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Tottenham v Inter Milan: Ref sent blind man"s stick by angry fans

Tottenham's ref is getting some stick! Angry Croatian fans send match official a white cane after he admits high-profile mistake… and he's in charge for Spurs match at Inter

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

15:15 GMT, 13 March 2013

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UPDATED:

17:53 GMT, 13 March 2013

The referee of Thursday's Europa League match between Tottenham and Inter Milan has been sent a blind man's white stick by fans of Croatian side Hajduk Split after they were enraged by a contentious decision.

Ivan Bebek's call in a recent game between Split and Dinamo Zagreb frustrated supporters so much they sent a package to the Croatian Football Federation for the ref which included the white stick, a jersey and a Dinamo scarf.

The fans' club issued a statement saying: 'We apologise to blind people, we do not want to offend anyone, but just want to help the referee Ivan Bebek ahead of the game.'

Provocative: But the fan club insisted they did not wish to offend anyone

Provocative: But the fan club insisted they did not wish to offend anyone

Bebek admitted after the game on his Facebook profile that in hindsight he failed to call a clear penalty in favour of Hajduk Split.

The frustrated Split fans have now also forwarded on pictures of the package to Tottenham as a warning to them about the ref ahead of their crunch Europa League game.

Trusted: Ivan Bebek will overlook Spurs v Inter

Trusted: Ivan Bebek will overlook Spurs v Inter

Comfortable lead: Tottenham are 3-0 up to the third leg, in which Jan Vertonghen headed their third goal

Comfortable lead: Tottenham are 3-0 up to the third leg, in which Jan Vertonghen headed their third goal

Controversial Given the difficulty that can be involved in refereeing Gareth Bale, Ivan Bebek may be relieved he is suspended

Controversial Given the difficulty that can be involved in refereeing Gareth Bale, Ivan Bebek may be relieved he is suspended

From the spot: Steven Gerrard's penalty gave Liverpool victory over Tottenham on Sunday

From the spot: Steven Gerrard's penalty gave Liverpool victory over Tottenham on Sunday

Dereck Chisora applying for new boxing licence

Chisora applying for new British boxing licence and hopes to be back in the ring this year

By
Martin Domin

PUBLISHED:

17:07 GMT, 11 January 2013

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UPDATED:

17:33 GMT, 11 January 2013

Dereck Chisora is re-applying for his British boxing licence after it was revoked following his disgraceful brawl with David Haye in Hamburg last February.

The London heavyweight settled his differences with Haye at Upton Park in July when he was stopped in the fifth round of an entertaining grudge match.

That controversial fight took place under the auspices of the Luxembourg Boxing Federation but Chisora, 29, will now make his case to the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBoC).

Flashpoint: Chisora and Haye came to blows in Munich last year

Flashpoint: Chisora and Haye came to blows in Munich last year

If successful, he plans to make his return on the undercard of George Groves' clash with Mohamed Ali Ndiaye for the vacant European super-middleweight title. World champions Nathan Cleverly and Ricky Burns will also be in action on the same night.

Sportsmail understands that the BBBoC are yet to receive Chisora’s application and therefore cannot predict when a decision will be reached.

But after stripping him of his licence in March, the Board’s general secretary Robert Smith said: ‘There has been no set period when (Chisora) can re-apply for his licence.

'He no longer is a licence-holder with the British boxing board. Any person is allowed to re-apply at some point. Obviously the board will consider any application.

Down and out: Chisora lost the subsequent bout with Haye at Upton Park

Down and out: Chisora lost the subsequent bout with Haye at Upton Park

'What happens in the future, I do not know. But what we're obviously talking about is a few years.'

Prior to his bust-up with Haye, Chirosa slapped Vitali Klitschko at the weigh-in for their WBC world heavyweight title clash before spitting in Wladimir Klitschko’s face prior to the first bell.

It was at the post-fight press conference that he brawled with Haye, having lost to Vitali by unanimous decision.

Inside the ring, Chisora has lost his last three fights including a hotly-debated split-decision defeat to European champion Robert Helenius in Finland. He also surrendered his British and Commonwealth titles to Tyson Fury at Wembley Arena in 2011.

Should he be granted his licence, Chisora could target an all-British clash with David Price who faces American Tony Thompson in Liverpool on February 23.

Previous: Chisora slapped Vitali at the weigh-in before their fight in Munich

Previous: Chisora slapped Vitali at the weigh-in before their fight in Munich

Emmanuel Adebayor will play at Africa Cup of Nations

AVB left with just one striker as Spurs confirm Adebayor will play at Africa Cup of Nations

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

15:35 GMT, 9 January 2013

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UPDATED:

15:35 GMT, 9 January 2013

Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas may be forced into the transfer market after the club confirmed that Emmanuel Adebayor has performed a U-turn and agreed to play for Togo at the Africa Cup of Nations.

The striker will be available for Saturday's trip to QPR but his departure will leave Villas-Boas with Jermain Defoe as his only striker for the next month.

A statement on Spurs' official website read: 'The club can confirm that Emmanuel Adebayor has been called up by the Togo FA for the forthcoming African Cup of Nations.

Striker light: Villas-Boas will have to make do without Adebayor for the next month

Striker light: Villas-Boas will have to make do without Adebayor for the next month

'The striker will be available for
this weekend's fixture against Queens Park Rangers before travelling out
to South Africa to meet up with his international teammates ahead of
the championships.'

Adebayor
had cast doubt over his participation at the tournament, which runs
from January 19 to February 10 in South Africa, due to a row over team
security and unpaid bonuses.

The 28-year-old had a
change of heart after talks with the country's President Faure Gnassingbe at the weekend.

Hometown hero: Fans play music and dance outside soccer player Adebayor's house in Togo's capital Lome on Tuesday

Hometown hero: Fans play music and dance outside soccer player Adebayor's house in Togo's capital Lome on Tuesday

'Of course we’re in the Africa Cup of Nations with Adebayor, we will be together in South Africa,' head of the Togo Football Federation, Ameyi Gabriel, is reported to have told Radio Algeria International.

'It is very important to have him there because he is our player and captain of the team.'

The development came on the anniversary of the gun attack on Togo's team bus, which killed three people.

Adebayor was on board when gunmen opened
fire as they headed to their African Cup of Nations base in Angola in 2010. Three
people died in the incident – the bus driver, an assistant coach and a
press officer.

Heading off: Adebayor will play for Togo in South Africa

Heading off: Adebayor will play for Togo in South Africa

Adebayor will miss the visit of Manchester United on January 20 and could miss up to five games depending on Togo's progress.

Although Adebayor has only scored
three times for Spurs this year, his absence will be a big blow to as the club's only other recognised striker is Jermain Defoe.

Villas-Boas
has regularly claimed he does not need to add another striker to his
squad in this month's transfer window, but he has been linked with
another bid for Internacional and Brazil forward Leandro Damiao in
recent days.

Raul Meireles has 11-game spitting ban reduced to four matches

Meireles has 11-match ban for spitting reduced to four games after lodging successful appeal

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UPDATED:

22:43 GMT, 27 December 2012

Fenerbahce midfielder Raul Meireles has had his 11-match ban reduced to four matches on appeal.

The former Chelsea player was hit with the suspension after being accused of spitting at the referee following his red card in the Istanbul derby with Galatasaray.

But the Turkish Football Federation's disciplinary committee ruled the Portugal international did not deliberately spit at Halis Ozkahya.

Scroll down for the video of the incident

Feisty: Raul Meireles remonstrates with the referee and was banned for spitting

Feisty: Raul Meireles remonstrates with the referee and was banned for spitting

It said it was 'physically impossible' for him to have spat as he berated the referee for his sending-off as he was speaking throughout the incident.

The 29-year-old will still have to serve a four-game ban because of his verbal attack on the referee.

Meireles confronted Ozkahya after he was given a second yellow card in the second half of the 2-1 defeat. It was claimed then that he spat at the official while also making a homophobic gesture.

Cleared: Meireles will still have to serve a four-match ban for his verbal attack on the referee

Cleared: Meireles will still have to serve a four-match ban for his verbal attack on the referee

Speaking after the match, the 29-year-old vehemently denied the claims.
He said: 'I'm really annoyed at being accused of spitting at the referee. I have an eight year old kid, can you imagine if kids at school start saying your father spat at a ref, this could ruin my reputation in the eyes of my child.

'I have many gay friends who I deeply respects. The hand gesture I made is directed at the referee caving in to the pressure of the home fans.

'That hand gesture was to tell him he was scared. Look at my hairstyle, what I wear, I'm not a prejudice person, my hand gesture was in no way, shape or form a homophobic one'

Meireles, who joined Fener from Chelsea in the summer, had vehemently denied the accusations and vowed to prove his innocence.

VIDEO: Watch the incident during the Istanbul derby

Sven-Goran Eriksson loses out to Mykhailo Fomenko for Ukraine job

Eriksson misses out on squaring up to England after Ukraine turn to Fomenko for top job

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UPDATED:

15:31 GMT, 26 December 2012

Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson has been overlooked for the Ukraine national team job after losing out in a unanimous vote.

The country's football federation instead opted for Mykhailo Fomenko, an experienced 64-year-old former Dynamo Kiev defender and manager of several Ukrainian sides, as the successor to Oleg Blokhin who resigned in late September.

Out of work: Eriksson is available for a return to management

Out of work: Eriksson is available for a return to management

Before Fomenko's appointment at a
meeting today – at which Eriksson was not present having previously
discussed terms regarding a potential contract – new QPR manager Harry
Redknapp had also been under consideration.

It means Eriksson has been denied a reunion with England, who are in the same qualifying group in the race for the 2014 World Cup.

Peter Odemwingie Twitter row with Nigeria over African Cup of Nations exclusion

Baggies bonus as Odemwingie blasts Nigeria chiefs on Twitter (so, he'll definitely miss the African Cup of Nations now…)

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UPDATED:

10:03 GMT, 24 December 2012

Peter Odemwingie has used his Twitter account to launch a blistering attack on the Nigeria Football Federation and Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi.

The 31-year-old West Brom striker was controversially left out of the squad for the African Cup of Nations and vented his anger via social media.

Odemwingie, who would have been playing in his fifth African Cup tournament, tweeted: ‘On my non-inclusion to the Eagles list I am not surprised. Not surprised Keshi and NFF couldn’t tell me themselves. No personality!

Unhappy: Peter Odemwingie has blasted Nigeria chiefs for leaving him out of their African Cup of Nations squad

Unhappy: Peter Odemwingie has blasted Nigeria chiefs for leaving him out of their African Cup of Nations squad

‘We talk through press hahaha how come I am the only stubborn one but no ex-Eagles player was sent off from the team with respect

‘Keshi has no footballing reasons not to invite me but is not saying the truth. He is still in my plans he said haha coach u no dey my plans.’

On Friday Keshi announced a 32-man provisional squad to go to a training camp in Portugal and Odemwingie was not in it.

The player has been at the centre of controversy with his country before and some blamed him for Nigeria’s failure to qualify for the 2012 Nations Cup.

Keshi has since claimed that Odemwingie was demanding to be made captain, which has also annoyed the player.

Missing man: Odemwingie is angry over his snub from the Nigeria squad

Missing man: Odemwingie is angry over his snub from the Nigeria squad

He tweeted: ‘This might sound disrespectful but Eagles had no good captain for many years. Everyone looking only after himself.’

Odemwingie made his Nigeria debut ten years ago. It has often been a fractious relationship with a series of coaches but the player was still desperate to represent his country.

The fall-out from the row will be an unexpected bonus for West Brom head coach Steve Clarke, who now has the services of his converted wide man in January.

Diego Maradona close to becoming Iraq manager

Legend Maradona in line to become Iraq coach… who are ranked 92nd in the world

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UPDATED:

07:20 GMT, 21 December 2012

Diego Maradona is on the brink of becoming manager of Iraq.

The former Argentina boss, who is acting as a consultant for the UAE club Al Wasl that he used to coach, is awaiting the outcome of a meeting of the Iraqi Football Federation to be held on Friday.

Maradona has already set his sights on guiding the country, who are ranked 92 in the world, to the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil.

Who wants me Diego Maradona is in line to become the new Iraq manager

Who wants me Diego Maradona is in line to become the new Iraq manager

'Diego is really enthused and phones us every day,' agent Hernan Tofoni said. 'He doesn't just want to coach (Iraq) for the next six months but long term.'

'He is excited by the fact that it's a challenge and that he'd be going to replace Zico,' added Tofoni, referring to the Brazil great who quit as Iraq's coach last month.

Tofoni, a registered FIFA agent, said he put Maradona's name on the table when Iraq approached World Eleven looking for an Argentine coach and 'they liked the idea'.

He said there would be no obstacles for Maradona to leave Al Wasl, where he coached for 14 months until last July, to take up the Iraqi post.

Replacement: Brazil legend Zico quit the post earlier this year

Replacement: Brazil legend Zico quit the post earlier this year

Iraq have played at one World Cup finals, in 1986 in Mexico where Maradona led Argentina to their second title.

The Middle Eastern nation are third in Group B in the fourth round of Asian World Cup qualifiers. Japan lead with 13 points from five matches, while Iraq are equal on five points with second-placed Australia, who have a match in hand, and Oman.

The 52-year-old Maradona, one of the greatest players, has a modest record as coach.

Although he led Argentina to the World Cup finals in 2010, his side lost 4-0 to Germany in the quarter-finals.

Ukraine to decide if Sven Goran Eriksson is new boss

Ukraine to decide if Eriksson is the man to resurrect World Cup push next week

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UPDATED:

20:27 GMT, 19 December 2012

Ukraine's football federation will decide next week whether to hire Sven Goran Eriksson to coach their national team.

Well: Sven Goran Eriksson could be the next coach of Ukraine

Well… Sven Goran Eriksson could be the next coach of Ukraine

After meeting the much-travelled former England coach and his agent in Kiev, officials laid out the terms of a potential contract.

'The Executive Committee meeting will take place next week,' said a federation spokesman, who added that they were also considering hiring local coach Mykhaylo Fomenko.

Both Harry Redknapp and Andriy Shevchenko have turned down the role in recent months.

Ukraine are currently fifth out of Group H's six teams, with two points from three games. After a 1-1 draw at Wembley, they are due to host England in September.

Former boss Oleg Blokhin resigned in late September after failing to lead the team out of the group stages in Euro 2012, which Ukraine co-hosted, and accepted the job of head coach at Dynamo Kiev.

The 64-year-old Swede has served as technical director of Thai club BEC Tero Sasana since September.

Napoli match-fixing scandal: Paolo Cannavaro, Gianluca Grava and Matteo Gianello banned as club are docked points

Napoli deducted two points for part in match-fixing scandal as shamed defenders Cannavaro and Grava get six-month bans

PUBLISHED:

10:50 GMT, 18 December 2012

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UPDATED:

10:50 GMT, 18 December 2012

Serie A title hopefuls Napoli will be deducted two points after defenders Paolo Cannavaro and Gianluca Grava were handed six-month bans for failing to report match-fixing.

Former Azzurri goalkeeper Matteo Gianello has been banned for 39 months for admitting an attempt to fix Napoli’s top-flight meeting with Sampdoria in 2010, with Cannavaro and Grava punished for failing to report their knowledge of Gianello’s actions and Napoli penalised as the players’ employer.

A disciplinary commision statement published by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) today read: 'Two penalty points for Napoli and a 70,000 euro fine.

Shamed: Paolo Cannavaro was banned for six months for failing to report match-fixing

Shamed: Paolo Cannavaro was banned for six months for failing to report match-fixing

'A ban of three years and three months for Matteo Gianello and bans of six months for Paolo Cannavaro and Gianluca Grava.'

Gianello, now a free agent, confessed to attempting to fix the outcome of Napoli's Serie A match at Sampdoria in May 2010.

Cannavaro and Grava denied any wrongdoing but are set to miss the rest of the season for failing to report Gianello's activities to the authorities at the time.

Despite making a strong start to the season, Napoli had fallen eight points behind league leaders and reigning champions Juventus, with today's deduction further distancing Walter Mazzarri's side as they slip into fifth place behind Inter Milan, Lazio and Fiorentina.

Slammed: Former Napoli keeper Matteo Gianello was banned for 39 months after admitting an attempt to fix a game against Sampdoria in 2010

Slammed: Former Napoli keeper Matteo Gianello was banned for 39 months after admitting an attempt to fix a game against Sampdoria in 2010

FIGC prosecutor Stefano Palazzi had previously suggested a ban of 16 months for Gianello but a disciplinary tribunal recommended a lengthier suspension.

A one-point deduction was the original proposal for Napoli, with Cannavaro and Grava facing nine-month bans, but those verdicts have also been amended.

Napoli, Cannavaro and Grava are likely to appeal the hefty sanctions through the FIGC before approaching the TNAS tribunal court in Rome should they be unsuccessful.

The disciplinary commission also issued a two-point deduction for Lega Pro side Portogruaro while Crotone were acquitted of any wrongdoing in a 2011 match between the two sides.

Hitting the heights: Edinson Cavani (right) has helped Napoli to third in the Serie A this term

Hitting the heights: Edinson Cavani (right) has helped Napoli to third in the Serie A this term

The FIGC's wide-ranging investigation into match-fixing, known as 'Calcioscommesse' saw Juventus head coach Antonio Conte suspended from the game for four months for failing to report his knowledge of match-fixing during his time in charge of Siena.

Conte's former club accepted a six-point deduction for their role in the scandal, with former Bari defender Andrea Masiello receiving a 22-month suspended prison sentence after admitting scoring an own-goal during a relegation decider.

Ex-Siena defender Emanuele Pesoli chained himself to the headquarters of the FIGC for four days in protest against a three-year ban.

Mohamed Bin Hamann resigns as FIFA issue life ban

Bin Hamann resigns from all positions in football as FIFA issue new life ban to disgraced former Blatter rival

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UPDATED:

17:17 GMT, 17 December 2012

FIFA has imposed another life ban on former presidential challenger Mohamed Bin Hammam, who has resigned from all his positions in football.

The world governing body said the 63-year-old Qatari had been banned for life by FIFA's new adjudicatory chamber of the ethics committee.

The ban is not in connection with allegations of bribery while campaigning against Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency but for 'conflicts of interest' while president of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).

Banned for life: Bin Hammam was the president of the Asian federation

Banned for life: Bin Hammam was the president of the Asian federation

FIFA said in a statement: 'Mr Mohamed Bin Hammam, FIFA executive committee member and AFC president, has resigned from all his positions in football with immediate effect and will never be active in organised football again.

'This results from a resignation letter of Mr Bin Hammam addressed to FIFA and AFC dated December 15, 2012.

'In view of the fact that under the new FIFA code of ethics, the FIFA ethics committee remains competent to render a decision even if a person resigns, the adjudicatory chamber decided to ban Mohamed Bin Hammam from all football-related activity for life.

Rival: Blatter (centre) was present at the Club World Cup final on Sunday

Rival: Blatter (centre) was present at the Club World Cup final on Sunday

'This life ban is based on the final report of Michael J Garcia, chairman of the investigatory chamber of the FIFA ethics committee.

'That report showed repeated violations of Article 19 (conflict of interest) of the FIFA code of ethics, edition 2012, of Mohamed Bin Hammam during his terms as AFC president and as member of the FIFA executive committee in the years 2008 to 2011, which justified a lifelong ban from all football-related activity.'