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Fabrice Muamba inspires Owen Coyle to launch first aid sessions for coaches

Coyle launches Muamba-inspired project to teach Scottish coaches vital first aid skills

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20:06 GMT, 18 December 2012

Former Bolton manager Owen Coyle has launched a first aid project that could help grassroots players receive the treatment that saved Fabrice Muamba's life.

The Scottish Football Partnership project will teach more than 1,000 coaches in Scotland first aid techniques, including CPR.

Coyle was present when Muamba underwent emergency treatment on the White Hart Lane pitch after suffering a cardiac arrest while playing for Bolton against Tottenham in March.

Fabrice Muamba

Fortunate: Fabrice Muamba survived a potentially fatal incident when he suffered a cardiac arrest while playing

Fighting: Muamba has made a recovery but was forced to retire from football

Fighting: Muamba has made a recovery but was forced to retire from football

And after witnessing the way that treatment allowed Muamba – whose heartbeat was lost for 78 minutes – to make a full recovery, Coyle is keen to help others get that same chance.

Coyle said: 'I was very humbled and delighted to be asked to be involved. I drove up [to Scotland] from England to play such a small part today because it's something that I think is very important.

'There are over a thousand places for people to have this training, and if it helps one kid it's fantastic to have that education and be on hand to help in such a situation.

'There are games going on up and down the country all weekend and there might not be people with the right training to deal with the situation. Hopefully this will help.'

Muamba was consequently forced to retire from professional football at the age of 24 and has himself promoted similar schemes.

Coyle added: 'Fabrice is a tremendous ambassador. He is such an outstanding man, and a very clever lad.

'There will be doors that open for Fabrice and he'll excel at whatever he undertakes. But he knows how important that is.

'He has put himself in many situations to help with similar projects and that's all credit to him.

Owen Coyle

Devastated: A helpless Coyle was forced to watch on in disbelief as Muamba was being treated

'Whatever you ask, Fabrice is only too willing to help. That's his nature, he is a very caring young man.

'He will tell you he is only too thankful for all the help he had from the medical staff. And he is only too willing to help in any respect.'

The course was developed by Hampden's National Sports Medicine Institute whose director Dr John MacLean joined Coyle at the launch on Tuesday.

Tottenham vs Bolton

Horror: Those present could no longer watch as it was feared the midfielder was losing his fight to survive

Dr MacLean, also the Scottish Football Association medical officer, said: 'Nowadays we are pretty well organised medically at the top end in sport but the beauty of this course is it's designed for the parent or the coach or even the athlete.

'We are really keen to see someone at every pitch, every swimming pool and every athletics track with this training.

The launch comes almost five years after Motherwell captain Phil O'Donnell died after collapsing with heart failure in a match against Dundee United.

Dr MacLean believes the new project is another step in trying to prevent similar tragedies.

Phil O'Donnell memorial

Phil O'Donnell memorial

Gone but not forgotten: The 2007 death of Phil O'Donnell while playing for Motherwell has not been overlooked

'The medical team looking after Phil O'Donnell were very highly trained and very competent and Phil had the best of care possible on the pitch and afterwards but still had a tragic outcome,' he said. 'The key is we are broadening this out much wider.

'As well as this course, one of the other initiatives, backed by the Scottish Government and Scottish FA, is a widespread cardiovascular screening programme.

'So every young person, male or female, who is active in sport aged 16 or above can get access to free heart screening.'

The scheme will help coaches involved in semi-professional football as well as the women's, amateur and youth leagues.

Fabrice Muamba lauds Spurs fans on emotional White Hart Lane return

Muamba lauds Spurs fans and looks for closure on emotional White Hart Lane return

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23:13 GMT, 8 November 2012

Fabrice Muamba broke down in tears as he revisited the scene of his horrific cardiac arrest for the first time.

Muamba stunned the football world on March 17 when, while playing for Bolton, he suddenly collapsed off the ball in the first half of their FA Cup tie against Tottenham at White Hart Lane.

The 24-year-old's heart stopped beating for 78 minutes hours but remarkably he made a full recovery after being rushed by ambulance to the nearby London Chest Hospital.

Closure: Fabrice Muamba gestures to the Spurs fans on an emotional return to White Hart Lane

Closure: Fabrice Muamba gestures to the Spurs fans on an emotional return to White Hart Lane

Cardiologist Andrew Deaner also leapt from his seat in the White Hart Lane crowd to aid the stricken midfielder.

And the former England Under 21 international, who has since retired from football, returned to the home of the north London club during their Europa League Group J clash against Maribor.

Muamba emerged from the tunnel at half-time to a huge standing ovation from the home support and went over and pointed to the exact spot where he collapsed nearly seven months ago.

Touched: Muamba was moved by the occasion and by the warmth received at White Hart Lane

Touched: Muamba was moved by the occasion and by the warmth received at White Hart Lane

He then dabbed away tears before addressing the crowd. Struggling to get his words out, an emotional Muamba said: 'I can't express… All I can say is thanks to the Tottenham fans the way they reacted (when he collapsed).

'There are people out there who prayed for me. I want to thank the chairman, and to all the Spurs fans. I am grateful to them. They are awesome fans.'

Muamba's collapse caused a huge outpouring of sympathy from leading figures within the game.

Composing his thoughts: Muamba prepares to return to the site of his cardiac arrest

Composing his thoughts: Muamba prepares to return to the site of his cardiac arrest

Composing his thoughts: Muamba prepares to return to the site of his cardiac arrest (left) before walking on the pitch

He has spent his recent time writing an autobiography and has also been trying to raise awareness about heart problems.

'We just want to raise money so everyone has their heart checked,' he added. 'Today I wanted to visit that place one more time for closure.'

Andre Villas-Boas was glad to see Muamba had recovered from the collapse.

Anxious moments: Bolton players show their concern as medics attend to Muamba in March

Anxious moments: Bolton players show their concern as medics attend to Muamba in March

The Tottenham manager wrote in his programme notes: 'I would like to extend a special welcome here this evening to Fabrice Muamba.

'What happened to Fabrice at this stadium eight months ago has obviously changed his life forever.

'Everyone in the game and the wider footballing world was delighted to see him make a full recovery. We are thrilled to have him here tonight and I would like to wish him the very best for the future.'

Fabrice Muamba: I have come to terms with the fact that I will never play professional football again

I have come to terms with the fact that I will never kick a ball again, admits Muamba

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14:09 GMT, 3 November 2012

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14:11 GMT, 3 November 2012

Fabrice Muamba says he has come to terms with the fact that he will never play professional football again.

Muamba earned plaudits from leading figures within the game for his determination to return to action following an on-pitch cardiac arrest in Bolton's FA Cup tie at Tottenham in March.

The 24-year-old had a pacemaker fitted to help ease the pressure on his heart, but he retired in August upon doctors' advice.

Reality: Fabrice Muamba

Harsh reality: Fabrice Muamba

Muamba admits quitting the game was hard, but the former Bolton man, who has gained huge notoriety since his collapse, concedes he has accepted the fact that he will never kick a ball in anger again.

'I've already adjusted myself to the idea that I'm never going to be able to kick a ball again but life brings different challenges,' Muamba told the BBC's Football Focus.

'When I first came to the country football was the only thing I ever knew.

'I'm sure I'm not the only professional who won't be playing football for a very long time who has to adjust in their life after football.

'You just have be able to make sure you enjoy the game but you also have to able to accept the fact your time is up and move forward to a different direction.'

Muamba, who is originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo but represented England's Under 21 side 33 times, spent a month in London's Chest Hospital after being rushed there immediately after collapsing on the turf off the ball at Spurs' north London home.

The pacemaker, and the treatment he received at the hospital, have enabled him to make a good recovery.

'I still have a bit of damage on my left ventricle but I'm getting better every single day,' Muamba said.

'The pacemaker now and again kicks in just to make sure the heart rate for me is normal and hopefully it gets better every single day.'

International honours: Muamba won 33 England Under 21 caps

International honours: Muamba won 33 England Under 21 caps

Since he retired Muamba has flown across the world in his attempt to publicise heart problems in young men.

He has also got married and has written an autobiography, which is out next week.

His collapse caused an outpouring of sympathy from leading figures within the game and he is grateful for all the support he has received since that day in March.

'I'm just grateful for all the professional people that have come up against me have supported me,' Muamba said.

'It just shows when football gets together you can produce this sort of response.'

Robin Van Persie attends wedding of Fabrice Muamba and fiancee Shauna

Van Persie shares in Muamba's special day as first picture emerges of fairytale wedding

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09:59 GMT, 29 October 2012

Seven months ago he was lying on the White Hart Lane turf after collapsing and suffering a cardiac arrest during an FA Cup tie, with doctors saying he was ‘in effect dead’ for almost 80 minutes.

But following on from his miraculous recovery earlier this year, ex-Bolton Wanderers star Fabrice Muamba married his fiance Shauna last Saturday at the 19th century Peckforton Castle in Cheshire.

And the first picture from the ceremony shows the happy couple with Manchester United striker Robin Van Persie and his wife Bouchra, who were part of a star-studded guest list from the world of football.

Happy couple: Fabrice Muamba (right) married Shauna Magunda (second right) at Peckforton Castle in Cheshire on Saturday. The couple are here pictured with Robin Van Persie and his wife Bouchra.

Happy couple: Fabrice Muamba (right) married Shauna Magunda (second right) at Peckforton Castle in Cheshire on Saturday. The couple are here pictured with Robin Van Persie and his wife Bouchra.

Wed: Following on from his miraculous recovery earlier this year, ex-Bolton Wanderers star Fabrice Muamba (right) married his fiance Shauna (left) on Saturday at the 19th century Peckforton Castle in Cheshire

Wed: Following on from his miraculous recovery earlier this year, ex-Bolton Wanderers star Fabrice Muamba (right) married his fiance Shauna (left) on Saturday at the 19th century Peckforton Castle in Cheshire

Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry flew in from New York to be Muamba's best man.

Other guests included former Bolton teammates Stuart Holden and Martin Petrov, Reading player Jason Roberts and former England striker Andrew Cole.

Muamba also invited some of the medical staff who helped save his life, including cardiologist Dr Andrew Deaner and Dr Sam Mohiddin from the London Chest Hospital.

Muamba, 24, told Hello! magazine: 'This year has been a difficult one but, to me, marriage is a happy ending.'

Shock: Bolton Wanderers' manager Owen Coyle (second right) stands beside Tottenham players, Benoit Assou-Ekotto (left), William Gallas (second left) and Carlo Cudicini (right) after Muamba's collapse in March

Shock: Bolton Wanderers' manager Owen Coyle (second right) stands beside Tottenham players, Benoit Assou-Ekotto (left), William Gallas (second left) and Carlo Cudicini (right) after Muamba's collapse in March

Emotional return: Muamba waves to the crowd prior to a match between Bolton and Tottenham Hotspur in May

Emotional return: Muamba waves to the crowd prior to a match between Bolton and Tottenham Hotspur in May

Shauna, 27, was a constant presence at
Muamba’s bedside following his dramatic collapse during Bolton’s FA Cup
quarter-final at Tottenham Hotspur in March, which shocked the
footballing world.

Their
wedding was held at the castle where Manchester United defender Rio
Ferdinand, 33, and Sunderland player Wes Brown, 33, both had their
marriages.

Muamba proposed to Shauna on Valentine’s Day earlier this year, just a month before the cardiac arrest happened. He was forced to retire from professional football in August despite his recovery.

The couple have a three-year-old son named Joshua, who acted as a page boy.

Dr Mohiddin said: 'Seven months ago this day was completely inconceivable. I just feel elated for Fabrice and Shauna, and so honoured to be here to celebrate with them.'

Van Persie said the day was 'particularly special' because of everything Muamba has been through this year.

He said: 'The cardiac arrest had a big impact on everyone in football, and we all lived the moment as Fab recovered in hospital. Everyone is so relieved and happy for him and Shauna.'

Ronaldo: Brazil will struggle to win World Cup in 2014

Brazil win the World Cup Not likely! Ronaldo cool on hosts' hopes of sixth title

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12:00 GMT, 10 October 2012

Brazil legend Ronaldo is convinced his country will put on a great show at the World Cup in 2014, but doubts they can lift the title a record sixth time.

Fears were mounting over the countries' readiness to hosts the competition with the building of stadia and facilities seemingly behind schedule.

Ronaldo moved to quell those fears, but has revealed he believes the chances of the hosts nation lifting the cup on July 13 are slim.

Pleased to meet you: Ronaldo greets Fabrice Muamba at Stamford Bridge

Pleased to meet you: Ronaldo greets Fabrice Muamba at Stamford Bridge

He said: 'I'm sure we will be able to look back with pride and know that we organised the best World Cup of all time.

'The organisation, of course, has to be perfect. It will be perfect. We will guarantee it will be perfect.'

He added: 'We have the worst FIFA ranking ever in history,' he said. 'It is a difficult moment for the national team.

'However, we will be playing at home. This will be added incentive, it will be motivation. I think it will have a positive impact.

'Otherwise, I will be playing again!'

Ronaldo was at the Leaders in Football Summit at Chelsea's Stamford Bridge stadium where he met former Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba.

FIFA have taken the opportunity at the event to pledge to keep empty seats to a 'strict minimum' at the the next World Cup.

Fear not: Ronaldo has allayed any fears Brazil will not be ready

Fear not: Ronaldo has allayed any fears Brazil will not be ready

Fear not: Ronaldo has allayed any fears Brazil will not be ready

This year’s London Olympics and European Championships in Poland and Ukraine were both dogged by no-shows in arenas that were meant to be sold out.

FIFA admit it is impossible to eradicate the problem completely but are confident they will have systems in place at Brazil 2014 to avoid similar embarrassment.

FIFA’s marketing director Thierry Weil said: 'Empty seats is always a huge topic.

'We are implementing new initiatives, we are implementing new resale platforms.

'There will always be no-shows – as we call it – in the ticketing world, people who, last minute, will not come to the stadium for certain reasons.

'But we will do our maximum to reduce that to a strict minimum.'

He added: 'We are concerned by no-shows, that is clear. Because it does not look good and it especially does not look good if you announce to the world that you have no tickets, then you see on TV that you have a lot of empty seats.'

Repeat performance Ronaldo lifted the cup in 2002

Repeat performance Ronaldo lifted the cup in 2002

Weil confirmed FIFA were revamping the official resale website they used at the last World Cup, something which would allow tickets to be reallocated as late as the day of a game – helped by the fact no physical ticket will be issued until matchday in any event.

One of the biggest complaints from the Olympics was the no-show of event sponsors, leading to large blocks of empty seats in highly-visible locations.

Weil said commercial partners would have to provide a list of names of individual attendees 'two or three days in advance, so they cannot just say the people will come and then nobody comes'.

He added: 'The tickets will only be handed over the day of the game to the people, so you can reallocate tickets to different people, even in the sponsor families.'

Weil was confident the new system would be up and running in time for next summer’s Confederations Cup.

He also vowed FIFA would do everything possible to make ticket prices 'extremely fair'.

'We try to have this World Cup open to everybody, in Brazil, and around the world,' he added, confirming the precise pricing structure would be announced on November 8.

Weil defended the format of the tournament, which will see teams travel all around Brazil, something that could prove very expensive for travelling fans.

He was also vowed the country would be ready to host the tournament, pointing out every event had problems in the build up.

'At certain stages, there will be some wake-up calls,' he said. 'At certain stages, there will be some delays. At certain stages, there will be negative things from different people.

'But, Brazil will be ready.'

Fabrice Muamba devastated after Owen Coyle sacked by Bolton

Muamba devastated after Coyle exits Bolton and urges successor to deliver promotion

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12:35 GMT, 10 October 2012

Former Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba has said he was 'devastated' to see Owen Coyle lose his job and believes whoever replaces him has to get the club promoted back to the Premier League.

The Trotters have struggled since relegation to the second tier and lie 18th after collecting a mere 11 points from 10 matches.

Such form saw Coyle sacked after nearly three years at the Reebok Stadium helm – a move Muamba was sad to see.

Sad times: Muamba has revealed his disappointment at Coyle's exit

Sad times: Muamba has revealed his disappointment at Coyle's exit

The midfielder was forced to retire from football after suffering a cardiac arrest while playing for Bolton in March, with Coyle praised for his support in the aftermath.

Doctors revealed that the 24-year-old's heart had stopped beating for 78 minutes, but he was eventually stabilised and went on to make a recovery which some described as 'miraculous'.

'Owen was very supportive to me and I am grateful for that,' Muamba said.

'If you look at the start of the season, the guys have not been playing particularly well and the results have not been up to the standards we thought with the players we've got in the team.

'I was obviously devastated to see he was going but I am sure the club and the chairman will bring someone in to get promoted because we need to get promoted.

'In football you make changes and sometimes that's good, sometimes it's bad. We just have to wait and see how the club react.

Life saver: Coyle was there for Muamba when he came close to losing his life last March

Life saver: Coyle was there for Muamba when he came close to losing his life last March

'Football is results game and you get paid and picked if you play well. If you don't, you get out the team. For players it is the same as a manager. You stay in the job as long as the boys are performing for the team.

'I can understand exactly where the club came from, but at the end of the day he did a great job for the club and I am grateful to him.'

Muamba was speaking at the Leaders in Football conference at Stamford Bridge, where he was presented with a Brazil shirt by Ronaldo.

He was coy when asked about his own future in the game and is just enjoying some time off.

'I have just been enjoying life, spending time with my family,' Muamba said.
'I am writing a book at the moment, which will hopefully be out in November.

'I have been travelling as well but I never watch much football because I get really frustrated. As a professional, you get frustrated not being involved.

'I have been spending time with family, friends and catching up with a lot of people. Doing things I wasn't able to do when I was playing. I have time to do it now.'

Asked about moving into management, he said: 'Regarding coaching, I'm too impatient. I would like to be involved in football in some shape or form.'

Fabrice Muamba to release autobiography and reveal all about heart attack

I'm still standing: Heart attack victim Muamba to reveal all in new autobiography

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14:04 GMT, 26 September 2012

Fabrice Muamba has revealed his new autobiography will be called 'I'm Still Standing.'

The now-retired midfielder was playing for Bolton Wanderers when he suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch during an FA Cup quarter-final with Tottenham Hotspur in March – his heart stopping for 78 minutes as paramedics battled to save his life.

Miraculously, Muamba survived and spent a month recuperating in the London Chest Hospital before announcing his retirement from football in August.

Revealing read: Fabrice Muamba's new autobiography is to be called 'I'm Still Standing'

Revealing read: Fabrice Muamba's new autobiography is to be called 'I'm Still Standing'

The book will detail his life, including his own account of what happened in that cup tie and in the months of recovery afterwards.

Muamba tweeted a picture of the book's front cover, which shows a picture of the player lifting a Bolton shirt to reveal a t-shirt emblazoned with 'I'm Still Standing.'

Miraculous recovery: Muamba with former Bolton teammate Martin Petrov at last week's Championship match between Birmingham and Bolton

Miraculous recovery: Muamba with former Bolton teammate Martin Petrov at last week's Championship match between Birmingham and Bolton

He wrote: 'This is the front cover of my autobiography due out in November. Hope you like it have a great day and keep smiling.'

Muamba was born in Kinshasa, Congo in 1988 and moved to England at the age of 11. He joined Arsenal's youth academy in 2002 but made only a couple of first-team appearances for the club in League Cup ties.

He spent the 2006-2007 season on loan at Birmingham City and impressed enough to earn a three-year contract.

But he moved north to Bolton in the summer of 2008 for a fee of 5m, becoming a regular fixture in the side and making 130 league appearances in total.

Having worked his way through the youth ranks, Muamba also made 33 appearances for England Under-21s.

Following his heart attack, doctors advised him to retire from the game, a decision confirmed just before the start of the current season.

Terrible moment: Paramedics battle to save the life of Muamba after he collapsed during Bolton's FA Cup quarter-final with Tottenham in March

Terrible moment: Paramedics battle to save the life of Muamba after he collapsed during Bolton's FA Cup quarter-final with Tottenham in March

Fabrice Muamba to have minor operation

Muamba career still in the balance with Bolton star to have fresh operation

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06:05 GMT, 9 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Fabrice Muamba has been told he needs more heart surgery if he is to have any hope of resurrecting his playing career.

The Bolton midfielder is in Belgium for specialist treatment, five months after he 'died' for 78 minutes on the pitch at White Hart Lane during an FA Cup match.

The 24-year-old visited leading cardiologist Pedro Brugada in the hope of being told he will one day play football again.

Hoping for more: Fabrice Muamba is desperate to resume his playing career

Hoping for more: Fabrice Muamba is desperate to resume his playing career

While there has been no definitive answer, according to the Mirror newspaper, Muamba is expected to have 'a minor but necessary procedure' on Thursday.

Ahead of the operation, the former England Under 21 international's girlfriend Shauna took to Twitter.

She said: 'Thank you guys for the support if it is Gods will @fmuamba will play again even better and stronger than before. Faith can move mountains.'

She later added: 'For all your kind words thank you so much @fmuamba and I really appreciate it. Promise to update at the end of the week xx.'

Recovery: Muamba 'died' for 78 minutes during an FA Cup match at Spurs

Recovery: Muamba 'died' for 78 minutes during an FA Cup match at Spurs

Speaking in an interview with Piers Morgan on American news channel CNN, Muamba recently revealed he had enjoyed a 'kickabout' with players including Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson and Sunderland's Kieran Richardson during a recent visit to Dubai.

He said: 'I was on holiday and I was staying in a hotel and there were quite a few footballers in the hotel as well. The staff of the hotel usually play against the visitor so I was by the pool and I heard they were playing football.

'Then I went across and saw other footballers playing and I told my friends and Shauna – I told her “I am sorry but I am going to play football”. She goes “are you sure” and I say “yes” and I just went in there.'

Brad Gilbert was right with his tactics: Court Report

Court Report: Semi-final turned out just like Brad said it would

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23:17 GMT, 6 July 2012

Sportsmail's Brad Gilbert wrote on Friday about how Andy Murray’s backhand down the line could drag Jo-Wilfried Tsonga out of position and cause him problems.

Needless to say, Murray used it to great effect. The best example was at 3-1 and 0-15 in the first set, when he moved the Frenchman out wide before dispatching a winner into the empty court with the following backhand.

On the money: Brad Gilbert predicted Andy Murray's tactics just right

Why Oxfam want Fed win

Those of a charitable nature could be forgiven for not joining the rest of Britain in clamouring for a Murray victory tomorrow, as Oxfam will benefit by more than 100,000 should Roger Federer lift the crown.

In 2003 Nick Newlife, from Oxfordshire, put 1,520 on six-time champion Federer winning seven Wimbledons by 2019 at odds of 66-1.

He died in 2009 but left the betting slip, potentially worth 101,840, to Oxfam in his will. Perhaps Murray could donate part of the 1.15m cheque he would get for winning the title.

Net losses

Chapter one of How To Play Andy Murray For Dummies: don’t give him a target to hit. Tsonga did just that from the start, needlessly charging into the net time after time when the preceding groundstroke wasn’t up to scratch.

On form: Andy Murray

That meant Murray had plenty of time to pick his shots and he duly fired an endless stream of forehand and backhand winners past the Frenchman.

Une Grande Victoire

Murray's victory extends his very impressive record against Frenchmen at Grand Slams. He has now won 15 consecutive games since losing to Tsonga in Australia in 2008. For the record, the list of victims reads: Richard Gasquet four times, Gilles Simon, Tsonga twice, Fabrice Santoro, Michael Llodra twice, Edouard Roger-Vasselin, Marc Gicquel, Florent Serra, Eric Prodon and Jonathan Eysseric.

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Jo’s short game let down

One of the things Tsonga had to do if he was going to win the match was win the short rallies — Murray grinds you down in long exchanges. Tsonga has the big serve and forehand to do that but he failed to produce.

In fact, Murray won 59 per cent of rallies of two shots or fewer in the match — the only dip was the third set when he only won 39 per cent — and it turned out to be a crucial factor as the Frenchmen staged a comeback to win the set 6-3.

New balls please

Every man on Centre Court felt sympathy for Tsonga at 5-3 and 15-15 in the third set. Arriving at the net, Tsonga felt the full force of a Murray forehand in a rather sensitive area. He collapsed to the floor in pain, briefly got back up and then sunk down again.

Ouch: Tsonga

Ouch: Tsonga

A concerned Murray apologised but Tsonga recovered quickly, winning the next three points to win the set.

Euro 2012 racism: Ashley Cole and Ashley Young Twitter abuse investigated by police

Police probe racist Twitter abuse aimed at England fall-guys Cole and YoungThe pair were targeted by a Twitter user after missing crucial penalties against Italy last nightPolice have not yet made any arrests

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16:10 GMT, 25 June 2012

Police have launched an investigation into the online racist abuse of Ashley Cole and Ashley Young after they missed the decisive penalty kicks in England's Euro 2012 quarter-final exit.

The Chelsea defender and Manchester United winger were singled out for abuse on Twitter by one user following the shootout defeat to Italy in Kiev.

In a series of offensive postings the user goaded others who criticised him for his rants.

A young

A cole

Solemn: Ashley Young, left, and Ashley Cole, right, pictured after England's defeat last night, have been hit with racist abuse for missing penalties

In one post the tweeter wrote: 'All I got to say is this was just a joke, you guys need to relax, police know i was kiddin around and they won’t bother me hopefully, cheers.'

Another said: 'The police won’t bother me mate I can assure you that.'

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: 'We are aware of alleged racist comments on Twitter following last night’s England game and have launched an investigation.

'The allegation was made to MPS on 25 June by a member of the public relating to comments on a Twitter account supposedly based in London.

Spot of bother: Ashley Young crashes his effort onto the bar during the shootout

Spot of bother: Ashley Young crashes his effort onto the bar during the shootout

Cr-Ash: Ashley Young is crestfallen after seeing his spot-kick saved by Italy captain Buffon

Cr-Ash: Ashley Young is crestfallen after seeing his spot-kick saved by Italy captain Buffon

'There have been no arrests at this early stage.

'The MPS is examining possible offences under Section 18/19 Public Order Act 1986.'

Student Liam Stacey, 21, from Pontypridd, South Wales, was jailed for 56 days in March after racially abusing two Twitter users and mocking Bolton footballer Fabrice Muamba after he collapsed and almost died.

Stacey, who was in the final semester of his three-year biology degree when he drunkenly sent his offensive and now infamous tweets, was also banned from Swansea University for the rest of the year.

He admitted racially aggravated public disorder after posting: 'LOL (laugh out loud).

'F*** Muamba.

'He's dead!!!'