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Cricket fan hit on head with ball in Dunedin – New Zealand v England

VIDEO: Knocked for six! Cricket fan is clobbered on the head as Kiwi openers punish lacklustre England

By
Joe Ridge

PUBLISHED:

11:45 GMT, 7 March 2013

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UPDATED:

12:16 GMT, 7 March 2013

Just one six was hit on the second day of the first Test between New Zealand and England and Dunedin – but one poor lad wore it right on his temple.

Having skittled England out for a pitiful 167, Kiwi openers Hamish Rutherford and Peter Fulton had seen off the new ball and were just settling into their stride when Monty Panesar was brought into the attack by Alastair Cook.

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Clean hit: Hamish Rutherford launches Monty Panesar towards the long on boundary

Clean hit: Hamish Rutherford launches Monty Panesar towards the long on boundary

Incoming: Hamish Rutherford launches Monty Panesar towards the long on boundary

But while the watching public were waiting to see if the spinner could extract any turn from a decent pitch, one unlucky punter took his eye off the ball as the left-handed Rutherford sent the ball sailing over the long-on rope.

The ball clattered into the unsuspecting spectator's head but don't worry, he's OK, and he'll have it all on tape to look back on – once the swelling has gone down, of course.

Unsuspecting: The fan is seen chatting to friends just before the ball hits him

Unsuspecting: The fan is seen chatting to friends just before the ball hits him

Unsuspecting: The fan is seen chatting to friends just before the ball hits him

Stinger: The fan is in pain, but he's OK

Stinger: The fan is in pain, but he's OK

VIDEO: Watch fan get hit on the head by Hamish Rutherford six

Stumped! Cricket ball hits fan on the head

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Sir Alex Ferguson: The master of fear and intimidation

The master of fear and intimidation: Clever, witty, withering, belligerent, mischievous and slightly deluded… this was classic Fergie

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UPDATED:

22:49 GMT, 28 December 2012

Ten minutes before Sir Alex
Ferguson’s weekly press conference was officially due to begin at
Carrington yesterday, and the Manchester United manager was already in
full flow.

As referee Mike Dean and his
assistants found out at Old Trafford on Boxing Day, Ferguson has been
known to make up the rules as he goes along.

For those reporters who got there in
time to witness it, this was classic Ferguson. Clever, witty, withering,
belligerent, mischievous and, yes it has to be said, slightly deluded.

Poor decision: Ferguson was unhappy with the officials after Evans's controversial own-goal

Poor decision: Ferguson was unhappy with the officials after Evans's controversial own-goal

Poor decision: Ferguson was unhappy with the officials after Evans's controversial own-goal

Dismissing Newcastle as ‘a wee club in the North East’ is a putdown that will be remembered long after Ferguson has left Old Trafford; it’s right up there with ‘knocking Liverpool off their f***ing perch’ and ‘when an Italian tells me it’s pasta on the plate, I check under the sauce to make sure’.

The Scot knew exactly what effect that line would have, what headlines it would create, and that’s the clever bit.

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Off you go: Dean sent Wenger to the stands at Old Trafford in 2009

Off you go: Dean sent Wenger to the stands at Old Trafford in 2009

Three days short of his 71st birthday, you had to admire him for rolling
up his sleeves and rolling back the years to put Pardew and Newcastle
in their place.

After walking in shortly before 9.20am, slightly windswept but
completely composed, he was so eager to get started that some
journalists had not even entered the building when he delivered the
killer line that felt like it was prepared in advance.

‘I’m the manager of the biggest club in the world,’ said Ferguson with a
twinkle in his eye and venom in his voice. ‘I’m not like Newcastle, a
wee club in the North East.’

At a stroke he became public enemy No 1 on Tyneside, although his
popularity will have shot up in Sunderland. For pure pantomime you
really couldn’t beat it.

That’s what makes Ferguson’s weekly address such compulsive viewing, and
he knows it. Less of a press conference, more an audience with
footballing royalty.

Empty seats denote those reporters who have been exiled for their sins,
while microphones on handheld metal poles hover around a draughty room
upstairs at United’s academy building to pick up every faltering
question asked from the floor while Ferguson holds court.

His demeanour dictates the mood just as he decides when proceedings begin, regardless of the arrangement.

A cosy cup of tea and a sticky bun with Roberto Martinez at Wigan it
certainly ain’t. And that’s the way Ferguson wants it. Whether it’s
journalists coming to Carrington or match officials walking out at Old
Trafford, it suits him to get people out of their comfort zone.

For all his success in evolving as a manager to cope with the modern
footballer, fear and intimidation remain Ferguson’s most effective
weapons. Dean and his assistants were reminded of that on Wednesday and
did nothing about it.

Ferguson is actually required by the Premier League to conduct an
after-match press conference as well, just like every other manager, but
has refused to do so for years. They do nothing about it. You cannot
therefore blame clubs for feeling that there is one rule for them and
another for United.

A few hundred yards away at their own Carrington training base
yesterday, Manchester City were shaking their heads in disbelief over
the FA’s decision to take action against Roberto Mancini for suggesting
after the defeat at Sunderland that referee Kevin Friend ‘ate too much
at Christmas’.

City have until next Wednesday to give their observations, and will
point out that Mancini was being light-hearted, but a misconduct charge
is sure to follow.

Comparing the two cases, they are baffled that their manager will be
punished and Ferguson will not — although it’s only fair to point out
that the United boss was banned for two games and fined 20,000 three
years ago for saying that Alan Wiley was not physically fit enough to
referee.

This week has been a reminder that no-one stirs up the emotions — his own and everybody else’s — quite like Sir Alex Ferguson.

It’s what makes him who he is. It’s why we’ll miss him so much when he’s gone.

Steven Fletcher disallowed goal v Wales – Craig Levene furious

Scotland boss Levein furious at linesman blunder for disallowed Fletcher header

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UPDATED:

10:45 GMT, 13 October 2012

Scotland manager Craig Levein expressed his anger after seeing his side denied a legitimate goal in their 2-1 defeat to Wales at Cardiff City Stadium.

Having already provided the assist from which James Morrison put the Scots 1-0 up in the 27th minute, Steven Fletcher – back in the side for the first time in over two years – thought he had doubled their advantage in the second half when he headed in Charlie Adam's cross.

The effort was disallowed, though, with the delivery from Adam adjudged to have gone out of play – despite replays suggesting otherwise.

Disallowed: Steven Fletcher thinks he has doubled Scotland's lead

Disallowed: Steven Fletcher thinks he has doubled Scotland's lead

Gareth Bale subsequently equalised from the penalty spot in the 81st minute after it was deemed he had been fouled in the box by Shaun Maloney, and then rifled in a delightful winner with a minute of normal time remaining to leave Scotland with just two points from three games in World Cup Qualifying Group A.

Referring to the disallowed goal, Levein said: 'You can understand my frustration.

'Everybody who watches it can make up their own mind about whether it was a good or poor decision by the officials.

See for yourself: The ball clearly stays in play before Fletcher's header

See for yourself: The ball clearly stays in play before Fletcher's header

Fletcher

Fletcher

Fletcher

Fletcher

'I can only relay my feelings, and I am extremely angry about this happening to us again.

'We have been subject to a couple of really poor decisions and it has a huge effect on our chances of qualifying.'

He added: 'With 10 minutes to go I just could not see us losing the match.

'Getting the second goal was always going to be crucial, though, because a 1-0 lead can be fragile, and so it proved.

'That second goal was so important for us, and I believe the officials made a serious error with the chalked-off goal that Steven Fletcher scored. That is very hard to take.'

Fury: Craig Levein was unimpressed at the call

Fury: Craig Levein was unimpressed at the call

After they had lost their two opening Group A fixtures, Wales are now off the bottom and up to fourth, behind leaders Belgium and second-placed Croatia, who both have seven points, and Serbia, third on four points.

That will ease the heat on Dragons boss Chris Coleman, but it is only being turned up on Levein, whose fifth-placed team had already made a disappointing start to their campaign with home draws against Serbia and Macedonia – the new rock-bottom side – last month.

Asked how much pressure he felt he was under ahead of Tuesday's away clash with Belgium, Levein said: 'Any time you take to the field for an international match, the pressure is exactly the same.

'I don't want to talk about 'what if this happens' or “what if that happens”.

'The important thing now is that I do the job to the best of my ability and get the players up for Tuesday.'

Federico Macheda hoping to make up for lost time at Manchester United

Macheda hoping to make up for lost time back at Manchester United after QPR flop

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UPDATED:

12:35 GMT, 11 July 2012


Loaner: Federico Macheda disappointed at QPR

Loaner: Federico Macheda disappointed at QPR

Federico Macheda is hoping to banish memories of a poor season by getting his Manchester United career back underway.

The 20-year-old Italian striker has done little since his wondergoal clinched a dramatic win over Aston Villa during the run-in to United's title-winning season of 2009 and marked him out as a future star.

Macheda has made just 12 starts for United since and has been farmed out on loan to Sampdoria and QPR, where he failed to impress.

But Macheda blamed his poor spell at Loftus Road on a niggling ankle injury and insists now he is back to full fitness he can show his true worth to United.

Macheda told the club’s official website: 'It’s great to be back at Manchester United. When you go on loan you really understand how important it is to play for this club.

'I’m really happy to be back and I can’t wait for the start of the season.

'Last season was disappointing. In the first six months I didn’t get a lot of opportunities here so we decided it was best for me to go on loan.

'When I got to QPR things went a bit wrong, though, as I was feeling my ankle a lot. But now I feel a lot better and want to start the season well. It’s a big season for me.'

Gareth Bale not sure if penalty should have been given

Bale unsure if he was fouled for decisive penalty as Spurs march on

Gareth Bale admitted he was not sure the decisive penalty he won in Tottenham's FA Cup fifth-round replay win over Stevenage at White Hart Lane should have been given.

Emmanuel Adebayor converted the spot-kick to put Spurs 2-1 up in the 55th minute after Bale had gone down under a challenge from Mark Roberts.

The hosts, who trailed early on, went on to win 3-1 thanks to two goals from Jermain Defoe.

Going down: Gareth Bale was unsure if the foul by Mark Roberts was a penalty

Going down: Gareth Bale was unsure if the foul by Mark Roberts was a penalty

'I'm not sure it's a penalty, but I didn't go down looking for it,' Bale said. 'The ref gave it so what can I do'

The Wales international added: 'I think we all knew how hard it was going to be. They gave everything they've got and gave us a hard time, but in the end we started our passing game and the boys finished them off.'

Defoe scored with two impressive finishes in each half and admitted he is thinking about forcing his way into the England reckoning for Euro 2012.

He said: 'I feel sharp, I've always said when playing in a team like this I'm going to get chances.

Spot on: Emmanuel Adebayor puts Spurs in front from the spot

Spot on: Emmanuel Adebayor puts Spurs in front from the spot

'(England) is at the back of my mind, it's only normal with the tournament this summer.'

Stevenage manager Gary Smith branded the penalty award “a poor decision” after seeing the replay.

He added: 'I thought we gave a terrific account of ourselves.

'Some big moments didn't quite go our way in the second period and some wonderful finishing from Jermain Defoe in the end was too much for us.'

Kenny Dalglish: No knee-jerk reaction after defeat to Bolton

Dalglish: No knee-jerk reaction despite woeful defeat to Bolton

Kenny Dalglish insists there will be no knee-jerk reaction to his side's worst display since he returned for a second spell as Liverpool manager but has warned further repeats will not be accepted.

The Scot publicly criticised his players for the first time after their 3-1 defeat at Bolton, which lifted Wanderers out of the bottom three.

A defence which has looked so solid for more of the season was torn apart with ease by Owen Coyle's team but Dalglish said the blame could not be levelled just at his back four.

Don't panic: Dalglish says there will be no knee-jerk reaction despite defeat

Don't panic: Dalglish says there will be no knee-jerk reaction despite defeat

The Reds boss has consistently said he does not expect to be busy in the transfer market this month and one poor performance will not spark a panic-buying spree.

But with Manchester City, in the second leg of the Carling Cup semi-final, and Manchester United, in the fourth round of the FA Cup, coming to Anfield over the next six days he has stressed such an abject display will not be tolerated.

'There is no point in having a knee-jerk (reaction) is there,' said the Scot.

'That is the first time it has been like that so we will see what happens. But it is no comfort we have Man City on Wednesday or another game on Saturday.

'The players have to realise every game at this club is a big game, not just the ones that suit them.

Outclassed: Liverpool were no match for Bolton who bagged three goals

Outclassed: Liverpool were no match for Bolton who bagged three goals

Outclassed: Liverpool were no match for Bolton who bagged three goals

'I never asked them what they were thinking but I would assume that people would have that idea (of a Carling Cup semi-final) in their mind – and if it was it is not correct.

'Everything which went wrong we can say we have to look at ourselves. The problem starts with their attitude and approach to the game.

'If you have pride in yourself and the club that reflects on the effort you put in and for me I don't know where it comes from but it had better go quickly.

'The key is now for us to not repeat what we have done.'

Flashpoint: Bellamy clashed with Reo-Coker once again

Flashpoint: Bellamy clashed with Reo-Coker once again

Sone Aluko offered two-match ban over "diving"

Fancy a two-match ban Rangers snub SFA offer as Aluko “dive” scandal takes twist

Rangers have rejected the two-match ban offered by the Scottish Football Association to Sone Aluko for alleged diving in their 2-1 win over Dunfermline.

Rangers confirmed that they have rejected the offer of a ban.

Going down: Sone Aluko tumbles in the box against Dunfermline

Going down: Sone Aluko tumbles in the box against Dunfermline

The matter will now be referred to the judicial panel and a fast track tribunal will be convened on Thursday.

Aluko helped Rangers seal the the three points when he won a penalty in the first half which was converted by Nikica Jelavic.

McIntyre accused referee Steve Conroyof having “a nightmare” afterwards and claimed the spot kick award was “a really, really poor decision”.

Pars boss Jim McIntyre has also been issued with a notice of complaint by the SFA for comments he made about the referee after the Clydesdale Bank Premier League match on Saturday.