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Michael Norgrove death: Boxer becomes first to die from injuries sustained in a British ring in 18 years

Norgrove tragedy a sad reminder after fighter becomes first to die from injuries sustained in a British ring in 18 years

By
Jeff Powell

PUBLISHED:

00:02 GMT, 8 April 2013

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UPDATED:

09:10 GMT, 8 April 2013

The tragic death of Michael Norgrove comes as a reminder not only of the dangers of boxing but of the strides taken towards making the hard old game as safe as humanly possible.

Norgrove has become the first boxer for 18 years to die from injuries sustained in a fight in a British ring.

That remarkable statistic will do nothing to ease the grief of Norgrove’s family and friends but it will defend the sport he loved against the inevitable howls of the abolitionists.

Tragedy: Michael Norgrove (left) collapsed after his fight with Tom Bowen was stopped

Tragedy: Michael Norgrove (left) collapsed after his fight with Tom Bowen was stopped

Tragedy: Michael Norgrove (left) collapsed after his fight with Tom Bowen was stopped

While the British Boxing Board of Control’s strict medical procedures ensure that fighters here are among the best protected in the world, many other sports have higher fatality rates.

While mountaineering is the most hazardous sporting activity,a runner has died in successive London marathons and numerous boys are killed every year when struck by baseballs in the US junior leagues.

Norgrove is only the third British-based boxer to die as a direct result of a fight since 1986.

At 31, the Zambian-born Norgrove became a late starter in the ring after his family moved to north London. The fight after which he lost his life was only his sixth as a professional. He passed away on Saturday night, nine days after suffering bleeding in the brain during a light-welterweight bout in the historic Ring at Blackfriars.

Green and gold: Norgrove boxed for Repton Boxing Club in Bethnal Green, east London

Green and gold: Norgrove boxed for Repton Boxing Club in Bethnal Green, east London

He was winning that contest against Drew Docherty and did not appear to have taken any significantly hard punches. But as soon as Norgrove started behaving abnormally the referee stopped the fight and called the doctors.

'Paramedics went to work immediately and an ambulance on stand-by sped Norgrove to hospital, where trauma treatment by a neuro-surgeon is reported to have commenced well inside The Golden Hour, the first 60 minutes during which brain damage can be restricted to a minimum.

If such urgent practices had been in force years earlier, it is reasonable to speculate that Michael Watson would not be in need of a wheel-chair today and Gerald McClelland would not be in a permanent vegetative state back in the US following his dramatic battle with Nigel Benn.

Unusually, and sadly, Norgrove’s condition was too severe for him to be saved. But Board general secretary Robert Smith is right to point out that their exhaustive medical examinations and the safety precautions they demand at all promotions now reduce risk to the minimum.

James Murray, after a British bantamweight title fight in Glasgow in 1995, and Steve Watt, after a defence of his Scottish welterweight title in 1986, were British boxing’s two preceding fatalities.

Luka Modric fined by Tottenham

Modric faces Spurs' wrath as midfielder goes AWOL ahead of US tour

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UPDATED:

21:30 GMT, 22 July 2012

Fantasy football 2012

AWOL Luka Modric will face further sanctions from Tottenham if he does not attend training on Monday.

Manager Andre Villas-Boas is furious with the Croatian after he failed to report for training last week.

To add to the Portuguese's frustrations, Modric has also snubbed the club's summer tour of the US, a further contravention of his contract obligations.

Fined: Modric is set to have his wages docked for not travelling on tour

Fined: Modric is set to have his wages docked for not travelling on tour

Spurs are currently unsure of their influential midfielder's whereabouts.

Despite not travelling to Los Angeles ahead of Tuesday's clash against the Galaxy, Modric is expected to turn up to the club's Spurs Lodge headquarters on Mondayto train with those not on the trip.

It is understood Spurs have already slapped Modric with a fine of two weeks wages – around 80,000 – for his growing list of misdemeanors.

And the playmaker can expect further disciplinary procedures taken against him if he does not turn up to training.

AWOL: Spurs boss Villas-Boas and the rest of his squad travelled to America - minus midfielder Modric

AWOL: Spurs boss Villas-Boas and the rest of his squad travelled to America – minus midfielder Modric

AWOL: Spurs boss Villas-Boas and the rest of his squad travelled to America - minus midfielder Modric

Modric's mini strike is aimed at forcing through his move to Real Madrid.

The 26-year-old has agreed to move to Spain but the move is stalling over Tottenham's 40million asking price.

Villas-Boas was quoted in Spanish paper AS as saying: 'I think Modric is wrong. This will go against him. He has worsened the situation with what he's doing and now the chairman (Daniel Levy) is very angry.'

Feeling Blue: Modric came close to joining Chelsea last summer

Feeling Blue: Modric came close to joining Chelsea last summer

London 2012 Olympics: G4S admit to security blunder

The 50m security blunder! G4S admit to Olympic failing over staffing shortfall

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UPDATED:

22:22 GMT, 13 July 2012

G4S stands to lose up to 50 million as a result of the London Olympics security fiasco.

In a statement, the company said it 'deeply regrets' the problems which have meant 3,500 troops being drafted in at the 11th hour to make up a shortfall in security guards.

'G4S accepts its responsibility for the additional cost of the increased military deployment resulting from the shortfall in workforce delivery,' the statement said.

Shortfall: Two soldiers walk past the Olympic stadium in the Olympic Park

Shortfall: Two soldiers walk past the Olympic stadium in the Olympic Park

'The company is also incurring other significant costs as it endeavours to meet the contract challenges.

'Whilst it is not possible to gauge the precise financial impact, it is estimated that the company will incur a loss on the contract in the range of 35 million to 50 million, all of which will fall in the current financial year.'

G4S chief executive Nick Buckles expressed regret that the firm had been unable to meet its commitment to the London Olympic Organising Committee (Locog) to provide security guards.

'We are deeply disappointed that we have not been able to fully deliver against our contract with Locog and that it has been necessary to call upon the additional military personnel,' he said.

'In partnership with the military and Locog, we are working flat out around the clock to resolve the situation. We are determined that together we will deliver a successful and secure games.'

In its statement, G4S said it had run into difficulties in processing applicants in sufficient numbers through the necessary training, vetting and accreditation procedures in what it described as 'an extremely complex workforce supply contract' on an 'unprecedented scale'.

'As a result, we will be unable to deliver all of the necessary workforce numbers,' it said.

'We have worked very closely with Locog throughout the build up. At the point we felt that we could no longer assure the scale of the security workforce we had committed to, we advised them of the situation.'

Crisis: Trainee security staff arriving at the G4S recruitment centre

Crisis: Trainee security staff arriving at the G4S recruitment centre

Earlier, David Cameron said that firms who failed to deliver on their contracts to the games should have to bear the cost.

'I'm absolutely clear that if companies don't deliver on their contract then they should be pursued for that money,' the Prime Minister said.

G4S was initially contracted by organiser Locog in 2010 to provide 2,000 security staff for 86 million, but that figure has since risen to 10,400 personnel in a contract now worth 284 million.

Asked earlier this week whether there would be any financial penalties for G4S on its 284 million contract, Home Secretary Theresa May said the firm's deal was with Locog, but she understood that penalty clauses were included.

Mr Buckles has now been summoned to appear before the Commons Home Affairs Committee on Tuesday to explain to MPs what had gone wrong.

The chairman of the Commons Public Accounts Committee Margaret Hodge said they would also be summoning G4S, Locog, the Home Office and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to give evidence when Parliament returns in September.

She said it was imperative that there was 'total transparency' when public money was involved.

'What the National Audit Office has said to me is that it is unlikely that we will be able to clawback for the taxpayer money spent on overheads – that is where the big money has gone,” she told BBC Radio 4's PM programme.

Security blunder: Military personnel walk from the Olympic Park

Security blunder: Military personnel walk from the Olympic Park

'What none of us know is how that contract was designed, whether there was a penalty clause in it. Clearly we have to pursue that point.

'Where public money is being used, hiding behind commercial confidentiality is simply not good enough.'

A total of 17,000 servicemen and women will now be involved in the Olympics, including 11,800 soldiers, 2,600 sailors and marines, and 2,600 airmen.

Some 11,000 of these will be involved in the security of more than 30 sporting venues and some 70 non-competition venues, including car parks and hotels, while others will carry out specialist support roles including air security, search teams, communications and logistics.

Overall, a 23,700-strong security force for the Games will include a mix of military, private security guards and at least 3,000 unpaid London 2012 volunteers.

Students applying for jobs with G4S last year were as young as 17 as they would still have reached the minimum age of 18 by the start of this month, messages on internet forum The Student Room showed.

One wrote last August: 'I passed the interview. No experience in security or anything and they signed me up for X-ray scanner.

'They claimed I would get a job if I passed the clearing phase, which takes up to 3 months … typical British efficiency hahaha.'

Another added: 'It's all a bit intimidating beforehand, but as soon as you get there all the interviewers are barely 25, really nice and sympathetic. I had no exp. either.'

Other posts suggested the interviews involved simple sight and smell tests, a document check and questions about when the applicant resolved a conflict and what actions were taken.

Marussia"s test driver Maria De Villota making remarkable recovery after crash

De Villota making 'remarkable' recovery following crash that cost test driver her right eye

By
Sportsmail Reporter

PUBLISHED:

19:47 GMT, 11 July 2012

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UPDATED:

22:39 GMT, 11 July 2012

Marussia test driver Maria De Villota's recovery following an accident eight days ago that resulted in her losing her right eye has been described as 'remarkable' by the team.

De Villota required two operations at Addendrooke's Hospital in Cambridge in the wake of a crash at Duxford Airfield that saw the 32-year-old Spaniard run into the tailgate of a stationary service vehicle at the end of an installation run whilst conducting a straight-line aero test.

Remarkable: Maria De Villota is recoveRemarkable: Maria De Villota before her crash in which she lost an eyering well since her crash

Remarkable: Maria De Villota before her crash in which she lost an eye

Although her condition was life threatening over the first few days, on Monday De Villota showed enough of an improvement to be moved out of the Neurological Critical Care Unit.

De Villota continues to have her family at her side, but at least is now in a position to converse with them.

Saved: Emergency workers gathered round De Villota's car as it was wedged under a lorry

Saved: Emergency workers gathered round De Villota's car as it was wedged under a lorry

A team statement read: 'Despite severe injuries, Maria's recovery during that time has been remarkable.

'Following two successful surgical procedures in the days following the accident, last Saturday the medical team at Addenbrooke's Hospital began to gradually reduce the level of Maria's sedation.

Tributes: Charles Pic of France and Marussia pays tribute with star symbols on his car and helmet

Tributes: Charles Pic (above) and Lewis Hamilton (below) were among the drivers to wear stars on their helmets and cars as a tribute to De Villota

Tributes: Lewis Hamilton pays tribute with star symbols on his car and helmet

'By Sunday morning, Maria was awake and able to speak to her family, which provided a very important – albeit early – indication that there were positive signs for Maria's recovery.

'Since that time, Maria has been making small but significant steps. She was moved out of the Neurological Critical Care Unit on Monday and is no longer receiving sedation.

'Her family remain by her side and she is communicating freely with them and the medical team. Medical assessments are ongoing to monitor Maria's improving condition.'

David Longmuir facing calls for resignation

Chaos mounts as SPL boss Longmuir faces clubs' call to quit

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UPDATED:

21:00 GMT, 8 July 2012

David Longmuir is facing calls for his resignation as the Scottish Football League chief executive continues to clash with his members over which division Charles Green's newco Rangers should play in next season.

It also emerged that if Longmuir's bid to launch Sevco Scotland Ltd directly into the First Division is rejected by the SFL clubs, then it will result in logistical chaos on the eve of the new season.

Under pressure: David Longmuir gets grilled as Jim Ballantyne looks on

Under pressure: David Longmuir gets grilled as Jim Ballantyne looks on

All 30 SFL clubs will meet at Hampden on Friday, when Longmuir will discover their response to a letter he sent out to them at the weekend.

The two main points of that document are that the clubs should first vote on whether or not to accept Sevco Scotland Ltd into the SFL, then, whether they are in favour of allowing the SFL Board (rather than the clubs) to choose which division they will compete in.

The second vote will hinge on the SFL gaining certain concessions from the SPL regarding play-offs and a fairer distribution of income.

Should Longmuir get his way, Board member and SFL President Jim Ballantyne, who is also chairman of Airdrie United, will decline to vote due to a conflict of interest, since the Lanarkshire outfit would, as losing play-off finalists, automatically be promoted to the First Division if Sevco (like any other new applicant) are forced to begin life in the bottom tier.

That will leave Longmuir, vice pres ident Ewen Cameron (Alloa), Anne McKeown (Arbroath), Malcolm Mackay (Queen's Park), Gordon McDougall (Livingston), Gilbert Lawrie (Dumbarton), Ken Ferguson (Brechin) and Jim Leishman (Dunfermline) to decide the newco's fate.

However, the contents of the letter have infuriated many SFL clubs, who regard the latest move as an attempt to hijack the democratic procedures of the organisation in order to ensure entry into the First Division for the new-look Rangers.

One chairman said: 'What they're attempting to do is scandalous. They're just making up the rules as they go along.

'The two main votes will be decided on a straight 16-14 majority. I don't think that anyone objects to this new Rangers joining the Third Division, but I believe there will be enough dissenters to prevent the Board from gerrymandering them into the First.

'If Longmuir's motion is rejected, then his competence would have to be questioned. This is all part of a bullying campaign, which was underlined last week when the SPL's chief executive, Neil Doncaster, told us that the SPL clubs couldn't afford to pay the annual 1.8million settlement fee to the SFL if Rangers drop into the Third Division and Sky walk away from their TV deal.

'Meanwhile, the SFA's chief executive, Stewart Regan, seems to want to exploit the Rangers crisis in order to push through his own reforms. He's been working away at this for months.'

If the clubs allow Rangers to join the SFL, but then refuse to grant their Board permission to decide which division they should compete in, then Longmuir would be forced to call another general meeting on July 20 – SFL rules state that five working days' notice must be given – to vote on that issue.

With the Ramsdens Cup beginning just eight days later, time is running out for the SFL to sort the mess out.

Should Rangers' SPL place be taken by Dundee, they'll be away to Brechin City: in the less likely event of Dunfermline avoiding demotion, Ally McCoist's side will travel to Forfar.

Then again, if Green's Sevco is denied the opportunity to join the First Division and admitted to the fourth tier, newco Rangers, rather than Stranraer, will have a home tie against Stenhousemuir.

Joey Barton reacts after being stripped of QPR captaincy

Barton vows to return stronger after being stripped of QPR captaincy and fined

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UPDATED:

15:34 GMT, 25 June 2012

Joey Barton has vowed to bounce back from his 12-match ban and help push QPR up the Barclays Premier League table.

Barton accepted he deserved to be stripped of the club captaincy and fined six weeks' wages for his sending off at Manchester City on the final day of the season.

The 29-year-old was hit with a lengthy suspension and fined 75,000 by a Football Association-appointed independent regulatory commission last month after being dismissed for elbowing Carlos Tevez.

As he left the pitch, Barton kicked out at Sergio Aguero before aiming a headbutt in the direction of Vincent Kompany in the match on May 13.

Flash point: Barton kicked out at Sergio Aguero and tried to headbutt Vincent Kompany after being dismissed for elbowing Carlos Tevez

Flash point: Barton kicked out at Sergio Aguero and tried to headbutt Vincent Kompany after being dismissed for elbowing Carlos Tevez

Following their own internal review, QPR have now imposed further sanctions on the controversial midfielder, signed last summer on a lucrative four-year deal following a free transfer from Newcastle.

Barton has been warned that contract will be terminated should he 'seriously breach the club's disciplinary procedures again'.

The midfielder, however, intends to return stronger from the whole experience.

Dismissed: Barton will miss the first 12 games of the season following his suspension

Dismissed: Barton will miss the first 12 games of the season following his suspension

Barton is currently away on holiday, but expanded on his official club statement with a series of Twitter posts.

'I was stupid and that what happens when u [sic] do dumb things. I am confident ill [sic] bounce back. Cannot wait,' Barton said.

'I wish to put it behind me now and help QPR, once available of course, push on towards the top half.'

Barton added: 'I was reckless and deserved every punishment I received. Money comes and goes, it's not important to me. Losing the captaincy and missing 12 games is what really hurts.'

Barton has a long history of controversy, both on and off the pitch.

In 2008, he was given a six-month jail term after admitting assault and affray. During his time as a player at Manchester City, Barton was fined after he stubbed a lit cigar in the eye of young team-mate Jamie Tandy during the club's Christmas party.

Earlier this month, Barton was arrested for affray following a night out in Liverpool with his girlfriend.

And another thing: Barton squares up to Tevez during the final day match at Eastlands

And another thing: Barton squares up to Tevez during the final day match at Eastlands

In his official club statement, the player issued an unreserved apology.

'My behaviour was wrong and I accept the punishment that has been imposed upon me as a result,' the statement read.

'I apologise to the manager, my team-mates and of course the QPR fans for my actions.

'I also apologise to the Manchester City players, staff and supporters.'

QPR also confirmed Barton will not be part of the squad which heads to Asia for a pre-season tour in mid-July.

Chief executive Philip Beard defended the club's punishment and is hopeful the player will be able to put the incident behind him as they prepare for a second season back in the Premier League.

He said: 'It was important that we took our time to make sure we came to the correct decision, which I believe we have achieved.

'Joey's behaviour, which led to his red card at Manchester City, and his subsequent actions were completely unacceptable and we have made our feelings on this matter known to him.

'I am really pleased with the way in which the club and Joey have worked towards reaching a sensible conclusion and we fully believe he will respond to these sanctions in the correct manner.'

Joey Barton stripped of QPR captaincy and fined six weeks wages

Barton stripped of QPR captaincy and fined six weeks' wages for tantrum against City

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UPDATED:

13:03 GMT, 25 June 2012

Joey Barton has paid for his moments of madness on the final day of the season after QPR stripped him of the captaincy and fined him six weeks wages.

Barton was sent off for elbowing Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez during QPR's 3-2 defeat but the midfielder kneed Sergio Aguero and aimed a headbutt at Vincent Kompany before leaving the pitch.

And he's off: Joey Barton saw red after clashing with Carlos Tevez

And he's off: Joey Barton saw red after clashing with Carlos Tevez

A QPR statement read: 'Following a full internal investigation, Queens Park Rangers Football Club can confirm Joey Barton has been fined six weeks' wages and will no longer be club captain.

'The 29 year-old midfielder will also be absent from the club's pre-season tour of Asia in July.

Not finished: Barton kneed Sergio Aguero before leaving the pitch

Not finished: Barton kneed Sergio Aguero before leaving the pitch

'The club has also reached agreement with Barton that if he seriously breaches the club's disciplinary procedures again, the club reserves the right to terminate his contract.'

Barton has already been banned for the first 12 games of next season for his behaviour at the Etihad Stadium.

CEO Philip Beard said: 'It was important that we took our time to make sure we came to the correct decision, which I believe we have achieved.

Still not finished: Barton appeared to aim a headbutt at Vincent Kompany

Still not finished: Barton appeared to aim a headbutt at Vincent Kompany

'Joey's behaviour, which led to his red card at Manchester City, and his subsequent actions were completely unacceptable and we have made our feelings on this matter known to him.

'I am really pleased with the way in which the club and Joey have worked towards reaching a sensible conclusion and we fully believe he will respond to these sanctions in the correct manner.'

Barton said: 'My behaviour was wrong and I accept the punishment that has been imposed upon me as a result.

'I apologise to the manager, my team-mates and of course the QPR fans for my actions. I also apologise to the Manchester City players, staff and supporters.'

Helping hands: Barton is dragged off after his moments of madness

Helping hands: Barton is dragged off after his moments of madness

Barton then took to Twitter, adding: 'I was reckless and deserved every punishment I received.

'Money comes and goes, it's not important to me. Losing the captaincy and missing 12 games is what really hurts.

'I was stupid and that's what happens when you do dumb things. I am confident I'll bounce back. Cannot wait.

'That's all I have to say on the matter. I wish to put it behind me now and help QPR, once available of course, push on towards the top half.'

London 2012 Olympics: Aaron Cook"s dream over

World No 1 Cook's Olympic dream over as BOA ratify selection of Muhammad

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UPDATED:

16:51 GMT, 8 June 2012

Lutalo Muhammad's nomination for London 2012 has been ratified by the British Olympic Association after a review of the selection procedure.

It means Aaron Cook, world No 1 in the under-80kg division, will not go to the Olympic Games, although the 21-year-old is already exploring legal avenues to challenge the decision by Great Britain Taekwondo to put forward Muhammad as their chosen selection.

After two days considering the
selection process, the BOA's Olympic qualification standards (OQS) panel
decided to ratify Muhammad's nomination.

'The decision by the British Olympic Association OQS panel to ratify the nomination was unanimous,' said a BOA statement.

Controversy: Cook has been refused an Olympic berth

Controversy: Cook has been refused an Olympic berth

Ratified: Muhammad will fight at London 2012

Ratified: Muhammad will fight at London 2012

Cook had been overlooked three times by GB Taekwondo but after complaints by the athlete the BOA, and also the World Taekwondo Federation, launched reviews into the selection process.

After a teleconference involving the BOA board, the OQS panel – which can only accept or reject nominations and is not permitted to select their own choice – then conferred with the WTF this afternoon before coming to the conclusion to back the choice of Muhammad.

However, the BOA said the OQS panel reserves the right to reconsider the nomination subject to the findings of the ongoing inquiry being led by WTF.

Friday's decision, said the BOA, was taken for a number of reasons.

'In convening a selection committee for a third time in order to bring forward a nomination for the men's -80 kg weight category British Taekwondo did in fact follow its approved selection procedures and did comply with the directives given to it by an earlier appeal panel and the OQS panel,' said the statement.

'The decision to ratify the nomination was taken following an extensive review of the selection process followed by British Taekwondo.

'The OQS panel also consulted with the British Olympic Association board of directors and the World Taekwondo Federation.

'The OQS Panel reserves the right to
reconsider the nomination subject to the findings of the ongoing inquiry
being led by the World Taekwondo Federation.'

There was some criticism for the way GB Taekwondo had managed the selection process though.

'The
OQS panel expressed strong disappointment in the manner by which the
selection process has been managed by the national governing body,'
added the statement.

No 1: Cook could take legal action

No 1: Cook could take legal action

'In particular, the undue strain and uncertainty that has been brought upon two world-class athletes.

'The OQS panel also expressed concern over the lack of transparency in the selection process and the inconsistent communication with the two athletes involved.'

For future Olympic Games the BOA hopes to work with GB Taekwondo to implement selection policies which place a greater emphasis on objectivity and transparency.

BOA chief executive Andy Hunt said the OQS panel felt the selection process should have been handled better.

'There are two world-class athletes directly impacted by this nomination,' he said.

'Our panel would have preferred to see the selection process managed in a manner that would have been of much greater service to both athletes.

'That said, after a thorough review, the panel is now sufficiently satisfied that the agreed selection procedures have been followed, and it is on that basis we are ratifying the nomination.

'With two exceptionally talented athletes in consideration for one place there is no doubt this was a difficult decision for the British Taekwondo selection committee, which makes following the approved selection procedures all the more important.'

Roberto Di Matteo: FA must overhaul use of video evidence

Sort it out! Di Matteo urges FA to overhaul use of video evidence after Ivanovic appeal

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14:15 GMT, 13 April 2012

Roberto Di Matteo has called for an overhaul of the Football Association's disciplinary procedures following Chelsea's failure to get Branislav Ivanovic off a violent-conduct charge.

Caretaker Blues boss Di Matteo insisted the FA were wrong to find Ivanovic guilty of striking Wigan midfielder Shaun Maloney during Saturday's Barclays Premier League game at Stamford Bridge.

The FA used retrospective video evidence to charge Ivanovic, who will now serve a three-match ban at the most crucial part of Chelsea's punishing season.

Training session: Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo barks orders ahead of Sunday's FA Cup semi-final with Spurs

Training session: Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo barks orders ahead of Sunday's FA Cup semi-final with Spurs

This week also saw QPR midfielder Shaun Derry fail to overturn his controversial red card at Manchester United, while Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli escaped a charge of his own despite making a studs-up challenge on Arsenal's Alex Song.

Di Matteo said: 'I think everyone is looking for consistency in their decision-making. That's what is most important for everybody, all the stakeholders involved – consistency.

'They would have to review the decision-making and the way they give these bans, and hopefully come up with a more balanced outcome.'

Di Matteo also wanted video evidence used more widely, adding of the Ivanovic incident: 'You look at the images and you think: “We're using video footage for that, okay, but we don't use goal-line technology”.

'Why not If we're using it for that, why can't we use it for the goals So that's why it has to be reviewed. There has to be a more balanced look at it. And that's what they have to look at in the summer.'

Being Frank: Lampard (second left) and Chelsea during training at Cobham on Friday morning

Being Frank: Lampard (second left) and Chelsea during training at Cobham on Friday morning

Chelsea's decision to contest Ivanovic's charge risked an extra match being added to his suspension.

Di Matteo said: 'We didn't think it was violent conduct or a frivolous appeal.'

As it is, Ivanovic will sit out Sunday's FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham and the Barclays Premier League games against Arsenal and QPR.

Di Matteo said: 'We are disappointed that his appeal has been dismissed, so there is nothing else we can do.

Ouch: Branislav Ivanovic will serve a three-game ban after losing an appeal against a violent conduct charge

Ouch: Branislav Ivanovic will serve a three-game ban after losing an appeal against a violent conduct charge

'We just have to get on with the decision and take it.'

Ivanovic has been one of Chelsea's star performers this season, scoring four times in his last seven games from right-back.

Di Matteo said: 'He's been having a very good season, playing very well for us, so he will be a very big loss for the team.'

Marouane Chamakh pictured with shisha pipe

Wenger fuming with Chamakh after Arsenal flop is caught with shisha pipe

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UPDATED:

21:30 GMT, 2 April 2012

Arsene Wenger is furious with Marouane Chamakh after the striker was pictured holding a shisha pipe hours after Arsenal's defeat at QPR.

The Morocco forward was snapped with fellow countryman Adel Taarabt, who had earlier scored against the Gunners, with pipes on Saturday.

Snapped: Chamakh was pictured holding a shisha pipe on Saturday

Snapped: Chamakh was pictured holding a shisha pipe on Saturday

Smoking shisha is not illegal in the UK; nevertheless Wenger is angry with the behaviour of his striker given his side – minus the out-of-favour Chamakh – had slumped to a surprise 2-1 defeat.

Sportsmail exclusively revealed last year that the striker is available for transfer despite an impressive start to his career in England and the incident seems sure to have ended any hopes of the former Bordeaux striker staying at the Emirates.

Suirprise: Arsenal were beaten 2-1 by Queens Park Rangers on Saturday

Suirprise: Arsenal were beaten 2-1 by Queens Park Rangers on Saturday

Arsenal chiefs are keen to keep any disciplinary procedures in-house.

Like Wenger, Rangers boss Mark Hughes is not happy with Taarabt's involvement in the incident.

Hughes intends to speak to the forward, whose goal was his first in the Premier League this season.