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Hawk-Eye miss out on goal-line contract with FIFA after GoalControl seal deal

Germany 2 England 1 in goal-line technology saga as Hawk-Eye miss out on FIFA contract (but they could win Premier League deal)

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Net gains: John Terry makes a controversial clearance in England's 1-0 win over Ukraine at Euro 2012

How will it work
Each goal has seven high-speed cameras which track the position of the ball in three dimensions to millimetre precision every two milliseconds.

Within a second of the ball completely crossing the line, the referee is alerted by a vibration and a flashing light on his watch. All camera footage is stored and can be replayed at any time.

How much will it cost
It costs around 170,000 per stadium to install and 2,800 per match to operate

What does it mean for fans
Besides no more missed goals, an instant replay can project a 3D view of the ball’s movement on a virtual pitch to TV viewers at home or to supporters in the stand via the big screen.

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But despite all that technology, referees still retain the authority to make the final decision.

It will cost around 170,000 per stadium to instal and a further 2,800 per match to operate.

GoalControl uses 14 high-speed
cameras to track the 3D position of the ball and promises to alert
referees within a second of the ball completely crossing the line via a
vibration or flashing light on a watch.

FIFA said the German company was
chosen owing to its ‘ability to adapt to local conditions’ in
Brazil. The bids were also ‘judged on cost and project management
factors such as staffing and time schedules for installation’.

The contract, however, is subject to
independent ‘installation tests’ at each of the six stadiums due to be
used for the Confederations Cup – three of which have still not been
completed.

Match officials will also carry out
their own tests before each game, just as they did during the FIFA Club
World Cup in Japan last year.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has urged using goal-line technology in Brazil after Frank Lampard had a clear goal disallowed against Germany at the 2010 World Cup.

Ball-tracking: FIFA hope this system will be a success

Ball-tracking: FIFA hope this system will be a success

Putting it on the line: Hawk-Eye goal-line technology is trialled at Southampton's St Mary's Stadium last year

Putting it on the line: Hawk-Eye goal-line technology is trialled at Southampton's St Mary's Stadium last year

Inconclusive: Chelsea were awarded a dubious goal in the 2012 FA Cup semi-final when the ball was adjudge to have crossed the line

Inconclusive: Chelsea were awarded a dubious goal in the 2012 FA Cup semi-final when the ball was adjudge to have crossed the line

HAWK-EYE REACTION

'Sport teaches us many lessons, including accepting defeat graciously and having confidence in your ability to bounce back strongly. Hawk-Eye wishes FIFA and the appointed GLT supplier every success at The FIFA Confederations Cup 2013.'

Statement released by Hawk-Eye

A FIFA statement said: 'While all
four companies had previously met the stringent technical requirements
of the FIFA quality programme, the final decision was based on criteria
relating more specifically to the tournaments in Brazil, including the
company's ability to adapt to local conditions and the compatibility of
each goal-line technology system in relation to FIFA match operations.

'The respective bids were also judged
on cost and project management factors such as staffing and time
schedules for installation.

'The use of GoalControl-4D in Brazil
is subject to a final installation test at each stadium where the system
will be installed.'

Goal-line: GoalControl-4D's magnetic field system

Goal-line: GoalControl-4D's magnetic field system

In black and white: Geoff Hurst scores England's controversial third goal in the 1966 World Cup final against Germany

In black and white: Geoff Hurst scores England's controversial third goal in the 1966 World Cup final

VIDEO GoalControl in action

Robin Van Persie hails Manchester United"s team of winners

Van Persie hails United's team of winners as they edge closer to title

PUBLISHED:

15:35 GMT, 30 March 2013

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UPDATED:

20:23 GMT, 30 March 2013

Manchester United moved another step closer to the Barclays Premier League title as they won 1-0 at Sunderland, and striker Robin van Persie was quick to praise the attitude of his team-mates.

United are 18 points clear of nearest rivals Manchester City as a result and it would take a collapse of dramatic proportions for them to throw the title away.

Van Persie claimed the only goal today, although replays suggested his shot was not going in until Titus Bramble put it into his own net, but the striker was not too concerned.

Almost there: Robin Van Persie celebrates United's win

Almost there: Robin Van Persie celebrates United's win

Get in there: Robin Van Persie celebrates with team-mates

Get in there: Robin Van Persie celebrates with team-mates

'We got the three points, we knew it would be tough because Sunderland work hard and we had to dig in, but we deserved it,' he told Sky Sports 2.

'It didn't matter who scored today, it was all about the three points.

'This team is full of winners, everyone knows what they have to do and it was never in doubt for me. I was confident we would win.'

A title coronation seems inevitable in
the next couple of weeks and midfielder Michael Carrick is anticipating
winning another medal.

'We played some good football today, even if we didn't get as many goalscoring opportunities as we'd have liked,' he added.

'It was all about coming here and winning. We're getting closer and it's one game less. We have to keep going.'

Keeping an eye on it: Van Persie sees his goal go in off Bramble

Keeping an eye on it: Van Persie sees his goal go in off Bramble

Eyes on the ball: Sunderland captain John O' Shea tackles Manchester United's Van Persie

Eyes on the ball: Sunderland captain John O' Shea tackles Manchester United's Van Persie

United next face Chelsea in the FA Cup replay on Monday and Van Persie has warned fans not to expect a classic.

It is the kind of scheduling that has England's European counterparts scratching their heads in bewilderment.

And Van Persie points out it is difficult for the players to reach a high level of performance twice in such a short period of time.

'It is not ideal,' he told MUTV.

'Normally on the second day your muscles are quite bad but now we have to play at this certain time.

'It is a shame but we can't do anything about it because there are Champions League games in midweek and Chelsea are still in the Europa League.

'We just have to deal with it.

'People have to realise they can't expect a great game of football because it is not possible.

'If it happens I am glad, but don't expect it because these games are just too close to each other.'

Hectic schedule: Jonny Evans admits United are heading into the unknown during their packed Easter period

Hectic schedule: Jonny Evans admits United are heading into the unknown during their packed Easter period

Van Persie was speaking after
United's 1-0 win at Sunderland, which maintains their 15-point advantage
over Manchester City with just eight games remaining.

City will be the opponents for
Monday's victors at Stamford Bridge, with Van Persie eager to get his
hands on a trophy he won with Arsenal but United have not lifted since
2004.

'It has been a while,' he said.

'It has been nine years since we last won it and we want to win the double.

'We made a big step today but we want to go for both. We have a chance to reach the semi-final against City.'

Jonny Evans admitted Manchester
United will head into the unknown as they attempt to book an FA Cup
semi-final place just 48 hours after strengthening their grip on the
Barclays Premier League title.

Evans said: 'I have never really been in that situation before, so it will be new to probably most of us.

'It's
just all about tonight. We will probably go back and get a good
recovery session in and make sure we have done everything we can
physically to make sure we are right for the game on Monday.'

Evans
will make the trip to Stamford Bridge hoping for a start after getting
his chance on Wearside as a first-half substitute when full-back Rafael
da Silva limped off.

Chris
Smalling moved from central defence to right-back to accommodate the
25-year-old as aUnited defence which had been criticised earlier in the
campaign recorded its sixth successive league clean sheet.

Diving in: Alex Buttner slides in on Sunderland's Simon Mignolet

Diving in: Alex Buttner slides in on Sunderland's Simon Mignolet

Asked about the difficulty of
competing with Ferdinand and Vidic for a place in the heart of the back
four, he said: 'You are always competing.

'Even if one of those two isn't fit,
you have got Chris Smalling, who started at centre-back today. I'm sure
he was disappointed to get moved to right-back, it's not his favourite
position, but for the sake of the team, he did that.

'Phil
Jones is another one. The competition is all over the pitch. You look
at the players who didn't start today or have been left behind – it's
some team, really.'

Monday
night's game represents an opportunity to keep hopes of yet another
Double alive with United marching inexorably towards the league title.

Their
recent surge – they have now lost only once in 22 games in all
competitions, and that in controversial circumstances to Real Madrid in
the Champions League – has been based on defensive resilience rather
than attacking flair, and Evans admits it is a pleasant change for the
men at the back to receive the plaudits normally reserved for their
attacking colleagues.

He said with a smile: “You have probably noticed we haven't scored as many goals. It's getting that fine balance.

'We will take it the way we are at the minute. Especially as a defender, it's better to keep clean sheets than having the forwards getting all the glory, I suppose, so we are just happy.

'Clean sheets, that's what we want as defenders, so we are delighted with that.'

Sir Alex Ferguson used the depth of his squad at the Stadium of Light with Ferdinand, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Wayne Rooney not even making the 18.

Da Silva must be a doubt after being unable to continue against Sunderland, while Vidic was left clutching his back after a rugged challenge with striker Danny Graham, although he made it through to the final whistle.

Phil Jagielka surgery blow for Everton

Everton defender Jagielka out for 'a couple of weeks' with badly gashed ankle

By
Andy Hampson, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

18:12 GMT, 2 March 2013

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UPDATED:

23:38 GMT, 2 March 2013

Everton defender Phil Jagielka faces two weeks out witha badly gashed ankle, manager David Moyes confirmed.

The England international was injured in a challenge from Adam Le Fondre in the opening minutes of Everton's 3-1 win over Reading on Saturday at Goodison Park.

Agony: Everton's Phil Jagielka lies injured after challenge from Reading's Adam Le Fondre.

Agony: Everton's Phil Jagielka lies injured after challenge from Reading's Adam Le Fondre.

Jagielka will certainly hope to be
fit to take his place in England's squad for their next World Cup
qualifiers, against San Marino on March 22 and Montenegro four days
later.

When pressed, Moyes later said Jagielka could be out for 'a couple of weeks, maybe'.

Le Fondre apologised after the game,
saying via Twitter: 'Fans were brilliant today! Shame about result!
Everton were class! Thoughts with jags never meant to catch him,caught
him late an apologised.'

Guilty: Nikica Jelavic is furious with Adam Le Fondre

Guilty: Nikica Jelavic is furious with Adam Le Fondre

Jagielka had to be immediately replaced,
and Moyes said: 'I genuinely haven't seen it again but I thought on the
pitch it didn't look good.

'Jagielka knew about it and it is a bad one. He will have surgery tonight to stitch up his ankle.

'It is a bad one because he is a key player for us.'

Moyes said he did not know how long Jagielka would be out but the 30-year-old must now be doubtful for next week's FA Cup quarter-final against Wigan.

The incident also reminded Moyes of some of the treatment goalkeeper Tim Howard received in the two previous cup matches against Oldham.

Howard was unable to face Reading after suffering a knock in the fifth-round replay win over over the League One side on Tuesday and was replaced by back-up Jan Mucha.

'I'm not happy with the challenges on the goalkeeper in the last two games that have put him out and I am not happy with the challenge today that puts Phil Jagielka out,' said the manager.

'I'm not one who minds challenges. I like a bit of that, if that's what it is.

'I don't mind robust challenges but not one that puts out arguably one of my best players.'

Howard's absence ended the American's run of 210 consecutive Premier League appearances.

Moyes said: 'I thought Jan did very well but it came about because the goalkeeper wasn't protected in the first game against Oldham and they felt it was right they could do that again in the second game.

'In the end the goalkeeper has been injured because of decisions which should have been deemed free-kicks long before.'

Reading manager Brian McDermott also said he did not get a clear view of Le Fondre's challenge on Jagielka but defended his player.

McDermott said: 'Adam Le Fondre is not that type of player, no way. He is a very honest type of player.

'I don't know what they are saying but there is no way Adam Le Fondre is a player that would `do` anybody.'

FA Cup: Team news ahead of the weekend"s fixtures from the firth round and fourth round replay

FA Cup: The guide to all this weekend's fixtures from the fifth round and fourth round replay

PUBLISHED:

09:43 GMT, 15 February 2013

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UPDATED:

10:06 GMT, 15 February 2013

The FA Cup returns to action this weekend as fourteen teams battle for a place in the quarter-finals while Chelsea host Brentford in a fourth round replay.

Here Sportsmail has teamed up with statistic giants Opta to bring you all the latest facts and team news ahead of ALL this weekend's fixtures, so keep checking this page throughout the day to see how your team will line up.

Dream ticket: Fourteen sides are battling for a quarter-final place this weekend

Dream ticket: Fourteen sides are battling for a quarter-final place this weekend

Fourth round replay

Chelsea v Brentford
David Luiz, Demba Ba, Victor Moses and John Obi Mikel are available for Chelsea's FA Cup fourth round replay with Brentford on Sunday after missing the Europa League win at Sparta Prague.

Luiz was suspended, Ba ineligible and Moses and Mikel rested, after winning the Africa Cup of Nations with Nigeria, while John Terry and Ashley Cole were unused substitutes.

Cole had a cold and Terry was not risked after a setback in his recovery from a knee injury, but the captain is in line to return in defence against the Bees. Oriol Romeu (knee) is a long-term absentee.

Up for the cup: Chelsea's John Terry could feature having been rested for Thursday's win at Sparta Prague

Up for the cup: Chelsea's John Terry could feature having been rested for Thursday's win at Sparta Prague

Only
once in the last 14 years have Chelsea failed to reach the fifth round
of the FA Cup. The Blues are unbeaten in four matches (all competitions)
against Brentford (W3 D1).

Before last month’s clash, their only
previous FA Cup meeting came in 1950. Chelsea won 1-0. Brentford have
won just one of their last six (D3 L2).

Chelsea have lost only two of their
last 18 replays in the FA Cup; winning 13. Of the three that went to
penalties, they have twice been eliminated on spot-kicks.

Fernando Torres’ only goal in his last 12 appearances for Chelsea came against Brentford in the original clash.

Marcello Trotta, on loan from Fulham, has scored three in four for Brentford (all comps).

In just nine FA Cup games for Chelsea, Juan Mata has played a part in 10 goals (scored four and assisted six).

Frank Lampard has been involved in 23 goals (scored 14 or assisted nine) in his last 24 appearances in the FA Cup.

Provisional Chelsea squad: Cech, Turnbull,
Hilario, Ivanovic, Cole, Luiz, Ramires, Lampard, Torres, Mata, Oscar,
Mikel, Hazard, Ba, Ferreira, Marin, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta,
Benayoun, Bertrand, Ake, Moses.

Fifth round

Luton v Millwall
Millwall have won four of the five previous meetings between these two sides in the FA Cup; losing the other.

The Lions have won five and lost just one of their last eight clashes with Luton in all competitions.

In the last round, Luton became the first non-league side to win away at a top-flight team in the FA Cup since 1986 (Altrincham beating Birmingham City 2-1).

Luton are competing in fifth round for the first time since 1994.
The Hatters have progressed on five of their last six FA Cup fifth round ties; but never (from four meetings) when facing a team from a higher division.

Millwall have reached the FA Cup fifth round for the second time since they reached the final in 2004 (as well as last season).

Millwall have won 13 and lost none of their last 17 matches in the FA Cup against sides from lower divisions (excluding qualifiers).

Luton Town have won seven and lost none of their last eight games at home in all competitions.

The Blue Square Premier side have conceded just three goals in their last six at home; keeping three clean sheets in that run.
Millwall have won none of their last six on the road (in all competitions); losing four.

Arsenal v Blackburn Rovers
This is the seventh time that Arsenal and Blackburn Rovers have been drawn together in the FA Cup.

Arsenal have progressed on four occasions; although Blackburn were victorious in their last meeting (2007 Fifth Round) winning the replay 1-0 (after the initial match ended 0-0).

Arsenal are unbeaten in 34 games against lower ranked sides in the FA Cup (W27 D7).

The Gunners are also unbeaten in 34 FA Cup ties at home (W25 D9).
This will be Arsenal’s sixth appearance in the fifth round since winning the trophy in 2005. They have failed to progress on three of the previous five occasions.

Olivier Giroud bagged a brace in the fourth round for Arsenal and has scored five in his last five appearances for the London club.

Jordan Rhodes has bagged nine goals in his last 10 appearances for Blackburn in all competitions.

Rovers have won six and lost just one of their last 10 in all competitions.
Arsenal have won five of their last seven in all competitions at the Emirates (D1 L1).

Blackburn have lost three of their last four visits to the Emirates by at least four goals on each occasion (D1; all competitions).

The two games between Arsenal and Blackburn in the Premier League last season produced 15 goals.

MK Dons v Barnsley
This will be the first meeting between MK Dons and Barnsley in the FA Cup.

Three of the previous five meetings between the two clubs in all competitions have ended in draws.

This is the first time MK Dons have reached the fifth round of the FA Cup.
Karl Robinson’s side have won four and lost none of their last six home matches in the FA Cup.

Since beating QPR 4-2 in the fourth round, MK Dons have lost three of four matches (D1), scoring only two goals.

Barnsley have won six and lost none of their last seven in all competitions.
Jason Scotland has scored three goals in just 75 minutes of action for Barnsley this season (three sub appearances).

Izale McLeod, who returned to MK Dons in the January transfer window, scored for the Dons in the first ever clash between these two sides back in August 2004.

Oldham Athletic v Everton
Oldham are unbeaten in five matches against Everton in the FA Cup (W3 D2).

The last time the sides met, Oldham left Goodison Park with 1-0 win in the FA Cup third round in 2008.

Everton have won just one of their last five visits to Oldham in all competitions (D2 L2). Everton are unbeaten in their last seven away games in the FA Cup (W5 D2).

The Toffees have won four of their last six on the road (D1 L1); with their only loss in that run coming at Old Trafford last weekend.

The Latics have won just three of their last 12 (in all competitions). However, two of those wins have come in the last three.

Forward Lee Barnard has scored in each of his two appearances for Oldham signing joining on loan from Southampton.

Left-back Leighton Baines has scored four times in his last eight appearances for Everton in all competitions.

Manchester City v Leeds United
This will mark the sixth occasion that Manchester City and Leeds United have clashed in the FA Cup. Leeds lead the head-to-head with three wins to two.

The two teams met in the fifth round back in 1977. Leeds won 1-0 at Elland Road.

None of the last four matches between the two sides in all competitions have ended in an away win (three home wins and a draw).

The Premier League Champions have won six of their last nine in all competitions but are without a win in three (D2 L1)

Neil Warnock’s side have lost five of their last seven on the road (W1 D1; all comps).

The Whites have not kept a clean sheet away from home this season.
Ross McCormack has scored four goals in his last six for Leeds.

Manchester City have conceded just two goals in their last five home games in all competitions; keeping four clean sheets.

The last time the two teams met in March 2004, James Milner started in midfield for Leeds.

Huddersfield Town v Wigan Athletic
The only previous meeting between the two teams in the FA Cup was back 1977. Huddersfield won 2-0 at home.

Wigan have reached the fifth round of the FA Cup for the first time since 1987.

The Latics have won six of their last 10 away FA Cup matches against sides from lower divisions.

Roberto Martinez’s side have kept only two clean sheets in their last nine in all comps. Both were in the FA Cup.

Huddersfield have lost 11 of their last 15 FA Cup matches against top flight opposition (W1 D3). The victory (over Birmingham City) came in their last home match against Premier League opposition.

Town have lost two of their last eight (W3 D2), after going on a ten-match run without a victory (D5 L5).

The Terriers’ last seven goals in all competitions have been netted by different scorers.

Jordi Gomez has scored twice in Wigan’s three FA Cup matches this season. Shaun Maloney has netted in his last two games for Wigan.

Manchester United v Reading
The last two times Man Utd have beaten Fulham at Old Trafford in the FA Cup (as they did in the last round), they have gone on to win it (2004, 1999).

Manchester United are unbeaten in 12 matches in all competitions against Reading (W8 D4). The last time they lost to Reading was in the FA Cup in January 1927.

The Red Devils have won 15 of their last 19 home ties in the FA Cup (D2 L2). Sir Alex Ferguson’s side have conceded just one goal in their last five FA Cup matches at Old Trafford.

This is the third time in the last four years that Reading have reached the FA Cup fifth round; and only the eighth time in their history. On each of the last two appearances, they have progressed to the last eight.

Only once in the last 12 occasions that Reading have drawn against opponents from the same division in the FA Cup have they progressed to the next round.

Wayne Rooney has scored three goals in his last two starts against Reading.

Adam Le Fondre has scored seven goals in his last seven appearances for Reading in all competitions. He also scored against Manchester United earlier this season.

The clash between the two teams earlier in the season (in the Premier League) saw seven goals scored in the opening 35 minutes.

Manchester United went "extra mile" in Robin van Persie pursuit, says Sir Alex Ferguson

United landed Van Persie because they went the 'extra mile', claims Ferguson

By
Ian Ladyman

PUBLISHED:

10:32 GMT, 11 January 2013

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UPDATED:

11:04 GMT, 11 January 2013

Sir Alex Ferguson believes Manchester United went the 'extra mile' in their pursuit of Robin van Persie.

The Manchester United boss will once again look to striker Van Persie for inspiration in Sunday's crunch clash with Liverpool, and he admitted today the Holland international has proved even more valuable than he thought when he bought him from Arsenal in the summer.

'I don't think we appreciated the full value of Robin but we are seeing that now,' said Ferguson on Friday. 'We realise the type of player he is and he has become really important for us.'

Star man: Van Persie has been one of the signings of the season after arriving from Arsenal in a 24m deal

Star man: Van Persie has been one of the signings of the season after arriving from Arsenal in a 24m deal

City manager Roberto Mancini continues to rue the fact that his club didn't go the extra yard in their own pursuit of Van Persie in the summer.

Ferguson said: 'You either want players or you don't. 'You have to pay the price the selling club is holding out for.

'We wanted him badly so we were prepared to go the extra mile for him. 'That's the way the game is these days.

'Negotiations tend to end with both clubs satisfied and neither happy. That's the way it works.'

Comeback: Rooney is on the verge of returning from injury for Manchester United

Comeback: Rooney is on the verge of returning from injury for Manchester United

In his morning press conference, Ferguson also revealed that Wayne Rooney is on the verge of a comeback for United.

Ferguson said that Rooney will not be
ready for the visit of Liverpool in the Barclays Premier League but is
back in training and may make the FA Cup replay with West Ham next week.

Ferguson said: 'Wayne will train today but Sunday will be too early. He could play next week against West Ham.'

United face Liverpool with a seven
point lead over City in the league. With United playing before City's
game at Arsenal later in the day, the lead could be ten points.

Paul Cox hoping for FA Cup honeymoon against Liverpool after training-ground wedding

Now this really is the magic of the FA Cup! Mansfield boss to get married at TRAINING GROUND ahead of giantkilling bid against Liverpool

By
Ian Ladyman

PUBLISHED:

11:07 GMT, 3 January 2013

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UPDATED:

18:14 GMT, 3 January 2013

Mansfield Town manager Paul Cox will begin the biggest weekend of his life on Friday by marrying his girlfriend at the club’s training ground.

Cox’s team from the Blue Square Premier host giants Liverpool at the One Call Stadium on Sunday in one of the ties of the FA Cup third round.

But Cox will begin the weekend by marrying his girlfriend Natasha Bertin on the training ground next to the stadium after honouring a promise he made to her ahead of the club’s replay with Lincoln in the previous round.

Happy couple: Paul Cox with his bride-to-be Natasha Bertin

Happy couple: Paul Cox with his bride-to-be Natasha Bertin

Countdown: Paul Cox poses at Mansfield's training ground - in front of the marquee in which he will marry

Countdown: Paul Cox poses at Mansfield's training ground – in front of the marquee in which he will marry

Countdown: Paul Cox poses at Mansfield's training ground - in front of the marquee in which he will marry

Having drawn 3-3 at Sincil Bank in the first game, Cox told his partner he would marry her if Mansfield went through and, after a 2-1 win clinched a meeting with Brendan Rodgers’ team, he will keep his word tomorrow when the couple tie the knot in a specially erected marquee.

A Mansfield source said: 'It’s going to be a big three days for Paul.

'He gets married on Friday and then it’s Liverpool on the day of his 41st birthday on Sunday.'

Busy week: Cox is facing a 48 hours at Mansfield

Busy week: Cox is facing a 48 hours at Mansfield

Hope the weather improves... the view at Mansfield's training ground

Hope the weather improves… the view at Mansfield's training ground

Mansfield are currently ninth in the Blue Square after losing out in the promotion play-offs last season.

The club applied for permission to use their full capacity to 10,000 for Sunday’s game but their request was rejected on safety grounds. There will be only 7,500 fans in the stadium, meaning that club will lose in the region of 50,000 in possible takings.

David Moyes wants a winner at Cheltenham

Moyes chasing Cheltenham double as Everton boss eyes Festival winner

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UPDATED:

11:44 GMT, 15 December 2012

Everton manager David Moyes hopes to be celebrating in Cheltenham next month in the FA Cup – and again at the Festival in March.

The Scot, whose side face Stoke in the Premier League this afternoon, owns Desert Cry who ran at Cheltenham this year.

And Moyes the town will prove a happy hunting ground both on the pitch and on the track.

Winning feeling: David Moyes has Everton flying high in fourth place

Winning feeling: David Moyes has Everton flying high in fourth place

'I would like at least one winner at Cheltenham next year. Horse racing remains a hobby for me,' he told the Daily Express. 'My horse, Desert Cry, is at Donald McCain’s stables and he has gone on to the jumps this year.

'On a day off, I’ll go along and watch them on the gallops and I like seeing the horses train. Being a trainer and a manager are different but there are some similarities. You are out there every day with the horse or the players, making sure you get the best out of them. You have the same thoughts, I suppose. “How’s he going Is he at his level”.

Track days: Moyes hopes his horse Desert Cry can win at Cheltenham

Track days: Moyes hopes his horse Desert Cry can win at Cheltenham

'Desert Cry ran at Cheltenham last year and Everton will be going there next month in the FA Cup. I saw them beat Hereford on Tuesday in the replay. Managers are much more liable to take a gamble in an FA Cup game because the points at stake in the Premier League mean everything. But the FA Cup provides strange, strange results and we have to make sure we are not on the wrong end of them.

'We went to the semi-final last season and we want another good cup run.'

Kenny Shiels wants to play suspended Manuel Pascali against Celtic

Kilmarnock boss Shiels plans to play suspended player Pascali against Celtic

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UPDATED:

23:44 GMT, 6 December 2012


Off you go: Manuel Pascali was sent off early on

Off you go: Manuel Pascali was sent off early on

Controversial Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels is on a fresh collision course with the SFA and SPL after claiming he may play Manuel Pascali against Celtic on Saturday — despite the Italian being suspended.

Pascali was given a two-match ban after being shown a red card in the third minute against St Johnstone last month, which Killie subsequently failed to overturn on appeal.

The 31-year-old sat out the Scottish Cup win over Queen of the South, but Shiels is now bizarrely claiming that since there were 90 minutes, including injury-time, after Pascali was sent off against Saints, the game his player was ordered off in counts as the first of his suspension — meaning he is free to play against Celtic.

Should he field the banned player against Neil Lennon’s men tomorrow lunchtime, however, Kilmarnock and the player would both be in breach of SFA disciplinary rule 205.

That could see Pascali hit with an additional suspension of between three and 20 games, while Killie could face a fine of between 500 and 50,000.

Kilmarnock would also be in breach of SPL regulations and would face a range of sanctions including a warning, a fine, a points deduction, a replay or the match being awarded to Celtic.

But on Thursday night a defiant Shiels was adamant that he can play Pascali against Celtic; a view that will put him on a collision course with the authorities a week after claiming to have been told the SFA are ‘out to get him’.

Adamant: Kenny Shiels says he might play Pascali despite the suspension

Adamant: Kenny Shiels says he might play Pascali despite the suspension

‘According to my mathematics, Manuel Pascali has served two full games,’ Shiels said. ‘He played for the first three minutes and got sent off against St Johnstone, which lasted 93 minutes.

‘So, he has completed 90 minutes against St Johnstone and he missed last Saturday, so he will definitely be in the squad (against Celtic) — if not starting.

‘I think technically I’m right, so I’ll play him and then see where that takes us.’

On Friday on Twitter, Pascali tweeted from his @paska29 account: ‘I’m officially in the team for saturday!!!! #buzzin’ — and the Italian also vowed to score against Celtic.

Later, the player appeared to backtrack by adding: ‘Does people think seriously that i will play Ahahahahahhaha’

Shiels, meanwhile, also criticised the SFA’s decision to reduce a red card shown to Queen of the South’s Stephen McKenna against Kilmarnock last weekend to a yellow.

Breach: If Pascali does play the club will be punished by the SFA

Breach: If Pascali does play the club will be punished by the SFA

‘I am astounded,’ said Shiels. ‘His challenge was slightly worse than Pascali’s, but neither of them should have been red cards.

‘I am shocked by the level of inconsistency.

‘Pascali’s was less aggressive and what I want to know is why McKenna had his red changed to yellow, but Pascali didn’t.’

Last week, Shiels accused SFA disciplinary chiefs of being out to get him as part of a vendetta after being hit with a raft of charges.

Spokesmen for the SFA and SPL last night confirmed that if Pascali plays against Celtic, it would be a breach of their rules.

Hastings" FA Cup run continues – Michael Walker

On the road: Hastings battle for memories and magic as FA Cup run continues

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UPDATED:

22:41 GMT, 2 December 2012

Making predictions in football has turned into an industry and before a ball was kicked down Harrogate’s Wetherby Road on Saturday, a cold favourite was that the word ‘magic’ would at some stage be used.

So it was that at the end of a pulsating 1-1 draw, Dave Walters, chairman of Hastings United, stood shivering and talked warmly of ‘the magic of the FA Cup’.

Walters wasn’t just reaching for clichs, he was making the point that it is on days like this, at grounds like this, in rounds like this, when the old magic surfaces.

Still going strong: Harrogate celebrate during their draw with Hastings

Still going strong: Harrogate celebrate during their draw with Hastings

Harrogate's journey so far

Aug 11: Nth Shields 1 Birtley T 1 (Birtley won replay). Aug 25: Birtley T 1 West Auckland 4.
Sep 8: Ashington 2 W Auckland 3.
Sep 22: W Auckland 2 Harrogate T 2 (Harrogate won replay).
Oct 6: Harrogate 3 Frickley Ath 2.
Oct 20: Hyde 1 Harrogate 1 (Harrogate won replay) Nov 3: Torquay 0 Harrogate 1.
Dec 1: Harrogate 1 Hastings Utd 1

‘It’ll not be like this when it gets to the semi-finals, will it’ Walters asked. ‘I’m from Carlisle,’ he added, ‘I remember Carlisle winning at Newcastle in 1968, it was completely magical and as a kid that’s what got me into football. There’s nothing like the FA Cup.’

Walter’s tone was a mixture of incredulity and passion. Hastings United are 18th in the Ryman Premier Division, that’s 66 places off Barnet at the bottom of the Football League. They are the lowest-ranked club left in the competition. Pleasingly, their nickname is ‘The Arrows’.

When Sunday’s draw for the third round came out and Middlesbrough away was the reward for the winners of the replay, Walters was again taken back to the Cup, this time to 1970. ‘I was at Brunton Park then when there were 27,500 to see Carlisle play Middlesbrough.

‘That was the FA Cup, too. I can’t remember the score.’ It was 2-0 to Middlesbrough, in the fifth round. What Walters could recall was that when Carlisle briefly topped the old First Division in 1974 ‘after beating Spurs on the Saturday, it was a defeat by Middlesbrough in midweek that started the rot’.

The nostalgia flows. Yet there is first a replay at Hastings’ Pilot Field on Tuesday week. ‘We’re not taking anything for granted,’ Walters said. ‘It’s just amazing for a club our size to even contemplate a game at Middlesbrough.’

In front: Tom Platt (left) opened the scoring for Harrogate against Hastings

In front: Tom Platt (left) opened the scoring for Harrogate against Hastings

For Harrogate, too, the incentive is great. Boro would amount to a local derby and be particularly special for one man at Saturday’s game, former Boro captain and manager, Gareth Southgate.

For Hastings there is now a third replay in their marathon. Tuesday week will be their eighth game in the FA Cup and a knock-on is that they have three other games to play before next Tuesday.

That the Yorkshiremen have not made it easy for themselves was encapsulated here. It was gripping stuff and captured much of this phase of the Cup. Normally Harrogate would have 300-400 for a Conference North game; there were 3,000 here, 300 alone from Hastings.

The travellers had to be impressed by the setting. Wetherby Road was like an oil painting impression of the Cup. A brilliant low sun threw long black shadows across a Ronnie Radford of a pitch. Pale faces glowed from dark clothes on packed terraces; the atmosphere had that happy Cup tingle that simply does not exist on league Saturdays.

But the ball still mattered. Even the fans shuddered after some of the 50-50s, but hands were shaken at the end. The Hastings players had lasagne laid on for them.

Up for the cup: Young Harrogate fans prepare for their side's latest match

Up for the cup: Young Harrogate fans prepare for their side's latest match

At the beginning it had looked as if that is all Hastings would get.
Harrogate, winners at Torquay in the previous round, launched attack upon attack early on.

Yet it took nearly until half-time before Tom Platt scored and by then Hastings had shown they can play.

On the hour Bradley Goldberg — son of former Crystal Palace owner Mark — saw his shot hit a post. Jamie Crellin knocked in the rebound.

Goldberg, 19, was released by Charlton last year. He is on his way back up, one of so many stories the Cup spouts forth.

Goldberg’s colleague, Josh Jirbandey, is another. He is on his way elsewhere — or at least he was.

Jirbandey is due to fly to California to start a soccer scholarship in January. Early January.

Presumably, now, it is FA Cup permitting.

Mellon makes Fleet exit

The FA Cup still means enough for Fleetwood Town to dismiss manager Micky Mellon after their home defeat to Aldershot.

The magic was missing for ambitious, big-spending Fleetwood, who seem restless despite being in the same Conference North division as Harrogate as 2010 dawned. In four years Mellon won two promotions.

Over and out: Ambitious Fleetwood sacked manager Micky Mellon

Over and out: Ambitious Fleetwood sacked manager Micky Mellon

In this, their first historic season in the Football League, Fleetwood are seventh, four points off an automatic promotion spot with 26 games to go. Mellon probably thought he and Fleetwood were a neat fit. Which brings us to another.

Eddie Howe returned to Bournemouth 11 games ago. Eight wins and three draws on, Bournemouth are motoring. They swept past Carlisle on Saturday and go to Wigan in the third round. Wigan cannot be complacent: at this stage last season, they lost to Swindon.

Luiz Adriano scores controversial goal for Shakhtar Donetsk

Controversy! Shakhtar striker Luiz Adriano accused over unsporting goal in Norway

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UPDATED:

21:53 GMT, 20 November 2012

Chelsea's Champions League group was enveloped in controversy on Tuesday night after Shakhtar Donetsk striker Luiz Adriano scored what could best be described as unsporting goal in the Ukrainian's win at FC Nordsjaelland.

After the referee stopped the action in midfield, he instructed Shakhtar to play the ball back to the home side's goalkeeper. Willian duly obliged, however his punt almost three-quarters the length of the pitch was intercepted.

What did I do Shakhtar Donetsk striker Luiz Adriano sparked a furious reaction from FC Nordsjaelland players after he raced onto an uncontested bounce ball back pass to score in their Champions League match in Norway

What did I do Shakhtar Donetsk striker Luiz Adriano sparked a furious reaction from FC Nordsjaelland players after he raced onto an uncontested bounce ball back pass to score in their Champions League match in Norway

What did I do Shakhtar Donetsk striker Luiz Adriano sparked a furious reaction from FC Nordsjaelland players after he raced onto an uncontested bounce ball back pass to score in their Champions League match in Norway

Seemingly unaware, Luiz Adriano raced clear of the bemused defence, rounded the goalkeeper and slotted the ball home, sparking a furious reaction from the Nordsjaelland players, and a muted celebration from the visitors.

Luiz Adriano did little to suggest he was aware of his wrongdoing, and the whole episode drew comparisons with an FA Cup clash between Arsenal and Sheffield United in 1999.

Then, newly-signed Nwankwo Kanu was at the centre of a storm after setting up Marc Overmars when the rest of the players had stopped to allow a throw-in to be played sportingly back to the Blades' goalkeeper, Alan Kelly.

The goal proved to be the match-winner, though Arsenal offered to replay the fixture, a game they promptly won 2-1.

In Ukraine, Luiz Adriano went on to bag two more
goals as his side ran out 5-2 winners to secure their place in the
knockout stages. Willian notched the others.

More to follow…