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Dwain Chambers stormed off the track after a poor showing at the European Indoor Championships

Chambers storms off the track after failing to qualify from European indoor heats

By
Laura Williamson

PUBLISHED:

17:07 GMT, 1 March 2013

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UPDATED:

18:22 GMT, 1 March 2013

Dwain Chambers stormed off the track in anger after being eliminated in the first round of the men’s 60 metres at the European Indoor Championships this afternoon.

The 34-year-old, who won gold in this event in 2009 and a silver medal two years ago, missed out on automatic qualification after coming fifth in his heat.

Chambers’ time of 6.78 seconds – two tenths of a second down on his season’s best – was not enough to guarantee him a place in Saturday's semi-finals as a fastest loser.

Frustration: Dwain Chambers threw off his vest after failing to qualify for the final of the European Indoor Championships

Frustration: Dwain Chambers threw off his vest after failing to qualify for the final of the European Indoor Championships

The European indoor record-holder, who served a two-year ban after testing positive for the anabolic steroid THG in 2003, threw his British vest to the floor in frustration and ignored all interview requests as he left the Scandinavium Arena.

Chambers missed the UK trials in Sheffield to protect a back injury and looked out of sorts at the British Athletics Grand Prix in Birmingham three weeks ago, when he finished fifth.

But the 2010 world indoor champion, who said earlier this year he finally feels ‘part of the team again’ after spending half his time training with UK Athletics’ sprint coach Rana Reider at Loughborough University, had insisted he would not compete in Gothenburg if he was not fully fit.

Speaking after his frustration had subsided, Chambers said: 'The performance was not what I expected and I can only express my disappointment because a lot of time and effort was put into me getting to these championships, and I want to apologise to the people whose time I feel I have wasted.

Out of sorts: Chambers, who has won a silver and gold at the last two championships, struggled to a time 6.78s, not enough to see him go through as a fastest loser

Out of sorts: Chambers, who has won a silver and gold at the last two championships, struggled to a time 6.78s, not enough to see him go through as a fastest loser

'I came here with all the intention
to do well and fight for a medal, which is always what I have been
renowned for doing, but the injury obviously took more out of me than I
had anticipated. So with that I'm really disappointed and feel bad for
letting people down.

'There was no pain. I think what
happened is that I spent all my time getting ready to get on the plane
injury free and I didn't prioritise my time to prepare for the
championships.

'I thought I was going to be all
right, but that was the wrong mind process I'd put myself into – I just
wasn't ready. I'm disappointed that I've let people down.

'In situations like these where you
want to do well, you expect to do well and people expect you to do
well…it hurts. I know what I'm capable of doing and it is
disappointing that I am not able to do that today.

'Now I'm just going to cheer on the rest of the team.'

James Dasaolu, however, cruised through
his heat to post the third-fastest qualification time, easing off before
the line to finish second behind Michael Tumi of Italy in 6.62 seconds.
Harry Aikines-Aryeetey also reached tomorrow’s semi-finals with a
season’s best of 6.65 seconds.

No such problems: Fellow Brit James Dasaolu (centre) made it through to the semi-final

No such problems: Fellow Brit James Dasaolu (centre) made it through to the semi-final

Harry Aikines-Aryeetey said: ‘It's a
seasons best – another good run and we'll take it lower, that's the aim.
It’s another opportunity and I think I've been quite lucky indoors. We
haven't really focused on it, so I've done some speed work over the last
few weeks.

‘Dwain and I
have been training together which has really helped. I'm just going to
take each round as it comes. I'm in a GB vest, so it's not about my
personal gain, it's about representing the country and showing what
we've got.

‘I stumbled out of the blocks a bit, so hopefully in the next round I'll go even better.’

James Dasaolu said: ‘I'm really happy, I wanted to qualify as easily as possible. I don't feel like I've exerted too much energy and I think that's what it's all about – using as little energy as possible. I've run a PB in pretty much every race, so I'm in good shape.

‘In the next round I'm going to be more aggressive and run through the line. It wasn't the quickest of fields, so I knew I didn't have to hammer the start, it was just about getting through.’

QPR"s Harry Redknapp doesn"t blame Eden Hazard for kicking Swansea ball boy

QPR boss Redknapp: I don't blame Hazard for kicking 'disgusting, idiotic' ball boy

By
Press Association Reporter

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11:39 GMT, 25 January 2013

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UPDATED:

12:03 GMT, 25 January 2013

Harry Redknapp has absolved Chelsea’s Eden Hazard of blame for his red card against Swansea, instead branding the actions of the ball boy involved as 'disgusting'.

Hazard was sent off by referee Chris Foy for kicking Charlie Morgan in the closing stages of Wednesday night’s Capital One Cup semi-final second leg at Liberty Stadium.

The Belgium playmaker lost patience when the 17-year-old ball boy refused to hand over the ball after it had gone out for a goal-kick.

'Disgusting': Redknapp did not agree with the ball boy's behaviour

'Disgusting': Redknapp did not agree with the ball boy's behaviour

Morgan fell to the ground as Hazard attempted to get the ball from him, with the 22-year-old Chelsea star then trying to kick it from under him but appearing to instead make contact with the youngster.

QPR manager Redknapp sympathises with Hazard and holds Morgan responsible for the incident.

'Hazard toe-poked the ball under the boy’s body. Why is the kid lying on the ball in the first place' he said.

'Idiot': Redknapp sympathises with Hazard's frustration

'Idiot': Redknapp sympathises with Hazard's frustration

'You can imagine the frustration – you’re a player trying to reach a cup final but there’s this kid behaving like an idiot who won’t give you the ball back.

'Hazard didn’t kick the kid, he kicked the ball underneath him, but the whole thing got blown out of all proportion.

'I can think of a lot of players who would have kicked a bit harder than he did. He just toe-poked the ball away.

Exit: Chelsea were eliminated at the semi-final stage

Exit: Chelsea were eliminated at the semi-final stage

'The boy was tweeting before the game that he’s a super time waster. The way he behaved was disgusting.'

Morgan himself briefly broke his silence last night, tweeting: 'Crazy 24 hours. Spoke to Hazard and I will not be pressing charges. Be in touch.'

Despite that, South Wales Police have been obliged to continue investigating the incident after receiving three complaints.

Settled: Morgan will not be pressing charges

Settled: Morgan will not be pressing charges

'Three calls have been received from members of the public living in Sussex, Kent and west Wales which are being followed up,' a police spokesman said.

Hazard was assumed to have avoided criminal charges when the matter was dropped after he and the teenager met and made mutual apologies.

Alan Pardew describes Demba Ba"s agents as sharks

Bunch of sharks! Pardew slams middlemen chasing 5m from Ba sale

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22:30 GMT, 31 December 2012

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UPDATED:

22:56 GMT, 31 December 2012

Alan Pardew has torn into the agents chasing a staggering 5million in commission for the sale of Demba Ba, branding them 'sharks'. 'I think Demba's becoming a victim of a few sharks around him,' said the Newcastle boss.

Chelsea's attempts to make the Newcastle striker their first signing of the January transfer window hit trouble on Monday after 'unproductive' talks with Ba's representatives.

It is understood they are miles apart on the financial terms of any deal. That has left Pardew preparing to pick Ba against Everton on Tuesday with supporters angry at the Senegal forward for wanting to leave St James' Park.

Angered: Alan Pardew still hopes to hang onto his star striker Demba Ba

Angered: Alan Pardew still hopes to hang onto his star striker Demba Ba

Pardew turned his guns on the middlemen chasing levels of commission that could oblige the buying club to invest up to 28m in a 27-year-old who has a 7m release clause in his current contract and wants 90,000 a week.

Pardew added: 'I feel a little bit sorry for Demba because I think people (claim to) represent him who are not actually representing him.

'People out there are fuelling this who are not actually involved. But they want to be involved and that is the sort of world we are in.

'I can't remember a situation like this, with this level of speculation and information being put about. That's a frustration for us as a club, massively.'

Pardew believes Ba, scorer of 13 Premier League goals this season, is mentally tough enough to handle any abuse from Newcastle fans.

'Demba is as mentally strong a player as I have come across,' said Pardew. 'He's had to cope with injury earlier in his career and disappointments with the way some clubs have treated him. He can't be disappointed with the way we've treated him so I hope he rewards us by staying with us for the next couple of years.

'It's difficult for our fans to feel Demba is solid with the team, amid everything else that's going on. When he's played he's never represented that, he's always represented his full commitment to the team. 'But having said that our fans want loyalty. This is a big club and I think perhaps he needs to make a statement at some point.'

Pardew urged Ba to make up his mind soon about Newcastle's offer that remains on the table. 'He needs to make a decision fairly early,' he said.

Hitman: The prolific striker could be on his way to Chelsea

Hitman: The prolific striker could be on his way to Chelsea

Shake on it: Pardew tore into his agents for chasing the 5million commission

Shake on it: Pardew tore into his agents for chasing the 5million commission

'For everyone's sake, most of all himself. And especially for our fans – they need to know if he's going to be with us to the summer or not.

'We've had a few discussions but if he feels our offer isn't right for him, what can I do He has never said he wanted to leave the club.

'We've coped with it before and we'll cope with it again but ideally we want him to stay. In this window and in the situation we're in, I'd like to think he will stay. But that will be his decision.'

Lille defender Mathieu Debuchy is due at St James' Park tomorrow to complete his 5.5m move. He will be in the squad to face Brighton in the FA Cup third round on Saturday after Danny Simpson broke a toe at Arsenal last weekend.

Pardew added: 'A player of his quality will boost everybody. Defensively, we are so short.'

'Victim': Pardew believes Ba has surrounded himself with sharks

'Victim': Pardew believes Ba has surrounded himself with sharks

Andrey Arshavin wanted by Reading

Arshavin heading to Reading as Royals' Russian owner looks to bolster survival bid

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UPDATED:

22:00 GMT, 26 December 2012

Frozen out: Arshavin

Frozen out: Arshavin

Arsenal outcast Andrey Arshavin is close to sealing a January move to relegation-threatened Reading.

The Gunners signed him for 15million in 2009 but he has held talks over a switch to the Madejski Stadium, where billionaire Russian owner Anton Zingarevich wants the 31-year-old – a superstar in their homeland – to bolster his struggling squad.

Arsenal are listening to offers for Arshavin, out of contract at the end of the season, as they try to shift his 85,000-a-week contract off the wage bill.

Arsenal, who are willing to take a hefty loss on the forward, could offload him for as little as 2m. Sources close to Arshavin insist he is taking the offer seriously, given his frustration at Arsenal and the chance to link up with compatriot Zingarevich.

Reading have made an informal offer for Arshavin, who has been told he can leave if he can find the right deal for him and Arsenal straight away. His old club Zenit St Petersburg are keen, as are Fulham.

Marouane Chamakh, on 60,000 a week, is the other big earner Arsenal will try to off-load in January. West Ham and Norwich are keen.

Martin Keown"s boot room: Marouane Fellaini headbutt was wrong but sly Ryan Shawcross has no defence

The boot room: It's not defending, it's tag wrestling! Fellaini headbutt was wrong but sly Shawcross has no defence

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UPDATED:

22:57 GMT, 21 December 2012

What Marouane Fellaini did to Ryan Shawcross last weekend was wrong – there is no place for headbutts on a football pitch. Everton manager David Moyes was quick to make that point, too.

Fellaini's reaction was that of frustration, a retaliation to almost an hour of being manhandled by the Stoke centre back at every set-piece. He felt Shawcross was cheating time after time and so the anger built up. It wasn't right but something needs to be done about the style in which Shawcross marks people.

It's not defending, it's tag wrestling. He's not bothered about the ball, just the man.

Mario Fellaini headbutts Ryan Shawcross

Mario Fellaini headbutts Ryan Shawcross

I have been watching Shawcross for long enough to know he's been regularly grabbing attackers, putting both arms around them like a bear hug.

He's not alone in doing this in the Premier League but he's the best at it, disguising his clear fouling from the referee. He collars his opponents, targeting people like Fellaini who are so good in the air. He does it exceptionally well but he oversteps the mark.

As a defender you always need to have some contact with the man you are marking at set-pieces but there are boundaries.

There will always be shirt-pulling in the box – sometimes it's just a natural instinct when a player runs away from you. You use it as a brake to slow down an attacker, it's part of your armoury. I did that but I never put two arms around an opponent like Shawcross does.

I was on the receiving end of a player like that, too. It was a game against Lazio and Alessandro Nesta was wrestling me to the ground at every free-kick and corner. I tried to tell the referee but I got no help from him. He did nothing. So I decided I would stop him by barging into him at every set-piece, running violently into him. I started acting like a crazy guy. He could see the look in my eye which was telling him not to do it again or it would all go off.

So I can understand what Fellaini must have been feeling, even though he was wrong to let it get the better of him. When Shawcross was headbutted by Fellaini it must have been painful. But I have been headbutted and punched and I know it's a choice whether you go down or not. Most of the time it happened to me, I fought back.

But when Nigel Spackman punched me in the back of the head, I chose to go to the floor so the referee would notice it and would send him off. He did. No doubt that was in Shawcross's mind as he hit the deck.

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Christian soldiers on

Bang-on Benteke

Christian Benteke has been a revelation for
Aston Villa, with eight goals already this season in all competitions. Can he become the first Villa player to score 20 goals since Juan Pablo Angel in 2003-04

11-12 . Darren Bent 10
10-11. Darren Bent 9/Ashley Young 9
09-10. John Carew 17
08-09. John Carew 15
07-08. John Carew 13
06-07. Gabriel Agbonlahor 10
05-06. Milan Baros 12
04-05. Juan Pablo Angel 9
03-04. Juan Pablo Angel 23

Christian Benteke is an absolute revelation. He has some of Didier Drogba's pace and power but whereas Drogba would fall to the floor with a broken eyelash, Benteke is harder.

He reminds me of former Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, who was a fearsome opponent. You didn't make him angry because you'd be worried what he'd do to you and the same can be said about Benteke.

The harder you hit him, the harder he hits back. The Belgian is dominating everyone he faces – I haven't seen any defender master him yet. He's caused problems for Manchester City, Manchester United, Spurs and Liverpool to name but a few.

He has fantastic feet and technique and they complement his confidence and strength. He will keep getting better, too.

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Tomas Rosicky blames Arsenal form on possession

Rosicky blames Arsenal's slump on lack of possession as Gunner face crisis

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UPDATED:

23:48 GMT, 5 December 2012

Tomas Rosicky has blamed Arsenal's poor start to the season
on their inability to keep possession like Arsene Wenger's teams of old.

The Arsenal midfielder questioned his team's confidence and
said he could understand the fans' frustration after the club's worst start to
the season for 18 years. Arsenal lie tenth in the Barclays Premier League with
only 21 points from their first 15 games.

Rosicky, who started his first match this season and scored
in Arsenal's 2-1 defeat by Olympiacos in the Champions League on Tuesday night,
said: 'Sometimes we don't keep the ball as we used to. It is definitely a
matter of confidence. You can see there are more back passes than we used to
do. You have to gain confidence by winning the next game.

Lashing out: Tomas Rosicky (centre) criticised Arsenal's possession

Lashing out: Tomas Rosicky (centre) criticised Arsenal's possession

'I can understand the frustration as I am an Arsenal fan as
well. We all have to stick together. That is what we did last season when
everyone wrote us off and we came back stronger.

'It will be difficult, there is no doubt about it, but we
are OK to do it again. We have to sort it out quickly.'

The statistics back up
Rosicky's observations, with Arsenal averaging 59.3 per cent of possession in
the league so far this season compared to 60.1 per cent in their last campaign.
Wenger's side are making and completing more passes, too, but are less
clinical, with just one goal in their last three league games.

Rosicky impressed on his 45-minute comeback in Athens after
aggravating an achilles tendon problem while playing for the Czech Republic at
last summer's European Championships.

Gutted: Arsenal lost to Olympiacos to miss out on top spot

Gutted: Arsenal lost to Olympiacos to miss out on top spot

The midfielder said the injury was a particularly
frustrating setback and claimed he has to 'fight constantly' to avoid being
kicked by opponents during games.

'How can you defend yourself when someone kicks you,' said
Rosicky. 'It is frustrating for me to pick up another injury. During the season
I had already received a kick on my achilles and then I got finished off in the
Euros.

'For the position I play, I always have someone on my back
and with the position I have, I am often receiving the ball with someone behind
me. How can I defend myself 'It is part of the game and I have to take it. It
is difficult for me. I have to fight constantly and that is what I am able to
do.'

Mario Balotelli makes me want to kill him, says Manchester City team-mate Pablo Zabaleta

Sometimes I want to kill Mario! Zabaleta reveals frustration at maverick Man City team-mate

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UPDATED:

11:42 GMT, 4 December 2012

Pablo Zabaleta believes his Manchester City team-mate Mario Balotelli is up there with Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo – but the defender revealed that the Italian drives him mad with frustration.

We have seen the sublime and the ridiculous from Balotelli since his move to England in 2010, but Argentina international Zabaleta is confident that the striker is destined to reach the top.

'Since Mario arrived he has done positive and negative things,' Zabaleta told Omnisport.

Livewire: Mario Balotelli keeps his Manchester City team-mates on their toes

Livewire: Mario Balotelli keeps his Manchester City team-mates on their toes

'He is a player, a person too, who is very difficult to understand because you never know what he is going to come up with next.

'As a player, sometimes not all you have in the feet you have in the head, and Mario is a character that, as a team-mate, sometimes you laugh at what he does and sometimes you want to kill him. But in the end he is a great person.

'As a player he has a great talent. I don't know if he would be fighting for the Ballon d'Or with Messi and Ronaldo but he would be close to being one of the best strikers in the world.

'As a player, as I said before, he has done good and bad things at this club, but I think there is nobody better than (City manager) Roberto (Mancini), who had him at Inter and brought him here, to make Mario able to be mentally prepared to want to carry on growing.'

Former Espanyol man Zabaleta also revealed his admiration for Mancini.

'I think that Roberto is a manager that arrived at the club with the mission of consolidating the project that Manchester City started in 2008,' he said.

City boys: Pablo Zabaleta (2nd left) enjoys playing with Balotelli - most of the time

City boys: Pablo Zabaleta (2nd left) enjoys playing with Balotelli – most of the time

'The club hadn't won practically anything in 44 years and it was possible to win important titles like the FA Cup and the Premier League last year, and I think the people of Manchester City acknowledge Mancini's work.

'What he has done so far is great, but once you achieve these important things you have to stay the same, trying to consolidate this great project by winning more titles.

'Mancini is the manager and the people have given their backing to him, especially after the matches against Real Madrid and Chelsea.

'Right now he is the manager and he will know how to work in the future.'

Big up the boss: Zabaleta has nothing but praise for Roberto Mancini

Big up the boss: Zabaleta has nothing but praise for Roberto Mancini

Jose Mourinho will leave Real Madrid and could be new Manchester United manager

Mourinho heading for Madrid exit and Old Trafford beckons after Fergie backing

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UPDATED:

11:35 GMT, 3 December 2012

Jose Mourinho will leave Real Madrid at the end of the season according to a report in Spanish newspaper Marca.

The Portuguese boss could succeed Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford after the Manchester United manager backed him for the role.

Mourinho has come under fire from supporters this season following Madrid’s slow start to the domestic season and even came out early before his side faced Atletico Madrid to give them the chance to jeer him.

Heading for the exit: Jose Mourinho could succeed Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford

Heading for the exit: Jose Mourinho could succeed Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford

Break-up: Mourinho is experiencing a torrid time this season at the Bernabeu

Break-up: Mourinho is experiencing a torrid time this season at the Bernabeu

Break-up: Mourinho is experiencing a torrid time this season at the Bernabeu

Mourinho was booed by sections of the crowd in last Tuesday’s Copa del Rey defeat of Alcoyano, prompting the former Porto and Inter Milan boss to offer supporters the chance to vent their frustration by arranging to come to the side of the pitch 40 minutes before the game.

The reaction was mixed but with less than 5,000 fans inside the Bernabeu at the time, it offered little indication as to how the majority were feeling.

Madrid are 11 points behind arch-rivals Barcelona and five points behind second-placed Atletico despite Saturday night’s 2-0 defeat of their near-neighbours.

Ferguson
is a fan of Mourinho and asked if he could replace him in the Old
Trafford hot-seat, he told ITV4: 'He can manage anywhere, absolutely.

'I’m not going to put any forecasts on what is going to happen at this club.

'I won’t last forever, but Jose can manage anywhere, there is no question about that.'

It is now being speculated that Mourinho and Madrid president Florentino Perez have agreed his tenure at the club will come to an end next summer.

Under a picture of a broken heart, the Marca report claims: 'Jose Mourinho will not coach Real Madrid next season.

'Both Mou and Florentino Perez believe the Portuguese’s cycle on the bench at the Bernabeu is exhausted and that the current situation cannot continue beyond June 30.'

Marca, who are known to have strong links with Real, report Perez has become concerned by a number of incidents this season which have not cast the club in a good light.

Firstly, there was an incident with Sergio Ramos which saw the Spain defender put on Mesut Ozil’s shirt underneath his own after the German was substituted at half-time of a game against Deportivo La Coruna.

End of an era: Ferguson is approaching the end of his time at Man United

End of an era: Ferguson is approaching the end of his time at Man United

Ramos later claimed he was merely showing support for his team-mate but the move was perceived as an attempt to undermine Mourinho’s authority. Ramos was later dropped.

There was also the public spat with Alberto Toril, boss of the reserve side Real Madrid Castilla, who play in the Segunda Division.

Mourinho accused Toril of focusing too much on results rather than trying to produce young players for the first team.

And it would seem the publicity stunt prior to the Atletico game may have been the final straw.

Marca’s report added: 'Florentino believes Mourinho is “committing suicide” with his decisions and statements this season – the Ramos case, the war with Toril and checking the pulse of the Bernabeu.

'They will try to get to the end of the season in a friendly manner as Florentino does not want a crisis in the middle of the season.

Row: Mourinho and Sergio Ramos did not see eye-to-eye

Row: Mourinho and Sergio Ramos did not see eye-to-eye

'But what is certain is that the decision is taken: this will be the last season of the Mou tenure in Madrid.'

Mourinho joined Chelsea after leading Porto to a surprise Champions League triumph in 2004 and remained for three years.

He then joined Inter Milan and guided the Nerazzurri to back-to-back Serie A titles.

In addition to the Scudetto, Inter also landed the Coppa Italia and the Champions League in 2010 and in doing so became the first Italian side to win the treble.

A move to Madrid ensued and after winning the Copa del Rey in his first season in charge he ended Barca’s stranglehold on the Primera Division crown last season.

Lewis Hamilton farewell to McLaren

Hamilton rues Brazil crash as Brit bids emotional farewell to McLaren

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22:41 GMT, 25 November 2012

A numb Lewis Hamilton bade an emotional farewell to McLaren as his six-year journey with the team ended in bitter frustration.

Just seven days after the ultimate high of victory in the United States Grand Prix came a gut-wrenching low after crashing out in an extraordinary race in Brazil when in the lead.

It is the third time in the last seven races Hamilton has lost out on a maximum haul of points when front running, epitomising the turbulent campaign he has been forced to endure.

End of an era: Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button celebrate the latter's win in Brazil

End of an era: Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button celebrate the latter's win in Brazil

On this occasion, with mayhem taking place all over Interlagos, the 27-year-old was slid into by Force India's Nico Hulkenberg as the German attempted to regain a lead he had earlier lost to Hamilton.

The resulting damage of a broken front-left suspension saw Hamilton retire for the fifth time this year, and a walk back to the garage where he was given a standing ovation.

For Hamilton, there is now a month off before joining Mercedes on January 1 on a three-year deal, but not after many goodbyes to a team he has been associated with for the last 14 years.

'I don't remember too much about the accident with Nico, but he came to see me after the race, which was nice,' said Hamilton.

Over and out: Hamilton collided with Nico Hulkenberg and his race was finished

Over and out: Hamilton collided with Nico Hulkenberg and his race was finished

Over and out: Hamilton collided with Nico Hulkenberg and his race was finished

'Now the season is done and dusted, I feel a bit numb. It's been a day of mixed emotions, and I'm sad I didn't finish the race.

'But I'm excited about the future. I'll miss my friends and McLaren, but I'm optimistic about what lies ahead for me.

'I feel comfortable going into this winter because I feel I did a good job this year. I gave 2012 everything I had. I couldn't have done anything more.

'It's been a brilliant experience to be a part of McLaren over the past six years.

'I want to thank everyone, and sincerely wish everyone the very best for the future.

'They've been fantastic, so supportive, and they continue to do an amazing job, so to everyone at McLaren, I'll miss each and every one of you.'

Head to head: Hamilton and Button had one final battle (above) before hugging it out (below)

Head to head: Hamilton and Button had one final battle (above) before hugging it out (below)

Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton at least wore a rocket-red victory top one final time, even if not in the circumstances he had hoped for, given team-mate Jenson Button inherited the victory following his collision with Hulkenberg.

It was Button's third triumph of the year for McLaren, and enough to see him finish ahead of Hamilton on total points over their three-year partnership.

Once the furore had died down, Button paid a heart-felt tribute to Hamilton as he said: 'I had a lot of fun racing with him, especially for the first 10 laps. We had a really good, clean fight.

'It's a pity he wasn't still there at the end, but it was nice to have such a great dice with him in our last race as McLaren team-mates.

'And I really want to say this: 'It's been so good working with you, Lewis. Over the past few years, we've driven a lot of great races together. It's been fab'.'

Martin Murray interview ahead of Jorge Navarro fight

Murray puts Martinez talk on the backburner as dangerous Navarro awaits

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UPDATED:

19:01 GMT, 21 November 2012

Martin Murray is determined to take 12 months of frustration out on Jorge Navarro on Saturday – and grab his golden ticket to a world title fight with Sergio Martinez next year.

The 30-year-old middleweight faces the unbeaten Venezuelan for the vacant interim WBA belt as chief support to Ricky Hatton in Manchester.

And Murray, who has fought just once since drawing with then WBA champion Felix Sturm last December, has vowed to come through a potentially tricky night unscathed.

Head to head: Martin Murray (left) takes on Jorge Navarro in Manchester on Saturday night

Head to head: Martin Murray (left) takes on Jorge Navarro in Manchester on Saturday night

He is then expected to take on recently-crowned WBC champion Martinez on April 27 in Argentina

‘My preparation has gone well and I’m just looking forward to getting back to business,’ he told Sportsmail.

‘We’ve only managed to see a two-minute clip of him [Navarro] and it shows him knocking someone out in the first round. It told us what we already knew, that he can punch and he lets his shots go.

‘He looks powerful and plants his feet. He’s young, ambitious and unbeaten so it’s going to be a dangerous and hard fight but it’s one I’ve prepared myself for.’

Hard at work: Murray has been out of action since a points win over Karim Achour in June

Hard at work: Murray has been out of action since a points win over Karim Achour in June

Navarro fights outside of the
Americas for the first time in his 12-fight career but Murray won’t be
treating his challenger lightly.

‘No-one knew much about Breidis Prescott and he came over and knocked out Amir Khan,’ he added. ‘Someone who is unbeaten and unknown is always going to be dangerous and that’s how I’ve got to treat him.

‘He’s highly ranked for a reason. He’s unbeaten in 12 and knocked 10 of his opponents out so he can clearly punch. We won’t know properly what he’s like until he’s in the ring and I can feel him out.’

Close: Murray held world champion Felix Sturm to a draw in Germany last Germany

Close: Murray held world champion Felix Sturm to a draw in Germany last Germany

Murray’s sole bout in 2012 came when
he out-pointed little-known Frenchman Karim Achour in June, a far cry
from fighting Sturm in his backyard.

‘I wouldn’t say I wasn’t motivated for the fight but I wasn’t motivated for the opponent,’ he admitted.

‘I never cut corners in training and the day I do is the day I retire but every time I thought of fighting Sturm I got butterflies and thought “wow, I’m going to be in a world title fight”.’

‘I went from that to fighting a French lad who no-one knew anything about; he wasn’t at world level.’

Up next Murray could face Sergio Martinez

Up next Murray could face Sergio Martinez

The St Helens fighter only faced
Achour after a proposed date with Julio Cesar Chavez Jnr was scrapped
when Murray was denied a visa having spent time in prison when he was
younger.

‘I was training in
January and we had a date in April but that was pulled because we signed
for the Chavez fight so we didn’t want to take any risks,’ Murray
explained.

‘I wanted to fight and have a sharpener but I was advised against it so I went on holiday with my wife and kids and it was while I was there that I got the news the fight wasn’t going ahead.

‘I was gutted. I thought I was in a world title fight against a fighter I could beat. I signed for it and it was taken away.

‘I didn’t look at in terms of being punished again, I blame myself. Everything I did as a young lad was my own fault so not getting that fight was no-one’s fault but my own.

‘I’m a fighter and I want to be out all the time. I thought my career would take off after Sturm but I’m looking forward to a bright future.

‘I’ve got the fight on Saturday then I’m looking to get straight out again after Christmas. While I was frustrated earlier on in the year, I’m in a good place because I can see where my career is going.’