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Ferran Soriano, Manchester City chief executive, accused of "fraudulent administration" at former club Barcelona

City chief Soriano accused of 'fraudulent administration' at former club Barcelona

By
Pete Jenson

PUBLISHED:

21:58 GMT, 6 April 2013

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UPDATED:

23:34 GMT, 6 April 2013

Trouble: City chief Ferran Soriano

Trouble: City chief Ferran Soriano

Manchester City chief executive Ferran Soriano may have to answer claims he authorised his former club, Barcelona, to spy on employees’ emails, after Catalonia’s senior prosecutor upheld a complaint by the Catalan club.

Barcelona have accused Soriano and his then fellow director, Joan Oliver, of ‘fraudulent administration and the disclosure of secrets’ and this complaint has now been upheld, meaning the City executive could be called to give evidence at the end of next month.

The case brought by Barcelona centres on accusations that Soriano authorised a cyber intelligence company, Cybex Experience, to embed a device in the server of the club’s internal computer, enabling all internal emails containing certain keywords to be monitored.

Derby: Roberto Mancini's side face Manchester United on Monday

Derby: Roberto Mancini's side face Manchester United on Monday

Barcelona also employed the services of the private investigation firm Metodo 3, who are alleged to have monitored other club directors and even first-team players.

The current Barcelona board’s motivation for the complaint appears to be to ensure the previous regime pays back about three million euros spent between 2004-09 on these services.

But their offensive action has also been seen as a tactic in an ongoing cold war between Manchester City and Barcelona because president Sandro Rosell believes a pledge not to target players from the Spanish side has been broken.

City face their rivals United in the Manchester derby on Monday with their hopes of retaining the Premier League all but gone.

Roberto Mancini's side are 15 points behind United with eight games remaining.

Australia stars Kurtley Beale and Cooper Vuna suspended after Melbourne Rebels team bus brawl

Two Wallaby stars suspended for punch-up on team bus after embarrassing club loss

By
Gerard Brand

PUBLISHED:

12:48 GMT, 24 March 2013

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UPDATED:

13:23 GMT, 24 March 2013

Australia utility back Kurtley Beale and fellow Wallaby Cooper Vuna have been suspended by the Melbourne Rebels after an incident on their team bus.

It followed the side's embarrassing 64-7 loss to the Durban-based Sharks in South Africa on Saturday.

The Rebels said in a statement Sunday that an internal investigation resulted in Beale, who did not play in the match due to a broken left hand, and winger Vuna being ordered to return to Australia.

Punching above their weight: Rebels were torn apart by Sharks in Durban

Punching above their weight: The Rebels were torn apart by Sharks in Durban

Kurtley Beale

Cooper Vuna of the Rebels

Suspended: Kurtley Beale (left) and Cooper Vuna (right, white shirt) will not play until the matter is resolved

Rebels coach Damien Hill said both Beale and Vuna had broken team protocols and as a result cannot be part of the team 'until the disciplinary process is complete.'

He added: 'The club will not tolerate this type of behavior and I am embarrassed for everyone associated.'

The Rebels launched a probe after it emerged that Beale may have punched Vuna in an altercation on the team bus.

Officials initially refused to name the individuals involved but tweets subsequently deleted by Vuna suggested Beale had assaulted him.

'I need to leave right now, this ain't for me! I tried to help someone but got punched so instead of putting him in hospital il [sic] leave!' Vuna posted in the early hours of the morning.

Catch up: Rebels are currently third bottom of the Super 15 league

Catch up: Rebels are currently third from bottom of the Super 15 league

But Hill added: 'The Club will not tolerate this type of behaviour and I am embarrassed for everyone associated with building this Club.'

Reports of the confrontation came after Hill had questioned whether his players had pride in the jersey.

'Our guys just didn't show up and it's quite embarrassing to be honest,' he said after his side's mauling at the ABSA Stadium.

'It's probably the worst defeat I've ever been associated with through the club, and I'm really questioning the pride these guys have in the jersey.

'Even though it's a new team, you've got to be prepared to leave blood on the field when you're playing a team like the Sharks. And our guys didn't.'

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.

Lance Armstrong given two week deadline extension on co-operation with investigators

Disgraced Armstrong given two week extension on investigation co-operation deadline

By
Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

01:41 GMT, 7 February 2013

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UPDATED:

01:42 GMT, 7 February 2013

The US Anti-Doping Agency have announced Lance Armstrong wants to 'assist in the effort to clean up the sport of cycling' and have given the disgraced cyclist a two-week extension to co-operate with investigators.

Armstrong had been given until yesterday to confess all under oath after admitting to doping during each of his seven Tour de France triumphs in a televised interview with Oprah Winfrey last month.

However, USADA have set a new deadline.

Extension: Lance has two more weeks to co-operate

Extension: Lance has two more weeks to co-operate

Chief executive Travis Tygart said in a statement: 'We have been in communication with Mr. Armstrong and his representatives and we understand that he does want to be part of the solution and assist in the effort to clean up the sport of cycling.

'We have agreed to his request for an additional two weeks to work on details to hopefully allow for this to happen.'

USADA revealed last year that Armstrong had led 'the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme sport has ever seen'.

The UCI, cycling's world governing body, stripped Armstrong of his seven Tour titles – none of which were reassigned – and he was banned from sport for life.

Armstrong told Winfrey he would 'be the first man through the door' to take part in a truth and reconciliation hearing.

First man: Lance said he would not be the last person 'through the door'

First man: Lance said he would not be the last person 'through the door'

And in an email interview with cyclingnews.com, the American was adamant a truth and reconciliation commission is the only way forward for all endurance sports.

'It's not the best way, it's the only way,' he said.

'As much as I'm the eye of the storm this is not about one man, one team, one director.

'This is about cycling and to be frank it's about ALL endurance sports.'

Armstrong stated the UCI should not be involved in a TRC, believing the World Anti-Doping Agency should lead it.

Asked why WADA and not USADA should run the process, Armstrong said: 'No brainer. This is a global sport not an American one. One thing I'd add – the UCI has no place at the table.

'When I was on speaking terms with ol' Pat McQuaid (the UCI president) many, many months ago I said, 'Pat, you better think bold here. A full-blown, global, TRC is our sport's best solution.' He wanted to hear nothing of it.'

Swansea flare incident – police appeal for witnesses

Police investigation launched after flare is set off at Swansea v Man United

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21:44 GMT, 23 December 2012

Police are appealing for witnesses after a flare was set off inside the stadium during Swansea's home game with Manchester United on Sunday afternoon.

The flare was let off 15 minutes into the game – which ended 1-1 – after United scored.

Police said it was discharged from the crowd in the away end before hitting the roof and ricocheting back down into the crowd at the Liberty Stadium.

Appeal: The incident occurred during Sunday's 1-1 draw at the Liberty Stadium

Appeal: The incident occurred during Sunday's 1-1 draw at the Liberty Stadium

Detectives said it was fortunate that the flare missed any spectators and that no-one was hurt following the incident at about 1.50pm on Sunday.

Detective Inspector Jeff Handley, of South Wales Police, said: 'We are proud of the fact that the Liberty Stadium promotes a family atmosphere and welcomes spectators from all over the UK.

'This was a very foolish act by an irresponsible individual.

'We are fortunate that nobody was seriously hurt today.

'It's important that anybody with information contacts us so that we can identify the individual and let him or her explain their actions to a court.'

Detectives are appealing for anyone with information to contact South Wales Police 01656 655555 or 101.

Jockey Ahern and former Premier League star Clement among six who face lengthy bans

Jockey Ahern and former Premier League star Clement among six who face lengthy bans over corruption charges

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14:45 GMT, 19 December 2012

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UPDATED:

14:45 GMT, 19 December 2012

Eddie Ahern can expect to be warned off if found guilty after being charged following the BHA's latest corruption investigation.

Former professional footballer Neil
Clement, James Clutterbuck, the son of Newmarket trainer, Ken
Clutterbuck, and former jockeys' agent and in-running punter Martin
Raymond are among five other people also facing charges.

Jockey Eddie Ahern

Jockey Eddie Ahern

Ahern, who has ridden 1,020 winners in Britain since 1998, was forced to abandon plans to ride in India this winter after the Bangalore Turf Club contacted the BHA as a prelude to processing his licence application, and was alerted he was likely to be charged with a serious offence.

Clement made 300 appearances for West Bromwich Albion, including four seasons in the Premiership, but was forced to retire in January 2010 due to a knee injury.

Hillsborough Disaster: Theresa May announces new police probe as High Court quash orginal verdict

A giant step to justice: Fresh police probe into Hillsborough Disaster launched as original verdict quashed

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15:44 GMT, 19 December 2012

A new police investigation into the Hillsborough Disaster was announced by the Home Secretary today, as bereaved families of victims saw their long battle to uncover the truth of what happened take a historic step forward at the High Court.

The Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge and two other judges in London quashed the original accidental death verdicts returned after 96 Liverpool football fans died in the crush 23 years ago – and ordered a fresh inquest.

More than 40 families, who had travelled to London for the hearing, burst into applause when the judges granted an application brought by the Government's top law officer, Attorney General Dominic Grieve.

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Delight: Trevor Hicks holds up a newspaper on the steps of the High Court in London earlier today

Delight: Trevor Hicks holds up a newspaper on the steps of the High Court in London earlier today

Joyous: Shadow Health Secretary and MP for Leigh, Andy Burnham (centre), Margaret Aspinall (right) and Jenni Hicks (left) show their delight after the hearing

Joyous: Shadow Health Secretary and MP for Leigh, Andy Burnham (centre), Margaret Aspinall (right) and Jenni Hicks (left) show their delight after the hearing

Lord Judge, announcing that there were 'good grounds' for the application, described what happened in 1989 as 'catastrophic'.

Referring to the families, many of
whom were weeping in court, he said there had been a 'profound, almost
palpable belief that justice has not been done and that it cannot be
done without and until the full truth is revealed'.

He said: 'We must record our
admiration and respect for their determined search for the truth about
the circumstances of the disaster and why and how it had occurred, which
– despite disappointments and setbacks – has continued for nearly
quarter of a century.'

When giving the ruling, Lord Judge
expressed regret that the process the families had gone through over the
years since the disaster had been “so unbearingly dispiriting and
prolonged'

The Lord Chancellor Chris Grayling
said: 'The victims' families and survivors of the Hillsborough tragedy
have seen their cause take another important step forward today.

'I will now do everything I can to help to get new inquests established quickly.

'I have received a request from the
Doncaster and Bradford coroners for a judge to be appointed to conduct
these inquests and I am today asking the Lord Chief Justice to make a
recommendation to me on suitable candidates as soon as possible.'

Trevor Hicks, chair of Hillsborough Family Support Group, spoke of his delight at the decision to quash the inquest verdicts.

Speaking outside the Royal Courts of
Justice, he said: 'Justice is on its way. Everything we've said has been
proven to be correct.'

Bitter-sweet: Aspinall lost her son James in the disaster, and had to be comforted outside court

Bitter-sweet: Aspinall lost her son James in the disaster, and had to be comforted outside court

KENNY DELIGHTED WITH DOUBLE RESULT FOR VICTIMS' FAMILIES

Former Liverpool player and manager Kenny Dalglish tweeted his delight after Lord Judge ruled that the original inquest into the deaths at Hillsborough were quashed.

Dalglish was also pleased to see that home secretary Theresa May had ordered a new police probe in response to the Hillsborough Panel's report.

He said: 'Two fantastic results today for the Hillsborough families. Your support has been unbelievable.'

Michelle Carlile, 44, clutching a
photograph of her brother Paul, 19, who died at Hillsborough, said of
today's decision: 'It is bitter-sweet. We have known the truth for 23
years.'

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said
after the decision: 'This is a watershed moment on the road to justice
for the families of the 96, and I share their overwhelming relief that,
after 23 very painful years, the inquest verdicts have been quashed.

'It is the only right and proper
decision that the High Court could make in the wake of the overwhelming
and compelling evidence uncovered by the Hillsborough Independent Panel.

'We must all keep up the pressure
that has driven the momentum over the last few months to make sure that
the families get the justice they deserve.

'I also welcome the new police
investigation, which we all hope will result in those that played a role
in causing the disaster and the monumental cover-up are brought to
account.'

Lord Judge said each of those who died in the tragedy was a 'helpless victim of this terrible event'.

He ruled that it was in the interests of justice to hold a fresh inquest.

He said the 'interests of justice must be served' – 'however distressing the truth will be brought to light'.

The main plank of the Attorney General's application related to crucial new medical evidence.

Giant step: The families celebrated what they saw as a victory outside the High Court

Giant step: The families celebrated what they saw as a victory outside the High Court

Address: Hicks and Aspinall spoke after Lord Judge had quashed the original ruling

Address: Hicks and Aspinall spoke after Lord Judge had quashed the original ruling

Address: Hicks and Aspinall spoke after Lord Judge had quashed the original ruling

Welcoming the decision, Mr Grieve
said: 'Thanks to the work of the Hillsborough Independent Panel it was
made clear that the medical evidence underpinning the original inquests,
and relied upon in subsequent reviews and inquiries, was fundamentally
unsound.

'In addition, the statements
concerning the actions of the police and emergency services, and the
original evidence concerning the alcohol consumption of the deceased,
give rise to questions that fresh inquests should address.

'I therefore believe the interests of justice require the 96 inquests to be quashed and for new ones to be held.

'Today, the Court has agreed with me.
These processes inevitably take time, but I share the hope that the new
inquests are held speedily as possible and I know that efforts are
being made to expedite them.

'The families' long and painful quest
for the truth reached a breakthrough with the publication of the
Hillsborough Independent Panel report.

'I hope and trust that new inquests
will provide a better understanding of how each of their loved ones
died, and bring closer the justice for which they have fought so hard.'

Around a dozen Hillsborough victims'
relatives and friends watched a live link to the events at the Royal
Courts of Justice from Courtroom 27 in the Liverpool Civic and Family
Court.

Speaking outside the court after the
hearing, the family of Hillsborough victim Gary Jones, 18, said today
was a major step forward.

Devastation: Anne Williams, who lost her son Kevin, arrives at court

Devastation: Donna Miller, holds a picture of the brother Paul Carlile

Devastation: Donna Miller, holds a picture of the brother Paul Carlile (right), as Anne Williams, who lost her son Kevin, arrives at court earlier in the day

Mr Jones's sister, Cathy, said she was 'delighted' by the words of the Lord Chief Justice.

She said: 'It's a step towards
justice and the truth. The last 23 years has been very difficult – every
day having to fight. Nobody should have to justify why somebody has
died and have to fight for their honour.'

Marion Brady, whose son Paul, 21, was
killed, said it was “absolutely wonderful” that a new police
investigation had been instigated, and added: 'It's been very hard. We
have had knockback after knockback. I just hope I live to see it all
come to fruition.'

Ian Daley, 48, who was at
Hillsborough and lost his friends Graham Wright, 17, and Gordon Horn,
20, said: 'The truth is out now. It's only what the families deserve.
They've had to wait for a long time.'

Stephen Kelly lost his brother Michael, 38, in the disaster, describing him as '38 going on 15'.

He said: 'I'm absolutely over the moon. It's a brilliant result today, we've justified our actions for all these years.

'We've really worked hard for this, and Hillsborough wasn't an accident, it was a disaster waiting to happen.

'But it's been proven today and the inquest has been quashed. I'm really pleased with that.

'It's clearly been stressful at the least, but we got here, and everybody who supported us all these years – this is for them.'

Search for justice: Theresa May has announced a new police probe into the Hillsborough disaster

Search for justice: Theresa May has announced a new police probe into the Hillsborough disaster

Swift: Home Secretary Theresa May wants a 'thorough response' to the findings of the Hillsborough Panel

Swift: Home Secretary Theresa May wants a 'thorough response' to the findings of the Hillsborough Panel

Former Durham Chief Constable Jon
Stoddart, meanwhile, will lead the new police inquiry, which will focus
specifically on the deaths of Liverpool fans at the FA Cup semi-final in
1989.

Barry Devonside, 65, lost his son Christopher, 18, at Hillsborough.

Today, he welcomed the legal ruling and called for criminal prosecutions if there is evidence against police officers.

He said: 'One thing that doesn't change is that our son is not with us. This is a legal issue and history has been made today.

'If there is sufficient evidence to
bring charges against those who were in the wrong then they have to be
held accountable in law.

'I am not on a witch-hunt and I don't
want people locked up for the sake of it, but if there is evidence they
should be before a court.

'There was serious medical evidence to show at least 41 people could have survived.

'When Bolton Wanderers player Fabrice
Muamba collapsed on the pitch he was clinically dead for 78 minutes but
he survived because of the immediate help he got.

Solidarity: Hicks lost two daughters at Hillsborough and was in London today

Solidarity: Hicks lost two daughters at Hillsborough and was in London today

'If they had got the lines of ambulances on to the pitch at Hillsborough, so many people might not have been lost.

'And we might not have lost our son.'

Anne Williams, 60, whose 15-year-old
son Kevin died at Hillsborough, has been one of the loudest voices
throughout the campaigners' efforts for justice.

Suffering from cancer, she attended today's proceedings in a wheelchair.

She applauded Mr Grieve as 'a man of his word'.

'He did what he promised,' she said.

'I am glad we never gave up. It has
been hard, but we wouldn't have been here today. I'd like a corporate
manslaughter verdict in the inquest, it's the least for what they have
done.

'It's a long process. God willing, I will be here, it has been a long wait to see justice.

'I am so glad I could be here today to hear it for myself.'

Face in the crowd: MP for Leigh Andy Burnham arrived at court to support the cause

Face in the crowd: MP for Leigh Andy Burnham arrived at court to support the cause

Referring to the cover-up that
shifted blame away from the authorities and on to the victims, she said:
'I can't forgive them the extremes they went to. Why didn't they just
give us the truth

'The way they twisted and turned
things, like the lies I was told about Kevin being dead by 3.15pm when
he died at 4pm… This hasn't sunk in yet.

'I keep thinking somebody is going to step in and ruin it.'

Liverpool Walton MP Steve Rotheram
said: 'This verdict marks the beginning of the end of the Hillsborough
disaster. At long last, the families have achieved their ultimate goal,
which is to change the verdict on the death certificates.

'The families have been an inspiration to Britain as they have fought their 23-year dignified campaign.

'Now that the fresh inquests have
been ordered, it would be wrong for the families to have to pay for a
second inquest. They should not have to bear the financial penalty of
the Establishment's mistakes in 1989.

'The Chancellor should also take this
opportunity to waive the VAT on the Justice Collective Hillsborough
tribute single so that every single penny raised can support the
families in the legal costs in the fight for justice.'

Support: A Liverpool fan campaigns for justice outside the High Court in London

Support: A Liverpool fan campaigns for justice outside the High Court in London

Former Durham Chief Constable Jon Stoddart, meanwhile, will lead the new police inquiry, which will focus specifically on the deaths of Liverpool fans at the FA Cup semi-final in 1989.

Home Secretary Theresa May said: 'I am determined to see a swift and thorough response to the findings of the Hillsborough Panel to deliver justice for the 96 football fans who died and the families who have fought so hard on their behalf.'

Mr Stoddart will be able to recruit investigators and staff to his team, but he will not be allowed to employ officers or former officers with any prior connection to the Hillsborough disaster.

He is also unable to recruit any officers or former officers who worked in the West Midlands, South Yorkshire or Merseyside police forces.

Mr Stoddart will also work closely with the previously announced Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) investigation into police conduct in the aftermath of the disaster.

He said: 'I am aware of the great significance and personal responsibility which comes with leading this criminal investigation.

'My first priority is to meet with as many of the families as possible and to establish a working open relationship with them throughout the investigation.

'I have held a number of meetings already and have been struck by the families’ humility and steadfast determination to see justice delivered for their loved ones.

'My role is to ensure that we determine exactly what happened in the lead-up to and on the day of the disaster and establish where any culpability lies.'

Horrific: Former Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish and former Nottingham Forest boss Nottingham Forest were escorted from the grisly scenes at Hillsborough in 1989

Horrific: Former Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish and former Nottingham Forest boss Nottingham Forest were escorted from the grisly scenes at Hillsborough in 1989

Justice for the 96: Floral Tributes outside Hillsborough Football Ground in Sheffield

Justice for the 96: Floral Tributes outside Hillsborough Football Ground in Sheffield

Carnage: 96 people died after the crush at Hillsborough on April 15, 1989

Carnage: 96 people died after the crush at Hillsborough on April 15, 1989

VIDEO Outside court. Inquest verdict quashed for 96 Hillsborough fans

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John Obi Mikel given three match ban after Mark Clattenburg dressing room incident

Mikel banned for THREE matches after confronting Clattenburg in dressing room

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17:48 GMT, 6 December 2012

John Obi Mikel has been hit with a three-match ban for his part in the Mark Clattenburg race row debacle.

The Chelsea midfielder ran into the referee's dressing room at the end of Chelsea's defeat against Manchester United in October and confronted him over an alleged racial slur.

Mikel has also been fined 60,000 after admitting the FA charge of using 'threatening and/or abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour'.

Ban: John Obi Mikel (right) has been punished after he ran into Mark Clattenburg's (centre) dressing room

Ban: John Obi Mikel (right) has been punished after he ran into Mark Clattenburg's (centre) dressing room

A police investigation into the incident collapsed because of a lack of evidence and subsequently an FA probe met the same fate.

The regulatory
commission's independent chairman, Christopher Quinlan QC, said the findings
showed at the time of the incident Mikel genuinely believed the referee had
racially abused him.

Were it not for that mitigating factor, he would have been received a significantly longer ban.

Ramires had told Mikel he heard Clattenburg calling him a 'monkey' and the incensed player sought out the referee after the match.

Mikel miss Saturday's fixture at Sunderland but will be available when Chelsea jet out for the Club World Cup in Japan next week.

Strong: Mikel has had a good season although he divides opinion among fans

Strong: Mikel has had a good season although he divides opinion among fans

His availability when the Blues
return from the Far East could be limited though, with the midfielder
due to meet up with Nigeria early in the new year for the African
Nations Cup.

New Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez might
have been preparing for the bad news by selecting Oriol Romeu ahead of
Mikel on Tuesday night.

The Spaniard has started twice under his stewardship and is regaining match fitness after a long period of inactivity.

David Luiz was also played in defensive
midfield in the latter parts of the Champions League match against
Danish opponents Nordsjaelland.

Back to fitness: Oriol Romeu has started twice under Rafael Benitez

Back to fitness: Oriol Romeu has started twice under Rafael Benitez

Mikel signed a new five-year contract at the club on Tuesday.

The 25-year-old midfielder committed his future to the European champions until 2017 – which will see him complete a total of 11 years at Stamford Bridge.

Mikel, who joined Chelsea in the summer of 2006 after controversially pulling out of a move to Manchester United, said: 'Chelsea seems like my home now because I have been here for over six years and I enjoy my time here.

'I come into the training ground every day to work and I value my time there. I am happy and want to keep going and win trophies for this club.'

Mikel was a key player in Chelsea's
Champions League triumph last season, performing exceptionally in the
final against Bayern Munich, and has also won one Barclays Premier
League title, four FA Cups and a League Cup.

Big game player: Mikel has won several trophies with Chelsea

Big game player: Mikel has won several trophies with Chelsea

He added: 'I have basically won everything with Chelsea and those years have been really special for me, winning trophies with big names like Didier Drogba, John Terry and Frank Lampard who have had very long Chelsea careers.

'Last season, to win the Champions League was even more special and I hope these next five years will bring even more success and I can win trophies with the new players we have here.

'Being 25, I think I am now hitting my peak but as a player you want to improve every day and there is still room for that.

'I want to learn from the players and the manager and I just want to keep going.'

Danny Welbeck race case: Chelsea fan re-bailed pending further police investigation

Police re-bail Chelsea fan for allegedly making 'monkey' gesture towards Welbeck

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13:49 GMT, 29 November 2012

The Chelsea fan who was arrested for allegedly making a monkey gesture during a match against Manchester United has been re-bailed pending further investigation by police.

Gavin Kirkham was arrested on November 5 by the Metropolitan Police and held on suspicion of a racially aggravated Section 4a Public Order Act offence. He was later bailed.

The 28-year-old was due back at a West London police station today but has been re-bailed again by police while they investigate the incident further.

Shamed: This Chelsea fan caught on camera making a monkey gesture was later identified as Gavin Kirkham

Shamed: This Chelsea fan caught on camera making a monkey gesture was later identified as Gavin Kirkham

He was caught on camera making what looked like a monkey gesture towards Danny Welbeck.

Kirkham denies being racist and said in an interview that he is 'just one of the boys’.

He is due back at a West London police station in mid-December.

Chelsea have banned the fan, who is not a season ticket holder, from Stamford Bridge until the outcome of the police investigation.

Roman Abramovich said he does not want Kirkham back at the ground if he is found guilty of the offence and the club said they would take ‘the strongest possible action, including supporting criminal prosecution’.

Race row ref Mark Clattenburg misses fourth straight week

Clattenburg misses fourth week in a row as ref waits for verdict from FA over Mikel racist abuse allegations

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17:08 GMT, 19 November 2012

Referee Mark Clattenburg has been left off the Premier League list for the fourth week in a row.

Clattenburg has not taken charge of a match since Chelsea accused him of racially abusing midfielder John Obi Mikel during Manchester United's 3-2 win at Stamford Bridge last month.

Row: Mark Clattenburg was accused of racially abusing John Obi Mikel (centre)

Row: Mark Clattenburg was accused of racially abusing John Obi Mikel (centre)

The official is set to discover the outcome of the FA investigation into the allegations after the governing body interviewed several Chelsea players including Mikel, plus Clattenburg, the two assistant referees Michael McDonough and Simon Long and fourth official Michael Jones.

Clattenburg strenuously denies the allegations and Sportsmail understands the FA are unlikely to charge the Durham official.

An independent QC is studying all the evidence in close detail before recommending a decision. A police investigation into the incident was dropped.

Chelsea alleged that Clattenburg called Mikel a 'monkey' although the player did not hear any slur himself. He was told later by team-mate Ramires.

Ref justice: Clattenburg is set to discover the outcome of the FA investigation

Ref justice: Clattenburg is set to discover the outcome of the FA investigation

If the FA decide that Clattenburg has no case to answer it will be another blow to Chelsea's reputation.

Captain John Terry was banned and fined after being found guilty by the FA of racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand during a Premier League match last season.

And just days after the Clattenburg row, a fan was pictured aiming a monkey chant at Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck.

Gavin Kirkham is on bail and has been banned from Stamford Bridge while the police investigate.