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England must wise up to referees – Joleon Lescott

England must wise up to referees, claims Lescott after Gerrard sees red

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UPDATED:

22:36 GMT, 12 September 2012

Joleon Lescott says England need to come to terms with different refereeing standards to avoid a repeat of the flurry of yellow and red cards handed out against Ukraine.

Defender Lescott was one of five England players booked by Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir, who also sent off skipper Steven Gerrard for two yellow cards in the World Cup qualifier at Wembley.

Four of the bookings in the 1-1 draw came for leading with the arm in aerial challenges.

Early bath: Steven Gerrard was sent off as England drew with Ukraine

Early bath: Steven Gerrard was sent off as England drew with Ukraine

Lescott said: 'Maybe the bookings give the impression England were a physical team. That was not the case.

'If you look at the challenges and the cards given, they were a bit harsh but it is different to the Premier League.

'We know being as physical is not allowed at international level so we know we need to be patient at times. They let things go in the Premier League.

'It is something players have to get used to, definitely. But most of us have played at international level before so we know what it is about.

'Did we have a bad rub of green with the referee Maybe, but like I said, we know the standard of refereeing is totally different to the Premier League.'

Flurry: Joleon Lescott was among the England players booked against Ukraine

Flurry: Joleon Lescott was among the England players booked against Ukraine

Gerrard's red card means he will miss the home clash with minnows San Marino next month.

Lescott said: 'He was gutted. He showed his determination throughout the game and got man of the match. He is a player who wears his heart on his sleeve.

'On another night, I don't think it is a red card.

'San Marino won't be the toughest game in the group but Steven is not happy to miss any game.'

Despite England's unhappiness at some of the refereeing decisions, Lescott believes the Ukraine performance served as a reminder that qualification for the 2014 finals will not be straightforward.

Tough times: Ukraine gave England a fight as they earned a point at Wembley

Tough times: Ukraine gave England a fight as they earned a point at Wembley

He said: 'Qualification is not always plain sailing. I think if you look at the game we played against them in the Euros, it was our toughest in the group.

'We knew it wasn't going to be easy, they've got good players, and are a good unit, so overall we were pleased with the performance but maybe not the result.

'We created enough chances to score more goals and if that happens, then everyone goes away happy.'

Cristiano Ronaldo happy at Real Madrid – Roberto Carlos

Ronaldo is happy at Real Madrid and Anzhi do not want him, insists Carlos

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UPDATED:

11:13 GMT, 10 September 2012

Former Real Madrid and Brazil star Roberto Carlos has moved to quash speculation linking Cristiano Ronaldo with a move away from the Spanish capital.

Ronaldo recently revealed his unhappiness at Real but he is thought to have resolved his issues with the club and a joint statement is expected on Monday to confirm so.

Unhappy: Ronaldo's future has been the subject of speculation for the last week

Unhappy: Ronaldo's future has been the subject of speculation for the last week

And Carlos, who is currently the sporting director of mega-rich Russian side Anzhi Makhachkhala, believes that Ronaldo is happy in Madrid and will remain at the club.

'Lots of people have asked me whether Anzhi are after Cristiano Ronaldo. I haven’t come here to sign Cristiano, though,' he told Marca.

'Cristiano is happy here. If he doesn’t want to celebrate his goals, then us, the people watching the games will celebrate them for him.

Having fun, Cristiano Ronaldo fools around with Madrid team-mates Fabio Coentrao (left) and Pepe (right) while training with Portugal

Having fun, Cristiano Ronaldo fools around with Madrid team-mates Fabio Coentrao (left) and Pepe (right) while training with Portugal

Having fun, Cristiano Ronaldo fools around with Madrid team-mates Fabio Coentrao (left) and Pepe (right) while training with Portugal

Having fun, Cristiano Ronaldo fools around with Madrid team-mates Fabio Coentrao (left) and Pepe (right) while training with Portugal

'He shouldn’t worry, people like him a lot. Problems can be resolved.'

Carlos, 39, added that Anzhi were not interested in a deal for the Portugal captain. 'We are, however thinking about signing some quality players for next season,' he added.

Speculation: Roanldo's comments last week alerted several clubs

Speculation: Roanldo's comments last week alerted several clubs

Cesc Fabregas staying at Barcelona despite unhappiness at role

Fabregas insists he won't quit Barcelona despite revealing pain at bit-part role

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UPDATED:

08:56 GMT, 7 September 2012

Cesc Fabregas says he wants to end his career at Barcelona despite previously announcing that he was 'unhappy' with his role at the club.

The former Arsenal captain rejoined his boyhood club last summer for 35million but remains second-choice at the heart of Barca's midfield behind Nou Camp legends Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta.

Fabregas got a rare start in Barca's narrow victory over Valencia on Sunday but was hauled off after only 63 minutes, which prompted him to say: 'There's no such thing as a great substitute in the world of football.

National duty: Cesc Fabregas (second left) in training with Spain at Pasaron Stadium in Pontevedra, Galicia

National duty: Cesc Fabregas (second left) in training with Spain at Pasaron Stadium in Pontevedra, Galicia

'I always wish my team-mates well and put a happy face on. If I have to take my unhappy face home then so be it, but I would never let my team-mates or manager see it.'

Fabregas's unhappiness was revealed just days after Cristiano Ronaldo had revealed he too was feeling 'sad' for 'professional reasons' at Barca's great rivals, Real Madrid.

But Fabregas, 25, has moved to defuse his own situation, insisting he has no desire to quit the Catalan giants.

'This whole situation is exaggerated,' he told Catalunya Radio. 'I am happy. I am at the club I wanted to be at for many years. Currently I am very calm.

Midfield riches: Fabregas (left) is struggling to make Barcelona's first team this season

Midfield riches: Fabregas (left) is struggling to make Barcelona's first team this season

'I’m doing my job and working as anyone else to make life difficult for my coach (to leave me out).

'I want to retire at the Camp Nou.'

Fabregas also said he was taking encouragement from the man currently blocking his path to the Barcelona team – playmaker supreme Xavi.

The 32-year-old pass master was tasked with filling the shoes of Pep Guardiola when he first arrived on the scene in the late 1990s, but his patient playing style was not without its critics.

But Xavi has since gone on to lift three Champions League titles with Barca as well as two World Cups and a European Championship with Spain, cementing his place as one of the game's all-time greats.

Learning from the best: Andres Iniesta (second right) and Xavi Hernandez (left) in Spain training

Learning from the best: Andres Iniesta (second right) and Xavi Hernandez (left) in Spain training

Fabregas hopes that he too can overcome a tricky start to life at the Nou Camp before making his mark on the club's history.

'When Guardiola retired it was not easy for Xavi,' Fabregas added. 'People did not understand his game and he was criticised. Now he is one of the best players in the history of Barca.

'People take time to get used to you. With Iniesta it also went something like this.'

Joao Moutinho and Hugo Lloris deals agreed by Tottenham

Incoming! Spurs agree 22m fee for Moutinho and strike deal with Lyon for Lloris

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UPDATED:

12:57 GMT, 31 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Andre Villas-Boas is closing in on dream signing Porto midfielder Joao Moutinho for a club record 22million, and has agreed a deal with Lyon for goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

Tottenham will pick up 10.3m from Hamburg as they decided to sell playmaker Rafael van der Vaart on Friday morning and Moutinho is being targeted to fill the gap.

Moutinho operated under Villas-Boas while the manager was at Porto and it is not expected that his personal terms will cause any problems.

Target: Tottenham have agreed a 22m fee for Joao Moutinho

Target: Tottenham have agreed a 22m fee for Joao Moutinho

Porto had previously demanded 30m for the creative midfielder but according to Goal.com the clubs have settled on this smaller fee.

Spurs have been working frantically on deadline day to the do the deal and the signs are positive.

Villas-Boas has hoped to get Moutinho all summer long and, alongside Mousa Dembele and Gylfi Sigurdsson, will be part of a new look midfield.

Lyon's Lloris meanwhile is another long-term target and the clubs finally reached an accord after Tottenham agreed to restructure the deal and pay more up front.

Despite Spurs' last-minute deals, Villas-Boas has added his name to the growing list of managers who think the transfer window should close before the start of the season.

Although he signed Jan Vertonghen and Sigurdsson before the season started, Villas-Boas has only just been able to integrate Dembele and Emmanuel Adebayor in to his squad after their recent arrivals.

Villas-Boas also had to contend with having an unhappy player at the club's training ground after Modric's move to Real Madrid dragged on to the point where the Croat was forced to train alone so his unhappiness did not affect the rest of the squad.

Top stopper: Hugo Lloris is on his way

Top stopper: Hugo Lloris is on his way

Villas-Boas, like fellow managers Martin Jol and Martin O'Neill, believes the transfer window should shut before the start of the season to allow everyone to have a settled squad by the time the campaign begins.

'The window should finish at the beginning of the season,' Villas-Boas said.

'It's extremely unfair for players, clubs and managers as they prepare for the beginning of the league.

'There has been a conversation about this between the managers in England but abroad, in UEFA Meetings (we have to) propose a closure before the league starts.

'I think it is something that makes sense and let's everyone focus on one direction. It's the same for everyone at the moment but it doesn't mean it's right.'

Edin Dzeko wanted by Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund

Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund set to do battle for departing Dzeko

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UPDATED:

21:58 GMT, 18 April 2012

Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund will battle for Edin Dzeko’s signature as Manchester City prepare to let the Bosnia striker leave this summer.

City are resigned to losing Dzeko after coach Roberto Mancini was made aware of the striker’s unhappiness with being part of a large squad.

On the way back: Edin Dzeko seems set for a return to Germnay

On the way back: Edin Dzeko seems set for a return to Germnay

Target: Dzeko

Target: Dzeko

It is understood Bundesliga leaders
Dortmund and Champions League semi-finalists Bayern are keen to bring
the 26-year-old back to the league where he once played so well for
Wolfsburg.

Bayern have
already made Dzeko aware of their interest and City sources believe that
is his most likely destination if they can match his wages and come up
with the 20million-plus fee the Barclays Premier League club will
demand.

Dortmund, though, will try to get involved if they lose their prolific Poland striker Robert Lewandowski to a big club this summer and know they will have Champions League football to offer if they can close out the Bundesliga title.

Mancini has no desire to lose Dzeko but is aware of the player’s unhappiness. Indeed such have been Dzeko’s poor efforts in training in recent weeks that it will be a surprise if he starts another City game this season.

Mario Balotelli rows with Yaya Toure and Gareth Barry loses it

City meltdown: Balotelli rows with Yaya and Barry blows his top as title bid is rocked

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UPDATED:

08:54 GMT, 12 March 2012

Mario Balotelli had a furious half-time row with Yaya Toure on Sunday as Manchester City lost against Swansea, allowing rivals Manchester United to usurp them at the top of the Barclays Premier League.

The two players had a heated argument in the tunnel, but boss Roberto Mancini claimed he knew nothing of the incident.

'No, I don't know anything about this,' he insisted.

Bluster: Mario Balotelli argued with Yaya Toure at half-time

Bluster: Mario Balotelli argued with Yaya Toure at half-time

Crushed: Manchester City were deflated after Swansea took the lead

Crushed: Manchester City were deflated after Swansea took the lead

He will, however, have known about Gareth Barry's anger at being replaced by Sergio Aguero after just 37 minutes.

The England midfielder left the pitch in obvious fury, muttering something to City assistant manager David Platt.

Barry's unhappiness was vindicated by City's eventual defeat.

Hooked: Roberto Mancini sends on Sergio Aguero

Hooked: Roberto Mancini sends on Sergio Aguero

Fury: Gareth Barry is disgusted with his substitution

Fury: Gareth Barry is disgusted with his substitution

It took an 83rd minute winner from
Swansea substitute Luke Moore to split the teams and it left City in the
unusual position of having lost two games in a row.

On Thursday they will get the chance to make amends for their 1-0 defeat against Sporting Lisbon in the Europa League, before a tricky game against Chelsea in the Premier League.

Mancini said: 'The last four days have been very difficult for me.

Another loss: Mancini needs to get his side back on their feet

Another loss: Mancini needs to get his side back on their feet

'Maybe we were tired at the start. This is normal after seven months of the season, as we are playing three times a week.

'We’ve lost two games in four days and this is a bad moment for us.'

Wakefield 10 Hull KR 22: Michael Dobson injury takes gloss of coach"s first win

Wakefield 10 Hull KR 22: Dobson injury takes gloss of coach's first win

Injury blow: Michael Dobson

Injury blow: Michael Dobson

Craig Sandercock secured his first
win in charge of Hull KR at Wakefield, although it may
have come at some cost.

The Australian, installed at Craven
Park after Justin Morgan's six-year reign ended, suffered a first-round
loss to Leeds last week, but picked up Super League points for the first
time as his men ran in four tries at a filthy Belle Vue.

The long-term effects may be
damaging, though, with key scrum-half Michael Dobson having to miss the
majority of the game with a shoulder injury.

He was strapped in ice at half-time,
watched the second half out of his kit and, with captain Ben Galea and
fellow playmaker Blake Green already long-term absentees, Sandercock
could do without losing Dobson too.

But despite missing his stand-in captain for over 50 minutes, Sandercock will have been pleased to witness his side having just enough to see off Richard Agar's Trinity, condemning them to a first defeat of the season.

Much of the build-up to the game had been centred around the fall-out from Wakefield's opening-day win at Widnes, with a number of their players having complained about the state of their bodies after suffering cuts on the Vikings' 'iPitch', but conditions on normal grass were little better today.

The pitch was only declared safe four hours prior to kick-off and, up until 30 minutes before the start, steel drums with burning wood inside them were scattered around the pitch in a bid to thaw it out, much to the unhappiness of Sandercock.

His mood will have been improved by his side taking a 12-10 lead into the interval, although the fact that all four of the first period's tries came on the back of penalties will not have pleased either coach.

Rovers were the first to capitalise, opening the scoring in the sixth minute when Micky Paea bundled his way over for his first try in the English game.

It took Wakefield some time to form a response but, when it came in the 18th minute, it was an impressive one.

Their first penalty gave them possession, Isaac John slipped through a gap and Richie Mathers' cut-out pass put Ben Cockayne in at the corner.

Cockayne remains a modern-day hero with Hull KR's fans after a highly-successful six-year spell with the club, with his second try of the season coming on his first appearance against his former employers.

Unlike Dobson at the other end, John was unable to convert the try and before too long, Dobson was adding the extras to another four-pointer.

Con Mika was the scorer on this occasion, diving over after Jake Webster got up the highest to claim Dobson's chip kick.

That would be Dobson's last action as he left soon after and within minutes his side had been pegged back.

Cockayne had a try chalked off for a forward pass by Danny Washbrook but, with 31 minutes gone, Tim Smith's reverse pass cut Rovers open and allowed another of their former players, Andy Raleigh, to cruise in, with John successful with the boot.

Wakefield's hopes of turning around the two-point deficit improved seven minutes into the second half when Scott Taylor was sin-binned for holding down Cockayne, although they needed nine of his missing minutes to create a chance and, when they did, Frankie Mariano dropped the ball with the line begging.

Their failure to cash in on their numerical advantage would cost them too as, with 58 minutes gone, Josh Hodgson charged through their line for a third try, with Craig Hall missing the goal.

Wakefield scrambled desperately for a response, but their hopes were ended when Rhys Lovegrove, on the pitch despite concussion, reached out for the line with nine minutes remaining.

Charles N"Zogbia must work harder, says Alex McLeish

Football's fun if you work hard! McLeish blasts back at Villa winger N'Zogbia

Alex McLeish has told Charles N'Zogbia that he will start enjoying his football if he learns to work hard.

N'Zogbia has used Twitter to air his unhappiness just eight months after the Aston Villa manager paid Wigan 9.5million for him.

Back in Toon: Charles N'Zogbia (left) in action against Newcastle

Back in Toon: Charles N'Zogbia (left) in action against Newcastle

But McLeish hit back at the winger,
saying: 'If Charles is not enjoying his football, then he needs to do
something about it on the pitch by consistently playing well.

'It's no coincidence that the best
moments he has had in a Villa shirt have come when he is working hard,
because that’s the best way to get rewards in any line of business.'