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Rovers row: Blackburn fan keeps revealing Henning Berg"s team… The Ewood Park manager is NOT amused

Rovers row: Blackburn fan keeps revealing Berg's team… The new boss is NOT amused

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UPDATED:

16:57 GMT, 8 November 2012

Blackburn boss Henning Berg has been left fuming – by a fan that keeps revealing his team selections.

The new Rovers manager is keen to keep his line-ups under wraps to try and catch opponents by surprise.

But a supporter who lives near their training ground in Brockhall has been revealing the starting 11 the day before matches.

Plea: Blackburn Rovers manager Henning Berg is fed up that his team selections keep getting revealed

Plea: Blackburn Rovers manager Henning Berg is fed up that his team selections keep getting revealed

Sneak peak: Liverpool fans use wheelie bins to py on their team training (file pic)

Sneak peak: Liverpool fans use wheelie bins to py on their team training (file pic)

Now Berg wants the fan, who goes under the name ‘Rovers4Good’ on the BRFCS website, to stop.

He said: 'Wait until an hour before kick-off, or even an hour and 10 minutes so they have it 10 minutes early.

'It could be that extra one per cent and we need to get people to understand that.

'The more we can keep back from our opponents will be a good thing and we’re aware of things coming out from the outside.

Ahead of the game: Grant Hanley (left) celebrates his goal against Sheffield Wednesday this season

Ahead of the game: Grant Hanley (left) celebrates his goal against Sheffield Wednesday this season

Welcome aboard: Berg(left) unveiled as the new Rovers boss Shebby Singh, the club's global advisor earlier this month

Welcome aboard: Berg(left) unveiled as the new Rovers boss Shebby Singh, the club's global advisor earlier this month

'We’ll have to look into it and see what we can do to make sure what we do on the training pitch is not put on the Internet.

'If I wanted to make big changes for a game, it could have an effect.

'It’s good that they’re interested in the team – but they don’t have to put it out!'

Hillsborough tragedy set for new inquest after Attorney General makes High Court request

Hillsborough tragedy set for new inquest after Attorney General makes High Court plea

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UPDATED:

11:41 GMT, 16 October 2012

The Attorney General has paved the way for a fresh inquest to be held into the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans in the Hillsborough disaster 23 years ago.

Dominic Grieve QC said he will apply to the High Court to have the verdicts of the original hearing quashed so a new one can be held.

The move comes after a damning report into the disaster laid bare a cover-up which attempted to shift the blame for the tragedy on to its victims.

Memorial: The Attorney General will apply to the High Court for new inquests into the deaths of 96 people at the Hillsborough tragedy

Memorial: The Attorney General will apply to the High Court for a new inquest into the deaths of 96 people at the Hillsborough tragedy

Memorial: The Attorney General will apply to the High Court for a new inquest into the deaths of 96 people at the Hillsborough tragedy

Mr Grieve said his consideration of
the evidence was far from over, but he was taking the exceptional step
of indicating he must apply for new inquests to be held on the basis of
the evidence he has already read.

Ninety-six Liverpool supporters died
in the crush at Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough stadium on April 15
1989, where their team were to meet Nottingham Forest in an FA Cup
semi-final.

Mr Grieve said: 'My consideration of
the evidence is far from complete but, given the anxiety further delay
may cause the families affected by the Hillsborough disaster, I have
decided to take an exceptional course and state at this stage that, on
the basis of what I have already seen, I have determined that I must
make an application to the court.

Tragedy: Ninety-six Liverpool supporters were killed in the crush

Tragedy: Ninety-six Liverpool supporters were killed in the crush

'In doing so, I should make it clear that further work will need to be done before any application can be made.

'In particular, there was not one inquest but 96.

'My current view is that I will apply to have every one of those 96 inquests quashed.'

Vigil: The news will come as a boost to those who have campaigned for justice

Vigil: The news will come as a boost to those who have campaigned for justice

He went on: 'I believe that these deaths, arising as they do from a common chain of events, should all be considered afresh.

'However, before reaching any final
view on the scope of the application, I want to give the families
affected the opportunity to make any representations in respect of the
family member or members they lost.

'I will therefore be in contact with each family seeking views.'

James Graham pleads not guilty to ear bite charge

England prop Graham pleads not guilty to NRL ear bite charge

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UPDATED:

22:40 GMT, 3 October 2012

England prop James Graham has pleaded not guilty to an NRL dangerous contact charge.

The Canterbury Bulldog was on Monday cited for allegedly biting the ear of Melbourne full-back Billy Slater during Sunday's Grand Final between the two clubs.

With video evidence appearing to suggest the 27-year-old former St Helens captain had a case to answer, it was reported he would be facing a lengthy ban, possibly of up to 12 games.

Not guilty! Graham has made his plea after being cited for dangerous contact

Not guilty! Graham has made his plea after being cited for dangerous contact

That could still be the case, with his not guilty plea leaving him open to further sanction if the NRL judiciary panel tomorrow decide he has committed an offence.

Graham was named in England's 24-man squad for the autumn international series against France and Wales.

Jose Mourinho says he wants to manage in the Premier League again

Show you want me and I'll come back: Mourinho issues come and get me plea Premier League clubs

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UPDATED:

12:10 GMT, 20 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Jose Mourinho has challenged Barclays Premier League clubs to show they really want him after reiterating his desire to come back to England.

The self-styled 'Special One', who took the Premier League by storm during his three years as Chelsea boss, is constantly being linked with a return.

Mourinho is the favourite to succeed both Sir Alex Ferguson and Roberto Mancini as manager of Manchester United and Manchester City, respectively.

Return: Jose Mourinho wants to manage in England again

Return: Jose Mourinho wants to manage in England again

The Real Madrid boss is also always among the leading candidates whenever the Chelsea job becomes vacant, despite the acrimonious nature of his sacking.

Asked if a return to Stamford Bridge was possible, Mourinho told BBC Radio Five Live: 'I will go where people really want me and, when that moment arrives, they show me they really want me.

'But I have to repeat always this: I am at Real Madrid. I like very much to be [there].'

Which door will open Mourinho is favorite to be the manager of both Manchester United and Manchester City

Which door will open Mourinho is favorite to be the manager of both Manchester United and Manchester City

He added: 'I want one day to be back in English football, yes. I always said that.'

Mourinho, widely regarded as one of the greatest managers of all time, also revealed his success was partly down to his ability to immerse himself in a club in the same manner as a supporter.

'When I go to a club, I wear the shirt, I feel the shirt like it's my first one or my last one,” he said.

'I feel the fans as part of myself. I create eternal links with fans.

'I go to play against Chelsea and I feel (it), I go to Italy and I feel (it).

Blue is the colour: Mourinho won two titles with Chelsea

Blue is the colour: Mourinho won two titles with Chelsea

'I work for the clubs, I work for the people that trust me, and of course the owners and the directors, but the clubs are the fans.

'For me, it's one of my qualities. I become immediately one of them and I feel that I am one of them with a privileged position to fight for the club and to try to bring to all of them happiness.'

Antonio Conte faces huge ban from football

Conte faces huge ban from football after bargaining with Italian FA fails

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UPDATED:

22:32 GMT, 1 August 2012

Juventus coach Antonio Conte is facing up to a long ban from football after the Italian Football Federation rejected a plea bargain deal.

Conte is accused of failing to report alleged match-fixing involving Siena when he managed them in the 2010-11 Serie B season.

The club’s plea bargain deal was accepted, meaning they will start the new Serie A season with a six-point deduction, but Conte’s proposal – which would have seen him serve a three-month suspension and pay a fine of 200,000 euros – was turned down.

Hot water: Antonio Conte (right) faces a long ban

Hot water: Antonio Conte (right) faces a long ban

Old times: His charges relate to his management of Siena

Old times: His charges relate to his management of Siena

He will now have to either submit a new offer or face a sports tribunal, with either option likely to lead to a longer ban.

Charges against Conte of direct involvement in match-fixing were dismissed last week but, having originally denied all charges, he later tried to reach a compromise deal over failure to report the alleged misdemeanours going on within his team.

Siena saw an initial proposal of a five-point penalty rejected, but a second offer of six points was approved.

President Massimo Mezzaroma told the club website: 'The plea bargain allows us to finally turn the page, as we all want.

'This penalty should be a further incentive for everybody.

'We will demonstrate on the field that we can earn our salvation, even starting with this initial handicap, thanks to our values and our ability to overcome difficulties.'

The club also saw striker Marcelo Larrondo banned 16 weeks and fined 30,000 euros, while goalkeeping coach Marco Savaroni and fitness coach Giorgio D’Urbano will serve 23-week bans.

Serie A newcomers Torino, Serie B side Varese and relegated Albinoleffe will pay fines of 30,000 euros and begin the season with one-point penalties after their plea bargains were also accepted.

Lower down the league pyramid, Grosseto were relegated from Serie B and docked three points, Novara were penalised four points and Ancona were fined 10,000 euros.

Brendan Rodgers wants Maxi Rodriguez to stay at Liverpool

Please stay, Maxi! Rodgers hoping to convince Argentine to stick around

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UPDATED:

22:57 GMT, 12 July 2012

Brendan Rodgers will make one final plea to persuade Maxi Rodriguez to stay at Liverpool as the influential midfielder considers a return to Argentina.

Newell's Old Boys want to sign Rodriguez and believe they are close to completing a deal to bring him back to the club where he began his career but Liverpool boss Rodgers will not give up the fight.

Rodriguez only featured sporadically for Liverpool last season but, when he did figure, he tended to make a difference and scored six goals in 21 appearances.

Heading home Liverpool's Argentine midfielder Maxi Rodriguez

Heading home Liverpool's Argentine midfielder Maxi Rodriguez

Rodgers believes the former Atletico Madrid star, 31, would flourish in the system he wants to implement and is hoping to convince Rodriguez to honour the final 12 months of his contract.

‘I would love to have him here as he is a very good player and would be very good for our squad – he will understand 120 per cent about the way I want us to play,’ said Rodgers, who hopes to conclude a deal for Roma’s Fabio Borini in the next 48 hours.

‘But sometimes there are issues that surround that; that is what I am speaking to him about. It has been difficult for his family (to settle).

‘I have had a couple of real good conversations with him. I know his thoughts and how he is thinking. It was difficult for him last season. He probably felt that he should have played a lot more.

‘We will hopefully see where he is at over the next couple of weeks and hopefully find a solution for him. But, like I say, sometimes there are other issues outside football.’

Liverpool fly out next week for a two week tour of North America and, at this stage, Rodriguez will be included in the travelling party, along with Joe Cole, who is aiming to revive his Anfield career.

Plenty to prove: Reds midfielder Joe Cole

Plenty to prove: Reds midfielder Joe Cole

Though Cole is well known to Rodgers from the time they worked together at Chelsea, he has made it clear the onus is on Cole to put himself back into contention after a 12-month loan with Lille.

‘These are players that haven’t featured a great deal,’ said Rodgers. ‘I am assessing everyone. I know his strengths, I know his qualities. It was difficult for him when he first came but he did well at Lille.’

There are a number of players in Liverpool players who find themselves with something to prove next season and Jordan Henderson finds himself in that bracket.

Having arrived from Sunderland for 16million, Henderson, 22, struggled to win over Liverpool’s supporters despite the fact he invariably demonstrated a willing attitude in his 48 appearances.

Where Henderson, who played twice for England at Euro 2012, will fit into Rodgers’ system remains to be seen but the manager is adamant he has the attributes to make a difference.

‘This kid can play football,’ said Rodgers. ‘If he is in a certain system, in an environment which is going to help him and educated him in the game, you will see that. The biggest thing for me that I’ve heard about Jordan is his attitude. He has got an incredible attitude.

‘If you have got a player like that who has got the ability and the thirst to learn – he can run all day, he is physically good, he is strong, he is quick – and you can remodel him, you can end up getting the value you paid.’

Bradford Bulls in administration

Bulls on the brink as cash-strapped rugby league giants enter administration

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UPDATED:

10:17 GMT, 26 June 2012

Bradford Bulls have gone into administration and have just 10 days to avoid being liquidated.

Brendan Guilfoyle and Chris White, from insolvency firm The P&A Partnership, have been appointed joint administrators of the Super League club after it failed to find new investment to pay off crippling debts.

Guilfoyle said: 'We now have just 10 working days to save the club from liquidation because there are no funds to carry on longer.

In trouble: Bulls have just 10 days to avoid being liquidated

In trouble: Bulls have just 10 days to avoid being liquidated

'If there is anyone interested in buying the Bulls then we need to hear from them right now because this famous club is now on the brink of extinction.'

The Bulls directors filed a notice of intention to enter administration on June 13 in order to buy them more time to find investment, with HM Revenue & Customs threatening to wind up the club over unpaid tax, and the moratorium ended yesterday.

Fans rallied around earlier this year, responding to a plea from former chairman Peter Hood by raising around 500,000 in a fortnight to pay bills after the bank cut the club's overdraft facilities, but Guilfoyle revealed recently that a further 1.2million was still needed to safeguard the club's future until the end of the season.

It is understood Bradford currently owes 98,000 in PAYE tax from May and the same amount for June, plus an outstanding VAT bill of 250,000 from the sale of the Odsal lease to the RFL, while the monthly wage bill is over 200,000.

Under lock and key: Administrators have been brought in at Bradford

Under lock and key: Administrators have been brought in at Bradford

Guilfoyle, who was at Odsal to break the news of the administration to employees, added: 'The directors made every effort to try to save the club within the 14-day timescale issued by the courts but the moratorium ended yesterday without any potential buyer coming forward.'

Guilfoyle, who has been involved in the administrations of Leeds United, Luton Town, Crystal Palace and Plymouth Argyle, was brought in by the Bradford board to conduct an independent financial review following the departure of Hood and co-director Andrew Bennett.

Bradford are the third Super League club to enter administration in the last two years.

Wrexham-based Crusaders went into administration in November 2010 after struggling to pay off inherited debt and, although they were readmitted to the league a month later, they were liquidated at the end of the 2011 season.

Wakefield spent a week in the hands of an administrator on the eve of last season – and saw three players sold to pay off debts in that time – before local businessman Andrew Glover completed a successful takeover.

Both clubs started the season on minus four points as their punishment for breaching the RFL's rules on insolvency, a fate that now looks to await Bradford.

Euro 2012: England band ban scrapped for Sweden showdown after FA plea

Music to your ears England band ban scrapped for Sweden showdown after FA plea

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UPDATED:

10:58 GMT, 14 June 2012

The England band will play on after being given assurances they would be allowed into the remaining games at Euro 2012.

After driving 2,800 miles to Donetsk for Monday's Group D opener with France and being granted admittance to the Donbass Arena, the band were stunned when security staff confiscated their instruments.

Although they were handed back after the 1-1 draw, the band left for Kiev with no guarantee they would have any more luck at Friday's encounter with Sweden.

Party on: The England Band were reunited with their instruments in Donetsk

Party on: The England Band were reunited with their instruments in Donetsk

However, following representations by the Football Association, UEFA have confirmed the band will be allowed into the game.

Although the band's presence is not welcomed by all England fans, on Friday it might be important given Sweden's following is expected to dwarf the Three Lions'.

'We are delighted UEFA have seen sense on this matter and the band can carry on banging the drum for England,' said a spokesman for band sponsors Pukka Pies.

Outnumbered: England fans will be outnumbered by Swedes in Kiev

Outnumbered: England fans will be outnumbered by Swedes in Kiev

Band representative John Hemmingham added: 'It's the best news possible. We were gutted to have driven 2,800 miles only to have our instruments confiscated.

'Our sponsors gave us the good news this morning and we are delighted to have the chance to create the best possible atmosphere for England fans in Kiev.

'It's going to be a very unusual situation with Swedish fans outnumbering England supporters by four to one. So we will be doing our best to help our fans generate more than the Swedes.'

Craig Gordon eyes new club to revitalise career

Come and get me! Gordon eyes new club to revitalise career as Sunderland stay draws to end

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UPDATED:

13:03 GMT, 17 May 2012

Craig Gordon has issued a come and get me plea to potential new employers after conceding his career at Sunderland is over and hasn't ruled out a move back to Scotland.

Gordon has been plagued by injury and dropped down the pecking-order at the Stadium of light with fellow stopper Simon Mignolet firmly in charge of the No 1 jersey.

The Black Cats paid a record 9million for Gordon five years ago but look set to let him go on a free this summer with the 29-year-old hoping to remain in the Barclays Premier League.

Rare sighting: Gordon's Sunderland career has failed to recover after a number of injuries

Rare sighting: Gordon's Sunderland career has failed to recover after a number of injuries

Gordon said: 'It's just a case now of me progressing my career somewhere else and finding the move that is right for me.

'I am just waiting to see what my options are and take it from there. It’s a case of waiting to see over the summer.

'There's nothing going on (with Celtic) at the moment. 'I'm out of contract now, so it's about seeing what offers come in and picking the best one from there really.

'I could stay in England or a move to Europe could appeal. I am open to any offer. I would love to stay in the English Premier League, but if that happens or not, if it's the best deal for me, time will tell.'

Top dog: Mignolet has claimed the No 1 jersey as his own

Top dog: Mignolet has claimed the No 1 jersey as his own

Gordon is also hopeful of playing a part in Scotland’s friendly against America, in Florida on Saturday, May 26.

'I have been training for a few months now, and hopefully I'll get some time on the pitch in America,' he said. 'I had a pretty good game against Bolton, I'm happy with the way I'm training and playing.

'It's just about getting a run of games now. Losing my place at Sunderland because of injury was frustrating, but that’s part of the game.
Other players come in and do well.'

Arsenal, Spurs and QPR on alert as Italian legend Del Piero eyes Premier League move

Arsenal, Spurs and QPR on alert as Italian legend Del Piero eyes Premier League move

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UPDATED:

07:06 GMT, 16 May 2012

Italian legend Alessandro Del Piero has issued a come and get me plea to London's Premier League clubs.

The 37-year-old is set to call time on his 19-year career at Juventus after helping them lift the Serie A title this season.

Glittering career: Alessandro Del Piero ended his 19-year stay at Juventus by lifting the Serie A title

Glittering career: Alessandro Del Piero ended his 19-year stay at Juventus by lifting the Serie A title

And the veteran forward wants a fresh challenge and admitted he would love the chance to play in England.

Del Piero is considering three options and Arsenal, Tottenham and QPR have all been linked in recent weeks.

He told Italian newspaper Corriere Dello Sport: 'England is a place where the football is so good, but I have still not agreed anything with a club.'