Tag Archives: gesture

Romelu Lukaku racism case: Sunderland fan swears at cameras on way out of court

Sunderland fan accused of racist gesture at Lukaku swears as he leaves court

By
Tom Wilkinson, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

12:12 GMT, 22 April 2013

|

UPDATED:

12:35 GMT, 22 April 2013

The Sunderland fan who denies making a racist monkey gesture at Romelu Lukaku swore and threatened to spit at photographers after a court hearing on Monday.

Liam Jones, 21, of East Vines, Sunderland, was charged following an alleged incident in the stands of the Stadium of Light last November.

Offensive: Liam Jones swore at photographers and threatened to spit (below)

Offensive: Liam Jones swore at photographers and threatened to spit (below)

Liam Jones

West Brom striker Lukaku, on loan from Chelsea, scored a goal against the north-east club as his side won 4-2, and in the aftermath Jones allegedly made the gesture.

He was arrested after the match and was charged last month with racially aggravated harassment.

Sunderland Magistrates adjourned the case for trial on June 26.

Jones was granted bail on a number of conditions, including that he does not go within 300 metres of the Stadium of Light or 500m of St James’ Park – the home of rivals Newcastle – on match days.

Bail: Jones is not allowed near the Stadium of Light or St James' Park until the trial

Bail: Jones is not allowed near the Stadium of Light or St James' Park until the trial

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

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

By
Rik Sharma

PUBLISHED:

17:40 GMT, 15 March 2013

|

UPDATED:

17:43 GMT, 15 March 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wilfried Zaha and Ian Holloway charged by FA following Leeds clash

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

By
Dan Ripley

PUBLISHED:

16:14 GMT, 12 March 2013

|

UPDATED:

18:19 GMT, 12 March 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wilfried Zaha swears at Leeds fans over Manchester United abuse

Zaha gives Leeds fans the middle finger after abuse over transfer to Man United

By
Rik Sharma

PUBLISHED:

21:55 GMT, 9 March 2013

|

UPDATED:

10:31 GMT, 10 March 2013

Manchester United's new signing Wilfried Zaha was spotted swearing at Leeds United fans on Saturday.

The Crystal Palace attacker was being berated by Leeds supporters over his transfer to their bitter rivals.

He responded by grinning and sticking up his middle finger at them.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Palace fought hard and earned a 2-2 draw with Leeds thanks to a late goal by Glenn Murray.

The Eagles frontman hit a brace – and so did Leeds' Steve Morison – as they shared the spoils at Selhurst Park.

Gerd Muller receives Lionel Messi"s signed Barcelona shirt

Special delivery! Muller receives gift from gracious Messi after Barcelona striker breaks German's goalscoring record

.

Muller had held the record since 1972, when the man affectionately known as ‘Der Bomber’ fired in 85 goals while at Bayern.

Chuffed: Gerd Muller said he was 'happy and proud' to receive the gift from Lionel Messi

Chuffed: Gerd Muller said he was 'happy and proud' to receive the gift from Lionel Messi

Class: A close up of the signed shirt, saying: 'With my respect and admiration. A hug.'

Class: A close up of the signed shirt, saying: 'With my respect and admiration. A hug.'

But the ever-graceful Messi’s first thought upon breaking the record was for the man he had surpassed.

The 25-year-old sent his beaten adversary a signed Barcelona shirt with the message: ‘For Gerd Muller, with my respect and admiration. A hug. Leo.’ scrawled into the yellow No 10 on the back of the jersey.

Muller was delighted with the gift Messi has shipped to him, and said he was ‘happy and proud’ to be the recipient of such a gesture from 'the best player in the world'.

How many Lionel Messi poses with his four Ballon d'Or trophies

How many Lionel Messi poses with his four Ballon d'Or trophies

Familiar sight: Lionel Messi celebrates another goal against Malaga

Familiar sight: Lionel Messi celebrates another goal against Malaga

The Bayern reserve team coach, who was a truly fearsome striker for club and country during his playing days, watched Messi’s unparalleled goalscoring run last year earn him another record earlier this month: a fourth Ballon d’Or crown.

Barcelona president Sandro Rosell believes that Muller’s goalscoring record was a driving force for the Argentina captain in his bid to score as many goals as possible.

He said that Muller’s prolific performance 40 years ago was ‘a great motivating factor and stimulus for Leo.’

Prolific: Messi took the record from Muller, who scored 85 in 1972

Prolific: Messi took the record from Muller, who scored 85 in 1972

Mansfield to pay tribute to Hillsborough victims against Liverpool

Mansfield pay tribute to Hillsborough victims by placing 96 names on empty seats

By
David Kent

PUBLISHED:

11:09 GMT, 6 January 2013

|

UPDATED:

11:25 GMT, 6 January 2013

Mansfield will pay tribute to the 96 Hillsborough victims this afternoon by placing their names on the empty seats which segregate the home and away fans.

The Blue Square Premier side host Liverpool in the FA Cup in one of the most eagerly-awaited ties of the third round.

'We wanted to do something in light of what has happened this year in terms of Hillsborough and as it's been so long since the two sides met,' explained operations director, Paul Broughton.

Tribute: Mansfield will place the cards on 96 empty seats in the north stand

Tribute: Mansfield will place the cards on 96 empty seats in the north stand

'One of our fans suggested we place a name on each of the empty seats in the segregation section of the stadium. The idea sent shivers down my spine. It was an amazing idea.'

Margaret Aspinall, chairwoman of the Hillsborough Family Support Group, said: 'I felt moved when I heard that Mansfield had planned this tribute.

Remembering: MK Dons fans paid tribute at Hillsborough on Saturday

Remembering: MK Dons fans paid tribute at Hillsborough on Saturday

'To me, it sums up where we are at, in terms of how everyone around the country is starting to realise what we’ve known for a long time about Hillsborough.

'It will be a lovely gesture and I think it's entirely appropriate for us going forward in our fight for justice. It means a great deal and I would like to thank Mansfield on behalf of the HFSG for what will be a beautiful gesture.'

Raul Meireles banned for 11 matches for spitting at a referee, says reports

Turkish disgusting! Meireles hit with 11-match ban for spitting at referee in Istanbul derby

|

UPDATED:

08:59 GMT, 21 December 2012

Former Liverpool and Chelsea midfielder Raul Meireles has been hit with an 11-match ban for spitting at a referee, according to reports.

The Portuguese international is now in Turkey with Fenerbahce and was accused following his dismissal in the country's most ferocious derby against Galatasaray last weekend.

Meireles confronted referee Halis Ozkahya after he was given a second yellow card in the second half of the 2-1 defeat. It was claimed then that he spat at the official while also making a homophobic remark.

*Scroll down for video of the alleged incident

Clash: Raul Meireles was accused of spitting at the referee and saying a homophobic remark during Fenerbahce's defeat to Galatasaray

Clash: Raul Meireles was accused of spitting at the referee and saying a homophobic remark during Fenerbahce's defeat to Galatasaray

And now reports have emerged the Turkish Football Federation have slapped him with a ban that sees him ruled out until the last week of February.

Speaking after the match, the 29-year-old vehemently denied the claims.

He said: 'I'm really annoyed at being accused of spitting at the referee. I have an eight year old kid, can you imagine if kids at school start saying your father spat at a ref, this could ruin my reputation in the eyes of my child.

'I have many gay friends who I deeply respects. The hand gesture I made is directed at the referee caving in to the pressure of the home fans.

'That hand gesture was to tell him he was scared. Look at my hairstyle, what I wear, I'm not a prejudice person, my hand gesture was in no way, shape or form a homophobic one.

'I don't know what the hand gesture for calling somebody gay is in Turkey but what I did was entirely based around the referee being a coward and bowing to the pressure.

'The referee's accusations are outrageous and are defamation, I will be taking legal action against him to prove my innocence.'

Meanwhile, Montpellier defender Cyril Jeunechamp has been banned for one year for hitting a journalist from French newspaper L'Equipe.

Rafa Benitez promises to shake the hand of rival Neil Warnock

I will behave and I will shake his hand! Benitez ready to bury the hatchet with Warnock

|

UPDATED:

15:46 GMT, 18 December 2012

Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez will shake Neil Warnock's hand before the Capital One Cup quarter-final against Leeds.

Warnock, the Leeds boss, is unsure
whether he will complete the pre-match gesture at Elland Road due to a
dispute between the two dating back to 2007 when they were respective
Sheffield United and Liverpool managers.

Benitez was accused by his rival of
playing a weakened team that Warnock felt contributed to United's
relegation from the Barclays Premier League.

Head to head: Rafa Benitez and Neil Warnock (right) have a history

Head to head: Rafa Benitez and Neil Warnock (right) have a history

'I'm professional so will do my job. I'm professional, I will behave,' the Spaniard said.

'I'm professional so I won't have any problem (shaking Warnock's hand). There will be a lot of people watching us, so we have to behave.

'I saw that he said he has an email from me threatening to sue hum, but I don't remember. It's true, but I didn't remember it.

'I will concentrate on my job and hopefully we can talk about football, which is best for the fans and everyone. We need to leave things on the pitch.'

Warnock was Sheffield United manager in 2007 when he admitted he would 'never forgive' Benitez for picking what he deemed a weakened team in Liverpool's final away game of the season against Fulham.

The
Blades needed Benitez's Reds to get a result against Fulham, who were
in the relegation zone, but the Londoners won the game 1-0, a result
which saw them survive at the expense of United.

Warnock's criticism of Benitez led to
the Spaniard's legal team sending an email warning of possible legal
action were he to be mentioned again.

Warnock said: 'The last time I heard from Rafa he was threatening to sue me in an email if I mentioned it again.

'Enough water's passed under the bridge. I don't want to give you any more ammunition than you've already got.

'It's
one of those things that disappoints you in life and you have to get on
with it really, but you get disappointments in every walk of life and
I've made my feelings clear on how my feelings have been over the last
few years and nothing will change that.

'I
think it (the email) had his name on, I think it was his solicitor on
who was threatening legal action and I've got it in a scrapbook at home.

'I've no idea (if they will shake hands), I haven't thought about it yet, I was too worried about Ipswich (last Saturday).'

Frank Lampard will start for Chelsea at Elland Road, but Benitez was non-committal over his future with the England midfielder considering his options for the January transfer window.

'Frank is fully committed in every training session and every game. He's an important player for us.

Chelsea travel to Elland Road on the back of a 1-0 loss to Corinthians in the Club World Cup final

Chelsea travel to Elland Road on the back of a 1-0 loss to Corinthians in the Club World Cup final

'But I can't say too much about what he feels or doesn't feel. He's doing well and I'm happy about his attitude.'

Since losing to Manchester City in the FA Community Shield in mid-August, Chelsea have been found wanting in big matches this season with their Champions League group exit the lowest point yet.

Benitez, who believes the Blues remain in the Premier League title race despite trailing leaders City by 13 points, predicts a change in fortunes soon.

'It's easier to lose in big games because you play against better teams. Normally in finals the other teams are good too,' he said.

'It's just a question of time until we start winning games in a row. We are progressing and are going in the right direction, but we need to be more consistent.

'Winning is especially important for us because when you change the manager and have so many matches you have to win to breed confidence in the new methods. There's no problem with team spirit.'

Game on: Warnock hasn't always seen eye to eye with Benitez but he thinks the Spaniard was right to take the Chelsea job

Game on: Warnock hasn't always seen eye to eye with Benitez but he thinks the Spaniard was right to take the Chelsea job

Alex Ferguson backs David Gill to stamp out racism if elected to UEFA board

Gill will stamp out racism! Ferguson backs United chief exec to tackle racism if elected to UEFA board

|

UPDATED:

23:00 GMT, 14 December 2012

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes his chief executive David Gill will hope to cleanse the European game of racism if he is elected to the UEFA board next year.

Gill is the English FA's nominee for a place on the board and his campaign will reach a conclusion before all 53 UEFA members vote at their annual congress in May.

And Ferguson believes his Old Trafford ally with help UEFA get tougher in racist incidents if he is successfully elected.

This gesture by a Chelsea fan towards Danny Welbeck will not be punished

This gesture by a Chelsea fan towards Danny Welbeck will not be punished

The United boss said: 'I think that being on these committees gives you the opportunity to represent the league in a good way and a strong way and David is well respected and can do that.

'He's a fantastic chief executive. He's straight, 100 per cent, black and white and there's no hidden agenda with David Gill.

'Everyone in the game knows that and hopefully he can make an impact with issues that are presented by England.'

United were informed this week that the fan caught on camera gesturing at Danny Welbeck during the club's win at Chelsea last month will not be charged by the police.

Manchester United's Patrice Evra argues with Liverpool's Luis Suarez

John Terry and Anton Ferdinand argument

The Suarez/Evra and Terry/Ferdinand cases have marred the Premier League

Ferguson added: 'I think it's happening every week at the moment. You need to address that with the police.

'I don't understand that but we're going through a period where everything seems to be falling on football clubs at the moment.

'Hopefully it's just a period and it will clear itself away and we can get back to what English football has been in the last 20-odd years since I came down here.

'Racism has been dealt with brilliantly by the clubs and we hope this little period is just a blip and we get back to addressing our country in the proper way.'

Asked about UEFA's 65,000 fine imposed on the Serbian FA this week, Ferguson was forthright.

'I was thinking about that,' he said.

'It's 65,000 but that kind of behaviour should have warranted more.

'I'm wondering if that was to redress the balance because they think one or two English players maybe didn't behave right and they tried to get the middle ground.

'Uefa are like that. They want to be seen as fair.'

Swansea fan arrested for alleged racist gesture towards Sebastien Bassong

Swansea fan arrested for alleged racist gesture towards Bassong after referee Webb reports incident to fourth official

|

UPDATED:

23:12 GMT, 8 December 2012

A Swansea fan was arrested for allegedly making a racist gesture towards Norwich defender Sebastien Bassong.

The incident occurred during the second half of Norwich's 4-3 win at Swansea's Liberty Stadium after Robert Snodgrass had scored in the 76th minute to put the visitors 4-2 ahead.

Bassong immediately reported the incident to referee Howard Webb and a 23-year-old man was arrested and charged with a racially aggravated public order offence after TV footage of the incident had been examined.

Incident: The alleged gesture reportedly took place after Robert Snodgrass scored Norwich's fourth goal

Incident: The alleged gesture reportedly took place after Robert Snodgrass scored Norwich's fourth goal

Over to you: Bassong went to celebrate with his team-mates before motioning to referee Howard Webb, who reported the alleged gesture to the fourth official

Over to you: Bassong went to celebrate with his team-mates before motioning to referee Howard Webb, who reported the alleged gesture to the fourth official

A spokesman for Swansea said: 'An
incident happened after the fourth goal. Bassong made the referee aware
there was a racist incident towards him by a Swansea fan. Within 10
minutes the footage had been seen and the person had been identified and
arrested.

'We must stress that as a football club we abhor racism in any form and we work hard to make this a family-friendly club.'

Goalscoring defender: Bassong scored for the visitors before half time

Goalscoring defender: Bassong scored for the visitors before half time

Norwich manager Chris Hughton said:
'I've spoken to Seb and I know what the situation is, but Swansea dealt
with it in the correct manner. It's now in the hands of the
authorities.'

A police spokesperson said: 'South
Wales Police can confirm a 23-year-old Swansea man was arrested for a
racially aggravated public order offence.'

This is the latest in a spate of
apparent racist incidents. A man was recently arrested for allegedly
making monkey gestures towards West Bromwich's Romelu Lukaku in a match
at Sunderland and a Chelsea supporter was also arrested and bailed for
allegedly making a similar gesture towards Manchester United striker
Danny Welbeck.

The arrest will now sadly cast a shadow over a magnificent game of football that saw the fortunes of both sides swing back and forth before Norwich eventually triumphed.

Shame: The incident casts a shadow over a fantastic game of football at the Liberty

Shame: The incident casts a shadow over a fantastic game of football at the Liberty

Shame: The incident casts a shadow over a fantastic game of football at the Liberty

The Canaries had stunned their high-flying hosts with goals from Steven Whittaker, Bassong and Grant Holt giving them a 3-0 half-time lead.

Swansea rallied through strikes from Michu and Jonathan De Guzman, but Snodgrass made sure of the win with his excellent free-kick, before Michu netted again in stoppage time.

And Hughton was delighted with the character his side showed to stave off the Swansea fightback.

He said: 'The first half could not have gone better but it was always going to be difficult to sustain that.

'We did ourselves no favours by conceding so early in the second half, which was always going to give them a lift.

'But at 3-2 a lot of people who were not here would have expected it to go to 3-3 and become a Swansea win.

You again: Michu scored another goal to keep up his impressive strike rate

You again: Michu scored another goal to keep up his impressive strike rate

'We had to dig deep and the character we showed at 3-2 with 30 minutes to go was excellent as it was really tough.'

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup, meanwhile, was pleased with his side's reaction to a poor first half, but did not feel they deserved to get anything out of the game.

'We did not play well in the first half today. We were 3-0 down and obviously we came out and had a great reaction in the second half. We scored two and it could have been three but we had an equaliser disallowed.

'But overall we did not deserve it today after the first half. I knew there would be reaction one day after all the positive things people have been saying about us.