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

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

By
Tom Wilkinson, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

12:12 GMT, 22 April 2013

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UPDATED:

12:35 GMT, 22 April 2013

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

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

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

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

Liam Jones

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

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

Sunderland Magistrates adjourned the case for trial on June 26.

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

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

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

Portsmouth offer from Keith Harris rejected by Football League

Portsmouth face renewed threat to survival after Football League reject latest Harris offer

By
Mark Staniforth, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

20:50 GMT, 18 February 2013

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UPDATED:

20:50 GMT, 18 February 2013

The Football League has dismissed a revised offer by football financier Keith Harris to take control of npower League One strugglers Portsmouth.

Harris' new bid, made public today, involves a plan to give fans a free 15 per cent stake in the club.

But the League today reiterated its position that Pompey will be expelled from the competition if the Pompey Supporters' Trust – administrator PKF's preferred bidder – is not successful.

Running out of time: Portsmouth's takeover must be completed soon

Running out of time: Portsmouth's takeover must be completed soon

A Football League spokesman said: 'As stated after its most recent meeting, the Board of the Football League is not considering alternative applications for the transfer of Portsmouth's share in The Football League.

'Instead, it remains focused on a successful transfer of share to the preferred bidder, the Pompey Supporters Trust.'

Football financier: Keith Harris

Football financier: Keith Harris

Trust spokesman Colin Farmery said fans had no interest in the new Harris offer, in which 15 per cent of shares will be allocated free to a group made up of supporters who have donated funds to PST, season-ticket holders and hospitality clients.

Farmery said: 'Why would we be interested in 15 per cent when we are just about to take a 100 per cent stake in the club

'It is curious timing to say the least from Mr Harris with the Football League having made it quite clear that our bid is the only one that can be considered.

'Mr Harris seems to think he has still got a bid but he hasn't. Our bid is literally about dotting the i's and crossing the t's.'

The Trust expect to move a step closer to acquiring the club on Thursday when a court hearing will set a final date for the valuation of Fratton Park to be heard, followed by a high court date at which the Trust expect to be given the right to take over the club.

UEFA overturn Steven Caulker"s two-game ban but uphold Tom Ince"s one-match suspension after England Under 21 match in Serbia

UEFA overturn Caulker suspension but UPHOLD Ince ban for scuffles in Serbia despite Young Lions suffering racist abuse

By
Dominic King

PUBLISHED:

20:20 GMT, 15 February 2013

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UPDATED:

23:14 GMT, 15 February 2013

Steven Caulker is free to play at Euro 2013 after UEFA overturned the two-game ban he was given in the wake of England Under 21s' controversial game in Serbia.

But there were mixed feelings for head coach Stuart Pearce, as Tom Ince's one-match suspension was upheld following a lengthy disciplinary hearing at UEFA's headquarters in Nyon.

The hearing stemmed from UEFA president Michel Platini appealing against the severity of the punishment that Serbia were given after their fans racially abused several of England's black players during a Euro 2013 play-off in Krusevac last October.

Appeal: Tom Ince (left) and Steven Caulker (right) could have their bans increased

Appeal: Tom Ince (left) and Steven Caulker (right) could have their bans increased

Appeal: Tom Ince's one-game ban was upheld (left) but Steven Caulker's two-game ban was overturned (right)

Serbia survived the threat of expulsion from the 2015 European Under 21 Championship but they will have to play two qualifiers behind closed doors, rather than the one match they were initially ordered to, and the fine of
65,900 administered before Christmas was unaltered.

Pearce said: 'We respect UEFA's
decision and we move on. We welcome the verdict on Steven Caulker's
suspension and choose to accept the verdict with regards to Tom Ince.
Both players should be proud of the way represented themselves to UEFA.'

Europe's governing body had the
capacity to increase the lengths of bans Caulker and Ince were going to
serve had they deemed the appeals to be frivolous.

They were looking to impose a
three-match ban on Tottenham defender Caulker, a two-game suspension for
Ince and hit the Football Association with a 50,000 fine for failing
to control their players.

Sickening: Caulker is led away by Pearce after the incidents, which saw Serbia fined for racist abuse

Sickening: Caulker is led away by Pearce after the incidents, which saw Serbia fined for racist abuse

Shocking: Serbia assistant coach Dejan Govedarica tries to keep players apart in the fiery clash

Shocking: Serbia assistant coach Dejan Govedarica tries to keep players apart in the fiery clash

Fury: Marvin Sordell reacts to the violent scenes, which left the FA bewildered by England player sanctions

Fury: Marvin Sordell reacts to the violent scenes, which left the FA bewildered by England player sanctions

However, Caulker, Ince and Pearce all
conveyed the extreme circumstances that England faced at the end of a
game they won 1-0 thanks to a goal from Connor Wickham.

As a result, there was no fine for
the FA and while Ince, who is understood to be disappointed, will sit
out the game against Italy on June 5, Caulker is free to play in the
tournament.

His only punishment for his
involvement in the melee that erupted after Wickham's last-minute
goal is one day's community service.

The post-match brawl began after
England defender Danny Rose complained of monkey chants whenever he
touched the ball. He was sent off after the final whistle for after
kicking a ball into the stands, gesturing to the crowd as he walked off
the pitch.

Liverpool settle out of court with Tom Hicks and George Gillett

Liverpool settle out of court with ex-chiefs Hicks and Gillett over club sale claims

Hicks and
Gillett took their case against Broughton, Purslow and Ayre – and RBS –
to court, alleging that they conspired to sell the club at a reduced
price.

They claimed RBS and the Liverpool directors had deliberately blocked their attempts to refinance, allegations denied by RBS.

But after a lengthy and involved process led by Liverpool’s general counsel Natalie Wignall, a deal has been struck to bring an end to the legal action against Broughton, Purslow and Ayre.

The status of Hicks and Gillett’s case against RBS – whom the Americans claim were too actively involved in the sale process – remains unclear and no one at the bank was immediately available for comment.

Back to business: Now Liverpool can concentrate on the football

Back to business: Now Liverpool can concentrate on the football

At a High Court hearing in October Mr Justice Peter Smith said it was a matter which ought to go to trial.

'There is in my mind a question as to whether or not RBS truly distanced itself from the sale process,' he said.

'In reality, what actually happened between April 2010 and October 2010 can only be discerned by a trial when the relevant players give evidence and their evidence is tested by cross-examination in the light of the contemporaneous documents.

'In my view, it would be wrong and a denial of justice potentially at this preliminary stage to deny the former owners an opportunity to have a trial on this issue.

'This matter should be brought to a speedy conclusion. I would wish directions to be agreed if possible with a view to this action… being heard early in 2013.'

Portsmouth FC future clouded in uncertainty

Pompey future in balance as it remains unclear who will run club's affairs when in administration

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UPDATED:

23:30 GMT, 12 December 2012

The future of Portsmouth was clouded in uncertainty on Wednesday night as a potential dispute developed over who should manage their affairs while they are in administration.

The cash-strapped League One side are currently in the hands of PKF, headed up by Trevor Birch, and a High Court hearing was set for the morning where they were going to try to secure the sale of the club's Fratton Park ground to the Portsmouth Supporters Trust (PST) from former owners Portpin.

But PST on Wednesday said the hearing had been adjourned, before another party, P&A Partnership, said that Portpin wanted them and not PKF to manage the the club's finances until a buyer could be found.

In danger: Portsmouth will be docked 10 points even if the supporters trust saves the club

In danger: Portsmouth will be docked 10 points even if the supporters trust saves the club

P&A's Brendan Guilfoyle, a
well-known football administrator, said Portpin were unhappy with some
elements of how PKF had been dealing with things, but they were happy to
fund the club through to the end of the season provided he was allowed
to run their day-to-day affairs.

He also added that Portpin may be forced to shut the 114-year-old club down if they do not secure a change of administrator.

Guilfoyle said in a statement: 'If I
am appointed, I am confident that we can find a buyer to secure the long
term future of this historic and important club.'

P&A initially released a
statement which read: 'Tomorrow, Thursday 13 December, the High Court
will be asked to make a critical decision affecting the future of
Portsmouth Football Club.

'The administrators of the club believe that if the court does not agree to their application, they may have to close the club.

'However, Portpin have made funds
available to enable the club to continue trading provided that Brendan
Guilfoyle is appointed administrator to find a new buyer for the club.'

Portpin is led by former Portsmouth owner Balram Chainrai.

Guilfoyle has become a well-known
hand when it comes to administrations, having this summer helped the
Bradford Bulls rugby league side with their problems, while he
previously worked in football with Crystal Palace and Plymouth.

'The court papers show the club has become a lot more saleable in the last six months,' Guilfoyle said of Portsmouth.

Dire straits: The cash-strapped League One club are facing uncertainty over their future

Dire straits: The cash-strapped League One club are facing uncertainty over their future

Guilfoyle then told Sky Sports he
believed PKF had asked for the adjournment, and that Portpin wanted him
to make sure that if the PST bid – described this week the Football
League as carrying 'significant merit' – failed, that other options
could be sourced.

'Portpin don't feel the club has been
fully marketed and they don't want it liquidated if it can't be sold to
PST,' Guilfoyle said.

'They will fund the continuation of
the club until the end of the season as long as the court involve me and
I can be given an opportunity to find a new buyer.

'My involvement if there is any, will
be a matter for the court, to give the court another option as Portpin
feel the options presented, either a sale to PST or closure, need
broadening.

'If the court decided the sale to the supporters should go through, I wouldn't have any role.'

Referring to the story emanating from
the Trust about the adjournment, Guilfoyle added: 'There has been a
late development this evening, in that I'm told the solicitors acting
for PKF have requested an adjournment because they have a major problem
with their case.

'The solicitors acting for Portpin are trying to find out what that is but they're not being told.

'I don't think Portpin are
particularly happy because they find the uncertainty undesirable. We
don't know why, but it looks like there'll be an adjournment.'

It now appears that the initial
agenda of Fratton Park will need to be scrapped, with Guilfoyle saying:
'The administrators are seeking the consent of the court for the sale of
the stadium for 2.75million to PST.

The reason they're doing that is
because they've been unable to reach an agreement with Portpin. They
(Portpin) feel the whole deal with PST is prejudicial to their interests
and they're not happy with the administrators.

'Portpin are disturbed and are saying
to the court, “If you don't grant us the right to sell to PST we'll
have no option but to liquidate the club”.

'Portpin are saying, “Let's have
another option”. They feel a lot of good work has been done by the
administrators in reducing wages and making the club a more attractive
proposition.'

Initially, PST had told Press
Association Sport they were 'scratching their heads' about the
adjournment they reported, but were unavailable for further comment. PKF
were also unavailable for comment.

Portsmouth face 10 point deduction even if supporters trust save club

Pompey will still be docked 10 points if supporters group win fight to save club

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UPDATED:

17:13 GMT, 10 December 2012

Portsmouth still face a 10-point deduction should the Pompey Supporters' Trust (PST) win their battle to save the club this week.

The Football League today confirmed the sanction, to be imposed once the club comes out of administration, after receiving details of the PST's proposed takeover.

PST's bid hinges on administrators PKF gaining permission to sell Fratton Park, which is controlled by the club's former owner Balram Chainrai, at a High Court hearing which starts on Thursday.

In danger: Portsmouth will be docked 10 points even if the supporters trust saves the club

In danger: Portsmouth will be docked 10 points even if the supporters trust saves the club

The League is awaiting the outcome of that hearing, and for the trust to raise the remaining funds as set out in their business plan, before fully considering their application.

A statement from the League read: 'The Football League Board has received details of a proposal by Pompey Supporters' Trust and its partner investors to acquire the assets and certain liabilities of Portsmouth Football Club.

'Having considered the proposal in detail, the Board concluded that it had significant merit.

'However, two outstanding points will have to be resolved before the Board can fully consider PST's application to become the new owner of Portsmouth Football Club.

'They are the outcome of the current High Court proceedings relating to the ownership of Fratton Park and PST raising the remaining funding from supporters that is anticipated in its business plan.

'The Board also confirmed that ongoing membership of the League would be subject to a number of conditions that seek to ensure the sporting integrity of league football and the financial viability of the club going forward.

'It therefore reaffirmed its earlier decision that these conditions would include a deduction of 10 points (applicable at the point of transfer of share) and a range of other restrictions on playing budgets and future borrowing for the next four seasons.'

Pompey, who have been in administration since February, are currently one place and one point outside the npower League One relegation zone.

Dylan Hartley to face a disciplinary hearing after citing for striking Rory Best

Hartley's discipline problems back in the spotlight after citing for striking Ulster's Best in cup defeat

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UPDATED:

00:02 GMT, 11 December 2012

Dylan Hartley is in hot water again, this time for striking rival hooker Rory Best in Friday’s Heineken Cup clash between Northampton and Ulster.

The England hooker, who has served lengthy bans for gouging and biting offences in his turbulent career, is set to face a disciplinary hearing this week after he was cited by French match commissioner Jean-Claude Legendre.

This latest charge is not as serious but his poor disciplinary record might well lengthen his ban if he is found guilty. The International Rugby Board recommends a suspension of from two to eight weeks, depending on the severity of the incident.

Trouble ahead: Dylan Hartley (second left) has been cited for an incident during Morthampton's 25-6 defeat to Ulster in the Heineken Cup on Friday

Trouble ahead: Dylan Hartley (second left) has been cited for an incident during Morthampton's 25-6 defeat to Ulster in the Heineken Cup on Friday

Immediately after Northampton had lost
25-6 to Ulster, Hartley denied that he had been involved in any
incident. But TV pictures highlighted how the pair enveloped each other
after Best had tackled Hartley in the 64th minute.

The flare-up ended when the Northampton player lashed out at the Ireland star, who was not hurt.

Hartley missed England’s autumn games
because of a knee injury and only returned to action two weeks ago. The
injury followed his eight-week suspension last April after he was found
guilty of biting Ireland flanker Stephen Ferris on the arm in England’s
Six Nations win.

Hartley, 26, has been backed by
England forwards coach Graham Rowntree, who said the hooker had worked
hard to improve his discipline following a 26-week ban for a gouging
offence against Wasps players James Haskell and Jonny O’Connor in April
2007.

Frankie Dettori must wait for drug test verdict

Dettori plays waiting game with verdict due 24 hours after drug test hearing

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UPDATED:

14:37 GMT, 4 December 2012

Frankie Dettori faces an anxious 24 hours before he learns the outcome of the disciplinary hearing into his failed drugs test.

The Italian did not attend Tuesday morning's 40-minute hearing held by the Stewards' Committee of the French racing authority.

But the 41-year-old's solicitor Christopher Stewart-Moore said he had received a 'sympathetic hearing'.

Waiting game: Frankie Dettori is facing a ban of six months for a failed drugs test

Waiting game: Frankie Dettori is facing a ban of six months for a failed drugs test

Stewart-Moore added: 'Out of respect to France Galop, we will not be making any comment until such time as France Galop make their announcement, which we understand will be tomorrow (Wednesday) morning.'

Dettori, the best known face in British racing, looks to be facing a worldwide ban of around six months after his positive test at Longchamp, believed to be for cocaine or a derivative of it, on September 16.

That is the length of the ban that Kieren Fallon was hit with by France Galop when he failed a test for cocaine for the first time.

Dettori appeared to accept a ban was inevitable when he accepted the decision of the medical committee to pass his file on to the stewards a fortnight ago.

But his legal team are believed to have made a case for any suspension to be backdated, possibly to as far as November 6 when Dettori took his last ride for Godolphin on unplaced Cavalryman in the Melbourne Cup.

An alternative possible start date would be November 21, the date Dettori was 'temporarily' suspended by France Galop after the medical committee hearing.

If France Galop accepted either scenario, Dettori would be able to return to the saddle in May, allowing him to take part in both the 2013 Derby and the Oaks as well as Royal Ascot.

However, the normal procedure in France is for a ban to start nine days after the final disciplinary hearing.

Roma fans arrested for attack on Tottenham fans in jail

Roma fans arrested for stabbing Spurs supporters remain in jail pending judge's ruling

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UPDATED:

17:33 GMT, 25 November 2012

A judge has ordered two Roma fans arrested after an attack on Tottenham supporters at a Rome pub to remain in jail pending a decision on whether to formally charge them.

Police had said on Friday that the two were accused of attempted murder, causing injury and causing a fight before the English club's Europa League match against Lazio.

Trashed: Fights broke out in this pub in Rome last week

Trashed: Fights broke out in this pub in Rome last week

But attorney Lorenzo Contucci, who is representing one of the men – Francesco Ianari – said the stiffest charge the men faced at a preliminary hearing Sunday was aggravated injury.

He said an anticipated charge of attempted murder, with an aggravating element for the racial character of the attack, 'disappeared.'

Controversy: Lazio fans allegedly taunted Spurs fans during the game

Controversy: Lazio fans allegedly taunted Spurs fans during the game

During the brawl early Thursday, witnesses quoted by Italian news reports said the attackers shouted 'Jew' at the Tottenham fans. Tottenham has a large Jewish fan base from north London.

UEFA urged to take strongest possible action against Serbia

PFA chief calls for UEFA to take strong stance over Serbia racism claims as verdict looms

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UPDATED:

17:57 GMT, 21 November 2012

UEFA have been urged to take the 'strongest possible action' against Serbia at Thursday’s disciplinary hearing into racist chanting during the European Under-21 play-off against England.

The Serbian FA has been charged with alleged racist chanting by fans and both associations over the behaviour of players at the end of the game last month.

Professional Football Association chief executive Gordon Taylor said there would be huge disquiet if Serbia were only given a slap on the wrist if found guilty.

Ugly scenes: Serbia assistant coach Dejan Govedarica attempts to keep the opposing players apart during a scuffle after the Under 21 game against England

Ugly scenes: Serbia assistant coach Dejan Govedarica attempts to keep the opposing players apart during a scuffle after the Under 21 game against England

Taylor said: 'If the Serbian FA are found guilty then we would want UEFA to take the strongest possible action.

'Everybody was shocked by the racist chanting at that match and there needs to be a deterrent.

'We have had our own issues in dealing with incidents of racism of course, such as the length of time taken to deal with the John Terry case, but I don’t believe it is a case of people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.

'I believe the FA have grasped the nettle and are trying to bring in improvements.'

Off you go: Serbian's Milos Ninkovic argues with Danny Rose after the England player was sent off

Off you go: Serbian's Milos Ninkovic argues with Danny Rose after the England player was sent off

The racism charge was discussed by FA chairman David Bernstein and sports minister Hugh Robertson at a meeting with UEFA president Michel Platini in Switzerland yesterday.

Bernstein told reporters: 'I think UEFA understand our position and that there is a degree of sympathy from Platini but I don’t want to say anything more than that.'

Anger: Marvin Sordell reacts after the U21 game

Anger: Marvin Sordell reacts after the U21 game

PFA chairman Clarke Carlisle has previously called for Serbia to be banned over the racism during the match in Krusevac on October 16.

Sunderland’s Danny Rose was sent off after the final whistle for kicking the ball away in reaction to the abuse he was receiving. He later claimed the abuse was racial. The Serbian FA later blamed Rose and accused him of 'inappropriate, unsportsmanlike and vulgar' behaviour.