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Craig Levein starts legal proceedings against SFA after "resigning" as Scotland manager

Levein starts legal proceedings against SFA after 'resigning' as Scotland manager

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UPDATED:

17:59 GMT, 19 December 2012

Former Scotland manager Craig Levein has opened legal proceedings against the Scottish Football Association.

Levein was 'relieved of his duties' by the SFA on November 5 following a disappointing start to the World Cup qualifying campaign.

The SFA has confirmed Levein has now instructed his lawyers to serve a writ on the Association, who had offered to honour the remainder of his contract in full.

Action: Levin has opened legal proceedings against the SFA

Action: Levin has opened legal proceedings against the SFA

A statement from the SFA read: 'Regrettably, the Scottish FA has received notification from lawyers representing Craig Levein that their client has served a writ on the Association.

'This notification has been received despite the Scottish FA's offer to honour Craig's contract in full, an offer that was made immediately upon the Board's decision to relieve Craig of his duties on November 5, 2012.

Axed: Levein was shown the door in November

Axed: Levein was shown the door in November

'The Scottish FA has since received notification that Craig has chosen to resign, thereby foregoing the offer made to honour his contract in full.

'In the notification received, failure to make a proposal in lieu of compensation has been cited.

'It is the view of the Scottish FA that no such offer is required given Craig's decision to resign, especially since an offer of mediation was rejected by his legal representatives.

'We will make no further comment at this time.'

Levein had found himself under pressure after the Scots failed to record a single win from their opening four games of the current campaign.

Draws at home to Serbia and Macedonia, followed by defeats away to Wales and Belgium, left Scotland bottom of their group with little hope of booking their place at Brazil in 2014.

Those results ultimately sealed the fate of the former Hearts and Dundee United boss and his near-three-year tenure came to an end last month.

Under-21s boss Billy Stark was placed in interim charge while the SFA search for Levein's successor.

Mercedes fined for Michael Schumacher incident in Korea Grand Prix qualifying

Mercedes hit with 8k fine after unsafe Schumacher release in Korea qualifying

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11:02 GMT, 13 October 2012

Mercedes have been fined 10,000 euros (8,000) for their unsafe release of Michael Schumacher during qualifying for the Korean Grand Prix.

The German, who will retire at the end of the season, came out of his garage during the final minutes of Q3 just as Lewis Hamilton was heading down the pitlane.

Punished: Michael Schumacher ventured out of the pitlane at an inopportune moment

Punished: Michael Schumacher ventured out of the pitlane at an inopportune moment

The McLaren driver was forced to take rapid evasive action as Schumacher pulled into his path, narrowly avoiding a collision.

And having examined video evidence of the incident and heard from team representatives, Mercedes were found guilty of breaching article 23.12 of the FIA sporting regulations and fined.

Double trouble: Schumacher was also reprimanded for an incident in practise

Double trouble: Schumacher was also reprimanded for an incident in practise

Schumacher himself was reprimanded on Friday for impeding the HRTs of Pedro de la Rosa and Narain Karthikeyan during second practice.

The stewards also confirmed Karthikeyan will be able to start Sunday's race, despite failing to set a time during qualifying after a brake failure during Q1.

Brendan Rodgers saved Liverpool money – Charles Sale

Rodgers kicks off Anfield career with a great save

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22:25 GMT, 6 June 2012

Brendan Rodgers has saved Liverpool a six-figure agent’s fee on his Anfield contract by using the League Managers’ Association to negotiate his deal.

Rodgers was represented by LMA chief executive Richard Bevan and their retained employment expert Paul Gilroy QC — thus saving the club the hundreds of thousands of pounds they would have had to pay on his behalf had a middle man dealt with the three-year package.

The union, who intervene in almost all managerial disputes after a sacking, now want to increase their influence by being the preferred choice when managers sign for a club as well, although that will cause a lot of tension with agents.

Good work: Brendan Rodgers saved Liverpool money

Good work: Brendan Rodgers saved Liverpool money

But despite the LMA’s deal-making experience and legal set-up, Harry Redknapp currently has two high-profile agents working on his behalf.

The Tottenham manager, who like Roy Hodgson would have used the LMA had he been offered the England job, has signed a two-year contract with Wayne Rooney’s advisor Paul Stretford for his Triple S agency to be his sole representatives. Redknapp still has First Artists looking after his existing commercial agreements, which included a De Vere golf event this week.

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Premier League chairman Sir Dave Richards, whose conflict of interests when he was also at the helm of Club England was well documented, is back in a lead role in the England party at Euro 2012. Richards has remained chairman of the FA’s international committee and is one of four representatives from that group who will be in Krakow as long as the team are in the tournament. Richards’ presence in Poland will make for an interesting dynamic as FA chairman David Bernstein, who took his place as boss of Club England, will also be there. The pair have their differences on the conflict issue.

Humphrey changes tack

Jake Humphrey, one of the BBC presenters involved in the Corporation’s castigated coverage of the Diamond Jubilee, has switched agents to Peter Powell’s light entertainment specialist James Grant management. Humphrey, who has made his reputation as an accomplished F1 host, wants to do more TV work outside sport. However, BBC athletics commentator Paul Dickenson, who made such a mess of the royal pageant commentary, should certainly stick to track and field.

Sponsor Power

It says something about the power of sponsors that the England party stopped off en route to Luton airport for their flight to Krakow at the nearby HQ of team backers Vauxhall, where the whole squad had a photo with 200 of the company staff. Unfortunately for Vauxhall, the players arrived in Krakow in a bus emblazoned with Kia Motors, who are UEFA sponsors.

Message: Vauxhall made sure their brand was spotted with the England squad...

Message: Vauxhall made sure their brand was spotted with the England squad…

... but the coach was emblazoned with Kia Motors

… but the coach was emblazoned with Kia Motors

From bad to verse…

UK Athletics went into meltdown when Sportsmail’s Olympics Correspondent Jonathan McEvoy challenged Michigan-born GB captain Tiffany Porter to prove her British credentials before the World Indoor Championships by reciting the opening lines of God Save The Queen.

Purely as a result of that furore, UKA head coach Charles van Commenee will now ensure that all athletes who have switched allegiance know the words of the National Anthem.

Fat issue: The ludicrous debate was turned on its head by the retraction of the initial supposed accusation

Fat issue: The ludicrous debate was turned on its head by the retraction of the initial supposed accusation

To add to the confusion at UKA, Jessica Ennis’s coach Toni Minichiello, who started a witch-hunt by claiming a leading UKA official had ludicrously asserted that the heptathlete is fat, has retracted the accusation following a chat with Van Commenee. It is understood Minichiello told the coach nobody from UKA had used the F-word.

Parry exit… again

Controversial broadcaster Mike Parry, who left talkSport after the arrival of Richard Keys and Andy Gray, has now parted company with Sports Tonight Live, the online TV talk station that has just received Sky and Freeview platforms. Outspoken Parry had a major falling-out with his bosses following the sending of late-night text messages described as ‘abusive’. Parry said: ‘We had issues about the company.’

Hodgson"s warning: Misbehave and you will not be playing for England again

Hodgson's warning: Misbehave and you will not be playing for England again

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UPDATED:

01:59 GMT, 20 May 2012

England's new manager, Roy Hodgson, has laid down the law over how he expects his squad to behave during Euro 2012 this summer. Hodgson has told his players that they will be allowed to enjoy the city centre attractions of Krakow – their base for the tournament.

But he has warned them that if any player indulges in the sort of behaviour that brought England's World Cup rugby team into disrepute, they will not be part of his future plans.

Warning: England manager Roy Hodgson demands good behaviour from his squad

Warning: England manager Roy Hodgson demands good behaviour from his squad

Hodgson's squad will be given an advisory document which the Football Association have drawn up in order to avoid the type of debacle that dogged England's trip to New Zealand last autumn.

Members of the team were photographed drinking late into the night and became embroiled in embarrassing off-the-field incidents.

The FA had already decided under former manager Fabio Capello to ditch the idea of using a remote training camp, an experience that bored many of the players in South Africa during the 2010 World Cup.

Instead, England will base themselves in the picturesque, but lively, Polish city of Krakow and have booked the Hotel Stary in the city centre for the duration of the tournament.

Centre of attention: Manchester United's Wayne Rooney at a nightclub in Las Vegas last week

Centre of attention: Manchester United's Wayne Rooney at a nightclub in Las Vegas last week

Hodgson fully supports the move but, with the hotel surrounded by bars, nightclubs and restaurants, says he will be reminding the players of their responsibilities as national team representatives.

'My message will be very simple: “Not only do I expect you to behave yourself, I'm going to demand that you behave yourself”,' said Hodgson last week.

'And I'm going to demand also that any time they're in a public place, they are aware of the fact that if they do anything they shouldn't, they will not only be letting themselves down, they'll be letting us all down, because unfortunately the criticism will pile upon us all.

'So it's a big responsibility. If there's anybody here who can't take that responsibility, he's not going to play a big part in my thinking in the future.

Having a flutter: Wayne Rooney and Wes Brown playing cards in Las Vegas

Having a flutter: Wayne Rooney and Wes Brown playing cards in Las Vegas

'I think they're fully aware of their responsibilities. I won't be hesitant in pointing them out and Adrian [Bevington, Club England managing director] has put together a document that we'll take up with them, especially in light of the England rugby team. We don't want any repeats of those types of things.

'It's something we're going be talking about all the time, I guess, but I don't want to be teaching my grandmother how to suck eggs either. These are experienced players who have an incredible public profile.

'They know that every time they step out of the front door the eyes of the world are upon them. There are cameras everywhere nowadays. With the mobile phones, you can't escape it.'

Wayne Rooney experienced just that sort of attention last week when photographs of him enjoying a visit – allegedly in the early hours of Friday morning – to his hotel's nightclub in Las Vegas were published in a red-top newspaper.

Infamous: England players took part in a riotous drinking session in Hong Kong before Euro 96 which included the 'dentist's chair' - which led to Paul Gascoigne's notorious goal celebration against Scotland

Infamous: England players took part in a riotous drinking session in Hong Kong before Euro 96 which included the 'dentist's chair' – which led to Paul Gascoigne's notorious goal celebration against Scotland

Rooney is holidaying in the American city with his wife, Coleen, and their son, Kai.

The photographs showed the Manchester United striker chatting to other clubbers – and behaving impeccably.

The FA are about to start a process of consultation with England players on a code of conduct which, in future, will be accepted by all internationals as the rules by which they should abide.

It would cover expected behaviour on group trips and standardise disciplinary action to avoid the confusion as to whether a player should represent England when charged with a criminal offence.

John Terry has been picked for Hodgson's squad, despite being charged with racially abusing Anton Ferdinand.

Losing the job: John Terry (left) gives way to new captain Steven Gerrard (right)

New captain: Steven Gerrard

Losing the job: John Terry (left) gives way to new captain Steven Gerrard (right)

Terry denies the charge but has been stripped of the England captaincy.

On the issue of player behaviour, Hodgson, who coached Halmstad and Malmo in Sweden and the Finnish and Swiss national teams, said England ought to learn from their European opponents and trust players to behave in city centre environments.

'It wasn't my decision to go to Krakow but if I was asked how would I like my camp, either to be isolated or the other type where there is contact with other people, the players can go out and maybe have a cup of coffee and where they will see something else other than their room-mates, myself, and the coaching staff, then I would say give me that any day,' said Hodgson.

'The Swedes have been very good at that for years. Their mantra has been: “We're dealing with people who have the same goals as us, they want to do well. We'll make life as comfortable for them as we can and we trust them to behave like proper people when other people are around”.

'I hope it will go well and if it doesn't then we will have learned another lesson.

Laying down the law: Hodgson won't hesitate to ban any England players who misbehave

Laying down the law: Hodgson won't hesitate to ban any England players who misbehave

'Imprisoning people isn't the best way of getting the best out of them. Treating people like adults when they are adults is the best way of getting a working relationship with them. We're not at school. We're footballers. We've got the same goal, I hope, to play well and to achieve results for our team.'

Shingler"s Scotland hopes in tatters after IRB throw out appeal

Shingler's Scotland hopes in tatters after IRB throw out appeal

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UPDATED:

09:32 GMT, 16 May 2012

Steven Shingler is tied to Wales and ineligible to play Test rugby for Scotland, the International Rugby Board's council ruled in a unanimous decision.

Shingler was judged by the IRB to have been 'captured' by Wales after playing in an Under-20 international against France in 2011.

Ruling: London Irish's Steven Shingler is tied to Wales

Ruling: London Irish's Steven Shingler is tied to Wales

The eligibility row was sparked when 20-year-old Shingler, a fly-half or centre, was included in Scotland's RBS 6 Nations squad earlier this year.

The Scottish Rugby Union appealed against the original decision that Shingler was tied to Wales, made by the IRB's regulations committee.

But that appeal was thrown out at yesterday's IRB council meeting.

An IRB statement said: 'Under the regulations committee decision Shingler was deemed to have been captured by Wales, having represented the Wales Under-20 team against the France Under-20 team in a 2011 Six Nations fixture.

'Following the Scottish Rugby Union's appeal of the Shingler decision, the IRB council considered and determined the matter during its annual meeting in Dublin.

'Council, having considered all the facts and having heard submissions from the SRU and WRU legal representatives, dismissed the appeal and upheld the decision of the IRB regulations committee.

'The council therefore determined that Steven Shingler is tied to Wales in accordance with IRB regulation 8 and therefore is ineligible to represent another union.'

Matt Cox of Gloucester is tackled by Sailosi Tagicakibau (L) and Steven Shingler (R) of London Irish

The decisive factor was that both Wales and France had designated the Under-20s as their second senior national representative team for that match.

Andy Robinson initially selected Shingler on the understanding he qualified for Scotland through his mother, who was born in Dumfries.

Although Shingler had represented Wales Under 20s, the SRU argued he had never signed a declaration tying his international eligability to Wales.

The SRU cited the complex cases of Matthew Jarvis and James Loxton, who played for Wales Under 20s in 2010 before switching their allegiance to Ireland.

The cases of Jarvis and Loxton prompted a global review, which recommended playing for an Under 20 team should no longer commit that player to that nation.

But that recommendation was dismissed by the IRB, who determined the Under 20s can be considered as the next senior national team.

The IRB instructed unions to publicly publish their second team designation on an annual basis and ensure that all players are informed.

Sir Bobby Robson statue unveiled at Newcastle

Pride of Newcastle: Gazza joins Pardew as statue of late great Sir Bobby is unveiled

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10:45 GMT, 6 May 2012

Newcastle legend Paul Gascoigne and manager Alan Pardew lead the applause as the club unveiled a statue outside St James' Park in honour of late great boss Sir Bobby Robson.

Thousands of fans attended the ceremony ahead of today's Barclays Premier League clash with Manchester City as the impressive 9 ft bronze statue of their beloved former manager, who sadly passed away three years ago, was revealed.

Robson’s family, led by his wife Lady Elsie, joined Pardew, owner Mike Ashley, Gazza and some of the club’s most famous players past and present, including Lee Clark, Peter Bearsley and Bobby Moncur.

Pride of Newcastle: A statue of the late great Sir Bobby Robson was unveiled outside St James' Park

Pride of Newcastle: A statue of the late great Sir Bobby Robson was unveiled outside St James' Park

The sculpture is located at the South-West corner of the club's stadium and Newcastle's managing director Derek
Llambias told the club's official website: 'We are delighted to be able
to honour Sir Bobby Robson with this lasting tribute.

'He was a great man and ambassador for this football club and for the city.

'He achieved great success during his
time as manager of Newcastle United and this statue is a fitting way
for the Club to remember him.'

Applause: Paul Gascoigne and Newcastle manager Alan Pardew watch the Sir Bobby Robson statue being unveiled before the match against Manchester City

Applause: Paul Gascoigne and Newcastle manager Alan Pardew watch the Sir Bobby Robson statue being unveiled before the match against Manchester City

Robson spent five years in charge of his hometown club between 1999 and 2004, in which he twice led Newcastle into the Champions League and secured three consecutive top-five finishes.

Lady Elsie Robson, who was joined by members of her family, representatives from the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and sculptor Tom Maley, added: 'It's very fitting that there will be a tribute to Bob outside Newcastle United's ground. This is where his love of football began.

Smiles: Lady Elsie Robson was proud to see the new statue of her husband outside Newcastle's stadium

Smiles: Lady Elsie Robson was proud to see the new statue of her husband outside Newcastle's stadium

'As a boy he'd come here with his dad and he likely queued to get into the ground where the statue will be sited.

'My husband's career took him all
over the world but he was always a Newcastle fan at heart. He loved this
Club and was very proud to be its manager.'

Impressive: The sculpture of Sir Bobby is located at the South-West corner of the Club's stadium.

Impressive: The sculpture of Sir Bobby is located at the South-West corner of the Club's stadium.

Rangers in crisis: Administrators blame Craig Whyte

Whyte must 'take blame on his own' for Rangers crisis, claim administrators

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21:45 GMT, 28 March 2012

Rangers administrators will plead for SFA clemency by pinning the blame for the club’s mismanagement solely on owner Craig Whyte.

The Ibrox club will appear before a Hampden hearing charged with five offences of breaching SFA rules. Whyte, who retains the majority shareholding in the club, is also charged with two individual breaches following his takeover last May and could be banned from Scottish football indefinitely.

The charges follow the finding of an independent enquiry, chaired by Lord Nimmo Smith, that Whyte was not a ‘fit and proper person’ to run a football club.

Blame game: Rangers administrators consider Craig Whyte to be responsible

Blame game: Rangers administrators consider Craig Whyte to be responsible

While the discredited owner is not expected to appear in person, administrators Duff & Phelps will present signed evidence from former directors claiming they warned of possible consequences unless bills were paid and the club was run properly.

The aim is to prove that Whyte, rather than Rangers, should bear the responsibility for failing to meet their responsibilities — including the failure to pay Dundee United the outstanding sum of 61,000 for Scottish Cup ticket sales.

The other SFA charges concern breaches of compliance with SFA articles, entering administration, bringing the game into disrepute and failing to act ‘in the best interests of association football’ as a club and via individual officials.

Legal representatives for Duff & Phelps will claim, however, that there was a ‘clear distinction’ between the actions of individuals and the actions of the club. No decision is expected on Thursday.

On the field: Rangers beat Celtic at Ibrox on Sunday

On the field: Rangers beat Celtic at Ibrox on Sunday

Meanwhile, money raised by Rangers fans will be used to settle a debt owed to Dunfermline — but no cash will be forwarded to Dundee United.
The Rangers Fans Fighting Fund (RFFF) has raised around 250,000 and have agreed to pay 22,000 still owed to the Pars from ticket sales for an SPL meeting between the clubs at East End Park last month.

However, they have decided not to settle the 61,000 owed to the Tannadice outfit from the Scottish Cup tie.

Andrew McCormick, chairman of the RFFF, said: ‘It was agreed we should use some of the money collected by our fans to pay off this outstanding debt (to Dunfermline). This is a debt of honour to a club of honour.

‘Consideration was also given to using some more of the funds to pay off money owed to Dundee United. But that was rejected as there were strong views that, in recent times, Dundee United had treated Rangers and their fans with disdain.

‘Rangers fans were angry when Dundee United levied an extra charge on Rangers ticket holders if they wished to attend an abandoned game at Tannadice.’

FA seek big-name manager to be new coaching guru

FA seek big-name manager to be new coaching guru at national football centre

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UPDATED:

12:40 GMT, 27 March 2012

Howard's way! England's last technical director

Howard's way! England's last technical director

The Football Association are to appoint a technical director – after a gap of 10 years.

The position will suit an experienced
manager who will head up operations at the FA's new national football
centre at St George's Park near Burton-upon-Trent.

Howard Wilkinson is the only previous
permanent technical director of the FA. He left in 2002 to manage
Sunderland, although Les Reed served as acting technical director until
2004.

The new technical
director will report to Sir Trevor Brooking, the FA's director of
football development, and lead the drive to make St George's Park a
centre of excellence for coaches.

Alex Horne, the FA's general secretary, said: 'The role of technical
director will be crucial as we continue to strive towards improving the
technical ability and knowledge of our players and coaches both now and
in the future.'

The new
technical director will have to have a UEFA Pro Licence or the
equivalent and is part of the FA's drive to raise the standards of
football at both elite and grassroots level.

St George's Park will also have the latest sports science and medical facilities and the new position will work with maximising the influence of cutting-edge developments in the game.

The successful candidate will also work with Premier League and Football League representatives on the new Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP).

The EPPP is aimed at boosting the chance of domestic talent breaking through into first-team football and will rank club academies to determine their funding levels.

There has been opposition to the EPPP from some Football League clubs who believe they will get less compensation for talented young players who come through their ranks.

Benfica to sell Nicolas Gaitan

Gaitan in shop window against Chelsea after Benfica agree to cash in on star

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UPDATED:

21:46 GMT, 26 March 2012

Nicolas Gaitan will press his claims for a move to the Barclays Premier League against Chelsea after Benfica reluctantly decided to cash in on their prize asset.

Both Manchester clubs, United and City, have been strongly linked with the 24-year old Argentina winger, while Tottenham are sure to be alerted to his imminent availability after launching a search for more attacking options.

Old Trafford insiders recently distanced themselves from speculation about Gaitan, despite Sir Alex Ferguson describing him in glowing terms after this season's Champions' League games between the sides.

Wanted man: Nico Gaitan will be sold by Benfica in the summer

Wanted man: Nico Gaitan will be sold by Benfica in the summer

City remain keen, while Tottenham confirmed they are in the market for top quality on the flanks by including Blackburn winger Junior Hoilett in their list of summer targets.

Like Hoilett, Gaitan, signed from Boca Juniors for 7.5million two years ago as a direct replacement for Real Madrid-bound Angel Di Maria, can play in a more central role, as well as on the wing.

His buy-out clause of 40million is designed to give Benfica more bargaining power over a fee that is likely to be approaching 25million, if, as expected, he leaves at the end of the season.

Impressive: Gaitan shown against Manchester United this season

Impressive: Gaitan shown against Manchester United this season

He will be a key figure against Chelsea for a Benfica side who are reaping the benefits of a Portuguese League policy to allow their Champions' League representatives 72 hours' breathing space before ties.

They drew 0-0 with Olhanense on Friday, and coach Jorge Jesus said: 'We are feeling fresh and ready to make the most of home advantage in the first leg. Our home form is our great strength, so we will do everything we can to build a lead to take with us to Stamford Bridge.'

Edinson Cavani: Chelsea run rule over Napoli striker

Chelsea scouts run rule over 35m Cavani as AVB eyes long-term Drogba replacement

Chelsea have complied a dossier on 35million-rated Napoli striker Edinson Cavani, 24, and Sportsmail has learned the club have sent scouts to watch him on at least five occasions this season.

Andre Villas-Boas has been working on finding a potential long-term replacement for 33-year-old Didier Drogba.

In demand: Cavani is considered among the hottest prospects in Europe

In demand: Cavani is considered among the hottest prospects in Europe

Uruguay's Cavani is one of the hottest properties in European football after his goalscoring exploits in Serie A and the Champions League.

Representatives of the 6ft 2in striker have made enquiries to the Barclays Premier League's big clubs in recent weeks to gauge interest in a summer move.

Villas-Boas will have the chance to view Cavani's prowess next month when Chelsea take on Napoli in the Champions League knockout stage.

Up close and personal: Chelsea will face Cavani in the knockout stages of the Champions League

Up close and personal: Chelsea will face Cavani in the knockout stages of the Champions League

Chelsea have also begun talks with Marseille over 16m-rated full back Cesar Azpilicueta, 22.

Villas-Boas has made a new right back one of his top priorities and could complete a deal in the January window.

Sportsmail revealed Chelsea's interest in the the former Spain Under 21 defender last month. Chelsea are also keen on Sao Paulo's 19-year-old Brazil midfielder Lucas Moura.