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Scottish football fans handed community service after violent clash in retail park

Fans spared jail over violent clash between Dundee and Hamilton fans in retail park

By
Matt Coyle

PUBLISHED:

14:30 GMT, 23 April 2013

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UPDATED:

16:36 GMT, 23 April 2013

A gang of hooligans who fought rival fans in a busy retail park as horrified families looked on escaped jail today.

The violent bust-up unfolded at New Douglas Retail Park in Hamilton, Lanarkshire, between supporters of Hamilton Academical and Dundee.

Two gangs of up to 30 'casuals' ran riot, battered each other and even spat at disgusted onlookers.

Shaun Murray, 27, Liam Fullerton, 18,
Daniel Weir, 21, Jamie Gilchrist, 29, all from Dundee, and Joseph
Roeves, 19, from Hamilton, were on trial at Hamilton Sheriff Court last
month.

Walking free: (left to right) Shaun Murray, Liam Fullerton, and Jamie Gilchrist must do community service

Walking free: (left to right) Shaun Murray, Liam Fullerton, and Jamie Gilchrist must do community service

They had denied fighting and causing fear and alarm on the day of a Scottish First Division match on December 3, 2011.

A jury found them guilty but on Tuesday they walked free from court after Sheriff Ray Small ordered each of them to perform 250 hours of unpaid work.

However he refused to hand down Football Banning Orders despite prosecutors asking for them to be imposed.

A 13-day trial had heard how shoppers and young children were forced to run into shops for cover as the violent encounter unfolded.

The gangs, who all dressed in casual clothes and wore no football colours, fought and launched bottles at each other. One innocent man who was with his young daughter was even spat at by one of the thugs.

Sales manager Sean Bicknell, 28, described how mayhem had erupted when the gangs clashed near Accies’ ground.

He
said: 'It was mayhem. I would describe it as a large scale disorder. It
wasn’t just one on one fights going on. It was four on one. My
impression was it was an organised event.'

Lyndsay Farrell, 31, from Motherwell, was shopping in the area at the time the fight broke out.

She told the court how she was forced to take cover in her car as the shocking incident spiralled out of control.

Scary scenes: The violence erupted at at New Douglas Retail Park in Hamilton, Lanarkshire

Scary scenes: The violence erupted at at New Douglas Retail Park in Hamilton, Lanarkshire

Miss Farrell said: 'I could see people in front of me who had a hold of one male. They were punching and kicking him and tried to drag him to the ground. A lot of them had bloody noses and things.'

Defence lawyers for all five men said the incident was out of character for them and only Roeves had a previous conviction.

Passing sentence, Sheriff Small said: 'We had to sit through a very lengthy trial about the activities and actions of the accused and particularly those who travelled from Dundee.

'I am in no doubt that those who travelled down got involved in a very unpleasant incident.

'I want to make it clear that if there was evidence that any of you had been personally involved in knocking anyone to the ground, throwing bottles or other violence you would be receiving a prison sentence.

'However it is unclear from the evidence whether you were directly involved in the disorder or were on the fringes but the fact you got involved means you deserve to be punished.

'I will impose a Community Payback Order of 250 hours to be completed over 12 months.'

Sheriff Small said he would tell Hamilton Accademical and Dundee FC of the convictions.

Ryan Devaney, 23, of Dundee had earlier walked free after the jury found the charge against him not proven.

Aaron Ramsey: It"s taken three years to get over Ryan Shawcross tackle

Ramsey: It's taken me three years to get over THAT tackle by Shawcross

By
Rob Draper

PUBLISHED:

21:38 GMT, 16 February 2013

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UPDATED:

03:41 GMT, 17 February 2013

It will soon be three years since Aaron Ramsey was on the receiving end of that tackle from Stoke's Ryan Shawcross, a challenge that broke his leg in a manner which caused onlookers to wince and look away in disgust.

Three long years as far as Ramsey is concerned.

Breaking point: Ramsey tumbles in agony after Shawcross's challenge

Breaking point: Ramsey tumbles in agony after Shawcross's challenge

The unwanted anniversary comes at the
end of this month and although Ramsey was back playing by November
2010, it would be fair to say the injury and the vehemence of the tackle
had a greater effect on the 23-year-old than a mere nine-month absence.

He was on course to be a worldclass
player, his trajectory well ahead of compatriot Gareth Bale, and he
looked to be a potential replacement for Cesc Fabregas at Arsenal.

His comeback season was largely
spent on loan at Nottingham Forest and Cardiff. Last term he recovered
his identity as an Arsenal player.

Only this season has he shown the form that saw him lauded so early in his career.

'It was a really tough thing to go through and I don't wish it upon anybody,' said Ramsey.

'The determination and the
professionalism that you need, all the hours you have to spend in the
gym, it's quite tough. But I've got through that. It's taken me a bit
longer than I would've liked, but I'm happy now where I am, and hoping
to improve and carry on this good form that I'm in.'

His confidence was fractured as well as his leg.

Confidence soaring: Aaron Ramsey's (left) back in form for Arsenal

Confidence soaring: Aaron Ramsey's (left) back in form for Arsenal

'Yes, that's a natural thing,' he
said. 'Confidence is a massive thing and if you're struggling with that
it does reflect in your performances. But I've got that back now. I'm
hungry to keep that shirt and I've proved that with the way I've been
playing of late.

'There has been a good progression
and hopefully I can get back to where I was. That injury did take it out
of me and hopefully that will only have been a minor hiccup when I look
back on my career.'

Bayern Munich in the Champions League will this week provide an acid test, particular after yesterday's exit from the FA Cup.

Ramsey has to establish himself as a guaranteed pick, though 16 starts this season represents progress.

'I'm getting stuck in a lot more,' he
said. 'I'm winning a lot more balls back and reading the game better
and moving the ball quicker, which suit's the way we play. I've had
positive feedback from the boss.'

But he is aware of Arsenal's
eightyear trophy drought – the Champions League represents their last
chance of silverware this season – and of lost opportunities in Europe's
premier competition.

A 4-0 defeat by AC Milan cost them last year despite winning the home leg 3-0.

Before that they could not hold a 2-1 home-leg lead over Barcelona.

He said: 'Hopefully, we can get into a strong position against Bayern in the home leg and we'll be more experienced.'

Alastair Cook"s best is still to come, says Keith Fletcher

Cook is still developing and his best is still to come, says former England skipper Fletcher

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UPDATED:

22:03 GMT, 6 December 2012

Former England captain Keith Fletcher knew a dozen years ago that Alastair Cook was a banker to follow him on to the international stage — and now expects him to cash in on his natural ability.

Fletcher, then Essex coach, spent some of his 2000-01 winter giving a teenage Cook batting tutorials and saw enough to make a proclamation about his future career path one Saturday afternoon the following summer.

‘I did regular one-to-ones with him, and then, as part of my day job, took an interest in him, watching him play for Maldon Town in the East Anglian Premier League,’ Fletcher told Sportsmail.

The best is yet to come: Alastair Cook can hit greater heights, says Keith Fletcher (FILE PHOTO)

The best is yet to come: Alastair Cook can hit greater heights, says Keith Fletcher (FILE PHOTO)

‘You could see then that he had something special, and I said to one of my fishing mates, who had come to watch, “This lad will play for England one day, and that day will not be so far away either”. My mate took notice of it, put a bet on it and won a few grand.’

Two years later, Fletcher, who remains a batting consultant with Essex, was among the onlookers as an 18-year-old Cook crashed an unbeaten 164 against Cambridge and Godmanchester — unearthing an artistry regularly buried beneath a devotion to accumulation.

‘You don’t score that many, whoever you are up against, without playing a few shots,’ Fletcher added.

Developing nicely: Cook has added several shots to his armoury

Maturing nicely: Cook has added several shots to his armoury

‘However much talent you have, you can’t go out blazing any time you bat. He set his stall out to make a career of scoring runs, and his best way of scoring runs has been to apply himself to the pitch and situation.

‘When I saw him come down the wicket and hit that six, I thought, “Cooky wouldn’t have done that two years ago”.

‘My feeling is that he is going to develop and mature into an even better player.’

French Open: Heather Watson qualifies

Watson is a qualified success but the focus will be on Nadal and Djokovic at Roland Garros

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UPDATED:

19:44 GMT, 25 May 2012

The splendid acres of Roland Garros on Paris's west side have witnessed plenty of history over the years, but what may come to pass over the next 16 days could stand comparison with anything that has gone before.

Everything suggests one of two remarkable outcomes as the French Open begins on Sunday: either Rafael Nadal will overtake Bjorn Borg's tally of six titles, or Novak Djokovic will claim a fourth consecutive Grand Slam trophy and his first in France.

Control: Heather Watson powers a drive away on her way to victory over Italian Anna Floris

Control: Heather Watson powers a drive away on her way to victory over Italian Anna Floris

Given what is ranged against him in the modern era, Djokovic becoming the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to hold all four would be a truly extraordinary achievement, particularly as there was only grass and clay when the great Australian managed it.

The British contingent – swollen on Friday by Heather Watson coming through the qualifying event as she did last year – are likely to be onlookers by the end, although Andy Murray will be desperate to succeed.

In Friday's draw, the British No 1 was placed in the same half as Nadal for the seventh time in eight Grand Slams.

But before he can even contemplate a semi-final meeting he will probably have to get past Spanish clay court beast David Ferrer and Frenchman Richard Gasquet, who beat him last week in Rome.

Super Serb: Djokovic seeks another title

Super Serb: Djokovic seeks another title

Roger Federer will also want his say and there is the prospect of a repeat semi from 12 months ago, when he became the first player of 2011 to beat Djokovic in arguably the season's best match.

As for Murray, who faces what should be a relatively painless first round against Japan's world No 69 Tatsuma Ito, he has had a nondescript clay season which has seen him treading water.

His modest form, plus the lingering effects of a vague back injury, mean that at least there is no huge pressure on Murray this time around.

A very good result would be to reach the semi-finals, as he has in the last five majors.

He believes that is possible after making the last four in 2011 despite almost pulling out of the third round with ankle problems: 'Having done that, it gives me confidence that I can have a good run this year,' said Murray, who reported an improvement in his back.

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Watson, who made the second round proper last year, awaits her first-round opponent after impressively disposing of 30-yearold Italian Anna Floris 6-0, 6-1 in the last qualifying round.

Laura Robson will not be joining her, losing 6-4, 5-7, 4-6 to higher-ranked Czech Karolina Pliskova.

British No 1 Elena Baltacha was given a tough first round against US Open champion Sam Stosur.

Anne Keothavong has a more winnable encounter, against Hungary's Melinda Czink.

David Moyes has to leave Everton

Ambitious Moyes has to move on to fulfil his potential

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UPDATED:

22:21 GMT, 15 April 2012

At full-time, David Moyes stood with his feet planted on the touchline, seemingly unable to move. His season had just ended in front of his eyes. Another year – his 10th – without a trophy.

The Everton manager is not to be blamed for this. His achievements at Goodison Park are far greater than those measured by cups in cabinets. Nevertheless, Moyes feels it dreadfully. This was his chance, he thought, to have another tilt at glory.

There were handshakes for his players and applause for his club's supporters who had travelled south to Wembley in such hope. In truth, though, he looked a little dazed.

Frustration: Moyes issues his orders at Wembley

Frustration: Moyes issues his orders at Wembley

Maybe he just feels what many onlookers feel. That it is, in all honesty, time for Moyes to move on. The Scot will be 49 this month. After a decade at Everton, he is at the peak of his powers and it is hard to escape the fact that he works for a club without the financial muscle to take him where he wants and deserves to go.

A loyal, driven man, Moyes will not leave his club easily. But in a summer when managerial change looks likely at clubs such as Tottenham, Chelsea and maybe even Aston Villa. Moyes's name will surely figure highly on shortlists being drawn up across the Barclays Premier League.

After Saturday's disappointment, Moyes perhaps sensed that the subject would be raised. This may be one reason why he took the unusual step of denying daily newspapers a post-match briefing.

His captain Phil Neville was asked the question, though, and Everton supporters will hope that the defender's take on the matter is accurate.

'The way he has managed us in the last month or two suggests to me that he is in it for the long term,' said Neville. 'He is ambitious and he wants to get to the top. He wants to do that with Everton.'

Adamant: Captain Phil Neville is sure Moyes will stay

Adamant: Captain Phil Neville is sure Moyes will stay

They have been at the top end of the League before, of course. In 2004, Moyes guided the club to the Champions League qualifying rounds. Five years later they lost the FA Cup final against Chelsea.

These achievements, though, have come against a background of uncertainty over Everton's future. Owner Bill Kenwright continues to try to sell the club Moyes's success is all the more notable for that.

Seemingly stuck with their atmospheric but dysfunctional stadium for the foreseeable future, it is difficult for Moyes to work properly in the transfer market. Understandably, it is this that frustrates him the most.

On Saturday at Wembley he saw his team beaten by a group of players from Liverpool assembled relatively expensively. Given 20million to spend, it is highly unlikely that Moyes would waste it on Stewart Downing.

That defeat by his neighbours will make it more painful. Moyes will perhaps deny it, but it means a lot to him to outwit the club from across Stanley Park. Despite their victory, Liverpool were typically modest in their performance and were there to be beaten once the excellent Nikica Jelavic gave Everton the lead.

Down and out: Distin apologises to Everton's fans after the final whistle

Down and out: Distin apologises to Everton's fans after the final whistle

Curiously, Moyes's players seemed to lack belief. Curious because man-management and motivation are particular skills of the Scot.

Everton retreated into themselves in the second half and once Liverpool equalised there only looked like being one winner.

Moyes will certainly ask himself why that was as he reflects on an afternoon when a golden opportunity slipped by. He said: 'The way we have been playing, I thought this was our chance. I am just really disappointed that I couldn't give those fans a final.'

Everton's supporters will forgive him that, of course, especially if he can finish above Liverpool in the League. Those same fans, though, must also understand if Moyes takes an opportunity to try his luck somewhere else.

It seems odd to say it, given Everton's rich heritage and their place in our game, but Moyes's talents are deserving of a bigger stage.

Terry Connor: Wolves can avoid relegation

Connor believes Wolves can avoid relegation after scrambling draw at Sunderland

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UPDATED:

21:56 GMT, 14 April 2012

Terry Connor insisted Wolves can still drag themselves out of Barclays Premier League relegation trouble after a battling draw at Sunderland.

A 0-0 stalemate at the Stadium of Light netted caretaker boss Connor just the second point of his nine-game reign to date – the other also came in the North East at Newcastle – as Wanderers collected their first league clean sheet in 31 outings.

The draw still left Wolves eight points adrift of safety with just four games remaining, but Connor was adamant that survival remains a possibility.

Hope: Terry Connor (centre) believes Wolves can escape from the drop zone

Hope: Terry Connor (centre) believes Wolves can escape from the drop zone

Asked if the pressure was off because most onlookers expect the club to go down, he said: 'No, I don't think so because we can still stay up, so there's no pressure off there.

'We are still trying to win the games and perform well. There are 38 competitive games we want to play in the league.

'We want to get to Wigan still having some sort of chance that we can stay in the league, and if we can do that, we will take it.'

An instantly forgettable game ended as it started as neither side was able to take advantage of the handful of chances they created.

Sunderland winger James McClean shot wastefully into the side-netting before the break and saw goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey block his 73rd-minute header, and Sebastian Larsson spooned a close-range effort high over at the end.

However, Wolves also had their opportunities with Sylvan Ebanks-Blake slicing wide when he should have scored with 61 minutes gone and substitute David Edwards sending a last-gasp volley just wide.

However, home keeper Simon Mignolet
had to produce a fine save to keep out Steven Fletcher's 81st-minute
header as the visitors threatened to snatch a precious victory.

Dejected: Karl Henry and David Davis react after Wolves' draw with Sunderland

Dejected: Karl Henry and David Davis react after Wolves' draw with Sunderland

Asked if it was just a case of fighting until the death, Connor replied: 'Always, always.

'That's me, that's the club, that's the players. That's what we will do, we will keep fighting right to the very end.

'I asked them for us to be competitive in 38 Premier League games, so we will keep trying to pick up some points and make sure all 38 games mean something at the end of the season.'

The draw meant Sunderland have won just two of their last 10 league games, and have not scored in the last three.

On a day when manager Martin O'Neill received a ringing endorsement from owner and chairman Ellis Short, he admitted his side had not deserved to win the game.

O'Neill said: 'We didn't do enough. It's frustrating in that sense, but we didn't do enough to win the game.

'We had little moments here and there, but not for long periods of the game, and we should do more.

Battle: Michael Kightly and Kieron Richardson challenge for the ball

Battle: Michael Kightly and Kieron Richardson challenge for the ball

'I know it's been a great effort by the players – I have to keep reminding myself about the bigger picture, but overall, we should be able to do better.'

That bigger picture is that since they lost 2-1 at Wolves on December 4 as O'Neill prepared to take over the reins, the Black Cats have dragged themselves away from the battle for survival to a comfortable mid-table position.

The manager said: 'It's just a reality-check, I think they are probably the words I am searching for, just get a grip on things.

'We have got work to do if we want to try to progress, which is what the club wants to do.

'We have pulled ourselves around from potential relegation to find ourselves – I hate to use the word and I don't think it's in the players' make-up, but if you are stuck there in mid-table, you might coast through to the end of the season.

'But we have work to do. It's obviously that we want to try to improve on what we have done, and that would be our ambition.'

Dereck Chisora arrested after brawl with David Haye

Chisora detained by police over sensational brawl with rival Haye after Klitschko win leaves 'glassed' trainer with bloodied head

Dereck Chisora has been detained by police at Munich Airport as part of an official investigation into the events of Saturday night's incredible press conference brawl which saw David Haye's manager Adam Booth suffer a nasty facial cut.

Chisora was led away by police after attempting to check in for his flight the day after his defeat to WBC champion Vitali Klitschko.

At the post-fight conference, Chisora mocked the onlooking Haye for his poor performance against Klitschko's brother Wladimir last year and tried to goad his rival into a future bout.

Chisora and Haye clash during the post-fight press conference (warning: this video contains explicit language)

Clash: Dereck Chisora exchanges blows with David Haye during the post fight press conference

Clash: Dereck Chisora exchanges blows with David Haye during the post fight press conference

Clash: Dereck Chisora exchanges blows with David Haye during the post fight press conference

Take that: Haye launches a right hook which catches Chisora on the jaw

Head-to-head: Chisora squares up to Haye at the post-fight press conference

Head-to-head: Chisora squares up to Haye at the post-fight press conference

Chisora then confronted Haye during the press conference and the two men grappled around the room with onlookers and entourages getting involved.

At one stage Haye swung a camera tripod violently at Chisora's trainer Don Charles after trading blows with him, while Chisora brandished a glass bottle moments later.

Booth somehow suffered a gash on his forehead and claimed to have been 'glassed'.

Bloody mess: Booth suffered a head injury during the brawl after claiming he was glassed

Bloody mess: Booth suffered a head injury during the brawl after claiming he was glassed

Police arrived as the incident calmed down and were on hand as Chisora eventually left the arena some time later.

A Munich Criminal Police spokesman confirmed the duo will be questioned at their hotel before they are due to fly out from Munich later on Sunday.

'The Police has only just started an investigation in this this case. It is only at the very initial stages,' a spokesman said.

Fight: Haye clashes with Chisora's camp in a bloody confrontation which will be investigated by police

Fight: Haye clashes with Chisora's camp in a bloody confrontation which will be investigated by police

Accusation: Haye's trainer Adam Booth claimed he was glassed

Accusation: Haye's trainer Adam Booth claimed he was glassed

'Mr Chisora and Mr Haye have been informed about the situation. 'The Munich Criminal Police will go to their hotel this morning to interview them about the events that occurred after the fight last night.

'I believe both men are due to go to the airport at 11 or 12 o'clock (German time) so we will talk to them soon.'

The Police spokesman confirmed there had as yet been no arrests following an bloody brawl which involved accusations of serious assault, sinister threats and damning video footage.

After putting up a decent showing against Klitschko, Chisora and his promoter Frank Warren appeared to be trying to goad Haye into a high-profile fight between the two Londoners.

Taunt: Haye holds up three fingers to replicate Chisora's third defeat on the bounce after losing his bout with Klitschko

Taunt: Haye holds up three fingers to replicate Chisora's third defeat on the bounce after losing his bout with Klitschko

Where it should have stayed: Vitali Klitschko had earlier beaten Dereck Chisora on points

Where it should have stayed: Vitali Klitschko had earlier beaten Dereck Chisora on points

He said: 'David, you and me can get
it on in London. Be quiet. David Haye is an embarrassment. Sky Sports
don't do Box Office because of David Haye. He messed up Box Office for
all the young fighters and I'm going to give him two slaps for that.

'If David Haye is a fighter he should
fight me. Let's fight, me and you. David, how's your toe' Chisora
repeatedly shouted at Haye, referring to the injury he blamed his loss
to Wladimir Klitschko on.

Centre of attention: The Zimbabwe-born boxer has been involved in a number of controversial incidents

Centre of attention: The Zimbabwe-born boxer has been involved in a number of controversial incidents

Line of the law: Police were called to the scene and will launch an official investigation into the brawl

Line of the law: Police were called to the scene and will launch an official investigation into the brawl

Haye, ignoring a low-key win for Chisora last year, retorted: 'You've had three losses in a row (sic).'

Chisora then said: 'Do you want to tell me to my face Tell me to my face!'

Spit storm: Chisora was caught on camera blasting Wladimir with water before the fight

Spit storm: Chisora was caught on camera blasting Wladimir with water before the fight

Chisora then left the stage,
approached Haye and went nose-to-nose before appearing to push the
former champion and initiate the brawl which lasted at least five
minutes.

While the Klitschkos stood and
watched, Haye left the scene while Booth, with blood running down his
face, shouted at Chisora: 'Derek, man-to-man, I want to know who glassed
me. Someone hit me with a bottle.'
Chisora answered: 'Did you see me with a glass'

Chisora was, in fact, seen with a bottle in his hand, but he was wrestled away by a security guard.

After being confronted by Booth,
Chisora told Haye's trainer-manager: 'If you and David want it (the
fight), then we can do it. Either in the ring or outside the ring. You
let me know. I want it.

'You tell him; his entourage has got nothing on my entourage. I'm going to find him. Your boy had a bottle.'

Even by boxing's often chaotic
standards the unsavoury incident was shocking, drawing gasps and cries
of alarm as those involved fell about the room, knocking equipment over.

Temperatures rising: Chisora continued to goad his opponent, even after the defeat

Temperatures rising: Chisora continued to goad his opponent, even after the defeat

During the melee, Booth and Haye
criticised the Ukrainians' manager Bernd Boente for not agreeing a fight
between the Englishman and WBC champion Vitali.

After watching the unexpected drama
unfold, Wladimir Klitschko told the BBC: 'I'm totally disappointed, it
went a little too far, the sport of boxing shouldn't be like that.
Bloody faces in the press conference… fighting in the ring, not out.
I'm really surprised.'

A fight between the two domestic
rivals had not been too far-fetched a possibility either after Chisora's
brave showing against Vitali.

Few expected him to last beyond the
opening round, especially after he angered the 40-year-old by slapping
him and the pre-fight weigh-in and then spitting water into brother
Wladimir's face in the ring.

Jibe: David Haye was allegedly mocked about the toe injury he blamed for defeat to Wladimir Klitschko last year

Jibe: David Haye was allegedly mocked about the toe injury he blamed for defeat to Wladimir Klitschko last year

Jibe: David Haye was allegedly mocked about the toe injury he blamed for defeat to Wladimir Klitschko last year

Jibe: David Haye was allegedly mocked about the toe injury he blamed for defeat to Wladimir Klitschko last year

But he was composed throughout the
bout and, although he lost comfortably on points (118 – 110 twice and
119-111), he did his chances of becoming a world name no harm at all.

'I came here to fight and that's what
I did and the only thing that beat me today was experience,' he said of
his performance. 'An experienced fighter today won the fight . Did he
hurt me No.'

Chisora also felt he could have done
better than he actually did, adding: 'I'm very disappointed with myself,
I didn't really work my jab, which I wanted to do.

'I'm very disappointed with myself
but you know what I gave a great fight and all the fans at home and all
over the world know that I gave a great fight. I didn't come here to get
paid I came here to win and the only thing that beat me tonight was
experience.'

Haye, who was commentating for
BoxNation, spent the evening calling out Vitali, who he hopes to fight
this summer, despite technically being in retirement.