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Rangers won"t play in SPL under my watch, says Charles Green

Rangers won't play in SPL under my watch, says angry club chief Green

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UPDATED:

13:33 GMT, 29 October 2012

Rangers chief executive Charles Green has hit out the planned restructuring of the Scottish Premier League and insisted his club will never again play in it on his watch.

Green says he has no interest in helping the SPL after the punishments – relegation to the fourth tier, with the potential of their titles being taken away – dished out to his club this year.

Speaking to talkSport, he said: 'The chief executive of the SFA, Stewart Regan, has said there will have to be some restructuring in Scottish football.

Standing up for his club: Charles Green had some stern words for the SPL

Standing up for his club: Charles Green had some stern words for the SPL

'It’s no secret the SPL have been working on a plan and I understand the Football League have got their vision for change in Scottish football. It has to change because it’s in a mess.

'It’s really difficult for me to take seriously the SPL re-structure.

'They threw us out of the league and are now pursuing title stripping, and for us to sit down and think that after all that has come to fruition that I will say “OK, everything's forgotten”, you’re in cloud cuckoo land. I don’t forgive and forget.

On the up: Rangers have had to build from the bottom once again

On the up: Rangers have had to build from the bottom once again

'While I’m Chief Executive, Rangers will not play in the Scottish Premier League. [If that situation arose], I would go out to the fans, as we did earlier in the year, when they were consulted as to what division they wanted to play in.

'They wanted to play in the Third Division and we as investors listened to them and were happy to do that.

'And we would go back to them again. But my position wouldn’t have changed. If they wanted to go back into the SPL, then fine. But I won’t be chief executive.'

Carl Jenkinson wants to concentrate on playing for Arsenal

England can wait: Jenkinson only focused on Arsenal duty for the moment

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UPDATED:

15:31 GMT, 2 October 2012

Arsenal's Carl Jenkinson insists club football remains his main focus as questions over his international future begin to mount.

The 20-year-old right-back has impressed for the Gunners this season, leading to reports Roy Hodgson was planning to call him up for England's World Cup qualifying double header against San Marino and Poland next week.

Jenkinson represented England Under-17s, but a call-up to the senior team is made all the more complicated by the fact he has represented Finland's youth teams up to Under-21 level.

England calling: Carl Jenkinson is on the radar of national team manager Roy Hodgson but insists his only focus is on Arsenal

England calling: Carl Jenkinson is on the radar of national team manager Roy Hodgson but insists his only focus is on Arsenal

The defender, whose mother is Finnish, has yet to commit to Finland and was keen to focus on life with Arsenal when questioned about his international future ahead of Wednesday's Champions League tie against Olympiakos.

'To be honest I'm just concentrating on my club football, that's my bread and butter,' he said. 'I think I'll cross that bridge when I come to it.

'I'm just focused on the here and now and the next game and that's tomorrow with Olympiakos.

'Finland have contacted me. I've told them my exact words when I spoke to them was 'I'm focusing on my club football' so that's all there is to it. You can read into that how you want.

'I'm going to have to make a decision at some point. As I've said many times, I will cross that bridge when I come to it. Until then I'm just concentrating on each game as it comes.'

Comfortable: 20-year-old Jenkinson is adapting well to the pace and pressures of the top flight

Comfortable: 20-year-old Jenkinson is adapting well to the pace and pressures of the top flight

The fact people are even talking about an England call-up shows how far Jenkinson has come since Arsenal surprisingly signed him from Charlton last summer.

After a shaky debut season in the Premier League, his performances have improved vastly with the right-back believing he is now suited to top-flight football.

'It has been a whirlwind year,' Jenkinson said. 'I've realised in football, there's always ups and downs and it's about trying to keep a level head.

Warm-up: Jenkinson in training ahead of Arsenal's Champions League match with Olympiakos on Wednesday night

Warm-up: Jenkinson in training ahead of Arsenal's Champions League match with Olympiakos on Wednesday night

'You're always going to have downs in football, but at the same time, you're always going to have ups as well and I've just tried to not take the downs too personally and just concentrate on my own game and respond.

'I feel comfortable at this level now. I think acclimatised you could say.

'I feel comfortable playing at this level now, and I just want to push on from now and hopefully keep going as I'm going.'

Steve Evans ban: Six matches and 3,000 fine

Rotherham boss Evans hit with six-match stadium ban and fine over lewd act during melee

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UPDATED:

16:24 GMT, 10 September 2012

Controversial manager Steve Evans has been given a six-match stadium ban and fined 3,000 by the Football Association after being found guilty of using abusive and insulting words and behaviour with a reference to gender.

The charge against the Rotherham boss, which dates back to when he was at Crawley, relates to a League Two match against Bradford City in March.

The Rotherham boss was accused of pulling
down his trousers in front of the woman on the night of the
ill-tempered clash which ended amid farcical scenes with five players
shown red cards.

Hot water: Steve Evans has been hit with six-match stadium ban and fine

Hot water: Steve Evans has been hit with six-match stadium ban and fine

At some point afterwards, it was said Evans was seen to perform the lewd act outside the changing rooms.

Evans left his post at Crawley, who subsequently won promotion to League One, in April to become Rotherham manager.

An FA statement read: 'Following an Independent Regulatory Commission held on Wednesday 5 September 2012, Rotherham United manager Steve Evans has been given a six-match stadium ban and fined 3000.

'Mr Evans was charged with using abusive
and/or indecent and/or insulting words and/or behaviour towards a
participant in or around the dressing room area at the end of the
Bradford City versus Crawley Town Football League Two fixture on 27
March 2012.

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'It was further alleged that the breach included a reference to gender, a breach of FA Rule E3(2). Mr Evans denied the charge and requested a personal hearing.

'The Commission found that Mr Evans had used abusive and insulting words and behaviour towards a participant in or around the dressing room area at the end of the fixture which did include a reference to gender. The Commission did not find that Mr Evans had used indecent words or behaviour.

'Mr Evans has informed The Football Association that he does not wish to appeal the decision and therefore the sanction is now imposed with immediate effect.

'The stadium ban will prevent Mr Evans from attending the ground at which Rotherham United's first team are playing at any time during a match day.'

Evans expressed his disappointment at the decision but added in a statement: 'For the good of Rotherham United I accept the verdict and will move on with no further comment.'

A club statement read: 'Rotherham United acknowledge the decision of the FA today and will work closely with Steve Evans to ensure the penalty imposed does not affect our objectives for this season.

'The club wishes to stress that there will be no further comment on this matter.'

John Terry could dodge date with Anton Ferdinand

Terry could dodge date with Ferdinand at Loftus Road

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UPDATED:

21:49 GMT, 8 September 2012

John Terry could be spared another
handshake snub from Anton Ferdinand at QPR next Saturday because of the
ankle injury he sustained against Moldova on Friday night.

England manager Roy Hodgson will
study the latest medical reports on Terry's ankle injury on Sunday but is
not hopeful the player will have recovered to play against the Ukraine
on Tuesday.

Doubts; John Terry could be spared showdown with Anton Ferdinand

Doubts; John Terry could be spared showdown with Anton Ferdinand

Terry limped off a few minutes from the end of the 5-0 win in Moldova and Hodgson said: 'We don't think it's a major injury or whether it's a slight twist of the ankle … We play again on Tuesday, so I have to speak to the doctors.'

That must leave Chelsea captain Terry as a doubt for the highly charged return to Loftus Road, the fixture at which he was alleged to have racially abused Ferdinand almost a year ago.

Although Terry was cleared of a racially aggravated public order offence this summer, he now faces a Football Association charge of using insulting words, which included a reference to Ferdinand's 'ethnic origin, colour or race'.

The affair ultimately cost the 31-year-old the England captaincy, with the FA deeming it inappropriate he stayed in the role.

LIVE: Stoke v Arsenal – the action from the Britannia Stadium

PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: Stoke v Arsenal – the action from the Britannia Stadium

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12:18 GMT, 26 August 2012

Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Barclays Premier League as Stoke host Arsenal at the Britannia Stadium. Both sides are looking for their first win of the season after drawing their opening games against Reading and Sunderland respectively. Send me your thoughts on the action at [email protected] or via Twitter @JoeRidge87.

Stoke v Arsenal (k-o 1.30pm)

Stoke: Begovic; Wilkinson, Shawcross, Huth, Wilson; Pennant, Cameron, Whelan, Kightly; Walters, Crouch

Subs: Sorensen, Upson, Shotton, Delap, Palacios, Jones, Jerome.

Arsenal: Mannone; Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs; Arteta, Diaby; Gervinho, Cazorla, Podolski; Giroud

Subs: Martinez, Djourou, Santos, Coquelin, Ramsey, Oxlade-Chamberlain Walcott.

1.15pm: Life after Robin van Persie began brightly for Arsenal last week as they played some confident, flowing football against Sunderland. But ultimately, they couldn't stick the ball in the back of the net. Today Giroud, who was guilty of spurning Arsenal's best chance at the Emirates that day, gets a go from the start. Expect Podolski and Gervinho to join the big Frenchman from out wide as Cazorla looks to dictate the tempo again. Abou Diaby is given the task of replacing Alex Song in the engine room this season, and he'll surely benefit from getting a full pre-season under his belt for the first time in a few years.

1.03pm: Tony Pulis and Arsene Wenger – never the best of friends – have resumed their war of words ahead of today's game.

'People talk about us being a dirty team, yet we haven’t had as many red cards or I haven’t had as many red cards as a manager as Arsene Wenger has had as a manager,' said Pulis.

'People always talk about me and Stoke City. Nobody ever talks about the situation with Wenger.

War of words: There is no love lost between Wenger (pictured) and Pulis

War of words: There is no love lost between Wenger (pictured) and Pulis

'There was a situation not so long ago when a lot of red cards were being dished out to Arsenal. Everybody seems to have forgotten about that.

'All we want is fairness and a balance. It is frustrating when you get labelled for this or that and people don’t look at the other side of the coin.'

And Wenger says he will not make a special point of briefing his new players on the more physical challenge that Stoke will pose today, even though Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla are new to the Premier League.

'It will give them a good image [of English football],' said Wenger. 'But usually they are quite well informed. We will focus on playing our game and we do not make too much of it. Stoke have fewer yellow cards than us, so we do not need to be briefed too much. We just have to play our game and Stoke play theirs.'

Stoke v Arsenal: Follow the action

12.55pm: This is always a bit of a grudge match between these two sides after the horrific injury suffered by Aaron Ramsey at the hands – or foot – of Ryan Shawcross two-and-a-half years ago. Shawcross starts today for the home side while Ramsey is on the bench for Arsenal.

12.52pm: There are also two changes for Stoke – US international Geoff Cameron comes into the midfield in place of the suspended Dean Whitehead and Jermaine Pennant replaces Matthew Etherington.

12.45pm: The teams are in… Vito Mannone starts in goal for Arsenal with regular No 1 Wojciech Szczesny out injured. Young Argentinian 'keeper Damian Martinez is therefore on the bench. The only other change from Arsenal's opening day draw against Sunderland sees Olivier Giroud start ahead of Theo Walcott, who drops to the bench.

Impressive: Cazorla caught the eye on debut

Impressive: Santi Cazorla caught the eye on his Arsenal debut

Usain Bolt considering offer from Shane Warne to play Twenty20 cricket

Bolt bowled over! Usain considering offer from Warne to play Twenty20 in Oz

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UPDATED:

11:47 GMT, 13 August 2012

The next time you see Usain Bolt in action may not be on a running track, but with a cricket bat in his hand after revealing he is considering an offer from Shane Warne to play Twenty20 cricket in Australia next season.

The superstar Jamaican sprinter lit up the London 2012 Games, taking gold medals in the 100 metre, 200m and 4x100m relay, but could soon be running a mere 22 yards between the wickets.

Bolt is a massive fan of cricket and played the sport in his home nation at junior level and revealed his prowess during a charity match in 2009 when he clean-bowled Chris Gayle.

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Bowled over: Bolt is giving serious consideration to paying cricket in Australia

Bowled over: Bolt is giving serious consideration to paying cricket in Australia

And now legendary leg-spinner Warne has offered him the opportunity to participate in Australia's Big Bash League which runs between December 7 and January 9. Bolt will consider the offer, if he can get enough time off.

Bolt said: 'If I get the chance I will definitely try because I know it's going to be a lot of fun. I don't know how good I am. I will probably have to get a lot of practice in.'

'Warne contacted me and asked me about if I am serious and if I really want to do it then he can put in a few words that should get it done. So we will see if I get the time off. I will try.'

And of all the various forms of the game, the Twenty20 version is Bolt's favourite as he can relate to the high tempo drama to which he is accustomed in the field of athletics.

'Twenty20, I love it. Just the fact that it is so exciting, it's about going hard the whole time, not just about playing shots.

All rounder: Bolt enjoys batting and bowling - outside his regular job of sprinting, that is

All rounder: Bolt enjoys batting and bowling – outside his regular job of sprinting, that is

All rounder: Bolt enjoys batting and bowling - outside his regular job of sprinting - and with West Indies legends Curtly Ambrose (below left) and Courtney Walsh (below, right)

'It's about being aggressive and I like that style of batsman.'

Mike McKenna, project manager for the BBL on behalf of Cricket Australia is, understandably, very keen for Bolt to join the league. But only if he can reach the required standard.

'We'd be very keen to have someone like Usain Bolt involved in some way in the BBL,' McKenna said.

'He's very keen on cricket, he's been close to the Australian cricket team and I'd imagine he is pretty quick between the wickets.

'But we would want to make sure that any athletes can play another code to an appropriate level. The competition has gone beyond the novelty factor.'

VIDEO: Bolt bowls out West Indies batting legend Gayle

London 2012 Olympics: Kelly Holmes" advice for Hannah England

Holmes has wise words for England amid injury concerns

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UPDATED:

21:30 GMT, 15 July 2012

Kelly Holmes knows better than most how anxious injured athletes feel coming into an Olympic Games — she has been there, done it, got the scars.

So Dame Kelly’s words of wisdom to Hannah England, one of Britain’s representatives at 1500 metres, may be useful for all those British athletes, from rehabilitating runners like Lisa Dobriskey and Paula Radcliffe to triple jumper Yamile Aldama, who are struggling to live with their doubts.

Support: Kelly Holmes (left) had some wise advice to dispense

Support: Kelly Holmes (left) had some wise advice to dispense

Holmes ran in the 1996 Games despite a stress fracture diagnosed only two weeks before, and finished fourth. In 2000 she had only six weeks’ track work in the entire year because of a calf tear but won the bronze medal.

‘What I am telling Hannah is that she still has time, that it is not over till it’s over. A couple of weeks remain for her to get back training and get back some consistency because part of the problem is emotional. You are thinking, “Am I going to be ready”

‘Even though I had not been running in 2000 I was fit because I’d been doing pool and gym work, had belief, was confident that I had the experience. I was comfortable that so long as I could get some racing done I’d be OK. Same for Hannah.’

Support: Hannah England has been told 'It's not over till it's over'

Support: Hannah England has been told 'It's not over till it's over'

The latest casualty is Tiffany Porter, British record-holder at 100m hurdles. She slowed to a jog with a back injury after seven hurdles at Crystal Palace and was consoled by world silver medallist Danielle Carruthers.

‘I wanted to tell her that your body is hurting but it doesn’t mean you can’t run fast,’ said Carruthers. ‘A week before last year’s World Championships my achilles was hurting me but they pieced me together and I got a medal. Pain does not equal bad performance.’

Reassuring words for all those hurting today.

Euro 2012: Give Mario Balotelli a break, says Inter Milan president Massimo Morati

Give Balotelli a break, says Inter chief Moratti as City striker is told to 'grow up'

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UPDATED:

14:28 GMT, 21 June 2012

Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti believes Italy international Mario Balotelli should be accepted the way he is.

The Manchester City forward is playing in his first major international competition at the European Championship.

The temperamental 21-year-old has been making headlines in Poland and Ukraine and not just for his talent, something that also happened when he was an Inter player.

Italian job: Balotelli has been urged to grow up and fulfill his potential

Italian job: Balotelli has been urged to grow up and fulfill his potential

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'I am always ready to forgive everything,' Moratti said to Italian newspaper Il Giorno.

'I have an idea of what he (Balotelli) is like because I know Mario since he was a boy.

'He has a wonderful family, who adore him and protect him and he repays that affection.

'But there is something in him that makes him distrustful of everyone, even those that appreciate him, as is the case of (Italy coach Cesare) Prandelli, who called him up to the national team.'

On target: Balotelli scored in the win over Ireland

On target: Balotelli scored in the win over Ireland

Balotelli had an angry outburst after scoring in Monday's 2-0 triumph over the Republic of Ireland. Prandelli did not start Balotelli in that game but he came off the bench and scored his first goal in the tournament.

However, rather than celebrate, he looked into the direction of the Italian bench and shouted a few words before team-mate Leonardo Bonucci put his hand over the striker's mouth.

'You only have to look at the goal against Ireland,' Moratti said.

'You need a lot of interior strength to repress that joy that you naturally get when you do such an important act (to score for your country).

Sign him up: Balotelli has been at Manchester City for two seasons

Sign him up: Balotelli has been at Manchester City for two seasons

'Balotelli is like that. 'You have to take him as he is without pretending to want to change him.'

Moratti does not regret selling Balotelli in the summer of 2010 to City.

'His transfer It was the thing to do at the time, even for his own interest,' Moratti said.

Balotelli came under heavy criticism from Inter fans after he publicly wore an AC Milan jersey on an Italian television show, leading to an apology on the club's website.

The Italian forward has nevertheless been linked in recent months with a return to Inter.

However, Moratti, whose club made a 21 million euros profit on Balotelli's transfer to City, believes that even if Inter wanted him back, they could not afford him.

'To bring him (Balotelli) back We are constructing a young squad,' Moratti said.

'With the (financial) problems we have in Italy, there are certain investments that you simply cannot make.'

It"s time you got serious, Mario! De Rossi tells Balotelli to grow up and fulfil his potential

It's time you got serious, Mario! De Rossi tells Balotelli to grow up and fulfil his potential

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UPDATED:

21:54 GMT, 20 June 2012

Mario Balotelli has been told to grow up if he is to fulfil his potential as one of the great players of Euro 2012.

The stark warning came from his Italy team-mate Daniele De Rossi, who is tipped to join Balotelli at Manchester City.

Lightening the mood: Mario Balotelli lifts flagging spirits in training

Lightening the mood: Mario Balotelli lifts flagging spirits in training

Star man: Balotelli

Shut it: Leonardo Bonucci silences Mario Balotelli

Moving the goalposts: Balotelli is set to start against England after his goalscoring cameo against Ireland

Balotelli looks increasingly likely to start in the quarter-final against England in Kiev on Sunday, despite clashing with coach Cesare Prandelli after scoring in the win over the Republic of Ireland.

And De Rossi said: ‘Balotelli’s a great player, but if he wants to grow he has to know how to react to situations.

Wise words: Daniele De Rossi (left) had some sage advice for Mario Balotelli

Wise words: Daniele De Rossi (left) had some sage advice for Mario Balotelli

Star man: Balotelli

‘Everybody is treated in the same way, so everybody has to take his own responsibility. He has to accept the manager’s decision. Sometimes, Balotelli commits mistakes off the pitch, but that’s his responsibility, too.

‘There is a lot of talk and scandals around him because he’s young and playing at Manchester City.’

David Haye mocks Dereck Chisora

You haven't got a clue! Haye mocks Chisora as Upton Park date edges closer

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UPDATED:

09:50 GMT, 6 June 2012

David Haye has reopened his war of words with Dereck Chisora by claiming that his opponent at Upton Park on July 14 knows nothing about boxing.

The pair exchanged insults over a wire fence during a press conference to promote the fight in east London last month and it is clear there is no love lost between them.

And as their “Licensed to Thrill” heavyweight showdown edges closer, former WBA champion Haye claimed that he has developed a 'new Hayemaker' while mocking his opponent.

Mocking: Haye claimed Chisora doesn't understand boxing

Mocking: Haye claimed Chisora doesn't understand boxing

Haye said of his fellow Brit: 'Dereck talks a lot but I’m not sure he actually understands boxing.

'He’s got a good chin but I certainly don’t think he has enough to beat me.

'I believe Chisora is going to come out slinging bombs and that will suit me perfectly.

'It’s going to be entertaining. You’ll see some stuff from me that you haven’t seen for a while. A new improved Hayemaker.'

Chisora, who beat Danny Williams at Upton Park two years ago, is looking forward to proving Haye wrong.

He said: 'David and I have some unfinished business but after July 14 it will be done and I will be the happy one.

'This is the second time I’ve fought here I’m looking forward to this one. It has a great atmosphere. I really like it.

'I’m ready for it and I can’t wait to get in that ring.'

Second coming: Chisora has fought at Upton Park previously

Second coming: Chisora has fought at Upton Park previously

The controversial bout will definitely go ahead, according to organisers, after the Luxembourg Boxing Federation reiterated its support for the fight despite a threat of expulsion from the European Boxing Union.

The grudge match has had to be sanctioned by the LBF as both fighters do not hold a British licence.

Last weekend the EBU general assembly passed a motion that decreed the LBF would be thrown out of the European organisation if they continued to back the fight.

But despite this threat, the LBF on Tuesday night voted in favour of backing the bout by eight votes to four at a special general meeting in Luxembourg.

A statement released by Frank Warren Promotions read: 'Therefore the LBF is backing the show along with the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) and the World Boxing Association (WBA), whose’ International and Intercontinental titles will be contested, and the promotion will definitely go ahead.'

Green light: Warren confirmed the fight will definitely go ahead

Green light: Warren confirmed the fight will definitely go ahead

The events are the latest instalment in what has been a controversial build-up to the fight between the two Londoners, who caused outrage in February when they brawled at a press conference that followed Chisora’s defeat to Vitali Klitschko.

The British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) threatened to expel all those involved in the July 14 fight without a hearing, although they softened their stance last weekend by claiming anyone charged would be able to answer their case.

Warren, who manages Chisora, has said he intends to issue legal proceedings against the BBBofC.

WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko branded the bout a 'freak show', but Warren insists the fight is legal and is adamant that Chisora should be allowed to take on Haye as he has not been able to box since February.

Haye has not fought since an embarrassing defeat to the younger Klitschko brother last summer – a loss he partly blamed on a broken little toe.

Chisora goaded his 31-year-old opponent last Sunday when he wore a t-shirt that had the words 'Ain’t toe stopping us now' emblazoned across the middle of it during a public workout in London.