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Raul Meireles has 11-game spitting ban reduced to four matches

Meireles has 11-match ban for spitting reduced to four games after lodging successful appeal



22:43 GMT, 27 December 2012

Fenerbahce midfielder Raul Meireles has had his 11-match ban reduced to four matches on appeal.

The former Chelsea player was hit with the suspension after being accused of spitting at the referee following his red card in the Istanbul derby with Galatasaray.

But the Turkish Football Federation's disciplinary committee ruled the Portugal international did not deliberately spit at Halis Ozkahya.

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Feisty: Raul Meireles remonstrates with the referee and was banned for spitting

Feisty: Raul Meireles remonstrates with the referee and was banned for spitting

It said it was 'physically impossible' for him to have spat as he berated the referee for his sending-off as he was speaking throughout the incident.

The 29-year-old will still have to serve a four-game ban because of his verbal attack on the referee.

Meireles confronted Ozkahya after he was given a second yellow card in the second half of the 2-1 defeat. It was claimed then that he spat at the official while also making a homophobic gesture.

Cleared: Meireles will still have to serve a four-match ban for his verbal attack on the referee

Cleared: Meireles will still have to serve a four-match ban for his verbal attack on the referee

Speaking after the match, the 29-year-old vehemently denied the claims.
He said: 'I'm really annoyed at being accused of spitting at the referee. I have an eight year old kid, can you imagine if kids at school start saying your father spat at a ref, this could ruin my reputation in the eyes of my child.

'I have many gay friends who I deeply respects. The hand gesture I made is directed at the referee caving in to the pressure of the home fans.

'That hand gesture was to tell him he was scared. Look at my hairstyle, what I wear, I'm not a prejudice person, my hand gesture was in no way, shape or form a homophobic one'

Meireles, who joined Fener from Chelsea in the summer, had vehemently denied the accusations and vowed to prove his innocence.

VIDEO: Watch the incident during the Istanbul derby

Roberto Martinez questions the Rooney rule

We don't need the Rooney rule in England, claims Wigan boss Martinez



14:47 GMT, 25 October 2012

Roberto Martinez has thrown his weight behind the PFA's new anti-racism initiative but insisted there is no need for a 'Rooney rule' to try and increase the quota of black managers in English football.

The Wigan manager welcomed a six-point plan that would make racism a sackable offence and is aimed at preventing disillusioned black players forming a breakaway body to tackle the problem.

But while he fully endorsed sanctions aimed at eradicating any lingering trace of racist abuse from the game, he was less sure that prejudice had any effect on managerial appointments.

Doubt: Martinez says there is no need to increase the quota of black managers

Doubt: Martinez says there is no need to increase the quota of black managers

The Rooney rule was introduced by the NFL in 2003 to ensure qualified black coaches were included on interview lists for job vacancies, and it features in the PFA's proposals.

But Martinez feels it may be an unnecessary part of a package of measures he otherwise supports wholeheartedly.

'I am very much in favour of what they are suggesting, in relation to racist conduct,' he said.

'As a football club, Wigan are very clear about this issue. Racism should not have any space in football, or any walk of life, for that matter.

'I support this 100 per cent and will be happy to help the authorities in any way I can. It is the responsibility of everyone within the game to make sure there are no instances, or even signs, of any racism. We want to stop it completely, and we have been very fortunate here, in never having had even a suggestion of it.

'But the Rooney rule I don't know about that. I don't think anyone has been stopped (from being appointed to a job) because of nationality or race. In my experience, whenever a job has come up, it has been a case of looking for the person who is best qualified to do it. When you consider a candidate, it is important to look at everything about them, not their race or nationality. I have never seen that as an issue.'

Patrick Collins: Olympic lesson in pride and prejudice

Olympic lesson in pride and prejudice



22:22 GMT, 28 July 2012

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A few nights ago, Sir Michael
Parkinson stood in a London church and spoke about sport. In the course
of an elegant oration, he quoted the distinguished American jurist,
Chief Justice Earl Warren, who said that when he picked up his morning
paper, he always turned first to the sports pages ‘because they record
man’s successes. The front page records only his failures’.

Now, Parkinson was addressing a
congregation consisting largely of sports journalists, at a service to
welcome the world’s media to the London Olympics. Since he is himself
an eminent sports writer, he is naturally anxious to champion his own
branch of the national media.

Indeed, when he cited the ancient jibe
that sport is ‘the toy department’ of newspapers, he did so with a
snort of contempt which fairly rattled the stained glass of St Bride’s
in Fleet Street.

Had this been merely a piece of
special pleading, then his words would have faded with the evening. In
fact, he was making a much broader point about the place of sport in
British society.

Making his point: Michael Parkinson

Making his point: Michael Parkinson

Because he knows, as most of us know,
that this is a nation in which sport is officially indulged rather than
celebrated. Instead of commanding a prominent place on the national
agenda, it occupies a frivolous status on the fringe of affairs.

We are aware that it can involve and
beguile and change the course of listless lives. We accept that it
possesses an almost unique capacity to create a national air of pride
and well–being, since we are reminded of that stunning reality on a
daily, hourly basis by the extraordinary events in East London.

We have all the evidence we need that
intelligent investment in coaching and facilities can yield
spectacular social benefits. Yet still we sacrifice our sports fields to
supermarkets, still we allow the Education Secretary to decimate school
sports programmes with scarcely a yelp of disapproval and still we
appoint enthusiastic, well-meaning Sports Ministers while denying them
the funds or the powers to make a difference.

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In fairness, sport does little to help
itself. Unlike other, more successful lobbies, its demands are muted,
its influence restrained.

It is too grateful, too compliant. It
much prefers to doff the cap when it ought to be thumping the table. It
succumbs too readily to antediluvian stereotypes involving brawn and
brain, muddied oafs and flannelled fools.

Yet sport is better than that. It is
better than Anton Ferdinand and John Terry screeching vile insults and
passing them off as harmless banter.

It is better than two thugs profiting
obscenely from an odious scuffle in a gutter. It is better than the
tribal ugliness which disfigures so many of our football grounds each
winter weekend.

It is far, far better than its most unsavoury headlines and its more squalid practitioners.

Sorry scenes: Anton Ferdinand and John Terry hurled obscenities at one another

Sorry scenes: Anton Ferdinand and John Terry hurled obscenities at one another

The dominance of football in this country does not invariably assist the cause of sport. The national game has earned the popularity it enjoys, yet it threatens to devour itself in its obsession with wealth and its disdain for civilised standards. It is moving into worrying territory, where success justifies every excess, while doubts and reservations are treated like base treachery. But for millions upon millions, sport is the passion of our youth and the enchantment of our maturity. When we watched the athletes parade in the Olympic Stadium on Friday evening, we were watching role models in the truest meaning of the term; the kind of people we might have become had we only possessed the drive, determination, and God-given talent.

In the course of the next few weeks, we shall be made aware of their shortcomings. Cheats will be exposed, drug-takers will be revealed and the usual quota of scandals will become fodder for public debate. But, by and large, the good guys will win, the rascals will fade and fail and a kind of nobility will prevail. Because, stripped of its cynicism, such is the way of sport.

Let the games begin: Argentina's athletes make their way into the Olympic Stadium

Let the games begin: Argentina's athletes make their way into the Olympic Stadium

Of course, the more arrogant critics will continue to regard the entire phenomenon as something vulgar and demeaning; so oikish, so dreadfully sweaty. What is the point of it all Why the misplaced enthusiasm Read a book, go to a theatre, listen to decent music; in short, enjoy the higher things.

They do not share, nor do they begin to comprehend our passionate enchantment. Instead, they leave that kind of thing to the toilers in the toy department. Where successes are recorded and failures are frequently indulged and invariably regretted. And the Olympic Games are the summit of our aspirations and the delight of our days.

Anthems fiasco is an own goal by the patriotism police

It seems that certain British Olympic athletes are declining to sing the National Anthem. Two or three Welshmen, at least one Scottish lady. Footballers, of course. What can you expect

Anyway, their base treachery has been noted by the patriotism police and retribution will follow.

It is, of course, a wonderfully ludicrous operation: waiting for the band to strike up, studying the faces and making impertinent assessments of an individual’s loyalty and character.

But there is also a deeply unpleasant strain of vulgar bullying: ‘We will set the rules of patriotism and you will obey. We Have Ways Of Making You Sing!’

Anthem snub: Ryan Giggs (right) and Neil Taylor (second left) did not sing along

Anthem snub: Ryan Giggs (right) and Neil Taylor (second left) did not sing along

It worked, quite recently, on Roy Hodgson. Just a few strident headlines and the England manager was instructing his charges to bawl out the familiar words; like it or not. Wayne Rooney, who had hitherto denied us his vocal talents, was suddenly joining in with the rest. One-up to the hawk-eyed upholders of all that is right and fitting.

And the truth is that we’re really not that sort of people. As that glorious opening ceremony demonstrated, we are droll, whimsical and occasionally perverse. We dislike being instructed on how to behave by people wholly unqualified to offer such instruction.

It is one of our oldest and most endearing traits. In any case, our history has earned us the right to exercise our own choice on these matters. Again, it is central to who we are.

Something else: when I learned that Ryan Giggs, Neil Taylor et al were all resolute non-singers, I tried to remember how earlier British Olympians had reacted on the podium. In particular, I cast my mind back to Los Angeles ’84 and the victory ceremony of the 1500metres.

Hard to be certain after all these years but I could almost swear that the winner did not throw back his head and belt out a demand for the deity to guard and preserve the monarch.

The subversive young man in question was Sebastian Coe.

I’ve no idea what he’s doing these days but I’ll bet he’s up to no good.


Amid the Olympic miracles and wonders, one nugget was almost overlooked. Fabio Capello, who once rubbed along on 6million a year as manager of England, has somehow persuaded Russia to pay him 7.8m.

Astonishingly, he looks back on his barren sojourn in this country as some kind of golden age. ‘I achieved everything I wanted to achieve in England,’ he says.

Still, he has great hopes of the Russians, although he intends to change their mind-set. ‘At this level, it’s often in your head,’ he explains. Or, in Fabio’s case, his pocket.

No wonder he's smiling: Fabio Capello has trousered millions to manage Russia

No wonder he's smiling: Fabio Capello has trousered millions to manage Russia

Joey Barton calls Emmanuel Frimpong a mong Twitter

Barton embroiled in another Twitter row after 'mong' rant at Frimpong

Joey Barton has caused controversy on Twitter yet again after labelling Emmanuel Frimpong a 'mong'.

The Queens Park Rangers captain, 29, took to the site on Saturday to abuse the Arsenal midfielder after he appeared on Sky's Soccer AM.

Posting just hours before his side drew 1-1 with Everton, Barton also called the 20-year-old 'thick'.

On the field: Joey Barton (left) helped QPR earn a draw at home to Everton

On the field: Joey Barton (left) helped QPR earn a draw at home to Everton


Joey Barton tweets

'Two incredibly thick geeza’s these two,' he tweeted, before adding: 'F****** dullards……..#spacecadets.'

Other Twitter users took offence to his comments and spoke out against the former Manchester City


Joey Barton Tweet

and Newcastle player.

Barton responded: 'I am allowed to think people are thick…Think he’s a good player and sad to see him injured. #frimpmong.'

Comedian Ricky Gervais has previously been criticised for his use of the word ‘mong’ on Twitter.

Mencap said using the word could reinforce prejudice – but Gervais insists the word has changed meaning to someone who is an idiot.

Crocked: Emmanuel Frimpong is out for the rest of the season

Crocked: Emmanuel Frimpong is out for the rest of the season

Barton is no stranger to Twitter turmoil; last month he insisted he was ready to go to prison, after being accused of making remarks that could have prejudiced the race trial of Chelsea defender John Terry.

Frimpong is set to miss the rest of the Premier League season after injuring his anterior cruciate knee ligament in a challenge with Barton last month.