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Six Nations 2013: Brian O"Driscoll cited for stamp on Simone Favaro

O'Driscoll cited for stamp on Italy openside Favaro during Ireland's Six Nations defeat

By
Duncan Bech, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

18:15 GMT, 18 March 2013

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UPDATED:

23:18 GMT, 18 March 2013

Brian O'Driscoll has been cited for stamping on Simone Favaro in Ireland's 22-15 RBS 6 Nations defeat by Italy on Saturday.

A brief statement issued by tournament
organisers confirmed that independent citing commissioner Aurwel Morgan
has decided the incident warranted further scrutiny.

The date and location for O'Driscoll's hearing has yet to be announced.

Ouch: Brian O'Driscoll was sin-binned for this stamp during Ireland's final Six Nations clash

Ouch: Brian O'Driscoll was sin-binned for this stamp during Ireland's final Six Nations clash

Cooling off: O'Driscoll spent ten minutes watching the match

Cooling off: O'Driscoll spent ten minutes watching the match

O'Driscoll was sent to the sin-bin for only the second time in his 14-year professional career in the first half of the match at the Stadio Olimpico.

The 34-year-old lifted his right leg and brought it down on to the chest of Favaro, the Italy openside, who yelled out in pain and writhed around on the turf.

The act was out of character for O'Driscoll, who has a fine disciplinary record, and was evidence of his frustration as Ireland slumped to a first Six Nations defeat by Italy.

However, he was lucky to have escaped a red card for an incident that clouded what is thought to have been his 125th and final Test in a green shirt.

Sendoff O'Driscoll could have appeared for the final time in the Six Nations

Sendoff O'Driscoll could have appeared for the final time in the Six Nations

The recommended suspension for a low
end stamping offence is two weeks, the mid range five weeks and top end
nine weeks, up to a maximum of one year.

While the offence was serious, O'Driscoll's lack of previous disciplinary issues will count in his favour.

It will be hoped by his province
Leinster that he is available for the Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-final
against Wasps on April 5 and for as much of their RaboDirect Pro 12
title push as possible.

A statement issued by the Six Nations
read: 'Brian O'Driscoll, the Ireland centre, has been cited by the
independent citing commissioner for an alleged stamping or trampling on
an opponent, contrary to Law 10.4 (b), in the RBS 6 Nations match
between Italy and Ireland on Saturday 16th March 2013. Details of the
Hearing will be announced later.'

Meanwhile, Ireland wing Luke Fitzgerald has been ruled out for the remainder of the season after he ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee against Italy.

Wayne Rooney set for Manchester United exit with Paris Saint-German and Manchester City lurking

Rooney fights for his United future as 20m bid might tempt fed-up Ferguson to sell

By
Ian Ladyman

PUBLISHED:

22:31 GMT, 6 March 2013

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UPDATED:

10:11 GMT, 7 March 2013

Wayne Rooney is facing a desperate fight to save his Manchester United career as manager Sir Alex Ferguson continues to harbour grave doubts about his fitness and attitude.

Ferguson stunned football by dropping the England forward to the bench for Tuesday night's Champions League defeat against Real Madrid at Old Trafford.

The United manager believes Rooney has failed to get on top of the weight and fitness issues that have dogged him since the start of the season and is fed up with waiting for an improvement.

Wayne Rooney

Benched: Wayne Rooney started Tuesday night's game as a substitute after he was axed by Sir Alex Ferguson

Close to the boss Rooney started the match on the bench - sitting just in front of Sir Alex Ferguson

Axed: Rooney's relationship with his manager is said to be tense after a difficult season at Old Trafford

With Rooney, 27, entering the final two years of his contract this summer, Ferguson knows he has a decision to make about his future.

As it stands, the Scot will not rule out selling him at the end of the season if the club can attract a bid of more than 20million.

Sources in both camps have told Sportsmail that the relationship between the pair has been tense for some time and shows no signs of getting better. Senior players say privately that they can sense it at the training ground on a daily basis.

Rooney acknowledges that he and Ferguson have not been on the best of terms for much of this season but disputes suggestions that he has not looked after himself.

Super-rich Paris Saint-Germain have an interest in Rooney, while United's neighbours Manchester City would take the former Everton star in an instant if they thought their rivals would sell to them.

City tried to buy Rooney in the autumn of 2010, prompting United to raise their wage ceiling to keep him.

His former United and England team-mate Michael Owen told talkSPORT: 'It's got to be a big worry for Rooney. It's the biggest game of the season and the manager has shuffled his pack and not included him.

'A couple of years ago, if Wayne wasn't the first-choice striker, he would have played him in left midfield or in behind the striker. For him not to start is a real kick in the teeth.

Real misery: Rooney could not prevent United crashing out of the Champions League to the Spanish giants

Real misery: Rooney could not prevent United crashing out of the Champions League to the Spanish giants

End of the road Rooney will be weighing up his future at Old Trafford after he was snubbed by Ferguson

End of the road Rooney will be weighing up his future at Old Trafford after he was snubbed by Ferguson

Dip in form: Rooney, cigarette in hand, relaxes on his honeymoon in Las Vegas

Dip in form: Rooney, cigarette in hand, relaxes on his honeymoon in
Las Vegas

'Wayne will either get his head down, try to improve and force his way back into the team, or he'll think, “The manager has not picked me for the biggest game, he obviously doesn't fancy me”, and it might not be the end of the story.'

Meanwhile, UEFA have charged United for failing to fulfil their media obligations after Tuesday night's 2-1 defeat that put them out of the Champions League.

Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney

Bidding war: Both Manchester City and PSG would be interested should United choose to sell Rooney

Not only did Ferguson not attend the press conference after the game, United also failed to provide two players for post-match interviews, as mandated under UEFA rules.

Nani, who was sent off by referee Cuneyt Cakir with United leading 1-0, will definitely be banned for one European game at least.

His case, and United's, will be heard by UEFA on March 21. It will not be known if players like United defender Rio Ferdinand will face sanction for their actions after the game until Cakir files his report, probably later today.

Chelsea star Eden Hazard caught up in anti-Israel riddle – Charles Sale

Chelsea forward Hazard the victim of anti-Israel riddle

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UPDATED:

22:30 GMT, 10 December 2012

Chelsea, whose season has been overshadowed by the John Terry and Mark Clattenburg racism issues, have been caught up in another sensitive controversy involving Eden Hazard's political views.

The Belgium forward was alleged to have put his signature to a statement signed by 62 footballers protesting against Israel hosting the European Under 21 Championship next year.

The pro-Palestine petition claims Israel staging the tournament following their military offensive in Gaza will be 'seen as a reward for actions that are contrary to sporting values'.

Accusation: Hazard was alleged to have put his name to a statement signed by 62 footballers

Accusation: Hazard was alleged to have put his name to a statement signed by 62 footballers

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Hazard's believed involvement in the protest led to 81 of Chelsea's Jewish supporters, including a number of high-profile lawyers, putting their names on an email to the club's chief executive Ron Gourlay outlining their concern.

The letter, copied to FA chairman David Bernstein, said it was inappropriate for Hazard to use his platform as a Chelsea footballer to air such sensitive political opinions and that he should apologise for the offence caused to some of the club's supporters.

However, it emerged yesterday that Hazard had not contributed to the petition. His agent John Bico said: 'Eden never speaks about his political opinions and he certainly never signed anything.'

Former Chelsea star Didier Drogba had earlier strongly denied endorsing UEFA stripping Israel of the tournament.

Drogba had been one of the marquee players listed along with Hazard as having done so on the website of former Tottenham striker Frederic Kanoute.

Strange choice of words

Considering the FA have always been so concerned about leaks coming out of Wembley, the wording of the advertisement for the new independent chairman to replace David Bernstein is surprising.

It states that the appointee is expected to be an ambassador for the FA and football, ensuring the organisation promotes exemplary corporate governance and 'transparency'.

Crerand set for 5 Live stay

BBC 5 Live intend to keep using football pundit Paddy Crerand, a former Manchester United player and enthusiastic flag-waver for the club, as an occasional contributor despite his astonishing rant on the breakfast show yesterday.

Anger: Former United star Crerand lost his temper on BBC 5 Live

Anger: Former United star Crerand lost his temper on BBC 5 Live

Crerand lost his temper at being asked about players celebrating in front of opposition fans. BBC 5 Live say they have no issue with the way the emotional Crerand expressed his views.

Henderson all smiles

Top racehorse trainer Nicky Henderson was in celebratory mode even before Sprinter Sacre's hugely impressive victory in Sandown's Tingle Creek Chase.

Henderson poured himself a large glass of red wine in the royal box at Sandown even as the six-year-old cantered to the start of the two-mile chase.

Celebration: Henderson poured himself a large glass of red in the royal box

Celebration: Henderson poured himself a large glass of red in the royal box

There was relief at the Jockey Club, meanwhile, after two races over the modified Grand National fences at Aintree saw no casualties.

The racecourse owners are looking for a 2million-a-year sponsor of the National to replace John Smith's, with the last resort being a bookmaker partner. Any deaths over the Liverpool jumps at the weekend would have made that very difficult to attain.

Usmanov foiled again

Arsenal shareholder Alisher Usmanov, ridiculously, may not be able to gain a seat on the board despite his 29.9 per cent holding.

But he has just been re-elected as president of the International Fencing Federation for another four years. Billionaire Usmanov's fencing objectives for his second term include 'provision of financial support to current sportspeople', which is exactly what a lot of Arsenal fans would like him to have the opportunity to do at the Emirates Stadium.

Talks in place over FFP

An extra Premier League chairmen's meeting has been arranged for next Tuesday in the hope of agreeing a strategy regarding financial fair-play regulations before the January transfer window.

However, such is the gulf between Arsenal, Manchester United, Tottenham and Sunderland – who are strongly in favour of FFP – and Manchester City, West Brom, Fulham and Aston Villa, who are just as adamantly opposed, that gaining the required support of 14 clubs before Christmas is unlikely.

Martin Samuel: Has Platini just torpedoed European Football with his 2020 vision?

Has Platini just torpedoed European Football with his 2020 vision

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UPDATED:

23:12 GMT, 6 December 2012

It is not a grand plan. That’s the first thing you need to know. Michel Platini’s scheme to hawk the 2020 European Championship around the continent, a nomadic mish-mash of flights and fixtures, is not some brilliant idea he has spent years fine-tuning.

He couldn’t keep his mouth shut. That was the problem. The president torpedoed UEFA’s own bidding process for 2020 and was left with two choices: a co-hosting arrangement between Georgia and Azerbaijan, or potentially playing second fiddle to the Olympics in Turkey. Nobody else wanted to know.

So, UEFA’s executive committee developed a brilliant alternative with Platini’s guidance: a Euro for Europe.

All aboard: Michel Platini's bold vision for Euro 2020 has fired a torpedo into the heart of European Football

All aboard: Michel Platini's bold vision for Euro 2020 has fired a torpedo into the heart of European Football

Matches across the continent, fans scurrying from one country to the next at huge expense. How far, who knows Locations We’ll get back to you. A blueprint Now, where did I put that fag packet

The bidding to host the 2020 European Championship opened on March 21 with a final decision expected later next year or in early 2014.

So, plenty of time for executives to consider the available options, visit the sites, study infrastructure issues and factor in the needs of the fans.

Except on March 23, two days after a 20-month bidding process began, Platini announced he would be voting for Turkey. At that point, nine other bidders had shown interest: Germany, Holland, Belgium, Czech Republic/Slovakia, Azerbaijan/Georgia, Serbia/Croatia/Bosnia-Herzegovina, Romania/Bulgaria and Romania/Hungary.

Overnight, enthusiasm evaporated. As other countries did not fancy spending millions on a doomed campaign, host interest quickly dwindled.

Then Platini discovered that Turkey was also bidding to welcome the world to an Olympics in Istanbul in 2020, and were quite well fancied to succeed. Why this was a surprise, who knows

As a leading sports administrator it
shouldn’t really have escaped Platini’s attention that Istanbul had
also tried to host the Games in 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012. Maybe he
could have recalled the location of the 2005 Champions League final: the
Olympic Stadium, Istanbul.

Something funny going on: If only Platini hadn't let slip he'd vote for Turkey ...

Something funny going on: If only Platini hadn't let slip he'd vote for Turkey …

That Turkey’s constitution incorporates part of the Olympic charter was a sign they were keen on the idea, too.

Indeed, in accepting Istanbul’s candidacy, International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge announced that only the Olympic aim, not the 2020 European Championship bid, had official backing from the Turkish government.

From that point, Platini’s baby was in trouble. The host application process closed on May 15. Panicking, with so few takers, Platini extended it.

No doubt he has spent the last six months trying to drum up interest, without success. Yesterday’s decision was the act of a desperate man.

That only Turkey opposed the scheme shows how spectacularly he has undermined the host process.

This Euro for Europe is said to be a
one-off. If it were a good idea, it would have been announced as a
permanent arrangement. It is a stopgap, a fudge, a face-saving exercise
for a clown who is on the brink of ruining what many regarded as the
greatest football tournament, better even than the Champions League or
World Cup.

Indeed if this were all a mad wager, a drunken bet struck after a night on the hard stuff, it would just about make sense.

Spanish style: The 2012 champions faced challenges in almost every game, something unlikely to happen when the tournament expands for France 2016

Spanish style: The 2012 champions faced challenges in almost every game, something unlikely to happen when the tournament expands for France 2016

Spanish style: The 2012 champions faced challenges in almost every game, something unlikely to happen when the tournament expands for France 2016

Platini meets a fan raving about the 16-team European Championship finals. Loving its intensity, its high standard, the immediacy of its challenge. It is bomb-proof, he says. Nobody, not even a complete idiot, could make it fail. Platini slams €10 on the counter, and eyes him blearily. ‘Wanna bet’ he says.

And here he comes now, riding a giant missile like Major Kong in the film Dr Strangelove into a tournament that was practically perfect before he arrived.

The next European Championship, in France in 2016, will be the first held to the format that is Platini’s other grand design: 24 qualified teams.

We all know the problem here. What made the old European Championship, the one that breathed its last in Kiev on July 1 with a magical performance from Spain, so wonderful was its streamlined quality. Every team was useful, each opponent a threat. Competitors hit the ground running, or were eliminated trying.

This summer, the first round of matches pitted England against France, Germany against Portugal and Spain against Italy. When Platini spoke of his expanded competition he flagged up names like Norway and Scotland as if these nations would be a positive addition.

Already, there are problems selling the television rights for the qualification process, because when almost half of Europe makes it through to the finals, the number of dead rubbers and pedestrian contests between nations whose route is as good as guaranteed will increase.

Steve McClaren’s woeful England would almost certainly have made it to the finals had the 2008 tournament featured 24 teams, meaning the Wembley loss to Croatia would have been met with a shrug.

Spare a thought: The 2020 format means more airports, more queues and greater expense for fans

Spare a thought: The 2020 format means more airports, more queues and greater expense for fans

Spare a thought: The 2020 format means more airports, more queues and greater expense for fans

There will be a lot of shrugging in 2016; probably until the competition eliminates eight of its 24 qualifiers — yes, it will be harder to get knocked out than go through — and so of the old urgency returns.

At least in 2016, though, fans will navigate one country, with a decent road and rail network, making for coherent travel plans. Add another four years and who knows where everyone will be. If it’s Tuesday it might be Reykjavik, Wednesday Rotterdam, Thursday Manchester, Friday Madrid.

There will be no sense of being at the hub of the action, just a long list of trains, boats and planes. Soulless airport lounges and dashes to the next destination.

Platini thinks the fans can exist on a diet of cheap flights and cheaper hotels, not that he will be in the bundle for boarding at Stansted too often.

Wherever the matches end up, you can guarantee Platini will be travelling in the style to which he is accustomed, untouched by his own lunacy or by the rotten idea generator that passes for insight in the offices of UEFA.

‘Some important decisions have been taken,’ said general secretary Gianni Infantino. Indeed they have. UEFA have decided you don’t matter; they have decided to sweep up the president’s mess yet again; and they have decided to ruin another edition of what was the greatest football tournament of them all. What wonderful decision- makers they are.

Wouldn’t it be amusing if the fans decided to leave them alone in the easyJet queue, to sit this one out by themselves

Ronnie OSullivan set for Crucible comeback

Rocket's return: O'Sullivan set for re-entry at the worlds after break

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UPDATED:

23:44 GMT, 4 December 2012

Ronnie O’Sullivan is considering an early return to defend his world snooker title at The Crucible.

‘The Rocket’, who is 37 on Wednesday, withdrew from the rest of the current campaign last month, citing personal issues.

However, since then, O’Sullivan has held more talks with World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn and the governing body will give him until February to sign up for April’s blue-riband event.

Comeback Ronnie O'Sullivan could return for the world Championships

Comeback Ronnie O'Sullivan could return for the world Championships

Hearn said: ‘I have said to Ronnie that the only tournament for us if he wanted to change his mind — and that is not unknown — is the world championship.

‘One thing that will not have escaped Ronnie’s attention, because he loves his sport, is how uncompetitive Ricky Hatton was on his return.

‘He is not going to play for first-round loser’s money, or come back to the stage he has graced and given so much pleasure to get embarrassed.’

Silverstone pay 1m in refunds after summer Grand Prix washout

Torrential downpours leave Silverstone chiefs counting 1m refund cost

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UPDATED:

15:43 GMT, 4 December 2012

Silverstone officials have revealed the 1million cost of refunding 10,000 ticket holders who were unable to attend this year’s British Grand Prix as the circuit's infrastructure collapsed under the heavy rainfall in the build-up to July's showpiece event.

Chaos ensued as waterlogged campsites and car parks were forced to close while the roads surrounding the Northamptonshire track quickly became gridlocked.

The damage was such that race organisers told fans to stay away from Saturday qualifying in a desperate attempt to give grass car parks time to drain in time for the race on Sunday.

It never rains, but it pours: The drivers - and spectators - struggled in the wet conditions

It never rains, but it pours: The drivers – and spectators – struggled in the wet

It never rains, but it pours: The drivers - and spectators - struggled in the wet conditions

Remarkably, as the conditions improved, a record 127,000 spectators watched Red Bull’s Mark Webber roar to victory.

But Silverstone Circuits Managing Director, Richard Phillips, who admitted at the time he had considered quitting his post, has vowed to do all he can to ensure the misery endured by thousands is not repeated next year.

Park and Ride schemes will be expanded to cover all three days of the grand prix while shuttle services from local train stations will also be increased.

In addition, investment will also be made in improving the venue’s non-tarmacked car parks in an attempt to prevent them turning into quagmires should the heavens open once more.

Phillips said: 'For more than 10 years now, fans have had little or no issue getting in and out of the circuit for the British Grand Prix, so it's important to keep the problems of this year in perspective.

Counting the cost: Silverstone chiefs have paid out 1m in refunds

Counting the cost: Silverstone chiefs have paid out 1m in refunds

Counting the cost: Silverstone chiefs have paid out 1m in refunds

'That said, the traffic issues on the Friday of this year’s event, and having to ask a number of fans to stay away on the Saturday, were far from ideal.

'We have learned from this year’s experience and are taking steps to ensure we’re better equipped to deal with whatever the weather may throw at us in future.

'This year's torrential weather, waterlogged campsites and saturated car parks created a 'perfect storm' of unforeseeable issues, to which we were having to react throughout a difficult and challenging day. We are confident that we won’t see a repeat of the events of this year.'

Harry Redknapp must fix wage divisions in QPR squad – Sami Mokbel

Redknapp's first job is to stop his men waging war

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UPDATED:

23:25 GMT, 26 November 2012

How would you feel if the bloke sitting next to you at work was on double your salary

Motivated and enthusiastic, or disheartened and bitter Probably the latter.

There lies one of the key problems Harry Redknapp must rectify if he is to guide Queens Park Rangers to Premier League safety.

Wage war: Harry Redknapp has to stop the players' salary issues

Wage war: Harry Redknapp has to stop the players' salary issues

The club’s Harlington HQ was not a happy ship under Mark Hughes.

Losing week-in, week-out obviously didn’t help the mood. However, neither did the substantial differences in players’ earnings.

Rumours of dressing-room and training-ground bust-ups — and even a squad member becoming so intolerant of certain team-mates that he prepared a packed lunch just so he did not have to eat at the training ground — have circulated for months.

But the crux of the problems can be identified in everyday workplace logic. A simple case of the haves and the have-nots.

While signings such as Julio Cesar, Esteban Granero, Jose Bosingwa and Park Ji-sung earn upwards of 70,000 per week, those who have served the club since Neil Warnock’s time in charge are not in a similar wage-bracket.

A number of the club’s longer-serving players feel some of Hughes’s buys have rocked up to Loftus Road simply for a final big pay-day.

The same players feel that while they continue to put their heart and soul into training sessions, other individuals are only there to make up the numbers.

Tricky: Redknapp has to deal with a divided squad

Tricky: Redknapp has to deal with a divided squad

One source said the contribution of certain players has been ‘unacceptable’.

Yes, personality clashes are part and parcel of top-flight football. Big personalities and big pay-packets see to that. But the trouble begins when those divisions start to cost you points.

That has happened at QPR.

That is what Harry Redknapp must sort out. If he does not, then he will really have to be Harry Houdini to get his new club out of the mess they are in.

Liverpool"s Martin Skrtel tells Anzhi Makhachkala to forget about bid

Skrtel warns Anzhi to forget about trying to prise him away from Liverpool

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UPDATED:

11:38 GMT, 6 November 2012

Martin Skrtel insists he will not quit Liverpool for super-rich Russians Anzhi Makhachkala.

The Slovakia centre-back put pen to paper on a new long-term contract last summer but has attracted interest from a host of suitors, including Manchester City and Fiorentina.

Skrtel, 27, joined the Reds from Zenit St Petersburg for 6million in 2008 and is also wanted back in Russia at big-spending Anzhi, who clash with Liverpool in Europa League Group A on Thursday.

Loyal: Martin Skrtel says he has no desire to leave Liverpool for Russia

Loyal: Martin Skrtel says he has no desire to leave Liverpool for Russia

But Skrtel's defensive partnership with Daniel Agger has been the bedrock of Brendan Rodgers' foundations this season, and Skrtel says he has no interest in joining Guus Hiddink's men, despite the huge salary he could command at the club.

'I just extended my Liverpool contract and I’m very satisfied, so let’s leave it at that,' he told The Sun.

Liverpool lead their Europa League group following a 1-0 victory over Anzhi at Anfield last month and victory in Moscow’s Lokomotiv Stadium this week would virtually secure knockout qualification.

The game has been switched to the Russia capital because of security issues in Anzhi’s home region of Dagestan.

FA can sack England captain in new code of conduct

New code of conduct gives FA right to sack captain in wake of Terry racism row

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UPDATED:

21:58 GMT, 16 October 2012

The FA's new code of conduct for players includes the power to strip the England captain of the armband.

And all England stars have been warned that the FA reserve the right to ban them indefinitely from international football without the right of appeal.

Last week the national team’s players were presented with the 16-page A5 booklet that includes 33 dos and don’ts concerning ‘respect’, ‘professionalism’ and ‘communication’ for all representatives of the 24 national teams under the FA’s command.

New rules: England boss Roy Hodgson (right) and captain Steven Gerrard (left)

New rules: England boss Roy Hodgson (right) and captain Steven Gerrard (left)

These include:

Alcohol and drugs bans.A total ban on discussing team selection issues outside ‘the group’.No betting on football matches.No room service and a commitment to show respect to hotel staff.A limit on the use of computer games.A request not to wear headphones in media areas to avoid interviews.

After the John Terry captaincy fiasco there is a focus on the importance of the armband, with the Club England board stating that they have the power — over and above the national team manager — to strip a player of the role if they feel he or she is in serious breach of the new code.

Fabio Capello’s tenure as manager ended when he publicly opposed the FA’s decision to take the captaincy off Terry when the Chelsea skipper’s racism trial was delayed until after Euro 2012.

The new code of conduct even makes it clear that Terry could be banned retrospectively from international football, even though he chose to retire last month.

Current captain Steven Gerrard said the code amounted to a ‘common sense’ approach to dealing with disciplinary issues in the future.

Out: The FA stripped John Terry of the England armband over the racism row

Gone: The FA stripped John Terry of the England armband over the racism row

Key messages are delivered on the inside front and back covers of the booklet.

In large white type against a red background the inside front cover states: ‘Players representing England are ambassadors for their country and role models for younger players. The highest standards of conduct and behaviour are therefore expected at all times, including when players are not on international duty.’ On the inside back cover it says: ‘The position of England captain is a privileged position, which carries with it additional expectations and responsibilities.’

The document, entitled ‘Club England Player Code of Conduct’, has three sections: A) Standards of conduct required at all times, B) Club England values while on international duty and C) Procedures in the event of alleged breach of the code.

On the captaincy it says: ‘The captain of each team is under increased scrutiny and is expected to be a role model to the rest of the squad and in his or her compliance with the code. The captaincy may be removed from a player by the Club England management board in the event that his or her conduct does not meet the standards required for the role. The head coach retains the right to change the captaincy irrespective of any breach of the code.’

There is a major focus on the use of social network sites like Twitter and Facebook, and a ban on ‘all forms of discrimination’.

I quit: Fabio Capello, now Russia manager, left England over FA interference

I quit: Fabio Capello, now Russia manager, left England over FA interference

There is also an insistence that there is ‘no disclosure of confidential information about any aspect of playing for England’.

While on international duty, players are told to ‘respect hotel staff at all times’. They must also avoid betting ‘on any football matches’ and requests that players ‘only use a sensible amount of time playing video or computer games’.

It adds: ‘Mobile phones in the meal-room, dressing-room and on the team bus is at the discretion of the Head Coach.’ The document calls for players to share the responsibility of media commitments, while there has also been a verbal request not to wear headphones in media areas as a ploy to avoid interviews.

If there is a breach, an investigation will be carried out by Club England. ‘All players must comply with investigation,’ it states. If a breach is found, there is the ‘option of sanctions’.

‘4.1: issuing an oral or written warning to the player

‘4.2: determining that the player shall not be eligible for selection for a specific number of matches or specific period.

‘4.3: determining that the player shall not be eligible for an indefinite period.’

It adds: ‘Any decision of the Club England Board is final. There is no right of appeal.’

Steve Bould compares Gervinho to Thierry Henry after Arsenal win

Now go and match Henry, says Bould after hailing improving Gervinho

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UPDATED:

22:33 GMT, 3 October 2012

Arsenal assistant coach Steve Bould dared to mention Gervinho in the same breath as club legend Thierry Henry after his devastating impact against Olympiacos.

The forward had a poor first season at the club, scoring just four times. But he netted his fifth this campaign to open the scoring and, after the Greek side equalised just before half-time, set up Lukas Podolski who put Arsenal in front again.

Bould said: ‘He’s scoring goals. His confidence is sky-high and his link play is improving. He’s set up Santi (Cazorla) a few times over the last few games and he’s a danger with his pace and movement. If he gets anywhere near Thierry Henry we’ll take that all day long.’

Five star: Gervinho celebrates scoring his fifth goal of the season

Five star: Gervinho celebrates scoring his fifth goal of the season

Podolski’s goal was his fourth in eight games and Bould added: ‘He’s a fantastic finisher. He really is deadly and long may that continue.’

Even another striker, 11million signing Olivier Giroud, got in on the action with an assist for Aaron Ramsey’s late goal.

On target: Lukas Podolski puts Arsenal ahead

On target: Lukas Podolski puts Arsenal ahead

Flying high: Aaron Ramsey celebrates scoring Arsenal's third

Flying high: Aaron Ramsey celebrates scoring Arsenal's third

At the other end of the pitch Kieran Gibbs will have made an impression on Roy Hodgson, who was watching from the stands. Afterwards the England boss had a long chat with the left back, who could be in his plans for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

Gibbs would not be drawn on what they spoke about but said: ‘I have to wait and see. My fitness issues were my main concern and I have kept myself fit this season. That is the most important thing.’