimacy.

David Beckham to snub Paris Saint-Germain and sign LA Galaxy deal

Beckham set to snub Paris move in favour of signing new LA Galaxy deal

U-turn: Beckham doesn

U-turn: Beckham doesn”t want to uproot his family

David Beckham is set to make a dramatic U-turn on his proposed move to Paris Saint-Germain and stay with LA Galaxy.

The former England captain has been heavily linked with a move to France since the MLS season ended in November and was expected to become one of new PSG boss Carlo Ancelotti’s first recruits.

Beckham was in the French capital last week, fuelling speculation that he was on the verge of a lucrative move to PSG. But Sportsmail understands Beckham is now giving serious consideration to signing a new contract with the Galaxy.

Sources close to the former Manchester United midfielder on Friday night said that, as it stands, the veteran is more inclined to stay in America.

Beckham, 36, will hold talks with his adviser, Simon Fuller, over the coming days before making his decision but is reluctant to uproot his wife Victoria and four children, who are settled in Los Angeles.

New deal: Beckham

New deal: Beckham”s current Galaxy deal expires on New Year”s Eve

The player’s Galaxy deal expires at midnight on New Year”s Eve, but a one-year, rolling contract is on the table. The LA deal would give Beckham dispensation to play for Team GB in the London Olympics, which fall in the middle of the MLS season.

FA Cup 2011: Manchester City and Manchester United in ticket fight

United and City in fresh battle over Cup tickets as bitter rivalry intensifies

Manchester United have complained to the Football Association about the number of tickets allocated to them by neighbours City for their forthcoming FA Cup tie at the Etihad Stadium.

The Manchester clubs will face each other in the third round on January 8 but the build-up to the match is threatening to be overshadowed by acrimony as it emerged United have complained to the governing body about the hosts’ proposed visiting allocation of 5,400.

Under FA rules, the home club should offer their visitors 15 per cent of capacity. This would mean United would expect to receive 7,100 tickets, and this is the number they have requested.

Winning feeling: Manchester City won the FA Cup last season

Winning feeling: Manchester City won the FA Cup last season

However, last year’s beaten semi-finalists have been given 1,700 fewer than that and have written to the FA to ask them to remind City of their obligations.

It is understood the situation is complicated by the fact that United usually only offer City 8,500 tickets for cup games at Old Trafford.

This represents 3,000 less than 15 per cent but United are usually given dispensation to do this by the FA given that their stadium — which holds 78,000 — is so big.

At United there is a feeling that City are engaging in a tit-for-tat move aimed at getting their own back.

However, City sources have denied this, stressing that the design of their stadium makes it difficult for them to offer more than 6,100 to away fans for any game.

Party time: City beat United at least season

Party time: City beat United at least season”s semi-final stage

They will tell the FA that they have looked into ways of giving United more tickets but that segregation and security concerns have made it impossible.

The two clubs were drawn together on December 4 and have had since then to reach a compromise. They have failed to do this and United are frustrated that their deadline for ticket applications passed last Friday with the matter still unresolved.

With City two points ahead of United at the top of the Barclays Premier League, the two clubs’ rivalry promises to intensify further as the season progresses.

City midfielder David Silva is looking forward to the Cup tie, hoping for a repeat of last year’s semi-final win at Wembley.

Silva said: ‘The match with Manchester United is quite a way off yet but let’s hope that when it comes we are fit, ready and in good form.

‘It will be an important game, a fantastic game. It’s a shame it is so early in the competition because it means one of us will be out.’