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Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez will not travel to Russia with Liverpool

Rodgers to leave Gerrard and Suarez at home for tricky Euro trip to Russia

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UPDATED:

10:25 GMT, 6 November 2012

Captain Steven Gerrard and top scorer Luis Suarez look likely to stay behind when Liverpool travel to Moscow for Europa League action this week.

Manager Brendan Rodgers is considering leaving the pair out of his squad for Thursday’s Europa League tie against Anzhi Makhachkala in Russia.

Rodgers is looking to rest Gerrard and Suarez with an eye on the weekend clash with European champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Main man: Luis Suarez had been in scintillating form for Liverpool

Main man: Luis Suarez had been in scintillating form for Liverpool

Liverpool lead their Europa League group following a 1-0 victory over Guus Hiddink’s Anzhi team 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 and one man who could play is midfielder Joe Cole.

Cole has struggled to impress Rodgers since he took over from Kenny Dalglish and Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye has urged the former England international to quit Anfield and return to Lille where he spent last season on loan.

The former Chelsea and West Ham midfielder has become a target of criticism on Merseyside. After last week’s Capital One Cup exit to Swansea, in which Cole did play, one fan tweeted Cole should be replaced by an 'upside-down shopping trolley’.

Staying at home: Steven Gerrard will miss Liverpool's trip to Russia

Staying at home: Steven Gerrard will miss Liverpool's trip to Russia

Former Lille favourite Cabaye, who scored against Liverpool on Sunday, said: 'It is not easy for him because he does not play much. It worked well for him at Lille and maybe would be a good idea for him to return there.

'The club, the coach, the fans love him at Lille. I’ve heard that Rudi Garcia would be interested to have him back.’

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.

Bulgarian team ordered to take lie detector tests by own bosses amid match-fixing claims

Bulgarian team ordered to take lie detector tests by own bosses amid match-fixing claims

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10:50 GMT, 25 September 2012

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UPDATED:

11:01 GMT, 25 September 2012

Players and coaches at Bulgarian
Premier League side Lokomotiv Plovdiv have been ordered to take lie
detector tests after their surprise 1-0 loss to basement side Botev
Vratsa sparked fresh match-fixing concerns.

Lokomotiv, Bulgarian champions in
2004, suffered their first loss of the season on Saturday to lowly Botev
Vratsa, who had been bottom of the table after a run of five consecutive defeats.

Lokomotiv owner Veselin Mareshki said he had to be sure there were no other factors behind the team's loss.

'Nobody is insured against defeats but this loss is very strange,' he said.

'The fair play principle is the most important thing for me and all players and coaches will take lie detector tests.'

Earlier this month, the Bulgarian Football Union (BFU) said a prosecutor has opened an investigation into claims of match-fixing in four domestic games this season.

Spartak Pleven's junior team have been expelled from the domestic U-19's championship for match-fixing even before the results of the investigation have been announced.

Most games in the Balkan country's junior championship are included on bookmakers' betting coupons.

There have been claims match-fixing and corruption have been rife in Bulgaria for years, but no one has been brought to trial with the European Commission criticising the authorities for doing little to fight the problem.

Jonny Evans doubtful for Northern Ireland v Luxembourg

Evans doubtful for Luxembourg clash with ankle injury troubling United defender

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UPDATED:

08:12 GMT, 9 September 2012

Jonny Evans played through the pain in Northern Ireland's World Cup qualifying defeat to Russia but remains a doubt for Tuesday's home clash against Luxembourg.

Evans underwent ankle surgery in the summer, forcing a lengthy rehabilitation and a belated start to the domestic season with Manchester United.

He has yet to feature for the first team this term but was thrust straight into Michael O'Neill's starting XI for the 2-0 defeat in Moscow.

Injury doubt: Evans is struggling with an ankle knock

Injury doubt: Evans is struggling with an ankle knock

The 25-year-old limped off at half-time but, despite admitting he had been in discomfort from almost the start of the game, he went on to play the full 90 minutes.

Evans' club manager Sir Alex Ferguson is sure to take a keen interest in the central defender's fitness – not least because of Phil Jones' latest setback – while O'Neill will be desperate to have him available at Windsor Park.

Whether or not that will be possible should become clear in the next 24 hours.

'I've only played one reserve game this season after having the surgery in the summer so to be honest, it was just good to get back on the pitch,' said Evans.

'But I felt my ankle after about five minutes. It was the same one I had surgery on in the summer but I got a heavier strap put on it and I was able to carry on for the second half.

'I was disappointed I felt pain so quickly in the game but if I'm being honest, I always expected I would feel a little pain – just not that early.

Slow start: Northern Ireland lost 2-0 in Moscow

Slow start: Northern Ireland lost 2-0 in Moscow

'After a couple of painkillers it did feel a bit better and if anything I felt stronger as the game went on, but like I say, I had a heavier strapping on then.'

Northern Ireland's primary task at the Lokomotiv Stadium was one of containment, but Evans is anticipating an entirely different game at Windsor Park.

Although Luxembourg are actually ranked 23 places higher than their hosts at 106th in the FIFA standings, expectations will be firmly on Northern Ireland to take the attacking burden.

'The really pleasing thing (about the Russia match) is that we all stuck together and that is going to be crucial throughout the campaign,' he said.

'On Tuesday I would like to think we will have more of the ball and try to attack Luxembourg more.

'Of course that is always a potential banana skin for us but people will be expecting us to put on a show and get a win.

'We are happy with most of our play in Russia but we know it is a different task on Tuesday and hopefully we will get our campaign at Windsor Park off to the best start.'

Kaiserslautern 2 Fulham 2: Mladen Petric nets twice

Kaiserslautern 2 Fulham 2: New boy Petric at the double as Whites come from behind

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UPDATED:

17:32 GMT, 21 July 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Fulham new boy Mladen Petric scored twice as Martin Jol's side came back from 2-0 down to force a draw with German side Kaiserslautern in Weingarten – in a game that was temporarily halted by a lightening.

The German side raced to an early two goal advantage thanks to goals from Ilian Micanski and Albert Bunjaku after just 14 minutes but before half time Croatian striker Petric exchanged passes with Marcello Trotta and finished coolly to half the deficit.

Good impression: Mladen Petric has scored three goals in two pre-season games for Fulham

Good impression: Mladen Petric has scored three goals in two pre-season games for Fulham

After play was suspended for seven minutes early in the second half, Fulham pressed for an equaliser and got it when Petric nipped in to score following great work on the flank by youngster Alex Kacaniklic.

The goalscoring form of Petric, who also netted against Lokomotiv Leipzig on Wednesday, is an encouraging sign for Fulham boss Jol.

Jol was also boosted by the return of Bryan Ruiz, who started a game for the first time since breaking his foot three months ago.

Danny Rose wanted by West Brom and Newcastle

Spurs defender Rose in demand as Newcastle and West Brom eye loan deal

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UPDATED:

21:33 GMT, 24 June 2012

West Brom and Newcastle are both keen on a loan move for Tottenham full-back Danny Rose, 21.

Spurs, though, are expected to lose another full-back, Vedran Corluka.

The former Manchester City man is set to join Lokomotiv Moscow.

Wanted man: Danny Rose could be set to leave Tottenham on loan

Wanted man: Danny Rose could be set to leave Tottenham on loan

Euro 2012: Slaven Bilic backs Luka Modric to shine again as Croatia get set for Ireland

Bilic backs 'senator' Modric to lay down the law at Euro 2012 as Croatia get set for Ireland

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20:08 GMT, 9 June 2012

On his first managerial assignment with Croatia Under 21s, Slaven Bilic noted two of his little-known youngsters, Luka Modric and Vedran Corluka, hiding by the team bus when given free time to explore the beautiful Swedish city of Gothenburg.

Bilic instinctively knew why. He then asked the Croatia FA to give the penniless players a little spending money, to go into town, order coffee and chat to Swedish people of their generation. It is Bilic’s belief that players given confidence off the pitch will take responsibility in big matches.

Under his tutelage, Tottenham’s Modric has been transformed from an introverted child refugee from the Balkans conflict into a self-assured superstar, coveted by Manchester United and his country’s main hope in their first Euro 2012 group game against the Republic of Ireland in Poznan.

Focal figure: Luka Modric (bottom) makes Croatia tick

Focal figure: Luka Modric (bottom) makes Croatia tick

The tournament marks the end of Bilic’s successful six-year spell as Croatia manager with a lucrative post at Lokomotiv Moscow to follow. Famously, he allowed his players to go shopping and sightseeing on the morning of a key Euro 2008 qualifier against England at Wembley. Croatia’s 3-2 win cost the England manager Steve McClaren his job.

It came to symbolise Bilic’s relaxed approach to management and a repeat of Croatia’s quarter-final appearance at Euro 2008 could see them facing England or France, managed by Laurent Blanc, controversially sent off for pushing Bilic in the 1998 World Cup semi-final. Before then, the key to Croatia qualifying from a difficult group that includes Spain and Italy is whether Bilic can coax the best out of Tottenham maestro Modric after a testing season.

Close: Modric and Slaven Bilic

Close: Modric and Slaven Bilic

‘I told Luka before Euro 2008 that there were better-known midfield players in the tournament but, for me, he was the best. I told him that and he played great,’ said the coach, 43.

‘I expect the same now. I wouldn’t swap him for any midfielder, no way. Xavi and Iniesta have more trophies but Luka is in that category. It’s been a hard season after the pressure of transfer speculation. He played well but then had a few dodgy games like the rest of the Spurs team.

'There was never any rotation with Luka, he was too important. Luka has to cope with the pressure of being our star man, and he can. We have prepared him physically and psychologically. He was young at Euro 2008. Now he’s one of our senators.’

Niko Kranjcar looks to end his Spurs nightmare by joining Dynamo Kiev

Kranjcar looks to end his Spurs nightmare by joining Kiev

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UPDATED:

08:11 GMT, 6 June 2012

Niko Kranjcar has revealed that he is close to clinching a move from Tottenham to Dynamo Kiev.

The Croatia winger is surplus to requirements at White Hart Lane, but a high asking price had been holding up his move.

On his way: Niko Kranjcar (right)

On his way: Niko Kranjcar (right)

The 27-year-old says Spurs have now accepted Kiev's offer, despite rival interest from CSKA and Lokomotiv Moscow in Russia.

'The clubs have agreed,' he said. 'Now all that remains are some small details as I agree personal terms.

'I've left that to my representatives, who I trust, as I'm completely focused on playing for the national team at Euro 2012.'

Kiev at one stage looked like walking away from negotiations but were encouraged by Kranjcar's desire to play in eastern Europe.

It is thought he will net around a 60 per cent pay rise by moving to Ukraine.

Branislav Ivanovic wanted by Real M

Madrid chasing Ivanovic but Chelsea defender plans Stamford Bridge stay

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UPDATED:

10:28 GMT, 27 May 2012

Branislav Ivanovic has emerged as a target for Real Madrid as Jose Mourinho looks to mount a Champions League challenge.

The Chelsea defender, who missed the club's European success through suspension, has been a regular for the Stamford Bridge side.

And Ivanovic has stressed he is in no rush to leave.

Wanted: Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic is a target for Real Madrid

Wanted: Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic is a target for Real Madrid

'I know what has been written about my future and that Madrid are following me, but now is not the time to talk about this,” the 28-year-old told Marca.

'I am focused on the national team now and I am very happy at Chelsea.

'I won the Champions League just one week ago and to think about changing clubs now is complicated. I am very happy in London.'

In the market: Jose Mourinho is looking to strengthen his side

In the market: Jose Mourinho is looking to strengthen his side

Ivanovic joined Chelsea from Lokomotiv Moscow in 2008 in a reported €12 million (9m) deal.

Manchester City fined 25,000 for being one minute late for kick-off

UEFA farce as Man City fined 25,000 for being ONE minute late for kick-off… that's 8,000 more than Porto's fine for racially abusing Balotelli!

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UPDATED:

15:46 GMT, 11 April 2012

Manchester City have been outraged by UEFA's decision to fine them 8,000 more for being one minute late back onto the pitch than Porto received for vile racist chants directed by their fans towards Mario Balotelli.

City have been ordered to hand over 25,000 just weeks after Porto were fined just 17,600 by UEFA after City striker Balotelli was subjected to monkey chants.

Club officials are said to be 'bemused' that they have been fined more than Porto, after their players were no more than a minute late onto the pitch for the second-half of their last-16 tie in Lisbon on March 8.

Insult to injury: Man City were dumped out of Europe and have now been fined for a late return against Sporting

Insult to injury: Man City were dumped out of Europe and have now been fined for a late return against Sporting

UEFA have confirmed the fine imposed on City for 'a late kick-off', but refused to comment on why the penalty was more than Porto received for their fans making racist taunts.

The club have also been informed that they cannot appeal the decision.

Meanwhile Russian champions Zenit St Petersburg were fined a mere 2,140 on Wednesday for racist chanting by their fans during last week's Premier League game at Lokomotiv Moscow.

Net result: City's European adventure took a huge blow at the Estadio do Dragao

Net result: City's European adventure took a huge blow at the Estadio do Dragao

St Petersburg fans made monkey noises at Lokomotiv's black players during Saturday's match, which Zenit won 1-0 to virtually seal their second consecutive Russian league title.

Zenit's fine was small compared to the 10,700 imposed on Spartak Moscow's Nigeria international Emmanuel Emenike last month for an offensive gesture he made towards Dynamo Moscow fans who racially abused him during a match.

Heated: Porto were fined 17,600 for racist chanting directed at Mario Balotelli

Heated: Porto were fined 17,600 for racist chanting directed at Mario Balotelli