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Wilfried Zaha will have FA hearing after he and Ian Holloway admit charges

Zaha set for FA showdown while Holloway hit with 2k fine after both admit charges

By
Rik Sharma

PUBLISHED:

17:40 GMT, 15 March 2013

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UPDATED:

17:43 GMT, 15 March 2013

Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway and attacker Wilfried Zaha have both admitted FA charges for improper conduct.

Zaha, who is on loan from Manchester United after signing for them in January, gave Leeds fans the middle finger during their clash on March 9.

He has requested a personal hearing, while Holloway is hit with a 2,000 fine because of his misconduct towards match officials during the same game.

Response: Wilfried Zaha had a message for the Leeds fans giving him stick

Response: Wilfried Zaha had a message for the Leeds fans giving him stick

Rambunctious: Ian Holloway was not amused during Palace's clash with Leeds

Rambunctious: Ian Holloway was not amused during Palace's clash with Leeds

Zaha, who had been suffering abuse
from Leeds fans before the incident, was ticked off by Man United for
his behaviour during the 2-2 draw.

He admitted on Twitter that he should have behaved better, telling his followers 'it was very unprofessional of me'.

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was
given a one-match ban, fined 20,000 and warned as to his future conduct
after a similar gesture aimed at Fulham fans back in December.

Wilfried Zaha and Ian Holloway charged by FA following Leeds clash

Zaha charged for flashing middle finger at Leeds fans… as Holloway joins him in dock

By
Dan Ripley

PUBLISHED:

16:14 GMT, 12 March 2013

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UPDATED:

18:19 GMT, 12 March 2013

Wilfried Zaha has been charged by the FA following his gesture towards at Leeds fans last weekend.

The Crystal Palace star was being
berated by fans in Palace's 2-2 Championship draw with Leeds on March 9, and
responded by grinning and sticking up his middle finger.

Palace have been hit with a double
charge in relation to the same game after manager Ian Holloway was also
hit by the FA following his alleged misconduct towards match officials.

Response: Wilfried Zaha had a message for the Leeds fans giving him stick

Response: Wilfried Zaha had a message for the Leeds fans giving him stick

Top form: Zaha again showed the star quality yesterday that earned a move to Manchester United

Top form: Zaha again showed the star quality yesterday that earned a move to Manchester United

Zaha has already
apologised for swearing at Leeds supporters after they gave him abuse
for his impending transfer to Manchester United.

Both Zaha and Holloway have until 4pm on Friday March 15 to respond to the charge.

Zaha posted on his Twitter profile: 'On
that note I also wanted to apologise for the gesture I did towards the
Leeds fans in yesterday's game. Very unprofessional from me.'

United fans took to Twitter to praise their new signing, saying he was 'getting into practice'.

Whether Sir Alex Ferguson would approve of this gesture is another matter entirely.

Eyes on the ball: Zaha used his head to get past Leeds defender Lee Peltier

Eyes on the ball: Zaha used his head to get past Leeds defender Lee Peltier

Wing wizard: Zaha cuts inside to beat Leeds United's Stephen Warnock

Wing wizard: Zaha cuts inside to beat Leeds United's Stephen Warnock

Petr Cech suffers broken finger and major doubt for Chelsea v Wigan

Cech a major doubt for Wigan game after breaking finger… so stuttering Chelsea could have to rely on error-prone Turnbull

By
Graeme Yorke

PUBLISHED:

16:02 GMT, 4 February 2013

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UPDATED:

18:09 GMT, 4 February 2013

Petr Cech is a major doubt for Chelsea’s Barclays Premier League clash with Wigan on Saturday after he was forced to withdraw from the Czech Republic squad for their friendly against Turkey on Wednesday night.

The goalkeeper broke his little finger during the 3-2 loss at Newcastle on Saturday and although the injury is not thought to be serious, Chelsea may have to field reserve goalkeeper Ross Turnbull on Saturday.

Turnbull came in for heavy criticism for his performance in the 2-2 FA Cup draw at Brentford last month and Chelsea failed in a late bid to bring England goalkeeper Jack Butland to Stamford Bridge as cover.

Doubt: Petr Cech broke a finger during Chelsea's loss at Newcastle

Doubt: Petr Cech broke a finger during Chelsea's loss at Newcastle

Double blow: Chelsea lost the game 3-2 to add insult to Cech's injury

Double blow: Chelsea lost the game 3-2 to add insult to Cech's injury

Their third option in goal would be to call on 37-year-old Hilario, who has not played since August 27 2011.

They're not able to call upon 20-year-old Thibaut Courtois, who although expected to be the future long-term keeper at Chelsea, is still on loan at Spanish club Atletico Madrid.

Loss: Cech is a major doubt for Saturday's match against Wigan which could mean a start for the error-prone Turnbull (below)

Loss: Cech is a major doubt for Saturday's match against Wigan which could mean a start for the error-prone Turnbull (below)

Errors: Turnbull has made lots of mistakes

Sir Alex Ferguson blames Manchester City for Mario Balotelli and Roberto Mancini getting caught fighting

It's your own fault we know about Balotelli and Mancini! Fergie blames Man City for letting snappers catch scrappers

By
David Kent

PUBLISHED:

11:28 GMT, 4 January 2013

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UPDATED:

11:45 GMT, 4 January 2013

Manchester City are to blame for allowing Mario Balotelli’s extraordinary confrontation with Roberto Mancini to be captured by photographers, according to Sir Alex Ferguson.

The finger of blame has been pointed towards the Italian striker for a 'horrific' challenge on team-mate Scott Sinclair, to which Mancini responded furiously.

Get a grip: Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini and striker Mario Balotelli had to be pulled apart

Get a grip: Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini and striker Mario Balotelli had to be pulled apart

Get a grip: Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini and striker Mario Balotelli had to be pulled apart

Fiery Italians: Mancini and Balotelli were snapped by photographers during their bust-up at training

Fiery Italians: Mancini and Balotelli were snapped by photographers during their bust-up at training

The whole episode was caught by snappers waiting next to the training ground, but Manchester United manager Fergie is at a loss as to why the club allow such free access.

Sir Alex said: 'You’re protecting the possibility of your success. Do the major companies tell their opponents what they’re doing I’m sure they don’t.

'Football has got the profile. Cameramen want to do training sessions which is ridiculous.

Stay away: The Manchester City coaches had to get between Mancini and Balotelli

Stay away: The Manchester City coaches had to get between Mancini and Balotelli

'It is very difficult to coach and do work related to a game because you don’t know where the information can go. Clubs like Real Madrid, the press were there every day, that’s stopped under Jose.

'A lot of clubs I know don't (allow it). How you can do your work and if you want to do tactical work, how do you do it with press around you

'Fortunately at our place we can protect against it to a certain degree. Sometimes a photographer tries to wander across the woods but now we've put those wolves in there they don’t come!'

Pointing the finger: Sir Alex Ferguson insists the blame lies with Man City after the Balotelli controversy

Pointing the finger: Sir Alex Ferguson insists the blame lies with Man City after the Balotelli controversy

Access all areas at Man City's training ground

Despite the criticism coming the way of the Manchester City manager, there is little he can do to combat the issue.

The footpaths on either side of the
Carrington training ground are public, meaning that anyone wanting to
watch a training session is free to.

The club has experimented with a
six-foot tarpaulin curtain around the edge of the ground, but that
hasn’t stopped photographers or members of the public who climb ladders
or trees in order to watch their heroes train.

Planning permission to extend the height
of the curtain has been sought but six foot is the limit without the
agreement of Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council.

In 18 months’ time the squad are set to
move their training to the new Etihad Campus training ground, but until
then it looks as though Mancini and his players will have to keep their
tempers under control.

Paul Taylor arrested following Ipswich pub brawl, two injured

Ipswich striker Taylor arrested following pub brawl which left two injured

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13:06 GMT, 21 November 2012

Ipswich Town striker Paul Taylor has been arrested following a pub fracas in which two members of staff were assaulted and injured.

Taylor, 25, joined the Tractor Boys in a 1.75 million move from Championship rivals Peterborough in August.

He is expected to miss the remainder of the season after surgery on a broken foot sustained in only his third game for the club.

Fracas: Taylor has been arrested after an incident at an Ipswich pub

Fracas: Taylor has been arrested after an incident at an Ipswich pub

A police statement confirmed that Taylor and a 24-year-old woman from Liverpool, believed to be his girlfriend, were arrested following an incident in an Ipswich town centre pub on October 16 at 12.15am.

The statement added: 'Two male members of staff within the premises were assaulted. One victim suffered a broken rib and the other a fractured eye socket and a broken finger.'

The couple have been released on police bail pending further enquiries until January 16 2013.

It is not the first time that Liverpool-born Taylor, who launched his career as a youth player at Manchester City, has been in trouble.

On the move: Taylor joined Town from Peterbrough in the summer

On the move: Taylor joined Town from Peterbrough in the summer

Four years ago, when he was at Chester City, he was banned from playing for six months after traces of cocaine were found in a random drugs sample.

He moved to Belgian lower league outfit Montegne before his goals alerted giants Anderlecht, for whom he signed in December 2009. He returned to England to join Peterborough in February last year.

An Ipswich Town statement said: 'We are aware of an alleged incident that took place in the town recently involving one of our players that is currently being investigated by the police.

'We are in communication with the police authorities over this matter but will be making no further comment at this stage.'

Mark Cavendish involved in road accident in Italy

Not another one! Cavendish 'relatively ok' after becoming latest British cyclist involved in road accident

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UPDATED:

15:09 GMT, 19 November 2012

Mark Cavendish has become the THIRD British cyclist to be involved in a crash this month after he collided with a car while training in Italy.

The news follows injuries to Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins and British cycling head coach Shane Sutton also sustained this month.

Cavendish broke the news on Twitter, revealing he was 'relatively ok' after colliding with a car while training in Italy.

'OK': Cavendish (right) injured his arm while training in Tuscany

'OK': Cavendish (right) injured his arm while training in Tuscany

The incident happened when the 2011 world road race champion, who last month left Team Sky for Omega Pharma-Lotto, when a car braked suddenly in front of him.

The 27-year-old from the Isle of Man wrote on Twitter: 'Went & hit the back of a car that slammed on today in training. Wasn’t ideal. Apart from a bruised arm, I’m relatively ok. If anyone cares.'

Third time unlucky: Cavendish rides alongside Wiggins (yellow jersey) during this year's Tour de France

Third time unlucky: Cavendish rides alongside Wiggins (yellow jersey) during this year's Tour de France

The collision happened less than two weeks after Wiggins and Sutton were knocked off their bikes in the UK.

Also over the weekend Cavendish, who has now travelled from his home in Tuscany to California, announced his engagement to former model Peta Todd.

Engaged: Cavendish with fiancee Peta Todd earlier this month

Engaged: Cavendish with fiancee Peta Todd earlier this month

Meanwhile, just over a week after he suffered bruising, a fractured rib, a bruised lung and a dislocated finger, Wiggins was back on his bike on Friday morning.

In a separate road accident, British cycling head coach Sutton was also admitted to hospital within 24 hours of Wiggins with a fractured cheek bone.

Shane Sutton to make full recovery

British Cycling head coach Sutton set to make full recovery after being knocked off bike and suffering bleeding on brain
Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins discharged on Thursday after being knocked of bike in Lancashire
Great Britain's head coach Shane Sutton also knocked off in Levenshulme, Manchester but should make full recovery from injuries
Wiggins believed to have suffered broken ribs and dislocated finger

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UPDATED:

19:59 GMT, 9 November 2012

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British Cycling’s head coach Shane Sutton is expected to make a full recovery from injuries sustained when he was knocked off his bike in Manchester on Thursday.

Sutton was rushed to A&E suffering bruising and bleeding on the brain after the incident in Levenshulme – less than 24 hours after Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins was knocked off his bike while training in Lancashire.

Wiggins was discharged from hospital on Thursday with bruises to his hand and broken ribs.

On the mend: British Cycling's head coach Shane Sutton should make a full recovery after being knocked off his bike in Manchester

On the mend: British Cycling's head coach Shane Sutton should make a full recovery after being knocked off his bike in Manchester

Charming: Bradley Wiggins swore at photographers on his way home from hospital on Thursday

Charming: Bradley Wiggins swore at photographers on his way home from hospital on Thursday

'Ok': Wiggins left with at least two broken ribs after being knocked off his bike by a car

'Ok': Wiggins left with at least two broken ribs after being knocked off his bike by a car

Good news came when British Cycling said that Sutton could be leaving hospital soon too.

‘Shane is making steady progress but
is likely to remain in hospital for one more day under observation,’
they said in a statement.

‘He has fractured his cheek bone
which will require surgery in due course. He is expected to make a
complete recovery and will be back in work shortly.’

Sutton, 55, one of Wiggins' coaches
for his time trial success at the London Olympics, was hospitalised with
bleeding and bruising on the brain following the road accident in
Levenshulme, Manchester, on Thursday morning.

The incident came just a day after Wiggins was knocked off his bike by a Vauxhall Astra as it
pulled out of a filling station.

He lay on the floor for a
quarter of an hour before the ambulance arrived, according to witnesses, and sustained at least two broken ribs and a suspected dislocated finger.

A spokesperson for British Cycling
said on Thursday afternoon: 'British Cycling has confirmed that Shane Sutton, head coach for
the GB Cycling Team, was involved in an incident this morning on the A6
near Levenshulme in Manchester.

'Shane was taken into hospital where it was identified he has suffered bruising and bleeding on the brain.

'Shane was wearing a helmet. He is set to undergo more tests, and is likely to stay in hospital for the next few days.'

Hospitalised: Shane Sutton, Team GB's head cycling coach, was rushed to hospital on Thursday afternoon

Hospitalised: Shane Sutton, Team GB's head cycling coach, was rushed to hospital on Thursday afternoon

The spokesperson added: 'It is extremely rare that our riders and coaches are hurt while out cycling on the road, even rarer that two incidents should occur in a short space of time, and we wish Shane and Bradley a speedy recovery.

'Cycling is not an intrinsically dangerous activity but there is much more to be done to improve conditions for cyclists on the roads.

'British Cycling is calling on the government to put cycling at the heart of transport policy to ensure that cycle safety is built into the design of all new roads, junctions and transport projects, rather than being an afterthought.'

Police sources said the collision involving Sutton, on his bike, and a Peugeot 206 car took place at about 8.55am near the junction of Stockport Road and Clare Road in Levenshulme.

The driver of the Peugeot was not injured and no arrests were made.

British Cycling director Martin Gibbs
believes the Government should be doing more to prevent such incidents, and said: 'These
incidents do remind you that we've got a long way to go we need to look
to our cousins abroad and Copenhagen and see what they've done.

'30 per cent of people making journey there do so on their bike.

'We need the Department of Transport to stop thinking of cycling as an add-on.

'Nine
out of 10 British cycling members have a car it has to be about more
mutual respect looking out for each other. We mustn't make this a sort
of tribal battle.'

Australian Sutton has worked
with the GB Cycling team since 2002 and has been credited with playing a
major role in transforming the fortunes of the sport in this country.

Unfortunate: Both Sutton (left) and Wiggins (right) were involved in unrelated accidents within 24 hours of each other

Unfortunate: Both Sutton (left) and Wiggins (right) were involved in unrelated accidents within 24 hours of each other

Mentor: Sutton was one of Wiggins' coaches when he sealed a time trial gold at London 2012

Mentor: Sutton was one of Wiggins' coaches when he sealed a time trial gold at London 2012

He was awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list in 2010 for his services to sport.
Sutton's career began as a road and track cyclist where he won numerous
titles including a Commonwealth Games gold medal in the 1978 team
pursuit competition and the 1990 Milk Race.

He split his time between the track and the road in coaching this year's British competitors at the London Olympics.

Throughout his career at GB Cycling,
he was said by Team Sky to have 'repeatedly got the best out of his
charges through his sheer enthusiasm and force of personality'.

Police also confirmed that Wiggins, 32, had broken at least two ribs but has otherwise escaped with severe bruising.

His support team who were following him raced to his aid at Wrightington, Lancashire, close to his home near Chorley.

The mum of the cycling champion spoke to the star after the crash.

Linda Wiggins, a school secretary, said: 'I have spoken to him briefly and he's okay.'

Garage attendant Yasmin Smith, who also helped Wiggins, said: ‘/11/08/article-2229540-15E8FF7D000005DC-783_634x356.jpg” width=”634″ height=”356″ alt=”Parts of the car that hit Bradley Wiggins outside a petrol station” class=”blkBorder” />

Parts of the car that hit Wiggins outside a petrol station in Wrightington, where he was knocked off his bike

Locator map showing Crow Orchard Lane, Wrightington, where Wiggins was knocked off his bike

'The ambulance turned up and they treated him for a while. He was up and walking around, but apparently he wasn’t too good.'

Wiggins, a father of two, broke his collarbone in the 2011 Tour de France before recovering to win this year’s event and take gold medal in the Olympic time trial.

The national hero only recently shaved off his ‘lucky’ sideburns.

A Lancashire Police spokesman said: 'Police were called to the scene of a road traffic accident at Crow Orchard Road in Wrightington at about 6pm this evening.

Scene: A van collided with Wiggins after setting off from a petrol station forecourt

Scene: A van collided with Wiggins after setting off from a petrol station forecourt

'A cyclist has been involved in a collision with a white Vauxhall Astra car. The rider of the bike, a 32-year-old local man, was taken to hospital by ambulance with injuries not thought to be life-threatening. His family have been told.'

In a statement on its website, Team Sky said: 'We can confirm that on Wednesday evening Bradley Wiggins was involved in a road traffic accident whilst riding his bike near his home in Lancashire.

'He is being kept in hospital overnight for observation but the injuries he has sustained are not thought to be serious and he is expected to make a full and speedy recovery.

'We will announce more details in due course.'

Hero: Wiggins was the first Briton to win the Tour

Hero: Wiggins was the first Briton to win the Tour

Hero: Wiggins was the first Briton to win the Tour
VIDEO: Champion Wiggins is recovering in hospital after being knocked down…

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TWITTER REACTION TO THE ACCIDENTS

From fellow Olympic medallists to fans of Bradley Wiggins, people have taken to Twitter to offer their messages of support to the Tour de France champion and Team GB's head coach Shane Sutton.

Wiggins' former Team Sky team-mate Mark Cavendish (@MarkCavendish) wrote: 'Really wishing my friend Bradley Wiggins a speedy recovery in hospital after being knocked off his bike by a car yesterday.'

In particular, Wiggins' Team GB team-mates, Joanna Rowsell and Laura Trott wished the pair well.

Rowsell (@JoannaRowsell) posted on her official page: 'Wishing Bradley Wiggins a speedy recovery'

Laura Trott (‏@LauraTrott31) expressed disbelief after hearing the news, and said: 'What the hell is happening these days!! Wishing wiggo and shane a speedy recovery x'

Artur Boruc investigated over bottle-throwing allegation

Saints investigate Boruc after keeper is accused of launching bottle at fans

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UPDATED:

12:09 GMT, 30 October 2012

Southampton have launched a formal investigation into allegations goalkeeper Artur Boruc fired a water bottle at fans during their home defeat to Tottenham.

The club were also looking into claims the 32-year-old swore at supporters after conceding a second goal on what was his home debut in Sunday's 2-1 Barclays Premier League loss at St Mary's.

Investigation: Southampton are looking into an incident involving keeper Artur Boruc and supporters

Investigation: Southampton are looking into an incident involving keeper Artur Boruc and supporters

Several reports suggested Saints had studied video evidence and decided Boruc had no case to answer but they said in a statement: 'Southampton Football Club can confirm that it is investigating allegations of an incident involving Artur Boruc that occurred towards the end of the first half during Sunday's match against Tottenham Hotspur.

'The club takes such allegations extremely seriously and will deal with the matter in the appropriate manner.'

Pointing the finger: Saints fans complained to a steward about keeper Boruc

Pointing the finger: Saints fans complained to a steward about keeper Boruc

Roy Hodgson disappointed after Jermain Defoe goal disallowed

Hodgson furious at ref Cakir after Gerrard's sees red and Defoe has goal chalked off

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23:12 GMT, 11 September 2012

Roy Hodgson was aggrieved and relieved on Tuesday after a late Frank Lampard penalty saved England from a World Cup qualifying defeat by Ukraine.

England were trailing to a first-half screamer from Ukraine's Yevhen Konoplianka with three minutes to go and heading towards a loss that would have left them facing an uphill struggle to reach the 2014 World Cup in Brazil as winners of Group H.

But Hodgson's team were handed a lifeline in the dying minutes as substitute Danny Welbeck won them a penalty.

Pointing the finger: Roy Hodgson shows his displeasure at referee Cakir after the final whistle

Pointing the finger: Roy Hodgson shows his displeasure at referee Cakir after the final whistle

Lampard scored the spot-kick to save his side from their first World Cup qualifying defeat at Wembley for 12 years.

England were annoyed that a
first-half Jermain Defoe goal was ruled out for a foul with the game at
0-0 and Hodgson went straight to the referee's room to protest after the
full-time whistle.

'I don't really know why Jermain's goal was disallowed as we couldn't see a foul on the bench,' said Hodgson.

Nevertheless, the England camp still
could not hide their relief at salvaging a point, even if a late sending
off for Steven Gerrard left a sour taste.

Hodgson said: 'I suppose you are
always relieved when you are one down late on. I am not sure I will
accept it was a poor performance.

Sent off: Steven Gerrard hands the armband to Lampard after his dismissal

Sent off: Steven Gerrard hands the armband to Lampard after his dismissal

'We went a goal down to a wonder
strike and you are always going to be up against it. But we kept going
and kept probing and deserved our equaliser.

'The post was made to work a few
times and we created some dangerous moments. I don't think there were
many bad fouls. There were too many yellow cards and Steven was unlucky.
He didn't deserve two yellow cards.'

England will be without Gerrard when
they face San Marino in their next qualifier in October but the captain
will be back for the tougher-looking meeting with Poland that follows.

Speaking about his penalty, Lampard
said: 'It's a bit nerveracking to take a penalty near end of the game,
so I was happy to see it go in the back of the net.

'No-one knows why Jermain's goal was
disallowed. We thought it was a free-kick and that the ref brought it
back too early. It wasn't a foul at all, so we are very disappointed.
Before the game, we wanted to win, but in the circumstances, after
having a goal disallowed, it showed great character to get a point.

Clinical: Frank Lampard dispatched his second penalty in as many England games to seal the points

Clinical: Frank Lampard dispatched his second penalty in as many England games to seal the points

'I don't think you can pin it all on
anxiety. It is a long group and this was not an easy game, so it was
good to get a point.'

Ukraine coach Oleh Blokhin was not his usual controversial self after the game but did feel that his team could have won.

He said: 'I can't imagine a better
start, we created lots of problems for England and we had really good
chances, particularly in the beginning.'

Montenegro took over top spot in Group H on goal difference following their 6-0 away thrashing of whipping boys San Marino.

Poland are third in the table – also with four points – following their 2-0 home win over Moldova.

Captain Jakub Blaszczykowski led Poland from the front, scoring one goal and setting up the other.

Blaszczykowski put the home team
ahead with a penalty in the 33rd minute after Lukasz Piszczek was
brought down by midfielder Arthur Patras.

Jakub Wawrzyniak then made the game safe after heading in a cross from the skipper.

The Poles are level with England on
points and coach Waldemar Fornalik said: 'We will have to get stronger
for the England match.'

London 2012 Olympics: Lisa Dobriskey accuses 1500m rivals of cheating

Dobriskey hints at cheating by rivals in 1500m final after she finishes outside the medals

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23:37 GMT, 10 August 2012

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Lisa Dobriskey appears to have accused the women who beat her in the 1500 metres at the Olympic Games of cheating.

‘I’ll probably get into trouble for saying this but I don’t believe I’m competing on a level playing field,’ said Dobriskey, the 2009 world silver medallist, on Radio 5 Live.

‘Of course I am uncomfortable about it. I am not pointing the finger at particular individuals, but that is how I feel. I think the blood passport is catching people but I think these Games came too soon. People will be caught eventually, I think. Fingers crossed anyway.’

Hitting out: Lisa Dobriskey made the accusations after the 1500m final

Hitting out: Lisa Dobriskey made the accusations after the 1500m final

Her moan is similar to the complaints Kelly Holmes and Paula Radcliffe have made in past years. Six Russian middle-distance runners were banned from these Games only two weeks before they began.

Dobriskey may be right but it is certain she will be asked to explain herself and apologise even though the suspicion has been around for years. The world record for 1500m dates back to 1993 when the Chinese Qu Yunxia set it at 3min 50.46sec. No woman has run under 3:55 this century.

The occasion she chose to point the finger, though was bizarre. It was the slowest Olympic 1500m final in history, more than five seconds slower than the next slowest.
For the Turk Cakir Alptekin to win in 4:10.23 was to earn the cheapest gold of the Games. She ran five seconds faster in the semi-final.

The only drug that it seemed likely had been taken by any of these runners was a sedative. They put the 80,000 crowd to sleep with their pedestrian best.

In the hunt: Dobriskey managed to stick with the leading pack for the majority of the race

In the hunt: Dobriskey managed to stick with the leading pack for the majority of the race

It is hard to blame Dobriskey for not beating Alptekin, even though her career best is almost 11 seconds faster. Her pre-Olympic preparations have been one disaster after another — she got off to a false start last October when she needed surgery on her hip. In early March a vertical line stress fracture in her femur was discovered.

‘At that point we were panicking a bit,’ she admitted. Then in late May she was finding every training session hard to complete, and a hospital examination discovered a pulmonary embolism, blood clots on her lung. She could not run for more than five minutes at a time.

‘At the start of this year, before everything happened, I genuinely felt I had a chance of winning a medal in London and I just want to be the best I possibly can be,’ she said. Coming 10th in 4:13.02 is a long way from that.

Getting there first: Asli Cakir Alptekin of Turkey crosses the line to win gold ahead of silver medalist Gamze Bulut

Getting there first: Asli Cakir Alptekin of Turkey crosses the line to win gold ahead of silver medalist Gamze Bulut

Head coach Charles van Commenee cannot now reach the target of eight medals that he said would keep him in the job even if Mo Farah and the women’s 4x400m relay team win medals today.

The eighth day of athletics produced nothing to add to Great Britain’s five already won. Sophie Hitchon could not repeat her British record in the hammer that won her qualification for GB’s first ever final in the event. She finished last of the finalists in 12th with 69.33m, two metres down on qualifying.

Pole vaulter Steve Lewis cleared his opening height at 5.50m at the second attempt, skipped 5.65 and again managed 5.75 with his second effort.

He was one of six who managed it, and placed equal fourth at that time. But after failing at 5.85, which would have been a British record, he finished fifth equal in a competition won with an Olympic record of 5.97, by France’s Renaud Lavillenie.

In the medals: Third placed Maryam Yusuf Jamal of Bahrain celebrates with winner Asli Cakir Alptekin and second Gamze Bulut both of Turkey

In the medals: Third placed Maryam Yusuf Jamal of Bahrain celebrates with winner Asli Cakir Alptekin and second Gamze Bulut both of Turkey

The 5,000m offered little hope to the Britons who had qualified for the final, Jo Pavey and Julia Bleasdale. Their consolation in a slow race was to finish first of the non-Africans, Pavey seventh and Bleasdale eighth, the best of the Europeans.

Pavey led for a while but not after defending Olympic champion Tirunesh Dibaba injected pace with four laps left. Ultimately though, her hope of retaining her title disappeared in a last lap burn-up won by her team-mate Meseret Defar ahdead of Kenyan Vivian Cheruiyot. Dibaba was third.

Defar had won gold in Athens and bronze in Beijing. ‘I’m not sure I can do a fourth, so this means a lot to me,’ she said.