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Euro 2012: Gianluigi Buffon blames Premier League for England failure

Buffon blames Premier League for England's tournament failures



16:34 GMT, 30 June 2012

Italy skipper Gianluigi Buffon has claimed the Premier League is 'no longer very faithful' to the England national team.

As the Azzurri prepare to face Spain
in the Euro 2012 final in Kiev, England's players have embarked on
their summer holidays, beaten once again at the quarter-final stage.

The past 48 hours have been spent
debating whether 37-year-old David Beckham should be allowed a career
swan song at the Olympics in Team GB. It does seem priorities have got slightly skewed somewhere.

In the final: Italy captain Gianluigi Buffon celebrates

In the final: Italy captain Gianluigi Buffon celebrates

And Buffon, who is looking to add another major international tournament to the World Cup in won in 2006, feels the answer lies in the Premier League's desire to attract the best players in the world.

The Italy skipper buys into the theory it is the best league.

Indeed, he looked set to join it at one point when Manchester City were offering him big money to make the move from Serie A. But Buffon does not feel that is the best way forward for the national side.

'Having a competitive league doesn't necessarily mean having competitive players,' he said.

'For a number of years now, the English league has had the best football and is the best league in terms of quality.

Out of the picture: David Beckham will not represent England at the Olympics

Out of the picture: David Beckham will not represent England at the Olympics

'The money that's in the game means they can go and buy anyone from all over Europe or the world.

'This can happen in Spain and Italy as well as England but the league in England is no longer very faithful to what the national side needs.

'With this footballing globalisation, it's very difficult. You struggle to have players from your own country playing in the top league.'

Yet Buffon does not write the Three Lions off completely.

Unlucky: Ashley Young misses his penalty against Italy

Unlucky: Ashley Young misses his penalty against Italy

Having been part of the Italy side that knocked England out of the quarter-finals on penalties last Sunday, he is acutely aware of how close Roy Hodgson's men came to going through.

It is a sadly familiar story. England have now gone out of six competitions on penalties, including three at the quarter-final stage.

'The England national side has its own strengths and they're a lot more physical than other sides,' said Buffon. 'But England aren't very lucky. They've lost on penalties in the last five or six times, so the margins between winning and losing are very thin indeed.'

Michael Laudrup favourite for Swansea job

Laudrup favourite for Swansea role after Jones switch fails to materialise



00:44 GMT, 9 June 2012

Michael Laudrup is the new frontrunner for the Swansea City manager's post.

The former Real Mallorca boss has been in contention for the position since Brendan Rodgers left for Liverpool but, contrary to reports, was ranked below Wigan No 2 Graeme Jones on the Swansea wishlist.

However, with hopes of persuading Jones fading, a move for Laudrup is expected.

Swan song: Laudrup is favourite to land role with Welsh side

Swan song: Laudrup is favourite to land role with Welsh side

Joey Barton arrested after alleged fight

Barton arrested on suspicion of affray after alleged fight in Liverpool



20:45 GMT, 4 June 2012

QPR midfielder Joey Barton was arrested on Monday on suspicion of affray after an altercation outside a nightclub in Liverpool, sources said.

Barton, 29, was involved in trouble in the early hours of Monday while on a night out with his girlfriend in Liverpool city centre.

Two men, aged 21 and from the Old Swan area of Liverpool, were arrested on suspicion of a public order offence at around 5:30am at the scene of the incident, outside Garlands nightclub in the city.

Altercation: The picture that shows a shirtless Joey Barton with a police and his girlfriend outside Garlands nightclub, on Eberle Street in Liverpool

Altercation: The picture that shows a shirtless Joey Barton with a police and his girlfriend outside Garlands nightclub, on Eberle Street in Liverpool

But after they were held in custody and questioned, Barton and a 20-year-old man were also arrested this afternoon.

All have been bailed pending further inquiries, apart from Barton, who remains in police custody where he will be questioned by officers.

A spokesman for Merseyside Police said: 'Following an altercation in Eberle Street, Liverpool city centre, in the early hours of this morning, four men have been arrested on suspicion of affray.

The club: Garlands outside which Joey Barton's alleged altercation took place

The club: Garlands outside which Joey Barton's alleged altercation took place

'Two 21-year-old men were arrested at the scene in the early hours of this morning and another two men, a 20-year-old from the Liverpool area and 29-year-old from the Widnes area, were arrested this afternoon.

'The two 21-year-old men and the 20-year-old man have been questioned by officers and have been released on bail pending further inquiries.

'The 29-year-old man remains in police custody where he will be questioned by detectives.'


Joey Barton was punched in the face after being involved in an
altercation with two men outside a nightclub in Liverpool city centre in
the early hours of this morning. Sportsmail details some of the other
incidents that have been bad news for Barton.

February – Barton red-carded for the first time in Manchester City's FA
Cup fourth-round tie at Tottenham, for two bookable offences.

April – Barton storms out of Eastlands before kick-off after being axed from team to face Southampton.

July – Criticised by City manager Kevin Keegan for causing mass brawl in a pre-season friendly at Doncaster.

– Stubs lit cigar in the eye of young team-mate Jamie Tandy during
City's Christmas party. Fined six weeks' wages by the club. Forced to
pay four weeks' salary – approximately 60,000 – immediately, with a
further two weeks suspended for a year. Tandy later sued Barton, winning
65,000 in damages.

Incident: Barton stubbed a cigar out in the eye of Jamie Tandy

July – Involved in altercation with a 15-year-old Everton fan at City's
team hotel in Bangkok during a pre-season tour. Fined eight weeks'
wages by City after being found guilty of gross misconduct.

2006: September – Drops his shorts in the direction of Everton fans following City's 1-1 draw at Goodison Park.

– Shown the second red card of his career – this time a straight red –
for a two-footed lunge on Abdoulaye Faye in City's 2-0 home defeat to

May – Suspended by City after training-ground altercation with Ousmane
Dabo, which leaves his team-mate needing hospital treatment. Charged
with assault, and on July 1 2008 receives a four-month suspended jail
sentence. Also punished by FA with a 12-match ban – six matches of which
are suspended and a 25,000 fine.

27 – Arrested in Liverpool city centre after a late-night incident and
later charged with common assault and affray. Remanded in custody and
misses Newcastle's New Year fixtures, being released on January 3.

Court time: Barton outside Liverpool Crown Court where he faces sentencing after admitting assault and affray

2008: May 20 – Jailed for six months after admitting common assault and affray.

May 3 – Sent off against Liverpool for late challenge on Xabi Alonso.
Receives subsequent criticism from Newcastle manager Alan Shearer and is
suspended by the club two days later.

2010: November
10 – Punches Blackburn winger Morten Gamst Pedersen during a 2-1 defeat
for Newcastle at St James' Park. Accepts an FA charge and is banned for
three games.

FA hearing: Joey Barton arrives at Soho Square

2011: August
1 – Newcastle transfer-list Barton after a series of Twitter comments
criticising the club, making him available on a free transfer. He joins
QPR on August 26.

2012: January 2 – Scores but is then sent off as QPR lose 2-1 at home to Norwich in the Premier League.

26 – Unleashes an online tirade against the Football Association,
labelling them an “Orwellian organisation” in need of a 'drastic

May 13 – Sent
off for elbowing Carlos Tevez on the final day of the season at
Manchester City. Knees Sergio Aguero, sending the striker to the ground,
and attempts to headbutt Vincent Kompany before being ushered off the

Off: Barton is sent off for an elbow on Carlos Tevez

May 14 – In the wake of the
dismissal, launches an expletive-laden Twitter attack on Shearer, his
former manager at Newcastle and current Match of the Day pundit, before
turning on the programme's presenter, Gary Lineker, saying: “back under
your stone you odious little toad…”

23 – Banned for 12 matches and fined 75,000 after being charged with
two acts of violent conduct against Aguero and Kompany. He accepted the
former, but denied the later and requested a personal hearing, where the
verdict went against him.