Tag Archives: investigations

Brendan Rodgers not worried about Liverpool delay

Rodgers not worried about flight delay as Liverpool prepare for Hammers test

|

UPDATED:

08:57 GMT, 8 December 2012

Brendan Rodgers has expressed confidence that Liverpool’s delayed return from their Europa League trip to Italy will not compromise their ambitions at West Ham tomorrow.

Liverpool were due to fly home straight following their 1-0 win over Udinese on Thursday night but they were grounded in Trieste airport after a problem was detected with their aircraft, while it was taxing to the runway.

Rodgers and his squad were kept on the plane for more than an hour while investigations were carried out before engineers confirmed that the fault in the left engine could not be repaired, forcing them to stay overnight in Italy.

No worries: Brendan Rodgers expects Liverpool to be ready for West Ham

No worries: Brendan Rodgers expects Liverpool to be ready for West Ham

A new aircraft was sent out to Trieste to collect them yesterday and the party arrived touchdown at John Lennon Airport at 3.30pm, some 15 hours later than had been scheduled.

There will be little chance for them to rest, as Liverpool will today (SAT) travel to London for their game at Upton Park but Rodgers does not feel his preparations have been overly-effected by the unforeseen issue.

‘It doesn’t overly affect us really,’ said Rodgers, whose side made it through to the Europa League’s last 32 as winners of Group A thanks to Jordan Henderson’ s goal. ‘It’s not ideal, of course, but we still have one more session before we play West Ham and we’ve been able to recover well.

‘The players had a good rest overnight, even though we only got back into the hotel late, at about 2.30am. The day after game it’s about the nutritional needs and physical needs of the players – they are what is important. But we could take care of that in the hotel.

Marching on: Liverpool beat Udinese to progress in the Europa League

Marching on: Liverpool beat Udinese to progress in the Europa League

‘It’s only an issue if you make it an issue. Sometimes it’s like how life is; it’s not always plain sailing – especially when you’re flying! It’s one we cannot control but we can control our mind-set and how we recover. Our recuperation has been fantastic.’

An added bonus for Rodgers is his squad will be bolstered at West Ham by the return of Steven Gerrard, who never travelled to Italy with illness, and Daniel Agger and Lucas Leiva, both of whom were rested in midweek.

Rodgers added: ‘We will have a final session tomorrow and will go to game on Sunday with no excuse. We have finished top of our group in a European tournament – for us we’re in a good moment and we’ll take it into Sunday’s game.’

Dutch linesman beaten to death after shocking attack

Dutch linesman beaten to death after shocking attack during youth game

|

UPDATED:

19:01 GMT, 3 December 2012

A Dutch linesman has died after being beaten and kicked by several footballers during a youth game.

Richard Nieuwenhuizen collapsed and was rushed to the hospital hours after players from Amsterdam club Nieuw Sloten punched and kicked him.

Nieuwenhuizen's club, Buitenboys, said the 41-year-old linesman died Monday evening but did not announce the exact cause of death.

Shock: A Dutch linesman was attacked by youths (stock image)

Shock: A Dutch linesman was attacked by youths (stock image)

Three players, aged 15 and 16, were arrested earlier today for alleged involvement in the beating on Sunday in the town of Almere.

Dutch Sports Minister Edith Schippers told national broadcaster NOS even before the news of Nieuwenhuizen's death that 'it is absolutely terrible that something like this can happen on a Dutch sports field.'

Police spokeswoman Leonie Bosselaar said shortly before the linesman's death was announced that the players were still in custody and investigations were continuing. She added that police would not rule out arresting more suspects.

Nieuw Sloten said in a statement on its website it has banned the players involved and pulled their team out of the league.

The statement said such incidents 'do not belong on a football field.'
Both clubs canceled all training scheduled for today.

Ajax manager Frank De Boer said: 'I'm not aggressive so cannot imagine how such a thing could happen. It makes you wonder about their education. This is too crazy.'

Raheem Sterling interviewed by police over alleged attack on woman in Liverpool

England teenager Sterling quizzed by cops over alleged attack on woman in Liverpool

|

UPDATED:

10:33 GMT, 20 November 2012

Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling was interviewed by Merseyside Police in connection with an alleged attack on a woman earlier this month.

The 17-year-old made his international debut for England last week against Sweden and has enjoyed a fine start so far in what is his breakthrough season at Anfield.

Quizzed: Raheem Sterling was interviewed by police

Quizzed: Raheem Sterling was interviewed by police

But it is reported that the teenager was
quizzed by police under caution after he reported to a Merseyside
station by prior appointment on November 5 – three days after the
alleged attack on a 27-year-old woman took place in the Liverpool 8
area.

Jamaican-born Sterling, who joined Liverpool two years ago from QPR, was not arrested, however, and the police revealed that investigations are ongoing.

‘Merseyside police can confirm that a 17-year-old male from the Woolton area was interviewed under caution following a report of an assault on Friday, November 2,’ a police spokesperson told the Daily Mirror.

On the ball: Sterling made his international debut for England against Sweden last week

On the ball: Sterling made his international debut for England against Sweden last week

‘A 27-year-old woman received slight injuries during the incident in the Liverpool 8 area.

‘The investigation is ongoing and no formal action has been taken.’

The Mirror reported that Liverpool declined to comment on the police interview.

Sterling, who has a five-month old daughter Melody Rose, turns 18 next month and is in line to receive a new bumper deal at Liverpool to secure his long-term future at Anfield.

Mark Clattenburg back in training but race-row referee left off Premier League list again for a third week

Clattenburg back in training with elite officials but race-row ref left off Premier League list again for a third week

|

UPDATED:

17:29 GMT, 12 November 2012

Referee Mark Clattenburg returned to training with the top-flight Select Group of referees today but has once again been left off this weekend's Barclays Premier League fixture list.

The Durham official, who has not taken charge of a match since Chelsea accused him of directing racist language towards John Mikel Obi at Stamford Bridge on October 28, had not trained while the investigations have been taking place but he did so today at the FA's St George's Park HQ.

Controversy: Mark Clattenburg has not refereed since Chelsea v Man United

Controversy: Mark Clattenburg has not refereed since Chelsea v Man United

Clattenburg and referees chief Mike
Riley have decided jointly that he should not be in charge of matches
while the case has been ongoing.

Chelsea last week submitted a
dossier of evidence to the FA, including signed witness statements from
players, alleging Clattenburg used a term understood to have been
interpreted as racist during the 3-2 defeat by Manchester United.

Clattenburg denies the accusation.

Clattenburg is understood to have been among those interviewed by the Football Association on Thursday as part of continuing investigations into Chelsea's claim.

The governing body are now assessing those allegations and are believed to have spoken to Clattenburg, assistant referees Michael McDonough and Simon Long and fourth official Michael Jones.

The interview process is believed to have been completed on Friday.

The full file of evidence from Chelsea was received by the FA at the start of the week and since then the players have also been interviewed.

The case could not be more sensitive following Chelsea skipper John Terry's four-match ban for racist abuse, and the FA is determined to deal with it as quickly as possible – especially following criticism about the length of time, almost a year, it took to deal with Terry.

Row: Clattenburg is accused of using racist language towards John Mikel Obi

Row: Clattenburg is accused of using racist language towards John Mikel Obi

Clattenburg had decided not to referee a match for a second consecutive weekend while the investigation is ongoing and now he has been left off the appointments again.

The Metropolitan Police have also launched an investigation following a complaint lodged by the Society for Black Lawyers, based on reports of the incident rather than any evidence.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has had his say, saying it was 'unthinkable' that Clattenburg would make such a comment and that he was 'convinced' he would not have done so.

Clattenburg, 37, who is on FIFA's shortlist to be a match official at the 2014 World Cup, strenuously denies the accusations against him.

Clattenburg interview by FA as investigation into alleged racism reaches conclusion

Clattenburg interview by FA over alleged racist abuse Mikel as investigation draws to close

|

UPDATED:

07:20 GMT, 9 November 2012

Mark Clattenburg is understood to have been among those interviewed by the Football Association on Thursday as part of continuing investigations into Chelsea's claim that the referee used 'inappropriate language' towards John Obi Mikel.

Chelsea submitted a dossier of evidence to the FA, including signed witness statements from players, alleging Clattenburg used a term understood to have been interpreted as racist during the Premier League match against Manchester United on October 28.

The governing body are now assessing
those allegations and are believed to have spoken to Clattenburg,
assistant referees Michael McDonough and Simon Long and fourth official
Michael Jones.

Accused: Mark Clattenburg (right) with Chelsea's John Obi Mikel

Accused: Mark Clattenburg (right) with Chelsea's John Obi Mikel

The interview process is not expected to go beyond Friday, meaning there should be news on whether the case will go any further early next week.

The full file of evidence from Chelsea was received by the FA at the start of the week and since then the players have also been interviewed.

The case could not be more sensitive
following Chelsea skipper John Terry's four-match ban for racist abuse,
and the FA is determined to deal with it as quickly as possible –
especially following criticism about the length of time, almost a year,
it took to deal with Terry.

Clattenburg, meanwhile, has decided not to referee a match for a second consecutive weekend while the investigation is ongoing.

Out of action: Clattenburg will not referee this weekend

Out of action: Clattenburg will not referee this weekend

The Metropolitan Police has also launched an investigation following a complaint lodged by the Society for Black Lawyers, based on reports of the incident rather than any evidence.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has had his say, saying it was 'unthinkable' that Clattenburg would make such a comment and that he was 'convinced' he would not have done so.

Clattenburg, 37, who is on FIFA's shortlist to be a match official at the 2014 World Cup, strenuously denies the accusations against him.

Mark Clattenburg racism latest: Sir Alex Ferguson rubbishes Chelsea claim

I just don't believe it, says Fergie as he rubbishes Chelsea's Clattenburg allegations

|

UPDATED:

10:09 GMT, 2 November 2012

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has hit out at Chelsea for accusing referee Mark Clattenburg of racially abusing John Obi Mikel during Sunday's fiery clash at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea allege that Clattenburg abused Mikel during the game in which he sent off two Blues players as they went down 3-2 to Ferguson's side.

'I don’t believe Mark Clattenburg would make any comment like that,' said Ferguson.

Accused: Chelsea have reported Clattenburg

Accused: Chelsea have reported Clattenburg (centre)

Accused: Chelsea have reported Clattenburg (centre)

'I think it’s unthinkable. It’s unthinkable in the modern climate. I just don’t believe it.

'There’s no way a referee would stoop that low. I’m convinced of that.

'If you look at the modern game
compared to 25 years ago it’s completely changed. I know the banter
between players and referees 25 years ago is completely different.

'This is where I stand on this issue with Mark Clattenburg. I just don’t believe it.'

Disbelief: Ferguson believes that Chelsea's allegations are false

Disbelief: Ferguson believes that Chelsea's allegations are false

Ferguson joins Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger in standing by Clattenburg as the Metropolitan Police and the FA conduct separate investigations into Chelsea's claims.

More to follow…

Ryan Jones leaves Wales training camp

Injury worry for Wales as Jones leaves Poland training camp for scans on shoulder

|

UPDATED:

11:33 GMT, 31 October 2012

Ryan Jones returned home from the Wales national squad training camp in Spala on Wednesday in order to undergo scans on an irritable shoulder.

The Ospreys back row was part of the 35-man squad preparing for the Dove Men Series against Argentina, Samoa, New Zealand and Australia – to be played out on consecutive weekends at the Millennium Stadium beginning on Saturday 10 November – at the infamous Olympic training village in Poland, but has been managing a shoulder problem which pre-dates his arrival.

The decision to send Jones home at this time is based on a preference for the facilities available in Wales to accommodate the necessary investigations and give the player the most optimal management plan for his injury.

Shouldering the burden: Jones is heading back to Wales for a scan

Shouldering the burden: Jones is heading back to Wales for a scan

Jones remains a full member of the
squad and further details of his problem and any repercussions for
selection, if at all, will become apparent once the proper
investigations have been undertaken.

Meanwhile, Matthew Rees has backed
one of Wales' young props to make an impression this autumn as the RBS 6
Nations champions prepare for life without Adam Jones.

Jones, who is among world rugby's
most destructive scrummagers, will miss forthcoming appointments with
Argentina, Samoa, New Zealand and Australia due to a knee injury.

While interim Wales head coach Rob
Howley could consider switching Bath loosehead Paul James across the
scrum as Jones' replacement, it is probable that either Aaron Jarvis,
Scott Andrews or Samson Lee will start against the Pumas on November 10.

Uncapped Lee, although not yet officially added to Wales' autumn squad, is currently part of preparations at a week-long training camp in Spala, Poland.

And his fellow international rookie Jarvis has impressed with a series of consistent displays for the Ospreys that underpinned his Wales call-up.

'We have props who can play both sides of the scrum, with Paul James and Gethin Jenkins both able to move over, and it will be up to the coaches when it comes to selection,' hooker and former Wales captain Rees said.

Emerging talent: Rees is worried about the absence of prop Jones

Emerging talent: Rees is worried about the absence of prop Jones

'But I can certainly see one of these youngsters coming through and getting to the next level over the next three or four weeks.

'Adam is a loss, but we have got
three pretty good players there waiting in the wings at the moment, and
the challenge for them now is to kick on and impress the coaches and
take their chance when it comes.

'The only thing they may lack is
experience at international level, but there is no better place for them
to get that than in this November series when you look at the fixture
list.'

Wales continued their build-up to the Argentina fixture in snowy Spala today, with Howley and his fellow coaches potentially facing a number of selection issues before naming the starting line-up tomorrow week.

Rees, despite his leadership skills and vast experience, is by no means certain of securing a starting berth, given Ospreys hooker Richard

Hibbard's strong form and also the threat of his Scarlets colleague Ken Owens.

'It's great to have competition for places,' Rees added.

'I've got Ken at the Scarlets, and we both push each other hard, and with Richard playing well for the Ospreys we are all fighting for that jersey.'

New Newcastle Falcons boss Dean Richards says he won"t cross the line again

I have regrets and I won't cross the line again, says returning Richards who is raring to go after ban

|

UPDATED:

22:00 GMT, 21 August 2012

This week marks a fresh start for Dean Richards. His three-year Bloodgate ban officially ended on Sunday and he is resuming his coaching career knowing that the stain has been erased, but the lessons from that scandal will stay with him.

The former iconic No 8 with Leicester and England was cast into rugby exile after being found guilty of presiding over the illicit use of fake blood capsules while in charge at Harlequins, then leading an attempted cover-up during the subsequent investigations.

He accepted his punishment, did his time, kept his head below the parapet and earlier this season agreed terms to make his comeback by taking over at Newcastle.

Back from his ban: Dean Richards will take charge of Newcastle Falcons this season

Back from his ban: Dean Richards will take charge of Newcastle Falcons this season

Having signed for the Falcons, they
were then relegated from the Aviva Premiership, with London Welsh
allowed to go up to the top division on appeal. So Richards’ return will
take place in the Championship, but he has previous there, having
brought Quins back up during his first season in charge at The Stoop. He
will tackle the task with all the enthusiasm of a man cast out of the
game he loves for so long, but also one determined not to forget the
saga which could have finished him.

I'm no angel: Richards says he has regrets about things that happened in the past

I'm no angel: Richards says he has regrets about things that happened in the past

‘I have huge regrets and I would
never, ever do the same thing again,’ he said of the Bloodgate
controversy. ‘I have the same ambitions to win things and the same
passion but I have huge regrets and I understand exactly where the
boundaries lie. I would never step over them again.’

Asked how he expects to be received
within the game, Richards added: ‘If people want to say something, they
can say something. I have done my three years. If they feel I should
have got more then so be it. Some people feel I should have got a little
bit less, so be it. I was given three years and I have done three
years.’

From August, 2009 to this month, he
maintained his close interest in rugby, initially from afar but
increasingly at close quarters. ‘In the first year (of the ban) I didn’t
go and watch a rugby game other than the Quins-Wasps Big Game here,’
said Richards.

‘Last year, I was watching games
virtually every weekend, whether Premiership or Championship – not as
preparation but because I love the game.

‘Now, to be back in rugby – I am
loving every minute of it. The banter in the changing-room, the
camaraderie, the team spirit… I have not been part of that for the last
few years and I missed those sides of rugby. It is nice to be part of it
again.

Moment on controversy: Tom Williams and Richards were involved in the Bloodgate episode at Harlequins in 2009

Moment on controversy: Tom Williams and Richards were involved in the Bloodgate episode at Harlequins in 2009

'It has been your life for 20-odd years and you have it taken
away and you miss it straight away. But you serve your three years and
you get straight back into it and it makes you realise what you have
missed.’

Richards revealed that he was pursued
by several clubs but chose to join Newcastle due to the scale of owner
Semore Kurdi’s ambition, the potential in the region and its beauty too.

He believes he can make the Falcons a force in the English game again ‘in a year, two years, five years or whatever’.

While his focus will be on this
revival mission on Tyneside, he relished seeing the Quins team he
developed go on to win the title last season, saying: ‘I was delighted
for them.’

Down and out: Newcastle were relegated from the Premiership last season

Down and out: Newcastle were relegated from the Premiership last season

The Championship season will begin on
August 31, with precise requirements for those clubs aiming for
promotion to the Aviva Premiership still being thrashed out.

The RFU and Professional Game Board
are addressing the thorny issue of the Minimum Standards Criteria
applied to promotion following London Welsh’s successful appeal against
being barred from joining the elite – with a view to amendments being
finalised by the end of next month.

Meanwhile, in the continuing absence
of a title sponsor for the second tier of the English game, the union
and Championship clubs have finally agreed a central funding package for
the next four years, after drawn-out and often fraught talks.

England scrum half Danny Care’s
recovery from a spate of alcohol-related controversies last season was
further illustrated as Harlequins announced that the 25-year-old had
agreed a three-year contract extension, to remain with the league
champions until the end of the 2015-16 season.

‘There is no other club that I want to
play for,’ said Care, who received staunch support from Quins during
the turbulent period earlier this year.

Juventus boss Antonio Conte appeals match-fixing charge

Juventus boss Conte appears in court to appeal match-fixing charge

|

UPDATED:

21:18 GMT, 20 August 2012

Juventus coach Antonio Conte and his assistant Angelo Alessio have appeared in court to appeal against 10-month suspensions from football.

Conte and Alessio were dealt lengthy bans by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) on August 10 for allegedly failing to report two incidents of match-fixing whilst in charge of Siena.

With the backing of Juventus, Conte, 43, and Alessio, 47, immediately appealed their lengthy suspensions, and the pair appeared in court on Monday seeking full acquittals.

All smiles: Juventus coach Antonio Conte arrives at court

All smiles: Juventus coach Antonio Conte arrives at court

It was the testimony of Filippo Carobbio, a Siena player during Conte's tenure at the Stadio Artemio Franchi, that first brought the former Italy international under suspicion.

And Conte's legal team, comprising Giulia Bongiorno, Antonio De Rensis and Luigi Chiappero, sought to discredit Carobbio.

Quoted in the Corriere dello Sport, Bongiorno said: 'The defensive strategy of Carobbio is clear – to try and avoid a criminal charge of conspiracy to defraud.

'Carobbio accused Conte to deflect attention from his own role in the match-fixing.

'As far as this disciplinary committee is concerned, Carobbio never lies, he is 100 per cent infallible. He is God-like.'

Bid: Conte was banned for 10 months but has appealed the decision

Bid: Conte was banned for 10 months but has appealed the decision

De Rensis told La Stampa: '(Conte) is determined and relaxed. It was really hard to convince him to enter a plea bargain but now he is ready to stand up and make his reasons heard.'

Stefano Palazzi, one of the FIGC prosecutors who handed Conte and Alessio their suspensions, responded in support of Carobbio, who received a 26-month ban from football for his alleged involvement.

Palazzi told the Corriere dello Sport: 'All Carobbio's declarations are supported by the police investigations and the phone contact between the betting world and the footballers involved.'

The court will hear appeals from other clubs affected by the 'Calcioscommesse' verdicts on Tuesday, including Cremona, Bari, Lecce and Grosseto, the latter pair having been punished with demotion to the Lega Pro.

The results of the various appeals are expected to be announced from Wednesday.

Coventry suspend Gary Deegan for "Up the RA" tweet

Coventry suspend midfielder Deegan for 'Up the RA' tweet

|

UPDATED:

13:49 GMT, 28 June 2012

Coventry City midfielder Gary Deegan has been suspended by the club after posting a pro-RA slogan on Twitter.

The 24-year-old, who was born in Dublin, allegedly replied 'Up the RA' in response to Scottish-born team-mate James McPake who was called up for international duty by Northern Ireland.

Deegan quickly apologised but his
club, who were relegated to League One last season, have suspended him
for two weeks while they investigate.

Twitter row: Gary Deegan (left) has been suspended by Coventry

Twitter row: Gary Deegan (left) has been suspended by Coventry

His Twitter page appeared to have been deactivated.

A statement from the club read: 'Coventry City confirm that Gary Deegan has been suspended from training for a period of two weeks whilst further investigations take place into comments on Twitter social networking site.

'Neither the player nor the club will be making any further statement whilst internal investigations are on-going.'