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Financial Fair Play: Premier League agree financial cap and clubs will face points deduction

Premier League agree financial cap and clubs will face points deduction if they breach new rules

By
Martyn Ziegler, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

12:21 GMT, 7 February 2013

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UPDATED:

19:08 GMT, 7 February 2013

How Martin Samuel broke the story…

Martin Samuel revealed last month that Arsenal, Manchester United, Tottenham and Liverpool were looking to shackle the spending of Chelsea and Manchester City

Top-flight clubs will face a points deduction if they breach new spending controls agreed today, Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore has confirmed.

The 20 club chairmen agreed to two significant controls – to limit players' wage bills from next season, and longer-term measures that will restrict the amount of losses clubs can make to 105million over three years.

Clubs whose total wage bill is more than 52million will only be allowed to increase their wages by 4million per season for the next three years, though that cap does not cover extra money coming in from increases in commercial or matchday income.

The effect of the financial controls
should prevent hugely wealthy owners achieving the almost-overnight
success of Chelsea and Manchester City.

Moneybags: Man City have splashed the cash in their bid for Premier League domination

Moneybags: Man City have splashed the cash in their bid for Premier League domination

Rolling in it: Chelsea have spent hundreds of millions under Roman Abramovich

Rolling in it: Chelsea have spent hundreds of millions under Roman Abramovich

Any club breaching the rules will face tough sanctions – and Scudamore said they would be pushing for points deductions.

Scudamore told reporters: 'As all things in our rulebook you will subject to a disciplinary commission.
'The clubs understand that if people break the 105m we will look for the top-end ultimate sanction range – a points deduction.

'Normally we stay silent on sanctions
as the commission has a free range but clearly if there is a material
breach of that rule we will be asking the commission to consider top-end
sanctions.'

Scudamore said there would be an
'absolute prohibition' on clubs reporting losses of more than
105million over the next three years with the first sanctions possible
in 2016.

Of the 20 clubs in the top flight,
only Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool have reported losses of more
than 105million over the last three years, according to the most
up-to-date published accounts.

Scudamore said that the measures
would mean it will take longer for benefactor owners to achieve success –
but that it would still be possible.

He said: 'The balance we have tried
to strike is that a new owner can still invest a decent amount of money
to improve their club but they are not going to be throwing hundreds and
hundreds of millions in a very short period of time.

'While it has worked for a couple of
clubs in the last 10 years, and I am not critical of that, if that's
going to be done in the future it's going to have to be over a slightly
longer term without the huge losses being made.

FFP plans: The letter, revealed exclusively by Sportsmail's Martin Samuel, with the Arsenal header which says the proposed regulations do not go far enough

FFP plans: The letter, revealed exclusively by Sportsmail's Martin Samuel, with the Arsenal header which says the proposed regulations do not go far enough

Part two of the letter

'I think at 105million you can still
build a very decent club with substantial owner funding but you have to
do it over time, you can't do it in a season.'

'Chelsea won the Premier League two
years after Roman Abramovich's takeover, and Manchester City's title
success came three years after Sheik Mansour's takeover.'

Any club making any loss of over 5million a year will have guarantee those losses against the owner's assets.

'In some ways that's the most
significant part, this is a three-year rolling system of secure funding –
it's one year at the moment,' added Scudamore.

The ceiling when the wage increase
restrictions kick in will be 52million next season, 56million the
following year and 60million in 2015-16. Only seven of the current
top-flight clubs would be under that ceiling at the moment.

West Ham's co-owner David Gold said that the proposals for controls had received backing of the majority of chairmen.

He said: 'We have all voted and it
was overwhelmingly supported, not by all the clubs – some are a little
concerned – but the vast majority of the clubs voted in favour.

'It's not a salary cap, it's a
restraint on over-spending. If clubs increase their revenues then they
can increase their spending.

'We have got restraint, that's the important thing. What's driving the whole thing is we've got to avoid another Portsmouth.'

How netting would work to stop coin throwing and pitch invasions in Premier League

Net gains Premier League could follow Germans to sort out meshy business of missiles and pitch invasions

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13:04 GMT, 10 December 2012

Heralded for possessing some of the finest top-level football stadiums on the planet, the majority constructed or extensively remodelled for the 2006 World Cup, behind-the-goal netting is commonplace in the German Bundesliga.

Sportsmail spoke to Ralf Esser, the owner of Funtec, which supplies the crowd-control measures to grounds such as Bayern Munich’s Allianz Arena and Stuttgart’s Mercedes-Benz Arena, to find out what may lie in store for English fans.

Look closely: The net at the home of Bayern Munich is just visible if you stare hard enough

Look closely: The net at the home of Bayern Munich is just visible if you stare hard enough

So how does the system work

We became involved at the request of FIFA for the 2006 World Cup to design a system which would prevent objects being thrown, including pyrotechnics, on to the pitch and to stop people running onto the field.

It is a flame-resistant mesh which you can see through very easily.

We produce a steel rope which is built into the roof of the stadium from which the net is suspended and there are no poles to obscure the view.

So what do the fans think about the nets

Sometimes they notice them if they are very, very close to the net. But we often have a very funny reaction from the fans.

They write letters to the clubs complaining that it is not fair that only the home supporters, and not the away fans, have nets in front of them. That’s because they cannot see them on the other side!

You do not focus on the nets. You focus on the action behind it. We don’t want the fans to notice the net.

Net profit: Again, at first glance the net at Borussia Dortmund's Westfalenstadion is hard to spot

Net profit: Again, at first glance the net at Borussia Dortmund's Westfalenstadion is hard to spot

What about the safety implications about having nets

It is possible to break the net down very quickly. It can be winched away if you only wish to use it for high-risk games.

In fact there was a match a few weeks ago at Hoffenheim where they forgot to take it down, nobody realised it was still up!

We have had lot of discussion with the emergency services. Every stadium is different and everyone has a different emergency concept.

There are provisions in place for spectators to run through the net or to go underneath it.

There are exits which are protected with Velcro which can be opened by the stewards.

There are systems in the steel rope which, if the tension is getting too high, the net will break in individual sections.

The steel rope also has a mechanism at the end that if there is more than two tons of pressure it will break in slow and smooth fashion so it cannot fall into the spectators.

There are lot of emergency break points which are guaranteed to break under a certain pressures and conditions.

Flashpoint: Rio Ferdinand was hit with a coin as Manchester United won the derby at the Etihad Stadium

Flashpoint: Rio Ferdinand was hit with a coin as Manchester United won the derby at the Etihad Stadium

What would it prevent being thrown on to the pitch, coins, and lighters

It depends on the size of the mesh and the speed a coin is thrown. A lighter will be stopped by the mesh.

If a coin is heavy enough it can go through the mesh but it will still slow it down. If you manage to throw a coin the right way it can get through.

If you make the mesh too fine you can see the net so we have to find a compromise.

The stadium owners don’t want the mesh to be too fine. But with a net that you cannot see, the fans soon find out it is not worth throwing two or three coins until you hit somebody.

Pitch invader: A Manchester City fan was able to get too close to the players during Sunday's derby

Pitch invader: A Manchester City fan was able to get too close to the players during Sunday's derby

Have you had any contact from a Premier League club and how long would it take to install

We have had no discussions as yet but it would take just one week to install. If you don’t have any protection systems it is also cheap.

You do not have to dig foundations or install poles. All our solutions are based on the steel cable which stretches from one side of the stadium to the other.

The system is working very well in Germany. The league supports it but they have not made a rule that you have to install it.

All of the big clubs have it but they do not want to draw attention to it. If they did people would realise it is installed.

England v Brazil in doubt: FIFA warn match has not been sanctioned because Maracana will not be ready

EXCLUSIVE: England's prestige friendly in Brazil a doubt amid FIFA fears that the Maracana will not be ready

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UPDATED:

15:52 GMT, 26 November 2012

England were warned today that their glamour centenary pre-World Cup friendly with Brazil has not yet been sanctioned by FIFA.

Roy Hodgson has been planning to prepare his team for the 2014 finals in Brazil with an acclimatising fixture in the famous Copa Cabana stadium in Rio next June.

However, FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke told the FA delegation to the SoccerEx World Convention here: ‘I know England want this game but we have not yet approved the fixture.’

The Maracana is under major reconstruction and Valcke said: We will not give a certificate for this game unless we are sure that the stadium is ready and that all the proper safety and security measures are in place’.

Boys from Brazil: Wayne Rooney clashes with Thiago Emiliano De Silva during a 2009 friendly between the two nations in Qatar

Boys from Brazil: Wayne Rooney clashes with Thiago Emiliano De Silva
during a 2009 friendly between the two nations in Qatar

England plan to launch the FA's 150th anniversary celebrations with matches against Brazil and the Republic of Ireland next year.

Five-times World Cup winners Brazil will visit Wembley in February as part of a two-match arrangement that will see England head to South America for a short tour in June.

Immediately before that, the Three Lions will take on the Republic of Ireland for the first time since their abandoned fixture in Dublin 17 years ago.

While the February 6 encounter with Brazil is bound to be attractive, given the South Americans were recently in the UK for the Olympics and played Team GB just before, arguably the Irish match on May 29 is of more significance.

Certainly, Wembley is likely to be full given the interest there is bound to be from the Irish fans in their side's first visit to the stadium since 1991.

Not quite ready: The renovation of the Maracana Stadium for the 2014 World Cup and Rio 2016 Olympic Games pictured last week

Not quite ready: The renovation of the Maracana Stadium for the 2014 World Cup and Rio 2016 Olympic Games pictured last week. Concern over the arena's readiness means England's friendly next summer may be off

Fingers crossed: And how the famous old ground will look when full renovated

Fingers crossed: And how the famous old ground will look when full renovated

LAST TIME OUT…

In their last meeting, in the Qatari capital Doha, a makeshift England side lost to a Nilmar goal.

The 1-0 scoreline flattered England, however, with Fabiano spooning a penalty over Ben Foster's goal in the second half after the goalkeeper had brought Nilmar down.

Brazil captain Lucio hit the post with a scorching shot late on, as Fabio Capello's side, which featured Wes Brown, Matthew Upson, Darren Bent and Jermaine Jenas, were well beaten.

For the FA, the high-profile fixtures are in keeping with the rest of their 150th anniversary celebrations.

The teams last played in June 2009 in Doha.

And, as Club England chief executive Adrian Bevington pointed out, the South American expedition
will be vital preparation for a tilt at the World Cup, which is being hosted by
Brazil in 2014.

'We have been planning the fixtures in Brazil for over a
year, as a key part of our preparation for 2014 – subject to qualification,' he
said.

'Our players do not have any experience of playing in South
America and it will undoubtedly be beneficial for the team to travel and play
in Brazil, a year ahead of the World Cup. We negotiated our qualifying schedule
with a specific view to allowing this.

'While in Brazil, The FA and England squad will play an
active role in developing and supporting a charity programme both in advance of
and during the summer of 2013 and 2014.'

Iconic fixture: Bobby Moore (right) and Pele swap shirts after England lost 1-0 to Brazil at the 1970 World Cup

Iconic fixture: Bobby Moore (right) and Pele swap shirts after England lost 1-0 to Brazil at the 1970 World Cup

Roberto Mancini calls police to stop Cristiano Ronaldo

Call the police! Mancini ready to resort to desperate measures as his City side prepare to tackle Ronaldo

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09:18 GMT, 20 November 2012

Cristiano Ronaldo makes an eagerly-awaited return to Manchester on Wednesday night, and Roberto Mancini is threatening to adopt an unorthodox approach to stopping him wreaking havoc at the Etihad Stadium.

Asked how he intended shackling the Real Madrid dangerman's threat, and preventing him finishing off Manchester City's slender Champions' League hopes, Mancini paused for a moment before saying, with a deadpan look: 'We'll call the police.'

Dangerman: Mancini is all too aware of the threat that Ronaldo will pose

Dangerman: Mancini is all too aware of the threat that Ronaldo will pose

A smile soon followed, but he was adamant it would be a crime if Real's former Manchester United forward missed out on FIFA's backing him for the Ballon D'Or award, even though Lionel Messi appears to be the overwhelming favourite.

The Etihad may not be Ronaldo's happiest hunting ground, after just one goal in five games there and two red cards in his last three appearances, but Mancini summed up the task facing City by saying: 'I just hope he can have a bad night on Wednesday because, when you come up against a player who can score one or two goals every game, it is difficult,' he said.

'Ronaldo is a top player and he deserves to win the Ballon d'Or. He scored so many goals last year, and that helped Real finish above Barcelona in La Liga. He and Messi are the best players in the world, but what he did to make Real champions has to count in his favour.

Peerless: Mancini believes Ronaldo deserves the Ballon D'Or over Messi

Peerless: Mancini believes Ronaldo deserves the Ballon D'Or over Messi

'I hope he can have a bad night on Wednesday, but when you come up against a player who can score one or two goals every game, it is difficult.

'For him, it will be a big occasion, returning to Manchester, but it is an important night for Real as well, because they want to keep progressing towards the second stage.'

Ronaldo scored a late winner when City lost 3-2 at the Bernabeu in the opening game of this season's Champions League, and Mancini believes that loss was the catalyst for City's poor form in their next three group games.

All smiles: Mancini was in a jovial mood as he spoke to the press

All smiles: Mancini was in a jovial mood as he spoke to the press

'If we had come back from the Bernabeu with a good result it would have probably changed this group for us,' he said. 'It was really disappointing. It's not easy to play there and in the first half they played better than us, but the match totally changed in the second half and, when you are 2-1 up with three minutes to go, you should be very strong to close the game.

'I think that we don't have any chance to go to the second stage, but football is strange. I think for the fans it's an important game because, three or four years ago, City supporters would want this game and to play in the Champions League against Real and Barcelona. Now it's an important game and we want to do a good job.'

Tottenham to meet police and Kick It Out over Yid row

Tottenham to meet police and Kick It Out in bid to resolve 'Yid' chant row

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23:38 GMT, 15 November 2012

Tottenham have announced they will meet with Kick It Out and the police next week to discuss the issue of anti-Semitism.

The Society of Black Lawyers (SBL) have criticised Tottenham for what they see as a lack of action against home fans using the words 'Yid' or 'Yiddo' in chants at White Hart Lane.

The SBL say the songs are anti-Semitic, but Tottenham, who have a strong Jewish following, insist their fans have used the controversial terms 'as a defence mechanism in order to own the term and thereby deflect anti-Semitic abuse'.

A 'Yid Army' Spurs flag

Tottenham Hotspur fans celebrate in the stands

Tradition: Tottenham fans have been in the spotlight over their 'Yid' chants

The SBL say they will make a complaint to the police if the chanting does not stop by November 20.

Tottenham have now issued a statement which said they would meet with the police and anti-racism group Kick It Out to discuss the matter of anti-Semitism.

The statement read: 'As part of our desire for a wider debate and action on how to collectively eradicate anti-Semitism from our footballing community, the club has arranged to meet with Kick It Out and the Metropolitan Police next week in order to discuss measures to be taken both inside and outside stadia.'

Tottenham have encouraged their fans to partake in a Kick It Out survey concerning everything to do with the debate around discrimination in football.

'A key component for this debate is for us to understand the views of the fans in relation to discrimination in sport,' the club statement continued.

Preparing: Tottenham train ahead of the north London derby with Arsenal

Preparing: Tottenham train ahead of the north London derby with Arsenal

'We are therefore delighted to support Kick It Out as they ask supporters to have their say in the biggest-ever fans' consultation on tackling discrimination in football.

'The survey covers a range of topics from how to improve reporting of abusive behaviour and stewarding in stadiums, to combating abusive behaviour on social media. The findings will be used to form a blueprint for football authorities in tackling discrimination in the game.

'At a time when discrimination is high on the football agenda, it is easy for fans and players to forget the great strides made over the last 20 years. But, there is still a long way to go.

Critic: Peter Herbert

Critic: Peter Herbert

'Kick It Out believes this important dialogue with football fans will help set out how to move forward in order to achieve a zero tolerance approach to discrimination in all its forms, and at all levels of the game.'

The issue of racism in football has been a hot topic in the last 12 months.
Last season Luis Suarez was banned for eight matches after racially abusing Patrice Evra and this year John Terry received a four-match ban for his part in an incident involving Anton Ferdinand, although a criminal court cleared the Chelsea captain of a similar charge and the Football Association said they did not think the defender was a racist. Terry always protested his innocence.

England's Under 21 players were subjected to monkey chanting when they played in Serbia, and Lazio were fined for a similar offence when their fans targeted Tottenham's players with offensive chanting during a Europa League match in September.

Robin van Persie a doubt for Manchester United after Holland star hauled off at half-time with thigh injury

Van Persie a doubt for United after Holland star hauled off at half-time with thigh injury

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22:13 GMT, 11 September 2012

Manchester United forward Robin van Persie was taken off at half-time with a suspected thigh injury in Holland’s 4-1 World Cup qualifying win in Hungary.

Holland coach Louis van Gaal was keen to play down the substitution, telling SBS6: 'We took off Robin for
precautionary measures. It doesn't seem to be too serious, but you never know.
We didn't want to take any risks.'

The 29-year-old has netted four goals in three games for
Manchester United following his transfer from Arsenal last month. Van Persie
also scored in Netherlands' 2-0 World Cup qualifying victory against Turkey on
Friday.

Taken off: Robin van Persie (left) was replaced at half-time

Taken off: Robin van Persie (left) was replaced at half-time

Jeremain Lens' early opener was quickly cancelled out by a penalty from Balazs Dzsudzsak, but Bruno Martins Indi scored to give the Dutch a 2-1 half-time lead.

Lens hit his second and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar struck it the second half to ensure a convincing win.

Roberto Soldado's 86th-minute winner saved Spain from an embarrassing goalless draw with Georgia in the opening match of their World Cup qualifying campaign.

The Valencia striker, starting for the world champions ahead of Cesc Fabregas and Fernando Torres, swept the ball home following a short corner to spare the visitors' blushes.

Hero: Roberto Soldado won it for Spain in Tblisi

Hero: Roberto Soldado won it for Spain in Tblisi

Soldado was the only change to the side that started the Euro 2012 final victory over Italy, but Vicente del Bosque's side were far from at their slick best and almost went behind when Alexander Amisulashvili struck a post.

France topped Spain's Group I after making it two wins out of two with a 3-1 triumph over Belarus.

Etienne Capoue put Didier Deschamps side in front early in the second half and Christophe Jallet added a second.

Les Bleus had a scare when Sergey Kornilenko missed a penalty and Anton Putsila did score a minute later, but Franck Ribery settled the nerves 10 minutes from time.

Germany continued their 100 per cent start to Group C with a 2-1 win in Austria.

Goals from Marco Reus and a Mesut Ozil penalty either side of half-time had Joachim Low's side in control, Zlatko Junuzovic pulling one back for the hosts.

That's the way to do it: Mezut Ozil and Germany continued their 100 per cent record

That's the way to do it: Mezut Ozil and Germany made it two wins from two

Sweden won their opening game 2-0 at home to Kazakhstan, Rasmus Elm and Marcus Berg on target.

Italy got their first win in Group B with a 2-0 success over Malta.

After a 2-2 draw with Bulgaria in their opener, goals at either end of the match from Mattia Destro and Federico Peluso gave the hosts three points.

Bulgaria joined them on four points after a bad-tempered 1-0 win over Armenia.

Stanislav Manolev scored the winner, but the highlight of the second half was a flurry of red cards, Bulgaria's Svetoslav Dyakov and Armenia's Marcos Pizelli and Gevorg Ghazaryan all sent off.

Michael Owen wanted by Liverpool

Send for Owen! Rodgers risks Kop backlash by moving for former United striker

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21:45 GMT, 2 September 2012

Target: Rodgers is considering a move for Owen

Target: Liverpool could sign Owen

Brendan Rodgers will consider a move for Michael Owen after seeing his goal-shy side comprehensively beaten by Arsenal at Anfield.

The Liverpool manager admitted he would never have let Andy Carroll go to West Ham on loan had he known he would not be replaced. His team looked desperately short of firepower as goals from two of Arsene Wenger’s new signings, Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla, won the game for Arsenal.

Rodgers is so short of options up front that he is prepared to approach Owen to discuss a controversial return to Anfield, eight years after the striker left for Real Madrid.

He scored 158 goals in 297 appearances between 1997 and 2004 but his move to Manchester United in 2009 was badly received on The Kop.

Stoke have been pursuing Owen, who is a free agent after leaving Manchester United, and have offered him a two-year deal worth in the region of 1.5million a season.

Sunderland have also shown interest but Owen, 32, wants to stay in the North West and the chance to rejoin Liverpool may be impossible to resist.

Plenty to ponder: Rodgers wants to sign a free agent to strengthen his squad

Plenty to ponder: Rodgers wants to sign a free agent to strengthen his squad

Rodgers needs to bolster his ranks and, after seeing Tottenham hijack the signing of Clint Dempsey, he is considering drastic measures, though there is little chance of offering Didier Drogba a return from an unhappy spell in China.

Rodgers said: ‘Any player that I believe can improve the squad, I will look at. We have got a very small group here.

‘There were 19 players training on Saturday morning, with some very young players among them. I have to look at ways to change the group. We need a reinforcement, that’s obvious.’

Liverpool lost out to Tottenham after they offered only 3m for Dempsey on deadline day and Fulham are understood to be furious with how Liverpool conducted their attempts to sign the American.

Slow start: Liverpool have not won yet in the Premier League this season

Slow start: Liverpool have not won yet in the Premier League this season

It had appeared that off-loading Carroll, as well as Charlie Adam and Jay Spearing, would clear space for Dempsey and a possible loan move for Chelsea’s Daniel Sturridge – but the club’s American owners were reluctant to pay a fee for a 29-year-old.

When asked if he would have let Carroll go on loan to West Ham, knowing what he would be left with, Rodgers simply replied: ‘No.’ A clause in the deal that took Carroll to Upton Park could see him recalled to Anfield in January but, clearly, a tense situation has developed after Fenway Sports Group refused to back Rodgers’s judgment on Dempsey.

He has spoken to John W Henry and Tom Werner since the window closed and more talks will take place this week, though there is no suggestion Rodgers would quit as Liverpool manager after just four months.

‘It’s been a big learning curve for the owners,’ said Rodgers. ‘They have come in and invested over 100m in the club. They have made big changes for whatever reason and one of the most iconic figures in Liverpool’s history (Kenny Dalglish) has left the club.

‘They have made a commitment to have me here for the long term. There are one or two things that we have to iron out. But they have been very honest and I don’t feel they have misled me in any way.

Out on loan: Carroll impressed on his West Ham debut on Saturday

Out on loan: Carroll impressed on his West Ham debut on Saturday

‘I have laid out my thoughts. We have had a couple of brief conversations about what might happen in January and we will reflect on that again next week.’

Unlike last season, when Arsenal won at Anfield in fortuitous circumstances, the visitors were comfortable winners on Sunday after goals either side of half-time from Podolski and Cazorla.

Wenger said: ‘Podolski is deadly when he gets a chance. When you have good spirit and good work-rate in the team, you always have possibilities. I am very pleased with the potential of this team. We have a good feeling.’

Eden Hazard has no fears about tough tackling Premier League

Happy Hazard has no issues with physical side of the Premier League

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14:38 GMT, 20 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Eden Hazard had no fear about becoming a target for English football's hatchet men following his dream Barclays Premier League debut for Chelsea.

Hazard made a stunning start to life in England's top division on Sunday with two assists in the first seven minutes of the European champions' 2-0 win at Wigan.

The Latics immediately resorted to desperate measures to stop the 32million man, with captain Gary Caldwell booked for a late challenge on him just four minutes later.

Making a name for himself: Eden Hazard made a big impact on his Premier League debut

Making a name for himself: Eden Hazard made a big impact on his Premier League debut

Caldwell's team-mates soon followed suit and Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo decided 64 minutes of punishment was enough for his new playmaker before substituting him at the DW Stadium.

But Belgium star Hazard shrugged off his treatment afterwards, insisting it was no worse than he had suffered playing for Lille or against Manchester City in last weekend's Community Shield.

'I already had a taste of these kind of tackles in the Community Shield,' he said.

'I was kicked quite a bit in the first half against Wigan but, in France, it was already like that for me.

'I wasn't aware I was the most fouled player in the match, I wasn't counting them.

'At the start of the game, you could see the way I play and the most important thing is I'm not injured.'

Yet Hazard refused to get carried away with his own contribution, pointing out he did not have the same impact after winning the penalty that put Chelsea 2-0 up.

Fight for the ball: Hazard is not afraid of the physical side of the game as he battles with Maynor Figueroa

Fight for the ball: Hazard is not afraid of the physical side of the game as he battles with Maynor Figueroa

'There are still a lot of things I can do better,' he added.

'I lost a lot of balls in the second half, but I contributed what was asked of me. I was asked to be decisive and I was, with the penalty and an assist.'

Hazard was nevertheless pleased with how he slotted in alongside Juan Mata, with both playing just off Fernando Torres.

'I started as the number 10 and then afterwards with Mata, we tried to interchange positions rather than stay in the same place and I think we worked rather well,' said Hazard, who was withdrawn for fellow big-money new boy Oscar.

'Oscar has just arrived and we haven't had the time to work together. We have only had one training session so far but, little by little, we should get things to where they should be.

'There are loads of possibilities. Ryan Bertrand was on the left against Wigan and Daniel Sturridge can play there as well and the coach won't hesitate.

Hitting the deck: Hazard is brought down for a penalty

Hitting the deck: Hazard is brought down for a penalty

'He will just put the best players on the pitch. Our preparation was very good. Physically speaking, I feel impeccable.'

Chelsea could yet add Wigan's victor Moses to their array of attacking talent but Branislav Ivanovic declared their squad was already strong enough to challenge on all fronts this season.

Ivanovic, who finished off Hazard's sliderule pass inside two minutes yesterday, said: “We have enough players and quality to cope with all competitions. With hard work, we can make it.'

He added: 'Do the new players excite everyone Yes, of course.

'You have to have a big and good enough squad and that is what we have.

Job done: Hazard is congratulated by Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo as he leaves the pitch

Job done: Hazard is congratulated by Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo as he leaves the pitch

'The new players are great. During the pre-season, they have shown they have fantastic quality and we have changed a lot as a team because all of them are so creative.

'They have given us the pace we needed. They are great players and every team needs this kind of quality.

'Eden had a great performance against Wigan and is the type of player we needed in the team. Oscar is great too.

'He has a great view of the game. He is young also and we get something special from him in the creativity department.

'If we want to win, we have to be at the top level in every game and win the difficult games.'

British Grand Prix 2012: Richard Phillips vows to stay on as Silverstone chief

Silverstone chief vows to stay on after weather-hit grand prix

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UPDATED:

08:53 GMT, 9 July 2012

Richard Phillips insists he will stay on as Silverstone's managing director with the circuit preparing to count the cost of a rain-hit British Grand Prix weekend.

Constant rain on Friday made grass car parks unusable and left lengthy traffic jams outside the track.

As a result a tearful Phillips was forced to recommend that up to 30,000 fans stay away from Saturday's qualifying in an effort to allow the land to recover, although he estimated that only around 10,000 actually heeded that advice.

Mud bath: The British Grand Prix suffered at the hands of the weather

Mud bath: The British Grand Prix suffered at the hands of the weather

But the track was able to accommodate all ticket holders on raceday and contingency measures such as encouraging spectators to car share, bumper-to-bumper car parking and staggered leaving times proved largely successful.

Silverstone came in for criticism, but the weekend's events were down to the exceptional circumstance of the wettest June on record being followed by heavy rainfall on Friday and Saturday.

Statement: Phillips has vowed to stay on

Statement: Phillips has vowed to stay on

But the circuit is likely to take a heavy financial hit after pledging to refund any unused Friday and Saturday tickets, with Phillips estimating that the figure could run as high as seven figures.

While he cut a disconsolate figure on Friday, and briefly considered his future, Phillips has declared he wants to see through the job he has started at the Northamptonshire track.

'On Friday night I was pretty emotional and I take it personally, I take it seriously,' he said.

'I did think “should I be in charge Is it sustainable” But I have always wanted to see it through.

'I love this place, there is a long way to go with it, we have come a long way but it's a great circuit and I am lucky to have the job I have got, I would love to be here next year.'

Phillips was able to report that a near capacity crowd watched yesterday's race, and he is confident the weekend's events will not have a negative impact on ticket sales for next year's race.

Chaos: The temporary car parks were affected by the rain

Chaos: The temporary car parks were affected by the rain

'Even on Friday we sold 40,000 of tickets for next year,' he said.

Silverstone has seen many upgrades over the last decade with improved road access and a new track layout and pits and paddock complex among them. But the circuit is continuing to search for an investor to aid further development plans.

Phillips said: 'It (the weekend) makes it very important (to find new investment) but we have to get the right one.

'The interest is there, these are very expensive places to run and having someone come in with some extra cash would be fantastic. It would enable us to do better things.

'We were in exclusivity with one particular party and that didn't work out, but the other people who were there prior to that are still there.'

Phillips also stated the priorities for next year will include sorting out the campsites, preserving car parking and making more use of the park and ride scheme, which proved particularly successful.

Silverstone hope all ticket holders can attend British Grand Prix

Silverstone now hopeful all ticket holders can attend after safety fears

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16:22 GMT, 7 July 2012

Silverstone have confirmed they are in a position to 'accommodate all ticket holders' for Sunday's British Grand Prix.

Up to 30,000 spectators with public car park passes had been advised to stay away from qualifying after constant rainfall on Friday had left car parks resembling quagmires.

It was hoped that leaving those car parks empty for today would allow them to be in use tomorrow, when a capacity crowd of 125,000 is expected.

Mud: Car parks were deemed unsafe

Mud: Car parks were deemed unsafe

A Silverstone statement said: 'Silverstone would like to thank fans that heeded the circuit's advice on Friday evening and did not come to the Formula 1 Santander British Grand Prix on Saturday.

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'While it was an extremely difficult decision, and one that will have disappointed people that had to stay away, the decision gave the circuit a fighting chance to repair and get previously unsafe car parks into a state that can be used on race day.

'The circuit has implemented further contingency plans throughout Friday night and Saturday.

'As a result, it is now in a stronger position to accommodate all ticket holders coming to Silverstone on Sunday.'

Conditions had initially been dry on
Saturday morning, but hopes of there being an improvement in the state
of the car parks did not appear particularly high when a deluge forced
qualifying to be red-flagged for 92 minutes.

But
Silverstone are encouraging all ticket holders to turn up for the race,
although several contingency measures have been put in place.

These include asking fans to allow
plenty of time for their journey and, where possible, to travel by 4×4,
motorcycle or to car share.

Oops: Lotus F1 Team's French driver Romain Grosjean crashes in the mud

Oops: Lotus F1 Team's French driver Romain Grosjean crashes in the mud

Due to the severe weather conditions fans are also asked to prepare for a longer walk to the circuit than usual as staff attempt to park cars safely.

They are also advised to enjoy the post-race entertainment in order to stagger the flow of traffic out of the track, while those camping are asked to wait to leave until Monday morning if possible.

Those camping should leave their vehicles at their campsite, as they will be turned away if they drive to the circuit.

Silverstone managing director Richard Phillips said: 'The weather has been a constant issue over the weekend.

'Tomorrow will be a bit of a challenge, but please bear with us; we are going to do our best.'

The scenes at Silverstone this
weekend have been reminiscent of the awful weather that blighted the
2000 British Grand Prix, which was held in the April of that year.

Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone
was scathing in his criticism of the track on that occasion, but he was
more sympathetic this time.

He told Sky Sports F1: 'I'm not a big
supporter of Silverstone, but in all fairness they've done a good job
and the rain is not their fault.

On pole: Fernando Alonso will lead the way on Sunday

On pole: Fernando Alonso will lead the way on Sunday

'England has been flooded; people's houses have been flooded and they've been left stranded in the streets. So it is no different here than anywhere else.'

After asking some fans to stay away today, there were fears that there would be similar lengthy traffic jams to those experienced on Friday.

But several fans were surprised by the ease with which they gained access to the circuit, although many who were on the A43 were turned away.

Mark Williams said he had encountered few problems on his journey from Shrewsbury.

He said: 'It has been superb, an awful lot better than I had expected it to be.

'When I saw the news yesterday I really feared that I would end up snarled up in the traffic. I set off just after 8am but I got down the A43 with very few delays and I got into the circuit and parked in good time.'

Fans will be refunded for any unused Friday or Saturday tickets and Phillips admitted the financial hit could run into seven figures.

'It's going to cost us a lot of money. I honestly don't know the figure, but it could be a lot more than hundreds of thousands [of pounds],' he said.

A Silverstone hotline has been set up for travelling fans, with those affected encouraged to call 08443728300.