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Inter Milan fined 38,000 by UEFA after fans racially abuse Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor

Inter fined 38,000 after racial abuse of Spurs' Adebayor during Europa League tie

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16:17 GMT, 26 April 2013

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UPDATED:

16:18 GMT, 26 April 2013

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Inter Milan have been fined 45,000 euros (around 37,900) for 'the improper conduct of their fans' during the Europa League tie against Tottenham on March 14 in which striker Emmanuel Adebayor was racially abused.

Adebayor, who scored in the second leg tie in the San Siro as Tottenham progressed on away goals, and his team-mates were the victims of abuse by Inter fans waving an inflatable banana.

Manager Andre Villas-Boas implored UEFA to act after the match, which Spurs lost 4-1, pointing out Inter's black record for such incidents.

Abuse: Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor was the victim of racist chants during the Europa League match with Inter Milan, a game in which he scored the decisive goal (below)

Abuse: Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor was the victim of racist chants during the Europa League match with Inter Milan, a game in which he scored the decisive goal (below)

Emmanuel Adebayor scores for Tottenham against Inter Milan

Inter were fined only 43,000 by Serie A officials after former Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli was racially abused during February's Milan derby and Villas-Boas pleaded with UEFA to hand out a more severe punishment this time.

Earlier in the season Lazio were also fined for racist chanting in their Group J tie at White Hart Lane in September and were reprimanded again for racist behaviour in November's return game.

More to follow..

Chelsea v Arsenal and Tottenham v Manchester United set to go ahead despite snow

Games at Chelsea and Tottenham set to go ahead despite heavy snowfall in capital

By
Graeme Yorke

PUBLISHED:

10:30 GMT, 20 January 2013

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UPDATED:

11:52 GMT, 20 January 2013

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Both Premier League matches are likely to go ahead this afternoon, despite the severe weather conditions across London.

Snow has been falling steadily throughout the morning, with more expected this afternoon, but both Chelsea and Tottenham have stated that their matches should be on at the scheduled times.

The Blues are preparing to welcome London rivals Arsenal at Stamford Bridge at 1.30pm and Spurs will host league leaders Manchester United at White Hart Lane at 4.00pm – providing the weather doesn't worsen.

On: As it stands, Chelsea's match against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge will go ahead

On: As it stands, Chelsea's match against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge will go ahead

Ready: Rafa Benitez was preparing his palyers for action in the snow on Friday

Ready: Rafa Benitez was preparing his palyers for action in the snow on Friday

Cheeky: Ashley Cole seized the chance to pick up a snowball

Cheeky: Ashley Cole seized the chance to pick up a snowball

Getting his eye in: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain kicks up some snow on Friday

Getting his eye in: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain kicks up some snow on Friday

Chelsea posted on their official Twitter feed: 'Chelsea v Arsenal to go ahead unless weather significantly worsens. Fans attending are asked to please leave extra time for journey.'

Tottenham are due to kick off at the later time, but they also said that, as it stands, the game will be on.

The club posted on Twitter: 'We're getting a lot of tweets asking if the match is on. We'll let you know of any changes as soon as we can. It is on at the moment (10am)'

Transport for London also said that the games appear to be going ahead.

TfL posted: 'At present all London football matches are going ahead. Chelsea v Arsenal and Tottenham v Man U. Allow extra time to travel due to weather.'

Later: Tottenham are still likely to host Manchester United at 4.00pm this afternoon

Later: Tottenham are still likely to host Manchester United at 4.00pm this afternoon

Wrapped up: Benoit Assou-Ekotto covers his face with a snood in Tottenham's training session on Friday

Wrapped up: Benoit Assou-Ekotto covers his face with a snood in Tottenham's training session on Friday

Euro 2012: Samir Nasri "regrets" foul-mouthed rant

Nasri 'regrets' foul-mouthed rant as Man City midfielder seeks to avoid France ban

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10:10 GMT, 27 June 2012

Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri has apologised for his outburst during France's dismal Euro 2012 campaign.

The 25-year-old was
involved in a foul-mouthed confrontation with French reporters following
his country’s 2-0 defeat by Spain in Donetsk and the French Football
Federation are now considering making an example of him.

Case to answer: Midfielder Samir Nasri is in trouble with French football bosses

Case to answer: Midfielder Samir Nasri is in trouble with French football bosses

If
they were to take such stringent action, Nasri – who told one reporter
to “f*** off” and invited him outside to continue the argument – would
be precluded from the 2014 World Cup qualifiers and, potentially, the
finals in Brazil.

Nasri took to Twitter to explain his position.

He wrote: 'Too many untruths
circulating at the moment. The fans and especially the children know
that I sincerely regret that my words could have shocked them. I love
the EDF [the France team], football and I have deep respect for the
public.

'As for the rest, this is a personal matter between me and a few journalists. I will explain when the time comes.'

Over and out: Nasri launched a foul-mouthed rant at a reporter

Over and out: Nasri launched a foul-mouthed rant at a reporter

Nasri may discover his fate as early
as next Tuesday when the FFF executive meets to decide what action to
take against him, Newcastle midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa, Yann M’Villa of
Rennes and Paris St Germain’s Jeremy Menez for various breaches of
discipline.

Should Nasri be banned for two years,
it would be the most severe punishment ever bestowed to a French player
and, significantly, a poll on the website of influential French
newspaper L’Equipe revealed that 56 per cent wanted the 25-year-old removed from the national team.

Once again another major tournament
has ended in rancour for France and Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna has
admitted that his former club-mate Nasri is too impetuous and needs to
learn to control his temper.

‘This is a sensitive issue and I was
not there but I know when something does not please Samir he speaks his
mind,’ said Sagna, who missed Euro 2012 after breaking his leg against
Norwich in May.

No way through: Nasri saw his side crash out at the quarter final stage

No way through: Nasri saw his side crash out at the quarter final stage

‘He can have a violent reaction but you have to share your responsibilities. When someone attacks the press it will not go away.

‘With the excitement of the game and
everything that was written about him it was perhaps not the right time
to respond. He should have kept his cool but it weighed on him. The
Euros had not even started and the press had already criticised him.
Everyone is human.’

Former France coach Raymond Domenech,
who was in charge of the squad that mutinied at the 2010 World Cup, was
scathing in his criticism and claimed the current generation lacks
leadership.

‘A major tournament reveals the
strength of a group,’ said Domenech. ‘The most glaring (weakness is)
their inability to see anything other than their navel. Nasri has been
the visible symbol.’

Oleg Blokhin slams Ukraine players for France defeat

Blokhin slams Ukraine players for lethargy in France defeat

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UPDATED:

15:54 GMT, 16 June 2012

Ukraine coach Oleg Blokhin criticised
his players for basking in the glory of their opening Group D victory as
defeat against France on Friday left them struggling to qualify for the
quarter-finals.

Second-half goals from Jeremy Menez
and Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye, with his first international
strike, gave the French a comfortable win to put them top of the group.

And, after the euphoria of their win over Sweden the co-hosts now have to beat England to progress.

Point made: Oleg Blokhin slammed his players after France defeat

Point made: Oleg Blokhin slammed his players after France defeat

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'As I said, the win against Sweden didn't mean anything, so if we thought we were through, we were wrong,' said Blokhin after a match which was halted after five minutes because of a severe thunderstorm and was not restarted for almost an hour.

'I think some players thought that and we'll have a serious conversation with them.

Relief: Laurent Blanc

Relief: Laurent Blanc

'This European Championship isn't the Ukrainian league we have to play at a higher level and game after game.

'I didn't like how my team stopped playing after the second goal but we lost and France are one of the best teams in the competition.

'Everything went wrong from the break and that led to first goal.

'After that, we conceded the second and it was all over.

'We will analyse this. Of course, we are not happy. The fans aren't happy and nor am I. But I can't change anything; I can't change the result.

'We still have one game left against England and we need to prepare properly for that.'

France coach Laurent Blanc was relieved his side ended their record-breaking winless run at major tournaments after eight games without victory in finals.

'We'll enjoy this one. As the French know very well, it's been a long time since we won a game at a major tournament,' he said.

'We're very happy to have won. Six years in major competitions and to not win a game is a long time.

'I hope our next win isn't in six years. If it is, then I want be here to talk about it because I'll have been fired long before.'

David Ginola released from hospital after skiing accident

Former Newcastle, Spurs and Villa midfielder Ginola released from hospital after skiing accident

Hospitalised: David Ginola has suffered serious throat injuries after a skiing accident in Portes du Mont Blanc

Hospitalised: David Ginola has suffered serious throat injuries after a skiing accident in Portes du Mont Blanc

Former footballer David Ginola has been discharged from hospital after suffering injuries during a skiing accident.

The 45-year-old Frenchman, who played for a number of Premier League clubs including Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United, crashed into another skier in the Alpine resort of Portes du Mont Blanc.

Ambulance staff said it was a 'severe collision' which resulted in Mr Ginola suffering 'severe trauma'. Injuries included five broken ribs and a broken collarbone, and bruises all over his body.

After a number of hours in hospital following the accident Tuesday afternoon, Mr Ginola was allowed back to his hotel room, but was forced to cancel future engagements.

Ginola was the Footballer of the Year in England in 1999 and his representative Chantal Stanley told Sportingintelligence.com: 'David will be fine. He’s healthy and fit and we expect him to make a full recovery. He’s in Megeve in the French Alps and he’s already out of hospital.

Star: The 45-year-old in action for Tottenham Hotspur against Middlesborough in 2000. The Frenchman crashed into another skier, but has since been allowed out of hospital

Star: The 45-year-old in action for Tottenham Hotspur against Middlesborough in 2000. The Frenchman crashed into another skier, but has since been allowed out of hospital

‘There are strange rumours about a serious throat problem but that’s not true.

‘The worst thing about broken bones is that there is nothing to accelerate the healing, so he just has to wait.

‘He is in some pain after a nasty fall, but he will be okay.’

Since retiring from football in 2002, Ginola has tried to build upon his success as a front man for L'Oreal shampoo commercials in which he used the phrase 'Because You're Worth It'.

Ginola, who also played for Aston Villa and Everton, has also enjoyed some success in TV programmes like the French 'Dancing with the Stars'.

Accident: Mr Ginola was skiing in Porte du Mont Blanc, France, when he was injured

Accident: Mr Ginola was skiing in Porte du Mont Blanc, France, when he was injured

Christopher Samba struck down by stomach virus, claims Steve Kean

Kean claims Tottenham target Samba has been struck down by virus

Wantaway Blackburn central defender Christopher Samba is to go into hospital for tests after falling ill ahead of the club's win over Fulham.

Samba, who has been linked with Tottenham, QPR and Paris St Germain, was last week quoted as saying 'it is time for a change'.

Rovers manager Steve Kean has confirmed, after a 3-1 victory at home to the Cottagers achieved with only 10 men after Yakubu's 23rd-minute dismissal, that Samba then claimed to be sick on Friday morning.

Virus: Samba missed the win over Fulham after calling in sick

Virus: Samba missed the win over Fulham after calling in sick on Friday

'He trained really well all week, but then he texted the doctor on Friday to say he was not feeling well,' said Kean.

'That was really disappointing because he would certainly have been available to play.

'So he'll be at the hospital either tonight or tomorrow morning, just for tests because he has complained of severe stomach cramps.

All smiles: Kean celebrated an important win over Fulham

All smiles: Kean celebrated an important win over Fulham

'We'll make sure the virus he has is not too serious, that it clears up and he can be available for Everton.'

Remarkably, Kean has yet to speak personally to Samba regarding his remarks to L'Equipe, adding: 'When I spoke to the press on Thursday, I was told he was meant to have done an article.

'So I'd like to talk to him because it's happened before where he has been misquoted, but then on Friday he texted in sick, so I haven't spoken to him.'

There was a suggestion, though, Kean was not happy with the player as he said: 'I would rather talk about the lads who were out there, those who put their body on the line for the club and each other.

'Anybody else who is not here, I'd rather not talk about them.'