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Lance Armstrong pulls out of Masters Swimming Championships in Texas

Armstrong forced into U-turn on competition return after FINA chiefs raise objections to drug cheat's participation at Masters Swimming Championships

By
Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

06:53 GMT, 4 April 2013

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UPDATED:

05:10 GMT, 5 April 2013

Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong has decided against making a return to competitive sport as a swimmer this weekend.

Armstrong, who was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles after being part of a doping scandal, had been entered for the Masters South Central Zone Swimming Championships which takes place at the University of Texas.

The event is hosted by the university's Longhorn Aquatics club, whose director Ann Nellis told Press Association Sport: 'Longhorn Aquatics and the Jamail Texas Swimming Center are hosting the US Masters South Central Zone Championships.

Water performance: Lance Armstrong will not now return to competitive sport this weekend as a swimmer

Water performance: Lance Armstrong will not now return to competitive sport this weekend as a swimmer

Lance Armstrong

Lance Armstrong

Lance Armstrong

'Lance Armstrong, a member of the
West Hills Athletic Club, registered to participate in that event and
was accepted in accordance with US Masters Swimming policy.

'Today we were notified that Mr
Armstrong will not be competing, following a request from the
International Swimming Federation (FINA) to the US Masters Swimming
organisation that his entry not be accepted.'

Although he is banned for life from
all competitions that adhere to either the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA)
or World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) codes, it was thought the
low-profile US Masters Swimming event fell outside those restrictions.

However, world governing body FINA
today released a statement making clear that the event remains under its
jurisdiction and is therefore subject to the ban in place.

FINA said: 'Following reports on the
media referring the participation of Mr Lance Armstrong in the Masters
South Central Zone Swimming Championships in Texas (USA), FINA would
like to clarify that: 1. This national competition is under the
jurisdiction of the US Masters Swimming; 2. FINA Rule DC 15.1 states:
'Subject to the right to appeal provided in DC 13, the testing,
therapeutic use exemptions and hearing results or other final
adjudications of any signatory to the code which are consistent with the
code and are within the signatory's authority, shall be recognised and
respected by FINA and its member federations.(…)'.

'Therefore, FINA wrote a letter to
the US Masters Swimming (with copy to US Aquatic Sports and USA
Swimming) requesting not to accept the entry of Mr Lance Armstrong in
the above mentioned competition.'

Disgraced: Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour titles after coming clean about doping

Disgraced: Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour titles after coming clean about doping

Disgraced: Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour titles after coming clean about doping

Armstrong, who came clean on his
doping past in a television interview with Oprah Winfrey in January, was
due to contest the 1,650-yard freestyle tomorrow night, and was also
pencilled in for freestyle races over 500 and 1,000 yards.

Armstrong was billed to compete in
freestyle races over 500 yards, 1,000 yards and 1,650 yards at the event
held in his home city of Austin.

The
championships are open to all ages but most competitors are veteran
swimmers. Armstrong, aged 41, would have been racing against swimmers mostly
older than he is.

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Ricky Burns fights Jose Gonzalez May 11 Glasgow

Scotsman Burns to defend world title against unbeaten Gonzalez in Glasgow

By
Martin Domin

PUBLISHED:

12:04 GMT, 26 March 2013

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UPDATED:

12:19 GMT, 26 March 2013

Ricky Burns will defend his WBO lightweight world title against Jose Gonzalez at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow on May 11.

The Scot, who recently defected from Frank Warren to rival promoter Eddie Hearn, has been out of action since beating Kevin Mitchell last September.

Burns, 29, had been due to face IBF champion Miguel Vazquez in London before switching promoters.

On home soil: Ricky Burns will defend his world title in Glasgow in May

On home soil: Ricky Burns will defend his world title in Glasgow in May

Burns had little choice but to face Gonzalez after the WBO threatened to strip him of the title if he looked elsewhere.

The governing body set a deadline of midnight last night and Eddie Hearn and Gonzalez’s promoter Peter Rivera agreed terms and contracts were signed.

'I’m really looking forward to May 11,' said Burns. 'He’s a big puncher with a great KO record, but I’ve been in with big punchers before and that doesn’t worry me in the slightest. It’s great to have the date and name sorted now so I can just focus on getting myself in great shape for a big night in Glasgow.'

Gonzalez, 29, has won all 22 of his professional contests, with 17 coming inside the distance.

'I'm very glad for this opportunity and it’s a dream come true fighting for the world tittle as the mandatory challenge,' he said. 'I'm not worried about fighting in Burns’ homeland. I'm preparing greatly for this fight and I'm sure I will bring the world title to my country.'

Hearn added: 'It’s been a tough few days and we’ve had plenty of obstacles to overcome, but I’m delighted to bring Jose Gonzalez to Glasgow for what I feel will be the beginning of a new era for Scottish boxing.

'Gonzalez is ranked No 1 in the world, undefeated and comes with a dangerous reputation. It’s imperative that we deal with our mandatory challenger to pave the way for big unification clashes but I believe Ricky will face his toughest test yet on May 11.

'We need the support of all the Scottish people as we begin a new journey and cannot wait to raise the roof of the stunning new Emirates Arena.'

Michel Platini: A summer World Cup in Qatar is not possible… it has to be staged during the winter

Platini: A summer World Cup in Qatar is
not possible… it HAS to be staged during
the winter

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

19:03 GMT, 20 March 2013

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UPDATED:

19:04 GMT, 20 March 2013

UEFA president Michel Platini has once again stressed his belief that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar must be held during the winter.

Platini echoed comments made by Britain's FIFA vice-president Jim Boyce yesterday that the searing heat in the Asian country will make playing football unbearable.

'In the summer, at 50 degrees, you can not possibly play football in Qatar,' Platini said in an interview with Germany's leading sports magazine Kicker.

Unconvinced: Michel Platini believes the 2022 World Cup cannot be played during the summer

Unconvinced: Michel Platini believes the 2022 World Cup cannot be played during the summer

This is not the first time the former France midfielder has stated his opposition to holding the Qatar tournament in the summer and he is supportive of a winter break for domestic championships.

Platini also responded to FIFA president Sepp Blatter's comments that the decision to stage Euro 2020 across the continent would rip the 'heart and soul' out of the tournament.

European football's governing body announced in December that it had taken the unprecedented step of hosting the event in several cities throughout Europe.

And Platini defended the decision, saying: 'The name European fits better than ever, as the Euros will be held for the first time in Europe.'

'Heart and soul': FIFA chief Sepp Blatter doesn't agree with Platini's plans for the Euros

'Heart and soul': FIFA chief Sepp Blatter doesn't agree with Platini's plans for the Euros

Lance Armstrong given two week deadline extension on co-operation with investigators

Disgraced Armstrong given two week extension on investigation co-operation deadline

By
Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

01:41 GMT, 7 February 2013

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UPDATED:

01:42 GMT, 7 February 2013

The US Anti-Doping Agency have announced Lance Armstrong wants to 'assist in the effort to clean up the sport of cycling' and have given the disgraced cyclist a two-week extension to co-operate with investigators.

Armstrong had been given until yesterday to confess all under oath after admitting to doping during each of his seven Tour de France triumphs in a televised interview with Oprah Winfrey last month.

However, USADA have set a new deadline.

Extension: Lance has two more weeks to co-operate

Extension: Lance has two more weeks to co-operate

Chief executive Travis Tygart said in a statement: 'We have been in communication with Mr. Armstrong and his representatives and we understand that he does want to be part of the solution and assist in the effort to clean up the sport of cycling.

'We have agreed to his request for an additional two weeks to work on details to hopefully allow for this to happen.'

USADA revealed last year that Armstrong had led 'the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme sport has ever seen'.

The UCI, cycling's world governing body, stripped Armstrong of his seven Tour titles – none of which were reassigned – and he was banned from sport for life.

Armstrong told Winfrey he would 'be the first man through the door' to take part in a truth and reconciliation hearing.

First man: Lance said he would not be the last person 'through the door'

First man: Lance said he would not be the last person 'through the door'

And in an email interview with cyclingnews.com, the American was adamant a truth and reconciliation commission is the only way forward for all endurance sports.

'It's not the best way, it's the only way,' he said.

'As much as I'm the eye of the storm this is not about one man, one team, one director.

'This is about cycling and to be frank it's about ALL endurance sports.'

Armstrong stated the UCI should not be involved in a TRC, believing the World Anti-Doping Agency should lead it.

Asked why WADA and not USADA should run the process, Armstrong said: 'No brainer. This is a global sport not an American one. One thing I'd add – the UCI has no place at the table.

'When I was on speaking terms with ol' Pat McQuaid (the UCI president) many, many months ago I said, 'Pat, you better think bold here. A full-blown, global, TRC is our sport's best solution.' He wanted to hear nothing of it.'

UEFA appeal against own punishment for Serbia for racism against England

Embarrassed UEFA appeals against its OWN sanctions on Serbia for racism in England U21 match

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UPDATED:

14:03 GMT, 26 December 2012

UEFA have appealed against the sanctions its control and disciplinary body imposed on Serbia following the incidents in the U21 Euro 2013 play-off match against England in Krusevac on October 16.

Michel Platini, president of the European football governing body, was embarrassed by the leniency shown towards Serbia who were only fined 65,900 for the racist behaviour of their supporters.

In addition to the fine issued on December 13, the Serbian U21 side was ordered to play their next match behind closed doors.

Appeal: Michel Platini was embarrassed by the leniency of UEFA's sanctions

Appeal: Michel Platini was embarrassed by the leniency of UEFA's sanctions

Four players were given suspensions between two and four games and two coaches were also banned.

Danny Rose, who was dismissed after the
final whistle for kicking the ball away in anger, complained he had been
subjected to monkey chants throughout the match and as he left the
pitch.

Astonishingly, England players Steven Caulker and Tom Ince were also hit with suspensions by the Control and Disciplinary Body.

An official statement by UEFA read: 'As per the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations, the UEFA disciplinary inspector has the right to open disciplinary investigations and to lodge appeals against decisions taken by the Control and Disciplinary Body.

'Having reviewed the motivated decisions for the sanctions imposed in this specific case, which have also been provided to all parties, the UEFA disciplinary inspector felt it necessary to immediately confirm his intention to appeal on UEFA's behalf.'

Shocking: England players including Danny Rose (left) were racially abused

Shocking: England players including Danny Rose (left) were racially abused

In what could prove to be a ridiculous twist, the UEFA disciplinary inspector could appeal against UEFA's appeal.

Tuesday January 8 is the date which the inspector must appeal by, and is also the same deadline which the FA must adhere to if they are to appeal against the sanctions against the England players.

Although issuing a larger fine may well be the outcome of the appeal, a more stringent and effective punishment could be the docking of points for future qualification campaigns.

After the initial punishment was issued PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor said: ‘This is a totally inadequate fine which sends a very poor message out to the football world.

‘I intend to write to Michel Platini
expressing our dissatisfaction and will be asking UEFA to exercise its
powers to appeal against the wholly disproportionate punishments imposed
against Serbia.

‘In addition, we will strongly support the FA in their appeal against the decision to suspend Steven Caulker and Thomas Ince.’

Angry: Rose squares up to Serbia player Milos Ninkovic

Angry: Rose squares up to Serbia player Milos Ninkovic

FA general secretary Alex Horne had condemned the sanctions, which he deemed to be too lenient given the nature of the incident.

'We are disappointed with the sanctions levied by UEFA with regards to the racist behaviour displayed towards England's players,' Horne said earlier this month.

'Let's be clear, racism is unacceptable in any form and should play no part in football.

'The scenes were deplorable and we do not believe the sanction sends a strong enough message.'

Serbia have a history of similar incidents. In 2007, when they met England at this level at the finals in Holland, Nedum Onuoha was subjected to racial abuse.

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

UEFA fined them around 16,000 at the time, but then after an appeal, doubled it.

List of punishments issued for events during the game
The Serbia Under 21 nation team ordered to play their next UEFA competition home match behind closed doors.
The Football Association of Serbia was fined 80,000 euros.Serbia fitness coach Andreja Milunovic was suspended from all football-related activities for two years, the second of which is suspended for a probationary period of three years.
Serbia assistant coach Predrag Katic was suspended from all football-related activities for two years, the final six months of which are suspended for a probationary period of three years.
Serbia's Goran Causic suspended for four UEFA national team competition matches.
Serbia's Ognjen Mudrinski suspended for three UEFA national team competition matches.
Serbia's Filip Malbasic was suspended for three UEFA national team competition matches.
Serbia's Nikola Ninkovic was suspended for two UEFA national team competition matches.
The disciplinary proceedings opened against Serbia player Aleksandar Pantic were dismissed.
The FA has received a warning for improper conduct by its team (more than five cautions).
England's Steven Caulker suspended for two UEFA national team competition matches.
England's Thomas Ince suspended for one UEFA national team competition match.

Sachin Tendulkar retires from one-day international cricket

Legendary Tendulkar finally calls time on his one-day international career with India

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UPDATED:

08:53 GMT, 23 December 2012

India batsman Sachin Tendulkar has announced his retirement from one-day international cricket.

The Board of Control for Cricket confirmed the 39-year-old, regarded as the world's greatest living batsman, had decided to bring an end to his 50-over career after 463 one-day international caps.

Tendulkar spoke to BCCI president Narainswamy Srinivasan before announcing the decision.

History: Sachin Tendulkar reacts after scoring his hundredth century

History: Sachin Tendulkar reacts after scoring his hundredth century

The Little Master said on the governing body's official website: 'I have decided to retire from the one-day format of the game.'

Tendulkar added: 'I feel blessed to have fulfilled the dream of being part of a World Cup wining Indian team.

'The preparatory process to defend the World Cup in 2015 should begin early and in right earnest. I would like to wish the team all the very best for the future.

'I am eternally grateful to all my well wishers for their unconditional support and love over the years.'

The batsman, who made his ODI debut back in 1989, has made his decision before next month's five-match one-day series at home to England.

Grateful: Tendulkar thanked all his fans for their support over the years

Grateful: Tendulkar thanked all his fans for their support over the years

Tendulkar struggled during the recent Test series against England, passing 50 in only one innings and averaging just 18.66, and a decision over his future had been mooted.

He retires from ODIs having scored 18,426 runs at an average of 44.83, his highest score an unbeaten 200 against South Africa in 2010. He made 49 one-day centuries and 96 fifties.

His last one-day appearance came in March against Pakistan, the team against whom he made his debut almost exactly 23 years ago.

Tendulkar also took 154 one-day wickets, his best return five for 32 against Australia in 1998.

India spinner Harbhajan Singh was quick to pay tribute to the batting great.

He said on Twitter: 'Sachin tendulkar a great batsman.great human being.a great friend.great man to look up 2.proud indian.Real son of india.I salute u nd love u.

'Masters.423 matches, 23 yrs, 18426 runs !!!! These numbers no body else will be able to come close to.salute salute salute to sachin.'

Hero: Indian students hold a large poster of Tendulkar after he gained his 100th century

Hero: Indian students hold a large poster of Tendulkar after he gained his 100th century

SACHIN TENDULKAR FACTFILE

1973: Born April 24, Mumbai.

1988: Scores 100 not out in his first first-class match for Bombay against Gujarat in the Ranji Trophy becoming the youngest cricketer to score a century on his first-class debut, aged 15 years and 232 days.

1989: Makes Test debut for India against Pakistan in Karachi at the age of 16.
December: Makes ODI debut against Pakistan but is dismissed by Waqar Younis without scoring a run.

1990: Scores maiden Test century against England at Old Trafford.

1992: At the age of 19 he becomes the first overseas-born player to represent Yorkshire.

1994: September 9 – Claims his first ODI century against Sri Lanka in Colombo after 79 one-day matches.

1996: Leading run scorer at World Cup played in India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka with a total of 523 runs.
August: Takes on the India captaincy although suffers two relatively unsuccessful stints during a four-year period, winning only four Tests and 23 ODIs.

1997: Named Wisden Cricketer of the Year.

1998: Scores his first double century for Mumbai against Australia in the Brabourne Stadium.

1999: November – Involved in India's highest run-scoring ODI partnership with Rahul Dravid as the pair put on 339 against New Zealand. In the same match, he records the highest individual ODI score in Indian history with an unbeaten 186.

2000: Gives up the captaincy of India after the two-Test series with South Africa.

2001: Given a suspended ban of one game in light of alleged ball tampering during a match against South Africa at St George's Park, Port Elizabeth. The ban is later lifted by the International Cricket Council after an investigation.

2003: Named the Player of the Tournament at the 2003 Cricket World Cup and scores 673 runs, the highest by any player in the tournament.

2005: Overtakes Sunil Gavaskar's record of the highest number of Test centuries by claiming his 35th against Sri Lanka in Delhi.

2006: Overtakes Kapil Dev claiming the record for the highest amount of Test appearances for India with 135.

2007: January 3 – Edges past Brian Lara's world record of runs scored in Tests away from home with 5,751 runs.
June: Becomes the first player to score over 15,000 ODI runs during a match against South Africa in Belfast.

2008: March – Plays a record-breaking 417th ODI match against Australia.
August – Becomes just the third player in Test match history, and the first from India, to play 150 matches when he is selected in the third Test against Sri Lanka.
June: Nominated as the 'Icon Player' of IPL franchise Mumbai Indians, signing a deal worth US Dollars 1,121,250 per season.
October 17 – Becomes the highest run scorer in Test cricket, passing Lara's previous mark of 11,953, when he reaches 16 in the first innings of the second Test against Australia.

2010: February 24 – Scores the first double century in one-day international history, hitting an unbeaten 200 against South Africa.
April – Named player of IPL3 after finishing as the tournament's top run-scorer.
August 3 – Becomes most capped player in Test history, making his 169th Test appearance in the third Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo to overtake former Australia captain Steve Waugh.
December 19 – Becomes first batsman to hit 50 Test centuries, achieving the feat against South Africa in Centurion.

2011: March – Hits two tournament centuries as co-hosts India win the World Cup.
November: Becomes the first man to score 15,000 Test runs during Test series against West Indies.

2012: March – Scores his 100th international century in an Asia Cup match against Bangladesh, the first player ever to do so.
December 23 – Announces retirement from one-day international cricket.

Sport England give cash boost to cycling, netball and triathlon

Cycling ends stellar year with more gold… and netball and triathlon profit too

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UPDATED:

22:52 GMT, 17 December 2012

Cycling has received a huge increase in funding to top off a superb 2012.

Netball and triathlon were also rewarded for increased participation as Sport England announced a 493million investment in grassroots sport over the next four years.

However, swimming, tennis and basketball have been told to engage more people to be assured of getting their cash.

Wheely good news: Cycling is among the sports to get a cash injection

Wheely good news: Cycling is among the sports to get a cash injection

Sport England funding

Cycling, the event in which Britain had most success at the London Olympics, will receive 32m — more than any other sport.

Netball is the third highest funded sport (after football in second) with 25.3m to support a game played almost exclusively by women. Triathlon, which will get 7.5m, also aims to put on cheaper events so more people can participate.

Sport England chief executive Jennie Price said: ‘For the first time we have created a specific fund to reward success by national governing bodies who prove they can grow their sports. This is about backing winners.

‘Investment in this scale from the public purse is a big responsibility for the sector and we are committed to a tough but fair approach of payment for results. We are determined to get good value for every pound of this funding.’

Non-Olympic sports such as cricket and both codes of rugby suffered big cuts.

Cricket will see a 15m drop in grassroots funding up to 2017, although the Cricket Foundation’s Chance to Shine programme will receive an additional 7.5m over three years. Rugby union’s allocation was cut by 8.8m and rugby league’s by 10.1m.

The Lawn Tennis Association will receive 7.5m next year but their long-term plan to get more people involved in the game was labelled ‘not strong enough’ and there is no assurance they will receive the 10.3m that has been provisionally allocated to them for 2014-17.

Pride of Britain: The success of the Brownlees has given a lift to triathlon

Pride of Britain: The success of the Brownlees has given a lift to triathlon

Britain’s elite swimmers underperformed at the Olympics and the Amateur Swimming Assocation will also have funds withheld until they can show Sport England their participation plans are working.

David Sparkes, chief executive of the ASA, said: ‘While we are disappointed with the one-year investment for participation, we are encouraged by the confidence Sport England has shown in our plans to increase swimming participation levels over the next four years.’

Mohamed Bin Hamann resigns as FIFA issue life ban

Bin Hamann resigns from all positions in football as FIFA issue new life ban to disgraced former Blatter rival

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UPDATED:

17:17 GMT, 17 December 2012

FIFA has imposed another life ban on former presidential challenger Mohamed Bin Hammam, who has resigned from all his positions in football.

The world governing body said the 63-year-old Qatari had been banned for life by FIFA's new adjudicatory chamber of the ethics committee.

The ban is not in connection with allegations of bribery while campaigning against Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency but for 'conflicts of interest' while president of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).

Banned for life: Bin Hammam was the president of the Asian federation

Banned for life: Bin Hammam was the president of the Asian federation

FIFA said in a statement: 'Mr Mohamed Bin Hammam, FIFA executive committee member and AFC president, has resigned from all his positions in football with immediate effect and will never be active in organised football again.

'This results from a resignation letter of Mr Bin Hammam addressed to FIFA and AFC dated December 15, 2012.

'In view of the fact that under the new FIFA code of ethics, the FIFA ethics committee remains competent to render a decision even if a person resigns, the adjudicatory chamber decided to ban Mohamed Bin Hammam from all football-related activity for life.

Rival: Blatter (centre) was present at the Club World Cup final on Sunday

Rival: Blatter (centre) was present at the Club World Cup final on Sunday

'This life ban is based on the final report of Michael J Garcia, chairman of the investigatory chamber of the FIFA ethics committee.

'That report showed repeated violations of Article 19 (conflict of interest) of the FIFA code of ethics, edition 2012, of Mohamed Bin Hammam during his terms as AFC president and as member of the FIFA executive committee in the years 2008 to 2011, which justified a lifelong ban from all football-related activity.'

Nasser Hussain: We have to bring in DRS for all Test matches

Nasser Hussain: 'Enough is enough. We have to bring in DRS for all Test matches.'

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UPDATED:

21:47 GMT, 16 December 2012

The time has now come for the ICC to stand up to the Indian cricket board and say: ‘Enough is enough. We are using the decision review system in all Test matches.’

This series has provided all the proof needed that the game is categorically better off using technology rather than relying totally on the men in the middle.

Controversy: England captain Alastair Cook was given out caught despite the ball traveling well wide of his bat

Controversy: England captain Alastair Cook was given out caught despite the ball traveling well wide of his bat

Surely the world game’s governing body can now go to India and say, ‘we have listened to your reservations and we respect them, but just look at what has happened in a marquee series when technology hasn’t been used. Big mistakes have been made on both sides and your players have misbehaved because of it’.

All the boards bar India now seem to want the system in place. Spectators want it and, judging by his reaction to a decision yesterday, India captain MS Dhoni wants it.

And sitting in the Indian dressing room is the man who invented DRS, their coach Duncan Fletcher. What more do they need

Nobody is saying the technology used is perfect. But the very professional people behind it are working towards making it as near perfect as it can be. And if it had been used in these four Tests, I reckon there might have been one or two errors made with important decisions. Instead, there have been 10 or 12.

I was asked by Sky to come up with the blatant umpiring errors in this series, and I quickly picked out 10 that really should have been spotted by the naked eye by elite umpires. I’m sure there have been other mistakes too.

10 UMPIRING HOWLERS THIS SERIES

Batsman / Bowler – What happened…

Test: Ahmedabad (1st Test)

Samit Patel / Ravi Ashwin – Should have been given out lbw on four

Mumbai (2nd)

Zaheer Khan / Graeme Swann – Given out caught at short leg — nowhere near it

Mumbai (2nd)

Pragyan Ojha / Monty Panesar – Obvious glove to leg slip — missed by Aleem Dar

Mumbai (2nd)

Gautam Gambhir / Graeme Swann – Out lbw after edging the ball into his pads

Kolkata (3rd)

Alastair Cook / Ravi Ashwin – Caught at short leg, not noticed by umpire

Kolkata (3rd)

Monty Panesar / Ravi Ashwin – lbw after nicking it

Nagpur (4th)

Alastair Cook / Ishant Sharma – lbw, despite being hit outside line of off

Nagpur (4th)

Cheteshwar Pujara / Graeme Swann – Given out at short leg off the forearm

Nagpur (4th)

Alastair Cook / Ravi Ashwin – Caught behind, but didn’t hit it

Nagpur (4th)

Jonathan Trott / Ravindra Jadeja – Hit in line with the stumps, survived the lbw shout

I am just not sure it is right when people say the elite panel get 90 per cent of their decisions right. It certainly hasn’t been that way in this series.

The four umpires used in these games seem to have become uncertain once they have had their safety net taken away from them. They have seen from technology that more decisions are out than was perceived in the past and, without it, they are not sure what to give and what to turn down.

The genie is out of the bottle. The modern generation can’t understand why technology isn’t being used. It’s time for India to see the error of their ways and accept the views of the vast majority. We have seen with our own eyes that it is the only way forward now.

Commanding: Despite his unfair dismissal, Alastair Cook's (pictured) England team remain on course for an historic series win

Commanding: Despite his unfair dismissal, Alastair Cook's (pictured) England team remain on course for an historic series win

We
are unable to carry live pictures from the fourth Test in Nagpur due to a
dispute between the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and
international news organisations.

The
BCCI has refused access to Test venues to established picture agencies
Getty Images and Action Images and other Indian photographic agencies.

MailOnline consider this action to be a strike against press freedom and supports the action to boycott BCCI imagery.

Lord Herman Ouseley steps down from Football Association

Kick It Out chairman Ouseley quits post at FA claiming football is going backwards over racism

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UPDATED:

16:12 GMT, 14 December 2012

Lord Herman Ouseley stepped down from his position on the FA’s council this morning because he believes football is going backwards in tackling racism.

But he will continue as chairman of the game’s equality and inclusion campaign Kick It Out.

The 67-year-old said that black players have lost faith in the FA’s ability to deal with racism and that his position on the council had become ‘untenable’.

Backwards: Lord Herman Ouseley believes football is moving in the wrong direction when it comes to race cases

Backwards: Lord Herman Ouseley believes football is moving in the wrong direction when it comes to race cases

Stepping down: Lord Herman Ouseley

Stepping down: Lord Herman Ouseley

Lord Ouseley criticised the national game’s governing body for ‘allowing its own processes to be undermined in the way it handled the Terry and Suarez cases’ and that there has been ‘almost a complacency that’s been creeping in that we’ve achieved quite a bit and can move on. The sporting ethic seems to be lost in parts of game.’

And when asked on Radio 4 if football is going backwards in terms of racism he replied: ‘Yes, it clearly is.’ Ouseley wants football matches to be stopped if racist chanting is heard in the crowd and for people who run football clubs to show moral leadership adding ‘everyone just protects their own interests’.

The move is confirmation of comments he made earlier in the week. On Tuesday he hinted that he would be quitting in ‘a matter of days’.

And he added: ‘I believe there has been a collective failure on the part of people running the game. They have to come forward very soon with a plan to show that what happened in the last year will not happen again.

‘We need to see some dynamic leadership from David Bernstein [Football Association], Richard Scudamore [Premier League] and Gordon Taylor [Professional Footballers’ Association].

'These are good, committed people but they need to recognise that we’re now in a new climate. Vile chanting and abusive behaviour is out there and we are in very dangerous times with the increase of right-wing activity and intolerance.'

Untenable: John Terry was banned for four matches after racially abusing Anton Ferdinand

Untenable: John Terry was banned for four matches after racially abusing Anton Ferdinand