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Mario Balotelli ordered to show respect by Roberto Mancini

Man up, Mario! Now show some respect, Mancini tells Balotelli after convincing star to pay Man City fine

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UPDATED:

12:03 GMT, 21 December 2012

Roberto Mancini has told Mario Balotelli that he needed to show respect for himself and his responsibilities by accepting a 340,000 punishment from the club.

Earlier this week Balotelli dropped his fight against the fine for breaches of discipline, deciding not to take City to a Premier League tribunal ‘as a sign of respect for Roberto Mancini, the supporters and the club’, according to a club statement.

But Mancini believes that above all the controversial striker owed it to himself to admit he was wrong after Balotelli was banned for a fifth of City’s games last season.

Time to move on: Roberto Mancini told Mario Balotelli show respect

Time to move on: Roberto Mancini told Mario Balotelli show respect

Time to move on: Balotelli accepted the club's fine

Time to move on: Balotelli accepted the club's fine

'It’s normal that when someone makes a mistake he should take his responsibilities and Mario did this,’ said Mancini. ‘He respected himself, not me because it’s important for him to respect himself, very important.’

Balotelii was seen driving away from City’s training ground this morning after it was confirmed he is still too ill to play in tomorrow’s game at home to Reading.

Mancini insists the 22-year-old could still have a future at City despite speculation the Premier League champions will cut their losses and offload him in next month’s transfer window.

Christmas cheer: Roberto Mancini toast the press with a glass of Champagne during his press conference

Christmas cheer: Roberto Mancini toast the press with a glass of Champagne during his press conference

‘Like other players, if he deserves to have other chances he will have them,’ added Mancini. ‘If a player works well he deserves to have the chance to play.

'This weekend Mario unfortunately is ill. He came this morning but he can’t do anything.’

Balotelli will miss Saturday's game with Reading with a virus but there was good news for Mancini as captain and defender Vincent Kompany is hoping to prove his fitness after a groin injury and James Milner is also in contention.

Welcome return: Vincent Kompany is close to a comeback

Welcome return: Vincent Kompany is close to a comeback

Back in business: James Milner is in contention to play against Reading

Back in business: James Milner is in contention to play against Reading

As Mancini celebrates his third anniversary in charge today, the Italian admitted that he thought it would take longer to challenge Manchester United’s domination of English football following last season’s dramatic title race.

He said: ‘When I arrived here three years ago I didn’t think that maybe in two years we would win the Premier League and FA Cup. I thought that it would take maybe four or five years to win the Premier League because it isn’t easy.

'We changed things in England, and Manchester in particular, because for 20 or 30 years United won everything. We changed this because we did well. We’ve also made mistakes, which is normal, and we need to continue to work hard to improve our game.’

Manchester City on course for Financial Fair Play despite losing 100m

Man City lose 100m… but insist they're still on course to meet financial fair play rules

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UPDATED:

17:20 GMT, 14 December 2012

Manchester City have revealed annual losses of almost 100million –
but insist they are still on course to fall in line with the new
financial fair play rules.

Although City's losses have been halved, they still posted a loss of 97.9m in the annual report for the 2011-12 season. City's overall wage bill rose from 151.6m to 178.1m.

Value for money: Manchester City have announced an interesting set of financial figures for the year

Value for money: Manchester City have announced an interesting set of financial figures for the year

The new financial fair play rules – that are introduced at the start of the next Barclays Premier League season – which require clubs to meet a series of stipulations.

City are confident as 15m of the losses comes from infrastructure and youth development costs, while approximately 80m comes from contracts that pre-date 2010, from which City expect to get some kind of relief.

A statement read: 'Whilst the 2011-12 financial results represent a
further step towards achieving the club’s objective of long-term
sustainability both on and off the field, the application of UEFA
allowable reliefs for certain categories of expenditure and investment
in 2011-12, position the club well for compliance with UEFA’s financial
fair play regulations which come into effect in season 2013-14.'

City's annual figures also revealed that they have recorded whopping
revenue of 231.1m – the first time they have smashed through the 200m
mark.

While the results show marginal increases in gate receipts and TV revenue, it is in the commercial sector where City are making huge gains.

Revenue went up from 64.7m to 121.1m, underlining City's increased growing global exposure, which is being shown in all areas, from merchandise to club tours.

The statement continued: 'This year’s report demonstrates the
tangible and positive impact of four years of strategic investment in
all operations since the acquisition of the Club by Sheikh Mansour bin
Zayed in September 2008.

Bright: City are able to put plenty of cash into their future, and announced plans for a new academy site

Bright: City are able to put plenty of cash into their future, and announced plans for a new academy site

Bright: City are able to put plenty of cash into their future, and announced plans for a new academy site

MANCHESTE CITY REPORT

Read City's annual report in full here

'Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak recognises the historic on field
achievements of 2011-12 and the impact on the club at home and
overseas. He also emphasises, following the securing of planning
permission, the importance of the City Football Academy (CFA) project to
the future of the Club and the community in which it resides, calling
it 'the most significant current initiative to secure the long-term
sustainability of the Club’s football operations'.

Chief executive officer Ferran Soriano, who arrived at the club
earlier this year after his time with Barcelona, said: 'What I have
found is a club on the verge of a historic transformation, reinforced by
a genuine commitment to doing things well. It is a club with a rich
history and the potential for an even brighter future.'

Pavel Pogrebnyak plans talks with Reading owner

Problems mount for McDermott as unsettled Pogrebnyak plans talks with Reading owner

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UPDATED:

22:51 GMT, 13 December 2012

Reading's return to the Premier League is starting to unravel.

Manager Brian McDermott spent
modestly in the summer, only buying two players totalling 5million and
bringing five others in for free following their promotion as
Championship winners.

But almost half-way through the
season they are already six points adrift of 18th place, have only one
league win all season and five losses in their last five matches.

Poor return: Pavel Pogrebnyak has scored just two goals this season

Poor return: Pavel Pogrebnyak has scored just two goals this season

And the futures of two of the players brought in this summer on big wages to help form a core to their side are now in doubt.

Danny Guthrie is reported to be on 20,000 per week but in six months has been at the centre of three major incidents. Twice he reacted badly to being left out of the first team and on Tuesday, having recovered from a thigh injury, would not travel to Sunderland.

McDermott yesterday refused to guarantee his future at the club. He is yet to speak to the midfielder and said he will not be arranging a meeting with the player – it is up to Guthrie to approach him.

The 51-year-old said: 'I'm sure he'll want to talk to me but we'll see. I've got 20-odd players in the squad and I'm focussed on them and the game we've got coming up [against Arsenal].

'I don't think anything in football is untenable, there's always a way back, and the way back for him would be to train to the best of his ability, get himself in the team, play well, win games and then the fans can forgive an awful lot.'

Under pressure: Manager Brian McDermott

Under pressure: Manager Brian McDermott

Reading broke their wage structure to beat Fulham to Pavel Pogrebnyak's signature. They pay him 30,000 per week. The striker scored six Premier League goals in 12 games for Fulham on loan for the second half of last season.

But he has managed only two league goals in 11 appearances this campaign and speaking to Russian media channels Pogrebnyak cast doubt about his future at the club.

The 29-year-old said: 'What's going on I'm not ready to answer this question. I am yet to discuss the issue with the team's owner Anton Zingarevich, but this is probably necessary. After the defeat to Southampton the situation in the struggle for survival is complicated.'

McDermott is targeting players with Premier League experience in January to help Reading survive. But he is going to have to chose more wisely than he did over the summer.

They have four games against teams in the top eight before the window even opens – and need to drastically improve their form to avoid becoming entangled in a relegation battle almost impossible to win

Manny Pacquiao weighs in four pounds heavier than Juan Manuel Marquez

Pacquiao weighs in four pounds heavier than Marquez ahead of fourth fight with rival

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00:13 GMT, 8 December 2012

Manny Pacquiao weighed in four pounds heavier for the big fight in Las Vegas, even though Juan Manuel Marquez has grown into the bigger and heftier looking boxer during the past year.

Marquez, who refutes accusations that he has used steroids, has bulked up, at the age of 39, almost to the point of appearing muscle-bound.

Pacquiao hit the scales on the welterweight limit of 10st 7lb for the fourth fight between these two rivals.

Time to shine: Pacquiao and Marquez square up ahead of the fight in Las Vegas

Time to shine: Pacquiao and Marquez square up ahead of the fight in Las Vegas

Weighing it up: Manny Pacquiao (left) was four pounds heavier than Juan Manuel Marquez (right) ahead of their fourth fight

Weighing it up: Manny Pacquiao (left) was four pounds heavier than Juan Manuel Marquez (right) ahead of their fourth fight

The PacMan dedicated this final act in their saga to the victims of a hurricane in the Philippines, where he is a congressman, while Marquez talked about trying to find 'that grain extra' which might finally give him victory after two narrow losses and a draw.

Pacquiao looked concerned, and perhaps distracted by events at home.

He said: 'It is important for me to represent my country in the ring and to win this fight.

'But the reason I have gone into politics is to try to help my people.'

In good shape: Pacquiao dedicated the bout to people in the Philippines

In good shape: Pacquiao dedicated the bout to people in the Philippines

Wales 19 Samoa 26: Sam Warburton gamble backfires

Wales 19 Samoa 26: Warburton gamble backfires as hosts suffer fifth defeat on the bounce

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22:04 GMT, 16 November 2012

Nobody said it was going to be easy. The mighty islanders brought all the power of the Pacific Ocean to Cardiff and drowned any Welsh dreams of a glorious autumn.

This was an inspired performance from Samoa and Wales simply failed to find an answer for their ferocity. A last-minute leap from Johnny Leota sealed another historic win and the mad soap opera of this dramatic fixture continues.

It leaves Wales two defeats down with New Zealand and Australia yet to play and staring down the barrel of seven consecutive losses. Hardly the end to the year the Grand Slam champions had in mind. Worrying times indeed.

Try time: Northampton George Pisi goes over

Try time: Northampton George Pisi goes over

MATCH FACTS

WALES: Halfpenny; Cuthbert, Beck, Roberts, North; Biggar (Priestland, 38min), Phillips; James (Jenkins 61), Hibbard (Owens 18), Jarvis (Andrews 78), Davies, Evans (Charteris 41), Jones (capt, Warburton 71), Faletau, Tipuric. Subs not used: Knoyle, Williams.

SAMOA: Autagavaia; Perez, G Pisi, Williams (Leota 55), Lemi (capt); T Pisi (Su’a 78), Fotuali’i; Taulafo, Avei (T Paulo 58), C Johnston (J Johnston 49), Leo, F Paulo (Tekori 60), Treviranus (Fomai 70), Tui’fua, Fa’asavalu. Subs not used: Afatia, Lilomaiava.

Man of the match: Taiasina Tui’fua.

Referee: Pascal Gauzere (France).

Samoa set the tone for the evening with
their traditional war dance, the Siva Tau. The Welsh disappeared to a
distant corner of the pitch for some last-minute tackle practice with
defensive coach Shaun Edwards, but it didn’t help.

After only 90 seconds, marauding No 8 Taiasina Tui’fua bulldozed through
four red shirts and set up the opening try for full back Fa’atoina
Autagavaia. Fly-half Tusiata Pisi kicked the conversion and it was a
nightmare start for the home team.

They had promised all week that despite having only six days to turn
things around from their meltdown against Argentina, they would match
the Pacific Islanders’ physicality.

Yet, once again they found themselves on the back foot.

The last time captain Ryan Jones led his team out against Samoa he was
unceremoniously sacked in public by head coach Warren Gatland within 30
minutes of the final whistle. This time he did everything he could to
help his team recover from shellshock. Slowly they did. Fly-half Dan
Biggar tried to exploit Samoa’s narrow defence by flinging the ball
wide, but too often Welsh backs ran into trouble.

High hopes: Kahn Fotuali'i hurdles a team-mate

High hopes: Kahn Fotuali'i hurdles a team-mate

Most tellingly, it took them 23 minutes for their first visit into the Samoan 22. Then they suddenly burst into life.

Northampton centre George Pisi, still waking up after trying to tackle
George North moments earlier, threw a wayward pass and Ashley Beck
pounced.

The centre, making his debut at the Millennium Stadium, pinned his ears
back from 70 metres out and made it to the line with half of Samoa
taking up the chase. The game had its ugly moments, too. Teofilo Paulo
can expect a phone call from the citing officer after a late clear-out
on Dan Biggar — with suspicions of a leading shoulder — bloodily cut
short the fly-half’s audition for the No 10 shirt against the All Blacks
next week.

Interception: Ashley Beck scored in the first half for Wales

Interception: Ashley Beck scored in the first half for Wales

Interception: Ashley Beck scored in the first half for Wales

Rhys Priestland suddenly found himself back in the firing
line and calling the shots. He tried to change the momentum in the
second half by answering Samoa’s grit with guile but mistakes from those
around prevented any immediate change in fortunes. As Wales grew
frustrated, indiscipline crept into their game.

If George Pisi ever considers retirement from rugby, he could always
turn his mind to acrobatics. The flying centre scored a try in the
corner with a gravity-defying forward flip. If there was suspicion of a
foot in touch the TV match official would not deny him his moment.

But when you have the right boot of Leigh Halfpenny in your team there
is always a way back. His 50-metre penalty once again put Wales back in
front, before the lead was exchanged two more times.

Ouch: Dan Biggar feels the pain after being flattened

Ouch: Dan Biggar feels the pain after being flattened

Replacement hooker Ken Owens was welcomed to the party late on with a
‘Samoan hello’, but the high tackles that occasionally blight the
visitors’ game were rare.

A side pieced together with players from eight different countries
matched the cohesion and togetherness of a team who have spent a
relative lifetime together.

Even when their lungs and legs were burning in the final moments they
kept coming back for more. They seem to be inspired whenever they face
Wales and might have won even more convincingly.

Two bad: Wales looked stunned at the end of the match

Two bad: Wales looked stunned at the end of the match

It is not often you see Gethin Jenkins penalised at the scrum but the
loosehead gave away the penalty that put Samoa in the lead with only 10
minutes left. Then came the climax.

New Zealand will offer all Samoa’s ferocity next weekend and then a
skill set other sides can only dream of. But a small consolation for
Wales is that they can at least play their joker card — Warren Gatland
is coming to town.

Shock: Samoa celebrate scoring their third try right at the death

Shock: Samoa celebrate scoring their third try right at the death

Amir Khan: Freddie Roach"s Parkinson"s disease not to blame for defeats

Khan: Roach's Parkinson's disease is NOT to blame for defeats… they are my fault

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UPDATED:

18:01 GMT, 1 November 2012

Amir Khan has defended himself in the face of strong criticism for appearing to blame Freddie Roach's Parkinson's disease for his split from the trainer.

Former undisputed light-welterweight champion Khan and Roach parted company in the wake of his defeat by Danny Garcia in August and the 25-year-old has since appointed Virgil Hunter as his coach.

Speaking in promotion of his fight against Carlos Molina in Los Angeles on December 15, Khan stated that Roach's ability to train was being impaired by his illness.

Glory days: Amir Khan (right) with former trainer Freddie Roach (left)

Glory days: Amir Khan (right) with former trainer Freddie Roach (left)

'It's hard to see him older and getting worse. I wish him the best,' he said.
'Freddie, with the Parkinson's disease, he was struggling with instructions and couldn't move as well.'

But Khan has used his Twitter account to clarify his comments, stressing he does not hold Roach accountable for his losses to Lamont Peterson and Garcia.

'Hey guys I didn't say Freddie Roach is a bad trainer, he's one of the best out there and took my career to a high winning two world titles,' Khan said.

'I blame myself for the losses in my career. Not blaming Freddie Roach or anyone. I just needed a change.'

Next up: Khan is busy promoting his next fight against Carlos Molina

Next up: Khan is busy promoting his next fight against Carlos Molina

Roach responded by stating his Parkinson's was not the cause of his split from Khan.

'If that was true, why would he say to me fire Manny Pacquiao and Julio Chavez Jr, and they'll keep me Him, his father, his lawyer and his uncle all said that,' he said.

'It had nothing to do with Parkinson's. They know that. And I wish them the best of luck.'

Max Chilton set for Marussia drive after funding boost

Chilton set to join F1's Brit pack with Marussia drive after sealing funding boost

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UPDATED:

17:02 GMT, 1 November 2012

Max Chilton is on course to become the fourth British driver on the Formula One grid next season after revealing he has secured the necessary funding to land a drive with back-markers Marussia.

The news comes as the 21-year-old from Reigate prepares for his first experience behind the wheel of a Formula One car when he replaces current Marussia driver Charles Pic in the opening practice session of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Chilton revealed he is hopeful of taking over from Pic on a permanent basis next year with the French youngster heavily linked with a move to Caterham.

Young hopeful: Max Chilton, from Reigate, is looking to break into F1

Young hopeful: Max Chilton, from Reigate, is looking to break into F1

Chilton, the son of Grahame Chilton who is non-executive chairman of insurance giant Aon Benfield’s UK holding company and reportedly worth around 100million, insisted the necessary cash is not family money.

He said: ‘I’m trying to get the race seat here. I’ve managed to get two sponsors together for next year to get the whole budget together, if the seat is available, which means as a family we don’t have to put a penny in.

‘My dad has always said he would get me to where I need, but that he won’t put in any money. Luckily I now have the money.

‘I’m a racer and I want to get a race seat. I’d love the chance and hopefully it will come soon.’

The news Chilton has the cash to join Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button and Paul di Resta is particularly timely given Marussia reportedly suffered losses of almost 50million last year and are actively seeking investors to bridge the gap.

Mark Hughes confident QPR will get first win soon

Hughes: My stars will soon shine and QPR will rise from the bottom

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23:03 GMT, 26 October 2012

Mark Hughes is unwavering in his belief that QPR will soon get their first win of the season and climb off the foot of the table – because of the star players at his disposal.

QPR find themselves bottom of the table with three draws and five defeats so far this season. Hughes insisted yesterday that only the home losses to Swansea and West Ham were not in the plans the club made in the summer.

He has come under pressure after brining in the star names from Champions League sides including Ji-Sung Park from Manchester United, Esteban Granero from Real Madrid and Julio Cesar from Inter Milan and not delivering on the pitch. But it is because of those players that Hughes is confident that points are not far off.

The only way is up: Mark Hughes says his team will rise up the table

The only way is up: Mark Hughes says his team will rise up the table

The 48-year-old said: 'That was one of the reasons I bought [Granero] and the likes of Julio Cesar and Ji-Sung Park because they've got a different mentality, a winner's mentality.

'And that has to come to the fore. We will turn this around because of the players I have in my group but we have to get the first win under our belts and that will calm everything down and then we can build from there. The longer it goes on we put ourselves under pressure.

New boy: Esteban Granero was signed by Hughes from Real Madrid

New boy: Esteban Granero was signed by Hughes from Real Madrid

'We know we can go up against good teams and give a real good account of ourselves and really compete. I know I have got a better team technically and ability wide than last year and I won games last year. So that’s the reason I know I will win games this year.'

Between them the trio have won 24 trophies at club level spanning six countries – so they are not used to scrapping at the bottom end of the table

But Hughes added: 'It's a different situation for them. But when you speak to them they're really enjoying the emotions that they're feeling and the challenge they have.

That's the reason they've come here. They knew they were coming to a club that wasn't going to be winning week in week out. Which is what they're used to. That's one of the reasons they've come here because they want that challenge they want a different stimulus and that's what they're getting, certainly.'

Anderson ready to fight for his Manchester United place

Anderson says he's happy at United and wants to stay and fight for his place

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UPDATED:

17:40 GMT, 20 October 2012

Manchester United midfielder Anderson is relishing the battle for a first-team place with the Old Trafford outfit.

The Brazil international arrived at United from Porto with such high expectations in 2007.

So far though, the promise has been largely unfulfilled.

Fight for his place: Anderson wants to secure his place in the starting XI

Fight for his place: Anderson wants to secure his place in the starting XI

A succession of injuries have not helped. But there have also been suggestions Anderson's attitude is not all it might have been.

This season though, there have been undeniable signs of improvement from the 24-year-old.

His four appearances so far this season include a goalscoring contribution to United's Capital One Cup victory over Newcastle, whilst Anderson also impressed as the Red Devils extended their 100 per cent record in this season's Champions League against Romanian champions Cluj.

So, as United prepare to meet Portuguese outfit Braga on Tuesday, the former Porto star seems to be enjoying life again.

'I've been here for five years,' he said.

Stop there: Anderson fights for the ball with Stoke's Michael Owen

Stop there: Anderson fights for the ball with Stoke's Michael Owen

'Sometimes I have had difficult moments but I've always got through them.

'I know this is the best club for me and I am very happy here.'

Thankfully, Anderson has been injury-free since reporting for the start of pre-season.

He needs to retain that fitness too to prevent Ferguson harbouring any thoughts about finally cutting his losses.

And Anderson seems to have finally grasped the need to stay in shape.

'I hope my injuries are behind me,' he said.

'I'm 24 now and I've learnt a lot in the last few years.

'I understand that to do well in my career, I have to look after myself and train hard.'

Warming up: Anderson warms up ahead of the game with Stoke

Warming up: Anderson warms up ahead of the game with Stoke

Anderson will hope to be involved on Tuesday night, when United entertain Braga.

The Portuguese outfit suffered a surprise home defeat to Cluj in the opening round of fixtures, only to make up for it with an equally eye-catching 2-0 success at Galatasaray last time out.

Braga are also currently on a five-match unbeaten run against English opposition, although that was preceded by a six-goal hammering by Arsenal in 2010.

'Traditionally there have always been three teams in Portugal – Sporting Lisbon, who have dropped off a bit at the moment, Porto and Benfica,' said Sir Alex Ferguson.

'But now Braga have become the third best team in Portugal.

'And when you look at the number of Portuguese players who make it you can see there is quality there.'

Ferguson admitted his surprise at learning Braga had lost that opening match to Cluj.
However, after seeing an improvement against Benfica recently, he accepts the Europa League finalists represent a significant test.

'They drew 2-2 at Benfica, played really well and should have won,' said Ferguson.

'They were top of the league for quite a while last season too, so the Cluj result surprised me.

'I spoke to Nani, who said they are very positive away from home.

'I saw that in the Benfica game, so we won't be taking anything for granted.'

Ryder Cup 2012: Tiger Woods blasted by bookies

Woods admits Molinari tie felt worthless as bookies blast former world No 1 for conceding putt and costing them MILLIONS

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UPDATED:

12:59 GMT, 1 October 2012

Tiger Woods claimed neither he nor the United States team were interested in salvaging a tie from the 39th Ryder Cup at Medinah as bookies were left raging at the 14-time major champion.

Woods conceded a putt to gift Francesco Molinari a half in the final singles match just moments after Martin Kaymer had made sure the Europeans would keep hold of the trophy.

The match ended 14-13 to Jose Maria Olazabal's team but a 14-14 draw, which would have been enough for Team Europe as holders, was the result the bookies were banking on.

All over: Tiger Woods congratulates Francesco Molinari after giving him a half

All over: Tiger Woods congratulates Francesco Molinari after giving him a half

Betting firms faced a combined multi-million payout in what was their most expensive ever Ryder Cup.

The unlikely comeback cost Ladbrokes 650,000 and Coral 400,000, while other bookmakers also reported heavy losses.

Two punters even bet 500,000 on Europe to win as the odds fell.

Cough up: Bookies were the big losers after Woods gave Molinari hiss putt

Cough up: Bookies were the big losers after Woods gave Molinari hiss putt

A Ladbrokes spokesman told MailOnline: ‘No-one bets on a tie. It cost us just over 650,000 last night on Tiger’s miss. Tiger is not a bookie’s friend this morning.

‘At 8:20pm, Europe were 33/1 to win and USA were 1/50. It was a nightmare result. The USA were heavily backed pre-tournament. We were so close. It was our most expensive one ever.’

A Sky Bet spokesman told Sporting Life: ‘While it was impossible not to get caught up in such a fantastic victory, Woods's miss resulted in us taking a really heavy beating.

No roar: Tiger Woods was left to rue a wasteful day by Team USA

No roar: Tiger Woods was left to rue a wasteful day by Team USA

‘(But) our decision to pay out on both (Martin) Kaymer and Molinari securing the winning points will have made the night even more special for those who kept the faith.’

A Coral spokesman told MailOnline: ‘It was the biggest betting Ryder Cup we've ever had. We took 1million. During the first two days confidence was a bit shot. People didn't really back Europe then.

‘We were staring at the ideal result when Woods was at the final hole. Had it been a tie we would have kept everything we'd taken because no-one backs a draw. But it was a 400,000 hit.’

Woods' half was his only return of a miserable four days for the former world No 1.

He said: 'It was already over. We came here as a team – this is a team event. And the cup was already been retained by Europe, so it was already over.

Yanks but no thanks: Woods halved with Molinari

Yanks but no thanks: Woods halved with Molinari

'You come here as a team and you win or
lose as a team, and it's pointless to even finish. So 18 was just, hey,
get this over with. Congratulations to the European team. They played
fantastic and they deserve the cup.'

That incident rounded off a dismal three days for Woods in which he failed to win a single match.

The 36-year-old 14-time major winner lost three times in partnership with Steve Stricker on Friday and Saturday and was even stood down for a match for the first time in his career.

Captain Davis Love faced further questions over his decision to rest Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley, after the pair enjoyed three wins together, for the Saturday afternoon fourballs.

But over the course of the three days, Love felt he had done everything he could to secure victory – after all, his side had led 10-6 heading into the singles.

Love said: 'I wouldn't have done anything different, they played great. They did everything we asked them to do, and I can honestly say that I've been a part of a lot of teams and I've never seen a team of golfers like this, and I'm proud of them.

Just champion: Team Europe produced a stunning final-day comeback

Just champion: Team Europe produced a stunning final-day comeback

'It was certainly a difficult loss. I think any Ryder Cup loss is difficult. There are some guys on this team that have lost before and it's never fun any way it happens. This was certainly not what we expected.

'They got beat by some holed putts, chip-ins, some incredible shots, and some matches got flipped at the end on long putts and great saves by the other team.

'I have to congratulate Europe on the way they played, they played great.'