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Oscar Pistorius due in court charged with the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

Blade Runner Oscar Pistorius arrives at court charged with the murder of girlfriend Reeva SteenkampPistorius has arrived at the Pretoria Magistrates Court
His girlfriend was allegedly shot four times through the bathroom doorIncident happened at his Pretoria mansion, north of Johannesburg
Dead woman is former FHM model Reeva Steenkamp
She was shot several times in the head and hand
Celebrated sprinter spent the night in a police cell before the hearing

Becomes the first double amputee to run at the Olympic Games, reaching the semi-finals of the 400m and the final of the 4x400m. Carries the South African flag at the Paralympic Opening Ceremony and then wins a silver and two gold medals in the 200m, 400m and 4x100m relay.

February 2013 Charged with murder after his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, is shot dead.

Pistorius's father and sister are in the front row in a heaving court room. His father said Pistorius was 'sad' following the shooting.

Henke Pistorius told SABC radio news: 'I don't know the facts. If anyone makes a statement, it will have to be Oscar. He's sad at the moment.'

The couple had been dubbed the Posh and Becks of South Africa.

The defence is expected to argue that Pistorius is not a flight risk and should be bailed.

Forensic experts are expected to continue examining the house in the upmarket Silver Woods gated community.

Near the home, people who knew Pistorius recalled a much-loved local hero.

'Some of us were in tears,' said Precious, who works at a petrol station where Pistorius used to fill up his McLaren supercar, signing autographs and picking up the tab for people in the convenience store.

'He was just so kind to everyone,' Precious said.

Initial reports suggested the model may
have been mistaken for a burglar, but Brigadier Denise Beukes later said
police were 'very surprised' by that suggestion, adding: 'These
allegations did not come from us.'

There
had been previous incidents of a 'domestic nature' at the property on
the exclusive, gated Silver Lakes Golf Estate in the South African
capital Pretoria, she added. A 9mm pistol was recovered.

Police
spokeswoman Lt Col Katlego Mogale said: 'Paramedics declared the woman
dead on the scene and police proceeded with their investigation.

'The woman sustained wounds to her head and the upper body.'

Police said an application for bail by Pistorius's lawyer Kenny Oldwage would be opposed when he appears in court.

Charged: Pistorius, his head lowered and face covered, leaves the Boschkop police station in Pretoria for a blood test at hospital prior to being taken to court

Charged: Pistorius, his head lowered and face covered, leaves the Boschkop police station in Pretoria for a blood test at hospital prior to being taken to court

Oscar Pistorius with his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in Johannesburg, South Africa, in November. Pistorius is due in court today charged with her murder

Murder suspect: Olympic and Paralympic star Reeva Steenkamp, 30, who was shot dead yesterday. The runner is due in court today

Last photo: Pistorius and girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp pose for a picture in Johannesburg last Thursday

Last photo: Oscar Pistorius and girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp pose for a
picture in Johannesburg last Thursday. He has been charged with shooting
her dead in the early hours of yesterday morning

Ominous: The Paralympic sprinter posted this message on Twitter on November 27

Ominous: The Paralympic sprinter posted this message on Twitter on November 27

Dressed
in a grey hooded jacket, tracksuit trousers and trainers, Pistorius,
26, walked with head bowed from the Boschkop police station yesterday
before being taken to Pretoria's Mamelodi Day Hospital in a police
convoy.

Brig Beukes said the medical examination was 'standard procedure'.

Pistorius's spokesman, from the Fast
Track agency in London, said he was 'assisting the police with their
investigations' but no further comment could be made until matters
became clearer.

Initial rumours suggested the shooting may have been a Valentine's Day surprise gone wrong.

The couple had only been going out since November.

Miss Steenkamp, a model and law
graduate, tweeted the day before Valentine's Day: 'What do you have up
your sleeve for your love tomorrow #getexcited #ValentinesDay.'

Pistorius appeared to have serious concerns about his safety and was said to sleep with a revolver by his side.

Incident: Oscar Pistorius is believed to have shot dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, 30, a former FHM model, pictured together on January 26 in Johannesburg

Incident: Oscar Pistorius is believed to have shot dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, 30, a former FHM model, pictured together on January 26 in Johannesburg

Star: Oscar Pistorius has reportedly been arrested this morning having shot his girlfriend in the head and arm, killing her

Star: Oscar Pistorius was arrested yesterday morning accused of having shot his girlfriend in the head and arm, killing her

Sportsmail's Jonathan McEvoy interviewed him last summer and noted: 'This being South Africa, one
baseball bat and one cricket bat lie behind Pistorius's bedroom door.

'A revolver is at his bedside. A machine gun by his window.'

The athlete made history at the London
2012 Olympics becoming the first amputee sprinter to compete in the
able-bodied Games, running in the 400m and 4x400m relay.

Beauty: A modelling photo used in Reeva Steenkamp's portfolio. Mr Taylor said that she touched many lives and was headed for stardom'

Beauty: A modelling photo used in Reeva Steenkamp's portfolio. Mr Taylor
said that she 'touched many lives and was headed for stardom'

The star was born without fibulas and underwent below-the-knee amputations at just 11 months old.

He had to win a legal battle over his
blades with the International Association of Athletics Federations
(IAAF) in 2008 for the right to compete in able-bodied competition.

Pistorius's father said his son was 'sad' following the shooting.

Henke Pistorius told SABC radio news:
'I don't know the facts. If anyone makes a statement, it will have to be
Oscar. He's sad at the moment.'

Couple: Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp had been dating for a few months after meeting at a South African awards ceremony

Couple: Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp had been dating for a few months after meeting at a South African awards ceremony

Tweet

Message: Reeva yesterday went on to Twitter to say how excited she was about Valentine's Day

Message: Reeva went on to Twitter to say how excited she was about Valentine's Day

The couple were dubbed the Posh and Becks of South Africa.

On her Twitter biography, Miss
Steenkamp described herself as a 'Model, Cover Girl, Tropika Island Of
Treasure Celeb Contestant, Law Graduate, Child of God'.

Tropika island Of Treasure is a TV show she was due to appear on this weekend.

Model: Reeva Steenkamp had been seeing Oscar since November but had forged her own successful career in South Africa

Model: Reeva Steenkamp had been seeing Oscar since November but had forged her own successful career in South Africa

Reeva

Reeva

Famous: The 30-year-old has 3,000 followers on Twitter and is a law graduate from Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Last appearance: Reeva Steenkamp was photographed at the Virgin Active Sports Industry Awards in Johannesburg a week ago

Last appearance: Reeva Steenkamp was photographed at the Virgin Active Sports Industry Awards in Johannesburg a week ago

Last appearance: Reeva Steenkamp was
photographed at the Virgin Active Sports Industry Awards in Johannesburg
a week ago (left) and was often showing her own snaps on Twitter

Miss Steenkamp's publicist Sarit
Tomlinson paid tribute to her, saying she was 'the sweetest human being
and an absolute angel on earth'.

She added: 'She was the kindest, most unbelievable girl.'

She told Sky News: 'It's shocking. No one knows what happened. We're waiting for information.

South African newspapers plastered the killing across their front pages, relegating a State of the Nation address by President Jacob Zuma in parliament to a distant second.

The coverage reflected shock and dismay at the fall of a sporting hero who commanded rare respect on all sides of South Africa's racial divides.

'Golden Boy Loses Shine' ran a front page headline in the Sowetan, beside a picture of Pistorius, head bowed in a grey hooded tracksuit being led away from a police station.

Callers to morning radio shows expressed remorse at the death of Steenkamp, who had been due to give a talk at a Johannesburg school this week about violence against women.

There was also widespread disbelief at the fate of a sporting legend regarded as a genuinely 'good guy'.

'How is it possible for one so high to fall so low so quickly' Talk Radio 702 host John Robbie said.

Home: Neighbours of the athlete say they heard noise from the house (pictured today) just before the authorities arrived

Home: Neighbours of the athlete say they heard noise from the house (pictured yesterday) just before the authorities arrived

Location: Pistorius's home is inside a gated housing complex with a nature reserve, golf course and lots of green space, all within high walls

Location: Pistorius's home is inside a gated housing complex with a nature reserve, golf course and lots of green space, all within high walls

Police: South African police vehicles enter the Siverwoods security estate in Pretoria East where famous South African paralympic and Olympic sprinter, Oscar Pistorius

Police: South African police vehicles enter the Silverwoods security
estate in Pretoria East where famous South African paralympic and
Olympic sprinter, Oscar Pistorius, allegedly shot and killed his
girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

Investigation: Police spokeswoman Denise Beukes confirmed the celebrated athlete was in custody charged with murder

Investigation: Police spokeswoman Denise Beukes confirmed the celebrated athlete was in custody charged with murder

'There are people we are waiting to speak to, to validate some of the stories.'

Asked about Miss Steenkamp's
relationship with Pistorius, Ms Tomlinson said: 'They had been together
for a couple of months and it's been a fabulous relationship – a
healthy, fabulous relationship.'

Miss Steenkamp's friend Mashadi Motsogi broke down in tears.

The distressed model said she heard the news of Miss Steenkamp's death on Twitter.

'I have lost a friend,' she said, telling reporters that Miss Steenkamp's death in a secure complex did not make sense.

'Look, security here is safe. We moved
to this area for security reasons. It does not make sense to me that my
friend was shot, mistaken for an intruder.'

Advert: An image on Pistorius's website for his sponsor Nike linked to his love of shooting has been removed today

Advert: An image on Pistorius's website for his sponsor Nike, linked to his love of shooting, has been removed

Adverts for television coverage of the Oscars featuring Oscar Pistorius were seen being pulled down in Johannesburg today

Adverts for television coverage of the Oscars featuring Oscar Pistorius were seen being pulled down in Johannesburg

Workmen move quickly to replace the roadside posters in the South Africa city

Workmen move quickly to replace the roadside posters in the South Africa city

Oscar Pistorius' sister, Aimee, left, leaves the Mamelodi Hospital, east of Pretoria where she visited her brother while he was being examined earlier today

Oscar Pistorius' sister, Aimee, left, leaves the Mamelodi Hospital, east
of Pretoria where she visited her brother while he was being examined
earlier

Incident: Oscar Pistorius with Reeva Steenkamp, 30, a former FHM model who is believed to have been shot dead today

Famous: Reeva Steenkamp worked primarily for Ice Model Management in Johannesburg, who expressed their distress at her death today

Incident: Oscar Pistorius is accused of murdering Reeva Steenkamp, 30, a high profile model, pictured together in November at an awards ceremony, and right, doing her job

Scene: Police were called to Oscar's home, pictured, at 4am where a 30-year-old woman was treated by paramedics but died there

Scene: Police were called to Oscar's home, pictured, at 4am where a 30-year-old woman was treated by paramedics but died there

Death: Oscar Pistorius on his Pretoria at his house in Pretoria, where a woman believed to be his girlfriend was found shot dead today

Death: Oscar Pistorius on his Pretoria at his house in Pretoria, where a woman believed to be his girlfriend was found shot dead

Grand: Mr Pistorius lives in a large farm in Pretoria, which is surrounded by high walls and armed guards

Grand: Mr Pistorius lives in a large farm in Pretoria, which is surrounded by high walls and armed guards

Family members of Oscar Pistorius were pictured outside the police station where he was being held

Oscar Pistorius's brother was seen outside the police station in South Africa tonight

Family members of Oscar Pistorius, including his brother (right), were pictured outside the police station where he was being held

Winner: Oscar Pistorius celebrates with his gold medal following the men's 400m win at London 2012

Winner: Oscar Pistorius celebrates with his gold medal following the men's 400m win at London 2012

Icon: The athlete has done more than anyone to promote disabled sport and is one of the world's most famous athletes

Icon: The athlete has done more than anyone to promote disabled sport and is one of the world's most famous athletes

Custody: Clothes hang out of prison cells at the Pretoria Central Prison, where Oscar Pistorius is allegedly being held before his court appearance

Custody: Clothes hang out of prison cells at the Pretoria Central Prison, where Oscar Pistorius is allegedly being held before his court appearance today

VIDEO People react in shock to news of Reeva Steenkamp's death

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VIDEO FHM Model Reeva was due to star in upcoming Tropika Island of Treasure

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Oscar Pistorius shooting: Inside Blade Runner"s bedroom – cricket bat, baseball bat, revolver and machine gun

Inside Oscar's bedroom: One cricket bat, baseball bat, revolver and machine gun

Weapons needed to protect home in country plagued by violent crimeMore than 7,000 ‘home invasion robberies’ carried out in 2011Pistorius told Sportsmail of worries about home robberyGuards patrol Pistorius’ home ‘but sometimes are in on crimes’Tragic incident in a life marked by poignancy, heartache and triumph

, arrested after his model girlfriend is shot dead at his home

Click here to read the full tragic story

But most bone-freezing are what are
called home invasion robberies. They are preferably carried out when the
occupant is in, meaning the alarm is off and the intruders can be told
where the valuables are kept.

In 2011, the year I visited Oscar, there were 7,039 reported home invasion robberies in the Gauteng Province alone – the area that covers Johannesburg and Pretoria, the cities in which he was born and lived.

Yes, he is hidden away on the Silverwoods estate on the eastern outskirts of Pretoria and is armed by guards round the clock, but as he told me: ‘The problem is when the guards are in on the crime. ‘It’s usually safe in guarded estates like this until that happens.’

It is from this crazy world that somehow Pistorius reportedly shot dead his girlfriend whom he had mistaken for an intruder in the early hours of this morning. Initial reports claim that she was trying to surprise him for Valentine’s Day.

Bachelor pad: Pistorius invited Sportsmail into his home for an interview and look around

Bachelor pad: Pistorius invited Sportsmail into his home in Pretoria for an interview and look around

Bachelor pad: Pistorius invited Sportsmail into his home for an interview and look around

Sportsmail at home with Pistorius

Click
on the links below to read Sportsmail's brilliant interviews with one
of the heroes of last year's Olympic and Paralympic Games:

JONATHAN MCEVOY's poignant interview at home with Pistorius in Pretoria last yearWhat
makes Pistorius tick LAURA WILLIAMSON went walking on the wild side
with the Blade Runner in his hometown Pretoria last year…

And here's the Blade Runner, in his own words, on his pride at competing in the London 2012 Games:

Oscar Pistorius: I'm so proud, it will be amazing to run in London

Whatever the truth of the incident –
which leaves the most famous amputee athlete in history under arrest and
facing court later today – it is another horribly sad chapter in a life
marked by poignancy, heartache and triumph.

Oscar
Carl Lennard Pistorius, born in Johannesburg on November 22, 1986, was a
beautiful baby. Though it was not spotted at first, his father Henk and
mother Sheila soon noticed that their boy’s feet were malformed. He had
been born without fibula in either leg.

The
fighting spirit of the Pistorius family kicked in. ‘It was clear,’ said
Oscar, ‘that in their minds my parents would do whatever it was going
to take to find a solution.’ Doctors were sought, no matter what the
cost, to find the best solution.

Amputation was the chosen cure and
the young Oscar grew up walking on stumps. Later when he went to school,
his brother would put on his shoes; he would put on his prosthetic
legs. Simple as that. Me, different No way.

A man of many talents: The Blade Runner is a keen musician and a car, boat and motorbike junkie

A man of many talents: The Blade Runner is a keen musician and a car, boat and motorbike junkie

Pistorius with his dogs Enzo (black and white) and Silo (brown)

Play time: Pistorius with his dogs Enzo (black and white) and Silo (brown)

Pistorius with his dogs Enzo (black and white) and Silo (brown)

His relationship with his father was a sometimes difficult one and, so far as I know, that remains the case. His relationship with his mother, on the other hand, was his inspiration.

Sheila, a devout Christian, died when
Oscar was 15 and she was 42. The date she was born and the date she
died, of an allergic reaction to medication having being wrongly
diagnosed with hepatitis, are tattooed on the inside of Oscar’s arm.

Pistorius at the gym with his trainer Jannie

London calling: Pistorius at the gym with trainer Jannie preparing for the Olympic and Paralympic Games

Pistorius at the gym with his trainer Jannie

In the kitchen of his bachelor flat is a small gold gong and a pig-fat mallet. ‘We’d run when she hit that,’ Oscar smiled.

The very first page of his biography starts with the words: '”The real loser is never the person who crosses the finishing line last. The real loser is the person who sits on the side, the person who does not even try to compete.” My mother wrote those words to me when I was still a small baby, about five months before my surgeons performed my bilateral amputation.

'She kept the letter for me to read as an adult.'

Pistorius meets a Cheeta called Anthony

Pistorius trains at the track

Sportsmail famously captured pictures of Pistorius alongside a Cheetah in Pretoria

Self-pity was eschewed and this sports-mad boy threw himself at rugby and cricket. A speed freak and adrenaline junky, he rode motor bikes, boats and cars like James Bond.

‘To tell you the truth,’ he continued in his book, Oscar Pistorius: Blade Runner, ‘I don’t think of myself as disabled. I have limits, but we all have limits and like anyone else I also have many talents.

‘This attitude is integral to how my family approaches life and their philosophy has made me the man I am today: “This is Oscar Pistorius, exactly as he should be. Perfect in himself.”

He set out to be an athlete. Not a disabled athlete. And so his remarkable journey to become the first amputee sprinter in Olympic history at the London Games last summer was the towering achievement of his life. It was a stressful journey and occasionally at such times his usual friendly disposition could give way to surliness.

Making history: Pistorius ran in - and qualified from - the 400m heats at London 2012

Making history: Pistorius ran in – and qualified from – the 400m heats at London 2012

Making history: Pistorius ran in - and qualified from - the 400m heats at London 2012

But make it to London he did as one of the poster boys of the Games, a figure known to people of every colour around the world. Time magazine named him as one of the world’s 100 most influential people.

He qualified for the 400 metres semi-final in which he came last, and helped South Africa to eighth place in the 4x400m relay. He carried the South African flag at the closing ceremony, a recognition of his totemic significance.

A day none of us will forget: Jonnie Peacock (second left) beats Pistorius (right) to gold in the T44 100m

A day none of us will forget: Jonnie Peacock (second left) beats Pistorius (right) to gold in the 100m – T44 final

Glory: Pistorius celebrates winning gold in the men's 400m - T44 final at the Paralympic Games

… but Pistorius celebrated winning gold in the men's 400m – T44 final at the Paralympic Games

Glory: Pistorius celebrates winning gold in the men's 400m - T44 final at the Paralympic Games

It was, therefore, a shame that he let himself down by complaining at the length of the blades being used by Alan Oliveira, the Brazilian who beat him in the Paralympic 200m final a few weeks later. It was ironic because Oscar had waged a campaign over the legality of his own blades when competing against able-bodied opponents.

I wrote that he was in the wrong and anyway he swiftly apologised for his heat-of-the-moment indiscretion. He harboured no resentment at my criticism and when I chanced upon him at the British Olympic Association Ball in November he flung his arms around me.

That was the last I saw or thought of him until the phone rang this morning and I was told that on that estate, in that house Oscar Pistorius had allegedly shot his girlfriend dead.

Didier Drogba"s move to Galatasaray challenged by Shanghai Shenhua

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Everton coach "punches" goalkeeper Danielle Hill at Christmas party – EXCLUSIVE

EXCLUSIVE: Christmas bash! Everton coach is accused of punching woman keeper at party

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UPDATED:

22:05 GMT, 21 December 2012

An Everton academy coach has been suspended while Merseyside Police investigate complaints he punched the club's women's team goalkeeper in the face at the staff Christmas party.

The shocking incident involving Mick O'Brien, who looks after Everton's nine to 11 year olds, and second-choice keeper Danielle Hill took place around midnight last Sunday outside the Blue Bar on Liverpool's Albert Dock as the function was breaking up.

Hill, 24-year-old niece of former England striker Mark Hateley, reported the alleged attack to Merseyside police and went to hospital for a check-up on minor facial injuries.

MICK O'BRIEN

Danielle Hill

Claim: It is alleged that O'Brien (right) punched Everton stopper Danielle Hill

Police are making enquiries and Everton are holding an extensive internal investigation.

The club have suspended Hill, understudy to Team GB keeper Rachel Brown, along with former Torquay midfielder O'Brien, 33, while the two probes continue over the Christmas period.

There are understood to be conflicting reports as to who threw the first punch in a fight that is the talk of a club viewing the clash with the utmost seriousness.

Probe: Hill and O'Brien have both been suspended by Everton

Probe: Hill and O'Brien have both been suspended by Everton

But whatever the outcome of the inquiries, the fracas is another unseemly chapter in the history of wild behaviour at football clubs' Christmas parties.

The Everton bash was attended by administrative staff, academy and community coaches as well as the women's team.

Neither manager David Moyes nor his first-team squad were present.

A police statement said: 'Merseyside Police can confirm an investigation is underway following the assault of a 24-year-old woman in Liverpool city centre on Sunday, December 16.

'The incident occurred near to the entrance of the Blue Bar in the Albert Dock at about midnight. The 24-year-old was punched in the face during the incident.

An investigation into the full circumstances of the incident is ongoing.'

Everton made no comment.

Demba Ba escapes fine for radio interview

No fine for Ba despite Newcastle striker critising club in radio interview

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UPDATED:

16:19 GMT, 20 December 2012

Newcastle United striker Demba Ba has escaped a club fine for his controversial interview with a French television station this week.

The Senegal international, who appeared to indicate he was looking to join Arsenal and was critical of the team’s style of football, has avoided punishment for the interview with L'Equipe du Dimanche, a show on Canal+.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew, and club executives, have studied the interview this week and decided he has not breached any club rules.

Blunder: Ba criticised Newcastle on a French radio station

Blunder: Ba criticised Newcastle on a French radio station

Ba, who is refusing to sign a new deal with Newcastle to replace the 7.5million release clause in his current deal, claimed the team's 'long ball football' had damaged their league campaign this season.

Last season Newcastle midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa was fined after he criticised the team's style of play following a 3-0 win over Manchester United.

But Pardew said then: 'I didn’t see anything wrong with his interview.

'I don’t think any player at any football club is going to say their philosophy is the same as the manager.

No fine: Pardew was understanding of his star striker

No fine: Pardew was understanding of his star striker

'I didn’t when I was working with Steve Coppell (at Crystal Palace) I was the same but I still admired him and understood what he is about and learned a great deal off him.'

As doubts remain over Ba’s future at St James’s Park, Newcastle have again be linked with a reunion with England striker Andy Carroll.

According to newspaper reports, the Geordie striker is keen on a return to Tyneside after an unhappy move to Liverpool and his current loan spell with West Ham.

But he would need special dispensation to return to Newcastle in the next transfer window because he has played for two Premier League teams.

Roma fans arrested for attack on Tottenham fans in jail

Roma fans arrested for stabbing Spurs supporters remain in jail pending judge's ruling

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17:33 GMT, 25 November 2012

A judge has ordered two Roma fans arrested after an attack on Tottenham supporters at a Rome pub to remain in jail pending a decision on whether to formally charge them.

Police had said on Friday that the two were accused of attempted murder, causing injury and causing a fight before the English club's Europa League match against Lazio.

Trashed: Fights broke out in this pub in Rome last week

Trashed: Fights broke out in this pub in Rome last week

But attorney Lorenzo Contucci, who is representing one of the men – Francesco Ianari – said the stiffest charge the men faced at a preliminary hearing Sunday was aggravated injury.

He said an anticipated charge of attempted murder, with an aggravating element for the racial character of the attack, 'disappeared.'

Controversy: Lazio fans allegedly taunted Spurs fans during the game

Controversy: Lazio fans allegedly taunted Spurs fans during the game

During the brawl early Thursday, witnesses quoted by Italian news reports said the attackers shouted 'Jew' at the Tottenham fans. Tottenham has a large Jewish fan base from north London.

Cricket World Cup semi-final fix claims denied by BCCI

BCCI chief dismisses claim of fix between India and Pakistan in World Cup semi-final

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19:26 GMT, 11 November 2012

WAS THE WORLD CUP SEMI-FINAL FIXED

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The chief of Indian cricket has rubbished renewed claims that their World Cup semi-final against Pakistan last year was fixed.

A Sportsmail article, which included content from a yet-to-be-published book, alleges that the match had been played out to a pre-planned script that was apparently e-mailed to an English-based sports betting journalist as it was being played. India won the match by 29 runs in Mohali.

Game in question: India celebrate their win over Pakistan last year

Game in question: India celebrate their win over Pakistan last year

Pakistan v India March 2011

Board of Control for Cricket in India president N Srinivasan on Sunday reacted angrily to the claims, told reporters: 'I don't generally comment on such newspaper reports but this is the farthest from the truth.

'And it is an insult to the Indian team which worked hard to win.'

Earlier this year the International Cricket Council denied it was conducting an investigation into the semi-final following reports to the contrary.

Then ICC chief Haroon Lorgat said in a statement: 'The story carried by the newspaper, in which it has claimed that the ICC is investigating the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 semi-final between India and Pakistan, is baseless and misleading.

Denial: The BCCI have hit back at the claims

Denial: The BCCI have hit back at the claims

'The ICC has no reason or evidence to require an investigation into this match.

'It is indeed sad for spurious claims to be made which only serve to cause doubt on the semi-final of one of the most successful ICC Cricket World Cups ever.'

Ijaz Butt, who was chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board at the time of the match, has called for the current board to take the matter to the ICC.

'I am no longer the chairman and it is not right for me to say anything now but I think the current chairman should take up this issue with the ICC,' he said.

Arsenal take on United for Crewe starlet Max Clayton – dubbed the new Michael Owen

Arsenal take on United for Crewe starlet Max Clayton – dubbed the new Michael Owen

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10:33 GMT, 30 October 2012

Arsenal will battle Manchester United for the 3million signature of highly-rated Crewe striker Max Clayton.

The 18-year-old, who has been likened to Michael Owen, is the latest product of the prestigious Gresty Road production line. He has made 48 appearances since his first-team debut in April 2010.

Clayton, who has represented England at every age group from Under 16 has been watched by scouts from Manchester United, Liverpool and Newcastle.

Big-game player: Crewe's Max Clayton celebrates scoring the second goal during last season's npower Football League Two Play Off Semi Final Second Leg match at Southend

Michael Owen of Manchester celebrates after scoring his third goal during the UEFA Champions League Group B match at Wolfsburg

'The new Owen': Crewe striker Max Clayton (left), who has been likened to former England striker Michael Owen (right), is on Arsenal's and United's radar

Arsenal are now ready to make a move when the January transfer window opens, with manager Arsene Wenger being alerted to Clayton’s progress by his former assistant, now scout, Pat Rice.

Gunners staff watched the Crewe youngster in games against Portsmouth and then Walsall earlier this month, and Wenger was handed promising reports on the striker, who has been likened to ex-England star Owen because of his movement in the box.

CLAYTON'S KEY STATS

Crewe's Max Clayton

Date of birth: 9 August 1994
Place of birth: Crewe, England
Height: 5ft 9in

Senior career
2011– Crewe 48 apps (9 goals)

National
2010 England U16 5 (2)
2010–2011 England U17 20 (4)
2011– England U18 2 (0)
2012– England U19 1 (0)

Follow him on Twitter @MaxJClayton

Arsenal scout's presence at those matches has prompted speculation that a potential deal with Crewe has already been secured, and while that was rebuffed by Alex boss Steve Davis, he has admitted that he expects Clayton to move on soon: 'I’ve had no inquiries about Max, only people watching, so it’s only a rumour. He’s not ready to go anywhere,’ said Davis last week. ‘When the situation is right he will leave to go in somebody’s first team.’

Clayton is said to be valued at 3m by Crewe, who sold fellow teenager Nick Powell to Manchester United for a similar fee during the summer.

Tottenham and West Brom want Celtic scout John Park

Tottenham and West Brom target Celtic scout Park for technical role

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21:55 GMT, 23 October 2012

Celtic chief scout John Park is among the contenders being considered by Tottenham and West Brom for their technical director roles.

Park, who was linked with Liverpool earlier this year, is regarded as one of the best in Europe and is responsible for finding top talent on a budget helping recruit the likes of Victor Wanyama, Beram Kayal and Emilio Izaguirre.

Wanted man: Park is being tracked by Tottenham and West Brom

Wanted man: Park is being tracked by Tottenham and West Brom

Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool are all keen on Celtic midfielder Wanyama.

Sportsmail revealed United's interest in the Kenyan powerhouse in July and they are continuing to monitor his progress amid increased interest from other clubs including neighbours Manchester City.

Celtic have offered the 21-year-old a new contract but he is expected to weigh up offers in January, opening the door for a move away. Celtic will not sell cheaply, however, after rejecting an 8million offer from QPR in August.

United, meanwhile, have also been watching Bosnia fullback Ognjen Vranjes, 22, of Russian side Krasnodar. However, current reports back mean they are unlikely to make an offer.

Target: Both the Manchester giants are after Wanyama

Target: Both the Manchester giants are after Wanyama

Theo Walcott wants to stay at Arsenal and emulate Thierry Henry

I want to stay at Arsenal and become a legend like Henry, says contract rebel Walcott

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18:13 GMT, 24 September 2012

Theo Walcott wants to stay at Arsenal and become as big a legend with the North London club as Thierry Henry.

Gunners winger Walcott denied his delay in signing a new contract had anything to do with money but admitted agreeing a deal could be a 'slow process'.

Manager Arsene Wenger warned last week the club may be forced to sell Walcott – something they appeared close to doing this summer – if an agreement could not be reached before the transfer window reopens.

Staying put: Walcott wants to pen a new deal with the Gunners

Staying put: Walcott wants to pen a new deal with the Gunners

It has been suggested Walcott is seeking assurances of more playing time, especially up front.

Wenger converted Henry from a winger to Arsenal's all-time leading goalscorer and Walcott, who inherited the Frenchman's No 14 jersey, told ESPN: 'I want to be an Arsenal legend. Thierry joined the club when he was 22 and I want to become an Arsenal legend like him, playing up front as well, which is a big factor for me.

'I've played on the right wing and had the opportunity to play up front a bit more so I think it's about time.'

Talks over extending the 23-year-old's contract, which expires at the end of the season, reached crisis point last month when he rejected a new five-year deal worth 75,000 a week.

All smiles: Walcott wants to emulate Arsenal legend Henry

All smiles: Walcott wants to emulate Arsenal legend Henry

It was reported Walcott was holding out for 100,000 a week, but he said: 'That speculation on the money side of it has never been me. That's not me.

'I'm not the sort of person who's influenced by money. I always make my decisions based on football and only football.

Reports: Walcott has been linked with a host of top clubs

Reports: Walcott has been linked with a host of top clubs

'Hopefully, something can be sorted out. I'll just wait for the club to get back to us now and go from there.'

He added: 'It's a slow process. 'My last contract took over six months to happen. Hopefully, it can be sorted out.

'I've never said I wanted to go, I've always wanted to stay.'

However, the England star refused to rule out leaving Arsenal completely.

'It's one of those things that happens in the game,' he said. 'If it comes to it, if the club had to sell me, I'd be disappointed but, like I said, hopefully something can be sorted.'