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Millwall violence at Wembley: three arrested in dawn raids

Millwall fans arrested in dawn raids after violence at Wembley FA Cup semi-final

By
David Kent

PUBLISHED:

06:36 GMT, 23 April 2013

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UPDATED:

13:13 GMT, 23 April 2013

Police have arrested three men in dawn raids in connection with violence at an FA Cup semi-final between Millwall and Wigan.

The men, aged 21, 22 and 27, were arrested at addresses in London by officers from Operation Arrowtip, which targets football-related crime, Scotland Yard said.

So far 23 people have been arrested in relation to violence at the semi-final at London's Wembley Stadium on April 13, during which Millwall fans attacked police and fought among themselves inside and outside the ground.

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Something to hide Police make an arrest during an early morning raid after violence at Wembley

Something to hide Police make an arrest during an early morning raid after violence at Wembley

Flashpoint: Police clash with fans during the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley

Flashpoint: Police clash with fans during the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley

A further 17 pictures have been released of people at the match who police want to speak to.

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Barnes said: 'Large-scale violence and disorder at football matches is completely unacceptable. People attending matches expect to be able to do so in a safe and friendly environment.

'We have had an excellent response from the public, who have identified people in nine of the 10 images already released. Some have since handed themselves in to police, and to date, we have arrested 23 people. Three have been charged.

Dawn raids produce more arrests over FA Cup semi-final violence

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Wanted: These are the 17 football fans suspected of being involved in disorder at the FA Cup semi-final

Wanted: These are the 17 football fans suspected of being involved in disorder at the FA Cup semi-final

Wanted: These are the 17 football fans suspected of being involved in disorder at the FA Cup semi-final

Hunt: Police are still searching for more people in connection with the violence during the FA Cup semi-final

Hunt: Police are still searching for more people in connection with the violence during the FA Cup semi-final

Hunt: Police are still searching for more people in connection with the violence during the FA Cup semi final

'The investigation team is working through many more calls and CCTV to identify all those involved in the disorder. We expect to make further arrests.

'Our message is clear. Violence at football is unacceptable. If you were involved in the violence come forward and speak with us. We will pursue all those responsible.'

Anyone with information about the violence or who recognises the people in the pictures is urged to call police on 020 8246 0076 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Michael Owen facing FA rap for throwing punch at Mikel Arteta

Saint Michael's halo slips with Owen facing FA rap for throwing punch at Arteta

By
Ian Ridley

PUBLISHED:

22:09 GMT, 2 February 2013

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UPDATED:

09:36 GMT, 3 February 2013

Michael Owen could face a retrospective disciplinary charge from the FA after attempting to throw a punch at Arsenal's Mikel Arteta in Stoke City's 1-0 defeat at the Emirates.

The former England striker, who had been brought on as a late substitute, reacted fiercely to a strong tackle from the Spaniard and aimed a right-hander – missed by referee Chris Foy – that connected only weakly with Arteta's shoulder.

Flashpoint: Michael Owen loses his cool as he clashes with Arsenal's Jack Wilshere after a heavy tackle by Gunners' Mikel Arteta

Flashpoint: Michael Owen loses his cool
as he clashes with Arsenal's Jack Wilshere after a heavy tackle by Gunners' Mikel Arteta

Flashpoint: Michael Owen loses his cool as he clashes with Arsenal's Jack Wilshere after a heavy tackle by Gunners' Mikel Arteta

Flashpoint: Michael Owen loses his cool
as he clashes with Arsenal's Jack Wilshere after a heavy tackle by Gunners' Mikel Arteta

Owen then squared up to Jack Wilshere, who had rushed to the scene and the two players became embroiled in a pushing match.

The incident came amid a bad-tempered end to a match, in which Stoke contested Lukas Podolski's winner, between two clubs with a history of confrontation dating back to an incident when Aaron Ramsey broke a leg in a challenge from Ryan Shawcross three years ago.

Shawcross was again in trouble, receiving a yellow card that some will argue should have been red, as he slid into a challenge against Laurent Koscielny with studs up.

'I thought the Arteta challenge was a poor one but Michael shouldn't do that,' said Stoke manager Tony Pulis.

'That should be left to the referee.' Asked whether he expected Owen to be charged retrospectively, Pulis added: 'Let's see what they say. But I think it should have been a free-kick for us.

'If Michael has done what he has done and they look at it, they will deal with it.'

Pain game: This was the rash challenge that sparked the flashpoint

Stoking the flames: This was the rash challenge that sparked the flashpoint

Michael Owen and Arteta

Pulis was also aggrieved when Glenn Whelan was booked for a tackle that Stoke felt was not a free-kick and that Shawcross had needed four stitches in a leg wound after the challenge with Koscielny.

Jon Walters also required six stitches in a head wound after a clash of heads with Arsenal's 8million debutant Nacho Monreal. 'Glenn's was never a booking and when that went against us like that, it irritates you,' said Pulis. Arsene Wenger, meanwhile, felt that Shawcross should have been sent off.

'It looked it to me [to be a sending off] but I will have to look at it again,' said the Arsenal manager. 'I am maybe not completely objective with Ryan Shawcross, that is why I am cautious with my statement.'

Wenger had, however, not seen the Owen punch and so could not comment.

Eden Hazard kicks ball boy at Swansea v Chelsea

Hazard horror: Chelsea's Eden shown a red card for kicking ball boy at Swansea

By
Riath Al-samarrai

PUBLISHED:

21:36 GMT, 23 January 2013

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UPDATED:

22:18 GMT, 23 January 2013

Chelsea's bid for Capital One Cup glory ended in shame when Eden Hazard was sent off for kicking a ball boy.

In extraordinary scenes as Swansea went through to the final, Chelsea forward Hazard wrestled the boy to the ground in attempting to get the ball back after 79 minutes.

The ball boy held on to the ball and apparently refused to give it up when Hazard could clearly be seen kicking the boy in the ribs.

After consulting with one of his assistants, referee Chris Foy showed the 22-year-old a straight red card.

Swansea will face League Two Bradford in the Wembley showpiece after a 2-0 aggregate victory.

VIDEO: Scroll down to see Hazard's kick on a ball boy

Frustration: Eden Hazard clashes with the ball boy at the Liberty Stadium

Frustration: Eden Hazard clashes with the ball boy at the Liberty Stadium

Flashpoint: Eden Hazard clashes with the Swansea ballboy

Flashpoint: Eden Hazard clashes with the Swansea ballboy

Flashpoint: Eden Hazard clashes with the ballboy

Swans defender Ashley Williams claimed he saw Hazard kick the ball boy.

Chelsea players reacted angrily when Hazard saw red, believing he had tried to get the ball loose to re-start play as the Blues failed to make any inroads on Swansea's 2-0 advantage from the first leg.

'Demba Ba told me the ball boy held on to it,' Williams told Sky Sports 1.

'I saw him kick him in the rib and you can't do that to a young boy.'

Tete a tete: Referee Chris Foy (left) consults one of his officials as the ball boy lies hurt on the floor

Tete a tete: Referee Chris Foy (left) consults one of his officials as the ball boy lies hurt on the floor

Early bath: Hazard (right) gets his marching orders from Foy

Early bath: Hazard (right) gets his marching orders from Foy

VIDEO: Watch Hazard kick the ball boy

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Rio Ferdinand, Robin van Persie, Joe Hart, Joleon Lescott at X-Factor final

Rio's got the X-Factor! Ferdinand sports cut eyebrow as host of footballers attend talent show finale in Manchester

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13:33 GMT, 10 December 2012

You wouldn't blame Rio Ferdinand for wanting to let his hair down in the wake of the tempestuous Manchester derby which ended with him sporting a nasty cut above his eye.

The Manchester United defender joined a number of team-mates at the X-Factor final along with 10,000 fans at Manchester Central for the grand finale of the talent show on Sunday evening.

Hart of the matter: The Man City keeper and United striker watched the final together

Hart of the matter: The Man City keeper and United striker watched the final together

All right on the night: Ferdinand and Hart arrived, just hours after the dramatic conclusion of thr Manchester derby

All right on the night: Ferdinand and Hart arrived, just hours after the dramatic conclusion of thr Manchester derby

All right on the night: Ferdinand and Hart arrived, just hours after the dramatic conclusion of the derby

Flashpoint: Hart intervenes as a City supporter approaches Ferdinand

Flashpoint: Hart intervenes as a City supporter approaches Ferdinand

Ferdinand bore the scars the thrilling encounter at the Etihad Stadium which was marred by a fan throwing a coin at Ferdinand which struck him just above the eye which left a painful scar.

And City goalkeeper Joe Hart had to
intervene after one supporter ran on to the pitch to confront Ferdinand
in the wake of Robin van Persie's late winner sealed a remarkable
afternoon in the Barclays Premier League.

City slickers: Lescott and Barry were also in attendance at the events in Manchester

City slickers: Lescott and Barry were also in attendance at the events in Manchester

City slickers: Lescott and Barry were also in attendance at the events in Manchester

But he looked relaxed and calm as he
posed for photographs with fans and was happy to smile and chat with
other celebs as arrived.

Stars from both Manchester clubs were in
attendance with Jonny Evans, Tom Cleverley, Ferdico Macheda, Joe Hart,
Joleon Lecott and Van Persie being snapped leaving the event.

All smiles: Van Persie made an appearance, as did Tom Cleverley with his better half

All smiles: Van Persie made an appearance, as did Tom Cleverley with his better half Georgina Dorsett

All smiles: Van Persie made an appearance, as did Tom Cleverley with his better half Georgina Dorsett

West Ham v Stoke: Can Premier League clash live up to 1972 League Cup classics?

Why we're in for a treat if tonight's game at Upton Park is as good as the 1970s Cup classics…

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A win for West Ham over Stoke will catapult the high-flying Hammers into fifth place above Everton and London rivals Arsenal and Spurs.

Yet some neutral fans have written off tonight's game at Upton Park as a clash of the long-ball experts.

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce would be quick to remind those skeptics that his side have scored 10 goals in six games at home so far this season while Stoke have shipped nine goals on their travels.

However it unfolds this clash will have to go some way to match the amazing League Cup semi-final between the two sides in the 1971-1972 season.

The two-legged, last-four game went to two replays before Stoke won 3-2 at Old Trafford – 49 days after the tie had first kicked off.

Here Sportsmail reproduces Jeff Powell's report of the match that separated the two sides.

Stoke 3 West Ham 2 (Old Trafford, Wednesday, January 26, 1972)

West Ham – brave, suffering, heartbroken West Ham – lost the longest and richest League Cup semi-final on one of the greatest football nights of all time.

That they should have to leave Old Trafford with tears as well as rain running openly down their faces is a sad injustice to those magnificent Hammers.

keeper Bobby Ferguson

Hammer blow: keeper Bobby Ferguson dives in vain as Stoke's Peter Dobing scores his side's second goal in the final replay

To Stoke goes the prize of playing
Chelsea at Wembley on March 4.

And few will begrudge them the chance
they have craved, the chance to win a major trophy for the first time in
more than a century. The tragedy is that there was a loser of this
mind-splitting fourth game climax to a marathon contest of the rarest
footballing skills.

This televised last act of a seven-hour
semi-final was so full of flashpoint drama
and raw courage that even the sight of
Bobby Moore saving a spot kick seemed
scarcely out of the ordinary.

Moore, as befits the responsible
captain of both his club and England,
took over the green jersey during the 20
minutes in which injured goalkeeper
Bobby Ferguson was being treated in
the West Ham dressing room.

Stoke City goalkeeper Gordon Banks saves a penalty from West Ham United's Geoff Hurst (r)

Gordon Banks makes a gesture of jubilation after Stoke City's dramatic 3-2 victory over West Ham

Spot on: Gordon Banks saves Geoff Hurst's penalty in the second leg before savouring ultimate victory

MARATHON BY NUMBERS

420
total minutes played by the two teams over the four semi-final matches.

170,614
total attendance figures for the four games.

35
cost in pence for the average ticket at the final game of the four-leg marathon.

10,000
amount by which the Old Trafford capacity was reduced for the final game due to the building of the cantilever stand.

1,010
minutes of League Cup football played by Stoke in order to reach the final (West Ham played 1,150 before being knocked out).

108
years Stoke City had been a football club before lifting their first trophy in 1972.

The 13th minute collision which damaged one of the stars of the previous three clashes, was partly the fault of Stoke's Terry Conroy; but equally the product of a muddied pitch made more treacherous by windswept rain.

Conroy's sliding leg hit Ferguson's head and shoulder as the goalkeeper dived.

Jimmy Greenhoff had no sooner seen his goal from the rebound disallowed than West Ham officials were ministering to the fallen Ferguson. After seven minutes of attention, Ferguson was led shakily away.

Minutes later Moore was facing a penalty by Mike Bernard, a fearful test that followed John McDowell's foul. Moore blocked the spot kick – only for Bernard to score from the rebound.

But West Ham achieved the impossible, and the magnificent Billy Bonds deserved the deflection off Denis Smith's boot which lifted his equalising shot over Gordon Banks.

Then, with Ferguson restored, Trevor Brooking spectacularly volleyed West Ham ahead from Bonds's cross.

Yet in the fifth minute of the first half injury time a pass by George Eastham – that incredible veteran who will go to Wembley with all soccer's blessing – was swept in by Peter Dobing.

Four minutes after the restart, the Hammers conceded the decisive goal.

Full back John Marsh crossed from the right, Tommy Taylor could only clear to the edge of the penalty area, and Conroy's instant shot came skidding back beneath Ferguson's body.

bobby ferguson injured

Painful: keeper Ferguson is injured, leaving Bobby Moore to go in goal

Stand-in goalkeeper Bobby Moore

Terry Conroy (right) and Jimmy Greenhoff celebrate Stoke's victory

Game over: Moore saved Bernard's penalty only for the Stoke star (left) to follow up and score, leading to a Stoke win celebrated by Conroy and Greenhoff in the bath (right)

Stoke 1 West Ham 2

December 8, 1971
Semi-final 1st leg
Stoke goal: Dobing
West Ham goals: Hurst (pen), Best
Attendance: 36,400

West Ham fans can start rehearsing for a day out at Wembley on March 4. Stoke surely cannot burst their League Cup bubble now.

COLIN WOOD

STOKE: Banks; Marsh, Pejic, Bernard, Bloor, Jump, Conroy, Greenhoff, Ritchie, Dobing, Eastham.

WEST HAM: Ferguson; McDowell, Lampard, Bonds, Taylor, Moore, Redknapp, Best, Hurst, Brooking, Robson.

West Ham 0 Stoke 1 AET (agg: 2-2)

December 15, 1971
Semi-final 2nd leg
Stoke goal: Ritchie
Attendance: 38,771

Gordon Banks last night made one of the greatest saves of his distinguished career at Upton Park to stop West Ham from going into the League Cup final at Wembley on March 4.

BRIAN SCOVELL

WEST HAM: Ferguson; McDowell, Lampard, Bonds, Taylor, Moore, Redknapp, Best, Hurst, Brooking, Robson.

STOKE: Banks; Marsh, Pejic, Bernard, Bloor, Skeels, Conroy, Greenhoff, Ritchie, Dobing, Eastham (Mahoney).

Stoke 0 West Ham 0 AET

January 5, 1972
Semi-final first replay (Hillsborough)
Attendance: 46,196

Gordon Banks has done it again. The England goalkeeper made another of his great saves at Hillsborough last night to keep this 5 hour marathon League Cup semi-final going for at least another 90 minutes.

BRIAN SCOVELL

STOKE: Banks; Marsh, Pejic, Bernard, Smith, Bloor, Conroy, Dobing, Ritchie, Greenhoff (Skeels), Eastham.

WEST HAM: Ferguson; McDowell, Lampard, Bonds, Taylor, Moore, Redknapp, Best, Hurst, Brooking, Robson.

Stoke 3 West Ham 2

January 26, 1972
Semi-final 2nd replay (Old Trafford)
Stoke goals: Bernard, Dobing, Conroy.
West Ham goals: Bonds, Brooking.
Attendance: 49,247

This last act of a seven-hour semi-final was so full of flashpoint drama and raw courage that even Moore saving a spot kick seemed scarcely out of the ordinary.

JEFF POWELL

STOKE: Banks; Marsh, Pejic, Bernard, Smith, Bloor, Conroy, Greenhoff, Ritchie, Dobing, Eastham.

WEST HAM: Ferguson, McDowell, Lampard, Bonds, Taylor, Moore, Redknapp (Eustace), Best, Hurst, Brooking, Robson, Eustace.

Paul Lambert won"t avoid confrontation with Roberto Mancini

Villa boss Lambert promises he won't duck another confrontation with Mancini

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UPDATED:

01:19 GMT, 17 November 2012

Paul Lambert goes up against Roberto Mancini at the Etihad Stadium this afternoon and will not avoid another confrontation.

Manchester City’s boss upset Lambert with his card-waving antics at Aston Villa players when the clubs met in the Capital One Cup two months ago.

Flashpoint: Lambert and Mancini squared up during League Cup clash

Flashpoint: Lambert and Mancini squared up during League Cup clash

While Lambert says the September fracas has been forgotten, he added: ‘I’m there to defend my team. I’m sure Roberto will be the same. I’ll shake his hand before and after.

‘I’m pretty sure he’ll shake my hand. Emotions overspill in a game — I don’t have any problems with it — he’s a manager, ex-footballer, it’s going to happen.’

Mark Clattenburg racial abuse of John Obi Mikel: Chelsea and FA accused of "cover up"

Chelsea and FA accused of 'cover up' after police drop Clattenburg race probe

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UPDATED:

07:43 GMT, 14 November 2012

Chelsea and the Football Association
have been accused of a 'cover-up' for not making a complaint to police about alleged comments by
referee Mark Clattenburg.

The Metropolitan Police revealed on Tuesday they have shelved their investigation into claims that Clattenburg used 'inappropriate
language' towards two Chelsea players.

Flashpoint: Mikel and Ramires made allegations about referee Clattenburg

Flashpoint: John Obi Mikel (right) and Ramires made allegations about referee Mark Clattenburg (centre)

Flashpoint: Mikel and Ramires made allegations about referee Clattenburg

The complaint was made to the police by the Society of Black Lawyers.

'It sounds remarkably like a football cover-up,' the society's chairman Peter Herbert told BBC Radio 5 live.

'It sounds remarkably like the football industry wanted to have this issue swept under the carpet.'

Chelsea made a formal complaint against Clattenburg on October 29 following their 3-2 home defeat by Manchester United. A day later the FA opened an investigation into the allegation, part of which was that Clattenburg used racial language.

Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Police began its own probe based on a written complaint by Herbert.

In the spotilight: Mark Clattenburg, leaves his home near Newcastle on Monday

In the spotlight: Clattenburg, pictured leaving his home near Newcastle, has not taken charge of a match since the incident

It is understood Chelsea did not give evidence to the police because
they felt the FA was the appropriate body to deal with the matter.

On Tuesday, the police investigation was discontinued because 'no
victims have come forward' and 'without a victim and/or any evidence
that any offence has been committed, the matter cannot currently be
investigated'.

The FA confirmed its investigation would proceed, but Herbert is furious
that neither the governing body nor Chelsea have taken the matter to
the police.

'We strongly suspect that the FA and/or Chelsea have failed to provide
this information to the Metropolitan Police in order for them to conduct
a proper investigation,' he said.

'The information we had is that there are “no victims”. Well, if there
are no victims, what on earth has been referred to the FA in the first
place

Dispute: Mikel complains to Clattenburg as his side slump to defeat at Stamford Bridge

Dispute: Mikel complains to Clattenburg as his side slumped to defeat against Manchester United

Marching orders: Referee Mark Clattenburg showed two red cards to Chelsea players on Sunday

Marching orders: Clattenburg showed two red cards to Chelsea players in the match, which included a highly controversial decision to show Fernando Torres a second yellow card for diving

Marching orders: Branislav Ivanovic was sent off (above) while Clattenburg struggled to contain both sides

Marching orders: Branislav Ivanovic was sent off (above) as Clattenburg struggled to the control the game

'What on earth are the FA and Chelsea playing then Are they having some
cosy exchange of statements between themselves and not giving it to the
police

'We're going to ask the borough commander for an explanation. Was there
any co-operation Was any evidence given If none was given by the FA or
Chelsea we want to raise that issue with the Minister of Sport.'

Herbert is particularly critical of the FA's decision not to involve the police once Chelsea made their complaint.

'If the Metropolitan Police are not provided with statements what are they supposed to do' he added.

'If a football club has registered a complaint with the FA, we would
expect the FA to refer this matter to the Metropolitan Police.

'The FA does not have the tools to investigate race-hate crime. We think
that until the FA gets its house in order complaints like this should
be investigated by the police.

'It really does beggar belief that the primary football authorities in
the country do not understand the seriousness of hate crime.'

Clattenburg timeline: How football has reacted to the claims of racist abuse

Oct 28: Mark Clattenburg sends off Branislav Ivanovic and Fernando Torres, the latter for a disputed dive, as Chelsea go down 3-2 against Manchester United.

Chelsea later confirm they had lodged a formal complaint with the Premier League match delegate regarding 'inappropriate language' made by Clattenburg to two of their players. The complaint is understood to relate to alleged racial comments in incidents involving John Obi Mikel and Juan Mata.

Oct 29: Clattenburg is offered the full support of Prospect, the referees' union.

The Football Association starts an investigation relating to Chelsea's allegations. PFA chief Gordon

Taylor urges the FA to deal with the matter quickly.

The Professional Game Match Officials confirms Clattenburg will not be involved in the next round of matches, stating 'the focus should not be on the officials but on the players and the game itself'.

The Society of Black Lawyers sends a letter to the Metropolitan Police calling for a legal investigation. The Met confirm they have received a complaint and will 'consider any allegation that is made'.

Oct 30: The Metropolitan Police launch an investigation into the incidents at Stamford Bridge.

Oct 31: Chelsea lodge a formal complaint with the Football Association regarding 'inappropriate language' directed at Mikel by Clattenburg during Sunday's match.

Nov 2: Sir Alex Ferguson enters the debate, saying: 'I refuse to believe' Clattenburg would make racially abusive comments.

Nov 5: The referees group PGMOL says Clattenburg will not referee at the weekend, but that they had been willing to appoint him to a match if he had wanted.

Nov 8: The Football Association carried out a series of interviews with match officials as they continued their investigations.

Nov 12: Clattenburg was absent from the PGMOL list for a third successive week, although he did return to training.

Nov 13: The police investigation into alleged comments made by Clattenburg was dropped due to a lack of evidence, Scotland Yard said.

Mark Clattenburg racial abuse of John Obi Mikel: Chelsea claims DROPPED by police

Police DROP probe into Chelsea's racist abuse claims against ref Clattenburg in spat over Mikel due to lack of evidence

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UPDATED:

20:00 GMT, 13 November 2012

The Metropolitan Police have dropped their investigation into the alleged racist abuse of John Obi Mikel by referee Mark Clattenburg.

The Durham official has not taken charge of a match since Chelsea accused him of directing racist language towards Mikel at Stamford Bridge on October 28.

The Met had launched an investigation following a complaint lodged by the Society for Black Lawyers, based on reports of the incident rather than any evidence.

Flashpoint: Mikel and Ramires made allegations about referee Clattenburg

Flashpoint: John Obi Mikel (right) and Ramires made allegations about referee Mark Clattenburg (centre)

Flashpoint: Mikel and Ramires made allegations about referee Clattenburg

GOURLAY: 'RACE ROWS HAVE BEEN BULLET PRINTS IN OUR ARMOUR'

Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay

Chelsea’s chief executive Ron Gourlay (right) has described the race rows that have blighted the club over the last 12 months as ‘bullet prints in our armour’ and charged the younger players at Stamford Bridge to repair Chelsea’s damaged image.

The Champions League winners have struggled to win friends during public disputes fueled by racism allegations, while talismanic captain John Terry and big-spending owner Roman Abramovich have long been polarizing personalities in English football.

‘There are things that have happened that damaged the image,’ Gourlay said, acknowledging that Chelsea has been under fire since Terry’s court case and, more recently, reporting referee Mark Clattenburg for alleged racist abuse. ‘There are bullet prints in our armor. We have learned from the mistakes we have made. Hopefully the football club is in a good position to push forward now.’

He believes the widely admired talent of Juan Mata, Eden Hazard and Oscar is shifting people’s perception.

‘That’s where we want to be,’ Gourlay added. ‘I think people like the way they are seeing Chelsea play football now, and that’s very important because it portrays itself as the image of the club.

‘We are in a very, very strong place,’ the chief executive said on the sidelines of the Chelsea-backed International Football Arena conference in Zurich.

Chelsea last week submitted a dossier
of evidence to the FA, including signed witness statements from players,
alleging Clattenburg used a term understood to have been interpreted as
racist during the 3-2 defeat by Manchester United.

Clattenburg denies the accusation.

A
Met Police statement read: 'An investigation was launched into alleged
comments made during a football match between Chelsea FC and Manchester
United FC at Stamford Bridge on 28 October 2012.

'This follows on from a complaint received by the Metropolitan Police Service on 29 October.

'Enquires were made and no victims have come forward.

'The matter will remain as a recorded incident.

'Without a victim and/or any evidence that any offence has been committed, the matter cannot currently be investigated.

'If
the situation changes and a victim and/or evidence to support an
allegation of a crime comes to police attention then further enquiries
will if appropriate be made.

The 37-year-old referee returned to training with the top-flight Select Group of referees last weekend for the first time since Chelsea's complaint.

Chelsea have alleged that Clattenburg used a term understood to have been interpreted as racist towards midfielder during the Premier League match.

He is accused by Chelsea of calling Mikel a ‘monkey’, which the official strenuously denies.

Chelsea midfielder Ramires claims he heard the alleged ‘monkey’ abuse, which led to the club’s claims two hours after their defeat by United.


In the spotilight: Mark Clattenburg, leaves his home near Newcastle on Monday

In the spotlight: Clattenburg, pictured leaving his home near Newcastle, has not taken charge of a match since the incident

Clattenburg and referees chief Mike
Riley decided jointly that he should not be in charge of matches while
the case has been going on.

The FA is yet to make a decision on the matter after conducting its own investigation.

Dispute: Mikel complains to Clattenburg as his side slump to defeat at Stamford Bridge

Dispute: Mikel complains to Clattenburg as his side slumped to defeat against Manchester United

Marching orders: Referee Mark Clattenburg showed two red cards to Chelsea players on Sunday

Marching orders: Clattenburg showed two red cards to Chelsea players in the match, which included a highly controversial decision to show Fernando Torres a second yellow card for diving

Marching orders: Branislav Ivanovic was sent off (above) while Clattenburg struggled to contain both sides

Marching orders: Branislav Ivanovic was sent off (above) as Clattenburg struggled to the control the game

Clattenburg timeline: How football has reacted to the claims of racist abuse

Oct 28: Mark Clattenburg sends off Branislav Ivanovic and Fernando Torres, the latter for a disputed dive, as Chelsea go down 3-2 against Manchester United.

Chelsea later confirm they had lodged a formal complaint with the Premier League match delegate regarding 'inappropriate language' made by Clattenburg to two of their players. The complaint is understood to relate to alleged racial comments in incidents involving John Obi Mikel and Juan Mata.

Oct 29: Clattenburg is offered the full support of Prospect, the referees' union.

The Football Association starts an investigation relating to Chelsea's allegations. PFA chief Gordon

Taylor urges the FA to deal with the matter quickly.

The Professional Game Match Officials confirms Clattenburg will not be involved in the next round of matches, stating 'the focus should not be on the officials but on the players and the game itself'.

The Society of Black Lawyers sends a letter to the Metropolitan Police calling for a legal investigation. The Met confirm they have received a complaint and will 'consider any allegation that is made'.

Oct 30: The Metropolitan Police launch an investigation into the incidents at Stamford Bridge.

Oct 31: Chelsea lodge a formal complaint with the Football Association regarding 'inappropriate language' directed at Mikel by Clattenburg during Sunday's match.

Nov 2: Sir Alex Ferguson enters the debate, saying: 'I refuse to believe' Clattenburg would make racially abusive comments.

Nov 5: The referees group PGMOL says Clattenburg will not referee at the weekend, but that they had been willing to appoint him to a match if he had wanted.

Nov 8: The Football Association carried out a series of interviews with match officials as they continued their investigations.

Nov 12: Clattenburg was absent from the PGMOL list for a third successive week, although he did return to training.

Nov 13: The police investigation into alleged comments made by Clattenburg was dropped due to a lack of evidence, Scotland Yard said.

Marvin Sordell: Millwall supporter sends letter of apology over Facebook "threat"

Millwall supporter sends letter of apology to Sordell over Facebook 'threat'

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UPDATED:

15:58 GMT, 19 October 2012

The Millwall supporter accused of posting a sickening photo on Facebook which appeared to threaten the life of Marvin Sordell has written a grovelling letter of apology.

Sordell recently accused supporters at The Den of racially abusing him and three team-mates during Bolton's visit on October 6.

Soon after a mocked-up picture appeared on the social networking site which depicted a gun being pointed at the Trotters striker and blood splattered across his face and chest.

Disgraceful: This is the image posted on Facebook by the Millwall fan

Disgraceful: This is the image posted on Facebook by the Millwall fan

The picture carried the message: 'dont (sic) f*** with the millwall.'

In the letter the fan apologises for what he thought was a 'bit of fun', but has since realised the grave error of judgment made and offered his sincere apologies to the England Under 21 international and his family.

'I am sorry I have hurt and upset you and your family, I wasn't thinking at the time and it is now the most regretted thing I have ever done,' the teenager states in the letter.

'I did not see it as a death threat or racist abuse, all it meant to me was don't do anything to my club as I'm a loyal supporter.'

Sportsmail understands that Police are now investigating the matter.

Flashpoint: Sordell was in Serbia where England players were subjected to racist chanting

Flashpoint: Sordell was in Serbia where England players were subjected to racist chanting during the Under 21s Euro 2013 play-off

John Terry says sorry for racist abuse at Anton Ferdinand

One year on, Terry FINALLY says sorry for racist abuse…as he misses games with Rio AND special Kick It Out campaign

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16:23 GMT, 18 October 2012

John Terry has finally said sorry for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand and has accepted the four game ban and 220,000 fine from the FA.

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Flashpoint: John Terry and Anton Ferdinand clash at Loftus Road in October 2011

GAMES TERRY WILL MISS

Tottenham (Premier League A) – October 20
Man United (Premier League H) – October 28
Man United (Capital One Cup H) – October 31
Swansea (Premier League A) – November 3

First game back:
Liverpool (Premier League H) – November 11

'I want to take this opportunity to apologise to everyone for the language I used in the game against Queens Park Rangers last October.

'Although I'm disappointed with the FA judgment, I accept that the language I used, regardless of the context, is not acceptable on the football field or indeed in any walk of life.

'As I stated in the criminal case, with the benefit of hindsight my language was clearly not an appropriate reaction to the situation for someone in my position.

'My response was below the level expected by Chelsea Football Club, and by me, and it will not happen again.

Banned: John Terry is serving a four-match suspension

Banned: John Terry is serving a four-match suspension

'Looking forward, I will continue to do my part in assisting the club to remove all types of discriminatory behaviour from football.

'I am extremely grateful for the consistent support of Chelsea FC, the fans and my family.'

Chelsea followed it up with a statement that read: 'Chelsea Football Club believes John Terry has made the correct decision by not appealing against the FA judgment relating to language he used at the QPR match last October.

'Chelsea also appreciates, and supports, John's full apology for the language he used. The club firmly believes such language is not acceptable and fell below the standards expected of John as a Chelsea player.

'The board has conducted its own investigation into the matter, and considered the various issues involved. The Board has taken further disciplinary action in addition to the four-match suspension and 220,000 fine imposed by the FA. In accordance with our long-standing policy, that disciplinary action will remain confidential.

'Chelsea enjoys support all over the world. We have players and supporters from many different countries and cultures and our club is committed to eradicating all forms of discriminatory behaviour. John is fully committed to continue supporting that ongoing work.'

It means he will miss he will miss
Saturday's game with Tottenham as well as the game with Manchester
United on October 28 and then the Capital One Cup clash between the two
sides three days later. Chelsea's trip to Swansea will be the final game
of his suspension.

His first Premier League game back will be against
Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on November 11 where he will come up against Luis Suarez, who was banned last season for racial abusing Patrice Evra.

Terry will, however be available to
play for Chelsea in the Champions League tie against Shakhtar Donetsk on
October 23 at the Donbass Arena.

His decision to accept the ban means he will avoid coming face-to-face with his former England team-mate and Anton's brother, Rio, in the pre-match handshakes.

The Chelsea captain and his advisers had two weeks to study the full written reasons of the decision by an FA independent regulatory commission.

Flashpoint: Terry was banned for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand (left)

Flashpoint: Terry was banned for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand (left)

The commission described Terry's version of events at Loftus Road as 'improbable, implausible and contrived' in their written reasons for issuing the ban.

The three-man panel also questioned why Terry's team-mate Ashley Cole had changed his statement to give more support to Terry's story, sparking a furious response from the Chelsea and England defender who described the FA as a “bunch of t***s” in a tweet sent on October 5.

Cole has since issued a full apology for that and has admitted a misconduct charge.

The commission said in its written reasons: 'The commission is quite satisfied, on the balance of probabilities, that there is no credible basis for Mr Terry's defence that his use of the words 'f****** black c***' were directed at Mr Ferdinand by way of forceful rejection and/or inquiry.

Over and out: Terry retired from international football with England

Over and out: Terry retired from international football with England

'Instead, we are quite satisfied, and find on the balance of probabilities, that the offending words were said by way of insult.

'Accordingly, the commission finds that there is 'clear and convincing' evidence.'
The commission said that character references from a number of people, including black players, made it clear that Terry was not racially prejudiced.

'It is accepted by everyone involved in the criminal and disciplinary proceedings that Mr Terry is not a racist,' added the commission.

Apology: Terry has said sorry for his racist language

Apology: Terry has said sorry for his racist language

Terry had been cleared in Westminster Magistrates Court in July of a racially-aggravated public order offence, partly helped by the testimony of Cole.

However, the commission found that there were discrepancies in Cole's initial statement to FA interviewers of what he heard Ferdinand say to Terry compared to later statements.

Cole did not mention the word 'black' in the initial interview with the FA on October 28. On November 3, Chelsea club secretary David Barnard asked the FA for the specific word 'black' to be inserted into Cole's witness statement, suggesting that Cole may have heard Ferdinand use the term.

The commission saw an email exchange between the FA and Barnard and said that should be regarded as 'cogent new evidence'.

JOHN TERRY TIMELINE

2011: October 23 – Releases a statement denying he made a racist slur against Anton Ferdinand during Chelsea's defeat at QPR after videos had circulated on the internet.

October 25 – Scotland Yard announce they are assessing allegations of racist abuse of Ferdinand by Terry after a complaint from the member of the public.

November 1 – The Metropolitan Police confirm they have launched a formal investigation.

November 5 – England manager Fabio Capello confirms Terry will be selected for the friendlies against Spain and Sweden.

November 28 – Terry is interviewed under caution.

December 1 – Scotland Yard announce they have passed a file towards to prosecutors.

December 21 – The Crown Prosecution Service announce Terry will be charged with racially abusing Ferdinand and is due to appear before West London Magistrates' Court on February 1, 2012.

2012: January 28 – The FA cancels the pre-match handshakes before the FA Cup fourth-round tie between QPR and Chelsea “to defuse further tensions” relating to the Terry-Ferdinand situation.

February 1 – District Judge Howard Riddle orders that Terry should stand trial in the week beginning July 9 – following Euro 2012 – after hearing a number of other Chelsea players would not be able to appear as witnesses until the end of the football season.

February 3 – Terry is stripped of the England captaincy for a second time. The decision was taken by members of the 14-strong FA board, without consulting Capello.

February 8 – Capello resigns as England manager two days after criticising the decision to strip Terry of the captaincy.

July 13 – Cleared at Westminster Magistrates' Court of making a racist insult to Ferdinand.

June 24 – Plays the full 90 minutes and extra time as England suffer more penalty heartache, losing their Euro 2012 quarter-final to Italy on penalties.

July 27 – Charged by the FA with using abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour towards QPR defender Ferdinand. It is further alleged that this included a reference to the ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race of Ferdinand. Terry denies the charge and requests a personal hearing.

August 30 – Recalled to England squad, after missing friendly against Sweden, for September's World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine.

September 9 – Withdraws from England squad for Ukraine game after picking up ankle injury in 5-0 win in Moldova.

September 23 – Announces his retirement from international football, shortly before the start of his personal hearing to answer the FA charge.

September 27 – Banned for four matches and fined 220,000 by an FA independent regulatory commission.

October 5 – FA reveal written reasons behind independent commission's ruling, insisting Terry's racist language towards Ferdinand was used as an insult and finding “no credible basis” for his defence that he was only repeating words he believed the QPR defender said to him.

October 18 – Terry decides not to appeal against the four-match ban and fine. Terry also apologises for the language he used in the match against QPR.