Terry ready to test FA's rules in Ferdinand race case
06:42 GMT, 19 September 2012
John Terry's legal team are planning to fight the FA racism charge next week on the grounds that the governing body's own rulebook strikes out their case.
Terry was cleared at Westminster Magistrates' Court in July of racially aggravated public behaviour last October towards QPR defender Anton Ferdinand.
The 27-year-old Ferdinand then refused to shake Terry's hand on Saturday before the corresponding QPR v Chelsea match.
Testing: John Terry's legal team are planning to fight the FA racism charge
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And the Terry camp will be quick to quote FA rule 6.8 which states that the results of relevant civil or criminal proceedings are 'presumed to be correct and the facts presumed to be true' by FA regulatory commissions.
But there is a proviso in the last sentence of the FA ruling which states '…unless it is shown by clear and convincing evidence that this is not the case'.
And presumably the FA, who surely must have close knowledge of their statutes, would not have charged Terry if they didn't believe they had sufficient evidence.
Heat's on for Chambers
The heat at Wednesday's British Olympic Association board meeting will be on beleaguered commercial director Hugh Chambers.
He will have to explain the failed Games sale of scarves and medallions and why only one sponsor, adidas, is signed up for 2013 when all the LOCOG Games rights revert to the BOA.
Chambers is understood to have various deals in the pipeline, but will have to convince his opponents on the board they will soon come to fruition.
But the BOA will be banking on new chairman-in-waiting Lord Coe to persuade some of LOCOG's raft of backers to stay on board for another four years.
Despite the certainty of Coe winning the election for chairman in November, GB hockey chief Richard Leman is due to stand against him.
And looking further ahead, it is difficult to see Sir Clive Woodward remaining at the BOA, unless he's given the challenge of being Team GB chef de mission for the Winter Games in Sochi in 2014.
Humphrey off BBC's agenda
BBC Sport have reacted to F1 presenter Jake Humphrey's 800,000-a-year move to host BT Vision's Premier League football coverage for four seasons – first revealed by Sports Agenda – by removing him from their trio of hosts for Sports Personality of the Year on December 16.
No thanks: The BBC will replace Jake Humphrey as one of the co-anchors of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year
Humphrey, who is under contract to the Beeb until the end of December, was due to anchor the flagship show with Gary Lineker and Sue Barker but will be replaced by Clare Balding or Gabby Logan.
Meanwhile, as well as the F1 broadcast merry-go-round caused by Humphrey's defection, the feeling in Sky is their big-name signing Martin Brundle has not made as large an impact as expected in the first year of his deal.
And after Brundle left the BBC for Sky, his relationship with former management client and Beeb F1 pundit David Coulthard has cooled.
Premier League gamble with new sponsorship
The often murky gambling sector of football sponsorship has embroiled Newcastle, Fulham and Sunderland.
They have all signed 1million three-year sponsorship contracts with Bet Butler and their software technology partners Worldlink Sport, who are funding the deals.
But Worldlink have yet to pay monies due to the clubs last month while consultant Stephen Pearson, the former Premier League commercial chief who brokered the agreements, is taking legal action against Worldlink for non-payment of his fees.
The clubs have been told by Worldlink the money is coming.
The Football League are due to announce Bet Butler imminently as their new betting partner but that agreement does not directly involve Worldlink.
Warning: Andy Flower said he would prefer if his players waited until the end of their careers before writing biographies
Flower's Prior warning
England cricket team director Andy Flower has made clear he would prefer centrally contracted players to wait until their careers are over before writing autobiographies.
Yet wicketkeeper Matt Prior is the latest England regular to agree a book deal with Simon & Schuster following the life stories of Graeme Swann and Jimmy Anderson.
Rugby row rumbles on
England Rugby 2015 face fraught talks over football stadium usage for the World Cup.
The Premier League, who delayed negotiations until their 3billion TV deal was signed, will agree nothing that puts them in breach of that contract.