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Paolo Di Canio denies having fascist beliefs

I'm no fascist: Sunderland boss Di Canio bows to pressure and denies having right-wing sympathies

PUBLISHED:

15:15 GMT, 3 April 2013

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UPDATED:

16:59 GMT, 3 April 2013

Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio has released a statement denouncing racism and fascism and vowed that he 'respects everyone'.

The Italian's political beliefs and background have come under close scrutiny in the days after his appointment as boss at the Stadium of Light on Sunday night.

The former West Ham, Celtic and Lazio striker had declined to answer questions over whether he was a fascist, but has now moved to draw a line under the matter.

Controversial: Do Canio's appointment has caused uproar among fans and those opposed to fascism

Controversial: Do Canio's appointment has caused uproar among fans and those opposed to fascism

Di Canio said in a statement: 'I have
clearly stated that I do not wish to speak about matters other than
football, however, I have been deeply hurt by the attacks on the
football club.

'This is an historic, proud and
ethical club and to read and hear some of the vicious and personal
accusations is painful. I am an honest man, my values and principles
come from my family and my upbringing.

'I feel that I should not have to
continually justify myself to people who do not understand this, however
I will say one thing only – I am not the man that some people like to
portray.

'I am not political, I do not
affiliate myself to any organisation, I am not a racist and I do not
support the ideology of fascism. I respect everyone.

'I am a football man and this and my family are my focus. Now I will speak only of football.'

Earlier today the Dean of Durham
wrote an open letter to Di Canio calling on the Italian to publicly
renounce fascism or risk being associated with 'toxic far-right
tendencies'.

Denounce fascism: The Dean of Durham has called on Di Canio to distance himself from toxic far-right tendencies

Denounce fascism: The Dean of Durham has called on Di Canio to distance himself from toxic far-right tendencies

Plea: The Dean of Durham has called on Di Canio to distance himself from toxic far-right tendencies

The Very Reverend Michael Sadgrove,
the son of a Jewish war refugee and a Sunderland supporter, said he was
struggling to stay loyal to the club and that he found Di Canio's
'self-confessed fascism deeply troubling'.

In his open letter to Di Canio, the Dean of Durham wrote: 'Your appointment raises very difficult questions. You see, I am the child of a Jewish war refugee who got out of Germany and came to Britain just in time. Some of her family and friends perished in the Nazi death camps. So I find your self-confessed fascism deeply troubling.

'Fascism was nearly the undoing of the world. It cost millions of innocent lives. Mussolini, who you say has been deeply misunderstood, openly colluded with it. You are said to wear a tattoo DUX which speaks for itself. This all adds up to what I find baffling.

'You say that you are not a racist, but it needs great sophistication to understand how fascism and racism are ultimately different. I can promise you that this distinction will be lost on the people of the North East where the British National Party is finding fertile ground in which to sow the seeds of its pernicious and poisonous doctrine.'

Di Canio refused to confirm or deny whether he was a fascist at a news conference yesterday but has previously stated he is 'a fascist but not a racist'.

He has also been pictured giving a fascist salute to Lazio 'ultras' and photographed attending the funeral of a leading Italian fascist.

Di Canio, the former Swindon
manager, has the word 'Dux', the Latin equivalent of 'Duce', tattooed on
his arm – a reference to Il Duce, Benito Mussolini.

Down to work: Di Canio has taken charge of his first training session at Sunderland today

Down to work: Di Canio has taken charge of his first training session at Sunderland today

Down to work: Di Canio took charge of his first training session at Sunderland today

WHAT EXACTLY IS FASCISM

As the last few days have shown, ‘fascism’ is a word that comes with great political baggage but no simple definition.

In general terms, it evokes right-wing and nationalistic values – standing against the liberal ideals of socialism and democracy and promoting instead authoritarian figures who control the state.

Fascism is ingrained in the political make-up of Italy but is muddied by its links to Nazism, and particularly anti-Semitism.

While racism was a central ideology to Nazism, some historians argue Italian fascism is far more ambiguous – it focuses on conflicts of nation and race within any culture rather than defining status by class.

The first ‘fascist’ movement to gain real power was Mussolini’s Blackshirts in Italy in 1922 – before Adolf Hitler took over the term in the build-up to the Second World War.

Where this leaves Di Canio’s politics is anyone’s guess.

He told Italian news agency Ansa in 2005: 'I am a fascist, not a racist.

'I
give the straight arm salute because it is a salute from a “camerata”
to “camerati”,' he said, using the Italian words for members of
Mussolini's fascist movement.

'The salute is aimed at my people. With the straight arm I don't want to incite violence and certainly not racial hatred.'

At a news conference yesterday, Di Canio blasted the furore over his appointment as Sunderland manager as 'ridiculous and pathetic' and warned that he may not speak to media who continue to question him on the subject.

He said: 'My life speaks for me so there is no need to speak any more about this situation because it's ridiculous and pathetic.

'We are in a football club and not in the House of Parliament. I'm not a political person, I will talk about only football.'

His
appointment led to the resignation of the club's vice-chairman David
Miliband, Labour MP for South Shields and former foreign secretary, and
the Durham Miners' Association has asked the club to return a symbolic
banner which is kept at the Stadium of Light if Di Canio remains in his
post.

SO, HOW DO YOU EXPLAIN THIS

Di Canio is yet to explain why he was at the funeral of fascist Paolo Signorelli in 2010, where mourners made the right-arm salute as the body was carried out of the church.

The Sunderland boss was a frequent visitor to Signorelli's home in the final years of his life.

Signorelli, who died aged 76, had been a senior member of the Italian Socialist movement which grew out of the collapse of Benito Mussolini's Fascist party after the Second World War.

Paolo Di Canio

He spent eight years in jail on remand after a bomb was set off killing 85 people at Bologna railway station in 1980.

Although he was initially convicted he
was cleared on appeal because of insufficient evidence. But he was
still found guilty of being part of an 'armed band' and a 'subversion
against democracy'.

Di Canio is understood to have been a frequent visitor to the far-right politician's home in the final years of his life.

Terrorist bombing in Bologna Railway station

'I will not talk about Fascist issue anymore' – Di Canio

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Red Bull told Mark Webber to cut power "more than Sebastian Vettel"

Red Bull told Webber to cut power 'more than Vettel' in Malaysia

By
Malcolm Folley

PUBLISHED:

19:51 GMT, 30 March 2013

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UPDATED:

19:51 GMT, 30 March 2013

Red Bull have admitted that world
champion Sebastian Vettel was not told to cut his engine power to the
same level as Mark Webber at the end of last weekend's Malaysian Grand
Prix.

But the team insist they had not
favoured Vettel above his Australian team-mate or that they were happy
to see the German ignore orders and snatch victory from Webber.

In the aftermath of the furore over
Vettel's behaviour, it was claimed Webber, with the German running
behind him, had been told to turn down his engine setting to ensure he
did not experience a mechanical mishap.

Falling out: Mark Webber (left) and Sebastian Vettel on the podium in Malaysia

Falling out: Mark Webber (left) and Sebastian Vettel on the podium in Malaysia

It was presumed Vettel had received the same instruction on the orders of team principal Christian Horner.

But F1 rights holder Bernie Ecclestone told The Mail on Sunday last week: 'After speaking with Christian, it seems Mark was told to turn down the wick on his engine, but the team didn't tell Sebastian to do the same thing.'

And a Red Bull spokesperson admitted: 'Seb's engine was turned down, but not as much as Mark's due to differing strategies and tyre wear.'

Although Horner told Vettel to stay behind Webber, the German had more horsepower to overtake.

Different instructions: Bernie Ecclestone (inset) says Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber were given different orders

Different instructions: Bernie Ecclestone (inset) says Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber were given different orders

Webber maintained a low profile last week, with no desire to have any contact with Vettel before they meet for the next race in China in 10 days' time, while the German 25-year-old triple world champion was on a charm offensive at Red Bull's HQ in Milton Keynes in midweek to apologise to the workforce for creating worldwide uproar.

Webber's sense of betrayal, after helping to clinch the past three constructors' titles, means he is unlikely to stay with Red Bull when his contract ends this year.

His presence alongside Vettel in the first official media conference in Shanghai a week on Thursday will ensure Red Bull's internecine warfare is the only story in town.

Golden boy: Sebastian Vettel talks with Red Bull principal Christian Horner (right)

Golden boy: Sebastian Vettel talks with Red Bull principal Christian Horner (right)

'It can only be a distraction and energy-sapping,' said a team insider.

Yet, as Ecclestone revealed in this paper last week, Webber would have lost his seat to Lewis Hamilton this season had Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz not offered the Australian first refusal on keeping his drive out of loyalty when the 36-year-old had been talking with Ferrari.

'I wouldn't say that Mark was an out and out, 100 per cent Red Bull guy when he was looking to leave the team,' said Ecclestone. 'If he'd have got the drive with Ferrari, he'd have gone. He was lucky to stay, in my opinion.'

Indeed, Webber is not blameless. In the past, he has shown an unwillingness to toe the line, most recently in Brazil as Vettel clinched his third title.

'There's never been any trust between Webber and Vettel, they're not bosom buddies,' added Ecclestone.

Arsenal fan defends Robin van Persie video of son singing

Any parent who thinks their three-year-old doesn't swear is deluded! Arsenal fan in stunning defence of vile Van Persie video

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UPDATED:

09:19 GMT, 9 November 2012

An Arsenal fan who posted a sickening video of his son singing a vile
chant about Robin van Persie has tried to defend his actions by claiming
'all three-year-olds swear'.

Sefki Suleyman caused uproar after
uploading the video in the aftermath of Arsenal's defeat at
Manchester United on Saturday.

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Shocking: The young Arsenal fan filmed by his dad singing about Robin van Persie

Shocking: The young Arsenal fan filmed by his dad singing about Robin van Persie

Shocking: The young Arsenal fan filmed by his dad singing about Robin van Persie

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The dad films the youngster in his Gunners top and
leads him into a song referring to the Dutch striker's arrest in 2005
after a false allegation of rape was made against him.

In the 38-second
clip, the boy, named as Kye, also calls the Manchester United striker a
c***.

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'I am sorry I took the video,' Suleyman told The Sun. 'I'm really
not a bad dad. I love my boy and I love Arsenal.

'I got caught up in the
emotion of watching a game with him. I shouldn't have had my boy
singing the word 'c***'.

'Having said that, any parent who doesn't think
their three-year-old swears is deluded. They all do. There are people
getting abused and raped in the world, I don't know why there's all this
fuss about me.'

Main man: Van Persie scored against his former club Arsenal in Manchester United's win at the weekend

Main man: Van Persie scored against his former club Arsenal in Manchester United's win at the weekend

Target: Robin van Persie joined Manchester United from Arsenal in a 24million deal this summer

The shocking clip comes after Van Persie joined United
from their fierce rivals in a 24million deal in August.

The 29-year-old
signed a 250,000-a-week deal at Old Trafford and scored against his
former side in a 2-1 win.

It's also emerged that the video
has caused a rift between Suleyman and his wife: 'We're not together at
the moment,' he added.

UCI set to respond to USADA"s Lance Armstrong doping report

UCI set to respond to USADA's damning report which accuses Armstrong of doping

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UPDATED:

15:46 GMT, 21 October 2012

Cycling's world governing body will reveal on Monday whether they endorse the United States Anti-Doping Agency's damning report which accuses Lance Armstrong of systematic doping during his seven Tour de France victories.

In August, Armstrong announced he would no longer fight USADA's charges against him, describing their investigation as a 'witch hunt'.

The agency promptly responded by issuing the American with a lifetime ban and stripping him of his record seven Tour titles.

Shamed: Lance Armstrong, who finds out on Monday whether the USADA's report will be accepted by the UCI, spoke to participants at The Livestrong Challenge Ride in Austin, Texas, on Sunday

Shamed: Lance Armstrong, who finds out on Monday whether the USADA's report will be accepted by the UCI, spoke to participants at The Livestrong Challenge Ride in Austin, Texas, on Sunday

Two weeks ago USADA published a 1,000-page body of evidence which alleged Armstrong and his US Postal Service team had been guilty of 'the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme that sport has ever seen'.

It included testimony from 11 of Armstrong's former team-mates, who were all handed six-month bans.

The UCI had until the end of October to respond to the report, and on Monday president Pat McQuaid will announce whether they accept the findings and thus rubber-stamp Armstrong's punishment, or reject them and take the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The content of USADA's report has left cycling in a beleaguered state as it faces the biggest crisis in its history, even greater than the uproar created by the Festina scandal of 1998.

Should Armstrong, viewed by many as the sport's greatest champion and renowned for his work in fighting cancer, see his punishment confirmed it will be the darkest of days.

Fanbase: University of Texas college football fans sport Livestrong, Armstrong's cancer-fighting charity, t-shirts during their cancer-awareness game

Fanbase: University of Texas college football fans sport Livestrong, Armstrong's cancer-fighting charity, t-shirts during their cancer-awareness game

Banned: Armstrong has been stripped of his seven Tour titles by the USADA, but claims he was the victim of a 'witch hunt'

Banned: Armstrong has been stripped of his seven Tour titles by the USADA, but claims he was the victim of a 'witch hunt'

Armstrong has always protested his innocence, but he has lost support from some of his major sponsors since USADA's report was made public.

Nike, Trek and Anheuser-Busch, brewers of Budweiser, all severed their ties with Armstrong, while fashion brand Oakley are reviewing their position in the wake of the doping scandal which has transcended sport.

Armstrong has also stepped down from his position as chairman of his cancer charity, Livestrong.

He made his first public appearance on Friday at the 15th anniversary celebration of the charity. He said to the 1,700-strong gathering: 'I am truly humbled by your support.

'It's been an interesting couple of weeks. It's been a difficult couple of weeks for me and my family, my friends and this foundation.

'I say, “I've been better, but I've also been worse”.'

In the continuing fall-out from the publication of USADA's report, Dutch bank Rabobank have also withdrawn from the sport after 17 years as a team sponsor.

Support: Cyclists gathered to listen to Armstrong's address at the start of the annual Team Livestrong Challenge in Austin on Sunday

Support: Cyclists gathered to listen to Armstrong's address at the start of the annual Team Livestrong Challenge in Austin on Sunday

London 2012 Olympics taekwondo: Sarah Stevenson going for glory in parent memory

Stevenson seeks taekwondo gold as tribute to parents

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22:15 GMT, 8 August 2012

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Sarah Stevenson lost both her parents within three months last year. Her father Roy died from a brain tumour last July, her mother Diana from cancer in October.

An Olympic gold medal from the women’s -67kg taekwondo event on Friday cannot fill the hole that their passing left in her heart, but it would be a fitting honour to their memory.

The 29-year-old from Doncaster, who took the Olympic oath on behalf of all 10,863 athletes at the Opening Ceremony, will be supported by her husband Steve, also her coach.

Time to shine: Sarah Stevenson will go for taekwondo gold after winning a bronze in Beijing

Time to shine: Sarah Stevenson will go for taekwondo gold after winning a bronze in Beijing

Stevenson takes on America’s Paige McPherson in her opening contest at the ExCeL Arena and is one of the favourites for gold after dropping down a weight.

She was 2011 welterweight world champion and might also have been the +67kg Olympic champion. In Beijing four years ago, her winning kick into the face of her Chinese opponent was not scored, denying her a quarter-final victory and causing uproar.

Honour: Stevenson gives an oath during the Opening Ceremony

Honour: Stevenson gives an oath during the Opening Ceremony

The decision was eventually reversed but Stevenson was affected by the controversy and ended up with a bronze, not the gold she sought.

She will take to the mat in a sport she began as a seven-year-old in spite of her mother’s wishes.

‘I did it because my older brother Simon did it,’ said Stevenson. ‘My mum didn’t want me to fight at first. She didn’t want her little girl fighting.’

Manny Pacquiao loses title on controversial split decision to Tim Bradley

Was this the biggest robbery in boxing history Sport stunned as Pac Man loses title on points

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UPDATED:

22:22 GMT, 10 June 2012

Not even George Clooney and his boys would have dared attempt a movie heist in Sin City as big as the real crime perpetrated under cover of darkness here.

A cool $200million disappeared in the most expensive robbery in boxing history.

While Floyd Mayweather was kicking his heels in a jail cell a few miles down this neon strip, Manny Pacquiao was adjudged to have suffered the defeat which has cost the pair of them that bonanza from their mega-fight which will never now take place.

World champion: Bradley celebrates after defeating Pacquiao to win the WBO welterweight championship

World champion: Bradley celebrates after defeating Pacquiao to win the WBO welterweight championship

In truth, they delayed too long the collision which would have decided who is the world’s best pound-for-pound fighter.

Not only are their skills beginning to wane, ever so slightly, but there was always the danger that something untoward would over-turn the golden apple cart.

So it came to pass in the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday as Tim Bradley was given the benefit of a decision not so much split as severed from reality.

What next The hotly anticipated fight with Mayweather may not happen now

What next The hotly anticipated fight with Mayweather may not happen now

What next The hotly anticipated fight with Mayweather may not happen now

Jeff Powell score card

Pacquiao’s world welterweight title
was pilfered in full view of thousands of fans in the arena and a global
television audience of millions. Behind the distraction of the jeering
uproar which greeted that verdict, the casino strong room was plundered.

However you scored the fight — and I
was more generous to Bradley than many — there was only one winner and
it was not the brave but outclassed American. Pacquiao was often close
to taking the matter out of the judges’ hands. A pity he did not do so
as results like this hurt boxing.

Promoter Bob Arum used words like
'unfathomable' and 'shameful'. Amir Khan and Lennox Lewis cried foul, with
the latter describing the scoring as ‘worse than the draw they gave
Evander Holyfield against me’. But it was Holyfield himself who hit the
spot: ‘Manny was the world champion and Bradley did nothing like enough
to take it from him.’

Holyfield had the PacMan ‘half a
dozen rounds ahead’, while Pacquiao and his Hall of Fame trainer Freddie
Roach believe they were eight points clear.

On a hope and a prayer: Pacquiao has recently devoted his life to religion

On a hope and a prayer: Pacquiao has recently devoted his life to religion

On a hope and a prayer: Pacquiao has recently devoted his life to religion

All queried the eyesight of the two
judges, Duane Ford and CJ Ross, who gave it to Bradley 115-113. They
even thought that the one who favoured Pacquiao by the same margin,
Jerry Roth, was somewhat myopic.

For the record, I also scored it to
Pacquiao by two but from a position where he had the fight comfortably
won and could afford to drop a few of the later rounds.

Controversy: Many spectators believed Pacquiao won the majority of the rounds and should have retained his belt

Controversy: Many spectators believed Pacquiao won the majority of the rounds and should have retained his belt

Controversy: Many spectators believed Pacquiao won the majority of the rounds and should have retained his belt

The collateral damage to the hard old
game was limited by the dignified reaction of the combatants. Pacquiao,
always the gentleman, set his disappointment aside to congratulate
Bradley, saying: ‘You will be a great champion.’

He added: ‘Whatever we think of the result, we have to respect the decision. That’s boxing.’
Bradley had no hesitation in confirming he would abide by the rematch clause in the contract, saying:

‘Manny is a great fighter. I have to
give him the chance to win back his title. He has great punching power
and I have to be honest and admit he hurt me a few times.’

Belt up: Bradley and Pacquiao share an embrace after the result was announced

Belt up: Bradley and Pacquiao share an embrace after the result was announced

Belt up: Bradley and Pacquiao share an embrace after the result was announced

Hurt him so badly, in fact, that
during the second round he staggered under the barrage, twisting his
left ankle so badly he needed a wheelchair to take him to hospital after
the post-fight media conference.

The dispute is tough on Bradley, now
the undefeated world welterweight as well as light-welterweight
champion. Before the fight he brandished a giant mock-up ticket for the
rematch which would be required of him if he won. The date printed on it
is November 10, with the MGM Grand again the venue. However Arum, who
was critical of the selection of all-local judges by the Nevada State
Athletic Commission, may move the bout away from Las Vegas.

Disbelief: Pacquiao's hordes of fans in Marikina City, east of Manila cannot believe the result

Disbelief: Pacquiao's hordes of fans in Marikina City, east of Manila, cannot believe the result

Disbelief: Pacquiao's hordes of fans in Marikina City, east of Manila cannot believe the result

Pacquiao said: ‘Wherever we do it I will have to be sure to finish it before it goes the full 12 rounds.’
Ironically, it was here that Pacquiao was accused of robbing Juan Manuel
Marquez in the third fight of their trilogy late last year. Roach
pondered ‘whether that preyed on the minds of the judges this time’.

They were not helped, either, by
Pacquiao’s tendency to coast through the first minute of several rounds
before opening up. Judges are not always swayed by an eye-catching
flurry near the end of a stanza.

Although in the case of the two who
voted for Bradley there is no telling what they thought they saw. It was
a different fight from the rest of us, the one in which Pacquiao
frequently pounded Bradley with combinations.

As for Mayweather, he will be out of
prison well before the rematch but confined to the role of spectator.
The safe door is hanging open and the contents gone, with no prospect of
finding enough money to satisfy the demands of himself and Pacquiao.

Those two judges may never be forgiven — but they knew not what they did.

Wolves fans seem to have an over-blown sense of entitlement – The Midlander

Wolves fans seem to have an over-blown sense of entitlement

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UPDATED:

12:05 GMT, 13 April 2012

Reluctant as I am to pen a few words of criticism of any supporters of Midlands' teams, I cannot let the events of Wednesday evening pass without passing comment.

For those of you who weren't at Molineux, caretaker boss Terry Connor was given the bird in fairly spectacular fashion with less than ten minutes of the match played against Arsenal.

Chants of 'You don't know what you are doing' and 'That's why we're going down' greeted his substitution of young midfielder David Davis.

Flashpoint: David Davis' substitution caused uproar among Wolves fans

Flashpoint: David Davis' substitution caused uproar among Wolves fans

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'Ninety-nine per cent of the crowd would not have known David,' he said, (believe me through gritted teeth) 'it was me who gave him a chance. I must admit I didn’t really appreciate that.'

The substitution was Connor's reaction to events that had unfolded a few seconds earlier when Sebastien Bassong was dismissed for the foul on Theo Walcott that led to Robin Van Persie's penalty.

To my mind, the reaction was grossly unfair. On pretty much whichever level you care to name.

Just put yourself in Connor's position for a moment.

One-nil down to a team of Arsenal's quality inside ten minutes with ten men. It goes without saying that something has to be done, but what

The caretaker had little option but to shore up his defence – such as it is at the moment – in an attempt to try and keep his side in the game.

Has there been a precedent

Well, the only one that springs to mind – and it is not an exact replication – is when Birmingham City's Martin Taylor was sent-off against Arsenal for the challenge which left Eduardo's leg hanging at a horrible angle four years ago.

Stuart Parnaby was brought on by boss Alex McLeish for Mikael Forssell shortly afterwards.

There were no howls of discontent from
the St Andrew's crowd that day. I think they could see what was going
on. And, like Wolves, Birmingham were on their way to the Championship
that season.

Turning point: Sebastien Bassong was sent off after fouling Theo Walcott

Turning point: Sebastien Bassong was sent off after fouling Theo Walcott

Turning point: Sebastien Bassong was sent off after fouling Theo Walcott

Let's face it, what was Connor to do with the hand he had been dealt This is, after all, a defence which has conceded around three goals per game since he took sole charge.

Connor himself was understandably angry. It's never a good option for a manager to go toe-to-toe with supporters.

It's a one-way ticket to the exit because at some stage, the supporters will be proved right.

But was he meant to use Richard Stearman as a lone centre-half against the combined strength of an Arsenal team that is hitting its' straps at the end of a campaign, rather than at the beginning Apart from calling Roger Johnson from the bench, he didn't really have any options.

Should he have thrown Steven Fletcher into the mix Sylvan Ebanks-Blake Or toss Anthony Forde into the eye of the storm.

Protest: Wolves fans are unhappy with the way the club is being run

Protest: Wolves fans are unhappy with the way the club is being run

I will accept that it has been painful watching Wolves' descent.

But
it's been no more so than watching Leicester City, (2003-04) Birmingham
City (2005-06) or the one that beats them all, Derby County. (2007-08).

And while those supporters didn't exactly accept it with good grace – this is professional sport, after all – I do not remember any of those relegations being met with quite the same vitriol.

I have to say I didn't agree with the reaction of Wolves' fans to Karl Henry's substitution against Newcastle earlier this season.

I understood why Mick McCarthy came under criticism but didn't agree with his sacking, either.

Heading down: Wolves' Matt Jarvis

Heading down: Wolves' Matt Jarvis

But I don't for the life of me understand why owner Steve Morgan and chief executive Jez Moxey are bearing the brunt now.

It's almost like trying to appease a grumpy spoiled child with a toy.

No matter what you offer up, objects are hurled out of the play-pen back at you. No matter what the club does, Wolves' fans are just lashing out.

I've had numerous conversations with my peers over this.

Does it stem from a over-blown sense of entitlement

The very glory that made the club such a force during the 1950s still hanging like a millstone around its' neck.

Shadows of Wright, Flowers and the rest which still colour supporters' views. It's a wonderful heritage. But that's all it is. Sepia-tinted memories of a bygone age.

I still believe Wolves has all the ingredients to be a major force in English football; they just don't have them to hand at the moment and creating an atmosphere of such bile isn't healthy. Let's hope it disappears with the season.

For any permanent manager to work next season with such impatience in the air makes a tough job even more difficult.

And surely, that's in no-one's interest.

David Moyes blasts officials after Arsenal game

Moyes blasts officials over disallowed goal as Everton almost derail Arsenal

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David Moyes launched a scathing attack on blundering official John Flynn after seeing a gallant Everton fightback narrowly fail to stall Arsenal's march towards a Champions League place.

Flynn caused uproar at Old Trafford earlier this season after persuading referee Mike Jones to change his mind and award Newcastle a penalty for a challenge by Rio Ferdinand on Hatem Ben Arfa that replays showed to be a clean tackle.

He was at the centre of controversy once more, at Goodison Park, after incorrectly raising his flag as Royston Drenthe fired what would have been an equaliser past Wojciech Szczesny and infuriating Everton with several other offside rulings.

Controversy: Royston Drenthe had a goal disallowed

Controversy: Royston Drenthe had a goal disallowed

Struggling to contain his anger, Everton manager Moyes said: 'I would not sit in front of you all and say this if I wasn't sure, but I have checked, and I can tell you that on five occasions the flag went up for offside when it was actually onside.

'That's five decisions that were wrong, and that includes the one against Drenthe, who scored a perfectly good goal.

'We have had a raw deal of it tonight. When you have five situations where you are onside and all five are flagged offside, it is really, really poor. One maybe, but not all five.

'It was the assistant, not the referee. I don't want to say more and land in trouble, but we have had some really poor decisions in the last few games.

'The players put everything into trying to get something out of the game after going behind early on. They had a right go, but that decision aganst Drenthe has really cost us.'

Fury: David Moyes was enraged by some decisions

Fury: David Moyes was enraged by some decisions

A six-game winning run has lifted Arsenal ahead of Tottenham, after they trailed their North London rivals by 12 points just seven weeks ago.

'A Thomas Vermaelen header, from Robin Van Persie's eighth-minute corner, was enough to extend their sequence, and Arsene Wenger could not hide his pride at the defensive durability that kept Everton at bay.

'We were hanging on a bit in the second half, and credit to Everton for the way they played during that period,' said the Arsenal manager.

'But that is when we showed resilience and focus and absolute desire to keep our goal intact.

Vital: Thomas Vermaelen grabbed a crucial goal for Arsenal

Vital: Thomas Vermaelen grabbed a crucial goal for Arsenal

'I think you saw a side of us that people do not usually talk about, but it was the only way we were going to get a result tonight.

'We showed we can do that. We did not panic when the pressure was on, and we dealt with all the crosses they could throw at us, which is not usually our strong point.

'The attitude of the team has always been good, even when we had a bad spell a few months ago.

'I always felt we could bounce back if we stayed strong, and that is what happened. Now we have to stay that way until the end of the season, because we don't want all our good work to go to waste.'

Dereck Chisora – David Haye brawl: Nathan Cleverly promises no repeat

Defending light-heavyweight Cleverly vows to avoid any repeat of Haye-Chisora debacle

Nathan Cleverly says he will be the model professional ahead of the defence of his WBO light-heavyweight crown against Tommy Karpency as boxing looks to recover from the damage done to its reputation in Munich.

The press conference brawl between Dereck Chisora and David Haye following the former's defeat to WBC Heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko has seen the sport in the headlines for all the wrong reasons.

Chisora, who was arrested by German police before being released after questioning, also slapped Klitschko ahead of the bout and spat water in the face of his brother Wladimir, and faces a British Boxing Board of Control hearing into his behaviour next month.

Best behaviour: Cleverly has bowed there will be no repeat of events in Munich

Best behaviour: Cleverly has bowed there will be no repeat of events in Munich

Munich police, meanwhile, remain keen to talk to former WBA heavyweight champion Haye over his role in the incident.

The controversy has cast a cloud over Cleverly's final preparations for his meeting with American Karpency at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff on Saturday night.

And the undefeated 25-year-old Welshman says he will continue to conduct himself in a mature, professional fashion ahead of his third title defence.

He said: 'People are going to be looking for people to lead by example. I have a chance to do that, conduct myself in a professional manner as always and leave my talking for inside the ring not outside.

'It can be easy to get dragged into a scuffle, but I am pretty sure that is not going to happen, we will have the utmost respect for each other.

'People will be looking for me to carry the sport in a professional manner, which I intend to do. I will be myself and I am sure it will be professional performance.

'Karpency seems to be a good guy, he is a professional fighter, he seems a nice guy so I don't see a clash of personalities that will cause uproar.'

Cleverly was himself involved in an explosive press conference with Tony Bellew, where the pair squared up when they were due to meet for the WBO belt last May.

Flashpoint: Haye and Chisora's ugly brawl dragged the sport into disrepute

Flashpoint: Haye and Chisora's ugly brawl dragged the sport into disrepute

Flashpoint: Haye and Chisora's ugly brawl dragged the sport into disrepute

But Cleverly said, unlike events in Germany, he and Bellew were in control of their aggression.

He said: 'When you are disciplined it is straightforward (to keep control of your emotions).

'You leave your aggression for the gym and for fight night. Sometimes there is a clash, with me and Bellew we were both unbeaten and we both thought we were the best.

'We said things which wound the other up, and it flew off the handle a little bit, but it was controlled aggression and it did not go over the top.

'It created a lot of hype around the fight. I enjoyed it because it was different and I am sure Tony Bellew enjoyed it at times.'

Cleverly, fighting on Welsh soil for the first time in four years, is the overwhelming favourite to defeat challenger Karpency, who is also a registered psychiatric nurse, and retain his belt.

The American has lost just two of his 24 professional bouts to date, but has faced very few opponents of genuine class.

Confrontation: Cleverly and Bellew nearly came into blows in their press conference last May

Confrontation: Cleverly and Bellew nearly came into blows in their press conference last May

But there is no sign of complacency from the champion, and his father and trainer Vince, as they prepare to face the southpaw.

'I expect an awkward opponent, he is a southpaw which can cause problems because of his stance,' said Cleverly.

'He is a strong guy, he has operated at cruiserweight and he has lost just two of 24 fights.

'He is American and he is coming over to win. I have prepared well and I am looking forward to putting on a world champion performance.'

Celtic 1 Inverness 0: Joe Ledley scores winner

Celtic 1 Inverness 0: Ledley grabs winner as Majstorovic sees red for Hoops

Joe Ledley's first-half goal gave Celtic victory over Inverness at Parkhead and restored their four-point lead over Rangers at the top of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.

The Wales midfielder converted a James Forrest cross after 16 minutes from close range to extend the Hoops' domestic winning run to 17 games. However, most of the drama came after the break.

Celtic defender Daniel Majstorovic, back in the side for the injured Thomas Rogne, was controversially shown a straight red card by referee Steven McLean on the hour mark for a 'last man' challenge on Jonny Hayes, a decision which had the home crowd in uproar.

Winner: Celtic's Joe Ledley (right) scores against Inverness Caledonian Thistle

Winner: Celtic's Joe Ledley (right) scores against Inverness Caledonian Thistle

MATCH FACTS

Celtic: Forster, Matthews, Majstorovic, Kelvin Wilson, Mulgrew, Forrest (Commons 82), Brown, Wanyama, Ledley, Samaras, Hooper (Ki 73).

Subs Not Used: Zaluska, Stokes, Cha, Brozek, McCourt.

Sent Off: Majstorovic (60).

Goals: Ledley 16.

Inverness CT: Esson,Meekings (Piermayr 86), Williams, Gillet, Graeme Shinnie, Ross, Tansey, Foran, Hayes, Sutherland (Tudur Jones 90),Gnakpa.

Subs Not Used: Tuffey, Tokely, Proctor, Morrison, Winnall.

Sent Off: Williams (78).

Booked: Foran, Williams, Graeme Shinnie, Tudur Jones.

Ref: Steven McLean (Scotland).

Their anger dissipated a little when Caley defender Steve Williams was sent packing in the 77th minute for picking up the second of two yellow cards for a foul on Georgios Samaras.

In the end the nervy home support were happy to hear the final whistle although Majstorovic's red card will no doubt be the talking point for a few days. Celtic, with only one change to their line-up, went into the game one point ahead of Rangers following the Light Blues' 4-1 win at Dunfermline earlier in the day.

Ryan Esson returned to the Inverness goal at the expense of Jonathan Tuffey, while Williams, Claude Gnakpa and Shane Sutherland came in for Gregory Tade, Ross Tokely and David Proctor, the latter two starting on the bench along with Tuffey.

Caley had lost 2-0 at home to Celtic in the William Hill Scottish Cup fifth-round last week and once more they had a shaky start.

There were less than two minutes played when Hoops midfielder Victor Wanyama headed a Charlie Mulgrew corner just over the bar and it appeared that the visitors could be in for a long afternoon.

However, three minutes later a fine pass from Gnakpa found Nick Ross in acres of space just outside the Celtic box but the Caley midfielder failed to control the ball instantly and the opportunity was gone.

Caley's chances of a shock win, though, took a severe dent when Celtic forged ahead through Ledley.

Flag bearer: Ledley celebrates his strike against Inverness

Flag bearer: Ledley celebrates his strike against Inverness

Skipper Scott Brown sent the unmarked Forrest free down the right-hand side and his low cross to the back post was tapped in by the Wales international from a yard out.

Five minutes later Mulgrew forced Esson into a fine save just under the bar from a whipped-in free-kick but Celtic made nothing of the corner.

The Hoops fans were in celebratory mode but there were occasional flashes from Terry Butcher's men which suggested they could pose a threat.

In the 29th minute Caley midfielder Greg Tansey sent Hayes racing into the Celtic box with a pass which again cut open the Parkhead rearguard but he was crowded out before he could get his shot away.

Mulgrew came close in the 34th minute when he drilled a 25-yard shot past low past Esson's far post, after the Inverness defence had repelled a Forrest cross from the left.

Off for an early bath: Celtic's Daniel Majstorovic is shown the red card

Off for an early bath: Celtic's Daniel Majstorovic is shown the red card

Esson denied Celtic with three minutes of the first-half remaining when he did well to cut out a dangerous low cross from Forrest who had returned to the right-hand side after a spell on the left.

There was little really to get excited in the second half until, in a moment of drama, Majstorovic was shown a straight red card by referee McLean.

It appeared the Sweden defender, while originally not realising that Hayes was behind him as he watched Mulgrew's sliding pass back go on its way back to Fraser Forster, got a touch on the ball with a recovery tackle at the edge of the box.

The stand side assistant kept his flag down but McLean acted and his decision angered the home support and Lennon, who was spoken to by McLean after appearing to remonstrate with fourth official Charlie Richmond.

Crunch: Inverness Caledonian Thistle's Thomas Piermayr (left) tackles Celtic's Scott Brown

Crunch: Inverness Caledonian Thistle's Thomas Piermayr (left) tackles Celtic's Scott Brown

Ki Sung-yueng replaced Gary Hooper as Celtic reshuffled but the visitors sensed their might be something in the game for them.

The numbers were evened up by McLean when Williams, booked just after the break for a foul on Hooper, was sent off for a second yellow card offence on Samaras.

The complexion of the game changed again but Ross missed a decent chance for Caley when he screwed his angled-drive from 10 yards wide of the target.

At the other end, Samaras finished a mazy run with a low drive which tested Esson but in the end Celtic were happy to see the game out.