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Arsenal financial figures show 123m in the bank after 17m six-month profit

Arsenal fans up in arms about unspent 123m cashpot while rivals leave them in the dust

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Protests: Arsenal fans have grown frustrated with a lack of spending compared with high ticket prices

Protests: Arsenal fans have grown frustrated with a lack of spending compared with high ticket prices

The Arsenal Supporters' Trust (AST) said
the figures highlighted the need for the club to spend more money on
team strengthening.

An AST spokesman said: 'These figures
contain few surprises. They show that Arsenal yet again made a profit
from the sale of their best players and that the club has large cash
reserves.

'Arsenal fans have contributed to this financial health through paying some of the highest ticket prices in world football. A further improvement in the club's financial strength is expected when new TV monies and commercial deals come on stream in 2013 and 2014. AST members want to see this money used for more, and better, investment in the team'

'The results also show the club does spend considerable money on wages, approximately 150m per annum. But the football decisions made on player investment, player selection and player wage levels are not delivering a more competitive team.

'The AST believes the club are financially well set to improve on the decline of the last few seasons. The remaining question is whether it has the boardroom leadership and football decision making expertise to make the money count.'

Frank Lampard now set to be offered fresh Chelsea deal in shock U-turn by Roman Abramovich

EXCLUSIVE: Lampard set to be offered fresh Chelsea deal in shock U-turn by Abramovich

By
Neil Ashton

PUBLISHED:

10:28 GMT, 7 February 2013

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UPDATED:

11:39 GMT, 7 February 2013

Roman Abramovich has made a sensational U-turn over the future of Frank Lampard and opened talks over a new contract.

Lampard, who scored the winner for England in last night’s 2-1 victory over Brazil, had been told he could leave Chelsea at the end of the season.

Incredibly, Chelsea made their move for the fans’ favourite last week and talks about him staying are at a preliminary stage.

VIDEO: Scroll down to watch Lampard's stunning winner for England v Brazil

Still got it: Frank Lampard is mobbed after scoring the winner for England against Brazil last night

Still got it: Frank Lampard is mobbed after scoring the winner for England against Brazil last night

Net gains: Lampard fires past Brazil's goalkeeper Julio Cesar to hand England victory at Wembley

Net gains: Lampard fires past Brazil's goalkeeper Julio Cesar to hand England victory at Wembley

Sources at Stamford Bridge insisted this morning that the talks were ‘positive’ and the club will formalise the fresh talks with a firm offer.

The precise terms of the new deal for Lampard, 34, have yet to be discussed, but the initial meeting with Chelsea has taken place.

Abramovich, who is in Malaga on business, is aware of the fans’ protests against the decision to release the midfielder after 12 years at the club.

Lampard has scored 10 goals in just 17 Barclays Premier League appearances this season after recovering from injury.

Centre of attention: All eyes have been on Lampard's next move as his Chelsea deal winds down

Centre of attention: All eyes have been on Lampard's next move as his Chelsea deal winds down

Goal king: Lampard is on a golden run of goals despite Chelsea's difficult season

Goal king: Lampard is on a golden run of goals despite Chelsea's difficult season

He is now second in the list of all-time leading scorers at the club and is just five goals from equalling Bobby Tambling’s record of 202 in a Chelsea shirt.

The midfielder has been one of the club's most consistent players this season and supporters have begged Abramovich to give him a new deal.

Chelsea’s owners is becoming increasingly sensitive about his popularity at the Bridge and is determined to put his club back at the top of European football.

That process began when he changed his mind about Ashley Cole and gave England’s left back a new one year extension to his contract.

Lampard is next in line and talks are expected to resume within the next week after Chelsea made their shock move to keep him. A Chelsea spokesman declined to comment this morning.

Green light: Roman Abramovich has now given the thumbs up to a new deal for Lampard

Green light: Roman Abramovich has now given the thumbs up to a new deal for Lampard

Although Lampard has consistently told Blues supporters he wants to stay in various interviews, the midfielder believed his career at Stamford Bridge would be over in the summer.

Lampard’s future is time sensitive because he already has a number of offers from other clubs around the world.

Paris Saint-Germain, coached by former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti, are the latest club to put down a marker for the midfielder.

LA Galaxy, who have offered Lampard a two-and-a-half year deal, are pushing for an answer. The MLS season starts in March, but the player will have commitments with Chelsea until the end of the season and also with England.

Roy Hodgson’s side play a friendly against the Republic of Ireland on May 29 and then travel to Brazil on June 2.

Didier Drogba"s move to Galatasaray challenged by Shanghai Shenhua

He's still our player: Shanghai Shenhua set to challenge Drogba's move to Galatasaray

officially signed a formal contract for a period of two and a half years. The club has acted in accordance with this contract, and has effectively fulfilled the responsibilities and obligations of the club.

'Currently, Drogba is still a player of Shanghai Shenhua Football Club, the contract between the two parties is still within the period of validity.

'Shanghai Shenhua is prepared to collate all the evidence and information and submit it to FIFA in order to protect its interests.'

On Monday, Galatasaray announced that Drogba had agreed an 18-month deal to move to Turkey, where he would join up with Wesley Sneijder as part of an ambitious new-look side.

Drogba, speaking through his representatives Sports PR Company on Twitter, said at the time: 'The opportunity to play for this great club was an offer that I could not turn down.

Out of Africa: Drogba is currently playing at the Africa Cup of Nations for the Ivory Coast

Out of Africa: Drogba is currently playing at the Africa Cup of Nations for the Ivory Coast

'I am looking forward to playing in the Champions League again, against the best clubs in Europe.'

Despite his protests to the contrary, reports persisted that Drogba's move to China had not worked out, largely due to boardroom wrangling, prompting him to seek a return to Europe.

Rafa Benitez: Chelsea job is much tougher than I thought

Benitez: This job is much tougher than I thought (sorry Rafa, but we could have told you that)

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UPDATED:

08:45 GMT, 2 December 2012

Rafa Benitez remained defiant in the
face of continued fans' protests against his appointment at Chelsea –
but admitted that the size of his challenge at the club is greater than
he had imagined after the European champions slumped to a 3-1 defeat at
West Ham.

Chelsea are without a win in seven
Barclays Premier League games while Benitez has collected just two
points from his first three fixtures.

Chelsea fans again abused their new
manager, displaying banners in support of sacked boss Roberto di Matteo
and calling for Benitez to go.

Lots to work on: Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez

Lots to work on: Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez

But the Spaniard insisted he would remain unaffected by the ongoing hostility.

'We know that we have to win games to change things around,' said Benitez. 'My concern is to improve the team to analyse what is wrong on the pitch. If we improve the team and start winning, it will be easy to turn things around.

'We have to improve on the pitch and the fans will be happy. If we improve on the pitch it will be easier for everyone.'

At the moment, though, Chelsea are suffering their worst League start in the Roman Abramovich era – 26 points from 15 games.

Making their point: Chelsea fans unveil a banner

Making their point: Chelsea fans unveil a banner

Their run of seven Premier League games without a win is their longest in the top flight since February 1995, when they went 10 games without victory.

Benitez did concede that the task of saving Chelsea's season is more difficult than he envisaged.

Asked if the job was a tougher challenge than expected, Benitez said: 'It could be . . . in terms of this being a top side and it being the middle of the season and obviously the results were not the best.'

Chelsea led through a Juan Mata goal but were then stunned by a second-half West Ham comeback and goals from Carlton Cole, Mohamed Diame and Modibo Maiga, leaving Benitez perplexed at his team's capitulation.

Hammer time: West Ham boss Sam Allardyce reacts after West Ham score their third goal

Hammer time: West Ham boss Sam Allardyce reacts after West Ham score their third goal

'It's difficult to explain when you are so good in the first half,' he added. 'How can you not manage in the second half

'Everyone has seen in the first half that we could have scored two or three goals and finished the game. But we didn't do it. We were giving the ball away easily, not winning first balls, seconds balls, not comfortable in possession.

'We had been a bit better in defence, with two clean sheets, and today we were a lot better in attack. Now we have this situation in defence where we have to improve again.'

Out of sorts: Chelsea's players are not performing

Out of sorts: Chelsea's players are not performing

He does not expect the fans' backlash to affect his players.

'I hope that would not be the situation,' he added. 'Why Because we have experienced players, so they know that they have to manage and cope.'

Asked if the negativity and bad results might even end his seven-month interim appointment, Benitez insisted: 'Again I would say it depends on things that we can do on the pitch. We improve on the pitch it will be easier for everyone.'

Sebastian Vettel could lose title to Fernando Alonso after "illegal" overtake – video

Vettel could be stripped of world title as footage emerges of alleged illegal overtake

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UPDATED:

08:03 GMT, 29 November 2012

Sebastian Vettel's world title could be in serious jeopardy over an illegal overtaking manoeuvre by the Red Bull driver during Sunday's chaotic season ending Brazilian Grand Prix.

Footage circulating on YouTube appears to show triple drivers' champion Vettel overtaking Toro Rosso driver Jean-Eric Vergne under yellow flag conditions in the early laps of the rain affected race at Interlagos.

Scroll down to watch the video

Champion: Sebastian Vettel won the title in Brazil last weekend

Champion: Sebastian Vettel won the title in Brazil last weekend

Why Ferrari can't lodge appeal

Article 174 (d) of the International Sporting Code states:

Protests against any error or irregularity occurring during a competition, referring to the non-compliance of vehicles with the regulations and concerning the classification established at the end of the event shall, except in circumstances which the stewards of the meeting consider as physically impossible, be made within thirty minutes of the official publication of the results.

Overtaking is outlawed under such a
caution by race stewards and usually results in the guilty party being
handed a drive-through penalty during the race. However, in cases where
the infringement is not spotted prior to the chequered flag, the
customary punishment is 20 second penalty handed out retrospectively.

Vettel finished sixth in the race while Ferrari's Fernando Alonso came home in second meaning he was beaten to the drivers' title by just three points by his Red Bull rival.

Although Ferrari cannot lodge an appeal at this point, the FIA may choose to investigate the manouvere.

The motorsport's world governing body have until Friday to do so, then Vettel could be demoted to eighth place if a time penalty is applied.

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Such a dramatic outcome would see
Alonso crowned champion for a third time by a solitary point. Vettel
staged a remarkable recovery to take the crown in the spectacular season
finale after a first lap collision with Bruno Senna left him dead last.

Suspicions of illegality in passing moves on an HRT backmarker and Kamui Kobayashi of Sauber proved unfounded but it is the footage of Vettel's move on Vergne, who drives for Red Bull's sister team, which is being forensically examined by Ferrari's top brass who spent Wednesday afternoon locked in talks at their Maranello headquarters.

A Ferrari spokesman would only confirm that: 'Anything that threatens the credibility of the championship has to be examined.'

Speaking
after clinching the drivers' championship for third time in successive
years, Vettel spoke out about the 'dirty tricks' Red Bull's competitors
had used to derail his title charge.

Gutted: Fernando Alonso (left) missed out on the title to Vettel

Gutted: Fernando Alonso (left) missed out on the title to Vettel

The remark was taken by most observers to be in reference to Ferrari's decision to sabotage Felipe Massa's gearbox at the penultimate race in Austin in order to boost teammate Alonso's grid position.

In addition, Red Bull have had to alter their car on numerous occasions this season after complaints by rival teams regarding the legality of their 2012 challenger's design.

Meanwhile, Alonso tweeted after the race seemingly questioning the manner of Vettel's comeback in Brazil, posting: 'I have no miracles, I make the correct laws my miracles.'

Newcastle United fans worried about Wonga sponsorship

Online survey reveals Newcastle fans' concerns over Wonga deal

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UPDATED:

15:33 GMT, 16 October 2012

A Newcastle fans' group has voiced its concern over the club's controversial decision to enter into a sponsorship agreement with loans company Wonga.

The Magpies confirmed last week that they have struck a four-year deal with Wonga, sparking protests from civic leaders and attracting fresh criticism of owner Mike Ashley and managing director Derek Llambias.

Fans welcomed the news that Wonga had also bought the naming rights to the stadium and had decided to revert to its traditional title of St James' Park.

But there were more general concerns about the sponsorship deal among those who responded to an online survey carried out by the Newcastle United Supporters' Trust.

Deal: Newcastle agreed new sponsorship with Wonga this week but not all fans are completely happy with it

Deal: Newcastle agreed new sponsorship with Wonga this week but not all fans are completely happy with it

NUST board member Michael Thewlis said: 'It is clear from the initial results from our survey that this isn't a simple black or white issue and that there are many factors impacting on fans' opinions about this deal.

'Fans taking part in our survey understand that the club needs to attract commercial sponsors to support the development of the club, and that the reported 6million per year is a good financial deal.

'However, despite the ground formally reverting back to St James' Park, fans are disappointed that the club has not attracted a sponsor that enhances Newcastle United profile and is not the type of premium brand previously associated with the club.

'Even among fans who support the deal, this disappointment is further exacerbated as the club has chosen to associate itself with a company that charges very high rates of interest for loans targeted at some of the least well-off members of society.'

All change: The stadium will revert to its traditional name of St James' Park after the expiry of the sponsorship deal with Sports Direct

All change: The stadium will revert to its traditional name of St James' Park after the expiry of the sponsorship deal with Sports Direct

Sports Direct signs are removed from St James' Park

More than 1,000 supporters took part in the survey with four per cent claiming to be 'very happy' with the deal and 13 per cent 'fairly happy'.

But 23 per cent said they were 'fairly unhappy' and 21 per cent that they were 'very unhappy' with 39 per cent neither happy nor unhappy.

Thewlis said: 'Fans are genuinely appreciative of the steps that Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias have taken in the past year or so in stabilising the club both on and off the field.

'They are happy that the new owner has given the club their first top five finish since Bobby Robson was manager; that we are competing in European competition for the first time since Glenn Roeder was in charge; that they have bought and sold wisely in the transfer market; and put in place a more realistic and sustainable wage structure at the club.

Things are looking up: Newcastle fans are warming to Mike Ashley for bringing stability to the club

Things are looking up: Newcastle fans are warming to Mike Ashley for bringing stability to the club

'The Trust and the vast majority of fans surveyed are not anti-Ashley or anti-Llambias.

'As a Trust, we want to work with the club in a constructive manner – and the fans support us in that aim.

'But trying to pretend that this is a great deal for the club and its supporters only inflames what is an already difficult relationship.'

Thewlis said the Trust will contact kit suppliers Puma and Wonga to investigate the possibility of replica shirts being made available without the sponsor's logo.

Tsanko Tsvetanov sacked for THIRD time this season

Bulgarians Etar 1924 sack manager Tsvetanov for THIRD time this season

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UPDATED:

15:58 GMT, 15 October 2012

Gone again: Tsanko Tsvetanov has been sacked

Gone again: Tsanko Tsvetanov has been sacked

Tsanko Tsvetanov has been sacked as coach of Bulgarian outfit Etar Veliko Tarnovo – for the third time this season.

Tsvetanov was axed in August and then again last month but was reinstated both times following protests from fans.

The 42-year-old former Bulgaria international, who starred for his country at the 1994 World Cup, took over in January and is a crowd favourite having led the club to the top flight after 14 years in the lower divisions.

A club statement said Tsvetanov was
fired due to a 'series of statements against Turkish owner Feyzi Ilhanli
and actions that undermine the prestige of the club'.

Last
month, Ilhanli accused Tsvetanov of being involved in match-fixing
while Bulgaria's prosecutor has opened an investigation into
suspicious games.

Tsvetanov has denied the allegations.

Jonjo Shelvey argues with Alex Ferguson

Shelvey aims volley of abuse at Ferguson after controversial red card at Anfield

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UPDATED:

14:54 GMT, 23 September 2012

Jonjo Shelvey aimed an angry rant at Sir Alex Ferguson after being sent off in Liverpool's clash with Manchester United.

The Liverpool midfielder was dismissed in the first half for a rough challenge on United defender Jonny Evans.

Shelvey went in hard on Evans in a 50-50 tackle midway in the United half and was eventually sent off by referee Mark Halsey.

Stand-off: Sir Alex Ferguson and Jonjo Shelvey squared up on the sidelines

Stand-off: Sir Alex Ferguson and Jonjo Shelvey squared up on the sidelines

You said what Sir Alex Ferguson exchanges words with Jonjo Shelvey

You said what Sir Alex Ferguson exchanges words with Jonjo Shelvey

I enjoyed that... Ferguson affords himself a smile after his row with Shelvey

I enjoyed that… Ferguson affords himself a smile after his row with Shelvey

Shelvey wasn't happy with the decision and he was involved in spats with United players after being shown the red card.

As he left the Anfield pitch, the 20-year-old had a heated exchange with Ferguson on the sidelines.

Shelvey jabbed his finger in the direction of the United manager, who returned with some words of his own.

Seeing red: Liverpool's Jonjo Shelvey was sent off for his foul on Jonny Evans

Seeing red: Liverpool's Jonjo Shelvey was sent off for his foul on Jonny Evans

Red mist: Jonny Evans is flattened as Shelvey protests his innocence to ref Mark Halsey

Red mist: Jonny Evans is flattened as Shelvey protests his innocence to ref Mark Halsey

Squaring up: Shelvey gives Rio Ferdinand his thoughts as the players surround Halsey

Squaring up: Shelvey gives Rio Ferdinand his thoughts as the players surround Halsey

As Shelvey was guided down the tunnel by security, Ferguson was filmed smiling to himself.

Shelvey will now be banned for three matches unless Liverpool decide to appeal his red card.

Steve Kean to be sacked if he loses three on the bounce

Three losses and you're out, Steve! Kean will be axed if he fails to deliver again at Blackburn

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UPDATED:

15:41 GMT, 11 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Steve Kean has been hit with a 'three strikes and you're out' warning by the Blackburn Rovers hierarchy.

The club's global advisor Shebby Singh revealed that if Kean loses three games in a row he will be sacked as manager.

Singh, who was appointed over the summer, oversees the day-to-day running of the club.

Three strikes: Steve Kean (right) could be sacked if he loses three games on the trot

Three strikes: Steve Kean (right) could be sacked if he loses three games on the trot

Kean, who joined Blackburn after Sam Allardyce left in December 2010, struggled with the club last season, as the Rovers failed to escape the drop from the Premier League into the Championship.

The Scot has been unpopular with much of the Ewood Park faithful since he took the helm, and fans have on several occasions staged protests calling for his sacking.

Singh was speaking at an open forum organised by fans from the Blackburn Rovers Action Group, and said that failure this season would not be tolerated by Venkys Group, who own the club.

Kean has overseen signings such as Danny Murphy from Fulham

Kean has overseen signings such as Danny Murphy from Fulham

'I am here to be successful and I know what it needs to get out of the Championship and so far nobody has disagreed with me at the club,' he said.

'The owners have said to me do what you are doing, continue doing it – the manager has not said to me we should have signed so-and-so, or we don’t need so-and-so.

'For me, it is all about results. For me, after three games if we have dropped nine points, we would quite literally only have a 50 per cent chance of getting promoted, so everyone has to start from day one.'

When asked the killer question about whether Kean could be sacked, he replied: 'If we lost three games on the trot, definitely. Yes.'

London 2012 Olympic fencing: Protester Shin A-lam wins fencing medal

From despair to joy for A-lam as protester wins fencing medal

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UPDATED:

15:59 GMT, 4 August 2012

Sit-down fencer Shin A-lam will be going home with a real Olympic medal after all.

The 25-year-old South Korean picked herself up in every sense at the ExCeL after controversially being denied a place in the final of the individual epee on Monday night.

Tearful Shin had remained sat on the piste then for over an hour while protests and appeals were made on her behalf – all to no avail – when the clock was reset from zero to one second and she lost.

Sitting protest: South Korea's Shin A Lam reacts after being defeated by Germany's Britta Heidemann

Sitting protest: South Korea's Shin A Lam reacts after being defeated by Germany's Britta Heidemann

The world No 9 then lost a bronze medal match, but, back for the team event, the 10th-ranked Koreans thrashed top seeds Romania 45-38 to reach the semi-finals and then beat fifth-ranked United States 45-36.

Joy: South Korea's Eunsook Choi, A Lam Shin and Injeong Choi react as they watch their women's epee team semifinals

Joy: South Korea's Eunsook Choi, A Lam Shin and Injeong Choi react as they watch their women's epee team semifinals

And Shin, offered a 'special' award by fencing's governing body because of what happened to her, won all her six three-minute contests in the two matches.

South Korea were left to face China for the gold after they won a semi-final thriller against Russia 20-19 in sudden death.