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Cheick Tiote arrested over alleged fraud as police seize Newcastle midfielders 75k car

Tiote arrested over alleged fraud as police seize Newcastle midfielder’s 75k car

By
Colin Young

PUBLISHED:

17:45 GMT, 13 February 2013

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UPDATED:

18:03 GMT, 13 February 2013

Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote will play in his side’s return to the Europa League on Thursday night despite his arrest on driving offences near the club training ground.

The Ivory Coast international, who returned from Africa Cup of Nations duties last week, was left by the side of the road by police officers after his 75,000 Chevy Camaro was taken away on a recovery truck as he was driving home from training.

The 60,000-a-week midfielder, who has had previous offences for driving without insurance and had a BMW seized by cops two years ago, could face penalty points or a ban for his latest brush with the law.

Give us a lift: Tiote with Toon team-mate Jonad Gutierrez

Feeling the cold: Papiss Cisse and Cheik Tiote in training on Wednesday

It's me that needs the lift: Cheick Tiote, with Jonas Gutierrez (left) and Papiss Cisse (right), trained on Wednesday, the day after he was arrested and his car was seized by Northumbria Police

Cold front: Tiote (right) was wrapped up against the winter weather in Newcastle

Cold front: Tiote (right) was wrapped up against the winter weather in Newcastle

Tiote was stopped by Northumbria Police officers near Newcastle's Benton ground after training on Tuesday afternoon.

He was arrested on suspicion of fraud
relating to alleged driving offences. The black and white Chevy Camaro
was taken away on the back of a recovery lorry while Tiote watched.

A Northumbria Police spokesman said:
'At around 1.30pm on Tuesday, a car was stopped on Benton Park Road,
Newcastle, and a 26-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of fraud in
relation to driving offences.’

In May 2011 Tiote’s BMWx6 was taken away from outside his home in Northumberland by police over non-payment of car insurance.

Newcastle are playing Metalist
Kharkiv in their last-32 Europa League tie at St James’s Park tomorrow
night and Tiote, who missed the weekend defeat at Tottenham Hotspur, is
expected to start as manager Alan Pardew looks to play his strongest
team against the Ukrainian outfit.

Chelsea to sign Taison from Metalist Kharkiv

Chelsea set to add midfielder Taison to growing Brazilian contingent

By
Simon Jones

PUBLISHED:

09:25 GMT, 2 January 2013

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UPDATED:

12:07 GMT, 2 January 2013

Metalist Kharkiv attacking midfielder Taison has revealed he has spoken to Chelsea after being linked with a January move and would welcome a reunion with former team-mate Oscar.

The Brazilian is closing on a move to Stamford Bridge after impressing for Metalist, who will play Newcastle United in the Europa League last 32, since his move there two-and-a-half years ago.

*Scroll down to see Taison's knockout Champions League goal

London bound: Taison (right) looks set to join Chelsea

London bound: Taison (right) looks set to join Chelsea

He joined the Ukrainian club from Internacional, where he played alongside Chelsea’s Oscar.

Taison says he recently visited Stamford Bridge and has spoken to owner Roman Abramovich over a potential move.

'I went to England (some weeks ago) just to take a look. I talked to the president,' he told Diario Popular.

Join our club: Oscar, Lucas Piazon and Ramires are already strutting their stuff at Stamford Bridge, while David Luiz is another one bringing samba-style

Join our club: Oscar, Lucas Piazon and Ramires are already strutting their stuff at Stamford Bridge, while David Luiz is another one bringing samba-style

Join our club: Oscar, Lucas Piazon and Ramires are already strutting their stuff at Stamford Bridge, while David Luiz is another one bringing samba-style to west London

Taison added of Brazil international
Oscar: 'I see Oscar, who I played alongside at Internacional, and I want
to play with him again.'

The 24-year-old’s agent, Diego Dornelles, is not ruling out the midfielder leaving Metalist in January.

He said: 'The club want him to stay, but there are many things coming.'

Alan Pardew blames Europa League for Newcastle form

Pardew blames Europa League for Newcastle's poor domestic form

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UPDATED:

01:13 GMT, 21 December 2012

Newcastle’s game against Queens Park Rangers on Saturday has become a must-win game — so much so that the manager of the team who stormed the Barclays Premier League last season to qualify for the Europa League barely acknowledged the European draw.

Newcastle must travel 1,600 miles to face Metalist Kharkiv in February, when Alan Pardew will expect to see his side in a much healthier league position.

But where has it gone wrong for the club who finished fifth last season

Annoyed: Alan Pardew says the Europa League has hindered Newcastle

Annoyed: Alan Pardew says the Europa League has hindered Newcastle

The Europa League became a hindrance as soon as they were sent to Greece for the play-offs in August. Newcastle’s progress to a tough knockout match has come at a cost.

Pardew said: ‘It has had an impact with the injuries we’ve sustained. This competition is not great for a Premier League team. It’s too many games in addition to a tough, competitive league. It takes a toll.’

Newcastle didn’t buy enough players in the summer to cope with the extra games. Not since Andy Carroll was sold have Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias been under greater pressure to buy.

Pardew, who was last night linked with a 10m move for Marseille striker Loic Remy, said: ‘We’ve made mistakes. The squad was probably too small, we broke the team up in those Europa League games, which probably took momentum away.

‘In January we’re looking at bringing in a player. Maybe two or maybe even three.’

But the uncertainty surrounding top scorer Demba Ba will not help, particularly with January looming. Pardew said: ‘His (7million escape) clause is not a mystery and that’s always going to hang over us. It’s unfortunate but it leaves open a lot of questions every week. The decision will be his ultimately.’

Target: Newcastle will try to keep hold of Demba Ba (left)

Target: Newcastle will try to keep hold of Demba Ba (left)

Newcastle have been hit by injuries to key players like Hatem Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye, Cheick Tiote and Steven Taylor. But Pardew said: ‘Steven, Cabaye and Hatem will come back to us in January.’

Another drawback of the Europa League is the lack of training time, where Pardew excels.

Pardew said: ‘We’ve done more work on the training ground in the last month and have improved, the physical stats have gone up because we can tailor training.

‘When you have that game on Thursday, it’s difficult to recover.’

Bert van Marwijk resigns as Holland coach

Van Marwijk resigns as Holland coach after disastrous Euro 2012 showing

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UPDATED:

22:25 GMT, 27 June 2012

Bert van Marwijk has stepped down as Holland coach, the Dutch FA (KNVB) have announced.

The 60-year-old's resignation follows a disappointing showing at Euro 2012, in which the Oranje were knocked out at the group stage without taking a point.

Checking out: Van Marwijk leaves the Dutch team's hotel in Krakow following three straight defeats at Euro 2012

Checking out: Van Marwijk leaves the Dutch team's hotel in Krakow following three straight defeats at Euro 2012

A statement on the KNVB's website said: 'On the initiative of Bert van Marwijk, the KNVB and Bert van Marwijk decided on Wednesday to end the coach's contract with immediate effect.

'The agreement between the FA and coach officially ran until the 2016 European Championship.'

Holland arrived in Poland and Ukraine as one of the favourites for the title after finishing runners-up to Spain at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

However, they failed to get out of a Group B containing Germany, Denmark and Portugal, losing all three of their matches to finish at the bottom of the table.

The failure prompted the KNVB to hold a number of meetings with Van Marwijk about what went wrong.

Over and out: Van Marwijk trudges off the pitch in Kharkiv after seeing Holland lose to Portugal

Over and out: Van Marwijk trudges off the pitch in Kharkiv after seeing Holland lose to Portugal

And the coach opted to leave his post – albeit reluctantly – a decision which was accepted by the governing body.

'I have severe doubts, but have decided to take this step anyway,' Van Marwijk said in a short statement.

The head of the KNVB, Bert van Oostveen, added: 'The KNVB are grateful to Van Marwijk. He has performed exceptionally well in the World Cup finals and took them to first place in the FIFA rankings.

'I personally had a very good feeling about our co-operation. Of course it is sad to part early, but we must be realistic.'

Van Marwijk, who has previously held the reins at Feyenoord and Borussia Dortmund, took charge of the national team in 2008.

The KNVB will now begin the search for his successor, with Holland aiming to have a new coach in place before their friendly against Belgium on August 15 and the start of their 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign.

What A Life! Noel Gallagher times Kiev gig nicely

Ian Ladyman's Euro diary: What A Life! Gallagher times Kiev gig nicely

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UPDATED:

22:05 GMT, 14 June 2012

Well-known football fan Noel Gallagher played a concert with his new band in Kiev on Wednesday and is staying over in the iconic Ukraine Hotel on Independence Square so that he can attend the England game. He should be careful, though. His next gig is in Sweden.

Eastern promise: Noel Gallagher

Eastern promise: Noel Gallagher

Wenger and the 2am scrum

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger’s love of all things football is well known but he had an extra incentive to attend the Germany-Holland game in Kharkiv on Wednesday night as his new signing Lukas Podolksi was playing. I bet he didn’t enjoy the 2am scrum at the city’s tiny airport afterwards, though. I know I didn’t.

Are you in the right job

Speaking of which, getting taxis in to the venue cities can be rather tricky. There are plenty of them but it’s not uncommon for the driver to get 200 yards down the road, get out his map and start looking at it rather quizzically. They obviously don’t have to pass the ‘Knowledge’ in Ukraine and Poland.

WAGs, get a room please

The English WAGS arrived this week but the Danes’ partners are already here in force. Hence colleague Matt Barlow being treated to the sight of forward Dennis Rommedahl canoodling with his other half outside the dressing room in Lviv. I wonder what attracted her to the millionaire footballer…

Money talks: Dennis Rommedahl

Money talks: Dennis Rommedahl

Emergency!

Paramedics have stationed themselves at Shevchenko Garden in Kharkiv to tend to fans, but said they had treated only one foreigner, a Dutchman who was wearing the wrong-sized clogs. 'They were narrow and uncomfortable,' said a medic known only as Dr Ivan.

Thumbs up to

The Dutch fans – those with and without clogs – who gave their team such a rousing reception when they arrived at Kharkiv airport in the early hours of Thursday morning after losing to Germany. They could well be going out but their supporters still love them.

Support: The Dutch got behind their team

Support: The Dutch got behind their team

Thumbs down to

Whoever is in charge of the CD machine at Kiev airport. Is it really necessary to be playing a selection of Christmas songs over the loudspeaker system when I am trying to eat my breakfast and it’s 34 degrees outside

Quote of the day

'This time last year he was being eliminated in the Copa America, in his own country. I think that’s worse, no' Cristiano Ronaldo comes over all petty when hearing yet another unfavourable comparison with his La Liga nemesis Lionel Messi.

Euro 2012: Ian Ladyman"s diary: Fred the ferret gets his predictions right

Ian Ladyman's Euro diary: Right said Fred… ferret gets predictions right

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UPDATED:

22:35 GMT, 10 June 2012

Remember Paul the octopus who managed to predict so many correct results during the last World Cup Meet Fred, a ferret from Kharkiv, who has a record of three out of four prior to Sunday night’s games. So his owners say anyway, and who are we to argue

Spot on: Ferret Fred was on the money with three of his predictions

Spot on: Ferret Fred was on the money with three of his predictions

A big thumbs up for…

The local girls holding up signs in Poznan’s Old Town square on Sunday saying: ‘Hug Me’. A nice gesture but, after being swamped by hundreds of Irish, Poles and Czechs within seconds, I fear they may not be back.

A big thumbs down for…

The manager of my (lovely) hotel in Kiev for providing me with an advert for ‘Finding a wife in Ukraine’ as part of my welcome pack. Honestly, a room service menu really would have been enough.

From one Roy to another…

Still going after all these years, the Roy of the Rovers comic strip is now available on digital platforms and publishers Egmont UK have produced some special images of the football icon backing his namesake Roy Hodgson on Monday.

Backing the manager: Roy Race sends a message to Roy Hodgson

Backing the manager: Roy Race sends a message to Roy Hodgson

You're the one, Johan

Such is Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s standing in Sweden, the 30-year-old Milan striker is said to have a major influence on coach Erik Hamren’s team selection. Today against Ukraine the duo have apparently selected former Bolton striker Johan Elmander to start up front with the enigmatic Ibrahimovic. No pressure there, then Johan. Just remember who picked you.

Picked by the top man: Johan Elmander has apparently been picked by Zlatan Ibrahimovic to play

Picked by the top man: Johan Elmander has apparently been picked by Zlatan Ibrahimovic to play

Rio who

Mr Ferdinand may be persona non grata with team England but bookmakers Blue Square are offering odds on how many times commentator Clive Tyldesley mentions the absent defender’s name during the game against France.

Play of the day

They may have taken a while to get going, but Spain’s equalising goal yesterday — Iniesta to Silva to Fabregas — was a thing of beauty. Spain have had a quiet build-up but they remain, well, the best team on the planet.

Taking their time: Spain's goal by Cesc Fabregas was a thing of beauty

Taking their time: Spain's goal by Cesc Fabregas was a thing of beauty

Quote of the day

‘When it comes…then it can leave.’ An honest reply from the lady at the Warsaw airport boarding gate when asked what time my delayed flight to Kiev would get off the ground on Sunday.

Holland v Denmark live – Euro 2012

EURO 2012 LIVE: Holland v Denmark – follow the action from Kharkiv as it happens

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UPDATED:

15:08 GMT, 9 June 2012

Follow Sportsmail's coverage of Euro 2012 as the second day of the tournament opens with Holland and Denmark clashing at Kharkiv. The Dutch are one of the pre-tournament favourites but will have their hands full against a Danish side containing the exciting Christian Eriksen. Email me your thoughts on the action at [email protected] or contact me on Twitter @Ripinho.

16.10: The elephants among you may remember this fixture was also the opening game for these sides at the last World Cup in South Africa. Two years ago the Dutch triumphed 2-0 over the Danes but it didn't tell the whole story as Morten Olsen's side were a fair match on the field – will lessons have been learned

16.00: Well that was quite an opening day to Euro 2012. The group of supposed boredom turned out to be a double serving of drama yesterday as Russia thumped Czech Republic and Poland were held to a draw by a plucky Greece side.

But now we turn our attention to my favourite cliche in football – the group of death. It's Germany v Portugal later on in Group B, but first what should be an intriguing encounter as Holland entertain Denmark. Team news on the way.

Gunning for glory: Holland striker Robin van Persie will hope to carry his Arsenal form into Euro 2012

Gunning for glory: Holland striker Robin van Persie will hope to carry his Arsenal form into Euro 2012

Euro 2012: Daniel Agger disrupts Danish preparations with betting company lawsuit

Agger disrupts Danish preparations with betting company lawsuit

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UPDATED:

23:29 GMT, 7 June 2012

Daniel Agger has disrupted Denmark's preparations – by plotting to sue a betting company.

The Liverpool defender, who is set to captain the Danes against Holland in Kharkiv on Saturday, claims the Bet24 website used his image in a TV advert without his permission.

Odds on Daniel Agger has labelled a betting company 'cheeky' for using his image

Odds on Daniel Agger has labelled a betting company 'cheeky' for using his image

Agger, 27, said: 'It's cheeky and arrogant of a betting firm to use me as an eyecatcher without contacting me first.'

Euro 2012: Ukraine name squad

Ukraine coach names Voronin and Shevchenko in Euro 2012 squad after axing trio

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UPDATED:

13:04 GMT, 29 May 2012

Ukraine coach Oleg Blokhin omitted goalkeeper Olexandr Bandura, defender Vitaly Mandzyuk and midfielder Taras Stepanenko in finalising his squad for Euro 2012 on Tuesday.

The trio were dropped following the 4-0 friendly win over Estonia on Monday.

Gamble: Ukraine coach Oleg Blokhin

Gamble: Ukraine coach Oleg Blokhin

Co-hosts Ukraine will now go into the tournament with a shortage of experienced keepers.

First-choice Olexandr Shovkovsky sustained a shoulder injury to miss out on the tournament, Andrey Dykan suffered head and facial injuries in a Russian Premier League match and Oleksandr Rybka was suspended for using a banned diuretic.

Shakhtar Donetsk goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov, who has 24 caps, is considered to be the first-choice stopper.

Ready: Striker Andriy Shevchenko

Ready: Striker Andriy Shevchenko

Premier League flops Andriy Shevchenko and Andriy Voronin were among the five forwards in the 23-man squad.

Ukraine take on Austria in another friendly on June 1 before a final warm-up against Turkey on June 5. They open their Euro 2012 campaign against Sweden on June 11. England and France are also in Group D.

UKRAINE SQUAD

Goalkeepers: Andriy Pyatov (Shakhtar Donetsk), Olexandr Horyainov (FC Metalist Kharkiv), Maxym Koval (FC Dynamo Kiev).

Defenders: Olexandr Kucher (Shakhtar Donetsk), Yaroslav Rakitskiy (Shakhtar Donetsk), Vyacheslav Shevchuk (Shakhtar Donetsk), Evhen Khacheridi (Dynamo Kiev), Taras Mykhalyk (Dynamo Kiev), Evhen Selin (Vorskla), Bogdan Butko (Illichivets).

Midfielders: Olexandr Aliev (Dynamo Kiev), Denys Garmash (Dynamo Kiev), Oleh Gusiev (Dynamo Kiev), Andriy Yarmolenko (Dynamo Kiev), Evhen Konoplyanka (Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk), Ruslan Rotan (Dnipro), Serhiy Nazarenko (Tavriya), Anatoliy Tymoshchuk (Bayern Munich).

Forwards: Artem Milevskiy (Dynamo Kiev), Andriy Shevchenko (Dynamo Kiev), Marco Devic (FC Metalist Kharkiv), Andriy Voronin (Dynamo Moscow), Evhen Seleznyov (Shakhtar Donetsk).

Euro 2012: Fred the Ferret is one of three psychic animals

Want to know who's going to win Euro 2012 Just ask Fred the Ferret…

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UPDATED:

09:24 GMT, 29 May 2012

Without further ado, please meet Fred the Ferret, the latest psychic animal predictions guide for Euro 2012.

The Kharkiv resident follows on from Paul the Octopus, who became the real star of the 2010 World Cup as he selected results which came true.

Hmmm: Fred the Ferret pondering over the upcoming tournament

Hmmm: Fred the Ferret pondering over the upcoming tournament

Om nom nom: Fred tucks into a dish of some delicious ferret food

Om nom nom: Fred tucks into a dish of some delicious ferret food

Paul was retired after the tournament and died the following year, so Fred will hope not to befall the same fate.

But Fred is not alone. A veritable menagerie of animals will be predicting results in Ukraine and Poland, with the Soothsayer Hog in Kiev and Citta the Elephant in Krakow also foretelling results.

Legend: Paul the Octopus made his mark on the 2010 World Cup

Legend: Paul the Octopus made his mark on the 2010 World Cup

Non-believers: Some German fans foolishly scoffed at Paul's predictions

Non-believers: Some German fans foolishly scoffed at Paul's predictions

Kharkiv fan zone organiser Sergei Kharkov said: 'We have chosen the cutest little animal.'

That's debatable, if you see him with his mouth open. He will have to choose between two bowls of fresh beef to make his prediction, with each dish featuring a flag of the teams playing.

Meanwhile, Citta will be using apples which stand for 'win', 'lose' and 'draw' to make predictions.

She had to earn her place at the Euro 2012 table, seeing off competition from Katherine the Donkey and Jacko the Parrot by picking the right result in the Champions League final.

Rival: Citta the Elephant is Poland's answer to the Soothsayer Hog and Fred the Ferret

Rival: Citta the Elephant is Poland's answer to the Soothsayer Hog and Fred the Ferret

The Soothsayer Hog is being well-treated for the tournament, having his own little house built for him in the Kiev fan zone.

The organisers of the zone claim the hog is 'an expert on the mysteries of football.'

But he will have to go some way to beat Paul the Octopus, who picked the right result of every match Germany played in, as well as predicting Spain to beat Holland in the final.

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