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Aston Villa failed to muster up a single shot at Arsenal… that"s shameful – The Midlander

Villa failed to muster up a single shot at Arsenal… that's shameful

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10:12 GMT, 30 March 2012

The official statistics, provided by the Press Association, show Aston Villa had two direct shots on target at the Emirates last week.

A friend of mine who attended that game – backed up by Birmingham media men who were also present – contradicted that and have reported back that there was not an effort on the Gunners' goal that was worthy of the name.

Under the kosh: Villa were soundly beaten by Arsenal at the Emirates

Under the kosh: Villa were soundly beaten by Arsenal at the Emirates

I could go into a lengthy diatribe. But I'm not going to because on this occasion brevity will have the same impact.

At this point, I don't care whose fault it is. Owner Randy Lerner, manager Alex McLeish or his players.

Leading the line: Villa didn't muster up a shot of note

Leading the line: Villa didn't muster up a shot of note

An Aston Villa side not having a worthwhile shot on target That is shameful.

Final edition

It will be the end of an era this weekend at Molineux – and I'm not necessarily talking about the impact that a defeat will have on Wolves' Premier League status.

No, after 23 years and 158 issues, a Wolves institution, the fanzine, 'A load of bull' is being printed for the final time.

The rise of internet message-boards and the proliferation of the media has brought an end to a few publications and it is with sadness that Charles Ross and his team of contributors will pen their final few words this weekend.

However, in one final gesture the club will benefit from the magazine's closure.

The fanzine has closed with a couple of editions still owed to the annual subscribers.

End of an era: After 23 years 'A load of bull' is being printed for the final time

End of an era: After 23 years 'A load of bull' is being printed for the final time

But instead of returning the cash, Ross has asked what his readers want to do with the excess money.

To their credit not one single supporter out of almost 500 has demanded the money back.

Instead, it has been voted that they should forward the money to a good cause. A cheque, which has been boosted by the fanzine's fighting fund, will be sent to the club's charity, the Wolves' Community Trust, for just shy of 2,300. The money has been earmarked for the Disability Sports' Programme.

So, there is a silver lining in a very dark cloud. Well done to all concerned.

Encouraging signs at Leicester and Forest

One simple point to make after Tuesday night's goalless draw at the King Power Stadium. It has been a while since I've watched either Leicester City or Nottingham Forest. But both have certainly improved.

Leicester look more energetic in midfield and more solid at the back. While the Forest side of two months ago would have been beaten. It was a far more resilient performance.

Encouraging signs.

Finally, 'well done' too to Sylvan Ebanks-Blake. It was his birthday this week and he over-ordered on the Krispy Kreme doughnuts. Needless to say, they didn't go to waste ahead of Terry Connor's press conference…..

Manchester United fanzine that issued KKK mask won"t face charges

No charges for fanzine that issued KKK mask before Suarez's Old Trafford appearance

Nobody will be charged in relation to copies of a Manchester United fanzine which were seized by police before a match against Liverpool amid fears they would 'stir up racial hatred'.

The edition of Red Issue included a spoof poster of a Ku Klux Klan hood along with the words 'LFC' and 'Suarez is Innocent', it was reported.

Its publication followed an ongoing race row involving Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, who was given an eight-match ban for racially abusing United defender Patrice Evra.

Swoop: Police seized copies of the Red Issue magazine which printed a Luis Suarez-themed KKK mask to incite Liverpool fans

Swoop: Police seized copies of the Red Issue magazine which printed a Luis Suarez-themed KKK mask to incite Liverpool fans

The tensions were mirrored on the pitch when Suarez refused to shake hands with the United captain before the kick-off.

Nazir Afzal, Chief Crown Prosecutor
for the North West, said: 'I have decided that no further action will be
taken in relation to allegations surrounding the publication and
distribution of the Red Issue fanzine at Old Trafford football ground on
February 11 2012.

'During the investigation into the
matter by Greater Manchester Police, the issue of potential incitement
to racial hatred was raised.

'As a result, I consulted the CPS's
Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division, who are responsible for
advising on suspected cases of incitement.

'Following this consultation, I have
received advice from a senior lawyer in that division that, although the
fanzine distributed may have been offensive to some people, there was
insufficient evidence to prove that the content was intended to stir up
racial hatred, or that it was or likely to do so.

Flash point: Suarez angers Suarez by refusing to shake the Frenchman's hand

Flash point: Suarez angers Suarez by refusing to shake the Frenchman's hand

'I have therefore concluded there is
insufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction for
incitement to racial hatred against any person.'

He added: 'It is not a crime to
possess material that is threatening, abusive or insulting, or hold
views which others may find unpleasant and obnoxious.

'It is a crime to distribute this
sort of material to the public, if it is intended to stir up racial
hatred, or in circumstances where it is likely to have that effect.'

West Ham want Robert Green to sign new deal

Promotion key to keeping Green as Hammers fear goalkeeper could leave

Robert Green has been offered a 'fantastic' new deal to stay at West Ham next season – providing they get promoted to the Barclays Premier League.

Sam Allardyce's side can reclaim top spot in the Championship tonight with a win over fellow high-flyers Blackpool at Bloomfield Road.

West Ham's promotion hopes have certainly been boosted by the form of England international Green who has been oustanding of late, impressing in a series of fine displays.

Stay or go: Robert Green's West Ham future depends on the club's promotion fate

Stay or go: Robert Green's West Ham future depends on the club's promotion fate

The Hammers are keen to keep the 32-year-old for the long-term and reward him for staying at Upton Park despite suffering relegation last season.

But co-owner David Sullivan concedes the club won't be able to keep hold of Green should they fail to win promotion at the first time of asking.

Football League blog

'Green's contract is up this summer,' Sullivan said, speaking to political commentator Iain Dale's fanzine blog, West Ham Til I Die.

'We have made him a fantastic offer, subject to us [getting promoted and] staying in the Premier League.

'But if we don't stay in the Premier League, we won't be able to afford him and he won't want to stay. So we have to go up.'

Read the full interview here.

Luis Suarez KKK mask in Manchester United fanzine seized by police

Police seize United fanzine after KKK Suarez mask is printed ahead of showdown

Greater Manchester Police were dramatically forced to seize copies of Manchester United fanzine Red Issue today after a controversial Klu Klux Klan cut-out mask was printed to further inflame the Patrice Evra-Luis Suarez racism row.

The pair met for the first time at Old Trafford since their infamous Anfield saga and were instantly involved in a tense showdown ahead of kick-off.

Swoop: Police seized copies of the Red Issue magazine which printed a Luis Suarez-themed KKK mask to incite Liverpool fans

Swoop: Police seized copies of the Red Issue magazine which printed a Luis Suarez-themed KKK mask to incite Liverpool fans

Liverpool striker Suarez refused to
shake the stand-in Manchester United captain's hand, prompting the angry
Frenchman to fire an insult at the Uruguayan after pulling him by the
arm.

And with Suarez encountering a
cauldron of hate, the authorities attempted to diffuse the powderkeg
situation by banning copies of the controversial fanzine.

Crack down: Greater Manchester Police monitor crowds ahead of the Old Trafford showdown

Crack down: Greater Manchester Police monitor crowds ahead of the Old Trafford showdown

The publication printed a distasteful
KK mask with the words 'LFC – Suarez is innocent' to incite travelling
Liverpool supporters.

But police swooped on fans who had reproduced the cut out to avoid another unsavoury incident.

Flash point: Suarez angers Suarez by refusing to shake the Frenchman's hand

Flash point: Suarez angers Suarez by refusing to shake the Frenchman's hand