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Arsene Wenger targets Kieran Richardson

Wenger looks for midfield recruits with Sunderland's Richardson in his sights

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will target Sunderland's Kieran Richardson in a shock January transfer window move to bolster his midfield.

Richardson is thought to be keen on a return to London and the move would free-up funds for Black Cats boss Martin O'Neill to spend in the transfer window.

The London–born midfielder, 27, missed the last game through illness but may find it hard to force his way back into the side following the stunning win over Manchester City.

On the move Richardson could be heading to London with Arsenal

On the move Richardson could be heading to London with Arsenal

Wenger is a big fan of the former West Ham trainee – who joined Manchester United as a trainee in 2001 – according to the Mirror.

The Gunners slumped to a demoralising 2-1 defeat at Fulham on Sunday and would have been disappointed by a number of his attacking players.

Both Theo Walcott and Gervinho were well below-par as the north Londoners threw away their lead in the last five minutes of the match at Craven Cottage.

Richardson – who has been a regular for the Black Cats this season and has bagged two goals – cost the Wearsiders 5.5million when they bought him from United in 2007.

Red alert: The Gunners were sunk in late drama at Craven Cottage

Red alert: The Gunners were sunk in late drama at Craven Cottage

Amir Khan appeal to be heard in January

Khan”s appeal into shock Peterson defeat in Washington to be heard in January

Amir Khan”s camp have been informed by the WBA and IBF that an appeal into the controversial points defeat by Lamont Peterson will be held in mid January.

Golden Boy Promotions chief executive Richard Schaefer revealed that contrary to reports, the sanctioning bodies will investigate events in Washington 10 days ago.

Khan was relieved of his WBA and IBF world titles by Peterson, the hometown fighter, in a decision that continues to be bitterly disputed by the 25-year-old.

Blow: Referee Joe Cooper deducts a point from Amir Khan in round seven

Blow: Referee Joe Cooper deducts a point from Amir Khan in round seven

The performance of referee Joe Cooper, who deducted two points from Khan for pushing, and alleged irregularities with the scorecards has prompted Golden Boy to seek redress.

“We have filed an official appeal which will trigger a thorough investigation from the IBF and WBA,” said Schaefer. “I”ve been given an update by the IBF and WBA. They both want the appeal in New York on January 18 and 19.

“They will make their decision on whether the outcome should be overturned, should stand or if there needsto be a rematch. There is clear outrage against the officiating and something needs to be done.”

Schaefer is furious with what he views as a hometown decision, citing in the first instance discrepanciesin the way the scorecards were compiled and collected.

The IBF”s master scorecard disappeared immediately after the fight, only for an IBF scorecard to beproduced 48 hours ago that Schaefer claims was clearly made subsequently.

No option: Khan argued that Lamont Peterson had his head too low

No option: Khan argued that Lamont Peterson had his head too low

Cooper”s influence on the outcome has also provoked the ire of Golden Boy.

“There is clearly some smoke in relation to the scorecards. Where there”s smoke, there”s fire,” said Schaefer. “There is nothing in the rules related to pushing. Even excessive pushing isn”t a foul.

“There was clearly no basis for a one-point deduction, and certainly not for a two-point deduction. The fact is this is one of the worst cases of home cooking I have seen.

“Peterson was warned throughout the fight about using his head, but Cooper never deducted a point from him.

Query: Judge George Hill made a correction to his scorecard

Query: Judge George Hill made a correction to his scorecard

“The inconsistency is absolutely shocking and if this isn”t home cooking, I don”t know what is. This decision must be corrected. I hope it will be corrected. The WBA and IBFhave an opportunity and obligation to do the right thing.”

The preferred option for Schaefer is to see the result overturned, but if that outcome is not forthcoming, hewants to see Peterson honour his pledge for an immediate rematch.

“We”ve been able to secure the Staples Centre in LA on May 19 – neutral ground for both fighters,” he said. “We”ve made Team Peterson a seven-figure offer and are waiting to hear back from them. I”d be shocked if they don”t offer a rematch.”

Khan continues to feel aggrieved at the decision, which many observers felt could have gone either way.

“I deserve a fair chance, a fair fight. I hope Lamont gives me the rematch I deserve,” he said.

Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra race row: Liverpool statement

Liverpool hit back in Suarez race storm and challenge FA to charge Evra

Liverpool have hit back at the FA over the eight-match ban given to striker Luis Suarez for racially abusing Patrice Evra, and insisted the Manchester United man also be charged.

In a fierce defence of their star man, the Anfield outfit released a lengthy statement detailing their shock and surprise at the guilty verdict, which also resulted in a 40,000 fine for Suarez.

Row: Luis Suarez (left) and Patrice Evra clashed as United and Liverpool drew

Row: Luis Suarez (left) and Patrice Evra clashed as United and Liverpool drew

It said: “We find it extraordinary that Luis can be found guilty on the word of Patrice Evra alone when no-one else on the field of play – including Evra”s own Manchester United team-mates and all the match officials – heard the alleged conversation between the two players in a crowded Kop goalmouth while a corner kick was about to be taken.”

In response, Suarez took to Twitter, andsaid: “Today is a very difficult and painful day for both me and my family. Thanks for all the support, I”ll keep working!”

While his manager used the same tool to convey his disappointment.

Dalglish wrote: “Very disappointed with today”s verdict. This is the time when [Luis] needs our full support. Let”s not let him walk alone. KD”

Liverpool”s statement then continued with reference to the club”s work at rooting out those guilty of such slurs inside their stadium before turning their attention to Evra.

Liverpool claim the France international admitted during the hearing into the incident at Anfield in October 15 that he had insulted Suarez in Spanish, and fact they say their player didn”t actually hear.

The statement continued: “It is key to note that Patrice Evra himselfin his written statement in this case said “I don”t think that Luis Suarez is racist”. The FA in their opening remarks accepted that Luis Suarez was not racist.

Man in the middle: Ref Andre Marriner had to speak to Evra and Suarez at Anfield

Man in the middle: Ref Andre Marriner had to speak to Evra and Suarez at Anfield

“We would also like to know when the FA intend to charge Patrice Evrawith making abusive remarks to an opponent after he admitted himself inhis evidence to insulting Luis Suarez in Spanish in the most objectionable of terms. Luis, to his credit, actually told the FA he hadnot heard the insult.

“It is our strong held belief, having gone over the facts of the case, that Luis Suarez did not commit any racist act. It is also our opinion that the accusation by this particular player was not credible -certainly no more credible than his prior unfounded accusations.”

An FA statement had earlier said: “Mr Suarez used insulting words towards Mr Evra during the match contrary to FA Rule E3(1). The insulting words used by Mr Suarez included a reference to Mr Evra”s colour within the meaning of Rule E3(2).”


Manchester United faced Liverpool in a Premier League match. In the 57th minute Suarez fouled Evra and tempers flared at the next corner. They squared up to each other and Evra asked why Suarez kicked him. Suarez said he should forget about it, these things happen. Evra claims Suarez then became racially abusive, using the word “negro”. Suarez denies using the word in that clash. Evra is clearly wound up, but nearby players do not seem particularly bothered.

A few minutes later Marriner calls the pair together. Suarez apologises and tries to pat Evra on the head. It is alleged Evra said: “Don”t touch me, you South American,” to which Suarez replies: “Porque, negro”

Evra catches Kuyt two minutes later and is booked. He allegedly shouts at Marriner: “You”re only booking me because I”m black.”

Suarez is bemused, saying: “I called him something his team-mates call him and even they were surprised by his reaction.”

Michael O"Neill wants Northern Ireland job

Shamrock boss O”Neill eyes Northern Ireland job after Tottenham clash

Shamrock Rovers manager Michael O”Neill will be interviewed for the vacant Northern Ireland manager”s job this week.

O’Neill will take charge of the Irish club for the final time in the Europa League clash against Tottenham on Thursday.

Irish eyes are smiling: O

Irish eyes are smiling: O”Neill wants a shot at the Northern Ireland job

And the 42-year-old hopes a shock win over Harry Redknapp – who is a leading a contender to replace Fabio Capello as England boss – can help his chances of earning Northern Ireland role.

“It”s like any other job you do, once you”re tested and meet that test then you will progress,” said O”Neill. “The European games are where you are really tested.”

Repeat performance: O

Repeat performance: O”Neill will be hoping Rovers can do a job on Tottenham as they did on Partizan Belgrade

Toro Rosso sign Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne

Toro Rosso boot out both drivers to bring in Ricciardo and Vergne

Drafted in: Jean-Eric Vergne

Drafted in: Jean-Eric Vergne

Toro Rosso have surprisingly cleared their decks ahead of the 2012 Formula One season by booting out Sebastien Buemi and Jaime Alguersuari.

For the first time since the team’s 2006 debut, Toro Rosso will start a campaign with an all-new line-up of Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne – both products of the Red Bull Junior Driver programme.

After wielding the axe, team principal Franz Tost said: “I am pleased we have been able to reach an early decision on our drivers for next year because it means we can all give our full attention to 2012 without any distractions.

“Over the past year both Daniel and Jean-Eric have proved their worth and I expect them to make a significant contribution to the team’s performance next year.

“Daniel has the benefit of having actually raced in grands prix for much of this year, while Jean-Eric proved he could adapt quickly to the demands of driving a Formula One car (in Friday testing).

“As they have both worked with the team and its engineers very recently, this should allow us to get up to speed right from the start of winter testing in a couple of months’ time.”

Attempting to explain away his shock decision, Tost added: “One has to remember when Toro Rosso was established in 2005, it was done so with the intention of providing a first step into Formula One for the youngsters in the Red Bull Junior Driver programme.

“It is therefore part of the team’s culture to change its driver line-up from time to time in order to achieve this goal.”

The onus will particularly be on Ricciardo, who competed in 11 races over the second half of last season for Hispania Racing after the Spanish team dispensed with the services of Narain Karthikeyan.

On his way: Jaime Alguersuari has no future at Toro Rosso

On his way: Jaime Alguersuari has no future at Toro Rosso

The 22-year-old Australian said: “This is a really big deal for me and something I have wanted ever since I was driving for Toro Rosso on Friday mornings at the races in the first part of last season. To be honest, I am still jumping up and down with excitement at the news. I can’t wait to get to work once testing begins.”

Vergne, who joins fellow Frenchmen Romain Grosjean (Lotus) and Charles Pic (Marussia) on the grid next season, admitted Christmas had come early for him this year.

The 21-year-old said: “I must thank Red Bull for all their support so far and for believing I am ready to take on the ultimate challenge of racing in Formula One.

“Having driven for them a few times this year and also testing for Red Bull Racing in Abu Dhabi (young driver test), I definitely feel ready to make the move, even if I know there is a big difference between testing and actually racing.

“I enjoyed working with the guys at Toro Rosso this year and I can’t wait to be part of the team for real. Sitting on the grid in Melbourne next March cannot come soon enough.”

Swiss Buemi competed in 55 grands prix over three seasons for Toro Rosso, but the 23-year-old managed only 15 points and 15th place in the drivers’ standings last season.

Spaniard Alguersuari, meanwhile, drove in 46 races, and was just one place and 11 points better off than Buemi over the course of this year.

Nathaniel Clyne wanted by Manchester United

United target Palace defender Clyne as long-term replacement for legend Neville

Sir Alex Ferguson sees Crystal Palace”s Nathaniel Clyne as the answer to Manchester United”s problems at right back.

The United manager was impressed with England Under 21 defender Clyne”s composure in Palace”s shock Carling Cup quarter-final win at Old Trafford last month and is ready to make a move after hearing that Newcastle, Fulham, Aston Villa and Everton have all showed an interest in the 20-year-old.

In demand: United are interested in signing Palace defender Nathaniel Clyne

In demand: United are interested in signing Palace defender Nathaniel Clyne

Filling the void left by Gary Neville”s retirement at the end of last season has proved difficult for Ferguson.

Chris Smalling and Phil Jones have filled in, but the dislocated shoulder suffered by Rafael da Silva ahead of the current campaign has proved very costly.

Palace may be tempted by a cut-price offer in January, rather than allowing Clyne”s contract to run out in the summer.