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Tattooed Leeds fan still sad even though his team beat Spurs

Afraid Spurs will nick a draw Tattooed Leeds fan is a picture of nerves in dying stages of FA Cup shock

By
Tom Sheen

PUBLISHED:

01:09 GMT, 28 January 2013

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UPDATED:

16:09 GMT, 28 January 2013

This Leeds fan looks as if he is used to a bit of needle but his pained expression shows his nerves in the final stages of the win over Tottenham at Elland Road.

The heavily tattooed supporter, who has a Leeds badge inked on the top right of his forehead, looked as if he expected Spurs to come back and grab a 2-2 draw.

Fortunately, this man did not have to face up to that as the hosts did manage to hold on and inked their name in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

A bit of needle: This tattooed Leeds fans watches the final stages of their win over Tottenham

A bit of needle: This tattooed Leeds fans watches the final stages of their win over Tottenham

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Maybe we'll be seeing this expression again as an away tie with the champions of England, Manchester City, awaits in the
next round.

But after knocking three Premier League sides out of cup competitions this season, he might be going to the Etihad full of optimism.

And if Leeds do win there, tat would be amazing.

Into the fifth round: Leeds will travel to the Etihad Stadium to face Manchester City

Into the fifth round: Leeds will travel to the Etihad Stadium to face Manchester City

Robin Van Persie celebrates goal against Chelsea: Image of the week Andy Hooper

Andy Hooper: My favourite image of the week… Van Persie celebrates his goal against Chelsea

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UPDATED:

16:24 GMT, 29 October 2012

This is Robin Van Persie celebrating his goal against Chelsea on Sunday where Manchester United won 3-2 in an action packed thriller.

There were 58 photographers at the game, spread around the pitch and fortunately I was in the right position to catch Van Persie after he scored after 12 minutes, seen here running towards the Chelsea fans.

The expression on his face is one of intensity and passion.

Camera data
Nikon D4
Lens 400mm
Exposure 1/1000 of a second at F2.8 ISO 1600.

Van the man: The Manchester United striker celebrates his goal against Chelsea to make it 2-0 early in the first half

Van the man: The Manchester United striker celebrates his goal against Chelsea to make it 2-0 early in the first half

Scotland, Wales and Ireland consider bid to host Euro 2020

Scotland and Wales join forces with Republic of Ireland for potential Euro 2020 bid

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UPDATED:

12:39 GMT, 15 May 2012

Scotland, Wales and the Republic of Ireland have formally declared an interest in hosting Euro 2020.

The countries have told UEFA that they would be interested in bidding to host the European Championships on a joint basis.

Turkey have also informed UEFA that they want to want host the tournament, and reports in Georgia say the former Soviet republic is interested in a solo bid.

Fit for purpose: The Millennium Stadium in Cardiff is a world class venue

Fit for purpose: The Millennium Stadium in Cardiff is a world class venue

The Football Association of Ireland (FAI) said in a statement: 'The FAI has confirmed that it will join the Scottish FA and the Welsh FA in putting forward an expression of interest to host UEFA Euro 2020.

'The expression of interest is preliminary after the principle was discussed and is being put forward by the three associations so that the opportunity can be explored in more detail.

'At this stage no bids would be expected or required by UEFA for at least 18 months.'

Bidders would need to put forward up to 10 stadiums to host matches in the European Championships, which is being expanded from 16 teams to 24 from 2016.

Scotland and Wales would struggle to provide that number of stadiums to satisfy UEFA requirements but Ireland's involvement would cover the shortfall.

Top venue: Hampden would be one of the main stadiums in the bid

Top venue: Hampden would be one of the main stadiums in the bid

The formal declaration of interest
does not commit the Celtic countries to proceeding with a bid however – a
decision is not due to be taken by UEFA for 18 months.

The
countries have not fared well in the past in bidding for the
tournament. Scotland and the Republic of Ireland bid jointly for Euro
2008 but were one of the first to be eliminated, and Scotland and Wales
considered bidding jointly for Euro 2016 but decided against it.

Turkey's bid is in some disarray already because their FA has been engulfed by allegations of corruption and match-fixing in Turkish football, and it also conflicts with Istanbul's bid to land the Olympics in the same year.

UEFA president Michel Platini had signalled he would support's Turkey bid but only if Istanbul fails in its Olympic bid.

World Snooker Championships 2012: Patience key for Ronnie O"Sullivan

Patience key to off-colour Ronnie's bid for World snooker domination

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21:54 GMT, 1 May 2012

Winning ugly has never been the Ronnie O'Sullivan way but it may be his only course of action if he is to overcome the obdurate Neil Robertson and reach his first Betfred.com World Snooker Championship semi-final in four years.

The Rocket spluttered in their opening session on Tuesday, in contrast to his smooth running thus far. He trails Robertson 5-3 going into the decisive frames.

The sanguine expression which accompanied majestic O'Sullivan play in his opening two matches was replaced by grimaces, gurns and quiet growls as routine pots were missed – to gasps of disappointment among the Crucible audience.

Testing times: O'Sullivan has a real battle on his hands against Robertson

Testing times: O'Sullivan has a real battle on his hands against Robertson

In truth, Robertson was less than stellar himself, an indication of the mutual respect which exists between the pair and the gnawing feeling inside both men that they were facing their hardest remaining opponent in this championship.

Whoever emerges victorious this evening will become overwhelming favourite to lift the world title again. For O'Sullivan it would be a fourth triumph, for Robertson a second.

The safety exchange which preceded the Australian potting the first red of the match was a five-minute-40-second study in tactical brilliance, each man pinning the white ball to the baulk cushion and with it his opponent on the defensive.

Where they both tripped up too regularly was in their attacking play, drifting out of position, casting wistful glances at the table and taking to their seats without having notched up another frame.

Aussie rules: Robertson has taken an early lead int he battle for semi berth

Aussie rules: Robertson has taken an early lead int he battle for semi berth

The exceptional frames which proved that
particular rule contained a break of exactly 100 for each player,
classy reminders of the brilliance into which this contest might
blossom.

What will be essential is O'Sullivan's
ability to adhere to the teachings of his sports psychologist guru Dr
Steve Peters, the man whose words of wisdom are regarded as gospel by
Britain's all-conquering cyclists Bradley Wiggins and Sir Chris Hoy.

Peters' talent is freeing the mind and
offering it a means of diverting negative thought so that it does not
interfere with clarity and sound judgment.

For O'Sullivan, who has struggled with his focus and enjoyment of the sport in the past, that is a central principle.

Plenty to ponder: O'Sullivan is chasing his fourth title

Plenty to ponder: O'Sullivan is chasing his fourth title

He said: 'The tournament lasts 17 days so you can't expect to play well every day, but I came into this tournament feeling happy and content and just wanting to go out there and enjoy my game.

'As long as I do that, then it's a throw of the dice sometimes how you play. It's nice if sixes come, but now and again a one and a two might show up and you've got to be patient and not be too down on yourself.

'I've been getting help on that side with Dr Steve Peters and if it wasn't for him I probably wouldn't be here this year. I was having a terrible time, but he's got me thinking differently. I'm a lot happier and I'm managing my emotions a lot better, which is the key for me.'

The glimpses of frustration yesterday were fleeting and not frame-changing. In the seventh frame the Rocket needed two snookers, only to find himself scuppered by a lucky ricochet from Robertson.

O'Sullivan surveyed the table in an instant, didn't fancy the challenge and scooped the white with the side of his cue to concede the frame. For Jamie Jones, the 24-year-old Welsh qualifier who beat O'Sullivan in an exhibition frame as a 13-year-old, stamina will be more important than strength of mind.

Having never appeared at the Crucible before this tournament, Jones enters the arena for the seventh time this morning trailing Ali Carter 5-3.

He said: 'You're going to have to scrape me off the table. I'm going to be there until the death hopefully.'

Lewis Hamilton: McLaren will take F1 championship fight to Red Bull

McLaren will take F1 championship fight to Red Bull, insists Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton insists McLaren will be ready to take the fight to Red Bull at the Formula One season opener in Melbourne after expressing his delight at the true pace of his new car.

Hamilton finished a seemingly lowly ninth in testing at Barcelona yesterday and has just one more opportunity behind the wheel of the MP4-27 before taking to the track in anger in a fortnight.

But wearing an expression of quiet confidence, Hamilton claimed that the rest of the grid could be in for a nasty shock when he is allowed to unleash the true potential of his McLaren in Australia.

Bullish: Hamilton expects McLaren to challenge for the top honours this season

Bullish: Hamilton expects McLaren to challenge for the top honours this season

He said: 'The car is strong, stronger than it was last year and with the fuel loads we have been running we are relatively strong compared to the others.

'We have focused on our programme and I think we are competitive when you do the calculations. We won't take the fuel out until we get to Melbourne.'

Hamilton appears fully recuperated from a tumultuous 2011 season on and off the track and is adamant he is prepared for the season ahead both physically and mentally.

Eyes wide open: Hamilton expects big things from his team's new car

Eyes wide open: Hamilton expects big things from his team's new car

Eyes wide open: Hamilton expects big things from his team's new car

He added: 'I have come a long way in six years and I am still learning today. But I am applying the things I have learned over those six years in a better way than I have in previously.

'I am in a good place and I am making right choices. My mind is in the right place for the season. We're coming to the end of my testing now and I feel fit and I feel ready.'

'I am in a good place and I am making right choices. My mind is in the right place for the season. We're coming to the end of my testing now and I feel fit and I feel ready.'

Chasing pack: Can anyone catch the German champion Vettel

Chasing pack: Can anyone catch the German champion Vettel

Neil Lennon wants Rangers titles stripped

No mercy! Strip 'financial dopers' Rangers of their titles, says Lennon

Celtic boss Neil Lennon will call for Rangers to be retrospectively stripped of their ‘tainted titles and trophies’ should the crisis-stricken Ibrox club be found guilty of ‘financial doping’.

The Parkhead manager cited drug-cheat cyclist Alberto Contador as a sporting precedent, with the shamed Spaniard earlier this month having been stripped of his 2010 Tour de France and 2011 Giro D’Italia titles after testing positive for the banned substance clenbutorol.

Lennon is awaiting with interest the results of the tribunal into Rangers’ use of Employee Benefit Trusts (EBTs) between 2001 and 2010, which could land the Ibrox club a 75million tax bill.

And the Northern Irishman warned if it is proved Rangers ‘cheated’ him out of titles as a player in 2003 and 2005 – as well as Gordon Strachan’s team in 2009 and Tony Mowbray’s side in 2010 – by spending money they could not afford, he will be pursuing the matter with vigour.

The title I'll believe it when I see it: Celtic manager Neil Lennon

The title I'll believe it when I see it: Celtic manager Neil Lennon

‘A journalist recently used the
expression ‘financial doping’ (in reference to Rangers) and, for me,
doping is a sporting term for cheating,’ Lennon said.

‘And, in athletics, if you are caught doping, you are banned. Alberto
Contador got stripped of his Tour de France win in 2010, so there are
precedents there.

‘If it has had a direct effect on me in my playing days, I will come out and say something at that time.

‘As it is just now, it hasn’t been proved. But they (Rangers) are in
administration for a reason and I am sure you guys (the media) will get
to the bottom of it.

‘It’s not my business, not our club’s business, but it will be my
business if it has affected me as a player or previous managers and has
denied us titles and trophies in the past.

‘It’s all hearsay and hot air at the minute but, until the findings are out, we as a club won’t comment any more on it.’

Sympathetic ear: Lennon aware of the task Ally McCoist (above) faces

Sympathetic ear: Lennon aware of the task Ally McCoist (above) faces

It was put to Lennon that stripping the Ibrox club of their titles and
cup wins retrospectively will not give Celtic the elation that comes
with winning the SPL at the time.

He said: ‘It wouldn’t but it doesn’t mean to say that we won’t be angry about it.

‘And if we do win the title this season and people want to say it has
been undermined (by Rangers being deducted 10 points and going into
administration), I will have plenty to say about devalued titles over
the years. That’s if we win the SPL, by the way.

‘I have great sympathy for my counterpart (Ally McCoist), having to go
through what he is going through at the minute when it has nothing to do
with him.

‘I have sympathy for the players too, obviously. And it’s a really tough
time for a lot of people at the club but, while I have sympathy for
them, I have no sympathy for a lot of other people involved.’

Lennon admitted the club’s supporters were unhappy with both First
Minister Alex Salmond and Prime Minister David Cameron’s pleas that HMRC
should work with Rangers to help them out of their crisis.

He believes the Celtic fans are left wondering why there was not such a
clamour to save their team when it was on the brink of going bust 18
years ago.

He said: ‘There is more disquiet among the supporters (than the club). I
think their view on it is that there wasn’t much help coming our way
in 1994, so why should other clubs be treated differently.’

Troubled times: Ibrox men have fallen 14 points behind Celtic

Troubled times: Ibrox men have fallen 14 points behind Celtic

His comments came just 24 hours after Celtic issued a stinging rebuke to
Salmond for claiming the Parkhead outfit could not prosper without
Rangers.

If the Ibrox club do go bust, Lennon admits he would miss the rivalry
and he claimed there was hypocrisy among people now claiming the Old
Firm rivalry is good for Scottish football, with the first anniversary
approaching of last March’s ‘Shame Game’ when he and McCoist famously
clashed on the touchline.

Lennon said: ‘The club made its statement yesterday and I endorse that.
We are talking hypothetically here because the administrator says there
is a good chance liquidation will be unlikely.

‘But it (Rangers) would be a loss to football, that’s for sure.

‘The thing we would all miss (if Rangers die) are the games. World
football would miss that because it is the ultimate derby game.

‘But the ironic thing is that last year we had the “shame game” and
everyone was coming out and saying we don’t need the Old Firm. Now
everyone’s saying we do need it. They can’t make up their minds.’