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Cristiano Ronaldo and Jose Mourinho vow to finish Manchester City"s Champions League hopes

Portuguese men of AWE! Ronaldo and Mourinho are back in town to finish City's 'Euro failures'

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23:26 GMT, 20 November 2012

Jose Mourinho had only been in England for an hour and only in his seat in the press room at the Etihad Stadium for three minutes when he tossed his first grenade into Manchester City territory.

Asked if he was surprised at City's struggles in Group D of the Champions League, the brutality of Mourinho's answer was clear.

'It's normal if one of the big teams does not win the competition because there are other teams with the same power and desire,' said the Real Madrid coach.

No chance: Jose Mourinho believes that Manchester City have little chance of progression

No chance: Jose Mourinho believes that Manchester City have little chance of progression

'Only one team can win. However I don't think it's normal when you are out of the competition at the very first stage.

'From my point of view, if Real Madrid lose the final or a semi-final or a quarter-final, then that's just football. But if you are out at the group stage then it's more difficult to accept or understand.

'Last season they were out. This season I think they will be out. They could win this game of course. They could win in Dortmund as well. But eight points is not enough and I think they are out for the second successive season. That must be very difficult for them.'

City coach Roberto Mancini will perhaps care little for Mourinho's opinions.

The two men have not got on since Mourinho followed Mancini into the manager's chair at Inter Milan.

The former Chelsea coach, however, had made his point and maybe he indeed has a point.

Victory here against the man who followed him into the manager's chair at Inter Milan would give Mancini some satisfaction. It is, however, unlikely to save a European campaign that began to fall apart when City turned a 2-1 lead into a 3-2 defeat in the final three minutes of their opening game, against Real at the Bernabeu in September.

'That game was crucial for sure,' Mourinho added. 'If they had won that match their history would be different.

'But our reaction in that match was fantastic and now we need three points and are in good condition to qualify.

'City have a team to compete against Real Madrid – and why not – but eight points is not enough.

Portuguese man of awe: Cristiano Ronaldo is hoping to sink City's hopes

Portuguese man of awe: Cristiano Ronaldo is hoping to sink City's hopes

Welcome back: Ronaldo features in Sportsmail's mocked up poster

Welcome back: Ronaldo features in Sportsmail's mocked up poster

WATCHING BRIEF

Kick-off: 7.45pm Etihad Stadium.
TV & Radio: LIVE Sky Sports 2 from 7pm and BB C 5 Live from 7.45pm.
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (Italy).

'I say again, City will be out of the competition.'

Certainly that balmy – and barmy – night in Madrid two months ago seems a while ago.

Back then, City believed themselves to be set for a fight with Real for first place in the group.

Subsequent struggles against Dortmund and Ajax have left them thinking differently.

They are bottom of Group D with two points and will go out if they fail to beat Real. Tonight marks, among other things, the return of Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester.

The good news for City is that the former United forward is in his worst run of scoring form since September 2011.

Confident: Mourinho travelled into Manchester with his team on Tuesday

Confident: Mourinho travelled into Manchester with his team on Tuesday

WHAT RONALDO'S BEEN UP TO SINCE LEAVING UNITED IN 2009

165 The number of goals Ronaldo has scored in all competitions since joining Real Madrid in 2009 – in just 162 games

46 La Liga goals scored for Real in one season (2011-12) – a club record

60 Goals scored in 2011-12 for Real in all competitions – another club record

7 The Real record for the most hat-tricks in a season. Ronaldo has achieved the feat twice

38 Ronaldo has contributed 38 assists since joining Real

19 Ronaldo is the first player to score a goal against all other 19 La Liga teams in the same season (2011-12)

The bad news is that all things are relative. Ronaldo has scored one goal in his last four games for Real.

In the context of his remarkable career in Spain, that represents something of a drought.

With Ronaldo, however, dams tend to burst in spectacular fashion. In September last year, he returned to life with a hat-trick in a 6-2 La Liga win over Rayo Vallecano.

Earlier this season the Portugal star declared himself unhappy with life at Real then scored a goal against City that sparked a run of 10 in five games, a sequence that included three hat-tricks.

It is little wonder that Ronaldo – a player who averages more than a goal a game for his club – views himself as the best player in the world, little wonder that Mancini said over the weekend that his team may need the help of the police to shackle him at the Etihad Stadium.

City forward Carlos Tevez, a former Old Trafford team-mate of Ronaldo, said: 'Cristiano is one of the best players in the world and he will play in this game the way he always has done.

'He does not seem to feel pressure. We will have to keep a special eye on him. I think it is only right if Cristiano believes he is the best in the world.

'Any guy who gets 37 to 40 goals a season has a right to believe that. Having said that, if you push me on who is best I am always going to go on the side of Lionel Messi.'

The Ronaldo/Messi debate is a familiar one. Ronaldo has already made clear his displeasure about Messi's official status as the world's best player.

Danger man: Ronaldo has been prolific since leaving Manchester United in 2009

Danger man: Ronaldo has been prolific since leaving Manchester United in 2009

Are you having a laugh Carlos Tevez believes Lionel Messi is better than Ronaldo

Are you having a laugh Carlos Tevez believes Lionel Messi is better than Ronaldo

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How they stand

That, however, is probably a conversation best left for another time.

Wednesday may yet transpire to be another episode of the Ronaldo show. Last night, though, was about his coach.

Asked to discuss his future, Mourinho left more than enough hints hanging in the air.

Unfortunately for him, City's new chief executive Feran Sorriano had already left the room.

'The beauty of my experience is I had the chance to leave my country, Portugal, to be in England, Italy and Spain and get the best and worst of these experiences to make me a better manager,' he said.

'I have done the lap. When you have those experiences, you evaluate, decide where you are happier and then make the choice for the future.'

MARTIN KEOWN: HOW TO STOP CRISTIANO
Insight: Martin Keown

1 Get close to him and try to win the ball straight away. Sergio Ramos did that very well in the Euro 2012 semi-final. He outmuscled him. You need a no-nonsense approach.

2 Whoever plays wide right for City must block the service to Ronaldo. When Real are in possession, that player must be in front of Ronaldo, screening the ball into his feet.

3 When he gets within 35 yards of goal, do not stand off because he will shoot. You have to close him down. Equally, don't give away stupid free-kicks in that area. His free-kick routine is like a pantomime and is very dangerous.

Probable teams: Man City v Real Madrid

Michael Owen"s Movember compared with best moustaches in sport

Hogan, Hughes, Souness… Owen! Stoke striker shows off spectacular Movember effort

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19:46 GMT, 9 November 2012

Real men can grow a moustache. From Hulk Hogan to the suave and sophisticated Tom Selleck, a thick wedge of hair above a man's top lip is a sign of power, though probably not style.

And now 'Movember' gives the rest of us a chance to try it for one month only. If we look ridiculous, so what Charity is the winner.

So step forward Michael Owen, the Stoke City striker who's managed to become the envy of wispy facial-haired men everywhere with a spectacular ode to the probably never fashionable 'handlebar' moustache.

Handle it: Michael Owen showed off his brilliant Movember effort on Twitter

Handle it: Michael Owen showed off his brilliant Movember effort on Twitter

The Movember movement has really gained mo-mentum in recent years and a number of celebs have jumped on board. Even Theo Walcott's giving it a go this year.

Owen's fantashtic effort puts him among some illustrious sporting company, including cricketer Merv Hughes, Olympic legend Mark Spitz, and Liverpool great Graeme Souness.

So here, Sportsmail pays tribute to the 'real men' of the sporting world… and Joey Barton.

Known for it: Merv Hughes, the Australian cricketer was famous for his tash

Known for it: Merv Hughes, the Australian cricketer was famous for his tash

Trend setter: David Beckham

Trend setter: David Beckham

Making his Mark: Lawrenson

Making his Mark: Lawrenson

Legend: Hulk Hogan had one of the most famous moustaches in showbiz

Legend: Hulk Hogan had one of the most famous moustaches in showbiz

Model moustache: Graeme Souness followed the trend of the 80s with his

Model moustache: Graeme Souness followed the trend of the 80s with his

Iconic: Mark Spitz poses with the seven gold medals he won at Munich

Iconic: Mark Spitz poses with the seven gold medals he won at Munich

A Ok: Rollie Fingers gave his a continental twirl for added style

A Ok: Rollie Fingers gave his a continental twirl for added style

But not all who try can pull it off, can they Joey

Wispy: Joey Barton did his bit for the Movember charity last year

Wispy: Joey Barton did his bit for the Movember charity last year

New Villa frontman Benteke fights to clear his name after allegations of violent car-jacking

New Villa frontman Benteke fights to clear his name after allegations of violent car-jacking

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08:49 GMT, 10 September 2012

Aston Villa's summer signing Christian Benteke is fighting to clear his name after allegations he was involved in a violent car-jacking in his native Belgium.

The Belgian international striker, who joined on a 7m deal from Genk this summer, and two friends were accused of brutally beating a motorist and making off in his Volkswagen Polo car.

The 21-year-old Congolese-born player was arrested at the scene in Liege, Belgium, held overnight and brought before the Palais de Justice, accused of taking part in the car-jacking, the Birmingham Mail reported.

'Dream move': Christian Benteke, a Belgian international striker, joined Aston Villa on transfer deadline day

'Dream move': Christian Benteke, a Belgian international striker, joined Aston Villa on transfer deadline day

All three men were later released and both Genk and Villa rushed to issue statements denying the charges.

The Belgian club said that Benteke was interviewed by police merely as a witness to the attack, which happened last November.

Villa insisted that other witnesses had verified Benteke played no part in the car-jacking.

A club statement read: 'Christian and his legal team have co-operated with the investigation and witnesses confirmed he took no part in the matters alleged.'

Goal getter: Benteke in action for his former club Genk, where he had a prolific goalscoring record in the Belgian top flight

Goal getter: Benteke in action for his former club Genk, where he had a prolific goalscoring record in the Belgian top flight

Belgian sports journalist Jan Haupsie reported the two men, aged 23 and 24, claim they had paid the victim 6000 euros a day earlier for another car, a Volkswagen Golf, which later showed up on police records as stolen.

Haupsie said: 'The men were stopped in Liege by police who confiscated the car and told them it had been stolen on October 14 from an address in Paris.

'The next day the two men called up their friend, Christian, and asked him for a lift so that they could confront the seller, who was referred to in court as Kevin.'

Benteke completed his 'dream move' to Villa on transfer deadline day, signing a four-year deal believed to be worth around 7m.

The move went through after Genk had rejected two bids and at one point Benteke had threatened to sue the club if they didn't sanction his move.

Villa manager Paul Lambert felt the player was the perfect partner for his other strikers, Darren Bent and Gabriel Agbonlahor.

After his move went through, Benteke told Sky Sports News: 'I am still young and I have realised my dream. My dream was to come here and I am very happy.

'I hope I will be a success. I am motivated.

'It was difficult and I say thank you to Genk and everyone there. I will go forward for a new challenge.

'I think every player wants to come to the Premier League and I am very happy.'

He scored 19 times in 37 league appearances for Genk last season and has five senior Belgium caps.

London 2012 Olympics: Team GB handed seven tennis places

Olympic boost for Team GB tennis as seven get the call to join Murray

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22:21 GMT, 26 June 2012

Seven British players will join Andy Murray at the Olympics, due to the generosity of the International Tennis Federation.

The strongest international entry for the tennis event since its re-introduction to the Olympics in 1988 will feature all the game’s big names and, due to the ‘ITF places’ announced on Tuesday, at least one home entrant in the two singles and two doubles events — with the mixed doubles likely to have a British pair too.

Most delighted will be Elena Baltacha who, after more than two years as British No 1, lost her national top ranking on the very day that the entry qualification cut-off date was set.

London calling: Andy Murray will be joined by seven other Brits in Team GB

London calling: Andy Murray will be joined by seven other Brits in Team GB

It is especially poignant for the Ipswich-based player, whose father Sergei represented the old Soviet Union in the 1980 Games.

Her mother, an international standard pentathlete, was also selected for the Moscow Olympiad but had to miss out as she could not find anyone to look after her infant son.

A delighted Baltacha said: ‘I’ve been playing for GB in the Fed Cup for 11 years and I really wanted a spot. I can’t explain how amazing it feels.’

TEAM GB TENNIS

Men’s singles: A
Murray

Women’s singles: A Keothavong, E Baltacha.

Men’s doubles: A
Murray/J Murray, R Hutchins/C Fleming.

Women’s doubles: H Watson/L
Robson.

Mixed: TBA on July 31.

The LTA made representations on behalf of the home players, but British men’s No 2 James Ward, the world No 173, missed out.

He said: ‘It would have been great because I’m from London, and every time I’ve been asked to play in the Davis Cup I’ve represented my country proudly. But I can’t have too many arguments, my ranking is not where it should be.’

Jamie Murray will partner brother Andy in the doubles, while Heather Watson and Laura Robson are in the women’s doubles.

Spare a thought, though, for world No 17 Feliciano Lopez of Spain. With a limit of four players per country, per event, he was still not ranked high enough to make it into his national team.

Wimbledon 2012 Bernard Tomic"s tantrum sums up Australia"s day

Court report: Tomic's tantrum sums up Aussie men's worst Wimbledon showing since 1938

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22:31 GMT, 26 June 2012

Defeats for Lleyton Hewitt, Bernard Tomic and Matthew Ebden mean there are no Australian men in the second round here for the first time since 1938. And defeat was not exactly handled with dignity. Last year’s quarter-finalist Tomic smashed two rackets and was roundly booed as he lost in four sets to Belgium’s David Goffin.

Miserable as a bandicoot: Bernard Tomic loses his rag

Miserable as a bandicoot: Bernard Tomic loses his rag

Home comforts

Wimbledon village offers a host of
eateries for the players after a hard day’s work. Andy Murray likes
sushi or Pizza Express and Andy Roddick has a a favourite Thai
restaurant. But Heather Watson celebrated her inaugural win at SW19 with
homemade food. ‘I’m staying with a family nearby and they cook the most
amazing meals,’ Heather told Court Report.

Joy for George

George
Morgan, 19, thought qualifying for the men’s doubles would be the
highlight of his fortnight. But the 2011 junior doubles champion had the
honour of being Roger Federer’s hitting partner. Morgan looked assured
throughout and said after: ‘It was great.’

A big hand: Roger Federer gets to grips with George Morgan

A big hand: Roger Federer gets to grips with George Morgan

Strife of Brian Brian
Baker has had to wait a while for his Wimbledon debut — but he made it
count. The 27-year-old stopped playing in 2005 and had a string of
operations for various injuries. ‘I had two left hip surgeries, one
right hip surgery, elbow reconstruction and then sports hernia surgery,’
said the American. But he started playing again last year and beat Rui
Machado in straight sets.Special Kei

Scrum of the day was on Court 14, where a significant percentage of Japan’s population gathered to watch their golden boy Kei Nishikori. The exciting No 19 seed duly delivered, seeing off Mikhail Kukushkin in straight sets. That was the easy part. Trying to get off the court and back to the locker room through the excitable crowd was far tougher, as autograph books and cameras were thrust in his face. It all made Roger and Rafa look unpopular.

Rising san: Kei Nishikori serves against Mikhail Kukushkin, to the delight of his female follwers (below)

Rising san: Kei Nishikori serves against Mikhail Kukushkin, to the delight of his female follwers (below)

Rising san: Kei Nishikori serves against Mikhail Kukushkin, to the delight of his female follwers

No rush for Kvitova

Yes, Petra Kvitova came from almost nowhere to win the women’s title last year. But it seems a little odd that, such is the anonymity of the fourth-seeded Czech, only one English-speaking journalist attended the post-match press conference after her 6-4, 6-4 first-round win over Akgul Amanmuradova of Uzbekistan. A decent exclusive for him but a reminder that Kvitova will have to win a few more to deflect attention from Sharapova, Wozniacki and Co.

Wimbledon 2012: Maria Sharapova pose like Athena poster girl"s

Cheeky Maria is a poster girl: Sharapova pose is reminiscent of the past

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22:38 GMT, 25 June 2012

Maria Sharapova was born nine years after the famous Athena poster girl became a fixture on thousands of young men’s bedroom walls in 1978.

But her pose on Monday brought the memories flooding back.

A rear moment of pleasure, you might say.

Reminder: Athena poster girl (left), Maria Sharapova (right)

Reminder: Athena poster girl (left), Maria Sharapova (right)

Joey Barton confident he won"t be charged after fight

Barton confident he'll escape rap for Bank Holiday brawl in Liverpool

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23:03 GMT, 5 June 2012

Joey Barton is confident he will not be charged after the Bank Holiday street brawl in Liverpool.

Barton, 29, is on bail after being accused of provoking two men arrested for assault.

But the fact that he was involved in yet another controversial incident has angered members of the QPR hierarchy.

Altercation: The picture that shows a shirtless Joey Barton with a police and his girlfriend outside Garlands nightclub, on Eberle Street in Liverpool

Altercation: The picture that shows a shirtless Joey Barton with a police and his girlfriend outside Garlands nightclub, on Eberle Street in Liverpool

Joey Barton arrested after alleged fight

Barton arrested on suspicion of affray after alleged fight in Liverpool

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20:45 GMT, 4 June 2012

QPR midfielder Joey Barton was arrested on Monday on suspicion of affray after an altercation outside a nightclub in Liverpool, sources said.

Barton, 29, was involved in trouble in the early hours of Monday while on a night out with his girlfriend in Liverpool city centre.

Two men, aged 21 and from the Old Swan area of Liverpool, were arrested on suspicion of a public order offence at around 5:30am at the scene of the incident, outside Garlands nightclub in the city.

Altercation: The picture that shows a shirtless Joey Barton with a police and his girlfriend outside Garlands nightclub, on Eberle Street in Liverpool

Altercation: The picture that shows a shirtless Joey Barton with a police and his girlfriend outside Garlands nightclub, on Eberle Street in Liverpool

But after they were held in custody and questioned, Barton and a 20-year-old man were also arrested this afternoon.

All have been bailed pending further inquiries, apart from Barton, who remains in police custody where he will be questioned by officers.

A spokesman for Merseyside Police said: 'Following an altercation in Eberle Street, Liverpool city centre, in the early hours of this morning, four men have been arrested on suspicion of affray.

The club: Garlands outside which Joey Barton's alleged altercation took place

The club: Garlands outside which Joey Barton's alleged altercation took place

'Two 21-year-old men were arrested at the scene in the early hours of this morning and another two men, a 20-year-old from the Liverpool area and 29-year-old from the Widnes area, were arrested this afternoon.

'The two 21-year-old men and the 20-year-old man have been questioned by officers and have been released on bail pending further inquiries.

'The 29-year-old man remains in police custody where he will be questioned by detectives.'

BAD BOY BARTON

QPR's
Joey Barton was punched in the face after being involved in an
altercation with two men outside a nightclub in Liverpool city centre in
the early hours of this morning. Sportsmail details some of the other
incidents that have been bad news for Barton.

2004:
February – Barton red-carded for the first time in Manchester City's FA
Cup fourth-round tie at Tottenham, for two bookable offences.

April – Barton storms out of Eastlands before kick-off after being axed from team to face Southampton.

July – Criticised by City manager Kevin Keegan for causing mass brawl in a pre-season friendly at Doncaster.

December
– Stubs lit cigar in the eye of young team-mate Jamie Tandy during
City's Christmas party. Fined six weeks' wages by the club. Forced to
pay four weeks' salary – approximately 60,000 – immediately, with a
further two weeks suspended for a year. Tandy later sued Barton, winning
65,000 in damages.

Incident: Barton stubbed a cigar out in the eye of Jamie Tandy

2005:
July – Involved in altercation with a 15-year-old Everton fan at City's
team hotel in Bangkok during a pre-season tour. Fined eight weeks'
wages by City after being found guilty of gross misconduct.

2006: September – Drops his shorts in the direction of Everton fans following City's 1-1 draw at Goodison Park.

December
– Shown the second red card of his career – this time a straight red –
for a two-footed lunge on Abdoulaye Faye in City's 2-0 home defeat to
Bolton.

2007:
May – Suspended by City after training-ground altercation with Ousmane
Dabo, which leaves his team-mate needing hospital treatment. Charged
with assault, and on July 1 2008 receives a four-month suspended jail
sentence. Also punished by FA with a 12-match ban – six matches of which
are suspended and a 25,000 fine.

December
27 – Arrested in Liverpool city centre after a late-night incident and
later charged with common assault and affray. Remanded in custody and
misses Newcastle's New Year fixtures, being released on January 3.

Court time: Barton outside Liverpool Crown Court where he faces sentencing after admitting assault and affray

2008: May 20 – Jailed for six months after admitting common assault and affray.

2009:
May 3 – Sent off against Liverpool for late challenge on Xabi Alonso.
Receives subsequent criticism from Newcastle manager Alan Shearer and is
suspended by the club two days later.

2010: November
10 – Punches Blackburn winger Morten Gamst Pedersen during a 2-1 defeat
for Newcastle at St James' Park. Accepts an FA charge and is banned for
three games.

FA hearing: Joey Barton arrives at Soho Square

2011: August
1 – Newcastle transfer-list Barton after a series of Twitter comments
criticising the club, making him available on a free transfer. He joins
QPR on August 26.

2012: January 2 – Scores but is then sent off as QPR lose 2-1 at home to Norwich in the Premier League.

January
26 – Unleashes an online tirade against the Football Association,
labelling them an “Orwellian organisation” in need of a 'drastic
shake-up'.

May 13 – Sent
off for elbowing Carlos Tevez on the final day of the season at
Manchester City. Knees Sergio Aguero, sending the striker to the ground,
and attempts to headbutt Vincent Kompany before being ushered off the
field.

Off: Barton is sent off for an elbow on Carlos Tevez

May 14 – In the wake of the
dismissal, launches an expletive-laden Twitter attack on Shearer, his
former manager at Newcastle and current Match of the Day pundit, before
turning on the programme's presenter, Gary Lineker, saying: “back under
your stone you odious little toad…”

May
23 – Banned for 12 matches and fined 75,000 after being charged with
two acts of violent conduct against Aguero and Kompany. He accepted the
former, but denied the later and requested a personal hearing, where the
verdict went against him.

Joey Barton attacked outside Liverpool nightclub

QPR midfielder Barton injured after attack outside Liverpool nightclub

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10:48 GMT, 4 June 2012

Joey Barton was injured after being punched outside a Liverpool nightclub in the early hours of the morning.

The controversial QPR midfielder was involved in a fight with two men outside Garlands nightclub in Liverpool city centre.

Barton decided not to press charges.

A picture of the incident, apparently showing a shirtless Barton being held back by police and a woman, appeared on Twitter.

Altercation: The picture that shows a shirtless Joey Barton with a police and his girlfriend outside Garlands nightclub, on Eberle Street in Liverpool

Altercation: The picture that shows a shirtless Joey Barton with a police and his girlfriend outside Garlands nightclub, on Eberle Street in Liverpool

A Merseyside Police spokeswoman said:
'Merseyside Police were called to Eberle Street in Liverpool city
centre at 5.30am this morning following reports of an altercation.

'On arrival officers found a 29-year-old man who had sustained injuries to his face. The man left the scene voluntarily.

'Two 21-year-old men from the L13 area
were arrested at the scene for a public order offence. They are
currently in police custody.'

QPR's press officer Ian Taylor confirmed on Twitter that Barton will not press charges and claimed the midfielder was on his way home with his girlfriend when he was taunted by two men singing offensive chants.

The club: Garlands where Joey Barton's alleged altercation took place

The club: Garlands where Joey Barton's alleged altercation took place

'Joey Barton was involved in an incident in Liverpool City centre in the early hours of Monday morning,' Taylor posted.

'Barton was on his way home from a night out with his girlfriend when two men sang offensive chants and then proceeded to hit the midfielder.

'Police were immediately on the scene and arrested one man. Barton decided not to press charges and left with his girlfriend soon after.'

Off you go: Barton was sent off in the final game of the season

Off you go: Barton was sent off in the final game of the season

It is the latest of a long list of incidents involving the controversial midfielder who was hit with a 12 game ban by the Football Association following his sending off on the final day of the season at Manchester City.

He was banned for the sending off and then for kicking out and Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero and attempting to head-butt Vincent Kompany.

Moving on: Joey Barton joined QPR in the summer after being given a free transfer from Newcastle

Moving on: Joey Barton joined QPR in the summer after being given a free transfer from Newcastle

Barton has never been far from trouble in his career and was jailed for six months in May 2008 after admitting common assault and affray following an incident in Liverpool city centre the December before, he was released after 74 days

He was also fined around 60,000 while at Manchester City after he stubbed a lit cigar into the eye of his young team-mate Jamie Tandy during the club's Christmas party.

Barton was also suspended by City for after a training-ground altercation with team-mate Ousmane Dabo.

He was charged with violent conduct by FA and received a four-month suspended sentence at Manchester Crown court.

BAD BOY BARTON

QPR's Joey Barton was punched in the face after being involved in an altercation with two men outside a nightclub in Liverpool city centre in the early hours of this morning. Sportsmail details some of the other incidents that have been bad news for Barton.

2004: February – Barton red-carded for the first time in Manchester City's FA Cup fourth-round tie at Tottenham, for two bookable offences.
April – Barton storms out of Eastlands before kick-off after being axed from team to face Southampton.

July – Criticised by City manager Kevin Keegan for causing mass brawl in a pre-season friendly at Doncaster.

December – Stubs lit cigar in the eye of young team-mate Jamie Tandy during City's Christmas party. Fined six weeks' wages by the club. Forced to pay four weeks' salary – approximately 60,000 – immediately, with a further two weeks suspended for a year. Tandy later sued Barton, winning 65,000 in damages.

Incident: Barton stubbed a cigar out in the eye of Jamie Tandy

2005: July – Involved in altercation with a 15-year-old Everton fan at City's team hotel in Bangkok during a pre-season tour. Fined eight weeks' wages by City after being found guilty of gross misconduct.

2006: September – Drops his shorts in the direction of Everton fans following City's 1-1 draw at Goodison Park.

December – Shown the second red card of his career – this time a straight red – for a two-footed lunge on Abdoulaye Faye in City's 2-0 home defeat to Bolton.

2007: May – Suspended by City after training-ground altercation with Ousmane Dabo, which leaves his team-mate needing hospital treatment. Charged with assault, and on July 1 2008 receives a four-month suspended jail sentence. Also punished by FA with a 12-match ban – six matches of which are suspended and a 25,000 fine.

December 27 – Arrested in Liverpool city centre after a late-night incident and later charged with common assault and affray. Remanded in custody and misses Newcastle's New Year fixtures, being released on January 3.

Court time: Barton outside Liverpool Crown Court where he faces sentencing after admitting assault and affray

2008: May 20 – Jailed for six months after admitting common assault and affray.

2009: May 3 – Sent off against Liverpool for late challenge on Xabi Alonso. Receives subsequent criticism from Newcastle manager Alan Shearer and is suspended by the club two days later.

2010: November 10 – Punches Blackburn winger Morten Gamst Pedersen during a 2-1 defeat for Newcastle at St James' Park. Accepts an FA charge and is banned for three games.

2011: August 1 – Newcastle transfer-list Barton after a series of Twitter comments criticising the club, making him available on a free transfer. He joins QPR on August 26.

2012: January 2 – Scores but is then sent off as QPR lose 2-1 at home to Norwich in the Premier League.

January 26 – Unleashes an online tirade against the Football Association, labelling them an “Orwellian organisation” in need of a 'drastic shake-up'.

May 13 – Sent off for elbowing Carlos Tevez on the final day of the season at Manchester City. Knees Sergio Aguero, sending the striker to the ground, and attempts to headbutt Vincent Kompany before being ushered off the field.

Off: Barton is sent off for an elbow on Carlos Tevez

May 14 – In the wake of the dismissal, launches an expletive-laden Twitter attack on Shearer, his former manager at Newcastle and current Match of the Day pundit, before turning on the programme's presenter, Gary Lineker, saying: “back under your stone you odious little toad…”

May 23 – Banned for 12 matches and fined 75,000 after being charged with two acts of violent conduct against Aguero and Kompany. He accepted the former, but denied the later and requested a personal hearing, where the verdict went against him.

JOEY BARTON FACT FILE

1982: Born Huyton, Merseyside, September 2.

2003: April – Makes Manchester City debut in a 2-0 defeat at Bolton.

2004: February – Sent off at half-time in an FA Cup tie at Tottenham with his team 3-0 down. City go on to win 4-3.

April – Storms out of Eastlands before kick-off after being dropped from the side to face Southampton.

July – Criticised by manager Kevin Keegan for causing a mass brawl in a pre-season friendly at Doncaster.

December – Stubs lit cigar in the eye of young team-mate Jamie Tandy during City's Christmas party. Fined six weeks' wages by the club. Forced to pay four weeks' salary – approximately 60,000 – immediately, with a further two weeks suspended for a year. Tandy later sued Barton, winning 65,000 in damages.

2005: May – Barton breaks leg of 35-year-old pedestrian while driving his car at 2am in Liverpool city centre.

July 22 – Involved in an altercation with a 15-year-old Everton fan at City's team hotel in Bangkok, where the team are playing in the FA Premier League Trophy.

July 27 – Fined eight weeks' wages by City after being found guilty of gross misconduct in the Bangkok incident. Agrees to undertake a programme of rehabilitation.

2006: January 30 – Hands in a transfer request, which is rejected.

September 30 – Drops his shorts in direction of Everton fans following City's 1-1 draw at Goodison Park. Later charged by the Football Association over the incident and fined 2,000.

2007: February 7 – Makes senior England debut as a 78th-minute substitute against Spain.

May 1 – Suspended by City for the rest of the season after training-ground altercation with Ousmane Dabo.

June 14 – Completes 5.8million move to Newcastle.

August 2 – Charged with assault over Dabo incident.

October 4 – Appears in court charged with Dabo assault. Indicates he will plead not guilty.

October 22 – Makes Newcastle debut in 3-1 victory over Tottenham.

December 1 – Causes controversy by describing the St James' Park crowd as 'vicious'.

December 27 – Arrested in Liverpool city centre.

December 28 – Charged with common assault and affray and refused bail.
FA hearing: Joey Barton arrives at Soho Square

2008: January 3 Released from custody after being granted bail.
May 20 – Admits assault and affray and is jailed for six months at Liverpool Crown Court.

July 1 – Receives four-month suspended sentence for assaulting Dabo.

July 28 – Released from prison.

July 31 – The FA charge Barton with violent conduct over the Dabo incident.

August 30 – Returns as a substitute for Newcastle away to Arsenal.

September 5 – Banned by the FA for 12 matches – six of which are suspended – and fined 25,000 after admitting violent conduct charge in relation to Dabo incident.

2009: May 3 – Sent off against Liverpool for late challenge on Xabi Alonso.

May 5 – Suspended until further notice by Newcastle.

November 11 – Charged with violent conduct by FA after allegedly punching Blackburn's Morten Gamst Pedersen during a league match.

2011: August 1 – Newcastle transfer-list Barton after a series of Twitter comments criticising the club, making him available on a free transfer.

August 26 – Signs for QPR on a four-year deal and is made club captain.
September 17 – Scores first QPR goal, but is also involved in a confrontation with Karl Henry, whom he later criticises on Twitter.

2012: January 2 – Receives first red card for Rangers for butting Norwich's Bradley Johnson.

March 21 – Booed by QPR fans after a poor performance against Liverpool. Criticises his treatment on Twitter.

May 13 – Dismissed for striking Manchester City's Carlos Tevez on final day of season. He goes on to knee Sergio Aguero from behind, thrust his head toward Vincent Kompany and is restrained when attempting to confront Mario Balotelli.

May 14 – Charged with two acts of violent conduct by the Football Association following his actions against Manchester City.
May 16 – QPR announce an investigation into Barton's conduct in the game against City.

May 23 – FA announce an independent regulatory commission found Barton guilty of both violent conduct charges, resulting in a ban of 12 games and a fine of 75,000.

June 5 – Punched in the face after being involved in an altercation with two men outside a nightclub in Liverpool city centre.

Great Britain"s 4x400m relay team win silver medal after USA gold is reinstated

Silver turns to gold and back to silver for men's 4x400m relay team

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UPDATED:

19:08 GMT, 11 March 2012

The British men's 4×400-metre relay team were awarded a gold medal following the disqualification of the American team – and then had it taken away from them – as the US team had their gold reinstated after winning their appeal at the world indoor championships.

The Americans crossed the line first but were disqualified for 'exchanging positions before take-over.'

Silver lining: Nigel Levine, Conrad Williams, Richard Buck and Michael Bingham were awarded gold - and then went back to silver

Silver lining: Nigel Levine, Conrad Williams, Richard Buck and Michael Bingham were awarded gold – and then went back to silver

The U.S. appealed and was awarded gold.

The decision dropped Britain back to
silver and Trinidad and Tobago to bronze. Russia, which had been moved
up to bronze, finished fourth.