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Ryan Nelsen thinks QPR can win crucial Christmas games

QPR skipper Nelsen believes his side can kickstart escape from relegation over Christmas

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UPDATED:

12:14 GMT, 25 December 2012

QPR captain Ryan Nelsen believes the team can 'sneak' some wins over the festive season as they bid to escape relegation from the Barclays Premier League.

Harry Redknapp's side are six points from safety, ahead of home games against West Brom and Liverpool and an away match with Chelsea.

New Zealander Nelsen realises the severity of the situation – but believes the congested programme at this time of the year can work in their favour.

Belief: Ryan Nelsen (right) says QPR can sneak some wins at Christmas

Belief: Ryan Nelsen (right) says QPR can sneak some wins at Christmas

He said: 'We've got to start producing some points, hopefully starting tomorrow (against West Brom).

'We've been almost there in a lot of games but it's not good enough – we need some 90-minute performances.

'We've got to dig deep and play every game like it's our last and claw our way back.

'Over Christmas you can sneak wins because the games come thick and fast.'

Redknapp believes keeping the west London side in the top flight would rank as one of his biggest achievements in the game and Nelsen thinks the 65-year-old is the man for the job.

He added on Sky Sports News: 'If anyone can help you it's him. The players have the motivation but he's already made an impact through his man-management.

Time to shine: Harry Redknapp needs his players to get going

Time to shine: Harry Redknapp needs his players to get going

Sheffield Wednesday 1 Watford 4: Match report

Sheffield Wednesday 1 Watford 4: Pressure mounts on Jones as Owls lose at home

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UPDATED:

00:33 GMT, 28 November 2012

Dave Jones felt the pressure on his future build immeasurably on a night when Sheffield Wednesday surrendered an early lead, missed a penalty and then capitulated.

The Owls boss must have been a relieved man when Michail Antonio put his side ahead as early as the third minute, but it did not last.

Fernando Forestieri levelled 15 minutes later before Chris Lines saw his first-half spot-kick saved.

Winning away: Fernando Forestieri of Watford celebrates scoring at Sheffield Wednesday

Winning away: Fernando Forestieri of Watford celebrates scoring at Sheffield Wednesday

MATCH FACTS

Sheff Wed: Kirkland, Buxton (Jermaine Johnson 68),
Gardner (Taylor 46), Llera, Helan, Antonio, Lines, McCabe (Semedo 52),
Corry, Sidibe, Bothroyd.

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Heads we win: Alexandre Geijo scores his teams second goal

The mood worsened when Deeney, brought on only moments earlier, pounced on a loose ball in the box to rifle home with his first touch.

Yeates' stunning 25-yarder seven minutes from time sparked a mass exodus from three sides of the ground and a deflated Jones could only watch on as Bothroyd somehow blasted well over the bar with the last kick of the game.

Wednesday remain in the relegation zone having now lost five on the bounce, but upwardly mobile Watford have taken 14 points from six games this month and the play-offs are within reach of Gianfranco Zola's men.

Jones knows the severity of his situation after yet another defeat at Wednesday.

'Look at my record – I've never been in this situation before,' said Jones, who was booed by his own fans.

'We're going through a very rough time. We've got to come out fighting and be strong and be brave.

'If people think somebody else will do a better job, go get him.

'And if he doesn't do it, then what Go and get someone else How many managers has this club had in the last 10-15 years Ten or more Chopping and changing isn't the right answer.'

The former Cardiff boss, who took over in March, insisted he had not lost the dressing room or any of the managerial knowhow which saw him take the Bluebirds within a whisker of promotion from the Championship two seasons running.

'I have not become a bad manager overnight and this thing about losing the nice line, but it's not the case,' added Jones.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas condemns West Ham anti-semitic chanting

Villas-Boas condemns West Ham anti-semitic chants as 'complete stupidity'

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14:55 GMT, 27 November 2012

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has criticised West Ham fans for the level of aggression in their chanting and branded the anti-semitic songs as ‘complete stupidity’.

Villas-Boas, who could hear the abuse from the dug out during Tottenham’s 3-1 defeat of their London rivals on Sunday, said: ‘The level of aggression with the chanting goes out of proportion. It’s complete stupidity.’

But he also extended his gratitude to the Football Association and the club for the speed with which they have acted – and the severity of the threats.

Critical: Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has condemned anti-semitic chanting by West Ham fans as 'complete stupidity'

Critical: Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has condemned anti-semitic chanting by West Ham fans as 'complete stupidity'

‘I think I’m grateful for the quickness with which both clubs have gone into the matter, plus the FA and the police,’ he added.

‘I think West Ham set an example by giving a lifetime ban to the fan.’

Although clearly insisting a number of West Ham supporters had crossed the line, Villas-Boas defended the supporters’ right to voice their opinion about the club and criticise personnel within reason.

‘The fans have a right to everything, in my opinion. They are the ones who breathe the biggest passion for their football club.

‘They are entitled to whatever they want to; to say whatever they want; to chant whatever they want to chant. This can lift and encourage the players and produce negativity and positivity. It’s all down to them.

No love lost: West Ham fans reportedly taunted Tottenham supporters about the stabbings in Rome last week and sang songs about Adolf Hitler

No love lost: West Ham fans reportedly taunted Tottenham supporters about the stabbings in Rome last week and sang songs about Adolf Hitler

‘Football is about them (the fans) and it’s about their passion. They have the right more than anybody to show any kind of feeling.

‘We have to take it. Sometimes you don’t like what you hear but that’s life. It’s what makes us tick, too. We’re professionals of the game and we give everything for them (the fans). We always need to retribute them with what they expect.’

Meanwhile, Martin Jol branded the racist chants from West Ham fans at Tottenham on Sunday as 'embarrassing'.

The Fulham manager was disgusted with the behaviour of some West Ham fans during the match and supported banning those involved for life.

He said: 'I feel that you should not tolerate that and I don't think Spurs and even West Ham won't tolerate that. We all talk about discrimination and we want to get it right in this country, but this is almost embarrassing. What happened at Spurs is very important, you have to talk about it and you have to try to ban it and other little issues as well.'

'Embarrassing': Fulham manager Martin Jol also joined in the condemnation of the chanting, saying those responsible should be banned for life

'Embarrassing': Fulham manager Martin Jol also joined in the condemnation of the chanting, saying those responsible should be banned for life

West Ham released a statement yesterday saying that one of the fans involved 'has since been identified as a Season Ticket holder and has been sent a letter containing a banning order from the club. Any other individuals identified can expect a similar swift and robust response.'

Jol agrees with the club banning for life from Upton Park the fans they can identify as being involved in the anti-Semitic chants at the weekend.

The 56-year-old added: 'I think that is the right thing to ban the players for life if you know who did that. I think you have to ban them from football stadiums so it’s good to hear that. Here, for example, it is totally different. We won't tolerate that. It was, of course, away fans and what can you do about it At times we could be very vulnerable as managers as well as players. And you have to accept that.'

Martin Kelly out for the season – as Liverpool sweat on Daniel Agger and Fabio Borini

Kelly set to miss rest of the season with knee ligament injury as Liverpool sweat on Agger and Borini

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15:22 GMT, 24 September 2012

Liverpool’s disastrous start to the Premier League season has gone from bad to worse with Martin Kelly likely to miss the rest of the season.

The defender ruptured the anterior cruciate ligaments in his right knee against Manchester United on Sunday.

Kelly will now have surgery but he is almost certain to be out for the remainder of the campaign.

Brendan Rodgers is awaiting confirmation on Daniel Agger's injury after he was carried off on a stretcher following an awkward collision with Antonio Valencia.

Not you too: Martin Kelly (centre) is the latest Liverpool player to be sidelined by injury

Not you too: Martin Kelly (centre) is the latest Liverpool player to be sidelined by injury

A club statement read: '[Agger] has suffered a significant bone bruise to the left knee.

'No ligament damage was sustained but further tests will be carried out before it can be established when he will be able to return to training.'

Rodgers’ side were forced to finish the game against United with just nine men after – having had Jonjo Shelvey sent off and using all their substitutes – Kelly was unable to continue having picked up an injury.

Kelly confirmed the severity of his
injury, thought to be to a knee ligament, by tweeting: ‘What I can say
is its not the worst injury I’ve had, and for sure ill be fighting for
my place next year when I’m back fitter and stronger!’

The 22-year-old admitted earlier on Monday that he was ‘fearing the worst’ ahead of the scan on the injury.

He said: ‘Hoping for the best but fearing the worst ;( got my scan at 8 then will let you guys know x’

Rodgers expressed his concern for Agger after his star centre-back looked to be in some pain as he was carried off the pitch at Anfield.

He said: ‘Fabio (Borini) had a badly
swollen ankle. Agger’s doesn’t look good, the medics were saying it
might be a medial ligament. We’ll see.’

Borini still has swelling to his ankle but a scan has not shown up a fracture.

Sweat: Daniel Agger (left) is a serious concern for Liverpool, as he too had to be substituted against United

Sweat: Daniel Agger (left) is a serious concern for Liverpool, as he too had to be substituted against United

Sweat: Daniel Agger is a serious concern for Liverpool, as he too had to be substituted against United

Sweat: Daniel Agger is a serious concern for Liverpool, as he too had to be substituted against United

Martin Kelly out until 2013 as Liverpool sweat on Daniel Agger

From bad to worse! Liverpool's Kelly out until 2013 as Rodgers sweats on Agger injury

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UPDATED:

11:41 GMT, 24 September 2012

Liverpool’s disastrous start to the Premier League season has gone from bad to worse as defender Martin Kelly revealed that he will be out until 2013.

Brendan Rodgers is still awaiting news on Daniel Agger, who had to be stretchered off after an awkward collision with Antonio Valencia during Liverpool's 2-1 defeat to Manchester United.

Not you too: Martin Kelly (centre) is the latest Liverpool player to be sidelined by injury

Not you too: Martin Kelly (centre) is the latest Liverpool player to be sidelined by injury

Rodgers’ side were forced to finish the game against United with just nine men after – having had Jonjo Shelvey sent off and using all their substitutes – Kelly was unable to continue having picked up an injury.

Kelly confirmed the severity of his
injury, thought to be to a knee ligament, by tweeting: ‘What I can say
is its not the worst injury I’ve had, and for sure ill be fighting for
my place next year when I’m back fitter and stronger!’

The 22-year-old admitted earlier on Monday that he was ‘fearing the worst’ ahead of the scan on the injury.

He said: ‘Hoping for the best but fearing the worst ;( got my scan at 8 then will let you guys know x’

Rodgers expressed his concern for Agger after his star centre-back looked to be in some pain as he was carried off the pitch at Anfield.

He said: ‘Fabio (Borini) had a badly
swollen ankle. Agger’s doesn’t look good, the medics were saying it
might be a medial ligament. We’ll see.’

Sweat: Daniel Agger (left) is a serious concern for Liverpool, as he too had to be substituted against United

Sweat: Daniel Agger (left) is a serious concern for Liverpool, as he too had to be substituted against United

Sweat: Daniel Agger is a serious concern for Liverpool, as he too had to be substituted against United

Sweat: Daniel Agger is a serious concern for Liverpool, as he too had to be substituted against United

Swansea open contract talks with Neil Taylor

Swansea in talks with crocked Taylor over new deal

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UPDATED:

16:01 GMT, 12 September 2012

Swansea have opened contract talks with Neil Taylor.

Taylor, who still has three years left to run on his current deal, will be out for the rest of the season after breaking his ankle in three places in the 2-2 draw with Sunderland.

And the 23-year-old left-back has thanked the club for electing to press ahead with his new deal despite the severity of his injury.

Heartbreak: Taylor will be out for the rest of the season after breaking his ankle

Heartbreak: Taylor will be out for the rest of the season after breaking his ankle

He told the club website: 'We've been talking about a new contract for a few months now – and we were very close before the injury happened.

'But in fairness to the club they have already said they will honour the new deal despite the fact that I won't play again this season. The way they have handled it speaks volumes about the club and the board.'

And Taylor, who joined the Swans from Wrexham in 2010, has vowed to return an even better player once he completes his recovery.

He said: 'I want to come back fitter and stronger next season and I'm happy in the knowledge that if I get my rehab right then I'm confident Swansea City will still be in the Premier League.

'There is a very good feeling within the camp at the moment. Without getting carried away, everyone is riding high on confidence after a great start.

'I believe we've not only got a great chance of staying up, but we'll get stronger as the season progresses.'

Centre-half Ashley Williams and goalkeeper Michael Vorm have around 18 months remaining on their contracts, but the south Wales club are also keen to tie their key performers down to long-term deals.

The Swans have also opened talks over a new deal with Wales Under-21 keeper David Cornell.

Wayne Rooney dropped by Sir Alex Ferguson over fitness

It was tough dropping Wayne but he wasn't fit, admits Manchester United boss Fergie

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UPDATED:

13:18 GMT, 31 August 2012

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Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed Wayne Rooney's lack of fitness was the reason behind his omission from the Manchester United side last weekend.

The nasty gash Rooney suffered in the 3-2 win over Fulham and which threatens to rule the striker out for a month obscured his failure to make the Red Devils starting line-up.

Instead, Ferguson preferred new-boys Robin van Persie and Shinji Kagawa, and with both scoring it seems unlikely Rooney would have forced his way into the team at Southampton on Sunday either.
Now the decision does not have to be made.

Fitness concern: Sir Alex Ferguson admits he dropped Wayne Rooney against Fulham because he felt the striker was not fit enoughFitness concern: Sir Alex Ferguson admits he dropped Wayne Rooney against Fulham because he felt the striker was not fit enough

Fitness concern: Sir Alex Ferguson admits he dropped Wayne Rooney against Fulham because he felt the striker was not fit enough – Rooney is out for four weeks at least after sustaining a nasty cut last week (below)

Pain game: Rooney is sidelined for at least four weeks after sustaining a nasty gash against Fulham

However, Ferguson did not do much to undermine rumours of his discontent at the condition Rooney returned to training in as he explained the reasoning behind what admittedly was 'not an easy decision' for the United boss.

'Wayne's a bit behind other players in terms of fitness,' said Ferguson. 'He needs a few games.

'I wanted to play Van Persie at Old Trafford, although I knew he wasn't 100 per cent fit either.

'I'd have rather taken him off with 20 minutes to go. It was only because we lost the second goal that I was forced to leave him on.

'It wasn't an easy choice to leave Wayne out because he is a very good player who can score you goals.'

Rooney has confirmed there is no rift between him and Ferguson, leaving him free to get on with the business of getting fit.

And despite the severity of the striker's injury, the United boss insists the four week timescale he outlined on Saturday has not changed.

'He was in yesterday,' he said. 'It's nothing serious on the actual gash – it's a bad one but it was treated carefully and very quickly and we don't expect any complications.

'The fact it's a gash and not a ligament, muscle or joint injury means he can do a lot of work in the gym so he should be back in four weeks.'

Although there have been suggestions United are seeking deals for Federico Macheda and Bebe to find alternative clubs, Ferguson insists his transfer business is done.

Cross: Ferguson was not impressed with the FA for discussing Ashley Young's injury

Cross: Ferguson was not impressed with the FA for discussing Ashley Young's injury

Of more concern was his irritation at the Football Association, who he blames for releasing news of the knee injury that has kept Ashley Young out of the Southampton game, plus England's World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine.

'It was nice of the FA to let everyone know Ashley Young is injured,' he said.

'There's no point in giving them any information now. He's out but it's not serious and he'll be ready in a couple of weeks' time.'

Ferguson also confirmed Jonny Evans will be available to partner skipper Nemanja Vidic in central defence following his summer ankle operation.

However, neither Rio Ferdinand nor Phil Jones will be considered even though they have returned to training following groin and back problems.

Some fans still believe United are lacking a physical presence in central midfield. Overall, though, it seems Ferguson has bought well.

Impressive start: Ferguson is pleased with the form of Japan international Shinji Kagawa

Impressive start: Ferguson is pleased with the form of Japan international Shinji Kagawa

Kagawa has been particularly impressive following his 17million move from German champions Borussia Dortmund.

The 23-year-old has not been fazed by joining a club the size of United and revelled in the space just behind Van Persie against Fulham.

'We looked at Kagawa a lot,' said Ferguson.

'In his first season at Dortmund he did very well, which was a surprise because he seemed to come from nowhere.

'Last season there was more authority in his game and his goal-scoring was good from that position.

'He was absolutely magnificent when I went to see him in the German cup final against Bayern Munich.

'His movement and awareness of the space in front of him were fantastic.

'He did everything we were looking for and that's why we moved for him.'

Charlie Adam agent hits back at Gareth Bale

Adam agent hits back at Bale after Spurs star brands Liverpool midfielder a 'coward'

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UPDATED:

09:14 GMT, 31 July 2012

Charlie Adam's agent has defended the Liverpool midfielder after he was labelled a coward by Tottenham winger Gareth Bale.

Wales international Bale was left on crutches at the weekend following a bad tackle from Adam during the 0-0 draw between the two sides in Baltimore.

It was not the first such incident involving the pair, with Adam having injured Bale in a tackle in May 2011, causing ankle ligament damage which ruled the Spurs man out for three months.

Crunch: Gareth Bale goes down under the challenge from Charlie Adam

Crunch: Gareth Bale goes down under the challenge from Charlie Adam

Bale branded Adam 'a bit of a coward' after the latest clash, but Adam's representative Kenny Moyes claims such talk is 'outrageous'.

Quoted in the Daily Star, Moyes said: 'It doesn't warrant a reply because everyone knows Charlie is not that type of player. Everyone in football knows he has no malice or anything like that in him.

'For someone to have a go like that is outrageous. It was schoolboyish for them to come out and say that.'

Good news: Bale's injury is not as serious as first feared

Good news: Bale's injury is not as serious as first feared

Bale and Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas both called for an apology in the aftermath of the tackle, but received good news on the severity of the injury.

The 23-year-old has resumed light training after scans revealed the damage was not as serious as first feared.

Villas-Boas said: 'Needless to say, we are extremely relieved Gareth has not been seriously injured.'

Euro 2012 Joachim Low says England were "much better" than at the World Cup

Hodgson's crumbs of comfort as Low says England were 'much better' at Euro 2012 than two years ago

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UPDATED:

17:43 GMT, 27 June 2012

England manager Roy Hodgson has received forceful backing from Germany counterpart Joachim Low – and claimed the side Fabio Capello sent out to face him at the 2010 World Cup had 'a lot of problems'.

Capello has been wading back into choppy England waters again over the past few days, having what Hodgson described as a 'cheap' attack on Wayne Rooney over his performances for the national team.

Rooney was part of the England side ripped apart by the Germans in Bloemfontein two years ago, beaten 4-1 in a one-sided last-16 encounter.

The emperor's new clothes: Joachim Low said England had improved since 2010

The emperor's new clothes: Joachim Low said England had improved since 2010

Capello refused to acknowledge the severity of that defeat, preferring instead to concentrate on the wrongly disallowed Frank Lampard goal that would have levelled the match, rather than the fact his team were comprehensively outplayed.

Low certainly knew it – and he clearly has not forgotten.

When asked how it was that Germany tended to remain at major tournaments after England had gone home, his observations came with backing for Hodgson.

'I don't know why,' he said. 'It's hard to answer. The English were much better in this tournament than in 2010.

'When they played us then, they were a team who had a lot of problems. Roy Hodgson has brought order into the side and has done a great job. (At Euro 2012) they were a very well organised team.

'England will develop under him in the next few years and, in the next tournament, they'll play a better role than they did here and certainly than they did in 2010.'

Stinging: England taste the pain of defeat in Bloemfontein

Stinging: England taste the pain of defeat in Bloemfontein

Those words will provide comfort both to Hodgson as he starts preparations ahead of this autumn's World Cup qualifying programme, but also the Football Association, who shocked most observers by choosing the 64-year-old ahead of overwhelming favourite Harry Redknapp.

Not that Low refrained from implied criticism of England's performance against Italy in Kiev on Sunday when, yet again, they failed to impose themselves on the international stage.

'We saw the game,' said Low. 'After 60 or 70 minutes Italy just got stronger and stronger and had more and more chances. In extra-time, Italy were dominant and England physically got weaker.'

It seems fairly obvious Germany will not be allowing Andrea Pirlo the amount of space he got in Kiev.

Low may be a big admirer of the Juventus midfielder, but he intends Germany to take the initiative from him.

'Pirlo is not just a very good player, but the player who dictates the tactics and gives the team their ideas,' said Low. 'He's the Italian player who directs the game. We have to disturb him, stop him playing, get in his way, and think of a way how we can do better than Italy in midfield.

'We have to dictate the tempo of the match upon the Italians. I think we'll be able to do that.'

Time and space: Andrea Pirlo excelled against England's curiously hands-off tactics

Time and space: Andrea Pirlo excelled against England's curiously hands-off tactics

Interestingly, influential midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, who has recovered from an ankle injury, revealed that Germany have not practised penalties.

However, as Hodgson argued the best way of avoiding that lottery is to get better at the actual matches, he would presumably be impressed at Germany's present world record run of 15 successive victories in competitive games – a run that dates back to their third-place play-off win over Uruguay.

It provides Germany with the confidence required to dismiss their awful record against Italy in tournament games, three defeats and four draws, most recently the 2006 World Cup semi-final when there were beaten by two goals in the final minute of extra-time.

'I personally don't have any “fear”,' said Schweinsteiger.

'Respect is there. Respect for what they've done in the last two years, and given the scandals in their league, their national team is really positive.

No worries: Bastian Schweinsteiger appeared relaxed before Germany's semi

No worries: Bastian Schweinsteiger appeared relaxed before Germany's semi

'If you don't have any respect you're dumb. Italy are a great nation, have won a lot in the past and have made a big step forward in the last two years.

'The point has come now, though, where we can beat the next big opponent. We've beaten Argentina, Brazil, England and Holland. The next one, we hope, will be the Italians.'

Blackburn"s David Goodwillie dodges jail despite SECOND assault in less than a year

Blackburn striker Goodwillie dodges jail despite SECOND assault in less than a year

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UPDATED:

09:57 GMT, 30 April 2012


Community order: David Goodwillie

Community order: David Goodwillie

Premier League footballer David Goodwillie has been given a community service order for assaulting a man in a city centre.

The Blackburn striker will also be supervised for one year after admitting the attack on John Friel in Glasgow's Queen Street on November 3 2010.

The 23-year-old Scotland international repeatedly punched Mr Friel on the head and body and kicked him.

Sentencing him at Glasgow Sheriff Court on Monday, Sheriff Stuart Reid said Goodwillie had been convicted of an assault charge less than 12 months before the Queen Street incident and that he did not seem 'deterred' by a fine and compensation order he had been handed for it.

He imposed a 12-month probation order
on him, with the conditions that he is of good behaviour and is
supervised by a local authority officer.

The order also requires Goodwillie to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work in the community.

Donald Findlay QC, representing Goodwillie, said his client was 'keen to make the most of his talent'.

He said: 'It is difficult for young men who have high profiles thrust upon them. It is sometimes difficult for them to cope.

'I am sure Mr Goodwillie can go on to have a long and successful career in the game of professional football.

'He realises he must learn to deal with situations, even if they are not of his making or instigating.'

Mr Findlay added that Goodwillie would approach any sentence handed to him in a 'positive and constructive way'.

Sheriff Reid said: 'I have taken into account the fact you were convicted of assault just under 12 months before this. The fine and compensation order imposed on you then did not seem to have deterred you, and in fact this matter has escalated in severity.

'I plan to impose a probation order on you for a period of 12 months.'

The sheriff said Goodwillie's sentence of 80 hours of unpaid work had been cut from 90 to reflect his plea of guilty on April 2 this year, before the matter was due to go to trial.

Goodwillie, from Stirling, moved from Dundee United to Blackburn last summer for a fee of about 2 million.