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Mario Balotelli"s brother Enoch Barwuah arrested for assault in Italy

Balotelli's brother Enoch arrested for assaulting two policemen in Italy

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UPDATED:

13:31 GMT, 25 December 2012

In trouble: Mario Balotelli's (left) brother Enoch Barwuah (right) was arrested in Italy for assaulting two police officers

In trouble: Mario Balotelli's (left) brother Enoch Barwuah (right) was arrested in Italy for assaulting two police officers

Manchester City star Mario Balotelli's brother appeared in an Italian court on Christmas Eve accused of assaulting two policemen.

Enoch Barwuah, 20, who had trials with Stoke City and Sunderland before signing for Salford City last month, was held after a brawl at a bar and kept in custody until his appearance before a judge.

The court heard how he had been attacked as he drank in a bar in Brescia with his sister Abigail by a man who ripped his shirt but Barwuah then turned on police who had been called by the owner.

Officers said they found him in the street shirtless and barefooted and when they approached they were kicked and punched, while their squad car was also damaged in the incident.

The court bailed Barwuah to his home address in Brescia until January 3, when he will have a fast track trial accused of a assault and resisting arrest. At his hearing he apologised and said his reactions had been 'unjustified' but he had become concerned after his sister 'felt ill' during the attack.

Barwuah is Balotelli's younger brother and apart from Abigail he also has a sister Angel – they remained with his natural parents while he was adopted as a baby by a wealthy Italian couple.

Leeds and Chelsea fans warned by police

Behave, or else! Leeds and Chelsea fans issued warning before bitter cup clash

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UPDATED:

22:28 GMT, 18 December 2012

Leeds and Chelsea supporters have been warned not to add another chapter to football’s season of shame on Wednesday night.

The clubs go head to head in a potentially explosive Capital One Cup quarter-final at Elland Road.

The two sets of fans have a long-running feud that stems back to the 1960s and, in a season already blighted by numerous off-the-field flashpoints, supporters have been told to behave themselves or face serious action.

No repeats: This Leeds fan ran onto the pitch and attacked visiting goalkeeper Chris Kirkland - and police have warned fans not to cause any trouble on Wednesday

No repeats: This Leeds fan ran onto the pitch and attacked visiting goalkeeper Chris Kirkland – and police have warned fans not to cause any trouble on Wednesday

West Yorkshire Police chief superintendent Paul Money said: ‘We want the focus of the day to be the action on the pitch and for it not to be overshadowed by violence or disorder.

'I would ask responsible fans, who make up the vast majority of all supporters, not to allow the minority element of unruly fans to spoil the game.

‘I will also ask the managers of both teams to speak to the players and ask them to avoid doing anything which may antagonise supporters of the opposition team.

‘Experienced football intelligence officers from the Metropolitan Police will be working alongside West Yorkshire officers to identify any troublemakers. We will not hesitate to take firm action against any fans who cause disorder or use violence.’

Leeds manager Neil Warnock said: ‘While I want the fans to be loud, we don’t want any of the bad behaviour we have seen from different sets of fans around the country this season and I ask both sets of fans to get behind their side without any of the unwanted problems.’

West Yorkshire Police will bolster their resources while Chelsea’s ticket allocation has been slashed from 5,000 to 3,000 in a bid to forestall potential problems.

Already this season, Rio Ferdinand has been hit by a coin, Chris Kirkland was attacked by an opposing fan and several players have issued complaints that racial slurs have been made against them by spectators.

Football's shame: Rio Ferdinand was hit by a coin during the Manchester Derby

Football's shame: Rio Ferdinand was hit by a coin during the Manchester Derby

Chelsea interim manager Rafa Benitez tried to play down the potential for trouble when he said he will offer to shake Warnock’s hand despite bad blood between the pair. The Leeds boss says he is undecided over a handshake as he holds him partly responsible for his Sheffield United team’s Premier League relegation in 2007.

Benitez, then manager of Liverpool, fielded a weakened side against struggling Fulham in the final weeks of the season.

He said: ‘Will I shake his hand I’m a professional so I will do my job. I’m a professional and have to behave.’

Benitez will hold talks with technical director Michael Emenalo about the club’s January transfer plans. Daniel Sturridge is set to join Liverpool next month so Chelsea will want a new striker, with Radamel Falcao a top target.

Simmer down: Rafael Benitez will try to keep a lid on any potential trouble by shaking Neil Warnock's hand

Simmer down: Rafael Benitez will try to keep a lid on any potential trouble by shaking Neil Warnock's hand

Sir Norman Bettison "resigned before being dismissed after attempting to influence Hillsborough talks"

Hillsborough police chief 'quit before being dismissed after trying to influence talks over role in disaster'

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UPDATED:

16:19 GMT, 8 November 2012

Resigned: Sir Norman Bettison resigned after allegedly trying to influence talks over his part in the Hillsborough scandal

Resigned: Sir Norman Bettison resigned after allegedly trying to influence talks over his part in the Hillsborough scandal

One of Britain's most senior police officers, Sir Norman Bettison, resigned after learning he faced a possible dismissal having attempted to influence talks about the role he played in the Hillsborough scandal, documents have revealed.

Sir Norman contacted the chief executive of West Yorkshire Police Fraser Sampson before a meeting at which officials made the decision to refer him to the Independent Police Complaints Commission for alleged misconduct after the Hillsborough Panel’s damning report, according to minutes of the West Yorkshire Police Authority..

The conversation with Sampson would be enough to warrant Sir Norman’s sacking if it was proved he obstructed the ‘integrity of the complaints handling process’, the minutes indicate.

The IPCC had already announced that they were investigating a number of police officers involved in the 1989 disaster.

Sir Norman, who was the chief constable of the West Yorkshire Police until his resignation this month, is included in that list.

The former police chief was accused in the Hillsborough Panel’s report of being one of the main perpetrators in attempting to deflect blame from the police and emergency services to fans at the game.

Last month, the IPCC also announced that it was investigating claims that Sir Norman tried to influence the decision-making process of the police authority’s committee which were investigating the disciplinary matters against its senior officers, according to The Independent.

In the previously unseen minutes obtained by the PoliceOracle.com website via a freedom of information request, it was revealed that Sir Norman was not being accused of attempting to prevent the referral to the IPCC, but how that referral would be made.

According to the minutes, Sampson was asked to give the details of the conversation to the committee deciding Sir Norman’s fate on September 15.

Tragedy: 96 people died during the disaster in the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest

Tragedy: 96 people died during the disaster in the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest

On October 3 – at a private meeting – the minutes indicated that the conversation between Sir Norman and Sampson could result in ‘gross misconduct’ and dismissal if proved true.

When the committee was set to meet again three weeks later, on October 24, Sir Norman, who had led West Yorkshire Police since 2006, resigned, and it is believed he may have been suspended.

Labour MP Maria Eagle has already accused Sir Norman of being part of a ‘black ops’ unit set up to deflect blame from the police in the disaster which left 96 dead.

She also claimed that Sir Norman 'boasted' about cooking up lies to blame Liverpool fans for their part in the disaster.

Sir Norman denies these allegations.

But pressure had been mounting on Sir Norman following the initial publication of the independent panel’s report.

The damning report condemned the police’s response to the incident and their tampering with accounts subsequently.

Sir Norman, who said he had no plans to step down as chief constable in March 2013, said he left ‘not because of any allegations about the past, but because I share the view that this has become a distraction to policing in West Yorkshire now and in the future.’

His resignation means he will not face any misconduct charges, and Sir Norman has said he would cooperate fully with the IPCC inquiry.

Bettison was unavailable for comment on Wednesday evening.

Chaos: The Hillsborough Panel's report condemned the police's handling of the incident both during and after

Chaos: The Hillsborough Panel's report condemned the police's handling of the incident both during and after

New York Marathon cancelled

It's off! New York Marathon is cancelled following devastation of Superstorm Sandy

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UPDATED:

23:29 GMT, 2 November 2012

The New York City Marathon has been cancelled following mounting criticism for the decision earlier this week to go ahead with the race in the devastating wake of Superstorm Sandy.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said on Friday that this was not the time for Sunday's race to go ahead, with the region still recovering.

With people in storm-ravaged areas still without electricity, and the death toll in the city at more than 40, many New Yorkers were furious at the prospect of police officers being required to protect this major sporting event.

Marathon clear-up: Damage in the New York City borough of Queens, where fire destroyed around 100 houses and many more were flooded

Marathon clear-up: Damage in the New York City borough of Queens, where fire destroyed around 100 houses and many more were flooded

An estimated 40,000 runners from
around the world had been expected to take part.
The race had been scheduled to start in Staten Island, one of the areas to suffer most this week.

'We would not want a cloud to hang
over the race or its participants, and so we have decided to cancel it,' Bloomberg said in a statement.

High winds: Superstorm Sandy has forced the cancellation of the race

High winds: Superstorm Sandy has forced the cancellation of the race

'We cannot allow a controversy over an
athletic event – even one as meaningful as this – to distract attention
away from all the critically important work that is being done to
recover from the storm and get our city back on track.'

Bloomberg called the marathon an
'integral part of New York City's life for 40 years' and 'an event tens
of thousands of New Yorkers participate in and millions more watch'.

Flashback: The runners cross Verrazano Narrows Bridge in last year's race

Flashback: The runners cross Verrazano Narrows Bridge in last year's race

He maintained that holding the
race would not require diverting resources from the recovery effort, but
understood the level of friction.

'It is clear it that it has become
the source of controversy and division,' Bloomberg said. 'The marathon
has always brought our city together and inspired us with stories of
courage and determination.'

Nevin Spence tribute planned by Aviva Premiership clubs

Premiership sides to observe minute silence in tribute to tragic Ulster star Spence

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UPDATED:

15:54 GMT, 21 September 2012

Tributes will be paid throughout the Aviva Premiership this weekend to Ulster rugby player Nevin Spence.

The 22-year-old was killed, along with his father and brother, in an accident on the family farm in Northern Ireland last weekend.

A minute's silence will be observed before all six Premiership games, starting with Sale's match against London Welsh and followed by matches hosted by London Irish, Northampton, Gloucester, Leicester and Exeter.

Tribute: Aviva Premiership clubs will observe a minute silence in honour of tragic Ulster star Nevin Spence

Tribute: Aviva Premiership clubs will observe a minute silence in honour of tragic Ulster star Nevin Spence

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Sale, meanwhile, will also remember Greater Manchester Police officers Nicola Hughes and Fiona Bone, who were killed in a gun and grenade attack earlier this week.

'After the devastating events of last weekend, it is entirely appropriate that the whole of the rugby world remembers Nevin and his family this weekend,' Premiership Rugby rugby director Phil Winstanley said.

'In times like these rugby as a sport pulls together, and Premiership Rugby and all the Aviva Premiership clubs want to remember Nevin and show support for his family and for Ulster Rugby at this extremely difficult time.'

Sergio Aguero set to play for Manchester City against Arsenal

Aguero set to be unleashed on Arsenal but crocked Nasri to miss date with old pals

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UPDATED:

10:11 GMT, 21 September 2012

Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri seems certain to miss Sunday's Premier League encounter with former club Arsenal.

Nasri limped out of the Champions League defeat to Real Madrid on Tuesday night with a hamstring problem.

However Mancini confirmed that striker Sergio Aguero was fit to start, as is Mario Balotelli.

The boss: Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini arrives for his press conference on Friday morning

The boss: Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini arrives for his press conference on Friday morning

Aguero scored the goal that clinched City's first Barclays Premier League title in the dying seconds of last season but is yet to make an impression this term having suffered a knee injury in the opening fixture against Southampton last month.

He had hoped to make his return in the Spanish capital on Tuesday but events prevented manager Roberto Mancini bringing him on.

While the problem with Nasri is not
serious, manager Roberto Mancini feels this weekend will come too early
for the France international.

'I do not think he will be ready for Sunday,' said Mancini. 'We will try but it is difficult.

'I hope he will be okay for next week.'

Balotelli was left out of City's squad altogether for the trip to Madrid amid suggestions of another bust-up with his manager.

But the mercurial Italian striker is vying with Aguero, Carlos Tevez and Edin Dzeko for a place up front against the Gunners.

Defender Joleon Lescott will hope to reclaim his place but right-back Micah Richards (ankle) remains sidelined.

Meanwhile, it has been confirmed City will wear black armbands on Sunday in honour of Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes, the two Greater Manchester Police officers killed attending a routine report of a domestic burglary on Tuesday.

Fit again: Sergio Aguero

Out: Samir Nasri (right)

In and out: City striker Sergio Aguero (left) is fit again but midfielder Samir Nasri (right) is still suffering

Police clash with fans during NFL season opener

Cop that! Police clash with rival fans during NFL season opener

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UPDATED:

10:31 GMT, 11 September 2012

Police clashed with American football fans as violence marred the start of the NFL season.

Several fans were arrested after fighting broke out during the San Diego Chargers' 22-14 victory over AFC West divisional rivals the Oakland Raiders on Monday.

Trouble: Police move in as fans fight during the second half of the NFL game

Trouble: Police move in as fans fight during the second half of the NFL game

Philip Rivers avoided the turnovers that plagued his 2011 season and helped the San Diego Chargers open the new campaign with a victory over AFC West divisional rivals on Monday.

Rivers led the Chargers on drives that produced five field goals from Nate Kaeding and finished a steady day with one touchdown throw, and more importantly, no interceptions.

Rivers threw 20 interceptions last season during a disappointing 8-8 campaign for San Diego.

The Raiders too, were hoping for a new beginning as they entered the 2012 season with a new coach and general manager.

Hand off: Sheriff officers grapple with a female fan

Hand off: Sheriff officers grapple with a female fan

Alameda County Sheriff officers contain a football fan

However, they found themselves 10-6 behind at half-time before Kaeding kicked four successive field goals to leave the home team with a mountain to climb.

Carson Palmer, who joined Oakland in the middle of last season, threw for 297 yards but could only muster a consolation touchdown in the final minute.

In Baltimore, Joe Flacco passed for 299 yards and two touchdowns, while Ray Rice rumbled into the end zone twice as the Ravens ditched their traditional bruising, methodical attack in favour of a no-huddle offense that blew away the Bengals.

Mayhem: Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden takes on Chargers' defence

Mayhem: Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden takes on Chargers' defence

Cincinnati, coming off a surprising season where they reached the playoffs with then-rookie quarterback Andy Dalton, stayed in touch at 17-13 halfway through the third quarter before Baltimore broke loose.

Flacco tossed a touchdown, Ed Reed returned an interception 34 yards for a score and the Ravens ended the game with 27 unanswered points to cap an impressive victory – especially for their quarterback.

'We know what we've got in this guy, he's won a lot of football games,' Ravens coach John Harbaugh.

'Joe Flacco is a great football player.'

Counterfeit football shirts seized by customs: Nick Harris

Fraud-busters pounce on sports counterfeit booty

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UPDATED:

22:17 GMT, 25 August 2012

As the Premier League kicked off last weekend, customs officers were seizing the largest haul of counterfeit football club merchandise ever to be unearthed in a single smuggling attempt, Inside Sport can reveal.

The cargo of fake goods — manufactured to look as though they were official products authorised by top clubs including Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool — were in a container aboard a ship that had come from China and that was searched at Southampton docks.

The illicit trade underlines the massive popularity of Premier League football and the demand for all kinds of knock-off merchandise linked to the clubs, and not just fake kits.

Fake: Football clubs lose crucial income

Fake: Football clubs lose crucial income

Last weekend’s haul included 8,620 ashtrays, watches and lighters, and had a street value of 312,800, sources have confirmed. In the whole of last season, a total of 1 million of counterfeit Premier League goods were seized, mostly at ports aboard ships coming from Asia.

The task of preventing counterfeit goods is a multi-agency operation, including Customs, Trading Standards and a consultancy called Back Four Ltd, which works on brand protection.

‘Victims’ of such smuggling include not just clubs, brands and customers who might buy sub-standard products, but British taxpayers, because fake goods mostly end up being traded in the black economy, with no tax paid.

It is understood that last weekend’s haul was destined for a middle-man wholesaler for forwarding into the counterfeit marketplace.

Smuggling is often orchestrated by elements of organised crime, and this is routinely the case with fake ‘luxury brand’ goods. The authorities remain open-minded whether fake sports goods are linked to organised crime.

Seizures like last weekend’s are a result of ‘intelligence information, and luck’ according to one source. ‘We can’t stress how important tip-offs are. If fans see dodgy gear for sale, start by alerting Trading Standards.’

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Supportive: Prince Harry has been praised by the Help for Heroes charity

Supportive: Prince Harry has been praised by the Help for Heroes charity

Prince Harry has been taking flak these past few days for his high jinx in Las Vegas but he remains highly regarded by the many people he has aided at Help for Heroes, the charity for sick and wounded servicemen, veterans and their families.

‘He’s always been brilliantly supportive,’ said a source, who added that it would have been ‘fitting and welcome’ if Harry had been able to attend Wednesday’s Paralympic Games opening ceremony.

That now seems unlikely, although it is unclear whether recent events have dictated his absence. A ceremony source says wounded servicemen will play a role in a ‘dramatic and surprising’ sequence in which the Paralympic torch arrives at the main stadium.

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Golf U-turn on its bookies ban

The European golf Tour is poised for a U-turn on its strict anti-gambling policy — so the stars of the sport can continue to have access to lucrative prize money.

Bookmakers have been blocked from sponsoring events since Victor Chandler stopped backing the British Masters at Woburn in 2002.

This was intended to make it clear that golf did not condone betting in an era when so many other sports have had their reputations tarnished by match-fixing. In 2011, the Tour banned all players and caddies from any betting on any golf.

But with the recession biting, more than 10million wiped off the value of tournament sponsorships this year alone and seven tournaments cancelled through lack of sponsorship, bookies are likely to be allowed back as sponsors.

The harsh financial reality has hit the players attending this weekend’s Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles. A noticeboard memo warns that the Andalucia Masters, a 2.5m event scheduled for Valderrama in mid-October, is now unlikely to go ahead.

Several leading members of the powerful European Tour committee, made up of senior players, are in favour of dropping the no-bookie sponsors policy. ‘In this tough economic climate,’ said one source. ‘We cannot afford to turn away any potential sponsors and the issue of bookmakers is going to be discussed.’

Tennis facing uneasy drugs questions

The US Open starts on Monday at Flushing Meadows with tennis facing uncomfortable questions about doping after a lifetime ban by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) for a Spanish doctor, Luis Garcia del Moral, whose work with tainted cyclists includes Lance Armstrong.

He has also worked with tennis players at a Valencia academy, which has forced at least one player, Italy’s Sara Errani, to distance herself from him.

Her remarkable form this year includes a French Open final before being victim of a ‘golden set’ defeat at Wimbledon. Her brother Davide insists she rarely had contact with the shamed doctor, while the player has said her mostly brilliant year is down to a new racket.

Webb Simpson upstaged by photobomber at US Open

Simpson's big moment ruined as Union Jack photobomber squawks like a BIRDIE during US Open trophy presentation

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UPDATED:

10:26 GMT, 18 June 2012

After winning the US Open, Webb Simpson probably felt he had earned his moment in the spotlight.

But one fan had other ideas and decided to 'photobomb' the prize-giving ceremony.

Squawking like a bird and dressed in a beanie hat, the spectator interrupted the trophy presentation at the Olympic Club in San Francisco.

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The fan disrupted the trophy presentation as Webb Simpson watches on

The fan disrupted the trophy presentation as Webb Simpson watches on

The photobomber was quickly dragged away after the incident at the U.S. Open Championship

The photobomber was quickly dragged away after the incident at the U.S. Open Championship

The bold photobombing during the prize giving ceremony was caught entirely on camera

The bold photobombing during the prize giving ceremony was caught entirely on camera

His fame was short lived, however, as he was unceremoniously dragged away by a US Golf Association official.

He was subsequently handcuffed and arrested by officers.

Webb Simpson later said he thought the bizarre incident was all part of the presentation

Webb Simpson later said he thought the bizarre incident was all part of the presentation

The golfer appeared to take the attempt to steal the limelight in good spirits

The golfer appeared to take the attempt to steal the limelight in good spirits

The bizarre incident – which happened as NBC's Bob Costas interviewed Simpson following his maiden major title victory – was all played out on camera.

Despite the somewhat audacious attempt though, the 'photobombing' failed to take away the limelight from the golfer for long.

The 26-year-old, who now climbs to fifth in the world, became the 15th different major winner in a row.

Police officers subsequently arrested the photobomber before he was carted off

Police officers subsequently arrested the photobomber before he was carted off

The crazed fan's moment in the spotlight lasted only a few seconds before he was escorted away

The crazed fan's moment in the spotlight lasted only a few seconds before he was escorted away

He is also now the third consecutive American to win one of golf's grand slam events after beating Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell and fellow countrymen Michael Thompson by one shot.

Speaking to the BBC, Simpson said: 'I've never felt nerves like I felt today.

'I had to hit my legs because I couldn't feel them.

The man's distinctive Union Jack beanie hat was removed before he was taken away by officers

The man's distinctive Union Jack beanie hat was removed before he was taken away by officers

'I probably prayed more the last three holes than I ever did in my life.'

The American also commented on the bizarre photobombing, saying the moment caught him completely by surprise:

'He just appeared in front of me.

I wasn't sure if that was part of the deal.'

Arsenal fan arrested over racist abuse of Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote

Arsenal fan arrested over racist abuse of Newcastle midfielder Tiote

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UPDATED:

18:25 GMT, 24 March 2012

A man was arrested on suspicion of a racially-aggravated public-order offence during a Premier League match.

The 29-year-old was held in connection with an alleged incident at Arsenal's match against Newcastle on March 12.

Target: Cheik Tiote of Newcastle

Target: Cheik Tiote of Newcastle

The club carried out an internal investigation following reports that an individual had been caught on Sky Sports' live television coverage of the match at Emirates Stadium abusing Newcastle's Cheick Tiote.

A club statement confirmed: 'Following an incident during our home Premier League match against Newcastle United on Monday March 12, a 29-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of a racially-aggravated public-order offence.

'The suspect has been interviewed and bailed to return to Islington police station in April.

'Arsenal Football Club would like to take this opportunity to thank the Metropolitan Police Service for their co-operation and swift action in this matter.

'We reiterate that Arsenal Football Club does not tolerate foul language, racist chanting, homophobic chanting or any anti-social behaviour at Emirates Stadium, and we will continue to act with zero tolerance towards any individual found to be acting in an abusive manner.'

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: 'Metropolitan Police officers today arrested a 29-year-old man at an address in Ilford on suspicion of a racially-aggravated public-order offence.

'He was taken to a north London police station where he was subsequently bailed to a date in April.

'The arrest follows an allegation after the Arsenal match against Newcastle at the Emirates stadium on Monday 12 March.'