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Jessica Ennis becomes TV interviewer in park – VIDEO

Which Olympic champion turned TV interviewer with an impromptu workout in the park (she's not really a blonde)

and a dazzling gold medal winner, but she wasn't easily recognised when she put on a wig and took a microphone into Hyde Park.

For regular morning fitness fanatics the last thing you expect is to bump into Sheffield's finest, Jessica Ennis. But one runner got more than he was expecting when she stopped him for a chat – and then offered an impromptu workout.

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Disguise: Jessica Ennis has a wig fitted as she prepares to undercover and surprise runners in London

Disguise: Jessica Ennis has a wig fitted as she prepares to undercover and surprise runners in London

Disguise: Jessica Ennis has a wig fitted as she prepares to undercover and surprise runners in London

Ennis initially donned a wig, grabbed a microphone and film crew and questioned runners in London's Hyde Park about their training habits.

Then, having revealed herself to one unsuspecting participant, the 27-year-old Olympic heptathlon gold medallist spent an hour showing him ways to improve his fitness.

Using equipment ranging from a medicine ball to a park bench, the amateur athlete is put through
his paces.

The video was shot as part of a new Powerade campaign: ‘You Have More Power Than You Think'.

And with Sunday's London Marathon fast approaching, what better time to pick up some last-minute tips

For more information and to download the training tips, click here.

Up close and personal: Ennis stopped unsuspecting runners to quiz them on their fitness regimes

Up close and personal: Ennis stopped unsuspecting runners to quiz them on their fitness regimes

Surprise: Ennis reveals her true identity to one runner before taking him through a workout

Surprise: Ennis reveals her true identity to one runner before taking him through a workout

Working out: Ennis takes the amatuer athlete through a session involving a variety of exercises

Working out: Ennis takes the amatuer athlete through a session involving a variety of exercises

Working out: Ennis takes the amatuer athlete through a session involving a variety of exercises

Working out: Ennis takes the amatuer athlete through a session involving a variety of exercises

Joey Barton scoops Marseille player of the month and loves life in France

J'adore La France! Marseille's player of the month Barton is back in love with football

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Adam Shergold

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16:54 GMT, 9 January 2013

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17:45 GMT, 9 January 2013

He has only been in France a few months but already Joey Barton has earned the respect of his Marseille team-mates.

The midfielder was named the club's player of the month for December – but apparently nobody had bothered to tell him.

He was taken aback when an interviewer said he had won the award, following Marseille's 2-1 win against second division Guingamp in the Coupe de France.

Honour: Joey Barton was named Marseille's player of the month for December

Honour: Joey Barton was named Marseille's player of the month for December

But Barton, who was kicked out by Queens Park Rangers in the summer following his shameful antics at Manchester City on the final day of last season, was quick to praise his team-mates and reaffirm his love for the Gallic game – and he didn't even put on the dodgy accent this time.

'It's always good that the fans appreciate the job you're doing but for me the most important thing is winning football matches and that's what I came here to do,' he said.

'My role in the team is not to score goals, my role is to help out the team and that means defending and getting the ball and getting some of the great players that we have in our team on the ball.

'The old water-carrier role is one I wasn't really renowned for in England, although I was able to do it.'

Enjoying life: Barton, kicked out of QPR in the summer, spoke fondly about his team-mates and life in France

Enjoying life: Barton, kicked out of QPR in the summer, spoke fondly about his team-mates and life in France

The 30-year-old added: 'I'm really enjoying my football – it's difficult for me because the change in the culture of football took me a little bit to adapt to.

'But now the team is winning and I don't think we're firing on all cylinders, that's generally a really good sign, when you don't play great but you're winning football matches.

'I believe winning is a habit, the same way losing is. When you get used to winning, you get hungry for success. The team is really together and it's great to be a part of.

'I'm really blessed to play for a great club, play with some great people and some great footballers. Long may it continue.'

Marseille are third in the French top flight, level on points with Paris Saint-Germain and Lyon in a tight title race.

Edgar Davids gives his unique views of Roberto Mancini, Fabio Capello, his new job at Barnet and fashion

EXCLUSIVE: Edgar Davids gives his unique views of Mancini (lacks people skills), Capello (tactical genius), his new job at Barnet (I'm not being paid a penny) and fashion (it's important, man)

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Edgar Davids has an opinion and, as is usually the case, he is not overwhelmed by a desire to keep it to himself. This time, it's about his interviewer's choice of clothing.

'It's safe,' he says. 'But there is no adventure. You wear a suit, but you are not trying to tell me something about who you are. It lacks flair. That's not for me. You should try something, man.'

Quite a spectacle: Edgar Davids at Barnet's training ground

Quite a spectacle: Edgar Davids at Barnet's training ground

The assault is not entirely unexpected. Davids, once the 'Pitbull' midfielder of some of European football's greatest sides, has been talking about fashion for more than five minutes.

'It's my passion,' he says. He is the creative director of Monta, a company specialising in street soccer apparel, and was previously engaged to Olcay Gulsen, a renowned designer.

Davids on… Wilfried Zaha

When I was at Palace, he was a big talent but
nothing more. He was also developing bad habits technically and no-one was stopping him. His end product was very poor at times, but now he is really showing his talent. He has worked hard at his game.

One rumour suggests that he turned away a journalist because he was unimpressed by an outfit.

'That did not happen,' Davids says. 'If I refused to speak, it wouldn't have been because of his clothes. However, if I thought he wasn't looking sharp, I probably would have told him. Fashion is important, man.'

And yet here he is, the winner of six league titles, 12 domestic cups, the UEFA Cup and the Champions League, talking about his new life as the 39-year-old player-manager of League Two Barnet, a club in the basement of British football and rarely considered to be chic.

'I don't get paid a dime to be here,' he says.

On the ball: Davids at the club's training ground

On the ball: Davids shows off his skills

Own style: Davids passes on some advice to one of the young players

Own style: Davids passes on some advice to one of the young players

It's the summer of 2012, and a Greek neighbour has called. 'Fancy a Sunday league game' he asks. Davids has been living in north London since his days at Tottenham, but has only really played Street Soccer events since leaving Crystal Palace after a three-month stint in 2010.

Davids on… ‘the greats’

I played with the best. Zinedine Zidane made me look differently at star players. Some guys with that talent don’t work so hard or want different treatment. Not him. Man, those skills. One player people don’t ask me about but should is Ledley King. Left and right foot perfect, fast, almost never made a foul. Technically, he is so gifted. So relaxed on the ball. But those knees.

'I coached a team in Brixton – Brixton United – for a while,' he says. 'We won two cups. They are a good team, but I only coached. No playing.'

The phone call from his neighbour doesn't appeal so much.

'I said, “No, man”, but I woke up in the morning and thought, “You know what Let's kick a ball around”. 'In the first half, I was like, “OK, let's keep it simple, move it around”. But then in the second half, I said the famous words that I got in trouble for on television last week.

'I just thought, “Hey, I'm f*****g Edgar Davids. I didn't want people to go away and say, “I played against Edgar Davids, it was OK”. I wanted them to say, “I played against f*****g Edgar Davids and he was nutmegging me”.

'Man, second half, I did like six nutmegs and got one assist. We won.'

The game prompts a second phone call, this time from Tony Kleanthous, the Greek-Cypriot chairman of Barnet who has heard on the grapevine that Davids dusted off his boots.

Edgar Davids of Barnet photographed exclusively at the club's training ground

Standing out: Davids is enjoying the challenge

Dressing down: Davids offers some style tips to our man Riath Al-Samarrai

Dressing down: Davids offers some style tips to our man Riath Al-Samarrai

Construction work continues on the club's new ground

Big job: Work continues on the new stadium in the background

Edgar Davids at the club's training ground

Front man: Davids leads by example in training

'A friend of mine gave him my number and then I get this call,' Davids says. 'He asked if I wanted to come over for a look.

'I saw the amazing training ground and listened to his plans for the future. It worked for me.'

Davids on… Barcelona

What a team. Would I have been good enough for today’s team Absolutely. You know what it is with Barcelona They play in the half of the opponent so the space is very small and the passes are very hard. To excel, it requires those skills and I have proven I possess those skills. I can do the same as Sergio Busquets or Javier Mascherano.

An agreement was reached and Davids was last month named as joint manager with Mark Robson. The club were bottom of the Football League.

'I've never had a big dream to be a manager, but I'm a curious guy and I want to see if I like it. I've been doing my coaching badges, just the (UEFA) “A” Licence to go, and this was a good chance to play a few games and learn about management.

'You know, I've worked for some pretty good managers so I have a few ideas.'

SIXTY. That's the number of major league titles and cups won by the managers Davids worked under for Ajax, AC Milan, Juventus, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Tottenham, Crystal Palace and Holland. Between them, they have won the Champions League/European Cup seven times and a World Cup.

'Some were good, others not so good,' Davids says. 'I try to take the good bits from them and leave the bad, but also trying to keep my own identity. I don't want to be anyone's mimic.'

Action man: Davids against Accrington Stanley on Friday night

Action man: Davids against Accrington Stanley on Friday night

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Still a pitbull: Davids is sent off against Accrington

The list of influences includes Louis
van Gaal, Marcello Lippi, Carlo Ancelotti, Frank Rijkaard, Fabio
Capello, Roberto Mancini and Guus Hiddink. Hiddink sent Davids home from
Euro 96 after a radio interview in which he said the national team
manager 'should stop putting his head in some players' a***s'.

'We
made up and got on fine after that,' Davids says. 'I don't talk about
best managers,' he adds, but does so anyway. 'Van Gaal as a trainer was
one of the best – it was incredible how well he prepared for games.
Lippi was very, very good. He knew his team, he knew how to meld
together a group and make it a team.

Davids on… London

I just love living here. It is so multicultural. I love
that diversity. In Amsterdam, we have it a lot, and it’s like that here. Any dish you want you can have — Japanese, Indian, Chinese. You can go from Asian to black to Jewish in the same neighbourhood. It is a reflection of society nowadays. It’s why I love Brixton — a melting pot.

'Capello taught me so much about systems, about 4-4-2, how to pressure and squeeze a team.

'Rijkaard is not a good trainer but he is a really good manager of
people. You can see Mancini lacks people management, big time.' He adds:
'I don't want to talk negative about somebody. I do not want to talk
about Mancini as there were not so many positive things.'

At Barnet's training ground, Davids'
management style is developing. He is 'a little frustrated' by the
standard but says that is 'the challenge that makes me come down here
for nothing'. The players call him 'Mr' or 'Sir' and he does likewise in
return. 'I told them it is out of the question to call me Edgar. I
don't want to be called boss because I told them they are their own
boss,' he says.

Results have improved quite dramatically. Friday's night's 1-1 draw with Accrington Stanley meant they had picked up 11 points from the seven League Two fixtures played since Davids' arrival (they took three points from the previous 11). And the 'Pitbull' still has a bite – he was sent off in the 85th minute after receiving a second booking for a foul on James Beattie, the former Everton striker.

Graham Stack, the keeper, talks of the squad being driven upwards by a 'fear factor' from playing with 'one of the best in the world'.

Davids is content with his life. 'The feeling of stepping out to play for Barnet for the first time was the same as a Champions League match. It is just joy, an innocent joy. I love to play football and will continue as long as I feel that.

'Maybe I will love management – we will see. This is fun. But you never know. Maybe one day I will own a club. That is a possibility, too. Or maybe I will leave and go into fashion.'

With that, the interview ends and Davids gets up to leave. 'Your coat,' he says. 'Double-breasted. That's very, very safe, man.'

Euro 2012 Andriy Shevchenko is great

Ian Ladyman's Euro diary: Shevchenko is one of the game's great guys

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20:59 GMT, 26 June 2012

Andriy Shevchenko – currently weighing up an offer from the American MLS – is one of football’s good guys. The 35-year-old returned to his old neighbourhood in Kiev on Monday to open an outdoor football facility he has funded for under-privileged Ukrainian children.

Top man: Shevchenko (left)

Top man: Shevchenko (left)

Salt of the earth

Sky interviewer Geoff Shreeves visited the football pitch at Soledar salt mines near Donetsk this week. Situated 100 feet underground in a cave, everything apart from the goal nets, including the pitch, is made of salt.

Merkel meeter

If you ever wondered what back-up goalkeepers do at major tournaments then speak to Germany’s Tim Wiese. His role is to give a ‘thank you’ speech to chancellor Angela Merkel when she visits the dressing room after big matches. Better than cutting up the oranges, I guess.

Playing it cool: Wiese (left)

Playing it cool: Wiese (left)

Indecision is final

Spain's political boycott of Ukraine is being tested by the team’s success. Prime minister Mariano Rajoy has stayed away but now says he may attend the final if Spain make it because the situation is ‘qualitatively different’. How good of him.

David Haye and Dereck Chisora trade insults at press conference

Insults fly from disgraced caged fighters: Upton Park summer showdown set for shamed boxers

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00:13 GMT, 9 May 2012

Forget the steel fence, the steak knife and the irony of billing this fight ‘Licence to Thrill’, Tuesday’s preamble to a July 14 bout was best summed up when a thug deemed unfit to box in this country squared up to a television reporter and took exception to a question.

The interviewer had suggested to Dereck Chisora that there was something wrong with what was going on, that he and David Haye should not be entitled to earn money on the back of the punches and tripods thrown during a press conference in Munich three months ago. Chisora didn’t like it.

‘Will you watch the fight’ Chisora snapped. Silence. ‘Will you be watching’ he repeated. Silence.

The fight is on: David Haye and Dereck Chisora are separated by a fence during a press conference to announce a fight on July 14

The fight is on: David Haye and Dereck Chisora are separated by a fence during a press conference to announce a fight on July 14

Chisora turned his back. ‘You answer my question then I’ll answer yours.’
This is a fight that should not be happening and yet if it was that simple Frank Warren would not have made his announcement at a 35,000-seat football ground that will almost certainly be sold out in a shade more than nine weeks.

‘It’s a fight that people want to see,’ Warren had said. ‘It has everything.’

Tuesday’s shameless press conference at Upton Park didn’t have everything — the owners of the 24 tripods present will have been grateful — but it had more than most, including a seven-foot high fence between the two leading characters and a squad of four goons per man.

Caged: Haye and Chisora square up with a fence between them

Caged: Haye and Chisora square up with a fence between them

Necessary Probably not, but the bad blood between these two Londoners is real. Haye had been speaking for 24 seconds when he delivered his first insult. ‘As far as I was concerned we settled our differences in Germany,’ he said. ‘He came down and said he was going to give me two slaps and ended up on the floor.’

Haye went on: ‘I’m looking forward to this fight. The guy’s said so many things about me; that he’s going to do this and do that. He didn’t learn his lesson in Germany so I’ve got to do it properly, with no tripods and no bottles. We’ll do it the old-fashioned way in the ring and I can expose him officially. It can be on my boxing record, not my police record.’

Match makers: Chisora's promoter Frank Warren with Adam Booth, trainer and manager of Haye discuss the fight

Match makers: Chisora's promoter Frank Warren with Adam Booth, trainer and manager of Haye discuss the fight

The former heavyweight world champion was then six seconds into his second answer — after being asked his opinion of Chisora — when Chisora gave his first public words of the afternoon. ‘I don’t like him,’ he said.

There followed comments on Haye’s suit and hair and Chisora’s take on the brawl that not only replaced memories of his impressive performance in defeat against Vitali Klitschko the same night, but saw his boxing licence withdrawn by the British Boxing Board of Control.

Battle of words: Chisora traded insults with Haye at the press conference

Battle of words: Chisora traded insults with Haye at the press conference

‘That was a lucky shot you hit me with, David,’ he said. ‘You are 1-0 up but in July I am coming to whup your ass.’

Haye then commented that ‘the best thing to come out of your mouth was my fist’ and Chisora replied: ‘You keep talking, the more you keep talking the more I get upset. And the more I get upset, the more I want to jump over this thing (the fence) right now.’

‘And get knocked out again, eh’ Haye replied. ‘We’ve played that game before. You lost. I felt you drop to the floor, then you got up and said, “You glassed me! You glassed me”.’

In between the more typical examples of trash talk, Chisora recalled a night last month when he bumped into Haye.

‘I saw him in London, and guess what he picked up. A knife,’ Chisora said.
‘I was eating a steak,’ Haye replied. ‘In a restaurant.’

For 20 minutes it went on — it was that kind of afternoon.

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING

TIM CAHILL
Everton forward
‘How can two boxers with no licence both box The press conference was just embarrassing. Haye vs Chisora fight is a nonstarter. Both lack class.’

BRIAN MOORE
Ex-England rugby union hooker
‘If you pay to view you want your head testing. You’d get a better fight outside Upton Park any night of the week’

GARY NEVILLE
Ex-England and Man Utd right back
WHEN asked ‘Will you be watching the Haye v Chisora fight’ Neville responded on Twitter: ‘NO!! Rubbish.’

ROBERT SMITH
BBBC general secretary
‘Another country has come into our jurisdiction and overruled us. We’re obviously not happy about it and it’s not what we feel should happen.’

FRANK MALONEY
Boxing promoter
‘Why is this happening These guys are two losers. It’s happening because of a punch-up in a press conference.’

BARRY HEARN
Boxing promoter
‘I’m a realist. Since the early days boxing has been run by money. It’s a big fight, it will draw a lot of attention and make a lot of money for everyone involved, but my company would never work on any show that wasn’t licensed by the British Boxing Board of Control. I have to doubt the credibility of the Boxing Board of Luxembourg. Are they experienced enough It’s hard to take the moral high ground in boxing because there perhaps isn’t any, but the idea of a fight in this country run by the board of Luxembourg is unacceptable.’ — BBC 5 Live

Frank Lampard hails Chelsea"s fighting spirit

Lampard's pride as 10-man Chelsea defy odds to make Munich final

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Frank Lampard hailed Chelsea’s incredible fighting spirit as they fought back from two down with 10 men to beat Barcelona and reach the Champions League final despite John Terry’s sending off.

Terry was dismissed in the first half for kicking Alexis Sanchez off the ball and is one of four players who will be banned from next month’s final in Munich against Bayern Munich or Real Madrid.

Branislav Ivanovic, Ramires and Raul Meireles will also be suspended after they were booked last night, although Ivanovic didn’t realise until he was told by a TV interviewer after the match.

Victory roar: Frank Lampard celebrates Chelsea's progression to the Champions League final

Victory roar: Frank Lampard celebrates Chelsea's progression to the Champions League final

Sergio Busquets and Andres Iniesta put Barca 2-0 up but Ramires pulled one back with a brilliant chip to give Chelsea the edge on away goals, and Lionel Messi missed a penalty before substitute Fernando Torres made it 3-2 on aggregate in stoppage time to confirm their place in the final at the expense of the side led by Pep Guardiola.

‘It’s one of the finest moments in a Chelsea shirt,’ said Lampard. ‘I know people want to see beautiful football but with 10 men to play for 50 minutes and to be 2-0 down here and to perform like that — what spirit. Unbelievable.

Up against it: John Terry was sent off in the 36th minute

Up against it: John Terry was sent off in the 36th minute

‘That clock wasn’t half slow in the second half. There was a determination about us and you get what you deserve and we were all in it together.’

Terry, who missed a crucial penalty in the 2008 final shoot-out, was close to tears as he left the Nou Camp. Initially, he denied doing anything wrong but said sorry in the dressing room after the game.

‘I have apologised to the lads and I apologise to the Chelsea fans,’ said Terry. ‘I was trying to protect myself but I feel I’ve let them down. I’ve seen a replay and it looks like a red card. I’m not that sort of player. It does look bad on the replay. I did raise my knee. Sanchez was darting in behind me.

‘At the time, I was bewildered, but looking at it on the replay, I’ve no complaints. I’ve let the lads down. They’ve performed brilliantly, so hopefully this doesn’t take it away from the players. This is what this football club deserves. The boys were excellent.’

Pure joy: Lampard celebrates after Torres seals Chelsea's passage through to the Champions League final

Pure joy: Lampard celebrates after Torres seals Chelsea's passage through to the Champions League final

Roberto di Matteo had warned his players about their discipline but offered support to Terry.

‘He’s a fantastic leader of this group and captain of the club,’ said Di Matteo. ‘Everyone can make a mistake in life. We are just so happy we managed to go to the final. We are all human beings and all make mistakes.

As for the other suspensions, the Italian added: ‘Let’s enjoy it for a moment, we achieved something incredible and will think about the final at the right time.’

Barcelona dominated possession but Chelsea, having won the first leg 1-0, hung on.

That'll do it: Torres put Chelsea 3-2 up on aggregate

That'll do it: Torres put Chelsea 3-2 up on aggregate

‘Football is like that,’ said Torres. ‘The best team doesn’t always win. We knew that this was what we had to do against Barcelona although at times it is not the most beautiful thing. We used our weapons and it came off well for us in both matches.

‘We have great respect for Barcelona because we know they are the best in the world. For those players who lost three years ago it is a sure way to get even. We have had a bad season in the Premier League it can still end up a memorable year.’

Di Matteo echoed the sentiments. ‘It is an incredible achievement from this group of players,’ said the interim manager. ‘A lot of people have written us off but we showed again what type of character these players have.

Follow me to Munich: Roberto Di Matteo celebrates Chelsea's passage to the Champions League final

Follow me to Munich: Roberto Di Matteo celebrates Chelsea's passage to the Champions League final

‘We didn’t expect to play with 10 men. We knew it would be tough. Barca are a great team and we just showed what we are made of.

‘The Ramires goal was a crucial goal. With the goal the advantage was back with us.
‘The belief was always there, we wouldn’t be in the final if we didn’t believe we could make it to the final.’

Roberto Mancini calm before crucial match – Molineux Match Zone

Molineux Match Zone: Roberto calm before it kicks off

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If Roberto Mancini was caught up in mind games, he wasn’t about to show his hand prior to kick-off.

One pre-match interviewer tried to hype the importance of Sunday's match but the Italian simply replied: ‘There was a five-point difference. Now it is six.’ You can bet the dark arts will be taken to another level during the course of the next week.

Keeping cool Roberto Mancini tried to underplay the importance of Sunday's match

Keeping cool Roberto Mancini tried to underplay the importance of Sunday's match

… and his team didn't bottle it

It was a measure of just how worried Mancini was when David Silva was substituted shortly before the hour. Nigel de Jong was introduced in his place to protect the one-goal lead. And if he wasn’t feeling the pressure, Manchester City’s boss had a funny way of showing it.

A water bottle was hurled to the ground after just six minutes in frustration that an early chance had gone begging.

Gallows humour

Wolves fans have not been slow to show their anger in recent weeks, particularly at the worst home run in the club’s history.

But they resorted to good old gallows humour as the final whistle approached singing: ‘Que sera, sera, whatever will be, will be, we’re going to Barnsley…’

Away days: Wolves will have a few less glamorous trips to make next season

Away days: Wolves will have a few less glamorous trips to make next season

Wolves did win after all

The half-time pitch announcer clearly had a sense of humour. After informing the stadium of the interval score at Anfield he asked for the crowd’s attention, saying: ‘There was an important match at lunchtime today’ and then proceeded to say that Wolves’ women had won the League Cup by beating Stoke City 2-0.

Fair play

Joe Hart is known as one of the game’s good guys. And he was caught applauding and mouthing the words ‘great save’ when Wolves substitute Christophe Berra almost fired the ball past his own keeper Dorus de Vries in the closing stages.

IN FOCUS

Doris De Vries
The Dutch keeper had already conceded five against City in the Carling Cup this season. His last league match — for Swansea — saw him promoted to the top flight. This one saw him relegated from it.

Joleon Lescott
He is fondly remembered at Molineux for his part in Wolves’ first Premier League campaign and got a warm reception.

Gael Clichy
He has not been a prominent figure but Mancini was grateful for his contribution as it was his superb pass that set up Aguero and his quick free-kick that led to the second goal.

Alan Davies donates to Hillsborough fund after criticism of Liverpool

Davies donates to Hillsborough fund after upsetting Liverpool fans with spiky comments over April 15 date

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Rant: Arsenal fan Alan Davies

Rant: Arsenal fan Alan Davies

Alan Davies has made a 1,000 donation to the Hillsborough Justice Campaign after the backlash over his controversial comments.

The comedian received a backlash from fans after mocking Liverpool's insistence that they never play on the anniversary of the disaster.

The Arsenal fan was speaking on a podcast when he launched into a rant over the Merseyside club’s refusal to stage matches on April 15 in tribute to the 96 fans that lost their lives on that date in 1989.

The 46-year-old, talking on 'The Tuesday Club', was discussing Liverpool's insistence on playing city rivals Everton this coming Saturday in the FA Cup semi-finals.

It means Chelsea must play their semi-final with Tottenham on the Sunday even though this comes just three days before their Champions League first leg clash with Barcelona.

Davies said: 'Liverpool and the 15th – that gets on my tits that s***. What are you talking about “We won’t play on the day” Why can’t they'

The podcast presenter Ian Stone attempted to reason with Davies by saying: ‘Because it’s too sad a memory.’

However, the TV star responded: 'Do they play on the date of the Heysel Stadium disaster How many dates do they not play on

'Do Man United play on the date of Munich Do Rangers play on the date when all their fans died in that disaster whatever year that was – 1971'

Target: Kenny Dalglish was also criticised by Davies on the podcast

Target: Kenny Dalglish was also criticised by Davies on the podcast

He then turned his anger on Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish, adding: 'Every interview he’s given this season he looks like he wants to headbutt the interviewer. This tight-mouthed, furious, frowning, leaning forward, bitter Glaswegian ranting, “Liverpool FC do not play on April 15th”.'

After attempting to impersonate Dalglish, Davies admitted his effort was 'terrible because I hate him'.

Gunners fanatic Davies then turned his fire on arch rivals Spurs by saying: 'What vermin run that club. They always have. Absolute vermin. Scum of the earth.'

Davies took to Twitter to defend his comments, saying Liverpool should be made to play their semi-final on the 15th as it is unfair on Chelsea, but claims he supports the need for a full inquiry into the disaster at Hillsborough 23 years ago.

He said: 'I'm getting tweets from Liverpool fans who have been given the impression that I was disrespectful to those who lost their lives on 15/4/89.

'Many disagree but I feel that the Liverpool v Everton semi-final could be played on Apr 15. Apologies to those upset by that suggestion.

Tragedy: Ninety six Liverpool fans lost their lives on that fateful day in 1989

Tragedy: Ninety six Liverpool fans lost their lives on that fateful day in 1989

'I said the Hillsborough disaster was the worst event in modern peacetime history. I was on a terrace listening to a radio as it happened.

'I agree that there must be a full enquiry into Hillsborough but not playing on the 15th doesn't change anything. It's not fair on Chelsea.'

Pundit Stan Collymore hit out at Davies on Twitter, writing: ‘I support the right of any club not to play on days of tragedy at their club. Any club. Don’t mock others right to commemorate tragedy.

‘United, Rangers, Juventus, Liverpool, Bradford and many more. I respect their right to commemorate their clubs by not playing on those dates.

‘And on a podcast, as a celebrity calling Spurs fans vermin is out of order. Banter, great, vermin, no. Doesn’t matter who chooses to play or not to play. That is THEIR choice.'

WARNING: This video contains strong language…

Alan Davies causes outrage over criticism of Liverpool dodging Hillsborough date

Davies causes outrage after hitting out at Liverpool over dodging Hillsborough date

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17:04 GMT, 9 April 2012

Rant: Arsenal fan Alan Davies

Rant: Arsenal fan Alan Davies

Comedian Alan Davies is facing a backlash from fans after mocking Liverpool’s insistence that they never play on the anniversary of Hillsborough.

The Arsenal fan was speaking on a podcast when he launched into a rant over the Merseyside club’s refusal to stage matches on April 15 in tribute to the 96 fans that lost their lives on that date in 1989.

The 46-year-old, talking on ‘The Tuesday Club’, was discussing Liverpool’s insistence on playing city rivals Everton this coming Saturday in the FA Cup semi-finals.

It means Chelsea must play their semi-final with Tottenham on the Sunday even though this comes just three days before their Champions League first leg clash with Barcelona.

Davies said: ‘Liverpool and the 15th – that gets on my tits that s***. What are you talking about “We won’t play on the day” Why can’t they’

The podcast presenter Ian Stone attempted to reason with Davies by saying: ‘Because it’s too sad a memory.’

However, the TV star responded: ‘Do they play on the date of the Heysel Stadium disaster How many dates do they not play on

‘Do Man United play on the date of Munich Do Rangers play on the date when all their fans died in that disaster whatever year that was – 1971’

Target: Kenny Dalglish was also criticised by Davies on the podcast

Target: Kenny Dalglish was also criticised by Davies on the podcast

He then turned his anger on Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish, adding: ‘Every interview he’s given this season he looks like he wants to headbutt the interviewer. This tight-mouthed, furious, frowning, leaning forward, bitter Glaswegian ranting, “Liverpool FC do not play on April 15th”.’

After attempting to impersonate Dalglish, Davies admitted his effort was ‘terrible because I hate him’.

Gunners fanatic Davies then turned his fire on arch rivals Spurs by saying: ‘What vermin run that club. They always have. Absolute vermin. Scum of the earth.’

Pundit Stan Collymore hit out at Davies on Twitter, writing: ‘I support the right of any club not to play on days of tragedy at their club. Any club. Don’t mock others right to commemorate tragedy.

‘United, Rangers, Juventus, Liverpool, Bradford and many more. I respect their right to commemorate their clubs by not playing on those dates.

‘And on a podcast, as a celebrity calling Spurs fans vermin is out of order. Banter, great, vermin, no. Doesn’t matter who chooses to play or not to play. That is THEIR choice.’

Luis Suarez handshake snub: Kenny Dalglish claims he didn"t see it

Bang out of order! Dalglish blasts interviewer as Scot claims he didn't see Suarez snub

Kenny Dalglish launched a furious defence of Luis Suarez following Liverpool's defeat at Old Trafford.

Patrice Evra was left fuming after his race-row rival snubbed him in a pre-match handshake as the pair went face-to-face for the first time since their controversial fallout in October, after which the Liverpool man was banned for eight matches for racially abusing the United skipper.

It set the mood for what proved to be a fiery clash during which police were required to separate both sets of players at half-time.

Making different points: Sir Alex Ferguson and Kenny Dalglish had vastly contrasting views of the match and its key incidents

Making different points: Sir Alex Ferguson and Kenny Dalglish had vastly contrasting views of the match and its key incidents

Making different points: Sir Alex Ferguson and Kenny Dalglish had vastly contrasting views of the match and its key incidents

Speaking afterwards, Dalglish, who
has backed his player throughout the whole saga, told Sky Sports 2: 'I
never knew he never shook his hand. I don't know, I wasn't there, I
never saw it. We haven't looked at the handshakes, but that's contrary
to what I was told.'

When told Suarez had refused to shake Evra's hand, he added: 'We'll ask him and we'll take it from there.'

When pressed further by tunnel
interviewer Geoff Shreeves whether he would have to look seriously at
the refusal to shake hands in light of the confrontations that followed
at half-time and full-time, the Scot said: 'I think you're very severe
and I think you're bang out of order to blame Luis Suarez for anything
that happened here today.

Snub: Luis Suarez had refused to shake hands with Patrice Evra

Snub: Luis Suarez had refused to shake hands with Patrice Evra

Goading: Evra later sparked another tussle when he reveled in the victory in front of Suarez as the two teams walked off

Goading: Evra later sparked another tussle when he reveled in the victory in front of Suarez as the two teams walked off

'I think predominantly both sets of
fans behaved really well, they had a bit of banter between each other,
no problem. How many bookings were there'

Sir Alex Ferguson had a very
different view, saying earlier: 'I could not believe it, I just could
not believe it. He's a disgrace to Liverpool Football Club, that certain
player should not be allowed to play for Liverpool again.

'The history that club's got and he
does that and in a situation like today could have caused a riot. I was
really disappointed in that guy, it was terrible what he did.'