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Blackburn Rovers could appoint Judan Ali after Henning berg sacking

It's comical Ali! Blackburn linked to former India Under 15s and Dagenham community coach

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23:14 GMT, 27 December 2012

Blackburn's Indian owners are preparing to appoint English professional football’s first British Asian coach, a 39-year-old former Arsenal trainee who until recently was running a community youth programme in Dagenham.

Judan Ali has also been the subject of ‘below average’ Bollywood movie Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal but his coaching experience hardly qualifies him to step in at Ewood Park in the wake of Henning Berg’s shock dismissal. Ali’s finest achievement to date was leading an Indian Under 15 side to victory in Arsenal’s ‘football festival’ in 2011.

But the Venky’s family see Ali as part of a managerial team alongside head coach Kevin MacDonald, the former Aston Villa coach.

Youth role: Ali meets England boss Roy Hodgson earlier this year

Youth role: Ali meets England boss Roy
Hodgson earlier this year

Ali’s Twitter page has been taken down but on it, he had described himself as ‘an independent football coach leading those who want to further themselves on the world stage and to surpass the elite’.

Berg was sacked on Thursday after just 57 days and a run of one win from 10 games that has left Blackburn 17th in the Championship.

Before his departure he had, however, met Ali, who had spent a week observing the Norwegian former Rovers defender at the club’s Brockhall headquarters.

Blackburn are said to be comfortable seeing how the arrangement with MacDonald and Ali works out, and will not rush into appointing a more high-profile manager. Roberto Di Matteo heads a list of possible targets should Venky’s change their view. Youth development boss Gary Bowyer is set to take charge for Saturday’s trip to Barnsley.

London-born Ali, whose family moved to the UK from India, was on Arsenal’s books as a YTS trainee but blamed the racist culture within English football in the 80s and 90s for his failure to secure a professional contract in this country. He played for Spanish club Murcia before his coaching career.

Struggling: Blackburn are 17th in the Championship despite spending 8m on Jordan Rhodes (right) and paying Premier League wages for the likes of Danny Murphy (left)

Struggling: Blackburn are 17th in the Championship despite spending 8m on Jordan Rhodes (right) and paying Premier League wages for the likes of Danny Murphy (left)

‘My goal is to become the first British Asian Premier League manager,’ he said. ‘I want to take a country to the World Cup and the 2022 tournament in Qatar is my goal.

‘It’s a myth that British Asians cannot play football. I hope I’m showing young Asians in this country that they can make it and that things are changing from the experiences I suffered as a teenager.’

Ali’s appointment will form part of a move by Venky’s to assume closer control of the club. When they became the Premier League’s first Indian owners two years ago, the Rao family talked about tapping into Blackburn’s Asian community and offering a route into English football for young players from their homeland. They have plans to open an academy near the company headquarters in Pune.

Whether Blackburn’s fans will be receptive to the latest move is another matter, however, following Venky’s decision to axe Sam Allardyce in 2010, Steve Kean’s stormy reign and now Berg’s ill-fated stint.

Sacked: Berg was only unveiled at Ewood Park on November 1

Sacked: Berg was only unveiled at Ewood Park on November 1

The 43-year-old was made aware of his fate before going to Brockhall on Thursday morning to say his farewells. However, the coaching team Berg inherited from Kean – assistant Eric Black, first-team coach Iain Brunskill and goalkeeper coach Bobby Mimms – were only informed on arrival for work on Thursday.

From the start, it was clear Berg was not the first choice among candidates including other former Blackburn players Tim Sherwood and Billy McKinlay. He walked out of the club’s Christmas party last week after being asked to wear a stocking on his head and lost on Boxing Day at Middlesbrough – his fifth defeat in six games.

Berg issued a statement on Thursday: ‘I am bitterly disappointed to have been relieved of my managerial duties at Ewood Park after just 57 days since my appointment.’

Coincidentally, Kean has only just agreed a 1.2million settlement.

Damien Comolli defends Kenny Dalglish"s transfer record at Liverpool

Comolli defends Dalglish's 110m Liverpool spending spree… as it emerges they missed out on Ba, Giroud and Kagawa

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09:57 GMT, 14 December 2012

Former Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli has defended Kenny Dalglish’s transfer record at the club despite the fact that many of his signings are no longer part of Brendan Rodgers' plans.

In his time at the club Comolli oversaw an estimated 110million spending spree as Liverpool aggressively pursued Champions League football.

And since the Frenchman departed Anfield, Dalglish has also left, while his high profile signigs Carroll has been loaned to West Ham, Charlie Adam and Craig Bellamy have departed, Stewart Downing will leave if a buyer can be found in January, and Jose Enrique, Jordan Henderson and Sebastian Coates have had doubts raised against them.

Mixed reviews: Liverpool signed Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez in the same transfer window

Mixed reviews: Liverpool signed Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez in the same transfer window

DALGLISH'S SIGNINGS

ANDY CARROLL (35million)
LUIS SUAREZ (22.8million)
JORDAN HENDERSON (16million)
CHARLIE ADAM (9million)
STEWART DOWNING (20million)
JOSE ENRIQUE (5million)
SEBASTIAN COATES (7million*)
CRAIG BELLAMY (free)

*Estimated fee

That leaves Luis Suarez – an 18m signing from Ajax – as the only player who still plays a key role at the club.

Goals have been one of the main problems for Liverpool over the last few seasons and while he does not confirm names, the likes of Demba Ba, Olivier Giroud and Shinji Kagawa all were linked with moves to Anfield but all eventually moved elsewhere.

But Comolli defends his record at the club, speaking to the Daily Express, he said: ‘We did 26 deals and to think we wouldn’t make any mistakes in such a huge number of deals in and out would be totally unrealistic.

Defending his role: Damien Comolli says the signings he made should be judged over the long term

Defending his role: Damien Comolli says the signings he made should be judged over the long term

‘I do not think we made any mistakes on the players going out and whether we made mistakes on the players who came in, time will tell. I am very uncomfortable for players to be judged after six, eight or even 12 months. Sometimes it takes two or three years.

‘In two or three years you can say, ‘Damien and Kenny, you were wrong’. Or you can say, ‘They just needed time’.’

The 35m move for Carroll is one of the moves that has attracted the most criticism, but again, Comolli is quick to defend the actions of the club.

Demba Ba

Demba Ba

Olivier Giroud

Olivier Giroud

Shinji Kagawa

Shinji Kagawa

He added: ‘If you want to talk about the Carroll deal, the situation was quite clear.

‘The way we looked at it, we were selling two players – Fernando Torres and Ryan Babel – and we were bringing two in – Suarez and Carroll – and we were making a profit and the wage bill was coming down considerably as well. It was a four-player deal.

Parting ways: Kenny Dalglish won the League Cup but owners Tom Werner and John W Henry decided to go a for Brendan Rodgers this season

Parting ways: Kenny Dalglish won the League Cup but owners Tom Werner and John W Henry decided to go a for Brendan Rodgers this season

'Chelsea kept bidding higher and higher for Torres. The difference between their first and final bid is double.

'They [FSG] asked me what the risks were and I said if things don’t go well you’ll lose something on Andy, but it is difficult to measure whether you will make money if things go well because Liverpool aren’t a selling club and he could be here for the next 10 years.’

Tom Watson to captain United States Ryder Cup team at Gleneagles

Captain America! United States to drop Ryder Cup bombshell by naming legend Watson as skipper for Gleneagles

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10:06 GMT, 12 December 2012

Surprises don't happen often when it comes to announcing Ryder Cup captains but the PGA of America will come up with a jaw-dropping one on Thursday when they name Tom Watson as US skipper for the match at Gleneagles in 2014.

Captains on both sides for the past 15 years have all come from a narrow profile of players in their late 40s or early 50s.

'We've done something a little bit different this time,' Ted Bishop, PGA of America president, teased the US media at a lunch on Tuesday.

Leader: Tom Watson will captain the United States Ryder Cup team at Gleneagles in 2014

Leader: Tom Watson will captain the United States Ryder Cup team at Gleneagles in 2014

No-one thought he meant as different as Watson, who will have celebrated his 65th birthday by the time the match comes around.

While the decision will undoubtedly spark incredulity and astonishment in some quarters, it looks an inspired move from this one.

The last time America won on foreign soil was in 1993 when Watson just happened to be the captain at The Belfry.

Think about what has happened since. The last four US captains for away matches have been Tom Kite, Curtis Strange, Tom Lehman and Corey Pavin, who were up against Seve Ballesteros, Sam Torrance, Ian Woosnam and Colin Montgomerie respectively.

Tartan Army: Scottish golf fans love Watson - he won four Opens north of the border

Tartan Army: Scottish golf fans love Watson – he won four Opens north of the border

In other words, four US skippers with little profile in Europe who were all monstered when it came to the vital PR battle against four huge personalities.

America effectively found themselves a couple of points down in each instance before the matches had even started.

So no wonder the PGA of America looked at the widely expected line-up for next time of the immensely popular Darren Clarke against the relatively unknown David Toms and wearily thought to themselves: we've seen this movie before.

Now, in going for a legend who could not be held in higher esteem in Europe, they have changed the dynamic completely.

Watson, lest we forget, won four of his five Open titles in Scotland, where he might even be more popular than Andy Murray. How does Europe counter that one

Where Watson might struggle is that he will not know a great deal about most of the players who will make up his team.

This was one of the complaints about Sir Nick Faldo's captaincy in Kentucky in 2008.

Squaring up: Darren Clarke (right) is set to captain Europe - following on from Jose Maria Olazabal (centre)

Squaring up: Darren Clarke (right) is set to captain Europe – following on from Jose Maria Olazabal (centre)

The argument against that is that Watson has always been much more of a people person than the aloof Englishman. He might not know much about their music tastes and their personalities, but it is hard to imagine there will be a member of the US team who won't look up to Watson and respect his decisions.

Well, maybe there is one. In 2010, at the height of the Tiger Woods scandal, Watson was scathing in his criticism.

'I feel that Tiger has not carried the same stature as the other great players that have come along like Jack (Nicklaus), /12/12/article-2246805-05C54D86000005DC-660_634x408.jpg” width=”634″ height=”408″ alt=”Fairytale: Watson was so close to winning The Open at Turnberry in 2009 before Stewart Cink pipped him” class=”blkBorder” />

Fairytale: Watson was so close to winning The Open at Turnberry in 2009 before Stewart Cink pipped him

Playing in the Australian Open last week, everyone wondered why an Aussie writer asked Watson how he would feel about being Ryder Cup captain once more. Now the journo looks like a positive sage.

'It would be pretty cool,' said Watson. 'I would like to go back again as a captain. It would be a great honour if I got tapped on the shoulder.'

Northern Irishman Clarke, the overwhelming favourite to be standing in the opposite corner at Gleneagles, is playing in Australia this week and said: 'Obviously if Tom does get it he is one of the legends of the game. I am sure he would be a fantastic captain, not just to the team but that whole aspect of the Ryder Cup. The man is a huge name in the world of golf and rightly so.'

Watson's four Open wins in Scotland came at Carnoustie in 1975, Turnberry in 1977, Muirfield in 1980, and Royal Troon in 1982.

He came close to winning again at Turnberry in 2009 and writing one of the great sports stories of all time at the age of 59 but missed a short putt at the 72nd hole and then lost out in a play-off to Stewart Cink.

Interestingly, in four Ryder Cup teams as a player and one as a captain, he has never been on a losing side.

Given that America have lost seven of the last nine contests, no wonder he got the nod.

The man who will feel most disappointed is the personable Toms, but expect him to be chosen for the match at Hazeltine in 2016.

Unless America win at Gleneagles, of course. In which case it will probably be Arnold Palmer.

Sol Campbell adds voice to call for FA fines to fund anti-racism campaigns

EXCLUSIVE: Sol Campbell calls for FA fines to fund anti-racism campaigns

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13:58 GMT, 11 December 2012

Sol Campbell is backing a scheme for
FA fines to be diverted to Kick It Out and Show Racism the Red Card to
help fund anti-racism campaigns.

The former Arsenal and England defender is among 60 high-profile names supporting the initiative.

Backing: Former Arsenal and Spurs defender Sol Campbell

Backing: Former Arsenal and Spurs defender Sol Campbell

Robbie Keane, Gabby Agbonlahor, Chris Powell, John Barnes, Dave Bassett, Shaka Hislop and Graham Taylor are among the top names throwing their weight behind the idea.

Both Kick It Out and Anti-Racism the Red Card are chronically under-funded in their fight against discrimination.

Kick It Out's annual budget is 450,000, but they have been lobbying the Barclays Premier League, the FA and the PFA for an increase in their commitment to the campaign.

Show Racism the Red Card have funding of around 900,000, but they are demanding more in the battle against anti-racism and other campaigns.

Support: LA Galaxy's Robbie Keane (left)

Support: LA Galaxy's Robbie Keane (left)

They want fines, such as the 90,000 dished out to Ashley Cole for his #BUNCHOFT***S tweet, to be put to good use.

Rio Ferdinand was fined 40,000 for his infamous 'choc ice' tweet after Cole gave evidence for John Terry at Westminster Magistrates Court in July.

Foreign players set for British culture lessons following Luis Suarez and John Mikel Obi race rows

Foreign players set to be sent for lessons on British culture in bid to avoid repeat of Suarez-Evra race row

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09:52 GMT, 11 December 2012

Foreign footballers arriving in
Britain to play in the Premier League may have to take cultural lessons
as part of a series of measures to try to stamp out race-related
offences in the game.

More than 60 per cent of players in
the English top flight – and around 20 per cent of players in the
football league – are foreign, although the number is falling year on
year.

Controversy: Liverpool's Luis Suarez (left) received ban for abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra

Controversy: Liverpool's Luis Suarez (left) received eight-match ban for racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra

These lessons on the ‘British cultural environment’, which essentially offer foreign players a crash course on life in England, form a key part of a new Government proposal.

It is a response to Prime Minister David Cameron’s demands for tougher action to tackle discrimination in football at an anti-racism summit back in February.

According to the BBC, the giant document ‘English Football’s Inclusion and Anti-Discrimination Action Plan’ – which contains 93 points – will also recommend that clubs bring in mandatory anti-discrimination clause in all players’ and managers’ contracts.

Premier League football has been blighted by a run of embarrassing high-profile cases. Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was banned for eight games by the FA for racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra.

Fall out: Referee Mark Clattenburg was wrongly accused by Chelsea's John Obi Mikel

Fall out: Ref Mark Clattenburg was falsely accused by Chelsea's John Obi Mikel

The case revolved around the semantic ambiguity of the word ‘negrito’. It is a term widely used in Suarez’s native Uruguay but the FA dismissed the argument claiming Suarez should and would have known better.

More recently, former England captain John Terry was banned for four matches for racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand, Chelsea falsely alleged that referee Mark Clattenburg had racially abused John Mikel Obi, Norwich defender Sebastien Bassong accused Swansea City supporters of making racist gestures towards him and Manchester police are investigating alleged racist abuse during the Manchester derby.

The Government are hoping to make an announcement before the end of the year, but any new protocol would not come into effect until next season.

David Beckham: No PSG offer, says Carlo Ancelotti

Non merci, Beckham! PSG chief Ancelotti denies move for outgoing LA Galaxy ace

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19:30 GMT, 20 November 2012

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19:52 GMT, 20 November 2012

Paris Saint-Germain have denied making an offer for David Beckham.

The former England captain has been linked with a move to the mega-rich French side after announcing he's leaving LA Galaxy next month.

But manager Carlo Ancelotti has denied interest in Beckham.

Bend it like Beckham: PSG have denied interest in the LA Galaxy star

Bend it like Beckham: PSG have denied interest in the LA Galaxy star

No move: Ancelotti has denied making an approach for Beckham whom he worked alongside at AC Milan

No move: Ancelotti has denied making an approach for Beckham whom he worked alongside at AC Milan

The former Chelsea manager said on Tuesday: 'We haven't made an offer, good luck to him.'

PSG have emerged as the early frontrunners for Beckham's signature.

Speculation surrounding his next move is already gathering pace and Ancelotti – who worked with Beckham at AC Milan in 2009 – was thought to be keen to reignite a bid for the midfielder's services after he turned down a move to the French capital last year.

David Beckham

Time's up: Beckham wants to 'experience one last challenge' before hanging up his boots

Where next for Becks

Australia

The A-League are desperate for more high-profile signings to follow the likes of Emile Heskey and Alessandro Del Piero. Seven of the 10 top-flight clubs have been linked with the midfielder.

Brazil

The Becks factor would be a massive PR boost in the run-up to the 2014 World Cup finals and the 2016 Olympic Games.

China

Another country looking to promote their domestic competition. The signings of Nicolas Anelka and Didier Drogba show they mean business.

Paris St Germain

The money-bags French club thought they had signed Beckham 12 months ago after agreeing to pay him 670,000 a month but the deal was never signed.

New York

Becks may decide to stay in America so his wife can pursue her fashion career. Their three sons are also settled in America.
so his wife can pursue her fashion career

Leyton Orient

Could his last challenge be to try and take his hometown club to the Premier League

The 37-year-old is in line to end his six-year Galaxy stay in style as they defend their title against the Houston Dynamo on December 1 before seeking to extend his playing career elsewhere.

He told the Major League Soccer website: 'I've had an incredibly special time playing for the LA Galaxy, however, I wanted to experience one last challenge before the end of my playing career.'

Although Beckham had an option on his contract, signed in January, for another year with the Galaxy, his decision to leave is no great surprise.

Football Federation Australia last week claimed they had been approached by the former Real Madrid and Manchester United star's camp with a view to the player spending a short stint in the A-League, though his spokesman described that as 'rubbish'.

Perth Glory – one of the clubs to express an interest when the links with Beckham going Down Under first emerged – were quick to go public again this morning, tweeting: 'David Beckham has confirmed the MLS Cup final will be his last game for the Galaxy. The race is on.'

Melbourne Heart have also confirmed they will try to lure Beckham to the A-League club. Chief executive Scott Munn said the club planned to offer the midfielder a 10 week contract worth around 1million but they faced competition from Perth Glory plus others from around the world.

Munn told Fox News: 'We're putting forward an offer, it's compelling and the opportunity is here for him to come here. 'That is absolutely legitimate. Let's let David get through next week, play the final of the MLS and hopefully he'll have a win. Then I'm sure he'll assess every offer.'

China, the United Arab Emirates, Paris, England and even Brazil have been mentioned as potential destinations but wherever he goes, it will bring to an end an eventful career in MLS which saw the midfielder become the face of a new era for the sport in North America.

Sean Yates quits Team Sky and cycling

Yates quits Team Sky and cycling… but insists he has done nothing wrong

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15:20 GMT, 28 October 2012

Team Sky has confirmed the departure of lead sports director Sean Yates and his retirement from professional cycling.

The British team insisted Yates' departure was not forced by an admission of any kind.

A report in the Sunday Telegraph claimed Yates had left his role after an interview with general manager Dave Brailsford, who has stressed there must be a zero tolerance policy over doping within the team.

End of the road: Team Sky have confirmed the departure of lead sports director Sean Yates

End of the road: Team Sky have confirmed the departure of lead sports director Sean Yates

A statement from Team Sky said: 'Sean Yates, Team Sky's lead sports director since 2010, has decided to retire from cycling after three decades in the sport.

'After Team Sky reaffirmed its position on anti-doping, the management team started a series of individual interviews with riders, management and support staff.

'Sean has been interviewed and there were no admissions or disclosures that would have required him to leave the team.'

Yates was a high-profile recruit ahead of Team Sky's first season two years ago.

After retiring from full-time riding in 1996 following a career as one of the greatest domestiques of cycling's modern era, Yates briefly worked with the Linda McCartney team before switching to Discovery in 2005.

There, he took Lance Armstrong, with whom he had forged a successful personal relationship in his riding days, to the last of his seven – now rescinded – Tour de France titles.

He then moved on to Team Sky and was seen as a key figure in Bradley Wiggins' triumph in this year's Tour.

Key role: Yates helped Bradley Wiggins win the Tour de France

Key role: Yates helped Bradley Wiggins win the Tour de France

Yates acknowledges there will be rumours surrounding his exit from Team Sky but insists he is exiting the sport for personal reasons.

In a statement, the 52-year-old said: 'The last three years with Team Sky have been fantastic and a highlight of my long career in cycling.

'I'm proud to have been involved with the team at such an incredible time for the sport.

'I have suffered with my health in recent years and have spent a lot of time away from my home so I feel the time is right to focus on myself and my family.

Zero tolerance: Dave Brailsford wants to clampdown on doping in cycling

Zero tolerance: Dave Brailsford wants to clampdown on doping in cycling

'I realise the timing of my retirement will lead to speculation given what is currently going on in the sport but I can walk away with my head held high knowing I have done nothing wrong.'

Brailsford led the praise for Yates' contribution to Team Sky's success.

'Sean joined us in our first year and has been with us for three tough but rewarding seasons,' Brailsford said.

'After a long career in professional cycling, he has told us that he wants to move on, for purely personal reasons.

'Sean has been a great support to the riders on the road and a valuable colleague to us all. We wish him the best for the next step in his life.'

Yates' decision comes just three days after Team Sky lost another key staff member, when Bobby Julich stood down from his role as race coach.

American Julich admitted to having taken a banned substance in the late 1990s during his racing career and his two-year spell came to an end on Thursday.

Blackburn consider their options after failing to land Tim Sherwood and Billy McKinlay

Blackburn bid to calm fans over boss fears after failing to land Sherwood and McKinlay

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14:42 GMT, 24 October 2012

Blackburn global advisor Shebby Singh has pleaded for patience from fans over the club's protracted search for a new manager.

Steve Kean resigned to end his
troubled reign at Ewood Park on the eve of last month's 1-1 draw at
Charlton and a host of high-profile names were immediately linked with
the job.

No rush: Blackburn Global advisor Shebby Singh

No rush: Blackburn Global advisor Shebby Singh

Caretaker boss Eric Black will search for his first win in charge at the fifth time of asking against Sheffield Wednesday in the npower Championship tonight and Singh, overseeing the recruitment process on behalf of owners Venky's, insists he will not be rushed into an appointment as Rovers look for an instant return to the top flight.

'It has been a very, very difficult three weeks – difficult in that we have to make a quick decision but, at the same time, we cannot rush into making such a decision because of recent history,' he told Blackburn Rovers TV on the club's official website, www.rovers.co.uk.

'That means taking time and, yes, I do understand that we need to make an appointment but it cannot just be any appointment because obviously after what happened we've got to tread very, very carefully.

'I would like to appeal to the fans; do not react to what you read in the papers or what is rumours – do not react to that.

Aiming for the top: Jordan Rhodes is spearheading Blackburn's drive

Aiming for the top: Jordan Rhodes is spearheading Blackburn's drive

'I am taking everybody's emotions into consideration. The fans have been through difficult times and the last thing I want is to put fans through more anguish.

'So give me more time now, rather than all of us rush into a decision and we all suffer together.'

Reaction to reported rejected approaches for Tim Sherwood and Billy McKinlay have not been overly positive among Blackburn's fanbase.

The former Rovers midfielders are coaches with Tottenham and Fulham respectively but are managerial novices, prompting parallels to be drawn with Kean's credentials upon his full-time appointment in January 2011.

Singh is committed to examining a wide range of options and retains a keen internest in 'next big thing' candidates of Sherwood and McKinlay's ilk.

'It has been (more difficult that expected) simply because we try to look at football from different angles,” he explained.

'You've got three different types of potential candidates. One is the young, untried, next big thing – dynamic, forward-thinking candidate.

'Then you have the bitter-sweet group – they have had a little bit of success here, a little bit of success there and they have tasted both sides of football.

'In the third category you get the wise old head. So while we know what a wise old head can bring, while we know what the bitter-sweet group can give you, we cannot just brush aside the potential, the possibility of something that can happen.'

Joleon Lescott continues Kick It Out boycott and Rio Ferdinand may also not wear T-shirt

I won't wear it: Lescott snubs the Kick It Out T-shirt… and Rio may follow

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22:56 GMT, 19 October 2012

England defender Joleon Lescott will continue his boycott of the Kick It Out campaign by refusing to wear an anti-racism T-shirt.

Players will be asked to don tops carrying an anti-racism slogan as part of the organisation’s awareness week.

Lescott confirmed his stance after Reading striker Jason Roberts announced on Thursday that he would not take part in this weekend’s campaign.

No way: Joleon Lescott (right) will continue his boycott

No way: Joleon Lescott (right) will continue his boycott

Incident: A furious Lescott confronts Emre (right)

Fury: Lescott yells at Emre

Incident: Lescott yells at Emre after he allegedly directed racial abuse at Everton's Joseph Yobo

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand was on Friday night leaning towards joining them in refusing to wear the shirt because of his doubts about the general effectiveness of the Kick It Out campaign.

Lescott has not worn a Kick It Out T-shirt since 2007 after Newcastle’s Emre Belozoglu escaped punishment at an FA inquiry for allegedly directing racial abuse at Everton’s Joseph Yobo during a game in December 2006. Lescott, an Everton player at the time, provided written evidence but the charge against Turkey midfielder Emre was not proven.

Sportsmail understands the Manchester City defender will be one of the highest profile names to boycott the Kick It Out campaign, a decision which will not be opposed by manager Roberto Mancini, when his team visit West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

Although Lescott, 30, appreciates steps taken by the campaign in combating racism in football, there is a feeling among many black footballers that Kick It Out do not take a tough enough stance to make a real difference.

The organisation’s chairman Lord Ouseley sought to defend their work, saying: ‘I have no intention of speaking for black footballers who have lots of money and power. They have much more power if they organise themselves. Don’t pretend that KIO would be more powerful by being independent.’

The tone of his remarks is believed to have upset Ferdinand and his brother Anton.

Considerations: Rio Ferdinand may not wear a T-shirt either

Considerations: Rio Ferdinand may not wear a T-shirt either

This weekend’s boycott comes after criticism of John Terry’s four-match ban and 220,000 fine for aiming a racial slur at Anton Ferdinand — a punishment many in football regard as too lenient.

Like Lescott, United defender Ferdinand, 33, has reservations about backing the campaign.

Not a fan: Jason Roberts (right) has spoken out

Not a fan: Jason Roberts (right) has spoken out

While Ferdinand would rather not wear the top, Sir Alex Ferguson on Friday insisted all his players would toe the line.

QPR defender Anton, like Rio, has reservations about wearing the jersey ahead of Sunday’s visit of Everton. But it is understood he will put one on after talks with Rangers officials.

Your call: David Moyes will let his players choose whether to wear the shirts

Your call: David Moyes will let his players choose whether to wear the shirts

A number of Reading players were on Friday night contemplating making a stand with team-mate Roberts by not wearing a T-shirt during the trip to Liverpool, with manager Brian McDermott willing to allow individuals to make up their own minds.

Everton boss David Moyes will also leave it to the players to decide, as will Swansea’s Michael Laudrup, whose team are at home to Wigan.

England stars must follow new FA code of conduct or face ban from national side

England stars must follow new FA code of conduct or face ban from national side

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21:59 GMT, 9 October 2012

England are poised to introduce a code of conduct which could see players banned from representing their country if they step out of line.

FA chairman David Bernstein explained the plan after accepting a personal apology from Ashley Cole, who called the FA a 'bunch of t****' on Twitter last week.

Manager Roy Hodgson can pick Cole for Friday’s game against San Marino but the standards which England’s players are expected to meet will soon be set in writing.

Good heir day: Prince William (left) shares a joke with Ashley Cole (centre) at St George's Park on Tuesday

Good heir day: Prince William (left) shares a joke with Ashley Cole (centre) at St George's Park on Tuesday

Hodgson’s squad were shown a six-page draft of the code during a Power Point presentation on Monday evening. It is expected to be formalised and in place before England meet for next month’s friendly in Sweden.

‘It should really have been brought in years ago,’ said Bernstein. ‘I’m beginning to think it’s the most important thing I’ve got to deal with as chairman of the FA. It’s so self-evident. The England players are representing their country, they’re role models with high profiles, their behaviour is incredibly important in respect of everything else we’re trying to do.

‘Should England players have responsibility Of course. I feel very strongly about that.

‘We’ve been working on this for some time. A draft code was approved by the FA Board and the senior team have now heard in detail what it contains.’

Eye on the ball: Cola and Wayne Rooney at England training at the new National Football Centre in Burton

Eye on the ball: Cola and Wayne Rooney at England training at the new National Football Centre in Burton

Plans have been unfolding since February, following the example set by England’s cricket team, who banned Kevin Pietersen in a recent high-profile case.

The code will cover England players — whether on international duty or not — and includes social networking activity like Twitter and transgressions like Cole’s as well as offences of discrimination, including racism, like the one facing John Terry.

The FA refused to comment on Terry’s case because he has until next Thursday to decide whether to appeal his four-match ban for using racist language at Anton Ferdinand.

‘I’m not prepared to make hypothetical judgements,’ said Bernstein. ‘It doesn’t contain a list of offences and a tariff of penalties because in the real world you don’t know what’s around the corner. There has to be flexibility.

No ban: But Cole is unlikely to be made honorary England captain if he wins a 100th cap

No ban: But Cole is unlikely to be made honorary England captain if he wins a 100th cap

‘But it gives the players a very clear guide as to what is permissible and that there will be consequences if they don’t abide with it. Going forward, it should be crystal clear.’

The code of conduct will exist independently of FA discipline and under the auspices of the Club England board.

Adrian Bevington, managing director of Club England, said: ‘We are not going to ban players for life but it will be much clearer to players, if they offend, what the list of offences potentially are.

‘If someone transgresses in a way that brings the integrity of the team, themselves or the organisation into question, we have the ability to warn them or, if we deem it appropriate, to suspend them from England.’

In hot water: Some of the England squad relax in a jacuzzi on Tuesday but all are to face a new set of FA rules

In hot water: Some of the England squad relax in a jacuzzi on Tuesday but all are to face a new set of FA rules

Bernstein also explained how Cole had apologised for his offensive tweet. He said: ‘Ashley came to see me. He was very contrite and emphasised that what he’d done was in the heat of the moment. He knew it was a mistake. He expressed a degree of remorse. I looked him in the eyes and felt that he meant it.

‘Our view was that it was unfortunate and something we viewed very seriously but that it wasn’t a capital offence. As a principle, the idea of not allowing him to play for England would have been disproportionate. I think the public will be happy to see the manager have the decision.’

Hodgson expressed his ‘relief’ that the matter was settled, although Cole may be among those rested against San Marino with Tuesday’s game in Poland in mind.

It clears the 31-year-old to complete his century of caps but he is unlikely to captain England on that occasion.

Grand vision: A flag flies at the FA's 100m development, St George's Park at Burton in Staffordshire

Grand vision: A flag flies at the FA's 100m development, St George's Park at Burton in Staffordshire

‘We’ve expressed a view on what we need with regard to a captain and I doubt it,’ said Bernstein. ‘We’ve had issues and we’ve stated publicly many times that we have a very high level of behaviour required from an English captain.’

England were at St George’s Park on Tuesday for the official opening of the new 100million national football centre.

Hodgson said: ‘I’m hoping the amount of effort and work we’ll put in here will produce the players and coaches to lead us to World Cup victory.’

Steven Gerrard added: ‘Now we’ve got the best stadium in the world and the best facilities. We’re taking away all the excuses.’