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Luis Suarez punches Gonzalo Jara in the face

VIDEO: Suarez strikes again! Uruguay hitman jabs Jara in the face

By
Rik Sharma

PUBLISHED:

00:51 GMT, 27 March 2013

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UPDATED:

02:09 GMT, 27 March 2013

Luis Suarez jabbed Chile defender Gonzalo Jara in the face while playing for Uruguay during the World Cup Qualifier on Tuesday night.

The striker was being held by the West Brom player at a corner and got fed up of the defender's pressure, swinging his right arm round to catch his opponent.

Jara did not make a meal of the incident and the pair continued their ill tempered exchange with words instead of actions.

Take that: Luis Suarez hits Gonzalo Jara while the pair tussle at a corner

Take that: Luis Suarez hits Gonzalo Jara while the pair tussle at a corner

VIDEO: Suarez jabs Jara in the face

South American results

Bolivia 1-1 Argentina

Venezuela 1-0 Colombia

Chile 2-0 Uruguay

Ecuador 4-1 Paraguay

Chile were leading 1-0 at the time, through a scrappy goal from Esteban Paredes.They went on to win 2-0, with Eduardo Vargas doubling the lead towards the end.

This result meant Chile leapfrogged their opponents in to fourth place. Four teams from the region qualify for the competition, along with Brazil as hosts, and the fifth side faces a play off.

South American qualifying table for the FIFA 2014 World Cup in Brazil

South American qualifying table for the FIFA 2014 World Cup in Brazil

Pain game: Suarez is usually targeted by opposition defenders

Pain game: Suarez is usually targeted by opposition defenders

Argentina are leading the way and are virtually assured of qualification barring a major collapse.

They did draw 1-1 with lowly Boliva though, with Lionel Messi suffering at high altitude in La Paz.

Although they did not repeat their catastrophic 6-1 defeat from 2009, it was not a great Argentina performance.

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Hard to breathe: Lionel Messi and Co found it tough going in La Paz

Hard to breathe: Lionel Messi and Co found it tough going in La Paz

Messi

Marcelo Martins gave the hosts the lead but Ever Banega nodded home just before the break and it proved to be the final goal.

Uncharacteristically Messi even missed a
one-on-one, which could have won his side the game, despite having plenty of time and being well placed to work
his usual magic.

VIDEO: Messi fluffs his lines one-on one

Serbia v Scotland World Cup qualifier to go ahead despite snow

Scotland's World Cup qualifier in snowy Serbia set to go ahead as Tartan Army dig in to help clear pitch

By
Stuart Fraser

PUBLISHED:

11:40 GMT, 26 March 2013

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UPDATED:

14:04 GMT, 26 March 2013

Scotland's World Cup qualifier against Serbia is set to go ahead, despite continuing heavy snowfall.

Gordon Strachan's side are due to play tonight in the city of Novi Sad, around an hour north west of the Scots' base in Belgrade, and work to clear the Karadjordje Stadium pitch is underway.

Digging in: Members of the Tartan Army help clear the pitch in Novi Sad

Digging in: Members of the Tartan Army help clear the pitch in Novi Sad

Helping hand: Scotland fan David Wildridge clears snow from the seats in the Karadjordje Stadium

Helping hand: Scotland fan David Wildridge clears snow from the seats in the Karadjordje Stadium

The Serbia FA and the Scottish FA are continuing to monitor the situation, the latter tweeting: 'Serbia v Scotland on as it stands. Serbia FA clearing pitch of snow.'

Around 1,200 members of the Tartan Army are expected to attend the match, which would be rescheduled for Wednesday if it was postponed tonight.

Snow: The scene outside the Scotland team hotel in Belgrade this morning

Snow: The scene outside the Scotland team hotel in Belgrade this morning

Wrapped up: Strachan tries to keep warm during Scotland's training session in Belgrade last night

Wrapped up: Strachan tries to keep warm during Scotland's training session in Belgrade last night

Scotland are currently bottom of Group A with two points from five games after losing 2-1 to Wales in the snow at Hampden on Friday.

With qualification hopes for the World Cup almost certainly over, Strachan is set make a number of changes to his team tonight against Serbia, who sit fourth with four points.

Warming up: Scotland trained at the Partizan Belgrade Academy ahead of tonight's match against Serbia

Warming up: Scotland trained at the Partizan Belgrade Academy ahead of tonight's match against Serbia

Defeat: Scotland lost out in the Glasgow snow on Friday night as they were beaten 2-1 by Wales

Defeat: Scotland lost out in the Glasgow snow on Friday night as they were beaten 2-1 by Wales

Montenegro stick boot into England over long balls and weak defence

England are SCARED of us! You complain about the pitch when you play long ball. You should forget about our fans and worry about your 'weak' defence instead, blast Montenegro

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Passion: Montenegro fans react after the Euro 2012 qualifier against England in Podgorica in 2011

Passion: Montenegro fans react after the Euro 2012 qualifier against England in Podgorica in 2011

Meanwhile, the president of Montenegro’s football association has begged his own supporters to behave during England’s crunch World Cup qualifier tomorrow night.

Dejan Savicevic awarded Mirko Vucinic with the Montenegro Player of the Year award at Podgorica but took the opportunity to appeal for good behaviour from his own fans.

The Montenegro FA were fined 30,000 for a pitch invasion the last time England visited Montenegro.

He said: ‘I would like our journalists in Montenegro to appeal to our fans to cheer on the team in a sporting manner.

‘During
the last year and a half, our association has to pay penalties for up
to 90,000 Euros we had to bear for the behaviour of our supporters on
this ground.’

Vucinic
himself said he did not believe there would be any crowd trouble
tomorrow night, saying: ‘I expect a beautiful, wonderful atmosphere.

'Our
audience is great and they lift us and carry us on their wings like a
12th player. I am only sorry the stadium is not larger.’

Asked
whether Montenegro will try to play on Rooney’s temperament and wind
him up to get him sent off, Vucinic said: ‘It will not be our tactics to
make him lose his temper.

‘It
will be in our favour if he is given a red card but we will not be
doing anything to provoke him or make him lose his temper.’

Doubts: Joleon Lescott is expected to marshal the England defence alongside Chris Smalling

Doubts: Joleon Lescott (above) is expected to marshal the England defence alongside Chris Smalling (below)

Doubts: Joleon Lescott is expected to marshal the England defence alongside Chris Smalling

Doubts: Joleon Lescott is expected to marshal the England defence alongside Chris Smalling

Vucinic added: ‘We feel well considering we played a difficult game in Moldova which we won with 10 men. This victory inspires us with self-confidence and hope against strong opponents like England who we are not scared of at all.

‘From the moment I run onto the field I think of victory. That is my way of thinking when I play in Italy and this is the way I think now. What I can say about tomorrow evening is that we keep fingers crossed for Montenegro to win but what we can say is that it will not be as big a thing as it will be if England fail.

'If England fail, it will cost them more. If I’m not wrong, they will be five points behind if they lose tomorrow.’

Roy Hodgson will "wait and see" if Rio Ferdinand has an international future after withdrawing from England squad for San Marino and…

Rio can do what he wants… but I can't guarantee he'll get another England invite, says Hodgson

By
Matt Barlow

PUBLISHED:

17:29 GMT, 21 March 2013

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UPDATED:

18:01 GMT, 21 March 2013

England manager Roy Hodgson has said he will 'wait and see' if Rio Ferdinand has an international future following the United defender's decision to withdraw from the national squad this week.

Hodgson's side take on San Marino on Friday with a depleted defence after Ferdinand withdrew from the squad to look after his chronic back problem.

But Ferdinand
sparked fresh controversy as Sportsmail exclusively revealed that the
Manchester United defender will fly to Qatar to work on a television
broadcast of Friday’s World Cup qualifier.

Waving goodbye Roy Hodgson said he will 'wait and see' if Rio Ferdinand has an international future

Waving goodbye Roy Hodgson said he will 'wait and see' if Rio Ferdinand has an international future

Unhappy: Hodgson is disappointed that Ferdinand is not with the England team

Unhappy: Hodgson is disappointed that Ferdinand is not with the England team

When pushed on Ferdinand's future as
an England player, Hodgson said: 'I think we should just wait and see, I
think it's more a question of how his injury situation will impact upon
him playing for England, so we'll have to wait and see what happens in
the future.

'At the moment it's speculation about
a longer-term future whereas my focus is on these next two games, which
are important for us in our bid to qualify. I am happy with the squad
we've got.'

Hodgson deflected questions on what he thought of Ferdinand's decision to miss the two World Cup qualifiers.

He said: 'I don't have any serious
thoughts on it. I was disappointed when he couldn't accept our
invitation. It would have been nice to have him here.'

Double header: England take on San Marion on Friday night before facing Montenegro next week

Double header: England take on San Marion on Friday night before facing Montenegro next week

Hodgson also refused to comment on Ferdinand's decision to embark on a 15-hour round trip to Doha to work as a TV pundit.

'As we all know he wasn't able to
accept the invitation so what he actually does now and how he operates
in the coming couple of weeks, that's his business and the club's
business.

'You're asking me questions that I
really don't want to go into. It really shows a lack of respect to some
extent for the players who are here,' he said.

'In this instance Rio made it clear
that he wasn't able to accept my invitation on this occasion and we will
see what happens in the future.

'What happens during this period of
time when he's looking after himself, it's up to us to look after
ourselves and do the job we've got to do in these next two matches.'

Plane stupid: Ferdinand pulled out of the England squad before agreeing to work as a TV pundit in Qatar

Plane stupid: Ferdinand pulled out of the England squad before agreeing to work as a TV pundit in Qatar

Hodgson also dismissed suggestions that Michael Carrick could step in at centre back to solve England's defensive crisis.

The England boss said: 'To accept that I would have to
accept we have problems in central defence. I think we have four very
good central defenders here.

'As far as I’m concerned I would be
loathed to start using people like Michael Carrick who has been selected
for his prowess as a midfield player.

'It would be harsh on those who have been selected as central defenders.'

Not interested: Captain Steven Gerrard is not dwelling on Ferdinand's withdrawal

Not interested: Captain Steven Gerrard is not dwelling on Ferdinand's withdrawal

England captain Steven Gerrard
believes the team have trained well without Ferdinand and is not
dwelling on the United defender's absence.

He said: 'I don't think it's for me to comment. That's something for the manager to deal with to be honest. I just look at the players in the squad and worry about them players really.

'Of course it's disappointing Rio's not here, because he's a fantastic player and he's in top form, and it would've been nice for him to be here, but he's not, we move on without him and training's been really good.'

Asked if England can cope without Ferdinand, Gerrard said: 'Yes I do, certainly on the evidence I've seen in training the last few days.

'Repeating what the manager said, the four guys have been working hard and training well and they are all pushing for places.

'I'm confident that they can not only do the job tomorrow but on Tuesday night as well.'

Liverpool won"t sell Luis Suarez this summer

Suarez is going nowhere, vow Liverpool despite hitman warning he would 'welcome' talks with Champions League clubs

By
Charlie Skillen

PUBLISHED:

20:04 GMT, 20 March 2013

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UPDATED:

10:19 GMT, 21 March 2013

Liverpool have 'no desire' to sell Luis Suarez, according to managing director Ian Ayre.

Suarez’s future at Anfield has made headlines this morning after it was reported he would be willing to talk with other clubs following an interview in his native Uruguay.

Ayre has, however, played down any notion the striker may be about to leave the Reds after signing a four-year deal last August.

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Club and country: Suarez (left) in Uruguay training under pressure from Liverpool teammate Sebastian Coates

Club and country: Suarez (left) in Uruguay training under pressure from Liverpool teammate Sebastian Coates

Shaping up: Suarez admitted he would consider a summer move to a club in the Champions League

Shaping up: Suarez admitted he would consider a summer move to a club in the Champions League

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'You can read into the comments – it was given in his native language so I think maybe it was a bit lost in translation,' Ayre told BBC Radio Five Live.

'We’ve been consistent with Luis. Last summer he signed a new four-year contract and we have no desire to sell Luis. He is a fantastic player and a great contributor to our team.

'We’ve been very honest with him and he’s been very honest with us.
Suarez is under contract at Anfield until 2017, but in the interview hinted he could be tempted by a big-money move at the end of the season.

Disappointing: Suarez played in Liverpool's 3-1 defeat by struggling Southampton on Saturday

Disappointing: Suarez played in Liverpool's 3-1 defeat by struggling Southampton on Saturday

'I am very happy at Liverpool but you
never know in football,' Suarez said ahead of his international side's
World Cup qualifier with Paraguay, as reported in the Liverpool Echo.

'If another team comes around with
more prospects of competing in international club competition games,
which is willing to have me, they are welcome.

'We would talk to the club, we would see if I want to go, if I don’t want to go.'

Philosophy: Manager Brendan Rodgers has tried to implement his possession-based style at Liverpool

Philosophy: Manager Brendan Rodgers has tried to implement his possession-based style at Liverpool

However, Suarez also recognised
Liverpool's strengths, including manager Brendan Rodgers' footballing
philosophy, which he hopes to see propel the club further next year.

Rodgers won plaudits for his Swansea
side's passing style last season, and has attempted to implement the
same structure at Anfield.

'A player’s ambition is always there, the ambition of wanting to play in elite teams is always there,' said Suarez.

'I’m in a world-class team, an elite team like Liverpool.

'We have to realise we have a new
manager who is imposing a philosophy and a way of playing that the
players are adapting to as best we can.

'We hope that it will bear fruit next year.'

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Luis Suarez could leave Liverpool for Champions League club this summer

Suarez warns Liverpool he would 'welcome' talks with Champions League clubs this summer

By
Charlie Skillen

PUBLISHED:

20:04 GMT, 20 March 2013

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UPDATED:

20:28 GMT, 20 March 2013

Luis Suarez has warned Liverpool that he would consider any offers in the summer from clubs that can offer Champions League football.

German Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich and Italian giants Juventus head up the chase for Suarez, who has scored 29 goals in 40 appearances for Liverpool this season.

However, Brendan Rodgers' team have too often relied on Suarez's talents and lie in seventh place in the Barclays Premier League – in danger of missing out on European football altogether.

Club and country: Suarez (left) in Uruguay training under pressure from Liverpool teammate Sebastian Coates

Club and country: Suarez (left) in Uruguay training under pressure from Liverpool teammate Sebastian Coates

Shaping up: Suarez admitted he would consider a summer move to a club in the Champions League

Shaping up: Suarez admitted he would consider a summer move to a club in the Champions League

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Suarez is under contract at Anfield until 2017, but did not rule out the idea of a big-money move at the end of the season.

'I am very happy at Liverpool but you never know in football,' Suarez said ahead of his international side's World Cup qualifier with Paraguay, as reported in the Liverpool Echo.

'If another team comes around with more prospects of competing in international club competition games, which is willing to have me, they are welcome.

Disappointing: Suarez played in Liverpool's 3-1 defeat by struggling Southampton on Saturday

Disappointing: Suarez played in Liverpool's 3-1 defeat by struggling Southampton on Saturday

'We would talk to the club, we would see if I want to go, if I don’t want to go.'

However, Suarez also recognised Liverpool's strengths, including manager Brendan Rodgers' footballing philosophy, which he hopes to see propel the club further next year.

Rodgers won plaudits for his Swansea side's passing style last season, and has attempted to implement the same structure at Anfield.

Philosophy: Manager Brendan Rodgers has tried to implement his possession-based style at Liverpool

Philosophy: Manager Brendan Rodgers has tried to implement his possession-based style at Liverpool

'A player’s ambition is always there, the ambition of wanting to play in elite teams is always there,' said Suarez.

'I’m in a world-class team, an elite team like Liverpool.

'We have to realise we have a new manager who is imposing a philosophy and a way of playing that the players are adapting to as best we can.

'We hope that it will bear fruit next year.'

Rio Ferdinand pulls out of England squad for San Marino and Montenegro

Ferdinand farce! Now defender pulls out of England squad over fitness fears leaving Hodgson with headache for Montenegro

and a few months later was fined 45,000 by the FA for acknowledging a tweet which referred to Ashley Cole – who gave evidence in defence of Terry in his trial after the Chelsea player was accused of racially abusing Ferdinand's brother Anton – as a 'choc ice'.

It's been a while: Ferdinand last played for England in a Euro 2012 qualifier against Switzerland June 2011

It's been a while: Ferdinand last played for England in a Euro 2012 qualifier against Switzerland June 2011

Selection poser: Roy Hodgson will have to do without Rio Ferdinand for England's World Cup double header

Selection poser: Roy Hodgson will have to do without Rio Ferdinand for England's World Cup double header

Low blow

Mouthy chat show host, former journalist and celebrity Arsenal fan Piers Morgan was quick to have a dig, tweeting: 'Sorry to see you've binned England on medical grounds, Sicknote @rioferdy5 -presumably they'll stop you playing in next few Utd games too'

Ferdinand last played for England in June 2011 in a World Cup qualifier against Switzerland at Wembley.

Meanwhile, left-back Leighton Baines is determined to take maximum points from San Marino and Montenegro.

England's next competitive match after the double header is in September and Everton defender Baines told told FATV 'The first game is one that everyone expects us to win and is a game we must win. And then it's a tougher game after that, one that's going to be really difficult and one that we really need to win.

'We want to finish the season in terms of qualifying on a high and in the best possible position to pick it up at the start of next season.

'The two draws (against Poland and Ukraine) put us under more pressure to win this one and the worst case is that we don't lose the game. Because there are plenty more games to come.'

RIO FERDINAND FACTFILE

1978: Born November 8, Peckham.

1995: Turns professional with West Ham.

1996: May – Makes West Ham debut as substitute in draw with Sheffield Wednesday.

1997: February – Scores first West Ham goal in defeat at Blackburn.

November – Becomes youngest defender to play for England when he makes debut against Cameroon at Wembley.

Debut: Ferdinand made his international bow as a substitute against Cameroon

Debut: Ferdinand made his international bow as a substitute against Cameroon

1998: Named in Glenn Hoddle's England World Cup squad but does not play at tournament in France.

2000: Left out of the England squad for Euro 2000 by Kevin Keegan. Makes British record 18million move to Leeds in November.

2002: Scores first England goal in 3-0 win over Denmark in World Cup second round.

July 21 – Leeds agree to sell Ferdinand to Manchester United for 29.1million, making him the world's most expensive defender.

2003: May – Earns first Premier League winner's medal.

October – Reported to the Football Association for failing to attend a drugs test, and left out of England squad for Euro 2004 qualifier against Turkey because of the controversy.

December 18 – Receives eight-month ban and 50,000 fine over missed drugs test.

Big stage: Ferdinand (No 5) scored for England against Denmark at the World Cup in 2002

Big stage: Ferdinand (No 5) scored for England against Denmark at the World Cup in 2002

Big stage: Ferdinand (No 5) scored for England against Denmark at the World Cup in 2002

2004: January 20 – Ferdinand begins his ban, which means he misses Euro 2004.

2005: August 8 – Agrees new four-year deal with United.

2007: November 21 – Absent through injury as England lose 3-2 to Croatia at Wembley and fail to qualify for Euro 2008.

2008: March 26 – Captains England for the first time and wins his 65th cap in 1-0 defeat in France.

May 15 – Signs new five-year United deal.

May 21 – Captains United to a Champions League final victory over Chelsea in a penalty shoot-out in Moscow.

2009: May 16 – United wrap up third successive Premier League title.

May 27 – Part of United team beaten 2-0 by Barcelona in Champions League final.

2010: February 5 – Succeeds John Terry as England skipper after Chelsea defender is stripped of post by manager Fabio Capello following allegations about Terry's private life.

June 4 – Ruled out of World Cup after injuring ligaments in his left knee in training.

2011: March 19 – Loses England captaincy to Terry, ahead of Euro 2012 qualifier against Wales.

May – Wins another Premier League title with United – his fifth. United lose 3-1 to Barca in Champions League final at Wembley.

Crocked: Ferdinand's 2010 World Cup was over before it had started after he was injured during training

Crocked: Ferdinand's 2010 World Cup was over before it had started after he was injured during training

2012: February – Rules himself out of the running to captain England after Terry is stripped of the duty pending the outcome of a July trial. Terry is due to answer a charge of racially abusing Ferdinand's brother, QPR defender Anton Ferdinand, but is later acquitted.

May 16 – Left out of England's squad for Euro 2012. He later writes on Twitter: “Absolutely loved playing for england… to say I'm gutted is an understatement of the highest order…”

August 17 – Fined 45,000 by the FA for acknowledging a tweet which referred to Ashley Cole – who gave evidence in defence of John Terry in his trial – as a 'choc ice'.

December 9 – Struck by a coin thrown from the crowd at Manchester City's Etihad Stadium as United claim a 3-2 derby victory.

2013: March 5 – Escapes UEFA action after sarcastically applauding Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir at the end of home defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League.

March 10 – Escapes FA sanction for appearing to barge Chelsea striker Fernando Torres to the ground.

March 14 – Recalled to the England squad for World Cup qualifying matches against San Marino and Montenegro.

March 18 – Pulls out of the squad over fitness concerns

Peter Charles and Nick Skelton defeated in FEI World Cup qualifier

Charles and Skelton still riding high despite defeat

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UPDATED:

21:55 GMT, 22 December 2012

British Olympic heroes Peter Charles and Nick Skelton just missed out on the perfect climax to an unforgettable year when they were pipped for glory in the FEI World Cup qualifier at Olympia.

The Netherlands' Marc Houtzager thwarted home hopes by claiming the 30,000 first prize and gaining some revenge for his Olympic heartache.

Top form: Marc Houtzager rides Sterrehof's Tamino

Top form: Marc Houtzager rides Sterrehof's Tamino

Houtzager was a member of the Dutch team beaten to the Olympic gold after a nerve-shredding jump-off by the British quartet of Charles, Skelton, Ben Maher and Scott Brash at Greenwich Park less than five months ago.

Malin Baryard-Johnsson of Sweden finished second yesterday with Charles, riding a recent addition to his string, Murka's Odie de Frevent, third and Skelton fourth aboard his Olympic mount Big Star.

Charles flew the British flag with one of only three double clear rounds despite his performance coming just three months after he underwent surgery on his groin.

'I have been off for a long time and this was the horse's first proper grand prix,' Charles said.

Best of British: Peter Charles on Odie de Frevent

Best of British: Peter Charles on Odie de Frevent

'The course was plenty big enough today and you certainly needed a very quick horse towards the end of the course.'

Charles, though, admitted that his partnership with Odie de Frevent remains in its infancy.

He added: 'I am still trying out new bits with the horse. I don't know how fully I can go with her, but I think I will run her in the grand prix tomorrow.'

Then, reflecting on an unforgettable season, Charles, who will be 53 on New Year's Day, added: 'This year has been what dreams are made of.

'I didn't think I was going to be fit enough to ride at this show. To do that today was really nice.'

Godfrey Chitalu, not Lionel Messi holds goal scoring record, say Zambia FA

Messi DOES NOT hold goal record, Chitalu does! Zambian FA try to ratify hitman's 107-goal season

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23:23 GMT, 19 December 2012

The Zambian FA is planning an official challenge to Lionel Messi's astonishing record of 90 goals – and counting – in a calendar year, claiming the feat does not beat Godfrey Chitalu's haul of 107 in 1972.

As the Barcelona forward continues to strive past Gerd Muller's officially recognised 40-year-old record of 85 goals, Zaf chiefs are hoping to ratify the achievements of the Kabwe Warriors striker.

FIFA do not recognise Chitalu's goals, but they say they have evidence to prove his scoring feat.

Whisked away Lionel Messi broke Gerd Muller's official scoring record - but not Godfrey Chitalu's

Whisked away Lionel Messi broke Gerd Muller's official scoring record – but not Godfrey Chitalu's

Faz spokesman Eric Mwanza told the BBC: 'We want to make it very clear that it is not a question of authenticating, or trying to verify or see if he actually scored the goals – that is not in question.'

'What is in question now is why has he not been recognised, and that is what we are looking at now.

'We are sending communication to the Secretary General of Fifa, Mr Jerome Valcke, to look again into the matter of Godfrey Chitalu.'

Chitalu, who won Zambia's
player of the year award five times, went on to coach the national team
and died alongside 29 others in the tragic plane crash in 1993 as the
team travelled to a World Cup qualifier in Senegal.

Harry Redknapp Ukraine manager"s job: Ex-Spurs boss says he is "serious" about Ukraine post as his advisors head to Kiev

EXCLUSIVE: Bring on Redknapp v Roy… Harry says he is 'serious' about Ukraine job with his advisors in Kiev for talks

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UPDATED:

10:53 GMT, 21 November 2012

Harry Redknapp has confirmed his advisors are today in talks with the Ukrainian FA over him becoming the new manager of their national team.

It is a move which would offer Redknapp the chance to
shatter Roy Hodgson's World Cup dream – six months after being
overlooked for the England job. England face Ukraine in a potentially crucial tie next September in Kiev.

Speaking exclusively to Sportsmail today, Redknapp said: 'It's a fantastic job. I found out about it a couple of weeks ago when they got in touch with my advisors. I am serious about it.

Crunch clash: Roy Hodgson, manager of England, could fave Harry Redknapp, who is in talks over the vacant Ukraine managerial positiion, next year in a crucial World Cup qualifier

Crunch clash: Roy Hodgson, manager of England, could fave Harry Redknapp, who is in talks over the vacant Ukraine managerial positiion, next year in a crucial World Cup qualifier

'They are an up and coming football
country with some very good young players, some great teams like
Shakhtar and some great stadiums.

'I will talk to them and see if we can sort something out. I'm definitely interested, without a doubt.'

Paul Stretford, Redknapp's agent, is in Ukraine today talking to their FA on Redknapp's behalf.

Hodgson, the man who was appointed
England boss in the face of popular opinion – with many wanting former
Tottenham manager Redknapp in the post – has admitted even he was
shocked to beat Redknapp to the job.

‘As soon as Fabio’s position became
vacant the papers had a clear idea about who the man replacing him would
be,’ Hodgson said. ‘One name was cropping up more and more. So I didn’t
expect the call.

'I remember it distinctly – I was
driving back to London on Saturday night, and my son had just flown home
from America that evening. Then the FA phoned, saying they wanted to
meet me.

'The West Brom chairman had
deliberately kept it quiet, until after the game against Aston Villa,
because he didn’t want my concentration to be affected.’

Old foes: England faced Ukraine for the second time this year in September

Old foes: England faced Ukraine for the second time this year in September

Both the Ukrainian FA and Redknapp's
representatives confirmed that an approach had been made, with talks now
expected to take place to discuss what sources said would be an
extremely lucrative offer to the former Tottenham manager.

Eastern promise: Paul Stretford, the agent Redknapp shares with Wayne Rooney, is in Kiev for talks

Eastern promise: Paul Stretford, the agent Redknapp shares with Wayne Rooney, is in Kiev for talks

Hodgson's team are making hard work
of their campaign to reach the 2014 finals in Brazil. They have dropped
four points from four qualifiers and the prospect of Redknapp delivering
a potentially fatal blow in Ukraine next September will fill the FA
with dread.

It would be quite an act of revenge,
even if the prospect of such an outcome may deter Redknapp from
accepting the offer given his sense of patriotism.

The Ukrainian football federation declared their interest after a meeting yesterday.

A statement said they had taken 'the
decision to begin talks with Redknapp's representatives relating to him
working in the post of chief coach'.

Mikhail Fomenko, of the UFF, added:
'He has a lot of experience, coaching talent and knows how to motivate
footballers. In whatever team he led Redknapp very quickly improved the
quality of the play and achieved significant progress.

'Today he is an expert in the game and one of the best English coaches.'

Educated morning: England manager Roy Hodgson spoke at the Oxford Union yesterday

Educated morning: England manager Roy Hodgson spoke at the Oxford Union yesterday

In a statement issued on Tuesday
night, Redknapp's agent Paul Stretford said: 'I can confirm we have been
approached by the Ukrainian FA who are keen to talk to us about the
possibility of Harry becoming the next manager of the national team.'

The Ukrainians have been without a
manager since Oleh Blokhin quit after a 1-1 draw at Wembley in September
to take control at Dynamo Kiev.

The road to Rio…

World Cup Group H

Remaining fixtures

March 21: San Marino v England;
March 25: Montenegro v England; September 5: England v Moldova;
September 9: Ukraine v England; October 10: England v Montenegro;
October 14: England v Poland.