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Jamie Oliver to do Manchester City match food

City unveil latest recipe for success… getting Jamie Oliver to do the cooking!

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Paul Collins

PUBLISHED:

15:53 GMT, 10 January 2013

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UPDATED:

18:16 GMT, 10 January 2013


What a turkey: TV chef Jamie Oliver

What a turkey: TV chef Jamie Oliver

Manchester City have been linked with every star player around the world but a celebrity chef has become their latest big-name signing.

TV chef Jamie Oliver has signed a five-year deal with the club to provide matchday food for supporters at the Etihad Stadium.

The 37-year-old, whose 30-minute meals are known to take about 90 minutes to prepare, will provide food for all public concession stands, as well as the hospitality areas and the City Square fan zone.

The deal will begin for the start of next season — so it’s good old pies, pasties and pints until then.

Tom Glick, chief commercial and operating officer, told the Manchester Evening News: 'It is our ambition to create a world-class customer experience for everybody who visits the Etihad Stadium. We are looking forward to working with these two leading brands as we continue to develop our stadium to achieve this aim.'

Nigel Harris, managing director of Jamie Oliver’s Fabulous Feasts added: 'Fabulous Feasts has proven over the last couple of years that we can deliver world class food on a grand scale.

'Our passion for providing tasty food to the public is second to none and so we’re enormously excited to be working with Manchester City to offer what we believe will be the best stadium catering in the Premier League.

'We’ve been in discussions with the club for many months and we now have a dedicated team in place to ensure that the hospitality at the Etihad Stadium is truly something special.'

Tucking in: City fans' options are about to soar at the Etihad Stadium

Tucking in: City fans' options are about to soar at the Etihad Stadium

Hungry for more City are defending their Premier League crown this season

Hungry for more City are defending their Premier League crown this season

Meanwhile, Gareth Barry is determined to ensure that Arsenal are shocked by more than just Mario Balotelli’s new hairstyle this weekend as Manchester City aim for a first league win at the Gunners since 1975.

'I wasn’t aware it had been so long,' the England midfielder told. 'Football is like that sometimes but 37 years is extraordinary. Records like that are rare but are there to be broken.

'We have to go to the Emirates, play as well as we know we are capable of and see if we can put an end to our poor run of league results on their ground.'

Tony Book was in charge when City secured a 3-2 triumph at Highbury in 1975. They did win a League Cup quarter-final at the Emirates last season but have not actually scored a league goal at Arsenal since DaMarcus Beasley’s effort in the 3-1 defeat in 2007.

Bogey team: City have not won at Arsenal since 1975

Bogey team: City have not won at Arsenal since 1975

Arsenal impressed at the Etihad Stadium earlier this season when they were unfortunate to find themselves held to a 1-1 draw.

'They surprised me just how good they were that day,' said Barry.
'They will be disappointed they’ve not played as well as that more often this season.

'We know there is a need for us to keep winning games because seven points (to leaders Manchester United) is not a small gap and we can’t allow that to increase.

'But sometimes the pressure can actually flip around to the team in front and the one chasing can go into games more relaxed.

'We’re not going to let it overly worry us at this point.'

Jamie Oliver

Gotta keep the best! Pietersen takes to Twitter to demand Chelsea"s Lampard is given a new contract

Gotta keep the best! Pietersen takes to Twitter to demand Chelsea's Lampard is given a new contract

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23:21 GMT, 30 December 2012

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UPDATED:

23:21 GMT, 30 December 2012

As someone who knows how it feels to be instrumental to a team's fortunes but be ushered out, it's perhaps no wonder Kevin Pietersen took to Twitter to remind everyone of the virtues of Frank Lampard on Sunday night.

The England batsman and Chelsea fan took delight in Lampard's outstanding performance – and two goals – in Sunday's 2-1 win at Everton and urged owner Roman Abramovich to renew his contract when it expires at the end of the season.

He wrote: 'Lamps shows who the boss is today.. YOU DARE, Roman! #gottakeepthebest' and posted it just after watching a re-run of the Chelsea win on Match of the Day 2.

Support: England cricketer Kevin Pietersen took to Twitter to demand Chelsea's Frank Lampard be offered a new contract

Support: England cricketer Kevin Pietersen (below) took to Twitter to demand Chelsea's Frank Lampard be offered a new contract

England batsman Kevin Pietersen

The hashtag could be interpreted as a reference to his own reintegration to the England cricket squad after being outcast during the summer Test series with South Africa for allegedly sending defamatory text message to members of the opposition squad.

Pietersen was forced to make an apology to his captain Andrew Strauss, coach Andy Flower and other teammates after the text messages emerged and was reinstated for the tour of India this winter.

Food for thought: Lampard's double in an excellent performance at Goodison Park may prompt the Chelsea hierarchy to rethink not offering him a new contract in the summer

Food for thought: Lampard's double in an excellent performance at Goodison Park may prompt the Chelsea hierarchy to rethink not offering him a new contract in the summer

Lampard, 34, is out of contract at Stamford Bridge at the end of this season and, with negotiations over a new deal seemingly a non-starter, his two goals against Everton were a timely reminder of his undiminished abilities.

Pietersen is no stranger to airing his views on Chelsea's fortunes on Twitter – in November 2011, he called then manager Andre Villas-Boas a 'muppet' and gave him six months in the job. This turned out to be true, with the Portuguese sacked a few months later.

Ian Ladyman: If Ferguson keeps getting away with abusing our referees even 10-year-olds will start to copy him

If Ferguson keeps getting away with abusing our referees even 10-year-olds will start to copy him

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UPDATED:

01:42 GMT, 28 December 2012

During a difficult few weeks for Mark Clattenburg earlier this season, Sir Alex Ferguson’s support, and indeed his implied criticism of the referee’s accusers at Chelsea, was helpful.

For all the noise that surrounds English football, when Ferguson speaks people tend to listen.

This is precisely why, however, the Manchester United manager’s behaviour during his team’s tense 4-3 victory over Newcastle on Boxing Day was so unhelpful when the gap between those who play the game and those who try to keep order seems to be widening.

Cleared: Sir Alex Ferguson will face no action after complaining to referee Mike Dean on Saturday

Cleared: Sir Alex Ferguson will face no action after complaining to referee Mike Dean on Saturday

Fuming: Sir Alex Ferguson has been cleared by the FA after remonstrating with officials

Ferguson’s primary responsibility is to his football club, of course.

If he feels — as he did two days ago —
that a referee’s decision has gone against his team, then he is quite
within his rights to say so.

There are, however, ways and means,
and his haranguing of referee Mike Dean and his colleagues in the wake
of Newcastle’s controversial second goal at Old Trafford saw him
standing squarely on the wrong side of the line.

Players, remember, take their lead
from their manager. Supporters take theirs from the team. And so it goes
on, all the way down the football food chain until the 10-year-old on
the park verbally abuses the referee of his Saturday morning game.

Fuming: Ferguson tells assistant referee Jake Collin exactly what he thinks of the decision to allow Jonny Evans' own goal

Fuming: Ferguson tells assistant referee Jake Collin exactly what he thinks of the decision to allow Jonny Evans' own goal

Heart-racing: United struck late to go seven points clear at the top of the league

Heart-racing: United struck late to go seven points clear at the top of the league

The connection — indeed, the
responsibility — really is that straightforward. It is four years since
the FA launched their ‘Respect’ campaign in an effort to encourage
tolerance, understanding and dialogue between all parties. In the
interim, nothing has fundamentally changed and here was the evidence.

Ferguson is not alone. Football’s
ill-treatment of its officials is so well established as to be almost a
tradition and the likes of Tony Pulis, Mark Hughes and Alan Pardew have
all been notable offenders. Indeed, an hour after the Scot pursued Dean
on to the field after half-time in Manchester, his rival from across
town Roberto Mancini accused referee Kevin Friend of eating too much
over Christmas.

Kevin Friend speaks to Vincent Kompany

Jibe: Roberto Mancini jokingly accused referee Kevin Friend (right) of eating too much over the Christmas period

A throwaway gag, perhaps, but one
designed to embarrass and question the man who had overseen City’s
defeat at Sunderland at a time when the Italian should perhaps have been
asking questions closer to home.

It all looked and sounded rather ugly
and yesterday brought no relief as we discovered, to nobody’s
surprise, that Ferguson’s behaviour would not form part of Dean’s report
to the FA.

This is the bit where responsibility needs to be shared a little.

Dean, by all accounts, believes
Ferguson didn’t cross the line of what is acceptable when he entered the
field before the start of the second half to complain about Newcastle’s
goal. Why is this In moments like this, one of the Premier League’s
most experienced and respected officials should be brave enough to set
an example.

Slap on wrist: Tony Pulis was fined for comments made about referee Lee Probert's performance in November

Slap on wrist: Tony Pulis was fined for comments made about referee Lee Probert's performance in November

As for Ferguson’s subsequent
badgering of linesman Jake Collin and fourth official Neil Swarbrick,
Dean apparently didn’t see it as his back was turned. Why, though,
didn’t one of them tell him They wear microphones and earpieces for precisely these moments.

Why, also, did Collin or Swarbrick
not inform Dean that Ferguson spent much of a fractious second period
standing yards outside his technical area These matters are clearly
their responsibility.

Perhaps they, too, were caught up in
the emotion of the afternoon. Maybe their minds become scrambled and
poor decisions are the result. Or maybe they are nervous about upsetting
Ferguson. Old Trafford is the grandest domestic setting in English
football and all officials crave the opportunity to work there. Those
who have upset the United manager have sometimes waited a while to
return.

Martin Atkinson, for example, annoyed
Ferguson during an FA Cup loss to Portsmouth in March 2008. Ferguson
was charged by the FA for his post-match comments (he was later cleared)
but the real victim was the official, who was not asked to work at Old
Trafford again until the very end of that year.

Fury: Ferguson was left enraged about a decision made against his team in 2008 but he still escaped with no reprimand

Fury: Ferguson was left enraged about a decision made against his team in their 2008 defeat to Portsmouth but he still escaped with no reprimand for his actions

Certainly, this is key to the issue.
Our referees and their assistants must take charge of the big games on
the big stages confident that their performances, rather than people’s
reactions to them, will count when the next match lists are being put
together.

On Boxing Day, Ferguson didn’t cover himself in glory but neither, it must be said, did Dean.

The majority of his decisions were
correct — including the one he made in awarding the controversial Newcastle goal — but it looks from the outside as though he allowed
Ferguson to go too far in the moments before the start of the second
half and has therefore done the game, and his profession, a disservice.

Support: Ferguson fully backed Mark Clattenberg after he was accused of abusing John Mikel Obi last month

Support: Ferguson fully backed Mark Clattenberg after he was accused of abusing John Mikel Obi last month

Ferguson, for his part, knows how
great is his responsibility. He probably won’t have enjoyed looking at
the replay on Wednesday night.

His sympathy for Clattenburg earlier this season was genuine. He did his bit.

In the heat of battle on a wet
Manchester Wednesday this Christmas, though, the United manager lost his
way a little and those paid to keep him, and all the others, in check
have now allowed him to get away with it.

London 2012 Olympics: McDonald"s will not be at Wimbledon – Charles Sale

Charles Sale: Wimbledon still a burger-free zone after winning war with McDonald's

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UPDATED:

22:41 GMT, 27 July 2012

The All England Club look to be the one sports body able to get their way against London 2012 branding Olympic venues exactly as they want.

Wimbledon made strong requests that fast food giants and top-tier Olympic sponsors McDonald’s did not have a presence — which their contract entitles them to have — within the grounds of the club, which has extensive catering facilities.

And LOCOG are said by Wimbledon sources to have backed down after heated discussions.

Fancy a bite The flagship Olympic Park McDonald's restaurant

Fancy a bite The flagship Olympic Park McDonald's restaurant

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London 2012 director of sport Debbie Jevans is on the All England Club board and said when the question of Big Macs at Wimbledon was raised: ‘It may well be you could get a McDonald’s at Wimbledon. That is not outrageous. This is not all they sell, and I’m sure there’s many a tennis player who enjoys a burger.’

A LOCOG spokeswoman said McDonald’s had chosen not to have a food outlet or prominent promotional branding at Wimbledon.

Bach a crowd-pleaser

Germany's 59-year-old IOC member Thomas Bach, the favourite to succeed Jacques Rogge as president of the IOC next year, looks to have the common touch which the remote Rogge has rarely shown during his 12 years at the helm.

Olympic fencing gold medallist Bach, who carried the flame down Charing Cross Road in the torch relay on Thursday, happily mixed with all the other torch-bearers on the bus — including the Daily Mail representative — in an engaging manner you wouldn’t have expected of Rogge.

Bach’s likely rival for the top post, Nawal El Moutawakel, newly appointed vice-president, was also on the bus but less keen to socialise.

Meet and greet: Thomas Bach is in the running to be IOC president

Meet and greet: Thomas Bach is in the running to be IOC president

VIP Hayatou

African football chief Issa Hayatou was investigated by the IOC for taking bribes from FIFA’s now defunct marketing agency ISL — a controversy that led to him being replaced as chairman of FIFA’s Olympic football organising committee. Yet there he was at the opening ceremony in the second row of the prime VIP section.

Animal farm

There were plenty of animals enjoying Danny Boyle’s Green and Pleasant Land prologue in the opening ceremony, including horses, cows, chickens, geese, goats and a flock of 70 sheep. And Games organisers LOCOG were insisting their animal welfare was of such a high standard that local officers had commended them on their care of the farmyard collection.

This followed claims from volunteers that a few sheep had taken a turn for the worse after munching the removable grass at the rehearsals.

Furry friends: The animals used in the ceremony were well looked after

Furry friends: The animals used in the ceremony were well looked after

Ticketmaster blasted

Ticketmaster, whose software originally failed to cope with the numbers wanting to buy Olympic tickets, have been blamed for the long queues at St James’ Park that caused some fans to miss the start of the Mexico v South Korea football game on Thursday night.

It’s claimed a cause of the delay was Ticketmaster collecting information from customers for marketing purposes. Geoff Hodgson, LOCOG nations and regions board member, said: ‘It was absolutely appalling for those outside queuing. It was totally unacceptable. Their procedures appear to be one size fits all.’

Chaos: Many fans were unable to get into St James' Park for kick-off

Chaos: Many fans were unable to get into St James' Park for kick-off

LOCOG said they had nine ticket booths open from five hours before kick-off but numerous fans arrived too close to the start.

SatNav U-Turn

Drivers taking IOC bigwigs and national federation chiefs the short journey from the Park Lane Hilton to the Savoy had to do an emergency U-turn on Friday from their prescribed Olympic Route Network SatNav system because they got caught up in the torch relay convoy.

Boyle keeps schtum

The biggest surprise in London 2012’s successful mission to ‘Save the Surprise’ of how the cauldron would be lit at the opening ceremony was that show director Danny Boyle managed to keep quiet about it. Boyle demonstrated in his hour-long press conference that he enjoys talking about his work and never says one word when 10 will suffice.

England v South Africa – win first Test tickets at the Kia Oval

WIN tickets to England's first Investec Test against South Africa with ASDA Kwik Cricket

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09:11 GMT, 17 July 2012

WIN tickets to England's first Investec Test against South Africa with ASDA Kwik Cricket

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Gary Cahill back in training after fractured jaw

No more baby food for Chelsea defender Cahill as he looks to return from injury nightmare

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UPDATED:

07:54 GMT, 12 July 2012

Gary Cahill is pleased to finally bin the baby food as returns to full fitness ahead of the new season.

The Chelsea defender was ruled out of the Euro 2012 after fracturing his jaw in England's friendly against Belgium.

And last week Cahill had metal plates removed from his mouth and returned to his normal diet after being restricted to eating soft foods for a fortnight.

Ouch! Gary Cahill clashes with Joe Hart and fractures his jaw

Ouch! Gary Cahill clashes with Joe Hart and fractures his jaw

He said: 'I was on a soft-food diet for two weeks which was a bit of a nightmare. But it is all finished now and I can move on. It is good to be back amongst the boys and getting down to some hard work.

'When I went for the x-rays I thought if it doesn’t show anything here it is a miracle, but unfortunately it did and it was shocking timing, in the last friendly game and probably 60 to 70 minutes away from getting on the plane.

'It was a nightmare but we finished the season fantastically well with Chelsea so it is like a rollercoaster of ups and downs all the time – but the injury is behind me now and hopefully I can have a good year this year.'

Dream died: Cahill was ruled out of Euro 2012

Dream died: Cahill was ruled out of Euro 2012

The Chelsea squad are back in pre-season training and despite it being early in the summer schedule, footballs have been involved from the first day in what has been the favoured method at Chelsea for the most of the last eight years. Cahill appreciates the benefits.

He added on Chelsea TV: 'It is what every player wants to do and you can get the fitness and the running through playing football anyway. In game situations and sharp sessions you probably get more out of it than just pure running.

'I am sure the lads are buzzing that Roberto Di Matteo has the manager’s job. He got it on merit and I think everyone at the club is glad that has happened and we look forward to competing this year.'

Scott Harrison arrested over alleged theft

Shamed Harrison arrested over suspected supermarket theft…days before ring return

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13:17 GMT, 22 March 2012

Former world champion Scott Harrison has been arrested in connection with an alleged theft at a supermarket in Glasgow.

The 34-year-old and another man were taken in by police after allegedly stealing food from a Tesco store in Dalmarncok Road, Rutherglen in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

A witness told the Daily Record: 'Two men were shouting and swearing, even at each other, and although the store was in no way busy at 2.30 in the morning, other customers were keeping their heads down.

Back in the day: Scott Harrison was a featherweight world champion

Back in the day: Scott Harrison was a featherweight world champion

‘They were opening food packets and helping themselves while shouting at staff and other customers.’

Harrison has not fought since 2005 but was due to make his comeback in Blackpool next week after claiming earlier this month to have beaten the booze.

He became WBO featherweight champion in 2002, lost to Manuel Medina the following July but regained the title in November 2003.

Out the game: Harrison had planned a comeback fight in Blackpool

Out the game: Harrison had planned a comeback fight in Blackpool

The Scot has had problems with depression and alcohol and was stripped of his title and licence to box in 2006 after failing to make the weight for a fight with Nicky Cook.

A police spokeswoman said: ‘At around 2.20am a 34-year-old man was arrested in connection with an alleged theft and public order offences at Dalmarnock Road, Rutherglen. Another 34-year-old man was arrested for alleged road traffic offences and detained.’

Harrison was released after a few hours in custody.

Silly burgers! Swansea chairman fears McDonald"s plans could hinder ground expansion

Silly burgers! Swansea chairman fears McDonald's plans could hinder ground expansion

Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins says a
decision by the local council to approve plans for a fast-food
restaurant near the Liberty Stadium could hamper any plans the club may
have to expand the ground.

Swansea council have approved planning for a McDonald's near the stadium's South Stand, subject to conditions.

Off target: Plans for McDonald's near Liberty Stadium have angered Swansea

Off target: Plans for McDonald's near Liberty Stadium have angered Swansea

The Liberty Stadium Management Company, which runs the ground and includes members from Swansea, the Ospreys regional rugby team and the city council, had voiced their objection to the plans while council planning officers had also recommended that the proposal be refused.

And Jenkins said in a statement on the club website: 'The club's board of directors was shocked and disappointed at the short-sightedness of the decision.

'The local authority was well aware of our concerns and objections for a fast food outlet on the perimeter of the stadium and it remains to be seen whether the decision will have a detrimental effect for the further expansion plans we have for the Liberty Stadium.

Crowd-pleasers: Swansea have enjoyed an impressive start to life in the Premier League

Crowd-pleasers: Swansea have enjoyed an impressive start to life in the Premier League

'Everyone is well aware that we have started exploring the possibility of increasing the capacity at the stadium, improving fan facilities and car parking. We were already working on plans.

'There are thousands of supporters who would love to watch the Swans in action in the Premier League and we are keen to facilitate that.

'This decision may jeopardise that opportunity now for the people of Swansea.'