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Alex Ferguson fined 8,500 and Nani banned for one match after Real Madrid red card

Fergie handed 8.5k fine for refusing to speak and Nani banned for one match for red card which led to Champions League exit

By
Graeme Yorke

PUBLISHED:

16:11 GMT, 22 March 2013

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UPDATED:

16:16 GMT, 22 March 2013

Sir Alex Ferguson has been fined 8,500 for refusing to speak to the media after Manchester United's Champions League defeat to Real Madrid.

According to his assistant Mike Phelan, Ferguson was 'too distraught' to fulfil his media commitments after United went out of Europe 3-2 on aggregate following Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir's controversial decision to show Nani a straight red card in the second half.

The Portugal winger was also banned for one match by UEFA yesterday, although he could have faced a three-game suspension if a disciplinary commission had deemed his challenge on Madrid defender Alvaro Arbeloa to be violent conduct.

Anger: Ferguson remonstrates with the fourth official after Nani's red card

Anger: Ferguson remonstrates with the fourth official after Nani's red card

A statement read: 'Manchester United
FC midfield player Nani has been suspended for one match by UEFA's
Control and Disciplinary Body, following the red card he received at the
UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg against Real Madrid CF at
Old Trafford on 5 March.

'Manchester United head coach Sir Alex
Ferguson has been fined €10,000 for non-fulfilment of the post-match
media obligations (Annex III, paras 2.6 and 2.7 of the competition
regulations) at the same match.'

His No 2 Mike Phelan revealed at the time that the manager was too 'distraught' to attend the interviews.

Off you go: Nani was sent off for this innocuous challenge on Alvaro Arbeloa

Off you go: Nani was sent off for this innocuous challenge on Alvaro Arbeloa

Off you go: Nani was sent off for this innocuous challenge on Alvaro Arbeloa

Rio Ferdinand shoves Fernando Torres in the head during Manchester United v Chelsea

VIDEO: Ferdinand shoves Torres in the back of the head in off-the-ball incident

By
Rik Sharma

PUBLISHED:

19:18 GMT, 10 March 2013

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UPDATED:

20:10 GMT, 10 March 2013

Rio Ferdinand continued his somewhat unsporting week by shoving the back of Fernando Torres' head in an off-the-ball incident during Manchester United's 2-2 draw with Chelsea in the FA Cup quarter-final.

The centre back, touted for a recall to Roy Hodgson's England squad, went in for a challenge with Torres and after the pair had got up, barged him with his forearm while the referee was looking the other way.

Torres fell to the ground in a heap and Ferdinand ushered the Spaniard back to his feet.

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Sneaky: Rio Ferdinand shoved Fernando Torres while the referee's back was turned

Sneaky: Rio Ferdinand shoved Fernando Torres while the referee's back was turned

Sneaky: Rio Ferdinand shoved Fernando Torres while the referee's back was turned

Sneaky: Rio Ferdinand shoved Fernando Torres while the referee's back was turned

Get up: Ferdinand yanks the Spanish striker to his feet

Get up: Ferdinand yanks the Spanish striker to his feet

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On Tuesday night Ferdinand was seen sarcastically clapping in referee Cuneyt Cakir's face in the aftermath of United's 2-1 defeat by Real Madrid.

Cakir had controversially sent off Nani during the game and the furious Ferdinand made his feelings clear at the final whistle.

He has avoided censure from UEFA over the incident and the club also were not punished for not fulfilling their post-match media obligations.

Sir Alex Ferguson refused to speak after the game and his players were also prevented from speaking.

VIDEO: Ferdinand shoves Torres

Diego Maradona takes to the court with tennis ace Caroline Wozniacki

Video: Watch out, Rory… Maradona proves a smash hit with tennis ace Wozniacki

By
Thom Drake

PUBLISHED:

19:41 GMT, 21 February 2013

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UPDATED:

14:01 GMT, 22 February 2013

It's safe to say that Diego Maradona is having a busy week.

Following the news of his fifth child being born last Thursday, the ex-Argentina World Cup winner was snapped alongside Caroline Wozniacki at the WTA Dubai Tennis Championships.

It looks hard to tell who was more excited, with the pair swapping a signed football shirt and tennis racket courtside.

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Signed: Diego Maradona takes time out from watching the tennis for a photo alongside Caroline Wozniacki

Signed: Diego Maradona takes time out from watching the tennis for a photo alongside Caroline Wozniacki

Elated: Both Maradona and Wozniacki were full of smiles as the Dane towered over the sporting icon

Elated: Both Maradona and Wozniacki were full of smiles as the Dane towered over the Argentine

With her boyfriend Rory McIlroy away in snowy Arizona at the moment, Maradona may have seen his chance to get a photo with the in-demand former World No.1.

He also couldn't keep his hands off American player Bethanie Mattek-Sands, who appeared delighted at the attention.

After a little peck on the hand, a strangely long-faced Maradona posed for another picture.

Peck: Bethanie Mattek-Sands was next to receive the affections of father of five Maradona

Peck: Bethanie Mattek-Sands was next to receive the affections of father of five Maradona

Maradona currently resides in Dubai as 'honorary sports ambassador', helping the state with media relations in all major international sports events.

He has said in the last week that he will only be able to see his new son, Diego Fernando, when his commercial obligations finish in June.

As for now, he seems to be enjoying the high-life in Dubai, and can't keep away from a photo opportunity with the good and the great from sport.

Frown: A sullen faced Maradona may have been getting tired of posing with tennis players

Frown: A sullen faced Maradona may have been getting tired of posing with tennis players

An excited Diego Maradona meets Dubai semi-finalist Caroline Wozniacki

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Malaga banned from next season of European competition for failing to pay debts

UEFA get tough on finance: Malaga banned from European football for one season after failing to pay debts

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UPDATED:

15:20 GMT, 21 December 2012

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Malaga have been banned from competing in the next Champions League or Europa League competition they qualify for after failing to meet financial obligations.

The Spanish club will be allowed to play FC Porto as planned in the last 16 of this season's Champions League, but they will be excluded for one season if they qualify for European competition between 2013 and 2017.

Banned! Malaga will not be allowed to play the next season of European football they qualify for

Banned! Malaga will not be allowed to play the next season of European football they qualify for

They will be banned for a second season during that four-year window if they fail to prove that outstanding debts to employees and tax authorities have been paid by the end of March.

It is the first indication of the strict punishments UEFA will hand down to clubs under new Financial Fair Play regulations.

On the move Malaga's talented midfielder Isco may have to be sold

On the move Malaga's talented midfielder Isco may have to be sold

Malaga reacted by quickly releasing their own statement claiming that the decision was 'disproportionate and unjustified' and the club would work 'energetically and without rest to achieve justice'.

'Malaga Club de Futbol wishes to communicate its total disagreement with today's UEFA decision,' the statement read.

'The measures taken against the club are absolutely disproportionate and unjustified given the club's situation. We consider that the club is being punished unfairly and used as a 'Turk's head' example to others.'

'Given the total and absolute indignation and consternation on the part of the club, Malaga CF wishes to state that it will work energetically and without rest to achieve justice, using all available necessary means.

'Malaga CF wishes to add that it does not understand, and considers totally incomprehensible and abusive, that after having received this judgement it must now wait an unknown period of time to know the evidence upon which it was taken.'

Testing times: Malaga manager Manuel Pellegrini may have to make some difficult decisions in the January transfer window

Testing times: Malaga manager Manuel Pellegrini may have to make some difficult decisions in the January transfer window

The statement went on to refute claims that it was unable to pay its own players and keep up with debt repayments to other clubs.

It added that their Qatari backers remained committed to their 'project.'

Malaga, who are currently fourth in La Liga and in strong contention for a Champions League return, were also fined 300,000 euros (243,000).

The Spaniards finished top of a tough group including AC Milan, Zenit St Petersburg and Anderlecht to set up their tie with Porto.

Five other clubs face similar one-year bans during any of the next three seasons unless they can convince UEFA they have cleared the stipulated debts.

They are Hadjuk Split and Osijek from Croatia, Rapid Bucharest and Dinamo Bucharest from Romania, and Partizan Belgrade from Serbia.

Chris Gayle set for West Indies return

Gayle set for West Indies return after IPL with snub for Somerset

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07:39 GMT, 3 May 2012

Flamboyant opener Chris Gayle has scrapped his deal with English county Somerset to make himself available for West Indies after ending his year-long dispute with their cricket board.

Gayle has not been part of the West Indies team since his attack on the board in a radio interview in April last year and was not picked in the Test squad for the three-match series against England starting next month.

Top form: Gayle (right) has been in outstanding nick for Royal Challengers Bangalore

Top form: Gayle (right) has been in outstanding nick for Royal Challengers Bangalore

The 32-year-old left-hander, currently playing for the Bangalore franchise of the Indian Premier League (IPL), is now eyeing a place in the three one-dayers and a Twenty20 international that follow the England tests.

'I have written to Somerset CC and advised them that I will not be honouring the commitment I made to them when I signed a contract with them for the 2012 Friends Provident Championship,' Gayle said in a statement.

Exile: Gayle hasn't played international cricket for over a year

Exile: Gayle hasn't played international cricket for over a year

'I have now satisfied all of the requests of the WICB (West Indies Cricket Board) and their selection panel… and to whom I reiterated previous assurances given to the board regarding my availability.

'So that there is no doubt, I confirmed to the selectors that I was available for West Indies duty in all forms of cricket, immediately following the conclusion of my contractual obligations to my IPL franchise, Royal Challengers Bangalore.'

Nicklas Bendtner banned from driving

Bendtner banned from driving after Sunderland striker admits speeding at over 100mph

Sunderland striker Nicklas Bendtner was banned from driving for 56 days and fined 660 after admitting speeding at almost 104mph in his Porsche.

Bendtner was late for a flight from Newcastle Airport when he was caught by a Northumbria Police traffic officer on the A696 dual carriageway, which has a 70mph limit, last December.

The Dane, who is on a season-long from Arsenal, did not appear before Newcastle magistrates for the hearing.

Man in the hat: Nicklas Bendtner watched Sunderland beat Arsenal on Saturday

Man in the hat: Nicklas Bendtner watched Sunderland beat Arsenal on Saturday

The court was told the 24-year-old was in Denmark for 'contractual obligations'.

He was deemed to not be absent from court because he was legally represented at the hearing.

Sarah Robinson, prosecuting, said Bendtner was spotted driving his convertible Porsche 911 Turbo and he was measured to be driving at 103.6mph for 0.137miles at 10.53am on Saturday December 10.

Barry Warburton, defending, said: 'I understand he was going to Newcastle Airport, he was slightly late for a flight and unfortunately he speeded.

'It was a Saturday morning, there was very little traffic on the road and weather conditions were fine.'

Addressing the bench, he added: 'Not withstanding the fact he is in Denmark, he has been absolutely no trouble to anybody. In my respectful submission, your public duty can be discharged by treating him with leniency.'

Man in the mask: Bendtner's protection for his broken nose

Man in the mask: Bendtner's protection for his broken nose

The solicitor said his client had 'substantial' disposable income and could pay the fine immediately with a credit card.

Chairman of the bench Edward Wardrobe imposed a 56-day driving ban, and fined the footballer 660, plus 30 costs and a 15 victim surcharge.

No penalty points were added to the three Bendtner has on his licence.

In 2009, his father Thomas said his son was lucky to escape with only cuts and bruises after crashing his Aston Martin on the way to training.

A photograph of the written-off sports car showed it had been badly mangled.

Suspended: Bendtner has been hit with a 56-day driving ban

Suspended: Bendtner has been hit with a 56-day driving ban

He will appear before the same court in a week alongside Sunderland captain Lee Cattermole.

They were charged with criminal damage after a number of cars were attacked in Newcastle's Stowell Street in December.

Bendtner was engaged to Baroness Caroline Luel-Brockdorff, a wealthy member of the Danish royal family and the mother of his child. They split soon after the birth of their son in December 2010.

The self-confident striker is currently playing in a mask after suffering a broken nose.

It has been customised to include his initials, the '52' shirt number and the Danish flag.

Bendtner was ineligible to play for Sunderland in their win against Arsenal in the FA Cup on Saturday.

Carlos Tevez stuck at Manchester City until summer

Tevez stuck at Manchester City until the summer after transfer deals collapse

Carlos Tevez appears to be stuck at Manchester City until the summer after several potential transfers fell through.

Kia Joorabchian revealed that the clubs chasing the striker, including AC Milan, Inter Milan and Paris St Germain, have been unable to forge a deal with Manchester City.

'There have been negotiations with three clubs but they have not reached the figures Manchester City want,' he told Talksport.

Stuck: Carlos Tevez will be lumbered at Manchester City until the summer

Stuck: Carlos Tevez will be lumbered at Manchester City until the summer

The player's advisor added: 'PSG want to build a long-term project and I think Carlos is six months too early for them. But there is a big chance he will go there in the summer.'

Tevez has not played since appearing to refuse to come on as a substitute for City in the Champions League against Bayern Munich, on September 27.

If he does not move until the summer, he is unlikely to play competitive club football again before August – which would mean he has not played for an astonishing 11 months.

Club chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak previously indicated Tevez may be forced to stay at City.

He
said: 'Carlos remains a player with contractual obligations to
Manchester City for the next two-and-a-half seasons. Unless we receive
an offer that we deem appropriate, the terms of his contract will be
enforced.'

Never again: Despite remaining at the Etihad, Tevez will surely not appear in a City shirt again

Never again: Despite remaining at the Etihad, Tevez will surely not appear in a City shirt again

It is estimated the player's bitter fall-out with the club has cost the him an incredible 9.3million in fines and lost bonuses.

Kia Joorabchian's advisor Paul McCarthy had also told Sky Sports News: 'Nobody has been under any illusion that City would accept a lower bid, a cut-price, cheap bid – there has never been that understanding.

'From the outset we knew City would only accept market value and rightly so; why wouldn't they and Kia and Carlos have no issue with that, they have the right to demand any price they wish as, Khaldoon Al Mubarak pointed out, he is still under contract.'

Administration hit Darlington sack all their players

Darlington sack all players and manager as club stare into the abyss

The administrators of Darlington made all the club's playing and coaching staff redundant with immediate effect.

Earlier this month the Quakers entered administration for the third time in nine years, with the subsequent 10-point deduction leaving them hovering just above the relegation zone in the Blue Square Bet Premier.

Joint administrator Harvey Madden confirmed the decision in a statement released this afternoon but offered a glimmer of hope that the 128-year-old club could still survive.

Hard times: Darlington's administrators have sacked all remaining members of the playing staff

Hard times: Darlington's administrators have sacked all remaining members of the playing staff

'Given the current financial position of the club and, as a consequence of my legal obligations, I have had no alternative but to terminate the contracts of all playing staff and the retained administration staff,” the statement said.

'Notwithstanding this, there remain parties interested in either injecting funds into the club to enable it to continue operating or acquiring the club.

'Every effort is being made to progress this to try to save the club. However, at this stage I have still not received any formal offers and unless a deal is concluded as a matter of urgency, time will have run out for Darlington football club.'

Will it go ahead Darlington are due to play Fleetwood on Saturday

Will it go ahead Darlington are due to play Fleetwood on Saturday

Caretaker manager Craig Liddle, who took on the role following the departure of Mark Cooper, said: 'We've been made redundant with immediate effect.

'If further talks are successful they'll look to re-appoint a manager, whether that be me or somebody else, and they'll have the task of trying to piece a team together for Saturday's game against Fleetwood.'

Darlington's 25,000-seater stadium has come to represent the stark contrast between the lofty aims of former owner George Reynolds and the reality of their situation.

Grounds for concern: Darlington's stadium holds 25,000 people but has a restriction of just 10,000

Grounds for concern: Darlington's stadium holds 25,000 people but has a restriction of just 10,000

Reynolds revealed a five-year plan to take the club into the Premier League, with the stadium, then known as the Reynolds Arena, forming a key part of his ambitions.

In 2003 they went into administration for the first time as they struggled to meet loan repayments on the ground and they were back in administration in 2009, with the subsequent points deduction costing them a place in the League Two play-offs.

Relegation from the Football League followed in 2010, making the newly-named Northern Echo Arena the biggest ground in non-League football history.

Football League hopeful over new BBC TV deal

Football League remains upbeat over new BBC deal despite highlight show axe

The Football League remains hopeful it can secure a deal with the BBC to show match highlights despite the decision to scale back its coverage during the festive holiday period.

Fans were dismayed when the BBC failed to show a highlights package of the Boxing Day games and were brought further bad news when the broadcaster announced it would not be airing a show on New Year”s Eve, either.

The next scheduled programme will not air until January 14, despite a full set of bank Holiday fixtures on Monday ahead of the break for the third round of the FA Cup.

Off-air: The BBC decided to pull the plug on the Football league show this Christmas

Off-air: The BBC pulled the plug on the Football League show this Christmas

Many fans believe this is just the start of the corporations exit from showing live and highlights of football in the three divisions below the Premier League.

Football League Show presenter Manish Bhasin told viewers via Twitter: “I understand your frustration.”

The BBC revealed it has made the decision as its deal only covers Saturdays and so the games were “outside our contractual obligations”.

The corporation has made no secret of its need to cut back its coverage of sport because of budget cuts and BBC Head of Sport Barbara Slater admitted that football may soon be completely out of their price range.

Under-fire: The BBC

Under-fire: The BBC”s commitment to football is under huge budgetary pressures

She said: “The truth is that some live football rights have got out of reach in terms of their value.”

The BBC has 10 live matches of its own under the current arrangement and their Premier League highlights deal expires in 2013. The Premier League will put the rights out to tender in the new year.

Blackburn facing 10m bank demand to put Rovers" players wages in danger

Blackburn facing 10m demand: Yakubu saves Kean but bank”s deadline leaves players” wages in danger

Premier League strugglers Blackburn are heading for a financial crisis that threatens the future of the club after their bankers, Barclays, handed them a 10million ultimatum.

Rovers, whose manager Steve Kean was saved from the sack last week only by a personal intervention from club co-owner Anuradha Desai, face a relegation six-pointer at Sunderland in a clash between the teams currently placed 18th and 19th after Wigan’s 2-1 victory at West Bromwich hauled them out of the bottom three.

Helping hands: Yakubu celebrates with boss Steve Kean, and keeps him in a job

Helping hands: Yakubu celebrates with boss Steve Kean, and keeps him in a job

Kean was heading for the exit last week until Mrs Desai, watching on TV in India, saw four-goal hero Yakubu Aiyegbeni celebrate Blackburn’s 4-2 victory over Swansea by embracing the manager.

Mrs Desai interpreted that as a sign of a united club and vetoed Kean’s sacking. Now Kean’s prospects might actually be helped by the new cash crisis because replacing him could be too expensive.

Hard times: The news will do little to appease Blackburn

Hard times: The news will do little to appease Blackburn”s disgruntled fans

But his players face having to go without the club paying their wages because of the demand from Barclays,the sponsors of the Premier League.

Coachingand scouting departments at Ewood Park were told last week that budget cuts and possible job losses are on the way as the club face the threat of financial meltdown in the New Year.

Troubled times: Anuradha Desai (left) poses with Venkatesh and Balaji Rao

Troubled times: Anuradha Desai (left) poses with Venkatesh and Balaji Rao

The crisis is the result of Barclays running out of patience with the failure of Venky’s, the Indian poultry conglomerate who own the club, to honour contractual obligations made when they bought Rovers in November last year.

Barclays say the club must deposit 10m in their account by New Year’s Eve or the bank will refuse to extend the credit needed to pay the players’ wages beyond January.

Welcome tonic: Yakubu

Welcome tonic: Yakubu”s four goals helped Blackburn to a priceless win over Swansea

MrsDesai, the matriarch of the Rao family who own Venky’s, is adamant thatthey will not pay the money, believing Blackburn can fund themselves without fresh cash from India.

She has the final say at Rovers and if her stance on funding is maintained, the club’s overdraft at Barclays, currently around 6m, could burst beyond its agreed limit on January 23, when wages totalling 4m-5m are due to be paid.

Pressure: A dark cloud looms over Rovers

Pressure: A dark cloud looms over Rovers

The club could then face meltdown within a month. If the overdraft limit is exceeded and there is no sign of a cash injection, Barclays can stop funding the club, which could then technically become insolvent.

Barclays and Mrs Desai both declined to comment.