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Vincent Kompany tackle: Video special of the football"s challenges

VIDEO: As we face up to a world without tackling, Sportsmail looks back at some memorable challenges

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15:49 GMT, 15 January 2013

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UPDATED:

16:12 GMT, 15 January 2013

There was an outcry of disapproval after Vincent Kompany was given a straight red card for his full-blooded challenge on Jack Wilshere.

The Manchester City captain’s challenge was robust but he won the ball, sending out the message that players will be handed their marching orders for aggressive challenges.

Does this signal the death-knell for the old-fashioned tackle And if the letter of the law is followed, we may never see the likes of these challenges – as nominated by Sportsmail’s reporters – again…

Bad Kompany: The Belgian harshly saw red for this challenge on Arsenal's Jack Wilshere

Bad Kompany: The Belgian harshly saw red for this challenge on Arsenal's Jack Wilshere

COLIN YOUNG

KEVIN BALL (Sunderland) on Duncan Ferguson (Newcastle United), St James’ Park, August, 1999

Very few players in the game, never mind the North East, have relished a tackle as much as former Sunderland captain Kevin Ball. And they certainly like a tackle up here.

But on the night Sunderland pulled off a rare win on enemy territory and with the game in the dying minutes, ‘Bally’ pulled off a typically well-timed, hard but fair challenge on Duncan Ferguson. Only the ball flew from the pair who were 30 yards from goal, over Thomas Sorensen and hit his bar, denying Newcastle an equaliser.

This one of the most memorable Tyne-Wear derbies – Ruud Gullit put Alan Shearer and Ferguson on the bench and paid the price in the endless rain. But if Bally of all people had scored the equaliser, even Sunderland’s former manager and current reserve-team boss wouldn’t have been able to live it down.

NEIL MOXLEY

PAUL McGRATH (Aston Villa) against Helsingborg, Olympia, September, 1996

The big man had just been dropped by Brian Little. If memory serves, he came on as a substitute in this game and was seriously peeved. With about five minutes to go, the ball broke down the right, just in front of the dug-outs. McGrath wasn’t the quickest but, my life, he shifted to make his mark. He took ball, man, trainer’s bag, the lot, right in front of Little – and me, sat in the press box towards the back of a small stand.

It was fair. But it wasn’t so much a tackle as a statement. I remember nothing else about this game. The thought of that challenge has stayed with me throughout my career.

McGrath was a solid bloke and I felt a tinge of sympathy for his opponent that night. Honestly, he absolutely cleaned this guy out.

Hardman: McGrath (left) was known for his tackling prowess

Hardman: McGrath (left) was known for his tackling prowess

JOHN EDWARDS

STEVEN GERRARD (Liverpool) on Phil Jagielka (Everton), Anfield, March, 2008

Never one to do things by halves, Gerrard ignited the home crowd with a typically uncompromising double tackle on Jagielka. An initial block challenge near the halfway line sent the ball spinning towards the corner flag, with Jagielka sprinting after it and Gerrard scrambling to his feet and setting off in hot pursuit.

As Jagielka caught up with the ball, Gerrard was a good four or five yards behind but that didn’t stop him hurling himself into a full-length studs-first tackle that sent the ball flying into the Kop. A blur of red, the Liverpool skipper might have been inviting trouble in the current climate but there were no repercussions then.

Neither should there have been. It was the cleanest of contacts and Jagielka was rattled but unharmed. Gerrard at his most committed, and it soon spread to his team-mates, who dominated and should have won by more than an early Fernando Torres goal.

LAURIE WHITWELL

PHIL NEVILLE (Everton) on Cristiano Ronaldo (Man Utd) Goodison Park, October, 2008

Not many tackles can lay claim to changing the course of a team’s season – but, according to Everton manager David Moyes, this one did. United were cruising at Goodison Park, 1-0 up thanks to a Darren Fletcher goal, but on the hour Phil Neville launched a ferocious challenge on ex-team mate Cristiano Ronaldo, who had already been half-felled by Steven Pienaar. Neville’s lunge sparked fury in the away section and he was booked by Alan Wiley. Later replays showed he got the ball but the whistle had already gone.

The incident (48 seconds into this video) whipped up the crowd and Everton began playing with increased vigour. Soon after, Marouane Fellaini scored an equaliser. They had lost three of four at home up to that point but won their next three Premier League games to finish fifth in May. As for the best overall tackler I have seen – Ryan Giggs takes that accolade. His slides are always silky smooth and generally he wins the ball.

LEE CLAYTON

STUART PEARCE (Wealdstone)

Bobby Gould said he went to watch Stuart Pearce playing for Wealdstone and left after the first tackle when the part-time electrician sent the winger flying. Legend has it the winger ended up closer to Bobby and his wife in the stand than the pitch and Coventry, where Gould was manager, soon paid 300,000 for the player who went on to become England’s greatest left back.

It was a huge amount of money to pay for non-League part-timer but money well spent as Pearce went on to play 78 games for his country (even if most of his success came with Nottingham Forest).

Psycho: Pearce wasn't one to shy away from a challenge

Psycho: Pearce wasn't one to shy away from a challenge

Psycho: Pearce wasn't one to shy away from a challenge

Anyway, I guess that’s Bobby’s favourite tackle, not mine. I’m going to pick a player I liked watching tackle for England and that’s Paul Ince. I was there in France, during the World Cup, when he was asked about it. He said this: ‘I love tackling, I really love it. It’s better than sex. My wife is not going to be too pleased, but I love the sound of it, the crunch, the noise, the act of tackling. I was born to tackle.’ I think he was too. I wish I could have tackled like Paul Ince.

DOMINIC KING

JAMIE CARRAGHER (Liverpool) on Andriy Shevchenko (AC Milan), Istanbul, May, 2005

The memory of how Liverpool came back from the dead to win their fifth European Cup remains as fresh as ever, with that incredible three goals-in-six minutes flurry, but it sometimes tends to be forgotten that they also had to withstand a late siege from Milan.

As the Italians tried to pilfer a win late on, Shevchenko powered into the Liverpool area and had skipped past Sami Hyypia but just as he was about to pull the trigger, Carragher swept in to spirit the ball from his toe with immaculate timing. Given what was at stake, it has to go down as the best, most important tackle I’ve seen.

That game was also responsible for the best save I have ever seen, too, with Jerzy Dudek’s scarcely believable parry from the hapless Shevchenko.

Master of the art: Carragher dives in to challenge Mark Viduka

Master of the art: Carragher dives in to challenge Mark Viduka

MARK ALFORD

STEVEN GERRARD (Liverpool) on Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United), Anfield, March, 2007

Ronaldo – soon to become the most expensive player in the world – and the best tackler on the planet. Gerrard nicks possession just when United are in a threatening position with Ronaldo in possession. Minimum fuss, goes to ground for a split second, nicks the ball and Liverpool are on their way up the field. Pure class.

PHIL GRADWELL

MARK FISH (Bolton) on Michael Owen (Liverpool), Reebok Stadium, November, 1997

The 17-year-old Owen was lightning and nobody could catch him. So when he went through on goal, home fans feared the worst. But Fish, playing one of his first games for Bolton, somehow managed to keep within an outstretched leg of the Liverpool striker and just as Owen was about to shoot slid in, scooped back the ball, got up and played the ball to a midfielder. Easy.

Mark-ed man: Fish (left) gets to grip with Owen once more while at Charlton later in his career

Mark-ed man: Fish (left) gets to grip with Owen once more while at Charlton later in his career

SAM CUNNINGHAM

CHRIS SOLLY (Charlton) on Steve Morison (Millwall), The Valley, March, 2010

Nine minutes into this fierce south London derby Morison, one of the most prolific strikers in League One that season, was sent through on goal by a long ball that caught out centre backs Jose Semedo and Miguel Llera. But 19-year-old left back Solly hurtled towards the middle and produced an unbelievable recovery tackle taking the ball first, then the man, and a large chunk of the turf in the process.

CHRIS CUTMORE

BORIS JOHNSON (England) on Maurizio Gaudino (Germany), Madejski Stadium, May 2006

They say great tackles can change games but this one changed an entire career. Boris was seen as a bumbling buffoon before this remarkable rugby-style tackle. Now he’s still seen as a bumbling buffoon but is somehow in his second term as Mayor of London.

OK, it’s not a proper tackle, so don’t try this one at home, kids (or on the training pitch) – it won’t get your football career very far. But it was very funny.

Sunderland fan accused of racist monkey gesture against Romelu Lukaku is arrested

Police arrest Sunderland fan who allegedly aimed racist 'monkey' gesture at Lukaku

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13:17 GMT, 28 November 2012

Police have made an arrest 24 hours after launching an investigation into an alleged racist gesture towards West Brom striker Romelu Lukaku at the Stadium of Light.

Northumbria Police confirmed a 21-year old man was in custody after being arrested on suspicion of racially or religiously aggravated intentional harassment.

He is being interviewed, pending possible charges, following an incident that cast a further shadow over football’s image in a season that has lurched from one controversy to another.

Gesture: The fan can be clearly seen making what appears to be a monkey gesture at West Brom's Romelu Lukaku as he celebrates scoring his side's third goal on Saturday

Gesture: The fan can be clearly seen making what appears to be a monkey gesture at West Brom's Romelu Lukaku as he celebrates scoring his side's third goal on Saturday

After scoring his side’s third goal,
in a 4-2 win over Sunderland on Saturday, on-loan Chelsea marksman
Lukaku was photographed celebrating against a backdrop of a fan
appearing to make a monkey gesture at him.

It caused an immediate outcry, with
Northumbria Police swiftly beginning the task of identifying the fan and
Sunderland making it clear they were ready to co-operate fully with the
authorities’ investigation.
Sunderland are understood to have been informed of the arrest and are
waiting to hear whether charges will follow before commenting.

They stressed after the incident,
however, that they employ a policy of zero tolerance towards any
instance of racist or anti-social behaviour and are ready to implement a
ban, if anyone is found guilty of abusing Lukaku.

Investigation: Police in the north-east have launched an inquiry into incident, following a complaint from another supporter

Investigation: Police in the north-east have launched an inquiry into incident, following a complaint from another supporter

It is the latest unsavoury episode to
blight English football and came on the same weekend as West Ham
followers were accused of taunting Tottenham fans with anti-Semitic
chants at White Hart Lane.

As Sunderland chiefs consider their
next step, they were urged to take stringent action by Ged Grebby, of
Show Racism the Red Card, who said: ‘This sort of gesture at football
matches was something we never thought we would see again.

'When people do these sort of things,
you have to take action against them. If anyone is found guilty, we will
be asking the club to ban them. It could be a three-year ban.’

Shamed: This Chelsea fan caught on camera making a monkey gesture (bottom left) was later identified as Gavin Kirkham

Shamed: This Chelsea fan caught on camera making a monkey gesture (bottom left) was later identified as Gavin Kirkham

Andre Villas-Boas rues Tottenham"s "worst performance of the season"

Villas-Boas rues Tottenham's 'worst performance of the season'

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19:16 GMT, 3 November 2012

Andre Villas-Boas admits his team put on their worst performance of the season as Tottenham slumped to a shock 1-0 defeat to strugglers Wigan at White Hart Lane.

Tottenham went into this game having won five of their previous six Barclays Premier League matches, but they struggled throughout the clash with the Lancashire minnows.

Not so hot Spurs: Ben Watson helped Wigan to a famous and well-earned win over Tottenham

Not so hot Spurs: Ben Watson helped Wigan to a famous and well-earned win over Tottenham

Not so hot Spurs: Ben Watson helped Wigan to a famous and well-earned win over Tottenham

Wigan goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi was a
spectator for much of the encounter in north London, and Villas-Boas'
men were very fortunate that Ben Watson's strike was the only goal they
conceded.

Spurs' passing was poor, they failed
to create any meaningful chances, and overall they looked a pale
imitation of the side that had held on courageously at Southampton last
weekend.

The performance, which drew an outcry
of anger from the home fans – who also disagreed with Villas-Boas'
decision to substitute Jermain Defoe – was way below what the Portuguese
expects.

'It was maybe our worst performance
of the season,' said Villas-Boas, who saw his team booed off against
Norwich and West Brom earlier in the campaign.

'We didn't manage to keep the ball or pass well. We couldn't recognise ourselves today.

'Wigan were superior. Our chances weren't clear cut. There are various reasons why we played like this.

Shame no-one saw it: Wigan, who once lost 9-1 at White Hart Lane, bought a handful of fans

Shame no-one saw it: Wigan, who once lost 9-1 at White Hart Lane, bought a handful of fans

'The opponents were sharp and aggressive. We kept making mistakes. We played more with the heart rather than the head.'

Spurs keeper Brad Friedel had already
pulled off two top-drawer saves to deny Shaun Maloney before the
American's goal was breached in the second half.

Friedel flapped at Maloney's corner under the bar and the ball fell straight to Watson, who drove in from close range.

Yard short: The scoreline wasn't flattering to Wigan, who more than matched Spurs everywhere

Yard short: The scoreline wasn't flattering to Wigan, who more than matched Spurs everywhere

Yard short: The scoreline wasn't flattering to Wigan, who more than matched Spurs everywhere

The home support, who were already
angry at their team's showing in the first half, turned on their team's
manager moments after the goal went in when Villas-Boas took off Defoe
and brought on Emmanuel Adebayor to partner Clint Dempsey up front.

The Spurs fans booed the decision and
chanted Defoe's name as he sauntered off the pitch before grabbing his
coat and disappearing down the tunnel.

Chances: Jan Vertongen and Gareth Bale worked well on the left, but failed to make a breakthrough

Chances: Jan Vertongen and Gareth Bale worked well on the left, but failed to make a breakthrough

Chances: Jan Vertongen and Gareth Bale worked well on the left, but failed to make a breakthrough

Villas-Boas explained the decision to the in-form striker afterwards, and insisted he understands the fans' angst.

'We understand that they can show their frustrations,' the 35-year-old said.

'We don't do things to punish them or for the fans to show revolt. We do things for the benefit of the team.

Wing men: On the opposite flank, Aaron Lennon and Kyle Walker got little change from Wigan

Wing men: On the opposite flank, Aaron Lennon and Kyle Walker got little change from Wigan

Wing men: On the opposite flank, Aaron Lennon and Kyle Walker got little change from Wigan

'They want the win, but we want the win as much as them. We respect them.'

Defoe has scored seven goals for club and country this season, but looked poor on this occasion.

'We (Villas-Boas and Defoe) spoke briefly afterwards,' the Spurs boss said.

'It was obviously disappointing for
him to come off since he has been on a good goal-scoring run, but the
team is also important.

'We don't make the change to punish him. We make the change to improve things.'

The Latics had gone six Barclays Premier League games without a victory before their 2-1 win against West Ham last weekend, but they performed superbly again.

They passed with finesse, looked dangerous on the counter-attack, and Arouna Kone made life difficult for Steven Caulker and William Gallas throughout.

'Many people watching will say Spurs had a bad day, but I wouldn't agree with that at all,' Martinez said.

'We had to work very hard today. We were brave, we stopped Spurs from playing and we played high up.

'That opened up space for players like Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon but the concentration and partnerships all over the park helped us to stop Spurs from having a say on the ball.'

Martinez's men usually leave it until the spring before they go on a run that preserves their top-flight status, but having achieved wins over West Ham and Spurs, the Spaniard is confident that a season-defining sequence is in the making for his side.

'To have that belief and that arrogance to go anywhere and be yourself makes you very proud of the team,' Martinez said.

'We have that winning mentality now and I'm proud of the team.'

Barry Hearn proposes Leyton Orient change name to London Orient

From Leyton to London: Hearn set to change Orient's name if ground-share with West Ham is accepted

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23:02 GMT, 4 October 2012

Leyton Orient owner Barry Hearn has revealed that he will change the club’s name to London Orient if their bid to ground-share the Olympic Stadium with West Ham is accepted.

Hearn believes sharing the Olympic Park with the Hammers would be an ideal scenario, and previously said of the proposed ground-share: 'I had a Martin Luther King moment – I had a dream.

'I looked at the Olympic Stadium and said 'why not' [share with West Ham]

Name change: Barry Hearn (left) is considering changing the name of Leyton Orient

Name change: Barry Hearn (left) is considering changing the name of Leyton Orient

If the name change were to go ahead, Orient would not be the only team to have gone for a new-look after moving stadium.

In similar circumstances, when Wimbledon relocated to Milton Keynes in 2003 the team became the MK Dons nine months later – to the disdain of many of their fans.

In 1982, Oxford United were saved from closure when Robert Maxwell bought the club.

The following year Maxwell proposed merging United with their rivals Reading. They were to be named the Thames Valley Royals.

The merger was called off due to outcry from fans of both clubs.

Proposal: West Ham could be set to share the Olympic Stadium with Orient

Proposal: West Ham could be set to share the Olympic Stadium with Orient

Sports Personality of the Year award faces BBC changes

BBC to shake-up Sports Personality process after public outcry last year

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12:32 GMT, 12 September 2012

The BBC will announce changes to their Sports Personality of the Year awards process later this month following last year's outcry at no women being included on the ten-strong shortlist.

Changes are expected to be made to the shortlisting panel and it appears unlikely that 'lads mags' Nuts and Zoo will retain their votes.

Other changes are also likely, possibly expanding the number of sports stars on the shortlist and having a panel of experts to then reduce the size of the list ahead of a public vote.

Honour: Mark Cavendish with the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award last year

Honour: Mark Cavendish with the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award last year

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It follows a lengthy review of the process announced last November after Earlier, a group of women MPs wrote to the BBC director general, Mark Thompson, complaining that this year's shortlist undermined efforts to encourage female participation in sport.

A BBC spokeswoman insisted the changes would not be dramatic, saying: 'It will be evolution rather than revolution.'

That means there will be no move towards having a separate award for men and women – there have been three female winners in the last 10 years – nor of giving the Paralympics any special status, both of which changes have been suggested.

This year's awards will be held at the ExCeL centre in London on December 16 – the BBC want to reflect the importance of the Olympics and Paralympics in 2012 and it was one of the major venues for the Games.

Tough choice: This year's shortlist for the Sports Personality award will be one of the strongest ever. (From left) Sir Chris Hoy, Andy Murray, Bradley Wiggins, Mo Farah, Jessica Ennis and Rory McIlroy are likely to feature

Tough choice: This year's shortlist for the Sports Personality award will be one of the strongest ever. (From left) Sir Chris Hoy, Andy Murray, Bradley Wiggins, Mo Farah, Jessica Ennis and Rory McIlroy are likely to feature

Bookmakers rate cyclist Bradley Wiggins the favourite ahead of Andy Murray, Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis.

Wiggins won the Tour de France and Olympic gold, while Murray has come into contention after his equally historic US Open victory to go alongside his Olympic gold and silver.

Farah and Ennis are ranked as the most likely candidates from the rest of Britain's Olympic and Paralympic athletes.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic signs for Paris St Germain

Record-breaker Ibrahimovic completes 31m move to Paris St Germain

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14:10 GMT, 18 July 2012

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is now the world's most expensive ever player after the Sweden striker completed his 31million switch to Paris Saint Germain.

The Qatar-backed French side presented the AC Milan forward as their third big-money summer signing after he put the finishing touches to his move by undergoing a medical at a Paris hospital.

New arrival: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (left) has completed his move to Paris St Germain

New arrival: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (left) has completed his move to Paris St Germain

Former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has already captured Ibrahimovic's Milan team-mate Thiago Silva and Napoli hitman Ezequiel Lavezzi causing outcry from French sports minister Valerie Fourneyron.

He said:'These sums are astronomic, they are unreasonable.'

Ibrahimovic, 30, has cost a combined total of 150m in transfer fees, following spells with Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona and AC Milan.

All smiles: Ibrahimovic looks relaxed as he arrives for his medicalAll smiles: Ibrahimovic looks relaxed as he arrives for his medical

All smiles: Ibrahimovic looks relaxed as he arrives for his medical

Big money: Ibrahimovic will become the most expensive player in history when he joins Paris Saint Germain

Big money: Ibrahimovic will become the most expensive player in history when he joins Paris Saint Germain

PSG's sporting director Leonardo said: 'This is a big year for PSG. That a player of his calibre has come to Paris, it's enormous. This is a player who could change everything. '

Ibrahimovic's agent Mino Raiola, meanwhile, told French newspaper Le Parisien: 'Zlatan is very excited. This is not a player that you can force to do what he doesn't want to do.

'He's very excited at the idea of taking on this challenge. PSG was his first choice.'

Raring to go: Ibrahimovic is said to be excited at the prospect of playing under Carlo Ancelotti

Raring to go: Ibrahimovic is said to be excited at the prospect of playing under Carlo Ancelotti

Racing whip rule changes: Amendments agreed

Racing chiefs rubber stamp softening of whip rule changes for Cheltenham

Sweeping changes to the controversial whip rules are set to come into effect before the Cheltenham Festival.

In his first major challenge since being
appointed the British Horseracing Authority's new chief executive, Paul
Bittar proposed fresh amendments which were approved at a board
meeting.

The board has given the thumbs-up to a fundamental change to the rules governing use of the whip, which is due to be implemented in early March, together with revisions to the existing penalty structure, which come into effect on Thursday.

Whipped into shape: The rules are about to changed once again

Whipped into shape: The rules are about to changed once again

Rather than it being an automatic breach when a rider uses the whip eight times on the Flat and nine times over jumps, the figures become the trigger point for the stewards to review the ride in question.

Stewards will then consider how the rider has used the whip in the course of exceeding the allowed number before deciding whether a breach has occurred and a penalty is warranted.

Bittar said: 'Over four months have passed since the introduction of the first set of rules following the whip review.

'Despite a number of changes to both the rule and the accompanying penalty structure it is clear that while many objectives of the review are being met, and in particular those pertaining to horse welfare, a rule which polices the use of the whip based solely on a fixed number of strikes is fundamentally flawed.

Leap of faith: There was an outcry from the racing fraternity when the new rules were first introduced

Leap of faith: There was an outcry from the racing fraternity when the new rules were first introduced

'While well intentioned, and in accordance with initial requests from the jockeys for clarity and consistency via a fixed number, in practice the new rules have repeatedly thrown up examples of no consideration being given to the manner in which the whip is used as well as riders being awarded disproportionate penalties for the offence committed.

'The challenge is to have in place a rule and penalty structure which meets the objectives for fairness and proportionality outlined in the Whip Review while retaining the positives which have been a product of the changes to date.

'These include the virtual removal of all serious breaches and an overall reduction in the number of offences.

'We are confident there is not a welfare problem associated with the use of the cushioned whip in British racing.

'The objective of this proposal is to keep jockeys riding to a similar standard as they are now with regard to their significantly reduced use of the whip, but with added discretion and common sense applied by stewards when considering whether a rider is in breach of the rules.'

Bittar's aim has been to try to prevent the Cheltenham Festival being overshadowed by the issue that has dogged the sport under both codes since last October.

Luis Suarez ban is right, insists United boss Alex Ferguson

Suarez ban is right, insists United boss Ferguson

Right decision: Sir Alex Ferguson

Right decision: Sir Alex Ferguson

Sir Alex Ferguson says justice has been served by the FA handing Liverpool striker Luis Suarez an eight-game ban for racially abusing Patrice Evra.

Liverpool are outraged over the verdict, but the United manager said: “The matter is over and I think we”re satisfied they”ve found the right decision.

“It”s not about Manchester United and Liverpool at all. This is an individual situation where one person was racially abused.

“It doesn”t take a lot to remind everyone that this is the biggest derby game in the country. It”s never needed anything to light the powder keg.”

Liverpool have also questioned Evra”s credibility, referring to the four-match ban handed to United”s French defender three years ago when he failed to convince a panel he had been racially abused during a bust-up with Chelsea groundstaff.

Ferguson said: “Our support of Patrice was obvious, right from the word go.

“Patrice got that suspension for the incident down at Chelsea when no-one was there, just a groundsman and our fitness coach.

“We had to wait two weeks for the evidence. We were quite astounded ourselves.”

QPR manager Neil Warnock, whose player, Anton Ferdinand, is at the centre of John Terry”s racial abuse case, thinks racism in English football is “minimal”.

Warnock said: “When I see what happens in Spain, Holland and other places, there would be an outcry in England if things were allowed to happen that happen in those countries and (are) said in those countries without action.”

Kenny Dalglish defends Liverpool"s Luis Suarez T-shirts

Dalglish insists Liverpool”s T-shirt support for Suarez is “the least he deserves”

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish maintains the club”s support of Luis Suarez has been right and proper and has not “caused trouble”.

The Reds came in for criticism for their strongly-worded statement in the wake of the Uruguay international”s eight-match ban imposed for using insulting words towards Patrice Evra, with a reference to the Manchester United player”s skin colour.

However, when the players issued their statement prior to Wednesday”s goalless draw at Wigan and wore T-shirts in the warm-up depicting an image of Suarez with his name and No 7 on the back there was further outcry.

Got the T-shirt: Liverpool

Got the T-shirt: Liverpool”s gesture to Luis Suarez has attracted some criticism

Clash: Glen Johnson hit back at Paul McGrath

Clash: Glen Johnson hit back at Paul McGrath”s criticism of the T-shirts

However, Dalglish defended the club”s stance in giving their full support to Suarez.

“The statement couldn”t have caused anyone any trouble and I don”t think the players have caused any trouble with the FA either by their statement or support by their T-shirts,” said the Scot.

“If we are not in any trouble we will leave it at that before we do get in any trouble.”

Dalglish said Suarez had been moved by the show of support from the club and his team-mates.

“He”s been quite emotional and very grateful,” added the Reds boss. “I don”t think it is ever a disappointment when the people you work for give you their undivided support and I think that is the least he deserves.”

Centre of the storm: Reds striker Suarez

Centre of the storm: Reds striker Suarez

Liverpool are still awaiting the full written verdict of the independent commission who heard Suarez”s case but are not expected to receive it until after Christmas.

The moment it does arrive the club will have 14 days to consider their response and appeal if they choose, otherwise the suspension will kick in.

Dalglish, aware of how much debate was taking place about the case and the anticipated production of the written summary, said it was a matter of being patient.

“Whenever it is ready,” was his reply when asked when he expected to receive the documentation. “Most of the people have had their say, we”ve had our say but we will wait for the judgement and take it from there – but it won”t be tomorrow.

Sticking to his guns: Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish

Sticking to his guns: Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish

“The club have issued the statement, the players have issued their statement visually and verbally, but we have to wait for the written report because no-one knows [what it contains].

“At this moment in time I don”t think the club are permitted to go into any further detail than they have done.”