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Brighton report homophobic abuse from rival fans to FA – list of alleged chants including from Colin Kazim-Richards

REVEALED: The shocking list of alleged homophobic abuse suffered by Brighton supporters… including from one of their former players

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Date
Fixture
Examples of alleged chants reported
GFSN comments
August 14, 2012
Swindon Town (A)
'Town full of f*gg*ts.'
Other abuse heard too.
Letter sent from BHASC to Swindon Town FC.
Response received from club who said that they would be vigilante and apologised.
August 18, 2012
Hull City (A)
'We can see you holding hands' and others.

Player rubs his hands up and down several times over his backside whilst standing in front of, but with his back to, Brighton fans.
Spoke to senior steward after match.
Letter sent to club.
Club’s stewards take action during game.
Hull City FC defended its player saying he had done nothing wrong.
August 21, 2012
Cardiff City (H)
Nothing audible
n/a
August 25, 2012
Barnsley (H)
Nothing audible
n/a
September 1, 2012
Burnley (A)

Home fans used many derogatory words. So bad that BBC Sussex radio had to turn off a microphone and apologise several times on air for the language being used around them.

No action was taken.
September 14, 2012
Sheffield Wednesday (H)
Nothing audible
n/a
September 18, 2012
Watford (A)
Nothing audible
n/a
September 22, 2012
Millwall (A)
Multiple, persistent chants heard.
No action was taken this season.
BHASC corresponded with Millwall in 2011 & 2012 season and have trusted them to work away at the problem.
September 29, 2012
Birmingham (H)
Nothing audible
n/a
October 2, 2012
Ipswich Town (H)
Nothing audible
n/a
October 6, 2012
Derby County (A)
Nothing audible
n/a
October 20, 2012
Middlesbrough (H)
Nothing audible
n/a
October 23, 2012
Leicester City (A)
A variety of chants including 'We can see you holding hands'.
BHASC has reported to Leicester City FC in the past who didn’t accept that it was anything but 'banter'. With this mind set BHASC didn’t see that we could achieve anything else at this time.
October 27, 2012
Blackpool (A)
Nothing audible
n/a
November 2, 2012
Leeds United (H)
Several different chants
BHASC is comfortable that Brighton & Hove Albion FC has adequate procedures to take action if deemed appropriate. Fans have historically been ejected and on sometimes even prevented from going in if they make such comments.
November 6, 2012
Peterborough (H)
Nothing audible
n/a
November 17, 2012
Huddersfield Town (A)
'We can see you holding hands'
'You're just a town full of f*gg*ts'
Spoke to police at game and letter sent to club.
Club responded apologising and explaining actions of stewards in preventing abuse spreading
November 24, 2012
Bolton Wanderers (H)
'We can see you holding hands'
'You’re just a town full of b*****s'
'We always sh*g girls'

Email sent to Bolton who responded.
November 27, 2012
Bristol City (H)
Nothing audible
n/a
December 1, 2012
Crystal Palace (A)
'Palace 5, Brighton 0, Brighton take it up the b*m'

'We can see you holding hands.'
Complaint to stewards and letter sent to club.

No action taken at the time by the stewards, but Senior Steward reprimanded by CPFC for failing to take action.
December 8, 2012
Charlton Athletic (A)
'We can see you holding hands.'
Chants were sporadic and did not spread possibly due to actions of stewards.
16 December 2012
Nottingham Forest (H)
Nothing audible
n/a
December 18, 2012
Millwall (H)
Several individual incidents reported after the game. A father and son pair of Brighton fans were walking away from the ground and the father was asked 'Do you pass him round'
BHASC is comfortable that Brighton & Hove Albion FC has adequate procedures to take action if deemed appropriate. Fans have historically been ejected and on sometimes even prevented from going in if they make such comments.
December 29, 2012
Watford (H)
Sporadic chanting reported
BHASC is comfortable that Brighton & Hove Albion FC has adequate procedures to take action if deemed appropriate. Fans have historically been ejected and on sometimes even prevented from going in if they make such comments.
January 1, 2013
Ipswich Town (A)
Nothing audible
n/a
January 5, 2013
Newcastle United (H)
Sporadic homophobic chanting reported
Stewards took action to prevent chants being spread.
January 12, 2013
Derby County (H)
Nothing audible
n/a
January 19, 2013
Birmingham City (A)
'Does your boyfriend know you're here'
'Go home you qayers'
'Up your a*** m’lord, up your a***'

Incidents were reported to Birmingham City FC.
January 22, 2013
Blackburn Rovers (A)
'Soft Southern poofters'
Two fans attacked outside the ground.
n/a
January 26, 2013
Arsenal (H)
'Does your boyfriend know you're here'
'We can see you holding hands'
BHASC is comfortable that Brighton & Hove Albion FC has adequate procedures to take action if deemed appropriate. Fans have historically been ejected and on sometimes even prevented from going in if they make such comments
February 2, 2013
Sheffield Wednesday (A)
'We can see you holding hands'
'Does your boyfriend know you're here'
'Town full of f*gg*ts'
'Up your a***, up your a***, if you’re not a f****** w***** you’re a gayer'
Complaint made to stewards. BHASC understands that stewards may have taken action to prevent the chants spreading.
February 9, 2013
Hull City (H)
Local paper reported that three Hull fans were arrested for homophobic comments made after the match.

Two of those arrested were cautioned.
February 12, 2013
Blackburn Rovers (H)
Homophobic gestures from Blackburn player, alleged to be Colin Kazim-Richards
Investigations by the Sussex County Police and The FA.February 19, 2013
Cardiff City (A)
Nothing audible
n/a
February 23, 2013
Burnley (H)
Nothing audible
n/a
March 2, 2013
Huddersfield Town (H)
Nothing audible
n/a
March 5, 2013
Bristol City (A)
'We can see you holding hands'
'You’re just a town full of f*gg*ts'
'What’s it like to suck a c***'
'We drink cider, you suck c***'
'The referee’s a gay boy'
'Gay and you know you are'
Incidents not reported.
March 9, 2013
Bolton Wanderers (A)
'We can see you holding hands'
'Do you take it up the a***'
'Gay and you know you are'
This was reported to previous contact at Bolton by email. A response has not been forthcoming to date.
March 12, 2013
Barnsley (A)
Nothing audible
Barnsley demonstrated to BHASC procedures of stewards and how they deal with any instances of reported abuse.
March 17, 2013
Crystal Palace (H)
'You’re queer and you know you are'
'We can see you holding hands'
BHASC is comfortable that Brighton & Hove Albion FC has adequate procedures to take action if deemed appropriate. Fans have historically been ejected and on sometimes even prevented from going in if they make such comments.
March 30, 2013
Nottingham Forest (A)
'Does your boyfriend know you’re here'
'You only sing when you’re b***ing'
'Have you ever sh*gg*d a girl'
'We can see you holding hands'
And shouts of ‘f*gg*ts’, ‘gay’ and ‘n*nce’ with limp-wristed gestures
Brighton supporters reported incidents to the police and stewards. The stadium safety officer assured GFSN before the game that a zero-tolerance policy was in place and the stewards would take any appropriate action necessary.

Charles Green targets return to glory days as trading starts in Rangers shares

Green targets return to glory days as trading starts in Rangers shares

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UPDATED:

11:11 GMT, 19 December 2012

Trading began on shares in Rangers on Wednesday after the Glasgow club was listed on the stock exchange, with chief executive Charles Green hoping for a successful flotation.

Rangers announced over 22million had been raised from their listing on the stock exchange and dealings on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) began at 8am.

Green, whose company bought the assets and business of Rangers for 5.5m when the club was consigned to liquidation in June, believes Rangers will prove worthwhile to investors.

All good on the pitch: David Templeton scored as Rangers beat Annan on Tuesday

All good on the pitch: David Templeton scored as Rangers beat Annan on Tuesday

Green told BBC Radio 5 Live: 'The institutional community have invested heavily. We've taken 17m already from institutions and that list is out there public; it's the great and good of London.

'For me as chief exec the really important endorsement is that of the financial community who have come out in support of it.

'All football clubs are high risk and there's been a history of failure to deliver.

'We know that football clubs historically haven't performed very well, but Rangers is an institution, it's a major sporting brand and we think that makes a difference.'

The listed company is called Rangers International Football Club plc and will act as the holding company for the club.

Green was listed as the club's main shareholder in the share prospectus with a stake of almost 15 per cent, which will now be diluted. He had not planned to add to his shares.

Looking ahead: Charles Green spoke to fans the night before trading began

Looking ahead: Charles Green spoke to fans the night before trading began

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley was the third largest shareholder with 9 per cent before the issue of extra shares, behind a consortium called Blue Pitch Holdings.

Manager Ally McCoist had almost a 3 per cent stake before the issue and said he planned to buy more, although his shareholding will be diluted.

A statement read: 'The total number of ordinary shares in issue at admission is 65,096,056, giving Rangers a market capitalisation of approximately 45.6m at the placing price.

'The funds have been raised in order to provide for a secure financial future, update and develop the club's facilities, capitalise on the club's global brand and enable the club to enhance its playing squad when appropriate.'

Protest: Rangers fans are against the potential sale of the stadium name

Protest: Rangers fans are against the potential sale of the stadium name

Green said in the statement: 'We are delighted to see our plans for bringing Rangers back to its glory days coming to fruition; a key part of which is its listing on AIM today.

'The response from investors and fans alike has been tremendous and we are very proud to have such loyal supporters.

'Rangers is a huge club with enormous support, and, a 140-year track record of success in both the domestic and international arenas.

'With a settled squad, led by manager Ally McCoist, the club has made a strong start to the 2012/13 season and the Rangers brand and facilities provide tremendous opportunities for commercialisation and expansion.

'The listing on AIM is an important step to ensuring the future success of the club.'

Max Chilton set for Marussia drive after funding boost

Chilton set to join F1's Brit pack with Marussia drive after sealing funding boost

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UPDATED:

17:02 GMT, 1 November 2012

Max Chilton is on course to become the fourth British driver on the Formula One grid next season after revealing he has secured the necessary funding to land a drive with back-markers Marussia.

The news comes as the 21-year-old from Reigate prepares for his first experience behind the wheel of a Formula One car when he replaces current Marussia driver Charles Pic in the opening practice session of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Chilton revealed he is hopeful of taking over from Pic on a permanent basis next year with the French youngster heavily linked with a move to Caterham.

Young hopeful: Max Chilton, from Reigate, is looking to break into F1

Young hopeful: Max Chilton, from Reigate, is looking to break into F1

Chilton, the son of Grahame Chilton who is non-executive chairman of insurance giant Aon Benfield’s UK holding company and reportedly worth around 100million, insisted the necessary cash is not family money.

He said: ‘I’m trying to get the race seat here. I’ve managed to get two sponsors together for next year to get the whole budget together, if the seat is available, which means as a family we don’t have to put a penny in.

‘My dad has always said he would get me to where I need, but that he won’t put in any money. Luckily I now have the money.

‘I’m a racer and I want to get a race seat. I’d love the chance and hopefully it will come soon.’

The news Chilton has the cash to join Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button and Paul di Resta is particularly timely given Marussia reportedly suffered losses of almost 50million last year and are actively seeking investors to bridge the gap.

Gianni Paladini resumes Birmingham City takeover talks

Paladini resumes talks over potential Birmingham takeover

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UPDATED:

22:06 GMT, 27 October 2012

Gianni Paladini has resumed talks with Peter Pannu over his potential takeover at Birmingham City – and the Italian is hoping to work around ownership rules that would block his purchase.

The former chief executive of Queen's Park Rangers has re-opened negotiations following an aborted bid to purchase the Championship club last month.

In talks: Gianni Paladini looking to take over at Birmingham

In talks: Gianni Paladini looking to take over at Birmingham

Paladini is looking to broker a deal
with the St Andrew's club's Chinese owners, a difficult task as they
have set a hefty price.

The Italian is trying to secure the
Championship club for a total package of around 25m but of more
interest to Football League officials will be his involvement.

The authorities contacted
Nottingham Forest when it became apparent last summer that Paladini
might be linked to the purchase of the former European Cup winners from
the estate of late owner Nigel Doughty.

However, it appears that a third
party is fronting the latest offer in a deliberate attempt to put
distance between the former agent and his designs on the Championship
strugglers.

A source said: 'Paladini's move is deliberate and will test the new Football League rules to the full.'

Other interested parties are also
eager to strike a deal but are waiting until owner Carson Yeung's trial
for money-laundering has been completed.

The one unknown is the financial state of the club's parent company, Birmingham Inernational Holdings Ltd.

It remains in severe difficulties and any potential collapse could spark a fierce war for control.

Paladini is aware that he has
rivals and is keen to tie up a deal with Pannu, recently appointed as
chief executive of BIHL, before Yeung's trial or the surface of any
other problems with the holding company.

Arsenal aren"t scared to spend, says Arsene Wenger

We are not scared to spend, says Wenger as Arsenal boss defends transfer policy

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UPDATED:

12:17 GMT, 27 September 2012

Arsene Wenger maintains Arsenal are not scared to spend money – but will always do it 'in the right way'.

The Gunners' parent holding company are set to post their latest set of financial results on Thursday afternoon, which are understood to again show a healthy operating profit and considerable cash reserves.

The joy of six: Arsenal romped to victory over Coventry on Wednesday

The joy of six: Arsenal romped to victory over Coventry on Wednesday

Those will be further boosted by the
24million sale of former captain Robin van Persie to Manchester United,
although also offset against the summer signings of Lukas Podolski,
Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud, who scored his first Arsenal goal in
Wednesday night's Capital One Cup win over Coventry.

Wenger believes the continued positive financial situation at the Emirates Stadium is 'very pleasing', but does represent a delicate balancing act between stability off the pitch and consistency on it.

'We want to spend our money in the right way. We are not scared to spend the money,' said Wenger.

'With some clubs we can't compete on certain players – and for the rest, we only want to bring in players who add something to our squad and give a chance as well to the young players we have.

Cash-flow: Wenger defended Arsenal's transfer policy on Thursday

Cash-flow: Wenger defended Arsenal's transfer policy on Thursday

'We have good players, because to buy one more, we have to get one out.'

'Our numbers are good,' added Wenger. 'Under the actual circumstances this is quite positive because the whole (global) environment is not positive.

'We are very lucky because we have a good support and the income of our gates is very high.

'We have to maintain that by keeping our fans happy and to continue to manage well in the way that we do it.'

Everton v Newcastle live

PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: Everton v Newcastle – as it happens from Goodison Park

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UPDATED:

19:07 GMT, 17 September 2012

Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Barclays Premier League as Everton host Newcastle at Goodison Park to round off the weekend's action. The Toffees will hope to build on a strong start to the season and seal three points to help them climb into third, while Alan Pardew will hope to record the Toon's first victory since the opening day. Send me your thoughts on the action at [email protected] or contact me on Twitter @Ripinho.

Everton 0-0 Newcastle (8pm)

Click here for the live goals as they go in

Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Jagielka,
Distin, Baines, Neville, Osman, Pienaar, Fellaini, Mirallas, Jelavic.
Subs: Mucha, Heitinga, Naismith, Gueye, Coleman, Anichebe, Duffy.

Newcastle:
Harper, Perch, Steven Taylor, Williamson, Santon, Cabaye, Anita,
Gutierrez, Marveaux, Cisse, Ben Arfa.
Subs: Elliot, Gosling, Ba,
Bigirimana, Shola Ameobi, Obertan, Tavernier.

Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)

Click here for the live Premier League table

4min: Jelavic limps off for a moment but is back on again a couple of minutes later. He is till limping but I think he will run that off.

2min: And already Everton have the ball in the net but Newcastle breath a sigh of relief as it is ruled offside.

Marouane Fellaini's attempted shot from a cross is parried away by Steve Harper but only to Nikica Jelavic who taps home shortly before the flag is raised.

It's the correct call but there is a delay in play as the Croatian is down in pain having collided with the post.

Kick-off: The game gets underway…

20.00: Applause from everyone inside the ground as the names of those that lost their lives are displayed on the big screen under a message saying 'Merseyside United.'

19.56: Touching scenes as the players make their way out. Two mascots lead the way holding hands, one wearing a Liverpool kit, the other an Everton kit with the numbers nine and six on their backs in reference to the Hillsborough disaster.

19.53: We've already touched on where Everton could end up this evening but Newcastle could throw themselves in at the business end of the table too.

A win for the Toon could move them up to sixth.

19.50: This of course is a rematch from the final day of last season when Newcastle were chasing a top four spot.

Going down 3-1 effectively ended their chances, but wins for Tottenham and Arsenal made their hopes of reaching the Champions League redundant regardless.

19.45: From InfostradaLive:

Steve Harper replaces Tim Krul in goal for Newcastle. He will make his first PL appearance in 17 months, since Newcastle’s 1-0 defeat at Aston Villa in April 2011. He has failed to keep a clean sheet in his last five PL matches, since a 2-0 victory at Birmingham City in Feb 2011.

19.40: Everton boss David Moyes spoke to Sky Sports before the game:

'Last season we couldn't win in the early part of the campaign, including at Goodison.

'Hopefully Mirallas will get us goals and add pace, Naismith has played well but now is the time to introduce him.

'Newcastle have got a threat and were against everyone all of last season. Cisse, Ben Arfa and Cabaye are good players so it will be a tough game.'

19.35: Everton's 6million summer signing Kevin Mirallas is given his first Barclays Premier League start for the visit of Newcastle.

The Belgium international and right-back Tony Hibbert are the two changes from the side which lost at West Brom last time out, with the injured Darron Gibson absent and Steven Naismith drops to the bench.

Newcastle make five changes from their 1-1 draw with Aston Villa prior to the international break, the most notable being Demba Ba among the substitutes with centre-back Fabricio Coloccini and goalkeeper Tim Krul injured.

Tribute: A banner dedicated to the 96 Liverpool fans who lost their lives at Hillsborough was on show inside of Goodison Park

Tribute: A banner dedicated to the 96 Liverpool fans who lost their lives at Hillsborough was on show outside of Goodison Park

Tribute: A banner dedicated to the 96 Liverpool fans who lost their lives at Hillsborough was on show outside of Goodison Park

19.30: Full line-ups from Goodison Park:

Everton v Newcastle
Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Neville, Osman, Pienaar, Fellaini, Mirallas, Jelavic. Subs: Mucha, Heitinga, Naismith, Gueye, Coleman, Anichebe, Duffy.

Newcastle: Harper, Perch, Steven Taylor, Williamson, Santon, Cabaye, Anita, Gutierrez, Marveaux, Cisse, Ben Arfa. Subs: Elliot, Gosling, Ba, Bigirimana, Shola Ameobi, Obertan, Tavernier.

Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)

19.25: Newcastle boss Alan Pardew spoke to Sky Sports pre-match:

'Demba Ba is a victim of injuries to our midfield, but don't be surprised if he comes off the bench to get the winner.

'Without Cheick Tiote we need an extra body in the midfield as Everton are formidable at home.

'It's a big test with the Europa League pressures, we knew we was going to get injuries so people will have to step up.'

19.20: One man who has started to find his form for Newcastle is full-back, Davide Santon.

The former Inter Milan has started the season brightly following an inconsistent campaign last term and he has told fans his best is yet to come.

19.15: So no Demba Ba for Newcastle. Papiss Cisse is favoured in attack as Alan Pardew opts for a lone striker.

The Newcastle boss isn't aiming to keep it tight though judging by the wide players in his line-up.

19.10: Newcastle starting XI:

Harper, Perch, Williamson, Stuart Taylor, Santon, Anita, Cabaye, Gutierrez, Marveaux, Cisse, Ben Arfa.

19.05: Everton starting XI:

Howard, Hibbert, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Mirallas, Neville, Osman, Pienaar, Fellaini, Jelavic.

19.00: Good evening football fans, could I just take your attention away from tomorrow night's Champions League clash between Real Madrid and Manchester City for a moment (or an evening) as we have a rather intriguing Premier League fixture tonight.

Everton have made an unusually positive start to the season and a win today could see them move up into third, possibly second if they go goal crazy against Newcastle. Should be a cracker and the team news on the way.

Winning team: Victory for Everton will see them go level with second place Manchester United on nine points

Winning team: Victory for Everton will see them go level with second place Manchester United on nine points

Andy Carroll wanted by AC Milan

Italian job for Liverpool striker Carroll as Serie A giants Milan declare: We want you!

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UPDATED:

06:37 GMT, 4 July 2012

AC Milan could be set to launch a shock swoop for Liverpool striker Andy Carroll after the Italian giant's transfer consultant revealed their interest.

Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi's son Pier Silvio – president of Mediaset, the holding company that owns the San Siro club – admitted he is a huge fan of the England international and wants to see him wearing the black and red Rossoneri colours in the future.

The Three Lions powerhouse was a British record transfer signing when the Reds snapped him up from Newcastle for 35million in January 2010.

Target man: AC Milan are interested in signing Liverpool striker Andy Carroll

Target man: AC Milan are interested in signing Liverpool striker Andy Carroll

The 23-year-old has enjoyed mixed fortunes during his time at Anfield in which he struggled early on.

But he enjoyed an encouraging end to the season last term and won a place in Roy Hodgson's Euro 2012 squad.

Heading off: Milan were impressed with Carroll's thumping header against Sweden

Heading off: Milan were impressed with Carroll's thumping header against Sweden

Carroll, capped by his country seven times, scored a fabulous header in England's 3-2 group stage win over Sweden – a goal which has prompted Milan's surprise interest.

'As a future target I’d like Andy Carroll,' said Berlusconi.

'I must admit that for his body build, and after seeing his header in the Euros, I would like to have Carroll at Milan.'

Italian job: Carroll came on a substitute in England's Euro 2012 quarter-final defeat to Italy in Kiev

Italian job: Carroll came on a substitute in England's Euro 2012 quarter-final defeat to Italy in Kiev

After waving farewell to a host of veteran club favourites this summer – including Rino Gattuso, Mark van Bommel and Clarence Seedorf – Milan are keen to usher in younger talent in their bid to wrest the Scudetto from last season's champions Juventus.

An audacious move for Carroll would certainly underline their intent and Berlusconi added: 'This is a new era for Milan.

'We will continue to get younger while maintaining the culture. Milan still has its superstars.'

Birmingham wait for transfer embargo to be lifted

Birmingham wait for transfer ban to be lifted after accounts are filed

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UPDATED:

21:51 GMT, 11 June 2012

Birmingham City are waiting to discover whether their transfer embargo has been lifted after the Championship club's accounts were finally filed.

The club was subject to the penalty after its' books were not lodged with the Football League at the end of March.

The figures show a 10.6m loss for the past financial year but there remains confusion about whether the managerless club is now able to sign players on a permanent basis.

Waiting game: Birmingham City are waiting to discover if their transfer ban will be lifted

Waiting game: Birmingham City are waiting to discover if their transfer ban will be lifted

Auditors BDO have raised concerns over the accounts of the parent company, Birmingham International Holdings Ltd.

They have alleged that they are not confident of having received all the necessary information to sign off the audit – a claim that has been disputed by directors of the holding company.

Michael Holding: West Indies must sort their act out

EXCLUSIVE: No Holding back – West Indies coach and board must sort their act out

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UPDATED:

21:00 GMT, 23 May 2012

It takes a lot to rile Michael Holding. But you’ll know when he’s riled. In 1976, he responded to England captain Tony Greig’s promise to make the West Indies ‘grovel’ with a quietly furious fast-bowling performance to rank with any.

Four years later, he kicked over two stumps – elegantly, of course – in Dunedin out of frustration at some shameless home-town umpiring against New Zealand.

More than three decades on, when we meet in Newmarket – his home for half the year while he indulges his love of Flat racing – to discuss the plight of the current West Indies team, it is clear the fire has not left him.

Winning smile: Michael Holding has a home near the gallops at Newmarket to indulge his love of Flat racing

Winning smile: Michael Holding has a home near the gallops at Newmarket to indulge his love of Flat racing

Legend: Holding was a mainstay of arguably the greatest Test team ever

Legend: Holding was a mainstay of arguably the greatest Test team ever

He smoulders. And Michael Holding could smoulder for Jamaica.

West Indies, a team which in Holding’s day went 15 years following that unhappy trip to New Zealand without losing a single series, can now barely win a single Test. And Holding’s sights are trained unerringly on the West Indian administrators and coach Ottis Gibson.

‘We have a chief executive, Ernest Hilaire, who thinks he owns West Indies cricket,’ he tells Sportsmail. ‘He has the wrong attitude. He’s very arrogant. He thinks he is always right and he doesn’t listen to anyone.

‘Ottis Gibson needs to understand that the West Indies cricket team is not a boot camp. He needs to learn how to man-manage.’

This last issue is at the heart of Holding’s beef. Few press conferences on this tour have passed without Gibson or captain Darren Sammy being asked about the players who are not in England. The list is heartbreaking: Chris Gayle, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Dwayne Bravo, Sunil Narine, Jerome Taylor.

For some of them, the lure of the IPL dollar has proved too great, and Holding says there’s little the West Indies Cricket Board can do – although he would like to see more players make compromises, as Marlon Samuels has done by giving up half his contract with Pune Warriors to play in the Tests.

Time for change: West Indies' board and coach have hindered their progress

Time for change: West Indies' board and coach have hindered their progress

THE 5 MISSING

Chris Gayle
Age: 32 Tests: 91
Runs: 6,373 at 41
Wickets: 72 at 41

Destructive opener regarded by the board as a destructive presence in the dressing room. Hopes to play in the one-day matches which follow the three Tests.

IPL deal: 357,000 with Royal Challengers Bangalore

Ramnaresh Sarwan
Age: 31
Tests: 87
Runs: 5,842 at 40
Wickets: 23 at 50

Former captain made the scapegoat for last year’s World Cup failure. Says Ottis Gibson’s coaching left him not knowing ‘which was my back foot and which was my front foot’.

County deal: believed to be on a six-figure salary at Leicestershire

Dwayne Bravo
Age: 28
Tests: 40
Runs: 2,200 at 31
Wickets: 86 at 39

All-rounder who wants to play Tests, but can’t make the team because of Darren Sammy. Now an IPL regular.

IPL deal: 128,000 with Chennai Super Kings

Jerome Taylor
Age: 27
Tests: 29
Runs: 629 at 15
Wickets: 82 at 35

West Indies’ most promising fast bowler since the glory days has been sidelined by management. Destroyed England in Kingston in 2009 but hasn’t played any senior cricket in over a year.

Sunil Narine
Age: 23
Tests: 0

Mystery off-spinner who recently bamboozled Australia in a one-day series, but couldn’t afford to turn down a lucrative deal to play in India.

IPL deal: 446,000 with Kolkata Knight Riders

But it is the ongoing failure of the administrators to make peace with their star players, whom they view as troublemakers, and what Holding regards as the dictatorial methods of Gibson, that have persuaded him to speak out.

‘A lot of the senior players who should be playing in England have a very bad relationship with the board,’ he says. ‘They are unhappy with the treatment that has been meted out to them. It’s about time the board realised that the people they are dealing with are human beings – they are not commodities. They need respect. They need to be treated properly.’

Gayle, the most talented of the absentees, remains hopeful of playing in the one-day series that follows the Tests. It would be the first time he has represented West Indies since March 2011, when he upset the board with some critical remarks in a radio interview.

Since then, he has been a Twenty20 bat for hire – and it needed the intervention of the Prime Ministers of St Vincent and Antigua to get the board and Gayle talking again.

‘Chris Gayle has to know there are repercussions if you’re critical of the board in public,’ says Holding. ‘But the board have behaved like schoolboys. Instead of sitting down with him and trying to sort things out, they keep condemning the man and asking him to apologise.’

Gayle, Sarwan and Shivnarine Chanderpaul were all implicitly criticised by Gibson following West Indies’ disappointing exit from the World Cup last year. ‘The fact is,’ said Gibson, ‘the senior players haven’t performed.’

Sarwan is now playing for Leicestershire, where he has made some caustic remarks about Gibson’s coaching methods.

And Holding says Chanderpaul, the world’s No 1 batsman and scorer of 87 not out and 91 during the five-wicket defeat in the first Test at Lord’s, only ensured the continuation of his international career by threatening to sue the board after demanding an explanation for disparaging remarks made by Hilaire about the senior players.

‘I have no issue with Ottis trying to get discipline back into the team,’ says Holding. ‘But it is the way he has done it. As soon as someone says anything he doesn’t particularly like, he doesn’t want them around.’

Holding applauds Gibson’s harmonious relationship with Sammy but, like many in the Caribbean, questions the captain’s place in the team.

‘They want Sammy as captain, irrespective of whether it’s good for the team balance or not,’ he says. ‘West Indies cannot afford to carry anyone while they are struggling in Test matches.’

But he reserves some of his most scathing criticism for the treatment of Jerome Taylor, the fast bowler who took five for 11 to help dismiss England for 51 on his home island of Jamaica three years ago, but has not played for West Indies for nearly two years.

Holding believes Taylor was unfairly branded as a troublemaker who failed to stay fit, prompting the board to issue a press release in May 2011 stating that Taylor had to complete a full season of domestic cricket before he could be reconsidered for international honours.

Looking up: Holding (right, with Lawrence Booth) hopes West Indies can progress

Looking up: Holding (right, with Lawrence Booth) hopes West Indies can progress

Looking up: Holding (right, with Lawrence Booth) hopes West Indies can progress

76,000

The basic annual salary for a top, contracted West Indies player. They receive an additional 5,000 (approx) per Test and 3,000 per ODI, plus bonuses. Their English counterparts are on 450,000 a year plus 5,000 to 10,000 per Test match.

‘That is the bad handling I’m talking about. Instead of that press release, why not just say, “Jerome, we’re not satisfied with your fitness levels. You will not be selected to play for West Indies until you have proved you are fully fit”.

‘Don’t give the man a time span that is going to ruin him. They want to get rid of him, because that is their foolish way.’

If, as expected, West Indies lose the second Test in Nottingham, and with it the series, they can’t say they haven’t been warned.

Coventry and Birmingham placed under transfer embargoes

Coventry and Birmingham placed under transfer embargoes

Two more Championship clubs have been plunged into crisis with both Coventry and Birmingham being placed under temporary transfer embargoes for failing to submit their club accounts on time.

Both npower Championship clubs missed the
March 1 deadline and consequently are now banned from any activity in
the transfer marker until further notice.

It follows news that administration hit Portsmouth may go out of existence as they may not have enough money to see them through until the end of the season.

Tough time: Coventry boss Andy Thorn, who is currently suffering from a virus, will have to manage with a transfer embargo

Tough time: Coventry boss Andy Thorn, who is currently suffering from a virus, will have to manage with a transfer embargo

Coventry chief executive Tim Fisher said: 'As part of the accounts submission process we have to be able to show committed funding out for the next financial year.

'We could not do this as we are still in the process of agreeing and negotiating budgets with the owner.

'There is nothing untoward about this and it is perfectly normal to be negotiating funding with the owner. We would hope to secure funding commitments in the very next few weeks.'

No worries: Birmingham boss Chris Hughton is happy with the size of his squad

No worries: Birmingham boss Chris Hughton is happy with the size of his squad

'We totally understand and appreciate that supporters might be concerned, but while the situation is far from ideal, we are confident it will be resolved very soon.'

The announcement came hours after manager Andy Thorn was ordered to rest after being taken ill with a virus during training.

Coach Steve Harrison will take charge of the Sky Blues for Saturday's derby against Leicester City.

Meanwhile, A Birmingham statement read: 'The delay in filing the financial
statements is occasioned due to the delayed audit processes, with both
the club and the group holding company having to handle a series of
audit issues, together with the financial issues thrown at the club due
to the arrest and freezing of the assets of the club's main benefactor
and changes to banking arrangements.

'The draft financial statements are
prepared and it is understood that these will be finalised and published
by the end of April (as previously announced through the Hong Kong
Stock Exchange).

'This short period of delay in
submission, and the resulting transfer embargo, does not affect the
business of the football club at this present time. Having captured the
signatures of several more players in the last couple of weeks, the club
is satisfied with the strength and size of the playing squad, which has
been sufficiently reinforced to assist with our end of season push.'

Birmingham signed three
players on Thursday, with Peter Ramage arriving on loan from QPR while Caleb Folan
and Cian Hughton joined as free agents.