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Demba Ba begs Rafa Benitez to play him and Fernando Torres up front together for Chelsea

Play me and Torres up front… we'll blast Chelsea back into the Champions League, insists Ba

By
Andy James

PUBLISHED:

14:45 GMT, 19 April 2013

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UPDATED:

15:16 GMT, 19 April 2013

Demba Ba has told Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez that he and Fernando Torres are ready to start up front together in Sunday's Barclays Premier League clash against Liverpool.

Benitez has rotated the two strikers in a 4-2-3-1 formation since Ba joined from Newcastle in January but the pair combined effectively in the second half of last weekend's 2-1 FA Cup semi-final defeat to Manchester City.

Benitez faces a selection dilemma with Torres desperate to start at his former club and Ba's form in front of goal making him hard to ignore – but the Senegalese insists they can play together.

Ba

Torres

Partners in crime Demba Ba (left) has said he wants to play with Fernando Torres (right) up front for Chelsea

He told the London Evening Standard:
'When he came on the pitch against City he helped me a lot. We caused
them problems so I think we could play together.

'We combined against Brentford earlier
in the competition, too, so I don’t believe it would be a problem for
us. Most of the time we have to fight against the two central defenders
on our own. If you have an extra body there, it makes it easier.

'This is also very important in
football, to be able to control the game. I would understand if Fernando
wants to start against Liverpool. We’re not making the decision but I
would understand if he does.

One or the other: Ba (left) has rarely played with Torres, the two usually used as like-for-like replacements

One or the other: Ba (left) has rarely played with Torres, the two usually used as like-for-like replacements

Chelsea

Meanwhile, Benitez insists he is
focused only on the immediate future and not his past with Liverpool as
he prepares to take his Chelsea side to Anfield.

In a press conference on Friday the
Spaniard declined to assess Liverpool since his departure in June 2010
or to talk about events at Anfield ahead of his first return as an
opposing manager.

'I have a lot of respect, but I have to concentrate on my team,' Benitez said.

'I don't want any misunderstanding, so
I will concentrate just on Chelsea and the game and try to enjoy it,
especially if we can win.'

Job at hand: Rafa Benitez insists he is only focused on Chelsea ahead of his return to Liverpool

Job at hand: Rafa Benitez insists he is only focused on Chelsea ahead of his return to Liverpool

Benitez is expected to receive a warm
welcome in the week which marked both his 53rd birthday and the 24th
anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.

He spent six years at Anfield, helping
Liverpool to the 2005 Champions League in his first season, the FA Cup,
the Community Shield and European Super Cup, while the Reds finished
second in the Premier League in 2008-09.

His family home remains on Merseyside
and he supports the campaigners in their fight for justice for the 96
supporters killed at Hillsborough in 1989.

His is a lasting bond with Liverpool, but Benitez's aim is to defeat his former club.

'I'm a professional and I am committed
with Chelsea until the end of the season, to win, to achieve our
targets,' said Benitez, who is out of contract at the end of the
campaign.

Flying the flag: Benitez is still a hugely popular figure at Anfield, having won them the Champions League in 2005

Flying the flag: Benitez is still a hugely popular figure at Anfield, having won them the Champions League in 2005

'I was there for six years, winning a lot of things together.

'They (Liverpool supporters) will
appreciate that, but at the same time they will try to support their
team and they will understand that I have to try to do my best and win.'

Benitez recently was quoted as saying
he wanted to return 'home' to Liverpool and that his wish was to move to
a top club, possibly in England next season.

That was interpreted by some as a possible return to Liverpool, but Benitez meant his family home.

For reasons of clarity, the Spaniard declined the opportunity to appraise Reds incumbent Brendan Rodgers.

'I have a lot of respect for Liverpool Football Club and all their managers,' he said.

'What I said clearly is Liverpool is
my home, my family is living there and because I don't want any
misunderstanding, I will not talk about the club, the position or the
manager's position or whatever. My family's there, it's my home.'

Man arrested for alleged racist abuse during Millwall"s v Leeds

53-year-old man arrested for alleged racist abuse during Millwall's match against Leeds
Sky Sports News report identified 56 examples of racist abuse at MillwallSustained abuse heard from Block 28 at The DenMillwall 'appalled' by footage and captain Danny Shittu 'deeply saddened'

By
David Wilcock

PUBLISHED:

21:57 GMT, 12 February 2013

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UPDATED:

22:00 GMT, 12 February 2013

A man has been arrested in connection with allegations of racist abuse aimed at Leeds striker El-Hadji Diouf by Millwall fans, Scotland Yard said on Tuesday night.

The 53-year-old man was arrested after Sky Sports News last night broadcast footage which appeared to show some of the London club's fans hurling insults at the Senegalese forward during a game at the Den in November.

Millwall said they were 'appalled' by the footage and vowed to reopen an investigation into allegations of racial abuse, which initially emerged online.

Caught on camera: A fan is filmed making racist remarks during a Millwall game by Sky Sports News

Caught on camera: A fan is filmed making racist remarks during a Millwall game by Sky Sports News

Club captain Danny Shittu said he was 'deeply saddened' by what he had seen in the documentary.

The man, from Enfield, north London, remained in custody tonight on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offence, a Metropolitan Police spokesman said.

Millwall have promised to ban any individuals for life if they are found guilty.

The footage appears to show fans hurling insults at Diouf during an npower Championship clash between the two clubs at the south-east London ground on November 18.

The Lions' chief executive, Andy Ambler, said that an initial investigation was closed after Diouf said he heard no racist abuse aimed at him.

Abuse: Sky Sports News picked up another fan making racist remarks

Abuse: Sky Sports News picked up another fan making racist remarks

'Like all Millwall fans and football fans generally, we're appalled by the footage we've seen,' he said.

'Sadly racism exists in our society and certain individuals want to bring it into football grounds. It's down to us in football do to more.

Shittu later released a statement on the club website which read: 'I am deeply saddened by the documentary on Sky Sports showing racism by the minority at matches including at Millwall FC.

Anger: Leeds forward El-Hadji Diouf was believed to be the target of racist abuse

Anger: Leeds forward El-Hadji Diouf was believed to be the target of racist abuse

'As the current Millwall captain, racism is something I do not stand for or condone.

'I am currently in talks with the club about any further measures we can take in dealing with and eradicating racism at matches.

'I do not want the events shown yesterday to tarnish the hard work done by the club thus far and their efforts in tackling this issue.

'Every player at all levels has the right to represent their club without being subjected to homophobic or racial taunts. I will do all I can to help eradicate racism at my club and in football.'

Bolton forward Marvin Sordell has previously made allegations of racial abuse towards Millwall's fans.

A banner stating “Sordell is a c***” was unfurled at a later game which came in the wake of his claims, while a 13-year-old boy was banned from the ground.

Alan Pardew suffers eight-year hitch at Newcastle after penning long-term deal

Pardew suffers eight-year hitch at Newcastle after penning long-term deal

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23:09 GMT, 29 November 2012

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew must feel he has suffered a curse since signing his eight-year deal at the end of September.

His struggling side have won just one
of their nine Barclays Premier League matches since he penned the
extraordinary deal.

On top of that Newcastle, who have secured a place
in the knock-out stages of the Europa League with two wins and a draw,
have suffered horrendous injury problems.

Tough times: Newcastle boss Alan Pardew

Tough times: Newcastle boss Alan Pardew

Key players such as Yohan Cabaye and Steven Taylor are out until February, while playmaker Hatem Ben Arfa has been sorely missed in their last three matches, which have all ended in defeat.

Newcastle have another gruelling week ahead. They face Wigan at St James' Park on Monday then travel to Bordeaux for their final European group match, which they need to win to top Group D.

Midfield enforcer Cheick Tiote, speaking after the 2-1 midweek defeat at Stoke, said: 'If you play well like we did, then you expect to win the game so, if we continue to play like this, we will get three points again very soon.'

Meanwhile, Newcastle have revived their interest in versatile Anderlecht defender Cheikhou Kouyate.

Anderlecht value the Senegalese at 8.5million, which may prove too expensive for Newcastle manager Alan Pardew.

West Ham midfielder Mohamed Diam Diame relishing reunion with Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse and Ben Arfa

West Ham midfielder Diame relishing reunion with Ba, Cisse and Ben Arfa

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18:14 GMT, 10 November 2012

West Ham midfielder Mohamed Diame is
hoping he can use his knowledge on Newcastle's key men to help the
Hammers claim a scalp when the sides meet in the Barclays Premier League
on Sunday.

Diame, 25, has impressed for West Ham
since moving to Upton Park in the summer from Wigan as Sam Allardyce's
side have defied the odds to sit ninth in the table.

Newcastle are one point and one place
below the Hammers in the standings and Diame wants to utilise his
knowledge of Senegal team-mates Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse to help
towards a win.

Impressive: West Ham's Mohamed Diame (right)

Impressive: West Ham's Mohamed Diame (right)

'After the game against Wigan, I think we needed to have this reaction against Manchester City. We did it, so now we have to maintain that and take the three points from Newcastle,' he told the club's official website.

'There are a lot of fans there and it is a big stadium. I have some friends there, both Senegalese and Frenchmen, so it's going to be a good game.

'I know Demba and Papiss very well and I also know that they have scored a lot of goals. We have to make sure we don't give them a lot of chances to score.

'They are different players, but they both work every day in front of the goal and are strikers who know how to score, so we have to try to restrict their chances.'

Midfielder Diame has also spent time playing alongside Magpies' play-maker Hatem Ben Arfa.

'I was in Clairefontaine with him so I know he is a very good player,' he said.

'He has had a lot of injuries, but he is a very good player so we have to be careful about him as well.'

Diame pinpointed the performance against Manchester City in the goalless draw at Upton Park last weekend as a yard-stick for the challenge ahead on Tyneside.

Danger man: Hatem Ben Arfa of Newcastle

Danger man: Hatem Ben Arfa of Newcastle

'We are just going to go there and try to replicate the game we played against Manchester City,' he said.

'These are the games I enjoy and I am sure it will be the same for Andy (Carroll) and Kevin Nolan as well. It is going to be a good game and we are going to enjoy it and hopefully get the three points.'

If West Ham are to win at St James' Park on-loan striker Carroll may have to find his scoring boots for the visitors.

Former Newcastle favourite Carroll is on a season-long loan at Upton Park from parent club Liverpool but is yet to find the back of the net for West Ham.

Allardyce has admitted the situation will be worse if it is playing on Carroll's mind. He said: 'I don't think he is worried. I hope he's not because the more he is, the less likely he is to get that goal that he's looking for. I'm certainly not overly concerned.

'We'd all like him to get off the mark but, as every player will tell you, our main aim is to achieve results. If you're getting results and your main striker is scoring goals, then that's fantastic, but if they're not then as long as you're getting the results then that is the most important thing.'

Much has been made of Allardyce making another return to Newcastle, a club which sacked him as manager almost five years ago.

But the 58-year-old is not setting off for a revenge mission and has accepted the reasons behind Mike Ashley's decision to remove him as manager in January 2008.

'It's a piece of history in my career that didn't quite work out as well as I'd liked it to,' he said.

'For me, it wasn't me getting bad results at Newcastle – it was a change of ownership and a decision made at the time that they wanted their own man in. I accepted that at the time and since that time has drifted by, I have no animosity towards Newcastle United at all.'

Alan Pardew hopes win can kick start Newcastle"s season

The season starts now: Pardew wants Toon to kick on after fluke win

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19:38 GMT, 28 October 2012

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew hopes Papiss Cisse's fluke winner against West Brom at St James' Park can help kick-start the front man's disappointing Barclays Premier League season into life.

Cisse has failed to recreate last season's scoring exploits with just two League Cup and Europa League goals to his credit before he deflected Sammy Ameobi's shot past Ben Foster to open his league account for the new campaign.

The Senegalese knew next to nothing about his winner as fellow substitute Ameobi let fly with a hopeful effort from the edge of the box which struck the bottom of his back and took a wicked deflection past stranded Baggies keeper Ben Foster.

Leaving it late: Sammy Ameobi, celebrates with Papiss Cisse after the two combined for Newcastle's winner

Leaving it late: Sammy Ameobi, celebrates with Papiss Cisse after the two combined for Newcastle's winner

Pardew said: 'It's sometimes very difficult with strikers because Papiss has looked exactly the same in training and he certainly doesn't look short of confidence. He has been smashing them in from everywhere.

'But sometimes you have these runs where you don't get a goal, and that goal today will do him the world of good.'

Pardew admitted his side had been fortunate to snatch the three points against a Baggies side for whom the excellent Romelu Lukaku headed a 55th-minute equaliser after Demba Ba's 35th-minute opener for the hosts.

Strike it lucky: Sammy Ameobi takes a shot which deflects of team mate Cisse for his sides second goal

Strike it lucky: Sammy Ameobi takes a shot which deflects of team mate Cisse for his sides second goal

The home side also had to rely on keeper Tim Krul to pull off two superb saves to deny Lukaku in the first period.

Pardew conceded: 'We've had a tough week and we looked tired physically and emotionally today.

'We've won the game and we'll take that. We've not had many breaks this season. We perhaps deserved to win at Sunderland and today we've got a goal in a game we did not deserve to win but we have.

'We've got to look at how we approach Sunday games after the Thursdays because we are struggling. We will keep trying different things to get that Sunday performance, because the second half was a struggle.

Going ahead: Demba Ba celebrates scoring the first goal

Going ahead: Demba Ba celebrates scoring the first goal

'I am glad to see the back of West Brom. They were excellent. They have got a real assurance about them. Everyone wanted the ball and made it very difficult for us. They probably thought they should have won it but I think our honesty won it for us in the end.'

For Baggies boss Steve Clarke the manner of the defeat was a second consecutive crushing blow after losing a late lead to champions Manchester City to fall 2-1 at The Hawthorns last weekend.

Clarke said: 'I thought we were terrific today and it's disappointing when you come to a place like this and you're the best team and not only do you not get a point but you don't come away with anything.

Not enough: Romelu Lukaku thought his goal was enough to earn West Brom a point

Not enough: Romelu Lukaku thought his goal was enough to earn West Brom a point

'We've got a good squad of players and I think our performances have been really good.

'With a little bit of luck over the last couple of games we could have even more points, but we've been stuck on 14 which is cruel and is not fair.

'What hurts me most is the amount of effort and quality my players have put into their game for two weeks in a row, and they have come away with nothing.'

Africa Cup of Nations – Premier League clubs affected

And they're off (again…): Tiote, Adebayor and Toures among stars heading for Africa Cup of Nations in New Year

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UPDATED:

06:40 GMT, 16 October 2012

It was a football match happening nearly 3,000 miles
away, but Alan Pardew would have been following every kick with his undivided
attention.

A match played in Dakar, Senegal, on the African Atlantic
coast having great influence over the future fortunes of a club and city on
England’s North Sea coast.

For Pardew and Newcastle United, there was no ideal
outcome from the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier between Senegal and Ivory
Coast on Saturday. In the end, it looks like being the lesser of two evils.

Scroll down for the full list of English-based players who could be heading to the tournament
Vital match: Kolo Toure, of Man City and Ivory Coast, beats Papiss Cisse, of Newcastle and Senegal, to the ball in the African Cup of Nations qualifier in Dakar on Saturday

Vital match: Kolo Toure, of Man City and Ivory Coast, beats Papiss Cisse, of Newcastle and Senegal, to the ball in the African Cup of Nations qualifier in Dakar on Saturday

WHO HAS QUALIFIED

South Africa (host nation), Ghana, Mali, Zambia, Nigeria, Tunisia, Ivory Coast, Morocco, Ethiopia, Cape Verde, Angola, Niger, Togo, DR Congo, Burkina Faso, Algeria

The tournament will be played between January 19 and February 10, 2013

In a match that ended in disgraceful scenes of rioting
and turmoil, the Ivory Coast made it through, pending a final confirmation by
FIFA and the African authorities, to the finals in January and February at the
expense of Senegal.

Pardew would primarily have been concerned for the safety
of the three Newcastle players caught up in the crowd violence, but when he
received news that they were safe and well, he might have breathed a sigh of
relief that he will be without ‘just’ the one first-team player in the New Year
rather than two.

Cheick Tiote will almost certainly be joining the
Elephants of the Ivory Coast on their migration to South Africa in early
January, but his two Senegalese Lions, Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse, will be
seeing an English winter.

Ugly scenes: Yaya Toure (number six) is escorted from the field by riot police as Senegal v Ivory Coast descended into rioting and chaos at the weekend

Ugly scenes: Yaya Toure (number six) is escorted from the field by riot police as Senegal v Ivory Coast descended into rioting and chaos at the weekend

In fact, with Senegal likely to face an indefinite ban
from Africa’s foremost international tournament, they probably won’t be going
too far, too often for a while.

For the second consecutive winter, Premier League clubs
will have to compensate for the loss of their African stars for a month or more
at a pivotal stage of the season.

The alignment of the competition, which will be held
South Africa between January 19 and February 10, is being moved so it no longer
clashes with the World Cup. Hence the second winter on the trot.

Relief: Newcastle manager Alan Pardew would have been delighted that Demba Ba (pictured) and Papiss Cisse are not bound for the African Cup of Nations

Relief: Newcastle manager Alan Pardew would have been delighted that Demba Ba (pictured) and Papiss Cisse are not bound for the African Cup of Nations

This second consecutive Cup of Nations is great news for
fans of the African game and the colour, enthusiasm and vibrancy it generates,
but a nightmare for a number of Premier League managers who will be once again
stripped of important players.

The Ivory Coast’s 6-2 aggregate win over Senegal means
Roberto Mancini will again have to cope without the Toure brothers, Kolo and
Yaya, as Manchester City’s bid to retain the title starts to gather momentum.

Aston Villa will miss
Karim El Ahmadi, Fulham Mahamadou Diarra, Tottenham Emmanuel Adebayor and QPR
Samba Diakite and Adel Taarabt.

David Moyes at Everton will be grateful that Steven Pienaar has chosen to retire from the international scene.

Missing Moroccan: Karim El Ahmadi won't be available for Aston Villa in January and February

Missing Moroccan: Karim El Ahmadi won't be available for Aston Villa in January and February

Based on recent call-ups, at least 21 players could be
absent from Premier League squads between the start of January and, if their
side progresses to the latter stages, the middle of February.

For City, this period includes games with Arsenal and
Liverpool. QPR, already struggling with the Premier League pace, face crucial
London derbies with Tottenham and West Ham, as well as a potential six-pointer
with Norwich.

While Arsenal may not miss Emmanuel Frimpong and Marouane
Chamakh too badly, the loss of Gervinho, another Ivorian who has impressed with
five goals so far this season, could be costly in a run of fixtures against
Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool.

The FA Cup also returns during this period, further stretching Premier League squads.

Goal getter: Gervinho is likely to be in the Ivory Coast squad for the tournament

Goal getter: Gervinho is likely to be in the Ivory Coast squad for the tournament

Last season, just 12 players from the Premier League were
named in the final squads. This year, the potential for disruption is higher
not only in the top flight, but in the Championship and even down to League
Two.

The toll will certainly be lighter on Newcastle though,
despite Tiote having featured in a number of the big games so far this season.

Last year, the strike partnership of Ba and Cisse, the latter just joined from Freiburg,
missed three Premier League and two FA Cup games. It would have been worse had
Senegal not finished bottom of their group.

Chelsea will also be spared the loss of Didier Drogba and
Salomon Kalou, Ivorians now departed to Shanghai Shenhua and Lille
respectively, though the return of Nigeria to the competition will deprive them
of John Obi Mikel and Victor Moses.

There is some good news for Premier League managers,
however. With the tournament rebalanced and returning to its biennial slot, the
next tournament won’t be until 2015 – which seems quite a long way off.

THE CLUBS THAT COULD BE AFFECTED NEXT YEAR

PREMIER LEAGUE

Arsenal Emmanuel
Frimpong, Daniel Jesse Boateng (Ghana), Gervinho (Ivory Coast), Marouane
Chamakh (Morocco)

Aston Villa Karim
El Ahmadi (Morocco)

Chelsea John
Obi Mikel, Victor Moses (Nigeria), Bertrand Traore (Burkina Faso)

Fulham Mahamadou
Diarra (Mali)

Liverpool Oussama
Assaidi (Morocco)

Manchester City Kolo
Toure, Yaya Toure (Ivory Coast)

Newcastle United Cheick
Tiote (Ivory Coast)

Queens Park
Rangers Samba Diakite (Mali), Adel Taarabt (Morocco)

Tottenham Hotspur Emmanuel
Adebayor (Togo)

West Bromwich
Albion Peter Odemwingie (Nigeria)

West Ham United Modibo
Maiga (Mali), Guy Demel (Ivory Coast)

Wigan Athletic Arouna
Kone (Ivory Coast)

Party time! Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor (right) scored in Togo's 2-1 win over Gabon, which earned them a place at the finals

Party time! Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor (right) scored in Togo's 2-1 win over Gabon, which earned them a place at the finals

CHAMPIONSHIP

Birmingham City Akwasi
Asante (Ghana)

Blackburn Rovers Dickson
Etuhu (Nigeria)

Bristol City Albert
Adomah (Ghana)

Charlton Athletic Abdul
Razak (Ivory Coast)

Crystal Palace Kagisho
Dikgacoi (South Africa)

Hull City Sone
Aluko (Nigeria)

Leicester City Jeffrey
Schlupp (Ghana)

Nottingham Forest Adlene
Guedioura (Algeria)

Peterborough
United Gabriel Zakuani (DR Congo)

Watford Britt
Assombalonga (DR Congo)

Wolverhampton
Wanderers Tongo Doumbia (Mali), Razak Boukari (Togo)

LEAGUE ONE

Doncaster Rovers Herita
Ilunga (DR Congo)

Oldham Athletic Dean
Furman (South Africa)

LEAGUE TWO

Burton Albion Jacques
Maghoma (DR Congo)

Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse, Kolo and Yaya Toure caught up in Senegal riot

Cisse, Ba and Toure brothers escape from danger as Senegal fans riot in stands

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09:39 GMT, 14 October 2012

The African Cup of Nations qualifier between Senegal and Ivory Coast in Dakar was abandoned following crowd trouble.

Ivory Coast were leading 2-0 on the night and 6-2 on aggregate – a result which seems likely to stand, sending Senegal out – when the match was stopped in the 72nd minute at the Stade Leopold Senghor.

The incident was confirmed on the official website of the Senegalese Football Federation, www.senegalfoot.sn: 'Unfortunately the match ended in very sombre circumstances.

Unrest: Didier Drogba is shielded by a policeman as trouble rages in the stands

Unrest: Didier Drogba is shielded by a policeman as trouble rages in the stands

Heading for shelter: Manchester City star Yaya Toure is guided off the pitch in Dakar

Heading for shelter: Manchester City star Yaya Toure is guided off the pitch in Dakar

'The referee was forced to stop in the
match in the 72nd minute with the score at 2-0 because of serious
outbreaks in the stands by very unhappy Senegalese supporters.

'The police took the public out after many confrontations.'

Play had been temporarily halted in
the 65th minute when a person ran on to the pitch and almost reached
Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba before being wrestled to the ground
and escorted off the field.

Drogba had given his side the lead in
the 51st minute with a free-kick and the former Chelsea man then made it
2-0 from the penalty spot in the 70th minute.

Take cover: Kolo Toure is covered by riot policemen's shields

Take cover: Kolo Toure is covered by riot policemen's shields

Take cover: Kolo Toure is covered by riot policemen's shields

Following that second goal there were
disturbances in the stands, with small fires being set alight and
objects thrown as players and staff from both teams grouped together in
the centre circle.

A host of Barclays Premier
League-based players were involved in the match, including Newcastle
pair Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse lining up for Senegal, along with West
Ham's Mohamed Diame.

In Ivory Coast's starting line-up were
Arsenal striker Gervinho, Manchester City brothers Yaya and Kolo Toure,
and Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote.

City said on their official website:
'City's Yaya and Kolo Toure are both safe after crowd trouble halted
play as Senegal hosted the Ivory Coast in Dakar.

Stick and stones: Fans threw anything they could lay their hands on onto the pitch

Stick and stones: Fans threw anything they could lay their hands on onto the pitch

Stick and stones: Fans threw anything they could lay their hands on onto the pitch

'Disturbances broke out as Didier
Drogba put the Elephants 2-0 up, after what was deemed a controversial
penalty decision in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

'Fires were started in the stands at
Stade Leopold Senghor and missiles were launched on to the pitch before
the players were escorted to safety.

'Yaya and Kolo were both involved in the second leg clash and early reports suggest the brothers are unharmed.'

Turning nasty: Senegal fans throw rocks and set fires in the stands at Leopold Sedar Senghor Stadium

Turning nasty: Senegal fans throw rocks and set fires in the stands at Leopold Sedar Senghor Stadium

Watching on: Riot police watch from the field as Senegal fans throw rocks and set fires in the stands

Watching on: Riot police watch from the field as Senegal fans throw rocks and set fires in the stands

Everton 2 Newcastle 2 – match report

Everton 2 Newcastle 2: Ba earns late point but Toffees fume over TWO disallowed goals

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UPDATED:

20:57 GMT, 17 September 2012

Demba Ba snatched a point for Newcastle in the dying moments of a pulsating Premier League clash that will be argued about long after the final whistle had blown.

Victor Anichebe thought he'd ensured two questionable decisions by the linesman didn't rob Everton of a deserved win when he struck with three minutes to go.

The striker had already seen an effort that clearly crossed the line be waved away by the officials, and that came after Marouane Fellaini had seen a strike of his own chalked off for offside despite replays showing he was behind the last defender.

Leighton Baines had put the hosts in front after 15 minutes with a well-taken strike from just inside the area, only to see that cancelled out by Ba four minutes after the Senegalese had come on as a half-time substitute.

More to follow…

Late show: Demba Ba struck in the final minute to earn a point for fortunate Newcastle

Late show: Demba Ba struck in the final minute to earn a point for fortunate Newcastle

MATCH FACTS

EVERTON: Howard, Hibbert, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Neville, Osman, Pienaar, Fellaini, Mirallas (Naismith 83), Jelavic (Anichebe 44). Subs not used: Mucha, Heitinga, Gueye, Coleman, Duffy.

Goals: Baines 15, Anichebe 88.

NEWCASTLE: Harper, Perch, Steven Taylor, Williamson, Santon, Cabaye, Anita, Gutierrez, Marveaux (Ba 46), Cisse (Ameobi 80), Ben Arfa. Subs not used: Elliot, Gosling, Bigirimana, Shola Obertan, Tavernier.

Goals: Ba 49, 90

Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)

Tribute: Everton showed true class as they honoured the victims of Hillsborough before kick-off

Tribute: Everton showed true class as they honoured the victims of Hillsborough before kick-off

Tribute: Everton showed true class as they honoured the victims of Hillsborough before kick-off

Tribute: Everton showed true class as they honoured the victims of Hillsborough before kick-off

Baines in the backside: Everton defender Leighton handed the home side the lead early on

Baines in the backside: Everton defender Leighton handed the home side the lead early on

Baines in the backside: Everton defender Leighton handed the home side the lead early on

Hit the post, literally: Nikica Jelavic's evening didn't last long after he collided with the upright

Hit the post, literally: Nikica Jelavic's evening didn't last long after he collided with the upright

Off the line: Newcastle themselves forced the hosts on the back foot, and Baines had to clear

Off the line: Newcastle themselves forced the hosts on the back foot, and Baines had to clear

Back in it: Second-half substitute Demba Ba took just four minutes to pull his side level

Back in it: Second-half substitute Demba Ba took just four minutes to pull his side level

Back in it: Second-half substitute Demba Ba took just four minutes to pull his side level

El Hadji Diouf wants to become a Leeds legend

Charlton, Bremner… El Hadji Diouf wants to become Leeds great by firing club back to top-flight

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UPDATED:

10:38 GMT, 3 September 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Leeds United striker El Hadji Diouf is hoping to become one of the club's greats by firing the Championship side back into the top-flight.

The controversial Senegalese footballer signed for Neil Warnock's side on a short-term contract that will see him remain in Yorkshire until January at least.

Legendary El Hadji Diouf (right) believes he will become a Leeds great if he helps them to the Premier League

Legendary El Hadji Diouf (right) believes he will become a Leeds great if he helps them to the Premier League

The 31-year-old says that if he can help Leeds return to the Premier League he'll become a legend at a club with a rich history of truly great players like Jack Charlton and Billy Bremner.

The former Liverpool and Bolton striker, who scored in Leeds' thrilling 3-3 draw with Blackburn Rovers, said he turned down lucrative deals to move abroad in favour of battling for promotion in the npower Championship.

Diouf, who signed a 5,000 a week contract on Saturday, told the Yorkshire Post: 'It’s not about money or anything like that. It’s about the challenge.’

‘I could have gone to Qatar, Dubai or somewhere else but the challenge is bigger here. If I help get Leeds into the Premier League then I’ll be a legend. That’s the best I can do.

‘Leeds United – everyone knows them around the world. Why wouldn’t you want to help this club to be in the Premier League next season’

If promoted, Leeds will return to the Premier League for the first time since their relegation in 2004 under manager Eddie Gray.

The striker has signed a short-term contract with Leeds until January

The striker has signed a short-term contract with Leeds until January

Alan Pardew to meet Demba Ba

Newcastle call emergency meeting with Ba after striker holds talks with Turkish duo

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UPDATED:

06:01 GMT, 21 June 2012

Alan Pardew will meet Demba Ba this week in an attempt to assure the striker his remains a key part of the Newcastle project.

The Senegalese international, who has a bargain 7million release clause, is wanted right across Europe after a stellar campaign, during which he scored 16 goals.

Tottenham are leading a host of Premier League clubs in pursuit of Ba, but the player has also held discussions with Turkish heavyweights Galatasary and Fenerbahce.

Pastures new: Demba Ba could leave Newcastle this summer for 7m

Pastures new: Demba Ba could leave Newcastle this summer for 7m

'Ever since he signed with us we've had the speculation – I don't think it's going to go away. We want him to stay, the fans do too, and we hope that will be the case,' Pardew told the BBC.

The 27-year-old cut an increasingly frustrated figure towards the end last season having been shunted out into a wide position to accommodate fellow countryman Papiss Cisse following his arrival from Frieburg in January.

Newcastle are keen to keep hold of a player they picked up on a free last summer in the wake of West Ham's relegation, but have nonetheless continued to explore alternative options.

FC Twente hitman Luuk de Jong tops Toon's shopping list. The 21-year-old will cost around 9.5m after an initial bid of 8m was rejected.