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Sir Alex Ferguson blames Manchester City for Mario Balotelli and Roberto Mancini getting caught fighting

It's your own fault we know about Balotelli and Mancini! Fergie blames Man City for letting snappers catch scrappers

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David Kent

PUBLISHED:

11:28 GMT, 4 January 2013

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UPDATED:

11:45 GMT, 4 January 2013

Manchester City are to blame for allowing Mario Balotelli’s extraordinary confrontation with Roberto Mancini to be captured by photographers, according to Sir Alex Ferguson.

The finger of blame has been pointed towards the Italian striker for a 'horrific' challenge on team-mate Scott Sinclair, to which Mancini responded furiously.

Get a grip: Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini and striker Mario Balotelli had to be pulled apart

Get a grip: Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini and striker Mario Balotelli had to be pulled apart

Get a grip: Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini and striker Mario Balotelli had to be pulled apart

Fiery Italians: Mancini and Balotelli were snapped by photographers during their bust-up at training

Fiery Italians: Mancini and Balotelli were snapped by photographers during their bust-up at training

The whole episode was caught by snappers waiting next to the training ground, but Manchester United manager Fergie is at a loss as to why the club allow such free access.

Sir Alex said: 'You’re protecting the possibility of your success. Do the major companies tell their opponents what they’re doing I’m sure they don’t.

'Football has got the profile. Cameramen want to do training sessions which is ridiculous.

Stay away: The Manchester City coaches had to get between Mancini and Balotelli

Stay away: The Manchester City coaches had to get between Mancini and Balotelli

'It is very difficult to coach and do work related to a game because you don’t know where the information can go. Clubs like Real Madrid, the press were there every day, that’s stopped under Jose.

'A lot of clubs I know don't (allow it). How you can do your work and if you want to do tactical work, how do you do it with press around you

'Fortunately at our place we can protect against it to a certain degree. Sometimes a photographer tries to wander across the woods but now we've put those wolves in there they don’t come!'

Pointing the finger: Sir Alex Ferguson insists the blame lies with Man City after the Balotelli controversy

Pointing the finger: Sir Alex Ferguson insists the blame lies with Man City after the Balotelli controversy

Access all areas at Man City's training ground

Despite the criticism coming the way of the Manchester City manager, there is little he can do to combat the issue.

The footpaths on either side of the
Carrington training ground are public, meaning that anyone wanting to
watch a training session is free to.

The club has experimented with a
six-foot tarpaulin curtain around the edge of the ground, but that
hasn’t stopped photographers or members of the public who climb ladders
or trees in order to watch their heroes train.

Planning permission to extend the height
of the curtain has been sought but six foot is the limit without the
agreement of Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council.

In 18 months’ time the squad are set to
move their training to the new Etihad Campus training ground, but until
then it looks as though Mancini and his players will have to keep their
tempers under control.

Harry Redknapp inherits flawed QPR squad

Flaw show for Harry as QPR throw away lead against United at Old Trafford

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UPDATED:

23:18 GMT, 25 November 2012

After sitting in the directors’ box at Old Trafford for 80 minutes, Harry Redknapp can probably sum up the Queens Park Rangers squad he has inherited from Mark Hughes. Decent players. Deep flaws.

A goal up and less than half an hour left, the Barclays Premier League’s bottom team sensed increasing desperation in their opponents. There was a restless home crowd, too.

Three goals in 10 minutes undid them, though, and once again QPR were left to lament basic mistakes. Errors in concentration, errors in application and errors in decision making.

Work to be done: QPR manager Harry Redknapp takes his first training session

Work to be done: QPR manager Harry Redknapp takes his first training session

Forward Jamie Mackie summed it up, saying: ‘When you look at Man United you see the greatest club in the world and their basics are spot on.

‘That’s what it takes to win these games and, if we can take anything from this great club, it’s that. We were leading and failed to do the basics at two set pieces. That’s unacceptable. We need to eradicate the soft goals because they are killing us.

‘Its a real shame. We have to take responsibility. The previous manager brought a lot of these players in and there were some good players here already. It’s no good pointing the finger at anybody else.’

Down and out: QPR took the lead at Old Trafford but conceded three

Down and out: QPR took the lead at Old Trafford but conceded three

Having scored his team’s goal, Mackie was also one of QPR’s better players. During Hughes’s time, though, the players did not apply themselves. On Saturday they did for long periods for caretaker boss Mark Bowen.

Bowen refused to criticise the club’s owners and offered his services to Redknapp if required. Deep down, though, he knows he will lose his job today. ‘It hurts but we will be back and Mark will definitely be back,’ he said.

As for United, this was the ninth time in 13 league games that they have had to come from behind.

Headers from Jonny Evans and Darren Fletcher put them in command and substitute Javier Hernandez stroked in the third.

Signed, sealed, delivered: Javier Hernandez fires in United's third

Signed, sealed, delivered: Javier Hernandez fires in United's third

It’s a habit Sir Alex Ferguson’s team cannot allow to continue. Wayne Rooney said: ‘It’s happening too many times. We need to take control of games.’

Redknapp, meanwhile, has opened the door for David Beckham, calling the 37-year-old a ‘fantastic’ footballer who could ‘still play in the Premier League’.

He added: ‘David could still be a great asset. Just having him round the place, showing people how to train and look after yourself. His professionalism is second to none.’

Roberto Di Matteo"s Chelsea reign in tatters after Juventus defeat

Di Matteo's reign going up in smoke as Chelsea are all too predictably beaten

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UPDATED:

23:34 GMT, 20 November 2012

Roberto Di Matteo enjoys a crafty puff on a cigarette before big matches, soothing his nerves with a blast of nicotine.

On Wednesday morning the smoke signals will be rising above Chelsea's Cobham training centre as the European champions gasp for air in Group E.

Chelsea are sending out distress calls, the butt of jokes after being beaten, all too predictably, by this resurgent Juventus team in Turin. You could write the names of Chelsea's soldiers on the back of a fag packet, scrawling Petr Cech, John Mikel Obi and Oscar in ballpoint and that's about it.

Chelsea daggers: Fernando Torres gives Roberto Di Matteo the evil eye

Chelsea daggers: Fernando Torres gives Roberto Di Matteo the evil eye

They didn't have the energy or the enthusiasm for another crack at the Champions League and that is why Di Matteo will ultimately be sacked.

Chelsea are European champions, yet there is distraction and disenchantment in every pocket of this club. On Saturday they were arguing among themselves, pointing the finger at each other in a brutal post-mortem in the changing rooms at West Bromwich.

Roberto Di Matteo

Roberto Di Matteo

Tough day at the office: Di Matteo can't bring himself to watch as his side are heavily beaten in Turin

Defeat at The Hawthorns cost Andre Villas-Boas his job last March, but this feels bigger. They should be the big event, forging ahead after that magnificent night when they won the Champions League final against Bayern Munich in the German club's own Allianz Arena.

Nine years after Roman Abramovich's obsession with the European Cup began and nearly 1billion later, this club should be at the top of the game.

Instead everybody wearing blue is feeling the pressure; a club riven with dressing-room dissenters and constricted by the power games that go on above them.

In black and white: Chelsea were soundly beaten by Juventus on Tuesday night

In black and white: Chelsea were soundly beaten by Juventus on Tuesday night

Chelsea are chasing Pep Guardiola for real now: the biggest open secret in football as Di Matteo counts down the days until he is fired.

The Chelsea manager knows the score after being pitched into a battle he knows that he cannot win. He is a decent man, full of integrity and honour as he enters the final throes of his all-too-brief spell in charge of the club.

The fans will carry him out of the stadium shoulder-high when it happens, entering their hall of fame after winning the FA Cup and Champions League in a remarkable 12-week spell. Every day is a bonus for Di Matteo from here on in, but no-one is being spared at Stamford Bridge these days.

End of the road: Torres and Di Matteo look set to leave the Stamford Bridge club

End of the road: Torres and Di Matteo look set to leave the Stamford Bridge club

Nothing could save Fernando Torres from the bench in the Juventus Stadium, not even an injury to his deputy Daniel Sturridge. Almost two years into his Chelsea career, the 50million man is coming to the end game at Stamford Bridge. He stank the place out at The Hawthorns on Saturday, dragged off 62 minutes into another listless performance.

Perhaps it would help if he stopped telling team-mates about his continuing love affair with Liverpool, the club he wanted to quit in January 2011. A minor point, maybe, but time to move on.

Even former Juventus coach Fabio Capello has identified the problems Torres faces as a Chelsea player. 'He was very good when Benitez was the Liverpool manager. He was unpredictable, but now defences manage to beat him for speed and this is worrying,' he said.

Out of touch: Torres is woefully out of sorts

Out of touch: Torres is woefully out of sorts

Benitez has been linked with the Chelsea job and that could relaunch Torres's career. Moving him on is fraught with internal politics, but it is the obvious outcome after this humiliation.

His appalling record – 18 goals in 85 appearances – is the reason they sent scouts to the BayArena on Saturday night for another check on Bayer Leverkusen striker Andre Schurrle.

The Germany star scored against Schalke 04 just before half-time, impressing the Chelsea delegation with another accomplished performance. Schurrle is a target for January, but the immediate plans involve Di Matteo and the failure of this team to fight on. T

hey were inept last night, failing to respond to goals from Fabio Quagliarella, Arturo Vidal and Sebastian Giovinco which gave Juve a comfortable victory. After this, everything Di Matteo has been working towards will go up in smoke.

Jorge Lorenzo blames James Ellison for spectacular crash

Lorenzo blames Brit Ellison for spectacular crash in final race of MotoGP season

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UPDATED:

11:33 GMT, 12 November 2012

Jorge Lorenzo has laid the blame for his spectacular crash in the MotoGP season finale firmly on James Ellison.

Lorenzo had already sewn up the title a fortnight ago at Phillip Island before his stunning dismount in Valencia.

The Spaniard was making his way through some back markers with 17 laps to go when he was forced to take evasive action behind Ellison.

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Lift off! Lorenzo is forced off his bike with Ellison just in front of him

Lift off! Lorenzo is forced off his bike with Ellison just in front of him

Lift off! Lorenzo is forced off his bike with Ellison just in front of him

His bike bucked beneath him and sent him sprawling onto the track, before dusting himself down and pointing the finger of blame squarely at the 32-year-old British rider.

'I arrived into a group of riders and came to Ellison, who looked behind, saw me and then suddenly entered the good line rather than letting me pass,' Lorenzo told the official MotoGP website.

'That’s why I crashed. I tried to overtake him (so as) not to lose time to Dani, but we got on the wet Tarmac and crashed.'

Lorenzo admitted he was disappointed not
to end a triumphant campaign with victory, but said a second crown
easily outweighed the upset.

On the slide: Lorenzo careers across the tarmac and finally comes to a halt in the gravel

On the slide: Lorenzo careers across the tarmac and finally comes to a halt in the gravel

On the slide: Lorenzo careers across the tarmac and finally comes to a halt in the gravel

'The most important thing is we are world champion, no If we arrive here without that, I crash and lose it would be much worse.

'It was a pity – I made the tough choice of starting with the slick tyre, I was doing well and leading, and I wanted to win the last race.

'But I can take a global view and it’s wonderful to be twice world champion.

'We took the gold medal, so let's party tonight – only one leg because I have pain, but it doesn't matter. We are very happy and proud of our championship.'

VIDEO: Lorenzo is thrown from his bike in spectacular crash

Kenny Dalglish: Luis Suarez racism row did not cost me my job

Suarez racism row did not cost me my job… but I would've handled it differently now, says former Liverpool boss Dalglish

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UPDATED:

15:32 GMT, 1 November 2012

Former Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish does not believe his handling of the Luis Suarez racism row cost him his job but admits he would do things differently in a similar situation.

The Scot was sacked at the end of last season after the club finished eighth in the Barclays Premier League, having won the club's first trophy in six years with victory in the Carling Cup.

However, the campaign was dominated by the Suarez issue which resulted in the Uruguay striker being banned for eight matches having been found guilty of racially abusing the Manchester United defender Patrice Evra.

Head scratching: Former Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish insists Luis Suarez did not cost him his job

Head scratching: Former Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish insists Luis Suarez did not cost him his job

Dalglish was criticised at the time for his belligerent defence of the player and the club's stance in general – ranging from the T-shirts the team wore at Wigan in support of Suarez to the statements which emanated from Anfield – also came under fire.

The Reds' former player and manager refused to shoulder all the blame for that approach, pointing the finger at more senior figures at the club.
Asked whether the Suarez saga cost him his job Dalglish said: “I don't think so. That was up to them (owners Fenway Sports Group).

Looking back: Dalglish

Looking back: Dalglish

'I can go to sleep at night knowing what I did I did to the best of my ability and if that does not come up to their expectations or they want to go in another direction – they own the club.

'The owners made the decision they thought was best for the club.

'They don't want to make a decision which is detrimental to the club because if they did that they would hang themselves because they have a huge investment in it.

'I think anything that is not done in a positive manner cannot help you but I was only the manager.

'There are other people with greater intelligence than me and greater responsibilities than me when it comes to something like this.

'I think [it was] the club as a whole. It wasn't just me [making decisions].

'The T-shirts were the players wanting to show their support for a team-mate.

'It might have been misguided and not have been right but it was not me who decided it.'

Dalglish added on talkSPORT: 'A lot of things were misguided, misinterpreted and misrepresented.

'I was always brought up to tell the truth and what I believed to be the truth I said.
'If it ever came up again I would do it differently – I would be less helpful and less forthcoming and I think that is sad.'

Dalglish, who was critical of the Football Association on a number of occasions last season, called on the governing body to revamp their disciplinary process to iron out anomalies.

Suarez was banned for eight matches while Chelsea captain John Terry received a four-match suspension having been found guilty of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand after being cleared in a court of any offence.

'There is no room for racism in football and the FA have a responsibility to clear it up,' said Dalglish.

Change up: Dalglish admits he would have handled the Suarez affair differently

Change up: Dalglish admits he would have handled the Suarez affair differently

Getting shirty: Dalglish says the controversial T-Shirt support for Suarez was not directed by him

Getting shirty: Dalglish says the controversial T-Shirt support for Suarez was not directed by him

'If they want to get it cleaned up they need to get closer to the rules and regulations and laws of the land.

'You can't be going to a tribunal with the FA and be seen [to be judged] on probability and you go to a court and it is 'beyond all reasonable doubt'.

'They have to get closer to the law and make sure the tribunal is independent.

'You get different degrees of punishment because there are different people with different interpretations. Why not have the same panel

'Also, what is the correct terminology, what is the wrong thing to say

'There are obvious ones out there you wouldn't dream of saying but they need to educate us and give us a guideline.'

Artur Boruc investigated over bottle-throwing allegation

Saints investigate Boruc after keeper is accused of launching bottle at fans

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UPDATED:

12:09 GMT, 30 October 2012

Southampton have launched a formal investigation into allegations goalkeeper Artur Boruc fired a water bottle at fans during their home defeat to Tottenham.

The club were also looking into claims the 32-year-old swore at supporters after conceding a second goal on what was his home debut in Sunday's 2-1 Barclays Premier League loss at St Mary's.

Investigation: Southampton are looking into an incident involving keeper Artur Boruc and supporters

Investigation: Southampton are looking into an incident involving keeper Artur Boruc and supporters

Several reports suggested Saints had studied video evidence and decided Boruc had no case to answer but they said in a statement: 'Southampton Football Club can confirm that it is investigating allegations of an incident involving Artur Boruc that occurred towards the end of the first half during Sunday's match against Tottenham Hotspur.

'The club takes such allegations extremely seriously and will deal with the matter in the appropriate manner.'

Pointing the finger: Saints fans complained to a steward about keeper Boruc

Pointing the finger: Saints fans complained to a steward about keeper Boruc

Caretaker boss Eric Black throws his hat into ring to take charge at Blackburn

Caretaker boss Black throws his hat into ring to take charge at Blackburn

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UPDATED:

21:48 GMT, 5 October 2012

Interest: Caretaker boss Eric Black

Interest: Caretaker boss Eric Black

Caretaker Blackburn boss Eric Black has made it clear he would like to be
considered as Steve Kean's full-time replacement.

Black will be in charge for Rovers' first home game since the departure of Kean when they take on Wolves in the Championship.

And Black said: 'I'm not getting too
fixated about it, and I am happy to see what happens, but if things work
out my way, and we can add a couple of wins to the two away draws we've
had, then maybe they will decide I am the right man.

'I know there are a lot of
high-calibre candidates out there, but when I left Coventry some years
ago, I did feel there was unfinished business for me in management.

'This is a fantastic job for someone.
It is a club with phenomenal history, a great fan base and first-class
facilities. It's no wonder so many have sent their CVs in.

'All I hope is we can move on and draw a line in the sand over what has happened. There has been turmoil, without doubt, over the past year or so, but something has broken, something has stopped. I am not pointing fingers at anyone, when I say that, but it would be great now if we could play in a positive atmosphere.

'I have been here as an opposing coach on numerous occasions, and I know what a difficult place it can be when the crowd are behind the team. If we are to get out of this division, we require the backing of our supporters, and I want people hanging off the rafters.'

London 2012 Olympics: Lisa Dobriskey accuses 1500m rivals of cheating

Dobriskey hints at cheating by rivals in 1500m final after she finishes outside the medals

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23:37 GMT, 10 August 2012

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Lisa Dobriskey appears to have accused the women who beat her in the 1500 metres at the Olympic Games of cheating.

‘I’ll probably get into trouble for saying this but I don’t believe I’m competing on a level playing field,’ said Dobriskey, the 2009 world silver medallist, on Radio 5 Live.

‘Of course I am uncomfortable about it. I am not pointing the finger at particular individuals, but that is how I feel. I think the blood passport is catching people but I think these Games came too soon. People will be caught eventually, I think. Fingers crossed anyway.’

Hitting out: Lisa Dobriskey made the accusations after the 1500m final

Hitting out: Lisa Dobriskey made the accusations after the 1500m final

Her moan is similar to the complaints Kelly Holmes and Paula Radcliffe have made in past years. Six Russian middle-distance runners were banned from these Games only two weeks before they began.

Dobriskey may be right but it is certain she will be asked to explain herself and apologise even though the suspicion has been around for years. The world record for 1500m dates back to 1993 when the Chinese Qu Yunxia set it at 3min 50.46sec. No woman has run under 3:55 this century.

The occasion she chose to point the finger, though was bizarre. It was the slowest Olympic 1500m final in history, more than five seconds slower than the next slowest.
For the Turk Cakir Alptekin to win in 4:10.23 was to earn the cheapest gold of the Games. She ran five seconds faster in the semi-final.

The only drug that it seemed likely had been taken by any of these runners was a sedative. They put the 80,000 crowd to sleep with their pedestrian best.

In the hunt: Dobriskey managed to stick with the leading pack for the majority of the race

In the hunt: Dobriskey managed to stick with the leading pack for the majority of the race

It is hard to blame Dobriskey for not beating Alptekin, even though her career best is almost 11 seconds faster. Her pre-Olympic preparations have been one disaster after another — she got off to a false start last October when she needed surgery on her hip. In early March a vertical line stress fracture in her femur was discovered.

‘At that point we were panicking a bit,’ she admitted. Then in late May she was finding every training session hard to complete, and a hospital examination discovered a pulmonary embolism, blood clots on her lung. She could not run for more than five minutes at a time.

‘At the start of this year, before everything happened, I genuinely felt I had a chance of winning a medal in London and I just want to be the best I possibly can be,’ she said. Coming 10th in 4:13.02 is a long way from that.

Getting there first: Asli Cakir Alptekin of Turkey crosses the line to win gold ahead of silver medalist Gamze Bulut

Getting there first: Asli Cakir Alptekin of Turkey crosses the line to win gold ahead of silver medalist Gamze Bulut

Head coach Charles van Commenee cannot now reach the target of eight medals that he said would keep him in the job even if Mo Farah and the women’s 4x400m relay team win medals today.

The eighth day of athletics produced nothing to add to Great Britain’s five already won. Sophie Hitchon could not repeat her British record in the hammer that won her qualification for GB’s first ever final in the event. She finished last of the finalists in 12th with 69.33m, two metres down on qualifying.

Pole vaulter Steve Lewis cleared his opening height at 5.50m at the second attempt, skipped 5.65 and again managed 5.75 with his second effort.

He was one of six who managed it, and placed equal fourth at that time. But after failing at 5.85, which would have been a British record, he finished fifth equal in a competition won with an Olympic record of 5.97, by France’s Renaud Lavillenie.

In the medals: Third placed Maryam Yusuf Jamal of Bahrain celebrates with winner Asli Cakir Alptekin and second Gamze Bulut both of Turkey

In the medals: Third placed Maryam Yusuf Jamal of Bahrain celebrates with winner Asli Cakir Alptekin and second Gamze Bulut both of Turkey

The 5,000m offered little hope to the Britons who had qualified for the final, Jo Pavey and Julia Bleasdale. Their consolation in a slow race was to finish first of the non-Africans, Pavey seventh and Bleasdale eighth, the best of the Europeans.

Pavey led for a while but not after defending Olympic champion Tirunesh Dibaba injected pace with four laps left. Ultimately though, her hope of retaining her title disappeared in a last lap burn-up won by her team-mate Meseret Defar ahdead of Kenyan Vivian Cheruiyot. Dibaba was third.

Defar had won gold in Athens and bronze in Beijing. ‘I’m not sure I can do a fourth, so this means a lot to me,’ she said.

Police called in after SFA panel receive threats over Rangers ban

Naming shame: Police called in after SFA panel receive threats over Rangers ban

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23:03 GMT, 25 April 2012

Poilce have been called into Hampden to deal with threats issued against the men responsible for hitting Rangers with a one-year transfer ban.

And the entire judicial panel system has been thrown into turmoil after one of the volunteers 'outed' by internet thugs was pushed to the brink of resignation by the ugly backlash.

Following a rash public demand by Rangers manager Ally McCoist that the SFA name the individuals who sat in judgment on the insolvent Ibrox club, the identities of all three were published on message boards and via social network sites.

Rash demand: Rangers manager Ally McCoist called for the panel to be named

Rash demand: Rangers manager Ally McCoist called for the panel to be named

All three panel members, as well as directors of the SFA, have now reported receiving abusive and threatening communications – threats considered serious enough to merit action by Strathclyde Police.

An SFA spokesperson, pointing the finger firmly at whoever leaked the identities of the independent judges, said: 'We are deeply concerned that the safety and security of Judicial Panel members appointed to a recent Tribunal has been compromised by a wholly irresponsible betrayal of confidential information.

'The Judicial Panel consists of volunteers from across the spectrum of sport and business in Scotland. They are appointed on the basis of anonymity, yet all three panel members have reported intrusion into their lives, including abusive and threatening communication.

'This has been extended to directors of the Scottish FA. It culminated tonight in a visit by police, who are taking seriously the threats made.'

Sportsmail knows the names of the three independent adjudicators, appointed from a list of around 100, who have made themselves available to hear cases at Hampden.

But we will not be identifying them – for the same obvious reason that McCoist, who could easily have used private channels to get the information from one of the Rangers representatives present at the Hampden hearing, should not have demanded that they lose their anonymity.

It is understood that one of the three is considering his position and has revealed he has received advice from Special Branch regarding suspect packages.

Targeted: Officers were summoned to Hampden after identities were exposed

Targeted: Officers were summoned to Hampden after identities were exposed

The individual also released a statement saying: 'I can't discuss anything about the case for reasons of confidentiality.

'I hope that, when the statement of reasons is published by the SFA, responsible people will understand the reasons for the decision.

'I have no axe to grind with any football club.'

Former Rangers owner Sir David Murray's company has been ordered, meanwhile, to hand over all paperwork relating to the takeover by Craig Whyte.

Administrators Duff & Phelps are suing legal firm Collyer Bristow for 25million over their handling of the buy-out and the Court of Session has been told Murray will provide all e-mails, faxes, file notes concerning the deal.

Bahrain Grand Prix 2012: Force India skip practice as Lewis Hamilton leads way

Fearful Force India skip Bahrain practice as fears grow ahead of troubled Grand Prix

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UPDATED:

10:46 GMT, 20 April 2012

Force India will duck most of second practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix due to safety concerns surrounding the troubled race.

Deputy team principal Bob Fernley has confirmed Force India plan to leave the circuit before nightfall to avoid any more problems.

Decision: Force India will complete 'limited running' during the second session

Decision: Force India will complete 'limited running' during the second session

Last-minute talks: Ecclestone speaks to Force India Deputy team leader Bob Fearnley

Last-minute talks: Ecclestone speaks to Force India Deputy team leader Bob Fearnley

The decision comes in the wake of four team members being caught up in a petrol-bomb incident en route to Manama from the Bahrain International Circuit on Wednesday night.

It means all team members will now leave the track and be back in their hotel before it gets dark, when a number of violent protests are again due to take place across the Gulf kingdom.

Leading the way: Hamilton was quickest in Friday's first practice session

Leading the way: Hamilton was quickest in Friday's first practice session

No chances: The security presence was on full display at the Bahrain Grand Prix on Friday

No chances: The security presence was on full display at the Bahrain Grand Prix on Friday

Asked if the team were pulling out of FP2, deputy team principal Bob Fernley said: 'We're going to limit it.

'We are looking at it from the point
of view of the well being of everybody, and the comfort of everybody is
in place, and that's the key objective for us.

Pointing the finger: The F1 supremo arrived in Bahrain on Friday

Pointing the finger: The F1 supremo arrived in Bahrain on Friday

'But the team is absolutely fully committed to racing here. We will be there for qualifying and the race.

'We're the only team that were involved in Wednesday night,' added Fernley speaking to Sky Sports.

'Logic and emotions don't necessarily tie up.

Packing up early: Force India will ensure they're back in their hotel before darkness falls

Packing up early: Force India will ensure they're back in their hotel before darkness falls

Strength in numbers: Ecclestone has come under pressure for allowing the Bahrain race to go ahead

Strength in numbers: Ecclestone has come under pressure for allowing the Bahrain race to go ahead

'We've got all the data we need from this morning. It is not the end of the world and we'll cope with it. We're totally committed to the Bahrain Grand Prix.

'We're talking about emotion not logic. Emotion has to be considered.

'We're just going to look at the programme of what we're going to do now.

'It's possible we may not run at all, or just do half a session or whatever it is.

In the spotlight: Hamilton was quickest during the first free practice session

In the spotlight: Hamilton was quickest during the first free practice session

'We're looking at the engineers'
reports. We did a lot of work this morning as you probably saw, so we
have the data we need, so we can afford, if necessary, to miss out on
FP2.'

Wednesday's incident saw the four team members involved in a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

It is understood a pitched battle
ensued between demonstrators and police, with eight petrol bombs landing
in the vicinity of the traffic hold-up in which the Force India car was
caught, forcing the riot police to respond with tear gas.

The show must go on: A Bahraini fan looks on as Sebastian Vettel (below) is pulled back into his garage

The show must go on: A Bahraini fan looks on as Sebastian Vettel (below) is pulled back into his garage

The show must go on: A Bahraini fan looks on as Sebastian Vettel (below) is pulled back into his garage

None of the four were injured, but the incident has sent a shockwave through the team and Formula One in general.

Two team members, one of whom was in the car at the time, flew home on Thursday citing their fears regarding safety.

Addressing the security concerns again, Fernley added: 'We've had issues, as you all know.

Feel the force: Fernley says the 'risk is worthwhile'

Feel the force: Fernley says the 'risk is worthwhile'

'We have to make sure that the crew are comfortable in their environment, and that's what we are working on.

Hamilton leads the way in Bahrain

Lewis Hamilton ended the first practice session for this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix on top of the timesheets.

The McLaren star, who arrives in the Gulf kingdom leading the world championship, clocked the fastest time from Sebastian Vettel with Paul di Resta third quickest.

Chinese Grand Prix winner Nico Rosberg was fourth fastest, with Jenson Button fifth.

'But the crew are totally committed
to qualifying and the race, and if it means we run limited or no FP2 in
order to achieve that, then that's the decision we'll take.'

Fernley insists the team are not
rattled, but believes they have had to put their own measures in place
in light of what occurred.

'We have a plan which we are totally
comfortable with, and totally committed to, so there are no issues with
that at all,' said Fernley.

'We're doing the best we can to make sure the crew are safe. I don't believe there will be issues, but there will be protests.

'Although what happened was an
unfortunate incident, when it's your team it happens to, you have to
deal with it in a proper manner, which is what we're doing.'

'With all due respect, I don't think the FIA or the Bahraini authorities ever said safety was 100 per cent guaranteed,' added Fernley.

Conflict: Protestors have clashed with police in the run up to this weekend's race

Conflict: Protestors have clashed with police in the run up to this weekend's race

Conflict: Protestors have clashed with police in the run up to this weekend's race

'We all knew there was a slight risk in coming here, and that risk is worthwhile taking if it puts the platform in place for debate, to be able to get Bahrain into a healthy position.

'Our team are very prepared to do that, but we have to do it within the confines of making sure we have a crew committed to our programmes, which we have today.'

Meanwhile, Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Coope has called for the race to be scrapped.

Speaking on BBC's Question Time, she said: 'It shouldn't go ahead, I don't think British drivers should go, I think the Formula One should not go ahead in Bahrain.

'You have got demonstrations by democratic protesters who have been violently suppressed and although it should be a matter for the sport to decide rather than for the Government, I do think government ministers can express an opinion.

'That opinion should be it should not go ahead, it would sent the wrong signal, it should not happen.'