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Capital One Cup final: Bradford City will turn down Europa League

Bradford could TURN DOWN Europa League if they win the Capital One Cup

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Graeme Yorke

PUBLISHED:

09:15 GMT, 23 February 2013

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UPDATED:

09:37 GMT, 23 February 2013

Bradford will refuse to play in the Europa League next season should they qualify by beating Swansea in the Capital One Cup final, according to Bantams co-chairman Mark Lawn.

Phil Parkinson's npower League Two side will on Sunday become the first fourth-tier team to contest a League Cup final in more than half a century when they take on Michael Laudrup's Swans at Wembley.

Snub: Bradford will turn down the chance to play in Europe if they win on Sunday

Snub: Bradford will turn down the chance to play in Europe if they win on Sunday

But Lawn has revealed the west Yorkshire outfit will turn down the opportunity to compete in Europe next term if doing so would cost the club money.

Quoted in The Sun, he said: 'I'm not going to pay to play in Europe.

'When we beat Villa (in the semi-final), I was told, “You don't really want to get into Europe – it costs you money in the early rounds”.

'I said, “Well, that'll be fun because if it costs us money, we won't be there”.

Money talks: Joint chairman Mark Lawn will not jeopardise the club's finances

Money talks: Joint chairman Mark Lawn will not jeopardise the club's finances

'Realistically, it's not going to be a problem because I don't think we're going to win against Swansea.'

He added: 'I won't put us in fiscal danger to play in Europe. That's not going to happen. I'm deadly serious.

'It's all very well saying there are financial rewards once you get to the group stage.

'But we're a fourth division club – realistically, we're not going to get there.'

Arsenal home tickets for Manchester City priced up to 126

How much Arsenal charge up to 126 for City clash… and the cheapest tickets are still 62

By
Andy James

PUBLISHED:

11:59 GMT, 9 January 2013

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UPDATED:

12:02 GMT, 9 January 2013

Arsenal fans have had to pay up to 126 for the privilege of watching their team in action against Manchester City this weekend, with away fans and those seeking entry at the cheap end of the scale still asked to stump up 62.

The astonishing prices, by far the most expensive in the Premier League, have sparked a furious reaction up and down the country.

Fans who wanted to attend the match are already voting with their feet after it emerged the opponents had returned almost a third of their allocation.

I wouldn't pay to be here: Man City lost on their last visit to Arsenal

I wouldn't pay to be here: Man City lost on their last visit to Arsenal

City supporters slammed the costs as 'ridiculous' after shunning 900 of the 3,000 away seats.

Kevin Parker of the City Supporters' Group said: 'In 2009 a ticket to Arsenal was 32.50, so in under four years they have gone up by almost 30 and now they're the most expensive in English football. It seems a ridiculous amount of money.

'Some fans are saying, “I'm not paying 62 whether I can afford it or not because I've got to draw a line somewhere”, while others can't afford to pay 62. We play Southampton on February 9 and they are charging 38 a ticket.

'But we go to QPR on January 29 and they are charging 55 a ticket. I think some clubs are losing touch with the ordinary man.'

For home fans, the 126 ticket would get them an upper tier spot near to the halfway line, while lower tier corner tickets – like those in the away section – are marginally under half that figure.

Arsenal are not the only club to have been criticised for expensive tickets but they were revealed to be the hosts of English football's most expensive day out by a BBC survey in October.

Money talks: Home fans have been asked to pay up to 126 for a ticket

Money talks: Home fans have been asked to pay up to 126 for a ticket

FIVE MOST EXPENSIVE AWAY DAYS

Arsenal, Emirates Stadium 62

Chelsea, Stamford Bridge 59

QPR, Loftus Road 55

Tottenham, White Hart Lane 54

Manchester City, Etihad Stadium 51

Football Supporters' Federation chairman Malcolm Clarke said: '62 is almost obscene. This is an industry with eye-watering amounts of money coming into the Premier League. It's time fans got more benefits of that.

'You would expect Manchester City against Arsenal to be a guaranteed sell-out but if City are sending 900 tickets back then that speaks volumes.

'They have a reputation for being some of the most loyal fans in the country. In the economic circumstances, straight after Christmas, this is an outrage.'

Theo Walcott to sign new Arsenal deal as Jack Wilshere, Kieran Gibbs, Aaron Ramsey and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain follow

It's good to talk: Walcott makes peace as Arsenal agree deals with Wilshere, Gibbs, Ramsey, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jenkinson

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UPDATED:

23:06 GMT, 18 December 2012

Theo Walcott has held peace talks with Arsene Wenger as Arsenal close in on securing the futures of their British core.

It is the first time since August 28, when the England forward turned down a five-year contract worth 75,000 a week, that formal discussions between player and club have taken place.

And in further good news Sportsmail understands Arsenal are set to agree deals with five of their other young British stars by Friday.

Crisp finisher: Theo Walcott hit the fifth as Arsenal demolished Reading, and the 23-year-old looks set to end uncertainty about his future by extending his Arsenal deal

Crisp finisher: Theo Walcott hit the fifth as Arsenal demolished Reading, and the 23-year-old looks set to end uncertainty about his future by extending his Arsenal deal

Made up: Arsene Wenger and Walcott

Sources close to Walcott insist the 23-year-old wants to stay at Arsenal. However, he is said to have made it clear he is still currently unwilling to pen fresh terms.

As well as wanting a deal closer to 100,000 a week, Walcott also wants assurances over his role at the club.

The former Southampton man felt he was being treated unfairly by Wenger during the early weeks of the season and spent the majority of Arsenal’s opening games sat on the bench. This decision is understood to have been motivated by the contract dispute rather than footballing reasons.

In addition, Walcott also wants assurances that he will be given more opportunities to play as a central striker — where he played against Reading on Monday and scored in the 5-2 win.

The main man: Walcott wants to be utilised as a No 9

The main man: Walcott wants to be utilised as a No 9

And while it seems there will be no quick resolution to the contract saga, the latest discussions are viewed as a significant step towards persuading Walcott to stay.

It is believed that a compromise solution of an 85,000-a-week contract may be enough to persuade him to sign.

Walcott may be some way from signing but Arsenal are convinced they have agreed new deals with Jack Wilshere, Kieran Gibbs, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Aaron Ramsey and Carl Jenkinson and it is thought they will sign by the end of the week.

Sportsmail exclusively revealed on November 28 that England midfielder Wilshere was set to sign fresh terms — and he will put pen to paper on a new five-year contract worth 80,000 a week.

Staying power: Jack Wilshere will sign a new deal at the Emirates

Staying power: Jack Wilshere will sign a new deal at the Emirates

Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey, Gibbs and Jenkinson have agreed five-year deals worth between 40,000 and 60,000 a week.

Arsenal’s push to keep their best British talent indicates a deliberate shift in Wenger’s thinking.

After basing his sides around foreign players for years, the manager seems to have had a change of heart after the likes of Robin van Persie, Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy all left the Emirates Stadium.

Speaking after the thumping win at Reading, Wenger said: ‘We have a core of good young English players and I hope we will be able to build a team around them and that they can achieve something together.’

Bright young things Oxlade-Chamberlain

Bright young things: Kieran Gibbs

Bright young things: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (left) and Kieran Gibbs have also signed new deals

Henning Berg forced to shake-up Blackburn backroom staff by club chief Shebby Singh

Berg loses his team as Blackburn club chief Singh forces boss into shake-up

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UPDATED:

22:30 GMT, 12 December 2012

Blackburn manager Henning Berg has been told to find a new backroom team to halt the club's slump, although his own job is not yet in jeopardy just eight games into his return to Ewood Park.

Rovers have won just once in that time, dropping to 13th place in the Championship, and the players will also be warned to improve performances or risk being sold in the January transfer window.

Plenty to ponder: Henning Berg has been forced to overhaul his backroom staff

Plenty to ponder: Henning Berg has been forced to overhaul his backroom staff

Berg's assistant Eric Black, first-team coach Iain Brunskill and goalkeeping coach Bobby Mimms are all expected to be axed, with Brad Friedel lined up to return to the club from Tottenham as player-coach next month and replace Mimms.

Friday's 4-1 home defeat to Cardiff was the final straw for club chief Shebby Singh who held crisis talks with Berg on Monday night.

'After a result like that it is inevitable there was going to be a post mortem,' said Singh.

Out of sorts: Blackburn have claimed one point from a possible 12

Out of sorts: Blackburn have claimed one point from a possible 12

'Decisive action was needed. Now we know the direction we are heading in and what decisions have to be taken.

'The pressure is on. We did not expect this to be easy, and it hasn't been, but the decisions have been made that need to be made.'

Raheem Sterling cash deal as Liverpool wonderboy should get his delayed 18th birthday present

Sterling cash deal as Liverpool wonderboy should get his delayed 18th birthday present

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UPDATED:

22:42 GMT, 7 December 2012

Brendan Rodgers has taken a hands-on role in Raheem Sterling's contract negotiations to ensure the deal reaches a successful conclusion.

Sterling is 18 today, and it was envisaged when contract talks began earlier this year that his birthday celebrations would coincide with Liverpool announcing a new long-term contract for the precocious winger.

Precocious talent: Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling

Precocious talent: Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling

That will not be the case. Talks between Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre and Sterling's advisers continue but Rodgers, weary of the speculation surrounding the discussions, is confident things will soon be wrapped up.

In order to reach that point, Rodgers has spoken on several occasions to Sterling. He has reminded him about the chance he has been afforded at Anfield, the role Liverpool have played in his development and the rewards that will be there for him if he makes the right moves.

'There are good conversations and there is no worry or concern – it will be resolved,' said Rodgers. 'I'm comfortable with it. The club is working on it very well; Ian Ayre's doing a good job. I've spoken to the agent; there's no problem.

'There has been a lot made of it but there are still 18 months left (on Sterling's current deal). He's a young kid and we just want to make sure that everything's right for him to be nurtured. I have spoken to Raheem. I've gone through what I'd call the core elements of his development.'

Raheem Sterling of Liverpool

From when Rodgers first spoke publicly about Sterling signing a new contract on September 15, he has maintained this would not be the most lucrative deal of his career and re-emphasised the England international's potential will not be spoiled by finance.

That theme has been constant in the discussions Rodgers and Sterling have had and Liverpool's manager has gone to great lengths to advise him to look at the bigger picture, rather than think about the money that other clubs such as Chelsea and Manchester City would be prepared to offer.

'There is a plan in place for him,' said Rodgers. 'There's a commitment there and he's a real good kid. It's quite low profile. We just want to make sure it's right for him and he feels it. I believe he does. It'll get done sooner or later.

'He will have all the tools here, at one of the top football clubs in the world, to progress. I don't want the club or the kid being affected by over-the-odds demands. All the figures that get bandied about for kids these days can destroy them.'

Hands-on approach: Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers

Hands-on approach: Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers

There is no doubt that Sterling's development has been one of the main talking points of Liverpool's campaign but, after making 22 appearances and scoring one goal, there will come a point when Rodgers needs to preserve him by taking him out of the team.

'I'm in the business of trying to help nurture these kids,' Rodgers said. 'Money distorts the reality, I've always said that. So I've always tried to ensure that I give my point of view on it. It's about being sensible rather than going over the top.

'We as a staff are on our toes to make him better, then hopefully from that, we'll get excellence,' he added. 'It's then his responsibility to deliver.'

Dan Carter: It"s top secret

It's top secret: All Blacks No 10 Carter talks about his love of beds and basketball player Michael Jordan

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UPDATED:

22:30 GMT, 30 November 2012

Who is your Sporting hero

I loved watching Michael Jordan when he was with the Chicago Bulls and winning games for them by himself.

In rugby, I grew up admiring All Blacks John Kirwan and Andrew Mehrtens, I was really lucky to get to play with Andrew.

Hero: Dan Carter has always been a fan of Michael Jordan

Hero: Dan Carter has always been a fan of Michael Jordan

What would you be if you weren't a sportsman

I was on my way to a proper fitness instructor qualification before rugby took over.

My dad is a builder and I did some work as a labourer for a time, so I might have gone into something like that.

Career highlight

My Test debut for the All Blacks, in 2003 against Wales in Hamilton.

It was always my dream to put on the jersey.

… and the worst moment

Getting injured during the last World Cup.

The timing and severity of it was a real blow that I found pretty tough to handle.

If your house was burning down, what one possession would you save

I know it would be physically impossible because it is so heavy, but it would be my bed.

Because I am away so much in hotels, I really love just being in my own bed. In fact, I love sleeping in general.

Flair player: Dan Carter will hope to leave England's hopes of salvaging the Test series in tatters

Flair player: Dan Carter will hope to leave England's hopes of salvaging the Test series in tatters

What's your top TV show

I've enjoyed the last few series of Entourage, about a young movie star surrounded by his friends from home.

Favourite song

Right now, the one that I am most into is Rudimental's Feel the Love.

Last film you saw

I am not a big film watcher and about the only time I get to see them is on aeroplanes. Even then, I don't always watch them.

The last one might have been with Cameron Diaz about lots of people being pregnant (What To Expect When You're Expecting).

We're expecting our first child so the subject is of interest.

Which three people would you invite to your dream dinner party

Michael Jordan was my sporting hero and I have never met him, so it would be good to find out what he is like and talk sport with him.

Barack Obama would be a good guest, to find out what is really going in the world.

I have always been an admirer of Elle Macpherson: she would be very easy on the eye around the table.

Admirer: Carter is also a fan of model Elle Macpherson

Admirer: Carter is also a fan of model Elle Macpherson

Can you cook Best dish

I can make a proper lasagne, although I suppose that isn't too difficult. I'm quite proud of my cheese sauce.

Your favourite holiday destination

The W Retreat in the Maldives, which was beautiful.

The clear blue waters of the sea are the thing I remember most.

In a film of your life, who would you like to play you

Brad Pitt is an awesome actor, so I would like it to be him. It's amazing what they can do with make-up these days.

Tell us a secret… I've got a real fear of snakes.

We don't have many of them in New Zealand, thankfully, but when I'm in South Africa I am wary of them.

If I'm playing golf there and hit the ball into the rough, I leave it out of fear of what I might find.

Fulham keen to sort Brede Hangeland future out before Christmas

Fulham set for crunch Hangeland talks to prevent him leaving for free

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UPDATED:

22:43 GMT, 5 November 2012

Fulham want to call key defender Brede Hangeland in for showdown contract talks before Christmas in an attempt to prevent him leaving the club on a free transfer.

The Craven Cottage club are keen to tie down their 31-year-old captain to a new and improved long-term contract.

But if Fulham are not able to agree an extension with Hangeland then they are ready to listen to offers in January for the Norway skipper, who is understood to earn in the region of 40,000 a week.

Up in the air: Fulham want to sort out Brede Hangeland's future before the transfer window opens

Up in the air: Fulham want to sort out Brede Hangeland's future before the transfer window opens

Manager Martin Jol has made sorting out Hangeland’s future a top priority for the club’s board — but the centre half has so far resisted their efforts to begin negotiations.

As the situation stands, Hangeland — who has made 169 Fulham appearances since joining in 2008 from FC Copenhagen — can sign a free transfer pre-contract agreement with a foreign club in January.

Emmanuel Adebayor holds crisis talks over Tottenham future

Unhappy Adebayor holds crisis talks with AVB over Spurs future

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UPDATED:

21:31 GMT, 19 October 2012

Emmanuel Adebayor has held heart-to-heart talks with Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas over his unhappiness at a lack of first-team football.

Following a protracted summer transfer saga, Adebayor joined Spurs from Manchester City after last season's successful loan spell.

Slow start: Adebayor has made just three substitute appearances this season

Slow start: Adebayor has made just three substitute appearances this season

But he has grown frustrated at White Hart Lane, having made just three substitute appearances.

He arrived expecting to be the club's first-choice central striker, but has had to play second fiddle to in-form Jermain Defoe.

But Villas-Boas has assured the former Arsenal forward that he remains an integral part of his plans.

The Portuguese manager and his backroom team felt Adebayor was not fit enough to start during the opening games of the campaign because his pre-season had been disrupted by the on-off nature of his transfer.

The 28-year-old Togolese striker was put on a special fitness programme to get him back up to speed, but his progress has been hampered by a hamstring problem.

Kevin Pietersen not required as match in Durban washed out

Pietersen not needed as Champions League clash is washed out

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UPDATED:

22:19 GMT, 19 October 2012

Kevin Pietersen found himself in another storm on Friday – but this one was a thunderstorm which washed out Delhi Daredevils Champions League Twenty20 clash with Auckland Aces in Durban.

The England batsman had returned to South Africa in time to play following the peace talks with coach Andy Flower that smoothed his return to the Test squad to tour India, but found he needn’t have rushed.

Miserable: The Champions League match was abandoned in Durban

Miserable: The Champions League match was abandoned in Durban

Kevin Pietersen included in England squad for India tour

He's back! Pietersen included in England squad for tour of India

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UPDATED:

14:47 GMT, 18 October 2012

Kevin Pietersen has been added to England's squad for the forthcoming tour of India.

The batsman was initially overlooked as the controversy over his exclusion from the side earlier in the summer continued.

Pietersen was dropped for the third Test against South Africa in August amid allegations he sent text messages to opposing players criticising his then captain Andrew Strauss.

In the squad: Kevin Pietersen is in the England squad for the tour of India

In the squad: Kevin Pietersen is in the England squad for the tour of India

The 32-year-old apologised for sending the messages earlier this month and signed a new ECB central contract after agreeing to enter a 'reintegration' process with the team.

Having now met with team director Andy Flower, new Test captain Alastair Cook and other senior players to discuss the matter, the governing body are now happy to confirm his return.

The ECB's managing director for England cricket, Hugh Morris, said: “We were keen that Kevin should hold a series of face-to-face meetings with team management and senior players before the Test squad departs for the UAE and India next week.

T20 star: Pietersen has been playing for the Daredevils in South Africa

T20 star: Pietersen has been playing for the Daredevils in South Africa

'The meetings were constructive and cordial and all outstanding issues have been resolved.

'All the England players and management are now keen to draw a line under this matter and fully focus on the cricketing challenge that lies ahead in India.'

Reintegration: Pietersen has held peace talks with his England team-mates

Reintegration: Pietersen has held peace talks with his England team-mates

England are due to play four Tests in India in November and December.
Pietersen will be added to a 16-man squad which includes uncapped batsmen Joe Root and Nick Compton.

ECB national selector Geoff Miller said: 'We are pleased to welcome a player of Kevin's proven international calibre back into the Test squad for such an important Test series.

'As we anticipate that Ian Bell will return home for the birth of his first child around the time of the second Test in Mumbai, the team will benefit from having an extra batsman in the squad and all players who were originally selected for the tour will fly out as planned next week.

'Kevin will join up with the squad as soon as his Champions League commitments are complete.'

Having returned to the UK earlier this week, Pietersen has now travelled back to South Africa to resume his Champions League duties with Delhi Daredevils.

KEVIN PIETERSEN TIMELINE

Kevin Pietersen has returned to the England squad after publicly apologising for his controversial behaviour and agreeing a new central contract. Here, Sportsmail recaps what has been a tumultuous summer for Pietersen with, and without, England.

May 23 – Pietersen is fined by the ECB for a Twitter outburst against Sky commentator Nick Knight. The batsman wrote: “Can somebody please tell me how Nick Knight has worked his way into the commentary box for the Tests Ridiculous.”

May 31 – Retires from one-day internationals, with ECB contract rules meaning he must also take his leave of the Twenty20 format. His statement stresses: 'For the record, were the selection criteria not in place, I would have readily played for England in the upcoming ICC World Twenty20.'

July 9 – Admits he still harbours hope of playing limited-overs cricket for England again. Asked if he could eventually reconsider his retirement, Pietersen says “never say never” but adds: “The schedule would have to be a hell of a lot different for me to come back. Wait and see.'

July 13 – Reveals he would “love to play for another three or four years in all forms of cricket” and, asked if talks are in progress with the ECB, intriguingly replies: “I think so.”

August 6 – After scoring 149 in the first innings of the second Test against South Africa, casts doubt on his Test future, claiming “obstacles” must be overcome in order for him to continue beyond the third Test at Lord's and adding: “It's tough being me playing for England.”

August 11 – Pietersen says he 'wants to commit to all forms of cricket for England' in a video posted on YouTube. He adds: 'I've had a change of heart because I love playing cricket for England, I love being part of a successful England team. It would be sad for me to finish with the way things have been running through the media in the last three or four days.'

August 12 – Left out for the third Test against South Africa but insists: “None of this constitutes the end of my career as an international cricketer.”

August 15 – The ECB confirm they have received an apology from Pietersen and an admission he sent “provocative” BBM messages to members of the South African team. Pietersen says: “I truly didn't mean to cause upset or tension, particularly with important games at stake.”

August 21 – Pietersen is left out of England squads for the limited-overs series against South Africa and September's World Twenty20 and team director Andy Flower seeks details of the texts sent to Proteas players.

September 7 – The ECB announce 10 centrally contracted players for the 2012-13 season which does not include Pietersen. The accompanying statement reveals: 'In respect to Kevin Pietersen, discussions are ongoing – and they remain private.'

September 18 – Pietersen is left out of the Test squad to tour India after much speculation about his potential selection. A statement released by his management company reads: 'Kevin Pietersen is naturally disappointed about today's decision, having gone to great lengths to reach a reconciliation with the ECB.'

October 2 – Flower reveals he is expecting a positive resolution 'in the next 36 hours' following extensive talks between Pietersen and the ECB.

October 3 – Pietersen signs a new central contract with a view to rejoining the England set-up for the remainder of 2012. The BBM messages issue is also put to bed with Pietersen apologising to Andrew Strauss for 'the impact the recent controversies have had on the England team'.

October 18 – Added to England's squad for the forthcoming tour of India, after talks described by the ECB as 'constructive and cordial'.