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Fenerbahce 1 Benfica 0 – Europa League semi-final first leg match report: Egeman Korkmaz scores

Fenerbahce 1 Benfica 0: Korkmaz strike leaves semi-final in the balance as Chelsea await winners

By
Graeme Yorke

PUBLISHED:

20:59 GMT, 25 April 2013

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UPDATED:

21:17 GMT, 25 April 2013

Egeman Korkmaz scored the only goal as Fenerbahce won the first leg of their Europa League semi-final tie against Newcastle's conquerors Benfica in Istanbul.

The result leaves the match evenly poised heading into next week's second leg.

The winner will face either Chelsea or Basle in the final.

Winner: Egemen Korkmaz celebrates his second-half strike

Winner: Egemen Korkmaz celebrates his second-half strike

MATCH FACTS

Fenerbahce: Demirel, Gonul, Yobo, Korkmaz, Ziegler, Meireles (Ucan 64), Topal, Kuyt, Cristian (Sahin 86), Sow (Krasic 87), Webo.

Subs Not Used: Gunok, Irtegun, Senturk, Topuz.

Booked: Cristian, Topal, Webo.

Goals: Korkmaz 72.

Benfica: Artur Moraes, Maxi Pereira, Jardel, Garay, Melgarejo, Gomes (Carlos Martins 81), Aimar (Gaitan 46), Matic, John (Rodrigo 64), Cardozo, Salvio.

Subs Not Used: Paulo Lopes, Roderick Miranda, Lima, Urreta.

Booked: Gomes, Aimar, Maxi Pereira, John.

Attendance: 51,000

Referee: Milorad Mazic (Serbia).

More to follow…

Jesus walks: Benfica coach Jorge Jesus heads out onto the pitch before kick-off

Jesus walks: Benfica coach Jorge Jesus heads out onto the pitch before kick-off

Familiar faces: Ex-Liverpool duo Raul Meireles (left) and Dirk Kuyt (right) both played for Fenerbahce

Familiar faces: Ex-Liverpool duo Raul Meireles (left) and Dirk Kuyt (right) both played for Fenerbahce

Paying the penalty: Cristian's strike is saved by Artur

Paying the penalty: Cristian's strike is saved by Artur

Paying the penalty: Cristian's strike is saved by Artur

Turkish delight: Korkmaz is mobbed after his goal

Turkish delight: Korkmaz is mobbed after his goal

Turkish delight: Korkmaz is mobbed after his goal

Plenty to ponder: Jesus will hope to resurrect Benfica's hopes next week

Plenty to ponder: Jesus will hope to resurrect Benfica's hopes next week

Harry Redkapp confident QPR will not be relegated

Redknapp confident that QPR will survive… despite only winning once this season and being eight points from safety

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UPDATED:

19:04 GMT, 30 December 2012

Manager Harry Redknapp came out fighting after his QPR side were beaten 3-0 at home by Liverpool.

Bottom-of-the-table Rangers put in an abject first-half performance against the Anfield club, being taken apart by two-goal Luis Suarez.

QPR head into 2013 in big trouble and eight points from safety, with Redknapp yet to kickstart the revival many expected when he got the job last month.

Plenty of work to do: Harry Redknapp has it all to do if QPR are to avoid the drop

Plenty of work to do: Harry Redknapp has it all to do if QPR are to avoid the drop

The veteran boss himself has criticised his players since taking over, particularly after the pre-Christmas loss to Newcastle, but tonight he had changed his tune.

'I still feel we'll be okay,' he told Sky Sports 1.

'I think we will look to get one or two in, there are some good lads here anyway, I think it's possible. It's my belief we'll be okay.'

Redknapp had previously said he would not encourage owner Tony Fernandes to spend next month if his side remained in trouble, but tonight gave a nod to a change in policy, believing new players could make survival possible.

Frustrated: A dejected Adel Taarabt of QPR sees another game go by without a win

Frustrated: A dejected Adel Taarabt of QPR sees another game go by without a win

'It's not easy getting players in at this stage at the bottom of the league, but if someone is up for the challenge, it's a great chance,' he said.

'We need new faces and if we get the right players we can make a real effort. We have some hard games to come but there is a long way to go. You could have 10 games to go and need 20 points and it can be done.

'Don't give up, we have to keep believing, keep going. Those that are with us are with us, those that aren't, we'll try and do something.'

Rooted to the bottom: Taarabt reacts after a chance on goal is wasted

Rooted to the bottom: Taarabt reacts after a chance on goal is wasted

The former Tottenham boss also stood by his players when asked if they had not tried against Liverpool.

Suarez went past QPR's defenders at will and Liverpool should have had more than their three, but Redknapp would not condemn his men.

'It's difficult,” he said. 'It's easy to sit there and say there's no fight. It's easy to say that. We got moved about by better players. Suarez… What can you do when he does that to Clint Hill

'I think it's easy to say it was a lack of effort. We started the season getting beat five by Swansea. You can only get the best out of what you've got.'

QPR won"t sell players in January, says Harry Redknapp

Sell in January I can't afford to! QPR need all help they can get, says Harry

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UPDATED:

15:31 GMT, 28 December 2012

Harry Redknapp admits he can’t afford to offload any players in the January transfer window because QPR need all the help they can get.

QPR are rock bottom of the table and six points from safety after losing to West Brom on Boxing Day. Despite former manager Mark Hughes signing 12 new players in the summer, Redknapp is expected to bring in several new faces before the end of the window next month.

But the ex-Spurs boss denied that Sunday’s clash with Liverpool for some of his existing squad to prove themselves.

Not for sale: QPR boss Harry Redknapp insists he can't afford to sell any of his players during the January transfer windowNot for sale: QPR boss Harry Redknapp insists he can't afford to sell any of his players during the January transfer window

Not for sale: QPR boss Harry Redknapp insists he can't afford to sell any of his players during the January transfer window

‘I won’t be looking to get rid of anybody,’ said Redknapp.

‘On the bench the other day had a young kid there so we are certainly not overloaded. We’ve got some long term injuries, so I can’t be suddenly getting people out of here without getting some in. I’m not looking to shift people out quickly until I can get people in.’

He added: ‘I would not bring people in if I didn’t think they could do a job for us. There’s no point bringing players in for the sake of it. I have got to get people in the right positions who I think can help it. If I can’t I may as well sit tight.’

After a decent start that saw QPR pick up their first win of the season at home to Fulham after two draws, Redknapp’s side have now slumped to successive defeats. And after taking over at Portsmouth, Southampton and Spurs in similar positions, the 65-year-old believes saving the west Londoners from the drop is a much tougher proposition.

Rock bottom: QPR face a fight for survival in the Premier League

Rock bottom: QPR face a fight for survival in the Premier League

‘I didn’t expect it to happen quickly – you are talking about two different football clubs,' he said.

‘How Spurs were in that position in first place I will never know, but there was only eight games gone, and they had a fantastic squad. It’s different here, we had gone 13 games without a win, it was always going to be harder. No one has got a magic wand, I don’t care who you are, I have said it a million times in the past – you go to clubs and you change players around.

‘I knew it was going to be difficult. And it’s been no more difficult than I expected,’ Redknapp added.

‘But we are still in there, the transfer window is coming, if we can get one or two in, we give ourselves a chance still. That is where I am.’

Leeds 40 Wakefield 26: Justin Poore sparks mass brawl

Leeds 40 Wakefield 26: We know it's Boxing Day but this is ridiculous! Poore behaviour leads to mass brawl

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UPDATED:

15:10 GMT, 26 December 2012

Wakefield's Australian prop Justin Poore made an unforgettable first appearance on British soil when he was sent off against Super League champions Leeds for sparking a Boxing Day brawl.

The 27-year-old former Parramatta forward was given his marching orders by referee Jamie Leahy after clashing with Leeds prop Ryan Bailey just 20 minutes into the festive challenge match at Headingley.

Poore had already conceded three penalties in an inauspicious start to his Wakefield career and he could now miss the start of Super League XVIII in February if he is banned by the disciplinary committee.

Festive cheer: Wakefield and Leeds players square up on Boxing Day

Festive cheer: Wakefield and Leeds players square up on Boxing Day

Festive cheer: Wakefield and Leeds players square up on Boxing Day

Ouch: Ryan Bailey was cut in the clash

Ouch: Ryan Bailey was cut in the clash

Bailey was sin-binned for his part in
the fracas, along with team-mate Mitch Achurch, who was also making his
first appearance in British rugby league, and Wakefield winger Ben
Cockayne.

Leeds hooker
Paul McShane, making his return from a loan spell with Widnes, became
the fourth player to be shown a yellow card when he was sin-binned on 57
minutes for a high tackle.

Wakefield,
fielding a near full-strength team, were never able to overcome their
numerical disadvantage as they went down to a makeshift Leeds outfit in
front of a crowd of 9,347.
Star
of the show was acting captain Danny McGuire, one of three members of
the Rhinos' Grand Final-winning team, while new faces Joe Vickery and
Joel Moon also caught the eye on Leeds' new 1million pitch.

Vickery,
a 23-year-old Australian trialist, boosted his chances of securing a
contract by scoring two well-taken tries in the first 22 minutes while
Moon was named the Rhinos' man of the match.

It was from McGuire's perfectly-judged grubber kick that Vickery opened the scoring on five minutes, although Wakefield hit the champions with two well-executed tries in three minutes from skipper Danny Kirmond and new signing Reece Lyne to take a 12-6 lead.

A superb one-handed pass from ex-Salford centre Moon gave the impressive Vickery the chance to jink his way over for his second try and delicate footwork from McShane created the first of two touchdowns for prop Brad Singleton.

McShane's second conversion made it 16-12 but Cockayne brought the scores level on the stroke of half-time when he took Lyne's pass to score the visitors' third try.

Leeds edged back in front four minutes into the second half when McGuire's long pass got winger Jimmy Watson over for their fourth try and the England half-back took complete control to create further tries for winger Jamel Chisholm, substitute Alex Foster and Moon.

Centre Dean Collis and former Leeds full-back Richard Mathers added further tries for the Wildcats and Paul Sykes kicked a third goal but Leeds had the final say when Singleton went over for their eighth try, with McShane kicking his fourth goal from six attempts.

Paul Lim at Ally Pally 22 years after first televised nine-darter – video

Out on a Lim! Singapore Slinger at Ally Pally – 22 years on from first televised nine-darter

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UPDATED:

09:52 GMT, 20 December 2012

The lively Alexandra Palace crowd will crank it up a notch on Thursday night when Paul Lim strolls up to the oche – 22 years after throwing the first televised nine-dart game at the World Championship.

Lim's life changed forever when he scooped 52,000 for the perfect leg against Jack McKenna at the Lakeside in 1990.

'I’ll never forget the nine-darter. All these years later, people still ask me about it – but it’s nice to be remembered for that moment because it was a bit of darts history,' Lim told the Daily Mirror.

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Shot at glory: Paul Lim is at Ally Pally for the World Championship

Shot at glory: Paul Lim is at Ally Pally for the World Championship

'Whenever I came over to the UK and Europe on business in the last few years, people recognised me as ‘the nine-dart guy’ and it changed my life in terms of recognition.

'I was a good player, but never in the class of Phil Taylor or Eric Bristow. People remember me as Paul Lim, the nine-dart guy, not as a darts player.

'I’ll never forget the moment I raised my hands in the air. That will stay with me forever.'

Singapore-born Lim took up the game at Chiswick's Robin Hood pub when he worked in London as a chef. He then moved to Papua New Guinea before going to America and turning professional.

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The prize he scooped for his big moment at Frimley Green was used to start an electronics business.

Lim added: 'I made good use of the money because my son is running the business now.'

The 58-year-old faces a prelim qualifier against Mohd Latif Sapup to earn a crack at Michael van Gerwen

'I have nothing to lose – I have played for 38 years and I am very blessed that I can just go out there and enjoy myself,' he said.

'I’ve felt very at ease coming here. My heart doesn’t usually beat any faster when I’m on stage, but this time might be different.'

Charlie Sharples scores for England: Picture of the week by Andy Hooper

Andy Hooper: My image of the week – Sharples crosses the line at Twickenham

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UPDATED:

10:13 GMT, 12 November 2012

Charlie Sharples scoring the first of his two tries in England's victory over Fiji is my favourite image of the week.

Sharples is inches away from grounding the ball and in my final edit I liked the determination on the players' faces. You can see both the Fijians and the England offence are intent on getting the ball.

The next frame shows the ball grounded but there is no movement in the picture as all the action had already happened.

I was positioned on the opposite corner flag but the 400mm telephoto lens enabled me to capture this image and get close to the action.

Nikon D4
Lens 400mm F2.8
Exposure 1/1000th of a second at F2.8 Iso 1600

Made it: Charlie Sharples scores his first try in England's win over Fiji at Twickenham

Ian Bell prepared to risk England place by flying home from India for birth of child

Bell prepared to risk England place by flying home for child's birth (but these three know that beating India won't be a piece of cake!)

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UPDATED:

15:36 GMT, 6 November 2012

Ian Bell will put his family first and his place in England's Test side second when he flies home for the birth of his first child.

Bell will leave his team-mates behind in India after the first Test in Ahmedabad, and will miss the second match of four in Mumbai.

The key middle-order batsman accepts he may be giving others a chance to replace him for more than one Test – but that is a risk he is prepared to take, to be where he knows he should.

Welcome treat: Graham Onions, Jonathan Trott and Eoin Morgan cut a cake after arriving at their hotel

Welcome treat: Graham Onions, Jonathan Trott and Eoin Morgan cut a cake after arriving at their hotel

Welcome treat: Graham Onions, Jonathan Trott and Eoin Morgan cut a cake after arriving at their hotel

Bell will travel immediately after the conclusion of the first Test and is scheduled to return to the tour five days before the third match in Kolkata.

'I had a really good chat with (team director) Andy (Flower) in the summer, and he was really supportive about me going home,' he said.

The 30-year-old faces significant challenges on the pitch this winter, having fallen slightly short this year of the prolific standards he set throughout 2011, and with a point to prove that he can be as effective in the sub-Continent as he is elsewhere.

He expects to regain his place when he returns from his fatherly duties, but will not be taking that for granted.

'I'd like to think so,' he said. 'Andy was really supportive and keen for me to go home but disappointed I will not be around.

'If we win the Test that I miss and something happens, I will have to fight like hell to get my place back.
That's the risk you take.

'But it is the most exciting part of my life, and I am willing to do that. I'd like to think I'd be able to come straight back into the team, and I hope we win the Test.'

Part of Bell might still want to journey on to Mumbai rather than Birmingham on November 19 – but not the bit where his heart is.

'Obviously, you don't want to miss a Test match if you can (help it),' he said. 'But my family will come first, and that's what I want to do.

'You don't want to give your place up. I've been in positions before when I've been left out – and it's not nice – so I don't want to give anyone else the opportunity to take my place.

'I'm really excited about going home, but I love playing every game I can for England.'

It would be understandable if Bell's mind were not entirely on his profession even now, with first-time parenthood so imminent, but he believes he has managed to make sure it is when it needs to be.

'That's part of being a professional cricketer.

Honest: Ian Bell speaks during a press conference at England's team hotel in Ahmedabad on Tuesday

Honest: Ian Bell speaks during a press conference at England's team hotel in Ahmedabad on Tuesday

'There are some big things going on
in the next couple of weeks for me, but I'm still desperate every time I
put an England shirt on to score as many runs (as possible). That's
what I've got to do.

'At
the back of my mind, there have been a lot of other things going on –
things I've been thinking about, not just cricket. That's exciting, but I
want to perform as well.

'I'm
very lucky. My wife and family are very supportive. Chantelle would
never be putting any pressure on me to be thinking about 'there';
everything will be very much focused on here until the day I get home.

'I'm very much 100 per cent focused on what I'm doing right here.'

Bell seems certain to play in England's final warm-up match, a four-day fixture starting in Ahmedabad on Thursday against Haryana.

Raring to go: Wicketkeeper Matt Prior

Raring to go: Wicketkeeper Matt Prior

He avoided a golden duck against Mumbai
A, thanks to a dropped catch at leg-gully, and went on to make his first
worthwhile runs in three innings on tour.

Even so, he knows he has something to prove to himself and others when it comes to playing spin in India.

'I probably haven't had as much success out here as other places,' he said. 'I see that as a bit of a challenge now.

'I see my playing of spin generally as pretty good. But I haven't scored the big hundreds out here in India that I would like.

'Obviously, the conditions are completely different to what we normally see and grow up with.

'The difficult thing in the middle order is starting, and trying to get through your first 20 or 30 deliveries.

'If you work really hard in those first 30 balls, then you hope as a group we can go on and bat big.'

England's failings against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates last winter – when Bell made just 51 runs in six innings – have sown doubts in many quarters about how they will fare here.

'I know obviously last winter was a really hard series personally,' he said. 'I've worked as hard as I can since that tour on my playing of spin, and I look forward to these challenges now.'

New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady looks ahead to NFL London showdown with St Louis Rams

Patriots return to London with new look as the Rams get down to some serious training before Sunday's NFL Wembley showdown

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UPDATED:

12:37 GMT, 26 October 2012

It is only three years since the New England Patriots last played at Wembley but there will only be a handful of familiar faces back for Sunday's match-up against the St Louis Rams.

Any advantage the Patriots might be hoping to get out of their experience of beating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 35-7 in London in 2009 is dented by the turnover in their roster.

Only 13 of the 53-man roster of three years ago are still with the Pats, testament to ever-changing nature of NFL teams.

Star man: The Patriots' Quarterback Tom Brady is one of just a handful of survivors from the team's last match at Wembley in 2009

Star man: The Patriots' Quarterback Tom Brady is one of just a handful of survivors from the team's last match at Wembley in 2009

Coach Bill Belichick is still the man in charge, but he acknowledged this weekend's experience would be new to the vast majority of his players.

'I'm not sure how many of our players now were on that trip but I would say not a whole lot,' he said. 'There's been a decent amount of turnover since then. But you know, the experience for those of us that went, you have some idea what to expect. There's something to be said for that.'

Belichick has at least been able to use that experience when planning how to prepare his players – with the Patriots choosing to stay at home in Foxboro for most of the week while the Rams headed to London early.

Chemistry: Brady said longer trips like this one are invaluable team bonding exercises

Chemistry: Brady said longer trips like this one are invaluable team bonding exercises

And he also knows that most of the players who are still around from that trip are his team leaders, best placed to pass on what they know.

Chief among them is quarterback Tom Brady.

'Coach Belichick does a good job preparing us for stuff like this,' Brady said. 'But it's really a road game. We're leaving a few days early and it's going the opposite direction, so I think it's going to be important to get there and kind of get used to the environment a little bit.'

Still in charge: Patriots coach Bill Belichick was at the helm on their last visit in 2009

Still in charge: Patriots coach Bill Belichick was at the helm on their last visit in 2009

Brady also believes trips like this can help with team chemistry because, even with the late departure, they still involve more time away than a standard road game.

'I think there's definitely an element of that, yeah,' he said. 'I think you're together for extended periods of time, which is always fun. People are away from all their other commitments, certainly.

'At a home game, there are a lot of commitments that different players have, so when you go away, sometimes it's really nice for the players to get some rest, to get some extra preparation, that extra time with your coaches.

'On this particular trip, we have more time.'

Meanwhile, the Rams finish the week with a training session

Firm grip: St Louis Rams players Brit Miller (left) and Terrance Ganaway during the team's training session at the Grove Hotel in Hertfordshire on Friday

Firm grip: St Louis Rams players Brit Miller (left) and Terrance Ganaway during the team's training session at the Grove Hotel in Hertfordshire on Friday

Charge! The St Louis Rams squad is put through its paces ahead of Sunday's NFL Wembley showdown with the New England Patriots

Charge! The St Louis Rams squad is put through its paces ahead of Sunday's NFL Wembley showdown with the New England Patriots

Vision: Rams quarterback Sam Bradford tests his arm

Vision: Rams quarterback Sam Bradford tests his arm

Whoops: Guard Chris Williams fumbles a catch during practice

Whoops: Guard Chris Williams fumbles a catch during practice

France squad for autumn internationals

Teenager Fickou given chance to shine for France in autumn internationals

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11:55 GMT, 16 October 2012

Highly-rated centre Gael Fickou is one of several new faces included in France's 33-man squad for their autumn internationals.

The 18-year-old has been compared with former England three-quarter Jeremy Guscott after excelling with Toulouse, and has now been given the chance to impress national head coach Philippe Saint-Andre.

Pierrick Gunther, Vincent Martin, Jocelino Suta (all Toulon), Jules Plisson (Stade Francais), Eddy Ben Arous (Racing Metro) and Sebastien Vahaamahina (Perpignan) have also been called up to the international fold for the first time ahead of France's fixtures against Australia, Argentina and Samoa in November.

One to watch: Gael Fickou (right) has been called up by France

One to watch: Gael Fickou (right) has been called up by France

FRANCE SQUAD

Forwards: E Ben Arous, T Domingo, Y Forestier, B Kayser, C Tolofua, D
Szarzewski, D Attoub, V Debaty, N Mas, Y Maestri, P Pape (vice-captain),
J Suta, S Vahaamahina, D Chouly, T Dusautoir (captain), P Gunther, W
Lauret, F Ouedraogo, L Picamoles

Backs: M Machenaud, M Parra, F Michalak, J Plisson, F Trinh-Duc, V
Clerc, B Dulin, B Fall, G Fickou, W Fofana, F Fritz, Y Huget, V Martin, M
Mermoz.

Saint-Andre chose to rest several notable names during France's two-Test series in Argentina, which they drew 1-1.

Among those absent was captain Thierry Dusautoir, who returns to the side although 71-cap veteran Aurelien Rougerie has been omitted.

“We were very happy with the three centres taken in Argentina this summer,” Saint-Andre said in L'Equipe. 'Aurelien just returned and has not played a lot of matches with Clermont.

Sir Alex Ferguson statue outside Old Trafford

United to honour legendary Sir Alex with 9ft statue outside his Old Trafford stand

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UPDATED:

09:35 GMT, 14 September 2012

Sir Alex Ferguson is to be honoured with a bronze statue outside Old Trafford to celebrate his 25 years in charge of Manchester United.

The Scot, who has won 24 major trophies in a quarter of a century, is the club's longest serving manager and already has a stand named after him at the stadium.

United have asked award-winning sculptor Philip Jackson to create the 9ft bronze statue which will be placed outside the recently renamed North Stand.

Honour: A statue of Sir Alex Ferguson is to be erected outside Old Trafford

Honour: A statue of Sir Alex Ferguson is to be erected outside Old Trafford

Jackson said: 'I have met Sir Alex on a number of occasions and he is a very nice chap. I took a lot of pictures of him and watched a lot film. You have to get to know the subject.

'He came down to see the clay sculpture and he seemed very pleased.'

United already have two permanent statues outside their famous home ground – one of legendary manager Sir Matt Busby overlooking the East Stand, and the other known as the 'the United Trinity' of George Best, Denis Law and Bobby Charlton.

History: Sir Matt Busby and the 'United trinity' have already been celebrated

History: Sir Matt Busby and the 'United trinity' have already been celebrated

History: Sir Matt Busby and the 'United trinity' have already been celebrated

Ferguson, who is now 70 years old, has shown no signs of slowing down despite his advancing years and the increased competition, notably from rivals Manchester City.

On Thursday night the 70-year-old's charity gala ball welcomed famous faces from football and beyond, with David Moyes and Dwight Yorke among those to attend.

Having a ball: Dwight Yorke and David Moyes were at Sir Alex Ferguson's charity event

Having a ball: Dwight Yorke and David Moyes were at Sir Alex Ferguson's charity event

Having a ball: Dwight Yorke and David Moyes were at Sir Alex's charity event