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Arsenal selling Robin van Persie was a mistake, says Alisher Usmanov

You let the fans down selling Van Persie! Usmanov launches fresh attack on Arsenal

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UPDATED:

08:57 GMT, 20 December 2012

Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov says Arsenal made a mistake in selling Robin van Persie to Premier League rivals Manchester United.

The oligarch, who has accumulated an 18billion fortune and is believed to be one of Russia's richest men, says it is still his dream to own Arsenal.

And in a rare television interview, the 59-year-old, who already owns a 30 per cent stake in the club but has no seat on the board, gave his full backing to under-fire boss Wenger, who has been fighting calls from fans to quit.

Hitting out: Alisher Usmanov has once again criticised the way Arsenal is run

Hitting out: Alisher Usmanov has once again criticised the way Arsenal is run

Usmanov, who earned his fortune in
mining, lumber and business investments and is believed to be
significantly wealthier than Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, said the
Arsenal boss has not had enough support in recent years to keep up with
Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea.

Speaking in broken English, Usmanov
told CNBC in Moscow this morning : 'First I did not hear the claims that
Arsene Wenger was against me and the board, and I am surprised about
this.

'Second I always tell Mr Wenger he is
one of the best coaches and football managers in the world but I openly
admit he has many, many difficulties to contend with.

'Today less, but over the last five
years he has not had enough support to provide his conceptions of his
game in Arsenal from the board, either for transfers or for keeping
players etc.'

Usmanov was asked if he would have
done more to keep van Persie who joined United in a 24million deal in
the summer, despite Wenger’s attempts to keep the Dutch striker.

Dutch despair: Usmanov attacked Robin van Persie's sale to Manchester United

Dutch despair: Usmanov attacked Robin van Persie's sale to Manchester United

Dutch despair: Usmanov attacked Robin van Persie's sale to Manchester United

The Soviet-born businessman said:
'This decision (losing Van Persie) was a mistake. If I am one of
Wenger’s players I would want to stay for the finish, but he explained
Robin want to go to win trophies.

Asked about his influence in the
transfer window, Usmanov said: 'I never interfere with things over which
I have no control, this question (about buying players) is for Wenger.

'I never ever give instruction to chief executive of my plans I only ask you need my help or not.'

Usmanov also said Arsenal had not made enough capital from its commercial wing and he questioned the operation at the Emirates.

Slump: Arsenal have endured a difficult season so far, summed up by the humiliating Capital One Cup defeat to League Two Bradford

Slump: Arsenal have endured a difficult season so far, summed up by the humiliating Capital One Cup defeat to League Two Bradford

He added: 'If I have big stake in
Arsenal of course I have my opinion what we must do, for example in the
commercial side there are many questions over the effectiveness of
commercial side of Arsenal today. But we will see we will wait and may
be when I wake up some day I have this Arsenal club.

'The cycle of big money might change
tomorrow in football. Everything has a limit, and this cycle of
development (rising wages and transfer fees) may come down.'

Leeds 2 Crystal Palace 1: Sloppy leaders toppled

Leeds 2 Crystal Palace 1: Sloppy leaders toppled as Becchio and Green cash in

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UPDATED:

22:18 GMT, 24 November 2012

Luciano Becchio and Paul Green knocked Crystal Palace off the top of the Championship as Leeds punished some feeble defending at Elland Road.

Argentine striker Becchio, who has lacked his usual sharpness for much of the season, cashed in on a dreadful mix-up by hooking in his 11th goal of the season in the 52nd minute.

Starting today: Leeds United ended Palace's 14-game unbeaten run

Starting today: Leeds United ended Palace's 14-game unbeaten run

MATCH FACTS

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Impressed: Leeds director Salem Patel cheered as one of the goals went in for his new club

Palace manager Ian Holloway said: 'We have to start another run now after those 14 games unbeaten.

'We deserved at least a point but
that's football. Leeds gained energy from the takeover and a couple of
loan signings and they have a very good manager in Neil Warnock.'

Leeds began the day seven points
above the relegation places, but a message in the programme from
potential new owners GFH Capital was reassuringly upbeat.

It read: 'All those involved with
the acquisition of the club are fully committed to making the right
longterm investments that benefit everyone both on and off the pitch.

'We want to restore Leeds United to
the Premier League as soon as possible and will be working with Neil
Warnock and his coaching staff to ensure he has what he needs to build a
side ready to achieve that.'

Palace have Premier League ambitions,
too, but, with Thomas and Tate having inspiring Leeds debuts, the
visitors struggled at times.

Paddy Kenny also made a stunning double save from Jonathan Parr and the mercurial Wilfried Zaha.

Leeds takeover talks continuing – Ken Bates

Slowly but surely: Bates confirms Leeds takeover talks are continuing

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UPDATED:

18:43 GMT, 18 September 2012

Leeds remain the subject of a takeover bid but it is only progressing slowly, according to chairman Ken Bates.

The Elland Road club announced on June 26 they had entered an exclusivity period with potential investors but 84 days later, the situation remains unresolved.

Leeds have only released a statement to confirm that the exclusivity period had ended but talks remain on going.

In talks: Ken Bates confirmed Leeds are the subject of a takeover bid

In talks: Ken Bates confirmed Leeds are the subject of a takeover bid

And 80-year-old Bates said: 'Despite the confidentiality agreement, stories keep appearing with varying degrees of accuracy as evidenced by the statements put out by LUST (Leeds United Supporters Trust).

'That included a TV interview that said a deal was 'imminent'. It wasn't then and is progressing slowly now. In football everybody expects everything now – but the real world is different.'

Writing in the club programme ahead of Tuesday's clash with Hull, Bates added: 'The current situation is that as I write, the appropriate documents have not been finalised between the lawyers.'

In charge: Leeds manager Neil Warnock hopes to win promotion

In charge: Leeds manager Neil Warnock hopes to win promotion

GFH Capital, who are working on the deal on behalf of a Middle Eastern consortium, have sent representatives to one of United's games this season but have not made any comment on the nature of the talks.

Disgruntled Leeds fans have arranged a protest against Bates, who they accuse of putting off-field investments before the purchase of players, ahead of and during Tuesday's game.

London 2012 Olympics: Now we need investments, says Kelly Smith

Now we need investments, says Smith, as she predicts a hopeful future despite Olympic defeat

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21:44 GMT, 4 August 2012

Kelly Smith, Team GB's most
celebrated footballer, forecast a golden future for the women's game
despite seeing her Olympic medal hopes perish.

Olympics 2012

Nothing, she said, could compensate
for the team's failure to overcome Canada for the chance to play the
United States in the semi-final at Old Trafford.

But Team GB's heroic failure before huge audiences has increased awareness of the women's game.

Smith challenged the business world's
blue-chip companies to capture the spirit of the 2012 Games and give
women's football the investment it deserves.

Smith said: 'The interest has been huge
and we have turned round the attitude of men. My Twitter tracker blew up
from day one of the Olympics. Young girls are letting me know they want
to play football now. Older men have been inspired by the way we have
played, saying how good they think the standard of women's football has
become.'

Inspirational: Kelly Smith in action for GB

Inspirational: Kelly Smith in action for GB

She claimed the wave of interest in women's football, generated by Team GB's first ever appearance in a tournament, could provide an outlet for the girls of Britain's inner cities.

England's record-breaking player, with 111 goals in 45 appearances, has fought her own demons in a rise to the top fraught by serious injury and controversy, and said: 'Football can give them something that will aid their development. Inner-city children should be encouraged to play the game. It's a great way to socialise. It's a healthy way to live. But we need sponsorship. That is an avenue the administrators should explore. Let's hope sponsors come forward after this.'

On the Olympic performances, she said: 'We didn't accomplish what we set out to. We've broken these records, inspired a lot of people, which is absolutely great and will hopefully take the game to another level, but we fell short.

'This is my last Olympics.'

Cheltenham Festival 2012: Peter Scudamore"s festival view

Peter Scudamore Festival view: Horses look spectacular over jumps but it can be a risk

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01:23 GMT, 14 March 2012

Leaps of faith

Some horses look spectacular jumping but the cost of such flamboyance is risk. Nicky Henderson’s Arkle Chase winner Sprinter Sacre appears an exception. His leaps are breathtaking but also carried out with precision. No wonder jockey Barry Geraghty called him 'The Special One'.

Special one: Sprinter Sacre looks spectacular when jumping

Special one: Sprinter Sacre looks spectacular when jumping

Nice one, son

Aintree devotee Ginger McCain didn’t have a lot of time for Cheltenham but he was prouder of his son’s achievements than he would ever admit. He will have looked down from on high with a smile after Donald’s Supreme Novices’ Hurdle victory with Cinders And Ashes, a horse Ginger bought. His legacy lives on.

Having a ball

Step aside Henderson, McCain and Paul Nicholls, the training performance of the season should go to rookie Keiran Burke who has improved Hunt Ball, winner of the Pulteney Land Investements Chase under jockey Nick Scholfield, a whacking 5st. The 2013 Gold Cup is not an unreasonable target.

What a performance: Keiran Burke (right) celebrates after Hunt Ball wins Pulteney Land Investments Novices Handicap Steeple Chase

What a performance: Keiran Burke (right) celebrates after Hunt Ball wins Pulteney Land Investments Novices Handicap Steeple Chase

Harry to marry

Harry Fry, the 25-year-old assistant handed credit by his boss Paul Nicholls for training Champion Hurdle winner Rock On Ruby, has more reason to celebrate as girlfriend Ciara O’Connor looks after the gelding. But will he heed the advice of Nicholls, who said: ‘He’ll have to ask her to marry him now.’

The first Noel

When Ruby Walsh was injured last season, it was to Noel Fehily Paul Nicholls originally turned to hand the ride on Kauto Star. But not for the first time, Fehily’s own injury jinx then struck and he missed the 2011 Festival. It was great to see this most talented and understated rider rewarded in the Champion Hurdle.