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Arsenal"s Jack Wilshere was forced off with a thigh injury against Sunderland

Arsenal face anxious wait over Wilshere as England star hobbles off at Sunderland

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Thom Drake

PUBLISHED:

16:42 GMT, 9 February 2013

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UPDATED:

09:54 GMT, 10 February 2013

Jack Wilshere was forced off during his Arsenal's 1-0 victory against Sunderland with a thigh injury after being bodychecked by Alfred N'Diaye.

There didn't seem to be a great deal
of contact from the new Sunderland signing, but it was enough for Wilshere to be replaced by Abou Diaby as Arsenal looked to keep hold of their lead.

Arsene Wenger was visibly furious with the physical nature of Sunderland's tackling, as his playmaker was left on the floor on more than one occasion.

After the match the Arsenal manager said that Wilshere 'can't walk properly now', but hopes he will only be out for around four or five days.

Down: Jack Wilshere was in distress when receiving treatment after the collision

Down: Jack Wilshere was in distress when receiving treatment after the collision

Furious: As Wilshere hobbled off, Arsene Wenger was irate with the referee

Furious: As Wilshere hobbled off, Arsene Wenger was irate with the referee

Laurent Koscielny, who was initially
named on the Arsenal teamsheet, had to be withdrawn just before kick-off
after limping out of the warm up with a calf injury.

He had passed a fitness test before
the game, but was unable to take to the pitch, meaning Bacary Sagna had
to play centre back and Carl Jenkinson came in at right back.

Arsenal were also made to play the last 30 minutes without Carl Jenkinson, who was sent off for two
yellow cards, the second being a silly lunge on Stephane Sessegnon.

He will be suspended for their FA Cup fifth-round clash against Blackburn on Saturday.

They
held on to pick up a 1-0 victory at the Stadium of Light after Santi
Cazorla had put the Gunners ahead in the first half with a low shot past
Simon Mignolet.

Fighting: Wilshere and N'Diaye go head to head for the ball

Fighting: Wilshere and N'Diaye go head to head for the ball

Smash: Bramble came in with a heavy tackle on the Arsenal midfielder

Smash: Titus Bramble came in with a heavy tackle on the Arsenal midfielder

Wilshere's injury comes the day after Wenger had said that the England star needed to be protected from burnout and future injuries.

He had played a leading role in their 2-1 win when Brazil visited Wembley, outshining the likes of Ronaldinho and Neymar.

However Wenger was more philosophical: 'It is not just the physical aspect, but the mental pressure every time he plays. We will have to manage him well physically to make sure he doesn't face that burnout.

'I had in fact expected Jack to play only a part of the game on
Wednesday, but it didn't happen and because of his quality he will be
exposed to that, the overuse of his quality, and you can understand that.

'He will have to be managed like everyone else.'

Competitive: Wilshere and Lee Cattermole getting to grips with each other in the middle of the park

Competitive: Wilshere and Lee Cattermole getting to grips with each other in the middle of the park

Winner: Santi Cazorla's strike was the only goal of the game

Winner: Santi Cazorla's strike was the only goal of the game

Sir Alex Ferguson forgets dangerous tackles

Is Williams kicking the ball at Van Persie's head really the most dangerous, Fergie

PUBLISHED:

22:54 GMT, 23 December 2012

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UPDATED:

22:56 GMT, 23 December 2012

Sir Alex Ferguson described the Robin van Persie incident as ‘the most dangerous thing I’ve seen on a football field for many years’.

But the United boss seems to have forgotten a few cases involving his own club.

APRIL 2001: Roy Keane on Alf-Inge Haaland

After being accused of feigning injury by Haaland when he had ruptured ligaments, Keane took his revenge with a horror lunge on the Norwegian. He later admitted in his book: ‘I’d waited long enough. I f****** hit him hard.’

Roy Keane (red) has his revenge on Alf-Inge Haaland

Roy Keane (red) has his revenge on Alf-Inge Haaland in 2001

JANUARY 1995: Eric Cantona on spectator Matthew Simmons

Sent off for kicking Crystal Palace defender Richard Shaw, Cantona was abused by the home crowd as he left the pitch before launching a kung-fu kick at Palace fan Simmons.

The Frenchman was banned for nine months.

Moments after Eric Cantona (foreground) launched an astonishing two-foot drop kick on Crystal Palace supporter Matthew Simmons

Moments after Eric Cantona (foreground) launched an astonishing two-foot drop kick on Crystal Palace supporter Matthew Simmons in 1995

APRIL 2011: Paul Scholes on Pablo Zabaleta

There are plenty of Scholes tackles to choose from, but his rake on Zabaleta in the 2011 FA Cup semi-final left the Argentinian with a horrible gash on his thigh.

Pablo Zabaleta limps off after the thigh-high challenge from Paul Scholes

Pablo Zabaleta limps off after the thigh-high challenge from Paul Scholes in the 2011 FA Cup semi-final

Europa League fifth official mocked for warm-up at FC Twente match

Really, what do they do Europa League fifth official becomes laughing stock for pathetic warm-up

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16:08 GMT, 7 December 2012

They are, quite possibly, the most pointless innovation in the history of football – and now it seems that the Europa League fifth officials can't even be bothered themselves.

Hilarious video has emerged from Dutch television coverage of the match between FC Twente and Helsingborg on Thursday of Greek fifth official Anastassios Kalos stretching his neck muscles before the kick-off.

Shall I Greek fifth official Anastassios Kalos ponders whether to run through a warm-up before the FC Twente v Helsingborg Europa League match

Shall I Greek fifth official Anastassios Kalos ponders whether to run through a warm-up before the FC Twente v Helsingborg Europa League match

And stretch! Kalos crouches and goes for a lunge to get his muscles warmed up

And stretch! Kalos crouches and goes for a lunge to get his muscles warmed up

Anyone there Kalos takes a good long look to make sure the line is straight

Anyone there Kalos takes a good long look to make sure the line is straight

Not wanting to concern himself with a full warm-up, Kalos makes do with a couple of lunges on the edge of the six-yard box as though stooping to head an imaginary ball.

It at least allowed him to check if the penalty box paintwork was perfectly straight at the Arke Stadion.

Still, it was probably more than he did for the remainder of the evening.

Martin O"Neill furious with Lee Cattermole

O'Neill furious with captain Cattermole for red card in cup win

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UPDATED:

22:53 GMT, 25 September 2012

Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill blasted captain Lee Cattermole for getting sent off in his side's Capital One Cup success over MK Dons.

The Black Cats progress to round four courtesy of two fantastic second-half goals from Craig Gardner and James McClean but it was the dismissal of Cattermole that left O'Neill with a bitter taste in his mouth.

The 24-year-old combative midfielder has now been shown five red cards in his Sunderland career and O'Neill felt his skipper gave referee Stuart Attwell little choice but to send him off for a first-half lunge on young MK Dons full-back Adam Chicksen.

Fury: O'Neill (left) was not happy with Cattermole (right) for getting sent off

Fury: O'Neill (left) was not happy with Cattermole (right) for getting sent off

Fury: O'Neill (left) was not happy with Cattermole (right) for getting sent off

He said: 'From the minute you start lunging in you are giving the referee no option. It looked from the sideline that the referee had no option.

'I think that whatever we say, we can watch it back a hundred times, the referee is watching someone lunge in and you run that risk, it is crazy.'

O'Neill, who has won the League Cup on two occasions as a manager with Leicester, felt Cattermole set a bad example for his team-mates.

'You can't do it, we talked about discipline before the game and there we are, down to 10 men, it is a hard enough battle here and he didn't help himself and he didn't help his team,' he said.

'He started the season off brightly for us and he's a great leader – but he has to have discipline himself.

'There is no point asking for discipline from the team when you don't show it yourself.'

Marching orders: Referee Stuart Atwell sends Cattermole off

Marching orders: Referee Stuart Atwell sends Cattermole off

Gardner's tremendous 25-yard free-kick and an individual effort from McClean secured a relatively safe passage into the next round and O'Neill felt his players overcame a potentially tricky fixture to get there.

He said: 'I don't want to go overboard about it but it is good to win.

'I was very concerned tonight considering some of the players we had to leave out of the team.

'To win tonight was great, considering the circumstances of playing most of the game with 10 men.

'I'm obviously delighted we won the game and it is really pleasing to be in the hat for the next round.'

Another positive for O'Neill was being able to give some game time to winger Adam Johnson.

Wondergoal: Gardner (left) is mobbed after his strike

Wondergoal: Gardner (left) is mobbed after his strike

The summer signing from Manchester City has been missing with a thigh injury but was introduced with six minutes to go as he continues his comeback.

O'Neill added: 'Of course McClean was excellent and scored a great second goal that allowed me to get Adam Johnson on the pitch for a few moments.

'It was one of those where I wanted to try and give him just a feeling for things again.

'In an ideal world it would have been great if he had a little longer, another aspect was of course that there was a chance of the game going into extra-time and there was a chance of him getting on.'

MK Dons manager Karl Robinson felt his side could have come out on top in the game but was pleased with the way his players took the game to their top-flight opponents.

Clean strike: James McClean doubles Sunderland's lead

Clean strike: James McClean doubles Sunderland's lead

He said: 'I thought we deserved a little bit more out of the game to be honest and I think most people in the ground would agree with that.

'What a wondergoal that was at 0-0 and that took the stuffing out of us.

'We had to go on the front foot, because we have got the man advantage and we were also a goal behind.

'We knew then that if we were going to concede a goal it would be on the break to either (Louis) Saha or McClean because that is the quality they possess.'

Robinson was also looking forward to learning from his counterpart and enjoyed pitting himself against a Premier League club.

'We have had four changes and weren't at full strength either,' he said. 'I think we played well enough tonight but Sunderland have shown us tremendous respect and I'm looking forward to having a chat with Martin O'Neill and picking his brains so I can improve as a manager as well.'

Wales 0 Belgium 2: James Collins the villain

Wales 0 Belgium 2: Collins the villain again as Kompany and Vertonghen slay hosts

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UPDATED:

22:47 GMT, 7 September 2012

James Collins's first-half sending off undermined the best efforts of a weakened Wales side, yet he was absolved of any blame by manager Chris Coleman.

The West Ham defender was dismissed for a lunge on right-back Guillaume Gillet as Group A favourites Belgium ended a dispiriting week for Coleman on a sour note.

The centre half saw red after horribly mistiming a tackle near the halfway line after 25 minutes, leaving an already under-strength team at the mercy of their highly-rated opponents.

Thunderous: Vincent Kompany (left) powers his header home

Thunderous: Vincent Kompany (left) powers his header home

Take that: Jan Vertonghen smashes in the second goal

Take that: Jan Vertonghen smashes in the second goal

MATCH FACTS

Wales (4-1-4-1): Myhill 6; Matthews 7, Collins 4, Blake 7, Gunter 7; A Williams 7; Church 6 (Robson-Kanu, 71min, 6), Edwards 6 (King, 79), Ramsey 6, Bale 8; Morison 6 (Vokes 72, 6)

Booked: Williams, Vokes.

Sent off: Collins.

Belgium (4-1-4-1): Courtois; 6, G Gillet 6, Kompany 8, Vermaelen 7, Vertonghen 6; Witsel 6; Hazard 6, Fellaini 5, Dembele 6 (De Bruyne, 46, 6), Mertens 6; Mirallas 6 (Lukaku, 46, 6)

Scorers: Kompany 42, Vertonghen 83

Booked: G Gillet, Vertoghen.

Man of the match: Gareth Bale.

Referee: Stefan Johannesson (Swe) 6.

Attendance: 18,000.

It was the latest gaffe in a dreadful
series of mistakes by Collins for his country. And he could have little
complaint when Swedish referee Stefan Johannesson ordered him off.

But Coleman jumped to Collins’s
defence. ‘I don’t think it was a red card,’ he said. ‘I’ve seen the
incident half-a-dozen times and maybe I’m biased but I think the referee
went on the reaction of the Belgium player on the floor. He got up and
finished the 90 minutes.

‘We can’t let players just run past
us. Sometimes as a defender you can’t help yourself. Even if it was
late, it wasn’t malicious. Maybe I’m old school, but I’ve seen more
dangerous tackles than that.’

Belgium coach Marc Wilmots countered
with ‘the referee had to give it’ and although the arguments raged
afterwards, there was little doubt it made a difficult job all the
harder for the hosts.

Agony: Guillaume Gillet writhes after being slide tackled by James Collins, who is sent off (below)

Agony: Guillaume Gillet writhes after being slide tackled by James Collins, who is sent off (below)

Off: Collins is dismissed

Annoyed: Collins stomps off

Coleman, already shorn of seven
players who could reasonably have expected to start, had to re-shuffle
his pack before kick-off when Joe Allen was struck down with a virus.

Wales, with Gareth Bale and Aaron
Ramsey outstanding, made a decent fist of the game before Collins’s
dismissal, even with their scratch side.

But thereafter it was only likely to
take one goal to swing the balance in Belgium’s favour. And the
breakthrough came four minutes before the interval.

Dries Mertens’s corner on the right was met at the near post by Vincent Kompany and his header flashed past Boaz Myhill.

Well done: Belgium celebrate with scorer Kompany

Well done: Belgium celebrate with scorer Kompany

Rivals: Aaron Ramsey gets to grips with Mousa Dembele

Rivals: Aaron Ramsey gets to grips with Mousa Dembele

After the interval, Wales were reduced
to raiding from deep using Bale’s energy. It took a fine stop from
Thibaut Courtois to prevent the Tottenham winger from finding the net
with a 30-yard free-kick. But that was as close as Wales came to
drawing level.

The match finished as a contest seven minutes from time when Aaron Ramsey was adjudged to have tripped Romelu Lukaku.

Jan Vertonghen with Dries Mertens on his back

Gareth Bale and Mertens

Contrasting fortunes: Club-mates Jan Vertonghen and Gareth Bale

‘It wasn’t a free-kick,’ said a frustrated Coleman, ‘Lukaku pulled back his leg to have a shot and caught Aaron.’

That did not seem to matter to Jan Vertonghen, who lashed a thunderous left-foot shot beyond Myhill from 25 yards.

In truth, it was only half-hearted
finishing that prevented a greater margin of victory. Yet that would
have been unfair on the 10 players who remained on the pitch in
Collins’s absence.

Tussle: Bale goes in on Dries Mertens

Tussle: Bale goes in on Dries Mertens

Eden Hazard

Mousa Dembele

Star names: Eden Hazard and Dembele featured for Belgium but neither were on top form

London 2012 Olympics: Football: South Korea 2 Japan 0

South Korea 2 Japan 0: Park and Koo seal bronze for Koreans in Cardiff

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21:12 GMT, 10 August 2012

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UPDATED:

21:12 GMT, 10 August 2012

South Korea claimed their first-ever Olympic football medal as they saw off Japan to secure bronze at the Millennium Stadium.

Arsenal's Park Chu-Young set them on their way with a superb solo effort in the 38th minute before skipper Koo Ja-Cheol sealed the win 11 minutes into the second half.

Japan enjoyed plenty of possession but, like Great Britain before them, found it tough to break down a well-organised Korean rearguard.

Job done! South Korea secured their first ever Olympic medal in football after they beat Japan 2-0

Job done! South Korea secured their first ever Olympic medal in football after they beat Japan 2-0

Korea captain Koo was heavily involved from the off and had a penalty appeal waved away when he went down far too easily with Hiroki Sakai in close attendance.

After a difficult start Japan slowly settled, but there was a niggly undercurrent to the game, summed up by Koo's wild lunge on Japan skipper Maya Yoshida, which earned the midfielder a booking.

It took almost half-an-hour for the first shot on target, with Jung Sung-Ryong unconvincingly parrying Hiroshi Kiyotake's low shot.

Arsenal's Park Chu-Young, who scored the opener, was ecstatic to get his bronze medal

Arsenal's Park Chu-Young, who scored the opener, was ecstatic to get his bronze medal

Contrast: Hiroshi Kiyotake cuts a dejected figure as he lies on the turf after the defeat

Contrast: Hiroshi Kiyotake cuts a dejected figure as he lies on the turf after the defeat

Sakai headed over from a corner for Japan, but it was South Korea who took the lead when Park seized on a poor defensive header to brilliantly turn Daisuke Suzuki and fire low beyond Shuichi Gonda.

Yuki Otsu crafted a great chance to level early in the second half, but scuffed his shot after linking with Keigo Higashi.

And the miss was punished seconds later when Sunderland's Ji Dong-Won flicked on goalkeeper Jung's punt downfield to allow Koo to shoot across Gonda into the net.

It was almost 3-0 just shy of the hour but Gonda managed to tip Kim Bo-Kyoung's curling effort onto the post.

Japan pushed forward in search of a way back into the game, but their hopes of setting up a tense finish ended when Yoshida's header was ruled out for a block on Jung with three minutes to go.

Battle: The Japanese could not break down South Korea's robust defence

Battle: The Japanese could not break down South Korea's robust defence

Edouard Roger-Vasselin: Image of the week by Kevin Quigley

Kevin Quigley: My image of the week – Roger-Vasselin dives for a winner

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17:56 GMT, 15 June 2012

This is Edouard Roger-Vasselin during his first round match at the AEGON Championships making a lunge to volley a winner.

I like the shape of his body straining for the ball and his focus as he leaps off the ground.

Nikon D3s
70-200mm
Iso 200

Roger-Vasselin

Euro 2012: Steven Gerrard wary of red card threat

Gerrard admits he will have to be careful as England wary of red card threat

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09:31 GMT, 2 June 2012

England skipper Steven Gerrard admits he may have to modify his game to reduce the risk of picking up a red card during Euro 2012.

Gerrard and the rest of the England squad have been spoken to by FIFA and UEFA referees delegate David Elleray about what is permissible ahead of the tournament in Poland and Ukraine.

The midfielder admits he could have been booked or dismissed for a challenge on Norwegian player Tom Hogli in the international friendly on May 26 had it been a competitive match.

Lunge: Gerrard will have to be wary about tackles like this

Lunge: Gerrard will have to be wary about tackles like this

Gerard said: 'If I think I can win a tackle fairly, I'll go in and try and win it. We had a referee's meeting last night with David Elleray, going through different scenarios.

'We have to be slightly more careful at international level compared to what we're used to in our league.

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'The tackle last week (on Hogli) might have been a caution or worse, but to me it's fair. It was clean, the side of my foot, no studs.

'It has changed, though. It's something you have to adapt to as a player, especially myself who is a tackler. You can't get away with it at international level.

'You can connect with the ball cleanly but, if you take the man, you get cautioned.

'The players were aware of the different scenarios after the meeting – cautions, bringing men down, surrounding the referee. We're all aware of it. Seven or eight points were made.'

There will be a bigger responsibility on Gerrard in midfield after the loss through injury of experienced duo Frank Lampard and Gareth Barry, who have won 143 caps between them.

But Gerrard admits he cannot afford to hold back even if it means he runs the risk of joining the pair on the sidelines.

He said: 'It's a huge blow to lose Frank, especially on the back of losing Gareth as well. They're two very important midfielders for this squad.

'It's a similar situation to losing Rio (Ferdinand) in the last World Cup. I've experienced missing a big tournament and there's nothing worse in your career. I know what it feels like.

Blow: Gerrard admits Frank Lampard's injury is terrible for England

Blow: Gerrard admits Frank Lampard's injury is terrible for England

'People say will I wrap myself in cotton wool but you risk getting injured worse if you're pulling out of tackles or standing away from things.

'You've got to play your normal game and hopefully you come through. Injuries are part and parcel of the game. They happen. Fingers crossed we don't get any more.

'Other countries are suffering the same thing. It happened with Yann M'Vila with France last night. I'm sure he would have been a big player for them. You have to deal with it.'

What might alter is Gerrard's role in the centre of the park.

He said: 'The manager has spoken to me and said I might have to play deeper and be more disciplined.

'We have to share the responsibility around the squad. Gareth is a very good midfielder and we will also miss Frank's goals.

'We have to share the goals around the squad and take on the responsibility.'

Manchester United 2 Swansea 0 – Match Zone

Old Trafford Match Zone: Dropped Valencia shows his worth

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21:30 GMT, 6 May 2012

Sir Alex Ferguson’s wisdom was questioned when he left Antonia Valencia out of his Manchester derby team and the Ecuadorian’s display here further highlighted that curious decision. As has been the case all season, Valencia was excellent and was involved in the build-up to Paul Scholes’ goal with a blistering change of pace.

Flying winger: Antonio Valencia made an impressive contribution

Flying winger: Antonio Valencia made an impressive contribution

Rooney's run ends

One of the most surprising statistics of the season came to an end. 71 minutes into his 33rd Barclays Premier League appearance, Wayne Rooney picked up his first booking of the campaign for a lunge at Mark Gower. The United striker endured a curious afternoon, showing glittering touches but missing some glorious opportunities.

All good things come to an end: Wayne Rooney was booked at Old Trafford

All good things come to an end: Wayne Rooney was booked at Old Trafford

Berbatov's final farewell

Dimitar Berbatov’s games have been few of late but he was given a 12-minute farewell run-out in place of Rooney. The Bulgarian is set to leave Old Trafford this summer.

Exit: Dimitar Berbatov (centre) looks set to leave Manchester United

Exit: Dimitar Berbatov (centre) looks set to leave Manchester United

Golden Graham

The accomplished style with which Swansea play has earned them many plaudits this season and Danny Graham enhanced his reputation at Old Trafford.

London 2012 Olympics: Don"t be surprised if we"ve hired a cheat – Martin Samuel

We sold our soul for medals, so don't be surprised if we've hired a cheat

By
Martin Samuel

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22:28 GMT, 2 May 2012

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UPDATED:

22:28 GMT, 2 May 2012

The Plastic Brit policy has been expanded. It's beginning to look as if we're so modern, we even have our own plastic cheats. The failed drugs test of Ukrainian-born Myroslav Dykun could throw into sharp relief this Faustian pact between British Wrestling and UK Sport.

This is what happens when a nation cravenly trades its soul for medals; this is what happens when a struggling, minority sport is ordered not to compromise in its quest for funding.

Dykun's positive sample may turn out to be the wholly unsurprising price of desperate self-advancement; sporting integrity being the first casualty of a clumsy lunge for the podium glory now necessary to secure UK Sport's government and lottery bounty.

Flag of inconvenience: Myroslav Dykun's positive test will embarrass Britain

Flag of inconvenience: Myroslav Dykun's positive test will embarrass Britain

Once it was decided that the ends justifies the means, that no prospects equalled no cash, there was always going to be a reckoning. Perhaps it is for the best that this tarnishing of the image of British sport arrives now, and not in the middle of our London Games.

Dykun came to Britain as a 21-year-old, ostensibly as a sparring partner for the best domestic wrestlers. Soon, the training party became the team, to the extent that of the seven athletes in British Wrestling's elite performance plan, five are east European.

No sparring partner: Dykun came to Britain as a 21-year-old and graduated to the Wrestling team

No sparring partner: Dykun came to Britain as a 21-year-old and graduated to the Wrestling team

A plastic drug cheat is no worse than a
home-produced one, of course, and the sin and sense of revulsion are the
same. Yet, however much opprobrium is heaped on Dykun, it is hard to
dismiss the thought that this is a direct result of UK Sport's demand
that winning is all and the details can be filled in later.

So desperate have we become for medals at our home Olympics that we appear to have allowed a dreadful lowering of standards on a variety of levels.

Denied a passport: Yana Stadnik (right)

Denied a passport: Yana Stadnik (right)

Blame and ban Dykun, if the B sample
confirms his guilt, obviously. But do not stop there. Blame Colin
Nicholson, chief executive of British Wrestling; blame his performance
director Shaun Morley, and blame the performance director of UK Sport,
Peter Keen. It is his policy of 'no compromise' that drags us here.

By linking funding purely to medal hopes – with some sports, particularly the highly competitive team events such as volleyball barely receiving anything at all – Keen has risked pushing the overseers of Olympic sports to extremes.

British Wrestling knew they would lose valuable financial support with weaker domestic athletes, so opted to protect their funding and succeed by any means necessary.

With Dykun's positive sample the sport is now in crisis. Home Office scrutiny is being applied to some recent marriages involving key team members and even the president of the world governing body, FILA, was moved to condemn Britain's opportunistic approach.

This, however, is a new low. Dykun's positive test will surely provoke an investigation into how much we want to triumph at these Games, and what we are prepared to sacrifice to win. Too much, it would seem, if we would rather fast-track cheats than send out our best to be beaten.

In our belief that compromise is for losers, we have exchanged what is right for what brings rewards – but this is fool's gold, as cheap and worthless as plastic.