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LIVE STREAM: Daily Mail RBS Schools Rugby U18 Vase semi-finals

LIVE STREAM: Daily Mail RBS Schools Rugby U18 Vase semi-finals – watch the action unfold here

Daily Mail RBS Schools Rugby

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11:03 GMT, 3 March 2013

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UPDATED:

11:15 GMT, 3 March 2013

The Daily Mail RBS Schools Rugby has officially entered the business end of the competition with the Finals at Twickenham now only weeks away.

It's day two at Broadstreet RFC where the semi-finals for this season's tournament which is the biggest schools competition in the world of rugby.

Today's games in the Under 18s Vase pits Felsted against St Ambrose College (11am) followed by Yarm versus Plymouth College (1pm).

Yesterday, in the main Cup competition, champions Dulwich and Northampton School for Boys won their semi-finals against Hampton and Warwick respectively.

And two places in the prestigious Vase Final on March 23 are up for grabs. Who will be there Find out here and watch all the drama as it unfolds on the video player below…

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LIVE STREAM: Daily Mail RBS Schools Rugby U18 Cup semi-finals

LIVE STREAM: Daily Mail RBS Schools Rugby U18 Cup semi-finals – watch the action unfold here

Daily Mail RBS Schools Rugby

PUBLISHED:

10:04 GMT, 2 March 2013

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10:05 GMT, 2 March 2013

The Daily Mail RBS Schools Rugby has officially entered the business end of the competition with the Finals at Twickenham now only weeks away.

Today, Sportsmail brings you LIVE action from the U18s Cup semi-finals at Broadstreet RFC in Coventry.

At 11am, Dulwich take on Hampton to get us underway, followed by Warwick versus Northampton School for Boys.

A place in the prestigious Final on March 23 is up for grabs. Who will be there Find out here and watch all the drama as it unfolds on the video player below…

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London 2012 Olympics ticket farce exposed

Just ONE ticket made available to paying public as Team GB stars win silver during Olympics

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UPDATED:

17:37 GMT, 19 December 2012

The full extent of the ticketing farce at the London Olympics has been exposed by the publication of a full review of the ticketing programme.

The dense 976-page document highlights the gross number of tickets available to the 'Olympic family' compared to the relatively few available to the paying public for the most popular events and sessions.

Extraordinarily, there was a sailing finals day on August 9 – the day Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell won silver in the men's 470 – where 851 tickets went to sponsors and only one single ticket was available to the public.

Farce: Despite demand for tickets there were empty seats at the Olympic Games

Farce: Despite demand for tickets there were empty seats at the Olympic Games

Furthermore, for Danny Boyle's iconic opening ceremony – one of the most in-demand tickets of the fortnight – only 44 per cent of the tickets were available to the public while 66 per cent went to the Olympic family.

On the day in the velodrome when Sir Chris Hoy, Jason Kenny, Phillip Hindes won the men's sprint final, only 43 per cent of tickets were available to the public.

During Novak Djokovic's opening Olympic match on Centre Court at Wimbledon, 97 per cent of the available seats on court were given to the Olympic family.

Empty seats were one of the few negatives of a successful Olympics, with atmospheres at too many venues dented by swathes of empty seats allocated by the IOC but not taken up by sponsors.

New balls: Ninety-seven per cent of seats during Djokovic's match were given to the Olympic family

New balls: Ninety-seven per cent of seats during Djokovic's match were given to the Olympic family

In total 10.99 million tickets were sold out of a total 11.3 million tickets available. 8.21 million of these tickets were Olympic Games tickets and 2.78 million were Paralympic tickets.

A total of 659 million was raised for LOCOG's operating budget to stage the Games. 319,000 tickets (263,000 Olympic and 55,000 Paralympic) were unsold, the majority of these being early rounds for Olympic Football.

76.3 per cent of all Olympic and 91 per cent of all Paralympic tickets were sold through the UK application process against a target of 75 per cent. This amounted to an unprecedented 8.8 million tickets sold.

Mark Clattenburg race-row latest: Referee unlikely to be charged with FA to finally make announcement tomorrow

Clattenburg race-row D-day: Referee unlikely to be charged with FA to finally make announcement tomorrow
Delay due to lawyers pouring over draft documentFA spend significant sum on legal adviceChelsea stand by 'monkey' allegationsClub's reputation to be left in tatters

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UPDATED:

12:45 GMT, 14 November 2012

The Football Association will tomorrow make their announcement on the action they will take over Mark Clattenburg race-row allegations — Sportsmail understands they are unlikely to charge the referee.

FA officials have spent a significant sum on legal advice and taken their time in order to come to the right decision.

The announcement will come 18 days after Clattenburg was accused of calling Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel a ‘monkey’.

Referee Mark Clattenburg (centre) in an exchange with John Obi Mikel (right) as Juan Mata looks on during the home league match against Manchester United

Eye of the storm: Referee Mark Clattenburg (centre) in an exchange with John Obi Mikel (right) as Juan Mata looks on during the home league match against Manchester United. The official has been accused of racially abusing Mikel

The police yesterday shelved their race abuse investigation into referee Mark Clattenburg after receiving no complaint from Chelsea.

The Metropolitan Police have confirmed they are no longer investigating a complaint, made by the Society of Black Lawyers, regarding Clattenburg’s conduct.

The FA inquiry finished on Friday and they have since been receiving legal opinion on a draft document.

It has been delayed due to the vast amount of paperwork involved.

Chelsea submitted 1,250 pages of evidence delivered by bike courier to the FA’s three-man compliance unit when John Terry was accused of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand — a charge he was later found guilty of by the FA.

Poster boys: United fans poke fun at the famous Chelsea banner, which reads 'JT, captain, leader, legend', during the Capital One Cup tie

Poster boys: United fans poke fun at the famous Chelsea banner, which reads 'JT, captain, leader, legend', during the Capital One Cup tie

They have a full-time QC amongst their employees and it is believed the club will have been equally as thorough with this case.

If, as expected, Clattenburg, 37, is cleared by the FA it will leave Chelsea's reputation in tatters after their captain John Terry was banned for four matches and
fined 220,000 after being found guilty of racially abusing QPR's Anton
Ferdinand by a Football Association independent regulatory commission.

Hours after reporting Clattenburg to the FA, a spectator in the Chelsea end was pictured directing a 'monkey' gesture at Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck during a Capital One Cup tie.

Gavin Kirkham, 28, is on police bail pending a further investigation following his arrest on suspicion of a racially aggravated Section 4A Public Order Act offence.

Chelsea have banned him from Stamford Bridge until the police investigation is concluded and he faces a life-ban if found guilty.

Whistleblower: Chelsea have stood by their allegation that Clattenburg (right) used inappropriate language in an exchange with Mikel

Whistleblower: Chelsea have stood by their allegation that Clattenburg (right) used inappropriate language in an exchange with Mikel

Mr Kirkham is due back in police custody on November 29 where he will either be charged and will go to court, re-bailed pending further investigation or released without charge.

Clattenburg has not officiated in a match since the incident. But some refereeing experts have suggested he will be handed a last-minute match in the lower leagues this weekend in an under-the-radar bid to assimilate the Durham official back into officiating.

Chelsea chairman: Bruce Buck

Chelsea chairman: Bruce Buck

The incident occurred in Chelsea’s 3-2 Barclays Premier League loss to Manchester United on October 28. Chelsea came from two goals behind to level at 2-2 before having Branislav Ivanovic and Fernando Torres sent off.

Afterwards Chelsea accused Clattenburg of the racial slur on Mikel – who angrily stormed into his dressing room and confronted him after the match – and of calling Juan Mata a ‘Spanish t***’.

The club later dropped the accusation against Mata but pressed ahead and reported the comment about Mikel to the FA.

Yesterday, in an interview with the Evening Standard, Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck stood by the club's allegation levelled at Clattenburg.

'We
were guided by obligations that are imposed by the Football Association
and also as an employer. FA rule E14 basically says a participant shall
immediately report to the association any incident or matter which may
be considered to be a misconduct.

'Misconduct
is a defined term under the FA regulations and includes such racial
behaviour. We also had to consider the Equality Act 2010, which imposes
an obligation on an employer to take certain actions if an employee is
subject to discrimination by third parties.

'Suppose
we had tried to sweep this under the rug and said to the various
players, “Look, it's not a big deal and the press are going to be all
over us, maybe you want to reconsider”. If that had leaked out, we
would've really been crucified.'

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Footballer John Terry spotted browsing the shelves at a London spy shop

Feeling paranoid, JT Chelsea skipper browses surveillance gear at spy shopDefender visits specialist surveillance shop Spymaster in London
Products include night goggles, bulletproof jackets and secret cameras

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13:13 GMT, 7 November 2012

Security is likely to be pretty tight at the sprawling mansion that is home to multi-millionaire footballer John Terry and his family.

But it seems the Chelsea defender is taking extra precautions these days, as he was spotted browsing the covert cameras and bugging devices on offer in a London spy shop.

Gadgets on sale at the Spymaster range from night-vision goggles and bullet-proof leather jackets, to a tiny video camera concealed in a box of tissues.

Paranoid Footballer John Terry browsing the gadgets at Spymaster in London

Paranoid Footballer John Terry browsing the gadgets at the Spymaster shop in London

Terry, 31, was said to have asked staff for a demonstration of some of the products on sale during his visit to the shop.

On its website Spymaster is described as the city's best-equipped spy shop 'providing for all your surveillance, counter-surveillance, personal protection and related security needs'.

It says Spymaster offers a 'discreet and confidential service'.

Alongside the document scanners and spy phones, the store also stocks Luminox watches, which are worn by military groups including the U.S. Airforce and the Navy SEALS.

Should he have been in the mood to indulge his inner James Bond further, Terry could have also picked up a handheld bug detector or a document scanner.

Coca Cola can with camera

Spy pen

Gadgets: Spymaster sells cameras and recording devices concealed within everyday items

'Discreet and confidential': Spymaster stocks covert cameras, bulletproof jackets and bugging devices

'Discreet and confidential': Spymaster stocks covert cameras, bulletproof jackets and bugging devices

Day job: The footballer in action for Chelsea against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Ukraine last month

Day job: The footballer in action for Chelsea against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Ukraine last month

John Terry escaped with four-match ban because it was a single racist insult at Anton Ferdinand

FA reveal that Terry escaped with four-match ban because it was a single racist insult at Ferdinand… unlike Suarez's repeated abuse at Evra

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UPDATED:

08:52 GMT, 5 October 2012

John Terry dodged a longer ban from the Football Association – as he aimed no more than one racist insult at Anton Ferdinand.

Terry was banned for four games and fined 220,000 for using racist language towards the QPR defender last season.

And the FA have revealed the reasons behind his suspension being half the length of that handed out to Luis Suarez for racially abusing Patrice Evra.

Controversy: John Terry (centre) was banned and fine for racial abuse at Anton Ferdinand (left) at Loftus Road in the Premier League last season

Controversy: John Terry (centre) was banned and fine for racial abuse at Anton Ferdinand (left) at Loftus Road in the Premier League last season

In a 63-page document, the FA note: 'In contrast with a previous high-profile FA disciplinary case involving racial abuse, Mr Terry's racist insult was issued only once.

'Although once is clearly once too many, the Commission accepts that it was said in the heat of the moment. Had it been said more than once, the entry point penalty would have applied to successive insults.'

More to follow…

West Ham play like Real Madrid and Barcelona – Neil Ashton

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

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22:44 GMT, 2 October 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hillsborough: Families want FA apology

Where's the apology Hillsborough families want FA to say sorry over 1989 disaster despite statement praising Panel's report

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UPDATED:

10:25 GMT, 13 September 2012

Hillsborough disaster report

Click here to read the full document

Trevor Hicks, the chair of Hillsborough families support group, has called on the Football Association to apologise over the disaster.

The FA issued a statement on Thursday commending the Hillsborough Independent Panel's report but offering no apology over the events at the FA Cup semi-final 23 years ago.

Always remembered: Fans leave tributes at the Shankly Gates on Wednesday

Always remembered: Fans leave tributes at the Shankly Gates on Wednesday

Emotional: Supporters of 'Justice for the 96' sing You'll Never Walk Alone during a vigil for the victims outside Liverpool's St George's Hall

Emotional: Supporters of 'Justice for the 96' sing You'll Never Walk Alone during a vigil for the victims outside Liverpool's St George's Hall

The panel revealed on Wednesday in a
396-page document that a police cover-up had taken place which had
intended to shift blame for the events of April 15, 1989, which claimed
the lives of 96 Liverpool fans, to the victims themselves.

The FA awarded the game to
Hillsborough, but it was later revealed the ground did not have a valid
safety certificate at the time of the match.

Landmark day: Hillsborough Family Support Group member Trevor Hicks speaks during a press conference at Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral on Wednesday

Landmark day: Hillsborough Family Support Group member Trevor Hicks speaks during a press conference at Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral on Wednesday

Sheffield Wednesday apologised on Wednesday and Hicks said the FA should follow suit.

He told BBC Radio Five: 'Yes they should – the ground didn't have a safety certificate.'

Prime Minister David Cameron also
apologised to the families of those affected, stressing to the House of
Commons that the findings had shown fans were not at fault.

The FA's statement said: 'Having
thoroughly reviewed yesterday's report in full, The Football Association
would like to commend the Hillsborough Independent Panel for their
exhaustive and professional work. It is also important that The FA
recognises the tireless commitment shown by so many, particularly the
Hillsborough Family Support Group.

Injustice: Prmie Minister David Cameron left the Commons in no doubt the fans were not to blame

Injustice: Prmie Minister David Cameron left the Commons in no doubt the fans were not to blame

Injustice: Prmie Minister David Cameron left the Commons in no doubt the fans were not to blame

'We welcome the publication of the
report and the subsequent comments of the Prime Minister and the Leader
of the Opposition. The FA reiterates its deep and ongoing sadness at the
dreadful events that unfolded on 15 April 1989.

'The organisation's thoughts at this
time remains with the families of all those who lost their lives in such
terrible circumstances, as well as everyone connected with the City of
Liverpool. For 23 years the families have suffered unbearable pain, and
we have profound sympathy for this.

'The FA has co-operated fully with
the Panel throughout this process and has released all documentation in
line with their request.

Solidarity: Staff at Everton's club shop decorated a Toffees kit with a message fort heir friends across Stanley park

Solidarity: Staff at Everton's club shop decorated a kit with a message for their friends across Stanley Park

Statement: The Hillsborough Independent Panel make public their findings

Statement: The Hillsborough Independent Panel make public their findings

'The FA and English football has
changed immeasurably, and has learnt many lessons in the last 23 years.
Through advancements in safety and investment in facilities English
football is now a much safer, more welcoming environment for
supporters.'

FIFA president Sepp Blatter expressed
his hope that those affected by the disaster can find peace. Using his
official Twitter account he said: “The independent report into the 1989
Hillsborough disaster was released in the United Kingdom today
(Wednesday).

Long road to justice: The families of those who died and the fans have had to wait 23 years for this moment

Long road to justice: The families of those who died and the fans have had to wait 23 years for this moment

Long road to justice: The families of those who died and the fans have had to wait 23 years for this moment

'It has shown that @LFC fans were not
the cause of the tragedy. Prime Minister (David) Cameron has also
offered a profound apology.

'No fan should go to a game and not return home. Their safety should always be of paramount importance.

'I sincerely hope the findings and the apologies bring some peace to the still-grieving families and the people of Liverpool.'

Hillsborough: FA praises panel for "exhaustive work"

FA praises Hillsborough Panel for their 'exhaustive work' a day after document reveals astonishing police cover-up at the heart of 1989 disaster

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UPDATED:

08:43 GMT, 13 September 2012

Hillsborough disaster report

Click here to read the full document

The Football Association have commended the Hillsborough Independent Panel for their 'exhaustive and professional work' and highlighted the improvements in safety at grounds following the disaster 23 years ago.

The panel revealed on Wednesday in a 396-page document that a police cover-up had taken place which had intended to shift blame for the events of April 15, 1989, which claimed the lives of 96 Liverpool fans, to the victims themselves.

Always remembered: Fans leave tributes at the Shankly Gates on Wednesday

Always remembered: Fans leave tributes at the Shankly Gates on Wednesday

Emotional: Supporters of 'Justice for the 96' sing You'll Never Walk Alone during a vigil for the victims outside Liverpool's St George's Hall

Emotional: Supporters of 'Justice for the 96' sing You'll Never Walk Alone during a vigil for the victims outside Liverpool's St George's Hall

Prime Minister David Cameron apologised to the families of those affected, stressing to the House of Commons that the findings had shown fans were not at fault.

The FA said on Thursday morning: 'Having thoroughly reviewed yesterday's report in full, The Football Association would like to commend the Hillsborough Independent Panel for their exhaustive and professional work.

'It is also important that The FA recognises the tireless commitment shown by so many, particularly the Hillsborough Family Support Group.

Landmark day: Hillsborough Family Support Group member Trevor Hicks speaks during a press conference at Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral on Wednesday

Landmark day: Hillsborough Family Support Group member Trevor Hicks speaks during a press conference at Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral on Wednesday

'We welcome the publication of the report and the subsequent comments of the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition.

'The FA reiterates its deep and ongoing sadness at the dreadful events that unfolded on 15 April 1989.

'The organisation's thoughts at this time remains with the families of all those who lost their lives in such terrible circumstances, as well as everyone connected with the City of Liverpool. For 23 years the families have suffered unbearable pain, and we have profound sympathy for this.

Injustice: Prmie Minister David Cameron left the Commons in no doubt the fans were not to blame

Injustice: Prmie Minister David Cameron left the Commons in no doubt the fans were not to blame

Injustice: Prmie Minister David Cameron left the Commons in no doubt the fans were not to blame

'The FA has co-operated fully with
the Panel throughout this process and has released all documentation in
line with their request.

'The
FA and English football has changed immeasurably, and has learnt many
lessons in the last 23 years. Through advancements in safety and
investment in facilities English football is now a much safer, more
welcoming environment for supporters.'

Solidarity: Staff at Everton's club shop decorated a Toffees kit with a message fort heir friends across Stanley park

Solidarity: Staff at Everton's club shop decorated a kit with a message for their friends across Stanley Park

Statement: The Hillsborough Independent Panel make public their findings

Statement: The Hillsborough Independent Panel make public their findings

FIFA president Sepp Blatter expressed his hope that those affected by the disaster can find peace.

Using
his official Twitter account he said: 'The independent report into the
1989 Hillsborough disaster was released in the United Kingdom today
(Wednesday).

'It has shown that @LFC fans were not
the cause of the tragedy. Prime Minister (David) Cameron has also
offered a profound apology. No fan should go to a game and not return
home.

'Their safety should always be of
paramount importance. I sincerely hope the findings and the apologies
bring some peace to the still-grieving families and the people of
Liverpool.

Long road to justice: The families of those who died and the fans have had to wait 23 years for this moment

Long road to justice: The families of those who died and the fans have had to wait 23 years for this moment

Long road to justice: The families of those who died and the fans have had to wait 23 years for this moment

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

Humphrey given Vision of a new job with BT

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UPDATED:

21:45 GMT, 12 September 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bernstein backed by Gill

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

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

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

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

Refurb for the FA

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

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

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

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

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

Hatton back on Primetime…

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

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

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

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

BOA to begin cutbacks

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

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

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

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

Chairman Boris

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

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

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

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