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Euro 2012: Giovanni Trapattoni blasts Roy Keane

Trapattoni blasts Keane: 'Why would an intelligent man suggest dropping all 11 Ireland players'

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UPDATED:

18:25 GMT, 17 June 2012

Giovanni Trapattoni has taken another swipe at Roy Keane after the former Republic of Ireland skipper delivered a second damning assessment of his team.

Ireland head into Monday night's final Group C fixture against Italy with their hopes of reaching the Euro 2012 quarter-finals long gone after comprehensive defeats by Croatia and Spain.

Keane, who struck his first blow in his role as a television pundit after Thursday night's 4-0 drubbing by the reigning champions, was even more withering in his Sunday morning newspaper column, suggesting Trapattoni should make 11 changes for tomorrow's game because the team which played in midweek is not good enough.

Stay out of it: Trapattoni has blasted Keane for his outburst

Stay out of it: Trapattoni has blasted Keane for his outburst

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Trapattoni, who had his own say the following day, returned to the theme this evening when asked about the former Manchester United captain's latest verbal assault.

The 73-year-old said: 'He has been a great player and had great success. I don't know if he achieved the same results as coach or manager.

'I can ask him why I think for intelligent man, I can't understand it.'

Trapattoni them made a remark in Italian which was not translated, but proved to be less than complimentary.

The Ireland boss was clapped into his press conference in Poznan by Italian journalists who revere him, although perhaps not for his own spell in charge of their national side.

And inevitably, minds have returned to Euro 2004 when Denmark and Sweden draw 2-2 to dump the Italians out of the competition amid cries of foul play, and the conspiracy theorists are already in full flow.

Final flourish: The Irish are out after losing their two opening group games

Final flourish: The Irish are out after losing their two opening group games

Final flourish: The Irish are out after losing their two opening group games

Trapattoni said: 'When things like this go on, we are all ready to think that we Italians are masters at making these agreements.

'We are famous – in fact, infamous – for it. Everything is the same in other countries. These things have happened all over the place. Great scars were left by this.

'We need to play our own game and ask for commitment from players for the people who pay our wages and our supporters.

'We have worked well. We will not change our approach because we lost two games. It would undermine our honour.'

Trapattoni has named the same team which started against Croatia, meaning Kevin Doyle will replace Simon Cox, while Damien Duff will take over the captaincy on the occasion of his 100th cap.

Outburst: Keane claimed Ireland should drop all 11 players who faced Spain

Outburst: Keane claimed Ireland should drop all 11 players who faced Spain

The Ireland players will wear black armbands during the game to mark the 18th anniversary of the shootings of six men in Loughinisland, County Down, as the victims watched the national team play Italy at the 1994 World Cup finals in the United States.

Usual skipper Robbie Keane said: 'It's only right that we do wear the armbands in respect of everyone's families to let them know as a team and as a nation, that we are thinking of their families.'

James Anderson in bust-up with Marlon Samuels

Anderson in bust-up with West Indies hero Samuels over sledging row

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UPDATED:

21:37 GMT, 25 May 2012

England fast bowler James Anderson was involved in a sledging row with West Indies centurion Marlon Samuels on day one of the second Test at Trent Bridge.

After his 107 not out had helped the tourists to reach 304 for six, Samuels hit out at the verbal barrage he had endured, saying: ‘Anderson gets frustrated very easily.’

Anderson played down the row as ‘part of the game’.

Row: James Anderson (left) and West Indies Marlon Samuels (right)

Row: James Anderson (left) and West Indies Marlon Samuels (right)

Celtic"s Neil Lennon banned for two matches

New ban for Lennon as SFA hit Celtic boss over League Cup final ref rant

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UPDATED:

00:28 GMT, 20 April 2012

Neil Lennon was spared any further punishment by the SFA following his sending-off at Ibrox last month.

But the Celtic boss was handed a two-game ban relating to comments made about referee Willie Collum following the previous week’s League Cup Final defeat to Kilmarnock.

Read the riot act: Neil Lennon has been given a two-match touchline ban

Read the riot act: Neil Lennon has been given a two-match touchline ban

Lennon appeared before the SFA’s Judicial Panel yesterday to answer a misconduct charge after he was sent off at half-time against Rangers by referee Calum Murray on March 25.

The manager was forced to watch the second half from the Ibrox media room after being advised by his own club’s security staff that it would be unwise to take a seat in the main stand.

However, the Panel ruled yesterday that the ‘half-game’ Lennon was forced to sit out was a strong enough sanction and deemed no further action appropriate.

Sportsmail understands the Parkhead club’s defence centred on alleged inconsistencies between the report filed by Murray and that of fourth official Iain Brines relating to the verbal exchange in the tunnel between the manager and referee at half-time.

Lennon had been angered by what he felt was the soft sending-off of defender Cha Du-Ri.

More trouble: Lennon also confronted referee Euan Norris after the Scottish Cup semi-final against Hearts, which Celtic lost 2-1

More trouble: Lennon also confronted referee Euan Norris after the Scottish Cup semi-final against Hearts, which Celtic lost 2-1

Several members of the Celtic backroom
staff witnessed the subsequent exchange in the tunnel between Lennon and
Murray at close quarters.

Lennon, though, will be absent from the dugout for this Sunday’s game at
Motherwell and the following weekend’s Old Firm derby at Celtic Park
after the Panel handed him a two-game ban in the aftermath of the League
Cup Final defeat to Killie at Hampden.

Lennon described referee Collum’s decision not to award a late penalty to his side as ‘criminal’.

The Parkhead boss will discover next week if he is to be further cited
for confronting referee Euan Norris on the Hampden pitch after last
Sunday’s Scottish Cup semi-final defeat to Hearts and for later
describing recent decisions against his side as ‘personal’.

A Celtic spokesperson said: ‘We are satisfied with the fairness and
spirit of the hearing today and that no appeal will be made against the
findings or sanctions.’

Liverpool lead chase for Hector Herrera

Liverpool closing in on deal for Mexico winger Herrera

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UPDATED:

10:12 GMT, 14 April 2012

Liverpool lead the race to sign Pachuca winger Hector Herrera after it was revealed the Merseyside club have agreed a first-refusal deal for the Mexico international.

Herrera, 22, played a major part in the Under 23's Olympic qualification campaign and and is now excited by thought of playing in the same league as his Mexico team-mate Javier Hernandez.

A Liverpool scout has already met with the midfielder, but herrera concedes no deal has been firmly agreed yet.

Red alert: Herrera (centre) could be heading to Anfield

Red alert: Herrera (centre) could be heading to Anfield

Herrera said: 'I watch games on TV and it will be fabulous to play against Chicharito.

'I was only introduced to him (Liverpool scout), he didn't tell me anything specific.'

Andres Fassi, Pachuca’s executive director, announced that the Merseyside club have priority in signing the midfielder but insisted that no offer is yet to be made.

'We have a sort of deal between the two clubs, in that Liverpool would be the first in line should the player emigrate to Europe,' Fassi revealed.

London calling: Herrera (back) with team-mates after qualifying for Olympics

London calling: Herrera (back) with team-mates after qualifying for Olympics

'There's no formal offer yet, only interest, no verbal agreement or pre-contract. Liverpool's people came to Mexico on a general scouting trip, there's a declared interest in Herrera.

'Their scout was here for four practice sessions and now they want to watch him in the Olympic Games.'

Arsene Wenger to fight UEFA ban

Wenger blast at UEFA as he vows to fight Euro ban for X-rated rant

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UPDATED:

21:38 GMT, 30 March 2012

Arsene Wenger vowed to fight his latest touchline ban and launched a blistering attack on UEFA.

Wenger was suspended from the first three games of next season’s European campaign and fined €40,000 (33,000) as punishment for an X-rated rant at Slovenian referee Damir Skomina after Arsenal’s 3-0 Champions League last- 16 second-leg win over AC Milan.

‘I will appeal,’ fumed Wenger. ‘If you are able to prepare your team it does not change a lot but it is not at all justified and injustice hurts.

Laughing it off: But Arsene Wenger claims his three-match European ban is 'an injustice'

Laughing it off: But Arsene Wenger claims his three-match European ban is 'an injustice'

'I have played 200 games in Europe and suddenly people discover I can be suspended. They have transformed UEFA competition referees to be untouchable icons. You cannot even have a word. The only thing they understand after the game is the (referee’s) report.

ARSENE'S RAP SHEET

CRIME: A rant at Massimo Busacca after last year’s exit to Barcelona.

PUNISHMENT: An ‘unjustified’ one-match touchline ban that, he later learned, meant no communication with his team during the game.

CRIME: Communicating with the bench from the stands in the play-off tie against Udinese last August.

PUNISHMENT: A ‘joke’ further two-match suspension for violating the rules of his ban.

CRIME: Improper conduct charge relating to the last-16 second leg against AC Milan this month. PUNISHMENT: An ‘unjust’ three-match UEFA touchline ban and 33,000 fine.

‘I believe that when you have 25 years consecutively in Europe you can still ask the referee if you can have some discussion with him. It is very difficult to understand.’

This is Wenger’s third touchline ban in little more than a year. He received a one-game suspension after a post-match verbal assault on ex-referee Massimo Busacca when the Gunners crashed out of last season’s Champions League in Barcelona.

A two-match ban followed after UEFA decided he had flouted the rules of the original ban by passing information to the bench during a Champions League play-off against Udinese in August.

The latest punishment is the result of an outburst at Skomina (right) in the Emirates tunnel after his side’s fightback fell short.

‘The first time was not justified and the second time was a joke,’ said Wenger. ‘They told me what to do and afterwards they said, ‘‘No, sorry, that was wrong’’. So, at the moment, I have difficulties with UEFA and I think they have gone overboard if they suspend me.’

Barcelona this week lodged an official complaint to UEFA about the state of AC Milan’s pitch, something which also infuriated Wenger when Arsenal played at the San Siro last month.

On the receiving end: Referee Damir Skomina was the target of Wenger's abuse

On the receiving end: Referee Damir Skomina was the target of Wenger's abuse

‘I didn’t know it was possible,’ he said. ‘The pitch we played on was 10 times worse than it was on Tuesday. I complained to the official at UEFA but he just looks at you and says, ‘‘Oh, thank you very much, I have a dinner tonight’’.’

Milan beat Arsenal 4-3 on aggregate but Wenger believes his team are now fitter, in better form and far more confident.

The Gunners go to Queens Park Rangers on Saturday seeking an eighth successive Premier League win for the first time since the Invincibles’ year of 2004.

Will he stay or will he go: Arsenal want Robin van Persie to sign a new deal

Will he stay or will he go: Arsenal want Robin van Persie to sign a new deal

They are determined to finish in the top three to secure automatic qualification for the Champions League and to provide clout in the transfer market and to tempt Robin van Persie and Theo Walcott — out of contract next year — to sign new deals.

Wenger said: ‘What is important is to finish in a Champions League position to keep our players, then as well to have the confidence to start well again next season.

‘We have a big squad and will not need many players. We want to keep our best players and get them fit for next season.

‘These players want to win things and they want to be in a team that has a chance. Our end of season will help me convince them that it can be here.’

Arsenal probe racism claim that fan abused Cheick Tiote

Arsenal race probe after TV shows fan hurling alleged abuse directed at Newcastle's Tiote

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UPDATED:

22:40 GMT, 13 March 2012

Arsenal have opened an internal investigation into an alleged incident of racist abuse from a supporter during their 2-1 win over Newcastle on Monday night.

Television footage captured a fan hurling what are thought to be racist remarks at a Newcastle player, claimed to be midfielder Cheick Tiote.

The north London club will seek to ban the spectator and hand him into the police, if he is proved to be guilty of the slur.

Incident: Chieck Tiote (right) reportedly suffered verbal abuse

Incident: Chieck Tiote (right) reportedly suffered verbal abuse

The Arsenal hierarchy were yesterday attempting to identify the accused supporter. The Gunners could yet find themselves in hot water after Monday night’s last-gasp win.

FA disciplinary chiefs were deciding whether to investigate the incident between Robin van Persie and Tim Krul and both clubs could be faced with failing to control their players.

Incident: Robin van Persie and Tim Krul clash

Incident: Robin van Persie and Tim Krul clash

Meanwhile, Theo Walcott, so often used as a winger for Arsenal, believes he can cut it as a central striker.

‘In the future I would like to play up front with Robin van Persie, that would be fantastic,’ Walcott said. ‘I’m still only 22 — 23 on Friday — so there is still a lot to come from me.’

Wigan in talks with Alieu Darbo

Wigan edge closer to deal for Gambia international Darbo

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UPDATED:

23:31 GMT, 13 March 2012

Wigan are in talks over a deal for Gambia Under 20 winger Alieu Darbo.

The Swedish-born free agent, 19, who has also had a spell training with Sunderland, hopes to sign once he has shaken off a knee injury.

Darbo was released from his contract at Le Mans in January.

He said: 'I have a verbal agreement with Wigan.'

New recruits: Martinez could be adding to his squad

New recruits: Martinez could be adding to his squad

John Terry must defend himself in courtroom

A steely defence… but now Terry must make his case in courtroom


Predictable: John Terry ignored the abuse hurled at him

Predictable: John Terry ignored the abuse hurled at him

That John Terry led Chelsea unflinchingly into the last 16 of the FA Cup despite the refusal of Queens Park Rangers players to shake his hand was as predictable as the verbal abuse which rained down upon him from the steep stands at Loftus Road.

Andre Villas-Boas has come to expect nothing less and has no intention of taking his captain out of the firing line tomorrow, when Chelsea play at Swansea, hours before his court case opens.

Terry denies a charge of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand during a game at Loftus Road in October but is not expected to appear at West London Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday. The case is expected to be opened and quickly adjourned until a later date.

Villas-Boas said: ‘With off-field events, we have not stopped using John and his level of performance has not been affected.

‘If that continues to be the case we will continue to do it.

‘Eventually, if it is important for justice to give him time off, we will do it. Not on the sense of what it does for the team. He is a player who has been through various situations and difficult atmospheres.

‘He showed that this was just another game for him and he was just interested in football. He had an extremely good performance.’

Cope: Anton Ferdinand also coped well with the pressure

Cope: Anton Ferdinand also coped well with the pressure

Ferdinand also coped, despite death
threats in the build-up to the fourth-round FA Cup-tie. He was praised
for his efforts by manager Mark Hughes, who banned his players from
speaking to the media, after Chelsea's 1-0 victory, in an attempt to
prevent the grudge being fuelled.

Rangers
were fuming at the penalty which cost them the game, when Daniel
Sturridge crumpled to the turf beneath an innocuous challenge from
defender Clint Hill.

Referee Mike Dean pointed to the spot but even Villas-Boas was unable to agree, preferring instead to suggest the luck had evened out from the Premier League game in October, when his team had two men sent off and lost to a penalty.

Earlier, Dean had informed the two captains of the FA’s decision to abandon their routine parade of goodwill, originally adopted as part of the Respect campaign, because Rangers players did not want to shake hands with Terry.

Only captain Joey Barton shook hands with Terry at the coin toss and after the final whistle.

Deny: Terry denies the charge levelled against him

Deny: Terry denies the charge levelled against him

‘I think it was a wise decision in the end,’ said Villas-Boas, who added that it was up to the Premier League whether the teams shake hands when they meet again in April at Stamford Bridge.

Amid the distraction of Ferdinand, Terry and the handshakes, the Chelsea manager took quiet satisfaction from a defence that is suddenly far less vulnerable.

Villas-Boas has tightened up the team since the turn of the year, albeit at the expense of the flair and adventure the Portuguese manager promised upon his arrival. The win at QPR was a fourth successive clean sheet for a Chelsea team who shut out their opponents only five times in 23 previous league games.

Terry has found strength from his
personal issues, talk of high defensive lines has ceased and David Luiz
appears to have controlled his suicidal tendencies just in time to keep
Gary Cahill waiting for a debut.

Villas-Boas said: ‘Our defence recently
has improved a lot, since the Aston Villa game (a 3-1 defeat on New
Year’s Eve). We don’t suffer so much. We showed good, solid organisation
because, individually, the players stepped up a level.

OK: Andre Villas-Boas thinks Chelsea can cope without the injured Ramires

OK: Andre Villas-Boas thinks Chelsea can cope without the injured Ramires

‘John Terry and David Luiz have been outstanding recently. What I wanted was to keep the relationship. It’s not that I don’t trust the other partnerships but we decided there was no reason for a change.’

Villas-Boas will be without Ramires for around four weeks after the Brazilian injured medial knee ligaments, making him a doubt for the away leg of Chelsea’s last-16 Champions League tie at Napoli.

Frank Lampard is unlikely to be back from a calf injury in time for tomorrow’s game at Swansea and John Mikel Obi is two weeks from a comeback after a hamstring injury, but the latest blow will not prompt a panic buy.

‘We have enough numbers to cope,’ said Villas-Boas. ‘If we add Flo (Malouda) to the midfield options then we have six without Ramires. That’s enough.’

Ramires said: ‘The doctors said the medial ligament in my knee was stretched but not broken, but I will have a more detailed examination.’

Diego Maradona fined by UAE FA for verbal attack

Maradona in hot water with UAE FA after launching verbal attack on rival coach

Diego Maradona has been fined 9,000 dirham (around 1,600) by the UAE’s FA for verbally abusing rival coach Cosmin Olaroiu.

Maradona, who coaches Al Wasl, has been feuding with the Al Ain coach since last month, when the Argentine said that Olaroiu and his staff celebrated a goal in an unprofessional manner.

Olaroiu told reporters Maradona’s criticisms came from someone ‘who doesn’t have a clear mind,’ a reference to Maradona’s history of drug and alcohol abuse.

In the dock: Diego Maradona was fined for abusing Cosmin Olaroiu

In the dock: Diego Maradona was fined for abusing Cosmin Olaroiu

Luis Suarez impresses Kenny Dalglish after star performance in win over Aston Villa

Dalglish hails Suarez strength after he puts row behind him to star at Villa

Kenny Dalglish praised the performance of Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, who put his off the field issues behind him to inspire his side to a 2-0 win at Aston Villa.

Suarez”s build-up to the game was affected with an FA hearing into allegations he racially abused Manchester United defender Patrice Evra hanging over him.

However, the Uruguayan striker showed no ill-effects and was in irresistible form against Villa, with the woodwork twice denying him a goal.

King Luis: Suarez was on top form against Aston VillaKing Luis: Suarez was on top form against Aston Villa

King Luis: Suarez was on top form against Aston Villa

Dalglish said: “Suarez has been sat in a hotel room for three days. He only trained on Tuesday and Friday.

“Then he put in a performance like that. It speaks volumes for the man.”
As regards the FA hearing, Dalglish said: “We can”t comment on that. It”s not my choice. We”d love to comment.

“I”m afraid we wouldn”t like to prejudice anything. We”ve been respectful all the way through and I don”t think at this stage we”d want to be accused of losing that respect.”

Dalglish also shrugged off the verbal abuse aimed by Villa fans towards winger Stewart Downing after his 20million summer move to Anfield.

The Scot said: “You must lead a sheltered life if you think that (reception) was tough.

Hostile reception: Stewart Downing (right) returned to Villa Park for the first time since leaving for Anfield in the summer

Hostile reception: Stewart Downing (right) returned to Villa Park for the first time since leaving for Anfield in the summer

“It”s sad. It would have been better giving their support to their own players because it wasn”t going to upset Stewart.

“He was excellent, so obviously it worked!”

Dalglish added: “We did have a lot chances in the game. We”re there to try and create them.

“Obviously one day we”re going to finish them off. One day we”re going to do it.

“It never probably seemed as comfortable from the sideline as it was.

Satisfied: But Dalglish felt his side could have won by more than two goals

Satisfied: But Dalglish felt his side could have won by more than two goals

“We”ve got really good spirit in the dressing room and that shows on the pitch.”

Villa boss Alex McLeish admitted his side missed the strike combination of the suspended Gabriel Agbonlahor and Darren Bent, who injured his thigh in training on Tuesday.

McLeish said: “Without doubt we lacked that cutting edge, losing two of our top players.

“It”s the same as any top team. It would be the same with Liverpool if they lost Luis Suarez.

Star man: McLeish also praised the performance of Suarez

Star man: McLeish also praised the performance of Suarez

“It”s difficult. We have youngsters, we are going through a transitional phase, trying to stabilise things a little bit.

“That (no Bent or Agbonlahor) made it tougher for us, but it”s always a challenge.

“Sometimes the determination and the will can overcome the skill, which Liverpool had in abundance.

“But in the end, Liverpool had too much nous and experience and players who can make a difference.”