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Arsenal 0 Everton 0 – match report: Champions League picture muddied by draw

Arsenal 0 Everton 0: Rough and tumble night ends all square as top four fight rumbles on

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20:38 GMT, 16 April 2013

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UPDATED:

20:39 GMT, 16 April 2013

Arsenal and Everton slugged it out for a share of the spoils which does little to boost either sides' top four hopes.

The two came into the match in third and sixth place respectively, and remain there after a draw which will be remembered more its blood and thunder style than it will the football on show.

Such was the ferocity of the opening exchanges that tempers flared as the players left the pitch at half-time after Everton's Kevin Mirallas squirted Jack Wilshere with his drink.

Back on the pitch, Olivier Giroud wasted the two best chances enjoyed by either side, sliding one effort wide from an excellent Aaron Ramsey cross, then falling in a heap when well found by Theo Walcott.

More to follow…

No way through: Despite the best efforts of all concerned, neither side were able to find a goal

No way through: Despite the best efforts of all concerned, neither side were able to find a goal

MATCH FACTS

ARSENAL: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs (Monreal 90), Arteta, Ramsey, Wilshere (Oxlade-Chamberlain 68), Cazorla, Walcott (Podolski 69), Giroud Subs not used: Mannone, Vermaelen, Rosicky, Gervinho

Booked: Arteta, Monreal

Everton: Howard, Baines, Gibson, Jagielka, Mirallas (Oviedo 90), Distin, Barkley (Jelavic 76), Pienaar, Coleman, Fellaini, Anichebe (Naismith 90) Subs not used: Mucha, Heitinga, Hitzlsperger, Neville

Booked: Gibson, Pienaar, Barkley

Referee: Neil Swarbrick

Attendance: 60,071

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Rough and tumble: There were meaty challenges flying in all over the field as the sides battled for supremacy

Rough and tumble: There were meaty challenges flying in all over the field as the sides battled for supremacy

Rough and tumble: There were meaty challenges flying in all over the field as the sides battled for supremacy

Rough and tumble: There were meaty challenges flying in all over the field as the sides battled for supremacy

Rough and tumble: There were meaty challenges flying in all over the field as the sides battled for supremacy

Chances: Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud had Arsenal's best moments in the first half

Chances: Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud had Arsenal's best moments in the first half

Chances: Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud had Arsenal's best moments in the first half

Spat: There was a running battle between Jack Wilshere and Kevin Mirallas that continued into the break

Spat: There was a running battle between Jack Wilshere and Kevin Mirallas that continued into the break

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Spat: There was a running battle between Jack Wilshere and Kevin Mirallas that continued into the break

Spat: There was a running battle between Jack Wilshere and Kevin Mirallas that continued into the break

Korea Grand Prix 2012: Martin Whitmarsh praises Lewis Hamilton

'Heroic' Hamilton praised by McLaren boss Whitmarsh for fighting spirit in Korea

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12:15 GMT, 14 October 2012

McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh hailed Lewis Hamilton's dogged drive to 10th in the Korean Grand Prix as 'heroic' and one of the best in the team's history.

Hamilton's hopes of signing off from McLaren at the end of the year with a second world title in his pocket are effectively over as the result in Yeongam left him 62 points adrift of new championship leader Sebastian Vettel with only a maximum of 100 up for grabs.

His Korean challenge was undone by a rear anti-roll bar failure during his first stint, which had a dire effect on the car's handling and destroyed its tyres at a vastly accelerated rate.

Dogged: Lewis Hamilton battled through various technical problems to finish in a respectable tenth in Korea

Dogged: Lewis Hamilton battled through various technical problems to finish in a respectable tenth in Korea

It left the Briton as the only man who needed to make three stops during the 55-lap race as he slowly fell back from fourth place, despite his best efforts to fight with Kimi Raikkonen, Nico Hulkenberg and Romain Grosjean as they took advantage of his woes.

Even after his final stop Hamilton was threatening to catch and pass the Toro Rossos of Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniel Ricciardo, only to pick up a piece of loose Astroturf and fall back.

But, having had to deal with so many problems, Whitmarsh was in no doubt about the quality of the 2008 world champion's performance.

He said: 'I thought it was going to be very unlikely he would get to the end of the race because I thought he would probably consume all the tyres we had available for him.

'He showed really heroic fighting spirit to do a job, despite what a terrible day it is I have to come away incredibly proud of him and what he did in the circumstances to fight.

'He was fighting with Kimi and Grosjean and ultimately – after his third stop – catching the Toro Rossos and he should have been able to get past them when he collected two to three square metres of Astroturf on the car as well which he had to contend with for the last few laps.

'Most things that could go wrong did go wrong. I think he showed fantastic spirit and grit to get to the end and get the most hard-fought world championship point I can remember in the history of this team.

'For one point you don't get much more heroic a drive.

Unfortunate: A rear anti-roll bar on his car scuppered his chances of taking the race in Korea as some Astroturf was caught under his car

Unfortunate: A rear anti-roll bar on his car scuppered his chances of taking the race in Korea as some Astroturf was caught under his car

Unfortunate: A rear anti-roll bar on his car scuppered his chances of taking the race in Korea as some Astroturf was caught under his car

'That's the inspiration I will take away from Korea, I will try and forget lots of it, but the way in which he fought for that was fantastic.'

It was an even worse day for Hamilton's team-mate Jenson Button. Having started 11th the 2009 world champion only got as far as turn three, where he and Nico Rosberg were assaulted by the wayward Sauber of Kamui Kobayashi, who received a drive-through penalty for his trouble.

And Button was also unimpressed with the driving of his future team-mate Sergio Perez.

'I was braking for the first corner and Sergio braked really late and he didn't hit me, but he hit the car in front of me and broke something off the back of that car, so I had to run wide and push Nico (Rosberg) off the circuit.

'I don't know what happened then, I braked really late for turn three and saw a car flying over the top of mine and it was a Sauber again.

'It's pretty poor driving standards considering this is the pinnacle of motor sport.

'I don't know what they are doing out there, I don't know how Kobayashi managed to hit two of us under braking, it was pretty special of him.'

Praise: Martin Whitmarsh was delighted with Hamilton's 'heroic' drive

Praise: Martin Whitmarsh was delighted with Hamilton's 'heroic' drive

Roberto Mancini focused on Real Madrid after Stoke point

Bring on Madrid! Mancini focused on Real test after securing satisfactory Stoke point

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14:58 GMT, 16 September 2012

Manchester City will now turn their attention to Tuesday's mouth-watering clash with Real Madrid after surviving their traditionally tricky trip to Stoke relatively unscathed.

Last season's Barclays Premier League champions had to settle for a 1-1 draw at the Britannia Stadium after conceding a controversial goal and being frustrated in their late efforts to snatch a winner.

But with their three previous league visits to Stoke also ending with the same scoreline, manager Roberto Mancini was reasonably satisfied with a point that maintains an unbeaten start to the season.

Plenty to ponder: Mancini is now preparing for the clash with Real Madrid

Plenty to ponder: Mancini is now preparing for the clash with Real Madrid

The focus can now shift to the Bernabeu Stadium, and the latest attempt to muscle in among the European elite, without the hangover of a disappointing domestic result.

Mancini said: 'Real Madrid are one of the best teams in the world. To play the first game away will be very tough but at the same time I think it will be a fantastic game for everyone.'

Last season's top scorer Sergio Aguero, who was linked with Real earlier this year, could return to action in Spain after a month on the sidelines.

Aguero suffered a knee injury in the opening league game against Southampton but is now back in training, although he was not risked at Stoke.

When asked if the Argentinian could be available, Mancini said: 'Sergio has had one week working with the team, I think so.'

City were the stronger team at the Britannia but were left with work to do after Peter Crouch again put the Potters ahead in the 15th minute.

But the strike had little in common with his stunning volley in last season's contest between the two sides, as Crouch got away with a clear handball before touching home from close range.

City got their equaliser when debutant Javi Garcia was allowed a free header at a set-piece 20 minutes later and applied considerable pressure in the latter stages.

Jav some of that: Garcia scored for the champions

Jav some of that: Garcia scored for the champions

Jav some of that: Garcia scored for the champions

Yaya Toure forced Asmir Begovic into a fine save before the goalkeeper did even better to push a last-minute Garcia header onto the post.

There was still time for Edin Dzeko to lob Begovic but Ryan Shawcross got back to clear off the line.

Another of Mancini's new signings, Scott Sinclair, told City TV: 'It is a difficult place to come, it's a different sort of football.

'They don't really pass it around, they have a lot of big guys winning headers and the ball is in the air.

'We have got to adapt to that and it is a bit disappointing we didn't get the three points.

'But we have got the point and we can push forward and look forward to the Bernabeu.'

Deadline-day signings Sinclair, Garcia and Maicon all made their debuts while another new recruit, veteran goalkeeper Richard Wright, was on the bench.

For Pete's sake: Crouch clearly handled in the build-up to his goal

For Pete's sake: Crouch clearly handled in the build-up to his goal

Sinclair, 23, made his name with Swansea and is now relishing the opportunity to move up to the next level with City.

The winger said: 'I'm just settling now and hopefully I can progress game by game.

'I'd been waiting around and it was a long, stressful few weeks before signing but that's all gone now and I'm here and just looking to improve.

'Obviously there are a few other new players in. Everyone's just looking to settle in, get a feel for all the lads.

'Hopefully now we can keep progressing.'

London 2012 Paralympics: Rachel Morris wins road race bronze

Brits fail in bid to share road race bronze as Morris is awarded medal in photo-finish

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UPDATED:

12:24 GMT, 7 September 2012

Great Britain's Rachel Morris was awarded bronze in the women's H1-3 road race at Brands Hatch after crossing the line holding hands with team-mate Karen Darke in an apparent bid to share the medal.

Morris and Darke finished one minute 34 seconds behind Marianna Davis of the United States, who added road race gold to her time-trial victory on Wednesday, and despite their best efforts to finish together and share bronze, Morris placed third in a photo finish.

Monica Bascio, another American, was second, 33 seconds behind, before the British duo rode towards the final place on the podium at the end of the 48-kilometre race.

In it together: Karen Darke (left) and Rachel Morris in the women's road race

In it together: Karen Darke (left) and Rachel Morris in the women's road race

'We wanted it together, we crossed the line with our hands together,' Darke, who won time-trial silver on Wednesday, told Channel Four.

Morris said: 'We worked so hard together today.'

The 33-year-old from Guildford won time-trial gold in Beijing, but was injured and had her bike written off in an accident with a car in July which left her place in London in doubt. She was fifth in the time-trial on Wednesday.

Morris added: 'I've not had the best lead-in to this Games. This bronze medal means more than gold. It just means everything.'

It was the British cycling team's 21st medal of the Games, taking the team past the 20 they won in 2008.

Team work: Morris and Darke failed in their bid to share the bronze medal in the road race

Team work: Morris and Darke failed in their bid to share the bronze medal in the road race

Rafael van der Vaart signs for Hamburg from Tottenham

Another one bites the dust: Van der Vaart latest to leave Spurs in 10m return to Hamburg

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UPDATED:

14:16 GMT, 31 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Tottenham midfielder Rafael van der Vaart has returned to Hamburg in a 10.3million deal.

The Holland playmaker has signed a three-year contract with the Bundesliga club, after flying out for a medical, and will wear the No 23 shirt that has always been associated with him at the Imtech Arena, after it unexpectedly became available.

'I am delighted that Rafael van der Vaart will be playing for Hamburg again,' said the Bundesliga club's coach Thorsten Fink. 'He will be a strong addition to our team.'

The 29-year old was such a crowd favourite in his first spell at Hamburg, from 2005 to 2008, that the club refused to give it anyone else, in the hope he would return.

Welcome back: Hamburg tweeted this picture of Rafael van der Vaart with Frank Arnesen

Welcome back: Hamburg tweeted this picture of Rafael van der Vaart with Frank Arnesen

On his way: Rafael van der Vaart is undertaking his Hamburg medical

On his way: Rafael van der Vaart is undertaking his Hamburg medical

Despairing of luring him back, they
relented last year and handed it to Slobodan Rajkovic. But the defender
had a blazing row with head coach Thorsten Fink just two months ago and
was immediately made available.

Hamburg have been unable to offload
him, despite their best efforts to fix up a permanent transfer or loan,
but have removed him from their squad list, leaving van der Vaart free
to pull on, once more, number 23.

The deal had been in the balance for
nearly a week, amid uncertainty over whether billionaire benefactor
Klaus-Michael Kuehne would bankroll it. But the 75-year old finally
agreed to loan his local club the money, and the 10.3million offer was
rubberstamped at a board meeting that only ended at 2am Friday morning.

'I can confirm that Rafael is on his way to Hamburg now for a medical,' the forward's agent Robert Geerlings said.

Van der Vaart struck 15 times in 36 appearances in his first season and then bagged 13 more goals in his second year in England. He signed for Harry Redknapp on deadline day two years ago.

Previously he spoke about a potential return to the club he spent three years at before joining Real Madrid.

He said: 'I spent three years living in Hamburg and had a wonderful time at HSV. My wife Sylvie works there and we have many friends who live in your country [Germany].'

Grand plan: Andre Villas-Boas is overhauling the club

Grand plan: Andre Villas-Boas is overhauling the club

Gylfi Sigurdsson was signed in the
summer and is a natural replacement to play behind the striker in Van
der Vaart's favoured position.

Tottenham
have boosted their midfield with the 15m purchase of Moussa Dembele
from Fulham, but also lost Luka Modric to Real Madrid.

Van der Vaart's wife Sylvie tweeted: 'Thank you Spurs, and all the fans for an amazing time!You guys have the greatest team in England. Will ♥ you always#coys Time to go home now ♥'

Tottenham have agreed a 22m deal with Porto for Joao Moutinho who will replace the Dutchman in Villas-Boas' squad.

Jacksonville Jaguars to play NFL matches at Wembley

Jaguars commit to four-year deal as Wembley 'home' team for NFL clashes

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19:25 GMT, 21 August 2012

The Jacksonville Jaguars have made a four-year commitment to be the 'home' team in the NFL's International Series games hosted in London starting from next season.

The Jaguars will play a game at Wembley each year from 2013 to 2016 against opponents yet to be named.

The announcement comes a little over a week since the St Louis Rams pulled out of their own commitment to be the home team in 2013 and 2014. The Rams will play the New England Patriots in this year's game on October 23rd.

London calling: Jacksonville Jaguars will play at Wembley as the home team

London calling: Jacksonville Jaguars will play at Wembley as the home team

'Our goal is to continue to grow the game, and this commitment by the Jacksonville Jaguars represents a major step forward in our international efforts,' said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

'We have had a tremendously positive reaction to our sport in the UK and we're excited that the Jaguars are seizing this opportunity to raise the profile for the team as well as the Jacksonville community.'

In charge: Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio

In charge: Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio

The NFL has committed to playing at least one regular-season game in London each year until 2016, and confirmed they are continuing to work towards adding a second game in 2013.

The initial allocation of 65,000 tickets for this October's game between the Rams and Patriots have sold out, with the remaining tickets due to go on sale in September.

Mark Cavendish set to leave Sky

Cavendish plans his breakaway from Sky after growing tired of playing support role

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21:30 GMT, 18 August 2012

Mark Cavendish, a key part of Team Sky’s Tour de France triumph with Bradley Wiggins, is to quit the British outfit after just one year.

Cavendish, the current world road race champion and the 2011 Tour de France green jersey winner, will hold talks with Sky’s general manager, Dave Brailsford, next week to extricate himself from the remaining two-and-a-half years of his 1.5million-a-year contract.

Sky will not oppose the breakaway by 27-year-old Cavendish, who is seeking an agreement that he can begin negotiations with other teams. As many as six outfits have expressed an interest in taking him on.

Conflict of interest: Team Sky's Mark Cavendish (left) and Bradley Wiggins

Conflict of interest: Team Sky's Mark Cavendish (left) and Bradley Wiggins

Sky’s dream was to have Wiggins, the first Briton to win the Tour de France, and Cavendish sharing the spotlight but, despite the Manxman winning another three Tour stages last month to become the fourth-highest stage winner on 23, both he and Sky realise that sharing team efforts in an attempt to win yellow and green jerseys has proved impossible.

While Wiggins enjoyed a total team effort on his way to making British sporting history, Cavendish, often little more than a water collector for his team-mates, had to make do with scraps of help, although his final stage win on the Champs Elysees was due in good part to the efforts of his colleagues.

However, the experience has left the 2011 BBC Sports Personality of the Year frustrated and disillusioned and he yearns to return to a team who throw all their energies behind him, as was the case with HTC-Highroad during his green jersey-winning Tour last year.

Pain: Cavendish at the Olympics

Pain: Cavendish at the Olympics

His desire to leave has been fuelled by the realisation that their first aim next year will be another Tour de France win, either through Wiggins or runner-up Chris Froome, who is team leader at the Vuelta a Espana, which started yesterday, and who is seen as a strong contender to win the centenary staging of the Tour.

If Cavendish stayed at Sky, he would have to win sprint stages virtually on his own and then sit back and watch Wiggins and Froome go for yellow.
Officially, all parties concerned say Cavendish is still a Team Sky rider and this remains the case until he and Brailsford meet next week, but heading the queue for his signature are BMC, who helped Cadel Evans win the Tour de France last year.

The Australian was team leader again last month but faded to seventh place in his defence of the yellow jersey and appears to be on his way out. BMC would be changing tack from yellow to green jersey but are keen to team Cavendish with the Belgian, Philippe Gilbert.

Although Liquigas, Rabobank and Lampre have also made inquiries, BMC’s main competition for Cavendish will come from Katusha, the Russian team with oligarch millions behind them, and Omega Pharma Quickstep.

Negotiations are likely to be resolved quickly, with Cavendish, currently preparing for next week’s Tour of Denmark, followed by the Tour of Britain, looking to defend his world title in the Netherlands in five weeks’ time.

Sealed with a kiss: Cavendish teamed up with Jake Humphrey on the BBC

Sealed with a kiss: Cavendish teamed up with Jake Humphrey on the BBC

Brailsford, meanwhile, has spoken of his desire to turn Team Sky into one of the biggest sporting names in the world.

‘I want to build one of the best sports teams in the world, if not the best,’ said the Welshman, ‘and I’m talking all sports. What are the criteria in becoming a Barcelona or a Real Madrid, a New Zealand All Blacks, a Ferrari, an LA Lakers and so on How do the very best go about their business What do they all have in common

‘First and foremost, it means results. Yes, we’ve won the Tour and did it ahead of schedule, but we need to win it again and again. We believe we have the tools and the riders. But it’s also to do with our attitudinal approach to everything connected to us.

‘We want to become the model sports team, a point of reference for not just cycling but world sport to follow in terms of innovation, technology, team building and pushing the boundaries.’

London 2012 Olympics: Badminton: Eight badminton players disqualified

Booted out! All eight badminton fixers disqualified from Games

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12:13 GMT, 1 August 2012

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The eight badminton players at the centre of allegations of throwing matches in the women's doubles have been disqualified from the Olympics.

Former British badminton star Gail Emms earlier led calls for the four women's pairs to be kicked out of the Games after a series of deliberate attempts to lose their matches.

She also claimed the referee had been warned before the matches that something 'dodgy' could happen, but the concerns were dismissed.

Controversy: Greysia Polii and Meiliana Jauhari of Indonesia and Jung Eun Ha and Min Jung Kim of Korea are threatened with a 'black card'

Controversy: Greysia Polii and Meiliana Jauhari of Indonesia and Jung Eun Ha and Min Jung Kim of Korea are threatened with a 'black card'

In scenes of farce at Wembley Arena on Tuesday evening, the top seeds from China, two from South Korea and another from Indonesia seemed to want to lose in an attempt to manipulate the draw.

A hearing was held this morning, and all of the athletes involved have since been banned for their part in the scandal.

All eight players had been charged by the Badminton World Federation/BWF with 'not using one's best efforts to win a match' and 'conducting oneself in a manner that is clearly abusive or detrimental to the sport'.

Emms, who won Olympic silver with Nathan Robertson in the mixed doubles in Athens in 2004, was outraged by the conduct and told BBC Radio Five Live: 'This is the Olympic Games, if badminton wants to save face I personally feel they should disqualify the four pairs and re-instate the pairs who came third and fourth in the group and then have a better competition.

'You cannot do this in an Olympic Games, this is something that is not acceptable and it just makes not only our sport but the organisers and the poor crowd who had to watch, who pay good money to watch two matches….it was just disgraceful, absolutely disgraceful.

'I would disqualify them.'

More to follow.

Not amused: Gail Emms has called for the fixers to be disqualified

Not amused: Gail Emms has called for the fixers to be disqualified


Farce: Wang Xiaoli (right) and Yu Yang (left) wanted to avoid playing their compatriots

Farce: Wang Xiaoli (right) and Yu Yang (left) wanted to avoid playing their compatriots


Victors: Kim Ha Na (left) and Jung Kyung Eun (right) eventually won, despite their best efforts

Victors: Kim Ha-na (left) and Jung Kyung-eun (right) eventually won, despite their best efforts


Heated: A coach for Indonesia argues with a court official

Heated: A coach for Indonesia argues with the tournament referee

London 2012 Olympics: Gail Emms calls for Badminton fixers to be kicked out of Games

Kick them out! Former star Emms calls for Badminton's fixers to be disqualified

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Former British badminton star Gail Emms has called for the four women's pairs who apparently tried to throw matches on Tuesday night to be disqualified from the Olympics.

She also claimed the referee had been warned before the matches that something 'dodgy' could happen, but the concerns were dismissed.

In scenes of farce at Wembley Arena on Tuesday evening, a pair from China, two from South Korea and another from Indonesia seemed to want to lose in an attempt to manipulate the draw.

Controversy: Greysia Polii and Meiliana Jauhari of Indonesia and Jung Eun Ha and Min Jung Kim of Korea are threatened with a 'black card'

Controversy: Greysia Polii and Meiliana Jauhari of Indonesia and Jung Eun Ha and Min Jung Kim of Korea are threatened with a 'black card'

The Badminton World Federation confirmed that all four pairs would face charges of 'not using one's best efforts to win a match' and 'conducting oneself in a manner that is clearly abusive or detrimental to the sport'.

A hearing will be held later on Wednesday morning with a decision due to be announced in due course.

But Emms, who won Olympic silver with Nathan Robertson in the mixed doubles in Athens in 2004, told BBC Radio Five Live: 'This is the Olympic Games, if badminton wants to save face I personally feel they should disqualify the four pairs and re-instate the pairs who came third and fourth in the group and then have a better competition.

'You cannot do this in an Olympic Games, this is something that is not acceptable and it just makes not only our sport but the organisers and the poor crowd who had to watch, who pay good money to watch two matches….it was just disgraceful, absolutely disgraceful.

Not amused: Gail Emms has called for the fixers to be disqualified

Not amused: Gail Emms has called for the fixers to be disqualified

'I would disqualify them.'

All four pairs had already qualified for the last eight meaning the only issues at stake were the final placings in the first-round group stage.

The fiasco began when Chinese top seeds Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang started to show little interest in beating Koreans Jung Kyung-eun and Kim Ha-na to finish top of Group A.

Coming second would have meant avoiding compatriots and second seeds Tian Qing and Zhao Yunlei at least until the final.

Tian and Zhao had been sent off their natural path to the final as second seeds by defeat to Denmark's Kamilla Rytter Juhl and Christinna Pedersen earlier in the day.

Farce: Wang Xiaoli (right) and Yu Yang (left) wanted to avoid playing their compatriots

Farce: Wang Xiaoli (right) and Yu Yang (left) wanted to avoid playing their compatriots

The Koreans responded to China's antics by copying them and referee Thorsten Berg emerged to warn all the players.

The match restarted and the Koreans went on to win 21-14 21-11. The startling statistic revealed the longest rally in the first game had been just four strokes.

The matter did not end there as a second Korean pair, the third seeds Ha Jung-eun and Kim Min-jung, then attempted to engineer defeat in their match against Indonesia's Meiliana Jauhari and Greysia Polii.

Their motive was apparent retaliation to avoid Wang and Yu in the quarter-finals, an outcome they failed to achieve as they eventually won 18-21 21-14 21-12.

Victors: Kim Ha Na (left) and Jung Kyung Eun (right) eventually won, despite their best efforts

Victors: Kim Ha-na (left) and Jung Kyung-eun (right) eventually won, despite their best efforts

The Indonesians were not bystanders in the affair either as they responded to the Koreans by trying to lose themselves.

With the crowd getting increasingly restless, Berg again intervened and brandished the black card to disqualify the players.

He quickly rescinded his decision on protest but returned courtside, despite an attempt to restrain him by the Indonesia coach, as the histrionics – now including time-wasting – continued.

Emms also claimed that the referee was warned about the potential for a situation developing in the evening session earlier in the day but dismissed any concerns.

'This point was raised in the lunchtime manager's meeting,' she said. “All the managers got together with the referee and said, 'look, this has happened, in Group D you will find some very dodgy matches going on in the evening because of it' and the referee laughed and said 'oh don't be silly'.

Heated: A coach for Indonesia argues with a court official

Heated: A coach for Indonesia argues with the tournament referee

'And the managers said 'we know the game, we know the players and we know the teams and we know this is going to happen.'

She added: 'Badminton, in the Olympics and in all tournaments across the circuit, it's never played in a group stage, it's always a straight knockout system and for some reason they decided that the Olympic Games in 2012 should be this group stages.

'And as soon as heard that I went 'it's going to bring up match fixing', that was my first thought, and lo and behold last night that is exactly what happened.'

London 2012 Olympics: Hannah Miley misses 400m medley medals

Brave Miley misses out as Chinese teenager Ye sets new world record in 400m medley

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19:46 GMT, 28 July 2012

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Hannah Miley fell short in her mission to win Great Britain's first medal of the 2012 Olympics when she was fifth in a 400 metres individual medley race that saw the first long-course world record set by a woman since the ban on performance-enhancing suits.

Ye Shiwen, just 16, secured China's second gold of the session after Sun Yang's commanding 400m freestyle victory.

Ye, who won the 200m individual medley aged 15 at the World Championships in Shanghai last year, produced a superb freestyle to stretch away and touch in four minutes 28.43 seconds.

Record breaker: Ye Shiwen celebrates her success in the 400m individual medley

Record breaker: Ye Shiwen celebrates her success in the 400m individual medley

World champion Elizabeth Beisel was second with Ye's compatriot Xuanxu Li third.

For Miley, it was a disappointment although she was never really in the hunt for a medal. The 22-year-old had been strongly fancied to challenge after her breakthrough on the global stage last year when she was second in the World Championships in Shanghai.

Despite the Garioch swimmer's best efforts, she touched two places outside the medals in 4mins 34.17secs.

Sun continued to leave an indelible mark on the global stage just before Ye's triumph.

Not this time: Hannah Miley finished off the pace in the 400m individual medley

Not this time: Hannah Miley finished off the pace in the 400m individual medley

The 20-year-old was second over eight lengths at the World Championships in Shanghai last year before producing a sublime 1,500m freestyle in which he lowered Grant Hackett's long-standing world record.

While talk of the Chinese swimmer has focused on how far into uncharted territory he can take the longer event, Sun came to London heading the 400m world rankings.

He qualified fastest from a dramatic morning session which had seen defending champion Park Tae-Hwan disqualified and then reinstated.

South Korean Park was second tonight, with Peter Vanderkaay of the United States third.

Sun's time of three minutes and 40.14 seconds was an Olympic record and the 20-year-old was under world record pace until the final metres when he slipped outside.

It surely cannot be so long before he, or another swimmer, breaks it but it demonstrates the advantage of performance-enhancing suits at the back end of a race.

Paul Biedermann broke the world record in the turbo suit chaos of 2009 but today he failed to make it through to the final.

Sun and Park were in a shoot-out with 100m to go but the former took control on the penultimate length, his languid stroke lengthening.

Carry touched in seventh in 3:48.62, his qualification for the final 'a dream come true' for the Scot who at 30 is the oldest on the team.