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Happy 7th birthday, Twitter! Highs and lows in sport

Happy 7th birthday, Twitter! Highs (and lows) since the micro-blogging site changed the way we interact with sports stars

Olympics.
267,200 tweets per minute after Juan Mata scored for Spain in the Euro 2012 final victory Italy.
13.7m tweets during the Super Bowl when the New York Giants defeated the New England Patriots 21-17.
184,535 tweets per minute when Fernando
Torres equalised against Barcelona to send Chelsea heading towards the
2012 Champions League final.

Torres torrent: The Chelsea striker's goal against Barcelona prompted a flood of tweets


Torres torrent: The Chelsea striker's goal against Barcelona prompted a flood of tweets

Seven Twitter controversies

Joey Barton v Dietmaar Hamann

Joey Barton seems to be ranting and raving every hour of every day, giving his outspoken opinions on everything from The FA to the Israel-Palestine dispute. But his most controversial exchange came when a row erupted with Dietmaar Hamann, after Barton tweeted about QPR’s attempt to hijack Newcastle’s bid for Loic Remy in the January transfer window.

Barton was chided by Hamann for getting involved in ‘club politics’ and he responded viciously with a string of insults and allegations about the former Newcastle, Liverpool and Manchester City player. The pair hammered out a total of over 50 messages and Barton repeatedly told Hamann, 39, to get his ‘life in order’ and claimed the German was unprofessional.

The volatile midfielder also made reference to a gambling problem which Hamann revealed he had, in February 2012, and his family life.

Repeat offender: Barton has been involved in numerous Twitter spats, including with former team-mate Hamann

Repeat offender: Barton has been involved in numerous Twitter spats, including one with Hamann

Repeat offender: Barton has been involved in numerous Twitter spats, including one with Hamann

Ashley Cole v Rio Ferdinand

After Ashley Cole reportedly gave court evidence defending Chelsea team-mate John Terry against allegations of racism towards Anton Ferdinand last summer, Rio Ferdinand, disappointed by the ‘Not Guilty’ verdict sent a tweet suggesting that Ashley Cole was a ‘Choc ice’.

Rio was subsequently fined by The FA but the controversy re-emerged in December when Ferdinand was the was left bleeding after being hit in the face with a two pence coin as he celebrated Manchester United’s winning goal against Manchester City at Eastlands.

The family of Ashley Cole took to Facebook to declare their pleasure in seeing Ferdinand hurt, with the Chelsea star’s brother Matthew is said to have posted on Facebook: ‘So happy Rio got hit in the face today when he tried to give it kissing his badge!! Straight in the eye!! Made my day.’ Cole’s mother Sue later added her own comment: ‘Give the fan that threw it a medal!!’

Former friends: Ferdinand and Cole fell out following allegations of racism directed at Anton Ferdinand

Former friends: Ferdinand and Cole fell out following allegations of racism directed at Anton Ferdinand

Former friends: Ferdinand and Cole fell out following allegations of racism directed at Anton Ferdinand

Ashley Cole slams The FA

Ashley Cole was fined 90,000 after admitting a Football Association charge in relation to foul-mouthed outburst on Twitter.

The Chelsea and England full-back labelled the FA a 'bunch of t***s' on the social networking site after an independent regulatory commission of the governing body investigating the John Terry racial abuse case had cast doubt on Cole's evidence.

His comments were swiftly removed but the FA reacted quickly and charged Cole, whose furious outburst was retweeted more than 19,000 times and provoked large condemnation from the footballing world.

Referee Mark Halsey receives Death Threats

Referee Mark Halsey called the police in over sick Twitter taunts following his handling of the explosive clash between Liverpool and Manchester United.

A number of tweets referred to Halsey's well-known battle against cancer and sickeningly referred to his wife, Michelle, who has also been fighting the disease.

Two of the most offensive comments came from a John Wareing who posted ‘I hope Mark Halsey gets cancer again and dies’ (@johnwareing1) and a John Hughes who tweeted ‘Mark Halsey should’ve died of cancer’ (@lfcjohn259).

Within minutes of the game finishing in a 2-1 defeat for Liverpool, messages were being posted on social media websites following a number of controversial refereeing decisions including a first-half red card for Liverpool’s Jonjo Shelvey for a rash tackle on United defender Jonny Evans.

Sick: Referee Halsey was targeted by Twitter thugs over his handling of a match

Sick: Referee Halsey was targeted by Twitter thugs over his handling of a match

10 Year Old Boy 'blacks up' as El Hadji Diouf

A ten-year-old Leeds United fan became embroiled in an online race row after he blacked up to pose with his hero El Hadji Diouf.

The child posted a series of pictures on his Twitter account provoking a backlash from users who said he was racist.

But the primary school child said he did not realise it would be offensive and did it as a tribute to his footballing hero. The boy’s father was forced to take to his son’s Twitter account to defend him from accusations of racism.

He wrote: 'I want to apologise if (my son) dressing up has caused offence.'

Unbelievable: One Leeds fans 'blacked up' to mimic his favourite player - Diouf

Unbelievable: One Leeds fans 'blacked up' to mimic his favourite player – Diouf

Ryan Babel Mocks up Howard Webb in a Man United shirt

In January 2011, Liverpool winger Ryan Babel became the first professional footballer to be censured for comments made on the social networking site Twitter after the Football Association fined the Dutch international 10,000 for posting a mocked-up picture of referee Howard Webb wearing a Manchester United shirt.

In the dock: Liverpool striker Babel was reprimanded for posting this mocked-up picture of Webb

In the dock: Liverpool striker Babel was reprimanded for posting this mocked-up picture of Webb

In the dock: Liverpool striker Babel was reprimanded for posting this mocked-up picture of Webb

Carlton Cole Fined for Anti-Immigration tweets

Carlton Cole was fined 20,000 by the FA for his Twitter comments during England’s match against Ghana in March 2011.

Cole tweeted: ‘Immigration has surrounded the Wembley premises! I knew it was a trap! Hahahaha. The only way to get out safely is to wear an England jersey and paint your face w/ the St. George’s flag!’

He later deleted the tweet and said it was a ‘joke’.

Bobby Barnes, deputy chief executive of the PFA, said: ‘The commission fully accepted the mitigation put forward on Carlton’s behalf and his apology for any offence caused, however unintentionally.

Poorly chosen words: Cole said his comments about immigration were a 'joke'

Poorly chosen words: Cole said his comments about immigration were a 'joke'

Ashley Barnes charged by FA

Brighton's Barnes could see four-match ban extended after being charged for trip on referee

By
Andy James

PUBLISHED:

16:47 GMT, 13 March 2013

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UPDATED:

18:07 GMT, 13 March 2013

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Brighton's Ashley Barnes has been charged by the Football Association for the apparent trip on referee Nigel Miller on March 9 at the Reebok Stadium.

Barnes appeared to make contact with Miller in the closing seconds of his side's 1-0 defeat by Bolton, an offence for which he was shown a red card.

His punishment was a four-game ban, one more than the standard three due to it being the striker's second dismissal of the season.

Scroll down to watch footage of the incident…

Marching orders: Barnes is dismissed by referee Nigel Miller

Marching orders: Barnes is dismissed by referee Nigel Miller

Lengthy ban: Barnes has been sent off twice this season

Lengthy ban: Barnes has been sent off twice this season

Lengthy ban: Barnes has been sent off twice this season already and his protests (below) fell on deaf ears

But, having considered the evidence, the FA have opened proceedings which could lead to an enhanced punishment.

The FA have ruled that the incident displayed 'truly exceptional circumstances' and as such it has been referred to an independent three-man commission who can recommend a further ban if they feel it necessary.

A statement today read: 'The FA has
charged Brighton and Hove Albion's Ashley Barnes following his side's
game against Bolton Wanderers on Saturday 9 March 2013.

'It is alleged that Barnes's
behaviour in relation to the match official, for which the player was
dismissed for violent conduct towards the end of the game, constituted
an offence whereby the standard punishment that would otherwise apply
was clearly insufficient.'

Close quarters: Miller and Barnes are just yards away from each other as Bolton clear

Close quarters: Miller and Barnes are just yards away from each other as Bolton clear

Trip: Barnes sticks out a boot as Miller sets off on a run

Trip: Barnes sticks out a boot as Miller sets off on a run

Whistle: Miller sticks up his hand as he stops the game

Whistle: Miller sticks up his hand as he stops the game

Barnes has been given until 6pm on Thursday to respond.

Speaking immediately after the match –
and before reviewing video evidence – Brighton manager Gus Poyet said:
'I would like to see it.

'Before I talk to him I'm going to have a look because if he's done something to the referee…let's wait and see.

'My way of managing this is I prefer
the player to calm down because if you go to the dressing room and you
ask them straight away then they will put their excuse in there and
blame somebody else.'

VIDEO: Watch Barnes's trip on referee Miller from 50 seconds in

Final moments of Bolton Wanderers 1-0 Brighton & Hove Albion

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Rugby fans to be taken up close and personal to the players with new television "Refcam"

Rugby fans to be taken up close and personal to the players with new television 'Refcam'

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11:18 GMT, 19 December 2012

Rugby fans will be closer than ever to the hard-hitting action from this weekend with the introduction of a 'Refcam' which promises to revolutionise how the sport is broadcast.

Officials will have a three-inch square High Definition camera strapped to their chest with a Velcro harness to record the action unfolding in front of them.

Sky Sports directors will have access to the feed for television output, while the RFU will make use of footage for referee training.

New insight: Rugby fans will be able to see the action close up with a new 'Refcam' being trialled in a Championship match this weekend

New insight: Rugby fans will be able to see the action close up with a new 'Refcam' being trialled in a Championship match this weekend

The first referee to wear the 'Refcam' will be Matt Carley, who takes charge of the Championship match between Newcastle Falcons and London Scottish at Kingston Park on Sunday.

The camera should offer a unique perspective into the role of the officials and what happens on the field of play.

It also records audio for an additional insight into conversations and arguments between players in addition to the existing ref's microphone.

If Sunday's trial is successful, the 'Refcam' could become a staple of television coverage of rugby.

'You are looking right into everything,' said Ed Morrison, the RFU's head of elite referees. 'You see what the referee sees. It is a way we can measure ourselves in a more accurate way and at the same time offer more education. The potential is enormous.'

Scrutiny: Officials' decisions will be analysed making use of the video evidence

Scrutiny: Officials' decisions will be analysed making use of the video evidence

Sky made an approach to Morrison last month following a successful experiment by American broadcaster HBO at an Amir Khan bout.

A tiny camera was sewn into the referee's bow tie, delivering a high quality, close quarters feed of every blow.

'I was spellbound,' added Morrison. 'It's a quite incredible piece of technology.

'For a scrum, you are looking down the tunnel. If you want to emphasise something, this will do so enormously.

'We can freeze it and ask a referee, What were you looking for What do you see wrong with that ruck or maul It will make a great training tool.'

The technology was successfully trialled by leading RFU official JP Doyle in a recent under-16 match at Harrow School.

Gus Williamson, Sky's executive rugby producer, said it would 'showcase rugby in a very good light.'

He said: 'The collisions in rugby are so brutal now. Imagine seeing two 18-stone forwards crashing into each other only 18 inches from the referee.

'It will make for some compelling images and it will offer a perspective of what it takes to do the job of the referee.'

The results of the trial, to include a number of Championship fixtures, will be assessed in the new year.

CAMERA TECHNOLOGY IN OTHER SPORTS

Boxing – A tiny camera was sewn into the referee's bow tie by American broadcaster HBO at a recent Amir Khan fight

Cricket – Broadcasters use a variety of technology to judge whether umpires have made the right call, including stump cams, Hawk-eye ball tracking and the Snickometer

Football – Goal line technology was trialled at the FIFA Club World Cup last week, using a microchip in the ball

End to controversy: Goal line technology was trialled by FIFA in the recent Club World Cup using a micro-chipped football and an adapted watch which flashes 'Goal' if the ball crossed the line

End to controversy: Goal line technology was trialled by FIFA in the recent Club World Cup using a micro-chipped football and an adapted watch which flashes 'Goal' if the ball crossed the line

Tennis – Hawk-eye uses ten high-speed cameras around the court to judge whether the ball went out

Hillsborough disaster: Attorney General applies to have original inquest verdicts quashed

One step closer! Attorney General calls for Hillsborough inquest verdicts to be quashed

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UPDATED:

18:39 GMT, 10 December 2012

A formal application to quash the verdicts of the original Hillsborough inquests has been made by the Government's top lawyer.

Attorney General Dominic Grieve said there was a 'good' case for setting aside the accidental death verdicts and holding new hearings into the deaths of the 96 Liverpool fans killed in the 1989 football stadium disaster.

The move comes after a damning report into the tragedy revealed a cover-up which attempted to shift the blame on to the victims.

Tragedy: There were 96 Liverpool fans killed in the 1989 Hillsborough disaster

Tragedy: There were 96 Liverpool fans killed in the 1989 Hillsborough disaster

Mr Grieve will appear in person at the High Court to argue that new evidence means there should be fresh inquests.

He said: 'I believe that the case for the High Court to quash the original inquests is a good one.

'My application has now been lodged with the Court. It is my intention to appear to argue the case at the hearing that will take place in the High Court.'

If the court quashes the original inquests and orders fresh inquests to be heard, its powers are limited to referring the cases back to the district in which they were originally heard.

In 95 of the cases this means the cases must be sent back to Sheffield or Doncaster.

It is understood that the Attorney General will suggest that the court should return the cases to Doncaster.

The families had made it clear they wished for the new inquests to be held in Liverpool but a spokesman for the Attorney General's office said the location will be 'a matter for the coronial process'.

Application: Attorney General Dominic Grieve

Application: Attorney General Dominic Grieve

Ninety six Liverpool supporters died in the crush at Sheffield Wednesday's stadium on April 15, 1989, where their team were to meet Nottingham Forest in an FA Cup semi-final.

Anne Williams, whose son Kevin died in the disaster, wrote on Twitter: 'Just received e mail the Attorney General is sending kevins case to the divisional courts seeking a new inquest his death.'

More than 105,000 people have signed an e-petition calling for a fresh inquest into Kevin Williams' death to be held swiftly as his mother is suffering from cancer.

Mrs Williams, 60, who has made four submissions to overturn the verdict of her son's inquest to different Attorney Generals over the years, said this is what she had been waiting 23 years for.

She said: 'Looking at it (the email) now, I can't believe it. This is my fourth submission to Attorney Generals over the years and they have always come back 'not in the interests of justice'.'

Mrs Williams said she was now 'one step closer' to knowing the truth about what happened to her son on that day.

Chairwoman of the Hillsborough Families Support Group, Margaret Aspinall, whose son James, 18, died at Hillsborough, said: 'We have waited over 20 years for these verdicts to be overturned and I'm sure all the families will be delighted to hear that these steps are being taken.

Determination: The families of the 96 victims have campaigned for justice for 23 years

Determination: The families of the 96 victims have campaigned for justice for 23 years

'It is a great step towards getting the justice we have fought for.'

Last week new laws giving extra powers to the police watchdog investigating the Hillsborough disaster and cover-up were rushed through the Commons.

Policing minister Damian Green said the changes were essential to ensure the 'double injustice' suffered by the victims of the disaster, as uncovered by the Hillsborough Independent Panel report published earlier this year, could be remedied.

The Police (Complaints and Conduct) Bill had cross-party support and cleared the Commons in under four hours, receiving its second and third readings without a vote.

The actions of up to 2,400 serving or retired officers could be considered by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) investigation – the watchdog's biggest ever investigation.

The new rules, which still have to be approved by the House of Lords, would enable the IPCC to compel serving officers or staff on other police bodies to attend an interview.

MANCHESTER DERBY PICTURE SPECIAL: The goals, the rows and the rivalry… and Ryan Giggs" embarrassing tights

MANCHESTER DERBY PICTURE SPECIAL: The goals, the rows and the rivalry… plus Ryan Giggs' embarrassing tights

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18:23 GMT, 7 December 2012

Move over the Merseyside derby. North London has nothing on this. The big one is back – the Manchester derby. Sunday. 1.30pm. Buckle up and enjoy.

Millions will be watching this Sunday's events at the Etihad. The match will be broadcast live in 212 territories across the globe, reaching an astonishing 720 million homes worldwide.

There will also be 12 international broadcasters present at the Etihad Stadium, including ESPN Brasil and NHK Japan, the highest number of broadcasters at any Barclays Premier League game this season.

It has become the stand-out fixture of
the Premier League season and here's the photographic
evidence… We love the goals, the rows, the celebrations, the banter
and, above all else, the rivalry…

THE GOALS…

The most famous derby goal: Denis Law (No 10), then of City in 1974, scores with a back-heel past United goalkeeper Alec Stepney. It was a strike which still haunts Law because it effectively confirmed United's relegation

The most famous derby goal: Denis Law (No 10), then of City in 1974, scores with a back-heel past United goalkeeper Alec Stepney. It was a strike which still haunts Law because it effectively confirmed United's relegation

Law mobbed by spectators

Manchester United fans invade the pitch and mob Manchester City's Denis Law at the final whistle of the Manchester derby

Life's a pitch: Supporters mob Law after his back-heeled goal on April 27, 1974 for City against United at Old Trafford. Other results would have sent United down anyway and the game had to be abandoned after a pitch invasion (right) with five minutes left.

DENIS LAW ON THAT GOAL… IN HIS OWN WORDS

'I was inconsolable. I didn’t want it to happen. How long did the feeling last How long ago was the game Thirty-odd years. There is your answer. The subject always crops up. It’s one of those things. It’s always there and I am always remembered for it. That’s a shame.

I played with all those guys. They were pals. I didn’t want them down. It was the last thing in the world that I wanted. It didn’t feel good, no. We weren’t friends on the field. We would kick each other. But once the whistle went and it was over, things changed.

There was a bar in those days so we would have a cup of tea or coffee or a beer and then we might meet up later. It was just normal in those days. I was a bit different as I had been at both clubs and I knew guys who were still playing.

I knew the trainers and the guys behind the scenes. As the years have gone on it has changed, I guess.'

Taken from a 2010 interview by Ian Ladyman

Second most famous derby goal: Wayne Rooney's majestic overhead kick against City in February last year

Second most famous derby goal: Wayne Rooney's majestic overhead kick against City in February last year

Close one: United legend Charlton narrowly misses against City as the Blue side of Manchester prevailed with a 4-0 win in 1969

Close one: United legend Charlton narrowly misses against City as the Blue side of Manchester prevailed with a 4-0 win in 1969

Trevor Morley (front right) scores the second City goal. Mal Donaghy (R). Football: Division 1: Manchester City v Manchester United (5-1)

Manchester City's Vincent Kompany (3-L) rises above Manchester United's Chris Smalling (2-R)

Blue moon rising: Trevor Morley (above, far right) scores City's second in their 1989 5-1 thumping of United and captain Vincent Kompany (right) rises highest to score City's opener against United at the Etihad last April

Rarity: Paul Scholes scores the first goal - with his head! - during the 2003 derby, which United won 3-1

Rarity: Paul Scholes scores the first goal – with his head! – during the 2003 derby, which United won 3-1

The near miss: Manchester City's Don Revie (centre) wheels away thinking he has headed home, but the ball strikes the post and United's Bill Foulkes is on hand to clear

The near miss: Manchester City's Don Revie (centre) wheels away thinking he has headed home, but the ball strikes the post and United's Bill Foulkes is on hand to clear

THE ROWS…

Red Devil: Allenby Chilton, the Manchester United captain, heads for the dressing room after being sent of against City in a 1955 FA Cup tie

Red Devil: Allenby Chilton, the Manchester United captain, heads for the dressing room after being sent of against City in a 1955 FA Cup tie

Temper, temper: Bryan Robson (No 7) and Dennis Irwin (centre) wade in as Niall Quinn (No 9) and Steve McMahon (hidden) attempt to keep the peace at Old Trafford in 1992

Temper, temper: Bryan Robson (No 7) and Dennis Irwin (centre) wade in as Niall Quinn (No 9) and Steve McMahon (hidden) attempt to keep the peace at Old Trafford in 1992

In the red corner: Denis Law takes a swipe at Tommy Booth in 1969 as Joe Corrigan lies on the floor during the 2-2 derby draw at Old Trafford

In the red corner: Denis Law takes a swipe at Tommy Booth in 1969 as Joe Corrigan lies on the floor during the 2-2 derby draw at Old Trafford

Roy Keane sent off by referee David Elleray after tackle on Haaland has the last word as he walks off

Roy Keane sent off by referee David Elleray after this tackle on Ale Haaland

Vile: Roy Keane abuses Alf-Inge Haaland (left) after seriously injuring the City midfielder in 2001 (right). Keane was rightly sent off. It was the culmination of a feud which had lasted four years and Keane admitted his violent intent in his subsequent autobiography in 2002

Recent rumpus: Rio fumes at Mancini and Platt in April last year

Recent rumpus: Rio fumes at Mancini and Platt in April last year

Boss bother: Mancini (left) and Fergie clash in April this year

Boss bother: Mancini (left) and Fergie clash in April this year

Cup fuss: Anderson (right) takes issue with Balotelli's FA Cup semi-final victory celebration

Cup fuss: Anderson (right) takes issue with Balotelli's FA Cup semi-final victory celebration

City's Craig Bellamy hit by coin and a plastic cider bottle

Cristiano Ronaldo shows his temper as he throws track suit to the ground after being taken off... Premier League: Manchester United v Manchester City (2-0)

Bottling it: Craig Bellamy, then of City, is hit by a coin while a bottle of cider narrowly misses during the January 2010 derby (left) while Cristiano Ronaldo (right) reacts to being substituted the season before by throwing his tracksuit top to the ground and sulking as United run out 2-0 winners

THE CELEBRATIONS…

Kiss catch: Gary Neville plants a smacker on 2010 goalscorer Paul Scholes

Kiss catch: Gary Neville plants a smacker on 2010 goalscorer Paul Scholes

Late drama: Michael Owen celebrates after scoring United's winning goal in the 2009 derby

Late drama: Michael Owen celebrates after scoring United's winning goal in the 2009 derby

Side stepper: Carlos Tevez, now at City, celebrates his 2009 derby goal for United

Side stepper: Carlos Tevez, now at City, celebrates his 2009 derby goal for United

Malcolm Allison, assistant manager at Manchester City FC reacts to the news that City have been drawn to play Manchester United in the FA Cup 4th round in 1970

Michael Carrick second goal celebration with Wayne Rooney

Game on: Malcolm Allison, assistant manager at City (left), reacts to the news that the 1970 FA Cup fourth round draw had pitted the two great rivals against each other as Wayne Rooney celebrates United second goal in January 2010 on team-mate Michael Carrick's shoulders (right)

Football League match 1990 Manchester City v Manchester United (3-3) David White (Left) and Peter Reid (Right) with Colin Hendry after he scored citys third goal

Manchester City's Vincent Kompany (C) celebrates scoring the opening goal against Manchester United

City slickers: David White (Left) and Peter Reid (Right) with Colin Hendry (left) after the defender scored City's third goal in a dramatic 3-3 derby draw in 1990, while Vincent Kompany (right) wheels away after putting City 1-0 up back in April this year at the Eithad Stadium

Just for kicks: Rooney's celebration is befitting of his wonder goal against City last year

Just for kicks: Rooney's celebration is befitting of his wonder goal against City last year

THE BANTER…

Redundant: Manchester United fans display a banner depicting the last time City won a trophy during the derby in February 2011. City have subsequently won the title and the FA Cup

Redundant: Manchester United fans display a banner depicting the last time City won a trophy during the derby in February 2011. City have subsequently won the title and the FA Cup

Mario Balotelli of Manchester City reveals a message on his T-shirt as he celebrates scoring the first goal

Manchester City FC poster bearing the face of new signing and former Manchester United striker Carlos Tevez, in the city centre

Text messages: Maro Balotelli reveals his infamous T-shirt message after scoring City's first in last season's 6-1 rout at Old Trafford and Carlos Tevez beams down on the centre of Manchester from the inflammatory billboard erected after he signed foe the Blue side of the city in July 2009

Extraordinary sight: The scoreboard shows the final score of the derby match at Old Trafford on October 23, 2011

Extraordinary sight: The scoreboard shows the final score of the derby match at Old Trafford on October 23, 2011

THE (FRIENDLY) RIVALRY…

The bosses: Captured here by artist Paul Trevillion in a special commission for Sportsmail, United manager Sir Alex Ferguson (left) could be looking for a spot of 'Fergie time' on Sunday against Roberto Mancini's City

The bosses: Captured here by artist Paul Trevillion in a special commission for Sportsmail, United manager Sir Alex Ferguson (left) could be looking for a spot of 'Fergie time' on Sunday against Roberto Mancini's City

John Bond, manager of Manchester City FC drinks champagne with Ron Atkinson, manger of Manchester United, 1981

Margaret Atkinson wife of Manchester United Manager Ron Atkinson pictured with Jan Bond the wife of Manchester City boss Jon Bond

Mr and Mrs: City manager John Bond and United boss Ron Atkinson share a bottle of champagne on derby day in 1981, while their wives Jan (bond, right) and Margaret (Atkinson) enjoy a cup of tea ahead of the big match

Friendly rivalry: Mike Doyle of Man City (left) and Man Utd goalkeeper Alex Stepney stroll down the 18th together in 1975

Friendly rivalry: Mike Doyle of Man City (left) and Man Utd goalkeeper Alex Stepney stroll down the 18th together in 1975

Manchester United Manager Sir Alex Ferguson (right) with Manchester City manager Mel Machin (left)

Rival managers Joe Mercer (Manchester City) and Frank O'Farrell (Manchester United)

Breakfast club: City manager Mel Machin (left) and Fergie (right) chew the fat ahead of a derby fixture in 1989, while derby rivals Joe Mercer (City, left) and Frank O'Farrell United) chink glasses in 1971

… BUT WE DON'T EVER WANT TO SEE THIS AGAIN, GIGGSY…

Tight fit: Ryan Giggs wearing black leggings during the derby clash on February 13, 2005. Dear, oh dear, Giggsy

Tight fit: Ryan Giggs wearing black leggings during the derby clash on February 13, 2005. Dear, oh dear, Giggsy

John Obi Mikel given three match ban after Mark Clattenburg dressing room incident

Mikel banned for THREE matches after confronting Clattenburg in dressing room

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17:48 GMT, 6 December 2012

John Obi Mikel has been hit with a three-match ban for his part in the Mark Clattenburg race row debacle.

The Chelsea midfielder ran into the referee's dressing room at the end of Chelsea's defeat against Manchester United in October and confronted him over an alleged racial slur.

Mikel has also been fined 60,000 after admitting the FA charge of using 'threatening and/or abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour'.

Ban: John Obi Mikel (right) has been punished after he ran into Mark Clattenburg's (centre) dressing room

Ban: John Obi Mikel (right) has been punished after he ran into Mark Clattenburg's (centre) dressing room

A police investigation into the incident collapsed because of a lack of evidence and subsequently an FA probe met the same fate.

The regulatory
commission's independent chairman, Christopher Quinlan QC, said the findings
showed at the time of the incident Mikel genuinely believed the referee had
racially abused him.

Were it not for that mitigating factor, he would have been received a significantly longer ban.

Ramires had told Mikel he heard Clattenburg calling him a 'monkey' and the incensed player sought out the referee after the match.

Mikel miss Saturday's fixture at Sunderland but will be available when Chelsea jet out for the Club World Cup in Japan next week.

Strong: Mikel has had a good season although he divides opinion among fans

Strong: Mikel has had a good season although he divides opinion among fans

His availability when the Blues
return from the Far East could be limited though, with the midfielder
due to meet up with Nigeria early in the new year for the African
Nations Cup.

New Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez might
have been preparing for the bad news by selecting Oriol Romeu ahead of
Mikel on Tuesday night.

The Spaniard has started twice under his stewardship and is regaining match fitness after a long period of inactivity.

David Luiz was also played in defensive
midfield in the latter parts of the Champions League match against
Danish opponents Nordsjaelland.

Back to fitness: Oriol Romeu has started twice under Rafael Benitez

Back to fitness: Oriol Romeu has started twice under Rafael Benitez

Mikel signed a new five-year contract at the club on Tuesday.

The 25-year-old midfielder committed his future to the European champions until 2017 – which will see him complete a total of 11 years at Stamford Bridge.

Mikel, who joined Chelsea in the summer of 2006 after controversially pulling out of a move to Manchester United, said: 'Chelsea seems like my home now because I have been here for over six years and I enjoy my time here.

'I come into the training ground every day to work and I value my time there. I am happy and want to keep going and win trophies for this club.'

Mikel was a key player in Chelsea's
Champions League triumph last season, performing exceptionally in the
final against Bayern Munich, and has also won one Barclays Premier
League title, four FA Cups and a League Cup.

Big game player: Mikel has won several trophies with Chelsea

Big game player: Mikel has won several trophies with Chelsea

He added: 'I have basically won everything with Chelsea and those years have been really special for me, winning trophies with big names like Didier Drogba, John Terry and Frank Lampard who have had very long Chelsea careers.

'Last season, to win the Champions League was even more special and I hope these next five years will bring even more success and I can win trophies with the new players we have here.

'Being 25, I think I am now hitting my peak but as a player you want to improve every day and there is still room for that.

'I want to learn from the players and the manager and I just want to keep going.'

Martin O"Neill in charge at Sunderland for year but little to celebrate

Sunderland's plight leaves O'Neill little to celebrate on first anniversary in charge

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UPDATED:

12:41 GMT, 3 December 2012

Martin O’Neill 'celebrates' a year in charge at Sunderland today.

But there is not much to cheer on Wearside. His team are a point off the relegation zone, have a shocking record since the turn of the year and, even with their game in hand at home to Reading to come, are starting to look down rather than up.

The rumours about his alleged demise may have stopped but O’Neill has yet to provide the compelling evidence after a rollercoaster first 12 months that he should remain Sunderland manager.

He has admitted his team are in a relegation fight. And he is right.

Unhappy anniversary: Martin O'Neill saw his Sunderland side crash at Norwich on the eve of his first year in charge of the club

Unhappy anniversary: O'Neill saw his Sunderland side crash at Norwich on the eve of his first year in charge

Hands on head: O'Neill reacts after Sunderland go down at Norwich

If you cannot win the winnable games against the likes of Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion at home, and you have Chelsea and Manchester United next, then you can consider yourself in serious trouble.

Their supporters can take little comfort from their latest defeat at Norwich City yesterday, or the concept that they can spend their way out of trouble in January. They signed Adam Johnson and Steven Fletcher in the summer for more than 20million and look where that’s got them.

They are not even playing that well. The first half performance at Carrow Road was arguably their most abject yet of a miserable season, the damage done and their second half revival – arguably the best they have played under O’Neill – was too much and too little and too late. The 15 shots on goal in that period is nearly as many as they have managed since kick-off in August.

Key players have still to perform for Sunderland and the visit to Norfolk was another disappointing one for Stephane Sessegnon and James McClean.

Sessegnon appears to take one step forward and one step back in his games and the box of tricks he holds has been firmly shut for most of the season. McClean, sadly, is a shadow of the player who was thrown into the team by O’Neill in his first week.

At least Johnson is starting to steadily improve after far too many anonymous displays for his home-town club, although his choice of targets for assisting is limited.

Yellow peril: Anthony Pilkington celebrates his goal against Sunderland at Carrow Road

Yellow peril: Anthony Pilkington celebrates his goal against Sunderland at Carrow Road

While Sessegnon remains in the team, striker Fletcher has been the central attacking force and Sunderland will be anxiously awaiting news of the injury the Scottish striker sustained at Norwich which forced him to depart at half-time.

O’Neill has persevered with his creative foursome but with mixed results. But the alternatives from the bench clearly don’t inspire much confidence in the manager.

Yesterday turned then to Connor Wickham, who has still scored only one goal for Sunderland since Steve Bruce signed him from Ipswich Town more than a year ago in a deal which could have been as much as 12million on appearances and, well goals.

The fact the Sunderland manager is now relying on a player he has virtually written off since taking over from Bruce – thus ignoring Louis Saha, Fraizer Campbell and Ji-Dong Won – can hardly be reassuring news for supporters preparing to return to the Stadium of Light to mark Chelsea’s visit this weekend.

Bitter blow: Sunderland's Connor Wickham appears dejected after the final whistle at Norwich

Bitter blow: Sunderland's Connor Wickham appears dejected after the final whistle at Norwich

O’Neill’s record so far this season is worse than Bruce’s a year ago. He has also managed to secure just four wins in the last 27 Premier League games.

The longest honeymoon period in the history of football is officially over.

And Martin O’Neill has a job on his hands convincing the supporters, who were so desperate to see him at their club, that he can guide them even further out of the doldrums than they were in the first place.

Owner Ellis Short did not envisage this when he turned to the former Aston Villa boss – although his manager has pointed out that initially at Villa and Leicester he needed time, patience and a little understanding.

He will get that at Sunderland. And this is a club which needs stability, patience in the manager and a belief that they have found the right man for the job. Because they have.

But he needs to start winning some matches too.

Mark Clattenburg race-row: Refs union demand compensation and apology from Chelsea over racism claims… as official returns at Spurs v West Ham

Refs union demand compensation and apology for Clattenburg from Chelsea over racism claims… as official returns at Spurs v West Ham

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UPDATED:

18:04 GMT, 23 November 2012

Referees' union Prospect have demanded that Chelsea pay compensation to Mark Clattenburg for 'damage to his reputation and stress' after the club wrongly accused the 37-year-old official of using racist language towards midfielder John Obi Mikel.

The union insists that they will be
pursuing Chelsea for compensation but not through the courts. Prospect
is also demanding an unreserved apology from the club.

Chelsea had accused Clattenburg of
using 'inappropriate language' – allegedly directing the word 'monkey' – towards Mikel.

The FA has now cleared the referee and
Chelsea accepted the decision. The Metropolitan Police also dropped
their inquiry due to insufficient evidence.

Alan Leighton, the national secretary of Prospect, yesterday called for 'a full and unreserved apology and compensation for loss of earnings, damage to reputation and stress'.

Returning to action: Mark Clattenburg will be the fourth official at Tottenham's clash with West Ham after allegations against him by Chelsea and John Obi Mikel were thrown out

Returning to action: Mark Clattenburg will be the fourth official at Tottenham's clash with West Ham after allegations against him by Chelsea and John Obi Mikel were thrown out

John Obi Mikel

Mark Clattenburg

Any legal action would require the support of Clattenburg and Sportsmail understands that the Durham official is not willing to tolerate more time out of the game while legal wrangling ensues.

The
37-year-old referee returns to action as fourth
official on Sunday for the London derby between West Ham and Tottenham
and he will take centre stage on Wednesday for the Southampton-Norwich
clash at St Marys.

Leighton also called on Chelsea to make a
'sizeable donation' to anti-discrimination bodies Show Racism The Red
Card and Kick It Out.

The union chief insists the case should be pursued on two grounds, both that the
allegation has affected Clattenburg's life and professional standing,
and in order to deter any such claims being made public in the future.

Leighton, today speaking to the Today
programme on BBC Radio 4, said: 'I don't know if we get an
apology from Chelsea. I hope we will. It would be the classy thing to
do, it would be the right thing to do more importantly.

'There needs to be a recognition that
Mark’s reputation has been tarnished, been dragged through the mud, his
integrity has been impugned and it’s unfortunate that the Chelsea
statement makes not a scintilla of recognition of the damage that has
been done to Mark.

'Chelsea didn’t need to do what they
did in the way that they did it. They could have kept the reporting of
the incident confidential and they didn’t need to pursue it once they’d
realised that the only evidence they had was the statement of Ramires
when there was contradictory evidence.'

And Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has also offered his support.

The Scot said: 'I didn't believe it anyway. Everyone in the game is pleased for him now, apart from Chelsea.'

On Thursday, the Football Association
concluded their three-week investigation into events during the
explosive clash between Manchester United and Chelsea at Stamford Bridge
on October 28 by completely exonerating a match official who, it was
alleged, had called Mikel a ‘monkey’.

Mikel was charged by the FA over the angry confrontation in Clattenburg’s dressing room following the match.

But even after the FA exposed the irrational nature of the accusations, Chelsea officials did not have the decency to say sorry to Clattenburg who spoke of this being the most stressful time of his professional life and feared the case would wreck his career.

Sitting out: Clattenburg has not taken charge of a game since the match against Manchester United last month

Sitting out: Clattenburg has not taken charge of a game since the match against Manchester United last month

GRAHAM POLL OFFICIAL LINE
GRAHAM POLL

I didn’t referee Chelsea for three months after they attempted to discredit me in 2006 – and I can see Mark Clattenburg being kept off their games for a similar period.

Ashley Cole had accused me of having told Chelsea’s players that I wanted to 'teach them a lesson', and Terry said I had said one thing to him on the pitch and changed my story in the dressing room after the game.

It was all simply untrue but I was subject to an FA investigation which lasted three weeks from the match on November 5 at White Hart Lane.

I was finally handed a Chelsea match again in February 2007 against Blackburn. Jose Mourinho had instructed his players not to talk to me – about anything.

I didn’t hear a peep from one of them until during the second half when Didier Drogba sidled up to me, turned his back to the bench and said: 'It'll all be back to normal soon. We know you’re a good ref really.'

Chelsea's players won't have a big problem with Clattenburg. They are professional footballers who just want to get on with playing.

The official won't be comfortable not refereeing the Blues. He already has declared an allegiance to Newcastle, so he is unable to officiate their matches and Sunderland's – due to the north-east rivalry.

If he's kept off Chelsea, does that mean he’ll have to miss Manchester United, City and Arsenal fixtures because he may have an influence on the title race. That thinking does not sit easily with referees.

No ref wants to miss out on big fixtures.

He will also want to prove to Chelsea that their slurs have not affected him – he's a chin-out type of character and referees in the same vein.

Remember when Sir Alex Ferguson hammered Martin Atkinson after the Portsmouth FA Cup tie at Old Trafford Atkinson didn’t referee United again for over a season.

Chris Foy has Chelsea this Sunday for the first time since the race-row match at Loftus Road when he sent off Jose Bosingwa and Drogba – that's well over a year.

Clattenburg didn’t take charge of Everton for over two seasons when he was criticised for failing to send off Dirk Kuyt at Goodison in the Merseyside Derby.

I was kept from Arsenal home matches for more than two seasons. I was happy with that. David Dein suggested it was for the best that I only take Arsenal away. I agreed, something had gone wrong in my mind.

I returned to Arsenal for the visit of Manchester United – then it was all about the fixture, not me, the referee.

I didn’t even warm up on the pitch. Gary Lewin gave me a massage instead. The match was well underway before anyone had realised I was in the middle.

After a visit from a member of the
FA’s governance team in the wake of the association's announcement,
Clattenburg emerged from 26 days of personal turmoil to issue a
statement.

‘I am looking
forward to putting this behind me and concentrating on refereeing in the
Premier League and other competitions,’ he said.

‘The
messages of encouragement from those inside and outside of the game
have helped me through the most stressful time of my professional life.

‘To know you were innocent of something but that there was the opportunity for it to wreck your career was frightening.

‘Racism has no place in football and
this experience should not discourage those to speak out if they
genuinely believe they are a victim of abuse. However, there are
processes that should be adhered in order that any investigation can be
carried out in a manner that is fair for all parties involved.

‘I know first-hand the ramifications
of allegations of this nature being placed into the public domain ahead
of a formal process and investigation. I hope no referee has to go
through this in the future.

‘We are fortunate to be working in the
world’s most watched and scrutinised football league. With that comes a
responsibility in regard to how the different parts of the game work
together.’

Clattenburg’s statement highlights the fact that Chelsea’s briefing of the media prior to a formal process and investigation offended him deeply.

Prospect had also said in the aftermath: 'There was no doubt he was innocent.There are lessons to
be learned. Mark is very upset his reputation has been dragged through
the mud by this process. There was no need for Chelsea to make the
public aware of the allegation.

‘There is also an issue of flimsiness
about the evidence provided. We need Chelsea to accept the verdict,
apologise to Mark and compensate him for that.’

The FA statement highlighted ‘the essential facts’ that proved there was no substance in Chelsea’s allegations.

It said: ‘The evidence for the
allegation came from one witness, Ramires. Ramires, whose first language
is not English, explained that his instinctive reaction was to seek
confirmation from John Mikel Obi as to what the referee had said.’

’John Mikel Obi, who was being spoken
to by the referee, was much closer to the referee than Ramires and did
not hear what it is suggested was said to him.

’Three other witnesses, i.e. the other
match officials, to whom everything said by referee was relayed via
their communication equipment, are adamant the alleged words were not
uttered. There is nothing in the video footage to support the
allegation.’

’For completeness, but of lesser
weight, two other players, whose first language is English and were in
the vicinity, did not hear anything untoward.’

The FA said they had to re-interview Ramires ‘to show him the previously unseen video footage provided by the club’.

‘At
this stage, for the first time, the exact point at which the comment
was alleged to have been made was established,’ the statement continued.

Back to work: Clattenburg has missed four weeks of Premier League fixtures since the controversial game

Back to work: Clattenburg has missed four weeks of Premier League fixtures since the controversial game

The complaint collapsed with the emergence of that video. All the witnesses were then interviewed again, with Ramires even unsure as to when the alleged incident occurred.

Mike Riley, general manager of Professional Game Match Officials Limited, said: ‘It is PGMOL’s considered view that Mark is completely exonerated of the allegation and he will return to active duty shortly without any stain on his character or reputation.

‘Regrettably, Mark has had to endure four weeks that have brought massive disruption to his professional and personal life through no fault of his own.’

Mark Clattenburg sues Chelsea as referee returns at Spurs v West Ham

Refs sue Chelsea! Clattenburg set to demand compensation over race claims… as official returns at Spurs v West Ham

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UPDATED:

11:57 GMT, 23 November 2012

Referees union Prospect are to sue
Chelsea on behalf of Mark Clattenburg after the club were shown to have
wrongly accused the Premier League referee of racially abusing John
Mikel Obi.

Alan Leighton, the national secretary of the union, insists the case is being pursued on two grounds, both that the allegation has affected Clattenburg's life and professional standing, and in order to deter any such claims being made public in the future.

Clattenburg returns to action as fourth official on Sunday for the London derby between West Ham and Tottenham, while he'll take centre stage on Wednesday for the Southampton v Norwich clash at St Marys.

No action: Mark Clattenburg has no case to answer while John Mikel Obi (right) has been charged by the FA

No action: Mark Clattenburg has no case to answer while John Mikel Obi (right) has been charged by the FA

Leighton was speaking to the Today
programme on BBC Radio 4, when he said: 'I don't know if we get an
apology from Chelsea. I hope we will. It would be the classy thing to
do, it would be the right thing to do more importantly.

'There needs to be a recognition that
Mark’s reputation has been tarnished, been dragged through the mud, his
integrity has been impugned and it’s unfortunate that the Chelsea
statement makes not a scintilla of recognition of the damage that has
been done to Mark.

'Chelsea didn’t need to do what they
did in the way that they did it. They could have kept the reporting of
the incident confidential and they didn’t need to pursue it once they’d
realised that the only evidence they had was the statement of Ramires
when there was contradictory evidence.'

And Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has also offered his support.

The Scot said: 'I didn't believe it anyway. Everyone in the game is pleased for him now, apart from Chelsea.'

On Thursday, the Football Association
concluded their three-week investigation into events during the
explosive clash between Manchester United and Chelsea at Stamford Bridge
on October 28 by completely exonerating a match official who, it was
alleged, had called Mikel a ‘monkey’.

Mikel was charged by the FA over the angry confrontation in Clattenburg’s dressing room following the match.

But even after the FA exposed the irrational nature of the accusations, Chelsea officials did not have the decency to say sorry to a 37-year-old family man who spoke of this being the most stressful time of his professional life and feared the case would wreck his career.

Sitting out: Clattenburg has not taken charge of a game since the match against Manchester United last month

Sitting out: Clattenburg has not taken charge of a game since the match against Manchester United last month

GRAHAM POLL OFFICIAL LINE

I didn’t referee Chelsea for three months after they attempted to discredit me in 2006 – and I can see Mark Clattenburg being kept off their games for a similar period.

Ashley Cole had accused me of having told Chelsea’s players that I wanted to 'teach them a lesson', and Terry said I had said one thing to him on the pitch and changed my story in the dressing room after the game.

It was all simply untrue but I was subject to an FA investigation which lasted three weeks from the match on November 5 at White Hart Lane.

I was finally handed a Chelsea match again in February 2007 against Blackburn. Jose Mourinho had instructed his players not to talk to me – about anything.

I didn’t hear a peep from one of them until during the second half when Didier Drogba sidled up to me, turned his back to the bench and said: 'It'll all be back to normal soon. We know you’re a good ref really.'

Chelsea's players won't have a big problem with Clattenburg. They are professional footballers who just want to get on with playing.

The official won't be comfortable not refereeing the Blues. He already has declared an allegiance to Newcastle, so he is unable to officiate their matches and Sunderland's – due to the north-east rivalry.

If he's kept off Chelsea, does that mean he’ll have to miss Manchester United, City and Arsenal fixtures because he may have an influence on the title race. That thinking does not sit easily with referees.

No ref wants to miss out on big fixtures.

He will also want to prove to Chelsea that their slurs have not affected him – he's a chin-out type of character and referees in the same vein.

Remember when Sir Alex Ferguson hammered Martin Atkinson after the Portsmouth FA Cup tie at Old Trafford Atkinson didn’t referee United again for over a season.

Chris Foy has Chelsea this Sunday for the first time since the race-row match at Loftus Road when he sent off Jose Bosingwa and Drogba – that's well over a year.

Clattenburg didn’t take charge of Everton for over two seasons when he was criticised for failing to send off Dirk Kuyt at Goodison in the Merseyside Derby.

I was kept from Arsenal home matches for more than two seasons. I was happy with that. David Dein suggested it was for the best that I only take Arsenal away. I agreed, something had gone wrong in my mind.

I returned to Arsenal for the visit of Manchester United – then it was all about the fixture, not me, the referee.

I didn’t even warm up on the pitch. Gary Lewin gave me a massage instead. The match was well underway before anyone had realised I was in the middle.

After a visit from a member of the
FA’s governance team in the wake of the association's announcement,
Clattenburg emerged from 26 days of personal turmoil to issue a
statement.

‘I am looking
forward to putting this behind me and concentrating on refereeing in the
Premier League and other competitions,’ he said.

‘The
messages of encouragement from those inside and outside of the game
have helped me through the most stressful time of my professional life.

‘To know you were innocent of something but that there was the opportunity for it to wreck your career was frightening.

‘Racism has no place in football and
this experience should not discourage those to speak out if they
genuinely believe they are a victim of abuse. However, there are
processes that should be adhered in order that any investigation can be
carried out in a manner that is fair for all parties involved.

‘I know first-hand the ramifications
of allegations of this nature being placed into the public domain ahead
of a formal process and investigation. I hope no referee has to go
through this in the future.

‘We are fortunate to be working in the
world’s most watched and scrutinised football league. With that comes a
responsibility in regard to how the different parts of the game work
together.’

Clattenburg’s statement highlights the fact that Chelsea’s briefing of the media prior to a formal process and investigation offended him deeply.

Prospect had also said in the aftermath: 'There was no doubt he was innocent.There are lessons to
be learned. Mark is very upset his reputation has been dragged through
the mud by this process. There was no need for Chelsea to make the
public aware of the allegation.

‘There is also an issue of flimsiness
about the evidence provided. We need Chelsea to accept the verdict,
apologise to Mark and compensate him for that.’

The FA statement highlighted ‘the essential facts’ that proved there was no substance in Chelsea’s allegations.

It said: ‘The evidence for the
allegation came from one witness, Ramires. Ramires, whose first language
is not English, explained that his instinctive reaction was to seek
confirmation from John Mikel Obi as to what the referee had said.’

’John Mikel Obi, who was being spoken
to by the referee, was much closer to the referee than Ramires and did
not hear what it is suggested was said to him.

’Three other witnesses, i.e. the other
match officials, to whom everything said by referee was relayed via
their communication equipment, are adamant the alleged words were not
uttered. There is nothing in the video footage to support the
allegation.’

’For completeness, but of lesser
weight, two other players, whose first language is English and were in
the vicinity, did not hear anything untoward.’

The FA said they had to re-interview Ramires ‘to show him the previously unseen video footage provided by the club’.

‘At
this stage, for the first time, the exact point at which the comment
was alleged to have been made was established,’ the statement continued.

Back to work: Clattenburg has missed four weeks of Premier League fixtures since the controversial game

Back to work: Clattenburg has missed four weeks of Premier League fixtures since the controversial game

The complaint collapsed with the emergence of that video. All the witnesses were then interviewed again, with Ramires even unsure as to when the alleged incident occurred.

Mike Riley, general manager of Professional Game Match Officials Limited, said: ‘It is PGMOL’s considered view that Mark is completely exonerated of the allegation and he will return to active duty shortly without any stain on his character or reputation.

‘Regrettably, Mark has had to endure four weeks that have brought massive disruption to his professional and personal life through no fault of his own.’

Roberto Mancini tough night at the office as Machester City crash out of Champions League… and here"s the body of evidence

Life on the (touch) line: Mancini has a tough night at the office as Man City crash out of Europe… and here's our body of evidence

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UPDATED:

12:07 GMT, 22 November 2012

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini's body language was magnificently entertaining last night – he seemed to kick every ball as the champions crashed out of the Champions League.

Sportsmail has compiled a body of evidence showing the Italian going through the full gamut of emotions at the Etihad Stadium as City drew 1-1 with Real Madrid. The cool Italian's trademark scarf remained safely knotted throughout, of course.

The action on the pitch was every bit as pulsating as the entertainment in City's technical area, as these pictures show. Take it away, Roberto…

Scroll down for picture montage…

Hands up if you're enjoying yourself: Man City boss Roberto Mancini (left) joins assistant David Platt with a vigorous appeal for a fee-kick early on last night

Hands up if you're enjoying yourself: Man City boss Roberto Mancini (left) joins assistant David Platt with a vigorous appeal for a fee-kick early on last night

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini

Manchester City's manager Roberto Mancini, right, smiles as he stands on the touchline during his team's 1-1 draw against Real Madrid

Smiles better: The Italian rocks back after a near miss (left) and sees the lighter side (right) as Real's Jose Mourinho trudges back to the dug-out in the background

MANCINI'S CL RECORD

Inter Milan
(2004-05*, 05-06*, 06-07, 07-08)
P40, W21, D10, L9
*includes third qualifying round

Manchester City
(2011-12, 12-13)
P11, W3, D4, L4

Overall
P51, W24, D14, L13
Win percentage: 47%

It's little wonder Mancini was so emotionally involved in events last night as his record as a manager in
the Champions League once again came under scrutiny following City's
latest failure to reach the knockout stages.

In six seasons in the competition with Inter Milan and City, the Italian has not got beyond the quarter-finals.

Meanwhile, City's Champions League exit could have a nasty postscript after skipper Vincent Kompany left the Etihad Stadium on crutches.

No wonder Mancini was caught wiping his eyes at the end of the game. Losing his captain to injury is a tough blow.

Kompany took a knock during the second half of last night's 1-1 draw with Real Madrid and, although the Belgian was able to complete the game, he was not moving freely.

Mancini can only hope Kompany has not sustained too much damage, particularly with a visit to Chelsea looming on Sunday.

MONTAGE: Mancini walks the line last night…

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Hey Serge, at least we've got our mid-weeks free for the rest of the season: Mancini chats to Sergio Aguero after substituting him last night

Hey Serge, at least we've got our mid-weeks free for the rest of the season: Mancini chats to Sergio Aguero (left) after substituting him last night

Making a plea: Mancini makes his point but still manages to keep his Italian cool at the Etihad

Making a plea: Mancini makes his point but still manages to keep his Italian cool at the Etihad

'The opportunity to claim our place at the top of European football will come again,' said Kompany on Twitter.

'No sad faces [he obviously hasn't seen these pictures – Ed.], just the hunger to improve.'

Mancini is certain he will get the chance to implement the plans too, despite a second successive group stage failure.

Whilst not even winning the competition last season has provided any security of tenure for Roberto Di Matteo, it seems his fellow Italian is operating from a sturdier platform.

Mancini rejected outright the notion that Sheikh Mansour would deliver a harsh judgment, saying: 'No. I don't fear this. Why

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini

Manchester City's manager Roberto Mancini takes to the touchline before his team's Champions League Group D soccer match against Real Madrid

Sweet dreams: Mancini looks melancholy as City's fate is sealed with their failure to defeat Real Madrid

'We still have the Premier League and the FA Cup.

'If we think we can win the Champions League after two years we are crazy.'

Mancini's reasoning is that City require more experience at this level before they can truly compete for the greatest prize.

'Chelsea tried to win Champions League for 10 years,' he said.

'In the best moments, when Didier Drogba was young, they didn't win.

'They did it last year when no-one thought they could.

Call to arms: Mancini, putting Jose to shame with his polished shoes, barks out the orders at the Etihad Stadium last night

Call to arms: Mancini, putting Jose to shame with his polished shoes, barks out the orders at the Etihad Stadium last night

Roberto Mancini

Roberto Mancini

Roberto Mancini

You nose it: City's Italian boss was as entertaining to watch as Ronaldo and Co last night

'We need to improve our team because there are a lot of teams better than us.

'I am not saying if you get to February you can't win. Anything can happen. But we didn't do that.'

City did well to salvage a point given the pummelling they took in the opening stages.

Karim Benzema put the visitors ahead after more catastrophic City defending and Cristiano Ronaldo only failed to double the advantage because he underhit a lob over Joe Hart, allowing Matija Nastasic to clear off the line.

Sami Khedira also failed to profit from two gilt-edged chances provided by Ronaldo, allowing City to scrap their way back into the contest.

Wiped out: Mancini brushes his face after the horror of City's first-round exit becomes apparent

Wiped out: Mancini brushes his face after the horror of City's first-round exit becomes apparent

There was an element of good fortune about City's equaliser too.

Former Liverpool defender Alvaro Arbeloa was harshly judged to have fouled Sergio Aguero in the area.

Arbeloa was red carded, with Aguero dispatching the spot-kick to give City hope that ultimately went unfulfilled.