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Sunderland fans walk out in protest over season ticket holder suspended for standing

Sunderland fans walk out in protest over season ticket holder suspended for standing

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UPDATED:

14:13 GMT, 29 December 2012

Sunderland fans have staged a revolt against their own club, after a season card holder was suspended on Boxing Day for standing.

Large numbers of fans in the Stadium of Light resisted warnings from stewards during the game against Tottenham Hotspur, and continued to stand.

One group of supporters chose to walk out of the ground completely, missing John O’Shea’s goal late in the first half.

Making a stand: Sunderland stewards tell fans to sit down at the Stadium of Light during the game against Tottenham

Making a stand: Sunderland stewards tell fans to sit down at the Stadium of Light during the game against Tottenham

Club chiefs have threatened to eject and suspend season card holders if they continue to defy stewarding staff.

One seat was secured on Wednesday, with a notice reading: ‘This season card has been suspended due to persistent standing.’

Warning sign: Sunderland posted an eviction notice on one supporter's seat before their win over Manchester City on Boxing Day

Warning sign: Sunderland posted an eviction notice on one supporter's seat before their win over Manchester City on Boxing Day

Stern words, published on the club’s website said standing fans are breaking the law, outlining its responsibility to protect the safety and the view of other crowd members.

It added to confirm ‘an increasing number of complaints’ received, particularly from fans in the South Stand, and that 38 fans had been ejected to date, compared to 20 last season.

Stepping up: The fans who walked out early missed captain John O'Shea's first goal for the club

Stepping up: The fans who walked out early missed captain John O'Shea's first goal for the club

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.'

Arrigo Brovedani is only Udinese fan at Sampdoria Serie A clash

Loneliness of the (ONE) long distance fan: Solitary Udinese supporter in away end at Sampdoria for Serie A clash

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00:19 GMT, 12 December 2012

When Udinese travelled to Genoa for their Serie A game against Sampdoria on Monday, just one man showed up to support them in an otherwise empty away section.

The prospect of a 600-mile round trip from Udine in the north east of Italy to Genoa appeared too much for most Udinese fans, leaving wine merchant Arrigo Brovedani to plough a lone furrow in the away end of Sampdoria’s Stadio Luigi Ferraris.

'I was in Genoa for a work meeting
and usually take a trip round the area around this time of year, but it
was pure coincidence Udinese were playing there at the same time. So I
took advantage and organised a ticket,' the 37-year-old told udinetoday.it.

'If I am in a city where Udinese
happen to be playing, clients tend to send me free tickets, as they know
my passion for the team. This time it wasn’t possible and I had to sort
it out myself.

Keeping you up Arrigo Brovedani, Udinese's solitary fan for their Serie A match against Sampdoria, takes in the atmosphere

Keeping you up Arrigo Brovedani, Udinese's solitary fan for their Serie A match against Sampdoria, takes in the atmosphere

Three points: It was a successful trip for loyal follower Brovedani as Udinese won 2-0

Three points: It was a successful trip for loyal follower Brovedani as Udinese won 2-0

'I made the journey to Genoa, arrived
at the stadium and only then did I realise I was the only Udinese fan
there! At that point the stewards asked if I wanted to sit in the main
stand, but I insisted on going into the away end, seeing as I had paid
for that ticket.

'I had the Udinese flag with me, as I
carry it everywhere in my car. The Samp fans applauded me after we
scored and they were really very kind. The stewards offered me coffee,
then the Samp directors arrived to give me a team jersey.

'At the final whistle when I left,
Samp fans came towards me and offered me a drink, complimenting me on my
passion. It’s a shame I couldn’t stay long, as I had to run due to work
commitments.'

Sampdoria midfielder Andrea Poli, left, and Udinese defender Dusan Basta battle for the ball

Sampdoria midfielder Andrea Poli, left, and Udinese defender Dusan Basta battle for the ball

Even though Serie A attendances have
been dwindling in recent years, with fans believing that the atmosphere
in stadiums has been killed off by stricter safety regulation and
hard-to-obtain supporter identity cards, just one man turning up to support an
away team is unprecedented.

Indeed, attendances in Italy's top flight this season are amongst the weakest of the leading
divisions on the continent.

Sampdoria forward Mauro Emanuel Rivero Icardi, right, holds off Udinese Brazilian midfielder Marques Loureiro Allan

Sampdoria forward Mauro Emanuel Rivero Icardi, right, holds off Udinese Brazilian midfielder Marques Loureiro Allan

With an average attendance of 21,876, the division averages over
20,000 less than the Bundesliga, which leads the way with an
average crowd of 42,299.

The Barclays Premier League comes in with an average attendance of 35,629
while La Liga is lagging behind with an average of 29,665.

Gaetano Berardi of Sampdoria, right, executes a sliding tackle on Udinese midfielder Emmanuel Agyemang Badu

Gaetano Berardi of Sampdoria, right, executes a sliding tackle on Udinese midfielder Emmanuel Agyemang Badu

Udinese
fans have become further disillusioned with their own football club due
to a perceived lack of ambition from the club’s owners, with leading
players including Mauricio Isla, Kwadwo Asamoah and Alexis Sanchez all
sold in recent seasons.

But
it proved to be a worthy trip for Brovedani, as he saw Udinese
secure a 2-0 win to take the club into 8th position in Serie A.

His presence was a source of amusement
for the home support, who, rather than subjecting him to any abuse,
instead cheered the man and he reciprocated their affection with an
enthusiastic wave.

Antonio Di Natale, left, celebrates his goal during the 2-0 win for Udinese

Antonio Di Natale, left, celebrates his goal during the 2-0 win for Udinese

Manchester City fan who confronted Rio Ferdinand apologises after pitch encroachment charge

'I'm ashamed and have let my family down': Man City fan who confronted Ferdinand says sorry after bursting on to pitch at shameful climax to manic derby

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UPDATED:

15:49 GMT, 10 December 2012

The Manchester City supporter who ran on to the pitch to confront Rio Ferdinand has issued a grovelling apology for his action during a tumultuous derby on Sunday afternoon.

Matthew Stott, 21, was restrained by Blues keeper Joe Hart and then arrested after he raced onto the Etihad Stadium pitch following Robin van Persie's stunning late winner.

He has since been charged with pitch encroachment and has released a statement through his solicitors. In the meantime, City have removed his season ticket with immediate effect and he will be banned from the stadium for life if found guilty in court of a charge of pitch encroachment.

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Nicked: The City fan is hauled off by police and stewards after attempting to confront Ferdinand

Nicked: The City fan is hauled off by police and stewards after attempting to confront Ferdinand

In the statement, the landscape gardener, from Knutsford, said: 'I would like to apologise to all those affected by my actions yesterday, particularly Mr Ferdinand and the other players. I am extremely ashamed of my actions. I have let myself down, my family down, my fellow fans down and Manchester City Football Club.

'I intend to write personally to Mr Ferdinand to express my extreme regret and apologies and also apologise to Manchester United and their fans. I would like to thank Joe Hart for his actions when I came on the pitch.'

'I have been a fan of Manchester City Football club all my life and I have been a season ticket holder for three years and I attend the games with my father. I have had the same seat in the section next to the away fans for those three years.'

Rebecca Caulfield, solicitor at Stephen Lickrish and Associates, is representing Stott.

Ashamed: Hart steps in to stop the situation escalating after the winner had been scored

Ashamed: Hart steps in to stop the situation escalating after the winner had been scored

Ashamed: Hart steps in to stop the situation escalating after the winner had been scored

She said: 'Scott is a hard working man who has held a full time job as a landscape gardener for four years and lives with his partner of five years.

'He has never been to court before and has never been in trouble with any of the stewards at Manchester City Football Club before or at any other ground. He is extremely remorseful and is mortified by his behaviour which is completely out of character.

'This was a momentary mistake by Mr Stott which has led to him being charged, brought shame on his family, and will bring sanctions on the club that Mr Stott has supported all his life.

'Mr Stott will accept the consequences of his actions. He would like to make clear that he is not the stereotypical drunken football fan but a fan that attends games with his father.

Apology: Stott plans to write to Ferdinand to express his regret

Apology: Stott plans to write to Ferdinand to express his regret

'He is embarrassed and ashamed of his temporary moment of madness that has brought wider consequences on the club he supports and his fellow fans.'

Greater Manchester Police today confirmed nine people had been charged in connection with trouble at yesterday's Manchester derby.

Among the charges faced by the nine people are racially aggravated public order and pitch encroachment.

Police are still hunting for the person who threw the coin which struck Rio Ferdinand above the eye.

A City spokeman confirmed: 'His season card has been immediately removed for the rest of the season
and he has been charged to appear at court. If he is found guilty he
faces a lifetime ban.'

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Sebastian Vettel could lose title to Fernando Alonso after "illegal" overtake – video

Vettel could be stripped of world title as footage emerges of alleged illegal overtake

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UPDATED:

08:03 GMT, 29 November 2012

Sebastian Vettel's world title could be in serious jeopardy over an illegal overtaking manoeuvre by the Red Bull driver during Sunday's chaotic season ending Brazilian Grand Prix.

Footage circulating on YouTube appears to show triple drivers' champion Vettel overtaking Toro Rosso driver Jean-Eric Vergne under yellow flag conditions in the early laps of the rain affected race at Interlagos.

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Champion: Sebastian Vettel won the title in Brazil last weekend

Champion: Sebastian Vettel won the title in Brazil last weekend

Why Ferrari can't lodge appeal

Article 174 (d) of the International Sporting Code states:

Protests against any error or irregularity occurring during a competition, referring to the non-compliance of vehicles with the regulations and concerning the classification established at the end of the event shall, except in circumstances which the stewards of the meeting consider as physically impossible, be made within thirty minutes of the official publication of the results.

Overtaking is outlawed under such a
caution by race stewards and usually results in the guilty party being
handed a drive-through penalty during the race. However, in cases where
the infringement is not spotted prior to the chequered flag, the
customary punishment is 20 second penalty handed out retrospectively.

Vettel finished sixth in the race while Ferrari's Fernando Alonso came home in second meaning he was beaten to the drivers' title by just three points by his Red Bull rival.

Although Ferrari cannot lodge an appeal at this point, the FIA may choose to investigate the manouvere.

The motorsport's world governing body have until Friday to do so, then Vettel could be demoted to eighth place if a time penalty is applied.

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Such a dramatic outcome would see
Alonso crowned champion for a third time by a solitary point. Vettel
staged a remarkable recovery to take the crown in the spectacular season
finale after a first lap collision with Bruno Senna left him dead last.

Suspicions of illegality in passing moves on an HRT backmarker and Kamui Kobayashi of Sauber proved unfounded but it is the footage of Vettel's move on Vergne, who drives for Red Bull's sister team, which is being forensically examined by Ferrari's top brass who spent Wednesday afternoon locked in talks at their Maranello headquarters.

A Ferrari spokesman would only confirm that: 'Anything that threatens the credibility of the championship has to be examined.'

Speaking
after clinching the drivers' championship for third time in successive
years, Vettel spoke out about the 'dirty tricks' Red Bull's competitors
had used to derail his title charge.

Gutted: Fernando Alonso (left) missed out on the title to Vettel

Gutted: Fernando Alonso (left) missed out on the title to Vettel

The remark was taken by most observers to be in reference to Ferrari's decision to sabotage Felipe Massa's gearbox at the penultimate race in Austin in order to boost teammate Alonso's grid position.

In addition, Red Bull have had to alter their car on numerous occasions this season after complaints by rival teams regarding the legality of their 2012 challenger's design.

Meanwhile, Alonso tweeted after the race seemingly questioning the manner of Vettel's comeback in Brazil, posting: 'I have no miracles, I make the correct laws my miracles.'

Frankie Dettori positive drugs test: Stewards to study case on Tuesday

D-Day for Dettori over positive drugs test as jockey prepares to discover fate

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UPDATED:

12:21 GMT, 27 November 2012

Frankie Dettori's immediate future
will be decided by the Stewards' Committee of the French racing
authorities next Tuesday – December 4.

France Galop confirmed the date of the hearing on Tuesday morning.

The hearing will be a exactly week
after Dettori's case was initially heard by the three-man Medical
Committee of France Galop which decided the positive drug test he
produced while riding at Longchamp on September 16 warranted further
action.

French date: Frankie Dettori, pictured here celebrating winning the Darley Irish Oaks last year, has failed a drugs test in France and tomorrow faces a hearing into that failed dope test (FILE IMAGE)

French date: Frankie Dettori, pictured here celebrating winning the Darley Irish Oaks last year, has failed a drugs test in France and tomorrow faces a hearing into that failed dope test (FILE IMAGE)

Dettori was immediately suspended from French racing on medical grounds.

After the hearing, he appeared to concede a worldwide ban is likely by accepting the Medical Committee's findings.

Although the 41-year-old three-time champion was not present, having given his evidence by conference call, his legal team issued a statement which said: 'Frankie Dettori accepts the conclusions of the Medical Committee without reservation. He had a very fair hearing in which he was able to express his position clearly.

'As to the suspension of his licence in France, this is something which he fully anticipated and has not in any event ridden since November 6 when he honoured a pre-existing commitment to ride in the Melbourne Cup.

Career threatening: Dettori has reportedly tested positive for cocaine or a derivative

Career threatening: Dettori has reportedly tested positive for cocaine or a derivative

'He can now confirm that until the
matter is resolved by the Stewards of France Galop at a hearing within
the next fortnight he will not be riding again anywhere.

'Once the stewards of France Galop
make their decision he will make a full statement but is unable to do so
until such time as that final decision is announced.'

Although France Galop has never made
public the substance Dettori tested for, it is believed to be cocaine or
a derivative of it.

That would make a ban of six months
likely for a first offence – the length of suspension imposed on Kieren
Fallon when he failed his first test in France in 2006.

Frankie Dettori given temporary suspension after failed drug test

Shamed race legend Dettori banned from riding in France after positive cocaine test

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UPDATED:

18:30 GMT, 21 November 2012

The Frankie Dettori case has edged forward with the French racing authorities confirming that he must appear at a disciplinary hearing of its Stewards’ Committee following his drug test failure at Longchamp on September 16.

France Galop also announced that it has temporarily suspended Dettori’s licence to ride in the country on ‘medical grounds’.

Although there was never a chance that might happen, the move highlights the seriousness of the case involving the three-time champion, who is believed to have tested positive to cocaine or a derivative of the narcotic.

To be Frank: Dettori's positive test has landed him in hot water

To be Frank: Dettori's positive test has landed him in hot water

No date has yet been set for the
Stewards’ Committee hearing. It could take up to a fortnight to convene
but Dettori and his legal team will be desperate to expedite what is
starting to become a tortuous process.

There is no indication Dettori does
not intend to return to the sport, so, if found guilty, it is in his
interests to start serving a ban as soon as possible.

Responding to the France Galop
announcement, his solicitor Christopher Stewart-Moore said: ‘Frankie
Dettori accepts the conclusions of the Medical Committee without
reservation. He had a very fair hearing in which he was able to express
his position clearly.

Mo problems: The result leaves a black mark against the Italian's illustrious career

Mo problems: The result leaves a black mark against the Italian's illustrious career

‘As to the suspension of his licence
in France, this is something which he fully anticipated and has not in
any event ridden since November 6 when he honoured a pre-existing
commitment to ride in the Melbourne Cup.

‘He can now confirm that until the
matter is resolved by the Stewards of France Galop at a hearing within
the next fortnight he will not be riding again anywhere.

‘Once the stewards of France Galop
make their decision he will make a full statement but is unable to do so
until such time as that final decision is announced.’

Dettori had given his evidence to Tuesday’s hearing of the Medical Committee in Paris via a conference call.

The decision of three independent doctors was that the case warranted a disciplinary hearing.

A France Galop statement read:
‘Following yesterday’s examination of the file and after having duly
notified the jockey Lanfranco Dettori of its decision, the Medical
Committee has temporarily suspended the said jockey from riding in races
in France, based on medical grounds.

Jumping for joy Dettori has been handed a temporary suspension from racing

Jumping for joy Dettori has been handed a temporary suspension from racing

‘According to article 143 of the
Rules of Racing, the Medical Committee’s report has been passed on to
the France Galop stewards.

‘The France Galop stewards will be
studying the file within the next fortnight before deciding what action
will be taken in accordance with the Rules of Racing.’

The French decision means that
Dettori would have to be cleared by a BHA medical advisor if he had
wanted to ride in Britain while awaiting his hearing.

Jamie Stier, Director of Raceday
Operations and Regulation for the BHA, said: ‘We have spoken to Frankie
Dettori and his solicitor, and ascertained that he has no intention of
riding in Britain between now and his hearing with France Galop.

‘Should his plans change, he has been
made aware that as he has been stood down by France Galop on medical
grounds, he would be required to undertake a medical examination by the
BHA Chief Medical Adviser before being permitted to ride in Britain.’

Dettori"s despair: He"s lost the top job in racing and now he faces six-month ban

Dettori's despair: He's lost the top job in racing and now he faces six-month ban

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UPDATED:

21:57 GMT, 17 November 2012

Frankie Dettori, having lost his high-profile job with Godolphin in painful circumstances, now faces a ban of up to six months at the very moment he was planning to revive his faltering career.

Dettori, 41, will appear before French stewards on Tuesday after failing a drugs test at Longchamp on September 16.

Given their zero-tolerance policy on banned substances, they are unlikely to treat him leniently.

Double trouble: Frankie Dettori lost the top job with Godolphin and now faces a ban

Double trouble: Frankie Dettori lost the top job with Godolphin and now faces a ban

They banned former champion Kieren
Fallon for six months in 2006 after testing positive for traces of
cocaine, then hit him with an 18-month suspension when he offended
again.

When I worked with Dettori on his
autobiography a few years ago, he likened his job with Godolphin to
driving a Ferrari in Formula One.

If the hearing in Paris goes against
him, he may soon find that he is unable to drive the equine equivalent
of a Ford Fiesta until the end of May.

These are desperate days for Dettori.
His future is in the balance, his reputation as one of sport's good
guys is being questioned and he will be hurting as never before
following the events of the past month.

People imagine that Dettori has a constantly sunny nature.

Yet while we worked on his book, he
revealed a bleaker side of his character, which sometimes leaves him
wanting to hide from the world.

Glory days: Frankie wins the Epsom Derby on Authorised

Glory days: Frankie wins the Epsom Derby on Authorised

He spoke with searing honesty of his
despair after a miserable start to the season in 2003 following his
success on Moon Ballad in the Dubai World Cup.

Rides were sparse, winners
increasingly elusive and doubts were aired about his commitment. It left
him spiralling into depression.

He admitted: 'I was in turn
depressed, lethargic, moody and angry. I felt that everyone was trying
to jump on my back at the same time and squash me, all making out that I
wasn't interested in riding day to day. I care like mad about my
riding. I love racing and I love my job, and it hurt like hell that
people couldn't see it.'

Nine years later, he has endured a
miserable season that has seen him largely overlooked by Godolphin in
favour of two much younger rivals.

The writing was on the wall from the moment Mickael Barzalona won the Dubai World Cup for Godolphin in March.

In June, Dettori was left idle as Barzalona rode for the team in the Derby.

Famous silks: Sheik Mohammed Al Maktoum's colours are unlikley to be used by Dettori too much in future

Famous silks: Sheik Mohammed Al Maktoum's colours are unlikley to be used by Dettori too much in future

Then came the body blow in September, when Barzalona landed the St Leger ride on Encke, with Dettori again out of favour.

He has always been a confidence
rider, so by choosing others ahead of him in the races that matter most,
Sheik Mohammed was sending a public signal that their old allegiance
was nearing its end.

It was hardly the greatest surprise when Dettori reacted by taking the ride on Camelot for Aidan O'Brien in the Arc in Paris.

The truth is that Dettori has never
really enjoyed the daily slog to distant outposts like Folkestone or
Catterick in midweek for a couple of ordinary mounts.

And for a number of seasons he has
not often been required to do so. For more than 20 years he has been a
Group One performer, riding at the highest level.

He needs the biggest stages to showcase his talents.

Sign here: Dettori in 2002 with his book, which Jonathan Powell helped write

Sign here: Dettori in 2002 with his book, which Jonathan Powell helped write

In 2003, he turned his season around
in spectacular style and will need all the single-minded determination
he showed then if he is revive his fortunes this time.

A period of enforced idleness will
allow him to consider other options away from the racecourse and, in the
short term, he could probably earn as much from showbusiness and other
interests as he has done on the track.

Dettori has sometimes hinted that dropping down a league or two as a jockey would be too painful for him.

He once told me: 'I've been so spoilt with the horses I've ridden that I couldn't settle for second-best.'

Frankie Dettori fails drug test

Racing hero Dettori in dock after positive drug test at Longchamp

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UPDATED:

17:14 GMT, 13 November 2012

Frankie Dettori will face an inquiry next week after a positive drug test at Longchamp in September, the rider's legal representative has revealed.

Solicitor Christopher Stewart-Moore released a statement with the news the Medical Committee of the French authority are planning a hearing.

Frank assessment: Two of Dettori's rides on the day in question were Willing Foe and and Joshua Tree (below)

Frank assessment: Two of Dettori's rides on the day in question were Willing Foe and and Joshua Tree (below)

Frankie Dettori

The statement said: 'On behalf of
Frankie Dettori I can confirm that, as a consequence of a positive test
at Longchamp on September 16 2012, he will be the subject of an inquiry
by the Medical Committee of France Galop next week.

'In compliance with, and out of
respect for, the regulations of France Galop, he will not be commenting
further until the France Galop procedures have been completed.'

Dettori had four rides at Longchamp
on September 16, a day of major trials for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe
meeting the following month.

He finished second on Godolphin’s Farrh
in the Prix du Moulin and third on the same stable's Willing Foe in the
Prix Gladiateur, third on Marco Botti’s Joshua Tree in the Prix Foy and
unplaced on Sarah Lynx in the Prix Vermeille.

In the dock: Dettori will have to answer charges after failing a drug test

In the dock: Dettori will have to answer charges after failing a drug test

France Galop are the equivalent of the British Horseracing Association (BHA).

It is understood the France Galop disciplinary process will be in two parts with a Medical Committee meeting next week followed by a Stewards Committee meeting – which could be anything up to to a week or 10 days later – where any suspension arising from the positive test will be handed down.

Dettori received police caution for
possession of cocaine on May 15 1993, after he had been to watch Arsenal
and Sheffield Wednesday play at Wembley in the FA Cup final.

France Galop have not commented on
proceedings and in previous similar cases they have not issued a
statement before the hearing.

Frankie's folly: Dettori will now be the subject of an inquiry

Frankie's folly: Dettori will now be the subject of an inquiry

Frankie's folly: Dettori will now be the subject of an inquiry

Last month, Dettori's parted company with racing stable Godolphin after a successful 18-year association.

The official line from Godolphin was
that 'the retainer was not really working', although Dettori was
expected to continue working his present contract until the end of 2012.

The British-based jockey has won more than 500 group races in his career. He is best known for riding seven winners at Ascot in 1996.

The 41-year-old partnered nine English Classic winners in the royal blue silks, including their first in 1994 Oaks victor Balanchine, and a total of 110 Group or Grade One winners for the owner.

Asked by the Sportsmail in 2010 about his biggest regret, he said: 'Getting caught with cocaine in 1993. I was on all the front pages and put my family through hell. I was cocky and had too much too soon. It made me grow up.'

Allez! Dettori had four rides during the meet at Longchamp in September

Allez! Dettori had four rides during the meet at Longchamp in September

Abu Dhabi Grand prix: Lewis Hamilton bemoans Sebastian Vettel"s fortune: "He must be the luckiest man in Formula One":

'He must be the luckiest man in Formula One': Hamilton bemoans Vettel's fortune

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UPDATED:

22:42 GMT, 4 November 2012

Lewis Hamilton has suggested Sebastian Vettel is 'the luckiest person in Formula One' after his remarkable pitlane-to-podium drive in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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Vettel was forced to start from the Yas Marina circuit pitlane after Red Bull were found guilty by the stewards of a fuel irregularity issue following qualifying.

But despite requiring a front-wing change early in the race, Vettel managed to avoid the bulk of the mayhem that unfolded throughout, and which forced team-mate Mark Webber into retirement, to claim third.

Hamilton, by contrast, suffered his second retirement in five races in his McLaren at a time when he was leading and in command.

Glad to see the back of Abu Dhabi: Lewis Hamilton's race turned sour

Glad to see the back of Abu Dhabi: Lewis Hamilton's race turned sour

'I'm gutted,' said Hamilton. 'I had really good pace all weekend and I feel certain we could have won, but I had a fuel-pressure problem which was very sudden. I was entering a corner and the car died on me.

'Up until then everything had been going really well. The car was a dream to drive, I was cruising and still pulling away when I had my problem.

'It was still a good weekend for me. It was a shame I couldn't have continued because I think we were on for the win, but I was unlucky.

'I then got to watch the race and it was incredible how Sebastian came up from the pit lane. He must be the luckiest person in Formula One.'

Fortune favours the brave: Sebastian Vettel is on course for his third straight title after a blistering drive in the desert

Fortune favours the brave Sebastian Vettel is on course for his third straight title after a blistering drive in the desert

Benefiting from Hamilton's misfortune, Kimi Raikkonen went on to claim his first win in F1 for just over three years as Lotus finally made it on to the top step of the podium this year.

'Congratulations to Kimi, he really drove a fantastic race,' added Hamilton.

'I knew at some stage Lotus would win a race this year, so also big congratulations go to them.'