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Roberto Mancini will appeal Vincent Kompany red card

Mancini to appeal Kompany red card despite risk of increasing ban to four games… but Kompany holds 'no grudges' with ref Dean

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19:05 GMT, 13 January 2013

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UPDATED:

19:46 GMT, 13 January 2013

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini outlined his plans to appeal Vincent Kompany's red card, regardless of the fact an unsuccessful appeal could see a three-match ban turned into a four-game absence.

But Kompany took to Twitter after the match to say he did not blame referee Mike Dean and that he understands 'the difficulty of the job'.

Kompany slid in on Arsenal midfielder
Jack Wilshere during City's 2-0 victory at the Emirates, their first at
Arsenal since 1975.

Red Vincent Kompany was sent off for this tackle on Jack Wilshere in the second half against Arsenal

Red Vincent Kompany was sent off for this tackle on Jack Wilshere in the second half against Arsenal

No grudges: Kompany tweeted his congratulations and said he holds 'no grudges' with referee Mike Dean

No grudges: Kompany tweeted his congratulations and said he holds 'no grudges' with referee Mike Dean

The
City captain received a straight red from Dean, who deemed
that the Belgian went in recklessly on the England international.

Kompany wrote: 'First. Massive congrats to
our team and fans, great game! Also. No grudges against the referee, I
understand the difficulty of the job. 🙂

'About the tackle: If the ball is
overrun by the opponent and a 50/50 challenge occurs, collision is
inevitable.'

Kompany, who has been sent off in similar circumstances in the past, vowed not to change his approach to tackling.

'Ultimately I'm a defender: Appeal may
work or not. I will never pull out of a challenge, as much as I will
never intend to injury a player.

'Finishing on a positive: It's about the team and our team looks strong at the moment. We need to maintain this level of performance. :-)'

Mancini also claimed that the referee got the decision wrong, and will appeal for the red card to be rescinded.

'This is not a red card, absolutely not,' he said.

'He has one foot in and takes the ball. I think the referee made a mistake.'

Gutted: The Manchester City captain looked distraught as he is directed off the field by Mike Dean

Gutted: The Manchester City captain looked distraught as he is directed off the field by Mike Dean

Mediator: Kompany had to hold back Pablo Zabaleta (right) as the Argentinean sought to have words with Lukas Podolski

Mediator: Kompany had to hold back Pablo Zabaleta (right) as the Argentinean sought to have words with Lukas Podolski

The Italian did concede that his
side's task had been made easier by Koscielny`s dismissal, but praised
his men for finding a way through regardless.

'If you play 10 players, it can be difficult,' he said.

'We started the game very well, played high up and pressed. We wanted to win this.

'It was easier after the sending off but in the second half we were too soft and missed three or four goals.'

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger refused to blame the early red card for his side`s demise, instead telling his players they had not done what they should have done after going a man down.

'It was frustrating (to go down to 10 men) but we got away with it (with the penalty miss),' he said.

'We were down to 10 men with 80 minutes to go and knew it would be a difficult game.

'But we were too timid and did not have enough authority on the game. We let them dictate the game to us and when we went 1-0 down it was difficult.'

Off you go: Laurent Koscielny was dismissed early in the match after giving away a penalty

Off you go: Laurent Koscielny was dismissed early in the match after giving away a penalty

Wenger added on Koscielny's sending off: 'I've not seen it. I was surprised but I have heard it was a penalty. We have to live with the decision but it doesn't mean we have to lose the game.

'We gave away two cheap goals. At 10 men you keep it 0-0 and you never know.'

On Kompany's red card he said: 'It looked as though they were both playing the ball to me.'

Kompany received a red card after a similar incident last season during an FA Cup tie against bitter rivals Manchester United.

The centre back slid in on Portugal winger Nani before referee Chris Foy sent Kompany to the stands. As it was Kompany's second dismissal of the campaign, he was forced to serve a four-game ban, leaving Montenegro's Stefan Savic to partner Joleon Lescott at the heart of City's defence.

Remember this Kompany was sent off at the Etihad after sliding in on Nani in the FA Cup last season

Remember this Kompany was sent off at the Etihad after sliding in on Nani in the FA Cup last season

Harry Redknapp tells QPR players to show they care

Four points is shameful! Redknapp tells QPR players to show they care about club

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UPDATED:

00:29 GMT, 27 November 2012

This time last year, Harry Redknapp was managing a team on a run to the top four of the Barclays Premier League.

Tottenham’s football was breathtaking, unbeaten in 10 games as Gareth Bale and Rafael van der Vaart tore into the likes of Liverpool and Arsenal.

A year on, a top-four manager who hoped to succeed Fabio Capello as England boss has taken over a team with just four points.

Prove you care: Harry Redknapp is demanding his men improve their performances

Prove you care: Harry Redknapp is demanding his men improve their performances

Rapid improvement: QPR must get more points on the board if they are to avoid the drop

Rapid improvement: QPR must get more points on the board if they are to avoid the drop

‘When Daniel Levy sacked me that night (June 13) I didn’t leave and think I’d jump off the edge of Bournemouth cliffs,’ Redknapp said on Monday.

‘The next day I was up playing golf. I don’t hold grudges and I spoke to Daniel over the weekend. He wished me all the best. It’s all a bit bizarre the way things finished for me at Tottenham, but that’s life.

‘When I heard Roy Hodgson had got the England job I wasn’t going to lock myself in a room — it’s only a game. I can get het up because I want to do well but in the cold light of day what does it all mean’

Yesterday it meant everything again as he talked at QPR’s decrepit training base in Harlington, west London, where paint peels off the walls and the big industrial bins in the car park are overloaded with rubbish. It may be a case of taking out the trash in January, just as soon as Redknapp works out who is ready for a relegation scrap.

‘Four points is embarrassing,’ he admitted as he prepares the players for this evening’s Premier League clash at Sunderland. ‘How can you have four points from 13 games

‘Players who aren’t playing will blame those who are playing. Those who are playing will blame somebody else. It’s up to me to make my own decisions over what’s wrong with them and what needs doing.’

Redknapp will run this team with the same enthusiasm that filled the air when he walked into Tottenham’s old training ground. His love of the game is infectious and reassuring; he has promised the grandchildren he would stop at the club shop later to buy them QPR kits before his new team travelled to the Stadium of Light.

‘The family are QPR fans now,’ he said. It could easily have been the colours of Ukraine, after Redknapp was offered the job by the president of the country’s football federation, Anatoliy Konkov, in London last week.

‘It was a great job, a four-year contract, and it wasn’t as if I had to live in Ukraine,’ explained Redknapp. ‘Capello is manager of Russia and he lives in Italy. I could have gone over at weekends, watched some games and then spent a few days at home. I spoke to Andriy Shevchenko about it. The Under 21s are good and I was excited.

That's the way to goal: Harry Redknapp gives his players instructions ahead of their first game

That's the way to goal: Harry Redknapp gives his players instructions ahead of their first game

What am I doing here Redknapp has fallen some way from his Spurs days

What am I doing here Redknapp has fallen some way from his Spurs days

Need a cuppa: Redknapp supps on a hot beverage during the press conference

Need a cuppa: Redknapp supps on a hot beverage during the press conference

Sunderland v QPR

‘It wouldn’t have been easy for me to face England in the World Cup qualifiers, but I couldn’t say “Oh it doesn’t matter if we don’t win today” — they would have thrown me down the salt mines.’

But there is no regular contact with players in a national job and there was a twinkle in Redknapp’s eye yesterday as he prepared to take an 11am training session in the wind and rain.

Redknapp has missed the morning commute from his home in Sandbanks, picking up assistant Kevin Bond along the way.

‘I probably needed a break and maybe it didn’t do me any harm,’ he added. ‘I went through a tough year with the court case and maybe leaving Tottenham wasn’t the worst thing. Until last Saturday I hadn’t watched a Premier League game live since I finished at Tottenham. I thought if I turned up people would say, “What’s he doing here, they’ve lost a few games, he’s after my job”. I don’t need that.

‘I used to watch Bournemouth play on
Saturday afternoons and I loved it. But now I’m looking forward to
getting back into the Premier League.’

It starts on Tuesday at Sunderland, his first official game in charge after Mark Hughes was sacked on Friday.

Axed: Mark Hughes was booted out of Loftus Road

Axed: Mark Hughes was booted out of Loftus Road

QPR are without an away win since November 19, 2011, when two Heidar Helguson goals and a Luke Young strike secured a 3-2 win at Stoke under Neil Warnock.

‘We keep saying we have a good team, but you don’t have four points from 13 games if you are playing well,’ Redknapp said.

‘Apart from going back to Portsmouth, when it looked like we were doomed, this is my biggest challenge yet as a manager. If I’d failed there I probably wouldn’t have been allowed to get out alive. At QPR the challenge is to bring the group together.

‘I want to see players chasing and getting the hump if they see other players standing around.’

Instead, he expects to get them up and running.

Roberto Di Matteo: West Brom sack was a good thing…

Di Matteo: Getting sacked by West Brom was a good thing… look where I am now!

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UPDATED:

16:58 GMT, 16 November 2012

Roberto Di Matteo has admitted his sacking by West Brom may have been a blessing in disguise as he prepares for his first return to the Hawthorns as Chelsea boss.

Di Matteo insisted he bore no grudges over his controversial dismissal in February 2011, which has ended up working out spectacularly well both for the Baggies and him personally.

The Italian lost his job after a lengthy run of bad results, although he had just led them back into the Barclays Premier League at the first attempt and they were not even in the relegation zone.

On the ball: Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo in training with Fernando Torres (right) at Cobham on Friday

On the ball: Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo in training with Fernando Torres (right) at Cobham on Friday

However, replacement Roy Hodgson did turn their campaign around – ultimately earning him the England job – while Di Matteo's subsequent adventures are now the stuff of legend.

His astonishing Champions League and FA Cup triumphs with Chelsea last season led to him being appointed manager full time and gave him licence to be philosophical about his Hawthorns demise.

'Look at where I'm sitting now, so I'm not so sure it was a bad thing,' said Di Matteo ahead of tomorrow's Barclays Premier League game between the sides.

The 42-year-old added: 'That's football. That's life.

Remember me Di Matteo's Chelsea side take on his former club West Brom at the Hawthorns on Saturday

Remember me Di Matteo's Chelsea side take on his former club West Brom at the Hawthorns on Saturday

'In a manager's career, you're going to get the sack at some point if you have a long career.

'It's happened to everybody in the industry, and it makes you stronger. It doesn't mean you're not a good coach or a good manager.

'There are many examples of good managers where it didn't work out with a club. They were successful before and were again after.'

Asked if he held any grudges over his dismissal, he said: 'No grudges, no. Not at all.

Nice brew, Roberto Chelsea's manager looks relaxed at his Friday press conference

Nice brew, Roberto Chelsea's manager looks relaxed at his Friday press conference

'I had a great time. I worked with a lot of good people there. The supporters were very kind to me as well. I had almost two years there.

'Despite the fact that last season's game was not a good memory, because we lost, I can reflect on good memories there.'

The game Di Matteo mentioned saw West Brom seal his fate for a second time, but it worked in his favour that time as he was promoted from assistant manager at Chelsea to caretaker boss, with Andre Villas-Boas the fall guy.

Di Matteo said of the March upheaval: 'That defeat led to a reaction. It was a very difficult time we found ourselves in.

'I was asked to fill in until the end of the season, and I was very pleased to help the club.'

Di Matteo masterminded the greatest climax to a season in Chelsea's history but he could find himself under real pressure if they fail to win tomorrow after three league games without a victory.

He said: 'For us, every week and every game is a match that defines our path, really. Last week the game against Shakhtar [Donetsk] was a defining game.

'This one now, in the league against West Brom, then the Champions League and Manchester City.

'Every game we play can define our season, and the games after too.'

Luis Suarez v Patrice Evra and the Premier League"s other biggest grudges

Best of enemies: Sportsmail looks at the Premier League's biggest player grudges

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UPDATED:

16:32 GMT, 13 September 2012

We are barely a month into the new Premier League season and already we have our first player bust-up.

Just two months after Chelsea’s John Terry was cleared of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand, the QPR defender is expected to snub Ashley Cole's handshake in the west London derby this weekend, after the full-back had stood as a character witness for his Blues team-mate during the trial.

With Cole also set to be given the same treatment later in the season by Ferdinand’s brother and Manchester United defender, Rio, Sportsmail looks at previous player grudges – with some amounting to more than just a refused handshake.

Luis Suarez v Patrice Evra

One of the major talking points from last season. It started in October during a league game at Anfield between Liverpool and Manchester United before seeming to go on throughout the campaign.

An on-pitch incident that saw Luis Suarez racially abuse Patrice Evra resulted in a two-month inquiry that eventually ended with the Liverpool striker banned for eight games.

But that wasn’t the end of it. The bad blood between the pair only increased when Liverpool and United clashed for the return fixture in February at Old Trafford.

The Uruguayan refused to shake the United full-back’s hand before the match, provoking an immediate reaction from Evra and even a post-match response from Liverpool condemning Suarez’s actions.

It’s a feud that is set to continue. Even once the season was over, Suarez called his ban ‘strange and unbelievable’. Watch this space.

Samir Nasri v William Gallas

North London derbies are well fought and fiery encounters at the best of times but the build-up to Arsenal and Tottenham’s clash at the Emirates Stadium in November 2010 had even more fuel to throw on the fire.

Just team-mates at Arsenal months before, Samir Nasri and William Gallas had a big fall-out and it wasn’t even over the latter’s summer switch across to White Hart Lane.

It all centered on Gallas accusing his international team-mate of being a bad influence on France’s awful Euro 2008 campaign where they finished bottom of their group.

The pair refused to shake hands before the game, but although Nasri drew first blood by scoring the opener, Gallas had the last laugh as his Spurs side came from 2-0 down to win 3-2.

John Terry v Wayne Bridge

The original ‘handshake gate’. So much had been made of John Terry having an alleged affair with a previous girlfriend of former Chelsea team-mate Wayne Bridge in 2009, that it resulted in the Chelsea centre-back losing the England captaincy.

But in February 2010, just two months after the allegations, the two came head-to-head on the pitch when Manchester City paid a visit to Stamford Bridge.

Terry’s attempt at a handshake was rebuffed by Bridge, with the full-back then going on to play 78 minutes as City recorded a surprise 4-2 win.

The pair have faced each other just once since, when West Ham crashed 3-0 at Chelsea last year – again Bridge snubbed the handshake.

Roy Keane v Patrick Vieira

There is only room for one midfield general on the pitch and during a period between 1997 and 2005, when Arsenal and Manchester United were both fighting for the title, Patrick Vieira and Roy Keane often clashed over who was top dog.

On many occasions a late challenge or a few choice words on the pitch was a far as it went, but that was before United visited Arsenal in February 2005.

Unknown to the Highbury crowd, Keane and Vieira had an infamous angry exchange in the tunnel pre-match which led to the two having to be pulled apart.

Even as the teams were about to walk-out, the Irishman was still furiously getting his point across to the Arsenal skipper.

It’s a feud that’s gone down in Premier League history as one of the greats and today the two can at least exist on the same show as pundits, judging by ITV’s Champions League coverage last season when the pair were more than once side-by-side.

Roy Keane v Alf-Inge Haaland

But another grudge involving the former United skipper was his ugly personal battle with Manchester City defender, Alf-Inge Haaland.

During a league match between Leeds and the Red Devils in September 1997, Keane’s attempted foul on Haaland caused himself an injury that would rule him out for the rest of the season.

The Norwegian, furious at the attempted trip, accused Keane of faking the injury as he lay stricken on the ground.

It was a moment Keane wouldn’t forget, and when the Manchester derby came to Old Trafford in April 2001 he would extract revenge.

With the ball the furthest thing from Keane’s mind, he launched a knee-high studs-up challenge at the defender, picking up a red card in the process.

It was only a year later in his autobiography that Keane admitted the ‘challenge’ was premeditated, and it resulted in the midfielder picking up a five-match-ban and 150,000 fine in addition to the three-game-ban and 5,000 he had already been punished for originally. Haaland retired through a separate knee injury just two years after the incident.

Carlos Tevez could be scapegoat if Manchester City lose title race – Micah Richards

Returning rebel Tevez could take the blame if City slip up in title race, warns Richards

Micah Richards has warned Carlos Tevez that he could become a scapegoat should Manchester City lose the Premier League title race.

Tevez this week returned to training with Manchester City's senior squad for the first time in more than four months with a reassurance that his team-mates bear no grudges against him.

Sergio Aguero is the latest City star to reveal he is delighted to have his compatriot back for the title run-in.

The boy is back in town: Carlos Tevez has returned to Manchester City

The boy is back in town: Carlos Tevez has returned to Manchester City

Tevez, 28, spent more than three months in
his native Argentina without the club's permission.

The
striker apologised for his conduct earlier this week and manager
Roberto Mancini has said he no longer has a problem with the
28-year-old.

But Richards suggested that Tevez's
spat with boss Roberto Mancini could return to haunt him should the
current league leaders be pipped top the post by either Spurs or bitter
rivals Manchester United.

'With the fans, it’s probably 50-50. The best thing he can do is come back and get his head down,' Richards told The Sun.

'If we do end up winning the league and he’s played a massive part in that, then I’m sure everyone will forgive him.

'If we don’t, then it could be the opposite. It’s a mixed feeling really but, for me, I’m glad to have him back because he’s an outstanding player.

'He was our captain and leader, not only on the ball but off the ball as well, working hard, closing people down.

'He was a real nightmare to play against and to have that back in our team would be a boost for us.

All smiles: Tevez at Carrington

All smiles: Tevez at Carrington

'He’s got something that maybe the other strikers don’t have. Not in terms of ability but just knowing what the Premier League is like.'

Tevez's fellow forward Aguero was quoted in The Sun as saying: 'Tevez is a big footballer and nobody doubts it. The day he returns [to the team] will be a big day for us.

'I prefer things with him in the squad because he is a very important player for us. I spoke a few times with him while he was absent. He is a super professional and it was up to him to decide about his future.

'I am happy he is back. I think his return could be important for us in the decisive period of this season.

'He has been one of the best forwards in world football over the last few years. City need all the players we have to try and win titles.'

City can go five points clear of Manchester United at the top of the table if they beat Blackburn on Saturday.

And playmaker David Silva claims winning the Premier League would mean as much to him as Spain's triumphant World Cup campaign in 2010.

Welcome back: Sergio Aguero (left) is happy to have Tevez at City

Welcome back: Sergio Aguero (left) is happy to have Tevez at City

'The Premier League and the World Cup are equally important to me,' he was quoted as saying in The Guardian.

'After winning such an important title as the World Cup, to win the Premier League and to see supporters in Manchester who have waited so long to win it would be important to me.

'Of course the World up came after the European Championship for Spain [in 2008], so people were used to winning.

'It's fantastic to see how people forget all the bad things in life when they start celebrating a title like that after so many years.

'I want Manchester people to enjoy this feeling.'

Harry Redknapp will not face charge over gesture to Shamrock fans

Redknapp in the clear after UEFA opt against charging Spurs boss over gesture to fans after trial jibes

Harry Redknapp will not face disciplinary action from UEFA over the clenched-fist gesture he appeared to aim towards Shamrock Rovers fans who verbally abused him during the Europa League game in Dublin.

Redknapp had been barracked almost constantly throughout the match by a section of the home fans taunting him over his pending court appearance and the Tottenham boss seemed to react angrily midway through the second half.

Hard to take: Harry Redknapp was given a tough time by Shamrock Rovers fans

Hard to take: Harry Redknapp was given a tough time by Shamrock Rovers fans

UEFA waited to see if the incident is mentioned in two reports – carried out by the referee and UEFA delegate – before deciding not to take any action against Redknapp.

A spokesman said: “We can inform you that nothing was mentioned in the official reports about this and UEFA has not opened any disciplinary proceedings at this match.”

On Friday morning, Redknapp said: “I can”t repeat what they were saying. I am not allowed to repeat what they were saying to me. I didn”t do anything to them, no.”

Easy: Jermain Defoe scored in Spurs

Easy: Jermain Defoe scored in Spurs” 4-0 win – but they still crashed out of Europe

The Spurs boss, who saw his team exit the competition despite a 4-0 win at Tallaght Stadium, played down the incident, saying in his post-match press conference: “Did I make an “obscene” gesture No, I didn”t make… No.”

Redknapp continued by saying he held no ill-feeling towards the fans who had verbally abused him for large parts of the Europa League Group A clash.

“I have spent enough time in Ireland to know what lovely people they are,” he added. “If you go and meet them afterwards they are probably lovely people. But they get together and shout a load of nonsense and that is football. That”s life. I don”t hold any grudges.”

TV cameras failed to pick up on the apparent gesture.

Harry Redknapp clashes with Irish fans after trial jibes as Spurs crash out of Europe

Harry snaps! Redknapp clashes with Irish fans after trial jibes as Spurs crash out

Night to forget: Harry Redknapp saw his Spurs side crash out of the Europa League in Dublin

Night to forget: Harry Redknapp saw his Spurs side crash out of the Europa League in Dublin

Harry Redknapp has clashed with Irish fans making inflammatory chants about his forthcoming trial.

The Tottenham manager is understood to have responded with a clenched-fist gesture after being goaded by Shamrock Rovers supporters in Dublin.

Tottenham went out of the Europa League despite winning their final group game 4-0.

But the clash was marred by several instances of chants taunting Redknapp over his pending court appearance.

Redknapp is believed to have snapped midway through the second half, making an angry gesture at the home fans.

When asked if had made an obscene gesture towards the Rovers fans, the Spurs boss tried his best to play down the row.

“Not really. Did I make an “obscene” gesture No, I didn”t make… No.”

He added: “I have spent enough time in Ireland to know what lovely people they are.

Four star: Spurs enjoyed a heavy win but still failed to progress in Europe

Four star: Spurs enjoyed a heavy win but still failed to progress in Europe

“If you go and meet them afterwards they are probably lovely people. But they get together and shout a load of nonsense and that is football. That”s life. I don”t hold any grudges.”

Nevertheless, the incident could leave the 64-year-old facing a misconduct charge if UEFA deem the gesture to have been offensive.

Young guns: Redknapp again fielded an inexperienced Spurs team

Young guns: Redknapp again fielded an inexperienced Spurs team

Redknapp was warned over his conduct by the FA earlier this week for criticising referee Chris Foy after Tottenham”s 2-1 defeat at Stoke.

Birmingham City also went out despite beating NK Maribor 1-0, finishing third in their group behind Bruges and Braga.

Old heads: Defoe, Pienaar and Kaboul were among the senior players on show

Old heads: Defoe, Pienaar and Kaboul were among the senior players on show