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Neville Neville arrested on suspicion of indecent assault

Gary Neville's dad arrested on suspicion of indecent assault hours before England coach takes on Montenegro in World Cup crunch tie

By
Ian Ladyman

PUBLISHED:

15:54 GMT, 26 March 2013

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UPDATED:

16:17 GMT, 26 March 2013

The father of former Manchester United and England stars Gary and Phil Neville has been arrested on suspicion of indecent assault.

It is understood that Neville Neville was arrested by Greater Manchester Police following an alleged incident in his home town of Bury in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The arrest comes only hours before Neville's son Gary – No 2 to England coach Roy Hodgson – will play a key role in helping England prepare to face Montenegro in their crunch World Cup qualifying tie against the group leaders at Podgorica.

Bailed: Neville Neville (L) has been bailed by Greater Manchester Police until May pending further enquiries

Bailed: Neville Neville (L) has been bailed by Greater Manchester Police until May pending further enquiries

Party time: Neville Neville, father of Gary and Phil, leads the songs at party for England players' families at the 2006 World Cup in Baden-Baden, Germany

Party time: Neville Neville, father of Gary and Phil, leads the songs at party for England players' families at the 2006 World Cup in Baden-Baden, Germany

A brief statement released by GMP today
said: 'Police are investigating a sexual assault which happened in early
hours of March 23 in the North Manor area of Bury.

'A 63-year-old man from Bury was
arrested on suspicion of indecent assault and has been bailed until May
pending further enquiries. Enquiries are on going.'

Neville Snr is a well-known figure on
the football scene in the north west, having served as a director at
Bury FC in the past and having also represented the professional
interests of both sons.

Phil is still playing at Everton
while Gary has gone on to make a name for himself as a respected Sky
pundit and newspaper columnist for the Mail on Sunday since retiring from the game two years ago.

More to follow…

Arrested: Neville Neville, the father of Gary and Phil, has been arrested on suspicion of indecent assault

Arrested: Neville Neville, the father of Gary and Phil, has been arrested on suspicion of indecent assault

Son: Gary Neville

Son: Phil Neville

Family: Neville Neville is the father of England coach Gary and Everton midfielder Phil (R)

Distraction: Son Gary is away on international duty as part of England's coaching staff for their World Cup qualifier against Montenegro

Distraction: Son Gary is away on international duty as part of England's coaching staff for their World Cup qualifier against Montenegro

England are Ashes favourites for good reason, admits Jason Gillespie

England deserve to be Ashes favourites, admits Aussie great Gillespie

By
Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

10:30 GMT, 2 February 2013

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UPDATED:

11:45 GMT, 2 February 2013

Yorkshire coach and former Australia fast bowler Jason Gillespie believes England will deservedly start as favourites for their defence of the Ashes later this year.

England retained the famous urn with an emphatic 3-1 win in the five-match Test series on Australian soil in 2010/11, and have been tipped to dictate terms again when the famous rivalry resumes in July.

Gillespie, having been installed as Yorkshire's first-team coach in 2011, has been able to assess the hosts' preparations first hand, and believes English optimism is well-placed.

Jason Gillespie thinks England's Ashes victories give them the advantage

Odds on: Jason Gillespie thinks England's will be full of confidence

Gillespie took 65 wickets in 18 matches against England

Pedigree: Gillespie took 65 wickets in 18 matches against England

'They are incredibly confident over here but they deserve to start favourites, England, no doubt about it,' Gillespie told The Australian newspaper.

'I think potentially they could underestimate our bowling. I've been speaking about it quite regularly over here and saying, ''Don't underestimate the strength of Australia's pace bowling attack''.

'But England won't underestimate Australia. They're too clever for that and I know the England management has already been doing a lot of research.

'They've been planning and researching for a long time. I've got no doubt they'll be wary.'

Gillespie took 7/37 at Headingley on his first Ashes tour to England

Lethal: Gillespie took 7/37 at Headingley on his first Ashes tour

Gillespie, who claimed 259 wickets in 71 Tests for Australia between 1996 and 2006, expects England's well-established bowling attack to trouble a relatively inexperienced Australian batting line-up.

'England's bowling is very good at the moment,' he said.

'Coming up against the Australian batting order, they will rightly feel they're in the game. They feel they can put Australia under pressure and can have Michael Clarke coming in consistently very early, at two or three down for not very many.

James Anderson could prove to be the difference

Match-winner: James Anderson could prove to be the difference

'James Anderson is one of the best going around. He'll lead the attack, (Steven) Finn is a very good bowler, (Tim) Bresnan is a very good bowler, (Stuart) Broad has had a bit of an up-and-down time but he's also a very good bowler.

'Graeme Swann is one of the best spin bowlers in the world, if not the number one. Their batting is strong and they've got the best wicketkeeper-batsman in the world (Matt Prior) so they're in a good place.'

WHO ARE THE LIKELY BOWLERS IN THE MIX

England: James Anderson, Steven Finn, Stuart Broad, Tim Bresnan, Graeme Swann, Monty Panesar, Graeme Onions

Australia: Mitchell Johnson, Peter Siddle, James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Xavier Doherty, Jackson Bird, Steven Smith

Demba Ba escapes fine for radio interview

No fine for Ba despite Newcastle striker critising club in radio interview

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UPDATED:

16:19 GMT, 20 December 2012

Newcastle United striker Demba Ba has escaped a club fine for his controversial interview with a French television station this week.

The Senegal international, who appeared to indicate he was looking to join Arsenal and was critical of the team’s style of football, has avoided punishment for the interview with L'Equipe du Dimanche, a show on Canal+.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew, and club executives, have studied the interview this week and decided he has not breached any club rules.

Blunder: Ba criticised Newcastle on a French radio station

Blunder: Ba criticised Newcastle on a French radio station

Ba, who is refusing to sign a new deal with Newcastle to replace the 7.5million release clause in his current deal, claimed the team's 'long ball football' had damaged their league campaign this season.

Last season Newcastle midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa was fined after he criticised the team's style of play following a 3-0 win over Manchester United.

But Pardew said then: 'I didn’t see anything wrong with his interview.

'I don’t think any player at any football club is going to say their philosophy is the same as the manager.

No fine: Pardew was understanding of his star striker

No fine: Pardew was understanding of his star striker

'I didn’t when I was working with Steve Coppell (at Crystal Palace) I was the same but I still admired him and understood what he is about and learned a great deal off him.'

As doubts remain over Ba’s future at St James’s Park, Newcastle have again be linked with a reunion with England striker Andy Carroll.

According to newspaper reports, the Geordie striker is keen on a return to Tyneside after an unhappy move to Liverpool and his current loan spell with West Ham.

But he would need special dispensation to return to Newcastle in the next transfer window because he has played for two Premier League teams.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: secrets to his success as Molde manager

As Solskjaer wins another title in Norway, we reveal the secrets to his success… but could he work as a Premier League boss

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16:02 GMT, 16 November 2012

In England, November is the time of year when football clubs who have had a below par start begin to think about swinging the axe on their manager.

In Norway, or in Molde to be precise, it’s starting to become a month to celebrate after the Tippeligaen side secured back-to-back league titles on Sunday.

Given the history of the club it is a huge achievement and pulling the strings as manager is none other than Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

New dawn: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is enjoying instant success in his managerial career at Molde

New dawn: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is enjoying instant success in his managerial career at Molde

Matt Lawton: My memories of Ole

He will always, in my mind, be
responsible for the biggest production nightmare in the history of
sports journalism. A player who succeeded in turning a few journalistic
brains to mush in newspaper offices across London as well as in
Barcelona on that extraordinary night in 1999.

I was there as the
Manchester correspondent for my newspaper that night and the ‘baby-faced
assassin’, as my colleague Steve Millar famously called him, was not a
player who took much interest in the media. He was always polite but
very quiet, which made him the perfect professional in the eyes of Sir
Alex Ferguson.

To his credit, the fame and the adulation never changed
him. He remained a model pro and I’m sure that is one reason why
Ferguson invited him to join the coaching staff when he finally called
time on a distinguished playing career.

The former Manchester United striker
has been a revelation back in his native land since taking over at the
start of last year with the successive top flight championships – the
first two in the club’s 101 year history.

Norway
has hardly been a breeding ground for producing Europe’s finest
managers in years gone by (just ask any Wimbledon fan about Egil Olsen)
but the 'baby-faced assassin's' impressive track record is causing a few
clubs in England to take a keen interest.

Aston Villa even made an approach to take him to Villa Park before appointing Paul Lambert last summer, but the 39-year-old declined on the basis of keeping a settled family back in Molde.

Injury forced Solskjaer to quit playing in 2008 and prior to his current post he had only spent two years managing Manchester United’s reserve side – so what is the secret to his instant success

European adventure: Solskjaer celebrates a goal in this year's Europa League clash against Stuttgart

European adventure: Solskjaer celebrates a goal in this year's Europa League clash against Stuttgart

European adventure: Solskjaer celebrates a goal in this year's Europa League clash against Stuttgart

It can’t all be down to playing under Sir Alex Ferguson for 10 years at United (who he joined from Molde in 1996) as we have seen a few former Red Devils stars struggle to make the conversion from a strong playing career into management.

Solskjaer does admit to pinching a few techniques from the 70-year-old, who he still refers to as boss, including inspiring team-talks and guiding the players on how to eat and dress.

However the managerial brain has always seemed to be inside the former Norway international. He’s been interested in coaching since the age of 10 when he guided other kids in the streets of Kristiansund and revealed in an interview with Sportsmail last year he always took notes while at Old Trafford.

Baby-faced Assassin: Solskjaer celebrates his most famous goal for Manchester United - the injury-time winner in the 1999 Champions League final (below) against Bayern Munich in the Nou Camp

Baby-faced Assassin: Solskjaer celebrates his most famous goal for Manchester United – the injury-time winner in the 1999 Champions League final (below) against Bayern Munich in the Nou Camp

Baby-faced Assassin: Solskjaer celebrates his most famous goal for Manchester United - the injury-time winner in the 1999 Champions League final (below) against Bayern Munich in the Nou Camp

Solskjaer said: ‘That manager was always in me. I was at a stage when I wrote what we did in every single training session and then there was a period in my career when I wrote a mental diary as well.

‘It was quite interesting because I struggled with low confidence at times and I used to write about how I reacted mentally to Roy Keane giving me a b******ing, for example, or missing a chance. I was more alert to how I was thinking.

Molde: not something you'd find on an old dinner plate but a successful Norwegian football club…

Since promotion to the top flight in
1974, Molde have established themselves as one of Norway’s most
respected clubs – although they have been relegated five times since
then.

The recent back-to-back titles may be the first in the club’s
history but they’ve been mighty close before having been runners-up on
seven occasions.

Do they have experience of playing in European competition

European
football comes round often in the form of the Europa League, with the
club featuring in the group stage this term, but they have made a sole
Champions League appearance. Back in 1999 they finished bottom of a
group containing Real Madrid, Porto and Olympiakos.

Where do they play

The Aker Stadion in Molde holds just under 12,000 and is an all-seater stadium that was opened in 1998.

Who’s the club captain

At
37-years-old, Daniel Hestad played with Solskjaer at Molde in the
mid-1990s and has experienced five of the club’s runners-up campaigns.
Save for a two-year spell at Heerenveen between 2003 and 2005, the
midfielder has been at Molde since 1993 and has eight caps for Norway.

Who’s Ole's star man

Solskjaer’s
transfer business look up to scratch too as his second signing at the
club was striker Davy Angan, who has since scored 24 goals in 54 league
games.

‘Towards the end, it was a diary on what the manager was saying and the tactical meetings we had. Different kinds of notes. I still go back to them now but most of it’s in my head.’

It is little wonder Solskjaer’s managerial career has got off to a flying start with preparation like that. It’s rare to see a manager have all the power three in productive training, man management and tactical knowledge – but the Norwegian’s career notes suggest a willingness to learn and understand everything on the pitch and off it.

Even tactically Solskjaer is prepared to develop a number of theories. A 4-3-3 system that features rampaging full-backs is a weapon of choice, but he has experimented with a rigid three-pronged attack supported by three central midfielders…and again rampaging full-backs.

But he isn’t afraid to mix it up either and at times has deployed a 4-4-2 that relies on plenty of width from the full-backs and wingers, and features a forward behind the striker.

And that is not all down to inheriting a strong Molde team – on the contrary. Only a short lived but successful unbeaten eight-game spell under former Manchester City striker Uwe Rosler kept them in the top flight two years ago.

Solskjaer admits he has to do it his way but having only learnt from the best he can’t help but only practice the winning formula.

‘I look at that as the perfect way of running a club.’ he said. ‘In our little world, with different facilities and resources, you have to make it into a mini Manchester United. How the gaffer runs it is a template for everyone. If it’s good enough for United, it’s definitely good enough for Molde.’

So is he good enough for the Premier League Two historic league titles in as many years suggest he deserves a chance and his popularity in England would give him an edge in the running for vacant posts.

It seems inevitable Solskjaer will return to England at some point but judging by his attention to detail, any strings attached like interfering owners or directors of football seem more likely to push him away.

Playing a vital supporting role in his two years at Molde have been his backroom staff which includes former United coach, Mark Dempsey.

It’s another unknown quantity to add to the mix. If he failed to convince the majority of his winning team to join him at a new club, would he struggle to replicate the same relative success

Tactical brain: Solskjaer, who was a canny striker, oversees his team's preparations on the training pitch

Tactical brain: Solskjaer, who was a canny striker, oversees his team's preparations on the training pitch

Tactical brain: Solskjaer, who was a canny striker, oversees his team's preparations on the training pitch

The natural talent for management appears to be there – the trophies confirm that. Solskajer admits to having no hesitation in replacing Sir Alex Ferguson at United once the Scot retires but until he has experience in one of Europe’s biggest leagues, he would be a gamble for any Premier League team.

Molde lack the resources to sustain a credible European challenge until when the trophies are handed out in May, so the Norwegian has already arguably hit the ceiling in Norway.

Solskjaer’s commitment to his family may mean he opts for another year practicing his managerial trade in Norway but he is an ambitious man and November is a month where one or two Premier League clubs advertise a vacancy and make a few phone calls.

Chris Wheeler: Solskjaer is the Fergie of the Fjords

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Learning from the best: Solskjaer with his long-time boss and mentor at United, Sir Alex Ferguson

‘I know for a
fact that one or two of these players won’t be as good next year. They
think they’re Big-time Charlies. So it’ll be thanks and goodbye.’

It
is that ruthlessness and ultra-professionalism that made Solskjaer such a
great player and now one of the most promising young coaches in Europe.

No
wonder the man who has turned down Blackburn and Bolton in recent weeks
dreams of returning to Old Trafford as manager one day.

From the
moment he went back to Molde, he changed the philosophy of the whole
club. The players were made to wear suits and conform to a stricter
routine and diet. Rather than use ice baths, he made them climb down the
rocks behind the club’s Aker Stadion and bathe in the Fannefjord.

‘I
look at United as the perfect way of running a club,’ he said. ‘If it’s
good enough for United, it’s definitely good enough for Molde.’

From
as young as 10-years-old, Solskjaer was displaying a coach’s mentality,
coaching the other kids in the streets of his hometown of Kristiansund
and working on team selections.

Years later, he would take notes on
United’s sessions and even kept a diary of his own thoughts and
insecurities as a player. He still refers to them now.

Sat on the
bench behind Ferguson on so many occasions, United’s superbsub learned
to analyse the game and see it through his manager’s eyes.

It helped
Solskjaer maximise the impact he could have on games, and United fans
loved him for it long before that unforgettable night in Barcelona in
1999.

‘I never had that sulk,’ he said. ‘I always felt privileged
just sitting behind the manager because I had an advantage of watching
the game and thinking tactically.’

Most importantly of all, Solskjaer
is his own man. For all that he has gleaned from United and Ferguson,
he is determined to do things his way.

‘I can’t compromise and be
someone else,’ he said. ‘When I was a player I could never be Giggs,
Scholes, Beckham, Cantona or Keane. It’s the same with the gaffer. He’s
got a few traits that suit me but others that don’t. I try to make that
into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the manager.’

CLICK HERE TO READ CHRIS WHEELER'S BRILLIANT INTERVIEW WITH SOLSKJAER AFTER THEIR MEETING IN NORWAY LAST YEAR

Cricket World Cup semi-final fix claims denied by BCCI

BCCI chief dismisses claim of fix between India and Pakistan in World Cup semi-final

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UPDATED:

19:26 GMT, 11 November 2012

WAS THE WORLD CUP SEMI-FINAL FIXED

Read the full story here

The chief of Indian cricket has rubbished renewed claims that their World Cup semi-final against Pakistan last year was fixed.

A Sportsmail article, which included content from a yet-to-be-published book, alleges that the match had been played out to a pre-planned script that was apparently e-mailed to an English-based sports betting journalist as it was being played. India won the match by 29 runs in Mohali.

Game in question: India celebrate their win over Pakistan last year

Game in question: India celebrate their win over Pakistan last year

Pakistan v India March 2011

Board of Control for Cricket in India president N Srinivasan on Sunday reacted angrily to the claims, told reporters: 'I don't generally comment on such newspaper reports but this is the farthest from the truth.

'And it is an insult to the Indian team which worked hard to win.'

Earlier this year the International Cricket Council denied it was conducting an investigation into the semi-final following reports to the contrary.

Then ICC chief Haroon Lorgat said in a statement: 'The story carried by the newspaper, in which it has claimed that the ICC is investigating the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 semi-final between India and Pakistan, is baseless and misleading.

Denial: The BCCI have hit back at the claims

Denial: The BCCI have hit back at the claims

'The ICC has no reason or evidence to require an investigation into this match.

'It is indeed sad for spurious claims to be made which only serve to cause doubt on the semi-final of one of the most successful ICC Cricket World Cups ever.'

Ijaz Butt, who was chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board at the time of the match, has called for the current board to take the matter to the ICC.

'I am no longer the chairman and it is not right for me to say anything now but I think the current chairman should take up this issue with the ICC,' he said.

Bobby Zamora should quit, says Tony Cascarino

Just quit! Zamora told to hang up his boots after admitting to falling out love with the game

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UPDATED:

11:15 GMT, 5 November 2012

FALLING OUT OF LOVE

Read the interview with Bobby Zamora in which he discuss his feelings for football

Bobby Zamora has been told to quit football after admitting he'd fallen out of love with the game.

The QPR forward has endured a difficult 12 months since leaving Fulham for Loftus Road, and last found the back of the net in the September defeat to Tottenham.

Zamora was a late substitute in Sunday's draw with Reading – a 10th winless game of the season for Rangers – and missed a glorious opportunity to secure the points.

Chance gone: Bobby Zamora has admitted to falling out of love with football

Chance gone: Bobby Zamora has admitted to falling out of love with football

Speaking to the Mail on Sunday on the morning of the match, the former England international admitted that, off the field, he has little interest in football

He said: 'For so many years football has been your life and it’s all everyone wants to talk about, everywhere you go. I don’t like talking about it. I’m not a massive football fan, really. Quite a lot more players than let on are the same.

'I don’t watch games on an evening or anything like that. A lot of people find it strange [that I don’t like football].

'I’m not sure what I want to do after I finish playing but if it means watching football then I don’t want to get involved.'

But reacting to Zamora's surprise comments, former Chelsea and Republic of Ireland star Tony Casacarino believes the is no space in a squad for someone so detached from the game.

Writing in his Times newspaper column, Cascarino said: 'Bobby Zamora shoudl hang up his boots. The QPR forward admits he doesn't watch or even like football much.

'I assure you, players like him are few and far between. If your heart's not in it, Bobby, get out of the game.'

Patrick Herrmann snubs Tottenham to commit future to Borussia Monchengladbach

7.5m-rated German star Herrmann snubs Spurs interest to commit future to Gladbach

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UPDATED:

11:53 GMT, 17 October 2012

Sought-after midfielder Patrick Herrmann has insisted he wants to remain at Borussia Monchengladbach despite interest in his services from around Europe.

Herrmann has been linked with Tottenham and Inter Milan but the 7.5million-rated 21-year-old is not interested in leaving.

When asked by Germany's Bild newspaper if he could picture a move either to the Premier League or Serie A club, he said: 'No, I would prefer to stay with Borussia.

Staying put: Herrmann (right) has earned rave reviews in Germany

Staying put: Herrmann (right) has earned rave reviews in Germany

'I know what I have got at this club. I have been here five years, lived in the academy and have lots of friends in Gladbach.

'The Bundesliga is fantastic – why would I want to leave'

Herrmann's contract with the Foals runs until 2014 and he would be happy to extend his stay in Westphalia.

'Of course it honours you when you hear of sums like 10 million euros, but it is not even an issue,' he said.

'I did not extend my contract here for no reason, and there is an option in it for a one-year extension.'

Valerenga sub goalkeeper SECONDS after start of match v Honefoss

Hard day at the office Former Spurs keeper subbed just SECONDS after start of match

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UPDATED:

11:44 GMT, 25 September 2012


Hauled off: Lars Hirschfeld of Valerenga

Hauled off: Lars Hirschfeld of Valerenga

Goalkeeper Lars Hirschfeld's long career has taken him from Tottenham Hotspur to CFR Cluj and Calgary Storm to Energie Cottbus but what happened on Monday was a new one even for him.

The 33-year-old Canada international was substituted immediately after the start of Valerenga's Norwegian top flight match against Honefoss – not that he had done anything wrong.

He was suffering from an ankle injury and was not really fit to play but was forced to start the match.

He was soon replaced by Gudmund Taksal Kongshavn so that Kongshavn would be eligible to play on Tuesday for Valerenga II – the club's reserve side battling against relegation from the Norwegian second division.

If Kongshavn had started against Honefoss he would not have been allowed to play on Tuesday but as he came on as a substitute he can start against Gjovik.

While Valerenga technically broke no regulations on Monday and went on to win the game 3-2 to consolidate their mid-table position, others took a dim view of their actions.

'I do not think it was fair play if I'm being completely honest,' Gjovik chief executive Jorg Terje Sagenes told Norwegian radio station NRK.

'We think that it is regrettable that it is done this way, but Valerenga has not done anything illegal, so in that way they are on dry land,' he added.

Norwegian FA general secretary Kjetil Siem said Valerenga's actions could be seen as unfair on other second division sides.

'Obviously Valerenga don't want to get relegated, but it's a special situation for those they are battling against. Even if it's not illegal, it's certainly a grey area,' he told the website of the Verdens Gang newspaper.

Franz Beckenbauer hits back at Sepp Blatter over World Cup vote claim

Beckenbauer blasts Blatter over suggestion of corruption in 2006 World Cup vote

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UPDATED:

10:14 GMT, 16 July 2012

Franz Beckenbauer has hit back at suggestions by FIFA president Sepp Blatter that there was irregularity in the decision to award the 2006 World Cup to Germany.

In an interview with Switzerland's Blick newspaper yesterday, Blatter suggested the vote for the host of the 2006 World Cup had not run smoothly and he suspected malpractice.

However, Beckenbauer, who was head of the organising committee for that tournament, was unhappy with the comments.

Power games: Blatter (left) and Beckenbauer (right) at the 2006 World Cup

Power games: Blatter (left) and Beckenbauer (right) at the 2006 World Cup

'I cannot understand the remarks and suggestions of Sepp Blatter,' he said.

Blatter suggested the vote had been fixed to favour Germany over his own preference of South Africa.

Germany eventually won the right to host the tournament by 12 votes to 11, with New Zealand's representative of the Oceania confederation abstaining.

'When we talk about a World Cup being bought, I remember back to 2006 where, at the very last moment, somebody left the room and, instead of having a vote of 10-10, it finished 10-9 for Germany,' said Blatter.

'I am pleased because I did not have to cast a deciding vote but for somebody to suddenly leave the room – maybe I was too kind or too naive at the time.'

Can't kick me out: Blatter insists he'll never be forced out of his FIFA post

Can't kick me out: Blatter insists he'll never be forced out of his FIFA post

When asked if he presumed the vote had been fixed, Blatter said: 'I don't presume anything, I am stating facts.'

Those facts, according to Beckenbauer, are flawed.

'He has even got the result wrong,' he said in Germany's Bild newspaper. 'It was 12-11 and not 10-9.

'And what was decisive was that the eight Europeans all united behind us and voted for us.'

The president of Germany's Football League, Dr Reinhard Rauball, has called for Blatter to step down as a result of the ISL bribery scandal which has recently come to light, but Blatter has ruled that out.

'It is nothing new that people want rid of me,' said the Swiss. 'Sometimes it is the British media, then the American and then the German.

'The truth is, Rauball called me last Friday and told me that I should resign.

'I told him that it is not as easy as he imagines. The fact is, I have been elected by the congress.

'No club will decide whether and when I leave.'

Nicklas Bendtner edges closer to Arsenal exit

Bendtner edges closer to Arsenal exit amid 'global interest' in striker

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UPDATED:

07:35 GMT, 26 June 2012

Out-of-favour Nicklas Bendtner is close to agreeing a move away from Arsenal.

The 24-year-old striker, who spent
last season on loan at Sunderland, has attracted 'global interest' after
impressing for Denmark at the European Championship.

Nicklas Bendtner: global interest

Nicklas Bendtner: global interest

Bendtner's agent Jesper Lynghus told Denmark newspaper bold.dk: 'The interest is overwhelming, just as it should be after the way Nicklas performed at Euro 2012.

'We are getting closer day by day.

'We are not commenting on individual deals at the moment, but it is fair to say the interest in Nicklas is global.'