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David Beckham named by China as a global football ambassador in a bid to revive game

Save us Becks! China name PSG midfielder as a global football ambassador in a bid to revive their faltering domestic game

Olympics last year and Chinese officials expect his popularity and influence to restore the game's credibility in their country.

At a loss: David Beckham came off the bench but couldn't save PSG from a 1-0 defeat by Reims at the weekend

At a loss: David Beckham came off the bench but couldn't save PSG from a 1-0 defeat by Reims at the weekend

Game changer: David Beckham was a second-half substitute as PSG crashed to a shock defeat at Stade Reims

'2013 marks the 20th anniversary of professional football in China and the special ambassadorship of David Beckham will attract global attention to Chinese football and the CSL,' said a spokesman for the CFA.

'While in China, he will attend the CSL and visit clubs to get a deeper insight into football in China.

'He will also help us to inspire and motivate many children to participate in this beautiful game.'

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Nicolas Anelka

Brief: Former Chelsea forwards Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka both quit early into their spells at Shanghai

VIDEO: Watch match highlights of Reims v PSG here…

Eden Hazard ball boy: Don"t let Charlie Morgan tarnish reputation, says former Arsenal ball boy

Inside the mind of a ball boy: Swansea lad wasn't doing it right… and I should know, it was my job at Arsenal for a season

By
Phil Duncan

PUBLISHED:

10:42 GMT, 24 January 2013

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UPDATED:

11:40 GMT, 24 January 2013

'It is a fact,' Glenn Hoddle proclaimed. 'You will tell people who are instructing ball boys that if you're winning the game, don't get the ball back quickly.'

Well, sorry to disappoint you, Glenn. But that's not the case – fact.

I spent one season marshalling the Clock End for Arsenal Football Club and never was I ordered or told to influence play. We were simply under instruction to retrieve the ball and get it back on the pitch as soon as humanly possible.

There were no towels, no multi-ball system – other than games in the Champions League where this was compulsory – and certainly no instruction to treat one team differently from another.

On the ball: That's me on the left celebrating a Robert Pires strike against Charlton in the 2002-03 season

On the ball: That's me on the left celebrating a Robert Pires strike against Charlton in the 2002-03 season

Hoddle, speaking as a pundit on Sky Sports after last night's stunning events, also suggested that all home teams use the multi-ball system to their advantage on European nights.

Not in my experience. The message was clear: 'European officials are watching tonight, and they want you to retrieve and return the ball as quickly as you can. Don't mess it up.' As a 14-year-old representing Arsenal Football Club, I made sure I didn't.

What Eden Hazard did last night was wrong. He shouldn't have kicked out. But the self-proclaimed 'king of ball boys' Charlie Morgan hardly covered himself in glory either.

Before the game he hinted at
deliberately slowing down play under the hashtag 'timewasting'. As such,
there can be little sympathy.

Kick it out: Eden Hazard is ent off (below) after striking ball boy Charlie Morgan in last night's Capital One Cup match

Kick it out: Eden Hazard is sent off (below) after striking ball boy Charlie Morgan in last night's semi-final clash

Eden Hazard sent off

Social media hadn't been invented during my stint as a ball boy back in 2002. A 'hash' was a term which went before a figure, or used to determine the kind of telephone you were using during an automated call. But even in this era obsessed with Twitter and Facebook, I'd still be surprised if you found a current Arsenal ball boy gloating about his or her role. From the boardroom to the ball boys, the same strict rules apply to any employee of the north London club.

The act of a ball boy may seem like a menial task to most but we were under clear instruction to do our job professionally and properly. I wasn't paid but that wasn't the point. Watching Arsenal from the front row of the Clock End was payment in itself. We actually used to win things back then.

Wearing the Arsenal tracksuit, taking my designated seat for every game of the 2002-03 season – I was given the section nearest the away fans as I was one among the eldest of the group – and walking on to the hallowed Highbury turf to wave the Champions League flag on European nights are memories I will always cherish. As a defender who didn't like tackling or heading (and still doesn't) I knew this was the closest I'd get to playing for my childhood team. It was an honour.

Take your seat: A ball boy at WhTake your seat: A ball boy at White Hart Lane ite Hart Lane

Take your seat: Fans at White Hart Lane share a joke with a ball boy

Twenty of us between the ages of 12 and 16 were trialled and picked for one season, and one season only. There were clear rules. Don't celebrate an Arsenal goal (although, I must confess to ignoring that one). Don't kick the ball, or use your feet. And don't enter the field of play to retrieve the ball.

I remember one instance when Peter Schmeichel, who was playing for Manchester City, berated one of my colleagues for refusing to go on to the pitch to return the ball to him. He was simply obeying instructions. The Clock End responded by chanting 'ball boy give us a wave'. He did.

Speaking this morning, Pat Nevin, a former Chelsea player said, like Hazard, he too would have kicked the ball boy. And I'd have to agree. By smothering the ball, and then appearing to feign injury, the 17-year-old let himself down, he let Swansea down, and he called into question the integrity of ball boys across the country.

Nevin then suggested that ball boys should be banned. Nonsense. Retrieve the ball. Throw it back. Assume your position. Job done. Just do it the right way, the Arsenal way.

Frank Lampard: Chelsea future is up in the air

Lampard refuses to commit to Chelsea despite double against Everton

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16:21 GMT, 30 December 2012

Frank Lampard may be on his way out of Chelsea but after Sunday’s performance away to Everton, he will leave in a blaze of glory.

The England midfielder, who scored twice to end Everton’s record of being unbeaten at Goodison Park all season, gave a strong indication he could move in the January window.

When asked what the new year would hold for him, Lampard said: ‘I just hope personally for me, it means I will be playing in a winning team.

Parting gift Frank Lampard scored twice against Everton at Goodison

Parting gift Frank Lampard scored twice against Everton at Goodison

‘I will keep trying to give my best as I’ve always done when here and will continue to do so.

‘I know there’s a lot of speculation and talk, but for me the enjoyable bit is the 90 minutes like I’ve just played, there.’

Lampard is free to talk to overseas clubs from January 1 with his contract six months from expiry, and Chelsea could be tempted to cash in instead of letting the midfielder’s contract run down.

Manchester United are said to be keeping tabs on the 34-year old’s situation.

Chelsea have now won 10 of the 11 games Lampard has played in, and only one of the eight he’s not featured in the squad for.

Surprisingly despite this, owner Roman Abramovich still does not appear interested in negotiating a new deal.

Head boy: Lampard spearheaded Chelsea's comeback against the Toffees

Head boy: Lampard spearheaded Chelsea's comeback against the Toffees

Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez was giving nothing away over Lampard's future.

'I am really pleased with the team, credit to Frank for the goals,' the Spaniard said.

'Frank is under contract, doing well, fully committed. My job is to keep him fit.'

Asked if he knew anything about reports club officials are due to hold talks with Newcastle striker Demba Ba, he added: 'No, because we don't talk about this business, we had a very important game today.'

Harry Redknapp plans QPR clear-out

Redknapp plans QPR clear-out after blasting 'overpaid' remnants of Hughes' regime

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22:30 GMT, 23 December 2012

Harry Redknapp is facing a fight to offload his ‘overpaid’ players as he plans a Queens Park Rangers clear-out.

The Loftus Road manager wants to raise cash by moving out the players he believes are surplus to requirements.

Speaking on Saturday after the 1-0 defeat at Newcastle, Redknapp said: ‘There’s an awful lot of players at this club earning far too much money for what they are – far, far, far too much money for their ability and what they give to the club.’

Clear-out: Redknapp (left) wants to trim his playing squad

Clear-out: Redknapp (left) wants to trim his playing squad

A number of former manager Mark Hughes’s signings are expected to be slashed from Redknapp’s squad in the next two transfer windows.

These include defender Jose Bosingwa, who was last week fined 130,000 by the club for refusing to sit on the bench for the club’s 2-1 win over Fulham. He will lead the planned exodus.

Without naming Boswinga, Redknapp said: ‘He didn’t want to be on the bench and didn’t want to be a substitute, so he went home.

‘He has been fined two weeks’ wages, 130,000. Not too bad for two weeks – decent isn’t it’

Sportsmail understands Djibril Cisse, Samba Diakite and Stephane Mbia, who were all signed on lucrative contracts by Hughes, are facing the axe.

Fined: Bosingwa (left) refused to sit on the bench for Redknapp

Fined: Bosingwa (left) refused to sit on the bench for Redknapp

But club officials fear the players on big salaries will not be easy to shift because they will not be prepared to take the significant wage reduction needed to secure a move elsewhere. Continuing his attack on players not justifying their high wages, Redknapp said: ‘I don’t really want to see the owners have their pants taken down like they have in the past. A lot of agents made money out of them.

‘I fined a player last week and he was earning more than any player earned at Tottenham (Redknapp’s previous club). You shouldn’t be paying massive wages when you’ve got a stadium that holds 18,000 people.

‘Newcastle holds 52,000 and most of their players will be nowhere near the wages some of the players are earning here.’

QPR will now fear relegation is beckoning after this defeat and skipper Ryan Nelsen revealed that Redknapp was not just angry at the amount of money some of his players earn.

Toon super sub: Shola Ameobi (left) celebrates his winning goal

Toon super sub: Shola Ameobi (left) celebrates his winning goal

‘The manager is not very happy. That’s our first defeat under him and obviously he hates losing,’ Nelsen said. ‘He’s not very happy at all, but everyone is a wee bit disappointed with that performance to tell you the truth.’

A late goal by Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi, on as a substitute, saw Redknapp’s side beaten 1-0 but Nelsen admitted the driving rain had made the game enjoyable to play in.

‘I love those conditions,’ the central defender said. ‘I’ve got to admit it was fun out there for most of the match. St James’ Park is one of my favourite places, especially with the rain lashing down and wind biting and the crowd is really passionate.

‘Maybe I’m just old and sentimental but that’s what English football is all about. Good old English football. It was like the Alamo at times. I swear I heard the horns and the cavalry coming.’

Paul Ifill racially abused during A-League match

Former Millwall and Palace midfielder Ifill racially abused during A-League match in Adelaide

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13:25 GMT, 16 December 2012

Ifill spent 11 years in England at Millwall, Sheffield United and Crystal Palace

Ifill spent 11 years in England at Millwall, Sheffield United and Crystal Palace

Former Millwall, Sheffield United and Crystal Palace midfielder Paul Ifill has accused fans of racially abusing him during an A-League match which took place on Sunday.

The 33-year-old, who currently plays for Wellington Phoenix, was allegedly called a derogatory racial term when he was substituted in the 61st minute of his side's 3-1 defeat at Adelaide United.

'Bad times poor result and racist abuse from a very small minority of fans,' Ifill tweeted after the game.

Phoenix coach Ricki Herbert would not discuss the allegations after the match.

'It's not for me to confirm or deny, its best to go through that process and talk to Adelaide,' he said.

'There are a few comments we've shared with club officials and I'm sure they will explain it.'

An Adelaide club spokesman said they are aware of the situation and will investigate the matter.

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ifill tweet

Gordon Taylor has backed the FA"s 92-point action plan to get rid of racism

'We must improve the opportunities for all ethnic minority employees' says PFA chief Taylor

By
Neil Ashton

PUBLISHED:

23:58 GMT, 13 December 2012

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UPDATED:

00:08 GMT, 14 December 2012

Gordon Taylor has backed the FA’s initial draft of a 92-point action plan and demanded greater transparency in the recruitment process of coaches and managers.

Taylor gave his thoughts after it emerged that the plan, which will be introduced early in the new year and was revealed in first-draft form by Sportsmail yesterday, will demand quota systems for entry-level officials and coaches.

Support: PFA Chief Executive Gordon Taylor (pictured) said: 'I'm in favour of more black and ethnic minorities, who have the right qualifications, being put on the radar'

Support: PFA Chief Executive Gordon Taylor (pictured) said: 'I'm in favour of more black and ethnic minorities, who have the right qualifications, being put on the radar'

The PFA chief executive said: ‘I’m in favour of more black and ethnic minorities, who have the right qualifications, being put on the radar.

‘Whether that is by some form of Rooney Rule or something similar needs to be discussed, but I would like to see greater transparency.

'We must improve the opportunities for all ethnic minority employees and demonstrate that discrimination at any level of the game is unacceptable,’ Taylor added.

‘At the PFA, I can assure you that the spread of ethnic-minority employees is much higher than 10 per cent.

‘This is a very big issue and it does need to be addressed.

‘When I look at coaches such as Chris Hughton, Keith Curle and Chris Powell, a former PFA chairman, that is not representative of the football community.’

Despite his demand for greater ethnic representation in the game, Taylor also claimed that English football is at the forefront of tackling the issue.

‘No other country has a conglomerate of players from different nationalities like England does.

‘Now we have to improve the opportunities for coaches at various levels of the game and make the interview process more transparent.

‘We have made great strides over the last few years and although we are heading in the right direction, the hard work must continue.’

KEY ASPECTS OF THE 92-POINT PLAN:
Proportion of ethnic minority coaches does not fall below 10 per cent.By 2015-16 10 per cent of referees to be from ethnic minorities.Setting up of a confidential hotline to report any form of bullying or discrimination.Use of video technology to catch racist fans.The Football League introducing mandatory minimum standard club codes of conduct.Social media guidelines for players and club staff to follow throughout professional football.Crowd management measures to guide professional and semi- professional clubs.Mandatory
lessons for all to educate and change attitudes and ensure they are
informed of the procedures to follow when incidents occur.Closer working relationships with police over hate crime in football incidents.Football
authorities to discipline clubs who repeatedly fail to sanction
employers who breach code of conduct, or deal adequately with fans in
relation to discriminatory language or behaviour.A review of the recruitment process for managers and coaches at the top level.New programmes to help black and Asian coaches gain qualifications to challenge for top professional roles.Talent programmes specifically for Asian men and boys and the promotion of Asian male and female role models.Improve the reporting and analysis of in-stadium offences.

Sao Paulo win Copa Sudamericana after "security guards attack Tigre players"

Brazil nuts! Copa Sudamericana ends in chaos as final is abandoned after 'security guards pull guns and beat up players'

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09:54 GMT, 13 December 2012

The image of Brazilian football in the lead up to the 2014 World Cup was seriously tarnished when the final of the Copa Sudamericana was abandoned as visiting club Tigre accused security officials of pulling guns on them and beating the players.

After a goalless first leg in Argentina, Sao Paulo took a 2-0 lead on home turf with goals from Lucas Moura and Osvaldo.

But things took a sour turn at half-time as fighting broke out between the players as they made their way off the pitch.

All over: The referee abandoned the match between Tigre and Sao Paulo

All over: The referee abandoned the match between Tigre and Sao Paulo

Scrap: Sao Paulo (in white) and Tigre ended up fighting before the referee called time on the clash

Scrap: Sao Paulo (in white) and Tigre ended up fighting before the referee called time on the clash

Tigre then refused to return for the second half, claiming their players had been attacked by security guards in the dressing rooms.

Chilean referee Enrique Osses abandoned the match after a 30-minute delay, awarding the victory to Sao Paulo, who were then presented with the trophy in a formal ceremony.

Tigre coach Nestor Gorosito claimed armed security officers had beaten his players and pointed guns at them during half-time. He said goalkeeper Damian Albil had a gun pointed at his chest.

'During the break, a big guy came in
with a gun,' he said on Fox Sports. 'Some policeman started to hit some
of my players. We tried to defend ourselves. They pulled two revolvers.
We’re not going to play anymore.

'My players fought with the security
people for 15 minutes. Then the police arrived and the incidents
continued. What happened is disgraceful. There are several players hurt, but none serious.'

Crossbar challenge: Fans managed to get on to the pitch after Sao Paulo won the Copa Sudamericana

Crossbar challenge: Fans managed to get on to the pitch after Sao Paulo won the Copa Sudamericana

Gorosito also complained about the treatment his team had received throughout their preparations for the match.

'We
trained two hours away from our hotel, and it took us more than an hour
to get to the stadium,' he said. 'We were unable to warm up on the
pitch.'

Tigre president Sergio Massa said
Wednesday was one of the most shameful days in Brazilian football
history and urged the Argentinian Football Federation (AFA) to take
strong action.

Massa told the AFA official website: 'We need to show the people everything that happened, the assaults and injuries.

'When we went into the dressing room after the first half, there were 15 security people that were hitting the players. They struck us.

'For Tigre today was an historic day. The referee told us he was going to suspend the game and ended up doing that. It was all a mess, football should be a celebration.'

Tigre security chief Ruben Pasquini said in La Nacion newspaper: 'It was an ambush. They were waiting for us. (Midfielder Ruben) Botta has an injured eye. They put a gun in the chest of Albil. (Midfielder) Gaston Diaz was also hurt.'

Solid back four: Police stand outside the dressing rooms after the Copa Sudamericana final was abandoned

Solid back four: Police stand outside the dressing rooms after the Copa Sudamericana final was abandoned

You're not coming on: Security guards line the pitch as the officials make their way off

You're not coming on: Security guards line the pitch as the officials make their way off

Referee Osses said: 'We did not see anything, but we have heard some things about what happened.

'We saw there were some injuries to the Tigre players but I don't know what caused them.'

CONMEBOL official Romer Osuna said: 'The referee abandoned the game because it was not right to play on.

'This decision is final. It is a shame that a continental final finished in this fashion.'

The city of Sao Paulo is one of the
host venues for the 2014 World Cup, although matches will be played at
Corinthians' Arena de Sao Paulo and not the Morumbi.

Massa felt the incidents had cast a shadow over Brazilian football.

Explosive: Sao Paulo supporters celebrated as fireworks lit up the sky

Explosive: Sao Paulo supporters celebrated as fireworks lit up the sky

'It's one of the most shameful pages in Brazilian football. We came to play a game of football, not a war,' he said. 'All this makes us very sad.

'We don't want to win or lose a game in the offices but the AFA are going to have to make a strong protest.'

Sao Paulo had dominated the first half with Lucas, playing his final match before joining Paris St Germain, at the heart of everything.

He scored the opener in the 23rd minute, pouncing on the ball to fire home after Willian Jose's progress towards goal had been blocked.

Lucas turned provider for the second, playing a fine ball for Osvaldo to run through and lift the ball over Damian Albil.

Cop that: Police officers patrol the pitch after Tigre players refused to be play on and the match was called off

Cop that: Police officers patrol the pitch after Tigre players refused to be play on and the match was called off

However, Lucas had also been on the receiving end of several tough challenges, with one elbow to the face drawing blood.

Sao Paulo goalkeeper Rogerio Ceni, who had handed Lucas the captain's armband at the end to allow the departing star to lift the trophy, was shocked by the way the match ended, but claimed the Tigre players had been overly aggressive on the pitch.

'We don't know what happened, but the Tigre players came to Brazil to fight, not to play,' he said. 'I really don't know what happened in the dressing rooms.'

Capture the moment: The Sao Paulo players pose for pictures after their controversial triumph

Capture the moment: The Sao Paulo players pose for pictures after their controversial triumph

FA"s 92-point action plan to rid football of racism with quotas for referees and coaches

SPORTSMAIL EXCLUSIVE: We'll kick out the bigots… FA's 92-point action plan to rid football of the scourge of racism
The Football Association will introduce ethnic quotas for referees and coaches early in the new year
The latest video technology, including spy cameras, will be used to catch racist fansTough crackdown on offending clubsMoves to increase the involvement of women, ethnic minorities and disabled people

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UPDATED:

23:42 GMT, 12 December 2012

English football will introduce quotas for referees and coaches as part of an unprecedented campaign to tackle racism.

The plan will be adopted early in the new year and include the demand that at least 10 per cent of entry level officials and coaches throughout the game are from ethnic minorities.

There will also be moves to increase the involvement of women, ethnic minorities and disabled people in all forms of football, while Asian role models will be sought to encourage Asian children to play the game.

Confidential hotlines will be set up for players to report any form of bullying and discrimination, and fans will be able to text, email or maybe even tweet their complaints about any form of racism.

Race disgrace: John Terry (covering mouth) was banned for abusing Anton Ferdinand

Race disgrace: John Terry (covering mouth) was banned for abusing Anton Ferdinand

In addition, the latest video and audio technology will be used to identify supporters guilty of racist gestures or chanting at matches.

The far-reaching plan comes after a period in which football has been scarred by the racist behaviour of John Terry and Luis Suarez, and by the false accusation of racial abuse levelled at referee Mark Clattenburg.

PFA back ban call

The Professional Footballers’ Association will support the FA proposal of a minimum five-game ban for racist abuse.

PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor said: ‘We want to illustrate the seriousness of our approach to this issue.’

The extent of the fight against racism can be revealed by Sportsmail, who have seen the FA’s 92-point Football Inclusion and Anti-Discrimination Action Plan.

FA chairman David Bernstein has also given his personal guarantee in a letter to Culture Secretary Maria Miller, copied to Prime Minister David Cameron, that all the recommendations will be carried out once they have been rubber-stamped by football’s stakeholders.

The anti-racism education process being introduced will not just involve cultural lessons for overseas players and managers coming to England.

All sections of the game, including match stewards, will be given advice on how best to combat discrimination and the procedures to follow when it happens.

The FA will also establish an Inclusion Advisory Board to provide guidance on all equality matters and monitor the implementation of the plan.

Flashpoint: Luis Suarez (left) was in an ugly clash with Patrice Evra last season

Flashpoint: Luis Suarez (left) was in an ugly clash with Patrice Evra last season

The document has been distributed to all 92 League clubs, who will be expected to sign the charter for action against homophobia and transphobia launched by the Government last year.

Contracts with players and managers will have a mandatory reference to behaving in an inclusive and non-discriminatory manner.

A timetable has been set out as far ahead as the 2017-18 season as to when the 92 points will be implemented.

They start this month with the football organisations publicising the roles and responsibilities of each body — FA, Premier League, Football League, clubs, League Managers’ Associations, Professional Footballers’ Association and County FAs — in promoting inclusion and dealing with discrimination in football.

Also beginning immediately is the FA mandate that the proportion of ethnic minority coaches starting at the lowest level of qualification does not fall below 10 per cent.

And by season 2015-16: ‘The FA in conjunction with county FAs will ensure that 10 per cent of the referee workforce is from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, which is reflective of national demographics.’

Shirt shrift: Manchester City's Joleon Lescott refuses to wear a Kick It Out top

Shirt shrift: Manchester City's Joleon Lescott refuses to wear a Kick It Out top

The proposals are the FA’s response to
the Prime Minister calling for the game to take tougher action after an
anti-racism-in-football summit last February.

Bernstein is making the fight against racism his personal FA legacy before he stands down next May. In his letter to Miller he writes: ‘Let me give you my own personal reassurance that this is an issue at the very top of my agenda.

‘It is one that I know we are all determined to address both speedily and collaboratively subject to the approvals processes of our respective organisations.

‘There is no doubt that recent events have brought into sharp relief the impact that race and other forms of discrimination can still have on the game. Incidents involving high-profile players cast a shadow over the sport and can undermine much of the collective good work achieved.

‘Despite the substantial progress English football has made in this area over many years we fully recognise that the work to eliminate discrimination based on race, ethnic origin, colour and nationality is still not complete.’

Official inquiry: The FA want more non-white referees to follow Uriah Rennie

Official inquiry: The FA want more non-white referees to follow Uriah Rennie

Bernstein was referring to the Terry, Suarez and Clattenburg cases and the FA plan seeks to prevent any repetition.

The hotline strategy follows Jason Roberts’ complaints about some black players not trusting the authorities to fight racism.

To counter that lack of faith in the authorities, the planned support structure will ‘ensure those who wish to report incidents of discrimination or bullying within the game, whether trainees, players, coaches, managers, other employees or fans, can do so in confidence and receive the support they may require’.

Ironically Bernstein also puts on record his strong support for anti-racism group Kick It Out, whose chairman Lord Ouseley has threatened to quit the FA Council in protest at their ‘mealy- mouthed’ response to the Terry and Suarez issues.

The recommendations may be tweaked after feedback from stakeholders. But they are broadly expected to be introduced following club meetings next February. It is envisaged that the final version will be presented in a ‘more user friendly and punchy format’.

Crackdown: Chelsea banned this supporter for making a gesture at Manchester United's Danny Welbeck

Crackdown: Chelsea banned this supporter for making a gesture at Manchester United's Danny Welbeck

Other key proposals include:

The Football League introducing mandatory minimum standard club codes of conduct.Social media guidelines for players and club staff to follow throughout professional football.Crowd management measures to guide professional and semi- professional clubs.Mandatory lessons for all to educate and change attitudes and ensure they are informed of the procedures to follow when incidents occur.Closer working relationships with police over hate crime in football incidents.Football authorities to discipline clubs who repeatedly fail to sanction employers who breach code of conduct, or deal adequately with fans in relation to discriminatory language or behaviour.A review of the recruitment process for managers and coaches at the top level.New programmes to help black and Asian coaches gain qualifications to challenge for top professional roles.Talent programmes specifically for Asian men and boys and the promotion of Asian male and female role models.Improve the reporting and analysis of in-stadium offences.

The FA are not just attempting to eradicate racism in their grand plan.

The commitment is to ‘promote inclusion and eliminate discrimination whether by reason of race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, age, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marital status, religion or belief, ability or disability’.

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Hillsborough must be remembered as football considers using nets after Rio Ferdinand coin incident

Remember Hillsborough! As football considers using nets to stop yobs, relatives of victims killed in tragedy issue warning

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01:51 GMT, 11 December 2012

Relatives of Hillsborough victims have warned that erecting netting to protect players from missiles could eventually lead to the return of the fences that killed their loved ones.

Players' union chief Gordon Taylor said on Monday that mesh nets would have saved Rio Ferdinand from the coin that struck him above the eye in the last minute of Sunday's Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium.

Such nets are used across Europe, while Manchester United have one behind the goals at Old Trafford to stop disabled supporters being hit by the ball.

Target: Supporters hurled coins at the United players as they celebrated their last-gasp victory over City on Sunday

Target: Supporters hurled coins at the United players as they celebrated their last-gasp victory over City

But last night Steve Kelly of the Hillsborough Justice Campaign said: 'I don't think nets would bring safety. The next thing would be wire mesh and then fencing, and we all know what that has meant.

'Preventing missiles is a society thing. With all the money the clubs have to pay players the wages they are getting, there should be better ways to identify fans in the crowd who throw things.

'They should be making real examples of these people, not trying to fence groups of fans in. It should be more than a 50 slap on the wrist and a temporary ban.'

Tragedy: Ninety-six Liverpool supporters lost their lives in the Hillsborough tragedy

Tragedy: Ninety-six Liverpool supporters lost their lives in the Hillsborough tragedy

The controversy came on the day Attorney General Dominic Grieve sought to have the Hillsborough inquest verdicts of accidental death quashed. Mr Grieve said there was a 'good' case to hold new hearings into the deaths of the 96 Liverpool fans in 1989.

City officials and Greater Manchester Police were still trawling through CCTV footage in an attempt to identify the thug who threw the coin at Ferdinand after United's winning goal. It is understood the process could last into the new year.

PFA chief executive Taylor had said earlier in the day: 'I think you've got to give consideration to some netting in vulnerable areas, be it behind the goals and round the corner flags.'

Confrontation: City have banned supporter Matthew Slott for life after he ran on to the pitch

Confrontation: City have banned supporter Matthew Slott for life after he ran on to the pitch

It is understood City are not giving too much thought to putting up netting and will only do so if ordered to by the FA, which is unlikely.

City are reviewing their procedures in the wake of Sunday – as they would after any big game – and are determined to find the offender and work out how another fan was able to evade stewards and run on to the field in the direction of Ferdinand. Matthew Stott, 21, was yesterday charged with pitch encroachment and will be banned for life by City.

Last night FA chairman David Bernstein said: 'It is deplorable to see those incidents. To see Rio Ferdinand with blood on his face is absolutely terrible. It's disturbing to see a recurrence of these things. We've had racial abuse issues, the odd pitch incursion, things being thrown at players. 'It has to be dealt with severely.'

Bloody mess: Ferdinand was struck by a 2p coin as he celebrated United's late victory

Bloody mess: Ferdinand was struck by a 2p coin as he celebrated United's late victory

City have previously given consideration to moving visiting supporters to less visible areas of the Etihad Stadium to stop players celebrating provocatively. It will be considered again when they eventually expand their stadium.

Former United midfielder Paddy Crerand yesterday denied Ferdinand was to blame for what happened. During a passionate interview on Radio 5 Live, Crerand said: 'I was at the game yesterday and that is absolute rubbish. Who suggested that, and where did that come from It's absolute garbage.'

On Monday night the story took another twist when Ashley Cole’s mother angrily denied posting an insulting message about the attack on Ferdinand after a Facebook page purporting to belong to her younger son Matty appeared to revel in the defender’s injury.

Sue Cole insisted she was not the author of a post that said: ‘Give the fan that threw it (the coin) a medal.’

Andy Carroll defended by Kevin Nolan over alleged attack of photographer

Nolan jumps to defence of team-mate Carroll as West Ham captain dismisses claims striker attacked photographerStriker has been accused of gouging and attempting to bite Paddy Cummins
West Ham are standing by the on-loan star amid the allegationsPolice in Dublin made no arrests after probing players

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20:01 GMT, 4 December 2012

West Ham players have leapt to the defence of Andy Carroll after the striker was accused of assaulting a photographer during the squad’s Christmas party.

The 35million England star, on loan at Upton Park from Liverpool, has found himself in hot-water after the incident outside a nightclub in Dublin in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Christmas Carroll: Hammers skipper Kevin Nolan, striker Carroll, Carlton Cole and Matt Taylor pose with a female fan at a pub in Dublin dressed all in fancy dress white

Christmas Carroll: Hammers skipper Kevin Nolan, striker Carroll, Carlton Cole and Matt Taylor pose with a female fan at a pub in Dublin dressed all in fancy dress white

Meal deal: Carroll - seemingly without his protective leg brace on - is pictured ordering food from Burger King at the end of his night out

Meal deal: Carroll – seemingly without his protective leg brace on – is pictured ordering food from Burger King at the end of his night out

Carroll is said to have lashed out at
33-year-old snapper Paddy Cummins, who was trying to take a shot of him
without his leg-brace.

The centre-forward is expected to miss the next two months with a knee injury and is required to wear the brace.

But in a show of team solidarity,
Carroll's team-mates will vouch for the 23-year-old when questioned by
club officials about the incident. The players will insist the striker
was provoked and showed no aggression towards the photographer.

Team-mate Kevin Nolan, who joined
Carroll on a trip to Whipps Cross Hospital in Essex on Tuesday to hand
out presents to sick children, said: ‘Someone is trying to fabricate a
story and that is the disappointing thing. It is part and parcel of what
we do and we understand that.

'We have had a fantastic weekend away
and you think you have come back with no problems but someone has made
something which was nothing as far as I was aware.'

Photographer Cummins alleges he was eye-gouged, pushed to the floor and that Carroll attempted to bite him during fracas.

Garda – Ireland’s police force – have launched an investigation into the incident, which is said to have taken place at 2.30am.

Carroll and a number of his team-mates have been interviewed by police but no arrests have been made.

Happy Hammers: Carroll and Nolan were put of a group to visit Whipps Cross Hospital in Essex

Happy Hammers: Carroll and Nolan were put of a group to visit Whipps Cross Hospital in Essex

West Ham players visit hospital in Essex

Injured: Carroll was wearing a protective knee brace on Saturday at Upton Park

Injured: Carroll was wearing a protective knee brace on Saturday at Upton Park

On Tuesday West Ham released a statement backing Carroll.

It read: 'Andy Carroll was in Dublin as part of a social trip with full permission of the management team.

'Andy agreed to have a number of pictures taken at the request of a photographer who was waiting on the street.

'Despite this, the photographer then
carried on taking photos in the close proximity of Andy and was politely
asked to stop by the private security team working on the trip.

'When he then continued taking more
photos he was restrained by the security team for Andy’s
safety. Eyewitnesses state at no point was there any physical contact
between Andy and the photographer.

'The Garda took statements from the group back at the hotel and no further action was taken.'

Speaking about the disappearance of
the leg brace, Carroll’s agent Mark Curtis added: 'The leg brace was
outside his trousers inside the club because he wanted people to see it
so they wouldn’t knock into him. When he left he put it under the
trousers.'

'He can’t walk without it. He isn’t a daft lad and he wouldn’t be able to put weight on his leg without it.'

Carroll now looks likely to escape recrimination from police and West Ham over the incident.

Night out: Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan were part of West Ham's Christmas party weekend tour to Dublin, where they were pictured with Irish fans

Night out: Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan were part of West Ham's Christmas party weekend tour to Dublin, where they were pictured with Irish fans

Spell on the sidelines: Carroll is out for eight weeks with a knee injury

Spell on the sidelines: Carroll is out for eight weeks with a knee injury