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Vincent Kompany "race taunt" to be investigated by Greater Manchester Police

Police to investigate Kompany 'race taunt' after City skipper leads side to derby win

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David Kent

PUBLISHED:

08:02 GMT, 10 April 2013

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UPDATED:

10:58 GMT, 10 April 2013

Police are investigating post-match footage to determine whether Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany was racially abused after his side's win over rivals United.

Greater Manchester Police say they have received no complaints from either club but were made aware of the footage by local newspaper Manchester Evening News.

Kompany was being interviewed with team-mate James Milner by Sky Sports' Geoff Shreeves when a man can be heard shouting in the background.

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Victorious: Police are investigating footage of Vincent Kompany's post-match interview

Victorious: Police are investigating footage of Vincent Kompany's post-match interview

A police statement released on
Tuesday says 'the force will work with both clubs and review any footage
to investigate the incident.'

City had previously closed the gap on
Premier League leaders United to 12 points with victory at Old
Trafford, as goals from Milner and Sergio Aguero sealed their win.

Ugly scenes had marred United's
victory at the Etihad in the corresponding fixture on December 9 when
players of the visiting side, including Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand,
were pelted with coins after Robin van Persie's winning free-kick.

Dominant: Kompany (right) guided his side to another Premier League win at Old Trafford

Dominant: Kompany (right) guided his side to another Premier League win at Old Trafford

Match winner: Sergio Aguero celebrates his brilliant winning goal at Old Trafford

Match winner: Sergio Aguero celebrates his brilliant winning goal at Old Trafford

See moment Vincent Kompany may have been racially abused

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Roberto Mancini praises Vincent Kompany as Manchester City thrash Newcastle

Kompany is key for City: Mancini pleased to have his captain back from injury

By
Simon Stone, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

21:02 GMT, 30 March 2013

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UPDATED:

21:02 GMT, 30 March 2013

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini hailed the influence of captain courageous Vincent Kompany after the Blues romped to their biggest Premier League win since November.

On his first appearance after two months out with a calf problem, Kompany netted City's third in a 4-0 triumph over Newcastle that consolidates their second-placed position in the table.

Little wonder Mancini was so concerned at Kompany being called into World Cup action for Belgium last week, given his obvious importance to the Blues.

Mobbed: Manchester City's players celebrate with Vincent Kompany after he scored his side's third goal against Newcastle

Mobbed: Manchester City's players celebrate with Vincent Kompany after he scored his side's third goal against Newcastle

'Vinnie is important for us,' said Mancini. 'We played without him for 60 days, which was very bad for us, like when we lost Yaya Toure for a month. 'There are some players that are very important and if they don't play for three, four, five games it is a big problem.'

Kompany turned home a Gareth Barry strike at the start of the second half to snuff out any hope of a Newcastle revival after Carlos Tevez – with his seventh in six games – and David Silva had put the hosts in command before half-time.

Yaya Toure increased City's lead before the end and with Sergio Aguero also returning from a knee injury, the Blues will head into their April 8 Manchester derby meeting with United at Old Trafford in confident mood, even if their Premier League title defence is almost over.

'It is impossible we can win the title but it is important to finish the season well,” said Mancini, whose side will discover their FA Cup semi-final opponents on Monday when Chelsea entertain United.

'If we play like this we won't have a problem in the last couple of months of the season.

'We want that second place and to win the FA Cup semi-final.'

Mancini confirmed defender Matija Nastastic had been ruled out by a foot injury sustained on international duty, although the Serbian is not expected to be missing for long.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew admitted his side were second best, a situation that would have been the same even if they had been at full strength.

'I think we might have struggled against that Manchester City side even with my best team,” he said. “Kompany gives them an assurance and a presence at the back that they might have been missing in other games.

Taking the applause: Kompany claps the City fans as he is substituted

Taking the applause: Kompany claps the City fans as he is substituted

Key man: Roberto Mancini is pleased to have Kompany back in the side

Key man: Roberto Mancini is pleased to have Kompany back in the side

'I don't think City are going to win the league and in the first half they had an assurance about them that comes from playing with no pressure.'

The same cannot be said of Newcastle. Whilst Thursday's Europa League quarter-final with Benfica sprinkles some stardust on their season, the spectre of relegation is growing.

The Magpies are now just three points above the drop zone and Pardew accepts they have some scrapping ahead of them if his side are to preserve their top-flight status.

'I don't think we ever thought we were out of it,' said Pardew.

Manchester City players record announcements for Manchester Metrolink

Mind the gap! Mancini and City stars record announcement for Manchester tram service

By
Ian Leonard

PUBLISHED:

09:52 GMT, 13 February 2013

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UPDATED:

13:58 GMT, 13 February 2013

The voices of Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini and three of the team’s players will be heard on a new tram service.

Although Mancini and stars Joe Hart, Vincent Kompany and James Milner are more used to travelling in planes or flash cars, they’ve all recorded announcements for Metrolink’s east Manchester line.

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Voice of reason: Mancini has recorded train announcements for Manchester Metrolink

Voice of reason: Mancini has recorded train announcements for Manchester Metrolink

All change please…

The new Etihad Campus (below) tram stop opened on Monday, providing City fans with a direct link to Manchester city centre.

Etihad Campus, the new stop for Manchester City

Anyone wanting to go and watch United can get off at Old Trafford (below).

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Metrolink

Transport for Greater Manchester, 2013

Their voices will be used on match days
and will be heard for the first time on Sunday, when City entertain
Leeds United in the FA Cup.

As passengers alight near City’s Etihad stadium, Mancini says: 'This is Roberto Mancini from Manchester City. This is the Bury service. The next stop will be the Etihad Campus.'

He makes a similar announcement when the tram travels in opposite direction to Droylsden.

But passengers may struggle to understand the Italian’s thick accent.

City skipper Vincent Kompany also chips in.

'This is your captain speaking,' he says, before announcing the tram’s destination and the name of the Piccadilly stop.

The voices of Hart and Milner will be used for the New Islington and Holt Town stops on the line.

Steve Sayer, Director of Operations for Manchester City, said the new line would improve access for fans to the Etihad.

He
said: 'It’s a nice touch for the fans that some of our star players and
manager will announce on the way to our home stadium to get everyone in
the mood for the match.'

Peter Cushing, Transport for Greater
Manchester’s Metrolink Director, said: 'We are grateful to Roberto, Joe,
Vincent and James for taking time out of their busy schedules to record
these messages.

'We
know that the Etihad Campus stop is going to be a very popular
destination – especially on match days – and we thought this will be an
interesting addition to people’s journeys before and after the game.'

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City slickers: The Manchester tram system has been extended to reach City's Etihad Stadium

City slickers: The Manchester tram system has been extended to reach City's Etihad Stadium

City slickers: The Manchester tram system has been extended to reach City's Etihad Stadium

Taking Hart: The City and England No 1 can also be heard on the Metrolink

Taking Hart: The City and England No 1 can also be heard on the Metrolink

World Darts Championship 2012: Phil Taylor powers into last eight

Taylor powers into last eight after demolition of Thornton at Ally Pally

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23:23 GMT, 23 December 2012

It was third time lucky for Phil Taylor as he got the better of his UK Open and World Grand Prix conqueror Robert Thornton on Sunday night in the World Darts Championship third round.

The 15-time world champion raced to a 4-0 win to book his place in the last eight is the last match before the Christmas break at Ally Pally.

Taylor made a good start to the match with a 12-dart finish and 131 checkout on his way to taking the opening set 3-1.

Powering through: Taylor was at his imperious best on Sunday

Powering through: Taylor was at his imperious best on Sunday

‘The Power’ then won the second set
3-0 before winning a pivotal deciding leg in the third set on Thornton’s
throw to take a three-set lead.

And Taylor checked out 81 to seal the final set as he romped past the UK Open winner and into the last eight.

He told Sky Sports: ‘Robert just seemed to be missing doubles but I’m glad because I can have a good Christmas now.’

Taylor will play Andy Hamilton for a place in the semi-finals after ‘The Hammer’ beat Terry Jenkins in a high-quality encounter.

It was a good start from Jenkins as he capitalised on Hamilton missing a 74 checkout to take the opening set.

Hammer time: Andy Hamilton beat Terry Jenkins

Hammer time: Andy Hamilton beat Terry Jenkins

But ‘The Bull’ missed chances to go
2-0 up and ‘The Hammer’ responded by taking four sets in a row to move
into the quarterfinals.

In Sunday’s second-round action, Dean Winstanley hit a stunning nine-dart finish but still lost 4-2 to Vincent van der Voort.

The Dutchman went 2-0 as he won the first six legs before Winstanley fought back with the perfect leg at 1-1 in the third set.

And Winstanley went on to take the set before winning the fourth set 3-0 to level at 2-2.

But The Dutch Destroyer took control again as he won the next two sets in deciding legs to seal his place in the third round.

Hair we go: Peter Wright sported an intriguing hairstyle

Hair we go: Peter Wright sported an intriguing hairstyle

Winstanley will pocket 15,000 for
his nine-dart finish should nobody else achieve the feat but that will
be scant consolation for ‘Over The Top’ as he will not be returning to
Ally Pally after Christmas.

Van der Voort’s fellow Dutchman Michael van Gerwen was in brilliant form as he came from two sets down to beat Peter Wright 4-2.

Van Gerwen started slow as he lost
the first set 3-1 and the second set 3-2 before steamrollering Wright
with an impressive display.

The Dutchman then won 12 of the next 14 legs and averaged 102.13 to set up a third-round tie with former world No 1 Colin Lloyd.

James Wade also qualified for the last 16 as he saw off a stiff challenge from Steve Beaton 4-2.

Dutch of class: Van Gerwen was in fine form

Dutch of class: Van Gerwen was in fine form

‘The Machine’ wasn’t at his best and
was twice pegged back but came through in six sets to set up a
third-round clash with Van der Voort on Thursday.

At two sets apiece, Wade produced a moment of magic to win the fifth set in a deciding leg as he checked out 130.

And Wade repeated the feat as he won the sixth set in a decider as well with a 120 checkout to seal his progress to the last 16.

Mark Walsh started the day with a 4-2 win over Justin Pipe to set up a third-round clash with Wes Newton.

The next action at Ally Pally will be
on Thursday after the three-day Christmas break when the remaining six
third-round matches take place, including Gary Anderson’s mouth-watering
tie against Raymond van Barneveld.

Roberto Mancini toasts third anniversary

Mancini: Raise a glass to me, I always win! City boss toasts his third anniversary

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23:54 GMT, 21 December 2012

Roberto Mancini celebrated his third anniversary as Manchester City manager on Friday and admitted he has exceeded his own expectations by breaking Sir Alex Ferguson’s grip on English football so quickly.

It is three years since Mancini was unveiled amid what he described as a ‘war’ at City. One Premier League title and an FA Cup triumph later, and the Italian believes the balance of power in Manchester has already changed.

Christmas cheer: Roberto Mancini toast the press with a glass of Champagne during his press conference

Christmas cheer: Roberto Mancini toast the press with a glass of Champagne during his press conference

‘When I arrived here three years ago I
didn’t think that maybe in two years we would win the Premier League
and the FA Cup,’ he said. ‘I thought that it would take maybe four or
five years to win the Premier League because it isn’t easy.

‘We changed things in England, and
Manchester in particular, because for 20 or 30 years United won
everything. We changed this because we worked really well.

‘United’s mentality is stronger than
our mentality at the moment. But as a team our quality is the same level
as theirs, and we showed this in the derby.

Welcome return: Vincent Kompany is close to a comeback

Welcome return: Vincent Kompany is close to a comeback

Back in business: James Milner is in contention to play against Reading

Back in business: James Milner is in contention to play against Reading

‘We need to have respect for them and
for Ferguson. I don’t know if when I’m 70 like him, I can have the same
attitude that he has. But I think if we work well we will be better.’

Apart from one year at Lazio, Mancini
has won a trophy in each of his eight full seasons in management.
Crucially, it is a winning habit he has transmitted to his players, and
one that he is certain will see City retain the title or lift the FA Cup
again.

‘I always win,’ he added. ‘I can’t do
anything about this! We won and I think we can continue to win in the
future. I think that is very important for us, because we started to win
two years ago and every year we won a trophy.

‘We have two targets and I think we
will win (one of them). It will be better if we win the title. Now we
are in second position and we have six points less. It will not be easy
but we have a good chance. I’m confident.’

Centre of attention: Mario Balotelli reports for City training on Friday

Centre of attention: Mario Balotelli reports for City training on Friday

Mancini recalled his stormy opening
press conference in December 2009, overshadowed by a barrage of
questions aimed at former City chief Garry Cook over the sacking of Mark
Hughes.

‘I remember it was a very good press conference!’ said Mancini, laughing. ‘I thought I was in the war!’

These days most of Mancini’s battles
seem to be with Mario Balotelli. The controversial striker dropped his
protest against a 340,000 club fine for breaches of discipline earlier
this week, deciding not to take City to a Premier League tribunal ‘as a
sign of respect for Roberto Mancini, the supporters and the club’,
according to a City statement. But Mancini insisted that, above all,
Balotelli needed to show respect for himself by accepting the
punishment.

‘It’s normal that when someone makes a mistake he should take his responsibilities and Mario did this,’ he said.

Balotelli has been ruled out of
Saturday's game with Reading through illness, but Mancini believes that
he can still have a future at the club.

‘Sure,’ he added. ‘But Mario now needs to deserve this.’

Vincent Kompany only Premier League player to make World XI 2012, as Robin van Persie, Luis Suarez and Wayne Rooney miss out

The best division in the world Probably not! Kompany is only Premier League player to be voted into Team of the Year XI 2012

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UPDATED:

15:47 GMT, 14 December 2012

Is the Premier League really the best league in the world Do we really boast the best teams made up of the greatest footballing talents on the planet On this evidence, we're not even close.

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany was the only player from the English top-flight to be voted into the World XI 2012 by a panel of experts.

The big Belgian centre half partners Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos at the heart of the defence, as the pair are flanked by Barcelona’s Jordi Alba and Bayern Munich’s Philipp Lahm in a water-tight back four.

Lone representative: Vincent Kompany was the only Premier League player to make the final World XI of 2012

Lone representative: Vincent Kompany was the only Premier League player to make the final World XI of 2012

Waiting in the wings: Jordi Alba

Waiting in the wings: Philipp Lahm

Waiting in the wings: Philipp Lahm of Bayern Munich (right) and Jordi Alba (left) would play at full back

Water-tight: Sergio Ramos completes the back four, partnering Kompany at in the middle

Water-tight: Sergio Ramos completes the back four, partnering Kompany at in the middle

THE FULL WORLD XI 2012

Goalkeeper: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid, Spain)

Defenders: Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich, Germany), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid, Spain), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City, Belgium), Jordi Alba (Barcelona, Spain)

Midfielders: Andres Iniesta (Barcelona, Spain), Xavi (Barcelona, Spain), Andrea Pirlo (Juventus, Italy)

Forwards: Radamel Falcao (Atletico Madrid, Colombia), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid, Portugal), Lionel Messi (Barcelona, Argentina)

The World XI was voted for by a panel of experts at worldsoccer.com

The back four would – hypothetically, of course – deputise in front of Real Madrid and Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas.

Kompany’s team-mates David Silva and Yaya Toure may have been disappointed to hear that they missed out on a place in the midfield.

But they could have little complaint with the trio the experts voted in in their place. Diminutive Barcelona maestros Xavi and Iniesta partner Italian playmaker Andrea Pirlo in the middle.

This classy midfield would surely be prone to a rapid counter attack – should the opposition ever get the ball off them – but the three experienced playmakers are among the best passers in the game.

No one can argue with the front three though – not even Premier League marksmen Robin van Persie or Wayne Rooney.

Barca boys: Andres Iniesta

Barca boys: Xavi

Barca boys: Xavi (right) and Barcelona team-mate Andres Iniesta (left) play in midfield

Maestro: Andrea Pirlo (right) partners the Barcelona duo

Maestro: Andrea Pirlo (right) partners the Barcelona duo

Lionel Messi, Radamel Falcao and Cristiano Ronaldo make up the fearsome front line. Between the three of them they have scored 52 league goals already this season.

Messi alone has scored 23 of those in just 15 games, and the Argentine netted a brace in midweek to take his goal tally in 2012 to a record 88 goals.

Falcao, who has been targeted by Chelsea and Manchester City has been a revelation during his time at Atletico Madrid. Perhaps his performance of the season came when he demolished Chelsea in the final of the Super Cup with an expertly taken hat-trick.

Ronaldo has gone from strength to strength since leaving Manchester United for a record 82million for Real Madrid in 2009. The Portugal captain has seen his side struggle somewhat in the league this season, although he's still managed to notch up 13 goals in La Liga before hailing in the New Year.

The panel of over 100 journalists and experts at worldsoccer.com only gave United striker Rooney a solitary vote – the same as his City rival Sergio Aguero.

Obvious Lionel Messi was unsurprisingly voted into the team

Obvious Lionel Messi was unsurprisingly voted into the team

Another one: Radamel Falcao joins Messi in the line-up over the likes of Robin van Persie

Another one: Radamel Falcao joins Messi in the line-up over the likes of Robin van Persie

Sitting pretty: Ronaldo leads the line in a team dominated by La Liga players

Sitting pretty: Ronaldo leads the line in a team dominated by La Liga players

Van Persie and Tottenham winger Gareth Bale got a little closer to the final XI. The Dutchman, whose derby-winning free-kick against City on Sunday was his 10th goal of the campaign, received 18 votes, and Bale racked up nine votes to make it into the midfield.

The closest Premier League goalkeeper to usurping Casillas between the sticks was Chelsea's Petr Cech with 15 votes. City stopper Joe Hart only managed two.

Luis Suarez was overlooked by each and every member of the panel, and didn't receive a single vote on the day former director of football at Liverpool, Damien Comolli, declared him as one of the best players in the world.

Another notable absence was Sweden and Paris Saint-Germain's brooding striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who only received 20 votes to be part of the front three alongside Messi and Ronaldo.

He scored one of the goals of the year when he leapt off the ground to score a propeller kick against England last month.

Brazilian sensation Neymar also missed out on the squad. The 20-year-old Santos striker would have been the only player in the squad who plays outside Europe.

Bizarrely, Suarez's team-mate Glenn Johnson received a single vote in the awards conducted by the prestigious football site to depose Lahm at right back.

The Premier League only had one representative in Kompany, but La Liga dominated the squad. Eight of the XI played in La Liga, and seven of those for Barcelona or Real Madrid.

Is the English top-flight the most exciting and competitive league in the world Maybe. Does it have the best players On this evidence, it's an overwhelming no.

Just the one United striker Wayne Rooney only got one vote

Just the one United striker Wayne Rooney only got one vote

Sorry Luis! Suarez didn't receive a single vote from the panel

Sorry Luis! Suarez didn't receive a single vote from the panel

Vincent Kompany returns to Manchester City training

EXCLUSIVE: Kompany back in training as Manchester City captain targets Toon clash

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UPDATED:

12:39 GMT, 13 December 2012

Manchester City have been handed a huge boost with the return to training of Vincent Kompany.

The City captain limped off early with a hamstring problem in last weekend's derby defeat to Manchester United and was ruled out of Saturday's trip to Newcastle in the Barclays Premier League.

However, the Belgian is desperate to play and asked manager Roberto Mancini if he could to some training on Thursday.

Concern: Vincent Kompany limped out of the derby with a hamstring problem

Concern: Vincent Kompany limped out of the derby with a hamstring problem

Kompany trained on his own away from the main group of players and will see how his injury responds before making a decision on whether to train properly on Friday.

Mancini still rates Kompany as 'very doubtful' for Saturday's game at St James' Park but hopes his skipper will miss just one game at the most.

Meanwhile, City defender Micah Richards hopes to be back playing by early February after knee surgery in October.

The 24-year-old tore the meniscus in his right knee but is gradually making progress in his rehabilitation.

On the mend: Micah Richards (No 2) hopes to be playing again in February

On the mend: Micah Richards (No 2) hopes to be playing again in February

'I am not putting a date on when I will be back because these things are never exact but I am hoping it will be in early February,' he told City's website.

'There is still not too much I can do but I am now on one crutch instead of two so that is progress.

'Of course it is frustrating and there is nothing more I would like than to be out there playing but I am being well looked after, the injury is responding and the knee getting stronger every day.

'I am busy try to build the muscle up and I am doing some weights.'

PFA Community Champions: Revealed you club"s charity king… Rio Ferdinand, Vincent Kompany, Frank Lampard (and Burton"s Webster) are…

Forget the coin-throwing and racist chanting… Revealed: Rio, Kompany, Lamps (and Burton Albion's Webster) are football's charity champions – club-by-club guide

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13:20 GMT, 13 December 2012

What has Burton left-back Aaron Webster got in common with Rio Ferdinand, Jermain Defoe and Vincent Kompany

Apart from being professional footballers, not much on the surface, but Sportsmail has discovered they are all Community Champions – and should be applauded for their efforts.

It has been a depressing time for
football recently. Vicious chanting, coin-throwing and yet more accusations of racism
are damaging the reputation of the game on an almost daily basis.

City's champ: Vincent Kompany shows the Barclays Premier League trophy to young patient Katie at Royal Manchester Childrens Hospital yesterday (Twitter)

City's champ: Vincent Kompany shows the Barclays Premier League trophy to young patient Katie at Royal Manchester Childrens Hospital yesterday

Frank Lampard

Frank Lampard

Jermain Defoe

Jermain Defoe

Rio Ferdinand

Rio Ferdinand


Burton's best: Albion's Aaron Webster (second from left) joins his team-mates celebrating the 2006 FA Cup fourth-round draw

Burton's best: Albion's Aaron Webster (second from left) joins his team-mates celebrating the 2006 FA Cup fourth-round draw which would have pitted them against Wolves had they beaten Manchester United in a replay

But it is too easy to forget that football can be a powerful
force for good, too.

Every year, the Professional Footballers Association ask
clubs to pick their Community Champions for the season — the single player who
has devoted the most time to charity work and gone way beyond the call of duty.

This list is a timely reminder that football is not
rotten to the core.

Each of the 92 clubs in the English football league were
asked by the PFA to nominate the player who had made an outstanding
contribution to community work over the season 2011/12.

The list of names was published in the December issue of
‘4 the player’, the PFA’s magazine that is sent to every club and player in the
football league.

The range in names is striking. Some of the biggest names
in football and experienced internationals like Ferdinand, Defoe, Kompany and Frank Lampard appear alongside teenagers Archie Love and Mauro Vilhete at
Burnley and Barnet respectively as well as Burton's Webster.

PFA Head of Community, John Hudson said: 'Players at all clubs are instrumental to enhancing the work of their community departments to effect positive change in our society.

'Although much of this goes unnoticed and more sensationalist incidents provide media attention their social responsibilities are key to inspiring many individuals in key areas such as health, education, social inclusion and equalities.

'All 92 clubs provide the PFA with their own Community Champions along with other ambassadorial support from the first team squads through to their young Professionals.

'With over 37,000 Community player appearance last season it really does highlight that all is not bad!'

Phil Neville

Charlie Adam then of Liverpool

Top men: Phil Neville (left) is Everton's community king, while Charlie Adam, now at Stoke, was the Kop idol during his time at Anfield

Whether through high-profile national programmes, or a
commitment to making a difference on a local level, these are the players who
have made the biggest difference.

Chelsea’s Lampard has undertaken an enormous amount
of charity work this year, including helping the Teenage Cancer Trust, Help for
Heroes, Sport Relief and even making a radio appearance to help secure two
14,000 bids for a Capital Child appeal. He even personally invited the two
highest bidders down to the Chelsea changing room after the game to meet the
squad.

WHO IS YOUR CLUB'S COMMUNITY CHAMPION THE FULL LIST

ACCRINGTON: Dean Winnard

AFC WIMBLEDON: Seb Brown

ALDERSHOT: Ross Worner

ARSENAL: Carl Jenkinson

ASTON VILLA: Gabriel Agbonlahor

BARNET: Mauro Vilhete

BARNSLEY: Bobby Hassell

BIRMINGHAM: Curtis Davis

BLACKBURN: David Dunn

BLACKPOOL: Matt Gilks

BOLTON: Kevin Davis

BOURNEMOUTH: Mark Molesley

BRADFORD: Jon McLaughlin

BRENTFORD: Marcus Bean

BRIGHTON: Inigo Calderon

BRISTOL CITY: David James

BRISTOL ROVERS: Matt Gill

BURNLEY: Archie Love

BURTON: Aaron Webster

BURY: Efe Sodje

CARDIFF: Andrew Taylor

CARLISLE: Jon-Paul McGovern

CHARLTON: Scott Wagstaff

CHELSEA: Frank Lampard

CHELTENHAM: Josh Low

CHESTERFIELD: Gregor Robertson

COLCHESTER: Kemal Izzet

COVENTRY: Richard Keogh

CRAWLEY: Sergio Torres

CREWE: Steve Phillips

CRYSTAL PALACE: Alex Wynter

DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE: Scott Doe

DERBY: Mark O’Brien

DONCASTER: James Chambers

EVERTON: Phil Neville

EXETER: Billy Jones

FULHAM: Mark Schwarzer

GILLINGHAM: Connor Essam

HARTLEPOOL: Evan Horwood

HEREFORD: Rob Purdie

HUDDERSFIELD: Alan Lee

HULL: Aaron McLean

IPSWICH: Ibrahima Sonko

LEEDS: Ross McCormack

LEICESTER: Neil Danns

LEYTON ORIENT: David Mooney

LIVERPOOL: Charlie Adam

MACCLESFIELD: Tony Diagne

MANCHESTER CITY: Vincent Kompany

MANCHESTER UNITED: Rio Ferdinand

MIDDLESBROUGH: Tony McMahon

MILLWALL: Paul Robinson

MK DONS: David Martin

MORECAMBE: Stuart Drummond

NEWCASTLE: Shola Ameobi

NORTHAMPTON: Andy Holt

NORWICH: John Ruddy

NOTTINGHAM FORREST: Chris Cohen

NOTTS COUNTY: Mike Edwards

OLDHAM: Matt Smith

OXFORD: Ryan Clarke

PETERBOROUGH: Gabriel Zukuani

PLYMOUTH: Luke Young

PORT VALE: Adam Yates

PORTSMOUTH: Liam Lawrence

PRESTON: Iain Hume and Barry Nicholson

QPR: Shaun Derry

READING: Noel Hunt

ROCHDALE: Jason Kennedy

ROTHERHAM: Andy Warrington

SCUNTHORPE: Garry Thompson

SHEFFIELD UNITED: Harry Maguire

SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Rob Jones

SHREWSBURY: Ian Sharps

SOUTHAMPTON: Lee Holmes

SOUTHEND: Chris Barker

STEVENAGE: Mark Roberts

STOKE: Jonathan Walters

SUNDERLAND: David Meyler

SWANSEA: Ashley Williams

SWINDON: Paul Caddis

TORQUAY: Mark Ellis

TOTTENHAM: Jermain Defoe

TRANMERE: Lucas Akins

WALSALL: James Walker

WATFORD: Rene Gilmartin

WEST BROM: Steven Reid

WEST HAM: Kevin Nolan

WIGAN: Emmerson Boyce

WOLVES: Stephen Ward

WYCOMBE: John Halls

YEOVIL: Bondz N’Gala

*Players were nominated for their community work during the 2011-12 season*

Premier League"s worst divers – according to Vinnie Jones

Diving has been happening for 20 years… it is up to captains and managers to stamp it out, says hardman Vinnie Jones

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UPDATED:

13:44 GMT, 11 December 2012

Vinnie Jones is explaining how he keeps up to date with events in the Barclays Premier League when the tone of his voice deepens considerably.

The thorny issue of diving has arisen in our conversation and Jones makes no attempt to conceal his disgust. Jones may now live in Hollywood and have a portfolio of 60 movies but, to a certain generation, he was the quintessential football hard man.

As one of the founder members of Wimbledon’s ‘Crazy Gang’, Jones took no prisoners and relished trying to take the big clubs down a peg or two. He was always rough and tough but never did this midfield enforcer rely on the dark arts of trying to hoodwink referees.

No contact: Santi Cazorla wins a penalty for Arsenal despite there being debate as to whether Steven Reid made contact

No contact: Santi Cazorla wins a penalty for Arsenal despite there being debate as to whether Steven Reid made contact

Going down: Cazorla goes over close to Reid and wins a penalty

Going down: Cazorla goes over close to Reid and wins a penalty

So when he is asked for his views about the theatrical antics that have become commonplace each weekend – the latest being Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla’s risible tumble against West Brom – Jones, typically, does not hold back.

'I was filming in New York last week for an episode of Elementary and I was in my trailer watching Celtic in the Champions League, in between scenes,’ said Jones, who also played for Chelsea, Sheffield United, Queens Park Rangers and Leeds before ending up in Tinsel Town.

'Anyway this geezer from Spartak Moscow gets tackled but goes down as if he had been shot in the calf with a 12 bore shotgun. He was only doing it to get the Celtic lad booked. He goes off the field after a bit of treatment then he’s running around with no problem.

Theatrical: Luis Suarez goes down while under pressure from Vincent Kompany

Theatrical: Luis Suarez goes down while under pressure from Vincent Kompany

Taking a tumble: Suarez goes down against Arsenal

Taking a tumble: Suarez goes down against Arsenal

FIVE WHO WOULDN’T GO DOWN

‘There were so many good lads playing in my day you were always guaranteed a battle. If I had to pick the hardest out I’d go for Bryan Robson, Steve McMahon, Terry Hurlock, Roy Keane and Carlton Palmer. Why Carlton He was so big, he’d run away from you and you’d never catch him!’

'Well, in my view, the referee should have booked him when he got up. All this is starting to creep up on clubs. You hear this talk of Gareth Bale but he’s not doing anything that David Ginola wasn’t doing. He was 6ft 4ins and you’d see him rolling all over the place.

'It’s terrible. It’s out and out cheating. This debate keeps rearing its ugly head every three or four years but nothing seems to happen.

'Everyone says it is down to the referees to sort it out but that isn’t fair. Referees are under such pressure now. Why are they getting stick from managers Managers and captains should be setting the example and other players should follow their lead to stamp it out.

'I’ll tell you a story: when I was at Wimbledon, one of our players – who shall remain nameless – went down with a dive in the area. I walked over, picked him up by his hair on the back of his neck and told him “we don’t do that here, son. Got it” I promise you he never did it again.’

No contact: Gareth Bale has been accused of being a serial diver

No contact: Gareth Bale has been accused of being a serial diver

Unbelievable: Bale has been booked for simulation four times this season

Unbelievable: Bale has been booked for simulation four times this season

Jones is in full flow now. From recounting how Wimbledon defied the odds in 1988 to beat Liverpool in the FA Cup final to speaking of his pride that Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch – his first acting roles – remains in the top five British movies of all time, the chat is never dull.

His is a quite remarkable story – the one time hod-carrier who joined the a Hollywood A-list – but even though his career has changed dramatically, his passion for football burns as intensely as it did when he was going toe-to-toe with the best around.

Fittingly, Jones has just become an ambassador for Warrior Football – the manufactures of Liverpool’s kit – and he describes England captain Steven Gerrard as befitting the image of the brand; a player who would never give up.

No nonsense: Vinnie Jones was known as a tough tackling midfielder

No nonsense: Vinnie Jones was known as a tough tackling midfielder

Unfortunately, though, he feels there are too few characters in the modern game.

'I said this would happen 20 years ago,’ he continues. ‘All this diving around isn’t new. I said the Premier League would get flooded with foreign players but people at the time said we needed them. I always felt it would be to the detriment of the national team.

'I feel sorry for Roy Hodgson. Harry Houdini couldn’t get England to win a tournament now. But I still watch the Premier League religiously. We probably see more games in America live than you do at home. We just need to see more of these honest players going in blood and thunder.’

Screen stars: Vinnie Jones and Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini (below) star in the new Warrior Sport advert

Screen stars: Vinnie Jones and Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini (below) star in the new Warrior Sport advert

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Toulouse 30 Ospreys 14

Toulouse 30 Ospreys 14: French side destroy Welsh opposition to lead Pool Two

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17:58 GMT, 8 December 2012

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UPDATED:

17:58 GMT, 8 December 2012

Toulouse put the Ospreys to the sword with a rampant second-half performance to take control of Pool Two in the Heineken Cup.

The four-time winners led just 12-7 at the interval thanks to quick-fire tries from Florian Fritz and Yannick Nyanga.

The Ospreys hit back with a try from Kahn Fotuali'i but the second half was a one-team affair as Vincent Clerc, Census Johnson, Yoann Huget all crossed over.

Touching down: Toulouse's winger Vincent Clerc scores a try

Touching down: Toulouse's winger Vincent Clerc scores a try

The visitors again responded with a try, this time from Ryan Bevington, but it was too little too late.

The victory sees the French giants stretch their lead at the top of the group to eight points with Leicester set to face Benetton Treviso tomorrow.

Luke McAlister fired an early penalty wide but Toulouse quickly established a lead thanks to Fritz.

The French hosts looked to launch an attack from the top of a lineout which broke down, but Fritz pounced on the loose ball and sliced through the Ospreys' defence.

McAlister slotted the conversion and seven minutes later they doubled their advantage.

Again, Toulouse were fortunate to capitalise on disarray at the lineout. Gary Botha overthrew and James King flapped the ball towards the Ospreys but it fell straight to Nyanga, who raced home.

But the Welsh region fought back, with ever-present Kahn Fotuali'i and Ashley Beck leading the charge.

And it was the in-form duo that manufactured the Ospreys' opening score. Beck put his side on the front foot with a strong charge that earned a penalty, Fotuali'i caught Toulouse off guard with a quick tap to race clear.

The Welsh region continued to pile on the pressure but Toulouse weathered the storm to go into the break leading 12-7.

Cheers: Yoann Huguet (centre) is congratulated by teammates after scoring a try

Cheers: Yoann Huguet (centre) is congratulated by teammates after scoring a try

But the French side came out firing following the break and their giant pack steamrolled the Ospreys.

They could have hit back within minutes of the restart as Toulouse flooded forward while chasing a McAlister chip but Fotuali'i intervened.

Toulouse continued to dominate and could have been awarded a penalty try following a succession of scrums, but the Ospreys survived and Justin Tipuric snatched a vital turnover.

But Toulouse were relentless and they came close once again after Medard collected McAlister's cross kick.

They were eventually rewarded for their hard work as Picamoles broke from the back of scrum.

The giant number eight charged towards the Ospreys before releasing Burgess with an offload. Clerc received the ball out wide with plenty of work to do, but he rounded Eli Walker to squeeze in the corner.

McAlister failed to add the conversion but Toulouse did not let up with Picamoles continuing to run riot.

Just the ticket: Florian Fritz scores a try for the French side

Just the ticket: Florian Fritz scores a try for the French side

After receiving the ball from Albacete he drew in three defenders before sending Johnson over in the same corner.

Doussain faired no better than McAlister from the touchline but the try had sealed the bonus point and established a commanding 22-7 lead.

And there was still time for a fifth try with Doussain and Medard combining for Huget to dance through the Ospreys defence.

To their credit the Welsh region refused to throw in the towel and they hit back with a score of their own as Bevington and Tipuric combined with a football style one-two for the prop to crash over.

Matthew Morgan converted but the try was merely a consolation and Toulouse rubbed salt into their wounds with a Doussain penalty at the death.