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Sir Alex Ferguson barged by linesman v Chelsea

More trouble for Fergie with officials… this time the linesman crashes in to him!

John Drayton


18:08 GMT, 10 March 2013



19:49 GMT, 10 March 2013

Sir Alex Ferguson's relationship with officials has been strained this week, after Nani was harshly sent off in the Champions League against Real Madrid and his side crashed out.

And now they're physically turning on him too – the Manchester United boss was minding his own business on the touchline in the FA Cup quarter-final against Chelsea when the linesman barged in to him.

But instead of exploding in fury,
Ferguson saw the funny side and cracked a smile afterwards while rubbing
his arm where he had been hit.

Watch out: The linesman barges past Sir Alex on the sideline

Watch out: The linesman barges past Sir Alex on the sideline

Barge: The linesman knocks Sir Alex

Barge: The linesman knocks Sir Alex

ITV pundit and former United player Roy
Keane also found the whole thing amusing, making a joke in the studio
referencing his outspoken views over the Nani red card.

On Wednesday, Keane fought against the tide of people claiming Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir was wrong to dismiss the Portugal star for a 'dangerous' challenge.

And he joked that the linesman could have been dismissed for 'dangerous play' after his skirmish with Fergie on Sunday night.

Henning Berg new Blackburn manager despite dismissing job in the past

No credible manager would take the Blackburn job… so said Berg, who's now the new Rovers boss!



18:17 GMT, 31 October 2012

New job: Berg

New job: Blackburn boss Henning Berg

Blackburn have confirmed former defender Henning Berg as their new manager.

Berg won the Premier League title as a player with Rovers in 1995 and the 43-year-old will succeed Steve Kean, who resigned to end a troubled spell as manager of the npower Championship side a month ago.

The former Manchester United defender, who works as a television
pundit for Norwegian broadcaster TV 2 Sporten, was an outspoken critic
of owners Venky's this summer following Blackburn's relegation from the
Barclays Premier League.

In a widely referenced quote that he
appears set to hear plenty about in the coming days, starting with
Thursday's 8.30am press call, Berg said of the top job at Rovers: 'There
are no real managers with credibility who would accept a job like

Rovers issued a press release stating they would unveil their new manager at Ewood Park on Thursday morning before confirming Berg as the man in question on their official Twitter feed.

'Blackburn can confirm that Henning Berg has accepted the role of manager,' a statement on the club's official Twitter page read.

Berg, who made 297 appearances across two spells as a player with Rovers, will take on his first coaching assignment in English football following spells leading Lyn Oslo and Lillestrom in his native Norway.

The 43-year-old's appointment concludes Blackburn's protracted search for a successor to Kean after he left the club last month.

Rovers managing director Derek Shaw said that the former Norway defender became the board's No 1 choice on the back of an impressive interview.

'He interviewed well and he moved straight to the top of our list,' said the ex-Preston chairman.

Promotion push: Blackburn spent heavily in the summer

Promotion push: Blackburn spent heavily in the summer

Shaw is unconcerned by Berg's past comments on the Blacnurn job and is looking positively towards an assault on promotion at the first attempt.

He added: 'We're not interested in things like that, we're not interested in any negatives at all. We're moving forward.'

A host of high-profile names were touted as potential successors to Kean, with former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp ruling himself out of the running yesterday and approaches for Berg's former Ewood team-mates Tim Sherwood and Billy McKinlay, coaches at Tottenham and Fulham respectively, rejected earlier this month.

Wayne Wild, co-chairman of the Rovers Trust – a group committed to fan ownership of Blackburn – believes the club's concluded pursuit of a former player may be misguided.

'I think the protracted process underlines that there are still problems at board level and senior management level at Blackburn Rovers,' Wild said.

'It seems to be more important to give the fans an ex-player's name rather than getting somebody who would be more expensive and more experienced.

'This highlights the importance of having a supporters trust, so that supporters get to voice their input at the highest level.'

League winner: Berg had two spells at Blackburn

League winner: Berg had two spells at Blackburn

He added: 'Henning Berg was obviously a very well-liked former member of the playing squad on two occasions, so will certainly be welcomed by the fans.'

Earlier, Kjetil Rekdal told TV 2 Sporten that he expects his former international team-mate to be a success and welcomed the news as a boost to Norwegian football, with Stale Solbakken already employed in the npower Championship as Wolves boss.

'This is fantastic news for Norwegian football that we get another coach in England,' said Rekdal, currently the coach of Aalesunds FK in his homeland. 'It is a sign that we are doing something right.

'I think it is a great advantage that he has been at the club before and knows the environment there. He knows what is expected.

'I know Henning is a wise coach and wise strategist, and when you have been there before it is always easier to gain support for your ideas.'

Blackburn lie fifth in the Championship having been led by caretaker boss Eric Black for the past six matches.

Charles van Commenee denies he"s "senior figure" named by Toni Minichiello who called Jessica Ennis fat

I did not call Ennis fat! Van Commenee denies he's 'senior figure' named by Minichiello



00:00 GMT, 1 June 2012

UK Athletics head coach Charles van Commenee has flatly denied being the 'senior figure' in UK Athletics who reportedly called Jessica Ennis fat.

Ennis's coach Toni Minichiello claimed in an interview – which was conducted last November but only published on Friday – that Ennis had been described by the unnamed person as fat and carrying too much weight.

Van Commenee's outspoken style meant he was quickly thought of as the most likely culprit, but the Dutchman has 'guaranteed' that is not the case.

Asked about the situation while in Rome for the Diamond League meeting, Van Commenee said: 'I find it strange. I understand the concern that has been revealed almost across the nation because there are some young people who may read things into that which may jeopardise their health. So I can see that context.

Denial: Van Commenee

Denial: Van Commenee

'I was surprised to read it because it hasn't been brought to my attention before. I can imagine that people think there can be only one person who can fire those “silver bullets” as they were described and that fits my profile.

'But I can guarantee you that is not the case. I have never called Jessica Ennis fat simply because there is no reason for it. What other people may have said, I have no clue.

'I spoke to Jessica yesterday about this situation. She is totally all right with it. As we know she performed outstandingly (breaking the British record in Gotzis in the days after the story broke). For her there is no issue, for me there is no issue.'

While Ennis did indeed laugh off the story, it prompted other female athletes to reveal that such comments were not unique.

'If that's true then that is a concern, but I don't think it's the reality,' Van Commenee added.

'The reality is this. Try to think of a Formula One car. If you compare that with a Renault Megane that's two different entities, two different worlds.

Brit of alright: Jessica Ennis has laughed off claims about her weight

Brit of alright: Jessica Ennis has laughed off claims about her weight

'When you build a F1 car, you're looking into the aerodynamics, the very light material, how does the fuel get in, how large is the engine With the Renault Megane, it's all average.

'So when you look into the fine margins as a head coach, you have to find where the margins are to be found. So every so often, you go through a checklist and you say “how are you psychologically, how is your technique, how is your lifestyle, how is your weight, how is this, how is that Is there any area for improvement”

'That's an exercise that goes on all the time. These questions are asked specifically and thoroughly more than if I had a casual chat with one of you.

'So in that light athletes are approached critically but appropriately so I expect UKA employees, including myself, to use appropriate language, which we do.

Golden girl: Ennis is chasing an Olympic title

Golden girl: Ennis is chasing an Olympic title

'I would not be doing my job if I was not looking for the margins, because if I don't do it the opposition will.

'The margins are small so obviously you look into athletes' body composition and bodyweight ratio and power ratios. And bodyweight is one of these factors.'

Van Commenee admitted the use of the word 'fat' was inappropriate when dealing with female athletes.

But he does not feel it is necessary to reiterate that message to fellow members of UKA staff.

He added: 'It goes almost without saying. Do you come in the office on time Yes. Do you report back to your line manager Yes. Do you use appropriate language Yes. But do I remind people every day to do these things. No.'

Roberto Martinez waiting to hear if FA will charge him for official blast

Martinez waiting to hear if FA will charge him for official blast



13:07 GMT, 8 April 2012

Roberto Martinez was waiting to discover whether he would face a Football Association charge for his outspoken attack on assistant referee Dave Bryan and officials in general after Wigan's Chelsea sickener.

It is understood the FA will examine Latics boss Martinez's comments in which he branded Bryan's performance in his side's 2-1 Barclays Premier League defeat as 'disgusting'and 'horrific'.

A 'furious' Martinez claimed his side had been “robbed” by Bryan's failure to chalk off both Chelsea goals, which replays proved were scored from offside positions.

Rage: Roberto Martinez was angry with the decisions that went against his side

Rage: Roberto Martinez was angry with the decisions that went against his side

Without naming Bryan, the Spaniard absolved referee Mike Jones of blame and questioned the competence of his assistant to make 'easy calls', going on to suggest 'little Wigan' had been treated unfairly by officials on several other occasions.

The FA may elect to write to Martinez to ask him to explain his comments before deciding whether to charge the 38-year-old.

Wigan were twice set for a deserved draw before each of Chelsea's controversial goals, substitute Mohamed Diame brilliantly cancelling out Branislav Ivanovic's blatantly-offside opener before Juan Mata's marginally-offside 93rd-minute winner prevented them climbing out of the bottom three for the first time in almost four months.

Martinez, whose side were looking like performing another great escape from relegation after back-to-back wins over Liverpool and Stoke, said: “Psychologically, we would have been from one extreme to another because, obviously, you get out of the bottom three and you do it by doing well against Chelsea.

Decisive moment: Branislav Ivanovic and Salomon Kalou celebrate after team-mate Juan Mata scores the winner

Decisive moment: Branislav Ivanovic and Salomon Kalou celebrate after team-mate Juan Mata scores the winner

'And now the other extreme is the dressing room is feeling very down because we have done really well and we haven't got a reward.

'It's not an accident that we nearly got a result. The last eight games, we have been playing very well.

'We won at Liverpool when, fortunately, we had a strong referee.

'It's a very sad moment for us. I go to a lot of football and I don't want to go to a game and see that the wrong calls are given so clearly.'

Martinez hailed a “perfect” performance from his players.

'When you come to Stamford Bridge, you need to be perfect,' he said.

Talking point: Branislav Ivanovic scores from an offside position for Chelsea's opener

Talking point: Branislav Ivanovic scores from an offside position for Chelsea's opener

'Remember, we are playing against the semi-finalists in the Champions League and we knew we had to stop Chelsea from being fluent on the ball.

'We did that. We had to work really, really hard and I thought we looked a real threat.

'We are second bottom and you don't expect a team that is second bottom to come to Stamford Bridge and stop Chelsea in the manner we did.

'There is a feeling of real injustice in the dressing room and we don't deserve that.

'Unfortunately, we have got used to the sense of injustice because it's happened to us so many times.

Not happy: Martinez made his views clear after the game

Not happy: Martinez made his views clear after the game

'We want to believe everyone has good luck and bad luck.

'We've had too much bad luck and hopefully, in the next six games, we are going to get the good luck on our side.'

It does not get any easier for Wigan, who host Manchester United on Wednesday.
But goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi, who was outstanding yesterday, insisted the Latics would stay up if they continued to play like they did at Stamford Bridge.

He tweeted: 'Upset about the score! But, still, I'm fully satisfied in our performance during the game.

'I'd like to thank all our fans. As I mentioned before, scores don't always reflect the performance and domination in the game.

'If we continue in this effort, we will definitely be in a better position.

'Keeping the faith is the most important thing.'

Robin van Persie to play against England despite injury scare

Van Persie to risk groin injury against England despite scare in Holland training session

Robin van Persie is set to play against England at Wembley at Wednesday night despite a worrying injury scare.

The Arsenal captain failed to complete Holland's training session on Tuesday due to a groin problem and walked off the Wembley pitch for the final 15 minutes.

Van Persie was in visible discomfort before coming off, missing an eight-a-side training match.

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Not again: A crestfallen Robin van Persie leaves the Wembley pitch

Not again: A crestfallen Robin van Persie leaves the Wembley pitch

Sportsmail was told on Tuesday night that Van Persie made the decision to come off after feeling pain in his groin.

Van Persie went into the
session carrying a 'very mild' groin problem from Sunday's win over
Tottenham, though it was not deemed serious enough to keep him out of
meeting up with the Dutch squad.

Discomfort: Van Persie shares a smile with Arjen Robben

Discomfort: Van Persie shares a smile with Arjen Robben

Arsenal sources insist Van Persie's decision to make an early withdrawal from training was purely precautionary.

And there now appears to be no doubts over his participation in the Gunners' clash against Liverpool on Saturday.

History: Van Persie suffered an ankle injury playing for his country against Italy in 2009

History: Van Persie suffered an ankle injury playing for his country against Italy in 2009

Arsene Wenger would be keen for his striker to sit out the friendly to ensure he does not risk aggravating the injury further. But Dutch boss Bert van Marwijk is ready to anger the Gunners manager by opting to playing the striker.

Close attention: Van Marwijk watches Van Persie at Wembley

Close attention: Van Marwijk watches Van Persie at Wembley

'I am optimistic that he will play. We will have to wait and but I don't think it's too serious,' said Van Marwijk.

The Holland manager knows he will be risking Wenger's wrath by taking any sort of fitness risk with his talismanic striker.

Wenger is already an outspoken critic
of the number of FIFA's international calendar, particularly with
regards to the number of friendly matches.

The Gunners manager has already had a number of run-ins with the Dutch FA over their use of Van Persie.

Speaking in 2010, former Holland
manager Dick Advocaat said: ‘He is always moaning about something.

Wenger wants to become the champion of England; I want my team to
qualify from the Euro 2012 group. We need to respect the interests of
each other.’


Raymond Verheijen quits as Wales No 2

Outspoken Verheijen takes a swipe at Welsh FA after quitting as Wales No 2

Raymond Verheijen used his twitter account to announce his resignation as Chris Coleman's assistant manager – and fire a bitter parting shot at the Football Association of Wales at the same time.

The outspoken Dutchman ended his 12-month stay by accusing the country's football authorities of playing 'political and destructive games.'
Verheijen was brought into the Wales set-up by Gary Speed and his decision comes just five days before the commemorative match against Costa Rica that has been set up in memory of the late head coach.

Great success: Verheijen and Gary Speed

Great success: Verheijen and Gary Speed

He tweeted: 'Earlier today I have
informed the FAW I will resign. Have enough of their political and
destructive games. Very sad day.'

He later added: 'Very proud to be part of FIFA's most-improved team in
2011. Would like to thank the players and fans for an amazing journey.'

Chris Coleman: new Wales manager

Chris Coleman: new Wales manager

Verheijen seemed set to stay on with the FAW following crunch talks with
Coleman that were supposed to clarify the lines of demarcation within
the management structure.

A number of leading players, such as skipper Aaron Ramsey and Gareth
Bale had voiced their support of the Dutch coach in the wake of Speed's
death three months ago.

Mindful of that, Coleman was keen to keep his new charges onside but now
it seems as though he will press ahead with plans to bring in Fulham's
youth coach Kit Symons.

Verheijen's methods and outspoken style did not always hit the right
note with his employers who nevertheless thanked him for his work last

'The FAW accepts the resignation with regret,' read a statement, 'Raymond was due to assist the Wales squad in the match against Costa

'But in light of the forthcoming match and the sensitivities of it, we
wish to make no further comment at this time other than to thank Raymond
for his work and wish him well.'