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Man arrested for alleged racist abuse during Millwall"s v Leeds

53-year-old man arrested for alleged racist abuse during Millwall's match against Leeds
Sky Sports News report identified 56 examples of racist abuse at MillwallSustained abuse heard from Block 28 at The DenMillwall 'appalled' by footage and captain Danny Shittu 'deeply saddened'

By
David Wilcock

PUBLISHED:

21:57 GMT, 12 February 2013

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UPDATED:

22:00 GMT, 12 February 2013

A man has been arrested in connection with allegations of racist abuse aimed at Leeds striker El-Hadji Diouf by Millwall fans, Scotland Yard said on Tuesday night.

The 53-year-old man was arrested after Sky Sports News last night broadcast footage which appeared to show some of the London club's fans hurling insults at the Senegalese forward during a game at the Den in November.

Millwall said they were 'appalled' by the footage and vowed to reopen an investigation into allegations of racial abuse, which initially emerged online.

Caught on camera: A fan is filmed making racist remarks during a Millwall game by Sky Sports News

Caught on camera: A fan is filmed making racist remarks during a Millwall game by Sky Sports News

Club captain Danny Shittu said he was 'deeply saddened' by what he had seen in the documentary.

The man, from Enfield, north London, remained in custody tonight on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offence, a Metropolitan Police spokesman said.

Millwall have promised to ban any individuals for life if they are found guilty.

The footage appears to show fans hurling insults at Diouf during an npower Championship clash between the two clubs at the south-east London ground on November 18.

The Lions' chief executive, Andy Ambler, said that an initial investigation was closed after Diouf said he heard no racist abuse aimed at him.

Abuse: Sky Sports News picked up another fan making racist remarks

Abuse: Sky Sports News picked up another fan making racist remarks

'Like all Millwall fans and football fans generally, we're appalled by the footage we've seen,' he said.

'Sadly racism exists in our society and certain individuals want to bring it into football grounds. It's down to us in football do to more.

Shittu later released a statement on the club website which read: 'I am deeply saddened by the documentary on Sky Sports showing racism by the minority at matches including at Millwall FC.

Anger: Leeds forward El-Hadji Diouf was believed to be the target of racist abuse

Anger: Leeds forward El-Hadji Diouf was believed to be the target of racist abuse

'As the current Millwall captain, racism is something I do not stand for or condone.

'I am currently in talks with the club about any further measures we can take in dealing with and eradicating racism at matches.

'I do not want the events shown yesterday to tarnish the hard work done by the club thus far and their efforts in tackling this issue.

'Every player at all levels has the right to represent their club without being subjected to homophobic or racial taunts. I will do all I can to help eradicate racism at my club and in football.'

Bolton forward Marvin Sordell has previously made allegations of racial abuse towards Millwall's fans.

A banner stating “Sordell is a c***” was unfurled at a later game which came in the wake of his claims, while a 13-year-old boy was banned from the ground.

Rory McIlroy signs Nike deal in Abu Dhabi to set him on way to billion dollar prize

Billion dollar Rory! Nike deal sets McIlroy on his way to UK record haul… but Ryder Cup storm clouds threaten his Abu Dhabi party

By
Derek Lawrenson

PUBLISHED:

22:48 GMT, 14 January 2013

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UPDATED:

23:09 GMT, 14 January 2013

Dude, is that your real hair

Watch the first Nike advert featuring both new signing Rory McIlroy and original superstar Tiger Woods.

Rory McIlroy took a major step to becoming the United Kingdom's first billion-dollar sportsman after he was officially unveiled as a Nike athlete.

At a press conference in Abu Dhabi filled with glitz and glamour, the Northern Irishman, 23, signed a $25million-a-year (about 15.5m) contract that, alongside tournament earnings and appearance fees of similar magnitude, could see him break the 10-figure earnings barrier before he finishes his glittering career.

Jack Nicklaus was 46 when he won his last major and the legendary Arnold Palmer is still raking in $20m (about 12.4m) a year in sponsorship despite now being in his eighties.

Just done it: Rory McIlroy has signed a sponsorship deal with Nike that will see him net 155m

Just done it: Rory McIlroy has signed a sponsorship deal with Nike that will see him net 155m

Just done it: Rory McIlroy has signed a sponsorship deal with Nike that will see him net 155m

If McIlroy can avoid the scandals that have affected other Nike athletes such as Tiger Woods and Lance Armstrong and keep his form, that gargantuan billion-dollar figure is clearly within range.

McIlroy was welcomed into the fold by fellow Nike superstars Wayne Rooney, Roger Federer and Woods himself. Messages of support from the trio were played on a big screen behind where McIlroy and Cindy Davis, president of Nike Golf, were sitting.

Spectacular: McIlroy's image was projected onto water at a glitzy ceremony in Abu Dhabi on Monday

Spectacular: McIlroy's image was projected onto water at a glitzy ceremony in Abu Dhabi on Monday

Spectacular: McIlroy's image was projected onto water at a glitzy ceremony in Abu Dhabi on Monday

No details of the Nike deal have been revealed but the initial contract is believed to be worth up to $25m a year and could run for a decade. That equates to around $68,000 (over 42,000) a day but McIlroy vowed not to let the staggering sums of money distract him from his game.

Rory the cleaner's son mops up

Read Derek Lawrenson's verdict on the sponsorship deal that everyone is talking about…

'I don't play golf for money, I am well past that,' he said. 'I am a major champion and world No 1, which I have always dreamed of being, and I want to keep on living the dream. If I haven't won another major by the end of this year I am going to be very disappointed.'

McIIroy's megabucks deal heralded what promises to be a momentous week in Abu Dhabi, with Europe's Ryder Cup captain due to be announced on Tuesday.

The Holywood star reiterated his backing for Paul McGinley but there are plenty of whispers that the 15-man Tournament Players' Committee, who have the vote, might go for Scot Colin Montgomerie on home soil at Gleneagles next year.

If that happens, McIlroy might find himself leading a revolt among the men who were at Medinah.

Welcome to the big time: McIlroy joins Tiger Woods in earning a huge sum as the face of Nike's golf division

Welcome to the big time: McIlroy joins Tiger Woods in earning a huge sum as the face of Nike's golf division

Taison transfer news: Chelsea target joins Shakhtar Donetsk

Knockout blow for Chelsea as Taison joins Shakhtar after Blues fail to complete deal

By
David Kent

PUBLISHED:

16:37 GMT, 11 January 2013

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UPDATED:

17:20 GMT, 11 January 2013

Chelsea have missed out on Brazilian target Taison to Shakhtar.

The attacking midfielder was given a deadline of January 10 to move to Chelsea or be forced to stay with Metalist. But Shakhtar used a clause in his contract to buy him for 12.5million from Metalist at the last minute.

The midfielder was on the brink of a move to Stamford Bridge at the beginning of the month after talks in London but has now joined the Ukrainian side on a five-year deal.

All smiles: Chelsea target Taison has joined Shakhtar Donetsk

All smiles: Chelsea target Taison has joined Shakhtar Donetsk

He even attended a Chelsea game and was convinced that Roman Abramovich would meet the 11m asking price.

But a Shakhtar club statement read: ‘On 10 January, presidents of FC Shakhtar and FC Metalist Rinat Akhmetov and Serhiy Kurchenko negotiated the transfer of a forward Barcellos Fred Taison from the Kharkiv club to the Donetsk team.

'The negotiations were complicated. The initial sum of 15million dollars, proposed by Shakhtar, was rejected by the Metalist president. We did not come to a compromise.

'Then, the Donetsk side took advantage of the clause in Taison’s contract, according to which he could leave his former club for 20m dollars.

'As a result, FC Shakhtar paid 20m dollars, and we got a player who really wanted to join our team. The Brazilian player's five-year contract started on 11 January.'

Upheaval: There are plenty of changes happening at Stamford Bridge

Upheaval: There are plenty of changes happening at Stamford Bridge

Michael Appleton skips Blackpool training for Blackburn talks

Appleton skips Blackpool training to thrash out deal over Blackburn job

By
Neil Ashton

PUBLISHED:

16:27 GMT, 10 January 2013

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UPDATED:

17:03 GMT, 10 January 2013

Michael Appleton has been given permission to speak with Blackburn.

The Blackpool boss is regarded as one of the brightest young managers in the game.

He has been mentored by Sir Alex Ferguson and Roy Hodgson since his playing career was ended by injury.

He will talk to Blackburn today and could even be their new manager in time to be at Molineux tomorrow night for the Championship clash with Wolves.

Rover and out Michael Appleton's reign at Blackpool could be an extremely short one with the former Portsmouth manager wanted at Ewood Park

Rover and out Michael Appleton's reign at Blackpool could prove to be an
extremely short one with the former Portsmouth manager wanted at Ewood
Park

Sportsmail understands Appleton and coach Ashley Westwood did not attend Blackpool’s training session on Thursday but were meeting chairman Karl Oyston to thrash out a deal.

It is believed Blackburn are prepared to pay
compensation of around 350,000.

Gary Bowyer will be in charge tomorrow if Appleton has not been appointed in time.

A statement from Blackburn managing director Derek Shaw was released on the club's official website last night confirming their interest in the 37-year-old former Portsmouth boss, with a Blackpool statement acknowledging a 'formal approach' shortly afterwards.

Blackpool reportedly rejected Rovers' initial approach and when contacted Shaw said: 'We’re in discussion, if that can be adequate.'

In the market: Blackburn need a new boss after Henning Berg was sacked

In the market: Blackburn need a new boss after Henning Berg was sacked

When pressed on whether Blackpool did turn down Blackburn's offer last night he added: 'I wouldn’t like to comment
on that. If there’s anything later we’ll certainly let you know.'

Appleton left Portsmouth for Blackpool on November 7 following Ian Holloway’s departure to Crystal Palace.

Henning Berg was appointed Blackburn manager seven days after Appleton but a run of one win in 10 games, including a 2-0 defeat by Blackpool at Bloomfield Road in his penultimate match, saw the ex-Norway defender sacked after 57 days in charge.

Blackburn have won all three games since Berg was dismissed and last week issued a statement to confirm reserve team manager Bowyer and head of youth Terry McPhillips would remain in caretaker charge until the end of this month.

This would now appear unlikely in light of the Appleton approach and Bowyer is due to address the media this lunchtime.

Appleton has won two and drawn seven of his 11 Championship games in charge of Blackpool, who are 14th in the table and six points shy of the play-offs – one point and one place behind Blackburn.

Fernando Torres jeered by Chelsea fans for the first time

Torres has had 100 chances at Chelsea… and now the fans are finally giving up on him

By
Rik Sharma

PUBLISHED:

09:49 GMT, 10 January 2013

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UPDATED:

09:57 GMT, 10 January 2013

Fernando Torres’ dismal performance against Swansea on Wednesday night was a first for the striker.

Not his first shambolic showing in a Chelsea shirt, by any means, but the first time the crowd at Stamford Bridge treated his display with the respect it deserved.

Or lack of, rather, with first cheers going around the ground when the fourth official held up his No 9 in red on the electronic board, and then jeers as the striker made his way from the field with as much vigour as he had put in at any other point of the night.

Turning: Fernando Torres was booed by sections of the Chelsea fans and cheered when he was substituted

Turning: Fernando Torres was booed by sections of the Chelsea fans and cheered when he was substituted

Of course, many Chelsea fans have kept this view on the Spaniard for quite some time.

This, though, is the first occasion, on his 100th appearance for the club, on which the sentiment has been so widely displayed.

But why have Chelsea fans drawn a line under this display, rather than any of the others

Time perhaps – anybody’s patience will wear thin at some point. Perhaps it is because he is so fond of the widely disliked manager, Rafael Benitez (and the feeling is mutual).

Struggling: Torres fails to make an impact against Swansea in the Capital One Cup semi final first leg

Struggling: Torres fails to make an impact against Swansea in the Capital One Cup semi final first leg

Benitez was brought to Chelsea to try and get the best out of Torres, but after an initial goal-rush, he is still putting in lethargic, often hopeless performances. No spirit, no guts.

All of those may be factors, but really, the solution to the question – and much of Chelsea’s woes – lay on the other half of that electronic board, in bright green. The No 29.

Demba Ba entered the fray, making his home debut, with just 10 minutes remaining.

He proceded to cause havoc in Swansea’s penalty area, scoring a goal which was harshly ruled out for offside, being booked unfairly for a dive, and connecting with two headers which went close.

On his knees: Torres has failed to live up to the 50m transfer fee

On his knees: Torres has failed to live up to the 50m transfer fee

His contribution in those 10 minutes was many times that of Torres’s, in the previous 80.

Finally Chelsea have an alternative to Torres up front. Finally the fans can show how they feel.

Prior to Ba’s departure, showing dissent to Torres was essentially shooting themselves in the foot.

Daniel Sturridge had been injured for much of the season and many believed he was not a satisfactory alternative anyway.

Not the reaction he was hoping for: Some Chelsea fans boo and cheer the substitution of Torres

Not the reaction he was hoping for: Some Chelsea fans boo and cheer the substitution of Torres

Booing Torres would only have served to bring his morale down lower than it already was.

But in Ba, Chelsea have a striker at the top of his game. A striker hungry for goals, eager to find the perfect positions and willing to run for anything which could turn into a chance.

Shouts for the Senegalese hitman began after the interval. That would have been an apt time to bring him on – Chelsea dominated the first half, with 14 shots to Swansea’s two.

All they were missing was someone to put the ball in the net.

Replaced: Torres shakes hands with Rafael Benitez as he is taken off

Replaced: Torres shakes hands with Rafael Benitez as he is taken off

Although it was two mistakes by the usually reliable Branislav Ivanovic which created Swansea’s goals, it was the lack of a real striking presence which cost them the game.

Upon leaving the ground, after the defeat which leaves Chelsea’s Capital One Cup hopes hanging by a thread, one fan remarked loudly: ‘I’d be happy if I never saw or heard of Torres again.’

Ba may go some way to making that the case, although Benitez is headstrong and unwilling to bend to pressure.

But it would surprise nobody if at Stoke away this weekend he dropped his former Liverpool golden boy for the man who could save Chelsea’s season. If given the chance.

Demba Ba"s release clause is causing trouble for Alan Pardew

The curse of the trigger clause! Newcastle's 2.5m Demba dilemma is a recurring nightmare

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17:33 GMT, 28 December 2012

A clause at Christmas normally triggers thoughts of presents and a smile on your face but there is one at Newcastle that is turning Alan Pardew’s hair whiter than Santa’s.

To be precise, it’s the Demba Ba 7.5million clause.

Pardew wants to keep his star striker but the release figure Newcastle allowed in their initial contract negotiations leaves them vulnerable to offers. Anyone who matches that 7.5m can buy the player should he agree to go.

Demba Ba's 7million release clause could be triggered during the January transfer window

Waiting: Demba Ba's 7million release clause could be triggered during the January transfer window

It begs the question why agree to a clause in the first place Yet they are more common than you think as clubs try different ways to persuade players to join.

Willie McKay represents Momo Diame at West Ham who has a buy-out clause set at 3.5million. McKay has also seen clauses negotiated in the past with Frederic Kanoute and Pascal Chimbonda.

‘The only reason some clubs have the players they have is because of a clause being inserted. They may make an offer that is less wages than another club has offered but because they allow a trigger clause then the player will sign with them.

‘Diame was a free transfer and believed he could command a better salary than he was offered so to compensate for that the clause was put in so he could leave in six months time for 3.5million. That way the club can sell him at a quick profit or renegotiate.

‘West Ham bought out Frederic Kanoute’s clause and sold him for a profit; Wigan bought out Pascal Chimbonda’s at 2million and sold him to Tottenham for 4.5m.

‘The thing is everyone is happy with the clauses at the outset otherwise a deal would not be signed. It’s only when things go wrong that people start saying they aren’t happy or it’s the agents’ fault.’

Momo Diame has a 3.5million release clause at West Ham

Expensive: Momo Diame has a 3.5million release clause at West Ham

Frederic Kanoute has used a release clause

Pascal Chimbonda has used a release clause

Lucrative: Willie McKay, who represents Momo Diame, says that clauses have allowed clubs to sell players like Frederic Kanoute (left) and Pascal Chimbonda (right) for a profit

Chris Farnell, a senior partner with IPS Law, has been involved in many high profile contract negotiations throughout the game.

He said: ‘Principally on a player’s contract the blue paper on the top is set according to guidelines with the PFA, Premier League and Football League. There is a page at the back which is left blank for wage negotiations.

'That is down to the player, his agent and the club to set out how an agreement can be reached. That is where clauses will be outlined. They also have to be worded precisely.

'You can’t for example say a player is due 2million of a transfer fee because that is a breach of regulations. Fees are paid club to club. Yet you can say he is due an equivalent of 10percent of any transfer fee.

‘A common clause for example would be if David Beckham decided to join Reading on a two year contract. He may say there is a good chance they could go down so place a condition in that deal that the contract is terminated should they be relegated. Reading decide that suits them too because if they go down they couldn’t afford his wages anyway.

Lionel Messi's release clause at Barcelona is a whopping 205million

Not cheap: Lionel Messi's release clause at Barcelona is a whopping 205million

'Generally clauses are not liked in this country. A player who signs a five year deal with a 7million buy-out clause is effectively on a rolling contract that activates in every transfer window. Clubs here want greater continuity but it reflects what they were prepared to compromise to get the player in the first place. They have had to adjust to what is a world market and how some of these players are used to negotiating.

'Abroad, it is often put in to protect the asset. In Portugal, even the top clubs are selling clubs. They may start off with 100m buy-out clauses but are always prepared to come down in negotiations then start the process again by buying cheaper and raising the value.

'For the players it can be a gamble but one they are willing to take if they have confidence in their ability to keep attracting offers.'

Zenit St Petersburg are said to have offered the 205m it takes to trigger Lionel Messi’s sale at Barcelona. Fernando Torres is reputed to have a 100m one set in stone at Chelsea.

A championship club even stipulated in a clause that a player had to move house as his two hour trip from Manchester to training was affecting his muscle recovery while in Scandinavia it’s common for some players to have a clause that underlines the obvious and stops them from skiing.

A clause for thought They’re certainly not just for Christmas.

Eden Hazard wants to move to Real Madrid, says Christian Benteke

Hazard dreams of a Madrid switch! Benteke claims Chelsea playmaker would love move to Spain

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09:56 GMT, 23 December 2012

Christian Benteke has claimed Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard dreams of joining Real Madrid.

Aston Villa's in-form target man has known the midfielder for years after playing with him for Belgium at youth level.

In a recent interview in Belgium the striker, who will come face-to-face with his friend this afternoon at Stamford Bridge, said he thinks Hazard would be ready to join the Spanish giants within a year.

Wish: Eden Hazard has always dreamed of moving to Real Madrid, according to Christian Benteke

Wish: Eden Hazard has always dreamed of moving to Real Madrid, according to Christian Benteke

He said: 'I am not surprised at Eden’s success with Chelsea — and he can do even better. He has the qualities needed to become an even greater player.

'His dream is to join Real Madrid — so I don’t see why he can’t join them in a year or two.'

Chelsea spent a long time convincing Hazard to move to south west London and this news will be unwelcome.

Benteke, 22, continued: 'We used to play together in Belgium junior teams. He would play No 10 and I was No 9 and there was an understanding between us straight away.

'He has a bit of fantasy about him and so do I. We are good mates.'

Hazard started off at top speed but after his initial impact his form has levelled out – disappointing some.

He is also expected to perform by Belgian fans who are sometimes frustrated when he is not at his best.

Benteke said: 'People expect too much from Eden. They should not just focus on him alone.

'He will be able to make a difference and Belgium will be able to count on him.

Old friend: Benteke has known Hazard for years

Old friend: Benteke has known Hazard for years

'You must not expect him to do what he did when he played for Lille — he does not have the same level of understanding with his national team-mates.'

Benteke says Hazard feels great pressure at Chelsea because of his price tage – he cost 32million.

He said: 'He has already told me what his life is like with the high levels of expectation.

Tucked away: Hazard rolls the ball home as Chelsea routed Leeds in the Capital One Cup

Tucked away: Hazard rolls the ball home as Chelsea routed Leeds in the Capital One Cup

'He has been signed for many millions of pounds and he will always have the pressure of his price tag.

'He will forever have to do more than the others, he is condemned to always be at the top of his game.

'He realises this and he relishes the challenge. His fantasy football takes off some of the pressure on him. Eden dares to try things and is not afraid to face up to his responsibilities.'

Sir Alex Ferguson hails Bundesliga but says Premier League is still top

Fergie hails Bundesliga but Man United boss says Premier League is still the best

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UPDATED:

12:00 GMT, 20 December 2012

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes the German Bundesliga is threatening the Premier League's status as the most exciting league in the world.

For the first time since 1999, more teams from the Bundesliga made it out of the initial group stage of the Champions League than their English counterparts.

With Bayern Munich, Schalke and Borussia Dortmund in the last 16.

Pole position: Bayern Munich are leading the way in the Bundesliga

Pole position: Bayern Munich are leading the way in the Bundesliga

German giants: Bayern had a Christmas message for their fans in Munich

German giants: Bayern had a Christmas message for their fans in Munich

So, with cheap ticket prices fuelling a soccer boom in the country, Ferguson believes they offer a genuine challenge to England's position.

'The Premier League is still the most exciting in Europe,' Ferguson told Eurosport. 'The great thing about our league is that anyone can beat you.

'It has always had that great quality and in general it is 100 per cent commitment, which the supporters recognise.

'But Germany is very successful at the moment also. The crowds there are fantastic and it is very cheap in relation to English football, which encourages supporter participation.

Realistic: Sir Alex Ferguson recognises the power of the Bundesliga

Realistic: Sir Alex Ferguson recognises the power of the Bundesliga

No 1: Fergie is convinced the Premier League is still the most exciting

No 1: Fergie is convinced the Premier League is still the most exciting

'The stadiums are great and the games are good quality with a lot of goals.

'Germany is creeping up but ours is still the most exciting.'

For the second season running, England lost half its Champions League contingent at the group stage.

Big-spending
Manchester City have found the acclimatisation process much harder than
they hoped, whilst this term Chelsea also bowed out, just as United did
12 months ago.

Atmosphere: Borussia Dortmund's home is one of the best arenas in the game

Atmosphere: Borussia Dortmund's home is one of the best arenas in the game

'Europe has been disappointing for the Premier League teams over the last couple of years,' said Ferguson.

'For quite a few years we were getting three teams in the semi-finals, or at least two. In 2008 it was an all Premier League final.

'But sometimes you get blips. I don't think it is going to be a consistent thing. I think English teams will always be challenging to be in the latter stages of the European Cup.'

Demba Ba says Arsenal are a club that "makes you dream"

Arsenal make you dream! Ba open to Gunners offer as Newcastle struggle to shake 7.5m release clause

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00:21 GMT, 17 December 2012

Demba Ba has opened the door to a move to Arsenal by admitting they are a club that 'makes you dream'.

The Newcastle striker is enjoying a stellar season at St James' Park, bagging 11 goals in the Premier League.

Ba has yet to be persuaded to sign a new deal which will bury the 7.5million release clause contained in his initial contract from summer 2011.

Eye on the ball: Demba Ba is enjoying an excellent season in front of goal, bagging 11 goals in the Premier League...

Eye on the ball: Demba Ba is enjoying an excellent season in front of goal, bagging 11 goals in the Premier League…

... but Newcastle are struggling to reproduce the form they showed last season

… but Newcastle are struggling to reproduce the form they showed last season

With that stalemate hanging in the air, Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool are among those hovering, though Newcastle themselves remain hopeful of keeping their star man.

However, the Senegal international's words on Sunday evening will worry those in the corridors of power at St James'.

While claiming that he had no knowledge of concrete interest from Arsenal, Ba suggested he could be the man to strengthen Arsene Wenger's leading line.

He told Canal+: 'I have nothing to say about those speculations [with Arsenal]. Nothing has happened.

'The media know Arsenal need another striker and they know about my release clause. They need to make their own mind up about it.

'Arsenal are one of those teams who makes you dream.'

Help: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is coming under increased pressure

Help: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is coming under increased pressure

The Gunners are in the market for a striker having endured a difficult season in front of goal as they adapt to life after Robin van Persie, who joined Manchester United in the summer.

Olivier Giroud, a 12m capture from Montpellier, has impressed in flashes but is still coming to terms with life in the Premier League, while Gervinho has become the butt of many jokes among Arsenal fans. Marouane Chamakh has continued to disappoint.

Wenger has been tracking a number of options, including 15m-rated Spain striker Adrian Lopez and Schalke's Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, who has scored twice against the Gunners in the Champions League this season.

Gordon Taylor has backed the FA"s 92-point action plan to get rid of racism

'We must improve the opportunities for all ethnic minority employees' says PFA chief Taylor

By
Neil Ashton

PUBLISHED:

23:58 GMT, 13 December 2012

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UPDATED:

00:08 GMT, 14 December 2012

Gordon Taylor has backed the FA’s initial draft of a 92-point action plan and demanded greater transparency in the recruitment process of coaches and managers.

Taylor gave his thoughts after it emerged that the plan, which will be introduced early in the new year and was revealed in first-draft form by Sportsmail yesterday, will demand quota systems for entry-level officials and coaches.

Support: PFA Chief Executive Gordon Taylor (pictured) said: 'I'm in favour of more black and ethnic minorities, who have the right qualifications, being put on the radar'

Support: PFA Chief Executive Gordon Taylor (pictured) said: 'I'm in favour of more black and ethnic minorities, who have the right qualifications, being put on the radar'

The PFA chief executive said: ‘I’m in favour of more black and ethnic minorities, who have the right qualifications, being put on the radar.

‘Whether that is by some form of Rooney Rule or something similar needs to be discussed, but I would like to see greater transparency.

'We must improve the opportunities for all ethnic minority employees and demonstrate that discrimination at any level of the game is unacceptable,’ Taylor added.

‘At the PFA, I can assure you that the spread of ethnic-minority employees is much higher than 10 per cent.

‘This is a very big issue and it does need to be addressed.

‘When I look at coaches such as Chris Hughton, Keith Curle and Chris Powell, a former PFA chairman, that is not representative of the football community.’

Despite his demand for greater ethnic representation in the game, Taylor also claimed that English football is at the forefront of tackling the issue.

‘No other country has a conglomerate of players from different nationalities like England does.

‘Now we have to improve the opportunities for coaches at various levels of the game and make the interview process more transparent.

‘We have made great strides over the last few years and although we are heading in the right direction, the hard work must continue.’

KEY ASPECTS OF THE 92-POINT PLAN:
Proportion of ethnic minority coaches does not fall below 10 per cent.By 2015-16 10 per cent of referees to be from ethnic minorities.Setting up of a confidential hotline to report any form of bullying or discrimination.Use of video technology to catch racist fans.The Football League introducing mandatory minimum standard club codes of conduct.Social media guidelines for players and club staff to follow throughout professional football.Crowd management measures to guide professional and semi- professional clubs.Mandatory
lessons for all to educate and change attitudes and ensure they are
informed of the procedures to follow when incidents occur.Closer working relationships with police over hate crime in football incidents.Football
authorities to discipline clubs who repeatedly fail to sanction
employers who breach code of conduct, or deal adequately with fans in
relation to discriminatory language or behaviour.A review of the recruitment process for managers and coaches at the top level.New programmes to help black and Asian coaches gain qualifications to challenge for top professional roles.Talent programmes specifically for Asian men and boys and the promotion of Asian male and female role models.Improve the reporting and analysis of in-stadium offences.