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Korean Grand Prix: Jenson Button slams Kamui Kobayashi

What an idiot! After 'first-lap nutcase' row, Button turns fury on Japanese driver

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UPDATED:

21:12 GMT, 14 October 2012

Jenson Button launched a stinging attack on Sauber’s Kamui Kobayashi, branding him an ‘idiot’ after being forced out of the Korean Grand Prix on the opening lap.

Future McLaren team-mate Sergio Perez did not escape cricitism either after he also shunted Button although it was Japan’s Kobayashi — whom the British driver nicknamed ‘Kobacrashi’ — who bore the brunt of the fury.

‘It seems both Sauber drivers think the first lap of the race is the only lap,’ Button said as he conceded his slim title chance was finally over. ‘They have got a great car underneath them and could score such great points here if they just kept their heads together. I don’t know what they were doing.’

Crash: Kamui Kobayashi collides with Jenson Button in Korea

Crash: Kamui Kobayashi collides with Jenson Button in Korea

On a day when Sebastian Vettel registered his third win in a row, Button could not contain his anger at Kobayashi’s rush of blood.

Thumped on the right rear, Kobayashi then wrecked Button’s right front suspension as he tried a late breaking manoeuvre between the McLaren and Nico Rosberg’s Mercedes. The German’s afternoon ended on the first lap like in Japan last weekend.

Button raged into his radio after slewing off at turn three: ‘Hit by Kobayashi, what an idiot.’

Even back at the garage Button’s anger had not abated. ‘Going down the back straight, I was having a good drag race with Nico. Then suddenly I felt a big bang on the right hand side and Kamui flying past,’ said Button who had started from 11th.

‘It is pretty poor driving standards considering this is the pinnacle of motorsport and it is such a long race. The race is not two corners long and some people need to learn that.’

End of the road: Button was forced into an early retirement in Korea

End of the road: Button was forced into an early retirement in Korea

Kobayashi was handed a drive-through penalty by the stewards and, after retiring himself on lap 17, took full responsibility for his error.But two hours after the race, Button still could not resist a dig. ‘Kobacrashi, sorry Kobayashi, said on Twitter that he was very sorry that he caused the incident which is very nice,’ he jibed before accepting the apology.

‘The first thing is to say sorry. Then you forgive them and move on. You just hope that you limit the chances of it happening again. With Perez, I think he locked up and ran really deep into the corner and I suppose lost control. I think he misjudged it.’

After Button’s race ended early, out-going team-mate Lewis Hamilton put on a masterclass to limp home in 10th place. Battling from lap 18, his car handling atrociously following a rear anti-roll bar failure, Hamilton could have been forgiven for calling it a day.

His cause was not helped by a piece of Astroturf which became lodged in a sidepod later on as he tried to claw his way through the field following a third pit stop.

Good effort: Lewis Hamilton battled hard to finish 10th in Korea

Good effort: Lewis Hamilton battled hard to finish 10th in Korea

But McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh was genuinely taken aback by Hamilton’s determination to bring his car home — a performance which surely ended any speculation he would not give his all for his current team despite the Mercedes move.

‘We have just got one of the hardest won single points this team has had for many years,’ said Whitmarsh. ‘Lewis did a fantastic job. The amount of sheer determination to get one point was superb.’

Such qualities will be required by Hamilton at Mercedes next year given their continued lack of competitiveness. Michael Schumacher finished a lowly 13th.

‘It was a pure struggle with the car and in your mind,’ said Hamilton. ‘I feel pretty good because I remained strong throughout that struggle.’

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Andre Villas-Boas hits out at Roman Abramovich

Roman let me down… Villas-Boas in stinging attack on Chelsea chief Abramovich

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UPDATED:

21:40 GMT, 11 July 2012

Andre Villas-Boas has hit out at Roman Abramovich for 'quitting' on him and breaking 'promises' when the Russian owner sacked him as Chelsea manager.

The new Tottenham boss accused Abramovich of 'cutting short the project' at Stamford Bridge when he was dismissed after nine months in charge last March.

The Portuguese said: 'I told him (Abramovich) that for me it was him quitting on me when he had been so much involved in the beginning in bringing me in.

Fury: New Tottenham manager Villas-Boas has hit out at Roman Abramovich

Fury: New Tottenham manager Villas-Boas has hit out at Roman Abramovich

'He was the one also who was not putting up to the things he promised. It is all very well that you cut the project short, Chelsea go on to win two trophies and people say how wonderful the squad were, but at the beginning nobody believed in that squad when we put them together.

'The decision to cut it short was not mine and for Chelsea to have won the Champions League and to have won the FA Cup was because we were still in those competitions.

No support: AVB was critical of the Chelsea owner

No support: AVB was critical of the Chelsea owner

'I had the opportunity to win them cut short and I had the opportunity to qualify for the Champions League cut short when I was just three points off the fourth position in the table.

'This is what I recall from the day when I was sacked. The fact that people quit on me, I have nothing to say any more.'

Villas-Boas said he did not deserve to take any credit for Chelsea's FA Cup and Champions League success under Roberto Di Matteo – who took over as interim manager when Villas-Boas left and has since been given the job on a permanent basis – but insisted he laid the foundations for those triumphs.

New challenge: Villas-Boas believes Tottenham can with the Premier League title

New challenge: Villas-Boas believes Tottenham can with the Premier League title

The Tottenham manager said: 'Whatever happened after I left was down to those players and Robbie for being able to turn it around.

'On the day of my dismissal I told Roman that eventually you can win these two trophies because the emotional impact is extremely strong … and that is exactly what happened.

'I don't see what they achieved as part of what I left there. Of course I complimented them – and I did at the end of the games – but I have nothing to do with that success.

'What I did is to put that squad together, a squad that were able to play those finals and to win them.'

Euro 2012: Giorgos Karagounis – Greece victory like 2004

Back to the future: Karagounis says Greece victory was like winning 2004 title

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23:09 GMT, 16 June 2012

Giorgos Karagounis hailed Greece's against-the-odds qualification for the European Championship quarter-finals tonight as being as good as winning the title in 2004.

Match-winner Karagounis also dedicated the 1-0 victory over Russia to those suffering in his debt-ridden country and launched a stinging attack on referees at Euro 2012.

Greece rekindled the spirit of eight years ago to the night to turn Group A on its head and reach the knockout stage.

Greece is the word: An epic victory is celebrated

Greece is the word: An epic victory is celebrated

And Karagounis – one of the heroes of their shock Euro 2004 triumph – said: 'Today's saga is something comparable to what happened in Portugal.

'We are a new team – a renewed team – and we managed to qualify against everything. I really mean that.

'It's not something that I was the only one to witness. That's why the value of this qualification is great.

'I can say that we managed to overcome huge obstacles.'

Those obstacles included the controversial sending-off of Sokratis Papastathopoulos in their opening game against Poland, Karagounis' missed penalty in the same game and a disallowed goal that should have been allowed to stand against eventual group winners Czech Republic.

There was more to decry, with Karagounis denied a blatant penalty and instead booked for diving to rule him out of the quarter-finals.

Crowd-pleaser: Giorgos Karagounis put Greece into quarter finals

Crowd-pleaser: Giorgos Karagounis put Greece into quarter finals

The veteran midfielder, who earned a national record-equalling 120th cap, said: 'You have all seen what happened since the first match.

'Our team could have had, let's say, seven points.

'In general, all refereeing calls were against our team. Everyone who's involved in the team, they have to be congratulated for what they achieved.'

He added: 'We had all the soul and the heart that are the ingredients of our team. “We have proven the character of this team.

'We played just for one result. It was the third match away despite the fact that our supporters made us feel really emotional.

'We managed to give joy to all Greeks all over the world.'

Ruble rousers: Karagounis and Giorgos Tzavelas celebrate victory over Russia

Ruble rousers: Karagounis and Giorgos Tzavelas celebrate victory over Russia

The Greek economy has been in turmoil for some time and Karagounis said: 'When we left Greece, we all said in one voice, 'We will give everything'.

'I believe this, tonight, puts a smile on their faces.

'It's not just about qualifying, it's about the way you get this qualification.

'We're happy we managed to do that for the Greeks, for our country, for the Greeks all over the world.'

Players cannot appeal yellow cards but head coach Fernando Santos said he would 'think about' lobbying UEFA. Portuguese Santos refused to be drawn further on the latest refereeing controversy to hit his side.

Defeat saw Russia crash out of the tournament nine days after winning their opening game 4-1.

Head coach Dick Advocaat struggled to come to terms with what was his final game in charge being branded a failure, reacting angrily to suggestions his side played badly.

The PSV Eindhoven-bound boss said: 'I think we played quite well. We went forward and the other team just defended.

Take that: Karagounis fires home to put Russia out

Take that: Karagounis fires home to put Russia out

'So, don't say that we didn't play well today.

'It's true that we conceded a goal and we simply didn't put away our chances.

'But in the first half I think we played really well. And, in the second half, against a team like Greece, with all respect, it was hard to play against.

'It's not that we didn't play well.

'If you say that, I don't think you watched the game well.'

Asked how he thought Russia fans would remember his two years in charge, he said: 'I'm not really too interested in what others say about me.

'We were undefeated for 16 games and it was unfortunate.

'We should've won but that wasn't the case.

'They were leading 1-0 after the half and they are just masters at doing what they did today.

'We didn't maybe have that sharpness tonight to make that goal.

'It didn't happen today and it's hard to say why. We had two strikers, we had three strikers up front and it just didn't work.'

Georg Graham blames Arsene Wenger for Arsenal crisis

Former Arsenal boss Graham lays blame for Gunners' crisis squarely at Wenger's feet

Former Arsenal boss George Graham has launched a stinging attack on Arsene Wenger, blaming the Frenchman for allowing the north Londoners to slip into crisis.

The Gunners are in the midst of a poor run of form, in danger of missing out on Champions League football next season and are even 10 points behind rivals Tottenham with 13 games to go.

Graham – who guided Arsenal to two titles as manager in 1989 and 1991 – believes Wenegr's poor recent track record in the transfer market is now seriously hurting the club.

Gunned down: Arsenal's season is virtually over after two crushing defeats

Gunned down: Arsenal's season is virtually over after two crushing defeats

And he also believes that star striker Robin van Persie is in real danger of leaving the Emirates.

He told The Sun: 'Yes, Arsenal are in crisis. It has been slipping away for the last couple of years. They've not been replacing those players who left four or five years ago.

'They're lacking leaders and the quality of the players they’re bringing in is just not up to the standard if you want to win the Premier League.'

Graham was a member of the Arsenal Double winning side in 1971 but now finds it difficult to watch his old club struggle so badly.

They were thumped 4-0 in the Champions League clash with AC Milan last week and followed that up with an FA Cup exit at Sunderland who beat them 2-0.

And Graham concedes that the board must now be considering inserting a new boss to halt the club's worrying slide.

He said: 'Arsene's not won anything now for the last six years so there would be doubt in there. They've got money and I can’t understand why Arsene has not gone out and bought some real quality players.

'But he has a fantastic reputation and I don’t think the board will forget what he has done.

You're to blame: Graham believes Wenger must accept share of blame after the club slipped yet another defeat

You're to blame: Graham believes Wenger must accept share of blame after the club slipped yet another defeat

You're to blame: Graham believes Wenger must accept share of blame after the club slipped yet another defeat

'I think he will still be there next season but he badly needs to refresh the playing side of the club. He needs to keep bringing youngsters through but he must buy quality, experienced players to win trophies.'

And with some of Europe's top clubs rumoured to be interested in van Persie, Graham believes the Gunners will find it hard to hold on to their top scorer who has bagged 28 in all competitions for them this season.

'Some players at Chelsea and Manchester City are earning 175,000 a week or more,' Graham added.

'For Van Persie, this will be his last big contract. He'll be 29 when his contract finishes and he's going to be looking for a four-year contract, maybe even five.

'You can't expect Arsenal to pay that knowing that in his last two years he probably won’t be a regular in the team.

'I would let Walcott go. He was a promising boy but his potential has never really been fulfilled. He has still got fabulous pace but he's been there five years and I can't see a great improvement.'

Arsenal legend: Graham led the Gunners to two league titles

Arsenal legend: Graham led the Gunners to two league titles

Sir Alex Ferguson attacks Alan Hansen over Man United jibe

Shut it, Hansen! Ferguson hits out at old foe after latest jibe at Man United

Sir Alex Ferguson has launched a stinging attack on Alan Hansen and predicted the former Liverpool defender will end up looking silly for claiming Manchester United had not played well for 18 months.

Ferguson has always had a frosty relationship with Hansen, dating back to 1986, when he left the stylish central defender out of his Scotland World Cup squad.

In more recent times, it is a source of some amusement to the United boss that Hansen came out with that famous line about never winning anything with kids in his first assessment of the group that went on to dominate the English game.

No good for 18 months: Alan Hansen hit out at Manchester United, but Sir Alex Ferguson has jumped to the defence of his team

No good for 18 months: Alan Hansen hit out at Manchester United, but Sir Alex Ferguson has jumped to the defence of his team

However, Ferguson has been annoyed by the recent condemnation of his side, with Hansen at the head of the queue.

And, in his programme notes ahead of tonight's Premier League encounter with Stoke at Old Trafford, the United boss made it clear he feels Hansen is well wide of the mark.

'After the Arsenal game, one of the London papers said we were the worst United team he has seen, and I noticed Alan Hansen was at it again, saying we had not played well for one and a half years,' Ferguson told United Review.

'I reckon that comment goes alongside his claim a few years ago that you don't win anything with youngsters, and you know how he ended up with egg on his face after dismissing the Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, David Beckham, Gary Neville crop of kids so foolishly.

'Maybe he was just trying to rattle us on the eve of going to play his old club at Anfield in the cup at the weekend. I don't know how some of the critics come to their conclusions.

Alan Hansen

Hitting back: Ferguson thinks Hansen will end up with egg on his face... again

Spat: Alan Hansen (left) has come under fire from Sir Alex Ferguson

'Yes, we have had our bad days (who doesn't), losing to Manchester City and then folding against Blackburn before crashing out of the FA Cup.

'Forget the fact that we had 14 players out with injury for the Blackburn fixture and that we were missing a few at Liverpool; we won't use injuries as a crutch, we will simply concentrate on getting our message across out on the pitch.

'I have every confidence that we will give a good account of ourselves – even perhaps play well enough to convince pundit Hansen.'

Manchester City pick on me because I play for my country, says Kolo Toure

Kolo attack! City pick on me because I play for my country, claims disgruntled Toure

Former captain Kolo Toure appears to have paved the way for a January exit from Manchester City after launching a stinging attack on the Barclays Premier League leaders.

The Ivory Coast defender has hardly played for City this season after missing the first part of the campaign through suspension.

Now Toure would appear to have burnt his bridges at the Etihad Stadium by claiming he is being left out for reasons nothing to do with football.

City slicker: Kolo Toure has fallen out of favour at Manchester City

City slicker: Kolo Toure has fallen out of favour at Manchester City

In an interview in France, Toure claimed he is still paying for missing Premier League games while at the Africa Cup of Nations two years ago and rubbished 20-year-old City defender Stefan Savic.

The comments are remarkable after City stood by him during his six-month drugs ban.

Toure said: ‘I know my qualities and I have got nothing to prove here in England. They know me here. When you look at the performance of Savic against QPR, excuse me but I am relaxed.

Turning your back: Toure claims he is marginalised over his decision to represent his county

Turning your back: Toure claims he is marginalised over his decision to represent his county

‘To compete in the Africa Cup of Nations is catastrophic for a player these days. Coaches no longer want to sign players because of it. I feel it’s going to be more difficult for the Africans in football in the future.

‘I’m convinced that, if I’m not playing for City, then it’s not only for football reasons. If it was only about that then I would be playing every week. I’m a victim of that and it has to be said.

‘When I was in Angola for the Africa Cup of Nations in 2010 the club hired a plane so that I could get back quickly to play in a game against Manchester United. I could not get back in time and we lost. I believe the club have not got past that and I’m paying for it now.’

Toure was a key signing for City in 2009 and was made captain by former manager Mark Hughes.

However, the former Arsenal defender lost his place last season and was then suspended for six months by the FA after failing a drugs test at the start of this year.

Toure has failed to re-establish himself in Roberto Mancini’s Premier League team because of the form of Vincent Kompany and Joleon Lescott at the heart of the City defence. His appearances have been largely restricted to the Carling Cup and one Champions League game, a 2-0 defeat at Bayern Munich in September.

Toure believes African footballers in general are being discriminated against because of their obligations to the Africa Cup of Nations. Next year’s tournament takes place in January and will see Toure and brother Yaya leave City for three weeks after Christmas.

Kolo Toure added: ‘Clubs at this level always have big squads. It goes one way and then the other. I was captain here and so was Carlos Tevez. He is no longer here and who would have thought that would have happened African players are the victim of discrimination.’

Unimpressed: Toure hit out at the performance of team-mate Stefan Savic

Unimpressed: Toure hit out at the performance of team-mate Stefan Savic

Toure has interested newly wealthy French club Paris Saint-Germain and may join them in the January transfer window.

These latest comments will not endear him to Mancini after the club stood by the player during his ban that came after he took a diet pill given to him by his wife.

Another City defender, Aleksandar Kolarov, is expected to be out for four weeks with a groin problem.

Meanwhile, Manchester City have given AC Milan permission to speak to Carlos Tevez’s representative, according to the Italian club’s vice-president Adriano Galliani. The Serie A champions are interested in signing Tevez on loan in January.