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The Footballers" Football Column – Steven Reid: I carried on playing with a broken leg – there

STEVEN REID: Liam Ridgewell went to a Justin Bieber gig… he didn't even have the excuse of taking his kids – he went with one of the other West Brom lads!


10:01 GMT, 11 March 2013



10:16 GMT, 11 March 2013

Steven Reid

Steven Reid is the kind of player everyone wants in their team. He played on with a fractured leg at the Emirates this season and took it upon himself to thrash things out with Peter Odemwingie following the striker's decision to drive to QPR on transfer deadline day. He has just celebrated his 32nd birthday and is now hoping his West Brom team can qualify for Europe… even if some of his team-mates are going to Justin Bieber concerts. Before you read his Footballers' Football Column, watch his video…

Footballer's Football Column: Steven Reid, West Brom

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I didn't know it at the time that I was playing with a broken leg against Arsenal. It happened after about 10 minutes when our keeper, Boaz Myhill, cleaned me out. I knew straightaway that I had a problem. His knee has hit my knee, which was my first concern.

I was struggling for the rest of the half. Then a penalty was given against me (following a 'tackle' on Santi Cazorla) and in my own head at least I thought: 'There's no way I'm coming off now.'

When you have just given a penalty away
and then you come off… you want to stay on the pitch and turn it
around, especially with 60,000 people watching you.

Taking a tumble: Santi Cazorla (19) goes down after a challenge from Steven Reid

Taking a tumble: Santi Cazorla (19) goes down after a challenge from Steven Reid

Penalty: Arsenal are awarded a penalty after Cazorla goes down after a challenge by Reid, who was playing with a fractured leg

Penalty: Arsenal are awarded a penalty after Cazorla goes down after a challenge by Reid, who was playing with a fractured leg

I didn't have anything done at half-time. I was too annoyed about the penalty decision. I went out in the second half and, to be honest, it didn't really affect me too much. I wasn't that conscious of it.

But for two days afterwards, I couldn't walk on it.

I went for an X-ray which didn't show up anything. Then I had a scan and that shows the bone in greater definition and it came up as a fracture and I ended up being five or six weeks out.

Failed move: Peter Odemwingie could not secure his transfer away from West Brom on deadline day

Failed move: Peter Odemwingie could not secure his transfer away from West Brom on deadline day

Starting out: Reid played for Millwall alongside Tim Cahill and Neil Harris in 2001

Starting out: Reid played for Millwall alongside Tim Cahill and Neil Harris in 2001

Irish eyes: Reid won 23 caps for the Republic of Ireland

Irish eyes: Reid won 23 caps for the Republic of Ireland

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Obviously when you are out for that long, you get the chance to watch a few games and
I went and sat with the West Brom fans at Wigan. I was under cover, a
big woolly hat covering my face, a big coat on. I was trying to keep
under the radar.

You don't
get to sit with the supporters too often, going to a game as a fan, it
gives you a different perspective. I didn't sing along with the songs –
but then I also shied away from giving the players a bit of stick.

I have played in different positions over my career, but I consider myself a right back now.
I'd like to think I could do a job in midfield if there was an injury
crisis but I feel that I have developed that side of my play.

Roy Hodgson was good for us, he did wonders for us. I was learning the defensive side of my game under him. I'm happy to play there.

Since the time I've been here the club has evolved and pushed forwards, that is why we are doing so well. They are getting a better quality of player, the right sort of player.

For example, G-Mac (Gareth McAuley) has been sensational since he arrived. He trains every day the way he plays every game – especially coming from the Championship because he hadn't played much Premier League football.

There are a few lads who have been here for a long time – such as James Morrison – he's arguably our player of the season.
The scouting department isn't going to go out and spend massive money
but we have brought in Claudio Yacob on a free. He's a tough
Argentine, a good character.

And then you have got the likes of Liam Ridgewell…he went to see Justin Bieber the other night! I'd like to offer up the fact that he went with his kids as an excuse – but he didn't…I think he went with George Thorne [West Brom's 20-year-old midfielder].

If we were to qualifying for Europe it would be an amazing achievement.
I was with Blackburn when we qualified for the UEFA Cup after finishing
sixth and it's one of the biggest achievements of my career.

It was a relatively small squad that we had at Blackburn, pretty much the same size as the one we have here at West Brom.

I think it would be the same here. When you are in it, it's tough.

Playing Thursday somewhere in Europe and then again on Sunday.

I don't think the fans get that. It's a
tiring week. It's one thing I can't have that you can't be tired if you
are playing three games in seven days. With the travel, it's hard.

Liam Ridgewell

Justin Bieber

Bieber-mania: Liam Ridgewell (left) went to a Justin Bieber (right) gig with Baggies team-mate George Thorne

I am the patron of the Nystagmus Network which is a charity close to my heart. They support people with a serious eye condition. My son, Harry, aged three was diagnosed with it a while ago. It involves involuntary movement of the eye and hopefully one day there will be a cure but there's not much that can be done at the moment, sadly. Click here for more information…

QPR chairman Tony Fernandes slams Liverpool performance but still hopeful of staying up

It's not over yet! QPR chairman Fernandes slams woeful Liverpool performance but still hopeful of staying up



10:54 GMT, 31 December 2012

QPR chairman Tony Fernandes insists it is 'not over yet' for the bottom-placed side despite a 'woeful' performance' against Liverpool yesterday.

The Reds ran Rangers ragged at Loftus Road, with Luis Suarez's brace and a Daniel Agger header earning the visitors a deserved 3-0 win.

The defeat means QPR end 2012 bottom of the Premier League and eight points adrift of safety after a miserable first half of the season.

Few could have predicted such a dire season for the west Londoners after a summer of high-profile acquisitions and, while thoroughly disappointed, chairman Fernandes believes survival is still possible.

'No excuse,' he said via his Twitter account, @tonyfernandes. 'Lost for words. Back to the drawing board. Woeful performance.

'When we signed all those players. Everyone was full of praise. No one thought we would be in such a mess.not over yet though.'

fernandes tweets

Those comments echoed the sentiments of manager Harry Redknapp, who still believes QPR can stay up.

'I think we'll stay up still,' the Hoops boss said. 'You'll think we're mad, but I think we will stay up.

'I only want positive people around me, I said that in the dressing room.

'Those that are moping around, the subs that are not playing, are not playing because they're no good.

'If they had been any good, I'd be picking them. I don't need miserable faces, I don't need them around me.

'I need people who are upbeat. The next two games are unbelievable, Chelsea away and Tottenham at home – two of the best teams in the country.

'They are difficult games, but we've got to keep going and I still think we'll do it.'

Easy: Suarez put Liverpool ahead in the 10th minute

Easy: Suarez put Liverpool ahead in the 10th minute

As poor as QPR were yesterday, Liverpool deserve credit for a fine performance, particularly in the first half.

The comprehensive win was made all the more impressive by the fact that manager Brendan Rodgers missed the game through illness.

'They were fantastic, absolutely awesome today,' said assistant manager Colin Pascoe, who led the side with coach Mike Marsh in Rodgers' absence.

'The way they played, the way they conducted themselves, the way they controlled the game. It was brilliant.

'The back four were great and you could go through the whole team. It was just a fantastic performance today, with Luis creating chances and scoring.'

Stroll: Agger rose to head home Liverpool's third goal

Stroll: Agger rose to head home Liverpool's third goal

The only negative from the win in west London was an injury to Jose Enrique.

The left-back limped off in the second half, leaving the club to sweat on the severity of his hamstring injury.

'Unfortunately, it looks as if he's got a little tear in his hamstring,' Pascoe added.

'He was terrific today, absolutely superb, and he's been a joy to watch in the last few months, so hopefully he's not out for too long.'

Neil Lennon warns Celtic players not to wait for Barcelona

Save yourself for Barca and you'll be axed, blasts Celtic boss Lennon



22:45 GMT, 29 October 2012

Celtic boss Neil Lennon has warned he will drop players from his plans to face Barcelona if he feels they are saving their best for the Champions League.

Lennon vented his anger about Saturday’s 2-0 home defeat to Kilmarnock at a squad meeting on Sunday and is demanding an instant response when St Johnstone visit for Tuesday’s Scottish Communities League Cup quarter-final.

Celtic’s first loss to Scottish opposition at Parkhead in 14 months came just four days after a battling 2-1 Champions League defeat at the Nou Camp.

Up for the cup: Neil Lennon's Celtic take on St Johnstone on Tuesday

Up for the cup: Neil Lennon's Celtic take on St Johnstone on Tuesday

The return match with Barca takes place in seven days’ time, but Lennon is willing to axe anyone neglecting domestic business beforehand.

‘There was just no excuse for the lack of quality in our overall performance on Saturday,’ said Lennon.

'Up until that, our domestic form had been blistering — if you look at Motherwell, Hearts, St Mirren. Interspersed was winning in Moscow, doing so well there. So their form going into the game was pretty good.

'It is still a learning process for me because of the different demands, and also for the players, who are maybe playing in the Champions League for the first time.

Hard graft: The Celtic players are put through their paces

Hard graft: The Celtic players are put through their paces

'But we can’t, and they can’t, pin all
their hopes on Champions League football and build their season around
these glamour games or whatever you want to call them.

‘The SPL is the priority and if they are going to do that, then they won’t play.

‘We made that clear when we met on Sunday.’

Against Kilmarnock, Lennon made five changes to the side that came within 30 seconds of a point in Barcelona. And he admitted it could take time for some of those involved to regain his full faith.

Return: Celtic's Scott Brown

Return: Celtic's Scott Brown

‘You can talk about fringe players, but
(James) Forrest has been playing, (Kris) Commons has been playing,
(Adam) Matthews has been playing,’ said Lennon.

‘(Beram) Kayal hadn’t been playing because he was injured but he came in last week at St Mirren. Miku has been in and out of the team.

‘So it’s not as if none of them have been playing. I don’t want them to be seen as bit-part players here, I really want them to be part of the squad like everyone else. When they play like that, it makes it a little bit more difficult for me to trust them.

‘They are going to have to earn that trust again.’

Lennon plans to field a strong side against St Johnstone as he aims to land the only domestic trophy he has not won during his time in charge.

Captain Scott Brown could be involved after his injured hip was rested on Saturday, but Lassad Nouioui, Georgios Samaras, Dylan McGeouch and Filip Twardzik all remain sidelined.

Lance Armstrong has ruined his sport – Daley Thompson

Despicable cheat Armstrong has shattered dreams and ruined his sport



21:46 GMT, 12 October 2012

Armstrong: No sign of contrition

Armstrong: No sign of contrition

We all want to believe that some people can fly. That’s why we love sport. But Lance Armstrong has shattered that illusion.

He has cheated sport – not just cycling – by committing the most sophisticated crime in sporting history.

I don’t know how he can sleep. When he was committing that kind of fraud, on that kind of scale, I just can’t get my head round how anybody could pretend it’s all OK.

Saying he was only doing it because so was everyone else is not a valid excuse. He’s got kids, too. How does he face them every day and not just burst into tears

This summer was brilliant for me because
my younger children have seen me involved in the Olympics and now they
understand how I feel about sport, why it matters and why I’m a sports
maniac. But I couldn’t face my 10-year-old if I had done all of the
things Armstrong has done.

He forced young professional cyclists to
get on his programme. It’s one thing doing it yourself but it’s another
surrounding yourself with good pros, forcing them to cheat and enticing
younger cyclists into your world.

Imagine that was your child. He’s 21 years old and he gets an opportunity of a lifetime to train with Armstrong. He’s got no chance. It’s so easy to fall into that trap because no-one wants – or dares – to speak out against the programme, so it’s allowed to fester.

It was almost the perfect crime and Armstrong nearly got away with it. He cheated on an industrial scale and it seems to me cycling’s governing body, the International Cycling Union, have been compliant in it. Why has it taken so long to catch him

Long chase: It has taken far too long to catch Armstrong

Long chase: It has taken far too long to catch Armstrong

This really concerns me. Why didn’t the
UCI report him They shouldn’t be overseeing the sport if they turned a
blind eye to what was going on, year after year. They just saw Armstrong
and his army of sponsors, how much money and profile he brought the
sport, and thought he was too big to kick out.

Someone needs to be made accountable. Cycling needs to have good people running it, now more than ever.

Lots of people knew but didn’t say anything. There are other people who need to pay some kind of price for this, too – not just the drug-takers.

I have to take my hat off to the US Anti-Doping Agency because – although I’ve said for many years their parent body, the World Anti-Doping Agency, isn’t fit for purpose – they have done a magnificent job. So have journalists such as Paul Kimmage and David Walsh.

What Armstrong did in cycling enabled him to help and inspire many people and that’s brilliant, but it was built on lies. For me, that overshadows everything he’s done away from sport.

Tainted: Armstrong's charity work is massively overshadowed

Tainted: Armstrong's charity work is massively overshadowed

I hope he’s remembered as a cheat and
not a hero. He might have earned tens of millions of dollars for himself
and his charity but it’s all been based on deception.

Yet there still doesn’t seem to be any sign of contrition. If Armstrong admitted it and started talking – if he showed he realises how wrong it all was – some would be prepared to forgive. But he’s so insistent he’s done nothing wrong. He was never a hero of mine, but it leaves me feeling flat.

Good people such as Britain’s Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins and Team Sky general manager Dave Brailsford can help put cycling back up where it should be, but it will take time.

I would prefer to see Wiggins stay clean and perhaps go a bit slower than see those other frauds recording faster times. You might as well just let their chemists race instead.

What we want to see is endeavour by athletes; how far they can push themselves. If they can fly. It’s something pure, not artificial like Armstrong’s performances. He has not just cheated cycling, he has cheated sport.

John Obi Mikel quits Twitter after Juventus error abuse

Mikel quits Twitter after racist abuse following Juve mistake which cost Chelsea win



22:26 GMT, 20 September 2012

Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel has quit Twitter after racist messages and other abuse was sent to him on the social network.

The club initially moved to deny he had terminated his account on the basis of receiving any communications but later condemned 'unacceptable' Tweets and said the police had been informed.

'Not true Mikel quit Twitter due to messages received. He'd wanted to leave for a while & deleted his account today without looking at it,' Chelsea wrote on their official club Twitter account.

Gone: John Obi Mikel has quit Twitter

Gone: John Obi Mikel has quit Twitter

They added: 'Abuse on social networks is abhorrent. Racist tweets towards Mikel are totally unacceptable. Police informed. #CFC supports strongest action.'

The Nigerian had been bombarded with these vulgar messages after making a mistake which contributed to Chelsea's downfall against Juventus in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Chelsea were leading 2-1 when Mikel's sloppy pass returned the ball to the Italians, who went on to score through Fabio Quagliarella and salvage a point.

The 25-year-old is a player who has long split Chelsea fans' opinion, with many lauding him for his defensive graft while others bemoan his lack of creativity.

On this occasion the abuse went far beyond general football complaints.

A disappointed Mikel had apologised for his mistake after the match.

'If I want to make up an excuse, I can,' he said. 'But, for me, I gave the ball away. I put my hands up, we move on.

'I'm sorry about the mistake, but there are no excuses.'

Slip up: Mikel gave the ball away for Juventus' second goal

Slip up: Mikel gave the ball away for Juventus' second goal

James McClean issues apology after Twitter rant

I was stupid and disrespectful! Ireland ace McClean issues apology after foul-mouthed rant



12:06 GMT, 8 September 2012

Republic of Ireland winger James McClean has apologised for his foul-mouthed tweet following Friday night's World Cup qualifier against Kazakhstan, admitting it was 'stupid' and 'disrespectful'.

McClean was furious at not being called off the bench during the clash in Astana, which the Republic won 2-1 thanks to late goals from Robbie Keane and Kevin Doyle.

Win: Ireland saw off the challenge from Kazakhstan after goals from Keane and Doyle

Win: Ireland saw off the challenge from Kazakhstan after goals from Keane and Doyle

He wrote on Twitter after the game: 'Delighted as a fan we got the the win.. Personal level. Fuming. F****** joke. Embarrassing.'

McClean deleted the tweet within 15 minutes, but it had been widely noticed and he returned to Twitter this morning to issue an apology. He wrote: 'I apologise for my tweet last night, it was stupid, disrespectful and i let my frustration get the better of me which still aint an excuse.'

Unused sub: McClean apologised for his comments

Unused sub: McClean apologised for his comments

London Olympics 2012: Dwain Chambers: I can make the 100m final

I can make the 100m final, says Chambers as shamed sprinter looks forward, not back



21:59 GMT, 22 July 2012

Dwain Chambers is targeting a place in the 100 metres final at London 2012 and even believes a medal is not out of reach, despite admitting his form this season has been way off the required standard.

The former drugs cheat has not run quicker than 10.25sec in the past six months, ranking him 132nd in the world this year — and half a second behind Yohan Blake’s world-leading time of 9.75 — but he is confident his major competition experience will prove invaluable.

Chambers said: ‘If I can sail through the heats comfortably, then get through the semi-final, then get to the final, anything can happen. It has to be (the goal). I’d like to get into the final.

In the spotlight: Dwain Chambers sports Team GB's kit

In the spotlight: Dwain Chambers sports Team GB's kit

‘Current form may show that I’m not in good shape, but physically and mentally I do feel in a position where I can go out there and perform. In previous years, I’ve always been able to. I’ve made numerous finals throughout my career. I still feel I have the ability, I’ve just got to do the best I know I can.’

The 34-year-old came in for stinging criticism from Denise Lewis after he ran 10.35sec in his last outing at the Crystal Palace Diamond League meet, with the 2000 Olympic heptathlon champion saying he did not justify his place in the squad.

Chambers said: ‘I have no response to that. I know why I didn’t perform; that’s because I just wasn’t clicking at the time. I can’t make any excuse, I just ran poorly. My season just hasn’t gone the way I’d have wanted it to.’

New kit: Adam Gemili

New kit: Chambers

Backing: Chambers has said Adam Gemili (left) will not make the mistakes he did

Chambers, who was given his first Great Britain Olympic kit since Sydney 2000, added that sprint sensation Adam Gemili, who won the World Junior Championships this month in 10.05, is smart enough to avoid making the decisions that got Chambers a long ban after a similarly promising start.

Gemili said being on the cusp of running in the Olympic Stadium was ‘absolutely crazy’ but ‘the final is very possible’.

The 18-year-old added that a sub-10sec run ‘could come at the Olympics. Obviously, every sprinter wants to do it one day.’

Euro 2012: Spain won"t use Portugal"s two-day advantage as an excuse

We won't use Portugal's two-day advantage as an excuse in Euro 2012 semi-final, vow Spain



13:46 GMT, 24 June 2012

Spain have two days fewer than Portugal to prepare for Wednesday's Euro 2012 semi-final – but they are refusing to moan about it.

Portugal played their quarter-final against Czech Republic on Thursday, while Spain's last-eight match against France was two days later.

Physio Javier Minano said that would give the Portuguese 'something of an advantage' over the holders in Donetsk.

Non-stop: Spain celebrate their victory over France on Saturday

Non-stop: Spain celebrate their victory over France on Saturday

But he added: 'There is no doubt that it has an impact but then again we had a day longer than the French to prepare for the quarter-final so we can't use it as an excuse either.'

Minano was speaking at a rare appearance at a news conference at Spain's training base in Gniewino, northern Poland.

Like all the other national teams competing in Poland and Ukraine, the Spanish players have endured a long, hard season with their clubs and Minano said it was impossible to tell whether they were close to their physical limit.

'A few years ago it was unthinkable that a player could play 5,000 minutes of football in a season, which is the case with some of these footballers,' he added.

Threat: Spain must cope with Portugal ace Cristiano Ronaldo

Threat: Spain must cope with Portugal ace Cristiano Ronaldo

'It's a challenge for them no doubt but it's the same for other teams and the response has been good. Based on that response, the coach is picking the players who he believes can perform the best.'

Spain had yet to decide whether they will return to Gniewino after the semi-final if they get through to the final on July 1 in Kiev, or whether they will head directly to the Ukrainian capital.

Minano added: 'The calm and the excellent facilities we have found here (in Gniewino) will certainly play a major role in the decision.'

Joey Barton faces TEN match ban – Graham Poll

Barton faces TEN match ban after red card madness at the Etihad



22:12 GMT, 13 May 2012

Not for the first time Joey Barton let down himself, his team-mates and the QPR supporters.

While replays showed that Carlos Tevez had struck Barton, retaliation is futile and never an excuse.

Barton did not respond immediately but waited a few seconds before viciously elbowing Tevez away from the ball, hoping that it would not be seen.

Marching orders: Referee Mike Dean shows Barton a straight red card

Marching orders: Referee Mike Dean shows Barton a straight red card

Andy Garratt, the assistant, saw Barton's retaliation. He informed Mike Dean, who correctly showed Barton the red card. What followed was insane.

Barton, with vengeful spite etched all over his face, violently kneed Sergio Aguero and then attempted to head-butt Vincent Kompany. Add up the disciplinary charges and suspensions for next season.

Dragged off: Barton tried to clash with Balotelli as he was helped from the pitch

Dragged off: Barton tried to clash with Balotelli as he was helped from the pitch

Dragged off: Barton tried to clash with Balotelli as he was helped from the pitch

Four matches for the Tevez incident as it is Barton's second dismissal of the season.

Add another three for the Aguero assault and perhaps three more for the attempted head-butt and it's at least 10 matches – hopefully more. Who'd want Barton next year

Career suicide Barton's actions make him very difficult to employ

Career suicide Barton's actions make him very difficult to employ

Harry Redknapp hits out at Vedran Corluka

Redknapp in blast at Corluka after defender blames boss for Spurs slump



21:30 GMT, 27 April 2012

Harry Redknapp has dismissed as ‘nonsense’ Vedran Corluka’s claim that Tottenham’s season has stalled because the manager failed to rotate his squad.

The Croatia defender reckons Spurs are tired and paying the price for letting him go on loan to Bayer Leverkusen in January.

Spurs could drop to sixth before tomorrow’s home game against Blackburn after a run of one league win in nine but Redknapp insists he is happy with the way he has managed the season.

Bad run: Spurs could be sixth in the league by the time they take on Blackburn

Bad run: Spurs could be sixth in the league by the time they take on Blackburn

He said: ‘When you lose a few, everyone suddenly has something to say. I didn’t hear anyone complaining a month ago when we were beating everyone and flying.

‘Most of the players have probably played 30 games. I didn’t play any of them in the UEFA Cup or FA Cup, and no player has said to me, “Gaffer, I’m tired”.

Angry: Redknapp hit back at Corluka

Angry: Redknapp hit back at Corluka

Frank Lampard plays how many games a season Ashley Cole, Wayne Rooney and Patrice Evra are not rotated, so it’s a load of nonsense. It’s an excuse.’

Redknapp also revealed he made a move to sign Carlos Tevez in January and insists Spurs need to strengthen in the summer.

He said: ‘We need to bring a couple of quality players in. I said to the chairman, “Can you get me Tevez” ‘It wasn’t possible, but that was my dream. His wages are whatever, 200,000 a week, it’s not possible at Tottenham to buy him. It was me thinking, “He’s not in the team, he’s fallen out with Mancini”. You don’t know, do you, unless you ask.’

Meanwhile, Blackburn boss Steve Kean has revealed he’s attempted to deal with the pressure of the relegation fight by playing guitar. He added: ‘Tottenham are going for a big prize but ours is bigger. Players know the consequences of not being in the top division.’