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Ashley Barnes charged by FA

Brighton's Barnes could see four-match ban extended after being charged for trip on referee

By
Andy James

PUBLISHED:

16:47 GMT, 13 March 2013

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UPDATED:

18:07 GMT, 13 March 2013

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Brighton's Ashley Barnes has been charged by the Football Association for the apparent trip on referee Nigel Miller on March 9 at the Reebok Stadium.

Barnes appeared to make contact with Miller in the closing seconds of his side's 1-0 defeat by Bolton, an offence for which he was shown a red card.

His punishment was a four-game ban, one more than the standard three due to it being the striker's second dismissal of the season.

Scroll down to watch footage of the incident…

Marching orders: Barnes is dismissed by referee Nigel Miller

Marching orders: Barnes is dismissed by referee Nigel Miller

Lengthy ban: Barnes has been sent off twice this season

Lengthy ban: Barnes has been sent off twice this season

Lengthy ban: Barnes has been sent off twice this season already and his protests (below) fell on deaf ears

But, having considered the evidence, the FA have opened proceedings which could lead to an enhanced punishment.

The FA have ruled that the incident displayed 'truly exceptional circumstances' and as such it has been referred to an independent three-man commission who can recommend a further ban if they feel it necessary.

A statement today read: 'The FA has
charged Brighton and Hove Albion's Ashley Barnes following his side's
game against Bolton Wanderers on Saturday 9 March 2013.

'It is alleged that Barnes's
behaviour in relation to the match official, for which the player was
dismissed for violent conduct towards the end of the game, constituted
an offence whereby the standard punishment that would otherwise apply
was clearly insufficient.'

Close quarters: Miller and Barnes are just yards away from each other as Bolton clear

Close quarters: Miller and Barnes are just yards away from each other as Bolton clear

Trip: Barnes sticks out a boot as Miller sets off on a run

Trip: Barnes sticks out a boot as Miller sets off on a run

Whistle: Miller sticks up his hand as he stops the game

Whistle: Miller sticks up his hand as he stops the game

Barnes has been given until 6pm on Thursday to respond.

Speaking immediately after the match –
and before reviewing video evidence – Brighton manager Gus Poyet said:
'I would like to see it.

'Before I talk to him I'm going to have a look because if he's done something to the referee…let's wait and see.

'My way of managing this is I prefer
the player to calm down because if you go to the dressing room and you
ask them straight away then they will put their excuse in there and
blame somebody else.'

VIDEO: Watch Barnes's trip on referee Miller from 50 seconds in

Final moments of Bolton Wanderers 1-0 Brighton & Hove Albion

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Karim Benzema ruled out of France v Spain clash after speeding offence

Spain judiciary hand national team a boost after summoning Benzema over 134mph speeding offence… on day of France clash

By
Pete Jenson

PUBLISHED:

13:59 GMT, 1 March 2013

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UPDATED:

14:07 GMT, 1 March 2013

Offence: Karim Benzema was caught speeding at 134mph

Offence: Karim Benzema was caught speeding at 134mph earlier this year

The Spanish judiciary has done the nation's football team a favour by telling speeding Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema he must appear in court on March 26 – the same day France play Spain in Paris in a vital World Cup qualifier.

Benzema was caught doing 134 mph on Madrid's M40 ring road in the early hours of February 3 – twice the speed limit.

He was meant to appear last Tuesday but asked for a postponement because he was in Real Madrid's squad to play Barcelona in the Cup.

Spanish boost: The Real Madrid striker will miss his country's qualifier

Spanish boost: The Real Madrid striker will miss France's World Cup qualifier

Now he will need to explain to France
boss Didier Deschamps that instead of being at Stade de France in Paris
he will be answering to his fourth traffic misdemeanor in the
three-and-a-half seasons he has been at Real Madrid.

He was fined for dangerous driving in Ibiza in 2011, involved in a Lamborghini accident on Reunion Island in 2009, and he drove into a tree on the way home from his first clasico in 2009.

The player could face between three and six months prison sentence although a hefty fine and a driving ban of between one and four years is more likely.

Craig Bellamy gets six-month driving ban

No-show Bellamy slapped with six-month driving ban and fined after speeding offence

By
Mike Hornby, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

17:09 GMT, 29 January 2013

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UPDATED:

17:46 GMT, 29 January 2013

Craig Bellamy was banned from driving and fined today after admitting a motoring offence.

The former Wales captain did not attend Liverpool Magistrates Court where he was disqualified for six months and ordered to pay a 900 fine plus 400 costs.

The court heard Bellamy failed to respond to a police notice of intended prosecution.

As well as a six-month driving ban, Bellamy was fined over 1,300

Fined: As well as receiving a six-month driving ban, Craig Bellamy was fined 1,300

Simon Leong, prosecuting, said the notice was sent to the Cardiff City star after his Audi was caught by a speed camera travelling at 64mph in a 50mph section of the M62 towards Liverpool at 3.05am on April 3 last year.

At the time the former Manchester City and Newcastle United star was playing for Liverpool.

Mr Leong said: 'A notice of intended prosecution was sent to his address but the defendant did not respond.'

Bellamy, 33, was charged with failing to give a driver’s identity as required under section 172 of the Road Traffic Act.

He initially pleaded not guilty and a trial was set for November 27 last year but that had to be abandoned for medical reasons.

Bellamy changed his plea to guilty on
December 18, the day his rescheduled trial was due to take place, and
the matter was adjourned until today’s sentencing.

Bellamy didn't turn up to court, but had already entered a guilty plea

No-show: Bellamy didn't turn up to court, but had already entered a guilty plea

Bellamy already had three previous speeding offences on record

Penalty points: Bellamy already had three previous speeding offences on record

Mr Leong said Bellamy had totted up nine penalty points for three previous speeding offences.

'This offence carries six points taking him over the threshold for disqualification,' he added.

John Rowan, defending, told the court the star initially denied the offence because the notice was sent to an address where he was not living at the time.

'A plea of guilty was substituted in relation to that and he did accept that perhaps he could have done more to intercept the notice and ensure that the details were completed,' the solicitor said.

'The defendant understands he will be disqualified, that he is a totter with nine points and this carries a penalty of six.

'This is his first disqualification.'

Mr Rowan told the court he was not
provided with information about the defendant’s income but added: 'I
should point out that Mr Bellamy is a former Premiership footballer. He
is not currently playing in the Premier League but he is a professional
footballer.'

Deputy District Judge Simmons said: 'I must impose penalty points and six penalty points is the required number.

'Given
that he has nine penalty points already he must be disqualified from
driving for a period of six months under the totting up provisions.'

She
gave Bellamy credit of 10 per cent for his guilty plea, ordering a fine of 900
plus 400 costs and 15 victim surcharge which he must pay within 14
days.

Luis Suarez handball: Graham Poll"s verdict

Suarez can't be held responsible for his handball, even if he owned up the ref's call would have stood

By
Graham Poll

PUBLISHED:

21:58 GMT, 6 January 2013

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UPDATED:

21:59 GMT, 6 January 2013

Luis Suarez has form when it comes to cheating. But in the latest incident to attract negative headlines the Uruguayan striker was blameless, scoring what proved to be the winner in the FA Cup clash at Mansfield Town.

Handball remains the only offence in law which must be deliberate for a free-kick to be awarded – if the referee sees it.

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Instinct or intent Luis Suarez handled the ball before he scored for Liverpool

Instinct or intent Luis Suarez handled the ball before he scored for Liverpool

Another view: Suarez bats the ball back into his path before firing it home

Another view: Suarez bats the ball back into his path before firing it home

No chance: Alan Marriott is helpless to prevent Suarez netting the Reds' second of the tie

No chance: Alan Marriott is helpless to prevent Suarez netting the Reds' second of the tie

Rolled in: Suarez tapped the ball into an empty net

Rolled in: Suarez tapped the ball into an empty net

However, there are occasions when the
officials may see a handball they do not believe to be deliberate,
though penalise the offender because they have gained too great an
advantage from the ball hitting the arm.

The Suarez goal was just such an
incident which is why I am sue referee Andre Marriner did not see the
contact, rather than judge it to be accidental. Replays certainly showed
his view was obscured.

To be clear, Suarez sees the ball
rebound from the Mansfield Town goalkeeper, Alan Marriott, and tries to
get his arms out of the way; the ball hits his right arm and drops
kindly for the striker to tap the ball into the empty net.

Complaints: Mansfield players were unhappy with the decision to allow the goal

Complaints: Mansfield players were unhappy with the decision to allow the goal

The celebration, the commonly known
kiss of the wrist, was in no way an indication to opposing fans that he
had cheated, as was asserted by the ESPN commentary team.

Having known he gained from the
handball there have been suggestions that he should have told Marriner,
but I do not believe that would have made any difference – other than to
improve the Uruguayan’s tainted image.

Referees give what they see and stick
with those decisions. The images of Liverpool’s Robbie Fowler asking
Gerald Ashby to change a penalty award at Highbury are still clear – but
the penalty stood.

Trademark: Suarez kissed the inside of his wrist, as he does to celebrate his goals

Trademark: Suarez kissed the inside of his wrist, as he does to celebrate his goals

There was a period when after such
incidents referees in Germany's Bundesliga asked a player if he had
handled the ball. If the player took the opportunity to admit his guilt,
the goal was ruled out.

If, on the other hand, he denied it,
he could be suspended with the use of video evidence. This would not
need a law change to be introduced here – just a change of disciplinary
code from the Football Association.

Perhaps an overspill from his days
playing in Germany, Miroslav Klose did exactly that when playing for
Lazio in Serie A last year. As a result, the referee disallowed the
goal.

Confession time: Miroslav Klose admitted to handling the ball to score during a Serie A match in September, and the referee Luca Banti duly disallowed the goal

Confession time: Miroslav Klose admitted to handling the ball to score during a Serie A match in September, and the referee Luca Banti duly disallowed the goal

There are of course two other
options; Liverpool could have allowed Mansfield to score straight from
the restart, or the referee could have looked at a replay of the
incident.

As neither of those are likely to
happen in the foreseeable future why not allow the offender the option
to confess and improve everyone’s opinion of modern day professional
footballers

Jockey Ahern and former Premier League star Clement among six who face lengthy bans

Jockey Ahern and former Premier League star Clement among six who face lengthy bans over corruption charges

PUBLISHED:

14:45 GMT, 19 December 2012

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UPDATED:

14:45 GMT, 19 December 2012

Eddie Ahern can expect to be warned off if found guilty after being charged following the BHA's latest corruption investigation.

Former professional footballer Neil
Clement, James Clutterbuck, the son of Newmarket trainer, Ken
Clutterbuck, and former jockeys' agent and in-running punter Martin
Raymond are among five other people also facing charges.

Jockey Eddie Ahern

Jockey Eddie Ahern

Ahern, who has ridden 1,020 winners in Britain since 1998, was forced to abandon plans to ride in India this winter after the Bangalore Turf Club contacted the BHA as a prelude to processing his licence application, and was alerted he was likely to be charged with a serious offence.

Clement made 300 appearances for West Bromwich Albion, including four seasons in the Premiership, but was forced to retire in January 2010 due to a knee injury.

Marouane Fellaini headbutt on Ryan Shawcross will cost him three games

Fellaini to dodge longer ban despite numerous clashes with Shawcross

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UPDATED:

00:50 GMT, 17 December 2012

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OK, Fellaini was wrong but let’s get to grips with the real problem

Marouane Fellaini will escape with a three-match ban despite headbutting Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross during their running battle at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday.

Referee Mark Halsey and his assistants missed the incident at a corner in the 59th minute, as well as several others involving the two players during the 1-1 draw.

In two separate clashes between the pair later the Everton midfielder appeared to elbow Shawcross in the face and then swipe at him with his right hand.

Heads, you lose: Fellaini should be banned, according to his manager David Moyes

Heads, you lose: Fellaini should be banned, according to his manager David Moyes

Heads, you lose: Marouane Fellaini should be banned, according to his manager David Moyes, after he appeared to headbutt Ryan Shawcross

But the FA will concentrate on the
headbutt, basing their punishment on what would have happened if Halsey
had spotted the incident and shown a red card rather than the severity
of the offence.

The FA will be free to act when
Halsey’s report arrives today and they are almost certain to charge
Fellaini retrospectively with violent conduct and ban him for three
games.

They seem certain to ignore the later clashes, at least one of which could also have resulted in a red card.

The Belgium star is also facing a
club fine of two weeks’ wages — up to 150,000 — from furious Everton
manager David Moyes who was said to be incandescent in the visitors’
dressing-room after Fellaini was clearly caught on camera thrusting his
head into Shawcross’s face.

Moyes is known to despise such acts
of thuggery and feels let down by one of his most important players who
is now likely to miss the Christmas fixtures against West Ham, Wigan and
Chelsea.

To his credit, after the match the
Scot immediately admitted that Fellaini deserves the punishment coming
his way, describing the headbutt as ‘a terrible thing to do’.

On Sunday night the 25-year-old was
said to be distraught he had let his team-mates down and that his
actions could harm their chances of staying in the top four.

He was the first Everton player off the pitch and later issued a public apology.

Grounded: Shawcross was left in a heap clutching his face after the clash

Grounded: Shawcross was left in a heap clutching his face after the clash

‘I apologise completely to Ryan
Shawcross, my team-mates and to our fans at the game,’ said Fellaini. ‘I
lost my temper and it was unprofessional.’

Everton’s only issue is that they
feel Shawcross was allowed to get away with holding their player at
set-pieces, even though Fellaini was penalised by Lee Probert for a
similar offence at Manchester City against Edin Dzeko two weeks ago.

Fellaini said: ‘There was a lot of
pushing and pulling going on inside the Stoke penalty area and I didn’t
feel I was getting any protection from the officials.

‘Nevertheless I know I shouldn’t have
done what I did. I have also apologised to the manager and the staff — I
have no excuses.’

Shawcross’s team-mates praised him for not retaliating.

Goalkeeper Asmir Begovic was
particularly outraged by what he had seen and was booked by Halsey when
he complained furiously to the referee.

Retrospective action: Fellaini could face an FA charge after this incident

Retrospective action: Fellaini could face an FA charge after this incident

‘I was a little bit unhappy with what
was going on, and the holding and the shirt pulling and everything
else that wasn’t really being dealt with,’ said Begovic.

‘Ryan’s got good composure. Sometimes
it’s easy to retaliate but then he would have only hurt himself. He
did really well to control himself.

‘Fellaini is a great player but it’s
just an unfortunate thing and I’m sure it will be dealt with properly.
People know they have to come here and compete with us, and sometimes
they can go a little bit overboard.’

Stoke defender Andy Wilkinson was
punished retrospectively with a three-game ban in September when he was
found guilty of violent conduct towards Manchester City striker Mario
Balotelli.

He said: ‘I thought Ryan dealt with
it really well. If it was out of order then you hold your hands up and
take your punishment. It happened to me this season.’

Shawcross was at the centre of everything in this typically hard-fought game between these two teams.

He headed into his own goal to give
Everton the lead and then supplied the pass for Kenwyne Jones to
equalise and preserve Stoke’s 15-game unbeaten home run.

Aston Villa 0 Stoke City 0 – Match report

Aston Villa 0 Stoke 0: Shotton off but Lambert's can't penetrate Potters

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UPDATED:

17:07 GMT, 8 December 2012

Stoke defender Ryan Shotton was controversially sent off in stoppage time in an instantly forgettable Barclays Premier League goalless draw at Aston Villa.

Shotton was given his marching orders by referee Roger East for a second bookable offence, but replays showed he made no contact on Villa substitute Fabian Delph.

On the slide: Aston Villa's Brett Holman is tackled by Robert Huth

On the slide: Aston Villa's Brett Holman is tackled by Robert Huth

MATCH FACTS

ASTON VILLA: Guzan, Lowton, Baker, Clark, Lichaj, Herd, Holman (Ireland 65), Westwood, Bannan (Delph 77), Benteke, Agbonlahor (Bent 65). Subs not used: Given, Al Ahmadi, Weimann, Williams.

STOKE CITY: Begovic, Shotton, Huth, Shawcross, Cameron, Walters, Whitehead, N'Zonzi, Whelan, Etherington (Jerome 67), Jones (Crouch 74). Subs not used: Sorensen, Palacios, Upson, Kightly, Wilkinson.

Yellow cards: Shotton

Red Card: Shotton

Referee: Roger East

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Villa striker Darren Bent made his
return to action as the home side's youngsters stood up to the physical
challenge presented by Stoke.

Bent made his first appearance for
nearly six weeks midway through the second period, but was unable to
inspire Villa to gain the three points.

Paul Lambert's side were well worthy
of a share of the spoils, though, as they extended their unbeaten run to
four games and edged further away from the relegation zone.

Villa's 'tiny tots' looked
ready-made for Stoke to impose their physical presence on them, but they
passed the challenge with flying colours.

The back three of Chris Herd, Ciaran
Clark and Nathan Baker coped admirably with the threat of Kenwyne Jones
and then former Villa striker Peter Crouch.

Stoke will also take heart from
extending their unbeaten run to six games, from which they have
collected 14 points, and they have now registered eight clean sheets
this season.

On the run: Villa duo Brett Holman and Gabriel Agbonlahor drift past Geoff Cameron

On the run: Villa duo Brett Holman and Gabriel Agbonlahor drift past Geoff Cameron

Villa began brightly and Gabriel
Agbonlahor picked out the run of top scorer Christian Benteke into the
Stoke box, but Shotton was alert to the situation and tidied up.

The hosts forced three early corners, although Stoke dealt comfortably enough with Barry Bannan's crosses into the danger area.

But the Potters were indebted to a
crucial block from skipper Ryan Shawcross to keep out Benteke's
close-range volley after Clark had headed the ball back across goal.

Dive in move: Stoke City's Geoff Cameron falls over Holman

Dive in move: Stoke City's Geoff Cameron falls over Holman

Matthew Lowton then had the
confidence to cut inside and create space for himself but his
left-footed drive did not extend Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.

Bannan then curled a free-kick over the bar after Benteke had been brought down by Geoff Cameron 20 yards out.

Villa knocked the ball around in
confident style, with Stoke content to soak up the pressure and try to
hit the home side on the counter-attack.

Time for a change: Stoke manager Tony Pulis substitutes Glenn Whelan

Time for a change: Stoke manager Tony Pulis substitutes Glenn Whelan

Crunch time: Villa's Ashley Westwood is tackled by Huth

It's a snorer: Darren Bent appears to doze on the bench

Crunch time: Villa's Ashley Westwood is tackled by Huth while Darren Bent appears to drift off on the bench

Stoke midfielder Steven N'Zonzi
appeared to flick a hand in the face of Villa centre-back Baker in the
build-up to a Potters corner, but both players were spoken to by referee
Roger East.

Villa were looking the more likely to break the deadlock.

Robert Huth cut out a low Eric Lichaj cross aimed at Benteke, who had another effort blocked from Brett Holman's low ball.

No way through: Christian Benteke is challenged by Stoke's Ryan Shawcross

No way through: Christian Benteke is challenged by Stoke's Ryan Shawcross

Appeal: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert reacts to a decision

Appeal: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert reacts to a decision

Stoke were incensed by a
centre-circle challenge on Glenn Whelan by Clark in first-half stoppage
time, but it escaped any punishment.

Villa started the second half
brightly and Begovic went down to his left to cling onto Benteke's
volley after Lowton had flicked on a Bannan cross.

Tempers were becoming frayed and Villa keeper Brad Guzan squared up to Jones after being barged into when collecting a cross.

Close quarters: Dean Whitehead is challenged by Villa's Westwood

Close quarters: Dean Whitehead is challenged by Villa's Westwood

Benteke continued to ask questions of
Stoke and some trickery inside the area created half a chance, but Huth
reacted quickly to block his shot on the turn.

Lambert brought on Bent and Stephen
Ireland for Agbonlahor and Holman midway through the second half while
Stoke replaced Matthew Etherington and Jones with Cameron Jerome and
Crouch. Shotton became the first player to be yellow-carded after 75
minutes after fouling Ireland.

Then came his stoppage-time red card, although there was no time left for Villa to cash in on their numerical advantage.

Rob Simmons banned for eight weeks

Australia's Simmons to miss England clash after being slapped with eight-week ban for 'tip' tackle on France's Nyanga

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UPDATED:

00:28 GMT, 15 November 2012

Australia lock Rob Simmons has been banned for eight weeks for a dangerous tackle during Saturday's 33-6 loss to France.

The Wallabies forward was hit with the hefty ban by the International Rugby Board judiciary in London on Wednesday.

New Zealand flanker Adam Thomson was also suspended for a week for stamping on the head of Alasdair Strokosch during the All Blacks' 51-22 win over Scotland.

Out: Rob Simmons was banned for an incident in Australia's clash with France

Out: Rob Simmons was banned for an incident in Australia's clash with France

Both players can appeal their suspensions.

A substitute against France, Simmons was reported for a 'tip' tackle on Yannick Nyanga.

The board decided Simmons' offence was on the high end of the scale and have banned him until February 24.

The ban takes into account a period of close-season inactivity after Australia's European Tour and will run for eight 'active' weeks.

That means Simmons will miss this weekend's clash with England, the match with Italy on November 24 and the following week's clash against Wales at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.

A statement on the matter read: 'From the high end entry point of 12 weeks, the judicial officer added two weeks of aggravation to reflect the need for a deterrent for this type of dangerous tackle, but allowed the maximum six weeks of mitigation, including the player's exemplary previous disciplinary record and his conduct at the hearing.

You too: Adam Thomson (centre) was also suspended after stamping on Scotland's Alasdair Strokosch's head

You too: Adam Thomson (centre) was also suspended after stamping on Scotland's Alasdair Strokosch's head

'A sanction of eight weeks was duly imposed, with Rob Simmons suspended until midnight on 24 February 2013.

'The specific period of suspension recognises the close-season inactivity after the current tour when the player is not scheduled to play. The player has the right of appeal.'

In more bad news for Australia, centre Pat McCabe has been ruled out of the England fixture with a neck injury.

His loss follows that of Kane Douglas, who is out with a knee injury, and David Pocock who is sidelined with a calf strain.

Mark Clattenburg racial abuse of John Obi Mikel: Chelsea and FA accused of "cover up"

Chelsea and FA accused of 'cover up' after police drop Clattenburg race probe

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UPDATED:

07:43 GMT, 14 November 2012

Chelsea and the Football Association
have been accused of a 'cover-up' for not making a complaint to police about alleged comments by
referee Mark Clattenburg.

The Metropolitan Police revealed on Tuesday they have shelved their investigation into claims that Clattenburg used 'inappropriate
language' towards two Chelsea players.

Flashpoint: Mikel and Ramires made allegations about referee Clattenburg

Flashpoint: John Obi Mikel (right) and Ramires made allegations about referee Mark Clattenburg (centre)

Flashpoint: Mikel and Ramires made allegations about referee Clattenburg

The complaint was made to the police by the Society of Black Lawyers.

'It sounds remarkably like a football cover-up,' the society's chairman Peter Herbert told BBC Radio 5 live.

'It sounds remarkably like the football industry wanted to have this issue swept under the carpet.'

Chelsea made a formal complaint against Clattenburg on October 29 following their 3-2 home defeat by Manchester United. A day later the FA opened an investigation into the allegation, part of which was that Clattenburg used racial language.

Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Police began its own probe based on a written complaint by Herbert.

In the spotilight: Mark Clattenburg, leaves his home near Newcastle on Monday

In the spotlight: Clattenburg, pictured leaving his home near Newcastle, has not taken charge of a match since the incident

It is understood Chelsea did not give evidence to the police because
they felt the FA was the appropriate body to deal with the matter.

On Tuesday, the police investigation was discontinued because 'no
victims have come forward' and 'without a victim and/or any evidence
that any offence has been committed, the matter cannot currently be
investigated'.

The FA confirmed its investigation would proceed, but Herbert is furious
that neither the governing body nor Chelsea have taken the matter to
the police.

'We strongly suspect that the FA and/or Chelsea have failed to provide
this information to the Metropolitan Police in order for them to conduct
a proper investigation,' he said.

'The information we had is that there are “no victims”. Well, if there
are no victims, what on earth has been referred to the FA in the first
place

Dispute: Mikel complains to Clattenburg as his side slump to defeat at Stamford Bridge

Dispute: Mikel complains to Clattenburg as his side slumped to defeat against Manchester United

Marching orders: Referee Mark Clattenburg showed two red cards to Chelsea players on Sunday

Marching orders: Clattenburg showed two red cards to Chelsea players in the match, which included a highly controversial decision to show Fernando Torres a second yellow card for diving

Marching orders: Branislav Ivanovic was sent off (above) while Clattenburg struggled to contain both sides

Marching orders: Branislav Ivanovic was sent off (above) as Clattenburg struggled to the control the game

'What on earth are the FA and Chelsea playing then Are they having some
cosy exchange of statements between themselves and not giving it to the
police

'We're going to ask the borough commander for an explanation. Was there
any co-operation Was any evidence given If none was given by the FA or
Chelsea we want to raise that issue with the Minister of Sport.'

Herbert is particularly critical of the FA's decision not to involve the police once Chelsea made their complaint.

'If the Metropolitan Police are not provided with statements what are they supposed to do' he added.

'If a football club has registered a complaint with the FA, we would
expect the FA to refer this matter to the Metropolitan Police.

'The FA does not have the tools to investigate race-hate crime. We think
that until the FA gets its house in order complaints like this should
be investigated by the police.

'It really does beggar belief that the primary football authorities in
the country do not understand the seriousness of hate crime.'

Clattenburg timeline: How football has reacted to the claims of racist abuse

Oct 28: Mark Clattenburg sends off Branislav Ivanovic and Fernando Torres, the latter for a disputed dive, as Chelsea go down 3-2 against Manchester United.

Chelsea later confirm they had lodged a formal complaint with the Premier League match delegate regarding 'inappropriate language' made by Clattenburg to two of their players. The complaint is understood to relate to alleged racial comments in incidents involving John Obi Mikel and Juan Mata.

Oct 29: Clattenburg is offered the full support of Prospect, the referees' union.

The Football Association starts an investigation relating to Chelsea's allegations. PFA chief Gordon

Taylor urges the FA to deal with the matter quickly.

The Professional Game Match Officials confirms Clattenburg will not be involved in the next round of matches, stating 'the focus should not be on the officials but on the players and the game itself'.

The Society of Black Lawyers sends a letter to the Metropolitan Police calling for a legal investigation. The Met confirm they have received a complaint and will 'consider any allegation that is made'.

Oct 30: The Metropolitan Police launch an investigation into the incidents at Stamford Bridge.

Oct 31: Chelsea lodge a formal complaint with the Football Association regarding 'inappropriate language' directed at Mikel by Clattenburg during Sunday's match.

Nov 2: Sir Alex Ferguson enters the debate, saying: 'I refuse to believe' Clattenburg would make racially abusive comments.

Nov 5: The referees group PGMOL says Clattenburg will not referee at the weekend, but that they had been willing to appoint him to a match if he had wanted.

Nov 8: The Football Association carried out a series of interviews with match officials as they continued their investigations.

Nov 12: Clattenburg was absent from the PGMOL list for a third successive week, although he did return to training.

Nov 13: The police investigation into alleged comments made by Clattenburg was dropped due to a lack of evidence, Scotland Yard said.

Charlie Sharples scores for England: Picture of the week by Andy Hooper

Andy Hooper: My image of the week – Sharples crosses the line at Twickenham

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10:13 GMT, 12 November 2012

Charlie Sharples scoring the first of his two tries in England's victory over Fiji is my favourite image of the week.

Sharples is inches away from grounding the ball and in my final edit I liked the determination on the players' faces. You can see both the Fijians and the England offence are intent on getting the ball.

The next frame shows the ball grounded but there is no movement in the picture as all the action had already happened.

I was positioned on the opposite corner flag but the 400mm telephoto lens enabled me to capture this image and get close to the action.

Nikon D4
Lens 400mm F2.8
Exposure 1/1000th of a second at F2.8 Iso 1600

Made it: Charlie Sharples scores his first try in England's win over Fiji at Twickenham