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Newcastle"s Yohan Cabaye talks about his battle with depression

Cabaye reveals battle with depression and how words from Wilkinson and Nadal helped him bounce back

. It was then depression caught up with him.

Cabaye told L’Equipe: ‘Depression I am not afraid to say that. It was that.

Back to his best: Yohan Cabaye has struggled to recapture his brilliant first year, until now

Back to his best: Yohan Cabaye has struggled to recapture his brilliant first year, until now

‘I was reassured reading the books of Jonny Wilkinson and Rafael Nadal, who both talked about the same thing. They talked about post competition depression and the need to have a break.

‘Euro 2012 was the first big international competition I had played. It is completely different than what you could experience in daily life with your club.

‘My season was long in a league where the pace is higher than in Le Championnat. I started with Newcastle early in July 2011 and finished late in June 2012 and, for the very first time, I didn’t have any winter break so then to resume in July 2012, it was very difficult.

Fatigue: Cabaye suffered the effects of the domestic season when he joined up with France for Euro 2012

Fatigue: Cabaye suffered the effects of the domestic season when he joined up with France for Euro 2012

'Maybe it is difficult to start again after a big competition such as the Euros, but my body didn’t allow me to do what I wanted to do.

‘On a morning when I woke up, I could still feel tiredness. I wanted to think about something else rather than football.’

Cabaye believes that rather than a curse, his groin injury at the end of last year helped reignite his time at Newcastle.

‘I am lucky to earn a living with my passion, but it was the right moment for a break. So my groin injury at the end of the year was finally not such a bad thing. Maybe that is why I was back earlier than expected.

Help: Books by Jonny Wilkinson and Rafael Nadal helped Cabaye combat his depression

Help: Books by Jonny Wilkinson and Rafael Nadal helped Cabaye combat his depression

Help: Books by Jonny Wilkinson and Rafael Nadal helped Cabaye combat his depression

‘I asked myself a lot of questions. As long as you didn’t experience it (depression) you cannot understand. But I was not worried.

‘My injury allowed me to have some rest, meet my family and friends in Lille. When I was back in Newcastle in December I knew I felt better.’

Loic Remy injured for two months

Blow for QPR's survival hopes as 8m Remy faces TWO MONTHS on the sidelines with groin injury

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Andy James

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15:22 GMT, 4 February 2013

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15:27 GMT, 4 February 2013

QPR fear that 8million striker Loic Remy could be out for two months with the injury he suffered in training last week which forced him to miss Saturday's 0-0 draw with Norwich.

The France international scored on his QPR debut in the 1-1 draw at West Ham after signing from Marseille during the transfer window.

Headache: Remy's injury leaves Redknapp short of options up front

Headache: Remy's injury leaves Redknapp short of options up front

Headache: Remy's injury leaves Redknapp short of options up front

Rangers boss Harry Redknapp was hoping that Remy could spearhead the club's survival bid as they look to bridge the six-point gap to safety in their remaining 13 games.

But now he faces the prospect of being without Remy for the next six games – including relegation clashes at Aston Villa and Southampton in March and possibly the visit of Wigan in April.

Redknapp initially said the injury was a tear after the Norwich game, but assistant manager Joe Jordan told the BBC it was a 'slight strain'.

Off to a flyer: Remy scored on his debut

Off to a flyer: Remy scored on his debut

'I have no idea how long he will be out. We will have to see how he is on Sunday and Monday,' Redknapp said.

'It was in the last minute of training, and he just struck a ball and felt it go.'

After failing to land Peter Crouch and Peter Odemwingie on deadline day Remy's injury leaves Bobby Zamora and Jamie Mackie as Redknapp's only fit first-team strikers.

FA Cup fourth round: The ultimate guide to all of this weekend"s fixtures

FA Cup fourth round: The ultimate guide to all of this weekend's fixtures

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10:32 GMT, 25 January 2013

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12:05 GMT, 25 January 2013

With a huge 758 clubs entering the FA Cup this season, there are just 32 left as we head into the fourth round of the competition.

Here Sportsmail has teamed up with statistic giants Opta to bring you all the latest facts and team news ahead of ALL this weekend's fixtures.

Destination Wembley: Sixteen teams will make it through to round five

Destination Wembley: Sixteen teams will make it through to round five

Millwall v Aston Villa

Aston Villa midfielder Ashley Westwood and striker Jordan Bowery will return to the squad for Friday evening's FA Cup fourth round clash at Millwall.

Westwood and Bowery were cup-tied for the midweek Capital One Cup semi-final setback against Bradford at Villa Park after playing in the competition for Crewe and Chesterfield respectively.

But defender Nathan Baker is again ruled out with a hamstring injury and it is too soon for centre-back Richard Dunne to be considered after recovering from his groin injury.

Millwall are short of options in attack with on-loan Derby forward Nathan Tyson injured, while Darius Henderson joined Nottingham Forest on Thursday.

Martyn Woolford is cup-tied, Shane Lowry is suspended and Scott Malone is still sidelined with a back injury but Liam Feeney is fit again.

Available: Ashley Westwood (right) was cup tied midweek for the aggregate defeat to Bradford in the Capital One Cup semi-final

Available: Ashley Westwood (right) was cup tied midweek for the aggregate defeat to Bradford in the Capital One Cup semi-final

Millwall and Aston Villa have met five
times previously in the FA Cup, with Millwall progressing twice (both
after replays) and Villa going through on three occasions.

They were last drawn together in the fourth round in 1986, with Millwall progressing after a replay following a 1-1 draw at Villa Park.

The Lions have only lost two of their last 17 FA Cup games on home soil (W10 D5).

Villa were eliminated in the fourth round last year, when they faced Arsenal at the Emirates losing 3-2.

Millwall have only won two of their last seven games (L3 D2), with both victories coming at the New Den.

Aston Villa have now progressed through each of their last 10 FA Cup ties against lower ranked sides. Darren Bent has scored in four of his last five matches in the FA Cup.

Aston Villa provisional squad: Guzan, Given,
Marshall, Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Lichaj, Stevens, Bennett, Ireland,
Westwood, N'Zogbia, Bannan, Delph, Holman, Benteke, Agbonlahor, Bent,
Bowery, Weimann, Burke, Johnson, Williams, Carruthers.

Stoke v Man City

Stoke defender Andy Wilkinson's back problem is likely to keep him out of Saturday's FA Cup fourth round tie at home to Manchester City.

The full-back sustained the problem in their third round replay last week and while Ryan Shotton played 45 minutes in a midweek friendly after a hamstring injury he may not be risked.

Thomas Sorensen is set to replace Asmir Begovic in goal, as has been the policy for cup matches this season.

Stoke and Man City have been drawn together seven time before in the FA Cup, with the Citizens progressing (or winning the final) four times and the Potters progressing on three occasions.

The most memorable of these meetings was the 2011 final, where Man City secured the trophy with a 1-0 win, courtesy of a Yaya Toure goal.
When drawn at the Britannia, the Potters are unbeaten in nine FA Cup games, winning seven and drawing two.

The last time City travelled to the Britannia in the FA Cup, they were eliminated, losing 3-1 in a replay back in February 2010.

The Citizens are enjoying a five game winning streak, netting 14 goals and shipping just three in the process.

City have won just two of their last eight on the road in the FA Cup, drawing three and losing three.

Man City are unbeaten in seven against the Potters in all competitions (three home wins, one neutral win and three away 1-1 draws).

Stoke provisional squad: Sorensen, Cameron,
Shawcross, Huth, Upson, Whelan, Nzonzi, Walters, Kightly, Etherington,
Jones, Sorensen, Whitehead, Crouch, Jerome, Adam, Palacios, Owen,
Shotton, Begovic.

Bolton v Everton
Bolton have not lost to Everton in the FA Cup since 1908, winning all three ties since then including in the semi-final back in 1953.

Overall, these North West rivals have been drawn together six times before, with Bolton progressing four times and Everton twice, both following a replay.

The Toffees are unbeaten in their last six away games in the FA Cup (W4 D2).

Everton have only kept three clean sheets in their last 14 FA Cup games, and only one on the road since 2009.

The Trotters are unbeaten in four games now (1W 3D), their second-longest run without defeat this season (six games in November).

Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard netted on the last occasion these sides met, though Bolton still won 2-1 at Goodison Park.

There have been three red cards in the last five clashes between the Trotters and the Toffees in all competitions.

Brighton v Arsenal

Arsenal will be without captain Thomas Vermaelen (ankle) for Saturday's FA Cup fourth-round tie at Brighton.

Midfielders Abou Diaby (thigh) and Tomas Rosicky (calf) are set to be available again, but Mikel Arteta (calf), Francis Coquelin (hamstring) remain out.

Forward Gervinho is away at the African Nations Cup and goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski (foot) is not yet in contention.

This will be only the fourth time the clubs have met in the FA Cup and the third time in the fourth round. Arsenal have won all three previous ties without needing a replay.

Setback: Tomas Rosicky (left) has played only four times for Arsenal this term

Setback: Tomas Rosicky (left) has played only four times for Arsenal this term

Their last meeting came in the fourth round in 1988, with The Gunners claiming a 2-1 victory.

Brighton have won their last two home FA Cup ties against Premier League opposition.

Arsenal are unbeaten in 33 games against lower ranked sides in the FA Cup, not losing since a 0-1 defeat at Sheffield United in 1996.

The Gunners have won none of their last three games on the road, losing one (v Chelsea) and drawing two (v Swansea in the FA Cup and v Southampton).

Brighton and Hove Albion defeated Newcastle United in the third round of the 1983 competition as they did earlier this campaign; they went on to reach the final 30 years ago.

The Gunners have not kept a clean sheet in any of their last seven away FA Cup games, shipping 12 in total in this away run.

Arsenal provisional squad:
Szczesny, Gibbs, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Sagna, Podolski, Cazorla,
Walcott, Ramsey, Wilshere, Giroud, Mannone, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Santos,
Arshavin, Jenkinson, Diaby, Rosicky.

Derby v Blackburn
The two sides have been played each on 10 previous occasions in the FA Cup, with both sides progressing five times apiece.

The last meeting between these Championship rivals came back in 2001 at this stage, when Blackburn won 5-2 away in a replay after a 0-0 draw at Ewood Park.

Blackburn have lost their last four away games in the FA Cup.

The Rams have won five and lost none of their last six home FA Cup matches against teams from the same division.

Overall, the Rams have suffered just one defeat in their last five games, winning two and drawing two.

Blackburn have won two and lost just one of their last four trips to the home of the Rams, drawing the other 1-1 earlier this season.

Huddersfield v Leicester
Huddersfield and Leicester have never met in the FA Cup.
The Terriers have won four out of their last five home games in the cup (1L).

The Foxes have struggled of late on the road in the FA Cup, winning only once in nine games (D1 L7).

Jermaine Beckford has scored seven goals in his last five FA Cup appearances and 16 in 19 overall.

Simon Grayson’s Huddersfield side have won just one of their last 13 games (1-0 v Charlton in FA Cup), losing six and drawing six.

Leicester have won each of their last five games, netting 14 goals and conceding just one goal in the process, with that goal against coming in their 6-1 thrashing of Huddersfield on January 1st.

Hull v Barnsley
The two sides met in the third round in 1958, with the tie going to a replay after finishing 1-1. The Tigers eventually progressed to the fourth round after securing a 2-0 victory.

The Tigers have reached the fourth round 23 times, progressing 12 times, including in three of their last four at this stage.

The Tykes have won just one of their last eight fourth round games on the road outright; though they have drawn five of these and gone on to win the replay on each occasion.

Barnsley are enjoying a three game unbeaten streak (W2 D1), their longest run without defeat this season.
On home soil, Hull have enjoyed just one win in their last four games, drawing two and losing one.

The last four clashes between these Championship rivals have all ended in home wins, while only one of the last eight has been won by the away side.

Macclesfield v Wigan

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez looks set to make several changes for Saturday's FA Cup fourth-round tie against Macclesfield.

Roger Espinoza and Angelo Henriquez are likely to start after making their Wigan debuts in the third-round win over Bournemouth, while Callum McManaman and Fraser Fyvie could also make rare appearances for the Latics.

Arouna Kone is unavailable as he is on African Nations Cup duty with Ivory Coast while Antolin Alcaraz (groin), Ivan Ramis (knee), Adrian Lopez (hamstring), midfielders Ben Watson (broken leg) and Albert Crusat (knee) and striker Ryo Miyaichi (ankle) are still unavailable.

Cup shock: Macclesfield players celebrate after eliminating Cardiff in round three

Cup shock: Macclesfield players celebrate after eliminating Cardiff in round three

This is the first time in Macclesfield’s history that they’ve reached the fourth round.

The Latics and the Silkmen have never met in the FA Cup before.
Wigan haven’t advanced through the fourth round since 1987, where they claimed a 1-0 victory against Norwich City.

The Silkmen have never defeated top flight opposition in the FA Cup.

Despite enduring another difficult season, Wigan are unbeaten in their last three games on the road, winning two and drawing one.

Matthew Barnes-Homer has scored six goals in his last five appearances in all competitions for the Silkmen.

Wigan have won both previous competitive meetings with Macclesfield, beating them 1-0 away and 2-0 at home in the 1998/99 division two.

Wigan provisional squad: Al
Habsi, Pollitt, Boyce, Caldwell, Ramis, Figueroa, Beausejour, Jones,
Maloney, Espinoza, McCarthy, McArthur, Stam, McManaman, Di Santo,
Henriquez, Boselli, Fyvie, Redmond, Mustoe, Orsula, Morris.

Middlesbrough v Aldershot
Boro and Aldershot will meet for the first time in the competition in this clash.

The Shots have scored eight goals in three FA Cup games so far this season, though they are yet to face a team from a higher division.

Aldershot have not won away from home against a side from a higher division since 1983, when they won 3-1 at Portsmouth.

‘Boro have won 11 of their last 15 home FA Cup ties against sides from lower divisions than them (D3 L1).

At the Riverside, ‘Boro have lost just one of their last six games, winning the other five.

Aldershot’s Danny Hylton has only scored one league goal in 19 games all season, but has netted seven times in three FA Cup appearances for the Shots.

Aldershot Town have made the fourth round of the FA Cup for the first time since 1987, when they lost to Barnsley.

Norwich v Luton

Norwich manager Chris Hughton will again rotate his squad for Saturday's FA Cup fourth-round tie with Blue Square Premier side Luton at Carrow Road.

Declan Rudd will come into goal, while the likes of fit-again midfielder Andrew Surman, playmaker David Fox and winger Elliott Bennett are likely to get a chance to impress.

Full-back Steven Whittaker (hip) has resumed full training this week, so could come back into contention, but centre-half Sebastien Bassong (calf) may be rested again while striker Steve Morison (thigh) and England goalkeeper John Ruddy (thigh) remain sidelined.

This will be the fourth meeting between the Canaries and the Hatters in the FA Cup; the Hatters the first two, including the1959 semi, before Norwich won the most recent clash.

Cupset: Non-league Luton knocked out Wolves in the third round

Cupset: Non-league Luton knocked out Wolves in the third round

The last clash between these sides in the cup also came in the fourth round and Norwich won 2-0 (1976).

It’s the first time since 2007 that Luton have made it to the fourth round. That year, they were eliminated by Blackburn Rovers.

Luton haven’t beaten a Premier League side since 1993/94, when they defeated West Ham 3-2 in sixth round replay.

Chris Hughton’s Canaries have managed just one win in their last seven games (3-0 v Peterborough in the FA Cup), losing five and drawing one.
The Canaries have won their last three against Luton in all competitions, winning both meetings in 2006/07 3-2.

Norwich provisional squad:
Rudd, Barnett, Martin, R Bennett, Tierney, Fox, Surman, Snodgrass,
Johnson, E Bennett, Jackson, Steer, Garrido, Tettey, Pilkington, Kane,
Holt, Whittaker, Hoolahan.

QPR v MK Dons
The R’s and the Dons met for the first time in any competition in the FA Cup last season, where they drew the original fixture 1-1 before QPR won 1-0 at Loftus Road, courtesy of a Danny Gabbidon strike.

The R’s have not won an FA Cup tie without the use of a replay since January 1997, when they beat Barnsley 3-2 at this stage in 1997.

MK Dons have scored 10 goals in their last four FA Cup games and they have never helped them reach the fourth round for the first time.

The Hoops have been improving under Harry Redknapp and remain unbeaten in 2013, winning two, drawing three, scoring four and shipping just two in the process.

The Dons have won two and drawn two of their last four games, shipping a total of just two goals in those four fixtures.

Milton Keynes eliminated a higher ranked side for the first time in their history in the third round of this season, beating Sheffield Wednesday 2-0 in a replay.

Reading v Sheffield United

Reading are without striker Jason Roberts (hip) for Saturday's FA Cup fourth round clash against Sheffield United.

Midfielder Jem Karacan suffered an unspecified knock in training but should be fit, while goalkeeper Alex McCarthy (shoulder) and midfielder Hope Akpan (cup-tied) are unavailable.

Striker Adam Le Fondre could start after scoring two vital goals as a substitute in the Royals' 2-1 Barclays Premier League win over Newcastle last weekend.

Royal no show: Jason Roberts (left) has been ruled out for Reading

Royal no show: Jason Roberts (left) has been ruled out for Reading

Reading’s only previous encounter against the Blades was back in 1998 and ended in a 1-0 home victory for the Sheffield side.

Reading have kept only two clean sheets in 15 home cup ties.
The Blades have only won once in their last 18 away FA Cup games to higher level opposition, drawing three and losing 14.

The Royals have won their last three games in a row, the first time they’ve managed consecutive wins this season, with Adam Le Fondre netting five goals in total in those games.

Reading have won five of their last six FA Cup games against sides from lower leagues, though they did lose their last one at home (0-1 v Stevenage last season).

The Blades are unbeaten in five against Reading in all competitions, winning four.

United have also won their last three at the Madejski Stadium, not tasting defeat there since the 2006/07 Premier League.

Reading provisional squad:
Federici, Ugwu, Taylor, Gunter, Kelly, Cummings, Pearce, Morrison,
Mariappa, Shorey, Harte, McAnuff, Carrico, Tabb, Karacan, Kebe,
McCleary, Robson-Kanu, Leigertwood, Le Fondre, Hunt, Pogrebnyak.

Manchester United v Fulham

Ashley Young and Jonny Evans will remain on the sidelines for Manchester United's FA Cup fourth round tie with Fulham at Old Trafford.

England winger Young suffered a knee injury against Liverpool a fortnight ago, whilst Evans (hamstring) has not featured since the FA Cup draw at West Ham three weeks ago.

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson must decide whether to stick with David De Gea in goal or recall Anders Lindegaard, who took over for the replay win against the Hammers.

Old Trafford return: Dimitar Berbatov left Manchester United to join Fulham last summer

Old Trafford return: Dimitar Berbatov left Manchester United to join Fulham last summer

Fulham midfielder Kieran Richardson will miss the chance to take on former club Manchester United.

The 28-year-old suffered a calf injury in last weekend's defeat at Manchester City and will not be fit in time for the game at Old Trafford, although he is likely to return to training next week.

Mahamadou Diarra (knee) is not likely to play again for a month whilst Kerim Frei (pelvis) is also absent.

The two clubs have met nine times before in the FA Cup, with United progressing through the last seven after elimination in the first two (1905 and 1908).

The last time they played each other in the fourth round was in 1979, when the Red Devils won 1-0 in a home replay after drawing 1-1 in London.

United have only lost twice in their last 18 FA Cup games at home, winning 14.

Fulham have won 10 out of their last 11 FA Cup fourth round ties, though they were eliminated at this stage last season (to Everton).

Robin Van Persie has scored in each of his last six games for United (seven goals in total) and has bagged 11 in his last 11 appearances.

Martin Jol’s Whites have registered just two wins in their last nine games, losing four and drawing three.

The Red Devils have won their last 10 at home to Fulham in all competitions, not even sharing the spoils with the Whites since a 1-3 defeat in October 2003.

Manchester United provisional squad:
Lindegaard, De Gea, Amos, Smalling, Vidic, Ferdinand, Buttner, Evra,
Cleverley, Giggs, Anderson, Scholes, Carrick, Kagawa, Nani, Hernandez,
Rooney, Welbeck, Van Persie.

Fulham provisional squad:
Schwarzer, Somogyi, Etheridge, Riether, Hangeland, Hughes, Senderos,
Riise, Briggs, Dejagah, Baird, Sidwell, Karagounis, Kacaniklic, Duff,
Kasami, Ruiz, Rodallega, Berbatov, Petric, Davies.

Brentford v Chelsea
The only time the West London clubs have met in the FA Cup was in 1950, where Chelsea won 1-0 at Griffin Park.

The Blues have won 15 of their last 16 FA Cup fourth round ties, losing the other on penalties to Everton.

Chelsea have only lost one of their last 35 FA Cup games outright; 0-1 v Barnsley in March 2008 (W29 D5 L1).

The Blues have shipped just nine goals in their last 13 away FA Cup games combined, and never more than once in single match in this run.

The Bees have won just one of their last 13 FA Cup games against

Premier League sides; beating Sunderland at this stage in 2006 (W1 D3 L9).

Juan Mata has now scored four goals and assisted five in just eight FA Cup appearances for Chelsea.

Frank Lampard has been involved in 10 goals in his last nine FA Cup appearances; scoring six and assisted four.

Leeds v Tottenham
The two clubs have faced each other five times in the FA Cup before, with Leeds winning just one tie (sixth round in 1972).

The most recent meeting came back in 2010, in the fourth round, when the original tie ended 2-2. The replay saw Spurs win 3-1 at Elland Road, courtesy of a Jermain Defoe hat-trick.

Spurs have kept three clean sheets in their last four away FA Cup games, but have failed to score in three of the four themselves.

Leeds have been eliminated by North London clubs in each of the last three FA Cups, losing to Tottenham in 2010 and Arsenal in 2011 and 2012.

At Elland Road, Leeds have lost just one of their last eight games (W6 D1), although that defeat came against another Premier League side, Chelsea, 5-1 in the Capital One Cup.

AVB’s Tottenham side are now unbeaten in eight games, winning five and drawing three.

After no goals in his first 13 games in the competition, Gareth Bale has scored in three successive FA Cup games.

Oldham v Liverpool
The two clubs met last year in the third round, in a one-sided match dominated by Liverpool who won 5-1.

Oldham have lost all four matches against Liverpool in the FA Cup.
The Reds have won five and lost just two of their last nine away games in the FA Cup (D2).

Oldham have won two of their last four FA Cup games against Premier League sides, including a win against Merseysiders Everton in 2008.

The Latics have lost each of their last four games at Boundary Park, conceding exactly two goals in each of those defeats.

Brendan Rodgers’ Reds are enjoying a good run of form, winning four of their last five (losing the other one), with Luis Suarez netting six goals in total in those games.

The Reds have won their last three against Oldham in all competitions, but did lose 2-3 at Boundary Park in the Premier League back in May 1993.

Pepe backheels Celta Vigo player in crotch

Madrid defender Pepe up to his old tricks with sneaky groin-level backheel

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11:28 GMT, 13 December 2012

Turning the backheel – a beautiful piece of skill – into a way of kicking an opponent in the crotch is devious.

And if you were asked to guess which Real Madrid player managed to do this, the name Pepe would probably be your first answer.

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In the wars: Pepe was involved in yet another controversial incident

In the wars: Pepe was involved in yet another controversial incident

Sensitive spot: Pepe's boot ends up somewhere Soto Roberto Lago would rather it didn't

Sensitive spot: Pepe's boot ends up somewhere Soto Roberto Lago would rather it didn't

It would also be a correct one, as last night in Madrid's Copa del Rey first leg against Celta Vigo Soto Roberto Lago felt the full force of the Portuguese centre-back's boot.

Pepe was frustrated as his side were losing 1-0 and looking fairly toothless – they ended up losing 2-1.

It's difficult to know whether he meant this deliberately or not – if, say, David Silva or Juan Mata were responsible it would go down as an unfortunate accident.

The referee was unsure himself and didn't produce a yellow card.

But Pepe has a history of being involved in similar incidents.

Remember that one time he repeatedly kicked Getafe captain Francisco Casquero after he took a tumble

Or the occasion he 'stepped' on Barcelona rival Lionel Messi's hand

Earlier thui year Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney labelled Pepe an 'idiot' after seeing the Messi incident.

Jack Wilshere also chipped in by tweeting 'Poor from Pepe!'.

After you pass judgement on whether he meant to kick Soto or not, watch this video (below) which 'celebrates' some of his more controversial moments.

Michael Owen admits playing too much, too young

I played too much, too soon: Owen believes he's paying the price for early career

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13:37 GMT, 7 December 2012

Michael Owen believes playing too many games early on in his career cost him the chance to win more honours and prolong his playing time ih the top flight.

The Stoke striker, who was a prolific scorer for club and country from a young age, first played for the senior England team in 1998, becoming England’s youngest player and youngest goalscorer at the time.

He scored a hat-trick against FA Youth Cup holders Manchester United in the 1996 quarter-finals at the age of 16 in a team of 18-year-olds.

The glory days: Owen scored 163 goals for his first club Liverpool

The glory days: Owen scored 163 goals for his first club Liverpool and was one of the most devastating finishers in the world

Owen has scored 40 goals for England including the wonder goal against Argentina in the 1998 World Cup

Owen has scored 40 goals for England including the wonder goal against Argentina in the 1998 World Cup at just 18 years of age

Liverpool's Michael Owen sits on the players bench

Real Madrid's player Michael Owen, from England, celebrates after scoring against FC Barcelona

Owen left his boyhood club for Real Madrid in 2004 but he only started 22 games, scoring 14 goals, for the Spanish giants before moving to Newcastle at the end of the season

OWEN'S INJURIES

April 99: Hamstring and tendon injured playing for Liverpool at Leeds and is ruled out for three months.

September 01: Injures hamstring against Spurs. Out for six weeks.

December 05: Playing for Newcastle, breaks metatarsal in defeat at Spurs. Ruled out for several months.

March 06: Requires surgery to tighten the screw inserted into his foot during the initial operation.

April 06: Returns as sub against Birmingham but suffers pain and withdraws from the final game of the season.

June 06: Injures knee causing ACL ligament tear in first minute of England’s World Cup group game with Sweden in Cologne. Ruled out for at least nine months.

July 07: Picks up a thigh injury in pre-season training which rules him out of the first game of the season.

September 07: Substituted early in the second half against Derby with a groin problem.

September 07: Sam Allardyce reveals Owen has a 3cm tear in his abductor muscle which will sideline him for three weeks. He adds Owen may also require a hernia operation.

November 07: Suffers a thigh strain during first half of 1-0 England win over Austria.

January 09: Ruled out for six weeks with a cracked ankle bone sustained in the 2-1 defeat by Manchester City.

December 12: Aggravated a hamstring injury whilst in the gym.

But he has questioned whether that early workload was a reason for his endless run of hamstring and groin injuries.

Owen wrote on his blog: ‘In my case, I certainly feel like I played too much too soon.

'I cringe when I look back on a quote I came out with after Gerard Houllier rested me for a game. “I will rest when I’m 40” I muttered in an interview.

‘How wrong could I be You can’t force nature and nature has certainly forced me to “rest” far more than I would have wanted in the second half of my career.

‘The problem is that as a young player you want to play every week and therefore it has to be the responsibility of the manager to take the decision to rest young players thereby giving them the best chance of a long and injury-free career.

‘Strangely, I enjoy looking back on my career thinking what might have been.

‘There is no doubt I would have won more honours had I signed for Manchester United as a youngster.

'I am pretty confident I would have been at the height of my powers over a longer period of time too.

'But would I change anything if I could rewind the clock Not a chance!

‘The best years of my life were at Liverpool. Spells at Real Madrid, Newcastle, Manchester United and Stoke have given me a career to be proud of. Now it’s time to finish it off in style!’

Read Michael Owen’s blog in full here

Owen moved to Stoke in September after just 18 starts in three years for Manchester United

Owen moved to Stoke in September this year after just 18 starts in three years for Manchester United

Tottenham fan Ashley Mills leaves hospital two weeks after anti-semitic attack in Rome

Pictured: The horrific injuries suffered by Tottenham fan Ashley Mills in brutal anti-semitic attack in Rome

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17:55 GMT, 3 December 2012

This is the first shocking image of the head injuries suffered by Tottenham Hotspur fan Ashley Mills in a bloody, apparently anti-semitic attack by hooligans in Rome last month.

Mr Mills, 25, was released from the San Camillo hospital today after receiving treatment for a head injury and a potentially fatal knife wound to his groin.

He was caught up in a brutal raid by hardcore Lazio and Roma fans on The Drunken Ship pub in the heart of the Italian capital on the eve of Tottenham's Europa League match on November 22.

Ghastly: The head injury suffered by Tottenham supporter Ashley Mills, 25, in an attack by Lazio hooligans before the side's Europa League match in Rome a fortnight ago

Ghastly: The head injury suffered by Tottenham supporter Ashley Mills, 25, in an attack by Lazio hooligans before the side's Europa League match in Rome a fortnight ago

Discharged: Mr Mills left the San Camillo hospital in a wheelchair today. He is pictured here with Dr Piergiorgio Cao (left) and Hospital General Director Aldo Morrone (right)

Discharged: Mr Mills left the San Camillo hospital in a wheelchair today. He is pictured here with Dr Piergiorgio Cao (left) and Hospital General Director Aldo Morrone (right)

As he left the hospital in a
wheelchair today, Mr Mills would not comment on the attack in the Campo
de'Fiori square, saying: 'I don't really want to talk about it… My leg
is getting a lot better now and that's the main thing.'

Dr Piergiorgio Cao said his femoral
artery had been gashed and he risked losing his life had he not been
operated on immediately.

Mr Mills, a builder from Essex, was flying back to London this afternoon.

Trashed: The Drunken Ship pub in the centre of Rome, where 50 masked raiders attacked a group of Tottenham fans armed with belts, clubs and knives

Trashed: The Drunken Ship pub in the centre of Rome, where 50 masked raiders attacked a group of Tottenham fans armed with belts, clubs and knives

Ambush: Ashley Mills was stabbed in the groin

Two Roma supporters involved in the attack have been banned from all football grounds for five years.

Francesco Ianiari, 26, and Mauro
Pinnelli, 25, were arrested within ours of the raid on The Drunken Ship,
which left three Spurs fans seriously injured.

Both Ianiari and Pinnelli were charged with aggravated assault after an initial charge of attempted murder was dropped.

Around 50 masked men armed with
knives, clubs, belts and sticks raided the bar, a popular meeting point
for visiting fans, and were said to have chanted anti-semitic slogans
against the Spurs fans during the ten minute raid.

It is believed Lazio and Roma fans put aside their traditional differences to attack the Britons.

Lazio president Claudio Lotito denied his side's fans were racist and said the attack was purely 'football related.'

Hospital visit: Lazio president Claudio Lotito (centre) leaves the San Camillo Hospital after visiting Mills

Hospital visit: Lazio president Claudio Lotito (centre) leaves the San Camillo Hospital after visiting Mills

He visited Mr Mills in hospital and presented him with a Lazio shirt with his name on.

The match, at the Stadio Olimpico, finished goalless.

Alan Pardew says he has Newcastle board backing

Pardew believes he has Toon board backing despite being close to unwanted record

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22:30 GMT, 2 December 2012

Alan Pardew has got the backing from the Newcastle United boardroom to turn things around as he bids to avoid setting an unwanted record on Monday night.

If Wigan leave St James’ Park with all three points then Pardew will have become the first Newcastle boss to suffer five Premier League defeats in a row.

But a frustrated Pardew is confident the encouragement he has from owner Mike Ashley and managing director Derek Llambias can help bring the winning feeling back to Tyneside.

Backing: Alan Pardew said he thinks the board have supported him

Backing: Alan Pardew said he thinks the board have supported him

The Newcastle boss, whose side sit just two points above the bottom three, said: ‘The word from the boardroom is concern. We want to get going again and obviously to do well. They’ve given me massive support this week in trying to help me get the result I want, almost asking me what can they do for me

‘At the minute there’s not much they can do for me if truth be known. Little things here and there we talked about could help but they’ve been very forthcoming in that.’

Pardew is expecting to dip in to the transfer market when the window opens next month but a string of injuries to key players means he is not yet sure what areas of his squad needs strengthening the most.

He will welcome striker Shola Ameobi back to his bench tonight after groin trouble. The likes of Hatem Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye and Steven Taylor headline a long list of absentees.

Pardew, who only signed an eight-year contract in September, said: ‘Unfortunately for us we’ve had a real turn of events in terms of injuries.

Assistance: Papiss Cisse could help Pardew avoid the record

Assistance: Papiss Cisse could help Pardew avoid the record

'I can’t think of a Premier League team in the last couple of years that has suffered as badly as we have in terms of key players. You can almost look in every position.

‘People are asking me about the window and what am I going to do but you could argue we’re weak in every position through injury. In my view the January window isn’t something we can focus on at the minute in terms of a target.

‘We have to keep our eye on every position and make sure that in January we react to who we get back because one or two will come back, for sure.’

Richard Dunne injured until new year

Lambert dealt blow as Dunne is ruled out until new year with groin and hip injuries

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09:38 GMT, 1 December 2012

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert is resigned to being without experienced defender Richard Dunne until the new year as his groin and hip problems show little signs of improvement.

The Republic of Ireland international has not kicked a ball in anger since Euro 2012. It has left Villa shorn of experience in the back four, with the sale of James Collins to West Ham and the loaning out of Stephen Warnock and Alan Hutton to Bolton and West Ham respectively.

Now skipper Ron Vlaar is sidelined with a calf problem ahead of the match at QPR which makes him a major doubt.

Blow: Richard Dunne faces at least another month on the sidelines

Blow: Richard Dunne faces at least another month on the sidelines

Lambert said: 'Richard went for a test on Saturday and then another one yesterday [Thursday]. We are just trying to find out what we think it could be.

'It is really frustrating. We are unsure at the moment what is this ongoing problem. It has come from the groin area/hip area as such.

'That is what we have to try and nail down and put to bed one way or another to try and get to the bottom of that.

'He is still a long way off (from being available) and it is frustrating for Richard.'

Blow: Paul Lambert must shore up his defence without Dunne's presence

Blow: Paul Lambert must shore up his defence without Dunne's presence

Lambert added: 'He is not training at all. He does little bits himself with the physios but I think even that is starting to hurt a bit.

'I would say he is out to the new year, the way it is going at the moment.

'It is frustrating with the other defensive (injury) problems because the squad isn't the biggest in that area.'

Roma fans banned from football for five years after attack on Tottenham supporters

Roma fans arrested after attack on Spurs supporters are banned from football stadiums for five years

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12:37 GMT, 29 November 2012

Two Roma supporters arrested in connection with a brutal attack on a group of Spurs fans have been banned from all football grounds for five years.

Francesco Ianiari, 26, and Mauro Pinnelli, 25, were arrested within hours of the raid on The Drunken Ship pub which left three Spurs fans seriously injured – including Ashley Mills, 25, who is still in hospital after suffering a potentially fatal knife wound to his groin.

Both Ianiari and Pinnelli are in custody after their arrest last week and they have been charged with aggravated assault – an initial charge of attempted murder has been dropped but police say they do not rule out further arrests in connection with the incident.

Scene of the crime: The Drunken Ship pub in Rome

Scene of the crime: The Drunken Ship pub in Rome

Scene of the crime: The Drunken Ship pub in Rome

The Spurs fans were attacked as they drank in the Rome pub, a popular meeting point for visiting fans, ahead of their Europa League clash with Lazio and which ended in a 0-0 draw.

Around 50 masked men were involved the ambush and they used knives, clubs, belts and sticks to attack the Spurs fans who had been drinking peacefully just minutes earlier.

The attackers barricaded the doors and were also said to have chanted anti-Semitic slogans against the Spurs fans, who traditionally have a large Jewish fanbase, during the lightening raid which was over in less that ten minutes.

Ambush: Ashley Mills was stabbed in the groin

Ambush: Ashley Mills was stabbed in the groin

Ambush: Ashley Mills was stabbed in the groin

However Lazio's president Claudio Lotito
has denied that his side's fans were involved and he has also stressed
they are not racist – earlier this week the side took to the field
wearing shirts with the slogan 'No to Racism'.

He also visited Mr Mills in the San Camillo hospital presenting him with a Lazio shirt which had his name on it. Lawyers defending both men also insist there was no racist element to the attack and it was a purely 'football related'.

Hospital visit: Lazio president Claudio Lotito (centre) leaves the San Camillo Hospital after visiting Mills

Hospital visit: Lazio president Claudio Lotito (centre) leaves the San Camillo Hospital after visiting Mills

The attack was initially blamed on Lazio fans but there was surprise when it turned out the two arrested were Roma fans, although there has been speculation it was a joint effort raid after both sets of supporters put aside their rivalries to attack the Britons.

No court date has yet been set for Ianari and Pinnelli's trial and Essex builder Mr Mills is expected to be released from hospital within the next few days.

Alan Pardew hopes to sign Nemanja Gudelj

Pardew hoping to bolster Newcastle midfield with Serbian youngster Gudelj

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22:52 GMT, 27 November 2012

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23:07 GMT, 27 November 2012

Newcastle are interested in NAC Breda midfielder Nemanja Gudelj.

Scouts watched the 21-yearold Serb in Breda's 3-0 defeat by ADO Den Haag last weekend.

Gudelj came close to joining
Fiorentina in the summer but the move fell through. Villarreal, AZ
Alkmaar and FC Twente are also keen.

Wanted: Alan Pardew is chasing Serbian Nemanja Gudelj

Wanted: Alan Pardew is chasing Serbian Nemanja Gudelj

Manager Alan Pardew is looking to add to his injury-hit squad in the January transfer window.

Newcastle will be without two of their key players after Yohan Cabaye and Steven Taylor were ruled out until February at the earliest.

Cabaye was is due to undergo a second operation on an injured groin this week.

Centre back Taylor, meanwhile, limped off during Newcastle's 2-0 defeat at Southampton on Sunday with a hamstring complaint.

Everton and Arsenal face competition from Sevilla and Inter Milan for Schalke midfielder Lewis Holtby, 22, who is out of contract in the summer.