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Joe Hart says Manchester City let themselves down

We're Hart-broken! Joe says City let themselves down after Euro failure… but champions will bounce back for derby

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UPDATED:

00:45 GMT, 5 December 2012

Joe Hart said Manchester City let themselves down after suffering an ignominious exit from Europe.

Defeat by Borussia Dortmund meant City not only missed out on the Europa League but finished as English football's worst performers in the Champions League group stage, gaining three points.

'Have we let ourselves down by finishing last' said Hart. 'Of course we have. We've not even got in the Europa League.

Out of reach: Joe hart could not keep out Julian Schieber's strike

Out of reach: Joe hart could not keep out Julian Schieber's strike

'We wanted a win and we've let ourselves down. We wanted to do it and if that meant Europa League then great.'

But Hart backed City to bounce back against Manchester United on Sunday.

He said: 'We've been fantastic in the league, so I don't think there are worries about Sunday. Hopefully now we can win the league and deal with Europe next year.'

City manager Roberto Mancini was not too perturbed about missing out on the Europa League, saying: 'Maybe it could be good for us that we will not have to play on Thursday and then again at the weekend.'

He echoed Hart's sentiments about the United game, adding: 'It's the derby next and I don't think there will be a problem with morale. They will be fine by the time that comes round.'

Roberto Mancini added that Dortmund, who suffered a premature exit last season, are a good example for them as they look to improve in future.

He said: 'Last year Borussia Dortmund went out in the first group and were fourth in that group.

'This year, for me, they are probably a team that can win the Champions League.

'When you start playing Champions League, if you make some mistakes, like we did in the first two or three games, you don't have time to recover.

'We were 2-1 up in Madrid with four minutes to go, and we were winning 1-0 in Amsterdam and then had two or three chances to score another goal.

'If we make these mistakes, afterwards, you have no time.'

Dejected: Although Carlos Tevez (centre) and Co worked hard, they could not get a result

Dejected: Although Carlos Tevez (centre) and Co worked hard, they could not get a result

Frustration: Mario Balotelli threw the ball on the floor late in the match

Frustration: Mario Balotelli threw the ball on the floor late in the match

City must quickly put the disappointment aside to prepare for Sunday's top-of-the-table Barclays Premier League clash with rivals Manchester United.

Mancini said: 'I don't think there will be a problem with morale.

'We didn't lose the Champion League tonight – it's clear that tonight we lost the chance to qualify for the Europa League.

'But I think that after that, it is important that we only think about the derby.

'We have five days to recover our strength, and then I don't think there will be a problem.'

City have decided to stay in Germany for an extra night rather than travelling straight home.

Mancini said: 'It is better for the players to stay here overnight and recover, otherwise we will arrive in Manchester at five o'clock in the morning.'

Gutted: Joe Hart said that City let themselves down

Gutted: Joe Hart said that City let themselves down

West Ham fans ordered to behave by owners David Gold and David Sullivan

Behave yourselves! West Ham owners plead for calm ahead of Chelsea clash

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UPDATED:

11:47 GMT, 30 November 2012

West Ham owners David Gold and David Sullivan have sent a letter to all fans pleading for calm ahead of Saturday’s derby with Chelsea and vowed to 'root out' any fans who act in a discriminatory way.

At White Hart Lane on Sunday, sections of West Ham fans bellowed out anti-Semitic taunts and baited the Tottenham crowd over the stabbings of 10 supporters in Rome.

Now, ahead of another potentially fiery clash, Gold and Sullivan sent a joint letter to all season ticket holders ahead of their game with Rafa Benitez’s side at Upton Park saying they will not tolerate any form of discriminatory behaviour.

Zero tolerance: David Sullivan (left) and David Gold (right) have urged their fans to behave

Zero tolerance: David Sullivan (left) and David Gold (right) have urged their fans to behave

In the letter, they write: ‘We were disappointed to read about the actions of the small section of fans that let the club down during last Sunday’s game at Tottenham Hotspur.

‘We were not only disappointed because they reflected badly on our club, but they misrepresented the tens of thousands of outstanding supporters who follow the team home and away throughout the season.

Not impressed: Sam Allardyce was not pleased with some of the chants at White Hart Lane

Not impressed: Sam Allardyce was not pleased with some of the chants at White Hart Lane

‘We have both been sent hundreds of emails and have personally spoken to a number of fans, who have all told us that they share our sentiments and are angry that the reputation of their club has been besmirched by the actions of a few mindless individuals.

‘We have said to them what we will say to you now – it is up to us all to not tolerate anything that we deem to be unacceptable when supporting West Ham United. In the rare case that you do see or hear anything inappropriate, there are a number of ways you can report the matter.

Not enough: Andy Carroll left) scored for West Ham but they were well beaten by Totenham

Not enough: Andy Carroll left) scored for West Ham but they were well beaten by Totenham

‘We have made it very clear over the past week that we will not tolerate any form of discriminatory behaviour and one by one we will root out those fans that do not deserve to represent this great club of ours.

'Given the news reports of this week, it is inevitable that much focus will be on our club this weekend. This fixture will hopefully provide us with the perfect opportunity to show the world what being a West Ham fan is all about – supporting with pride, passion and respect.'

The club are working with Tottenham, the FA and the Metropolitan Police to identify further culprits after two fans were cautioned by police for ‘racially aggravated gesturing’ — understood to be Nazi salutes.

Mikel Arteta disappointed as Arsenal draw in Schalke

Mixed emotions for Arteta as Arsenal throw away Champions League lead in Schalke

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UPDATED:

22:22 GMT, 6 November 2012

Mikel Arteta had mixed feelings after Arsenal's Champions League draw away to Schalke.

Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud gave the Gunners a 2-0 lead in the Group B clash in the Veltins Arena but Klaas Jan Huntelaar pulled a goal back before the interval and Jefferson Farfan's second-half goal earned the German side a point.

Arteta told Sky Sports 2: 'Considering we were 2-0 up, it can't be good for us. We had the last chance too with Theo.

Blow: Arsenal let a two-goal lead slip against Schalke in their Champions League clash

Blow: Arsenal let a two-goal lead slip against Schalke in their Champions League clash

Net gains: Vermaelen gets the final touch on Schalke's equaliser after 67 minutes

Net gains: Vermaelen gets the final touch on Schalke's equaliser after 67 minutes

'We were unlucky to concede just before half-time. It was a completely different game, but that happened. 'But this is not an easy place to come. We'll take the point.'

Walcott echoed those sentiments and said: 'It was a good point in the end. It would have been a fantastic victory, they dominated the second half but we defended quite strongly.

On target: Walcott, a surprise starter in Germany, opened the scoring

On target: Walcott, a surprise starter in Germany, opened the scoring

'We'll try to win our last couple of games and as long as we do that, we'll get into the next round.'

On his late opportunity to snatch all three points, the England forward said: 'I did all I could – the ball got stuck to my feet, I just couldn't get it out.'

Manager Arsene Wenger was pleased with his side's improvement compared to their limp defeat against Manchester United on Saturday.

Fair: Wenger was satisfied with Arsenal's response in Schalke after losing against Manchester United

Fair: Wenger was satisfied with Arsenal's response in Schalke after losing against Manchester United

He told Sky Sports 2: 'With all the stick we got after Saturday's game, it was important to show a good response and I think we did that.

'It was a difficult game – a good one as well, both teams played very well.

'It was unfortunate that we conceded that goal before half-time, and in the last minute we had the chance for 3-2, but overall I think a draw was fair.

'At 2-0 you have not won the game in the Champions League. German teams have physical quality and technical quality and they never give up, so I never felt the game was over.'

Steven Gerrard demands UEFA take action over racists

Gerrard demands UEFA take action over racist thugs who abused English youngsters

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22:59 GMT, 17 October 2012

England skipper Steven Gerrard believes football's battle to overcome racism is 'back to square one' after the scenes surrounding the Under-21 clash in Serbia.

England Under 21 player Danny Rose complained of being racially abused and enduring monkey chants before violent scenes broke out at the end of the Euro 2013 play-off game in Krusevac.

Tottenham's Rose, on loan at Sunderland, was sent off for his reaction to what he clearly felt was racist abuse, something the Serbian FA have denied.

Demands: Steven Gerrard (right) wants action taken against racists

Demands: Steven Gerrard (right) wants action taken against racists

UEFA announced charges against both the Serbian FA and the English, for improper conduct of their players, and against the Serbs for 'alleged racist chanting' by fans.

Gerrard, speaking after England's 1-1 draw in Poland, is calling for the footballing authorities to act and hand out severe punishments.

He said: 'The disappointing thing with what happened last night is it means you are back to square one.

'We seemed to be making great strides forward to get it (racism) out of our game.

Turning ugly: Violent scenes broke out during England's game in Serbia

Turning ugly: Violent scenes broke out during England's game in Serbia

'With a situation like last night, it brings it back to square one.

'It is very disappointing but a lot of people above me need to take control of the situation.

'The authorities have to get tough. It is the only solution. No-one else can do anything about it.

'They are the people in control, who can give out massive huge fines and ban people. Why wait Do it now.'

Disgraceful scenes: Players of both Serbia and England clash on the pitch

Disgraceful scenes: Players of both Serbia and England clash on the pitch

England striker Jermain Defoe echoed Gerrard's sentiments.

He said: 'I've had a few texts and, from what I understand, it was tough out there for the boys.

'Under 21s and seniors are such big games to play in and all you want to do is to be equal to everyone else.

'If you are getting those sort of chants, it is not nice. It is not nice to experience anything like that.'

Kevin Pietersen praises England match winner Luke Wright

KP's praise for England's Wright stuff! Pundit Pietersen applauds batsman's brilliant knock

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UPDATED:

09:41 GMT, 22 September 2012

Kevin Pietersen played a straight bat in his first broadcast stint during an England match – but did lob in a minor Indian Premier League googly too.

Pietersen, unavailable for the defence of the ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka because of his differences with the England and Wales Cricket Board, is instead fulfilling a lucrative contract as television pundit for this tournament from a Colombo studio.

The superstar batsman spoke in glowing terms last night, of match-winner Luke Wright in particular, as England got their campaign off to an impressive start with a 116-run Group A success against Afghanistan.

In the runs: Luke Wright hit 99 not out as England won their opening game

In the runs: Luke Wright hit 99 not out as England won their opening game

The victory, on the back of number three Wright's 99 not out, means England are already through to the Super Eight stages – irrespective of the outcome of tomorrow's match against India.

Wright spoke afterwards of his learning curve at various Twenty20 domestic leagues around the world, including the IPL.

Pietersen said: 'I totally agree with his sentiments, saying he's become a much better player because he's played 'Big Bash' and IPL when he's been out of the team.

In from: Wright showed his T20 ability with his brilliant innings

In from: Wright showed his T20 ability with his brilliant innings

'Batting at three gives you more opportunity but it also adds extra pressure. He's come in and done a terrific job.'

Pietersen's initial wish to play a full IPL campaign next spring, at a time when England are on Test duty, was one of the first stumbling blocks in his contract wrangles with the ECB.

He hinted, via Twitter, yesterday that he is hoping an agreement for his return can be reached soon.

In the meantime, he senses England's lack of IPL experience – especially their bowlers' – might actually work in their favour as they seek to follow up their World Twenty20 success in the Caribbean two years ago.

On the box: Kevin Pietersen, working as a pundit, praised Wright

On the box: Kevin Pietersen, working as a pundit, praised Wright

'One good thing that helped us win the T20 last time was that our bowlers hadn't been seen that much,' he said.

'A lot of the guys don't play IPL for various reasons. So when they come into a tournament like this, the guys can't line them up. That's a real good tag for our bowling attack.'

Hillsborough latest: Sir Alex Ferguson wants end to vile chants

Enough is enough! Ferguson echoes Rodgers' calls for an end to vile chants at matches

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UPDATED:

12:19 GMT, 14 September 2012

Sir Alex Ferguson has called for an end to the hostility between Manchester United and Liverpool.

The north west giants have a long history and a bitter rivalry both on and off the pitch.

But following the release of the Hillsborough Independent Panel's report – which cleared Liverpool supporters of any blame in the 1989 tragedy in which 96 supporters died – Ferguson is keen for a better relationship and more friendly rivalry to develop.

Call a halt: Sir Alex Ferguson wants an end to vile chants at stadiums

Call a halt: Sir Alex Ferguson wants an end to vile chants at stadiums

'We are two great clubs, ourselves and Liverpool,' said Ferguson, ahead of Saturday's clash with Wigan. 'We should understand each other's problems. Maybe a line will be drawn in the sand in terms of their behaviour towards each other.'

Following Wednesday's revelations, Liverpool boss Rodgers added his own sentiments to those of Sir Matt Busby’s son, Sandy, and Reds legend Robbie Fowler, who condemned songs about Hillsborough and Munich.

He said: 'I speak as a human being and I don't ever like to hear anything like that associating other clubs' tragedies and death.

'But let’s hope that we can all move on and hopefully we will all learn from this process.'

The teams face each other next weekend at Anfield, and will be hoping for none of the controversy of last season.

Liverpool forward Luis Suarez was banned for eight matches after racially abusing Patrice Evra when the sides met last October at Anfield.

Fight goes on: Family and friends of the the victims of Hillsborough finally succeeded in getting disclosure of the independent report into the 1989 disaster

Fight goes on: Family and friends of the the victims of Hillsborough finally succeeded in getting disclosure of the independent report into the 1989 disaster

Fight goes on: Family and friends of the the victims of Hillsborough finally succeeded in getting disclosure of the independent report into the 1989 disaster

He then refused to shake the
defender's hand before the game at Old Trafford in February this year,
sparking an ill-tempered game which United won 2-1.

Other previous matches between the teams
have been marred by chants about United’s 1958 Munich air disaster and
the tragedies involving Liverpool at Heysel and Hillsborough.

It was also revealed that Liverpool and Sunderland players will wear black armbands at the Stadium of Light on Saturday in memory of the 96 Hillsborough victims.

Tense: Meetings between the two sides have been fraught with controversy on the pitch, especially recently following the race row between Patrice Evra and Luis Suarez

Tense: Meetings between the two sides have been fraught with controversy on the pitch, especially recently following the race row between Patrice Evra and Luis Suarez

Sunderland manager Martin O’Neill said the game, which is close to a sell-out, will be ‘highly-charged’.

That will particularly be the case for visiting supporters and the Liverpool squad, especially captain Steven Gerrard, whose 10-year-old cousin Jon-Paul Gilhooley died in the disaster.

O’Neill said: ‘It is a total vindication for the Liverpool people who felt it was worthy to fight it all the way. They must draw some sort of comfort from this, even though 96 people lost their lives.’

Real Madrid players confident Luka Modric will join them

Arbeloa and Co confident Modric will be playing in Madrid white soon

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UPDATED:

22:12 GMT, 14 July 2012

Real Madrid players are assuming Tottenham's Luka Modric will be joining them next season.

Manager Jose Mourinho has made the 35million midfielder his top priority, and Spain defender Alvaro Arbeloa said: 'I'm glad he is joining Real.'

High praise: Real Madrid's players have applauded Luka Modric for his abilities

High praise: Real Madrid's players have applauded Luka Modric for his abilities

The former Liverpool defender said: 'We have many good midfielders, so they have to compete for a spot.'

Fellow Madrid defender, Pepe, was equally happy with the link.

The Portuguese international simply added: 'I know he's a good player.'

The praise for Modric from the Madrid players echoes similar sentiments shown for Cesc Fabregas last summer, when Barcelona players repeatedly lauded the midfielder before his departure from the Emirates.

Euro 2012: England were lucky – Zlatan Ibrahimovic

England were just lucky! Ibrahimovic claims Sweden deserved to win Kiev clash

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UPDATED:

13:49 GMT, 16 June 2012

Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic claims England were fortunate to emerge victorious from Friday's Euro 2012 clash in Kiev as defeat ended his side's hopes of reaching the quarter-finals.

Ibrahimovic felt Sweden produced a vastly improved display compared to when beaten 2-1 by Ukraine in their opening game.

But they again surrendered the advantage when in front and have nothing but pride to play for in their final fixture against Group D leaders France on Tuesday.

Dejected: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (centre) is distraught after Sweden's defeat

Dejected: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (centre) is distraught after Sweden's defeat

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Ibrahimovic told UEFA.com: 'I think we were the better team against England. I really do.

'We should be proud of ourselves because we played a good game. We played the opposite way to the first one.

'We showed more courage and were much better in dead-ball situations. We played just the way we wanted to play.

Party time: England celebrate Danny Welbeck's winner against Sweden

Party time: England celebrate Danny Welbeck's winner against Sweden

'But in both the games we have played, we were in the lead, but after 60 minutes, we lost it all.

'Why did we lose both games I don't know. That is something we need to analyse and see what we need to do better, or in a different way.'

Can't look: Sebastian Larsson

Can't look: Sebastian Larsson

Midfielder Sebastian Larsson echoed Ibrahimovic's sentiments.

He said: 'We did not play a good first match (against Ukraine) even if we should have taken points. Against England, it feels like we were the best team, but it isn't always the best team that wins.

'It is about taking points, and we didn't do that.

'It doesn't really matter now we are out of the tournament, but we were definitely better than England, but they are leaving with the points, so what can you say

'Their equaliser (from Theo Walcott) happens one time in a thousand. It was a shot I should have covered and it hit me and deflected past the goalkeeper.

'With the last goal (from Danny Welbeck) it's one player against four of ours, like with the goals against Ukraine, so it is things like that which decide the outcome. We have not done well enough.'

Jan Vertonghen move to Tottenham close as Harry Redknapp praises defender

Jan's the man! Harry hails Vertonghen as Spurs close in on Belgium defender

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UPDATED:

10:25 GMT, 3 June 2012

Jan the man: Spurs boss Redknapp has hailed Vertonghen

Jan the man: Spurs boss Redknapp has hailed Vertonghen

Tottenham are closing in on the signing of Ajax captain Jan Vertonghen with manager Harry Redknapp hoping to unveil the defender this week.

The 25-year-old starred for Belgium in Saturday's 1-0 defeat to England at Wembley, where he showed his versatility slotting in at left-back.

Vertonghen, who has attracted interest from Arsenal, said recently that he hopes his move will be completed imminently and Redknapp shares his sentiments that the deal will be done 'within days'.

'Jan is a terrific passer and versatile too,' Redknapp told The Sun.

'He can play at the heart of defence but also plays every comfortable at left-back.

'I hope a deal is done but I don't think it's quite finished yet.'

London calling: Vertonghen was impressive at Wembley against Ashley Young and England

London calling: Vertonghen was impressive at Wembley against Ashley Young and England

Vertonghen's arrival at White Hart Lane could cast some doubt over the future of stalwart Ledley King.

King was included on the north London club's released list last Friday, although Spurs are ready to sit down and discuss new terms with the injury-embattled defender in order to retain his services for next season.

Harry Redknapp says Gareth Bale won"t leave Tottenham

Redknapp believes Bale won't bail on Spurs if they miss out on Champions League

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UPDATED:

19:07 GMT, 29 April 2012

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has refuted claims winger Gareth Bale will look to leave the club this summer if they fail to secure a Champions League spot.

Spurs looked odds-on to finish inside the top four in the Barclay's Premier League at the turn of the year, but a recent poor run has seen then win only two of their last 10 league fixtures.

Bale, 22, has long been linked with a move to European giants Barcelona and it was reported yesterday he would consider leaving White Hart Lane were he not playing in the Champions League next year, something Redknapp has played down.

Ambition: Gareth Bale has been linked with a move abroad

Ambition: Gareth Bale has been linked with a move abroad

'He has got to worry about that at the end of the year,' he said.

'He has got a long contract at the club, I don't think he will be going anywhere, he isn't going to find too many better clubs than Tottenham.'

QPR boss Mark Hughes, who moved to the Nou Camp as a youngster, said last week he did not feel Bale was ready to move abroad and Redknapp echoed those sentiments following Spurs' 2-0 win over Blackburn.

Redknapp said: 'I don't think he is a boy to go abroad at the moment.

'The first opportunity he gets he goes home to his family in Wales so I don't think he is a boy who would be suited to go abroad at this stage of his career.

Faith: Harry Redknapp says he thinks the Welshman will stay

Faith: Harry Redknapp says he thinks the Welshman will stay

'I think this is a great club for him to be at and you can't be letting Gareth Bale go, he is the future of the club.'

The 65-year-old Redknapp believes Bale would remain at the club even if he were to depart in the summer to take over as manager of England.

'I think the chairman would want to keep him and you need to keep your best players,' he said.

'We need to strengthen the squad in the summer there is no doubt about that, two or three quality players if you want to push on next year and mount a challenge.'