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Joey Barton and Dietmar Hamann in Twitter war

Don't try to call me out, maggot: Raging Barton's tirade at former City team-mate Hamann

, and his family life.

Hamann began gambling after his marriage broke down towards the end of his footballing career.

When it all kicked off: Hamann told Barton to keep out of club politics

When it all kicked off: Hamann told Barton to keep out of club politics

Old team-mates: Hamann left and Barton (centre) playing for Man City

Old team-mates: Hamann left and Barton (centre) playing for Man City

'There was a time when I was on my own
when I got into spread betting. A painful and expensive experience,'
Hamann told BBC Radio Manchester last year.

'You have to look in the mirror and say “Can you carry on like this or this is way you want to carry on”'

He added: 'There was one night which cost me over 200,000 and that was obviously a long and painful night.

To and fro: The argument got personal with Barton persisting on his tangent

To and fro: The argument got personal with Barton persisting on his tangent

Blue boy: Hamann with Stuart Pearce when he signed for Man City

Blue boy: Hamann with Stuart Pearce when he signed for Man City

'You've got face up to it and when you wake up the next morning you look in the mirror and don't like what you see.'

The Twitter row continued with Barton seemingly becoming increasingly angry as the jibes he sent to Hamann became more personal.

'What a player you where (sic)' typed Barton. 'Tragic. Now do one Tourette's face!'

Using the term 'England international', with reference to Barton's international career which has seen him win just one cap, Hamann antagonised his target.

In a bizarre conclusion to the conversation, Barton tweeted: 'Disappointed in myself for getting involved in that. But never let a dog try to tell u its not a dog an that u are! A dogs a f****** dog…'.

The pair had played alongside each other in City's central midfield in the 2006-07 season.

Barton then moved to Newcastle at the end of that year, a club Hamann had played at almost a decade earlier.

Former Newcastle player Nolberto Solano then chipped in, telling Barton he was a 'good player but lack(ed a) yard of pace. Also lost temper too much.'

He also had kind words for Hamann, saying the man who had won the Champions League and played for Germany over 50 times deserved respect.

Ken Bates ordered to pay 10,000 to former Leeds director Melvyn Levi for harassment

Bates hit with 10k harassment damages award to former Leeds director

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12:29 GMT, 7 June 2012

Sued: Ken Bates has been ordered to pay 10,000 to Melvyn Levi and his wife Carole

Sued: Ken Bates has been ordered to pay 10,000 to Melvyn Levi and his wife Carole

Leeds chairman Ken Bates has been ordered to pay 10,000 to a former director who sued him for harassment.

Melvyn Levi and his wife Carole claimed they suffered stress as a result of announcements on the club radio station allegedly likening Mr Levi to a criminal on the run.

They also claimed comments made by Mr Bates in his match day programme notes amounted to speculation over the state of their marriage.

Mr Levi was awarded 10,000 in compensation at Leeds County Court but his wife's claim failed.

Judge Mark Gosnell said: 'Mr Levi has succeeded in his claim and has been awarded 10,000 and Mrs Levi's claim has failed.'

Mr Bates is also now subject to an injunction banning him from discussing Mr Levi's private life in public for two years.

But the Leeds chairman is allowed to mention the on-going commercial dispute between the two, known as the 'Jersey proceedings', as well as other non-private matters.

Explaining why he was granting the injuction, the judge said: “I cannot think of a better reason than the delving into Mr Levi's private life in what is a commercial dispute between Mr Levi and Mr Bates which I hope will be resolved by someone else on another day.'

Kevin Pietersen retires from ODIs: Could battle of wills end with KP all out?

Could battle of wills end with KP all out ODI retirement puts Test future in doubt

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20:48 GMT, 31 May 2012


Run out: Kevin Pietersen put himself on a collision course with England by quitting one-day cricket

Run out: Kevin Pietersen put himself on a collision course with England by quitting one-day cricket

There have been severe cracks in the volatile union between Kevin Pietersen and England ever since his brief spell as captain came to an acrimonious end and what has always been a marriage of convenience has taken a big step towards the divorce courts.

A battle of wills between Pietersen and his employers has ended with England's star batsman gaining his long-held wish to abandon 50-over cricket, but at the expense of the Twenty20 format — at least internationally — that he sees as his long-term future.

Only the timing of Pietersen’s retirement from all limited-overs cricket, with the defence of England's World Twenty20 crown only four months away, came as any sort of surprise. He wanted to turn his back on what he sees as the most tired of the three formats, one-day internationals, after the World Cup last year but ultimately was stopped from doing so by the implications for his central contract.

What has changed is that Pietersen secured an astonishing contract with the Delhi Daredevils of the Indian Premier League, worth a maximum of 1.3million a year, and that marked the beginning of the end of him as an England player.

What Pietersen said…

After a great deal of thought and deliberation, I am today announcing my retirement from international one-day cricket.

With the intensity of the international schedule and the increasing demands on my body, approaching 32, I think it is the right time to step aside and let the next generation of players come through to gain experience for the ICC World Cup in 2015.

I am immensely proud of my achievements in the one-day game and still wish to be considered for selection for England in
Test cricket.

In many ways he can hardly be blamed. Such are the ridiculous demands of the international schedule that something has to give for any player who sticks around for long, and Pietersen has always been adamant that it was not going to be his Indian cash-cow.

The great frustration is that the latest conflict to envelop a man whose mercurial career has been full of flashpoints will undermine England’s attempt to defend that World Twenty20 title in Sri Lanka in September.

Quite why a retirement that has been looming for 15 months could not be delayed a little longer comes down to stubbornness from both parties. But Pietersen wants to make it clear that he has not stood down from Twenty20s. It is just that England say that he cannot pick and choose and they would not select him.

Pietersen could point to the precedent set by Andrew Strauss when he ‘retired’ from Twenty20s in 2009 but was allowed to carry on in ODIs until the World Cup last year. The subtle difference is that Strauss was told he would not be picked again for short-form cricket and was permitted to say that he was standing down. Alastair Cook does not play T20 cricket, either, but he would like to.

Test of nerve: Pietersen insists he wants to continue in the five-day game

Test of nerve: Pietersen insists he wants to continue in the five-day game

One look at England’s 50-over schedule in the months ahead makes it clear why any father of a young son would have concerns over the time he could spend at home.

As well as one-day series against West Indies and South Africa this summer, England are also are playing five games against Australia — in a non-Ashes year — and, most controversially of all, a full international against Scotland in Edinburgh between the South Africa second and third Tests. Complete madness.

Pietersen will not be there for any of them which, in theory, frees him up to play for Surrey, but it remains to be seen how often he appears at The Kia Oval. Truth is, he has little or no appetite for county cricket and has far more affinity for Delhi than Surrey.

Now he will be able to play for his third IPL side in the Champions League without any concerns over clashes with England and will hope to spend more time at IPL 6 next year, even though he will still have to return early for the first Test next summer.

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Pietersen: His ODI record

Or will he The announcement will accelerate his Test demise and, like Chris Gayle, he will become a familiar face, not to mention a much richer one, at the various Twenty20 competitions springing up around the world. It is a question of when that happens, rather than if.

Let us hope it is later rather than sooner. Pietersen is a rare talent capable of flashes of greatness, as he again showed with a brilliant match-winning Test century against Sri Lanka in Colombo two months ago.

At moments like that you feel bad for ever criticising a man who can also be an exasperating talent and still manages to divide opinion more than any other in the England team.

I was moved to call him ‘dumber than the dumbest person from Dumbfordshire’ when he gave his wicket away at a crucial point of the first Test against Pakistan in Dubai, for heaven’s sake. But we have all learned to live with the rough of Pietersen because the smooth is so aesthetically pleasing.

At the peak of his powers: Pietersen remains England's star batsman

At the peak of his powers: Pietersen remains England's star batsman

Approaching his 32nd birthday, Pietersen insists he still wants to score 10,000 Test runs and score 30 Test centuries. I sincerely hope he means it because I want to watch him do just that.

Then again, he also sat in a small room at the ICC academy ground in Dubai during England training on that same tour of the United Arab Emirates earlier this year and said he wanted to play 50-over cricket until the next World Cup in 2015. It did not ring true then and it certainly does not now.

Hugh Morris, the most diplomatic and mild-mannered of administrators in public, said he was ‘disappointed’ by the timing of this development which, in Morris-speak, is close to total apoplexy and indicates that feelings are running high at Lord’s.

Yet, Andy Flower is nothing if not pragmatic and knows England are a better team with Pietersen in it. There will be no desire to show him the door before next year’s back-to-back Ashes series, however uneasy the peace, especially as he is at the peak of his powers.

It is just a pity that peak will be spent in one-day colours other than the blue of England.

Liverpool comment: Kenny Dalglish has no excuses left

Comment: Dalglish has no excuses left should the poor form carry on

By
Ian Ladyman

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21:45 GMT, 12 April 2012

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One of Damien Comolli’s most prized possessions from his time at Anfield may turn out to be the photograph of him holding the Carling Cup that was circulating on the internet on Thursday.

The Frenchman now knows, though, that a club like Liverpool expect a little more than that from an investment in players of more than 100million.

As Liverpool’s peculiar season moves towards its conclusion, it was always likely the club’s American owners would seek to change something in a structure that wasn’t working.

Marriage of convenience: Kenny Dalglish and Damien Comolli as director of football

Marriage of convenience: Kenny Dalglish and Damien Comolli as director of football

The Carling Cup success and an FA Cup campaign that reaches a critical point with a semi-final against Everton tomorrow have lent the club’s 2011-12 campaign an air of credibility. But Liverpool’s progress in cup competitions has stopped the roof caving in completely on their season.

Liverpool’s American owners have recognised the need for change. Whether they have chosen the right man as their fall guy only time will tell.

Certainly, both manager Kenny Dalglish and managing director Ian Ayre have had uncomfortable moments this season. Had their respective positions come under intense transatlantic scrutiny – as some felt they would – this summer then they really could not have complained.

Dalglish must take his share of the blame for a wretched league campaign while Ayre allowed the Luis Suarez racism case to drag on embarrassingly.

brave new dawn: Liverpool stated their intent with a January splurge to the tune of 57m

brave new dawn: Liverpool stated their intent with a January splurge to the tune of 57m

But when the knives came out, it was the director of football who took the blame for what Liverpool chairman Tom Werner called the ‘disconnect’ on transfer strategy, while Liverpool also got rid of head of sport science Peter Brukner.

Cynics may say all Werner and Liverpool owner John W Henry have done here is fire bullets at the fringes of the real problem, that they have made changes while shying away from the really tough decision relating to one of their club’s most popular and iconic figures.

After all, how can Werner criticise transfer activity on the one hand and, on the other, deliver such an unequivocal message of support for the man who earlier in the day had admitted the new signings were bought on his recommendation

For now, though, the Americans have made their choice. Just as they did in appointing Dalglish in the first place, they have made what may generously be described as a ‘popular’ choice.

Certainly, Saturday will be a glorious day to be a Merseysider. Liverpool and Everton both have a rich FA Cup heritage and memories of their final clashes at the old Wembley in 1986 and 1989 remain vivid.

Liverpool, though, look set to enter another testing period.

Annual accounts to be published soon are expected to show just how far the club are away from having the funds for the new stadium they need so badly and, with Champions League riches a distant dream at the moment, it will become very clear just how restricted Dalglish will be in the transfer market this summer.

League doesn't lie: Liverpool slumped alarmingly since their League Cup win

League doesn't lie: Liverpool slumped alarmingly since their League Cup win

By all accounts, Dalglish’s relationship with Comolli was cordial. The plain fact is, though, the two men come from different worlds, not to mention different eras.

What was recently described by someone close to the club as a ‘marriage of convenience’ was never likely to last terribly long.

Henry now appears ready to seek a new director of football. Dalglish won’t particularly want one but this is clearly the structure that makes the Americans feel most comfortable.

What is certain is that Liverpool must sign better players this summer. And then they must get better results. Dalglish no longer has any excuses.

Australian Open 2012: Laura Robson abandons protest

New look but same outcome for Robson who departs in defeat

Laura Robson abandoned her rainbow-coloured protest hairband for a more sober mauve one on Wednesday.

Robson and Australia's Ashleigh Barty
were knocked out of the first round of the doubles, ending Robson's
stay at the tournament.

Protest: Robson with her rainbow-coloured hairband

Protest: Robson with her rainbow-coloured hairband

Conventional: With her lilac headband, Laura Robson (left) talks tactics with Ashleigh Barty

Conventional: With her lilac headband, Laura Robson (left) talks tactics with Ashleigh Barty

After a 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 defeat to Jill Craybas and Dominika Cibulkova, the 17-year-old explained her decision not to repeat the statement she made during her singles defeat on the Margaret Court Arena on Monday, saying: 'I just have a lot of hairbands and they get sweaty. My intention was purely to tell people what my beliefs are – equal rights for all – but there isn't much more to say.'

The issue of Court's views against
gay marriage took a twist on Wednesday when Billie Jean King, one of the
sport's first openly homosexual players, declared it would be wrong to
rename Melbourne Park's third biggest arena, for which some gay
activists are campaigning.

'Get rid of her for that, because you don't agree with her. Are you
kidding Please, she deserves it, she's a great player,' King told
California's Desert Sun newspaper.