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Capital One Cup final: Bradford City will turn down Europa League

Bradford could TURN DOWN Europa League if they win the Capital One Cup

By
Graeme Yorke

PUBLISHED:

09:15 GMT, 23 February 2013

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UPDATED:

09:37 GMT, 23 February 2013

Bradford will refuse to play in the Europa League next season should they qualify by beating Swansea in the Capital One Cup final, according to Bantams co-chairman Mark Lawn.

Phil Parkinson's npower League Two side will on Sunday become the first fourth-tier team to contest a League Cup final in more than half a century when they take on Michael Laudrup's Swans at Wembley.

Snub: Bradford will turn down the chance to play in Europe if they win on Sunday

Snub: Bradford will turn down the chance to play in Europe if they win on Sunday

But Lawn has revealed the west Yorkshire outfit will turn down the opportunity to compete in Europe next term if doing so would cost the club money.

Quoted in The Sun, he said: 'I'm not going to pay to play in Europe.

'When we beat Villa (in the semi-final), I was told, “You don't really want to get into Europe – it costs you money in the early rounds”.

'I said, “Well, that'll be fun because if it costs us money, we won't be there”.

Money talks: Joint chairman Mark Lawn will not jeopardise the club's finances

Money talks: Joint chairman Mark Lawn will not jeopardise the club's finances

'Realistically, it's not going to be a problem because I don't think we're going to win against Swansea.'

He added: 'I won't put us in fiscal danger to play in Europe. That's not going to happen. I'm deadly serious.

'It's all very well saying there are financial rewards once you get to the group stage.

'But we're a fourth division club – realistically, we're not going to get there.'

Bradford"s Phil Parkinson gets one over former employers Arsenal

From Arsenal scout to taking the Gunners' scalp! Parkinson was part of Wenger's team before inspiring Bradford cup shock

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UPDATED:

10:57 GMT, 12 December 2012

Bradford manager Phil Parkinson showed little gratitude to his former club Arsenal in dumping them out of the Carling Cup last night.

Sportsmail revealed in April 2011 how the 45-year-old had taken up a role as a northern-based scout for the Gunners.

Happy man: Phil Parkinson

Dejected: Arsene Wenger

Mixed emotions: Bradford boss Phil Parkinson is all smiles after his cup scalp as Arsene Wenger looks dejected after the shock defeat

Parkinson is highly thought of within coaching circles having attended various courses and seminars across the country on his way to completing the UEFA B badge in 2005.

That, together with his good relationship with Arsenal chief scout Steve Rowley, saw Parkinson join Arsenal's scouting set up after he was sacked as Charlton boss in January 2011.

Famous win: The Bradford players run towards goalkeeper Matt Duke as they celebrate their win

Famous win: The Bradford players run towards goalkeeper Matt Duke as they celebrate their win

Not that his time spent at the Emirates Stadium mattered one iota last night as he masterminded a euphoric penalty shoot-out win over his ex-employers to pile the pressure on Arsene Wenger.

Amir Khan: Freddie Roach"s Parkinson"s disease not to blame for defeats

Khan: Roach's Parkinson's disease is NOT to blame for defeats… they are my fault

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UPDATED:

18:01 GMT, 1 November 2012

Amir Khan has defended himself in the face of strong criticism for appearing to blame Freddie Roach's Parkinson's disease for his split from the trainer.

Former undisputed light-welterweight champion Khan and Roach parted company in the wake of his defeat by Danny Garcia in August and the 25-year-old has since appointed Virgil Hunter as his coach.

Speaking in promotion of his fight against Carlos Molina in Los Angeles on December 15, Khan stated that Roach's ability to train was being impaired by his illness.

Glory days: Amir Khan (right) with former trainer Freddie Roach (left)

Glory days: Amir Khan (right) with former trainer Freddie Roach (left)

'It's hard to see him older and getting worse. I wish him the best,' he said.
'Freddie, with the Parkinson's disease, he was struggling with instructions and couldn't move as well.'

But Khan has used his Twitter account to clarify his comments, stressing he does not hold Roach accountable for his losses to Lamont Peterson and Garcia.

'Hey guys I didn't say Freddie Roach is a bad trainer, he's one of the best out there and took my career to a high winning two world titles,' Khan said.

'I blame myself for the losses in my career. Not blaming Freddie Roach or anyone. I just needed a change.'

Next up: Khan is busy promoting his next fight against Carlos Molina

Next up: Khan is busy promoting his next fight against Carlos Molina

Roach responded by stating his Parkinson's was not the cause of his split from Khan.

'If that was true, why would he say to me fire Manny Pacquiao and Julio Chavez Jr, and they'll keep me Him, his father, his lawyer and his uncle all said that,' he said.

'It had nothing to do with Parkinson's. They know that. And I wish them the best of luck.'

Bradford 3 Burton 2

Bradford 3 Burton 2 (AET): Bantams fight back to earn extra-time win

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UPDATED:

22:18 GMT, 25 September 2012

A goal seconds from the end of extra time saw Bradford secure a 3-2 win over Burton.

Billy Kee (18) and Aaron Webster (29) gave the visitors a two-goal lead but two goals by Nahki Wells in the final seven minutes sent the game into extra time.

A Stephen Darby screamer with just seconds left before penalties then sent Bradford through.

Squeezing through: Phil Parkinson's Bradford side edged out Burton

Squeezing through: Phil Parkinson's Bradford side edged out Burton

London 2012 Olympics: Wrestler Myroslav Dykun handed two year ban

Drug cheat wrestler Dykun handed two-year ban after failing test

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UPDATED:

22:35 GMT, 6 July 2012

Wrestler Myroslav Dykun, the ‘plastic Brit’ who failed a drugs test, as exclusively revealed by Sportsmail, has been banned for two years.

UK Anti-Doping has announced that Dykun, originally from Ukraine, tested positive for methamphetamine in March and the Greco-Roman wrestler’s B sample has come back positive. Dykun had been hoping to compete for Team GB at the Olympics later this month.

In the wake of his failed drugs test he will now be banned from participating in the sport until April 29, 2014.

No go: Ukrainian-born Myroslav Dykun will not be competing at the Olympics

No go: Ukrainian-born Myroslav Dykun will not be competing at the Olympics

UKAD chief executive Andy Parkinson said: “Our pre-Games prevention programme was put in place to ensure that only clean athletes represent Great Britain and this case proves that the system is working.

'When the eyes of the world fall on London later this month, we want the public to have confidence in clean sport and understand that doping of any kind will not be tolerated.'

Dykun, 29, came to Britain in 2003 to be a sparring partner, but he, along with a number of other foreign-born wrestlers, decided they wanted to compete for Britain in London 2012.

The policy, sanctioned by British Wrestling, proved controversial, with some branding the wrestlers as 'Plastic Brits'.

FIVE players after Crawley face Bradford

FIVE players sent off AFTER the game as Crawley brawl with Bradford

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UPDATED:

00:03 GMT, 28 March 2012

Five players were sensationally red-carded in the dressing rooms after an ugly post-match brawl following Crawley's 2-1 win at Bradford, whose manager Phil Parkinson promised heavy fines to any of his players who threw punches.

Three Bradford players – Andrew Davies, Luke Oliver and goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin – were sent off by referee Ian Williamson who dished out the same treatment to Crawley pair Kyle McFadzean and substitute Claude Davis.

Five Crawley players and one from Bradford were booked during the ill-tempered match. Davies is set for a five-match ban, having been sent off twice before already this season.

Just the beginning: Leon Clarke heads Crawley into the lead... but the true drama was yet to come

Just the beginning: Leon Clarke heads Crawley into the lead… but the true drama was yet to come

Parkinson said: 'The referee seems very clear in his mind what went on and that is the reason he took the action he did in the dressing rooms.

“Until I see the DVD it is difficult to comment but the sendings-off leave us with lots of problems, to say the least.

'We know what Crawley bring in terms of an intimidating approach before, during and after matches. You have to make sure you don't get involved.

'Both clubs have paid a heavy price. I can't believe this has happened. I have never been in a situation before where a ref has come into the dressing room, pulled players on one side and sent them off. He wouldn't allow me in there!

Furious: Bradford manager Phil Parkinson says he will fine any player who threw a punch

Furious: Bradford manager Phil Parkinson says he will fine any player who threw a punch

'I will look at the DVD and if any of my players are guilty of throwing punches they will pay heavy fines.'

Crawley manager Steve Evans said: 'I only saw the Bradford player Andrew Davies run towards my players and throw a punch. I think it was handbags, with a lot of pushing and shoving, but it was disappointing to see.

'If people have acted out of turn they need to be dealt with.

'The fourth official confirmed to me that the Bradford boy Davies ran and punched somebody. Then there was a mass of bodies who had initially come together to shake hands.

'It is a shame because it takes away from what was an outstanding performance.'

London 2012 Games: Every British athlete to be drugs tested

Every British athlete to be drugs tested before London Games

Every one of Britain's 900 Olympic and
Paralympic athletes will be tested for banned drugs at least once in
the run-up to the London 2012 Games.

UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) will not confirm
exactly how many tests they will carry out but their target is for
every British athlete going to the Games to provide samples for
analysis. At least 10% of these will be blood tests, for substances such
as human growth hormone and the blood-boosting agent EPO.

More than 100 education sessions for athletes have also been planned alongside UKAD's testing programme.

Zero tolerance: UKAD have promised a robust system

Zero tolerance: UKAD have promised a robust system

UK Anti-Doping chief executive Andy Parkinson said the organisation, which is 90% publicly-funded and has an annual budget of 7million, had already targeted athletes at previous 'high-risk' windows such as qualifying for the Games.

Parkinson said: 'Tests will be planned using our intelligence-based testing approach which utilises intelligence gathered from a wide range of sources and focuses the allocation of tests around where they will have maximum impact in terms of deterrence and detection.

'Whilst the overall aim is to test every member of the British teams at least once, obviously those in more high-risk sports or disciplines, or athletes of interest to us will be tested more often. Essentially there is no limit to the number of times we might test any individual athlete.

Warning: Olympics Minister Hugh Robertson

Warning: Olympics Minister Hugh Robertson

'As the host nation at this year's Olympic and Paralympic Games, we want to lead the way in promoting clean sport, giving the British public the confidence that the performances they see from our athletes are achieved through four years of hard work, determination and dedication.'

The programme is being delivered in
co-operation with the sports' national governing bodies, the British
Olympic Association (BOA) and the British Paralympic Association (BPA).

UKAD say the majority of tests will
be attempted through no-advance notice, out-of-competition tests, either
at squad training sessions or through 'whereabouts' information
provided by athletes, with additional tests targeted at key 2012
selection events

Olympics minister Hugh Robertson
said: 'UK Anti-Doping has led the way in educating athletes and has one
of the most robust anti-doping programmes in the world. But we can't be
complacent. We need to ensure that athletes and support staff are fully
aware of their responsibilities with regards to anti-doping.

'Drug cheats have absolutely no place
in sport. We want our athletes to be positive role models for the
millions who will be watching the Games this summer.'

Bernice Wilson banned for four years following failed drugs test

British sprinter Wilson banned for four years following failed drugs test

Banned: Bernice Wilson

Banned: Bernice Wilson

British sprinter Bernice Wilson has had a four-year ban confirmed after losing an appeal against the sanction imposed following her positive test for two anabolic steroids.

Wilson, 27, from Lincolnshire, broke into the British team last year and competed at the European indoor championships in Paris in March but tested positive for testosterone and clenbuterol on June 12.

An independent National Anti-Doping Panel handed out a four-year ban which Wilson appealed against, and UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) has confirmed she had lost her appeal.

UKAD chief executive Andy Parkinson said: 'We have successfully argued for a four-year ban which demonstrates that UK Anti-Doping always seeks robust sanctions against athletes who look to cheat the system and betray those around them.

'This sends a strong message to anyone looking to dope in the UK and gives clean athletes the confidence that we are working hard on their behalf, within the framework of the World Anti-Doping Code, to protect their right to compete in doping-free sport.'

A first doping offence normally carries a two-year suspension but it can be increased to four years for 'aggravating circumstances' including if an athlete tests positive for more than one banned substance.

In its decision, the National Anti-Doping Panel said Wilson was an 'experienced and senior athlete' who saw herself as a role model to younger athletes.

'Far from admitting her guilt… she sought to blame other people,' said the panel in its ruling.

The appeal panel confirmed the four-year ban, said Wilson's arguments were 'entirely without merit' and ordered her to pay UK Anti-Doping's costs of the appeal.

Wilson had been almost unknown in athletics until 2010 and qualified for the European indoors in Paris with a personal best 60 metres time of 7.25 seconds.

Olympics minister Hugh Robertson in the anti-doping laboratory in Harlow on Thursday

Olympics minister Hugh Robertson in the anti-doping laboratory in Harlow on Thursday

Drug cheats have been warned they
will be caught at next summer's Olympics and Paralympics as London 2012
unveiled 'the most high-tech' laboratory in the history of the Games.

Up to 6,250 samples will be tested by 150 scientists working at the 24-hour anti-doping facility in Harlow, Essex.

All Olympic medallists will have to submit a urine sample and there will be around 1,000 blood tests.

Hugh Robertson, Minister for Sport
and the Olympics, said: 'This is about integrity and the integrity of
London's Games. Everyone wants to know what they are seeing in front of
them is a true and fair contest.'