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Portsmouth offer from Keith Harris rejected by Football League

Portsmouth face renewed threat to survival after Football League reject latest Harris offer

By
Mark Staniforth, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

20:50 GMT, 18 February 2013

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UPDATED:

20:50 GMT, 18 February 2013

The Football League has dismissed a revised offer by football financier Keith Harris to take control of npower League One strugglers Portsmouth.

Harris' new bid, made public today, involves a plan to give fans a free 15 per cent stake in the club.

But the League today reiterated its position that Pompey will be expelled from the competition if the Pompey Supporters' Trust – administrator PKF's preferred bidder – is not successful.

Running out of time: Portsmouth's takeover must be completed soon

Running out of time: Portsmouth's takeover must be completed soon

A Football League spokesman said: 'As stated after its most recent meeting, the Board of the Football League is not considering alternative applications for the transfer of Portsmouth's share in The Football League.

'Instead, it remains focused on a successful transfer of share to the preferred bidder, the Pompey Supporters Trust.'

Football financier: Keith Harris

Football financier: Keith Harris

Trust spokesman Colin Farmery said fans had no interest in the new Harris offer, in which 15 per cent of shares will be allocated free to a group made up of supporters who have donated funds to PST, season-ticket holders and hospitality clients.

Farmery said: 'Why would we be interested in 15 per cent when we are just about to take a 100 per cent stake in the club

'It is curious timing to say the least from Mr Harris with the Football League having made it quite clear that our bid is the only one that can be considered.

'Mr Harris seems to think he has still got a bid but he hasn't. Our bid is literally about dotting the i's and crossing the t's.'

The Trust expect to move a step closer to acquiring the club on Thursday when a court hearing will set a final date for the valuation of Fratton Park to be heard, followed by a high court date at which the Trust expect to be given the right to take over the club.

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.

Tottenham players targeted by laser pen at Leeds, FA launch investigation

FA launch probe after Tottenham players and referee are targeted by laser pen at Leeds

By
Neil Moxley

PUBLISHED:

02:04 GMT, 29 January 2013

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UPDATED:

02:04 GMT, 29 January 2013

The Football Association has contacted Leeds United after Spurs' players were targeted by lasers during their FA Cup defeat at Elland Road.

Right-back Kyle Walker was one of the victims along with referee Kevin Friend as Neil Warnock's side booked themselves a fifth round trip to the Etihad to face Manchester City following their 2-1 victory.

Friend mentioned the incident to the fourth official and also in his match report and now the authorities want Leeds' view before deciding what action to take.

Laser guided: Walker was targeted while taking a corner kick

Laser guided: Walker was targeted while taking a corner kick

There is no suggestion of any sanctions at this stage. The FA want to establish the facts of the situation before deciding whether to take the matter any further.

A spokesman said: 'We are aware of what took place and have contacted Leeds to request their observations in relation to this.'

Cupset: Championship side Leeds beat high-flying Tottenham

Cupset: Championship side Leeds beat high-flying Tottenham

Zlatan Ibrahimovic fails to attend training for Paris Saint-Germain

Sulking Ibrahimovic puts Chelsea and City on alert after striker fails to turn up for training at PSG following row over parking

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12:58 GMT, 14 December 2012

Paris Saint-Germain’s enigmatic striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic was absent from training yesterday.

With PSG set to face table-topping Lyon on Sunday evening, supporters will undoubtedly have been concerned to see their maverick forward missing from the team’s collective training session at Camp des Loges yesterday morning.

And his absence from the group training session may also have been a point of concern for the Club’s President Nasser Al-Khelafi, who was in attendance observing the team’s preparations ahead of Sunday’s crucial game.

Happy Zlatan Ibrahimovic failed to turn up for yesterday's collective training session

Happy Zlatan Ibrahimovic failed to turn up for yesterday's collective training session

A club spokesman told French paper L'Equipe that Ibrahimovic was following an adapted, personal regime and doing his own work in the gym.

Although there may not be any evident breakdown of the relationship between Ibrahimovic and PSG, relations have shown signs of deterioration in recent weeks.

According to reports in France, the pony-tailed star was left enraged last month by PSG staff after he was refused permission to park in the club’s car park which is reserved for technical staff.

Ibrahimovic, who is famous for his ‘unique’ personality, wanted to leave his car in the area reserved for staff as it is located nearer to the club’s training ground than the car park dedicated to the players.

As a response to the refusal by the on-duty car-park wardens, the Swede instead decided to park his car at the entrance to the technical staff car park, therefore blocking all other vehicles from entering and leaving the complex.

Prolific: Ibrahimovic (left) has scored 17 goals already at PSG

Prolific: Ibrahimovic (left) has scored 17 goals already at PSG

Although Ibrahimovic only joined big-spending PSG from AC Milan in the summer, certain English clubs may be intrigued by the latest developments in the on-going soap opera that is the career of the mercurial Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Ibrahimovic has played for some of Europe’s top clubs – including Ajax, both Milan clubs and Juventus – but there has always been the impression that the Swede has never really seemed settled, and has failed to stay at any one club for longer than three seasons.

The forward, who has won nine league titles in his career at various clubs, was even unable to settle at Barcelona, famously complaining – “I was a Ferrari being driven like a Fiat” – making reference to the way that the Catalan giants failed to build their team around him.

Struggling: Mario Balotelli was substituted in Manchester City's 3-2 defeat against Manchester United

Struggling: Mario Balotelli was substituted in Manchester City's 3-2 defeat against Manchester United

Chelsea are believed to be doing everything possible to secure Atletico Madrid striker Falcao in the January transfer window, but Roman Abramovich may be interested in pursuing Ibrahimovic should his attempts to secure Falcao falter.

Elsewhere, with Manchester City’s forward line struggling for goals, and with doubts surrounding the future of Mario Balotelli, City boss manager Roberto Mancini – who Ibrahimovic played under at Inter Milan – may be tempted to enter the market to bring in an extra slice of star quality as his side attempt to defend their Premier League title.

Ibrahimovic has 17 goals to his name already this season, making him the leading goalscorer in Ligue 1.

Mark Devlin denies reports Brentford fans attacked Karl Robinson with pint glass

Brentford chief Devlin denies reports fans attacked MK Dons boss Robinson with pint glass

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UPDATED:

12:57 GMT, 12 December 2012

Police are looking into an incident between Brentford fans and MK Dons manager Karl Robinson following Saturday's match at Griffin Park.

Stewards had to step in to prevent a confrontation between Robinson and a group of Bees supporters following the home side's 3-2 win.

Brentford chief executive Mark Devlin confirmed there had been an incident as Robinson was walking to the team bus, but categorically denied reports that a pint glass was thrown.

Shaken: MK Dons boss Karl Robinson was set upon by a group of Brentford fans

Shaken: MK Dons boss Karl Robinson was set upon by a group of Brentford fans

'I was distressed to read reports about a glass being thrown, I witnessed the events myself,' Devlin said.

'Karl Robinson was being escorted to the team coach, some of our fans were goading him and Karl Robinson reacted. There was almost an incident but our stewards stepped in.

'Some beer was thrown, most of which hit our operations manager and a couple of stewards.

'I can categorically say no glass was thrown at Karl Robinson.

'We have the police here at the moment and they are currently reviewing the footage from Saturday.'

A Dons spokesman added: 'We are aware of an incident at Griffin Park involving our manager Karl Robinson and a group of Brentford supporters.

'MK Dons will assist Brentford with their investigation into the incident, while this is ongoing it would be inappropriate to comment further.'

Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood making good progress after heart attack

Arsenal chairman Hill-Wood making good progress after suffering heart attack

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UPDATED:

11:02 GMT, 3 December 2012

Recovering well: Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood is in hospital after suffering a heart attack

Recovering well: Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood is in hospital after suffering a heart attack

Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood is recovering well in hospital after having a heart attack on Friday, the Barclays Premier League club confirmed.

The 76-year-old, who has been chairman of Arsenal since 1982, suffered the heart attack following a bout of pneumonia.

A spokesman for the club said: 'Peter is recovering well in hospital and there is a good prognosis.

'We are hoping he will make a full and speedy return.'

Hill-Wood was taken ill at home on Friday and taken to hospital for treatment.

He is the third member of his family
to serve as Arsenal chairman, following on from his father Denis
(1962-1982) and his grandfather Samuel, who had two separate spells in
the role between 1929 and 1936 and from 1946 to 1949.

Jovan Belcher shoots his girlfriend dead before killing himself at Kansas City Chiefs" stadium

Kansas City Chiefs' Belcher shoots girlfriend dead before killing himself at Arrowhead StadiumUnconfirmed reports that Jovan Belcher, 25, is the Kansas City Chief who shot and killed his girlfriend at their home
He then traveled to the team's Arrowhead stadium, where he shot himself in a practice areaBelcher and his girlfriend had a baby less than three months ago

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18:01 GMT, 1 December 2012

A 25-year-old Kansas City Chiefs player shot his girlfriend early on Saturday morning, then drove to the team's Arrowhead Stadium and turned the gun on himself as two team officials were confronting him, police have said.

There are several unconfirmed media reports that the dead player is linebacker Jovan Belcher, 25, originally from Long Island, New York. Belcher and his girlfriend had a baby less than three months ago on September 11.

Police spokesman Darin Snapp said authorities received a call from a woman who said her daughter had been shot multiple times at a residence about five miles away from the Arrowhead complex.

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There are unconfirmed reports that linebacker Jovan Belcher, 25, is the footballer who shot and killed his girlfriend and then himself on Saturday morning

There are unconfirmed reports that linebacker Jovan Belcher, 25, is the footballer who shot and killed his girlfriend and then himself on Saturday morning

Crime scene: Authorities received a call Saturday morning from a woman who said her daughter had been shot multiple times at a residence five miles away from the Arrowhead complex

Crime scene: Authorities received a call Saturday morning from a woman who said her daughter had been shot multiple times at a residence five miles away from the Arrowhead complex

Upon arriving at the Arrowhead Stadium complex, police witnessed a black male in a car with a handgun to his head talking to two Chiefs officials

Upon arriving at the Arrowhead Stadium complex, police witnessed a black male in a car with a handgun to his head talking to two Chiefs officials

Belcher has been the Chiefs starting inside linebacker for the last two seasons after going undrafted in 2009

Belcher has been the Chiefs starting inside linebacker for the last two seasons after going undrafted in 2009

Snapp told KCTV5 that a call was then received from the Chiefs' practice facility.

After a confrontation with team personnel, in which they attempted to stop the player from committing additional acts of violence, he shot himself near the front doors of the practice area. Police heard the single gunshot as they arrived at the scene.

According to CBSSports.com, Chiefs Coach Romeo Crennel and General Manager Scott Pioli were outside the facility when Belcher took his own life. The player apparently 'thanked both men before taking his life, and that Pioli and Crennel did not feel threatened.'

Belcher had no history of violence according to those who knew him, had a strong relationship with Crennel and the incident has come as a surprise to the organization and many who knew Belcher well.

'We can confirm that there was an
incident at Arrowhead earlier this morning,' the Chiefs said in a
statement. 'We are cooperating with authorities in their investigation.'

Belcher grew up on Long Island, New York and played for the Maine Black Bears in college. There, he was named first team All American in the Football Championship Subdivision.

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Jovan Belcher #59 stretches before a game against the Oakland Raiders at Arrowhead Stadium in 2009

Jovan Belcher #59 stretches before a game against the Oakland Raiders at Arrowhead Stadium in 2009

Shooting: Arrowhead Stadium is home of the Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas City

Shooting: Arrowhead Stadium is home of the Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas City

After going undrafted in 2009, Belcher
agreed to a free agent contract with the Chiefs. In 2011, he
became a starting linebacker for the team. He had started 10 of 11
games at inside linebacker for the Chiefs this season.

The season has been a massive
disappointment for the Chiefs, who were expected to contend for the AFC
West title.

But they're just 1-10
and mired in an eight-game losing streak that has been marked by
devastating injuries and fan upheaval, with constant calls the past few
weeks for general manager Scott Pioli and coach Romeo Crennel to be
fired.

The Chiefs are scheduled to host the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

Rangers supporters "to accept" Ibrox renaming… but only if there"s a cash injection, says fans chief

Rangers supporters 'to accept' Ibrox renaming… but only if there's a cash injection, says fans' chief

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01:08 GMT, 30 November 2012

A leading Rangers fans chief has claimed the renaming of Ibrox would be reluctantly accepted — if it meant a serious injection of cash into the club’s coffers.

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is believed to be willing to pay Rangers for the right to rebrand Ibrox the Sports Direct Arena — to promote his sports retail empire.

Ashley, who is said to have already invested 1million in the Glasgow club, caused fury on Tyneside a year ago by renaming St James’ Park the Sports Direct Arena.

What's in a name: Mike Ashley is in talks over the naming rights of Ibrox

What's in a name: Mike Ashley is in talks over the naming rights of Ibrox

It has subsequently reverted to its original name, however, but as Sportsmail revealed, the English businessman has floated a similar idea to Rangers chief executive Charles Green.

A Rangers spokesman told Sportsmail: ‘Charles Green has always said he would consider proposals to the benefit of the club, including naming rights. But no decisions have been taken on any specific proposals.’

While Ashley’s suggestion is sure to rile some Ibrox traditionalists, John McMillan, general secretary of the Rangers Supporters Assembly, believes that given the club’s current predicament, pragmatism must come first.

‘In an ideal world I’d rather it was left as Ibrox. But we’ve also got to realise that there’s an obligation to maximise whatever income we can get,’ McMillan said.

‘I’m sure a lot of people would be upset and annoyed at it and, while I wouldn’t like to see it renamed myself, that’s just the way
the modern game is going.

What's in a name: Mike Ashley is in talks over the naming rights of Ibrox

Cash injection: Mike Ashley has already ploughed 1million into ailing Rangers

‘You’ve got to get as much money in as you can. I can sympathise with fans who would be upset, but I’d hope that if it does happen, it’s just the way things have to be.

‘I don’t think you would start saying to your pals ‘I’m going up to the X Arena today’ — it would still be Ibrox to supporters in our hearts and heads.

‘What club in Scotland can afford to turn down what I presume would be substantial sums of money

‘If the manager was given money to invest in the team, supporters would be more understanding.

India v England: Stuart Broad hit by illness after just one day of second Test in Mumbai

EXCLUSIVE: Broad hands England major concern after being hit by illness after just one day of second Test

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UPDATED:

17:39 GMT, 23 November 2012

Stuart Broad has been struck down by illness at England's Mumbai hotel.

The paceman, who took no wickets on day one of the Second Test today after a dismal performance, was attended to by England team medics.

Many pundits have questioned whether the 26-year-old should have been selected for the Test at the Wankhede Stadium, with Surrey quick Stuart Meaker making a strong case for inclusion.

Delhi belly: Stuart Broad has been struck down by illness in Mumbai

Delhi belly: Stuart Broad has been struck down by illness in Mumbai

Broad now faces an overnight battle to be fit to take the field on day two with the match delicately poised. India were 266 for six at stumps with Monty Panesar, returning to the side taking four for 91.

Former England coach David Lloyd wrote in his MailOnline column before news of Broad’s illness broke: ‘Stuart Broad is out of sorts… he’s running on empty. I know him well and he will be frustrated that his contribution is not as it should be.

‘Quick bowlers need to be used in short, sharp bursts in India and his pace is down. He needs a break and England should freshen things up for the next Test.

‘They are under no obligation to pick him just because he is vice-captain. Why do we even need one’

Broad missed England’s final training
session before the Second Test and was rated as a major doubt due to
feeling 'under the weather', according to a team spokesman.

MONTY'S SMILE PUTS INDIA IN A SPIN

by Lawrence Booth, in Mumbai

Monty Panesar allowed himself a broad grin as he reflected on the ball that dismissed Sachin Tendulkar, ‘Prince of India’, on his home ground yesterday.

England’s left-arm spinner, controversially left out at Ahmedabad, has never attempted to disguise his hero-worship of the world’s most famous cricketer. He was even barred from bowling to Tendulkar in the nets at Lord’s by coach Andy Flower when India toured England in 2011.

And he still cherishes the moment he trapped Tendulkar lbw more than six years ago in Nagpur to claim his first Test wicket.

But the ball that bowled Tendulkar here will linger equally long in the memory, with Panesar keen to praise England’s spin-bowling coach Mushtaq Ahmed for instilling good habits in the nets.

‘My favourite wicket has to be the Prince of India, Sachin Tendulkar,’ he said. ‘I was absolutely delighted with that.

‘In the last few practice sessions I’ve been working with Mushy quite a lot in trying to get my action right. The previous ball I got my action slightly wrong it. I thought that next ball I had to make sure I get all the processes right and remember the work I’d done with Mushy.

‘It just seemed to click. I got my fingers round the ball and it came out nice.'

Panesar modestly ascribed some of his success yesterday, when he also bowled Virender Sehwag, as well as dismissing the dangerous duo of Virat Kohli and India captain MS Dhoni, to a turning pitch at the Wankhede Stadium.

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Marvin Sordell: Six released on bail over offensive banner

Six Millwall fans arrested over 'Sordell is a c***' banner are released on police bail

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UPDATED:

10:34 GMT, 12 November 2012

Six football fans arrested after an offensive banner was unfurled at Millwall have all been released on bail.

A sign directed at Bolton striker Marvin Sordell, who was racially abused by one of the club's fans last month, was unveiled at The Den during the Lions' 2-1 win against Derby in the npower Championship on Saturday.

The banner, which read 'Sordell is a c***', related to complaints made by Sordell after he was abused by fans while warming up for a match on October 6, leading to a 13-year-old boy being banned from Millwall's ground.

Target: Bolton's Marvin Sordell

Target: Bolton's Marvin Sordell

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said
six men were arrested on suspicion of public order offences and have
been bailed until early December.

The banner on display was swiftly removed by Millwall staff.

The club has so far refused to
comment on the issue, and assistant manager Joe Gallen – standing in for
Lions manager Kenny Jackett, who missed the game with flu – also opted
not to discuss the matter.

Sordell took to Twitter after the
Millwall match last month to claim that he and team-mates Lee
Chung-yong, Darren Pratley and Benik Afobe were subjected to racist
taunts.

That sparked an investigation led by
both clubs and last week Millwall confirmed the boy in question admitted
to abusing Sordell and subsequently issued a written apology which the
player accepted.

Given his age, Millwall have not
imposed a life ban on the youngster and offered him a place on a
Millwall for All' educational programme 'in the hope that we can change
his outlook on equality, racism and life in general'.

Controversy: A Fan has been banned from ground over Sordell abuse

Controversy: A Fan has been banned from ground over Sordell abuse