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Ghost goal in Spain – hits crossbar and bounces out

Not even close! Spanish ghost goal joins growing list of controversial strikes

The Reebok Stadium hosted a key relegation battle between Bolton and Rangers, and the visitors should have gone ahead but the officials ruled Hill's header had not crossed the line before being clawed out by Adam Bogdan. Replays showed the decision to be clearly wrong and Bolton won the game 2-1.

Juan Mata, Chelsea v Tottenham, 2012

Martin Atkinson awarded Chelsea a goal that put them into a 2-0 lead in this year's FA Cup semi-final despite Benoit Assou-Ekotto appearing to block the ball on the line. The Blues went on to win 5-1 at Wembley.

Marko Devic, Ukraine v England, 2012

England were on the right side of a decision at the European Championships when Marko Devic's shot appeared to have crossed the line before John Terry hooked it out, but it was not given and England won the game 1-0 to top their group.

Rangers star Francisco Sandaza duped by Celtic fan cabbie in astonishing 23-minute phonecall – listen to clip

Rangers star duped into admitting he's only at Ibrox 'for the money' in astonishing 23-minute phonecall to prankster Glasgow cabbie (who just happens to be a Celtic fan!)
Listen to full recording of telephone conversation hereFrancisco Sandaza admits he'd be keen on big-money US moveSpanish striker candidly reveals his 4.5k-a-week salary detailsBut star pleads with fictional agent not to alert club to plansPrankster named Tommy has caught out Scottish football figures before

By
Graeme Yorke

PUBLISHED:

11:52 GMT, 20 March 2013

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UPDATED:

12:02 GMT, 20 March 2013

Rangers striker duped…

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Rangers striker Francisco Sandaza has apparently been tricked by a Glasgow taxi driver into admitting he only moved to Ibrox for the money.

In a phone conversation, which was recorded for 23 minutes, Sandaza revealed details of his salary to a cabbie named Tommy, who was posing as a Los Angeles-based agent. The taxi driver is a known prankster, who has duped footballers before.

The Spaniard also complains at the standard of football in Division Three claiming: 'I didn’t sign for the level, I signed for the money. I’ll get another contract after Rangers.'

Scroll down to listen to the full recording…

Bad call: Francisco Sandaza has been tricked by a Celtic supporter posing as an agent working in Los Angeles

Bad call: Francisco Sandaza has been tricked by a Celtic supporter posing as an agent working in Los Angeles

Celtic supporter Tommy – who has never revealed his surname – was pretending to be middle-man Jack McGonigle, has previously tricked disgraced former Rangers owner Craig Whyte and ex-SFA chief executive David Taylor, now a senior UEFA official.

Sandaza tells the prankster he is on 4,500 a week for the first season of his four-year deal which goes up to 10,000 in the final year. By that time the Ibrox club would expect to be back in the top flight of Scottish football.

The 28-year-old striker, who believed 'McGonigle' was approaching him about a move to Major League Soccer in the United States, admitted he would quit Ibrox for a better deal but insists he does not want the club to know about the conversation.

He says: 'Do not do it officially through the club. Send me the contract first. I don’t want trouble if Rangers find out about this.'

Sandaza signed for Rangers from St Johnstone last summer. He has also played for Dundee United.

LISTEN TO THE FULL CONVERSATION HERE…

Rangers extend Scott Gallacher"s contract as Ally McCoist hopes to strengthen his keeper options

Rangers extend Gallacher contract as McCoist hopes to strengthen keeper options

By
Graeme Yorke

PUBLISHED:

20:58 GMT, 18 February 2013

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UPDATED:

20:58 GMT, 18 February 2013

Rangers have signed second-choice goalkeeper Scott Gallacher on a two-year contract extension.

The 23-year-old has not made a first-team appearance but has played for Cowdenbeath and Forfar on loan.

Gallacher told the club's official website: 'It's really good to sign another contract. This is a great club to be at and I grew up supporting Rangers so I'm delighted to be staying on once again.

Bidding: Rangers' manager Ally McCoist is hoping to sign several keeper soon

Bidding: Rangers' manager Ally McCoist is hoping to sign several keeper soon

'I've been here for seven years now and I'm still waiting for my chance but hopefully it can come soon.

'”We're not far from winning the league so hopefully we can do that and then I can get to play in one of the remaining games after that.

'It's down to the gaffer and (goalkeeping coach) Jim Stewart to decide whether that happens or not but I would love an opportunity to show what I can do.'

Rangers manager Ally McCoist is hoping to sign Kilmarnock goalkeeper Cammy Bell on a pre-contract agreement and also trying to extend Neil Alexander's contract, stating he would send Gallacher on loan if both deals come off.

Gallacher added: 'I'm glad the management have the trust in me to offer me an extended stay and I'm looking to repay them for that.

'There has been a bit of speculation about goalkeepers lately and Rangers are a massive club so you're always going to have that.

'That's something you get used to and accept. You take it as it comes but all I can do is do my best and hope things work in my favour.'

Danny Graham still wanted by Sunderland and Martin O"Neill

O'Neill boost as Graham asks to leave Swansea despite travelling with squad to Sunderland

By
Colin Young

PUBLISHED:

11:56 GMT, 28 January 2013

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UPDATED:

18:09 GMT, 28 January 2013

Danny Graham has edged closer to a switch to Sunderland after telling Swansea he wants to quit the south Wales club for personal reasons.

Black Cats boss Martin O’Neill has been pursuing the striker for much of January, and is now likely to land his chief target before Thursday's deadline.

The former Chester Town FC striker has been included in Michael Laudrup’s squad travelling to Wearside for Tuesday's televised Barclays Premier League clash.

Heading east The out-of-favour Graham is wanted by Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill

Heading east The out-of-favour Graham is wanted by Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill

And although the Newcastle United
supporter and ex-Middlesbrough forward has not been a regular in the
Capital One Cup finalists’ starting line-up, he has featured on the
bench for most of the season.

O’Neill refused to be drawn on specific targets for the last four days of the winter transfer window, although he has denied any attempt to sign former Wigan midfielder Paul Scharner who has been linked with a loan move from his current side Hamburg.

But the Sunderland manager, who has so far added midfielder Alfred N’Diaye and Senegal defender Kader Mangane, says he is hopeful of adding a striker before Thursday’s 11pm deadline after he reluctantly allowed England striker Fraizer Campbell to join Cardiff City in a 600,000 deal.

Sunderland launched a 5million bid for Graham two weeks ago, and still face competition from Norwich City and Queens Park Rangers for the Gateshead-born striker.

Fraizer Campbell

Paul Scharner

Gone but not incoming: Campbell has already left for Cardiff but Sunderland deny any interest in Paul Scharner

Paul Scharner

O’Neill said: `We have a couple of day to add someone if we can. After February 1 that is it so we will see what we can do.

`We are linked with quite a few players and we will try and get someone in if we can. We are going to try and do something about it.

`I would like to try and improve it if we can but that is not always that easy. If we are left with this [squad] then we have to try and manage it as best we can but I am still hoping we can do something.’

Efficient: Graham has continued to score despite his limited opportunities

Efficient: Graham has continued to score despite his limited opportunities

Former Manchester United striker Campbell, who came back from two serious knee injuries during his time at Sunderland, failed to establish himself under O’ Neill in the last year.

He did score a crucial equaliser against Middlesbrough in last season’s FA Cup but was restricted to bench duties after the addition of Scotland striker Steven Fletcher in the summer.

O’Neill has now let veterans Louis Saha and James McFadden leave the club while South Korea international Ji Dong-won has joined FC Augsburg and youngster Ryan Noble is poised to join SPL club Hearts.

Louis Saha

James McFadden

Departed: Injury-hit veterans Louis Saha and James McFadden have both been allowed to leave Sunderland

O’Neill added: There was always interest in Frazier. We said we would prefer him not to go until we got someone in and it was then Matthew Kilgallon tweets that he is going to Cardiff.

`So I allowed him to go. I felt this was a big opportunity for Frazier, he didn’ t want to disappear and so I allowed him to go but I am hoping something will develop for us.’

Defenders Carlos Cuellar and Danny Rose, who both have hamstring strains, will have fitness tests before the Swansea clash along with captain Lee Cattermole. All three are rated doubtful for the game.

Mark Noble tackle on Adel Taarabt – Kevin Quigley"s image of the week

Kevin Quigley: My image of the week – West Ham's Noble crunches in on Taarabt

By
Kevin Quigley

PUBLISHED:

15:53 GMT, 25 January 2013

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UPDATED:

16:00 GMT, 25 January 2013

My picture of the week is from West Ham's Barclays Premier League match against Queens Park Rangers at Upton Park last weekend.

It is my favourite image because we rarely see proper tackles like this one these days, which limits the amount of nice gritty action shots us photographers can get from a match.

But this picture of West Ham's Mark Noble going in hard on QPR's Adel Taarabt is one that I particularly like.

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West Brom will not sell Peter Odemwingie to QPR

QPR dealt blow as West Brom refuse to sell Odemwingie in January transfer window

By
John Curtis, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

07:56 GMT, 24 January 2013

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UPDATED:

07:56 GMT, 24 January 2013

Peter Odemwingie has been told that he will not be allowed to leave West Brom during the current transfer window, the club's new sporting and technical director, Richard Garlick, has confirmed.

The Baggies striker is a target for QPR who have already had one offer rejected – believed to be 2million.

But Garlick insists the Baggies will only allow players to leave on their terms.

Staying put: Peter Odemwingie (centre) will not be leaving West Brom

Staying put: Peter Odemwingie (centre) will not be leaving West Brom

He said: 'Last summer there were supposedly players leaving but we kept hold of most of them.

'We don't have to sell any of our players. It's only on our terms.

'It's well documented about Peter. We had an offer and we don't intend to sell any of our players.

'When an offer comes in, we speak to the player out of courtesy. We've had that chat with Peter and he knows the situation.'

Albion also rejected a 5m bid from Rangers for defender Jonas Olsson who only signed a new four year contract in October.

In the market: Harry Redknapp was keen to sign Odemwingie for QPR

In the market: Harry Redknapp was keen to sign Odemwingie for QPR

Garlick does not expect West Brom to sign any players before the transfer window closes a week today.

He said: 'We're happy with the squad we've got and there are no immediate plans to bring anyone in.

'If an opportunity presents itself, then we will look at that, but we're looking more towards the summer.'

Loic Remy denies he signed for QPR for money

I'm not here for the money! Remy denies he snubbed Newcastle to cash in at QPR

By
Duncan Bech, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

11:36 GMT, 18 January 2013

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UPDATED:

11:48 GMT, 18 January 2013

Loic Remy has denied he chose QPR over Newcastle for monetary reasons.

The France striker looked set to move to St James' Park after manager Alan Pardew made what he described as a 'fantastic offer', only to instead move to Rangers who are reported to have offered him 80,000 per week.

Newcastle great Alan Shearer expressed his surprise at Remy's decision and suggested that money was the motivating factor but the 8million capture from Marseille revealed the influence of QPR manager Harry Redknapp was key.

Got his man: Loic Remy (left) has joined manager Harry Redknapp at Queens Park Rangers

Got his man: Loic Remy (left) has joined manager Harry Redknapp at Queens Park Rangers

'The finance doesn't come into it at all because Newcastle offered me a very good contract as well,' Remy said.

'I've seen that a lot of people are surprised I came to QPR and say that I came here for money, but my decision was no way based on financial reasons.

'I could have stayed at Marseille because I had a good contract there. There are a number of reasons for why I had to leave Marseille for here.

'QPR were very open, they wanted me and it's great to be here.

Denial: Remy insists he has not moved to QPR for the money after snubbing a move to Newcastle

Denial: Remy insists he has not moved to QPR for the money after snubbing a move to Newcastle

'It's true that I hesitated between Newcastle and QPR. I went to meet the staff at Newcastle and there came a time to make a decision and I made that decision based on two factors.

'Firstly I already knew the coach Harry Redknapp and secondly, I'm very excited by the project QPR have here for the future.

'It's a big challenge and the team are in a difficult situation, but since Harry Redknapp has been here things have changed a great deal.'

Redknapp monitored Remy when he was Tottenham manager and went to Marseille to meet him, only to be put off by the 20m price tag being quoted at the time.

Main man: Remy (left) has been brought in from Marseille to rescue QPR from relegation

Main man: Remy (left) has been brought in from Marseille to rescue QPR from relegation

Loic Remy transfer: Newcastle made fair bid, says Alan Pardew

We wouldn't pay Remy ransom: Pardew fears QPR now have edge over Newcastle

By
Colin Young

PUBLISHED:

16:27 GMT, 17 January 2013

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UPDATED:

21:46 GMT, 17 January 2013

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew
has admitted Queens Park Rangers have a stronger squad for the
relegation run-in after Marseille striker Loic Remy rejected a move to
Tyneside to join the Barclays Premier League’s bottom club.

But Pardew, who is still looking for a
replacement for Chelsea’s early transfer window signing Demba Ba, says
he was still surprised the France star chose to move to Loftus Road
rather than St James’ Park.

Getting shirty: Remy chose to join QPR over Newcastle

Getting shirty: Remy chose to join QPR over Newcastle

Newcastle face fellow strugglers
Reading at home tomorrow and Pardew is desperate for a win to appease
fans unhappy with the club’s progress in the transfer market, and the
threat of captain Fabricio Coloccini quitting to return to South
America.

This week Remy rejected a move to Newcastle after accepting Rangers’ offer to double his wages to 80,000 a week.

It was a huge public blow for Pardew
and the club, who are still reeling from Ba’s departure to Stamford
Bridge within days of the transfer window opening.

Pardew said: ‘It was a little
strange. We put a lot of work into it, we made his club an offer that
was accepted and made a fantastic offer to the player.

We did all we could: Pardew was left frustrated on missing out on Remy

We did all we could: Pardew was left frustrated on missing out on Remy

'I honestly think if you’re a French
player with the French players that we’ve got in the squad, this would
be my first port of call. That is why the Remy decision surprised me
because of course we get the communication through to those players.

Colo go Pardew hopes the Argentina defender stays at St James' Park

Colo go Pardew hopes the Argentina defender stays at St James' Park

'But we’re not going to pay silly
money to anybody.

'We’ve lost Demba Ba and we need to find a replacement,
there is no doubt about that. We definitely need a player or two in
this window to make sure of our Premier League status.

There are better
teams than the one I manage who have gone down. I could argue QPR’s
squad, on paper, is stronger than ours in terms of depth. I’m not sure
about starting XI, but we’ve not had our first XI out all year.

'I think we shouldn’t be lost to the
fact that we could be relegated. I’m not going to lose that. That’s an
important message for our fans too. We need them to not give up on us.'

On the Coloccini issue, Pardew added: 'We’re going to sit down next week
and hopefully iron out the issues and come to a conclusion where Colo
stays. That’s what I hope for.'

Loic Remy to join QPR after Newcastle deal is hijacked

Toon blow as QPR hijack 8m Remy switch with M'Vila also set to join Redknapp revolution

By
Colin Young

PUBLISHED:

19:43 GMT, 14 January 2013

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UPDATED:

19:43 GMT, 14 January 2013

Queens Park Rangers are confident they have hijacked Loic Remy's move to England after they were given permission to speak to the Marseille striker by the French club on Monday night.

Newcastle had agreed to meet Marseille's 8million valuation of the France international and he travelled to Tyneside on Sunday for talks with Alan Pardew and director Derek Llambias.

Hijack: QPR are poised to sign Remy from Marseille

Hijack: QPR are poised to sign Remy from Marseille

Remy had refused to talk to QPR last
week but after the Barclays Premier League' s bottom club matched
Marseille's offer, they were given official permission to negotiate a
deal.

It is understood Rangers have
offered more than 70,000-a-week to the 26-year-old former Lyon and Nice
striker who was Newcastle's No 1 target following Demba Ba's move to
Chelsea.

Yann M'Vila is also set to join Remy at Loftus Road. Harry Redknapp flew to France after Saturday’s goalless draw against Tottenhan to look at the Rennes star, with a deal close to completion.

Former Newcastle and QPR midfielder Joey Barton revealed Remy had had a change of heart.

He tweeted: 'Just heard from a
magician that Loic Remy has signed for QPR. Not sure what happened at
Newcastle Llambias again'

West Brom reject QPR"s bid for Jonas Olsson

Blow for Redknapp as Baggies reject QPR's 5m bid for Olsson

By
Lee Bryan

PUBLISHED:

08:15 GMT, 10 January 2013

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UPDATED:

10:59 GMT, 10 January 2013

West Brom have rejected a bid from QPR – believed to be around 5million – for defender Jonas Olsson.

Olsson only signed a new four-year contract with the Baggies in October.
The Swedish international is reported to be keen on a move to London for family reasons, but Albion have turned down the offer from Rangers.

Top target: Jonas Olsson is the man Harry Redkapp wants to sign

Top target: Jonas Olsson is the man Harry Redkapp wants to sign

Olsson is also understood to have reservations about any potential move to Loftus Road given their precarious position in the Barclays Premier League.

In any case, Baggies manager Steve Clarke made it clear last week he has no desire to let Olsson go during the January transfer window – and that stance has not altered.

Clarke said: 'Why would I expect to lose Jonas in January January is the silly season.

Looking to strengthen: Harry Redknapp wants to add to his defence

Looking to strengthen: Harry Redknapp wants to add to his defence

'We can hang on to every single player. We don't have to sell anybody.'
Olsson has also been linked with Arsenal, amidst speculation he has a get-out clause in the contract he signed three months ago.

The 29-year-old has been one of Albion's key performers since joining them four and a half years ago.

His form for the Baggies has also led to him becoming a regular for his country.