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Six Nations 2013: Brian O"Driscoll cited for stamp on Simone Favaro

O'Driscoll cited for stamp on Italy openside Favaro during Ireland's Six Nations defeat

By
Duncan Bech, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

18:15 GMT, 18 March 2013

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UPDATED:

23:18 GMT, 18 March 2013

Brian O'Driscoll has been cited for stamping on Simone Favaro in Ireland's 22-15 RBS 6 Nations defeat by Italy on Saturday.

A brief statement issued by tournament
organisers confirmed that independent citing commissioner Aurwel Morgan
has decided the incident warranted further scrutiny.

The date and location for O'Driscoll's hearing has yet to be announced.

Ouch: Brian O'Driscoll was sin-binned for this stamp during Ireland's final Six Nations clash

Ouch: Brian O'Driscoll was sin-binned for this stamp during Ireland's final Six Nations clash

Cooling off: O'Driscoll spent ten minutes watching the match

Cooling off: O'Driscoll spent ten minutes watching the match

O'Driscoll was sent to the sin-bin for only the second time in his 14-year professional career in the first half of the match at the Stadio Olimpico.

The 34-year-old lifted his right leg and brought it down on to the chest of Favaro, the Italy openside, who yelled out in pain and writhed around on the turf.

The act was out of character for O'Driscoll, who has a fine disciplinary record, and was evidence of his frustration as Ireland slumped to a first Six Nations defeat by Italy.

However, he was lucky to have escaped a red card for an incident that clouded what is thought to have been his 125th and final Test in a green shirt.

Sendoff O'Driscoll could have appeared for the final time in the Six Nations

Sendoff O'Driscoll could have appeared for the final time in the Six Nations

The recommended suspension for a low
end stamping offence is two weeks, the mid range five weeks and top end
nine weeks, up to a maximum of one year.

While the offence was serious, O'Driscoll's lack of previous disciplinary issues will count in his favour.

It will be hoped by his province
Leinster that he is available for the Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-final
against Wasps on April 5 and for as much of their RaboDirect Pro 12
title push as possible.

A statement issued by the Six Nations
read: 'Brian O'Driscoll, the Ireland centre, has been cited by the
independent citing commissioner for an alleged stamping or trampling on
an opponent, contrary to Law 10.4 (b), in the RBS 6 Nations match
between Italy and Ireland on Saturday 16th March 2013. Details of the
Hearing will be announced later.'

Meanwhile, Ireland wing Luke Fitzgerald has been ruled out for the remainder of the season after he ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee against Italy.

Six Nations 2013: venue guide

Six Nations venue guide: A look at the stadiums playing host to this year's Championship

By
Duncan Bech, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

12:10 GMT, 28 January 2013

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UPDATED:

18:57 GMT, 1 February 2013

The Six Nations kicks off in February and ahead of the annual feast of rugby Sportsmail runs through the venues that will host this year's games.

TWICKENHAM – LONDON

A capacity of 82,000 identifies the home of England as the world's largest rugby-dedicated venue and the nation's second-largest stadium behind Wembley. When England are winning there are few more rousing places to be – witness the atmosphere against New Zealand last autumn for example – but long spells of quiet can often dampen the occasion. Travelling there can be hellish as the roads become gridlocked while the all-too-infrequent rail service can see trains become horribly overcrowded.

HQ: England's Twickenham Stadium in Surrey

STADE DE FRANCE – PARIS

Just pipped by Twickenham in capacity terms, the 81,338 seater Stade de France was built for the 1998 football World Cup and remains an impressive sight within the unwelcoming district of Saint-Denis, where it is inadvisable to linger after dark. Seasoned Les Bleus supporters still yearn for the more gladiatorial Parc des Princes, the previous home of French rugby, not least because of some poor results at the Stade de France.

General view of the Stade de France in St Denis,Paris.  Mandatory Credit: David Rogers /Allsport Z0111169

AVIVA STADIUM – DUBLIN

Ever since returning to their revamped home, Ireland have spoken of the need to turn Aviva Stadium into a fortress but it has proved an uncomfortable relationship so far after losing seven of their 13 games there. A superb, modern venue, the 51,700 ground is among the finest rugby stadia in the world and access is relatively painless partly thanks to the battalions of available taxis. The atmosphere can be eerily silent, however, and contrast markedly with the noise generated at Irish provincial games.

Aviva Stadium

STADIO OLIMPICO – ROME

Italian rugby has a new home while work continues on the Stadio Flaminio, with the 82,000 capacity Stadio Olimpico proving a superb addition to the list of Six Nations stadia. More traditionally known as the home of Lazio and Roma football clubs, it is one of Italy's most cherished sporting venues and was home to the 1960 Rome Olympics. A running track surrounds the pitch and this affects the atmosphere.

Stadio Olimpico

MURRAYFIELD – EDINBURGH

The declining fortunes of Scottish rugby are evident at Murrayfield, where a dwindling number of spectators turn out to watch a team that has suffered like no other amid the transition to professionalism. Located in the west of the Scottish capital, the superb 67,130 stadium is capable of generating some rousing atmospheres – if only those attending were given something to celebrate on a regular basis once again.

Murrayfield

MILLENNIUM STADIUM – CARDIFF

The finest rugby stadium in the world An argument could certainly be made for what many regard as the jewel in the Six Nations' crown. Brilliantly designed and situated in the heart of Cardiff, it is a spectacular centre-piece for Welsh rugby that can take noise levels to a new dimension. When Wales are firing, it becomes an inspiring venue. The only negative is the difficulty getting out of the city – by car or train – after a match.

Millennium Stadium

Roma fans arrested for attempted murder after Tottenham fan knife attack

Two Roma fans arrested for attempted murder after attacking Spurs supporters with knives ahead of Lazio match

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UPDATED:

11:59 GMT, 23 November 2012

Two Roma fans have been charged with attempted murder after Tottenham fans were attacked by a gang wielding knives and knuckle dusters in Rome ahead of their Europa League clash with Lazio.

Italian police said two Roma fans – Francesco Ianari, 26, and Mauro Pinnelli, 25 – were charged after Spurs supporters Ashley Mills suffered knife wounds to his head and leg during an ambush at the Drunken Ship pub in Campo de Fiori while he and fellow supporters enjoyed a drink in the Eternal City at 1am on Thursday morning.

A police spokeswoman said: 'They have been charged with attempted murder for involvement in riots and causing serious injury with a knife and are due to appear in court soon.'

Spelling it out: Lazio fans display a banner and Palestine flags at the Stadio Olympico

Spelling it out: Lazio fans display a banner and Palestine flags at the Stadio Olympico

Andre Villas-Boas has meanwhile urged UEFA to
take action against Lazio if their fans are found guilty of chanting
anti-Semitic songs at Tottenham during the Europa League draw at the
Stadio Olimpico.

The home supporters chanted 'Juden
Tottenham' during the first half of the goalless draw, which came the
day after fans of the London club were attacked in a vicious scuffle in a
city centre pub.

On Friday morning, the FA confirmed they would file an 'urgent report’ to UEFA over the instances.

An FA spokesperson said: 'We were saddened and alarmed to see reports of violent incidents prior to the game as well as anti-Semitic chants.

'The FA had a crowd control advisor present at the fixture who will provide an urgent report which we will pass on to UEFA as a matter of priority.'

UEFA fined Lazio 32,500 for their fans monkey chanting at three Spurs players during the reverse fixture in September, and Villas-Boas hopes the organisation move swiftly to establish the facts.

'It will take another investigation,' the Tottenham manager told a press conference.

Furious: Andre Villas-Boas greets Lazio counterpart Vladimir Petkovic after the match - but the Portuguese was livid with the home fans

Furious: Andre Villas-Boas (left) greets Lazio counterpart Vladimir Petkovic after the match – but the Portuguese was livid with the home fans

'It happened last time and it was acted upon quickly by UEFA. We will have to wait and see if there is anything to act upon. If there is UEFA have to act.'

UEFA are expected to decide whether to launch an investigation tomorrow when they receive the match delegate's report.

Overshadowed: Ultras ran amok in Rome's Drunken Ship pub on Wednesday night, injuring several Spurs fans

Overshadowed: Ultras ran amok in Rome's Drunken Ship pub on Wednesday night, injuring several Spurs fans

The game had already been overshadowed before kick-off by the shocking and brutal attack on a group of the club's supporters early this morning.

Around 20 men burst in to the Drunken Sailor pub in Campo dei Fiori at around 1am and beat the fans with sticks and glass bottles. One fan is recovering in hospital after being stabbed in the head and leg.

No way through: Lazio and Spurs conjured a goalless draw

No way through: Lazio and Spurs conjured a goalless draw

Villas-Boas expressed his disappointment at the attack, saying: 'It is an extremely difficult moment for them.

'We have to be aware there is a police investigation and I'm not in control of all facts. But there is massive disappointment and the fear they've gone through is hard.

'To point a finger at this point would be incorrect but (we) give them a message of support. As a club, we will try to help them overcome this.'

Lazio"s anti-semitic fans must be punished by UEFA says Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas

UEFA have to act quickly against Lazio if fans found guilty of anti-Semitic chants, says Villas-Boas

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22:07 GMT, 22 November 2012

Andre Villas-Boas has urged UEFA to take action against Lazio if their fans are found guilty of chanting anti-Semitic songs at Tottenham during tonight's Europa League draw at the Stadio Olimpico.

The home supporters chanted 'Juden Tottenham' during the first half of the goalless draw, which came the day after fans of the London club were attacked in a vicious scuffle in a city centre pub.

Spelling it out: Lazio fans display a banner and Palestine flags at the Stadio Olympico

Spelling it out: Lazio fans display a banner and Palestine flags at the Stadio Olympico

UEFA fined Lazio 32,500 for their fans monkey chanting at three Spurs players during the reverse fixture in September, and Villas-Boas hopes the organisation move swiftly to establish the facts.

'It will take another investigation,' the Tottenham manager told a press conference.

Furious: Andre Villas-Boas greets Lazio counterpart Vladimir Petkovic after the match - but the Portuguese was livid with the home fans

Furious: Andre Villas-Boas (left) greets Lazio counterpart Vladimir Petkovic after the match – but the Portuguese was livid with the home fans

'It happened last time and it was acted upon quickly by UEFA. We will have to wait and see if there is anything to act upon. If there is UEFA have to act.'

UEFA are expected to decide whether to launch an investigation tomorrow when they receive the match delegate's report.

Overshadowed: Ultras ran amok in Rome's Drunken Ship pub on Wednesday night, injuring several Spurs fans

Overshadowed: Ultras ran amok in Rome's Drunken Ship pub on Wednesday night, injuring several Spurs fans

The game had already been overshadowed before kick-off by the shocking and brutal attack on a group of the club's supporters early this morning.

Around 20 men burst in to the Drunken Sailor pub in Campo dei Fiori at around 1am and beat the fans with sticks and glass bottles. One fan is recovering in hospital after being stabbed in the head and leg.

No way through: Lazio and Spurs conjured a goalless draw

No way through: Lazio and Spurs conjured a goalless draw

Villas-Boas expressed his disappointment at the attack, saying: 'It is an extremely difficult moment for them.

'We have to be aware there is a police investigation and I'm not in control of all facts. But there is massive disappointment and the fear they've gone through is hard.

'To point a finger at this point would be incorrect but (we) give them a message of support. As a club, we will try to help them overcome this.'

Lazio 0 Tottenham 0 – match report: Gareth Bale robbed of Europa League winner

Lazio 0 Tottenham 0: Anti-Semitic chants overshadow stalemate… as Spurs left facing Greek showdown for Europa progress

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UPDATED:

21:07 GMT, 22 November 2012

Welcome back, Gazza

Paul Gascoigne

Paul Gascoigne was given a hero's welcome in Rome's Olympic Stadium as the former Tottenham and Lazio midfielder was guest of honour for the two sides' Europa League clash.

Click here to read the full story…

Tottenham could not deliver their battered and bruised fans victory over Lazio, but their Hugo Lloris-inspired draw at the Stadio Olimpico means they are one step closer to the knockout stages of the Europa League.

Their draw against the Rome-based club did not come without controversy, however, as Lazio fans chanted 'Juden Tottenham' at the away fans in an apparent anti-Semitic jibe at the end of a troubled 24 hours for the visiting fans.

One Tottenham fan was in hospital tonight after being stabbed in the skull and thigh during an attack on a bar in the city centre in the early hours of this morning.

Too quick: Gareth Bale (centre) rounds goalkeeper Federico Marchetti (left) and Luis Pedro Cavanda (right)

Too quick: Gareth Bale (centre) rounds goalkeeper Federico Marchetti (left) and Luis Pedro Cavanda (right)…

... before the Tottenham winger taps into an empty net in the fifth minute...

… before the Tottenham winger taps into an empty net in the fifth minute…

... but replays showed Bale was clearly ONSIDE as the pass was played through by Tom Carroll

… but replays showed Bale was clearly ONSIDE as the pass was played through by Tom Carroll

Match facts

Lazio: Marchetti, Cavanda, Biava, Ciani, Radu, Mauri, Gonzalez, Ledesma, Hernanes (Ederson 69), Lulic (Candreva 78), Kozak (Floccari 78).

Subs not used: Bizzarri, Scaloni, Onazi, Rozzi, Floccari.

Booked: Floccari

Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Caulker, Vertonghen, Naughton, Sigurdsson (Lennon 63), Sandro, Carroll (Dembele 76), Bale, Dempsey (Defoe 63), Adebayor.

Subs not used: Cudicini, Huddlestone, Dawson, Livermore.

Booked: Vertonghen

Referee: Fernando Teixeira Vitienes (Spain).

Attendance: 20,000

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Lazio, and their icon Paul Gascoigne –
who was guest of honour here in the Italian capital – would have hoped
for the football to do the talking, but the apparent anti-Semitic
chanting will disappoint UEFA, who fined the club for monkey-chanting
during the reverse fixture in September.

Gascoigne's appearance on the pitch
had rekindled memories of a glorious era for Lazio and Spurs, but
tonight's tie proved to be anything but a classic.

Libor Kozak, making a rare start,
missed a hatful of chances for the hosts, but Lloris was equally
important in keeping Lazio at bay.

The Frenchman, chosen ahead of Brad
Friedel, denied Kozak twice in the first half and was a steady and
assuring presence throughout.

Tottenham rarely threatened – although Gareth Bale's early strike should not have been ruled out for offside.

But Panathinaikos' victory over
Maribor means Tottenham only have to draw their final game at home to
the Greeks next month to qualify.

Message: Lazio fans hold a banner reading 'Free Palestine' at the Stadio Olimpico

Message: Lazio fans hold a banner reading 'Free Palestine' at the Stadio Olimpico

Not his day: Lazio's Libor Kozak holds his head in his hands after missing yet another chance

Not his day: Lazio's Libor Kozak holds his head in his hands after missing yet another chance

Denied: Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris (left) rushes out to save at Kozak's feet

Denied: Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris (left) rushes out to save at Kozak's feet

Gascoigne's emotional lap of honour
had whipped up the feelings of both sets of fans, and the game started
off with a bang for the away side.

Spurs should have been 1-0 up after
just four minutes when Bale latched on to Tom Carroll's through-ball and
rounded Federico Marchetti, but the linesman incorrectly ruled the goal
offside.

Tottenham continued to dominate and
went close when Bale picked out Gylfi Sigurdsson, but Stefan Radu
intervened to prevent the forward from scoring.

The home crowd inside the half-empty
Stadio Olimpico were surprisingly quiet in the opening quarter, but they
were brought to the edge of their seats in the 18th minute.

Heads up: Michael Ciani (centre) and Ederson jump for the ball with Jan Vertonghen (left) and Bale

Heads up: Michael Ciani (centre) and Ederson jump for the ball with Jan Vertonghen (left) and Bale

Lloris, who was partly responsible for
a howler against Maribor two weeks ago, mis-judged Cristian Ledesma's
30-yard shot, which he palmed on to the bar. The former Lyon man quickly
made amends by getting to his feet and forcing Alvaro Gonzalez wide
with the follow-up.

Other than a dipping shot from Bale,
Spurs were struggling to get in to the game and they had Lloris to thank
for stopping them from going behind again moments later.

Kyle Walker's slip allowed Kozak to break through, but Lloris saved the striker's shot with his out-stretched leg.

Kozak missed a sitter on the half hour, nodding wide a Stefano Mauri cross from eight yards after losing his marker.

Clean sheet: Spurs keeper Lloris (centre) sees another home effort on goal miss its target

Clean sheet: Spurs keeper Lloris (centre) sees another home effort on goal miss its target

Lazio split the Spurs defence again
just before half-time to send Kozak through, but Lloris came to the
rescue again, storming off his line to clear.

Both sets of supporters sang
Gascoigne's name at half-time, but the football both sides produced
after the break was nowhere near the great man's standards.

Spurs were sloppy in possession and had Kozak to thank for his awful finishing.

No way past: Lazio's Cristian Ledesma (third left) hits his free-kick into the Spurs defensive wall

No way past: Lazio's Cristian Ledesma (third left) hits his free-kick into the Spurs defensive wall

The 23-year-old latched on to a through-ball but he dragged his shot wide, much to the annoyance of the home fans.

It only took five more minutes for the
striker to miss his next chance. This time the Czech straight at Lloris
after being played in by a deft touch from Amauri.

Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas brought Jermain Defoe and Aaron Lennon off the bench to give them the cutting edge they lacked.

Ledesma bent a free-kick over the wall and just wide of Lloris' goal as Lazio continued to threaten.

What a player: Gascoigne (right) and Lazio president Claudio Lotito greet the fans before the match

What a player: Gascoigne (right) and Lazio president Claudio Lotito greet the fans before the match

Hero's welcome: Lazio fans wave a flag featuring former star Paul Gascoigne at the Stadio Olimpico

Hero's welcome: Lazio fans wave a flag featuring former star Paul Gascoigne at the Stadio Olimpico

Villas-Boas then brought on Mousa Dembele for his first match in over a month as Tottenham looked to hold on for the point.

Lloris clattered in to a post as he
challenged for a cross with Mauri and then cleared off the line with six
minutes to go from Michael Ciani's header.

Lazio v Tottenham, Liverpool v Young Boys and Newcastle v Maritimo live

EUROPA LEAGUE LIVE: Lazio v Tottenham – from the Stadio Olimpico as it happens

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17:52 GMT, 22 November 2012

Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Europa League as Tottenham, Liverpool and Newcastle aim to book a place in the last 32 with one group game to spare. Spurs face a tough test at Lazio at 6pm needing a win to qualify, while Liverpool and Newcastle can also reach the last 32 with victories when they host Young Boys and Maritimo respectively at 8.05pm.

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Lazio v Tottenham 6pm

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5.50pm: It seems Hugo Lloris has won the battle of the goalkeepers at White Hart Lane. Brad Friedel is set to return to Blackburn which seems all rather sad to me.

He has been a phenomenal custodian for Spurs and has done nothing wrong yet finds himself out of the picture.

5.45pm: In case you're wondering what the thing above is, it's our brand new vidiprinter with the latest from tonight's games. Love it Loathe it Let me know below.

Main man: Paul Gascoigne in Rome with Lazio president Claudio Lotito

Main man: Paul Gascoigne in Rome with Lazio president Claudio Lotito

Paul Gascoigne

5.40pm: Sportsmail's Matt Barlow is in Rome and has indeed just seen the legend himself.

'First sighting of Gazza at the Stadio Olimpico, surrounded by camera. I can see his bald patch and little else'

You can follow Matt on Twitter here

5.35pm: Paul Gascoigne will be at the game tonight and earlier, Sportsmail took a look back at their best Gazza moments, here.

5.30pm: Lazio will clinch pole position in Group J with victory but a Spurs win will take them through if NK Maribor do not win at Panathinaikos.

5.25pm: Emmanuel Adebayor has been handed the lone striker role as Tottenham look to book their place in the knockout stages of the Europa League with victory over Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico.

Andre Villas-Boas makes four changes from the team that lost 5-2 to Arsenal on Saturday, with Gylfi Sigurdsson, Clint Dempsey, Steven Caulker and young midfielder Tom Carroll all handed starting berths.

Gareth Bale captains Spurs, while Lazio left out Germany striker Miroslav Klose.

5.20pm: Tottenham: Lloris; Walker, Caulker, Vertonghen, Naughton; Sandro, Carroll; Dempsey, Sigurdsson, Bale; Adebayor.

Subs: Cudicini, Dawson, Livermore, Lennon, Dembele, Huddlestone, Defoe.

Lazio: Marchetti, Cavanda, Biava, Ciani, Radu, Mauri, Gonzalez, Ledesma, Hernanes, Lulic, Kozak.

Subs: Bizzarri, Scaloni, Ederson, Onazi, Rozzi, Candreva, Floccari.

5.15pm: The first of our triple header should be a cracker as Tottenham take on Lazio in Rome. Unfortunately there were unsavoury scenes earlier today when two Spurs were stabbed.

You can read more on that here

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Lazio

Lazio

Racist fans won"t get to Spurs – Andre Villas-Boas

Racist fans won't get to us, says AVB as Spurs brace for second clash with Lazio

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UPDATED:

00:01 GMT, 22 November 2012

Andre Villas-Boas has told his Tottenham players to let football's governing bodies lead the fight against racism in the stands.

Spurs are in Rome on Thursday night for the Europa League return against Lazio, who were fined 32,500 after fans aimed monkey noises at black players when the teams met at White Hart Lane in September.

Warming up: Tom Huddlestone (right) and team-mates in training at the Stadio Olimpico on Wednesday

Warming up: Tom Huddlestone (right) and team-mates in training at the Stadio Olimpico on Wednesday

Fancy that: Clint Dempsey (left) shows off his skills to Kyle Walker (second right)

Fancy that: Clint Dempsey (left) shows off his skills to Kyle Walker (second right)

Lazio v Spurs

'UEFA decided to punish Lazio and
rightly so,' said Villas-Boas. 'It doesn’t mean incidents won’t happen
again. We hope they won’t and the players will be in the right frame of
mind to let the governing bodies deal with those situations at the end
of the game if it does. It’s something that will hopefully not happen.'

Tottenham’s team will include Steven Caulker, charged by Serbian police after the England Under 21 team brawl which followed racist abuse by Serbian fans during a European Championships play-off in Krusevac last month.

'I’m not worried about the atmosphere,' said Caulker. 'Italy is a great footballing country and hopefully that will be the talking point.'

Paul Gascoigne’s appearance may soothe the mood inside the Stadio Olimpico with a crowd of around 30,000 expected. The former England star has been invited to Rome by Lazio as a guest of honour, 20 years after he joined them from Spurs.

'It is a big thing for both clubs,' said Villas-Boas. 'He was admired by a generation of football people around the world. He had tremendous class and quality and it is important he will be here.'

A win for Tottenham will put them through to the Europa League’s last 32 with a game to spare.

So close: Spurs can get through to the Europa League knockout stages with a win in Rome

So close: Spurs can get through to the Europa League knockout stages with a win in Rome

Focused: Tottenham manager Andre Villas Boas speaks at his press conference on Wendesay

Focused: Tottenham manager Andre Villas Boas speaks at his press conference on Wendesay

Scarlets 13 Leinster 20 – Heineken Cup match report

Scarlets 13 Leinster 20: Sexton stars with the boot as visitors rack up 17th straight win

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16:42 GMT, 20 October 2012


Kicking king: Jonathan Sexton

Kicking king: Jonathan Sexton

Leinster went to the top of Heineken Cup Pool Five with a solid victory over the Scarlets at Parc y Scarlets.

Wing Isa Nacewa scored the visitors' only try with Jonathan Sexton supplying 15 points with the boot.

The Scarlets, who came away with a losing bonus point, scored a try through Gareth Maule and two penalties and a conversion from Rhys Priestland.

It gave Leinster their 17th successive victory in the tournament and coach Joe Schmidt's 17th win from 19 Heineken Cup games.

Irish centre Gordon D'Arcy returned as Leinster made two changes from the Exeter clash – Sean Cronin coming in at hooker and Fergus McFadden switching from centre to wing.

The Scarlets were without Wales centre Jonathan Davies (groin) but in-form wing Andy Fenby returned.

Maule replaced Davies to partner Scott Williams in midfield while full-back Liam Williams and flanker Aaron Shingler recovered from knocks sustained in the 49-16 defeat in Clermont Auvergne.

Leinster were given a great start with Sexton kicking a second minute penalty goal from the 22 after the Scarlets killed the ball at a ruck. It took Sexton past 350 points for the tournament.

The Welsh side were moving the ball intelligently behind but gave away another penalty as Sexton was able to kick the Irish side into the home 22.

Treviso 21 Toulouse 33

Toulouse narrowly avoided a Heineken Cup shock against Treviso this afternoon as the French side hit back to emerge 33-21 winners.

Treviso, backed by a passionate crowd at the Stadio Comunale di Monigo, led 18-9 at the break thanks to six penalties from fly-half Kristopher Burton.

Toulouse's Luke McAlister and Burton exchanged penalties after the break before both the visitors' Vincent Clerc and Treviso's Robert Barbieri were sin-binned.

Toulouse got themselves back in the match, though, courtesy of a penalty try and then moved ahead when Louis Picamoles burst through to go over.

Treviso were tiring and the visitors extended their lead when McAlister chipped the ball on for Clerc to touch down under the posts.

A fine second-half display from Toulouse was undermined slightly by the late dismissal of Christopher Tolofua after an incident with Fabio Semenzato but the Frenchman held on for their second successive win in Pool Two.

Leinster gained another penalty from which they built territory and scored a try through Nacewa, who collected a cross-kick from Sexton despite having George North bearing down on him.

Sexton missed with the conversion but then his opposite number Priestland was wayward with a long-range penalty on 16 minutes.

And Sexton was back on target as the defending champions took an 11-0 lead with a penalty after the Scarlets had been caught offside.

The Scarlets just could not cope with Leinster's streetwise approach at the breakdown and despite a later surge towards the line the Welsh side ended the first half pointless.

The Scarlets had the chance to get on the scoreboard within two minutes of the restart but Priestland was well short with a 45-metre effort.

But it proved to be a double whammy for the home side as a minute later Sexton put over an opportunist drop-goal from fully 40 metres.

The Scarlets finally broke their duck in the 48th minute with Priestland kicking a penalty after Leinster had failed to release in the tackle.

To the delight of the home fans, Sexton was off target with his own penalty three minutes later.

But the home fans were sent into raptures when a long pass from Priestland sent Gareth Maule on an outside break to the right corner leaving
O'Driscoll in his wake. Priestland converted the try as Scarlets closed the gap to four points.

That was extended to seven as Sexton eased some of the second half pressure that had been building on Leinster with his third penalty.

Sexton and Priestland swapped penalties as Leinster led 20-13 with five minutes remaining, but they ended the match down to 14 men with full-back Ian Madigan in the sin-bin for taking opposite number Williams in the air.

Sexton was wayward with a 79th-minute penalty, which would have brought the Scarlets a bonus point had the kick gone over the posts.

Lazio manager Vladimir Petkovic hopes Paul Gascoigne will make Tottenham game in Rome

Come to Rome: Lazio boss Petkovic wants Gazza to attend Spurs game at the Stadio Olimpico

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08:10 GMT, 20 September 2012

Lazio manager Vladimir Petkovic is sad to hear Paul Gascoigne cannot attend Thursday's game against Tottenham and hopes the troubled star will be able to make the reverse fixture between his two former employers in November.

Gascoigne joined Lazio from Tottenham 20 years ago and became a cult hero in the blue and white half of the Italian capital when he scored on his debut against the club's biggest rivals Roma.

Gascoigne went on to spend three years at the Stadio Olimpico before returning to Britain, where he helped Rangers win successive Scottish championships, but thereafter his life spiralled out of control.

Star name: Paul Gascoigne was a favorite with the fans during his time at Lazio

Star name: Paul Gascoigne was a favorite with the fans during his time at Lazio

Debut delight: Gazza scored against rivals Roma on his Lazio debut

Debut delight: Gazza scored against rivals Roma on his Lazio debut

The 45-year-old has battled alcohol problems, admitted beating his former wife and was sectioned under the Mental Health Act since his career ended.

He declined an offer to attend the Europa League game between his two most famous employers due to 'personal reasons', but Petkovic hopes he will be in the stands at the Stadio Olimpico when the two sides meet on November 22.

'I followed Gascoigne when he was at Lazio and I know he was an idol to the fans so I am very sorry that he won't be there and that he is having these problems at the moment,' Petkovic told a press conference at White Hart Lane.

Come to Rome: Lazio manager Vladimir Petkovic hopes Gascoigne attends the return fixture in November

Come to Rome: Lazio manager Vladimir Petkovic hopes Gascoigne attends the return fixture in November

'I certainly hope that with the inner strength that he undoubtedly has, he will be able to recover and that he will be in Rome for the second leg.'

Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas, unlike his predecessor Harry Redknapp, has vowed to treat the Europa League with the utmost respect, meaning he will field a near full-strength side.

And Petkovic, whose side have won all three of their Serie A games so far this term, intends to do the same.

Lane star: Gascoigne was a hero at Tottenham before he moved to Rome

Lane star: Gascoigne was a hero at Tottenham before he moved to Rome

He said: 'Rotation will come further down the line. At the moment the players aren't tired so I think it's important to keep them playing to continue this series of good performances.

'For now the players who are playing well will continue.'

Villas-Boas and Petkovic both took over as manager of their respective clubs this summer.

The Portuguese was under pressure before last weekend after failing to win any of his first three matches, but Petkovic insists his opposite number has had quite an easy life at his new club compared to him.

Many in Italy were surprised when the Lazio board sacked Edoardo Reja, who missed out on Champions League qualification by two points, and replaced him with Petkovic, who was managing little-known Swiss side FC Sion at the time.

His reign got off to a terrible start, with Lazio losing pre-season fixtures against Getafe, Siena, Torino and Galatasaray, while rioting marred a friendly with Salernitana.

'Villas-Boas was under pressure for the first few games of the season but some of us were under pressure before the season even started,” said Petkovic, who was reportedly set for the sack if he lost his first Serie A game against Atalanta.

And the Bosnian has some advice for Villas-Boas should his season stutter once again.

'As a manager you have to set an example to your players and you need to make sure that you never give up so the players never give up and you never allow the pressure to get to you,' the 49-year-old added.

Daniele De Rossi will stay at Roma

Going nowhere! City snubbed as 30m man De Rossi says he's staying with Roma

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Daniele De Rossi has dashed Manchester City's hopes of a transfer after the midfielder re-affirmed his commitment to Roma.

The 29-year-old was linked with a move to the Barclays Premier League, with City boss Roberto Mancini a known admirer.

However, De Rossi does not want to leave his boyhood club, having been at the Stadio Olimpico since he began his professional career in 2001.

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Hands up who's not joining City: Italy international Daniele De Rossi won't leave Roma. It comes after fans held up a banner saying he was 'untouchable'

Hands up who's not joining City: Italy international Daniele De Rossi won't leave Roma. It comes after fans held up a banner saying he was 'untouchable'

Hands up who's not joining City: Italy international Daniele De Rossi has revealed he won't be leaving Roma this summer. It comes after fans held up a banner saying he was 'untouchable'

One club man: De Rossi

One club man: De Rossi

'I'm staying,' De Rossi said at a press conference. 'I never asked to leave.'

De Rossi signed a fresh five-year contract in February to quell speculation of a move but City have tested Roma's resolve with a substantial offer this summer.

'One club, the one you all know, made an enquiry. One or two others, but that was just talk,' added the Italy international.

'What I can promise everyone is that the day I want to leave Roma – whether it is to win the Champions League or make more money – I will say so in public.'

'This is a normal press conference for me, not the announcement of the Third World War. For me it's important to say my piece. I am here at Roma, I'm happy and never asked to leave.

'I don't know if club still want to sell me. Guessing they count on me since they gave me huge contract in February. Ask them.'

De Rossi has 79 Italy caps and has won the World Cup with his country in 2006.

New Roma coach Zdenek Zeman had previously expressed his belief that De Rossi would stay.

He said: 'I am convinced that De Rossi stays with us. He is very important for us and the club has not asked me anything about him. I think he will remain.’

'Has Mancini have ever called me Several times, even when I was at Pescara last year.'