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She"s in safe hands! Fabregas posts photo of newborn daughter after making another Champions League semi-final

She's in safe hands! Fabregas posts photo of newborn daughter after making yet another Champions League semi-final

By
Gerard Brand

PUBLISHED:

17:09 GMT, 11 April 2013

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UPDATED:

19:09 GMT, 11 April 2013

Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas admitted yesterday was the happiest day of his life.

No, it wasn't just the fact he had made it through to an incredible fourth Champions League semi-final, but more the fact his girlfriend Daniella Semaan had given birth to their first child.

Newborn: Fabregas posted this picture of his daugther Lia Fabregas Semaan grasping his finger

Newborn: Fabregas posted this picture of his daugther Lia Fabregas Semaan grasping his finger

Fabregas played 62 minutes last night as his side reached the last four of the Champions League after a 1-1 draw with Paris Saint-Germain at the Nou Camp saw them go through on away goals.

And it was the former Arsenal midfielder who made way for Lionel Messi with PSG leading 1-0, with the Argentinian changing the game for the hosts.

Game changer: Fabregas made way for Messi in the 62nd minute, ultimately changing the game

Game changer: Fabregas made way for Messi in the 62nd minute, ultimately changing the game

But even better news was around the corner, and he tweeted: 'Yesterday it was the happiest day of my life, our daugther Lia Fabregas Semaan was born. Both her and Daniella are doing very well.'

The 25-year-old then posted a picture of his newborn daugther grasping his finger, and he'll want to get his hands on his own prize at the end of May, having won just one of the four semi-finals he has been involved in with Arsenal and Barcelona.

Fabregas and his Barcelona teammates will discover who stands in their way of another Champions League final tomorrow, with the draw for the semi-finals taking place in Nyon at 11am BST.

Champion: If Fabregas plays in the last four, it will be his fourth Champions League semi-final appearance

Champion: If Fabregas plays in the last four, it will be his fourth Champions League semi-final appearance

Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas

BT complain after SKY refuse to show adverts for new sport channel

Sky are a rottweiler and we are a newborn puppy! BT complain after rivals refuse to air their ads for new sport channel

By
David Kent

PUBLISHED:

11:48 GMT, 8 April 2013

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UPDATED:

16:29 GMT, 8 April 2013

With all eyes on the Manchester derby a brand new Premier League rivalry is kicking off behind the scenes between rival networks Sky Sports and BT.

BT bosses have accused BSkyB of being a like a ‘rottweiler running away from a newborn puppy’ after the long-standing network refused to air BT’s new advertising campaign.

The adverts are for BT’s new multi-million-pound network to promote its coverage of the Premier League and other sports beginning in the summer.

Sky Sports

BT Sport

Rivalry: Sky refusing to show BT Sports' advert is like a 'rottweiler running away from a newborn puppy'

Signed up: Gareth Bale will be a pundit for BT once they get underway next season

Signed up: Gareth Bale will be a pundit for BT once they get underway next season

Jeff Stelling

Jake Humphrey

Famous faces: Jake Humphrey (right) will be presenting BT's content, rivaling the likes of Jeff Stelling (left)

BT have now lodged an official complaint with regulators Ofcom claiming that BSkyB have shown ‘undue discrimination’ against them by refusing to run the campaign of adverts.

John Petter, managing director of consumer for BT Retail, told the Guardian: ‘We are happy to take Sky’s advertising but they seem afraid of taking ours. It’s like a rottweiler running away from a newborn puppy.’

Host: BT will be home to some of the biggest games in the Premier League

Host: BT will be home to some of the biggest games in the Premier League

BT spent 738million to take 38 top-flight games next season after the channel launches in July and will also air Premiership Rugby and European Rugby.

But a key part of their strategy of growth is to raise awareness of their new channel by advertising on Sky Sports channels.

The broadcast code states that 'a radio broadcaster must not unduly discriminate between advertisers that seek to have any commercial communication included in its licensed service.'

COMPLAINT FROM BT AGAINST SKY

Ofcom has opened an investigation following a complaint from BT against Sky under Ofcom’s Code on the Prevention of Undue Discrimination between Broadcast Advertisers (“the Code”). Rule 4.1 of the Code states:

'A television broadcaster must not unduly discriminate between advertisers that seek to have advertising included in its licensed service.'

Under section 319 of the Communications Act 2003 ('the Act'), Ofcom has a duty to set standards for the content of programmes to be included in television and radio services, in one or more codes.

Under section 319(2)(k) of the Act, one of the standards objectives Ofcom must secure through such codes is that 'there is no undue discrimination between advertisers who seek to have advertisements included in television and radio services'.

Lionel Messi will wear fan designed boots

Bootiful! Barcelona star Messi picks lucky fan's boot design to wear against Atletico

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UPDATED:

00:01 GMT, 15 December 2012

When Lionel Messi takes to the field against Atletico Madrid on Sunday night, he will be wearing a pair of boots designed by a fan.

Javier Pascual Mullor's own take on the adidas adizero f50s will be broadcast round the world thanks to Messi's selection.

Give him the boot: Lionel Messi has selected his favourite design (below) and will wear it on Sunday

Give him the boot: Lionel Messi has selected his favourite design (below) and will wear it on Sunday

Messi's boots

Messi's boots

Over 14,200 people submitted entries after Messi's Facebook page encouraged them to put forward their own customisations.

The chosen boot includes a 'running white' upper, with black outsole and laces and a 'vivid red' heel, tongue and adidas 'three-stripe'.

Mullor's final design had the Messi Icon logo, Argentina flag, 'Leo 10' and 'Thiago', in an acknowledgement to his newborn son, added to it.

Leo logo: Messi added his usual further customisations to the submitted design

Leo logo: Messi added his usual further customisations to the submitted design

Messi said: 'I am happy with the miadidas boots and want to congratulate Javier on designing the winning ones that I will wear Sunday against Atltico Madrid.

'I also want to thank everyone who sent in their designs, they were all really good!'

Rafa Benitez Chelsea latest: Former Liverpool boss ready for Stamford Bridge job – comment

He didn't want to be baby-sitting for Pep but now Rafa is ready to lead Chelsea

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UPDATED:

09:37 GMT, 21 November 2012

'My ideas are near to the Milan of Arrigo Sacchi. I like technical and aggressive teams that don’t allow the opponents to play. I like teams that play the ball with speed and look to score with as few passes as possible.' – Rafa Benitez (2004)

When Montse Benitez handed her newborn baby to husband Rafa for night-feeding duties she expected little else.

For the next three months, at 4am every morning, the proud father would feed his baby daughter until she peacefully settled. Yet it wasn't the sweet background sound of nursery rhymes that prompted young Miss Benitez to slumber but the whirring of an old video recorder playing football videos as her doting father studied footage of his side's next opposition.

Some call it dedication, some would call it obsession. It is a quality that often strained relationships among his Liverpool staff but it is one that also brought memorable results.

Challenge: Rafa Benitez would be up to the task of taking over at Chelsea

Challenge: Rafa Benitez would be up to the task of taking over at Chelsea

Last year when Chelsea came calling, Benitez wanted assurances that he wasn't just baby-sitting for Pep Guardiola. Budget wasn't an issue, he wanted a challenge that he could turn into a legacy.

Today Benitez is addressing the Abu Dhabi Sports Council with a talk about football coaching; the differing styles between Spanish, English and Italian leagues and the structures of football clubs. He talks from experience and is on comfortable ground. However, Benitez is now ready to take risks. To steal his phrase, that's fact.

Talk to Benitez and he is charming company. There is a recognition that he became embroiled in the wrong arguments at Liverpool and Inter Milan but also a burning desire to prove he can bring success to any club.

Passion: Benitez would thrive on the vacant job at Stamford Bridge

Burning desire: Benitez wants to prove he can be a success at any club but does not want to be a babysitter for Pep Guardiola (below)

In the shadows: Former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola

A deep thinker and supreme strategist he can't help but talk in football nuances. How running in a side-on lateral movement gives you greater chance of recovering possession, how closing down the left-footed centre back when on his right steals an advantage or simply when demonstrating tactical moves with his prized chess set, two salt cellars or a bowl of fat cut chips – Benitez thrives on the challenge of the game.

Though with Roman Abramovich he seeks an assurance he can be allowed to do the job, the demands of the task do not trouble him. Nor does the status of any player.

Steven Gerrard probably never forgave him for the day he substituted Liverpool's iconic captain during a Merseyside derby at Goodison Park. Yet his replacement, Lucas Leiva, went on to win the decisive penalty. 'Gerrard,' Benitez said, 'was playing with too much passion.'

Fernando Torres was non-plussed as he was unceremoniously taken off when Liverpool toiled against Birmingham City. Benitez was adamant his striker's health needed protecting. Days later Torres tore Benfica apart in a UEFA Cup quarter final.

They've got previous: Benitez bought Torres when he was in charge at Liverpool

They've got previous: Benitez bought Torres when he was in charge at Liverpool

Glory days: Benitez guided Liverpool to Champions League success in 2005

Glory days: Benitez guided Liverpool to Champions League success in 2005

How Chelsea would love those sort of problems.

Torres is the great enigma. Dropped last night, there is a recognition that the 50million striker must be sacrificed but Benitez can save Abramovich that embarrassment. He believes he can bring out the best in his compatriot and still harness the finesse of Juan Mata, Oscar and Eden Hazard to boot.

Abramovich wants victory with style. The problem is idealistic choice Guardiola would come without the well-laid foundations that preceded his project at Barcelona. Benitez has confidence he can deliver now.

The Anglophile may drive a Union Jack mini by choice but Benitez can accelerate Abramovich's Rolls-Royce of a squad to the glory days they yearn for.

Win Zlatan Ibrahimovic boots that scored greatest goal against England

Fancy owning the boots that scored the greatest goal! Ibrahimovic's signed boots up for grabs (but there's no guarantee it will help you master the 'propeller' kick)

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UPDATED:

18:05 GMT, 15 November 2012

Fancy getting your hands on the football boots that scored the greatest goal in history Well, now you can. The boots worn by Zlatan Ibrahimovic in Wednesday night's victory over England are up for sale for charity.

His final goal – that amazingly acrobatic 'propeller' kick finish from 30 yards out that left goalkeeper Joe Hart red-faced – has been hailed all day as one of the finest ever scored.

Wonder goal: Zlatan Ibrahimovic struck a stunning overhead kick

Wonder goal: Zlatan Ibrahimovic struck a stunning overhead kick

Big hearted: Ibrahimovic handed his prize boots to Jonas Olsson (left)

Big hearted: Ibrahimovic handed his prize boots to Jonas Olsson (left)

West Brom defender Jonas Olsson, Ibrahimovic's international team-mate, has made the boots available on his just giving page.

He tweeted: 'Chance to win the almighty Zlatan Ibrahimovic's signed boots, worn yesterday against England!! Min 5 donation at http://justgiving.com/Jonas-Olsson'

Anyone who donates will enter a pot and the winner of the boots will be randomly picked.

The money raised will go to The Winnicott Foundation, which helps to care for some of the most fragile premature and critically ill newborn babies and their families.

As Olsson explains on his page: 'Thanks for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page.

Jonas Olsson tweet

Big prize: Olsson reveals donation on Twitter (above) and his JustGiving page (below)

Jonas Olsson justgiving page

'Me and my partner Frida have set this up to reach awareness of premature births. Its very close to our hearts as our beloved daughter Iris Annabelle was born seven weeks early.

'The care, help and support we received from our local hospital was truly amazing and we wish this for everyone cooping with the same situation.

'To help promote the cause I will regulary auction some of my personal football items such as shirts, shoes etc. I will use my twitter account @J_OlssonViasat to notify everyone when the items are ready for donations.

'All donations are made through this page. Minimum 5 donations and I will randomly pick a winner (please leave twitter details or email address with donations). The target is to raise 10,000.'

Gareth Bale left at home for Spurs game with Maribor

Daddy Bale stays at home as Tottenham face crucial test in Slovenia

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UPDATED:

23:57 GMT, 24 October 2012

Gareth Bale has been granted a week’s paternity leave after discussions with Spurs’ boss Andre Villas-Boas, but has insisted upon making an emotional return to Southampton this weekend.

The Wales international was left at home with his new-born daughter as the rest of the club’s first-team squad flew out to Slovenia.

The winger pulled out of the match against Chelsea after his partner went into labour last Saturday but will link up once more with his colleagues after deciding that the opportunity to face his former club at St Mary’s was too good to pass up.

Back home: Andre Villas Boas allowed Gareth Bale to remain in England with his newborn baby

Back home: Andre Villas Boas allowed Gareth Bale to remain in England with his newborn baby

PROBABLE LINE-UP

TOTTENHAM (4-2-3-1): Lloris; Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Naughton; Huddlestone, Sandro; Lennon, Dempsey, Sigurdsson; Defoe.

Kick-off: 6pm, Ljudski vrt Stadium.

TV: LIVE on ITV4 from 5.30pm.

Referee: Sergei Karasev (Russia).

It is the first time he will have been back to face the Saints after leaving the club to join the north Londoners in a 10m deal five years ago.

Villas-Boas had left the situation open-ended, but it appears that Bale himself has taken the decision to play.

'We have been discussing it since he left us before the game against Chelsea,' said Villas-Boas, 'I’ve had a conversation with him.

'On such an occasion it is important to give the player a choice of a return so he comes back mentally strong and ready to focus.

'It’s important to have input from the player as well. So, we will have no doubts about his state when he returns for the Southampton game.' Bale is not alone in remaining behind. Moussa Dembele, Emmanuel Adebayor and Brad Friedel were all absentees.

Ready to go: Jermain Defoe and Aaron Lennon train ahead of game

Ready to go: Jermain Defoe and Aaron Lennon train ahead of game

Villas-Boas looks set to name a strong side once more ahead of two matches against the Slovenians that he feels will decide whether the club progresses from the group.

Kyle Walker will continue at right-back, despite the closure of his twitter account. The defender received abuse after the Chelsea match and decided that enough was enough.

'The social media is something we respect – as long as it does not collide with the club’s interests,' added Villas-Boas, 'I’m not sure the reasons Kyle took for closing the account, whether they are connected to the happenings after the Chelsea game. But certainly he feels better about it.'

Two draws from the opening matches have left Spurs chasing Lazio who appear certain to qualify should they beat Panathinaikos.

'It was always going to be decisive,' added Spurs’ head coach, 'It looks as though it will be between our two sides. If you look at our players, we should win, but it doesn’t always work like that.

'Manchester United struggled against Braga. Maribor won a big derby match at the weekend and will be very motivated against us.'