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Hawk-Eye miss out on goal-line contract with FIFA after GoalControl seal deal

Germany 2 England 1 in goal-line technology saga as Hawk-Eye miss out on FIFA contract (but they could win Premier League deal)

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Net gains: John Terry makes a controversial clearance in England's 1-0 win over Ukraine at Euro 2012

How will it work
Each goal has seven high-speed cameras which track the position of the ball in three dimensions to millimetre precision every two milliseconds.

Within a second of the ball completely crossing the line, the referee is alerted by a vibration and a flashing light on his watch. All camera footage is stored and can be replayed at any time.

How much will it cost
It costs around 170,000 per stadium to install and 2,800 per match to operate

What does it mean for fans
Besides no more missed goals, an instant replay can project a 3D view of the ball’s movement on a virtual pitch to TV viewers at home or to supporters in the stand via the big screen.

PS…

But despite all that technology, referees still retain the authority to make the final decision.

It will cost around 170,000 per stadium to instal and a further 2,800 per match to operate.

GoalControl uses 14 high-speed
cameras to track the 3D position of the ball and promises to alert
referees within a second of the ball completely crossing the line via a
vibration or flashing light on a watch.

FIFA said the German company was
chosen owing to its ‘ability to adapt to local conditions’ in
Brazil. The bids were also ‘judged on cost and project management
factors such as staffing and time schedules for installation’.

The contract, however, is subject to
independent ‘installation tests’ at each of the six stadiums due to be
used for the Confederations Cup – three of which have still not been
completed.

Match officials will also carry out
their own tests before each game, just as they did during the FIFA Club
World Cup in Japan last year.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has urged using goal-line technology in Brazil after Frank Lampard had a clear goal disallowed against Germany at the 2010 World Cup.

Ball-tracking: FIFA hope this system will be a success

Ball-tracking: FIFA hope this system will be a success

Putting it on the line: Hawk-Eye goal-line technology is trialled at Southampton's St Mary's Stadium last year

Putting it on the line: Hawk-Eye goal-line technology is trialled at Southampton's St Mary's Stadium last year

Inconclusive: Chelsea were awarded a dubious goal in the 2012 FA Cup semi-final when the ball was adjudge to have crossed the line

Inconclusive: Chelsea were awarded a dubious goal in the 2012 FA Cup semi-final when the ball was adjudge to have crossed the line

HAWK-EYE REACTION

'Sport teaches us many lessons, including accepting defeat graciously and having confidence in your ability to bounce back strongly. Hawk-Eye wishes FIFA and the appointed GLT supplier every success at The FIFA Confederations Cup 2013.'

Statement released by Hawk-Eye

A FIFA statement said: 'While all
four companies had previously met the stringent technical requirements
of the FIFA quality programme, the final decision was based on criteria
relating more specifically to the tournaments in Brazil, including the
company's ability to adapt to local conditions and the compatibility of
each goal-line technology system in relation to FIFA match operations.

'The respective bids were also judged
on cost and project management factors such as staffing and time
schedules for installation.

'The use of GoalControl-4D in Brazil
is subject to a final installation test at each stadium where the system
will be installed.'

Goal-line: GoalControl-4D's magnetic field system

Goal-line: GoalControl-4D's magnetic field system

In black and white: Geoff Hurst scores England's controversial third goal in the 1966 World Cup final against Germany

In black and white: Geoff Hurst scores England's controversial third goal in the 1966 World Cup final

VIDEO GoalControl in action

Paul Gascoigne out of rehab and coming home to England

Gazza's coming home! Former England star out of rehab and on his way back from Arizona

By
David Kent

PUBLISHED:

02:05 GMT, 8 March 2013

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UPDATED:

04:17 GMT, 8 March 2013

Paul Gascoigne will return to England after spending time in rehab in Arizona to deal with his severe alcohol problem.

The 45-year-old, whose celebrity friends came together to fund his 6,000-a-week treatment in the US, had a public meltdown at a charity event in Northampton in January but he has vowed to quit booze.

A source close to Gazza told The Sun: ‘We’re just delighted that Paul’s back on track and coming home, where he can get back into his routine of doing the things he enjoys – without the booze getting in the way ever again.'

Emotional: Paul Gascoigne suffered a public meltdown in Northampton

Emotional: Paul Gascoigne suffered a public meltdown in Northampton

The source added: 'He’s been in good hands out there
and he’s worked really hard over the past month to get where he is. We
were as shocked as anyone to see how bad things had got for Paul, and so
we’re just grateful that so many people stood by him like they did.

'We couldn’t have have got him back to good health again without their help.'

After his appearance in Northampton, video footage also emerged of the former Tottenham midfielder at the depths of his alcoholism and mental torment.

Rehab: Gascoigne has since been flown to America for treatment

Rehab: Gascoigne has since been flown to America for treatment

He was drinking two litres of
gin and 15 cans of Stella Artois a day before he was rushed to rehab, a former friend claimed.

One
time housemate Shane Abbott, 36, has also said he was taking up to 30 antidepressant Valium pills a day and
injecting cocaine.

He was rushed
to intensive care from the Cottonwood Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona when doctors feared he
could have suffered a major organ failure after having a seizure due to
alcohol withdrawal.

Heyday: Gascoigne was one of the best players of his generation

Heyday: Gascoigne was one of the best players of his generation

Celebrities
such as Chris Evans, Alan Shearer, Alan Sugar and Ronnie Irani have
lent support to a Twitter campaign to raise the 100,000 needed to cover his treatment.

English players Frank Lampard, John
Terry, Wayne Rooney and Jack Wilshere had contributed funds, while FA
Charity the England Footballers Foundation also contributed 40,000 from
the national team.

Gascoigne is expected to be alone for two months during his rehabilitation.

Paul Gascoigne: The drink nearly killed me but I wont give up

Gazza: The drink nearly finished me off this time, but I won't give up the fight

By
David Kent

PUBLISHED:

12:31 GMT, 3 March 2013

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UPDATED:

12:31 GMT, 3 March 2013

Paul Gascoigne has revealed he came close to death after his latest drinking binge.

The former England star was admitted to a clinic in the United States last month after his celebrity friends came together to fund his 6,000-a-week treatment.

And the 45-year-old insists he is determined to finally conquer his demons.

Emotional: Paul Gascoigne suffered a public meltdown in Northampton

Emotional: Paul Gascoigne suffered a public meltdown in Northampton

‘The drink nearly finished me off this time,' he told Jimmy 'Five Bellies' Gardner.

'I know I’ve never been as bad as this before. But I’m not ready to give up the fight. I’m getting better now. I’m not there yet, but I’m getting there.’

Gardner, who revealed to the Sunday Mirror that he had spoken to Gascoigne, said: ‘Paul sounded frail and weak and scared. But I could hear something else in his voice too.

'I could hear grit and determination. No one knows Paul like I do and I can tell you, he’s not for throwing in the towel.’

Rehab: Gascoigne has since been flown to America for treatment

Rehab: Gascoigne has since been flown to America for treatment

Gascoigne had a public meltdown at a charity function in Northampton in January with pictures showing him looking bloated, sobbing and unable to stand or speak.

Video footage also emerged of the former Tottenham midfielder at the depths of his alcoholism and mental torment.

He was drinking two litres of
gin and 15 cans of Stella Artois a day before he was rushed to a rehab
clinic, a former friend claimed.

One
time housemate Shane Abbott, 36, has also said he was taking up to 30 antidepressant Valium pills a day and
injecting cocaine.

He was rushed
to intensive care from the Cottonwood Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona when doctors feared he
could have suffered a major organ failure after having a seizure due to
alcohol withdrawal.

Heyday: Gascoigne was one of the best players of his generation

Heyday: Gascoigne was one of the best players of his generation

Celebrities
such as Chris Evans, Alan Shearer, Alan Sugar and Ronnie Irani have
lent support to a Twitter campaign to raise the 100,000 needed to cover his treatment.

English players Frank Lampard, John
Terry, Wayne Rooney and Jack Wilshere had contributed funds, while FA
Charity the England Footballers Foundation also contributed 40,000 from
the national team.

Gascoigne is expected to be alone for two months during his rehabilitation.

GASCOIGNE’S PROBLEMS WITH ALCOHOL

June 1996:
An alcohol-related 'dentist-chair' stunt in a Hong Kong bar during
England's Euro 96 preparations puts Gascoigne on the front pages of the
newspapers back in Britain.

August 1998:
Gascoigne's marriage to Sheryl ends after she is granted a quick
divorce. The player left his wife with a black eye and badly bruised
face and arm after he attacked her in a drunken rage in Gleneagles,
Scotland.

October 1998: The 31-year-old is admitted to the Marchwood Priory hospital to receive treatment for stress and drink problems.

June 2001: Gascoigne admits himself to an alcohol rehabilitation clinic in Arizona on his Everton manager Walter Smith's insistence.

May 2007: Undergoes emergency surgery for a perforated stomach ulcer.

February 2008: Gascoigne is arrested in Newcastle and detained under the Mental Health Act.

June 2008:
The former England footballer is sectioned under the Mental Health Act
following reports that he was acting strangely in Hemel Hempstead.

Man arrested for alleged racist abuse during Millwall"s v Leeds

53-year-old man arrested for alleged racist abuse during Millwall's match against Leeds
Sky Sports News report identified 56 examples of racist abuse at MillwallSustained abuse heard from Block 28 at The DenMillwall 'appalled' by footage and captain Danny Shittu 'deeply saddened'

By
David Wilcock

PUBLISHED:

21:57 GMT, 12 February 2013

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UPDATED:

22:00 GMT, 12 February 2013

A man has been arrested in connection with allegations of racist abuse aimed at Leeds striker El-Hadji Diouf by Millwall fans, Scotland Yard said on Tuesday night.

The 53-year-old man was arrested after Sky Sports News last night broadcast footage which appeared to show some of the London club's fans hurling insults at the Senegalese forward during a game at the Den in November.

Millwall said they were 'appalled' by the footage and vowed to reopen an investigation into allegations of racial abuse, which initially emerged online.

Caught on camera: A fan is filmed making racist remarks during a Millwall game by Sky Sports News

Caught on camera: A fan is filmed making racist remarks during a Millwall game by Sky Sports News

Club captain Danny Shittu said he was 'deeply saddened' by what he had seen in the documentary.

The man, from Enfield, north London, remained in custody tonight on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offence, a Metropolitan Police spokesman said.

Millwall have promised to ban any individuals for life if they are found guilty.

The footage appears to show fans hurling insults at Diouf during an npower Championship clash between the two clubs at the south-east London ground on November 18.

The Lions' chief executive, Andy Ambler, said that an initial investigation was closed after Diouf said he heard no racist abuse aimed at him.

Abuse: Sky Sports News picked up another fan making racist remarks

Abuse: Sky Sports News picked up another fan making racist remarks

'Like all Millwall fans and football fans generally, we're appalled by the footage we've seen,' he said.

'Sadly racism exists in our society and certain individuals want to bring it into football grounds. It's down to us in football do to more.

Shittu later released a statement on the club website which read: 'I am deeply saddened by the documentary on Sky Sports showing racism by the minority at matches including at Millwall FC.

Anger: Leeds forward El-Hadji Diouf was believed to be the target of racist abuse

Anger: Leeds forward El-Hadji Diouf was believed to be the target of racist abuse

'As the current Millwall captain, racism is something I do not stand for or condone.

'I am currently in talks with the club about any further measures we can take in dealing with and eradicating racism at matches.

'I do not want the events shown yesterday to tarnish the hard work done by the club thus far and their efforts in tackling this issue.

'Every player at all levels has the right to represent their club without being subjected to homophobic or racial taunts. I will do all I can to help eradicate racism at my club and in football.'

Bolton forward Marvin Sordell has previously made allegations of racial abuse towards Millwall's fans.

A banner stating “Sordell is a c***” was unfurled at a later game which came in the wake of his claims, while a 13-year-old boy was banned from the ground.

Mario Balotelli racist abuse: Paolo Berlusconi AC Milan vice president

Berlusconi's brother makes racist remark about Balotelli… and he just happens to be AC Milan's vice president

By
Nick Pisa

PUBLISHED:

21:59 GMT, 5 February 2013

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UPDATED:

22:10 GMT, 5 February 2013

Racist: Paolo Berlusconi

Racist: Paolo Berlusconi

Mario Balotelli is at the centre of a race controversy after he was called 'a little n*****' by the brother of AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi.

Newspaper boss Paolo Berlusconi, 64, made the shock remarks about Balotelli, 22, at a political rally just hours ahead of the former Manchester City player's debut for AC Milan following his return to Italy.

Berlusconi was attending a rally for FabrizioSala, the candidate for his brother's right wing coalition People of Freedom party when he made the comments – which were greeted with laughter by the audience.

After initially cracking a joke about Costa Concordia captain Francesco Schettino, Berlusconi turned his attention to striker Balotelli and said: 'I've finished. Right we are all off to see the family's little n*****. He's a madhead. All the young ladies are invited as well – you can even have a chance to meet the president (Silvio Berlusconi).'

Paolo Berlusconi's comments were greeted with laughter by the crowd and video footage of the rally in Monza on the outskirts of Milan showed him smiling at himself.

The incident was uploaded onto several Italian newspaper websites which were immediately flooded with dozens of outraged comments one said: 'What an insult for Italy and Italians' while another on La Repubblica read: 'I didn't know the brother was a clown – they really are a family of buffoons.'

Dream debut: Balotelli netted twice on his AC Milan debut

Dream debut: Balotelli netted twice on his AC Milan debut

Dream debut: Balotelli netted twice on his AC Milan debut

Paolo Berlusconi, who is vice president of AC Milan, is also the editor of il Giornale which is seen as a mouthpiece for Silvio Berlusconi and his People of Freedom party, and like his older brother he has been involved in several corruption scandals.

In 2002 he was found guilty of false accounting and given a nine-month sentence and ordered to pay a 49 million Euro fine while three years ago he was given a further four months for another charge of false accounting.

Racism is a growing problem in Italian football and by coincidence last month AC Milan walked off the pitch during a friendly after Kevin-Prince Boateng was subjected to racist taunts.

International duty: Balotelli is currently away with the Italy squad

International duty: Balotelli is currently away with the Italy squad

Balotelli himself was often targeted by racists while playing for Inter Milan and it was one of the reasons he decided to quit Serie A and try out the Premier League, but his return also sparked ugly chants from rival Juventusf ans who sang at a game last week: 'If we jump Balotelli dies.'

Last year regional councillor Paolo Ciani – from a right-wing party – posted a picture on his Facebook page, which depicted the Italy international working in a field of cabbages as an immigrant worker.

Chelsea fan accused of "monkey" taunt at Danny Welbeck will face no further action

Chelsea fan accused of aiming 'monkey' taunt at Welbeck will face no further action as CPS claim there is 'insufficient evidence'

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UPDATED:

16:04 GMT, 13 December 2012

No further action will be taken against a man who was arrested on suspicion of racist behaviour following Chelsea's League Cup win over Manchester United, Scotland Yard said.

Pictures taken during the October 31 fourth-round tie at Stamford Bridge appeared to show a fan making a 'monkey' gesture.

A 28-year-old man was arrested over alleged racist behaviour. United striker Danny Welbeck appeared to be the target of the alleged abuse.

A CPS London spokesperson said: 'We have thoroughly reviewed the evidence in this case in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors.

No action: The Chelsea supporter will face no further charges after appearing to make a racist gesture

No action: The Chelsea supporter will face no further charges after appearing to make a racist gesture

Taunt: Chelsea supporter Gavin Kirkham will face no further charges after appearing to make a racist gesture

'To bring a charge for a racially
aggravated public order offence we need to be able to prove in a court
either that an individual’s gestures demonstrate hostility towards the
victim based on the victim's membership (or presumed membership) of a
racial group, or that the offence is motivated (wholly or partly) by
hostility towards members of a racial group based on their membership of
that group.

'It is our decision that, having
looked closely at video footage, an image of the incident and witness
statements, the evidence does not demonstrate this to the standard
required for a prosecution. There is therefore insufficient evidence for
a realistic prospect of conviction and we are therefore not bringing a
charge against this individual.'

Other fans in the crowd were
interviewed and CCTV footage has been examined but 'a decision was taken
with the Crown Prosecution Service to proceed with no further action,'
the Scotland Yard spokesman said.

He
said: 'The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) takes any allegation of
racist chanting and/or behaviour very seriously and if any matters are
brought to our attention they will of course be thoroughly investigated.

'The MPS routinely
work very closely with football clubs and partner agencies to monitor
behaviour to ensure public confidence and safety.'

Peter Herbert, chairman of the Society of Black Lawyers, told Sportsmail: 'We are surprised and very disappointed with this decision. We will be taking this matter up with the CPS and also the Metropolitan Police in due course. This decision is not in the public interest and they need to be held to account for it.'

Earlier
this year, Chelsea imposed a lifetime ban on a supporter who admitted
racially abusing former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba.

Oscar determined to win Club World Cup with Chelsea

Oscar determined to make Chelsea champions of the world after European failure

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UPDATED:

22:30 GMT, 9 December 2012

Seven years ago, Oscar was captivated by the television footage beamed around the globe as his boyhood heroes at Sao Paulo conquered the world at the expense of Liverpool and Rafa Benitez.

Five years later he was there, learning that FIFA’s Club World Cup is not only Europe and South America as Internacional were beaten in the semi-finals by TP Mazembe from Congo.

Today, the Brazilian playmaker is in Japan with Chelsea as they attempt to become world champions, just days after crashing out of the Champions League.

History: Oscar (second left) watched Sao Paulo beat Rafael Benitez's Liverpool side in the Club World Cup

History: Oscar (second left) watched Sao Paulo beat Rafael Benitez's Liverpool side in the Club World Cup

English teams do not have a great
record in these intercontinental challenges but the Blues, with their
strong Brazilian influence, are here to win.

‘In Brazil, this has always been seen as the opportunity for our clubs to play one of the big European teams,’ said Oscar.

‘It’s the chance to test themselves
against a big team from Europe and to go and show their football to the
world. For years, it was the only way they could face a stronger team, a
different team from a different culture.

‘The South American teams have always
taken this competition seriously but I think all the big clubs will go
to Japan this year and give everything.

‘For Chelsea, we are representing
Europe and we are going there with a determination to do it well. We are
going to try to win this competition this year.’

Manchester United are the only English
team to hold the world title, even in the era when the South American
champions played the European Cup winners in the Intercontinental Cup.

Europe, however, has emerged
triumphant from the last five and Chelsea’s interim manager Benitez won
the tournament two years ago in his final act as manager of Inter Milan.
It was the same year as Oscar’s personal disappointment.

He was 19 and had recently completed a
disputed transfer to Internacional from Sao Paulo. He was excited to be
involved but the South American champions lost 2-0 to the Africans in
their opening game.

Back again: Oscar has played in this competition before and this time he is determined to win

Back again: Oscar has played in this competition before and this time he is determined to win

FIFA Club World Cup Finals

2005: Sao Paulo (Brz) 1 Liverpool 0
2006: Intern’cal (Brz) 1 Barcelona 0
2007: AC Milan 4 Boca Juniors (Arg) 2
2008: Man Utd 1 LDU Quito (Ecu) 0
2009: Barcelona 2 Estudiantes (Arg) 1
2010: Inter Milan 3 Mazembe (Cgo) 0
2011: Barcelona 4 Santos (Brz) 0

‘We were all expecting to get to the
final and it was such a big surprise when we lost,’ said Oscar, in an
interview with Japanese magazine World Soccer Digest.

‘I’m pleased to have this second opportunity. I’m not sure why but Brazil and Japan seem to have this special connection.’

Sao Paulo has one of the world’s largest Japanese communities outside Japan and Oscar’s wife Ludmila’s grandfather is Japanese.

Warm welcome: Rafael Benitez strides through the airport ahead of the Chelsea pack

Warm welcome: Rafael Benitez strides through the airport ahead of the Chelsea pack

Arrivals: Oscar holds his valuables at the airport

Arrivals: Oscar holds his valuables at the airport

Corinthians, unbeaten winners of the
Copa Libertadores, the South American version of the Champions League,
are also from the city of Sao Paulo and expected to bring great support
to Japan.

The Brazilians and Chelsea are
expected to contest Sunday’s final but the English side must first beat
Monterrey of Mexico in the semi-final and Corinthians must overcome
Al-Ahly of Egypt.

‘As a boy, I always supported Sao
Paulo and I still do,’ said Oscar. ‘My heroes were Rogerio Ceni, a
goalkeeper famous for scoring goals from free-kicks, and Kaka.

‘Corinthians and Sao Paulo are great
rivals and the two biggest clubs in Sao Paulo state. Corinthians have
been doing so well in the last few years. Last season they won the
Libertadores without losing a game.

‘They are a very strong team and their
biggest characteristic is that they play as a team. It is about the
group, not about individuals or big stars, although they have good
players like Paulinho, who I know well from the national team. I expect
him to be one of the stars of the competition.’

Chelsea halted their form-slide with
wins against Nordsjaelland and Sunderland and, although seen by many as
an unwanted distraction from the Barclays Premier League and the fight
to return to the Champions League, their first involvement in the FIFA
Club World Cup might reinvigorate the squad and help restore
confidence.

‘Every title is important for
Chelsea,’ said Oscar.

‘If we win it, it is going to give us so much more
confidence and strength for the rest of the season.’

Greetings: Chelsea players would have felt right at home with the warm welcome afforded to them in Japan

Greetings: Chelsea players would have felt right at home with the warm welcome afforded to them in Japan

WATCHING BRIEF

Champions of Europe Chelsea enter the the Club World Cup on Thursday (10.30am UK time) in the semi-finals. They face Mexican side CF Monterrey in Yokohama’s International Stadium, venue for the 2002 World Cup final.

TV: LIVE on the BBC HD channel, highlights on BBC2 from 1.30pm.

Sportsmail will also be showing a highlights package.

Preston manager Graham Westley refunds fans after Bury clash postponed

Preston boss Westley covers petrol costs of fans after Bury clash called off

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22:41 GMT, 4 December 2012

Preston North End manager Graham Westley helped soften the blow some of the club's fans suffered on Tuesday night, dipping into his pocket to refund their travel costs after their Johnstone's Paint Trophy clash against Bury was postponed.

The match at Gigg Lane was called off an hour before kick-off due to a waterlogged pitch, despite referee Gary Sutton giving the all clear at 6.30pm.

Westley came across a minibus full of fans making the 30-odd mile journey home, and offered to cover their petrol costs, as well as a round of soft drinks.

Scroll down for video of the Preston boss paying back the fans

Making friends: Graham Westley has covered the petrol costs of some fans

Making friends: Graham Westley has covered the petrol costs of some fans

Video footage of the kind gesture quickly circulated on Twitter, while a number of Lilywhites fans were full of praise for the boss.

@Weyer95 wrote: 'Home and dry (like bury's pitch according to GW). Very disappointed with the game being called off but Graham Westley is magic.'

@ecossesteve added: 'Hearing some great stories from #PNE fans being refunded travel expenses by Graham Westley personally. Fantastic stuff.'

And ‏@ingolwhite claimed his son had been one of the benficeries. He wrote: 'top man graham westley bought my son and his mates a drink and gave them 40 petrol money.'

Preston are 11th in League One after an indifferent run of results, and sit six points adrift of the playoff places.

**WARNING, USE OF STRONG LANGUAGE

Cristiano Ronaldo loses sight in both eyes

It's a Real worry! Ronaldo out of Portugal friendly after losing sight in both eyes following elbow from Navarro

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13:35 GMT, 12 November 2012

Cristiano Ronaldo is out of Portugal's friendly with Gabon on Wednesday after 'losing the vision in both his eyes' following an elbow in the face during Real Madrid's win over Levante.

Ronaldo was due to have tests at a Madrid hospital after being caught by defender David Navarro in the opening exchanges of last night's clash.

Ronaldo returned to the action after being patched up on the sidelines and even managed to score Real's opener in the 21st minute.

Scroll down for video footage of Ronaldo's injury

Cut up: Cristiano Ronaldo was left bleeding after being caught by an elbow from David Navarro (below)

Cut up: Cristiano Ronaldo was left bleeding after being caught by an elbow from David Navarro (below)

Clash: David Navarro's elbow catches Ronaldo

However, the former Manchester United star was unable to return for the second half and coach Jose Mourinho said that his star forward 'lost vision in both eyes and couldn't go on'.

Ronaldo arrived at the Portugal team hotel in Lisbon on Monday but he will play no part against Gabon in Libreville.

Spanish champions Madrid, whose title defence got off to an erratic start, are third on 23 points, five behind Atletico Madrid in second and eight behind unbeaten Barca.

In the dark: Ronaldo, arriving at the Portugal team hotel on Monday, briefly lost sight in both eyes

In the dark: Ronaldo, arriving at the Portugal team hotel on Monday, briefly lost sight in both eyes

National service: Ronaldo arrives at the Portugal team hotel on Monday

'It was a difficult match for everyone,' Mourinho told a news conference. 'We adapted to the conditions and it was an honest battle between serious people who gave everything in search of a result,' he added.

'The team had to draw on all its character and strength and we were deserved winners. I had never won here and they are three extremely important points.'

Mourinho even suggested some may have enjoyed the spectacle of the players trying to cope with the ball holding up on the sodden surface.

Eye eye: A patched-up Ronaldo celebrates scoring against Levante

Eye eye: A patched-up Ronaldo celebrates scoring against Levante

Treatment: Real Madrid's medical team attended to Ronaldo after he was caught by Navarro

Treatment: Real Madrid's medical team attended to Ronaldo after he was caught by Navarro

Mobbed: Real Madrid players congratulate Ronaldo after his goal against Levante

Mobbed: Real Madrid players congratulate Ronaldo after his goal against Levante

'For all of us who have played football, whether well or badly, it was a party when you played in the rain as a kid and I think that in their way, people like it,' he said.

'The more technical side and the referee have more problems, the fans too because it's cold and raining. That's part of football too and you have to adapt.'

Spanish media reported that Levante captain Sergio Ballesteros had clashed with Real defender Pepe near the dressing rooms after the game and police officers had to intervene to calm down officials and players from both teams.

England players charged by Serbian police over brawl – but no action on racist abuse

The final insult! Serbian police charge England players attacked in mass brawl… but there's still no action on racist abuse

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19:31 GMT, 30 October 2012

Serbian police have charged two England Under 21 players following the on-pitch melee at the end of this month's European Championship qualifier in Krusevac.

Serbian media have claimed that police in the central Serbian town have charged 12 people including two unnamed England Under 21 players.

A further two officials from Stuart Pearce's backroom staff are also said to have been charged after the match erupted following the final whistle.

Players and officials from both teams clashed on the pitch after Connor Wickham's late goal secured England's passage to next year's finals.

The unsavoury scenes were played out amid allegations of racist chanting from the stands directed at England Under 21 full-back Danny Rose.

Brawl: The fight breaks out between England and Serbia Under 21s on Tuesday night

Brawl: The fight breaks out between England and Serbia Under 21s after the match on October 16

Brawl: The fight breaks out between England and Serbia Under 21s on Tuesday night

Video footage appeared to reveal the
crowd targeting Rose, who was red-carded after the whistle, and who has
subsequently complained about the treatment he received.

In the days after the game UEFA
charged both countries while the Football Association reported 'a number
of incidents of racism' to the governing body in a dossier of evidence
including the video footage.

The Serbian football association's
response was to hand down lengthy bans to two players and two officials
following an internal investigation.

Ognjen Mudrinski and Nikola Ninkovic,
who clashed with Rose as the full-back attempted to leave the pitch,
were given one-year suspensions while coaches Srdjan Maksimovic and
Andreja Milutinovic were handed two-year bans.

The FSS also issued a qualified
apology for the on-field trouble but denied any racism towards the
England team had taken place in a bizarre statement. In it they claimed
Rose had acted in an 'inappropriate, unsportsmanlike and vulgar manner'
towards their fans.

The cases will be dealt with at a
meeting of UEFA's control and disciplinary body on November 22.

Reaction: Danny Rose (right) made a monkey gesture to the crowd after allegedly receiving racist abuse

Reaction: Danny Rose (right) made a gesture to the crowd after allegedly receiving racist abuse

Assault: England coach Martin Thomas is headbutted by a member of the Serbian coaching team (right) as Stuart Pearce looks on

Assault: England coach Martin Thomas was headbutted by a member of the Serbian coaching team (right)

Racism and violence marred a
record-breaking night for England’s Under 21s as Stuart Pearce branded
Serbia's actions 'a disgrace'.

A
number of England’s black players, including Rose, were subjected to
racist chants as the visitors won 1-0 with a late Connor Wickham goal
to secure a 2-0 aggregate win and a trip to Israel next summer. It will
be their fourth straight European Championship finals appearance, the
first time any nation has achieved that.

Rose, sent off after the final whistle
for a second bookable offence, made gestures to Serbia fans after being
racially abused and pelted with stones. He was inconsolable afterwards.

There were horrendous scenes at the end, as a mass brawl erupted between players and coaches.

England goalkeeping coach Martin Thomas was butted and assistant head coach Steve Wigley was kicked in the stomach. England goalkeeper Jack Butland also had a seat thrown at him.

The FA demanded UEFA take action and head coach Pearce was appalled. He said after the match: ‘It was quite disgraceful. The scenes at the end were very sad.

Ganging up: England coach Steve Wigley (centre) is thrown to the ground by Serbia players and coaches

Ganging up: England coach Steve Wigley (centre) was thrown to the ground by Serbia players and coaches

Turning ugly: Wigley fights back as the situation escalates at the Mladost Stadium in Krusevac

Turning ugly: Wigley fought back as the situation escalated at the Mladost Stadium in Krusevac

'One or two of the technical staff
from the opposition, and I don't include their manager in that, didn't
cover themselves in glory on the pitch at the end.

'Punches, headbutts were thrown, and God knows what else. We will let the authorities deal with this at UEFA.

'I’m very proud of the way my players
behaved. It got very volatile very quickly. But you could see the
collectiveness among the staff and the players in the way we all looked
out for each other.'

Trouble starts: A fireman removes a flare thrown onto the pitch by Serbian fans

Trouble starts: A fireman removes a flare thrown onto the pitch by Serbian fans

Tempers frayed: Serbia and England players come together in ugly scenes after the match

Tempers frayed: Serbia and England players came together in ugly scenes after the match

The FA statement said: ‘The FA
condemns both the scenes of racism and the confrontation at the final
whistle during which time our players and staff were under extreme
provocation. The FA has reported a number of incidents of racism to
UEFA. These were seemingly aimed at a number of England’s black players
by the crowd.’

Fury: England striker Marvin Sordell (right) gives his Serbian counterparts a piece of his mind

Fury: England striker Marvin Sordell (right) gave his Serbian counterparts a piece of his mind

Peacemaker: Andros Townsend (centre) separates Danny Rose (left) from Sasa Markovic

Peacemaker: Andros Townsend (centre) separated Danny Rose (left) from Sasa Markovic

Serbia are repeat offenders. In 2007, when England and Serbia met at
this level at the finals in Holland, Nedum Onuoha was subjected to
racial abuse.

Serbia players also brawled with England at the final whistle, charging at England’s bench when Matt Derbyshire had made it 2-0.

Punch: Serbia goalkeeping coach Srdjan Maksimovic (centre) raises his fist during a scuffle

Punch: Serbia goalkeeping coach Srdjan Maksimovic (centre) raised his fist during a scuffle

Rage: Serbia assistant coach Dejan Govedarica (centre) attempts to keep the opposing players apart

Rage: Serbia assistant coach Dejan Govedarica (centre) attempted to keep the opposing players apart