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Edgar Davids in sole charge of Barnet after Mark Robson is sacked

Over to you, Edgar: Holland legend Davids in sole charge of Barnet after Robson is axed

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UPDATED:

15:41 GMT, 28 December 2012

Edgar Davids has been handed control of League Two Barnet after Mark Robson was sacked by the club today.

The former Holland international remains the club's Head Coach, and is now in sole charge of first team affairs.

The 39-year-old former Champions League winner was given the number 38 shirt after joining Underhill in October and replaces Robson who only arrived at the club in June this year.

I'm in charge: Davids will be responsible for all first-team matters after Robson was sacked

I'm in charge: Davids will be responsible for all first-team matters after Robson was sacked

A club statement read: 'Barnet FC can today confirm that Mark Robson has left his duties as Joint Head Coach at the club.

'It was felt that clarification was
required regarding the coaching responsibilities at the club and to this
end it was agreed that Mark should leave with immediate effect.

'Edgar Davids will continue in his role as Head Coach and will take full responsibility for all first team footballing matters.

'The club would like to thank Mark for all his efforts and hard work and wish him the very best for the future.'

Sir Norman Bettison "resigned before being dismissed after attempting to influence Hillsborough talks"

Hillsborough police chief 'quit before being dismissed after trying to influence talks over role in disaster'

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UPDATED:

16:19 GMT, 8 November 2012

Resigned: Sir Norman Bettison resigned after allegedly trying to influence talks over his part in the Hillsborough scandal

Resigned: Sir Norman Bettison resigned after allegedly trying to influence talks over his part in the Hillsborough scandal

One of Britain's most senior police officers, Sir Norman Bettison, resigned after learning he faced a possible dismissal having attempted to influence talks about the role he played in the Hillsborough scandal, documents have revealed.

Sir Norman contacted the chief executive of West Yorkshire Police Fraser Sampson before a meeting at which officials made the decision to refer him to the Independent Police Complaints Commission for alleged misconduct after the Hillsborough Panel’s damning report, according to minutes of the West Yorkshire Police Authority..

The conversation with Sampson would be enough to warrant Sir Norman’s sacking if it was proved he obstructed the ‘integrity of the complaints handling process’, the minutes indicate.

The IPCC had already announced that they were investigating a number of police officers involved in the 1989 disaster.

Sir Norman, who was the chief constable of the West Yorkshire Police until his resignation this month, is included in that list.

The former police chief was accused in the Hillsborough Panel’s report of being one of the main perpetrators in attempting to deflect blame from the police and emergency services to fans at the game.

Last month, the IPCC also announced that it was investigating claims that Sir Norman tried to influence the decision-making process of the police authority’s committee which were investigating the disciplinary matters against its senior officers, according to The Independent.

In the previously unseen minutes obtained by the PoliceOracle.com website via a freedom of information request, it was revealed that Sir Norman was not being accused of attempting to prevent the referral to the IPCC, but how that referral would be made.

According to the minutes, Sampson was asked to give the details of the conversation to the committee deciding Sir Norman’s fate on September 15.

Tragedy: 96 people died during the disaster in the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest

Tragedy: 96 people died during the disaster in the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest

On October 3 – at a private meeting – the minutes indicated that the conversation between Sir Norman and Sampson could result in ‘gross misconduct’ and dismissal if proved true.

When the committee was set to meet again three weeks later, on October 24, Sir Norman, who had led West Yorkshire Police since 2006, resigned, and it is believed he may have been suspended.

Labour MP Maria Eagle has already accused Sir Norman of being part of a ‘black ops’ unit set up to deflect blame from the police in the disaster which left 96 dead.

She also claimed that Sir Norman 'boasted' about cooking up lies to blame Liverpool fans for their part in the disaster.

Sir Norman denies these allegations.

But pressure had been mounting on Sir Norman following the initial publication of the independent panel’s report.

The damning report condemned the police’s response to the incident and their tampering with accounts subsequently.

Sir Norman, who said he had no plans to step down as chief constable in March 2013, said he left ‘not because of any allegations about the past, but because I share the view that this has become a distraction to policing in West Yorkshire now and in the future.’

His resignation means he will not face any misconduct charges, and Sir Norman has said he would cooperate fully with the IPCC inquiry.

Bettison was unavailable for comment on Wednesday evening.

Chaos: The Hillsborough Panel's report condemned the police's handling of the incident both during and after

Chaos: The Hillsborough Panel's report condemned the police's handling of the incident both during and after

Twickenham for sale! The home of rugby could carry a sponsor"s name

EXCLUSIVE: Twickenham for sale! The home of rugby could carry a sponsor's name

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UPDATED:

21:23 GMT, 27 October 2012

The Rugby Football Union are considering the radical possibility of selling the naming rights to Twickenham.

A partner for the stadium, the home
of English rugby since 1910 and the venue for the 2015 World Cup final,
would raise millions of pounds. An RFU spokesman said: 'There are no
immediate plans to sell the naming rights, but the option is considered a
possibility.'

Money matters; Renaming Twickenham would earn millions for RFU

Money matters; Renaming Twickenham would earn millions for RFU

A naming rights deal for Twickenham would help pay for the 70million stadium upgrade planned ahead of the World Cup.

The makeover includes the recently-installed 'Desso' pitch, which uses plastic fibres combined with real grass. An RFU spokesman added: 'Twickenham hosts over 60 matches a year, so it is important to have the best and most durable playing surface. We also intend to give the best possible experience for fans that we can. Plans for stadium improvements also include ticketless entry, WiFi and concourse TV screens.'

Grand designs: 70m is being spent on refurbishing Twickenham for 2015 World Cup

Grand designs: 70m is being spent on refurbishing Twickenham for 2015 World Cup

If a deal were to be struck, the name would have to revert to 'Twickenham' during the 2015 World Cup, as strict IRB regulations dictate unions must deliver 'clean' venues free from rival sponsors and advertisers.

Any additional revenue raised would allow the RFU to offset the increase in funding it will continue to make in the second tier of English rugby.

John Terry role as Chelsea captain uncertain as Roberto Di Matteo stays secretive

Terry still Chelsea captain You'll have to wait and see, insists cagey Di Matteo

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UPDATED:

12:46 GMT, 19 October 2012

Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo has refused to confirm whether John Terry remains the club captain.

Terry was banned for four matches and fined 220,000 after an independent Football Association regulatory commission found him guilty of racially abusing the QPR defender Anton Ferdinand.

Terry accepted the sanctions on Thursday and issued an apology for the language he used, while Chelsea said they had also taken internal disciplinary action against the player, but insisted the nature of the punishment would remain confidential.

Secretive: Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo speaks to the press on Friday

Secretive: Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo speaks to the press on Friday

Di Matteo said that Terry knows whether he remains Chelsea captain – but the manager refused to make that decision public.

'We do not discuss publicly the
disciplinary matters we take against our players. They remain
confidential. You will have to wait and see,' Di Matteo said.

'They are internal matters, the action we take against our players, and we are not going to discuss it.'

Wearing the armband: John Terry is Chelsea's long-term captain and figurehead

Wearing the armband: John Terry is Chelsea's long-term captain and figurehead

Asked whether it was suitable for Terry to remain captain, Di Matteo said: 'Over the many years he has been here he has shown a lot of qualities.

'He has realised that on that day he fell below his standards and the clubs standards. For that he has received a ban and a fine and more action from the club.

'He is being punished for what he has said. We have all made mistakes in our life before.'

Di Matteo welcomed Terry's decision not to appeal the four-match ban.
Terry also apologised for the language he used towards Ferdinand, although he did not specifically direct his apology to the player.

Sorry: Terry has apologised for the words he used towards Ferdinand (left)

Sorry: Terry has apologised for the words he used towards Ferdinand (left)

'We appreciate he has not appealed
the ban and the fine and that he has apologised publicly for the
language that he used,' Di Matteo said.

'He has apologised generally to everyone, including the Ferdinand family.

'It wasn't a matter of not apologising directly. It was a matter of apologising to everyone for the language used in that game.

'He knows it was not appropriate and he has been banned and fined for that.'

Rangers plan return to stock exchange

Rangers plan return to stock exchange as fallen giants look to raise 20m

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UPDATED:

07:27 GMT, 11 October 2012

Rangers are to seek admission to the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange.

The Irn Bru Division Three club hope the move can raise up to 20million as they continue to re-order their finances following the liquidation of the 'oldco' club and the acquisition of its assets by Charles Green's consortium in the summer.

The club hope their admission to the AIM can be completed by the end of the year.

Money matters: Ally McCoist could develop his squad if Rangers raise 20m

Money matters: Ally McCoist could develop his squad if Rangers raise 20m

In a statement on Thursday morning, Rangers said the money raised would be invested in the development of the club as they aim to move through the Scottish Football League and reclaim the top-flight place they lost during this year's financial turmoil.

'The funds raised will be used for strengthening the player squad, improving and developing the club's properties and facilities, as well as providing additional working capital,' the statement said.

Green, the club's chief executive, said the listing would give fans the opportunity to be part of Rangers' rebirth.

'From the time we acquired the business and assets of Rangers FC, we indicated our intention to list the company and provide our fans with the opportunity to invest in their club. I am delighted that our plans are coming to fruition,' he said.

Shocker: Rangers were beaten by Stirling Albion last time out

Shocker: Rangers were beaten by Stirling Albion last time out

'Rangers is debt-free and a huge club with enormous support and a 140-year track record of success on the domestic and international arenas. Our aim is to return the club to its glory days whilst ensuring it is run efficiently and profitably.'

Chairman Malcolm Murray added: 'Charles has done a great job to bring the club back from the brink of extinction. We now move on to the next stage which is full recovery and growth.

'The fans' loyalty has been instrumental in getting the Club on its feet and the IPO gives them the chance to have a say on club matters.'

Mike Phillips Bayonne suspension lifted by club

Family matters for Phillips after seeing Bayonne suspension lifted by club

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UPDATED:

10:12 GMT, 10 October 2012

Wales star Mike Phillips was due to resume training with Bayonne after having his suspension lifted by the French club.

He was suspended 12 days ago and fined for what Bayonne described as unacceptable off-field behaviour.

But club chairman Alain Afflelou, administrators and coaching staff have now welcomed Phillips back into the fold.

Back in the fold: Phillips has returned after being banned by his club

Back in the fold: Phillips has returned after being banned by his club

'Mike Phillips is allowed to resume collective training from Wednesday, October 10,' the club said on its official website.

It is unlikely that Phillips will be involved in Friday night's Amlin Challenge Cup opener against Italian minnows Mogliano.

There is, though, a strong chance he could feature when Bayonne tackle Newport Gwent Dragons in Wales on Saturday week.

Wales caretaker coach Rob Howley is due to announce his squad for the autumn Tests on October 22, with Phillips a key part of his plans for game against Argentina, Samoa, New Zealand and Australia.

Phillips' latest suspension came 15 months after the Welsh Rugby Union temporarily removed him from their 2011 World Cup training squad following a late-night incident in Cardiff city centre.

Ashley Cole to be charged by FA over Twitter rant

Cole to be charged by FA over tweet as Hodgson prepares to drop defender

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UPDATED:

07:29 GMT, 8 October 2012

Ashley Cole will be charged by the FA for his offensive ‘bunch of t***s’ tweet and is set to be dropped for Friday's World Cup qualifier against San Marino.

FA officials discussed on
Sunday night how to respond to Cole’s Twitter reaction to the
independent commission’s report into the John Terry affair.

They have decided to slap him with a disrepute charge and a heavy fine is sure to follow. Manager Roy Hodgson is also likely to rest Cole for 'footballing reasons'.

In hot water: Ashley Cole is set to be charged by the FA and left out of the England side to face San Marino

In hot water: Ashley Cole is set to be charged by the FA and left out of the England side to face San Marino

In hot water: Ashley Cole is in yet more trouble for his use of Twitter with the dust not even settled on the judgement from the FA over his actions during the defence of John Terry against racism claims

He
was already considering it because of Cole’s recent ankle problems and
the fact that he probably can afford to rest certain players in
preparation for Poland when San Marino should not present England with a
problem. Hodgson can also call on Everton’s Leighton Baines, who is
having a superb season.

But it would leave the FA looking weak if they fail to clarify whether Cole is available for selection.

It
is a difficult one for the FA when only last month general secretary
Alex Horne was insisting Terry should have made a distinction between
disciplinary matters and the England team before retiring from
international football.

Should Cole be allowed to play on Friday, it
will be his 99th cap but privately on Sunday the FA dismissed talk that a
decision to mark Cole’s 100th cap by awarding him the captain’s armband
against Poland next week had been reversed in the wake of the
controversy. Steven Gerrard will remain captain for what promises to be a
hugely important game in Warsaw.

It is also complicated by the fact
that Hodgson contacted Cole after his outburst on Friday to check he was
not about to follow Terry in quitting international football.

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Hitting out: Cole initially got in trouble after hitting out at the FA over the social network site

But
the FA may not want a situation in which Cole is shaking the hand of FA
chairman David Bernstein and other dignitaries before the match at
Wembley against a backdrop of boos and jeers for the controversial
Chelsea full back.

It is also complicated by the fact
that Hodgson contacted Cole after his outburst on Friday to check he was
not about to follow Terry in quitting international football.

But
the FA may not want a situation in which Cole is shaking the hand of FA
chairman David Bernstein and other dignitaries before the match at
Wembley against a backdrop of boos and jeers for the controversial
Chelsea full back.

It could be just as uncomfortable for
the FA on Tuesday with the squad due to meet the Duke and Duchess of
Cambridge at St George’s Park, even though Cole is still expected to
meet up with his England colleagues on Monday, having told Hodgson on
Friday he planned to report for duty.

At
the same time, banning Cole might be something Hodgson is less prepared
to do now there is a doubt over the fitness of Arsenal’s Kieran Gibbs,
who was selected by Hodgson as a third left back last Thursday but
appears to have picked up an injury over the weekend.

Ban him: Shearer, seen here with Cole, called for the defender to be left out the England squad

Ban him: Shearer, seen here with Cole, called for the defender to be left out the England squad

The FA's decision comes after Cole was embroiled in further controversy when retweeting a message posted by a member of the public
that essentially accused Alan Shearer of hypocrisy.

Talking on Match of the Day, Shearer called for Cole to be suspended for the San Marino game for his attack on the FA.

'I think the FA can put a big
statement out here by actually not fining him but actually banning him
on Friday,' said Shearer. 'Because we've seen players fined 50,000,
60,000, 70,000. That’s not a deterrent to them.

'Stopping
them from playing football will be a deterrent. If they do it quickly,
if they do it in four to five days, I think it puts a big statement out
to the rest of the players.'

Cole
hit back by retweeting a message which said: 'Alan Shearer says
@TheRealAC3 needs to be banned for comments. I want his opinion on bans
for kicking Neil Lennon in the head. #GlassHouses.'

That
was a reference to Shearer, England captain at the time, tangling with
Lennon in a Leicester versus Newcastle match in 1998.

Arsenal chief Ivan Gazidis nets 2m

No trophies and stars leaving… but Arsenal chief Gazidis bags 24% pay rise to 2m

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UPDATED:

08:20 GMT, 3 October 2012

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger may be struggling to compete with their big-spending rivals in the transfer market – but
the Gunners are still showing their financial clout in the boardroom.

Chief executive Ivan Gazidis saw his pay packet rise by 24 per cent rise to 2million last season – one of the highest sums ever paid to an English football executive.

Money matters: Ivan Gazidis (left) and Arsene Wenger

Money matters: Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis (left) and manager Arsene Wenger

While the Arsenal failed to win a trophy for the seventh successive season, Gazidis raked in 1.366m basic salary, a bonus of 675,000 and pension contributions of 100,000, reports The Sun.

Their Premier League rivals have yet to file accounts for the last 12 months but London rivals Chelsea paid 2.155m to ALL their directors during the 2010/11 season. The highest paid – believed to be chief
executive Ron Gourlay – received 917,000.

Money talks: Arsenal were unable to keep Samir Nasri away from clutches of Manchester City

Money talks: Arsenal were unable to stop Samir Nasri joining big-spending Manchester City

The only Premier League executive who
earned more in 2010-11 than Gazidis did last season was Manchester
City's Garry Cook, who pocketed 2.204m.

Arsenal announced last week that they had made a pre-tax profit of 36.6m in 2011-12 – thanks to a 26.1m transfer surplus when they sold Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona and Samir Nasri to Manchester City.

Fernando Llorente is Arsenal target

Arsenal join Llorente pursuit with striker refusing to sign new Bilbao deal

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UPDATED:

08:45 GMT, 23 September 2012

Arsenal have joined the race for Spanish hitman Fernando Llorente with the Athletic Bilbao striker delaying signing a new deal with the club.

The 27-year-old has interested Arsene Wenger for a while and is out of contract next summer with his club looking to cash in on him in January if he does not put pen to paper.

Frustation: Fernando Llorente does not want a new deal at Athletic Bilbao

Frustation: Fernando Llorente does not want a new deal at Athletic Bilbao

Manchester City and Chelsea are also interested in picking up the striker who is valued at around 15million, according to Metro.

Llorente impressed last season with 30 goals in 53 games, including one in a superb display at Old Trafford against Manchester United in the Europa League.

If he does sign a new deal with Bilbao he will have to win over his own fans as they booed him in a recent fixture against Espanyol.

Whether Arsenal will spend the money on Llorente is another matter, after Wenger's latest outburst over excessive money in football.

The Arsenal manager is a leading supporter of UEFA's Financial Fair Play regulations, which he hopes will curb the spending of clubs like Manchester City and Paris St Germain and help his team end their seven-year trophy drought.

'In the end, football suffers,' said Wenger. 'Look what happened in the transfer market this summer. PSG are ambitious, they have resources, and there you go.

'We always say the same thing. Europe, it's like the Titanic. But we carry on as if nothing matters. More than ever, we need to manage our clubs in a controlled way because otherwise everyone suffers.'

Debatable: Will Arsene Wenger splash the cash on Llorente in January

Debatable: Will Arsene Wenger splash the cash on Llorente in January

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger renews call for UEFA to limit big spenders

Arsenal boss Wenger renews call for UEFA to limit big spenders

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UPDATED:

20:59 GMT, 22 September 2012

Arsene Wenger continued his crusade against football's big spenders as he prepared for Sunday's clash at Manchester City.

The Arsenal manager is a leading
supporter of UEFA's Financial Fair Play regulations, which he hopes will
curb the spending of clubs like City and Paris St Germain and help his
team end their seven-year trophy drought.

On a mission: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger gets his point across to Gervinho during a training session

On a mission: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger gets his point across to Gervinho during a training session

'In the end, football suffers,' said Wenger. 'Look what happened in the transfer market this summer. PSG are ambitious, they have resources, and there you go. We always say the same thing. Europe, it's like the Titanic. But we carry on as if nothing matters. More than ever, we need to manage our clubs in a controlled way because otherwise everyone suffers.'

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson urged UEFA to deny Europe's massive spenders a place in the Champions League, adding: 'The qualification requirements for the Champions League are not a victory or second place in the league: you can't enter without an invitation.

'But when someone [PSG] pays 36million for a boy of 19 [Brazilian Lucas Moura] you have to say football has become crazy.'